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Sunday July 17th, 2011


Hopes for out of court settlement
The government is still hopeful of an out of court settlement between the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC) and the Standard Chartered Bank (SCB), highly informed sources told The Nation yesterday. This latest development comes in the wake of a London high court ruling last week...

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No Army deployment
Army will not be deployed in the North during the forthcoming local government elections, high ranking Election Department sources told The Nation. This was sequel to inquiries made from the Elections Secretariat that the Tamil National Alliance...

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Fasting prisoners’ condition critical
The condition of four detainees, who launched a fast unto death campaign at the Vavuniya prison, is said to be critical, as the fast enters its second week. The four detainees, who the TNA claimed were political...

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AYURVEDA EXPO 2011

President Mahinda Rajapaksa observes an item on display at the Ayurveda Expo 2011, International Indigenous Healthcare Exhibition, Trade Fair and Symposium declared open yesterday at the BMICH. Minister of Indigenous Medicine Salinda Dissanayake, Deputy Minister Pandu Bandaranayake and President of the National Chamber of Commerce Asoka Hettigoda are also in the picture

(Pic by Chandana Perera)

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Erosion of bio diversity causes concern: Prof. Sarath Kotagama
The progressive decimation of Sri Lanka’s bio diversity was a cause for serious concern, observed Professor Kotegama. Speaking on ‘Preserving our Bio Diversity’ under the theme ‘Sustainable Bio Diversity & Economic Development at a workshop last week, Prof. Kotagama said, “We are losing our bio diversity and it’s a major issue. Today, plants and animals are the third largest illegal trade in the world.

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Weapons cache in former hospital
Sri Lanka Army demining engineers recovered a cache of weapons, believed to have been used by the LTTE, from the former war zone in the North, Army spokesperson Maj. Gen. Ubhaya Medawela said.
In a statement released by the Army’s media unit, Medawala said that engineers involved in a demining operation in Mullaitivu...

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Britain says Sri Lanka corruption perception high
The level of corruption perception in Sri Lanka is high, states the United Kingdom, warning “all UK companies preparing to do business in Sri Lanka to consider their strategy for dealing with bribery and corruption.”
In the official Trade and Investment website on Sri Lanka, the advisory dated last week says that whilst Sri Lanka ranks mid-way on corruption according to the Transparency International’s corruption perception index (CPI), “Allegations...

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Anandasangaree wants ministers out of North
Tamil United Liberation Front (TULF) Leader V. Anandasangaree in a statement issued yesterday requested the President to recall his coterie of ministers now engaged in election work in the North.
Anandasangaree further requested the President to confine the Army to the barracks until the LG elections are over and hand over all law and order concerns to the Police.

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TNA candidates’ security beefed up – Polls Chief
Elections Commissioner Mahinda Deshapriya has ensured full security for all Tamil National Alliance (TNA) candidates contesting the forthcoming local government polls in Jaffna, Kilinochchi and Mullaitivu Districts.
LG polls are scheduled for 63 local bodies on Saturday July 23.

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Dog chases man to death
A German shepherd dog had attacked a man and had bitten two women on the night of July 11.
The man, a bus conductor, had walked to the well situated nearby his boarding house to do the laundry when the German shepherd had attacked him. In order to escape from the dog, he had hung onto the railing of the well. Unable to keep hanging on the railing, he had fallen into the well and had died of drowning.

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Indonesian maid’s pardon raises new hope for Rizana
RIYADH: In the wake of the pardon given to an Indonesian housemaid who was sentenced to death on murder charges, the Sri Lankan government and social service organizations on Friday renewed their appeal for clemency for Rizana Nafeek, who is currently awaiting execution in the Kingdom.

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3 Lankans arrested in Kashmir
Kashmir police have busted an international gang of alleged Sapphire smugglers here by arresting four persons, including three Sri Lankan nationals.
Some top officials of Jammu and Kashmir Minerals Limited have come under scanner after the arrests, sources said.

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70-year-old killed in road accident
An elderly man had been killed in a motor vehicle accident in Belummahara.  A van, driving at a high speed from Colombo to Gampaha had hit the man when he was trying to cross the road near the Belummahara Junction. The elderly man was a caretaker of 60 primary school children. 

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Mahinda Chintana gets highlighted in Oxford
Dr. Chris Nonis, Sri Lanka’s High commissioner designate to the UK recently was able to highlight the principles of ‘Mahinda Chintana’ in front of a rare and distinguished audience even before officially assuming his new role. This was when he addressed the Ramphal Centre Commission on Migration and Development at Rhodes House, Oxford last week.

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POLITICS

Polls: A barometer for UPFA popularity
This week, a small but significant section of the Sri Lankan electorate will go to the polls. Its outcome will not alter much in terms of the balance of power in the nation, but the elections will be watched with interest for a variety of reasons.
It will be recalled that polls for the vast majority of local bodies - 234 to be precise - were held in March this year.

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Ranil’s offer of support ruffles opposition, baffles government
The statement made by Opposition Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe last week making the point that working out a political solution through a united effort paving the way for durable peace in the country after restoring democratic governance in the North, would go a long way in easing the international pressures being exerted on Sri Lanka,...

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NEWS FEATURES

Local polls again in six days
Pradeshiys Sabhas, Urban Councils and Municipal Councils are the first form of local governance that people in Sri Lanka can interact with. They provide basis for the most basic of amenities from local roads, drainage to matters relating to the weekly markets which the people find in close proximity to their homes – state provided services that the people interact with on a day-to-day basis.

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The Boom in Tourism: Great Expectations
Tourism is booming. Tourist arrivals increased by 40 percent in the first five months of the year compared to the same period of last year when arrivals rose 46 percent compared to the previous year. There has been an increase in tourist arrivals after the war ended. In the five months to May arrivals are so far up 40.2 percent to 327,902 from the five months of the earlier year. 

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Refugee longing for home: Lankans separated by a body of water
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka, July 13 (UNHCR) - Selliah Arumugam walked through the gates at the bustling Bandaranaike International Airport in Colombo, his wife and four children in tow. With a big smile on his face, the 42-year-old pushed a metal cart piled high with their belongings into the arrival lounge.

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Why does Australia attack Sri Lanka?
Sri Lanka and Australia are now engaged in a stiff competition in their bids to host Commonwealth Games scheduled to be held in 2018. While Sri Lanka requests that the event be held at Hambantota, Australia wants it held in Gold Coast.

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Films Channel 4 cannot make
Dr. Noel Nadesan, a Tamil domiciled in Australia who edited the Tamil community newspaper ‘Uthayam’ for 14 years has responded to the recently released Channel 4 film (yes, not ‘documentary’) on Sri Lanka. He says, based on long experience with the Tamil community both in Australia and Sri Lanka, he’s sad ‘about the callous...

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Sanga’s speech as delightful as his cricket
The remarkable ‘Spirit of Cricket’ speech that former Sri Lanka cricket captain Kumar Sangakkara made abroad has drawn both bouquets and brickbats, the former, of course, outweigh the latter kind. 

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SPORTS

‘We need to be twice as hungry to beat the Aussies’
Former Sri Lanka fast bowler Rumesh Ratnayake believes that Sri Lanka needs to be twice as hungry as their opponents if they want to emerge victorious in the Test and One-Day International series against Australia starting next month.
“Taking on Australia is a huge challenge. They are like a wounded tiger after losing the Ashes and the World Cup and they will be hungry,” Ratnayake told The Nation after being appointed interim coach of the Sri Lanka team for the series on Thursday.

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Kandy remain unbeaten with win over CR
Defending league champs Kandy SC continued their unbeaten run for the season with a close 22 points to (1 goal, 3 tries) to 15 points (1 goal, 1 tries, 1 penalty) win over CR & FC in their Caltex inter-club rugby first round match played at Longdon Place yesterday. At half time Kandy led 17-10.

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The best thing to happen to cricket, or is it?
Postponing the much publicised Sri Lanka Premier League to 2012 is the best thing that has happened to Sri Lanka cricket. At least our national cricketers can take time off from cricket, recover from whatever niggling injuries they are having and recharge their batteries and come out fresh to take on the Aussies in what promises to be a hard fought Test and One-day series.

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Sri Lanka pays dearly for their mistakes
Sri Lanka made too many mistakes to lose the decisive fifth and final one-day international played at Old Trafford, Manchester to England and with it the series by a margin of 3-2. Sri Lanka, the World Cup runner-up were clearly the better side in the series – their first since Muthiah Muralitharan’s retirement, but on the day when the sun shone brightly and on a pitch that looked very much subcontinental and dry, everyone expected them to wrap up the final match and win the series but they faltered to lose by 16 runs.

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Tests take fresh guard at 2,000 not out
 A five-day contest where often neither side wins, Test cricket may seem out of touch with 21st Century life yet next week’s series opener between England and India at Lord’s will mark its 2,000th match. And with a sell-out crowd expected at the ‘home of cricket’, where India great Sachin Tendulkar could become the first player to score a hundred international hundreds it seems there is life in the old dog yet.

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INTERVIEWS

People getting a better service, says Omar Kamil
The Colombo Municipal Council has been running under a Special Commissioner for the past few years, and whilst the city has seen many improvements over the period, it has not been without its critics. Critics say that the lack of elected representatives in the Council has led to a top-down process of development which is sometimes authoritarian
The Nation speaks to the Special Commissioner, Omar Kamil on this, and other people-raised issues.
Q: The city of Colombo has been undergoing development and beautification over the past couple of years, but there are complaints that the development and cosmetic changes to the city are focussed extensively on the Colombo 2, 3, 5, 7 areas, with low attention being paid to other sectors. Why is this happening?

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