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Sri Lanka/Transport
In 1950 Ceylon promulgated the Air Navigation Act "to give effect to certain international conventions relating to Air Navigation and carriage by air, to make provision for the general regulation and control of air navigation and for purposes connected therewith or incidental thereto". This involved the licensing of men, machines and airlines. Regulations in accordance with international practice were also put in place. The Minister of Transport or Aviation, as the case may be, was the sole authority. In section 21 of the Air Navigation Act all power was delegated to the Director of Civil Aviation. "The Minister may for the purpose of Civil Aviation, generally or specially delegate the Director of Civil Aviation any powers (other than powers to make regulations or orders), duties and functions conferred or imposed upon or vested in the Ministry by or under this act".
Saturday, 24 January 2015 | 641 hits | Print | PDF |  E-mail | Report | Read more
Sri Lanka/People
June 23rd, 2012 - 88th Birth Anniversary of President Premadasa The ethnic problem did not end with the war. The ethnic problem has to be resolved to make peace work and prevent the next war. Development, democracy and devolution: that was the Premadasa plan to resolve the ethnic problem. President Premadasa believed that to make Tamil people feel like Sri Lankan citizens, a power-sharing arrangement, restoration of democracy and rapid economic development were equally necessary.
Sunday, 24 June 2012 | 650 hits | Print | PDF |  E-mail | Report | Read more
Sri Lanka/Military
War on terror revisited: The Batticaloa revolt In the wake of Vinayagamoorthy Muralitharan’s defection in March 2004, people living in the Batticaloa District gradually turned against the LTTE, with the majority throwing their weight behind the dissidents. Those supportive of Karuna’s move portrayed the situation caused by the split as a battle between the LTTE’s Kilinochchi leadership and the group’s fighting formations which hailed from the Batticaloa and Ampara districts. The loss of Batticaloa, too, contributed to the ultimate downfall of the LTTE as a conventional fighting force. Batticaloa’s hostility towards the LTTE increased after an LTTE operative shot dead eight Karuna loyalists, including Kuheneshan, widely believed to be a high ranker among the renegade group, at Crystal Terrace housing scheme, Kottawa on July 25, 2004. They were slain in their sleep.
Thursday, 21 June 2012 | 1032 hits | Print | PDF |  E-mail | Report | Read more
Sri Lanka/People
We were indeed fortunate to read and interesting pen-portrait of the late President Ranasinghe Premadasa by one of his close associates K.H.J. Wijedasa, which appeared in the Sunday Island of April 29. As Wijedasa says in his article, he has been, with him for 17 long years, as Additional Secretary and Secretary of a Ministry directly under him, finally as the Secretary to the Prime Minister and President himself. A very long time indeed for a public servant! Any human being has his brighter side, and darker. No ordinary human being can be called a perfect saint by any stretch of imagination. In the case of an ordinary individual the impact of his lifestyle, with warts and all, is confined to his family circle and his close associates. But in the case of a leader of a country, what he did or failed to do affects an entire population, even after he is no more. So it was in the case of late president Premadasa.
Tuesday, 15 May 2012 | 1507 hits | Print | PDF |  E-mail | Report | Read more
Sri Lanka/General
Sajith beats Ravi in close contest Gamage knocks out Dayasiri Ranil Wickremsinghe, who has the distinction of being the most maligned politician in the country, virtually rose from the ashes to deliver a crushing defeat to Karu Jayasuriya,his rival at yesterday’s election for the leadership. Sources said that the verdict of 72 to 24 votes in favour of Wickremesinghe, had disproved the contention by both Jayasuriya and Sajith Premadasa, that under the new party constitution they had a majority backing among the Working Committee and parliamentary group members.
Tuesday, 20 December 2011 | 889 hits | Print | PDF |  E-mail | Report | Read more
Sri Lanka/Tsunami
On 26 December 2011 it will be seven years since 36,000 to 50,000 people (the numbers of dead vary depending on the source) died in Sri Lanka in the 2004 tsunami. On Christmas Day 2004, we had heard news that our local government veterinarian, whom we knew well, was looking forward to going on a trip to Galle with a party of about 20 people. He and 16 others died. His wife and one child survived because they went back to the hotel for a newspaper. A strange phenomenon was noted in Yala National Park. Few of the animals seemed to have perished because they moved to higher ground before the wave hit. Was this because they sensed the tremors?
Tuesday, 20 December 2011 | 1422 hits | Print | PDF |  E-mail | Report | Read more
Sri Lanka/People
Given the shrillness of the nature of public debate in recent times, especially postwar, most Sri Lankans I know have avoided getting involved in them. The latter have resorted to ‘quiet discussion’ with fellow citizens who are not uncomfortable with points of view that are not in harmony with their own and who indeed are looking for such carefully articulated alternatives. The late Lakshman Kadirgamar was one such Sri Lankan with whom I could trade ideas and opinions with utmost ease even when they did not necessarily mesh with his own. He had the emotional intelligence and the humility of the truly educated human being to be open to such give and take at all times. In an exchange similar to the ones I used to have with the late foreign minister that I now have with a few very close friends, we happened to discuss, among other issues, what Lakshman Kadirgamar would have done to extricate Sri Lanka from the unfortunate predicament it is in had he yet been with us today. I thought it might be useful to reflect and expand on this particular theme as a tribute to the man whose sixth death anniversary fell on August 12.
Sunday, 14 August 2011 | 695 hits | Print | PDF |  E-mail | Report | Read more
Sri Lanka/People
Sri Lanka is attempting, after the military victory over the LTTE, to achieve significant economic and social development. But to succeed in this endeavour at the present time of deepening global economic crisis is not going to be easy. There are many lessons to be learned from Dr.N M Perera’s long and illustrious political life - that of a visionary statesman. Dr.N.M.Perera died on August 14, 1979 at the age of 74. To commemorate his 32nd death anniversary a programme is being held today (Sunday) at Yatiyantota, the electorate in the Thun Korale of the Kegalle district, which he represented in Parliament for decades since he was first elected to the State Council in 1936. Prime Minister D.M.Jayaratne and Education Minister Bandula Gunewardane are among the ministers and political leaders who will be participating.
Sunday, 14 August 2011 | 1579 hits | Print | PDF |  E-mail | Report | Read more
Sri Lanka/Military
The 60th anniversary of the Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF) falls on March 02, 2011. The Sri Lanka Air Force which was initiated by the British 60 years ago has turned out to be a highly professional outfit with its servicemen and playing a pivotal and indispensable role in defeating LTTE terrorism on May 19, 2009 along with the other forces of Sri Lanka This is how the SLAF developed to its present standard. Royal Air Force and World War II The precursor of Sri Lankan Air Force were the elements of the British Royal Air Force based in Sri Lanka during the World War II. Japan entered World War II with the bombing of the Pearl Harbour on December 7, 1941. The Japanese fleet with a force of about 125 aircraft attacked strategic targets in Colombo on April 5, 1942 and the China Bay airfield in Trincomalee on April 8, 1942.
Friday, 04 March 2011 | 2572 hits | Print | PDF |  E-mail | Report | Read more
Sri Lanka/People
"I am happy to attend this great assembly not only as a representative of my country but also as a woman and a mother who can understand the thoughts and feelings of the millions of women, the mothers of this world, who are deeply concerned with the preservation of the human race." Prime Minister Sirimavo Bandaranaike The date – 1961. The venue – Belgrade. The occasion – the first Summit meeting of the Movement of Non-aligned Countries. In that setting, representatives of 25 nations came together to found the Nonaligned Movement (NAM), which rejected the Cold War division of the world into ideological blocs while demanding the democratization of global politics, and which grew into a transcontinental coalition of 118 member states and 17 observers playing an influential role in the post Cold War period of international relations. Among the 25 founding member nations was Sri Lanka (then Ceylon), and at the head of the Sri Lankan delegation was the nation’s recently elected prime minister, the first female prime minister in the world.
Sunday, 12 December 2010 | 5432 hits | Print | PDF |  E-mail | Report | Read more

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