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Sunday May 27th, 2007

Harry J before COPE
  • Public interest litigation against LMS
  • SLIC privatisation under further scrutiny

The Parliament Committee on Public Enterprises (COPE) is to summon business tycoon Harry Jayewardena before it over the privatisation of Sri Lanka Insurance Corporation while it is also to receive a much anticipated sub committee report which will recommend the annulment of the privatisation of Lanka Marine Services (LMS), The Nation reliably learns.

Dallas blocks Mangala letter
The letter calling for explanation from deposed Minister Mangala Samaraweera sent by SLFP general Secretary Maitripala Srisena has apparently been blocked by Minister Dallas ...


Samaneras bubbling with enthusiasm

Newly ordained young Samaneras blowing soap bubbles after a ceremony sponsored by the government to ordain new monks yesterday. Under the programme over 2,000 new monks are to be ordained ( Pic by Ishara S. Kodikara)

Building of ‘high rises’ on hold
The government is to impose a temporary suspension on the construction of high rise buildings near security installations.
The decision is expected to be announced shortly and thereafter security clearance would have to be taken before the construction work of high rise buildings commence. Government sources said that it is not the high rise buildings that cause security concerns but the construction period that takes a long time that ....



Top Tiger arrested in New York
May 26 (Voice of America) - U.S. authorities in New York arrested an alleged senior representative of the Tamil Tigers. Karunakaran Kandasamy is charged with providing financial assistance and other support for the Tamil Tigers.

Renuka parachutes to Washington
Director General (Economic Affairs) at the Foreign Ministry Ms. Renuka Weerakoon is likely to be nominated as the Deputy Chief of Mission of the Sri Lankan embassy in Washington DC.

As Police chief turns blind eye
Ganesan seeks UN help over security

Colombo district parliamentarian and Western People’s Front (WPF) leader Mano Ganesan has decided to seek parliamentary and the UN intervention to enhance his security as his request to IGP Victor Perera for additional security has fallen on deaf ears.

HRW warns govt. to address rights abuses or face aid cuts
The New York based Human Rights Watch (HRW) has warned that it will persuade foreign governments actively working in Sri Lanka to curtail aid to the country if the President Mahinda Rajapaksa led administration fails to address the unabated increase in human rights violations in Sri Lanka.

Japan under pressure over aid
TOKYO, (AFP) - An international human rights group is lobbying Sri Lanka’s top donor Japan to exert greater pressure on the island nation to address spiralling violence.

Govt. efforts to resettle IDPs lauded
The Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) in Sri Lanka - a grouping of UN agencies and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) - has welcomed government efforts to resettle some 90,000 internally displaced people (IDPs) in Batticaloa West, in the east of the country, and ensure such returns are “wholly voluntary and take place in safety and with dignity”.

Muslim businessman abducted
Muslim businessmen are now in fear and some have left the country after the abduction fear gripped them with the recent abduction of a Muslim businessman.

Soon LIOC to increase diesel, petrol by Rs. 7
LIOC) is set to slap yet another massive fuel price hike in the next few days. LIOC Chairman K. Ramakrishnan told The Nation that the company hopes to increase a litre of petrol and diesel by Rs. 7 respectively at the earliest.

Kingsly dumped
President Mahinda Rajapaksa dropped another Chandrika loyalist and this time around its SLFP strongman Kingsly T. Wickramaratna.





This is my Nation
Never fear to negotiate

The proposals the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) submitted to the All Party Representative Committee (APRC) as a means of resolving the ethnic issue were summarily rejected by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) last week.
That didn’t make headline news because it was only to be expected. The SLFP proposals envisaged the district as the unit of devolving power, a concept tried and tested during the tenure of late President J.R. Jayewardene in the eighties with not much success.

Political Affairs
SLFP seniors unhappy

Has President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s popularity taken a beating over the past few months? This was the question that is being raised in political circles over the week.


Policy framework for school admissions
3. This national policy is applicable to all government and supplementary schools.
3.1 Every child has the equal right to a high standard of education.
3.2 Re-categorising schools and restructuring the primary section (Grade 1-5) in order to prevent irregularities in school admissions currently prevalent.

Military matters
‘Eelam War IV’ steadily spreads North

The week began with hope, with the re-opening of the Omanthai and Uyilankulam entry/exit points. This hope was soon shattered. The two points were closed again, following clashes between the two sides on Monday evening, and an LTTE attack on an International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) hut in no-man’s land on Tuesday.
Security Forces Monday gunned down two Tigers at Avrankulam, West of Omanthai, after the LTTE cadres fired small arms at an Army foot patrol, around 6.45p.m, injuring two soldiers.

Death of humanity
Dinusha Madhurangi is lying at the Colombo National Hospital Ward No. 73. Her skull is fractured at the place where the hack-knife had hit her. A few bone fragments have gone deep inside the brain. She is severely injured and in critical condition.



Rumesh as assistant coach
Former Sri Lanka fast bowler has agreed to become the new assistant coach of the Sri Lanka team succeeding Trevor Penney who is due to leave Sri Lanka Cricket when his contract expires at the end of August.
Sri Lanka Cricket was planning to get Ratnayake roped in for next month’s home series against Bangladesh, but his commitments with the Asian Cricket Council as a development officer won’t see him relieved off his duties until August end.

DS rugby to be revived
D.S.Senenanayake College was hardly known for its rugby and even the boys and teachers did not take any serious interest in the sport. With the reactivating of the Rugby Development Foundation (RDF), which started five years back, the game seems to have reach a new level and the officials are hoping their 1st fifteen team play well enough to merit promotion to a higher division
Grouped in the ‘C’ division this year, DS lads had tough luck with Nalanda though they managed to overcome Maliyadeva in an impressive manner. After the formation of the RDF five years back DS were going on well but the good work slacked off in the last few years. It is under the leadership of Harsha Rajapaksa that the RDF came back on focus.

Boost for badminton
Sri Lanka is a country where badminton has become more a household sport than a professional sport. With the advent of the new president of the Sri Lanka Badminton Association (SLBA), Amanda Weerasinghe, it seems that the game has taken a new dimension. For the first time in local badminton history the game will be benefited by the services of a foreign coach and The Nation senses a big change in the field in the near future.

Players mentally and physically drained out
Spare a thought for our national cricketers.
“If they weren’t thoroughly drained out both mentally and physically having gone through a stressful 2007 World Cup playing the best 11 nations in the world, the result in the three-match one-day international series against Pakistan in Abu Dhabi would have been different,” was the opinion expressed by team manager Michael Tissera.


Meet the Nation
“Karuna faction must be enlisted into the army”

Soldier-turned-politician Major General Sarath Munasinghe has predicted that the LTTE was planning a major onslaught to capture Jaffna peninsula. His prediction comes in the wake of his 30 year experience in the battlefield and he said the LTTE would strike where it could create an impact.





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