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Sunday March 06th, 2011


10,000 Lankans to be deported from Kuwait
The Kuwait government has decided to send back home Sri Lankans charged with offences under the Kuwait law. An estimated 10,000 illegal Sri Lankans domiciled in Kuwait have been forced to find their way back home during a four month...

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LTTE threat to disrupt Havard discussion on Lanka turns into damp squib
An LTTE threat to disrupt a panel discussion on Sri Lanka at the Kennedy School, Harvard on Tuesday if it was attended by Sri Lanka’s Permanent Representative...

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TNA-Govt. lock horns?
The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) and the UPFA government have locked horns after the government chose not to meet the Tamil parliamentarians again until local polls are over.

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Home sweet home

A special aircraft arranged by President Rajapaksa yesterday brought down a full load of stranded Lankan workers from Tripoli, Libya. Though they were back in the safety of their motherland, many of their faces yet betrayed the ordeal they suffered for weeks as that country got engulfed in violence to oust its long standing leader Muammar Gaddafi, who has ruled that nation for more than four decades

(Pic by Ravindra Dharmatillake)

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No resolution against Lanka as feared
Contrary to speculations that the United Nations will move a resolution against Sri Lanka at the ongoing United Nation Human Rights Council (UNHRC) session, it is now...

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Rat fever kills 11
Leptospirosis, commonly known as ‘rat fever,’ which erupted again after the heavy rains and floods, is now threatening to become an epidemic.
It has already claimed 11 lives in the first two months of this year. The highest number of deaths, 3, has been reported in Hambantota.

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Now Airbus team woos SriLankan
Following on the footsteps of the Boeing sales pitch made to woo SriLankan for its 777 passenger aircraft in January the rival European Airbus put on a marathon selling session of its own products on Friday at the Colombo Hilton.

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NEWS

Shelters for stray dogs
The Health Ministry is in the process of drawing up a plan to put up shelters in all parts of the country for stray dogs. The overpopulation of stray dogs and the danger of rabies spreading have prompted the Ministry to consider this programme.

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Cricket over-enthusiasm leads to suicide
An elaborate plan made by a 36-year-old cricket enthusiast in Ragama to have a day of fun watching the recent Pakistan vs. Sri Lanka encounter trailed off to a tragic end when his wife scolded him for being a nuisance to the others in the household.

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Rail gatekeeper blows the whistle on negligent railway engineers
A rail gatekeeper blew the whistle on the Railway Department’s negligent behaviour that caused the death of a 28-year-old tractor driver recently, when he spilled out the whole story before the Inquirer into Sudden Deaths, Ja-Ela.
Victim Joseph Alfonso Nicholas, a father of four, died in an accident at the railway crossing near the Ja-Ela Station as the automatic gate failed to close when a train engine was approaching the crossing.

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Hunters brought to justice
Deniyaya Police on a tip-off Wednesday arrested two men taking a skinned porcupine and an armadillo (kebellewa) to the market to sell the meat.
When they were produced before Deniyaya Chief Magistrate Dhammika Hemapala, the two hunters were fined Rs.20,000 each.

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Karu complains of govt election thuggery
The government, whose popularity is fast waning, has now begun resorting to the bullet and thuggary to suppress the public opinion, says UNP Deputy Leader Karu Jayauriya. In a hard-hitting statement released to the media yesterday to condemn what he describes as the series of attacks by goons on opposition activists engaged in election propaganda,....

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Pakistan Army delegation to arrive tomorrow
The delegation is headed by Lieutenant General Muzammil Hussain, Inspector General, Training and Evaluation, Pakistan Army. The Pakistan Army delegation comprises...

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UPFA Parliamentarian stirs hornets’ nest?
A statement made by a UPFA Parliamentarian that Muslims who supported Pakistan during the cricket match that was played between Sri Lanka and Pakistan must leave the country, has stirred a hornets’ nest.

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POLITICS

Local polls: Major upsets unlikely
While there is little political activity apart from the local government elections dominating the headlines, even these polls are being upstaged by the Cricket World Cup that is being presently co-hosted in the country. The local elections, however, will be held on March 17 amidst a plethora of legal wrangles which has thrown the campaigns...

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Govt fights to defend HR record
As a popular revolt swept through the Middle East, a group of professionals discussed as to how democracy could be strengthened in Sri Lanka by urging the government to recognise the people’s Right to Information. The Right to Information Act means a lot to Sri Lanka as it is an important ingredient in a participatory democracy.

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NEWS FEATURES

I will ensure impartiality, says SLHRC chief
Human Rights Commission (SLHRC) that has been dormant for several years has now been given its life back. The commission was reconstituted with the appointments of new commissioners under the leadership of an eminent lawyer and retired Supreme Court Judge Priyantha Perera.

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Indian Consul General’s confused territory
According to a media report appeared in a local daily a few weeks ago, the Indian Counsel General in Jaffna V. Mahalingam had interfered in the judicial process following the seizure of 112 Indian fishermen along with 18 trawlers in the general area north of Point Pedro...

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Kfir crash killing pilot dampens SLAF 60th anniversary
The 60th anniversary of the Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF) was commemorated in a grand scale in the country. But for the family of Squadron Leader Monath Perera, it turned out to be nightmare. While aircraft coloured up the skies, on the ground, the household of Squadron Leader Perera would be filled with the vacuum he has left.

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Reviewing dual citizenship
The decision to review the practice of allowing dual citizenship would have been based on considerations of national interest that are broader than economic considerations. There is conceivably a political rationale and security considerations behind such a decision.

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SPORTS

Big showdown ends in downpour
The much looked forward to showdown between World Cup finalists of 1996 and 2007 Sri Lanka and Australia ended in a big disappointment when a heavy downpour forced a no-result in their World Cup Group A match played at the R Premadasa Stadium yesterday.

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Captains disappointed with wet outcome
Rival captains Kumar Sangakkara and Ricky Ponting expressed disappointment that a vital World Cup Group A match had to be washed out by bad weather when it was nicely poised at the R Premadasa Stadium yesterday.
“The game was really poised at that time. Eighteen overs to go and we were realistically looking at anything close to 250 or slightly above,” said Sri Lanka captain Sangakkara. “It would have been a great game of cricket had it continued.”

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Are school coaches doing a proper job?
The standard of school cricket in Sri Lanka has been ranked among the best in the world for several decades. But what is prevalent in school cricket today is something that needs to be arrested immediately and it can only be done if the respective school coaches and masters-in-charge are strict and do not allow the players to have the upper hand.

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I’ll be happy if he plays for another few years - Malinga’s coach
When Lasith Malinga was demolishing the Kenyan batting line-up at the R Premadasa Stadium on Tuesday the happiest man absorbing the spectacle before him from the dressing room was his coach Champaka Ramanayake, a former Sri Lanka fast bowler himself.

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INTERVIEWS

Mahinda Wins over
The ongoing sessions of the United Nations Human Rights Committee (UNHRC) in Geneva, while causing ripples within Sri Lanka has also made the powers that be believe that a strong resolution will to be presented to the UN against Sri Lanka during this session. Assuming something was brewing, the government, as a damage control exercise, last week dispatched External Affairs Ministry Secretary Romesh Jayasinghe...

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JVP sees Indian hand everywhere
The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna appears to be trapped in a time warp, possibly going back to as far as early 1970s when our country’s leaders thought we can be self sufficient in everything with our own resources. Speaking to their frontliner and international spokesman Vijitha Herath, this theme surfaced over and over.

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