Colombo and other ‘privileged’ areas are exempted from power cuts imposed on other locations, supposedly on the basis of optimal self-generation. On the other hand, if the logic is that Colombo should not suffer power cuts due to impact on city-based businesses and industry, reduced power cuts could be imposed. But why should the capital be exempted from otherwise nation-wide power cuts altogether? There is a terse saying among rural folk to the effect that it is always, ‘Colombata kiri, apita kekiri,’ which loosely translates to declaring that state policies invariably privilege Colombo, giving the city ‘milk’ while others get the sour ‘kekiri’ (snake cucumber). But deadly bumbling of ‘yahapalanaya’ politicians have an additional edge by buttressing the perception that this is a Government which has no thought for the common citizen.
CEB runs after suppliers to fuel thermal power generators View(s):The Ceylon Electricity Board is seriously considering available options in purchasing furnace oil or diesel from international suppliers such as Lanka IOC other than the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC) to run thermal power generators. Sales of furnace oil, which is supplied to the CEB and industries for power generation, had shot up sharply at present due to increased thermal power generation because drought reduced hydro-power capacity, official sources said. The CPC has found it extremely difficult to supply furnace oil or Diesel to run thermal power generators at the subsidised price of Rs. Furnace oil is imported for thermal power generation by the Ceylon Electricity Board. Power shortages and rising fuel imports are particularly problematic considering the country’s rising demand.
‘Nethuwa Beri Minihek’ in Minuwangoda View(s):‘Nethuwa Beri Minihek’- ‘A Man Much Needed’ award winning playwright Rajitha Dissanayake play will go on the boards at 3.30 pm and 6.30 pm on April 9 at Nalanda Balika College, Minuwangoda‘Nethuwa’Beri’Minihek’ revolves around the family of Jayantha, a Sinhala nationalist businessman who enjoyed close ties with the previous regime, and worries for his future in the transformed political climate. Jayantha’s son returns from London with a Tamil friend who is in search of his mother who went missing during the war. The cast of ‘Nethuwa Beri Minihek’ comprises Dharmapriya Dias, Shyam Fernando, Nadeeshani Peliarachchi, Bimsara Premaratne, Pasan Ranaweera, Anuradha Mallawarachchi, Nalin Lusena, Charindra Chandrasena and Kasun Chathuranga. The lighting is by Ranga Samarakoon and costume design by Nalin Lusena and Samadara Mabuluge. Vijith Nuwan and Nalin Lusena will be the stage managers.
‘Wonder Park’ where imagination comes alive View(s):‘Wonder Park’ animated adventure movie revolving around an amusement park where the imagination of a wildly creative girl named June comes alive, is now being shown in theatres. Directed by Dylan Brown in his directorial debut, the film is produced by Paramount Animation and Nickelodeon Movies, with Ilion Animation Studios handling animation. Over time, Mrs. Bailey starts to get sick and is sent away for recovery, June starts alienating from Wonderland, and burns the blueprints of the park in a fit of rage. The film stars the voice talents of newcomer Brianna Denski, Matthew Broderick, Jennifer Garner, Ken Hudson Campbell, Kenan Thompson, Ken Jeong, Mila Kunis, John Oliver, Kath Soucie, Norbert Leo Butz, and Kevin Chamberlin. ‘Wonder Park’ is now being screened at Scope Cinemas (CCC), Liberty by Scope Cinemas, Savoy 2 andMC Cinemas.
Peterite power and grit prevail By Aubrey Kuruppu View(s): View(s):All good things have to end. This was so in the case of twice champions Royal who tasted defeat at the hands of a highly charged Peterite outfit. But in the Peterite forwards they found a bunch of players who were equally good and, moreover, a pack that refused to give in. Royal tried to break through the defence but found it a tough proposition. Around the 28th minute, Royal winger Malisha Perera booted over a penalty to make the scoreline read 7-3.
Hirantha and Hirusha power STC Matara to 5-wicket win By P.D. Electing to bat first, the Servatians were back in the pavilion with 231 runs on the board with four deliveries remaining. Chamika Ranasinghe, Hirantha Lakshan, Mihisal Amoda and Gishanthika Jayaweera bowled well to curtail the runs as well as take wickets. Woshita Athsara (40) and Gishanthika Jayaweera (unfortunate to be run out for 38) saw the Thomians to 137/4 after which Hirantha and Hirusha finished the game with over five overs to spare. Hirantha Lakshan was named man-of-the-match for his allround performance.
Final rites of Srima Dissanayake tomorrow Gamini and Srima were icons of a generation, says Sajith View(s): View(s):The final rites of Srima Dissanayake, wife of the late Minister Gamini Dissanayake, will take place tomorrow at 3 p.m. at the Borella General Cemetery. Mrs Dissanayake passed away at a private hospital in Colombo on Friday. She was the loving mother of sons Minister Navin Dissanayake, MP Mayantha Dissanayake and daughter Varuni Dissanayake. A Lawyer by profession, Mrs Dissanayake was also a former member of the Central Provincial Council. “Gamini and Srima Dissanayake were icons of a generation, gifted professionals who dedicated their lives to serving our country and especially those less fortunate,” he noted, extending his deepest sympathies and heartfelt condolences to the Dissanayake family.
Importing exotic cows which performed poorly under local conditions By Ananda Wickramasinghe View(s): View(s):In 2017, over 5000 young pregnant cows (heifers) imported from Australia and New Zealand, were sold to some farmers. This article is an attempt to examine the reasons for the poor performance of imported cows under local conditions. The quantity and quality of milk governed by factors such as cow’s genetic makeup, quality of feed, management practices and surrounding environmental conditions. Impact of local environmental condition on imported heifersGlobally, many studies have been conducted on environmental stress on cattle. When environmental conditions are not favourable, the stored energy is utilised to overcome the stresses.
UK’s closed door and “open world” View(s):How do the people of the UK feel about “Brexit” once it happens? Exporting to EUAs far as international trade is concerned, EU member countries trade more within the EU than with the rest of the world. This is an indicator to show how deeply EU countries are integrated with one another sharing mutual benefits. An essential feature of the “deal” is to arrange a lower level of integration such as a Free Trade Area (FTA) or a Customs Union. One is to face all negative consequences of economic isolation while the other is to embark on a “unilateral” free trade opening the economy to the entire world and avoid the economic fallout.
Emergency power purchases from private sector View(s):The Government is set to rush into emergency power purchases from the private sector to overcome the current power crisis, despite previous claims that it would not resort to such action. Accordingly, the Power and Energy Ministry and the Ceylon Electricity Board have held talks to buy 50MW from Asia Power in Sapugaskanda , 24MW from ACE Power in Matara and 30MW from Northern Power, CEB officials said. Meanwhile, the Power and Energy Ministry will also propose further measures to control power consumption during the next three months. Under a programme titled ‘Demand-side management’ Ministries and private sector companies will be asked to use their own generators without depending on supplies from the CEB. This enable the CEB also to use the water for power generation.
St. Joseph’s scored from two tries, a conversion and two penalties while the Green Machine scored from two converted tries and a penalty. As the first half progressed St. Joseph’s began to gain ground with their hefty forwards working the ruck. The plan worked as an impatient Pathana defence made a desperate and careless tackle giving Joes a penalty, which Algama put through. A bad line-out from St. Joseph’s, seconds before half-time, gave Pathana captain Janith Serasinghe a break which he carried to the Joes’ try-line, and Ruberu assisted Manula Rathnayake for a beautiful try. The win meant St. Joseph’s go in to the second round as the only unbeaten side, after Royal College lost to St. Peter’s College in their game yesterday.
Impressive entries for RTC season opener today View(s):Two favourite runners have been forced to skip today’s RTC Spring and Summer Raceday at the Racecourse in Nuwara Eliya, due to medical reasons, and their closest rivals will grab the opportunity to gain momentum and status. Torpedo, owned by Anura Delgoda, will be the second absentee from the first race of the RTC holiday season races. The Class 5 Thoroughbred race with a distance of 1070metres will be the one to watch when it comes to numbers. Following the raceday on March 31, which acts as a forerunner, RTC will conduct its two remaining mega events during the April Holidays — the RTC Governor’s Cup and the RTC Magic Million Cup. The RTC events for the Holiday Season are sponsored by Colombo Hilton, Blackpool Hotel Nuwara Eliya, Alpine Hotel and Mosh.
Kalutara MV down Tissa Central by five wickets By M. Shamil Amit View(s): View(s):A match bag of eight wickets by Kavindu Jayawickrama and half tons by Krishan Viranga and Vivindu Silva helped Kalutara MV record a comfortable five wicket win over traditional rivals Tissa Central Kalutara in the 61st Battle of Mangoosteen big match concluded at Kalutara yesterday. Kalutara MV chasing 111 runs for victory was helped by an unbeaten knock of 57 by Vivindu, enabled them to reached the target with ease. Tissa Central Kalutara 145 (Ashen Chanuka 30, Oshen Minodh 21, Kosala Ravindu 47: Kavindu Jayawickrama 5 for 51, Avishka Lakshan 3 for 31) and 126 (Eranda Dewmith 33, Dharsha Madusanka 32: Vishmika Costa 4 for 15, Kavindu Jayawickrama 3 for 43, Dilesh Arunodya 2 for 22)Kalutara Vidyalaya (121/9 overnight) 161 (Krishan Viranga 50, Mishara Fernando 31, Suboda Wanigasinghe 23: Rohan Sanjaya 4 for 44, Ashen Nawanjana 3 for 28, Heshan Duminda 2 for 31) and 114 for 5 (Vivindu Silva 57 n.o. : Heshan Duminda 2 for 20)
Come share our magic, say Amelie and Thommy Internationally acclaimed The Clairvoyants begin their 2019 world tour with a new full-length show in Colombo on Thursday View(s): View(s):Get ready for the magic as Cinnamon Life brings the much-awaited award-winning mentalist duo, the Clairvoyants to Colombo this week. The Austrian duo Amélie van Tass and Thommy Ten will unveil a brand-new full-length show for the first time on Thursday, April 4 at Nelum Pokuna Mahinda Rajapaksa Theatre. The full-length show of 110 minutes will see Amelie and Thommy perform a series of illusions that will simultaneously surprise and confuse the audience. Talking about the challenges that they are looking to test in Colombo, Thommy explained that they will attempt to read the minds of all the audience members at the same time. The Clairvoyants show is presented by Cinnamon Life as part of the brand’s ongoing effort to bring the best of entertainment to the city.