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Sunday May 25, 2008
Vol. 42 - No 52

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Hundreds of motorists thronged petrol sheds last night to pump in petrol at the old price before it shot up by Rs. 30 a litre at the stroke of 12. This was the scene at the Horton Place petrol shed in Colombo. Pic by Gemunu Wellage

Head Line of the week |
Tough visa rule for INGO staff
The Government has introduced tough new conditions on the issue of fresh visas for foreign staff of International nongovernmental organizations (INGOs). A new circular setting out the guidelines has been issued.....
Lankans hit by record fuel price hike
At midnight yesterday, in Sri Lanka’s most dramatic fuel price increases ever, a litre of diesel and petrol went up by Rs. 30 and a litre of kerosene went up by Rs. 10. The price of super diesel and high-octane petrol (95 octane) rose by Rs. 40.


A cry for justice in the face of horror Death of Balraj and its implications
Skyrocketing CoL and a mega fuel price hike Sitting, walking on powderkeg

A walk through Popham’s watte US$900 mln from World Bank

Ask for the Popham Arboretum and most people in Dambulla will shrug their shoulders. But ask for ‘Suddage Watte’ and they will direct you to the man-made jungle just two km from the town on the Kandalama Road. An arboretum (Ruk Gomuwa) is a place where trees are grown ......

The World Bank is due on June 5 to approve its four-year, $900 million-worth, Country Assistance Strategy (CAS) for Sri Lanka which will deal mainly in projects on connecting communities with markets and improving infrastructure. Praful Patel, Regional Vice President, South Asia of the World Bank, who made this announcement on Friday at a ....

He lit a flame that thrilled..... Gates expresses support for....
ICT global leader Bill Gates has expressed his support towards Sri Lanka’s ‘Year of IT’ plan for 2009 during a recent leadership conference held in Indonesia, according to an official communiqué. Gates had also made recommendations to the Sri Lankan delegation on ways of reducing Internet access costs, which he felt ‘was a prime .....
Political Thoughts from London
Shooting ourselves in both feet
Situation Report The Economic Analysis
H D I sluggish despite growth

Easier said than done Cannes critics cool as film .....
This is sheer fact and not mere fiction. First a journalist calls the Chief Executive Officer of Sri Lanka Cricket and inquires about a reported Lankan five-match ODI tour of Pakistan which was going to overlap the current IPL tournament being played in India. Alas! The CEO was oblivious of the whole issue. Ironically there were latter adjustments and a second ......
A lack of memorable movies means the 2008 Cannes film festival has scored poorly among many critics, who argue that after a solid start the main competition faded. Star power was sustained, however, with the red carpet attracting big names like Madonna, Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, Clint Eastwood, Penelope Cruz, Woody Allen, Steven Spielberg and Harrison Ford and sports stars Mike Tyson and Diego Maradona.

Sports Head Line of the week INTERNATIONAL | BOROBUDUR, Indonesia
Kingswood in huge win Java’s Buddhist past in lost......
It was one-way traffic at Mt. Lavinia as the marauding lads from Kandy – Kingswood inflicted a huge 29 points ( 3 goals, a try and a penalty) to 7 points (a goal) defeat on S. Thomas’ in their schools’ segment ‘A’ clash, yesterday. It were the winners who led at 15-0 at breather. The Buddhist temple of Borobudur, set among volcanoes on Indonesia's Java island, stands as a testament to the Buddhist roots of the world's most populous Muslim country. The temple, the world's largest Buddhist monument, was built in the ....

Dodging the thorn among the roses The Javaka Colony
The fact is, given time, of course, there is nothing we humans can't get used to – but that's only if it doesn't kill us first. Take the first year of marriage – they always tell you it's the best. It is also the hardest – that time when you go from being a happily dating couple to actually sharing a bathroom, from eating dinner by candlelight to washing .....
Prince Veerabahu, who was returning after a great victory was received with full honour. The people had lined on either side of the road to cheer. There were shouts of joy. Even carnivals had been held to rejoice. In the palace itself, there was a grand reception held to welcome the army. The king too joined in these celebrations.

‘Kandy View’: For nature lovers
Kandy View Hotel indeed has a bird's eye view to get the best aerial view of the city of Kandy. This four storied property is situated in a magnificent location off Ampitiya Road, and is bordering the eastern part of the Dunumadalawal rain forest off Hantane Reserve. From the roof top restaurant of the Hotel, nature lovers can watch monkeys at close range in the trees at the Dunumadalawal rain forest.

Moving you to previous issue dated May 18, 2008.

Financial Times
Biz brief
SunGard to launch Ambit in Sri Lanka
Virtusa supports Young HR Minds Award 2008
‘Rice Bread’ to tackle food crisis


TV Times
‘The Forbidden Kingdom’: Two Asians in Hollywood box office
‘Kandy View’: For nature lovers
‘Walapatala’: Vijitha weaves a true story
Mettasena writes ‘Paya Enna Hiruse’
CATS sing along
Battle of New Yourk Gangs at AC
Three estranged sisters at Alliance Francaise
Stanley paints a generous man in 'Diya Sithuwam'
Study Cinematography at NFC
Vijaya Corea receives National Honour
‘Dr. Zhivago’ at Russian Centre

‘No time to lose’ after junta okays aid deal
Clinton faces uproar with Kennedy assassination comment
Fury over fuel price increase
Chinese leader says quake death toll may top 80,000
Malaysia calls for calm after ICJ gives islet to Singapore
McCain says fit to run for White House
Cannes critics cool as film competition nears end
Rising food prices: Blame it on oil? No, blame it on Bush
Tibet, quake and the Chinese media
Java’s Buddhist past in lost-and-found temple
Saudi Arabia marks oil’s 75th birthday with boom



The huff, puff and the bluff
His world is in pieces—from sworn enemies to sworn friends!
War on media takes ugly turn
Shooting ourselves in both feet
H D I sluggish despite growth
Human rights and wrongs
Tough visa rule for INGO staff
EU may revive anti-Sri Lanka resolution
Two bus bombs defused
Valuable items stolen from late journalist’s house
Trinity College goes to court in land dispute
EPC’s first meeting fixed for June 4
Kerosene carying cart..... - Picture story
Senior police officer gets DIG rank following petition
Couple and unborn infant die in road accident
We will support Government to retain GSP+: UNP
Charges to be filed against UK-based LTTEers
Disciplinary probe against Mangala put off indefinitely
Sri Lanka in line for $100m. food-crisis loan
Death of Balraj and its implications
101 but out: Heavy lobbying comes to naught at UN
Rebel group turns down JVP invitation
Piliyandala bus bomb suspect escapes

Kingswood in huge win
Close call for Trinity
Royalist Mowjood reclaims territory
Maharagama boys take on Aussies

Letters to the editor
  The Eternal Guide
  Politicians should be made to feel the cost-of-living pinch
  The tricks of the medical trade
  Norman Gunewardene
  B. H. S. Jayewardene
  Charmina Molligode Kaduruwane
  A walk through Popham's watte
  Reaching out to each other behind the bars
  Indonesia: Away from home in little known islands in the sun
  He lit a flame that thrilled audiences through the ages
  Passengers lost in absurdist train journey to Bandarawela
  Old and contemporary sit side by side together
  Taking English to far-flung places
  Tibet of my youthful dreams
  Buddha images and their significance
  Seeking answers in molecules
  Love and be loved - In memory of Manik Sandrasagra
  Sri Lankan writer bags top literary prize - The Lost Dog by Michelle de Kretser
  Down Under Lankans down but not out - The Villawood Express by Samantha Sirimanne Hyde
  Different clicks from behind the lens
  Man behind those lilting melodies no more - Kala Korner
  Ravana regained
  Old and new: A wonderful mix
People and events
  Cakes of many designs
  Sing-along with the Gypsies
  Visakha fund raising dinner dance
  Josephian Ball 2008
  Groovy nights and new menus






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