In the quest of yet another Koh-i-noor

April 22, 2017 at 11:15 pm

Hidden treasures: A precious stone collection of one of the prospectors at Kollur.

President upbeat despite setbacks and continuing UNP-SLFP disputes

April 22, 2017 at 10:48 pm


  • Preparations finalised for May Day show of force; Sirisena says he gave approval for JO rally at Galle Face
  • EU’s GSP Plus concessions may not come this year; failure to meet deadlines and pressure from Tamil Diaspora
  • SLFP ministers oppose PM’s proposed law to set up wide-powered energy supply committee

Army Accused Of Turning Blind Eye On Haiti Rape

April 22, 2017 at 10:34 pm

by Easwaran Rutnam 

Military Says Accused Soldiers Dealt With

Brigadier Roshan Seneviratne is in the picture

The Army came under fire last week over its alleged failure to deal with the soldiers accused of rape in Haiti.

However the military insisted that all those accused and found guilty have been dealt with, including the contingent commander.

Top Businessmen Fund JO May Day Rally

April 22, 2017 at 10:28 pm

by Ashanthi Warunasuriya

  • A leading businessman involved in the gas industry has donated at least Rs. 10 million for JO May Day rally
  • Basil Rajapaksa has said that while the whole country is now fed-up with this government, businessmen in particular have had enough
  • They never expected to get Galle Face for their rally and now they are making up many stories in order to save face

IGP Assaults Employee, Threatens Officers

April 22, 2017 at 9:55 pm

By Nirmala Kannangara

A video has emerged showing Inspector General of Police (IGP) Pujith Jayasundara assaulting an employee inside the west side elevator of the new secretariat building of the Police Headquarters. The assault took place at approximately 8:40 AM on April 12, 2017, according to the time-stamp on the video.

Prior to the assault the video shows the IGP extending his hand and raising his tone at several officers in the lobby, and later running in pursuit of a senior officer who ran away into the car park after seeing the IGP.

Indra Silva sells down ComBank stake for Rs. 4.3 billion

April 22, 2017 at 9:37 pm

Probably raising funds for forthcoming rights issue says analysts

Indra Silva, the leading motor vehicle importer (Indra Traders) and stock market billionaire, last week sold a 3.5 percent stake of Commercial Bank of Ceylon, the country’s biggest private sector bank, for Rs. 4.3 billion with several institutional foreign investors on the buying side.

Selestina Rodrigo: A Pioneer in Governance

April 22, 2017 at 9:33 pm


High Commissioner Amari Wijewardena with Dr. Harshi Boralessa and Ven. Bogoda Seela Wirawala of the London Vihara



April 22, 2017 at 9:28 pm


Malalasekera and Mivanapalana


by Tissa Devendra


A Friendship that has stood the Test of Time

April 22, 2017 at 8:53 pm


A gathering of old Ananda College classmates at Blue Water, Wadduwa some years ago. Left to right – the late WDH Perera (Dermatologist), Ranjit Santiago, Lakhi Liyanage, Nalin Vitarana, the late Mike Udabage, Lakshman Abeyagunawardene, Upali Wickramasinghe and Pundarika Perera.

Wedding with pomp and grandeur

April 22, 2017 at 8:48 pm


Tissa Chandrasoma, the eminent Civil Servant who held several senior public service appointments including Port Commissioner, Principal Collector of Customs, Secretary to the Public Service Commission and many more in the post-Independence years wrote a series of charming essays on growing up in a remote southern village, Arachchikande, near Hikkaduwa, over hundred years ago. These vignettes, covering the early part of the 20th Century, were compiled into a book, titled Five to Eight, first published several decades ago. His two sons, Vijaya and Parakrama re-published the book beautifully illustrated with water colour paintings, a few years ago to the delight of many. Chandrasoma, who quit the coveted Ceylon Civil Service prematurely, was known to wield a facile pen quite evident in these stories, one of which is reproduced here.

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