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MARCH 27, 2004 EST, USA
 
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Election candidate, poll official shot in Sri Lanka
Associated Press, Sat March 27, 2004 12:15 EST . KRISHAN FRANCIS - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Unidentified gunmen shot and seriously wounded a candidate in Sri Lanka - 's forthcoming parliamentary elections in the capital on Saturday, while a poll official was shot in the island's east, officials said. The latest attacks also come amid preparations for April 2 parliamentary elections. The vote is largely being fought on how to solve the ethnic crisis which threatens Sri Lanka - 's already fragile truce.

President Chandrika Kumaratunga dissolved Parliament last month and called for snap polls three years ahead of schedule accusing Wickremesinghe of mishandling the peace process.

She claims Wickremesinghe who leads a rival political party, has given too many concessions to the rebels during peace talks and has jeopardized national security.
Published: Sat Mar 27 14:50:26 EST 2004

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Tamil Politician Wounded in Attack
Voice of America (VOA.COM), March 27, 2004. 20:00 EST. In Sri Lanka, unidentified gunmen have shot and seriously wounded a Tamil candidate for parliament as violence flared in advance of next week's general elections More...
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Media rights group claims Sri Lankan officials involved in reporter's murder
Associated Press, Fri March 26, 2004 11:23 EST . KRISHAN FRANCIS - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) An international media rights group Friday urged Sri Lanka - 's government to investigate the murder of a journalist in 1999, claiming involvement of ``high-ranking officials.''

Paris-based Reporters Without Borders highlighted the assassination of Rohana Kumara, editor of Satana (battle), a Sinhalese-language newspaper. The group alleged an elite force assigned to provide security for Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga was implicated in the killing.

``He (Kumara) had been regularly publishing what some deemed to be harsh, and often sensationalistic, criticisms of the government,'' a statement from the group said.

``(The) state has committed large sums of money to protect the obviously high-ranking officials who ordered this crime,'' the statement said.

Kumara's wife claimed he was killed because he reported on a bribery scandal involving an adviser to Kumaratunga, the statement said.

Presidential aide Janadasa Peiris Friday rejected the allegations.

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Tamil Tigers issue death warrant for former leader
independent.co.uk, March 27, 2004. 20:00 EST. Two years ago the Tamil Tigers, Velupillai Prabhakaran, summoned the world's journalists to his hideout in the steaming jungle of the Wanni in northern Sri Lanka for the first Back to the top

Rebel faction warns Tamil candidate to withdraw from Sri Lanka 's election, XINHUA
Associated Press, Fri March 26, 2004 12:22 EST . - - Rebel faction warns Tamil candidate to withdraw from Sri Lanka - 's election, XINHUA ASIA WorldSources, Inc... Back to the top

Sri Lanka 18, chasing 352 to win
Associated Press, Sat March 27, 2004 07:16 EST . JOHN PYE - AP Sports Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Justin Langer scored 166 and shared a 218-run partnership with Simon Katich before Australia was dismissed for 375 in its second innings Saturday, setting Sri Lanka - 370 to win the third and final cricket test... Back to the top

Prabhakaran's cut-outs at election Rally- Army seeks ruling from SLMM
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 4.55 P.M Friday 26 March. LTTE leader Vellupillai Prabhakarans cut-outs have been displayed at a rally organized by former TNA member of parliament N... Back to the top

LTTE expels rebel on eve of poll
hinduonnet.com, March 27, 2004, 7:34 EST. March 27. (Guardian News Service): The separatist movement Liberation of Tamil Tigers of Eelam (LTTE), which has been fighting a guerrilla war since 1983 on Friday said it would "get rid" of a commander who split from the group earlier this month... Back to the top

Facts about Sri Lanka and its April 2 parliamentary elections
Associated Press, Fri March 26, 2004 14:47 EST . The Associated Press - - Facts about Sri Lanka - and April 2 parliamentary election: MAIN ISSUES: Whether to push for negotiations and accede to demands of Tamil Tiger rebels for self-rule after 20 years of civil war... Back to the top

Commander ousted on eve of Sri Lanka poll
guardian.co.uk, 27 March. The Tamil Tigers separatist movement, which has been fighting a guerrilla war since 1983 aimed at securing an independent homeland for the Tamil minority in the north and east of Sri Lanka, yesterday said it would "get rid" of a commander who split from the group earlier this month... Back to the top

In Sri Lankan elections, marginalized Tamils hope to finally vote again
Associated Press, Fri March 26, 2004 14:47 EST . DILIP GANGULY - Associated Press Writer - THIRIYAI, Sri Lanka - (AP) Just before dusk settles over this remote village, three Tamil farmers sit on a fallen mango tree and do something they haven't done in 20 years they talk about how they will vote Friday... Back to the top

Premier sets two year target for a permanent solution to ethnic conflict
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, March 26, 2004, 4.35 pm. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe yesterday announced that a permanent settlement to the nationís two decade long ethnic conflict would be found within the next two years... Back to the top

Qatar, Lanka sign MoU on air services
menafn.com, March 27, 2004, 7:30 EST. DOHA: Qatar and Sri Lanka on Thursday signed a new Memorandum of Understanding on Air Services, offering unlimited passenger and cargo flights to national and designated carriers of the two countries between Doha and Colombo... Back to the top

Final meeting between Elections Commissioner and party Secretaries today evening
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, March 26, 2004, 4.32 pm. A meeting between Elections Commissioner Dayananda Dissanayake and political partiesí Secretaries took place today evening... Back to the top

US says newspaper article on opinion poll in Sri Lanka misleading, XINHUA
Associated Press, Fri March 26, 2004 12:20 EST . - - US says newspaper article on opinion poll in Sri Lanka - misleading, XINHUA ASIA WorldSources, Inc... Back to the top

Key dates in Sri Lanka 's modern history
Associated Press, Fri March 26, 2004 14:47 EST . The Associated Press - - Key dates in Sri Lanka - 's modern history: 1948 Sri Lanka - , then called Ceylon, becomes independent after 152 years of British colonial rule... Back to the top

Switzerland Supports Human Rights Commission
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 2.30 P.M Thursday 26 March. The Ambassador of Switzerland Bernardino Regazzoni and the Chairperson of the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka Radhika Coomaraswamy signed today an Agreement providing an amount of LKR 3.8 million to support a programme to combat torture through monitoring of places of detention... Back to the top

Sri Lanka 's separatist suggest they will kill commander who left the movement
Associated Press, Fri March 26, 2004 05:38 EST . DILIP GANGULY - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) The Tamil Tiger separatist movement suggested Friday that it would seek to kill a renegade commander and any guerrillas who support him... Back to the top

Asian human rights group accuses Sri Lankan police of ``gruesome'' torture
Associated Press, Fri March 26, 2004 02:14 EST . KRISHAN FRANCIS - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) An Asian human rights group on Friday accused the Sri Lanka - 's police of the ``gruesome'' torture of suspects in custody, saying the island's law enforcement is nearing collapse due to a lack of discipline... Back to the top

Sri Lankan Airlines ups departures, NATION
Associated Press, Fri March 26, 2004 08:13 EST . - - Sri Lanka - is a Buddhist country like Thailand - that is the reason why Sir Lanka - is one of the popular destinations for Thais, said Rohan Seneviratne, country manager of Srilankan Airlines for Thailand, Vietnam and Burma... Back to the top

Sri Lanka v Australia 3rd test scoreboard - innings
cricmania.com, March 27, 2004, 7:34 EST. COLOMBO, March 27 (Reuters) - Scoreboard on the fourth day of the third test between Sri Lanka and Australia on Saturday: Australia first innings 401 (D... Back to the top

Langer scores 18th test hundred; Australia 263 for five
Associated Press, Sat March 27, 2004 06:52 EST . JOHN PYE - AP Sports Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Justin Langer scored 166 and shared a 218-run partnership with Simon Katich before Australia was dismissed for 375 in its second innings Saturday, setting Sri Lanka - 370 to win the third and final cricket test... Back to the top

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