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Sunday February 27th, 2011

PC nominates Finance Commission
The Parliamentary Council (PC) yesterday nominated three names for the Independent Finance Commission. The names of the new three commissioners are Ariyawatte Hewage, C.P.E. Gunasingham and M.M Junaid. Following the nomination by the PC, the commissioners will officially be appointed by President Mahinda Rajapaksa this week.

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LLRC final report on May 15
The Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) will be dissolved after the commission hands over its final report to President Mahinda Rajapaksa on May 15. The commission, following the completion of its task of gathering evidence from the public regarding the war situation will lose its mandate after this date, LLRC media...

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Sampur power plant 99% through
Contrary to reports here and in India last week that the proposed 500MW joint venture coal power plant at Sampur in Trincomalee was being further delayed by the Lankan Attorney General’s Department raising some 70 queries after sitting on the final documents for months, AG has already cleared 99 percent of the issues and the agreement could be signed at any time, a top official of the CEB said yesterday.

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ENTHUSIASM OVERFLOWING

Ardent cricket fans pose as they head towards the World Cup cricket Group A match between Sri Lanka and Pakistan at the R Premadasa Stadium yesterday to cheer their favourite team (AFP)
President Nasheed in Colombo
Maldivian President Mohammed Nasheed who was in Colombo on an official visit yesterday took the opportunity to watch the world cup cricket match that was played between Sri Lanka and Pakistan at the Kettarama stadium.
President Nasheed was accompanied by Sports Minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage and UPFA Parliamentarian A.H.M.Azwer.
Deputy minister Geethanjana...

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Commissioners move to amend Human Rights Act
The Human Rights Commission (HRC) that has been malfunctioning for several years is to be streamlined with an amendment to the Human Rights Act, according to HRC chairman retired Justice Priyantha Perera. The decision to amend the Human Rights Act was unanimously agreed by the board of commissioners when they met for the first time after being appointed officially as independent human rights commissioners two weeks ago.

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Colombo port hit by avalanche of vehicles
The Colombo Port is in disarray with at least 2,000 vehicles imported to Sri Lanka mostly from Japan languishing at different parts of the Port for many months.
“The problem has been ongoing for many months now ever since the import taxes were drastically reduced,” said an official at the Colombo Port who oversees logistics.

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Colombo is clean and EIU survey stinks, says Omar Kamil
Special Commissioner Colombo Municipal Council (CMC) Omar Kamil says Colombo city is rated as one of the best cities in South East Asia.
Omar Kamil reacting to the Economist Intelligence Unit’s (EIU) Liveability survey, ranking Colombo as one of the worst 10 livable cities in the world said, those economists would have based their ratings on the situation in Colombo four to five years ago.

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Basil to personally survey flood recovery in Batticaloa
Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa is scheduled to undertake a tour of the east today to ascertain for himself the progress made with regard to the flood recovery programme, launched by his ministry immediately after the floods.

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Woman stabbed three times for refusing advances of landlord
A landlord stalker, who fell head over heels for his tenant’s wife, stabbed the woman several times when she rejected his advances. After stabbing the woman three times, the landlord had tried to commit suicide by drinking an insecticide.

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Over 4,500 ex-combatants being rehabilitated, says Brig. Ranasinghe
The next batch of rehabilitated ex-combatants is likely to be released early next month, officials said.
Rehabilitation Commissioner, Brigadier Sudantha Ranasinghe told The Nation that more than 4,500 ex-combatants were being rehabilitated and they would be released in several batches as in the past.

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TNA hoping for a package of solutions from Govt. at next meeting
The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) said it hoped the government would come up with a package to solve the ethnic question when they meet next month. The TNA and the government appointed committee are scheduled to meet on March 1.

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Rajarata University crisis
The government and the Rajarata University authorities have acknowledged the shortcomings of the campus and have ensured the students’ demands are met by the next three months.

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17 illegal migrants to Australia caught near H’tota
A Navy patrol had intercepted a deep-sea trawler, carrying 17 would be illegal Lankan migrants to Australia near Hambantota last Sunday. The group comprising nine Tamils, six Sinhalese and two Muslims were handed over to the Galle Harbour Police on Monday evening (21).

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POLITICS

Legal wrangles could affect voter turnout
The focus of political attention has been the local government elections these past few weeks, but now the contest between the government and the opposition for control of the country’s local authorities has been thrown into disarray due to a plethora of court rulings. This week, the Commissioner of Elections postponed polls to 60 local bodies. His contention was that there was on-going legal action pertaining to elections in these bodies and that it would...

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EU re-lists LTTE as terrorists
A fluid political situation prevails over the country, ever since the government announced its intention to hold elections for the local councils throughout the country a few weeks ago.
The election, to a greater extent, will serve as a barometer to gauge the popularity of the government, which is largely responsible for crushing terrorism and restoring normalcy in the Northern and Eastern parts of the country.

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NEWS FEATURES

Is Police power ‘undevolvable’?
Ever since the 13th Amendment to the Constitution was introduced in 1988, there have been problems.
The principal cause for the creation of the 13th Amendment was to set up provincial councils and devolve powers from the centre to these councils for better governance.

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Drinks that kill
First it was a nine-year-old girl from Polonnaruwa who died. Then in a bizarre coincidence several miles away in the North, three little boys of almost identical age, 4,7 and 9 were rushed from a hospital at Vavuniya to the Anuradhapaura Teaching Hospital where fortunately, and thanks to the emergency first aid they were given, their young lives were saved.

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WILL ECONOMY’S GROWTH BE AFFECTED BY RECENT FLOODS?
The two waves of floods that devastated the Maha crop, roads, bridges and houses in the Eastern Province and North Central region could be a setback to the country’s economic growth. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) is however of the view that the Sri Lankan economy is on a path of high growth despite the recent set back of the floods in parts of the country.

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Sri Lanka, rising star of Asian economy – FOX NEWS
Which country had the best performing market in 2010? FOX NEWS asked in a special report on Sri Lanka. ‘Guess what? It was not the United States of America! ‘The best performing stock market was Sri Lanka’s CSE which was up 96% for the year’, they said.

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SPORTS

Lankans leave it too late – lose by 11 runs
Pakistan outplayed Sri Lanka in all departments to win their Group A World Cup match by 11 runs played under lights at the R Premadasa Stadium yesterday.
Chasing Pakistan’s total of 277-7, Sri Lanka replied with 266-9 falling agonizingly short of the target much to the dismay of the near capacity crowd of 35.000. Sri Lanka began their run chase strongly with openers Upul Tharanga (33) and Tillakaratne Dilshan (41) posting 76 off 86 balls but they got bogged down in the middle overs and despite a late spurt by Chamara Silva (57 off 78 balls) and Nuwan Kulasekara (24 off 14 balls) they just failed to get there.

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Skipper Dimuth helps Pathana recover
Isipathana skipper Dimuth Warapitiya took the onus on his shoulders to guide his side to a timely recovery with a courageous knock of 96 at the end of the first day’s play in their annual big match encounter against Thurstan at the SSC ground yesterday. Thurstan was building a sound reply with 52-1, at close of play, to Isipathana’s first innings total of 254.

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Is ICC shutting Test door on associates?
The ICC’s decision to reduce the number of teams in the next World Cup from 14 to 10 teams has certainly not gone down well with the four associate countries currently participating in the 2011 World Cup in the subcontinent.

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Canada learn the hard way despite Lankan support
Having two coaches familiar with Sri Lankan conditions and its players is one thing, but to convert that knowledge into a winning result is not as easy task as one would believe it to be.
Minnows Canada found that out the hard way when they confronted Sri Lanka in their open fixture at the newly built Mahinda Rajapaksa International Stadium in Hambantota on Sunday and were soundly beaten by 210 runs, the seventh largest defeat in a World Cup match. This was despite having two former Sri Lanka cricketers as coaches in their ranks...

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INTERVIEWS

DEW tears into JVP
When JVP’s Anura Kumara Dissanayake moved an adjournment motion to scrap the emergency altogether on Thursday one of the strongest defenders of emergency was Communist Party Leader DEW Gunasekera who reminded the House that despite having been one of the first victims of the emergency soon after it was promulgated in 1983, he yet saw enough reasons...

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The majority will vote for the UNP
UNP stalwart Moneragala District Parliamentarian Ranjith Maddumabandara in an interview with The Nation speaks on the upcoming local government elections and several other topical political issues.

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