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Sunday July 5th, 2009

Crucial JHU-Govt. meeting
The Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) will meet the President tomorrow to discuss about the 13th Amendment claimed inside party sources. The party has decided not to make any statements about the 13th Amendment until they meet the President.   SEE INSIDE

Surprise recall
Eyebrows are being raised in the Foreign Ministry over the sudden recall of a senior diplomat serving in London.
The career diplomat with more than 20 years of service...  SEE INSIDE

Security clearance holds up campaigning
The United National Party (UNP) and election monitors claim that there is not enough time to campaign in Jaffna for the Municipal Council elections because of the delay taken by the Government to give the opposition parties clearance to visit the area. SEE INSIDE

Severe drug shortage in Govt. hospitals
Medical care services at Kurunegala General Hospital, Matara Base Hospital and Karapitiya Teaching Hospital are hampered... SEE INSIDE



     Handing over of weapons      

A haul of weapons in the possession of Muslim extremist youth in the East were surrendered to DIG Edison Gunatileka at the Meera Jummah Mosque in Kattankudy yesterday.
President of Suhada Foundation T.U.L.M. Thowfeek handing over the weapons to D.I.G. Gunatileka, while Provincial Health Minister M.A.L.M. Hisbullah (Centre) and Brig.Hashan Tilekaratne and Kattankudy Muslims are looking on.
Weapons handed over are: seventeen T-56 assault rifles, Four ..303 rifles, one SMG, 16 hand grenades, two 9mm Pistols, 1075 rounds of ammunition, one Shot Gun and 25 magazines ( Pic by M.I.M.S. Anwar)


President to attend 15th Non
Aligned Summit

President Mahinda Rajapaksa and Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama are expected to attend the 15th Non Alligned Summit to be held in Cairo later this month. SEE INSIDE

Vasu wants cmc held responsible
Opposition Leader of the suspended Colombo Municipal Council (CMC) Vasudeva Nanayakkara said that the CMC authorities should be held responsible for the failure to dispose garbage in the city on a regular basis for the past many months. SEE INSIDE

Suspect evading arrest
Keselwatte Police conducting investigations into the theft of two expensive side-mirrors belonging to the vehicle Toyota Corolla 141, of a woman High Court Judge is on the trail of the suspect whom they had already identified. SEE INSIDE

Polling booths in IDP camps
The Elections Department will set up polling booths in IDP camps if they receive a sufficient number of applications from eligible voters seeking to cast their vote... SEE INSIDE




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Two Killings in Vavuniya
Election campaign in the Vavuniya Urban Council took a bloody turn yesterday as two people were shot dead at 1:00 pm at Barathypuram within Vavuniya Urban Council area. TNA MP Srikantha Nallathamby claimed that unidentified gunmen shot the Principal of Barathypuram Viduhala, M Ramesh Kandha and well known businessman, Gunarathnam Peter Ruben. SEE INSIDE

LIOC demands further hike in fuel prices
Lanka Indian Oil Company (LIOC) complains that the fuel price revision announced this week by the government is not sufficient to cover the losses incurred by them and added that they are expecting a further hike.
LIOC points out that they have currently reached a state where they have run out of cash and added that they may not be able to import the next consignment of oil. SEE INSIDE

AEA launches new projects
Unknown to most of us the Atomic Energy Authority (AEA) of Sri Lanka is the silent and unseen watchdog behind many of the daily activities that we take for granted.
“The AEA regulates the use of nuclear material and nuclear technology and promotes the safe use of nuclear material and nuclear technology. This technology is currently applied in the health sector, industrial sector and agricultural sector as well as for the development and promotion of scientific research on the environment science and other life sciences,” said Dr. W. Abeyewickreme,
Chairman Atomic Energy Authority of Sri Lanka. SEE INSIDE

Swarnam’s wife arrested from relief camp
Wife of the LTTE’s military leader for Trincomalee District Colonel Swarnam and another woman LTTE suspect were arrested by Police from a relief camp for IDPs at Settikulam in Vavuniya on information given by another woman arrested at Kekirawa while carrying a parcel of C-4 explosives earlier in the week.
The woman with 1.9 kilogrammes of C4 explosives in her possession was arrested at Kekirawa by a special police team attached to the
Colombo Crime Division (CCD) on Tuesday. SEE INSIDE

Five more Majors General
Army Headquarters has recommended the promotion of five brigadiers to the rank of Major General, The Nation reliably learns. The letter of recommendation has been sent to the President early this week.
“Head of the President’s Security Division, Brig. Jagath Alwis, Director Military Planning, Brig. Mahesh Senanayake, Commander of the 22 GOC, Brig. Janaka Walgama, Brig. A. L. R Wijethunga and Brig. H.L. Weeratunga are the five brigadiers who have been recommended,” a reliable source told The Nation. SEE INSIDE

Minister Warnapala to attend Higher Education Conference in Paris
Higher Education Minister Prof. Wiswa Warnapala left for Paris on Friday to attend the 4-day World Conference on Higher Education to be held at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris beginning today.
The Sri Lankan delegation will include Ministry Secretary Ms. Malani Peiris, University Grants Commission Chairman Prof. Gamini Samaranayake and Prof. Janaka de Silva.
“This conference will be attended by eminent educationists from all over the world to discuss matters relating to new dynamics... SEE INSIDE



Test firing of political missiles?
There appears to be never a dull moment in the Sri Lankan political theatre. Just when campaigning began in earnest for the Uva Provincial polls, where one would have believed that interest would remain focussd there, events in distant Colombo began to take centre stage yet again.
The first tremors of the impending quake came in the form of announcements from the Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU), that it would, using all means at its disposal, oppose the 13th Amendment as a means of Devolving Power.
This obviously sent alarm bells ringing, because the JHU was a staunch ally of President Mahinda Rajapaksa and his ruling United Peoples’ Freedom Alliance (UPFA). The question that was being asked was whether the announcement was a means by which the Alliance was, in fact, communicating its unwillingness to pursue the 13th Amendment. SEE INSIDE

President ‘de-mines’ alliance thinking
The statement made by Environment Minister Patali ChampIka Ranawaka, a JHU front-liner, at a media briefing in Colombo on July 2, that his party would quit the government, if it made a move to fully implement the 13th Amendment, created a sensation in political circles last week.
Minister Ranawaka’s statement immediately drew critical responses from Minister Mervyn Silva and Western Province Chief Minister Prasanna Ranatunga.
Meanwhile, the Minister, who had spoken to President Mahinda Rajapaksa over the phone, was taken to task for having made the statement, by an angry President. “I have taken a firm stand to fully implement the 13th Amendment. You may quit the Government now itself, if that is your wish,” he told the Minister, Temple Trees sources revealed. SEE INSIDE


Visiting the Vavuniya IDP camps: An uplifting experience
Colombo: The last phase of Sri Lanka’s low-intensity military conflict saw the elimination of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam as a military force. It simultaneously witnessed a poignant human drama in which some 300,000 Tamil civilians were rescued by force of arms from a terrorist organisation that, claiming to fight for their freedom, had no compunction in using them as a human shield.
Most of these internally displaced Sri Lankans are now housed and cared for by the government in transitional relief camps located in five demarcated zones of the 1,500-acre Menik Farm on the outskirts of the town of Vavuniya in the mainland North. International concern has been expressed over the present condition and the future of these Tamil civilians, who include a large number of children, women, and senior citizens. SEE INSIDE

Anti-dengue Cuban Bti - Not a magic wand
It is a misconception that the biochemical Bacillus thuringiensis israelensis (Bti), yet to be received from Cuba is a ‘magic wand’ that will eliminate the dengue menace across the country. In Cuba’s fight against dengue- an ecological, environmental and a medical problem, Bti has only complemented many other means adopted. The Nation learns that the active Cuban youth force, constant medical research activities and the strong legal, public heath and surveillance system, keep dengue outbreaks regulated within Cuban borders.  SEE INSIDE


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An absorbing first day at Galle
What an eventful first day it was in the first Test of the series between Sri Lanka and Pakistan turned out to be at the Galle International Stadium yesterday. Initially the weather which was questionable in the past week cleared giving way to bright sunshine and the cricket that was dished out lived up to the glorious uncertainties only a sport of this nature can produce.
Sri Lanka invited to bat first on a damp pitch soaked underneath by the continuous rains that had lashed the ground for more than a week did extremely well to total a respectable 292.  SEE INSIDE

Herath gets off to a flying start
The Sri Lankan athletic arena had always been blessed with a fair amount of international level middle-distance runners. In the recent past the sport was blessed with athletes in the calibre of Sugath Thilakarathene, Rohan Pradeepa Kumara and Prasanna Amarasekara. In the near future, the name of Indunil Madushan Herath will also be added to that list. His performance at the 1st Asian Youth Games, which is currently underway at Bishan Stadium in Singapore, can be called a timely one as he went on to renew his personnel best timing by two seconds in the 800m heats. SEE INSIDE

Don’t dilute Test cricket
Four-day Tests, night Tests and two-tier Tests what else will the International Cricket Council (ICC), the world governing body for cricket come up with next in this their Centenary Year?
In the last few years the ICC has been trying its best to divert from traditional Test cricket and to try and dilute the game. The statement made by ICC chief David Morgan that Test matches be made four days to compete with Twenty20 cricket is pure baloney. Test cricket should not be sacrificed at any cost whatever the threat. SEE INSIDE


We’re not racists, we are socialists – Anura Kumara
Last week the JVP participated in the Development and Reconciliation Committee (DRC) summoned by the President and many speculated that they might be changing their stance on devolution and the implementation of the 13th Amendment like some of the other early opponents of the Amendment. The Nation met JVP Parliamentary group leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake to learn if the party stands by their original claims…
Q: Last Thursday the President held an all party meeting...  SEE INSIDE

Judges must act within parameters of law - CJ
The judges have to act according to the law. They cannot do what they want or wish when they are making any judicial determination declared newly appointed Chief Justice J. H. Asoka Nihal de Silva in an interview with The Nation. Following are excerpts from the interview:
Q: What made you turn to a career in law?
A: Our parents did their best to give us a higher education for us to obtain respectable high positions in society. My elder brother entered the Medical College and became a doctor. Now, he is practising in America. SEE INSIDE

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