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Sunday May 15th, 2011


TNA sticks to its demands
The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) and the Eelam People’s Democratic Party (EPDP), both with ideological differences have expressed two different opinions on the government’s latest move to establish a Senate.
The government last week placed before both parties...

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Batti tense after twin killings
A tensed situation prevailed in Batticaloa after back to back shooting incidents during the week.
Sources in Batticaloa said that security had been tightened following Friday’s killing of M. Ilangkumaran (34).

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Baroness, your slip is showing!
Sri Lanka on Thursday protested vehemently when UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Baroness Valorie Amos, in cavalier fashion quoting the Darusman report, told the Security Council that more...

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Pindapatha procession to mark 2600th Sambuddha Jayanthi

Two hundred Buddhist monks yesterday received their daily alms from society in the traditional mode in a Pindapatha procession from Dematagoda to Maradana as part of 2600th Sambuddathva Jayanthi events. The monks from 28 temples were led by Ven. Welimada Shanta Thera. It was organized by the Visuddaramaya temple, Dematagoda

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Jayalalitha to be sworn in today
AIADMK leader Jayalalitha Jayaram who won a landslide victory at the state election is expected to be sworn in today as the new Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu. Ms. Jayaram and her allies swept the Tamil Nadu State Assembly elections by winning 204 electorates while the ruling DMK led by Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi and his allies managed to secure only 30 seats in the 234 seat Assembly.

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Dr. Shirani Bandaranayake, first woman CJ
May 17 will be a historic day in the annals of Sri Lanka’s legal sphere when Supreme Court Judge Dr. Shirani Bandaranayake will become Sri Lanka’s first woman chief justice.
While it will be a red letter day in that respect, it will also mark another first for Sri Lanka’s women in a country that also produced the world’s first woman prime minister in Mrs. Sirimavo Bandaranaike and Sri Lanka’s first woman president in Chandrika Bandaranayake Kumaratunga.

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NEWS

Ranjit Canagasabey consecrated as 15th Bishop of Colombo
Rev. Dhiloraj Ranjit Canagasabey was yesterday consecrated as the 15th Bishop of Colombo, at the Cathedral of Christ the Living Saviour at Bauddhaloka Mawatha.
The consecrating Bishops were the Rt Rev Duleep de Chickera, Vicar General and Arch Bishop’s Commissary - the outgoing Bishop, the Rt Rev Shantha Francis...

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Anti-typhoid vaccinations ordered for ‘high risk’ groups
The Epidemiology Unit of the Ministry of Health has issued a circular requesting Medical Officers of Health ( MOH’s) to administer the typhoid vaccination to all persons who fall into the category of ‘ high risk groups’ in their respective areas
Those who fall into this category include: Food handlers i.e. persons involved in food processing, cooking at hotels...

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Govt. to contact ‘Try Lanka’ countries
The government will contact the relevant foreign governments or its representatives in Sri Lanka on the Wikileaks revelations early this week quoting the Darusman Report where names of certain countries have been mentioned as having wanted to try Sri Lanka. “Wikileaks is only a website and we cannot make any comments on what it said without contacting the relevant governments,” said Mass Media and Information Minister Keheliya...

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Arrested for heroin; spill beans on a robbery
Two suspects, who were arrested for possessing heroin early this week at Wanduramba Junction, Galle spilled the beans on another crime committed by them under Police interrogation. The Wanduramba Police acting on a tip off about two alleged drug dealers pounced on them around 10:00 a.m. On searching the suspects, four grams and 760 milligrams of heroin was found, according to Officer-in-Charge of the Wanduramba Police...

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105 animals saved from butcher
A ‘pinkama’ organised by the Galle animal lovers’ welfare society for 19th consecutive year will distribute 105 cattle saved from the butcher’s knife among people keen on raring them on day following Vesak (18) under the guidance of Chief Incumbent of the Galle Kaluwella International Buddhist Centre, Ven. Kunumuldeniya Chandawimala.

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Media organisations oppose revival of Press Council
Eight media organisations in Sri Lanka has once again reiterated their vehement opposition to the establishment of the government appointed Press Council and condemn moves to re-introduce dormant legislation that provides for wide ranging punitive powers including that of jailing journalists.

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Arrested for heroin; spill beans on a robbery
Two suspects, who were arrested for possessing heroin early this week at Wanduramba Junction, Galle spilled the beans on another crime committed by them under Police interrogation.
The Wanduramba Police acting on a tip off about two alleged drug dealers pounced on them around 10:00 a.m. On searching...

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POLITICS

Pressure on govt to begin talks with TNA
The domestic political scene has been dormant for some time now after a hectic round electioneering for the local councils, but elections are once again on the horizon with the remainder of the local polls and the provincial council elections in the North still to be held.
President Mahinda Rajapaksa has already hinted that the Northern Provincial Council poll is high on the agenda stating that the election will be held as soon as resettlement and the registration of voters are completed.

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President confident of coming through
President Mahinda Rajapaksa was confident on Monday that nothing serious would befall Sri Lanka as a result of the UN expert panel report. “No dangerous situation would arise for Sri Lanka,” the President told the media heads and Editors when they met him for the routine monthly breakfast encounter at Temple Trees. The President was having a frank discussion with the media heads that fired various questions on the Expert Panel Report.

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NEWS FEATURES

Great event to enhance national solidarity
Whatever the extent of political turmoil created by the Darusman Report, the whole country is now getting ready to commemorate the great event of the 2600 Sambuddhatva Jayanthi. Various events and programmes have been planned by the Maha Sangha, the government and the general public to mark the event appropriately. As Buddhists play the lead role in these programmes, the leaders of the other three main religions in the country have exhorted their followers...

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Tamil Nadu: Same script, older players
A senior correspondent for an Indian newspaper called me a little while ago and asked how the results of the Tamil Nadu elections would impact Sri Lanka. I had heard about an election in Tamil Nadu but didn’t know when it was going to be held. Now, as I write, I vaguely remember making a mental note that the AIADMK, led by Jayalalitha was likely to win.

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The mighty are fallen
“How are the mighty fallen in the midst of the battle
O Jonathan thou wast slain in thine high places”
The biblical adage was especially apt as two of India’s most populous states saw electoral waves that did more than unseat incumbent governments. They brushed aside the Left Front in West Bengal and the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam in Tamil Nadu, reducing their dreams to dust. One has to rethink...

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Emerging concerns of rising inflation
Once again there are concerns that the country may be gripped by inflation. The rate of inflation jumped to 9.8 percent at the end of April raising concerns that the country may be moving towards a period of high inflation. For some months the rate of inflation was on an uptrend with several price revisions affecting the cost of living.

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SPORTS

We can surprise England - Ramanayake
Fast bowling coach Champaka Ramanayake is confident that his young and inexperienced charges could spring a surprise or two on England in the upcoming three-Test series. “Yes, we have one of the most inexperienced fast bowling line-ups taken to England. Except for Dilhara Fernando the others haven’t played much Test cricket at all. We have the disadvantage of inexperience but looking at it the other way none of the English players have played against our fast bowlers before. It’s an unknown attack to them. I think with that we can unsettle them still,” said Ramanayake.

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West Indies extend lead to over 200
PROVIDENCE: Pakistan off spinner Saeed Ajmal took his first ten-wicket haul in Test cricket as West Indies extended their overall lead to over 200 on the third day of the first cricket Test here on Saturday. Ajmal took his second five wicket haul in the test as West Indies battled to 141-9 in the afternoon session of play an overall lead of 207. Ajmal had figures of 5/41 to add to his first innings haul of 5/69 on a pitch of uneven bounce and turn.

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Does Sri Lanka need a Premier T20 league?
Has Sri Lanka also been sucked into the whirlpool of Twenty20 cricket that they also have got this crazy idea of hosting a Premier T20 league on similar lines as the IPL.
One wonders before committing themselves into such an ambitious venture whether Sri Lanka cricket has studied the pros and cons of staging a tournament of such magnitude. Have they fallen hook, line and sinker into the riches they could make out of the tournament and overlooked the fact that any type of cricket played in Sri Lanka except for a handful of games hardly draws the attention of the spectators to the venue?

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Meet Marvan the batting coach
Marvan Atapattu is a name synonymous with Sri Lanka Cricket for more reasons than one. He began his international cricket career on a disastrous note scoring just one run in his first six Test innings that included five ducks. But he fought back from that slump which would have disheartened any ordinary cricketer to finish as the fifth highest run-getter for his country in both formats of the game Test and One-Day Internationals.

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INTERVIEWS

SB sees grand conspiracy
Higher Education Minister S. B. Dissanayaka, a one time university student leader is no stranger to university turmoil, but having successfully stood up to militant Inter University Student Federation, he now sees the agitation by the Federation of University Teachers’ Associations as a well-planned conspiracy by a group of lecturers who have captured power in the FUTA recently to undo all positive achievements they have made in the university system...

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Some confusion over Tamils in custody, says Prof. Rajiva
Former head of the Sri Lanka Peace Secretariat and present head of the government delegation to talk with the Tamil National Alliance (TNA), Professor Rajiva Wijesinha admits there has been some confusion with regard to the question of Tamil civilians in custody without charges.

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