assaults Gypsy’s Sunil
singer and popular entertainer Sunil Perera of the Gypsies was assaulted
by Mahen Ratwatte, son of former deputy defence minister Anuruddha
Ratwatte, at the Colombo Hilton on Friday night at the Tea Traders Ball.
a baila performance, Sunil Perera says that Mahen Ratwatte accosted him
at the buffet table outside the main ballroom of the Colombo
and forced him towards the toilets. Puzzled, Sunil says he did not know
who Mahen was, but allowed himself to be propelled towards the toilet as
Mahen Ratwatte kept a firm hold of him, with his arm around Sunil’s
neck, pretending to be a friend.
duo, were followed by Mahen’s wife. Inside the toilet area, Mahen had
at first verbally abused Sunil saying, “You f..ing ..B.. you have LTTE
connections” and had then hit him on his face.
from the blow, Sunil had asked,
continuing strike by the paramedics has created untold hardships to the
less affluent sections of society who depend on government hospitals for
treatment. These patients have to languish in the sun for hours to
obtain medicine from Osu Sala. Some had been waiting in the queue from 6
a.m. This photograph was taken at 2 p.m. Friday. Osu Sala was issuing
medicine free of charge, but that was of little solace to the patients,
like this old lady whose plight has been brushed aside by the strikers
Photo by Berty Mendis
story of LTTE’s radio booty
sinister move by the LTTE to import an entire consignment of radio
equipment from Singapore has surfaced as being nothing more than an
attempt to evade a Rs. 2 million customs duty.
in-depth investigation by The Sunday Leader has found that the
recent controversy over the government having allowed the LTTE to
import new radio equipment for its station the ‘Voice of Tigers’
boils down to the fact, the Tigers involved the Royal Norwegian
Embassy to facilitate the import in order to avoid paying over Rs. 2
million in customs duty. The radio equipment in reality was not a gift
from the Norwegians to the LTTE.