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Opposition Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe handing over school books to children of tsunami-affected families who have taken refuge in the Samudratheera Viharaya in Kamburugamuwa, Matara last Friday.
(Pic by Jude Denzil Pathiraja)
JVP to take tougher action
The JVP has resolved to take further measures if its controversial decision not to participate in last week’s two-day parliamentary debate on the tsunami fails to have the desired effort on the SLFP. The Marxist party shunned the lacklustre debate, accusing the major partner of being unilateral in its handling of emergency relief, reconstruction and rehabilitation programmes that are being planned. They also differ on having a separate mechanism for the northern and eastern provinces with accommodating the LTTE being the primary objective.

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    The financial situation at the Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) has surpassed crisis proportions with the utility owing colossal sums of money to Ceypetco and independent power producers.
  • Commonwealth raps Musharraf
    The Commonwealth on Friday sharply criticised Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf for continuing to hold the dual positions of head of state and chief of army staff, saying the practice was "incompatible with the basic principles of democracy".
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  • Loving our enemies — the Chandrika way
    t’s infernally painless to love thy enemies the way our Chandrika does. And wretchedly fun.
    For a starter, it doesn’t involve any of the applesauce and flapdoodle that one’s regular divinity book contains. No charity, forgiveness, compassion or any of those near impossible virtues. Hell, no.
  • JVP buttering bread on both sides
    The JVP continues to butter its bread on both sides, retaining its membership of the government while mounting public opposition to it on many fronts.

  • The Kaushalyan kill & the Clinton chance
    Think before you kill. While it is true that the Tigers kill unarmed political figures with impunity in Government controlled areas, they have not pulled a hit of this magnitude in the new, post-tsunami period. Karuna must limit his kills to Tiger-controlled areas, because by conducting hits in state-controlled zones he embarrasses his allies, damages our interests, and gives the Tigers a handle.
  • Down memory lane... the Upali we knew
    Twenty two years have flashed by — tewenty two years since the passing of a man who had the fates permitted him to five, could well have changed the country’s destiny. But it was not to be: Philip Upali Wijewardene disappeared from our midst the way he lived — high profile and in a blaze of speculation and mystery — combative to the end.

  • The Story of Julia Margaret and Charles Cameron
    A fascinating bit of colonial history and of British days in the island, lies buried in the remote churchyard of St. Mary’s in Bogawantalawa. The tombs of Julia Margaret Cameron and Charles Hay Cameron stand next to each other, relatively neglected, unknown and unvisited.
  • A Tsunami survivor writes
    I had gone to Sri Lanka to follow the Harrow School Cricket Team, of which my son, Edward, was a member. It was Boxing Day, and I was driving from my hotel in ‘Bentota’ to watch the boys play ‘Galle’ Schools at the famous test ground in ‘Galle’.

  • South Africa clinch series as rain washes out England hopes
    DURBAN, South Africa
    Herschelle Gibbs hit a flawless century for South Africa before rain washed out the sixth limited overs international against England at Kingsmead Friday. 

  • Gihan shines as Nalanda beat Isipatana
    Leg spinner Gihan Rupasinghe finished with a match bag of 9 for 43 as Nalanda College recorded a 39 run win over Isipatana College in a Lemonade Trophy interschool cricket fixture played at Campbell place on Friday.
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    South African Shaun Pollock celebrates taking a wicket of English opener Marcus Triscothick on the sixth One Day International cricket match at Durban's Sahara Kingmead stadium on 11 February 2005. AFP



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