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Sunday March 20th, 2011


Lankan scientists oppose N-plant
As Japan continues to struggle to control fires and radiation at its crippled nuclear power reactors, Sri Lankan scientists are now backing away from an effort to promote nuclear power in the country while nuclear critics are stepping up their opposition.

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UNP leadership issue to be resolved within two weeks
The United National Party leadership issue will be resolved within two weeks according to the guidelines laid down in the party’s new constitution...

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Conman robs losing candidate
A former UPFA Habaraduwa Pradeshiya Sabha member and a losing candidate at Thursday’s election U. K. Kaluarachchi ended up being a loser even in the run up to the election when a conman walked...

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Misbah Ul Haq bowled over at Kollupitiya

Pakistan cricketers playing in the World Cup matches in Sri Lanka attended Friday prayers at the Jummah Mosque, Kollupitiya. Other worshippers took the opportunity to mob them for autographs. Here cricketer Misbah Ul Haq obliging an elderly fan.

(Pic. by Rukshan Abeywansa)

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India tried to save Ranil’s govt – WikiLeaks
India made an unsuccessful effort to resolve the ‘cohabitation’ crisis in Sri Lanka between President Chandrika Kumaratunga and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe late in 2003 by suggesting that the Defence portfolio be split so that he could have effective control over military affairs in the North and East as he remained in charge of the stalled peace process.

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Govt, TNA dialogue resumes
The government and the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) have agreed in unison to continue their dialogue with each other. This decision was taken after representatives of both the government and the TNA met at the Presidential Secretariat on Friday (18). Both parties met for the third time to discuss issues connected with resettlement of internally...

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NEWS

Conman robs losing candidate
A former UPFA Habaraduwa Pradeshiya Sabha member and a losing candidate at Thursday’s election U. K. Kaluarachchi ended up being a loser even in the run up to the election when a conman walked off with Rs. 348,000 worth of valuables from his home at Meepe, Habaraduwa.

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Emergency certificates issued to 3,000 Lankans in Kuwait
Around 5,000 Sri Lankans in Kuwait had applied for Emergency Certificates (EC) from the Sri Lankan Embassy in the country. An official at the External Affairs Ministry said ECs had been provided to 3,000 Sri Lankans so far.

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Yesterday’s rare Supermoon – biggest in 18 years
Astronomers and astrologers alike eagerly scanned the night skies yesterday, to gaze their full on a very rare and beautiful sight: A full Moon of rare size and beauty which rose in the Eastern skies at sunset. “It’s a super ‘perigee Moon’ – the biggest in 18 years.

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NTC keeps tabs on rogue buses
The National Transport Commission (NTC) has launched a pilot project to monitor the movement of inter-provincial private buses. With the use of GPS technology, the NTC hopes to monitor the movement of inter-provincial private buses and provide a better service to the people.

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They made dud jewellery gold
Two suspects, a Muslim man and a Sinhala woman, were taken into custody recently and remanded till March 28 for pawning jewellery made to look like gold, by Matara Additional Magistrate Dulani Perera.
They had pawned dud gold jewellery at four rural banks.

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US Education Fair in Colombo on Tuesday
With the support of the Sri Lanka-United States Fulbright Commission and the United States Embassy, ‘The Education USA University Fair’ will take place Tuesday, (22) at the Cinnamon Lakeside Hotel, from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. 

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Little breather from dengue
The number of casualties due to dengue has reduced for the first time in the last couple of years according to the Epidemiology Unit of the Health Ministry.The dengue saw an alarming increase in the number of casualties during the last two years. A total of 25 dengue-related deaths have been reported so far this year, which is a remarkable drop when compared to the same period last year.

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SI with long service claims damages from SSP, DIG
A Police Sub Inspector has filed a suit claiming Rs.3,000,000 from a Deputy Inspector General and a Senior Superintendent in the Mt Lavinia District Court. When the case was taken up on Wednesday before the Mt Lavinia Additional District Judge Franz Gunewardene it was put off for June 2.

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POLITICS

Lankans politically conscious World Cup notwithstanding!
It is all over bar the shouting. Even though several dozen local government bodies did not go to the polls on Thursday, among those which did, the ruling United Peoples Freedom Alliance (UPFA) swept the board, winning a comfortable 55 per cent of the popular vote in the process.
The major opposition party, the United National Party (UNP) came a distant second, managing...

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Nuclear Disaster: A shocking and harsh message
The unprecedented catastrophe unfolded in Japan last week has sent a shocking but a harsh message to the rest of the world that the nature’s fury is something that is uncontrollable and unabated.
In spite of many technological advances and innovations by the world since the 16th century, the grim reality is that the nature has supernatural powers to beat them all or destroy them at its whims and fancies.

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NEWS FEATURES

President’s leadership and personality clinch UPFA victory
The ruling UPFA has swept the board at Thursday’s local government elections bagging 205 of the 235 local bodies at stake. Both the UNP and the JVP during their campaigns posed a formidable challenge to the ruling party raising several issues to place the government at a disadvantage. They charged that the government reneged on the promise to grant a Rs. 2,500 pay hike to public servants, and it was selling public establishments to the private sector.

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Laxapana to be overhauled, Samanalawewa leaks to be fixed
Power and Energy Minister Champika Ranawaka, who openly mooted nuclear power for the country’s future development in the recent past, concedes that people are now reluctant to proceed with nuclear plants, but he insists on us going ahead with other peaceful uses of nuclear technology, especially in our industry.

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End of nuclear energy renaissance
The developing crisis in Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant has once again placed the spotlight on nuclear energy across the world as most wait to see whether the utility can avoid a disaster of the likes of Chernobyl in 1986. As the crisis kept developing in Japan several countries called for assessments of their own power plants while those who have been promoting nuclear...

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Atomic energy for Lanka, the debate goes on…
If 9/11 twin tower bomb attack made an indelible mark in the history of United States of America, to Japan it was the 11/3, nuclear plant blast, that made an ineffaceable dent in her history, next only to the 1945 Hiroshima and Nagasaki atom bomb incidents. The 11/3 nuke blast following a massive 9.0 earthquake and subsequent tsunami has forced Japan, one of the leading countries in the world to eat humble pie...

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Local Government ELECTION Results

SPORTS

Australia’s unbeaten WC run ends
Pakistan overcame a fiery Brett Lee to inflict on current champions Australia their first defeat in a World Cup match for 12 years when they won an important Group A match by four wickets under lights at the R Premadasa Stadium yesterday.
The win meant that Pakistan topped Group A with Sri Lanka remaining in second spot and Australia and New Zealand taking the next two slots at three and four respectively. In all probability Pakistan has set up a quarter-final date with the West Indies, Sri Lanka with England, Australia with India and New Zealand with South Africa. It could change if West Indies upsets India in a crucial Group B match today.

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South Africa knocks Bangladesh out of WC
Lonwabo Tsotsobe grabbed 3-14 on his World Cup debut as mighty South Africa sent Bangladesh crashing out of the tournament with a 206-run victory on Saturday.
Jacques Kallis made 69 and Faf du Plessis hit a run-a-ball 52 to lift South Africa to 284-8 after Graeme Smith won the toss and elected to take first strike on a slow, sluggish wicket.

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When will he ever learn?
Asoka de Silva, Sri Lanka’s only official in the ICC Elite Panel of Umpires has goofed it again and this time it could be curtains for him. De Silva’s decision-making has been deemed so poor that the ICC was forced to drop him from their more important World Cup matches and reschedule their appointments for the rest of the qualifying round matches.

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‘The real test is yet to come’
Having batted his team into the quarter-finals of the 2011 World Cup with his maiden World Cup century, Sri Lanka captain Kumara Sangakkara stated that the real test for his team has yet to come after they qualified for the knockout stage of the competition. The 112-run win over New Zealand in their final Group A game at Mumbai on Friday was Sri Lanka’s first real victory over a Test...

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INTERVIEWS

Local Polls: Reactions
The United Peoples’ Freedom Alliance (UPFA) led by President Mahinda Rajapaksa recorded a landslide victory at the recently concluded local government elections held on March 17.
The UPFA swept through 205 local bodies of the total 235 councils, Thursday (17). According to the Elections Commissioner, the UPFA had gained 55 per cent of the vote as against the UNP’s 34 per cent.

State media propaganda blitz had a devastating effect - Tissa Attanayake

We were overwhelmed by thuggery - JVP Leader Somawansa Amarasinghe

SLMC performed exceptionally well - Parliamentarian Hasan Ali

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