Tuesday 4th October, 2005

Bomb scare forces Sri Lankan flight return
A London bound Sri Lankan aircraft returned to the Bandaranaike International Airport half an hour after takeoff yesterday (3) afternoon on receiving information that there was a bomb on board. The plane touched down at the BIA after its takeoff at 1.45 p.m.
The air control tower had informed the pilot to return to the airport when it had received a telephone call warning that there was a bomb aboard the plane.

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Towards a level playing field?

Employees of the Colombo Municipal Council, using the CMC’s Playground and Recreation Department vehicles and other CMC vehicles were seen decorating roundabouts of the city with green flags on Sunday (2) despite the prohibition on using government or local government vehicles for political party propaganda. Pictured is one of the CMC vehicles putting up green flags on metal pipes at the Bullers Road junction near the University of Colombo.
Pic by Kamal Wannirachchi.

  • Warming up for a political leap frog?
    "With the presidential election only one and a half months away, the political acrobats are starting their undercover activities. A senior government minister from the hill country had met UNP and Opposition Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe twice last week to tell him he had decided to cross over to the UNP after the presidential election," a well informed parliamentarian said yesterday (3).

  • Police to be strict with polls law violators
    Police will take stern action against all persons who break election laws, intimidate or assault members of rival political parties or engage in disorderly and violent acts during the run-up to the Presidential election, DIG Gamini Navaratne, who is in charge of the police elections secretariat, told ‘The Island’ yesterday (3).

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    Divaina editor’s book out
    Dina Nethi Dinapotha’, a book by Sunday ‘Divaina’ editor, Gamini Sumanasekara will be launched at function to be held on Tuesday (4) at the Mahaweli Centre, Colombo. The book is based on Sumanasekara’s Sugara column, published in the Sunday ‘Divaina’ weekly over a period of about two years.Professor J. B. Dissanayake will preside over the function while Professors Sunanda Mahendra, Somaratne Balasuriya and Sunil Ariyaratne will also speak.
    The book is published by Godage Publishers, Colombo.

  • Ranil’s campaign to Checkmate Mahinda
    Ranil Wickremasinghe has called upon Chandrika Kumaratunge for talks to forge a common platform on Federalism/devolution and negotiations for peace. It is significant that he has directed his call for negotiations to the outgoing president whose term in office is expected to end in about two months. If Mr Wickremasinghe is sincere in his motives, then one would expect him to direct his call for negotiations to Mr Rajapakse, the SLFP presidential candidate.
  • Politicians of yesteryear
    lections always drew the comical, banal, tragic and often absurd aspects of politicking in this country as elsewhere in the world, in this era that some people have a penchant for calling the modern age. One finds interesting incidents from the days of the State Council, when political figures even when not electioneering were a different class of people though they may have been drawn from various social or class levels.

  • Substantial inflow of aid through JAICA continues
    The assistance provided by the people of Japan through JICA over the past few years has been substantial and has resulted in Japan being the single largest provider of assistance said chairman of the University grants commission Professor B. R. P. N. Mendis.
    He was speaking at the meeting of JICA Alumni, who had visited Japan for training convened to meet the senior Vice President of JICA, Atsushi Hatakenaka and T. Tanaka who were on an official visit here last week
  • Five year warranty on water pumps
    Solex celebrates 25th anniversary

    Solex Engineering (Pvt) Ltd announced a five year warranty on its water pumps, celebrating its 25th anniversary this year.
    Marketing Manager Muditha Wijayakulathilake said that the water pump industry was currently under severe pressure due to the influx of, cheap Chinese pumps. "These cause a significant loss to the consumer in the long run, in terms of electricity, cost of repairs, . We thought it fit to introduce this five-year warranty, in a bid to protect the local consumer and industry, by encouraging a demand for locally made water pumps.

  • Wounded Aussies are vulnerable in Super Series, says Lara
    MELBOURNE, Australia, Oct 3 (AFP)- West Indian batting maestro Brian Lara senses that a wounded Australia are vulnerable and ripe for another beating in this week’s one-dayer Super Series here against the World XI.
    Lara said Australia, hurting after losing the Ashes to England last month, looked ready for the taking and urged his Rest of the World team-mates to put the pressure on Ricky Ponting’s team.

    MELBOURNE AUSTRALIA: Members of the International Cricket Council (ICC) World XI cricket team, listen to a question during a press conference, in Melbourne yesterday.  The ICC World XI will play three one-day matches against Australia under a closed roof in the 50,000 seater Docklands Stadium before moving to Sydney where they will play a six-day Test match.
     – Pic. William West, AFP.

  • Attanayake leads Nalanda to victory
    Tharindu Attanayake, capturing two wickets for two runs before scoring match-winning 11 runs in three balls, led the defending champions Nalanda College to an easy win over Kalutara MV in a one-sided final of the Elephant Lemonade Cricket Sixes ended at Campbell Park, Colombo on Sunday.
    Kalutara MV batting first were bundled out for 23 in 3.2 overs and Nalanda recorded their victory in just nine balls.
    Attanayake was awarded the Man-of-the-Final. Nalandian Ashan Priyanjana won a double when he was awarded the Best Bowler and Most Valuable Player of the Tournament.

    Victorious Nalanda College cricket team with the officials and the representatives of the sponsors after this year’s Elephant Lemonade Invitational Cricket Sixes which ended on Sunday at the Campbell Park in Colombo.
    Pix by Nihal Chandrakumara

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