Foreign tourists including children carrying placards joined thousands of Sri Lankans in protests at Hikkaduwa over the proposed US-backed resolution against Sri Lanka at the UN Human Rights Council sessions in Geneva.
Pic by Gamini Mahadura
Why has international sport become a multimillion-dollar industry today? Because the rest of the populace watches it and it is a vital component in their ‘steam out’ process to ease off pressures of city life.
Inspired and led by the excellent guidance of the’ Mahinda Chinthana Idiridekma”, one of the major programs proposed by Hon. Minister S.B.Dissanayake is “Professional Graduates” which is aimed at improving the employability of the graduates was launched with CIMA, The Chartered Institute of Management Accountant UK on 27 February at the Cinnamon Lakeside.
Amidst the goings-on in Geneva and the hullabaloo over a proposed anti-Sri Lanka resolution at the ongoing UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) sessions, a news item buried in the local newspapers last week was about the removal of the acting chairman of the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC), a senior official of the Ministry of Finance, also known as the Treasury.
It was 6 p.m. on Wednesday February 22 when President Mahinda Rajapaksa greeted his cabinet ministers turning up at "Temple Trees". That was first for a meeting together with electoral and district level representatives of the United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA). Thereafter, he was to chair the weekly cabinet meeting.
There is a perception that people in Sri Lanka are too frightened to speak out against the Rajapaksa administration. This may apply to the middle class professionals conversant purely in English and others who can only be referred to as pseudo-intellectuals in the professions and academia.
I went to see the Tintin movie at the Liberty Cinema in the company of my young nephew and his lovely fiancée. I wanted to see it on the big screen but was rather reluctant to go on my own, so the young couple took pity on the old Uncle and off we went. Mind you, I did pay for the tickets!