Seeing Christmas stars, a shocked Speaker W.J.M. Lokubandara makes a comment on the measly size of a stringhopper served at the Diyawanna Nattal dinner held on Tuesday at his official residence. Pic by J. Weerasekera

Eelam War IV: Which way the last phase next year?
Situation Report -
By Iqbal Athas
In just three more days, the dawn of 2009, will usher Sri Lanka into a new era though what it portends exactly remains unclear. Throughout the old year, 2008, the ongoing separatist war has remained the major issue to preoccupy the Government and Sri Lankans alike.
Govt. defies SC, what next?
- Political Column
A head-on confrontation between the Government and the Supreme Court over lowering petrol prices became inevitable this week after Ministers agreed there will be no revision. Certainly not for the moment.
Iran encounters Obama
Since its Islamist revolution of 1979, Iran’s hardline leadership has relentlessly painted America as a racist, bloodthirsty power bent on oppressing Muslims worldwide.
A look back at 2008
Another year comes to an end. A very eventful one, with mega movies such as Dark Knight setting new box office records, to India's 9/11,
'Machan’ wins kudos at Kerala
'Machan', Academy nominated filmmaker Ubarto Passilini's Sri Lankan production won the Audience award at the recently held 13th edition of International Film Festival of Kerala.
Academy of Design flies high
british_counsil"Sri Lanka's fashion industry is still at an embryonic stage and I am so privileged to be able to create, re-define and formulate its very future with my contributions.

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TMVP to be disarmed
The Government is to disarm the feuding factions of the Tamil Makkal Viduthalai Pulikal (TMVP). The move, The Sunday Times learns, is prompted by several reasons.
Ceylinco to sell Seylan shares to pay Golden Key depositors
As the Golden Key Credit Card crisis grew, Ceylinco Consolidated Chairman Lalith Kotelawala -- in an unexpected move -- yesterday announced he was divesting the stake of his Ceylinco Group in Seylan Bank,
- Police nab hundreds of drunk drivers, intensify checks
- UNP wants probe on Central Bank
- Govt. may slash petrol price – by Rs. 5
- Sri Lanka caught in Indo-Pak row; Arjuna bowls doosra
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Wars and woes of 2008

As another year winds down, it is perhaps timely to look back and also ponder what lies ahead for us. Clearly, the 'war' in the North-East theatre has been the single-most crucial issue before the country.

Battered by tsunami, now by bureaucracy
They too once had a roof over their heads. But the tsunami snatched away those happy homes, all their hard-earned belongings and even those near and dear to them.
Another CPC scam exposed
Hard on the heels of the oil hedging disaster follows another scandalous project where the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC) entered into a US$1.7 billion refinery expansion with an Iranian company for 50,000 barrels capacity at a cost that is more than twice that of a previous proposal.
Ajantha given the greenlight by Sports Minister
Sri Lanka’s mystery spinner Ajantha Mendis will leave the island tomorrow to join the rest of the squad as an extra player and in all probability will be a part of the action in the second Test which is scheduled to begin in Chittagong, Bangladesh on January 3.
Sri Lanka - In the 16th century
In the latter part of his rule, King Veera Parakramabahu VIII, had divided the Kotte kingdom into four parts. His four sons – Dharma Parakramabahu, Vijayabahu,
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TMVP to be disarmed
Ceylinco to sell Seylan shares to pay Golden Key depositors
Police nab hundreds of drunk drivers, intensify checks
UNP wants probe on Central Bank
Govt. may slash petrol price – by Rs. 5
Sri Lanka caught in Indo-Pak row; Arjuna bowls doosra
Fertiliser prices slashed to help prop tea industry
Lankan doc pleads guilty in US healthcare scam
Prasanna Wickremasuriya new Aviation boss
Alleged plot to attack Katunayake air base
Prabha’s hideouts bombed, says Air Force
Rat fever spreading fast in NW Province
The Sunday Times looks back at major unsolved crimes of 2008
Bribery at CMC reviewed monthly - again
Family killed in car-train crash
UN expert urges Govt. to do more for IDPs
New strategies to tackle economic crisis in 2009
JVP demo urging petrol price reduction
No year-end bonus for some in private sector
C’wealth Terrorism Committee meeting in February
Trinity head’s appointment challenged
Passenger rest at Fort ready in a year
TV Times
‘Machan’ wins kudos at Kerala
‘Ghajini’ comes for Christmas
Kalu’s Hide-away in the jungle
‘Sithaka Mahima’: Salutes war heroes
Family Party with a difference at Palm Beach Hotel
‘Christmas Vacation’ at AC
Galle Face Hotel: The centre of attraction on New Year’s Eve
Another CPC scam exposed
CB on alert on Ceylinco Group’s other finance Cos.
Asoka, Anil to oversee Union Bank affairs
New measures from CB to tackle impending forex crisis
Treasury Secy says followed SC order
Taking CIMA to court
Golden Key: System and investors to blame
Heading off a financial crisis - Comment
Banks in turbulent times - Where are they heading?
Fraud dominates year of mixed fortunes - 2008 Biz Round Up
Microsoft supports education with Innovative Teachers Competition
Gold Medal for ‘Lion’ at World Beer Championship
Ceylinco Finance and Asian Finance merger will help both firms
RPC Group profits up 322 % in 6 months to Sept 2008
Plantations: Facing up to falling prices
Informal sector to grow with recession, increasing income insecurity - ILO
New Year at the Trans Asia ‘Dream Party’
Cinnamon growers turn to ‘God’ to help overcome crisis
Finance companies unlikely to be affected
Famed Sunil Shantha's son setting trends in the US in different sphere
Dilroy and Nizam take Lankan rugby refereeing into the next plane
Bata-The Sunday Times Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year Contests 2009
Foreign players allowed from next club rugby season
Scorer Claude de Silva needs your help!
Hameed Al Husseinie celebrates 125 years
Premier Tier ‘A’ - Match poised for interesting finish at Reid Avenue
Under 19 Cricket - Dinesh steers Ananda to fourth victory
Proteas strike fear in the Kangaroo heart
Premier Tier ‘B’- Air Force fight back
Aney Is It True ?
Sri Lanka - In the 16th century - Mahavamsa
When bus services were nationalised - Our Heritage
The Person of the Year is…
Winter Celebrations
Before the dawn of Christmas - Poem for the week
A visit to a Sea Turtle Sanctuary and Research Centre
Iran encounters Obama
The New Age divide
Academy of Design flies high
NDSU gives Sri Lankan doctoral student the chance to make a difference
Foreign Students pour back into U.S.
Special programmes of study at Gateway for students awaiting OL results
Globalization means Business without boundaries
ACCA:A professional qualification and a UK degree in just 2½ years
After O/Ls Join ABS for CIMA
USMLE - The Gateway for Sri Lankan doctors to practice in the USA.
Pathbreakers Season 2 - Aspirations Conquest " Grand showdown" today
Workshop for potential marketers
Battered by tsunami, now by bureaucracy
Simple lines that paint a vivid and varied life
Magical and colourful, this book is a celebration of difference
Another fantastic journey from Sanjeewa
Much more than a literary adventure
Haddai exclusive for the fashion conscious
A’pura Renal Care Unit needs a theatre
First Lankan to be elected Deputy Chairman of RCS
Dr. Sudath Kumarasinghe Memorial Oration
Book launch
How I survived the tsunami
A lifeline from Verugal for water-starved tsunami survivors
It’s up to you
Train of Brotherhood building bridges between north and south
Political Column
Govt. defies SC, what next?
5th Column
The last cricket song has been sung, and dissipated all their ‘blues’!
Situation Report
Eelam War IV: Which way the last phase next year?
Thoughts from London
Raman’s war and his historical analogies
The Economic Analysis
End of a turbulent year for the economy
Inside the glass house
Winner takes all
A look back at 2008
Being the change
Leatherheads (2008)
Musical evening for a cause
Being happy
Metal for the season
Outlet for creative energy

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