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Weakening the LTTE
Since the fall of Jaffna in 1995, the capture of the Vaharai region in the Eastern province by the Sri Lanka armed forces marks the biggest defeat for the LTTE. Vaharai has a pivotal place in the east — both militarily and politically as a ...

Serena's comeback magic
Serena Williams's victory over Maria Sharapova in Melbourne completes one of the great career comebacks in tennis — on par with Andre Agassi's resurgence of the late 1990s — and effortlessly fits among the more compelling narratives ...

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Can IT-enabled services lower corruption?
By Prabhudev Konana

Information Technology is not a panacea but it offers the potential to minimise day-to-day harassment and corruption.

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ONLINE AND OFF LINE
When criticism loses its sting
I always wonder — what purpose do anonymous contributions serve, as also abusive ones? Do the writers expect these to be read, to be taken seriously? Read them I do; it is fun. Probably they satisfy the senders' egos, or sometimes pander to ...

The myth of John McCain
By Sidney Blumenthal

The Republican frontrunner's popularity has nose-dived.

Costly defections in Sri Lanka
By B. Muralidhar Reddy

Despite the latest round of defections, it is unlikely that President Rajapaksa will avoid a general election.

Generic drugs and the fate of the global AIDS response
By Ramnath Subbaraman

The potential of antiretroviral therapy to transform the lives of the HIV-infected in developing countries inspires hope. However, new roadblocks are emerging that may compromise access to essential medicines.

Why Africa now relies on Arnold Schwarzenegger
By Mary Riddell

Popcorn politics is doing more good for Africa than all the talk coming out of Davos.

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