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Sunday August 12th, 2007

LIOC enjoys massive undue profits
The Lanka Indian Oil Corporation (LIOC) is enjoying huge undue profits running into billions of rupees, following their recent price increase late last month.
On July 28, LIOC announced a price increase on its fuel products, following the price revision announced by the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC). LIOC increased the prices of their products so that it would tally with those of the CPC.
The Nation reliably learns that the CPC decided to burden the public with its losses, mainly after the debt-ridden Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) refused to pay the Corporation its debt amounting to more than Rs. 15 billion. The CEB, which is reportedly losing Rs. 45 million a day, due to excessive electricity generation from oil based power plants, owes long and short term arrears


HAPPY TIDINGS: UNP Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe and convener of the SLFP – Mahajana Wing in a joyous mood after witnessing thousands of their supporters who throng at the Matara Uyanwatte grounds on Friday during the Janarala rally. - (Pic by Ishara S. Kodikara)

Verbal beating for CJ’s critics
Chief Justice Sarath N. Silva snapped back at his critics yesterday when he said that none of the people who expressed their views on the court ruling with regard to grade one admissions could come up with an acceptable solution.
Commenting on views expressed by some people regarding the Supreme




APRC likely to oppose Westminster System
The All Party Representative Committee (APRC), scheduled to wrap up its sessions on Tuesday, is likely to bring out a majority report proposing the Westminster System.

President gives in on unit of devolution
The United Peoples Freedom Alliance (UPFA) Government has decided that the unit of devolution to resolve the ethnic conflict would be the province.

Gas continues to go ga-ga
In yet another blow to the general public, the price of gas is likely to see a further increase of around Rs. 150 within the next few weeks.

Talks between SL Government, SriLankan and Emirates positive
Talks between the Sri Lanka Government and Emirates Airline are in progress and it is said that so far the response from both sides is positive.

Jeyaraj celebrates in style at the Waters Edge
A rare banquet was hosted last week by newly appointed SLFP Treasurer and Highways Minister Jeyaraj Fernandopulle, for around 450 guests in order to celebrate his new appointment.

Kadir’s legacy desecrated on death anniversary
Another attempt to desecrate the legacy of former Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadirgamar took place last Friday under the auspices of his successor. After much controversy, a foundation stone was laid by Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama, hours before he took wing on another foreign trip, to erect a ...

Resigning ministers re-join government
The Ceylon Workers’ Congress (CWC) ministers, who tendered their resignations to President Mahinda Rajapaksa last week, are likely to rejoin this week and accept portfolios, The Nation reliably learns.

Is Holmes in trouble?
The government yesterday said the United Nations Under Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs John Holmes made three contradictory statements about Sri Lanka during his recent visit to the country.

HC gets 1000 applications per day
Indian visa going private
The Indian High Commission in Colombo had decided to outsource its visa handling unit, similar to what had been adopted by several European diplomatic missions in the country such as the United Kingdom, Germany and Italy.

Chamal envisages making Hambantota Port the best in the world
Port and Aviation Minister Chamal Rajapaksa has vowed to make the proposed Hambantota Port the best in the world.

School admissions
The Supreme Court’s approval of the new circular on the national policy for Grade 1 school admissions has once again captured the ardent consideration of a wide spectrum of society.





Political Affairs
President feels the heat as UNP opens fire

The opposition United National Party is making headway once again while keeping abreast of the political developments in the country, which appear to be crucial for both the Government and the opposition.

This is my Nation
How not to bluff
Politics in general and minority politics in particular, have taken a turn for the worse. The two major minority parties, apart from the Tamil National Alliance (TNA), which some argue is a proxy for the LTTE, the CWC and the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) have been playing a deplorable game of wanting to stay in power at the cost of policies and principles.

News makers
Hemantha Nishantha in unholy tie-up with clergy

Hemantha Nishantha became a household name when Opposition Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe charged that the JHU abducted Hemantha Nishantha, a prominent businessman and UNP supporter, who had purchased a vehicle from the JHU leader Ven. Ellawala Medhananda Thera.


From bullets to bulletins

The flash of the paraffin lanterns swinging in the darkness was the first we saw of the Tigers as our Morris Minor crawled slowly along the pitted road of Elephant Pass.

Betrayed Overworked Poverty
Sri Lanka’s political future was on knife-edge last week when the giant plantation based Ceylon Workers Congress (CWC) threatened to pull out.

Human Rights / News
UN Holmes in on Govt pledges

The visit of UN Emergency Relief Coordinator John Holmes gave the Government of Sri Lanka a new lease of life, albeit a short one. His visit came in the backdrop of the visit of former Australian Foreign Minister Gareth Evans, who discussed the issue of Right to Protect (R2P) and International Intervention, during this year’s ....

Diplomacy is too important to be left to amateurs
Diplomacy is a discreet business and not indulged in using megaphones which is for politicians who seek maximum publicity for what they say and do.
I do hope this fact is understood and appreciated by our political leaders whose staple diet is publicity. They should also understand we should never slam the door lest we may wish to go back.



Kumble shows how it’s done with maiden century
LONDON, (AFP) - Anil Kumble took matters into his own hands just days after telling his India top order colleagues they needed to score a hundred this series by compiling a maiden Test hundred that all but sealed a series win against England.
Kumble’s 110 not out was the centrepiece of India’s 664, their highest Test innings total against England, at The Oval here Friday.
England, at stumps on the second day of the third and final Test, were 24 for one still needing a further 441 runs just to avoid the follow-on.
All 11 India batsmen made it into double figures but, in a line-up featuring the likes of Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman, it was Kumble - appearing in his 118th Test - who became the first India player this series to reach three figures.

Six new schools in Milo rugby tourney
Six new schools are expected to take part at the Milo inter-schools age group rugby tournament conducted by the Sri Lanka Schools Rugby Football Association (SLSRFA) and scheduled to commence on August 18.
The teams are divided into three age groups under 18, under 16 and under 14. They will compete for the Milo trophy which is sponsored by Nestle Lanka (Pvt) Ltd.
President of the SLSRFA K.A.D. Punyadasa said that sponsors Milo had always given a big boost to conduct this tournament and that it was very successful during the last few years.

Bennett King one of the worst coaches: Sarwan
KINGSTON, Jamaica: West Indies captain Ramnaresh Sarwan has called Bennett King, the former national team coach, “one of the worst coaches” he has ever had and alleged that he was abusive to players.
This disclosure, reported in the Jamaica Observer, comes a day after his criticism, in another paper, of the West Indies’ team management during the side’s tour of Pakistan last year.
“The coach was not as open as I would have liked and he was definitely not firm enough,” Sarwan was quoted as saying in the Observer.
“He was also very aggressive and vocally abusive to certain players to the point where he even threatened them. Obviously, this made those players very uncomfortable,” he added.

Dilantha battles it alone for his country
The lone Sri Lankan warrior in the international race circuit Dilantha Malagamuwa is ready to repeat it again for his country at the Malaysian Super Series (MSS). With 105 points Dilantha is occupying first place while Wira Dani Daim stays in second place with 102 points.
When compared to last year’s series Malagamuwa has gained the lead by the third round and he sees it as a progress which he has made.
“I think I have improved my performances. The competition is higher than last year. But I think I can repeat last years result,” he told ‘The Nation’ with confidence.





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