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Sunday April 29th, 2007

Flying Tigers strike again
Tens of thousands of cricket fans and others in Colombo and its suburbs were gripped with fear and panic, after the city knocked off power and activated its air defence system to target two LTTE aircraft that hovered over the city early this morning.
The army said that the two LTTE aircraft had not been able to reach any vital target, while it had dropped two bombs near the Shell gas installation in Kerawalapitiya.

Oil facility was target: LTTE
Tiger planes targeted two oil storage facilities because they provided fuel to Sri Lankan forces, LTTE spokesman Rasiah Ilanthiriyan said.
“We sent two squadrons to target facilities that provide fuel to military aircraft after two Sri Lankan airforce jets bombed a suburb of Kilinochchi (inside rebel-held territory) just past midnight,” said the spokesman for the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam.
He said the military had bombed the outskirts of Kilinochchi, but gave


Australian cricket captain Ricky Ponting (L) and coach John Buchanan celebrate with the ICC Cricket World Cup Trophy after beating Sri Lanka in the final of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2007, at the Kensington Oval stadium in Bridgetown, in Barbados, 28 April 2007. AFP

Australia complete World Cup hat-trick
Australia led by Ricky Ponting powered their way to a unprecedented third World Cup final victory when they defeated Sri Lanka by 53 runs on the Duckworth and Lewis rain rule in the final played at Barbados Kensington Oval yesterday.
Sri Lanka’s World Cup dreams were shattered by a power-packed century from Australian vice-captain Adam Gilchrist and incessant rain which delayed the start and also stopped play twice during the match.
Gilchrist played one of the greatest one-day innings when he smashed the Sri Lankan bowling to score a hair-raising..



UNICEF lambasts Karuna over child soldiers
The UNICEF in another strongly worded statement said that the Karuna faction is not taking seriously its public assurances that it is not recruiting child soldiers.

Misleading info for monetary gains, charges Karuna
TMVP leader Karuna Amman charged that those providing information about his group to foreign agencies are being bought over by the so called agencies.

Foreign News
Iraqi insurgents to target Prince Harry

LONDON, (AFP) -    Insurgents in Iraq will seek to kidnap Prince Harry when the army sends him there, a commander of Iraq’s biggest Shiite Muslim militia, the Mahdi Army, said in remarks published today.

Probe into human rights violations
Guilty will be dealt with, assures MR
President Mahinda Rajapaksa had assured Justice P.N. Bhagwati Chairman of the International Independent Group of Eminent Persons (IIGEP) investigating into allegations of serious human rights violations in Sri Lanka, that the government would not hesitate to take action against those who are found guilty by the group.

Commission to visit locations
Over the weekend, Members of the Presidential Commission of Inquiry (COI) are scheduled to visit several locations in the Eastern Province including Muttur, where the killings of the 17 Aid Workers attached to French MGO Action Contre La Faim (ACF) had taken place, the Foreign Ministry said yesterday.

Red Cross under flak for not meeting tsunami rehab work
Health Minister Nimal Siripala De Silva took the Sri Lanka Red Cross to task at a presentation made by the Red Cross to cabinet ministers last week.

Over Rs. 3.5 m for politicos WC extravaganza
The cost involved in maintaining Sports Minister Gamini Lokuge and former Sports Minister Jeevan Kumaratunga and one of his aides at the World Cup venue is a staggering Rs. 3.7 million, The Nation learns.

India must involve directly to halt war - TNA MPs
Many go underground due to threat
Tamil National Alliance (TNA) parliamentarians have called for direct Indian intervention to bring a halt to the hostilities between the security forces and the LTTE.

The 14th Death Anniversary of President Ranasinghe Premadasa
The necessary leader
President Premadasa was a man who should have lived in this country for another century.





Cricket’s role in mending a shattered Sri Lanka
These words are being penned before the World Cup final but will be read after the event, perhaps with a hangover to boot. But what we will dwell on is the phenomenon of cricket in this country. It is not merely a game, not just a passion as the advertising blurbs suggest but also a thread that unites a nation that is being torn apart by war, civil strife and general discontent.

Political Affairs
Mangala faces googlies from President on a bouncy pitch

It is a difficult time for the Mahinda Rajapaksa administration that is facing criticism from within the government and also the opposition. Globally Sri Lanka is not positioned too well as far as freedom of expression and human rights are concerned.


The Bar, Bench & You
Resolving construction disputes

The construction industry in Sri Lanka covers a complex and comprehensive field of activities involving many operative skills and conditions, which vary considerably from one project to another. The dispute might arise at any point during the construction process. Generally, there is a low standard of contract formation and of contract administration in the construction industry, which lead frequently to unnecessary problems and disputes.


Govt. efforts at revenge laughable: Johnston
United National Party (UNP) Kurunegala district parliamentarian Johnston Fernando is shocked that the Government has found out about his alleged misuse of a State vehicle, only after three years. In an interview with The Nation, the parliamentarian pointed out that during his tenure as the minister in charge of sports, he never even occupied a State residence.

N-E merger answer to ethnic problem: AITUF
Former Member of Parliament, Dr. K. Vigneswaran, convinced that the existing Tamil parties are either captives of the LTTE or the State and hence, realising the need for a new Tamil party, is the founder-leader of the newly formed Tamil political party, Akhila Illankai Tamil United Front (AITUF). A party neither dependent on the LTTE nor the State.



Gilchrist and rain drown Lankan World Cup hopes
Sri Lanka’s dream of winning a second World Cup faded in the rain as Australia powered by an outstanding century from wicket-keeper/batsman Adam Gilchrist won the final by 53 runs on the Duckworth and Lewis rule at Kensington Oval, Barbados.
Gilchrist who had a rather quiet World Cup up to yesterday produced one of the greatest one-day knocks of all time to steer Australia to an unprecedented three World Cup final victories in a row and stretched their unbeaten run in the tournament to 29 victories.

Too long, too expensive, too dull - roll on 2011
PARIS, (AFP) - It should have been a blockbuster which packed in the crowds and attracted rave reviews.
But, for many, the 2007 World Cup was too long, too expensive, too dull and eventually even the International Cricket Council was forced to admit that this particular marathon had left everybody exhausted.

Tough going at Nuwara Eliya 4x4 Lake Cross
The Nuwara Eliya 4x4 Lake Cross kicked off to a great start on April 18 at the NEM 4x4 Track beside Lake Gregory. This year the event was spread over two days where the competitors had to earn points on the first day to qualify for the second day’s final rounds to decide the winners. Both days were sunny and beautiful which brought a record number of holiday makers in the hill country to witness this kind of adventure sport.

How Lankans Down Under celebrated WC final
It is déjà vu! After 11 years, arch rivals in world cricket played against each other for the first time at a World Cup final. For those of us in Sri Lanka and all those in Australia, it was a nail biting night, with each of us saying a silent prayer to calm our racing hearts.

Golfer Rohana sponsored
The veteran golfer Anura Rohana will receive a one year sponsorship from Kramski Lanka (Pvt) Ltd. The sponsorship will be for a sum of Rs.30, 000 monthly, t-shirts, golf bag and a putter for this crafty golfer.

Point Blank
Lanka should retain Moody

Sri Lanka should do all within their power to retain the services of Australian coach Tom Moody. Moody’s two-year contract with Sri Lanka Cricket expires at the end of May and if Sri Lanka needs to march ahead beyond World Cup 2007, ...





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