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No error in the judgment on FR plea filed by Sobitha thera
SC refuses Polls chief’s motion

There is no error in the judgement, the Supreme Court declared A five-judge bench of the Supreme Court yesterday refused the Motion filed by the Commissioner of Election, seeking a rectification of the last paragraph of the judgement, in respect of the fundamental rights plea filed by Venerable Sobitha Thero of the JHU.
The order of the Supreme Court, stating that there is no error, explained that "The first Respondent, being the Commissioner of Elections, has by motion sought a rectification of the declaration granted in the last paragraph of the judgement. There is no error. The correct paragraph is (b) in the prayer to the Petition, under which a declaration can be granted.

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"I’m not a missing soldier,
 am I?"
These soldiers wounded and disabled in the war were scrutinizing the electoral registers at the Army Headquarters yesterday (13) to apply for Postal Votes at the forthcoming Presidential election. Electoral registers are kept at 13 centres in the Colombo District and at all Security Forces Headquarters, Police Headquarters as well at government offices including District and Divisional Secretariat for reference by the voters of each electoral district.
Pic by Jude Denzil Pathiraja

  • ‘Tulanathmaka Arthikaya’ has deprived poor of basic meals - Hashim
    The ‘Thulanathmaka Arthikaya’, that the JVP spoke of and presidential candidate Mahinda Rajapakse endorsed, has resulted in poor people being deprived of even three decent meals for the day, Kegalle District UNP parliamentarian Kabir Hashim said yesterday.

  • Policemen will not be freed - LTTE
    The three policemen abducted by the LTTE will not be released, the group’s political wing leader Thamil Selvan is reported to have said, according to information received.
    Meanwhile, Mannar Bishop Rayappu Joseph told The Island yesterday he was still trying to his utmost to secure the release of the three policemen from the Arippu LTTE camp where they were believed to be held.
  • Choosing a president
    The two burning issues of the day are the national question and the economy. Which would be given more weightage by the Peoples of Sri Lanka, and their perception as to which of the two Presidential candidates, Mr. Mahinda Rajapakse or Mr. Ranil Wickremesinghe is better equipped to deliver on these issues, would decide who would be the next President of Sri Lanka.
    As far as the economy is concerned the general perception is that Mr. Wickremesinghe would be for free market policies in keeping with the policies of the IMF and the World Bank. The structural adjustments that would be made to liberalize capital accounts would be cloaked under the cover of poverty alleviation. Statistical evidence would show robust growth but the disparities between the haves and have-nots would continue to grow. These disparities would be reflected geographically as well. Economic growth in the Western Province would outpace the rest of Sri Lanka at a more enhanced rate than is currently underway. The problem with greater liberalization, however, is that Foreign Direct Investments would flow in but it would also have the fluidity to flow back as happened during the Asian crisis.
  • Richard Pieris invests Rs. 330 mn. to broaden plantation portfolio
    The Richard Pieris conglomerate has invested Rs. 330 million in expanding its plantation interest with the acquisition this week of Keells Plantation Management Services (Pvt) Limited with 58.74% control and management of Namunukula Plantations.

  • 130 mn. dollar (US) loan facility for BoC
    The recent successful negotiation of the syndication of 130 million Dollar (US) 2 year loan facility in the international market was conformation that the Bank of Ceylon as well was an acceptable player in the international money market said General Manager BoC S. N. P. Palihena at a media briefing this week.

  • Murali spells gloom for Bangladesh
    Spin wizard Muttiah Muralitharan picked up two wickets in successive deliveries just before close of play on day two of the first Test Match to leave Bangladesh with a daunting task to avoid defeat at the R. Premadasa Stadium yesterday.

  • English giddy with joy over historic cricket victory
    English cricket supporters erupted with giddy cheers and patriotic chants as they popped champagne corks after their team drew with Australia and won the Ashes for England for the first time in 18 years.
    People clambered onto rooftops and hung out of apartment windows to share in the celebrations among the 23,000-capacity sellout crowd who were singing "Land of Hope and Glory" and "Rule Britannia" at The Oval, the mecca for English cricket in south London.
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    UNITED KINGDOM: England's Captain Michael Vaughan (C) kisses the replica Ashes trophy. England won the series 2-1 to win backThe Ashes after 18 years. (AFP PHOTO)

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