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By Shivanthi Ranasinghe Rear Admiral Sarath Weerasekara was with the Sri Lanka Navy for 35 years. In his long and distinguished career, he witnessed firsthand the ruthlessness of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). Their ruthlessness towards their military or political opponents or their civilian targets does not need an introduction. Yet, the life of civilians, especially Tamils, endured while living alongside the LTTE is an unexplored subject. The LTTE of course portrayed the...

I was once again paying my last respects to a man I knew only by name, but said to be a gentlemen, a respectable man in society and one who had earned a good respect in the eyes of his pupils. By Shanika Pitigala Sitting next to me was another teacher, quite old but not older than the one who had died due to a terminal illness. This woman still walks swiftly and completes her tasks with fewer burdens to others. She does her duty by society in nurturing and moulding many professionals to...

By Ravi Ladduwahetty A stinking property deal has now surfaced within the Slave Island area over a leasing of 273 perches prime commercial lan...

BY Mirudhula Thambiah "Soon after we were released from the IDP camps in Settikulam, Vavuniya in 2010, there was no guarantee of our security. We felt quite insecure. Although we came out of the welfare camps, we did not have a place to return. Our places were taken over by the High Security Zone (HSZ). So we decided to sail to India, trusting that security shall be ensured to us," 37-year-old Rameshkumar Vijayarani, who recently returned with her family from a refugee camp in Mandapam, ...

By Jeevana Pahan Thilina Ever since the battered and brutally sexually assaulted body of toddler Seya Sadewmi was discovered on 13 September last year, a day after she went missing from her home, the entire country awaited with bated breath to see her killer face justice in a court of law. That day finally arrived on 15 March 2016 when Negombo Provincial High Court Judge Champa Janaki Rajarathna found the main accused in the case, Saman Jayalath, guilty of all four charges; abducting Se...

By Niranjala Ariyawansha A transformer in the CEB's Biyagama grid substation exploded at 2.20 p.m. on Sunday 13 March plunging some areas immediately supplied by the Biyagama plant into darkness for many hours until the CEB engineers restored supplies in a comparatively short time.The senior management of the CEB is heavily criticized while Trade Unions allege that the overriding position enjoyed by the CEB Engineers' Union has given rise to several problems at Board level. Secretar...

There is nothing Russia's President, Vladimir Putin, likes more than taking everyone by surprise. Except, perhaps, demonstrating that his country is an independent actor on the world stage that has to be taken seriously. Thus, the announcement from the Kremlin on 14 March that Russia was partially withdrawing its forces in Syria, was vintage Putin. His message was that Russia's military objectives had been achieved and it was now time to support peace talks in Geneva that were due to resu...

By MUNZA MUSHTAQ Sri Lanka's six-month-old coalition government, led by President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, has grand plans for a US$ 40 billion redevelopment of the country's capital and its surrounding districts. But, while the project may look good on paper, officials face significant obstacles in realizing the 15-year vision. The Western Region Megapolis Planning Project (wrmpp) comprises 150 smaller projects, including the controversial Chinese-f...

By Sarath Wijesinghe World population is heading for a disaster due to excessive use of antibiotics. Unless preventive measures - though difficult - are taken immediately to contain the worldwide man-made epidemic the world is facing the danger of reaching a post-antibiotic erasoon. Fifty per cent of the antibiotics manufactured globally is mainly used in agritculture, and food chain entering the human body in some way via food giants is threatening to develop resistance for antibioti...

By Ishara Rathnakara Additional Magistrate (Traffic) of Colombo Chandana Kalansuriya questioned the Welikada Police, as to why they did not obtain mobile phone records and CCTV video clips relating to the incident involving Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka, who is alleged to have fled subsequent to knocking down two individuals and injuring them, on the particular day specified by a Court Order, issued by the Court. The Magistrate questioned the Police in open Court when it was summone...

By Umesh Moramudali Last week, the government introduced a few tax amendments aimed at countering declining revenue trends and the GDP percentage of gross government debt that has spiraled over the years. Wickremesinghe told Parliament the tax amendments including the increase in the Value Added Tax (VAT) to 15 per cent were indispensable to maintain GDP at 5.4 per cent and reduce the increasing budgetary deficit. "It is not an easy task to salvage the economy from its position. The pr...

By Risidra Mendis Environmentalists and animal welfare activists who were horrified over the torture and killing of an eagle by a group of men in Galle recently have praised Habaraduwa Police for acting fast and taking into custody two of the suspects. An officer of the Police Media Unit told Ceylon Today, that the two suspects were produced in Courts and remanded till 24 March and Habaraduwa Police are carrying out investigations to apprehend four more suspects.The horrific photos pub...

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Rear Admiral Sarath Weerasekara was with the Sri Lanka Navy for 35 years. In his long and distinguished career, he witnessed firsthand the ruthlessness of the Liberation
I was once again paying my last respects to a man I knew only by name, but said to be a gentlemen, a respectable man in society and one who had earned a good respect
A stinking property deal has now surfaced within the Slave Island area over a leasing of 273 perches prime commercial land.The Ceylon Today, in the lead story of
"Soon after we were released from the IDP camps in Settikulam, Vavuniya in 2010, there was no guarantee of our security. We felt quite insecure. Although we came

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