The Lanka Academic

MARCH 5, 2001 EST, USA
VOL. 1, NO. 333

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US Supreme Court Rejects Challenge To Antiterrorism Law
Yahoo India, March 5. The U.S. Supreme Court left intact provisions in a 1996 statute that prohibit people from sending aid to foreign terrorist groups.The justices on Monday turned away an appeal by organizations that provided cash and other support to separatists in Sri Lanka and Turkey before the Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act was enacted.he U.S. says the Tamil Tigers have killed hundreds of civilians in recent years, using suicide bombings and political assassinations in a bid for an independent Tamil state in Sri Lanka. In its ruling, the appeals court said there was no constitutional right to give "terrorists the weapons and explosives with which to carry out their grisly missions. Nor, of course, is there a right to provide resources with which terrorists can buy weapons or explosives." More...
Published: Mon Mar 5 13:11:16 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.
Your questions to date are here. We have closed this session now and have sent all the questions to the governor and awaiting his response.
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Solheim finalising set of CBMs
The Hindu (International), Tuesday, March 06, 2001. COLOMBO, MARCH 5. The Norwegian peace envoy, Mr. Erik Solheim, left here tonight for London where he is to meet the LTTE representative, Mr. Anton Balasingham. Mr. Solheim, who arrived here on Sunday, held discussions on the Oslo-facilitated peace process with the Sri Lankan President, Mrs. Chandrika Kumaratunga, and the Foreign Minister, Mr. Lakshman Kadirgamar. He also met the Minister for Constitutional Affairs, Mr. G. L. Peiris, and the leader of the Opposition, Mr. Ranil Wickremesinghe, this morning. More...
Published: Mon Mar 5 17:17:02 EST 2001 Back to the top
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Solheim, Chandrika discuss confidence building measures  - The Hindustan Times

Conspiracy theory over Ranatunge family attack
Saroj Pathirana in London, Monday 05/03/01 1730 GMT. Some influential figures in Board of Control for Cricket in Sri Lanka (BCCSL) are inciting school children against his family, Food and Marketing Development minister Reggie Ranatunge claimed today. Minister Ranatunge, father of Sri Lanka’s cricket hero Arjuna Ranatunge, told BBC’s Sandeshaya that there is a serious conspiracy to destroy Arjuna’s image as well as his family, since he is involved with a process of re-establishing the BCCSL.

Mr. Ranatunge said he is also helpless in these circumstances, though he himself a minister and the Chief Government Whip. He refused the accusations that his sons Arjuna and Prasanna, a Western Provincial Councillor and a member of BCCSL, are involved with Friday’s brutal attack on schoolboys of Asoka Vidyalaya, Maradana.

Ranatunge family members and bodyguards have attacked the students, when the school children tried to pick up a cricket ball fell into Ranatunge family compound .

Meanwhile, Asoka Vidyalaya has been closed indefinitely, as hundreds of students from Colombo’s main schools gathered to protest this insane assault.
Published: Mon Mar 5 12:35:02 EST 2001 Back to the top

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Bloody brawl over cricket ball  - Sunday Times

School boys protests against Ranatunge's
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 10.55 a.m. SLT Monday March 5. Colombo DIG Bodhi Liyanage said this morning that the students of Ashoka Vidyalaya at Maradana were today holding a picketing campaign against the family of a government minister and former cricketing star of Sri Lanka.

The ugly fracas with the students erupted last Friday when former cricket captain Arjuna Ranatunge's mother is reported to have refused to look for a cricket ball that had by accident fallen into the Ranatunge garden which is next door to the school.

Students who then scaled the wall to look for the ball allegedly were assaulted by bodyguards of Minister Reggie Ranatunge, including Prasanna Ranatunge, who also serves as Private Secretary to his father Reggie Ranatunge. Arjuna Ranatunge is also reported to have been at the house at the time.

Ten students were later hospitalized with injuries while three with serious wounds were placed in the Intensive Care of Colombo's National Hospital. the children had reportedly been hit with weapons.

The entire school is in an uproar and on Saturday March 3, the school boys together with parents marched the streets of Maradana calling for the blood of both Arjuna and Prasanna Ranatunge. The school principal has lodged an official complaint against the Ranatunge's with the Maradana police.

The Ranatunge family maintain that the students have been a continuous hindrance to their privacy. The school boys say that the actions of the Ranatunge's is immoral and unjust. Both sides have been summoned by police but while Arjuna is out of the country his brother Prasanna did not appear at the police inquiry.
Published: Mon Mar 5 00:45:39 EST 2001 Back to the top

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Ranatunga to be quizzed over beating of students  - Times of India (Breaking News)

Cops to quiz Ranatunga over beating of students
Yahoo India, March 5. Sri Lankan cricketing great Arjuna Ranatunga is to be quizzed by police over a brawl in which he and his brothers allegedly beat up several students from a high school next door to his home.``A total of seven were injured and three were discharged on Saturday,'' she said. The state-run Sunday Observer newspaper reported that the local police had to intervene to free students held by Ranatunga's guards. More...
Published: Mon Mar 5 20:30:30 EST 2001 Back to the top
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Cricket - Lankan students protest Ranatunga's assault  - Yahoo India

Television umpire to be busy during Lanka-England second Test
Yahoo India, March 5. The two umpires on the ground must refer all doubtful appeals to the third, or television umpire, for a final ruling in the second Sri Lanka-England cricket Test, international match referee Hanumant Singh said on Monday. Singh's decision came after English players and commentators strongly questioned some of the umpiring decisions in the first Test, which England lost by an innings and 28 runs to host Sri Lanka. More...
Published: Mon Mar 5 21:08:42 EST 2001 Back to the top

Indian diplomat under fire from Lanka press
India Abroad, March 05, 2001 17:30 Hrs (IST) . A Sri Lankan minister and trade union leader of more than 100,000 Tamils of Indian origin has come to the defense of an Indian diplomat who is under fire for having attended a tea workers' "satyagraha" (non-violent protest). Achal Malhotra, assistant high commissioner at the Indian embassy's office in the hill town of Kandy, is said to be under investigation by the foreign ministry for allegedly participating in a strike led by Estate Infrastructure Minister Arumugam Thondaman. More...
Published: Mon Mar 5 15:03:37 EST 2001 Back to the top

Sri Lankan fishermen held
The Hindu (Southern States), Tuesday, March 06, 2001. TUTICORIN, MARCH 5. The Coast Guard ship (CGS) Naikidevi today apprehended 11 Sri Lankans for illegally fishing in Indian waters. The force had also seized from them two fishing boats fitted with sophisticated communication system. Shortly after the two fishing boats - `Salakumari' and `Lasen' - along with the Sri Lankan nationals were escorted by Naikidevi to the harbour More...
Published: Mon Mar 5 17:18:04 EST 2001 Back to the top

Lankan Olympic champ Susanthika pledges to donate eyes
Yahoo India, march 5. Sri Lanka's Olympic bronze medallist Susanthika Jayasinghe on Monday agreed to donate her eyes to the country's eye bank in a gesture to mark International Women's Day. I consider it to be an act that can invoke merit in my next life," said Jayasinghe, a Buddhist like most Sri Lankans, who won her country's first Olympic medal in half a century when she finished third in the women's 400 metres in Sydney last year. More...
Published: Mon Mar 5 13:22:29 EST 2001 Back to the top

Cut of aid for Tigers, says British intelligence
The Economic Times, March 3. A TOP British intelligence officer says cutting off aid from the Tamil diaspora is the most effective way of curbing the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam. The government’s move to cut funding from Britain reflects its perception that the LTTE is “one of the most competent terrorist/guerrilla organizations operating anywhere today,” Lt Col Mike Dolomore, a leading intelligence officer, said at a conference on terrorism here.The move to proscribe the LTTE marks a move to cut the LTTE’s strength at one of its most productive sources through the Tamil diaspora in Britain. More...
Published: Sun Mar 4 15:29:48 EST 2001 Back to the top
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President to take decision today on CWC Satyagraha campaign
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 11.15 a.m. SLT Monday March 5. A special committee appointed by President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunge to probe the demands of strikers in the plantations calling for a Rs. 400/- salary increase will take a decision today on the possibility of granting their request.

The two week old Satayagraha campaign initiated by Livestock and Infrastructure Development Minister, Arumugam Thondaman, has now received the backing and support of some 5000 estate workers including almost all plantation sector trade unions and the United National Party. N'Eliya UNP MP Navin Dissanayake yesterday confirmed that the party's trade union, Lanka Jathika Estate Workers also joined the campaign.

The Planter's Association meanwhile has said that it is impossible for private estate owners to pay an increased wage hike of Rs. 400/- per worker and that the ongoing campaign may in the long run seriously affect production costs making it impossible for the companies to maintain profits.
Published: Mon Mar 5 00:45:40 EST 2001 Back to the top

Murder of Nimalarajan: Neither Army nor LTTE involved- Justice Minister
Saroj Pathirana in London, Monday 05/03/01 1730 GMT. There is no evidence that the Sri Lankan army or the LTTE is involved with the killing of journalist Mylvaganam Nimalarajan, a prominent government minister said. Speaking with BBC’s Sandeshaya, Justice minister Batty Weerakoon said that he could not find any evidence in police reports to link Tamil Tigers or SL army to the incident and insisted it was a planned attack by an armed gang.

While accepting that investigators have not yet questioned Northern Affairs minister and the leader of the EPDP Douglas Devananda, who earlier publicly accused LTTE , minister Weerakoon said the police is conducting an open investigation. EPDP is accused as the group behind the brutal assault on slain journalists residence, which also injured his parents and eleven year old nephew.
Published: Mon Mar 5 12:35:01 EST 2001 Back to the top

LTTE attack civilians at Weli Oya
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 10.45 a.m. SLT Monday March 5. A statement from the Special Media Information Center yesterday said that the LTTE had attacked a group of farmers along the border of Weli Oya, killing three. The military pointed out that the dastardly attack took place during the Tigers self imposed ceasefire and the rebels are reported to have also abducted some of the farmers.
Published: Mon Mar 5 00:45:39 EST 2001 Back to the top

Doctor stripped off her rights to practice
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 11a.m. SLT Monday March 5. For the first time in the history of the medical council a doctors name will be erased from the medical register. Dr. Mrs. J. H. M. Kularatne, a general practitioner from Kottawa was on Saturday found guilty of professional misconduct and the Sri Lanka Medical Council will strike her name off the register.

Dr. Kularatne in September 1997 administered a lethal injection to an infant by the name of Kavinda Madushan Jayawardena. Taken by his parents for a measles vaccination the baby had collapsed when Dr. Kularatne gave the injection and by the time the child was rushed to the Lady Ridgeway Hospital it was too late.

An autopsy on the dead body performed by the Assistant Government Analyst revealed that the blood contained a chemical by the name of "Suxmethonium chloride," which was identified as the cause of the baby's death.

At the time baby Kavinda was taken to Dr. Kularatne on September 20, 1997, the lady doctor was the District Medical Officer for Homagama. Government doctors are allowed to practice after working hours and Dr. Kularatne ran a dispensary in the evenings at Kottawa.

The measles vaccine comes in two vials. One is the powder and the other the liquid solvent. Dr. Kularatne that day had administered an injection to the baby using the liquid solvent. The result was fatal.

This case was placed before the Sri Lanka Medical Council (SLMC) and the Professional Conduct Committee probed the details. The case commenced on November 5, 1999 and concluded on Saturday March 3, 2001. At this final hearing the SLMC was represented by counsel instructed by Julias & Creasy while Dr. Mrs. Kularatne was represented by Anura Premaratne and Dr. R. A. D. Kumara Wickrema.

A senior doctor commenting on the case said that this should "serve as a deterrent for doctors in future and that all doctors should take due care and diligence in the conduct of their professional duties. After all, doctors are dealing with human-beings and not animals," he added.
Published: Mon Mar 5 00:45:40 EST 2001 Back to the top

Norway to push for Lanka peace after British ban
Times of India, 5 March 2001 . Norway's special envoy, Erik Solheim, arrived here Sunday in a bid to revive the wobbly peace process in Sri Lanka following the British ban on the island's Tamil Tiger guerrillas, diplomats said. The Norwegian embassy here said Solheim was due to hold talks with President Chandrika Kumaratunga and other leaders, but declined to say for how long he will remain in Sri Lanka during latest mission. More...
Published: Mon Mar 5 07:59:54 EST 2001 Back to the top

Viagra to raise Sri Lankan soldiers' morale, Mar 05 2001 16:47 IST. COLOMBO, March 5 (AFP) - The Sri Lankan army is trialling the sex wonder drug, Viagra, to help soldiers recover from war injuries. Military chiefs said Monday that they believed injured soldiers battling depression and other mental problems could benefit from the drug, which helps men maintain an erection. More...
Published: Mon Mar 5 08:23:59 EST 2001 Back to the top

Solheim in Sri Lanka again
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 11.05 a.m SLT Monday March 5. Norwegian special envoy Eric Solheim arrived in Sri Lanka yesterday to help keep on track a fragile peace process with the Government and the LTTE. Arriving soon after the UK announced the Tigers are banned in Britain, Solheim is expected this time to meet with President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunge and other political leaders.

The Tigers though threatening to pull out of peace talks if the UK law is strictly implemented against the organization, have however said so far that they will not scuttle the peace process.

The government meanwhile have appealed to the rebels not to destabilize the peace process because of the UK ban.
Published: Mon Mar 5 00:45:40 EST 2001 Back to the top

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Kadirgamar tells Tamils don’t ‘lose heart’..., says ban 'end of one chapter, beginning of another'
Island, Monday, 5 March. Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadirgamar on Friday reaffirmed that the government would not declare a reciprocal cease-fire, but maintained that the peace process would be on track as far as the government was concerned. He declared that the British ban on the LTTE was the "end of one chapter - a violent one, and the beginning of the next chapter of peace and prosperity." This was said by the Minister at a press conference at the Foreign Affairs Ministry. He said that Norwegian mediatory efforts to bring understanding between the government and the LTTE would continue, but was unable to give a date for the commencement of talks. He asserted that all matters relevant to the process — de-escalation of the war, displaced persons, etc. would only be under discussion once substantive talks commenced. "The government is much more realistic, pragmatic and hard-headed. We will not consider the possibility of sequential talks. The discussions would have to commence without a cease-fire, and we would negotiate from that point," he said. More...
Published: Mon Mar 5 03:57:02 EST 2001 Back to the top

LTTE gangs assault Sri Lankan music fans in London
Island, Monday, 5 January. Agitated by the British listing of the LTTE as a foreign terrorist organisation (FTO), pro LTTE gangs have attacked Sri Lankan music fans outside Acton Town Hall in North London. The attack took place late Saturday night as Sri Lankan music fans were leaving a concert. A Sri Lankan music group called the "Marians" had performed at the venue on Saturday night and as the event ended and the fans left the hall a gang of pro-LTTE Eelamists attacked them on the streets with swords and baseball bats. Several Sri Lankans have been admitted to hospital with sword wounds to their head, arms etc. All are reported to be in a non life threatening and stable condition. More...
Published: Mon Mar 5 08:12:34 EST 2001 Back to the top

Indian high commissioner tours Jaffna
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 10.40 a.m. SLT Monday March 5. Indian High Commissioner Gopalan Krishna Gandhi visited Jaffna over the weekend and met with Hindu, Catholic and Anglican religious dignitaries including the Bishop for Jaffna Rt. Rev. Dr. Thomas Saundaranayagam.

The high commissioners visit is the first by an Indian VIP after a period of ten years. Met by the mayor of Jaffna, Gandhi was conducted on a familiarization tour of all military controlled areas.
Published: Mon Mar 5 00:45:38 EST 2001 Back to the top

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Indian High Commissioner visits Jaffna  - The Hindu (International)

Kandy umpires given new guidelines
BBC South Asia, Monday, 5 March, 2001, 10:30 GMT . It follows criticism of the performance of umpires Peter Manuel and AV Jayaprakash, who stood in the first Test which Sri Lanka won by an innings and 28 runs. BC Cooray and South African Rudi Koertzen will be out in the middle in Kandy, with Manuel acting as third umpire. More...
Published: Mon Mar 5 08:16:52 EST 2001 Back to the top
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Fate of ancient statues in balance as talks with Taliban continue
Independent, Monday, 5 March. The fate of Afghanistan's two towering Buddha statues was unclear last night as last-minute negotiations began to reverse a Taliban decree ordering their destruction. One Taliban source said the statues had not yet been damaged but the work could start at any time. The regime's information minister, Qudratullah Jamal, said the statues and scores of other artefacts across the country were gradually being dismantled.Residents of central Bamiyan, where the two ancient statues of Buddha hewn from a cliff face in the third and fifth centuries are located, said they had seen soldiers firing anti-aircraft weapons at the two statues three days ago.The statues stand as evidence of the Greek and Buddhist cultures that flourished in Afghanistan centuries before the arrival of Islam. But a week ago the Taliban's leader, Mullah Mohammed Omar, declared that they were the "shrines of infidels" and should be torn down.Analysts said the edict might be an attempt to bargain with the west. The Taliban have come under strong pressure from UN sanctions, which were tightened in January to punish the regime for not handing over the Saudi-born terrorist Osama bin Laden. More... [Listen]
Published: Mon Mar 5 04:13:41 EST 2001 Back to the top
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Norway to push Sri Lanka peace bid after British ban, Mar 04 2001 12:56 IST. COLOMBO, March 4 (AFP) - Norway's special envoy, Erik Solheim, arrived here Sunday in a bid to revive the wobbly peace process in Sri Lanka following the British ban on the island's Tamil Tiger guerrillas, diplomats said. The Norwegian embassy here said Solheim was due to hold talks with President Chandrika Kumaratunga and other leaders, but declined to say for how long he will remain in Sri Lanka during latest mission. More...
Published: Sun Mar 4 08:22:56 EST 2001 Back to the top
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Sri Lankan president says wants talks with Tigers
Yahoo India, March 4. Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga on Sunday described Tamil Tigers fighting for independence as murderous but said her government still wanted to meet them to discuss ways to end 18 years of ethnic war."This war is being conducted against the murderous Tigers, but because there is a deep desire by the people of all communities for peace we are willing to talk to them," she said. More...
Published: Sun Mar 4 15:26:57 EST 2001 Back to the top
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Kumaratunga ready for talks with LTTE  - Times of India (Breaking News)

Little chance to save Afghan relics, envoy says
CNN, March 4. A United Nations envoy said Sunday he was "not very optimistic" that Afghanistan's ruling Taleban would stop destroying the country's pre-Islamic relics. The Taleban, the fundamentalist Muslim movement that governs most of Afghanistan, has said it will destroy most of the country's ancient statuary as graven images offensive to Islam. That order could include two massive sandstone Buddhas at Bamiyan, believed to date from the Third Century. More...
Published: Sun Mar 4 15:46:32 EST 2001 Back to the top
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The Buddhas of Bamiyan - Purabudaya
The Times, Sunday, 4 March. They were faceless but even more powerful: I was awestruck By Julian West, New Delhi Correspondent ON a brilliant winter's day three years ago, I flew into Afghanistan's Bamiyan Valley in a cargo plane. From high above the snowy Hindu Kush, I could see the colossal statues of Buddha, which the radical Taliban movement is now destroying, dominating the area. It was only as we landed, though, that their awesome size became truly apparent. Many years before, I had visited Bamiyan in winter as a student. The lovely valley was sealed by snow and ice and totally silent. On its northern edge rose a sandstone cliff, pockmarked with caves. There, set under a cerulean sky and dwarfing the village beneath them, towered the world's two largest standing Buddha statues, 180ft and 125ft high. A slightly smaller, seated image was carved into the cliff, further along.The Buddhas have stood at the spot for something like 1,700 years. They were carved during the Buddhist dynasty of the Kushan king, Kanishka, which flourished on the old Silk Route between China and the Mediterranean. In their heyday, they were known as one of the wonders of the world: robed in brilliant red and blue cloaks, their faces and hands glittering with gilt, their heads adorned with jewelled ornaments. Pilgrims came from afar to see them and visit the yellow-robed monks who lived in the exquisitely frescoed monastic complex carved in the cliff.They have survived the ebbs and flows of empires and conquest, protected by their mountain fastness. Islam converted most of Afghanistan not long after they were carved, but the statues suffered little. Zealots hacked off their faces, but, if anything, such acts of religious vandalism rendered the faceless images even more powerful and god-like. I, like every visitor to Bamiyan, was awestruck. More...
Published: Sun Mar 4 08:34:30 EST 2001 Back to the top
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Lankan Marxists slam foreign powers for destroying statues  - Times of India

Gandhi assures Lanka of India's support to peace process
Yahoo India, march 4. Indian High Commissioner to Sri Lanka Gopalkrishna Gandhi visited the Tamil-dominated Jaffna and pledged New Delhi's continued support to the Norway-backed peace initiative. Jaffna Mayor N Raviraj and two Members of Parliament called on Gandhi and discussed the peace moves to resolve the ethnic conflict, an Indian High Commission release said here. More...
Published: Sun Mar 4 15:04:45 EST 2001 Back to the top

Sri Lanka Opposition Lawmaker's Family Threatened
Yahoo India, March 4. The mother and mother-in-law of an opposition Sri Lankan lawmaker have received unlikely parcels in the mail: a mutilated head and a frozen hand.The mother and mother-in-law of an opposition Sri Lankan lawmaker have received unlikely parcels in the mail: a mutilated head and a frozen hand. More...
Published: Sun Mar 4 14:58:13 EST 2001 Back to the top
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Lankan minister threatens death fast amid tea crisis
Times of India, 5 March 2001 . A Sri Lankan minister who heads a union of Indian Tamil tea workers is threatening a death fast if President Chandrika Kumaratunga does not agree to a pay hike. As the tea industry fears the crisis would affect the international market, Arumugam Thondaman, the minister of estate infrastructure and leader of the Ceylon Workers' Congress (CWC), said on Sunday he would give the president a few more days more to tell plantation companies to comply with the wage demand. More...
Published: Mon Mar 5 08:19:02 EST 2001 Back to the top
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Lift ban on Tamil separatist LTTE, junior minister tells Indian PM, Mar 04 2001 11:33 IST. MADRAS, March 4, (AFP) - A member of India's ruling coalition, the southern regional MDMK party, has demanded New Delhi lift a ban on the Sri Lankan Tamil tigers, which was banned by the British government last week. "Our party has been prevailing on the Prime Minister, Atal Behari Vajpayee, to announce a lifting of the ban," junior federal minister for finance Gingee Ramachandran was quoted as saying by newspapers Sunday. More...
Published: Sun Mar 4 01:18:48 EST 2001 Back to the top
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Sri Lanka president's party to make show of unity
MSNBC, Mar 04 2001 10:21 IST. The main party in Sri Lanka's tenuous ruling coalition was set to put on a show of strength at its national convention on Sunday in a bid to dispel fears of instability.More than 100,000 delegates will attend the Sri Lanka Freedom Party's (SLFP) 13th convention in Colombo, S.B. Dissanayake, the party's general-secretary, told a news conference. More...
Published: Sun Mar 4 01:22:16 EST 2001 Back to the top

Troops mount search as Tigers kill four farmers: military, Mar 04 2001 11:27 IST. COLOMBO, March 4 (AFP) - Sri Lanka's elite military units Sunday launched a major search operation in eastern jungles after Tamil Tiger rebels killed four civilians, the defence ministry here said Sunday. Special Forces (SF) units were depoloyed to track down the group of fighters from the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) responsible for killing four farmers in the Horowpathana on Saturday. More...
Published: Sun Mar 4 01:19:35 EST 2001 Back to the top
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Sri Lanka lets Gough off the hook
Times of India (Breaking News), 4 March 2001 . Sri Lanka will play down an incident involving England's pace ace Darren Gough and are hoping that the second test in the central hills of Kandy may help him cool his temper. Cricket officials here said on Sunday that they were not pressing a case against Gough following a second incident on the current tour of Sri Lanka when he was asked to leave the field by captain Nasser Hussain. More...
Published: Sun Mar 4 14:55:53 EST 2001 Back to the top

Sri Lanka hails UK ban on Tamil Tigers
Independent, Sunday, 4 March. The Sri Lankan government celebrated its biggest propaganda coup in memory yesterday after Britain put the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) or Tamil Tigers on a list of 21 terrorist organisations to be banned in the UK. As MiG-27 and Kfir jets bombed Tiger positions on the Jaffna peninsula, a spokesman for the government, Ariya Rubesinghea, said: "It's a great day ... We don't want to sound too overjoyed but the decision is most welcome." The Sinhalese-dominated government also announced that the Foreign Minister, Lakshman Kadirgamar, himself a Tamil, would leave for London over the weekend "with a message to thank the British government for the ban". The Tigers, who have been fighting for independence in the north and east of the island since 1983, are held responsible for countless atrocities, notably the blowing up of Rajiv Gandhi in 1991 when he was the Indian Prime Minister, and the attempted assassination of the Sri Lankan Prime Minister, Chandrika Kumaratunga, in December 1999. The LTTE is banned in India and America. More...
Published: Sun Mar 4 08:40:59 EST 2001 Back to the top
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