The Colombo Town Hall grounds being readied for today’s UPFA May Day rally with huge 40-foot cutouts of the President and other decorations all set up at a cost of about Rs. 15 million. Pic by Sanka Vidanagama
Three thirty-five before the alarm clock rings, excited and in anticipation of the pending adventure. After a rather long and uneventful journey by bus, my friend and I arrived in Dambulla the previous night, had dinner and then phoned Shevaan Jayasinghe ....
State, military and police-owned vehicles that have been permitted to ply on the road without motor insurance for many years will soon be reversed with plans to amend the Motor Traffic Act to ensure compulsory insurance for this category, officials said.
"The best possible fit": As a modern day youth you have many opportunities when it comes to choosing a professional career. Due to the wide range of options there is a possibility that you might get carried away into an area that might not suite you and you may later find that you do not like that area of study.
It was, by and large, the most successful cricket tournament in the history of cricket. Especially as it was played in the cricket-crazy Indian subcontinent, surely that would have been watched by more than a billion people in India alone.
Today is International Labour Day, the day the workers of the world unite; but worker solidarity is the last thing that happens in Sri Lanka where political parties have hijacked the trade unions and march, not to a single drum, but down different roads.
As the saga of the United Nations Panel report on alleged war crimes in Sri Lanka is playing out in world capitals, the unfolding drama in Colombo has become a tragic-comedy in most aspects. This is whilst the government, which chose to ignore the report, decided at the last minute to respond to the UN Secretary General.
It appears to have gone unnoticed that the annexures to the report of the Advisory Panel to the United Nations Secretary General (UNSG) show that the engagement of the Sri Lanka Government with the Panel had gone far beyond the surreptitious visit of toplevel government officials to New York.
He lives in retirement in Gampaha, reading, writing, gardening and listening to bird calls but although he has had a colourful career in the Police Force of old during its "best of times" which gradually became the "worst of times" there is a quest burning within him. A compelling duty yet to be fulfilled.
The aim of the prince who came from abroad too, was to chase away the Portuguese from the country. He got to know that there was an attempt made to organize an army, with the help of the ruler of Jaffna. The prince who came was still in robes.