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Sunday June 12th, 2011

JVP takes JVP to court
Members of the two factions of now split Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) will go before court shortly over the ownership of the party name as the Somawansa Amarasinghe faction alleged that certain individuals were misusing the party name having left the party. JVP Propaganda Secretary and Gampaha District MP, Vijitha Herath told ‘The Nation’ that the party has already obtained legal... Full Story

Mullaitivu LG elections on Dec. 31?
Local Government elections for the two divisions in the Mullaitivu District where polls were not conducted would depend on the pace of the de-mining activities and the level of resettlement, the Elections Commissioner’s Department said. LG elections were not conducted in the Puthukkudiyiruppu... Full Story

LLRC report to President today
The final report of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) will be handed over to the President Mahinda Rajapaksa today. Spokesperson for the now defunct LLRC, Lakshman Wickremasinghe said the report would be handed over to the President today at 11am at Temple Trees. Full Story

Grief is always, always personal

Anoma Fonseka, the wife of Sarath Fonseka reacts upon hearing the verdict of the Trial-at-Bar court on Friday (18) sentencing him to a three-year imprisonment on the “White Flag” case. Pic by Rukshan Abeywansha

Fonseka’s appeal prays for full bench
Former Army Commander Sarath Fonseka’s conviction appeal was to seek a five member Supreme Court bench, Fonseka’s counsel, Nalin Ladduwahetty said. However, the Supreme Court reserves the right on the number of members on the Bench to hear... Full Story

Govt - TNA set dates for talks
The Government and the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) have drawn up an agenda and set future dates for talks aimed at finding a durable solution to the ethnic problem.
This follows extensive discussions between the two sides last week centered on devolution of powers, land matters and powers to be devolved to the Governor and that of the Government’s role. Full Story

Budget 2012 tomorrow
Budget 2012 will be presented in Parliament tomorrow (21) by President Mahinda Rajapaksa in his capacity as the Minister of Finance. The President is scheduled to unfold the budget at 1.30pm tomorrow. This is the third budget of the seventh Parliament of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka and the 34th budget... Full Story



Moves to educate women in the north
Women’s organisations in the North are to conduct awareness programmes among women how to protect from increasing social injustices towards them. Saroja Sivachandran, Head of Women’s Development Centre (WDC), a Jaffna based organisation looking into the welfare of women in the North, said women in the peninsula were highly vulnerable to social injustices. Full Story

We are for the workers and masses
There has been a long struggle within the JVP to move away from the present tradition of the party leadership working with other political parties. The JVP rebel group is trying to form a broad left political force based on the policies of its founder leader Rohana Wijeweera with a more radical approach. Full Story

KOICA assists schools in East
The inauguration ceremony for the newly built school classroom buildings was held at Al-Ifan Ladies College and Pottuvil Methodist Tamil School respectively on November 15, 2011 with the presence of Education Minister Bandula Gunawardane, Local Government and Provincial Councils Minister A.L.M. Athaullah, KOICA Resident Representative Cho Sang-Woo, UNOPS Representative Francois Jacob... Full Story

Crimes in North on the rise
The crime rate in the North has registered an unprecedented increase over the past couple of months unfolding a high number of drug peddling, prostitution, rapes and illicit liquor brewing. The police raided a brothel last week and arrested eight women and five men. In another incident, five students were arrested inhaling heroin. Upon further inquiries, a man who supplied heroin to the area was also arrested. Full Story

Customs tighten grip on smugglers
The Sri Lanka Customs detected and confiscated Rs.400 million worth foreign currency and gold that were to be smuggled in or out during the first ten months of this year through the Colombo International Airport, Customs sources disclosed.
Several suspects have been arrested during that period for attempted smuggling and the currency and gold have been confiscated with heavy fines imposed on the offenders. Those who failed to pay fines had been prosecuted and sentenced to jail by courts, they added. Full Story

Japan aid for Northern healthcare
Japan has allocated Rs. 149 million from Non-Project Grant Aid counterpart funds to “Strengthen essential healthcare services in Northern Province”. The funds provided will be used to promote the effective healthcare services in the Northern Province. Full Story

Shyam Saren on SL’s prospects
Former Foreign Secretary of India Ambassador Shyam Saren claimed that the Asian region was accelerating its development amidst world economic crisis. He also mentioned that India and Sri Lanka were taking advantage from the resurgence taking place in Asia. Full Story

Help identify a dead person
Consular Division of the Ministry of External Affairs seeks public assistance to identify the youth in this picture identified as Dayaratna Jayasekara. Department of Immigration & Emigration in Australia has informed the Sri Lanka High Commission... Full Story


Act of political vilification and vindictiveness?
This week saw two politically significant events coincide: the anniversary of President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s presidency (which in turn coincided with his birthday) and the verdict of the so-called ‘white flag’ case in which former Army Commander Sarath Fonseka was the accused. While the President’s anniversary was celebrated on relatively lower key, it is the ‘white flag’ case that attracted much attention. Its outcome was awaited not only in Sri Lanka but internationally as it was related to the controversial war... Full Story
Colombo-based foreign diplomats brace for LLRC report
The functioning of a number of local government bodies comfortably won by the UPFA has suffered a crippling blow from the conflicts between the heads and the ruling members of these bodies. The chairmen of some councils were not able to hold the inaugural sittings due to boycotts staged by the ruling party members. At some other councils the resolutions moved by the chairmen have been defeated due to the members of the ruling party voting... Full Story


Lanka’s oil rich hopes...
Once again, fantasies of Sri Lanka becoming oil-rich are bubbling to the greasy surface. Sri Lanka imports nearly 30 million barrels of oil, which is used to generate electricity as well as for transport, every year. This used to cost around $800 million a year. In 2005, it cost $1.64 billion. In 2006, higher international prices took the bill to $2.2 billion. Add to this, $19 million per month in subsidies, the knock-on effect of transport costs on prices and the never-ending cost of war and reconstruction and one can see why the government would like to have its own oil. Full Story

Sarath Fonseka’s conviction a debatable issue?
General Sarath Fonseka was sentenced to three years imprisonment and fined Rs. 5,000 on being convicted by two High Court Judges of the three-Judge Trial-at-Bar which heard the well publicized White Flag case. The former Army Commander Fonseka was found guilty by Judges Deepali Wijesundera (President) and Zulfikar Rasheen on the first of the three charges made against him on a statement he had made to a newspaper. Full Story

Social reformer role of the media highlighted
Director General of Government Information Department Dr Ariyaratne Athugala is reported to have said recently that genuine media persons are social reformers and that they are a cut above politicians. Some politicians with bloated egos, of course, would have taken this statement with a pinch of salt. But others with realistic view of things would not have had any quarrel with the statement. Full Story

‘White Breed’ at Channel 4 and concocted videos…
Once again the ‘White Breed’ at Channel 4 who speaks and write English, a language falsely claimed as the ‘Queens Language’, though it has its original roots to a tribe in Germany centuries ago as evidence, are now preparing another concocted video on baseless and unfounded ‘war crimes’ in Sri Lanka, displaying the venomous pattern of the old imperial hegemony... Full Story


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Sangakkara’s run out the turning point
DUBAI: Sri Lanka captain Tillakaratne Dilshan has described the run-out of Kumar Sangakkara during the chase as the turning point of the third ODI in Dubai, which Pakistan won by 21 runs to go 2-1 up in the series. A 106-run stand between Sangakkara and Dilshan for the second wicket had seemingly put Sri Lanka on course to overhauling the target of 258 in Dubai, before a direct hit from Shahid Afridi dismissed Sangakkara. Full Story

Bens power their way to third win of season
St. Benedict’s College powered their way to a smashing seven-wicket victory over Wesley College in their inter-school under 19 cricket tournament match which concluded at Kotahena yesterday.
Their triumph had a great amount of significance as they cruised to their second successive win in five days having beaten Ananda College on Wednesday. It was the Bens third win of the current season having earlier defeated St. Anne’s... Full Story

Test cricket the loser
Barely two days elapsed after England cricket coach Andy Flower had called on the ICC to do more to maintain the primacy of Test cricket when the sport’s world governing body announced that it has shelved the eagerly anticipated World Test Championship till 2017.
This latest decision by the ICC is looked upon as a serious setback to Test cricket and has brought in accusations that the ICC has caved in to the demands of their main broadcasters ESPN Star Sports who instead insisted on yet another one-day fifty-over tournament, the Champions Trophy. Full Story

Dravid and Sangakkara in race for top spot
Two batting greats from the subcontinent India’s Rahul Dravid and Sri Lanka’s Kumar Sangakkara are in the running to become the most prolific run scorer in Tests played for the calendar year 2011. Dravid surpassed England batsman Ian Bell to become the leading run-getter in Tests played so far this year. ‘The Wall’ has amassed 952 runs from 10 Tests and looks set to end the year at the number one spot. Full Story

The tortured life of enigma Roebuck
Peter Roebuck has jumped to his death in Cape Town, leaving behind the last great mystery of a complex and often tortured life that was full of questions and very few answers. The former Somerset captain committed suicide in South Africa, one of the two countries where he had homes after leaving England to embark on a media career mainly in Australia. He had been covering Australia’s Test defeat by South Africa at Newlands. Full Story


All should unite to make agitation successful - Sajith
UNP co-deputy leader Sajith Premadasa refuted suggestions that he was very silent in the recent past and said that he was critical of the government whenever he felt the administration was indulging in anti people activities and he was going ahead with his political activities vibrantly as usual. “I do not criticise the government just for the sake of doing it but bent more of forming a UNP government. Full Story

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