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DECEMBER 8, 2000 EST, USA
 
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WILL THE DALAI LAMA EVER BE ALLOWED TO SET FOOT IN LANKA?
Bandula Jayasekera, in Colombo. Tibetan monk and poet S. Mahinda is considered a National Hero of our country. He supported Lanka's freedom struggle with his patriotic poems. The country has honoured him by issuing a commemorative stamp and school children proudly recite his poems even today. Tibetans are no strangers to the island and Sri Lanka has a common link with Tibetans because of Buddhism. However that link has not helped to find an answer to one of their burning questions. Will their political and spiritual leader the Dalai Lama ever be allowed to set foot in Sri Lanka? Successive Lankan governments have refused to allow him to visit the country. More...
ASSISTANT US SEC. OF STATE KARL F. INDERFURTH TO SRI LANKAN JOURNALISTS
US State Department, November 28, 2000. What it comes down to is this: we have had a very, very close presidential election in the United States - the closest in recent memory. The difference in the vote between the two major candidates, nationwide, and particularly in the crucial state of Florida, is so thin - something under one one-hundredth of one per cent in Florida, the last I checked - that the judiciary has been asked for its guidance on what the most reasonable steps to assure an accurate vote count might be. More...
LETTER FROM US REP. BENJAMIN A GILMAN TO EMBASSY OF SRI LANKA
I also wholeheartedly endorse the statement by Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadirgamar regarding the paramount importance of fulfilling Sri Lanka's international obligations with respect to human rights and the serious consequences that could flow from a failure to do so. I also share Foreign Minister Kadirgamar's view on the importance of creating greater awareness of human rights laws among Sri Lankan security and law enforcement officers. I am, therefore, heartened to learn that human rights training will be incorporated into the curriculum of study for security and law enforcement officers. More...
HEALTH PROMOTION BEHAVIORS AMONG IMMIGRANT ASIANS
Ranjita Misra, Ph.D., CHES., Ohio University. The health promotion era began in the mid 1980s with government policies focused on disease prevention and health promotion behaviors (Green and Ottoson, 1994). The national goal is to attain better health for the people through lifestyle changes that would decrease the prevalence of chronic disease and increase life expectancy. The Surgeon General has placed highest priority on strategies to eliminate destructive personal habits and to promote lifestyles conducive to health. Economic, medical, and social concerns are the reasons for the increased attention to health promotion and disease prevention activities. More...
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Colombo for early SAARC summit
The Hindu (International), Saturday, December 09, 2000. COLOMBO, DEC.8.Sri Lanka's efforts to kick-start the SAARC back to life gathered momentum with the President, Ms. Chandrika Kumaratunga, reiterating her country's commitment to the grouping in a message on the 15th anniversary of its charter today. ``As the chair of SAARC, Sri Lanka is committed to moving the SAARC process forward. It is with this objective in view that we initiated action to hold an extraordinary meeting of the SAARC member countries at a senior officials' level in Colombo last month,'' she said. More...
Published: Fri Dec 8 16:37:21 EST 2000

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'Fernandes's flirtation with the LTTE is ominous for Sri Lanka'
Rediff, December 7. It is the secret the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government wants to hide. Unfortunately, Union Home Minister L K Advani does not think so. Which is why, on November 13, he despatched a high level team of officials from the Multi-Disciplinary Monitoring Agency -- an outfit with officers culled from various intelligence agencies -- to Sri Lanka. Officially, their brief was to seek the extradition of Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam chief V Prabhakaran.The MDMA team gathered evidence on the alleged nexus between India's politicians and the outlawed LTTE. The Sri Lankan government apparently stated that the LTTE's biggest supporter in India is Defence Minister George Fernandes. Others on the LTTE sympathisers's list include some Tamil Nadu ministers and the Bharatiya Janata Party's partners in the ruling National Democratic Alliance. The Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam and Pattali Makkal Katchi, in particular, are said to hobnob with the LTTE. More...
Published: Thu Dec 7 19:06:01 EST 2000

LTTE 'links': Pondy CM seeks `evidence'
The Hindu (Southern States), Saturday, December 09, 2000. PONDICHERRY, DEC. 8. The Pondicherry Chief Minister, Mr. P. Shanmugham, said he had received neither written complaints nor representations regarding the `nexus' the Cooperation Minister, Mr. Theni C. Jayakumar, had with the LTTE. He told newsmen here on Friday that if anyone furnished any evidence in support of the allegation, he would forward for follow-up action. He said he asked the IG to inquire into the issue as soon as reports had started appearing in the media. More...
Published: Fri Dec 8 16:38:17 EST 2000

Human Rights Watch criticises Lanka’s Government and LTTE
Saroj Pathirana in London, Friday 08 December 1730 GMT. Intensifying civil war in northeast Sri Lanka has resulted in displacing some 250,000 people during the past twelve months, bringing the estimated number of internally displaced persons islandwide to more than one million, says Human Rights Watch, a New York based international HR organisation. In its eleventh annual report, it criticises both the government forces and LTTE rebels for continuing human rights abusing in island nation with nearly eighteen million inhabitants.

"Emergency government powers, in place almost continuously since 1983 and enhanced from May to September by additional regulations, have granted broad powers to security personnel to arrest and detain suspects, restricted freedom of association, and authorised media censorship. The LTTE was implicated in a series of suicide bombings that killed and injured hundreds of civilians. It continued to recruit and deploy child soldiers and to physically attack and intimidate critics in the Tamil community".

The report also critical of the government’s way of handling the media. Human Rights Watch is highly critical of the government’s decision to close Udayan and Sunday Leader newspapers. Murdering jaffna journalist Mylvaganam Nimalarajan at his home in high security zone of Jaffna, may have been linked to his reporting on vote-rigging and intimidation during the October parliamentary elections, it says.

"Due to government restrictions, Tamil civilians were often unable to reach work sites to earn a living, attend schools, or seek urgent medical care. In eastern Sri Lanka, army and police units continued to impose forced labour, demanding that civilians work without pay building sentry posts, cutting wood, and cleaning military camps. In mid-July, villagers north of Batticaloa were reportedly forced to construct a sand bulwark around an army camp; some were beaten for refusing to comply.

On October 25, a mob in Bandarawela stormed a government-run rehabilitation camp housing, among others, suspected LTTE supporters and former LTTE child soldiers, killing over twenty-five. According to initial reports, those killed ranged in age from fourteen to twenty-five. After the attack, police briefly detained more than 250 suspects from the majority Sinhalese community, while Tamil community leaders alleged police complicity.

The LTTE committed numerous and gross abuses. Bombings of public places in the north and east, and suicide bombings in Colombo on December 18, 1999, January 5, 2000, March 10, June 7, September 15, and October 19 killed more than one hundred civilians and injured many more. Beginning in April, the LTTE engaged in increasingly aggressive recruitment drives in the Vanni, including recruitment of children as young as ten years old for combat .

The LTTE imposed restrictions on civilians wishing to leave areas it controlled and forced all villagers in some areas to join its civilian defense units. LTTE attacks and intimidation against what it referred to as "quislings" within the Tamil community had a chilling effect on dissent. Particularly at risk were members of Tamil political parties holding positions in local government. Between January and May, three members of local administrative councils in Jaffna were killed by unidentified gunmen. The LTTE held a number of political prisoners and prisoners of war, but access to detainees and details of confinement were unavailable" the report also states.
Published: Fri Dec 8 12:28:47 EST 2000


Sri Lanka offers Islamic banking
The Hindustan Times, December 8. A SRI Lankan commercial bank is targeting Muslim fundamentalists with special interest-free banking facilities in line with Islamic religious law, bank officials said. ?For the first time, we are offering the extremists among Muslim businessmen the opportunity to have current and investment accounts which will be totally interest-free," Nouzab Fareed of the Merc Bank said. A five-member council of leading maulvis led by the Imam of Colombo's Grand Mosque, Moulavi Ajwad, will advise the bank on the religious aspects of the operation, Fareed said. More...
Published: Fri Dec 8 16:40:09 EST 2000

PM asked to clarify stand on LTTE
yahoo, december 8. Former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister and AIADMK general secretary J Jayalalitha today asked Prime Minister A B Vajpayee to clarify the contradictory stand taken by various leaders of the ruling NDA at the centre with regard to the LTTE. In a statement on Friday, the AIADMK supremo said that while Home Minister L K Advani had informed the Rajya Sabha that the multi-disciplinary monitoring agency was in Sri Lanka and that it would demand the extradition of LTTE leader V Prabhakarn, prime accused in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case, the Attorney General of Sri Lanka had told a daily that the agency had not raised the issue of extradition. More...
Published: Fri Dec 8 10:08:34 EST 2000

Trafficking and abuse of children on the increase
Island, Friday, 08 December. Most of the child trafficking in Sri Lanka takes place within the country, and children who live with their parents are taken for physical labour, National Child Protection Authority, Chairman, Professor Dr. Harendra de Silva said at the Launching of a project on Wednesday by the International Labour Organisation(ILO)- and the International Program for Eradication of Child Labour(IPEC) to combat the trafficking of Children for exploitative employment purposes.Dr. De Silva further said that these children were invariably prone to abuse of various forms. He said that children are taken from estate areas for domestic labour. "Children are taken to the beaches of Hikkaduwa, Negombo and other coastal areas not merely to serve foreign paedophiles but also to the locals as well," Dr. De Silva said. Children are brought from places like Madawachchiya, and Anuradhapura to railway stations and even to the Galle Face Green for this nefarious activities, he said. More...
Published: Fri Dec 8 03:48:32 EST 2000

Lanka's ruling party MPs ticked off for absenteeism
India Abroad, Dec 08, 2000 19:00 Hrs (IST) . NEWLY elected government legislators in Sri Lanka have been ticked off for absenting themselves from Parliament and for avoiding parliamentary work, newspaper reports said Friday. Reggie Ranatunga, chief whip of the ruling People's Alliance (PA), upbraided the party legislators for "evading their parliamentary obligations," the state-run Daily News reported. Wayward Members of Parliament (MPs) will be disciplined if they continued to "avoid parliamentary proceedings and its other affairs," Ranatunga warned at a special meeting of the government's legislators on Thursday. More...
Published: Fri Dec 8 09:39:41 EST 2000
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Lankan foreign minister to brief India on peace process
yahoo, Friday December 8. Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadirgmar will pay a two-day visit to India from December 15 to brief Indian leaders on the peace initiative to end the ethnic conflict in the island.According to official sources, Kadirgamar will apprise External Affairs Minister Jaswant Singh and others about the developments since the recent meeting between the special Norwegian envoy for Sri Lanka, Erik Solheim, and the leader of the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), Velupillai Prabhakaran. More...
Published: Fri Dec 8 10:11:10 EST 2000

Sri Lanka's emergency approved by a whisker
123India.com, Dec 08 2000 17:16 IST. COLOMBO(AFP) - Sri Lanka's parliament Friday approved a nation-wide state of emergency amid doubts over the legality of the draconian laws giving sweeping powers to police and security forces. Parliament approved the monthly extension following a proclamation issued by President Chandrika Kumaratunga exercising her executive powers.But the main opposition United National party (UNP) argued that the emergency proclamation was dated December 4 and issued in Colombo, whereas Kumaratunga was out of the country at the time.The opposition raised a din in the 225-member assembly preventing a reply from a government minister. More...
Published: Fri Dec 8 08:05:41 EST 2000

Sri Lanka passes interim budget for 1st 4 months
yahoo, december 8. Sri Lanka's parliament passed a stop-gap budget on Friday for the first four months of 2001 that calls for 20 percent of overall spending to go to defense.The budget did not detail revenue expectations. It said that the government estimated its expenditures for the first four months at 127.9 billion rupees ($1.6 billion), of which about 26 billion rupees was allocated to defence. More...
Published: Fri Dec 8 10:03:46 EST 2000

Sri Lanka central bank says bought dollars
yahoo, Friday December 8 . Sri Lanka's central bank said it had bought dollars in the foreign exchange market on Friday, in what bankers said was an apparent bid to boost liquidity."We did buy dollars. I can't elaborate," said a central bank official. More...
Published: Fri Dec 8 10:04:56 EST 2000

Veerappan is a butcher, LTTE noble: Vaiko
Yahoo, december 8. Criticising forest brigand Veerappan, "for butchering human beings and animals alike", MDMK leader Vaiko today declared that there was no link between him and the LTTE. "There is no link between LTTE, which is fighting for a noble cause and the Forest Brigand, Veerappan, who had mercilessly butchered hundreds of people and animals," Vaiko told reporters, who sought his reaction on sending BSF to nab the fugitive. More...
Published: Fri Dec 8 10:02:30 EST 2000

Bilateral measures more effective in tackling terrorism
yahoo, december 8. Countries worldwide, afflicted by terrorism, need bilateral rathar than multilateral measures besides harmonisation of legislations to tackle the menace, according to an expert on political violence."Bilateral meassres will be more effective than the multilateral ones in taking on terrorist groups as the politico-military measures in that case could be more focussed," Dr Roshan Gunratne, a researcher with scotland-based centre for terrorism and political violence, said. More...
Published: Fri Dec 8 10:06:33 EST 2000

Vaiko wants Prabhakaran extradition notice withdrawn
Rediff, december 7. The National Democratic Alliance's (NDA) Tamil partners - MDMK and PMK - are exerting pressure on the government to withdraw a notice sent to the Sri Lanka Government for extradition of Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam supremo Prabhakaran for investigations in the conspiracy that led to the assassination of former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi in 1991. More...
Published: Thu Dec 7 19:08:18 EST 2000
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Tamil Tiger reports "not to blame" for paper's failure to print
123India.com, Dec 08 2000 14:54 IST. KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 8 (AFP) - Sri Lanka's embassy said Friday it had complained to the Malaysian government earlier this year about articles on Tamil Tiger guerrillas in a local Tamil-language newspaper.But high commissioner (ambassador) Daya Liyanage said the complaint had nothing to do with the fact that the Malaysia Nanban newspaper failed to print on Thursday and Friday."We have nothing to do with Nanban being out of circulation," he told AFP. More...
Published: Fri Dec 8 08:07:37 EST 2000

Cricket-South Africa cruise past Sri Lanka
yahoo, december 8. South Africa cruised past Sri Lanka to a six-wicket victory in their women's World Cup cricket tournament match in Christchurch on Friday. Australia led the competition with eight points from four wins, ahead of India, South Africa and New Zealand on six points each. More...
Published: Fri Dec 8 08:15:52 EST 2000

Four civilians killed east of Polonnaruwa in a grenade attack
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 3 p.m. SLT Thursday December 7. Four civilians were killed in a grenade attack east of Polonnaruwa this morning. The military believe that the attack was instigated by the LTTE. Three other civilians injured in a claymore mine blast at Batticaloa yesterday are in a serious condition.

Meanwhile 1 soldier was killed and three others injured in rebel mortar fire at Maduvil North of Jaffna today.
Published: Thu Dec 7 10:10:48 EST 2000

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Sri Lanka says more than 30 rebels killed
yahoo, december 7. Government troops killed more than 30 Tamil tiger rebels in an offensive in northern Sri Lanka and were now clearing the area of mines, a military spokesman said on Wednesday."The fighting is over now, but we believe 31 terrorists were killed and 56 were wounded," military spokesman Brigadier Sanath Karunaratne told in Colombo.He said 12 soldiers were killed and 36 wounded, including three officers, in the operation which seized control of part of a key highway in the northern Jaffna Peninsula. More...
Published: Thu Dec 7 19:13:33 EST 2000

‘Lanka paid no heed to Rajiv’s warnings’
The Hindustan Times, Colombo, December 7. THE PREMADASA Government in Sri Lanka had turned a deaf ear to former Indian PM late Rajiv Gandhi’s repeated warnings that the LTTE was taking it up the garden path in the “peace” talks and that the LTTE would scuttle the talks and go to war at a time and place of his choosing, a former Sri Lankan Deputy High Commissioner in New Delhi said here today. Writing in The Island daily, Ambassador K. Godage said: “I recall, and Prof. Stanley Kalpage, then High Commissioner in Delhi, would bear me out, the number of times we were informed by no less a person than Rajiv Gandhi himself that the LTTE was not serious about the protracted negotiations they were having with the government. Mr Gandhi said they were using the time to prepare their forces and would attack when they were ready. He was wrong only with regard to the date he predicted, August - they attacked in June!” More...
Published: Thu Dec 7 17:00:13 EST 2000
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Ranil offers one year's salary to build Jaffna library
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 12.10 p.m. SLT Thursday December 7. Opposition Leader, Ranil Wickremasinghe, has offered to donate a full year's earnings to help build the Jaffna Library. Wickremasinghe made the offer in Parliament following a request made by Prof. Leslie Gunawardane, Minister for Science and Technology who asked every member of parliament to donate a month's salary towards the reconstruction of the shattered northern library.

Wickremasinghe's offer however was not unconditional as he stated that he would donate his annual earnings only if the government lifted the present embargo on food, medicine and other essential items to the Wanni region.

Leslie Gunewardena has criticized the opposition leader's offer saying when he made the request it was not to be acceded to with any strings attached.
Published: Thu Dec 7 10:10:47 EST 2000


Defence budget up by Rs. 30 million
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 10.10 a.m. SLT Thursday December 7. Deputy Defence Minister Prof. G. L. Peiris told Parliament yesterday that the government has overshot its defence expenditure by almost Rs. 30 million this year. He said since the LTTE escalated its battle with state security forces, the expected defence budget of some Rs. 52 million has shot up to Rs. 83 million.

Prof. Peiris further asserted the government would not be able to bridge the budget deficit which had been at around 7.5 GDP and was expected to rise to 8.7 GDP.

He said the continuing war situation in the country's northern and eastern regions was a serious setback to all economic and development projects in the island nation. The deputy finance minister further claimed that the government was unable to place the annual budget before parliament this November due to the recent polls and the fact that the cabinet had increased considerably holding a record number of 44 ministers and an almost equal number of deputy ministers.
Published: Thu Dec 7 10:10:47 EST 2000


‘Govt ready to talk to Prabhakaran’
chennaionline, december 7. The Sri Lankan Government is fully committed to resolve the ethnic problem while continuing the constitutional reform process in Parliament, Deputy Finance and Planning Minister G L Peiris has said.Referring to LTTE leader Velupillai Prabhakaran's offer for unconditional peace talks, Peiris told the Colombo-based diplomats yesterday that the government was ready to ‘take the bull by its horns’, the state media reported. More...
Published: Thu Dec 7 17:53:02 EST 2000

Sinhalese doctors in the East vacate their posts
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 9.05 p.m. SLT Thursday December 7. Sinhalese doctors serving in Batticaloa have decided to vacate their posts after three doctors were injured in a claymore-mine blast yesterday when the Colombo bound bus they were travelling in went over the buried explosive.

The doctors who are forced to serve an internship in war torn areas for a minimum period of one year have for some time being protesting against the appointments which they say are unfair. Some 300 Sinhalese doctors serve in the northern and eastern province and have all said that will be leaving their posts after yesterday's incident.

Dr. Anuruddha Padeniya, Secretary for the Government Medical Officers Association (GMOA) today said the situation for the Sinhalese docotrs has been bad and not been addressed by the authorities concerned. He said that doctors serving in these locations are not even given their due allowances for serving in high risk areas.
Published: Thu Dec 7 10:10:47 EST 2000


No mobile phones: Lankan assembly
ExpressIndia.com, Thursday,December 7,2000. COLOMBO: Sri Lanka's parliament Thursday ordered a ban on mobile telephones during assembly sessions after a legislator used his cellular phone interrupting fellow MP's, officials said. Speaker Anura Bandaranaike ordered that MP's should not use cellular phones in the parliamentary chamber. More...
Published: Thu Dec 7 06:29:14 EST 2000

Lanka's economy ruined by defense spending
India Abroad, Dec 07, 2000 17:15 Hrs (IST) . RI LANKA'S successful bid to keep the Tamil Tigers out of the northern town of Jaffna has come at a heavy price with massive defense spending blasting a hole in the national budget. Military spending leapt to Rs. 83 billion ($1.04 billion), up from the Rs. 52.43 billion estimate made earlier this year, Deputy Defense Minister G. L. Peiris said on Tuesday while presenting an interim budget in Parliament. He told legislators that the government's heavy spending on emergency arms supplies to reinforce embattled troops in the north had widened the budget deficit to 8.7 per cent of gross domestic product (GDP). The deficit this year was previously estimated to be around 7.5 per cent of GDP. More...
Published: Thu Dec 7 08:46:56 EST 2000

Split in Sri Lanka's Sinhala extremists signals emergence of a fascist organisation. - A Political Analysis
World Socialists Web Site, December 4. In the aftermath of the Sri Lankan general elections in October, a bitter faction fight opened up in the extreme rightwing grouping, Sihala Urumaya (SU) or Sinhala Heritage, over who was going to take the single parliamentary seat that the party had won in the poll. The dispute, which led to the resignation of party president S.L. Gunasekera and seven other SU central committee members, heralds the transformation of the party into an openly fascistic organisation. More...
Published: Thu Dec 7 14:22:02 EST 2000

Moopanar rejects charge against Pondy Minister
The Hindu (Southern States), Friday, December 08, 2000. CHENNAI, DEC. 7. The TMC president, Mr. G.K. Moopanar, today rejected the party rebel leader in Pondicherry, Mr. P. Kannan's allegation that his rival and Ministerial colleague, Mr. `Theni' Jayakumar, had nexus with the LTTE. Reacting to Mr. Kannan's charge that Mr. Jayakumar had harboured two LTTE activists in his house, Mr. Moopanar said, ``Mr. Kannan brought Mr. Jayakumar into the party, made him an MLA and a Minister. And now, why is he levelling such charges?'' More...
Published: Thu Dec 7 16:55:56 EST 2000

TN: Jayalalitha demands dismissal of DMK Govt.
The Hindu NUS, 18.00 hrs (IST) on December 7, 2000. Chennai, Dec. 7. (PTI): AIADMK today demanded an immediate ban on pro-LTTE militant outfits Tamil National Liberation Army, Tamil National Retrieval Troops and Tamil Nadu Liberation Front and dismissal of the DMK Government accusing it of having prepared "fertile grounds" for the growth of these anti-national outfits in the State. Party supremo Jayalalitha, in a statement, said all political leaders lending support to these "dangerous" organisations should be taken to task and proceeded with according to law. Jayalalitha also demanded an all-out hunt to apprehend forest brigand Veerappan and TNLA chief Maran. More...
Published: Thu Dec 7 13:50:40 EST 2000

More deputy ministers to be appointed?
Island, Thursday, 07 November. With the appointment of a second Deputy Minister of Finance on Tuesday, the number of ministries with two deputies has gone up to seven, political sources said adding that more ministries were likely to get an additional deputy in coming months.Although Tuesday’s appointment of Samurdhi, Rural Development and Parliamentary Affairs Minister S. B. Dissanayake as the second Deputy Minister of Finance was raised throughout the day’s proceedings in parliament by members of the opposition as to the distinct responsibilities of the two ministers, he was not the first second minister appointed to a ministry under the PA, the sources said yesterday. More...
Published: Thu Dec 7 04:15:30 EST 2000

Sri Lankan Govt. committed to resolve ethnic problem
123India.com, Dec 7 2000 13:21 IST. Colombo, Dec 7 (UNI) The Sri Lankan government is fully committed to resolve the ethnic problem while continuing the constitutional reform process in Parliament, Deputy Finance and Planning Minsiter G L Peiris has said. Referring to LTTE Leader Velupillai Prabhakaran's offer for unconditional peace talks, Mr Peiris told the Colombo-based diplomats Wednesday that the government was ready to ''take the bull by the horns'', the State media reported. More...
Published: Thu Dec 7 04:12:29 EST 2000

Sri Lanka Business Briefs: SriLankan Airlines E-Bookings
Yahoo Asia, Thursday, December 7 10:57 AM SGT . National carrier SriLankan Airlines launched an E-bookings system Thursday, enabling customers to reserveand purchase airline tickets over the Internet. More...
Published: Thu Dec 7 01:26:59 EST 2000

Sri Lanka Shrs End Slightly Up; Foreign Selling Continues
Yahoo Asia, Thursday, December 7 3:11 PM SGT . Sri Lankan shares ended slightly up Thursday on some select local activity, brokers said. But sustained foreign selling amid weak sentiment continued to dominate overall trade, they said. The benchmark All Share Index ended up 0.8 point at 438.1, according to provisional data from brokers. More...
Published: Thu Dec 7 04:14:14 EST 2000

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