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SriLankan takes steps to block Swine Flu

SriLankan Airlines has implemented a series of precautionary measures in response to the threat posed by the A(H1N1) Swine Flu, to protect passengers and prevent the spread of the disease, the airline today said in a statement.
Updated at 13/05/2009 12:10pm Full Story

Janashakthi suspended for three weeks

Sri Lanka’s insurance watchdog- Insurance Board of
Sri Lanka, has suspended the third largest player in the industry- Janashakthi Insurance PLC for a period of three weeks from today.
Janashakthi, company informed the Colombo Stock Exchange (CSE) that “the Insurance Board of Sri Lanka has suspended the registration of Janashakthi Insurance PLCI in respect of Long Term Insurance Business and ...
Updated at 12/05/2009 04:40pm Full Story

Janashakthi to appeal against IBSL suspension

Janashakthi in a statement issued to the CSE a while ago said it would appeal against the decision taken by the Insurance Board of Sri Lanka (IBSL) to suspend its license for three weeks. It further said the company is confident that the matter would be speedily resolved after further dialogue with the IBSL.
Updated at 12/05/2009 06:04pm

Consultative Committee goes into action

The Consultative Committee formed to look into the rehabilitation and resettlement of the thousands of IDPs now languishing in the welfare centres in Vavuniya is expected to make its maiden visit to the camps this week.Full Story


Manmohan rubbishes talk of sending Army to Lanka

The Indian Prime Minister rubbished the talk of sending the Army to Sri Lanka and favoured a political solution to the problem of Tamils within a united and federal setup, brushing aside the views of parties in Tamil Nadu, including ally DMK, pitching for a separate Eelam. Full Story


Foreign Ministry writes…

Referring to our last Sunday’s page one lead story headlined “Top diplomat to be expelled,” the Ministry of Foreign Affairs says:
“Responding to questions raised by the media on this report, the Minister of Foreign Affairs,...Full Story


Soldiers of war turn to peacemakers

Their entire time devoted to protect the country and its people, these two soldiers seem to have found enough time to decorate the make-shift Army checkpoint at D.R. Wijewardena Mawatha that serve as their temporary shelter, to celebrate Vesak, the most important day in the Buddhist calendar
(Pic by Thushara Dasanayaka)

President agrees to withdraw disputed bill

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Stiff opposition by the minority political parties to the controversial amendment to the Local Government Act, has prompted President Mahinda Rajapaksa to withdraw it fully.
President Rajapaksa who met with Eastern Provincial Council (EPC) Chief Minister Sivanesathurai Chandrakanthan alias Pillaiyan, Opposition Leader M.L.A.M. Hisbullah and the Council Chairman last week gave an assurance that the Bill will not be pushed down the throats of the minorities.MORE



International pressure mounts as victory...


Security forces carrying out military operations in the Wanni have nearly reached up to 900 metres of the no-fire zones at Puttumatalan. While military operations are coming to an end, the number of foreign representatives visiting Sri Lanka has started to increase. Political analysts believe that the intentions of these representatives is to force the government into a ceasefire in order to save Prabhakaran, Pottu Amman and the rest of the LTTE leadership.


Cease fire when the war is over


When Eelam People’s Democratic Party (EPDP) Leader and Hindu Affairs Minister Douglas Devananda, a very strident critic of the LTTE, said the Tigers could be physically defeated, nobody believed him. Even now, with the near elimination of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), some are skeptical. But Devananda is firm.

Effective devolution of power within...


The military operation in the north is fast drawing to a close with the last remaining strip of land controlled by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) about to fall into the hands of the security forces.

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Dust settles and new possibilities arise


The dust may have finally settled on the most enthusiastically contested provincial poll - the Western Provincial Council elections, but this brings in its wake new political possibilities about which...