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Grease Yaka Phenomenon: Someone is orchestrating this devil dance

The Grease Yaka (devil) phenomenon is nothing very new to Sri Lanka. Some older people say it was soap and not grease that some people used to apply on their skin in order to evade capture whenever they were caught while robbing someone or the other.

PM writes letter to Anna; Pranab named to hold talks

In the first major breakthrough in the week-long standoff, the government on Tuesday appointed trouble-shooter Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee as its negotiator for talks with Team Anna Hazare over their demand for a strong Lokpal.

Former Hamburg Senator bent on introducing Dual Vocational Learning System in Sri Lanka

Former Senator of Hamburg is moving through the Chamber of Commerce to introduce a dual vocational learning system in Sri Lanka.

Pure Ceylon Cinnamon to Entice the World


The Sri Lanka Export Development Board (SLEDB) holds the ownership of the second National Brand namely “Pure Ceylon Cinnamon” which was recently unveiled by Mahinda Rajapaksha the president of the DSR of Sri Lanka.

Israel Ambassador Alon Ushpiz met Basil Rajapaksa


The newly appointed Israel Ambassador to Sri Lanka, Alon Ushpiz paid a courtesy call on Basil Rajapaksa, Minister of Economic Development, on Tuesday at the Ministry of Economic Development.

Needs and rights of key affected women and girls in HIV programmes: Report

In the lead up to the 10th International Congress on AIDS in Asia and the Pacific (10th ICAAP), an issue-focussed and time-limited online consultation was facilitated on the issue: key affected women and girls, on SEA-AIDS by the Asia Pacific Alliance for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (APA) and Citizen News Service (CNS) during 1-20 August 2011. The report will be released at the Women Community Forum of 10th ICAAP too on 25th August 2011.

Canada Mourns the Death of Jack Layton

Canada is mourning the death of opposition leader Jack Layton, who died Monday after a second battle with cancer. He was 61.

Spectrum scam: Kanimozhi claims PM, Chidambaram opposed auction of licenses

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and then Finance Minister P Chidambaram were fully in the loop on the 2G spectrum license allocation and had decided along with then Telecom Minister A. Raja not to auction them; jailed DMK MP Kanimozhi told a Delhi court on Tuesday.

President Mahinda commenced pre-Budget review meetings to obtain proposals and suggestions

President Mahinda Rajapaksa, as it was done in the previous years, has commenced the process of obtaining views and suggestions from various sectors to gather data and information for formulating next year’s budget.

Singapore leads Sri Lanka’s record exports growth in 1H 2011


Sri Lanka’s exports to all key markets grew in the first half of 2011 helped by the improved global economic conditions. The highest exports growth was seen in exports to Singapore which reported a 74% growth in comparison to the first half of 2010, says the latest Report on Export Sector Performance for the first half of 2011, released by the Export Development Board (EDB) of Sri Lanka.

Lalin’s Column: Hi Ho Cathusalem- an up and under by Ranil W

What to do about nothing. Reminds one of that rugby song ‘Hi Ho Cathusalem’. Rugby players the world over being rowdies playing a gentleman’s game sing that song with gusto. No one, not even a ‘Maharaja’ can stop them.

Sri Lanka: Milinda Moragoda joined Sri Lanka Freedom party

Sri Lanka’s former justice, law reforms and also tourism minister and the leader of Sri Lanka National Congress Milinda Moragoda today joined the Sri Lanka Freedom party, the President office announced today.

Unite The Diverse Voices Of Key Affected Women and Girls

The 10th International Congress on AIDS in Asia and the Pacific (10th ICAAP), which is being convened in Busan from 26th August to 30th August, 2011, promises to promote equal access to prevention, support, treatment and care for all people.

Pojaman Shinawatara acquitted from the tax evasion case

An Appeal Court in Thailand acquitted Pojaman Shinawatara – ex wife of former Prime Minister Thakshin Shinawatara, from tax evasion charges overturning the lower court's conviction and three-year jail term.


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