A female suicide bomber sets off an explosive device while
being interrogated by the police near the Sri Lankan prime
ministers office in Colombo killing at least 13 people including
some of the police officers and injuring up to 28.
All Ceylon Tamil Congress (ACTC) leader Kumar Ponnambalam
was found shot dead by an unknown gunman in Ramakrishna Terrace
Wellawatta in the morning.
Sri Lanka signs UN Convention on Suppression of
Financing of Terrorism at the United Nations in
Seven young students (in the age group 20 and 22 years)
of Hatton area were arrested with 2 kilos of high explosives
recently in a search operation conducted by police in Bogawanthalawa
Opposition UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe
on Wednesday made a historic statement in parliament, expressing
his willingness to cooperate with the government in its attempts
to enact a new constitution if it could be the panacea for
the ills of the country.
: The Sri Lankan Government says Tamil Tiger rebels
have taken control of the key Elephant Pass military base
on the northern Jaffna peninsula.
President Chandrika Kumaratunga declares the placing of
the entire nation on a war footing.
: President Kumaratunga turns down a Tamil Tiger
truce offer to enable troops to evacuate from Jaffna.
: A bomb explosion kills more than 20 people and
injures 75 others in a bomb explosion in the eastern town
Censorship on foreign media lifted: On the instruction of
the president, the Competent Authority appointed under Section
14 of the Emergency Regulation No. 1 of 2000, yesterday
eased the censorship on the foreign media. The media censorship
which was imposed on 3rd May with the promulgation of the
new Emergency Regulation No.1 of 2000 will continue to be
operative. ( Daily News 06/06/2000)
has been declared by the Government as the War Heroes Day
to commemorate the Soldiers who have sacrificed their lives.
(The Island 07/06/2000)
National Parliamentary group formed to fight terrorism:
The recently formed Jathi Hitheshi Organisation comprising
patriotic parliamentarians of both PA and UNP renamed ‘National
Parliamentary Group’ will invite their colleagues to join
them to fight terrorism as a united single force.
(Daily News 10/06/2000)
Indian Foreign Minister Jaswant Singh arrives in Colombo
for talks with President Chandrika Kumaratunga.
Norwegian Special Envoy Erik Solheim arrives in Colombo
on a three day visit to continue discussions Norway is having
with the government and the LTTE to help resolve the North-East
The curtain falls on the nine week old PA - UNP talks tonight
when the powers of the Executive President over Regional
Councils, the appointment of Judges to the Supreme Court
and the Appeal Court , Declaration of Emergency Regulations
and the Transitional powers of the President are finalised,
authoritative sources disclosed yesterday. The two sides
are in agreement to end the talks tonight with these contentious
issues being finalised to enable President Kumaratunga to
start the dialogue with the Tamil political parties from
Monday. ( The Island 07/07/2000)
– MDMK’s so called "Tamil Nadu Awakening Conference".
This two-day long political jamboree was held at Erode and
was attended by the Home Minister Mr. L. K. Advani. This
meeting was particularly marked by strong pro-LTTE overtones.
Slogans hailed MDMK’s chief Mr. Vaiko as the "Prabhakaran
of Tamil Nadu" and PMK leader Dr. S. Ramadoss proclaimed
that Tamil Elam was the only solution to the ethnic crisis
in Sri Lanka. – The Hindu ( The Island 07/07/2000)
The government has finalized a new set of regulations, including
guidelines and criteria, in respect of press censorship,
official sources said yesterday. The new laws will replace
the existing Regulation 14 of the Emergency Regulations.
On landmark judgement the Supreme Court last Friday held
that the appointment of a Competent Authority to censor
news was illegal (The Sunday Island 02/07/2000).
Delhi – India today extended its full support to the political
process initiated by the government of Sri Lanka to find
a solution to the festering ethnic conflict. The governments
assurance was conveyed by External Affairs Minister Jaswant
Singh to Sri Lankan President Chandirka Kumaratunga’s Special
Envoy Lakshman Jayakody (The Island 07/07/2000)
President Presents Constitution Bill in Parliament
The debate in Parliament on the second reading of the constitution
of the Republic of Sri Lanka Bill was adjourns without a
vote being taken.
This was agreed on at a meeting
of party leaders held yesterday as there were over 60 proposed
amendments by different parties which had to be discussed
and also since more than 40 Members of Parliament had expressed
a desire to speak in the Bill. (CDN 09/08/2000)
The leader of the House Mr
Ratnasiri Wickremanayaka informed leaders of political parties
that after the day’s debate, proceedings would be adjourned
indefinitely. Earlier the
government had decided to debate the Bill on 7th
and 8th August and put the Bill to vote on the
9th. The government needed 150 votes to pass
the Bill by a two thirds majority. (The Island 09/08/2000)
Sri Lanka's 10th Parliament
was dissolved with effect from midnight of 18th
of August with Parliamentary Elections scheduled for 10th
The Sri Lanka’s Port Development, Rehabilitation and Reconstruction
Minister, Founder and Leader of the Muslim Congress and
Founder and Leader of the National Unity Alliance. Mr. A.H.M.
Ashraff is killed in a helicopter crash near Aranayake in
the Kegalle district.
Heavily armed infantry troops
well supported by artillery and ground attack helicopters
recaptured the key town of Chavakachcheri located in the
South of the Jaffna Penninsula yesterday. (Daily News –
The security forces launched a fresh offensive yesterday
morning code named "Kinihira III" to capture terrorist
defenses and bunker lines south
of Maduvil North. (The Island – 30/10/2000)
The CID team sent for the
on-the-spot investigations has taken in to custody eight
Inspectors of Police, and six sergeants
attached to Bandarawela, Ella and several other Uva Police
stations. A senior officer is to be taken in to custody
today. Two civilians who were allegedly involved in the
attack have also been taken in to custody. The CID has also
sent a special team to trace two persons who allegedly led
the mob. (Daily News – 30/10/2000)
Government imposed curfew in the administrative districts
of Nuwara Eliya and Badulla from 8 pm on 29th
to 5 am on 30th following incidents in Talawakele
and its surrounding areas. (Daily News – 30/10/2000)
Leader of the Upcountry People’s Front MP P. Chandrasekaran
and ten youths were arrested by the police yesterday and
were being questioned in connection with incidents that
happened at Talawakale on the 29th. (The Island
– 31/10/2000 )
The ICRC Information Officer Harsha
Gunawardane said in a statement that around 1000 civilians
including children from 250 Muslim and Tamil families who
fled from their homes in Sinnappiliachenai, Neerodumani,
in China Bay (Trincomalee) have taken refuge in the Muslim
Vidyalam in China Bay. Around 240 civilians from 61 Sinhala
families displaced from their village Dimutugama in China
Bay area have taken shelter in the Sinhala Vidyalaya in
China Bay. This is following the intense confrontations
between the security forces and the LTTE on Monday. (The
Island – 26/10/2000)
In an incident that occurred in the detention camp at Bindunuwewa
26 inmates were killed and 16 were wounded.
Police said that there have
been mounting tension at the detention camp since 24th
evening. At the request of the police in the camp the Area
Commander of the Army had sent troops from the Diyatalawa
Army Training School and defused the tension. However, there
was renewed tension on the morning of the 25th.
This was followed by a mob described by the Police as numbering
over one thousand villagers armed with knives and clubs
storming the Detention Camp, attacking inmates and setting
buildings on fire. (Daily News – 26/10/2000)
The inmate Tiger suspects
numbering 40 at the Bindunuwewa rehabilitation camp had
launched a protest campaign against detaining them for rehabilitation
and demanding their immediate release.
President Chandrika Kumaratunga
appointed a 44 member Cabinet of ministers, the largest
in the History of Parliamentary government in Sri Lanka
since independence 52 years ago.
President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga invites the
People's Alliance (PA) to form the new Government.
The People's Alliance will form the new Government with
116 members. The Cabinet of Ministers is to be sworn in
10th: The country
goes to polls
A total of 12,071,062 million electors go to the polls today
to select 196 members to the country's 11th Parliament.
Polling which begins at 7 am concludes at 4 pm.
Already, a total of 253,193
Government servants, security personnel and those in essential
services have cast their postal votes.
Polling will be conducted
at 9946 centres countrywide. A total of 5048 candidates,
the highest number in the country's history of Parliamentary
Elections, from 29 political parties and 99 independent
groups are in the fray. (There were only 1440 candidates
at the last General Election in 1994). There are 45 recognised
political parties in the country.
The election is based on
the proportional representation system. Voters directly
elect 196 members of the 225-seat Parliament. The balance
29 are picked from the national lists of the parties in
the running on the basis of their showing at the national
level. (Daily News Internet Edition)
Former Prime Minister
Mrs. Sirimavo R D Bandaranaike, the world's first woman
Prime Minister died this morning while returning to Colombo
from Attanagalla, the constituency which she had represented
US Assistant Secretary of State for South Asian Affairs,
Karl F Inderfurth said yesterday that one of the reasons
he was in Sri Lanka was to express his government’s strong
support for a negotiated political solution to the country’s
tragic conflict. He said that United States supports the
territorial integrity and unity
of Sri Lanka…(Daily News – 29/11/2000).
15 police and army suspects detained
in Bindunuwewa incident. (Daily News – 24/11/2000).
government has decided to postpone the North-East provincial
council election scheduled for this month to December next
year due to a combination of factors, political sources
said. The recent developments relating to peace talks between
the government and the LTTE , the security situation in
certain parts of the North-East Province and the pending
recommendations of a Presidential Committee considering
amendments to the Provincial Council and Local Government
Laws have all contributed to the postponement of the election.
(The Island – 13/11/2000)
to talk further with Norway on LTTE peace moves. (Sunday
Observer – 12/11/2000).
"Further talks will
be held with Norway to clarify some issues before the
modalities for peace talks are worked out," PA General
Secretary and Agriculture Minister D.M. Jayaratne told
the ‘Sunday Observer’.
After ceremonially opening the parliament President Kumaratunga
told the nation yesterday that the government has not closed
door to the LTTE to enter the democratic process, but it
should genuinely discuss clear definite political issues…
(Daily News - 10/11/2000)
President Chandrika Kumaratunga ceremonially opened the
11th parliament of independent Sri Lanka.(Daily
News - 10/11/2000)
After ceremonially opening
the parliament President Kumaratunga told the nation yesterday
that the Government has not closed door to the LTTE to enter
the democratic process, but it should genuinely discuss
clear definite political issues…
(Daily News - 10/11/2000)
The Upcountry People’s Front (UPF) President P Chandrasekeran,
UNP MP for Nuwara Eliya District who was taken in to custody
by the Talawakele Police on October 29th and
handed over to the CID on October 30th was yesterday
released by the CID on a directive by the Attorney General
. (Daily News – 07/11/2000)
certificates from Sinhala
to English beginning next year. (Daily News – 06/11/2000).
Norway’s peace envoy to Sri Lanka, Erik Solheim told a news
conference in Colombo on Thursday that during a meeting
with the LTTE leader he conveyed the international opinion
that there could be no new independent states in Sri Lanka
and also the aspirations of the Tamils should be met in
a substantial manner as a solution to the ethnic problem.
Mr. Solheim met the LTTE leader in the Wanni district in
the Northern Sri Lanka. (The Sunday Times – 05/11/2000).
MPs From Tamil Nadu, expressing concern over the gravity
of the Sri Lankan ethnic conflict, have sought permission
of Indian Premier A B Vajpayee to visit the North-East of
Sri Lanka to assess the situation. A memorandum signed 30
Tamil Nadu MPs, representing a spectrum of parties and including
political leaders such as Jayalalitha Jeyaram, Subramanian
Sawamy and V Gopalasamy (MDMK), also called on the premier
to persuade the Sri Lankan government to withdraw its armed
forces from North-East. (The Sunday Times – 05/11/2000).
Sea Tigers escaped from a major attack by naval troops on
Wednesday night after hijacking a Russian Merchant vessel
in the Sea off Mullaitivu, a navy spokesman said yesterday.
(Daily News - 03/11/2000).
Norwegian peace envoy Erik Solheim has had talks
with separatist Tamil leader Velupillai Prabhakaran, Tamil
Radio reported on Wednesday. It was believed to be the first
time since 1987 that the reclusive Prabhakaran had met a
foreign envoy. (Daily News - 03/11/2000)
were held in Talawakelle and other areas affected by the
Bindunuwewa incident by High ranking officials to defuse
the tension and start immediate rehabilitation measures
on a directive by President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga.
Some 500 affected persons have been housed at the Kathiresan
Temple and the Buddhist vihara. Forty two shops at Talawakelle
and Tillicoultry bazaar and nine shops at the Ginigathena
town have been burnt down, in addition to forty houses in
the area. (Daily News – 03/11/2000)
Gap between the government and the LTTE positions may prevent
early talks – Norwegian Government (The Island 21/12/2000).
"EU condemns LTTE terror."
The European Union in its declaration on Sri Lanka at the
World Bank Development Forum has reiterated its firm condemnation
of the terrorist acts and violations of human rights and
international humanitarian law perpetrated by the LTTE,
especially by the conscription of child soldiers. (Daily
News – 20/12/2000)
"Negotiations cannot be held under conditions of war
– LTTE," London. (The Island – 19/12/2000)
"Aid Meeting to focus on Sri Lankan peace efforts"
(18 Reuters). Sri Lanka’s efforts towards resolving its
protracted and costly ethnic war will be the main focus
at this week’s meeting of donor agencies in Paris, officials
said on Monday (18th). (The Island – 19/12/2000)
"Stop LTTE fundraising-Canadian opposition." The
Canadian opposition has called for action against front
organisations for the Tamil Tigers who are channeling up
to two million dollars a year to the LTTE, Canada’s "National
Post" reported yesterday (18th). (The Island – 19/12/2000)
"We will not entertain any conditions imposed by LTTE
– President tells Sri Lanka Development Forum meeting in
Paris." "There is a ray of opportunity, more hope
for reaching a solution. Our doors are always open for negotiations
with the LTTE. But we will not entertain any conditions
imposed by the LTTE." (Daily News – 19/12/2000)
The security forces and the LTTE units were engaged in heavy
artillery duels in the Jaffna Peninsula yesterday as the
army launched Stage 2 of "Operation Kinihira-5"*
(Sunday Observer – 17/12/2000).
*1st stage of "Operation
Kinihira" Dec. 5th and 6th -
troops regained approximately six square kms including over
2kms of Jaffna – Kandy highway.(The Island – 17/12/2000)
Lanka warns Britain to ban Tigers" (17, Reuters). Sri
Lanka on Saturday (16th) warned Britain to outlaw Tamil
Tiger groups operating from the country or risk a worsening
in relations. Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadirgamar said
that after new anti-terrorism legislation takes effect next
year, Britain would no longer be able to argue that it had
no law to ban the LTTE, whose international offices are
in London. (The Island – 18/12/2000)
Tigers can destabilize India and spread terrorism to the
US and Western Europe, warns a US military journal (The
Nadu Congress ( I ) joins AIADMK’s call to dismiss DMK government
for encouraging LTTE (The Island –12/12/2000).
"Ban the LTTE and we will really become terrorists."
The political advisor of the LTTE, Anton Balasingham, has
warned Britain that if that country bans the LTTE they would
not come for peace talks but would "really become terrorists."
(Balasingham addressing a gathering in London in Tamil on
the occasion of "Tamil Heroes Day") (The Island
wants India to ‘monitor; Sri Lanka-LTTE talks", Jayalalitha
calls for ban on Tamil parties with LTTE links. The Tamil
nationalist movement leader P Nedumaran said that India
should play a "monitoring" role in the proposed
talks between the Sri Lankan government and the LTTE, according
to two ‘Hindu’ reports on Wednesday (6th). (The Island –
Operation Kinihira-5 launched: The security forces captured
nearly six square kilometers in Nunavil, East of Chavakachcheri
West in Jaffna at noon yesterday six hours after troops
launched Operation Kinihira-5, Military Spokesman Brigadier
Sanath Karunaratne said. (Daily News – 06/12/2000)