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Sunday November 30th, 2008

UNP rebels given offer hard to refuse
In the event of the government deciding to go for a general election, the SLFP leadership has offered all 17 UNP rebels the option of contesting under it, or under the UPFA umbrella as a separate group, depending... SEE INSIDE

KKS cement factory re-opening delayed
Plans to reopen the Kankesanthurai Cement Factory have been delayed by two months due... SEE INSIDE

Bank employee in dock for swindling Rs. 11 million
The case in which a retired employee of the People’s Bank Headquarters is suspected for defrauding Rs. 11,312,127 from the same bank will be called before Colombo... SEE INSIDE


    Strengthening bonds with civilians  

Security forces personnel distributing relief to the flood victims in the Jaffna Peninsula yesterday



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President to meet Pope
President Mahinda Rajapaksa is expected to have a special audience with Pope Benedict XVI prior to his state visit to Turkey on December 2 and 3, authoritative sources...  SEE INSIDE

GMOA hopes for settlement
The Government Medical Officers’ Association (GMOA) is hoping the issues faced by doctors in the north and east will be settled tomorrow after a meeting...  SEE INSIDE

Alleged rapists of 80-year-old remanded
The three suspects arrested over the rape of an 80-year-old German woman and robbery of her valuables last Monday night (24) at her cottage in Marawila, were remanded...  SEE INSIDE



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‘Boru’ show
JHU firebrand and Environment Minister Champika Ranawaka is obviously doing a good job keeping his officers on their toes. That is one reason for there being a definite drop in the slaughter of wildlife. In the past wild flesh was freely available even in sacred cities like Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa, but not any more. In recognition...  SEE INSIDE

Navy states…
Referring to our news report headlined ‘Navy takes law into its hands’ published in the last Sunday’s edition of The Nation, Acting Media Coordinator of the Navy, Commander R.W. E.M.B. Karunarathne has sent the following statement:   SEE INSIDE

Opening of Madhu Shrine in limbo
Opening of the holiest place of Sri Lanka Catholics – the Madhu Shrine is uncertain for the holy month of Christmas with no indication from either the government or the Catholic Church.
Vicar General of Mannar, Rev. Fr. Victor Susai speaking to The Nation said that there has been no indication from the government and it was too late for the Catholic Church to request the government...  SEE INSIDE

Two new intercity trains between Fort and Nanu Oya
Two new daily intercity express trains to ply between Fort and Nanuoya will be introduced to the public from tomorrow. One of the new trains will leave Fort Railway Station at 8:35a.m. and reach Nanuoya at 2:10 p.m. The second train will leave Nanuoya at 3:20 p.m. and arrive in Colombo at 9 p.m.
“Until now there had only been the Colombo-Kandy intercity train operating on the up country line,” Sri Lanka Railways... SEE INSIDE

Chandrasena in cockpit of Mihin Air
Mihin Air is to take wing under a new CEO come December 15, with the appointment of Kapila Chandrasena to the post.
He officially replaced former acting Mihin Air CEO Anura Bandara at the last board meeting.on Monday. Bandara was appointed by the Ports and Aviation Ministry but the institution has now taken a back seat in the arrangements and simply monitors Mihin Air, according to sources. The actual transactions and running of the company will be continued by the Board...  SEE INSIDE

Snr. DIG Lewke heads new anti-terror unit
An 800-member Special Operations Unit has been formed to combat terrorist acts and to enhance security in the Western Province under Senior DIG Nimal Lewke. It has already begun operating in Mundalama, Negombo, Wedamulla, Colombo, Maradana and Bambalapitiya through area offices. About 30 unauthorised lodges in Colombo have so far been raided by the SOU, including several in Kotahena and other areas... SEE INSIDE

Indian aid distribution next week
The ICRC is making preparations to distribute 1,650 tonnes of aid to 80,000 families displaced from the Mullativu and Kilinochchi regions.
The ICRC told The Nation that 60 lorries containing the aid was en-route to Vauniya where it would be stored in the warehouses under the supervision of the Government Agent, until details for distribution are finalised. However, the ICRC spokesperson was unsure as to the exact date when distribution would commence. SEE INSIDE



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India now cannot be soft on terrorism in any way
Last week wouldn’t have been particularly auspicious for the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) or its chief, Velupillai Prabhakaran, even though he was ‘celebrating’ his birthday.
Pooneryn, Muhamalai and Mankulam have already come under the control of the armed forces and the government was hinting that the capture of Kilinochchi was imminent. Prabhakaran’s own ‘Heroes’ Day’ speech was a reflection of the circumstances he and his organisation found themselves in. The only silver lining for the LTTE was a resurgence of support from Tamil Nadu. SEE INSIDE

Race for Deputy Leader UNP, begins
UNP National organiser S.B. Dissanayake last Thursday, handed in his application for the position of deputy leader of the party to UNP Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe last Thursday (26).
Dissanayake told the UNP Leader that he was able to fulfil the criteria stipulated to hold the position.
A group of party seniors including John Amaratunga, Joseph Micheal Perera, Renuka Herath, Amara Piyaseeli Ratnayake and Sarathchandra Rajakaruna had been tasked with preparing the criteria that a candidate for the position of Deputy Leader would have to fulfil, in order to be considered to be... SEE INSIDE


‘Liberated East’ under siege
While the military conflict rages in the North, violence in the East is spreading like wildfire.
Barely an year ago, the East was liberated, with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) being flushed out. But today the East is under siege. Various militant groups, in the name of democracy, have resorted to killings once again.
Prior to the liberation of the East, it was the LTTE ‘VS’ the Government troops. But today there are several factions and groups, carrying arms, by-passing state orders to lay down arms and terrorising the entire province. SEE INSIDE

Counter terrorism measures inappropriate: only increasing violence - Pillaiyan
Eastern Province Chief Minister Sivenesathurai Chandrakanthan alias Pillaiyan is a worried man. Violence under his very nose is escalating, casting a nasty shadow over him and his administration. All fingers are pointed at him for the growing bloodshed in the East. People by and large look up to him for remedy, but he has none in his hand to offer, because the forces working against him are powerful and influential. Hence, he is helpless and confused but not without ideas. He says things would be much easier if proper powers under the 13th Amendment...  SEE INSIDE


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Focus on Mendis as Sri Lanka eyes clean sweep
A five-match series against Sri Lanka was the most appetising contest Zimbabwe have had in months but unfortunately the results have been far from that. After a 5-0 whitewash at the hands of Pakistan earlier this year, the home side face a similar predicament.
They are going into the fifth and final match of the series on Sunday 0-4 down. Zimbabwe pushed Sri Lanka in games three and four, but there’s a difference between pushing and winning. A cursory look at Zimbabwe’s totals so far - 127, 67, 166, 146 - inspires little confidence that they...  SEE INSIDE

Point Blank
Winds of change in cricket administration

From the way the wind is blowing a change in Sri Lanka’s cricket administration looks imminent. The fate lies in the hands of the President of the country who will decide through the Sports Minister whether Sri Lanka Cricket should go for an election or appoint a new interim committee to administer cricket.
More than the former, the latter decision looks a more feasible one as the period is not right to go for elections. Normally elections to sports bodies are held somewhere towards the end of March and this being the case there is every likelihood that an interim body will be in place soon.
Why one should say that is because of the recent tiff the present interim committee... SEE INSIDE


Legitimate travails and grievances of railway travel
Utter mayhem broke loose at Fort Railway Station a few days ago when a group of enraged passengers started attacking the railway workers and damaging the railway property.
Although it may seem just another case of civil unrest, caused by a single incident of trains being delayed, it commands a closer look at the many problems faced by the daily railway passengers, and also the Department of Sri Lanka Railways, which is one of the three biggest loss making state institutions in the country.
The immediate incident was triggered due to the cancellation and delay of trains as a result of a colour light failure between Slave Island and Maradana Railway Stations. SEE INSIDE

Great warrior Keppetipola and the rebellion against the British
The month of November marks the 190th anniversary of the execution of Keppettipola Disawa, who led the 1817-18 rebellion against the British.  
Final days in Anuradhapura
In October 1818 Keppetipola made his way to Anuradhapura and to Nuwara Kalaviya. A Muslim trader who visited the area for trade was prevented from entering the village and was informed that there is an important religious activity in the night. In fact, it was a traditional event organised for Madugalle’s ailments which was held at night. The suspicious Muslim trader returned back in the night unnoticed and observed the event, at which a distinguished gathering participated. The news was relayed to the British. Capt. O’Neil who immediately dispatched a team. SEE INSIDE

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