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Sunday September 04th, 2011


Power cost to escalate!
The prevailing drought may affect the supply of electricity to the consumers due to water levels receding in the main hydro-power supply reservoirs in the hilly country if the monsoonal rains fail in the next two or three weeks.

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TNA still hangs on to LTTE ideology: Douglas
Talks with the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) alone would not solve the ethnic question, Eelam People’s Democratic Party (EPDP) Leader...

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Veggie crates law hits snag
The new law on transportation of vegetables for sale making it compulsory for transporters to pack the fresh vegetables in crates instead of packing in gunnies or tying them up as bundles when wholesale loads are stacked in lorries has hit...

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PONDERING THE WATERS

These fair lasses – all professional international surfers seem to share a word, perhaps about the enticing Arugam Bay waters before plunging into this world class surfing destination at an event of the SriLankan Airlines Pro Women’s championship yesterday.

(pix by Pushpakumara Mathugama)

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Yamuna to the fore for Colombo women
I have come forward to contest the municipal elections mainly to work for Colombo’s women population in need of services such as training in skills development, to become independent as well as to address community health problems by improving the public health services like municipal hospitals and dispensaries, Yamuna Ganeshalingam UPFA candidate at the forthcoming municipal...

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Shanty dwellers will not be evicted, pledges Moragoda
Colombo Municipal Council has to be viewed as an institution and running an important institution needs team work with a balanced group of members. Our efforts will be directed towards achieving the target of improving the quality of life of the citizens especially the most...

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NEWS

Photographing businessmen in compromising positions
Negombo Police arrested an extortionist who resorted to a novel method to compel his victims to part with large sums of money. He invites rich men home on the guise of some business deal and lures them to have sex with his fiancée, an attractive young woman and secretly photographs the couple. His victims had always been rich businessmen who have a weakness for women.

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Lanka leads in diseases, injuries
Sri Lanka holds the record of the country with the highest incidence of Non Communicable Diseases (NCDs), Communicable Diseases (CDs) and Injuries in the world. Mortality rates from NCDs are currently 20-50% higher in Sri Lanka than in developed countries – especially for cardiovascular disease and asthma. In 2008, the percentage of all deaths due to NCDs was 65.4, with deaths from cardiovascular disease being 29.6%. In 2004, NCDs from the total country disease burden was 50.9%.

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633 men, women pass out from Diyatalawa
Six-hundred and thirty-three Airmen and Airwomen of No 149 Regular Airmen Recruit Course, No 106 Volunteer Airmen Recruit Course, No 23 Regular Airwomen Recruit Course and No 8 Direct Entry Airwomen recruit Courses passed out from prestigious Sri Lanka Air Force Station Diyatalawa at a ceremonial parade held at Bentley Ground on September 2, 2011).

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Sphere Handbook 2011 Edition launched
Basil Rajapaksa, Minister of Economic Development participated as chief guest at a launching ceremony of Humanitarian Charter and Minimum Standards in Humanitarian Response – Sphere Handbook 2011 Edition on August 24, 2011 at Lakshman Kadirgamar Institute for International Relations and Strategic Studies organized by Consortium of Humanitarian Agencies (GTA) Limited.

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Lankan delegation to attend UN Human Rights Council in Geneva
The Sri Lankan delegation headed by Minister of Plantation Industries and Human Rights, Mahinda Samarasinghe, will leave for Geneva on September 8 to participate in the 18th sessions of the United Nations Human Rights Council to be held on September 12. He will be accompanied by Minister of Water Resources Management, Nimal Siripala de Silva, Minister of Environment, Anura Priyadharshana Yapa, Legal Advisor to the Cabinet and former Attorney General Mohan Peiris and some high ranking officials of the Ministry of External Affairs.

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Influx of tourists in Jaffna
An unprecedented number of tourists have visited the Jaffna peninsula during the course of last week. Jaffna based Police sources said this number was the highest since peace returned to the peninsula after the defeat of the LTTE in May 2009.

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To hang or not to hang!
The state of euphoria in several cities of Tamil Nadu after the Chennai High Court suspended the execution of the death sentence of the three condemned LTTE activists over the Rajiv Gandhi assassination was greeted with mixed reaction in North Indian cities, according to reports from India.

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POLITICS

Divided UNP facing extinction
Campaigning for the local government elections in October has begun in earnest with the two major parties, the ruling United Peoples’ Freedom Alliance (UPFA) and the opposition United National Party fighting it out for the major honours. The UNP is banking on the fact that the majority of councils on offer are municipalities, urban electorates that have traditionally sided with the grand old party.

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India responds negatively to North-East self-rule
A seminar on the North-East problem organised by Sudarshan Nachchiappan, a senior MP of the Indian Congress Party was held in New Delhi on August 23 and 24. Representatives of eight Sri Lanka Tamil political parties including TNA, ACTC, EPRLF and PLOTE participated in this seminar. The main objective of this seminar was to work out a set of proposals aimed at a solution to Sri Lanka’s problem to be handed over to the New Delhi government.

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NEWS FEATURES

Red lines and the new Tamil consensus
A visit to the Mayan exhibition in Paris tells the tale of a splendid ancient civilisation with an advanced mathematics, now reduced to marginality by colonial conquest. It also reminds one that the civilisation of the Sinhalese, whose language is distinctive, whose collective existence is not far flung and whose state is in a strategically hostile situation or environment, can be reduced to an exhibit in an ethnographic museum, if it is not collectively strong, adaptable and very smart indeed.

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EPDP does not indulge in violence: Douglas Devananda
General Secretary of the Eelam People’s Democratic Party (EPDP), Minister Douglas Devananda states that his party does not indulge in violence and that it was not behind any of the attacks carried out against Udhayan journalists. He also said the party was still strong despite the loss at the last Local Government polls. “The EPDP was sure of victory in most of the places. But things turned the other way round with the Dharusman report and Channel 4.

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Private sector highlights lack of balance in UN Panel report
The majority of Sri Lanka businesses have endorsed the ‘Sri Lanka Private Sector Assessment’ on the report to the United Nations Secretary General (UNSG) by the Panel of Experts on accountability. These include the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce (CCC), the Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry of Sri Lanka (FCCISL), the National Chamber of Commerce of Sri Lanka (NCCSL) and the Joint Apparel Association Forum (JAAF).

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Exploitation of vital needs has to be stopped
The basic instinct of self-preservation has always made people cry out against threats to life that come from terrorism and armed conflicts as their impact is immediate and direct. But they have not been as noisy as that against such things as unhygienic food and harmful medicine. This is because the ill effects of these items on human life are slow and often indiscernible. It is encouraging, however, that public attitudes have now changed mainly as a result of media exposures of fraud and racketeering in food and medicine supplied to the people.

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SPORTS

Jayawardene, Mathews defiant, but Lanka lose
Mahela Jayawardene (105) and Angelo Mathews (95) dug deep to thwart Australia’s charge, but in the end the tourists landed a sound 125-run win on day four of the first Test at the Galle International Stadium on Saturday. The duo picked up where they left off at 120 for five at stumps on day three with a determined 142-run stand - the highest Test partnership for Sri Lanka against Australia - to have the tourists 192 runs in the black at the lunch interval - slightly worried at the lunch break.

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Responsibility lies with everyone
World Cup finalist Sri Lanka’s loss in the one-day international series to Australia has brought forth some strong opinions from Sri Lanka’s chairman of selectors Duleep Mendis who came down hard on the coaching staff for looking for excuses for the team’s 3-2 defeat in the five-match one-day international series. Mendis said that as much as the team, the coaches, the selectors and Sri Lanka Cricket get due credit whenever the side performs well and wins, they should also be equally responsible when the team performs badly and loses.

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Springboks aiming to rewrite Rugby World Cup history
Captain John Smit admitted that there is massive pressure on the Springboks to retain the Rugby World Cup. “We created our own pressure four years ago,” he said of the build-up to the last World Cup which climaxed with South Africa defeating England in the final in Paris. “There was a hope in 2007 that we could do well,” said Smit during a media conference at an upscale hotel that has served as home for the Springboks.

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History of the Rugby World Cup
This is the second and final installment of the history of the Rugby World Cup which commences in New Zealand on September 9. The first part appeared last weekend on August 28. Rugby World Cup 1991 (Champions: Australia)
If the inaugural Rugby World Cup in 1987 had been dominated, as expected, by the eight International Rugby Football Board (IRFB) members, the second tournament would herald the emergence of other nations onto the world stage.
The tournament again involved 16 teams – Australia, New Zealand, England, France, Scotland, Ireland, Wales, Argentina, Fiji, Western Samoa, Japan, Italy, Romania, Canada, Zimbabwe and the United States – split between four pools.

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INTERVIEWS

None of the CPC officials are under my control: Susil
Petroleum Minister Susil Premajayantha says the Chairman of the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC) is vested with the responsibility of taking action against CPC officials involved on the importation of substandard petrol. Speaking to The Nation, Premajayantha said that the role of the Ministry was limited to supervision adding that the procurement process was solely handled by the CPC. “The oil purchasing is totally the responsibility of the CPC. We have already written to the Chairman to take action,” he said. “None of these officials are under my control. I cannot recruit them, I cannot transfer an employee and I cannot sack them. It is the duty of the Chairman according to the Act of the Corporation.”

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