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TODAY'S TOP STORY

Lord urges UK govt to crack down on LTTE
At a time Human Rights Watch reported in detail how the LTTE subjects Sri Lankan Tamils living in the United Kingdom, Canada and other Western countries to intimidation, extortion and even violence to ensure a steady flow of funds for their "operations" in Sri Lanka, Lord Naseby of the House of Lords said last week that the British government is not doing enough to ensure that the ban on the LTTE is properly implemented.
 

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A PICTURE FOR POSTERITY
Two policemen pose for a photograph beside the World Cup, which Sri Lanka proudly bagged a decade ago, at last week’s ceremony to celebrate this historic anniversary in the annals of the country’s cricket history.
(Pic by Kamal Bogoda)

   NEWS
  • EPDP walkover at Puthukudiyiruppu PS
    Peace Secretariat to take up issue with LTTE

    The government Peace Secretariat will shortly take up the contentious issue of the EPDP securing the Puthukudiyiruppu Pradeshiya Sabha in the heartland of LTTE-held areas.
    The EPDP, a government ally, received a walkover after its nomination paper for the forthcoming poll was declared the only valid paper. The returning officer rejected the nomination paper submitted by the LTTE proxy TNA, thereby presenting what an EPDP member called an ‘unprecedented opportunity’.
     
  • Army chief calls for strengthening army
    Army Chief Lt. Gen. Sarath Fonseka called for buttressing the army. Addressing troops at the Security Forces Headquarters, Vanni, he emphasised the urgent need to prepare for any eventuality. Troops should be properly equipped and adequately trained to meet any challenge, he stressed, in a brief speech last Friday.
     
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    POLITICS
  • SB spreads tentacles; Mahinda eyes SLFP presidency
    Last week President Rajapaksa held a meeting with Minister Anura PriyadharshanaYapa, Deputy Minister Dallas Allahapperuma, his brother Basil Rajapaksa and some others to discuss matters pertaining to the forthcoming elections. They assessed the prevalent situation and stressed on the need for securing an impressive victory to the envy of the JVP and JHU, which are not with the government in the mini polls. As the UNP was without CMC and CWC and the JVP and the JHU were on their own, they said, the government had a better chance of winning and the real strength of each party could be reasonably assessed. President Rajapaksa wanted regular meetings with the Government media heads until after the elections.  


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    FEATURES
  • Why Try War Criminals?
    I never met Adolf Hitler before he became famous. (I never met him afterwards, either, due to the accidents of nationality and birth-date.) But I did meet the "Butcher of the Balkans" before he became famous — and I promptly forgot him again
    Slobodan Milosevic, the former Serbian leader who was found dead in his prison cell in The Hague last Saturday at the age of sixty-four, was famous because the wars he unleashed in former Yugoslavia killed at least a quarter-million people. He was nowhere compared to Hitler, who was responsible for over 25 million deaths, but you’d think that he would at least leave a lasting impression. He didn’t.
  • Child’s Play in Three Acts: Exposing the LTTE’s Performance in Geneva
    In the cacophony of the debate over whether the outcome of the Geneva talks constituted an amendment to the Ceasefire Agreement, a more significant issue eluded the media limelight: LTTE’s defense of its practice of recruiting and abducting children into its forces. Recent news reports of LTTE recruitment of child soldiers have brought some attention to the issue, yet the particular performance the LTTE delivered on this issue in Geneva – performance because it was an act that succeeded in allowing the organization to continue the practice of child recruitment with impunity - needs to be more closely examined.
     
    BUSINESS
  • Sri Lanka’s balance of payments records US$100 mn surplus
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    ri Lanka’s balance of payments (BOP) has recorded a US$100 million surplus for the two-months to February, the Central Bank said Wednesday as it stayed pat on interest rates for the third straight month.
    A balance of payments is a record of a nation’s total payments to foreign countries, including the price of imports and the outflow of capital, along with the total receipts from abroad, including the price of exports and the inflow of capital.
     

  • Ceylinco adds another Star in Colombo’s Skyline
    The Ceylinco Group has done it again! Currently in the midst of constructing The Hyatt Regency in Colombo, Ceylinco has once again altered the cityscape with an edifice that heralds a new era in the city. Just like his father before him who realised his dream of building the first skyscraper in Colombo - namely, Ceylinco building, Deshamanya Lalith Kotelawela, Chairman of the Ceylinco Group, too strived to express his father’s vision in a more ambitious form with the Hyatt Regency.
     

    LEISURE
  • Me, myselves and I...
    Robert Oxnam knew his life was falling apart, but he wasn’t prepared for the bombshell discovery his psychiatrist made one day during a routine session.
    Oxnam was not an alcoholic, as previously diagnosed, nor was he suffering from severe depression. He had "multiple personality disorder" (MPD), a condition that means separate, distinct personalities, each with their own memories, ideas, traits and desires, exist within one person. The psychiatrist knew this because he had just had a 30-minute conversation with an extremely angry man inside Oxnam named Tommy. Afterwards, Oxnam had no recollection of the past half-hour and no idea about what had occurred. He blinked suddenly as if waking from a dream.
     

  • My Island in the Sun
    Enjoy the pleasure of keeping in touch

    "A friend is someone who sends you regular emails"- Lynda Hadji-Omar (1951-2006)
    One of the great benefits of living in this 21st century is having the facility of communicating by email.
    Quite apart from the fact that you can now send messages to your colleague working in the next room of the same building without getting up from your desk, and that you can exchange messages with business associates halfway around the globe without paying for an international phone call or waking them up at ungodly hours of the morning, you can also enjoy the pleasures of keeping in touch with friend and relatives far and near — sending them missives, photographs, warm fuzzy Power-point files and even greeting cards that sing and make strange noises.
     
    SPORTS
  • Marvan ruled out of the Pakistan series
    Sri Lanka who have already lost Chaminda Vaas and Sanath Jayasuriya for the One-Day Internationals against Pakistan suffered another severe setback when captain Marvan Atapattu was ruled out with a back injury. Atapattu who sustained the back injury during Sri Lanka’s tour of Australia in January aggravated the injury during the rained off first One-Day International against Pakistan on Friday in Colombo.
    "Marvan aggravated the injury while fielding in the first ODI and the medical staff advised us to rest him for the entire series. He’ll be out of both the ODIs and Test Matches," Chairman of Selectors Lalith Kaluperuma told ‘The Island’
     
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    Colombo, - SRI LANKA : Sri Lankan cricketer Farveez Maharoof (R) celebrates the dismissal of Pakistani batsman Kamran Akmal during the first One Day International (ODI) match between Sri Lanka and Pakistan at The R.Peremadasa Stadium in Colombo, 17 March 2006. Pakistan are 76 runs for the loss of three wickets after 25 overs after Sri Lanka captain Marvan Atapattu won the toss and elected to field in the day-night first one-day match. AFP

 
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