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Sunday April 27, 2008
Vol. 42 - No 48
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Political Column
  Political war hots up in east
  By Our Political Editor
  For more reasons than one, international attention turned to Sri Lanka this week. The Government's high priority military campaign, intensified since the abrogation of the Norwegian brokered Ceasefire Agreement in January this year, suffered a major debacle on Wednesday. President Mahinda Rajapaksa was presiding over the weekly National Security Council (NSC) meeting when the news arrived. Initial reports trickling in spoke of two digit casualty counts. Yet, there was reason for concern.
5th Column
  Lo and behold! His magic wand has gone against the grain!
  By Rypvanwinkle

My Dear Bandula,

Situation Report
  The aftermath of Muhamalai confrontation
  By Iqbal Athas
Though bizarre, the sequence of events resembled a trailer promoting a film designed to break box office records. However, this was real life drama involving the lives and well-being of the nation's troops fighting a deadly enemy. Media personnel were taken on a conducted tour to the north early this month.
Thoughts from London
  The Cabraal tapes and fuss about GSP Plus
  By Neville de Silva
  So now we have this case of the ‘missing’ tapes. In case readers have missed the developing saga and the accompanying spin and spin offs, the story goes like this. The Governor of the Central Bank Nivard Cabraal was interviewed by the BBC for its “Hard Talk” programme in connection with our 60th independence anniversary. It is said he flew to London for this.
The Economic Analysis
  Goodbye to cheap oil and cheap food
  By the Economist
  Currently two serious external shocks are affecting the balance of payments, inducing a spate of inflation and causing severe hardships to people. The oil price hike has been sharp and serious. Price of oil has more than doubled within 24 months and is on a continuing uptrend. Soaring food prices have caused havoc in developing countries. Prices of wheat, corn, rice, barley and dairy products have all increased significantly since 2005.
Focus on Rights
  The canary sings a different tune
  By Kishali Pinto Jayawardena

That tempers will get frayed in the coming elections to the United Nations (UN) Human Rights Council when Sri Lanka will present its candidature for re-election is a sure certainty. Shorn of angry rhetoric however, the question is simple; according to national and international obligations, has the Rajapaksa government done enough for Sri Lankan citizens to justify asking for re-election?

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