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Sunday September 16, 2007
Vol. 42 - No 16

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Angry passengers complaining of virtual torture in the KV line train surrounded the peak time train on Friday evening and caused chaos in the Narahenpita area. They protested that trains on this line had only three compartments for more than thousand passengers. Railway Superintendent P.H.Silva escorted by police rushed to the scene to reassure the commuters that a better service would be provided from tomorrow. Pic by Saman Kariyawsam

Head Line of the week |
Lanka told ‘No KP here’
A three- member official delegation from Sri Lanka that flew to Bangkok after reports of the arrest of Tiger guerrilla procurement head Kumaran Pathmanathan (KP) has returned to Colombo with only a declaration from Thai authorities that he has not been "arrested."
Prime slot at UN, but big price ....
President Mahinda Rajapaksa has got the traditional prime-time speaking slot on the opening day of this year's United Nations General Assembly sessions, being the first speaker in the afternoon. Sri Lanka has long been the recipient of this slot. Traditionally,.....


Sounding out on noise Young workers stressed out...
Nearly a century ago, in 1915, the use of loudspeakers created such an uproar in Sri Lanka that it became one of the biggest incidents ever to have happened during the last century; a watershed in the annals of the country’s history.
A majority of Sri Lankans in white collar jobs and junior-to-senior management level positions in the private sector are struggling with a combination of high pressure jobs, little relaxation and possible health problems which is likely to impact on prodctivity and the economic health of the nation in the future, a survey by The Sunday Times FT’s poll shows.
Secrets of a Swami Concern over port deals
Swami Gauribala, better known as ‘German Swami’, was among the most colourful figures of 20th Century Sri Lanka. A consummate entertainer and prankster, he was also deeply immersed in a spiritual journey, his Grail ......
Bids for the massive Colombo South Harbour infrastructure project were opened on Monday with three companies having submitted bids but not without some controversy swirling around one bidder. The bidders are Hanjing Heavy Industries and Construction of Korea (Rs.76 billion)...
Political Thoughts from London
US Senate turns against Lanka The language barrier that has crippled ......
Situation Report Telescope
My story behind the story Ramifications of land alienation in the East

Exclusive INTERNATIONAL | New Delhi
T-20 EXPRESS Sethu project hits political rock....
Staged just a few months after the World Cup where we reached the finals and a few weeks ahead of England’s tour of Sri Lanka, the Twenty-20 World Cup in South Africa has given our cricketers, and those of most other countries, something to think about.
In India, where religion is all-pervasive, it was a comment destined to misfire. At issue was a US$ 577 million project to dredge a shipping channel between India and Sri Lanka -- right through a chain of limestone shoals and sand that Hindus believe was built by the God King Rama.The plan had already ...
INTERNATIONAL | Ketahun, Indonesia
Is over coaching bane of Sri Lanka... 15,000 buildings damaged in.....
It is a very human habit to forget problems at hand and get distracted by the current newsmakers till the problem will swing back once again and hit you harder than before. For the last few seasons we have been pointing fingers at the custodians of our junior cricket and shouting our throats dry saying “Hey! Look here the building is collapsing”.
More than 15,000 buildings collapsed or were seriously damaged by a series of massive earthquakes striking Indonesia's Sumatra, authorities said today as the death toll rose to 17. An initial 8.4-magnitude quake struck at dusk off Sumatra's west coast on Wednesday ......

Being the change The Battle of Digavapi
Moving towards bringing about change in their communities, this is exactly what a certain group of young people are attempting to do. Stimulating thought and action amongst fellow young people, this entity is attempting to make Sri Lankan youth proactive and sensitive to issues related to them, in society.
On hearing about the arrival of the relics, King Parakramabahu was very happy. He marched forwards as far as the river, to receive them. This was a distance of about eight miles. Once he received the relics, he conducted them to the capital, in a procession.

Denon DJ Party at Taj Bumper Issue Don’t mess with the brain
A fellowship followed by a cocktail party was held at the Taj Samudra hotel recently for the very first time in Sri Lankan music history for Lankan DJs. Quite a number of Sri Lankan DJs from Colombo as well as......
A loved one is acting out of character…….sleepless nights, disrupted routine, regular bursts of irritability and frequent signs of a personality change. What should family members do?Contact an astrologer to see.....


Financial Times
SLT-Maxis case put off for Nov
No patch-up between Vittachi troika and Jayawardena
Wasted lessons on DFIs
Convicted Magpek directors to appeal this week
Ranil and the HSBC loan
Were tsunami alerts necessary?
Central Bank should be independent
Special Awards for Travel and Tourism
Chinese Foton vehicles to change local automobile market
CIFL appoints a new chairman
Brandix, MAS announce change in ownership of connected joint ventures
Uditha heads PIM
Presidential Award for Attapattu
Kerawalapitiya Power Plant - Letter
Paperless travel with SriLankan Airlines
French to return to Sri Lanka
Colombo Port expansion project delayed
SLIA celebrates 50 years of architectural excellence
Leo Burnett training for excellence in advertising
AIS assists local business to be more competitive
New Laugfs LP Gas filling complex in Galle
Business data for studies or projects
CEO Forum on IPR
Chevron supports business partners in enterprise development
Media Expert strengthens ProActivation Board
NIBM Alumni Association new committee
Lankan Foreign Minister invites French investment
Hayleys Agro wins honours for agriculture role
Sri Lanka at International Customs Brokers meeting
Oil exploration – the battle begins
Lankan Burnett staffer recognised at Merton College, Oxford University
HNB loans for Lankans in the UK
Fitch affirms DFCC Bank's 'AA(lka)' National Rating
Managing Disciplinary Action(s): Fencing the wrongdoer
Business Leaders: Read ‘An invitation to the Law’
SLIC: Companies seek more time for objections
Synergy Ethics - first in professional education
SriLankan Cargo keeps it fresh
NTB may consider rights issue
Plantation Collective Agreement repudiated by trade unions
HSBC admits violating Consumer Affairs Regulations
Dialog and eChannelling win award for innovative product
Dialog launches BlackBerry Connect in Sri Lanka
Deloitte to launch Construction advisory Services (CAS) to Lankan clients
HSBC facing flak in Sri Lanka, UK

TV Times
Mr. Bean here on Holiday
Regal echoes with Dolby
Colombo ‘Provoked’
A note on Anura's notations
Hemantha sings to the hearts
BDFI Dance Festival
‘Shootout’:A sacrifice for a cause
The melody of Mr. Holland’s Opus
‘SAARC Film Fest - 2007’ in December
Chocolate Festival @ Ceylon Continental
Break Fast buffet at the Galadari Hotel
Pegasus Reef: The City Resort
I Love Jennie : A comedy of a family
‘Dewana Maw’: A campaign against cruelty to animals
‘Sil’ tells the tale of the good and the bad
Shoba shows three nights a week
‘Senehasata Adarei’ : Story of three sisters
‘Jeewithaya Lassanai’ scores double century
Anne: A tale of playful girl
‘One Tree Hill’
TEA talk on ITN
‘Knock-Off’ on Derana on Sunday, September 16
‘Fielder’s Choice’ on ARTv
DialogTV get sets
‘The Claim’ on MTV
The new Givenchy in Colombo
21 – hour Latino Carnival at Hilton
Sing Along with Sam at the Mix

MASL to launch “Water for Life”
Milk powder prices to go up soon
Trinco wants Govt. funds for tsunami houses
Karunaratne-shooting takes another twist
Acting chief for CAA
Ragging: Suspects get bail
Odds & Ends
Archbishop launches silent peace initiative
Stenographers say exam flawed
MEP, JHU to return to APRC
Tax Chief denies resignation reports
PSC ready with local council election amendments
Nightclub fracas still in the dark
Mother fears for son’s safety and life
Be prepared!
9 months and landslide victims still in tents
School admissions: Blackboard screams confusion confounded
A/L marking: Teachers bow but battle continues
A great teacher and concerned human being
Aston Martin: the mystery deepens
The revered ‘Sal Tree’ and the real Sal Tree
Air Chief to brief Govt MPs on MiG deal
31 killed in clashes
Govt.-ICJ row over Muttur killings continues
Regina in Dubai hospital
Govt. may oppose Sripathi’s select committee motion
Now, estates, CEB unions to protest
CID takes charge of anti-UNP poster probe
The old man and the sea


Letters to the editor
  Sigiriya wasps and a stinging indictment of our society
  Loudspeakers: Govt. must sound the death knell
  Sad spectacle of the CMC mess
  Ode to the Waiting Earth
  Why Lanka won't follow B'desh example
  Lucien Weeramantry
  Kavindra Piyadasa Amerasekera
  All creatures came alive with colour and vigour
  Kala Korner
  Wear it, or hang it on wall
  Chamber music by German quartet
  Raising voices in praise
  Drawing a dying art
  The Pearl Fishers comes home
  Don’t get tangled in a web of hoaxes
  Supremes singer to sing for a cause here
  When children play, the world wins
  Finding God by rediscovering essence of one's nature
  A visionary strategist
People and events
  Evening of fashion and music
  Vijayabahu Motocross: Racing for a cause
  Symposium on 'Ethics in Assisted Reproduction'
  Indian produced documentry on Buddhist TV

Indian PM undergoes prostate surgery
Bush says US troops scaling down operations in Iraq
Hundreds of thousands affected by Africa floods
Google, at 10, is the official heart of the Internet
Vietnam and Iraq: The same old game continues
The Malaysian miracle
Putin playing political musical chairs


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