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Sunday December 26th, 2010


LLRC rules out meeting UN panel abroad
Speculations that the advisory panel appointed by the UN Chief will meet the LLRC outside Sri Lanka were scotched by the commission last week, saying it would not meet any UN team outside the shores of the country.

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India and Lanka to revive defence ties
Defence Secretary Pradeep Kumar is visiting Colombo to initiate defence contacts with a post-LTTE Sri Lanka, said government sources.

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Bus fare hike plan ‘delayed’
The National Transport Commission (NTC) said that they will not permit a bus fare hike of five percent from January 15 as demanded by the Federation of Private Bus Operators Associations.

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Wheels of friendship

President Mahinda Rajapaksa accepting a gift of a newly-manufactured bus by India’s Ashok Leyland Ltd from its chairman R J Shani at Temple Trees on Friday. Transport Minister Kumara Welgama and Dehiwala SLFP organiser Danasiri Amarathunga are also present.

(Pic by Sudath Silva)

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Sons of ‘top guns’ in bank robbery trial
When the Wellawatte Union Bank robbery case was taken up for hearing before Mount Lavinia Additional Magistrate Ruchira Weliwatte on Wednesday, attorney-at-law Dilum Jayasekera, counsel for one of suspects said in open court that they had come to understand about a move by the prosecution to introduce a revolver used by his client’s father a retired DIG...

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Tsunami victims remembered
A two-minute silence would be observed from 9:25am to 9:27am today (Sunday 26) as a mark of respect for those who were killed in the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami six years ago, Disaster Management Minister Mahinda Amaraweera said.
Also, the National Safety Day will be held at the Weerasingham Hall, Jaffna – the first time the event...

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NEWS

TNA wants clarity on Congress stand on Lankan Tamils
The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) says there is a need to discuss with the Congress Party on its recent comments on the plight of the Tamils in Sri Lanka.
General Secretary of the Congress Party, Rahul Gandhi had recently told Tamil Nadu intellectuals that the Tamils were not adequately supported by the government.

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Sea Street jewellers saved from abductors by Gota
The Sea Street jewellers called on Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa on Thursday to thank him for the prompt action taken on the threats faced by them.
President of the Jewellers’ Association, K Radhakrishnan told The Nation that prompt action by the Defence Ministry had resulted in the arrest of those who had abducted one of the jewellers and demanded a ransom of Rs.50 million in Kotahena recently.

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SLMC for closer ties between govt & TNA
The Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) has informed the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) in no uncertain terms that prior to talking to them the TNA should meet the President.
The SLMC, during a recent meeting with the TNA, has said that the Congress was willing to continue dialogue with the TNA provided the TNA met the President and clarified its current status quo.

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Scrapping free health to alcohol, tobacco addicts not so easy, warns Prof Carlo
Although the government’s recent decision to stop free treatment to those addicted to tobacco and alcohol has been hailed by forward-thinking policymakers, a top academic warns of repercussions in its implementation.
Chairman of the National Authority on Tobacco and Alcohol (NATA), Professor Carlo Fonseka told The Nation that except for lung cancer patients it could not be pinpointed with certainty as to what caused a particular disease.

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UNP says Hambantota Harbour far from ready
The United National Party (UNP) on Friday blasted the government claiming that it was hoodwinking everyone by pretending to have opened the Hambantota Harbour on November 18 to coincide with President Rajapaksa’s second swearing-in, even though the work on the port is yet incomplete.

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Bishop Chickera calls for inclusive development
The Anglican Bishop of Colombo Rt Rev Duleep de Chickera has said that celebration of Christmas consequently calls for inclusive development.
In his Christmas message the Bishop has said that dialogue for economic development with prospective investors must also address dialogue for human dignity with our own vulnerable communities.

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POLITICS

Taste of success
The dust is settling on the special convention of the United National Party (UNP) but as most other political parties go into hibernation during the festive season, the tempo in the UNP has been different, with intense back-room brokering going on. The focus of course is on the leadership of the party, where opposition and UNP leader...

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President steps in to boost diplomacy
President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s decision to allow the UN expert panel appointed to inquire into allegations of war crimes during the closing stages of the offensive against the LTTE, to visit Sri Lanka is commendable.
According to reports, there had been some sort of agreement between the President and UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon when they met in the sidelines of the UN General Assembly held in New York, last September.

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NEWS FEATURES

Ban’s new moves create more chaos
As 2010 is coming to an end, it becomes essential for everyone to pause awhile and then muse over the events that had taken place in the past months.
For individuals, it is a period to recall some of the mistakes which they had committed and if possible to adopt new resolutions in life.

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Root causes and reconciliation
The strangest polarisation is taking place in perspectives on Sri Lanka’s recent conflict and the way forward, as reflected in submissions to the Lessons Learnt Panel and the debate surrounding them.

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Building on foundation laid this year
It is customary for columnists to review the year in their last column of the year.
Looking back, I get the feeling that 2010 is a very productive year for Sri Lanka as the foundation for the future advance had been firmly laid.

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The National Anthem saga – In defence of the President
A National Anthem should be sung in its original version in the original language it was composed. All citizens should learn the meaning whatever race they belong. The national Anthem should be sung in Sri Lanka only in Sinhala. One national anthem, one nation.

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Onions, coconuts and the politics of taste
 Food and politics have always been closely intertwined in the developing countries of South Asia, but when national taste buds are at stake the relationship can become especially volatile.

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SPORTS

When SLC pulled off a major coup
Sri Lanka Cricket maybe currently under pressure to complete the three 2011 World Cup venues before the deadlines set by the ICC, but few are aware of how they pulled off a major coup to host the ICC World Twenty20 in 2012.
Sri Lanka 2011 World Cup Director Suraj Dandeniya told The Nation that Sri Lanka Cricket had a vision and a foresight when they took the decision to construct two new stadiums at Hambantota and Pallekele with lights.

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Smith keen to beat Kingsmead bogey
Proteas captain Graeme Smith said although they were going into the Boxing Day Test with a 1-0 advantage, the South African team were taking nothing for granted.
“It’s obviously a huge advantage for us. The pressure is on India, but we have worked hard to be in this position and we’ve put in all the practice to ensure we are at our best for this Test,” said Smith.

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Dancing to the rain tune
Sri Lanka perhaps must be the only major Test-playing nation that has yet to get its domestic cricket calendar right. The number of times the domestic structure has undergone changes with its scheduling and its format is countless and still there doesn’t seem to be any fixed season for our domestic cricket.

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Club Premier L/O matches begin tomorrow
The Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) Inter-Club Premier Limited Over (L/O)) cricket tournament, which had to be postponed twice due to the unexpected heavy rains during the last couple of months, will begin tomorrow (December 27).

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INTERVIEWS

JVP blasts govt for ‘about-turn’
JVP international affairs spokesman Vijitha Herath berates the government for making an about-turn on the Ban Ki-moon’s advisory panel on Sri Lanka by extending it an invitation, but says they will never change their stand and will not tolerate any foreign body interfering in the internal affairs of this country.
On the matter of the party’s sudden low profile, he says they are quite active in rural areas, where they are busy organising at village level among the people who are suffering much due to the soaring cost of living, corruption and other issues.

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UNP secy disowns Kiriella’s remarks
As some UNPers appear to be adding fuel to the fire caused by the government making an about-turn on receiving the controversial advisory panel appointed by UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon, we asked United National Party general secretary Tissa Attanayake about certain ‘damaging’ statements made by some of their key men and other issues detrimental to the country.
He totally disassociated his party from those statements and said that they were their personal views.

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