Ninth death anniversary of Sirimavo Bandaranaike
Memories of a great woman politician
Today marks the ninth death anniversary of
Sirimavo Ratwatte Dias Bandaranaike - thrice Prime Minister and
twice Opposition Leader. This article is not so much about her
illustrious political career but based on a senior police officer’s
experiences since the time her husband S.W.R.D. Bandaranaike won the
General Election of 1956.
The Morning Inspection
Going beyond the back-handed slap from Washington
Hillary Clinton, US Secretary of State slipped.
Badly. So badly that US Ambassador to Sri Lanka, Patricia Butenis
got tongue-tied trying to do damage-control. Melanne Verveer, US
Ambassador-at-Large on Women’s Issues, later said Clinton’s claim of
Sri Lanka using ‘rape as a weapon of war’ did not refer to the last
phase of the struggle to liberate the country from terrorism.
Healthy economic growth despite global financial crisis
The country’s economy has maintained a healthy
growth rate of 1.5 percent comparatively in the first quarter of
2009 even amidst the backdrop of adverse global financial and
economic development took place in the developed countries which
recorded negative growth for the period reviewed.