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.
He made these observations today (30) participating in a ceremony held in Urubokka, Matara to distribute 4000 Ranbima land deeds to the people in the Pasgoda Divisional Secretariat.
Azmi Thassim received his early education in Hambantota, Rahula Matara, St.
The HTMS was installed on Sri Lanka's Southern Expressway spanning from Colombo, the largest city in Sri Lanka, to Matara, a distance of approximately 120 kilometers (km).