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Sunday November 02nd, 2008

Govt. considers action against Tiger proxies
With any chance of arriving at a peaceful settlement to the ethnic problem with the LTTE virtually non-existent and, it is becoming imperative to confront the enemy on all fronts, government is exploring...  SEE INSIDE

Kelanitissa attack on video
A video recording showing the LTTE’s light aircraft Zline-143 as it attacked the Kelanitissa Power Plant on Tuesday night and made its getaway afterwards has been forwarded to the Defence Ministry by Navy...  SEE INSIDE

To be or not to be…
The United National Party (Democratic Group) will take a decision on whether or not to contest a future election with the UPFA, after the Budget, a spokesman said.  SEE INSIDE

 

   US envoy ‘goes back in time’  

US Ambassador Robert Blake on Friday (31) on a visit to a project funded by his Embassy’s Ambassador’s Fund that successfully documented the 14 Western Monasteries at the World Heritage Site in Anuradhapura, inspecting the exhibits at the Abhayagiriya Museum. Looking on is the Embassy’s Cultural Affairs Officer Cathleen Fox
        (Pic by Sahan Basnayake, Anuradhapura)

                                                               

Revamp of TMVP on
A complete revamp of the Tamil Makkal Viduthalai Puligal (TMVP) is imminent, with a few changes in the hierarchy, The Nation reliably learns. SEE INSIDE

Poor rich lady in two minds?
There is now a controversy over the alleged campaign to collect money from the public to pay the fines and other costs imposed by the Supreme Court on former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga (CBK) for her part...  SEE INSIDE

Tobacco faces smoking death case
The Court of Appeal in a landmark judgment delivered on Thursday held that a widow from Sevagama, Polonnaruwa had cause of action to claim compensation from Ceylon Tobacco Company...  SEE INSIDE

 

 

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NEWS

FIRING LINE
Dr. Goodheart or Evil Heart?
The politico-medical man who has been posing as a Dr. Goodheart, many now believe is a Dr. Evilheart. Recently he had even reportedly given evasive answers to his own party men after his latest escapade, where he had allegedly evaluated with Tiger representatives in Geneva, ways to halt the military drive in the north. Not even the Tigers trust him. Not long ago they accused him of fixing road contracts in the north in favour of a company run by his...  SEE INSIDE

Air Force, Navy sink Sea Tiger boats
“Two large LTTE boats were destroyed in an aerial attack by Air Force fighter jets, at a Sea Tiger landing point in the Championpattu area, south of Nagarkovil, yesterday around 8:30 a.m.,” Air Force Spokesman Wing Commander Janaka Nanayakkara said.
“The Air Force targeted these large attack craft when they were returning after a confrontation with the Navy off Nagarkovil in Jaffna at 6:30 a.m., where the LTTE lost...  SEE INSIDE

Brain drain hits CEB badly
The Ceylon Electricity Board Engineers’ Union (CEBEU) has requested the government to immediately recruit 200 engineers to the Board.
According to CEBEU President J. Meegoda, the Board is currently short of around 200 engineers to perform its daily functions. However, the Board has not been able to recruit even one engineer, in spite of having obtained cabinet approval.
“CEB has received cabinet approval to recruit engineers but there’s a delay in recruiting engineers. The management has not yet... SEE INSIDE

EPDP leader explains matters to South Indian actors
Social Service and Social Welfare Minister and EPDP leader Douglas Devananda is expected to dispatch a letter to the South Indian Actors Association (SIAA) today condemning their hunger strike held yesterday to protest the ongoing military operation in the north of Sri Lanka.
Devananda told The Nation that though he agreed in principle to the Tamil Nadu claim that the north east conflict should be politically resolved, he could never agree...  SEE INSIDE

Health officials not for Govt. project work – ACHSU
The All Ceylon Health Service Union (ACHSU) has written to Secretary- Ministry of Healthcare, Dr. Athula Kahandaliyanage, requesting him to halt the involvement of Family Health Officers (FHO) in duties apart from attending to pregnant mothers and infants.
Chairman, ACHSU, Gamini Kumarasinghe told The Nation that there are only 7,000 FHOs to serve the entire country, with a ratio of 1:10,000 persons.  SEE INSIDE

Cardio unit equipped only for 20 more surgeries - GMOA
The Government Medical Officers’ Association (GMOA) warned the Ministry of Healthcare to provide the necessary facilities and equipment to perform heart surgeries in the Cardiothoracic Unit at the Colombo National Hospital in the future, since the current equipment is only sufficient to conduct 20 more surgeries.
GMOA Spokesman, Dr. Upul Gunasekara...  SEE INSIDE

Lanka should regain opportunity to tour UK say cricket analysts
Sri Lanka cricket could lose a golden opportunity in giving some of its players exposure in England, cricket analysts say.
Following all top Sri Lankan cricketers having made themselves unavailable for the tour to England next year with the dates of the IPL matches clashing with the match schedule of the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), owing to Sri Lankans’previous commitment to play in the Indian...  SEE INSIDE

 


 


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POLITICS

Reciprocation to Basil’s Indian ‘talks,’ only way to allay New Delhi’s concerns
From the developments thus far, Basil Rajapaksa’s visit appears to have been a success on all fronts. Rajapaksa met Indian External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee, and also held talks with Foreign Secretary Shivshankar Menon, aiming to allay New Delhis’s concerns about the safety of Tamil civilians in the conflict... SEE INSIDE

Mission accomplished
Following the visit of Presidential Special Envoy and Senior Advisor Basil Rajapaksa to New Delhi for emergency talks with Indian Foreign Minister Pranab Mukherjee, Foreign Secretary Shivshankar Menon and National Security Advisor M.K. Narayanan, the furore in Tamil Nadu appears to have subsided somewhat.
The string of protests and threats emanating from the south of the subcontinent had caused grave concern to the Indian central government, and when the UPA government’s coalition partners, the DMK led by TN Politico M. Karunanidhi, threatened to hand in their resignations... SEE INSIDE

NEWS FEATURES

Colombo city ultimate loser in CMC’s antics
Chief Minister Reginald Cooray’s decision to suspend the Council last Wednesday, and the appointment of Special Commissioner H. Sumanapala to oversee matters of the Council, has resulted in the need to re-hash some contemporary history – a tragic-comedy of errors that has passed off as a democratically elected local authority.
Perhaps never in the history of this republic has there been an election as farcical as the one that was held to elect the new Council that would govern the Municipality of Colombo City. SEE INSIDE

Killing the goose that lays the golden eggs
Since the liberalisation of the economy in late 1977, there has been a significant diversification of the economy. The country has developed a sizable industrial sector catering to export markets over the years. It is this diversification into the export industry and the development of the services sector, that have contributed towards a higher rate of economic growth, the increase in incomes, and much enhanced employment opportunities. In fact, a small...  SEE INSIDE

ROOTING SENANAYAKES
The Senanayake family from Botale Village of Hapitigam Korale could be identified as a family which gained high respect as an aristocratic family during the British reign of Sri Lanka, then known as Ceylon.
They became rich due to inheritance of land and plumbago mines during this period. The extent of land they owned was around 5000 acres. Their dwellings were constructed according to the British...  SEE INSIDE

 

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SPORTS

Ton-up Clarke rescues Australia
Michael Clarke hit a gritty century to steer Australia to safety on the fourth day of the third Test against a sloppy India here on Saturday.
Clarke, 27, led Australia’s commendable fightback with a 112-run knock that spanned six hours and took the tourists to a first innings score of 577 all out, just 36 adrift of India’s 613-7 declared.
The visitors then reduced India to 43-2 with Brett Lee accounting for Virender Sehwag (12) and Stuart Clark dismissing nightwatchman Ishant Sharma for one.
SEE INSIDE

Point Blank
Let’s get moving SLC

The current impasse created for the inclusion or non-inclusion of Badureliya SC in the Premier cricket tournament is reaching crisis point where Sri Lanka Cricket must take a decision and commence the club matches without any further delay.
After all it is the club that produces the cricketers to the national squad after they finish their careers at school and if this tournament is not forthcoming it would create a huge void which could be detrimental to Sri Lanka’s cricket future. The stepping stone for any budding cricketer from school cricket is club cricket and it has been the benchmark for selection of national teams over the years. SEE INSIDE

INTERVIEWS

“India will not lift ban on LTTE”
Seshadri Chari, a seasoned journalist and currently executive committee member of India’s opposition party, Bharatiya Janatha Party (BJP) led by Shri Lal Krishna Advani, is a strong advocator of peace. He is strongly of the view that no group or organisation that claims to represent the genuine interests of a particular community should resort to arms struggle. He says that, going by the history of the conflict in Sri Lanka, the LTTE’s claim to speak for the Tamils is unacceptable, as it lacks genuineness and democratic legitimacy. In an exclusive interview with The Nation, Chari, who was the Editor of the English weekly ‘Organiser’ for 12 years, reiterated that, the LTTE should remain banned. He also said, if his party comes to power, following the forthcoming... SEE INSIDE

“Terrorism cannot be negotiated with”
India’s ruling coalition led by Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh has sent clear messages to Sri Lanka and, especially, to the LTTE, that India’s foreign policy will remain consistent. India has also conveyed to Sri Lanka in many ways that, she will not consider anymore LTTE appeals for salvation, and thereby, also giving Tamil Nadu a message that the central government would not consider her demands either. Speaking to The Nation, exclusively, was none other than the Joint Secretary, Foreign Affairs Committee of the ruling coalition, Dr. Ravni Thakur. She stressed that New Delhi has no intention of interfering in the ongoing conflict in Sri Lanka, despite heavy pressure mounted on her by the Tamil Nadu...  SEE INSIDE

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