Lanka gets loan without West
Despite heavy opposition from key Western powers – but backed by
a clear majority – the Executive Board of the International
Monetary Fund (IMF) finally approved a US$ 2.6 billion loan to
Sri Lanka yesterday.
The US, Britain, Germany and France
abstained from the vote citing humanitarian concerns, while a
majority of other IMF member nations, particularly from Asia,
helped Sri Lanka win the vote by a ‘clear majority.’ The
endorsement enables Sri Lanka to immediately
SB axed from Kandy
The United National Party on Wednesday rejected a request from
its National Organiser and Central Province Opposition Leader S
B Dissanayake to be appointed as its Chief Organiser for
Hewaheta in the Kandy District.
The decision was taken by the party advisory Committee appointed
by its Working Committee.
JSC Secretary replaced
Secretary to the Judicial Service Commission P.W.D.C. Jayatilaka
has been asked to
resign from his post and Deputy Secretary D. N. Samarakoon has been...
‘You’re out’ says one-year-old son Manaka to father Chaminda
Vaas who retired from Test cricket at the end of the third Test
against Pakistan at the SSC grounds on Friday
(Pic by Pushpakumara Matugama)
Multi-billion rupee tender awarded for new electronic NIC
The Government this
week awarded the multi-billion rupee tender for the issuance of
the new Electronic National Identity Card to replace the current
manually processed ID system existing from 1972.
Secretary to the Ministry of Internal Administration Dr Upananda
Professor takes on lawyers in SC
Is it a privilege of lawyers to make maliciously false and
defamatory statement against litigants in judicial proceedings?
Prof. Velupillai Tharamaratnam of Sampanthar, Karainagar, raised
this question before the Supreme Court this week in an appeal
against two lawyers who were defendants in defamation case No.
CID probe into commercial greed threatening historic property
The CID has begun an investigation into a complaint that plans
are underway to sell as blocks the 50-acre coconut plantation
that belonged to world renowned author and surgeon Dr.
R.L.Spittle located at Makola, Kiribathgoda, Chairman of the
Coconut Cultivation Board Dr. Jayantha Gunathilake told The
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Udathalawinna Murder Trial-
Five remaining accused, acquitted
Allowing the Udathalawinna Murder Appeal by five army
personnel attached to then Minister Anurudha Ratwatte’s security
detail, the Supreme Court set aside their conviction and the
death sentence earlier imposed by the High Court at Bar, last
Chief Justice Asoka de Silva, delivering the verdict
with Justices P.A. Ratnayake, Nimal Gamini Amaratunga,
Jagath Balapatabendi and (Ms). Chandra...
North electrification kick starts next week
The Ceylon Electricity Board will call for tenders by
next week on Supplier Credit Basis for the Northern
Province Electrification Project under the Uthuru
Wasantha (Vadakku Vasantham), which anticipates
providing the entire Northern Province with electricity
within two years, under a three-phase accelerated
project costing Rs. 3,750 million.
“Cabinet approval has been obtained for the expansion of
generation capacity in Jaffna, until the transmission
cables from Vavuniya...
Vacancy in Supreme Court
The vacancy created in the Supreme Court with the retirement of
former Chief Justice Sarath Nanda Silva early last month has
still not been filled.
Under the Constitution, however there is no necessity to have
a full complement of 11 judges in the highest Court in the land.
According to Article 119 (1) of the Constitution “The
Supreme Court shall consist of the Chief Justice and of
not less than six...
Bahrain PM here on Tuesday
Manama: Bahrain Premier Shaikh Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa
will pay an official state visit to Sri Lanka from July 28 to 30
on a personal invitation extended to him by President Mahinda
This is the first visit by a Bharain Prime Minister to Sri
Lanka. Shaikh Khalifa will have bilateral talks with President
Rajapaksa and will be accompanied by a high level delegation.
The two countries are expected to sign several bilateral
Parasites Breeding Centre for
bio-control of coconut pests
The recently set up
Parasites Breeding Centre at Mailanbaveli, Batticaloa will
enable the effective control of all pests including beetles that
destroy the coconut plantations in the East from time to time,
Coconut Cultivation Board Chairman, Jayantha Gunatilake said.
Railway–CTB coordinated public transport service for Kataragama devotees
Railway-CTB coordinated public transport service is now in
operation for the convenience of devotees attending the Esala
festival in Kataragama.
This special service which was launched last Wednesday will
operate till August 6, the Department of Information said.
Devotees travelling on coastline trains are provided
with a coordinated bus service from Matara to Kataragama
and for those from upcountry areas in particular a
similar bus service is being operated...
Neelan Tiruchelvam Memorial Lecture today
Professor Upendra Baxi, Emeritus
Professor of Law, University of Warwick, U.K. will deliver the
Tenth Neelan Tiruchelvam Memorial Lecture today at the BMICH,
Committee Room ‘A’ at 6:00 p.m. The title of the lecture is
“Constitutional Utopias: A Conversation with Neelan
Thousands of absentee voters in Vavuniya
The errors made by the Department of Elections in preparing the
register of voters in Vavuniya have left space for many
malpractices said Campaign for Free and Fair Elections (CaFFE)
spokesman Keerthi Tennakoon. Tennakoon said that although
Vavuniya has 24,626 registered voters less than 17, 000
live there at present. “We were there this week and
according to our calculations less than 65% of the
Rs. 500 million worth of drugs to be destroyed?
Sub-standard and `date-expired’ drugs and vaccines worth more
than Rs.500 million are to be condemned by the State
Pharmaceutical Corporation (SPC), an SPC source claimed
According to the source, the drugs are either to be
destroyed due to date-expiring or being identified as
quality failures. “It is the responsibility of the SPC
management to procure quality drugs...
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Economic policy in debate
was Junius Richard Jayewardene, JRJ to all, who engineered the revival
of the United National Party (UNP) in the late ’70s, resulting in an
unprecedented mandate for the party at the General elections in 1977,
where a ‘free and just society’ was promised to the people.
A cornerstone of that victory was the economic policy advocated by
JRJ. Seven years of a ‘closed door’ economy imposed on the country by
Sirimavo Bandaranaike and her United Front Government that included the
leftist Communist Party (CP) and the Lanka Samasamaja Party (LSSP) had
taken its toll. The masses were disillusioned with rice barriers, eating
manioc on Tuesdays and Thursdays and rationed luxuries.
Sri Lanka asked for only US $ 1.9 billion from the IMF. But the IMF
has now decided to increase this standby loan facility to US $ 2.6
billion, given the decisive end to the protracted war and the urgent
need to carry out rehabilitation and reconstruction in the North and
Sri Lanka received US $ 322.2 million as the first tranche of this
credit facility last Friday. The country is to receive the pledged
amount in eight equal instalments and the final instalment is due on
March 15, 2011.
According to Central Bank sources, this is the biggest ever loan Sri
Lanka has received from the IMF.
Govt. turns tables on detractors
Sri Lanka applied for this loan facility at a time when the war against
the LTTE had reached a very decisive stage.
Smart Card Driving Licence
The First Petitioner, Ranjith Amarasekera is the Organising
Secretary of the Sri Lanka Eksath Riyaduru Pasal Himiyange
Sangamaya, which is an association of driving school owners in
Sri Lanka registered as a trade union in the Office of the
Registrar of Trade Unions under the Registration No. 7864.
First Petitioner states that there are over 550 Driving
Schools in the country registered with the Department of Motor
Vehicles, of which the Sri Lanka Eksath Riyaduru Pasal Himiyange
Sangamaya (United Driving School Owners Association) has in its
membership over 60 Driving Schools carrying on their activities
in the Districts of Gampaha, Kurunegala, Anuradhapura, Kegalle,
Matara and Hambanthota.
People decide - To hang or not to hang
It was the voice of the people that prevented the
resumption of the execution of the death penalty during the few
times it was attempted by the authorities. The majority view was
that Sri Lanka being a leading Buddhist country, must not resort
to the capital punishment when dealing with criminals. This time
around too it is the opinion of the people that matters most
when gauging the need and demand for reviving capital punishment
in this country. Hence, The Nation spoke to a cross section of
the society to learn their views about this latest attempt to
bring back the death penalty. The majority were for implementing
the death penalty.
Alex Crawford and rubbish journalism
The word is a powerful tool in the hands of those who are
skilled at using it. It informs and misinforms, reveals and
hides, privileges and underprivileges, exaggerates and waters
down, represents and misrepresents, emphasises and footnotes.
The word is a special kind of weapon in that it is slick,
slippery, intangible and therefore almost made for abuse.
Double-edged is the natural descriptive. This is why journalists
are required to act with professionalism, a sense of social
responsibility and consideration of ethics. Some journalists are
hard on themselves in this regard, others though are hard on
society: They lie, twist, exaggerate, sensationalise and in
other ways act in ways that spill over decent media practice and
even mischief-making into downright dishonesty.
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|Giant-killers Navy busts Kandy’s invincibility
Navy Sports Club created the biggest upset in the Caltex ‘A’
division rugby tournament this year when they prevailed over
defending champions Kandy Sports Club to win the second round
game by 12 points to 11.The sailors, who turned the tables on
fancied CR and FC last week by beating them 18-3, gave Kandy
their first defeat of the season. The winners had their total
points from four penalties to Kandy’s solitary try and two
The sailors played according to a game plan especially
to contain the famed Kandy back division of Fazil
Marija, Gayan Weeraratne, skipper Pradeep Liyanage,
Sanjeewa Jayasinghe, Sameera Silva and Radhika
Fast bowling in safe hands
Vaas may have bid goodbye to Test cricket but he’s left a legacy
of a battery of young fast bowlers behind him to follow in his
footsteps so that the country is well served for the next
generation. There was a time in the history of Sri Lanka cricket
that fast bowlers were a rarity in our system. For
instance in Sri Lanka’s inaugural Test match against
England in 1982, Ashantha de Mel opened bowling with a
makeshift bowler skipper Bandula Warnapura. There have
been several instances where Sri Lanka because of the
lack of a quality pair of fast bowlers have resorted to
opening with part-time bowlers like Asanka Gurusinha and
With the retirement of Chaminda Vaas from Test cricket
it is not only Sri Lanka that loses a quality world
class left-arm fast bowler but international cricket
overall. For seldom do you find bowlers in the quality
of Vaas gracing the field. The decision to eventually
retire from the game, after serving it for a period of
15 years, would have been a difficult one. It is not one
of the easiest of decisions to take especially when you
are still fit and rearing to go.
Lankan bowlers call the tune
By winning the Man of the Series award fast-medium bowler Nuwan
Kulasekara clearly emphasised the fact that it was the bowlers
who won the three-Test series for Sri Lanka against Pakistan. It
was the first time that Sri Lanka had defeated Pakistan in a
Test series at home.
Until the final innings of the series Sri Lanka’s
batting had failed to show the high consistency which it
had maintained in recent years.
Bilingual Education develops hiccups
was never English medium education to begin with” says
Officer-in-Charge- Bilingual Education Programme, Ministry of
Education, Priyatha Nanayakkara, pointing out what may well be
the mother of miscomprehensions. “It should be referred to as
Bilingual Education,” she says, explaining that most stones
aimed at the programme have come from the incorrect term being
more popular. In any case, the introduction of Bilingual
Education to the local syllabus has been quite sensational. It
has garnered an attention that spans all media. As students and
school administrators complain...
“We are in a new phase where everybody
foreign affairs in today’s complex and extensively globalised
world is not an easy task. Sri Lanka had to face both praise and
censure during the first half of this year for its military
operations against the LTTE. In the present post-conflict
scenario, the Minister in charge of foreign relations has much
to do in terms of reconciliation with other States as well as
carrying the message of rebuilding to the global forums. This
week, The Nation met with Foreign Affairs Minister Rohitha
Bogollagama to learn of his efforts to manage foreign affairs in
the post-conflict era, and how he has managed...
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