With the dengue epidemic raging in Colombo and other places causing 66 deaths and more than 7800 positive cases so far this year, Colombo Municipal workers are moving in only now to fumigate areas with huge drains where thousands of killer mosquitoes were breeding.
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Sri Lanka has rejected a move by a court in the United States to summon President Mahinda Rajapaksa over a US $ 30 million damages suit against him.
The summons, first delivered to ‘Temple Trees’ but not accepted there, was later received by the Ministry of Justice.
Sri Lanka has accused Britain’s Channel 4 Television of not providing the government with a copy of the video titled ‘Sri Lanka’s Killing Fields’ but assured that it is ready “to constructively engage” with the UN Rapporteur on Extrajudicial, Summary or Arbitrary Executions.
A. Vittanachchi has sat behind the counter at the Gunasiri Hotel for over 30 years, Pradeep Vittanachchi tells me. Tucked into the corner, just past St. Michael’s Church, the ‘Gal palliya’ kade is a favourite with locals. Since his father Premadasa passed away, Pradeep runs the small establishment with his mother, Gunawathi.
China is Sri Lanka’s leading lender at present, providing loan facilities amounting to around US$ 3 billion so far but at interest rates higher than that of multilateral agencies for the country’s infrastructure development and other mega projects, with the repayment period running up to 20 years, government officials said.
It is being billed as the Kremlin's soft soap battle as both Russian president Dmitry Medvedev and his strongman premier Vladimir Putin suddenly appoint glamorous women 'personal photographers' to their teams.
Looking back now, we wonder the wisdom of the words of former Sports Minister C.B. Ratnayake who proclaimed that Sri Lanka Cricket was a den of thieves and described it as the third most corrupt institution in the country.
Regrettably, this is not the first call by this administration, nor the first since the North-East armed conflict began, nor the first call as a result of external pressure, particularly by India. That this call coincided with the recent visit to India by Sri Lanka's Minister of External Affairs and the visit by a high-powered team of Indian officials was no coincidence though.
Air Traffic Controllers at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) gave priority clearance to the Indian Air Force Embraer VIP jet that dropped altitude from 37,000 feet for a smooth touchdown on a sultry afternoon the previous Friday.
Atrocities happen during war. This is a disturbingly cynical one-liner that we hear all too often these days. At one level of understanding, this reminder is quite true. This is precisely why, at the end of a long period of conflict and bitterness, enlightened people try to ....
Cloudy skies prevented most of us from photographing the much awaited total lunar eclipse which took place on Poson poya day. Colombo was clear right up to just before totality, after which it clouded over. A few lucky photographers got a view of totality through holes in the cloud cover.
The days are rushed. School, office, housework, tuition, there’s hardly any time to cook let alone plan meals.
Think you must what your family will be eating each day, stresses Consultant Medical Nutritionist Dr. Renuka Jayatissa of the Medical Research Institute, otherwise the consequences will be disastrous.