To mark Human Rights Day yesterday, the main opposition United National Party launched a campaign to collect one million signatures calling for the release of former Army Commander Sarath Fonseka. People are seen standing in a queue to sign the petition at the New Town Hall in Colombo. Pic by Mangala Weerasekera
Prices of essential items up from next month
The rupee devaluation will cause spirals in a number of essential commodities beginning January next year, traders warned yesterday.
Judges to get guidelines on sentencing
The Sentencing Policy Bill which will give the judiciary guidelines on penalties is one of a string of new laws the government will introduce next year.
Full LLRC report to be tabled: Basil
President captain at today’s T-20
A’pura bishop also to boycott state functions
Prison welfare fund locked up
Mother and son held for killing
Sandwiching together Hisham’s creativity and Ranil’s health fad
“One sandwich, take out the sauce, no mayonnaise and don’t even touch that oil.” Fitness expert Ranil Harshana wanted a healthy sandwich. Walking up to the counter at the Sandwich factory, he added a personalized touch to his quick lunch. Watching all this was proprietor of The Sandwich Factory, Hisham Cader. His inquiry about Ranil’s request, turned out to be the beginnings of a ‘Healthy Sandwich’ range, at the Sandwich Factory.
Dilmah to create new luxury resort brand
The MJF Group which has Dilmah tea, reputed to be the largest single original pure Ceylon tea in the world, under its belt is expanding rapidly into leisure (currently the most lucrative sector) and widening its traditional tea sector base.
Veena Malik: I was topless but 'not nude' in FHM
Pakistani actress Veena Malik has defended a recent photoshoot in an Indian men's magazine, saying she was "topless" and "covered" but not "nude". Ms Malik is seeking $2m in damages from FHM India, alleging that they "morphed" the images to make her appear naked. The magazine denies the claims.


Mandrake, Houdini or the SLC President!
It was just the other day that I was trying to run a parallel. I wanted to draw up a hypothetical picture to a businessman friend of mine who is also a cricket insider. I argued that if his shop shelves were empty and there was hardly a turnover and he was heavily in debt to most of the financial institutions and other businesses with hardly a way out, would anyone want to take over and run his business?


Factors to consider after passing A/Levels
Students find themselves at cross roads once they have finished their secondary schooling with the Advanced Level examinations. Many thoughts go through their minds at this important junction . The situation is complicated by the plethora of options and opportunities that are available to students in the present context. Hence, the need to make concerned and informed judgments regarding the future.


Straining out ants but swallowing elephants

In our issue last week, we had separate stories. One was on a Dehiwela-Mount Lavinia Municipal Council Public Health Inspector who lost her civic rights, on being found guilty of taking a bribe to refrain from filing action against owners of a garment factory for maintaining a hostel for their workers under unhygienic conditions.

UNP cracking up, crackers for MR -- Political Column
Even if political cartoons, once much sought after, have become rare in the Sri Lankan media today, a few that still remain have not lost their thought provoking undertones or sense of humour.
The 'profit motive' and national security -- Focus on rights

Recently, in a discussion with ten to fifteen village elders who had travelled to the Divisional Secretary's office in the central highlands to contribute their perspectives on improvement of the functioning of local level public administrators, one grizzled former school principal ....

Chill out at a heritage hospital
Hidden by the high-rise buildings clustered in the bustling streets of Fort, lies a jewel of Sri Lanka’s past. Facing the towering concrete and glass facade of the twin towers of the World Trade Centre is a planed saffron structure that is rightfully a heritage site. The Old Dutch Hospital was constructed all of four centuries ago and is a resounding reminder of 17th century Dutch architecture with high ceilings, thick walls, large wide windows and terracotta tiled floors.


A Christmas Surprise
In two days time it would be Christmas and I was very sad. There was no joy and anticipation that I always felt during Christmas season. Christmas time was the time that our friends and relatives from far visited us. We had good meals and the house was decorated.


Prices of essential items up from next month
Judges to get guidelines on sentencing
Full LLRC report to be tabled: Basil
President captain at today’s T-20
A’pura bishop also to boycott state functions
Prison welfare fund locked up
Mother and son held for killing
Three bodies found hanging from tree
Ex-combatants get a taste of parliament with tea and tour
Hi-tech equipment to detect speed limit offenders on expressway
Relatives in quandary over missing men
6 months RI suspended for 25 years for cheating wife
Alliance Francaise, Colombo and Kotte, fight it out over trade name
Sworn in as Court of Appeal judge
Cloudy skies obscure lunar eclipse
Petition against PBJ, former AG for failing as guardians of the law
Court ruling goes to MR for mediation
Magistrate suggests complaint be referred to Mediation Board
Reflects great concern for the independence of the judiciary: Romesh de Silva
Artistic talent to flower with Chinese generosity
We will not be straitjacketed on democratic practices– Vasu
Bills for pills: National drug policy under microscope
UNP takes ‘free Fonseka’ plea to world community
Eknaligoda case: Focus on ex-AG
Rains cause earthslips in deforested areas endangering villagers’ lives
Fishermen in the North are unsettled and unhappy
Major breakthrough in roadside deaths of drunks and homeless
HR activists abducted in North
Indicted for handing weapons to the LTTE
Masks on way out
Political Column
UNP cracking up, crackers for MR
5th Column
An endless elephant dance
The Economic Analysis
Erosion in business confidence will slow economic growth
Enemies are friends, saviour is enemy
Focus on Rights
The 'profit motive' and national security
Talk at the Cafe Spectator
Hello Mr. President, this is Anoma
From the Sidelines
Not issued with this week
  Business Times
Dilmah to create new luxury resort brand
Work at Pelwatte, Sevanagala sugar slows down
Less confusing ‘new visa regulation’ gets ‘support’
All share transactions to be recorded:SEC
Rights for the disabled
Comment - Regulating a fragile, politicised market
Euro crisis and the global economy
Europe is tipping into recession in 2012
High fuel prices: Is car-pooling an option?
HDFC launches Housing Fund with social security benefits
Frozen, grated coconut in Colombo stores
RNH Group expands its wings to tap Sri Lanka’s post-war opportunities
USAID lifts aid to US$ 14.7 million in Sri Lanka
BIA Christmas Shopping Festival opens
Flemish investors 'interested' in SL SME opportunities
Opportunity for Japanese car makers to set up assembly units in Sri Lanka
Rs.40 mln online clearing system at Colombo port
IFC and ComBank structure landmark US$ 65 mln facility for SMEs in Sri Lanka
Bringing Alerics back
Lankan investors invited for top international investors conference in Pakistan
Unrealistic price control of drugs will send prices up:Pharma companies
Lalith De Silva takes over as Mobitel CEO in second stint
More estate workers request micro finance loans for toilets
Diplomat makes a comeback
Holiday mood at the bourse
PC House moves into tourism, manufacturing
SEC must be independent, able to withstand ‘extraneous’ pressure – investors say
New opportunities to invest in Sri Lanka
Third quarter earnings in listed firms show growth
Save yourself; stop speculating in a mad, mad, mad world
Sri Lanka’s sugar industry in crisis
Supreme Court determination on ‘Expropriation Bill’
Chill out at a heritage hospital
Ananda College gets an anniversary crown
Letters to the Editor
Sanghamitta Theri forged the liberation of Lankan women
Heal Lanka reaches out here and abroad
The late great Ray
‘Creating a piece of art is like giving birth’
Water bodies with a mystic touch
The world on a canvas
Gorging Galle
Get ready to pile on the pounds with Koluu’s cook book
Post-war Jaffna rising amidst reassuring consumerism
Keep an eye on what your children watch, play and read
Fancy your word power?
Knowledge and beauty bloom in this book of flowers
Valuable read of an unchartered area
A sprawling novel of the Great Gatsby type
Gripping journey from Dharavi to Wanathamulla
Crossovers, double crosses, and crossing the bar to sea
People and events
Straining out ants but swallowing elephants
Lanka seek retribution in South Africa
McLarens Formula gears up for Colombo Night Races
Butterfly, Astron and Friendship win veteran TT titles
Dearth of new rifle shooters in Sri Lanka bewilders Rohana
Matara Thomians posses a strong spin department
Cricket keeps on expanding at Karandeniya Central
Willy Warriors win Touché Golf League
Clifford Cup boxing from Dec. 14 to 17 in Pallekele
Sachin takes lead at golf
Champion rider Aravind roars at SLARDAR Night
Cricket in a swimming pool!
Sports Ministry to probe COPE findings
The glamour show on the road again
Brinthapan rescues St. John’s Jaffna
Kanchana, Hasantha and Shehan put Moors on top
Beaumont to reform IRB’s commercial model
Mandrake, Houdini or the SLC President!
Factors to consider after passing A/Levels
CIS students excel at Edexcel awards
TMC’s Seasonal Bash 2011 on December 16 at Global Towers
D.S. Senanayake College Colombo 07 - PANSILU - A Model Concept
Santa’s Workshop for 2-6 year olds at Gateway College
Curtin University professor travels to Sri Lanka to complete research
New Zealand the most “sought after student destination”
‘Corporate Directors Handbook’ by CIMA and SLID launched
Aneesh to join St.John’s
APIIT Graduate School Conducts another Industry Seminar
Monash College Programs can Transform A/L disappointment into an opportunity for success
CA Sri Lanka focuses on the importance of good mentoring, during a special session with Supervising Members
Student of Next School of Business awarded the ‘Top Student of the World by CIM UK
TestIT receives prestigious ‘International Best Practice Award’ at the ECDL Foundation Forum 2011
Gateway College Colombo 4 to commence the Secondary section next year
Northshore College of Business and Technology offers high quality degrees in a typical university environment
Education loans with a difference Four years grace period Nine years repayment period
Scholarships for Gateway students from top Universities
Western Australia, a solid state with real opportunities
Heriot-Watt University ranked 27 in UK 2011/12
IESL offers an opportunity for those aspiring to pursue a career in Engineering!
Another Success Story of IIT- Sheran Corera, the NBQSA 2011 Gold Medalist
IIT Graduation Ball 2011:The Masquerade
A colourful evening
Badulla Viharamahadevians take gigantic strides in education and other activities
Dharmadutha is as a prominent and proud school to the nation
Sujatha MV Badulla rakes in several awards
Aquila champs at Lyceum athletics meet
Magazine Articles
Sandwiching together Hisham’s creativity and Ranil’s health fad
La seasonal soiree
In search of beauty, with camera in hand
Master of pop-up magic
Get into the seasonal spirit with “All I Want For Christmas”
Christmas music that will make wishes come true
10 ways to avoid disaster at your office holiday party!
Colourful creations that will go a long way
magazine -- Cover of the week
Mirror Magazine Articles
A take of his own
Spreading the warmth of Christmas
How to bake the perfect Christmas Cake
Lighting Up CH and FC
Electric Peacock Festival – the inside scoop
Space for thought
Accidents of birth
Up close and in your face
Oll for peece
What’s Your Size?
TV Times Articles
‘Paradise Ibiza 2012’
‘The Christmas Wish List’ by Music. Inc
OTSC Christmas Carols
Majestic Cineplex: The first 3D cinema
Lucky wins award for “Laksapathi”
  Times 2
Iran war: Act before it threatens all of us
India probes hospital fire as death toll reaches 90
U.N. climate talks struggle for deal: Time now the enemy
British eurosceptic press jubilant at EU treaty veto
Veena Malik: I was topless but 'not nude' in FHM
Just one minute of exercise could beat diabetes: Scientists
World's first $1m perfume goes on sale
Did FDR provoke Pearl Harbour?
Is the European dream over?
India’s Burmese days
Hidden war crimes: Birth defects, rubble still scar Falluja
Mission impossible for Pakistani progressives?
The lengths a woman will go to
Chinese madam executed by lethal injection
Funday Times
A Christmas Surprise
Special Trig Rations -- Maths
God’s Christmas Greeting -- Poem for the week
Earth Watch
Elephant Families
Communist China 1945 - 1949 -- World History
Kids' World
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