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Sunday February 28th, 2010


Battle of Titans in Colombo
Closing of nominations for the upcoming Parliamentary General Election on Friday saw a total of 7,680 candidates from 366 registered political parties and 301 independent groups entering the fray to vie for 196 Parliamentary seats at stake.

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Geetha, Police differ on attack on campaign office
Popular veteran actress Geetha Kumarasinghe, who is now contesting the General Election from the Galle District on the UPFA ticket...

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DNA manifesto out this week
Newly formed Democratic National Alliance (DNA) will launch their election manifesto this week and their priorities include reinstating democracy, ensuring human rights and promoting good governance.

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Defence Sec. places Relic casket

Defence Secretary, Gotabhaya Rajapaksa places the Relic casket on the lead tusker at the start of the annual Maha Perahera of the Colombo Gangaramaya Temple last night. Army Commander Lt. Gen. Jagath Jayasuriya and Navy Commander Tisara Samarasinghe are among those looking on

(Pic. By Ishara Kodikara)

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Massive earthquake rocks Chile
A massive magnitude 8.8 earthquake rocked Chile early Saturday, killing at least 82 people and triggering tsunami warnings for the entire
Pacific basin. Chilean President Michelle Bachelet said she expected the death toll to rise. Full Story

Chile devastation

“I will not mix politics with cricket”
The longstanding ‘Master Blaster’ of Sri Lanka cricket and the only player to score more than 13,000 runs and capture more than 300 wickets in one-day international cricket...

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TNA dissidents to give it tough fight
The Tamil National Alliance (TNA), which mysteriously dropped more than half of its former MPs when giving nominations for the General Election, allegedly at the behest of a regional power, is in for some tough fights.

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NEWS

Medical expert sounds warning bell
The Epidemiology Unit of the Ministry of Healthcare and Nutrition warns that if the public continued to neglect government vaccination programmes, it could lead to a staggering 50,000 deaths during a span of 10 years.
Speaking to the media regarding the suspension of the Rubella vaccination programme, Dr. Sudath Pieris of the Epidemiology Unit said that if the Rubella vaccination programme continues to be suspended, it could lead to well over 500 cases of deaths due to stillbirths and fatal birth defects per year.
“The Rubella vaccination programme, which started in 1996, reached a success rate of over 90% within almost a decade. That shows that we were getting very close to eradicating the disease like we did with smallpox and polio.

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Women’s participation in politics
South Asian Women in Media (SAWM), Sri Lanka Chapter is hosting a seminar/panel discussion on Women’s Participation in Politics to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the International Women’s Day, which falls on March 8.
The event, which seeks to broaden public discussion on the important subject of increasing women’s representation in politics and decision making, will be held at the Lakshman Kadirgamar Institute, Horton Place, Colombo 7, from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on March 2 (Tuesday) 2010.

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Missionaries blacken Lanka’s image
Missionaries are continuing to spread exaggerated accounts of problems in Sri Lanka. The following is an article published in the Missionary News Network under the heading ‘Instability in Sri Lanka makes waves,’ posted on its website on Friday.
Sri Lanka (MNN) ― Sri Lanka hopes to hold together until the April 8 Parliamentary vote, but unrest from within threatens to tear the country apart.
The latest tinder to the fire is the decision to have defeated Sri Lankan Presidential candidate Sarath Fonseka stand in April’s Parliamentary polls, where sources say he will likely head up a new opposition alliance.

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Court Martial trying Fonseka to be appointed soon
The Court Martial trying retired Army Commander and former Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) Gen. Sarath Fonseka is to be appointed soon after the summary of evidence is compiled and is presented to Army Commander Lt. Gen. Jagath Jayasuriya.
Speaking to The Nation, Military Spokesperson Maj. Gen. Prasad Samarasinghe said that the summary of evidence would be finalised during the next few days and a Court Martial would be appointed soon afterwards.

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UK yet to officially respond to Lanka’s reprimand
United Kingdom’s Foreign Office is yet to officially respond to Sri Lanka’s Foreign Ministry’s protest over controversial British Foreign Secretary David Miliband’s address before a pro-LTTE gathering in London held this week.
A Foreign Ministry spokesperson told The Nation, that British High Commission was yet to respond to Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ protest.

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No room for minorities in DNA?
Going through the personalities coming forward on the Democratic National Alliance (DNA) National List that appeared on ‘e-davasa,’ there is a gaping hole for the want of minority representation. Although some big names of well-known professionals from various fields have appeared, there is no one from minorities in the DNA List.

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POLITICS

Testing elephant’s strength and preparing for hard road
Campaigning has gathered momentum for the April general elections with nominations closing on Friday, but it was the joint opposition that was mostly in the news this past week, as it struggled to put together a united front to contend with the formidable clout of the ruling United Peoples’ Freedom Alliance (UPFA).
Negotiations continued until almost the eleventh hour - till Tuesday night - as the United National Party (UNP) and the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP), bitter rivals previously but bedfellows at the recent presidential election sought to compromise and contest the general elections together. The added factor was the particular problems faced by the incarceration of General Sarath Fonseka.

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Contest in Colombo a battle of the goliaths
Nominations for the April 8 general election closed at 12 noon on Friday. According to the nominations filed, the government coalition UPFA, the UNF and the Democratic National Front are to run in a large number of districts. The TNA and the recently formed Leftist Liberation Front have entered the fray in the North and East. However, the intense heat that characterised the recent presidential poll is largely absent at this election, probably because the victory of the government coalition is a foregone conclusion. A clue to this general thinking came when the UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe told a function held recently at the J. R. Jayewardene Centre in Colombo that the government should not be given a two-thirds majority in parliament.

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NEWS FEATURES

On nomination day
A number of heavyweights of the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA), United National Party and several other parties were thus captured by The Nation’s Photojournalist Ravindra Dharmathilake as the jubilant candidates were on their way to hand over nominations on Friday to contest the April 8 General Election See Pictures

Things to keep in mind on April 8, 2010
It is election time again. We’ve just had a Presidential Election where the stakes were so high that the campaigning matched the 2005 election for intensity. Differences in policy preferences came to the fore, were debated, frilled with rhetoric and pushed into manifestos. There was a lot of shouting in December and January, but it’s all over now as we trudge along as a nation towards what is arguably the most insipid General Election in remembered history.
There are only two things to think about. First, whether or not the ruling United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) will get a two-thirds majority.

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Poor industrial export last year of serious concern
Last year’s poor export performance is of serious concern for an export-dependent economy that Sri Lanka is. This is especially so with respect to the decline in industrial exports by as much as 13.8 percent. Industrial exports constitute by far the higher proportion of the country’s exports, accounting for 75 percent of total exports last year. It is the drop in industrial exports by nearly 14 percent that dragged down total export earnings by 12.8 percent.

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SPORTS

Jaffna Central makes it four-in-a-row
Jaffna Central made it four in a row by beating St. John’s, Jaffna by four wickets in their 104th ‘Battle of the North’ ‘Big Match’ encounter that ended at the Jaffna Central grounds yesterday. The three-day encounter was in the balance till the last minute as bowlers of both teams excelled with superb performances.
Central batsmen started the final day needing just 99 runs and had the game well under control with eight wickets in hand. They lost four more wickets in the course of the day and reached 131, the victory target.

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Joes crush Ananda after 80 years
St. Joseph’s gained a perfect morale booster a week prior to their traditional ‘Big Match’ when all-rounder Chathuranga Kumara (5/48 & 6/39) claimed a match bag of 11 wickets to take them to a crushing innings and 77 runs win over Ananda in their inter-school cricket match which ended at Darley Road yesterday. The win which came after 80 years for the Joes against their opponents was spearheaded by Kumara’s fierce bowling spells.

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SLC caught napping
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Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) brags so much about the development of Pallakelle Stadium but when it comes down to brass tacks they are found badly wanting. In a match of the on-going Provincial Twenty20 tournament played at Pallakelle between Kandurata and Basnahira South caused quite a controversy when both teams claimed victory. A lapse on the part of the scorers who had credited Basnahira South with a boundary when evidence available suggested it was not, created this controversy.

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Cricketing Doc rolls back the years
Very seldom do you find doctors excelling in the field of cricket. Englishman Dr WG Grace was widely acknowledged as the greatest player of all time especially in terms of his importance to the development of the game. In Sri Lanka, the most famous doctor to play cricket for his country and excel is Brigadier Dr Herbert IK Fernando, or more commonly referred to as ‘Dr HIK’ or ‘Herbie’.

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INTERVIEWS

Joining mainstream SLFP will help address Muslim issues better – Minister
Minister of Development and Construction of the East & Rural Housing, Ferial Ashraff made headlines when she crossed over to the SLFP recently. A move some viewed as a controversy in the backdrop of the legacy her husband, the Late Ashraff left behind. Here, the minister talks about the rationale behind her move and her views on participating in mainstream politics to The Nation.
Excerpts of the interview:
Q:
What was the rationale behind joining the SLFP? A step that you’ve taken in the direction of mainstream politics?

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We dropped the ‘bell’ for the common interest - Tilvin
Even though they were not able to contest the general election as the common alliance under the swan symbol, JVP General Secretary Tilvin Silva is hopeful that the JVP and the UNP could work together in future endeavours.
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With the UNP deciding to contest alone you were compelled to contest the forthcoming general election as the Democratic National Alliance? Do you believe it is a strong alliance?

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