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Sunday February 22nd, 2009

Why weren’t flying Tigers intercepted?
Questions are once again being asked as to why the Air Force failed to intercept the LTTE aircraft before they reached Colombo... SEE INSIDE

Holmes concerned for Wanni civilians
Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, John Holmes expressed... SEE INSIDE

Dayan returns home
Somewhat controversial Sri Lankan Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the UN in Geneva, Dr. Dayan... SEE INSIDE


   LTTE's failed mission on 20th night 

President to visit Nepal and Libya
President Mahinda Rajapaksa will pay an official visit to Nepal shortly, and pray at holy Buddhist shrines in the land where...  SEE INSIDE

Terrorists attack Inginiyagala village
A suspected LTTE attack on the village of Karamatiyagama in the Ampara district yesterday left two civilians dead and seven...  SEE INSIDE

ICRC assures continued service
The International Red Cross (ICRC) yesterday assured that they would continue to ferry injured people in the coming... SEE INSIDE



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Police on the trail of Dompe murder
Dompe Police are on the hunt for two suspects who were allegedly involved in the killing of a close associate of Piyadasa Ratnayake alias Danduwan Mudalali of Hungama at Pahuruwila area in Dompe. Police said they had received information regarding two suspects from Colombo in connection with the killing and investigations are on going to arrest them soon.
Danduwan Mudalali himself is in remand having...  SEE INSIDE

UPFA wins Puttalam
The election result for the Puttalam Polling division was announced by the Elections Secretariat after the votes cast at the re-poll at the Nayakkarchenai Tamil Vidyalayam polling booth was counted. The UPFA has obtained 26,753 votes (53.4%,) the UNP 22,667 (45.24) and the JVP 337 (0.68.) Around 65 per of the voters had cast their ballots when polling closed yesterday evening. SEE INSIDE

Russian roulette with our culture
Two Russian women, said to be models, and a photographer, arrested by the tourist police on Tuesday morning and handed over to the Polonnaruwa police, for allegedly taking semi nude pictures at the ancient Polonnaruwa Nissanka Latha Mandapaya, were released on police bail.
When contacted, Polonnaruwa OIC Chief Inspector Darmithigoda told The Nation that he consulted the Attorney General’s Department before the suspects... SEE INSIDE

Observers split on their verdict
The re-poll at the Tamil Vidyalaya, Nayakkarchenai in the Puttalam District was peacefully concluded yesterday, but election observers were divided on their verdicts. Prasanna Adhikari, Convenor and spokesman of the National Polls Observation Centre said that the election was peaceful and nothing out of the ordinary happened. He also said that there was a huge turnout of voters.
Even though the election day was peaceful, it wasn’t a fair election, Campaign for Free and Fair Election (CAFFE) spokesperson Rajith Keerthi Tennekoon said. SEE INSIDE

New SEC boss
Udayasri Kariyawasam has been appointed as the new Chairman of Securities and Exchange Commission by President Mahinda Rajapaksa who is also Minister of Finance.
Kariyawasam is also the Chairman of the Insurance Board of Sri Lanka. He is a chartered accountant and certified fraud examiner. He was also formerly Chairman... SEE INSIDE

The BBC and the use of English
I would like to warmly congratulate our President on his recent initiative in promoting English and IT. All those with any compassion for the underprivileged would support this, because it is the underprivileged who would benefit most from it. The JVP and the JHU would probably not be delighted because they have been traditionally against the promotion of English. Their frog-in-the -well attitude has held Sri Lanka back for decades. SEE INSIDE



Death wish of Sky Tigers



Polls throw dilemmas for main parties
Last Saturday’s Provincial Polls laid bare what everyone suspected, but few dared to express: that the ruling United Peoples’ Freedom Alliance (UPFA) has a stranglehold on the voter at least for now, and that the prospects for the collective opposition are extremely dim in the foreseeable future.
Realistically, even though the United National Party (UNP) was making enthusiastic noises especially in the Central Province, where a politically re-incarnated S. B. Dissanayake was running for Chief Minister... SEE INSIDE

Main parties still mull nominations
In the government’s rapid march towards capturing the final bit of territory laid claim to by the LTTE, it has had to ward off severe international pressure on the side.
Even as the Des Browne affair that has left Britain decidedly red-faced, after the Sri Lankan government flatly refused to accept him as Britain’s special envoy to the island was unfolding, other moves were underway at the United Nations in New York. The Mexico representative in the UN attempted to bring a resolution against Sri Lanka. However, Sri Lanka’s Permanent Representative to the UN in New York, H.M.G.S. Palihakkara moved swiftly to mobilise... SEE INSIDE


PRABA’S CHOICE - Genocide or Holocaust
In 1987, after the resounding defeat of the LTTE at Vadamarachchi, the taking of Jaffna was there for the asking. The only hesitation of the successful military commanders was about civilian casualties. As they debated the humanitarian concerns, India threatened SL with invasion, quite like Nazi Germany did Czechoslovakia in 1940. The rest is history. Today, the same humanitarian concerns have arisen in the minds of the SL Government and its Forces, of evicting the LTTE... SEE INSIDE

Must win race for UNP and JVP
There is no doubt that the popularity of the UPFA and President Rajapaksa, has been climbing especially since the historical military victories against the LTTE. The fact that the terrorist outfit is on the verge of losing all of its land areas, also weighs heavily in favour of the government. However, it is also clear that the minorities, especially Tamils, are yet to be convinced of the government claims of equal opportunities for the minorities. Given that Tamil political leadership... SEE INSIDE


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Mahela, Thilan flay Pakistan in first Test
Mahela Jayawardene and Thilan Samaraweera hit punishing hundreds to lead Sri Lanka’s run charge against Pakistan on the opening day of the first Test here on Saturday as the tourists reached 406-3.
The Sri Lankan skipper was unbeaten on 136 -- his 25th Test hundred -- while Samaraweera notched 130 not out... SEE INSIDE

Point Blank
Time to stop playing ducks and drakes

Is the Sports Minister Gamini Lokuge really serious about appointing an interim committee or going for an election to administer Sri Lanka Cricket?
From the looks of it, it seems that the Minister is not too keen to do either but let things run the way it has since he sacked former captain Arjuna Ranatunga as chairman and dissolved the interim committee on
December 23. SEE INSIDE


Governor’s vision for the north
Northern Province Governor Dickson Sarathchandra Dela has a vision for the north. He is determined to make the north much better than the south. Whether or not his dream would come true, is something all Sri Lankans will have to wait and see. But he has already put his heart into it. He seemed to have understood the fundamental problem that has given rise to splits between the Tamil and Sinhala communities. He is now planning to learn Tamil. He wants just three months to learn Tamil. SEE INSIDE

People have given me a clear mandate – S.B.
In the aftermath of the Central Provincial Council election, the United National Party (UNP) National Organiser and Chief Ministerial Candidate for the Central PC, S.B. Dissanayake spoke at length about the outcome of the election. Despite the UNP’s defeat, Dissanayake believes he is in the right party and asserted that the UNP is the only party that is capable...  SEE INSIDE

SLFP must groom Tamil leaders: Aluthgamage
United People’s Freedom Alliance recorded a massive victory in the Central Provincial Council election, even winning the Nuwara Eliya District where the rival UNP has always enjoyed election victory. Power and Energy non-Cabinet Minister and SLFP strongman representing Nawalapitiya, Mahindananda Aluthgamage in an interview with The Nation said the SLFP must groom Tamil political leaders, without having to go behind...  SEE INSIDE

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