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Sunday January 02nd, 2011


UNP leadership struggle goes down to wire
The UNP leadership battle is now likely to go down to the wire with neither side willing to accept a compromise formula and Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe’s staunch supporters like Vajira Abeywardena insisting their man can win the secret ballot for leadership in the absence of a consensus. This is despite some surprising developments this week with two more Wickremesinghe loyalists,

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300,000 hit by Batti floods
A staggering 331,000 residents have been rendered homeless due to the incessant rains in the eastern province.
People displaced due to the flash floods are currently languishing in makeshift camps, schools, temples and churches according to the Disaster Management Centre (DMC).
The government has taken immediate measures to assist the people who have been affected due to floods resulting from continuous downpour.

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PRAYING FOR PEACE AND PROSPERITY

As the New Year dawned, many people across the country visited temples, following age-old traditions. Our photojournalist Ishara S. Kodikara captured these devotees at the Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara
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SLMC ‘may go solo’
A ground survey conducted by the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) has indicated that a majority of the Muslims in the East are not keen on the party contesting the upcoming local elections in alliance with the UPFA. A delegation headed by SLMC general secretary Hasan Ali undertook a field visit to ascertain for itself the pulse of the party supporters on the forthcoming elections last week.

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Sri Lanka to scrap visa on arrival
Sri Lanka has revived plans to scrap the visa on arrival for foreigners, except Maldivians and Singaporeans, and will launch an on-line visa application system, officials said.
The government was to discontinue granting landing permits from October 1, but the scheme was put on hold following objections from the tourism industry. However, the authorities will now implement the system soon, officials said.

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NEWS

Basil promises economic dividends this year
The year 2011 will mark a decisive cross-road on Sri Lanka’s journey towards economic development says Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa. Accounting for the significance of the new year, in a statement to media, Minister Rajapaksa also says: “An opportunity to focus undivided attention on the post-war economic development has come, political stability which is an imperative is in place, there is an influx of foreign and local investment and besides, there is a marked revival in all sectors in the economy.”

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LLRC to visit Puttalam, Mannar and A’pura
The Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) will visit Puttalam on January 7 and Mannar on January 8 and 9, its media consultant Lakshman Wickramasinghe said.
According to him the LLRC will also visit Ampara District from January 22 to 24 and Anuradhapura District from January 27 to 29.

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Women gamblers fined
An all-female gambling den at Mahamodera, Galle was raided on Tuesday and four women were taken into custody. Each woman was fined Rs.800 by the Galle Chief Magistrate Chamara Tennekoon on Wednesday on them pleading guilty.

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Lankan American elected US District Court Judge in USA
On November 2, 2010 Roy Wijewickrama becomes the first Sri Lankan American to be elected District Court Judge by popular vote in the 30th Judicial District of North Carolina, USA.
According to the NC State Board of Elections Roy defeated Stephen Ellis by more than 4,000 votes. He garnered 53.88% of the vote. Roy won all seven counties in the district. Roy was sworn in as a Judge on...

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Soaring prices take bite out of seasonal fun
Christmas and the New Year have already passed but the talk of the season was the rising prices of essential commodities, particularly the prices of vegetables. Vegetable was not the only hot topic last week and eggs, chicken, coconuts came into the spotlight as the prices of these...

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A new year message with love
As yet another year draws to its close, the alarming increase in natural calamities the world over may well reflect nature’s reaction to man’s oppressive attitude towards his fellow human beings, not to mention the erosion of values in almost every conceivable field. As greed continues to overtake need whether for material gain or power, lets pause to take a leaf out of the autobiography of that...

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Firing Line
Wiles of a woman dpl
A Sri Lankan female diplomat serving in a leading Western city and notorious for fixing colleagues and bosses who rub her the wrong way having finally got exposed and was on the verge of being brought back to Colombo has done the next best thing. She has got pregnant.

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POLITICS

‘Seniors’ cry for power
A different political landscape awaits Sri Lanka in 2011 with a government trying to maintain its stranglehold on power both in parliament and outside while a disunited opposition is making an attempt to regroup and challenge the ruling United Peoples’ Freedom Alliance (UPFA).
These are sequel to events in 2010 which were consumed by elections, with presidential polls in January and a general election less than three months later.

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UNPers look for stability after a year of setbacks
Year 2010 had been a landmark year for Sri Lanka politically, socially and economically, though there were a few setbacks, from time to time.
The year saw several political upheavals from the beginning, after President Mahinda Rajapaksa decided to hold an election seeking a second term of office in late 2009.
The decision to hold elections at the most favourable time for the President, having defeated the LTTE convincingly, sent the main opposition United National Party (UNP) in a flat spin.

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NEWS FEATURES

Panic after fresh Jaffna violence
A sudden increase of violence in the Jaffna peninsula has raised alarmed northern parliamentarians and civilians.
The escalating violence has also prompted the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) to call for an adjournment debate in parliament when it reconvenes this month
Jaffna district TNA Parliamentarian Suresh Premachandran told The Nation that gun culture prevailed in the north despite the end of war in May 2009.

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‘Panel of doom’ casts evil eye on Lanka
The year 2010 will unroll itself for storage like a carpet that is unrolled after a major event.
A carpet can be dry-cleaned and stored away for future use but the old year will be lost for ever, leaving behind it, jet-aircraft trail of feint memories; of success and failure, regret and shame.

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Justice, Russian style
Tamil National Alliance’s (TNA) goodwill measure was under heavy pressure last week. TNA’s supporters are questioning its decision to co-operate with the government.
Two TNA parliamentarians tried to pacify their critics by adopting hardline postures. They told the Tamil media about their readiness to mobilise the Tamil people and lead a democratic struggle to win the rights of the Tamil people.

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On the double-o licence of the powerful
Much of the discussion following WikiLeaks’ clearly selective and structured disclosures has focused on political intrigue in high diplomatic circles, especially those pertaining to powerful nations. With respect to Sri Lanka it has been about the lady with a long history of bullish meddling in the internal affairs of countries she’s been posted to. That is Patricia Butenis, US Ambassador in Sri Lanka, by the way.

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SPORTS

England chase series win
Buoyant England will go into the final Ashes Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Monday intent on wrapping up their first series triumph in Australia for nearly quarter of a century.
As holders, Andrew Strauss’s team are already guaranteed to keep hold of the Ashes after thumping Australia by an innings and 157 runs in the fourth Melbourne Test to take a 2-1 series lead with just one match to play.

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England Under-19 tour of Sri Lanka - Preparation for 2012 WC
Sri Lanka will host England in an Under-19 Youth series for the very first time from January 7 to February 5. The series will consist of two youth tests and five One Day Internationals. The Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC), Youth Selection Committee headed by Sunil Wickramanayake has selected the best of the island’s school cricketers into a squad of 22 players...

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2011 testing time for Sri Lanka cricket
Having gone through a rather disappointing 2010 not by way of performance but by the paucity of Test matches – only six for the entire 12 months, Sri Lanka can look forward to 2011 with a lot of hope. Apart from the ICC World Cup which will be the showpiece of the year beginning on February 19, Sri Lankan cricketers who were starved of Test cricket in 2010 have at least a dozen matches lined up for them against top class opposition.

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 REVIEW 2010

INTERVIEWS

We need more unity: Bishop Chickera
The 14th bishop of Colombo Rt Rev Duleep Chickera laid down his Staff on Friday 31 after completing his 10-year tenure. From yesterday (January 1), following his voluntary resignation he became the Metropolitan Commissary and Vicar General of the Colombo Diocese.

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Senior ministers ‘will get more responsibilities’
The political scenario is heating up as the main opposition UNP battles an internal leadership struggle and some UPFA politicians raising concerns about burning national issues prevailing. The following are the excerpts from an interview with UPFA general secretary Minister Susil Premajayantha, who shared his views with The Nation about several key issues.

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I don’t belong to any faction: Gayantha
In an interview with our sister paper Rivira, UNP media spokesman Gayantha Karunatillake talks on the UNP’s internal crisis and the party’s plans for the future...
Q: We understand a new crisis has developed in the UNP over the party’s future leadership. In fact, it is a main talking point in political circles as well as in the public domain. Is there any truth in this general talk?

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