The Lanka Academic

 
APRIL 4, 2001 EST, USA
 
A NEWSPAPER PUBLISHED BY LACNET
 
VOL. 1, NO. 363

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Buddhist temple in rubbles
Leo de Lile in Colombo. A Sri Lankan Buddhist priest, stands alongside a demolished shrine in Punchi Borella junction in Colombo, Sri Lanka on April 4, 2001. Sri Lanka's Urban Development Authority has been tearing down unauthorized structures in a bid to ease traffic congestion in the capital. Later hundreds of Buddhists staged a protest by the demolished shrine urging the government to re build it.
Published: Wed Apr 4 12:51:50 EDT 2001

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The Lanka Academic is delighted to announce its next guest in its series of Q & A sessions: Mr. Erik Solheim, the special facilitator between the government of Sri Lanka and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam.

Mr. Solheim has had extensive discussions with government leaders including President Kumaratunge as well as the leaders of political parties and entities spanning the spectrum of political views in Sri Lanka. He has also visited the LTTE leader Pirbhakaran during a recent visit to the Vanni and also has had discussions with the LTTE representative in London Mr. Anton Balasingham.

Mr. Solheim will answer your questions within the parameters of his present assignment. Submit your questions for Mr. Solheim between April 2-30, 2001, and check answers here.

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Sri Lanka probes alleged rape of Tamil detainees
yahoo, april 5. Sri Lanka said on Wednesday it launched two probes into the alleged rape of two Tamil women in the custody of the navy, which Tamil political parties plan to protest in a street demonstration."The law will take its course on this incident, if anything happened at all," Media Minister Anura Yapa told a news conference, adding that police and a special military human rights unit were conducting separate investigations. More...
Published: Wed Apr 4 23:17:22 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Damaged shrine to be repaired
BBC South Asia, Thursday, 5 April, 2001, 00:24 GMT 01:24 UK . The Sri Lankan urban development minister, Mangala Samaraweera, has ordered immediate repairs to a Buddhist temple complex in the capital Colombo that was partly demolished by the authorities. This is a temple built under colonial rule. It is sad that it is destroyed when we have our own government in power Monk Abayatissa His response follows a public outcry after bulldozers were sent in to flatten buildings at the Bodiraja Viharaya temple. Mr Samaraweera insisted that only illegal buildings surrounding the temple, and not the temple itself, had been ordered to be demolished. More...
Published: Wed Apr 4 22:28:39 EDT 2001 Back to the top
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Sri Lankan temple to be repaired  - BBC South Asia
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Sri Lankan Govt. defends demolition of Buddhist shrine  - The Hindu (International)

Female Sri Lankan prisoners need protection
BBC South Asia, Wednesday, 4 April, 2001, 18:47 GMT 19:47 UK . The human rights group, Amnesty International, has urged the Sri Lankan president to uphold measures introduced to safeguard women held in custody by the country's security forces. In a letter to President Chandrika Kumaratunga, Amnesty said measures introduced in 1997 to protect detainees, including women, were being ignored. More...
Published: Wed Apr 4 16:42:21 EDT 2001 Back to the top
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Sri Lankan Navy denies rape allegations  - BBC South Asia
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Sri Lanka troops getting away with rape: Amnesty  - 123India.com

CBI seeks information on Gandhi killing
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 10.15 a.m. SLT Wednesday April 4. The Criminal Bureau for Investigation has sought the assistance of 23 countries to lend information that will help conclude the investigation into the killing of Rajiv Gandhi.

The CBI has already sought help from the Sri Lankan authorites and are reported to have also sought the assistance of Sweden to question a close confidante of LTTE leader Veluppilai Prabhakaran. Known as KP, the man is domiciled in Sweden and India has requested swedish authorities to assist in tying up the ongoing investigation.

Rajiv Gandhi was killed in May 1989 while campaigning for forthcoming elections in India.
Published: Wed Apr 4 09:29:09 EDT 2001 Back to the top


Lanka, British missions sucked into state politics
TOI, april 2. As Tamil sentiments are stirred ahead of the Tamil Nadu Assembly elections, the local missions of Sri Lanka and Britain find themselves sucked into state politics and becoming venues of protest demonstrations. More...
Published: Wed Apr 4 22:35:14 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Demolition of Buddhist temple sparks mass protests in Colombo
Dharisha Bastians in Colombo, 17:10 SLT Wednesday April 04. A massive protest campaign headed by the Buddhist clergy got under way toda y, against the demolition of a Buddhist temple at the Punchi Borella juncti on by the Urban Development Authority in the wee hours of this morning. The Bodiraja Viharaya was demolished under tight security from police and army personnel at 1 AM today. Buddhist monks from around the Colombo area, representatives of Buddhist or ganizations politicians and scores of people are reportedly participating i n the protest. Yellow flags, usually a mark of sorrow for Buddhists have be en hoisted on shops and houses around the area, in support of the protestor s. The crowd is demanding the return of a Buddha statue and the sacred cask et, which were removed from the site following the demolition. Members of t he clergy meanwhile, claim they will remain at the site until authorities c ommence the restoration of the temple. The protests have caused a huge traf fic block in and around the Punchi Borella junction, with police suggesting that motorists take different routes. Sri Lanka was one of the most vociferous protestors of the recent Taliban d estruction of the Bamiyan Buddhas in Afghanistan, even offering to buy the remainder of the Buddhist relics in the country. Angry protestors are accus ing the government of displaying Taliban-style vandalism in the demolition of the temple. The UDA argues that the temple, built in 1922, was an unauth orised structure that had to be brought down as part of it=92s program to m ake Colombo a commercial hub.=20
Published: Wed Apr 4 07:10:26 EDT 2001 Back to the top
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Sri Lanka accused of Taliban-style vandalism of temple  - 123India.com
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Violence averted at Anti-demolition protests in Colombo  - Dharisha Bastians in Colombo
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Sri Lanka accused of Taliban-style vandalism  - Yahoo Asia
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Protest over Sri Lanka temple demolition  - BBC South Asia

Petition in Jaffna high court against missing persons
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 9.10 a.m. SLT Wednesday April 4. For the first time in Jaffna a petition was filed yesterday in the High Court by the parents of two missing persons who had been arrested by the military in Jaffna during 'Operation Rivirasa' in 1995.

The Jaffna High Court judge has ordered the Jaffna Military Commander to sumbit a report on the whereabouts of the two persons by the 26th of this month.

The parents maintain that since their children were taken in by the military in 1995, they have not seen, heard or been informed on their whereabouts.
Published: Wed Apr 4 09:29:08 EDT 2001 Back to the top


Thilan Wijesinghe's Rights plea dismissed
CDN, 5 April 2001. The Supreme Court yesterday dismissed the fundamental rights application filed by Former BoI Chief Thilan Wijesinghe when the counsel for petitioner moved for its withdrawal. The Bench comprised Chief Justice Sarath N. Silva PC and Justices P. R. P. Perera and Dr. (Mrs) Shirani Bandaranayake. At the outset, Deputy Solicitor General Palitha Fernando informed court that in view of the Magistrate's Court proceeding pending against Mr. Wijesinghe, there is no likelihood of him being arrested in connection with the matters under investigation by the Bribery Commission. More...
Published: Wed Apr 4 22:26:38 EDT 2001 Back to the top

600 killed in rebel land mines in north Lanka
Times of India, 5 April 2001 . Nearly 600 people have been killed or maimed by land mines laid by Tamil Tiger rebels in the northern Jaffna Peninsula, a military spokesman said on Wednesday.Ninety-nine people were killed in the 15 months since Jan. 2000, while 498 were injured during the same period, Brig. Sanath Karunaratne said at a news conference. More...
Published: Wed Apr 4 16:44:38 EDT 2001 Back to the top
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Sri Lanka landmine deaths high  - BBC South Asia

Lanka's leftists to mark anniversary with music carnival
India Abroad, April 04, 2001 14:45 Hrs (IST) . SRI Lanka's former ultra-left radicals, who have staged two bloody abortive insurgencies, will mark the 30th anniversary of their uprising with a fun fair and Western musical show, reflecting their transition from militancy to mainstream politics. A native Bob Marley-like singer will belt out pop songs in English at the four-day carnival of the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP), or People's Liberation Front, at Colombo's Viharamahadevi Park beginning Saturday, a JVP statement said. With 10 members winning seats in the last parliamentary elections in October 2000, the JVP has moved away from its past militancy and become a staunch advocate of democratic means of protest. More...
Published: Wed Apr 4 06:53:28 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Government to announce dates for peace talks this month
Waruna Karunatilake in Colombo, 1800 SLT 03.03.01. Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadirgamar told parliament today that the government would announce the dates for peace talks with the LTTE this month. Speaking at the debate of the Foreign Ministry vote the Foreign Minister said Opposition Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe would be kept informed all stages of the talks. The Minister said Norway has played a key role in persuading the LTTE to enter peace talks with the government. Informed sources say the peace talks would begin sometime in May this year.
Published: Tue Apr 3 08:36:18 EDT 2001 Back to the top
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Sri Lanka Govt To Announce Date - Cabinet Minister  - Yahoo India
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'Dates for talks with LTTE by April-end'  - The Hindu (International)
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Colombo to lift curbs on Tiger areas  - Gulf News
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Sri Lanka to announce peace talks date this month  - MSNBC
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Sri Lanka to annouce Tiger talks by April end  - 123India.com
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Sri Lanka to open peace talks with Tamil Tiger rebels  - MSNBC

Sri Lanka Govt Claims Tamil Rebels Planning Major Attack
Yahoo Asia, Tuesday, April 3 1:39 PM SGT . COLOMBO (AP)--The Sri Lanka government said Tuesday it had intelligence information that Tamil Tiger rebels are planning a massive attack in eastern Sri Lanka when their unilateral ceasefire ends April 24. The claim, published Tuesday in the state-run Daily News, said the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam high command has ordered the Tiger rank and file to prepare for a massive attack against security forces. The government didn't confirm the report, which cited unidentified intelligence sources. More...
Published: Tue Apr 3 04:30:52 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Ranatunga blasts Lanka board for match-fixing charge
Times of India (Breaking News), Wednesday, 4 April 2001 . COLOMBO: Former Sri Lanka cricket captain Arjuna Ranatunga on Wednesday formally denied charges of match fixing and accused the national cricket board of attempting to tarnish his image. "I have explained my position about the so-called match-fixing charges, and I have also said that I am ready to face any ICC (International Cricket Council) inquiry to clear my name," Ranatunga, who led Sri Lanka to its 1996 World Cup winning campaign, told the Associated Press. More...
Published: Wed Apr 4 05:19:57 EDT 2001 Back to the top
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Ranatunga rejects corruption charges  - BBC South Asia
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Cricket-Financial probe likely for Sri Lanka board  - Yahoo India
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Sri Lanka denies delaying match-fixing probe  - Yahoo Asia

Colombo-Moscow intelligence agreement
BBC South Asia, Wednesday, 4 April, 2001, 11:18 GMT 12:18 UK . Sri Lankan and Russian officials have signed an agreement they say is aimed at boosting the exchange of security intelligence. The Sri Lankan Defence Ministry said the agreement was signed during a visit to Colombo by the head of the Russian intelligence service Nikolay Patrushev. He said that under the agreement the two countries would cooperate in their fight against drug trafficking and illegal immigration. More...
Published: Wed Apr 4 08:34:17 EDT 2001 Back to the top
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Sri Lanka, Russia In Pact To Cooperate In Crime Control  - Yahoo Asia
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Sri Lanka, Russia in intelligence sharing pact  - 123India.com
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Sri Lanka, Russia to Sign Security Agreement  - Nothern Light

WORLD BANK: Sri Lanka -- Japanese grant for Sri Lanka village self-help learning...
Nothern Light, Wednesday, April 04, 2001 12:14 PM EST . The agreement for a Japanese Social Development Fund Grant of US$750,000 for the Village Self-help Learning Initiative was signed today at the Ministry of Finance and Planning, Colombo by the World Bank and Government of Sri Lanka. Dr. P.B. Jayasundara, Secretary, Finance and Planning, signed the agreement on behalf of the government of Sri Lanka and, Dr. Mariana Todorova, Country Director, Sri Lanka, signed on behalf of the World Bank in the presence of Shoei Takahashi, minister, and Kenji Seiyama, Second Secretary, Economic Cooperation, Embassy of Japan in Sri Lanka. The US$ 750,000 Japanese Social Development Fund Grant will assist in developing an innovative model of community driven development that addresses poverty alleviation among villages in rural Sri Lanka. The model will test participatory planning and implementation at the village level to make decisions and increase their access to resources and services, thus leading to sustainable development. The pilot program has been added to the ongoing World Bank-supported Mahaweli Restructuring and Rehabilitation Project, which aims to reduce poverty among rural groups through improving the productivity of Sri Lanka's vital agriculture sector. More...
Published: Wed Apr 4 16:43:35 EDT 2001 Back to the top
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SRI LANKA PRESS: Japanese Intl Bank Offers Credit Line  - Yahoo Asia
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ADB Pledges $680 Million To Sri Lanka For 2002-2004  - Yahoo Asia

Lanka Govt. likely to announce two-day ceasefire from April 13
IndiaExpress.com, 03rd Apr 2001 15.10 IST . The Sri Lankan Government may announce two-day ceasefire from April 13. Initially, the Government would announce the ceasefire on the occasion of New Year and Good Friday from April 13 during which strict vigilance would be maintained along the coast by the Sri Lankan Navy to deter any attempts by the banned separated outfit LTTE to smuggle arms. Depending upon the situation, the ceasefire could be extended for a week, quoting sources, 'The Daily Mirror' said on Tuesday. More...
Published: Tue Apr 3 07:09:23 EDT 2001 Back to the top
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Lanka govt may announce two-day ceasefire from April 13  - 123India.com

RBI approves restructuring of Indian Hotels' Sri Lanka, Maldives units
Nothern Light, Wednesday, April 04, 2001 5:20 AM EST . BOMBAY, Apr 04, 2001 (AFX-Asia via COMTEX) -- Indian Hotels Co Ltd said the Reserve Bank of India has approved the restructuring of its units in Sri Lanka and Maldives - Taj Lanka Hotels Ltd and Taj Maldives Pte Ltd. It said the restructuring includes forming a new joint venture to be based in Hong Kong, to which the entire shareholding of Indian Hotels and other affiliates in Taj Lanka and Taj Maldives will be transferred. It said a comprehensive settlement with various lenders of Taj Lanka such as the State Bank of India, Canara Bank, Bank of Baroda and Bank of India has been reached. More...
Published: Wed Apr 4 06:55:23 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Agriculture flourished in Horton Plains, 10,000 years ago
CDN, 4 April 2001. Sri Lankan archaeologists have found evidence that agriculture had flourished in Horton Plains 10,000 years ago, a senior official of the Department of Archaeology told Lankapuvath. They have detected an ancient site which belongs to the new stone age of the Indian subcontinent. These details have been unearthed in a research study carried out, for a period of seven years, by the Archaeological Post Graduate Institute and the Stockholm University of Sweden. More...
Published: Tue Apr 3 19:58:30 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Buddhists protest "Buddha" Liquor Bar in France
Saroj Pathirana in London, Tuesday 03/04/01 1700 GMT. Buddhists in Sri Lanka have protested to the French authorities for the establishment of a "Buddha" liquor bar in Paris, very close to the official residence of the President who strongly denounced the destruction of Bamian Buddhas as 'barbarous'. In a letter handed over to Marie France Pagnier, French Ambassador in Sri Lanka, Swarnahansa foundation has questioned the President Chiracís sincerety of condemning the Taliban action. Foundationís secretary Gallege Punyawardhana has requested the French authorities to close down the bar, which disparages Lord Buddha and millions of his worshippers.
Published: Tue Apr 3 12:56:07 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Nuraicholai question not negotiable, says Bishop of Chilaw
Island, 4 April 2001. "As far as we are concerned the Nuraicholai question is not negotiable. We are totally against it. If the government proceeds with it, it will be in defiance of the wishes of Catholics in Sri Lanka, and a great number of other religionists as well living in the Kalpitiya peninsula", declared, His Lordship Bishop Frank Marcus Fernando addressing the Annual General Meeting of "Nihanda Seva" Movement in Chilaw last week. More...
Published: Tue Apr 3 20:21:20 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Supreme Court declares 23 polling stations rigged in Kandy in PC elections.
Waruna Karunatilake in Colombo. The Supreme Court today declared that voting in 23 polling stations in the Kandy district during the 1999 Provincial Council elections were neither free nor fair. The judgment was given in a fundamental rights case filed by a group of UNPers.The court ordered the government to pay Rs. 50,000 as cost.
Published: Tue Apr 3 08:32:57 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Ramnad vigil against infiltration
The Hindu (Southern States), Thursday, April 05, 2001. RAMANATHAPURAM, APRIL 4. The Indian Navy, Coast Guard and the Coastal security wing of this district have been asked to step up vigil in view of the Assembly elections to prevent infiltration of militant cadres from Sri Lanka, Mr. S. N. Seshasai, Superintendent of Police, told reporters here on Wednesday. More...
Published: Wed Apr 4 20:39:31 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Attempts to stage a strike by Railway workers fail.
Waruna Karunatilake in Colombo, 1804 SLT 03.03.01. An attempt by certain trade union to organize a railway strike failed today when Railway drivers refused to join it. Trade Unions of the opposition parties staged a protest campaign at the main Fort railway station but attempts to stage a full scale strike failed end
Published: Tue Apr 3 08:36:18 EDT 2001 Back to the top

More LTTE child soldiers surrender: Military
Times of India, 4 April 2001 . More child soldiers from Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebel movement have given themselves up to security forces, the defence ministry here said on Tuesday.A 12-year-old boy surrendered to a police Special Task Force commando unit in the eastern district of Batticaloa last week, the ministry said adding that five more had given themselves up during the past week. More...
Published: Tue Apr 3 16:13:49 EDT 2001 Back to the top
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More Sri Lankan Tiger child soldiers surrender: military  - 123India.com

Lankan opposition leader to visit Norway
India Abroad, April 03, 2001 18;40 Hrs (IST) . THE leader of Sri Lanka's main opposition party, Ranil Wickremesinghe, will visit Norway next week as Oslo's efforts at ending the island's ethnic bloodshed gain momentum. Wickremesinghe has been invited by the Norwegian government and will leave Sri Lanka April 11, his United National Party (UNP) said. Norway has kept Wickremesinghe informed of its moves to open a dialog between Colombo and the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), with special envoy Erik Solheim meeting with the opposition leader on his frequent visits to Sri Lanka. It was however not immediately known if Wickremesinghe's visit is in connection with the Norwegian peace efforts, which UNP has said it fully supports. More...
Published: Tue Apr 3 10:29:39 EDT 2001 Back to the top
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Relief measures for LTTE-held areas
The Hindu (International), Tuesday, April 03, 2001. COLOMBO, APRIL 2. The Sri Lankan Government will ease the flow of essential commodities into the LTTE-held northern mainland through an agreement brokered by Norway as part of its efforts to bring the two sides for negotiations. The Foreign Minister, Mr. Lakshman Kadirgamar, was quoted by the state-run Daily News today as saying this ``package of humanitarian measures'' would be implemented ``any moment''. In return, the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam is to desist from acts of sabotage in the south. More...
Published: Tue Apr 3 04:22:01 EDT 2001 Back to the top

SRI LANKA PRESS: Japan Gives $750,000 For Devt Proj
Yahoo Asia, Wednesday, April 4 11:12 AM SGT . The government has received a grant worth $750,000 from Japan to fund a community development project in the rural areas, reports the Daily News. More...
Published: Wed Apr 4 00:27:54 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Sri Lanka customs raise website security after hacker attack
123India.com, Apr 03 2001 11:50 IST. COLOMBO, April 3 (AFP) - Sri Lanka's customs department restored its hacker-hit website with increased security and barred access from suspect Internet addresses, a customs spokesman said Tuesday. The website -- www.customs.gov.lk -- was back on line from about midnight after being taken off for more than a day following a cyber attack that replaced the home page with the image of a blue, red and black bleeding human head. More...
Published: Tue Apr 3 04:18:48 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Sri Lankan Police Shocked by Increase in Rape Cases
Nothern Light, Monday, April 02, 2001 10:51 PM EST . COLOMBO, Apr 3, 2001 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- The massive increase in the number of rape cases in Sri Lanka has shocked the police. According to the police on Tuesday, the number of rape cases reported last year was 1,181 while in the previous year the figure stood at 1,300. Most of the cases had been solved and the suspects had been prosecuted. The largest number of rape cases have been reported from the provinces while 22 cases were reported from capital Colombo, police said. More...
Published: Tue Apr 3 04:20:21 EDT 2001 Back to the top

SRI LANKA PRESS:Govt Eyes Free Trade Pact With Bangladesh
Yahoo Asia, Tuesday, April 3 11:12 AM SGT . COLOMBO (Dow Jones)--The government is negotiating a free trade agreement with Bangladesh, reports the Daily News, quoting the deputy minister for foreign affairs in Sri Lanka. The minister said such an agreement is in accord with the government's plan to create a foreign economic policy that benefits Sri Lankan entrepreneurs, according to the newspaper. The government is already in talks with Pakistan regarding a free trade agreement. In 1998, Sri Lanka signed a similar agreement with India, which allows both countries to trade with zero or concessionary customs duty tariffs. More...
Published: Tue Apr 3 04:38:42 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Car thief kills Sri Lankan student in U.S.
cdn, april 4. Fate struck a cruel blow on a bright young Sri Lankan aeronautical student in the United States, last week. The victim, Henry Mendis from Kurunegala, a student of the Florida Institute of Technology died on the spot, when an American teenager driving a stolen car, crashed onto his motorcycle. He had been on his way to collect his dinner, when the tragedy occurred. More...
Published: Tue Apr 3 21:15:04 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Cricket-Sri Lanka retain one-day hero for Sharjah
Yahoo India, Monday April 2, 12:17 PM. COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka have retained Romesh Kaluwitharana, who hit a sparkling unbeaten century against England last week, for the upcoming Sharjah tournament with Pakistan and New Zealand, the cricket board said on Monday. Kaluwitharana, who was dropped for the test series with England after a weak showing in South Africa, hit an unbeaten 102 to power Sri Lanka to a 10-wicket victory over England and a 3-0 sweep of the one-day internationals. The other teams in Sharjah are Pakistan and New Zealand, who replaced India after they were pulled out of the tournament by the Indian government. More...
Published: Tue Apr 3 04:32:47 EDT 2001 Back to the top
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Sri Lanka Ctrl Bk: Stable Markets Prompted Rate Cuts
Yahoo Asia, Tuesday, April 3 7:02 PM SGT . The bank also said in a statement the adjustments were part of an overall strategy to ease short-term rates, which had been hiked in several steps in recent months to prop up the local currency. A higher-than-expected government borrowing program in 2000, to fund an escalating war between the military and Tamil Tiger rebels in the north, had also pushed interest rates higher. More...
Published: Wed Apr 4 04:22:22 EDT 2001 Back to the top
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Sri Lanka Ctrl Bk:Econ Strong Despite Lower GDP Forecast  - Yahoo Asia

Convicted man can leave country
torontostar, march 29. A Mississauga man convicted of causing the death of a high school student during a 1998 road rage incident has been given permission to leave the country before being sentenced. Mr. Justice Bruce Durno has granted the unusual request of Anantharajah Muttiah, 35, to visit his ailing mother in Sri Lanka before being sent to prison for causing the death of Ramesh Suntharalingam, 17, on Dec. 19, 1998. More...
Published: Tue Apr 3 17:56:51 EDT 2001 Back to the top

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