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Sunday October 3rd, 2010


UNP ‘rebels’ warn of massive showdown
Parliamentarian Kabir Hashim who came forward as the honest broker to mediate in the UNP crisis stepped aside this week claiming an interim solution...

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Bread to cost more
The price of a loaf of bread could go up by two to five rupees over the coming week. All Ceylon Bakery Owners Association chairman N K Jayawardane said the exact price...

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DNA plans major protest campaign
The Democratic National Alliance has planned to mount a series of countrywide campaigns to protest...

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Rallying for a war hero

A foreigner was among hundreds of protesters who staged a demonstration in Kadawatha yesterday in support of imprisoned former Army Commander Sarath Fonseka

 (Pic by Ravindra Dharmatillake)

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Gene test to decide dad of 14-year-old mother’s baby
The Colombo Hulftsdorp Main Magistrate’s court had ordered a DNA test on two men to find out who fathered the baby of a 14-year-old mother at the Castle Street Hospital.

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‘Shoplifting’ film star caught
A well-known film and teledrama actress, who was produced before the Colombo Chief Magistrate last Friday by the Cinnamon Gardens Police, in connection with an incident of...

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MR to chair Trinco talks
President Mahinda Rajapaksa is expected to take part in the Trincomalee District Development meeting (DDM) tomorrow (4).

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NEWS

FLOOD MISERY FOR FAMILIES
We don’t even have place to sit and read a book. This year I am sitting for my O/L examination. We live in a place which is like a tent and even our clothes cannot be kept dry when it starts raining,” says D K Surekha with tearful eyes, as she describes the hardships of her family.

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More ‘efforts needed to dismantle Tiger network’
The government is yet to make substantial efforts to dismantle the LTTE’s international network, security analyst Prof Rohan Gunaratne said.
Prof Gunaratne made these observations while giving evidence at the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) at the...

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Tamil parties upset over Tissa remarks
The Tamil parties in Sri Lanka have slammed the opposition United National Party (UNP) for backtracking on the issue of finding a political solution to the Tamil question.
In an interview with the Sinhalese service of the BBC on Tuesday, UNP general secretary Tissa Attanayake said that after the defeat of the LTTE, the people of Sri Lanka should work for the economic...

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SWAMINATHAN ‘UNDECIDED’
A final decision on his appointment to the Parliamentary Council is to be taken after receiving the official letter from the Speaker’s office, UNP National List MP D M Swaminathan said. Swaminathan told The Nation that though his name had been nominated for the council, he was yet to receive the letter from the Speaker on the matter.

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School admission appeals till 15th
The temporary lists of Grade 1 admissions for government schools are now on display on respective school notice boards.
Objections and appeals with regard to these admissions can be submitted until October 15.

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Counterfeit cosmetics seized in raid on Pettah retailers
The Cosmetic Devices and Drug Regulatory Authority (CDDRA) seized more than 1,000 packages of counterfeit cosmetic products from seven retailers in the Pettah area throughout this week.
According to a senior CDDRA official, these counterfeit goods were made to look like the original products which are registered at CDDRA.

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Sampur power plant deal awaits AG’s clearance
The much-delayed agreements on the 1,000 MW Sampur coal power plant and the Indo-Lanka under-sea cable are to be concluded in the very future, once green light is given by the attorney-general.

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POLITICS

Courting trouble…
The major event that unfolded this week was the confirmation of the prison sentence imposed on former Army Commander and General, Sarath Fonseka, by President Mahinda Rajapaksa who had just returned from New York where he addressed the UN General Assembly.
Fonseka, who contested Rajapaksa for the Presidency late last year, was escorted to the Welikada prison on Thursday night where the authorities managed to evade the crowds that had gathered by the main gate by using a different entrance.

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Fresh move to stop intra-party rivalries
The government announced last week that it intends to amend the Local Government Election Act to introduce sweeping changes to the existing system.
It appears that the main objective behind the move is to eliminate intra-party rivalries among candidates and possible internecine feuds among them.

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NEWS FEATURES

Consumers in soup as poultry prices bite...
Probably the cheapest form of protein available to man, eggs are an essential part of our daily consumption -- be it fried or in other food items like cake or hoppers we find eggs in almost everything we eat.
Egg prices have climbed drastically going from five to 15 rupees in recent times, depriving the people of cheap access to the protein nutrient.

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PRESERVING OUR RICH PAST
When the Portuguese arrived in our island in 1505/6 overtly to procure spices for which this paradise island was famed throughout the world, they not only bought and exported our spices, but took away with them much of our cultural heritage mostly in the form of artefacts. The fact that these artefacts had been designed and fashioned by indigenous craftsmen whose talents had been inherited from their forefathers from the time of our ancient Sinhala kings and queens, mattered little to our foreign masters.

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Gota outlines path to economic freedom
Two years ago, Sri Lankans still had a doubt deep down their mind whether the government could defeat the world’s most ruthless terrorists outfit LTTE given the history of previous Eelam wars where all the successive governments gave into either the LTTE’s tactics or international pressure.

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SPORTS

Murali returns for Aussie tour
Sri Lanka’s champion spinner Muthiah Muralitharan who retired from Test cricket three months ago has been named in Sri Lanka’s 16-member squad for a short tour of Australia from October 22 to November 7. The 38-year-old spinner who ended his career after the first Test against India at Galle in July by becoming the first bowler to capture 800 Test wickets is expected to play a leading role in Sri Lanka’s build up towards the 2011 World Cup which will be held in the subcontinent from February.

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Three new records on penultimate day
Three new meet records were set up during the fourth day of the All Island Schools Sports Festival which continued amidst constant rain at the Sugathadasa Stadium yesterday. According to officials of the Sri Lanka Schools Athletics Association who conducts the event, Western Province top list at the end of the fourth day with an assailing 600 points.

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Tour Down Under – a test of character (Point-Blank)
Sri Lankan selectors headed by former batting great Aravinda de Silva have named a 16-member squad to Australia to play in a series of three one-day internationals starting next month.

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Disabled powerlifter confident of a medal
Sandun Wasana Perera is the most experienced disabled powerlifter among the six disabled participants taking part at the 19th Commonwealth Games in New Delhi from October 3. The other five disabled participants will be making their debut at the Games.

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INTERVIEWS

CEB targets a bright future
Power and Energy Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka was given the task of revamping the Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) from its position of being a burden to the national economy to a profitable institution when he took office after the general election last April. In an earlier interview as soon as he took office, Ranawaka expressed his objectives to The Nation.

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INTERIM SOLUTION ACCEPTABLE TO ALL: Kabir Hashim
UNP Parliamentarian Kabir Hashim who came forward as the mediator in the party leadership dispute, while admitting failure to come up with a final solution in 10 days as set out earlier, says they have achieved an interim solution, whereby everyone is now thinking on one track till the reforms are adopted into the party constitution at the national convention in November

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