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13A : UNP agreeable to ‘practical’ amendments

The UNP was opposed to the abolition of the 13th Amendment, but if the government wanted to make any changes, it should ensure a proper alternative to the Provincial Councils system, the UNP said yesterday.

As the 13th Amendment was rushed through parliament, following the 1987 Indo–Lanka Accord, certain shortcomings had crept in and they needed to be rectified. But, the Amendment as a whole should not be repealed, UNP General Secretary Tissa Attanayake told a news conference in Colombo.

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More Sri Lankan boat people sent home

The federal government has sent more Sri Lankan asylum seekers home as a new boat arrived in Australian waters.

Immigration Minister Chris Bowen said the 30 men were returned to Sri Lanka from Christmas Island on Tuesday.

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Rajiv Gandhi assassination: Book ignites controversy

Did MK Narayanan tamper with evidence of Rajiv’s assassination?

New Delhi, Oct 30: Twenty one years after Rajiv Gandhi’s assassination, a book, which has been published recently, ignited controversy over the former prime minister’s death.

K. Ragothaman, who was the head of the investigating team of the assassination case, has brought the then chief of Intelligence Bureau (IB) MK Narayanan to the centre of the controversy.

Narayanan, who is currently the governor of West Bengal, has been accused of suppressing a video which allegedly had captured ‘human bomb’ Dhanu at the Sriperumbudur venue where Rajiv Gandhi was killed on May 21, 1991.

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Mattala Airport TAKING-OFF

  • Catalyst for economic development
  • Investment of Rs 27 billion

The construction of Sri Lanka’s second International Airport in Mattala, Hambantota is nearing completion. It will be commissioned in the first quarter of next year, Civil Aviation Minister Priyankara Jayaratne said. The project was launched by President Mahinda Rajapaksa on November 27, 2009 with a mega scale investment of Rs 27 billion (US $ 209 million).

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Norwegian child welfare service to meet Tamil organisations next week

The Norwegian Embassy in Colombo yesterday said that a meeting between Norwegian Child Welfare Service and Tamil organizations would be held next week to discuss the matters pertaining to child welfare cases involving families in Norway of Tamil origin.

"We categorically dismiss suggestions that children are removed from parents because they are being fed by hand or sleep in the same bed as their parents. Likewise, no child is removed from its parents because of hugging and kissing," a media release issued by the Embassy said.

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Minister in expressway drama

Deputy Minister of Disaster Management Duleep Wijesekara figured in a drama on the Southern Expressway on Wednesday evening when his vehicle was stopped at the Kottawa exit point as his driver had been speeding.

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Military presence in north should not be judged – Japan

The Japanese government said yesterday that the military presence in the North should not be judged at the moment since it was a moving process and noted that the presence of the security forces was decreasing.

“The military presence was decreasing in the north; however it is too early to judge it because it’s a moving process,” Japanese Ambassador to Sri Lanka, Nabuhito Hobo told Daily Mirror yesterday. He made this remark after the signing of a grant contract, in Colombo yesterday, to provide Rs. 11.7 million in agricultural assistance to the Vavuniya District.

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