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Electricity Hike To Up Rates

State controlled Census and Statistics Department (CSD) on Thursday (March 28) reported that the year on year (YoY) increase in the new Colombo Consumers’ Price Index slowed down to 7.5% this month, a month on month decline of 230 basis points (bps), compared to the previous month’s figure of 9.8%. However this reported deceleration in [...]

Post Geneva Fears Haunt Bourse

Like the proverbial sword of Damocles, investors are worried about what would happen to Sri Lanka post Geneva, a stock market source told this reporter on Thursday. He was referring to the successful anti Sri Lanka vote passed by the UN  Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in consecutive years on alleged HR abuse during the Government’s [...]

Gleanings Fro S’pore

Sri Lanka’s Sinhala-Tamil problem and the Irish question are taught as a subject for the O’Levels in Singapore. Encapsulated in a subject called social studies, with reference to Sri Lanka’s Tamil problem, it identifies its main source as the island’s Sinhala Only policy of 1956, where Sinhala was made the country’s official language, virtually denigrating [...]

The Road To Reconciliation

By Raisa Wickrematunge It was 25 to 13 (with eight abstentions) at the UN Human Rights Council sessions last Thursday – and luck was not on Sri Lanka’s side. The second resolution once more called on Sri Lanka to conduct independent investigations into alleged human rights and international law violations in the last stages of [...]

Stop The Humiliation

Geneva was a humiliation that must not be repeated. All responsible for the shame that was brought before the country must now devise an effective plan that will prove credible before such international forums. The issues facing the masses in Kilinochchi should prove a good start to this. And a lot remains undone in Kilinochchi. [...]

Hate Rages On

By Raisa Wickrematunge This week saw a storm of controversy as Pepiliyana was struck by a couple of attacks on Thursday (28) night. The Emerald Trading Company was subject to a sudden arson attack when a domestic matter spiraled out of control. Emerald Trading, which is a car salesroom, is owned by partners Murshid Sadun [...]

Milk Powder Climbs to Record as NZ Drought Curbs Supply

By Phoebe Sedgman and Tracy Withers Whole milk powder climbed to a record as New Zealand’s most widespread drought in at least 30 years curbs supply in the world’s largest exporter, according to Fonterra Cooperative Group Ltd. (FCG). Powder for next month’s (May) delivery gained 22.8%t, the biggest advance since Sept. 1, 2010, according to [...]

Mattala International Airport In Mid-air Battle

Disregard For Environmentalists’ Warning Nosedives By Nirmala Kannangara The Aviation Ministry’s failure to heed the warnings issued by the environmentalists over the birds’ movement in Mattala airstrip has now become a great threat for air travel, environmentalists claim. Following the second accident faced by SriLankan Airline flight – UL 114 on its way from Male [...]

Rajapaksa Govt Haunted By Ghosts From The Past

Religious tensions hit the Cabinet JVP puts the ball on MR’s court That the Mahinda Rajapaksa government is now on a fast descending precipice of its popularity is evident by the continuous issues faced by the administration. Hot on the heels of the adoption of a second consecutive resolution at the UN Human Rights Council [...]

NYC’s Bloomberg Wants Fags Out Of Sight

By Bruce Horovitz Just days after a judge rejected Mayor Bloomberg’s proposal to ban sales of big soft drinks in New York City (NYC), he’s now proposing to ban public display of cigarettes for sale. If New York Mayor Bloomberg has his way, it could be even harder to find a pack of cigarettes in [...]

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