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Sunday August 14th, 2011


Direct confrontation in UNP Working Committee -
Crucial battle set for Wednesday

The meeting of the UNP Working Committee due next Wednesday which is expected to turn into an arena for a pitched battle between the two rival factions of the party, will mark a watershed in the 65-year-old party’s political future, a party senior told The Nation yesterday.

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Cement controversy deepens
Controversy over sub-standard cement continues with relevant state entities passing the buck to one another while the construction industry leaders say they will always go by the SLS standards.

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Dearth of physicians, closure of clinics - Chest patients face crisis
Government hospitals across the country, including teaching hospitals in Colombo and Anuradhapura, and hospitals in Polonnarauwa, Matara, Embilipitiya and Batticaloa, are facing a severe shortage of chest specialists.

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Last Randoli Perahera

The majestic tusker Nedumgama Raja steps out of the Sri Dalada Maligawa (Temple of the Tooth Relic) in Kandy carrying the Sacred Relic Casket ready for the final Randoli Perahera yesterday. The eleven-day annual event draws thousands of tourists and spectators from around the world. The Esala Perahera concludes with the Day Perahera today.

 (Pic by Pushpakumara Matugama)

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Three police officers remanded
Negombo Acting Magistrate Swarna Perera dismissed an anticipatory bail application filed by three officers of the Negombo Police and remanded them till August 17. The Police officers were suspected of misappropriating a part of the cash and gold jewellery in the custody...

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Sister’s marriage led to suicide
His elder sister’s marriage was cited as the reason for a youth to commit suicide. A 22-year-old who was the only sibling to his sister was very close to the sister due to being the only two children of the family. The family had lived in Heyyanthuduwa in Biyagama and on August 6 the sister had got married.

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TNA team to New Delhi
A delegation of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) is to head to New Delhi later this month to take part at a conference organised by the Forum for Human Rights for Global Development.

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NEWS

Rizana’s release this month?
The chances for release of Rizana Nafeek, the Sri Lankan house maid condemned to death in Saudi Arabia, allegedly for causing the death of a four-month-old infant while she was bottle feeding him, looks very bright especially in this holy month of Ramazan.

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Milinda from UPFA for Colombo mayor
Presidential Advisor and former Minister Milinda Moragoda is tipped to be UPFA candidate for the post of Colombo Mayor, well informed UPFA sources said. Elections for 23 local bodies are scheduled to be held in mid October. A man free of corruption, ability to improve the Council’s finances and ability to keep the city clean and beautiful...

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Lankans protest against biased ABC reports
Sydneysiders witnessed an unusually large and strident protest demonstration against anti Sri Lanka, pro LTTE reporting by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC). The protest by the large unexpected number of Sri Lankan Australians and their friends was staged right in front of the ABC Head Office in the Sydney city.

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Former MP remanded for removing Rukmani Devi statue
Negombo Police arrested a former parliamentarian and MMC Ananda Munasinghe and six others over an incident involving the removal of a memorial statue of the famous songstress and actress Rukmani Devi erected at the Negombo cemetery over 24 years ago.

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Disunity, main cause of failure: Tissa
UNP General Secretary Tissa Attanayake MP expressed disappointment at the stand taken by his party against the Government despite it being the main Opposition in Parliament. Addressing a press conference in Colombo, Attanayake said that in the recent past, the UNP has failed to show any considerable progress and therefore exhorted...

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Deshamanya H. K. Dharamadasa - Never lost his common touch
Sri Lankan business tycoon Deshamanya H. K. Dharamadasa, who came up to the very top of the indigenous business community, rose from humble beginnings to the chairmanship of the Nawaloka Group of Companies with 21 constituent companies.

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Say support, not subsidy: Nivard Cabraal
Sri Lanka should use the word ‘support’ instead of ‘subsidy’, for certain agencies and countries are averse to that term, said Dr. Ajith Nivard Cabraal, Governor of the Central Bank on Friday.

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Sajith faction summons LG candidates for meeting
The Sajith faction of the UNP has summoned all local government UNP candidates at the forthcoming LG elections for a meeting in Colombo on Wednesday (17). They are due to meet at Solis Hall in Nawala, sources said. The meeting is also expected to propose and adopt the name of Karu Jayasuriya for UNP leadership.

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POLITICS

Is upcoming poll final nail in UNP coffin?
For the umpteenth week running, it is the turmoil in the opposition United National Party (UNP) that continues to make news - and last week was no different with new twists and turns emerging in this on-going saga. It will be recalled that the present impasse in the UNP is because the so-called ‘reformist’ group of the UNP led by Sajith Premadasa is challenging party and opposition leader Ranil...

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Sparks fly at UNP group meeting
The prognostic we made in this column last week that the outcome of Tuesday’s meeting of the UNP Parliamentary group would be decisive for the future of the party came true when it unanimously adopted a resolution proposed by Sajith Premadasa and seconded by Ranjith Madduma Bandara calling for the appointment of Karu Jayasuriya as the leader of the party.

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NEWS FEATURES

What went wrong with UNP?
There is a conflict within the grand old party. But conflict is not necessarily a bad thing. It can lead to constructive change. Particularly in Hindu thought, conflict can be a destroyer but it can also be a creator of something new. Furthermore, no single person is responsible for causing conflict. This is based on the Buddhist concept of Pratityasamutpada or codependent origination. Everything grows together in mutual causation and we all share the responsibility for conflict.

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Sino-Lanka relations will strengthen
President Mahinda Rajapaksa visited China to meet the Chinese leaders with a view to strengthening the relations between the two countries.
Sri Lanka’s relations with China are not recent but steeped in history. There were Chinese explorers like Fa Hsien who visited Sri Lanka in 411 AD to study Buddhism here and chronicled his impressions of what he observed here in the manners, customs and religions of the people.

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Pure criminality or symptomatic crisis phenomenon?
It all began with the police killing of a black youth, Mark Duggan in Tottenham, London on Thursday August 4. Police said he died in a shoot-out with the police who were on a routine operation in the area. This led to the Tottenham youth going in a peaceful demonstration to the Police station to find out why he was killed.

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More demand for lucrative Korean jobs
The utter chaos and unprecedented traffic jam on Havelock Road on Monday August 8 morning caused by thousands of youth in their quest to obtain application forms to sit for the Korean language paper resulted in Police being summoned and took a couple of hours before they were dispersed. According to Police estimates at least over 20,000 youth converged at the Police Park from the previous morning.

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SPORTS

We’ll bounce back says Dilshan
HAMBANTOTA: Following his team’s poor batting performance in the first One-Day International at Pallakele which enabled Australia to take a 1-0 lead in the five-match series, Sri Lanka captain Tillakaratne Dilshan is confident that his team can bounce back like they did in the three-Test series in England. “If you take the first Test against England in Cardiff, we lost that game because of bad batting in the second innings.

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Ragama CC wins in two days
Ragama CC pulled off a victory in two days when they trounced Moratuwa SC by an innings and 130 runs in their Under 23 division I inter-club tournament match played at the NCC grounds yesterday. Having shot out Moratuwa SC for a paltry 46 in the first innings Ragama CC went onto score 387 largely through an unbeaten 163 from Dananjaya Maduranga. Trailing by 341 runs Moratuwa SC were dismissed for 211 in their second innings with spinner Rushan Jaleel capturing four wickets for 41 supported by N Tharuka with three wickets.

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Welcome back Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe could not have asked for a better return to Test cricket following an almost six-year exile when they outplayed Bangladesh in the one-off Test to win by a margin of 130 runs on the fifth day at the Harare Sports Club grounds. It was at this venue that Zimbabwe played their final Test match in September 2005 against India before they were exiled from the highest echelons of the game.

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GOM of Bloomfield Shelley left behind a legacy
Shelley Wickramasinghe respectfully known as the Grand Old Man (GOM) of Bloomfield Cricket and Athletic Club, one of the oldest cricket clubs in Sri Lanka was laid to rest at Kanatte yesterday amidst a massive crowd that turned up at his funeral. Strangely enough it was on the same day and venue that the funeral of Deshamanya HK Dharmadasa, chairman of Nawaloka Group and well known sports promoter also took place.

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Kandy plays Havies in decider
If it’s another bruising or enthralling rugby encounter you are looking for make it to the Nittawela grounds this evening where the defending league champions and table leaders Kandy SC play hosts to Havelock SC in their final game of the league competition.

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Sri Lanka’s Fiery Fred
Norton Fredrick, the former Ceylon fast bowler must be the only cricketer in the country and possibly in the world to have a road named after him. He lives at Norton Place in Enderamulla, Wattala. The road was named after him ten years ago by the people of the area in recognition of the social service he and his wife Nalini did for them.

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Riots raise fears for London 2012 security
Given the disturbing scenes we are seeing across London and the rest of the country, the impact on sport is of relatively minor importance.
But there is no question the pictures of the capital burning, which are being beamed around the world, will seriously damage Britain’s and London’s image with a year to go until the Olympics.

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