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Sunday May 29th, 2011


Moratuwa university the best
Moratuwa University has been rated as one of the best universities in the country in terms of administration, maintenance of financial records and management, said Senior Minister and Chairman of Parliamentary Committee on Public Enterprises, D. E. W. Gunesekara.

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Why double standards, magistrate asks CID
When the automated teller machine heist suspects’ case was called on Friday 27, Mt. Lavinia Chief Magistrate questioned as to why the CID adopted a double standard in not opposing bail being granted to one suspect while pleading that the other be remanded again due to the ongoing investigations.

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Ahubudu funeral today
The funeral of Kalasuri Arisen Ahubudu, who passed away on Thursday, will be held today (29) at 3.30 p.m. at the General Cemetery, Kanatte in Borella, with full State honours. - More

In Memoriam…

Children searching for names at the War Memorial at Parliamentary Grounds, perhaps looking for a familiar name among thousands who paid the supreme sacrifice during 30 years of war with the LTTE. A ceremony marking the second anniversary since the conclusion of the war was held with the participation of security forces and family members of the fallen
(Pic by Rukshan Abeywansha)
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No pension Bill in Parliament in July
The Ministry of Labour has taken initiatives to amend the proposed private sector pension scheme, a Ministry official said. The Ministry is already in consultation with several parties including the National Labour Advisory Council...

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Karu wary of police power devolution
United National Party (UNP) senior Deputy Leader Karu Jayasuriya has expressed his personal reservations about Police powers being devolved to the peripheries. Blaming the government for not fully implementing the 13th Amendment...

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Asylum seeker children ‘self-harming’ in Australia
Asylum seeker children are attempting self-harm and even suicide in an Australian immigration detention centre, a key medical group representative said Saturday.

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NEWS

Over 400 dengue cases within six days
The number of dengue cases is increasing in an alarming rate with 400 cases being reported within just six days, according to the latest Government Epidemiology Unit (GEU) report published on May 26.
With this increase, reported dengue cases are fast heading towards the 7,000 mark and among them, there are 54 deaths, the report said.

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UNP vows to take Info Bill to people
United National Party (UNP) senior Deputy Leader Karu Jayasuriya has threatened to take the Right to Information Bill, jettisoned by the government, to the people at the grassroots level.
Jayasuriya’s proposal to the government to implement the Right to Information Bill was rejected for the third time last Wednesday (25) during the party leaders’ meeting.

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Tourism Development Plan out this week
The Tourism Development Plan from 2011 to 2016 will be released this week, said Dr. Nalaka Godahewa, Chairman of the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority on Friday.
“In it there is a collection of ideas from industry stakeholders, academics and from various interest groups. We have summarized, analysed and collectively agreed on the way we have to work during the next five years,” said Dr. Godahewa addressing the Sri Lanka Tourism Awards 2010 held at the Water’s Edge in Battaramulla.

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Rains to continue
State officials warned of the possibility of continued flooding if the prevalent weather conditions continue for the next few weeks.
Seven had already been killed due to floods in Kegalle, Kalutara and Galle Districts.
Meteorologist Meril Mendis said the rains experienced in the country was due to the start of the South-Western monsoon and added that the rains would continue in the Western, Sabaragamuwa and Central Provinces, and Galle and Matara Districts at least for the next two weeks.

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SLS must for local toothbrushes
The government said the Sri Lanka Standards (SLS) certification for locally made toothbrushes is compulsory under the Consumer Affairs Authority Act.
The production or distribution or sale of toothbrushes without the SLS Institute’s certificate is not allowed. And all locally produced brushes which already have the SLS certification must carry the SLS logo clearly in a place on their products.

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Police arrest suspect on Nuwara Eliya killing
The Nuwara Eliya Police on Friday arrested a 54-year-old suspect from the Nanu Oya Railway Station over the killing of a woman in a guest house on Tuesday.
At the time of the arrest the suspect reportedly looked very ill and on interrogation has told Police that he had consumed poison in a bid to commit suicide. He was immediately rushed to the Nuwara Eliya Hospital. Hospital sources said that his condition was bad.

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The Nation Briefs
COPE to take on Rupavahini
The state-owned Rupavahini Corporation is to be pinned down by the COPE for appointing 200 employees in excess without the approval of the board or the minister.
The Corporation is likely to be summoned by the Committee on Public Enterprises (COPE) for questioning soon, The Nation reliably learns.

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POLITICS

Government moves to clear its reputation
There were signs this week that the government was moving to consolidate itself in the face of tough opposition both on the domestic and international fronts, with a series of measures aimed at clearing its reputation as well as enhancing its stranglehold on the domestic political agenda.

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Govt. moving towards more controversies
The government is gradually moving towards more controversial areas of governance amidst protests by the people and the country’s work force.
The latest is the proposed pension scheme for the private sector, which the workers have rejected with contempt and as a sell-out of their rights. However, Labour Minister Gamini Lokuge has defended the government’s stand on the matter and is on record stating that the amended version of the private sector pension bill will be presented in Parliament by July.

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NEWS FEATURES

Govt. confident amidst widespread criticism
The leadership training programme implemented by the Ministry of Higher Education and the Ministry of Defence has come under criticism by student unions, academia, various political parties and some sectors of the civil society.
The leadership training programme commenced last week amidst mixed reactions from the public at large. The ministry however has expressed its confidence that the programme would be successful in the long run despite the initial resistance.

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What’s wrong with leadership training?
The Higher Education Ministry’s decision to provide compulsory leadership training to all university entrants this year has met with heavy resistance from some quarters particularly the Janatha Vimulthi Peramuna (JVP). This, the government alleges is because of the fears that the enlightenment and confidence, which the students receive through this programme, will result in the JVP losing its hold on them. Currently the universities are probably the only feeding ground for the JVP with the Inter University Students Federation...

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Only we can solve our own problems, and none other
President at Ranaviru Day celebrations
“We have an Armed Force committed to rebuild the country”
“We will not heed the demands of separatists or terrorists”
We do not hesitate to ensure the democratic and human rights of the citizens living in north and east. But we will not heed to the demands of separatists or terrorists. When people in this country do not accept their demands, they look for ways to make us bow down using foreign influence. 

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The credibility and incredibility of India
‘Incredible India’ is the tagline or theme of India’s drive to attract tourism. It is a tag that has multiple uses of course. It is a call for pride in nation. It is also made for jingoistic hurrahs. What is ‘incredible’ though and what is incredible (or credible) about India, I wondered.
The word is derived from ‘credible’, i.e. ‘capable of being believed’ or ‘plausible’. It refers to things that are worthy of confidence; things that are reliable.

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Victory Parade 2011

SPORTS

Hundred heroes Cook and Trott punish Lankans
Alastair Cook and Jonathan Trott both made centuries against Sri Lanka in the first Test here on Saturday as they carried on from where they left off in Australia.
Cook was 129 not out and Trott 125 not as England closed on 287 for two in reply to Sri Lanka’s first innings 400, a deficit of 113, at stumps on the third day in this opening match of a three-Test series.

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Con artist cricketer exposed in England
A cricketer in England has been exposed as a fraud who bluffed his way to a professional contract with English county Worcestershire.
In one of the most bizarre stories to hit the cricket world in recent years, it has been revealed that Adrian Shankar earned a contract with Worcestershire and several other clubs through a mixture of lies, deception and a whole lot of bravado. Shankar represented Worcestershire in the CB40 and County Championship last week but had his contract torn up on Thursday, less than two weeks after he joined the club.

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Eradicating the doping menace
Sri Lanka is one of the few countries fighting hard to eradicate doping in sports. In recent times the country has been clouded by a series of sports stars being tested positive two of the most noted instances involve Commonwealth medals winning sportsmen boxer Manju Wanniarachchi and weightlifter Chintaka Vidanage.
Dr Geethanjana Mendis, Director General, Institute of Sports Medicine, Ministry of Sports stated that the government was spending millions of rupees on medication and supplements and towards raising the awareness on the use of banned substances around the country by conducting several seminars for sportsmen/women, coaches and sports officials. However despite these attempts to educate the rural athletes and coaches on the dangers of using banned drugs, some of our top-notch sportsmen continue to flagrantly abuse it and eventually face the consequences of being disgraced internationally which could be detrimental to the country’s image as well.

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Laying down the Law for Sri Lanka
Amid a certain amount of chaos within Sri Lankan cricket following their second successive failure to win a World Cup final, the elevation of assistant coach Stuart Law to the main role provides a note of calm.
Sri Lanka became the second touring team to play a Test match in Cardiff on Thursday - and their tour of England (and Wales) continues all the way through to 9 July, before they head to Edinburgh for two one-day internationals against Ireland and Scotland.

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INTERVIEWS

“Devolution must be at grassroots level”
UNP’s senior deputy leader and former minister Karu Jayasuriya says Sri Lanka lost a golden opportunity of uniting all the communities under one umbrella after crushing the LTTE in 2009. Paying tribute to the present government for taking the LTTE by their horns, the seasoned politician told The Nation that short-sighted policies with determination to suppress the opposition have divided the country that could have been very well united after the end of the conflict. However he says nothing is too late for amendments and has suggested that if the main opposition is respected by the government, then there would be absolute support to the government based on some national issues. He also said that the government has failed so far to deliver the goods to the Tamils in the north and east and added the Tamils in Sri Lanka deserved what the Tamils in Tamil Nadu enjoy

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