After three decades of war, hundreds of thousands of people felt secure to take part in Vesak observances and go sight-seeing in Colombo and elsewhere, as seen in this picture of the scene around the Town Hall in Colombo. Pic by M. A. Pushpakumara


India ups stakes; wants greater presence here

India has sought clearance from Sri Lanka to open two Deputy High Commission offices, one in Jaffna and another in Hambantota, in a sudden decision to upgrade its previous request for only the opening of a consulate in Jaffna.

Higher value, but MPs have to pay some duty

Health officials warned yesterday of an outbreak of infectious and water-borne diseases in the coming days as water levels started receding in the Gampaha, Colombo and Kalutara districts. The warning came as the death toll in floods was placed at 20 while the number of people affected was around 600,000.

Governors, PC members in new Senate
Toilets, tin-roofs trigger archaeological row
Mystery ants in Matara
ADB pledges more support to Sri Lanka
IIFA-the big event for Sri Lanka
Be prepared for worse disasters
Going beyond just the paint and the canvas
Visitors to Paradise Road Galleries at Alfred House Road, Colombo may feel a certain sense of strangeness when they encounter objects such as an artificial black spider web made with ropes knotted and stuck to a canvas and a cloth twisted and painted with an earthy hue suggesting a lava particle welcoming them.
Lankan entrepreneurs protest against CEPA
Sri Lanka’s top entrepreneurs and professionals including 15 owners of local firms, lawyers, doctors and engineers got onto the streets on Tuesday protesting against the proposed Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA), alleging that it will further liberalize trade and services and provide an undue advantage for India.
Cannes: Cinema of humanity
This year's Cannes Film Festival was marked by a profound contrast between what unfolded along La Croisette, the palm-lined sweep of pedestrian walkway that stretches between swathes of luxury hotels and the azure Mediterranean, and the films debuting onscreen.
Royal College students look beyond the school premises
The Loyalty Pledge Management Committee (LPMC) of the Royal College Union (RCU) marked the commemoration of the school's 175th anniversary in style by refurbishing the College IT lab, referred to as LAB 175 by donating 50 brand new computers to be used by College students as well as students from other schools, to enhance their computer skills and further their ICT knowledge.

Now it’s up to you Aravinda and Co.
We take this opportunity thank the minister of Sports C.B. Ratnayake for taking prompt action and also welcome Aravinda and company to their seats which will be a real struggle against time, and a challenge to change certain malpractices that were bugging the selectorial process in the past few seasons.
Environment and conflict of interest
US President Barack Obama, under fire for dragging his feet on the continuing Gulf of Mexico oil spill which is destroying the environment and threatening the life and wellbeing of the people in those coastal states was forced to meet the media, and through them address the people of America.
Lanka faces battle with big powers -- Political Column
Some critical economic and political issues relating to Sri Lanka were played out in world capitals this week. These related to economic talks with the European Union, bi-lateral talks with India and mending fences with the United States of America. Important in economic terms was talks in Brussels on the revision and updating of the European Union's scheme of Generalised System of Preferences or the GSP Plus. The EU wants to withdraw this facility from August this year.
Let him go, let him tarry! -- 5th Column

“Thaaththa,” Bindu Udagedera asked, “what is all this fuss about the Greens electing a new leader?”
“Why, Bindu,” Bindu’s father Percy wanted to know, “who is making a fuss about it?”
“Why, thaaththa,” Bindu said, “everyone in the Green party is excited about it…”

On the chapter titled Buddhism

Books lining shelves and books lying on tables and chairs keep company with an assortment of art and religious objects, and mementoes from near, distant and exotic parts. Two original Stanley Kirinde oils and a certified copy of a David Paynter painting adorn the dining room and the hall. Representations of the Buddha are thoughtfully positioned around the sitting room, which opens on a wide balcony rustling with sun-shot greenery. Framed by potted crotons, ferns and bamboo is a stone Bodhisattva.

The battle of Nawagamuwa
Vesak - to be celebrated by Buddhists all over the world next Thursday - is the day in white. Devotees - young and old - clad in white trek to the temple early morning to observe 'ata sil' and spend the day there. White is the symbol of simplicity. It is a neutral colour. The devotees carry baskets of white flowers -'araliya', 'pichcha' or some other variety - to be offered to the Buddha at the image house, the bo tree and the 'chaitya'.



India ups stakes; wants greater presence here
Governors, PC members in new Senate
Higher value, but MPs have to pay some duty
Toilets, tin-roofs trigger archaeological row
Post-election syndrome
Mystery ants in Matara
United Nations holds its Vesak celebrations in Thailand
Police team probes illegal State land acquisitions
Evicted hawkers get new premises
Mirihana police mark Vesak day with liquor raids
Non-Buddhists set up dansal in the spirit of giving
Denied access to IDPs, TNA to report to House
House sitting hours to change despite objections from opposition
Vesak marked at HC in New Delhi
Photographer’s gold deal vanishes in a flash
FMM elects its office bearers
Anti-Tobacco Day marked tomorrow
Man missing in croc-infested lake
Large crowds throng Colombo for peace-time Vesak
This child was lucky
ADB pledges more support to Sri Lanka
Days numbered for Akurana’s unauthorised structures
Be prepared for worse disasters
As waters recede, tales of woe flow in
National Drug Policy implementation by year’s end?
IIFA-the big event for Sri Lanka
War crimes allegations and the ‘international’ Crisis Group
US to keep close watch on SL reconciliation efforts
UNP: Squabbling won’t help to make it a winning party
Political Column
Lanka faces battle with big powers
5th Column
Let him go, let him tarry!
The Economic Analysis
IMF dilemma on the stand-by facility
Not Issued with this week
Focus on Rights
Not Issued with this week
Talk at the Cafe Spectator
Fonseka at Florida cricket
Cannes: Cinema of humanity
Coalition politics: The earth moves in Britain
National reconciliation: An Australian experience
N.Korea rejects evidence over sinking of S. Korean ship
80 dead as gunmen attack Pakistani mosques
Death toll mounts in Maoist train sabotage
Nepal's PM 'ready to resign': spokesman
Obama steps up fight against oil spill
Little boy who brought loads of laughter
Jamaica leader under fire as bodies pile up
Thousands flee Ecuador, Guatemala volcanos
Iran hails NPT call on Israel for atomic transparency
Tobacco industry targeting women in poor countries
Pakistanis create rival Muslim Facebook
  Business Times
Lankan entrepreneurs protest against CEPA
BOC will list stockbroking firm
4th richest man in town
Extra 50 cents cost per call for Telcos
Ceylinco Insurance AGM held sans Kotelawala
New laws to revive sick companies, Rs 100 billion in assets
Comment - Jostling over CEPA
CEPA, trade-in-services and ignorance
10th anniversary of Indo-Lanka FTA: No trade pact can be perfect
Vasu takes on telecom firms over phone tarrifs
Dubai budget airline starts flights to Colombo from June 23
More women in hotel biz, thanks to Spanish efforts
Oman Air expanding fleet
Six new bank branches in the north on June 7
Samsung expanding market presence in Sri Lanka
Horana Plantations net profit up
Agenda? Just family connections with Sri Lanka – Vijay Eswaran
A&E partners Moratuwa University’s Dept. of Textile and Clothing Technology
IMF tranche due in 4 to 6 weeks
Union protests over use of EPF funds in losing stocks
Derivatives - weapons of mass destruction?
Fitch takes rating action against six Lankan Regional Development Banks
Former Malaysian PM to head Lankan Business Forum
Cathay Pacific Airways offers new Singapore package
Unilever renovating schools in Mannar and Vavuniya
Will the Sri Lankan economy take off?
Ethnic strife and good governance – lessons from Singapore
CCC looking to link with Indian business to use Indo-Lanka FTA
Construction Chamber to felicitate new minister
Mobitel offers Facebook access free-of-charge for one year
Microsoft's new SL launches "Office 2010" used by 8.6 million
New Bitumen product that would last Sri Lankan roads for 30 years
LOLC appeals to SEC regarding broker licence
First Capital Holdings reports record profit in 2009-10
Cargills increases annual profits, new MD appointed
Ceylon Continental hotel company reports loss
Hemas Power increases quarterly net profit
Garment industry needs more preferential trade pacts
Sri Lankans debate over a tea hub or not
5S Technique improving productivity
Allianz insurance opens Kandy branch
PBSS opens in Jaffna
SLT donates 10 beds, mattresses, etc to Ratmalana Blind School
Sri Lankan Tax Chief Mahinda Medagoda retires
Sustainable (economic) development needs good planning, sound economic policies
Environment and conflict of interest
Now it’s up to you Aravinda and Co.
Royal grounded at Havelock Park
Referees back with a bang
The next challenge : Asia Cup
Like the way every fairy tale ends and the right royal game
St Peter’s romp to their sixth successive win
Benedictine Nishal Fonseka catching up
CH&FC thrashed at home 7-55
CR triumphs in tale of two halves
Eagles pip Lions 18-15
Whither St. Peter’s sports?
Sunday Musings of May 6th 2010
T20 Cricket not for schools
Nethmi eying the centre court
Hilton tennis from June 19 to 27By David Stephens
Volleyball Federationmaps out future plans
Tent Comfort
Royal College students look beyond the school premises
SLCYJF successfully hosts the first ever China Education Exhibition -2010
MERCURY -is the place for CIMA
PMP - The Global Standard for PROJECT MANAGEMENT Advancement
IELTS - pathway to international opportunities
APIIT School of Computing Creating professionals for the Global IT sector
Monash University Foundation Year - a world recognised equivalent to A/Levels
Spellmaster intensifies as it inches closer to the final 4
ESOFT produces BIT Batch-top for 3rd consecutive year
Emotional intelligence and the workplace
City University London with a cosmopolitan flavour
Why students prefer to study in UK Colleges or Universities
SLIIT creates pathway to prestigious Southeast Missouri State University
Panadura Sri Sumangala College OBA is 88
Imperial College - nurturing tomorrow's leaders
Susan Eardly excel in MBA

On the chapter titled Buddhism
Gelatine and rennet, two musts that should be listed -- Letter to the editor
Please let the Green rest in peace -- Letter to the editor
The yellow canopied tree -- Letter to the editor
Captain, may you keep flying high, wherever you may be -- Appreciation
The chapter closes on a great matriarchal figure -- Appreciation
Charitable priest who was father to many -- Appreciation
She walked through life with a smile and a joke -- Appreciation
Trailblazing industrialist and master of many trades -- Appreciation
Edwin Arnold and the Sri Lanka connection
Reorganizing and revitalizing moral life
A village reawakened
The Mind…
Shaping a giant lantern with clay
Sculpting statues of serenity
Borneo Exotics strikes gold for the third time at Chelsea Flower Show
Narada: The singer incomparable
Bridget Halpe: A life of music for 50 years
The SOSL steppes up with the Romantic Masterworks
Soul-inspiring music for both the spiritual and the secular
Making Sinhala the link lingo?
When a ‘kadiya’ stings
Fulbright’s English Teaching Assistant programme takes off
The end of a giant friend
Heroic acts in time that saved lives
CMF in 3-year initiative to support vulnerable children
SLMA 123rd annual sessions
Other Magazine Articles
Going beyond just the paint and the canvas
Shedding a little light their way
On the Eastern Ghats
magazine -- Cover of the week
Mirror Magazine Articles
Of sweets and things
Giving ear to local talent
Mashups on Enterprise
Celebrating their way
A different view
How safe is Facebook?
Talking point
TV Times Articles
Colombo gets ready for IIFA 2010
Best rugby party in town
Taste of singapore and thailand at lunchtime
‘Anticipating Re-arrival’ waiting for a donor
Old Men in battle
Win with Alice
‘Rudy’ to show USA Team
Fragrance of Life
New fusion menu and Tea Lounge at CASA Colombo
Book online with Aitken Spence for surprises
Pool party at Margarita Blue
Culinary Journeys with Dharshan on ETV
  Funday Times
The battle of Nawagamuwa
Fractions with unknowns
Martinique -- Geography
Vesak -- Poem for the week
Kids World
From Space to Sea
Girl Guiding in Sri Lanka … the 1910s …
'Wings' in flight
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