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VOL. 1, NO. 270

Happy 2001!
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Sri Lanka's Tigers acquire Stinger missiles: report, Dec 31 2000 15:22 IST. COLOMBO, Dec 31 (AFP) - Sri Lanka's military authorities have found evidence pointing to the use of sophisticated Stinger heat-seeking surface-to-air missiles, a press report here said Sunday. Video footage showing preparations for a rebel suicide bombing against a key navy base in the north-east of the island in October showed a guerrilla carrying a Stinger missile, the Sunday Times newspaper said. More...
Published: Sun Dec 31 13:54:27 EST 2000

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Norway for international truce monitoring committee in Lanka
India Abroad, Dec 31, 2000 14:40 Hrs (IST) . NORWAY will make a bid to break a deadlock between the Sri Lankan government and Tamil Tiger rebels by proposing an international committee to monitor pre-talk de-escalation of hostilities, press reports said Sunday. Representatives of "several concerned nations" would be appointed to the body to keep tabs on a truce, which would include the rebels halting suicide bombings and other attacks outside the embattled Jaffna peninsula. The government will in turn have to lift an economic embargo in the areas under the Tigers' control, the Sunday Leader newspaper said quoting "informed Western diplomatic sources." More...
Published: Sun Dec 31 13:56:03 EST 2000
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Norway to salvage Sri Lanka peace bid amid mounting offensive  -
Solheim to present fresh peace plans to Lanka  - The Hindustan Times

No Attack from LTTE Before the end of truce
Saroj Pathirana in London, Sunday 31 December 1640 GMT. LTTE would not attack army positions before the cease-fire, which they themselves declared, ends, a war expert claimed today. The Sunday Times defence analyst Iqbal Athas said that although the LTTE had recently acquired more High-Tech weaponry, it will be counter productive for them to attack the government forces during the month long cease-fire. Talking to BBC’s Sandeshaya, Mr. Athas said that the rebels may be preparing for a major attack or a series of attacks after the truce ends on January the 24th.
Published: Sun Dec 31 11:43:33 EST 2000

LTTE man deported
The Hindu, Monday, January 01, 2001. A Sri Lankan-born LTTE member, found guilty of manufacturing a submarine for the Tamil rebels in Thailand, has been deported by Thai authorities to Norway, the country of his residence. A criminal court in Pukhet, Thailand, found Christy Reginold Lawrence guilty of manufacturing the Submarine and ordered his deportation on Monday, Sri Lankan newspaper, The Sunday Times reported today. He was arrested in April. More...
Published: Sun Dec 31 17:12:24 EST 2000

My support to LTTE will continue: Vaiko
The Hindu (Southern States), Monday, January 01, 2001. MADURAI, DEC. 31. The MDMK general secretary, Mr. Vaiko, today asserted that his support for the LTTE would continue, regardless of India's ban on the organisation, though he had to toe certain policies of the Central Government as an ally. Addressing party workers at a meeting held here today, Mr. Vaiko said his support was in view of the ``genocide perpetrated on the Eelam Tamils by the Sri Lankan Army'' and accused the Chandrika Government of increasing the magnitude of violence on the Tamils immediately after the recent unilateral ceasefire announcement by the militants. The Sri Lankan Government would never render justice to the Eelam Tamils, he claimed and added that the former stood exposed to the international community now, by disregarding the ceasefire offer. More...
Published: Sun Dec 31 22:03:27 EST 2000
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TN: Vaiko flays Sri Lankan Govt.  - The Hindu NUS
Lankan govt turns down moderate parties' request  - Yahoo India

Buddhist shrine in Sri Lanka seeks donations to tighten security, Dec 31 2000 14:37 IST. COLOMBO, Dec 31 (AFP) - Donations are being sought to beef up security at one of Buddhism's holiest shrines following a devastating suicide bomb attack at the Sri Lankan-based temple almost three years ago, officials said Sunday. Police were unable to provide full protection to the 16th century Temple of the Tooth in Kandy because of a lack of money, police officials said, acknowledging they were seeking public donations. More...
Published: Sun Dec 31 13:55:04 EST 2000

Sri Lankan troops link Jaffna Peninsula's two largest cities
MSNBC, december 31. Government troops have re-established a road link between Jaffna Peninsula's two largest cities after forcing Tamil Tiger rebels to retreat from the area, military officials said Sunday.The road connecting the region's main city, Jaffna, to Chavakachcheri, the second largest city, came under military control late Saturday after government troops forced the rebels out of the area, defense spokesman Brig. Sanath Karunaratne said. More...
Published: Sun Dec 31 14:04:34 EST 2000
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Sri Lanka says troops gain more ground in north  - Yahoo India
Sri Lanka army 'gains ground'  - BBC South Asia
Sri Lankan forces battle Tamil rebels in new push  - MSNBC

Location of the Sunday Times Online Edition
LAcNet, December 31. Please note that while the LAcNet server is being reconfigured the latest issue of the Sunday Times is published Here...
Published: Sun Dec 31 02:55:19 EST 2000

Sri Lanka army 'retakes key bridge'
BBC South Asia, Saturday, 30 December, 2000, 14:26 GMT . We have captured the Navatkuli bridge, and there was very little resistance Military spokesman Sanath Karunaratne Military spokesman Brigadier Sanath Karunaratne said the operation to retake Navatkuli bridge - which controls access to the peninsula's second largest town, Chavakachcheri - had met with scant resistance. The rebels, he said, had simply abandoned their positions and fled when troops backed by tanks, aircraft and navy gunboats attacked at dawn. More...
Published: Sat Dec 30 12:32:40 EST 2000
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Full Story >>  - India Abroad
Lankan troops capture key bridge in major offensive  - The Hindustan Times
Sri Lanka army 'takes key bridge'  - BBC South Asia
Army captures key Jaffna bridge  - BBC South Asia
Sri Lanka takes key bridge in major anti-Tiger drive  -
Sri Lanka opens key highway in major anti-Tiger drive  -
Sri Lanka mounts anti-Tiger drive  - BBC South Asia
Sri Lanka troops take key bridge in major offensive  -

"Lankan Tamils dumped in Siberia"
The Hindu NUS, 22.30 hrs (IST) on December 31, 2000. London, Dec. 31. (PTI): Twenty-five Sri Lankan Tamils were dumped in the Siberian wasteland of Kazakhstan by a "businessman" who promised to help them emigrate to Germany, media reported here today. The stranded Tamils were found by Kazakh border guards four days later when they were carrying the body of a group member who had died from exposure to cold, the Sunday Telegraph reported. Police in Pavlodar in northern Kazakhstan said the Lankan Tamils were misled into believing they were in Germany. More...
Published: Sun Dec 31 13:53:25 EST 2000

Sri Lanka appoints new navy chief
India Abroad, Dec 31, 2000 16:40 Hrs (IST) . VICE Admiral Daya Sandagiri, a Sri Lankan Navy veteran of 34 years standing, will take over as the country's 14th chief of naval staff Monday, the defense ministry said. Sandagiri, who has been director of naval operations under four navy commanders, is a graduate of India's Defense Services Staff College in Wellington. Before his 1984 graduation from Wellington, he was trained on two Indian naval carriers -- INS Valsura for a sub lieutenant technical course and the INS Venduruthy for specialization in gunnery. More...
Published: Sun Dec 31 13:52:44 EST 2000

MPs cartwheel before cars
The Island, December 31. Gas prices rose by Rs. 39 increasing the price of a 12.5 kg cylinder to Rs. 509. Paying more for diesel will push bus and train fares by 35 per cent effective tomorrow. The government on the other hand is going ahead building new palaces for the President and the Speaker which will cost billions. Kumaratunga has already moved into the President’s House located in a high security zone. This building has enough space.Government expenditure to maintain Members of Parliament, the President and the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition now seem to guzzle a pile of tax money. The JVP MPs who pledged never to draw any additional allowances other than the salary have so far enjoyed those allowances paid along with their salaries. More...
Published: Sat Dec 30 20:19:15 EST 2000

Norway in new bid to break peace deadlock in Sri Lanka, Dec 31 2000 10:43 IST. COLOMBO, Dec 31 (AFP) - Norway, which has been struggling to broker peace in Sri Lanka for the past 18 months, will make a fresh attempt to end a deadlock and bring the warring sides to the table, a report said Sunday. Norway's special envoy, Erik Solheim, is to undertake another visit to Sri Lanka with a set of new proposals on breaking the stalemate over the establishment of a ceasefire, the Sunday Leader newspaper said. More...
Published: Sun Dec 31 01:40:55 EST 2000

ASPs go to Supreme Court about their promotions
Island, 31 Dec. 2000. Fourteen Assistant Superintendents of Police (ASPs) complained to the Supreme Court last week about the recent promotions given to 37 police officers, to the rank of Superintendents of Police grade II.The petitioners had alleged that officers who had been issued letters of warning for perpetrating offences and who had also been parties to pending fundamental rights applications, had secured their promotions. The failure to promote the petitioners constitute unequal treatment and is discriminatory and unreasonable given the numerous qualifications possessed by the petitioners.The petitioners are R. W. M. Swarnesinghe, K. E. L. Perera, H. A. M. G. Seneviratne, J. B. Wegodapola, J. L. Kaluarachchi, N. D. S. Perera, L. Noel Francis, M. C. Fernando, A. B. M. Perera, R. M. A. D. P. K. Rajakaruna, Lucky Bandara, T. B. Munidasa, L. G. Kularatne and K. R. Wimalasena. More...
Published: Sat Dec 30 20:55:58 EST 2000

Community remembers victims of gang violence
Toronto Star, december 28. They were promising students who stayed out of trouble.They had loving families.And they were each gunned down in gang violence in the city.Kapilan Palasanthiran, 19, Sujeevan Sritharan, 18, and Rishikesan Selvarajah, 17, were remembered in a vigil last night at the doughnut shop, at Bridletowne Circle and Finch Ave. E., where Palasanthiran was killed in a drive-by shooting three years ago yesterday. More...
Published: Sun Dec 31 01:39:14 EST 2000

Sri Lanka troops in new attack on Tamil rebels
MSNBC, december 30. Government troops launched a new assault against Tamil rebels Saturday, disregarding a temporary rebel cease-fire and recapturing a strategic bridge on the Jaffna peninsula, a main battlefield in Sri Lanka's 17-year-old civil war. The bridge, which the spokesman said was badly damaged, is one of five entry points to the government-held city of Jaffna. Government troops captured another key bridge last week. The Tamil rebels had seized both bridges in May. More...
Published: Sat Dec 30 14:21:18 EST 2000

Tamil parties appeal for acceptng LTTE ceasefire, Saturday,December30,2000. COLOMBO: Eleven Tamil political parties have decided to make a joint appeal to the international community to pressurise the Sri Lankan government to accept the LTTE's unilateral ceasefire offer. The decision was taken at a meeting attended by representatives of TULF, PLOTE, ACTE, CWC (alternative group) and TELCO here yesterday. More...
Published: Sat Dec 30 14:11:09 EST 2000

Tamil parties urge India, US pressure on govt
Yahoo India, Sunday December 31, 2:21 AM. COLOMBO, DEC 30: Ten moderate Tamil parties in a joint statement have urged India, the United States and other countries to put pressure on the Sri Lankan government to accept the unilateral ceasefire announced by rebels. ``The US, Britain, India, members of the European Union and other countries interested in solving the conflict in Sri Lanka should exert pressure on the Lankan Government to bring an end to the war,'' said leaders of the 10 parties who met here yesterday. The rebels, fighting for an independent Tamil homeland in the North and east, announced a month-long ceasefire beginning Sunday. But the government rejected the truce. More...
Published: Sat Dec 30 17:19:00 EST 2000

Muralitharan first Sri Lankan to join 300 club
Yahoo India, december 30. DURBAN, DEC 30: Muttiah Muralitharan became the first Sri Lankan to take 300 wickets in Tests when Shaun Pollock was caught at silly point for 11. Fast bowler Pollock, the South African captain, reached 200 wickets on Thursday. Muralitharan, playing in his 58th Test, reached 300 wickets faster than any other bowler except for former Australian pace great Dennis Lillee, who made it in 55 matches. He is the fastest spin bowler to reach the milestone, and the 17th cricketer to do so. More...
Published: Sat Dec 30 19:06:03 EST 2000

Army offensive against LTTE continues
The Hindu NUS, 16.00 hrs (IST) on December 30, 2000. Colombo, Dec. 30 (PTI): The Sri Lankan Army today continued its offensive against the LTTE in northern Jaffna and recaptured a strategic bridge despite unilateral declaration of a ceasefire by the rebels. Army spokesman brigadier Sanat Karunaratne said troops mounted a major offensive this morning on LTTE defences at Navatkuli bridge about 20 km from Jaffna town and captured it. More...
Published: Sat Dec 30 12:42:37 EST 2000
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Key bridge, territory wrested from Tamil rebels  - The Hindu NUS
Lankan troops capture key bridge in Jaffna  - India Abroad
Sri Lanka takes bridge in first push since truce  - Yahoo

‘New millennium starts midnight tonight’
India Abroad, Dec 31, 2000 19:20 Hrs (IST) . SCIENCE fiction writer Sir Arthur C. Clarke has asked the world to celebrate the ‘real beginning of the new millennium’ from midnight Sunday night. "The intelligent minority of this world will mark January one, 2001 as the real beginning of the 21st century and the third millennium," the Britain-born writer said in a statement. Sunday is an important day as it is the last day of the second millennium but those who celebrated the event last December can also join in tonight's celebrations. More...
Published: Sun Dec 31 14:26:41 EST 2000

Resort raid: Sri Lanka hunts for Army deserters
The Hindu (International), Saturday, December 30, 2000. ``There are six teams of detachments deployed to apprehend the suspects. The prime suspects are two army deserters,'' the Superintendent of Police, Mr. Sunil Perera, told Reuters at the scene of the crime. But no arrests had been made so far, he said. Witnesses said eight masked men armed with military- issue T-56 assault rifles and smaller weapons, raided the resort near Tangalla, 150 km southeast of Colombo, late on Wednesday. More...
Published: Sat Dec 30 12:43:53 EST 2000

A Norwegian Embassy press release states:
The Island, december 30. "In a front-page article on 25th December 2000, ‘The Island’ quotes from and comments on an e-mail information related to an alleged Norwegian position on the conflict in Sri Lanka. The e-mail information refers to an interview by our special envoy Erik Solheim to the Indian State Television. More...
Published: Sat Dec 30 01:37:04 EST 2000

Foreign aid: No more on a platter?
The Island, december 30. The message was crystal clear. The Regional Vice-President of the World Bank, Ms. Micko Nishmizu spelt it out in terse language in her opening address to the Parisd-based Development Forum's session devoted to Sri Lanka. The presence of haut personalite from Sri Lanka did not compel her to think of any moderation. In fact, that very presence seems to have made the language, tone and content even harsher though couched in verbiage here and there. The Forum had decided it should make full use of the rare opportunity presented to it, to show where things had gone wrong and to send a clear message to the Sri Lankan government. More...
Published: Sat Dec 30 01:41:33 EST 2000

Premadasa delayed IPKF’s Lanka departure
The Hindustan Times, Colombo, December 29. PRESIDENT RANASINGHE Premadasa, who is widely believed to have 'kicked' the Indian Peace Keeping Force (IPKF) out of the island country ten years ago, had actually delayed its departure by months. Premadasa's attempts to win over Prime Minister V P Singh, supposedly friendlier than his predecessor Rajiv Gandhi, to hasten the departure of the troops, also failed miserably, because the 100,000-man IPKF left only when it wanted to, says Mr Kalyananda Godage, who was Sri Lanka's Deputy High Commissioner in New Delhi during those tense years. More...
Published: Sat Dec 30 12:53:46 EST 2000

S Africa confident for second Test against Lankans
Times of India (Breaking News), december 31. South African captain Shaun Pollock is confident his team are capable of beating Sri Lanka in the second of three Tests starting Tuesday at Newlands in Cape Town.Pollock said South Africa had dominated the drawn first Test which ended in Durban Saturday and believed they would have won if the whole fourth day was not rained out. More...
Published: Sun Dec 31 14:09:14 EST 2000
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Sri Lankans secure draw  - BBC South Asia
Muralitharan claims 300th test wicket  - The Hindu NUS
Sri Lanka hang on grimly  - BBC South Asia
Sri Lankans hang on for draw  - BBC South Asia
Lankans hang on for draw  - BBC South Asia

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