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Sunday August 28, 2011


Terror suspects cannot go free – Susil Premajayantha
Terrorist suspects in detention, who were either arrested under the provision of the Emergency Regulations and the Prevention of Terrorism Act or had surrendered to the armed forces towards...

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With no drug policy, cartels stand to gain: PMRP
A delegation from The People’s Movement for the Rights of Patients (PMRP), hopes to meet President Mahinda Rajapaksa to persuade him to implement the much...

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Grero gives Ranil 3-day ultimatum
The crisis ridden UNP’s internal issues took a different turn yesterday when a Colombo district parliamentarian severely criticized the party leadership for nominating the former mayor of Dehiwala-Mount Lavinia as the mayoral...

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THREE-CORNERED ATTENTION

Utensils of a kind, especially an EZTurbo Charcoal Stove seems to hold the three-cornered attention of Agriculture Minister, Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena (Centre); MP J. R. P. Sooriyapperuma and President, National Agribusiness Council, Asoka Gopallawa. The occasion of course, was the inauguration of the 10th anniversary of the Foods & Agri-Biz Propack 2011 held at the BMICH yesterday

(Pic by Rukshan Abeywansha)

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Inferior ceramicware a health hazard!
While the food you consume is safe, the plate you eat from could be carrying health endangering chemicals!
This warning comes from the Chairman, Dankotuwa Porcelain, Sunil Wijesinha who claimed that today, most government departments opt for inferior low quality...

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‘I saw no white flags,’ says Thamilselvan’s widow
When we came in from the LTTE controlled area to the government administered area in May 2009, I did not see the Sri Lanka Army firing at anyone who was coming to surrender. Pulidevan, Nadesan and Soosai had died in battle during the last days and no one from the LTTE area came with white flags...

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J’lalithaa, Swaraj invited to Lanka
New Delhi: Sri Lanka has invited Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa and an Indian parliamentary delegation to visit the country, External Affairs Minister S. M. Krishna said here Friday.

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NEWS

‘Grease devil a creation of foreign elements’
The story of grease devils doing the rounds in many parts of the country is just like another Darusman Report and Channel 4, aimed at discrediting the Government and creating tension among the population. It was fabricated by interested foreign powers and certain local groups and planted in this country, said Fr. Sarath Hettiarachi, Presidential Religious Coordinator.

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“It’s possible,” President tells CMC candidates
We have done the impossible and winning the Colombo Municipality would be the same, President Mahinda Rajapaksa told the 59 UPFA candidates contesting the Colombo Municipality, summoned for a meeting at Temple Trees on Friday.

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It’s a bus ride home for ‘Golden Girl’
She won the gold medal for the 400 Metres Open at the Singapore open international athletic meet held recently and returned home. Other than a garland from her colleagues she had no fanfare. This 23-year-old athlete E. W. Upamalika Ratnakumari, a Lance Corporal in the Sri Lanka Army Women Corps, was escorted to Colombo in an army vehicle but she left for her...

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Cabinet decisions
The Government lifted the emergency regulations not due to any request or instigation by any country but purely because the situation in the country was normal and it was not necessary anymore, Cabinet spokesman Minister Anura Priyadharshana Yapa told the post Cabinet press briefing on Thursday.

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Woman’s body exhumed: Relatives suspect foul play
The body of a 34-year-old woman who died in Bahrain of burns has been ordered to be exhumed by the Gampaha Chief Magistrate Mackie Mohamed, when the relatives of the woman, suspecting foul play, complained to the Ganemulla police.

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Marked improvement in Colombo-Tuticorin ferry service
The Indo-Lanka passengers shipping service started in July this year between Colombo and Tuticorin has shown a marked improvement with an increase in passenger traffic between the two ports, a highly placed Ceylon Shipping Corporation official told The Nation.

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Professor Mendis Rohanadheera dies
Well known historian and archaeologist Professor Mendis Rohanadheera passed away on Friday. He was 81.
Born on January 21, 1931, Rohanadheera received his primary education at Pallattara Sinhala Mixed School in Mulkirigala.

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POLITICS

Victory at local polls: Icing on the cake for UPFA
Just when Sri Lankans thought they had their last helping of elections for a while, another round of keenly contested polls has been announced, for 23 local bodies, mostly municipal councils in the major cities to be held on October 8. The announcement itself marks a change of stance from the ruling United Peoples’ Freedom Alliance (UPFA).

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Ranil assures support to fight external threats
The Emergency which was lifted on Thursday has a 58-year history in the country. The Emergency came into operation for the first time on August 12, 1953. It was declared as a measure to bring under control the situation triggered by an opposition-called island-wide Hartal to protest against an increase in the price of rice and several other measures that hit the poor masses in the country.

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NEWS FEATURES

Normal rule of law is back – President
President Mahinda Rajapaksa addressing Parliament on Thursday (25) announcing the revocation of the state of emergency said acts of terrorism that prompted the declaration of emergency no longer existed as the LTTE terrorist group was completely defeated in May 2009. Hence the government was happy to bring back the normal rule of law to the country.

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Forms of ‘emergency’ since 1817
President Mahinda Rajapaksa on Thursday revoked the state of emergency declared under the Prevention of Terrorism Act after more than 27 years. The emergency regulations 36 out of 73 were also revoked after the complete defeat of the LTTE in May 2009. The state of emergency declared at different times ran for a total of nearly 27 years during the past 63 years since independence.

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Magampura Port: Facts and Fallacies
The Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA), in a statement says that facts have been misinterpreted and distorted by certain groups to mislead the public on the Magampura Port development project. The following is the full text of the statement: In the recent past, there have been several allegations on Magampura Mahinda Rajapaksa Port.

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Enormous economic potential of Eastern Province
An International Trade Exhibition in Batticaloa was inconceivable in the history of this town, often described as a sleepy one in the past. The Batticaloa International Trade Exhibition (BITE) 2011 in early October will enliven the dormant economy of the East and in the words of the organisers of this exhibition “Batticaloa will see the dawn of a new beginning when it showcases the town.”

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SPORTS

Sangakkara for top honours
England batsmen Alastair Cook and Jonathan Trott, Hashim Amla of South Africa and last year’s ICC Cricketer of the Year Sachin Tendulkar of India have all been short-listed for the top honour at the 2011 ICC Awards. In addition, Trott and Cook are also short-listed for the ICC Test Player of the Year alongside England team-mate James Anderson and South Africa’s...                Full Story

Havies a threat to hot contenders Kandy, Navy
The battle for supremacy in the inter-club rugby scene will resume when the prestigious Caltex Clifford Cup Knockout tournament gets underway in Colombo on Friday. This year’s tournament promises to be even more exciting after Kandy Sports Club stamped their class and authority by retaining the Caltex Inter-club ‘A’ Division League title for the eleventh successive year.

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Winds of change for subcontinent teams
What a change of fortunes that cricket nations around the world are experiencing. That cricket is a game of glorious uncertainties is a well known fact over the years. Three of the subcontinent teams Sri Lanka, India and Bangladesh found themselves at the receiving end against teams from Australasia, Europe and Africa.

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Batting failures contribute towards defeat
The middle-order batting which, has been the bane of Sri Lanka in one-day international cricket for quite awhile was not the only contributing factor towards the country’s 3-2 defeat by Australia in the five-match one-day series. On this occasion the failure of the top order batting was also partly responsible for Sri Lanka ending on the losing side.

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INTERVIEWS

Diaspora’s bid to mislead us will not succeed - Says S. P. Thamilselvan’s wife
The widow of the late LTTE political wing leader S. P. Thamilselvan, Shashirekha in an exclusive interview with The Nation goes back to her youth, learning Bharata Natyam, becoming a dancing teacher, meeting with the LTTE leader Prabhakaran and Thamilselvan. She recounts her experiences in the terrorist group-controlled north including the fate that befell her. The unknown agonies she suffered after the death of her husband and the plight all Tamil people fell into under the LTTE and the warning that the Tamil diaspora is trying to drag the Tamil people into danger and destruction are told by her in this candid interview.

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