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Sunday March 21st, 2010


New geological developments to rock Sri Lanka
With an increased number of earthquakes occurring in the Indian Ocean and Geological Department observing a possibility of a new earth plate being created 1,000km south of Sri Lanka, geologists warn...

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Drug addiction to reach epic proportions?
While warning that drug addiction has shown great potential of taking epic proportions, Minister of Justice and Law Reforms Milinda Moragoda stressed the need for an immediate...

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Only one member refuses
March pay

Despite a request by a government Minister not to accept the March salary for attending Parliamentary sittings on March 9 for the Emergency Debate, Parliament sources said,...

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BEUTIFYING COLOMBO

Heavy machinery hard at work along Maradana Road to broaden the busy road as part of a 100-day project to beautify the Colombo city, in a bid to ease traffic congestion and to improve infrastructure, as well as to make the Capital Colombo one of the best cities in Asia

(Pic by Ravindra Dharmathilake)

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LTTE suspects can vote
LTTE suspects, who are being held in rehabilitation camps in Jaffna, will be able to vote at the forthcoming Parliamentary election.
According to a spokesman of the Elections Commissioner’s Department, the decision has been made to set up special polling booths for the voting process to take place.
“The Elections Commissioner has already discussed what needs to be...

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Bandula rubbishes price hike claims
Essential goods are not being sold at unfairly high prices, according to the Minister of Trade and Consumer Affairs, Bandula Gunawardena.
“The United National Front has been spreading false rumours since the day they put out their manifesto, claiming that the government is selling essential goods at very high prices. This is just not true,” said the minister at a press briefing yesterday.

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NEWS

More hassling than helpful
There have been many criticisms against the new driving licence issuing system. The system was initially introduced as an alternative to prevent fraud and the increasing number of traffic accidents. Though the public is yet to see both these objectives fulfilled, we have heard a great deal of complaints made against this new process.
The Sri Lankan Government issued a new driving licence in accordance with international standards with effect from March 24 last year. The new licence supposedly contains a microchip that carries the driver’s information: Personal data, digital photograph, fingerprint and digital signature and the individual’s records of traffic offences are stored in it as well. It also contains additional information, such as the driver’s blood group and medical information. This information could be useful in the event of a traffic accident.

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Kalu Ganga child victim dies
Amila Sandaruwan Fernando, the child who was allegedly thrown into the Kalu Ganga by his mother and was in the Intensive Care Unit of the Lady Ridgeway Hospital, died yesterday morning.
“Sandaruwan was in a critical condition and died at 11:00 a.m.,” said the Hospital Director, Dr. Mahanama Rajamanthree.
The four-year-old boy, said to have been thrown into the river by his mother due to poverty on March 11, was rescued by a lorry driver. He was transferred from the Kalutara Nagoda Hospital to the Lady Ridgeway Hospital where doctors battled to save his life for days.

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National policy needed to upgrade pre-schools – Wimal
Leader of the National Freedom Front, Wimal Weerawansa is to submit a proposal to President Mahinda Rajapaksa to create a national policy on upgrading the status of pre-schools in the country, which at the moment are numbered at 10,000.
He is to suggest that this programme could be successfully implemented with the direct involvement of the Ministry of Education in collaboration with the Child Development and Women’s Empowerment Ministry and the Ministry of Social Services.

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Eastern University to reopen tomorrow
The Eastern University will reopen tomorrow after being closed from March 12 following tensions between two student groups, according to the Registrar of the Eastern University K. Bohindran.
He said, “Vice Chancellor Dr. S. Pathmanathan handed his resignation letter to the University Grants Commission (UGC) a few days ago. The UGC will forward the letter to the President. Dean of Agriculture Faculty Dr. K. Premakumar has now been appointed the acting vice chancellor.” Furthermore, Bohindran added that Minister of Higher Education, Prof. Wishwa Warnapala, along with the Chairman and the Secretary of the UGC had advised Dr. Premakumar on how to proceed given the tensions in the university.

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UNICEF, WHO donate to immunisation programme
The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the World Health Organisation (WHO) have donated $US 84,000 to the National Immunisation Programme.
According to Dr. Sudath Pieris, the epidemiologist in charge of the national immunisation programme, the money will be allocated to re-establishing the Sri Lankan people’s trust in immunisation.

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POLITICS

‘Manaapa’ wars cloud quest for two-thirds
With less than a month to go for the April elections, the ruling United Peoples’ Freedom Alliance (UPFA) appears to have emerged a clear frontrunner in the race, but interest in the contest remains through a variety of mini-battles that are being staged.
For the UPFA, there are two prime concerns: Obtaining a two-thirds majority for the party and, as far as individual candidates are concerned, getting re-elected against a backdrop of an intense contest for the preferential votes, especially in districts such as Colombo, Kandy and Kalutara.
The ‘manaapa’ battle has taken a turn for the ugly, spoiling the goodwill enjoyed by the UPFA and President Mahinda Rajapaksa. For a party that is hoping to capitalise on the President’s victory at the presidential election, it may mar the celebrations, if due care is not taken to preserve party unity.

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JVP Student Wing woos varsity
students in North-East

The Inter-university Students Federation (IUSF) affiliated to the JVP enjoyed the `monopoly’ of running the Students’ Councils in the universities in the South until recent times. They captured this dominant position among university students after the JVP-inspired - insurrection in1972. Before the advent of the IUSF juggernaut, it was the representatives of student organisations affiliated to the LSSP, CP and the SLFP who dominated the Students Councils.

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NEWS FEATURES

No monuments for the general, sorry
This need not have happened. The stage was set for a perfect ending. A man does what needs to be done at the correct time and then walks into the sunset wrapped in the echoes of the multitudes cheering. Heroic in the act. Hero as historys verdict. It was not to be. Wronged he may have been, and the jury is still out on that, but even perceptions of being short-changed warrants certain kinds of responses but does not sanction others. The man erred.

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PROMISES GALORE
While the ruling United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) decided to go ahead with the visionary approach to the Mahinda Chinthana programme both the United National Front (UNF) and the Democratic National Alliance (DNA) launched their manifestos simultaneously last Tuesday.
The UNF launched its election manifesto at the Party Headquarters Sirikotha under the leadership of UNF leader Ranil Wickremesinghe before a large gathering which included all Western Province candidates and UNF leaders.

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Desperate attempts to restart Middle East Peace talks
US Vice President, Joe Biden undertook a crucial tour to the Middle East last week in the hope of reviving the stalled peace process. His trip however demonstrated how incredibly complicated and sensitive the task is going to be. In what is considered a snub to the VP, Israel announced that it would be expanding Jewish settlements into the West Bank, a move that has been discouraged by the US.

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SPORTS

Moratu Vidyalaya ends
39-year jinx

Moratu Vidyalaya led by Anuruddhaka Kalhara were home for tea as they ended a 39-year-old jinx by beating arch rivals Sri Sumangala, Panadura by an innings and 49 runs in their 58th Battle of the Gold cricket encounter which ended at De Soysa Stadium, Moratuwa yesterday. The winners who had recorded their last victory in 1971 under the captaincy of Anura Weerasuriya were the clear favourites although the Sumangalians were expected to put up strong resistance as under dogs, but eventually was not the case as it turned out be.

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Bogoda century helps Royal trounce Thoras
Buoyed by a fine century from left-hander Chalaka Bogoda, Royal displayed a grand all-round performance to beat S Thomas’ by 133 runs and retain the Mustang trophy for a second successive year in the 35th annual limited-over cricket encounter played at the SSC grounds yesterday.

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Selection blunders (Point Blank)
The late inclusion of batsman Jeevantha Kulatunga into the Sri Lanka World Twenty20 squad of 31 after his omission was spotlighted in the media just goes to show how much the national cricket selectors follow the performances of the players during domestic competitions. One wonders whether any of them seriously followed the provincial T20 tournament although in the squads released to the media...

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Boxer Wanniarachchi does his country proud
Sri Lanka’s renowned boxer Manju Wanniarachchi created history in Sri Lanka boxing when he bagged a silver medal at the recently concluded 5th Commonwealth Boxing Championship held in New Delhi, India. Wanniarachchi who fought in the bantam weight class 56 kg also became the best loser...

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INTERVIEWS

Election is not a tamasha
The Colombo District will be one of the most hotly contested districts in the upcoming election. The competitiveness within the district has made candidates from both the government and the opposition put up posters and cut-outs around the city, while disregarding countless objections from the Elections Commissioner.

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The opposition has already conceded defeat - GL
The Minister of Export Development and International Trade, Professor G. L. Peiris has been a seasoned politician for several decades. In addition, he is an authority on constitutional affairs, the legal system, and international relations. The Nation sought Professor Peiris’ views on several hot button topics ranging from, ...

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“A man who loves his country”
In August 2008, after spending a week in Colombo, I stuck my neck out to suggest in a long article for the Straits Times that Sri Lanka’s long drawn civil war may finally be heading for a close.  At the time some thought I was too optimistic. The Tigers were considered invincible.

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