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Budget lacks human quality - Former Finance Minister
Colombo, Nov. 07:Ronnie de Mel, a veteran Parliamentarian and a former Finance Minister who presented 11 Budgets in Parliament from 1977 to 1988 said, “A budget in a developing country like ours should have two aspects; structural and human.” Referring to the 2003 Budget, Mr. De Mel said that it l...
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Budget designed to attract the interest of the Global Capital
The budget contains some of the most right wing proposals and it locked itself to some of the so-called development projects designed by the International Monetary Fund (IMF), World Bank (WB) and World Trade Organization (WTO) states Dr Vickramabahu Karunarathne, Presidium Member, New Left Front....
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The Ceylon Chamber of Commerce endorses the budget 2003.
The Ceylon Chamber of Commerce endorses the budget 2003 announced at a time the country is emerging from a nineteen-year conflict. The Chamber also recognizes the steady and consistent progress achieved during the last ten months in many areas such as growth, interest rates, inflation and the stock...
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Sri Lanka refuses to extend British journalist resident visa
Yahoo News: Colombo, Sri Lanka - The Sri Lankan government has refused to extend the visa of the correspondent for the London-based newspaper The Daily Telegraph, the journalist said Thursday. They have not given any reason for not extending my visa. I have been advised by the British High Commissi...
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Alleges LTTE pressure on Govt. to refuse visa extension: British journalist forced to leave Lanka
by Zacki Jabbar - The Island The Island:British journalist and London Daily Telegraph Colombo correspondent Paul Harris is being forced to leave the country on grounds that he is a "threat to national security" allegedly on LTTE pressure applied on the government. Harris who is also a specialist co...
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Refusing visa extension to journalist, erosion of media freedom — President’s Office
The Island:The President’s Office on Wednesday expressed serious concern over the government decision not to extend the visa of the Colombo correspondent of the London "Daily Telegraph". The following is the full text of the statement issued by Harim Peiris, presidential spokesman. "The President’s...
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Different type of Laughter - British - German and Americans.
Compiled by: V.Rajeny It is said that when you tell an Englishman a joke, he will laugh three times. First - when you tell it, to be polite. Second - when you explain it, to be polite. And third - in the middle of the night when he wakes up and finally gets it. When you tell a German the same joke...
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Report on ‘sub-standard’ rice sent to north scheduled to be submitted yesterday
by Dilanthi Jayamanne - The Island The Island: The eight-member committee appointed to look into the quality of 3,000 metric tons of rice shipped to the North for the internally displaced persons (IDP) was scheduled to forward its report to the Chairman of Inter-Ministerial Food Security (IMFS) and...
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Asian Political Parties would establish people to people link in the future
by K.T.Rajasingham Bangkok, Nov. 08:The 2nd. International Conference of Asian Political Parties, scheduled to be held in Bangkok, on 22-24 November, is expected to be the forerunner to a future Asian Solidarity Organization. The novel idea to hold an institutionalized forum for the Political Par...
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Sri Lanka says peace and reforms to drive economy
By Chamath Ariyadasa Yahoo News: Colombo (Reuters), Nov. 06 - Rapidly growing hopes for a permanent end to two decades of war and wider economic reforms should boost Sri Lanka's economy by 5.5 percent next year, the island nation's finance minister said on Wednesday. The increase from growth of thr...
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Sri Lanka hopes for faster economic recovery as peace process gains momentum
Yahoo News: Colombo, Sri Lanka, Nov. 06 - Sri Lanka's economy is expected to recover quickly as efforts by the government and Tamil Tiger rebels to end the island nation's 19-year civil war gain momentum, the finance minister said Wednesday. The economy is expected to grow more than 5 percent next...
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LTTE a Junior Partner of the Government in the begging bowl mission.
Colombo, Nov. 07: The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, (LTTE) in effect has today become a junior partner with the Government in taking the begging bowl to lending institutes in the West. This is what Dr Vickramabahu Karunarathne, the Leader of the Nava Sama Samaja Party (NSSP) declared in the...
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I will do anything you want me to do for $ 100, on one condition.
Compiled by: V.Rajeny A man was sitting at a bar enjoying an after-work cocktail when an exceptionally gorgeous, sexy young woman entered. She was so striking that the man could not take his eyes away from her. The young woman noticed his overly attentive stare and walked directly toward him. Befo...
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Arrangements to streamline E-commerce for development of Asian Countries.
Bangkok, Nov. 07: Steps are taken to streamline the Electronic Commerce in Asia. A framework regional policy on E-Commerce is to be taken up for consideration. According to a survey, by 2005, one dollar in every five spent in online purchases will be thaat of Asian. As people in Asia and the Paci...
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Archbishop appeals to President and Prime Minister to Pull the nation out of mire.
As the two great persons to whom the people have entrusted the fate of this country, you are capable of seeing the tragedy of the nation… the responsibility of pulling the nation out of this mire into which it has fallen, devolves primarily on Your Excellency and the Prime Minister,” the Dr. Oswal...
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LTTE to allow other parties to preach in N-E
by Franklin R. Satyapalan - The Island The Island:Tamil political parties on Tuesday welcomed LTTE theoretician Anton Balasingham’s statement that other political parties would be allowed to enter the democratic political process in the North East. The leader of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) an...
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Zimbabwe to lose $160m in Lankan arms deal
by Bandula Jayasekara - The Island The Island:According to a recent report in the Financial Gazette, the Zimbabwe Defence Industries (ZDI) could lose nearly $160 million dollars because a middleman it engaged five years ago to run weapons to Sri Lanka on its behalf has refused to forward monies pai...
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Change in decision to set up Interim Admin., JTF a PA victory- Kadirgamar dropped
by Shamindra Ferdinando - The Island The Island: Former Foreign Minister and President Chandrika Kumaratunga’s nominee for the peace process Lakshman Kadirgamar on Tuesday night (5) told a PA parliamentary group meeting at the presidential secretariat that the government and the LTTE appeared to ha...
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We have succeeded in increasing growth rate - Minister Choksy
We have succeeded in increasing growth rate - Minister Choksy Finance Minister K. N. Choksy, PC presenting the budget yesterday said The economy is expected to record a growth rate of about 5.5 percent, reflecting recovery in all major sectors. Inflation should decline further to 8 per cent. This s...
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Fifty-nine Political Parties from 22 Countries to participate in the biggest Conference.
by K.T.Rajasingham Bangkok, Nov. 07The Second International Conference of Asian Political Parties, scheduled for November, is to be attended by representatives of 59 political parties in 22 countries. The Conference is expected to be one of the leading and important event for Asia, which would lay...
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