Soldier E.M.D. Sandaruwan from the Gajaba Regiment that was involved in crushing the LTTE, wedded 18-year-old Chandrasekaran Sharmila, an ex-LTTE child soldier, on Friday in Kilinochchi.
She underwent the government’s programme of rehabilitation.
The wedding was part of a programme organised by the President’s office to promote national reconciliation. Also part of this programme is a speech by Sharmila’s father at a function at the Kilinochchi Maha Vidyalaya this afternoon (Sunday). He will speak of his experiences on his numerous visits to Sandaruwan’s hometown, Galgamuwa.
The withdrawal of Aitken Spence (AS) from the Colombo South Harbour Terminal project has left its Chinese partner with a nagging problem: Is it now technically qualified to handle it alone? The issue is also raising concerns that this could be a flawed deal on the lines of Lanka Marine Services (LMS), Waters' Edge and Sri Lanka Insurance Corporation (SLIC), in all cases where the proper process wasn't followed.
As ousted political and military leaders in the Middle East continue to seek immunity from war crimes prosecutions, the United Nations and international human rights groups are taking an increasingly tough stance against such legislation in Yemen, Egypt, and possibly in a post-conflict Syria.
Aminatta Forna has been many things; a student of law, journalist, activist, documentary filmmaker and most recently an award-winning writer. Her mixed parentage; her father being African and mother Scottish, has endowed her with impressive looks, one glance tells you she’s a driven and motivated individual-- quite fitting for someone who is considered the voice of a nation.
Upali Dharmadasa, the haughty Sri Lanka Cricket President, is trying to wield divine powers which are still not bestowed upon him. At the first executive committee meeting he prevailed upon the others who have done the job of handling the media before and said that it was he who was to be the media spokesman for Sri Lanka Cricket.
The Commissary of the Anglican Bishop of Colombo has put some of these reflections in perspective and done it well. In a statement he has issued he says that National days of a country are not only a time for thanksgiving but also for introspection.
This week marks a significant milestone in the calendar of the United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA) government. Their leader, Mahinda Rajapaksa, began his second year in a second term as President of Sri Lanka.
It is quite amusing to see the government and all its men using the report of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation (LLRC) as a barely inadequate fig leaf to cover its total lack of adherence to the substance of the Commission's recommendations.
The world’s most widely recognized and respected living English playwright is concerned about the fate of a Sinhala school play. Playlet, actually – a skit that was stopped even before it could start. The production was to take place in a school not far from where the playwright is relaxing, sipping Ceylon tea. “What happened? Do you know anything?” he asks.
Some hold the view, that his sudden death was a good end to the disgusted life of King Rajasinghe. In actual fact, the people were so disgusted with the king, that they did not attempt to treat his wounds
properly. There is a story that the people, on the pretext of treating his wound, had made it worse.