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Sunday November 07th, 2010


India nudges Tamil parties
With India urging a united minority front to win a fair political solution, the Tamil Political Parties Forum (TPPF) is likely to be strengthened with the likelihood of the inclusion of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA). Discussions between the TNA parliamentary group leader R Sampanthan and some of the members of the TPPF had taken place last Wednesday (3), with both parties accepting the importance of the Tamil political parties to work together.

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Cabinet memo sparks row over PCs
Legal experts and political groups have raised concerns about a cabinet memorandum approved recently that says that Provincial Councils should consult and take prior approval from the relevant line ministry whenever...

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Be specific, Lanka tells UK
The Sri Lankan High Commission in Britain has asked the British government to clarify the war crimes they believe was committed by the Sri Lankan government or President Mahinda Rajapaksa.

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WEATHERING CHALLENGES…

Though things looked rather hilarious yesterday with airmen trying to push start this vintage Tiger Moth aircraft, totally restored by the Air Force, at the Ratmalana Airport under overcast conditions and strong winds, it was a story of love and dedication to get two of the oldest aircraft in their fleet flying after a painstaking restoration effort. The airmen on duty even got the propeller crank started, but the priceless birds were not airborne due to inclement weather posing danger to them. The De Havilland Tiger Moth and the Chipmunk TMK are two flying legends which have been fully restored to flying condition by a dedicated team of SLAF engineers and technicians. The Tiger Moth aircraft was originally built in 1937 at De Havilland aircraft company located in England

(Pic by Rukshan Abeywansha)

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Oil drilling here early next year
The government is looking into the possibility of harnessing liquid natural gases for power generation, said Petroleum and Petroleum Resources Development Minister Susil Premajayantha.

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‘grama charika’ reaches Matara
The ‘grama charika’ campaign, initiated by the United National Party in a bid to re-claim its grassroots level voter-base, is in Matara this weekend. Yesterday saw about 15 UNP Parliamentarians taking part in religious activities, pocket meetings, visiting the voters and many...

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EPF shock costs employee
Rs2.9 m

An employee of the Ceylon Petroleum Storage Terminals Limited (CPSTL) received a rude shock recently when he paid a visit to the office of Employees’ Provident Fund (EPF) maintained by the Central Bank of Sri Lanka to check his fund balance as he was nearing retirement.

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NEWS

Love’s labour lost
Thanks to a bank video footage the police were able to nab woman and her husband, who withdrew the man’s paramour’s fixed deposit amounting to Rs400,000 from a bank in Galle on October 25 after stealing the deposit certificate and the victim’s identity card. The victim of this crime is a 48-year-old widow from Hapugala who had lost her husband an electrician attached to the Galle Municipal council who died two years ago.
His provident fund for the 18-year service amounting to Rs 400, 000/- was paid to the wife.

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Weather warning for North and East
The cyclone ‘Jal’, which had developed over the Bay of Bengal, will result in intermittent rains and sometimes even fairly heavy showers in the districts of Trincomalee, Mulativu, Jaffna, Anuradhapura and Mannar, the Meteorology Department warned yesterday.
“The cyclone, which will come in from South India, will be 1,600km away from Jaffna towards the East by noon today,” said meteorologist on duty D A Jayasinghearachchi.

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Plea over Fonseka’s health facilities in jail
UNP parliamentarian Dr Jayalath Jayawardane has requested the Commissioner General of Prisons, Major-General V.R. Silva, to take urgent measures to ensure the health of former army commander Sarath Fonseka. Dr Jayawardane, in his letter to Maj-Gen Silva, has said that the Colombo High Court had instructed prison authorities to provide the necessary facilities for Fonseka to have breathing and general exercises.

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Galle crime busting unit disbanded
The Southern Range Criminal Investigation Bureau (SRCIB) that had been operating from Galle since February 2002 has been dissolved with immediate effect. This follows a memo issued by the Inspector General of Police two weeks ago. Residents fear criminal activities could increase again in the area.

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Weeramantry lecture
Former Supreme Court judge and International Court of Justice (ICJ) Vice-President Justice C G Weeramantry will deliver a public lecture on `Tread lightly on earth: Religion, environment and the human future’ at 6pm on Thursday (November 11).
It will be held at the SLAAS auditorium at Vidya Mawatha, off Wijerama Mawatha, Colombo 7

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Officials warn of possible H1N1 pandemic
All government hospitals countrywide have been asked to ready themselves for a possible outbreak of H1N1 influenza pandemic, with over 27 confirmed cases being reported in the country so far.
The epidemiology unit of the Ministry of Health has asked top officials of all Teaching, General, Base and District hospitals to be on the alert and prepare their staff to face a possible emergency situation, if the flu gets out of control.

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POLITICS

Rumpus on campus
For the past few weeks, the focus of attention in the country has been on the current disquiet in the universities where protests and student arrests are the order of the day, with the conflicts often turning violent and ugly. While the main student union involved, the Inter-University Students’ Federation (IUSF) strongly protests its independence, the government has been quick to claim that the union is nothing more than an extension of its former ally, the leftist Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP).

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Drastic changes likely in President’s second term
The stage is set for the swearing-in ceremony of President Mahinda Rajapaksa who will assume office for a second term as President on November 19. According to the government, ministers and officials, there would be a revolutionary change in the approach to tackling burning issues of the people once the President announces his policy framework for the next term with the assumption of office. Among other things, finding a durable solution for the ethnic issue takes a foremost place. It is time for reconciliation, having vanquished the LTTE.

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NEWS FEATURES

CHARTING A NEW GROWTH PATH
The longest underground tunnel (13km) built in Sri Lanka was declared open this week and more than 10,000 people have flocked to Upper Kotmale Hydro Power (UKHP) project site as of today to experience this novel development activities taking place in the country. The UKHP is the last mega scale hydropower plant in Sri Lanka with an installed...

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RESTAURANT TRAGEDY
Two police teams are still hunting for the two suspects in connection to a triple murder where a restaurant manager and two of his friends were shot dead on Thursday (4) night. Three victims were identified as Ananda Hettiarachchi (42), manager of Holiday Inn restaurant on Gampaha Minuwangoda Road, Sameera Rukshan Munasinghe (33) who was involved in tourism industry and Chaminda Kiriella (39), who worked at the Lotteries Board.

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Is Army Commander subject to military law?
In the recent past, much interest (or controversy) has been generated with regard to courts martial. For the ill-informed, a court martial is nothing but an advanced version of a ‘kangaroo court’. However, this notion is far from the truth.

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Church leaders pushing for devolution in North & East
Colonisation of the North and East and attempts made to change the demographic areas in the North and East could create fear among the people in the region, His Eminence Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith said.

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SPORTS

Welcome West Indies
Sri Lanka warmly welcomes the cricketers from the Caribbean Islands when they arrive today for a full tour of the country, which involves a series of three Tests, five One-Day Internationals and a one-off Twenty20 International. West Indies have a new captain in all-rounder Darren Sammy and there is no better testing ground for anyone leading a team for the first...

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Younis-inspired Pakistan
shock SA

Pakistan tail-end batsman Zulqarnain Haider and Wahab Riaz pulled off a sensational one wicket win for their team over South Africa in the fourth one-day match after Younis Khan’s fifty here on Friday.
Younis’s sedate 73 built Pakistan’s run-chase but they owed it to their tail-enders Haider (19 not out) and Riaz (18) as they put on 28 runs for the ninth wicket to help their team chase down a challenging 275-run target.

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Sri Lanka aiming high and winning
Sri Lanka cricket never had it so good in recent times. Barely three months away from international cricket’s most prized tournament the ICC Cricket World Cup, Sri Lanka under the inspiring leadership of Kumar Sangakkara gave themselves a shot in the arm by winning a series Down Under for the first time. By winning the rain-affected second One-Day International at Sydney, Sri Lanka took an unbeatable 2-0 lead in the three-match series.

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16th Asian Games in China - Lankan hopes high
The Sri Lankan contingent of 104 (82 male athletes and 22 female athletes) for the 16th Asian Games scheduled from November 12 to 27 in Guangzhou, China is confident of bagging medals in at least four of the 22 disciplines they are due to participate in. They take wing to China on November 11. Former National Olympic Committee (NOC) secretary and present secretary of the Amateur Athletic Association (AAA) Prema...

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INTERVIEWS

Lokuge cries foul over labour double standards of West
Low-profile Labour Minister Gamini Lokuge, who is no stranger to labour issues having at one time led the union arm of the United National Party, answers some serious allegations made against Sri Lanka this week by the International Trade Union Confederation before the World Trade Organisation in Geneva. He particularly castigates western countries for having double standards on this issue.

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New budget ‘will protect interests of public servants’
With the unveiling of the government’s annual budget being round the corner, there is widespread speculation about the possible budget proposals not only in political circles and business circles but also among the general public. The Nation spoke to Deputy Economic Development Minister..

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