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Sunday July 11th, 2010


Leadership council for UNP resurfaces
With party reforms in doubt, a group of key UNPers are once again promoting the adoption of a leadership council headed by Deputy Leader Karu Jayasuriya for a stipulated period to overcome the current impasse.
They have also recommended that..

MPs hawk permits
Several newly elected MP’s are said to be privately calling bids to sell their vehicle permits for millions of rupees after at least two parliamentarians had sold their vehicle permits for more than Rs 10 million each.

Nilame fumes over emission test
A Nilame attached to Sathara Maha Devale in Kandy was apparently started fuming when his vehicle was stopped for emission test last Wednesday at William Gopallawa Mawatha in Kandy by the officials of the AirMAC (Air Recourse

End of fast

NFF Leader and Minister of Housing & Construction, Wimal Weerawansa yesterday called off his death fast after President Rajapaksa visited him and provided him with a glass of water, thus ending the fast that lasted for more than 48 hours. Also at his side were his wife and daughter (Pic by Rukshan Abeywansha

 

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Police ignore drug lords
The local media correspondents have complained to Mt. Lavinia Senior Superintendent Police Hemantha Adhikari about police inaction in dealing with drug lords and peddlers in the area, but all such complaints have fallen on deaf ears.

Whither UNP Reforms?
The much delayed United National Party (UNP) Reform proposals were handed over to its Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe last Monday amidst much fanfare, but even till yesterday,

Weerawansa ends fast after President’s visit
A Nilame attached to Sathara Maha Devale in Kandy was apparently started fuming when his vehicle was stopped for emission test last Wednesday at William Gopallawa Mawatha in Kandy by the officials of the AirMAC (Air Recourse Management Centre) and had ...

 

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Apollo mulling re-entry to Lanka
Four years after exiting Sri Lanka, after failing to stave off a hostile takeover from a local tycoon, Apollo Hospitals on Friday said it is reconsidering to enter the island nation’s hospital segment.
“We are re-considering Sri Lanka now. Political situation is far more stable. So, we are very happy to re-look at Sri Lanka,” Apollo Group Executive Director (Operations) Sangita Reddy told.
In 2006, Apollo Hospitals decided to sell its 30% stake in Lanka Hospital Corporation – owners of Apollo Sri Lanka – to Sri Lanka Insurance Corporation, which is owned by Harry Jayawardena, who launched a hostile takeover bid for control of the hospital.

After Lanka, UN under fire in Nepal
After Sri Lanka, where a minister is leading protests against alleged UN interference, the world body is now under fire in Nepal, where the prime minister has accused it of trying to derail the Himalayan republic’s fragile peace process. An unusually strong outburst came from Nepal’s caretaker Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal, who objected to an unsolicited plan drawn up by the UN political unit in Nepal.
The plan deals with the contentious issue of what to do with over 19,000 combatants of the Maoist party’s guerrilla army who are currently under the supervision of the UN unit, known as the UN Mission in Nepal (UNMIN).

Navy refutes Indian media claims
The Sri Lankan Navy yesterday dismissed Indian media reports that alleged Sri Lankan Navy personnel killed an Indian fisherman and assaulted several others as merely baseless allegation. said area during that time.

Met Dept issues lightning warning
The Meteorological Department and the Disaster Management Centre (DMC) warn the public to be wary of lightning strikes as the October-November monsoon season approaches.

IESL silver jubilee exhibition
The Institution of Engineers Sri Lanka (IESL) will proudly hold its Silver Jubilee exhibition, at the BMICH, on October 8, 9 and 10.
The “Techno 2010” exhibition organised for the 25th consecutive year, happens to be the flagship event in the IESL calendar. It will seek to unleash the talents and skills of multi-faceted disciplines in the sphere of engineering.

Prime Minister initiates religious development in North
The national programme to develop island-wide multi-religious committees was launched in Vavuniya yesterday.
In his capacity as the Buddha Sasana and Religious Affairs Minister, Prime Minister D.M. Jayaratne initiated the programme with the guidance of President Mahinda Rajapaksa.

Police ignore drug lords
The local media correspondents have complained to Mt. Lavinia Senior Superintendent Police Hemantha Adhikari about police inaction in dealing with drug lords and peddlers in the area, but all such complaints have fallen on deaf ears.

Firing Line
Unbecoming Education Minister with pluses
He is a Sinhala speaking Education Minister in a multi-racial province, but the language he uses on top government bureaucrats entrusted to improve schools especially in his home district will easily put to shame those in any fish market.

More UNP-MR talks tomorrow
Opposition Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe yesterday evening declared that he informed President Rajapaksa that the UNP is ready to support the Government, to bring forth a people friendly Constitution.
He made the announcement in Kadawata, during a handbill distribution exercise among the public, to protest the proposed controversial Constitutional reforms and the high cost of living, soon after a one-to-one meeting with President Rajapaksa ..



POLITICS

Reconstruction or Refurbishing?
Almost unnoticed, because of the drama surrounding the United Nations (UN) offices in Colombo, the opposition United National Party (UNP) concluded its much hyped ‘Reforms’ committee deliberations this week, with its recommendations being presented to party leader Ranil Wickremesinghe.

Wimal fast gives new twist to UN-Lanka standoff
The fast-unto-death launched by Minister Wimal Weerawansa over the controversial three-member panel of experts appointed by UN Secretary General, has triggered a diplomatic standoff between the UN and Sri Lanka.
Recalling Resident Coordinator for the UN in Colombo Neil Buhne to the UN headquarters in New York is considered a throw-up from the present situation. Media reports, meanwhile, said the UNDP office too had been closed down.

NEWS FEATURES

Malinda Seneviratne Column
Ki-moon chopping the UN to spite Colombo?

A few days ago, I got an email, a note that had been blogged on a website. It was titled ‘Quo Warranto Mr. Ban Ki-moon’. The author calls himself ‘Vichara’. Inquiries indicate that it has not been published anywhere. The spur of course is UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon’s appointment of a panel of experts to advise him on alleged human rights violations in Sri Lanka.

No porn please we’re Lankans
One month ago, the Women and Child Bureau of the police (WCB) made the headlines, with its proposal to crackdown on access to pornography on mobile phones. Speaking to The Nation, a top ranking source in the Bureau explained the motives of its mission:

Tamil Perspective
TNA’s Mission: Prodding India to act

While public attention is focussed on Minister Wimal Weerawansa’s fast-unto-death, a six-member Tamil National Alliance (TNA) delegation was busy in Delhi, prodding the Indian government to be more active in its dealings with Sri Lanka.

The UN- A neocolonial partnership
Replacing colonialism today is neo-colonialism and its offspring economic liberalism. Facilitating modern forms of “interventions” upon sovereign nations is the United Nations (UN) whose laws, protocols, conventions etc have been designed to legalise and necessitate these actions.

Sherlock Holmes and the ‘Rama Trail’
I am afraid the learned scholars of the Royal Asiatic Society got it wrong in trying to factually disprove the Rama connection with Sri Lanka, currently being promoted by the Tourist Board hungry for Indian Rupees.

BBC Centre 50 years
Outdated?
Or still ahead of the pack?

The famous BBC Television Centre in London is 50 years old and, although its future is in doubt, due to a cost cutting exercise, it has been the symbol of what, for my money, is an organisation that still stands for reliability in a world awash with information of dubious or partisan origins.

What the Stars foretell for your Lagna
Aries (Mesha): You will achieve recognition for your outstanding performances in the field of arts or academics. Your children would do well in their studies or in their vocations.

Leadership, social fabric reforms only can lift UNP
One of the most important decisions people make once in few years is how they use their discretion to change the governments and also to get their choice of a candidate voted into parliament.

 

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SPORTS

World Cup passion play reaches final scene
JOHANNESBURG, (AFP) -
Two new chapters in World Cup history will be written at Soccer City on Sunday.
Spain’s meeting with Holland guarantees that a new name will be on the trophy by the end of the evening.
But the chroniclers of Africa’s first World Cup will also have to find space for the losers of a contest that must inevitably leave one of these two proud footballing nations bereft.
For Spain, who will go into the match as favourites to earn the right to call themselves European and world champions, the agony of having to cancel the fiestas planned from Catalonia to Cadiz would be unbearable.

South Africa shines in run up to finale
JOHANNESBURG, (AFP) -
Two new chapters in World Cup history will be written at Soccer City on Sunday.
Spain’s meeting with Holland guarantees that a new name will be on the trophy by the end of the evening.
But the chroniclers of Africa’s first World Cup will also have to find space for the losers of a contest that must inevitably leave one of these two proud footballing nations bereft.
For Spain, who will go into the match as favourites to earn the right to call themselves European and world champions, the agony of having to cancel the fiestas planned from Catalonia to Cadiz would be unbearable.

No UDRS for Sri Lanka-India Tests
The Umpire Decision Review System (UDRS) will not be used during the upcoming Test series between Sri Lanka and India. “The decision at the ICC meeting was that both the teams should agree to have the UDRS system. When we checked with India, they were not happy to have it,” Nishantha Ranatunga, secretary of Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) said.
In its annual conference, the ICC had decided: “One of the decisions is that the host member would determine whether to use UDRS in home Test series (following consultation with the visiting country).” It was during this consultation that Sri Lanka couldn’t achieve an agreement with the visiting team, India.

Point Blank
Murali’s retirement a glowing example to others
The great spinner he is Muthiah Muralitharan has eventually decided to call it a day. The first Test against India beginning Sunday week at Galle will be his last hurrah from Test cricket and possibly international cricket.
The 18-year Muralitharan bestrode cricket since 1992 he has always been in the news for a praiseworthy effort or one involving controversy over his much publicised bowling action. But the most important thing is Muralitharan took everything in his stride with a smile. If he was angry it was only for a brief moment for it was immediately replaced by one of forgiveness for his detractors who were many not wanting him to reach the pinnacle as a bowler in the history of cricket.
No sportsman or sportswoman in their career has ever undergone scrutiny and tests to prove their purity as Muralitharan has been subjected to. The encouraging aspect of it is that he was able to face the challenges boldly and come out of it triumphantly. That is because inside him Muralitharan knew that he had not done anything wrong and he was not cheating.

Sri Lanka U-19 cricketers tour England
“A GREAT EXPERIENCE” - Nawaz

The Sri Lanka Under-19 cricketers will engage in a month-long tour at the birthplace of cricket, England from July 14 to August 14 to play in a bilateral series for the first time. Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) has selected a strong 15-member squad bringing in five new faces to last year’s Under-19 World Cup squad that played in New Zealand.

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