Sunday October 17th, 2010
cases ‘stuck in system’
More than 17,000 productions pertaining to narcotic
cases are reportedly piled up at the Government
Analyst’s Department waiting to be analysed, causing
a massive backlog in the judicial system.
According to sources, these evidence seized during
various raids and arrests made by law enforcement
agencies including the Police, Customs Department
and Excise Department were forwarded by the courts
to the Analyst’s Department for its expert opinion.
Gang nabbed with
The Colombo Crimes Division on Thursday made a major
breakthrough into a gang, believed to be led by a
serving army officer, that had been extorting money
from wealthy Tamil businessmen, when CCD detectives
waiting in ambush at a private hospital caught at
least three of its members when they came to collect
a ransom of Rs 50 million from a leading Sea Street
jeweller, sources said.
Out of five gangsters who came to
golden boy of boxing Manju
Wanniarachchi, who won gold at the
Commonwealth Games in Delhi, is greeted
by his mother Shayama on arrival at the
Bandaranaike International Airport on
Friday. Wanniarachchi became the first
Sri Lankan boxer in 72 years to win a
Commonwealth Gold medal.
(Pic by Ishara Kodikara)
host ‘Lankan Pentagon’
With the government successfully maintaining
security and peace in the country for more than a
year after its military victory over the LTTE,
defence authorities are now considering building a
Pentagon type establishment at a Colombo suburb,
defence sources said.
Under this proposal, the government is planning to
build the establishment to house the key defence
elements including the headquarters of the Army,
Navy and Air Force at a land in Pelawatta,
Battaramulla opposite the present army Volunteer
Ranil to visit
Opposition and United National Party (UNP) leader Ranil
Wickremesinghe will leave for a tour of Europe today.
UNP sources said Wickremesinghe would meet British Prime
Minister David Cameron and Foreign Secretary William
According to the sources, Wickremesinghe is also
scheduled to meet the Tory leaders in the UK.
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foreign rights groups’ claims
The independence and impartiality of the Lessons Learnt
and Reconciliation Commission in all fairness must be
judged by the performance of the commission and not on
the basis of pre-conceived notions, LLRC secretary S B
In a letter sent responding to three INGOs following
their refusal of the invitation sent by the commission
to give evidence before it the secretary also said that:
“The commission notes with greater regret, the indirect
aspersions you have cast on hundreds of fellow citizens
who were the victims of this conflict and several
responsible civil society organisations of our country,
who have already made representations before the
The International Crisis Group, Human Rights Watch and
‘has no plans to quit politics’
Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Parliamentary group leader
R Sampanthan dismissed reports that he would step down
It was reported that Sampanthan would quit politics,
citing ill health.
“Anyone can speculate. All these are speculations,”
Sampanthan told The Nation.
Key talks in North
President Mahinda Rajapaksa will chair the development
meeting of the Northern Province in Vavuniya this week.
Vavuniya District Secretary, P S M Charles told The
Nation that the meeting would be held on October 19 at
the Vavuniya District Secretariat.
She said the District Secretaries of all five districts
in the province would take part in the talks.
Nationalism may undo trinco
Are ultra nationalist types in the government not in
favour of going ahead with the joint venture with the
Indian Thermal Power Corporation and the CEB to build
the country’s second coal power plant in Trincomalee?
Their apparent fear about Indians having 50 percent
control of a public utility has got them asking
questions as to why we cannot own it entirely as in the
case of the country’s first coal power plant at
Norichcholai being built by the Chinese on a loan
provided by the ExIm Bank of China.
mother’s ordeal ends in Malaysia
The search for two missing children and father
turned fugitive has come to an end for Faika Fathima
who left for Malaysia over two weeks ago to trace
The Malaysian national police led by its Interpol
division arrested the estranged father on Thursday
night (14) and were able to take the two children to
safety, according to their maternal grandmother.
Faika’s mother told The Nation that she received
word from Malaysia that Faika is reunited with her
two children and are expected to return to Sri Lanka
next week after the nine-month ordeal.
“I was told the children are in safe hands and
Faika’s husband has been taken into custody, which
is a relief to all of us, its our only wish that
Faika and the two children be returned to Sri Lanka
safely,” said the mother who was reluctant to
divulge her name out of fear.
Faika Fathima, a Sri Lankan national, left to
Malaysia two weeks ago to trace her two children
aged seven and 12 who were forcibly taken to
Malaysia by her estranged husband.
rising breast cancer cases
Breast cancer, the commonest female cancer in Sri Lanka,
has surged over the past decade to an alarming level.
“The number of patients has increased considerably from
1985 when breast cancer accounted for only 6.9% of all
cancers to its present percentage, with most of the
victims being women who are 55 years and above”, a group
of cancer specialists told the media at a seminar
organiිed by the Health Education Bureau.
Economy on the upswing amid
After a 30-year civil war that virtually crippled the country’s
economy, Sri Lanka is showing a gradual but a firm commitment towards
These were the sentiments expressed in many forums here and overseas
over Sri Lanka’s economic prospects for the next couple of years.
The US is impressed and optimistic over Sri Lanka’s economic growth, but
emphasised that there is ample room for political reconciliation, which
is the key for a resilient economy.
US Assistant Trade Representative for Central and South Asia Michael
Delany expressed these views addressing the Breakfast Meeting organised
by the American Chamber of Commerce in Colombo.
TRADE PERFORMANCE VITAL FOR
RAPID ECONOMIC EXPANSION
The vicissitudes of trade will always have a serious
bearing on the economic fortunes of the country.
This has been so in the last six decades after
In some years, and at times for a period of several
years, the country faced severe hardships when
import prices rose sharply and export prices did not
rise as fast or even fell.
The prices of exports relative to the price of
imports or the terms of trade has been, is and will be
an important factor ..
When poverty-producers propose
This is the month dedicated to ‘saving’. This is
the month when all banks run ad campaigns urging
people to save money. Banks need savings because
banks need to sell all kinds of loan products. A
nation needs savings because a nation has to invest
money in various spheres in order to create jobs,
generate income etc. People need to save money
because people are fragile and frequently find
themselves in cash-strapped situations. We are told
that it is good to save for a rainy day, but no one
tells us that we are in a year-long monsoon when it
comes to financial needs.
people’s immediate needs as calls grow for unity
TAMIL PARTIES MULL OVER
The post-war political environment has brought
many Tamil political parties together, leaving their
political differences aside, to assist the
war-affected people and address the immediate needs
of those who have been resettled.
Tamil political leaders in the recent past have
shown great interest in working together towards the
betterment of the Tamil people and to address the
issues faced by those who were affected due to the
of ‘child mums’
In a relatively conservative society like Sri Lanka, a
14-year-old or a 12-year-old girl giving birth to
another child can still make front page news in national
newspapers. It is considered a social taboo but the fact
remains that more than 1,000 teenage pregnancies had
been reported in previous years.
In past three weeks alone, there were four cases being
reported in the media of teenage mothers giving birth
and the father turned out to be one of their own family
members -- it is the elder brother in some instances.
No matter what part of the world it is, industry
development initiatives are aimed at increasing the
internal and external competitiveness of a nation’s
business environment to spawn wealth, create jobs and
promote the nation as an attractive place to invest and
do business in a free-market economy.
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Lanka in image
building process leaves for Down Under today
Aussie tour will highlight small
weaknesses - Sangakkara
In the past few weeks or so some members
of Kumar Sangakkara’s team have been accused of
match-fixing and also misbehaving during cricket
tours abroad and the image of the side has been
tarnished to some extent.
With the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup looming it is
not the kind of publicity or accusation the team
would want when their focus is on the mega event.
Sangakkara told The Nation that the players have to
be responsible as individuals not to do anything
that harms the group and also the reputation of Sri
Lanka as a country. “Skill alone is not going to
make you a great cricketer,” he said.
Athletics needs another Anthony
The most important athletics event right up to the late
sixties was the Public Schools Meet organised by the
Schools Athletics Association under the patronage of the
Ceylon Amateur Athletics Association (AAA). Although it
was a meet meant for schools to select their champions
for that year it was more important than the national
meet conducted by the AAA. That should not in any way
undermine the cause that the nationals served our
athletics. But at that time there was a progressive
system in school athletics where future athletes came
into the national ranks. An athlete who won at the
Public Schools Meet was guaranteed his place as ...
Sanga opens out
Skipper Kumar Sangakkara believes the kind of energy,
enthusiasm and never-say-die attitude that spin legend
Muthiah Muralitharan brings to the team are vital
ingredients if Sri Lanka is to make an impact at the
2011 World Cup. Muralitharan retired from Test cricket
as the game’s highest wicket-taker but is available for
the 2011 World Cup and Twenty20 matches. He has been
included for the short tour of Australia where Sri Lanka
is due to play three one-day internationals in addition
to a one-off Twenty20 international.
Congrats Manju, but no politics
Boxer Manju Wanniarachchi is the man of the moment. He
fully deserves all the accolades that are being showered
upon him by the media and by all and sundry. It is an
occasion worth celebrating because Wanniarachchi has, by
winning a Gold medal in boxing at the 19th Commonwealth
Games at New Delhi, revived a sport in the country which
has been dying for want of an icon to project its image
and draw the attention of young pugilists. Wanniarachchi
has shown that with determination, hard work,
South Africa wins despite
BLOEMFONTEIN, (AFP) - Hashim Amla and debutant Colin
Ingram eased their way to centuries to set up a 64-run
win for South Africa in the first one-day international
against Zimbabwe in Bloemfontein on Friday.
Amla hit 110 and Ingram 124 as South Africa made 351 for
six after winning the toss and taking advantage of a
good batting pitch at the Oval.
‘Eighty per cent of my
constituents wants me to join ruling alliance’
Chief opposition whip praises govt
There was a strong rumour in the political
circles in the recent past that UNP stalwart John
Amaratunga, who is also the chief opposition whip,
was planning to cross over to the government.
The rumour acquired wings when it came to be known
that Amaratunga had been listed as a member of the
Sri Lankan government delegation to the UN General
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