More than 480 former LTTE male cadres leaving the Vavuniya detention centre after they were rehabilitated and released yesterday. They were given vocational training and they are seen carrying their boxes of mechanical tools. Pic by Priyantha Hewage
One time popular Tissa Rest House in the Southern city of Tissamaharama, is now a luxury star class hotel. After months of refurbishing programme, the transformation has been completed early this month. The Safari, Tissa is now ready with full bloom to give the travellers a taste of real Sri Lankan hospitality.
The southern town of Hambantota, currently seeing most of the development in the country with an airport, sports facility and convention centre and other mega facilities, is set to witness the construction of Sri Lanka’s biggest investment zone at its port site -- the size being almost equal to all investment zones in the country put together.
The war in Sri Lanka ended tragically, amidst controversy. Many Sri Lankans and others around the world were relieved that the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), renowned for its brutality, was defeated and that 27 years......
The competition in the Northern province was rescheduled and although one expected the competitors to be unsettled, they were very much upbeat. The change had given them more time to prepare for what seemed a really competitive stage of the competition.
Since winning the World Cup way back in 1996, Sri Lanka’s cricket, undoubtedly, has been on the ascendancy. Yes, our cricketers did have the technique and the other wherewithal even before that, but what they lacked up to that was the mental toughness and the link of getting used to winning ways.
Could anything have betrayed our desperation more clearly than this shrill caterwauling that we hear from the Government on the possible (formal) emergence of the report on Sri Lanka by the Advisory Panel of the United Nations Secretary General (UNSG)?
3 is Vladimir Lyakhov’s lucky number – for the 3 Soyuz missions he flew, for the 3 space stations he stepped into, for the 3 times he left the station to walk into the icy vastness outside. Then another figure, 333 – the total number of days he spent in space. Lyakhov even has a joke about it – which doesn’t translate too well – and he tells it in thickly accented Russian, his eyes twinkling and his thining white hair gleaming under the light.
In most homes where there is a baby or an elderly person, certain measures are taken for easy contactability in case of an emergency. Neighbours are requested to be watchful and phone numbers of someone who can get home within a few minutes pasted on the wall.