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Sunday March 08th, 2009

Jaffna MC polls soon
With the successful dismantling of the LTTE in the North, the government’s attention is now focused on holding Municipal...  SEE INSIDE

Donor evacuation plan fails to get off the ground
A donor Co-Chair plan to involve US in a mass evacuation of trapped civilians from the safe zone... SEE INSIDE

Rebels plan to ambush Ranil at convention
Fresh moves are underway to oust the United National Party (UNP) leader Ranil Wickremesinghe at the next annual convention... SEE INSIDE


    Symbolic laying down of weapons    

Two TMVP cadres symbolically lay down their guns at the official decommissioning of weapons of its military wing at the Webber Stadium Batticaloa yesterday afternoon in the presence Commander of the 23 Division, Brigadier Dampath Fernando. Keenly watching the ceremony are TMVP Leader and Eastern Province Chief Minister Sivanesathurai Chandrakanthan alias Pillaiyan and Batticaloa Mayor Padmini Prabhaharan


LTTE responsible for sufferings of Tamils: US
Holding the Tamil Tigers responsible for the “increasing sufferings” of civilians in Sri Lanka’s embattled North, the US on Friday... SEE INSIDE

Energy crisis looms nearer
Although, last week Power and Energy Ministry won a major hurdle in passing the Sri Lanka... SEE INSIDE

Environment Ministry blocks illegal grab
The Environment Ministry has effectively prevented a group of supporters of a prominent... SEE INSIDE



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Roadblock within
Remember the tank farm facility at the Colombo Port, used for ship bunkering, which had been sold to Keells for a song in an underhand manner, during a previous regime, and recently ordered by the Supreme Court to be restored to the Government. Having been restored to the ownership of the Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA), it is now open for use by several players, unlike earlier, when Keells used it as a virtual monopoly. Among its current users, include, the ousted Keells subsidiary Lanka Marine Services, Indian Oil Company, and Lanka Maritime Services, making Colombo... SEE INSIDE

Bookshop owner nabbed over questionable photographs
The Ratmalana Air Force authorities apprehended a suspect on Thursday evening attempting to send a stock of magazines to Jaffna carrying photographs of a distorted Sri Lankan national flag, LTTE Leader Prabhakaran and a letter written by him. In the Sri Lankan flag the four Bo leaves have been replaced by four human skulls. SEE INSIDE

Mahanayakes overrule live coverage of exposition
The Mahanayakes of Asgiri and Malwatta Chapters had objected to a live coverage by the Sri Lanka Rupavhani Corporation of the proceedings on the first day of the public relic exposition of the Sacred Tooth last Friday.
Cameras had already been set up and tested for live transmission with link ups for other Channels with the permission of the Diyawadana Nilame, Pradeep Nilnaga Dela Bandara, the programme producer of SLRC said. However, a few minutes... SEE INSIDE

Drought affecting water supply
“We advise consumers to save on their water consumption in order to counter imminent shortage in water supply” General Manager of National Water Supply and Drainage Board, Lal Premanath told The Nation.
According to Premanath when the water levels drop in rivers located near the sea the salt water flows in at the point where the river and sea meet. SEE INSIDE

Morphine only at hospitals on doctor’s prescription
Explaining reasons as to why Morphine, a popular painkiller used in hospitals, was not available to the public, Director of Medical Supply Division (MSD) Dr. Sarath Weerabandara said this was due to the high addiction levels of the drug which has similar effects of heroin, a hard drug.
He further said that Morphine is generally considered as a sedative, and will be available only in hospitals, to avoid it being abused... SEE INSIDE

Teacher squanders millions from parents
A teacher of a leading private girls’ school in Colombo who was arrested by the Colombo Fraud Investigation Bureau (CFIB) and produced before Court last Thursday for collecting money fraudulently from parents of students and also several outsiders was remanded till March 11 by Magistrate Ravindra Premaratne of Court No.3, Hulftsdorp.
The teacher, a resident of Rajagiriya had collected millions of rupees from parents of students... SEE INSIDE






Country lacks a strong opposition
For the Grand Old Party of Sri Lankan politics, the United National Party (UNP), it has been another election, another defeat and now, another call for the resignation of party leader and Leader of the Opposition Ranil Wickremesinghe.When the party’s Parliamentary group met in the aftermath of the resounding defeat at the Central and North Western Provincial Council elections, there was a chorus of voices demanding Wickremesinghe’s scalp. The thrust of their argument was that, Wickremesinghe is no longer a marketable commodity... SEE INSIDE

Ranil’s panacea for settling differences
President Mahinda Rajapaksa and First Lady Shiranthi Rajapaksa were on a three-day official tour of Nepal when they learned that the Sri Lankan cricket team had come under attack in Lahore during their second test match against Pakistan last Tuesday. The President began the second day of his visit by travelling to Anandakutti Bihar, a Buddhist temple situated in Swoyambhu, a short distance from Kathmandu. The First Couple undertook religious observances at the ancient Buddhist shrine and offered alms to the priests... SEE INSIDE


Additional teeth or dentures to CEB
The new Act passed in Parliament last week, has given additional teeth to the Ceylon Electricity Board
(CEB) that has suffered heavy losses over a considerable period of time.
Through the new Act, the Public Utility Commission of Sri Lanka (PUCLS) was created to give the CEB, added impetus, to run the institution to the satisfaction of the consumers.
With the creation of the PUCLS, the interests of the consumers will be protected and efficiency in both operations and capital investments promoted. The PUCSL is also... SEE INSIDE

Scandal-ridden CMC blunders again
The Colombo Municipal Council (CMC) that has virtually become a ‘white elephant’ and has been proved to be a conspicuous failure, has blundered again.
The council that completed the construction of a multi-storied super market down Layard’s Broadway, Stace Road junction in Grand Pass, four years ago, has still not opened it for the public.
The building was constructed at a massive cost of Rs. 45 million about four years ago. Another couple of lakhs was also spent for the grand opening ceremony of the market. But to date, the market has not been handed over... SEE INSIDE


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Hareen breaks 75-year-old Josephian batting record
St. Joseph’s opener Hareen Silva became the showpiece of the 75th Battle of the Blues after he performed a rare feat with his bat in the drawn annual encounter at the P Sara Stadium yesterday. Resuming at 98 not out, Silva reached his century and became the top scorer for the Josephians in the series with an unbeaten 141 in the first innings which broke a 75-year-old Josephian record for the highest score of the series. The previous highest score of 114 not out was held by Fred Perera in 1934.
Silva followed his century with an unbeaten knock of 56 in the Josephian second innings to earn a double award in the match for the Best Batsman and the Man-of-the-Match. SEE INSIDE

Point Blank
Pakistan loses its last ally

Pakistan has lost its last and long-standing ally in their bid to prove to the world that their country is a safe place to play cricket and also other sports.
Tuesday’s dastardly terror attack on the Sri Lanka cricket team bus at Lahore injuring at least six members has firmly shut the door on Pakistan’s future as an international venue for cricket.
Sri Lanka went to Pakistan to help them out of a tragic situation where the host country had not played a single Test match for the past 14 months. They did it with a sense of goodwill to help out an Asian neighbour regain their lost pride as an... SEE INSIDE

Integrity of cricket officials should not be in question - Atapattu
Former Sri Lanka captain and opening batsman Marvan Atapattu said that there shouldn’t be any room left for cricketers to question the integrity of Sri Lanka Cricket officials, but sadly it is the case today.
“Cricketers should not be too worried about the administration if it is being run correctly. But when it comes to cricketing matters cricketers with experience should be involved. Cricketers don’t have to be good administrators and at the same time administrators will never be good at taking decisions related to cricket matters. We have missed these two points badly in the last two years,” said Atapattu. SEE INSIDE


Main bastion of Sea Tigers falls

Last Sunday was another normal day at the battlefront, with clear skies and the temperature getting warmer, the sun rising high above, and the sandy earth beginning to heat under your feet. The attention of the ground Forces of the 55 Division of the Sri Lanka Army, which was defending the forward defence line of the Puthumathalan North in Challai South, however stayed focussed, as they waited for signs of the enemy.
Sometime during the day, the troops witnessed two boats patrolling the seas of Challai waving white flags. Troops on the Challai Puthumathalan defences were alerted of a possible sea borne attack, as they confirmed the two boats were heavily...  SEE INSIDE

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