Sunday, May 25, 2008
      Editorial:Thank God he’s alive!  Politics:Govt.: One step forward, two steps back  
Against the backdrop of rapidly deteriorating economic conditions primarily due to sharp increase in defence costs, a staggering fuel import bill and corruption, the government has decided that spouses of dead ministers and MPs would be entitled to vehicles imported on duty free permits.
Treasury Chief Dr. P. B. Jayasundera recently said country’s annual oil bill was USD 2 billion and further price escalation in the world market would have catastrophic impact on the national economy.

The brutal attack on The Nation Associate Editor Keith Noyahr spurred five media organizations to stage a protest against continuing violence against journalists last Friday. The demonstration was held at Kollupitiya junction under a heavy police presence.
(Pic by Nishan S. Priyantha)

Were Noyahr’s abductors trying to get a lead on his `sources’?
As Thursday’s abduction and torture of Keith Noyahr, Associate Editor of The Nation, drew widespread condemnation, Sunday Island inquiries revealed his tormentors had been taken him to Dompe and then brought him back to his Dehiwela residence after Rivira Media Corporation...

TRC delays cost Sri Lanka Telecom million dollars
Sri Lanka Telecom (SLT) is purchasing a 75% stake in a Pan-European prepaid telecom organization at a price of US$ 1 million on account of "inordinate delays" at the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (TRC) to obtain a wi-max license, SLT has said in a Stock Exchange filing.

Powerful time bomb in bus defused
A powerful time bomb weighing more than a kilogram found inside a private passenger bus at Kirillawela was defused by the Special Task Force (STF) yesterday evening, police said.

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