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Sunday February 25th, 2007

UNP too in the fray
Chandrika-Mangala alliance in the offing
The much talked about nexus between President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga and ousted Minister Mangala Samaraweera and the JVP is emerging once again.
According to informed sources it is likely that former Ministers Mangala Samaraweera and Shripathi Sooriyarachchi will form an alliance with former President Chandrika Kumaratunga to oppose President Mahinda Rajapaksa.
The duo is likely to join hands with JVP to achieve their objective and their main focus these days is to push President Mahinda Rajapaksa towards the dissolution of Parliament.


Its fun time: Veteran cricketer Sanath Jayasuriya celebrated his daughter’s birthday at the Fingara Club on Friday. Sanath’s wife (left) with the birthday girl sharing a light moment with Murali’s wife and son. (Pic by Ishara S. Kodikara)

No major trade agreements during MR’s China visit?
Although a red carpet welcome awaits President Mahinda Rajapaksa in China on Monday it is unlikely that Sri Lanka would sign any significant agreement with the Chinese government during the President’s state visit.
President Mahinda Rajapaksa is scheduled to arrive in China on Monday for a five day state visit with a high ranking ministerial delegation as a guest of Chinese President Hu Jintao.
Chinese President Hu Jintao is expected to meet Sri Lankan....



Devolution proposals of govt. before New Year
The government will put forward its devolution proposals as a political solution to the North-East crisis before April 13.

‘Sunrise Region’ master plan to kick off soon
A 25- year master plan has been drawn by the government to develop the Eastern province which encompasses the districts of Batticaloa, Trincomalee and Amapara. The implementation of the master plan is expected to commence shortly.

Outer Colombo ring road to ease traffic congestion
The government is planning to construct an outer Colombo ring road connecting Kottawa, Kaduwela and Kadawatha called the outer circular road, to ease traffic congestion within the Colombo city.

Brutal assault of Ananda student: Why?
The Ananda College student, who was critically injured in a student clash recently, was discharged from hospital after undergoing treatment, but the ...

SLFP, JHU APRC proposals within two weeks
Sri Lanka Freedom Party and Jathika Hela Urumaya are expected to present their much delayed proposals to the All Party Representative Committee within the next two weeks, The Nation learns.

SLMC urges amendments to CFA
The Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) has called on the government to seriously consider amendments to the Ceasefire Agreement (CFA).

… no amendents to CFA, says Keheliya
Defence spokesman and Cabinet Minister Keheliya Rambukwella has said the Ceasefire Agreement (CFA) will remain intact without any changes.

To prevent taps going dry
Water from reservoirs to swell Kelani river

The Water Board together with the Ceylon Electricity Board has decided to release water from the Castlereigh and Maussakele reservoirs to prevent the decreasing water levels of the Kelani River resulting in an inflow of sea water.

Troops bag five more LTTE bases
The military yesterday captured five LTTE bases in the Trincomalee area, forcing the Tigers to flee into the jungles, defence spokesman Brigadier Prasad Samarasinghe said.

SriLankan chartered to ferry MR’s jumbo team to China
A delegation of over 100 persons including 20 Buddhist monks will accompany President Mahinda Rajapaksa when he leaves on an official visit to China tonight, The Nation learns.




A child signing a petition calling on the government to abrogate the Ceasefire Agreement at the protest organised by the Patriotic National Front on Thursday to mark the fifth anniversary of the signing of the ceasefire agreement. (Pic by Nissanka Wijeratne)


CFA, the political gimmick
Anniversaries are but mere passages of time. Nevertheless, they afford an opportunity to reflect on things past. So, what was all the brouhaha about the Ceasefire Agreement (CFA) this week?

Rumblings in govt. as CFA continues on paper
The fifth anniversary of the Ceasefire Agreement between the government of Sri Lanka and the LTTE was marked on Thursday amidst protests by the JVP and other organizations calling on the President to abrogate the agreement which has come to be limited to paper.

Coping with COPE and lost maces
In May 1789, King Louis XVI summoned to Versailles a full meeting of the Estates General.


War goes offshore
This week, the Commander of the Southern Naval Area, Commodore D.M.G. Mendis was found guilty of charges framed under the Navy Act in a court martial with regard to the October 18, 2006 LTTE attack on the navy base, SLNS Dakshina.

It’s a mystery!
Did Naidengamage Chinthana Harischandra (17) of Pelmadulla Gankanda Central College commit suicide because of his inability to cope with his new school environment and the frustration from ragging?

It’s a mystery!
Did Naidengamage Chinthana Harischandra (17) of Pelmadulla Gankanda Central College commit suicide because of his inability to cope with his new school environment and the frustration from ragging?


Unaccountable accountants
Two eminent auditing companies have also got embroiled in the controversy due to conflicts of interest and gross neglect of duties.


Aussies need Shane Warne magic - Waugh
World Cup winner Mark Waugh believes a third successive crown would be easier for Australia to win if Shane Warne was still in the one-day team.
Waugh, part of the team who won under his brother Steve’s captaincy in 1999, said spin bowling was an area where Australia’s team could be improved.

Joes hold the edge in 73rd Battle of the Saints
The ‘Battle of the Saints’, one of the most renowned schools cricket encounters played for the Rev. Fr. Maurice Legoc Trophy will take place at the P. Sara Stadium on March 2 and 3.

Shoaib’s fitness doubted
Pakistan paceman Shoaib Akhtar will make one more trip to see his English specialist to establish whether he can be passed fit for the World Cup.
Shoaib has been named in Pakistan’s 15-man squad, but the selectors have Mohammad Sami and Shahid Nazir on stand-by in case he fails to make it.
“I am going for another assessment of my knee and hamstring injuries in England,” the 31-year-old commented.
“Only after that will I know about my chances of playing in the World Cup.”
Shoaib is not the only Pakistan seamer to be fighting for fitness.

Professionalism key to CCC’s success
A sense of professionalism, discipline and culture brought about by the management of Colombo Gymkhana Club has worked wonders for Colombo Cricket Club (CCC) who emerged Premier League cricket champions for 2006-07.


In politics everything is possible
- D.M.Jayaratne

Some in the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) may be elated over the sacking of two key ministers by President Mahinda Rajapaksa. But for Plantation minister and one of the founder members of the SLFP, D. M. Jayaratne it is a sad episode. The Minister, who has always been considered a facilitator and an intercessor, is now at work to patch up the differences between them and the President. He told

What the leader did about party reforms was absolutely correct - SB
UNP’s National Organiser S.B. Dissanayake has patched up his differences with the party leadership and says that party reforms agreeable to all would be presented at a special convention next month.


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