Forward March: This picture taken on Wednesday shows soldiers getting ready for the push for Kilinochchi town, the rebels' political stronghold. The security forces are now some 2 kilometres from Kilinochchi town, according to the Army Commander. Pic by Ranjith Jayasundera
Fierce battles rage, flashpoint ahead
-Situation Report
By Iqbal Athas

The Army's 57 Division is still poised to re-capture Kilinochchi, until recent weeks the centre of political power of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).

Govt.- Judiciary sparring hots up
Political Column
He pretended to be looking for someone he knew. However, the staff there believed the suspicious intruder was trying to track down Weliamuna,
Obama says it with flowers on wedding anniversary
White House hopeful Barack Obama brought his motorcade to a halt on Friday to dash out and buy a dozen white roses on his 16th wedding anniversary prior to a "romantic dinner" with wife Michelle.
Breezily luscious
I somehow feel that the best place to have seafood is on the beach, what with the sea breeze, the sand, the sound of the waves crashing, all just a few steps in front of you, and just the right atmosphere on the whole.
Galle Film Festival: Premiere world showcase for Lankan cinema

Sri Lanka and its cinema industry would receive world’s attention with its first ever international film festival 'Galle Film Festival' (GFF) which is to be opened on March 2009

Elections likely in coming year
Further indications that the ruling alliance is preparing for elections emerged as the government allocated a record Rs. 1098 million to the Department of Elections for 2009. The current year’s allocation was only Rs. 284.5 million.
Kilinochchi hospital also moved out

The last government institution in Kilinochchi town – the main hospital – was yesterday being pulled out into a safer area, following approval from Colombo.

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Bank ultimatum for Foreign Ministry: Pay Rs. 46 million taken for tickets
UN seeks more security for food convoys
Troops on the Kilinochchi front
Docs mourn colleague
Vavuniya war hospital has only one surgeon, one anaesthetist
GMOA angered by comments made by minister and SSP
The Tamil Nadu factor

Political parties in the southern state of Tamil Nadu in neighbouring India this week whipped up anti-Sri Lanka sentiment by organising a day-long fast to protest the 'killings of Tamil civilians' in the course of the stepped up military offensive against the LTTE.

Milk under microscope
Milk, cheese, ice cream, yoghurt, chocolates, biscuits, candy and even cereals for babies are all under scrutiny, as fear and concern spread across the world that these products may have been spiked with
PBJ before SC on Oct 8

The Supreme Court, hearing the Lanka Marine Services Ltd (LMSL) case this week ordered former Treasury Secretary Dr.P.B. Jayasundera to appear in court on October 8, and said the CID director should be removed from office for failing to perform his duties.

“Badugate” and spirit of cricket
Now for two years running the Lankan cricketers have been hailed by the ICC – the game’s governing body as the guys who have real passion for the game and yet they play it well within the laws of the game.
The arrival of Veera Alakeshwara
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Latest News October 5 - 11, 2008
Two civilians killed in claymore blast in Anuradhapura district
One killed in accident at Madampe
Explosion in Anuradhapura
Major Gen Janaka Perera among 27 killed, 94 injured
Colombo stocks up, still on speculation of Maskeliya takeover bid
Karuna to be sworn in as UPFA MP
World crude on slippery slope
Colombo stocks mixed as RPC group shares gain
Karuna takes oaths as MP, opposition boycotts
Ranil calls for intrnational probe on Monday's suicide attack
Four bodies found in Horowpathana
Colombo bourse slumps as global markets reel from US crisis
26 victims of Monday's blast identified: Defence
Discussions ongoing on divesting shares in management company - Maskeliya
Karuna to be sworn in as Nation Building minister
Man with heroin nabbed in Wattala
Defeating terrorism should be given priority - Karuna Amman states in his first speech as MP
SLAF Mi24 helicopters engage LTTE positions near Akkarayankulam
Colombo bourse sinks as blue chips take a beating
World crude prices fall further
Emergency passed
Sri Lanka to raise syndicated loan of $300 mln
PBJ to appear before the Supreme Court today
President’s Secretary to retire end-2008
Water’s Edge judgment by Supreme Court today
Colombo stocks open mixed
Suspect arrested in connection with murder of Muslim youth
Supreme Court holds with petitioners in Water’s Edge case
PBJ told to provide affidavit on public office furore
No helicopter to transport body of Maj. Gen. Janaka Perera - Chief Opposition Whip
Speaker wants a national policy to put a stop to liqour use
Second COPE report to be sent to Bribery Commission
Colombo stocks sink on major news developments
Umpires word is law - Chief Justice tells PBJ
Maj. Gen. Janaka Perara's body kept for four hours at Ratmalana - UNP
8 soldiers, 48 LTTE cadres killed in north: MCNS
Colombo stocks ASPI falls before 2,000, first time in more than 2 years
Appropriation Bill for 2009 presented to Parliament today
Rs. 592 spent on exams this year, Rs. 441 million for next year - Dy Education Minister
Air force jets bomb LTTE targets
Colombo stocks - no hope
Minister Maithripala Sirisena escapes suicide bomb attack, deputy minister injured
Colombo stocks gloomy, fall to lowest in nearly 3 years
Crude prices hover at $80 levels
Colombo All Share hits 1900 for the second time in two days
Colombo stocks index falls by over 4%, below 2000 level
Crude prices crash to $70 levels
UPDATED-Colombo stocks see more despair
LTTE Dy Sea Tiger leader killed
Dead body found in Kattankudy
Six-year-old killed in accident in Galewela
SLAF Mi24 helicopters engage earth bund LTTE cadre building
Two buses collide head-on in Bingiriya
TMVP cadre shot dead in Kalavanchikudi
Teacher arrested with book-bomb
:: Financial Times
:: Plus
Elections likely in coming year
Bank ultimatum for Foreign Ministry: Pay Rs. 46 million taken for tickets
UN seeks more security for food convoys
Kilinochchi hospital also moved out
Troops on the Kilinochchi front
Docs mourn colleague
Vavuniya war hospital has only one surgeon, one anaesthetist
GMOA angered by comments made by minister and SSP
Court gets stern with CEB over unrealistic tariffs
Loco drivers strike over suspension
SLPI to hold forum on media’s social responsibilities
Not an ITN official - Right of reply
Grade Six special quota scrapped
Rape of Dahaiyagala sanctuary halted
CJ says demerger ruling based on cultural differences
Jumbo pack forces Sajith to flee
AG hands in retirement papers
Weliamuna attack: BASL wakes up
Sakvithi swindle: The shameful, shocking inside story
Did Dilhani have to die for authorities to take action?
Rage over Rajagiriya land fill-up
Defence ministry gets lion’s share
Terrorism parley in Colombo still uncertain
:: TV Times
Mamma Miya comes to Majestic
Thomian nite in aid of Bishop chapman scholarships
Nalin & Star Combination geared up for the season
Shehan’s ‘Diyakinduri’ on the move
Conrad to rock Galadari
‘The Wizard of Oz’ appears at AC
Sanath released screenplay of ‘Sisila Gini Gani’
‘Hari Apuru Dawasak’ at Elphinstone
Dedunu-Kelum love story in miniscreen
‘Look at me’ at Alliance Francaise
TV Times - Cover of the week
Pizza promo at Galadari
The Best of British at the Echelon Pub
Awards for Travel industry
Galle Film Festival: Premiere world showcase for Lankan cinema
Jayasundara case triggers debate over public officers, advisors
Bandaranayake, Ratnayake watch Singapore races
Police and privatisation
NTB raises Rs. 1bn through debenture
Three Seylan Bank directors resign
Share repurchases need approval
Conduct unbecoming or ‘good’ behaviour? - Comment
Union issues over ‘Garments without Guilt’
Share repurchase under the new Companies Act - Point of View
IPS: Economy performed well but macroeconomic stability weakening
SriLankan Airlines break- even point soon – CEO
Milgro into full cream milk market
Lankaputhra Bank loans for gems, jewellery
FCCISL’s Peace Initiative wins social marketing award at Asian competition
Sri Lankan MIT award recipient proof of power of volunteerism
Enron scam: What they said
The covenant is broken – Wither corporate governance? - Letter
Intangibles at LMSL - Letter
Need for Construction Bank stressed- CCI
UK travel agents see Sri Lanka by air
Standard Chartered launches child care unit
Business in brief
Inflation falls for third consecutive month-DCS
ADB $150 mln loan to revive Khadi industry
Havelock City complex wins Asia Pacific award
Third edition of ‘SLMA Guidelines on Vaccines’ launched
Hayleys represents Sri Lanka in UN’s food crisis forum
Hong Kong-based shipping operator in Lankan JV
Security systems now essential for most Sri Lankan homes
CB warns of future scams
New acting chairman at SriLankan Airlines
Issue over JKH share price
Dialog secures 5 million customers
Habaraduwa Hospital wards refurbished by Pears ‘Safe Hands’
Tilak takes over as AMW chairman
Browns says all sectors did well
CMC provides trade licences in just 25 days in new scheme
Cargills Magic, Cargills KIST and KFC get Halaal Certification
More Ceylinco ‘Pranama’ scholarships for Lanka’s future leaders
Hopefully North will be open for tourism some day -Hayes
Hambantota chamber to mobilize private sector
Chinese, Sri Lankan workers mingle at sprawling Hambantota port site
Mega South Asian apparel conference in November
Central Bank eases conditions on repurchase facility
NDB seeking to expand to Bangladesh
Cathay Pacific opens new arrival lounge at Hong Kong airport
“Badugate” and spirit of cricket
Susanthika wants to become a mom
Selectors have picked the team with the next 20/20 WC in mind -- Mahela
Another tender tantrum rocks hockey and athletics
Charith to the rescue
Sandaru and Nayomi bag under 19 badminton title
Maris Stella makes it three-in-a-row
Sri Rahula struggle for victory
Lanka’s rugby hopes dashed
Vidyartha thwart Kingswood
M.S.A. Hassan - A tribute to a great sportsman
ITF tennis starts tomorrow
Teenager takes Australia apart
Mercantile Athletics on Nov 8-9
Seekkuge Prasanna – from rags to cricket
Aussies prepare meticulously
How to produce a batsman who can play long innings
Structuring Junior Rugby
The arrival of Veera Alakeshwara - Mahavamsa
Our own Army is established - Our Heritage
Moments in the library - A Poem for the week
The fairytale kingdom
Water Babies
"Frannie and the Blowfish"
:: International
Lal Bahadur Shastri: India’s unsung hero
Working women and Palin charade
Rice in India amid nuke pact delays
Obama says it with flowers on wedding anniversary
Bush signs rescue bill but markets slump
O.J. Simpson convicted for kidnap, robbery

:: Mirror
A delicious blend of practicals and theory
Shepherdians’ chorale liveliness
Perfecting the melody of music
For better or for worse – team up
Frustrated food for thought
Breezily luscious
Web marketing Lankan style!
Aspire to break the mould
A tale from underwater
Biz quiz pro’s
Unquestionable champs
Fascinating fiction
Milk under microscope
Our trains and rail system are going backwards, not forwards - Letter to the Editor
Uda Walawe exposé a huge service to the country - Letter to the Editor
Keep the stamp collectors happy - Letter to the Editor
Splendid service for hearing impaired - Letter to the Editor
Distinguished physicist was a great teacher and complete gentleman - Appreciations
Kamal’s love of books enlightened the Malay community - Appreciations
Former Surveyor General would have made an excellent Governor General - Appreciations
To our beautiful Ceylon Rose - Appreciations
Words straight from the head and heart
The fall of Ravana
Making of ‘Machan’: From real life to reel life
A colourful message
World-class Japanese pianist to play here
“I see, I feel, I paint”
Ambassador who had Lankan politics in his blood
Don’t turn a deaf ear on those who want to live in a brighter world
Providing a good education to blind students in your country - Why and how?
It’s time again for the Memory Walk
First Lankan hairdresser to get AQF
A talk on Julia Margaret Cameron
Showing the way to great homes
Political Column
Govt.- Judiciary sparring hots up
5th Column
Trust them to pass the buck and use us as chopping block!
Situation Report
Fierce battles rage, flashpoint ahead
Thoughts from London
Sanctimonious Britain up to its old game
The Economic Analysis
Gamani Corea’s insights and perspectives on economic policy
Not issued with this week
Focus on Rights
Inside the glass house

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