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Sunday April 11th, 2010

We wish our readers a joyous and prosperous Sinhala and Tamil New Year!


National lists under siege
With several heavyweights losing from both sides of the political divide at the just concluded polls and there being not a single Muslim elected to Parliament from the UNP from Colombo for the...

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“I will not step down” – Ranil
Untied National Front (UNF) Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe said that he has no intention of stepping down as party leader despite the continued defeats his party has faced. He expressed these views at a press briefing held in Colombo.

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Maddumabandara has the last laugh
“Some people have no shame at all,” was what the only United National Front (UNF) candidate to be elected from the Moneragala District, Ranjith Maddumabandara had to say regarding the treatment he has been getting from the party leadership.

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Faces tell it all

Opposition big wigs in a bewildered state at the post election news briefing at the opposition leader’s official residence at No. 30, Sir Marcus Fernando Mawatha yesterday

(Pix by Ishara S. Kodikara)

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Re-poll scheduled for April 20
The Department of Elections Commissioner has decided to hold re-polling at the Nawalapitiya and Trincomalee electorates on April 20.
The Commissioner of Elections decided to annul the results at 37 polling centres at Nawalapitiya in the Kandy District and one in the Trincomalee District citing election malpractices. Therefore, the Department refrained from officially releasing the final results of Kandy and Trincomalee Districts thus...

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General Election at a glance
The recently concluded general election, which for the first time in 30 years covered the entire country, recorded unprecedented trends and mindsets of people of the country, according to election analysts.
While UPFA was able to secure 117 seats from 20 districts where final results were released, the UNP that won 71 seats in 2004 has only managed to secure 46 seats. The JVP that managed 39 seats in 2004 was reduced to three seats in this election marking a major setback.

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DNA supports Govt.’s good deeds – Vijitha Herath
Democratic National Alliance (DNA) General Secretary Vijitha Herath said yesterday that they will support whatever good deeds the future government undertakes for the benefit of the people.
Addressing a media briefing in Colombo, Herath said, “I hope that we can do a powerful job being in the opposition in reducing the inflation of the country and by taking necessary steps to solve the socio economic problems.”

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Range Bandara attacked
United National Front’s, Puttalam District candidate Palitha Range Bandara, was assaulted yesterday evening. Following the incident Range Bandara was admitted to hospital. According to police spokesperson SP Prishantha Jayakody four people were arrested so far.
The police spokesman further said that among those arrested was a UNP member and said the clash was part of intra-party rivalry. He also said that Range Bandara was transferred to Colombo from Puttalam for further treatment.  

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Women MPs; The number not satisfactory
At the conclusion of the sixth general election, the constitution of women MPs in the seventh Parliament sees little improvement from the previous one.
Excluding the two districts where results have been temporarily withheld due to re-poll – Kandy and Trincomalee – less than 10 women from the other 20 districts have managed to secure seats in Parliament.
Among notable returnees from the winning United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) are; Pavithra Wanniarachchi who came second with 110,220 votes from the Ratnapura District, Sumedha Jayasena who came third from the Moneragala District with 45,837 votes and Nirupama Rajapaksa who came fourth in the Hambantota District with 39,025 votes.

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Three wheeler driven by sergeant knocks down mother, daughter
A 72 year old woman from Walasmulla was killed when she was hit by a three wheeler driven by a police sergeant recently. According to the OIC crimes of Thihagoda Police Sudath Masingha, those travelling in the trishaw were also injured. The police sergeant serving in Vavuniya has been arrested and remanded.
According to the police, they do not know the owner of the vehicle, but they were more concerned with who drove it. Baby Nona accompanied by her daughter had withdrawn some money from a bank at Thihagoda and walked out when the speeding trishaw rammed into her.

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POLITICS

The electorate answers the President’s clarion call
Even before the announcement of the final result of Thursday’s general election, President Mahinda Rajapaksa held a conference at Temple Trees with a group of state officials close to him over the formation of the new cabinet. President’s Secretary Lalith Weeratunga, Additional Secretary to the cabinet Gamini Senarath and Secretary to the Finance Ministry Dr. P. B. Jayasundara participated in the deliberations.
Although Mahinda Rajapaksa was elected President for the first term in 2005, he had to work with a cabinet appointed by former President Chandrika Kumaratunga.

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Touching the 150-seat mark
Even the stalwarts of the ruling United Peoples’ Freedom Alliance (UPFA) would have been pleasantly surprised at the outcome of Thursday’s general election: the party scored a more than convincing win, sweeping all the districts in the South and most electoral divisions as well.
As there will be a re-poll in Trincomalee and Nawalapitya because of election malpractices in those two electoral divisions, the exact tally the UPFA obtained is as yet uncertain but it is likely to be between 140 and 144 seats - a few seats tantalisingly short of the two-thirds majority that the UPFA asked for.

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NEWS FEATURES

What they say
The recently concluded General Election saw the most number of candidates taking part in a Sri Lankan election. Although the final result is yet to be officially announced due to re-polling set to take place in Kandy and Trincomalee, it is clear that the United People Freedom Alliance (UPFA) has a significant victory.
The Nation spoke with some of the main candidates from the government and the opposition to get views on how their parties fared at the election and what the future holds for them

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The agony and the ecstasy
The popularly called ‘Manape’ figured prominently at the April 8 General Elections bringing ecstasy to some and agony to others. For some heavyweights, the results of the long looked to general elections that was plat-formed in all its verve meant reaching the zenith of their political careers. But it was not so for some who discovered the election blights, the microscope of the public eye did not look benignly at them.

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SPORTS

India unhappy
The Health Ministry expressed unhappiness over Delhi Daredevils skipper Gautam Gambhir and pacer Ashish Nehra taking ayurvedic treatment in Sri Lanka and said they could have been treated in the country itself.
S. Jalaja, secretary with the ayush department of the health and family welfare ministry, has shot off a letter to secretary in the sports ministry regarding this.
“I have written to the sports secretary that India is a pioneer in ayurvedic treatment and Indian cricketers should not have been sent to Sri Lanka for it,” Jalaja said at a function on Friday. He said the players could have been treated by doctors in India.

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Taking the rough with the smooth (Point Blank)
The national cricket selectors as we all know have an envious and thankless job to perform each time they sit down to pick a team. Everyone accepts that it is not an easy job selecting a side which would appease everyone. There is sure to be criticism either on the selection of one or two players or the dropping of a similar number if not more. This has been part and parcel of national selection everywhere. However the national selection committee must lay down some guidelines as to how they go about selecting the team/s so that the players in contention have a vague idea of what contribution they need to make to catch the selectors’ eye and gain selection.

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Kodikara scores hurricane double century
Scoring a double century always brings the much needed glamour to the career of a cricketer. As it is a rare feat to achieve even at the international level of the game, one can imagine its importance when it comes to a schoolboy cricketer. At the recently concluded school cricket season, Pasindu Milan Kodikara achieved this rare feat. Opening the innings for Royal-Panadura, Kodikara launched a brutal knock of 245, which included 10 thundering sixes and 32 boundaries, against Ilma College-Matara at the Sanath Jayasuriya Stadium Matara.

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