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Sunday May 20th, 2007

Biyagama in horror
Five killed in Hokandara type murder
The murder of an entire family of five barring the eldest child in Kanduboda, Biyagama by chopping them to death on the wee hours of Saturday has sent shock waves through the area while the multiple murders bore hallmarks to the famous Hokandara murder case that happened eight years ago.

PB faces axe
Heads of BoC, People’s Bank and CEB to roll as well

Treasury Secretary Dr. P.B. Jayasundera is likely to be ousted upon President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s return to the country, The Nation learns.
The Nation reliably learns that Jayasundera had incensed the President with certain remarks two days before Rajapaksa took wing for the G11 summit in Jordan.
During a face to face meeting, Jayasundera is reported to have responded to a question posed by the President with regard to the state of ...


The police inspecting the crime scene at Kanduboda, Biyagama where five persons (four from one family) were hacked to death in the wee hours of Saturday. - (Pic by Ishara S Kodikara)

Two half burnt bodies found
Two half burnt bodies were found dumped on the wayside along the Malwana road in Pahuruwila, Dompe, early yesterday, police said. The two bodies had not been identified yet.
Dompe Police said that both bodies were blind folded. The hands of one the victim were bound. Police said that both bodies did not have any clothing except for undergarments. The police assume the vicitims would have been in the thirties.
The two bodies had been dumped on the side of the road near a paddy field and police believe that they would have ...



President at G 11
Speak in one voice to combat terrorism
President Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday called on the Group of 11 countries to speak in one voice and lend support to each other to combat terrorism while saying that some developed countries show indifference to terrorists by allowing certain front organizations of terrorist groups to function in those countries.

Transfer CMC commissioner, Alavi tells PSC
Western Province governor Alavi Moulana has in writing informed the Public Services Commission (PSC) that Colombo Municipal Council (CMC) Commissioner Dr. Jayantha Liyanage could be transferred.

Mangala in London
Former Minister Mangala Samaraweera left for London on a one-week holiday and is scheduled to return to the country on May 27.

Tigers stole 130,000 Norwegian passports
Bernard Goonetileke, Sri Lankan Ambassador in Washington DC, interviewed by the Washington Post Radio Thursday said the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) operatives had stolen 130,000 Norwegian passports.

Red Cross denies missing of ambulances
The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said the two ambulances donated by the Italian Embassy to the Sri Lanka Ministry of Health (MoH) ­are presently in the safe-keeping of the Italian Red Cross in Colombo.

District level squabbles in the UNP deepens
In the UNP too there is trouble brewing and Party Chairman Rukman Senanayake and General Secretary Tissa Attanayake are at odds with each other. Rukman Senanayake has been giving prominence to a newly appointed organiser of Colombo West, Bodhi Ranasinghe, overlooking Attanayake.

JVP organ ‘Lanka’ no more
The pro-JVP newspaper ‘Lanka’ has ceased publishing from last week owing to a reported financial crisis.
The newspaper published by Multi Publishers had a wide circulation ...

LTTE in SL Customs disguise hijacked Indian fishing vessel
Maldivian Coast Guards continued to be on high alert following Thursday’s incident which saw the destruction of a suspected LTTE arms laden ship.

No visa fee for tourists
The US dollars 10 visa fee for tourists visiting Sri Lanka had been removed since last month in a bid to encourage more tourists to visit the country.

Foreign News
Strike called after India mosque blast

HYDERABAD, India, (AFP) - A Muslim party in the southern Indian city of Hyderabad called for a strike Saturday after 14 people were killed in a bomb blast at a mosque and subsequent clashes between police and protesters.




President Mahinda Rajapaksa in an animated conversation with King Abdullah of Jordan during his visit there. - (pic By Sudath Silva)


The dilemma of the Rajapaksa regime
There are two ways of looking at the Mahinda Rajapaksa regime. And that, in a sense, is the very dilemma this regime faces – no one in authority appears to be capable of reading between the lines.
If one were an insider looking out, the outlook appears to be extremely rosy and Mahinda Rajapaksa appears to be king – unchallenged, unperturbed and unassailable; in the near future at least.

Political Affairs
Mangala gives the slip

There was speculation throughout the week that the government was facing a severe liquidity problem and a credit crunch. Nevertheless, President Mahinda Rajapaksa was not bothered over the freezing of the remaining tsunami funds by Britain.


Military Matters
Madhu in the line of fire
The Madhu shrine attracts vast numbers of Catholics from the North and South, who make the trek as a pilgrimage each year. The three main feasts are celebrated in July, August and October, while the minor feasts are held more frequently.

Kohona vs Bogollagama
Foreign relations in shambles

The Foreign Ministry and its officers are caught in a battle royal between the Minister and the Secretary. The Minister, it appears, has not been the automatic choice but owed his appointment to another ministerial aspirant incurring the wrath of the President for having called on Mangala Samaraweera (which information had reached the President).

Expert opinions on the Economy
Is there any real hope?

War and waste, chief constrains to real economic growth

Fluctuation is the main characteristic of any country’s economy. Subject to internal and external factors related to economic growth, fluctuation is felt in varying degrees. Sri Lanka’s economy, however, is faced with the additional burden of a massive defence budget, while grappling with the negative image created within the international economic and political arena.


Wright drops out of race for Moody’s successor
With present Australian coach Tom Moody announcing that he is quitting at the end of the month Sri Lanka Cricket has begun its head hunt for a new coach to take over the national cricket team.
Sri Lanka Cricket chief Jayantha Dharmadasa said that his committee would not rush into things immediately but would bide their time in appointing a successor to Moody.
Dharmadasa indicated that Sri Lanka Cricket was keen in securing the services of former Sri Lanka fast bowler Rumesh Ratnayake to be the interim coach for next month’s series against Bangladesh. Initially SLC had thought of having Moody’s assistant Trevor Penney to handle the Sri Lanka side for the series, but as Penney is also leaving at the end of his contract in August to join Moody in Western Australia, the thinking has somewhat changed.

Sumith still on target
Former Sri Lankan Olympic boxer and champion rifle and pistol shooter Sumith Liyanage added another laurel to his illustrious sporting career by winning a silver medal in pistol shooting at the recently concluded 2007 World Police and Fire Games in Adelaide Australia.
A retired DIG of the Sri Lanka Police, presently security manager of Paints and General Industries, Sumith showed that he had lost none of his prowess in pistol shooting by overcoming competitors from 48 countries worldwide to annex the silver medal in the “Police Action-Pistol” event.

Point Blank
Moody’s departure a good eye-opener

So Tom Moody is gone. The tall Western Australian who played for Australia in two World Cup winning sides and who lifted a struggling Sri Lanka team to the point of almost becoming World Cup champions is going back to his place of birth and to where he started his cricket - Perth to begin a fruitful association.

Scrum down of the clubs
The Caltex League championship kicked-off on Friday and this time it is going to be an interesting tournament with all teams in good shape.
Looking at the season ahead the two top teams on paper obviously will be defending champions Kandy Sports Club and CR & FC, two of the longest rugby playing clubs in the country.

Development Squad in home series
The Sri Lanka Development Squad which completed a tour of Bangladesh recently will pit their wits with the National Cricket Academy of India when they make a tour here in August.
The tour itinerary comprises two four-day games and three one-day limited-over matches in addition to two warm-up fixtures.
According to coach Jerome Jayaratne this will be the first time that the Development Squad will be tested on home soil by a foreign team.
“In the four years we have been in existence we have had just 22 days of competitive cricket on tours to UAE, Bangladesh (twice) and Malaysia. This is the first time we are playing a series at home,” said Jayaratne.





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