Reward sans applause
Inspector General of Police, N. K. Illangakoon yesterday morning distributed cash awards to the tune of Rs. 7.57 million to 388 police officers, who rendered extraordinary service beyond the call of duty to the police department. The ceremony was held at Criminal Records Division Auditorium, Colombo 07. Constable S. M. A. Padamakumara, who became a victim of an acid attack in trying to apprehend a suspect, while he was serving at the Dedigama police station, having a cordial discussion with the IGP, after being given a cash award for his commitment. The ceremony was attended by high ranking police officers, but none of them applauded him when he received that award.
Pic by Nimal Dayaratne
GoSL in trouble because it reneged on promises
Sampanthan responds to BJP's Swamy
By Shamindra Ferdinando
Had the Sri Lankan government fulfilled its commitments and addressed contentious issues it wouldn't have been in crisis today and, therefore, the ruling coalition should accept the responsibility for the current situation, TNA leader, R. Sampanthan told The Island yesterday.
The TNA leader said President Mahinda Rajapaksa had repeatedly assured India of his commitment to 13 Amendment and in some instances even talked of 13 Amendment Plus. Indian Premier Narendra Modi raised the devolution issue at his first meeting with President Rajapaksa following his swearing in ceremony in New Delhi.
The Trincomalee District MP was responding to Chairman of the ruling Bharatiya Janatha Party's Committee on Strategic Action Dr. Subramanian Swamy's advice to Sri Lanka's Tamil leadership to tackle contentious issues through negotiations.
Declaring that Sri Lanka had never had an ethnic problem, the former Union Minister Swamy declared that the ethnic issue here was nothing but a figment of British imagination.