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Sunday October 10th, 2010


DNA resorts to law courts
The Democratic National Alliance (DNA) will file three court cases tomorrow to save its leader Sarath Fonseka’s seat in parliament, party general secretary Vijitha Herath said last night.

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Dayasiri fires stinker to UNP hierarchy
Sending a strongly worded eight-page letter to UNP general secretary Tissa Attanayake, party firebrand Dayasiri Jayasekara has accused the party hierarchy...

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Ban on maids: Key Saudi talks today
Saudi Arabia is expected to announce a decision today halting the recruitment of Sri Lankan housemaids following a rift...

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Ex-Army chiefs share nostalgia

These ex-Army Commanders can’t be discussing the sorry plight of the cashiered former commander, Sarath Fonseka, now languishing in Welikada prison. The jovial smiles all point to them sharing fond memories of the service they proudly commanded adhering to the rules. The four former army commanders, Lieutenant-General J E D Perera, Lieutenant-General R De S Daluwatte, Lieutenant-General C S Weerasooriya and Lieutenant-General L P Balagalle met yesterday as they attended the Army’s 61st year celebrations at the Army Headquarters

(Pic by Rukshan Abeywansha)

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Spotlight on ‘porn queens’
The Police Women’s and Children’s Bureau (WCB) has collected pornographic pictures and videos of over 360 Sri Lankan women from various websites which are yet to be sorted and catalogued.

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Senior cop grilled over car fraud
A high official of the Minuwangoda Police is facing charges for using a fraudulently assembled motor car with a DPL number plate removed from a vehicle belonging to the...

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UPFA politico wins bail
A prominent UPFA Western Provincial Councillor was enlarged on bail by the Mt Lavinia Magistrate court early this week for allegedly misappropriating a Mercedes Benz car.

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Shivajilingam hints at fresh Tamil alliance
The formation of a another Tamil parties alliance cannot be ruled out in the future, Tamil National Liberation Alliance (TNLA) Leader and former MP M K Shivajilingam said. Several Tamil political parties recently formed the Tamil Political Parties Forum (TPPF) with the intention of voicing the concerns of the Tamil people after the completion of the war.

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Clearing northern minefields: ‘Best-paying job in my village’
Valmathi Jegadas is a different sort of mine clearer to the testosterone-fuelled explosives specialists portrayed in the 2008 Oscar-winning Hollywood hit, The Hurt Locker. A farmer’s wife in northern Sri Lanka, Jegadas, 37, earns $200 a month risking her life, and she admits being scared each time she steps into the minefields that are a legacy of the island’s long and bloody civil war.

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Tiger who led attack on bia meets dew
Prison Reforms Minister, DEW Gunasekara had recently met with the man who led the devastating LTTE attack on the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) in July 2001. The Minister met Kennedy, when he had visited the rehabilitation centre in Omanthai, where the former hardcore LTTE cadres are being rehabilitated/awaiting trial on September 30.

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PS chairman warned
Udunuwara Pradeshiya Sabha president Mohamed Uvais and four others who are being tried in a case of alleged abduction and robbery were warned by Mt Lavinia Additional Magistrate Ruchira Weliwatta on Thursday that they would be re-remanded if they violate their bail conditions.

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Drugs authority warning on ‘illegal cosmetics’
The Cosmetic Devices and Drugs Regulatory Authority has warned the public of certain harmful unregulated Chinese cosmetics and devices that are circulating in the market.
Officials urged consumers to carefully examine the product labels to avoid being harmed by them.
According to the CDDRA, most of these products bear Chinese lettering which makes it difficult for consumers to identify the content of the product or even its expiry date.

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Spouses account for half of HIV among Lankan women
Around 50 percent of HIV infected women in Sri Lanka have contracted the disease from their husbands without their knowledge.
“Most of these husbands are those who have been working abroad and return to the country on a holiday. They then engage in sexual relationships with their partners without protection, and without informing their wives that they have been infected with HIV, thus passing the infection to their...

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POLITICS

Lanka’s general crisis
For the past week, the focus of attention has been the incarceration of Sarath Fonseka, former Army Commander and Chief of Defence Staff and unsuccessful candidate at the January presidential elections this year. With President Mahinda Rajapaksa confirming Fonseka’s jail sentence late last week as one of the first duties he performed after returning from New York where he...

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Govt bids to ward off pro-Fonseka protests
The incarceration of former General Sarath Fonseka is gradually developing into a major crisis with more and more people joining the chorus of protestors.
General Cecil Waidyaratne was the only other Army Commander who was behind bars in Welikada throughout the history of the Sri Lanka Army spanning little over 60 years.

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NEWS FEATURES

‘COSTLY’ BREAD IS FOOD FOR THOUGHT
The recent price increase of a loaf of bread has raised fresh speculations that people would opt for alternative food items. Bread prices have been on the increase for the past many years. But it has not stopped the public from buying it.
Bread has been used by the people for many decades and is still the most popular breakfast item despite the price increase over the years.

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Legislators spar over New York ‘bar visits’
The no-confidence motion against External Affairs Minister G L Peiris and the imprisonment of former army commander Sarath Fonseka, who is also the leader of the DNA, altogether were hyped to create heated arguments and cross-fires in parliamentary sittings this week but in average turned out to be rather unflustered with most parliamentarians not attending the sittings.

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‘Franklin-Ness’ and ‘Mahinda-Ness’: Can we call them birds of a feather?
As a nation, we have participated time and again in what is called an election.
Of course, we all know that those days of determination were preceded by months of campaigning, of platform oratory, debate, and demonstrations.

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Inflation, interest rates and investment
The increasing trend in prices in recent months has once again raised the question as to whether the country faces a reversal in the behaviour of prices. Inflation reached a peak 28.2 per cent in June 2008 and subsided after that to reach the lowest rate of 0.7 per cent in September 2009. Last year’s annual rate of inflation was only 3.4 per cent.

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SPORTS

WC venues host eight West Indies tour games
As stated exclusively in The Nation of August 15, Sri Lanka Cricket has given priority to the three World Cup venues while finalising the tour itinerary for West Indies’ forthcoming tour to Sri Lanka.

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MCC allows umpires to call light
Cricket’s rules have been changed so that umpires will decide whether light is fit for play rather than offer batsman the choice of continuing.
The rule is already a convention in the international game, but will now be standardised across all of the sport.

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Lanka’s dismal performance (Point-Blank)
The seventh International Cricket Council (ICC) awards 2010 was held at Bengalaru (formerly Bangalore) India last Wednesday and from Sri Lanka’s point...

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Kumara has greater heights to soar
Speaking to The Nation prior to his departure to the 19th Commonwealth Games (CWG) in New Delhi, high jump maestro Manjula Kumara Wijesekera said he is confident of his chances at the Games for which he has prepared adequately.

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INTERVIEWS

Our universities must be free of ‘union terror’: SB
Higher Education Minister S B Dissanayake is in an open showdown with unruly JVP-led student unions in the university system that have held virtually the entire student body of many a university hostage.

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JVP using SF ‘to cover its political nudity’
Ours is a political movement committed to providing leadership to patriotic forces of the motherland.

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Anoma misguided by JVP and UNP: Wimal
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The talk of the political rounds these days is former Army Commander Sarath Fonseka.

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President must say sorry to Fonseka: Vijitha
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You seem to be reawakened politically with the imprisonment of former army commander Sarath Fonseka as it provided plenty of slogans.

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What they say about SF’s imprisonment
Former Tiger leaders ‘enjoying privileges’
Ven Maduluwawe Sobhita Thera, Viharadhipati, Naga Viharaya, Kotte: Incarcerating garbed in...

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