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OCTOBER 31, 2000 EST, USA
 
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IRANGANI SERASINGHE - LANKA'S LEADING LADY
Bandula Jayasekera, in Colombo. She has done so much for the country's arts, culture, environment, and its society. She was a member of the Environmental Authority and continues to run the organisation 'Rukrekaganno' from her house. That too because she was asked to vacate the premises the organisation occupied earlier. Once Gamani Fonseka said of her "With her talent she could have won many Oscars if she had been born in America." President Chandrika calls her affectionately 'Chandi Nanda' and Ranil Wickremasinghe is her close relation too. She is the inimitable Irangani Serasinghe. More...
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A tribute to a BBC correspondent killed in Jaffna, Sri Lanka.
LTTE TOO GOES ON A RECRUITMENT DRIVE
Bandula Jayasekera in Colombo. Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam too have commenced a recruitment drive after the army launched their Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam carry out their recruitment drive. At present both the army and the LTTE are facing a severe man power shortage to continue with the war. Sri Lankan army is trying to reach out to the youth with a mass scale publicity campaign in the national media. It is interesting to find out how the LTTE is carrying out their recruitment drive. More...
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EU urges Sri Lanka to ensure open, fair elections
123India.com, Oct 31 2000 23:25 IST. PARIS, Oct 31 (AFP) - The European Union urged the Sri Lankan authorities Tuesday to ensure that subsequent elections were fully open and fair after praising an October 10 parliamentary poll in which voters were able "to cast their votes in a reasonably acceptable manner." An EU observer mission headed by Member of the European Parliament John Cushnahan monitored the poll which was held in Sri Lanka except in areas controlled by the rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). More...
Published: Tue Oct 31 20:30:26 EST 2000
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Azhar ‘names’ Jadeja, Mongia; Arjuna, Stewart among tainted
HT, November 1. N A damning expose, the CBI has alleged that Mohammed Azharuddin “fixed” cricket matches with the help of Ajay Jadeja and Nayan Mongia for large sums, and has listed England’s Alec Stewart, Australia’s Mark Waugh as well as Sri Lanka’s Arjuna Ranatunga among the foreign players who were either offered or paid money by bookies. More...
Published: Tue Oct 31 21:05:16 EST 2000
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Azhar fixed matches with help from Jadeja, Mongia: CBI  - The Hindu NUS

Amarasiri Dodamgoda calls for Re-Election
Saroj Pathirana in London, Tuesday 30 October 1700 GMT. Vocational Training minister Amarasiri Dodamgoda has requested Election Commissioner Dayananda Dissanayake to cancel the Galle District polls and re-elect new parliamentarians to the district, as there were vote-rigging during the general election.

Earlier, minister Dodamgoda accused minister and Leader of the House Richard Pathirana for trying to displace his preferential votes, which District Election officials deny.
Published: Tue Oct 31 12:09:30 EST 2000


Government blamed for Bindunuwewa Attack
Saroj Pathirana in London. The New Left Front today condemned the racist attack on Bindunuwewa Open Prison and blamed government for provocating racism. "This is Entirely the result of the provocative campaign carried out by the Prime Minister Rathnasiri, who is dancing to the tune of Sinhala Urumaya", the statement signed by Dr. Vickramabahu Karunaratne stated. NLF also condemned the arrest of Up Country People?s Front Leader, P.Chandrasekaran and demanded an immediate release.

Meanwhile, UNP Deputy Leader, Gampaha District MP Karu Jayasuriya commenting on the arrest of UNP MP Chandrasekaran said NLF and CWC activists who took part in last rally with his party?s MP Chandrasekaran should also be arrested.

NLF secretary Linus Jayathilake accused UNP in BBC?s Sandeshaya, for trying to clean their hands by betraying its own members.
Published: Tue Oct 31 12:09:30 EST 2000

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Sri Lanka jets attack Tiger targets
123India.com, Oct 31 2000 16:08 IST. COLOMBO, Oct 31 (AFP) - Sri Lanka air force jets on Tuesday bombed suspected Tamil rebel positions in the north-east of the country, where guerrillas had recently attacked a navy base, officials said. The aircraft pounded suspected positions of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) at Upparu in Trincomalee district, local officials said, adding that they had no immediate details of casualties. More...
Published: Tue Oct 31 06:57:06 EST 2000
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TRC chief faults Vaiko's stand on 'Eelam' struggle
The Hindu (Southern States), Wednesday, November 01, 2000. TIRUCHI, OCT. 31. The Tamilaga Rajiv Congress president, Mr. Vazhapadi Ramamurthy has taken exception to the MDMK general secretary, Mr. Vaiko's statement equating the Palestinian liberation movement with the Sri Lankan ethnic struggle. Addressing mediapersons here today, Mr. Ramamurthy said Mr. Vaiko had presented a `flawed' argument without a proper understanding of history. More...
Published: Tue Oct 31 20:31:27 EST 2000
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Warships deployed to check arms piracy
The Hindu NUS, 20.00 hrs (IST) on October 31, 2000. New Delhi, Oct. 31. (PTI): The Navy today deployed fast attack warships off the strategic Andaman and Nicobar islands in a major bid to choke off illegal arms running to Myanmar, which ultimately find their way to insurgent groups in North-East and Sri Lanka. "The first of the four fast attack craft INS Trinkat has been based on the island to bolster vigilance capability," a naval spokesman said. More...
Published: Tue Oct 31 10:27:30 EST 2000

SLMC again calls for probe into the death of Ashraff
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 12.10 p.m. SLT Tuesday October 31. The Sri Lanka Muslim Congress has once again made a request to President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunge to step up investigations into the death of its former Leader M. H. M. Ashraff. The SLMC maintains that the helicopter crash which claimed the life of Ashraff and 13 others is suspicious and that the party has not yet been told as to what the initial investigation found. The SLMC at a polit bureau meeting held last night stated that a full and impartial probe into Ashraff's death must be conducted and the party briefed on its findings.
Published: Tue Oct 31 03:03:41 EST 2000

Tensions simmer upcountry
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 10.10 a.m. SLT Tuesday October 31. Even while police claim that calm now prevails in Sri Lanka's hill country, a bus was damaged by two rival mobs in the Udugama area at Pussellawa in the Kandy district yesterday. Police say that the incident was a personal dispute between two groups of villagers and had no relation to similar incidents over the last two days in the N'Eliya and Hatton areas where mobs have damaged buildings and four compartments of a train in retaliation for the murders of 26 Tamil detainees at Bandarawela.

A 15 hour curfew imposed by police at 3 p.m. yesterday in the upcountry areas of N'Eliya, Hatton, Lindula and Talawakelle was lifted at 6 a.m. this morning after police determined that the situation in the hill country was relatively normal.

W. K. B. Weragama, General Manager for the Railways said today that he hoped to resume train services to the upcountry by this evening. Train services were restricted upto Nawalapitiya yesterday after angry mobs attacked the Udarata Menike and two other trains plying to the hill country.

Hundreds of police and armed forces personnel were deployed on the instructions of President Chandrika Kumaratunge in Sri Lanka's tea estates as Tamil and Sinhalese gangs continued to burn and destroy each others establishments. The incidents began after the brutal massacre of 26 Tamil detainees at the Bindunuwewa detention center at Bandarawela. Estate Tamils who went on the rampage were joined by Sinhala mobs who counter attacked the Tamils in ugly scenes similar to the 1983 racial riots in the country.

Tamil United Liberation Front, (TULF) MP Joseph Pararajasingham has meanwhile called for the release of P. Chandrasekeran, Leader for the Upcountry Peoples Front (UPF). The TULF maintain that the detention of Chandrasekeran who is a member of Parliament is illegal as his arrest was carried out minus the permission of the Speaker for Parliament. The TULF has condemned the arrest and assert that it can only lead to further unrest in the estate sectors upcountry.

The UPF Chief, taken in by police squads, is being held under tough laws of the Prevention of Terrorism Act. Chandrasekeran was arrested by a special police team early last morning on allegations that he was responsible in instigating racial riots in the hill country following the killings at Bindunuwewa.

Meanwhile Neranjan Wijeratne the Diyawadana Nilame for the Sri Dalada Maligawa today called upon the Minister for Ethnic Affairs and National Integration to interven in the present crisis situation upcountry and bring about peace. Wijeyratne further condemned the attack on the Tamils at the Bindunuwewa rehabilitation center saying that no way can such an incident be justified.
Published: Tue Oct 31 03:03:41 EST 2000


Sri Lanka President appeals for calm, curfew reimposed
123India.com, Oct 31 2000 19:00 IST. COLOMBO, Oct 31 (AFP) - Sri Lanka President Chandrika Kumaratunga Tuesday appealed for calm as a night curfew was re-imposed in a central district where hundreds of army troops patrolled the streets to prevent rioting. More...
Published: Tue Oct 31 09:32:51 EST 2000
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Riots give way to tense calm in Sri Lanka's hills
MSNBC, Tuesday, October 31 4:38 PM SGT . COLOMBO, Oct. 31 — A tense calm settled on Sri Lanka's central hills on Tuesday after two days of the worst inter-communal violence to hit the war-torn country in 17 years. There were no reports of fresh violence, but a minority Tamil party whose leader was arrested after the riots vowed to step up pressure to secure his release. More...
Published: Tue Oct 31 07:04:46 EST 2000
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Roy Dias tipped to become Bangladesh's coach
The Hindu NUS, 18.00 hrs (IST) on October 31, 2000. Dhaka, Oct. 31. (DPA): Former Sri Lankan test cricketer Roy Dias is tipped to become coach of Bangladesh's national cricket team, Bangladesh Cricket Board sources have said. Dias's name was proposed to Bangladesh by the Sri Lankan cricket authorities recently. The retired star cricketer will replace South African coach Eddie Barlow who had suffered a stroke last April and is unable to complete his two-year contract. More...
Published: Tue Oct 31 08:16:50 EST 2000

LTTE plan to kill prominent politicians in U.P.
The Hindu NUS, 18.00 hrs (IST) on October 31, 2000. Lucknow, Oct. 31. (UNI): The Uttar Pradesh Government has issued high alert after Intelligence reports of two LTTE rebels, one of them a France-based member of its suicide squad, planning to sneak into the State to kill prominent political personalities. The plan, according to the communication, is coordinated by a Bangkok-based person named Radha alias Lokendra Rasa. ndian Intelligence agencies have come to know that Radha has directed two LTTE activists -- Jeeva and Seelan -- to carry out the plan. More...
Published: Tue Oct 31 08:17:44 EST 2000

Sri Lanka Telecom Internet Plan Aims To Lead E-Commerce
Yahoo Asia, Tuesday, October 31 4:03 PM SGT . We are looking to make available the tools of the Internet to a wider mass (of people) in the country, said Satoru Hashimoto, chief executive officer of Sri Lanka Telecom. He said SLTNet, launched Monday, will lead the project for an Internet-driven market in the country as well as the South Asian region. Through a highly interactive Web site, the company hopes to introduce new features such as online e-business tools. More...
Published: Tue Oct 31 04:47:41 EST 2000

Lanka coach for separate test, one-dayer squads
Times of India (Breaking News), October 31. COLOMBO: Sri Lankan coach Davenell Whatmore prefers separate Lankan squads for test and one-day matches on the lines of Australia. "Eventually it is nice to have separate teams for tests and one-dayers. Some players are more naturally suited to one-dayers and some for the longer version,'' Whatmore, who is being credited with moulding the young Lankan team into a close-knit unit, told The Khaleej Times. More...
Published: Tue Oct 31 07:00:20 EST 2000

Police chief gets the chop over dinner demand
123India.com, Oct 31 2000 13:16 IST. COLOMBO, Oct 31 (AFP) - Sri Lankan police Tuesday suspended an inspector for allegedly demanding a free dinner for two from a restaurant here in the capital Colombo, officials said. More...
Published: Tue Oct 31 04:46:11 EST 2000

Two dead as race riots worsen in Hill Country
Waruna Karunatilake in Colombo, 1920 SLT 30.10.00. Two people are reported to have been killed as riots in the Talawakale area worsened today. The Talawakale town has been destroyed with shops burnt and looted.A large number policemen and soldiers moved into the town early this monring. The riots broke out when nestate tamils held a protest demonstration against the death of a Estate tamil youth at the Bidunuwave rehabilitation camp in Bandarwella last week. The demonstrators burnt a few sinhalese shops after a drunken sinhalese abused the demonstrators. The sinhalese responded by burning tamil shops triggering full scale race riots, the worse in the country since 1983.

Vehicles moving on the Talawakale-Ginigathena road were been attacked by tamil mobs while sinhalese mobs were retaliating against tamils using the road from Ginigathena to the south. This correspondent who visited Talawakela this morning left the area in a convoy protected by armed soldiers who fired automatic weapons to disperse crowds waiting to attack vehicles. The 40 kilo metre road was littered with glass as dozens of vehicles were damaged. Some people were injured in the attacks by sinhalese and tamil mobs. The town of Ginihathena was peaceful in the early hours of this morning but four hours later sinhalese mobs have attacked tamil shops in the town, some opposite the police station. The Army moved-in by late morning to restore peace in the town as is many other places in the Talawakale area. An Ari Force helicopter was desployed by noon to help the army coordinate security operationns. A police curfew was imposed from 3PM today in a bid to calm the tense situation in the araea. end
Published: Mon Oct 30 08:57:36 EST 2000


Sri Lanka: Arson, rioting continues in central hills
The Hindu (International), Tuesday, October 31, 2000. COLOMBO, OCT. 30. The leader of the Up-Country People's Front (UCPF) and United National Party (UNP) parliamentarian, Mr. P. Chandrasekharan, was detained in the early hours today following violent clashes in Sri Lanka's central hills on Sunday. Despite a heavy presence of the Army, the police and the elite Special Task Force, arson and rioting continued in some parts today. Security forces were preparing for further tension with the funeral of a victim of the Bindunuwewa camp attack scheduled for Tuesday in Maskeliya, a town in Nuwara Eliya district. More...
Published: Mon Oct 30 18:25:07 EST 2000
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Britain’s Charity Commission raids TRO
The Island, October 31. "Charity investigators have frozen the bank accounts of a London-based refugee agency, and are also questioning three other charities accused of giving money to the Tamil Tiger guerrillas in Sri Lanka. "The Charity Commission raided the offices of the Tamil Rehabilitation Organization (TRO) in Walthamstow on Thursday and seized documents relating to its finances. More...
Published: Mon Oct 30 19:08:32 EST 2000

Tea garden Tamils brew trouble for Kumaratunga
India Abroad, Oct 31, 2000 01:10 Hrs (IST) . Colombo: Barely two weeks after cobbling up a coalition government, Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga finds trouble brewing in a new quarter - among the Indian Tamils working on tea plantations. Police arrested P. Chandrasekharan, an opposition politician representing Tamils of Indian origin, this morning in connection with Sunday's rioting in the central Nuwara Eliya district. Chandrasekharan, leader of the Upcountry People's Front, was in the forefront of the protests against Wednesday's massacre of 26 Tamil detainees at a rehabilitation camp by Sinhalese mobs. W More...
Published: Mon Oct 30 18:27:23 EST 2000
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Police attacked at Polonnaruwa
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 2.25 p.m. SLT Monday October 30. A police post in the district of Polonnaruwa was attacked this morning by the LTTE. One policeman was killed in the incident when rebels opened fire on the vehicle carrying the injured officers from the besieged police post.
Published: Mon Oct 30 03:24:13 EST 2000
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Curfew re-imposed at N'Eliya - Hatton
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 2.20 p.m. SLT Monday October 30. A police curfew was re-imposed in the districts of N'Eliya, Talawakelle, Lindula and Hatton this afternoon. The curfew has been implemented indefinitely due to incidents of communal violence which continued after the massacre of 26 Tamil detainees at Bindunuwewa detention center in Bandarawela.

Both Sinhalese and Tamil mobs are reported to have continued attacking each other, burning shops and running amok even after the curfew in these districts was lifted at 5 a.m. this morning.
Published: Mon Oct 30 03:24:13 EST 2000

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UNP MP for N'Eliya arrested
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 12 p.m. SLT Monday October 30. Upcountry People's Front Leader P. Chandrasekeran, who is also an MP for the United National Party was arrested today by N'Eliya police in connection with several incidents of unrest that had taken place in the district yesterday. The events of violence forced police to declare a curfew last morning in the districts of N'Eliya and Badulla when Tamil estate workers damaged property seeking revenge for the murder of 26 Tamil detainees at the Bindunuwewa detention center at Bandarawela.

Chandrasekeran was arrested at his upcountry residence at around 1.30 a.m. this morning by officers of the N'Eliya Police Special Investigative Unit (SIU). The MP was brought down to Colombo this morning in order that his statement be recorded by the Criminal Investigations Department (CID).

SSP Nihal Samarakoon of the N'Eliya police said that Chandrasekeran was handed over to the CID pending further investigations by Talawakelle police into the unrest at N'Eliya and Talawakelle over the weekend.
Published: Mon Oct 30 02:05:24 EST 2000

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Curfew lifted at N'Eliya & Badulla
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 10 a.m. SLT Monday October 30. A curfew imposed in the N'Eliya and Badulla areas last morning was lifted at 5 a.m. this morning after the situation had been brought under control. Police say that some unrest occurred in these areas in the wake of last weeks gory massacre of 26 Tamil detainees at the Bindunuwewa detention center at Bandarawela.

President Chandrika Kumaratunge has ordered a full scale inquiry into the horrifying incident. Meanwhile angry Tamil estate workers on Sunday, burnt at least ten shops belonging to Sinhalese businessmen at Talawakelle and attacked four compartments of the Udarata Menike train plying from Badulla to Colombo.

While last Wednesday's attack on the prisoners drew international condemnation, both the main opposition party the UNP and the Government have appealed to the nation to keep calm and help the police and armed forces maintain law and order.

The Peoples Liberation of Tamil Eelam (PLOTE) today called for a hartal as a mark of protest against the violent killings at Bandarawela from the districts of Vavuniya and Mannar. Sources in Vavuniya said that all shops, schools and business establishments in the area remained closed from dawn today adhering to the Tamil political groups demand.

The National Peace Council in a press statement says that the killing of 29 LTTE prisoners undergoing rehabilitation in Bandarawela under the security and supervision of the state is an appalling crime. The National Peace Council condemns this brutal incident which undermines the general confidence in the humanitarian and law enforcement arms of the state.

The NPC further maintains that the incident at Bandarawela demonstrates that the war mentality cannot be limited to the north-east theatre of operations. Unless the government speedily emphasizes constitutional reform and a political solution, the NPC fears that the larger society itself will be brutalized beyond repair.

The frame of mind that underlies a military solution is to destroy the other, because it is believed that the other will not change through dialogue or political reform. The killing of the LTTE prisoners in Bandarawela possibly reflects an internalizing of this frame of mind.

The NPC has requested the new government to emphasize constitutional reform and negotiations with the LTTE as the only way forward to peace. The peace organization asserts that the election of a new government in a time of conflict usually opens up new spaces for peace making. It reiterates that it would indeed be appalling if there should be escalated war and brutality on the scale that has recently taken place in Bandarawela instead.
Published: Mon Oct 30 02:05:24 EST 2000


Sri Lanka Jan-Aug Crude Imports Up 47% To 1.556 Mln MT
Yahoo Asia, Monday, October 30 11:30 AM SGT . In a monthly statistical bulletin, the bank said imports of crude oil in August, however, fell 14.8% to 156,000 tons, compared with 183,000 tons in August 1999. A Ceypetco official said the higher imports in the first eight months of 2000 mainly reflected a two-month shutdown of the country's main refineries for routine maintenance last year. More...
Published: Mon Oct 30 20:57:05 EST 2000
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First Buddhist temple in Moscow planned
The Hindu NUS, 18.00 hrs (IST) on October 30, 2000. Moscow, Oct. 30. (UNI): The Russian capital will soon have its first Buddhist temple. Moscow city authorities have given the necessary permission to local Buddhists for pursuing the requisite construction plans, according to a government spokesman here. More...
Published: Mon Oct 30 08:13:48 EST 2000

Sri Lanka Marxist resist limousines for law-makers
123India.com, Oct 30 2000 13:23 IST. COLOMBO, Oct 30 (AFP) - Sri Lanka's Marxist who once violently opposed Indian-made merchandise has asked the government to stop issuing luxury limousines for legislators and instead offer cheap Indian cars. The JVP, or People's Liberation Front, said Monday that they opposed the state giving a concessionary loan of 26,500 dollars to legislators to import a luxury vehicle free of all taxes. More...
Published: Mon Oct 30 04:18:05 EST 2000
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25 rebels killed at Maduvil - forces hold new ground
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 9.10 .am. Monday October 30. Security forces captured one and a half kilometers south of Jaffna in the Maduvil area yesterday. Brigadier Sanath Karunaratne said that in the new offensive, troops had also recovered 16 T56 weapons and some communications sets left behind by the rebels when forces overran Tiger territory.

The Special Media Information Center said today that in a fresh offensive launched by government forces in the northern peninsula at Maduvil yesterday, 25 rebels had been killed while the military had lost 11 soldiers.

The government states that hundreds of troops backed by tanks and heavy artillery, had begun Sunday's attack in a bid to regain rebel held territory in Sri Lanka's war besieged north.

Defence sources meanwhile allege that the LTTE did not observe a two day truce agreed upon by both warring factions to enable thousands of children in the North to be immunized against polio. The campaign was carried out by UN agencies in the North, but the military say that on the first day of the immunization program the rebels broke the temporary ceasefire and shot mortars into military strongholds in the Batticaloa district.
Published: Mon Oct 30 02:05:24 EST 2000


Ven. Dr. Mapalagama Vipulasara Thera passes away
CDN, Monday, 30 October. Ven. Dr. Mapalagama Vipulasara Thera, (76) passed away at the Sri Jayavardhanapura Hospital yesterday after a brief illness. An accomplished painter and sculptor Dr. Vipulasara Thera has also done several paintings and sculptures at numerous Buddhist temples and Buddhist institutions in Sri Lanka and abroad. The Samadhi Buddha statues at the London Buddhist Vihara, Dharma Vijaya Vihara Los Angeles, New York, Buddhist Vihara and Buddhist Centre in Canada, Japan, India, Hong Kong and China were among his creations. Ven. Dr. Vipulasara Thera had also held several distinguished posts in different organisations and institutions including membership of the Order of the International Fellowship of the International Biographical Centre, Cambridge, England More...
Published: Mon Oct 30 04:15:17 EST 2000

This was the worst performance: Gaekwad
The Hindu NUS, 18.00 hrs (IST) on October 30, 2000. Mumbai, Oct. 30. (PTI): A dejected and tired looking Indian cricket coach, Anshuman Gaekwad, told reporters here that the poor showing by his team against Sri Lanka in the Coca Cola Cup final at Sharjah yesterday was the worst ever performance under his stint. After the team's arrival in the early hours today, Gaekwad, said ``we were outplayed in all departments of the game by the superior Lankans and I probably think this was the worst performance by my team in the recent past.'' ``I have no excuses to make and we were clearly outplayed by the Lankans in this tournament,'' he added. More...
Published: Mon Oct 30 08:17:36 EST 2000
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Mourners clash with police
Hindu, october 30. Four persons were killed and many others injured as clashes broke out today in the Tamil-dominated central hills of Sri Lanka between police and mourners protesting the massacre at the Bindunuwewa open prison last week. Most of the violence was centred in Talawakelle, 40 km from Nuwara Eliya town, where incidents of arson were reported till late in the evening. More...
Published: Mon Oct 30 00:16:42 EST 2000

Ganguly not disappointed with team's performance
The Hindu NUS, 22.30 hrs (IST) on October 30, 2000. Mumbai, Oct. 30. (PTI): Captain Saurav Ganguly today said that he was not all disappointed with his team's pathetic performance in the finals against Sri Lanka in the tri-nation Coca Cola Cup tournament at Sharjah yesterday. "We played nine matches in Nairobi (ICC Knock-out Tournament) and Sharjah out of which we won five and lost four which I think is a good record considering that the team had many debutants in both the series," he told reporters after the selection committee meeting this evening. More...
Published: Mon Oct 30 13:42:45 EST 2000
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