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Sunday August 7th, 2011


Crucial UNP WC meeting Tuesday
The UNP’s Working Committee meeting due to be held next Tuesday is expected to be decisive for the party’s political future, party’s inside sources said yesterday. Both rival factions – the one loyal to Ranil and the other backing Sajith are preparing strong...

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Standard Chartered plea squashed
Sri Lanka won a crucial legal battle in the oil hedging lawsuit filed by the Standard Chartered Bank when the London Court allowed right of appeal while squashing a bank plea that the Ceylon petroleum Corporation pays US$166 million as a deposit or guarantee.

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PSC should be on devolution: Sumanthiran
The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) said that it was yet to decide on its participation at the Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) once the terms of references are agreed upon.

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AIR OF FREEDOM

The cheerfully visible air of freedom was the hallmark at yesterday’s annual Vel festival conducted by the Mayurapathi Amman Kovil, Kirulapone where devotees in large numbers freely moved about in great spirits

(Pic By Rikshan Abeywansa)

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Sonia asks Rahul to help steer Congress
The decision by an ailing Sonia Gandhi to ask her son Rahul to help steer India’s ruling party in her absence could fast-track his long-anticipated succession to power, analysts say.

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UNP faces uphill task at CMC polls
The Colombo Municipal Council elections to be held with other councils and local bodies as announced by the Elections Commissioner Mahinda Deshapriya is to be fought with a new challenge for the UNP that has traditionally won almost all elections to the...

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Air space violation!
High echelons of power were abuzz over violation of country’s air space by planes belonging to a super power whose fleet is present in the region.

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NEWS

Rat Fever cases exceed 2010 total
The cumulative number of Rat Fever (Leptospirosis) cases for this year has exceeded the total number of cases for last year. In January 2011, the cumulative number of cases was 230 as against 245 for the corresponding month last year. Yesterday, July 22, the number of cases stood at 4,550 as against 4,540 for the entire year in 2010. 

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381,000 tourist arrivals up to June
Sri Lanka needs at least another 45,000 hotel rooms by the year 2016 as the country expects 2.5 million tourists to arrive during that period, a high ranking Tourist Board source said. Between January and June this year 381,000 tourists arrived in the country and this was a clear indication of the revival of the industry which was virtually at a standstill during the war against the LTTE.

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I can give Kuhanathan some king coconuts: Keheliya
Cabinet Spokesman and Media and Information Minister Kheliya Rambukwella answering a query by journalists as to what action he has taken following the assault on Jaffna based Uthayan News Editor Gnanasunderam Kuhanathan, quipped in lighter vain that all what he could do was to visit him in hospital with tender king coconuts.

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Tamil Nadu govt. to help Lankan refugees
Tamil Nadu government has extended the social benefit scheme under which poor and elderly residents are paid an allowance of Rs. 1,000 per month to the deserving Sri Lankan refugees domiciled in Tamil Nadu. Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa Jayaram has directed the Social Welfare Department to pay this allowance. After a census carried out by the Department 5,444 people...

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More buses, trains for Madhu pilgrims
The Ministry of Transport has taken steps to launch special bus and train services between August 6 and 15 for the convenience of pilgrims attending the Madhu Church festival.
Three additional trains will be deployed between Colombo and Medawachiya during these days and additional compartments would be attached to the daily train service between Matara and Medawachiya...

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All leaders responsible for historical faux pas, says Wijedasa
The conflict that prevailed over last five to six decades in Sri Lanka was based on language differences, namely between the Sinhalese and Tamils. No leaders in history as well as at present could be absolved from the historical faux pas perpetrated by way of omissions and commissions to disrupt communal harmony, said Wijedasa Rajapakse, Colombo District UNP...

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Indian foreign minister demands apology from PTI
 India’s foreign minister has demanded a public apology from the the Press Trust of India (PTI), after it described him as “absent minded” in parliament, the national news agency said on Friday. PTI had reported Thursday that S.M. Krishna “had to be prodded” by the speaker of the lower house to make a scheduled...

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302 LTTE cadres to sit GCE A/L
A total of 302 ex LTTE cadres now undergoing rehabilitation would sit for the GCE Advanced Level Examination, Commissioner General of Rehabilitation Major General Susantha Ranasinghe said.

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POLITICS

Do-or-die battle for UNP leadership
If the results of the local government elections were tremors that shook the foundations of the opposition United National Party (UNP), the events that followed last week were a virtual earthquake that appeared to reduce the grand old party to rubble.
The sequence of events was unleashed when co-deputy leader of the UNP, Sajith Premadasa announced at a media briefing that his ‘reformist’ group had invited his other co-deputy leader Karu Jayasuriya to lead the party and claimed that Jayasuriya had accepted.

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UNP’s two rival groups bracing for final showdown
The UNP’s internal crisis appears to be deepening with no settlement in sight following Karu Jayasuriya’s announcement that he was prepared to accept the party leadership if it was the wish of the majority of the party.
Soon after making this sensational announcement Karu Jayasuriya left for India on a private visit along with his wife Dr Ms.Vasantha Jayasuriya. By this time, party leader Ranil Wickremesinghe who was in UK issued a statement...

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NEWS FEATURES

Murder and Mayhem of LTTE in Sri Lanka
The report, Humanitarian Operation, Factual Analysis July 2008 – May 2009, compiled by the Ministry of Defence, was launched at the Colombo Hilton last week. The report includes details of the humanitarian mission conducted by the Sri Lankan Army, Navy and Air Force. It also refers to atrocities committed by the LTTE against civilians, use of child soldiers by the LTTE, the global threat posed by the LTTE, its supply network and international network, peace talks between LTTE and successive...

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No point in talks if govt does not respond: Sumanthiran
The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) last week gave an ultimatum to the government to respond to its set of proposals on finding a solution to the ethnic question. TNA MP, M. A. Sumanthiran speaks to The Nation on the reasons for giving an ultimatum at this juncture and on the issues that arose following his speech in London

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Although guns fell silent over two-and-a-half years ago
More than two-and-a-half years have rolled by since the end of the 30-year-old war. For many, the war is something of the past - nearly forgotten.
Whilst the guns have fallen silent, the scars inside the people who were affected by it, still scream long and hard.
The ethnic conflict affected the entire country in many ways: stringent of security measures, checkpoints, snap road blocks and sudden roundups were the order of the day a few years ago.

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Enhancing the Post War Peace Dividend
The country is experiencing what is described as the post war peace dividend. The increase in tourist arrivals and earnings is a clear example of this benefit. Agricultural production too has increased owing to uncultivable areas during the war coming into production. Fisheries have expanded owing to the lifting of security restrictions. The improvement of internal trade with the North and East has also spurred increases in production, lower consumer prices and higher levels of economic activity.

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SPORTS

Dilshan’s maiden T20 ton gives Lanka win
PALLEKELE: Tillakaratne Dilshan achieved two objectives when he scored an unbeaten 104 off 57 balls in the first Twenty20 International against Australia at the Pallekele Stadium yesterday.
Dilshan not only scored his maiden T20 century but that innings which gave him the man-of-the-match award also paved the way for Sri Lanka’s maiden T20 International victory at home in five matches. Eventually Sri Lanka beat Australia by 35 runs in emphatic fashion to take a 1-0 lead in the short two-match series.
Leading from the front Dilshan who had a poor one-day series in England roared back into form hitting 12 fours and five sixes as he raced to his century off 57 balls.

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Hathurusingha now NSW asst coach
Cricket New South Wales has appointed 42-year-old former Sri Lankan batsman Chandika Hathurusingha as the NSW assistant coach for the next two years. Hathurusingha has devoted himself to coaching since his retirement from playing in 2005. He was Head Coach of the Sri Lanka A side between 2006 and 2009 before being appointed Assistant Coach of the national team under Trevor Bayliss between 2009 and 2010. He will now work closely with RTA SpeedBlitz Blues Head Coach Anthony Stuart, in addition to looking after the NSW 2nd XI and Futures League teams.

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Sri Lanka’s loss is Australia’s gain
On the first Sunday of December last year we ran a headline featuring Chandika Hathurusingha titled “Sri Lanka’s loss will be someone’s gain”. Well it has happened eight months hence.
Hathurusingha, the former shadow coach of the Sri Lanka team has been appointed the assistant coach of New South Wales for the next two years (see story on page 15).
Thanks to the foolhardiness of former Sri Lanka Cricket interim committee chairman DS de Silva, Australia or rather New South Wales has landed a prize catch with that appointment.

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Tribute to a legend of the past – Gamini Goonesena
Gamini Goonesena who passed away on Monday in Canberra, Australia was a cricketing icon who bestrode the cricket field, but whose achievements were sadly recognised only outside his country of birth - in England where he represented Cambridge University and Nottinghamshire and to a certain degree in Australia when he played for New South Wales.

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Seenigama Academy wins inaugural Elephant House ‘Murali Cup’
Seenigama Academy won the inaugural ‘Murali Cup’ recently with a brilliant display against Dulwich College in the final at Surrey Village in Maggona. The final was dominated by the sensational batting of Adeesha Thilakshana, who scored a whirlwind 100 not out. Thilakshana’s hundred, reached off the last ball of the innings after an overthrow, allowed the strong Seenigama XI score 245 for 2 in 35 overs.

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England takes the only way out - winning
The Englishmen are marvelling at this moment in the game their country is best known for and this is something they had been desperate to achieve for quite some time. When their heads were down they knew the guillotine would fall harder and they realised the only way out was winning. What was wrong with their cricket nobody could guess and the changes that came in with the introduction of the shorter versions saw England in shambles for a number of years in all versions of the game.

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