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Sunday March 14th, 2010


New criterion for next Cabinet
When selecting the next Cabinet, President Mahinda Rajapaksa will be giving top consideration to efficiency, past track record and honesty, while the number of Cabinet ministers will be restricted to between 35 and 40, a highly placed source said.

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Dengue to reach peak with rains
With the number of dengue cases reported in the first two and half months of the year has reached 9,655 with 60 patients reported dead, the health authorities warned that this year will record the worst number of cases with monsoons expected...

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Pillaiyan to meet Indian leaders
Chief Minister of the Eastern Province, Sivanesathurai Chandrakanthan (alias Pillaiyan) is tipped to visit India to meet Prime Minister Manmohan Singh...

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TOUGHER MATCH AT HAND

‘We have a tougher match on our hands’ seems to be what Ravi Karunanayake, hand outstretched, is saying to his UNP party leader, Ranil Wickremesinghe in the thick of the jollity of it all at the 131st Royal-Thomian ‘Big Match’ at the SSC which drew the two old Royalists yesterday, away from the electioneering trail.

(Pic by Rukshan Abeywansha)

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Parvathi seeks visa to Canada
Vallipuram Parvathi (80), mother of the deceased LTTE Leader Velupillai Prabhakaran, is seeking a visa to move to Canada, according to former Jaffna District TNA Member of Parliament, M.K. Sivajilingam.

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8,000 infrastructural programmes in 2010
The Ministry of Nation Building, under the Gama Neguma programme, has chosen 3,060 Grama Niladari Divisions where 8,000 infrastructural development projects are to be implemented on village level.

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Defamation case against CCB Chairman postponed
A case filed by a former employee of the Coconut Cultivation Board (CCB) against the Board’s Chairman for alleged defamation of character, which came up before Marawila District...

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Tourist hotel management training for North
With the idea of providing jobs for the youth of the areas and gaining much needed foreign exchange, Jaffna and Vavuniya have been selected as venues to set up branches of Sri Lanka Tourist Hotel Management Institute, said its Director General Suranga Silva.

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President chief guest at 125th anniversary of Buddhist Flag
The President will be the chief guest at the commemoration ceremony on April 28, which will usher in the 125th anniversary of the Buddhist Flag, and distribute prizes and certificates to the winners of the related essay and arts competition.
The Ministry of Religious and Moral Advancement is organising the all-island essay and art competition for pirivenas and schools. Originals and strictly own creations with entries not displayed at previous competitions will be entertained.

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17 SL fishermen arrested in Indian waters
Sri Lankan fishermen venturing into Indian waters were apprehended by the Marine Police.
Seventeen Sri Lankan fishermen were arrested for traversing the Indian territorial waters near Nachugunta in Nagayyalanka Mandal of Krishna District late last night.

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Lankan refugee attempts suicide in Chennai
Shantidevi (name changed), a Sri Lankan refugee, committed self-immolation after an SI allegedly outraged her modesty inside the Police station in Karur, Chennai on March 7.
She is battling for her life in a government hospital. The 27-year-old was staying in a refugee camp near Chennai.

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Rubella vaccine to resume soon
The Health Ministry is to resume the rubella vaccination programme soon, as the technical committee report that looked into the deaths of two school children following the administration of the vaccination suggested that the quality of the vaccination is satisfactory.
A highly placed official at the Ministry confirmed that the technical committee report has been handed over to the Minister of Health, Nimal Siripala de Silva who had in turn handed it over to the Acting Secretary Dr. Nihal Jayatileka for further review.

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Some have already forgotten the General – Anoma
Wife of Democratic National Alliance (DNA) Leader General Sarath Fonseka says that some of the political parties who were backing General Fonseka seem to have forgotten him at present while the UNP says they cannot hold any protests on his behalf because he is contesting from a different party.

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POLITICS

General election with a specific target
Almost imperceptibly, the general election campaign has shifted from a contest between the ruling party and the opposition, and from being a contest on political, social and economic issues, to a rather peripheral issue: A race for a two-thirds majority in This issue was first brought to the fore by none other than President Mahinda Rajapaksa himself, who, during the latter stages of the presidential election campaign, hinted that this general election would be the last with a battle for the ‘manaapa’ or preference vote.

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Home and home battles mar electioneering
Despite the parliamentary general election scheduled for April 8 only 25 days away, the major political parties in the fray have so far confined their electioneering to media briefings, whistle stops and house-to-house canvassing. The UNP, as a prelude to their propaganda campaign proper, is holding the meetings of the party’s district organisations presided over by the party leader Ranil Wickremesinghe.
The ruling UPFA has planned to hold their major propaganda rallies with President Mahinda Rajapaksa in the chair, beginning this week, SLFP General Secretary Maitripala Sirisena said.

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NEWS FEATURES

Candidates observe it in the breach
With less than a month to go for the forthcoming general elections which record an unprecedented number of candidates in the country’s election history, the debate on the effectiveness of the election laws too has become prominent in the political arena.
The general public as well as interested parties raised their eyebrows on exorbitant amounts of money spent on election campaigns by the candidates. With new developments taking place in its path to democracy in the post-war era, focus is highly levelled at transparency and clarity of its law makers.

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Time to curb big bullies in international politics
In a telephone conversation between President Mahinda Rajapaksa and the United Nations Secretary General (UNSG) Ban Ki-moon, the President has pointed out that the intention of the Ban Ki-moon to appoint a panel of experts to advice him (i.e. the SG) on Sri Lanka is totally uncalled for and unwarranted. He said it was both unprecedented and unwarranted as no such action had been taken about other states with continuing armed conflicts on a large scale, involving major humanitarian catastrophes and...

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SPORTS

Rambukwella steals the limelight
Ramith Rambukwella scored a hurricane 165 off 148 balls to give a dream shattered Royal College some consolation in their drawn 131st Battle of the Blues cricket encounter against S. Thomas’ College at the SSC grounds yesterday.
The big-made Royalist reached his century at a pace of run-a-ball and scored the next 65 runs off only 48 deliveries.

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Ekanayake shines in drawn game
Madhushanka Ekanayake’s superb all-round performance for Rahula was the highlight of the 7th Battle of Two Cities annual cricket encounter against St. Aloysius which ended in a draw at the Galle International Stadium yesterday. Both days of the encounter were delayed due to bad weather and the match eventually turned out to be a low scoring affair.

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Tissera - a leader by example
Michael Tissera played cricket in an era when it was more of a gentleman’s game. The manner in which Tissera conducted himself on and off the field personified the qualities that were associated with the sport at the time. He is today a glowing example of a cricketer unspoilt by his success in cricket and in personal life. He has been a dominant figure in Sri Lankan cricket for more than 40 years, serving the team as a player, administrator, chairman of selectors and manager.

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T20, IPL and match-fixing
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Match-fixing at cricket has reared its ugly head again with two of Pakistan’s leading cricketers Kamran Akmal and Rana Naved being accused of underperforming during Pakistan’s disastrous tour of Australia where they failed to win a single match in all three formats – Test, ODI and Twenty20. With the present security situation in their country not conducive for international tours to take place, the least Pakistan should have done is to raise their standard of cricket...

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INTERVIEWS

“Circumstances forced me into politics” – Anoma
Anoma Fonseka, who is running the election campaign for former Army Commander turned politician General Sarath Fonseka, says she believes in incomparable strength a woman has in winning obstacles thrown at her in life and confident that her husband’s party, Democratic National Front, will demonstrate a fair show in the forthcoming general elect The opposition alliance formed during the presidential election was strong enough to pose some kind of a threat to incumbent President Mahinda Rakjapaksa at that time.

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