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MARCH 17, 2001 EST, USA
 
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Tamil Tigers shift out of London after British ban: report
123India.com, Mar 18 2001 09:30 IST. Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels have shifted their "international secretariat" out of London after being banned under new anti-terrorism laws in Britain, a press report here said Sunday. The separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) moved the office, which organised international propaganda and fund raising, to Sri Lanka's embattled northern Wanni region, the Sunday Leader said. More...
Published: Sat Mar 17 23:19:41 EST 2001

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'Lanka willing to go beyond draft constitution'
Times of India (Breaking News), march 17. Sri Lanka is willing to discuss any issue that the LTTE may raise in future direct talks and will not be bound by the draft constitution that it unsuccessfully presented to parliament last August, constitutional affairs minister G L Peiris has said. "The government is ready to reconsider its offer made in the draft constitution, if such a demand is made by the LTTE when negotiations begin," Peiris told the foreign correspondents association here Friday night. More...
Published: Sat Mar 17 14:51:15 EST 2001 Back to the top

England seal series in Sri Lanka
BBC South Asia, Saturday, 17 March, 2001, 12:25 GMT . Graham Thorpe clinched victory for England in the series in Sri Lanka with a brilliant performance in a thrilling finale at Colombo. There were a total of 22 dismissals on a day of high drama that was a fitting end to the controversial series. But Thorpe held his nerve as wickets tumbled to seal an early final Test triumph for England, to follow their series wins over Zimbabwe, West Indies and Pakistan. More...
Published: Sat Mar 17 09:56:24 EST 2001 Back to the top
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Sri Lanka all out for 241  - Times of India (Breaking News)

Tamil party for Britain to lift ban on LTTE
TOI, march 17. Sri Lanka's leading Tamil moderate political party has asked Britain to lift the ban on the LTTE, which was put on a list of proscribed terrorist organisations in Britain last month, as soon as direct negotiations between the government and the rebels commence. "It will be opportune for the United Kingdom government to take steps to de-proscribe the LTTE on the commencement of negotiations between the LTTE and the Sri Lankan government," a delegation from the Tamil United Liberation Front told British high commissioner in Colombo Linda Duffield on Thursday. More...
Published: Sat Mar 17 15:27:36 EST 2001 Back to the top

Terrorism will not be stopped by charity restrictions: critics
NAtional Post, March 16. Newly introduced legislation to combat terrorist fundraising was greeted with skepticism that the measures actually would stem the flow of illicit dollars to groups involved in political violence."It's ridiculous to imply that people who are sending money abroad to support terrorism are doing so in order to get a tax credit," said Gordon Floyd of the Canadian Centre for Philanthropy. "But that's what this legislation is all about." More...
Published: Sat Mar 17 18:18:25 EST 2001 Back to the top

Sri Lanka: Praise for peace envoy Solheim
Norway Post , march 16. Sri Lanka's President Chandrika Kumaratunga has praise for the work Norway's special envoy, Erik Solheim, has done in order to bring the LTTE guerillas and the Sri Lankan government back to the negotiating table. Solheim and our other Norwegian friends are doing a tremendous job in their effort to prepare the ground for a solution for peace that the whole people of Sri Lanka is wishing for, Kumaratunga said to Dagbladet. More...
Published: Sat Mar 17 14:55:36 EST 2001 Back to the top

Taming the Tamil Tigers
HT, march 17. After years of bloodshed, the ethnic conflict in Sri Lanka seems to be nearing a turning point. In recent weeks, the Tamil Tigers have not only agreed to extend the ceasefire announced earlier, they have also indicated their willingness to talk with the Sri Lankan government without insisting on an independent Tamil homeland. With that roadblock out of the way, it should not be difficult to end the war which has claimed tens of thousands of lives over the past 18 years. More...
Published: Sat Mar 17 14:53:35 EST 2001 Back to the top

Sri Lankan PM visits Khyber Pass
National News, march 17. Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ratnasiri Wickeremawayake visited historic Khyber Pass during his one-day tour of provincial capital on Friday. He was received by Provincial Minister Obaidullah Jan, IG Police Saeed Khan, commissioner Peshawar and deputy commissioner Peshawar at the Peshawar airport. More...
Published: Sat Mar 17 14:57:31 EST 2001 Back to the top

‘Corrupt Lankan ministers should own up and resign’
The Hindustan Times, Colombo, March 16. A LEADING Sri Lankan newspaper has hailed the resignation of George Fernandes and Bangaru Laxman from their high offices after the Tehelka expose and lamented that in Sri Lanka ministers and officials accused of corruption do not consider it necessary to own up and resign. "Indian ministers, true to the Westminster tradition, accept responsibility and tender their resignations, be it even a railway accident. This is something unheard of in this country," the independent daily The Island observed in an edit today. More...
Published: Fri Mar 16 21:21:50 EST 2001 Back to the top

ADB invests $360,000 in Lankan housing institution
Times of India (Breaking News), 17 March 2001. The Asian Development Bank (ADB) on Saturday said it had approved a $360,000 equity investment in a Sri Lankan institution which helps low and middle-income borrowers buy homes. The investment in the NDB Housing Bank, a market-based financial institution, would serve as a model for similar projects in the region. More...
Published: Sat Mar 17 17:41:45 EST 2001 Back to the top

British ban on LTTE strengthens Sinhalese extremists in Sri Lanka - An Analysis
WSWS- K.Ratnayake, march 15. The Peoples Alliance (PA) government in Sri Lanka has hailed the British decision on February 28 to put the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) on its list of terrorist organisations as a “diplomatic triumph”. For months, President Chandrika Kumaratunga and her ministers have been waging a campaign for the proscription of the LTTE, which has been waging a war for the last 18 years for a separate Tamil state in the north and east of the island. More...
Published: Sat Mar 17 15:18:20 EST 2001 Back to the top

Lankan Muslims protest Taliban's destruction of statues
Times of India, 17 March 2001 . Hundreds of Muslims demonstrated Friday against the destruction of pre-Islamic Buddhist statues by Afghanistan's Taliban militia and called for Pakistan's intervention to prevent further damage.After Friday Muslim prayers in this Buddhist holy city, 90 kilometres (56 miles) east of the capital, Colombo, about 700 Muslims marched through the streets carrying banners and shouting slogans. More...
Published: Fri Mar 16 21:34:23 EST 2001 Back to the top

Sri Lanka parliament seeks acting head of state
TOI, march 15. Sri Lanka's parliament was on Thursday asked to appoint an acting head of state after both the president and the prime minister left the country without naming replacements.The main opposition United National party (UNP) proposed its party member and the estranged brother of President Chandrika Kumaratunga, parliament Speaker Anura Bandaranaike, take over as the acting head of state. More...
Published: Sat Mar 17 15:10:31 EST 2001 Back to the top

LTTE violating its own ceasefire
ExpressIndia.com, Saturday,March17,2001. COLOMBO: Sri Lanka has accused LTTE of more violations of its own ceasefire, claiming that the rebels have directed mortar and artillery fire in the northern Jaffna peninsula army positions, injuring a soldier. "Ltte yesterday fired 81 MM mortars at Nagarkovil, where one soldier was injured, and artillery towards the forward defence line at Eluthumadduval, where there were no casualties," defence ministry said. More...
Published: Sat Mar 17 08:53:19 EST 2001 Back to the top
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'LTTE step up mortar bomb attacks amid truce'  - Times of India
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Tigers step up mortar bomb attacks amid truce: military  - 123India.com

Tamil party for Britain to lift ban on LTTE
Times of India (Breaking News), March 17. COLOMBO: Sri Lanka's leading Tamil moderate political party has asked Britain to lift the ban on the LTTE, which was put on a list of proscribed terrorist organisations in Britain last month, as soon as direct negotiations between the government and the rebels commence. "It will be opportune for the United Kingdom government to take steps to de-proscribe the LTTE on the commencement of negotiations between the LTTE and the Sri Lankan government," a delegation from the Tamil United Liberation Front told British high commissioner in Colombo Linda Duffield on Thursday. TULF is the oldest Tamil party campaigning for the rights of Tamils in the island and has been a victim of the LTTE's assassination spree over the years. (PTI) More...
Published: Sat Mar 17 08:56:21 EST 2001 Back to the top

Sri Lanka screens passengers from Europe amid foot-and-mouth fears
123India.com, Mar 16 2001 15:59 IST. Sri Lanka Friday began screening passengers arriving from Europe amid fears they could carry the foot-and-mouth disease into the country, the livestock development ministry said. Visitors arriving at Sri Lanka's international airport were being asked to declare if they had visited a farm in Europe in the past three weeks, with potential carriers subjected to quarantine checks. More...
Published: Fri Mar 16 21:33:18 EST 2001 Back to the top

Tamil Tigers free four hostages
123India.com, Mar 16 2001 16:41 IST. COLOMBO, March 16 (AFP) - Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels have freed four farmers they had been holding hostage since December 1999, local officials said Friday. The separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) handed over the four men, all members of the majority Sinhalese community, to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in the island's north Thursday. More...
Published: Fri Mar 16 21:36:22 EST 2001 Back to the top

EU promises more aid to Colombo
BBC South Asia, Friday, 16 March, 2001, 11:38 GMT . The European Commission president Romano Prodi has promised substantial aid to rebuild areas of Sri Lanka damaged by years of conflict, if there is progress in peace talks between the government and Tamil Tiger rebels. Mr Prodi made the pledge in talks with the visiting Sri Lankan president, Chandrika Kumaratunga. A BBC correspondent in Brussels quotes EU officials as saying that Mrs Kumaratunga assured the EU that she was optimistic about the possibility of a peaceful resolution of the conflict. More...
Published: Fri Mar 16 21:37:39 EST 2001 Back to the top

Lanka seeks European support to ban LTTE
Times of India, 16 March 2001. BERLIN: Sri Lanka on Thursday urged Germany and other West European nations to follow Britain's example in banning LTTE, asserting they should send a strong message that "politics of terror" was not welcome from their soil. Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder said after summit talks with Kumaratunga, that the ethnic conflict in Sri Lanka and LTTE's activities were a "major issue" at the parleys. But, Schroeder skirted a issue on whether Germany would announce any ban on LTTE's activities saying these are topics not for "public debate" as they had the potential of making those forces whom we have to "counteract" more aware of what is being thought of. More...
Published: Fri Mar 16 02:52:36 EST 2001 Back to the top

Fernandes: Popular but controversial minister
BBC South Asia, Thursday, 15 March, 2001, 22:50 GMT . Indian Defence Minister George Fernandes, who resigned on Thursday over a bribery scandal, is a popular figure among the military rank and file. But his outspoken character often caused ripples within the government. Mr Fernandes, aged 70, was first elected to parliament in 1967 and founded his own Samata party in 1994. Controversy hit Mr Fernandes early in his ministerial tenure when he held a convention of organisations supporting Sri Lanka's Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) on the lawns of his official residence. More...
Published: Fri Mar 16 02:47:48 EST 2001 Back to the top

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