________________________________________________________________________ S. Lanka takes war against rebels to cyberspace ____________________________________________________________________________ Copyright ) 1997 Nando.net Copyright ) 1997 Reuters COLOMBO (December 7, 1997 00:23 a.m. EST http://www.nando.net) - Sri Lanka on Sunday took its war against Tamil Tiger rebels to cyberspace, launching an integrated national Internet website aimed at countering Tiger propoganda and presenting what officials said was a correct picture of the country. The website, www.lk, was launched by the Foreign Ministry in collaboration with the Institute of Computer Technology of the University of Colombo, a ministry statement said. It said the "Sri Lankan Web Window" will serve as a comprehensive depository of news and information related to Sri Lanka, including news bulletins from several government departments like the defence ministry. It provides links to various websites offered by internet service providers and other agencies in Sri Lanka, the statement said. "It will also help in countering anti-Sri Lanka propaganda by enabling Internet surfers world wide to have access through a single window to authentic news and information on Sri Lanka." Officials said the newly-launched window was part of a concerted effort by the government to counter the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) own Internet sites. LTTE, who are fighting for a separate homeland for minority Tamils in Sri Lanka's north and east, have long had a presence on the Internet through various websites which portray their view of the 14-year war that the government says has claimed more than 50,000 lives. The government's information department recently launched its own website, www.lk.news, as part of the overall exercise to tap new media to disseminate information. The ministry statement said there were plans to mirror the window in several locations and develop parallel translations in Sinhala, Tamil, French and German languages. The statement said Sri Lanka also was preparing to produce a CD-ROM with all relevant information on the country that will be available in time for the 50th independence anniversary in Febraury 1998.
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