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Sunday February 20th, 2011


SriLankan wooed by Boeing
With business booming for SriLankan from increased tourist and other arrivals to the country, aircraft manufacturers aggressively peddling their merchandise in Colombo and the frontrunner according to aviation insiders this time is America’s Boeing.

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Ferial picks Singapore over Australia
Former Housing Minister and National Unity Alliance (NUA) chief Ferial Ashraff is tipped to be the next Sri Lankan High Commissioner to Singapore. President Mahinda Rajapaksa recently extended Ms Ashraff the invitation and she has accepted the invitation.

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Change school hours, uniforms to minimise dengue threat
More than half the dengue patients in Colombo and elsewhere in the island are schoolchildren.  This is because they are the prime target for the dengue-carrying vector.

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THE LUCKY FEW!

Thousands of ardent cricket fans lined up from the early hours of yesterday at P D Sirisena Stadium at Maligawatte to buy open stand tickets for the Sri Lanka-Pakistan match scheduled to be played at the R Premadasa Stadium on February 26. Since only four thousand tickets were on sale some were left disappointed. Those who managed to get tickets were in a celebrating mood (Pic by Rukshan Abeywansha)

 
Mobile alerts to caution straying fishermen
An expert committee is considering adopting a new mobile communication technology to caution Indian fishermen from straying across the international maritime boundary with Sri Lanka.

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NEWS

Paba’s hubby missing
The main suspect who allegedly assaulted UPFA MP and popular actress Upeksha Swarnamali is yet to be arrested by the Police.

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Jaffna fishermen want Indians stopped
Jaffna fishermen called upon the governments of Sri Lanka and India to ensure their livelihoods are not affected due to encroachment by Indian fishermen into the Sri Lankan sea waters.

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HSZ properties being returned
The government is looking at the possibilities of establishing a Land Kachcheri system to address land related issues in the former war affected areas. A statement released by the Government Information Department, said the complexity of land related grievances had been recognised by the regime.

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Gota wants pavements saved for pedestrians
Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa has informed Colombo Municipal Council (CMC) to repair all the pavements and make them available for the pedestrians exclusively.

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Second heist in one day runs out of luck
A 32-year old suspect who had snatched a gold chain valued at Rs. 160, 000/- from a woman who had been shopping inside the super market on Tuesday at Dodanduwa, was apprehended by the alert public while trying to escape in a three wheeler.

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Unequal distribution of flood relief
Serious allegations have been levelled against the government, for unequal distribution of flood relief to the Dimbulagala flood victims.
Tension grips Dimbulagala as hundreds of flood victims have launched a series of protest...

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Fishermen handed over to India
Officers of the Sri Lanka Navy with a group of Indian fishermen, moments before they were handed over to the Indian Coast Guard Region (East) in the seas off Kankesanthurai, in the early hours of yesterday.

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Iran extends flood assistance
The Imam Khomeini Relief foundation of Iran, has donated Euro 30,000 (Rs.4.5 million) to Sri Lanka, as a goodwill gesture to assist the people affected by the recent floods, Iran’s Embassy sources in Colombo said yesterday.

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POLITICS

In-party rivalry reaching crescendo
When these pages are being read, World Cup cricket fever would have swept the country, but politicians are fighting hard to infect the masses with election fever with the local government polls set for mid-March.

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Indo-Lanka diplomatic ties hang in the balance
The government, as well as the opposition parties including the United National Party (UNP) and the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP), are gearing up for the forthcoming Local Government election with an enthusiasm that was never there before on such occasions. Under normal conditions, it is a foregone conclusion that the local elections are more or less won by the party in power.

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NEWS FEATURES

Stabilising prices through buffer stocks
The floods have destroyed large extents of paddy land in the surplus producing areas like Amparai and Polonnaruwa.
Calvin Piggott, of the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation’s Sri Lanka office has estimated, from initial reports, that 15.5 percent of the main rice harvest, or about $120 million worth of rice, was lost to January flooding.

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Horrendous economic consequences of environmental changes
The economic and human consequences of anticipated climate changes for Sri Lanka are horrendous. Last Sunday’s The Nation carried a story of immense economic implications of impending climate change.

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‘Independence’ of HRC under scrutiny
The Sri Lanka Human Rights Commission (SLHRC) that has been dysfunctional for many years due to government’s failure to appoint commissioners has finally received its life back with the nomination of members to the HRC.

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Preserving linguistic rights of all communities
New technology is a tool for promoting almost everything in the modern world and what else is more suitable to promote language, the vehicle that links diverse factions of the human family.

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SPORTS

Sri Lanka venturing into the unknown
HAMBANTOTA, Saturday - Sri Lanka will be venturing into the unknown when they meet non-Test playing nation Canada in their curtain-raiser game of the 2011 World Cup at international cricket’s newest one-day venue the Mahinda Rajapaksa Stadium in Sooriyawewa here on Sunday. Despite being one of three nations hosting the mega event Sri Lanka find themselves as much as in the same situation as Canada when Kumar Sangakkara...

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We’re are under no pressure says Canadian captain
HAMBANTOTA, Saturday – ICC Associate member Canada are perhaps the most relaxed team of the two going into their opening World Cup 2011 match against host country Sri Lanka at Mahinda Rajapaksa International Stadium in Sooriyawewa under lights on Sunday.

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The survival of fifty-over cricket
So much for the survival of one-day international fifty-over cricket. Following the success of the first two ICC’s World Twenty20 tournaments held in England and in West Indies in 2009 and 2010, several cricket pundits expressed fear of the fifty-over game dying a natural death.

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We will be disappointing 20m people says Mahela
The 2011 World Cup is something that former Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardene desperately wants to win. Having seen Sri Lanka qualify for the semi-finals of the 2003 edition in South Africa and make the final of the 2007 World Cup in the Caribbean, Jayawardene feels the 2011 edition should be the crowning glory not only because it is held in the subcontinent but for the fact that Sri Lanka have one of the best bowling line-ups in the competition today.

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INTERVIEWS

‘I HAVE DONE MY DUTY’ - Johnston
Minister of Cooperatives and Internal Trade Johnston Fernando might be having the most thankless job in the entire Cabinet, for he is at the receiving end of any hike in prices of consumer essentials, even when it is caused by acts of nature beyond anyone’s control. His predecessor Bandula Gunawardena, despite being an economist, found the going very difficult, especially with the opposition and the media hounding him day and night.

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