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VOL. 5, NO. 161

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Over 2000 year old burial urns found in Jaffna
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, September 13, 2004, 9.03 p.m.. The archaeological research team headed by Dr. P. Pushparatnam, Senior Lecturer, Jaffna University has found burial urns dating back over two thousand years in a research site located at Chaddy, Velanai in the Jaffna District

Over 15 students of archeology are engaged in this research. Associated with the team is Prof. S. Sathyaseelan, Head of Jaffna University's History Department. When asked to comment on the significance of this research, Dr. Pushparatnam had this to say:

"We selected an elevated plain filled with bushes north of the Martyrs home in Chaddy as the location for research and the team appointed first engaged itself in excavating the site. On excavation we found just beneath the natural soil, an artificially created stone structure. This led to a full scale excavation around the elevation. The rock has been sculpted in a circular formation and above it we found a four-feet high structure with memorial stones around. Within the structure were parts of three 'burial urns' and parts of earthen-ware used to place offerings to the dead.

Parts of red and black earthen-ware, iron tools, broken bangles, handled pots etc, specifically related to the Dravidian people who migrated to the island region in the Jaffna peninsula 2000 years ago. It is confirmed that these finds relate to the megalithic age. These finds, structure and the technology involved in placing the stones reminds us of the megalithic burial urn system found in the archeological finds from Kudumiyamalai in Puthukkoddai Tamilnadu, South India. It is ascertained now that these burial urn finds are unique and special than any other similar finds in the Jaffna peninsula. We have already marked ten locations which contain evidence of the existence of such urns. Government Agent Jaffna Mr. S. Pathmanathan has readily consented to extend approval and financial assistance towards this research and we are hopeful that new evidence would emerge in our future researches".
Published: Mon Sep 13 11:17:11 EDT 2004

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“IMF’s conditions impacts Sri Lanka’s political sovereignty,” claims JVP
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, September 13, 2004, 10.38 p.m.. With Sri Lanka’s peace process showing no signs of resumption, the Government’s main ally Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) today told the International Monetary Fund (IMF) not to lay down a condition such as ‘start talks first then we will grant loans’ as such conditions impacts the country’s ‘political sovereignty’.

The JVP has been found as a main culprit for the present stale peace process mainly due to their hard-line stand that the neither the President or the Government (in which they are part of) should commence talks with the LTTE based on the Interim Self Governing Authority, as according to the JVP, it paves the way for a separate state.

The JVP delegation comprising of Wimal Weerawansa and Vijitha Herath which met the IMF Country Representative Jeremy Carter also sought the IMF’s approval to pay all future loans in rupees, as according to them, they have to pay more in dollars due to the continuous decline of the value of the Sri Lankan rupee. The JVP representatives also emphasised the fact that boosting the rural economy can strengthen the country’s economy.
Published: Mon Sep 13 12:40:38 EDT 2004 Back to the top

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Indian Navy Chief meets President and discusses ways of strengthening defence relations
J. S. Nalin in Colombo, September 13, 2004, 8.07 p.m.. Visiting Indian Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Arun Prakash today called on President Chandrika Kumaratunga at the President’s House and discussed ways and means of strengthening the defence relationship between the two countries. Indian Navy Chief Prakash arrived here yesterday and this is his first overseas visit since he assumes duties as the Navy Chief. It is also learnt that President Kumaratunga and the Naval chief had discussed several vital matters such as piracy and crimes committed in territorial waters and the Island’s stalled peace process. He has already held talks with Deputy Defence Minister Ratnasiri Wickremesinghe, Navy Chief and Chief of Defence Staff Vice Admiral Daya Sandagiri and also the acting Army Commander.
Published: Mon Sep 13 10:25:03 EDT 2004 Back to the top

TNA Blasts U.S. Policy
K.S. Rajkumar from Jaffna , September 13. Leader of the Tamil National Alliance, Mr. Rajavarothayam Sampanthan issued a statement warning the United States that its approach could bring immense harm to the current peace process in Sri Lanka... Back to the top

LTTE women rebels eye role as future army, september 14. In other countries, women fighters go back to their normal lives after returning from the battlefield... Back to the top

India vows cooperation to Lanka armed forces, SEPTEMBER 13, 2004 11:25:35 PM. NEW DELHI: As part of the strategy to thwart Pakistan's attempts to gain a major foothold into Sri Lanka through military assistance, Navy chief Admiral Arun Prakash has promised Colombo of all cooperation to its armed forces... Back to the top

Martyred Bala Nadarajah Iyer remembered in Toronto, Canada despite threats and intimidation
Asiantribune, september 14. Toronto, 13 September, ( Bala Nadarajah Iyer, popularly known as “Comrade Bala” who was gunned down mercilessly by the gunman belonging to the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) was fondly remembered in Tronto, Canada, despite threat and intimidation by the members and supporters of LTTE, the rebel outfit. Kandasamy Iyer Balanadarajah (44), Media Secretary of the Eelam People’s Democratic Party (EPDP), and co-founder of the Eelam Revolutionary Organization of Students (EROS), on 16 August was gun down by an unidentified gunman belonging to LTTE, who was riding a motorcycle outside his home located in W... Back to the top

Sri Lanka monks protest against Hollywood movie seen as offensive to Buddha
Associated Press, Mon September 13, 2004 05:31 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) More than 500 saffron-robed Buddhist monks marched to the U... Back to the top

Sri Lankan navy complaints to truce monitors over Indian trawler fire, XINHUA
Associated Press, Mon September 13, 2004 13:02 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sept. 13 (Xinhua) -- Sri Lankan navy said Monday they had lodged a complaint with the international truce monitors over last week's setting of fire to Indian fishing trawlers. A senior naval source said the Sri Lanka - Monitoring Mission ( SLMM) overseeing a ongoing cease-fire between the Sri Lankan government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) rebels was told that an unidentified armed group had claimed responsibility for Thursday's attack... Back to the top

Norwegian peace broker to launch fresh attempt to restart Sri Lanka peace talks
Associated Press, Mon September 13, 2004 12:00 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) A Norwegian official arrived in Sri Lanka - Monday to try to revive peace talks between the government and Tamil Tiger rebels which have been stalled for nearly a year and a half... Back to the top

Indian navy seeks new areas of cooperation with Lanka, Monday, September 13, 2004. Chief of Staff of the Indian Navy, Admiral Arun Prakash, has said that he is seeking "new areas of cooperation" with the Sri Lankan Navy and the Sri Lankan Armed Forces to promote good neighbourly relations between India and Sri Lanka... Back to the top

India-made scooters help bring down Lanka suicide rate, Monday, September 13, 2004. Three wheelers made in India have played a silent but a very critical role in bringing down the appallingly high suicide rate in Sri Lanka, experts say... Back to the top

BBC expands FM presence in Sri Lanka, Monday 13 September 2004. MUMBAI: BBC World Service can now be heard in English on FM right across Sri Lanka... Back to the top

Sri Lanka marks peace talks anniversary amid fears of war, September 12, 2004, 10:40 EDT. COLOMBO : Norway is set to make a fresh bid to salvage Sri Lanka's peace process two years after kicking off internationally-backed negotiations with hopes of ending three decades of ethnic bloodshed... Back to the top

Ranil to not join Chandrika s peace-committee, September 12, 2004, 19:40 EDT. The Sri Lankan Leader of the Opposition, Ranil Wickremesinge, has decided not to join President Chandrika Kumaratunga’s Back to the top

Sri Lanka s Tamil rebels warn govt troops of engaging in ceasefire ..., September 12, 2004, 10:40 EDT. Sri Lankan Tamil Tiger rebels have warned that the government troops' attack against them is in violation of the ongoing ceasefire and could lead to the disruption of the Norwegian-brokered peace process in the country... Back to the top

LTTE likely to replace its Eastern Commander, September 12, 2004, 19:40 EDT. Colombo, Sep 12 (UNI) Eastern province continues to be the LTTE's headache as reports here today suggested that the Tigers' top leadership had effected structural command change... Back to the top

India Navy chief visiting Sri Lanka:, September 12, 2004, 10:40 EDT. [India News] New Delhi, Sep 12 : India's navy chief Sunday began an official visit to Sri Lanka to firm up military-to-military contacts amidst growing concern in both countries about a maritime force put together by the Tamil Tiger rebels... Back to the top

Dilshan s return gives Sri Lanka more depth, September 13, 08:10 EDT. Tillakaratne Dilshan, a key allrounder for Sri Lanka, has been passed fit to play in Sri Lanka's first Champions Trophy match against Zimbabwe on Tuesday... Back to the top

LTTE issues new warning, September 12, 2004, 10:40 EDT. KILINOCHCHI: Sri Lanka’s stalled bid to cement a lasting peace after two decades of bloody civil war is doomed to failure unless minority Tamils are granted interim self-rule, a top Tamil Tiger rebel leader has warned... Back to the top

Fisherman hurt in Lankan Navy `attack, September 12, 2004, 10:40 EDT. RAMANATHAPURAM/COLOMBO: A fisherman from Rameswaram was hit by a bullet when Sri Lankan Navy personnel allegedly opened fire on Indian boats at Katchathivu on Wednesday night... Back to the top

Not fast, not furious, but whacky version of polo produces jumbo fun
Associated Press, Sat September 11, 2004 21:43 EDT . VIJAY JOSHI - Associated Press Writer - The rules of the game have been drafted by the World Elephant Polo Association, which was set up in 1982 to stage annual games in Nepal... Back to the top

Cricket-Sri Lanka clash massive says Vaughan, 12th September 2004. BIRMINGHAM, England (AFP) - England captain Michael Vaughan said Friday's crucial Champions Trophy clash against Sri Lanka offered his side a chance to take a step towards ending a "fantastic summer" in style... Back to the top

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