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Sunday April 6, 2008
Vol. 42 - No 45
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Political Column
  UNP-SLMC alliance holds edge in east
  By Our Political Editor
  Twenty-four-year-old Inpanathan Rushikanthan, a mason, his wife and their four-year-old daughter left the once Tiger guerrilla stronghold of Kokkadicholai soon after the December 2004 tsunami. He thought there were greener pastures in the Government-controlled Batticaloa district where recovery work was under way.He joined his relatives in a newly built housing complex in Ariyampathi in the Kattankudi Police area. It was a fishing hamlet battered by the tsunami.
5th Column
  In and out from blue to green-- yon lies my quest! out
  By Rypvanwinkle

My Dear Rauf,

Situation Report
  Bishop defends shifting of statue as Madhu war hots up
  By Iqbal Athas
What the Government's political leaders have been longing for - the long drawn out military campaign to gain control of the Madhu Church and its environs, sacred to the country's Catholics -- is now so close and yet so far. This week, troops advancing on a flank east of the Giant's Tank, have come to within a kilometre of the Church. This is by reaching Madhu Road at a location south of the Church.
Thoughts from London
  New diplomacy and the end game
  By Neville de Silva
  Most of us have heard of the good cop, bad cop routine. Whether this is fictional or not, I wouldn’t know. Is it art following life or life following art? Whether true or not this routine seems to have been transformed into one of our foreign policy approaches. We seem to be following a two track policy. The hard, sharp criticisms, sometimes seen by traditionalists as over the top and abrasive, of some ........
The Economic Analysis
  Inflation, public debt and agricultural neglect
  By the Economist
  The high rate of inflation, large public debt and the slow progress in agriculture are among three of the key areas highlighted in the Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific, Report for 2008. The UN Economic Commission for Asia and the Far Eat (ESCAP) warned of rising inflationary pressures, the large public debt burden and slow progress in agriculture. These are three areas that this column has focused on often. Yet, as we have said before.....
Inside the Glass House
  By Thalif Deen at the united nations
  Powerful nations in UN peacekeeping farce
  A fear expressed by some Sri Lankan politicians can be laid to rest: the United Nations is not likely to send any peacekeeping troops to Sri Lanka -- at least in the near future. The world body is overstretched with far too many conflicts on its hands in order to be an effective global policeman. Weighed down by 17 peacekeeping operations, including large-scale missions in Africa, the UN is short of troops, military equipment, funds, and most importantly the political will of member states....
Focus on Rights
  A poignant story of injustice
  By Kishali Pinto Jayawardena

My last recollection of Gerald Perera at a group discussion bringing together victims of human rights violations as well as human rights defenders and lawyers in Ja-ela in 2003 is still vivid in my mind. He was a quiet if not self effacing man, measured in his talk and catapulted out of a matter-of-fact life by a string of extraordinary events that offer a superbly apt example for much that is wrong in Sri Lanka today.

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