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Sunday April 25th, 2010


NEW PARLIAMENT, NEW CABINET


Rukman leads revolt to oust Ranil
Former assistant leader of the United National Party (UNP) Rukman Senanayake, who was unceremoniously left out of the UNP National List, said yesterday that a large group of UNP members are working towards removing party leader Ranil Wickremesinghe from his post, and appointing Sajith Premadasa as their...   

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More students fail O/L this year
The Ordinary Level exam performance in 2009 has fallen below that of the preceding year with nearly half the candidates failing to qualify to do the Advanced Level (A/L), according to the Commissioner of Examinations Anura Edirisinghe. “272,640 students sat for the exam in 2009. Only 143,000 have good...

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ALL’S WELL THAT ENDS WELL

Some may have come literally daggers drawn for the swearing in ceremony with deep feelings of disappointment over portfolios or the subjects included under those ministries, but when everything was done with it was all smiles for the group photograph and letting bygones be bygones

(Pic by Ishara S. Kodikara)

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Thondaman wants post to address urgent needs of estate youth
CWC Leader Arumugam Thondaman who failed to take his oaths as the new Minister of Livestock Development on Friday, according to party insiders had declined the portfolio as he would not be in a position to help his primarily poor constituents from estates with such..   

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President, GL leave for Bhutan
President Mahinda Rajapaksa, new Foreign Minister Prof. G. L. Peiris and Foreign Secretary Romesh Jayasinghe will leave for Thimphu, Bhutan next week to attend the 16th SAARC summit. Due to security reasons we are unable to divulge the exact dates of their departure.
Prof. Pieris told The Nation yesterday that this would be his first official assignment since being sworn in on the previous day.  

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Ampara muslims revolt against Hakeem
The Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) supporters in the Digamadulla district are protesting against the way its leader Rauff Hakeem allocated national list seats.
Supporters of SLMC Eastern Provincial Council Member S.L. Mashoor protested over these appointments in Addalaichchenai after the Jummah prayer on Friday.
SLMC supporters here are particularly disappointed by the party leader’s decision to overlook the party Deputy General Secretary Nizam Kariapper in giving appointments...   

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PC replacements getting delayed
Replacing many provincial council seats that fell vacant after their members were elected to parliament is expected to be completed gradually according to officials at the Election Commissioners Office.
Speaking to The Nation, deputy commissioner W.P Sumanasiri said that they have started to receive nominations for the Western Provincial council. “There are at least 10 vacant posts for the Western Provincial Council and for that too we have received only a handful of nominations. Hence we will not be proceeding with appointing anyone until we have received all the nominations,” ...   

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Authority to take charge of three wheelers
The All Island Three-wheeler Drivers Union yesterday called on the government to take immediate action to form an authority that will be in charge of Sri Lanka’s three-wheelers.
“There needs to be an authority that sets one standard for all three-wheel drivers in the country. At the moment there is a serious lack of standardisation in our industry. We would be able to set the general public at ease, and we will actually attract more customers if there was one authority which could handle the industry” President of the Union, Lalith...   

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garbage menace in Ja-Ela
A major crisis is developing due to the non-removal of garbage in the Ja-Ela area. The Ragama-Kadawatha road, Peralanda, Bathgammulla and Thennekumbura areas have been already inundated with garbage. Helpless residents in these areas have dumped their garbage on road as the Ja-Ela0 Pradeshiya Sabha continues to turn a blind eye to the growing problem.
This has now being going on for about three weeks, residents said. With nothing happening to their numerous complaints, the public decided to dump their garbage on the road sides during the past...  

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Former ‘Tigers’ as drivers and conductors
Plans are underway to train around 100 rehabilitated former LTTE cadres as drivers and conductors to provide them employment at the Sri Lanka Transport Board in the Northern Province.
The Northern Province Governor G.A. Chandrasiri said that the government is in the process of selecting 100 former LTTE combatants who were rehabilitated at the rehabilitation centres to employ them in...   

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Media Dy Minister in hospital
Newly appointed Deputy Minister for Media, Mervyn Silva has been hospitalised due to a throat ailment. The controversial deputy minister is receiving treatment at the National Hospital, Colombo.
When The Nation visited the National Hospital yesterday afternoon to inquire into his health, he had left his hospital bed against the doctor’s advice. According to his supporters who were at the hospital, he had gone to Temple Trees for a meeting with President Mahinda Rajapaksa. He had done so saying that his duty precedes even his own personal health.  

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ICC WORLD TWENTY20 - WEST INDIES 2010



POLITICS

Curse of National List
The curse that is the National List consumed the ruling United Peoples’ Freedom Front (UPFA) and the main opposition United National Alliance (UNA) this week as parties finalised their members who would proceed to become MPs in the Seventh Parliament.
The announcement of the respective National Lists was delayed by almost a fortnight because polling had to be re-scheduled in the Nawalapitiya and Trincomalee electoral divisions. The re-poll was conducted last Tuesday, and was held without any untoward incidents.

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Disputes over NL seats plague party combines
It was only last Wednesday that the Elections Commissioner received from the main political parties the national lists containing the names of candidates nominated for appointment as MPs, and the mass media lost no time in bringing these lists into the public domain.
These lists, now a fait accompli, are nevertheless plaguing the party alliances with disputes over the manner in which the parliamentary seats have been allotted to their constituents. Perhaps, the TNA (ITAK) is the only political combine which is yet to show at least visible signs of disputes troubling it over its National List seat allocations.

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NEWS FEATURES

‘DEEMU’ finds just reward
“He that can have patience can have what he will,” the famous quote by Benjamin Franklin, found fruition when Dissanayake Mudiyanselage Jayaratne, fondly known as Deemu by all, took oaths before President Mahinda Rajapaksa last Wednesday on April 21 as Sri Lanka’s 14th Prime Minister in the new United Peoples Front Alliance (UPFA) Government.

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ROAD TO RECOVERY
Anyone who travelled across the island after the recent eradication of terrorism and also the presidential election would be struck by one thing; how different the mood is in Si Lanka compared to what it was?
Currently, there are two big offsetting forces playing out in Sri Lanka’s road to recovery. On the positive side and it is a big plus, is the defeat of terrorism and peace restored across the island. Against this on the other hand is a big negative; The lackadaisical attitude of the government officials and some of the key ministries towards foreign and private investors and the amount of red tape one has to experience to get the ground work done.

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New, young faces decorate inaugural sessions of 7th Parliament
The Inaugural session of the seventh parliament under the 1978 constitution which took place last Thursday (22) was significant for many reasons. On one hand, it was full of new and young faces who were elected at the general election held in a peaceful country after 30 years, and on the other hand, some of the heavyweights of all three main political parties UPFA, UNP and JVP were not able to make it to the House this time.

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Towards an ‘Opposition-Moment’ in post-election Sri Lanka
Ranil Wickremesinghe scored a commendable victory. No, I am not joking. His machinations dating back to those heady days when some politically naïve individuals actually believed that Sarath Fonseka could offer a decent challenge to President Rajapaksa and was the man he claimed he was, paved the way for a more secure hold on power within the party.

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SPORTS

Lanka hopes to make an impact with spin
Having come pretty close to winning a second World Cup for Sri Lanka in the second edition of the ICC World Twenty20 in England last year, Kumar Sangakkara’s team left for the Caribbean yesterday with the hope of putting that record straight in the third version of cricket’s shortest format. “This team has the potential to go all the way in the tournament. Even last year we had a very similar team with a couple of new faces as in this one. As long as we can balance the combinations going into matches and stick to a good basic game plan right throughout, which we can stick to, those are the ingredients that will go a long way towards success,” Sangakkara told The Nation prior to the team’s departure. “Coupled with the performances of individual brilliance here and there we stand a very good chance.”

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Lanka-NZ to make history in US
Sri Lanka’s famed national cricket team will play a series of matches against New Zealand’s national team in a historic meeting in South Florida in May, Sri Lanka Cricket Association announced.
The three-game series, the first to be played by full International Cricket Council (ICC) members in America, will be played at the Central Broward Regional Park Stadium in Lauderhill, Florida starting with a day/night game on Thursday, May 20.

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Sport has a new head (Point Balnk)
So the country has a new Sports Minister in Chandrasiri Bandara Ratnayake more commonly known by his initials as CB Ratnayake. When the new cabinet was announced on Friday, many didn’t know who CB Ratnayake was because he was formerly the Minister of Livestock Development. Even after his appointment, the new Sports Minister’s profile still remains rather sketchy. The bare facts are that his home town is Nuwara Eliya and he was born on June 21, 1958. He is an old boy of Deegalahinna MV and Vidyartha College, Kandy where he excelled at rugby in 1976 and 1977 and hockey and athletics participating in the sprint events (100m and 200m) at the Public Schools meet.

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Gomes urges common vision for rugby development
Kishu Gomes, the Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Caltex, the longstanding sponsor of Sri Lanka’s premier inter-club rugby tournament, urged the rugby authorities of the country to work on a common vision to develop the much loved sport. This he said last Friday (April 23) at the launch of the annual Caltex Division I Inter-Club League rugby tournament at the Sri Lanka Rugby Football Union headquarters at Reid Avenue.

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INTERVIEWS

I’m not behind positions, but ready to give leadership – Sajith
Dubbed by many as a future leader of the United National Party, Sajith Premadasa is however, playing safe not willing to openly challenge the leadership of Ranil Wickremesinghe. He says he will not run behind positions and if the party decides in his favour he would be ready to give leadership to the battered grand old party to lead it to victory once again
Q: Even astrologers have said you are leadership material, but why are you literally hiding in backwoods of Hambantota, when important issues crop up?
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That is absolute nonsense. I have never shied away from responsibility nor speaking out on most important national issues facing our country. Take the war for example; I was a vociferous open campaigner in favour of the war effort initiated and implemented to eradicate the menace of terrorism. I was never quiet.

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