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Sunday June 19th, 2011


Army apologises to TNA
Says perpetrators will be punished, assures TNA safety
Army has apologised for the attack on Tamil National Alliance (TNA) meeting on Thursday (16) evening allegedly by some Army personnel, TNA parliamentarian M. A. Sumanthiran told The Nation.

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Military to probe Channel 4 video
The military will be conducting its own investigations on the Channel 4 videos of alleged war crimes in addition to the government investigation and the LLRC inspection, military sources said.

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UN unaware of Lankan copter offer
United Nations have not yet received a formal offer from Sri Lanka about the usage of Sri Lankan military aircraft for peacekeeping missions, a UN spokesperson has said.

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IGP bids farewell

Outgoing Police Chief Dr. Mahinda Balasuriya receives a bouquet of flowers from a Police Constable during a ceremony held at Police Park last Friday. A series of events were organised to bid farewell to the 32nd Inspector General of Sri Lanka Police. Dr. Balasuriya was appointed IGP in November 2009, and he resigned a fortnight ago over the unfortunate incidents that took place during a worker demonstration at the Free Trade Zone in Katunayake, where a youth died of gunshot injuries

(Pic by Pushpakumara Matugama)

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Mixed reactions to PSC
A government decision to appoint a Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) to devise a political solution to the ethnic problem has received mixed reactions from various political parties.

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US$ 1bn debt this year
Sri Lanka has to pay almost one billion dollars in debt repayment within this year, a recently released government report says.
The Annual Report of the Ministry of Finance and Planning states...

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‘Sinhalese might have originated from Kerala’
There is enough documentation to show that the present Sinhalese population in Sri Lanka might have originally come from the then Cheranadu, which includes parts of what is presently Kerala, Thoothukudi and...

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Applicants cry foul
Several Sri Lankan citizens claim that they were subjected to harassment at the German Embassy while applying for visa. Dietmar Doering, a German hotelier, social education worker and founder of Asian-German Sports Exchange Programme (A.G.S.E.P.), which operates in Sri Lanka claimed that several Sri Lankans including persons who...

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Re-building severed links
Scotia Prince, the semi luxury passenger vessel that arrived in Colombo on Wednesday morning, left for Tuticorin the same day at 9 p.m. with a complement of 200 passengers, high ranking Ceylon Shipping Corporation sources told The Nation.

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School roof on verge of collapse
The roof of the school building of Attadassi Junior School at Akmeemana has caved in and is on the verge of collapse, parents and teachers say. Repairs to the timber framework of the roof were conducted by contractors at a cost of Rs.1.8 million only 18 months ago. Now the roof has caved in and it could collapse at any moment, a former principal of the school who wished to remain anonymous said.

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Three baby elephants killed
Three baby elephants were killed when they were hit by a passenger train in Sri Lanka, an official said.
The trio on Saturday were crossing the tracks in a forested area near Ambanpola, 93 miles (150 kilometres) north of Colombo, when they were struck by a passenger train bound for the capital, railway general manager Wije Samarasinghe said.

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Dengue rises with over 7,000 cases
Dengue cases have risen steeply to new levels with 7,358 cases and the highest number was reported from the Colombo District (2,505) by June 11.
Colombo also had the highest number of deaths (24) with 10 reported from the Municipal Council area so far. The majority are schoolchildren, with 24% being under five years of age.

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FUTA to reach settlement with govt.
The salary issue of the university teachers is likely to head towards a settlement following months of disagreements, the university teachers and the government indicated.
The Federation of University Teachers’ Associations (FUTA) after several rounds of talks with authorities and government officials handed over recommendations to the Higher Education Ministry officials on Friday in order to settle the issue amicably.

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ILO to bring domestic worker under labour standards
The government, worker and employer delegates at the 100th annual Conference of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) on Thursday, 16 June adopted a historic set of international standards aimed at improving the working conditions of tens of millions of domestic workers worldwide.

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NATO dubs Libya war crimes claims ‘outrageous’
NATO said Saturday that claims by Moamer Kadhafi’s regime that the alliance was perpetrating war crimes in Libya were “outrageous.”
Responding to accusations of “war crimes and crimes against humanity” by Prime Minister Baghdadi al-Mahmudi in Tripoli, NATO spokeswoman Oana..

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POLITICS

Govt steadily moving to neutralise hostility within UN
If the going got tough for the government this week, the tough also got going. A new controversy erupted over the screening of a video in Britain allegedly depicting war crimes being committed in Sri Lanka but there was a flurry of other diplomatic activity as well.
Before the hullabaloo over the video broadcast by Britain’s Channel 4 network hit the headlines, a high powered Indian delegation was in Colombo, headed by Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao, India’s former envoy in Sri Lanka.

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India walking a tightrope over Sri Lanka
President Mahinda Rajapaksa left the shores on Tuesday to participate in the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum held in Russia from June 16 to 18.
The international forum in St. Petersburg brought together over 5,000 political and business leaders from around the world, joined by leading voices from academia, civil society and the media to discuss and deliberate the key issues facing Russia and the world.

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NEWS FEATURES

Furore over arsenic shakes agri sector
For decades, researchers have attempted to find the cause for the kidney diseases faced by a large number of people in the North Central province, in what was called the Rajarata Chronic Kidney Disease (RCKD). Several hypotheses were given, and some remained while others were scientifically debunked.
Then a team of scientists headed by Prof. Padmini Paranagama, Head of the Chemistry Department at Kelaniya University, ventured out to find the causes of RCKD late last year.

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Mervyn De Silva’s progressive realism in world affairs
“The Bandung conference...symbolised the climax of the anti-imperialist movement in espousing ideals that were greater than the nation.” (Prasenjit Duara, ‘The Global and Regional in China’s Nation-Formation’, Routledge 2009, p.61) In his controversial book ‘The Cage’, the best known anti-Sri Lanka publicist, former UN spokesperson Gordon Weiss, had this, among other things to say: “Dayan Jayatilleka, one of the most capable diplomats appointed by the Rajapaksa regime...

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Mixed reactions to PSC on national question
Serious questions are raised as to whether the government juggernaut that crushed the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) could find a durable solution to the much protracted national question.
The euphoria that was experienced by the masses immediately after the war was over is fast deteriorating and the people are looking up to the UPFA government led by President Mahinda Rajapaksa for a solution to the ethnic problem.

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Schools, parks on red alert for dengue
All schools, playgrounds, parks, and recreational areas patronised mostly by children have come under the microscope of the Health Ministry to curb the spread of dengue which has taken its heaviest toll on school children. Over 50% of dengue patients are school children with 24% under five years.

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SPORTS

Third and final Test at rose bowl - Pietersen (85) helps England build lead
Kevin Pietersen missed out on his first Test century in Britain for nearly three years after helping England gain a first innings lead in the third and final Test against Sri Lanka. England were 195 for four in reply to Sri Lanka’s 184, a lead of 11 runs, at stumps on the third day of the Rose Bowl’s debut Test here Saturday.
Pietersen exited for 85, eight minutes before the scheduled close, when he edged a drive to wicketkeeper Prasanna Jayawardene to give medium-pacer Thisara Perera a first Test wicket.

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125th Wimbledon tennis championship starts tomorrow - Nadal blocking Murray’s dream
Andy Murray is likely to have to overcome the might of defending champion Rafael Nadal if he is to achieve his dream of ending Britain’s long wait for a men’s Wimbledon crown.
The fourth-seeded Scot found himself in Nadal’s side of the draw here Friday as the line-up for the opening round of the men’s singles was confirmed by organisers at Wimbledon.
Second seed Novak Djokovic and six-time Wimbledon champion Roger Federer, seeded three, are on course to meet in the semi-finals after being placed in the opposite side of the draw.

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Recipe for disaster
Sri Lanka’s disappointing performances against England and frustrations with the weather and injuries continued in the ongoing third and final cricket Test at the Rose Bowl in Southampton where the home team is holding the upperhand entering the third day. England need to win this game to be on course towards becoming the world’s best Test ranked team. A 2-0 series win will help them a long way towards achieving that goal provided they overcome the current top ranked Test team India whom they will face in four Tests later this summer.

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Sports corruption to be made a crime in Australia
Australia’s seven major pro sports have called for sports corruption to be made a crime with penalties of up to 10 years jail for very serious cases of corruption.
They outlined their concerns to Federal Sports Minister, Senator Mark Arbib, who will take the proposal to a meeting of all Australian Federal and Territory Sports Ministers later this week.

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Sports and Discipline
During the past few months there has been an alarming incidence of sports indiscipline. Various acts of indiscipline of our national sportsmen and women both in the sporting arena and outside have been reported in the media with monotonous regularity.
Recently we have read of indiscipline of sports personalities leading news items often with banner headlines such as “Star Athlete remanded for credit card fraud,” National cricketer involved in a Fatal accident absconds,” Hooliganism in the basketball court,”

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Advent of Defence forces could change rugby scenario – Lewke
The year 2011 is not just about a battle between Kandy SC and CR & FC. This year’s rugby scenario has changed altogether with the advent of the Defence forces teams following the end of the war.
Besides Kandy also to be counted are Navy, Havelocks and Air Force. Foreigners being allowed to take part will add more lustre,” states young Dushanth Lewke, the skipper of CR & FC.

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