President Mahinda Rajapaksa arriving at the parliament complex on Thursday to deliver his government’s budget for next year. He was accompanied by non-cabinet Finance Minister Ranjith Siyambalapitiya. Pic by Shantha Ratnayake
The Tiger countdown to “Maveerar” Day
-Situation Report
By Iqbal Athas

The opportunity of announcing to the nation the accomplishment of main objectives of ongoing military offensives in the Wanni eluded President Mahinda Rajapaksa, Commander-in-Chief of the armed forces, for a second year in succession.

Lanka's economy heads for disaster
Political Column

Thursday's budget overshadowed other events to become the focal point of attention for Sri Lankans in all lifestyles. This is notwithstanding the remarkable victory of Barack Hussein Obama at US presidential elections on Tuesday.

Obama vows to confront economic crisis head on
CHICAGO, Saturday (AFP) -US President-elect Barack Obama has promised to act “swiftly” as soon as he takes office to confront the economic crisis head on, during his first news conference since his historic election..
Emerging talent
“I could get a decent sound from any instrument even if I manage to figure out the scale on it. That's all I do," said the very talented, young, multi-instrumentalist, Billy Fernando, modestly.
‘Asnara Village’ : a base for excursions

Habarana being the central spot in the Cultural Triangle, travellers from East, Central and North Central Provinces crosses to various parts of Sri Lanka such as Trincomalee, Batticaloa, Polonaruwa, Anuradhapura and to Kandy.

Study part-time at APIIT and move with the times

Gone are the days when one thought of finishing education to start working. Today, by necessity, education is life-long. Some of us may finish university education before looking for a job; others may join the workforce before going to the university. It's our choice.

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Crisis over oil hedging deals
Two separate oil hedging deals between the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC) and Standard Chartered Bank (SCB) and CitiBank have gone wrong and about US$ 30 million was not paid by the CPC when the deadline (for the October payment) ended on Friday, informed sources said.
Price hikes on scores of items soon

A range of taxes announced in Thursday’s budget proposals will lead to price increases on a variety of essential items, an investigation by The Sunday Times has revealed. The tax increase, which will see a further escalation in the cost of living, will lead to price hikes on milk powder, dhal, onions, potatoes, sugar, wheat flour, clothing, fans, television sets and school stationery.

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CPC pours out its troubles
Karuna gets Army to screen cadres
Tea brokers await bailout money
Kandy kidnap: Boy rescued in ten-hour police operation
Ministry refuses to recognise Trinity principal’s signature
Global meltdown hits Puttalam factory: 350 workers lose jobs
Lanka in Obama era

If there is one event that grabbed the attention of the world this week, it was the US Presidential elections. If, as they say, the US remains, arguably, the single world superpower, and therefore, dictates the destinies of the world, and if hence, the people of the world were also entitled to vote, the victory of Barack Obama would have been even more resounding than it was.

Little Jony's deadly mission
It is a small, innocuous-looking wooden box. It could very well pass off as a toy where children hoard seeds or poor women their scraps of jewellery. But for anyone who comes into contact with this box, it turns out to be a scourge leaving lives shattered.
CPC in debt upto $20 mln a month

While consumers and markets cheer the fall in fuel prices as a budget proposal, the government is seriously considering defaulting on the costly payment under the controversial oil hedging deal with Standard Chartered Bank – because the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC) can’t afford it anymore, informed sources said..

Another SLC-players clash brewing
It looks another split between the players and the Sri Lanka Cricket Management is brewing. At a recent press conference the SLC Interim Committee Chairman Arjuna Ranatunga
The supremacy of the sea
Lakkanna Dandanayake, the Governor of Madhura was a person who bore the epithet, 'The Lord of the Southern Sea.' He is supposed to have taken tribute from Lanka. An inscription written in 1440 AD, bears witness to this fact.
Latest News November 9 - 15
India to send 2000 tons of relief aid: ICRC to take charge of distribution
Air Force jets engage senior LTTE leaders' command centre
Bus fares to be reduced soon
BUDGET WRAP - Consumer-friendly budget presented, fuel prices down, relief on power, water
Three LTTE cadres arrested in Kahawatta, Ratnapura
Colombo stocks close easier
Two children injured in shooting incident
Mihin, Weerawila Airport, Ranaviru Gammanaya gets large allocations
Budget highlights 2009
Mixed reactions to Budget
JVP to vote against the Budget
Colombo indices fall in line with regional markets
Lankan cricketers answer accusations
Haul of weapons found in Thalladi, Batticaloa
Two Home Guards and policeman killed in Mahaoya
Buses back to Galle Road, after court ruling?
Twin air strikes on LTTE targets in Kilinochchi: Air force
Colombo stocks rise on thin volumes
Govt rules out cease-fire with LTTE
Body found on Bambalapitiya beach
Colombo stocks end easier
Two TMVP cadres killed in suspected LTTE attack
Political interference sparks of private bus strike in Puttalam
Colombo indices up but cannot sustain momentum
"I may be killed for revealing the 'real situation' ": Mangala tells House
Three doctors injured in accident
Two high frequency transmission receivers found
Monk abducted from hermitage in Kudumbigala, Ampara
Tamil Nadu assembly resolution calls for immediate ceasefire
English teacher among 3 LTTE cadres arrested
Missing monk found in Okanda, Ampara
US Ast. Trade Rep. for South Asia visits Trinco port
Colombo stocks fall after decent start
Three children abducted in Panadura, parents claim
Artistes hold Adhistana pooja in reaction to Indian protests
Dialog results drag down Colombo stocks
Two more TMVP cadres killed by LTTE infiltrators
Pilliyan's Private secretary shot dead in Athurugriya
Stay order on new TV regulations
Colombo indices slide on Dialog results shock
Photograph of suicide bomber involved in Maj Gen (Retired) Janaka Perera released
Troops capture Pooneryn completely
President tells Prabhakaran to lay down arms
Budget passed with majority
:: Financial Times
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Crisis over oil hedging deals
Price hikes on scores of items soon
CPC pours out its troubles
Karuna gets Army to screen cadres
Tea brokers await bailout money
Kandy kidnap: Boy rescued in ten-hour police operation
Ministry refuses to recognise Trinity principal’s signature
Global meltdown hits Puttalam factory: 350 workers lose jobs
Melamine net widens to fish feed also
Live telecast on new media rules cropped
Woman found guilty of stealing sister’s Kuwait compensation
Fuel price cut insufficient to reduce fares – operators
Embilitiya paper factory staff without pay; mills remain closed
ICRC will distribute Indian aid
L.C. Seneviratne felicitation at Cinnamon Grand
Monsoon adds to woes of Wanni displaced
Oddd and Ends
Ranil reiterates UNP stand on terrorism
Lanka signs MoU with UN for slum upgrading
Eppawala project may draw criticism again
Promises not kept in Budget, say public sector unions
The ordeals of the farmer
Drunken cops assault 17-year-old student
:: TV Times
‘Asnara Village’ : a base for excursions
‘Arungal’ tackles a novel theme
Indika enters cinema from Engineering
American Beauty’ to highlight family life
“Lovers on the Bridge” meet at AF
‘Cherrio Sergeant" in Ranpokunagama
Kiran banks on new faces
Galle Film Fest fundraiser ends with 'Colours of Passion'
‘Famous five’ from Torana
Read and win with ‘Sizzling Sea Food Promotion’ at MLH
Old Thomians in a Grand Bust up
‘Symphony’ caters to music loving public
Punsiri’s ‘Suba Kiya’ on CD
TV Times - Cover of the week
:: Education
Study part-time at APIIT and move with the times
Quality Design Education right here in Colombo
"American Education brings the World together"
Oxford College of Business emerges on top
The art of becoming a postgraduate
AIT - Doctor of Business Administration Program in Sri Lanka
Nurses are in great demand in Australia
MATRIX Trusted for BCS and BIT in Sri Lanka
Why work experience is important for Business School
Gateway to Australia
"Mind Probe 2008", by Ananda College Quiz Club
Northumbria University provides degree pathways for local institutions
CPC in debt upto $20 mln a month
Foreign Minister to hold talks with ambassadors to push tea exports
LMSL - JKH probe by CID continues
Harry's attempt to appoint wife foiled - Stassens saga
AMW to fast-track projects
Cosy budget as losses mount at CPC
Is greed or stupidity the cause of the world's financial crisis ?
IMF commends Sri Lanka, stresses need to tackle inflation, other risks
Chillies strapped for cash
SriLankan Cares begins Rs. 51 mln school project in Hambantota
Drop in Indian tourists - Ministry
Some consumer benefits but serious issues linger
Budget not defending country from global economic crisis, say professionals and exporters
Japanese grant for women in North-East underutilised due to conflict
Entrepreneurship most vital part of social enterprises
Garment sector breaks trends: brings work to the village
Hayleys profits hit by tough business conditions
Garment industry expected to get smaller next year
Aitken Spence results weakened by tourism, boosted by transport
CCC to enhance trade with Jordan, Kuwait
First time participant ICTA bags unique Infotel award
Durdans new hospital to open in end 2009
CMC to issue trade licences in 25 days
Sri Lanka, low risk, but still vulnerable to faster HIV/AIDS growth
New venture to develop high tech software for mobile communication
SML appoints Sumedha Fernando as Director Marketing
Sri Lanka to sign international cybercrime prevention convention
The Reggies Ad awards now in its 5th year
LMS Oil Tank Farm operates at snails pace
Keells hotels unveils new career website
Domestic producers to gain; defence spending on the rise
CCI says budget broadbased
Software industry invests in new talent
The global crisis, tea and the Sri Lankan economy
Making fraud legal
Sri Lanka will face latest impact of global crisis
No significant direct impact on economy from global crisis
SEC looks into fund managers
Exterminator celebrates 10 years in business
CIMA flexible payment plans expands with HSBC
LOLC firm not yet CB approved - Clarification
CB to ‘bogus’ finance Cos. : Pay up or face stern action
Haycarb compelled to import charcoal
Anniversary bash at Jetwing Vil Uyana
NTB deposits, loans higher than industry trends in 9-mths to Sept.
Golden Key software wins medal
Sri Lanka wins bid to hold international chamber conference here
Hayleys MGT’s 1H profit dips despite revenue growth
Gem sector to reach US$ 1 bln export earnings in 2010-Minister

Another SLC-players clash brewing
Gilly, your true colours are showing
One person is responsible for the mire says former national selector
Under 19 Cricket - Royal rout St Sebastian’s
Living to fight another day
Viewed nose Bauer in Melbourne
Degeneration!-Letters to the Sports Editor
Shreya Ghei of India wins the Sri Lanka Ladies title
Another trip instead
Musaeus takes overall lead
Under 17 Div 2 Final -Royal ‘B’ clinch Div. Two title
Trinity fight back to hold Ananda at Asgiriya
83rd National Boxing Championships- Army retains title
The supremacy of the sea - Mahavamsa
Maintaining the highest standards - Our Heritage
Frankenstein - A Poem for the week
A Family of Crows
Barack Obama wins the Presidency!
:: International
Obama vows to confront economic crisis head on
Inauguration night to echo with the words of Lincoln
India dissents from Obamania sweeping the world
50 dead in Haitian grade school collapse
Palestinian state coming soon, says Rice
Iraqi forces kill senior al Qaeda leader - U.S.
Madonna says it's time US says “I do” to gay marriage
Palin fires back at leaks questioning her smarts
:: Mirror
A new leaf
Humanity's progress and its changing course
Cyber Vision at St. Sebastian's College
Complete laugh riot
For quizzical minds
Vibrant performance
Model of the week
Mourners attend private Hudson family funeral
Emerging talent
Little Jony's deadly mission
Shoddy CMC services driving rate-payers up the wall - Letter to the Editor
Serendipitous choice of date for launch of 2009 literary festival - Letter to the Editor
A prayer that Obama will sort out Middle East problem - Letter to the Editor
Fight to uphold press freedom goes on - Letter to the Editor
Humility was late leader’s most endearing quality - Appreciation
Loyal to principles and friends - Appreciation
Remembering a fun classmate and jewel of a friend - Appreciation
Master, the music you left us speaks for itself - Appreciation
In memory of Father, greatly missed- Appreciation
Getting to know the Kaffirs through music and dance
Coins and notes in Sallay’s words
In a land of spirituality
Inspired performance under a baton of discipline
Norway and Sri Lanka in fusion of music and dance
Making his own mark with landmarks
All about curating
An exhibition tracing the German connection
To separate or not?
Elegance and passion always on the menu
It’s Kottu with a Hilton touch
Colourful canvas to brighten young lives
Political Column
Lanka's economy heads for disaster
5th Column
Yes we can! Let’s lead the way to shun all modern inconveniences!
Situation Report
The Tiger countdown to “Maveerar” Day
Thoughts from London
When the party is over
The Economic Analysis
Budget 2009: Not different to the rest
Focus on Rights
Inside the glass house
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