One requires a great deal of class and finesse, to play a coveted straight drive. One such as the star batsman, former captain and patron of the Foundation of Goodness, Kumar Sangakkara, does it with relative ease. Back where he belongs – at the top of the Test batsman rankings, Sangakkara is putting more promise and purpose to his batting as this time it’s not just about national pride, it’s about helping out our children in need.
Even as the state-appointed competent authority prepared to offer the Sri Lanka Exhibition and Convention Centre (SLECC) to its former owners on new terms, the government ran into further trouble in the troubled Revival of Underperforming Enterprises andUnder-utilized Assets Act with Lanka Tractors saying its land is not owned by the state but by a public company.
A row has erupted over an image of Pakistani actress Veena Malik sporting the initials ISI on her arm, with FHM India insisting it is not fake.
It has caused a sensation in Pakistan for both the nudity and the initials of Pakistan's controversial Inter-Services Intelligence spy agency.
The crisis engulfing the cash-strapped Sri Lanka Cricket has worsened with the government rejecting the much-hoped-for one-billion rupee bailout grant but this pitiable situation has not taken the sheen off the campaign for the cricket elections.
In the United Nations calendar of special days designated to focus attention on particular groups and issues, yesterday, December 3, marked one of particular significance. Formerly known as the International Day of Disabled Persons, and observed as such from 1992, it was in 2007 changed to the International Day of Persons with Disabilities.
The reaction of the United People's Freedom Alliance was spontaneous. Just two days after the main Opposition United National Party (UNP) spearheaded a rally at Colombo's Hyde Park to demand the release from jail of former General Sarath Fonseka, there was one by trade unions backing the government.
Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapakse's keynote address at the inaugural "National Conference on Reconciliation - the way forward for post conflict Sri Lanka" held at the Lakshman Kadirgamar Institute for International Studies late last month, is a provocative indication of Sri Lanka's apparent change of heart in regard to the accountability question.
There's even the odd scurrilous rumour thrown in. Sudu Purak (Justician betonica) notes Arittha, is used in Sri Lanka as a poultice for boils and as a cure for snakebites in Kenya. Daluk (Euphorbia antiquorum) is sacred to Mansa, the goddess of serpents. Hindus in parts of India worship it on Tuesdays and Thursdays, praying for protection from her reptilian subjects.
The situation in the city of Colombo was such that there were only about 300 Portuguese soldiers including the sick and the old. There were a few
mercenaries too, to help them. Arms and
sufficient only to guard
the fort. As such, the
captain had to send an urgent appeal to Goa,
asking for help. Then he did his best to strengthen the fort.
Harvard normally accepts only one Sri Lankan student each year, yet Elizabeth Moir School currently has past pupils in three out of the four classes there, all on full scholarships. Harvard is regularly ranked 1st in the different rankings of world universities and alumni include 8 US Presidents, including John F Kennedy and Barack Obama.. ..