Friday's attack on a bus close to Kataragama has not deterred pilgrims turning up for the annual Kataragama festival now in progress. Here one of the pilgrims is seen going through a ritual at the festival yesterday. Pic by K.D. Devapriya.
President Mahinda Rajapaksa has directed the Attorney General's Department to take over with immediate effect all “important cases” now in the custody of the Bribery and Corruption Commission and ensure their successful prosecution
Government is to introduce tough new regulations on mobile phone users requiring them to carry a certificate of ownership and barring them from using phones belonging to others.atures in time for the big event
Red light for strikes
On Thursday, there was a typical enactment of the politics of Sri Lanka. A Marxist party, not in office, launching a general strike, an Opposition mainstream party extolling the virtues of trade union action giving them some little muscle, and a Government trying desperately to show it is.
Let us be quite clear about this; appropriation of the term 'patriotism' along with troublingly straitjacket connotations of honour, love for one's country and duty, by a rogue administration is not peculiar to Sri Lanka.