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Sunday December 27th, 2009


TNA D-day on January 4
The serious division that was developing in the Tamil National Alliance, which we exclusively reported in our page one lead stories in the last two Sundays, has now come into the open with at least three openly dissenting...

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SF kicks off Northern campaign next week
Common opposition presidential candidate Sarath Fonseka will kick off his campaign in the North in the New Year with a religious ceremony at the historic Nallur Kovil on January 2 at 10:00 a.m.

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Menik Farm to close down soon
The government is planning to close down Menik Farm welfare camp as soon as possible, Human Rights and Disaster Management Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe said adding that all...

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THEN AND NOW

Putting the past behind, a playful kid dives into the beach in the southern Sri Lankan town of Galle as three more, all out for adventure watch intently on the eve of the fifth anniversary of the Asian tsunami, seemingly oblivious of the destruction it wrought in Asia’s biggest human disaster that claimed some 31,000 lives and leaving one million homeless

(Pic by Ishara s.Kodikara)

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Colombo South Harbour: Tough talks ahead
Putting aside the major stir caused by its local junior partner early this month, a big contingent from China Merchant Holdings will be here on January 6 to hold talks on the balance issues raised by them...

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Over 1m. people unable to vote
Election Monitoring bodies say that there are more than one million people who will not be able to cast their vote at the forthcoming presidential election for not having a valid identification card.

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Govt. will resolve minority grievances – Asath Salley
Former Deputy Mayor of Colombo Municipal Council and firebrand member of the United National Party (UNP), Asath Salley, who was sacked from the Party’s Working Committee, said that following...

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1,048 tsunami affected families still without permanent shelter
There are still 1,048 families in the Kalmunai and Sainthamaruthu D.S. divisions who lost their houses in the 2004 tsunami presently living in temporary shelters constructed nearly five years ago or are living with their relations. They are all living within the 65 metres buffer zone the government had introduced after the tsunami where construction of houses is totally prohibited.

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‘Princess Chrisanta’ for public view
Recently acquired LTTE weapon smuggling ship Princess Chrisanta which was brought to Colombo last Monday (21) will be anchored off the Galle Face Green this morning for public view.
Navy Spokesman Captain Athula Senarathne told The Nation that the ship will only be available for public view during the morning hours and people will not be able to get on board.

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Giving teeth to controlling national disasters
The Disaster Management and Human Rights Ministry has formulated a ten-year road map for Disaster Risk Management (2005-2015) and drafted a National Disaster Management Policy as well as a National Disaster Management Plan to deal with disaster risks in a scientific and systematic manner, Disaster Management Minister...

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Toxic feed shipment destroyed
Due to unbelievably high import taxes levied on maize which makes up 50 per cent of the poultry feed, a leading manufacturer of feed, who turned to a cheaper substitute by importing five container loads of manioc powder, has burnt his fingers badly, when the imported quantity was found to have been contaminated with a deadly toxin.

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Post offices in resettled areas
Some 53 new post offices will be opened in resettled areas, according to the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications.
These post offices will operate in Kilinochchi and Mullaitivu districts and new postal workers will be appointed, the ministry announced yesterday. Those serving on temporary basis will be made permanent after the Presidential Elections.

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Cluster polling booths for IDPs
Two cluster polling booths have been set up to assist Internally Displaced People (IDPs) in Mullativu and Kilinochchi to vote at the upcoming Presidential election, according to the Assistant Commissioner of Elections for the Vavuniya District A.S. Karunanidhi. The two polling booths are located at Vavuniya Madya Maha Vidyalaya and Seivepragas Maha Vidyalaya.

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Request to president bears result
A letter sent by the Mayor of Kandy L.B.Aluvihare to President Mahinda Rajapaksa seeking the reopening of the road which runs between Kandy Lake and the Sri Dalada Maligawa has brought positive results.
It has resulted in the Ministry of Defence, Public Security, Law and Order acceding to the request of the Mayor..

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Jobs for over 15,000
Over 15,000 youth will gain employment in the tourism sector under a scholarship programme sponsored by the international educational organisation LCCI. This is on an initiative of the Tourism Ministry.

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FLASHBACK 2009



POLITICS

President ahead in the publicity stakes
The contest for Sri Lanka’s sixth presidential election has begun in earnest, and the campaigns of the two leading contenders, President Mahinda Rajapaksa and General Sarath Fonseka are understandably attracting the most attention.
It would be naïve at this stage of the poll, to reach any kind of conclusion as to who the winner would be, but, if the visibility of the campaign is to be a yardstick, then President Rajapaksa is streets ahead at this point in time.

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The UN turns guns on Sri Lanka
The anti-Sri Lanka attitude of a section of the international community has taken a turn for the worse following General Fonseka’s controversial statement to the Sunday Leader newspaper that three LTTE leaders, Nadesan, Pulidevan and Ramesh who had come forward carrying white flags to surrender were summarily executed by the troops of the 58 Division on orders from Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa.
UN Special Rapporteur on Extra-judicial, Summary and Arbitrary Executions Phillip Alston in a letter addressed to Sri Lanka’s Permanent Representative at the UN Kshenuka Seneviratne...

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NEWS FEATURES

Thesis plus anti-thesis: Synthesis or aberration?
Sarath Fonseka does not have a party. That’s a positive. And a negative. Not being without a party means, he doesn’t have to carry the baggage that parties are typically burdened with. On the other hand, he needs parties, because he doesn’t have one of his own. It is like getting from Point A to Point B. Either you have your own means of transport, or you use someone else’s.

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Comments on General’s controversial statement
On December 13, a leading Sunday newspapers carried an article that included statements made by Gen (Rtd) Sarath Fonseka claiming that the Secretary of Defence, Gotabhaya Rajapaksa had ordered Brigadier Shavendra Silva, Commander of the 58 division to kill all surrendering LTTE cardres, by saying that “they must all be killed”. Fonseka had claimed that under the Secretary’s directive three surrendering LTTE leaders Nadesan, Puliudevan, Ramesh, and their families had been shot dead.

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Reaching out to the New Year
This is the Christmas and New Year season. It is the season that brings with it good cheer. For children Christmas is about the Christ, loads of fun and toys with Santa hugging centre stage. For adults, it brings the more solemn feeling of what Christ represents to man as they enjoy the season with their families. As it shifts to the New Year round the corner for all Sri Lankans it is all about getting ready for that auspicious day when life begins anew. In the cheerfulness and eagerness as people prepare for it The Nation roamed the busy streets in the heart of Colombo as New Years shoppers decorated the streets by their numbers.

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SPORTS

Lanka to rest key players for Bangladesh tri-series
Former captain Mahela Jayawardene has been ruled out of today’s fifth and final one-day international against India at Delhi after injuring his groin in the fourth match played at Kolkata on Thursday.
Selection committee sources told The Nation that Jayawardene would also miss the one-day tri-series in Dhaka from January 3-14 which features host Bangladesh and India.

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The year that was
2009 the year of Dilshan
If there was one individual who dominated the international cricket scene and caused waves during 2009 it was Tillakaratne Dilshan, the Sri Lankan batsman who was the talking point in cricket circles around the world for his phenomenal batting skills.

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Transitional phase and
World Cup (Point-Blank)
The results may give rather discouraging reading - a 2-0 defeat in the Test series and trailing 3-1 in the five-match one-day international series. But Sri Lanka should take heart from the fact that they are in a transitional process of rebuilding a team towards winning the 2011 World Cup which is 14 months away. At a time like this a winning result will not always be forthcoming as we have witnessed in the ongoing Sri Lanka tour to India.

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The year that was

INTERVIEWS

“Nothing wrong in calling a betrayer a betrayer” - Minister Samarasinghe
Minister of Human Rights Mahinda Samarasinghe explaining the gravity of the repercussions caused following the former Army Commander’s statement over the government forces said that the government is not overreacting to the issue but struggling to safeguard the positive picture it earned during the past months internationally.

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JVP won’t tie-up with UNP
JVPers in general and their leader Somawansa Amerasinghe in particular appear to be genuinely sincere in their wanting to bring about urgently needed constitutional reforms, but their problem is that in trying to do so they have come to a marriage of convenience with their arch enemy the UNP and even the compromise candidate they have chosen to back jointly with the other opposition parties in the UNP alliance is now proving to be an embarrassment in many ways.

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“It was not simply
a taxi driver’s job”

Former UNP parliamentarian for the Batticaloa District, Ali Zahir Maoulana, who was in hot water after escorting renegade LTTE leader Karuna Amman to Colombo in April 2004, returned to the country after five-and-a-half-years. He says that he is here to tell the truth to the people, and support incumbent President Mahinda Rajapaksa
Q:
What persuaded you to take such a risky act like escorting then LTTE Eastern Leader Karuna Amman to Colombo, and do you claim the credit for introducing Karuna Amman to mainstream politics?

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