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Sunday April 18th, 2010


SHIRKERS AXED
Twelve ministers from the previous government will face the axe when the new cabinet is announced on April 23 because of their questionable performance in the past and no minister will get the same portfolio held before, except the President, authoritative government sources said yesterday.

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Hundreds of tourists, Lankans stranded without flights to Europe
More than 500 tourists have been forced to extend their stay in Sri Lanka, while hundreds if not thousands of other travellers to and from Colombo, too are being left in the lurch with many airports remaining shut across Europe yesterday. Britain alone extended the closure of her airports till 7:00 p.m. (their time) last night.

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Whale carcass washed ashore

Locals gathered around the putrefying blue whale carcass                                     Full Story
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Prabha’s mother deported
LTTE leader Velupillai Prabhakaran’s mother Vallipuram Parvathi has been deported from India while holding an Indian visa, said former Jaffna District TNA MP, M.K. Sivajilingam. Sivajilingam explained, “Parvathi was given six months visa to India. Yesterday she flew from Malaysia and reached Chennai, India at 5.30 p.m. However, Indian police and...

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Amunugama’s fate in doubt
The re-polling in 37 polling stations in the Nawalapitiya electorate on Tuesday may exacerbate the divisions in the alliance in the Kandy District and might decide the fate of political heavyweight, Dr Sarath Amunugama.
According to sources the UPFA strongman in the electorate Mahindananda Alutgamage who has been blamed for violence and...

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NEWS

Range Bandara to quit politics?
Geetha Range Bandara, wife of newly re-elected Puttalam district MP Palitha Range Bandara, said her husband will seriously reconsider continuing in politics, following the brutal attack on the MP which almost took his life.
When The Nation visited Range Bandara at the Colombo National Hospital early this week he was bandaged from head to toe and was not in a position to voice his views clearly due to his injuries. However, speaking on behalf of her husband, Mrs. Bandara said, “What is the point of doing politics like this? He will seriously reconsider staying in politics.

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Dehiwala has a whale of a time
A whale carcass was found washed ashore on the Dehiwala beach last Friday (16), 2010 during the late evening. It was a challenging task to identify the exact species because the dead body was in a process of a severe decomposition. President of the Young Zoologists Association, Pubudu Weeraratne speculates that the carcass is of an average sized blue whale.

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Vajira to reveal ‘secrets’ in ten days
Defeated Galle District United National Front (UNF) candidate Vajira Abeywardena, who is also the district organiser, said that he will make a decision on his political future within the next ten days.
Explaining further he said, “In a few days time, I will reveal things that people have not heard before. Things related to politics, our culture and basic human decency. People will be surprised to hear what I say. When I reveal those things I will also announce my future political actions.”

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Businessman brained!
Investigations are still being carried out by the crimes division of the Maharagama Police on the murder that took place near the Pannipitiya fly- over last Saturday (April 10) night where a 37- year- old businessman Surendra Jayasinghe was found shot dead inside a rented car.

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Moulana bats on, despite defeat
Even though he has lost this election from the District of Batticaloa, former Parliamentarian Seyed Ali Zahir Moulana who has returned to Sri Lanka after seven years with the removal of the LTTE threat, now plans to stick around and work alongside the President for the development of the Eastern province.

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Preacher’s house burgled; half a million stolen
A Christian preacher’s house had been burgled at Galle during the festive period and local and foreign currency amounting to about half a million rupees removed, Police said.
The preacher living in a rented house at Dangedera in Galle area with his wife and two children had been away in Colombo with his family from April 13 to 16 when it was burgled by an unknown party who broke in through a window.

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POLITICS

An era of constitutional reform ahead
The general elections are all over bar the shouting at Nawalapitiya and Trincomalee and that will have to wait until after Tuesday when the re-poll in these two regions will be concluded, so that the district results of Trincomalee and Kandy could be announced.
However, while subtle issues like the preference votes in these regions hang in the balance, the overall electoral picture is now fairly clear: the ruling United Peoples’ Freedom Alliance (UPFA) has emerged the clear winner and will conclude the election with a tally of about 143 seats.

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Govt. confident of two thirds majority
Although the ruling UPFA scored a resounding victory at the April 8 Parliamentary general election, the release of the final result is being delayed pending the re-polling at 34 polling stations in Nawalapitiya electoral division and at one polling station in Trincomalee. Meanwhile, the Elections Commissioner has gazetted the names of 180 MPs - elect from all the districts except those from the Mahanuwara and Trincomalee districts.

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NEWS FEATURES

UPFA Victory: A strong message to international community
Barely an year since a momentous military victory over the most feared terror organisation the world has seen, the popular image of the Government seemed well intact with a convincing victory at the April 8 polls. They are highly hopeful of securing 143 parliamentary seats (includes Kandy, Trincomalee districts and national list) out of a total number of 225 seats. This was despite a well organised, adverse and negative propaganda by the West, anti nationalist diaspora and local antagonists who align themselves with western power houses.

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On mis-reading election results to revive a rejected proposition
About two decades ago, some of the self-labelled scholars and political analysts in Colombo began referring to Dr. Gunadasa Amarasekera as a ‘native intellectual’. Someone asked the pertinent question back then: ‘If Dr. Amarasekera is a native intellectual, does it mean that there are non-native intellectuals; foreign intellectuals or international intellectuals perhaps?’

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A world without air travel?
(Washington post) – With a monstrous cloud of volcanic ash closing down airports from Britain to Finland to Austria on Friday, much of Europe was confronting a bizarre question: What do you do in a world without air travel?
Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg, returning from Nuclear Security Summit in Washington, was managing matters from his iPad in Madrid.

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SPORTS

You beaut! Lanka are champs
A try at the death in the Asia5Nations final sealed Singapore’s fate as Sri Lanka recorded a thrilling 23-16 win and gained passage to the Top 5 group in Asia at the Yio Chu Kang Stadium in Singapore yesterday. Singapore, tipped as favourites to win the crucial final with almost 10 British expatriates in the side, was given a perfect yet unexpected fight by the Brave Elephants who ultimately went up eight places in the world rankings to 45 from 53rd position. Sri Lanka returns to the Top 5 with Asia’s elite nations Japan, Kazakhstan, Korea, Hong Kong and the Arabian Gulf the following season.

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Twists and turns in South Asia celebrity love match
When Pakistani cricketer Shoaib Malik landed in the Indian city of Hyderabad in the early hours of Saturday, he had stars in his eyes. He had come to marry beautiful Indian tennis star Sania Mirza.
But he had no idea that his romantic dream was going to turn into a nightmare complete with criminal charges, police investigations and finally divorce from another woman.
After a week of media gossip and intrigue, the saga of Shoaib Malik and his first wife, Ayesha Siddiqui, reached its climax last week.

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Wicky the genial umpire (Point Blank)
The cricket umpiring fraternity lost an affable and affectionate figure with the passing away of Udaya Wickremasinghe last week. ‘Wicky’ as he was fondly referred to was a giant of a man big and tall like some of the former English Test umpires of yesteryear David Shepherd for instance with whom he had the occasion to officiate in one Test at the R Premadasa Stadium in 1997 against Pakistan.

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Polons - dedicated servant of cricket
Anuruddha Polonowita is unique in the sense that unlike most of his contemporaries and those before him he has dedicated his life not only to playing cricket but has continued to be involved in the game now for over half a century. That is one record that should be included in the Guinness Book of World Records for dedicated service.

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INTERVIEWS

Clarion call for PR system to go
One of the main UPFA Government slogans at the General Election was that a two thirds majority was needed to change the electoral system. With results from two districts yet to be finalised, the Government seems to be in a position where it can almost get closer to a two thirds majority. With such a majority the possibility of changing the PR system has become a reality. Heightened intra-party violence has ensured that the general election which was due to be held on April 8 is still not complete.

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