Bomb scare forces Sri Lankan
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.
Towards a level playing
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
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).
Divaina editor’s book out
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,
Ranil’s campaign to Checkmate Mahinda
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.
Elections 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
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
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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