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Vol. 41 - No 24
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Political Column
  How Ranil defused the revolt
  By Our Political Editor
The negotiations got underway last Sunday night with a dinner hosted by former Christian Affairs and Interior Minister John Amaratunga. The main Opposition United National Party (UNP) was on the verge of a major split, and Ranil Wickremesinghe no longer its undisputed leader.
5th Column
  'Ali' katha at the Elephant Headquarters
  By Rypvanwinkle
The herd of elephants were in disarray. Some baby elephants wanted the Elephant King to abdicate. Other baby elephants wanted the Heir Apparent to take over the reins. And then there was the Prisoner Elephant who had joined the herd recently who wanted to be King sometime in the near future. All the baby elephants had gathered at the Elephant Headquarters…
Situation Report
  Sea battles for A9
  By Iqbal Athas
The message on Thursday reached Northern Naval Area Headquarters (NNAHQ) almost simultaneously. It was around 4.30 p.m. A naval patrol at location "Charlie" reported that a flotilla of Sea Tiger boats was headed northwards. That was from their base in Thalayady (south of Nagerkovil near Muhamalai). At the same time, the naval detachment at Point Pedro saw blips on their radar. The flotilla was in the seas, some five nautical miles from the shores of Point Pedro.
The Economic Analysis
  Fiscal consolidation and long-term economic growth
  By the Economist
There are two publications those interested in the economy must read: The Central Bank's Annual Report and the Institute of Policy Studies' State of the Economy. The two reports differ in style and content.
Inside the glass house
  Wounded ducks, sacrificial lambs and the Democratic victory
  By Thalif Deen at the united nations
  NEW YORK - The six-year stranglehold of Washington by right wing neo conservatives of the Republican Party was broken last week when the opposition Democratic Party took control of both the House of Representatives and the Senate.
Thoughts form London
  Transatlantic brothers in distress
  By Neville de Silva
  The troubles that now confront George Bush and Tony Blair are a good lesson for all political leaders who refuse to accept the truth that political popularity is as evanescent as a desert mirage.
Focus on Rights
  Of national law weeks and other useless extravaganzas
  By Kishali Pinto Jayawardena
  Then again, we have the ready preoccupation with the surreally absurd, of which a better example cannot be found than the recent extravaganza titled the National Law Week with its theme "Access to Justice" held under the aegis of the current leadership of the Bar Association of Sri Lanka.
  MP Raviraj and the land of grotesque records
  By Chandani Kirinde, Our Lobby Correspondent
  TNA Parliamentarian former Batticoloa district MP, Joseph Pararajasingham, former Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadirgamar’s life was ended by an assassins bullet last August. The only crime these men committed was holding fast their strong faith in the democratic system and choosing to voice their opinions in a democratic manner in a country where people are fast losing faith is this very system.
Issue of the week
  The Americans are not so dumb
  By Ameen Izzadeen
  Donald Rumsfeld, the arrogant Defence Secretary who brought the US military into disrepute is gone and is replaced by Robert Gates, a former director of the Central Intelligence Agency. It was in Rumsfeld that US President George W. Bush first confided his Iraq plan. It was music to the ears of Rumsfeld who together with the think-tank, Project for the New American Century, had conceived a similar plan.
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