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Govt. revenue drops to lowest since independence

June 28, 2014 at 8:48 pm

June 28, 2014, 7:15 pm


by Zacki Jabbar

Despite the Finance Ministry claiming that the economy was  booming, revenue as a percentage of GDP had dropped to the lowest since  independence, an Opposition legislator said yesterday.

‘Dimo Battas’ launched under ‘Divi Naguma’ driven out

June 28, 2014 at 8:41 pm


Police crackdown has dealt crushing blow

to self-employed — Kahandagama

June 28, 2014, 7:01 pm

Hennayake’s ‘Dimo Batta’ at the Colombo 7 site before the  marching orders came

By Suresh Perera

Hundreds of jobless youths who were offered ‘Dimo Batta’ mini  trucks for diverse self-employment projects under a government initiated credit  facility have been left in the lurch following police intervention to debar  parking in Colombo and the suburbs, a senior official said last week.

Media exposure was a wanton attempt to discredit my company

June 28, 2014 at 8:35 pm

‘I have always played by the rules’


– Harcourts Chairman

June 28, 2014, 7:00 pm

Ahamed Rheyas, Chairman, Harcourts (centre) stressing a point  during the media conference. Ivor Fernando, CEO, Bandula Bandara, GM, Asela  Rekewa, Attorney-at-law and Bandula Sirimanne, Director – Marketing are also at  the head-table. (Pic by Sajith Jayasekera)

The Rajapaksas and the demobilized patriots

June 28, 2014 at 8:27 pm

June 28, 2014, 6:57 pm

When Mahinda Rajapaksa was first elected to power in 2005, he  won on a patriotic vote. Many national minded people feared that a UNP victory  would mean complete capitulation to the western powers and even division of the  country.

UNP hits back at threats against Mangala

June 28, 2014 at 8:20 pm

June 28, 2014, 6:54 pm

The UNP yesterday responded to statements made by the army and  police spokesmen that MP Mangala Samaraweera revealing “state secrets’’ would  be investigated and he may be prosecuted, with Chief Opposition Whip John  Amaratunga saying that a government that had politicized the entire public  service was now politicizing the military.

Personal glory and stupid arrogance overtaken sane thinking

June 28, 2014 at 8:05 pm

Karu on Kandy night races


June 28, 2014, 7:13 pm

The Rajapaksa regime, which has been governing through a  constant flow of ‘media carnivals’, is poised to stage another spectacle in  Mahanuwara, the ancient citadel of Ceylon. A massive and obscene exhibition of  racing cars and mobikes is being planned with their notorious efficiency, which  is woefully manifest in such wasteful tamashas but not in the day-to-day  administration of the country’s burning issues, Karu Jayasuriya, Chairman of the  UNP Leadership Council, said in a statement.

Why China is land of opportunity for young Taiwanese

June 28, 2014 at 11:27 am

By Cindy Sui BBC News, Taipei

Protesters held flowers and shouted slogans as over 200,000 people rally on 30 March in Taipei opposing a contentious cross-strait service trade agreement with China. Many young people joined protests against a trade deal with China

Confident and fluent in English, 24-year-old Nelson Lai would have no trouble finding work in his native Taiwan.

Iraq army launches offensive to retake Tikrit from Isis

June 28, 2014 at 11:20 am

New recruits to Iraqi army from Shia militias in Kanaan, Diyala province - 26 June The Iraqi army has been boosted by new recruits from Shia militias

Iraq’s military says it has launched a major offensive to retake the northern city of Tikrit from Sunni militants.

Sarajevo marks 100 years since killing of Archduke Ferdinand

June 27, 2014 at 10:03 pm

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA( Car in which Archduke and his wife were shot at)

Bosnia is set to commemorate 100 years since the assassination of Austrian Archduke Franz Ferdinand, the act that triggered World War One.

Cultural and sporting events, including a concert by the Vienna Philharmonic, will mark the occasion in Sarajevo.

Gavrilo Princip: Bosnian Serbs remember an assassin

June 27, 2014 at 9:29 pm

Gavrilo Princip (2nd R) is arrested moments after the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand Gavrilo Princip (2nd R) was arrested moments after Archduke Ferdinand was murdered

During preparations to mark 100 years since the assassination of Austrian Archduke Franz Ferdinand, the BBC’s Guy De Launey found Bosnian Serbs in eastern Sarajevo paying tribute to the 19-year-old man whose actions triggered World War One.

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