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Sunday November 14th, 2010


Parliament put in peril
If the country wishes to avoid another even more embarrassing and costly flood than the one experienced during the early hours of Thursday when even the parliamentary complex...

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Al Jazeera staff visa row ends
The visas of the Al Jazeera crew that were withdrawn were reissued yesterday with the intervention of President Mahinda Rajapaksa, the President’s office said.

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Another egg crisis looming: How big is the question?
There is yet another crisis in the poultry industry directly arising from the closure of four mega farms last year following an outbreak of the salmonella...

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The Parliament, the citadel of Lanka’s democracy, designed by internationally-renowned architect Geofrey Bawa, embarrassingly went under several feet of water on Thursday following some record 440mm of rain that fell from the previous night. This vivid picture captured by the Air Force from the air tells it all
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Pillayan accused of assault
Eastern Province Chief Minister Sivanesathurai Chandrakanthan alias Pillayan had allegedly assaulted two Batticaloa Municipal Council members during a meeting held there on Friday.

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Forex rules to be relaxed
The government will relax foreign exchange regulations by cutting down on paperwork for foreigners investing in the country, the central bank said.

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‘Ad hoc’ drug raids rapped
The Police Department has come under criticism by various parties for its recently-launched hunt for drug traffickers and porn stars, citing that both programmes were done in a..

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Golden Key share deal to be finalised despite discord
The Central Bank of Sri Lanka will meet representatives of two depositors’ unions of the collapsed Golden Key Credit Card Company (GKCCC) on November 26 in a bid to finalise the proposed equity conversion plan, despite disagreements among depositors.

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Special passport aims to ease Interpol access on-site
They may not have diplomatic passports but Interpol police and experts should be able to cross borders more easily thanks to a new blue passport for the global policing organisation.

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Child crushed to death by home electric gate
A child left to his own devices at his home in Mahabage died on Thursday playing with an electrically operated gate while his mother had gone to fetch her older daughter from school. Six year old had been playing with his friend living next door running in and out of their houses.

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Alliance with DMK stands as of now: Manmohan
India’s Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said on Friday that it was for the Congress high command to “take note” of AIADMK general secretary Jayalalithaa’s offer of support in return for dismissing Communications Minister A. Raja, but added “as of now” the Congress’ alliance with the DMK stands.

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Lady accountant granted anticipatory bail
A lady accountant who sought anticipatory bail citing that the CID is planning to arrest her was granted Rs.1,000,000 surety bail by the Mount Lavinia Chief Magistrate Nirosha Fernando. The Chief Magistrate also impounded her passport.

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Father, daughter killed at unprotected rail crossing
Teenager Dilani Fernando and her 64-year-old father Joseph Fernando were killed on Friday when their motorcycle was hit by a train at an unprotected crossing at Bulumulla, near Batagama, Kandana.

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Lanka has alarming diabetes rates
More than 36% of Sri Lankans are going about their daily activities unaware they have diabetes and hypertension, while around 11% of the population are already in the pre-diabetic stage, without knowing it.

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POLITICS

GIANT STRIDES AHEAD
Hectic preparations are now underway for the inauguration of President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s second term of office. Celebrations will be held throughout the country this week and the President will no doubt look forward to a successful second six-year term.

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MR’s power takes root as UNP pushes reforms
The month of November appears to be auspicious to Sri Lanka owing to twin events that would take place for the benefit of the country and the betterment of her people. While President Mahinda Rajapaksa will administer his oath for the second time as the executive head of the country on the 19th instant, Archbishop of Colombo...

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NEWS FEATURES

MAROONED CAPITAL
On November 10, 2010 the city of Colombo – the capital of the nation, the main business hub, the commercial centre and the administrative capital – went under flood water.

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Jail riot sparks a war of words
The war declared on drugs by the Police Department has apparently run into controversy with various parties alleging the entire process is conducted in an ad-hoc manner despite the numerical success claimed by the police.

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CASH IN YOUR CHIPS
The tourism sector in Sri Lanka, which was continuously on the decline, saw a change early last year when the 30-year-old war came to an end.

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Mahinda at the helm
Having triumphantly overcome the problem of terrorism in the country and earned unprecedented kudos, President Mahinda Rajapaksa is all set to begin his second term of office on Friday.

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Optimism over budget
Never in the recent economic history of the country has there been such optimism as on the eve of the budget for 2011. There is considerable optimism and expectation of rapid economic growth in the post war years.

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SPORTS

We’re preserving Malinga for World Cup - Mahela
Fast bowler Lasith Malinga has become such a precious commodity that Sri Lanka is not risking playing him in the Test matches against the West Indies. The spearhead of the Sri Lankan bowling attack in the one-day format after spin legend Muthiah Muralitharan, Malinga was left out of the first Test against West Indies starting at the Galle International Stadium tomorrow (Monday).

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China shows who is boss with 19 gold medals
Hosts China made clear who was boss on the opening day of the Asian Games Saturday by claiming 19 of the 28 gold medals on offer, including its 1,000th since first competing in 1974.
The sporting extravaganza, the most ambitious Asiad so far with some 10,000 athletes from 45 countries and territories vying for gold in 42 sports, kicked into gear after a spectacular ceremony opened the massive showpiece.

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The cancer that is match-fixing - Point Blank
Pakistan continued to shake the cricket world with their bizarre actions the latest of them being their one-day wicket-keeper Zulqarnain Haider who abandoned his team midway during a series against South Africa in Dubai to escape what he related as ‘death threats to lose matches against South Africa’.

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Bayliss assesses Lanka’s WC chances
Australian-born Trevor Bayliss has decided to step down from his position as the Sri Lanka cricket team’s head coach at the end of the 2011 Cricket World Cup in April.
In the past three years or so in which he has been in charge the Sri Lankan team has undergone many changes in their set-up...

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INTERVIEWS

We must abort LTTE propaganda – Rohan Gunaratne
Prof Rohan Gunaratne, well-known international counter terrorism expert, in an interview with our sister paper Rivira speaks on the rump LTTE international network and war crime charges being made against Sri Lankan government mainly by LTTE activists and sympathisers in the Tamil diaspora.
Question: There were recent reports in the international Press pointing to the possibility of President Mahinda Rajapaksa being arrested in the United Kingdom in case he visits that country.

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