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Sunday October 24th, 2010


TNA goes to court over poll reforms
The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) will challenge the proposed Local Authorities Bill in court this week. The TNA has from the outset opposed the proposed bill.

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President to discuss amendments
President Mahinda Rajapaksa has agreed to discuss amendments to the Local Authority (Amendment) Bill, secretary All Island Pradeshiya Sabha Association, Nimal Jayawardene said.

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Mutur blast kills child, injures four
Eight-year-old Mohideen Surfan was killed yesterday in an accidental blast that occurred at Wattama, Mutur.
Police said the boy succumbed to his injuries after being admitted to the Trincomalee General Hospital...

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SPEAKER’S tales

UNP Deputy Leader Karu Jayasuriya was a study in concentration as he patiently listens to Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa probably giving his assessment of what needs to be done to settle the acrimony in the Grand Old Party. They were among the distinguished guests who attended the 16th death anniversary commemoration of the late Gamini Dissanayake yesterday at the site of his statue at Ananda Coomaraswamy Mawatha, Colombo 7

(Pic By Rukshan Abeywansha)

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Leaked US documents show ‘truth on Iraq’
WikiLeaks’ founder Julian Assange said hundreds of thousands of classified US military documents leaked by the website showed the ‘truth’ on the Iraq war.

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SriLankan puts the cart before the horse...
The national carrier, SriLankan, which has been adding new aircraft and new destinations with much fanfare in recent weeks has apparently done so without proper planning and...

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Schools face clamp over fizzy drinks
A special plan is to be implemented to restrict the sale of carbonated drinks inside schools, acting Health Minister Mahinda Amaraweera announced.

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NEWS

Anoma declines seat
Anoma Fonseka, wife of Democratic National Alliance (DNA) leader Sarath Fonseka, stressed that she has no interest in running for parliament.
Stressing that she once even kindly declined DNA parliamentarian Tiran Alas’s request to represent her husband in parliament while he was under military custody, she said she has no wish to entertain a life of politics.

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Videos to identify campus ‘saboteurs’"
The Higher Education Ministry is planning to launch a `special operation’ to identify students with designs to create chaos with a view to sabotaging the university system in the country, sources said last night.
Under this operation, recalcitrant students will be identified with the aid of video tapes depicting student agitations and eye-witness evidence.

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Japanese expert on ‘lean manufacturing’
Norio Takaba will be the key resource person at a seminar on Lean Manufacturing on October 28 at the Grand Oriental Hotel.
Takaba, managing director of FDK Lanka Ltd, which is a major Japanese-owned BoI Enterprise in manufacturing in the Katunayake Zone will provide an overview of ‘lean manufacturing practices’ and the relevance to the Sri Lankan context.

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Registration open for US ‘diversity visas’
Registration for the Diversity Visa Lottery Programme 2012 is open until November 3, 2010.
The Diversity Immigrant Visa Programme is administered on an annual basis by the Department of State and conducted under the terms of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA). The INA provides a maximum of up to 55,000 Diversity Visas (DV) each fiscal year to be made available to people from countries with low rates of immigration to the US.

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Principal by ‘political diktat’
Believe it or not, a principal has been appointed to a leading girls’ school in Kalmunai just 10 days after the advertisement was published and 10 days prior to the closing date of applications and without a single interview being held for the post.

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Report sought
President Mahinda Rajapaksa has asked the Inspector General of Police for a detailed report regarding the alleged police attack on some journalists while they were covering a protest in Colombo.

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POLITICS

Seat of dissension
The incarceration of former Army Commander Sarath Fonseka has had many repercussions but an interesting legal conundrum has been emerging over the past few days: the fate of Fonseka’s seat in parliament. Officially, the government’s position is that Fonseka has forfeited his seat after being found guilty at the second court martial and being handed down a sentence of thirty months’ imprisonment.

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Concern grows over new local poll plan
There are apprehensions among smaller parties over the proposed local government (special provisions) bill, which is to be debated in parliament shortly. The doubt and the fear of the smaller parties are not without reason. Their thinking is that it would seriously affect the representations of smaller parties at local level. Some think that the proposed amendment would consolidate and fortify the two-party system...

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NEWS FEATURES

Pillayan blames politicians for ‘suffering of Tamils’
The political leaders responsible for the killings of Tamil people in the 1990s should apologise for their acts, Eastern Province Chief Minister Sivanesathurai Chandrakanthan alias Pillayan said. Chandrakanthan made these remarks while giving evidence at the Lessons...

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War on ‘campus terror’
Over the past 10 to 15 years, the dialogue to have educational reforms continued with certain governments attempting various forms of such reforms – some failing and some succeeding. Previous governments too discussed plans to set up private universities but faced protests from various political groups as well as university student unions.

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Our simple and sincere Archbishop gets red hat
Sri Lanka’s Archbishop Malcolm Ranjith whom Pope Benedict XVI appointed a Cardinal on October 20 has had a fast rise in the Church ranks. He was ordained a Priest at 27 by Pope Paul VI in Rome, consecrated a Bishop at 43 by Pope John Paul II, elevated an Archbishop at 53 by Pope John Paul II and now made a Cardinal at 62 by Pope Benedict XVI.

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SPORTS

Sri Lankans eye consistency
Sri Lanka’s brutalisation of the Queensland Bulls showed plenty of hallmarks of a team on top of their game, but century-scoring captain Kumar Sangakkara says his team still have improvements to make before they take on the Aussies. After an unconvincing start with the bat, the Sri Lankans, through Sangakkara (110 from 95) and Chamara Silva (75 from 70), fought back hard to post an imposing total of 7-301.

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Can Royal continue their winning streak?
The Thomians and the Royalists over the years have struggled for supremacy in the field of sports, be it in water or on land, for over a century the battle continues.
The Dr. RL Hayman Annual Water Polo Championship is scheduled to be played on October 26 (1st leg) and October 30 (2nd leg) at the police pool Narahenpita.

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How serious is the ICC on UDRS? (Point-Blank)
How serious is the International Cricket Council (ICC) in implementing their much ostracised Umpires Decision Review System (UDRS)? Ever since officially launching the new review system on November 24 last year during the first Test match between Pakistan and New Zealand...

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Fighting against all odds to win a medal
For Sudesh Peiris winning a medal at the Commonwealth Games was a big achievement in his career as a weightlifter. It was no easy task when he had to compete in his event with an injury to his left hand.
“It was very painful during my snatch weight event in the final,” Peiris told The Nation.

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INTERVIEWS

Ravi K pushing for consensual politics, stronger opposition
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In the latest cross talk between the UNP and the JVP, you had accused them of trying to exploit the Fonseka case, but the latter says that it is your party that has been playing double games all along.

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UNP playing double games, claims Tilvin
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Where do you all stand on the shameful attack on Ruhunu University Vice-Chancellor Prof. Susirith Mendis?
We like to clearly state that we do not condone students getting into confrontations and physically attacking each other.

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