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Sunday April 17th, 2011


SriLankan weighs offers from Boeing, Airbus
National carrier SriLankan with its passenger traffic growing by nearly 25 per cent last year and expected to take even a bigger leap with eventual flights to Toronto, Melbourne and Moscow is now urgently in need of new aircraft.
According to insiders with Toronto region alone having more than 200,000 Sri Lankan Tamils, the carrier has already negotiated a code share deal with Air Canada to facilitate the new service.

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Dispossessed fish traders threaten legal action
Dispossessed fish traders, who were denied new stalls at the newly built fish market in Peliyagoda, have threatened to take legal action against the Colombo Municipal Council (CMC).
Individually and collectively as members of the Fish Traders Association these former tenants...

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Till govt. replies we will not comment, says UNP
Until the government officially reveals the report of the Ban Ki-moon’s three-member advisory panel on alleged war crimes during the closing stages of the war against the LTTE and the government replies it, the UNP will not comment on it, the UNP said.

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National ‘hisa thel gema’ ceremony

President Mahinda Rajapaksa takes part in the national ‘hisa thel gema’ (customary oil anointing) ceremony at Sri Rohana Uposathagara Temple at Matara. The chief incumbent the Ven. Aththudawe Sri Rahula Thera, the Maha Nayaka of Sri Rohana Sangha Sabha, anointing oil on the President’s head at the auspicious time of 7:41 yesterday morning

(Pic by Nalin Hewapathirana)

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Bid to defraud Jaffna youth: Army nabs 3 from Trinco
Army on Friday arrested three youth from Trincomalee who posed off as members of the TMVP and attempted to fleece Rs. 500,000 from three Jaffna youth promising to send them to Western countries for lucrative employment.

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TNA irked by failure to get detainee list
The failure of the government to divulge the list of Tamil detainees for the second time has irked the Tamil National Alliance (TNA).
The TNA yesterday expressed its anger and frustration at the government for calling off a scheduled visit to the Terrorism Investigations Department office in Vavuniya at the eleventh hour. 

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Govt. not decided on form of reply
Describing the UN report on alleged war crimes as ‘baseless’, Deputy External Affairs Minister Neomal Perera yesterday said the government has not yet decided to respond to the UN Secretary General officially.
He said the authenticity of the report is being studied by the government and added that going through the contents of the report it appeared to be fabricated and flawed in many respects.

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NEWS

Who is the new CJ?
Chief Justice Asoka de Silva, due to retire on May 14 on reaching the age of 65, has got the Hulftsdorp Hill debating as to who would replace him. According to most, the President is expected to appoint the next senior-most judge on the Supreme Court bench Prof. Shirani Bandaranayake to succeed him, while others are of the opinion that Attorney General Mohan Pieris would be picked for the job.

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Educated youth unemployment remains a concern – Central Bank
The Central Bank of Sri Lanka has highlighted that despite the reduction in the unemployment rate during the year 2010, the continued youth unemployment, especially among educated youth, remains a matter of concern. According to the Quarterly Labour Force Survey (QLFS), the unemployment rate decreased to 4.9 per cent in 2010 as compared to 5.8 per cent recorded in 2009, the recently released 2010 Central Bank Annual Report stated.

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University teachers meet SB today on salaries
Federation of University Teachers Associations (FUTA) will meet Higher Education Minister S. B. Dissanayake today to discuss the salary demands made by the university teachers, Chairman of the association Dr. Nirmal Ranjith Dewasiri said.
The FUTA had earlier threatened to vacate the university administrative force by May 9 if the government continued to turn a blind eye to their demands.

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Navy rescues 11 Myanmar fishermen
Eleven Myanmar fishermen, stranded 350 nautical miles off Point Pedro, were brought to Trincomalee yesterday, Navy Spokesperson Commander Kosala Warnakulasuriya said. He said that the fishermen were detected by a local fishing trawler on April 13 and they were rescued and brought ashore on the orders of the Navy.

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Lankan goons disturb peace in Bur Dubai
Wrath, envy and jealousy with the intent to cause grievous bodily harm fuelled by business rivalry, and behaviour further influenced by the intoxication of alcohol, has left four Sri Lankan youth languishing in remand custody in Dubai. The Sri Lankan expatriate population of Bur Dubai got a rude awakening last week when four machete and pole wielding drunken goons targeted a fellow Sri Lankan...

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Ampara farmers in dilemma
Paddy cultivators in Kalmunai Veli, Iraiveli, Kudakarai East, Kudakarai West, Natpiddimunai Veli East, Natpiddimunai West, Segupattu, Pandithivu East and Panditivu West in the Ampara District totalling 7,200 acres are reluctant to cultivate their paddy lands during this Yala Season as they fear their crops would be destroyed.

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POLITICS

UNP: Damaging infighting continues
Tuesday, the twelfth of April, passed last week hardly anyone noticing its significance as Sri Lankans went into holiday mode for the Sinhala and Tamil New Year and among those who missed the importance of the date would have been members of the United National Party too.

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Need for Independent Police Commission and being diplomatically prudent
Barely one week before the Sinhala and Tamil New Year, the public was agog with the news that the government had moved into arrest the extortionists at the newly-constructed Peliyagoda Fish Market. It was a good move by the government and a wake up call to the Police – the long-arm of the law of the State.

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NEWS FEATURES

Lanka records highest economic growth in three decades
The 8 per cent growth of the Sri Lankan economy during the year 2010, according to the Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL) is the highest annual rate of growth reported in the last three decades. This growth far exceeds the average annual growth of 4.9 per cent recorded since the liberalisation of the economy in 1977.

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Promising export growth unlikely to reduce trade deficit
The performance of exports in the last quarter of 2010 and in January this year holds promise of an improvement. Yet exports are a fraction of the import expenditure and export growth is inadequate to offset the sharp increases in import expenditure. 

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Accountability, reconciliation and democracy
At a recent seminar at the Acadamie Diplomatique Internationale in Paris, a team from the National University of Singapore’s Institute of South Asian Studies (ISAS), on a Paris-London visit, presented a paper on ‘Developments in the Arab World...

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THUGS TAMED
The opening of the state-of-the-art fish market complex at Peliyagoda at a staggering cost of Rs. 1,700 million and the hullabaloos that followed thereafter were the highlights of last week.

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SPORTS

Pak-SL series put on hold due to security fears
The security situation in the country continues to hit Pakistan cricket badly, with plans to launch a premier league and invite Sri Lanka to play in a series later this year being put on hold.
Officials in the PCB have confirmed that other boards had in recent meetings in Sri Lanka made it clear that their players were reluctant to travel to the crisis-torn country for the Pakistan Premier League (PPL) Twenty20 competition because of security fears.

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Murali slams SLC on IPL decision
Former Sri Lankan off-spinner Muthiah Muralitharan who is playing for Kochi Tuskers Kerala in the IPL has slammed Sri Lanka Cricket board’s decision to recall the Sri Lankan players participating in the IPL by May 5 to prepare for the tour of England.
“I think the board [SLC] has given them permission till May 20,” Murali told a TV channel. “I don’t know what happened suddenly. The players were told to come on May 5. It is the fault of SLC because they signed the NOC [No Objection certificate] till May 20 so if they change it to May 5 it is wrong.

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Are we becoming a nation of poor losers?
The 2011 Cricket World Cup concluded a fortnight ago and still the debate on why Sri Lanka lost in the final to India rages on in the media. It is a topic that has been widely discussed on television channels and opinions expressed by regular writers and readers in newspapers. Even the Sports Minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage has joined the bandwagon and expressed his concern over the defeat and wants an inquiry held. 

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Vicious rumour mill: killing Lankan cricket by word
Many Sri Lankan fans expected the cricket team to win the World Cup and even stocked up with firecrackers to mark the celebratory moment. The disappointment has been commensurate with this high expectation. It has generated immense disappointment in many minds. Though some foreign reports and some Lankans have congratulated the people and officials in the island for the manner in which they formally feted the returning cricket squad, there has been a dark side to the story

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Sri Lankans display true sportsmanship
World-renown sports writer Kamran Abbasi states in The Hindu, “Commiserations to Sri Lanka fans. You have the most humble and most gracious team in world cricket. You should be proud of their achievement.”
“Lankan people displayed grace and warmth in the face of a defeat. With amazing grace, unseen elsewhere in the sub-continent following a defeat, the crowd cheered its cricketers. 

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