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Sunday June 5th, 2011


Defence attaché’s view rattles US
A reference the Colombo based US defence attaché has made on the controversial ‘White Flag’ incident has caused a rift between him and the US State Department. While the defence attaché in Colombo said that the most plausible explanation that he has heard about the disputed...

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IT literacy 75% by 2016, says Weeratunga
Sri Lanka plans to achieve 75% IT literacy by the year 2016, Secretary to the President, Lalith Weeratunga said.
He said that only one in ten people were IT literate in 2005, but this figure has more than tripled over the last five years. He made these remarks at an event organised by the Ministry of Defence to share Sri Lanka’s learning experiences during...

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FTZ worker’s funeral peaceful

The funeral of Roshen Chanaka, the Free Trade Zone worker who died after being injured in last Monday’s clashes, was held in Galloluwa, off Minuwangoda, yesterday. Thousands of people attended Chanaka’s funeral under the watchful eye of the military and no Police were to be seen.

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Call for equal terms for Lankan Tamils in TN
Addressing the first sittings of the Tamil Nadu State Assembly after Jayalalitha Jeyaram took over as Chief Minister, Governor Surjith Singh Barnala said all Lankan Tamils living as refugees in Tamil Nadu would be accorded the same social benefits the Indians in Tamil Nadu enjoy.

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Indian special envoys due in two weeks
The Indian special envoys namely Shivshankar Menon, Pradeep Kumar and Nurupama Rao are likely to arrive in Sri Lanka for talks, in two weeks from now. Sources were not certain of the days of their arrival but said the delegation could arrive on either June 16 or the following day.

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NEWS

Israel pledges development support for Lanka
Outgoing Israel Ambassador to Sri Lanka Mark Sofer, who was based in New Delhi, India, bid farewell after four years’ stint. Briefing a media gathering in Colombo last week, he said: “Any individual report or a report published by any institution is not going to solve issues faced by a country.

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Top al-Qaida commander killed
A top al-Qaida commander and possible replacement for Osama bin Laden was killed in an American drone-fired missile strike close to the Afghan border, a fax from the militant group he heads and a Pakistani intelligence official said Saturday.

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Police powers to PCs will cause security concerns: Karuna
The devolution of police powers to provincial councils is not practicable and would cause further security concerns for the government, SLFP Vice President and Deputy Minister of Resettlement, Vinayagamurthi Muralitharan alias Karuna Amman said.

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Over 1m landmines yet to be cleared
More than one million landmines are yet to be cleared from an area of approximately 400 square kilometres in the conflict affected areas, a government official said last week.
Speaking at a seminar organised by the Ministry of Defence, Brig. K. M. U. Wijeratne said, “according to an estimate, 1.6 million landmines have been laid in Sri Lanka...

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Yes and No, says Ministry Secretary
Parents, university entrants and the Inter University Students Federation say that students have been informed of the leadership training programme as being mandatory for university entrance. This was contrary to statements made to The Nation by Secretary to the Ministry of Higher Education, Dr. Sunil Jayantha Navaratne.

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Rs. 57m. missing from Trinity funds
A Rs. 57 million fraud involving school funds of Trinity College, Kandy is being investigated by the College Board of Governors, the school Principal, Brigadier Udaya Ariyaratne told The Nation yesterday. He said that the money concerned relating to the last nine years from 2000 to 2009, handled by the Old Boys’ Association...

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Colombo gets a facelift
The sprucing up of Colombo with emphasis on serving the tourist with a ‘Clean city and a Green city’ with the accent on beautification is in full swing, according to the Special Commissioner of the Colombo Municipal Council, Omar Kamil.

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Bus strike called off
The strike launched by the private bus operators was called off yesterday, Head of the Private Bus Owners’ Association (PBOA) Gamuni Wijeratne said. Speaking to The Nation, Wijeratne said the operators decided to call off the strike...

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Varsity student commits suicide
A third year student of the Open University of Sri Lanka at Nawala committed suicide recently by throwing himself before a moving train at Dematagoda. It transpired at the inquest held by the Inquirer into Sudden Deaths at Ragama, Priyankara Lal that the 26-year-old student was...

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POLITICS

UPFA facing harsh political reality
After weeks of preaching meththa, karuna, muditha and upeksha on account of the 2600th Sambudhdhathva Jayanthiya, politics took a violent turn this week when the government attempted to push through legislation for the private sector pension bill.

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Pillay, FTZ put Lanka in limelight again
Sri Lanka was once again highlighted in the international media owing to twin events which are politically significant to the country. The opening remarks of Navi Pillay, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights had, in fact, caused ripples in the government circles in spite of heavy presence at the Geneva sessions representing Sri Lanka. 

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NEWS FEATURES

How protests in FTZ turned into mayhem
The proposed private sector pension scheme – which the government said on Friday it would withdraw – has caused controversy, demonstrations, and the loss of one life. Protests which flared up in the Katunayake Free Trade Zone on May 31 were met with severe police brutality, protesters and observers say.

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Interested parties are awaiting UN reaction
It was not a shock, for the Sri Lankan delegation currently participating at the 17th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council when the controversial video footages depicting scenes of human rights violations allegedly committed by government soldiers was shown.

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Suicide Sycophants - The latest heroes
To die for one’s country or for an equally noble cause is indeed praiseworthy. Throughout history men and women have died fighting heroically defending their motherland. Such gallant men and women are remembered as heroes. The closest that we have seen to dying in action, albeit remote, is ‘fasting to death’ resulting in actual death. 

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Post-conflict situation in SL and relations with India
Sri Lanka has emerged from a complex and violent conflict situation in which India, our nearest neighbour, came to be involved as well. India’s own political and economic “neighbourhood” extends well beyond its immediate geographic national boundaries.

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It’s ‘Rethink Time’ for Mahinda Rajapaksa
The recent demonstrations by FTZ workers in Katunayaka and the overzealous response by the Police, with at least the tacit approval of the political leadership and probably direct sanction, took me to the early eighties.

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SPORTS

Dilshan defies England with a century
Sri Lanka captain Tillakaratne Dilshan led from the front with an unbeaten century as the tourists fought back against England on the second day of the second Test at Lord’s here Saturday. At stumps, Sri Lanka were 231 for one, 255 runs behind England’s first innings 486. Dilshan was 127 not out after sharing a record-breaking first-wicket partnership of 207 with left-hander Tharanga Paranavitana (65).

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Lions tamed in their own den
Isipathana inflicted on Trinity a demoralising 23 points (1 goal, 1 try, 1 penalty, 1 drop goal) to 18 (3 tries, 1 penalty) in their schools under 20 Division I rugby tournament match played at Trinity Rugby Stadium at Pallekele yesterday. At half time the scores were level at 8-all.
To be honest the Lions were well and truly bearded in their own den and their weakness expressed.

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Lanka pays price for overdose of one-day cricket
Sri Lanka paid dearly for an overdose of one-day cricket (50 overs and 20 overs) when their batting crumbled like nine pins on a harmless fifth day Cardiff track to lose the first Test by an innings and 14 runs to trail England 1-0 in the three-match series. The game seemed headed for a tame draw when rain for the third consecutive day delayed the start of the fifth and final day with there being no play before lunch.

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Sri Lanka faces tall order
It pays to be around for the last session of Cardiff Test matches. Two years ago the massive stand square of the pitch was choc-a-bloc with every Monty Panesar forward defensive raucously cheered. On this final day that stand had been closed off. Not a soul in sight. Yet the sprinkling of spectators in the stadium in the evening here witnessed an outcome as extraordinary as anything that happened against Australia.

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ThePapare all star rugby encounter on June 16
ThePapare all star rugby encounter between Kandy Reds and Colombo Blues is scheduled to take place at Longden Place on June 16 commencing 4.45 pm.
The match is organised by www.ThePapare.com website for the second time and this mega event is being worked off in collaboration with the Sri Lanka Rugby Football Union (SLRFU).

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INTERVIEWS

Digging up past will only bring about hatred
Former LTTE strongman now turned SLFP Vice President and Deputy Minister of Resettlement, Vinayagamurthi Muralitharan says that digging up the past would only bring about hatred among the people. In an interview with The Nation, the deputy minister pointed out that those who called for international investigations on alleged war crimes wanted another war in the country.
He added that Sri Lanka should talk to the current Tamil Nadu Chief Minister, Jayalalithaa Jayaram and maintain a cordial relationship with the state.

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