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SC ruling Part 2: Battle over land turns into Battle of the Chief Justices?

October 12, 2013 at 10:24 pm

October 12, 2013, 7:18 pm

by Rajan Philips

In what seems to be becoming the battle of the Chief Justices, former Chief  Justice Sarath Silva has publicly disputed the factual foundation of the so  called landmark Supreme Court ruling whose main consequence might be to prop up  political claims denying provincial powers over land. One is left to wonder if  Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranayake will also enter the fray. As the only  academic who vaulted to the bench, she might be better placed in adding to the  knowledge of the law than delivering judicial opinions in op-ed articles.

Clock Towers in Sri Lanka

October 12, 2013 at 10:21 pm

October 12, 2013, 7:22 pm

A friend resident in Canada sent me an email about the Kandy  clock tower which awoke long ago memories and a smile at a more recent event  associated with this landmark.

Kandy experienced the worst floods in its living memory in  August 1947. I remember as a very young boarder in a school in Kandy being  marooned with most others, unable to take off for the August holidays. We did  not mind the forced stay since school was out and fun, games and ballroom  dancing were in; the last because it was the Matron’s prescribed method for  keeping warm. We played 304 to our hearts content. Tragedy intruded with one of  the boarder’s mother – single parent – arriving totally distraught as her house  in Katugastota had been washed away. A teacher who was engaged to be married at  the end of August lost her entire trousseau, engagement ring included. She lived  at Peradeniya Road in Getambe. That’s when the small temple by the side of the  Mahaweli earned its reputation for being extra auspicious or holy and the habit  of dropping coins and asking for blessing started by travelers to and from Kandy.  The temple stood intact in contrast to the destruction of much larger and even  stronger buildings reduced to rubble by the raging waters. The Peradeniya  Botanical Gardens and bridge across the Mahaweli were totally submerged.

The Galle Face Hotel begins an Historical Restoration Project

October 12, 2013 at 10:17 pm

* Business as usual at The Galle Face Hotel during the  revitalising transformation

October 12, 2013, 5:45 pm

The iconic Galle Face Hotel has embarked on a restoration  project of its Classic Wing, originally built in 1864. The ambitious restoration  project is designed to preserve the grandeur and romance of the magnificent  property while upgrading and modernising the quality of guest facilities,  amenities and services. The Classic Wing is scheduled to reopen to guests in  late 2014 while the Regency Wing will continue to operate as usual throughout  the restoration.

Mangala’s involvement in Matara mayhem

October 12, 2013 at 10:11 pm

October 12, 2013, 7:25 pm


The attack on the Anti-Ranil Pada Yathra in Matara has placed  the crisis in the UNP in the spotlight as never before. One thing that becomes  immediately apparent from the coverage this incident has been receiving in the  past week or more is that almost everybody has been laying the blame entirely on  Mangala Samaraweera’s doorstep. When Maithri Gunaratne addressed the media last  Friday, he once again pinpointed Mangala and no one else.  There is little doubt  that Samaraweera was involved and that his men played a major role in what  happened. However, it was not just him. Samaraweera has become a convenient  whipping boy because Matara is his area and the Matara town in particular is a  stronghold of the Durava caste to which he belongs.  Since this incident took  place just as the Anti-Ranil Pada Yathra passed the Matara town and since  Samaraweera himself was present on the scene, it is easy to apportion all the  blame to him. However, we would all be missing the most important point here if  we zero in only on Samaraweera.

A 100th birth anniversary appreciation and some lingering memories

October 12, 2013 at 10:07 pm

Cornelia Obeyesekere Pieris


October 12, 2013, 6:08 pm

Edith Cornelia Sita Pieris nee Obeyesekera, my mother, was born  on October 9, 1913. She was one of six siblings –four other brothers and one  sister. She spent her childhood at Rajagiriya Walauwe, a spacious upstair  bungalow surrounded by several acres of land with large spreading trees of many  kinds, and abounding in bird life, and where small species of wild animals too  roamed. There were also many domesticated animals – milk cows and buffaloes,  dogs and fowls,- as also a large staff of servants. The breed of dog popular in  our family circles was the Bull Terrier, a loyal and courageous pet now  regrettably not seen in our country.

S. L. James – the veteran teacher of Kingswood College, Kandy is no more

October 12, 2013 at 10:01 pm

October 12, 2013, 6:58 pm

S. L. James

The death occurred yesterday of Mr. S. L. James (89), who  rendered a noble service as a teacher of Kingswood College, Kandy for more than  three decades.

He made a significant contribution to improve the knowledge of  English of his students and instill values and discipline into the younger  generation, which were hallmarks of his illustrious career.

Work on ‘Port City’ to begin with investor allocated 100 acres on ROI basis

October 12, 2013 at 9:58 pm

A proposed USD multi-billion project on reclaimed beachfront  land

October 12, 2013, 6:48 pm


One hundred acres within the proposed USD multi-billion ‘port  city’ to be built on reclaimed beachfront land bordering the Colombo harbor will  be allocated to the investor on the basis of Return on Investment (ROI) for  developing the infrastructure of this mega project, a high-ranking official said  last week.

The investor is expected to inject an additional US$ 2.5 billion  to develop the acreage given to him within the zone itself demarcated under a  separate plan, says Dr. Priyath B. Wickrama, Chairman, Sri Lanka Ports  Authority.

9 NPC members of EPRLF, TELO, PLOTE to take oath in Mullaiththeevu

October 12, 2013 at 7:27 pm

[TamilNet, Saturday, 12 October 2013, 20:57 GMT] “We are not going to let a [Colombo-centric] group in the Ilangkai Thamizh Arasuk Kadchi (ITAK) to take a different political course than what had been promised to the people during the elections, especially with regards to our demand of international investigations and the delivery of a political solution in a unified North-East as a single unit ensuring Tamils sovereignty,” said former TNA parliamentarian from TELO, MK Sivajilingam on Saturday.  EPRLF’s Suresh Premachandran, a TNA MP and PLOTE leader Tharmalingam Sitharthan,  a former MP were also addressing the journalists in Jaffna. Meanwhile, Suresh Premachandran said that the NPC members who didn’t take oath on Friday will take their oath on Monday in Mullaiththeevu. “We have been part of the TNA for a long time and we will not be weakening the unity because of the newcomers,” he further said.

New Delhi poses new challenge to Tamils

October 12, 2013 at 7:24 pm

[TamilNet, Friday, 11 October 2013, 18:57 GMT] NPC Chief Minister Mr C.V. Wigneswaran has to be profusely thanked and appreciated by Tamils for his honesty in conceding that he is not a natural leader of Eezham Tamils representing their aspirations, but a planted one by New Delhi to implement the 13th Amendment. Wigneswaran’s revelation and his efforts to muffle voices in Tamil Nadu and in the diaspora have to be understood in the background of what M.K. Narayanan had told the TNA in May 2009 that, “we know better what is good for Tamils.” New Delhi simulating a leadership for the political surrender of the Tamil cause poses new challenge to Tamils all over the world, writes an activist for alternative politics in Jaffna.

Sri Lanka: Coming to term with new environment

October 12, 2013 at 7:04 pm
Posted by Sri Lanka Guardian

| by Col. R. Hariharan
TNA Chief Minister for NPC
( October 12, 2013, Chennai, Sri Lanka Guardian) It would be facile to describe the swearing in of CV Wigneswaran as the chief minister of the Northern Provincial Council (NPC) at the ‘Temple Trees’ in the presence of President Mahinda Rajapaksa on October 7, 2013 as a breakthrough in the troubled relationship between the Sinhala majority and the Tamil minority. Both the communities have many more miles to go before they can forge a new relationship.

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