Last Updated 01/09/2009 03:22pm
MBSL to manage two more Ceylinco companies
The management of another two companies of the troubled
Ceylinco Group has been handed over to Merchant Bank of
Sri Lanka (MBSL) today, by the Central Bank’s Monetary
Mangala backs Karu
Renegade former SLFP strongman Mangala Samaraweera
spearheading moves to oust incumbent Rajapaksa administration is
now said to be making an all-out...
Govt. blasts Solheim’s utterances
The government yesterday termed the comments made by Norwegian
Minister of Environment and International Development Erik
Solheim over the video footage telecast on British television...
A/L paper marking in Jaffna
after 12 years
The 2009 A/L examination papers will be evaluated in Jaffna for
the first time after 12 years, a top Examinations Department...
Enjoying night life
Sri Lankans enjoy their leisure time at the Galle
Face promenade in the heart of the Sri Lankan capital of
Colombo. More people are seen out and about during the evenings
since the war with the Tamil Tiger rebels ended in May 2009
(Pic by Ishara S. Kodikara)
Instead of President, PM will
go to New York
Contrary to recent reports that
President Mahinda Rajapaksa will be leading a big delegation to
New York next month to attend the annual sessions of the United
Nations General Assembly, it is learnt the country will instead
be represented by Prime Minister Ratnasiri Wickramanayake.
Vavuniya GA’s survey reveals 10,000 escaped from camps
The survey conducted by the Government Agent (GA) of Vavuniya on
the issue pertaining to missing IDPs, has revealed at least
10,000 IDPs have escaped from the camps there and an
investigation has been launched.
“From the survey we were able to ascertain that a considerable
number of IDPs have gone missing.
East on a
drive to be top paddy producer
The Eastern Province is tipped to be the next biggest paddy
area in the country with reports suggesting that the
rate of planting of the vital crop there has risen from 16% to
35% of the available land, Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries
of the Eastern Provincial Council...
|Int’l assistance should be aimed at tangible results
– Minister Bogollagama
Benefits of international assistance to Sri Lanka would be
tangible only if they rapidly reach the people at grassroots
level, said Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama during his
recent meeting in Colombo with visiting British Parliamentarian
and shadow Defence Secretary Liam Fox.
Ari takes top govt. job next month
Former Director Publicity Ariya Rubasinghe is
now expected to return to the government fold next month by
taking a top post in the Media Ministry.
The government has yet not announced his new position, but
according to informed sources, it will be either as an advisor
to the Media Ministry or in the capacity of Director General in
the yet to be created National Development Media Centre.
Brothel raid nets popular actress
Seven suspected pleasure women including a famous film and
teledrama actress cum producer were remanded till September 13
by the Mt. Lavina Magistrate court on Friday for allegedly being
involved in prostitution at a hotel at Mount Lavinia when they
were produced by the Divisional Intelligence Unit (DIU),
The suspects had been taken into custody following a raid on the
hotel by a special Police team led by the OIC SI Prasad
Ratnayake of Nugegoda Intelligence Unit under a search warrant
issued by the Court.
Telecom tariff case to be reviewed this week
A case filed by firebrand leftist politician and Presidential
Advisor Vasudeva Nanayakkara, along with Organisation of
Professional Associations (OPA) to review OPA’s earlier
fundamental rights petition to Sri Lanka’s Supreme Court, to
reduce allegedly high telephone tariffs charged by local
telecommunications operators, is to be taken up this week.
Nanayakkara speaking to The Nation said the public interest
litigation challenging the Telecommunications Regulatory
Commission (TRC) tariff regime is to be called up within the
course of this week.
Restaurants told to clean
up their act
Since the closure of two Chinese restaurants at plush hotels
in the metropolitan area run by foreigners after a surprise raid
conducted by Deputy Minster of Tourism Faiszer Mustapha on
Thursday, other such restaurants in the city have been asked to
clean up their act or face closure.
Two reports on hooting at Mangala out tomorrow
Two reports on the Mangala Samaraweera hooting incident that
took place in the previous week in Kurunegala are expected
tomorrow, UNP General Secretary and Spokesperson Tissa
Attanayake said yesterday. “I will pass them on to the leader of
the party once they are released and we still do not know what
sort of action will be taken against the miscreants, if there
are any,” Attanayake told The Nation.
ACHC wins Hindu priests’ release from IDP camps
The releasing of 177 Hindu
priests including their 573 family members from the IDP camps to
All Ceylon Hindu Congress (ACHC) had taken place on August 26,
said Kandiah Neelakandan, General Secretary of ACHC. He also
claimed the priests and their families are from the Menik Farm
Norwegian Environment Minister Erik Solheim (SV) injured himself
yesterday when the scissors he used to puncture a balloon
supposedly fell on his left arm and was rushed to Emergency
Hospital during an election event in Oslo. Solheim attended an
event sponsored by environmental organisations in the campaign
“Climate, from the south.”
The event was cancelled after the afternoon incident.
ICTAD to become an
Arrangements are underway to
convert the Institute for Construction Training and Development
(ICTAD) now functioning under the Construction and Engineering
Services Ministry to a statutory authority, Construction and
Engineering Services Minister Dr Rajitha Senaratne said.
Thondaman donates houses
Minister of Youth Empowerment and Socio-Economic Development
Arumugam Thondaman has donated houses to the estate masses under
the Stony Cliff project in the Hatton-Kotagala area.
Accordingly, the Minister had taken the decision to provide 43
houses for the plantation community. Each house would include
two rooms, a bathroom and a verandah, and facilitated with
Sarvodaya leader to speak on Mother Theresa
A commemorative talk titled ‘The significance of Mother
Theresa in a globalised world’ will be delivered by Dr
A.T. Ariyaratne, Founder President of Sarvodaya
Sharamadana Sangamaya to mark the 12th death anniversary
of Mother Theresa next Saturday (September 5). The
event, organised by the Christian Alliance for Social
Action, will be held at 9:30 am at Caritas SEDEC
Auditorium, 133 Kynsey Road, Colombo 08.
|The forerunner down
announcement on Friday that the Southern Provincial
Council (PC) polls would be held on October 10 was a
mere formality. The race had begun in earnest well
before that: in fact, with the declaration of
results in the Uva PC election.
The election is, in a sense, a political paradox of
sorts. The Southern PC poll is the last of the
staggered PC elections barring of course, the
possibility of holding polls in the newly liberated
Northern Province. The results of the Southern poll
are hardly a conundrum - a rousing victory for the
ruling United Peoples’ Freedom Alliance (UPFA) is
YOUTH AT THE FORE AT PC POLLS
government coalition UPFA has, as it did in Uva, picked a host of new
faces including educated youth, artistes and young professionals to
contest the upcoming elections to the Southern Provincial Council,
nominations for which closed last Friday.
It had been a long standing practice for the SLFP, UNP, LSSP and CP to
field the same teams of candidates over and over again at successive
elections. Despite these candidates being party seniors, they have been
too conventional in their outlook and had therefore failed to keep
abreast with the advancing world.
Analysis of Uva election results
The results of the Uva Provincial Council election are of
interest and importance, from several points of view.
The natural trend is for governments to decline in popularity
with the passage of time. The principal feature of interest with
regard to the recent election is that, quite contrary to the
regular pattern, the government has dramatically increased the
level of its popularity during the four years since the
THONDAMAN : An extraordinary man with a far sighted vision
30 is the day when the people of recent Indian origin – and
indeed many others, touched by his friendship and courtesies -
will once again remember and celebrate in the Plantation areas
in Central Sri Lanka, in the metropolis and elsewhere in the
island the birthday of their “Perum-thalaivar” – the late
Saumyamurthy Thondaman. This year remembering the late CWC
supremo, trade union leader and one of Sri Lanka ’s most
memorable politicians, assumes particular significance. In the
tumultuous mid 1970s, Tamil militancy was gathering momentum and
Tamils in the island showed deep anguish that their needs were
not being addressed to objectively by successive governments.
No need to seek another mandate to abolish executive presidency: JVP
With rising speculations in the political scenario that the
current UPFA government is heading for a presidential election
early next year, the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) has renewed
its onetime call to abolish the executive presidency once again.
JVP’s Propaganda Secretary Vijitha Herath, in an interview with
the Nation, said that it was not a sudden decision, and that the
Party always lobbied for the abolition of the executive
presidency since its formation in 1978.
Channel 4 News summarily executes
Philip Alston, the UN Special Rapporteur on extra-judicial,
summary and arbitrary executions, commenting on footage aired on
Channel 4 News alleging summary executions of LTTE cadres by the
Sri Lankan security forces, has called for an investigation. He
states, ‘If the Government’s position (a categorical denial) is
validated as a result of an inquiry, the international community
can rest easy and the government will have been vindicated’.
Perfectly sensible position, I believe.
A necessary evil, but not for all
Ever since the announcement – although unofficial – of a
possible presidential election early next year, the Janatha
Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) was again heard taking up the mantle of
rallying people against the executive presidency. The vociferous
former rebels, despite many changes to their party over time,
were seen sticking hard to this ideology that the executive
presidency is detrimental to the rights of the people in this
country. In 1994, they extracted a promise from former President
Chandrika Kumaratunga to abolish the office of executive
president, and aided her victory in the election by withdrawing
their candidate. However, despite many similar promises, none of
the leaders up to now succeeded in abolishing this office.
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Kiwis starring down the
barrel of defeat
Zealand were battling with their backs to the wall to
stave off certain defeat and losing the two-Test series
2-0 to Sri Lanka in the second cricket Test after being
set an improbable target of 494 to chase in over four
sessions at the SSC grounds yesterday.
By stumps on day four, New Zealand had limped to 182 for
six wickets, still 312 runs adrift of the target set by
Sri Lanka with only four second innings wickets in hand.
Today is the final day.
The damage to the New Zealand batting was done by
left-arm spinner Rangana Herath who is due to leave for
Surrey tomorrow (Monday) to play in the tailend of the
English county season.He snapped up four wickets for 73
runs to have the Kiwis in a tangle with his wily spin.
With his first ball of the innings Herath had Martin
Guptill edging a catch behind the wicket for 28 and then
in the same unbroken spell of 21overs he had first
innings top scorer Ross Taylor edging a catch to first
slip Mahela Jayawardene to depart for 27 and rounded off
a good day with the wickets..
Does Harper have more than nine lives?
Cricket they say is a great leveller. There is the
self-serving belief in sport, as in life, that good and
bad decisions somehow neutralise each other and the
better team or individual, more often than not,
prevails. Many who have committed their lives to being
custodians of cricket’s playing area are of
unquestionable integrity; and place hard-earned
reputations on the line in sometimes intimidating and
unfamiliar surroundings. It is safe to assume that they
don’t deliberately make mistakes. However, there are no
excuses for umpires (especially those from the ICC’s
elite panel), who make mistakes with annoying
regularity. In modern cricket, the stakes are extremely
high, and teams as well as players and fans, suffer
dearly as a result of their ridiculous errors.
Australian Daryl Harper is one such umpire who fits into
Kandy-CH clash in Clifford Cup semis today
A highly charged Kandy SC XV will be playing CH & FC today
Sunday at 4.30 pm at the Nittawela grounds in the second
semi-final of the Clifford Cup competition.
Having won the quarters against Havies with a cricket score,
today the champions Kandy SC should have things to their own
For today’s game the Champs will be fielding a talented side,
with good knowledgeable players, who will take the field in a
It has been another successful season for the Kandy
side, which has maintained a good name in the 7’s,
League and the Knockouts. So, today the defending champs
will certainly go for a win, which will give them the
chance to enter the final.
We have a good chance says coach
The newly appointed coach of the Sri Lanka Youth Rugby Asiad
squad, Nilfer Ibrahim believes that the Islanders have a better
chance to prove their power in the region when the annual junior
ranking tournament kicks off from September 3 to 13 in Hong
Kong. After the successes of the league and knockout tournaments
which are played annually as domestic school championships,
selectors appointed by the Sri Lanka Rugby Football Union (SLRFU)
had a daunting task of picking the cream of talent among
schoolboy rugby players to represent the country in the Youth
Rugby Asiad. However those who could be ranked as the best in
the school rugby circuit were pruned down to a squad of 24 from
a massive set of over 60 players.
AT LAST THE SOUTH POLL
The nominations for the crucial Southern Provincial Council
(SPC) election were handed over last week. All the major
parties, including the ruling United People’s Freedom Alliance
(UPFA), United National Party (UNP) and the Janatha Vimukthi
Peramuna (JVP) have much at stake at this election.
The ruling UPFA is entering the election race following a
string of election victories. Their popularity is on the rise,
quite unprecedented for a political party in the middle of its
term. However, this is the first time they are testing the
Southern waters after the war victory and the hierarchy has
vowed to top the 80% mark there, following the 72% received in
For the UNP, it is crunch time. They have not been in power in
the SPC after their defeat there in 1993. Added to that is their
failure to win an election for nearly eight years, sowing
serious doubts in the minds of the people whether the UNP still
has what it takes to win an election.
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