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Youth pledge support to Ranil?

UNP Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe has summoned a meeting of the youth branch of the party, which will be held today, according to a party member who wished to maintain anonymity. The party member revealed that Wickremesinghe had already drawn up a document for presentation at the Youth Working Committee meeting, in which the members pledge their support to [...]

UEFA Introduces Tough Penalties For Extravagant Clubs

Profligate clubs face being banned from the Champions League and Europa League after European football’s governing body UEFA approved new plans. UEFA president Michel Platini has now passed rules which would force clubs to operate within their means. Clubs will only be able to spend what they themselves generate. Big cash injections from wealthy benefactors [...]

Hunting For Gold At Paradise Beach

By Dinidu de Alwis A man clad in a sarong makes his way along the sand. With a pair of diving goggles and a snorkel in hand, he treads carefully along the shoreline, his eyes fixed on the sand before his feet. He looks for a shimmer, a tell-tale glint, and seeing none, he dons [...]

Showdown Or Surrender?

The first of the two-part SLRFU AGM now over, is the final part going to be… Just as two previous attempts failed to assemble the required quorum, a third bid last week to nail-down the elusive AGM of the SLRFU also came up short. Of the eight constituent-members that make up the union, only the [...]

Ferrari Holds Onto Massa

Ferrari say they are almost certain to retain Felipe Massa alongside Fernando Alonso next season. Massa has struggled to match Alonso since the Spaniard joined this year and there has been speculation over Massa’s future, with Renault’s Robert Kubica and Red Bull’s Mark Webber linked with a move to the Italian team. But when asked [...]

Usain Bolt Falls Short In 300m World Record Attempt

Double Olympic sprint champion Usain Bolt fell short of breaking Michael Johnson’s world record in the 300m at the IAAF World Challenge in Ostrava last week. The Jamaican, 23, clocked 30.97 seconds in his first competitive attempt at the distance, 0.12 seconds over Johnson’s time. However, Johnson set his mark ten years ago at altitude [...]

“I Have A Plan”

Most cricket playing nations are preparing for the forthcoming 50 overs World Cup, now. Or at least they have one eagle eye trained on it whilst they go through the already agreed to games between other nations. It would be a good opportunity for teams from the sub continent to lift the trophy with home or near [...]

BOI’s Warning To IMF

With the IMF recommending that BOI tax holidays should be rationalized on the basis that the war is over and therefore there is no need for such incentives to attract foreign investments (see last week’s The Sunday Leader issue) these pages, carrying an article in its issue of October 4, 2009 under the heading “FDI [...]

When Boxing Was Great At Trinity

By Sharm de Alwis Boxing at Trinity was an ‘on, off’ sport. Even then and despite several stoppages, when the sport was revived in the ’80s, Trinity remained the over-all winners of the Stubbs Shield. They continued to spread their wings when in school and won their weights several times at the T.B. Jayah and [...]

IMF Budget

By Paneetha Ameresekere – Business Editor Prostituting a country’s sovereignty need not necessarily be in the form of political servility, it may even take the form of economic servility. While the Government of Sri Lanka (G.o.S.L.) has resisted moves made by certain powerful and influential sections of the international community  who have called for a [...]

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