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Sunday December 28th, 2008

Trinco power plant clears final hurdle
The Cabinet on Wednesday took several crucial decisions pertaining to the clinching of the joint venture between Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) and the National... SEE INSIDE

UPFA, UNP yet to decide Wayamba CM candidates
The United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) and the United National Party (UNP) have so far not decided their Chief... SEE INSIDE

CWC will tilt election in favour of govt in Central Province – Yogarajan
No matter how strong the challenge posed by the opposition parties, the balance will tilt in favour of the government at the forthcoming Central Provincial... SEE INSIDE

 

                    A wish for peace               

The students of Horizen School of English light oil lamps at Keleniya Raja Maha Viharaya, to wish for peace during the upcoming New Year
                             (Pic by Rukshan Abeywansha)

                                                               
 

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Crippling train strike threatened from tomorrow
Millions of commuters will be stranded at railway stations tomorrow as Sri Lanka Railway Station Masters’ Union (SLRSMU) goes on strike, crippling the train services... SEE INSIDE

Chikungunya on the march again
As fresh Chikungunya epidemic rages in the deep south, the Healthcare Ministry’s Epidemiology Unit requests the people to keep their... SEE INSIDE

Family of five mowed down at level crossing
Five persons who were travelling in a car, were killed in an accident at Kurana, Katunayake yesterday morning. Four of the passengers died on the spot while the other died...  SEE INSIDE

 

 

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NEWS

Is Examination Department beyond correction?
The comedy of errors by the Department of Examination in preparing the O/L Maths paper may be corrected by holding a fresh exam on January 24, but serious errors in some other exam papers question the competence of the officials at the Department.
The committee appointed by Education Minister Susil Premajayantha only looked at the controversial Maths paper, but students and parents complain of more such blunders by the Department, which have not been paid enough attention to. SEE INSIDE

‘Let’s meet in court’: Cabinet ministers accept UNP’s challenge
Some members of the Cabinet responding to the UNP’s threat to take them to court told The Nation yesterday that they were ready to face any challenge posed by the opposition.
“I am eagerly waiting to meet the UNP in courts, Health Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva said in lighter vein speaking to The Nation yesterday. He said that it was the democratic right of anybody in the country to file a case and the Government is ready to face the challenge. SEE INSIDE

Southern PC health workers threaten to strike
Health service employees attached to the Southern Province hospitals threatened to launch a tough trade union action, if the Southern Provincial Council (SPC) failed to pay the arrears of overtime allowance, leave payment, uniform allowance and travel allowance of family health officers (midwives) due since last six to nine months,
by January 1.
All Ceylon Health Service Union (ACHSU) President Gamini Kumarasinghe told The Nation that SPC has failed to pay almost all the allowances... SEE INSIDE

Sampanthan-Anandasangaree lock horns
Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Leader R. Sampanthan has locked horns once again with Tamil United Liberation Front (TULF) Leader V. Anandasangaree over the General Secretary’s post of the TULF.
Sampanthan claims that he is still the Secretary of the TULF and has written to Elections Commissioner to accept him as...  SEE INSIDE

Rare show of sincerity courtsey Negombo Mayor
In a rare move, Mayor of Negombo Municipal Council (NMC) Anthony Nimal Lansa has tendered his resignation to President Mahinda Rajapaksa before the end of his tenure, to give a chance to another Council member to become the Mayor of NMC and to serve the people.
Mayor Nimal Lansa speaking to The Nation said that he tendered his resignation as he promised to give a chance to another Councillor, on the day he...  SEE INSIDE

Lankan Deputy Minister mobbed in Tamil Nadu
A group of anti-Sri Lankan protesters in Tamil Nadu obstructed the vehicle of Deputy Minister of Fisheries Neomal Perera, who was on his way to visit the Shrine of Mother Mary in Velankani, Tamil Nadu at Kareikal on Friday.
“The Minister was travelling with beefed up security and the Tamil Nadu Police quickly dispersed the crowd and arrested over 50 trouble makers,” Deputy Sri Lankan High Commissioner in Chennai, P.M. Amza said. “Despite the large...  SEE INSIDE

 


 


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POLITICS

JNP looking to PC elections win for survival
It may have been Christmas and the holiday season, but for President Mahinda Rajapaksa it was yet another week of hard-nosed political bargaining, that culminated in an agreement with the Jathika Nidahas Peramuna (JNP) or National Freedom Front as it is otherwise known.
The deal with the JNP, the splinter group of the more established Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP), led by the vociferous Wimal Weerawansa, comes in the wake of upcoming Provincial Council elections in the Central and North Western provinces, and would...  SEE INSIDE

UPFA looks for strength in alliance with JVP as election fever hots up
While the rest of the country were either celebrating Christmas or enjoying the holiday on December 25, President Mahinda Rajapaksa was preoccupied with a series of meetings at Temple Trees. One of the most important of these was the discussion between the President and the National Freedom Front led by JVP breakaway Wimal Weerawansa. NFF Secretary Nandana Gunathilake and MPs Piyasiri Wijenayake and Kamal Deshapriya were also present at the meeting. On the government side ministers Susil Premajayantha, Nimal Siripala De Silva...  SEE INSIDE

NEWS FEATURES

Devolution the Sri Lankan model
Will it be possible to have a political solution to satisfy the aspirations of the minorities?
Since the need for a political solution has taken root for quite a considerable period of time, we are in a position to arrive at, or at least forward a prospective formula for it, for implementation.
The question arises as to why we should attempt to satisfy the aspirations expressed specially by the Tamil community for which they have been fighting for a long time, and the aspirations of the Muslims (Muslim congress - SLMC of Rauf Hakeem) to have a separate entity in the Eastern Province.   SEE INSIDE

O/L Maths paper: The other side of the debate
This letter is a response to the several letters and articles that have appeared in the newspapers, as well as to the programmes that have been aired on TV and radio channels, since December 13, 2008 regarding the O’level Mathematics paper.
Having associated closely with the National Institute of Education (NIE) and the Department of Examinations (DoE) since the curriculum reforms of the new millennium were initiated, I am of the opinion that there is a need to create awareness among the general public regarding... SEE INSIDE

 

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SPORTS

Murali puts Bangladesh in spin
Spin wizard Muttiah Muralitharan put Sri Lanka in a commanding position with a five-wicket haul in the opening Test against Bangladesh here on Saturday.
The off-spinner grabbed 5-48 -- his 66th haul of five or more wickets in a Test innings -- as Bangladesh crashed to 177-9 in their first innings at stumps on the second day in reply to Sri Lanka’s 293.
Opener Imrul Kayes top-scored with 33 in an inconsistent Bangladeshi batting performance. Junaid Siddique (29), Mehrab Hossain (29) and Shakib Al Hasan (26) also got starts, but failed to convert them into big knocks.
Muralitharan was superbly backed by left-arm seamer Chaminda Vaas, who took two wickets in his four overs to finish with 2-33. Left-arm spinner Rangana Herath and Dammika Prasad each...  SEE INSIDE

Point Blank
An inevitable exit
So finally the inevitable has happened. Arjuna Ranatunga’s constant brushes with the Sports Minister eventually cost him his place as chairman of Sri Lanka Cricket’s interim committee. It was a position which he had been craving for and was able to eventually get after pressurising the government which at the time gravely needed his vote to pass a crucial budget for its survival in 2007.
Being a world class cricketer and gutsy captain who stood up for his players Ranatunga was looked upon as the Robin Hood of the Sri Lanka team which at that time was still meek and unable to stand up to the injustices of ruling cricket nations and biased umpiring. His Napoleonic approach worked wonders in winning the ultimate prize....  SEE INSIDE

INTERVIEWS

“We want to stop the country from being driven towards separatism”-Weerawansa
Former Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) strongman, Parliamentarian Wimal Weerawansa was once instrumental in forming the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) and bringing it into power. The vociferous ex-JVPer is yet again getting ready to sign another Memorandum of Understanding with the UPFA, but this time heading the newly-formed National Freedom Front (NFF). In an interview with The Nation, MP Weerawansa explained the need, content and the expectation of signing a MoU with the ruling UPFA, especially at the present juncture. He also talked about some of the most potent issues of the day, including the tug-o-war between the Executive and the Judiciary, and the much talked-about 17th Amendment to the Constitution.
Following are excerpts:
Q: What is contained in the MoU that the NFF expects to enter into with UPFA today?
A: There are two main reasons that prompted the need to sign this MoU with the UPFA. One is to make the 2005 Presidential election win more meaningful by leading it up to 2009 – the year of military victory. SEE INSIDE

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