The Sunday Leader

Yields up

Treasury Bill yields continued with their ascent in the run-up to the Presidential Polls, with 91, 182 and 364 day maturities rising by two, four and three basis points to 7.86%, 8.86% and 9.41% respectively at Wednesdays’ primary auction, over the yields commanded in the previous week.

Only 4% penetration

Only 4% are aware of Sri Lanka as a country and as a destination, a hotelier said. Nimal Perera, who is also a banker and the Managing Director of Royal Ceramics, told Benchmark’s Special Correspondent Ms. Savithri Rodrigo recently. In that respect, Perera remains critical of the authorities for a lack of focus. “When it [...]

The Lovely Bones

By Sumaya Samarasinghe Live fast die young and make a good looking corpse”, those were the prophetic words of James Dean, who in the space of three films became a ’60s icon of  teenage rebellion thanks to unforgettable films like  East Of Eden,  Giant  and  Rebel Without A Cause. James Dean never saw a day [...]

Rethink healthcare

Sri Lanka is a middle-income country with an ageing population, the former head of a private think tank said. Dr. Godfrey Gunatilleke, Chairman Emeritus Marga Institute, speaking at the Sri Lanka Association for the Advancement of Science (S.L.A.A.S.) on Monday said that in such an environment, what is required is social security beyond transfers to [...]

Get Beautiful, Get Fit, Dance!

By The Incurable Romantic I have noticed that after a break up, a woman often let’s herself go physically. Some of course may be opening a bottle of champagne and celebrating their newly found freedom, but on the whole the ones I have met remain distraught for a pretty long time while their men are [...]

Intelligent Lesson From Three Idiots

By Ranee Mohamed The Three Idiots now at Majestic has a deceptive name for the kind of message that it conveys. A film packed with humour, drama and lessons for life, the Three Idiots comes as a truly engaging film that keeps the audience enraptured and  wondering what is going to happen next and more [...]

The Legacy Of The Raj; Ill-Aristocrats

by I Love Lanka ( A form of government where the most the prominent citizens rule is known as an aristocracy. It contrasts with a democracy where theoretically all citizens hold power. A pure democracy would involve a referendum on virtually every major issue. Since this would be unbearably expensive, clumsy and inefficient, most democracies [...]


Donations Wanted Traffic was backed up for miles, the police were going car to car. When they got to my car I asked the officer what was going on. He said “It’s our police chief  again. He’s up there threatening to set himself on fire! We are going car to car collecting donations.” “Donations!” I [...]

New Aiba Rule Hurts Lanka

By T.M.K. Samat There won’t be room in the Sri Lanka national boxing team for two outstanding medal prospects when AIBA’s newly restructured weight classes come into effect this year. In a move to reduce the number of bouts at the 2012 London Olympics so as to accommodate women’s boxing as a medal sport, AIBA [...]

Malik — The Man Behind The Magic Of Kandy Sports Club

By Hafiz Marikar Many seem to have forgotten those glorious moments of Kandy Sports Club rugby, but there are still a few who remember the part played by promoters, one such person is former Royalist Malik Samarawickrema. Malik’s name is a house hold name in the game of rugby. He played for Royal College as [...]

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