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Sunday December 12th, 2011


Dengue hits elite schools
A staggering 23, 260 dengue cases and 160 deaths, the latest being three students - a 7-year old student of S. Thomas’, Mt. Lavinia and a 17-year old from Nalanda College and a girl from a leading Colombo girls school last week speak volumes that the raging life dwarfing... Full Story

TALKING POINT
Old boys, a few teachers and pupils of a popular school in Colombo with its motto “Scholars are honored everywhere” claim that its Principal and another teacher are degrading the school’s prestigious name. Full Story

TNA makes impossible demands - Devananda
Traditional Industries and Small Enterprise Development Minister Douglas Devananda questioned the integrity and the honesty of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) in finding a durable solution to the ethnic crisis and noted talking... Full Story

A SINGULAR VACANCY

Ranil Wickremesinghe, under pressure from multiple quarters seeking to unseat him from the post of UNP Leader voluntarily vacated the seat reserved for him at the launch of the official website of the man who would succeed him, Karu Jayasuriya.

Pic by Chamila Karunaratne

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Sri Pada season begins
The annual Sri Pada pilgrimage season began yesterday (10) on Unduvap Full Moon Poya Day. The procession carrying the statue of God Saman and other sacred ornaments reached Sri Pada on Friday (09). Full Story

O/Level exam begins tomorrow
The G.C.E. Ordinary Level (O/Level) examination-2011 will be held from tomorrow (12) at 3920 examination centres throughout the country. The Department of Examinations states that a total of 531,325 candidates are eligible to sit for this... Full Story

TNA-Govt talks: Confusion most confounded
The Government and the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) will meet on December 14 and 15 to discuss on the concerns raised by the former on the demands placed by the party in search of a political... Full Story

 

NEWS

Antenna
The Antenna turned towards the historic Diyawanna Oya and the waves chose to sneak into the room of a big-name personality. The laments of two individuals telling their tales of woe to someone known for gamesmanship were immediately captured. It became clear that the two wailers had recently crossed party lines. ‘The Southern cross-over has it good. Full Story

Rehabilitation of Tiger cadres ends in 2012
All remaining former Tamil Tiger rebels would be released by mid next year following the completion of their rehabilitation programmes, the Ministry of Rehabilitation and Prison Reforms said. Accordingly, the remainder group of 700 former Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) cadres would be released by mid-2012. The Ministry has made arrangements to bring 104 former LTTE female cadres to the Parliament premises last week... Full Story

Keheliya asks TNA to fight for Tamils’ rights
Minister of Mass Media and Information, Keheliya Rambukwella said the government could not accept the three key demands put forward by the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) - the re-merge of the North and East provinces, land powers, and police powers to Provincial Councils. Speaking at the cabinet press briefing held at the Government Information Department... Full Story

Issues not addressed, allege fishermen
The country’s fishermen including the poorest one-day fishermen have ganged up alleging that the government has turned a deaf ear to their grievances. These fishermen for once put aside their trawlers and stepped into a Colombo hotel to state their grievances to the media last week. Full Story

Karu spells out his dream
UNP Deputy Leader Karu Jayasuriya claimed that his dream is to usher in a new UNP government to re-establish the justice and the rule of law in the country. He was speaking at a ceremony held to mark the launch of his new website in Colombo on Tuesday (6). Full Story

A/Level results delayed
The Ceylon Teachers’ Union (CTU) blamed the delay in releasing the results of the G.C.E. Advanced Level Examination on the Department of Examinations and the Commissioner General of Examinations.
The Department of Examinations has claimed the delay in releasing results of the A/Level examination was due to the examination being conducted under two syllabuses, and it has created a delay in finalising the Z-score formula of the marks obtained by candidates. Full Story

Not the bullet but ballot
Former LTTE combatant girls numbering 104 who are being rehabilitating came to Colombo on a tour of the city and other important locations. These girls who had held automatic weapons were carrying only pens and stationery watching the budget debate in Parliament yesterday to know how politicians debate over issues... Full Story

JVP rebels go missing in Jaffna
The JVP rebels yesterday made a complaint to the Jaffna Police following the disappearance of two of the group’s supporters. Police spokesperson, SP Ajith Rohana confirmed that a complaint had been made with regard to the two disappearances. Full Story



POLITICS

Yet another fight for jumbo seat
The convulsions that the opposition United National Party (UNP) is experiencing these days wouldn’t be considered unusual for a party out of government for a long period of time if it wasn’t for the fact that recent history appears to be repeating itself.
The present leadership struggle within the UNP dates back to several years ago and party leader Ranil Wickremesinghe has survived so many attempts to oust him that it is easy to lose track of when the definitive offensive to discard Wickremesinghe began. Full Story
Countdown to showdown in grand old party begins
The UNP crisis has reached a decisive stage with the party’s Co-Deputy Leader Karu Jayasuriya announcing his decision to contest for the party leadership, isuing a special statement to media last Monday, claiming the move was to “save and unite the UNP” and not out of a desire for high office. Full Story

NEWS FEATURES

‘TNA not genuine!’
Talks between the Government and the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) to find out a political solution to the so called ethnic problem seem hit by differences over three key demands raised by the TNA. However, the positive move is both parties are still ready for the talks.
The Government and the TNA had finished 16 rounds of talks by today and they will be meeting again on next Wednesday, December 14. Reliable government sources said the TNA’s demands over the re-merger of the north and east provinces, and land and legislative powers to the provincial councils did not find favour with the government and they are ready to proceed with the talks. Full Story

Suffering at Wars’ Ends
War is hell and the suffering goes on after war’s end.
Over the past few years, there have been many books describing what happened at the end of the Second World War. The Long Road Home: The Aftermath of the Second World War by Ben Shephard was published in April 2010. After the Reich: The Brutal History of the Allied Occupation by Giles McDonogh was published in July 2007. The Struggle for Europe by William Hitchcock was published in January 2003. Walter Laqueur’s books on post-war Europe came out in 1992. Full Story

Serial beggar killer arrested
Beggars among all sections of human society are the most prone to exposure to quirks of weather, starvation and uncertainty of what tomorrow could bring for them. This transient nature of their way of life is known to almost all people who live in normal society, whatever their status may be. Hence the common sympathy for beggars is found among all of us. Full Story

Let’s unlearn lessons forced on us
Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) created in 2010 to investigate the events that transpired during the war between the government of Sri Lanka (GOSL) and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). The Commission’s authority, however, was limited to reporting on the events between 2002 and 2009; recommending measures to prevent the recurrence of such events; and identify individuals or groups who were directly or indirectly responsible. Considering the narrow scope of the inquiry critics have been skeptical about its usefulness. Full Story

 

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SPORTS

Nuwan Pradeep injured
Nuwan Pradeep will take no further part in the warm-up match between the Sri Lanka and the South African Invitation XI after an injury to his right hamstring. Pradeep opened the bowling but left the field in the fourth over, after bowling just 10 balls. “We can confirm that Nuwan Pradeep has injured his right hamstring,” Anura Tennekoon, the Sri Lanka team manager said.   Full Story

Moors upset defending champs Colts
Moors SC pulled off an upset 19-run victory over joint defending champions Colts CC on the Duckworth and Lewis scoring method in their SLC Premier limited overs Tier ‘A’ cricket match worked off at Braybrooke Place yesterday. Moors SC compiled a match winning score of 257/9 from their 50 overs following three good half centuries from Shehan Jayasuriya (53), Kanchana Gunawardena (79) and Hans Fernando (54). Full Story

Let’s have a clean election sans politics
Now that eventually nominations have been called for and the much awaited election of office-bearers for Sri Lanka Cricket is due to take place on January 3, the fervent hope of all cricket lovers in this country is that there should be a free and fair election with no government interference. Full Story

The dice is heavily loaded against Sri Lanka
The first of a series of three Tests between Sri Lanka and South Africa starting at the Centurion on Thursday (December 15) will only be the fourth Test series to be played by Sri Lanka in South Africa and, sad to say, the record does not make good reading.
On each of the three previous occasions, Sri Lanka has lost the Test series by 2-0 margins to South Africa and the only occasion they staved off... Full Story

INTERVIEWS

Attacks make me stronger not weaker - Karu
UNP’s co-deputy leader, who once crossed over to the government ranks and returned to the UNP ranks, is in the limelight today as a contestant for the party leader of the UNP. While much has been said about several others, Karu Jayasuriya expressed his views about his latest move in this interview with TheNation. More
Working Commitee should decide leadership change - Tissa
When the late J R Jayewardene was the President, Tissa Attanayake was a student at the University of Kelaniya. He became the president of Kelaniya University student union Eksath Samavadi Shisya Sangamaya. He has worked at the Fisheries Corporation for one year and later joined in full time politics.   More
Tamil politicians to be blamed for missing opportunities: Douglas
The Tamil politicians have been responsible for missing the opportunities to find a permanent solution to the ethnic question in the post Indo-Lanka Accord period, says Traditional Industries and Small Enterprise Development Minister, Douglas Devananda. He said a solution could not be found by talking to the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) alone, adding that the Parliamentary Select... More

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