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Sunday March 29th, 2009

Tiger attempt to chastise Lanka crushed
The plan to take Sri Lanka to task at an informal session of the UN Security Council on Friday over the deteriorating humanitarian situation among trapped civilians in Mullaitivu proved a damp squib... SEE INSIDE

Children at risk if vaccination suspended
The lives of more than 50,000 children will be at risk, if the national immunisation programmes are suspended, claimed National Immunisation Programme Head Dr. Sudath Pieris.
“Some 50,000 children will face death next year, if the immunisation programmes are suspended... SEE INSIDE

TNA accused of trying to
manipulate IDPs

The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) calls for a halt to armed operations were responded to by the government as “unfortunate,” and accused the political party of trying to manipulate the plight of civilians... SEE INSIDE

 

                    First to the PM                 

Prime Minister Ratnasiri Wickramanayake was the lucky first recipient of the new hi-tech driving licence issued by the Department of Motor Traffic at its launch on Friday at its Werahera complex. Transport Minister Dallas Alahapperuma handed over the new licence to the Premier
                            (Pic by Thushara Dasanayaka)

                                                                

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Five new bidders interested in new Colombo South harbour
Worldwide shipping may have hit rock bottom like everything else due to current global economic crisis, but that has not deterred foreign interest in the new Colombo South Harbour’ First Terminal... SEE INSIDE

Gandhi dynasty scion arrested in India
A scion of the famed Nehru-Gandhi political dynasty was arrested Saturday after TV footage showed him apparently making a virulently anti-Muslim speech while campaigning for India’s elections. SEE INSIDE

Dengue raises its ugly head
The threat of dengue is escalating again with 2,700 dengue cases, along with 28 deaths, being reported by the end of March 2009.
The Epidemiology Unit of the Health Ministry expects the number of cases could... SEE INSIDE

 

 

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NEWS

Firing Line
Irreparable blue woes
Sometimes, people are wondering whether the fight in the WP is a straight forward one between outgoing hooray and much of the rest in the blue camp, from what is heard ad nauseam from their own platforms. There are also other much more dangerous battles among them, like the one between the ector and budde camps being fought mostly underground.  SEE INSIDE

Cigarette theft on the rise
Recent Police records indicate that there is an unprecedented increase countrywide in incidents of cigarette dealers and delivery vehicles being robbed by unidentified groups. However, the Police seem to be making no headway in these investigations which are reported daily to them.
Within the last few months, many cases of cigarette delivery vehicles and cigarette... SEE INSIDE

Indo-Lanka undersea cable, Sampur power plant put on hold
Construction of the Sampur Coal Power Plant and the Anuradhapura High Voltage Direct Current (HVDC) cable link is severely delayed as India is yet to give its green light, due to coming months’ General Elections in India.
“With regards to the second coal power plant at Sampur, both the Power Purchasing Agreement (PPA) and the Joint Venture Agreements are almost finalised with the National Thermal Power Corporation Ltd (NTPC), the Indian company, yet to be reverted. Furthermore...  SEE INSIDE

Prof. Ganganath affair continues to complicate
The recent ordeal underwent by Professor Dammika Ganganath Dissanayaka still remains a mystery with the mass communications lecturer fleeing the country alleging both the SLFP and the UNP are equally responsible for the incident... SEE INSIDE

WEEK AT A GLANCE
Government asks LTTE to free civilians
Responding to LTTE’s offer for negotiations the Government early this week asked the rebels to free civilians trapped in the no fire zone.
Defence Spokesman Minister Keheliya Rambukwella said the government was not prepared for any ceasefire talks with a terrorist organisation banned in Sri Lanka but if the LTTE wanted some kind of response from the government the rebels would have to first let the civilians go. SEE INSIDE

Recent history, according to ex-President Chandrika
Former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga, addressing the 35th meeting of the Rotary Club of Kandy, on ‘Democratic Governance – Unnecessary Evil or Essential Prerequisite for Progress,’ recently said that 92 SLFPers were killed by UNP supporters and she had to pay compensation for those persons from the Presidential Fund.  SEE INSIDE

 


 



 

POLITICS

Ranil ‘lives’ for better or for worse
Harry Houdini, the Hungarian born master magician, whose specialty was escaping from seemingly impossible situations, would have been proud of what United National Party (UNP) Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe achieved this week- seeing off yet another one of the innumerable challenges to his leadership.
Wickremesinghe would have spent last week pondering of his political future, after several front-liners charged that his stewardship of the UNP was the reason for its dismal performances at elections in recent times. SEE INSIDE

Woes and gimmicks of UNP and TNA
Last week marked UNP Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe’s 60th birthday, and was also the one in which he survived yet another move by his party members to oust him from the UNP. At the working committee meeting of the UNP held last Monday (23,) Wickremesinghe agreed to hand over political power to the Deputy Leader and the party’s political affairs committee, while still retaining the leadership himself. SEE INSIDE

NEWS FEATURES

People power and the elimination of LTTE
How many would have thought there would be a time that the LTTE would or could be cornered to a 12km stretch. In all probability the LTTE would also not have thought that it would be in this predicament. Most importantly those that backed the LTTE all through the years by way of contributing financially or otherwise must be facing the most daunting task of having to come to terms with an eventuality that would...SEE INSIDE

DEATH OF PESHALA
Destiny or criminal
negligence?

Not in her wildest nightmares did Kalyani imagine her only child who waved her ‘bye’ near the school gate on Thursday (19) morning would return home in a coffin the next day.
Peshala Hansani, a 12-year-old student of S. Thomas’ Girls School, Matara becoming a victim following a vaccination programme against Rubella... SEE INSIDE

 

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SPORTS

New Zealand on top India follow-on
Jesse Ryder continued to command centre stage as India crashed in the second Test against New Zealand and were forced to follow on 314 runs in arrears on the third day here Saturday.
India’s first innings folded at 305 after a withering bowling spell in which they lost their last six wickets for 59 runs inside 16 overs.
At stumps India were 47-1 in their second innings, requiring a further 267 runs to make New Zealand bat again.
Gautam Gambhir was not out 14 with Rahul Dravid on 11, and New Zealand held the firm prospect of saving the three-Test series after being whipped in the first... SEE INSIDE

Point Blank
A golden opportunity missed

Sri Lanka missed out a golden opportunity of hosting the second edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) which will now be staged in South Africa.
It is learnt that the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) was looking for a suitable venue to host the IPL because of the difficulties experienced by the forthcoming general elections in India clashing with the tournament. Security was a concern and some states had even refused to host the matches allocated to them. The working committee of the BCCI was desperate and was keen to move the IPL to a country which would have been less costly to them. For four days they were in the hunt for a suitable country. It is learnt that their first choice was Sri Lanka but it is here that Sri Lanka Cricket’s lack of administrative professionalism saw them miss the bus. SEE INSIDE

INTERVIEWS

Elections - Not the yardstick for any Government - Muzammil
A. J. M. Muzammil is no stranger to Sri Lankan politics. His political career goes back to the Dudley Senanayake period, where he first, as a student started to engage himself in politics. He has served the United National Party (UNP) and worked for the party under Dudley Senanayake, J. R. Jayawardene, Ranasinghe Premadasa, D.B.Wijetunge, Lalith Athulathmudali, Gamini Dissanayake and the present leader Ranil Wickremesinghe in various capacities. Muzammil, who is a sitting member of the Western Provincial Council (WPC), will be contesting the forthcoming election and he says if elected to power his party will fight for the full implementation of the 13th amendment. He says the provinces lack adequate powers under the 13th amendment. He told The Nation in an interview that the present problems faced by the UNP is due to
a ‘UPFA sponsored conspiracy’ and added the matter has now been laid to rest. SEE INSIDE

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