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Sunday September 05th, 2010


Poll Commission’s powers stripped
The proposed 18th Amendment to the Constitution will strip the election commission of the power to appoint a Competent Authority during an election, legal experts points out.

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Tourism growth: Lanka scales new heights
Sri Lanka has shown a robust +49% growth in tourist arrivals in the first half of 2010, according to...

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School boarding nurse, 62, remanded in child sex case
The Welimada Magistrate Court has refused to grant bail to a 62-year-old suspect charged with molesting boys at a leading private school in the Uva Province.

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Charity fraud: Councillor’s wife faces police probe
The wife of a leading United National Party (UNP) Western Provincial Council member has been called in for questioning by the police Fraud...

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More parties back reforms
The TNA and the leftist parties of the ruling coalition are likely to vote for the proposed 18th Amendment to the constitution widely expected to be passed in Parliament next Wednesday, well-informed political sources said last night.

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Nine-year-old Lasitha braved kidnappers and death
A steep drop down part of the Victoria Dam, the gushing water below and the challenge; achieving the impossible of climbing above all this to survive.

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Bandula dg from today
Former Daily News editor Bandula Jayasekera will assume duties today at the External Affairs Ministry as its new Director-General Publicity, ministry sources said.

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Suspected child abductor killed
The main suspect in the kidnapping of nine-year-old Lasith Rasanjana was killed by police gunfire in Kadawatha when he allegedly attempted to throw a grenade.
A special team of the Sapugaskanda police had earlier arrested...

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Ranil vows support to resolve Tamil issue
CHENNAI: The United National Party will co-operate with all stakeholders in the efforts to find a political solution to the Tamils issue, its leader Ranil Wickremesinghe said.

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NEWS

Three deported men ‘tortured’
SYDNEY, Sept. 3 (UPI) -- Three Sri Lankans expelled by Australia were jailed and tortured after being returned to their home country, Amnesty International alleged Friday. Two of the men, Sumith Mendis and Lasantha Wijeratne, were sent to a hospital Wednesday following the alleged mistreatment at the hands of Sri Lankan authorities, the rights group said. The status of the third man wasn’t clear.

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Chinese company work on arts theatre ‘not abandoned’
The Ministry of National Heritage and Cultural Affairs shot down rumours that the Chinese company which was engaged in constructing the National Performing Arts Theatre has abandoned the project halfway. “The project is still going on”, media secretary of the ministry, Viraj Abeysinghe confirmed.

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Ranjan Ramanayake denies threatening talk show host
Ratnapura District United National Party Parliamentarian and popular film star Ranjan Ramanayake denied allegations leveled against him by the Derana TV talk show host Dilka Samanmali. Stating that all that he gave Dilka’s father was a courtesy call, Ramanayake said that he did give a call to Dilka Samanmali’s father living in Australia and complained that his daughter was being biased in her show.

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Mystery of the missing ambulances
Two ambulances have gone missing from Uragaha Rural and Borakanda district hospitals in the Karandeniya area, according to Southern Provincial Council (SPC) member T.D.S.L. Jayaweera when he presented these facts at the council meeting held August 31.

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Attempts to restore Hikkaduwa’s eco-system
Though Hikkaduwa is known as a tourist resort, the growing menace of pollution due to the high density population there, and the fast destruction of its surrounding biodiversity, due to haphazard development and dumping of waste, was taken up last week, at a meeting chaired by Galle District MP Mohan de Silva.

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Army chief joins Kilinochchi events
An Army-built Public Library as well as the newly-reestablished Kilinochchi old Army Camp were declared open Saturday (4) morning during a military ceremony headed by Lieutenant General Jagath Jayasuriya, Commander of the Army.

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POLITICS

UPFA make gains as opposition seeks broader alliance
In a week of hectic political developments, President Mahinda Rajapaksa and his ruling United Peoples’ Freedom Alliance (UPFA) appear to have emerged as arguably the strongest political force in the country in its post-independent history, although the constitutional changes that it has planned are yet to be formally adopted by Parliament.

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Political manoeuvring emerging triumphant
The UNP has once again learnt a bitter lesson by accommodating smaller parties in their fold and thereby conceding many seats to a peripheral party such as the SLMC. This is not the first time and certainly not the last time as far as the SLMC is concerned, that they would contradict their own position within a space of few weeks.

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NEWS FEATURES

Presidential rule and good governance
No other provision in the 1978 Constitution invites more attention than the highly contentious concept of the Executive Presidency. Introduced by J R Jayewardene’s United National Party (UNP) regime in 1978, it has prevailed for more than 32 years.

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‘156 MPs will vote for 18th amendment’ – Basil Rajapaksa
Economic Development Minister and Senior Presidential Advisor Basil Rajapaksa says that Government is confident of passing the 18th Amendment to the Constitution, providing for the controversial constitutional reforms, with 156 MPs voting in favour.

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JR’s vision to stay
Former President JR Jayewardene, the architect of the present constitution, wished that the system of government that he introduced would go on forever. He introduced the executive presidency to remedy some of ills that he thought plagued Sri Lankan politics like the lack of stability and having too many elections.

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Animal sacrifice:An act of ‘barbarians’
‘A nation’s greatness and moral progress can be judged by the way it treats its animals’ were the words of great leader Mahatma Gandhi, and if that is the case, the question arises where Sri Lanka...

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SPORTS

Bookie claims India-Sri Lanka ODI was fixed
Here’s a lead for the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) Anti-Corruption Unit to probe into. A top bookmaker in India, who strictly maintains that he is not involved in the player-bookie nexus, says the December 15, 2009 India-Sri Lanka One-day match at Rajkot was suspicious.

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Bookie claims India-Sri Lanka ODI was fixed
Here’s a lead for the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) Anti-Corruption Unit to probe into. A top bookmaker in India, who strictly maintains that he is not involved in the player-bookie nexus, says the December 15, 2009 India-Sri Lanka One-day match at Rajkot was suspicious. “Saaf nahi tha (it wasn’t clean),” he told Times of India on Friday.

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Too hot to handle?(Point Blank)
Not for the first time the cricket world is experiencing another match fixing scandal involving bookies. When the scandal first broke out on April 2000 involving South African captain Hansie Cronje, the International Cricket Council (ICC) put into place an Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU) to fight against corruption in sport especially betting on cricket.

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Living Legends - KT Francis
Kandiah Francis or more popularly known as KT Francis is a legend among cricket umpires having served the game for over 40 years in one form or another. Along with Herbie Felsinger (who was featured in this series some time ago) Francis officiated in Sri Lanka’s inaugural Test match against England in February 1982 at the Saravanamuttu Stadium (now renamed P Sara Oval).

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INTERVIEWS

CONSTITUTIONAL FURORE
With threats of showdowns both in and outside parliament over the proposed controversial constitutional changes to be introduced in parliament next week, we posed some crucial questions to both main parties, the UNP and the SLFP. UNP Deputy Leader Karu Jayasuriya, who has come forward as the chief critic of the government on this issue, and External Affairs Minister Prof. G L Peiris, who in addition to being a government minister, is a constitutional expert in his own right answer, our queries.

Excerpts from the interviews with Prof. G L and Karu

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