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City of Toronto Media Relations has issued the following News Release

Posted on 28 February 2013 by TSL

February 28, 2013

Registration begins for Toronto-run summer camps

It's time to start thinking about summer and what to do to help your children have a fun, safe and exciting experience. The City offers high quality camps across the city, at reasonable prices. Registration begins in early March for all of the Toronto-run camps.

Camps are available for three to 15-year-olds and offer a wide range of activities and adventures, including sports, arts and crafts, music, dance, drama, gymnastics, nature, music, computers and more. Our camps are designed to suit a variety of interests, needs and abilities.

The registration dates for all four districts are:
 

  • Etobicoke York District: Saturday, March 2
  • Scarborough District: Sunday, March 3
  • North York District: Tuesday, March 5
  • Toronto and York District: Wednesday, March 6

    How to register:
    There are a number of ways to register:
    Register online at www.toronto.ca/parks/torontofun beginning at 7 a.m. to midnight on the district's registration date.

    Touch Tone Registration (TTR) is available from 7 a.m. to midnight. Call 416-338-0000 and follow the voice prompts.

    Operator assisted registration is available from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on the initial registration day and from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on the day following registration. Call
    416-338-4386 (4FUN).

    For in-person registration, visit the website or call 311 for locations and hours.

    Camps fill quickly, and are filled on a first come, first served basis, so register early.

    Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.7 million people. Toronto's government is dedicated to delivering customer service excellence, creating a transparent and accountable government, reducing the size and cost of government and building a transportation city. For information on non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can dial 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

     

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Big Match fever in the hill country

Posted on 28 February 2013 by TSL


 

Not withstanding the early start to the Inter-School rugby season, March is traditionally the month for Cricket – Big Matches.

  • The Trinity-Anthonian kicks off at Katugastota on March 8 and 9.
  • On the same dates, Vidyartha taken on St. Sylvester’s at the Asgiriya Stadium. The one dayers between these two schools will take place on March 16 and 17 with the Lions and Eagles getting preference.
  • The Dharmaraja-Kingswood match will get underway on March 22 and will continue on March 23. Asgiriya will be the venue here again. The limited over game will be played on March 31.

All these games, barring the first, have been shifted to Asgiriya as the Pallekelle Stadium is being readied for the Sri Lanka-Bangladesh ODI and the T20 on March 28 and 31.


A school which reached great heights in cricket is St. Anthony’s College, Katugastota, they have not only produced several champion teams but also produced some of the finest cricketers who have done the City of Kandy and Sri Lanka proud by their achievements on the cricket field, the best out of all is the Worlds’ best spinner and highest test wicket taker MuttiahMuralitharan.
Another great product of the Katugastotaschool was undoubtedly Jack Anderson who played from 1916 to 1920, which were the Golden years of Anthonian cricket. It and also be called the Anderson era because he was hero almost every game that was played at that time. Jack Anderson had been a fearless batsman. His keen and quick judgment, his exceptional wrist work helped him to defy any form of attack. In 1917 he scored 141 vs. Royal, 62 vs. Wesley, 66 vs. S.Thomas’ , 184 vs St.Josephs, 16 not out against Trinity in a rain interrupted game and 102 vs. St.Benedicts. That season he had three hundreds, including a record of the highest individual score – 184 against St. Josephs. In 1918 he created history, setting two records in school cricket. The first being 291 runs against S.Thomas’ which included seven hits over the ropes and 54 fours and the second record was scoring five successive hundreds. Anderson is no more, but his records are still spoken of. And the other Anthonians, who sported the All Ceylon cap were A.C.M.Lafir, Mahes Gunatillake, Bernard Perera, Marlon Van Haught, Saliya Doranagama, PiyalWijetunga, Sajith Fernando, and of course the champion spinner Muralitharan.
Once again the Anthonians are being coached by one of their own products Champika Siriwardene, who is going all out to present a match winning Anthonian team.
The mantle of leadership has fallen on the shoulders of Sachin Bulathsinhala, one of the finest all-rounders in the schools cricket scene. He is not only a fine attacking batsman but also a superb bowler, last week grabbed a hat trick against Wesley College. Sachin is from a sporting family, his father Selvin was a top class sportsmen at the same school and his mother Stella did sports at St.Anthony’s Convent. Last season Selvin scored over 500 runs with a solid 78 against Royal College, he also had 48 wickets.
This season he has taken 21 wickets in five outings, and scored over 200 runs. His best bowling analysis was his hat trick against Wesley College where he ended with a match bag of 10 wickets and also scored 57 runs. A fine captain who leads from the front Sachin can get the best out of his team mates.
His deputy is Nimesh Gunasinghe – a fourth year player, right arm off spinner and a top order right hand bat. Last season, he scored 550 runs and took 32 wickets. His best outing was against Dharmaraja College where he took 6 for 28. In this ongoing season he has scored 300 runs with two centuries against the Thomians and Thurstan XI. In bowling he has 13 wickets.
The other senior players are Viraj Deepal the stumper of the side who last season did well with the bat to score nearly 500 runs, and this time he has made over 200 runs with two half centuries. There is Buwaneka Wijethunga a right arm leg spinner, and a promising youngster, last season had 25 wickets and this time has already taken 18 wickets with a match bag of ten wickets against Thurstan College.
Other players in the squad are – Viraj Deepal, Kanishka Uggalpaya, Lakjeewa Wijebandara, Proodo Bandara, Harsha Ebert, Malik Fernando, Pubudu Wijewardene, Charles Praveen, Damithra Panditartne, Pavithra Nanayakara, Kavinda Udapola, Dilan Bandara.
The Anthonians have played only six games during the third term as most of the matches were postponed due to bad weather. They have so far played against St.Sylvester’s, Mahanama, S.Thomas’, Holy Cross,Panadura, Thurstan and Wesley. Out of these games they have first innings points against St.Thomas’, Thurstan and Wesley and the rest of the games ended in no decision.

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Obituary: Maurice Perera (1934-2013) was a rugby legend in Kandy

Posted on 27 February 2013 by TSL

 

Death occurred in Kandy on Tuesday of the famous Trinity ruggerite, rugby coach and rugby administrator Maurice Perera and his funeral will take place at the Mahaiyawa General Cemetery, Kandy today (Wed, February 27th) at 2 pm. He was one of the best prop forward, during his days. He learnt his rugger at Trinity College and played in the 1953 team along with Dharmasiri Madugalle, who was the captain of the team. During that year Trinity won the Bradby 13-00 and 3-00, for Maurice’s gutty performances was awarded the rugger colours. 

Ironically, it was just last month on Januray 1 – Maurice Perera celebrated his 79th birthday. Maurice has the unique achievement of being a member of the first Clifford cup final team of Kandy Sports Club. He started his schooling first at Poramadulla Central and later was at Kingswood and Vidyartha Colleges, in the later part of his school career he joined Trinity College.

While playing for Trinity, Barrie Cameron invited him to join Kandy Sports Club, and he wanted to take up his father business, and he joined the club and played from 1954 for many years, he was the player of this club, committee member, secretary, treasurer, vice president, senior vice president and rugby coach, later he was recognized and awarded Honorary Life Membership. In the very first year he played for Kandy Sports club, that was the first time that Kandy Sports Club entered the Clifford Cup final and played CR & FC, which the Kandyans lost.

Then in the following year too Kandy entered the cup finals and lost. The most thrilling moment for Maurice was in 1969, the next cup final Kandy Sports Club entered was in 1969 that too against CR & FC, this time Maurice Perera was the coach of the side and the team was led by late Lt. Gen. Denzil Kobbekaduwa. That year too they lost to CR & FC.

Maurice in 1954 played for All Ceylon as a front row forward. There was no Asiad, Hong Kong Sevens or Tri Nations tournaments but only the All-India tournament. In 1954 under the captaincy of Suma Navarthnam, Ceylon team lost to Calcutta in the semi finals by three points, in the following year under Mahesh Rodrigo Sri Lanka won the championship and again in 1956 Ceylon lost to Calcutta. In all the three years Maurice was in the All Ceylon side.

He is one ruggerite who never changed clubs, he started with Kandy Sports Club and was there until the end of his rugby career. It was in 1968 he took up coaching, when Fed Murray stepped down as coach, that year the Kandy Sports Club team was led by Y.C Chang they lost in the semifinals to CR & FC. He has participated in three Cup finals, two as a prop forward and the third as the rugby coach.

He was also involved in Vidyartha College Rugby when this school started. Then he gave a helping hand to Sydney Ratwatte to start rugby at E.W.Balasurya’s Kandy Lake Club in the 1960’s.

Later he coached Trinity College, and also was the first coach of the Old Trinitains Sports Club. This must be said, that when in 1976, Trinity lost to Royal 62-00, one of the heaviest defeats, Maurice was invited to taken over Trinity coaching and he did his best.

Maurice Perera’s, association in rugger is well over 60 years, with great achievement behind his record. A disciplinarian and ruthless on players and punished any player who failed to adhere to instructions or misbehaved themselves, on one occasion several key players were dropped on charges of indiscipline a decision which he had to make much against various odds.

He was also in the Sri Lanka Rugby Football Union as council member, he was one time the National Coach and Selector. In 1970, he had the pleasure of learning advanced methods of coaching and development of the game of rugby, from the Technical Advisor of the Rugby Football Union in Twickenhm, under former British Rugby Lion Don Rutherford. Don had heard from Bosuns Rugby team on tour to Sri Lanka in 1969 about the deteriorating standard of rugby in Sri Lanka, thereafter don’s best advice to Maurice had been to go out into grass root levels in distant places in search of talent and improve and promote the game in the village. This concept worked for only a few years under the SLRFU chairmanship of Y.C.Chang and declined says Maurice Perera.

Maurice also developed rugby in North Central Province. Central Province Rugby Football Union under his Presidency organized several tournaments and spotted talented youth. Maurice scored an impressive “first” by sending the first ever women’s rugby team to participate in a tournament in Pattaya.

When he was with Kandy Sports Club in the 1960’s he was a top cricketer, played for the club in the Division II tournament along with Percy Madugalle, M.E. Marikar, Dauglas Fernando, Shelton Ranaraja, Dayan Anthony, Dharmasiri Madugalle, Mervyn Berenger,

Mauirce was also a enthusiastic motor racer, he has raced on many a tracks in his Mini Minor and was also one time president of the Up-Country Motor Sports Club..

Rugby at St. Anthony’s College was introduced in 1955 by Trinity College/All Ceylon prop forward Maurice Perera at the request of the then Principal late Rev. Fr. Rosatie. Bruce Winter was the first rugby captain and Rev. Bro. Macky who was the Prefect of Games played a major role to popularise the game in the school. In the School Magazine of 1955 Rev. Fr. Rosatie paid a glowing tribute to Maurice Perera being a Trinitian who had come forward to give the sport a kick off.


When talking of the Bradby, one remembers the unique record of Maurice Perera and his family. Maurice Perera played as a ‘prop’ forward for Trinity in 1953 and was in the winning team led by Dharmasiri Madugalle. In fact Trinity College owe their lead in the series for the longest sequence of wins when they won six encounters on a trot from 1952 to 1957. Maurice Perera later played for All Ceylon with distinction when the game was dominated by the British living in Sri Lanka. His son Devapriya Perera played for Trinity and his grandson Sean Wanigasekera jnr. did one better by captaining the side and also winning the coveted rugby ‘lion’, a few years back.

But the Perera’s will be best remembered for the record which stands unparalled is both father Maurice and son Devapriya coached Trinity College and guided them to victories, Trinity under Maurice Perera regained the Bradby Shield under Ravi Balasuriya by a margin of 22-10 after they were trounced by a huge margin of 61-0 the previous year (1976) which was then the biggest margin of win.


At that time only Trinity College was playing rugby in Kandy and the Kandy Sports Club too had a team in the inter club premier division. Maurice Perera recalled that at just around three or four rugby matches, including the Bradby Shield match was played in Kandy.

Maurice Perera was a living legend during his time and served rugby in many capacities for over 5 years. You name it and he was there in a big way and giving of his best.

Maurice Perera's first break into rugby was in the fifties when he represented Trinity College as a prop forward under Dharmasiri Madugalle which won the Bradby Shield by the comfortable margin of 16-0. They won the first leg 13-0 and the second leg 3-0. the points awarded for a try at that time was 3.

Maurice Perera the following year found himself playing for Kandy Sports Club as a prop forward and his fine performance in the league matches saw him being selected for the Upcountry at a time the game was dominated by the expatriate planters in the plantations most of them from 'Old Blighty'. The same year he was selected for All Ceylon in the All India rugby tournament which was regionally the highest form of rugby. It was a rugby tournament dominated by the foreign rugby players based in India.

Maurice Perera continued to shine at rugby in the club level and also for the country. He often found himself as the 'odd man out' as the only local in a team full of Europeans. Such was the recognition that Maurice Perera received as a player.

In the early sixties he went over to England and underwent a playing and coaching course at Twickenham under a famous British Lions ruggerite and returned home six months later to share his experience with the locals.

He continued playing for Kandy Sports Club until 1968 and played for the side in two Clifford Cup finals. He also coached the club for two years and often found himself playing the role of both coach and player which is a rare scene even now.

One of his greatest success in his rugby career was in 1977 when he took up the challenge as the rugby coach of Trinity College. For the Trinitians nothing is closer to their hearts than winning the Bradby Shield against Royal College. In 1976 they lost the Bradby Shield by the then biggest margin of 61-0 when it was three points for a try. He coached and motivated the Trinity ruggerites to such a level that they took sweet revenge of the Royalists by winning both legs and aggregated 22-10. For this performance the team was rewarded with a trip abroad.

In the year 1954 at the invitation of then Rector of St Anthony's College Rev Fr Rosatie, Maurice Perera introduced rugby to St Anthony's College which was only the second school to take to rugby in the hill capital after Kingswood College gave up the game in the early nineties in the last century.

Maurice Perera was appointed national selector for sometime. When Kandy Youths played 'A' Division rugby for two years he was there as a Honorary Consultant.

When the Provincial Unions were formed he headed the Central Province Rugby Football Union as its President and introduced rugby to 106 schools in the Central Province and went as far as the 'Elephant Land' Wasgomuwa and the girls from Namini Oya Maha Vidyalaya in Hettipola made such an impact that they participated in a womens rugby tournament in Singapore.

He also conducted several coaching camps and tournaments which were all aimed in the development of rugby.

His son Devapriya Perera too played for Trinity College and Kandy Sports Club. He too coached Trinity College and the father and son have the unique record still to be equalled having coached Trinity College at rugby and guided them to win the Bradby Shield.

The third generation rugerite was his grandson Sean Wanigasekera jnr who played and captained Trinity College in 2007 and was awarded his Rugby Lion.

A little known fact and a history which went un-noticed was the fact that two of his grandsons Danesh and Naresh played for Trinity College last year and they became the first set of twins to play for Trinity College.

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Lawyer claims assault suspects should be produced before a Magistrate prior to bail

Posted on 26 February 2013 by TSL

 

 

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The ‘Platinum Years of Peterite Cricket’: 1978-1980 by Michael Elias

Posted on 25 February 2013 by TSL

 

Reams have been written about the "Golden Years" of Peterite and Josephian cricket. Countless arguments for and against one particular "greatest" era or a specific team have been made and are still being made whenever Peterites or Josephians meet.

For many years we were very fortunate to have had the contributions of two very special people – the legendary cricketer, teacher, coach and commentator the late C. E. Maurice Pererea of St. Peters (1944 – 1946) and the late T. Harold De Andrado statistitian extraordinary of St. Joseph’s, who did not play a "Big Match" but was a reserve in 1944 and 1946. Together, they provided a great depth of articles for several cricket souvenirs of the past and their commitment, knowledge and lucidity have been the backbone of Peterite/Josephian cricket literature. Each of them had their preferences and I who had the privilege of knowing both, have had many amicable discussions, mostly sober but some I must admit coloured with a few spirits, on the merits of their views while putting forward those of mine and those of a few colleagues like Kitto Fernandopulle, captain of the 1979 side who can become a bit vociferous in his lament that nothing has ever been written about the glorious years we trod the turf. I suppose Perera and De Andrado put up with the young upstart who argued with them only because I had acceptable credentials – having been 12th man in 1977, played the entire seasons of 1978-1980 and captained in 1981.

So this is a tribute to the brilliant Peterite teams of 1978-1980, the Platinum Years and I hope the facts presented will find the approval of the two great men, who no doubt will be watching from above the future of many generations of Peterite and Josephian cricketers now and for evermore.

For after all, and whatever anyone else says, at no period in the history of the game has any other team, either Peterite or Josephian produced three Test players, two who shared the new ball for Sri Lanka – Rumesh Ratnayake and Vinodhan John and the other Amal Silva, opened batting. In addition, Kitto Fernandopulle opened batting for Sri Lanka Schools and scored 58 against the Australian Schools team, Rohan Buultjens captained Sri Lanka Schools against the Indian Schools and the Dutch team and subsequently toured India with the Sri Lanka Test team, Suraj Abayasekera played for Sri Lanka ‘A’ while Trehern Perera and myself were also chosen for the trials of the Sri Lanka Schools squad.

The Test caps were not mere ornaments either. Amal Silva scored a century at Lord’s against England and still holds the record for the most number of victims in an international Test series, which was against India and this in a three Test series! Vinodhan John and Rumesh Ratnayake’s exploits are well known by all. While the fearsome fast bowlers of the past were probably very quick, there is no factual evidence that they could have taken out several of the world’s top batsman and like Rumesh (though he is not proud of it), hit Larry Gomes on the face, hit the towering Clive Lloyd on the head and in fact caused that most brilliant of players, Viv Richards who usually disdained a helmet, to don one. Rumesh’s ability to make a ball climb very steeply and follow up with a toe crunching yorker brought him over 100 wickets in a school season with more than 50% being bowled. Match bags of over 10 wickets were common and taking over four wickets per inning in almost every match, he was terrifying. I had to rein him in on several occasions to prevent serious injury. There were no helmets those days. Always good natured and concerned, he would very rarely bounce at anyone during school matches, but on many occasions while fielding at first slip, I would dive to catch a bail he had sent flying or on two occasions even caught a cart wheeling stump. One of the few to play for his country as a fast bowler while still at school, but his versatility may have been forgotten as he was also a deadly right arm leg spinner who took three wickets in a big match with spin – all three victims were stumped by Amal.

Also, while there were many great all rounders in past Peterite and Josephian teams, with all due respect, they did not play truly representative cricket against the world’s top teams and no one has conclusively proved his class by taking five wickets and scoring a half century on his debut – at Lord’s, like Rumesh did. Rumesh is today the representative of the Asian Cricket Council and is responsible for the development of cricket in several countries.

Vinodhan’s movement in the air and off the wicket had to be experienced to be believed and given the right conditions he was unplayable – as a shell shocked Royal team discovered when he ran through them with figures of 6 for 14 in 1980. Match bags of 10 wickets each against Thurstan and Trinity gave him the highest number of wickets in 1980 – 54 at 14 runs apiece.

Anyone who was around during this period will not challenge the fact that Rohan Buultjens was one of the best batsman of the period – winning the Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year and Best Batsman, 1000 runs in a season, two centuries both ‘not out` in the Big Match, the Big Match record of the best batting double, the Second best batting double for St. Peter’s, the highest aggregate in the series, the record third wicket partnership of 173 with Kitto Fernandopulle which stands to this day and countless other centuries and half centuries against most other schools. His total command over any bowler of the era backed by hard facts clearly indicates the travesty of justice that kept him out of the Sri Lanka Test team. Though primarily a batsman, Rohan who also captained in 1980, picked up several crucial wickets, specialising in breaking partnerships.

Kitto Fernandopulle, the master strategist was easily one of the best cricketing brains – proved by the umpires’ panel awarding him the Best Captains Trophy in 1979. His half century against the Aussies had commentators raving about "late cuts like Sathasivam." Kitto is today the Second XI coach of St. Peters and is doing a great job at developing cricketers having already fed the First XI team with three players this season.

Amal Silva, my opening partner for two of these years was the rock on which we built many of our totals. Over 700 runs in his first year (1979) and reaching the 1000 in the big match of 1980 with the second highest score of 144 not out made him an obvious choice to open for Sri Lanka . Incidentally, our partnership of 97 for the first wicket still stands as the highest for St. Peter’s. A brilliant wicketkeeper who made catching and stumping look very easy, and though I cannot remember how many victims he had, with Rumesh and Vinodhan firing thunderbolts from either end. There must have been many.

Known as the "Black & White" Scotch Wiskey combination – Amal with his Caribbean tan and cavalier style and me with my pale face and dour/solid English style temperament, though I did show a few rare flashes of belligerence with three sixes in big matches one onto the Kandos advertisement near the scoreboard and another sweet shot off Hiran Cooray which had the commentators ducking for cover. A few more of these rare shots were against other schools and one I particularly liked was against Royal at Bambalapitiya which hit the wall of Muslim Ladies’ College – must have been due to my rather heavy bat which was a custom made Gray Nicholl’s Single Scoop with 12 gram willow.
1980 saw some of the best starts any pair of openers have ever given the side as we put together a half century stand in 15 out of 21 innings, at least one against every school except Royal College and at the Benedictine match put on a century stand in each innings. Strangely Amal never took strike in college and I always batted at No 1, but for Sri Lanka he regularly faced the first ball.

Other than captaining in 1981, my primary contribution was supporting partnerships and yes I have another good one – 179 against Royal in 1978 with Kitto who scored 104, run out – the only way they could get him. On the other hand I did make a few small contributions with 3 centuries (a top score of 148 vs St. Anthony’s in 1980) and a few fifties – though my highest scores at Big Matches were 39 and 31.

The two most experienced cricketers of the 1978 side were Suraj Abaysekera the skipper, a wiley off spinner who subsequently played for the BRC. Suraj played as the main spinner for Sri Lanka "A" and was called up several times for Sri Lanka trials but could not make it to the final Test 15. Incidentally Suraj who was second highest wicket taker in 1978 fittingly scored the winning runs of the historic Big Match victory.

The other was Walter Fernando a superb all-rounder with a classic action and unbelievable accuracy who bowled the perfect late out swinger to right handers. With over 50 wickets at an average of 11.3 and a batting average of over 30 per inning he was easily the most valuable player of 1978. Walter represented Sri Lanka Schools and subsequently played for and captained the Tamil Union.

With three half centuries to his credit Niranjan Rodrigo who captained in 1982 was a solid middle order bat and right arm leg spinner with best figures of 5 for 17 against Isipathana in 1980. Niranjan took 23 wickets at 14.6 in 1978 and scored an unbeaten 100 against the Bens in 1982. A brilliant cover fielder it was always a treat to watch him gather and throw with perfect fluidity. The third seamer in 1978, left armer Ajith Dassanayake wrote himself into the record books with an excellent 5 for 34 and contributed another very significant and match winning stroke for 6 over square leg when 6 runs were needed off two balls to win the Exide trophy final. Ajith also took over 40 wickets in the next two years and scored a half century vs Royal in 1980.

Trehern Pereira who opened the batting with me in 1981 batted in the middle order between 1978 and 1980 with one century against Royal College and three 50’s. He was also a very accurate off spinner who was the principal contributor to the 50 over victory in 1981 with 3 wickets for 19 runs in 10 overs effectively choking the Josephian batsmen.

School cricket in the late 70’s and early 80’s had advanced to a very high standard and Sri Lanka was on the threshold of test cricket. Gearing up for "Tests" more ".professional"’ batting, combined with good quality wickets and more evenly matched teams meant outright wins in two days were rare. In fact, the Royal/Thomian 03 day fixture had just started and batsman like Sumithra Warnekulasuriya of Royal batted two full days for a 100 runs. Yet, between ‘78 and ‘80 St. Peters had fourteen outright wins including St. Josephs, Royal, St. Thomas , Trinity, St. Anthony’s, St. Benedicts, Thurstan, Isipathana and Dharmapala. Some of them after a lapse of many years like St. Thomas ’ which was an 8 wicket victory in a match where 2 1/2hrs of play was lost due to rain. In the great Big Match victory, two very sporting declarations threw the match open – we declared 56 runs behind St. Josephs and the Joes closed with very little hope of winning. We chased 187 runs and got it in 40 overs in the 17th mandatory over in failing light. It should be remembered that our run rate of almost 4.7 runs per over was almost double that of the previous 10 innings at the Big Match which had an average of only 2.5 runs!

We bowled out Prince of Wales College for 33 runs, Ananda 34 and 94, Nalanda 67, Royal 50, St. Thomas ’ 111, Dharmapala 43 and Thurstan for 77. Scored 304 for 3 against a very strong Royal side which subsequently had three Sri Lanka test bowlers and destroyed a mighty Royal batting line up for 50 runs, the same side that gave the Joes a leather hunt by scoring 379 for 6 wickets, two weeks later!

The only Peterite or Josephian side in history to have won both the Big Match and the 50 over. Champions in 1978, 1980 and 1981. Awarded Best All Island Team by both Observer and Times sponsored panels. Won the first ever all island knockout limited over cricket trophy where over 50 teams participated. Best Captain three years on the trot, Best Batsman, Best Bowler etc, etc, etc.

This then is what I proudly refer to as the "Platinum Years" of Peterite cricket…..
And before any reader comments that the opposition may have been of poor quality let me set out the galaxy of stars who played against us and put the argument to rest – Ranjan Madugalle (International match referee), Ashantha De Mel, Sudath Pasquel, Ramesh De Silva, Kesera De Costa, Haroon Musafer, Rohan Jurangpathy, Gehan Sonnadara, Sumithra Warnakulasuriya of Royal, Guy De Alwis, Saliya Ahangama, Ken De Alwis, Mahinda Halangoda, Stefan Anthoniz of St. Thomas’, Ravi Ratnayake of Trinity, Roger Wijesuriya of St. Sebastians, Nishantha, Dammika, Sanjeeva and Arjuna Ranatunga (Captain of Sri Lanka), Roshan Mahanama (Test record partnership and International Match referee), Sanath Kaluperuma, Asanka Gurusinghe, Charith Senanayake, Brendon Kuruppu (Test Double Centurion and present Manager of the Sri Lanka team), Hemantha Devapriya and Kamal Dharmasiri among otherss.

Many of these have played for our country in Test or One Day Internationals or been on trial for Sri Lanka or Sri Lanka school teams. I may have left out a few top players and to them – my sincere apologies.

Other members of the "Platinum Years" teams were left arm spinners Janaka Abeygunaratne (77-80) and Roshitha Perera (80-82) who took 31 wickets at 14.7 in 1980, Wicketkeeper/ Opener Arjuna Fonseka (1978) who had four half centuries, batsman Bakir Mohamedally (78-79), Chrishanthus Peiris (1979), Sugath Perera (78-80), Christopher Perera (80-81), Suren Perera (1979), Rohan Paulas (1980-82) who scored 55 against Royal in 1980 and scored heavily in later years including a century in 1982, Dane Joseph (1980-82) who also scored a century in 1982 and seamers Ernest Fernando (1977 and 1980), Sarath Perera (1980) and Abdul Razak (1980).

The teams were coached by Brig Dr. H. I. K. Fernando (1978 and 1979) and Tony Opatha (1980) assisted by Brian Seneviratne and Master In Charge Austin Fernando. At the helm of St. Peter’s was the much revered Rector, Fr. Joe E. Wickremasinghe, who sadly passed away a few years ago.
Today, members of the "Platinum Years" teams have scattered far and wide while some have even crossed the great divide.
I have not had the fortune to watch many of the great players of the past – Clive Inman, Dion Walles (who I now meet regularly) Malcolm Spittel, Cyril Dias, Fred Perera, Robert Fernando, Malcolm De Costa, Laddie Outschoorn, Hubert Bagot, Joe Misso, Johnpulle, Peter De Neise, Adiel Aunghie, Russel Duckworth, Fairly Dalpathado, Maurice Perera, Dr. H. I. K. Fernando, Fr. Joe De Mel, Shirly De S. Illesinghe and Michael Chanmugam (who coached me), Travel Fernando (the President of the Cricket Foundation of St. Peters), David Arndt, Tony Buhar and Brian Seneviratne to name a few, of whose exploits we have only been able to read or hear with joy and appreciation.

However, most players of our era have been able to watch David Heyn, Tony Opatha, Roy Dias, Gary Melder, Rajiv Benedict and all those others who played school cricket from the late sixties. We and all present and future cricketers of our two great schools owe a profound debt of gratitude to these heroes for they have been a shining example to us.

by Michael Elias 1980

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Tourists witness ugly incident in Pasikudah

Posted on 25 February 2013 by TSL

Pasikudah beach

In an ugly incident, Minister Maithripala Sirisena’s son is alleged to have attacked a DIG’s son at the popular tourist resort – MALU MALU, Sunday afternoon. It will be interesting how this will all end up and TSL predicts that there will be a mutual settlement and all will be well that ends well. After all, both parties involved are connected in some way to the Government – one is a minister's son while the other is the son of the Deputy-Inspector General of Police for Eastern Province. Politics Vs. Power. It is baffling why the sons of politicians do not respect the laws of the land and go about throwing their weight around and disturbing the peace. Mind you this is an area with lots of tourists and the hotel is a one of the most popular tourist resorts in the eastern province. Not good, not good at all!

At Pasikuda ‘Malu Malu‘ hotel Minister Maithripala’s son assaults DIG’s son

The Minister Maithripala Sirisena’s 20 year old son Daham Sirsena along with 13 others had assaulted 27 year old Asela Waidyalankara , the son of DIG of Eastern province Ravi Waidyalankara yesterday at the ‘Malu Malu’ hotel in Pasikuda. From the assault Asela Waidyalankara had sustained injuries had been admitted to the Batticaloa hospital. It is learnt that as his condition was a bit serious he had been transferred to a private hospital in Colombo, it is reported.
The son of Minister Maithripala Sirisena and his friends and the family of DIG’s son had booked into the hotel as separate guests to spend the long week end. It had revealed that Daham and Asela had not been known to one another. It is also learnt that Daham and his friends had been enjoying themselves after having consumed liquor and had tried to take photographs in a peculiar manner.
In the vicinity of this group Asela and his wife also had had been near to the place where the peculiar photographs were taken. Asela had told them not to capture their photographs. That time there had been an argument and the two had exchanged blows in which Asela was injured. The friends of Daham too had joined him in the attack.He had been taken to the Batticaloa General hospital for treatment.
After which he had been transferred to a private hospital in Colombo for further treatment. The Ministers son and his friends had been arrested by the Police last evening and when produced to courts had been released on bail this morning.

 
 

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Eastern coastal belt in Sri Lanka is bustling with tourists

Posted on 25 February 2013 by TSL

Hotelier Chandra Wickramasinghe's creation – Maalu Maalu was the first luxury boutique hotel to open on the East Coast of Sri Lanka and is the first Eco and family friendly beach resort exclusively designed according to the green building guidelines on energy and environment. It reinterprets the ethnic style of a typical Sri Lankan fishing village (also known as ‘wadiya’) and has 40 chalets designed in a tropical setting to blend with the natural environment amidst elegance and luxury.

Nilaveli touristsNilaveli and Kuchaveli in Trincomalee are two other beach areas that have undergone massive development. The beach is so unspoilt and luscious in this part of Sri Lanka's eastern coastal belt.

Nilaveli Beach Hotel is a super hideout for the discerning tourist. This thatched-roof hotel is nestled on Nilavali Beach, a 10-minute boat ride from Pigeon Island. It offers free Wi-Fi in public areas, a large outdoor pool and spacious rooms with views of the ocean. Rooms are decorated in soothing neutral colours and equipped with air conditioning, a minibar and a safe. They also have a DVD player and a tea/coffee maker. The beachfront restaurant provides an international menu and a variety of drinks. Nilavali Beach Hotel is a 40-minute drive from Trincomalee Natural Harbour and Swami Rock. Bandaranaike International Airport is located 255 km from the hotel.

The picturesque Pasikuda beach, considered to be one of the top beaches in the world, was first declared a tourist zone in 1971. Unfortunately, the zone was confined to a name board. A few private entrepreneurs also laid foundation stones for several projects, but those plans were also shelved. While tourism took off in other areas including in Trincomalee with star class hotels being built, Pasikuda did not receive the momentum for take off. It was only 40 years later that this prime destination came under the focus of Minis Sri Lanka ter of Economic Development, Basil Rajapaksa under whose purview comes tourism.

After a careful study, it was decided that the name boards in Pasikudah, planted 41 years ago, should no longer be made to rust and a master plan was formulated to turn the coastal belt around to an upmarket tourist destination. However, the interests of local tourists too were not forgotten.

The first step in this direction was to lease 140 acres of state land to 13 private sector entrepreneurs. An Indian and Maldivian company too have obtained land to build hotels in this beach frontage stretching over 140 acres. The number of tourists to the North and the East has increased sharply, according to hoteliers and tour operators in the region. Hoteliers said that a large number of visitors has already arrived in Jaffna for the Nallur festival which will be held this month.

Most of the hotels and resorts in both regions are having 100 percent occupancy, hoteliers said.

The development of roads and highways, hotels and resorts and transportation attracts a large number of tourists to the North and the East which comprises popular places of worship such as the Koneswaran Kovil in Trincomalee and the Nallur Kandasamy Temple in Jaffna, Arugam Bay and Pasikudah, which is one of the finest in the world for surfing and whale watching, the Nilaveli beach and the hot springs in Kinniya.

Tourists flock to Nilaveli for its clean and serene beach. It is one of the best beaches in the East coast with excellent conditions for diving and snorkeling. Carpeting the Colombo-Trincomalee road and regular train service have also attracted more visitors to the East which is a hotspot for tourists. Trincomalee which is home to one of the world's deepest harbours, marvels visitors with its unique landscape. The Koneswaram Kovil and the Swarmi Rock with a 130-metre fall to the sea are iconic sites that baffles tourists. Locally known as Lover's Leap due to a historic legend that a Dutch official's daughter threw herself off the cliff, after watching her unfaithful husband desert her by sea.

The Jetwing and Aitken Spence hotels have already ventured into the North and the East which will be a fillip to tourism in the regions. Maalu Maalu Resorts and Spa set up by veteran hotelier Chandra Wickramasinghe in Pasikudah is a huge boost to tourism in the East. The Arugam Bay, a small fishing village is an ideal location for wind surfing from April to September. Batticaloa which is the gateway to Trincomalee has diverse attractions such as the singing fish lake, the fisheries harbour, hotels and resorts.


Aliya Resort opens in Sigiriya later this year

Wickramasinghe said that he acquired a 20 acre land to build this hotel. Aliya would be classed as a four star property and would consist of 96 rooms. He said that today Sigiriya area has many four star plus rooms and to compete in this market novel concepts had to be adopted.

Wickramasinghe who owns and operate the Rs. 350 million Maalu Maalu resort in Pasikudah said, Aliya hotel rooms would have a fusion of luxury and the ancient elephant watch hut concept.

“In addition we will have a disco and a karaoke lounge to introduce a touch of night life to the area,” he said.

The hotel would also have an ayurveda centre, elephant study centre and a paddy museum. “Our aim is to woo students and other researchers keen on elephants and paddy research. We are in the process of collecting information of the history of paddy in Sri Lanka and ancient equipment used for farming. This segment would be a long stay market, helping the hotel to maintain high occupancy throughout the year.

 

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ATM fraud busted in Malaysia – alleged Sri Lankan-Canadian connection

Posted on 25 February 2013 by TSL

International syndicate falsifying ATM, credit cards busted in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, according to a news report filed by Malay Mail today. POLICE busted an international syndicate specialising in ATM card and credit card fraud after detaining 25 suspects, including Canadians, following several raids in the city from Feb 20 to 22.

The activities of the syndicate was exposed through an exchange of information between Malaysian police, Canadian police and Interpol who came across fraudulent withdrawals carried out at foreign banks in Malaysia using foreign ATM and credit cards, since August last year. Bukit Aman Commercial Crimes Director Datuk Syed Ismail Syed Azizan told reporters at a media conference that the syndicate members comprising 11 Sri Lankans, nine Canadians, an Indian and four locals, including a woman, were between 23 and 54 years old.

Syed Ismail said nine of the syndicate members were detained at two banks in Jalan Ampang and Jalan Sultan Ismail, here, while carrying out transactions at about 9.30pm.

Following the detention of the nine, police arrested another 14 suspects comprising Sri Lankans, an Indian and locals, at a number of hotels and houses in the Klang Valley in a follow up operation while two suspects who tried to escape to another country were detained in Kulim, Kedah on Feb 22.

Syed Ismail said police also seized 533 fake ATM and credit cards plus RM74,703, USD4,182 (RM12,975), Canada 4,185 (RM 12,674) in cash plus currency from a few other countries.

Police also seized jewellery, four lap top computers and two magnetic stripe card reader/writer machines, he said.

Through the modus operandi, the syndicate, believed to be headed by a Canadian citizen whose country of origin was Sri Lanka, would send the falsified ATM and credit cards to Malaysia via courier service from Canada.

The supervisor responsible for operations in Malaysia would distribute 60 cards to each group, made up of three members, to withdraw money from identified ATM machines of foreign banks.

"Before distributing the card, the supervisor will insert data of account holders through the magnetic stripe card reader/writer machine. Each card can only be used once while the syndicate can draw up to RM20,000 a day," he said.

Once the withdrawals are made, the groups will submit the cash to the supervisor who will then pay them 10 per cent of their 'collection. Syed Ismail said to avoid raising suspicion and to fool the authorities, the syndicate would keep changing members who carry out withdrawals and such members would only be in the country for about three months after coming in with social visit pass. He added that police were tracking down the leader of the syndicate who is believed to be still in Malaysia. –Bernama

 

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Opening Statement by UNHCHR’s Navi Pillay at 22nd Session

Posted on 25 February 2013 by TSL

Opening Statement by Ms. Navi Pillay United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights at the 22nd session of the Human Rights Council

 

25 February 2013

Mr. President and President of the General Assembly,
Distinguished Members of the Human Rights Council,
Excellencies and dear colleagues,

Allow me first of all to congratulate His Excellency, Remigiusz Henczel, who is presiding over his first meeting of the Council as President, at the start of what is an historically significant year for the Office of High Commissioner for Human Rights, for the Human Rights Council, and indeed for the global human rights movement as a whole.

Twenty years ago, in June 1993, more than 7,000 participants gathered in Vienna for the World Conference on Human Rights. I was among them, and remember vividly how most of us at the time worried about the likelihood of real progress in the protection of human rights. Many believed there was a risk that the fundamental rights laid down in 1948 in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, might be rolled back.

The Berlin Wall had fallen in November 1989 and, despite the outbreak of new conflicts in the Balkans and elsewhere, the end of the Cold War gave a new impetus to the concepts of freedom, democracy and human rights that carried us through the Vienna Conference. The assembled delegates overcame major differences on contentious issues such as universality, sovereignty, impunity, and how to give a voice to victims. The result was a powerful and very positive outcome document: the Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action (VDPA).

The VDPA is the most significant overarching human rights document produced in the last quarter of a century. It crystalized the underlying principles that human rights are universal, indivisible, interdependent and interrelated, and took the key notion of universality a step further by committing States to the promotion and protection of all human rights for all people “regardless of their political, economic, and cultural systems.”

In a sense, by cutting through the artificial hierarchy under which social, economic and cultural rights were viewed by some as being less important than civil and political rights, the Conference succeeded in breaching a second wall that had divided States over the previous decades. That process is continuing, with the Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights entering into force on 5 May. This will finally bring it in line with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights which has had a similar Optional Protocol, allowing for individual complaints, in place for the past 37 years.

The Vienna Conference led to historic advances in a number of other areas. During the course of this anniversary year, we will have several opportunities to take stock of these, including at the High Level Panel on the Vienna Declaration later today, when the anniversary celebrations will be officially launched.

I will mention just a few of the principal achievements of the VDPA: its role in advancing women’s rights, its impact on the fight against impunity, and its swiftly realized recommendation to create the organization of which I am currently the proud steward: the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.

At Vienna, the NGO slogan “Women’s Rights are Human Rights” spoke loudly, and the VDPA reclaimed the vision of human rights for women. It called for the universal ratification of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women, the integration of women’s rights into all UN activities and called for the adoption of the Declaration on the Elimination of Violence against Women and endorsed the creation of a Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women.

The Vienna Declaration condemned the gross and systematic violations of human rights that were continuing in many parts of the world. It highlighted violations such as torture and cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment or punishment, summary and arbitrary executions, disappearances, and arbitrary detentions; it drew attention to all forms of racism, racial discrimination and apartheid, foreign occupation and alien domination, and xenophobia. It highlighted poverty, hunger and other denials of economic, social and cultural rights, religious intolerance, terrorism, and lack of the rule of law.

It viewed with concern the issue of impunity of perpetrators of human rights violations, and supported the efforts made by the UN human rights machinery to examine all aspects of the issue. Perhaps most significantly, just one month after the establishment of the first ad hoc international criminal tribunal since Nuremberg, the Declaration nudged the International Law Commission to continue its work on a permanent international criminal court.

The Conference did not stop there. It recognized that achieving these goals required stronger, more streamlined leadership in the UN system itself. To this end, it called for the establishment of a High Commissioner for Human Rights, with a mandate to protect and promote human rights, and the post was created by the General Assembly later that year.

That was twenty years ago.

Much progress has occurred during those two decades. But we must recognize that the glass is half full, and the promise of respecting all human rights for all people is still a dream for too many.

Major advances in women’s rights have occurred in many countries, and international legislation has continued to develop, for example in the area of conflict-related sexual violence. The CEDAW now has 187 State parties, making it the second most ratified human rights treaty after the Convention on the Rights of the Child. Its Optional Protocol has 104 States parties drawn from all regions of the world and the decisions it has generated have brought individual relief to many women and brought about profound policy and legislative change in many countries.

Yet women are still subject to discrimination and violence, to a shocking degree.

 

There have been tremendous advances in tackling impunity for international crimes over the past 20 years, in particular through the ad hoc tribunals such as those for Former Yugoslavia, Rwanda, Sierra Leone and Cambodia, and the establishment of the International Criminal Court, the world’s first permanent tribunal with powers to prosecute suspected perpetrators of international crimes.

Yet here too, we still have a long way to go. The ICC can only become involved if the State concerned is among the 122 State Parties to the Rome Statute, or if a situation is referred to it by the Security Council. Two important situations – Darfur in 2008, and Libya in 2011 have been referred, but the Security Council has so far failed with regard to Syria, despite the repeated reports of widespread or systematic crimes and violations by my Office, the International Commission of Inquiry on Syria, civil society organizations and Special Procedures.

Again, despite the truly inspiring advances in combating impunity and ensuring accountability both at the international and national levels, including through transitional justice processes, there are still far too many people with command responsibility who escape justice for serious crimes and gross human rights violations. Hundreds of thousands of people have died in genocides in Rwanda and Bosnia and Herzegovina; the Palestinian territories are still occupied; massive violations have occurred in Iraq and Sri Lanka; and war crimes continue to be committed in numerous internal conflicts including those continuing in Afghanistan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Mali, Sudan and Syria. We must continue to nurture and strengthen the system designed to deal with such crimes and violations, and those who commit them. It is also critical that we in the international community do our utmost to prevent such situations from developing or deteriorating.

One of the most tangible outcomes of the VDPA is the world-wide recognition of national human rights institutions as key independent and authoritative protectors and promoters of human rights at the national, regional and global levels. Their number has rocketed from fewer than 10 at the beginning of the 1990s to 101 internationally accredited institutions today (including 71 with ‘A’ status).

At the Vienna Conference, I was representing a women’s rights civil society organization, and it is a matter of pride to me that NGOs played such a critical role at the World Conference, especially in pushing for the establishment of a High Commissioner’s Office with a strong and unequivocal mandate.

Since then, civil society has evolved and expanded, with many more active national human rights organizations around today than there were 20 years ago. These national human rights defenders are the heroes of our time. It is, therefore, a matter of great concern that so many State authorities continue to ignore or repress civil society organizations, human rights defenders and the media. These organizations and individuals inject the life blood into human rights: they are the promoters of change, the people who ring the alarm about abuse, poor legislation and creeping authoritarianism.

Nonetheless I continue to hear of brave human rights defenders, journalists or bloggers who have been threatened, harassed, arrested or killed because of their work on behalf of the human rights of others. Such intimidation has sometimes even occurred during the proceedings of this Council. We must never tolerate such pressure, or reprisals against those who rightly seek to engage the international human rights system.

Excellencies,
Colleagues and friends,

The UN Human Rights system has also grown stronger since the Vienna Conference.

This Council began its work in 2006, replacing the Commission on Human Rights, which although controversial had laid the bedrock of our human rights system. The Council has gained credibility for its different modus operandi and in particular for its successful management of the first round of the Universal Periodic Review, which examined every UN Member State’s human rights record without exception. I urge all States to maintain this impressive record during the all-important second cycle. The Council has also been increasingly receptive to human rights situations, holding a succession of important Special Sessions and establishing Commissions of Inquiry and Fact-finding Missions.

In June 1993, there were just 26 Special Procedures with thematic or country-based mandates. Today there are 48 separate mandates with 72 experts appointed by the Council. The combination of independence, expertise and UN-bestowed authority is potent. It is critical that all Member States cooperate fully with the Special Procedures, including by accepting visits.

The human rights treaty bodies have also grown in number and weight. Two major new international treaties – on Persons with Disabilities and Disappearance – and nine important substantive and procedural Optional Protocols have been adopted since Vienna In 1993, the seven treaties and protocols had received 742 ratifications by States. That number has grown to 2010 State parties to 18 treaties and protocols. I urge States to accept more of these crucial treaties during this anniversary year. It would be a welcome development if every single State has become a member to the CRC and CEDAW by the end of 2013.

The Office of the High Commissioner, one of the most tangible legacies of Vienna, has grown from a small entity of just over 100 staff and a presence in two countries outside Geneva, to more than 1,000 staff and 58 field presences worldwide. Yet we continue to receive many requests for assistance that we are unable to satisfy. We could – and I am convinced that we should – continue to grow and mature in order to carry out fully our mandate to promote and protect the human rights of everyone everywhere.

For that to happen, we need your further support, and in particular we need a higher, more realistic and more sustainable level of funding. I am convinced that, collectively, we are failing to devote nearly enough human and financial resources to come even close to fulfilling the aspirations of the Universal Declaration, the Vienna outcome and each and every session of this Council. In other words, while we fully recognize the crucial importance of human rights to the development of a global civilization that now comprises more than seven billion people, we are failing to match our stated aims and established obligations with the necessary concrete commitment.

I urge you then to advance the implementation of the many remarkable international laws and standards that have been developed since the Universal Declaration laid down the basic framework in 1948, and the subsequent vigorous boost provided by the Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action.

The 20th anniversary of the Vienna Conference and its Declaration coincides with another round of unforeseen global upheavals that provide both enormous challenges and significant opportunities. I am of course referring not just to the tumultuous events that have occurred in the Middle East and North Africa over the past two years, and to the situation in the Sahel region but also to the massive global financial and economic crises and threats to the environment, that have made the increased focus on economic, social and cultural rights especially relevant.

Today more than ever, we must learn from the past, as well as take pride in our very real achievements over the past 20 years.

In 1993, the world community recommitted itself to fight for human rights for all. Vienna marked a chapter in a human rights revolution that had begun almost half a century earlier with the adoption of the Universal Declaration. Hundreds of millions more people today are able to exercise their human rights without interference thanks to the actions taken on the basis of the commitments outlined in the Vienna Declaration. Our task, as heirs of Vienna, is to extend these benefits to every last person on earth — especially the most marginalized and those most at risk of violence, exploitation and discrimination. For while the past twenty years have seen extraordinary progress, we should never forget that there have been those who have been left behind – migrants, older persons, religious and ethnic minorities, people persecuted because of their sexual orientation and gender identity, to name just a few. Our work here will not be done until the promise of the Vienna Declaration is made real for everyone – no exceptions, no excuses.

I wish you a productive 22nd session and assure you of my, and my hard-working and dedicated staff’s, readiness to assist you in any way we can.

Thank you, Mr. President.

 

(Courtesy UNHCHR website)

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Three-wheeler fares increase with price of petrol going up

Posted on 25 February 2013 by TSL

 

 
The trishaw fares are due to be increased as a result of the fuel price revision, as one group of three wheel owners have decided to revise the rate per kilometer up to Rs. 40 with effect from Monday, while another group has decided to increase only the stipulated rate of Rs. 50 for the first kilometer without any changes to the rate per kilometer.

 All Island Three Wheel Owners Association (AITWOA) Chairman Sudhil Jayaruk speaking to Daily Mirror a short while ago said though the price of Rs. 35 -38 per kilometer will be increased to Rs. 40, they will not be revising the stipulated rate of Rs. 50 for the first kilometer in spite of many requests from meter taxi companies.

However, All Ceylon Three Wheeler Drivers Union (ACTWDU) Chairman Lalith Dharmasekara said they will be revising the fixed price of the first kilometer from the current rate of Rs. 50 to Rs. 60, but added the presently maintained Rs. 32 per kilometer, will remain unrevised.

“We are compelled to increase the prices following today’s increase because the members of our association did not revise the charges during the previous fuel price revisions,” he added.

 

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