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Sunday November 08th, 2009

Massive Iranian credits begin to flow
Iran has proved once again, like a handful of other countries mostly in the East, in being a true friend in need of Sri Lanka by agreeing to several amended funding schemes this week to get a number... Full Story

Eastern CM drops opposition to Trinco tourism zone
Eastern Province Chief Minister Sivanesaturai Chandrakanthan, who had earlier protested over the central government alienating lands in Trincomalee... Full Story

Expert urges Govt. to outlaw LTTE activities overseas
The world renowned counter terrorism expert Professor Rohan Gunaratna has recommended to the Sri Lankan Government to immediately pass a law... Full Story

First school reopens in Mullaithivu tomorrow
The Yogapuram Tamil Vidyalayam in Mallavi area in the Mullaithivu District which closed down like other schools in the region when the war intensified early this year will be reopening on Monday... Full Story

All at sea!

With the culmination of the war against the LTTE, Lankans in their thousands are flocking to former no go areas. Here our cameraman Rukshan Abeywansha captured the massive crowds at Nilaveli Beach, Trincomalee last Sunday

Gen. Fonseka common candidate
There was wide speculation yesterday that the UNP may be in a position to field Gen. Sarath Fonseka as the opposition common candidate, but party sources said any final decision would... Full Story

Crucial meeting tomorrow on Sampur Coal Power Plant
Sri Lanka Government officials will discuss with their Indian counterparts at a crucial meeting to be held tomorrow in a bid to finalise the much-protracted deal for the construction of the Sampur... Full Story

Treasury to pay back CPC
Talks are underway between state oil utility – Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC) and Treasury officials in a bid to reimburse the ailing giant, billions of rupees owed to it by government entities... Full Story

Major work-to-rule campaign to cripple economy
Trade Unions attached to CPC, CEB, Ports Authority and Water Board, have threatened to bring the country to a standstill during their planned three-day work-to-rule campaign from Wednesday... Full Story


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Ex-NFF Gunatilaka tipped to receive SLFP post
Tourism Minister Nandana Gunatilaka who resigned from the National Freedom Front (NFF) last Thursday is tipped to be given the SLFP ticket along with the post of Panadura SLFP organiser while the NFF is to appoint a new General Secretary and a National Organiser in two weeks.
Minister Gunatilaka, along with NFF national organiser Kamal Deshapriya Mannapperuma informed the Elections Commissioner that they were resigning from all posts and responsibilities... Full Story

‘Justice’ available from this month
“Justice,” a monthly Magazine Edited by Lalith Allahakkoon and published by the Ministry of Justice and Law Reform will be available from this month. The objective of “Justice” is to discuss legal and policy related issues that plague the country from time to time.
“Justice” was first published when former Supreme Court Judge A.R.B. Amarasinghe functioned as the Secretary... Full Story

Army Chief urges ranks to win the hearts of public
Army Commander Jagath Jayasuriya on Friday called on rank and file of the Army to win the hearts and minds of civilians and uphold their dignity while performing their duties.
Speaking at a dinner hosted to Army personnel at the Farm Garden Village Hotel in Anuradhapura, Lt. General Jayasuriya also commended his men for memorable contribution towards liberating the motherland from the grip of 30 year-long... Full Story

India extends $67.4 m additional credit line for Southern Railway
Government of India this week conveyed its decision to Government of Sri Lanka to offer a supplementary line of credit of US$ 67.4 million for the rehabilitation of the Southern Colombo-Matara Railway Line. The line of credit had been requested by Sri Lanka to finance the second phase of work related to rehabilitation... Full Story

Sri Lanka’s stamp for man’s best friend
The island-nation marks a policy that heralded a humane turn in its fight against rabies. A Presidential Directive issued in May 2006 ended the cruel practice of seizing and killing dogs, which was introduced by the British colonial rulers in 1893, and remained in force for 58 years since independence. Full Story

WHO team requested to inspect rubella vaccine manufacturing site
The Health Ministry requested a special team from the World Health Organisation to visit Serum Institute in Pune, India to test the rubella vaccine, which is now suspended in Sri Lanka.
“After the incident in Matara, the WHO cleared the vaccine and the Medical Research Institute also sent the vaccine to a laboratory in Canberra for further tests, but the Ministry felt that asking the WHO to send a team to the manufacturer’s site would also be a good idea,” said the Ministry’s...  Full Story

Progress leads to approval of IMF instalment
The IMF Executive Board met on Friday and cleared the way for the release of just over 322 million US dollars. The Board reviewed the Sri Lankan Government’s progress on the implementation of reforms agreed to last July, and the November 6 decision means the second instalment of the country’s loan can proceed.
In July, the IMF approved a 20-month Stand-By Arrangement for Sri Lanka...  Full Story

local inspection team to visit India
Four out of the six controversial Indian pharmaceutical companies will have to foot the expenses of the inspection team from Sri Lanka scheduled to travel to their factories to issue Good Manufacturing Product (GMP) certificates, the Health Ministry spokesman said.
“The Ministry warned of blacklisting them, if any quality related incidents are reported of their medical products in the future, following the reports submitted after the meeting on October 31,” he added. Full Story


All for one and one for all
This week saw the ‘birth’ of the United National Alliance (UNA), a coalition of opposition political parties, brought together by the necessity of challenging the ruling United Peoples’ Freedom Alliance (UPFA) at the upcoming presidential and parliamentary elections.
The UNA has been some time in the making, mooted by its chief proponent Mangala Samaraweera, leader of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) ‘Mahajana’ faction who has soldiered on with this concept of an alliance even in the face of considerable opposition from stalwarts of the United National Party (UNP) itself. Full Story
UNF partners have no leadership capabilities
A long cherished dream of UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe and SLFP (M) leader Mangala Samaraweera came true when the much publicised joint opposition alliance baptised as the United National Front (UNF) was formally launched last week. The leaders of the constituent political parties signed an agreement to mark the heralding of the new political combine at a ceremony held in a Committee Room in the parliamentary complex.  Full Story


Doctors without certification are quacks
There is a reason why those who have wish to attend to the sick are required to obtain certification by proving their knowledge of the human body, illnesses and possible treatment and after having undergone a period of apprenticeship under the supervision of a senior consultant. It is the same reason why certification is a requirement for practising a number of other professions. It is to guarantee a minimum quality of service and justice to the serviced. I am thinking right now of the tragedy that took place last week at Vihara Maha Devi Park when a group of faith healers, blinded by both faith and self-importance, brought about the death of two persons. Full Story

Buddhagaya revisited after Premadasa
When I got an urgent request from the Chief Priest of the Buddhagaya Vihare, Ven. P. Seevali Thero, asking me to renovate the gold plated fence around the sacred Bo Tree, I immediately thought of a request I received from the man who built that gold plated fence - President Ranasinghe.
Going to India on pilgrimage, once a year, has been a habit of mine for a long time. In 1992 I was planning to make this usual private visit, when President Premadasa rang me. It was night, and he wanted to know if I could come to Sucharita immediately. Full Story

There is little doubt that the withdrawal of the GSP + concession in the EU market could have serious consequences on the Sri Lankan economy. The country has benefited enormously from this concession for several years. It has undoubtedly assisted the country’s industrial exports. Its withdrawal would affect export income and the trade balance adversely. The economy is very much dependent on industrial exports.
This was very clear when the decline in industrial exports occurred owing to the global recession. Full Story


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More than one frontier to conquer
Steve Waugh’s awesome Australians of 2000-01 deemed winning a Test series in India as a conquest of the “final frontier” because it was 31 years and four tours since they last triumphed in that country. For the record Waugh’s men failed in their attempt when they lost the three-Test series 2-1.
The Sri Lanka team Kumar Sangakkara takes to India has similar ambitions. Twenty-seven years and five tours have gone by and Sri Lanka has yet to win a Test in India let alone a Test series.
“Not only India, but also Australia and South Africa where we haven’t won Test matches. Full Story

Top schools qualify for Cup championship
Top runners Royal, St. Peter’s and Isipathana put themselves in line to qualify for the schools tournament of the inaugural Carlton International Sevens when they made promising starts at the Western Province Qualifying Sevens played at the Royal College Sports Complex yesterday. The three teams topped their respective groups to play in the Cup championship along with other group leaders Prince of Wales’, Lumbini, Nalanda, Carey and Ananda. The knockout stages will begin from 8.30 am today at the same venue. Second placed teams CWW Kannangara, St. Sebastian’s, Piliyandala Central, Zahira, Science, Royal Panadura, Moratu Vidyalaya and St. John’s... Full Story

Claim of authorship in the balance?
The Umpires Referral Rule or officially known as the Umpires Review Decision System (UDRS) is due to officially make its appearance during the three-Test series between Sri Lanka and India starting in Ahmedabad on November 16. Coincidentally when the rule was first trialled by the International Cricket Council (ICC) last year it was also during a Sri Lanka-India Test series which took place in Sri Lanka. Despite divided opinions on the rule during the trial period, the ICC, after reviewing the captains’ reports, has agreed to go ahead with it, the only difference being that instead of three referrals, a side is allowed only two. Full Story

Hopes on Boteju for World Snooker Championship
Three well experienced cueists will represent Sri Lanka at the forthcoming World Snooker Championship which is scheduled to be held in Hyderabad, India from November 15 to 25. Sri Lanka will lay high hopes on top-ranked snooker champ Susantha Boteju and country’s second seeded Ryan Somaratne who will compete in the men’s competition while veteran Prasanna Pushpakumara will compete in the masters’ championship which will be played simultaneously with the main competition. Full Story


The era of ethnic entrepreneurs is over
Almost six months have passed since the death of the LTTE leader Velupillai Prabhakaran, but has the Government of Sri Lanka formulated a strategy to deal meaningfully with both the Sri Lankan society and the International community? The Nation met the renowned Counter Terrorism expert Rohan Gunaratna to get his views on what should be done locally and internationally to tackle the issues that would decide the future of Sri Lanka
Q: It has been almost six months since the defeat of the LTTE. How do you view the government’s post Prabhakaran strategy? What do you propose the government should do?
A: Until May 2009, the strategy of the Sri Lankan Government was to neutralise the LTTE, the world’s most ruthless... Full Story

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