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  • Reshuffle spectre looms over political horizon
    Many government ministers and opposition politicians were on jaunts abroad last week. At home, there was speculation about an impending cabinet reshuffle. Hectic negotiations were apparently being carried out for cabinet ministers with multiple portfolios to shed a subject or two, so as to accommodate newcomers. There was also a proposal to create District Ministers who would hold non cabinet status. That alone would create 22 new slots.  


    Jayantha Dhanapala – Magnanimous in defeat
    Q: You ran an unsuccessful race for the post of UN Secretary-General. To what would you attribute your failure to secure the job?
    In a personal statement issued after my withdrawal from the race, I indicated that I didn’t feel the time was right for us to analyse reasons for my defeat. But, perhaps, it can be said that 1995 was the zenith of my career and the opportunity should have been seized during that time to field me as a candidate for a senior position in the UN system.

  • Maha Sinhale Vamse Kathawa
    My friend Dr. G. Usvatte-aratchi’s comments on the series of programs on the history of our country televised on Swarnavahini are interesting. He begins his comments, however, with a controversial statement. Having considered the various academic departments of the "University of Ceylon at Peradeniya," he implies that the only "high and remarkable achievements" of the University have come from its Department of History.
  • JKH chief insists pricey rights issue not targeting anybody
    as Friday’s announcement by John Keells Holdings, one of the country’s richest business conglomerates of a one for five rights issue sweetened by a one for seven bonus to follow targeting its lead shareholder who will now be required to raise billions of rupees to take up his rights and maintain his percentage if he wishes to do so?

  • The end of a long innings –
    Rajan Yatawara looks back at 41 years at Hayleys
    ayleys Chairman Rajan Yatawara this week severs a 41-year long link with a company he joined as a 19-year old trainee executive, witnessing and participating in the transition of the respected old established trading firm into a dynamic value added manufacturer whose trade mark has been the utilizing of local raw material.

  • ‘I want to get married!’
    With so much talk about marriage, when’s D-day? "Look, I do want to get married. When the announcement comes from me officially, you and the whole world will know about it. There’s nothing to hide. I believe in marriage, it’s a beautiful institution. I leave it to God. My family and my man’s family will finally decide when and how you will know about it," she says. 

  • A bitter family saga is at an end
    It was only nine o'clock in the evening in Crawford but George Bush was already embedded in the land of nod, with orders not to be woken until the morning. The blithe indifference of deep slumber was the final snub to the dead man who once described himself as "Salahadin II", "the Redeemer of all the Arabs" and "the Lion of Baghdad".

  • Sensational Lankans cruise to massive win
    fter a week full of disappointment in rain and chilly conditions in New Zealand's south island, Sri Lanka came up with a sensational effort to win the fourth One-Day International against the hosts here at Eden Park as they cruised to a comfortable 189 run win. The victory helped the tourists to keep the competition alive with the five match series now levelled at 2-2. New Zealand were bowled out for 73 in just 26.3 overs, their second lowest total in ODIs. The victory margin is the hosts worst in one-day cricket. 
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    Sri Lanka's Lasith Malinga, left, and Muttiah Muralitharan celebrate their teams 189 run win over New Zealand in the fourth one day international cricket match at Eden Park, Auckland, New Zealand, Saturday, Jan. 6, 2007. (AP)


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