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Sunday February 13th, 2011


Govt invites back INGOs
The UPFA government, in a new turn of events, has invited the International Non-Governmental Organisations (INGOs) to play a bigger role in resuscitating the Eastern economy, following the floods that wreaked havoc in the area.

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Dengue rages; leaps by 37 cases within one day
The number of dengue cases took an unprecedented jump this week, rising by 37 cases in one day on Friday.
The cumulative number of cases according to Epidemiology...

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Ki-moon’s face-saving answer
The remarks made by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon early this week that his panel on Sri Lanka will be visiting the country, will have to be taken with a pinch...

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A bridge to recovery?

Soldiers repair a bridge damaged by floods in Batticaloa’s Kiran area. At least 21 people have died and over 1.2 million affected by heavy monsoon showers that have flooded most parts of the North, North Central and Eastern regions (AFP)
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Lanka heaves sigh of relief
Sri Lanka can heave a sigh of relief with Egypt regaining some political stability as oil prices which topped US$100 a barrel as the crisis reached fever pitch came down to $85.58 on Friday, the lowest since November 30.

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Oil prices to drop
Sri Lanka can heave a sigh of relief with Egypt regaining some political stability as oil prices which topped US$100 a barrel as the crisis reached fever pitch came down to $85.58 on Friday, the lowest since November 30.

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PAFFREL concerned for IDP vote
Election watchdog PAFFREL has voiced their concern about the facilities provided to the IDPs for the upcoming local government elections. The Nation learns that a number of IDPs in the Chettikulam camp may not be able...

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NEWS

Flood-trapped elephants escape
Around 70 elephants trapped in the Menik Farm area due to floods have now moved out.  The elephants trapped in the area moved out after the waters receded. The floods have not had a bad effect on the elephant population, according to the Wildlife Director.

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‘Crash’ vegetable drive to overcome shortages
A ‘ crash’ coordinated vegetable growing programme to meet the current short supply of vegetables in the country, is to be implemented in several selected districts in the country. It was launched by Agriculture Minister Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena at a ceremony held in Matale recently.

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Three teenagers in lucky escape
Three teenagers riding on the footboard of an overcrowded train had a narrow shave when they fell from it and survived with minor injuries – a fractured leg and lacerations on Monday evening.
Two are students of Thurston College, Colombo...

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Four Indians caught with forged visas
The Mt Lavinia Additional Magistrate Ruchira Weliwatte Friday ordered the CID to get a ruling from the Attorney General on four Indians caught with forged visas and to forward a report to court on February 15. The Magistrate also ordered the deportation of two other Indians found..

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No more public meetings for LLRC
The Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) will cease to hold public hearing following its meetings on February 18 and 19, LLRC media consultant Lakshman Wickramasinghe said.
According to him, the February 18 meeting will take place...

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Russian crew detained after man overboard
Sri Lanka Navy detained a foreign cargo ship and its Russian crew for allegedly failing to rescue a man who fell overboard, an official said. Navy spokesman Kosala Warnasuriya said the DD Vigor, registered in St Vincent and the Grenadines, was impounded while leaving the island after failing to report or attempting to rescue its second engineer.

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Prophet’s birthday on Tuesday
Milad Un Nabi, which is a celebration of the Holy Prophet Mohammed’s birthday is expected to be held at the Dewatagaha Mosque at Town Hall this week, according to a decree by Prime Minister D M Jayaratne. Speaking to The Nation, Reyyaz Salley, a Trustee of the Dewatagaha Mosque said...

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POLITICS

Local polls drowned in World Cup fervour
If it was the government’s intention not to let the local elections disrupt the cricket World Cup, the past few weeks have seen the opposite effect: The World Cup appears to be distracting the masses and taking the steam off the polls.

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Govt scotches rumours of poll postponement
As torrential rains lashed many parts of Sri Lanka, destroying vast fields of paddy cultivation and other crops, authorities have been warned of a possible food crisis in the offing. The deluge that followed the torrential downpour left hundreds and thousands of people destitute, for a second time within a span of one month, while the inclement weather patterns continue unabated.

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NEWS FEATURES

In the throes of a ‘silent crisis’
Unprecedented soar in food prices in the last few months and the government’s failure to take control of the situation is likely to provoke riots in the country soon. Serious questions are raised as to whether the UPFA government is fully geared to face the present situation with the crisis further deepening.

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Relief measures continue
With the flood waters receding, the government has now been faced with the task of repairing the damages caused by one of the worst floods and rains to hit the country in the recent history. Assistance has been pouring in from several countries to rebuild the flood-affected areas. However, the government says more assistance...

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Economic costs and consequences of floods
The wave of floods that the country experienced is a serious setback to the economy. The financial costs of relief work, income support, repair and reconstruction of infrastructure and loss of crops are a serious strain on the public finances. It will strain public expenditure and could increase the fiscal deficit that has been a fundamental weakness in the economy.

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An appeal to Tamil Nadu leaders and fishing community
Last week, I presented the Sri Lankan side of the fishing story. In that I pointed out that since ancient times fishing communities of Tamil Nadu and northern Sri Lanka shared the resources of the Palk Bay amicably fishing along their coasts. Since mechanised trawling was introduced in the latter half of the last century, the need to draw up the boundary arose.

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SPORTS

Lankan middle-order strikes form
Sri Lanka had every reason to be happy at the outcome of their first World Cup warm- up match against Netherlands played at the SSC grounds yesterday. It was more or less a walk in the park for them but it enabled them to give their much whined about middle-order some useful practice in the centre ahead of next week’s World Cup proper.

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Coach expects Dilhara, Thisara to play key roles
Sri Lanka coach Trevor Bayliss spoke of all-rounder Thisara Perera and fast bowler Dilhara Fernando playing key roles in Sri Lanka’s line up during the upcoming 2011 cricket World Cup.

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Home advantage the pros and cons
There is so much hype going around that Sri Lanka has lost home advantage by not playing or practicing at two of their three World Cup venues at Pallakele and at Hambantota that it is high time one examined the pros and cons of what this ‘home advantage’ means.

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Wheel of fortune has turned a full circle for Thilan
Five years ago no one in their wildest imagination would have thought that Thilan Samaraweera would be a part of the Sri Lanka one-day international team let alone a World Cup squad. His style of batting occupying the crease and wearing the bowlers down was more akin to the longer version of the game.

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INTERVIEWS

PM says West is hostile
Prime Minister D.M Jayaratne, popularly known as Dimu is the only living founder member of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) in Sri Lanka. He was instrumental in forming the party along with the late SWRD Bandaranaike way back in 1951.

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“Local poll will lead to a social transformation”
Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) front-liner Anura Kumara Dissanayake last week charged that the government has failed to maintain law and order in the country and that it is actually helping lawbreakers by not bringing them to books.

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Borella incidents
WILL THE READERS DECIDE?
The Nation spoke to the two key players on both sides of the political divide, Parliamentarians Thilanga Sumathipala (UPFA) and Dayasiri Jayasekera (UNP) who figured in the dangerous incidents at Punchi Borella Junction on Independence Day February 4 and on February 9, both of which fortunately did not go totally out of control.

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