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Sunday June 01, 2008
Vol. 42 - No 53
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Political Column
  Cock and bull stories for trapped people
  By Our Political Editor
  Thirty-five years ago, the then Government of Prime Minister, Sirimavo Bandaranaike, had increased fuel prices by cents than rupees. Bus fares rose consequently. The official slogan then declared that bus fares were raised only by a new quarter (bus gaasthu aluth kaalakin). That averaged some ten to fifteen cents.
5th Column
  Everything is going up scandalously......
  By Rypvanwinkle

“Thaaththa,” Bindu Udagedera asked, .....

Situation Report
  Situation Report will not appear this week.
  By Iqbal Athas
Thoughts from London
  Profit from the lessons, not deny them
  By Neville de Silva
  If I return to the subject of the UN Human Rights Council election in which we lost out, it is not without cause. Since our defeat in New York failing to secure one of the seats for the Asian region much has been said and written. Some have been diatribes mainly against international and local NGOs that joined hands in an appeal to UN members not to ......
The Economic Analysis
  Inflation: No light at the end of the tunnel
  By the Economist
  The control of inflation is becoming increasingly illusive. The inflation rate has now jumped from near 20 to near 30 and some of the factors exerting an important influence aren’t slowing down. Meanwhile theories and statistical calculations are aplenty. But these are of no avail in the practical task of controlling prices. In fact these theories and calculations impliedly tell us that prices cannot be controlled.
Focus on Rights
  The media meets the terror of the unknown
  By Kishali Pinto Jayawardena
Let me frame this discussion by stating at once, without demur, that this is the worst government that we have ever had in terms of protecting the right to freedom of expression and information. I have absolutely no hesitation in making this statement for several reasons as may be elaborated upon in this column, many of which are obnoxiously self-evident.
Inside the glass house
  Poverty amidst prosperity: UN millennium goals .....
  By Thalif Deen at the united nations
A long-term UN plan to reduce by half the number of people living in "extreme poverty and hunger" has hit a roadblock. The target date, set by world leaders to achieve the UN's Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), is 2015. But as of now, that target seems elusive. The UN estimates that more than a billion people live in "absolute poverty" worldwide and about 800 million people go to bed hungry every night.
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