When Muslims gathered at Galle Face Green on Friday for prayers to mark the Eid-ul-Fitr (Ramazan festival), there was tight security in the area with Navy boats patrolling the sea.
Pic by M. A. Pushpakumara
President Mahinda Rajapaksa has overruled his Police Chief Mahinda Balasuriya and directed that the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) continue with investigations into the assault on a senior official of the Department of Inland Revenue in Matara.
A Development Authority is to be set up for the City of Colombo.
The move may see the abolition of the centuries-old Colombo Municipal Council (CMC) and the proposed statutory authority being vested with all functions now being exercised by the CMC.
From a framed photograph on the wall, a benevolent Chitrasena looks on as his legacy is given new life. On either side mirrors reflect two lines of dancers clad in unrelieved black. Foremost among them is Chitrasena’s daughter Upeka, who in recent decades has been the company’s prized soloist.
With the budget deficit projected at 6.6 % of GDP in 2011 from projected 9.9% in 2010, preliminary work on the preparation of the 2011 annual budget estimates is now underway. Letters have already been sent by Treasury Secretary Dr. P.B. Jayasundara to all Secretaries .....
In the 1950s, many Americans feared that the Soviet Union would surpass the United States as the world's leading power. The Soviet Union had the world's largest territory, the third largest population, and the second largest economy, and it produced more oil and gas than Saudi Arabia.
On the completion of the next World Cup which will be played in the Indian subcontinent in February and the Indian-based IPL following that, the Lankan cricketers will have two back-to-back crunch battles with England and Australia, according to the 2011 edition of the Lankan tour itinerary.
And so, the Government passed sweeping albeit controversial Constitutional amendments at the speed of greased lightning this week.The Supreme Court in a determination to the Speaker said the amendments did not require a referendum of the people, and that all that was needed was two-thirds of the votes in the 225-member Parliament. While the ultimate findings may not have differed, one might have wished that a fuller bench of the country's apex court went into the matter.
"It's a victory for all our MPs and those who backed them," declared a jubilant President Mahinda Rajapaksa when his ministers joined him for the weekly cabinet meeting last Wednesday night.
All of them drove to 'Temple Trees', straight from Parliament where more than a two-thirds majority approved the 18th Amendment to the Constitution.
The report: the travel diary of a tourist travelling around the country, accompanied by his local guide.
As I board the aircraft of RajAir, I am struck by the hospitality of the smiling stewardesses and their peculiar uniform: a sari with a dark maroon coloured sash worn around it. As I travel the country later, I realize that the maroon coloured sash has become a way of life in this part of the world.
There was this grand-uncle of ours who had a reputation as an accurate reader of palms. We young ones would beg of him, “Uncle Sonny, please look at my palm and tell me what you see.”
One day he did take a look at my outstretched hand and the first thing he said was, “You will have seven children.”
The Central Bank
of Sri Lanka – the
'bank of banks' – is
celebrating its 60th
anniversary. Established in 1950, the Central Bank is responsible for the issue of currency and for the country's monetary policy which includes setting interest rates as well as supervising commercial banks and other financial institutions like finance companies.
With the reduction in Excise Duty there has been a tremendous increase in government revenue due to the increase in vehicle imports. Also the once almost lifeless vehicle industry is once again fast becoming a lucrative business where aspirations are currently at an all time high.