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Sunday February 07th, 2010


Opposition alliance on the rocks
The Joint Opposition Alliance, formed with much fanfare in a bid to defeat President Mahinda Rajapaksa at the presidential poll, is on the verge of a break- up even before the dissolution of Parliament, informed opposition sources said yesterday.

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UK firm wins Sapugaskanda expansion study
In a bid to expedite the Sapugaskanda refinery expansion from 50,000 barrels per day to 100,000 barrels per day the Petroleum Ministry will award the feasibility study to the United Kingdom based KBC Advanced Technologies PLC this...

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Batticaloa Mayor in futile damage control exercise
Batticaloa Mayor Sivageetha Prabaharan, who rushed to Colombo and pledged her support to common opposition candidate Sarath...

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Martin Luther King III, son of legendary American Civil Rights activist Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. signing a copy of ‘Honouring Non-violence’ a booklet on remembering Dr. King distributed at the Justice Everywhere Exhibition at the National Art Gallery yesterday

(Pic by Rukshan Abeywansha)

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Lanka can become symbol of non violence – Martin Luther King III
Martin Luther King III, the son of renowned American civil rights activist Martin Luther King Jr., said that Sri Lanka now has an opportunity to become a symbol of non violence and justice.

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TNA leaders disappoint membership
The Tamil National Alliance members who were hoping to have a post mortem on the recently concluded presidential election when they converged in Colombo for the parliamentary sittings on Friday were badly disappointed as leaders of the four parties that make up the Alliance had once again gone abroad.

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TULF to go solo
The Tamil United Liberation Front (TULF) is to contest the forthcoming general election without aligning with any alliance.

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NEWS

H.A – no more
At 59 he was too young to go so soon. But after a brief illness due to complications of stomach cancer he succumbed to it. He never married due to devoting time to his mother whom he cared for throughout his life.

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Pathiraja passes away
Pathiraja. L.S.Dayananada died on February 5 at the age of 64 after a brief illness.
He made his debut in 1956 with the stage drama “Yankee Hatana” playing a role in it. And continued to act in four more then he went on to produce more than 30 stage dramas during his career in entertainment spanning over four decades.

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First Psychosocial Centre for war affected children inaugurated
The first Psychosocial Centre in the newly resettled areas in the Northern Province, a long-felt need for addressing issues related to mental well-being of war-affected children, was this week opened at Mallavi Central College, Thunukkai in the Mullaitivu District by Commander, Security Force Wanni Maj. General Kamal Gunaratne, and Competent Authority for IDPs.

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No formal EU decision on temporary suspension of GSP+ - Lanka Ambassador in Brussels
Responding to reports on EU to suspend GSP plus concession to Sri Lanka, Sri Lankan Ambassador in Brussels Ravinatha Ariyasinha said that no formal decision on ‘temporary suspension’ of GSP+ has been taken by the European Council as they have time till mid-February 2010 to do so.

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SLMC undecided on general election?
The Sri Lanka Muslim Congress, (SLMC) which in the recent past has been known for pledging its support to the UNP, has declared that the “same equation” might not apply where the general election is concerned.

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Tamils in N and E will lose faith- Minister Yapa
Expressing his views regarding the polling results from the North and East at the recently concluded presidential elections, Minister of Mass Communication Anura Priyadarshana Yapa said ‘The Tamil people in the North and the East will soon lose the faith that they have in their leaders once they realise the harm that their leaders have done to them in the past and the present.

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‘Beach boys’ to keep beaches clean
The Tourism Ministry has implemented a programme to register and train unregistered tour guides. The minister of tourism Achala Jagoda told The Nation that this programme was implemented especially to deal with the ensuing problems of youth who are widely known as ‘beach boys’ who appear to provide various services for tourists.

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1500 deserters accept Independence amnesty
Around 1,500 army deserters have surrendered during the amnesty offered on February 4, to coincide with the Independence Day.

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Inter provincial
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POLITICS

Re-alignment of political forces in the coming weeks
The dust has not yet settled on the presidential election, and controversy rages on, but Sri Lanka must soon gear itself for yet another poll: The general election.
The six-year tenure of the current Parliament expires late April, and a new Parliament has to be convened. Given the fact that the ruling United Peoples’ Freedom Alliance (UPFA) candidate, President Mahinda Rajapaksa emerged victorious at the presidential election, the Alliance will be keen to cash in on the ‘snow-balling’ effect of that poll.

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A confident government gears up for general election
Now that the dust of the presidential hustings has settled, the attention of everyone is focussed on the general parliamentary elections round the corner.
The term of the present parliament will expire on April 22 this year. According to government sources, President Mahinda Rajapaksa will dissolve parliament on February 14 to make way for holding the general parliamentary elections on April 2.

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NEWS FEATURES

Lessons from presidential election and Sri Lanka’s future
The 2010 Sri Lankan presidential election turned out an anti-climax. All the pundits got it wrong and what was promised to be a hard-fought out election, practically a photo-finish turned into a no contest with Mahinda Rajapaksa creating history by becoming the first incumbent President to be re-elected to office with a resounding victory.

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From John D’Oyly to Robert O’Blake
Therefore surreptitious efforts were necessary to first destabilise such a sovereign state, before it could be brought under the influence of an interested super power. Over the past thirty years such a surreptitious effort was made by vested interests to destabilise Sri Lanka. They directly or indirectly helped the LTTE for this very purpose.
The efforts of America and the western nations to save the LTTE leadership in the final stages of the war were proof enough of their involvement in that effort to destabilise our country.

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On that ‘second-class’ state of mind
I think it is natural for people to be despondent in defeat. I feel it is natural to be in denial, to play the blame game, dwell on the ‘what-ifs’ and to cry foul even, especially when one hypes oneself beyond reason and refuses to entertain the thought that one was dead wrong in choice, reading of electorate temper and even play ‘victim’, i.e. the ‘misunderstood’ kind.
Yes, I can empathize with the defeated, but Suvendrini Kakuchi’s howl titled ‘We are second-class citizens from now on’ was too much to stomach.

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SPORTS

Sri Lanka to host Asia Cup
The Asia Cup ODI tournament will be held in Sri Lanka from June 16 to 25 this year.
The Chief Executive Officer of the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) Syed Ashraful Huq told The Hindu here that only the four Test playing nations of Asia - India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh - would take part in the event.

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Central College wins by innings
Central College, Jaffna was too strong for Hindu College, Kokuvil as they managed to record an innings and 128-run win in their first XI cricket match ended at Jaffna yesterday. Batting first visiting Hindu College managed only 122 runs with leg-spinner Tharshan grabbing 4 wickets for 17 runs.

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SAG for whose benefit?
The South Asian Games (SAG), the 11th edition of which is currently taking place in Bangladesh where Sri Lanka has sent its best athletes both men and women for the event in the hope of winning gold medals for the country. In the past ten editions of SAG too Sri Lanka has sent its best athletes to the competition but so far despite all their efforts they have failed to displace India as the top medal winner.

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Chinthana Vidanage eyes Olympic medal
DHAKA: By winning his third SAG Gold medal in weightlifting Chinthana Geethal Vidanage said that his performance at Dhaka was a big boost ahead of the Commonwealth Games in India later this year.
Vidanage’s third SAG gold is the best of his three achievements in the 69 kg.

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A great learning experience
Sri Lanka Under-19s moved up in the rankings from 7 to 4 after the completion of the ICC Under-19 World Cup held in New Zealand. Though the Sri Lanka Under-19 team failed to reach the final of the ICC Under-19 World Cup final, coach Naveed Nawaz told The...

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INTERVIEWS

“The Elections Commissioner certainly didn’t leave the premises”
Following the announcement of the Presidential election results, the opposition started making several allegations claiming that the computer system was hacked and manipulated to produce a result favouring President Mahinda Rajapaksa. The Nation spoke with Dr. Weerasinghe to understand that validity...

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‘‘Not a single malpractice reported by election monitors’’
Member of the Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) and Cabinet Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka has been very outspoken in his political views. The Nation spoke with Ranawaka for his views on the Presidential election, minority political parties and the political climate in the country

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