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ATTEND THE PSC GOVT. TELLS TNA

The Government yesterday urged the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) to attend the Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) proceedings, because it was set up for the specific purpose of resolving the national question.

Chinese beauties at Minneriya

Chinese beauty-pageant finalists, who are in Sri Lanka visited the Minneriya National Park on Thursday to see the wild elephants there. They watched a herd of wild elephants which came to the tank for water. The finalists later visited an organic...

Lankan girl found dead in Sydney

A 31-year-old Sri Lankan, Amesha Rajapakse, was found dead in a Western Sydney creek at Westmead on Tuesday night, Australian media reported. Her brother Sahan Rajapakse said his sister had gone out to buy food around 7.30 p.m. but never...

Police record statement on Thilini’s complaint

Thilini Amalka, who was allegedly harassed by a man at the Wariyapola bus stand prompting her to slap him –- the video of which went viral on the internet -- was summoned to the Kurunegala Police Station yesterday to record her statement on her...

Triple murder

Two suspects Premasiri Navaratne and Hewage Sarath who were found guilty of having murdered a man, his daughter and son were yesterday sentenced to death by Galle High Court Judge Padma Palihakkara. Forty one -year-old Sunil Jayaweera, 13-year-old...

Mervyn rejects Malsha’s ‘Ice Bucket Challenge’

While rejecting Western Provincial Councillor Malsha Kumarathunga’s Ice Bucket Challenge, Public Relations Minister Mervyn Silva said it was better to raise money for charity through projects that protect our culture and not detrimental to our...

Court bans hospital strike

Colombo District Judge Sujatha Alahapperuma yesterday issued a restraining order on the islandwide strike of the Joint Council of the Professions Supplementary to Medicine (PSM), considering a complaint made by a patient of the National Hospital.

Police looking for Wariyapola videographer

Police are looking for the person who recorded the video depicting a young girl slapping a youth at the Wariyapola bus stand for allegedly verbally harassing her. Police spokesman Ajith Rohana said they were looking for the person who recorded the...

EPF loan scheme a non-starter

Financial constraints has delayed the implementing of the Employees Provident Fund (EPF) amendments to enable nearly 1.5 million members to obtain 30% of their savings for housing purposes, learns.

PSM strike continues despite court order

The Joint Council of the Professions Supplementary to Medicine (PSM) said last night it would continue with its strike action despite the court order to suspend the strike, as the Council had not received the court order yet.

Ragama Hospital director opens stores

The Ragama General Hospital Director yesterday opened the drug stores and arranged to supply the medicine requirement at wards despite strong protest by the supplementary staff members who are now on strike.

News

NO POWER CUTS AMID LAKVIJAYA BREAKDOWN

Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) Chairman W.D. Ganegala yesterday assured that the third phase of the Lakvijaya Coal Power Plant (LCPP) would be ready for operations by September 10. He said it was a major achievement for the CEB to have avoided any...

SLTB to get 2,200 new buses

BY PRASAD RUKMAL A total 2200 new buses will be added to the Sri Lanka Transport Board (SLTB) fleet to ensure better public transport for commuters, Transport Minister Kumara Welgama said yesterday. Speaking at a ceremony in Badulla, the minister...

SL- Pakistan agree to enhance defence ties

Pakistan Air Force Chief Tahir Rafique Butt called on Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa in Colombo and discussed ways to strengthen defence cooperation between the two countries, the Pakistan High Commission said. It said they held cordial...

Govt. dividing health sector workers

The Government which created divisions among political parties is now creating divisions among public servants in various sectors including that of Health, United National Party (UNP) MP Ajith Mannaperuma charged yesterday. He told a media briefing...

Two nabbed trying to sell Wilpattu elephant tusks for Rs. 4.5 mn

Two persons who had tried to sell a pair of elephant tusks for Rs. 4.5 million were arrested by the Puttalam Police on Thursday. Acting on a tip-off, the police had deployed a sub-inspector as a decoy and discussed the transaction with the suspects....

Bundala park drying up, animals need help

The chief officer of the Bundala National Park Karunasena Vitharana has appealed to all animal-loving individuals and organisations to supply water in bowsers to park animals that were suffering without water due to the long-prevailing drought in the...

Expat workers to get voting rights soon

Commissioner of Elections Mahinda Deshapriya has agreed to introduce provisions enabling Sri Lankan expatriate workers to exercise their right to vote at national elections, the JVP said yesterday. JVP leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake told journalists...

Nine-hour water cut in Nugegoda

Water supplies to several areas in and around Nugegoda will be cut on Monday September 1 from 8.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. due to the electricity supply to the Kotte Water Plant being disconnected to carry out renovation work by the Lanka Electricity Company...

ENVIRONMENTALISTS ACCUSE MINISTER FOR CLEARING FOREST

Environmentalists’ Association yesterday accused Wildlife Resources Conservation Minister Vijith Wijayamuni Soysa of permitting people to clear the Lunuthibbahela proposed wildlife sanctuary for cultivation in the Nilgala forest in Moneragala. They...

Conference on six subjects of intl. importance

A conference on six subjects of international importance was held at the Kuliyapitiya university auditorium with the participation of delegates from 22 countries was organised by the university teachers. They had earlier invited the researchers to...

A/L students assaulted by gang in Panadura

A gang that entered the examination centre of a leading school in Panadura town yesterday afternoon, assaulted several students who were appearing for the GCE A/L examination and caused extensive damage to a motorcycle belonging to one of the...

Pickpockets arrested

Two women pickpockets in a Matugama bound bus from Bulathsinhala were caught and handed over to the police by the passengers. They were well dressed and wearing jewelley to avoid suspicion by their appearance. The women had stolen money from a woman...

SLAF officer and hotelier to appear in Court over polluting reservoir

The Commanding officer of the Anuradhapura SLAF Base and the Manager of the Miridiya Tourist hotel in Anuradhapura were noticed to appear before the Anuradhapura Magistrate on September 8, 2014, in connection with the case against them was filed by the...

Bus - trishaw collision injures three

Awoman, her six-month old infant and another were seriously injured during a head on collision of a trishaw and a private bus at Yatigalpotta, off Galewela on the Dambulla-Kurunegala main road yesterday afternoon. The injured were travelling in a...

LOAN PACKAGE FOR DIVINEGUMA BENEFICIARIES

The Economic Development Ministry is to release a novel soft loan package to all Divineguma beneficiaries in order to further improve their living standards without any restrictions or conditions. Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa told the...

SL Bishops condemn ISIS action in Iraq

The Catholic Bishops Conference of Sri Lanka has condemned the persecution of religious minorities in Iraq, mostly Christians which is increasing. “The region of Mosul, which is the ancient city of Nineveh mentioned in the Old and New Testaments, has...

Large quantity of refuse tea destroyed

Seventeen thousand five hundred kilogrammes of refuse tea which had been lying inside a three storied house in Hiriwala Kaleliya ready for export had been taken into custody by the police recently. This large haul of refuse tea was destroyed yesterday...

Wife of alleged drug dealer acquitted

In an alleged money laundering case the Colombo High Court acquitted the wife of the alleged drug dealer Velayudan Methius Chandrapalan alias Mervin who was abducted by unknown persons opposite the Colombo High Court when been escorted to prison. The...

Two wanted ganja peddlers arrested

Police arrested two men who were wanted for peddling ganja and also for committing crimes in Saiyabalanduwa. The raids were carried out by the Siyabalanduwa police after gathering information from the area about their whereabouts and activities. A...

Up-country rail journey recommended

Nuwara Eliya District Secretary, D.P.G. Kumarasiri requested the people of this country to allow their children to travel up to the last destination of the Up-country Railway Line because the places there are picturesque and attractive in addition to...

Suspect held

BY KUSAL CHAMATH A stock of illicit liquor and distilling equipment were recovered from a house and a suspect arrested at Bope in Paddukka by the Ingiriya police. Police said the suspect was allegedly a member of a security force, but it was yet to...

Motorcyclist, pillion rider killed in collision

Two youth were killed when the motorbike they were on collided head-on with a tractor in the Mahadamana area of Dimbulagala. They succumbed to their injuries before admission to the Aralaganwila Hospital. The two victims were residents of Aralaganwila...

Seven nabbed for causing public disturbance

Police arrested seven persons who allegedly caused disturbance to the public after consuming alcohol in the Welimada town. They were taken into custody by the police after the public informed the police on 119 about the disturbance caused by the men....

Thieves escape with cash, jewellery

Thieves entered a house and allegedly stole cash and jewellery worth around Rs.360,000 after threatening the house owners in the Wilpotha area of Pallama. The owners said five men entered their house and that they came in a van. The Pallama police led...

RUBBER SMALLHOLDERS FACE PREDICAMENT

Rubber cultivators in the Kalutara district, which is the main rubber producing area in the country, are in a predicament due to the declining price of sheet rubber. Statistically, more than 40,000 rubber cultivators in the district are facing...

Demo by Pali and Buddhist Univ. undergrads

Students of Homagama Pali and Buddhist University staged a protest in the Homagama town against the ongoing repression through arresting student monks, arbitrary suspending of students and depriving hostel facilities to the student monks. They led a...

Assault on railway policeman; three soldiers arrested

Three army privates were taken into custody in connection with the alleged assault on a Railway policeman Department while on duty in the sleeping berths in the Yal Devi express, were produced before Galgamuwa Magistrate Ruwan Dhammika Dissnayaka and...

Demala Maha Seya has rich Archaeological values - CCF

Researchers are of the opinion that the original structure of the Demala Maha Seya in Polonnaruwa was entirely different from its present shape. Director General of the Central Cultural Fund (CCF), Prof. Gamini Adikari said that the ongoing...

Reappointment of ex-members creates furore at Wattala PS

A tense atmosphere arose at the Wattala PS due to a protest against the reappointment of two former members of the UPFA, who had lost their membership. A large number of UPFA supporters from Wattala and Wattala-Mabola UC areas staged the protest...

SLR warns tourists of bogus tour guides

The Railway Department has taken steps to safeguard tourists from touts who introduce themselves as authorized tour guides and cause inconvenience to tourists who fall a prey to them at railway stations and while travelling in long distance...

Opinion

EASY TO CRITICISE BUT IT IS DIFFICULT TO PERFORM

Director General of the Civil Defence Force Rear Admiral Ananda Peiris spoke to Daily Mirror on a wide range of activities that his organisation is engaged in, while tackling criticism against his forces being extensively used for nonmilitary...

WHOWILL RULE THE RULING ALLIANCE?

hile the verbal battles for the political war of Uva rage on with many analysts predicting it would be a forerunner to a Presidential Election early next year, much attention is now focused on a bigger issue – whether President Mahinda Rajapaksa is...

New racket on medical tests

A Circular signed by the Chairman of the Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment has been issued to all Recruiting Agents making it mandatory for those seeking overseas employment other than GCC countries to obtain a medical certificate from a handful...

Energy Sector

Articles have appeared in newspapers and many discussions are taking place about the Energy Sector. For a Russian viewpoint the quoted are from the book (71 pages) ‘ What Soviet Scientists Are Working On.’ (Languages Publishing House - Moscow 1960....

Why Narendra Modi insists on 13th Amendment for Sri Lanka

Astute observers following the erratic course of Sri Lankan Tamil politics were in for a pleasant surprise last week. The premier political representatives of the Sri Lankan Tamil people, configured electorally as the Tamil National Alliance (TNA),...

Sports

13TH GAJABA SUPERCROSS ON AUG. 31

The 13th Gajaba Supercross 2014 will get underway on August 31 at the Gajaba Supercross track, Saliyagama, Anuradhapura. A media conference was held on August 5 at the Conference Hall of Nelum Pokuna. The inaugural Gajaba Supercross, under the...

St Sebastian’s and Ananda clash in final today

Unbeaten St Sebastian’s Moratuwa will clash with Ananda in the final of the under 15 Division One cricket tournament will be played today at the R. Premadasa Stadium from 10.00 a.m. onwards. St Sebastian’s led by Tharusha Fernandoin their run up to...

CCCline1333 to serve troubled Sri Lankans

CCCline1333, a free and confidential telephone counselling service dedicated to serve the people of Sri Lanka is embarking on a nationwide awareness campaign to educate the people that they have someone who would listen to them during their darkest...

Tithira and Kanishka slam hundreds

Tithira Weerasinghe (125) and Kanishka Ranthilakage 120 slammed centuries for MCA ‘Red’ in their massive 257 run win over Moratuwa Cricket School when they confronted each other at the CMS round, Kotte in an under 13 CMEC-MCA Cricket tournament...

Suneetha Wijesuriya honoured

A special ceremony to distribute official badges to the title winners organised by the Chess Federation of Sri Lanka took place at the Royal College Hall recently. Mrs. Wijesuriya won a Gold Medal at the 30th Chess Olympiad held in Manila Philippines...

Gateway, Kandy post four wins

Carlton cager Gateway International School, Kandy have posted four wins in the boys under 14 schools segment of the ongoing Carlton Cup 2014 basketball championship that is now on at Pedris Park, Havelock Town. (BM)

Jolly boys SC Matale register two victories

Jolly boys SC Matale posted two wins while Municipality SC and Zahira SC Matale registered a win each at the Matale District Division ‘A’ interclub league Soccer tournament 2014 now in Progress at Bernard Aluvihare Stadium in Matale. Eight Clubs are in...

Laffeer elected president

The annual general meeting of the Veterans Table Tennis Association of Sri Lanka was held on August 13 at the Otter Aquatic Club, Colombo 7. The following were elected office bearers: President: M. M. M. Laffeer. Secretary: Dr. G. N. Lucas. Assistant...

AJMAL RETURNS FOR SERIES DECIDER

Pakistan will head into their final one-dayinternational against Sri Lanka with a cloud hanging over bowler Saeed Ajmal’s head. The best-of-three game series in Sri Lanka is locked at 1-1 after Pakistan won a nail-biting first game before the hosts...

FFSL sign MoU with CMC to develop Hendri Padris Park

The Football Federation of Sri Lanka yesterday entered to a historic Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Colombo Municipal Council (CMC) to develop the Hendri Pedris Park as country’s first-ever artificial soccer pitch in the country. FIFA, the...

England ponder options after Botham blast

We have absolutely no chance of winning the World Cup as on the evidence I’ve seen here we are miles behind the rest NOTTINGHAM, UNITED KINGDOM, AUG 29, 2014 (AFP) -England will have criticism from allround great Ian Botham ringing in their ears as...

Nilfer to coach junior team for Junior World Rugby Tournament

Isipathana rugby coach Nilfer Ibrahim has been appointed as the head coach of the Sri Lanka junior team for the Junior World Rugby Asian Qualifier tournament to be held in Colombo later next month. Former Kingswood college player Ibrahim who was...

SSC dominate day one

SSC dominated the opening day's play against traditional rivals NCC in the Under 23 Division I cricket final played at the Colts ground. SSC invited NCC to take the first lease of the wicket and it turned out to be a good decision. The SCC bowlers...

Cricket star Tendulkar backs new India league

MUMBAI, AUG 28, 2014 (AFP) - Batting superstar Sachin Tendulkar on Thursday threw his weight behind the upcoming Indian Super League (ISL), saying it was the way forward to unearth football talent in the cricket-mad country. “There is a lot of...

Stewart to return after killing driver

ATLANTA, AUG 29, 2014 (AFP) - Tony Stewart, who has missed three US stock car races since killing a fellow driver in a dirt-track race three weeks ago, will return this weekend, his team announced on Thursday. The 43-year-old American racer, a star in...

HNB on goal scoring spree against Hameediya

Hatton National Bank went on a goal scoring spree to trounce Hameediya by a massive 14 goals to nil in a MFA ‘B’division soccer match at the CR and FC ground recently. At half time the bankers had Hameediya well and truly against the wall with a 6-0...

BUSINESS NEWS

SRI LANKA SETS AMBITIOUS 2024 GROWTH TARGET FOR RUBBER INDUSTRY

The local natural rubber industry will be aiming for an impressive 200 percent growth to a US$ 3 billion industry within the next 10 years, according to Minister of Industry and Commerce Rishad Bathiudeen, who was speaking at the launch of the Global...

Jetwing’s Samarasinghe elected PATA Sri Lanka Chairman

The 39th Annual General Meeting of the PATA Sri Lanka Chapter was held recently at Hotel Taj Samudra. The Sri Lanka Chapter enables its members to conduct their various assigned responsibilities for selling travel related products and providing...

Mobitel recognized for engineering service excellence by IESL

The National Mobile Service Provider Mobitel was honoured with the ‘Engineering - Services’ Award at the prestigious Excellence in Engineering Awards organized by the Institute of Engineers Sri Lanka (IESL) recently for following the best practices in...

Mahinda Siriwardana appointed to ComBank board

Commercial Bank of Ceylon PLC has announced t he appointment of K. M. Mahinda Siriwardana as a non-executive Director of the Bank with immediate effect. Siriwardana is the Director General, Department of Fiscal Policy at the Ministry of Finance &...

Rupee tad weaker on importer dlr demand

REUTERS - The Sri Lankan rupee was slightly weaker yesterday as importer dollar demand outpaced exporter greenback sales while dollar sales by state banks prevented a sharp fall, dealers said. The rupee was trading at 130.22/23 per dollar at 0451 GMT,...

Musthapha relaunches EU – Sri Lanka Business Dialogue

Deputy Minister of Investment Promotion Faiszer Musthapha addressed the EU Business Council which included David Daly, Ambassador of the European Union, L.W.M. Piet, Ambassador of the Netherlands, Fabrizio Pio Ambassador of Italy, Dr Michael Dohmen,...

CSE targets Rs.1 bn US inflows, to hold Investor Forum in New York on Sept 4

The Colombo Stock Exchange (CSE) and the Securities Exchange Commission (SEC) of Sri Lanka will be attempting to attract over Rs. 1 billion of inflow from US investors by holding the “Invest Sri Lanka – Investor Forum” on September 4th in New York...

HDFC receives LRA rating improvement for institution, debenture issue

The state-owned licensed special bank, Housing Development and Financial Corporation Bank (HDFC) has received ratings improvements for the institution, as well as its current debentures by Lanka Rating Agency. (LRA) LRA has assigned HDFC a new...

MARKET ON BUMPY RIDE

During the week, the All Share Price Index (ASPI) gained 26.07 points to close at 7,034.09 while the S&P SL20 gained 8.63 points to close at 3,872.51. The daily average turnover was recorded at Rs.1.14bn compared to Rs.3.19bn reported during the...

3M JOINS SUMMER INTERNSHIP PROGRAMME

3 M Sri Lanka joins top corporate entities in the country to provide internships for Sri Lankan undergraduates. Twenty students were picked from several thousand applicants and represented an equal mix of Sri Lankans studying abroad and in the...

Duo from Ashraff Associates to attend Spikes Asia Training Academy

Spikes Asia which takes place from September 23 to 26 at Suntec, Singapore’s International Convention and Exhibition Centre, is one of the most anticipated events in the regional advertising fraternity calendar, serving as a landmark opportunity for...

M.D. Gunasena opens bookstore in Galle

M.D. Gunasena, the leading publisher, printer and bookseller, opened its 17th bookstore in Galle under the patronage of Galle Municipal Council Mayor Methsiri De Silva, Chairman Percy Gunasena, Managing Director Ananda Gunasena and Deputy Managing...

CPA Australia approves CA Sri Lanka’s BSc. Applied Accounting degree

One of the world’s largest global accounting bodies, CPA Australia has approved the BSc. Applied Accounting degree offered by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka (CA Sri Lanka). The BSc. in Applied Accounting, which is currently on its...

HRMI RECEIVES PEARSON EDEXCEL UK RECOGNITION

Human Resource Management Institute ( HRMI) has achieved a unique distinction by being recognised by Pearson Edexcel UK as the only HR education provider in Sri Lanka of international quality, confirming to stringent global standards of designing,...

Inspiro unveils website, logo; introduces lecture panel

In a landmark event held at Saegis Campus in Nugegoda, Inspiro Business School recently launched its logo, website and introduced its experienced lecture panel to the distinguished gathering present there. CA Sri Lanka President Arjuna Herath unveiled...

Panther to launch eight educational toys at CIBF

The much anticipated 16th edition of the Colombo International Book Fair (CIBF) will take place from September 10 to 17 at the BMICH. With the participation of 165 local and 36 international entities, a stalwart of the event, Panther, Sri Lanka’s...

Subway-Ataraxia auction ‘3-foot sub’ to support Room To Read

Subway, the largest restaurant chain in the world, marked its inception in Sri Lanka with a series of fabulous events winning the hearts of food lovers who had waited eagerly for the restaurant’s arrival in the island. Recently, the Subway Sri Lanka...

Strathspey Estate opens child development centre

Strathspey Estate Upcot (Maskeliya), which is owned by M/s Richard Pieris Group of Companies, opened a child development centre after t he renovation work done i n t he Cleveland Division of Strathspey Estate, which has the highest population and...

‘Black Knight Smart Moves’ grooms Kurunegala youth

Black Knight, a leading men’s personal care brand, conducted a personality development and grooming workshop for the youth in Kurunegala. Tips were given on how to improve selfimage and think positively, which will enable them to perform better at...

Over 40 companies to compete at CCC bowling competition

Over 40 companies have already registered to compete at the CCC Bowling Competition to be held today, at the Excel World, Colombo 10. The main objective of this event is to create more interactions between the member firms and business councils coming...

INTERNATIONAL NEWS

U.S. LACKS PLAN FOR ISLAMIC STATE

(c) 2014, The Washington Post. WASHINGTON— Amid conflicting congressional demands, impatient Arab allies, and public concern that he will do too much or too little, President Barack Obama made bluntly clear Thursday why he has not yet implemented a...

Putin hails Ukraine separatists as NATO holds crisis talks

KIEV (AFP) AUG 29, 2014 - Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday hailed the advances of pro-Kremlin fighters in eastern Ukraine as Western alarm spiralled over what Kiev has branded a Russian invasion. NATO ambassadors were holding a crisis...

Iceland declares volcano red alert after eruption

REYKJAVIK (AFP) AUG 29, 2014 - Iceland on Friday issued a red alert and banned air traffic near its largest volcano after it erupted overnight, threatening a replay of the global travel chaos four years ago when another peak blew. While Bardarbunga,...

No option but army role to end Pakistan crisis

ISLAMABAD (AFP) Aug 29, 2014 - Pakistan’s interior minister said Friday the intransigence of anti-government protest movements had left no alternative but mediation by the army to end a two-week political crisis that has shaken the nucleararmed...

Eight more Tories ‘in Ukip talks’

29 AUGUST 2014 (DAILY MAIL, LONDON) - Eight more Conservative MPs have held intensive talks with Ukip about defecting, it emerged last night. After the shock defection of Douglas Carswell yesterday in protest at David Cameron’s stance on immigration...

India’s workshy bureaucrats face attendance tracking

NEW DELHI (AFP) AUG 29, 2014 - India’s new government is trying to tackle the culture of absenteeism among the country’s notoriously work-shy bureaucrats by tracking their attendance in the office online, a report said Friday. Prime Minister Narendra...

Negotiations underway to free Fijian peacekeepers

SUVA (AFP) Aug 29, 2014 - Talks were underway Friday to release 43 Fijian peacekeepers taken hostage by Syrian rebels in the Golan Heights, the Pacific nation’s Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama said. Bainimarama said the peacekeepers were believed to...

Heavy equipment falls into Fukushima reactor pool

TOKYO (AFP) AUG 29, 2014 - A 400-kilogramme (880-pound) machine part fell into a nuclear fuel pool at Japan’s crippled Fukushima plant Friday, the operator said. Tokyo Electric Power (TEPCO), said it had not detected any significant changes in...

Gaza peace prospects shaky after Hamas refusal to disarm

GAZA CITY (AFP) AUG 29, 2014 - Prospects of a final deal on a long-term Gaza truce between Israel and Hamas were seen as shaky Friday after its leader ruled out Israeli demands to disarm the Palestinian militant group. “The weapons of the resistance...

Gunmen kill six worshippers at Pakistan shrine

QUETTA (AFP) AUG 29, 2014 - Gunman opened fire on worshippers at a shrine in southwest Pakistan, killing at least six members of a minority Islamic sect and wounding seven others, officials said on Friday. The attack came at a shrine of the Zikri...

Malaysia Airlines to slash 6,000 jobs in survival bid

KUALA LUMPUR (AFP) AUG 29, 2014 - Malaysia Airlines will slash 6,000 jobs, trim its route network, and replace its CEO under plans announced Friday to stave off bankruptcy after two air tragedies plunged the already troubled carrier deeper into...