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‘Suicide bomber’ hits Russia’s Volgograd train station

December 29, 2013 at 6:08 pm

Footage from a CCTV camera showed the moment of the blast

A suicide attack on a train station in Russia’s southern city of Volgograd has killed 16 people, officials say.

Initial official claims that the bomber was a lone woman have been replaced by uncertainty about who carried it out.

Editorial – Island.lk

December 29, 2013 at 12:09 am

Dipped Products throws in the towel

December 28, 2013, 5:47 pm

It is now ten days since Dipped Products PLC (DPL), the Hayley’s  subsidiary which has over a period of more than 30 years built up a world class  manufacturing business producing rubber gloves used for a multitude of hand  protection purposes, announced that it was moving its factory at Rathupaswala,  near Weliweriya, to the Biyagama Export Processing Zone. This is being done  although the available evidence strongly suggests that the problem of  polluted/substandard well water in the area has nothing to do with the factory.

Chinese investor now the biggest shareholder of Blue Diamonds

December 29, 2013 at 12:05 am

December 28, 2013, 5:31 pm

A Chinese national here on vacation had within a fortnight  bought into Blue Diamonds Jewellery Worldwide PLC becoming the company’s single  largest shareholder.

Capital Trust Securities Limited, a Colombo based broking house,  made a disclosure to the Colombo Stock Exchange on Friday regarding the purchase  of nearly 8.5 million voting shares of Blue Diamonds by Mr. Xia Liquiang last  Tuesday.

Bandarawela – Sixty Years in Retrospect

December 29, 2013 at 12:02 am

December 28, 2013, 5:03 pm

by L.H.R. Wijetunga

Bandarawela, about two hundred kilometres from Colombo is  cradled in the Uva valley and is shielded from the cold winds that pervade the  area. About four thousand feet above sea level, its beginnings go back to the  early tea-growing days as a market town for the produce. Even to this day the  estates in the area produce some of the finest teas of the hill country.

Bandarawela has a mild temperature and a low humidity very  different from Nuwara Eliya so much so, that the Tourist Board used to advertise  it in their French and German brochures with the slogan “Bandarawela has a  climate much like a summer’s day in Switzerland.’ In the days gone by,  Bandarawela used to be recommended as an ideal centre for the recuperation of  patients with lung disorders.

Peradeniya celebrates their Golden Jubilee

December 29, 2013 at 12:00 am

1964-68 batch of Agriculture graduates from the University of Ceylon,

December 28, 2013, 5:53 pm

The year was 1964. Twenty three youngsters freshly out from  school (22 boys and one solitary girl from Kandy) had been admitted to the then  University of Ceylon, Peradeniya, to read for their degree in Agriculture. Some  were there by choice because they wanted to be Agriculturists; few were there  owing to circumstances, not having had adequate marks to follow a degree in  medicine. They all met on that sunny morning of September at the Faculty of  Science, for the first time with the intention of following their first year of  studies in Botany, Chemistry and Zoology along with those that were selected to  follow a degree course in Science, because all were required to pass the General  Science Qualifying (GSQ) Examination before going their own ways.

Sauce for the Goose is Sauce for the Gander

December 28, 2013 at 11:52 pm

December 28, 2013, 5:37 pm

Sinha Perera

The old adage that ‘the ends justifies the means’ has lost its  cache, particularly when applied to acts of terrorism, making it incumbent upon  the democratic world to condemn and distance itself from perpetrators of these  heinous crimes on society.

Post-tsunami debacle and postwar aggravations

December 28, 2013 at 11:44 pm

December 28, 2013, 5:48 pm

Rajan Philips

Nine years ago, in 2004, the day after Christmas, Sri Lanka  became one of the major victims of the Asian tsunami. Nature’s fury brought the  best and the worst in Sri Lankan society even as it ravaged most of the island’s  coastal areas. The best response was from the people who spontaneously stepped  up to help one another, humanely crisscrossing ethnic boundaries, with Sinhalese  soldiers rescuing Tamil and Muslim victims and Tamil LTTE rescuing Sinhalese and  Muslim victims. They responded before the state could mobilize itself and before  needed and unwanted foreign help arrived from far flung places. The cynics  invariably called the deluge of foreign help as ‘NGO tsunami’. A very positive  explanation and hopeful teaching, in my view, emanated from the pen of Rev.  Dalton Forbes, Catholic Priest and scholar, and longtime professor at the Oblate  Seminary in Ampitiya.

A graduate at 11 years: Incredible but true

December 28, 2013 at 11:19 pm

Vashinyaa creates history

December 28, 2013, 5:34 pm

by Cyril Wimalasurendre

To be a graduate at the age of 11 years is indeed unbelievable.  But, Vashinyaa has proven that age is no barrier to reach the apex in term of  academic achievements.

She is the youngest graduate, according to information  available.

Vashinyaa has the BCS IT degree from the British Computer  Society.

Geneva, March 2014: The hunt begins

December 28, 2013 at 11:17 pm

December 28, 2013, 6:37 pm

Ban Ki-moon

In the international criminal justice system, there is a  hierarchy of establishments. At the very apex is the International Criminal  Tribunal for Yugoslavia (ICTY) not just because it was the very first such  tribunal to be set up but also because it has UN Security Council sanction. The  International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) was also formed with Security  Council sanction and comes a close second. All UN member states including Sri  Lanka has to pay an assessed contribution for the upkeep of these tribunals.


December 28, 2013 at 11:09 pm

Accompanied by his family, President Mahinda Rajapaksa took time off from his  hectic schedule to spend a few days at the Yala National Park, where he relaxed  photographing wild life. He is pictured here snapping a shot of a leopard.  (Pics by Sudath Silva)

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