Friday 8th April, 2005

Wrong principle of using children

Students protest outside Ananda College Thursday demanding the immediate reinstatement of the principal, who had been interdicted for admitting Year One students on phoney documents.
 (Pic by U. K. Abeyratne)

Missing UN
tsunami funds:
High level

probe ordered

A senior Batticaloa-based education official is under investigation for misappropriating UNICEF funds.
The UN agency and the government audit had initiated the inquiry following allegations that funds made available by the UN agency to conduct an awareness campaign in the Batticaloa district had been embezzled. Over 30 million is believed to be missing.

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Caught between
cops and hawkers

Members of the public using Dalada Veediya, the main street of Kandy, are harassed by two forces - the pavement hawkers and the police.

  • CEYPETCO -India agreement by April 9
     India’s Oil and Natural Gas Commission (ONGC) and the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (Ceypetco) are all set to sign an oil procurement agreement latest by Saturday, April 9, a website here has reported.

  • No deal on mechanism yet, Govt. awaits LTTE response - Kadir
    Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadirgamar said there was so far no deal between the Government and the LTTE on a mechanism to handle tsunami relief in the north and east. The government was awaiting a response from the LTTE, an AFP report said yesterday.

  • The charismatic Pope
    The outbreak of spontaneous grief among the 70,000 Catholics assembled in St Peter’s Square when he lay dying shows how loved Pope John Paul II was. He is the most travelled Pope since the time of St. Peter the first Pope who is buried in the vault at the Vatican. He pushed back the boundaries of old Christian Europe, which constrained earlier popes and visited USA, Latin America, the African continent and the furthest corners of Asia.
  • LTTE killing spree goes on unabated
    Miss. Thurshika Nagenthiram, 13 year old student at Vembady Girls’ College was knocked down by an army driver and succumbed to her injuries in hospital. The driver was duly detained by the Police. Rather than give this death of the young girl the dignity it deserved, the LTTE launched an orgy of provocation.

NAPIER NEW ZEALAND : Sri Lankan batsman Mahela Jayawardene (R) lofts a ball for six as New Zealand wicketkeeper Brendon McCullum (L) watches on the fourth day of the first test match in Napier, 07 April 2005. (AFP PHOTO)
  • Malinga’s double strike livens Test
    21-year-old fast bowler Lasith Malinga struck twice towards the end of day four of the first Test Match between Sri Lanka and New Zealand to give the visitors a slender hope of staging an upset win here at the McLean Park yesterday, before bad light once again brought an early end to the day’s play. After bowling out Sri Lanka for 498 in their first innings, the Kiwis were progressing well with the openers putting up a fifty run stand.
  • Marvan, the perfect role model for youngsters, says Dyson
    Sri Lankan cricket coach John Dyson described his captain Marvan Atapattu as the ideal role model for youngsters, after he became only the fourth batsman in Test cricket to score hundreds against all nine Test playing nations.

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