Troops in Akkarayankulam brave heavy rains and soggy terrain as they advance into the LTTE-held territory in the Wanni this week. Pic by Priyantha Hewage
They came, they bombed and they went away
-Situation Report
By Iqbal Athas

Intercepts of coded radio communications between two Tiger guerrilla bases in the north last week baffled Colombo's intelligence community.

Crisis with India defused, but for how long?
Political Column

Sri Lanka's giant neighbour, India blinked this time. If it raved and ranted over the ongoing separatist war and the resultant humanitarian issues in the past weeks, just seven days ago, India seemed to relent.

Waiting for Obama
A fellow traveller, who has been religiously batting for Barack Obama, wrote in this week: "I think through divine intervention, good luck or whatever, Obama has it wrapped up.
Staying Positive
"Be HIV Positive! Positive about HIV Education, Awareness and Support. We must be Positive about educating ourselves on HIV/AIDS, Positive about creating awareness in our communities,
‘Machan’ talks about illegal migration

Winner of Venice Days section of the Venice Film Festival-2008, 'Machan', a real life drama on a group of young Sri Lankans' smart flight to Europe, is now being screened at Regal-

Promoting a non-dogmatic learning environment

Its strength is its diversity for no one nationality dominates. There are Indians, Americans, Japanese, French, Brits-you name it and it is this multi-cultural

More Education

Pre-Budget forex rules stun trade
Less than a week before the Budget, a large number of import curbs by the Central Bank on Friday --- including a 100 percent margin (deposit) on a range of popular consumer items -- to save on dwindling foreign exchange reserves have stunned businesses and could lead to a slowdown in traditional Christmas sales.
Indian aid an “open cheque” for Lanka

India has given an “open cheque” to Sri Lanka as part of its contribution towards the relief programme for the displaced people caught up in the fighting in the Wanni, a senior official said yesterday.

Other News
Conflicting claims over heavy sea battle in north
Radio stations are also to be regulated
CEB in double cross connection
Satellite TVs black out Tamilnadu
Killers on the highway
A change in the Maldives

And so, the curtain falls on President Maumoon Gayoom's 30-year stewardship of the neighbouring Republic of Maldives. This was the first time Mr. Gayoom was challenged at democratic elections, and young political activist, Mohammed Nasheed (41) has emerged the winner from a crop of Opposition politicians who came together with the common aim of deposing him.

The way of Master
A young man walks in with hair dishevelled, shirt hanging out loosely with a ladies’ umbrella in his hand.
No grants but redeemable preference shares

Local exporters using the EU’s GSP+ duty-free export scheme have been told to issue redeemable preference shares in return for government assistance, if the GSP+ is terminated.

Degeneration : Can we stop it ?
Wave after wave is hitting with no apparent respite. Is it a new fanged Tsunami or just another phase of the degeneration of our social structure that is rapidly losing all its moral values?
The influence of the King of Kannadi
In the early part of his rule, even King Parakramabahu VI's kingdom was attacked. That was by the army of the Emperor of Vijayanagar. In our local records, he is described as King Kannadi.
Latest News November 2 - 8
Lakan Astrologers show interests in US elecions
Five killed in road accident in Eppawala
Four persons shot dead in Kalmunai
Lankan businessman says Obama winner - ahead of US poll
No tsunami threat to Sri Lanka: Met Dept
Colombo indices climb; retailers back in the market
Hartal in Kalmunai after deaths of five youth
Colombo stocks gain ahead of budget
Crude prices edge higher this week
AMW moves out of Colombo Stock Exchange
Woman arrested with explosives in Vavuniya
171 SF & Police personnel killed last month: John Seneviratne
SC determines two clauses of the Appropriation Bill inconsistent: Speaker
UNP submits alternate budget proposals
Emergency extended for another month
US elections: Obama wins key state of Pennsylvania
Obama sweeping the polls
McCain takes tally to 64 as Obama leads
Obama wins five more states
Huge win for Obama in Ohio, very close to magic number of 270
Obama wins New Mexico
Iowa goes to Obama, Utah to McCain
Racial wall falls as first Afro American heads for White House
Sri Lanka's response to Obama's victory
Earth tremor damages 4 shops in Chilaw
New Zealand provides $ 500,000 for food aid
Plans to import rice shelved: Bandula Gunawardena
Traffic arrangements during the upcoming budget
Lankan housemaid case in Saudi Arabia postponed
Civilians fleeing LTTE areas rescued by Navy
Colombo stocks gain on better sentiments
Bridge collapses in Karuwalagaswea
Lanka confident of Obama support to counter terrorism: Bogollagama
Colombo stock honeymoon over
Akkarayankulam village captured by Army: Military Spokesman
:: Financial Times
:: Plus
Pre-Budget forex rules stun trade
Indian aid an “open cheque” for Lanka
Conflicting claims over heavy sea battle in north
Radio stations are also to be regulated
CEB in double cross connection
Rupee depreciation seen as temporary, say analysts
Teachers to get big pay increase: Ministry
Fuel prices to be cut only if world prices stabilise
President presents Budget
Paper jam as state factory grinds to a halt
Ministry ‘no’ to new Trinity head
Health Ministry seeks public input in melamine research
Jail for transporting milch cows
Farmers ‘abducted’ in Hambantota
Judge orders trial in absentia in Koneswaram temple murder case
30 Galle Fort houses regain Dutch look
New TV rules not for people but for the Rajapaksas: Opposition
Unauthorised structures: ‘Business as usual’ for suspended CMC
Satellite TVs black out Tamilnadu
Killers on the highway
Rights and freedom for all, no witch-hunt against Gayoom
:: TV Times
Khemadasa-A ‘Master’ by all means…
Nihal continues his Calypso with wider audiences
‘Express Musical Nite’
Kingswood professionals' night 2008
Noorthi Gee in Karaoke
A journey to Hill Country with ‘Udarata Menike’
AMP wins Peoples Award
PAPS banks on quality
Clean and Green record propels ‘Heritance Hotels’ Internationally
‘Machan’ talks about illegal migration
‘Drona’ brings Indian myths to screen
Mama Mia extends screening with record collection
TV Times - Cover of the week
:: Education
USC offers wide range of options
Study part-time at APIIT and move with the times
Be positive in what ever decision you make
A place to become a World Class Marketer!!
CIMA easy payment plan for Standard Chartered credit cardholders
CIMA announces workshop on financial awareness for non finance managers
Making Your Business School application stand out
Introduction to marketing
Nanotechnology in a nutshell
SBS creates professionals
Irantha rides high
CASA to embark on career guidance
Staffordshire University recruitment interviews at APIIT
No grants but redeemable preference shares
LMSL-related bidders make statements to CID
Some tax adjustments seen
Cold Stores to sell bottled water
Maxis considers US$600 mln investments
No-go for Sampath rights issue
Rupee eases, tea-rubber crises averted - Comment
Heading towards a Foreign Exchange Problem?
Corruption and the kassippu industry
Drop in rubber prices will halt before long-RRI
Hayleys gets into oil and gas industry business
Business brief
Coir industry recovers as women find their feet
Al Futtaim comes to JKH rescue in 6-month profit results
New food products from Harischandra Mills amidst record sales
Munchee Lemon Puff back on shelves after Health Ministry clearance
Ceylinco Life’s Life Fund tops Rs 20 bln
Chambers call for public support for President
Eureka’s IT solutions for Asian Cotton Mills
Lanka Orix launches innovative micro finance company
Browns to market eSys Computers, Laptops
UTStarcom downloads next generation Internet technologies into Sri Lanka
Standard Chartered promotes AVIVA’s top Health cover
New report says EU GSP+ benefits not trickling down to workers
Lanka Bell paying customers to use their phones!
KVPL’s 3rd quarter post-tax profit Rs 287 million
SLT leads the way in Asia’s on-line reporting
SEC celebrates 21st anniversary
Ranweli- Where nature beckons
Rupee needs to cross Rs 120 per dollar to jump-start tea exports
Master plan of Water's Edge to be unveiled soon
Strengthening security in city hotels a priority
Rose non-profit international school emphasises holistic education
Dipped Products sees revenues rise

Degeneration : Can we stop it ?
The money rolls in
The act of an official
Arjuna willing to meet the Indians head on
Modi blames Arjuna on IPL issue
Now the rugby selectors resign in just nine days
Kamileen shines in drawn game at Reid Avenue
Lesser known let their punches count
The past cricketers and old boys of Kalutara Vidyalaya
The influence of the King of Kannadi - Mahavamsa
Building an international airport - Our Heritage
The noblest deed - A Poem for the week
"School is Cool" - "Frannie's First Test"
:: International
Obama and McCain in last dash for votes
DRCongo crisis summit agreed as fears grow for civilians
Al-Qaeda propaganda chief killed in Pak strike: Officials
Assam bombings: Indian police question Muslims
Speaker Chatterjee lets his feet speak
Waiting for Obama
The American leader we need
:: Mirror
Playing hard
Staying Positive
Principles of the Internet giants
Music with a contemporary twist
Lankan soars Down-Under
Which road to take?
More than meets the eye
The way of Master
Away from the limelight, the forgotten Vakarai
Don’t forget to remember us pensioners in the budget - Letter to the Editor
There’s a price to pay for an egg a day - Letter to the Editor
Josh – Your mother’s joy - Letter to the Editor
Remembering a reconciler and bishop of the people - Appreciation
Singing the praises of an unforgettable personality - Appreciation
Generations of Royalists will treasure the memory of a mentor - Appreciation
Happy family blessed with a perfect grandmother - Appreciation
Dedicated teacher and social worker - Appreciation
A doctor who was loved for his simplicity and humility - Appreciation
Inspired by an ear-ring
Through the rubble arose strength
A true friend who helps them walk through life
Melamine: Do you know what it is?
SAARC women for Children’s Heart Project
‘Something good’
The young and trendy take the ramp
Political Column
Crisis with India defused, but for how long?
5th Column
Alas! He hath not fed of the dainties of my kingdom!
Situation Report
They came, they bombed and they went away
Thoughts from London
How they come and how they go
The Economic Analysis
The disquietingly growing trade deficit
Focus on Rights

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