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Economic development zone ends the VOA saga in Sri Lanka |

Economic development zone ends the VOA saga in Sri Lanka | The Sunday Times Sri Lanka: In 1951, the US Government and the Government of Ceylon entered into an agreement to construct a civilian broadcasting facility in this small fishing village and thereafter revised it in 1971 and 1976 to carry VOA programming over Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation (SLBC) . �In 1991 a plan to build a US $40 million five-star hotel in this tranquil spot on Sri Lanka’s north-west coast was thwarted by the people in the area. In 1993, the US began building the $ 60 million VOA facility in this small fishing village after the new agreement was signed in December 1983 and revised it in 1991.

In October 1994, villagers formed the Iranawila People’s Solidarity Forum (IPSF) and continued their protests against the construction work citing environmental degradation forcing the authorities to suspend the project. One villager was shot dead by the police when they opened fire to disperse a protest demonstration during the same year. �Despite protests from villagers and Indian authorities who contended, that the station might be used as a covert listening post in South Asia, the VOA began its transmission in 1994 with seven shortwave broadcast transmitters and sixteen high-gain curtain antennas. Its signal is picked up in regions as far as Africa, Central and Southeast Asia.
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