Air Force personnel trained in commando warfare patrolling the terrorist-infested jungles in Morawewa yesterday. Pic. Sanka Vidanagama
LTTE resorts to gas warfare as fighting escalates
-Situation Report By Iqbal Athas

Weeks ago, troop carrier Jetliner was heading to Trincomalee from Kankesanthurai (KKS) with a complement of some 2200 officers and men. They had begun the voyage at 1 p.m. from KKS and were only some two hours away from the Navy's eastern area headquarters in the Dockyard.

Ties with India on tightrope
Political Column

The scenario was all too reminiscent of the events between May to June 1987. Then the Army had launched "Operation Liberation" to regain total control of the Tiger guerrilla-dominated Jaffna peninsula.
The then Indian Prime Minister, Rajiv Gandhi, telephoned the then Sri Lankan President J.R. Jayewardene to warn of the consequences.

Economic crisis: Iceland coming out of cold
When the global financial crisis, which began with the collapse of housing investment banks in the United States, spread to Europe, Iceland was one of the countries that were hit. .
Joys of standardisation
Living in a country where English is not the first language, you may have often heard teachers and elders emphasise the importance of being a capable speaker of English – the international language of business and diplomacy.
‘Akasa Kusum’ blooms in Pusan

Akasa Kusum' (Flowers in the Sky), the latest cinematic direction by the award winning filmmaker Prasanna Vithanage had its international premiere at the Pusan International Film Festival, in Pusan, Korea, last week.

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Troubleshooters to Delhi
President Mahinda Rajapaksa is to send two emissaries to New Delhi this week for high-level talks on matters of concern expressed by the Government of India. It will comprise Presidential Secretary Lalith Weeratunga and presidential advisor Basil Rajapaksa.
Rs. 21b. bailout package if garment industry stripped of GSP+

The government has agreed to an estimated US $ 200 million (Rs.21 billion) 'bailout package' for the garment sector, if the European Union's GSP+ trade concession is not renewed next year, garment exporters said yesterday.

Other News
Karuna pulls ‘puli’ out of party
Odds and Ends
Diplomats sidelined?
Majority of city’s food outlets ‘unhygienic’
Wet weather till Nov. end
Not pooja but prudence

With the advent of the monsoon comes the thunder and rain. Across the narrow Palk Straits, there is more -- political thunder and hot air. (Please see the Political Commentary, alongside).

Erskine Point: Almost a point of no return
Erskine Point would have remained in quiet solitude, if not for an estate worker who took me into his confidence. His great grandfather had worked on the estate of the British planters, of which one had ventured high into the clouds and onto a fearsome ridge. It was also said that at the end of the ridge was an inscription.
Now trouble brewing in Co-op Banks

New legislation, hard on the heels of the Sakvithi financial scam and rising concern about other deposits in unlicensed institutions, is to be introduced to protect depositors in cooperative rural banks, thrift and credit societies and lending institutions.

Lankan cricketers will not change their stance- Pramodya
Upon any development, the thirteen Sri Lankan cricketers who have signed with the IPL and embroiled in a huge controversy that has stirred the entire cricketing world will not budge from their present stance.
The country under one canopy
Time passed. The elder prince was 16 years of age. Venerable Veedagama Thera, got down the prince. The army chiefs were also asked to come to the temple. By this time, the clergy too had lost confidence in Alakeshwara, mainly because he did not belong to the line of rightful kings..
Latest News October 19 - 25
LTTE attack in Yala again
Troops capture part of LTTE’s defence lines in Akkarayankulam
Explosion in Pettah bus stand
Bright side: Global crisis eases inflationary pressures here-CB
Mukherjee accepts invitation to visit Lanka
Lower consumption trends for lubricants-Chevron Lanka
Colombo stocks open lower
Troops carry on mopping operations as casualties mount
Powerful claymore found close to Valachchenai bus stand
Sri Lanka turns down EU probe on GSP
Colombo stock slump continues
PBJ appears in court in LMSL case
Three civilians shot dead in Arasadithivu, Batticaloa
Crude oil pegged at $69.03
Colombo stocks see selling by retailers
Trains delayed due to signal problems
Sri Lanka will not bow down to pressure: Bogollagama
Lankan court to hear evidence from the US via video conferencing
Four arrested with Heroin packets in Trinco
Troops brave heavy rains to carry on operations
Retailers panic at Colombo bourse
Tree falls on crowded bus, driver's skills save passengers
Kalutara district going under water, landslides likely
National Thoroughfares Bill passed amidst protest by Opposition MPs
Noise Pollution Regulation amended 33 times: Environment Minister
LTTE calls on India to lift the ban
Suicide attack on two merchant ships off KKS harbour
India launches moon mission
Sri Lanka takes historic step in evidence thro’ video conferencing
No new investment at Colombo bourse
Colombo stocks ease on high turnover
Fresh guidelines for finance cos’ from Central Bank
Rugby Selection Committee fired
Argument ensues in parliament over P. Chandrasekaran's comments
Police releases pictures of four missing persons
Cement and food s were on the ships which came under attack: Minister Rambukwella
JKH says to go ahead with share repurchase offer
Mukherjee tells Lok Sabha: No military solution to Lanka conflict
RSF ranks Sri Lanka in 165th position on media freedom, but govt rejects report
EPDP calls for hartal in Jaffna over LTTE attacks on merchant ships
India seeks pact with Lanka on fishermen’s licence to Katchathivu
Colombo stocks see some more forced selling
Crude prices continue to slide
Speaker orders probe on IGP’s circular
"Medical staff resolve conflict of ideas, parliament has no solutions", Health minister
Over 75,000 displaced by floods and landslides
SI allegedly involved in fraud on the run - Police
Bogollagama blames CFA for high military expenditure
Blue chips lead free-fall in Colombo stocks
Basil heading to India as scheduled: Bogollagama
Media go barefoot at Wimal-Karuna meeting
'Sakvithi Ranasinghe's' lawyer surrenders to police
Mobs storm Sri Lanka's Deputy High Commissioner's office in Chennai
India does not want refugees from Lanka: Mukherjee
Supporter of Weerwansa's party shot dead by police in Dankotuwa
LTTE cader linked to claymore attack arrested in Wellawatta
Colombo shares firm but trend won’t last
Jayasuriya for HK Sixes
Colombo indices firm on thin volumes
LTTE urges Eastern Tamils to boycott Batti demo
60 km human chain protest underway in Chennai
Rajiv Gandhi's statue in Chennai damaged, Janatha Party office attacked
Premasiri Kemadasa passes away
Blake disputes Rajapaksa formula for war and peace
Kattankudi mosque attacked, four injured
:: Financial Times
:: Plus
Troubleshooters to Delhi
Rs. 21b. bailout package if garment industry stripped of GSP+
Karuna pulls ‘puli’ out of party
Odds and Ends
Diplomats sidelined?
Majority of city’s food outlets ‘unhygienic’
Wet weather till Nov. end
Thalakotuwa Gardens residents take three international schools to court
Sea erosion takes its toll in Marawila
Lankan maids in Qatar jail waiting to go home
Tamil Nadu raises voice for Wanni
Global oil prices drop – but not in Lanka
Vasudeva now takes on TRC
PBJ ends public career, makes second apology to court
Britain welcomes Lanka’s commitment to protect civilians
Job recruiting racketeers make a kill on no-go ban to Iraq
Global meltdown no major crisis for Lanka, says CB
Complaints mount over Daduwam Mudalali
‘I was once so proud of my son’
FM’s Seva Vanitha hijacks tsunami aid
Lanka not an R2P case
:: TV Times
‘Akasa Kusum’ blooms in Pusan
‘MUSIC AND LYRICS’ at Russian Centre
A tribute to late Rukmanie Devi
Ranmin Bungalow For serenity and privacy
‘Nil Ahasa Oba’ on ITN
Sasara Sarani: Damitha’s debut direction
‘A Single Girl’ at Alliance Francaise
‘The Grapes of Wrath’ at AC
‘Benny’ in Town
Oktoberfest at Hilton
Randhir debut with ‘Namal Mitak'
Rocking time with ‘Ronnie and Corrine’ at OTSC
New song:Tribute to Malani
TV Times - Cover of the week
:: Education
The CIM at The Knowledge Factory
DEAKIN green car wins Ford Global Challenge
SIBT: A distinguished option for both Australian and International students
Why English matters
Student recruitments for Staffordshire University through APIIT
ANC bringing the worlds best universities to your doorstep
An interesting and challenging role
The Colombo Business College provides unique opportunities to Lankan students
A huge opportunity for locals
HND's @ ICBT Campus - Fastest pathway to a UK degree….!
Education UK specialist BMS to launch Northumbria Degree in Sri Lanka
Want to be a diplomat?
Acquire right education at the right place
Accelerate your career in accounting and finance with ACCA
Now trouble brewing in Co-op Banks
Bribery Commission summons PBJ over LMSL deal
Asiri Surgical 2nd phase opens in November
SEC probes JKH share transactions after July
Questionable privatizations, says Vasu
Crude oil prices collapse this week
Let the (mobile) games begin!
Strengthen micro finance schemes - Comment
Business schools and the global crisis
BoC to issue debentures
Maximising on the World Bank rankings through process re-organisation and automation
Investors in tea-related BOI project run away with concessions
Business in brief
Appropriation Bill 2008 challenged by public interest activist
Call for accountants to work closely with Central Bank, SEC
DHL to assist government in disaster management
Reforming the Ceylon Electricity Board - Point of View
Regional manufacturers tour Brandix Green Plant
Arpico gets PVC pipes SLS certification
Sri Lanka among largest biscuit consuming countries in Asia
Western culture may have caused sub prime crisis
Sri Lanka at UN World Tourism Day
Lankan garment industry says ‘thank you’ to public officials
Sri Lanka not among countries in debt crisis-World Bank
Colombo Toastmasters’ Speech Craft Programme at MillenniumIT
Reckitt educates on disinfectant shortcomings in Lankan homes
Inflation eases due to restricted money supply, weaker dollar
Vehicles Co-op says no need to register with Central Bank
Colombo Port to transform into a logistics hub
Fitch affirms Merchant Credit of Sri Lanka's rating
BOI-approved ‘Knowledge City’ at Gampaha
HR guru Dave Ulrich in Sri Lanka
Three women elected to Hambantota chamber
Softlogic introduces GREEN IT with DELL
HSBC strengthens capital base of UK subsidiary
Lankan cricketers will not change their stance- Pramodya
THE MORGAN scriptures
Save the game! -- Go provincial
Triumph in the Canadian chill
Doungkeaw swats to make it two
Aussies looking down the barrel
Royal crush Richmond= Under 19 cricket
Dragons could hardly breathe fire
Shehan also equals nine year record
Royal make it four in-a-row
Taiwan stun Sri Lanka
Thora out for the kill
Tale of two instituions
CH no more
The country under one canopy - Mahavamsa
When vandals attacked the Sigiriya frescoes - Our Heritage
My kitten - A Poem for the week
His name is Faith
"Frannie's New Friends" - "Jordan the Jellyfish" Chapter Six
Mini Tennis Championship 2008
Our World
:: International
Massacre of Christians: Orissa's Naveen no better than Gujarat's Modi
Economic crisis: Iceland coming out of cold
Japan beats Iran in race for UN Security Council seat
Sarkozy to call for financial overhaul at summit with Bush
Obama camp sees plot to suppress votes
60 Pak militants killed, hostage escapes
Race and the US presidential race

:: Mirror
Need For Speed
Hunchback hits centre stage
Joys of standardisation
Funny little movie
Thumbing through
Saintly music
Curtain raiser
Ingredients for change
Captivated till the end
A different view of the conflict
The Magi-Comedy is back!
By the feel of it
Erskine Point: Almost a point of no return
Bad times for good luck shell
Opposition's moral liability for the APC - Letter to the Editor
Elephants’ plea - Letter to the Editor
What a pleasant surprise - Letter to the Editor
Fond memories of a beloved cousin and friend - Appreciation
Little flowers bloomed under her guidance - Appreciation
Pushpadana alumni pay tribute to a much-loved principal - Appreciation
Saluting a soldier, politician, diplomat and an aiya - Appreciation
Keeping alive a rich heritage
Virtuosity coupled with versatility
Kala Korner
Inspired by everyday stories of everyday people
Week of Vlaminck’s works
Leading the way in setting standards
A home cum clinic for street dogs
AIDEX sports day: helping hand to Jaipur Foot Programme
Koluu does it again!
Political Column
Ties with India on tightrope
5th Column
The wine and the song, like the seasons have all gone now!
Situation Report
LTTE resorts to gas warfare as fighting escalates
Thoughts from London
Missing the bus on our GSP Plus
The Economic Analysis
Concerns and consequences of the global recession
Not issued with this week
Focus on Rights
Inside the glass house

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