Matara


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Matara

 

a city and port on the southern coast of Sri Lanka (Ceylon). Population, 36,000 (1968). Transportation junction; commercial and handicrafts center. Nearby, coconuts and spices are grown and graphite and precious stones (sapphires, rubies, and aquamarines) are mined.

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I was young then, and had fought in the war, and Pata Matara had fought by my side.
Matara went to the Dutchman's house, and said, 'Give her up to die--she is the daughter of chiefs.
Matara and I watched him from the fighting platform behind the pointed stakes.
Matara said, 'Now they have left our land their lives are mind.
Sometimes Matara would whisper, 'Here is the man,' and we waited, crouching.
Matara said sleepily sometimes, 'To whom are you talking?
We had earned a little money, and had bought a gun from some Selangore traders; only one gun, which was fired by the spark of a stone; Matara carried it.
I saw nothing again till I heard Matara breathe quickly where he lay, and then outside the house I saw her.
Matara burst out of the thicket; before him the petals of torn flowers whirled high as if driven by a tempest.
Fairly heavy falls (75-100 mm) can be expected at some places particularly in Eastern, Uva, North-Central and North-Western provinces and in Galle, Matara and Mannar districts.
By 4pm many Districts showed strong Matara 65%,Galle 75%,Moneragala 75%, Anuradhapura 75%,Kalutara 70%,Badulla 62%,Hambantota 70%,Vavuniya 70%,Matale 80%.
IANS Colombo The track-laying commencement of the first phase of the China-built Matara-Kataragama railway extension project has started in Matara in Sri Lanka.