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Sunday February 08th, 2009

UPFA to spring surprise in WP
The United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) is now expected to spring a surprise with its choice of chief ministerial candidate, quashing all speculation about either Basil Rajapaksa or Thilanga... SEE INSIDE

Final rallies
The final propaganda rallies of the UPFA and UNP for the North Western and Central Provincial Elections will come to an on Tuesday and Wednesday. SEE INSIDE

IDPs flood cleared areas
More than 12,000 civilians have crossed over to the cleared areas in the north during the past week with more than 10,000 civilians arriving on Friday and Saturday. SEE INSIDE


              Foes turn friends          

One time bitter enemies JHU MP Aturaliye Ratana Thera (left), former JVP firebrand and current National Freedom Front Leader Wimal Weerawansa (centre) and former LTTE Eastern Commander and UPFA national list Parliamentarian Vinayagamoorthy Muralitheran alias Karuna (right) are seated together like best of friends at Wednesday’s Independence Day celebrations at Galle Face. What has apparently brought them together is their common will to stand up against LTTE terror
                               (Pic by Ishara S. Kodikara)


Day of victory and independence

Soosai reported missing
after air strike

In the aftermath of an air strike on a building suspected to be a LTTE operations centre, the Tiger radio transmissions have reported the Sea Tiger Leader... SEE INSIDE

Scrap Presidency: APRC draft
The draft of the final proposals of the All Party Representative Committee (APRC) to solve the ethnic question has recommended among other things that the Executive... SEE INSIDE

Last week at a glance
New plan to prevent civilian casualties
The government on Monday introduced a new military strategy to ensure zero civilian... SEE INSIDE



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Thanks to Wimal

JVP comrades might be still smarting from the fact their erstwhile frontliner Wimal Weerawansa caused so much damage to the outwardly monolithic party by breaking away with a sizeable number, but it is in deference to his wishes that the government is not dissolving the current Parliament before the completion of five years in April in order that... SEE INSIDE

SLMC final decision put off
The Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) will be holding the final high command meeting on February 20 to decide whether they will be contesting alone or on the UNP ticket in the upcoming Western Provincial Council (WPC) Election.
General Secretary of SLMC, Hassan Ali told The Nation that although they were supposed to take the final decision yesterday (7) yet they failed since the party... SEE INSIDE

NWP Provincial Director of Health assaulted
Anuradhapura Police are hunting for two unidentified motorists in connection with assaulting the Provincial Health Director of North Western Province at his private residence at Disa Mawatha, Bulankulama on Friday evening.
Police Spokesman SSP Ranjith Gunasekara said, victim Dr. Wijayadasa Atapattu had been attacked with a club by two men who had arrived in a motorcycle around 6 p.m in front of his residence. SEE INSIDE

BASL Secretary complains to IGP
The Secretary to the Bar Association of Sri Lanka (BASL) Udaya Rohan de Silva has complained to the Inspector General of Police and the Attorney General over the assault of Attorney-at-Law Amitha Ariyaratna at the Negombo Police on January 27, this year and the alleged torching of his office on January 30 and the failure of Ragama Police to initiate inquiries into the said arson attack. SEE INSIDE

Ministry to probe assault charges against RMV Chief
The Transport Ministry says it will probe the allegations of assault levelled against the Commissioner of Motor Traffic Department (RMV) B. Wijeyaratne immediately.
Transport Ministry Secretary, D.T.P. Collure said allegations have been made that the Commissioner physically assaulted his employees.
“We cannot give much of details regarding the incident as we are still collecting ground information to launch an investigation. SEE INSIDE

Student Union to go to courts against Police
The Inter University Students’ Council (IUSC) is to file a case against the Police this week for assaulting students at the clash which broke off at Kelaniya University last Thursday.
Seventeen students, including nine males, eight females and two lecturers were among those arrested at a clash between the science and arts faculties of the Kelaniya Univeristy. Three other students were injured. SEE INSIDE




What ails the UNP?
At the National Independence Day celebrations this week, seated adjacent to each other in the front row were three political figures: Ven. Athuraliye Rathana Thero, Vinayagamoorthy Muralitharan, better known as Karuna and Wimal Weerawansa. A picture is said to be worth a thousand words and in this instance it indeed was.
These three personalities with three absolutely different political ideologies were together because they all supported President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s regime. And significantly, absent from the celebrations... SEE INSIDE

LTTE has its wings clipped
With one of the most ferocious terrorist organisations in the world with considerable claim to territory in the north and east of the island a mere two and half years ago, the LTTE is now confined to an area of no more than 96 square kilometres. The popular opinion was that the Tigers who had in their possession fast attack craft, submarines and an air fleet could never be militarily defeated. Norway and other Western states along with their INGO and NGO partners were of the firm opinion that the Government of Sri Lanka should enter into peace talks with the LTTE...  SEE INSIDE


Ampara Success story in Pluralism?
Whether one examines economic indicators or study anecdotal evidence- the prolonged conflict in the North, rising human rights violations, unemployment, business bankruptcies, falling consumer confidence, no cash in hand situation, all seem to point to one conclusion: the Sri Lankan economy is on a freefall.
The Government’s focus on military action, and the consequent silence to evolve a mechanism, to find a political settlement to the ethnic question, have all contributed to more... SEE INSIDE

What next after LTTE’s defeat?
The emergence of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), their fight for a separate state and now their own defeat are matters that have become issues to discuss and talk about in Sri Lanka today.
The apparent defeat of the LTTE has raised several questions about the plight of the other Tamil political parties which were also clamouring for the similar cause like the LTTE some time ago.
The birth of Tamil political parties and the militant groups were based on the same reasons: discrimination, ill treatment, injustice, inequality and prejudice.
However, it is the LTTE that continued to unleash violence against not only the Sinhalese... SEE INSIDE


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Lanka looking down the barrel
The ignominy of a 5-0 whitewash in the five-match one-day international series looms large for Mahela Jayawardene’s Sri Lanka as they meet India in the final match at the R Premadasa Stadium today at 10 am.
Sri Lanka go into the final encounter knowing defeat would mean a humiliating 5-0 rout and the way the two teams are playing the home team’s morale is at a low ebb and it would take a miraculous effort by them to lift themselves up and come out of the rut to prevent India from completing a whitewash. SEE INSIDE

Point Blank
The downfall of Lankan sport

We have said it on more than one occasion and we say it again that interim committees are not the long standing solutions to cure the ills of our sport. An interim committee is appointed to address a problem for a short period of time and once that is done elections are held and the body asked to manage its own affairs. But sadly it is not the case in Sri Lanka. The latest sport to suffer from this interim plague is rugby which in its 100-year history never had an interim administration running its affairs. However due to incompetent and ambitious officials who forced their way and took control of the Sri Lanka Rugby... SEE INSIDE


“Present economy pleases a few, oppresses the majority”
It is no secret that, the ugly tentacles of the Global Financial Crisis (GFC) have already begun to creep into the economy of Sri Lanka as well. The Export industry is receiving the biggest blow, with the Garment and Gem industries trying to keep their heads above the rising tide. The Hospitality industry too, is experiencing the bitter taste of low Tourist turnout. In this backdrop, Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) MP Sunil Handunnetti unleashes a tirade of criticism of the Government’s management of the financial crisis and the overall economy of the country. Especially, referring to the Foreign Reserves of the country, he has warned that... SEE INSIDE

Politics: A game that needs swift decisions
Lilantha Perera is the son of Christy Perera who died with late Gamini Dissanayake at Thotalanga in 1994. After decades with the UNP, Perera decided to resign from the party last week.
Q: Your family has been strong UNP supporters for decades. So why have you decided to resign from all the posts you held in the United National Party (UNP)?
A: I decided to resign from all the posts I held in the UNP on January 29. This was a very difficult decision to make because... SEE INSIDE

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