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Sunday  September 18th, 2011


LLRC report out before Nov.15
The Lessons Learnt and Reconcilliation Commission’s report that was to be released by November 15 could be out even earlier and its recommendations are expected to point towards several measures to be adopted in reconciliation...

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Gairika, new CEO of Rivira Media
Veteran journalist Gairika Perusinghe recently assumed duties as the Chief Executive Officer of Rivira Media Corporation Limited, the publisher of English national weekly The Nation...

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Twenty injured in Alawwa train mishap
Twenty people were rushed to hospitals, some of them in serious condition when three trains, all travelling northwards, got involved in an accident at the Alawwa Railway Station last afternoon.

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Shy to Face

UNP and Opposition Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe personally went round Colombo city canvassing for the party candidates at the forthcoming Colombo Municipal Council elections. Here he is seen speaking to a rather shy voter in a tenement area of the city while another citizen looks on
(Pic by Rukshan Abeywansha)
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Govt., TNA mum on future talks
The government and the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) were tightlipped on how talks between the two parties would progress in future.
Both parties met for talks last Friday after a lapse of more than a month.

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Mahindra considering assembly line in Sri Lanka
Mahindra and Mahindra (M&M), is mulling to produce vehicles in Sri Lanka in order to strengthen its global footprint. According to a report, M&M is looking at the possibilities of starting production plant in Sri Lanka.

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MMR introduced in National Immunisation Programme
The Epidemiology Unit of the Health Ministry will introduce the MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella) vaccine into the National Immunisation Programme for the first time from October 1. 

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NEWS

Move in Geneva against Lanka bounces back
The attempt made at the UN Human Rights Commission sessions in Geneva last Tuesday to introduce a human rights violations motion against Sri Lanka at the instance of some parties opposed to Sri Lanka had bounced back on the initiators of the move as a step contravening accepted UN procedure.

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Year 5 cut off point marks released
The Department of Examinations on Friday released the cut off point marks required for children successful in the Year Five examination, the results of which were released on Thursday. Accordingly, for entry and scholarships for popular schools in the districts of Colombo, Gampaha, Kalutara, Kandy, Matale, Galle, Matara, Kurunegala and Kegalle, the requirement is 156 in the Sinhala medium while it is 153 in the Tamil medium.

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Construction Expo 2012 key to driving SL economy: Wimal
he Minister of Construction, Engineering Services, Housing and Common Amenities, Wimal Weerawansa said that despite a war ravaged past the country had been able to overcome difficult times to achieve a nine per cent development in the construction industry.

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Don’t send jumbo to Manila Zoo
An international animal rights group warned Sri Lanka Friday against giving the Philippines a baby elephant, saying the creature would face a ‘lifetime of confinement, boredom and abuse’.
The Asian unit of US-based People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) wrote to Sri Lanka’s Prime Minister D. M. Jayaratne saying the donation would sentence the elephant to a life of ‘misery at the Manila Zoo’.

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Solutions should be ready before next UNHCR: Gomin
The attempt to introduce a motion at the recent UN Human Rights Commission sessions on alleged violations of human rights and alleged war crimes during the final phase of war against LTTE terrorists in Sri Lanka failed. But it was important for the government to be prepared with solutions to local issues before the next year’s UNHRC was the view expressed by senior legal personalities.

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Stop criticizing us, says Polls chief
Political parties should refrain from criticizing Elections Department officials lest it would render voters losing confidence in elections, Commissioner of Elections Mahinda Deshapriya told representatives of political parties at a meeting held at the Elections Secretariat on Friday.

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Land data in House on Sep. 22: Lakshman Yapa
Distribution of state land - to whom and for what purposes - would be revealed in Parliament on September 22, said Cabinet spokesman Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena, dismissing speculation that state lands had been given to various favoured people for various ventures.

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POLITICS

Western countries eager to prosecute Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka ended its war with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) on May 19, 2009. However, its war with the Tamil Diaspora that propped up the LTTE continues to this day and the confrontation escalated last week.
The theatre of conflict was in Geneva where sessions of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) were in progress. It transpired that the report of the so-called ‘panel of experts’ appointed by United Nations (UN) Secretary General Ban Ki Moon had been forwarded to the UNHRC.

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Surreptitious move to vilify Sri Lanka
The much talked about attempt to arraign Sri Lanka before an international tribunal came in for discreet inquiries in Geneva last Monday by the Sri Lankan delegation to the UN Human Rights Council sessions which included Special Presidential envoy Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe.
These inquiries revealed the details relating to a surreptitious move that led to the presentation of the Darusman report at the UNHRC sessions.

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NEWS FEATURES

Pvt. Medical Colleges can make Lanka Asia’s education hub
“The government’s goal to make Sri Lanka the hub of education in the Asian region, can only be realized by new investments in tertiary education, such as Private Medical Colleges. Setting up private medical colleges can not only play a major role in elevating the socio economic standards of the country, they will increase access to medical education which is limited at present, and by providing healthy competition to the existing state run medical universities and government teaching hospitals, thereby improving overall quality of medical education in the island.”

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Adverse international developments and economy
Once again there is a threat of international developments impacting severely on the Sri Lankan economy. As we pointed out last week recessionary conditions in the US and Europe are likely to affect the country’s exports that have gained much in recent months. Such a setback in export earnings was not anticipated earlier, as the general expectation was one of much more optimistic global economic prospects this year.

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The need to harness solar and wind power
The world today is witnessing a frantic race to harness power and energy for rapid economic development in the case of developing countries and for continuing economic and military dominance by certain rich countries. Amongst these countries are also some that have not been able to harness natural resources to produce sufficient wattage of electricity so that per capita consumption would reach all households in such countries.

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SPORTS

Sanga carries Lanka’s fight to the Aussies
The past six days in the life of Kumar Sangakkara has been one where he could hardly put his foot wrong. That wonderful run continued at the SSC, venue of the third and final Test against Australia where the elegant left-hander ended the second day unbeaten on 61 playing in his 100th Test match.
The week had begun with Sangakkara winning two ICC Awards for the ODI Player of the Year and the People’s Choice Award.

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Wallabies' crestfallen after Irish defeat
The Wallabies were crestfallen after a shattering try-less 15-6 mugging by Ireland to turn their World Cup campaign upside down at Eden Park on Saturday.
Yet again the Wallabies crashed and burned at the All Black citadel where they haven't won a Test since 1986 and now it was Ireland's turn to prolong the misery.

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Paying the price for greed
Indian cricket in recent times has never been so defiled. They have been whitewashed by England 4-0 in the four-Test series, 3-0 in the five-match one-day international series and they also lost the one-off Twenty20 International. One bloke in the SSC media box said that India had suffered a “weather shield whitewash” which in a way is true. That cricket is a game of glorious uncertainties is certainly true. Only five months back India were on top of the world having crowned themselves as the new World Cup champions in addition to being ranked no. 1 Test team in the world.

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The Nation salutes Sanga on his 100th Test appearance
Playing in a century of Test matches can be considered a milestone in a cricketer’s career especially if you are a Sri Lankan. In contrast to other Test playing nations like England, Australia, India and South Africa, Sri Lanka’s Test rotation policy is somewhat uneven so it is with great pride that The Nation salutes Kumar Sangakkara for playing in his 100th Test match for his country in the ongoing third Test against Australia at the SSC grounds. Sangakkara is just a handful of Sri Lankan cricketers who have achieved this mark - the four who have done so before him are Sanath Jayasuriya (in 2005), Muthiah Muralitharan and Chaminda Vaas (both in 2007) and Mahela Jayawardene (in 2009). Overall he is the 51st to play in 100 Test matches.

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INTERVIEWS

X-ray machines lead to big time racket
A notice by the Ministry of Power & Energy (Atomic Energy Authority) recently published in leading state newspapers in all three languages , has listed all the institutions that have obtained licenses from the AEA to use X-ray machines for diagnostic and therapeutic procedures , while advising the public to visit only these institutions . The AEA has further noted that such institutions should also display their licenses prominently at their premises for the public to see.

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