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400,000 NIC requests lying in limbo

Outdated technology, lack of staff, the problem

With 2009 being considered as the year of elections and authorities attempting to make the national identity card mandatory to vote, it was, however revealed that around 400,000 applications for National Identity cards are left unprocessed at the Department of Persons Registration, Department sources said.


WPC election violence and UNP’s changing stance


What was confined only to an assault, damage to election campaign offices and threats in the Western Provincial Council election violence list, was added a new leaf with the death of a political party supporter reported from the Gampaha District on the night of April 5.




‘UNP has an edge over UPFA’- Rosy


One time Sri Lankan High Commissioner to Malaysia and a celebrity Rosy Senanayake stated that the UNP will certainly have an edge over the UPFA at the forthcoming Western Provincial Council (WPC) election. She says the people living in this province have already decided to vote UPFA out of power. “It is only through some sort of magic that the UPFA can win the WPC. Otherwise, it will be a UNP council,” she said.


“We will not allow LTTE to regroup”


oreign Employment Promotion and Welfare Minister, Keheliya Rambukwella is the most prominent in his role as government Defence Spokesman. With the military operation to capture the territory held by the LTTE nearly drawing to a close, the remaining issue is the rescuing of Tamil civilians trapped in the No Fire Zone. According to the Minister, the military is not in a hurry to move into the stretch in order not to cause any harm to the civilians.


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Ranil’s attempt to abolish the Presidency


The opposition United National Party (UNP), in a radical shift of policy last week called for the abolition of the executive presidency with Leader of the Opposition Ranil Wickremesinghe himself publicly declaring his party would initiate such a move if it were to come to power.







On the spot kevums

With two days more for the Sinhala and Tamil New Year, it is not only clothes and other goods that attract the busy shopper. Here the crowds are seen busily buying bags full of traditional sweetmeats to adorn their avurudu table. The Nation photojournalist captured the vendors serving their customers at a sweetmeat market organised by a popular chain of bakers
(Pic by Ishara S. Kodikara)