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Sunday July 25th, 2010


430 Children missing in four months
It has been reported that 430 under aged children have been missing during the first four months of this year. 270 girls and 150 boys.

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Bus strike on Tuesday
The Lanka Private Bus Owners Association (LPBOA) and the Lanka Omni Bus Owners Association (LOBOA) will go on a countrywide strike from midnight tomorrow. According to the president of the LPBOA Gemunu Wijerathna, the strike will continue indefinitely till their demands are met..

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A code of Conduct for ministers soon
Government will soon set out a code of conduct for ministers as to how they should behave while travelling on roads or appearing in public.

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The Only 800

Joy knows no bounds as Sri Lanka’s spin king Muthiah Muralitharan leaps in the air arms outstretched celebrating with his colleagues the epic moment of becoming the first bowler in Test cricket history to reach 800 wickets. Muralitharan took the last Indian wicket to fall courtesy of slip fielder Mahela Jayawardene (kneeling) on the final day of the first Test match at the Galle International Stadium which Sri Lanka won by ten wickets to give Muralitharan a fitting farewell

(Pic by Pushpakumara Matugama)

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Unp pc, local authority members slam leadership
The vast majority of the UNP members of Provincial Councils and local authorities, while making their representations had slammed the party leadership for taking decisions in an arbitrary and ad hoc manner, says Joseph Michael Perera Reforms Committee in its report released...

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Accountants endangered in the east
A relief accountant sent to the Eastern Provincial Council left his job in fear and disgust after being assaulted by an officer working for a big-shot there for refusing to release funds for fraudulent claims.

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Ceramic manufacturers lose stronghold on EU market
With the European Union announcing that Sri Lanka would not receive the benefit of the GSP plus effecting from August 15 Sri Lankan porcelain and...

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1.2 mn homeless in SL
The United National Party’s Member of Parliament, Sajith Premadasa claimed that 1.2 million families are homeless in Sri Lanka, at a press briefing held last Friday. “The present government has no proper strategy or practical approach to address the dire necessity of providing shelter for these families,” said Premedasa.

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One-way only a plaster on the wound
The bottleneck road at the end of Old Havelock Road has choked up traffic for over 30 years. Last Wednesday attempting to solve the problem the authorities declared the road a one-way route. Residents and commuters complain that this is only a plaster on the wound and not the real cure.

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Concern over city food outlets
Concern was raised at the City Food High Achievers Awards about the poor hygiene conditions in most of the eating outlets in the city. Out of more than 1000 eating outlets in the city only 110 were awarded A or B certificate leaving behind a question about the other eateries that failed to maintain required hygienic standards.

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Thieves tied bicycles to trees
The unsolved mystery of 19 bicycles gone missing began to unravel with the arrest of two suspects in the Akmeemena police area on a tip off.
Some people had observed a bicycle tied to a tree in a patch of jungle in Ganegoda, Akmeemana on July 6 and reported it to the police. The modus operandi of the robbers was to rob a cycle and tie it up in that fashion until the coast was clear to move it to their own location.

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Opium dealers in the dock
A top racketeer distributing opium to places such as Gampola, Hemmathagama, Mawanalle, Kegalle and Polonnaruwa was arrested by the Police in the Kadurawela town last Tuesday following information given by a detainee.

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Kandy uniflow flops
The new traffic plan introduced within Kandy city yesterday to alleviate traffic congestion, allegedly turned out to be a complete flop, with the city clogged with traffic jams.
A senior official of the Kandy Traffic branch told The Nation they introduced a uniflow traffic system, with old Peradeniya Road (Sirimavo Bandaranaike Road) as the entrance to Kandy city and William Gopallawa Mawatha as its exit.

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Good Samaritan turns bad
A female snatch thief was caught at the Ragama hospital on July 22. The thief dressed in jeans had befriended an unsuspecting mother and daughter visiting the hospital to get medicine for the former. The new found Good Samaritan soon took over the duties of guiding them around. She was even kind enough to undertake to escort...

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Three airlines return
A senior official at the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) said that three airlines had returned to operate in Sri Lanka since the war ended last year. While two Etihad Airways and Fly Dubai will be returning after the war, Oman Airways will be a new addition to the fleet.

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POLITICS

Return of the survivor
Sri Lanka, it seems, is never short of political theatre. Just when Minister Wimal Weerawansa ended his drama of a death fast opposite the United Nation (UN) headquarters in Colombo, there was a different kind of drama being staged at a different headquarters- that of the United National Party (UNP).
Last Monday saw a crucial Working Committee meeting of the party.

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If not Ranil, then who?
UNP Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe moved strategically last week to fizzle out what is described by political analysts as an’ internal build up” to oust him from the party leadership.
At the party’s Working Committee meeting held at ‘Sirikotha” on Monday, there was growing apprehension among Wickremesinghe loyalists whether the Working Committee would vote for a major shake up within the party, where elected members of grass-root level local bodies would be called upon to participate in the process to elect the party leader.

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NEWS FEATURES

Dengue the buzz word
The Health Ministry’s recent decision to wage a collective war on Dengue, brings home a grim reality: We are a nation under attack, and poised for a Dengue epidemic that will exceed all previous records of such epidemics. Dengue is now a national issue. While early intervention may help, judging from the numbers of deaths from Dengue Haemorrhagic Fever (DHF) and...

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President assures no change on Palestine
The report of the UNP Reforms Committee chaired by Joseph Michael Perera was presented at the party’s Working Committee which met last Monday (July 19). The meeting proceeded without a major hiccup despite media prognostications that the sessions could turn stormy.

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Knuckles being knuckled
With illegal constructions popping-up like mushrooms in the knuckles mountain range at present, as alleged by environmental organisations, the rich bio diversity of the area is being severely threatened. The recent incident is an alleged putting up a hotel by a powerful but so far anonymous person...

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Deepening Tamil Community’s sense of apprehension
Procedure-wise government parliamentarian A.H.M. Azwer was correct in raising the Point of Order and blocking UNP’s R. Yogarajan from tabling the contents of the final report of the All Party Representatives Committee (APRC) but, definitely, he did not give thought to the message...

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SPORTS

Malinga blow for Sri Lanka
Barely six hours after Sri Lanka Cricket secretary Nishantha Ranatunga had made a statement to the effect that Sri Lanka had a golden opportunity to head the ICC Test rankings if they beat India in the on-going three-Test series, the national team received a rude shock to learn that their No.1 strike bowler Lasith Malinga would not be fit to play in the second Test beginning at the SSC grounds tomorrow (Monday).

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Navy in final after 21 years
Scrum half Suranga Pushpakumara’s penetrative try in the sixth minute of the first half of extra play put Navy SC in the final of the Caltex Inter-Club Clifford Cup knockout tournament when they sunk CR & FC by 19-12 in the semi-finals played at the Royal Sports Complex yesterday.
It was the first time in 21 years that Navy have reached the final of the Clifford Cup knockout. The last occasion they were beaten 6-3 by CR &FC in 1989.

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What a fairytale finish (Point Blank)
Following the razzmatazz of Muthiah Muralitharan’s farewell to Test cricket at the Galle International Cricket Stadium and the euphoria that followed soon after he had captured his 800th Test wicket overshadowed several other factors that contributed to make the first Test against India a truly memorable one.

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Indisputable tournament rules & regulations a must
The Vice President of the Sri Lanka Rugby Football Union (SLRFU), Lasitha Gunaratne blamed the officials of the Sri Lanka Schools Rugby Football Association (SLSRFA) for failing in their duties and for not taking prompt action in the incident which occurred during the first semi-final of Milo President’s Knockout Rugby Tournament between St. Peter’s and Isipathana at Longdon Place last Wednesday (July 14).

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INTERVIEWS

Constituent Assembly to draw up new constitution - Vasu
Vasudeva Nanayakkara, one time leftist firebrand and close friend of President Rajapaksa, says there will not be any piecemeal Constitutional changes, but a whole new Constitution will be put together by a Constituent Assembly as was done in 1972 and 1978 after the current preliminary discussions with various parties.

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Sajith Premadasa
“DARLING OF THE GRASSROOTS”
Chief contender for the UNP leadership Sajith Premadasa, though, at times, seen as being outmanoeuvred by its leader Ranil Wickremesinghe at every turn, the rebellion against the leader is now firmly behind Sajith. In the past, when troubles were mounting, the leader would take off on long foreign sojourns, as of now, with visits to India and Europe, to contemplate and...

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