Several small-time businessmen from Colombo have stormed the sidewalks of Jaffna town with their merchandise as business flourished in the peninsula ahead of the Deepavali festival tomorrow. Traders paid Rs. 20,000 each for a return air ticket to Jaffna.
New enemy - the raging monsoon
-Situation Report
By Iqbal Athas

Besides confronting Tiger guerrillas, troops in the battlefields of Wanni have come up against another formidable "enemy," the incessant rains, with the northeast monsoon in full swing.

Basil to mend India ties as Bogols blunders
Political Column

It seemed a case of the tail wagging the head. In Chennai, a smaller crowd of demonstrators burnt an effigy of Tiger guerrilla leader Velupillai Prabhakaran.

Women and the American Presidential Campaign
Barack Obama and John McCain are the two contenders in America's presidential election this year, but the campaign has also been dominated by two very different women, Hillary Clinton and Sarah Palin.
Clouding the information highway
Just ten years ago, most people did not have mobile phones or computers and broadband Internet was almost unheard of. Yet today
Resurrection of legends of Sri Lankan Pop

‘Legends of Sri Lankan Pop’, spectacular star studded Concert will come alive at The BMICH on November 11.

Truly "an international learning environment"

NUS- the National University of Singapore is the country's flagship university with a proud history of over 100 years.

More Education

Basil goes to India with bagful of documents
A special emissary of President Mahinda Rajapaksa is to assure the Government of India that adequate food supplies are available for civilians in the war-torn Wanni.
No time to debate 21 ministries in next year’s Budget

Parliament’s inability to find time to debate all the 50 different ministries has resulted in both the Government and Opposition agreeing to have a Standing Committee to debate 21 of them, and only the balance taken up during the Budget debate.

Other News
JVP rejects President’s invite to talks
Beware of Chinese egg powder products
Rains continue, 120,000 displaced
Hands off Lanka: Indian columnist
Media freedom is your freedom

This week, the main associations representing the publishers, editors, working journalists and media activists came together to mark the 10th anniversary of the Colombo Declaration on Media Freedom and Social Responsibility.

The many ills of a little pill
A quality failure, a drug is withdrawn from the state and private sectors but doctors are concerned not only whether there has been adequate “transparency” in letting people know about the issue but also whether the efficacy of the substitute is any better.
LMSL - land clearly belonged to SLPA

The minutes of two board meetings of the Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA), a respondent in the Lanka Marine Services Limited (LMSL) fundamental rights petition case, reveal that the then SLPA Chairman Parakrama Dissanayake had been pressurized by certain persons into signing the privatization agreement.

Lost our way in cricket!
A human going back on his words is not a new phenomenon. However, the consequences of it could be devastating.
Chinese relations

The details relating to the early life of Parakramabahu VI, that are available locally, are not quite clear. There are a few descriptions in the Chinese sources too.

Latest News October 26 - November 1
Sri Lanka agrees on Indian medical aid to Wanni
India to send 800 tonnes of relief material to north
India and Sri Lanka reach agreement on resolving problems of fishermen
Karunanidhi withdraws pullout threat from Govt
Stock markets, banks closed due to Deepavali holiday
Three STF members injured in grenade attack in Batticaloa
Four TMVP caders kileld, 5 missing after LTTE attack in Batticaloa
Milanka index falls below 2,000, first time in 4 years
Two pistols found in UN agency office premises in Mannar
Indices fall sharply at Colombo bourse
TULF leader calls Karunanidhi to mediate
Unidentified man fires at doctors vehicle in H'tota
LTTE air strike in Mannar and Colombo: Military
Gayoom defeated in Presidential elections
Kelanitissa employee killed in air stirke
Colombo shares gain up but won’t last
Kelanitissa employee killed due to shock
Sampath Bank shareholders reject rights issue
Army captures Jayapuram
Two soldiers killed in wild elephant attack
Colombo stocks keep upward momentum
CMC suspended, special commissioner appointed
Troops take Nachchikuda
Crude prices sink to 19-mth low
Teachers sick note campaign 60 % successful, Trade Unions
JVP wants full details of Basil's promises made to India
CB allows ‘limited depreciation’ of Rupee
JKH says 6-mth pre-tax profit up 27 %
Colombo stocks surge led by JKH interest
Threewheel driver arrested with grenade inside book
Pilliyan's vehicle fleet involved in accident
UNP leading campaign against TV regulations
SLAF jets engage Soosai's hideout
Minister Yapa defends new regulations covering TV stations
Train and Navy truck collide in Boossa
Gas prices to come down at midnight
Pettah printing press on fire
Navy - LTTE clash off Nagarkovil
Sixty injured in Aranayaka bus accident
:: Financial Times
:: Plus
Basil goes to India with bagful of documents
No time to debate 21 ministries in next year’s Budget
JVP rejects President’s invite to talks
Beware of Chinese egg powder products
Rains continue, 120,000 displaced
Hands off Lanka: Indian columnist
UN fears Wanni crisis worsening
GSP+ bailout package gives only temporary relief, says industry
A political solution now will further isolate LTTE: US envoy
Seatbelts compulsory under the new law
Floods force over 120,000 into temporary shelters
Puttalam district is one of the worst hit
10 years on: Successes and challenges
Question marks over A/L answer scripts
Ratgama residents want ward for monks and a new hospital
Harry stalled again in Commercial Bank takeover bid
Only transfers and dismissals in scam at Sethsiripaya site
Complaint of assault of mother and daughter
Global meltdown may affect Budget estimates - CB Governor
Report ready on failed finance companies
Odds and Ends
FRAUD: Postal dept. loses Rs. 30 million
Law and order crisis: Bishop sees solution in 17th Amendment
India’s response ethically, morally, politically wrong
:: TV Times
Galle goes gala to raise funds for maiden film Fest
‘Max Payne’ at Liberty
‘The Great Gatsby’ in town
‘Housewarming’ at AF
Anura’s notations for 300 songs
GDL back on stage with ‘Thotupola’
‘Isuru Bawana’ miniplay on Rupavahini
French smiles at Amaya Hills
Traditional Cake mix at GOH
British High Commissioner visits Club Hotel Dolphin
Crabs galore at ‘The COMMONS’
Resurrection of legends of Sri Lankan Pop
No dance for Thomians this years
Marians go Unpluuged for visually handicapped
TV Times - Cover of the week
The Hut re-awakens for Halloween
:: Education
Truly "an international learning environment"
SIBT: A distinguished option for both Australian and International students
Top UK MBA from SLIM
Americans are far ahead
A unique academic link initiated
Training on presentation skills for Royal College students by Serendib Toastmasters Club
Why should you join the ITS?
Sri Lankan higher education sector is about to experience an amazing inspiration in the form of "Dynamix"
Cracking the GMAT
The reality TV show with a difference
UNIVERSITY OF WALES (UOW) MBA designed to produce true leaders
ICBT Campus launches BTEC Edexcel HND in Engineering
LMSL-land clearly belonged to SLPA
Sampath says capital adequacy enough
EU probe begins on Lanka’s GSP+
JKH share falls on rumours, foreign selling
Best times still ahead for investors in capital markets
Crude oil hits lowest in two years
Hard times for coir workers
Garment crisis, JKH on the hop
Revival: “We can do it”- Meegoda
Global crisis will take a minimum of 12 to 15 months to stabilise
PBJ affidavit to be accepted once all letters are filed-Court
Adverse comments against judiciary may be to stifle its independence
Cargills using Jayasuriya to woo public support for its products
Brandix takes Gold at National Cleaner Production Awards
Domestic workers in local households push for rights
Regional business leaders to meet at BPA AGM
Chairman and CEO must be two separate posts
Sri Lankan psychologists come together to form asssociation
Commercial Bank in world’s top 1000 banks
BOI promoting regional development
Sri Lanka takes historic step in evidence through video conferencing
Seylan Merchant Leasing’s deposit base tops Rs 1.5 billion
Lower consumption of lubricants-Chevron Lanka
Voice-based phone directory from Suntel
Colombo, Gampaha and Kalutara most competitive Sri Lankan cities
58% of low grown teas unsold at auctions this week
HSBC unveils world’s longest golf cart
Garment factory closures points to unviable industry-report
Arab airlines urged to focus on efficiency
Abdul Rahims – 136 years of trading
Dave Ulrich’s ‘Future Proof Your HR’ draws crowds to Water’s Edge
Sparks fly at SPAACS launch
Harry J-controlled parties restricted to 10% on ComBank voting
Veteran insurance consultant urges Code of Conduct for insurance
Onus on defendant to begin case under Debt Recovery laws
Renton to spearhead World Bank tourism project
Lankan banker wins ‘Woman of the Year in Finance’
Minimum wage for workers under consideration – outgoing EFC Chairman
Financial scandals : Who takes responsibility?
ADB, Sri Lanka agree on partnership strategy
JKH: Treatment of LMSL Land
Sri Lankan Actuaries form professional body
US$150 mln rescue package to tackle loss of GSP+ benefit
Interest rates to come down
Security experts stress importance of private security agencies
Lost our way in cricket!
Malinga to finally get full contract
Disgruntled players protest to the minister
35th Royal-Thomian regatta Thora prevail
A salute to ‘Gamma’
Fancied teams advance to Cup quarter finals
Super 16 soccer sevens on Nov. 1
National athletes remanded further
Opportunities good; opportunities lost and rugby in Sri Lanka
The Kangaroo plight
Sri Lanka – Russia Boxing Dual Meet , Saman’s surprise punch
Ananda emerge Champions in U-10 Badminton Tournament
Politics and sports don’t mix - Opatha
Chinese relations - Mahavamsa
Solution to a prolonged problem - Our Heritage
School after school - A Poem for the week
Funday Times-Sisu Udana Awards Ceremony
"Frannie's New Friends" - "Frannie's First Test"
:: International
Women and the American Presidential Campaign
Indian nun recounts rape ordeal, demands probe
ASEM leaders urge reforms amid gloom
Sarah Palin a confused beauty queen, says Venezuela’s Chavez
Mother, brother of actress slain
Iraq between US demands and Iranian fears
:: Mirror
Untold story of Ravana
For quizzical minds
The spirit of things
Clouding the information highway
Over cooked
On with the show
Right to electronic piracy?
Taking the lead
Mystical Rose celebrates 10 years
Delight of many layers
The many ills of a little pilll
My inspiration was my first love; European cinema
Waiting with bated breath for more on ill-gotten gains - Letter to the Editor
Learn a little lesson from a great Indian statesman - Letter to the Editor
A great philanthropist, visionary and entrepreneur - Appreciation
Perfect wife to a soldier and diplomat - Appreciation
An Irish Rose whose goodness blessed this country - Appreciation
Birthday remembrance - Appreciation
Say hello to Bee-eaters, Brown flycatchers and Kentish plovers...
From London to Lanka, the life of a centurian
Moved by the flamboyance of the flamenco
Just what the doctor ordered! A wholesome story and abundance of talent
A feast of art and craft comes alive in historic Galle
Our times through the eyes of the young and the old
Light of wisdom over darkness of ignorance - Deepavali falls tomorrow
She’s indeed a world citizen
Basking in Lankan hospitality in Maldives
A Sunday out on a different latitude
Bonsai bonanza
Mighty Jeshan gives weight to Lanka
Political Column
Basil to mend India ties as Bogols blunders
5th Column
You may be in clover—but our memories are still green!
Situation Report
New enemy - the raging monsoon
Thoughts from London
India must act with circumspection not like a bully
The Economic Analysis
Tumbling commodity markets an unexpected bonus?
Focus on Rights
Not issued with this week
Inside the glass house

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