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Post Mortem On Sweep-Ticket Seller Tomorrow

The post mortem of a disabled man found near the Mount Lavinia police station, is scheduled to be held tomorrow, according to police spokesman Prashantha Jayakody. The body was discovered today by Mount Lavinia police. The victim, thought to have been a sweep ticket seller, had sustained severe head injury. It is suspected that the murderers made [...]

Forget The Panels, Remember The People

With all this talk of commissions and omissions and ‘I say’ and ‘how dare you’, I think we may have missed the point. There are a lot of widows and orphans walking around our country. When I visited Menik Farm, I didn’t meet a single person who hadn’t lost a relative. I don’t think it’s [...]

Sri Lanka Savaged

GSP+ By Dilini Perera The Generalised System of Preference (GSP) is a trade agreement in which the European Union gives 176 countries and territories, preferential access to the EU market. By reducing the tariff on goods entering the market, the EU’s main priority is to reduce poverty and promote sustainable development and good governance. There [...]

Strange Case Of The Printing Press

Inland Revenue claims Rs 2.8 million from directors Employed director faces music on his own Ranil Wickremesinghe appointed new board By Faraz Shauketaly The printing company set up by President Ranasinghe Premadasa for the United National Party (UNP)  did not pay its dues to the Inland Revenue and the directors have now been noticed to [...]

Tarzie Vittachi’s “Emergency ’58” Re-Visited

Having first read Tarzie Vittachi’s seminal description of the anti-Tamil riots shortly after it was published and smuggled into what was then Ceylon, I was curious to see whether my original impressions of that book would hold true a half-century later and whether there were any lessons for 21st Century Sri Lanka in that slim [...]

‘Patriotism’ And GSP+

A long time ago, there was a witty column in a Sinhala newspaper that captured the best news headlines of the week and tagged them with its own pithy comments. Today, if that column was there, some of it would go like this. We can’t sacrifice our sovereignty for the sake of 150 million dollars. [...]

With Friends Like This Do We Need…?

Even going back to the legendary times of Lanka’s Ravana abducting Sita from India, Sri Lanka had to be friends with the many kingdoms on the sub-continent, for the sake of peace and self preservation. Right through the times the theme has been peace and friendship with ‘India’ — in reality many south Indian kingdoms, [...]

Police And NCPA Urge Parents: Beware Of Kidnappers!

By Ranee Mohamed With two reported cases of kidnapping in the months of May and June, involving a two and a half year old girl from Kelaniya and a seven year old boy from Buttala, Police and National Child Protection Authority officials are urging extra vigilance. The most recent case was reported from a Muslim [...]

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Brazil Draw Puts Portugal Through

Brazil and Portugal played out an extremely uneventful goal-less draw which saw both sides qualify for the last 16. What was perceived as arguably the potential standout game of the group stages failed to deliver on its promise as Portugal’s desire to secure the point that would definitely seal what was already likely qualification from [...]

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