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Sunday October 25th, 2009

Bribery probe on
ex-CJ begins

Ex-Chief Justice Sarath Nanda Silva will now have the ignominy of having to go through a bribery and corruption investigation followed by possible prosecution in courts as a result of a series... Full Story

Country heading for a standstill with more union threats
As the petroleum workers’ work-to-rule drags on over the non-granting of due salary increments, the country is heading...  Full Story

No confidence against
Hisbullah in doubt

A crucial meeting on Monday (26) of the UNP Eastern Provincial Council (EPC) members in Trincomalee would decide if they would...  Full Story

Mihin gets two new aircraft
from China

Budget carrier Mihin Lanka, now running at breakeven point with a sensible management... Full Story

Happy to go home!

It was happy home going for young and old alike as the government moved more than 41,000 internally displaced from camps to their original towns and villages this week. Here, one such scene captured by our photographer Ishara S. Kodikara at Musali, Mannar

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Sinhala speaking Russian FM here
Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, Sergey V. Lavrov will visit Sri Lanka tomorrow. Foreign Minister Lavrov is no stranger to Sri Lanka.  Full Story

SLMC still in two minds
The date for signing the official agreement between the parties to the UNP-led United National Alliance will be declared next Tuesday (28), United National Party (UNP)...  Full Story

SC calls for written submissions
The Supreme Court reprimanded officers of all state agencies who abused the law and gave permission to construct a house...  Full Story

Rare honour for Lanka at the historical world
forum of rulers of seas

Nineteenth of the Biennial Sea Power Symposium conducted by the United States Navy at the Naval War College, Newport, Rhode Island was held from...  Full Story


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CMC acts promptly to solve dust issue
The Colombo Municipal Council (CMC) replied promptly, much to the residents’ gratitude, to being alerted by The Nation of extremely dusty conditions down Horton Place.
The road, being renovated under the 100-day road development programme where signal lights are to be synchronised, is under construction, but had not been watered to combat dust since Thursday evening. Full Story

Abducted Moulavi files FR violation case
Akkaraipattu Moulavi S.L.M. Haneefa (Madani) who was allegedly abducted by the henchmen of Minister of Water Supply and Drainage A.L.M. Athaullah recently, and was released later on the same day after being given a lecture, has filed a fundamental rights case in the Supreme Court.  Full Story

Student clash settled
The clash between schoolboys from Jayewardenepura Boys’ School and Udahamulla Wijayarama Vidyalaya on Thursday during a conference at the former school, which left seven in hospital, has been amicably settled by the Mirihana Police.
Considering their young age, no one has been charged over the brawl, which an officer attached to the Mirihana Police Station termed a minor incident.  Full Story

Landslide warning issued
The authorities want public to be vigilant on landslides in the coming months with monsoons pending.
R.M.S. Bandara, head of Landslides Studies and Services Division of the National Building Research Organisation (NBRO) said those who are living in areas of Walapane, Pilimathalawa, Badulla, Hanguranketa and Kotmale could be in danger once the North-East Monsoons set in December. Full Story

Galleon founder had planned UK meetings
Raj Rajaratnam, the hedge fund boss arrested in the US on insider dealing charges, was picked up by the authorities as he prepared for a trip to see a number of British companies, it emerged yesterday.
Rajaratnam had set up meetings with a number of British advisors, such as the stockbroker Collins Stewart, as part of a plan he had been working on to launch a specialist investment fund focussed on the country of his birth, Sri Lanka.  Full Story

Lankan nabbed in Indian credit card scam
Indian police on Friday claimed to have busted a major credit card racket with the arrest of a Sri Lankan Tamil, said to be the brain behind the operation in which credit cards were cloned using a skimmer, an embossing machine and other equipment. Full Story

News that British film-makers planned to lift the lid on one of the most sensitive chapters of the last days of the Raj – the love affair between Edwina Mountbatten and Jawaharlal Nehru – sent waves of panic through the modern-day Indian establishment when it was announced earlier this month.  Full Story

Foreign job hopefuls given
time till Dec 15

The Foreign Employment Promotion and Welfare Ministry has extended the date of closing of applications from foreign job seekers for registration with the Ministry’s data bank, up to December 15.
“We earlier announced September 30 as the date... Full Story


And the challenger is….
The Provincial Council elections may have been concluded barring those in the North, and the focus of attention has now shifted to greater stakes: the presidential and general elections.
It is still likely that presidential elections would be held first, for history favours this move. On the only occasion when an incumbent President opted for a general election first was when stand-in President Dingiri Banda Wijetunge did so, and in that instance, his United National Party (UNP) was routed. President Mahinda Rajapaksa is unlikely to make the same mistake.  Full Story
Raj scam jolts business and US’s double standards 
New York-based hedge fund manager Raja Rajaratnam, who ranks 236th in the Forbes List of Billionaires has become the much talked-about person in business circles since the FBI sleuths took him into custody on October 16.
Sri Lankan born Rajaratnam and five executives of his Galleon Group were arrested in connection with their alleged involvement in insider
trading on the Bourse and for raking in over US $ 20 million through this illicit activity..  Full Story


New chapter opens for IDPs
As the bloody war in the North and East came to a conclusion on May 19 this year, the next major issue that the government faced was to find proper shelter for the people who were saved from the humanitarian operation which was conducted by the Sri Lanka Army (SLA) in the war affected areas.
Hence the Ministry of Resettlement and Disaster Relief Services along with the other responsible authorities decided to provide temporary shelter for these innocent... Full Story

Together against terror
Full text of address by Navy Commander Vice Admiral Thisara Samarasinghe at the historic 19th International Sea Power Symposium at Rhode Island, USA
A set of fishermen turned smugglers, operating across the Palk Straits in 10-foot dinghies with OBMs, in the late ’70s, progressed over a period of time, to transform into a formidable and ruthless terrorist outfit by the late ’90s. This terrorist... Full Story

No ‘safe haven’ for terrorist supporters
There are things that were just not meant to happen. I mean it was thought that they would not and could not happen. For example, the comprehensive military defeat of the LTTE and the annihilation of the entire LTTE military leadership, headed by that ruthless terrorist, Velupillai Prabhakaran. All kinds of ‘alternative’ strategies towards resolving the conflict were proposed in view of this ‘reality’ and shed of all academic... Full Story

Honour the war heroes
‘I need this man. He fights’
Abraham Lincoln on General Grant
‘Mad, is he? I wish he would bite some of my other generals’
King George II on General James Wolfe who took the Heights of Abraham from the French and died in the attempt
The terrorists were decisively defeated on May 18, and peace, which was considered unattainable, reigns over Sri Lanka after...  Full Story


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Yuvraj and Dhoni doubtful
India batsman Yuvraj Singh and captain Mahendra Dhoni are doubts for the opening one-day international with Australia in Vadodara on Sunday.
The big-hitting Yuvraj has yet to fully recover from the finger he broke during last month’s Champions Trophy. Wicketkeeper/batsman Dhoni hurt his knee during practice on Friday.
Australia will be without batsmen Michael Clarke and Callum Ferguson for the entire seven-match series because of back and knee problems respectively.  Full Story

Be fit and stay healthy
Fitness is a popular topic commonly discussed among the new generation and the working people residing in the suburbs. Commitments and work loads have forced them to become workaholics which, in other words, means that the well-being of the person is neglected to a large extent. A recently released report on a survey on the workforce of the country reveals that more than 40% suffer from prolonged disease. Aruna Aluthge, CEO of ‘Fitness First’ is someone who believes that he has got the right answer for this burning issue of modern society.  Full Story

Lessons to be learnt
Anyone watching the Champions League Twenty20 tournament in India will come to the conclusion that Trinidad & Tobago, the domestic T20 champions from the Caribbean was the best side in the competition regardless of the final result.
Darren Ganga, the captain brought a totally inexperienced team to India and there were few expectations for them to go all the way up to the final. But by the time the final was over Ganga’s team had not only won the hearts of the Indian
supporters with their distinctive brand of cricket but also brought alive the tournament which at one time looked like falling far short of expectations.  Full Story

Motor race track at Mirigama
It all started as a teenage dream. After more than 30 years his dream is set to come alive and make many faces grin with happiness. This is a short story of a boy named Jayantha Perera who as an ordinary teenager had a craving of building a tarmac racing track of his own in his hometown Mirigama where the teenager was born, bred, schooled and earned respect as a topnotch businessman in the area. Full Story


“LTTE never enjoyed support of Tamil people” – Chandrahasan
The ruthless terrorism unleashed by the LTTE not only caused destruction to the populace and property of this country, but also systematically eliminated the Tamil politicians who promoted ethnic harmony between all communities rather than acting as Tiger proxies. The country saw people such as Josheph Pararajasingham, Nadaraja Raviraj and T. Maheshwaran being mercilessly gunned down, some in their holy places of worship. In this context, The Nation contacted, eminent Sri Lankan lawyer S.C. Chandrahasan, who now resides in Tamil Nadu, to learn his views on Tamil politics and the role the LTTE played in the minds of the people. Chandrahasan is the son of S.J.V. Chelvanayakam...  Full Story

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