A kneeling President Mahinda Rajapaksa giving a glass of water to Mr. Weerawansa to end his three-day death fast. With the President are Mr. Weerawansa’s wife and little daughter. Pic by Saman Kariyawasam


President abandons bid for third term

President Mahinda Rajapaksa will abandon moves to amend the Constitution to enable him to contest any number of times for this post. Instead, he has agreed ‘in principle’ to create the office of an Executive Prime Minister.

Lanka dilutes draft to woo Non-Aligned countries

After having failed in its last attempt to get the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) to back Sri Lanka against Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, the government is making a last ditch effort to convince the 118-member group to take sides in the growing political confrontation at the United Nations.

Weerawansa’s death fast ends; President gives him ......
Trouble brews in B’wela over Muslim feast
Conservationists set to crush banana project
UNP reforms: New advisory council to play major role
Jumbo-size holes in elephant strategy
Residents seek justice after midnight ordeal
Chaat cuisine hits Colombo’s streets
Chaat is one of the great, if lesser known delights of Indian cuisine. Its combination of unusual flavours juxtaposes sweet with sour and then throws in some spice. Chaat is essentially Indian fast food, and it’s sold on street corners across the country by bhelwalas. Fresh curd, raw onions, tamarind sauce, boiled potatoes and channa join a host of other flavours. Quick and basic, chaat isn’t five star food, its authentic street food.
UN office siege could hurt Lanka’s rating prospects
With public protests growing against the United Nations to force the world body to cancel its investigation of alleged abuses committed by the government during the war in the North and East, Sri Lanka could lose the goodwill of the international communiy, badly affecting the country’s efforts to upgrade its sovereign ratings, official sources said this week.
Is it okay to cheat in sports?
Shortly before half-time in the World Cup elimination match between England and Germany on June 27, the English midfielder Frank Lampard had a shot at goal that struck the crossbar and bounced down onto the ground, clearly over the goal line.
ICASL Educational Trust awards scholarships to students
The ICASL Educational Trust awarded scholarships to 27 registered students of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka at its annual scholarship awards ceremony held recently at the Hotel Renuka, Colombo.

Lessons ICC can learn from FIFA
Last week the news of the Nigerian soccer development hit me like a flash of lightning from the blues. In our younger days we learned that Africa consists mostly of politically unstable countries with leaders of limited vision and a part of the world where democracy is a semi-luxury.
Diplomatic farce and hara-kiri
Within 48 hours of the state media heralding the triumphant return of President Mahinda Rajapaksa after settling a dispute in the neighbouring Maldives, came the news of one of the worst comedowns in the country's recent history as far as its external relations are concerned; the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon recalling his envoy in Colombo for 'consultations' - diplomatic speak for telling the host they are not impressed with what has happened.
The battle with Ban boomerangs -- Political Column
The urgent telephone call came to President Mahinda Rajapaksa when he was on an official visit to Ukraine. The caller was Mohamed Nasheed, President of the Maldives. He urged Rajapaksa to use his good offices to resolve a deepening political crisis in his country.
Time is short; life is precious! -- 5th Column

For instance, just this week, first there was GLP losing the GSP. Well, you can hardly understand what he says at the best of times, but first he tells us that we don’t need the GSP and that we can survive without it. Then he visits the European Union, pleading for it.

Her courage that is ‘unputdownable’

You need to meet her in person to experience the full impact of her incomparable spirit. There she is, so thin, looking like a small girl as she sits in her wheelchair, unable to use her voice ever since a tracheostomy was performed to help her breathe. She greets me with a kind of a smile and you don’t immediately notice the obvious signs of the debilitating Motor Neuron disease that has afflicted her for the last three years. It is the same rare condition that afflicted the brilliant scientist, Stephen Hawking, and is also called Lou Gehrig’s Disease.

King Dharmapala
There spread another rumour to the effect that it was a Portuguese national who had been bribed to kill King Buwanekabahu of Kotte. The ministers who were fond of the king had been repeatedly advising him to be more concerned about his security.


BOC expands overseas wings with the re-launch of BOC UK
With a far reaching view of expanding Sri Lanka's banking services in the United Kingdom (UK) and in the European union, the Bank of Ceylon will be re-launching its 60 year-old London branch at No1, Devonshire Square , London EC2 tomorrow (Monday the 12th) ......


President abandons bid for third term
Lanka dilutes draft to woo Non-Aligned countries
Weerawansa’s death fast ends; President gives him glass of water
Trouble brews in B’wela over Muslim feast
Opposition intensifies moves to oust Nasheed
Jumbo kills farmer
Govt. keen to continue talks on GSP: EU
GSP Plus: Should have been minus a zero
Jaywalkers nabbed, but pedestrians complain
Father of missing Lankan seaman wants mystery cleared up fast
Lack of staff delays IDPs’ voting rights
Conservationists set to crush banana project
Digging into rich past: Batticaloa findings spark probe
Mervyn opposes Kandy road plan
Kayts doctor transferred over nurse death row
Prabhakaran’s mother can visit Tamil Nadu for treatment
UNP reforms: New advisory council to play major role
Jumbo-size holes in elephant strategy
The need for Tamil unity weaves its way
Residents seek justice after midnight ordeal
‘Ban panel’ protest fails to deter UN
‘Puttalam FM’ off the air
Seven welfare centre inmates released
Honest room boy honoured
Writing on the wall for Embilipitiya paper mill
Mrs Anumaana watches a “Farce unto Death”
Case of the missing Ambassador -- RANDOM THOUGHTS By Neville de Silva
Capping off the ‘bottle’ story…
Political Column
The battle with Ban boomerangs
5th Column
Time is short; life is precious!
The Economic Analysis
Good financial management needed with or without IMF
Death fasts and double-edged politics
Focus on Rights
Our destructively defensive mode
Talk at the Cafe Spectator
Who were the booruwas?
Pakistan bomb attacks claim 102 lives
US, Russia stage Cold War airport spy swap
British fugitive kills himself in dramatic armed siege
Naomi Campbell to be at Charles Taylor’s “blood diamond” trial
BP to place new containment cap on oil spill
British diplomat Valerie Amos to be new UN aid chief
Apocalypse now: They’re ready
Paul the octopus faces math mauling
Is it okay to cheat in sports?
Nelson Mandela autopsy painting sparks South Africa row
US Tomahawk message to China
Chinese study says West uses social networking for subversive activities
Censorship and cover-up in the Gulf oil disaster
  Business Times
UN office siege could hurt Lanka’s rating prospects
CCI suggests Land Bank in Sri Lanka
Harry ends alliance with Sampath
SriLankan Airlines prepares to roll out new business plan
Lanka IOC seeks fuel price hike
Building approvals take 3 months to 3 years in Colombo
Academics, professionals rally against UN, EU decisions
Comment - Dependency on trade concessions
Feature - Present status of the Sethusamudram Project
Feature - GSP +: Some misunderstandings and under standings
Sri Lanka increases exports and imports
Dian enthrals Sri Lankan business women professionals with dynamic thoughts
International Widows Day marked in Hambantota
Lankan Govt. calls for more investment at CCC Economic Summit
French aid to fund next 10 LOLC North and East branches
Sri Lankan gets top award at Intel fair
Sri Lanka soon to stop exports that add no value: Treasury Secretary
ODEL IPO oversubscribed by 63.8 times
IFL-CIFL demand CB to protect their deposits
Commercial Bank offers cash prizes to customers using Internet Banking
Despite GSP crisis, EU funds other Lankan projects
Legend in tourism: The story of P.A. Ediriweera and Ceylon Tours
No 'working poor' in plantations but misuse of income mostly on alcohol
Primary eye care and spectacles for children
Emirates launches daily services from Colombo to Singapore
Ceylinco Life constructs 11 classrooms under its CSR initiatives
207 UK companies, worth US$ 429 million now in SL
SEC seeks to regulate Share Option schemes
Less than 10% of Sri Lankans insured: Top industry official
SEC says one firm – out of 10 probes - taken to court last year
Feature - Labour unions concerned US GSP may be withdrawn
Feature - No deadline on resolution of US GSP complaint
Feature - BT Poll: Sri Lankans urge government to continue GSP+ dialogue
Free Hold
BOC expands overseas wings with the re-launch of BOC UK
A major triumph for a Sri Lankan icon
Sampath Bank - Brinding Prosperity to Ingiriya
Marketing and IT Depts emerge winner
Union bank reflects high investor confidence with over subscribed share issue
R&G - Sri Lanka's imaging solutions expert joins hands
Pasalen Karaliyata - A CSR initiative by Union Assurance
Deccan Air completes first heli-tour to Jaffna
Roshni Trade International - Leading Importers and Indenting Agents in Sri Lanka
A unique and pioneering mega housing complex project by Nivasipura at Ja-Ela
In post-conflict Sri Lanka, new business opportunities mean a lot
Socio-Economic Survey in the Northern Province
Tilak Rodrigo - Maestro chef extraordinaire
ICASL Seminar on Taxation enlightens participants on the new budget proposals
SLI Balangoda branch shifts to a new location
Diplomatic farce and hara-kiri
Lessons ICC can learn from FIFA
Jayasuriya left out from SLC list
Lanka on the brink of relegation
The good and the bad
Proper foundation is the most important
Rishan and Angelo helps NCC make bold reply
India’s Ravi and Dipika emerge champions
The world was his stage and cricket was his act
Vidyartha defeat Ananda to regain trophy
NCP in 78 run win
Sports in brief
Dr Carlyle Perera - A born leader
Terrence looks back on a glorious era
Bolt joins star-studded YOG list in Singapore
ICASL Educational Trust awards scholarships to students
Musaeus College emerge winners
Josephian Walk and Carnival 2010
Shines at all-island singing contests
HFC Bambalapitiya recognizes student achievements at Prize Giving
Internationally acclaimed UK musician debuts in Sri Lanka
Welcome to the youngest country on earth
D.S. Senanayake College hall expansion project
Study @ Ntec, work and settle in New Zealand
‘ONAK’ - ERP training academy opens its doors
SAARC PM Conference on Sept. 24-26 at Hotel Galadari
Navitas - Pathway to top US universities
Dare, Dream, Deliver. A challenge to professional marketers Synergy re-launches CIM in hill capital
Monash University Foundation Year
Lean Management More With less
AOD students represent the country and win awards at the Cannes Lions
Sri Lanka Design Festival in London
Achievers Sports Fiesta 20’ten
Futsal mania
A dream debut -with a first ball wicket for Imran
Luck’s way for deprived athletes
2010..Looking beyond reality
Sasika and Yeshan are Scrabble Champs

Her courage that is ‘unputdownable’
Lakshman, what right do you have to slander UNP leader? -- Letter to the editor
Relief for the rich, but not the poor -- Letter to the editor
Westerners please note: Buddha statues are not ornaments -- Letter to the editor
A diplomat par excellence and man of integrity, intellectual curiosity and humour -- Appreciation
I will hold on to your memories for ever -- Appreciation
Lankan bridge engineer who rose to the top in the British Civil Service -- Appreciation
Soft-spoken, always smiling – a gentleman to the fingertips -- Appreciation
Walking through the destruction of Wilpattu
Grateful parents say thank you
From firing line to assembly line
Open to the sun and sea
Alroy races to the top of the Toastmasters competition
Shobhaa at 62: No plans of letting up
Domestic dynamics of love, prejudice and hope
Liar’s Cricket
From western composers to local, Eshantha to strike a varied note
The violence of war and civilian casualties
Riots, patriots and ridding us of the rot
Conquering Planet Football
People and events
Magazine Articles
Queen from Kegalle reigns at night of glamour
From imaginary catwalks to winning the crown
Getting into a role with a song and dance
Be a part of the coolest sport during the hottest time
Musical trio in perfect harmony
When the Ravens took wing in Kandy
It’s time to quiz the quiz masters
magazine -- Cover of the week
Mirror Magazine Articles
Chaat cuisine hits Colombo’s streets
Josephian walk 2010
Rockapalooza back again at Afrodisiac
The right to surf (the internet)
Dramatic critique of the life of undergraduates
Creative flair
PC Housekeeping: Freeware tools that make a difference
Useful websites to visit!
TV Times Articles
Galle Face Hotels to get facelift
Link Samahan links with Canada
Sanjaya’s sacrifice for cinema
Woman and two men
Lawrence of Arabia at AC
Convict and the captain’s wife
Harpo G. on Prime TV
‘Pembara Lakmatha’ to promote patriotic fervour
Funday Times
King Dharmapala
Further Algebraic Fractions
Barbados -- Geography
The world of Harry Potter -- Poem for the week
Kids World
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