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Sunday July 10th, 2011

If Govt. TNA reach consensus
UNP willing to sit at PSC
The main opposition has indicated its participation at the proposed Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) depending on the consensus reached between the government and the TNA. The main opposition United National Party (UNP)...

SLFP consults panel of experts on PSC
The Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) would appoint a panel of experts to advise the party on their position on the issues in the North of Sri Lanka, Minister of Petroleum Susil Premjayantha said.

War crimes allegations
Fox calls for probe

British Defence Secretary Dr. Liam Fox re-iterated the need for an impartial inquiry into the allegations of human rights abuses by the government and the LTTE during the final phases of Sri Lanka’s long war, and stated that freedom...


In the backdrop of simmering issues on party leadership, it makes one wonder what the United National Party member John Amaratunga is whispering to fellow UNPer Dayasiri Jayasekera while the party’s national organiser Ravi Karunanayake is in the background. They were at the Indo-Lanka Parliamentary Association gathering held at India House recently

 (Pic by Arthur Wamanan)


Kahawatta killings: All suspects arrested
All suspects including two serving soldiers and two deserters were arrested by a special CID team over the recent mysterious killings of seven elderly women in the Kahawatte Police area.

KP rehabilitated, says Keheliya
Kumaran Pathmanathan alias KP a former arms procurer for the LTTE was under rehabilitation and the government felt that he has now been somewhat fully rehabilitated, Cabinet spokesman and Information and Media Minister Kheliya...

Election violence on the rise in Jaffna
In the run up to the local polls scheduled for July 23, the TNA charges that residences of its candidates are under attack in Jaffna.
Less than a month after launching its election campaign in a blaze of optimism the TNA has found itself fighting a potentially...



FUTA still on strike
The trade union action by the Federation of University Teachers’ Associations (FUTA) is likely to continue indefinitely with no consensus being reached between the FUTA and the government so far.
FUTA Chairman, Dr. Nirmal Dewasiri told The Nation that they were awaiting the government’s response to their proposals that were handed over to the authorities last Thursday.

Compensation soon, says Susil
Compensation will be paid to those who were affected by the petrol impurities crisis over the next few weeks, Minister of Petroleum Susil Premjayantha said.
Speaking to The Nation, Premjayantha said that the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation has received close to a thousand complaints since hotline was established, and starting next week they would start processing the complaints.

Get your act together for tourism to do well: Rao
Get your act together and Sri Lanka tourism can aim for higher numbers, said Madhu Rao, Executive Director and Chief Financial Officer of Shangri-la Asia Ltd., addressing a tourism forum in Colombo. “There is opportunity, which every Sri Lankan would like to see and Shangri-la is keen to play a very meaningful...

Liam Fox meets Minister Basil Rajapaksa
Liam Fox MP and Secretary of State for Defence of UK arrived in Sri Lanka yesterday (8) for a two-day official visit. Basil Rajapaksa, Minister of Economic Development met him at the Katunayake International Airport and had a discussion with him at the VVIP lounge for about one hour.

News of the World to close
Rupert Murdoch acted with characteristic ruthlessness by closing the News of the World, Britain’s best-selling Sunday newspaper, in a desperate attempt to limit the political and commercial fallout from the phone-hacking affair engulfing his media empire.

The Nation Briefs
Ridiculed girls mentally deranged
Two teenage Muslim girls, who were almost stoned to death after they were allegedly found guilty of watching blue films in Kathankudi, are partially mentally deranged. Sources from Kathankudi said that those who wanted to stone the girls to death have so far failed to find evidence to prove the girls’ alleged act.

Rs. 8bn. for flood prevention in Colombo
Government has set apart Rs. 8 billion to reconstruct the waterways and the drainage system in the city to control flooding, said Disaster Management Minister Mahinda Amaraweera.
Speaking at the launching of the Safe and Secure (Sustainable) Towns and Cities Planning Programme and the presentation...

Rs. 20m worth stolen items recovered
Stolen items worth Rs. 20 million have been recovered by the Southern Province Crime Prevention Unit. The items have been stolen by four suspects who are from Akmeemana, Wattegama, Kandy and Kalutara areas. Among the recovered items were a cellular phone worth Rs. 15,000, 6 motorbikes, a fake pistol and 8 gold chains.


Electioneering in North gathers momentum
Opposition leader Ranil Wickremesinghe who was on a visit to the United States last week called on UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon at the UN headquarters in New York on July 5. Sri Lanka’s Deputy Representative at the UN Major General Shavendra Silva was associated with Wickremesinghe at the talks he had later with the UN Secretary General who was assisted by a legal aide at the UN Patricia O’Brien.

India shows concern over Tamil Nadu factor
The government was this week once again grappling with the prospect of combating western influences in the international community demanding a war crimes probe against Sri Lanka for alleged atrocities committed during the final phase of the Eelam war. The bad news came from several regions. In Australia, Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd expressed concern over the now infamous ‘Channel 4 documentary’ broadcast in Britain...


Get the act together, says Shangri-la’s Rao
Sri Lanka’s tourism, after a lapse of several decades, is finally on the go and at the Plenary Session on Growth Opportunities in Tourism of the Sri Lanka Business Forum 2011 held on July 4 and 5 on the theme Driving Growth Through Fast Track Implementation, the keynote speaker was Dr. Nalaka Godahewa, Chairman of Sri Lanka Tourism and the other main speaker was Madhu Rao...

What’s the solution? - PSC or the 13th Amendment
Many solutions have been put forward by different political parties and different governments over the decades for the ethnic problem in the country. They range from Bandaranaike – Chelvanayagam Pact, Dudley – Chelvanayagam Pact to the UPFA government’s Parliamentary Select Committee proposal which is the latest. Parallel to this, has always been the parties who have opposed the measures or suggestions that have been brought up over the decades.

Misleading viewers with Channel 4 fiction
Amidst hundreds of oral and written protests by the Sri Lankan community in Australia, it’s appalling that the ABC telecast the fiction film clip titled ‘Sri Lanka’s killing fields’ borrowed from an unethical broadcaster from UK- Channel 4. Even though the Channel 4 is a public TV funded by the Tax payers, Channel 4 is alleged to be in the edge of bankruptcy and telecasting this clip would have...

On the 9th of August 1991 Mangala Moonesinghe moved a motion in parliament to appoint a Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) that would “arrive at a political solution to the question involving the devolution of power to the Northern and Eastern Provinces”. The Sri Lankan polity had realised that a PSC with such a mandate would prevent the disintegration of the nation, the killings of innocent civilians, members of the armed forces and youths fighting for a cause.


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England takes one-day series 3-2
Sri Lanka loses decider by 16 runs

Manchester, Saturday – What a game of cricket! It was the series decider and England eventually emerged winners beating Sri Lanka by 16 runs in the fifth and final One-day International to pocket the NatWest series 3-2 at Old Trafford here on Saturday.
Sri Lanka chasing England’s score of 268-9 fell short to be bowled out for 252 in the 49th over. The first four matches were purely one-sided and today produced a game everyone was hoping for.

SLC UK Committee raises 12,000 pounds
LONDON, Saturday – The Sri Lanka Cricket UK Committee headed by former Sri Lanka under 19 cricketer Asitha Jayaweera had every reason to be happy after conducting a successful Cricket Ball 2011 dinner and dance in the company of the Sri Lanka cricket team at Grange St Paul’s Hotel in London on June 26.
Proceeds of the dinner-dance are to go towards the development of Sri Lanka Cricket particularly the development of Sri Lanka schools cricket.

Sanga does Sri Lanka proud
Not since the late Sri Lanka Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadirgamar presented his off the cuff dinner speech in the UK in the presence of the Sri Lanka cricketers during their tour of England in 2004 has anyone come out with a speech on cricket so stunning that it has the entire cricket world talking.
Former Sri Lanka captain Kumar Sangakkara’s hour-long speech delivered at the 11th edition of the MCC Spirit of Cricket Cowdrey lecture at Lord’s last Monday has not only brought unstinting praise for Sangakkara as well as for his country but has shown the world that Sri Lanka too have outstanding orators who could hold their own with the best in the universe.

Sangakkara and the ‘spirit of cricket’
“Incredible,” muttered the old MCC member sitting behind me, his voice cracking in disbelief as the applause died down. Listening to him, it struck me how well Kumar Sangakkara’s speech had gone down. Especially as just an hour earlier the same man had confessed that he had no idea who Sangakkara was. “Incredible, incredible,” he continued. “It’s incredible how long he has been talking.


Channel 4 video not an isolated event: Kohona
Dr. Palitha Kohona, Sri Lanka’s permanent representative to the United Nations, talks to The Nation, during a brief visit to Colombo, about propaganda campaigns, growing international pressure, and the response by the Sri Lankan government which repeatedly refuses the call for an international inquiry – at a time when international pressure is mounting on the Sri Lankan government to launch an inquiry into alleged war crimes during the final phases of the war.
Q: Looking at the pressure which has been coming over the past few weeks, especially after the airing of the Channel 4 documentary Sri Lanka’s Killing Fields, how is Sri Lanka’s strategy in responding to the mounting international pressure?

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