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Sunday August 21st, 2011


Overseas LTTE got arms in 2010
Despite the war against the LTTE won by the Sri Lanka armed forces in 2009, overseas members of the terrorist group continued to procure weapons in 2010 the US State Department said in a report on Thursday. The Tamil diaspora continued to support the organisation financially, it further asserted.

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UNP seniors urge amicable settlement
The rift between leader Ranil Wickremesinghe and the Sajith Premadasa faction of the UNP could be narrowed down during the coming two weeks and a number of seniors on both sides were making attempts behind the scene to patch up differences within the party...

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Delhi conference of Tamil parties to forge unified stance
Ten Sri Lankan Tamil political parties may seek solace from agony for two days on August 23 and 24 in the Indian capital of New Delhi

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A PLEASANTLY SURPRISING SIGHT EH?

Indeed the captivating sight of this adventure focussed foreign couple speaks a million words of the brisk pace at which tourism is moving in post-war Sri Lanka. It was the flag off from Negombo yesterday of the Lanka Challenge 2011 Rickshaw (Three Wheeler) Challenge taking place involving 12 teams of foreigners carrying prizes for the first three winners. The ten-day event takes them along the coastal route to Trincomalee, Pasikuda, Arugam Bay, Pottuvil, Yala to Kandy and back to Negombo on August 30

Pic by Rukshan Abeywansha

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Malabe Medical College given degree status
The University Grants Commission (UGC) will grant degree awarding status to the Malabe Private Medical College established two years ago. When this status is granted it will be the first private university...

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Eradicate ‘tea mafia’ call by exporters
Claiming that the Sri Lanka tea industry was facing a threat from a mafia where robbery of produce and adulteration was taking place, the president elect of the Sri Lanka Tea Exporters’ Association (SLTEA), Niraj de Mel appealed...

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TNA vacillates on PSC
The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) though widely expected yesterday to take a decision on participating in the proposed Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) on solving the ethnic problem, however postponed the meeting on the PSC issue for a future date.

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NEWS

Chief incumbent arrested at airport
Ven. Namalwewe Rathanasara Thera, Chief incumbent of the Mihintale Rajamaha Viharaya was arrested by the CID at the Katunayake Airport yesterday morning.
There was an arrest warrant issued on him by the Anuradhapura Magistrate over a child abuse charge following a case filed by the Police on August 11.

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Sirikotha carpeted on requests of residents: Keheliya
Media and Information Minister Keheliya Rambukwella told the Cabinet press briefing that the road opposite the UNP headquarters Sirikotha was carpeted on Wednesday following several requests made by the residents of the area.
It was pointed out to the Minister that this road had already been carpeted.

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Avocado plucking youth falls to his death
A nineteen-year-old hotel worker died when he fell on to the concrete road from a thirty-five foot Avocado tree. After seeing another youngster climb down the same tree earlier with avocados, the young man too had had climbed the tree to pluck some for himself.

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Some TN parties call on Jayalalithaa to intervene
Several Tamil Nadu political parties have urged Chief Minister Jeyalalithaa Jeyaram to urge the Central Government to stop the hanging of the three accused convicted and sentenced to death in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case, according to reports published in Chennai dailies.

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e-Sri Lanka project cost Rs 74.2m.
The Cabinet of Ministers has approved the allocation of Rs 74,229,538 for a government-owned company called ‘Lanka Government Information Infrastructure Pvt. Ltd’ set up to take over the management and operations of the Lanka...

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Navy recovers cache of hand grenades
Naval personnel attached to SLNS Kanchadeva, Kayts Naval Base, in the Northern Naval Command recently recovered a cache of hand grenades hidden by the LTTE in Kayts. 

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LTTE global presence still a threat: Prof. Gunaratne
Despite LTTE being wiped out in Sri Lanka, their international presence still posed a threat to the country, Professor Rohan Gunaratne, a specialist in terrorism research...

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POLITICS

UNP debacle: Truce amid veiled threats
The crisis in the opposition United National Party (UNP) has been going on for months now and the latest has been a ‘take-over’ bid by the Sajith Premadasa faction using co-deputy leader Karu Jayasuriya as a proxy, but this week the dispute literally spilled on to the streets.
Thursday was a day of high drama, and coming events were...

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Heads of Sajith loyalists roll as a defiant Ranil hits back
The struggle that the Sajith group launched to oust the party leader Ranil Wickremesinghe with a tumultuous demonstration at the Viharamahadevi Park last Wednesday appeared to have lost its steam after the party’s Working Committee meeting held the same day. However, certain developments that have followed show that the group is in no mood to relent.

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NEWS FEATURES

Human rights violations and double standards
The leading Western nations like the US and UK have pursued a policy of attacking countries like Afghanistan, Iraq or even Libya professing to protect human rights and democracy but committing genocide on the pretext of fighting terrorism. In the United Kingdom the LTTE front organization Tamil Transitional Government in Exile is openly flying the LTTE flag calling for a separate..

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Grease devils creating mass hysteria
The Government categorically denied any involvement of the Police or security forces personnel in the much talked about Grease Devil incidents reported from many parts of the country during the last three weeks. The Government’s denial was revealed by Media and Information Minister Kheliya Rambukwella at the weekly Cabinet press briefing.

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What Sri Lanka really thinks
“Seek truth from facts” (Deng Xiaoping)
There is an extensive survey of public opinion, the results of which will up-end all conventional assumptions about what the Sri Lankan people think and therefore how they are likely to act or react.

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Coping with surplus paddy
Coping with a surplus of paddy has become a recent concern. The country has been self-sufficient in rice for several years. This is indeed a national achievement that has important implications for the economy. 

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SPORTS

Pathetic Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka put up another pathetic batting display to lose the fourth one-day international to Australia by five wickets and concede the five-match series 3-1 with one match to go at the R Premadasa Stadium yesterday.
The presumption that the captain winning the toss ends on the losing side was again evident when Dilshan won his third of the series and lost as many. Sri Lanka tasted their only success of the series so far when Michael Clarke won the toss in the third ODI.

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Cricket double ton ensures no respite for India
 Ian Bell completed a maiden Test double century as England continued to pile on the runs against India in the series finale at The Oval here on Saturday.
Bell’s 235 was the cornerstone of England’s 591 for six declared at lunch on the third day of the fourth Test.

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The fall had to come
India’s sudden capitulation and England’s eventual rise to the top in the ICC Test rankings was something that had to happen the way the two teams have gone about their international cricket engagements over the past one year or so. The amount of cricket the Indian cricketers were exposed to, compared to the cricket played by England, there had to come a time where at some point jadedness had to set in. Unfortunately for India it came at a very crucial time when their position as the No. 1 ranked Test team was under threat from England.

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Copeland, Khawaja benefit by Hathuru’s appointment
Trent Copeland marked his departure for Australia’s Test tour of Sri Lanka by admitting to nervousness. But he believes his methodical bowling can extract wickets on all surfaces, even the unforgiving pitches Australia are likely to encounter in Galle, Kandy and Colombo.

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INTERVIEWS

‘No substandard drugs as certain media reported’ - Minister Sirisena
There has been much media coverage and reports about the problems of shortages of pharmaceutical drugs and about poor quality drugs used in the state sector hospitals during the recent past. The Nation interviewed Healthcare and Nutrition Minister Maithripala Sirisena about these reports
Following are the highlights of the interview:
Q: During recent times there were many complaints and allegations made about shortages of medical drugs...

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