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Sunday June 12th, 2011


Expedite solution India tells Lanka
TNA asked to settle issues with govt.
The Indian government delegation led by National Security Adviser Shivshankar Menon that was on a two-day visit to Sri Lanka has emphasized the need to find a quick political settlement to the ethnic crisis.

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CMC to track ‘arsenic’ food
The Colombo Municipal Council (CMC) is getting together the necessary tools and equipment to test food samples for traces of arsenic amidst allegations of a German company importing pesticides...

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Medical Council says NO!
Foreign qualified medical graduates were up in arms against Sri Lanka Medical Council’s refusal to register them as medical practitioners in Sri Lanka.

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President meets Shivshankar Menon

President Mahinda Rajapaksa greets Indian National Security Advisor Shivshankar Menon as Indian Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao and External Affairs Minister G. L. Peiris look on at the President’s House in Colombo yesterday. The Indian delegation was here to conduct discussions on the post-conflict reconciliation process with the Sri Lankan Government

(Pic by Sudath Silva)

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Lankans eat less; live long
Sri Lanka’s average life expectancy has increased by a decade over the past five years, according to a report released by the Ministry of Finance and Planning.

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Dengue cases, deaths mount
Dengue cases have risen steeply to new levels with 7,358 cases - the highest number from the Colombo district (2,505) by yesterday (11).
Colombo also had the highest number of deaths...

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Colombo and Sakai to be linked in August
The concurrent linking of the city of Colombo to the Sakai city in Japan’s Osaka on a ‘sister relationship’ basis by this August is expected to boost Sri Lanka’s investment and tourism prospects in a big way.

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NEWS

Smoking kills 20,000 every year
Smoking kills 20,000 people every year and is the second main cause of Non Communicable Diseases (NCDs) which collectively head the list of morbidity and mortality in Sri Lanka, Health Ministry officials have warned. The most common NCDs that top the list of deaths and

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TNA defector will not join TMVP
Tamil National Alliance (TNA) defector, Podiappuhamy Sirisena said that he would not join the Tamil Makkal Viduthalai Pulikal (TMVP) led by Eastern Province Chief Minister, Sivanesathurai Chandrakanthan alias Pillayan.

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Trinity College Principal writes
Responding to the news item titled ‘Rs. 57m missing from Trinity fund, Culprits will be traced, says Principal’
which appeared on age 03 of The Nation of June 5, 2011 the Principal of Trinity College Brig. W. K. G. Aryaratne says “I write in response to the above news item and wish to categorically state that at no time did I speak or communicate with The Nation, in any manner as implied in the above story by Mr. Srian Obeysekere.

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Nation photographer assaulted
Pushpakumara Mathugama, chief photographer of The
Nation and motor cycle rider
Gayan Sandaruwan were assaulted in Kurunegala last Sunday (5) when Mathugama attempted to photograph a road accident.

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Kandy robber gang apprehended
The Anti Crime Bureau of Kandy Police arrested a four-member gang that was responsible for series of robberies in Kandy and surrounding areas.
The gang had been responsible for robberies involving around Rs.20 million and a few days after the arrest Police was able to recover stolen items worth around Rs.10 million.

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St Anthony’s Church feast on Monday
The annual feast of St. Anthony’s Church, Kochchikade, Colombo will be celebrated tomorrow Monday.
According to Parish Priest Rev. Fr. Clement Rosayro, activities will begin with the celebration of holy mass in Tamil at 4 am followed by mass in Sinhala at 6 am and in English at 12 noon.

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Young electrician electrocuted
A workman of the Ceylon Electricity Board contractor carrying out electrical repairs at the MOH building at Dalupitiya, Mahara was electrocuted on Wednesday when he came in contact with a live wire lying on the ground.

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POLITICS

Government pushing forward its agenda, amidst protests
Embroiled as it is in controversies both home and abroad, the government was this week slowly but surely pushing forward its agenda, amidst protests from both domestic and international quarters while at the same time preparing for yet another test of its popularity through elections.

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Doubts on Indian trio convincing counterparts in Colombo
Sri Lanka is set to face yet another challenging task following the visit of the Indian delegation who concluded their visit yesterday after a hectic round of talks with the Sri Lankan counterparts.
The challenge Sri Lanka facing is to devise a modus operandi, to address the issues relating to the ethnic...

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NEWS FEATURES

Students happy with leadership training despite concerns
Students scream in unison “We want mud!” Around 50 students splattered with mud, boys and girls, try to pull out a truck that has been stuck in the mud while another group of students cheer them on.
All these students are fresh, out of school and are to enter into the next phase of their lives, the universities.

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Wage hike calms down hills
The hills that were alive with picketing, protests and pocket meetings demanding a wage hike last week, have now calmed down following a pledge by the employers of a daily wage of Rs. 515.
The Employers Federation that discussed matters with the plantation unions that were signatory to the Collective Agreement (CA) for nearly three months, finally agreed to grant the workers a considerable raise.

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Bentota bike thief arrested
A notorious 18-year-old suspect, wanted in connection with a number of crimes committed over a period of six months, was arrested in Ratgama on June 5.
“He is suspected to have robbed five motor bicycles valued at Rs. 458,700 from Serendib Hotel, Bentota in April this year.

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13th Amendment: Bone of contention drags on
Gamini Jayawickrema Perera, Former Chief Minister of North Western Province
I believe in the devolution of power, especially when it comes to development work. What happens now is that the central government implements ad-hoc ways for the infrastructure development within the provinces.

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SPORTS

Lions roar in Colombo
Royal were given a thrashing of their lives when Trinity roared back into top form to win the return leg of the time-honoured schools rugby encounter by an impressive 40 points (3 goals, 2 tries, 2 penalties, 1 drop goal) to 5 (1 try) and regain the Bradby Shield after three years at the Royal Sports Complex yesterday.

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Pathana pound Petes 42/29
Isipathana dealt another telling blow on St Peter’s hopes of retaining their league title when they hammered out a 42 points (3 goals, 3 tries, 2 penalties) to 29 (2 goals, 3 tries) win in their Under-20 inter-school league rugby match played at Bambalapitiya yesterday. At half time St Peter’s led 15-11.

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Dilshan pays heavy price to keep series alive
Sri Lanka’s new captain Tillakaratne Dilshan didn’t take long to get the message across to his team mates that he really meant business in England. His record breaking career best knock of 193 which was the highest made by a Sri Lankan in a Test at Lord’s surpassing Sidath Wettimuny’s 190 in 1984 somewhat brought Sri Lanka into the reckoning after their disastrous second innings performance at Cardiff in the first Test which they surprisingly lost by an innings.

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Does BCCI dominate ICC? 69% players say yes!
More than two-thirds of international players in a recent survey conducted by FICA believe that Indian cricket board exerts unfair influence on ICC decision-making but 40 per cent of them said they were willing to skip national duty for playing in the cash-rich IPL run by the BCCI.
Asked if ICC decision-making was influenced unfairly by the power of BCCI, 69 per cent said ‘yes’ while 31 per cent answered ‘don’t know’.

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Kandy – CH clash should be a thriller
A thrilling game of rugby is on store for fans when the defending league champions Kandy SC host CH & FC at Nittawela rugby stadium today (Sunday) at 4.30 pm. A record crowd is expected at this match since this is the first game for the champs in their home town; and Kandy’s former skipper Indrajith Bandaranayake will be the chief guest.

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The mother of all battles
The mighty to mighty in what is termed as the ‘mother of all battles’ when Kandy Combined Schools lock-horns with the Colombo Combined Schools on June 16 at the CR & FC grounds.
Schools rugby in Sri Lanka is another passage entirely. Beating almost any other game in passion and intensity, the Singer schools ‘A’ division league puts forth a ferocious battle each season.

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