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Sunday April 08th, 2007

Overseas trips of UNP MPs canned
UNP and Opposition Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe has directed that all UNP members of Parliament should remain in the country during the month of May.
According to informed sources he had told his MPs that attending Parliament is important during this period.
Ranil Wickremesinghe had apparently cancelled all foreign visits of UNP MPs. The party had declined all invitations extended by foreign organizations to UNP members including those by the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association and the Inter Parliament Union.
The UNP will strategically move to change the party composition in Parliament and create an imbalance in the government benches, thus pushing the government to a parliamentary general election or force the President to accept a UNP led government.
It is learnt that the UNP was trying to contact deposed Minister Mangala Samaraweera who is in Singapore at the moment, to explore possibilities. But Samaraweera is apparently in two minds and had not responded.


May Peace be with you this Easter

Christians all over the world celebrate Easter Sunday today. Jesus Christ became man to resurrect his followers from sins. - (Pic by Ishara S. Kodikara)

Eight killed, 25 wounded in Vavuniya bus mine blast
Eight people including a soldier were killed and 25 injured when the LTTE triggered a claymore mine targeting a public transport bus at Parayanalankulam off Vavuniya yesterday morning.
According to the army the explosion took place around 7.30a.m when the bus belonging to the SL transport board was plying towards Vavuniya from Mannar on the Vavuniya- Mannar main road. “Army medical teams rushed to the scene and took immediate measures to transfer casualties to the hospitals. Five people died on the spot and the other two died on admission to the Vavuniya General Hospital,” Army Spokesman Brigadier Prasad Samarasinghe said.
Brigadier Samarasinghe said that all the civilian victims were Tamils and Muslims. Six women and two children were also among the injured. The soldier who died had been on leave.
This is the second attack on a public bus this week. On Monday (2) a powerful bomb exploded in a bus at the military ....




‘Another channel for al Qaeda to attack US, courtesy LTTE’
Mike Scheuer, former head of the al Qaeda Unit of the CIA and the present terrorism analyst of CBS TV said the Sri Lankan terrorist group LTTE stealing European passports and supplying them to al Qaeda terrorists provides another channel for the 9/11 attackers to enter United States for an assault.

SLFP proposals before APRC within two weeks
Sri Lanka Freedom Party proposals to the All Party Representative Committee had been presented to the party general secretary recently, The Nation learns.

No power cuts during New Year
CEB officials said that there will not be power cuts during the New Year festive season even though power generation capacity has dwindled drastically due to lack of rain in hydro reservoir areas.

No dissident UNP Minister will return — Lokuge
Sports Minister Gamini Lokuge yesterday scotched rumours that more dissident UNP ministers were planning to return to the opposition benches.

Security men in verbal barrage with JR’s grandson
Grandson of former President J.R Jayewardene was abused by a group of army personnel claiming to be from the security division of Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa. Amrith Jayewardene was stopped by the army men when he tried to overtake several army vehicles in Borella.

CMC gears up to face mosquito borne diseases
The Colombo Municipal Council officials anticipate another outbreak of dengue and chikungunya with the onset of the monsoon rains shortly, and are gearing to take precautionary measures, The Nation learns.

TID to question Sivajilingam again tomorrow
The Terrorist Investigation Department (TID) has re-summoned Tamil National Alliance (TNA) parliamentarian and TELO Leader M.K. Sivajilingam for further questioning tomorrow April 9.

Rupesinghe launches website
The website of Kumar Rupesinghe which intends to focus on the current crisis in Sri Lanka, the prospects for a negotiated solution and good governance was launched at a simple ceremony attended by friends and well wishers on Friday, March 30.

Diplomatic missions in Palestine, Libya?
President Mahinda Rajapaksa has directed the Foreign Ministry to find out the possibilities of establishing diplomatic missions in Palestine and Libya.

Minister cites personal reasons for two members quitting commission probing HR abuses
Two members of the Commission of Inquiries looking into 15 cases of human rights abuses and killings are to be relieved of their duties with immediate effect, The Nation learns.

Nation Special



The ill-fated bus caught in yesterday’s claymore mine blast in Periyanalankulam off Vavuniya


Weathering the storms as Executive President
As the country is being gripped with cricket fever due to the on-going cricket World Cup in the West Indies, where Sri Lanka’s cricketers are performing quite well, the governing Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) was playing a different kind of ball game in Colombo.
On the one hand, it had to deal with the growing threat of dissident Ministers Mangala Samaraweera and Sripathi Sooriyarachchi and it was also being compelled to make public its proposals to devolve power in the search for a solution to the ethnic conflict.

UNP looks forward to April prophecies as govt. takes stock
Sri Lanka’s political future is poised to take an entirely different course come April Sinhala and Hindu New Year. This was the prophesy spelt out by the head of the UNP’s southern command Wajira Abeywardena at a political rally held at the Layards Broadway (Kosgashandiya) in Colombo last week.


Nation Investigation
SLT buries land phone for CDMA
A missive addressed to top Sri Lanka Telecom (SLT) officials of a decision to stop issuance of land phones to subscribers has raised eyebrows.
The latest decision by SLT, already embroiled in corruption and ...

Eastern Muslims face threat of colonisation
he de-merger of the north and east by a court order has posed a fresh threat to the minority Muslims in the east.
Muslims in general fear the sudden spurt of state aided colonisation in the predominant Muslim areas in the east. They fear that this turn of event might change their life overnight.

Military Matters
Noose tightening on badly wounded Tiger

The pattern of ‘rise and fall’ is inevitable, when it comes to an organization that uses terror as its modus operandi.
In the latter eighties, we saw the JVP’s military backbone broken, accounting for its mighty fall after an unprecedented rise. The JVP called the shots through the barrel of the gun.It appears the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) is facing the same phase of decline after rising to the position of almost undisputed representative of the Tamil people.


Don’t be like Zimbabwe, Chappell tells India
MUMBAI, (AFP) - India’s outgoing coach Greg Chappell on Saturday slammed the unprofessional set up in the country, saying “if you want to be like Australia, you can’t run your cricket like Zimbabwe.”

Padfield on the importance of sports medicine
Chris Padfield has been coming to Sri Lanka since 1984 to coach Rugby. He was originally invited by the SLRFU to coach its National team. At that time, he was the National Coach to Wales under 21 squad.

Dharmaraja gets an international cricket ground
One of the oldest Buddhist schools in Sri Lanka, Dharmaraja College, Kandy which has been in existence for 120 years is building a new international cricket stadium at Lake View with the help of Sri Lanka Cricket who have already funded them Rs. 750,000 for the preparation of five centre pitches.

Ridee longs for national recognition
Anil Rideegammanagedera was picked the Cricketer of the Year for the season 2006-07 by Sri Lanka Cricket which entitled him to a brand new Suzuki Swift car worth Rs. 1.6 million. It was the first time SLC had ever handed out such a handsome prize and Ridee (as he will be referred to from now on) with his exceptional all-round performances for Moors SC in the recently concluded season was a worthy recipient.

Point Blank
Old order changeth

Is there a paucity of good cricket umpires in the country that we have to keep on persisting with just two all the time and nominate them each year to the International Cricket Council (ICC) panel?

Hitting out with Aravinda
Our batting is not up to the mark
The game against the West Indies went as predicted. Other than Lara one could not see anyone else making runs against the Sri Lankan attack. Though Chanderpaul made runs Lara was the one who would have made the difference. On that helpful pitch the West Indies bowlers were not penetrative to contain the Sri Lankan batting.


“I enjoyed every minute of my stay”
Having served as Attorney General for over seven years, K.C. Kamalasabayason, P.C., retired from the Official Bar last week after a long illustrious career. He hails from Trincomalee and has five siblings, four brothers and a sister.

Defeat terrorists for peace in SL: Karuna
Vinyagamurthy Muralitharan (39), better known as Karuna, has become a household name in Sri Lanka, since his defection from the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in March 2004. He is hated by the LTTE Wanni faction but praised by others keen on defeating the Wanni Tigers. In a wide ranging interview with Ruwan Weerakoon, ....





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