Happy Sri Lankan New Year!
Lanka Academic Network wishes all its patrons a
very happy and prosperous New Year, arriving on April 13, 2000.
Here are the auspicious times according to the
Epa Litha (in Sri Lankan time).
Arrival of the New Year: 4/13, 5:52am.
Nonagathaya: 4/13, 11:28am to 4/14 12:16am
Lighting of the stove: 4/13, 7:39pm, look East, wear golden outfits.
Eating, working and exchange of money: 4/13, 8:51pm, look East, wear golden outfits.
Applying oil in head: 4/15, 8:11am, look South, wear blue outfits.
Going to work: 4/19, 6:48am.
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Fighting continues in Jaffna Peninsula
Government troops and Tamil rebels exchanged mortar
fire in the Northern Jaffna Peninsula as the army
attempted to re-link the main supply route from Jaffna
to the strategically important Elephant Pass army
Military spokesman Brigadier Palitha Fernando said the
troops had to clear 400 meters more of the
Jaffna-Kandy road to re-establish the supply line. 20
soldiers were injured by mortar fire over night while
says it killed two rebels and killed or injured more
in retaliatory mortar fire.Over 400 soldiers and
rebels have been killed in intense fighting for over
the last two weeks when the tamil rebels infiltrated
large number of fighters and cut off the main supply
line to the Elephant Pass army camp situated at the
entrance to the Peninsula. The Elephant Pass camp is
the main obstacle to rebel plans to re-capture the
peninsula from the army which took control of the area
in June 1995.
Peace talks on hold as President Kumaratunga and
Opposition leader holidays aboard.
President Kumaratunga has left Colombo reportedly to
Europe while Opposition leader left for Egypt
temporarily suspending talks aimed at reaching a
consensus on a new constitution for the country. Sri
Lankan Newspapers reported that the President would
tour a number of European nations on a private visit
and possibly visit the United States for medical
treatment. The President lost her right eye and
injured her left eye in the December 17th bomb attack
in Colombo. Official sources said the President is due
back in the first week of May while the leader of
Opposition is due back by the end of April. The next
round of talks are expected to begin soon after the
President's return. The United National Party said
earlier that it was highly unlikely that the two
parties could reach agreement by May 15th, the
deadline set by the President to reach a consensus.
President and Opposition leader calls for peace in
their new year messages
President Kumaratunga says she is determined to end
terrorism in the New year and pledged to lay the
foundation for a genuine democracy to meet the hopes
aspirations and expectations of all people. In her New
Year Message to the country, President Kumaratunga
said it was necessary to set aside all that divided us
as a people and divert attentions. She urged the
People to join together with the singular commitment
to overcome terrorism.
Opposition leader Ranil Wickramasinghe urged that the
country dedicate itself to ending the north east
conflict and establishing a permanent peace.
Mr.Wickramasinghe said the first national New Year in
the new millennium should be the starting point in
carrying the traditional values throughout time.
India based probe team urges Prosecution of travel
agents responsible for disaster
India based probe mission into the boat disaster off
Malta on Christmas eve 1996 has urged President
Kumaratunga to take legal action against travel agents
and other conspirators involved in the tragedy. 565
people including 70 Sri Lankan illegal immigrants were
killed in this incident. The probe commission says
unemployed youth mostly from the sub continent were
promised lucrative employment in Europe and charged
two to three hundred thousand rupees to be smuggled
into European countries. The over crowded ship sank in
international waters in the Malta-Sicily canal. Of the
565 people killed 70 were Sri Lankans, 170 were
Indians and 33 were from Pakistan.