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Sunday April 13, 2008
Vol. 42 - No 46
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Political Column
  Rice from moon for new sunrise
  By Our Political Editor
  It seems a strange co-incidence. Leaders of different political hues are trapped in crisis of disturbing proportions as another national New Year dawns today. For the Government and its leaders, the woes are too many. Mounting living costs brought in gloom for most homes this week. Shops and markets drew smaller crowds.
5th Column
  Alas! His manner bespoke his fate; even the air ......
  By Rypvanwinkle

My Dear Wimal sahodaraya,

Situation Report
  Jeyaraj: Probe on who failed and what next
  By Iqbal Athas
A man, not more than 35 years in age, hovered around the Kanthi Playground at Weliweriya from the early hours of last Sunday. He wore a black T-shirt and a black "three quarter" shorts. Around 7.45 a.m. when Highways Minister and Chief Government Whip, Jeyaraj Fernandopulle was flagging off a marathon race, he moved from behind and detonated explosives reportedly strapped to his waist.
Thoughts from London
  Europe and the Human Rights cover-up
  By Neville de Silva
  Western nations have and continue to slate Sri Lanka on its human rights record. If Sri Lanka is guilty of human rights abuses-and there appears to be sufficient evidence that its record is not as clean as authorities claim it is- it is only right and prper that the country is put under the spotlight so that it mends its ways.
The Economic Analysis
  Should we eat more rice or wheat?
  By the Economist
  The National New Year is a festive time for eating, visiting, rabban playing, singing, and dancing. These festivities are also a celebration of the harvesting of paddy. The food and sweetmeats at this festive time are mostly rice-based as the traditions date back to a time long before the importation of wheat flour into the country. Therefore there is no need to urge people to eat rice and not wheat during these celebrations.
Inside the Glass House
  By Thalif Deen at the united nations
  Rising food prices: We are all in deep trouble
When a faltering UNP government removed the rice subsidy back in August 1953, the resulting steep increase in the price of the country's staple food triggered demonstrations and mass work stoppages in Colombo forcing then Prime Minister Dudley Senanayake to resign. Rice was politics in Sri Lanka (even when the country was known as Ceylon), and perhaps continues to be so even now. The moral of the story is that if you hit people where it hurts them most -- in their empty stomachs -- they can react violently.
Focus on Rights
  The cat Act and its mockery thereof
  By Kishali Pinto Jayawardena

It may be considered as slightly inappopriate in ostensibly festive times to dwell on something so off-putting as torture. Yet, this is the reality in Sri Lanka. In macabre juxtaposition to the hotels advertising their customary Avurudu sprees and the shops being crammed with shoppers, there are no celebrations for the families of those caught in last Sunday's .....

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