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Sunday September 11th, 2011


Govt launches major diplomatic offensive
The government has launched a major diplomatic offensive against its international critics and detractors by dispatching a number of senior ministers to China, India and the United Nations in what could be...

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Uva politico abusing estate managers, say Planters
The Planters’ Association of Ceylon (PA), in a press release this week, strongly condemned repeated abusive behaviour towards estate managers in the area by a local politician in the Uva Province. Planters’ Association, the representative body of Sri Lanka’s formal plantation industry...

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India puts all states on alert
India has called upon all its states to be alert of possible LTTE activities in the aftermath of the bomb attack on Delhi High Court Complex.
According to Indian media reports, the country’s Home Affairs Ministry Secretary for Internal Security, U. K. Bansal had on Friday sent out an advisory to all police chiefs of states and union territories concerning...

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BUDDHA IMAGE UNVEILED

Indian High Commissioner Ashok K. Kantha unveiled a 16-feet high replica of the famous 5th Century Buddha image sculpture of Saranth India, depicting the Dharma Chakra Pravartana Mudra at the international Buddhist museum in the precincts of the Sri Dalada Maligawa, Kandy yesterday in the presence of the Most Ven. Maha Nayake Thera of the Asgiriya Chapter, Most Ven Anunayake Thera of the Malwatte, Chapter, Governor, Central Province Tikiri Kobbekaduwa and Diyawadana Nilame Pradeep Nilanga Dela.
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Samarasinghe to address UNHRC in Geneva tomorrow
Minister of Plantation Industries, Mahinda Samarasinghe will be one of the very first to address the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva tomorrow.
The UNHRC on Saturday said that Samarasinghe was billed to address the council and added that he would take the floor at 10 am Swiss time tomorrow.

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LTTE funded Vaiko’s MDMK: Wikileaks
A US diplomat of Indian origin who had a stint at the American consulate in Chennai had in a confidential cable hinted that the LTTE could have financially supported the MDMK leader Vaiko, according to Wikileaks. In a cable sent on May 15, 2006, two days after...

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Blake due today, to meet TNA leader tomorrow
US Secretary of State for South Asia Robert Blake is to meet Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Parliamentary Group Leader, R. Sampanthan tomorrow in Colombo.

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NEWS

Water problem dampens hopes of Galle Face food vendors
Over eighty Galle Face Green food vendors, trained in the art of hygienic food preparation by the Colombo Municipal Council, are kicking their heels as they wait for that elusive green light to showcase their newly acquired cookery skills.
“The delay is because we have not yet got any response from the Ports Authority to whom we wrote sometime ago, requesting pipe borne water for vendors so that they will have clean, safe water to do their cooking ”, Dr Pradeep Kariyawasam, Chief Medical Officer, Colombo Municipal Council (CMC) told The Nation.

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PCCSL to accept third party complaints
The Press Complaints Commission of Sri Lanka this week decided to consider third party complaints – or complaints from those not directly, but indirectly affected by a publication in a newspaper.
The Board of Directors of the Commission (PCCSL), the self-regulatory mechanism representing the newspaper industry, made this announcement at the conclusion of the first National Conference on ‘Self-Regulation in the Media’ today (September 08, 2011) at the Sri Lanka Press Institute auditorium.

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Turkish vessel in Colombo
‘TCG GEMLIK’ (F 492) a Turkish Navy vessel arrived at the Colombo Port on September 5, 2011. Sri Lanka Navy ceremonially welcomed them in accordance with naval traditions. The purpose of the visit is to strengthen friendly ties between the two Navies.

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Grease devils: 12-hour police patrols in Jaffna
Following several reports of grease men striking in the night, Police have decided to increase night patrols in suspected areas in the peninsula for 12 hours commencing 6 pm daily, Jaffna based Police sources said.
This was announced at a press conference held in Jaffna Police headquarters.

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Modernised rice mill for Cheddikulam
Basil Rajapaksa, Minister of Economic Development declared open the modernized Cheddikulam rice mill in Vavuniya district on Wednesday, September 7, 2011.

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CMC warns over 250 unlicensed city hotels
Over 250 unlicensed hotels and restaurants in the city will be taken to courts this week for not complying with requests made by the Colombo Municipal Council.
“They have refused to comply with certain requests we have made, and are operating without licenses as we issued licenses only to those who complied with our requests,” said Dr Pradeep Kariyawasam, Chief Medical Officer, Colombo Municipal Council (CMC) told The Nation.

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Moragoda tours Colombo North
UPFA’s mayoral candidate for the Colombo Munucipal Council (CMC), Milinda Moragoda visited 15 neighbourhoods of Colombo North and he interacted with a variety of residents from all communities, including a fishing community in Mutwal. 

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POLITICS

More hurdles for govt in global arena
The United Peoples’ Freedom Alliance (UPFA) government and President Mahinda Rajapaksa maybe still popular with the masses of Sri Lanka - as evidenced by recent election results - but they will face several hurdles in the international arena in the coming weeks.
That is because the sessions of the Human Rights Council (HRC) of the United Nations (UN) is due to begin in Geneva shortly and Sri Lanka is expected to figure prominently, with the government being called upon to answer charges of alleged war crimes at the conclusion of the Eelam War.

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Blake’s visit creates ripples
US Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Robert O Blake is expected to visit Sri Lanka on Monday. Blake is no stranger to Sri Lanka having served his stint as the US Ambassador here and paid visits to this country several times earlier.

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NEWS FEATURES

Making Colombo the Garden City of East again!
The city of Colombo was once called the Garden City of the East and it was also the cleanest city of the region. But gradually it turned into a city that nauseates its citizenry and visitors as garbage dumps, littered street corners or even the sidewalks in some busy localities gave Colombo a dirty name. That was the time President Mahinda Rajapaksa appointed a one man commission to look into the mismanagement of the Colombo Municipal Council. Consequent to the recommendations of the commission, CMC was suspended and a Chief City Administrator Omar Kamil was appointed to administer the city in 2009. We look back at the record of work achieved, described as visible improvement towards a clean and beautiful city once again.

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Petrol fiasco and CPC
This is a rejoinder to the answers given by Minister of Petroleum Industries Susil Premajayantha to questions raised by one of your journalists as appearing in “The Nation” of September 4, 2011, under the heading “None of the CPC officials are under my control: Susil”. The answer given by the Minister to one of the questions raised by your journalist, viz., “Why is this happening?” (referring to the malpractices at the CPC) is noteworthy.

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Rajapaksa presidency and Lankan perspectives
Perhaps never before has there been so wide a gap, so clear a contradiction, between the views of our country held by the West and the Western dominated international media on the one hand, and the opinions demonstrably held by the citizens of our country on the other (even according to impeccably Western sources).

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Waxing and waning Indo-Lanka ties
The relations among India and her neigbouring countries have to be viewed in the asymmetrical context of India being the bigger and powerful neighbour. Relations with other countries such as Sri Lanka waxed and waned mainly due to policies and stances of individual leaders of Colombo and New Delhi over the years, a leading Indian political scientist said.

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SPORTS

Twin tons keep Aussies on top
Centuries from Michael Hussey and Shaun Marsh saw Australia to an impressive score of 411 for seven and a lead of 237 at stumps on a rain-affected day three to the second Test.
Picking up where they left off at 264 for three overnight, the duo continued to tuck in against a flat Sri Lankan attack across progressively easier conditions at the Pallekele International Stadium.

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England edges out Pumas
England kicked off their Rugby World Cup campaign with a battling 13-9 victory over Argentina at the Otago Stadium in Dunedin. A second half try from replacement scrum-half Ben Youngs proved the crucial score in a bruising contest with the Pumas left to rue an incredible six missed penalties and a wayward drop goal. England fly-half Jonny Wilkinson also suffered a rare off-day with the boot - missing five penalties ...

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A team losing its grip
During the 1932-33 Ashes Test series in Australia where ‘Bodyline’ bowling was adopted by England to curb the batting powers of Australia’s run machine Don Bradman, Australian captain Bill Woodfull after being felled with a ball in the chest said, “There are two teams out there, one is trying to play cricket and the other is not.”

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What is Kandy without Rugby?
Today Kandy and rugby are synonymous. And, undoubtedly, Kandy SC has to be thanked for the meteoric rise in the standard of the game in the district and - through the fierce desire of other clubs to beat them - in the country.
Another vital motivating factor has been the loyal rugby fans of Kandy SC who have a sense of pride and belonging after the successes of their club.

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Playing Hamlet without the Prince of Denmark
The glamour boys of schools rugby Isipathana College will start as the favourites to clinch the coveted President’s Trophy when the annual Milo Schools Under-20 Knockout Rugby tournament gets underway at the Royal Sports Complex in Reid Avenue next Sunday. The quarterfinals will be worked off on September 18 and 19 with the semi-finals scheduled for September 23 and 24. The final will be played on September 30.

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INTERVIEWS

Moragoda’s manifesto – A comment
Moragoda seeks to ensure that there would not be inordinate delays in the granting of approval for buildings within the city. It is no secret that palms need to be oiled to hasten the process. Streamlining the process is long overdue and we the public demand that we...

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I am not a cosmetic man - Muzammil
I urge you to vote for the UNITED NATIONAL PARTY, because the CMC is our last chance, the last opportunity that you have to defend your rights. This is the time my brothers and sisters to give meaning to your vote. Let your voice be heard. Do not give up on the power of your franchise.

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