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Sunday January 17th, 2010


Sivajilingam brings his
campaign south

Sole Tamil presidential candidate M.K. Sivajilingam, backed by a rebellious section of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) has not thrown in the towel as some candidates have done and has now even brought his campaign to...

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Over 100 foreign election monitors expected
With nine more days to the presidential polls, the election authorities and the local election monitoring bodies will bring more than 100 foreign election monitors from 20 countries in the next few days.

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Second election related death
The second fatality related to the Presidential Election occurred yesterday in Maduranwila, Puttalam less than a week after the first killing in Hungama.

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TRULY NATIONAL…

In post-war Jaffna with people coming out of the shackles of terror, this picture by our staff cameraman Chamila Karunaratne, clearly depicts life, feeling free, as this eager reader pours over The Nation which reached readers of the Northern peninsula last week. And more readers follow suit as stacks of The Nation catch their eyes as we, as a national newspaper, now cater to the length and breadth of the nation
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AHINI outbreak claims 45 deaths in two weeks
There were 46 deaths due to the AH1N1 outbreak as of January 15 while there were 997 cases of dengue reported in the first two weeks of this month alone, according to the Epidemiology Unit (EU) of the Health Ministry. This was corroborated by the EU website.

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TNA laughs
Tamil National Alliance rebel leader N. Sri Kantha, who earlier spearheaded an unsuccessful drive within the alliance not to back either of the leading presidential candidates when asked yesterday why their alliance had still not issued any...

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Election violence tops 600
Local election monitors expressed worries over increasing cases of election violence as the number mounted to over 600 by last evening.

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NEWS

Rubella vaccine – ministry undecided
Health Ministry expressed uncertainty in resuming the Rubella vaccination programme that was suspended last year subsequent to the death of three school girls last year.
When asked about the current situation regarding the suspended Rubella vaccination programme, the director of the Epidemiology Unit Dr. Paba Palihawadana said that...

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Facelift to Colombo Port will help tackle corruption
The Colombo Port will soon receive a facelift in becoming the shipping hub of Asia. This will be possible with the change to its entire administrative structure under a single roof under a 16-storeyed modern building coming up at the Canal Yard Warehouse, Fort (opposite Telecom headquarters) facilitating the handling of more ships and growing container traffic from the sub-continent.

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More support for Mahinda
The three organisations, Lanka Telingue Congress headed by A.Ambalagan, Western Province United Tamil Organiaation (WPUTO) headed by D. Saroja and the Union of Sri Lankans Abroad pledged their support to President Mahinda Rajapaksa on Friday.

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Two PCs and WPC joined Police on forged certificates
While the Colombo Fraud Investigation Bureau (CFIB) had recently concluded cases against three police constables (PCs) who had forwarded forged educational certificates on their recruitment, a top official of the CFIB told The Nation that there are at least five to six cases per year related to forwarding of forged certificates.

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Monks supporting Fonseka no more in Hela Urumaya - Gammanpila
Responding to media reports of several monks from the Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) deciding to support opposition Presidential candidate Sarath Fonseka, the legal advisor for the JHU, Udaya Gammanpila said, “These monks who are claiming to have crossed over to the other side are staging the same drama that they staged in 2005.

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SLFP Matara chief organiser backs Sarath Fonseka
Matara Mayor and Chief SLFP organiser of the Matara District, Upul Nishantha, conveyed his willingness to support opposition Presidential candidate Sarath Fonseka at a press briefing held yesterday.
Nishantha said, “I am tired of the corruption, violence, and family oriented rule of this country, and have decided to support General Fonseka, because I honestly feel that he will be the one who can bring a real change to this country”.

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Three OICs for Polonnaruwa and A’pura election duty
Following recent election related incidents, three police officers have been appointed to be in charge of election duties in the Polonnaruwa Division, officer in charge of the Polonnaruwa District and Anuradhapura District from January 15 onwards.

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Pilots lock horns with srilankan management
The powerful Pilots’ Guild of the national carrier, which backed President Rajapaksa’s decision not to renew the ten-year management contract with the Emirates Airline when it expired in March 2008, while even some government officials were pressing to revive it, has now locked horns with the SriLankan management over failure to implement certain reforms.

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POLITICS

No-holds-barred free-for-all
As D-Day approaches in the eagerly awaited sixth presidential election, the major campaigns appear to be embroiled in controversy, although each camp is keen on gathering momentum and making a dash towards the magical figure of 50% of valid votes plus one vote.
Unfortunately, much of the campaign has focussed on highlighting the negatives of the leading candidates: The opposition coalition accused President Mahinda Rajapaksa of nepotism and alleged corruption, while the latter charge has also been levelled against General Sarath Fonseka by the government.

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“General Fonseka’s manifesto is a list of promises”
Will he be forced to borrow heavily from IMF, WB and ADB?
The election manifestos of the two main candidates contesting the upcoming presidential election have already been placed before the people of this country. President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s manifesto has been named `Mahinda Chintana Idiri Dekama’ and `Vishvasaneeya venasak’ is the title of General Sarath Fonseka’s manifesto.

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NEWS FEATURES

Sacrificing UNP for a common candidate
Arguably Sri Lanka’s oldest political party remains the United National Party of which its first Prime Minister D. S. Senanayake left behind a legacy for its future leaders to carry forward from generation to generation. Any UNPer can see how the once proud party cannot even win a provincial election today. The sad state of affairs for this party solely lies upon the present UNP leader and his team who have taken the grand old party to the annals of history.

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Sarath Kongahage’s petition
In the matter of an application under Articles 17 and 126 of the Constitution of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka.
Sarath Upali Kongahage of Prajapathy Road, Baddena, Battaramulla I. Petitioner SC [F. R.] Application No. 12010
Vs. 1. General [Rtd.] Sarath Fonseka No.1 /3, Rajakeeya Mawatha Colombo 07. 2. Dayananda Dissanayake Commissioner of Elections Elections, Commissioner’s Department Sarana Road, Rajagiriya 3. Ms. Shamila Perera, 9/6, Jayanthi Mawatha, Pelawatta, Battaramulla.

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Why TNA decided to back Fonseka
The decision taken by the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) to support the candidacy of New Democratic Front candidate General Sarath Fonseka has become a main moot point in the political circles today.
The TNA, a combine of several Tamil political parties was founded in 2001. Its constituents are All Ceylon Tamil Congress (ACTC), EPRLF (Suresh Wing), TELO and the TULF.

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Fonseka and others make mervyn silva look presidential
Whenever I think of the Minister of Labour, Dr (!) Mervin Silva, I remember an editorial in the Divaina written by Anura Solomons. It was titled, ‘mae ballath benda thabanu’ (tie up this dog as well). This referred to an incident that took place about 7-8 years ago, when Mervin, then just MP, stormed into the Divaina editorial offices and did what he knows best: rant, rave, threaten and make a general ass of himself.

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SPORTS

Sangakkara to captain Kings XI Punjab
Ending days of speculation, Kumar Sangakkara on Friday replaced Yuvraj Singh as the captain of the Indian Premier League team Kings XI Punjab but insisted that the Indian left-hander would remain the side’s “most important” player.
The Sri Lankan skipper was tipped to take over the job weeks ago but the team management had so far kept mum on the matter. The side’s CEO Anil Srivatsa finally put an end to the speculation by announcing Sangakkara as the new skipper.
“Kumar Sangakkara is the new captain of Kings XI Punjab. We are hoping for good things to come out of it,” Srivatsa told reporters.
Asked why Yuvraj was removed from the post despite the team’s reasonably successful campaigns in the first two seasons of IPL, Srivatsa said being replaced as captain would not affect the left-hander’s stature and hoped it would instead help him to do better with the bat.

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Jeewan Mendis’ unique double
Jeewan Mendis, 26, capped a prolific 2009/10 domestic season by scoring a unique double, of being named ‘Player of the Tournament’ in both the major domestic first-class tournaments. Demonstrating his versatility, Mendis was named Player of the three-day Premier League Tournament as well as Player of the Premier One Day Tournament,...

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Lanka wins when it matters
Sri Lanka cricket captain Kumar Sangakkara spoke of a new culture in the team after they had beaten India by four wickets in the final to clinch the tri-nation series which ended in Bangladesh early this week.
To quote Sangakkara: “For us it was extra special to make sure that we started the New Year with a new culture in the team.”
There was no Muralitharan or Jayasuriya or Vaas in the team - three stalwarts who had played stellar roles in past one-day victories including the 1996 World Cup triumph.

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They toiled in tears to reap in joy
Lankan Cricket Club, who are promoted to the Tier ‘A’ after being crowned Tier ‘B’ champions of the Inter-Club Premier Cricket Tournament 2009/10 which ended last month, will certainly have a challenging season ahead among the top 11 club cricket teams of Sri Lanka. The homeless club consists of gritty players that can perform at any level and the club’s past record of their 25-year journey in the world of cricket proves to be a strong fact.
Lankan CC, which climbed up in domestic cricket was established in 1985, and competed in Division III for nearly 5 seasons.

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INTERVIEWS

My aim is to stop the other Sarath from winning-Kongahage 
Sarath Kongahage, an attorney armed with years of political experience, is one of the Presidential candidates in the upcoming election and was in the limelight with his recent FR petition filed in the Supreme Court challenging the opposition common candidate, Sarath Fonseka. In an interview with the Nation, Kongahage divulged that his motivation is not to win the presidential polls but to elect Mahinda Rajapaksa as the president.
Q:
What motivated you to run for President? What is your platform?
A:
Well my party is Eksath Jathika Vikalpa Peramuna, which is the United National Alternative Front.

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