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Sunday September 16, 2007
Vol. 42 - No 16
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Political Column
  US Senate turns against Lanka
  By Our Political Editor

It is a week where security considerations overshadowed political events. That is both in Sri Lanka and abroad. Main among them was the hitherto unpublicised vote in the United States Senate on September 6 approving the State Department Appropriations. Section 690 of the document said:

5th Column
  Who is the most powerful person in Sri Lanka?
  By Rypvanwinkle

"Thaaththa," Bindu Udagedera asked, "who is the most powerful person in our country?" "Well," Bindu's father Percy said, "it must be Mahinda maama because it is he who decides almost everything..."

Situation Report
  My story behind the story
  By Iqbal Athas
That evening, August 15 2007, I had returned home after a meeting with Norway's then Ambassador to Sri Lanka, Hans Brattskar. It was two fold - Firstly, I wished him farewell on his departure at the end of his tour of duty. Secondly, I extended my thanks to the Governments of Indonesia and Norway for inviting me to the second Global Inter-Media Dialogue in Oslo in June this year.
The Economic Analysis
  The urgent need to return to public accountability of funds
  By the Economist
The recent passage of five finance acts in Parliament raises far more important issues than the questionability of the voting technology used or parliamentary procedure. These are issues that Parliament itself must resolve. As pointed out in the Editorial of this paper last Sunday, the all important issue of Parliament's accountability in finance is the serious concern.
Thoughts from London
  The language barrier that has crippled the country
  By Neville de Silva

At a recent dinner for Minister GL Peiris the conversation turned to the issue of education and more specifically the deteriorating standards of English in the country. When English is assuming greater importance even as the language of diplomacy having replaced French several years ago, it seems that Sri Lanka is lagging far behind many other countries in popularising English

Issue of the week
  Not issued with this week issue
  By Ameen Izzadeen
Focus on Rights
  Preventing erosion of individual liberties
  By Kishali Pinto Jayawardena

The manner in which individual liberties are being gradually eroded in Sri Lanka is truly insidious. One good example is the stipulation that a suspect has to be produced before a Magistrate (having jurisdiction in the case) without unnecessary delay (Section 36 of the Criminal Procedure Code Act, No. 15 of 1979).

  Not issued with this week issue
  By Chandani Kirinde, Our Lobby Correspondent
Inside the glass house
  Clash over climate change ....
  By Thalif Deen at the united nations
  As the United Nations gets ready for a high-level summit on climate change, there is a cry for help from the Pacific island state of Tuvalu which is in danger of vanishing from the face of the earth because of global warming and sea-level rise.
  Ramifications of land alienation in the East
  By J.S. Tissainayagam
  On September 5, Tamil National Alliance (TNA) leader, Rajavarodayam Sampanthan, addressed parliament in an adjournment debate on the current situation in the North and East. His address consisted of a series of accusations on the implications of government policy in areas of the East that had come under army control recently.
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