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UFO in Lanka? Clarke Says No Way

From: Stig Agermose <stig.agermose@privat.dk>
Date: Tue, 18 Jun 2002 06:48:38 +0200
Fwd Date: Tue, 18 Jun 2002 12:42:08 -0400
Subject: UFO in Lanka? Clarke Says No Way

Source: The Times of India


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UFO in Lanka? Clarke says no way


TIMES NEWS NETWORK [ MONDAY, JUNE 17, 2002  10:09:03 AM ]


COLOMBO: Sri Lanka is abuzz over aliens after some villagers and
a journalist spotted an unidentified flying object (UFO) in the
north central town of Polonnaruwa, but visionary space scientist
Sir Arthur C Clarke has played down the local X File episode.

The unusually glimmering flying object was first spotted by a
farmer in Polonnaruwa, but its presence was also confirmed by
several others in the area including a television journalist,
local media reports said on Sunday.

The object had been seen over Sri Lankan skies for nearly a week
and eventually prompted the Sri Lankan Air Force to investigate
the matter, the reports added.

Polonnaruwa is an ancient Sri Lankan capital and is a
popular tourist attraction because it houses many rare
historical ruins dating back to the first century AD.

A team of astrophysicists - led by Dr Chandana Jayaratne of
the University of Colombo - has also started studying the
Sri Lankan sky to determine what the object is.

But for the internationally renowned author of several books on
this subject, Arthur Clarke, all the hype appears to be largely

"I wish I would one day be able to meet a visiting alien, but I
don't for a moment agree that aliens are visiting the Earth in
UFOs making secret appearance of contacting a handful of human
beings," Clarke said in a statement.

"We need to discern enthralling science fiction from science
fact," he added.

According to Clarke, despite several investigations by NASA and
the US Air Force, no credible evidence has been found anywhere
in the world of aliens visiting the earth.

Clarke also warned that people were spending far too much
attention on investigating UFOs rather than studying NEOs or
Near Earth Objects like asteroids and comets that could crash on
earth and destroy life.


Copyright =A9 2002 Times Internet Limited. All rights

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