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They died for cricket (Daily Mirror 20-3-2003) A father and a son from Matara have died of heart attacks, while they were watching the semi-final cricket match between Sri Lanka and Australia played on Tuesday. The sudden death of D.W. Sirisena (60) of Kirinde and his son D.W. Rasheel Geenath Dilukshi (27) had occurred just after Sanath Jayasuriya lost his wicket. Matara City Coroner H.B. Cyril de Silva returned a verdict of death due to a heart ailment. Judicial Medical Officer H.T.K. Wijayaweera conducted the post mortem.
|Man Attacks Gods. Gods badly injured
Remanded for attacking gods (Daily Mirror 12-3-2003)
Hatton Magistrate, Lalith Ekanayake yesterday remanded M. Ramachandra, charged with sacrilegious behaviour till March 24. He was accused of destroying ten statues of gods in a devale in a Hatton estate. The suspect was infuriated in spite of his constant worshipping of the gods and for not saving his 19-year-old son who died from an illnes. He had gone to the devale armed with a hammer and destroyed ten statues. A group of people in the estate who were provoked by his act tried to assault him when police intervened and arrested him.
Odd Spot: President keeps international flight waiting [ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka] Feb 24, Colombo: President Chandrika Kumaratunga, who has earned a name for lack of punctuality, kept waiting an SriLankan Airlines flight at the Katunayake International Airport for two hours. President Kumaratunga came two hours late to the airport to go to Kuala Lumpur to attend the Non-Aligned Nations summit. The other passengers had to bear with the delay
|World's Oldest Medicine!
Six 'Chinese medical centres' were brothels
(Daily News 25-2-2003)
Six out of the 14 Chinese Herbal Medical Centres operating under the BoI licence to provide herbal medical treatment were brothels, a senior BoI official told the Daily News yesterday.
The BoI in its report handed over to BoI Director General Arjuna Mahendran, identified six Chinese herbal centres in and around Colombo operating as brothels. Several brothels have been raided by Wellawatte, Bambalapitiya, Kollupitiya and Kirulopane Police Divisions.
|School Drama, Court Drama
Father sues Kalutara Balika Principal for Rs. 10 million
by Kumar Wethasinghe (Daily News 25-2-2003)
A father of a student of Kalutara Balika Maha Vidyalaya has sued its principal for Rs. 10 million claiming that she harassed his daughter in violation of her fundamental rights. In this case the petitioner Sepala Perera, had cited the Principal of Kalutara Balika Maha Vidyalaya H. L. P. Perera, as the respondent. Perera alleges that the school's principal abused and harassed his teenage daughter in the presence of a large and distinguished gathering at the school's Kala Ulela where artist Sathischandra Edirisinghe was present.
Perera submitted a medical certificate from the Nagoda Base hospital where the child was warded after the incident. According to the medical report the child had suffered severe stress and trauma. In addition she suffers nightmares.
The petitioner alleged that his daughter who holds a "Natyakala Visaradha" was listed to perform at the said ceremony. Following the announcement of her name to perform the dance. She had appeared on stage. All of a sudden the Principal had appeared from behind obstructing her performance and she had also abused and threatened the child in the presence of the audience, the petitioner said.
Lighter Vein: Kassippu to wash clothes?
[ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka] Feb 22, Colombo: Wellewa police yesterday arrested a woman with a reputation of running a hugely successful illicit kassippu operation while she was washing clothes with kassippu.
The woman, who had been tipped off minutes prior to the approach of the police, had rushed to the well where she pretended to wash clothes.
However, the containers near the well were full of kassippu, forcing her to wash the clothes with the illicit brew. The police who were passing by were alerted by the smell of the kassippu, resulting in the woman being arrested.
|Nightmare at nightclub over girls, beer and
By Tania Fernando
(Sunday Times 16-2-2003)
A night of fun turned out to be a nightmare for five boys who had visited a nightclub in Fort. According to a complaint lodged by the five boys with the Fort police, they entered the nightclub in a hotel in Fort around 11.30 pm last Saturday after paying the Rs. 500 per head entrance fee.
On entering, a group of girls approached them and asked whether they would want a bottle of whiskey. The boys declined to order the bottle of whiskey, as the price was exorbitant. Instead, they ordered four cans of beer, according to the complaint. The boys claimed that a nightclub employee had then told them that they could dance with the girls only if they bought eight cans of beer. The boys, however, stuck to their order of four cans.
After a few minutes one of the girls had approached a boy and insisted that he danced with her and while dancing a waiter had approached him with a plate of cashew nuts. When the boy protested that he did not order it, the plate was taken to the table where his friends were enjoying their beer. When the boys denied having ordered the cashew nuts, nightclub security guards dragged the boy on the dancing floor out and allegedly assaulted him.
The boys told police that when the assault took place, they paid for the cashew nuts. But they claimed the assault did not stop even after that. "We were beaten by poles even after we told them that we had paid for the cashew nuts," one of the boys told The Sunday Times.
In the meantime, one of the boys rushed to the Fort police station and arrived there with a group of policemen. Several security guards were arrested and three of them were identified at a magisterial court parade this week. The Colombo Fort Magistrate had instructed the Fort Police to hand the case to the mediation board as there was a counter claim by the hotel security personnel.