The Lanka Academic

APRIL 6, 2001 EST, USA
VOL. 1, NO. 365

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Exhibition to commemorate victims of JVP uprisings
Leo de Lile in Colombo, April 7, 2001. A policeman stands guard near figures depicting extra judiciary murders at Colombo’s art gallery in Colombo, Sri Lanka on Friday, April 06, 2001. The exhibits were part of a government-sponsored exhibition to commemorate victims of Marxist People's Freedom Front ( Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna) uprisings. Two uprisings in 1971 and between 1987-89 killed at least an estimated 70,000 people including JVP members, government and opposition politicians and civilians.
Published: Fri Apr 6 10:11:34 EDT 2001
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No Connection Fee! Calls to Sri Lanka, only 39c/m!
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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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Mangala insists he will not reconstruct illegal structures
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 6.40 p.m. SLT Friday April 6. Urban Development Minister Mangala Samaraweera today insisted that he will not rebuild illegal structures in the city, despite large scale protests initiated by Buddhist monks in Borella this week against the demolishment of a wall around a Bodhi Viharaya.

A defiant Samaraweera maintains that the UDA will go ahead with implementing the conceptual re-development plan for the Bodhi Viharaya in Punchi Borella. He says a 'Ranveta' will be built around the shrine instead of the large wall that originally surrounded the shrine and bo tree. The new fence is expected to be completed over the next two weeks and cost an estimated Rs. 2 million.

The ministers stance is in direct contradiction to the Premiers stand yesterday whereby Wickremanayake promised angry crowds and Buddhist monks that the original wall will be rebuilt after bulldozers from the UDA raized the structure to the ground on Wednesday April 4.
Published: Fri Apr 6 08:38:35 EDT 2001 Back to the top

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Government to rebuild bodhi viharaya  - Frederica Jansz in Colombo
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Lanka govt. promises to rebuild demolished Buddhist temple  - India Abroad
Lanka lashes out for being compared with Taliban  - Times of India

Lanka's ruling coalition braces for showdown in Parliament
India Abroad, 6 April 2001. SRI Lanka's ruling People's Alliance (PA) coalition, led by President Chandrika Kumaratunga, is bracing for a showdown in Parliament with the opposition that is apparently maneuvering to defeat the budget.Indications that the main opposition United National Party (UNP) was garnering support from other minority parties in Parliament came as the party voted against extending the state of emergency Thursday.The Daily Mirror newspaper said Friday that Kumaratunga had told members of her coalition that she had information the UNP was "conspiring to defeat the budget by preventing PA members from attending Parliament on April 11". More...
Published: Fri Apr 6 07:18:30 EDT 2001 Back to the top
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Sri Lanka president vows to fight graft allegations
The Hindustan Times, april 5. Kumaratunga's People's Alliance is often accused of corruption by opposition groups, but the allegations reached a crescendo last month when Thilan Wijesinghe, head of Sri Lanka's investment promotion body, resigned after being charged by the country's Bribery Commission. Wijesinghe said he was stepping down to clear his name and challenged the charges in the Supreme Court with a sworn statement that made allegations against Kumaratunga and some of her close associates. More...
Published: Fri Apr 6 15:57:50 EDT 2001 Back to the top
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S.Lanka president vows to fight graft allegations  - ABC News

Beware pro-LTTE parties: Swamy
The Hindu (Southern States), Saturday, April 07, 2001. MADURAI, APRIL 6. The Janata Party president, Dr. Subramanian Swamy, today warned that the LTTE, through its political supporters, was trying to usurp power in Tamil Nadu and Pondicherry, after the Assembly polls. Dr. Swamy, talking to mediapersons here, said the people must be cautious of the ulterior motives of the pro-LTTE political parties in the State. By aligning her party with the PMK and the Dravidar Kazhagam, the Congress president, Ms. Sonia Gandhi, had ``betrayed'' the memory of Rajiv Gandhi, he said. More...
Published: Fri Apr 6 21:09:43 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Headlines Bush Says He'd Like to See
LA Times, April 5, 2001 . Headlines that President Bush jokingly told newspaper editors he'd like to see:
  1. Cheney cloned. President has nothing to do at all now.
  2. Two million overlooked ballots suggest Bush won California.
  3. Sri Lanka President Chandrika Kumaratunga stumped by name of U.S. president.
  4. Gephardt says Bush tax plan "just makes sense."
  5. Sammy Sosa returns to the Rangers. Says, "I want to go home."
Bush told the editors Thursday, "But I'm really not here to tell you your business. It's your job to tell everyone how to run theirs." More...
Published: Fri Apr 6 20:00:55 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Westborg leaves to meet Prabhakaran
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 6.30 p.m. SLT Friday April 6. Jon Westborg, Norway's ambassador to Colombo left today for the Vanni to meet with LTTE Chief Vellupillai Prabhakaran. Westbord was accompanied by Thomas Strangeland, a spokesman from the Norwegian Embassy in Colombo.
Published: Fri Apr 6 08:38:34 EDT 2001 Back to the top
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Curbs on movement of items into Vanni lifted  - The Hindu (International)
Norwegian envoy visits LTTE territory  - India Abroad
Sri Lanka eases sanctions on Tiger areas, Norway pushes peace bid  -

Sri Lanka Tamil Rebels Plan to Hire Mercenaries - Report
Yahoo Asia, Friday, April 6 4:19 PM SGT . Tamil Tiger rebels were planning to hire foreign mercenaries to bolster their ranks, the state-run Daily News newspaper reported Friday. The rebels have close links with Tamil Nadu in southern India, Sri Lanka's closest neighbor, where the 55-million-strong population is mostly Tamil and has supported the Sri Lankan guerrillas' fight in the past by providing weapons and supplies and also giving refuge to rebels on the run. The rebels came up with the plan because their ranks have reportedly become depleted in their 17-year-old war for a Tamil homeland, the report said. More...
Published: Fri Apr 6 07:31:07 EDT 2001 Back to the top
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Sri Lanka's Tamil Rebels to Hire Mercenaries: Reports  - Nothern Light

Appeals Court issue summons to Sports Minister and his Secretary to explain reasons for the dissolution of the cricket board
Waruna Karunatilake in Colombo, 1820 slt 06.04.01. The Appeals Court today issued summons to Sports Minister Lakshman Kirialle and his secretary to appear before court on 4th of May. The President of the dissolved cricket board Thilanga Sumathipala yesterday filed a petition in the Appeals Court challenging the dissolution. The Sport Minister dissolved the cricket board on March 30th and appointed a four member interim committee to run the board. Since the dissolution the government has accused committee of corruption and mismanagement in the running of cricket.Sumathipala has denied the charges end
Published: Fri Apr 6 08:20:34 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Bad behaviour in Sri Lanka parliament scares visiting children, Apr 06 2001 17:02 IST. School pupils panicked and tried to flee parliament when a deputy minister and an opposition MP created a huge din shouting at each other in unsavoury language, officials said Friday. The two legislators threatened to kill each other and began gesticulating violently causing the young visitors to panic on Thursday, officials said. More...
Published: Fri Apr 6 08:55:39 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Sri Lanka pushes Oslo peace bid, ease sanctions on Tiger territory, Apr 06 2001 16:25 IST. COLOMBO, April 6 (AFP) - Sri Lanka has eased sanctions on areas held by Tamil Tiger rebels in a key concession aimed at boosting Norway's bid to broker an end to the island's bloody ethnic conflict, officials said Friday. The Norwegian ambassador to Sri Lanka, Jon Westborg, crossed army lines and travelled to the Wanni stronghold of the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) on Friday following the partial lifting of the economic embargo.Officials said Westborg's visit to Tiger territory came as the government removed more than 25 commodities from a list of banned items that could not be taken to "un-cleared" areas.Norway's Solheim, who is not in Sri Lanka at the moment, has been trying to secure a memorandum of understanding (MOU) between the two sides before entering peace negotiations. More...
Published: Fri Apr 6 07:15:50 EDT 2001 Back to the top
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UPDATE 2-S.Lanka eases rebel curbs, talks seen closer  - ABC News
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Media watchdog calls for full report on Nimalarajan murder inquiry
Dharisha Bastians in Colombo, 16:15 SLT Friday April 06. The US based Committee to Protect Journalists in a letter to President Chan drika Kumaratunge requests information about the status of the investigatio n into the murder of Jaffna-based journalist Mylvaganam Nimalarajan. The le tter by CPJ=92s Executive Director Ann Cooper said that as a non-partisan o rganization of journalists dedicated to the defense of press freedom around the world, CPJ was deeply disturbed by the apparent lack of progress in th e investigation into the assassination.=20 The CPJ asked for a full report as to the status of this investigation and said it would like to know whether soldiers stationed around Nimalarajan's home have been questioned, regarding the night f the murder, and what possi ble motives are being considered. A copy of the letter has also been sent t o Amnesty International, and several foreign envoys in Colombo.=20 Nimalarajan was murdered at his home in Jaffna during the night of October 19, last year. He was a correspondent for BBC in Jaffna and engaged in free lance reporting for various media organizations around the island.
Published: Fri Apr 6 06:13:07 EDT 2001 Back to the top
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Alleged plot to assassinate Wickremesinghe revealed, Apr 06 2001 14:18 IST. Colombo, Apr 6 (UNI) An alleged plot to assassinate Opposition Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe was revealed after a woman LTTE cadre told the police that she had been asked to meet a certain ''Ranil'' at a public meeting in Central Anuradhapura. Media reports, quoting senior police officials, said the alleged plot was revealed by a 15-year-old girl who was arrested from Trincomalee and brought to Colombo for questioning. More...
Published: Fri Apr 6 06:36:10 EDT 2001 Back to the top

265.000 new telephone connections this year
Waruna Karunatilake in Colombo, 1322 slt 06.04.01. Post and Telecommunications Minister Nimal Siripala De Silva said today that another 265.000 new telephone connections would be made available this year.Addressing parliament on the committee stage of the budget, the minister said plans are been drawn up to restructure the postal service to make it more efficient. The Minster said the government has spent 4 billion rupees in the past few years to improve the infrastructure of the postal service end
Published: Fri Apr 6 03:31:40 EDT 2001 Back to the top

A national urban development plan to be implemented
Waruna Karunatilake in Colombo, 1319 slt 06.04.01. Housing and urban development Minister Mangala Samaraweera told parliament today that a national urban development plan would be implemented soon. Addressing parliament on the committee stage of the budget debate, the minister said the existence of illegal construction in cities was the main obstacle to implementing the plan. The Minister said he would continue with the controversial programme to remove such structures.
Published: Fri Apr 6 03:31:39 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Emergency powers extended in Sri Lanka
BBC South Asia, Thursday, 5 April, 2001, 19:01 GMT 20:01 UK . The Sri Lankan parliament has agreed to extend emergency rule in the country for one month. But for the first time since the new parliament was elected last October, the main opposition United National Party voted against the measure, which gives sweeping powers to police and security forces to arrest suspects. More...
Published: Fri Apr 6 00:51:48 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Job-seeking monk gets sermon from Supreme court, Apr 06 2001 13:36 IST. COLOMBO, April 6 (AFP) - Sri Lanka's Supreme Court has rapped a Buddhist monk on the knuckles for seeking state employment instead of propagating the message of the Buddha, court officials said Friday. The court rejected a petition by university graduate monk, Rupaha Pemananda, who argued that his fundamental rights had been violated because the government failed to provide him with a job. More...
Published: Fri Apr 6 06:38:22 EDT 2001 Back to the top

World Bank-Sri Lanka -2: Restructuring Ctrl Bk
Yahoo Asia, Thursday, April 5 1:34 PM SGT . Senior bank officials were in the island to assess and evaluate the possibility of support for the program of private sector development, said the official, who declined to be identified. The official said areas of possible support included reforms in the power sector and liberalization of the telecom industry and ports. More...
Published: Fri Apr 6 00:56:50 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Heroin seized: four held
The Hindu (Southern States), Friday, April 06, 2001. CHENNAI, APRIL 5. Four persons, including a Sri Lankan Tamil, were arrested and three vehicles seized by the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) South Zone unit following the seizure of 15 kg of high grade heroin, worth Rs. 60 lakhs. Police identified the arrested persons as Kasilingam, a Sri Lankan Tamil, Kamalakannan, Anbazhagan and Gheesulal. More...
Published: Thu Apr 5 21:49:03 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Customs officer killing : one arrested
Island, 06 April 2001. Police conducting investigations into the killing of Assistant Superintendent of Customs, Sujith Prasanna has arrested a underworld member yesterday (05) at Dehiwela police sources said. The suspect is being questioned at length. No further details are available due to the confidential nature of the investigations. But police suspect that this could be a contract killing. More...
Published: Thu Apr 5 22:36:49 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Sri Lankan Marxists mark anniversary amid government protest, Apr 05 2001 19:17 IST. Sri Lanka's main Marxist party, which has twice tried to seize power, marked the 30th anniversary of its first armed insurrection Thursday amid a counter offensive by the government. The Marxist JVP, or People's Liberation Front, organised a lecture at an open air stadium here while across the street, the government arranged an exhibition remembering those it said the JVP had killed. More...
Published: Thu Apr 5 12:12:15 EDT 2001 Back to the top

SRI LANKA PRESS: Japan Gives LKR15M Loan For Highway Proj
Yahoo Asia, Thursday, April 5 11:50 AM SGT . Japan has granted a concessionary loan worth 15 million Sri Lankan rupees to the government to fund a highway project that will connect Colombo with the country's south, says the Daily News. More...
Published: Fri Apr 6 00:56:23 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Sri Lanka extends emergency, opposition votes against move, Apr 05 2001 19:08 IST. Sri Lanka Thursday extended a state of emergency by one month, but the main opposition which had tacitly supported the government in the past, voted against the move in parliament. The emergency rule was extended by a further month, with 89 members of parliament voting against and 110 for the resolution. More...
Published: Thu Apr 5 13:16:30 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Sri Lanka's top foreign investment chief faces assets probe, Apr 05 2001 09:34 IST. Sri Lanka's top foreign investment chief, already embroiled in a bribery probe, is to face an investigation of his assets, court officials here said Thursday. Thilan Wijesinghe, the head of the Board of Investment (BOI), resigned last week after the independent commission to probe bribery and corruption initiated proceedings against him. More...
Published: Thu Apr 5 09:14:44 EDT 2001 Back to the top
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Two Sri Lankans Found dead in England
Saroj Pathirana in London, Thursday 05/04/01 1815 GMT. A mother and a son of Sri Lankan origin were found dead in their home in Ascot in Windsor (England) last night. The thirteen year old and his forty five year old mother were discovered by their father. The boy was a student of Eton College where Prince william, son of the late Princes of Wales, Diana and Prince Charles, also attends. Thames Valley police say that there is evidence to suggest that they took their lives and died of a massive drug overdose. But a toxicology test by home office pathologist is expected later to determine the exact cause of death.
Published: Thu Apr 5 14:24:30 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Sri Lankan Airlines to launch students club in America
Bandula Jayasekara in New York, NY Time 1.00 a.m Thursday 5th April. Sri Lankan Airlines is planning to launch a students club in America to assist Sri Lankan students residing in the United States , attending colleges, campuses and other higher education institutes, newly appointed Country Representative for Sri Lankan airlines in the USA, Rohan Siriwardane told the ?Lanka Academic? today. The airline through the students club hopes to assist students in need at times of crisis such as family bereavement back home. The club will also encourage US nationals to visit and experience the Sri Lankan way of life. Siriwardane said ? The club would primarily act as an informal meeting place for students. In order to facilitate it an interactive web site would be launched by the airline. Members of the students club would have added benefits such as regular updates from Sri Lanka, special promotional information on airfares to and from Sri Lanka. This would also extend to parents coming over to America for graduation ceremonies and other activity directly related to the student curriculum?

Siriwardane added that the US embassy sources in Colombo have revealed that at least 7000 Sri Lankan students are in the United States.
Published: Thu Apr 5 13:08:40 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Swimming pool for Peradeniya University
CDN, 6 April 2001. A swimming pool has been a crying need for the Peradeniya University and this dream will be realised when the new pool constructed at a cost of Rs. 21.1 million will be declared open by the Minister of Sports and Tourism Lakshman Kiriella and the Minister of Science and Technology Prof. Leslie Gunawardena on Sunday, April 8 at 4 p.m. The swimming pool of the Peradeniya University has run through some turbulent weather as the earlier constructed about 15 years ago never saw the light of the day, as a leak was detected when it was filled up with water and soon it became a white elephant and of use to no one. Recently the work on this pool recommenced and it was a pool within a pool as the present swimming pool had been constructed inside the earlier pool which was abandoned. The entire cost of the present swimming pool has been funded by the Ministry of Sports. More...
Published: Thu Apr 5 23:27:31 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Sri Lanka looks at aid boost for rebel-held areas
MSNBC, Thursday, April 5 2:38 PM SGT . Sri Lanka is looking at boosting humanitarian aid to rebel-held areas and expects guerrillas fighting for a separate state to stop any acts of sabotage in the run-up to peace talks, state media reported on Thursday. Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadirgamar, who expects to announce before the end of the month a date for talks aimed at ending nearly two decades of ethnic war, was quoted as saying the measures would be part of an agreement of understanding. More...
Published: Thu Apr 5 12:13:56 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Security forces personnel recover weapons at Point Pedro
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 4.10 p.m. SLT Thursday April 5. Security forces yesterday recovered a large cache of weapons at Point Pedro in Jaffna on information received by a civilian. =20

Troops who recovered the weapons believe they may have been left behind by Soosai, the Sea Tiger who fled Jaffna during Operation Riviresa in 1995. Brigadier Sanath Karunaratne, military spokesman said the weapons had been hidden in a well constructed hideout.
Published: Thu Apr 5 06:22:23 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Money is the root of all evil in Sri Lankan cricket
yahoo, april 5. Ask any Sri Lankan to name the greatest moment in the country's sporting history and the reply will always be the victory in cricket's 1996 World Cup.Increasingly, however, many Sri Lankans have also begun to see the World Cup triumph as the worst thing that could have happened to the country's cricket administration."The World Cup brought money and money was the killer," Roy Dias, a former test vice captain and coach, said as the latest episode in the cricket board's saga of scandal and strife unfolded. More...
Published: Thu Apr 5 17:09:36 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Sri Lanka Rupee Flat Late; Importer Demand Still Strong
Yahoo Asia, Friday, April 6 6:00 PM SGT . The Sri Lankan rupee was unchanged against the U.S. dollar late Friday, but sustained importer demand for dollars continued to support the U.S. currency, traders said. Overall activity was thin amid weak volumes, they added. At 0945 GMT (5:45 a.m. EDT), the dollar was flat at 87.78 Sri Lanka rupees, the same as Thursday's finish. However, sustained and heavy dollar demand from importers pushed the dollar back up again, according to traders. More...
Published: Fri Apr 6 07:27:32 EDT 2001 Back to the top

'Custodial rapes, torture taking place in Lanka'
Times of India, 6 April 2001 . COLOMBO, Sri Lanka: A human rights group Thursday urged the government to prevent rape and torture of people arrested and held on suspicion of ties to Tamil Tiger rebels. In a statement, London-based Amnesty International said two Tamil women, detained by navy and police in northern Mannar on March 19, were allegedly gang-raped by members of Sri Lanka's armed forces. "Any security officer found responsible for rape, sexual abuse or other torture, or for encouraging or condoning them, should be brought to justice," said the statement released to the press in Colombo, the national capital. More...
Published: Fri Apr 6 07:20:54 EDT 2001 Back to the top
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Leading US artistic director pays tribute to Lankan Village theatre
Bandula Jayasekara in New York, NY Time 1.45 p.m Thursday 5th April. A leading American artistic director Marc Masterson of the Actors Theatre of Louisville paid a glowing tribute to Sri Lankan village theatre. He said that Sri Lankan village theatre inspired him a great deal even though he had seen very little of it. Masterson who now leads Americas respected Humana theatre festival told ?The Lanka Academic? ? During a soul searching trip around the world I ended up in Sri Lanka some time ago. Two days to the visit, I was invited to attend a jungle theatre ceremony where all the people gathered in a big group drumming and dancing and performing elaborate mask rituals. The occasion was the blessing of a house in the villages had just built. I stayed six hours at that ceremony, which usually last for three full days. It was a religious ceremony and pure theater. Performance, religion and civic life were part of everyone?s life and all tied together and I thought, ?Now I get it. This is what I do? Marc added that it amazed him how a simple village theatre from a far way island like Sri Lanka could reach out to him, a person who had traveled half away cross the world.
Published: Thu Apr 5 13:54:19 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Government ignores Disappearances in Sri Lanka- ALRC
Saroj Pathirana in London, Thursday 05/04/01 1000 GMT. The government has clearly ignored the outstanding issue of large scale disappearances in Sri Lanka, the Hong Kong based Human Rights group Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC)has said. In a written statement submitted to the 57th session of the UNHCR, the ALRC urges that it is the time for the establishment of an international tribunal or similar body to press the matter.

The ALRC statement also recalls of their recommendations to the government in the report published 0n 21 of December 1999. They include:

(a) The Government should establish an independent body with the task of investigating all cases of disappearance which occurred since 1995 and the act of enforced disappearance should be made an independent offence under the criminal law of Sri Lanka.

(b) The Prevention of Terrorism Act and the Emergency Regulations currently in force should be abolished or otherwise brought into line with internationally accepted standards.

(c) Any person deprived of liberty should be held only in an officially recognised place of detention. All unofficial places of detention, in particular those established by paramilitary organisations fighting alongside the Security Forces, such as PLOTE and TELO, should immediately be dissolved.

These recommendations, however, have been completely ignored by the government, the ALRC says. The ALRC also calls for a appointment of a United Nations’ special Rapporteur to investigate all these disappearances, estimated around 60,000 by the non-governmental organisations.
Published: Thu Apr 5 06:09:57 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Sri Lanka Power-Saving Measures Saved 2 GWh-Day - Elec Bd
Yahoo Asia, Thursday, April 5 6:46 PM SGT . Average nationwide consumption was around 20 GWh/day, the official told Dow Jones Newswires, but the rate has now fallen 10% to about 18 GWh/day since the measures came into effect. In February, Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga used emergency regulations to prohibit the drawing of electricity from the national grid for air conditioners, neon signs and flood lights. More...
Published: Thu Apr 5 09:41:40 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Asif Iqbal disassociates himself from CBFS
Yahoo India, April 5, 9:05 PM. Asif Iqbal, chief Co-ordinator of the Sharjah Cricket Organisation (CBFS), Thursday announced his disassociation from the body saying "heavy infiltration of politics in the sports has created an atmosphere about which I feel deeply uncomfortable". "I think the internal politics of Indian cricket infiltrated the Government and the Government became a tool in fulfilling its designs," Iqbal told PTI here. More...
Published: Thu Apr 5 17:00:49 EDT 2001 Back to the top
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Sri Lankan cuisine at Charity Bazaar
Bahrain Times, April 7. The Ladies Section of the Sri Lankan Community Services Unit of Discover Islam is holding a Charity Bazaar today and tomorrow at the centre’s premises in Baraka Building. The bazaar will be open today from 5pm to 9pm and tomorrow from 9.30am to 11.30am and from 1pm to 9pm. Food items flown all the way from Sri Lanka will be on sale. There will also be food outlets selling traditional Sri Lankan cuisine. More...
Published: Fri Apr 6 21:32:41 EDT 2001 Back to the top

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