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Sunday, May 20, 2007
Vol. 41 - No 51

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Defence nod sought for telecom deal
A government-appointed committee examining the proposed sale of Japanese NTT (Nippon Telecom) stock in Sri Lanka Telecom to Maxis of Malaysia, wants Defence Ministry clearance if the sale was to go through.
TN fishermen tell story of Tiger horror
Eleven Tamil Nadu fishermen, missing since early March, returned home on Friday evening and confirmed to the police and the media in Chennai yesterday that they had been abducted by the LTTE on March 12 and released two days ago.
Sri Lankan sleuths in Male to grill Tiger suspects
Top Sri Lankan intelligence sleuths yesterday launched a full probe in Male on the new route used by the LTTE to smuggle weapons through Maldivian waters, a diplomat said.
House or no house they have to go
For most, the tsunami which hit Sri Lanka in December 2004 with the ferocity of a predator is now only a distant memory. But for many thousands, those terrible waves are as real as if they shattered their lives yesterday.
Dance tribute to a Guru
I called him “Thabu Aiya”. His sudden death on March 15 was a shock to all of us and his beloved wife and two daughters. Our friendship goes back 14 years. We were both in the Land Commissioner’s Department.
Romance of a raging river
Few people succeed in finding their way to Royal River Resort, which is the way it should be. It's the kind of place that those who know about it like to keep secret.

Montessori teachers of vulnerable villages seen at a passing out parade after they were trained as homeguards at the Mihintale camp. Pic by Athula Bandara


5th Column

The Economic Analysis

Situation Report

Thoughts from London

Issue of the week

Focus on Rights


Inside the glass house

Jane Austen wrote some of English literature's most enduring romances, but she never enjoyed a passionate love affair of her own. Or did she?

Malaysian battle on Lankan turf
If the government goes ahead and approves the Maxis offer to buy a 25 percent stake in the NTT stock in Sri Lanka Telecom, it would result in a massive turf battle in the local communications industry between two Malaysian telecom giants.
GoldQuest to continue Lankan investments
Despite Central Bank investigations into the GoldQuest operation continuing this week, its main marketer Quest International (QI) was adamant that it will continue investing in the Sri Lankan economy.
Tax staff shortages cause cash flow problems for businesses
Staff and resource shortages at the Inland Revenue Department are delaying VAT refunds to businesses.
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Wright or wrong it's another jhon
Another cricket mercenary has come, made up his profile and made his departure. Where was Mr. Tom Moody prior to his acceptance by the hierarchy of Sri Lanka cricket?
CR down soldiers
CR & FC made their intentions for the season somewhat clear. They easily beat Army by 32 points (two goals, three tries and one penalty) to 3 (one penalty) in their Caltex Segment ‘A”...
Rumesh to take over as assistant coach
Former Sri Lanka medium fast bowler Rumesh Ratnayake -- the first Lankan to hit the big time with a slingy action and who is now attached to the Asian cricket Council as one of ...

Saving limbs, saving lives
A patient is brought to hospital in the middle of the night, with severe pain in the leg, weakness and numbness. There is no pulse in his leg. Blood vessels are occluded; there is no more blood supply to the leg. For a moment both the doctor and the patient share the same question; and their eyes the same expression of anxiety and hope. "Can this limb be salvaged,” is the question.

Funday Times
TV Times
Ordinary heroes with extraordinary commitment
Mother's day came and went last week and I barely took notice. It seemed almost vulgar that I should do something special on this day alone, for a person who has given me so much of her life; and I don't mean that lightly.
The kings of Ruhuna flee
King Gajabahu spoke to his ministers and commanders thus. "We have faced a very serious situation. Two kings have set up camp on either side. Our Velakkara army too is on their side. They are ready to fight against us. This is a crucial hour, when we should act with the right vision.
Global Ecotourism Conference (GEC) 2007' Organized by the International Ecotourism Society (TIES), Ecotourism Norway, and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) was held in Oslo, Norway last week.
Financial Times
Transparency and crooked deals
Triad, Leo Burnett & Grants winners but scams take the honours
Taking Sri Lanka forward with E-business solutions
Hayleys reports mixed fortunes in 2006-07
Colombo University, SLT Mobitel team up in “M-LEARNING” initiative
Capital Reach’s new senior citizens deposit scheme
SLT allowed duty-free imports
Companies Act in limelight at Biz Club
Sri Lanka in the limelight at Intel Solutions Summit
Fitch upgrades HNB's national rating to 'AA-(lka)'
Sri Lanka looking at Australian job market
Malaysian group to help in Lanka’s capital market development
Caltex to Chevron: Unveiling a new corporate identity
HR specialist at CIMA Business Leaders’ summit
Abas software solutions adds Lanka as new sales partner
Moleskine’s new City Notebooks for travellers launched by Thef:;llstop
Who is responsible for Colombo city?
Dipped Products posts best ever performance on record
Volatile interest rates threaten quality of retail credit -HNB
Seagull Solutions introduce Santana Solution to Sri Lanka
JVP wants Rajapaksa to act and punish fraudsters
Hemas awards development of intelligent ASD solution to Pyxle
SriLankan internships for IT undergrads
Current and future trends in university education
Need for corporate contingency planning
Public security is your No. 1 priority
Panic selling at CSE
LWL continues participation at US ceramic exhibition
Affluence all the way at HSBC’s new premier service
High inflation hurts earning/ savings power of people
Dammika keeps to his pledge at BOI

TV Times
ABBA comes alive on SLBC
Broken Families on French cinema
‘Annie Hall’ comes to Russian Centre
Ball rolls for Sam the Man

Researchers challenge Kennedy lone gunman theory
Chavez demands apology from Pope Benedict
Bride turns down "dark" groom, but all ends well
Musharraf says he sees rise in militancy
Israel intends to strike against Hamas leaders
Drinking farm milk may cut asthma risk
India’s dirty war
Gohar bombshell and India's China war debacle
Indonesia counts its islands before it's too late
Musharraf’s minions of terror
Japan and global financial instability
A life worthy of a novel
Technology and witty storytelling make Shrek 3 magic
Rahul still PM material
Brown-Cameron image duel
Poachers and tree fellers go wild in Wilpattu
CoL: Higher and higher
SriLankan pilots give a hand to handicapped soldier
Two men killed and dumped in Dompe
Omanthai opened to the public once again
Sethusamudram project: Verdict of experts handed over to Cabinet
No role for past pupils in new national policy on Grade 1 admissions
Odds and Ends
Vavuniya TV set deceptions: Police on the lookout for the missing links
Navy’s Chief of Staff retires
CMC future in the balance
Athas case resumes on June 12
Move to withdraw charge sheet on ASP?
President slams countries soft on terrorism
Britain’s debt-relief package at stake
Ranil reiterates commitment to strengthening ties with China
Delgoda horror: Family of 6 slain in sleep
Experts raise concern over flawed survey of Lanka’s continental shelf
Health Ministry’s unhealthy OT bill

National athletes to have an Edge
Nine million tennis lass
Junior Golf Clinic opens at Royal Colombo
Catamarans felicitated
CCC juniors on Indian tour
Aney is it true? with nam
Hockey Explanation
Jani in the ‘dock’ again
Musafer relected
Foreign player in national team -- pros and cons
Lions no match for marauding Petes
St. Anthony’s reign supreme

  Death by ragging: Amurder most foul
  You're a hero for simply being you!
  Fine those poster pasters
  Stamped in colonial jargon
  Shortage of coins, a blessing in disguise
  Ranee Gomes
  Sisila Rathnayake
  H.P. de S. Thabrew
  With a song in their hearts
  The orchestra came alive under the baton of James Ross
  A musical treat from S.Thomas'
  Out of trauma comes creativity
  All set for Mobitel International Dancesport
  Humpty-Dumpty launches demining programme in Jaffna
  Battaramulla Rotary Club wins awards


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