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Sunday November 21st, 2010


Shock therapy for coal plant
In a surprise development, the Attorney General’s Department after nearly six months’ delay on Thursday has sent back with fresh queries the final joint venture draft agreements for the construction of the country’s second coal power plant at Muttur.

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New law to regulate non-state universities
A new bill is to be drafted for the regulation of non-state universities functioning in the country, a senior government official said.

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‘Coup’ in LSSP
Science and Technology Minister Tissa Vitarana, who recently captured power in the LSSP central committee, has thereafter ousted several veteran party...

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FINAL TOUCHES TO BUDGET

President Mahinda Rajapaksa despite having an ordeal of public functions in recent days, sat down with Treasury Secretary Dr P B Jayasundara yesterday evening to put the finishing touches to the budget at the President’s House. The development-oriented budget will be presented to parliament by the President tomorrow in his position as the Finance Minister.


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Rs112m flood protection plan
The government is said to be considering in building a 70-acre water retention area in Battaramulla in the form of a marshy land to avoid...

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At least seven new Ministers
President Mahinda Rajapaksa will swear-in at least seven new ministers tomorrow and one of the first functions of the new Cabinet will be to approve next year’s budget prior to its presentation to parliament by the President as the Finance Minister...

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Sethsiripaya scanners ‘sabotaged’
Operations at several mainstream ministries and public institutions housed at Sethsiripaya are said to be in trouble as some of the finger-scanning attendance machines had allegedly been sabotaged last week.

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Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith holds his Papal bull as he leaves...

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A new Beginning

NEWS

DAWN OF A NEW ERA
The swearing-in ceremony of President Mahinda Rajapaksa, initiating his second term, was held at Galle Face on Friday (19) in a simple, but elegant manner.
The ceremony started at 10:00a.m. with the arrival of President Rajapaksa at the colourful podium set up at the Presidential Secretariat premises and at the auspicious time of 10:14 a.m. he took oaths as the Executive President of Sri Lanka before Chief Justice Asoka de Silva at the President’s Secretariat.

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Railway reconstruction in North to start this week
The reconstruction of Northern railway line between Omanthai and Pallai and North-Western railway line between Medawachchiya and Thalaimannar is scheduled to be launched by the visiting Indian Foreign Minister S.M. Krishna this week.

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CEB losses hit Rs.72bn
The Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) has incurred losses adding up to a massive Rs.72 billion as a result of being compelled to purchase private sector-generated electricity since 1990, said Power and Energy Minister Champika Ranawaka.

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Fonseka back in cell
Sarath Fonseka was discharged from prison hospital last evening and sent back to his former cell.
Prisons Commissioner General Maj-Gen V R de Silva said Fonseka was released from hospital as his health had improved.
He said no special instructions had been given to change his cell as yet.

Official code for anthem
The government will publish a code for the use of the National Anthem, which will protect its pride and give the National Anthem its due respect. Cabinet approval has been received by the Public Administration and Home Affairs Ministry to compile this code in all three languages.

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Bhutan Premier brings greetings from SAARC
Bringing well wishes from the South Asian region, Chairperson of regional body SAARC and Prime Minister of Bhutan Lyonchhen Jigmi Y. Thinley graced the occasion of the swearing-in-ceremony of President Mahinda Rajapaksa to initiate his second term of presidency. Prime Minister Thinley was accompanied by First Lady of Bhutan Lyonpo Thakur S. Powdel, their Minister of Education and Dasho Bap Kesang, Bhutanese Ambassador to Sri Lanka.

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Krishna to launch railway project
The reconstruction of Northern railway line between Omanthai and Palai and North-Western railway line between Medawachchiya and Thalaimannar is scheduled to be launched by the visiting Indian Foreign Minister S.M. Krishna this week.
Minister Krishna’s scheduled visit to the island is from November 25 to 27, and he will open two Indian consulates, one in Jaffna and the other in Hambantota. Just prior to his visit a Memorandum of...

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POLITICS

Winds of change
The cynosure of all eyes this week has been the inauguration of President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s second term of office but away from the spotlight, there were many political developments that were somewhat overshadowed by the ‘celebrations’ relating to the swearing-in of the President.

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President sets out agenda as
UNP harps on SF’s woes

President Mahinda Rajapaksa administered his oath before Chief Justice Asoka De Silva at the appointed time on November 19 to assume duties for a second term as the executive President of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka.

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NEWS FEATURES

Engineers seek urgent action after 11/11 flood disaster
Even though the flood waters that almost brought day-to-day lives of Colombo residents to a standstill have now receded, experts and environmentalists warned the day that entire western province would go under water is not that far, if not the already found recommendations and remedies put into action.

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Budget 2011: Can it increase revenue and decrease expenditure?
The fundamental objectives of tomorrow’s budget should be to increase revenue, reduce government expenditure and provide incentives for savings and investment. The trimming of wasteful expenses would be a key to reducing the budget deficit.

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We knew we would win: Shavendra
The military played latest Tamil songs when they reached closer to the trapped civilians in the Wanni to instill confidence among them, Maj-Gen Shavendra Silva, Deputy Permanent Representative for the UN told the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC).
Maj-Gen Silva said the 58 Division led by him carried out an operation, which a lot of people thought would not be successful.

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‘WE WILL BE TOP OF THE CLASS’
The government has proposed to bring in changes to the higher educational system in the country, a senior official told an academic forum this week.
Higher Education Ministry secretary Dr Sunil Jayantha Navaratne also said reforms in the higher education system of Sri Lanka had been long overdue, with the country failing to keep up with the trend followed around the world and catering to the requirements of the environment.

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SPORTS

Sri Lanka dumps Prasad, Thushara after Galle Test
Sri Lanka selectors dumped fast bowlers Dammika Prasad and Thilan Thushara and recalled seamer Nuwan Kulasekara and included a new face Shaminda Eranga in their 16-member squad to face West Indies in the second Test starting at the R Premadasa Stadium on Tuesday.

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Lanka prepares for gold in cricket
Sri Lankan cricket team led by Jehan Mubarak began their preparation ahead of the inaugural Twenty-20 Men’s cricket tournament at the 16th Asian Games which commences today at Guangzhou, China.

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No hopers shake the top
The past week was not a good one for the top three-ranked ICC Test teams namely, India, South Africa and Sri Lanka who were more or less shaken to their very foundation..

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Wake up West Indies says Joe Hoad
Noted sports psychologist and cricket coach Joe Hoad called on the entire West Indies population to wake up and come together to uplift their cricket before it is too late.

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INTERVIEWS

Politics with development ‘is order of the day’
Q:
Your statement that the decision of the last working committee meeting of the UNP left everyone victorious has led some to believe that you have struck a deal with leader Ranil Wickremesinghe and you will settle for the post of deputy leader.

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Any party must uphold its rules, says Tissa 
Q: 
Sajith Premadasa’s prime complaint is that you all did not put his proposal to allow provincial council and local authority members the voting right at party elections, before the working committee for adoption into the new constitution.

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This is not the time to make demands – Hakeemm
The Sri Lanka Muslim Congress’s announcement to join the ruling United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) in a bid to become a stakeholder in Sri Lanka’s development process has certainly irked some and left many questions unanswered.

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BUILDING BRIDGES IN HI-TECH SOCIETYY
It was by chance that I happened to meet Farah Pandith, the first ever Special Representative to Muslim Communities for the US Department of State a few days ago.

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