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Sunday December 12th, 2010


UNP tensions reach fever pitch
Tension within the UNP yesterday reached fever pitch with as many as three factions holding separate media briefings in the run-up to today’s convention at the party headquarters Sirikotha from 9am.

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BROADBAND SCAM
An evaluation carried out by the Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (TRCSL) on the quality of services including speeds of fixed broadband services has revealed that the speeds of majority of the services fell short of the rate of speed...

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Eight die of swine flu
Predictions by health authorities that the second wave of pandemic influenza to hit Sri Lanka would be worse than the first which occurred last year, seem to be coming true.

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Smiling amidst turbulence

UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe, general secretary Tissa Attanayake and deputy leader Karu Jayasuriya walk in with smiles for the sudden media briefing yesterday morning. Though all were outwardly smiling as the briefing progressed their worries were far more evident.

( Pic by Rukshan Abeywansha)

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O/L exam on schedule
The GCE Ordinary Level examination will begin as scheduled tomorrow and special steps are being taken to conduct the test in flood affected areas, a top official announced yesterday.

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Anti-Jayalath petition ‘in order’
The petition signed by 78 government MPs, requesting the speaker to appoint a select committee to investigate the alleged links of UNP MP Dr Jayalath Jayawardana with pro-Tiger groups has already been published in the order paper.

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Fresh blow to UN aid
The World Food Programme (WFP) has become the latest humanitarian organisation to scale down its activities in the east following the ICRC, UNOCHA and the UNHCR.

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NEWS

171 foreigners deported
The government has deported 171 foreign nationals during the first half of this year and had arrested a total of 168 foreign nationals, according to the Department of Immigration and Emigration. Some 97 foreigners were arrested by the Authorised Officers of the Department while 43 were arrested and handed over by prison officers and another 28 were arrested and handed over by the Police.

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White flag case hearing delayed
The trial-at-bar hearing the Sarath Fonseka’s white flag case this week postponed its order for December 16 in connection with an application to telecast a section of the speech made by Sarath Fonseka at the Ratnapura presidential election rally.

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Biological mother of supposed tsunami baby found
Child protection authorities have traced the biological mother of a six-year-old girl who was suspected to have been sold as an orphan after the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, police said Friday. Staff at the National Child Protection Authority (NCPA) took custody of the child after neighbours complained that she was a tsunami orphan illegally brought up by foster parents who were ill-treating her.

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Karuna at LLRC
Deputy Minister of Resettlement Vinayagamurthi Muralitharan alias Karuna Amman is scheduled to give submissions at the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) tomorrow (13).

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heroin seized
Inspector General of Police Mahinda Balasuriya inspecting the large haul of heroin that was confiscated by the Police Narcotics Bureau (PNB) and the Customs, following a raid at the Colombo port.

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SHOW OF STRENGTH
Celebrating 60 years of service to the nation, Sri Lanka Navy held a Naval and Maritime exhibition at the Light House exhibition venue.

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Call to boost ‘safe bottle lamp’ campaign
Dr Wijaya Godakumbura, consultant surgeon and president of the Safe Bottle Lamp Foundation, made a presentation at ‘The 19th International Conference on Safe Communities’ held in Korea recently.

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Feminine spirit hits the runway in Kandy
Femininity and romance, colour and creativity characterise the latest collection that fashion designer Lillian Perera will put on the runway today at the Swiss Hotel in Kandy in good time to influence wardrobes for the festive season.

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POLITICS

Reformists seek clout
The stage is being set both literally and metaphorically for the crucial opposition United National Party (UNP) convention. When these words are being read, the convention should be underway, barring any unforeseen circumstances in the intervening period.
Indeed, there was considerable interest as to whether the convention...

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MR defiant as politicos trade blame over ‘London fiasco’
President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s recent tour of London was the subject of discussion in parliament and elsewhere throughout the week and took precedence over other important affairs of the state. It was certainly ridden with controversy as to who did what and the embarrassment caused to Sri Lanka as a sovereign nation in the international political theatre.

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NEWS FEATURES

Battling the flood crisis
The unprecedented heavy rains that have continued for a month as of today affected the day-to-day activities of the people immensely while leaving the likes of farmers, labourers, masons, fishermen and others employed in outdoors unemployed since November 11.

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Price rises stretch ‘our budget’
This is the festive season; a time of joyous celebration. Yet, how many among us are able to freely enjoy the season without having to constantly worry about the prices of essential food items. Prices of rice, sugar, coconut, dhal and vegetables have shot up to the sky and a visit to the market can only make any consumer’s blood pressure increase.

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JAYALATH VICTIM OR VILLAIN?
Conflict, conceit, concealment or promiscuity is the order of the day in today’s politics in Sri Lanka.
The Oxford Union’s annulment of a scheduled address by President Mahinda Rajapaksa on Friday December 3, following fears that pro-LTTE activists might disrupt the lecture has now become the latest political fiasco.

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‘Untouchable’ brothel raided on Gota’s orders
Believe it or not! A brothel located in a posh landmark building in a high security zone in the city was having a roaring business day and night for more than a decade until Police raided it early this week. The Madam `G’ who ran this flourishing trade on seventh and eighth floors of the Liberty Plaza building at Kollupitiya wielded such political and police clout that non dared to raid it.

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SPORTS

Muralitharan, Tendulkar in the fray
LONDON: Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar will be competing with the likes of tennis star Rafael Nadal and Formula One driver Sebastian Vettel for the 2011 Laureus World Sportsman of the Year Award.
Tendulkar, who was named International Cricket Council Player of the Year, will also have to fight it out with spin legend Sri Lanka’s Muthiah Muralitharan for the prestigious award.

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A Badminton racket?
Former officials of the Sri Lanka Badminton Association (SLBA) are pointing fingers at their current successors, President, Roshan Gunawardene and his committee, alleging that serious malpractices have occurred during the past few months. According to an ex-official who requested anonymity the present SLBA officials have collected huge sums of money from school children to participate in a couple of foreign tours.

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No West Indies, No Rain
The age old saying ‘if you want rain bring down a foreign cricket team’ proved true and was enacted during West Indies’ recent cricket tour to Sri Lanka.
From the time they stepped onto our shores the West Indies tour was dogged by bad weather to the extent that the unrelenting rains eventually forced both Cricket Boards to postpone the five-match one-day international series and the one-off T20 International to late January next year.

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A series best forgotten
Sri Lanka captain Kumar Sangakkara could not have been closer to the truth when he described the rain marred drawn three-Test series against West Indies as probably the worst Test series of his life.
“I’ve never seen anything like this before. It’s pretty frustrating and it’s tough. I haven’t seen rain like this in a long time. It was pretty frustrating to sit in the dressing room and watch the rain,” said Sangakkara at the end of the series.

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England can be No. 1 in the world
This is the first time I have watched an England team and felt we could go on and become the best team in the world.
They are just an outstanding cricket team developed over a period of time. Full Story

England’s resurgence
Fifteen years ago I predicted that by 2010 England would be the strongest team in the world. It was a bold forecast, since they have not claimed the top spot since Len Hutton was taking the shine off the new ball, Frank Tyson was terrorising batsmen and Jim Laker was outwitting them. And it has proved premature. England are not yet top of the tree but are climbing fast and showing no signs of vertigo.

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