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Bandula Jayasekera, in Colombo. Tibetan monk and poet S. Mahinda is considered a National Hero of our country. He supported Lanka's freedom struggle with his patriotic poems. The country has honoured him by issuing a commemorative stamp and school children proudly recite his poems even today. Tibetans are no strangers to the island and Sri Lanka has a common link with Tibetans because of Buddhism. However that link has not helped to find an answer to one of their burning questions. Will their political and spiritual leader the Dalai Lama ever be allowed to set foot in Sri Lanka? Successive Lankan governments have refused to allow him to visit the country. More...
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...
I also wholeheartedly endorse the statement by Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadirgamar regarding the paramount importance of fulfilling Sri Lanka's international obligations with respect to human rights and the serious consequences that could flow from a failure to do so. I also share Foreign Minister Kadirgamar's view on the importance of creating greater awareness of human rights laws among Sri Lankan security and law enforcement officers. I am, therefore, heartened to learn that human rights training will be incorporated into the curriculum of study for security and law enforcement officers. 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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Major fraud in Sihala Urumaya: Deputy President resigns
CDN, 11 December 2000. Prof.A.D.V. de S. Indraratne has sent in his resignation from the post of Deputy President of the Sihala Urumaya and from the party membership.The Daily News understands that Prof.Indraratne has written to Sihala Urumaya secretary Tilak Karunaratne, giving several reasons for his exit from the party.According to sources close to SU, Prof.Indraratne has disclosed a major fraud perpetrated by certain sections of the SU and the National Movement Against Terrorism.He has alleged that SU circulated an appeal to Sinhala expatriates in the UK and elsewhere for funds to be collected and remitted to the account of the NMAT office at Thimbirigasyaya. The letter, which allegedly contained the names of Party President S.L.Gunasekara, Secretary Tilak Karunaratne and National Organiser Champika Ranawaka, had not actually been approved by Gunasekara and Karunaratne, Indraratne has said. More...
Published: Sun Dec 10 20:51:20 EST 2000

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Sri Lanka faces bleak economy, to meet donors
The Hindu (International), Monday, December 11, 2000. COLOMBO, DEC. 10. Sri Lanka will go into a crucial meeting with donor countries later this month against the background of a gloomy outlook for the country's economy that speculation about peace talks with the LTTE has done nothing to lift. The Deputy Finance Minister, Mr. G.L. Peiris, has told the State- run Sunday Observer that the focus of the meeting to be held on December 18 and 19, will be the rehabilitation of the embattled north, poverty alleviation and good governance. More...
Published: Sun Dec 10 17:19:42 EST 2000
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Irida Peramuna Closes Down
Saroj Pathirana in London, Sunday 10 December 1630 GMT. "Irida Peramuna", a Sinhala weekly published by Leader publications, has been closed down. Irida Peramuna that is a sister paper of English weekly "The Sunday Leader", in today’s publication announced that it would be the last edition. More than forty journalists and type setters to lose their jobs while some others may affected indirectly. Irida Peramuna’s news editor Dharma Sri Kariyawasam told BBC’s Sandeshaya that although the Peramuna has been fairly circulated, many businessmen were reluctant to advertise in the paper accusing that it did not reach their target group of readers, since it was seen as biased towards main opposition UNP. Some journalists who lost their jobs told The Lanka Academic that they are contemplating legal action.
Published: Sun Dec 10 11:27:43 EST 2000

JVP delivers kidney punch to peace effort, say Tamil parties
Island, 11 December 2000. The TULF on Saturday said that the ongoing peace initiative has taken a kidney punch from the JVP’s rejection of Norway’s role in the proposed negotiations. "The JVP must not upset the peace process," R. Sampanthan, TULF’s General Secretary stressed pointing out the danger in ruining Norway’s effort to bring the government and the LTTE back to the negotiating table. Sampanthan said that the North-East issue will never be resolved without "outside" help and the JVP.The JVP with ten MPs could do a lot to promote the ongoing effort that has been supported by the international community, Sampanthan said. More...
Published: Sun Dec 10 20:47:20 EST 2000

Tigers seek removal of ban to enter Oslo peace talks
yahoo, december 10. Sri Lanka's Tamil rebels have demanded the lifting of a ban to allow them to enter Norwegian-backed peace talks and warned against moves to outlaw them in Britain, diplomats and reports said Sunday.The separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), who have been outlawed in India and Sri Lanka and designated a "foreign terrorist organisation" in the US, were seeking the revoking of the ban at home, the Sunday Leader newspaper said. More...
Published: Sun Dec 10 00:43:08 EST 2000

Doctors demand more security for strife-torn areas in Sri Lanka, Sunday,December10,2000. COLOMBO: Doctors working in the strife-torn northern and eastern parts of Sri Lanka today demanded greater security and a special insurance scheme. The doctors' call came after at least 21 doctors pulled out from hospitals in the eastern Batticaloa district claiming they did not have sufficient security to work in the region. Most doctors working in the north and east have their homes in the south of the country and do not have proper security to travel to their work stations. More...
Published: Sun Dec 10 13:04:01 EST 2000

TN: Huge heroin haul in Chennai
The Hindu NUS, 22.30 hrs (IST) on December 10, 2000. Chennai, Dec. 10. (PTI): In a major operation, a drug trafficking syndicate operating between India and Sri Lanka was busted, and 20 kilograms of `high purity' heroin, valued at Rs 20 crores in the global market, were seized here yesterday, the Narcotic Control Bureau said today. NCB personnel, acting on specific information seized the contraband from a truck at Madhavaram here early yesterday, leading to the arrest of six men and the busting of the syndicate operating from Mandsaur in Madhya Pradesh for illegal export of heroin to Sri Lanka, an NCB release said. More...
Published: Sun Dec 10 13:02:04 EST 2000

CSIS warned Ottawa of terror fronts
National Post, December 9. Eight non-profit organizations and five companies are operating in Canada as fronts for the Tamil Tigers terrorist group, according to secret intelligence documents that provide the first official confirmation that the Liberal government has received explicit warnings that the country is being used as a base for murderous operations overseas.Designated by CSIS as fronts are: WTM (Toronto), Tamil Eelam Society of Canada, TRO, Federation of Associations of Canadian Tamils, Tamil Co-ordinating Committee, Eelam Tamil Association of British Columbia, WTM (Montreal) and Eelam Tamil Association of Quebec. More...
Published: Sat Dec 9 14:15:01 EST 2000
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Sri Lankan investigator seeks meeting with bookie Mukesh Gupta
Times of India (Breaking News), 10 December 2000. A lawyer investigating match-fixing accusations against two senior cricketers will leave for India on Sunday to seek the Indian government's help in meeting bookmaker Mukesh Gupta who leveled the allegations. More...
Published: Sun Dec 10 03:01:03 EST 2000

LTTE threatens Britain with militancy
India Abroad, Dec 09, 2000 18:40 Hrs (IST) . HE LTTE would not participate in any peace talks and, instead, would turn real terrorists in Britain if it is banned in that country, the guerilla outfit's political advisor Anton Balasingham has warned Britain. The warning comes in the wake of reports of Britain's proposed anti-terrorism laws expected to be enforced early next year, The Island newspaper reported. Addressing a gathering in London on the occasion of Tamil Heroes' Day, the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam theoretician said, “We have told the British government that if you lay hands on us, we will not come for peace talks. Whether it is peace initiatives by the European countries or anyone else's attempts to bring peace, we will close the door to peace.” More...
Published: Sat Dec 9 09:36:34 EST 2000
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Doctor - victim of claymore mine blast, dies
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 1.10 p.m. SLT Saturday December 9. Dr. Duke Arulpragasam, travelling in the ill-fated Colombo bound bus which left Batticaloa three days ago succumbed to his injuries yesterday at Colombo's National hospital. The bus which went over a clay more mine, exploded, injuring 23 passengers including three doctors who were serving at the Batticaloa Teaching Hospital and who were their way to Colombo on holiday leave. The two other doctors are still in intensive care. Four passengers died on the spot.

The Government Medical Officers Association (GMOA) meanwhile is taking action to bring back all doctors who are serving in hospitals in high risk areas.
Published: Sat Dec 9 02:25:50 EST 2000

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Technical Specs and Pictures of the OPV
BR, december 7. Lightly armed and able to stage helicopters, they are fitted out for offshore patrol work but have the capacity to be much more heavily armed. Fin stabilizers are fitted and a fire fighting pump is present on the aft hanger roof. More...
Published: Sat Dec 9 16:24:13 EST 2000
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Sri Lankan navy commissions Indian-built patrol vessel  - The Hindu (International)

Advani is misleading Parliament: Jaya
yahoo, december 8. AIADMK general secretary J Jayalalitha on Friday alleged that Union Home Minister L K Advani had misled the Parliament on the issue of Multi Disciplinary Monitoring Agency's (MDMA) visit to Sri Lanka.In a statement Jayalalitha said Advani had informed the Rajya Sabha that the MDMA was in Sri Lanka between November 13 and 23 to meet the Attorney General and the Solicitor General to press for the extradition of Prabhakaran in Rajiv Gandhi assasination case.However, Sri Lankan Attorney General Kamala Sabyasan in an interview to a Sri Lankan newspaper had said the MDMK did not demand the extradition of Prabhakaran, Jayalalitha said and asked ``then what was the purpose of the MDMA's visit to Sri Lanka?'' More...
Published: Sat Dec 9 14:33:46 EST 2000

Sri Lanka minister says time running out for talks
yahoo, december 9. Sri Lanka minister says time running out for talks - A Sri Lankan army machine gun crew stand alert for possible action against Tamil Tiger rebels December 5, 2000, as the military launched an offensive in the country's northern Jaffna peninsula. More...
Published: Sat Dec 9 14:29:16 EST 2000
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Asian Human Rights Commission calls for a UN mission in Sri Lanka
Saroj Pathirana in London, Sunday 10 December 1915 GMT. The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has renewed its call for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights to establish a mission in Sri Lanka to monitor human rights abuses and crimes against humanity. Publishing its annual report on World’s Human Rights Day, Hong Kong based AHRC says that victims’ rights to competent judicial, administrative or legislative remedies have not be respected in most Asian countries including Sri Lanka.

Although the Peoples’ Alliance government is accused of not conducting proper investigations into serious human rights violations, the main opposition United National Party (UNP) do not raise their voice against, AHRC’s executive president Basil Fernando told BBC’s Sandeshaya. They are not willing to protest as UNP’s own record on human rights during their 17 year long regime was not quite impressive, he added.

" Most Asian states confine respect for human rights whether civil and political rights or economic, social and cultural rights to mere declarations and take virtually no steps towards enforcement. Most common are complaints that police seem unable to prevent abuse of electoral processes. The judiciary in several countries has come under public criticism." The AHRC report says.
Published: Sun Dec 10 14:18:20 EST 2000

Cricket-Sri Lanka in charge despite Kruger hat-trick
yahoo, december 9. A hat-trick by Eastern Province fast-medium bowler Garnett Kruger failed to stop Sri Lanka taking charge on the first day of their three-day tour match on Saturday. The touring team were 253 for nine at the close -- a lead of 161 -- after skittling Eastern Province for 92 in just over two hours. Sri Lanka exploited a greenish pitch and overcast conditions after winning the toss and putting Eastern Province in to bat, seamer Dilhara Fernando taking four for 27. More...
Published: Sat Dec 9 14:22:34 EST 2000

US based Human Rights Watch slams Sri Lanka's HR record
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 11.10 a.m. SLT Saturday December 9. The Human Rights Watch, a highly reputed and independent Non Governmental Organization based in the United States has in a recent report highlighted serious human rights abuses in Sri Lanka.

The report, titled as a 'World Report 2001' has pointed out that the island nation's long running war has claimed scores of civilian lives and has brought the number of displaced persons island wide to one million. The report released last Thursday came ahead of Human Rights day which is being marked tomorrow, December 10.

The report has also criticized the use of child soldiers by the country's rebel group the LTTE, which uses children to help fight its war against State military forces.
Published: Sat Dec 9 02:25:50 EST 2000

Jaffna mayor under death threat
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 9.25 a.m. SLT Saturday December 9. The Acting Mayor for Jaffna, Nadarajah Raviraj, claims that his life is under threat from the LTTE and that he has received more than one death threat from the Tiger group. Raviraj, a member of the moderate Tamil United Liberation Front (TULF) is unable to function in the full capacity of Mayor for Jaffna after the LTTE assassinated two Mayors in 1998, both of whom were members of the TULF.

Mrs. Sarojini Yogeswaran, of the TULF was shot dead in the northern city, on May 17, 1998 after being elected mayoress for Jaffna. Four months later, Mr. Sivapalan appointed by the TULF to succeeded Mrs. Yogeswaran was also killed, on September 11, 1998.

To date, the mayor's post in Jaffna remains vacant as a result of these killings. Nadarajah Raviraj is compelled to reside in Colombo and serve as acting mayor for Jaffna.
Published: Sat Dec 9 02:25:50 EST 2000

Sri Pada season begins tomorrow
CDN, 09 December 2000. The annual trek to Sri Pada begins on December 10 when the statue of God Saman is taken to the Sri Pada Maluwa from the Galpoththawala Raja Maha Viharaya, Pelmadulla in a motorcade followed by a procession. Tens of thousands of pilgrims, Buddhists and those of other denominations are expected to visit the sacred summit this season too to pay homage and witness the breathtaking spectacle of sun-rise in the distant horizon. More...
Published: Sat Dec 9 05:31:35 EST 2000

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