Though the thrust of the fighting between security forces and the LTTE is in the Mullaitivu district, troops are on alert elsewhere for LTTE cadres. Two LTTE cadres hiding in the jungles close to Aravi Aru in the Mannar district with a haul of weapons were confronted and one of them was killed. Soldiers are seen removing his body to the main road. Pic by Priyantha Hewage.

Rajapaksa rides high, victory is nigh
Political Column
Six decades and a year after nationhood, it was an epochal week for Sri Lanka in many respects. The piece de resistance was Wednesday's Independence Day celebrations.
The threatening impact of the global recession
The Economic Analysis
The global recession appears to be getting worse rather than better. There are few signs of improvement. What is clear is that it is threatening countries all over the world. Around the world lay offs and closures, bail outs and unemployment are the order of the day.
Now Taleban erasing the Buddhist past of Pakistan
The 200-year old Buddhist heritage in South Western city of Pakistan - Swat, is now in danger with local Taliban militants threatening to destroy the regions one of the precious museums, media reports here said.
Kishani wows Barcelona
She was on the Colombo stage on January 9, dazzling the local audience with her brilliance at a concert for the Sunera Foundation. Now Kishani Jayasinghe has brought pride to Sri Lanka in Barcelona.
A right ding-dong over bell noise
Scottish teachers' union claims PFI schools are installing dangerously loud bells to save money Saved by the bell? Hardly. School bells are now so loud they're damaging pupils and teachers' hearing, a teachers' trade union said recently.

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Russia shoots down move against Lanka
Russia has shot down a proposal by Mexico which called for a briefing to the United Nations Security Council about the situation in Sri Lanka, diplomatic sources said. They said Mexico, which became a member of the Security Council this year, made the request at a closed-door meeting on Thursday, but the move was formally opposed by Russia, which argued that the Sri Lankan issue was not on the agenda of the Council.
SLAF believes Soosai killed in air attack
The military yesterday vowed to maintain the demarcated safe zone for civilians fleeing the fighting in LTTE-held areas, as the security forces were poised to intensify their operations against the last remaining rebel pockets in the Mullaitivu district, Military spokesman Udaya Nanayakkara said.
- Food convoys to Wanni stopped
- Relief Villages for 100,000 displaced people
- Mihin Lanka gets tender blow with mammoty
- The fall of Chalai and the death knell to Sea Tigers
- TNA crisis deepens
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LTTE’s last stand
With the show of military hardware and personnel at this week's Independence Day parade, and the exhibition thereafter in Colombo, one would have wondered as to who was left to do the fighting in the last remaining areas of Mullaitivu.
Straddling two worlds
Tarun Tejpal is the journalistic equivalent of a rock star. The ponytailed, charismatic Editor-in-Chief of the news magazine Tehelka, Tarun is today counted among the subcontinent’s intellectual elite and is one of India’s best known journalists.
Ministerial committee reconvenes on hedging
A high powered committee has been re-activated by the government to commence negotiations and reach a settlement with the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC) and the banks on the oil hedging agreements, The Sunday Times reliably understands.
Can’t bat, can’t bowl... and can’t field too
Early last week while watching that unmerciful ball bashing at the hands of Virendra Sehwag and Yuvraj Singh with a cricket friend of mine we were rather intrigued by the gesture of the latter batsman when he reached his three figure mark.
First Parliament of Independent Sri Lanka is inaugurated

Although Sri Lanka (then known as Ceylon) gained Independence on February 4, 1948, the formal ceremony took place on February 10, when the Duke of Gloucester, representing King George VI of Britain opened the first Parliament of Independent Lanka.

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- Russia shoots down move against Lanka
- Food convoys to Wanni stopped
- Relief Villages for 100,000 displaced people
- Mihin Lanka gets tender blow with mammoty
- SLAF believes Soosai killed in air attack
- TNA crisis deepens
- It’s back to Batticaloa, but not to school
- Ex-sprint queen refuses to join elections race
- Hikkaduwa sorely missing annual wave of visitors
- Sharp drop in Kuwait-bound workers
- Religion not clearly defined in Bill on forcible conversion
- Protest over assault on doctor
- Lankan scientist aims for “zero sludge”
- AG’s office awaits Golden Key lawyers to discuss depositors’ redress
- When old acquaintances meet - Odds and Ends
- The fall of Chalai and the death knell to Sea Tigers
- War within UPFA for Wayamba manapes
- We won’t be fooled this time too, we won’t vote
- Take steps for free and fair polls, Monitors tell all concerned
- Protesting farmers disrupt Chamal Rajapaksa ceremony
- Fresh call for bids for Colombo port terminal
- Station masters to go on 48-hour strike
- Kohangahage pledges to upgrade Dhamma schools
- Opposition insists state media is bound by its own elections coverage guidelines
- Sunken vessel yields 168 year-old soft drinks
- ‘Basil not a green card holder’
- Seminar on challenges facing Muslims
- Chitrasiri J appointed to Court of Appeal
Political Column
Rajapaksa rides high, victory is nigh
5th Column

Give me the freedom to lose, for it shall not be hearts!

The Economic Analysis
The threatening impact of the global recession
Focus on Rights
Inside the glass house
Not issued on this week
- Now Taleban erasing the Buddhist past of Pakistan
- Which way India's post-Mumbai Muslims?
- Australia hit by fire and floods
- Twins escape noose over identity confusion
- Pak militants kill 7 cops
- Obama stimulus bill set for Senate test
- It’s OK to fail: Indian novelist
- Zardari vows to support Kashmiri struggle


- Ministerial committee reconvenes on hedging
- Four foreign firms interested in Lanka Cement
- Water’s Edge facilities to continue sans golf
- IBSL rules to hold auditors responsible
- Export rebate under stimulus package
- Emirates studying options on SriLankan stake
- Dilemma of depositors
- Innovating your way to the top
- Nanotechnology products in three years
- Sri Lankan diaspora investments backed by 100% ‘sinking fund’
- UN provided US $ 125 mln for Lanka’s development in 2008
- Overseas operations cushion Haycarb in 3rd quarter
- Time to apply the ‘Golden Rule’ to Golden Key
- Hayleys MGT’s 3 Q profits fall on low demand
- Fitch upgrades ETI’s National Long-Term Rating
- AATSL’s 2009 Creative Writing Contest
- Upali Consumer Products Ltd appoints distributor for soap
- Flexibility, international experience -- key to attract BPO workers
- Interest subsidy scheme for tea sector enforced
- Host of benefits for Lankans abroad from PB
- MillenniumIT sets up technology platform for Indian commodity exchange
- Dipped Products post-tax profit drops 11% to Rs 304 mln
- CIVIMECH recognised as HVACR Contractor of the year 2008
- Angry depositors pelt stones at Kotelawala's office


- Can’t bat, can’t bowl... and can’t field too
- Sri Lanka takes a tumble
- Watch-out warning sent out to cricketers
- Bandara and Samanmali still the best
- Angelo Perera adds another feather to his cap
- Cricketers at the top just a myth
- Arjuna blames sports minister for cricketing woes
- “We will bounce back” – assures skipper Mahela
- Kandy looking for another title
- Sri Lanka women win opener
- Spinner Anushka guides Isipatana to fourth win
- Ton-up Gayle and Sarwan edge West Indies in front
- Snubbed Shah targets IPL and Ashes place
- The day of reckoning
- How does the rugby machine work?
  Funday Times
- First Parliament of Independent Sri Lanka is inaugurated
- Galle Literary Festival
- An innovative band
- Ghost night- Poem for the week
- A right ding-dong over bell noise
- ACCA study exposes weaknesses in coaching and mentoring
- WA a great place to live and learn
- Sixty two SLIIT students receive honours at Sheffield Hallam University
- Teachers successfully complete cambridge diploma
- Jewellery Design @ AOD
- Doing the right thing does not mean that success would come overnight
- Thanya begins new life in Ohio : Another breakthrough by Priyanthi Dissanayake
- AIS : Two decades of excellence
- Aravinda Ranatunga of AIS invited for Barack Obama's Inauguration
- Applying for Graduate Studies in Biological Sciences - Part 1
- Are You after O/L's? Study for a British Degree at APIIT
- Grow into a New You ANC Executive Education

- Straddling two worlds
- A flower for Iranganie
- Galle Literary Festival: The enjoyment was there, but topical dialogue was missing
- Photography, art and music: A Czech fiesta
- An ‘on-off’ passion finds expression
- Scoring well in A/Level English has become impossible dream - Letters to the Editor
- We all have a say in Lanka - Letters to the Editor
- Restrictive drug list won’t help patients - Letters to the Editor
- Father was there for us to the very last - Appreciations
- Brave journalist’s legacy will endure - Appreciations
- He helped groom a generation of capable and honourable lawyers - Appreciations
- A legacy much needed for the country
- The dark side of the moon
- One of Lanka’s academically distinguished judges
- Zonta shows the way for women
- A place to let it all out
Other Magazine Articles
- ‘One can only belong to one country’
- Kishani wows Barcelona
- Lankan contemporary canvas at leading museum in Europe
- Musical journey into history
Mirror Magazine Articles
- Cuisine with a view
- In search of a plot
- LiFe takes new meaning
- Hogging the limelight
- IT going green
TV Times Articles
- Romantic rendezvous at the Mount Lavinia Hotel
- Nilan dances into the web
- Celebrating Vesak with Cinema
- ‘Earth Day’ at Hunas Falls
- ‘Oklahoma’ brings memories of past musicals
- Sushi for two at Trans Asia
- Raigam returns for fifth felicitation
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