The Lanka Academic

 
JANUARY 31, 2001 EST, USA
 
A NEWSPAPER PUBLISHED BY LACNET
 
VOL. 1, NO. 300
 

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British charity bombed in Sri Lanka
123India.com, Jan 31 2001 08:19 IST. COLOMBO, Jan 31 (AFP) - An office of a British non-governmental agency was bombed in the Sri Lankan capital Colombo Wednesday, police said. There were no casaualties. Unidentified attackers threw grenades at the Oxfam offices in Colombo's fashionable Park Road area, police said. The pre-dawn attack left at least two vehicles damaged. More...
Published: Tue Jan 30 22:33:47 EST 2001

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President directs that only professionals must occupy key posts
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 5.10 p.m. SLT Tuesday January 30. Amidst growing concern that political favour has installed totally incompetent persons in key public postings, President Chandrika Kumaratunge today directed that only professionals who are employed on a merit basis must be given top slots in government state institutions.

The President has further stated that all ministry secretaries, including additional secretaries and heads of corporations shall be appointed on her directive and contracts secured purely on a merit basis.

The President's decision follows in the wake of recent exposures which found that the country's 44 ministers in fact boast of an equal number of Private and Coordinating Secretaries - all of whom are either the spouse or an off spring of the incumbent in office.; Blood is certainly thicker than water in these cases, or perhaps it is the feel of hard cash and limousines which are the draw for the appointments, which can all be traced to the blood line of the minister.

This cosy arrangement is not merely because the Minister perhaps trusts only his dearly beloved with state secrets.; It is not to engage in pillow talk either.

The fact of the matter, so to speak, is that the minister, by putting near and dear into top postings at state ministries entitles them to all the perks that go with holding such office.; Perks that are virtually twofold if handed out to two or more members of one brood.

The private secretary of a minister is paid a basic salary of Rs. 10,000/- per month.; In addition, he or she is entitled to an official vehicle and a monthly fuel allowance of Rs. 4,000/-; Together with other perks that come with the job, the private secretary to a minister can take home a cool Rs. 20,000/-.; He or she (In most cases it's a she) also gets to share the state mansion, rents which range from anything between Rs. 40,000 to Rs. 80,000/. (All this of course, is at state expense).

Serving as Private Secretary the minister's spouse or relative also gets to travel overseas each time with the minister, in an official capacity - all expenses paid.

The public relations officer or coordinating secretary to a minister earns a similar remuneration package.; This fortunate individual is also entitled to an official vehicle.; It is no small wonder that Sri Lanka's highway's are today packed to capacity with Volvo's, BMW's, Montero's; and super deluxe brand names of vehicles that the average citizen 'Perera' can only dream about.

While almost all the private secretaries are the minister's spouses, they are rarely at their work places.; Over 40 phone calls to each ministry, all made after 11 a.m. on a working day found that not a single spouse had yet reported to her designated desk.;

A mere marriage certificate serves as a suitable qualification to hold responsible postings in ministries which include handling confidential work of the minister and meeting with and screening members of the public who seek a private meeting with the minister. In fact, the marriage vows know no bounds in these cases, and the partners for better or worse are together in an unholy alliance until death or a fair poll do them part.
Published: Tue Jan 30 12:47:25 EST 2001


US military expert urges assistance to defeat LTTE
The Hindustan Times, Colombo, January 30. CITING A potential threat to the United States and Europe from the LTTE, an American military expert has urged Washington to send military advisors to Sri Lanka to help its security forces defeat the terrorists in three years' time. In an article in the "Joint Forces Quarterly" published for the Chairman of the US Joint Chief's of Staff, Major Paul Marks says Sri Lanka is a fit candidate for American "aggressive engagement programmes" designed to help a country contain its internal problems before they escalate. In Maj Marks' view, the traditional engagement activities of the US vis-a-vis Sri Lanka, such as short term training programmes in the US, have proved to be "insufficient" against the "transnational" threat posed by the LTTE. The Tigers, he points out, will not only bring terrorism to US and Europe but engage in drug and weapons smuggling, both red rags for the West. More...
Published: Tue Jan 30 17:28:21 EST 2001

Rupee takes centre stage in Sri Lankan politics
MSNBC, january 30. The newly floated Sri Lankan rupee took centre stage in politics on Tuesday as the government and opposition took up cudgels over the currency's decline.The main opposition United National Party (UNP) said it would go to court to challenge last week's decision to free float the rupee. The controversy has riveted the attention of a country normally preoccupied with a protracted ethnic war. More...
Published: Tue Jan 30 13:50:20 EST 2001

Cricket-Sri Lanka win toss, to bat against New Zealand
Yahoo India, january 31. Sri Lanka won the toss and will bat in their first one-day international against New Zealand on Wednesday. New Zealand have made Jacob Oram the 12th man and Sri Lanka have ommitted Aviska Gunawardena from the playing eleven. More...
Published: Tue Jan 30 22:34:50 EST 2001

BCCSL-WSG Nimbus dispute threatens TV coverage
Cricinfo, Tuesday, 30 January. A television blackout during England's tour of Sri Lanka remained a distinct possibility on Tuesday night because of an unresolved contractual dispute between the Board of Control for Cricket in Sri Lanka (BCCSL) and the sports agency consortium WSG-Nimbus. According to a board official, "negotiations between the two parties have reached an unfortunate situation of deadlock and, although we believe the dispute can be resolved, we are aware that a final decision needs to be made this week." Indeed, with the First Test Match now just 22 days away, time is fast running out. WSG-Nimbus have no experience of television production in Sri Lanka and the necessary venue reconnaissance has still not taken place. However, the greatest potential hurdle could prove to be the shipment and customs clearance of equipment, which would take up to two weeks. More...
Published: Tue Jan 30 13:41:53 EST 2001
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Cricket crisis talks
Age, 31 January 2001. At least eight of world cricket's 10 Test captains will gather in Mel bourne next month to discuss the future of the game amid a climate of concern about corruption and match-fixing.A spokesman for the ICC, Mark Harrison, said only England captain Nasser Hussain and Indian captain Sourav Ganguly appeared likely to miss the meeting.Hussain leads the England squad to Sri Lanka on February 8 for a tour he believes will be ''twice as tough'' as his side's successful venture to Pakistan late last year. Ganguly is expected to remain in India prepar ing for the arrival of the Australian Test squad on February 13. The captains' meeting,which is held annually, will be the biggest gathering of international cricket leaders in Australia since the 1995 World Cup.Joining Waugh will be Jimmy Adams (West Indies) and Heath Streak (Zimbabwe), who are in Australia for the one-day series, Stephen Fleming (New Zealand), Moin Khan (Pakistan), Shaun Pollock (South Africa), Sanath Jayasuriya (Sri Lanka) and the cap tain of Test cricket's newest member nation, Naimur Rahman of Bangladesh. More...
Published: Tue Jan 30 17:42:40 EST 2001

Sri Lankan Govt Starts Urgent Project To Protect Forests
Yahoo India, Tuesday, 30 January. Alarmed by dwindling forest cover, Sri Lanka's government has started an Asian Development Bank funded project to curb timber trading and encourage villager participation in conservation, a government official said Tuesday. Part of the 3.58 billion rupee ($1=LKR89.30) ADB loan is being used to survey forest cover and demarcate reserve boundaries afresh, a task that hasn't been undertaken for decades, said Dayananda Kariyawasam, a conservator with the Forest Department. "Most of our forests were legally demarcated as reserves more than a hundred years ago," he said. "Without accurate boundaries, our forest officers don't know what to protect." The ADB has granted an additional 89.5 million rupees for replanting 45,000 hectares with trees. Eighty percent of Sri Lanka was covered by forests at the start of the 20th century, but the figure has now dropped to a mere 32 percent, Kariyawasam said. More...
Published: Tue Jan 30 15:52:22 EST 2001

Coconut Oil Conquers AIDS
CDN, 31 January 2001. HIV positive infant in US goes HIV negative when fred with an infant formula of high coconut oil concentration Dr. Piyasiri: S. J. Yapa Senior Lecturer in the Botany department of the Sri Jayawardenapura University has sent this article to the Health Watch where he refers to studies done in the US by Dr. Mary Enig MS (Nutritional Sciences) Ph.D., where she had found some positive results in using coconut oil to fight the HIV/AIDS virus. Dr. Piyasiri quoting an article by Dr. Enig published recently in the Indian Hindu newspaper says "Coconut oil is converted by the body into "Monolaurin" a fatty acid with anti-viral properties that might be useful in the treatment of AIDS. More...
Published: Tue Jan 30 21:41:58 EST 2001

LTTE will not sign MOU unless Lankan state does too
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 11.05 a.m. SLT Tuesday January 30. The LTTE have said they will not sign the Memorandum of Understanding drawn up by the Norwegians unless the Lankan government also agrees to do so. Dr. Anton Balasingham after meeting with Norway's special envoy Eric Solheim in London this week said that in principle the LTTE agreed with the recommendations made in the MOU for a de-escalation of the conflict to enable peace talks to begin. The rebel group, he said however, would not sign the document unless a firm commitment was made by the Sri Lankan government to reciprocate in the same manner.

Solheim will arrive in Sri Lanka today and meet with key government and opposition politicos in an attempt to get the State to accept the terms of reference as stated in the MOU.
Published: Tue Jan 30 12:47:25 EST 2001


Norwegian envoy meets senior LTTE leader
The Hindustan Times, Colombo, January 30. NORWEGIAN PEACE envoy Erik Solheim has met a senior LTTE leader in London and is likely to meet Sri Lankan leaders here over the next few days to resume the stalled peace process. Solheim and LTTE spokesman in London Anton Balasingham discussed yesterday the current situation in the north and east of Sri Lanka and steps to resume the peace process, the news update on pro-LTTE website, eelamweb, said today. Solheim plans to go to Colombo to meet Lankan leaders both in government and the opposition as part of his continuing efforts to facilitate direct talks, it said. There was, however, no official word here on the visit. More...
Published: Tue Jan 30 17:26:25 EST 2001
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Sri Lanka opposition take rupee float to court
Yahoo India, tuesday, 30 January. Sri Lanka's main opposition United National Party (UNP) said on Tuesday it was going to court to try to get the government to reverse its decision to float the rupee."We will ask the Court of Appeal to stop the float because the government and central bank have no right to abdicate the responsibility given to them by parliament," UNP lawmaker Ravi Karunanayake told a news conference. Karunanayake said the party would file a petition on Tuesday, adding that there was no provision for a float in the country's Finance Act. The central bank, which used to announce the rupee rate against the dollar, floated the currency on January 23 to avert a balance of payments crisis created by massive import spending, mostly on fuel and armaments to fight a protracted ethnic war. More...
Published: Tue Jan 30 05:17:08 EST 2001

Cop found guilty for disappearance of a trader
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 4.10 p.m. SLT Tuesday January 30. An Inspector of Police, Meethiyagoda Rohan Jayawardena, was fined Rs. 100,000/- today in the court of appeal for being found guilty for the disappearance of a trader by the name of one A. H. Jayasena in 1988.;

Justice H. Yapa delivered the judgement today after hearing the habeas corpus application filed by missing man's wife Chandrawathi Piyasena.; The inspector was ordered to pay the money before May this year.; Failure to do so will result in contempt of court charges being filed against the guilty cop.
Published: Tue Jan 30 12:47:25 EST 2001


Killing of 70 villagers 21 soldiers face court trial
Island, Tuesday, 30 January. Twenty one soldiers, will face a High Court trial by a Special Jury, commencing July 2, in the Colombo High Court.These soldiers are indicted in connection with the killing of 70 villagers and injuring 13 others, at Poonarin, Moilatanne on August 2, 1992.When this case was called before, Colombo High Court Judge, Mr. Sri Skandarajah, the senior More...
Published: Tue Jan 30 05:25:22 EST 2001

SLAF bombs key Tiger base in Trinco
Daily News, Monday 29, 2001 9:05PM PST. Air Force jets bombed a key Tiger base north of Morawewa in the Trincomalee District, early on Sunday. MIG 27 aircraft carried out the raid on information provided by the army, the SLBC said. In the Jaffna Peninsula, on the same day, troops killed three terrorists in Muhamalai and Nargarkovil in armed confrontations. Soldiers on a clearing operation in Muhamalai recovered 10 anti-personnel mines, which were later defused by Army Engineers. Also on Sunday, the LTTE fired 81/120 mm mortars and small arms towards the Forward Defence Line of Kilaly. Troops retaliated with mortars and neutralized the LTTE firing, that caused minor injuries to four soldiers. One soldier was injured in terrorist mortar fire in Nagarkovil, while two others were wounded in an anti-personnel mine blast, during a clearing operation in Arialai. More...
Published: Tue Jan 30 00:12:18 EST 2001

Report: Tamil rebels nix deal with Sri Lanka
Virtual New York, Monday, 29 January 2001 11:30 (ET). Norwegian-brokered peace efforts in Sri Lanka suffered a blow when the Tamil Tigers refused to sign a document promising a de-escalation of violence. The Sunday Leader newspaper said the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam had refused to sign a memorandum of understanding prepared by the Norwegians that sought a "staggered and reciprocal de-escalation schedule." The report said the LTTE had initially agreed to sign the memorandum, which had three notable features that were to be endorsed and implemented by the Sri Lankan government and the rebels. It required the government to lift the economic embargo on LTTE-administered areas in the north and the east. On their part, the rebels were to stop attacks on areas outside their control, dominated by the majority Sinhala community. More...
Published: Mon Jan 29 21:23:02 EST 2001

Positive signals from LTTE, says Chandrika
The Hindu NUS, 16.00 hrs (IST) on January 29, 2001. Colombo, Jan. 29. (PTI) : Raising prospects of reviving the Norwegian-backed peace bid, Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga has said there is ``fair response'' from the LTTE to her Government's stand that the Tamil rebels should commence negotiations before she can consider a ceasefire. There has been some favourable signals from the LTTE on the Government's position, Chandrika said in her first public comment after the rebels last week extended their unilateral ceasefire by a month. More...
Published: Mon Jan 29 06:25:12 EST 2001
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Minister, deputy along with thugs storm SLRC hqrs.
Island, 30 January 2001. The Sri Lanka Red Cross Society on sunday alleged that Social Services Minister Milroy Fernando and Deputy Minister Mervyn Silva along with a band of thugs had broken into the Sri Lanka Red Cross Society headquarters on January 24 and suspended a number of workers. A statement issued by Red Cross General Secretary M. D. Sumanadasa stated that this was a blatant violation of Red Cross principles and its philosophy while being an insult on the whole movement. "The scandal began with the appointment of a committee by the former Minister of Social Services Sumedha G. Jayasena to investigate the alleged corruption charges against the former Red Cross administration under the Voluntary Organisations Registration Act. On the recommendations of this committee an interim administrative board was appointed for six months.However, the present minister through a special Gazette notification dissolved the Interim Board." More...
Published: Mon Jan 29 20:22:15 EST 2001

Sri Lanka set to turn heat on England
The Times, UK, Tuesday, 30 January. THERE is an unfamiliar feel about Englandís second tour of the winter, like an old, half-forgotten overcoat found at the back of the wardrobe. There can be no shying away from it, though: on recent performances, they travel to Sri Lanka today as marginal favourites to win the Test series. Wisden Cricket Monthlyís would-be world championship table has Sri Lanka in fourth place, England sixth, but the more form-sensitive Cricketer International ratings put them the other way round. After Englandís last-minute triumph in Karachi before Christmas and Sri Lankaís brutal beatings in South Africa, there is no question which set of players has the greater confidence. If they are to win a fourth successive series, More...
Published: Tue Jan 30 13:28:20 EST 2001
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Japanese company to invest Rs 600 m in local computer industry
Daily News , Monday 29,2001 9:21PM PST . COLOMBO, Monday (Lankapuvath) - Japan has provided financial and technical assistance to Sri Lanka to enter the field of computer component manufacturing a big way, a senior official of the Board of Investment told Lankapuvath. F.D.K. (Lanka) Company of Japan will invest a minimum of Rs. 600 million in Sri Lanka over the next five years to increase the capability and productivity in the manufacturing of technological communication components for the I.T. Industry. This is a project of the Board of Investment of Sri Lanka. A company delegation called on President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga at the President's House to explain the company's future plans. Two hundred employment opportunities will be made available in the F.D.K. Company. The delegation comprised the Chairman of parent company of F.D.K. N. Suzuki Executive Director, K. Kukan and U. Mallikarachchi. Minister Prof. G.L. Peiris and the Chairman of the Board of Investment, Thilan Wijesinghe were also present. The F.D.K. Company is the first company in Sri Lanka to export technological communication components. Their annual exports exceed 900 million rupees, which represent two percent of the Sri Lanka's total exports. This company manufactures sophisticated accessories for computers, optical fibre and video decks. The firm employs 4800 Sri Lankans at present, company Chairman N. Suzuki told Lankapuvath. More...
Published: Tue Jan 30 00:25:46 EST 2001

Canada increases its immigrant population
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, Vancouver time 11.00 a.m Monday 29. by Bandula Jayasekara in Vancouver: Canada has landed more immigrants last year than it has nearly for a decade a report in the Vancouver Sun said last week. Preliminary numbers prepared by the citizenship and immigration department has indicated that more than 226,000 newcomers have arrived last year. However there was no breakdown available on the country of origin or class of immigrants

For the last three years the Canadian government has set a target of admitting between 200,000 and 225,000 landed immigrants and refugees to increase the workforce and make up for a declining birthrate.
Published: Mon Jan 29 14:10:30 EST 2001


Science's creator of life reflects on the clouds of death
Age, 30 January 2001. His lean frame is raw-boned and his beige chinos hang a little loose. But apart from weight loss, cancer has left few physical marks on Carl Wood.. For emeritus professor Wood, the man who created life in a test tube, has been reborn, partly as a result of the prostate cancer cut from his body last month. The seismic shift has left the godfather of IVF, and one of the world's best-known scientists,an advocate of meditation and alternative medicine. "I'm not moving away from Western medicine, but I'm accepting the importance of alternative treatments," he says, staring at the sky that is now his inspiration. "Meditation, massage, acupuncture and herbal treatments have helped me recover." On the table in his loungeroom is The Art of Happiness by the Dalai Lama. Wood met the Tibetan leader in the '80s. He is attracted to Buddhism. More...
Published: Mon Jan 29 21:36:27 EST 2001

Pakistan's Army chief to visit Sri Lanka
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 10.05 a.m. SLT Monday January 29. Mohamed Ysuf Khan, Pakistan's army chief will arrive in Sri Lanka today and is scheduled to inspect a guard of honour. No details are yet known as to the reasons for his visit. The Ministry of Defence would only say Khan will be in Colombo for official purposes.

The last time Pakistan's former military chief and now head of state visited the country he went back and overthrew the government of Premier Nawaz Sharif.
Published: Mon Jan 29 04:39:47 EST 2001


Sri Lankans look to bounce back
Age, 30 January 2001. Sri Lankan coach Dav Whatmore hopes his side's five-match one-day assignment with New Zealand will help his cricketers regroup after their traumatic tour of South Africa and prepare them for the visit of England next month.While the three-Test home series against England starting on February 22 loomed large,Whatmore said the duel with New Zealand, which starts here at McLean Park tomorrow, was an important stopover on the way home.Sri Lanka headed to South Africa with high hopes and a one-day world ranking to match.They were considered the second-best team behind Australia and had enjoyed a success-laden 2000 with wins over Pakistan, Zimbabwe and South Africa at home. However, they lost the one-day series 5-1 to the Proteas and the Test series 2-0. ``We came away with our tails between our legs but we'll be richer for the experience,''Whatmore told NZPA. More...
Published: Mon Jan 29 21:49:09 EST 2001

Japan to release 12 billion to renovate BIA
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 9.20 a.m. SLT Monday January 29. The Japanese government is to release 12 billion rupees as a soft loan to Sri Lanka to help upgrade the Bandaranaike International Airport. Aviation Minister Jeyaraj Fernandopulle said yesterday that the loan has been secured to renovate the airport, and build a hotel complex close to the airport which is estimated to cost USD 20 million. A twelve acre land has already been identified for this purpose, he said.

The airport meanwhile aims to have high tech equipment including announcements in Japanese, German, English and Sinhala.
Published: Mon Jan 29 04:39:47 EST 2001


Inside story of attempted "weapons blockade"
Island, Monday, 29 January. The Sri Lankan military and the Prague headquartered armaments firm MPi that promptly responded to Lankaís call for emergency weapons supplies last year, believe that a certain interested party made a determined bid to block the supplies."If they succeeded, the LTTE would have captured the entire Jaffna peninsula," an authoritative official said last week stressing that LTTE sympathisers did their best to prevent the army from deploying these weapons in the Jaffna theatre in time to prevent the LTTE advance on the town.The fall of Jaffna and the possible surrender of over 20,000 personnel would have forced the government to agree to whatever "peace" proposals put forward by the LTTE and their international supporters, the sources said. More...
Published: Mon Jan 29 08:19:17 EST 2001

Lankans second highest number of asylum seekers in the UK
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 9.15 a.m. SLT Monday January 29. According to statistics released by the British government Sri Lankans are the second highest number of asylum seekers to the UK next to the Iraqis. Channel 4 TV in Britain recently showed pictures of refugees descending from a truck which had crossed over from eastern Europe smuggling the immigrants into the country. Many of those in the truck were identified as being Sri Lankans.

Over 6000 Lankans had sought refuge in Britain in 1999 while the country had experienced a record number of over 76,000 persons had illegally entered Britain. The number of Lankans seeking asylum has risen by as much as 18 percent over the last year.
Published: Mon Jan 29 04:39:46 EST 2001


Sri Lanka Pres: Rupee's Free Float Averted Likely Crisis
Yahoo India, Monday, 29 January. President Chandrika Kumaratunga said late Sunday that Sri Lanka's free float of the rupee last week was timely, and had helped to avert a possible economic crisis. "If reserves fell further, and we delayed the float, we would have had an economic crisis on our hands," Kumaratunga, also the country's finance minister, told a state television talk show. The Central Bank of Sri Lanka surprised markets last Tuesday, saying it wouldn't set a trading band for the rupee, allowing the currency to float freely. The move was immediately effective. A bank official said that the move was meant to boost exports and give the market more freedom. Sri Lanka's gross official reserves, or foreign assets held by the nation's government and central bank, had fallen to $978 million at the end of November, compared to $1.639 billion at the end of 1999, according to latest statistics. Kumaratunga blamed the deteriorating reserves on higher global fuel prices and increased imports of military equipment, but stressed, "there was no economic crisis or collapse." More...
Published: Mon Jan 29 03:41:39 EST 2001
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Tamil.com mulls MSE listing
Yahoo India, 30 January 2001. TAMIL.COM, part of the Asia Pacific Internet Company (APIC) group, plans to list on the Madras Stock Exchange by way of a reverse listing.The company has identified an investment firm, currently listed on the MSE, to acquire, rename it and then list in the name of Tamil.com. Mr Bala Pillai, CEO, Tamil.com, told Business Line that the acquisition would be done in a couple of months.However, he declined to reveal the name of the 10-year-old dormant investment firm, which has not been trading for the last four years.The promoters of the investment firm would be given 10-15 per cent equity in Tamil.com, he said.Mr Pillai said that APIC, as part of its expansion plan, is scouting for a $2 million venture capital funding, and will firm up the deal soon from investors, mainly Indians in Singapore and Malaysia. More...
Published: Mon Jan 29 17:39:47 EST 2001

Initiative to boost cable TV growth in SAARC nations
Yahoo India, 30 January 2001. THE Cable TV Equipment Traders & Manufacturers Association (CTMA) and the Cable Operators Association of Bangladesh (COAB) have agreed to take up joint initiatives to facilitate the growth of the cable TV business in SAARC countries.Speaking at the inaugural of the Cable TV Show 200 1, Mr S M Anwar Pervez, President of COAB, suggested that India and Bangladesh should take the lead in furthering the growth of cable television in both the countries as well as in Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. More...
Published: Mon Jan 29 17:46:41 EST 2001

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