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Sunday June 06th, 2010


Costly power purchase pacts to be revised
The government will soon begin renegotiating power purchase agreements hastily signed with private thermal power producers between 1995 and 2003, to the detriment of the country, due to the failure of governments from the early 1990s to go ahead with the cheap alternative of launching coal-fired power plants.

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Colombo Port chaos to ease next week
The chaos in the Colombo Port since the sudden pullout of inter-terminal trucker involved in shuttling containers, especially between the privately-run South Asia Gateway Terminal and...

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Tint allowed only on MoD permission
Referring to recent media reports indicating that the ban on tinted glasses will apply to VIPs as well, Media Centre for National Security Director General Lakshman Hulugalle said...

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PM at IIFA

Prime Minister D.M. Jayaratne and Mrs Jayaratne entering the glamorous IIFA Awards ceremony last evening held at the Sugathadasa Indoor Stadium

(Pic by Pushpakumara Matugama)

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Tissa puzzled over Range’s attacks
United National Party (UNP) General Secretary Tissa Attanayake yesterday expressed his surprise and puzzlement at the continued accusations thrown at him by UNP Puttalam District MP Palitha Range Bandara.

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Killer Jellyfish arrives in Sri Lanka
A poisonous species of jellyfish has been seen on the Mount Lavinia beach recently and the public is warned to be on alert when walking on the beach as the species known as blue jellyfish could be deadly.

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‘Contesting for Presidency should be limitless’
The National Freedom Front (NFF), presenting a set of proposals to be included in the impending Constitutional reforms said that...

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NEWS

Porn ban in deadlock
The Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (TRC) yesterday said they will not impose any regulation that would result in slowing down the internet speed, when The Nation contacted to inquire them the possibilities of banning people from accessing internet sites containing pornographic content through mobile phones.
The Police Women and Children’s Bureau recently said they will negotiate with mobile telecommunication service providers in the country to prevent people from logging into porn sites as the Police have found out that people can even brows porn sites, which have already banned on internet, on mobile phones.

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Trade Unions clash with Lokuge
The Trade Union Confederacy (TUC) demands that the Labour Minister should give up his responsibility of selecting representatives for the International Labour Organisation (ILO) Summit in Geneva.
TUC General Secretary Saman Rathnapriya said that Minister Gamini Lokuge’s decision to not send trade unions representing public sector employees to the Summit indicated that the minister was neglecting his duty.

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Forger apprehended in Borella
A team of officers attached to the Western Province Intelligence Division raided a private company situated at the Young Men’s Buddhist Association premises in Borella after receiving a tip-off that the company is producing fake documents, last Tuesday.

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Galle Mayor in Delhi for global campaign
Galle Mayor Methsiri de Silva will represent the country at the South Asia Launch of Global Campaign ‘Making Cities Resilient – My City is Getting Ready’ to be held in New Delhi, India from June 8 to 10. As part of this same event he will also attend the South Asia Regional Workshop on Mid-Term Review of the Hyogo Framework for Action on June 10 also in Delhi.

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SL-UK High level talks in Shangri-La
External Affairs Minister Prof. G.L. Peiris had discussions with Dr. Liam Fox, Secretary of State for Defence in the new British Government of Prime Minister David Cameron.
The meeting took place in Singapore on the sidelines of the Shangri-La Dialogue on critical strategic and policy issues in the region. Prof. Peiris and Dr. Fox were both participants in the Dialogue.
This was the first high level contact between President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s Government and the incoming administration in the United Kingdom.

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President 40 years in politics
President Rajapaksa marks 40 years of his Parliamentary career tomorrow.
There will be religious ceremonies countrywide tomorrow organised by party organisations, friends and well wishers to invoke blessings on the President on this occasion.
President Rajapaksa was elected to Parliament from Beliatta at the May 1970 general election at the age of 23, as the youngest member to have successfully contested this election. He was sworn in as an MP on June 7, 1970. The Beliatta seat in Parliament was earlier represented by his father the late D.A. Rajapaksa.

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POLITICS

Political tightrope-walk for the President
Indian fever appears to have swept the country, with the Indian International Film Awards (IIFA) festival being staged in Colombo, and hordes of Bollywood film stars, most of them household names in this country, descending on the capital.
There have been critics, of the IIFA being staged here, who have argued that the mileage the country gains from staging the glamorous event in Colombo is not commensurate with the spectacular cost involved.

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Ranil consolidates his position
UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe, who was facing imminent ouster from the party leadership, a few weeks ago, due to strong pressures exerted by the rebel group, has now begun consolidating his position within the party. The main reason for this turnaround is that, no contender has come forward so far for the UNP leadership. Even Sajith Premadasa, who said he would confer on Hambantota...

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NEWS FEATURES

Intellectual urge for Constitutional Reforms deepens
Our independence was followed by three constitutions: the Soulbery Constitution, the first Constitution of Republic of Sri Lanka, and the existent 1978 Constitution introduced by J.R. Jayewardene. While the latter has undergone 17 amendments, and the currently proposed amendments particularly relating to the executive presidency have been a hot topic since the Chandrika Bandaranaike regime.

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Constitutional changes vis-à-vis good governance
The UNP, the core political party of the UNF is in the throes of a deep crisis triggered by a relentless struggle by a large section of the party membership to oust its leader Ranil Wickremesinghe.
The JVP-dominated Democratic National Alliance (DNA), the only articulate opposition party with a sizable following in the South is too obsessed with the problem of securing the release...

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Realisable Reconciliation, Sustainable Peace
Whether they know it or not, the same experience has been undergone by the Sinhalese and Tamils. Both the Sinhalese and Tamils thought that the other resembled a relatively simple formation which could be knocked out by a frontal blow, while the reality is that both have a complex configuration, with significant ‘reserves’.

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Snooty prescriptions for the yakkhos compromises yak-emancipation
S.W.R.D. Bandaranaike was a clever politician, in that, he was good at picking the slogan most capable of turning idea into ideology, a population into a movement. He plugged a thermometer into a polity afflicted with numerous anxieties and at the receiving end of all kinds of plagues, obtained temperature and recommended what was calculated to be embraced as panacea.

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SPORTS

Chandimal’s maiden ton knocks out India
A sloppy India crashed out of the tri-series after Sri Lanka, riding on Dinesh Chandimal’s maiden century, thumped them by six wickets in a crucial ODI on Saturday.
Tottering on the brink of disaster after their back-to-back defeat against Zimbabwe, India badly needed to win this match with a big margin to keep alive their final hopes but they could not pull off a repeat performance of their previous encounter with the Lankans and went down with 1.4 overs to spare.

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Royal-Trinity evenly matched
After quite a long lapse the traditional rivals in school rugby, Royal and Trinity will fight it out on even terms with equally matched sides in the first leg of the 66th Bradby Shield which will be worked off at Royal College Sports Complex in Colombo on June 12 (Saturday). However the title holders Royal are expected to give a good run to Trinity who has won the coveted Shield on more occasions. Both teams have performed quite similarly in the ongoing President’s Trophy Singer Schools Rugby League tournament but when it comes to the Bradby, with its traditional...

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Charlie Chaplin – the Lankan version (Point Blank)
Two days after accusing Sri Lanka Cricket interim committee officials of corruption, Sports Minister Chandrasiri Bandara Ratnayake did a complete U-turn and decided to retain the top three officials who run cricket administration in this country. By this surprise act of his, the Sports Minister not only brought the ire of the entire Sri Lanka media upon him, but made himself look a complete ass in the eyes of the Lankan public.

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Star of 1996 triumph plots another World Cup victory
Sri Lanka’s chairman of cricket selectors Aravinda de Silva said that the coaching staff must also be made accountable for the team’s performances rather than the players getting the blame all the time.
“It is the players and the captain who have to take all the flak whenever the team performs poorly. The coaching staff is also responsible for it. They have a job to do and they must also pull up their socks,” De Silva told The Nation in an interview.

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THE NATION ECONOMY

ADDRESSING Economic Fundamentals
It is quite unrealistic to think that the end of the war by itself would bring rapid economic growth. Much more attention to correcting the economic fundamentals and mobilising capital and human resources are needed to generate a higher momentum of economic growth. The war and terrorism over such a long period has itself left a legacy of economic burdens. The rebuilding and reconstruction of the devastated North and East are a huge cost that requires substantial foreign assistance. The external environment is not necessarily propitious and several factors are affecting the country’s external finances adversely.

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