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Sunday July 03rd, 2011


Susil assures victims
Compensation for damaged vehicles
The government that is at the center of a controversy over the petrol impurity crisis has volunteered to compensate owners whose vehicles have been affected due to this.
Petroleum minister Susil Premajayantha yesterday confirmed that the government is willing to make compensation for those affected by the crisis.
Minister Premajayantha said the government is willing to make compensation for those affected by the petrol impurities crisis.
“People whose vehicles were affected by this can make a complaint to the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation. If our teams of mechanics find that the ..

Floating book fair opens

At the opening ceremony of Logos Hope book fair in Galle on board the ship: (L-R) Master of Logos Hope, Capt. Pat Tracy; Governor Southern Province, Ms. Kumari Balasuriya and Shan Wijeyalal de Silva, Chief Minister of Southern Province

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Resolution on PSC in parliament this week
The government is expected to place before parliament its resolution to set up a Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) to find a political solution to the
national question on Tuesday (5).
The proposal would formally be presented to parliament by Leader of the House and minister of irrigation and water resource management Nimal Siripala de Silva.
The preamble of the draft is titled ‘National Integration and Reconciliation’ and calls for a solution through the PSC to the protracted national question.
According to highly placed government sources the PSC that will have a quasi judicial power will comprise 31 members, with the United Peoples ...

NEWS

Moon, RW to watch channel 4
United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki moon would possibly watch the controversial Channel 4 video before the planned meeting with Sri Lanka’s opposition leader Ranil Wickremesinghe, Inner City Press reported.
“We have actually shared the video with the Secretary General. When he has time, we expect that he’ll see it,” acting deputy spokesperson Farhan Haq told Inner City Press.
General Secretary of the United National Party, Tissa Attanayake, said that Wickremasinghe already met with US State Department officials, but was unable to confirm the meeting with UN Secretary General.

SLFP office in Jaffna
Sri Lanka Freedom Party’s Jaffna branch office will be opened this afternoon at Kovil Street with the participation of Ministers Basil Rajapaksa, Dullas Alahapperuma and several other parliamentarians.
All arrangements regarding the opening of the SLFP branch have been undertaken by the branch President E. Angayan.
After the opening of the SLFP branch, the ministers and other SLFP parliamentarians were expected to stay back in the peninsula and engage in election campaign in view of the forthcoming local polls scheduled to be held on July 23.

Govt. willing to pay blood money
The government has expressed willingness to pay the blood money to secure the release of Rizana Nafeek the Sri Lankan housemaid who stands condemned to death.
The Saudi court condemned Rizana to death for allegedly causing the death of a four-month-old baby who was under her care during her tenure as housemaid in a Saudi household, cabinet spokesman Anura Priyadharshana Yapa said during the weekly Cabinet press briefing.
He said the Saudi Monarch, King Saudi temporarily suspended the death penalty on Rizana following an appeal by President Mahinda Rajapaksa.
Several other human rights organizations, too, appealed to the Saudi king to release the accused.

Call to ratify Rome Statute
The Asian African Legal Consultative Organisation (AALCO) yesterday called upon countries that have not so far ratified the Rome Statute, to ratify and accede to the international convention that binds them to the International Criminal Court (ICC).
The call was made during the 50th session of the AALCO, held in Sri Lanka from June 27 to July 1.
A report published after conclusion of the sessions also called upon the countries that had already ratified the Rome Statute to become party to the Agreement on the Privileges and Immunities of the ICC.

Injunction order on new Kamkaru Sevana board
An injunction restraining the new members of the board of Kamkaru Sevana from participating at any meeting was served on Friday (1).
The new members of the board were registered as the new board members after the new board was constituted in April this year.
The incident took place when the new board headed by Kingsley Perera was holding its meeting at the Kamkaru Sevena Ratmalana centre on Friday.
The injunction had been obtained by former members of the board Vijaya Vidyasagara, Rajah Alahakoon, and C. P. Vijayahewa.

Maid planned to exploit Strauss-Kahn for money: Report
New York In a secretly recorded phone conversation, the New York hotel maid who had accused Dominique Strauss-Kahn of sexual assault, can be heard telling her boyfriend in a Arizona about her plan to get money from the former IMF chief.

Over 200,000 IDPs in North: UNHCR official
Over 200,000 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) remain in the northern parts of the country, Associate Protection Officer at the UNHCR, Elena Ferretti said. The numbers were released during a lecture held at the American Centre on June 27 (Wednesday) in commemoration with World Refugees Day.



POLITICS

This is my Nation
Coming weeks crucial for both govt., opposition

By making hasty decisions to exit from the PSC - more in the form of a knee jerk reaction rather than after carefully evaluating the implications - the opposition would only be aiding and abetting the government if it does indeed have any inclination to bulldoze its own proposals through the PSC.
The opposition cannot ignore the fact that India in particular would observe the PSC with interest and will have ways and means of making its intentions clear. The government is certainly aware of this and would take care not to antagonise its giant neighbour
The weekly political review
President ready to disseminate information
President Mahinda Rajapaksa called on the developed world last week to uphold the interests of the developing world as far as their economies are concerned.
He made theses observations inaugurating the annual sessions of the 50th Asian-African Legal Consultative Organisation held in Colombo last Monday.

NEWS FEATURES

The Nation Economy
A Silver Lining in the International Economy

In as far as the trade balance is concerned the advantage of decreased import expenditure would be more advantageous than the fall in export earnings. The decrease in the oil price could be of much benefit to the country. The recovery of the international economy that was somewhat sluggish prior to the reduction in oil prices and was expected to rise by only 1 percent may gain momentum.

UK’s new bribery law
Bribery is a modern-day scourge on international trade. At a time when so many people are struggling through an economic downturn, bribery is a very real disease threatening our prosperity. It poses a serious challenge to the development of economies and contributes to market failure. It distorts competition, damages free enterprise and blights business. It stifles talent and innovation and kills entrepreneurship. In many cases, it is the poorest in society who are hit the hardest.

A time-frame is answer to `time buying’ charge
PSC process – Chance too precious to miss
President Mahinda Rajapaksa had told the Newspaper Editors and the heads of Media Institutions at his monthly breakfast meeting with them last week that a Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) would be appointed to work out a solution to the North-East problem adding that he was prepared to implement whatever solution to be presented by it.

Goodness and ugliness of altruistic impulse
Among the subjects of intense debate in the national and international political arenas today is the right or the propriety of a country or a group of countries to interfere in the internal affairs of another country. This subject has come to the fore because of the increasing tendency for countries to show interest in what goes on in other countries – neighbouring or otherwise - in the global community.

World beat
Greece can bring down euro dream

It’s age old wisdom to live within one’s means. From the average family to a complex economy of a nation this truism still stands and when breached the consequences can be assured to be devastating. As witnessed these days, Greece has been attempting to rectify its debt crisis with a painful austerity package that has caused popular uprisings across the country.

Issues
Is PSC the only way out?

The stage is now set to appoint a Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) to find a political solution to the national question.

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SPORTS

Jayawardene to become permanent ODI opener
Both teams on par at Lord’s

LONDON, Saturday: It was payback time for Sri Lanka at Headingley where they fashioned out a resounding 69-run win over England to draw level 1-all in the five-match one-day international series and set up a blockbluster game at the Mecca of cricket - Lord’s tomorrow (Sunday) where the third match will be played. Another packed house is expected following Sri Lanka’s win.
The first ODI played under overcast conditions and with frequent interruptions to rain did not suit Sri Lanka’s style of cricket at the Oval and they succumbed to a 110-run defeat under the Duckworth and Lewis method.

Kandy set for the fifth win today
The formidable Kandy Sports Club will go all out to keep their unbeaten record intact by overcoming Sri Lanka Air Force in their inter-club “A” division first round league rugby match at Nittawela Rugby Stadium today; kickoff is set for 4.30 pm.
The star-studded Kandy Sports Club will have the edge over the Airmen as they have a superior three-quarter line. Fazil Marija the playmaker of the side, a hard ...

Point Blank
ICC makes government wake up to realities

The Sri Lanka government has finally woken up to reality and has called for elections to Sri Lanka Cricket in January. The government’s decision comes in the wake of the ICC (International Cricket Council), the world governing body for cricket taking a decision at their annual conference held in Hong Kong “to suspend a member country in the event of government interferences in the running of a national cricket board”.

‘I want to be the best all-rounder in the world’
Captaincy thoughts far away from Mathews

LEEDS, Saturday - Captaincy is something that is quite far away from the mind of Angelo Mathews. Although his name has been touted around as a future candidate to lead his country, Mathews at 24 sees it all differently. He is barely three years into international cricket since making his One-Day International debut against Zimbabwe in 2008 and his immediate focus is to become the best all-rounder in the world.

The dirty underworld of international soccer
We continue to hear of reports of bribery and corruption in Fifa. Why should it be immune? And like I always say, where there’s smoke there’s fire. We have Mr Jack Warner who’s being supported at home, but who resigned from Fifa, which means we will in all likelihood never find out the real truth … just like President Sepp Blatter wants it.

CR’s Zulker and Ashean say: Foreigners bring back old sparkle
The advent of foreigners to the ‘A’ Division rugby scenario is bound to bring the old sparkle back to the sport because it will bring in the crowds once again, according to CR & FC’s Zulker Hamid and Ashean Karthelis.
“When the foreigners were there in 2004 the crowds swelled up more than now. That was good for every team. It not only dished out enjoyable, fierce and competitive rugby, it also enthralled the spectators,” says Zulker, a sentiment which his colleague Ashean is quick to endorse.

INTERVIEWS

LG polls in north just three weeks away
Voters will walk into polling booths around the country to cast their votes to elect representatives for 64 Local Government bodies in just over three weeks. Part of the importance of the election lies on the fact that some areas – where civil administration had come to a grinding halt due to thirty years of bloody conflict – are seeing democratic processes being practiced after a long gap.

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