Soon after the hullabaloo over the Commonwealth Summit, President Mahinda Rajapaksa presented the budget almost unnoticed. It was widely expected to be an ‘election budget’ with concessions to ease the burden of cost of living but that was not the case. Election or not, the budget did little to appease the concerns of those trying hard to balance their household
‘Moderate’ is a subjective tag.the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) MP M.A. Sumanthiran may call himself a moderate but not everyone will go along with his self-perception. The same holds for any moderate, self-labeled or labeled as such by others. Politicians, in particular, are notorious for self-labeling and crafting speech with particular audience in mind.
SYDNEY, (AFP) - Embattled Australian carrier Qantas’ credit rating was downgraded by Standard & Poor’s to “junk” status Friday after the airline issued a shock profit warning and slashed jobs.Qantas on Thursday flagged a half-year loss of up to Aus$300 million (US$271 million) and said it would axe 1,000 jobs as it struggles under the weight of record fuel costs and fierce competition
Gold smuggling to India has increased recently, where gold prices have seen a drastic increase. Methods of smuggling gold to India vary from swallowing it, using drug couriers, stashing gold in imported vehicles to hiding it and in natural orifices.
To curb this trend Sri Lanka Customs recently imposed restrictions on the amount of gold jewelery a passenger can carry.
The film “Mandela: Long walk to freedom” based on the autobiography of anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela, premiered in London last Thursday. Among the attendees were Prince William and his wife Princess Kate. One of Mandela’s daughters, Zindzi Mandela, was also present. On the way to the theater, she was asked about her father’s health and
JOHANNESBURG, (AFP) - South Africa on Saturday began preparations to host US President Barack Obama and other world leaders eager to pay their respects to Nelson Mandela during 10 days of mourning for the anti-apartheid icon.On Friday President Jacob Zuma announced the mourning period for Mandela, the founding father of modern South Africa and its first black leader
JOHANNESBURG, (AFP) - Economists slapped down speculation that Nelson Mandela’s death could prompt an economic and financial slump in South Africa, but warned the gains he inspired remain fragile.
Analysts pointed to a strong showing by the Johannesburg Stock Exchange on Friday and the rand despite news of his death, dismissing doomsayers who predicted the 95-year-old’s demise would spark a crisis.
NEW DELHI, (AFP) - The Dalai Lama said Friday he would miss his “dear friend” Nelson Mandela, who he hailed as “a man of courage, principle and unquestionable integrity” in a letter sent to the South African icon’s family.In a statement on his website, the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader said “the best tribute we can pay to him is to
Off went Cameron to China in a huff thinking that Britain’s help was needed to prop up rising China’s economy. Lesson Cameron learnt humiliatingly was China is a great power Britain now is not. It was certainly no meeting of equals. If Cameron huffed and puffed in Colombo he certainly ended up groveling before China yet to no avail.
Rarely have the exaggerated pretensions of a British prime minister been so harshly and humiliatingly brought crashing to earth as with David Cameron’s policy on China. China’s leaders are too skilled in diplomacy to state it bluntly during Cameron’s current Beijing visit, but the rest of the world, including numerous British commentators, knows exactly what has occurred.
Wildlife experts say that driving elephants into parks is futile because, as the drive from Hambantota to Lunugamwera would exemplify, the animals will die eventually due to starvation and stress.Two adult female elephants, a baby elephant two years old and a six-year-old elephant were killed recently in Handilla, Hambantota when an encroacher fortified his illegally
Arrangements are underway to hand over the land area of 17th Gemunu Watch Headquarters (17 GW) located in Karampan, Kayts to its legitimate owners as a part of the demilitarizing process where lands used by security forces in the former conflict zone are returned to civilians.
Another extent of 23 acres of paddy land was released to their original owners in Mullaitivu recently.
Sri Lanka has achieved very significant international stature as a result of its remarkable success in hosting the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM), and the challenge now is to follow through in implementing a program of work which will enable the Commonwealth to be clearly seen as an instrument of practical service to the populations of the Commonwealth
Dr. W. D Rodrigo in his letter has not pointed out a single factually inaccuracy in the story. Neither has he explained why he believes it is defamatory or a violation of what he believes are norms pertaining to media ethics.However, as a responsible media organization that has over the years built a reputation for accurate news
Those who lecture Sri Lanka on what is best for the country and the people, claim that accountability and justice are necessary and non-negotiable preconditions for reconciliation. Never mind their moral authority to pontificate there is truth in this position. ‘Forgive-and-forget’ is easy to say but hard to obtain. It is the same for the aggrieved, whether grief arrived in