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Truths and Myths of IMF Loan

Edward Theophilus Wanigasekera - Although it is a remarkable achievement that Sri Lanka’s government and the Central Bank of Sri Lanka have been enthusiastically able to pursue International Money Fund to obtain the approval of US $ 2.6 billion credit facilities for structural adjustments and to rescue the economy of Sri Lanka, it is observed that many misconceptions on this credit facility are spreading in the country despite the truth of it.

Jaswant’s Self-Inflicted Expulsion

M. Rama Rao - The message from Chintan Baithak of the BJP in Shimla is that the foundations of the party are crumbling. While the parliamentary board, meeting on the sidelines of the ‘Baithak’, expelled Jaswant Singh a founder member of the party who has projected himself as the hanuman to BJP patriarch Vajpayee, the Bal Apte committee put blame for the May Poll debacle squarely at the door step of Advani and his brains trust. It also held Varun Gandhi’s anti-Muslim fulmination, lack of unity amongst top leaders and projection of Narendra Modi as a future prime minister as the factors that have pushed the BJP to the opposition benches once again.

Players vs. Associations

Ramu Sharma - Virender Sehwag is generally always in the news.. He gets the headlines when he scores and his opinion on the game is often given the same display. Like Harbhajan Singh he also gets enough publicity for whenever he speaks out. But no one was quite prepared for his outburst against his own State, Delhi and its cricket administrators.
By Ramu Sharma - Syndicate Features

Virender Sehwag is generally always in the news.. He gets the headlines when he scores and his opinion on the game is often given the same display. Like Harbhajan Singh he also gets enough publicity for whenever he speaks out. But no one was quite prepared for his outburst against his own State, Delhi and its cricket administrators.

The Great Sri Lankan Tuk-Tuk Challenge

The Lanka Challenge 2009 is a first ever rally featuring auto rishaws or trishaws more commonly known as ‘tuk-tuks. Travellers from all over the world will descend upon the island nation of Sri Lanka to take part in the 2009 Lankan challenge which will take place from the 5th to 15th September 2009.

Political Power Dictates Transboundary Waters

Thalif Deen -A longstanding quote attributed, rightly or wrongly, to the legendary author and humorist Mark Twain has been reverberating in the conference rooms of the Swedish capital: "Whisky is for drinking, water is for fighting over."

Sri Lanka: New Appointments to Prisoner Visitors Board

Quintus Perera - A former diplomat, Nanda Godage has been appointed to head the Board of Prison Visitors by Milinda Moragoda Minister of Justice and Law Reforms. The other members to the Board appointed are: Rajan Asiriwatham, Arjun Deraniyagala, H.G. Dharmadasa, and Imtiyas Ismail were also appointed to the Board as members by the Minister.

Kenya commends Sri Lanka for laying a solid economic and political foundation for sustainable peace

Kenyan Deputy President, Kalonzo Musyoka when welcoming Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama to Kenya, congratulated the Sri Lankan Government for laying a solid economic and political foundation for sustainable peace having defeated the LTTE terrorism.

International Community Proves its Firm Confidence on Sri Lanka- International Trade Minister Prof. G.L. Peiris

Anjana Jayashan - Foreign investments in Sri Lanka’s treasury bills have amounted to nearly 900 million US dollars over the last three days and it has proved the firm confidence which the international community has kept on Sri Lanka, said Export Development and International Trade Minister Professor G.L. Peiris.

Sri Lanka condole on the loss of lives in Jahra Governorate, Kuwait

Sri Lanka has expressed its condolences and regret over the tragic incidents that occurred in a section of Kuwait.

Chennai has India's first school for children with muscular dystrophy

S Murari - India's first school exclusively for children afflicted with muscular dystrophy was opened here on Thursday by Tamil Nadu Deputy Chief Minister M K Stalin.

In India, When Toilets Were as Scarce as Hen's Teeth

Thalif Deen -Dr. Bindeshwar Patak, the 2009 Stockholm Water Prize Laureate and founder of a grassroots sanitation movement in India, recounts the days before his country's independence in 1947 when toilets were a rare sight in remote villages and towns under British rule.

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Bangladesh: Confirmed swine flu cases reached 87

M.A Qader - Health minister AFM Ruhal Haque has called upon people not to panic as the number of confirmed swine flu cases reached 87 on Thursday, from just 37 last week.

Nothing will change in the land of pure

Asif Haroon Raja -All governments have fallen disgracefully because of poor governance, corruption and lack of moral fibre. These factors have had devastating impact and have bankrupted the nation, brought misery to people and disgrace to rulers. The country instead of progressing retrogressed in all fields.

By Asif Haroon Raja

All governments have fallen disgracefully because of poor governance, corruption and lack of moral fibre. These factors have had devastating impact and have bankrupted the nation, brought misery to people and disgrace to rulers. The country instead of progressing retrogressed in all fields.

Sri Lanka: on a fast boat to China

Nimal Fernando - The Friendship Highway from China to Sri Lanka has been paved with seminal projects sans much fanfare.

Madras HC dismisses plea against Thangkabalu

Gopal Ethiraj - The Madras High Court on Thursday dismissed a Public Interest Litigation Petition (PIL) seeking direction to Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to register a Disproportionate Wealth Case against Former Union Minister and present Tamil Nadu Congress Committee (TNCC) president K V Thangkabalu.

Dismissing the petition, the First Bench comprising, Chief Justice H L Gokhale and Mr Justice D Murugesan said, that the petitioner has no locus standi to file PIL seeking a direction to CBI. The petition filed is with ulterior motive and in publicity angle, the bench observ

Tamil film industry blasts Lankan Minister

S Murari - The Tamil Film Industry has blasted a Sri Lankan Minister over his charge that Rajnikanth's movies were funded indirectly by the LTTE.


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