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Sunday February 14th, 2010


TNA plunges into confusion
The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) has been plunged into confusion with TNA hierarchy taking a unilateral decision to ask its members to send in nomination applications, but many members of its four constituent parties and its independent members are of the opinion there is no necessity for them to send applications as they were sitting members.

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IOM to help Sri Lanka combat human trafficking
The US State Department’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons (GTIP) is to fund an IOM project to help Sri Lanka develop a national strategy on combating...

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CWC hitches wagon to UPFA for general election
The biggest estate sector trade union and political party, the Ceylon Workers Congress, with a paid up membership of about 300,000 workers, this week decided to contest the general election under the UPFA,

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Chinese donation for North

China yesterday donated machinery and equipment worth 17 million Yuan (SL Rs.285,435 million) to Sri Lanka for the reconstruction and rehabilitation work in the North. The donation, the result of bilateral talks President Mahinda Rajapaksa had with the Government of China during his recent visit, was accepted by Prime Minister Ratnasiri Wickramanayake on behalf of the Government of Sri Lanka from the Ambassador of the Republic of China at a ceremony at Galle Face Green yesterday at 3:30 p.m.

(Pic by Rukshan Abeywansha)

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Mahanayakas urge Fonseka’s release
The Mahanayakas of the Malwatta and Asgiriya Chapters, Amarapura and Rammanna Nikayas yesterday urged President Mahinda Rajapaksa to release the former Army Commander General Sarath Fonseka and other military personnel...

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UNP options open – Tissa Attanayake
The General Secretary of the United National Party (UNP), Tissa Attanayake, said that they will hold talks with all parties in the United National Front (UNF) next week to discuss the distribution of contestants for each district.

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Health care of IDPs will be overlooked by ministry
IDPs in the Northern Province will continue to be overlooked by the central authority, the Ministry of Health Care and Nutrition although the immediate health care and nutrition mechanism would be under...

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NEWS

Kanneliya awaits justice
As the entire country was engaged in celebrating its 62nd Independence Day, a group of supporters of a government minister was staging another ugly drama in the Kanneliya Forest reserve. According to environment activists, this was an unprecedented act. A range forest officer, who only inspired conserving the forest, was being brutally assaulted by a group of political henchmen for carrying out his duties.
Irked by the sluggishness of the police in taking culprits into custody, the forest resources conservationists decided to withdraw from all other duties they engaged in other than conservation activities immediately after the incident.

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Food supplier, wife remanded over school food poisoning
The contractor, who had supplied the contaminated afternoon meal of contaminated noodles and eggs to 116 students last Thursday resulting in the death of one, was remanded by the Matale Magistrate till February 15. The deceased, Kavishka Dhananjani Gamage was a Grade IV student of Buddhagosha Vidyalaya of the Matale education zone.

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CID probes Danuna’s accounts
The Police Criminal Investigations Department (CID) probed bank accounts and safe deposit lockers belonging to the son-in-law of Sarath Fonseka- Danuna Tilakaratne, being maintained at a private bank in Colombo.
The Government alleged that Danuna Tilakaratne had obtained commissions for weapons procurements made for the Sri Lankan Armed Forces during the time that Gen. Fonseka was at the helm of the Sri Lanka Army.

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HSBC opens branch in Jaffna
A branch of HSBC which opened in Sri Lanka’s Northern Jaffna Peninsula will strengthen financial ties with the rest of the country and the world as the area recovers from a debilitating war, officials said.

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Develop local products free of politically motivated businessmen
Although the market prices of food prices seemed to have stabilised, easing cost of living from what it was a couple of months ago, locally produced food items in demand such as onions and potatoes are scarce, possibly due to more imports coming into the market, while local produce not being facilitated in the same manner.

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“Drug Demand Forecasting Unit” to be set up
The Ministry of Health Care and Nutrition will deploy a special team to India next week in order to obtain the essential drugs that have been missing from the state drug supplies. The additional secretary of the Health Ministry Dr. Nihal Jayatilake said that a special team of Representatives from the State Pharmaceuticals Corporation (SPC), Medical Supplies Division (MSD) and the National Treasury is expected to visit India to finalise the deals to obtain the listed drugs that have run short from the state medical supplies

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POLITICS

Will Party loyalty count for a seat in the House
After much speculation, Parliament was dissolved this week, paving the way for general elections in April,and, in preparing for the polls ahead, both the collective Opposition and the ruling United Peoples’ Freedom Alliance (UPFA) has enough problems to contend with- although they are quite different from each other.
Unlike the presidential election, which was called by President Mahinda Rajapaksa two years prior to the end of his six year term of office, the sixth Parliament was nearing the end of its tenure.

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An opposition in disarray gets a hot slogan for general election
The arrest of General Fonseka, the runner up in the recent presidential election, by Military Police last Monday night has become a highly sensational talking point, not only in political circles here, but also among the international community.
Media saw it coming
Certain sections of mass media had, in fact, well in advance, carried reports pointing to the possibility of General Fonseka being arrested at any moment, in view of certain statements he had allegedly made in the run up to the presidential election, and certain treasonable acts which had reportedly been committed with his involvement after the election.

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NEWS FEATURES

To Russia with love
The first overseas visit of a President of Sri Lanka after he was elected bears much significance. It foretells the type of foreign relations the President hopes to develop in the future, and signals the socio-political and economic developments that can ensue as a result of that maiden excursion.

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AI should keep its mouth shut
Amnesty International has once again stooped to cheap publicity stunts to draw attention to their scheming international activities of undermining the sovereignty and integrity of the office of the democratically and duly elected President of Sri Lanka and the Sri Lankan nation as a whole.

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The prerogatives of national pride
My uncle used to smoke a pipe. This was about 30 - years ago. He always had some pipe tobacco with him. The brand was ‘Island Pride’, smelt foul. I knew then what ‘island’ meant, but couldn’t get a hang of the word ‘pride’. It took me at least 20 years to pin the two words together and to realise that island pride has very little to do with tobacco, cannot be smoked and while it has a smell, the fragrance is nothing like raw tobacco or the smoke its burning produces.

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SPORTS

SLC gets ICC nod for WC venues
Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) got the nod from the International Cricket Council (ICC) for the three venues it is preparing to host the 2011 Cricket World Cup matches when a three-member delegation made their second visit to inspect the work in progress.
Sri Lanka are due to host 12 World Cup matches in Colombo (R Premadasa Stadium), Pallekelle and Hambantota.

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Royal spinners make a mockery of Wesley batting
Royal spinners made a mockery of Wesley’s batting line-up as they bundled them out for paltry totals of 48 and 50 and secure a handsome innings and 124 runs win in their under 19 first XI cricket match encounter played at Campbell Park yesterday.
Royal needed just 13 overs on the second day to capture the remaining three Wesley wickets when the home team resumed their second innings at 30-7 to wrap up the match well before lunch.

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Are we being taken for suckers? (Point Blank)
Are cricket journos being taken for suckers by captains of national teams when they come to address media conferences? England’s former Ashes winning captain Michael Vaughan gives a clear insight that there is some truth in that statement.
Vaughan must have unruffled a few feathers with his remark in his autobiography ‘Time to Declare’ where he states “a press conference is almost a lie as you have to put a positive spin on it”.

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CI reminisces
At 89 years Conroy Ievers Gunasekara will easily qualify to be the oldest living Sri Lanka (or All-Ceylon when he played) cricketer along with his school-mate at Royal College, Bertie Wijesinha.
‘CI’ as he was fondly called was taught the game during the British Empire when the country was under British rule. Born on July 14, 1920 he played in an era when a cigarette was just two cents and a match box cost 25 cents.

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INTERVIEWS

Arrest oF GEN. Fonseka ‑
The dividing line

General Sarath Fonseka was arrested by the military at his office premises on February 8. Arguments for and against the arrest have been flying around the country over the past few days, with people of all walks of life expressing their views on this matter. The Nation spoke with Government Defence Spokesman Minister Keheliya Rambukwella, General Secretary- United National Party, Tissa Attanayaka, and Military Spokesman Maj. Gen. Prasad Samarasinghe, for their views on this issue

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