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Sunday October 31st, 2010


Army shedding weight, proves critics wrong
Despite various accusations against the government of attempting to increase the military strength, the Army is to restrict its recruitment as they are now mainly engaged in development..

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‘Lankan Eiffel Tower’ on way
The Cabinet has approved a proposal forwarded by President Mahinda Rajapaksa to build a 350-metre tall TV tower which would be similar to that of the Eiffel Tower in Paris...

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Tamil forum to decide on upcountry parties
A final decision on the inclusion of upcountry parties to the Tamil Political Parties Forum (TPPF) will be taken this week, according...

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JVP challenges SB for debate
The JVP yesterday challenged Higher Education Minister S B Dissanayaka for an open debate on the present crisis in the university system and the alleged suppression of student...

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BUILDING TRUST

A new chapel building was unveiled at the St Sebastian’s College, Kandana, last week by his holiness Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith. The chapel was built according to a concept of the school’s vice-principal Rev Hemantha Fernando and headmaster Lal Karunarthne, with the assistance of the old boys’ association

(Pic by Rukshan Abeywansha)

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SriLankan pilot crisis solved by chairman
The national carrier, which hit rock bottom last week with an unprecedented half a dozen flight cancellations in a peace time, has been brought to its senses with its chairman Nishantha Wickramasinghe directly intervening and winning the co-operation of pilots to come out of the problem.

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‘Save Rizana’ plea
Some 25,000 people will gather in Mutur public grounds today to sign a petition pleading with the Saudi King to pardon Rizana Nafeek, who faces execution for an alleged murder of a baby of her Saudi employer.

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Poll reforms: SLMC adopts ‘wait-and-see’ approach
The Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) says that it had now adopted a ‘wait-and-see’ approach as the United People’s Freedom Alliance government had agreed to make alterations to the original Local Authorities Elections (Amendment) Bill.

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NEWS

Lasantha murder suspect discharged
Suspect B Prageeth Perera, remanded for the assassination of Sunday Leader Editor Lasantha Wickramatunga, told court on Friday (29) that he stole the phone of the victim from the murder scene. Mt Lavinia Chief Magistrate Nirosha Fernando then postponed the verdict until the next hearing on November 12, while discharging him of the murder charges.

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Interdicted worker stabs hospital officer
An interdicted worker of the Ragama Hospital allegedly stabbed the administrative officer of the institution on Tuesday over his dismissal from service that day.
The officer, however, was miraculously saved from suffering grievous injuries as his family members, who heard the commotion, pounced on the attacker immediately.

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Exam with the tightest security ever
The two-day Korean Language proficiency test, which started yesterday, will be recorded in the country’s history as the exam held under the protection of most number of police personnel, said Sri Lanka Foreign Employment Bureau chairman Kingsley Ranawaka.

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Sampanthan backs unity calls
The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) said that unity among the Tamil political parties was important and the party was not averse to working with them.
TNA Parliamentary group leader R Sampanthan told The Nation that certain Tamil political party leaders had met with him on the possibilities of working together.

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Cancer alert over Beeda and Babul
With the recent crackdown on betel leaf and arecanut products sold to students in and around schools, comes a new warning.
They are potentially harmful because it increases the probability of developing oral cancer, according to the Ministry of Health.

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Lanka’s poor show on corruption curbs - TI
Sri Lanka has not shown a vast difference in corruption perception according to new figures released in the Corruption Perception Index by Transparency International.
According to the new figures, Sri Lanka is listed in the 91st rank from among 178 countries with a CPI score of 3.2, only 0.1 change from 2009.

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POLITICS

Driving for reforms
As the government prepares in earnest for the commencement of the second term of office of President Mahinda Rajapaksa in a few weeks, the main opposition party, the United National Party (UNP) appears to be intent on self-destruction, with its crisis nowhere near resolution despite months of much publicised discussion and debate.

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UNP’s internal conflict persists as Karu takes off on ‘Grama Charika’
UNP’s leadership aspirant Sajith Premadasa intensified his onslaught on the party hierarchy last week, firing a barrage of accusations and opening up a new battlefront when the crucial party convention was only a few weeks away.
Although changes are on the cards, the rebel group and Premadasa were...

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NEWS FEATURES

Rizana Nafeek needs justice
When Rizana Nafeek, a woodcutter’s daughter from the war-ravaged Mutur, arrived in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on May 4, 2005, she must have been hoping to build a better life for her family.
Now, more than five years later, her life is hanging in the balance. Only 18 days after her arrival in Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia, she was arrested for murder...

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The dark side of student power
The war between the government and unruly university students has intensified during the past few weeks with 28 undergraduates being remanded and another 203 pupils – mainly from Peradeniya, Jayewardenepura, Rajarata and Ruhunu Universities – being suspended.

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Sole survivor of ill-fated expedition returns home
Twenty-eight-year-old Mahesh Padmakumara, the sole survivor of the five-member crew of the Dinusha II trawler whose fishing expedition on high seas off Somali coast came to a tragic end, was miraculously rescued by the Maldivian coastguards on October 20.

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Are foreign and local plotters setting the stage for a coup in Sri Lanka?
All eyes continue to be on Sri Lanka, even though the 33-yeard-old Vadukoddai War was concluded one-and-half years ago. The intensity of the anti-Sri Lankan campaign seems to be increasing and there are no signs of letting up.

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SPORTS

Sri Lanka faces a tough T20 test
PERTH: Australia will look to get back into form when they meet Sri Lanka in a KFC Twenty20 international at the WACA today.
The home side will be hoping for a strong showing against Sri Lanka to regain some confidence ahead of a big summer of cricket, after losing their past three Twenty20 internationals and failing to win a game during their Indian tour.

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Hope for Manju
Head of the Sports Ministry Medical Unit Dr Geethanjana Mendis is confident that disgraced Commonwealth Games boxing gold medallist Manju Wanniarachchi can be proved innocent and that he would be able to retain his medal he won beating Welshman Sean McGoldrick in the bantam weight final at New Delhi.

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Educating athletes on banned substances (Point Blank)
The sad case of Sri Lanka boxer Manju Wanniarachchi who is fighting a battle to not only retain his gold medal, won at the 19th Commonwealth Games in New Delhi, but also to save his international boxing career...

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Three kings of the ring
From the very early days interest in sport was mostly centered on fighting. Kings built huge coliseums with arenas especially meant to stage these fights and they were big, as the entire populace of the city came to watch these events and recreation of the people was woven around them.

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INTERVIEWS

I AM A GREAT DEMOCRAT, SAYS SAJITH
The power struggle in the United National Party is far from over even though there is now less public exchanges possibly in view of the forthcoming local elections and reformists not wanting to be blamed for any debacle.

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Sampanthan ‘ready for a structured dialogue’
The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) is willing to hold talks with other Tamil parties in its bid to work together for the betterment of the people, says its parliamentary group leader Rajavarothayam Sampanthan.

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