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Sunday December 4th, 2011

Ranil’s condition turns critical
The UNP’s crisis that has plunged to low ebb in recent months has dramatically taken a turn for the worse, with a group of its vociferous parliamentarians deciding to go independent in Parliament ignoring the directives of the party leadership.

Sajith prescribes ‘by-pass’
UNP Co-Deputy Leader Sajith Premadasa has once again urged fellow Deputy Leader Karu Jayasuriya to take over the party leadership in the face of the deepening crisis in the party. Premadasa in a letter to Jayasuriya yesterday has outlined several reasons he mentioned...

JVP drifting away from ideology says rebel member
JVP is drifting away from the prime ideology of its founder Rohana Wijeweera, lamented JVP rebel member and Parliamentarian Ajith Kumara. The Galle district young parliamentarian in an...


The Socialist Students Union (student wing of the JVP), well known for strong-arm tactics was tear gassed while protesting against the Government’s education policy and attempting to break through Police barriers

Private bus owners oppose increase in SLTB fleet
All Island Private Bus Companies Federation threatens to launch an island wide strike if the Transport Ministry goes ahead with the proposal to increase the bus fleet of the Sri Lanka Transport Board (SLTB).

Failed LG candidates yet to declare assets
Fifty per cent of local government election candidates who lost the election have failed to declare their assets and the Elections Department is in a quandary how

TNA drops bombshell
Following the first round of scheduled talks with the government, the Tamil National Alliance dropped a bombshell when it announced it would not be a member of the Parliamentary Select Committee prepared to explore means to resolve the ethnic crisis.



It was inevitable. The winds and rain demanded it. The antenna was forced out and made to position itself outside the Met Department. It was not easy but a wave managed to squeeze into a big chamber within. The following was captured.

SLTB ready to ply on Expressway
‘The Ceylon Transport Board is all set to commence its services on the newly laid out Southern Expressway but the Road Development Authority is yet to give its sanction’, Chairman Sri Lankan Transport Board, M.C. Bandusena told The Nation.

COPE: Huge lapses in procedures and financial management
Parliamentary Select Committee have stated instances in its report published on Wednesday (Dec 1) on public enterprises where Heads of public enterprises had paid exorbitant legal fees, put up buildings on lands without examining ownership, and failed to take action to recover large sum of monies due from outsiders.

Is the TNA on reverse gear to Vadukkodai?
The Tamil politicians are again seeking a lasting solution to Tamil problems. Successive Governments have made valiant efforts to resolve such problems over the years. The internationalisation of the Tamil problem following the infamous Vadukkodai Resolution of the Tamil United Liberation Front (TULF) aggravated the crisis and it finally ended up with a three decade brutal terrorism that destroyed life and property.

When weather gods ruled Batticaloa
More than 90,000 acres of paddy lands have been submerged due to last week’s heavy downpour and floods in the East. Hundreds of residents of Batticaloa and Ampara have been severely affected due to floods.

Local mechanism on war crimes appropriate – Akashi
Japan believes that investigations into any alleged war crimes that may have occurred in the government’s war against the LTTE should first be addressed through a local mechanism. Japan’s Special Envoy to Sri Lanka, Yasushi Akashi told a media briefing held at the Japanese Ambassador’s residence at the conclusion of his visit to the island.

Ven. Attudawe Sri Rahula Maha Nayake passes away
Chancellor of the Ruhuna University and well-known author and chief incumbent of Sri Subhadraramaya Dodampahala Dickwella the Most Ven Attudawe Sri Rahula Mahanayaka Thera, Rohana Chapter of the Shyamopali Maha Nikaya passed away on last Tuesday at the age of 92.

Mano Wickramanayake no more
Mano Wickramanayake, Group Director of Capital Maharaja Organization, died after a brief illness yesterday (3) at the age 61.

Govt. provides flood relief to victims in Wanni
More than 1,300 families were forced out of their homes in the Wanni due to the inclement weather last week.
Government officials in Kilinochchi and Mullaithivu have taken initiatives to provide families with cooked food and dry rations until they can resume their day to day lives.


Grero’s exit and alarm bells
Mohan Lal Grero is a tiny speck in the ocean that is Sri Lanka’s national politics. Being only an opposition backbencher, he is not being perceived as national leader; not yet, anyway. However, the tuition master turned businessman turned politician made national headlines this week.

TNA calls for proposals before Dec. 31
UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe has not so far forgiven the Matara district MP Buddhika Pathirana who has made serious charges against him. This became quite clear when the UNP leader ordered Buddhika to leave the UNP Parliamentary group meeting held at the opposition leader’s office lat Thursday.


The political economy of outsourcing responsibility
Ranil Wickremesinghe has found fault with the Government for adding its voice to the chorus of Commonwealth members in rejecting a proposal submitted by the Commonwealth Eminent Persons Group to set up a ‘Commissioner for Democracy, the Rule of Law and Human Rights’. The Leader of the Opposition has buttressed his objection thus:

A Road and a Fort
On Thursday, my friend Ashan Abeyesundere, suggested that we go to Galle, have lunch and return. Such an idea would have been considered almost impossible until recently, but now the gleaming new expressway, E01 enabled it. It was forty minutes to the Kottawa interchange from Elibank Road, and from there only fifty minutes to the Pinnaduwa interchange, which allows an exit from the expressway to the Galle – Akuressa road. In another ten minutes, we were in Galle fort.

How the Yarn is Spun
Hillary Clinton, Secretary of State, USA, visited Myanmar last week “to test whether new civilian leaders are truly ready to throw off 50 years of military dictatorship. U.S. officials said she would also press the leadership on severing military and suspected nuclear ties with North Korea.”
In its habitual wishful mode, the Mainstream Media (MM) headlined the story: “Hillary Clinton’s arrival in Burma (sic) stokes fears in China”.

Yaka and the definition
An avid reader of Yakhanda, a bikini gusset designer from an English settler colony off Antarctica, cries:
“The concept of a Yaksha needs definition. Yaksha are crucial. They are also Caliban, Othello, Tupac Amaru, Malcolm X, Ravana, Trickster, Monkey King Sun Wukong, and the revolutionary Aravinda Ghose.

Ten years after Doha: Stalemate continues
World trade Organisation (WTO) Director General Pascal Lamy reported to its General Council last Wednesday that the Doha trade negotiations would continue in the year 2012. In other words, the conclusion of the negotiations promised at the beginning of the year, failed to materialise.

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We have to be realistic - Mahela
Former Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardene said the tour to South Africa presented a great challenge and a great opportunity for the team. “We have to be realistic in knowing that what challenges are there for us. We just can’t walk in there and turn up, we have to work hard with our game,” said Jayawardene the senior most member of the 16-member team that will leave for South Africa tomorrow.

The road to Sri Lanka Cricket elections
Former Cricket Board president Thilanga Sumathipala is presently in the process of forming a team before putting forward the nominations to contest the first election of Sri Lanka Cricket in seven years.

The fall of a once great ‘empire’
Cricinfo the popular worldwide cricket website has picked Sri Lanka as one of its five one-day international sides that have left a lasting impression on the game. They refer to Sri Lanka’s 1996 World Cup triumph and the manner in which it was achieved changed the style of one-day cricket.

SLC elections for better or for worse?
The third interim committee to run the game of cricket at Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) in the last five years has been dissolved and we are all holding our collective breath to find out who the next chosen one(s) will be to rule Maitland Place.




I defended our senior MPs - UNP MP Harin Fernando
You are well known among the UNP parliamentarian as one who expresses clear views in public statements regarding your party. But you had also got stamped with the identity of being a quick tempered person. How do you see these things especially regarding the incident in the House on Budget day? MORE
JVP rebels to form new left front - MP Ajith Kumara
What is the current position of the rift within the JVP?
As you know the problems had been going on for a while. We wanted reforms within the party, as the party leadership had moved away from the original ideology of the JVP when it was started. Today, the leadership has moved towards neo-liberalism. This was not the ideology of our founder leader Rohana Wijeweera. MORE
Opposition interrupted President’s address - Deputy Minister Sarana Gunawardana
What really took place in the parliament when the budget speech was being delivered by President Rajapaksa the other day?
I have been given special mention about that incident but it was very clear that the Opposition were continuing to interrupt the President’s speech. That was not the correct thing to do. The Opposition should have first listened to the budget speech and if they had any criticism they should have done it when their turn came to join the budget debate. MORE

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