Opposition Leader Ranil
Wickremesinghe handing over school books to children of
tsunami-affected families who have taken refuge in the
Samudratheera Viharaya in Kamburugamuwa, Matara last
Friday. (Pic by Jude
JVP to take
The JVP has resolved to take further measures if
its controversial decision not to participate in last week’s
two-day parliamentary debate on the tsunami fails to have the
desired effort on the SLFP. The Marxist party shunned the lacklustre debate,
accusing the major partner of being unilateral in its handling
of emergency relief, reconstruction and rehabilitation
programmes that are being planned. They also differ on having a
separate mechanism for the northern and eastern provinces with
accommodating the LTTE being the primary objective.
sitting on time bomb
The financial situation at the Ceylon
Electricity Board (CEB) has surpassed crisis proportions with
the utility owing colossal sums of money to Ceypetco and
independent power producers.
The Commonwealth on Friday sharply criticised
Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf for continuing to hold the
dual positions of head of state and chief of army staff, saying
the practice was "incompatible with the basic principles of
Loving our enemies — the
t’s infernally painless to love thy enemies the way
our Chandrika does. And wretchedly fun.
For a starter, it doesn’t involve any of the
applesauce and flapdoodle that one’s regular divinity book
contains. No charity, forgiveness, compassion or any of those
near impossible virtues. Hell, no.
bread on both sides
The JVP continues to butter its bread on both
sides, retaining its membership of the government while mounting
public opposition to it on many fronts.
before you kill. While it is true that the Tigers kill unarmed
political figures with impunity in Government controlled areas,
they have not pulled a hit of this magnitude in the new,
post-tsunami period. Karuna must limit his kills to
Tiger-controlled areas, because by conducting hits in
state-controlled zones he embarrasses his allies, damages our
interests, and gives the Tigers a handle.
lane... the Upali we knew
Twenty two years have flashed by — tewenty two
years since the passing of a man who had the fates permitted him
to five, could well have changed the country’s destiny. But it
was not to be: Philip Upali Wijewardene disappeared from our
midst the way he lived — high profile and in a blaze of
speculation and mystery — combative to the end.
The Story of Julia Margaret and Charles Cameron A fascinating bit of colonial history and of
British days in the island, lies buried in the remote churchyard
of St. Mary’s in Bogawantalawa. The tombs of Julia Margaret
Cameron and Charles Hay Cameron stand next to each other,
relatively neglected, unknown and unvisited.
survivor writes I had gone to Sri Lanka to follow the Harrow
School Cricket Team, of which my son, Edward, was a member. It
was Boxing Day, and I was driving from my hotel in ‘Bentota’ to
watch the boys play ‘Galle’ Schools at the famous test ground in
Gihan shines as Nalanda beat Isipatana
Leg spinner Gihan Rupasinghe finished with a
match bag of 9 for 43 as Nalanda College recorded a 39 run win
over Isipatana College in a Lemonade Trophy interschool cricket
fixture played at Campbell place on Friday.
African Shaun Pollock celebrates taking a wicket of
English opener Marcus Triscothick on the sixth One
Day International cricket match at Durban's Sahara
Kingmead stadium on 11 February 2005. AFP