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Tuesday, 29 March 2011






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Thwarting LTTE’s designs in Europe

In May 2009 having decisively defeated the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), the terrorist organization which for 30 long years held the country at gun point, the Government of Sri Lanka (GOSL) has re-settled 90 percent of the nearly 300,000 persons displaced due to the conflict, rehabilitated and re-integrated into society almost 70 percent of the 11,696 ex-combatants who surrendered/were arrested including all 594 child combatants and has facilitated restoration of houses and livelihoods to most of those resettled, while ensuring education to all, including ex-combatants who continue to remain in custody.

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Dimensions of discipline and ways of punishing

In 1978, the first time Ranjan Madugalle captained Royal at the Big Match, a sporting declaration by him responded to by positive batting by the Thomians almost cost Royal the match. If I remember right, S. Thomas’ had to score 44 in 8 overs with 4 wickets in hand (a piece of cake these days) but settled for a draw. This year, another sporty declaration by Royal was responded to as positively by the Thomians. The umpires, unfortunately decided the light was too weak.

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Philip Gunawardene - 39th death anniversary:

A man of the people

Philip had his early education at Prince of Wales’ College Moratuwa and Ananda College Colombo under P De S Kularatne. Even as a student, he involved himself in the political struggle by becoming a member of the ‘Young Lanka League’ founded in 1920 by Victor Corea and A H Gunasinghe. Leaving school he had a short spell at the University College, Colombo and then left to America to continue his University career, whereas most young men at this time were going to Britain.

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