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Sunday August 02nd, 2009

Top Govt. officials spied
for Tigers

Some top government officials serving in the north are now facing arrest over their active feeding of intelligence to the LTTE after regularly visiting Colombo for official meetings.
Sources said their active role in the LTTE had been revealed by Tiger top level cadres recently captured by the security establishment. SEE INSIDE

Namal to contest general election
Denying rumours that the President’s eldest son, Namal Rajapaksa will contest as the Chief Ministerial candidate in the upcoming Southern Provincial Council UPFA General Secretary Susil Premajayanth claimed that Namal Rajapaksa will most probably... SEE INSIDE

End of the road for Kohona as Foreign Secretary?
There are fresh attempts to send off Foreign Secretary Dr Palitha Kohona by offering him a post overseas, while several previous attempts ended in failure. But, sources said this time it might succeed as the offer is coming from a place... SEE INSIDE

 Joining hands to symbolise unity

UPFA Chief Ministerial Candidate for Uva Provincial Council Election Sashindra Rajapaksa with former Uva Chief Ministers Vijith Vijithamuni de Soyza and Samaraweera Weerawanni (former UNP) at an election meeting early this week


Justin Galappatti quits UNP
UNP’s Matara district leader and Opposition leader of the Southern Provincial Council (SPC) Justin Galappatti, yesterday announced his decision to cross over to the Government.
Galapatti, who is also a former Provincial Minister, told a large gathering of supporters and well-wishers at his Pamburana... SEE INSIDE

NCPA to set up guidelines on
dealing with teenagers

The National Child Protection Authority (NCPA) has said it planned to set up indicators on how to deal with teenagers, and that they were already in the process of collecting opinions from various sectors of the society including teenagers as well as parents and teachers, in this regard. SEE INSIDE

Slain Galle opposition leader had murder charges against him
Police teams investigating the broad daylight murder of Galle Municipal Council Opposition Leader Deshabandu Dushyantha Seneviratne are yet to make a breakthrough into the killing. SEE INSIDE


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New deadline for Muslim extremists
Authorities are contemplating a further grace period for extremist Muslim groups in the East to surrender their illegal arms stockpile.
On July 4 at the conclusion of the first grace period a small quantity of weapons in their possession was handed over to authorities through the Kattankudy mosque. SEE INSIDE

Census in North after 30 years
The Census and Statistics Department is to carry out an islandwide census enumeration programme in 2011 which will include statistics of people and houses in the North and the East for the first time in 30 years.
“This census programme is being held every 10 years and for the first time since 1981. We will be collecting data of the people and houses in the Northern and Eastern provinces,” said G.Y.L Fernando, the Director for Census and Statistics. SEE INSIDE

Lokuge proposes to bring elephant mothers to Maligawa as solution
Minister Gamini Lokuge Friday proposed that if the baby tuskers who were brought from Pinnawela Orphanage are crying for their mothers, then they could bring the she-elephants to the Maligawa to be with their offspring.
The controversy erupted when it was alleged that two baby tuskers were abducted from Pinnawela Orphanage in the dead of night.  SEE INSIDE

New pools for Yala
The Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources has commenced the construction of of a new water pools inside the Yala National Park to respond to the water shortage caused as a result of the drying out of Kumbukkan Oya, said Minister in charge, Patali Champika Ranawaka.
“We already have several water pools inside Yala and we are now working on constructing five to 10 new water pools with the participation of the private sector. SEE INSIDE

Lack of midwives a problem
The All Ceylon Health Service Union (ACHSU) yesterday charged that the lack of Family Health Workers (Midwives) in the country has resulted in zeroing in one midwife to 20,000 citizens in the country.
President of ACHSU, Gamini Kumarasinghe told The Nation, that even though the top officials in the Health Ministry could not understand even an ordinary man can understand that it is not possible for a single midwife to take care of 20,000 people alone. SEE INSIDE

Automatic weather forecasting in six months
An Automatic Weather Forecasting System set up under the financial aid of Japan will come into force in six months time.
Denying various media reports that the system is malfunctioning and giving inaccurate predictions from the date of installation, Deputy Director of the Department of Meteorology S.H. Kariyawasam told The Nation that it is still being tested and will only be used for weather forecasting from January 2010. SEE INSIDE

Massive vaccination campaign for IDP children begins today
More than 36,000 internally displaced children in camps will be vaccinated against Measles in a special ‘child health campaign’ launched today. In a joint effort with the Ministry of Health, UNICEF, WHO and a coalition of other partners, the campaign aims to counter the sporadic cases of measles which have occurred in the past months and prevent risk of further outbreak. SEE INSIDE

Minister vows to probe test paper blunder
Education Minister Susil Premajayantha assured that Provincial Education Ministers have been advised to conduct inquiries into the blunders made while preparing the second term test papers and added that necessary disciplinary action will be taken against the officials responsible for the situation. SEE INSIDE

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Uva : A dress rehearsal for the bigger contests
With only days to go for campaigning to end for the Uva Provincial Council elections, there is hardly any uncertainty about the outcome of the poll; nevertheless, the election would be significant for both the Government and the Opposition for a variety of reasons.
For the past two-and-half months, Sri Lankans have been rejoicing in the aftermath of the annihilation of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and justifiably, President Mahinda Rajapaksa deserves much of the credit for this, in taking an unwavering stand with regard to military operations against the Tigers, in the face of fierce opposition and intimidation from the international community. SEE INSIDE

SLFP to announce National Plan to rebuild nation
SLFP General Secretary Maitripala Sirisena told a Press briefing in Colombo last Tuesday, that several political decisions taken for the good of the entire country, which underline the concept of rebuilding the nation, would be announced at the SLFP’s 19th anniversary national convention to be held in Colombo on September 1.
About 6000 delegates from party branches countrywide are expected to participate in this convention, which will be held at the Sugathadasa Indoor Stadium.
Arrangements are also underway to adopt at the convention, a national political agenda carrying among other things a National Plan for the country’s future. SEE INSIDE


Nipped in the bud
Suicide, although not a favourable topic of discussion, is noted today as one of the leading causes of death among teenagers and adults under 35. The World Health Organisation reported that over one million people commit suicide every year, and some 10 to 20 million non-fatal attempted suicides are reported worldwide annually.
Last week, a student from Musaeus College, a leading girls’ school, committed suicide, while another student attempted suicide, and is in danger of losing hers. Who is to be blamed, who is responsible? Could the entire blame be set upon the students for breaking rules or is it time that the parents and teachers became more sensitive and responsive towards dealing with teen psychology?  SEE INSIDE

Personal experiences of police brass
On April 4, in addition to my duties as the Director, Police Planning and Research I was acting for P. L. Munidasa SP as the Personal Assistant to Stanley Senanayake the IGP. At about 4 p.m. an urgent radio message addressed to the IGP was opened by me. The message was alarming. The Wellawaya Police station had been attacked and the OIC Inspector Jayasekera too had been injured. He had received gunshot injuries, a PC had been killed and several injured. However, the Police had fought back bravely and not abandoned the station.
As soon as the IGP was informed, he reacted calmly. SEE INSIDE

Mobile phones, not a toy?
Is the use of mobile phones for the safety of school children, or does it compromise their safety? This is the talk of the town in Colombo following the suicide of a 14-year-old girl at a popular girls’ school, whose death is presumed to be connected with the mobile phone she was carrying. The Nation spoke to a cross-section of Colombo’s public as to what they feel about students carrying mobile phones. The majority opinion was that students should not be given mobile phones while some opined that intelligent students are able to discern what is good... SEE INSIDE


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The Dambulla drag
Sri Lanka capitalised once again on a feeble batting display by Pakistan to win the second one-day international by six wickets and go 2-up in the five-match series at the Rangiri Dambulla Stadium yesterday.
Put into bat on a fresh wicket Pakistan could make no more than 168 off 47 overs. Sri Lanka also struggled in their run chase losing 74-4 in 23 overs before Chamara Kapugedera and Thilan Samaraweera put things right for Sri Lanka sharing an unfinished 95-run partnership off 129 balls to see them through with 6.2 overs to spare.
Kapugedera dropped from the ICC World Twenty20 in England this year returned... SEE INSIDE

Battle of the two Abeys
Sad but it’s true that a battle of two cricket commentators is what is taking place at present in the on-going Sri Lanka-Pakistan series. It was rather an unpleasant surprise to see a news item appearing in one of the morning dailies accusing Roshan Abeysinghe of using his position as an international cricket commentator to promote the players he is managing. The Sports Minister directed Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) which picks the commentators for the commentary team to inquire and take necessary action. SLC found that there was absolutely no fault in Abeysinghe’s commentary after previewing the tapes and concluded that he had done no wrong. SEE INSIDE

Herath in the right place at the wrong time
It is unfortunate in some ways that Rangana Herath’s career should run parallel with that of world record holder Muthiah Muralitharan. Of course Herath came into the Test scene seven years after Muralitharan had broken into the Test ranks, but by that time he had not only to compete with Muralitharan but also Kumar Dharmasena, Upul Chandana and Sanath Jayasuriya for a spinner’s berth in the national team. Although Jayasuriya played as a batsman he was quite a useful left-arm spinner capturing 98 Test wickets, the highest tally after Muralitharan and Chaminda Vaas for his country. SEE INSIDE


“Prabhakaran closed the door on me. I wanted peace”
This year’s stunning and decisive military annihilation of the LTTE by Sri Lankan forces has created, in its wake, a humanitarian crisis of colossal dimensions. Some 300,000 displaced persons, most of them Tamils who were forced to flee their homes, are living in government refugee camps awaiting rehabilitation. The architect of this victory, President Mahinda Rajapaksa, is hailed as a national... SEE INSIDE

The right to survive
Among the concerns that govern global relations today, environment enjoys a pivotal position. According to Environment Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka, the concern for environment and the consequences of climate change constitutes the main political conflict brewing across the entire world. He also says that climate change is a worse disaster than colonialism for the developing world, because it has the capability to wipe out entire civilisations, unlike in the case of colonialism, where only political freedoms were subjugated for selfish gains.  SEE INSIDE

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