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MARCH 20, 2004 EST, USA
 
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VOL. 4, NO. 349

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Elections Commissioner to meet State Media Heads next Tuesday
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, March 21, 2004, 5.47 pm. In what appeared to be yet another earnest appeal, Sri Lanka’s Election Commissioner, Dayananda Dissanayake has once again invited all State Media Heads to a meeting mid next week. This is the second meeting; the State Media Heads have been invited to, which has been fixed for Tuesday evening.

An earlier meeting fixed for March 12, by the Elections Commissioner to these Media Heads were shrugged off by them. The Commissioner is also expected to appoint a ‘competent authority’ to monitor the media at the forthcoming general election on April 2.

The State Media, has come under heavy fire from many political parties and the general public for acting in a very ‘bias an partial’ manner, since President Chandrika Kumaratunga took over the Media Ministry in November last year.
Published: Sat Mar 20 06:49:56 EST 2004


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Japan extends more than Rs. 3 million in drought assistance
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, March 21, 2004, 5.22 pm. Following the urgent appeal made to the International Community, by the Sri Lankan Government which sought urgent drought assistance, the Japanese government, in a quick response has extended aid amounting to US$ 35,681 (approximately Rs. 3.8 million).

Over 2400 families in the Puttalam, Hambantota, Anuradhapura and Monaragala districts will be benefited through the Japanese contribution. The Japanese Government is the first donor to respond to the Sri Lankan Government's request. Sri Lanka is reportedly facing its worst drought in 50 years, however the drought has taken a backseat due to the ongoing political war between the country’s leaders and the main two political parties.
Published: Sat Mar 20 06:23:49 EST 2004 Back to the top


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Poll: Sri Lankan president leads in pre-poll survey
Associated Press, Fri March 19, 2004 11:15 EST . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka - 's president leads her rival, the prime minister, in the run-up to April 2 parliamentary elections, according to a pre-poll survey released Friday. The prime minister, however, received wide support from Sri Lanka - 's minority population, getting more than 78 percent backing from Tamils and more than 50 percent from Muslims.

Nearly 40 percent of majority Sinhalese support the president, the poll said.

Kumaratunga ordered snap elections following a bitter power struggle with Wickremesinghe, whom she accused of bring too soft on the Tamil Tiger rebels. The two leaders were elected separately.

A cease-fire in February 2002 between Wickremesinghe's government and the Tigers halted two decades of fighting, which had killed nearly 65,000 people. But a split in rebel ranks has since raised the prospect of renewed violence.

Nearly 44 percent of the survey respondents backed Wickremesinghe's rebel truce, with only 4 percent thinking it should be revoked.

Liberation Tigers of Tamileelam rebels want a separate state for the country's 3.2 million Tamils accusing Sinhalese of discrimination. Sinhalese make up 14 million of Sri Lanka - 's 18.6 million population while Muslims make up 1.3 million.

The CPA interviewed 1,800 people nationwide, excluding areas under rebel control. The survey had a three point margin of error.
Published: Fri Mar 19 12:25:01 EST 2004 Back to the top

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Warne leads Australia to victory over Sri Lanka
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Sri Lanka should have won, says Tillakaratne
reuters.co.uk, March 20, 2004, 13:10 EST. KANDY, Sri Lanka, March 20 (Reuters) - Sri Lanka captain Hashan Tillakaratne said his team could and should have beaten Australia on Saturday and avoided a first home series defeat in three years... Back to the top

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