Case filed against Vaas for abducting Ramanayaka

A petition filed by Nipuna Ramanayaka’s mother against former DIG Vaas Gunawardena was heard yesterday (11th). The petition is a request to file action against the former DIG for abducting and torturing Nipuna Ramanayaka, then a student of Malabe Technical College. Vaas has been remanded for the murder of Bambalapitiya businessman Mohammed Shyam.

The state counsel A. Nawam, representing the Attorney General, asked for time to decide what action should be taken regarding the petition. The Court of Appeal put off the hearing until 24th October.

The petition is heard before the President of the Court of Appeal. Justice S.Sriskandarajah and Appeal Court Judge Malani Gunaratna.

‘Samurdhi’ officers drudging for spoils

It is reported that several groups of ‘Samurdhi’ employees, led by four senior officials, are engaged in election campaign of the UPFA in Mannar, Mullaithivu, Killinochchi, Jaffna and Vavuniya districts.

A brand new van – reg. no NB 2733 - has been used in their election propaganda campaign for the UPFA while four senior officials including Felix Fernando of the administration section of Samurdhi Authority and its Asst. Director – administration Upul Jayashantha have been sent to these areas from the 8th to the 15th to direct Samurdhi employees for the campaign.

Money has been allocated from Samurdhi Authority for board and lodging of the officers while a fuel allowance of Rs.20,000 has been released for every vehicle used for the campaign.

On official documents the officers have stated that they are visiting these areas during these days to issue identity cards to Samurdhi officers and to instruct them on maintaining files.

It is reported that in addition to carrying out propaganda they are pressurizing Samurdhi recipients to vote for the UPFA.

31 schools in Colombo closed for CHOGM

The Education Ministry has announced that 31 schools in Colombo would be temporarily shut down for 13 days in November as a part of the security measures for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) to be held in November this year.

The Secretary to the Ministry of Education Anura Dissanayake said the security plan was necessary to ensure security for the high profile diplomats who were expected to visit the country during the CHOGM.

He said alternate programmes provided to these schools for the school days lost due to this closure will be discussed later.

Schools to be closed are:

01 Mahanama College, Colombo

02 Baron Jayatilleke College, Maligawatte

03 Rajasingha College, Maligawatte

04 Ashoka College, Maradana

05 Ananda Vidyalaya

06 Viharamaha Devi Balika Vidyalaya, Maradana

07 Sangaraja College, Maradana

08 Holy Rosary Sinhala Vidyalaya, Slave Island

09 Holy Rosary Tamil Vidyalaya, Slave Island

10 T.B. Jayah College, Slave Island

11 Al-Iqbal College, Slave Island

12 Mihidu Vidyalaya, Kesellwatte

13 Al-Higma College, Kesellwatte

14 Kotahena Madya Maha Vidyalaya

15 St. Paul’s Milagirya

16 Hindu College, Bambalapitiya

17 Visakha Vidyalaya

18 Isipathana College

19 D.S. Senanayake College

20 C.W.W. Kannangara College

21 Susamayawardene Vidyalaya

22 Royal College

23 Thurstan College

24 Sirimavo Bandaranayake Vidyalaya

25 Ananda Balika Vidyalaya

26 Gothami Balika Vidyalaya

27 Nalanda College

28 Mahabodhi Vidyalaya

29 Sariyapuththa Vidyalaya

30 Al-Hidhaya Maha Vidyalaya

31 A. E. Gunasinghe Vidyalaya

Three inscriptions discovered in Delft Island

The marine archaeologists from the Maritime Archaeology Unit (MAU) of Central Cultural Fund (CCF) established in Galle in their archaeological explorations carried out in Delft Island in the North of Sri Lanka in August this year have discovered three inscriptions that have not been hither to revealed.

It has been observed that many archaeological ruins and artifacts could be seen scattered all over the island. Among them are remains of three ancient stupas of different sizes. The three inscriptions could be seen among the paved stones around the biggest of the three stupas which has a diameter of 13.54 meters and circumference of 31.93 meters.

Two of the three inscriptions are in Tamil script and the other is in Brahmi script. According to scientific data of the scripts the two Tamil inscriptions belong to the 14 – 15 centuries while the inscription having Brahmi script would date back to the 1st or 2nd century say calligraphists. According to the portion of the inscription that is legible the old Brahmi inscription had been written in Sinhalese prakrit language says Lecturer of calligraphy and epigraph at Rajarata University Chandima Ambanwala.

The discovery is an important revelation among the discoveries in the archaeological sector carried out in recent times and further studies are ongoing regarding the script found in the inscriptions.

Tamil script 1

Tamil script ii

Brahmi script

Small stupa

The large stupa

The team of explorers


Online petition against Sri Lanka Cricket

A petition has been launched by ‘Sri Lankan Cricket Fans’ to highlight their displeasure and lack of confidence in the executive committee currently governing Sri Lanka Cricket and the electoral process that has seen candidates mysteriously dropping out of the race at the last minute to allow individuals with ties to the ruling party to win uncontested.

Hosted on the internationally-renowned petition website, the petition has received global coverage and has gathered much momentum in the 24 hours since its launch.

The petition calls on the Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapaksa to replace the current executive-committee "and place the governing of cricket within an interim-committee headed by a reputed, trusted and ethical individual."

In addition, it stresses on the need to allow a new committee "sufficient time and authority to refocus on what is in the best interest of Sri Lanka Cricket and plan for a fair and democratic transfer of the administration of cricket to qualified individuals with high moral and ethical standards."