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US State Department, November 28, 2000. What it comes down to is this: we have had a very, very close presidential election in the United States - the closest in recent memory. The difference in the vote between the two major candidates, nationwide, and particularly in the crucial state of Florida, is so thin - something under one one-hundredth of one per cent in Florida, the last I checked - that the judiciary has been asked for its guidance on what the most reasonable steps to assure an accurate vote count might be. More...
Ranjita Misra, Ph.D., CHES., Ohio University. The health promotion era began in the mid 1980s with government policies focused on disease prevention and health promotion behaviors (Green and Ottoson, 1994). The national goal is to attain better health for the people through lifestyle changes that would decrease the prevalence of chronic disease and increase life expectancy. The Surgeon General has placed highest priority on strategies to eliminate destructive personal habits and to promote lifestyles conducive to health. Economic, medical, and social concerns are the reasons for the increased attention to health promotion and disease prevention activities. More...
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Alert for Tiger arms ship?
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 10.00 a.m December 2. State intelligence officers have alerted the Sri Lankan Airforce and the Navy to look out for a ship carrying arms to the LTTE reports said today.

The ship containing latest arms including anti aircraft missiles is said to be 400 nautical miles north east of Sri Lanka.
Published: Fri Dec 1 22:57:19 EST 2000

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Tax on water will add extra burden to farmers -Minister Jayaratne
CDN, december 3. Imposing a tax on water under the proposed Water Act will be an extra burden on the farmer community Agriculture Minister D.M. Jayaratne said.However, the Attorney General's Department is in the process of drafting the much controversial bill - the Water Resources Authority Bill. According to an official of the Ministry of Irrigation, the government will implement the bill to conserve the country's water resources in a bid to face the severe shortage of water in the year 2010. More...
Published: Sat Dec 2 19:43:19 EST 2000

LTTE offer of peace talks ‘only a trick to gain time’
The Island, december 3. The LTTE has not offered to engage in unconditional "political" talks with the government , senior security forces officers said on Friday stressing that whoever thinks otherwise have not bothered to read LTTE leader Velupillai Prabakaran’s lengthily annual "Heroes Day Message." The officers observed that the LTTE has just sought a break for their depleted fighting units, recruit new cadres, smuggle in fresh consignments of armaments that would help them to match the security forces fire power and also counter Sri Lanka’s diplomatic efforts to isolate the group internationally. More...
Published: Sat Dec 2 19:48:20 EST 2000

Shoppers ignore Sri Lanka conflict to battle for bargains
Yahoo Asia, Sunday, December 3 9:32 AM SGT . Sri Lanka may be officially on a "war-footing" but the only battles most tourists will see are those for bargains as the country attempts to emerge as the shopping capital of South Asia. Stepped-up security is usually the only sign of the conflict hundreds of miles (kilometres) away between government forces and Tamil rebels but the war of the shopping malls is more visible in the city. Fairy lights decorate the sidewalks leading to trendy clothing stores, attracting huge crowds of shoppers. Tourist buses and hotel taxis make regular runs to fashion houses which are part of the country's attraction for foreigners. More...
Published: Sat Dec 2 22:52:32 EST 2000

Intellectuals urge the Government to appoint a Commission to probe Bindunuweva Massacre
Saroj Pathirana in London, Saturday 02 December 1630 GMT. A group of Sri Lankan intellectuals has urged the government to appoint a Commission of Inquiry to probe massacre of 26 Tamil inmates at Bindunuweva Rehabilitation camp. A statement signed by leading intellectuals including Dr. Kumari Jayawardena, Dr. Jayadeva Uyangoda, Dr. Laksiri Fernando, Professor Amal Jayawardena, Mario Gomez, Dharini Rajasingham-Senanayake, Tissa Abeysekera, Sunanda Deshapriya, Professor Tissa Vitarana and Rev. Professor Kumburugamuwe Vajira, reminds that it is the duty of the government demanded by the humanitarian law, to identify and bring to justice those who are responsible for the killing of inmates who were under the protective custody of the state. They recall that when a similar massacre occurred in 1983 in the Welikada prison, the government of the day wilfully avoided inquiry.

"The cold-blooded massacre of 26 Tamil inmates at Bindunuweva Rehabilitation camp is a major set back to Sri Lanka's human rights situation as well as inter-ethnic relations. The tension that developed in the Nuwara Eliya in the immediate aftermath of this tragic event also indicated that concerted efforts are needed to sustain conditions for inter- ethnic peace against the backdrop of a continuing war and communalist mobilisation. We, therefore, urge the government to immediately appoint a commission of inquiry, with adequate investigative powers and resources, to fully probe into the Bindunuwewa massacre. The mandate of the Commission should cover the identification of all those who were responsible, directly and indirectly, for the instigation, organisation and carrying out of the killing of the inmates of the rehabilitation camp," it also states.
Published: Sat Dec 2 11:38:09 EST 2000

‘Bid for LTTE chief’s extradition will stall talks’
The Hindustan Times, Colombo, December 2. THE INDIAN government's renewed bid to get the LTTE supremo V Pirabakaran extradited from Sri Lanka to face trial for the assassination of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, is seen here as an attempt to stall current Western attempts to kickstart peace talks in the island. In an editorial today, 'The Island' says that India, which sees itself as the regional policeman, may not like the West to broker peace in this region. Despite Norway's attempts to involve India in the peace process, India has indicated through its extradition demand that it is not willing to compromise its national interest to impress the world by helping the West broker peace. "It is asking for its pound of flesh in the form of Prabhakaran's head.The signal it has sent to Norway and Britain is - you broker peace but hand over Prabhakaran to us," the paper said. More...
Published: Sat Dec 2 19:26:54 EST 2000
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LTTE breaks Unicef-brokered ceasefire
India Abroad, Dec 2, 2000 16:25 Hrs (IST) . two-day truce arranged by Unicef between the Sri Lankan security forces and Tamil rebels was broken Saturday when the guerrillas attacked an army picket in northern Sri Lanka, killing one soldier and wounding another, officials said. Rebels of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) attacked an army sentry point in Urumpirai in Jaffna peninsula with grenades, military spokesman Brig. Sanath Karunaratne said and accused the guerrillas of violation of the truce arranged by Unicef to carry out a polio immunization program. "We lost one soldier during the 'days of tranquility' ceasefire arranged by Unicef," Karunaratne said. He added that the LTTE also fired mortar bombs at army defense lines at Nagarkovil in Jaffna peninsula on Friday, the first day of the temporary truce to allow a nation-wide polio immunization program. More...
Published: Sat Dec 2 09:34:19 EST 2000
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‘Karunanidhi protecting Veerappan’
chennaionline, december 2. Retired Deputy Superintendent of Police Abdul Kareem, father of slain Special Task Force sub inspector Shakeel Ahmed, today alleged that forest brigand Veerappan would not be caught as long as M Karunanidhi continued to be Tamil Nadu chief minister.“No force in the country will be able to catch Veerappan so long as Karunanidhi is at the helm of affairs in Tamil Nadu”, Kareem told UNI here. More...
Published: Sat Dec 2 14:56:25 EST 2000

Can Women do science, Mathematics and Engineering?
CDN, December 3. Women, are more than a half of Sri Lankans. They have been left behind in Science, Mathematics and Engineering (SME). While the problem has engaged the attention of educators in the West, we in Sri Lanka have hidden behind the typical cliche of a science Dean in public, "Women just can't do maths." The problem has deep roots. In classical western education it was held that maths soiled women and was for merchants. More...
Published: Sat Dec 2 19:39:39 EST 2000

Ramadoss for lasting solution to Sri Lankan ethnic conflict
The Hindu (Southern States), Sunday, December 03, 2000. TIRUCHI, DEC. 2.The international community and India, in particular, should exert pressure on the Sri Lankan government to initiate steps for a lasting and peaceful solution to the country's ethnic crisis, seizing the opportunity presented by the LTTE's offer to hold unconditional talks, the PMK leader, Dr. S. Ramadoss told presspersons here today. The Chandrika government, however, should first put all its cards on the table so that the parties concerned know what the government had to offer, he said. More...
Published: Sat Dec 2 19:28:41 EST 2000

Docs Take Course With Noted Author
yahoo, December 2. On this first day of class, author Michael Ondaatje settles at the end of a long conference table and asks his students to introduce themselves. One is Dr. Steve Miller, a pediatrician, who gives his name and occupation and then lowers his head and smiles.Winner this fall of Canada's prestigious Giller Prize, the novel features a forensic anthropologist, Anil Tissera, sent by a human rights group to investigate campaigns of murder in the Sri Lankan civil war.Ondaatje spent extensive time with medical personnel while researching ``Anil's Ghost'' and portions of the book involve the treatment of patients in war time, when the ``only reasonable constant was that there would be more bodies tomorrow.'' More...
Published: Sat Dec 2 16:35:22 EST 2000

JVP plans protests against Norway
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 10.00 a.m December 2. JVP has gone on record saying that the party is planning demonstrations in Western capitals to protest against what it sees as Norway's interference in Sri Lanka's internal affairs in trying to broker a peace deal between the government and the LTTE.

Norwegian special peace envoy Eric Solheim is leading peace negotiations with the government and the LTTE. They have the support of the ruling People's Alliance and the opposition United National party. However the left wing JVP and the Sihala Urumaya are totally against the peace talks led by Norway. They have stepped up their attacks against Norway in the recent times
Published: Fri Dec 1 22:57:20 EST 2000

Sri Lanka blind demand jobs for the disabled, Dec 02 2000 14:16 IST. COLOMBO, Dec 2 (AFP) - Dozens of blind graduates demonstrated outside Sri Lanka's main railway station here Saturday demanding job quotas and constitutionally guaranteed social security for the disabled.The Sri Lanka Council for Visually Handicapped Graduates said they also handed over a petition to President Chandrika Kumaratunga setting out their main demands.A secretary to a ministry asked one of our members: 'How can we give you a job. You are blind,'" Silva said. "When we pointed out that some got jobs, the official said it was because they did not know that the applicant was blind." More...
Published: Sat Dec 2 05:21:54 EST 2000

Colombo mum on MDMA visit
The Hindu (International), Saturday, December 02, 2000. COLOMBO, DEC. 1. Officials here were tightlipped about the visit here of a team of the Multi-Disciplinary Monitoring Agency (MDMA) last month. The Home Minister, Mr. L.K. Advani, told Parliament yesterday that the team was here to press for extradition of the LTTE leader, Mr. V. Prabhakaran, who was an `absconder' in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case. it met Sri Lanka's Attorney- General and the Solicitor-General. ``I don't believe in giving information to the press,'' Mr K C Kamalasabeyson, Attorney-General, told The Hindu. More...
Published: Fri Dec 1 17:22:36 EST 2000
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BostonGlobe, december 1. At a moment when the Oslo peace process in the Mideast appears in dire trouble, there has been a heartening breakthrough toward another peace negotiation that Norway is seeking to midwife. With his call last Monday for unconditional peace talks between his Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam and the Sri Lankan government, Tiger leader Velupillai Prabhakaran offered a positive response to the signals transmitted by Norway's peace envoy Erik Solheim. More...
Published: Sat Dec 2 00:58:00 EST 2000

Lankan Govt wary of talks with LTTE
The Hindustan Times, Colombo, December 1. THE SRI Lankan Government is very cautious in its approach to the possible talks with the LTTE this time, having gone over similar ground in 1994-95 when an attempt was made to talk to the Tamil rebels group. As in 1994-95, the LTTE seems to be trying to consolidate and build itself up, making use of some economic issues to buy time for that purpose. Sources in London say that the LTTE is telling the Tamil expatriates and refugees that its public stance about unconditional talks is not to be interpreted to mean that the goals of recapturing Jaffna and the establishment of an independent Eelam have been given up. The LTTE can achieve this if the expats continue to give money to buy arms to match the Sri Lankan armed forces' newly acquired firepower. More...
Published: Fri Dec 1 17:23:36 EST 2000
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IAF officers told to strive for excellence
The Hindu (Southern States), Sunday, December 03, 2000. BANGALORE, DEC. 2. An impressive graduation parade for the 55th Aeronautical Engineers' Course was held on Saturday at the Air Force Technical College (AFTC) here. Seventy-two graduating officers including four Sri Lankans passed out after successfully-completing their training. Air Marshal S. Krishnaswamy, Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief of IAF's Western Command, reviewed the parade commanded by Flying Officer Anil Bajaj. More...
Published: Sat Dec 2 19:29:17 EST 2000

Sri Lanka air force bombs Sea Tigers, kill nine, Dec 01 2000 17:07 IST. COLOMBO, Dec 1 (AFP) - Sri Lankan airforce jets bombed a Tamil rebel sea base in the north of the island, killing at least nine guerrillas, the defence ministry here said Friday. The air force hit the bases of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) at Pallai on Tuesday, defence ministry spokesman Sanath Karunaratne said adding the rebels lost several of their craft. More...
Published: Fri Dec 1 11:18:42 EST 2000
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Sri Lankan magazine picks Susanthika as 'Sri Lankan of the year'
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 10.15 December 2. Sri Lankan business and leisure magazine, Lanka Monthly Digest announced yesterday that Susanthika Jayasinghe Lankas Olympic hero is their Sri Lankan of the year 2000.Jayasinghe ended the countries Olympic drought by winning a bronze medal at the recent Sydney Olympics.In an interview with the magazine, Jayasinghe has said that she will retire and devote all her energies to her husband and family once she wins the planned Gold at the next Olympics.
Published: Fri Dec 1 23:30:59 EST 2000

ERunway Opens $2M Center In Sri Lanka To Expand Ops
Yahoo Asia, Friday, December 1 9:54 PM SGT . Kris Canekeratne, Chief Executive of eRunway, told a news conference that the company has already spent over US$1 million in the first phase of it's expansion program in the island nation. The second and final phase of the expansion program will be completed by March 2001. Under the first phase, the company has boosted the number of employees in Sri Lanka to over 300 from 250 previously. More...
Published: Fri Dec 1 11:20:38 EST 2000

Australia, N. Zealand emerge winners in women's cricket
The Hindu NUS, 18.00 hrs (IST) on December 1, 2000. Wellington(Reuters): World champions Australia easily defeated Sri Lanka, and New Zealand comfortably beat Ireland in the Women's World Cup Cricket tournament in Christchurch today. Results: Australia Vs Sri Lanka: Australia: 283-3; Sri Lanka 82. More...
Published: Sat Dec 2 06:36:57 EST 2000

Lanka to map maritime corridor for fishermen
Times of India, 1 December 2000 . COLOMBO: Sri Lanka is mapping out a maritime corridor which fishermen can use to skirt Indian seas and enter international waters. With some 150 Sri Lankan fishermen behind bars in India for poaching in the country's waters, the National Aquatic Resources Research and Development Agency (NARA) has been told to identify a safe passage that can be used. More...
Published: Fri Dec 1 11:17:53 EST 2000

Sri Lanka Shrs Open Flat;Slack Vols On Mkt-Wide Weakness
Yahoo Asia, Friday, December 1 12:05 PM SGT . Sri Lankan shares opened flat on thin volume Friday, with little activity as market-wide weakness continues to sideline investors, brokers said.By 0350 GMT (10:50 a.m EST Thursday), the benchmark All Share Index was up 0.2 point at 434.1, according to brokers. The Milanka Price Index, which tracks the most liquid and highly capitalized stocks, was up 0.7 point at 662.5. More...
Published: Fri Dec 1 01:33:29 EST 2000

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