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Palk Strait

(Encyclopedia) Palk Strait pôk, pôlk, 40 to 85 mi (64–137 km) wide, between India and Sri Lanka. At its southern end, it is studded with shoal reefs, forming Adam's Bridge (or Rama's Bridge…

Prabhakaran, Velupillai

(Encyclopedia) Prabhakaran, Velupillai v´loopl-l präbhä´kärän, 1954–2009, Tamil nationalist guerrilla leader in Sri Lanka. Involved as a youth in protests against discrimination against Sri Lanka…

Sri Lanka

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Negombo

(Encyclopedia) Negombo ngm´b, town (1991 est. pop. 65,000) W Sri Lanka, at the mouth of the Negombo Lagoon. Chiefly noted for its ceramics and brassware, it is also a fishing center and a market…

Kumaratunga, Chandrika Bandaranaike

(Encyclopedia) Kumaratunga, Chandrika Bandaranaike chn´drk bändrän´k koomärtoong´g, 1945–, Sri Lankan politician, president of Sri Lanka (1994–2005). The daughter of two former prime…

Ceylon

(Encyclopedia) Ceylon: see Sri Lanka.

Anarajapura

(Encyclopedia) Anarajapura: see Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka.

Ratnapura

(Encyclopedia) Ratnapura rt´npoor [Sinhalese,=city of gems], town (1995 est. pop. 46,000), SW Sri Lanka. Located in a rubber- and rice-producing area, Ratnapura is Sri Lanka's major precious…

Galle

(Encyclopedia) Galle gäl, city (1995 est. pop. 87,000), capital of Southern prov., extreme S Sri Lanka, on the Indian Ocean. An agricultural market center, it exports tea, rubber, coconut oil, cloves…

Jaffna

(Encyclopedia) Jaffna jf´n, peninsula, northernmost part of Sri Lanka, separated from India by Palk Strait. The peninsula is densely inhabited, largely by Tamil-speaking people. Jaffna suffered…