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Sunday, December 17, 2006
Vol. 41 - No 29
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Political Column
  New alignments take shape for New Year
  By Our Political Editor
The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP), though out of Government but still a strong ally, dropped a bombshell this week. It pulled out of the All Party Representative Committee (APRC), one of three bodies set up by President Mahinda Rajapaksa, to evolve proposals to politically resolve the ethnic conflict. The other two bodies are the All Party Conference and the All Party Experts Committee.
5th Column
  Threat comes as a treat for the local trekker
  By Rypvanwinkle
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Situation Report
  Country at crossroads for Christmas
  By Iqbal Athas

As Sri Lankans brace themselves to face a New Year in just two weeks, prospects for peace seem to have virtually disappeared amidst fears of a heightened war in the coming months.

The Economic Analysis
  Storm through tea plantations
  By the Economist

Tea plantations workers have been on strike since December 4. Earlier, on November 24, they began a go-slow that hampered tea production in the mid-and up-country estates. Consequently estate production of tea has been seriously affected. In turn, it would have an adverse effect on our already severely strained trade balance and balance of payments.

Thoughts form London
  Ending corruption and building integrity Sri Lanka style
  By Neville de Silva
  How easy it is to pay lip service to fighting corruption. How hard it is to convince the public that it is actually being done.
Issue of the week
  The Rashid Rauf saga: The plot thickens
  By Ameen Izzadeen
  An anti-terrorism court in Rawalpindi, Pakistan, this week dropped charges against Rashid Rauf, the alleged mastermind behind a plot to blast 10 transatlantic aircraft.
Focus on Rights
  Achieving just a few fundamental changes in displacing impunity
  By Kishali Pinto Jayawardena

The central issue in regard to the prevalence of impunity for rights violators in Sri Lanka is quite clear. It has been, and still is, the question of an almost absolute lack of legal accountability for abusers.

  Not published with this issue
  By Chandani Kirinde, Our Lobby Correspondent
Inside the glass house
  Ban Ki-moon shows his ‘slippery eel’ skills
  By Thalif Deen at the united nations
  NEW YORK - When Ban Ki-moon of South Korea addressed a news conference immediately after taking his oath of office as the new UN Secretary-General, he admitted that his country's news media have dubbed him "the slippery eel."
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