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Sunday April 04th, 2010


UNF hits panic buttons
The United National Front (UNF) this week has hit panic buttons despite outward claims of being able to win more than 113 seats at the April 8 Parliamentary election.

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Mihin absorbs top ex-pilots of Srilankan
A number of ex-SriLankan pilots, who were kicking their heels in Colombo for about one year hoping to rejoin the national carrier, are now being absorbed by the country’s fledgling budget carrier Mihin Lanka.

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Jaffna Students’ Union withhold support for TNA
The powerful Jaffna University Students’ Union (JUSU), which has in the recent past elections had been vehemently backing the Tamil National Alliance (TNA)

 

Victory over death

Easter Sunday, which marks the resurrection of Jesus Christ, three days after his crucifixion on the cross, is the most sacred day to Christians throughout the world. Here, a nun in an act of worship before the crucified Christ whose final victory over death marks Easter Sunday. The picture was taken from a ritual at St. Mary’s Church, Mattakkuliya on Good Friday

(Pic by Rukshan Abeywansha)

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Sailors’ release unconfirmed
Reports stating that the Sri Lankan sailors who are being held by Somali pirates are about to be released following an agreement between the shipping companies and the pirates, cannot be officially confirmed, according to the Secretary of the Foreign Ministry, Romesh Jayasinghe.
He said, “We are not in direct contact with the pirates.

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Minister Wijesekera needs help
Contrary to reports published few months back that Minister Mahinda Wijesekera, who received serious head injuries in an LTTE suicide bomb attack at Godapitiya, Akuressa in March 2009, was being taken to London for much needed medical attention, the patient is still here.
Mrs. Wijesekera told The Nation that though his surgeon Dr. Saman Gunatillake had recommended that he be taken for treatment to England...

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NEWS

‘Yali Pibidemu’ reawakens North and East
For the past three decades, our country’s history has been filled with bloody and tearful pages. Many lost their lives and others lost what they earned for themselves over the years; a damage that cannot be expressed in words. People who lived in war torn areas not only lost their loved ones and property, the war denied them a life of dignity and pride. Today they have to depend on the government or some other organisation to fulfil their basic needs.

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SC takes up Wilpattu case
The Environmental Foundation Limited (EFL), the Wildlife and Nature Protection Society of Sri Lanka (WNPS), the Wilderness and Protected Areas Foundation and the Sri Lanka Nature Forum (SLNF) jointly filed a Fundamental Rights Application under Article 12(1) of the Constitution against the illegal construction of roads within the Wilpattu National Park.
The case was filed against the Director General of Wildlife Conservation, the Minister of Environment and Natural Resources, the Commander of the Sri Lanka Navy, the Sri Lanka Tourism Authority, the Minister of Resettlement and Disaster Relief Services and the Director General of Archaeology as the Respondents.

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Refinery expansion project study kicked off
The initial step for the vital, but much-delayed Sapugaskanda Oil Refinery Expansion and Modernisation (SOREM) was taken this week with the independent consulting firm – the United Kingdom-based KBC Technologies, commencing project feasibility study.
“The kickoff meeting with Singapore branch officials of KBC Advanced Technologies PLC was held under the chair of CPC Chairperson/Managing Director Kanthi Wijethunga, while the technical meeting was held last Tuesday.

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Polling card not mandatory to vote
Election monitoring body PAFFREL has urged people to go to polling booths whether or not they had received a polling card on election day.
According to Rohana Hettiarachchi, Executive Director of PAFFREL, voters will be permitted to exercise their franchise, if they are able to produce a proper identity card. He said, “There won’t be any problems as long as you are able to confirm your identity and, if your name is entered in the voters list. Therefore, voters must have their National Identity cards with them for the polling agents to determine their identity.”

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Kindelpitiya remanded till
April 16

United National Front (UNF) Colombo District candidate Susil Kindelpitiya, together with the other three suspects, was remanded till Friday April 16, by the Colombo Magistrate yesterday.
“Kindelpitiya was produced before court No. Four at Hulftsdrop,” said Police spokesman SP Prishantha Jayakody.
He added that according to the law of the state, anyone carrying an unlawful weapon could be taken into custody, whether he is an election candidate or not.
Kindelpitiya, the former Sirasa News Director who resigned from his post to contest the upcoming general election was charged of illegally possessing a 7.62 type pistol, abducting a female and detaining her and also for giving refuge to a Navy deserter.

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POLITICS

The high noon of the polls
Ever since the conclusion of the presidential election, the political focus shifted almost imperceptibly to the general election and the campaign for that poll will reach a climax on Thursday, although the eventual outcome is expected to be an anti-climax of sorts.
Interest in electioneering has waned since the bitterly fought presidential election just over two months ago. Its outcome left the collective opposition badly battered and bruised and the United National Party (UNP)-Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) combine also parted ways.

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Old-timers vs ‘newcomers’
President Mahinda Rajapaksa reconvened the parliament through an extraordinary gazette notification for the sole purpose of getting the extension of the state of Emergency passed, although he had dissolved it to make way for holding a general election. Accordingly, the parliament, which met on March 9, adopted the motion to extend the state of Emergency by another month. Parliament will meet again on April 6 to extend the state of Emergency again for another month.

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NEWS FEATURES

The state of state sovereignty: The state of state sovereignty: A Response to Dr nihal jayawickrama
Dr Nihal Jayawickrama, for whom I have considerable respect and affection, makes some very valid and necessary criticisms in his article ‘The Myth of State Sovereignty’ in the Sunday Island (March 28, 2010) and on DBS Jeyaraj’s Transcurrents. He is, however, gravely in error when he considers state sovereignty a myth or at best, an obsolete doctrine.

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Cutting edge of ‘Manapa’ system has candidates all fired up
In four days time one of the most hotly contested elections in Sri Lankan history will get underway. A record 7,265 candidates are battling it out for 196 parliamentary seats. The ‘manapa’ system has made the contest even more interesting. The cut throat nature of the current system has made sure that every candidate has been very outspoken in expressing their views on how they wish to serve the people in their district. This article presents some of the thoughts that candidates from all parts of the island shared with The Nation. These candidates spoke about a wide range of issues ranging from election violence, ‘political tourists’ during election time, creating one country with two nations in it, building houses for the poor, changing the education system, economic development through eco-friendly methods, and signing affidavits to stop party crossovers.

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‘Yali Pibidemu’ reawakens North and East
For the past three decades, our country’s history has been filled with bloody and tearful pages. Many lost their lives and others lost what they earned for themselves over the years; a damage that cannot be expressed in words. People who lived in war torn areas not only lost their loved ones and property, the war denied them a life of dignity and pride. Today they have to depend on the government or some other organisation to fulfil their basic needs.

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SPORTS

Pawar praises Cricket WC 2011 preparations
The ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 Central Organising Committee (COC), chaired by ICC Vice-President Sharad Pawar met in Colombo on Friday (Friday) with Pawar praising the progress of ongoing work being carried out on the grounds at Colombo, Pallekelle and Hambantota.

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“Third World” wins Kandyan Splendour Cup
“Third World” owned by Isira and Vajira Dassanayake ridden by jockey S. D. Janaka won the Kandyan Splendour Cup for Thoroughbred Horses Class IV, 7-furlong Handicap at the Nuwara Eliya Race Course organised by Sri Lanka Turf Club and sponsored by Maruthi Estates (Pvt) Ltd.

When SLC got it all wrong (Point Blank)
Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) has been in the news recently for all the wrong reasons and the Cricket World Cup 2011 Ticket and Mascot launch which took place at the Hilton on Friday was no exception. The event would have passed off without much fanfare and criticism had it not fallen on a Good Friday.
Now Good Friday which is also known as Holy Friday is a day primarily observed by Christians commemorating the crucifixion of Jesus Christ where during the Holy Week they abstain from consuming meat, observe absolute fast and indulge in prayer and meditation.

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Fiery Kehel – big man with a big heart
Tikiri Banda Kehelgamuwa or more popularly known as ‘Kehel’ was arguably the fastest bowler produced by Sri Lanka since DS Jayasundara in the 1930s and 1940s. Kehelgamuwa spearheaded the Sri Lanka bowling attack for almost a decade from 1961 when he was first selected to play for his country while still a schoolboy at Dharmaraja College, Kandy.

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INTERVIEWS

Two-thirds majority- A mirage for any party

UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe in an interview with our sister paper ‘Rivira’ says there is no chance for the UPFA or for that matter any party to obtain a 2/3 majority under the existing proportional system and he wows to win a working majority for the UNF instead.

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“I want to be my own light, not the light reflected from another” – Namal
Hambantota, once a synonym for the backwoods of Sri Lanka, is fast growing in its importance as an economic hub. The home turf of President Mahinda Rajapaksa and that of the Giruwapattu Rajapaksa clan, Hambantota has also served the son of a former President as the launching pad for his parliamentary career.

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Cabinet of 35 will reduce unnecessary expenditure– Weerawansa

Firebrand politician, Wimal Weerawansa, the leader of the National Freedom Front and once a key figure of the JVP, who scaled a new ladder when he cut his teeth in forming his own party and aligning to the Mahinda Rajapaksa led UPFA, in an exclusive interview with The Nation...

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