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Sunday August 29th, 2010


Justice for nailed maid
The Attorney-General has assured the Sri Lanka Foreign Employment Bureau (SLBFE) that he would look into its request to seek justice through relevant international bodies for housemaid L P Ariyawathie (50) whose sadistic Saudi employer allegedly hammered 24 nails into her body during her six-month ordeal there.

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Northern ministries to Kilinochchi from Sept.
With Provincial Council elections due in the North later this year, authorities have decided to move all its ministries from Trincomalee to Kilinochchi from September 1. Northern Governor retired Maj-Gen G A Chandrasiri yesterday confirmed that he gave directives to the Northern Ministry of Agriculture, Lands and Animal...

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Laksala Viskam 2010

Local craftsmen are staging live demonstrations at the Laksala Viskam 2010, Sri Lanka Handicraft and Cultural Show. Marvellous creations, skillfully carved out by the craftsmen with age-old techniques, are on display at ‘Viskamnivasa’ at Thummulla, Thimbirigasyaya. The show ends today.

 (Pic by Rukshan Abeywansha)

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TNA seeks proper plan to work with govt
The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) has expressed its willingness to work with the government, provided a proper mechanism was implemented with its participation. The TNA had discussed the immediate issues facing the people in the Wanni and on the need for a political solution...

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UN Humanitarian Chief’s objective departure
UN Under Secretary-General John Holmes who wound up duties as humanitarian co-ordinator early this week speaking of his experience with the Lankan situation, said it was one of the most difficult issues he had faced in terms of the tricky balancing act of telling the truth and advocating objectively, amidst the heavy propaganda on both sides...

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NEWS

BTI bacteria use against mosquitoes from Wednesday
Deputy Health Minister Mahinda Amaraweera said the Health Ministry would start using the locally-manufactured BTI bacteria from Wednesday. Amaraweera said the Health Ministry was likely to receive the final evaluation report on the BTI from the Industrial Technological Institute (ITI) by Monday.

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Novel H1N1 rages in S.India
The outbreak of Novel HINI (commonly known as swine flu) which is currently raging in southern India, is still to make its reappearance in Sri Lanka, although Health Ministry sources fear that it won’t be long before the first case is reported in this nation.

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Deep SEE 2010 for higher education, employment
With the hope of providing the youth of the Southern Province with proper knowledge and guidance in the fields of education and employment, GANG Lanka organised Deep South Education & Employment Exhibition (Deep SEE). GANG Lanka (Graduate’s Association for Next Generation in Sri Lanka) is an organisation comprising graduates...

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SLMC decision forced by four ‘rebel MPs’?
Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) supporters in the East are criticising the party’s decision to support the government at this juncture.
Top party officials were not keen on supporting the government but the leader and the high command caved in as four of SLMC MPs were threatening to quit the party and join the government, according to news leaking out from the SLMC.

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18 USAID-built shops idle due to politics
Some 18 shops are still idling for more than two years at the new CTB bus terminal building in Kalmunai, without being rented or leased out by the Kalmunai Municipal Council, thus denying commuters easy access to shops, and depriving small businessmen of their livelihood, while also depriving the municipality of revenue.

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Crackdown on porn sites gathers pace
The Police Women and Children’s Bureau said that they are hoping to start submitting a list of 100 websites containing pornographic material to be banned each week from next week onward. According to a senior official of the bureau, they will submit these lists to the Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (TRC) as a move to prevent Sri Lankans from accessing porn on the Net.

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When cops became robbers
The recent attempted robbery of a trishaw near Walahanduwa, Galle by some rogue policemen was foiled due to vigilance of a Police patrol of the Akmeemana police. The trishaw belonging to an insurance company worker had been tipped off as an easy prey for stealing by a Police Constable (PC) working in...

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POLITICS

Govt tightens power grip
The strange twists of Sri Lankan politics took yet another turn this week with the ruling United Peoples’ Freedom Alliance (UPFA) changing its stance on constitutional amendments and opting to continue with the executive presidential system.
A few weeks ago, it will be recalled, there was much ado about reverting to an executive prime ministerial system with President Mahinda Rajapaksa having discussions first with Opposition Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe...

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Canvassing constitutional reforms in true spirit
The talks between the Government and the main opposition United National Party (UNP) on the proposed constitutional reforms appear to be just a formality and part of Parliamentary Democracy practiced as a mere tradition. In today’s political context, the Government is confident or may be over confident that they are in a position to garner the necessary support to amend the Constitution as and when they please despite what the Opposition has to say. At the same time what the Opposition has to say with regard to the proposed...

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NEWS FEATURES

TORTURE OF MAID RAISES SERIOUS QUESTIONS...
Sri Lanka has been sending migrant workers to Middle East countries for more than two decades, and the issue of the majority of them, especially females being subjected to various forms of harassment, from not being paid to being gang-raped or being killed, has also prevailed ever since. Though, there had been instances where they returned home with burn injuries or with permanent disabilities, it is for the first time that Sri Lanka experienced the bizarre story of a 50-year old housemaid returning...

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Facebook Bogey or Boon?
Early this year, Facebook lovers were shocked to hear of a possible ‘crackdown’ of their favourite social networking site, with the consultation of Chinese cyber experts who have already been challenging the Google search engine.
A week later, it was reported that the government had ordered the suspension of this project.

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‘Lessons Learnt’ debate: At last, a rudimentary roadmap?
The Lessons Learnt process is turning into quite an exercise in public pedagogy and performance, though it could be better.
I rather liked Prof. Rajiva Wijesinha’s ‘all round the wicket’ batting -- interspersed with episodes of whistle blowing (if one may mix one’s sporting metaphors) -- but then again I would, wouldn’t I? The mini-debate between LLRC chairman and...

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SPORTS

Sri Lanka crush India by 74 runs
A brilliant century by opener Tillakaratne Dilshan his first in a one-day international at home paved the way for a crushing 74-run win for Sri Lanka over India in the Micromax tri-series final played under lights at the Rangiri Dambulla Stadium yesterday. Dilshan smashed 12 fours and a six for 110 off 114 balls to help Sri Lanka to an imposing total of 299-8 after they chose to bat first.
India replied with 225 in 46.5 overs having lost the key wicket of Virender Sehwag for 28 in the sixth over when he was run out by a direct hit by Chamara Kapugedera trying to steal a leg bye run off an lbw appeal.

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NCC takes vital first innings lead
NCC are well placed to book a berth in the final of the Under-23 Inter-Club cricket tournament with a comfortable lead of 300 runs against Colts at stumps on the second day in a semi-final encounter played at Maitland Crescent yesterday. However NCC who dominated the first day’s proceedings with an overnight total of 434-6 lost the rest of their wickets after just adding 42 runs. Overnight batsman Chathura Peiris failed to add to his overnight score of 193 and was out the very first delivery.

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In defence of Sangakkara (Point Blank)
In the past fortnight or so since that unfortunate no-ball incident involving Sri Lankan bowler Suraj Randiv and Indian opening batsman Virender Sehwag at Dambulla in the one-day tri-series, the captaincy of Kumar Sangakkara has come under the microscope with many thoughts and opinions expressed in the media at the way he handles the Sri Lanka team.

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Rugby should be the winner - Gomes
The name Caltex Lubricants Lanka PLC, which represents one of the pioneers in lubricant business in Sri Lanka since the early 1900s, became synonymous with Sri Lanka rugby after it was re-launched in the country in 1994. Caltex entered into a long- standing sponsorship with club rugby in Sri Lanka in 1999 and has been a god-fatherly figure of the sport ever since. During its sponsorship tenure...

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INTERVIEWS

Devolution plan ‘must include merger of North and East’
The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) says it continues to stand for meaningful devolution of power and that the constitutional reforms should be within a united country and should take the form of a federal structure.
In an interview with The Nation, TNA parliamentarian M A Sumanthiran said the President also was looking towards meaningful devolution of power, which was the view of the TNA as well.

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