It was a victory ride for the jubilant Royalists returning to Colombo after Royal College beat Trinity College at the 66th Bradby Shield encounter, held yesterday at Bogambara, Kandy. It was also a historic moment, with the resumption of the “Bradby Train” service, which had been suspended for 20 years because of the war. Royal beat Trinity 34-17. Pic by M. A. Pushpakumar
“There will be no further extensions. Sri Lanka must meet its international obligations,” EU delegation chief Bernard Savage told the Sunday Times. He said the EU expected the Government to heed the 15 conditions placed before it.
Norway which has welcomed the appointment of a United Nations panel said yesterday it had failed to persuade both the Government and the Tiger guerrillas to stop the fighting last year after the two sides had rejected its overtures.
Sweating in the muggy air and burdened down by his equipment, photographer Devaka Seneviratne is nevertheless very much at home in the mangroves that border Wilpattu National Park. It’s a place few tourists find, and Devaka would love to see it stay that way.
Cargills Ceylon, the supermarket chain, is looking at setting up a Rs 400 million milling facility to produce oil from rice bran. The mill is to be located in the war-recovering Ampara district. The company is now in the process of testing the consumer market for rice-bran oil, which it claims has many health and cost benefits.
In one way, the Air India Kanishka bombing and Bhopal gas tragedy are entirely two different incidents, far removed in distance and time. Yet both of them, occurring within a year of each other, underline the same point: criminal neglect by the authorities that led to scores of killings. Ignoring the timely warning that the catastrophe was imminent, both the Canadian government and Union Carbide at Bhopal did nothing to avert the tragedies. Even warnings through email were deliberately ignored.
The year 2010 heralded the Nineteenth Annual Prize Giving of Amal International School, Colombo. On Saturday June 12, 2010 the students of Amal past and present, together with the Chairman and the Board of Directors, the Principal, deputies and the staff were honoured by the presence of the First Lady Shiranthi Rajapaksa as the Chief Guest at their Annual Prize Giving held at the Navarangahala, Royal College.
Minister C.B. Ratnayake’s corruption charge fiasco keeps dragging. Before the embers of the explosive words could turn into ashes SLC secretary Nishantha Ranatunga put the whole cartwheel on the track again by trying to paint a pretty picture of the careless bray and other happenings at the SLC.
The Government is on the verge of introducing some amendments to the Constitution, having seemingly opted to drop the idea of rooting for an entirely new Constitution.
This may be a better option but it also revives the old joke about the Sri Lanka Constitution being available in a British bookstore under the 'periodicals' section due to the frequency of its amendments.
On the international front woes for the Government continued for a second week. Despite the frenzied diplomatic efforts in the past year or so, the Government was not successful in its efforts to stall two major issues that have dogged it.
I thought of writing to you because you have been in the news recently for rather surprising reasons-opposing Mahinda maama’s plans to go for a third term of office, thereby trying to better even JRJ’s record.
The fear of another tsunami gripped the coastal people in the eastern and southern sectors of the island last week. The enormous calamity that occurred in 2004 culminating in the loss of over 30,000 lives in addition to the complete destruction of house and property in a vast stretch of land, still haunts the people and the fear of its recurrence is very much alive.
A delegate of King Mayadunne of Sitawaka too met the Viceroy in India. All that he said about the situation in the country was quite in
contrast with what the
delegate from Kotte had said. The Viceroy was
puzzled listening to these contradictory reports.
It was not possible to
solve the problems they
presented. They were very complicated. Because he could not do anything to settle matters, he wanted them to present the
problem to the King of Portugal and get him to settle it.