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Sunday June 21st, 2009

DPL rewards for frontline Commanders
In addition to promised Ambassadorial postings for Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Air Marshal Donald Perera, Air Force Commander Air Chief Marshal Roshan Goonatillake and Navy Commander Admiral Wasantha Karannagoda, the Government has also begun rewarding frontline Commanders with Diplomatic postings.
Informed Foreign Ministry sources said that, in one... SEE INSIDE

UPF sheds UPFA for Uva polls Upcountry People’s Front (UPF)- a constituent party of the United Peoples Freedom Alliance (UPFA), will contest the forthcoming Uva Provincial Council (PC) election alone, while the Ceylon Workers Congress (CWC), another member of the same alliance, has decided to contest with it.
Speaking to The Nation, UPF National List... SEE INSIDE

   Plain sailing for Northern fishermen  

Associated with Basil Rajapaksa, at this special announcement in Karainagar, was Minister Douglas Devananda. On their right is Navy Commander Adm. Wasantha Karannagoda.


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Pirates take hijacked ship and Lankan crew to Somali waters
The Sri Lankan Foreign Ministry is tracking the whereabouts of the New Zealand registered vessel with seven Sri Lankan crew members, including its captain and engineer, which was hijacked by Somali pirates in Omani seas a week ago. Ministry sources said it was watching the developments through our High Commissions in Nairobi and Canberra. Our High Commissioner
 in Canberra is also accredited to New Zealand. SEE INSIDE

President calls on Buddhist countries to come to Lanka’s rescue
Buddhist countries can play a major role in the future of Sri Lanka and counterbalance the western powers, suggested President Mahinda Rajapaksa at a tribute organised by Sri Lanka Amarapura Maha Nikaya and Sri Lanka Ramanna... SEE INSIDE


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Streamlined time table for all buses
The National Transport Commission has introduced a common time table for Ceylon Transport Board (CTB) and private buses in a bid to provide a more efficient public transport service to commuters.
“This time table will eliminate unhealthy competition between the CTB and the private bus operators and also will go a long way in reducing the incidence of road accidents,” said Director (Operations, National Transport Commission (NTC), Vipulahewa Walimuni. SEE INSIDE

More rain forecast
The wet zone is currently experiencing heavy rainfall in the past few days due to the onset of the South West Monsoon (May to September). The South West Monsoon otherwise known as Yala season is occurring in pockets in the Wet Zone.
Due to the heavy rainfall, there has been much speculation that there may be floods, however this has not happened.
“The reservoirs are not overflowing”, assured Director Irrigation H.P.S.Somasiri. “There is rain, but only in pockets in the wet zone. There are no floods and no roads underwater” he said. SEE INSIDE

A-9 open to private trade
Goods convoys of private traders have been allowed the use of the A-9 since the beginning of this week, said military spokesperson Brigadier Udaya Nanayakkara. “Convoys of 40 vehicles are permitted entry to the Jaffna Peninsula via A-9 every third day” Nanayakkara added. The convoys may carry trade goods and can also restock at the peninsula to bring back goods on the return journey. Respective lorries and drivers have to be registered with the Commissioner General of Essential Services and according to the spokesperson it has to be done by the relevant traders. SEE INSIDE

Ask Lanka to allow relief ship
CHENNAI: Chief Minister M Karunanidhi on Friday asked the Centre to persuade Sri Lankan Government to allow unloading of the relief materials sent by Tamils in Europe through the ship MV Captain Ali.
(The ship carrying 884 tons of food, medicine and other relief materials for internally displaced Sri Lankan Tamils was turned away by Lankan Navy recently). SEE INSIDE

Left parties in upfa discuss ‘after the war’
All left parties in the United People’s Freedom Alliance who have formed the “Socialist Alliance” will hold a seminar today (21) under the theme “After the War” at the Auditorium of National Library, Independence Avenue, Colombo 7. SEE INSIDE

Dengue far more deadlier than swine flu
Dengue is deadlier than swine flu (A/H1N1) since there are no medicines or vaccines to treat dengue patients, said a senior doctor at the Epidemiology Unit of the Healthcare Ministry yesterday.
Consultant of the Epidemiology Unit, Dr.Sudath Peiris told The Nation that the public should be more cautious about dengue fever than Novel Influenza. “We are not saying that people should ignore A/H1N1 but people should give greater attention to destroying the breeding places of dengue mosquitos,” he said. SEE INSIDE

Major breakthrough into killing of Lt. Col. Meedin next week
The Police conducting investigations into the killing of Lieutenant Colonel Tuan Rizli Meedin of the Military Intelligence in 2005, is expected to make a major breakthrough in to the case next week, The Nation reliably learns. Sources said, the mother and the sister of the main suspect Andrahennedige Chaminda Roshan alias Ice Manju are already in police custody. Thirty-year-old Ice Manju has been on the run since the killing in 2005. SEE INSIDE

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Tigers in exile - Where and for what?
A seemingly innocuous statement appeared in the media this week, announcing the possibility of what was termed a ‘transitional government’ for Tamils in Sri Lanka. The ‘concept’ first appeared in the pro-Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) website Tamilnet, from where it was subsequently picked up by the wire services. SEE INSIDE

Provisional Eelam govt. drive & Presidential Poll disputes
The security forces crushed the LTTE militarily, and annihilated much of its leadership within two years and ten months of the outbreak of the Eelam War IV. Yet within a month of that historic victory, the Tamil diaspora sympathetic to it, is on a drive to form a provisional Eelam government in exile under the leadership of Tiger international point man and its chief arms procurer, Selvaraja Pathmanathan, alias Kumaran Pathmanathan,
alias KP, to give the LTTE a new lease of life. SEE INSIDE


India factor in a post LTTE scenario
The general feeling in India about the decimation of the LTTE leadership by the Sri Lankan government both among its intellectuals and those in the corridors of power seems to be a positive one, if not a sense of great relief. At least this is what I as a member of a delegation of Sri Lankan newspaper editors on a visit to New Delhi on the invitation of the Indian government was made to understand. SEE INSIDE

Haven’t motorists been looking in each others vehicles a little too intensely since of late? Who’s wearing seatbelts? Who isn’t? What’s this new seat belt law? the less informed ask. There have been changes to the Motor Traffic Act regarding wearing seatbelts and although Parliament has passed it, it is yet to be implemented, says Bandula Wijeyaratne, Commissioner General of Motor Traffic. The seatbelt law would be... SEE INSIDE

Let’s speak English the Asian way
Why is an average child leaving school or passing out from a recognised university in Sri Lanka, unable to converse in English?
How come Sri Lankans, by and large, are today unable to speak proper English?
Today there is a significant gap between those who can speak English and those who cannot. SEE INSIDE

Killer bridge to be replaced with concrete structure
Preliminary investigations into the collapse of a brand new bridge located in Poddala on the Southern Highway, which caused the death of a youth last month, have revealed that it was due to the negligence of the contractor - Kumagai Gumi Co Ltd.
The Nation learns that the consultants to the Southern Transport Development Project - Roughton International of United Kingdom, have requested the contractor to replace the collapsed structure with a concrete structure at the contractor’s own cost. SEE INSIDE

More ‘cuts’ on INGOs: The FORUT story says a lot
I first heard the term ‘NGO’ in 1986 when I worked as a part-time research assistant at the Marga Institute on a study of foreign assistance to Sri Lanka. ‘NGOs’ was little more than a footnote in the overall data set that emerged. About 13 years ago, I was contracted to write a country report on the NGO sector in Sri Lanka. SEE INSIDE


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One step to T20 glory
Sri Lanka is one match away from winning their second World Cup in cricket when they meet familiar foes Pakistan in the ICC World Twenty20 final at Lord’s today (Sunday).
Arjuna Ranatunga’s team won the country’s first ever world cricket title when they beat Australia at Lahore to lift the ICC limited-over cricket World Cup in 1996. Now Kumar Sangakkara, another left-hand batsman like Ranatunga is on the verge of bringing home a second world title home for the country.
The ICC could not have asked for a better final than Sri Lanka and Pakistan, two teams oozing with boundless talent and coupled with experience. Both sides play with a lot of flair and a great contest is expected. In this type of contest where one mistake can cost you the match, the side that can hold its nerve and be mentally strong will end up the winners. SEE INSIDE

The unorthodox route to success Cricket has since its inception been all about playing according to the book. But since the advent of one-day cricket over 40 years ago and now Twenty20 cricket, the coaching manuals have been thrown out of the window with batsmen and bowlers finding new unorthodox methods to score runs and take wickets.
Sri Lanka is one of the countries who have found the unorthodox route to success with a bunch of world class cricketers in their side who can upset the opposition with their unique brand of cricket.
The most talked about stroke in the ICC World Twenty20 was Sri Lanka opener Tillakaratne Dilshan’s audacious scoop shot over the wicket-keeper’s head which has made him a success of the tournament scoring the most number of fours – 46, and being the highest run-getter with 317 runs (avg. 63.40) and a strike rate of 148.13. SEE INSIDE


How a Tiger plane was destroyed over Mullaitivu
Immense was the advantage received by the advancing foot soldiers from fighter jets which provided both air cover and action support during the decisive ‘Eelam War IV’
When the Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF) were destroying LTTE targets, Tiger Air Wing too was engaged in air strikes using their light planes. The SLAF had at its disposal Kfirs and MiG 27s fighter jets. But they found it difficult to attack low-flying Tiger planes. The lack of air-to-air attack planes was another disadvantage the Air Force suffered at that time. Chinese-built F7 aircraft were introduced into the Air Force fleet in January 2008, to meet this challenge.
By this time, the Air Tigers had carried out four attacks. Two of these raids were on Colombo.
F7s join the SLAF
The newly acquired F7 air-to-air attack planes equipped with radar and missile systems, filled the gap in the air security cover.
The SLAF procured the F7 planes for the first time in 1991. By 1970 the SLAF was in possession of MiG 15 and MiG 17 jets. But they were sent to the museum in 1977. SEE INSIDE

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