ISSN: 1391 - 0531
Sunday June 01, 2008
Vol. 42 - No 53

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Eastern Province Chief Minister Sivanesathurai Chandrakanthan alias Pillayan — very much in the headlines during the past few months — is seen dancing at a party in Badulla prior to yesterday’s chief ministers’ conference. Inset: Pillayan takes over the gavel as the new head of the chief ministers’ conference.

Head Line of the week |
Train fares soar by 90 percent
Hard on the heels of last Thursday’s hike in bus fares by 27.2 per cent, the Railway Department imposed a 90 percent increase in fares from yesterday.“The minimum fare will be doubled. The charge per kilometre has been increased by 90 percent,” the Railway’s Commercial Manager Wijeya Samarasinghe said.
Dengue on the rise this year
A drastic increase in dengue fever cases is seen this year with people failing to keep their surroundings clean and the intermittent rain causing an increase in breeding places of dengue mosquitoes. Figures from the Health Ministry Epidemiology Unit revealed that there were 3220 dengue cases from January to May with 778 cases being reported from Colombo district.

Tackling traffic! US seeks transparency in human rights probe
Reggie Ranatunga dies, funeral tomorrow Singapore jails Lankan for faking his death

A mountain - sized headache Economic crisis brewing in 2008

Boutique-owner Ranjith, who has a temporary stall along the path that winds up Sri Pada, is tired of telling pilgrims not to litter the holy mountain.“However much we tell people not to drop garbage along the way, they continue to do so,” says the frustrated vendor as he points to a teenager .....

Economists and industrialists this week predicted that 2008 will be a difficult year for business given rising fuel costs and other financial burden. Company bottomlines are already reeling from the regular fuel increases, and the experts say the government, which is embroiled in a war, will be unable to do anything about it. Coupled with poor policies and long term development strategies, it is up to the businesses.....

Croc threat CB selling unused currency notes....
The Central Bank is to sell a limited stock of unused Sri Lanka currency notes of early series and old coins targeting foreign coin collectors, numismatics and other international interested parties. A senior Bank official said the currency notes printed by the Central Bank between 1979 to 2001 including Sri Lanka heritage, development and fauna and flora series which were not circulated, will be available for sale through local agents who hold a membership ....
Political Thoughts from London
Profit from the lessons, not deny them
Inside the glass house The Economic Analysis
Inflation: No light at the end of the tunnel

Entering the next plane in cricket China begins evacuation plans .....
There is no doubt that at present Sri Lanka cricket is at the crossroads. Generally when at a juncture of this nature the dips are odd to occur and at the same time the very ......
Chinese authorities began evacuating earthquake relief workers today from a flood-risk zone in a drill that put 1.3 million people on alert to quickly leave if an earthquake-spawned lake breaches a dam.

Sports Head Line of the week INTERNATIONAL | AMSTERDAM
Royal too good for St Anthony’s When women’s bodies become .....
Royal proved to be too good for St Anthony’s as they cruised through to an easy 25-12 victory in their Singer Division 1A inter-school rugby encounter played at the Royal Sports Complex ground in Reid Avenue yesterday. Infact it was the sixth successive defeat for ..... Truth is often said to be the first casualty in wartime. But if the real truth is told, it is women who are the first casualties. In conflict zones, the United Nations children's agency UNICEF recently observed, sexual violence usually spreads ....

Spreading their sound The end of Kalinga Magha
Listening to Soul Sounds always does good things to me – the fine hair on the back of my neck literally stands on end; sometimes I get goose bumps, at other times I catch myself grinning in delight, often my feet tap involuntarily and always, always I am swept away by the pure, jubilant wonder of the music they make.
King Parakramabahu II got organized for a major battle. He got everything ready hastily. Those were very busy days for the king and his Yuvaraja Buwanekabahu was always with him, helping him in whatever way he could. The Yuvaraja was fully committed to his task. He was a great Sinhala leader who was very nationalistic in his deeds. All other warriors....

‘Jetwing Go Sri Lankan Culinary....
'Madu Thalapa', 'Bathala Roti', 'Embul Thiyal Maluwa', 'Maikkan Malu', 'Stuffed Pumpkin Leaves' were few of the many delicacies tasted by the invitees at the recently concluded ‘Jetwing Go Sri Lankan Culinary Challenge 2008' held at Jetwing Seashells Negombo.

Moving you to previous issue dated May 18, 2008.

Financial Times
Ceylon Tea stands out at Macao Tea Expo
NDB Bank among lowest NPL ratios
Janashakthi to launch IPO in mid July
Brazilian help to solve Lanka’s ene
IFS partners hSenid to provide world class ERP/HR solutions


TV Times
‘Jetwing Go Sri Lankan Culinary Challenge 2008’
‘Careyites Con Brio’
‘Walapatala’ screenplay released
‘Maris Rhythm 70’s’ in Negombo
Sing-a-long and celebrate
Rajitha returns with ‘No Return’
Thilak's paintings at Kandy AF
Hoosiers at AC
‘Kakul Hathare Illandaria’ walks to Wendts
‘Sri Lanka 2048’ : TV debate series on creating a better future
CIC Agri Businesses on ARTv
‘Help Samitha’ today
Dr. Jones returns to Colombo with the Crystal Skull
Ears in Moonbeams

China begins evacuation plans ahead of dam disaster
Ousted Nepal king consults astrologers in house hunt
Political foes turn screw on strongman Musharraf
Cyclone aid: Myanmar Junta comes under fire
Chile's potato claim is indigestible, says Peru
'Last stand' for Hillary
Anxious times for B’desh: Will it go the Pakistan way?
When women’s bodies become part of the battlefield



Cock and bull stories for trapped people
Inflation: No light at the end of the tunnel
The media meets the terror of the unknown
Everything is going up scandalously! Thank God, no more opposition!
Profit from the lessons, not deny them
Poverty amidst prosperity: UN millennium goals seem elusive
Fuel for thought
Ministry considers 4-day school week
Two people die in Wellawatte blast
CMs seek ruling on land powers
Dengue on the rise this year
Reggie Ranatunga dies, funeral tomorrow
President’s PR officer to appear in court in Flower Road house case
Singapore jails Lankan for faking his death
Jackets packed with explosives, not drugs
President to attend C’wealth mini-summit
Is nothing sacred on the racetrack?
Picture Story
Death bells toll for the free media
Oil conspiracy: How our governments have contributed to the rise of fuel prices
60 years of independence and 6 decades of life -Shobhaa De
Court told that Cabinet was ‘misled’ in land case
Justice is to give everyone his legal due: Justice Ratnayake
British tourists undeterred by violence here

Globalisation and brotherhood - CRICKET with Ranil Abeynaike
Why not adopt Galle RFC - a pose to the corporate - RUGBY TALK by Vimal Perera
Entering the next plane in cricket - SUNDAY MUSINGS with S.R. Pathiravithana
It was a great learning curve

Letters to the editor
  To those of us who fail to speak up
  Why courier firms are necessary
  Packeted vegetabes make such a difference
  To an unborn child of Lanka
  Some thoughts provoked by Seetha's story
  A President's undying words
  Premnath J. Moraes
  Roshan Yaseen
  Chitra Ranawaka (nee Malalasekera)
  A mountain - sized headache
  A mother's love snatched away in an instant
  Opening the gift of memory
  Be wary of waste
  Living besides the jaws of danger
  Growing gains
  Where nothing is easy to pin down
  Prose and poetry: Random thoughts on the Gratiaen award
  A reading by Asoka Weerasinghe
  A brush with nature
  Kala Korner
  Space girl
  Beauty for a cause
  The Glenthorne Cat and Other Amazing Leopard Stories - Reviewed by Carl Muller
  Groundwater Conditions in Sri Lanka - Reviewed by Dr. J. Handawela
People and events
  Eminent Biologist earns Doctor of Science (DSc) Degree
  Holly-Bollywood night
  Launch - scientific facts about human life






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