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Pakistan Taliban commander ‘seized in US operation’

October 11, 2013 at 8:53 pm

Latif Mehsud in Oct 2009 The US gave no details but reports say the arrest took place in Afghanistan

US forces have captured a senior Pakistan Taliban commander, Latif Mehsud, in a military operation, the state department has confirmed.

Are we on the brink of the first mile-high building?

October 11, 2013 at 7:53 pm

You have just closed the door behind you and your dog is already jumping up your leg, demanding you take him for a walk. Normally this would mean a short journey in the lift or a few flights of the stairs. Not so if your apartment is in one of the world’s new super-tall buildings, where you might be hundreds of metres above ground. It’s no walk in the park to take a walk in the park.

NASA Makes First 3D Printer For Food To Help astronauts

October 11, 2013 at 7:25 pm

NASA Makes First 3D Printer For Food To Help astronauts


NASA deploys 3D food printer Systems and Materials Research Corporation (SMRC) has been awarded a contract by NASA to design and develop a prototype 3-D printer capable of creating food. The basic premise is that the machine would be loaded with oils, powders, proteins and other digestible ingredients and then having it print the edible food. The ingredients are said to have a shelf life of 30 years.

US sacks nuclear missiles General Michael Carey Maj Gen Michael Carey, US Air Force pic

October 11, 2013 at 6:27 pm

Maj Gen Michael Carey, US Air Force pic The Air Force cited General Carey’s behaviour on a temporary duty assignment


The general in charge of the US Air Force’s long-range nuclear missiles has been sacked due to “loss of trust and confidence”, officials have said.


The Air Force said Maj Gen Michael Carey’s removal was for “behaviour during a temporary duty assignment”.

Editorial – Island.lk

October 11, 2013 at 6:11 pm

Towards a parliament of ministers

The government has a two-thirds majority in Parliament and, now, two-thirds of its parliamentarians are either ministers or deputy ministers! The Opposition has lashed out at the ruling UPFA for the appointment of nine more deputy ministers. The JVP has pointed out that even China, Russia and India have smaller Cabinets than Sri Lanka.


Yes, we have become the laughing stock of the world with so many ministers and deputies. The government, however, is not without politicians who deserve to be appointed ministers, but they could be counted on the fingers of one hand. The problem is that government leaders prefer the riff-raff to the deserving ones when making ministerial appointments.


Crossing of 20 million Access drives turnover to top billion

October 11, 2013 at 6:08 pm

Indices down, block trades generates business


A crossing of 20 million Access Engineering shares at a price of Rs. 22 during the final minutes of trading on the Colombo bourse yesterday pushed turnover to Rs. 1.02 billion although both indices edged down – the All Share by 9.95 points (0.17%) and the S&P SL20 by 3.29 points (0.10%) with 105 losers outpacing 80 gainers while 59 counters closed flat.


“The Access block had been available for some time though at a price higher than which it was eventually done,’’ a broker said. “Block trades accounted for a lion’s share of the day’s business volumes.’’


Crossings yesterday were in HNB where three parcels of just under half a million shares were crossed at Rs. 150 in deals worth nearly Rs. 74 million, JKH with three parcels of over 0.5 million shares were crossed at Rs. 217 in trades worth Rs. 118 million, Laughs (voting) where nearly three million shares were crossed at Rs. 28 in a deal worth Rs. 82.8 million, LIOC where a million shares were crossed at Rs. 25 and the Access parcel worth Rs. 440 million.

John Keells – World Vision collaborate in developing Mullaitivu

October 11, 2013 at 6:06 pm


Representatives of John Keells Foundation and World Vision Lanka together with Government Agent Mullativu, security forces personnel and community leaders of Iranaipalai and Puthumathalan, Mullaitivu District.


John Keells Foundation and World Vision Lanka recently launched a collaboration to uplift and rehabilitate the livelihoods of communities in Northern Sri Lanka. Through this collaboration, several development interventions such as livelihoods assistance programmes including enhancement of women entrepreneurship opportunities, infrastructure and skills development for the benefit of school children and youth and provision of water and sanitation facilities for schools and communities will be implemented in selected villages within the Mullaitivu district.

‘Encourage CBF participants on investment’

October 11, 2013 at 6:02 pm

– Commonwealth Business Council head appeals to Basil


Commonwealth Business Council Chairman Dr. Mohan Kaul has appealed to the Sri Lanka Government to open avenues for investors in view of the large number of foreign delegates who will be present at the Commonwealth Business Forum to be held in Colombo on November 12-14 in conjunction with the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM).

Wonder of Asia?

October 11, 2013 at 5:59 pm


We are supposed to be hurtling at breakneck speed towards our goal of becoming the wonder of Asia. Wonders are indeed happening in our five-star democracy on our way to attain that goal. Just consider the following.


In the days of yore, when our democracy was at its incipient stage the politicians of the time were having the wrong notion that the idea behind getting involved in politics was to render a selfless honorary service to the people and the country. How stupid! Quite a few of our politicians of the bygone era had to forego even their ancestral properties due to that stupidity.

Reflections on State Racism

October 11, 2013 at 5:56 pm

By Izeth Hussain


For some time I have been using the term “State racism” and I have even used it for the headings of two recent articles. It is an unfamiliar formulation, unlike “State terrorism”, and it obviously amounts to a neologism that requires explanation. I will not try to provide a definition because practically all definitions are open to contestation, and there is hardly ever any finality about them even after a hundred definitions as is the case with “terrorism”. Instead of a definition, I will therefore provide an explanation by putting down what I have in mind in using the term “State racism”. I believe that this is of central importance for getting to grips with Sri Lanka’s ethnic problems.

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