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Sunday March 15th, 2009

Ultimatum to Ranil
The UNP rebels are vowing to go public with their rebellion from Tuesday, if party leader Ranil Wickremesinghe fails to allocate time for a vote on his leadership during... SEE INSIDE

Govt. wants TNA in democratic process
Non cooperation of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) is standing in the way of hammering... SEE INSIDE

HR Minister takes UN human rights chief to task
Minister of Disaster Management and Human Rights Mahinda Samarasinghe yesterday... SEE INSIDE


Human Rights Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe and Foreign Ministry Secretary Dr. Palitha Kohona at a press briefing to take on the hasty remarks of United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay for quoting the casualty figures presented by the pro-Tiger website Tamilnet
                                  (Pic by Ishara S. Kodikara)


 Builds on Peace    

Fox calls for greater int’l involvement
International community should play a bigger role in the evacuation and resettlement of civilians trapped in the LTTE... SEE INSIDE

Indian docs will go into action next week in Pulmodai
A batch of 52 Indian medical experts, who are at present stationed in Pulmodai... SEE INSIDE

Muslims should learn from the Sinhalese
The Muslims of Sri Lanka should learn from the Sinhalese lessons of tolerance as how... SEE INSIDE



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Who will replace Dayan?
Some in the Foreign Office are betting on veteran diplomat Prasad Kariyawasam replacing Dayan Jayatillake as Sri Lanka’s Permanent Representative to the UN in Geneva, where the country needs a very strong and articulate man to defend itself, especially against human right busy bodies who are ever waiting to haul the country over burning coal. The same busy bodies are often conveniently silent over far worse things happening in places like Somalia... SEE INSIDE

Ministry ordered to compensate wounded Wanni civilians
Minister of Resettlement and Disaster Management Rishard Baduideen has directed his ministry to compensate all the wounded civilians returning from the Wanni.
According to the Minister, each injured civilian is entitled to a sum of Rs. 100,000.
An estimated 577 injured persons are at present languishing in the special welfare centres in Vavuniya. Of the 33,000 people who entered the camps, nearly 359 have died due to illnesses and injuries... SEE INSIDE

New UNP women’s wing?
The United National Party (UNP) has decided to form a new women’s wing to sideline certain members in its existing Lakvanitha Women’s Organisation, who have picked faults of the leadership. The new women’s wing will be headed by a Wickremesinghe loyalist parliamentarian hailing from the hills, along with an active member from the civil society, sources said. SEE INSIDE

Police make quick breakthrough
Four suspects have been arrested by a special Police team led by Trincomalee Division SP Vaas Gunawardene on Friday in connection with the abduction and killing of a six-year-old girl in Trincomalee.
Highly placed sources told The Nation that the arrested suspects are henchmen of a top regional politician. Altogether six suspects had been involved in the incident and Police investigations are underway to arrest the rest. Apparently the kidnapped child had been taken to a political... SEE INSIDE

Slight improvement in condition of Minister Wijesekera
The condition of Minster of Post and Telecommunication Mahinda Wijesekara has slightly improved, Director of the Colombo National Hospital, Dr. Hector Weerasinghe said last night.
Speaking to The Nation, Dr. Weerasinghe said the Minister’s condition is slightly improving, “yet he needs intensive care treatment since the head injuries are severe,” he said.
Weerasinghe also said that he cannot say for how long the minister with his head injuries... SEE INSIDE

Politico’s Sec. caught with illicit arms granted bail
A Parliamentary Affairs Secretary of a big politician was released on Friday by Mount Lavinia Chief Magistrate Harsha Sethunge on a personal bail of Rs.100,000 when he was produced before Court by the Police for possessing two unlicensed weapons with ammunition.
Suspect W.M.N. Shirley Perera, a resident of Mount Lavinia was arrested at his... SEE INSIDE



Sri Lanka learns to counter
Sea Tigers’ swarm tactics



Tigers can and do change their stripes
Last week, the appointment of Vinayagamoorthy Muralitharan, better known as ‘Karuna’, and formerly of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), as the non-Cabinet Minister of National Integration & Reconciliation, was long expected, and in fact, belated. Nevertheless, it is a significant landmark in Sri Lankan politics.
It is often said that, “politics is the art of the possible”. President Mahinda Rajapaksa has converted this into a fine art- his government, now consists of persons as diverse as Muralitharan, Wimal Weerawansa... SEE INSIDE

Leadership claims and political manoeuvrings
President Mahinda Rajapaksa and First Lady Shiranthi Rajapaksa were attending religious observances at Temple Trees around 9 a.m. on Tuesday (10) Poya day, when a call came through on the President’s mobile telephone, informing him of the suicide bomb attack in Akuressa, Matara.
The President immediately ceased everything he was doing, and personally called the Air Force Commander and instructed him to have a helicopter ready as soon as possible to fly to Matara. President Rajapaksa then telephoned Director National Hospital Colombo, and told him... SEE INSIDE


Private Medical Colleges: BOON or BANE
In the recent past, there has been much debate about the establishment of Private Medical Colleges (PMC) in Sri Lanka. A range of arguments have been put forward and the topic remains open to debate. Will the establishment of a Medical College be a boon or a mistake? Is it for the greater good of our country or is it simply unjust?
This is not merely a philosophical question. At a point in our history, this issue led to certain tragic events. According to the Final Report of the Presidential Commission... SEE INSIDE

Talk about genocide in Lanka is rubbish - Lord Naseby
Lord Naseby, Conservative Peer and Chair of All Party Parliamentary Group on Sri Lanka, has said that if there was any genocide in Sri Lanka, it was by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) who hold civilian Tamils by force as a human shield in the war.
“This talk about genocide is rubbish. The only people who are causing genocide are the LTTE who are holding the civilians as a human shield.” He said when a LTTE propagandist in the audience at a forum discussion... SEE INSIDE


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Saleem the Thomian saviour
Coming in as underdogs S. Thomas’ salvaged an exciting draw in the 130th ‘Battle of the Blues’ against Royal at the SSC grounds yesterday. S Thomas’ proved their true grit after a heroic partnership of 209 runs between opener Faahim Saleem (165) and skipper Raveenthiraraja Nirrushan (104) which spoilt Royal’s chances of pulling off a win that looked likely after they had forced the Thomians to follow-on 214 runs behind on the first innings. The Thomians were shot out for 99 in their first innings in reply to Royal’s 313-9 declared.
Saleem and Nirrushan who are playing in their final year went down in the history books of the Royal-Thomian encounter with their great fight back which certainly saved face for the Thomians. SEE INSIDE

Point Blank
Thank you Mahela, welcome Sanga

Sri Lanka cricket has a new captain with the appointment of Kumar Sangakkara to succeed his predecessor Mahela Jayawardene in all forms of the game. He becomes the tenth in the gradually growing list to be appointed full-time captain of Sri Lanka after Bandula Warnapura, Duleep Mendis, Ranjan Madugalle, Arjuna Ranatunga, Aravinda de Silva, Sanath Jayasuriya, Hashan Tillakaratne, Marvan Atapattu and Mahela... SEE INSIDE

Worst performance by Lankan women at World Cup
Sri Lankan women’s cricketers will return home after a disappointing performance at the 9th Women’s World Cup cricket tournament where they failed to qualify for the Super Six stage for the first time losing all three first round matches to England, Pakistan and India.
This is the worst performance by Sri Lanka under the leadership of Shashikala Siriwardena. The shocking defeat to Pakistan was the major setback for Sri Lanka. It was their first defeat against them in 18 matches played between the two countries. The Pakistani women outclassed Sri Lanka to record their first-ever win in a World Cup and ensure a place in the Super Six along with England and India. SEE INSIDE


Development continuing smoothly — EP Governor
The eastern province that has been wreaked due to the ethnic war is gradually raising its head. After the government forces pushed the LTTE out of the province the government successfully, held local as well as provincial council elections. Today, the province headed by the Eastern Province Governor Rear Admiral Mohan Wijewickrama has plans to compete with other provinces. According to the governor, the eastern province gets more funds from the government for development, than the other provinces. The governor took over the province in January 2006. During this period the East was infested with LTTE terrorism. There were areas that were controlled by the Tigers and areas administrated by the government. For the governor, not being able to visit every district and every... SEE INSIDE

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