In the 1950s The Platters made the kind of music people listened to as they fell in love. Catchy, romantic numbers were sung in perfect harmony by a quartet of young black performers, but at the heart of the band was its manager and sometimes song writer Buck Ram. Quite firmly in charge, Buck helped the band win 16 Grammys. He also ensured that The Platters performed despite dramatic changes in the ensemble’s composition.
Commercial banks this week reduced their borrowing and some part of their lending rates in line with calls by the Central Bank to cut rates but credit demand hasn’t risen as one would have expected, banking sources said.
History in the making is all too often tragic. Only rarely is it capable of irony. November 9, 1989, was one of those rare moments when irony reigned, because East Germany's bureaucratic socialism died as it had lived - with a bureaucratic snafu.
Over the last 20 years the number of private Sri Lankan "foreign medical graduates" (FMG) has increased tremendously. The number of private and state foreign institutions catering to this demand has also increased. Some make it more attractive by offering courses in English. China is the latest addition.
IChief of Defence Staff General Sarath Fonseka's recent visit to the US and his 'tactical withdrawal' to Sri Lanka together with increased speculation that he was to enter politics have been the talk of many a town.
Chief of Defence Staff Sarath Fonseka returned to Colombo as dawn broke over Sri Lanka on Thursday, ending fears of Government leaders he would disclose to US law enforcement agencies secrets of the military campaign that defeated the Tiger guerrillas this May.
Sigiriya has been a popular place to visit for both the young and the old. Apart from the marvel of the 5th century rock fortress, the glorious paintings, the writings on the Mirror Wall and the beautiful gardens on top of the rock, now there is something new for the visitor to see. That is the recently opened Sigiriya Museum – a marvel in itself.