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Sunday May 22nd, 2011


Arrest of Nediyavan, a change of heart by West
The arrest of LTTE international head Perinpanayagam Sivaparan alias Nediyavan is a major step forward by the west to assist Sri Lanka to recover from 30 years of conflict, international terrorism expert Professor Rohan Gunaratna said.

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Ranil unlikely to attend court
It is very unlikely UNP leader or any of the executive committee members would be present at the Nugegoda District Court tomorrow when the petition challenging the appointment of parliamentarian Ravi...

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Mystery surrounds US private security agents nabbed at BIA
Mystery surrounds the arrest of two American private security agents at the Bandaranaike International Airport on Wednesday night after parts of a fire arm were detected in their carry on luggage.

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Festival of Light

Enthused crowds viewing a deftly crafted Vesak lantern on display at the Gangaramaya Vesak Zone. Several designated areas in Colombo drew thousands of devotees with their colourful lanterns and pandals over the Vesak week (Pic by Rukshan Abeywansha)
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Solution next week, says Min. Secretary
The unrest at the Welikada and Bogambara prisons caused by prisoners on death row and those serving life sentences undertaking an all-out fast is likely to be solved next week when the recommendations of a three member committee...

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Not right - Dr. Mahim
The friction between the university teachers and the government has aggravated further last week when President Mahinda Rajapaksa called for a meeting with lecturers who are not in the association.

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Euro 42m Oruvil port project a white elephant?
The proposed setting up of the Euro 42 million Danish funded Oluvil Harbour in the Eastern Province has left many gaping holes as to its feasibility with the project presently stuttering following technical...

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NEWS

Call for LTTE ban in Norway
Norway must follow the European Union and proscribe the Tamil Tigers (LTTE) in the country says a Norwegian parliamentarian.
Chairman of the Defence and Security committee of the opposition Conservative Party, Peter Gitmark says that it is wrong to allow the Tamil Tigers to operate in Norway.

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University VCs take Ki-moon to task
“The United Nations Secretary-General (UNSG) was not embarrassed by the blatant use of double standards in his conduct towards member states. While he was persistent in pursuing the report of the panel appointed by him on the allegations of human rights violations during the last stages of the war against the LTTE, he has used double subterfuge to justify non-action with regard to an official UN report on the Gaza that implicated...

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Revenge is taking UNP to disaster – Imtiaz
Politics of the UNP today is marred by malice and acts of revenge and it is being led on a road to political disaster, says party’s Sajith group member and former Minister Imitiaz Bakeer Markar.
In an interview with our sister paper Rivira, former Senior Vice Chairman and Working Committee member of the UNP Bakeer Markar said that the past leaders of the party such as J.R. Jayewardene and Gamini Dissanayake had never taken revenge from party members who had not seen eye to eye with their viewpoints.

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Turkey still sees chance for peaceful transition in Syria
Turkey said Saturday Syria’s turmoil could still be resolved peacefully if Damascus initiates “shock reforms” and stops brutal crackdowns on protesters, warning that “time is running out.”
Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu made the appeal after rights activists said that 44 people were killed in demonstrations Friday, in the latest episode of bloody unrest sweeping Syria since March.

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From heaven to hell for Kanimozhi
Millionaire Indian Parliamentarian Kanimozhi, daughter of former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi, who lived in the lap of luxury with her Singaporean husband Aravaindan, now languishes in the notorious Tihar jail in Delhi since Friday.

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JVP condemns GL’s agreement as one that consolidate Indian hegemony
The JVP Politburo has condemned the alleged deal struck in New Delhi by External Affairs Minister G.L Peiris early this week as a sell out of Sri Lanka’s interests to India.
In a statement issued in this regard the party’s supreme policy making body states: “After the visit to India by the Minister of External Affairs G.L. Peiris a joint statement...

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IPU rep to monitor Fonseka cases
A special representative of the Inter Parliamentary Union (IPU) is expected arrive in the country to observe the judicial procedures against former Army Commander Sarath Fonseka.
According to agency reports, Mark Trowell Q.C of the Bar Association of Western Australia has been appointed to monitor the legal procedures of the former Army Commander.

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POLITICS

Diplomatic war not over yet!
Sri Lanka as a nation commemorated the Sambuddhatva Jayanthiya this week and as a result, politics took a back seat. The front pages instead were devoted to the President and the Leader of the Opposition offering flowers together at the Kelaniya temple!
Much closer to the land of the Buddha however, in neighbouring India there was many a political development that had significant implications for Sri Lanka and the weeks that follow may unravel the true impact of these events.

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India’s stand clear with new dimension in South
The official visit of External Affairs Minister G. L. Peiris to New Delhi to solicit India’s support over the UN Expert Panel Report has apparently come a cropper.
Though sounded positive in their joint statements, what India has urged is to respond positively to the UN Expert Panel Report.
In other words, India had wittingly or unwittingly toed the US line in calling the Sri Lankan Government to expedite its reconciliation efforts.

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NEWS FEATURES

Peace under pressure
Every mayoralty in Paris has tablets on which are inscribed the names of those from that locality who died in the many wars which France fought. Many are the works of art in the glorious buildings in Paris, which depict these battles, from Jeanne d’Arc (Joan of Arc) onward. Many are the military parades in remembrance. This is so of most countries, not merely the hub of Enlightenment thinking.

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Freedom from Fear and Want
Can we in this island give to the people and to nations the world over an Agenda for Peace? Thousands of us dream the same dream today. We do believe in so many divine possibilities which are latent in all human hearts, and we know - and rightfully too - that selfishness and universal greed has brought so many to its present plight. We want to see, above all, a selfless sharing, a co-operative understanding, in order that we...

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The leader must be conscious of ‘the gathering’
The discussion I launched on the Pagnamakkanuvattanasutta or the ‘First on the turning of the wheel,’ a couple of months ago was unfortunately interrupted by a necessity to comment on issues of national import. The Pagnamakkanuvattanasutta, contained in the Raja Vagga (discourses referring to kings) of the Anguttara Nikaya (Numerical Discourses) details some very interesting observations by Siddhartha...

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Assad Dynasty latest victim of the Arab spring
President Barack Obama called on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad last week to lead a transition to democracy or step aside, but stopped short of demanding his departure over a brutal crackdown on pro- democracy protesters. After joining a NATO military intervention to stop Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi’s forces from attacking civilians seeking his overthrow...

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SPORTS

Sangakkara expects a tough series vs England
LONDON: Sri Lanka’s top batsman Kumar Sangakkara has rated England as a “very good” Test side and said the upcoming series between the two sides will be a close contest.
Sangakkara, who joined the squad after captaining the Deccan Chargers in the Indian Premier League, said the toughest challenge for them would be to face England’s “disciplined” bowling attack. 

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Japan engulfs Lanka 90/13
Sri Lanka were engulfed in an avalanche of tries as Japan inflicted a crushing 90 points (10 goals, 4 tries) to 13 (1 goal, 1 penalty, 1 drop goal) win in the HSBC Asian 5 Nations tournament rugby match played at Longden Place yesterday. At half time Japan led 31-7. Sri Lanka put up a brave performance in the first 20 minutes of play to take a surprise 7-5 lead.

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Odds heavily favour England
Sri Lanka got a taste of what was in store for them in the upcoming three-Test series against England at Derby when a strong England Lions pace attack routed them for 266 after their bowlers had been pummeled to the tune of 493-8 declared on the second day of their final 4-day match, six days before the start of the first Test at Cardiff on Thursday week.

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Dilhara determined to prove his critics wrong
Dilhara Fernando will not be everyone’s favourite cup of tea as a fast bowler and his career record doesn’t justify the effort and determination he puts into every delivery he bowls. Since making his mark in the international cricket arena in 2001 he is still not guaranteed a regular place in the Sri Lanka Test, One-Day International or Twenty20 International teams which is unfair on a bowler who’s spent over a decade bowling his heart out for his country.

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INTERVIEWS

Cease talks and act fast - Anandasangaree
Ex-parliamentarian and TULF leader V. Anandasangaree, the laureate of the 2006 UNESCO Madanjeet Singh award for the promotion of tolerance and non-violence, says the government should now cease all types of talks with the minority groups but instead implement a substantial scheme based on facts collected from talks that have already been held with these parties in the past.

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Nediyavan’s arrest a major step forward - Professor Rohan Gunaratna
Sri Lanka should ensure the establishment of a mainstream Tamil political leadership in order to move towards permanent peace, said terrorism expert, head of the International Centre for Political Violence and Terrorism Research (IC PVTR), Professor Rohan Gunaratna. In an interview with The Nation, he said the arrest of the head of the LTTE’s international...

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Private sector pension scheme, boon to working class - Vasu
There is a raging controversy over the proposed Pension Scheme for the private sector employees with trade unions up in arms against it. The Nation had occasion to discuss this issue with Official Languages and National Integration Minister Vasudeva Nanayakkara who himself is a veteran trade union leader in the country

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