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Sunday January 25th, 2009

President seeks Ranil’s help
President Mahinda Rajapaksa has told visiting Japanese Special Envoy to Sri Lanka Yasushi Akashi that he would not mind Opposition Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe getting the Nobel Peace Prize... SEE INSIDE

Police make headway in attack
The Police will be able to apprehend the assailants who attacked Rivira Editor Upali Tennakoon in the next two to three days as the teams investigating the incident have made an important breakthrough, said Police Spokesman SSP... SEE INSIDE

President to meet editors on Tuesday
President Mahinda Rajapaksa will meet editors of national newspapers on Tuesday following a request for such a meeting from several editors in light of the dangerous... SEE INSIDE


                  Brutal blow              

Rivira Editor Upali Tennakoon entering Colombo National Hospital holding a towel to halt the bleeding from a facial wound inflicted by a sharp weapon
                               (Pic by Ishara S. Kodikara)


24 JANUARY 2008

Postman finally calls at Thottam
After more than 150 years, the estate line rooms began receiving mail direct, from last Monday.
Hitherto from colonial times it was the estate management that collected mail from regional post offices and the workers... SEE INSIDE

Provide information on motorbikes
Any person who has any information on the suspicious motorbikes that were seen on Imbulgoda and Imbulgoda-Yagoda Road between 6:30a.m. and 7a.m. on Friday... SEE INSIDE

Karuna to be Nation Building Minister
TMVP Leader Vinayagamoorthy Muralitheran alias Karuna Amman is now tipped to be made the non-Cabinet Minister... SEE INSIDE





Gambling itch
The doubling of lottery ticket prices from Rs 10 to Rs 20 last year, coupled with the general economic downturn worldwide, was expected to deal a body blow to ticket sales. But things are not that bad, even though sales have dropped by 20 to 25%, varying from ticket to ticket. Since the price of tickets was doubled, income to the State has not suffered. So, it may be worse, economically, worldwide, but our itch, to try... SEE INSIDE

Abducted Kotte MC employee released
An employee of the Kotte Municipal Council who had allegedly been abducted in the early hours of Thursday was dropped by his alleged captors at the Medawelikada Road at Rajagiriya in a blue van around 11 p.m. on Friday.
Police Spokesman SSP Ranjith Gunasekara told The Nation, the victim was admitted to the Accident Ward of the National Hospital, Colombo due to minor injuries and in a state of shock.
He said there were no signs on the body to establish that he was assaulted. However, Police have not been unable to record a proper statement from the victim... SEE INSIDE

LTTE blows up Kalmadukulam Tank bund
LTTE cadres have blasted off parts of the Kalmadukulam Tank bund yesterday morning in an attempt to stop the multi-frontal military advance towards Visvamadu area, one of the last remaining LTTE strongholds in the Mullaitivu District.
Military sources said the LTTE using high explosives triggered the detonation, flooding a section of the A-35 Pranthan-Pooneryn main road, Dharmapuram and Visvamadu. Fighting has been intense between... SEE INSIDE

Attackers flee on two mo-bikes
Chief Editor of the Rivira newspaper Upali Tennakoon was brutally assaulted and injured by an unidentified gang on Friday morning.
The assailants had used iron rods injuring his face, hands and other parts of his body. Director of the National Hospital Dr. Hector Weerasinghe said Tennakoon had sustained a fracture on his face. SEE INSIDE

WPC to be dissolved this week
The Western Provincial Council is to be dissolved this week. According to a senior member of the UPFA, President Rajapaksa has decided to dissolve the WPC on Wednesday January 28, 2009.
The rest of the Provincial Councils will be dissolved in another month’s time.
Provincial Elections to the North Western and Central Provincial Councils will be held in three weeks time and the government is confident of winning, since the UNP is unable to do anything, the UPFA member said. SEE INSIDE

Mystery death of SriLankan pilot
The recent sudden death of a foreign pilot attached to the SriLankan Airlines remains a mystery with the exact cause of death still unknown. It is believed that Kazakhstan pilot Captain Timor Anibbai died on the night of January 6 at a private tourist hotel at Ettukala, Negombo.
“The post-mortem is still being done as the body was at an early decomposition stage when it was handed over for the autopsy, and I am extremely suspicious about the death,” Negambo Judicial Medical Officer (JMO), Dr. Channa Perera said. SEE INSIDE



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Battle for supremacy intensifies
Almost obscured by news of military victories in the theatre of conflict in the jungles of Mullaitivu, the upcoming Provincial Council elections are gathering momentum in the North Western (Wayamba) and Central provinces, with only three weeks more for election day.
Why the Polls are being staged is in itself a question that is being asked in many quarters. Many have queried President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s strategy of holding staggered elections for provincial councils, when it diverts attention and resources from the Government’s activities not once, but several times, as the provinces go to the polls, two at a time. SEE INSIDE

Media attacks, diplomatic dealings and political wheelings
The attack on our sister paper, Rivira’s Editor in Chief, Upali Tennakoon sent shockwaves throughout the media fraternity and political sphere once more on Friday, and attacks on the media are likely to once more dominate the headlines in the weekend newspapers.
In a bizarrely familiar attack, four motorcyclists intercepted Tennakoon’s car while the editor was en route to work with his wife Dhammika in Imbulgoda, Gampaha around 6:45 a.m. The assailants who broke the windows in the editor’s car, whipped out sharp objects and poles and began to inflict several wounds on Tennakoon’s face, while his wife moved towards... SEE INSIDE


Mills that churn out degrees
Faced with a diminishing pool of well paying jobs and fearing that their employers are unfairly holding them back, a large number of employees around the world are pretending to have earned degrees, purchasing them to obtain coveted jobs or promotions.
As the number of employees who are in search of diplomas and degrees and in some instance even doctorates and professorships are ever increasing, ‘diploma mills’ or ‘degree mills’ have also begun to mushroom. SEE INSIDE

Colombo’s successful military strategy
For all those who argue that there’s no military solution for terrorism, we have two words: Sri Lanka.
This week, the Sri Lankan army said it had captured the last piece of the northern Jaffna Peninsula, one of the few remaining strongholds of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, a terrorist organization that has waged a 26-year civil war that’s claimed tens of thousands of lives, including those of a Sri Lankan President and an Indian Prime Minister.
That’s a huge turnaround from only three years ago, when the Tigers effectively controlled... SEE INSIDE



Lanka destroys Pakistan to clinch series 2-1
A hundred from Tillakaratne Dilshan followed by devastating spells from Sri Lanka’s bowlers handed Pakistan their heaviest one-day defeat in the third and final clash here on Saturday.
Dilshan’s career-best 137 anchored his team’s impressive 309-5 in their 50 overs before Nuwan Kulasekara (3-17) and Thilan Thushara (3-33) bundled Pakistan out for just 75 in 22.5 overs, giving the tourists a massive 234-run win.
The total is Pakistan’s lowest in a one-day match at home and is their heaviest one-day defeat in terms of runs.
The victory means Sri Lanka win the three-match series 2-1. SEE INSIDE

Point Blank
SLC’s big gamble

So Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) by courtesy of the Minister of Sport once again signed a television agreement with Harish Thawani-promoted Nimbus Sports International for next week’s high profile Sri Lanka-India one-day series.
The big question is whether SLC has taken the right decision to have Nimbus as its television broadcaster knowing of their past record for default payments.
It has been reported that Nimbus has brought the bi-lateral series consisting of five one-day internationals and one Twenty20 game for US$6 million. That’s all well and good although the floor price SLC started with was somewhere in the region of US$10 million.  SEE INSIDE


Coming elections will determine UNP’s fate fate
Construction Industry and Engineering Services Minister Dr. Rajitha Senaratne, is now a Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) organizer for Kalutara. The historic decision of President Mahinda Rajapaksa, to hand over an electorate to someone who claims to hold UNP membership has been described as ‘remarkable’. To the efficient Dr. Senaratne, it is adding feathers to President Rajapaksa’s cap, in his political career. He says he will bring victory to the UPFA led by President Rajapaksa. Commenting on the increasing violence in the country Dr. Senaratne said: “War ridden countries are never... SEE INSIDE


With just three weeks remaining till D-Day, Central and North Western Provincial Council (PC) election campaigns continue to heat up and have already notched up more controversy than even the North Central and Sabaragamuwa PC elections.
This week, The Nation takes a retrospective glance at the previous election results – 2004 PC elections and 2005 Presidential Election – and the main candidates vying for the Chief Ministerial posts in the two provinces.
In the 2004 PC election, the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) bagged 30 seats; 16 from Mahanuwara, six... SEE INSIDE

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