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Private arms cache of interdicted DIG found?

March 18, 2014 at 7:58 pm


March 17, 2014, 9:22 pm

By Hemantha Randunu

A special police team has recovered a stock of arms allegedly  belonging to former DIG Vass Gunawardena now in remand custody in connection  with the murder of millionaire businessman Mohamed Shiyam.

My Word is My Bond

March 18, 2014 at 7:56 pm


March 17, 2014, 8:40 pm

Former Deputy Inspector General of Police Edward Gunawardena  wrote “I enjoy reading your Anam Manan very much. Being a great admirer of the  Late Dudley Senanayake I was particularly drawn to your reference to him in  Tuesday’s Column.”

Editorial- Island.lk

March 18, 2014 at 7:49 pm

A new torture device

March 18, 2014, 8:56 pm

Longevity, some people believe, is synonymous with happiness.  History is full of instances where emperors and empresses or kings and queens  strove to attain immortality through various experiments which even involved  human sacrifices. Modern-day leaders are no different.

Remembering a Buddhist leader

March 18, 2014 at 7:46 pm


(The 145th birth anniversary of W.A. de Silva fell on March 15)

March 18, 2014, 9:00 pm

In an age when great and good deeds of man are forgotten there,  passed away seventy two years ago, Dr. WILMOT ARTHUR DE SILVA one of Ceylon’s  greatest sons, who though being a qualified Veterinary Surgeon, took to  agriculture, politics, and championed numerous Buddhist causes.. His munificence  knew no bounds after he married into a rich Buddhist family of Moratuwa. Born on  15th March 1869, he had his early education at the Buona Vista School, in his  home town, Unawatuna, Galle and later at Royal College, Colombo, His higher  education was at a University in Bombay. DR, W,A, de Silva married Catherine Sri  Chandrasekera, of Moratuwa.

UN resolution, war crimes and HR violations during last stages of SL conflict

March 18, 2014 at 7:41 pm


March 18, 2014, 9:01 pm

A section of the war displaced on the Vanni east front

I have been closely monitoring the recent developments in  connection with the UN resolution which has been discussed at the highest level  of the international arena.

Still more about Sir Ivor

March 18, 2014 at 7:37 pm

Still more about Sir Ivor

March 18, 2014, 9:00 pm

This is an unusual story connecting Sir Ivor and the  Independence Day. Most of us know that the first ever Constitution for Sri Lanka  (then Ceylon) was written by him. When it was handed to the late Mr. D.S.  Senanayake sometime in 1947 he was no doubt very pleased with it. It was  discussed at Cabinet level too & every one had agreed to accept it.


March 18, 2014 at 7:32 pm


March 18, 2014, 8:59 pm

Recent letters about Sir Ivor, stirred my memories of him. I  left Peradeniya campus in 1953.

The Bala incident. Bala was a local hound who attached itself to  us students after his former masters —campus site workmen left. To our horror  Bala was shot, but mistakenly by the local police clearing stray dogs. We held a  solemn funeral for him. After ‘lying in state’ in Aurunachalam Hall common room  the body was taken on Galaha road in solemn procession. Sir Ivor came from the  Vice Chancellors house (‘Lodge’ I think ) in the opposite direction on his  evening walk. Seeing this gathering, Sir Ivor doffed his cap & stood to  attention as the procession went past him. An epilogue : Bala had a memorial  planted over his grave “Here lies a hound greater than the one who slew him”  Reputed author was D L Perera English faculty.

Sir Ivor and smoking

March 18, 2014 at 7:30 pm


March 18, 2014, 8:58 pm


This has reference to an article by Prof Carlo Fonseka (CF) in  last Sunday Island on the above subject. It is correct that Sir Ivor was  a heavy smoker, smoking the then well known Peacock brand of bland cigarettes.  But on that Prize day at St. Joseph’s College in November 1948 when CF won a  prize, as a day scholar, and shook hands with Sir Ivor, I am sure, to put it  figuratively, he did not associate with Lady Nicotine during the event as it was  a very sad and somber day. I, too, was fortunate to shake hands with Sir Ivor  more than once on this day. News had reached the authorities that the senior  most teacher Mr.J.P de Fonseka, Honorary PhD, ( Ottawa) and Papal Chamberlain,  our English teacher, had passed away in the morning. In fact he was expected to  be present at the function in his Papal regalia and the PhD cap.

Govt. to submit all details on Colombo Port City to Parliament on Friday

March 18, 2014 at 7:22 pm


March 18, 2014, 9:28 pm

By Saman Indrajith

Chief Government Whip and Water Supply and Drainage Minister  Dinesh Gunawardena told Parliament yesterday that the government would submit  all documents pertaining to Colombo Port City Development Project to the house  next Friday (21).

CPC owes state banks Rs. 447,000 million

March 18, 2014 at 7:07 pm


March 18, 2014, 9:30 pm

By Saman Indrajith

Petroleum Industries Minister Anura Priyadarshana Yapa told  Parliament yesterday that the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC) owed Bank of  Ceylon and People’s Bank Rs. 447,000 millions.

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