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Sunday March 22nd, 2009

Another Ceylinco big shot vanishes
Deputy Chairman of the Ceylinco Educational and Financial Services Group, K.A.S. Jayatissa has left the country... SEE INSIDE

UNP rebellion far from over
Even though UNP Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe appears to have beaten back yet... SEE INSIDE

Costly embassies may face the axe
Foreign Ministry officials are perturbed over a decision to fill the ambassador’s post in Poland as this station was earmarked... SEE INSIDE


                  Battle in progress               

Troops of 58 Division, spearheading the battle in Puthukkudduyiruppu East March 19 withstood intense resistance from the terrorists but continued piercing terror defences inflicting heavy damages to the enemy


Final curtain for Prabhakaran?

Other Rubella vaccinated students recovering
The 26 other students who were admitted to Matara General Hospital following... SEE INSIDE

Clergy expects to recover Golden Key money
With increasing criticism about Buddhist monks and Catholic priests depositing colossal... SEE INSIDE

Gampaha tops the WPC election violation list
Election monitoring bodies claimed yesterday that the Gampaha District has become... SEE INSIDE



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Baiz faces expulsion
With the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) determined to take tough disciplinary action against Deputy Livestock Minister Kamarudeen Abdul Baiz, for accepting Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) membership, he is likely to lose his Parliamentary seat.
The SLMC high command is expected to meet today in Colombo to discuss the course of action to be taken against Baiz. SEE INSIDE

Firing Line
Preposterous is not the word
As the striped variety reaches the nadir of no return, their covert backers too are in desperate rear guard actions, including spreading preposterous propaganda against Sri Lanka. One rag in the peninsula way had even gone to the extent of publishing a page one lead story claiming that security forces were intent on killing 100,000 Tamils to curb the problem. Another that is gaining currency by word of mouth is that Tamil women...  SEE INSIDE

Salutations to soldiers
A special meeting was held on March 17 at the Boyaganey Infantry regiment camp in Kurunagela between Secretary of the Ministry of Defence, Public Security, Law and Order Gotabhaya Rajapaksa and the relatives of the family members of the soldiers who laid their lives to the motherland. During this meeting Secretary of Defence stated that the President, Government and the people of the country join with him in expressing their gratitude... SEE INSIDE

Today is World Water Day
Today is World Water Day, designated as the day to focus attention on the importance of fresh water and to advocate its sustainable management, as the very survival of mankind depends on water.
The availability and quality of water are increasingly under strain. In such a context, the Ministry of Water Supply and Drainage has an immense responsibility to provide clean water to the whole nation. SEE INSIDE

Mahinda recovering slowly
The condition of Minster of Posts and Telecommunications Mahinda Wijesekara who is still in the ICU of the Colombo National Hospital has slightly improved although he is yet to gain complete consciousness, Director of the Colombo National Hospital, Dr. Hector Weerasinghe said last night.
Speaking to The Nation, Dr Weerasinghe said although the minister’s condition... SEE INSIDE

Mother, two daughters found dead in a well
The bodies of a young mother and her two daughters were recovered from a deep well at Dalipotha, Gokarella yesterday morning.
An officer of the Gokarella Police identified the mother to be 28-year-old Herath Mudiyanselage Jeewani Deepika Herath along with her two daughters, seven-year-old Dahanayake Mudiyanselage Rashmi Dahara Indrarathna and two-year-old Dahanayake Mudiyanselage Warsha Sathsarani Indrarathna. SEE INSIDE



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Leadership struggle within the kraal
The circus that is now the United National Party (UNP) is, apparently, going from one performance to another - this week saw the umpteenth leadership struggle to oust Opposition Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe, and the appointment of yet another committee, to try and sort out the resulting mess.
From what transpired during the course of this week, only two issues are certain. Firstly, Ranil Wickremesinghe is hell bent on staying put, no matter what. Secondly, his detractors within the party, do not seem to tire of trying to usurp his position, even if their attempts... SEE INSIDE

UNP party leader gets fiery send off
Tuesday March 17 proved to be a historic day for the country's oldest political party. For the first time in the United National Party's 62 year history, a no confidence motion had been brought against the leader of the party.
It was the UNP Deputy Secretary Lakshman Seneviratne who submitted the no-confidence motion against UNP Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe at a committee room in Parliament where the party’s Parliamentary group members were meeting. SEE INSIDE


PARK & RIDE Hope springs eternal
The City Liner service is a week old and, despite many inquiries, the numbers remain discouraging. The parking lot is almost empty, but hope still runs fresh. “We need more time. It will take at least three months, before it takes off. People are reluctant to change, and this is something that needs to grow naturally. Lifestyle changes are difficult, and even though, we have had many inquiries, it has not transformed the people. However, we are confident...  SEE INSIDE

CMC in Contempt of Court and Ratepayers
The Colombo Municipal Council (CMC) that has defied a Supreme Court order, to remove, with immediate effect, all unauthorised hoardings and structures within city limits, is liable for ‘Contempt of Court.’
Several newspapers have highlighted irregularities within the CMC, especially, in relation to displaying advertisements in public, to no avail.
It has been reported time and again, of hoardings being indiscriminately erected on roads and streets and also being a public nuisance... SEE INSIDE


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Harbhajan six gives India
historic win

India broke a 33-year drought when a six-wicket haul by Harbhajan Singh spun them to a 10-wicket victory over New Zealand in the first Test here Saturday.
Harbhajan’s 6-63 wizardry, following an iconic 160 by Sachin Tendulkar, formed the cornerstone of India’s first Test success in New Zealand since 1976.
They wrapped the game up with more than a day to spare after New Zealand were all out in their second innings for 279, and India knocked off the required...  SEE INSIDE

Point Blank
New cricket administration under scrutiny

Sri Lanka Cricket’s new interim committee headed by former leg-spinner DS de Silva was straight away put under the microscope in the most bizarre fashion when one of its employees barged in to the inaugural conference they had with the media last Wednesday breaking all protocol and trying to use the forum to present his side of the story.
This employee who had survived under several previous cricket administrations has been under the spotlight from the media for his nefarious activities which have so far gone unheeded giving the individual a sense of self-imposed power that he is ‘untouchable’ and that he could get away with anything under the sun. SEE INSIDE


Ruwan Wijewardene wants to revive UNP
Born in 1975, Ruwan Wijewardene, a scion of two political dynasties Senanayake and Jayewardene/Wickremesinghe- has entered the Provincial Council fray on the UNP ticket, for the Gampaha District. He is hoping that, at this election, UNP voters of the Western Province will use their vote “because the loss suffered by the party, in the Central and Wayamba Provinces, was due to low voter turnout”, he argues.. “In this election, I hope, they do cast their votes and show the Government that there can be a change. Right now, Government propaganda is just playing the card that the UNP is now a defunct party. It’s not. The UNP will always be there. It’s a party that can never be destroyed. SEE INSIDE

JVP urged the government to go back to war-Nawagamuwa
The Western Provincial Council (WPC) election is crucial for the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP). It has been on the trail of a string of election losses ever since they broke treaty with the ruling United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA). Hence, it is imperative for them to gain better results in the Western Province if they envisage any sort of viable political future for the once resilient revolutionary party. The party’s Colombo District Group Leader Duminda Nawagamuwa is confident that the JVP will fare better in the WPC elections... SEE INSIDE

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