ISSN: 1391 - 0531
Sunday January 6, 2008
Vol. 42 - No 32
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Political Column
  Maheswaran: The chilling message
  By Our Political Editor
  Just six hours after the New Year had dawned, a Tamil parliamentarian, a dissenting voice, fell victim to a cold-blooded murder in the sacred precincts of a Hindu Kovil in Kochchikade.
5th Column
  He shall reign supreme- in his own peculiar way!
  By Rypvanwinkle

“Thaaththa,” Bindu Udagedera asked, “what will happen in the New Year?”
“Why,” Bindu’s father Percy asked, “why are you worried about the New Year?”

Situation Report
  Dead-letter buried: Where do we go from here?
  By Iqbal Athas
  At last Wednesday's cabinet meeting chaired by President Mahinda Rajapaksa, ministers had cleared all items on the agenda for that day. Before the meeting ended, the last was the customary "any other business."
The Economic Analysis
  Hopes and expectations in the New Year
  By the Economist
  When writing a column on the 1st of January one is bound to look at the brighter side of national life and the economy and hope for bright expectations in the New Year. Let us all hope that the turn of events during the year would be favourable and that the economy would begin a new and higher trajectory of growth and development.
Thoughts from London
  Abrogating CFA wins Rajapaksa popular backing
  By Neville de Silva

When the Chinese New Year dawns early next month they will be wishing each other Kung Hey Fat Choy. The coming year will be the year of the rat. The Chinese distinguish each year not only by numerals but also by some animal species, be it a dog, pig or even a snake.

Issue of the week
  Not issued with this week's issue
  By Ameen Izzadeen
Focus on Rights
  Not issued with this week's issue
  By Kishali Pinto Jayawardena


  Not issued with this week's issue
  By Chandani Kirinde, Our Lobby Correspondent
Inside the glass house
  When democracy favours fundamentalists
  By Thalif Deen at the united nations
  The lead para in a mock news story next December may well read something like this: "In another major electoral victory, religious fundamentalists succeeded in gaining the country's presidency by an overwhelming margin." The spoof was meant to be a dire prediction of a future presidential election, not in Iran, Algeria, Lebanon or Palestine, but in the United States.
  Not issued with this week's issue
  By J.S. Tissainayagam
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