ISSN: 1391 - 0531
Sunday, May 06, 2007
Vol. 41 - No 49

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President seeks India’s support
Presidential Secretary Lalith Weeratunga has flown to New Delhi with a special message from President Mahinda Rajapaksa to Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
After Britain, EU also to rap Lanka on HR
The Development Committee of European Parliament is to now discuss the human rights situation in Sri Lanka -- a move that may end in a resolution or strong condemnation of the Government.
CBK’s security slashed from 168 to 7
Acting fast on a Supreme Court ruling, Police Chief Victor Perera yesterday gave orders that additional security provided to former President Chandrika Kumaratunga be withdrawn immediately.
Helmet: Take that into your head!
Do not compromise on safety for several hundred or even a few thousand rupees. The choice is yours - a cheap substandard helmet with a high risk of head injuries in case of accident or a sturdy helmet which meets specified standards and will provide the protection needed.
Happy to be home
It poured and it poured and it poured. And what should have been a festive welcome for the Sri Lankan cricket team, initially planned at Independence Square was shifted at the last minute to the auditorium of Sri Lanka Cricket due to the weather.
Trinco’s forgotten IDPs
“Life is difficult. We are not getting proper food. Initially, they used to give us food periodically and we were able to survive, but now, it’s only after a gap of one month that we get food and that too is enough only for a week. It’s been like this for several months. To whom can we complain,” asks P. Nahamma, 45.

This flood scene at a house in Colombo’s Borella ward was the fate of thousands of people during two days of devastating thunderstorms in several districts. See Page 6 for full story. Pic by Gemunu Wellage


5th Column

The Economic Analysis

Situation Report

Thoughts from London

Issue of the week

Focus on Rights


Inside the glass house

KATHMANDU, Saturday (AFP) - A team of explorers and scholars says it has found a cave in remote northern Nepal with a spectacular Buddhist mural unseen for centuries and discovered only because a shepherd took shelter there. “The most exciting find we had was a cave that was clearly intended for religious purposes.

Locals to fill tourist hotels
Sri Lankan tourism, using the old adage ‘there’s no point crying over spilt milk’ is showing a brave face on an uncertain future and – like the crisis-filled years of the industry soon after anti-Tamil riots broke out in 1983 – relying on locals to keep the hotels busy.
Right of Reply - Yaddehige denies exit from RPC
With reference to the article appearing in The Sunday Times of April 29, 2007, titled 'Yaddehige seeking to exit from RPC' the Richard Pieris Company wishes to categorically state that the facts therein are both baseless and misleading.
Lanka’s first budget hospital
Colombo will soon see a budget hospital, a concept yet alien to the country’s growing health care sector. “We plan to introduce a budget hospital with short-term in house facilities to treat patients who do not require long term specialization,”

A truly unforgettable experience - Exclusive
Eight weeks of ecstasy and one day of agony. That was our fate at the 2007 World Cup and looking back on that soggy Saturday it does appear that the Weather Gods and Dame Fortune secretly conspired to ensure that Sri Lanka’s chances of emerging world champions were kept to a bare minimum.
Hook or by crook!
The game of cricket is full of purists like land mines buried on the peripheries of a war zone. Inevitably they blow up at the wrong moment and maim the wrong people.
Praise them for the effort
Mahela Jayawardena’s Sri Lankans played very good cricket throughout their World Cup campaign, but that was not good enough to damage the huge Australian brick wall. Most teams could only scratch on the surface. The Sri Lankans threatened for about eight overs, then fell by the wayside.

Which way Kandy?
One of the talking points in Kandy was the introduction of the uni-flow traffic system earlier this year. There were bouquets as well as brickbats.

Funday Times
TV Times
That thing about friendship
There's something inexplicable about every aspect of a meaningful friendship. If you can explain the relationship you have with your best friend without any difficulty, and clarify exactly...
King Vickramabahu least expected a foreign invasion but it happened all the same. It was the invasion by Veeradeva. He was the ruler of Palandeepa. He landed in Matota. On his side, he had a few strong warriors....
"Yuddhetath Evith" the latest concert of the Lionel Ranwala Troupe will be held at 6.30 pm on May 7 and 8 evening at the BMICH.The show in a way of a 'cultural war' is intended to attack the spreading alienisms and eroding of traditional values of the country.
Financial Times
Customs investigation into Distilleries Co.
Maxis close deal on SLT
Tourism: Hit again and again
Provincial cash – grabbing local money

Tough times don’t last, tough people do

Seylan Bank’s Rs 1 bln debenture issue
Sri Lankan cultural troupe thrills South Asian tourism audiences
Emergence of a new order of CEO's
Special offers from Ceylinco Diabetes Centre to mark its 3rd anniversary
Allow free movement of female workers – migrant group
On the spot motor insurance creates irregularities
Sri Lankan Minister visits RAD Headquarters
Professional challenge on transparency, accountability
Opportunities, challenges for the Sri Lankan tea industry
CIMA Leaders' Summit on "Good to Great"
French business delegation in Colombo
Enhancing the role and productivity of MPs - Letter
Major ILO report on discrimination at work
New generation of postal franking machines from Switzerland
Sri Lanka urges India to remove non-tariff barriers
Fitch confirms 'BBB(lka)' rating to Merchant Credit
SLT to secure 500,000 CDMA
U-supported project to help IDPs
Understanding Microfinance and microcredit
SriLankan reschedules night flights
LB Finance helps Sri Revatha Royal College in other fames
Capital flight due to uncertainty puts pressure on rupee
Dialog garners one million subscribers in a year
Changes this September on Australian skilled migration process
Prasanna's island hide-away after Elephant Corridor
E-Channelling at Fort Railway station
DHL sponsors racing driver Dinesh Jayewardene

TV Times
  Spare a thought for the underprivileged
  Gauthami has lost its momentum!
  TV channels do not clash programmes
  Sounds of the millennium not 60s and 70s
Labai Apple; a fruitful effort
Keerthi's comeback
Sankranthi a tale of a trio
A Night at the Museum in Colombo

Bangladesh ex-premier to return on Monday as exile plan scrapped
‘Nations have means to tackle global warming’
Balancing the world's imbalances
The conflict comes to the Commons
Northern Ireland and Sri Lanka: Military action leads nowhere: Murphy
Bhutan to pay for others' climate sins
Spider-Man 3 kicks off hot Hollywood summer
Australian farmers wrestle dingo threat
Middle East peace a reality in new computer game
Will suicidal Swiss stick to their guns?
The road to disaster
South Korea looks for physically fit Lankans
Shell-shocked Shell gets helping hand
For this Aravinda it was not cricket — but bullets
Batti’s IDPs: Languishing without livelihood
By way of deception
Drowning in excuses
Trail of death and destruction
Special landing slots for SriLankan Airlines
Don’t allow British MPs’ visit, Lankans in UK urge Colombo government
Nabbed with passports bearing forged visas
Mysterious aircraft spotted over reservoir
Athas case:Next hearing on May 15
Odds and Ends

Lankans to the Middle East without the experienced trio
Old Zahrians – Havies in Cup final
Another humble pie for the lions
Sl Academy in good shape
NCC to felitate cricketers at awards night
Isipathana drub Wesley
Thomian grit no match for St. Peters’ flair
Lanka looking for WC Sevens slot in 2009

  Our sound of silence is deafening
  Wake up, wake up oh Sri Lanka
  A man of few words who delivered
  Crime was at bay when booze was away
  Beware of the mosquitoes now that the rains are here
  Manel Wirasinha
  Lucky De Silva
  Sinnathurai Kanagaratnam
  Two plays: One only sound and fury, the other drama!
  Stroke of resilience in troubled times
  A gourmet dinner and a good laugh
CIDA to fund tsunami recovery programmes
Seminar on disaster preparedness
Archbishop of Canterbury to visit Sri Lanka

Kandy Times
Probe on nexus between police and lawyers
Booze ban broken, but no drunkards
Taboo on fags and alcohol?
Unauthorised structures come under scrutiny
2 schoolgirls injured after mattress mystery
Corruption alleged in Muslim teacher appointments
Select the best for traffic control outside schools: Police
Marking Buddha Jayanthi with road re-naming
Maligawa museum not a draw
Murder re-trial: Sentence reduced, three acquitted
New thinking wanted in recruiting policemen: IGP
Minister stops issue of ‘refuse’ tea permits
Spence opens travel office in Kandy
CIMA’s educational seminars in Kandy
Suntel’s tech-savvy call centres in Kandy, Colombo
Sinhaputhra Finance shows improved results
KACPAW takes doggy care to Dambane Veddahs
Twins: In step with each other on the path of Dhamma
A peaceful abode for old and ailing monks
Tough job for Gunaratne
Sarath’s golden boot
Arsenal’s Friar was here


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