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Government doctors contemplates of going on strike.
State-hospitals doctors in Sri Lanka are expected to
lay down their tools wihin the next 48 hours over
arrears of payaments, reports here said.
The reports added that doctors will go on strike on
Wednesday. But the reports could not be verified at
the time this news going on line.
Government deploys specially trained policemen on the
streets of Colombo.
In an attempt to prevent LTTE strikes in Colombo, the
government assigned specially trained policemen on the
streets of Colombo, just 24 hours after the
Sinhala-Hindu New Year celebrations ended.
The policemen will be deployed in six sectors around
Colombo and each team will be headed by a senior
State-newspaper calls for the Sunday Leader editor to
The state-run newspaper, The "Daily News" today called
the Sunday Leader editor to quit journalism after,
the French Ambassador in Sri Lanka Elizabath Dahan in
a statement to the local newspapers said that
President Chandrika is a graduate of Sorbone
Dahan was reacting to the article in The Sunday
Leader, which stated that President Kumaratunge was
not a graduate and she was only a Diploma holder in
International Relations. The newspaper, aligned to the
main opposition party the UNP, stated that President
should say "sorry" to the public since she lied about
her educational qualifications.
The Editor of the newspaper Lasantha Wickramatunge
previously stated that he would quit journalism if he
is proved wrong. The Daily News,said that editor was
slinging "mud" at the President by publishing false
statements and based on the French ambassador's
statement he should quit.
Wickramatunge is presently in England on official
Civilians say fighting goes on, but military says no.
Civilians in northern Jaffna peninsula told LAcNet
that heavy fighting was raging along the A9 highway
but the military officials in Colombo said that the
fighting had reached a stalemate since the New Year.
New Year marred by violence.
Just 48 hours after the New Year celebrations fizzled
out, the police headquarters said here today that at
least 540 persons were admitted to the state-hospitals
due to injuries sustained from violence.
The headquarters spokesman said that amazingly this
year there were only a fewer victims involving
fire-crackers but large number were admitted due to
New Police unit to counter LTTE
Senior Superintendent of Police, Bandula
Wickremasinghe has been put in charge of a special
Police unit to fight the LTTE in Colombo. The special
police force formed in the wake of recent suicide
the Tigers, will help counter the threat of Tiger
operations in Sri Lanka's capital and prevent suicide
attacks against key targets. Mr. Bandula
Wickremasinghe who is also chief of the Criminal
Detective Bureau said more than a hundred specially
trained policeman will be
deployed to combat and counter future terrorist
attacks. He asserted that the primary function of the
unit is to fight underworld gangs operating in and
around Colombo while the hand picked officers will
also receive special training to face dreaded LTTE
attacks within the city.
Fire fight in Muhamaalai
The Sri Lanka Army today denied that any big firefight
had erupted last night between the Sri Lanka Army
(SLA) and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).
Independent reports from the northern peninsula today
said that a fire fight broke out between the two
factions in Muhamaalai at about 10 p.m. last night and
continued until 5 a.m. this morning.Brigadier Palitha
Fernando however maintained that such confrontations
on the A9 is a regular feature."Its a continuous
process.Every ten minutes we fire mortars and they
(the LTTE) retaliate. It does not suddenly erupt and
then stop. It's a constant and continuous battle," he
Residents living Southeast of Jaffna today reported
that Sri Lanka Airforce planes also bombed
Chempiyanpattu, an area controlled by the
LTTE. The army meanwhile has acknowledged that the A9
is still not safe enough to use as a Main Supply Route
the Voice of Tigers claim the LTTE are in control of a
major section of the A9 highway in the Thenamaratchi
Expat workers are the largest exchange earners.
Expat workers are the largest net foreign exchange
earners for Sri Lanka bringing an annual Rs 74 billion
(1.05 billion dollars) into the country. This amount
has been increased by Rs. 106 million over the
previous year. A number of Sri Lankans work in the
Middle East as well as in Cyprus, Singapore, Malaysia
and Hong Kong. The majority of them work as
The cost of the War
Sri Lanka has incurred a war cost amounting to two
years of annual GDP (at 1996 rates) the Institute of
Policy Studies (IPS) said in a new report finalized
last week.The report titled "The Economic
Cost of the War in Sri Lanka" states that up to 75,000
people have died in the north and east while the war,
since 1983, has wrecked havoc on the country's
economy, dissuaded foreign investors and tourists and
thousands of Tamils fleeing to the West and seeking
political asylum. The IPS report maintains that
estimating the full cost of the conflict is near
impossible."The human and social costs, disability,
dispossession and psychological trauma associated with
violence and terror are not really quantifiable."
On the other hand, in assessing the costs of war to an
economy, one would ideally calculate the destruction
of production factors to determine the country's
potential output without war and then compare this
information with the actual output," it said.
IPS said that military spending by the Government
between 1984 and 1996 totaled 287 billion rupees or
was equivalent to 41 percent of Sri Lanka's 1996 GDP
while on a conservative estimate military spending by
the rebels would have been around 10 percent of the