Not writing pencils but vice pencils

Not writing pencils but vice pencilsAs the police crackdown on narcotics trafficking continues, new methods are being used by the smugglers. One of the methods is where a tablet laced with drugs is inserted into a device that looks like a pencil. Here a policeman shows some of the 'drug pencils' detected at Wolvendaal in Colombo. Pic by Sanka Vidanagama.

Lanka seeks large scale FDIs

A new investment strategy is being worked out by the Ministries of Finance and Economic Development with a view to increasing Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) for large ....

Govt. going ahead with Las Vegas plans

Chief Government Whip Dinesh Gunawardene confirmed the Government’s intensions to go ahead with legislation to legalise casinos and betting centres throughout the country .....

Job seekers stranded in Bangkok
Death certificates for missing people
Govt. set to use military to suppress students: IUSF
2,000 bakers out of business
Crackdown on narco trafficking continues
Gag order on witness writing about trial
A National identity sans racial, communal bias
Textbook controversies trigger official visits and legal action
The Wendt Revisited
The great American dancer Martha Graham was said to have dubbed the Lionel Wendt “the best theatre this side of the Suez Canal” in 1957. Drummer par excellence, Ravibandu Vidyapathi first heard of this from his father, and it came as no surprise. centre. It is a national treasure.”
Sri Lanka rejects compensation claim in hedging dispute
The Sri Lankan Government is strongly defending its position in the controversial oil hedging case which is currently being examined by an arbitration panel in Singapore but a surprise witness to the proceedings on Wednesday was former Attorney General Shibly Aziz, official sources said.
Obama unveils major deals on 'job fair' India visit
President Barack Obama announced 10 billion dollars in trade deals with India to create 50,000 US jobs, on a visit that began with an emotional tribute to victims of the 2008 Mumbai attacks.
Wesley proves itself again, but this time in India
When they left Sri Lanka they never knew that they were going to bring back such great achievements. The members of the United Nations club of Wesley College attended the Model United Nations (MUN) conference organized by the Sishya School held in India on August 23, 24 and 25.

Ready for the kill
Cricket Australia has shown an amazing lack of respect for the Sri Lankan team and Brisbane fans by pulling captain Ricky Ponting out of today's one-day international and sending him to play in a four-day Sheffield Shield game in Tasmania.

Objecting to a statue

"Liberte; Egalite; Fraternite" - Liberty; Equality; Fraternity (Brotherhood) is France's famous national motto. It had its problems with Algeria because of its occupation of that country, but even so, its doors were open to a large number of African immigrants from French-speaking Africa and many (old) countries of West Asia (the Middle East) where French was the second language.

UNP splits roots at the grassroots -- Political Column
It was close to midnight when the United National Party (UNP) Deputy Leader, Karu Jayasuriya, walked into a small room (10 feet X 8 feet), in an old house. His political chores for Saturday October 30 had just ended. He shut the half door that remained open. Already locked to the frame was the other half.
Is the removal of checkpoints in Colombo enough? -- Focus on Rights

Recently I listened in disbelief to a professional of Tamil ethnicity telling me that when people travel from Jaffna or Mullaitivu (etc) to Colombo, they avoid the out-of-town travellers like the plague.

The ‘great pretender’

Big and purple, it is proudly “propagated” as the ‘National Flower’ of Sri Lanka. It is on the government’s official website, the stamp issued to commemorate the National Flower, the school textbooks with children looking at it and committing it to memory, posters in Sri Lankan missions abroad and even on the worldwide web with Wikipedia and many a book on the flowers of Sri Lanka following suit.

Tracking butterflies
Butterflies are remarkable insects. Throughout their lifespan (which can range from anything from a week to a year depending on the species) they undergo huge transformations. Butterflies live across a wide variety of habitats from rainforest to home gardens. Why not try tracking them to see how many species you can find.

Lanka seeks large scale FDIs
Govt. going ahead with Las Vegas plans
Zardari coming with top businessmen
Job seekers stranded in Bangkok
Death certificates for missing people
The race is on
Upper Kotmale to add 150 Mw to national grid
A National identity sans racial, communal bias
Open forum to discuss issues
US body to set up rehabilitation centres in North and South
Misuse of funds alleged in thalassemia report
Textbook controversies trigger official visits and legal action
Govt. set to use military to suppress students: IUSF
Storm warning off Jaffna
Biographyon Ossie
2,000 bakers out of business
Hajj flight grounded, pilgrims stranded
Licence must for selling, repairing cell phones
Crackdown on narco trafficking continues
Seven Bills in House next week
Gag order on witness writing about trial
‘Sharks’ control fish trade
Lanka aims for 75 pc e-literacy by 2016
Let’s take on the hot topics
Political Column
UNP splits roots at the grassroots
5th Column
Walking down memory lane in a different shade!
The Economic Analysis
Budget proposals expected to reduce deficit
Not issued with this week
Focus on Rights
Is the removal of checkpoints in Colombo enough?
Talk at the Cafe Spectator
Watch out VC is watching you!
From the Sidelines
The Oxford Union invite – trip or trap?
  Times 2
Obama unveils major deals on 'job fair' India visit
Death toll in Pak suicide attack rises to 68
Fraud complaints mount on eve of Myanmar election
China, France join forces for world monetary reform
Who voted for Republicans in the mid-term elections?
Russia's political cartoonists take refuge in Internet
Qantas says fleet safe after 'unrelated' mid-air incidents
War and Peace : Diplomacy's darkest hours
Indian sound recordings bring history to life
“Sound of Music” and Julie Andrews' favorite things
Canadian officials see through 'unbelievable' disguise
New Michael Jackson album gets December release
Mecca hopes to revive pilgrim tourism during haj
Italy longs for its heyday on 'La Dolce Vita' anniversary
Matisse sets new 49-million-dollar record in New York
Austerity politics, then and now
  Business Times
Sri Lanka rejects compensation claim in hedging dispute
WTO: Structural reforms needed for growth in Sri Lanka
Jobs: From Israel with love
GK assets including Ceysands Hotel sale suspended
Air Senok soon to fly
SLT Group’s 9-mth pre tax profit tops Rs. 3.73 billion
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Comment -- Quick-fix tenders, short-cut to development
Feature -- Foreign higher education risk rises to highest levels
Feature -- ‘Stressed out?’ Learn how to cope
Laugfs IPO opens, says aggressive campaign improved recent revenues
India launches green tribunal
South Asian countries drawn to Sri Lankan trade and investment prospects
Controversial share offer plan to Golden Key depositors shelved
ComBank Q3 pre tax profits up 54%
Serendib Hotels Plc gets new CEO
SL should target 15% GDP thro’ remittances : Cabraal
On ‘expert’ views on telecom charges
State banks unwilling to give cheap housing loans to ETF members
ComBank cuts interest rates on credit cards
Social Media and Facebook new tools for marketers
Merchant Credit, Ceylease to be merged with MBSL
Sri Lanka’s legal luminaries call for competitive law regime in attracting FDIs
Dr Uditha become Professor
3-day Trade Fair "Trincomalee opens its doors"
Lanka Bell earns coveted ISO 9001 quality certification
More consultation needed in SEC’s proposed public float rules
Piramal Glass show 1st half profit from loss earlier
KVPL posts 9-month net profit of Rs 160 million
Hydro Power Free Lanka Ltd IPO oversubscribed by 57 times
LOLC’s Working Capital Business Unit reports 53% growth
Aitken Spence half-year profits up 37 %
JKH earnings up partly due to gains from share sales in subsidiary firms
CSE listing rules may be changed
New questions over Sri Lanka's bid to strike oil
NIC number as new ID for EPF members
2010 Budget created very bad precedent, says senior economist
Memories of the South Asian Econ Undergrads Conference
Book Review: Money, inflation and output
Undersea, western theme events, ‘The Banquet Company’ does it all
MBSL’s rescue formula changes from win-win to threat of liquidation
Shell handover on Nov 15
Sri Lanka one of the safest places for tourists
Harmonisation of IFRS will help Sri Lanka to attract foreign investments
Heraymila investments in SL springboard to South Asia, China
Cargills expands into dairy through Kotmale
Objecting to a statue
Ready for the kill
Unite and fight the drug threat
Aussies hapless, woeful against Sri Lanka: press
SLC looking earnestly to put DRS in place for WI tour
Manju second testing on November 12
Rugby, its buts and ifs
The Lion has landed
The giant screen
Killer Whales ready for the plunge
Okayama’s karate sees popularity kick
Shivantha Vivekanandan at the helm again
The penholder that shook the table
Shehan Ambepitiya a doubtful starter for Asian Games
Dharmaraja- S. Thomas’ clash on Nov 12
Past rugby players of Zahira College to honour war heroes
Iron horses flying
Rafi 93 the highlight
Coaching posters by SLC
Yasitha recovers to drown Joshua
Ajantha cameo stuns reigning champs
Wesley proves itself again, but this time in India
IPM Business School to be Asia's HR Campus
"Commerce Day 2010" "A Greener Nation"
Aquinas spearheads course for Hospitality and Tourism Management
Why waste time after A/Ls?
Project Management Methodology PRINCE2™ - in Sri Lanka
Thames Valley University - Spot Admission for Jan / Feb 2011 intake
APIIT Law School - quality assured by Staffordshire University, UK
Fast track your way to an internationally recognized British Degree in just 12 months at Oxford College of Business
Lean Banking
The Best Return on Investment on Education through an Australian Nursing Programme
Foundation courses at IIT a fast track to the University of Westminister
Stafford International confident as ever
The whiz Kid of Wushu Strikes again
Davisamara dominates Blue Gold & Blue volleyball
Funday Times
New term for the President
The end of the Civil War 1865 -- World History
Rainbow -- Poem for the week
Kids World
Tracking butterflies
A fish's - eye - view
Learn with Gihan: Birds of Sri Lanka -- Number 27
Legend of the Pony’s Tears

The ‘great pretender’
The search for ‘Raja’
Letters to the Editor
Rekindling memories of the church in the valley of wolves
The Berlin Wall –1983
Leaving behind his flak jacket
Doctor in the wilds
Aneela makes Colombo see red!
Hello Jumar goodbye Rezani
A society with secrets to share
Red alert on Diabetes
When personality gets buried in an avalanche of syllabi
The making of doctors: The fun, the fear and finals
Stopping over at the resthouses of yesteryear
The journey goes on…
Wealth of hidden talent unearthed
Tatta Gaayikaawa: Stark entertainment without gimmicks
Mahi Pancha’s adventures will be read and remembered as long as there are children
People and events
Magazine Articles
The Wendt Revisited
Rousseau for the first time in Sri Lanka
Await rock ’n roll the Smokie way
Carving out her world of wood
magazine -- Cover of the week
Mirror Magazine Articles
Fusing global trends and local culture
An act from the heart
Movies that defy reality
Sean Paul in town
Ethical use of Technology : e-Waste
7 useful utilities of Windows 7
Rocking the stage B&S Style
TV Times Articles
Shaminda Jay arrives with the future shades of Sri Lankan pop music
Tourism promotion in cine format
Moen at Galadari
Rebirth At The Mix, Taj Samudra
Yasmin Cader on Prime TV’s ‘Celeb Chat’
Ladies Night at Ceylon Continental
1990 – 1999 music on YES FM
NPAS celebrates 60 years
Golmaal 3- first Indian Trilogy
Sumithra graces Hungarian Film Fest
Win with ‘Wall Street’
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