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Sunday January 03rd, 2010


Hundreds of Indian trawlers encroach daily
More than 20,000 fisher families in the Jaffna Peninsula are unable to enjoy the removal of restrictions on fishing since the end of the conflict, as hundreds of encroaching trawlers from Tamil Nadu are robbing them of their catch on a daily basis and the President of the Jaffna Fisheries Cooperative Federation T. Thavaratnam warned yesterday that if the situation continued, within a few years there would be nothing to catch in our waters as already has happened off the coast of Tamil Nadu.

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Northern viewers to get ITN, Rupavahini from Monday
Jaffna citizens will get to see Rupavahini and ITN telecasts from Monday along with an improved reception of SLBC under the 180-Day Programme of the ‘Uthuru Wasanthaya.’
Media and Information Ministry Secretary W.B. Ganegala said yesterday the new services were being provided via the transmission tower in the Palali camp, pending the completion of the construction of the new Kokavil tower in a few weeks.

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Poultry turmoil far from over
The threat to import poultry products due to a shortage of chicken and a steep rise in the price of eggs still remains with Live Stock Development Minister R.M.C.B. Ratnayake warning yesterday that he was yet monitoring the situation.
According to the industry the main reason for the current situation is a shortage and high price of maize,

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President felicitates
sports greats

A smiling President Mahinda Rajapaksa pats Muttiah Muralidaran, who is the world’s leading Test and one-day bowler after having presented him a momento watched by Murali’s team colleague Sanath Jayasuriya and ex-Lankan athlete Susanthika Jayasinghe
                              (Pic by Ishara S. Kodikara)

Sarath fonseka woos
tamil votes

Opposition common presidential candidate Retd. General Sarath Fonseka of the United National Front being welcomed to a kovil in Nallur during a visit to the North to woo Tamil voters. He is flanked by UNF members Somawansa Amarasinghe, leader of the JVP, M.P. Ravi Karunanayake of the UNP and Mano Ganeshan, Leader of the Western People’s Front. Leader of the Opposition and UNP Ranil Wickremesinghe was also present on the occasion
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Ex-UNP treasurer supports Mahinda
Former UNP Treasurer and Bandaragama organiser Tilak Karunaratne pledged support to President Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday addressing a rally in Kalutara.
He earlier resigned from all posts he held in the UNP protesting against remarks made by the party leadership regarding the JHU monks and the Thoppigala military victory.
He resigned from the post of treasurer and from the Working Committee, Administrative Committee, Management Committee and the Religious Affairs Committee.

UPF in confusion
Contrary to reports published yesterday, the Up-Country People’s Front heavyweight and Deputy Minister of Vocational and Technical Training P. Radhakrishnan said there was no party decision to appoint S. Arulsamy to the vacancy created in Parliament over the death of their leader P. Chandrasekeran.

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Jaffna smothered by Southern tourists
Jaffna is being literally smothered by an influx of Southern tourists who are now making full use of the reopened A-9 highway causing traffic jams and other problems there due to the limited infrastructure in the Peninsula.
Jaffna Additional GA Ms. Rubini Varthalingam said about 1,000 to 1,500 southerners now come to Jaffna on a daily basis along with a sprinkling of foreign tourists.
She said the biggest problem was the lack of accommodation, but enterprising...

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NEWS

TNA’s fate may hinge on Alliance decision tomorrow
The turmoil in the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) over its stand on the presidential election is far from over and the three key people said to be pressing the TNA to back Sarath Fonseka were away in Trincomalee yesterday supposedly canvassing the views of their constituents.
R. Sampanthan, Mavai Senathiraja and K. Thurairatnasigam who were in Trincomalee could not be contacted up to the time of going to press last night. Earlier in the day when we contacted Senathiraja and Thurairatnasingam both requested us to contact them after five o’clock as they were at meetings.

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Chandrasekeran’s funeral tomorrow
The funeral of Up-country People’s Front Leader and Minister of Community Development and Social Inequity Eradication P. Chandrasekaran, who died of a heart attack last Thursday, will be held tomorrow at 3 p.m at the Urban Council Grounds, Talawakelle. He was 52-years old at the time of his death. The government and the 0pposition members paid their last respects to the late minister at the Parliament from 10.30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. yesterday. Thereafter, the body was taken back to his residence at Rajagiriyia.

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Fonseka seeks Tamil support
The Common Opposition yesterday launched their election campaign in the North with the participation of presidential candidate Sarath Fonseka, UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe, JVP leader Somawansa Amarasinghe and other stalwart in the coalition.

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Intellectuals predict anarchy
A group of intellectuals led by Prof. Laksiri Fernando of the Colombo University yesterday pointed out that if Gen. Sarath Fonseka was elected by chance, the nation’s democracy would be buried and head towards military rule and anarchy.

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Another victim at the hands of carelessness
Kirinda Junior School of the Matara District carries the reputation for its bright student populace. Over 200 students from the school sat for the Grade Five Scholarship Examination conducted island-wide by the Examination Department in 2009. The school runs five Grade Five classes for female and male students.
One class had a student named Anushka Prageeth who was well-known for his studies. He had proved himself from the inception to be a bright student. In the 2009 examination 22 students were successful.

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127,000 acres to be cultivated in North
The government is aiming at cultivating 127,000 acres in North in the Maha season, according to Northern Governor G.A. Chandrasiri, who further announced that action has been taken to make available another 10,592 high land under cultivation.
For this purpose about 24,500 grams of seeds had been given to the farmers up to now.

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Vaiko wants ‘referendum’ for Eelam
MDMK Leader and LTTE supporter Vaiko hurled another political bombshell saying parties sympathetic to the Sri Lankan Tamils’ cause will build a campaign for a “referendum” on the Tamil Eelam issue in Tamil Nadu, on the lines of European countries.
Despite the Tamil Tigers’ military defeat at the hands of the Rajapaksa regime, he said the latter would be “living in a fool’s paradise” if it thought that the resettlement of the Internally Displaced Persons from camps in northern Sri Lanka would give quietus to the Tamil Eelam issue.

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POLITICS

Campaigns of ‘style’ sans substance
With just over three weeks to go for the presidential election, the leading campaigns are gathering momentum, at times overshadowed by events that occur within a fast evolving and dynamic political climate.
A significant development over the past week was the crossover of two stalwarts of the Ceylon Workers’ Congress (CWC), Murugan Satchithananthan and Ramalayan Yogarajan to the United National Party (UNP).

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President’s rural vote bank is intact
With the presidential election drawing closer, the propaganda campaigns of the two main candidates in the fray are gathering heat and momentum.
Given the obvious keen contest, the main opposition, the UNF says that the Tamil and Muslim vote at the election would be a decisive factor. UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe, Democratic People’s Front leader Mano Ganesan and SLMC leader Rauff Hakeem are now engaged in a relentless effort to secure the support of the Tamil and Muslim political parties for the common opposition candidate General Sarath Fonseka.

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NEWS FEATURES

Problems of Tamils need solutions—Anandasangaree
After a long silence, veteran Tamil politician and the leader of the TULF Anandasangaree, has released a written statement to all presidential candidates in Sri Lanka.
In his statement, Sangaree gives a set of proposals for implementation in the event of any one of them getting elected as the President of Sri Lanka.
Following is the full text of the letter.
The Tamil United Liberation Front (TULF) having very carefully considered all the aspects of the present political situation, decided to place before his Excellency the President and all the other presidential candidates, a set of proposals for implementation in the event of any one of them getting elected as the President of Sri Lanka.

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Defeat of LTTE good enough reason –Devananda
What would be closely monitored at this election than any before is how Tamils would vote, and most importantly why. How common disparities such as differences of opinion within minority parties and a change in perspective by Tamil politicians will influence the upcoming general election is yet to be seen.
Minister of Social Service and leader of the Eelam People’s Democratic Party Douglas Devananda, however, seems defiant. According to him, Tamils have no doubts over casting their vote to re-elect President Mahinda Rajapaksa.

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Gen Fonseka’s allegation and its impact on the Armed Forces - A legal perspective
The Cabinet of Ministers, at their meeting on Wednesday, December 23, decided to take serious note of allegations by Gen. Sarath Fonseka to the media. The Cabinet resolved to use all means at its disposal to prevent irreparable harm from being inflicted on the country, as a result of these allegations. This was the gist of the statement, issued by the prime minister on behalf of the Cabinet.

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Let us hope for the best
Just a month since the end of the 30-year old war against LTTE terrorism that culminated with the humanitarian operation, both the electronic and print media were full of various views and theories, and dialogues from some ministers and a diplomat appointed by the government, supported by notorious NGOs, in favour of the 13th amendment to the Constitution and many more touched on ‘solutions’.

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SPORTS

Lanka can exact revenge
India and Sri Lanka are set to land in Bangladesh Saturday for the ensuing Tri-nation tournament slated to kick off at Mirpur on January 4.
Fresh from top ranked team in ICC Test ladder, India will be without great Sachin Tendulkar, who has decided to have a rest. Rohit Sharma replaces him in Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s 16-man squad.
On the other hand, Sri Lanka will also be without the service of some crucial players due to injury and poor form which they picked up during the disappointing tour of India recently.

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Murali speaks out
2009 has not been a good year for the game’s greatest spin bowler Muthiah Muralitharan who at age of 37 is feeling the strain of being his country’s main spearhead for the past 18 years. In a frank interview with The Nation, Muralitharan talks about Sri Lanka’s 2011 World Cup chances, why Sri Lanka, once a feared team in one-day cricket is struggling to regain that status, about the politics that is affecting the game, and about his future.
Q:
Our ODI performances since the 2007 World Cup have not been very encouraging why?
MM:
This is a transitional period. After 2003 World Cup we had senior and capable players who stayed till the 2007 World Cup. Now the transitional period has come. I am not young, neither is Sanath (Jaysuriya). Vaasy (Chaminda Vaas) is gone. Three major players are virtually out of the side. I didn’t have a great 2009 because I had so many injuries.

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Stop whining (Point Blank)
A big hue and cry has been made in a morning daily over the week on the venues Sri Lanka will play their 2011 World Cup matches. The bone of contention is the venue for the Group ‘A’ match between Sri Lanka and New Zealand which is scheduled to be played at the refurbished Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on March 18. It will be Sri Lanka’s final group match.
According to the news report it is learnt that some of the senior Sri Lanka cricketers had expressed their dissatisfaction to the Sri Lanka Cricket hierarchy for failing to make use of home advantage and playing all their group matches in Sri Lanka.

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Trouble brewing at Kandy SC?
Will the kings of rugby, Kandy Sports Club, survive the tumultuous period it is undergoing at present or become a ‘commoner’ in rugby next season? This is the question which is in the minds of every rugby fan in the hill capital.
The recently concluded Annual General Meeting saw some of the key office bearers not turning up, excusing their absence, or fleeing like rats deserting a sinking ship.

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INTERVIEWS

War victory a team effort : Former Navy Chief
Secretary- Ministry of Highways and National Defence Advisor Admiral Vasantha Karannagoda says the decisive victory in the war on terrorism in the country was the outcome of a team effort, and credit for this great achievement should go to the entire team.
In an interview with The Nation, former Navy Commander Admiral Karannagoda, who played a lead role in the `team effort’ of winning the war, also asserts, “President Mahinda Rajapaksa was the Captain and Defence Secretary was Vice Captain of this team. True, the entire team deserves the credit for the victory. But President Rajapaksa, who successfully led this team, naturally deserves a greater share of the credit”

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