Foreign cricket fans getting Sri Lanka stickers stuck on their faces on the way to the Premadasa Stadium where the Sri Lanka-Australia World Cup cricket match was spoilt by rain yesterday. Pic by Sanka Vidanagama
I still remember my first experience of Knuckles in the early’80s where I enjoyed the endemic Horned Lizards and unique Knuckles landscapes. However I was not physically in Knuckles, but was watching a documentary. The fact that I still remember this documentary after almost three decades highlights the power of a good wildlife film.
Colombo’s tea industry is watching developments in West Asia (Middle East) closely amidst rising oil prices, erratic weather at home and crucial wage negotiations between workers and plantation management later this month.
Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi sent armoured forces into a western town to reassert control today but ran into rebel resistance and Arab satellite television channels said tanks fired at residential buildings.
The abandonment last night was a great shame for everyone and really frustrating for us. With Sanga batting sublimely after the early loss of Upul and Dilshan, he was controlling the innings brilliantly with help from Tilan and steering us towards what would have been a competitive total on a turning pitch.
This has been symptomatic of the manner in which Governments in recent times conduct their affairs, especially when it comes to foreign relations. So much so that when the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs was asked about a hush-hush visit by two leading Government officials to the United Nations to see the Secretary General thereof, he said there was no such thing.
Almost three years after the military defeat of Tiger guerrillas, President Mahinda Rajapaksa, remains defiant against his critics both in Sri Lanka and abroad. "We will not sell out the Humanitarian Operation. I proudly say we will not allow this victory to be forgotten.
Perhaps the greatest tragedy that has befallen Sri Lanka in the post-war phrase is the tying up of the question of justice solely to the alleged abuses inflicted on civilians during the last stages of the conflict in the North in May 2009 at the hands of the then administration and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).
In the first few minutes of The King’s Speech, Prince Albert Frederick Arthur George, otherwise known as Bertie, is utterly humiliated in front of 100,000 people in a packed stadium. If the man who would be crowned George the VI had come to the throne at an earlier time, he might have succeeded in impressing his people by doing little more than parading past in full dress uniform. Instead, at the beginning of World War II, the King has an enemy almost more menacing than Hitler himself – the radio.
While fighting the enemy, the great
commander Veediya Bandara was approaching a thicket. In double quick time, he jumped into the forest. The enemy was shocked. They did not know what to do and kept
staring at each other.