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Sunday April 24th, 2011


UN report held back
The UN’s threat to publish the controversial report of its Secretary General’s advisory panel within 36 hours of a copy of it being handed over to Sri Lanka’s Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN Maj. Gen. Shavendra Silva...

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JHU wants President to visit Russia, China, India
The Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) will recommend to President Mahinda Rajapaksa to personally visit countries with veto powers in the Security Council to explain Sri Lanka’s position regarding the last stages of the war.

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Asylum boat in Cocos Islands
A boatload of asylum seekers arrived in Australian territory yesterday, according to Sky News.

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Christians Celebrate Easter

Christians around the world celebrate Easter today. The significance of Easter is the resurrection of Christ who, after being crucified on the cross, rose again on the third day. In the picture Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith unveils a cross during a mass to mark the Good Friday in Colombo. The Nation wishes all Christians a Happy Easter.
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MR will not meet Blake
President Mahinda Rajapaksa is not expected to meet United States Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Robert O. Blake who is expected to visit Sri Lanka on May 3.
Blake’s visit will be to discuss the US country report in which the US State Department has severely accused Sri Lanka of human rights abuses...

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LTTE arms cache in Trinco
The Navy has recovered a cache of weapons and communication equipment used by the LTTE in Trincomalee. Navy spokesman Commander Kosala Warnakulasuriya said the Navy personnel attached to the Eastern Naval Command had recovered these weapons and communication equipment on Friday.

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NEWS

Doctors give up hope on Sai Baba
Doctors treating Sri Sathya Sai Baba in Puttarpathi in Andra Pradesh, South India, had expressed pessimism of saving the life of the 86-year-old spiritual leader who has millions of followers throughout the world, including Sri Lanka. He is warded at the Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Medical Sciences in Puttarpathi founded by him. 

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Bruising fight over private sector pension bill
While the Ceylon Bank Employees’ Union has filed action protesting against certain provisions in the proposed government’s move to introduce a pensions scheme for the private sector, a majority of trade unions have also expressed their reservations about the proposed scheme.

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May Day in grand scale
Colombo is expected to turn gay and colourful as usual with typical revelry by exuberant crowds on this year’s May Day as well, given the elaborate arrangements being made by a number of trade unions and the main political parties to celebrate the event.
The ruling UPFA will hold their rally at the Colombo Town Hall grounds and the JVP at the BRC grounds. Meanwhile, the UNP which has taken a decision to have their May Day celebrations out of Colombo will hold their rally at the UC grounds in Bandarawela.

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DIG on his final journey
Funeral of retired Deputy Inspector General of Police and former Director of the Criminal Investigations Department Amarasena Rajapaksa (79) will take place at the General Cemetery, Borella today at 4:00p.m.
An old boy of St. Benedict College, Kotahena, Rajapaksa functioned as the Director, CID for several years before being promoted to the rank of DIG.

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Hakeem to repair 63 war damaged court houses
Justice Minister Rauff Hakeem who toured the Northern districts on Thursday and Friday told a press conference in Vavuniya on the final day that his Ministry plans to effect repairs to 63 court premises damaged during the war against the LTTE and also to build new court houses wherever necessary.

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Dengue makes dramatic leap
The total number of dengue cases up to April this year has already overtaken the previous year’s count for the same period, as the country is now in the grips of another full blown epidemic that threatens to surpass epidemics of recent years.
According to the Epidemiology Unit’s latest statistics up to April 21, the total cumulative number of confirmed cases of dengue now stands at 3,784 with 31 deaths.

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Wanted UPFA politician arrested after four years
A UPFA politician wanted in connections with damaging public property and evading arrest for four years was taken into custody by the Nagoda police on Wednesday (20) along with two of his henchmen. They are alleged to have attacked and burnt a police jeep at Mapalagama four years ago.

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POLITICS

UN report: UNP inviting the ‘traitor’ label
The political firmament which was destined to plunge into darkness with the conclusion of the local government elections has suddenly lit up with some diplomatic fireworks - the release of the report of the United Nations (UN) Secretary General’s panel on the conclusion of the Eelam war. The panel - which incidentally has virtually no official sanction from any of the UN agencies, only being personally appointed by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon - has recommended an international inquiry...

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MR takes brunt of problem
The challenge before Sri Lanka today, is to resolve the immediate problem the country is facing, in the aftermath of the report submitted by the United Nations expert panel on alleged war crimes.
It is the view of many and respected intelligentsia that Sri Lanka should move cautiously and more prudently, through diplomatic channels to offset the adverse impact caused by the said expert panel report on the final phase of the Eelam war.

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NEWS FEATURES

REHABILITATION Beginning a new life
The end of the war has seen a lot of changes in the lives of those who were affected by it for more than 30 years.
The government and many other organisations are continuing with their assistance to those who were affected during the last phase of the war, which defeated terrorism in May 2009.
The 30-year-old war had created scars and damages and needs several years to be healed and repaired.

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FEDERALISM Sweet yesterday, sour today
Sweet when Sinhala leaders advocated Federalism: Sour when Chelvanayakam yearned for it. S. J. V. Chelvanayakam’s 34th death anniversary falls on April 26, 2011. He passed away in 1977. G. G. Ponnambalam was the leader while Chelvanayakam was the Deputy Leader of the Tamil Congress.

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Chandra Jayaratne writes to President to stop ‘Pension Bill’
A much respected retired business executive and former president of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce Chandra Jayaratne, has written an open letter to President Mahinda Rajapaksa requesting him to stop government plans to go ahead with controversial pension fund which has been already opposed by some of the major trade unions in the country.

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Pensions Bill deprives dividends of ETF, claims bank union
The Ceylon Bank Employee Union has filed a plaint in the Supreme Court for determination as to whether any one or more provisions of the Bill entitled: Employees’ Pension Benefits Fund Bill is or are inconsistent with or ultra-vires of the Constitution.

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SPORTS

Lanka - UAE in pulsating 13-all draw
A sluggish outfield and a crucial refereeing decision in final moments of the game robbed newly promoted Sri Lanka from snatching victory over UAE in the opening encounter of the HSBC Asian 5 Nations rugby tournament played at the waterlogged CR & FC ground, Longden Place yesterday.

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Tendulkar prays for Sai Baba, cancels birthday celebrations
Master blaster Sachin Tendulkar, who turns 38 on Sunday, has decided not to celebrate his birthday and remains doubtful for the Indian Premier League (IPL) match against Deccan Chargers in view of the worsening condition of the spiritual leader Sathya Sai Baba.

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Is SLC degrading Test cricket?
Has Sri Lanka Cricket interim committee by their actions with regard to the national cricketers playing in the Indian Cricket Board controlled IPL tournament degraded the game of Test cricket? The whole exercise seems one of surrendering arms to Big Brother after making much fanfare at the beginning. The drama unfolded when the new selection committee was appointed by Sports Minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage a fortnight...

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Duleep - a man for all seasons
They say you can’t keep a good man down. So it is in the case of former Sri Lanka captain Duleep Mendis. Mendis may have his faults but he is too valuable a person not to be actively involved in the running of Sri Lanka cricket. From the time he represented his country 30 years ago, and since he retired from international cricket in 1990, Mendis has played an active role in the development and success of Sri Lanka cricket.

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Murali - the smiling assassin: a tribute
The first word that flashed through my mind when I took pen in hand to pay a tribute to my friend and fellow Cricketer Murali was “Greatness.” The names of many great sportsmen of yesteryear and in contemporary times then crossed my mind. I pondered for awhile to make a comparative assessment, of the all-time greats in the field of Cricket. Whilst to my mind the great Sir Donald Bradman reigns supreme as the greatest batsman to wield the willow, my friend Murali rests like a veritable pearl of unspoilt beauty among the greats, as the greatest bowler to spin the cherry.

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INTERVIEWS

Is it wrong to defeat a deadly terrorist outfit?
In May 2009 when the Sri Lankan military defeated the LTTE, Sri Lanka became the first country in the 21st century to have successfully defeated a terrorist outfit. Yet, almost two years into that historical day, various allegations have forced Sri Lankans to wonder whether defeating a terrorist outfit is an ‘acceptable’ phenomenon to the international community. Even Americans can’t boast of a successful counter-terrorism campaign that has eliminated a terrorist outfit, despite fighting a ‘global war on terror’ on many theatres around the world. Is it wrong to eliminate a group regarded by the FBI as the deadliest terrorist outfit in the world? 

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