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Sunday May 02nd, 2010


Nawalapitiya probe finds no culprits
Despite all the hullabaloo, none of the UPFA’s Kandy District candidates has been found guilty of being responsible for the alleged irregularities that led to the annulment of balloting at 37 polling divisions in...

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Workers, the next great force – President
The United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) celebrated the International Labour Day at their official ceremony at the Colombo Municipal Council grounds yesterday.

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Panel to examine ethnic discord
President Mahinda Rajapaksa has told Prime Minister Manmohan Singh about his government’s plans to reach a political settlement with the Tamil ethnic community, which will...

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Leader in the making

Young Parliamentarian from the first family Namal Rajapaksa was a hit among UPFA supporters who thronged Colombo Municipal grounds to attend the Alliance’s May Day rally. Namal did not disappoint them either, being, in the thick of the crowd shaking hands

(Pic by Rukshan Abeywansha)

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Karunanidhi may raise Tamils’ issue with PM, Sonia
DMK Chief and Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi is likely to discuss the Sri Lankan Tamils’
political settlement issue with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress...

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SriLankan rub it in against its
ex-pilots

In an unforgivable act of cruelty, the national carrier SriLankan advertised in the last week’s Sunday Observer for pilots in a quarter page prominent colour ad after it repeatedly rejected...

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Hardcore justice?
A hardcore criminal suspect wanted in connection with about 10 cases of various offences including rape and robbery, who was caught and produced before Galle Magistrate’s...

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NEWS

Now up to Police to prevent beggars in buses
The Lanka Private Bus Owners’ Association (LPBOA) requests the Police to extend their fullest support for their special campaign to bar beggars from entering buses.
The LPBOA says that they have done all that they could to prevent beggars from begging in their buses and that the rest is up to the Police Department to implement the law.
The Bus Owners’ Association began an island-wide campaign to prevent beggars form entering buses yesterday. The Association also carried out a successful campaign last week to raise awareness among bus drivers and conductors about their legal right to prevent beggars from entering buses.

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Urgently needed crematorium stuck without funds
The crematorium at Dadalla with just one burner is fifteen years old, and in disrepair. Because of its limited capacity the municipality allows only four cremations a day. With more than 10 deaths daily from various causes at the Karapitiya Teaching Hospital alone, people are compelled to use cemeteries as far away as Ambalangoda and Weligama for cremations.
Southern Chief Minister Shan Wijayalal de Silva had obtained approval for a new crematorium with twin burners to be built at Dadella cemetery two years ago. The sum allocated for the project was Rs. 10,000,000/-.

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Fate of Praba’s mother hangs in balance
The fate of Velupillai Prabhakaran’s ailing mother Vallipuram Parvathi will be decided in two weeks time, according to former Jaffna District TNA MP M.K. Sivajilingam.
He said, “Parvathi’s visa to stay in Malaysia will expire on May 15. Steps are being taken to extend her visa in Malaysia. If that does not work then we will think of the next step. Most probably I will fly to Malaysia and bring her back to Jaffna.”

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Drunken hospital workers in muddy pit
Two workers of the Ragama Hospital, who scooted off to an illicit hooch den on Wednesday night while on duty, had fallen into a five foot pit when their motorcycle skidded in the heavy rain. They ended up in a hospital bed in the same hospital for treatment for their injuries.
The two minor employees had met with this fate when they were going on a private errand from the hooch den without getting back to work. Near the Basilica Girls’ School suddenly they found themselves in a pit neck deep in mud.

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US Embassy marks World Press Freedom Day
The US Embassy in Colombo joins the global community in marking the World Press Freedom Day, which falls tomorrow in paying solemn tribute to journalists who have lost their lives while practicing their craft.
In honour of World Press Freedom Day the Embassy said it will hold two programmes. First, it will screen a series of films at the American Centre on Tuesday evenings. These films – including Network, Citizen Kane, All the President’s Men and Being There – all examine the role of and threats to journalism in contemporary society. These screenings will be introduced by a Public Affairs officer of the American Embassy and then followed by a discussion.

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May Day through our lens



POLITICS

President’s unenviable task of appointing a cabinet
The dust is slowly but surely settling on the keenly fought recent elections and the focus last week shifted to the cabinet as over three dozen ministers took their oaths before President Mahinda Rajapaksa and a few more deputy ministers followed suit.
For the President, it was an unenviable task. He had to contend with over a hundred parliamentarians who were used to enjoying ministerial privileges in the previous government.

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Ranil seeks to mend fences
UNP’s Mahanuwara district MP A.R.M. Abdul Cader resigned from the post of National Organiser for Muslim Affairs of the party last week.
Abdul Cader has informed party leader Ranil Wickremesinghe in writing that fielding SLMC leader Rauff Hakeem on the UNF Mahanuwara district list on an arbitrary decision by the party leadership, has deprived the party of a large number of votes which the party would have otherwise received...

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NEWS FEATURES

President Mahinda Rajapaksa emerges as elder statesman
The 16th SAARC summit which was held in Thimpu, Bhutan reached its conclusion on Thursday. The Sri Lankan delegation included President Mahinda Rajapaksa, the Minister of External Affairs Professor G.L. Peiris and several other high ranking diplomats.
Few hours after his return to Sri Lanka, Professor Peiris gave The Nation the following exclusive account of the happenings at the 16th SAARC summit.

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How colonial education system helped aggravate the Sinhala -Tamil problem
Sri Lanka’s maladies are many, confining to more than one root cause. A factor that must not be forgotten is how the primary issue stemmed from the education system introduced by the colonial rulers that eventually helped shape the destruction that was to follow.

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Accountability of politicians and bureaucrats
With President Mahinda Rajapakse and UPFA achieving a resounding victory at the recent presidential and General elections, the question to which the citizens of the country are expecting an answer is “what next”. There is no doubt that the people have voted this Government into power with very high expectations. The people will also be hoping that the clear majority will enable the government to rid of its past shortcomings and bring about a transformation which will usher a financially stable corrupt free...

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Next priority: Winning the war on the economic front
Economic development that has been on the backburner for quite some time requires to be put in the forefront of the government’s agenda. This is well recognised by the government. President Mahinda Rajapaksa has stated this many times and expressed his next goal to be that of increasing the country’s per capita income, reducing unemployment, lessening disparities between urban areas and the rural community...

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SPORTS

Sanga rues mistakes on the field
Sri Lanka captain Kumar Sangakkara rued that his team was 10-12 runs short and made mistakes on the field which resulted in a two-wicket loss to New Zealand in the opening match of the third ICC World Twenty20 played at Providence, Guyana on Friday.
On a slow pitch Sri Lanka, last year’s runner-up, decided to bat first but could muster only 135-6 off 20 overs. New Zealand passed that score in the final over winning with one ball and two wickets to spare.

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Host West Indies get off to winning start
West Indies thrashed Ireland by 70 runs as the hosts got their World Twenty20 campaign off to a winning start under the floodlights on Saturday.
Qualifiers Ireland were bowled out for just 68, inside 17 overs, with man-of-the-match Darren Sammy taking three wickets for eight runs to add to the all-rounder’s top score of 30 in West Indies’ 138 for nine.

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The age of T20 cricket
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Twenty20 cricket may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but the fact that this format has caught on like wild fire and is being lapped up by cricket fans around the world certainly makes it an important event in the international cricket calendar.
What has made Twenty20 cricket so popular is apart from the big hitting by the batsmen a Twenty20 game is completed in about three and a half hours with each innings lasting around 75 minutes, thus bringing the game closer to the time span of other popular team sports.

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A daunting task for Cambrians
In the cricket crazy town of Moratuwa, Prince of Wales’ College has reached the top level in rugby to compete amongst the best rugby playing schools in the country. The Cambrians will have a daunting task to secure their place in the Division I Segment ‘A’ group in the ongoing season but their coach Preethi Kumara Fernando is optimistic that the keenness of his set of youngsters is a strong weapon for their survival in the group despite the lack of backing.

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INTERVIEWS

UNP at the moment needs
another MR – Dayasiri

Born in Panduwasnuwara in the Kurunegala district of the North Western province UNP Parliamentarian Dayasiri Jayasekara made it to parliament for the first time at the 2004 general election, polling 52,457 votes from Katugampola electorate representing Kurunegala district. He was making headlines in recent times and was branded as a rebel in the party critical of the current leadership. However, despite speculations he did not opt to leave the party and instead has started a struggle to lead a complete shake up to rescue the party from its prolonged defeat. Jayasekara, who became the first in the Kurunegala district while polling 132, 949 votes in the recently concluded general election, did not hesitate to share his thoughts on what went wrong in the UNP. In this interview with The Nation he talks about what should be done in future as he believes that only dynamic, pragmatic and intelligent young people can develop a country.

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