Certain sections in the Government as well as some quarters of the opposition have often frowned on foreign aid charity organizations, sometimes going to the extent of calling them subversive elements. This picture shows flood victims in the village of Kotthipollai in the Batticaloa District gratefully going away with non-food relief items distributed by the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC), an Oslo-based Non Governmental Organisation, on Thursday. Pic By Saman Kariyawasam
As the devastation caused by the recent floods in central, north central and eastern provinces became clear this week, a government minister warned that reconstruction and rehabilitation efforts cannot be undertaken by the state alone.
External Affairs Minister G.L. Peiris committed yet another diplomatic faux pas last week when he declared that Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II would visit Hambantota for the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting in 2013.
The Kosgoda turtle hatchery is hard to miss. Though it takes up just a few metres of the beach, the sign post and cement built pools are a curious oddity that will capture your attention as you drive along the road. Manning the modest roadside non-profit hatchery is Alex Kemal (26), a young Britisher with a passion for animals and preserving endangered species.
Senior government officials led by Treasury Secretary P.B. Jayasundera at a meeting with high-fliers in tourism on Thursday, turned down a request to reduce the industry’s burden particularly high taxes and power rates.
Women paid to have sex with Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi dressed in nurse and police uniforms and performed stripteases at parties, it was claimed today.
The damaging allegations emerged in court documents which are part of a probe into Berlusconi, 74, looking at charges of extortion and using underaged prostitutes.
Every year, the Education UK Exhibition offers students and parents an opportunity to consider a wide range of study options in the UK and in Sri Lanka. The 18th annual Education UK exhibition will be held in February 2011 in Colombo and Kandy, and more than 60 exhibitors from the UK will participate.
I was wondering how to explain it. Then I wondered if monkey-see-monkey-do would foot the bill. Eureka! I had hit the correct note. Wikipedia says: ‘Monkey see, monkey do is a saying that originated in Jamaica in the early 18th century and popped up in American culture in the early 1920s.
Had it not been the President himself who warned of an impending food crisis, one might be accused of inciting dissension against the incumbent Government.
Not long after the Presidential caution, the Minister of Agrarian Services (and Wildlife) has gone on record to say that the recent rains have inundated 400,000 hectares of paddy fields in the 'rice bowl' areas
Top-secret plans got under way hurriedly on Tuesday night. The travel itinerary was finalised and the security personnel handpicked. Within hours, before dawn Wednesday, President Mahinda Rajapaksa and an entourage of 18 others flew in a SriLankan Airlines flight to Dubai.
There is a popular perception that the Rule of Law is relevant only in the context of civil and political rights and applicable primarily to extraordinary crimes such as torture or enforced disappearances. Nothing can be farther from the truth. We see this almost daily in Sri Lanka.
The degradation is fast and furious not due to natural causes but wilfully man-made with scant regard for the consequences. While it is happening all over the country, the main focus seems to be the Maha Oya which falls into the sea north of Negombo, with prohibitions being violated with impunity.
Thammita Suriya Bandara, accepted the letter sent by Veediya Bandara. It contained the following message. “You have to hand over my son, King Dharmapala, to my charge. Please note that all the power of the Kotte Kingdom, rightfully belongs to me.