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Sunday March 13th, 2011


Lankans fear loss of family and friends
While Japan’s quake and tsunami official death toll and the numbers missing continue to rise, the whereabouts of at least 30,000 Sri Lankans including many illegal immigrants are still being assimilated to ascertain their location.

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Hakeem, Athaullah battle to woo supporters
Two rival powerful UPFA Muslim ministers are waging a serious campaign to woo supporters to boost their own political parties in the East using state resources.
Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) leader and Justice Minister, Rauf Hakeem and National Muslim Congress (NMC) leader and Local Government minister

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SriLankan in for a storm
The country’s national carrier SriLankan and its passengers flying to 30 cities around the world might be in for high drama when its more than 800 flight attendants resort to industrial action from tomorrow to win their outstanding grievances.

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Frightening déjà vu

An explosion at Fukushima Nuclear Plant made matters worse for the earthquake and tsunami hit Japan as the reactors at the ageing plant threatened to endanger the densely populated area, some 250 km away from the capital Tokyo. Once victims of a couple of hydrogen bombs during World War II, this incident may be a frightening déjà vu for the people of Japan
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Blast at Japan nuke plant: 1,000 dead after quake
An explosion and feared meltdown at a Japanese nuclear plant Saturday exposed the scale of the disaster facing the country after a massive quake and tsunami left more than 1,000 dead. Japan’s Prime Minister Naoto Kan said...

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TULF, PLOTE complain of step motherly treatment
Two of the constituent partners of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA), the TULF and the PLOTE, have accused TNA of giving them step motherly treatment in the Alliance election campaign. With the election campaign nearing its final stages with Monday midnight declared as the official...

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ATM heist: Ukrainian mastermind still at large
The Criminal Investigations Department Friday objected to bail being granted to two suspects in the case of stealing Rs. 14 million from Automatic Teller Machines using forged cards. Superintendent of Police Priyantha Chandrasiri and Inspector Nandana Silva...

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NEWS

UPFA, TNA stalemate continues
The stalemate between the UPFA government and the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) continues with the TNA this time refusing to meet the government delegation on March 23 – a date proposed for a meeting by the government. The government earlier put off all discussions with Tamil parliamentarians till after the local government election on March 17.
The TNA has instead suggested to the government to have the meeting with its delegation on March 18 – a date the government is unable to make due to election commitments.

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CEB profiting on CPC’s loss?
Although state-run Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) recorded its profitable results for the first time in 10 years, state-owned entity Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC) is charging that CEB was profiting on CPC’s losses, which are feared to touch a staggering Rs. 220bn by end 2011.

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Junket for provincial councillors at tax payers’ expense
Of the 55 members forming the Southern Provincial Council from Galle, Matara and Hambantota Districts, 45 members both from the UPFA and UNP are in agreement to embark on a foreign tour.
This trip covers China and Thailand over a period of six days. The JVP would go to courts to stop it, the party’s Galle District councillor Nalin Hewage announced Thursday.

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Famed Jaffna Subhash Hotel to re-start
When Iyappan Sangaran arrived in Sri Lanka early last century, he did not have a single penny in his hands and had no idea how to survive.
However, he has left a legacy in the form of Subhash Hotel that has become synonymous with the recent history of the Jaffna Peninsula.

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More maternity leave demand gets poor response
Members of the Sri Lanka Paediatric Association and paediatricians in general who have been requesting that all nursing mothers be given six months of full paid maternity leave to enable them to breast feed their babies to reduce rising child morbidity, are concerned over a lack of response from responsible quarters.
At present, only four months of full paid maternity leave is given to working women, with three days of paternity leave.

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World Down Syndrome Day 2011
The Kosala Dullewa Foundation, together with the Rotaract District 3220, will be jointly organising ‘World Down’s Syndrome Day Sri Lanka 2011’ on March 20 at Royal College, Colombo 7, to celebrate the World Down Syndrome Day, which falls on March 21. This will be a full-day event consisting of four different projects, a Charity Walk, a Medical Clinic, an Art Exhibition and a Variety Show by children with special needs.

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Dynamited fish caught with suspect
A fisherman caught with dynamited fish in the Mirissa area and produced before Matara Magistrate Udesh Ranatunge by the Weligama Police was enlarged on Rs.100,000 bail on Thursday (10) and ordered to appear in court on April 8.

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POLITICS

DM’s statement, KP and politics making strange bedfellows!
This week, despite the local government elections being due in a few days, the focus of political attention shifted from campaigning for the polls, the Cricket World Cup and human rights issues being thrashed out in New York to across the Palk Straits, to Chennai, the capital of Tamil Nadu. At first, there were domestic political tremors in Chennai. The Muthuvelu Karunanidhi led Dravida Munnethra Kazhagam (DMK) was threatening to withdraw support to the Congress-led central government in Delhi.

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Election-related violence reaches a new high
Nominations for 301 local bodies were initially called. However, with the Elections Commissioner suspending the elections to 65 local bodies as a sequel to some political parties challenging in courts the rejection of their nominations, voters in only 235 areas of Municipal Councils, Urban Councils and Pradeshiya Sabhas will go to polls on March 17. At the outset, electioneering by political parties looked lackadaisical. Nor did the people show any enthusiasm. However, it has begun hotting up with the UPFA, UNP and the JVP intensifying their campaigning for the last two weeks.

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NEWS FEATURES

Ending the conflict in Sri Lanka and the challenges ahead
Sri Lanka’s 27 year conflict ended suddenly and comprehensively on 18th May 2009. The guns fell silent and the nation celebrated ecstatically. While defeating the LTTE was a mighty achievement, given their reputation for invincibility, effectively including all Sri Lankans in the reconstruction and reconciliation processes poses a significant challenge.

 

People know govt did a lot to develop villages: Basil
A President and a government with a record of having made the greatest contribution towards the development of the village are in power today. They are also in the most advantageous position to work for the betterment of the village. Therefore, there is no doubt about the people continuing with the trend of supporting the UPFA government, says Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa in an interview with The Nation.

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A boost for Lanka fishing industry
Sweeping changes are in the offing to give Sri Lanka’s age-old fishing industry a new lease of life.
The industry that has faced numerous obstacles and restrictions since inception is to go through an extensive development programme shortly to compete with other nations that are technologically developed.

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Food borne diseases: CMC alerts hotel industry
Concerned by mounting health complaints from guests who have fallen ill after consuming food served in Colombo hotels, the Colombo Municipal Council which recently made it mandatory that all food handlers and staff in the hotel industry get a medical check up, is stepping up these operations. 

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She needs help
G D Dushyanthi Samanmali, 43, a mother of two children, residing at Railway Station Road, Navinna, Maharagama is suffering from an acute kidney disease and doctors have recommended urgent transplant surgery as a life saving measure.  More Details

SPORTS

Have we been tested enough?
Sri Lanka was the first team in the on-going 2011 Cricket World Cup to qualify for a place in the quarter-finals with their emphatic 139-run victory over Zimbabwe at international cricket’s newest venue the Pallekele International Stadium where the capacity 35,000 spectators got their money’s worth of entertainment. But the question that remains to be asked is whether Sri Lanka has been tested enough properly to go through the next stage of the competition successfully, which is the most crucial because it involves a knockout.

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Bad light stalls a Thomian win
S Thomas’ put up a tremendous performance in the fourth innings of the match to nearly pull off a stunning win on the final day’s play of the 132nd Battle of the Blues cricket encounter in front of a mammoth crowd at SSC grounds yesterday. The final stage of the game was called off by the on field umpires due to bad light with the Thomians needing just 34 runs to win with 14 mandatory overs remaining. S Thomas’ was 234-4 wickets in 42 overs when play ended on a day where both sides played negative cricket for most part of the match.

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A good eye-opener for cricket
The stripping of full membership of Sri Lanka by the International Rugby Board (IRB) is a good eye-opener to the government not to interfere too much with sports bodies. The IRB statement to that effect reads: “The International Rugby Board has confirmed that the Sri Lanka Rugby Football Union (SLRFU) has been suspended from full IRB member status with immediate effect after failing to conduct appropriate Board elections in accordance with IRB Bye Laws.

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Why it is imperative to beat New Zealand
Sri Lanka faces the danger of finishing fourth in Group A and the possibility of meeting hot favourites India in India in the quarter-finals unless they beat New Zealand in their final group match at Mumbai on March 18. Man-of-the-match in the Zimbabwe game Tillakaratne Dilshan summed up his team’s next goal when he said that they have to start playing their best cricket from the New Zealand game onwards if they are to go all the way and reach the final.

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INTERVIEWS

Govt riding on other people’s problems
Ravi Karunanayake, the other leadership aspirant in the UNP after Sajith Premadasa, brushes aside recent reports that party Deputy Leader Karu Jayasuria is now the third force in the once monolithic organisation and insists that those aspirants are only having wishful thinking that are far from reality. Following are excerpts from the interview:
Q:
There now appears to be too many leadership aspirants in the UNP. What are your views?
I think many people have wishful thinking mostly. Our only job is to defeat the government and not to create problems in the party.

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