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Tigers use Tamil Nadu trawlers to sink SLN boat
Lanka wants India to act NOW
Sri Lanka called for urgent Indian action to tackle the LTTE using Tamil Nadu fishing fleet to its advantage after LTTE cadres onboard two Indian trawlers destroyed a locally built patrol craft north of Talaimannar close to the Iranativu island on Monday evening.
Sri Lanka made representations to the Indian High Commission, emphasizing the need to take immediate action as the attackers had escaped taking cover behind a large cluster of Indian trawlers poaching well within Sri Lankan waters.

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Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., talks to the studio audience on set at the Tyra Studios in New York City prior to her TV and Internet broadcast of her "Voices Across America" Town Hall Monday, Feb. 4, 2008.
(AP Photo)

  • Speaker explains absence
    Speaker W. J. M. Lokubandara referred to a story in The Island that the Speaker did not attend the Independence Day Celebrations held at the Galle Face Green. He told Parliament he could not attend the ceremony as he developed an ailment in one of his legs.His inability to attend the celebration had nothing to do with the UNP decision to boycott the function and had nothing to do with the decision of the UNP leader.

  • Bombs exploded even before abrogation - JVP
    Making a special statement in Parliament yesterday, JVP MP Wimal Weerawansa said the recent bomb attacks by the LTTE were not due to the Government abrogating the CFA. Even before the abrogation proper, a bomb was exploded in Nugegoda killing several civilians.The LTTE had ignored the conditions of the CFA signed in 2002 and engaged in its terrorist activities:
  • What man has put together man can also rent asunder
    With the help of lethal weapons and a fanatical hard core of LTTE cadres, Velu did put together an illegitimate administration of sorts in some parts of our country. He had Gestapo-like police stations, Kangaroo courts, extortionate fiscal system and an atrocious educational system to brainwash the young. He also had an army,. navy and a couple of small planes. His acolytes in Sri Lanka and abroad claimed that this was a de facto state and demanded recognition and legitimacy for this all-apparent oppressive dictatorship of a ruthless despot.
  • Buddhism and Education in Contemporary Sri Lanka
    The origin of all problems in contemporary Sri Lanka is due to the disorganized system of education. Some of the problems to be recalled here, are unemployment, poverty, disharmony. Even though sixty years have elapsed from our independence, these problems have taken an alarming position day by day without any hope for a solution in the near future'.

  • USstrikes. Will Asian economies fall?
    Embracing turbulence

    DOWN, DOWN, DOWN: A man reacts to the listings index board at a stock exchange in Hefei, in eastern China’s Anhui province, on Jan. 22 as Chinese share prices closed sharply lower. With one bad news after another coming from Western countries, the question has shifted from whether there will be a recession in the US to how much it will affect developing Asian countries

  • Haycarb records 500 percent profit in Q3
    Results released by the Hayleys Group’s multinational activated carbon company to the Colombo Stock Exchange this week reveal that the company’s profit before tax grew from Rs 45 million in the same period of the last financial year to Rs 250 million for the nine months ending December 31, 2007. Profit after tax for this period, at Rs 230 million reflected a growth of more than 500 per cent over the corresponding nine months of 2006-07.

  • Rain in Sunshine state disappoints Sri Lankans
    Whoever named Queensland as the Sunshine State would have got his facts terribly wrong. That is the only conclusion a cricket enthusiast from the sub-continent can come to because the first two matches of the Commonwealth Bank Series have been lost due to rain.

    Sri Lanka’s colourful pacie Lasith Malinga celebrates after taking the prize wicket of Sachin Tendulkar. (AP Photo)


  • Sri Lanka follow the leaders
    Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardene has revealed his team have been taking a few lessons from their rivals recently. Jayawardene believes Sri Lanka should be following India's example if they want to give Australia problems in their Commonwealth Bank Series match in Brisbane on Tuesday.

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