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Sunday January 11th, 2009

Army completes capture of Jaffna
The Army yesterday afternoon completed the liberation of the entire Jaffna Peninsula when troops of the 55 Division drove out last of the LTTE presence between Nagarkovil and Vettilaikerni, in the northern part of the neck of Jaffna. SEE INSIDE

UN demands action from govt. over incidents in east
The United Nations Refugee Agency has asked the Sri Lankan Government to ensure security for civilians in the east, citing a significant increase in the number of killings... SEE INSIDE

Who done it?
A UNP Kotte Municipal Council member has been arrested on suspicion by the Police in connection with the recent attack on MTV/ MBC network at Depanama...  SEE INSIDE


Army’s new Jaffna Commander Maj. Gen. Mendaka Samarasinghe and Wanni Commander Maj. Gen. Jagath Jayasuriya yesterday congratulating each other at Elephant Pass over the their respective troops linking each other after the capture of this gateway to the Peninsula. They and their fellow officers also had a simple ceremony where they partook milk rice and traditional sweet meat


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Lasantha’s final journey
Former Leader Publications Editor-in-Chief Lasantha Wickrematunga takes his final journey tomorrow. The cortège will leave the residence at 12 noon and proceed to the Assembly of God, People’s Church... SEE INSIDE

Stranded Lankans in Gaza rescued
Sri Lankan missions in Israel and Jordan have taken steps to ensure the safe return of two housemaids who were stranded in Gaza, a Foreign Ministry official told The Nation yesterday. SEE INSIDE

PS goons allegedly assault wildlife officers
Two wildlife officials attached to Rawana Ella sanctuary were allegedly assaulted by a top politico attached to the Ella Pradeshiya Sabha (PS) on Friday for objecting to dumping garbage in the sanctuary. SEE INSIDE



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Justice to Justice
A recent gathering of black coats, where nothing is taken seriously during generally no- holds barred friendly banter, however had erupted into a loud shout of “Buzz off” by a highly respected retired senior judge, when a sitting senior woman judge had passed a personal caustic remark while going past him.
Groovy pilot

Believe it or not, a senior SriLankan pilot who made a foul landing in Chennai a few months back, during which 13 runway lights were broken and four of the aircraft tyres were damaged, had been recently... SEE INSIDE

Route licences of 77 errant buses impounded
With the implementation of the 4.3% fare reduction, The National Transport Commission (NTC) has impounded 77 licences of long distance buses that failed to implement the fare reduction.
NTC Chairman Dr. Amal Kumarage told The Nation that these offenders would be brought to book under an approved scheme of monetary fines and cancellations with the hearing scheduled in the coming week. However, he admitted that little could be done by the Commission regarding buses that are not following... SEE INSIDE

Businessman asks CJ for protection
A businessman in Colombo who is giving evidence against a well known criminal in two court cases, has requested for protection from authorities as he fears for his life.
President, Falcon International, M.G.M.S. Zurfick in a letter to Chief Justice Sarath N. Silva on January 2 said that he feared for his life from notorious Potta Nauffer who is now in death row for his role in the murder of High Court Judge Sarath Ambepitiya.
He said in his letter, that he was worried after he read... SEE INSIDE

Long awaited Insurance Corp. judgment given this month?
Presidential Advisor and Attorney-at-Law Vasudeva Nanayakkara who filed a Fundamental Rights Application over the sale of Sri Lanka Insurance Corporation to Stassen Group, said yesterday that he expected the much awaited judgment on the deal would be delivered by the Supreme Court within two weeks of the new court session.
The new court session will commence from tomorrow (12) and according to judicial sources judges are in the process of writing... SEE INSIDE

Tiger int’l call centre nabbed in Menikhinna, Kandy
The Police and intelligence officials have raided this week an international communication centre of the LTTE operated at Menikhinna in Kandy.
Information about this communication network had been gathered after a thorough investigation into the telecommunication network. They had found out that the network had been operated by the LTTE using 60 CDMA telephone... SEE INSIDE

US follows Brits out of Kollupitiya
On the heels of the British High Commission shifting from Galle Road, Kollupitiya to a new building complex at Bauddhaloka Mawatha recently, the US embassy too is making arrangements to leave the adjoining compound in Colombo 03, and is now looking for a fresh location to put up a new embassy.
The United States Embassy for Sri Lanka and Maldives will shift from their current location as a part of a global initiative of the United States Government... SEE INSIDE



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General Elections 2009; a distinct possibility
Last week saw a momentous moment in Sri Lanka’s war against terror. The city of Kilinochchi was liberated sparking national celebrations and signifying that the Eelam war was being prosecuted to a finish.
The significance of the fall of Kilinochchi was described by many analysts as being the hub of operations for the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). It was the de-facto capital of the terrorists and the centre from which they administered the areas under their control. In that sense, and from its central...  SEE INSIDE

Grand Opposition Alliance swimming in troubled waters
The UNP last month submitted a no confidence motion against the government, charging that by entering into an oil hedging deal with five commercial banks, the government had lost revenue to the tune of Rs. 25 billion.
UNP Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe, General Secretary Tissa Attanayake, Chairman Gamini Jayawickrema Perera, Chief Opposition Whip Joseph Michael Perera and MPs John Amaratunga, Dayasiri Jayasekera and Renuka Herath signed the no faith motion.
The no faith motion was included into the Parliamentary agenda, without a date being specified...  SEE INSIDE


Sundays without Suranimala
As we waited, breath bated for three hours while doctors attempted to revive Lasantha Wickrematunga from fatal injury he had received last Thursday, there was communal anguish. We wept at the confirmation that he had succumbed to his injuries later that afternoon and as we marched in protest at his brutal murder, the anger and bitterness within the media community was tangible.
The cold blooded killing of The Sunday Leader Editor in Chief, Lasantha Wickrematunga has unleashed a wave of emotions...  SEE INSIDE

LTTE ban: Step towards law and order in regained areas
The Government of Sri Lanka while extending its military victories to strategically important Elephant Pass last week, took another crucial decision to declare the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) a banned organisation.
President Mahinda Rajapaksa had earlier warned the LTTE to free the innocent civilians in areas where there were intense battles with the Security Forces or to face a possible ban. Although, several other countries including India, United States and the EU had proscribed the LTTE in their countries...  SEE INSIDE


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Chigumbura, Utseya star in Zimbabwe victory
Elton Chigumbura scored a solid 64 and spinner Prosper Utseya bagged two key wickets as Zimbabwe defeated Bangladesh by 38 runs in a triangular one-day series match here on Saturday.
Zimbabwe rode on man-of-the-match Chigumbura’s eighth half-century to post 205-9 before dismissing the hosts for 167, thanks to off-spinner Utseya’s 2-22 off 10 tight overs.
It was only Zimbabwe’s second win in their last 12 one-day internationals against Bangladesh. The Africans take on Sri Lanka here on Monday.
Each side will play two league matches before the top two qualify for the final... SEE INSIDE

Point Blank
Playing the waiting game

Sri Lanka’s chance of getting India down for a five-match one-day series next month rests solely on the appointment of a new interim committee chairman to administer Sri Lanka Cricket. The Board of Control for Cricket in Sri Lanka (BCCI), as reports suggest, is keeping a close watch on the developments in Sri Lanka before committing themselves to the tour.
The BCCI already has a bitter experience during Arjuna Ranatunga’s 11-month tenure as interim chairman where cordial relations built between the two Cricket Boards over the years became strained by the unwarranted remarks and actions made against them by the former captain.  SEE INSIDE


Sri Lanka: A nation of missed opportunities
Constitutional Affairs Minister D.E.W. Gunesekara says Sri Lanka has a history of missed opportunities. Going back as far as 1944, he says when the State Council first recommended that Sinhala and Tamil be made official languages, the various political parties at that time could not reach a consensus on it. From there on, he says, every political party has only been selfishly taking decisions, giving scant regard for the future of the nation. “This is why the country is still bleeding. Even now, why can’t the so called major political parties – the UNP and the SLFP, agree to agree on something common, at least for the sake of the country? Take for instance the APRC. What has gone wrong? Why can’t political parties reach a consensus, so that we can... SEE INSIDE

Kilinochchi fall: Not end of political war
Democratic People’s Front (DPF) Leader and Colombo District Member of Parliament Mano Ganesan observes that the fall of Kilinochchi is not the end of the political war that successive governments have been waging since independence. Admitting that the fall was a military success, the MP said one cannot get carried away by military victories. He said that the entire nation could celebrate only when a concrete solution was found to the national question. “The stumbling block to a political solution is the lack of statesmanship at the national level,” he told The Nation in an interview.
Following are excerpts
Q: How do you view the fall of Kilinochchi?
A: Fall of Kilinochchi does not surprise me. SEE INSIDE

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