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Sunday December 06th, 2009


Iran powers rural electrification
The Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) has begun an ambitious scheme to electrify 1000 remote villages with available funds, pending the signing of a loan...

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War victory belongs to all; Not one person – SF
United National Front Presidential candidate Gen. Sarath Fonseka, addressing the UNP Special Convention held yesterday said that the credit....

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Blake to visit Colombo tomorrow
The arrival of Assistant Secretary of the US State department for South Asian...

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UPF, TULF, TNA put off decision
The government’s coalition partner Upcountry People’s Front yesterday put off the decision on the party’s stand...

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Happy birthday master

President Mahinda Rajapaksa was one of the first people to wish veteran singer Visharada W.D. Amaradeva on his 82nd Birthday at his Pathiragoda residence yesterday morning

(Pic by Nalin Hewapathirana)

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Thalatha faces the sack
Thalatha Atukorale, head of the UNP women’s organisation, Lak Vanitha Movement, will be removed from her position...

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Irish tribunal to probe Lanka’s HR abuses
A tribunal is to be held in Dublin next month to investigate allegations that the Sri Lankan Government and Army are guilty of war crimes.

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Freedom of the media?
Seven journalists attached to State-owned electronic media institutions were assaulted allegedly by a group of UNPers while covering the UNP Special Convention yesterday.

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Colombo Port gets new giant cranes
Colombo Port saddled with ageing container handling equipment, some in service for nearly 25 years will now finally get...

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Private medical college enrols second intake
The Sri Lankan Campus of the Nizhny Novgorod State Medical Academy have received over 100 applications for 100 vacancies in its second intake, Dr. Neville Fernando who facilitated the establishment of the new private medical college in Malabe in collaboration with the Nizhny Novgorod University of Russia said yesterday.
“We have over 100 applications for 100 vacancies and we will select the best, Dr. Neville Fernando said. Interviews will commence today.

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Hindus concerned
There appears to be unease among some Hindus that though they make up the bulk of the population in the Northern Province comprising five districts, a Hindu administrator heads only the District of Jaffna.
Concerned Hindus point out that the other four districts – Vavuniya, Mannar, Mullaitivu and Kilinochchi are headed by non-Hindus. Even Jaffna GA K. Ganesh, who is well over 70 years of age, may not serve very much longer as he is well past the retirement age. The Additional GA there too is said to be a non-Hindu.

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False scare over German seed potatoes
There is no need for alarm is the prognosis after the recent scare concerning the possibility of diseases in a stock of seed potatoes imported from Germany.
A reputed company had obtained permission to import 375 tonnes of potato from the Seed Certification and Plant Protection Centre of the Department of Agriculture out of which185 tonnes were imported. It was this consignment that was stored in two stores in Nuwara Eliya as the conditions for seed cultivation are ideal there.

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Indian leaders fight shy of General
Presidential candidate Gen. Sarath Fonseka returned to Colombo after a day visit to India, apparently to open a line of communication with Indian political leaders.
Indian media reported that Gen. Fonseka met Indian High Commissioner Ashok K. Kantha on Wednesday, a day before he left, leading to speculation that he had requested Kantha to make arrangements to meet a few Indian leaders.

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Jaffna flights full
Though the A-9 route is now open to traffic, with even AC buses for discerning commuters, there is no shortage of air passengers who continue to fork out Rs 19,500 for a return flight..
The reason for this is said to be expatriate Tamils now visiting Sri Lanka in a large numbers.
Comparatively, an AC bus ride to Jaffna from Colombo costs Rs 2000, while an ordinary bus ride costs about Rs 600.

Rehab of Tamils in Lanka may take time: Krishna
India on Friday said the Sri Lankan Government may not be able to adhere to the 180-day deadline ending in January 2010 for rehabilitating Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) from the camps. Replying to a calling attention motion in Lok Sabha, Foreign Minister S.M. Krishna said the Lankan Government “may not be in a position to live by its promise.”

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Crime Log
Police spokesman SSP I.M. Karunaratne said the CID is still investigating the crimes allegedly committed by the four men who were arrested in the morning hours of November 3. The four was arrested by the Special Task Force (STF) at the Kitulawatta Road, which runs behind the Borella Cemetery and were later handed over to the CID.

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Carlton Sri Lanka 7s 2009



POLITICS

Minorities a major concern
For long, the grouse of the so-called ‘minority’ communities in this country has been that they have a minute, if negligible, say in determining the state of affairs of the nation. While this may be a valid argument in certain aspects of our society, it certainly doesn’t hold true now, in so far as political events are concerned- and the upcoming presidential election is no different.

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LTTE’s arms procurer KP
in limelight again

Selvarasa Pathmanathan alias Kumaran Pathmanathan who is also known as KP who had been in charge of arms procurement and foreign enterprises of the vanquished LTTE has again become a main moot point in political circles these days.
KP who was arrested in Malaysia about three months ago is now being held by security authorities under tight security. Vital information relating to the LTTE’s international links, its business ventures and foreign assets is being ferreted out of him by CID sleuths who are interrogating him.

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NEWS FEATURES

Is Sri Lanka crazy enough to elect a retired General as President?
I was very fortunate to have been in Sri Lanka during the final days of the military war against the LTTE. Like all of us, I was relieved that the terrorist violence, replete with its deranged suicide bombers, was finally over. Also, like all of us, I looked forward to the day when the Government could get its act together and establish a unified country, with a prolonged period of peace. I had faith in the conciliatory words of the President, and believed that this would be accomplished within a short time. My faith is still intact.

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On the poththa and peththa of candidates
Elections are about branding, brand positioning and marketing names, ideologies and manifestos. You will never find a company advertising the comparative disadvantages and similarly you will never find a candidate admitting weakness or flaw. Not when it comes to serious things.
People are just not humble. They can’t afford to enumerate all their discretions, their character flaws and inabilities. The typical politician is a veritable Superman. They are all can-do-no-wrong guys.

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first guardian of the emerald isle
The history of the Sri Lanka Navy runs back to as far as 1937. In January 1938 the first Officers were commissioned (two English and two Sri Lankan) and subsequently with an Officer intake of experienced British seamen and a greater number of Ceylonese followed by an intake of Signalman Gunners paved way for the establishment of the Ceylon Naval Volunteer Force (CNVF). On August 31, 1939, the CNVF was mobilised for war duties.

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Favourable and negative economic developments
December 6th - As we approach the end of the year the country’s economic performance has shown both favourable and unfavourable developments. The favourable developments include the building up of the foreign reserves, the increasing trend in worker remittances, a likely balance of payments surplus for the year, lower rate of inflation, signs of foreign investor interest in the country and increased tourist arrivals in the last few months.

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SPORTS

Sanga stands tall as defeat looms
Sa’adi Thawfeeq reporting from India
Sri Lanka was struggling to stave off another innings defeat after India had reduced them to 274 for six wickets by the end of the fourth day in the third and final cricket Test played at the Brabourne Stadium here Saturday.
Only skipper Kumar Sangakkara with a defiant unbeaten innings of 133 off 258 balls (19 fours, 1 six) stood between India and a 2-0 series win which would make the host nation No. 1 in the ICC Test rankings.

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Dilshan’s dismissal reignites UDRS debate
The significance of technology in decision-making could not have been demonstrated in a better way than in the third Test between Sri Lanka and India at Mumbai when on the opening day of the Test Sri Lanka’s opening batsman Tillakaratne Dilshan was given out caught off bat-pad when his bat was nowhere near the ball.

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Malinga begins long trek back to Tests
Sa’adi Thawfeeq reporting from India
Sri Lanka fast bowler Lasith Malinga took his first step towards returning to Test cricket when he played his first first-class match for nearly two years appearing for his club NCC in their Premier league match against Moors SC at Braybrooke Place last week.

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Mathews joins 99 club
In the history of Test cricket there are well over fifty instances of batsmen getting out for 99, but only 12 have been dismissed run out. Sri Lanka’s promising all-rounder Angelo Mathews joined that select band when he was run out for 99 in the third Test against India at Mumbai in the first innings, a dismissal which deprived him of a maiden Test century.

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INTERVIEWS

“We have no doubt Fonseka will keep his word”– Karu Jayasuriya
With the call for the Presidential election January 26 next year, all major political parties have now begun to field candidates of their choice to run for the Presidency. However, none has raised more speculation and controversy than the opposition’s common candidate.

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“West trying to change our political leadership” - DEW
Minister of Constitutional Affairs and National Integration DEW Gunasekara said the Presidential race is between a layman who has forty years experience and a soldier who has forty years experience. Gunasekara who is also the Communist Party Leader is of the opinion that the western powers are attempting their best to change the political leadership of our country

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SL comes out firing for President Mahinda
Q:
You have always spoken out without fear or favour in the country’s interest, irrespective of whatever party is in power. How do you read the situation now?
A:
Today, I think the country is in a terrible situation, because, for one thing, the nationalist forces are split, and you find various minority parties now starting an auction for favours of both sides, and there seems to be a succumbing to it by even Gen. Fonseka and President Rajapaksa.

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