KP sings about DPL, VIP links
Despite him being an internationally wanted fugitive, LTTE’s
self-proclaimed leader since the killing of Velupillai
Prabhakaran, Selvarasa Pathmanathan has revealed shocking
details about his continuing links with top officials of
international organisations and ambassadors of leading Western
nations serving in Colombo.
Low turnout, but polls peaceful
The first post-war election concluded yesterday with monitoring
bodies claiming it as the most free and fair held in the recent
past, but low voter turnout for the local elections in Jaffna
and Vavuniya marred the whole democratic exercise.
According to the National...
Another dengue outbreak in two months
The Heath Ministry warned another possible outbreak of dengue in
two months, with the start of North-Eastern Monsoon, thus,
urging the public to remain alert.
Health Ministry Spokesman W.M.D. Wanninayake speaking to The
Nation yesterday said the number of dengue cases being reported
has declined recently...
The expected victor as the new Chief Minister of Uva Provincial
Council, Shasheendra Rajapaksa yesterday walking into his
polling booth in Moneragala with the confident air of a victor
and the sign at the entrance to the polling centre symbolically
also indicates that he is the man in for the job
UNP rebels to contest under UPFA
Son of UNP’s formidable heavyweight late Gamini Dissanayake and
non-Cabinet Minister for Investment Promotion in the present
Government, Navin Dissanayake expects to contest the next
general election under (PA) ticket.
IGP’s action against Nipuna’s abductors awaited
As the disciplinary control of the Police is under the IGP once
again in the absence of the National Police Commission,
authorities are watching to see what action Jayantha
Wickramaratna will take against those responsible for the
abduction and assault of a 22-year-old information technology
student on Tuesday.
Visiting Chinese Buddhist delegation leaves today
102-member Chinese Buddhist delegation on a visit here from
August 2 will leave the country today.
The visit of the Buddhist delegation led by Ven. Shi Yie Chang,
the chief abbot of the Lingguang Temple in Beijing was organised
to strengthen the Buddhist cultural relations between the two
Affairs Ministry said.
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|Tug-of-war on bus fare hikes likely to end
The tug-of-war between the National Transport Commission (NTC)
and the private bus owners on annual fare hikes is likely to end
in two weeks with Lanka Private Bus Owners’ Association (LPBOA)
expressing a possibility of agreeing to the percentage
recommended by the NTC.
President of the LPBOA Gemunu Wijeratne said they will take a
final decision on the NTC suggested bus fare hike of 5.3% after
they return from the study tour to India planned for next week.
Tamil speaking labour officers to be recruited
The Labour Ministry will
recruit 20 new labour officers through an open competitive and a
limited competitive examination to be held only in the Tamil
medium in November this year, to serve in the labour offices in
the North and East and also in areas where there are large
concentrations of Tamil speaking people.
Mahabodhi Society tussle over 175,000 pound donation
Colombo Fort Magistrate and Additional District Judge Gihan
Pilapitiya has issued summons on three parties who are claiming
a sum of 175,000 British Pounds entrusted by a last will of two
Summons were issued on Prasanna Jayasuriya, a trustee of
Mahabodhi Society of India empowered to sign cheques of
the society’s account, Ven. Akuratiye Nanda Thera who is
also authorised to sign cheques of the society...
UC member in another
In another elephant drama, Deputy Chairman of the Balangoda
Urban Council was arrested last morning for keeping a
three-month-old baby elephant in his possession.
An official of the Wildlife Department said a special team led
by Assistant Director Upali Padmasiri was engaged in the
“The baby elephant was hidden in a room of the Deputy Chairman’s
house and the search was based on a tip-off by a neighbour. We
arrested three suspects including the Deputy Chairman and handed
the baby elephant over to Eth Athuru Sevana in Udawala,” he
Tikkam distillery in Jaffna to be developed
Social Services Minister Douglas
Devananda, who is also the Chairman of the Special Task Force
for the North will take steps to develop the Tikkam distillery
Stage one of coal power plant to be completed soon – CEB
The Stage One of Sri Lanka’s first ever Coal Power Project – 900
MW Norochcholai Plant will be completed soon and will be
commissioned mid 2010, while civil works for Stages Two and
Three will simultaneously commence this month.
Chairman of Ceylon Electricity Board E.A.S.K.
Edirisinghe told a media briefing this week that a
Chinese and Sri Lankan Buddhist ceremony will be held on
August 20, with the participation of Malwatu and Asgiri
Mahanayake Theras as well as Chief Prelate of China, to
mark the completion...
‘Techno 2009’ National Engineering and Technology Exhibition at BMICH
The Institution of Engineers Sri Lanka (IESL), proudly
heralds its 24th annual exhibition which is to be held
at the BMICH, from October 9-11.
This prestigious ‘Techno 2009’ exhibition which marks
the flagship event in the IESL calendar, will seek to
unleash and elicit multi-faceted disciplines, talents
and skills in the spheres of engineering. It will strive
to drive Sri Lanka into scientific and technological
excellence, uplift and enhance the quality of life of
our people and steer our motherland towards prosperity.
Tiger building contractor netted
Suspect Krishnan Christy Waraliyan Reddiar,
of the Tamil Rehabilitation Organisation (TRO) who had aided and
abetted the LTTE by being in charge of building contracts of the
LTTE leaders, was arrested by the Western Province Special
Operation Unit (WPSOU) at the Bandaranaike International
Airport, Katunayake early this week.
Krishnan’s brother Krishnan Nirosh Pradeep Reddiar was also
taken into custody for assisting his brother to carry on his
terrorist activities, on the same day.
Sacrilege caused to historic monument
Elephants are brought by their mahouts to have a bath after the
Kandy Esala Perahera at the ‘Flower Fountain’ built by the
British coffee planters, which is now a protected monument.
Their baths are immensely costly as the elephants that are tied
to the cherubs – five of them around the edge of the fountain –
often end up damaging them. It is understood that there is a
watcher to advise the mahouts not to tie their elephants’ chain
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Lanka’s Intelligence finally gets its prize catch
sensational news of the arrest of LTTE’s self-appointed leader Selvarasa
Pathmanathan alias Kumaran Pathmanathan, by a team of INTERPOL sleuths
at a hotel in Kuala Lumpur last Wednesday, nipped in the bud the much
publicised attempt by a section of the pro-LTTE Tamil Diaspora to revive
Soon after being officially informed of the arrest of much wanted
LTTE’s chief arms procurer Pathmanathan well known as KP, a team of
operatives from the Terrorist Investigation Division (TID) of Sri Lanka
Police, was rushed to Bangkok from where they took over the custody of
KP from the INTERPOL sleuths.
The TID operatives returned home on a
special flight with their `prized catch’ on Thursday evening.
strategy of piecemeal elections received an
unexpected boost with the crushing of the LTTE,
which led to an unprecedented surge in popularity
for President Mahinda Rajapaksa. These piecemeal
polls, however, has also led to speculation as to
what the ruling party’s future strategy will be with
regard to elections. The first major poll due is the
general election, which has to be called by April
2010. However, there is Constitutional provision for
President Rajapaksa to call for a presidential poll
after November this year, which would effectively
mean a presidential election early next year.
Norochcholai to herald new power era
With Sri Lanka’s exponential growth and anticipated GDP growth
comes the exponential need for energy. Demand for electricity
has far outstripped supply, and now a new era will dawn in Sri
Lanka’s power and energy sector with the Norochcholai Coal Power
Project coming into operation by mid 2010 heralding the Coal
The Nation team visited Norochcholai Power Plant last week,
and was able to see that nearly 70 percent of its civil
construction was over and the project is ahead of its schedule
in completing work.
Speaking at a press conference held at Norochcholai Plant site,
Chairman of Ceylon Electricity Board E A S K Edirisinghe, said
that seventy percent of the Phase One was now complete and added
that the project will commence its test operations in the first
quarter of 2010, well ahead of its schedule.
Reverse ‘tainted’ deals or punish
In Sri Lanka, privatisation has long been a contentious and
debated issue. However unlike in India which preferred joint
ventures in the form of Private Public Partnerships (PPPs)
coupled with the deregulation of entry into activities
previously treated as public monopolies, which has transformed
it into an Asian superpower: In Sri Lanka the focus had largely
been on transfer of ownership of state assets to private.
Several landmark judgements delivered by Sri Lanka’s apex
court - the Supreme Court, during the recent times, declared
that Sri Lanka Insurance Corporation (SLIC), Lanka Marine
Services (LMS) and Waters’ Edge deals were illegal and were
pronounced ‘null and void,’ while the Court stopped any payment
being made under hedging contracts.
Underworld- Let the courts decide
With underworld killings on the rise, The Nation took to the
streets again to find out what the public think about these
killings or if there should be an attempt to solve them within
the Judicial System. The majority was for a fair trial. Here’s
what the public had to say:
The death penalty is amoral, legal murder
There are several strong arguments in favour of capital
punishment. Some argue that the death penalty should be
exercised as deterrent, offering it as a means of putting the
brakes on rising incidence of violent crime. It is also argued
that one who commits the crime of taking another’s life should
be punished as per equivalency. The perpetrators of horrific
crimes ought to be ‘put away’ for the common good, some point
Today, in Sri Lanka, there’s a big clamour for implementing the
death penalty and the advocates typically bring up one or more
of the above arguments. Taking the life of a human being,
legally or otherwise, is a serious matter and societies, I
believe, ought to tread...
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We can turn it around says Lankan coach
Sri Lanka coach Trevor Bayliss admitted his team made a few
mistakes in the fourth ODI which they lost to Pakistan but was
confident they could bounce back in the next match. “We made a
few mistakes but it’s nothing that we can’t turn around in the
next game,” said Bayliss analyzing his team’s 146-run defeat.
Sri Lanka who hold on to a winning 3-1 lead in the five-match
ODI series play Pakistan in the fifth and final match at the R
Premadasa Stadium under lights today.
The little Miandad
pundits and critics may have their various views on the game of
cricket but one thing that’s for sure is that the sport is not
devoid of rare and unique talent. The innings we saw from
teenager Umar Akmal at the R Premadasa Stadium on Friday left
virtually everyone breathless. The 101 minutes he spent at the
crease provided the spectators who were fortunate to make it to
the stadium, batsmanship of the highest quality. It was not raw
power hitting but sweetly timed drives, pulls and cuts which
left the Lankan fielders and bowlers astounded as much as it did
Some of Umar’s stroke play was outrageous and was
reminiscent of Javed Miandad arguably the greatest
batsman that country has produced. How well Umar
improvised his batting as the former master batsman to
make the formidable Lankan attack look pretty ordinary
I learnt to tackle pressure from my brother – Umar Akmal
Umar Akmal who decimated the Sri Lankan bowling with a
magnificent maiden one-day international century said that he
had learned to tackle pressure from his elder brother Kamran
Akmal, the wicket-keeper of the Pakistan side who is a
hard-hitting free-scoring batsman.
“I’ve learnt a lot from my brother how to tackle the
pressure. When the team needed runs I’ve knew how to take the
pressure and play according to the situation,” said Umar who was
named man of the match after his
blazing knock of 102 not out
off 72 balls that comprised four sixes and five fours.
Cricket ad revenues to hit
a six this year
A packed calendar from September means good news for cricket
junkies currently getting high on the Ashes
Mumbai: Here’s a pop quiz: Which business will generate in 2009
a little over double the revenue it did in 2008?
The answer: Cricket telecasts.
Thus, while a packed calendar from September means good news
for cricket junkies currently getting high on the Ashes,
broadcasters are licking their lips at the prospect of getting a
juicy slice of the between Rs400 crore and Rs650 crore of
advertising cricket telecasts are expected to attract in the
In the entire year, according to Shashi Sinha, chief executive
(CEO) of media buying agency Lodestar Universal Pvt. Ltd,
cricket telecasts will attract ad revenue of around Rs1,200
crore. The number has never crossed Rs500 crore in previous
years, said Sinha.
“We see an upward trend in investment”
military victory over the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam
(LTTE) spells out not only the dawn of peace and security for
the country. It also opens up many opportunities for investment,
especially by foreign investors who kept away for nearly three
decades because of the war. Non-Cabinet Minister for Investment
Promotion, Navin Dissanayake is confident that once basic issues
such as land, labour and capital are solved, and investor
confidence returns, Sri Lanka can take off as a nation. But, he
pointed out in an interview with The Nation, that to attract the
investor, not only infrastructure facilities such as
transportation, telecommunication and electricity have to be
there, but also, there has to be a law protecting the
investment. Talking of his political career, Minister
Dissanayake affirmed that he would contest the next
Parliamentary election under the People’s Alliance, and does not
harbour any expectation to return to the United National Party
(UNP), from which he defected with 18 other members a couple...
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