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John D’Oyly OR John O’Doyly?

June 28, 2014 at 11:37 pm

June 28, 2014, 4:40 pm

John D’Oyly in conference with Ehelapola

By A C B Pethiyagoda

I am presently reading ‘The Last Kingdom of Sri Lanka’ by  Captain Elmo Jayawardena, a difficult book to put down. Perhaps there were  reviews of it in the daily papers which I unfortunately missed. This is not a  review but merely a comment on one of the many personalities author Jayawardena  writes about, namely John D’Oyly. “After a short spell in Colombo, he took  office in Matara as the Agent of Revenue of the Colonial Administration. The  official duties of the Agent of Revenue were very little. It was merely his  presence that mattered. The need was to be in office and carry out the daily  tasks that at most required only his signature. It suited D’Oyly fine, he being  a man of multi-faceted interests, and had all the time he needed to while away  in whatever that was fanciful to his taste.”

Black Hand or Manic Folly?

June 28, 2014 at 10:22 pm

Conspiracy versus chaotic mayhem


June 28, 2014, 4:32 pm

by Kumar David

There has been mayhem all round these last several months for  the Rajapaksas and the UPFA – the UNHRC probe, anti-Muslim incidents, and the  Modi-Jayalalitha twin-landslide nightmare. The most intense and sharply focussed  manic moment is the assault on the Muslim community, its places of worship and  Muslim businesses, allegedly plotted, programmed and provoked by extremist  Buddhist monks. Is the BBS, or more muscular souls in clerical attire, simply  doing its ‘thing’ (with help from here and there – and we know where) or is it a  façade for a deeper plot? Conspiracy theories multiply when society and polity  break down and mayhem widens.

Premadasa: UNP Recovery and ‘Swadeshiya’ Social Democracy

June 28, 2014 at 9:58 pm


The 90th Birth Anniversary of Ranasinghe Premadasa

June 28, 2014, 12:00 pm


Any personality who has entered History demands a twin  evaluation. What did he mean in his time, place and circumstance? What is his  importance outside of and beyond his own specific context? His contribution  then; his relevance now: only thus can we recognize his significance. By these  twin criteria, how does he compare

Shavendra Silva – an inspiring figure

June 28, 2014 at 9:47 pm

June 28, 2014, 2:55 pm

By Zanita Careem

The first thing that catches one’s eye as  one walks into Major General Shavendra Silva, the Sri Lankan General and now  diplomat’s home are the giant wall to wall black and white photographs of the  General’s military career from his youth to date.

He was the former Director Operations, Sri Lanka Army and the  General Officer Commanding 58 division during the Sri Lankan civil war,  currently he is Sri Lanka’s Deputy Permanent Representative to the United  Nations in New York. One can’t help but feel a sense of warmth when walking into  his residence.

“I was prepared to meet either a stodgy military man or a  temperamental diplomat but when I visited his residence it was a warm welcome.

Affable by nature and dynamic in profession, Ambassador  Shavendra Silva is an inspiring figure.

My first impression of him was of a charming man who displayed  the wisdom of a successful military officer who is comfortable with his  achievements and person. Beginning his education at St. Joseph’s College,  Anuradhapura and moving onto Wijaya College Matara and finally to St. Thomas  College Matara he strong personality and ability surfaces besides  professionalism, talent and intellectual capacity that took him to the position  he has reached today.

As you talk to him you realize his leadership qualities were  reflected in his career right from the beginning of his childhood.

In school he has been the band leader, captain of the cricket  team and sergeant of the senior cadet platoon during his young days.

He joined the Sri Lanka Army in 1984 and was the former director  of operation, Sri Lankan Army

“I was a highly decorated commando officer being awarded the  Weera Wickrama Vibbushana, Rana Wickrama Paddakama and the Rana Seva Sura  Paddakkama, at the same time to make a first in the Sri Lanka forces, he says  with justifiable pride.

He was also the youngest to be promoted as a commanding officer  and was also the officer instructor of the Sri Lanka Military Academy in  Diyatalawa. He recalled, “I trained the first foreign cadets to attend the SLMA  and went in to become the commanding officer. He also spoke with pride of the  fact that most of the top personnel in the army in Sri Lanka and Maldives was  trained by him and a number of them are holding top positions now.

Green island’ in Dematagoda service CMC ayurvedic dispensaries

June 28, 2014 at 9:05 pm

28, 2014, 2:47 pm


Tucked away in teeming Dematagoda is a half acre property  belonging to the Colombo Municipal Council hosting a herbarium and an ayurvedic  drug factory meeting the needs of the CMC’s 16 free ayurvedic dispensaries. We  spent a morning at this little known compound learning about what is done there.

Govt. revenue drops to lowest since independence

June 28, 2014 at 8:48 pm

June 28, 2014, 7:15 pm


by Zacki Jabbar

Despite the Finance Ministry claiming that the economy was  booming, revenue as a percentage of GDP had dropped to the lowest since  independence, an Opposition legislator said yesterday.

‘Dimo Battas’ launched under ‘Divi Naguma’ driven out

June 28, 2014 at 8:41 pm


Police crackdown has dealt crushing blow

to self-employed — Kahandagama

June 28, 2014, 7:01 pm

Hennayake’s ‘Dimo Batta’ at the Colombo 7 site before the  marching orders came

By Suresh Perera

Hundreds of jobless youths who were offered ‘Dimo Batta’ mini  trucks for diverse self-employment projects under a government initiated credit  facility have been left in the lurch following police intervention to debar  parking in Colombo and the suburbs, a senior official said last week.

Media exposure was a wanton attempt to discredit my company

June 28, 2014 at 8:35 pm

‘I have always played by the rules’


– Harcourts Chairman

June 28, 2014, 7:00 pm

Ahamed Rheyas, Chairman, Harcourts (centre) stressing a point  during the media conference. Ivor Fernando, CEO, Bandula Bandara, GM, Asela  Rekewa, Attorney-at-law and Bandula Sirimanne, Director – Marketing are also at  the head-table. (Pic by Sajith Jayasekera)

The Rajapaksas and the demobilized patriots

June 28, 2014 at 8:27 pm

June 28, 2014, 6:57 pm

When Mahinda Rajapaksa was first elected to power in 2005, he  won on a patriotic vote. Many national minded people feared that a UNP victory  would mean complete capitulation to the western powers and even division of the  country.

UNP hits back at threats against Mangala

June 28, 2014 at 8:20 pm

June 28, 2014, 6:54 pm

The UNP yesterday responded to statements made by the army and  police spokesmen that MP Mangala Samaraweera revealing “state secrets’’ would  be investigated and he may be prosecuted, with Chief Opposition Whip John  Amaratunga saying that a government that had politicized the entire public  service was now politicizing the military.

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