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VOL. 1, NO. 325

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Advani ‘to attend’ Lankan party rally
The Hindustan Times, Colombo, February 25. INDIAN HOME Minister L.K. Advani is expected to participate in the 13th convention of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP), the dominant partner in Sri Lanka's ruling coalition, here on March 4. While the Indian High Commission could not confirm the Home Minister's participation immediately, the Sri Lankan Minister of Local Government and SLFP stalwart, Mr Alavi Mowlana, told the Hindustan Times that Mr Advani was "expected" to attend the mass rally at the Old Race Course. More...
Published: Sun Feb 25 16:28:32 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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Sri Lanka set for early peace talks with LTTE
The Hindustan Times, Colombo, February 25. SRI LANKA is set for talks with Tiger rebels as the European Union (EU) backed Norway's attempts to broker an end to the island's separatist war, officials and diplomatic sources said on Sunday. President Chandrika Kumaratunga raised the possibility of talks with LTTE during her visit last week to India, officials here said. More...
Published: Sun Feb 25 16:29:32 EST 2001
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Local software co among US team to visit Europe
The Island , Sunday 25th February 2001 17:49 PST. The Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) of the USA announced that its upcoming electronic commerce trade mission to Europe is fully booked with 10 companies on board, a press release said. They are Alpha-Gamma Technologies Inc., Avaya Communications, Commerce Designs International, Digital Convergence, eTechlogix Inc., Inc., NeoIT, Runaware Corp., Strategic Service Alliance Inc., and Talentsoft Inc. One of the participating companies, MediaSolv, was established in Sri Lanka in July 1997 with nine employees. More...
Published: Sun Feb 25 20:54:53 EST 2001

Lack of IT professionals
The Island, Sunday 25th February 2001 17:52 PST . By Chittaranjan de Silva Sri Lankan graduates are in with a unique opportunity of obtaining a postgraduate M.Sc. in Information Technology from a leading British university, without having to leave the country, Informatics Institute of Technology (IIT) announced last Wednesday. More...
Published: Sun Feb 25 20:58:06 EST 2001

'LTTE link' will be poll issue: Swamy
The Hindu (Southern States), Sunday, February 25, 2001. The Janata Party feels that the `LTTE connection' will be an issue in the coming elections in the state as both the major fronts were `suffering from LTTE pollution.' Talking to newsmen here today, Dr. Subramanian Swamy, Janata Party president, said a third front, if it were to be formed, should comprise parties with a `national outlook and an anti- LTTE' posture. This front should not include the Congress (I). He said the Congress (I) should explain why it had associated itself with the DK, which `has been indicted for conspiracy with the LTTE' in the Rajiv assassination case. Dr. Swamy, even while maintaining that `it is already late' for the formation of a third front, said his party would consider an invitation if parties with a `national outlook' joined together. At the same time, he foresaw the possibility of the formation of a third front in the post-poll scenario. More...
Published: Sat Feb 24 23:53:49 EST 2001

Tamil ceasefire is a ploy: Kumaratunga
CNN, february 24. Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga has dismissed a ceasefire offer made by Tamil rebels. The rebels extended a unilateral ceasefire for a third month as a goodwill gesture in an attempt to push the peace process forward, they say. More...
Published: Sun Feb 25 17:07:59 EST 2001

Game transcends off-pitch problems
Guardian, Sunday, 25 February. As fans in England and Sri Lanka get settled for the long, hot series between their cricket teams, political pundits wait to see whether the Liberation Tigers for Tamil Eelam will be a proscribed organisation under Britain's new Terrorism Act. The war between Sri Lankan government forces and the Tamil Tigers has raged since 1983. Throughout, cricket has been seen by some as a unifying force. Muttiah Muralitharan, as a Tamil in a majority Sinhalese team is seen as the embodiment of this spirit and a bridge between the ethnic divide. The World Cup victory of 1996 was of course a defining moment for Sri Lankan cricket and society and people hoped that it would have a positive effect. An Indian magazine, Outlook, quoted a high-ranking Tamil Tigers figure after the World Cup as saying: 'Ranatunga is my favourite cricketer,' which would have been unheard of before the victory. Sri Lanka is a diverse country of different races and religion including Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam and Christianity. Cricket in Sri Lanka developed along these racial lines when clubs began to be formed in the late nineteenth century. Cricket clubs offer a mirror image of Sri Lankan society in its racial mix. The names of the clubs that today play in Sri Lanka's Premier Domestic competitions bear witness to this. The Sinhalese Sports Club, The Tamil Union Cricket and Athletic Club, The Moors Sports Club (for Muslims) and the Burgher Recreation Club (descendants of the Portuguese and Dutch settlers) are examples. More...
Published: Sun Feb 25 11:04:20 EST 2001

Troops, Tigers trade fire during truce, Feb 25 2001 12:33 IST. COLOMBO, Feb 25 (AFP) - Government forces and Tamil Tiger guerrillas exchanged mortar fire leaving at least six rebels killed, the defence ministry here said Sunday. The troops fired at members of the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) at Kilaly in the Jaffna peninsula on Saturday and the guerrillas retaliated with mortar bombs, a ministry statement said. More...
Published: Sun Feb 25 16:34:10 EST 2001

England forced to follow on
Yahoo India, February 26. England were fighting with their backs to the wall to save the first cricket Test against Sri Lanka after being forced to follow-on here on Sunday.Dismissed for 253 in their first innings, England, trailing by 217 runs, lost the wickets of first innings century-maker Marcus Trescothick and skipper Nasser Hussain to be 118 for two wickets at the close of the fourth day. More...
Published: Sun Feb 25 16:56:31 EST 2001
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Moon man 'Buzz' plugs space tourism ahead of Mars cruise, Feb 25 2001 16:47 IST. COLOMBO, Feb 25 (AFP) - US astronaut, Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin, the second man who set foot on the moon after Neil Armstrong, arrived in Sri Lanka Sunday onboard a luxury liner and called for a different kind of cruise into space. Aldrin, 71, said he was promoting space tourism, targeting the same high-rollers who currently cruise to exotic destinations onboard liners and dive at sites such as the wreckage of the Titanic. More...
Published: Sun Feb 25 08:59:50 EST 2001

New bird discovered by Sri Lankan ornithologist
The Island, Saturday 24 Febraury 2001 16:40 PST. A previously unknown species of a bird (a type of owl) has been discovered recently in Sri Lanka - the first such discovery in 132 years, the Ceylon Bird Club reported last week. "The discovery of a species today is a major event in world ornithology. It happens mostly in little-explored parts of the planet. That a species should evade detection in Sri Lanka, so well covered by bird studies since colonial times, is astonishing," a bird enthusiast said. More...
Published: Sat Feb 24 19:45:28 EST 2001

Atapattu moves into elite company
The Times, Sunday, 25 February. THE ESPLANADE GROUND (second day of five): England, with all first-innings wickets in hand, are 443 runs behind Sri Lanka. ARAVINDA de Silva made his nineteenth Test hundred yesterday but the latest example of his enduring skill served only to emphasise what a remarkable batsman Sri Lanka possess in Marvan Samson Atapattu, the 30-year-old right-hander whose Test career started with scores of 0, 0, 0, 1, 0, and 0. With Atapattu, it seems, as with the girl from Oklahoma, it’s all or nothing. Putting far behind him a miserable series in South Africa only a few weeks ago, when he managed only 41 runs in six innings, he transformed his ruthless vigil on the opening day into a masterly display of all-round strokeplay yesterday. More...
Published: Sun Feb 25 10:47:00 EST 2001

EU presses Sri Lanka on democracy, human rights
Yahoo India, February 25. The European Union (EU) said on Saturday it was pressing Sri Lanka to push through democratic reforms and improve its human rights record."We will maintain as much pressure as we can to ensure that democracy is fully realised," Gerard Collins, leader of a visiting European Parliamentary delegation, told a news conference in Colombo. More...
Published: Sat Feb 24 23:42:57 EST 2001
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T56 @ Rs. 15,000; Grenade @ Rs. 500 !!!
Saroj Pathirana in London, Saturday 24 February 1900 GMT. The civil war in Sri Lanka has led to a situation where the cost of everything except firearms is skyrocketing, a retired police official in Sri Lanka said in Colombo. Speaking at a seminar on the proliferation of small arms, a retired high level security official Tassie Seneviratne said the price of weapons had dropped drastically in Sri Lanka because corrupt police and security forces officers were selling pilfered arms and ammunition.

He said that as a result of nearly two decades of war against separatist LTTE and earlier JVP uprising , weapons are easily and inexpensively available on the black market. A T56 rifle now costs fifteen thousand rupees while a hand grenade can be bought for a mere five hundred rupees.!!! Some twenty thousand weapons have been issued to parliamentarians and their bodyguards over the years but only a fifth have ever been returned, Mr. Seneviratne further added.
Published: Sat Feb 24 13:57:02 EST 2001

Sri Lankan's body exhumed
The Hindu (Southern States), Sunday, February 25, 2001. CHENNAI, FEB. 24. The body of a Sri Lankan Tamil who was murdered and robbed on his way to the airport on January 23 was exhumed from a Otteri graveyard today as part of investigation. According to police, a Sri Lankan businessman Ganapathy Thulasingam (71) who had been staying in a lodge at Egmore was reported missing. He had boarded an autorickshaw to go to the airport to catch a flight to London to join his son. However, as he did not reach London, his son checked and found that Ganapathy had not boarded the flight. More...
Published: Sat Feb 24 23:54:17 EST 2001

British ban on Tigers not to hurt Norway peace bid: EU mission, Feb 24 2001 17:01 IST. COLOMBO, Feb 24 (AFP) - European parliamentarians Saturday expressed support for Norway's attempt at ending Sri Lanka's separatist war and said a British ban against Tamil rebels will not jeopardise the peace process. Gerard Collins, the head of the five-member MEP delegation visiting Sri Lanka, said the European Union had made its position clear to Britain that "all those who engage in terrorism" must be banned. More...
Published: Sat Feb 24 08:48:50 EST 2001

Sri Lanka's Tamil Tigers kill two policemen during truce, 25 February 2001. COLOMBO, Feb 24 (AFP) - Tamil Tiger rebels shot dead two police constables in eastern Sri Lanka Saturday, violating their own unilateral truce, the defence ministry said. The separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) attacked police at a village in the Welikanda region, ministry spokesman Sanath Karunaratne said. More...
Published: Sat Feb 24 08:49:39 EST 2001

Developements in Nimalrajan Killing.
Saroj Pathirana in London, Saturday 24 February 1900 GMT. A bicycle which has been found abandoned alongside the slain journalist Myilvaganam Nimalarajan?s Jaffana residence the next day after the assassination, belongs to the Ealam People?s Democratic Party (EPDP), it emerged today. As Shanthi Selladurai reported to BBC?s Sandeshaya, the bicycle has been registered with the police as a vehicle of R.Ramamurthi, ex-EPDP MP who now lives in India after being sacked by the party, and was stolen by another member of EPDP, Jegan alias Kandasamy Jegadeeshwaran.

The Police has been informed by R.Rameshwaran, another ex-MP and also has been sacked together with his brother Ramamurthi, that the bicycle has been handed over to EPDP by Jegan on the 20th of January, 2000. Jegan who has fled away with the bicycle on the 17th of January 2000, has come back on the 20th and joined the EPDP, whose leader Douglas Devananda is a key Minister of the current PA Government. Investigations have revealed that Jegan has signed a document in the presence of his wife as a witness, while handing over the bicycle to Visu, the then registrar of EPDP office in Jaffna. Ex EPDPer Rameshwaran told Sandeshaya that Jegan has identified the vehicle in the police station.

Meanwhile, justice Minister Batti Weerakoon earlier told Sandeshaya that as there is no police station in Jaffna and a civil war continues, the Government is not in a position to investigate the killing of Nimalarajan.
Published: Sat Feb 24 13:57:03 EST 2001

Cricket-Murali can still put England in a spin, says Jayasuriya
Yahoo India, February 24,. Sri Lankan captain Sanath Jayasuriya warned England on Saturday that Muttiah Muralitharan could still enforce the follow-on against them in the first test. Jayasuriya, speaking after Nasser Hussain's tourists had ended the third day on 202 for four, 69 runs short of safety, said: "Murali is my match-winner. "I hope he can bowl better tomorrow and pick up some more wickets. We have to get them out before they reach 271. It's going to be a tough day for them." More...
Published: Sat Feb 24 10:04:52 EST 2001
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Chandrika to brief India on Pak arms loan offer
The Hindustan Times, Colombo, February 22. SRI LANKAN President Chandrika Kumaratunga will brief Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee on the latest developments in the Norwegian brokered peace process and discuss various bilateral issues during her visit to New Delhi beginning on Friday. It has been her government's policy to keep India informed about developments in Sri Lanka in regard to the ethnic issue, especially foreign involvement in it, and other geo-political matters of mutual interest. More...
Published: Sat Feb 24 09:15:36 EST 2001
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BBC Cricket Correspondent and Team broadcast from the Dutch Fort in Galle:Photo
Cricinfo, 25 February 2001. After being temporarily excluded from the test match stadium in a broadcast rights dispute BBC Cricket Correspondent and Team broadcast from the Dutch Fort in Galle. More...
Published: Sat Feb 24 09:10:49 EST 2001

Reluctant India allows SAARC foreign secretaries to meet
Yahoo India, February 24. Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga on Friday effectively broke the logjam in which the SAARC process has been stuck since Kargil, when she persuaded a reluctant New Delhi to let the SAARC foreign secretaries meet at the end of May.Significantly, however, Kumaratunga refrained from raising the issue of holding a SAARC summit in her meetings with her Indian interlocutors. Sources from Colombo said the Sri Lankan President well realises that until Islamabad shows some "genuine movement'' on the bilateral front with New Delhi, it may be difficult to hold a summit-level meeting that has been stalled for the last year-and-a-ha More...
Published: Sat Feb 24 10:04:02 EST 2001

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