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Sunday September 26th, 2010


CID to grill Mangala
Former SLFP strongman and new defector to the UNP Mangala Samaraweera has been summoned to the CID’s notorious Fourth Floor for questioning on Tuesday at 10:30am over the alleged defamatory posters printed at a printing press at Mirihana.

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Alarm over explosives
A survey conducted by a team of experts has revealed that explosives kept at 80 percent of the police stations across the country are not securely stored thus posing a grave threat typical of the Karadiyanaru explosion.

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CM alleges corruption at Batti excise dept
Eastern Province Chief Minister Sivanesathurai Chandrakanthan alleged there was corruption within the Batticaloa Excise Department and called upon Batticaloa tavern owners to pay their due taxes. Speaking to The Nation yesterday, Chandrakanthan said around 400,000 liquor...

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FIRST LADIES MEET...

First Lady Shiranthi Rajapaksa greeting First Lady Michelle Obama during a visit to Stone Barns Centre in Pocantico Hills, New York, as part of a tour hosted by Obama for spouses of heads of government attending the UN General Assembly
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Labour shortage in apparel sector
President Mahinda Rajapaksa, in New York for the UN General Assembly, told The Wall Street Journal that rising labour costs in China present an opportunity for Sri Lanka to attract foreign companies seeking an alternative low-cost manufacturing base.

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Bank officers, driver probed
The bank officers and the driver of the armoured car transporting Rs70 million which was robbed around 1:30am on Friday are still being questioned by the Colombo Crimes Division (CCD), police said yesterday.

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President has extended talks with UN chief
Despite the public acrimony between the UN and Sri Lanka over the appointment of a controversial advisory panel to look into alleged human rights violations during the last phase of the northern war here, Secretary General Ban Ki-moon...

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NEWS

Dredger ‘hijacked’: 7,220 acres of paddy under water
Farmers, who cultivated paddy in a stretch of about 50,000 acres during this Yala season in a section of the Ampara district, have incurred heavy losses in the wake of 7,220 acres, awaiting harvest, going under water.
Nearly 4,200 acres have been totally destroyed, said the farmers,
The affected areas are Kudakarai East, Kudakarai West, Iraiveli, Sevagapattu, Kalmunai veli, Natpiddimunai East, Natpiddimunai West, Panditheevu East, Panditheevu West, Eathala Needakarai, Munavavili East and Munavavili West Kandams

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Fisherman, 52, released in stabbing case
A 52-year-old fisherman from Pamunugama, who had been remanded for stabbing his son and a neighbour, has been released by Wattala Magistrate Priyantha Kotawela who imposed a Rs5,000 fine on him.
The judge made the order on Thursday as the victims did not want to proceed with the case.
Suspect J A Bernard was, however, asked to appear in court on October 24.

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Mangala organises million march in Colombo
The UNP is going ahead with a plan to bring one million people to protest in Colombo on December 8, the third month of passing the controversial 18th amendment.
Former SLFP strongman Mangala Samaraweera, who officially joined the UNP recently, said they would have a delegates conference on Wednesday at the Lanka Jathika Estate Workers Union building, Parliament Drive, Rajagiriya, to work out some of the modalities.

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‘Freer lifestyles’ blamed for rising STD cases
An estimated 100,000 to 200,000 new cases of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) occur in Sri Lanka every year, health sources told The
Nation yesterday. “The number officially reported is only around 10,000. But we strongly believe that the actual numbers may be well over 100,000 and close to 200,000,” Health Education Bureau medical officer Dr Shantha Hettiarachchi said.

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Navy Chief opens ‘Sayuru Rala’
A large number of people are visiting the carnival and exhibition ‘Sayuru Rala’, organised by the Seva Vanitha Unit of the Sri Lanka Navy, now underway at the Ja Ela municipal grounds. Navy Commander Vice Admiral Thisara Samarasinghe opened the show on September 24. Sri Lanka Navy Seva Vanitha Unit president Malathie Samarasinghe and a large number of distinguished guests were also present.

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Batty replies on LSSP issue
Reacting to our last Sunday’s news story headlined ‘Vitarana to survive as LSSP Leader’, former Minister Batty Weerakoon has sent the following response. “The news item in the front page of your Sunday issue dated September 19 with reference to the LSSP has mentioned my name in connection with an alleged attempt to oust Dr Tissa Vitarana from what it mentions as the position of LSSP leader.

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UN Chief briefed on ‘Lessons Learnt’ panel
President Mahinda Rajapaksa has updated UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on the work of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission during talks held in New York.
The talks between President Rajapaksa and the UN chief also focussed on political settlement, reconciliation and accountability.

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POLITICS

New show of support"
The curtain has fallen on the drama surrounding the passage of the 18th amendment to the constitution in parliament and the focus of political activity is now slowly but surely shifting to local government elections, scheduled to be held early next year.
Having secured a two-thirds majority in parliament in the process of enacting the 18th amendment, the ruling United Peoples Freedom Alliance (UPFA) is now intent on letting the juggernaut roll along, crushing any semblance of opposition along its path; hence the decision to hold local government polls without any further delay.

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PRESIDENT BASKS IN GLOBAL LIMELIGHT
The focus this week is on the UN General Assembly in New York where President Mahinda Rajapaksa addressed its main sessions.
President Rajapaksa addressed the main UN sessions as a leader of a country that faced two major calamities in the first decade of the millennium.
Firstly, Sri Lanka though smaller in extent was plagued by a three-decade long terrorist problem unleashed by the most ruthless terrorist outfit in the world, the LTTE.

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NEWS FEATURES

President hails era of peace
The entire focus of our nation, is now on building a lasting peace; healing wounds, ensuring economic prosperity and guaranteeing the rights of the whole nation to live in harmony, President Mahinda Rajapaksa said in his address the UN General Assembly in New York.
“We are pursuing a nation-wide agenda of renewal. Sri Lanka has already returned over 90% of the internally displaced persons to their original villages that were previously riddled with landmines,” he added.

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Economic development lacks the
Big ‘I’

The Big “I” refers to Big Idea and pertains to creating and capitalising on the best options while,
• Assessing the merits of the known business thinking
• Scanning and tracking emerging ideas in the marketplace
• Distinguishing promising ideas from rhetoric
• Refining ideas to suit plausible strategies
• Packaging and selling the idea internally
• Ensuring successful implementation.
Like in all facets of business enterprising, the Big “I” abstract also applies to determining “what works” in Foreign Direct Investment (FDI).

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Till elephants storm Colombo...
Once the symbol of Sri Lanka’s heritage, elephants are now largely considered deadly in most parts of the country, due to the rising manmade human-elephant conflict.
With development activities taking place in most rural areas, elephant habitats as well as elephant corridors are blocked, in order to pave the way for authorised and unauthorised establishments for the increasing population.

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In defence of the CMC…
The Colombo Municipal Council (CMC), the oldest and largest local government authority in the country, has been ailing for quite a while.
Charges of rampant corruption, inefficient mechanism and an employment cadre saturated beyond its limits, are some of the symptoms that this centuries-old body is troubled with.

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SPORTS

India’s superpower image at stake
Extensive work remains to be done on the crisis-hit Delhi Commonwealth Games with barely a week to go, federation chief Mike Fennell said on Saturday, warning of the damage done to India’s image.
While acknowledging that a “massive” effort had been made in recent days to address the multiple problems surrounding the October 3-14 event, Fennell voiced concerns on a wide range of issues including athletes’ safety.

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Gunner Supercross 2010 on October 24
The Gunner Supercross is a prime motor sports event in Sri Lanka. It is the sporting pride of the Regiment of Sri Lanka Artillery. After a lapse of two years, due to its commitment in the humanitarian operations in the North and East, the Regiment proudly organises the fifth Gunner Supercross in Association with Sri Lanka Association of Racing Drivers and Riders (SLARDAR), which is scheduled to be held on Sunday October 24 at the Artillery Complex in Minneriya.

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Let’s stick with inter-club cricket (Point-blank)
How serious are we with inter-provincial cricket? This is a question that needs to be asked following the performance of provincial Twenty20 champs Wayamba in the on-going Champions League Twenty20 tournament in South Africa. They won only one out of four matches (lost three) in their group and returned home with a rather dismal record.

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Saliya Kumara tipped to lead Kandy SC
Saliya Kumara is tipped to lead the most popular rugby club of the country Kandy Sports Club in the coming season.
Leading a popular club for the first time could be one of the toughest assignments on the rugby field for Kumara. With years of experience he is sure to do a good job with a star-studded side.
In the field of rugger, he had experience of going through various difficulties from his schooldays, but everything turned out for his good and for his own improvement of skill and technique, after joining Kandy SC.

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INTERVIEWS

‘We’re fighting for Fonseka, locally and internationally’
United National Party (UNP) assistant secretary Dr Jayalath Jayawardana, well known for undertaking charitable work among all communities and religions, under the glare of publicity, has now taken on the task of taking up the case of cashiered General Sarath Fonseka before the Inter Parliamentary Union (IPU) sessions in Geneva on October 2. He answered some pertinent questions pertaining to Fonseka’s case, and the public acrimony that has developed between JVP-dominated and

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JVP has lost faith in UNP, says Vijitha
DNA Gampaha District MP and former Cultural Affairs and National Heritage Minister Vijitha Herath says, there no longer exists the possibility of forming a joint opposition to take on the government, as they cannot rely on the UNP, because they have lost trust in them in the light of what happened recently.
However, he holds the hope of working with them in tackling anti-democratic measures of the government.
Q:
In the aftermath of the passing of the controversial 18th Amendment, fresh acrimony has surfaced between the DNA and the UNP and vice versa. How do you propose to build a united opposition once again to take on the powerful government?

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