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Sunday December 21st, 2008

Lanka ready to make massive seabed claim
Sri Lanka is now busy preparing its case to demand 23 times its current size from the continental. SEE INSIDE

UNP rebels disappointed with ‘recent reforms’
While expressing their disappointment over... SEE INSIDE

Interested parties ready to exploit petrol price dispute
With the controversial Supreme Court order... SEE INSIDE

 

            Soon it will be Christmas         

These children in Katubedda waste no time in making preperations for Christmas which will be celebrated the world over on December 25
                           (Pic by Thushara Dasanayaka)

                                                              
 

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CPC to sell LP Gas from February?
The Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC) is set to commence the retailing of liquefied... SEE INSIDE

UNP to nominate PC candidates tomorrow
The United National Party’s nomination board... SEE INSIDE

Poor crowd turnout for SB
The crowds that were expected in Kandy on Saturday to receive former Parliamentarian... SEE INSIDE

 

 

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NEWS


Short memories

The Injuns are funny people: They still often forget how many times the striped variety has taken them for rides as is the case with some of our own so-called leaders. Last week they gave marching orders to Tiger mouthpiece and Lankan Parliamentarian M.K. Sivajilingam for addressing rallies in support of the banned LTTE, but this week reports from them indicated he was scheduled to meet Hindu nationalist party BJP Leader Advani. SEE INSIDE

Tiger logistic vessel with deadly cargo destroyed
An LTTE logistic vessel carrying a full load of war materials and four boats that came into its assistance, were completely destroyed by the Navy in the Mullaitivu seas in the early hours of yesterday
Acting Navy Spokesman Commander Mahesh Karunaratne, said the Navy had carried out this attack using fast attack Dvora craft 70 nautical miles north east of Mullaitivu. The Navy offshore patrol vessels had detected this suspected arms smuggling ship around 1:30 a.m. and had attacked the vessel after establishing...  SEE INSIDE

New machine brings fresh hope for cancer patients
The newly setup cancer treatment unit at the National Cancer Institute (NCI) in Maharagama, with Linear Accelerator Treatment System which prevents unwanted tissue damages caused by the normal radio therapy treatment and Cobalt machines, has given a new ray of hope to the patients in the last two weeks.
Director of NCI, Dr. Kanishka Karunarathne said that it is a unique machine which produces high energy radiation that can be focused very accurately to destroy cancerous tissues in the body. SEE INSIDE

Inflation falling faster than expected: Central Bank
Sri Lanka’s inflation is falling faster than expected, the Central Bank said, as a global collapse in commodities washed into the country and the country’s money growth was also kept in check.
Sri Lanka’s central bank targets the monetary base, which is expected to influence growth in other monetary aggregates, as a means to keep inflation in check.
Analysts have warned that the practice is fraught with conflicts, because a de facto dollar... SEE INSIDE

Indo-Lanka power link MoU delayed
The signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to lay the undersea power transmission link between Sri Lanka and India is likely to be postponed to next year.
A spokesperson for the Power and Energy Ministry said that there is a delay in signing the MoU between the two governments, and thus the laying of the undersea cable will take place next year.
“The Indian delegation had not given an exact date for their arrival to sign the MoU. Therefore, we had to postpone the signing till next year. Hopefully, it will be signed... SEE INSIDE

ACHSU gives fresh deadline to Eastern Provincial Council
The All Ceylon Health Service Union (ACHSU) vowed to take vigorous trade union action if the Eastern Provincial Council (EPC) fails to pay the remaining three months overtime (OT) allowances before December 31.
ACHSU Chairman Gamini Kumarasinghe told The Nation that, EPC has promised to settle outstanding overtime allowances up to September on or before December 31. “Hence we called off the strike that we planned to launch  SEE INSIDE

 


 


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POLITICS

SB raring to go
Sumansekera Banda Dissanayake is a resolute man and just last week, he showed why.
Dissanayake, ‘SB’ to all and sundry, challenged the removal of his name from the electoral register in courts and the Supreme Court ordered that it be restored. Ironically, it is the same court which earlier punished him for contempt of court and sentenced him to two years imprisonment.
But what exactly are the implications of the court verdict? How will the re-entry of S.B. Dissanayake to terra firma alter the political landscape? Can the man who once engineered the fall of a government of which he was an integral part of, do it again?  SEE INSIDE

Re-pricing standoff chokes a nation awaiting fuel
Since Wednesday the 17th, political discussion has dominated regarding the implementation of an order of the Supreme Court reducing the price of petrol further. Accordingly, the price of a litre of petrol continues to remain at Rs. 122 per litre.
The government’s approach to fuel pricing was visible in the speech made by President Mahinda Rajapaksa at the opening of the Kerawalapitiya Power Plant last week. The delay anyhow caused ripples since similar orders by the Supreme Court, including the removal of Treasury Secretary P.B. Jayasundera, CPC Chairman...  SEE INSIDE

NEWS FEATURES

Sri Lankans hampered by classroom blues
The Examinations Department failing to produce a proper O/L Maths paper last week was an incident which was overshadowed by another mathematical problem of setting the petrol price.
But the former is just one dimension of a burning issue that would add fuel to a bigger social problem in the future. Although, it all looks like just a matter of addition and subtraction, the root of the problem is division. This is only one instance of how division among various departments and groups that form the school education system in Sri Lanka, is threatening the future of the country’s younger generation. SEE INSIDE

17th Amendment under microscope again
It has been reiterated, over countless number of times, at varied forums, of the vital importance of the 17th Amendment to the Constitution. However, from the day it was passed in Parliament with an uncharacteristically unanimous vote – except for one Parliamentarian – in 1998, it never enjoyed full implementation, at least to the satisfaction of those who have an umbilical relation to this much hallowed piece of legislation.
What is the big deal about implementing the 17th Amendment? Is it only the fact that it seeks to do the unthinkable – ridding the public service of political interference? Or does it have certain inherent features that threaten the supremacy of the Executive? These issues were hotly debated...  SEE INSIDE

 

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SPORTS

Teenage sensation Achini shocks Thilini
Fourteen-year-old Achini Ratnasiri of Lindsay Girls School, Bambalapitiya created a major upset at the 56th National Badminton championship when she beat Sri Lanka’s Beijing Olympic participant Thilini Jayasinghe by two sets to one in the women’s singles semi-finals played at the Royal Sports Complex yesterday.
Though second seeded Jayasinghe comfortably won the first set 21/14, to the surprise of everybody Achini seeded three, retaliated strongly to take the next two sets and the match 21/18, 21/19 and win a place in today’s final where she will meet the experienced Chandrika de Silva who is 20 years her senior. SEE INSIDE

Point Blank
Always at loggerheads

Not a day passes when the interim committee of Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) headed by Arjuna Ranatunga is not in the news. The latest controversy to hit the headlines is the ditching of 16 employees of SLC, a move which has not met with the approval of Sports Minister Gamini Lokuge who, with the powers vested in him by the country’s Sports Law, has ordered that no termination of service of SLC employees should take place without his prior approval.
This is not the first time that Ranatunga has come in direct confrontation with the Sports Minister. There was the issue of the England tour and the IPL-signed cricketers and also several other issues which the Sports Minister had to intervene because Ranatunga had stepped out of line. SEE INSIDE

INTERVIEWS

Uproar over new O/L Math paper politically motivated
Consequent to the uproar made over the GCE O/L Math paper, the Education Ministry has once again come under the public’s microscope. The matter has now incited public forums and debates, where the quandary faced by the students is gradually pushed aside to make room for political banter. In this context, The Nation met with Education Minister Susil Premajayantha to learn the steps taken by his Ministry to pacify the incensed parents and students and provide a solution to the problem. Affirming that speedy action will be taken to avoid any injustice caused to the students who sat for the two Math papers, the Minister added the new paper and syllabus were part of sweeping...  SEE INSIDE

Even the judiciary which interprets the law isn’t above the law–Dayasiri
The Nation spoke with senior Attorney-at-Law Gomin Dayasri for a legal perspective on the current stalemate between the judiciary and the cabinet over the Supreme Court order to reduce the price of petrol to Rs. 100, which the government has so far refused to do.
Following are excerpts:
Q: The current impasse the country is facing with regard to the non implementation by the cabinet of the Supreme Court judgment on fuel prices, some say is a case of one arm of the government treading over the territory of the other. What are your views on this, as a lawyer?
A: Our constitution lies on a tripod where there is a separation of powers between the executive legislature and the judiciary. There must be checks and balances between these power centres – where...  SEE INSIDE

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