The Lanka Academic

JULY 18, 2001 EST, USA
VOL. 2, NO. 103

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Police begin breaking up opposition processions
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 9.55 a.m. SLT Thursday July 19. Police this morning fired tear gas at about 1000 opposition demonstrators at Peliyagoda. While opposition parties move into motion a plan to bring out thousands of people onto the streets today a large police presence is apparent everywhere in and around Colombo and her suburbs.

A massive police presence on the Negombo road awaiting a contingent of people from Wattala stopped the demonstrators at Peliyagoda by firing tear gas at the protestors.

Police Chief, Lucky Kodituwakku under orders from President Chandrika Kumaratunge to stop the marches, says the police are prepared for any eventuality and will prevent the procession from reaching its target point at Maradana.

Armed policemen travelling in police trucks can be seen at all entry points to the city and her suburbs.
Published: Wed Jul 18 23:57:34 EDT 2001

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Panel to probe 1983 riots named
Roy Mendis in Colombo, 9.30 AM SLT Thursday,July 19,2001. President Chandrika Kumaratunga has named the members of a three man commission which will inquire into the 1983 anti-Tamil riots in Colombo and other parts of the island.

The commission will be chaired by former Chief Justice S.Sharavananda,a Tamil; Mr.M.M.Zuhair PC,a Muslim; and Mr.S.S.Sahabandhu PC,a Sinhala.

The demand for such a panel had been made by Mr.K.S.Ganeshamoorthy,a Tamil Deputy Minister for Ethnic Affairs.

The commission,which has been directed to submit its report within three months,will find out what led to the pogrom and the killings,who all led and organised them,what kind of damage they caused to property and how the victims could be compensated now,what the riots did to the multi-ethnic social fabric of Sri Lanka and what could be done to prevent such a catastrophe in the future.

However,the panel would not seek penal action against any of the alleged perpetrators because the objective was not a witch hunt,said the Minister for Ethnic Affairs,Mr.Athauda Seneviratne."The idea is to educate the people about the dangers posed by ethnic extremism and intolerance," he explained.According to his deputy,Mr.Ganeshamoorthy,assessment of damage with a view to paying compensation to the victims is an important aim of the inquiry.He said that he had mooted the idea of having a probe into the 1983 progrom after the government announced that it would compensate the victims of the anti-Muslim riots in Mawanella earlier this year.
Published: Wed Jul 18 23:35:07 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Sri Lanka opposition to defy ban
BBC, Wed 18 July 2001 16:45GMT. The main opposition party in Sri Lanka, the United National Party (UNP), says it plans to hold a big anti-government demonstration despite a police ban. The UNP General Secretary, Gamini Atukorale, said they were going ahead with plans to hold several demonstrations culminating in a rally in the capital, Colombo, on Thursday. He said if the government tried to prevent the event by declaring a curfew, then the UNP would just postpone their protest by a day. More...
Published: Wed Jul 18 12:48:20 EDT 2001 Back to the top
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Sri Lanka bans opposition rally  - Yahoo Asia
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Street crush of protest threatens Sri Lanka
CNN, Wed 18 July 2001 17:00GMT. Sri Lanka appears to be slipping into further unrest as a drawn-out ethnic war takes a back seat to deepening political uncertainty. More than 15 parties from across the political spectrum say they will cripple the capital Colombo with tens of thousands of supporters on Thursday, despite a police ban and arrest warnings. More...
Published: Wed Jul 18 13:09:14 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Sri Lanka bans opposition rallies as 'bloodbath' scare raised, Jul 18 2001 21:29 IST. Sri Lanka's opposition parties Wednesday vowed to defy a government ban and stage a mass demonstration against President Chandrika Kumaratunga's suspension of parliament. More than a dozen political parties, trade unions and professional groups said they would go ahead with their planned rally to pressure Kumaratunga to restore parliament. More...
Published: Wed Jul 18 17:55:24 EDT 2001 Back to the top
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Sri Lanka Police Set for Activists  - Nothern Light

Parliamentary speaker to leave the country-return date unknown
Waruna Karunatilake in Colombo, 1030 slt 18.07.01. Parliamentary speaker Anura Bandaranaike is to leave the country on Saturday without giving a date for his return. Opposition party leaders who requested him to call for a meeting of party leaders has been told that Mr.Bandaranaike who is the brother of President Kumaratunga would be going abroad on Saturday. Informed Opposition sources told Lacnet that their information was that the speaker would stay away from the country until the current political crisis is resolved. On Monday, the opposition decided to hand over a motion impeaching President Kumaratunga. The opposition which has 115 members in parliament needed the Speaker to accept the motion if it was to be valid. The Opposition needs two thirds of MPs in parliament to sign the motion for it to be valid without the speaker's consent. end
Published: Wed Jul 18 01:39:40 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Bombs go off at SLMC office in Kalmunai
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 8.10 p.m. SLT Wednesday July 18. Three bombs were thrown at the party office of the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress in Kalmunai this morning at around 4.30 a.m.

There were no casualties. The building however has suffered extensive damages.

Leader for the SLMC, Rauf Hakeem today condemned the attack charging that since the political appointment of a new police Headquarters Inspector (HQI) for Kalmunai, this is the second serious incident in less than a week in the area.

Last Friday, policemen manning a checkpoint at Kalmunai shot dead two Muslim schoolboys, on suspicion that they were members of the LTTE. Hakeem says both attacks are a clear indication of police negligence and inaction. The SLMC leader asserts that he suspects the incidents are a result of some undemocratic and unruly elements backing the government which he charges is attempting to create trouble for the SLMC Chief.
Published: Wed Jul 18 10:10:46 EDT 2001 Back to the top

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Bombs destroy Sri Lankan Muslim party office  - MSNBC
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Jaffna: Have war, can't travel
Asia Times, July 19, 2001 . Armed soldiers and police patrol the streets of this war-torn city in northern Sri Lanka, checking the identities of children and older residents after threats by university students to disrupt schools.Last week, university authorities shut down the city's only university after continuous student protests over the arrest of a student by the army for alleged involvement with the rebels. More...
Published: Wed Jul 18 17:56:54 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Sri Lankans begin Coca-Cola cup with 16 run victory
Cricinfo, Wed 18th July 2001 16:30GMT. While the New Zealanders put on a brave face, there was little they could do to delay the inevitable loss by 16 runs. The Lankan spinners turned the screw tighter with every passing over. Adam Parore stuck around at the wicket as long as possible but could not really get after the bowling. With no answer to the off spinning questions of Muralitharan and Dharmasena the Kiwis fell short by 16 runs. Although that does not seem like a large margin, the fact that the target was a very manageable 221 helps put things in perspective. More...
Published: Wed Jul 18 12:35:16 EDT 2001 Back to the top
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Summit failure disappoints Lankan media
Times of India, Thursday . 19 July 2001

COLOMBO: Sri Lankan media on Wednesday expressed some disappointment over the failure of talks between Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Pakistan's President Musharraf but hailed the meeting as a positive initiative that broke the ice between the neighbouring countries. "The outcome was more disappointing than expected with the two leaders failing even to agree on a joint communiqui," the independent Island newspaper said in an editorial on Wednesday. ``What was significant about the Agra summit was that it did take place two years since India refused to talk with President Musharraf after his military take-over. More...
Published: Wed Jul 18 17:56:07 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Jets destroy eight LTTE boats
Press Trust of India, Wednesday, July 18, 2001. Sri Lankan Air Force jets destroyed eight LTTE boats off the coast of Mullaitivu in the north-eastern part of the island this morning, a defence spokesman said. The Navy spotted these boats, apparently ferrying supplies for the rebel organisation, and alerted the Air Force, which sent out combat jets to target them, he said. More...
Published: Wed Jul 18 05:47:43 EDT 2001 Back to the top
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Sri Lanka air force bombs rebel flotilla  -

US warns Sri Lanka heading for civil unrest, Jul 18 2001 12:56 IST. The United States has warned that Sri Lanka may be heading for "increased civil unrest" following President Chandrika Kumaratunga's suspension of parliament. The US embassy here said in a public announcement that it expected mass political demonstrations and advised US citizens to exercise caution when travelling to the Indian Ocean island."It appears that Sri Lanka may be entering a period of increased civil unrest and mass political demonstrations," the embassy said. More...
Published: Wed Jul 18 05:24:40 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Police Prepare For Sri Lanka Protest; US Issues Advisory
Yahoo Singapore, 18 July 2001. Police were preparing on Wednesday for a planned siege of Sri Lanka's capital by thousands of opposition activists, and the U.S. Embassy cautioned that the nation may be entering a period of increased civil unrest. In violence apparently related to the political crisis, a bomb exploded in a regional office of the main Muslim party, slightly damaging parts of the building, a police official said. No one was injured by the home-made bomb, said Nimal Perera, assistant superintendent of police in Kalmunai, 220 kilometers east of Colombo. More...
Published: Wed Jul 18 07:58:26 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Threats mar Sri Lanka census
BBC South Asia, Wednesday, 18 July, 2001, 06:02 GMT 07:02 UK . Officials in Sri Lanka have carried out the country's first national census for 20 years. But threats by Tamil Tiger rebels meant they were unable to complete the operation in the north and east of the island, where it was claimed the census would give a distorted demographic picture due to the displacement of people because of the separatist conflict More...
Published: Wed Jul 18 05:27:41 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Journalists protest against presidential security division
Leo de Lile in Colombo, 3.00pm SLT, July 17, 2001. A journalist hangs posters in front of Fort railway station claiming "Two years since attack on photojournalists by PSD. Culprits at large!? during a protest against the government's inaction regarding an attack on photojournalists by the presidential security division two years ago. At least two photojournalists were wounded and several photographers had their cameras snatched. The photojournalists were covering an opposition protest at the time. The then Media Minister Mangala Samaraweera accepted later that the attack was done by the PSD.

Published: Tue Jul 17 05:03:16 EDT 2001 Back to the top

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Informing Polls Chief of official stand on referendum: Only few political parties comply
Island, 18 July. Yesterday was the last day for political parties to inform the elections commissioner about their official stand on the referendum but only a few parties had complied by afternoon, elections officials said. "I am still waiting for the response of some parties," said Commissioner Dayananda Dissanayake, declining to name those who had already informed him about their choice.Political parties are allocated television and radio time for campaigning on the basis of whether they support, oppose or are neutral about the referendum, the officials explained. The Referendum (Amendment) Act 17 of 1988 gives political parties seven days from the date of proclamation to indicate whether their decision was to back a lamp vote (yes) or pot vote (no). Based on this decision, and using a complex formula, the elections commissioner will allocate television and radio time for parties to campaign. More...
Published: Wed Jul 18 03:49:01 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Sri Lanka Central Bank Rate Cut
Yahoo Singapore, 18 July 2001. The Central Bank of Sri Lanka hopes to continue on a path of easing monetary policy but another cut in overnight interest rates is unlikely in the near term, the bank's deputy governor said Wednesday. "Another interest rate cut will come, but not immediately More...
Published: Wed Jul 18 07:56:56 EDT 2001 Back to the top

U.S. issues travel warning for Sri Lanka
MSNBC, 18 July 2001. The United States has issued a travel advisory for Sri Lanka ahead of planned opposition street protests on Thursday, warning its citizens about travel to the island in the wake of the suspension of parliament. The U.S. State Department announcement comes as more than than 15 parties from across the political spectrum said they would hold a protest march in the capital Colombo to denounce the suspension, which came ahead of a no-confidence vote in President Chandrika Kumaratunga's minority government. More...
Published: Wed Jul 18 01:06:43 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Sri Lankan mother charged with murder in Canada
Saroj Pathirana in London, Wednesday 18/07/01 1135GMT. A Sri Lankan woman has been found with the bodies of her two children in the trunk of her car. Jasotha Mahendran, was lying semiconscious with the bodies of five year old Shiyami and three year old Sageev, in Canada. Police in Canada has filed first-degree murder charges against the thirty two year old Jasotha, who is now being treated in a hospital. Police, who treat this as a double murder-attempted suicide, have found a suicide note besides her late husbandís photograph.

Jasotha is said to be distraught over her husbandís sudden death last year and she was recently told by the doctors that one side of daughter Shyamiís body would never properly develop. Jasotha is believed to be suffering from severe depression after the death of her husband.
Published: Wed Jul 18 07:38:15 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Sihala Urumaya will not support impeachment
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 10.25 p.m. SLT Tuesday July 17. The Sihala Urumaya today said they would not support an impeachment motion against President Chandrika Kumaratunge. Party Leader, Tilak Karunaratne, addressing a press conference said today the party firmly believes that the present constitution protects the unitary status of Sri Lanka. As a result Karunaratne asserted the executive presidency must also continue.

The party will not support a change in the present constitution. Karunaratne added however that the Sihala Urumaya condemned the recent actions of President Chandrika Kumaratunge for suspending parliamentary sittings and calling for a non binding referendum to bring in a new constitution.
Published: Tue Jul 17 12:35:20 EDT 2001 Back to the top

JVP writes to President
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 10.20 p.m. SLT Tuesday July 17. The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna today wrote to President Chandrika Kumaratunge requesting her to reconvene parliament and observe democratic principles in the country.

The JVP has further asked the President to abolish the Executive Presidency and revert to a parliamentary system of governance.
Published: Tue Jul 17 12:35:20 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Sri Lanka speeding up
BBC South Asia, Wednesday, 18 July, 2001, 06:18 GMT 07:18 UK . Sri Lankan journalist Roshan Abeysinghe reflects a change of emphasis by the national selectors. Forward planning appears to be the order of the day in Sri Lankan cricket. After many years reliance on a concentrated assault with spin, the selectors have made a change of emphasis by including extra quicks in the squad for the triangular one-day series against India and New Zealand. More...
Published: Wed Jul 18 05:29:35 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Free Media Movement demonstrates against PSD
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 10.35 p.m. SLT Tuesday July 17. Members of the Free Media Movement today held a demonstration in Colombo protesting against members of the Presidential Security Division whom the movement said had threatened journalists outside the Parliamentary complex yesterday.

The incident had taken place when police personnel and members from the PSD had attempted to stop the press from covering a forced entry by members of parliament to the House last morning. According to the FMM, the PSD had allegedly threatened reporters with death.
Published: Tue Jul 17 12:35:21 EDT 2001 Back to the top

INTERVIEW: Sri Lanka Ctrl Bk-Rate Cut -2: After Review
Yahoo India, Wednesday July 18, 1:56 PM. COLOMBO (Dow Jones)--The Central Bank of Sri Lanka hopes to continue on a path of easing monetary policy but another cut in overnight interest rates is unlikely in the near term, the bank's deputy governor said Wednesday. "Another interest rate cut will come, but not immediately. We have already done a jumbo reduction, and further relaxation will come after we've reviewed the money supply and exchange rate scenario," Deputy Governor W.A. Wijewardena told Dow Jones Newswires in a telephone interview. More...
Published: Wed Jul 18 07:40:37 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Alliance for Democracy unites opposition political parties
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 10.30 p.m. SLT Tuesday July 17. Except for the JVP all opposition parties have collectively joined forces to counter President Chandrika Kumaratunge's arbitrary decision last week to prorogue parliament and call a referendum.

Calling themselves the Alliance to protect Democracy the joint opposition parties today met and decided they would all take to the streets and muster public support to counter the dictatorial decision of the president. A mass street campaign has been scheduled for Thursday July 19.

UNP Leader, Ranil Wickremasinghe told the gathering today that the nation must now unite as one to protest against the violation of all democratic principles in the country by Kumaratunge.

Wickremasinghe alleged that the president has even given orders to the police to stop parliamentarians from entering Parliament premises.

Yesterday, an ugly scene was enacted outside the parliamentary complex when the police attempted to stop MPs from entering the House. The members however forced their way through police barricades, pushing the iron bars to the ground before continuing.
Published: Tue Jul 17 12:35:21 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Threats mar Sri Lankan census
BBC South Asia, Wednesday, 18 July, 2001, 06:02 GMT 07:02 UK . But threats by Tamil Tiger rebels meant they were unable to complete the operation in the north and east of the island, where it was claimed the census would give a distorted demographic picture due to the displacement of people because of the separatist conflict. Sri Lanka declared Tuesday a half holiday and schools were shut to ensure that people remained indoors when the head count was taken. More...
Published: Wed Jul 18 03:38:03 EDT 2001 Back to the top
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As politicians posture, Lankan economy skids
Asia Times, July 18, 2001. Sri Lanka is once again heading into a political quagmire as the government and opposition forces battle for the hearts and minds of voters ahead of a snap referendum called by President Chandrika Kumaratunga.As the country gets ready for the August 21 referendum, called to ascertain whether the people want a new constitution, political analysts and economists say Sri Lanka is going downhill and facing months of uncertainty. Meanwhile, the Norwegian-backed peace process has been placed on the backburner for the second time in eight months with the government's preoccupations elsewhere. More...
Published: Tue Jul 17 11:45:04 EDT 2001 Back to the top

SMIC says suicide bombers have arrived in Colombo
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 2 p.m. SLT Tuesday July 17. A media release from the Special Media Information Center said today that the LTTE have sent a number of suicide bombers to Colombo to assassinate leaders of political parties and military commanders.

The State media institution did not however state how it had gathered this information. The press release was issued two days before opposition political parties plan to bring out thousands of people in protest marches against President Kumaratunge's decision to prorogue Parliament and hold a referendum.
Published: Tue Jul 17 09:05:52 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Sri Lanka raises assassination fears amid political turmoil, Jul 17 2001 12:32 IST. Tamil Tiger rebels have sent suicide bombers to the Sri Lankan capital in an attempt to assassinate political leaders amid the current political instability, the government said Tuesday. The government's Special Media Information Centre said separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) guerrillas had already infiltrated Colombo in readiness to carry out suicide attacks. More...
Published: Tue Jul 17 08:48:08 EDT 2001 Back to the top

July 17 (20 :41) 'Dogs tied, gates open' as Sri Lanka begins head count - COLOMBO
Kyodo News, July 17. Sri Lanka dusted off a 20-year-old slogan to encourage people to cooperate with census officials, advising them to ''tie their dogs, keep the gates open, leave a light on and stay awake'' Tuesday night when the enumerator comes round between 6 p.m. and midnight. More...
Published: Tue Jul 17 09:12:02 EDT 2001 Back to the top

No census in Jaffna and LTTE held areas
Roy Mendis in Colombo, 5.41 PM SLT Tuesday July 17, 2001. While the rest of the island was getting ready for the final headcount this evening,with shops,offices and other establishments closing early to let people reach home by 6 pm,there was no sign of the census enumeration in Jaffna and the LTTE-held territories in the North and East.

The Director General of Census Mr.D.G.W.Nanayakkara said that no census related work could take place in Jaffna and other LTTE controlled areas because the government staff engaged in the work were threatened by the LTTE.It was earlier announced that international agencies like ICRC and UNHCR would do the job for the government,but persistent opposition to the census resulted in these organisations not being co-opted.

The non-LTTE Tamil parties too had opposed the census operations in the North.Even the Eelam Peoples' Democratic Party (EPDP),which is part of the government,opposed the census in the Jaffna peninsula.An EPDP spokesman had told the press that President Chandrika Kumaratunga had agreed to exempt Jaffna from the operations.

The Tamil parties were opposing the census on the grounds that a headcount now would be detrimental to their interests.Thousands of Tamils who had fled the area due to war and want in the last 17 to 18 years and who may like to come back when peace is restored,will not be included in the count.Since the number of parliamentary seats and some other entitlements from the state are based on population,a low census count will result in the reduction of the number of parliamentary seats and other entitlements.

According to the last census in 1981,Jaffna district had a population of 830,000.According to Tamil sources,the estimated population now is 450,000.Government puts it at 500,000.According to Tamil sources,the LTTE held parts of the Wanni,from Mannar in the west to Mullaitivu in the east and from Vavuniya in the south to Kilinochi in the north, have about 300,000.About 25% of Batticaloa district and 15% of Trincomalee district are in LTTE hands,these sources say.

Sri Lanka's population growth had come down from a peak of 2.84% in 1953 to 1.67% in 1981,Mr.Satharasinghe said.The estimated population growth rate in 1999 was even lower, at 1.4%.In 1901,the total population was only 3.5 million.It is now 5 to 6 times that with the estimate being 19 to 20 million.

The latest detailed figures pertain to 1999, when the Crude Birth Rate per 1000 population was 17.5, and the Crude Death Rate per 1000 population was 6.0.Infant Mortality per 1000 live births was 15.9 in 1997.
Published: Tue Jul 17 07:40:33 EDT 2001 Back to the top

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Sri Lankan Govt Allows Free Media Access to War Areas
People's Daily, 17 July 2001. The Sri Lankan government lifted on Monday restrictions placed on media personnel to travel to the war-torn north and east of the island country, the state-run Daily News reported on Tuesday. The Special Media Information Center said in a statement that journalists who intend to report activities and civil life in the war areas are now free to travel there. Earlier, approval from the Defense Ministry had to be obtained to enter these areas. More...
Published: Tue Jul 17 05:06:14 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Sri Lankan Opposition plans protest rally
Hindu, 18 July 2001. The Opposition parties in Sri Lanka are gearing to stage a mammoth demonstration here on Thursday to protest against the President, Ms. Chandrika Kumaratunga's decision to prorogue Parliament and hold a referendum which they described as ``unnecessary.'' ``We are telling the people, whatever else they are doing on Thursday, they must join the demonstration. Democracy is under threat and we must come together to protect it,'' said Mr. Ranil Wickremesinghe, leader of the United National Party, at a joint press conference of seven political parties. Significantly, the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) was not represented at the press conference. The main demand of the Opposition parties is that Parliament be reconvened. ``Chandrika Kumaratunga has shut down Parliament, she has called for a referendum which in our view is not necessary. These are the first danger signals for democracy,'' Mr. Wickremesinghe said. More...
Published: Tue Jul 17 19:38:39 EDT 2001 Back to the top
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Sri Lanka Cricket Board keeps Ranatunga, De Silva guessing
Yahoo India, 17 July 2001. Sri Lanka's Cricket Board today said it needed three weeks for a final ruling on the outcome of a match-fixing probe against former Test skipper Arjuna Ranatunga and his deputy Aravinda de Silva. The Board of Control for Cricket in Sri Lanka (BCCSL) said the findings made public yesterday by the lone investigator who "cleared" the two players could not be considered as final. The BCCSL's interim president Vijaya Malalasekara said the Board had agreed to keep the International Cricket Council informed before going public on the inquiry conducted by investigator Desmond Fernando. In a report leaked yesterday, Fernando said Ranatunga and De Silva were cleared of match-fixing charges due to "inadequate and untested" evidence and that he was completely satisfied with their testimony. More...
Published: Tue Jul 17 00:20:00 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Malaysia to host Tamil Internet 2001
Yahoo Singapore, 17 July 2001. Malaysia will play host next month to Tamil Internet 2001 (TI 2001), an international conference and exposition that will focus on standards and issues on the development of Tamil-based Internet services and content. The event, the fourth in the series, began in Singapore in 1997. This year's conference, with its theme Pathways to Progress, will look into the development and use of the Internet within the worldwide "Tamil Diaspora", said exhibition director A B Naicker. More...
Published: Tue Jul 17 05:24:14 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Series will be tough for Sri Lanka, says Jayasuriya
Yahoo Asia, 17 July 2001. Sri Lankan captain Sanath Jayasuriya says he does not think his team are favourites to win the triangular one-day cricket series, starting here on Wednesday. "There are no favourites," he said on Monday night. "It is going to be tough for us though we are playing at home. We will have to play very hard to win this tournament." The tournament opens on Wednesday with a day-night game between Sri Lanka and New Zealand. India are the third team involved. More...
Published: Tue Jul 17 08:05:28 EDT 2001 Back to the top

After a tough Safari, India sail into turbulent Sri Lanka waters
Yahoo India, 17 July 2001. The focus in Indian sports to some extent will be on the Indian cricketers who have embarked on a tour to Sri Lanka. Saurav Ganguly-led team left Chennai for Sri Lanka this afternoon. The 15-member team will be play a tri-angular one-day series versus Sri Lanka and New Zealand followed by a three-Test match series against the home team during the seven-week tour. More...
Published: Tue Jul 17 05:09:07 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Cricket-Ganguly foresees tough tour of Sri Lanka
Yahoo India, 17 July 2001. India are anticipating a tough tour of Sri Lanka and will miss their injured batsman Sachin Tendulkar, captain Saurav Ganguly said before the team left for Colombo on Monday. Ganguly's team will play a triangular one-day tournament against Sri Lanka and New Zealand, starting on Wednesday, followed by a three-match test series against their hosts. "Sri Lanka are a good team under home conditions. New Zealand are also a very good one-day side and are currently the ICC trophy champions ... so it will be a hard tour," Ganguly told a news conference. More...
Published: Tue Jul 17 00:23:52 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Sri Lankan Ctrl Bk Lifts Deposit Rule On Fwd Dlr Activity
Yahoo India, 17 July 2001. Sri Lanka's central bank Monday lifted a regulation imposed on forward dollar activity on the foreign exchange market, which was aimed at curbing the rupee's slide against the dollar. A senior bank official told Dow Jones Newswires the bank had decided to withdraw the rule as it was comfortable with current rupee trading levels. "We don't see any reason why we should continue to keep the regulation," he said. More...
Published: Tue Jul 17 00:25:32 EDT 2001 Back to the top

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