Terrorism: An excuse to disrupt Schools Rugby View(s):Schools Rugby Round 2 ground to a halt as the country stood shell-shocked with the Easter Sunday bombings. Will it prove that Sri Lanka is rebounding or, destroyed by a mere cracker, if lit among the pigeons? The Sri Lanka Schools Rugby Football Association (SLSRFA) has been in consultation with the Ministry of Education and the Defence authorities, while the Minister of Sport too joined. Some were worried about the Schools Rugby League, while others talked about the Royal-Trinity ‘Bradby Shield’ game. But divided, as explained by a senior Sri Lanka Rugby (SLR) official, there is a significant gap in discussing and planning between the SLSRFA and SLR.
Easter Sunday attack survivors: Let them grieve View(s):Nearly a month has passed by since the tragedy of the Easter Sunday bomb blasts. We should not ‘medicalize’ or ‘psychologise’ the normal reactions of the victims”. Do not ‘medicalize’ or ‘psychologize’ the normal reactions of the victims. These should be considered as natural reactions to an abnormal traumatic event.”Abnormal grief reactions and depression will not manifest until very much later. Children require special thought and specific planning – Children need to be protected from an endless review of events which maximises the impact of trauma.
Former Defence Secretary and IGP face criminal charges By Anthony David AG directs CID to probe why they did not act on early warnings; Committee makes severe strictures on them View(s): View(s):A criminal investigation is under way to find out why former Defence Secretary Hemasiri Fernando and Police Chief Pujith Jayasundera failed to act on intelligence warnings about the Easter Sunday massacre. Jayasinghe of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID). The Sunday Times learns that the committee had made strong strictures on the two top officials. The Committee is headed by serving Supreme Court Judge Vijith Malalgoda, PC and includes N.K. As directed, the Committee handed in its interim report within two weeks.
Whatever happened to Adam Gilchrist’s half Squash ball? He put it (the squash ball) in and he then hit the ball so good…….”Here’s a scientific explanation by an expert on this issue:“A squash ball is a rubber ball, it compresses when pressure is applied on it. In short, it acts like a spring ……So what happens when a batsman secretes a squash ball inside the glove of his bottom hand? When a batsman swings the bat until it hits the ball….this pressure compresses the squash ball similar to a spring. If this ruse of having a part of a squash ball helped to thump the ball ever so easily, why was this ploy not repeated but simply pushed under the carpet?
A message to parents in his common story rarely narrated Continuing our series on the Gratiaen Prize short-listed writers, Yomal Senerath-Yapa talks to Upali Mahaliyana View(s): View(s):Roald Dahl once said he does not envy the lot of those authors who write full time for a living. As the murder trial unravels, however, evidence gathers of a dark, illicit and poisonous desire that had eaten at the heart of this glamorous woman: her attraction to young boys. The major reason why he wrote the story, apart from the fact that it is a common story rarely narrated- hidden in plain sight- is that Upali wanted to alert parents to this murky danger. He then suddenly disappears, and the narration is by the paternal older brother who looks back poignantly at shared memories. With its drama both human and emotional, many reviewers have seen in Youthful Escapades the makings of a brilliant art film.
Private airport taxi operators complain of raw deal By Kasun Warakapitiya View(s): View(s):Airport private taxi operators have urged the authorities to reconsider security arrangements, which, they claim, have hit their business. Saman Kumara told the Sunday Times that due to the security arrangements, they were not allowed to park outside the arrivals terminal and get hires. At present, airport taxis are allowed to drive through an outer lane, about 30 metres away from the arrivals terminal, to pick up passengers. Another taxi operator A.G. Anil Munasinghe said passengers are not allowed to venture outside but are advised to hire a private or a BIA-operated taxi or get into a shuttle bus to go to the taxi park located at Nayakanda, some 350 metres away. Mr. Munasinghe said those who come in their private vehicles to pick up relatives or friends have to park their vehicles at another car park and walk up to the Nayakanda park to meet up with them.
Let us defeat the fear psychosis and encourage students get back to schools and universities! Some understood matters more rationally that there is also a political conspiracy hatched by disgruntled politicians, that Sri Lanka will never be a safe place again, if the present government continues. They happened to be those who consulted astrologers as to when elections should be held when they were in power. We also wanted the citizens of this country to be adequately interested in schools and universities that educate their children. At this moment, what the schools and universities do not possess are not only libraries and infrastructure for sports and physical development, but also basic amenities like decent toilets.
Dousing the flames of fake news on local firms By Bandula Sirimanna View(s): View(s):Fake news connected to business activities that hit headlines in social media at a time of extremist terror can damage the image and impair a company’s bottom line, several heads of leading firms said. Now, many companies are planning to sign up with third-party firms with IT expert monitors and the latest artificial intelligence to tackle social media in search of viral posts that could harm their image and reputation in the local and international market. “Necessary damage control action should be taken before fake news via social media ignites into wildfire causing irreversible harm,” he added. A recent victim of fake news in the aftermath of Easter terror via social media Lanka Spice (Pvt) Ltd, owners of the leading Sri Lankan “Mc Currie” brand of spice products. After living and working in China for 10 years, Mr. Pathikirikorale returned to Sri Lanka last year to help run Lanka Spice, the family business.
Foreign buying high; swimming against the tide By Duruthu Edirimuni Chandrasekera View(s): View(s):It was a case of ‘the time to buy is when there is blood on the streets’ for foreign investors at the Colombo share market for the past month. “This is swimming against the current of common opinion and coming out on top,” an analyst opined. In the aftermath of the attacks, foreigners have been on a buying spree. By last Tuesday net foreign buying was at Rs. “Terror attacks have happened elsewhere in the region.
Kids World View(s):My motherMy mother’s name is Wathsala. The movie ‘The Avengers’ has won the hearts of millions of fans all around the world. Today the world is very dangerousand cruel. Anyway I am glad to leave this world. Reading daily newspapers and magazines gives information about the current situation in the outside world.
The Easter Sunday massacre saw the Chinese Ambassador in Sri Lanka Cheng Xueyuan seeking an urgent appointment. It is in both the Sri Lanka government’s and its people’s interest to make a public declaration that it would not go ahead with SOFA and make Sri Lanka a bigger battleground of the big powers. In December 2017, Sri Lanka handed over control of the newly-built Hambantota seaport to Beijing with a 99-year lease because Sri Lanka could no longer afford its debt payments to China. It has come to light that as far back as late last year, India provided intelligence to Sri Lanka that Zahran Hashim was the leader of the IS-backed Muslim extremist group in Sri Lanka. It is not only the big powers that want to make Sri Lanka their battleground.
UGC says “no” to Colombo School of Economics View(s):In today’s context where a doubtful university in eastern Batticaloa hasn’t got permission from the University Grants Commission (UGC) to offer accredited courses, comes news of how a legitimate offer to set up an economics school in Colombo was shot down by the higher education authority. In 2016, the UGC rejected a proposal by the University of Colombo to establish a Colombo School of Economics, University of Colombo saying, “it is not appropriate to establish schools/institutes under each department of study”. The January 11, 2016 UGC letter to the University Vice Chancellor also noted that “the Commission also decided as an alternative, a separate Postgraduate Institute of Economics could be established to facilitate Postgraduate Studies, which shall be self-financing, provided that all the Economics Departments attached to (all) universities (in Sri Lanka) are in agreement to do so”. Economists said this was a strange decision since many countries including the UK (London School of Economics attached to the University of London) have economics schools attached to universities, and that is the growing trend. In South Asia there is the Delhi School of Economics and the Lahore School of Economics, amongst others.
The centre conducts Dhamma programmes on Poya days for all age groups and special residential meditation programmes upon request. Colombo Dhamma Friends of Mahamevnawa conducts Dhamma and meditation programmes in English for children, youth and older adults. Damrivi Foundation at No.51/A, Isipathana Mawatha, Havelock Town, Colombo 05 offers weekly meditation programmes every Sunday and Wednesday conducted by meditation instructor, Gamini Priyantha as well as meditation retreats. For more details call 0112504431. International Vipassana Meditation Centre conducts daily and residential meditation programmes under the guidance of the Chief Incumbent Ven. Kanduboda Siyane International Insight Meditation Centre located in Kanduboda, Delgoda provides meditation programmes for adults on every Saturday.
Police hunt for more than 80 people involved in mob attacks View(s):Police are on the lookout for more than 80 people responsible for organising attacks on business establishments and houses in areas in the North Western Province and Gampaha district, a senior Police officer said. Deputy Inspector General of Police Priyantha Jayakody said that the culprits have been identified through CCTV footage, pictures taken on mobile phones and information received. He said they have found evidence that organised groups were involved in the attacks and, at times were backed by people affiliated to political parties. He said 300 to 400 persons had arrived, mostly on bikes, some of them using interior roads to avoid detection by the police or armed forces and carried out the attacks. The groups, he said, had got the support of criminals and wanted persons who were more interested in looting business establishments after they were attacked.
Avishka vs ICC: Battle is on View(s):At the end of the first day’s play against Australia during the second Test in Canberra, Avishka Gunawardene, Sri Lanka’s stop-gap batting coach, was in the team hotel when two International Cricket Council (ICC) anti-corruption officers walked in and asked for his mobile phones. After returning from Australia when the Test series ended, the ICC Anti-Corruption officer stationed in Colombo summoned him. “When I met the ICC Anti-Corruption officer in Colombo with my counsel, he questioned me continuously about this particular over,” Gunawardene said. This is only one such instance of these two individuals claiming the ownership of the Sri Lanka team. They have given several press interviews, including on video, saying they were the co-directors of Team Sri Lanka.