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`Sea Tigers` attack ship in KKS
Monday, 22 January 2007 - 4:51 AM SL Time
Suspected Sea Tiger boats that attacked a ship off northern Sri Lankan waters were destroyed by retaliatory attacks, residents say.
Clusters of boats have attacked a ship off Kankasanthurai (KKS) port, in Jaffna peninsular, on Sunday evening.
In a statement, Sri Lanka Defence Ministry said the Sea Tiger boats attacked `City of Liverpool` commercial vessel which carried food supplies for civilians in Jaffna peninsular.
`Sri Lanka Navy destroyed two LTTE suicide boats completely when they were moving towards the vessel,` the statement said.
Gunfire was heard by many in the peninsular, resident said.
Lorries and other vehicles were ordered to evacuate from Point Pedro.
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Adele may be LTTE`s new spokesperson
Sunday, 21 January 2007 - 7:12 PM SL Time
The Australian-born Adele Balasingham, wife of the late Tamil Tigers ideologue Anton Balasingham, is likely to be the new international spokesperson for the group, informed sources say.
The London-based Adele Balasingham may don the new mantle at a time when the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) faces one of its most serious challenges from a Sri Lankan state determined to crush the outfit.
Adele Balasingham could not be reached for this story. But the sources, which closely follow Sri Lanka, say the buzz is that she will continue to make the contributions that her husband made to the Tamil Tiger cause.
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Restore peace - say refugees
Sunday, 21 January 2007 - 7:39 AM SL Time
Refugees who have come to govt.controlled areas from Vakarai insist that they should return back to their villages.
Sheltered in refugee camps, they also insist peace should be restored before returning.
A refugee who fled Vakarai to Trincomalee told Shanthi Selladurai that although the government forces assist them with the needs, he wishes to return home.
Another added that the civilians have become the victims of crossfire between the LTTE and the government forces.
He also added the government should support them to stand on their feet again. Although LTTE resisted the civilians from leaving the area they fled in order to avoid being used as human shields, he added.
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Karuna Group denies link with Sri Lankan government and guarantees no recruitment of under-aged children
Sunday, 21 January 2007 - 7:20 PM SL Time
Reiterating that the Sri Lankan Security Forces have not been involved with the Karuna Aman group in recruiting under-aged children Mrs. S. Padhmini,Political Secretary,Thamil Makkal Viduthalai Puligal (TMVP) has written to Allan Rock,Special Envoy to the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict, United Nations, agreeing to (1) cease any and all under ?age recruitment, (2) release any children found in the Kaurna Faction ranks and (3) hold officers accountable who have engaged in such activities in contravention to international and local legal provisions.
Presenting the three conditions mentioned above Allan Rock had written to TMP saying that `failure to do so may result in the Security Council taking targeted measures against the TMVP/ Karuna Faction.`
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331 LTTE cadres and 45 soldiers killed in Vakarai clashes
Sunday, 21 January 2007 - 5:56 AM SL Time
The Media Centre for National Security says the army has established security a further kilometer passing the Vakarai town, which was run over yesterday, amid heavy Ltte artillery and mortar attacks from Kadiraweli.
It added that in Vakarai clashes since the 1st of October to date, 331 LTTE cadres have been killed while 45 soldiers have also sacrificed their lives. Another 180 soldiers have been injured.
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SLA troops enter vacated Vaharai hospital
Saturday, 20 January 2007 - 4:48 AM SL Time
Sri Lanka Army sources in Colombo claimed Friday afternoon that their troops have entered the Vaharai hospital without facing any resistance from the Tigers. Liberation Tigers Military Spokesman, verifying that the Tigers had relocated their positions in Panichchankerni where the SLA had obstructed the land route to Vaharai village, said LTTE had no combatants in Vaharai village where the hospital is located. Meanwhile, thousands of civilians who crossed through Kadjuwatte exit and entry point were escorted to Mankerni Catholic school and provided midday meal.
The civilians, most of them internally displaced several times in the SLA besieged Vaharai region, said they fled Vaharai hospital, fearing onslaught, before the offensive units of the Sri Lankan troopers managed to enter the hospital area. Almost all the civilians had sought refuge at Vakarai village and the surrounding areas.
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Jail if Lord Buddha`s image is misused
Sunday, 21 January 2007 - 5:53 AM SL Time
A two year jail term or a fine of Rs. 100,000 is to be imposed on those found guilty of misusing the image of the Lord Buddha.
These penalties are included in the Buddha Sasana Bill to be presented in parliament soon.
The use, display, printing, manufacture, sale or distribution of a picture of the Lord Buddha or figures similar to a picture of the Lord Buddha, statues or Buddhist sign or signs relating to Buddhism in a manner that disgraces the Buddha Sasana will be an offence.
A Commissioner General is to be appointed and he will have the authority to request the Inspector General of Police to ensure protection of temples or Buddhist monuments. Further additional protection can be sought from the Defence Ministry.
A media advisory council is also to be set up and it will be empowered to issue directions to the government media to broadcast or publish events or programmes. Any violation of this directive will be a punishable offence.
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Jumbo Cabinet coming this month?
Saturday, 20 January 2007 - 4:41 AM SL Time
A jumbo size cabinet comprising 52 ministries including those held by the President, is likely to be sworn in on January 29, following the induction of UNP reformists.
According to sources close to the President no non cabinet or cabinet portfolios would be given to the same minister which means that a Minister will hold one of the portfolios.
There are 36 cabinet ministries now including those held by the President. In addition there are 26 non cabinet ministers and 18 deputy ministers.
Only ten portfolios are likely be given to the MPs who crossover including the UNP, the JHU and the SLMC. According to the source, the UNP would get eight portfolios the JHU and the SLMC would get one each. The UNP would get one more ministry if the JHU declines to accept a portfolio.
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Green light for major highways - Jeyaraj
Saturday, 20 January 2007 - 4:35 AM SL Time
The three major expressways planned by government but halted by various legal and contractual problems have now received the Green Light, Highways Minister Jeyaraj Fernandopulle told the media on Thursday.
Work on the projects - the Colombo-Katunayake, Colombo-Matara and Colombo-Kandy will being soon, he said. The construction of the first part of the Colombo-Matara expressway, Kurundugahahethekma-Matara, has already commenced and ten per cent of work has already been completed.
`The main problem to delay the southern expressway was a Court staying order, following a petition filed by people who contested surrendering their properties to the expressway. It caused a 3-year delay which has now been settled. On the other hand, the government has decided to extend the southern expressway beyond Matara to Weerawila,` he said.
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Red light for belching vehicles
Saturday, 20 January 2007 - 4:45 AM SL Time
The Government will implement new regulations on belching vehicles before the year end to take black smoke emitting vehicles off the road.
Environment and Natural Resources Ministry Secretary Ravi Jayalath said the regulations which have already been gazetted, will be implemented once emission testing centres are set up around the country to check vehicles plying Sri Lankan roads.
In terms of the regulations, the manufacture, assembly, import or use of a vehicle emitting smoke exceeding 80 per cent in opacity will be a punishable offence.
The regulations also require all motor vehicles used in Sri Lanka to undergo a mandatory emissions test carried out by the Motor Traffic Department or any other authorised institute, following which a certificate will be issued.
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Kandy one-way traffic plan successful
Saturday, 20 January 2007 - 4:36 AM SL Time
The one-way traffic scheme introduced in Kandy was successfully operated yesterday (19) despite opposition from a group.
Commuters on Peradeniya Road praised the new scheme due to less delay caused by private coach operators, between Peradeniya and Kandy.
Entering the city of Kandy was limited to Sirimavo Bandaranaike Mawatha and out-going was limited to William Gopallawa Mawatha.
No parking on the two roads was strickly enforced.
Objections were raised by a small group inclusive of tri-shaw operators against the `no-parking` rule on certain streets of Kandy town. Police dispersed a small group that demonstrated against the no parking rule.
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`Namal Uyana` on website
Friday, 19 January 2007 - 7:18 AM SL Time
On the invitation of Ven. Vanawasi Rahula Thera, president`s award winner on environment and pioneer of Namal Yuana, the Prime Minister Rathnasiri Wickramanayake will open a new website, www.jathikanamaluyana.com, detailing environmental, geographical and historical information about `Naml Uyana` with its biggest rose-quartz deposit in Asia, in his office at Earnest de Silva Mawatha, Colombo, on January 23, at 4 p.m.
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Relying on India is absurd! - Wimal Weerawansa
Friday, 19 January 2007 - 7:27 AM SL Time
It is foolhardiness to hope for a favourable mediation from India in the national question in Sri Lanka and India could never be relied upon to find a just solution said Parliamentarian Wimal Weerawansa, General Secretary of the Patriotic National Movement (PNM).
He said this addressing the Polonnaruwa District Convention of the PNM.
India, at present has merged with western powers. Hence, India acts according to their agenda. India would take any decision if it could reap economical harvest through oil resources in the seas around Northern Sri Lanka said Mr. Weerawansa.
When Bangladesh broke away and formed a separate state first India didn`t approve it, but later accepted it as India had differences with Pakistan . With that other countries in the world too recognized Bangladesh a separate state. If India , as the power in the region, recognizes Tamil Ealam, other countries too would accept it. On the other hand, Taiwan has still not got a seat in the UNO as a result of China ; the power in the region has not accepted it as a separate state. Under these circumstances India `s decision is crucial but India cannot be trusted said Mr. Weerawansa.
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Take effective steps to stop this robbery
Thursday, 18 January 2007 - 6:01 AM SL Time
However nauseating the subject of corruption is, we, nevertheless, cannot avoid returning to it regularly since the menace constantly keeps spreading its octopus-like tentacles far and wide. The serious and uncontrollable proportions the level of corrupton assumes causes much concern and worry to all sections of people in this country.
The report submitted to parliament by the Committee on Public Enterprises (COPE), which is headed by National List MP Wijedasa Rajapaksa, lends irrefutable credence to the aggravating situation of corruption in most spheres of administrative activity in the country. True, the people were aware of the many and varied allegations of corruption against politicians and state officials. However the extent of the damage it causes to the country`s economy and the veracity of the allegations have always been in doubt.
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From big bellies to bad English
Wednesday, 17 January 2007 - 3:40 AM SL Time
The Daily Mirror Health Action page last Friday highlighted a report that spending more time around the family dinner table -- and less time in front of the television-- can help prevent children from getting fat with all its resultant consequences of non-communicable diseases such as cholesterol, blood sugar blood pressure and heart ailments later in life.
Among 8,000 children followed from kindergarten to third grade, those who watched the most TV were at the greatest risk of being or becoming overweight, according to findings by Dr. Sara Gable of the University of Missouri, Columbia and her colleagues.
The fewer meals children ate each week with their families, the more likely they were to put on excess pounds.
`Families need to work together to help children maintain a healthy weight,` Dr. Gable said in an e-mail message. `Even the simple things, like how often families eat together and the amount of time that children spend watching television, play a role in children`s weight status.`
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Trinity 192, Wesley 132/6
Saturday, 20 January 2007 - 4:38 AM SL Time
Wesley College were 132 for 6 in reply to Trinity College`s 192 in their Inter School Under-13 semi final match which commenced at Ananda College grounds, yesterday.
Scores: Trinity 192 all out in 62.4 overs (C.V. Fernando 39, B.A. Perera 39, H.R. Jayathunga 23, R.P. Jayasinghe 22; P.D. Karunaratne 3/35, M. B. Musamir 3/35, A. P. Kariyawasam 2/18)
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St. Sebastian`s - Thurstan ends in draw
Friday, 19 January 2007 - 7:20 AM SL Time
In reply to St. Sebastian`s College`s 227, Thurstan compiled 301 for 8 as Geeth Kumara top scored with 75 runs in the Elephant Lemonade Trophy Inter School Under-20 match ended in a draw at Thurstan Ground yesterday.
St. Sebastian`s in their second innings were 179 for 7 at close.
Scores: St. Sebastian`s 227 and 179 for 7 at close in 50 overs (Rajith Mendis 25, Sachithra Cooray 74, Dilhan Cooray 30; Umesh Karunaratne 4/74, Buddhi Samarawickrama 2/25)
Thurstan 125 for 2 overnight 301 for 8 dec in 81 (Hasitha Perera 45, Charith Wickramaratne 36, Geeth Kumara 75, Ramon Tyral 20, Umesh Karunaratne 32, Buddhi Samarawickrama 36, Achala Ramanayake 20; Janith Jayawardena 2/50, Sachintha Cooray 3/63)
Kandanarachchi scores 95 for Dharmapala
Resuming at their overnight score of 111 for 2, Dharmasoka compiled 200 runs to pull off a first innings victory over Dharmapala College in their Under-20 match which ended at Pannipitiya yesterday but the highlight of the match was a top score of 95 runs by Sameen Kandanarachchi who helped Dharmapala post 190 for 6 at close.
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Schoolboy takes 10 wickets and hammers fastest 50
Thursday, 18 January 2007 - 5:59 AM SL Time
A schoolboy from Kurunegala, Ibbagamuwa Central College`s Nipuna Ranasinghe produced a magnificent feat of taking a match-bag of 10 wickets and slamming what must be the fastest fifty in schools cricket in just 14 balls as his team beat Royal College Wayamba in their inter-school match at Ibbagamuwa yesterday.
Ranasinghe hammered seven sixes in his 14-ball 50 in the second innings after taking 10 scalps with his leg-spinners. Interestingly he notched up all 50 runs that his side needed to win after cracking 91 in the first innings.
Royal College Wayamba 88 (Dananjaya Basnayake 3 for 8, Nipuna Ranasinghe 6 for 20) and 170 (L. Nadeesha 67, L. Lukman 32, Dananjaya Basnayake 3 for 20, Asanka Priyadharshana 2 for 32, Nipuna Ranasinghe 4 for 64)
Ibbagamuwa Central College 209 (Nipuna Ranasinghe 91, Senaka Gunatilleke 22,
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