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Sri Lanka navy sinks Tiger sea convoy, Feb 21 2001 08:00 IST. The Sri Lankan navy attacked a Tamil Tiger rebel cargo convoy off the island's northern coast Wednesday and destroyed at least four boats, the defence ministry here said. A sea battle erupted when the navy confronted boats of the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) approaching the north of the island early Wednesday, ministry spokesman Sanath Karunaratne said. More...
Published: Tue Feb 20 23:25:52 EST 2001

The Central Bank of Sri Lanka is a semi-autonomous body at the apex of the financial sector in Sri Lanka today. The objectives of the Central Bank include the stabilization of domestic monetary values and the preservation of the external stability of the Sri Lankan Rupee. It is the advisor to the Government of Sri Lanka on economic affairs and it is responsible for the implementation of Exchange Control Regulations. On January 23rd, 2001, the Central Bank permitted flee float rates for the Sri Lanka Rupee, leading to a massive 6.62% overnight depreciation of its value. The UNP is seeking the mediation of the Court of Appeal to quash this controversial decision. With this backdrop, we invited the Governor of the Central Bank, Mr. A. S. Jayawardene to be the guest at our current Question and Answer session. Submit your questions for Mr. Jayawardene between February 5-26, 2001, and check answers here. We have exptended the Q&A period!
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LTTE has given up separatism: peace group
Yahoo India, February 20. In a major climbdown from its intransigence, the LTTE has given up its demand for a separate state and has no design to divide Sri Lanka, members of an inter-faith peace delegation that met Tamil separatist leaders in the country's war-torn north said Tuesday. They (LTTE leaders) told us that they are not asking for separation, but only a system of government under which Tamils can realise their dreams and their equality respected," Rev Malcolm Ranjith, the Bishop of Ratnapura, told a press conference here Tuesday evening. More...
Published: Tue Feb 20 13:20:25 EST 2001
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LTTE no longer separatist: religious leaders  - The Hindu (International)

UNP to submit proposals to Parliament
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 3.10 p.m. SLT Tuesday February 20. The United National Party is to submit a set of proposals to Parliament for an independent judicial services commission an independent police commission and an independent elections commission. The party says it will discuss the various revisions in the proposals at the next meeting of parliamentary group leaders.

The UNP will also seek the support of other political parties to push forward the proposals. The UNP rpoposals come in the wake of President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunge already having appointed a special parliamentary select committee, headed by trade minister Rauf Hakeem. The committee served as a face saver for Hakeem who backed down on a 100 day deadline he issued to the government threatening to withdraw the support of the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress in the event the independent commissions were not set up.
Published: Tue Feb 20 04:52:37 EST 2001

Korea to give Sri Lanka $26 million soft loan
Yahoo India, Tuesday February 20th, 2001 PST . COLOMBO, Feb 20 (Reuters) - South Korea has agreed to lend Sri Lanka $26 million for a water supply project in the southern city of Galle, the Sri Lankan Finance Ministry said on Tuesday More...
Published: Tue Feb 20 21:53:45 EST 2001

Ramp smashes into cargo plane at Sri Lanka airport, Feb 20 2001 18:40 IST. A cargo plane carrying engine spares for a crippled Indonesian aircraft ran into trouble Tuesday when a ramp blown by strong winds crashed against it at a Sri Lankan airport, officials said. The IL-76 cargo carrier had been ready for take-off after delivering the spares for the Garuda Airbus A-330 which made an emergency landing here five days ago, airport officials said. More...
Published: Tue Feb 20 09:13:53 EST 2001

Tamil protests mount in Sri Lanka
BBC South Asia, Tuesday, 20 February, 2001, 15:03 GMT . Thousands of Tamil students have demonstrated in Sri Lanka calling for peace, and urging the United Kingdom not to ban the Tamil Tiger rebels.Students have also collected signatures for a petition opposing the ban and political prisoners have written a letter to British Prime Minister Tony Blair. Sri Lanka's minority Tamils are becoming increasingly outspoken in support of the rebels, whose headquarters are in London. More...
Published: Tue Feb 20 11:22:45 EST 2001

UK to let the LTTE off the hook for now
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 8.50 a.m. SLT Tuesday February 20. The Hindustan reported yesterday that even though the British Anti Terrorism Act came into force yesterday the LTTE and other foreign terrorist organizations are to be temporarily let off the hook. According to this report, The British Government have decided to not scuttle peace negotiations between the Tamil Tigers and the Lankan Government and hence will not release a list of identified terrorist organizations.

Political analysts in Sri Lanka have pointed out that if the Tigers are banned in the UK it will affect international opinion about the rebel force notwithstanding lending considerable bargaining power to the Lankan government.
Published: Tue Feb 20 04:52:37 EST 2001

`Democracy helps win wars'
Yahoo India, February 21. In the event of a war between a democracy and an authoritarian state democracy is always sure to win, Shekhar Gupta, editor-in-chief of The Indian Express, said today.Illustrating his point on how democracies emerge victorious, Gupta said the Falklands war proved that a democracy was more resilient. Britain defeated Argentinian dictatorship thousands of miles away from home in 1983. Closer home he gave the example of Sri Lanka where 5,000 soldiers were killed in the year 2000 alone. ``But people have more faith in a democracy. Despite the war, investments are coming into the country and skyscrapers continue to come up in Colombo. The world looks at a democracy more seriously,'' he said. More...
Published: Tue Feb 20 16:04:11 EST 2001

Deported Sri Lankans taken into custody
The Hindu NUS, 16.00 hrs (IST) on February 20, 2001. Twenty-three Sri Lankan Tamils, who had been duped by an emigration agent and abandoned in Kazakhstan, have been taken into custody by the police soon after they arrived at the airport here, a report said. State-owned Tamil daily Thinakaran said the CID would investigate the group, hailing from Jaffna and including one Muslim for suspected links with the LTTE. More...
Published: Tue Feb 20 09:12:53 EST 2001

Sri Lankan fighting kills 11, Feb 20 2001 17:12 IST. At least 11 Tamil Tiger rebels were killed in fresh fighting with government forces in northern Sri Lanka, the defence ministry here said Tuesday. Troops killed seven members of the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in the Jaffna peninsula while the other four were shot dead at Mannar and Mullaitivu districts, the ministry said. More...
Published: Tue Feb 20 09:14:17 EST 2001
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Fresh fighting in Lanka kills 11 LTTE men  - Times of India
Sri Lankan troops kill 10 rebels  - The Hindu NUS
Sri Lanka troops kill 10 rebels in fresh fighting  -
Troops kill 10 rebels in fresh fighting  - Frederica Jansz in Colombo

Analysts say there is a strong possibility that the LTTE will be banned in Britain.
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 2.05 p.m. SLT Monday Februrary 19. Political analysts were quoted on State radio today saying that there is a strong possibility that the LTTE would be banned in the UK when the British Anti Terrorism Act comes into effect today. British Home Affairs Minister, Jack Straw is expected to announce the list of banned terrorist orginations later today.

Britain is fully aware that the LTTE has already been banned in the United States, India and Malayasia. Analysts figure that in this context the UK could not ignore the requests made by the Sri Lankan Government and a wide section of Lankan society calling for the LTTE to be proscribed.

Sri Lanka's Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadirgamar has avidly stressed the need to ban the Tigers in the UK, even going so far as to state that diplomatic relations beween Sri Lanka and the UK will be strained if the LTTE are not included on a list of British identified terrorist organizations.

The State maintains that Tamil politicians who have recently being lobbying hard for the UK to not ban the LTTE, do not represent the majority view of all Tamils in Sri Lanka. Political analysts assert that if the UK does ostracize the LTTE it would change international opinion of the rebel force.

Political analyst, Dion Jayatilleke said, it is not enough for the UK to merely pass an Anti Terrorism Act but that the country should implement the relevant provisions by which the Act is drawn and that proscribing the LTTE is an absolute necessity.

Some 70 Sri Lankans living in Virgina and Maryland on February 16, last week held a peaceful demonstration outside the British High Commission on Massachutes Avenue in Washington DC hoping to influence the decisions of British policy makers when the UK ban on terrorist organizations comes into effect today. Holding huge placards depicting the face of Tiger Chief, Vellupillai Prabhakaran, the Sri Lankans ended the demonstration after handing over a letter to high commission officials. The letter was addressed to British Premier Tony Blair and appealed to him to proscribe the LTTE as a terrorist organization.

Meanwhile Eric Solheim, Norway's Special peace Envoy will not arrive in Sri Lanka this week as expected. Solheim's visit has been postponed as both the government and the LTTE have reached a deadlock over internal and external issues regarding the Memorandum of Understanding. Norway was expected this week to indicate the dates on which the first round of discussions would take place and finalize the location.
Published: Mon Feb 19 07:10:54 EST 2001

Cricket-Muralitharan ready for England
Yahoo India, February 20. Sri Lankan spinner Muttiah Muralitharan looks certain to shrug off a groin injury and play against England in the first test starting on Thursday. Coach Dav Whatmore, speaking at a news conference, said: "He has been bowling during the last couple of days, he should be fit More...
Published: Tue Feb 20 09:16:26 EST 2001
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Sri Lanka keep options open  - BBC South Asia

Cricket-Jayasuriya lurks in the Sri Lanka shadows
Yahoo India, 21 February 2001. GALLE, Sri Lanka (Reuters) - Sanath Jayasuriya has rarely been overshadowed during his career as a cavalier batsman. However, in recent months Sri Lanka's captain, struggling for form, has virtually disappeared off the radar screen. He has barely deserved a mention in the run-up to the first test against England starting in Galle on Thursday, with all the attention focused on team mate Muttiah Muralitharan and his troublesome groin injury. England will not be fooled by his low-profile approach. The 31-year-old opener from Matara, as quiet and private off the field as he is explosive on it, is due a score. And they tend to be spectacular when they come along. More...
Published: Tue Feb 20 18:39:06 EST 2001

Swiss couple remanded to custody till March 5
Yahoo India, February 20. A Swiss couple, facing allegations of using minor children to pose for pornographic pictures, was today further remanded to judicial custody till March 5 by a local court.Police have alleged that the couple visited India and neighbouring countries such as Bangladesh and Sri Lanka to indulge in such offences since last ten years. More...
Published: Tue Feb 20 09:15:07 EST 2001

SRI LANKA PRESS: Power Min Calls For CEB Investigations
Yahoo India, February 20. Minister of Power and Energy Anuruddha Ratwatte has called for an investigation into alleged financial malpractices at state-owned Ceylon Electricity Board, reports the Daily News. This comes after the president, in a recent television interview, slammed the CEB and also hinted its present chairman may be removed shortly. More...
Published: Tue Feb 20 09:15:46 EST 2001

India denies reports
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 8.15 a.m. SLT Tuesday February 20. A spokesman from India's External Affairs Ministry has denied reports that India objected to the UK and Japan being included on a monitoring committee which will watch and evaluate an ongoing peace process between the Government and the LTTE.

Some eight countries have been identified by Norway to sit on this committee. Norway has encountered a stumbling block however as both the Government and the LTTE have objected to certain countries being on the committee. Some nations, the Government is not keen to have as the countries are perceived to be sympathetic to the LTTE. The Tigers have also voiced concern over some countries which the rebels say are supplying arms to the Lankan Government.
Published: Tue Feb 20 04:52:36 EST 2001

Security concerns delay naming of terrorist organisation
The Island, february 20. On Monday the British Terrorism Act 2000 came into force. All major newspapers and television stations in the United Kingdom on Monday gave coverage to the Act coming into effect and speculated that the LTTE(Sri Lanka), GIA(Algeria), FARC(Colombia), Palestinian Islamic Jihad(Israel), Al-Gamaat al-Isamiyya(Egypt), Hizbollah (Lebanon), al Qaida(Afghanistan), Revelutionary Organisation 17 November (Greece), PKK(Turkey), Revolutionary Peoples Liberation Front (Turkey) among others terrorist groups which will face expulsion from the United Kingdom. More...
Published: Mon Feb 19 20:46:48 EST 2001
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Nationalist step up anti-British agitation over Tiger ban  -

Sinhala Jathika Sangamaya questions Ranil: why dont you demand LTTE ban in Britain
CDN , february 20. The Sinhala Jathika Sangamaya (SJS) led by S.L.Gunasekera has emphatically questioned the leader of the United National Party and Leader of the Opposition Ranil Wickremesinghe as to why he is not joining many political parties both in the opposition and the government in their demand from Britain to ban the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). More...
Published: Mon Feb 19 22:46:22 EST 2001

Lankan civil war increases England security fears
Yahoo India, February 20,. Englandís cricket team, currently touring Sri Lanka, is finding itself caught up in the countryís civil war because Britain is about to name London-based militant groups it will ban under a new anti-terrorist legislation.A Sri Lankan rebel group, the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, is headquartered in London and the Sri Lankan government has been lobbying for it to be banned. The pending decision has increased security fears for the England team, ahead of the first Test on Thursday. More...
Published: Mon Feb 19 16:35:45 EST 2001
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Britain petitioned for LTTE ban  - Times of India
Disappointment in Colombo  - The Hindu (International)
Lankan press slams Britain for not banning LTTE  - Times of India (Breaking News)
Nationalist step up anti-British drive over Tiger ban  -

Lanka tightens security for touring Englishmen
Times of India (Breaking News), 19 February 2001 . England's cricket team, currently touring Sri Lanka, is finding itself caught up in the country's civil war because Britain is about to name London-based militant groups it will ban under a new anti-terrorist legislation.A Sri Lankan rebel group, the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, is headquartered in London and the Sri Lankan government has been lobbying for it to be banned. The Tamil Tigers have been fighting 17 years for a homeland for the country's 3.2 million minority Tamils. More...
Published: Mon Feb 19 13:33:01 EST 2001

Sri Lanka orders probe into church attack, Feb 20 2001 09:30 IST. COLOMBO, Feb 20 (AFP) - Sri Lanka President Chandrika Kumaratunga has ordered a probe into an attack against a Christian church in the island's north-central region, the state-run Daily News reported Tuesday. Police have been asked to investigate if an organised group was behind Sunday's attack against the church where some 35 devotees were assaulted and furniture smashed. More...
Published: Mon Feb 19 23:40:59 EST 2001
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Mob attacks church in Lanka  -
Mob attacks church in Sri Lanka, several wounded  - Yahoo India

Vanniars in Cong. root for PMK
The Hindu (Southern States), Tuesday, February 20, 2001. CHENNAI, FEB. 19. Curious is the way caste influences the Congressmen in Tamil Nadu. While the Congress high command resents the pro-LTTE PMK, strangely, most Vanniars in the TNCC, are vociferously supporting an alliance with the Vanniar-based party. When the Congress emissaries, Mr. Pranab Mukherjee and Mr. Ghulam Nabi Azad met the TNCC functionaries today, several Vanniars are said to have stridently questioned Congress reservations over the PMK. Their arguments: `` Rajiv Gandhi was assassinated 10 years ago. Why should we still harp on it and oppose an alliance with the PMK because it is pro-LTTE. More...
Published: Mon Feb 19 16:36:49 EST 2001

India denies reports of opposing UK, Japan in monitoring body
Yahoo India, February 19. India Monday denied reports that it had opposed inclusion of Britain and Japan in a monitoring mechanism proposed by Norway to broker peace between the Sri Lankan government and the LTTE. ''There is no no basis for the reports'', an External Affairs ministry spokesman told reporters in response to questions. More...
Published: Mon Feb 19 13:42:21 EST 2001
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India denies opposing inclusion of Britain, Japan in Lanka peace panel  - Yahoo India

Pak. denies reports on arms deal with Lanka
The Hindu NUS, 16.00 hrs (IST) on February 19, 2001. Islamabad, Feb. 19. (UNI): Sri Lankan High Commissioner in Pakistan has denied reports that Pakistan and Sri Lanka had reached an agreement on a $ 20 million arms deal during the three-day visit of the Sri Lankan Foreign Minister, Kadirgamar to Pakistan. The High Commissioner said there was no such discussion at any of the meetings held by the Sri Lankan Foreign Minister nor was there any discussion with authorities in Sri Lanka when the Chief of Army Staff of Pakistan visited that country, he added. More...
Published: Mon Feb 19 13:19:39 EST 2001

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