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Sunday September 12th, 2010


Major split in left combine
A major split has arisen in the left parties combine of the governing coalition, the Socialist People’s Front after its MPs voted for the 18th amendment to the constitution disregarding serious opposition from their parties

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Southern UNPers to challenge Ranil
A group of dissident UNP Provincial Council members and organisers from the Southern Province will hold a protest meeting in Galle Town Hall this week where they will unveil 27 allegations against the current party leadership. This is to be followed by a massive protest campaign and ‘Satayagraha’ opposite party headquarters Sirikotha later in the week.

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BUDDIES AFTER VOTE

Parliamenarians Sajin Vaas Gunewardene and J Sriranga seem to be texting some urgent messages as they walk out of the chambers, accompanied by Hambantota MP Namal Rajapaksa, after the House approved the 18th amendment with a two-third majority. Sriranga voted for the bill along with a group of UNP dissidents and SLMC MPs
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Karuna seeks united voice for Tamils
Deputy Resettlement Minister and SLFP vice-president Vinayagamurthi Muralitharan alias Karuna called on all Tamil political parties to unite for the betterment of the people.
“There is no point in them being divided. It is not a healthy sign. They could oppose the government, or join the government. But, the main thing is that they should unite and look at finding a solution...

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Rebel MP calls for ban on TNA
Digamadulla district Tamil National Alliance (TNA) MP Podiappuhami Piyasena lashed out against the party and said it should be banned.
He alleged that the TNA MPs were not concerned about the welfare of the people.

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NEWS

Musharraf eyes presidency
Pakistan’s former president Pervez Musharraf has vowed to return to politics in a bid to restore the country’s self-confidence and thinks he could become president again.
The retired army general said he would form a new political party and stand for parliament at the next general election in 2013. Musharraf, 67, said he would return to Pakistan before then and acknowledged that doing so would be risking his life.

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Cabinet posts for Hakeem, Cader and Lakshman?
Three of the 17 opposition members, who supported the 18th Amendment, are tipped to receive ministerial portfolios in the new Cabinet expected to be sworn in November, sources told The Nation last night.
Three other crossovers are to be appointed Deputy Ministers, the sources added.

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Five-rupee theft case renews debate on child rights battle
Law-enforcement authorities came under criticism this week over concerns that a youngster was treated like a criminal.
Following the incident where the 13-year-old girl was released on Rs100,000 personal bail for allegedly stealing five rupees, sociologist and former National Child Protection Authority (NCPA) director Jagath Wellawatte said, though the method of the parties involved were questionable, it was clear that they were acting with the best interest of the child at heart.

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Sailor, 22, dies in freak accident
A 22-year-old sailor, attached to the Welisara Navy Camp, died in a freak accident on Thursday.
The tragedy happened while the navy man was loading a vehicle along with others.
He had been working at the stores section since passing out from China Bay naval base in Trincomalee about eight months ago, “The victim was literally crushed after being trapped between the vehicle and a 12-foot wall,” said a witnesss.

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Snatch thieves caught
Two snatch thieves were caught while in the act of trying to pawn a gold chain valued at Rs. 65, 000 to a well-known pawning centre in Orroppuwatta, Galle on Tuesday (7).
The chain had been snatched from the manageress of Denegama Co-operative Society in Hakmana, a few days earlier.
According to IP Sarath Mendis of SPCIB, these men led by the main suspect Pradeep Kumara Jayawardena 28 of Kadawatha had robbed a Discovery type motor cycle CT 9414, a year ago from Boralesgamuwa and used it as their getaway vehicle during the chain snatchings.

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Student burglars nabbed
Two schoolchildren in Akmeemana, who burgled their principal’s office and stole a CPU worth Rs22,500 have been nabbed along with the ‘fence’.
The students allegedly committed the heist after entering the office through the roof last Sunday night, according to Akmeemana Police.
Police said the two boys, aged 15 and 16, went to the house of another man with the stolen material but were arrested after a suspicious villager tipped off police.

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Editors condemn Mervyn statement
The Editors’ Guild of Sri Lanka has in a statement condemned the recent statement made by Deputy Minister Mervyn Silva reprimanding the journalists who are critical of him.
Following is the full text of the statement issued under the signature of the guild’s president, Manik de Silva.
“The Editors’ Guild of Sri Lanka unreservedly condemns the statement made recently by reinstated Deputy Minister Mervyn...

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POLITICS

Bitter lessons for UNP
It was a week of political drama and deception but in the final analysis, there were no surprises.
The ruling United Peoples’ Freedom Alliance (UPFA) ensured the passage of the 18th Amendment to the Constitution, ultimately with relative ease.
It was an anti-climactic end that saw the opposition yielding to the inevitable with a minimum of resistance.
The impact of the 18th Amendment on governance and democracy has been debated over the past few weeks in ample measure.

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Executive proves his mettle against gullible opposition
Wednesday last would go down in the annals of Sri Lankan history as a red-letter day as parliament sans the main opposition UNP voted in the controversial 18th amendment to the constitution.
The nonchalant President Mahinda Rajapaksa was keeping tabs on the proceedings in parliament as the 18th amendment became law, with an overwhelming majority despite protests by the opposition, on the road leading to the parliamentary complex.
The 18th amendment to the constitution bestowed upon the incumbent of the Executive, sweeping powers without any hindrance, hitherto exercised by the President only on the recommendations of the Constitutional Council.

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NEWS FEATURES

Military rebuilding lives of war victims
The military was in constant contact with the government officials who were in the Wanni until the final stages of the battle, Army Commander Lt. Gen. Jagath Jayasuriya said.
He made this statement while giving evidence at the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) on Wednesday (8) at the Lakshman Kadirgamar Institute of International Relations and Strategic Studies (LKIIRSS).

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Prince Mahinda emulating King Junius – Where’s the fuss?
The passing of the 18th Amendment to the Constitution with an easy two thirds majority was a landmark vote of confidence in President Mahinda Rajapaksa and his team.
The President, who was given a standing ovation when he entered the Cabinet Room soon after the vote in parliament, told his colleagues that it was he who should be applauding his Ministers for the hard work they had put in.

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Banking on gold mystery
Parliamentary sittings this week were of historic and historical moments as it saw the controversial 18th Amendment to the 1978 Constitution becoming a law of this country which some sections of society described as hammering the final nail to the coffin of democracy while another section saw it as a step taken forward to strengthen democracy.
On Tuesday (7), when the parliamentary sessions started Prime Minister D M Jayaratne presented the bill on behalf of the government shortly after Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa communicated the Supreme Court ruling to the House in this regard.

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Stable govt is indispensable: Basil
Following is the text of the speech made in Parliament by Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa on the 18th Amendment to the Constitution.
Today is a historic day in the annals of our country because it is a great achievement for a country or a political party to be able to command a two-third majority in its national legislature.

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SPORTS

Will Sri Lanka replace Pakistan on NZ tour ?
New Zealand Cricket (NZC) is exploring the possibility of replacing Pakistan with Sri Lanka during their forthcoming summer in 2010-11.
At present as the current international schedule stands Pakistan are due to make a tour of New Zealand from December to February and the tour itinerary includes two Tests, 6 One-Day Internationals and 3 Twenty20 Internationals.

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Tainted Asif might take political asylum in Britain
Fearing a violent backlash in Pakistan for his alleged involvement in the spot-fixing scandal, pacer Mohammad Asif is considering taking political asylum in Britain.
According to a report in ‘The Daily Telegraph’, Asif, who is currently in England for investigations into the scam exposed by a British tabloid, had a 35-minute meeting with an immigration lawyer last Friday.

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Lanka’s focus should be on World Cup (Point-Blank)
Sri Lanka should not lose focus on the 2011 World Cup by the off-field events that are currently taking place. There are baseless allegations being cast at some of the key players who will make the final 15 squad for the mega event. It is unfortunate that three Pakistan cricketers have been accused of spot-fixing and suspended by the ICC from playing until investigations into the allegations are complete. Just because the players of one country have been exposed to some...

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Oh my God!!! What an awesome match
She has once again proven that she is the best female tennis player in Sri Lanka as 18-year-old Amritha Muthiah won a triple crown in the recently concluded senior nationals. She came back very strongly in the senior nationals after being defeated in the under-18 tournament. The Nation caught up with Amritha who was relaxing after finishing her Advanced Level examination.

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INTERVIEWS

New amendment ‘makes President more humane’
The most hotly-debated topic in political circles today is the 18th Amendment to the Constitution which was passed in Parliament on Wednesday with 161 members voting for it. SLFP general secretary Maithripala Sirisena, who is also a senior cabinet minister, meets the criticism against the Amendment in an interview with The Nation.

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Marcos-type ‘despotic family regime on way’
Q: On what basis you decided the 18th Amendment is dangerous to country’s democracy?
The 18th Amendment would build a Marcos-type of a despotic family regime and would annul independent commissions that would be a hindrance to the despotic path.
The progressive masses in the country need not be disappointed regarding the adoption of the 18th Amendment as it does not represent the true majority of the masses in the country and the two-third majority is made...

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People ‘will benefit if TNA joins govt’
The majority of the people in the East would not support the North and East merger, former LTTE Eastern Commander, who is currently the Deputy Resettlement Minister and Sri Lanka Freedom Party vice-president Vinayagamurthi Muralitharan said. In an interview with The
Nation, he called upon Tamil parties to unite for the betterment of the people who had suffered during the war.

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