Police officers dismantling yesterday a makeshift shelter under which four monks and two civilian supporters of General Fonseka launched a fast-unto-death demanding the former Army commander be released. Pic by Sanka Vidanagama
Sri Lanka’s ceramic industry is facing a severe threat of losing the European market for its tableware, sanitary ware, hotel and ornamental ware if the EU decides to finally withdraw the GSP + facility, according to Sunil Wijesinha, Chairman of tableware exporter Dankotuwa Porcelain and former head of the Ceramics Council.
There is an erroneous impression after the recent Supreme Court judgment that the Muslims in Andhra Pradesh have been given four per cent reservations in jobs and education. The fact of the matter is that the court has upheld only that part of the Andhra Pradesh act which relates to Muslims belonging to Other Backward Classes (OBC).
It was a week where Mumbai stamped their class, Delhi Daredevils resurged into contention, Bangalore Royal Challengers just managed to hold their position, and Chennai Superkings kept their hopes alive along with the Knight Riders from Kolkatta. While Decan Chargers did their cause no good by failing to chase down the Knight Riders target, Punjab Kings XI are tightening their grip over the dreaded wooden spoon
With important general elections on Thursday and all predictions of the ruling coalition romping home winners, such is the over-confidence in the Government camp that a two-thirds majority in Parliament (minimum of 150 of the 225 seats on offer), is its target.
More than 14 million Sri Lankans go to the polls on Thursday, for a second time in three months, to pick their representatives to a new Parliament. They have a record 7,620 candidates representing political parties and independent groups to choose from.
I thought I must write to you as you prepare to confront the umpteenth election in recent times on Thursday-although I know some of you may have already decided that you will not vote. I feel that if you are a Blue voter you may think that victory is a foregone conclusion and therefore you should not vote. On the other hand .....
Will 2010 be Wilpattu’s swansong, with Sri Lanka going down in history as the country which deliberately allowed the destruction of one of its pristine beauty-spots not only of tremendous ecological value but also of archaeological importance?
We all know about
National Bird –
the Sri Lankan Junglefowl
(wali kukula), National Tree – Ironwood (na tree) and National Flower – the Blue Water lily (nil manel). Add one more to
that list – we now have a National Butterfly – the
Sri Lanka Birdwing.