Prison-guard wall for war hero-turned-politician-turned prisoner
Amidst protest demonstrations and tension outside the Colombo High Court on Friday, former Army Commander Sarath Fonseka is seen being taken out under heavy guard after the court found him guilty by majority decision in the White Flag case. Pic by Ranjith Perera
“Wit makes fun of other persons,” mused James Thurber, American author and cartoonist. “The satirist makes fun of the world; the humorist makes fun of himself, but in so doing, he identifies himself with people…not for the purpose of taking them apart, but simply revealing their true nature.”
Wearing nothing but a pair of stockings, red ribbon in her hair and a pair of flat red shoes, the black and white shot would not look out of place in a nude photography book.
But this is no ordinary art project. It is the work of a feminist Egyptian activist who is making a bold and potentially dangerous statement.
The impending Sri Lanka Cricket elections which pointed to a one horse race for businessman Upali Dharmadasa now looks as if it is to be be challenged.
Last week the Minister of Sports Mahindananda Aluthgamage dissolved the last Interim Committee headed by Upali Dharmadasa and opened up the way for nominations for election which is due to be held between December 15 and 27.
It is one of the principal vital signs, yet high blood pressure often goes unnoticed. It has been associated with a number of serious medical conditions, so it’s essential that the ‘silent killer’ is caught early and managed carefully.
It is unlikely that there would be any serious attempt to discuss the merits and demerits of the split judgment that on Friday found Sri Lanka's war-winning General and former Army Commander Sarath Fonseka guilty on one of the three charges against him in what was commonly referred to as the "White Flag' case, details of which are reported on another page in this issue.
The fallout from the military defeat of Tiger guerrillas two and a half years ago reverberated many ways in this week's events.
Main among them was Friday's majority High Court judgment where former General Sarath Fonseka was convicted and sentenced to three more years .....
It was to be expected that the performance of the Sri Lankan government before the members of the Committee Against Torture (CAT) in Geneva on the 8th and 9th of November 2011 would be evasive and problematic.
Christobel Weerasinghe née Kotalawela was born on the day her father became a member of the Legislative Council. It was the beginning of the 1920s and the life she inherited was one of extraordinary privilege – her family could trace their genealogy back to the kings of Kotte and in the present her father, Sir Henry Kotalawela had broken all records with 26 consecutive years as a member of the Legislative and State Council.
King Rajasinghe was planning to capture the Kandyan Kingdom.Karaliyadde, then King of Kandy had kept a small platoon of Portuguese
soldiers, for his safety. Veera Surendra of Peradeniya, who was one of his chieftains, joined the side of King Rajasinghe.
What Defines the modern Prefect?
A role model? A student leader? A disciplinarian?
The Prefects Guild 2011/2012 of SIS stepped into the arena of community service and social service. A role model indeed!