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Sunday January 16th, 2011


Basil to facelift flood-hit east
The Economic Development Ministry has embarked on an elaborate programme to give the flood ravaged east a facelift, consequent to a directive issued by President Mahinda Rajapaksa. Accordingly, roads, bridges, paddy fields, houses, schools and various other places that were severely damaged due to the floods would be immediately repaired.
This was announced by Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa yesterday during his visit to Batticaloa, the worst hit of the 13 districts affected by the recent floods.

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CID probes Rs260 million fraud at LECO
The Criminal Investigations Department has begun a probe into several fraudulent land deals that has cost Lanka Electricity Company Private Limited (LECO) Rs 260 million following a request made by the Power and Energy Ministry to the Defence Secretary. Power and Energy Ministry secretary M M C Ferdinando said he sent a letter to Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa...

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What’s cooking?

During his trip to Batticaloa to assess the damage caused to the lives and livelihoods of the Eastern people in the massive deluge, Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa is seen here stirring a pot at a makeshift camp for the displaced

(Pic by Ishara Kodikara)

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Govt, TNA to meet on Jan 21
The next meeting of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) with the government on finding a political solution will take place on January 21, a senior TNA parliamentarian said.
The first meeting between the two parties was held on January 10.

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Army’s gesture in Batticaloa
The Army went one step ahead this week in the East by giving whatever rations they had in stock to feed the hapless civilians when the entire Batticaloa district was submerged by floods.“All the roads...

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Thai Pongal joy as 78 ex-Tigers walk free
The government yesterday released 78 Tigers from rehabilitation in Jaffna to mark Thai Pongal. The Commissioner General of Rehabilitation, Brig Sudantha Ranasinghe, told The Nation last night that 48 women and 30 men were reintegrated to the community at a Pongal festival held at Central College, Jaffna.

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NEWS

CWC and UPF opt for ‘betel leaf’
The Ceylon Workers Congress and the Up-Country People’s Front have both decided to contest the upcoming local polls under the betel leaf symbol of the UPFA. CWC president Mutu Sivalingam told The Nation that they would field candidates under the UPFA...

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Pillaiyan does what engineers failed to do
A courageous and a gutty attempt by the Eastern Province Chief Minister Sivanesaturai Chandrakanthan alias Pillaiyan to personally engage in widening the mouth of the Batticaloa lagoon where it drains into the sea has led to the water level decreasing in the flood ravaged eastern town.

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AH1N1 cases tumble
Despite the cumulative number of confirmed cases of AH1N1 in the country (513) rising over last week’s figures (475), health sources said that the numbers were decreasing with positive signs of the diseases waning.
“The number of confirmed cases in the previous week (January 3-9) was 31 which is half the number recorded between December 27 and January 3, which was 60 cases.

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A day’s salary from Fisheries Ministry
The Fisheries Ministry is to collect a day’s salary from each employee to assist the flood-affected people in the East, Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Minister, Dr Rajitha Senaratne said.
The Minister told The Nation that the salary would be collected from employees in all departments and corporations...

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Hunting the LTTE collectors in Switzerland
When the Swiss federal criminal department (BKP) conducted a huge coordinated raid last Tuesday and searched 23 houses and shops in 10 big cantons (states) of Switzerland, the Tamil diaspora was taken by surprise.
Police action took place in the cantons of Graubunden, Zurich, St. Gallen, Luzern, Solothurn, Bern, Fribourg, Waadt, Genf and Basel-Town.

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Vital tips for cardholders using ATMs
Automated Teller Machine (ATM) attacks and fraud at ATM continue to be significant concerns for the bank card industry. The recent ATM attack, detected by the Criminal Investigation Department of Sri Lanka Police and reported on weekend newspapers as well as on all local TV channels, is a typical ATM attack seen in the other parts of the world.

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Ban says panel ‘finalising’ Sri Lanka dates
For the four weeks since UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on December 17 announced his Panel of Experts would visit Sri Lanka and praised the ‘flexibility’ of President Mahinda Rajapaksa, his spokesperson’s office has refused to answer questions about Rajapaksa officials’ statements that Ban’s Panel would get only ‘conditional visas,’...

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POLITICS

Test of strength
Although the announcement of local government elections brought about a flurry of political activity and almost imperceptibly there has been a major shift in one aspect of Sri Lankan politics, vis-à-vis the attitude of the major parties towards ‘minority’ or ethnic-based political parties.

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Political storms intensify as rains wreak havoc
The torrential downpour last week pushed most of the people in the East, Central and North Central Provinces from the frying pan into the fire. They were already under the pressure of rising cost of living, being unable to meet their ends though they toiled day after day to earn a decent living.

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NEWS FEATURES

Victims of double disaster
People in the East were still recovering from a three-decade-old hostilities between government forces and the LTTE and were getting used to lead a normal life like everyone else in the country rather than confining themselves to a temporary shelter set-up elsewhere, when mother nature went against them and forced them to be sheltered once again in IDP camps, waiting for someone to feed them.

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Whither our young ones?
The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC), while welcoming efforts by the government to focus attention on the rights of children, has expressed apprehension over certain key areas. The recommendations by the UNCRC were dispatched to the government in October 2010 for implementation. In 1991, Sri Lanka signed and ratified the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC).

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We are not separatists: TNA
Jaffna district parliamentarian and Tamil National Alliance (TNA) spokesman Suresh Premachandran is steadfast in his views that it is a grand alliance of all the Tamil political parties that could convince the government to evolve a mechanism for a viable political solution.

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Reflections on the purported surge in crime
Wars produce terrible things. They have a way of blanketing society with horrors of such magnitude that numbness results. Gunshots and bomb explosions have a way of pushing sigh, whimper and sob out of earshot. Wars, especially those fought in a relatively small...

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Optimistic economic outlook for 2011
The year has begun with much economic optimism. There have been accolades about the country’s economic performance last year and the prospects of economic growth this year is considered bright. The expected economic...

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SPORTS

Lanka certain of getting thumbs up on WC stadiums
The three World Cup venues at R Premadasa Stadium (Colombo), Pallakele (Kandy) and Sooriywewa (Hambantota) which had been under close scrutiny over the past one year or so are ready to be granted the greenlight by the high-powered ICC delegation which is expected in Sri Lanka on January 20. As a prelude to their visit, the ICC’s pitch consultant Andy Atkinson and the ICC’s security manager Sean Carroll are presently in Sri Lanka on a free venue inspection of the three stadiums after which they will submit...

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Drawn games all
Despite scoring low totals by both teams the inter-school under-19 cricket match between St. Peter’s and St. Sebastian’s ended in a thrilling draw when the match was called off by the officials due to poor light conditions at Bambalapitiya yesterday. Resuming from their overnight score of 169-9 the Peterites added 28 more runs to their tally to earn an advantage of 33 runs in their first innings. St. Sebastian’s scored 164.

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SA favourites on paper but will they choke?
With the World Cup barely a month or so away it would be pertinent at this time to assess the strengths of the teams who will be in the running for the most prestigious award in cricket. Cricinfo’s stats editor S Rajesh has done a detailed study of the top order batting of the countries and comes up with South Africa as having the strongest batting line-up going into the tenth edition of cricket’s World Cup.

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Dream holiday turns into nightmare
Fifty years ago on a Saturday morning in February 1961, the Wesley College Cricket team watched in awe as their dashing left-hand batsman Rodney Errol Smith tore the Richmond College bowling attack apart to score a sensational 199 not out. This accomplishment was all the more creditable as the match was played at the huge Esplanade which today is the picturesque Galle International Stadium.

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INTERVIEWS

Hidden hands ‘stirring the pot’ - Vasudeva
One-time leftist firebrand Vasudeva Nanayakkara, now the Minister of National Languages and Social Integration in the current UPFA administration, suspects hidden hands in constantly dragging out totally unnecessary issues to humiliate the government, but is unable to say whether these are externally generated or entirely indigenous.

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Attanayake insists local Poll not a vote on ranil
UNP general secretary Tissa Attanayake insists that the upcoming local election is not a vote on party leader Ranil Wickremesinghe, but he equally stresses on their objective to go about selecting their new office-bearers as per the newly-adopted constitution no sooner the poll is over on March 8.

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