Sri Lanka`s state-run budget carrier - mihin lanka reports loses Rs930mn

  • 19 Apr 2010 15:00:01 GMT

    Same old song.

  • 19 Apr 2010 15:08:45 GMT

    talking about songs, check this one out

    see you next time !

  • 19 Apr 2010 15:09:19 GMT

    LBO is working for the US.

    Mihin is making headway and will make huge profits soon....wait and see! :)

  • 19 Apr 2010 15:31:03 GMT

    [The two state airlines together have lost 13.1 billion rupees in operations according to data in the annual report of Sri Lanka`s central bank.


    No problem. As long as Mahinda Mama and dauntless are happy.

  • 19 Apr 2010 15:35:41 GMT

    What a waste of public money.

  • 19 Apr 2010 15:43:36 GMT

    [What a waste of public money.]

    Nonsense. The majority of Sinhala people are happy with Mihin and Srilankan.

  • 19 Apr 2010 16:37:35 GMT

    [Sri Lanka woos Indian tourists

    A year after the defeat of Tamil rebels who had made parts of Sri Lanka a no-go area, the island hopes to entice tens of thousands of tourists to places that appear in one of Asia s most celebrated religious sagas.

    Tourist officials have identified and collated more than 50 sites said to feature in the Ramayana, a Sanskrit epic more than 2,000 years old. The saga tells the story of the legendary king Rama who battles to rescue his wife, Sita, who is held captive by an evil demon king who lives in what is today Sri Lanka.

    With an eye specifically to attracting Indian visitors, tourism officials in Colombo believe the trips to palm-fringed beaches and unspoilt jungles can be seamlessly combined with tours of the places where Rama fought - and defeated - the powerful demon, Ravana.

    Local legends that have come down for centuries seem to confirm the authenticity of these sites, said Asoka Perera of the Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau.

    Among the sites included in the trail are Ashok Vatika, where Sita was held captive, and which has been identified as the modern-day Hakgala Botanical Garden, close to the resort town of Nuwara Eliya, and the Chariot Path, near the town of Kandy, used by Ravana when he took Rama captive.

    The country has been able to draw visitors to such renowned sites as Sigiriya, an ancient rock fortress, and Polonnaruwa, the country s capital a thousand years ago. But some of the sites are in the north and east of the island, parts of which were under the control of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) or else off-limits to visitors. One such place that can now be easily reached is Talaimannar, situated at the tip of Mannar Island and the point where Adam s Bridge - the string of coral reefs and shifting sandbanks that connect India with Sri Lanka - starts.

    This bridge was supposedly built by the monkey-commander Hanuman, who then crossed over from India with his army to help rescue Sita. Another northern location in the trail is Ritigala, which is associated with the episode in the Ramayana where Hanuman is sent to the Himalayas to fetch a medicinal herb.

    Following the conclusion of the decades-long civil war, the government of President Mahinda Rajapakse announced its intention to try to increase sharply the numbers of overseas visitors. Earlier this year, the authorities said that the number of visitors in January was up by more than 30% compared with the same month in 2009. There was a 25% increase in British visitors to the island.


  • 19 Apr 2010 16:41:03 GMT

    [supposedly built by the monkey-commander Hanuman.....]



  • 19 Apr 2010 16:46:40 GMT

    LTTE defeat, political solution and CIA strategy

    [Tamil population

    Both Hillary Clinton as well as Robert Blake are unaware or do not want to know that the majority of the Tamil population lives away from the North and the East. They also do not know that the Vanni - the name given to the Dry Zone of Kilinocchi, Mullaitivu, Vavuniya and the North of the Anuradhapura consisted of dilapidated tanks (reservoirs) with very few inhabitants and that too only on the major tanks.

    When Sri Lanka Army took over Jaffna from the LTTE in 1996, the LTTE moved - fled to the mainland and forced people to move with them. Thus the population in Kilinocchi and Mullaitivu increased after 1996. Till then it was very sparsely populated.

    Robert Blake does not understand what a political solution implies. In the varied discussions with the LTTE it has always been held that they want self-determination and the right to have access to foreign donors. The USA is a vast country comprising 50 States and it would be of interest for Robert Blake to come to know that none of the States of the USA have any of the above powers.

    Further Robert Blake has to understand that there are enclaves of Tamils in many parts of the island. In the Fifties 95 percent of the population of Wellawatta, a Municipal ward of Colombo was Sinhala, but today 80 percent of the population is Tamil.

    What will be the situation of Trincomalee District which has a third of all three communities - Sinhala, Tamil and Muslims? What of Batticaloa District, where the Tamils are entrenched in the Batticaloa city while further South the Muslims are entrenched in Pottuvil.

    Further the Muslims have their own concentration of habitats in Beruwala, Mawanella and Akurana, near Kandy. In short, any political solution administered in any manner will essentially see Sri Lanka disintegrating into a number of warring states, like what really happened to Somalia, where today the administration has moved to Kenya and the seafarers have taken to pirating on the seas.

    It will interest Blake to know that pirating a ship means that the riches are shunted to Kenya where real estate is bought by Somalians.]

  • 19 Apr 2010 17:12:15 GMT

    [Mihin is making headway and will make huge profits soon....wait and see! :)]

    finaly some good news for some...after some time...must have been so depressing all this time :)))