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Sunday November 1st, 2009

More than 60 apply to build
hotels in Trinco

More than 60 prospective investors have applied to build hotels in the newly proposed 8-kilometre tourism zone on the Kuchchaveli coast, Tourism Ministry Secretary George Michael said yesterday. Full Story

SLMC to decide tomorrow
A crucial meeting will take place tomorrow between the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) representatives... Full Story

Tamils return home blocked by encroachers
More than 1,486 Tamil families are unable to peacefully resettle in their homes in Trincomalee, Vavuniya and Batticaloa due to unlawful and widespread... Full Story

NFC GM kept out despite President’s directive
A directive from President Mahinda Rajapaksa to the Chairman of the National Film Corporation to reinstate the NFC General Manager Dharmananda... Full Story

Korean Food Festival

Senior Advisor to the President, Parliamentarian Basil Rajapaksa and Mrs. Rajapaksa happily watching exotic Korean delicacies being served to them by Korean Ambassador Choi Ki Chui and Mrs Chui at the Korean Food Festival at Colombo Hilton Friday night

(Pic by Ravindra Dharmathilake)


Complaints against ex-CJ
The new Supreme Court Registrar is said to have sent by registered post early this week available records of two cases wanted by the Bribery and Corruption... Full Story

Rains expected in drought-hit zones
The Meteorological Department is expecting the North-East Monsoon to hit the island from the middle of this month to end the terrible drought that is gripping...  Full Story

Health Ministry downplays AH1N1 epidemic
Despite claims that the schools have been sent instructions on the prevention of swine flu, according to Mahinda Jayasinghe, General Secretary of the Ceylon Teachers’ Service... Full Story

IFJ condemns Indian visa refusal for journos
The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) has condemned the refusal of granting visa to Sri Lankan and Bangladeshi... Full Story


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Yodha and Akitimuruppu reservoirs to be restored
The Irrigation Department will soon inaugurate the reconstruction work on the extensively damaged Yodha-wewa and Akitimuruppu reservoirs in the Mannar district.
“The government has set apart Rs.500 million under the Uturu Vasantaya programme to carry out the restoration work on these two large tanks,” department’s Director General H.P.S. Somasiri said. Full Story

Egg prices on the rise
The retail price of eggs in many areas is on the rise again and the Department of Agriculture is not aware of the market prices but told us they too got the pricing from the Colombo Egg Centre and wanted us to get in touch with them.
The Egg Centre when contacted about the rising egg prices, maintained that the wholesale prices were down these days. Full Story

Medicine impurity reports
out on Nov. 10

The six Indian pharmaceutical companies called to explain impurities in vaccines and saline bottles will submit reports to Dr. Athula Kahandaliyanage, Secretary to the Health Ministry on Tuesday, November 10. Full Story

Adieu street fighter
The founder of street drama in Sri Lanka Prof. Gamini Hattottuwagama finally lost his battle against cancer Thursday night. He was 71.
An English lecturer by profession, Prof. Hattottuwagama created the Wayside and Street Theatre Movement in 1974, with the intention of taking drama from the theatre and to the people... Full Story

12 Lankans in custody of
Somali pirates

A total of at least 12 Sri Lankans continue to be in the custody of Somali pirates along with colleagues from other nations, following the hijacking of two vessels they were working on in recent months. The owners of these vessels have so far failed to pay the ransoms demanded by the pirates for the release of the vessels and their crew. Full Story

Judicial training module on ‘child protection’ developed
A judicial training module on ‘child protection’ tested and developed in collaboration with UNICEF Sri Lanka, Save the Children in Sri Lanka and USAID was formally presented to Chief Justice Asoka de Silva by officials of the Ministry of Justice and Law Reforms at a brief ceremony held at the Chambers of the Chief Justice, on Wednesday October 22. Full Story

Some enterprising persons in IDP camps in the Chettikulam Police area in Vavuniya have begun distilling kasippu to satisfy the thirst of many a tippler forced to abstain from the stuff that cheers due to their unintended incarceration. Full Story

People of Sri Lanka will get the rare opportunity of seeing an annular eclipse of the Sun from
 9:15 a.m. to 3:37p.m. on Friday January 15 next year, well-known writer on Astronomy Anura C. Perera said. Full Story


Two in one poll mess for UNP
Whether one likes it or not, there is no escaping the election fever that is slowly, but surely, engulfing the nation. Free from the scourge of terrorism, at long last after 30 years, Sri Lanka is preparing for the first countrywide free and fair elections in over three decades- and the momentum is clearly picking up.
At present, speculation centres around several key issues: Which elections- presidential or general- would be held first, and if presidential elections are indeed held before the parliamentary poll, who the opposition candidate would be. Full Story

UNA still uncertain and Raj’s arrest agitations 
The signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on the much publicised United National Alliance of the UNP, SLFP(M), SLMC and the Democratic People’s Front will be held at the Parliamentary complex on November 3, says UNP General Secretary Tissa Attanayake.
The UNP had at the outset announced, that the event was to take place shortly after the Southern PC elections. After several postponements the UNP leadership had announced October 29 as the D-day. According to the latest announcement, the long-looked for day is to dawn on November 3  Full Story


2010 can be ‘Year of boom’
Although October 19, marked five months since the end of the thirty year long-drawn bloody civil war that rocked our island nation, many businesses and entrepreneurs feel that the country’s fragile economy has yet not seen the much-anticipated and much talked about boom. The Nation spoke to five prominent business personalities from five chambers representing a cross section of Sri Lanka’s corporate world, whose opinion were mixed. However the majority clearly cited discipline- both of the corporate and state sector and pointed out to other pressing issues ranging from high interest rates to lack of innovation and creativity. Full Story

On the ‘Sarath Fonseka Factor’
Col. R. Hariharan, writing in the Daily Mirror, wonders if Sarath Fonseka’s strategic ability (so much in evidence during the humanitarian mission to liberate the North and East from the grip of terrorism) would help him in deciding on a political future.
It all boils down to what Sarath Fonseka wants. Does he want to become President of Sri Lanka? Does he want to help Ranil Wickremesinghe become President of Sri Lanka? Does he hate Mahinda Rajapaksa so much that all he wants is to see the man defeated at the next Presidential Election? Does he want to ‘play safe’ and opt for a Parliamentary seat and perhaps a Cabinet post? Full Story


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ICC issues ultimatum
The International Cricket Council has asked all its member nations to prepare sporting pitches for the One-dayer and Twenty20 internationals probably in the wake of low-scoring matches played in the Champions Trophy and Champions League T20 tournaments recently.
A senior official of the Pakistan Cricket Board confirmed that they had also received the letter sent out by the ICC.
“The ICC has sent out a detailed letter and asked all member nations to work on preparing pitches that are sporting and encourage high scoring matches,” chief operating officer, Wasim Bari said. Full Story

Remedy for one-day losses
It is heartening to note that Sri Lanka have finally identified where they have gone wrong in the past two years as a one-day team and dropped in the ICC rankings to number seven where they have remained for quite a considerable period of time.
National captain Kumar Sangakkara’s concern for his team was genuine when at a media conference on Thursday where the national selector were also present he admitted said that it was an inconsistent batting
line up that has been the root cause of the problem. Full Story

Tissera to assist ICC
Michael Tissera has been a dominant figure in Sri Lanka cricket for more than 40 years and his inclusion as a member of MCC’s World Cricket Committee is recognition of his standing in world cricket. It is unfortunate that cricketers in the calibre of Tissera were not around by the time Sri Lanka was granted Test status in 1981. Full Story

Dhanushka, Surain thrill spectators at 4x4 Off-road Challenge
The Team 4x4 Negombo Sports Club continued their 4x4 Off-road Trophy Challenge for the 5th consecutive year on September 5 and 6. The ‘Team 4x4 Trophy 2009’ was held at the dual racing track in Kochchikade on September 6 and Dhanushka Fernando and his co-driver Surain Sanjeewa won the extreme event in his superb Nissan patrol Y-60, bringing down some of the hot favorites for the first time, showing their talents on the muddy track.  Full Story

Nadini could rise to glory
Thirty-four-year-old Nadini Gunasekera of Kandy Young Men’s Christian Association created history to become the first woman weightlifter from Sri Lanka to win a medal at an international competition when she won a bronze medal at the Commonwealth Weightlifting Championship... Full Story
Chandimal (164) outstanding
for NCC

Sri Lanka under 19 cricketer Dinesh Chandimal continued his outstanding form for the season by hitting a career best 164 off 168 balls (17 fours, 5 sixes) to guide NCC to an imposing total of 551-9 declared against CCC in their Premier Tier A league cricket... Full Story

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