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Ban Ki-moon Should Reject the Report of the Panel on Sri Lanka and Restore Confidence in the UN

An analysis of notices published by the UN Panel of Experts (POE) calling for submissions and email correspondence this writer has had wit...

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Eight days a week

Looking back in time it is difficult to imagine the times when I sported a mop top and successfully braved a frenzied mob at one of Colombo's cinemas to watch 'A Hard Day's Night' and 'Help'.

Reading this story of the seeming immortality of Beatlemania in today's 7 DAYS, I could not help but hark back to Paul McCartney's recent dedication to his late wife Linda and remember my favourite song, Eight Days a Week. To John, Paul, George and Ringo!

Britishers bracing for tough times

Latest reports from London show more gloom is in store for Britishers as the Chancellor of the Exchequer, readies his red box to reveal tough measures to face what the IMF is expected to say are going to be even tougher times for the Queen's subjects ensuring more entertainment for customers of one restaurant in London.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

CNN looks at G20 Coverage

The G20 Summit in London earlier this month was closely followed by huge audience around the world. There was hardly any doubt about the reason for the keen interest: Would the leaders of the top twenty economies in the world come up with answers to the unprecedented global economic crisis?

A programme aired by CNN looks at how the media geared themselves and covered the huge event.

International Correspondents hosted by CNN London Anchor Fionnuala Sweeney

Thursday, April 16, 2009

The 47-year old singing sensation

Wannabe British singer Susan Boyle is hardly wannabe. She certainly can sing! And with a little help from our wired world and YouTube, she's an instant celebrity.

Her performance though, underscores the point that if you're good at what you do and believe in yourself, all you need is courage. Awesome!

GuardianUK: Susan Boyle's Britain's Got Talent performance a hit for ITV website

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Economic Slowdown Hits Below The Belt

Gone are the days when economic pundits lectured to us in language you and I didn't understand about fiscal policies and macroeconomic pressures. There was nothing we could do about it. We had to accept whatever they said, and hope that it was right. Those days are gone though.

Nowadays they are more serious about finding out whether anyone has got his knickers in a twist. The funny thing is, they're trying to prove the former Fed Chairman was right.

This is what the Huffington Post has to say.

Some like him.

Some don't.

Monday, April 6, 2009

A Man Who Shone For His Country

Sri Lanka Cricket today publicly showered its gratitude to Mehar Mohammad Khalil, the driver of the bus whose timely action saved the Sri Lanka Cricket Team and averted a catastrophe in Lahore last month. A veteran driver whose services had been used to drive important guests around Pakistan, Khalil had the ultimate test of his nerves and his character when gunmen opened fire on the bus driven by him ferrying the Sri Lanka Cricket team to the Gadaffi Stadium in Lahore, on March 3rd.

Kahlil's heroic actions have brought a shower of goodwill to Pakistan which has been viewed worldwide as a country sliding away from stability and the rule of law. His actions have also ignited a feeling of revulsion among a large cross section of Pakistan's population which has hailed him as a hero and disassociated itself from the actions of extremists and terrorists.

I tip my hat to the hero. Well done, Mehar Mohammad Khalil!

Read also:

ANCL felicitates Lahore hero

Sri Lanka Honour 'Hero' Bus Driver

Sri Lanka honours cricket driver

Mehar Mohammad Khalil: A hero across borders

In Words

Loved and mentored by parents with values and discipline and a passion for good English; guided by teachers who wouldn't spare the rod to ensure excellence; copywriter; on-line journalist; editor-in-chief; and at long last, giving into the passion; Freelance Writer.

Nurtured in advertising and PR from freelance copywriter to account director and agency head; engaged throughout to humanitarian work in NGOs including the Red Cross and the UNDP; and experienced in both public and private sectors.

Looking forward to a future of writing on diverse subjects; sharing knowledge and experience; enriching the lives of others; but most of all, acquiring more knowledge and using it to make the world a better place for all.

More of my writing:
* Fuelling the Peace Process * Concepts for decentralisation of government * PEACE: Is it still an elusive dream? * Interview with the late Major General Trond Furuhovde first Head of the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission * How polar bears are affected by global warming * Red Cross takes lead in clean water for Sri Lanka flood victims * The poorest hardest hit by Sri Lanka floods *