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Floods hit Eastern and NC provinces

January 18, 2014 at 12:05 am

January 17, 2014, 9:17 pm

By Maheesha Mudugamuwa

The Eastern and North Central Provinces have been hit by floods  affecting thousands of acres of paddy and agricultural lands and displacing many  people, according to Disaster Management Centre (DMC).

DMC Deputy Director Media Sarath Lal Kumara on Thursday (16)  told The Island that the Polonnaruwa and Batticaloa areas were the worst  affected.

TNA councillor to resist govt plans for rehab

January 17, 2014 at 11:58 pm

January 17, 2014, 9:16 pm


Reacting to the possibility of being sent to a government—run  rehabilitation camp meant for LTTE detainees, a TNA woman councillor of the  northern provincial council has said she would resist the move.

Sajith included in NB to avoid being bombarded with calls – Kiriella

January 17, 2014 at 11:55 pm

January 17, 2014, 9:16 pm

by Zacki Jabbar

Lakshman Kiriella, a member of the UNP Leadership Council (LC),  yesterday hit back at Sajith Premadasa, who has claimed he was appointed to the  party nomination board against his wish at the latter’s behest.

Kiriella told The Island that prior to the last North  Western and Central Provincial Council Polls, he had received hundreds of  telephone calls and letters demanding to know why Sajith had not been appointed  to the nomination board. “So even though Ranil Wickremesinghe informed the LC  that Sajith did not want to serve on the NB, I remembered the critical questions  raised by Sajith’s admirers in the past and proposed that he be included  nevertheless.”As a person who worked at grassroots level and came face to face  with UNP members, he would have been faced with the prospect of answering the  queries that would have cropped up once again, Kirialle said, adding that he did  not want a repetition of the past.

Thermal power plants running short of fuel

January 17, 2014 at 11:52 pm


January 17, 2014, 9:13 pm

By Ifham Nizam

There is a shortage of fuel for the Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB)  power plants, according to power and energy sector sources as the demand for  fuel used by thermal power plants has gone up due to the breakdown of  Norochcholai coal power plant.

The CPC had low sulphur furnace oil stocks used by thermal power  plants like Kerawalapitiya only for another five days, CEB officials said.

The 300 MW West Coast Combined cycle plant at Kerawalapitiya,  160 MW Kelanitissa Combined Power Cycle and 163 MW AVS Kelanitissa plant, have  fuel left only for a few more days.


January 17, 2014 at 11:49 pm

Mavadi Oadai Bridge near Thoppigala in  Batticaloa was washed away by raging floods following torrential rains on  Thursday. Pic by Mohommad Ghouse, Batticaloa Corr

In the land of Geoffrey Bawa-Rupa Gopal

January 17, 2014 at 11:03 pm



  • The couryard with blue pillars and a sloping roof
    The couryard with blue pillars and a sloping roof
  • Anjalendran at his desk
    Anjalendran at his desk
  • An auto in his home
    An auto in his home
  • The small, monastic bedroom with rock walls that burst with colour, paintings sourced by the architect.
    The small, monastic bedroom with rock walls that burst with colour, paintings sourced by the architect.

Sri Lankan architect Anjalendran follows in the iconic architect’s footsteps, says Rupa Gopal

Several Layers Found in Sri Lankan Mass Grave: Experts

January 17, 2014 at 10:56 pm

A mass grave found in northeastern Sri Lanka, the scene of pitched battles between government forces and Tamil Tiger rebels in 2009, is said to contain several layers of bodies, forensic experts have said.

A team of forensic experts led by Judicial Medical Officer Dhananjaya Waidyaratne has so far found skeletal remains of at least 36 individuals in the grave.

“The bodies have been buried in several layers,” Waidyaratne told BBC’s Sinhala Service in Mannar’s Thirukatheeswaram area.

Skeletal remains of 36 people unearthed from new mass grave site in Northern Sri Lanka

January 17, 2014 at 10:53 pm

Fri, Jan 17, 2014, 12:50 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Jan 17, Mannar: Skeletal remains of four more people have been unearthed from the unmarked grave site found in Mannar in Northern Sri Lanka Thursday, authorities said.

The four skeletons were unearthed when the second phase of the excavation commenced yesterday (16) under the direction of specialist Judicial Medical Officer (JMO) Dr. Dhananjaya Waidyaratna in the presence of Mannar District magistrate Ms. Ananthi Kanagaratnam.

Sri Lankan government determined to resettle Northern IDPs in their original homes – Tamil MP

January 17, 2014 at 10:50 pm

Fri, Jan 17, 2014, 08:19 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Jan 17, Colombo: A Tamil parliamentarian of Sri Lanka’s governing party says the government is determined to resettle the internally displaced people (IDPs) in the North in their original homes.

Murugesu Chandrakumar, who is a member of governing party ally, Eelam People’s Democratic Party (EPDP), has said at an event in Kopay in the North that the government is trying to expedite the resettlement of IDPs in their original homes

Colombo ‘reveals’ US connections in cluster bomb use

January 17, 2014 at 10:44 pm

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 15 January 2014, 15:55 GMT] United States Pacific Command (USPACOM) advised the Sri Lankan Defence Establishment to purchase Cluster Bomb Units (CBUs) during the peace talks mediated by Norway in 2002. The Island paper, which gives media space for PSYOP and information war waged by the SL military Establishment, on Monday released portions of an alleged FOUO-classified document of the US Defence Establishment. The ‘leak’ was made to remind the US Ambassador-at-Large for War Crimes Issues Stephen J. Rapp, that Colombo was having proofs of ‘US complicity’ in the genocidal onslaught it waged on Eezham Tamils, an informed journalist from South told TamilNet. Colombo’s Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa himself timed the ‘leak’, the journalist further said.

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