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Sunday July 24th, 2011


Better voter turnout in North
Voter turnout at yesterday’s Local Government polls in the north was higher than last year’s General Election, Government Agents (GAs) in the areas said. Election monitors said more than 60% voter turnout was recorded in Kilinochchi and Mullaithivu Districts while 45% was recorded in Jaffna.

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North Colombo tops in rat fever, dengue
Poor solid waste management and overcrowding have been cited as the main contributors to the high incidence of deadly deceases such as rat fever (Leptospiroris) and dengue in the city.
The worst affected by these deceases in the recent past, according to health authorities were North Colombo encompassing areas such as the Welikada Prisons, Wanathamulla, Maligawatte, Mariakade and Borella

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Proud to vote

A voter in Jaffna, on her way to a polling booth to cast her vote after 30 long years to exercise her right to select a candidate to the local body, proudly shows her polling card (AFP)
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Man arrested near Norway PM with knife
Norwegian police arrested a young man carrying a knife Saturday at a hotel where Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg was visiting survivors of a shooting rampage that left 84 dead, broadcaster NRK said.
The suspect said he had a knife in his pocket “because he did not feel safe,” an NRK reporter said.

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Payment only after probe, says Susil
Compensation will not be paid to those affected by using alleged substandard petrol until investigations are complete, Petroleum Resources Development Minister, Susil Premajayanth said. The Minister had earlier appointed a three member committee to investigate into allegations on the importation of substandard petrol...s

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NEWS

UNP govt will prosecute the corrupt – Karu
The UNP yesterday pledged to the people that any individual that gambled with public funds will be prosecuted and held personally liable under a future UNP government. Nothing will be spared to bring culpable politicians and public officials to book. In a hard-hitting statement issued yesterday...

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Dengue cases reach 13,000 mark leaving 100 dead
The cumulative number of dengue cases has now zoomed to 13,000 leaving 100 dead from the most virulent form of the disease, Dengue Haemorrhagic Fever (DHF).
“There’s no doubt we’re in the midst of one of the worst dengue epidemics, under 2nd Wave of Influenza.

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Jayalalithaa to visit Sri Lanka?
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa Jayaram has seriously considered visiting Sri Lanka and to see for herself the conditions prevailing in the North and the welfare of the families resettled there since the end of the war against LTTE over two years ago. She has indicated this to journalists who met her after...

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Weapons, moonshine, found in Wanduramba
Wanduramba police has recovered five live bullets, two shot guns, two fake guns, two bottles of moonshine and illegal equipment used for moonshine distilling during a search conducted at a suspect’s residence. These items had been hidden inside the attic of the suspect’s house.

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No response yet
The Police Inspectors Association has still not been officially informed of the response to its complaint against Galle District parliamentarian Nishantha Mutuhettigama over an incident involving an Inspector of Police in the Galle District.

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Lankan driver returns from Kuwait with nails in legs
A Lankan, Roshan Gun්wardena, working as a driver in Kuwait returned to Sri Lanka with 13 nails inside his legs. His employer, an officer in the Kuwait Royal Army and the employer’s father had ordered him to lay on his back while one on them had strapped him to the ground...

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India’s BJP ‘put pressure on anti-corruption judge’
BBC: India’s main opposition BJP wanted the Karnataka chief minister’s name dropped as a key suspect in a report on illegal mining, a former judge told the BBC.
Judge Santosh Hegde, the state’s anti-corruption chief, said he refused to bow to pressure from Dhananjay Kumar, a former BJP cabinet minister.

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Colombo Uni starts teaching Chinese language
As a further step towards teaching foreign languages, the Colombo University’s Institute of Human Rights together with the Institute of Tourism and Hotel Management would soon commence a course in teaching Chinese language.

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Lanka’s $1b global bonds maturing in 2021 assigned ‘B+’ rating
Islamabad — Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services has assigned its ‘B+’ long-term foreign currency issue rating to a US$1 billion global senior unsecured bond issuance by the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka. 

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POLITICS

Election outcome of North keenly watched
When these pages are being read, the results of the local government elections held yesterday will be trickling in. In the South of the country, the ruling United Peoples’ Freedom Alliance (UPFA) is likely to have emerged winners but it is the outcome in the North that will be watched more keenly. 

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Rule by ballot after years of rule by bullet begins in North
At the elections held yesterday to 65 local government bodies which had to be postponed due to election petitions, the government had thrown its full weight behind its propaganda campaign in the North. A large number of UPFA Ministers and MPs had been vigorously campaigning in the province for several weeks in support of the party candidates in the running for 16 local bodies in Jaffna district and three bodies in Kilinochchi district.

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NEWS FEATURES

Economic concerns despite international upgrading
The upgrading of the country’s debt risk ratings has been the most recent good news on the economy. Fitch Ratings, Moody’s Investors Service and Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services improved their ratings and outlook for the Sri Lankan economy. These assessments of the three international rating organisations are of much value, especially for external finances.

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Poll peaceful in North despite propaganda hiccups
Small inch-sized holes in walls remind the passers-by of the violence that erupted on the grounds that they now travel through, in the Northern town of Kilinochchi. A lot has changed since Sri Lanka’s three-decade long brutal conflict came to a bloody end, with the government forces annihilating the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) two years ago.

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Parliamentary Select Committee will work on political solution: Rajapaksa
President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s roadmap for finding a 13th Amendment-plus political solution will take the Tamil question in Sri Lanka to a Parliamentary Select Committee, which will look into it and propose suitable constitutional amendments, and then on to Parliament. Meanwhile, local elections in the Northern Province, which were held on Saturday, would be followed by a Provincial Council election.

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Time to identify elements working with sinister agendas
According to media reports, Housing and Construction Minister Wimal Weerawansa warned the public to be cautious of some elements working inside the government to destabilise the country. The Minister noted that while the country was now moving forward after the end of the war, there are attempts by some groups overseas to target the economy. 

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Sivathamby: An academic who advocated tolerance
The death of Professor (Emeritus) K. Sivathamby at the age of seventy-nine removes from the Tamil speaking world one of its most outstanding scholars. His services had been retained by several universities in the United States, Europe and India in the capacity of senior research Fellow or visiting Professor of Tamil. He will be remembered...

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SPORTS

New IC cracks down on wanton waste at SLC
One of the main priorities of the Upali Dharmadasa headed interim committee is to drastically cut down on the excess staff at Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) which has been eating into the coffers of the games richest sports body in the country and making it almost a liability. Appointed at the beginning of July to replace the previous interim committee headed by former Sri Lanka cricketer DS de Silva, Dharmadasa and his four-member committee have already decided start cutting down...

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Aussie tour: DRS only for Tests?
Sri Lanka Cricket which is keen to have the Decision Review System (DRS) used in the home series against Australia starting next month may have to settle for that technology only for the three Test series. This is because of the five cameras that are required for the purpose only one is currently available as the other four are being used in the ongoing four-Test series between England and India in England.

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Crucial Test series for both teams
Next month’s three-Test series between Sri Lanka and Australia will be crucial for both teams because the result hinges on their fate in qualifying for the ICC’s inaugural Test Championships.
Only the top four Test teams in the ICC ranking will qualify to play in the Championships. Sri Lanka start the series in fourth place and Australia are eight points behind at fifth. If Australia wins the series they will swap places with Sri Lanka, if not Sri Lanka will remain at four and qualify for the Championships along with India, England and South Africa, the current top three-ranked Test teams.

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There’s more to it than just playing the game
Zahira College Colombo Group of Sixties is not just an organisation that simply conducts the Zahira Invitation Rugby Sevens tournament each year, it’s more than that.
The funds generated from the tournament go to offer scholarships and sports education for students of the school from Grade 6. The main aim of the committee consisting of past boys of Zahira College is to develop sport and children education. In this aspect they have made great strides.

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INTERVIEWS

Remaining issues addressed with political stability: Jaffna Commander
Jaffna Army Commander, Major General Mahinda Hathurusinghe, speaks to The Nation on the role of the Army in Jaffna peninsula, especially in the backdrop of the local government elections. He says that so much had been done and many things to be done. With that political stability, when new people, new blood is infused into the society in the political stream, other issues could also be addressed for people to enjoy a normal life.

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Oil fiasco – Probe continues, says Susil
Minister of Petroleum Resources Development Susil Premajayanth said that a three member committee had been appointed to look into the allegations of distribution of substandard petrol. In an interview to The Nation, Premajayanth explained the procedures followed in importing crude oil. He also said that a team had been appointed to look into the complaints of those affected by the use of the said petrol adding that they would be given relief once investigations are complete

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