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Sunday September 19th, 2010


UNP peace bid picks up again
The two factions of the United National Party (UNP) met at the Colombo residence of party stalwart Kabir Hashim yesterday in the latest attempt at resolving the...

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China to probe tragedy
Sri Lanka is willing to co-operate with China in any inquiry into Friday’s massive explosion at Karadiyanaru, the Foreign Ministry said yesterday.

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The price of fame...
The man, who on Wednesday caused a stir by climbing up a 62-foot metal structure near the Viharamahdevi Park demanding to see the President, has in the process exposed his criminal past...

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Discussing future strategy

UNP leadership hopeful Sajith Premadasa is engaged in a conversation with Kurunegala District MP Dayasiri Jayasekera at an event titled ‘Grand Old Party’ last Friday. The event was organised by the Independent Professionals’ Forum and was held at Solis Hall, Kotte. Members from both factions attended the event

(Pic by Rukshan Abeywansha)

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Athauda moves to end law’s delays
Justice Minister Athauda Seneviratne arranged a special meeting of relevant stake-holders for the first time on Friday to discuss the smooth functioning of the justice system.
The Chief Justice, officials from the Attorney General’s Department, the Police Department, the Government Analyst’s Department and the Judicial Service Commission...

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Sapugaskanda project cost soars to Rs 244bn
The Inter Ministerial Committee discussing the interim report on the feasibility study of the Sapugaskanda Refinery Expansion and Modernisation (SOREM) Project has indicated that the project cost, which soared close to nearly a quarter trillion rupees or Rs. 244.2bn, was not within the...

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Vitarana to survive as LSSP leader
Lack of an alternate person suitable to take over party leadership has given hopes to LSSP leader Dr Tissa Vitarana who was facing the threat of being ousted on the ground he voted for the controversial eighteenth amendment in parliament disregarding party’s opposition, political sources said.

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Top Canada court frees four illegal migrants
A federal court in Canada ordered the release of four women from among about 500 Sri Lankan Tamil migrants who sought refugee status after making a sensational arrival in West coast of Canada on board a run- down cargo ship on August 13, media reports said yesterday.

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Galle mayor overcomes trader nightmare
The Galle Municpality this week overcame a nightmare in finding alternate premises for traders ousted during the demolition of the dilapidated Galle bus stand and its surroundings for modernisation.
A nightmarish scenario was enacted when a group of traders who were earlier relocated to Dadalla, when their stalls situated at the public fair ground were washed away in the 2004 tsunami disaster...

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CEB opens ‘e-City Centre’ in Colombo
Power and Energy Minister Champika Ranawaka has launched the first of the proposed countrywide CEB Super Services Centre series, `e-City Centre’ at No 240, High Level Road, Colombo 6. “These centres are to be established as part of our programme to widen our consumer services network,” a CEB spokesman said.

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CMC files 267 cases against unhygienic hotels in city
The Colombo Municipal Council (CMC) will file legal cases against 267 hotels and restaurants in the city next week, for operating under unhygienic conditions.
According to its Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Pradeep Kariyawasam, they have raided over 687 hotels and restaurants within the municipality during the past few weeks.

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Shame on leco
While many people in the Galle area paid homage to one of their heroes, D J Wimalasurendra, who pioneered the introduction of Hydro Power to Sri Lanka, on his 136th birth anniversary on Friday, his modern day disciples in the power sector literally sabotaged the day by ensuring a power cut in his home town.

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Displaced HSZ civilians to be resettled next week
Civilians displaced from High Security Zone (HSZ) in Valikamam will be resettled next week, Jaffna Government Agent (GA) Imelda Sukumar said. The decision was taken at the District Development Meeting (DDM) held on September 15 at the Jaffna District Secretariat.

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BTI only a supplementary control measure
The long-awaited BTI which has now arrived in the country is only a supplementary control measure against the spread of dengue.
The most effective method of prevention is to eliminate or drastically reduce the number of mosquito breeding sites.

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POLITICS

Ranil unfazed by threats
The much talked of 18th amendment to the Constitution may have entered the statute books with a fair share of drama but the full impact of its negative fallout for the opposition, especially the United National Party (UNP) became evident last week. In the final analysis, the 18th amendment was as disastrous to the UNP as the 2007 cross-over of 17 MPs to the government who were led by Karu Jayasuriya who has since then returned to the party.

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Dissident MPs seek a rosy future for UNP
The main opposition United National Party (UNP) is on the horns of a dilemma, over the proposed reforms to invigorate the party.
The demand of the most prominent party men and Parliamentarians is that, the party, after several bouts of defeats, should explore ways and means to effect structural changes from head to toe.

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NEWS FEATURES


NEGLIGENCE FEARED
Bomb blasts, civil casualties or explosions are not completely alien to Sri Lanka which fought a nearly three decade long war against the most ruthless terrorist organisation in the world, LTTE.
Yet ever since the May 19, 2009 the day the country saw an end to LTTE terrorism, Sri Lankan government as well the military forces along with police were able to maintain remarkably peaceful and safe environment.

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Agony as crossfire kills boy, 7
Sudil Nilupul was preparing to celebrate his seventh birthday which ideally would have fallen this Sunday; and not even once it crossed his mind or his parents’ that their visit to Beruwala town last Wednesday morning (September 15) would end an innocent life by an irresponsible bullet.

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FIGHTING THE ‘CLASS’ WAR
Receiving education is of fundamental importance today and in a country like Sri Lanka where free education prevails, an outsider might actually think that receiving primary education is a luxury that any citizen can afford. When a child becomes of age to receive primary education, the parents have to enter the child to a school but entry to grade one has become a battle which every parent has to fight using wealth, power and influence.

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Protester unveils his ‘tall claims’
The buzz around the city last week was about a man who climbed a hoarding post at Viharamahadevi Park, demanding to hear personally from President Mahinda Rajapaksa or a member of his family.
This was a first time in Sri Lanka, a country where protests are as common and habitual as breathing.

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SPORTS

Sri Lanka gears up for World Cup
Sri Lanka gears up for World Cup By Sa’adi Thawfeeq Sri Lanka’s 2011 World Cup preparations have been intensified by the tournament committee rescheduling their tournaments for the 2010-11 domestic season to give our cricketers the maximum exposure and practice ahead of the mega event.

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Pitch not to blame for low scores says chief curator
Sri Lanka Cricket’s head curator Anuruddha Polonowita said the newly laid turf pitch at one of Sri Lanka’s newest international cricket venues Sooriyawewa in Hambantota was not to blame for the low scores in the first 4-day unofficial test between Sri Lanka ‘A’ and Pakistan ‘A’.

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Have they done enough to warrant selection?
Three discards from the Sri Lanka team made themselves available to play in the 2010 English county cricket season which is now in its final stages. Two of the cricketers opening bat Sanath Jayasuriya and left-arm fast bowler Chaminda Vaas, having retired from Test cricket...

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19th Commonwealth Games in New Delhi
Experienced weightlifter Chinthana Geethal Vithanage will lead the Sri Lanka team to the 19th Commonwealth Games which is scheduled to be held from October 3 to 14 in New Delhi. Vithanage will represent his country in the 69kg category and is a strong medal prospect.

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INTERVIEWS

Mangala defends Ranil, promises Dec 8 showdown
United National Party’s (UNP) recent prize catch and former SLFP heavyweight Mangala Samaraweera, who has just been entrusted the task of helping out with the UNP’s publicity, defends his besieged leader Ranil Wickremesinghe. Mangala insists that, at grassroot level, UNPers are still with Ranil, and they only want unity within the party.

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Sajith wants ‘all or nothing’
The chief contender for UNP leadership, Sajith Premadasa, now says there is no room for compromise solutions to the party crisis, such as elevating incumbent leader Ranil Wickremesinghe to a position of senior leader, and is demanding full implementation of reforms beyond what has already been adopted by the party Working Committee.

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UNP leadership has become a complete joke: Upul Jayasuriya
Upul Jayasinghe, general secretary of the National Lawyers Association, an affiliated body of UNP, who voiced his concerns over the party’s present leadership a few months ago, is of the opinion that the party will not survive any longer unless the party members unite and oust leader Ranil Wickremesinghe physically

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