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Sunday March 28th, 2010


Pirates cut ambassador’s
vacation short

Sri Lankan Ambassador to Kenya, Jayantha Dissanayake who was back in Sri Lanka on leave, returned to Nairobi Friday night cutting short his vacation following a directive by President Mahinda Rajapaksa.

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Jaffna Uni students hold balance of power
Hinting a possible shift in Tamil opinion, the influential Jaffna University Students’ Union (JSUSU), which normally aligns with the Tamil...

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Ranil double talks
The UNP has not taken any action against the party’s Deputy Leader Karu Jayasuriya and General Secretary Tissa Attanayake for allegedly participating in...

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EARTH HOUR

Young guests at Colombo Hilton lighting candles during the Earth Hour last night when all lights of the hotel were switched off for sixty minutes from 8:30 pm answering to the worldwide call to build a sustainable future

(Pic by Rukshan Abeywansha)

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AG okays US$ 106.8m loan agreement with Iran
The Attorney General’s Department has finally given the go ahead to sign a US$ 106.8 million loan agreement with the Export Development Bank of Iran to launch an ambitious scheme to provide electricity to 1,000 remote villages.

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Two thirds majority not
necessary – Vasu

It is not necessary to get a two thirds majority to change the current electoral system, according to UPFA Ratnapura District candidate Vasudeva Nanayakkara. He explained, “Two thirds will make it convenient and indisputable. Otherwise, we would have to rely on the voting majority, which exceeds that of J.R. Jayewardene who formed the Constituent Assembly in 1978.

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NEWS

Tremendous potential in investment in aquaculture in East
A U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) funded study report has identified investment opportunities in the aquaculture sector in the Eastern Province. Aquaculture, or fish farming, has the potential for significant growth in the East given the availability of suitable land and a strong export demand for fish and seafood. This report also identifies aquaculture products that are most suitable for export and obstacles that must be overcome to encourage investment and development by the private sector.

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AG okays US$ 106.8m loan agreement with Iran
The Attorney General’s Department has finally given the go ahead to sign a US$ 106.8 million loan agreement with the Export Development Bank of Iran to launch an ambitious scheme to provide electricity to 1,000 remote villages. Power and Energy Ministry Secretary M.M.C. Ferdinando said yesterday that with the AG’s approval given on Wednesday they can immediately sign the agreement with EDBI and begin work.

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Abeywardena Balasuriya passes away
Popular singer Abeywardena Balasuriya (65) passed away on Friday night at the National Hospital, Colombo. He was ailing for sometime. He came to the limelight in the late 1960s with his distinct voice and with that he was able to enter into the Sinhala cinema as a background singer. The people will always remember his love songs in ‘Duhulu Malak.’ The most popular among them was ‘Bonda Meedum’ that he sang with Sujatha Attanayaka.

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Lanka tarnished over arrest of Muslim convert
A Sri Lankan Muslim convert has been arrested by the Mirihana Police on suspicion that she was involved in anti-state activities. According to the BBC news service the woman, who is a resident in the Gulf State of Bahrain, had recently written two books about her conversion from Buddhism to Islam. The news service also reported that she was apprehended while trying to send books out of Sri Lanka by freight.

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Nurses give ultimatum
The Government Nursing Officers’ Association has given the government time till March 31 to prevent a possible trade union action. According to President of the Health Services Trade Union Alliance, Saman Rathnapriya around 26,000 nursing officers in government service were not paid their annual uniform allowance for this year.

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Team work can prevent in-party fighting – Basil
The present ‘manapa’ system should be scrapped as soon as possible, according to Presidential Advisor, and Gampha District UPFA Group Leader Basil Rakapaksa.
Rajapaksa said, “This election system encourages intra-party fighting, because even if the party wins you might not make it to Parliament. You will be called a loser, but you have actually got some votes for the party.

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POLITICS

Let not attacks of Sirasa type scar the govt.
In the midst of the political heat generated by the upcoming general election, a different issue hit the headlines last week: protests against a planned concert by pop star Akon that took an ugly turn when the Colombo offices of the ‘Sirasa’ media organisation were attacked.
This is not the first such instance and in that sense, should hardly be surprising. But regrettably we would dare to say that this would not be the last incident of this nature and that is why this unfortunate episode merits more discussion.

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President’s dire warning unheeded
The battle for the ‘Manape’ - the preference vote - being waged by candidates of all political parties is turning fiercer with the countdown to the parliamentary general election drawing near the zero hour. Clashes over the ‘Manape’ has already claimed two lives - one each from Digamadulla and Kalutara districts. Efforts by both, President Mahinda Rajapaksa and UNP leader, Ranil Wickremesinghe to banish the scourge of intra-party and inter-party clashes from their propaganda campaigns have failed to produce satisfactory results so far.

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NEWS FEATURES

How to choose your MP
Three principal issues arise when voters ponder upon what action they should take regarding the forthcoming Parliamentary Elections. The first issue is whether to vote or not.  The second is to decide on the party to support.  The third is to identify the three preferred candidates.
In early January, the Citizens’ Movement for Good Governance (CIMOGG) appealed to the public not to waste their valuable franchise even if they felt strongly that casting their votes would do nothing to reduce corruption or reverse the escalating contempt for the Rule of Law and good governance.

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Reflections on ‘nepotism’
I have always believed that while it is good to have good intentions, it is neither a necessary or sufficient condition to produce happy outcomes. Does this ‘truth’ tell us to just be, do whatever we like and collapse into a political ‘hope-for-the-best’ position? It is up to individuals. We all make choices and we all draw from reason as well as from emotional reservoirs in debating decision. Deferring to heart over mind does not necessary...

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The 20th anniversary of the Jathika Namal Uyana
Marking the 20th anniversary of the Jathika Namal Uyana, the largest ironwood forest in Sri Lanka which falls on March 25 is significant. Particularly to the Rev. W. Rahula Thero who discovered the over 500 million year old largest pink quartz mountain range in Asia on that day in 1991. Today, it is a world famous environment site.

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SPORTS

A Rugby AGM at last!
The positions of President and Secretary will remain vacant at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of Sri Lanka Rugby Football Union (SLRFU) when it takes place on Tuesday (March 30) at the Department of Sports Development, Torrington at 10.00am. This was revealed to The Nation by the Director-General of Sports Bandula Dahanayake who stated that this sad situation was the result of three Provincial Unions - Western, Sabaragamuwa and Southern failing to submit their nominations before the Sports Ministry deadline of March 22.

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Closely contested matches feature second day
Closely contested matches were a feature throughout the second day of the ongoing 47th Senior National Basketball Championship played at different venues in Colombo yesterday.
In the men’s category the Air Force vs Mercantile match turned out to be a real thriller. It was an evenly contested game and in the sixth minute of the last quarter Mercantile came from behind and managed to equal Air Force, 70-all, and later went on to win the match 78-74.

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Complex issues delay World T20 selection
Selection of Sri Lanka’s squad of 15 players for the third edition of ICC World Twenty20 in the Caribbean next month has certainly run into some teething problems with the national selection committee and the captain Kumar Sangakkara unable to come to a common agreement over selection of certain players.

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Benedict longing for a
forgotten era

Rajive Benedict, the former St. Joseph’s and Tamil Union opening bowler who witnessed an inter-school cricket encounter in Sri Lanka after 26 years felt that present day cricketers are not passionate team players as they were during his era which goes back four decades in time.

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INTERVIEWS

Vasu will come only on people’s mandate
A record number of 7,265 candidates are battling it out for 196 parliamentary seats in the upcoming election. In this tightly fought race, running an election campaign which is good enough to ensure the victory of a candidate can sap his or her resources and energy. However, a lucky few get a chance to be appointed to parliament through the national list.

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Basil’s vision to make Gampaha the topmost district
Senior Advisor to the President, Basil Rajapaksa, who is also a brother of President Mahinda Rajapaksa, has been an effective political campaigner who had been behind many successful UPFA election campaigns in recent times. He played a leading role in the recent presidential election where President Rajapaksa emerged victorious with a record majority over his rival.

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