With the successful dismantling of the LTTE in the North, the
government’s attention is now focused on holding Municipal...
Donor evacuation plan
fails to get off the ground
A donor Co-Chair plan to involve US in a mass evacuation of
trapped civilians from the safe zone...
Rebels plan to ambush
Ranil at convention
are underway to oust the United National Party (UNP)
leader Ranil Wickremesinghe at the next annual
Symbolic laying down of weapons
Two TMVP cadres symbolically
lay down their guns at the official decommissioning of weapons
of its military wing at the Webber Stadium Batticaloa yesterday
afternoon in the presence Commander of the 23 Division,
Brigadier Dampath Fernando. Keenly watching the ceremony are
TMVP Leader and Eastern Province Chief Minister Sivanesathurai
Chandrakanthan alias Pillaiyan and Batticaloa Mayor Padmini
LTTE responsible for sufferings of
Holding the Tamil Tigers responsible for the “increasing
sufferings” of civilians in Sri Lanka’s embattled North, the US
Energy crisis looms
Although, last week Power and Energy Ministry won a major hurdle
in passing the Sri Lanka...
blocks illegal grab
The Environment Ministry has effectively prevented a group of
supporters of a prominent...
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Remember the tank farm facility at the Colombo
Port, used for ship bunkering, which had been sold
to Keells for a song in an underhand manner, during
a previous regime, and recently ordered by the
Supreme Court to be restored to the Government.
Having been restored to the ownership of the Sri
Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA), it is now open for use
by several players, unlike earlier, when Keells used
it as a virtual monopoly. Among its current users,
include, the ousted Keells subsidiary Lanka Marine
Services, Indian Oil Company, and Lanka Maritime
Services, making Colombo...
Bookshop owner nabbed over
The Ratmalana Air Force authorities apprehended a
suspect on Thursday evening attempting to send a
stock of magazines to Jaffna carrying photographs of
a distorted Sri Lankan national flag, LTTE Leader
Prabhakaran and a letter written by him. In the Sri
Lankan flag the four Bo leaves have been replaced by
four human skulls.
Mahanayakes overrule live
coverage of exposition
The Mahanayakes of Asgiri and Malwatta Chapters had
objected to a live coverage by the Sri Lanka
Rupavhani Corporation of the proceedings on the
first day of the public relic exposition of the
Sacred Tooth last Friday.
Cameras had already been set up and tested for live
transmission with link ups for other Channels with
the permission of the Diyawadana Nilame, Pradeep
Nilnaga Dela Bandara, the programme producer of SLRC
said. However, a few minutes...
Drought affecting water supply
“We advise consumers to save on their water
consumption in order to counter imminent shortage in
water supply” General Manager of National Water
Supply and Drainage Board, Lal Premanath told The
According to Premanath when the water levels drop in
rivers located near the sea the salt water flows in at
the point where the river and sea meet.
Morphine only at hospitals on
Explaining reasons as to why Morphine, a popular
painkiller used in hospitals, was not available to
the public, Director of Medical Supply Division (MSD)
Dr. Sarath Weerabandara said this was due to the
high addiction levels of the drug which has similar
effects of heroin, a hard drug.
He further said that Morphine is generally
considered as a sedative, and will be available only in
hospitals, to avoid it being abused...
Teacher squanders millions from
A teacher of a
leading private girls’ school in Colombo who was
arrested by the Colombo Fraud Investigation Bureau (CFIB)
and produced before Court last Thursday for
collecting money fraudulently from parents of
students and also several outsiders was remanded
till March 11 by Magistrate Ravindra Premaratne of
Court No.3, Hulftsdorp.
The teacher, a resident of Rajagiriya had collected
millions of rupees from parents of students...
|Country lacks a strong
For the Grand Old Party of Sri Lankan politics, the United National
Party (UNP), it has been another election, another defeat and now,
another call for the resignation of party leader and Leader of the
Opposition Ranil Wickremesinghe.When the party’s Parliamentary group met
in the aftermath of the resounding defeat at the Central and North
Western Provincial Council elections, there was a chorus of voices
demanding Wickremesinghe’s scalp. The thrust of their argument was that,
Wickremesinghe is no longer a marketable commodity...
panacea for settling differences
President Mahinda Rajapaksa and First Lady Shiranthi Rajapaksa were
on a three-day official tour of Nepal when they learned that the Sri
Lankan cricket team had come under attack in Lahore during their second
test match against Pakistan last Tuesday. The President began the second
day of his visit by travelling to Anandakutti Bihar, a Buddhist temple
situated in Swoyambhu, a short distance from Kathmandu. The First Couple
undertook religious observances at the ancient
Buddhist shrine and offered alms to the priests...
or dentures to CEB
The new Act passed in Parliament last week, has given additional
teeth to the Ceylon Electricity Board
(CEB) that has suffered heavy losses over a considerable period
Through the new Act, the Public Utility Commission of Sri Lanka
(PUCLS) was created to give the CEB, added impetus, to run the
institution to the satisfaction of the consumers.
With the creation of the PUCLS, the interests of the consumers
will be protected and efficiency in both operations and capital
investments promoted. The PUCSL is also...
Scandal-ridden CMC blunders again
The Colombo Municipal Council (CMC) that has virtually become a
‘white elephant’ and has been proved to be a conspicuous
failure, has blundered again.
The council that completed the construction of a multi-storied
super market down Layard’s Broadway, Stace Road junction in
Grand Pass, four years ago, has still not opened it for the
The building was constructed at a massive cost of Rs. 45 million
about four years ago. Another couple of lakhs was also spent for
the grand opening ceremony of the market. But to date, the
market has not been handed over...
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Hareen breaks 75-year-old Josephian batting record
Joseph’s opener Hareen Silva became the showpiece of the
75th Battle of the Blues after he performed a rare feat
with his bat in the drawn annual encounter at the P Sara
Stadium yesterday. Resuming at 98 not out, Silva reached
his century and became the top scorer for the Josephians
in the series with an unbeaten 141 in the first innings
which broke a 75-year-old Josephian record for the
highest score of the series. The previous highest score
of 114 not out was held by Fred Perera in 1934.
Silva followed his century with an unbeaten knock of 56
in the Josephian second innings to earn a double award
in the match for the Best Batsman and the
Pakistan loses its last ally
Pakistan has lost its last and long-standing ally in
their bid to prove to the world that their country is a safe
place to play cricket and also other sports.
Tuesday’s dastardly terror attack on the Sri Lanka cricket
team bus at Lahore injuring at least six members has firmly
shut the door on Pakistan’s future as an international venue
Sri Lanka went to Pakistan to help them out of a tragic
situation where the host country had not played a single
Test match for the past 14 months. They did it with a sense
of goodwill to help out an Asian neighbour regain their lost
pride as an...
Integrity of cricket
officials should not be in question - Atapattu
Former Sri Lanka captain and opening batsman Marvan Atapattu
said that there shouldn’t be any room left for cricketers to
question the integrity of Sri Lanka Cricket officials, but sadly
it is the case today.
“Cricketers should not be too worried about the administration
if it is being run correctly. But when it comes to cricketing
matters cricketers with experience should be involved.
Cricketers don’t have to be good administrators and at the same
time administrators will never be good at taking decisions
related to cricket matters. We have missed these two points
badly in the last two years,” said Atapattu.
Main bastion of
Sea Tigers falls
Last Sunday was another normal day at the battlefront, with
clear skies and the temperature getting warmer, the sun rising
high above, and the sandy earth beginning to heat under your
feet. The attention of the ground Forces of the 55 Division of
the Sri Lanka Army, which was defending the forward defence line
of the Puthumathalan North in Challai South, however stayed
focussed, as they waited for signs of the enemy.
Sometime during the day, the troops witnessed two boats
patrolling the seas of Challai waving white flags. Troops on the
Challai Puthumathalan defences were alerted of a possible sea
borne attack, as they confirmed the two boats were heavily...