Wednesday 19th January, 2005

 
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TODAY'S TOP STORY
 Silver glitter in dark times

Sanath Gunatillake and Damitha Abeyratne won the best actor and best actress awards at the SIGNIS film awards, 2003 ceremony held at the Elphinstone Theatre Monday (17). Sanath won the award for his role in the film Sakman Maluwa while Damitha was given the best actress award for her role in the film Sulang Kirillee. Pic by U. K. Abeyratne

Wave of unemployment pummels Asia

*About 800,000 Lankans have lost source of income

*Labour intensive methods in rebuilding recommended

*Longer term help needed for orphans, elderly, widows et al

* Rapid job creation urged

Over one million people in Sri Lanka and Indonesia alone have lost employment as a result of the 26/12 tsunami disaster in Asia, The International Labour Organization (ILO) yesterday said urging that the reconstruction effort be geared to create strategies for generating employment for the affected millions. Sri Lanka alone has a total of 800,000 people who need immediate relief having lost their employment or sources of income.
 

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   NEWS
  • President accedes to LTTE plea
    President Chandrika Kumaratunga has acceded to an LTTE plea for relief to tsunami affected areas.Vehicles, generators and water pumps have been dispatched to the LTTE controlled areas in Jaffna, Kilinochchi, Mulativu, Trincomalee, Batticaloa, and Ampara, on a directive of the President in response to a request made by the LTTE, a media release from the President’s Office yesterday (18) said.

  • Korean Parliamentarians here today
    A four-member delegation of Korean Parliamentarians will visit Sri Lanka from today to January 21 to gather first hand knowledge of the tsunami disaster affected areas of the country. They will also meet ministers and officials for discussions on relief to be provided to the victims of the disaster, a press release from the Embassy of the Republic of Korea yesterday (18) said.

    FEATURES
  • Satellite data and spatial dimensions
    N
    atural disasters are inevitable and it is almost impossible to fully recoup the damage caused by a disaster. However, it is possible to minimize the potential risk by developing and adopting proper development plans. The urgent need to include natural hazard information routinely into development planning themes has been emphasized especially after the recent calamity.
     
  • Doubts and assurances on globalisation
    F
    OR ACADEMICS, appreciation from their peers counts for more than public applause, and Jagdish Bhagwati probably values the Nobel laureate, Paul Samuelson's description of the recent developments in trade theory as "the age of Bhagwati" more than the Padma Vibhushan he received in 2000 or the Pravasi Samman he was awarded most recently.
    BUSINESS
    SPORTS
  • FFSL in generous gesture
    The Football Federation of Sri Lanka (FFSL) has decided to organize a fund raiser between Sri Lanka and the Tiger Cup winners Singapore shortly in order to collect money for the tsunami relief housing project.
     
  • Lankans leave to represent World XI
    Four Sri Lankan cricketers, Sanath Jayasuriya, Muttiah Muralitharan, Chaminda Vaas and Kumar Sangakkara left for New Zealand last night to represent the World XI captained by Shane Warne against New Zealand. The World XI team which includes several leading cricketers, will play three ODIs in New Zealand.

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    ‘Smarting’ win of Chile
    MELBOURNE AUSTRALIA : A trainer works on Fernando Gonzalez of Chile in the middle of play against Jose Acasuso of Argentina in their men’s singles first round match at the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne, 18 January 2005. Gonzalez recovered and went on to win 3-6, 3-6, 6-3, 6-3, 7-5. (AFP PHOTO)
 
 

 

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