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
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
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
|APRC likely to oppose
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
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
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
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
Indian visa going
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
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.
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.
President feels the heat as UNP opens
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
This is my Nation
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
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
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
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
“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
“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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