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Sunday November 13th, 2011

Heads to roll in state institutions
The government has decided to remove heads of the loss making state institutions probed by the Parliamentary Select Committee on Public Enterprises (COPE). The anticipated cabinet reshuffle would take place only after... Full Story

Expatriate dialogue continues in UK
Sri Lanka had embarked upon a good reconciliation and rehabilitation process and collaborative partnerships including those with the expatriates should be developed internationally to educate the people about the very real progress taking place at home, Dr. Chris Nonis, High Commissioner for Sri Lanka...  Full Story

Army to quit houses in Jaffna before New Year
Around 50 houses occupied by the military in the Jaffna peninsula are to be handed over to their owners at the end of this year. Jaffna Security Forces Commander, Major General Mahinda Hathurusinghe told The Nation that over 200 houses that were occupied by the military had already been given back to its owners. Full Story


‘Remembrance Day’: a soldier salutes the memory of comrades-at-arms who made the ultimate sacrifice

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‘I will not shield HR violators’ - President
President Mahinda Rajapaksa has said that he would not protect anyone who had been exposed to have committed human rights violations during the war. The President made this comment during an interview with India’s NDTV. During the interview, he was asked whether he was afraid of having charges of human... Full Story

TNA-Government dialogue restarts on Nov. 16
Following their return to the country on Thursday the TNA delegation headed by its leader parliamentarian R. Sampanthan would hold the next round of talks with the Government on Wednesday 16, TNA sources said. A TNA delegation comprising of its leader... Full Story

Southern Expressway opens on November 27
The section from Colombo to Galle of the Sri Lanka’s first expressway would be open on November 27 for public use, the Road Development Authority announced last week. Full Story



Another batch of Tamil refugees back on Tuesday
Forty nine Tamil refugees will return to Sri Lanka by a commercial ferry leaving Tuticorin on Tuesday, November 15, The Hindu reported.
Comprising 12 families, presently residing in different camps across the state, would return to Sri Lanka with UNHCR assistance, the Chennai office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees had told the The Hindu.

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C’wealth Games 2018 in Gold Coast
The vote at St. Kitts, Caribbean, to decide the venue of the next Commonwealth Games went in favour of Gold Coast, Australia, while Sri Lanka received 27 votes for her bid, Gold Coast got 45 votes, reports from the Caribbean stated. Full Story

Ambassador Shyam on Indu-SL relations
Ambassador Shyam Saran, former Foreign Secretary of India and Chairman, Research and Information system will be visiting Sri Lanka November 13-18, 2011 to deliver a series of lectures. India-Sri Lanka Foundation that works for India – Sri Lanka healthy relations organises the visit. Full Story

TNA wants Tamil DS for Mannar
The Tamil National Alliance has protested the appointment of a Sinhala officer as Mannar District Secretary. The TNA has said Mannar which has an almost 100 per cent Tamil population needs a Tamil speaking person as District Secretary and only such person could understand the aspirations of the Tamil speaking people.  Full Story

Proposals to benefit nation-LLRC
The officials of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission expressed hope that Sri Lanka could shed the dark impact of the armed conflict and attain stability, socio-economic development if the recommendation of the LLRC were implemented. Full Story

Private buses running losses?
Private bus operators’ associations demand an increase of bus fares after the price hike of petrol and diesel but the Transport Minister Kumara Welgama said there was no justification for a fare hike as the fuel prices were increased only by 3.2 percent. Full Story

Microscopic view in Colombo jam/cordial factories
All manufacturing plants producing jams and cordials are to come under microscopic view by the Colombo Municipal Council (CMC). This followed a drive to rid the city from contaminated food products being sold in the open markets, CMC sources told The Nation. Full Story

National Tree Planting Campaign on Tuesday
‘Green Country-Shelter to the Nation’ will be the theme under which 1,100,000 trees will be planted throughout the country beginning on November 15 to mark the President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s assumption of office. Full Story


History set to repeat?
The government on Wednesday rushed through Parliament legislation known as the Revival of Underperforming and Underutilised Assets Bill - also referred to as the ‘Business Takeover Bill - amidst some protests but sans any great drama.
The Bill was passed by a majority of 76 votes but the opposition was understandably furious alleging that the new laws were aimed at victimising political... Full Story
Govt. juggernaut carries Bill through Parliament
The controversial `Revival of Underperforming Enterprises and Underutilized Assets Bill’ which was taken up as an urgent Bill was passed in Parliament by a majority of 76 votes on Wednesday. The UNP, TNA and the Democratic National Alliance led by the JVP voted against the Bill. Earlier the Supreme Court had informed the Speaker of its ruling that the Bill is not inconsistent with the Constitution and that it be passed as an ordinary Bill.   Full Story


Erosion of credibility causes public concern and confusion
The erosion of credibility resulting from politicians’ tendency to hide their true motives for their actions is a major factor contributing to the prevailing confusion among people in this country. The uncanny speed with which they proceed with certain tasks while showing abysmal lethargy in dealing with certain other matters invariably throw doubts about the honesty of their purposes. Full Story

Revival of Underperforming Enterprises and Underutilized Assets Bill
Logical and Necessary - Basil
In a hard hitting speech pervaded with justification for the government Bill on Revival of Underperforming Enterprises and Underutilised Assets, Economic Affairs Minister Basil Rajapaksa emphasised that these assets and enterprises were once public property handed over to the private sector and individuals for contributing to the nation’s economic development but found to have run for devious purposes. Full Story

Medicine policy: Frozen in time?
The proposed National Medicinal Drug Policy (NMDP) is remaking news. This follows the Health Minister’s recent revelation at a ceremony commemorating the late Professor Senaka Bibile that the government intends to implement it soon.
Professor Bibile was the intellectual giant behind the landmark pharmaceutical sector reforms of the sixties and seventies ably supported by political stalwarts Bernard Soyza and Dr. S.A. Wickremasinghe. Full Story

Sri Lanka’s tourism boom
For Sri Lankan tourism, 2011 is already a record year. We’ve had 668,000 guests and are expecting about 780,000 by year’s end. The country has been featured by National Geographic, New York Times (2010) and World Travel Market 2011 as a go-to destination, for good reason. Full Story


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Australia’s Gold Coast erupts in jubilation
Australia was celebrating Saturday after Queensland’s Gold Coast was chosen to host the 2018 Commonwealth Games over Sri Lanka’s Hambantota. Thousands of people gathered at Gold Coast’s Broadwater Parklands erupted in jubilation as the announcement was shown live from the Commonwealth Games Federation’s general assembly in the Caribbean nation of St Kitts and Nevis. Full Story

S Thomas’, Zahira register fourth win of the season
S. Thomas’ College and Zahira College came out with outstanding performances to register convincing victories in their inter-school under 19 cricket tournament matches which concluded yesterday. Full Story

What now ICC?
From Galle to Cape Town is approximately 4968 miles quite a fair distance to travel. But this is not about travel but on two international cricket venues where a Test match failed to last the distance and ended well inside the allotted five days. Strangely enough, both Tests involved the Aussies. Full Story

Sri Lanka going through post-Murali era
Another 3-Test series gone and a result that is fast becoming all too familiar - a 1-0 defeat this time at the hands of Pakistan. The trend seems to continue and the further Sri Lanka delays in getting back to winning ways, the more harsher will the critics be coming at them with the pressure increasing on the captain Tillakaratne Dilshan to deliver, with each passing Test. Full Story

New Mayor to boost sports in Kandy
Kandy’s newly elected Mayor Mahindra Ratwatte said that he is all out to give sports a boost. A product of St. Thomas’ College Prep and Trinity College, he excelled in hockey, athletics and junior cricket and was a good boxer during his days at Trinity.  Full Story

Smokin’ Joe: The little guy who shocked the world, even The Greatest
The last time I saw Joe Frazier he was signing autographs in a hotel lobby at fifty dollars a time and talking about moving to Sin City.
That was seven weeks ago.
Before he died in a Philadelphia hospice on Monday night, at 67, they said that one of the greatest heavyweights was fighting the biggest fight of his life. If only that had been true. Full Story


TNA visited USA on invitation - Sumanthiran
The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) recently went to the United States and met with several US State Department officials and the UN Under Secretary General, Political Affairs, Lynn Pascoe.TNA Parliamentarian M.A. Sumanthiran, a member of the delegation, speaks to The Nation on their visit and the displeasure expressed by the members of the Tamil Eelam Liberation Organisation (TELO) over their... Full Story

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