President seeks Ranil’s
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
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...
President to meet editors on Tuesday
Rajapaksa will meet editors of national newspapers on Tuesday
following a request for such a meeting from several editors in
light of the dangerous...
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)
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...
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.
Karuna to be Nation Building Minister
Vinayagamoorthy Muralitheran alias Karuna Amman is now tipped to
be made the non-Cabinet Minister...
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...
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...
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
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
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
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.
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.
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Battle for supremacy
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
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
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
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...
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
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.
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...
Lanka destroys Pakistan to clinch
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.
SLC’s big gamble
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.
Coming elections will determine UNP’s
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...
THE NUMBERS GAME
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...