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Sunday October 30th, 2011

Irrigation Dept. flouts law
The Yodha Weva - Giant’s Irrigation Reservoir - Spillway project of the Department of Irrigation has created a major environmental dispute after trees on a strip of land alongside the Giant’s Reservoir Sanctuary were felled. Environment Conservation... More

Speculation high over new drug smuggling ring
The largest stock of heroin seized in recent days, valued over 15 million rupees by police Narcotics Bureau and regional police sleuths, raised the question whether a new international drug ring is in operation, although the main international drug peddling agency of LTTE terrorist outfit was no more. More

Charge-sheet Ranil:Rukman demands
United National Party (UNP) reformists allege the party leadership is trying to hide its weaknesses by restricting them from expressing their views. UNP stalwart and its former chairperson, Rukman Senanayake came down heavily on the party’s decision to disallow its members from holding press conferences without permission from the leadership. More


A section of 374 former LTTE combatants about to be reintegrated into society subsequent to the rehabilitation process in a special ceremony held on the eve Deepavali Festival day, at the Ramakrishna Mission Hall, Wellawatte, Colombo 6. They are among thousands who have been re-integrated to society to begin life anew
                               (Pic by Ishara S.Kodikara )

Court gives directive on Golden Key depositors
The Supreme Court last week ordered a certain amount of relief to be paid to Golden Key depositors before the next court vacation in December. The committee headed by Lakshman R. Watawala was ordered to provide details of the total sum to be given to Golden Key depositors before December. More

President makes strong bid to host C’wealth games
President Mahinda Rajapaksa attending the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting at Perth, Australia was able to outsmart the leader of host country Premier Julia Gillard when he convincingly presented Sri Lanka’s case to host the Commonwealth Games... More

Galle Fort residents briefed on building regulations
The conversion of the Galle Fort to a tourist attraction site would raise the living standards of the residents, Southern Province Governor, Kumari Balasooriya said. She made these comments at a workshop organised by the Governor Secretariat...  More



JVP: Divided they stand on Nov. 13
The split within the People’s Libaration Front - JVP - has widened with both factions deciding to hold two separate Heroes' Day functions (Il Maha Samaruwa) on the same day. This is the first time two main separate Heroes Day functions are to be held since the inception of the JVP.
Both commemoration functions, by the Somawansa-Tilvin faction and the rebel group of the JVP, are to be held on November 13. JVP Propaganda Secretary MP Vijitha Herath told The Nation that they will conduct the commemoration function at the Vihamaradevi Park at 3.30pm. More

Foreign medical graduates await recognition
The foreign medical graduates charge the Sri Lanka Medical Council (SLMC) has adopted delaying tactics to prevent them from registering as practitioners in the country. A spokesman for the Foreign Qualified Medical Graduates Association (FQMGA) said that the SLMC was sidelining them by not allowing them to pass the ACT 16 examinations that would allow them to practice in Sri Lanka. More

Almost 10,000 qualify for Korean jobs
Much awaited result of Korean language test was released last Friday and nearly 10,000 Sri Lankans had qualified for jobs in South Korea, Sri Lanka Foreign Employment Bureau (SLFEB) said. More

No recalls on CHOGM in Sri Lanka decision
No plans or procedures to prevent the Sri Lanka’s hosting rights to Commonwealth talks in 2013 over so called war crimes allegations, international media has reported. The 2011 sessions for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) began last Friday in Perth, Australia with the participation of the government heads of 54 countries. More

Independent team to inspect food quality in star hotels/restaurants
An independent team of doctors, food inspectors, medical lab technologists and PHI’s are currently on an investigative mission on star class hotels in the Colombo city to ensure the food they serve is safe and free from health risks. More

Over 500 SLAS posts to be filled
Around 500 job opportunities in the public administration sector have not been filled during last three years causing many administrative issues, Public Administration and Home Affairs Ministry sources said.  More


‘Meena’ documentary failed to generate any furore
In the media this week in Australia, where the Commonwealth Heads of Government (CHOGM) meeting is being held in Perth, there were two people making headlines: Queen Elizabeth II and President Mahinda Rajapaksa. The Queen, of course, was visiting Australia for the purpose of inaugurating the CHOGM. Given that she is eighty-five years old, there was widespread speculation in the Australian media that this could be her ‘last’ visit to that country and this generated a groundswell of goodwill for the British monarch. More

Ranil holds out olive branch to rebels
The issue over the suspension of the membership of Matara District MP Buddhika Pathirana, and WP member Shiral Laktillake was expected to turn the Thursday’s UNP Working Committee meeting into a stormy affair. However, the issue had not generated much heat as widely anticipated.  More


Media is spin but it need not be
One of the most inspiring slogans I’ve encountered is the tagline used by ‘Indymedia’, i.e. the Independent Media Centre, which was established by various independent and alternative media organisations and activists in 1999 for the purpose of providing grassroots coverage of protests against the World Trade Organisation in Seattle More

Karate Dhammika a latter day Al Capone
In the murky world of criminal gangs one rule supersedes all others. One who pulls the trigger first lives, while the victims, however powerful, join the long line of ‘dead men tell no tales.’ More

Remarkable story of a reconvicted criminal
His life was said to have spanned a century. His physical strength was almost miraculous. He was said to have bent iron bars in police lock up cells each time he was arrested or escaped from jails by the same method earning him the sobriquet ‘Yakadaya’ meaning the iron man. More

The vilification must stop!
The LTTE organisations abroad are taking tedious effort to embarrass Sri Lanka internationally ever since the fall of the LTTE through their monetary power buying foreign parliamentarians and representatives of international bodies to point finger at the Sri Lankan Government on allegations of war crimes. More


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Ajmal takes five as Pakistan crushes Sri Lanka
Off-spinner Saeed Ajmal took five wickets to steer Pakistan to a nine-wicket win in the second Test against Sri Lanka at Dubai Stadium here on Saturday, going 1-0 up in the three-match series. The 34-year-old finished with 5-68 - his fourth five wicket haul in a Test - to help restrict Sri Lanka to 257 in their second innings before Pakistan went about reaching their modest 94-run target to seal victory with a day to spare.

Southern Sharks, Central Kings unbeaten on opening day
Southern Sharks and Central Kings reigned supreme on the first day of the Carlton Super Sevens Rugby Championships organised by Carlton Sports in association with the Sri Lanka Rugby Football Union and played at the Bogambara Stadium yesterday.

Something to cheer us
The pall of gloom that has engulfed the performances of our cricketers in the United Arab Emirates as they try to come to terms with Pakistan in the ongoing Test series has been somewhat replaced by the news that in the other two formats of the game – Limited Overs International (LOI) and the Twenty20 International Sri Lanka are ranked No. 2 in the world in the official standings released by the ICC, the sports’ world governing body. More

Dan Wheldon’s death
Twenty-four hours before Sunday’s IndyCar World Championships in Las Vegas, star driver Dan Wheldon told USA Today he was having a rough weekend. Wheldon was irritated because his car was having trouble maintaining speed, but he pledged that his team would solve the problem before the race. More


We are trying to resolve the party crisis - Imitiyaz Bakeer Markar
Imitiyaz Bakeer Markar, former UNP minister and an important member of the UNP reformist group joined The Nation to discuss the current crisis within the party that is challenging the leadership which faced a string of defeats at elections from 2005.  Full Interview
Mafia operating in power sector - Patali Champika Ranawaka
Minister of Power and Energy Patali Champika Ranawaka, listing out several factors for the high cost of generating electricity, said the failure of rains over catchment areas and the Rs 16 billion paid for the purchase of power from the private sector were the main reasons among them. Full Interview

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