Sunday October 11th, 2009
Manape alone won’t make CM
Polling the highest number of preferential votes at
the Southern PC election held yesterday will not be
the sole qualification for a UPFA candidate to be
considered for appointment as the Chief Minister, a
top authoritative government source told The Nation
SLMC yet to decide on proposed UNP alliance
The politburo of the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress
(SLMC) has decided that whatever the alliance they
may join will have to address the issues faced by
the ‘minority’ communities. Therefore, they will not
hasten to take a final decision on joining the joint
opposition alliance led by the UNP.
A mid-term Presidential poll
While hectic preparations are being made by the
main opposition UNP to face a Presidential poll in
January next year, news comes down the grapevine
that government is having second thoughts about
holding a mid-term Presidential poll.
Smile for the Camera
photographing the children who have come to cheer the
competitors participating in the Amazon Raid endurance
race taking place in Sri Lanka’s north central town of
Dambulla. Some 120 women, mostly from France,
Switzerland, Czech Republic and Sri Lanka are taking
part in the six-day event that tests participants in
disciplines ranging from cycling to trekking
by Ishara S. Kodikara
Polls peaceful, voter turnout
The Southern Provincial Council election
was held in a relatively peaceful environment,
although a large number of minor election law
violations were observed by the election monitoring
bodies. They also said the voter turnout was below
expectation with an average of 57% reported in all...
German Police bust int’l human trafficking ring
Following more than a year-long investigation, the
German Federal Police have busted an international
ring involved in smuggling Sri Lankan Tamil people
into European countries, with the connivance of
certain French and British authorities.
Resettlement in Manthai West starts next week
Resettlement of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs)
to Manthai West in the Mannar District from the IDP camps in
Mullaithivu is scheduled to begin this week, from Thursday (15),
following the completion...
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|N-E Monsoon rains to
lessen by 34%
The North-East Monsoon rains are predicted to
decrease by 34% across the country, according to a
study conducted on Climate Change Effects on the
North-East Monsoon and Dry Zone Agriculture in Sri
Lanka. Similarly, the annual average temperature is
predicated to increase.
According to C. Shanthi de Silva of the Department
of Agricultural and Plantation Engineering, Faculty of
Engineering Technology, Open University of Sri Lanka the
study was done...
Youth organisation to bridge North and South
The ‘Tharunyata Hetak’ youth organisation, in a
bid to build a strong bond of friendship between the
peoples of South and North, has planned a series of
events titled ‘Thal Mal Waruna,’ to be held in
Jaffna from October 21 to 25.
“We have given it a
rhythmic name as Saki Sanda Balan Uthure Thal Mal
Waruna and we will be taking 200 youth from the
South to North and there will be 250 youth from the
North to welcome the guests from the South,” General
Secretary of the Tharunyata Hetak Piyum Perera said.
Puttalam arsonists still missing
Police are yet to make a breakthrough in the
investigation into the arson attack on the residence
and the party office of Puttalam District UNP MP
Palitha Range Bandara at Madampe, Chilaw last Sunday
(4). The MP alleged that the perpetrators of the
crime have gone into hiding as they are still
carrying unhealed burn injuries sustained setting
the buildings ablaze.
MP Bandara charged that Police are not carrying out
the investigations properly and taking no interest
in arresting the culprits.
Heart sickness in young
males on the rise
Heart disease among young males is on the rise,
according to latest statistics, despite the
increasing health-conscious trend in urban areas,
warned Dr. Gamini Galappatthy, Consultant
Cardiologist at the National Hospital.
comes just two weeks after Sri Lanka observed the
World Heart Day on September 27. “This year’s theme
is ‘Work with Heart’ because people spend much of
the day in their workplaces and there is the need to
make lifestyle changes for the sake of their health.
Sedentary lifestyles contribute to heart problems,”
said Dr. Galappatthy.
Scholarship exam results an eye opener?
The 2009 Grade Five Scholarship Examination results
were issued late last week and a boy from Ruhunu
Wijayaba Vidyalaya, Beliatta, Vidana Arachchige
Pramod Dilshan scored the highest marks obtaining
196 out of 200 marks. Also, four students have
scored identical marks to secure the second place,
five students each in the third and fourth places.
Significantly, most of these students are from what
one might call ‘outstation’ schools.
Week at a glance
The Fort Magistrate Court
released Ceylinco Chairman Lalith Kotelawala on bail
earlier in the week when the case involving the
alleged defrauding of Rs. 3.9 billion by the F&G
Real Estate Company was taken up, but Kotelawala
will continue to remain in remand prison over other
Ceylinco related cases. Fort Magistrate Gihan Pilapitiya made the order
granting bail considering the affidavit submitted by
Kotelawala undertaking to remit 1/6 of his personal
assets to the proposed repayment scheme aimed at
settling the depositors of F&G Real Estate – a
subsidiary of the Ceylinco Group headed by
Winners have a say
The Nation spoke to Pramod Dilshan and the
three students who share the number two rank to find
out how they accomplished this result and we also
realise that as Prof. Perera said, the family
played an important part in their
|Day of reckoning down
When these pages are being read, the results of the
Southern Provincial Council (SPC) poll would be trickling
in. Barring a miracle, the ruling United Peoples’ Freedom
Alliance (UPFA) would have emerged victorious, the only bone
of contention being the margin of victory and the percentage
of votes polled by the Alliance, as opposed to its rivals.
There is no doubt the results will be analysed for these
statistical implications, but it is the political fallout
from the poll that will have far reaching consequences for
the immediate political agenda of the country.
It will be remembered that President Mahinda Rajapaksa
embarked on a strategy of conducting staggered Provincial
polls over a year ago, commencing with the elections in the
Eastern Province. In terms of political tactics, it was a
smart move: it allowed the Alliance to concentrate its
resources in a region, and whenever it won, it had a
demoralising effect on the collective opposition.
Joint Opposition Alliance
UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe and SLFP (M) leader Mangala
Samaraweera saw the fulfillment of their long cherished hope
when the UNP Working Committee approved the formation of the
Joint Opposition Alliance they had planned sometime ago.
The alliance proposal had to be placed on the back burner
for several months due to the strong opposition put up by a
section of the party’s Working Committee membership. When
the alliance proposal was first presented to the Working
Committee, an articulate section opposed it and later the
party leader had to settle for a Common Consensus instead of
a common opposition combine. The Committee had also decided
that the party symbol `elephant’ and the party colour
`green’ should not be abandoned under any circumstances.
Planning our urban future; some Lankan issues
The theme selected for this year’s World Habitat Day
is ‘planning our urban future’. A general communiqué issued by
UN Habitat to member nations states that this theme was chosen
to focus on the need to improve urban planning to deal with
major challenges of the 21st century. The major challenges
foreseen by the world body comprise inter-alia the effects of
climate change on cities and towns, resources depletion, food
insecurity, population growth and economic instability. The
communiqué further states that many developing countries will,
in addition continue to experience rapid rates of urbanisation
with the added evils of overcrowding, poverty, slums with many
Finally it’s a Vote on Account
weeks-long speculations that the government is
heading for a Vote on Account instead of presenting
a Budget for the year 2010, Leader of the House,
Health Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva told
Parliament that the cabinet has decided to present a
Vote on Account instead of an Appropriation Bill. He
however did not forget to stress that the decision
was not due to any influence from the IMF or any
other foreign organisation.
(before the toss)
Barack Obama believes he is undeserving, how humble
of him! Immediately after receiving news that he had
been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for 2009, the US
President has fired off an email to all his
supporters: To be honest, I do not feel that I
deserve to be in the company of so many of the
transformative figures who’ve been honoured by this
prize -- men and women who’ve inspired me and
inspired the entire world through their courageous
pursuit of peace. He is so right.
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|Lanka to play three Tests
Sidelined by the BCCI for more than
two years, Kolkata will host a one-day international
next month after the Board’s Tour, Programme and
Fixtures Committee awarded the city one of India’s
five ODIs against Sri Lanka.
The committee met
here to finalise the venues for the series, which
will also comprise three Test matches and a couple
of Twenty20 games.
However, the dates for the series, scheduled from
the second week of November, will be announced at a
2011 World Cup - onus on the selectors
needs a defeat of sorts to get the whole nation
talking about our national cricketers and the way
they performed at the recently concluded ICC
Champions trophy in South Africa. Cricket unlike
other sports in Sri Lanka is followed by a large
majority of the population that even politicians too
get involved and the success and failure of the
national team is sometimes discussed in parliament.
Our national cricketers who are the pride of our nation
become the focal point whenever they are in action
whether at home or abroad. Thus it is no surprise to see
the nation voice its opinion...
Inter-club Premier League
Army struggles to stave off
A combined team effort by rookie NCC youngsters
Angelo Perera (178) and Roshan Lakmal (5/37) helped NCC
pile up a massive 458 for 8 declared and has their
opponents, Army SC struggling to salvage a draw in their
3-day Inter-Club Premier Cricket encounter at NCC
Muthiah Muralitharan University of Bolton Scholarships
For the first time in the local sporting arena, a
foreign university has inaugurated a scholarship in
the name of a Sri Lankan sports personality.
University of Bolton, a leading university in United
Kingdom, will be launching their latest scholarship
for Sri Lankan students under the name of the spin
wizard Muthiah Muralitharan. This was revealed at a
press conference held last week at Hilton
Resettlement of displaced defies deadlines
peace more challenging than making war”
It is no doubt that
Senior Presidential Advisor and MP Basil Rajapaksa
is at the forefront of the government machinery in
charge of IDP resettlement and the development
process in the North. In an interview with The
Nation he spoke about the latest development in the
process of resettlement and vent out his thoughts on
some of the comments made by the members of the
international community and the presidential
election that is said to take place early next year
Q: Resettlement in the East is now completed.
What is the deadline to resettle those displaced
from the North?
A: When it comes to resettlement, I don’t think it
is possible for anyone to give deadlines.
Rohan Gunaratna is Head of International Centre for Political
Violence & Terrorism Research, and Professor of Security Studies
at the Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. A former
senior fellow at the United States Military Academy at West
Point and at the Fletcher School for Law & Diplomacy, he is also
a member of George Washington University’s Homeland Policy
Security Institute and a member of the Advisory Council of the
Institute for Counter Terrorism, Israel.
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