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Sunday May 31st, 2009

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Wednesday June 3, 2009


       Lions who led the way…     

Field commanders, who led their battalions across inhospitable environs of the northern jungles, braving all obstacles to beat the LTTE, are seen together in their ceremonial uniforms after being promoted for their invaluable contribution to the victory over the Tiger rebels
(Pic by Ishara S. Kodikara)


Grave crisis in Colombo Port overcome
A grave IT crisis at the Colombo Harbour running for more than a week, which... SEE INSIDE

Urgent educational supplies sent to IDP kids
Ten thousand sets of school furniture and 25,000 sets of uniforms have been sent to Vavuniya this week for the children of Internally Displaced... SEE INSIDE

After collapse of one
The death of a schoolboy caused by the collapse of a brand new bridge on the Southern Expressway... SEE INSIDE


LTTE fall will alter drug trade in India
MUMBAI: The defeat of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and the death of its Chief Velupillai Prabhakaran will change the dynamics of drug trade in the subcontinent ... SEE INSIDE

Forut Head ordered out
The Head of a leading Norwegian INGO, FORUT has been ordered out of the country... SEE INSIDE

Lanka asks Malaysia to ban LTTE
Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama has urged the Defence Minister of Malaysia Dr. Ahmad Zahid bin Hamidi to ban the LTTE, stating that the assistance... SEE INSIDE

AG to decide on controversial Kerawalapitiya LNG power plant
Although foundation stone has been laid for the construction of 1,000 MegaWatt (MW) Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) private power plant at Kerawalapitiya, last week, the Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) is yet to receive the Attorney General’s opinion on it.
“The CEB sought the opinion of the Attorney General on the matter four months back and is yet to receive a ruling. However neither a Letter of Intent (LoI) nor Power Purchasing Agreement (PPA) had been issued by CEB,” an official of the Ministry of Power and Energy told The Nation on grounds of anonymity. SEE INSIDE

Dengue death toll now 85
The deadly dengue epidemic now raging in many areas has affected 6,573 persons and resulted in 85 deaths so far this year. The Health Ministry’s Epidemiology Unit Consultant Dr. Hasitha Tissera said that the most number of cases has been reported from Colombo with 1,079 dengue patients.
“Alarming numbers have been reported not only from Colombo but also from Kandy (959), Gampaha (663), Kurunegala (517), and Kegalle (768). Numbers are increasing day by day and out of the total number of deaths, 50% are children belonging to the age group five to 15 years,” he said. SEE INSIDE

JVP claims 360,000 jobs lost in four months
More than 360, 000 jobs in the private sector have been lost in the last four months, and thousands of jobs in the financial sector are in jeopardy, President of the Inter Company Employees Union (ICEU) Wasantha Samarasinghe said.
The worst affected industry is the apparel sector, and the main reason behind this is the lethargy and the ineffective financial management of the government, the JVP affiliated union leader claimed. “It is not right to blame the world recession for everything. The government knew that there was a global recession, but did not do anything to strengthen... SEE INSIDE

Colombo traders send food convoy for IDPs
A convoy of essential goods collected by traders is being delivered to IDPs in the North, President of Moor Street Traders’ Association Sundaram Palaniyandi said yesterday.
The special delivery was organised by Old Moor Street Traders’ Association, Vauxhal Street Traders’ Association and also has input from the Essential Services Committee. “The convoy, consisting of about 15 lorries, carries goods worth Rs. 50 million,” added Palaniyandi, while saying that it was being done at the request of President Mahinda Rajapkasa. The items include dry rations such as dhal, rice, gram and other food items, textile, clothing among other essential goods. SEE INSIDE

Lankan experts gather to destroy ‘Mealy Bug’
Scientists from research institutions, universities and private sector engaged in agriculture, finally met on Wednesday to tackle the ‘Mealy Bug’ menace, still playing havoc with certain vegetation and agricultural crops in the country
The meeting chaired by Senior Professor J.M.S.R. Bandara was held at the Post Graduate Institute of Agriculture of the Peradeniya University. Their task was to discuss and formulate a policy for the eradication of the ‘Mealy Bug’ which has created a national crisis in the agricultural field.  SEE INSIDE

GMOA seeks President’s intervention
Government Medical Officers’ Association (GMOA) has requested President Mahinda Rajapaksa for an Action Committee to look after the health of the IDPs and to over come the administrative lapses in the Ministry of Healthcare.
GMOA Spokesman Dr. Upul Gunasekara told The Nation that they were compelled to seek President Rajapaksa’s intervention due to the fact that certain officials in the Ministry of Healthcare is not concerned about the needs and requests made by the doctors: “We never wanted to take up these issues with President Rajapaksa, but what else can we do when Minister of Health Nimal Siripala de Silva is not concerned about it,” he said. SEE INSIDE

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Better to close the stable even after the horse has bolted
The victory parades are still being held, our war heroes yet being honoured, and that is understandable - the nation is still heaving a huge sigh of relief that, the 30-year-old war it waged on terrorism has finally come to a brutal but definite end.
The country’s victory over the Liberation Tigers’ of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) cannot be underestimated in any way - it is a triumph that perplexed armchair pundits and military veterans alike; indeed, it has been hailed as a case study for other countries battling terrorism. SEE INSIDE

West denied its Hypocritical Rights
Sri Lanka, which has been waging war both militarily and diplomatically, given that the international community has been mounting pressure on the government about the situation of civilians in the war zone and the country’s Human Rights (HR) record, scored a massive win in its secondary battlefield last week. Very like the conclusive defeat of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), the government of Sri Lanka managed to emerge victorious at the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva on Wednesday. Western countries in the world have been carrying out a massive campaign against the Sri Lankan Government, claiming that its leaders need to be tried at the International Criminal Court for War Crimes, and threatening sanctions. SEE INSIDE


Only five months into the year, the statistics of dengue cases and deaths have already topped the entirety of last year’s. A total of 6573 cases have been reported so far, with 85 deaths. The numbers are staggering. In 2008, 6,300 cases were reported for the entire year, while there were only 25 deaths.
The first case of dengue was reported in 1962, and by 1989 dengue viral fever rose to epidemic levels. Although, it was under control till 2000, the number of dengue patients and deaths increased, with 2004 being the last worst hit year. SEE INSIDE

Sri Lanka wards off Western bullying
The strange lineup of the member countries of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) for or against Sri Lanka, at the special session of the body scheduled to take place in Geneva on Tuesday, underscores the maritime Great Game unfolding in the Indian Ocean.
Geopolitics is drowning the lamentations over the legitimate aspirations of the Sri Lankan Tamils for equity, justice and fair play and the perennial Human Rights (HR) questions that arise, when the State violates the integrity of the individual. Control of the maritime routes of the Indian Ocean... SEE INSIDE

On ‘great’ Britain’s rancour at being belittled
I totally sympathise with David Miliband, Gordon Brown, Jeremy Page and the Times of London for being pissed out of their minds regarding Sri Lanka, especially after the UN Human Rights Council adopted a resolution last week hailing the defeat of terrorism and inter alia snubbing these little Brits. Post-Empire Angst, after all is a malady that takes several generations to work itself out of the psyche of a nation, a society or a community.
Yes, they got snubbed. It probably hurts them, probably haunts their dreams and wakeful hours and that’s because they are caught in a time warp; Britain, not ‘great’ then and certainly not ‘great’ now, can’t get over the fact that the party is over. So they go... SEE INSIDE


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ICC World Twenty20 in England
Kumar Sangakkara on his maiden tour as Sri Lanka captain expressed confidence that his team would make a very strong impact in the second edition of the ICC World Twenty20 which commences next month in England.
“I don’t think there is any pressure on us in the T20 format as an international side as much as it’s on us when we play Test cricket and one-day cricket. It is still a format that we are exploring but I think with the side we have, we have a great opportunity to make a very strong impact,” Sangakkara told The Nation before his team’s departure to London.
Sri Lanka is grouped with Australia and West Indies in Group C which Sangakkara described ‘as a group of death’ but also pointed out to the opportunities it represented.
“You’ve got to win at least one game. But at the end of the day you have to beat the best sides in the world to qualify in a tournament. We’ve just got to take our chances,” he said. SEE INSIDE

Sangakkara – a captain who wants to keep things plain and simple
Kumar Sangakkara is a cricketer who is driven by pride and passion to succeed at all levels of cricket and in all forms of life. That has been his motto throughout his life and it has earned him great respect from players, administrators and cricket officials from around the world. Today he holds the destiny of his country’s cricket in his hands. He knows it very well that it’s not an easy task to be your country’s captain for if you are not successful you know for sure you are wearing an uneasy crown on your head.
The Nation caught up with Sangkkara shortly before the Sri Lanka team left for England to take part in the ICC World Twenty20. Knowing Sangakkara he certainly didn’t mince his words.
Q: Your views on the three formats of the game Test cricket, ODI and T20 cricket?
I think Test cricket will always remain no. 1. There is no better testing ground for any player other than on a Test field. Every other format should support and enrich Test cricket. When you play Test cricket you are playing for a place in history and you’re testing yourself in every single department of your game against the opposition. There is no better challenge than that. SEE INSIDE

Stop this shameful politicking
Duleep Mendis has been a long-serving servant of Sri Lanka cricket for nearly two decades and there is hardly any key position that he has not served at the Cricket Board maybe except as secretary and treasurer. He was even running the Cricket Board as chairman albeit briefly for a period of two weeks in 1999 before the first of many interim committees was appointed.
Duleep Mendis is a household name in Sri Lanka Cricket and in international cricket because of the vast contribution he has made to the game both as a cricketer and administrator. He is a well respected figure in cricket circles and the country should be proud to have a person of his stature serving the game. SEE INSIDE


''LTTE was biggest stumbling block for everythin''
Batticaloa District Chamber of Commerce and Industry President and Chairman National Construction of Sri Lanka – Eastern Province, Batticaloa branch N. Suntharesan says the expectation of the Tamils is to live in dignity and with self respect. He says the Tamils should have powers that are enjoyed by the Sinhalese in the South. “Tamils are expecting equal rights as enjoyed by their brethren in the South. The country has been devastated by the thirty long years of war because of this problem. I think, if the successive governments had given the Tamil community their due share of power and dignity, the present problem that the country faces could have been avoided to a great extent,” he told The Nation in an interview from his Batticaloa office. SEE INSIDE

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