11/28/2013

Sri Lanka Ministry of Agriculture has taken steps to commercially cultivate popular fruit durian. Many people like this exotic fruit but some say they can't bear the smell.

Durian, Durio Zibethius Murray, is a expensive fruit in Sri Lanka which has demand in export market. However, Thailand, West Malaysia and Indonesia are considered the major Durian growing countries.

The fruit is believed to have aphrodisiac properties; contains a high amount of sulpher, hence causing a sharp smell. It is mainly grown in Kandy, Matale , Kalutara and Kegalle districts. Durian is mostly naturally grown and cultivated in home gardens.

The Ministry of Agriculture has taken steps to establish a Durian village in Minuwangoda Divisional Secretariat in Gampaha district. Durian will be grown in 30 acres there. The Ministry has introduced a developed variety of durian which bears fruit in a short span of time.

Nutritive Values of Durian (Source: Ministry of Agriculture)
(per 100g edible portion)

Energy 183.0 k cal
Protein 2.8 g
Fat 3.9 g
Carbohydrates 34.1 g
Calcium 10.0 mg
Phosphorus 50.0 mg
Iron 1.0 mg
Carotene  12.0 ug
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11/25/2013

This blog helps you to find your car's rescue card or the emergency services cards.

Select and download the relevant card. Then print it, fold it and keep it under the sun visor of the car like this.

I wish you all an accident-free trip and hope that your new rescue card will never be needed.

Active and passive security systems are built into modern vehicles, which makes everything much safer than in the past. Active safety systems include ABS (antilock brake system), TCS (traction control system), and ESC (electronic stability control). Passive safety systems are there to minimize the consequences of an accident. Airbags, seat belt tensioners, and side-impact protection are just a few examples of these. The passenger compartments have also become more stable through the use of very sturdy construction materials and special profile forms.When an accident occurs, it can be a serious problem for the rescue team who need to reach the victims quickly,when the autos can’t be opened as in the past. The rescue tools that the fire department brings are sometimes useless against the new vehicle materials, and rescuers are dependent on accurate information, in order to find a technique for solving the problem. Airbags are often stored in different locations, due to the various companies’ methods of building vehicles. Since only the airbags needed in a crash are activated, the airbags that are not activated can be a potential problem during the rescue, if the fire department rescue tools were to damage the gas cartridges

The brand, the type of document and last update is mentioned in the list.


Rescue Data Sheet8/2013
Alfa RomeoRescue Data Sheet8/2013
AudiApplication Sheet6/2013
BMW/MiniRescue Map1/2013
ChevroletVehicle Data Sheet5/2013
ChryslerRescue Data Sheet3/2010
CitroenRescue Data Sheet4/2012
CS-ReisemobileRescue Card1/2013
DaciaRescue Data Sheet4/2013
DaihatsuRescue Data Sheet5/2011
Dethleffs (Wohnmobil)Rescue Map11/2013
DodgeRescue Data Sheet3/2010
e-wolfRescue Card1/2013
FiatRescue Data Sheet8/2013
Fiat TransporterRescue Data Sheet8/2013
FordRescue Data Sheet8/2013
HondaRescue Data Sheet7/2013
HyundaiRescue Data Sheet1/2013
InfinitiRescue Data Sheet06/2012
IsuzuRescue Data Sheet9/2012
JaguarRescue Data Sheet2/2012
JeepRescue Data Sheet3/2012
KarabagRescue Card6/2012 
KiaRescue Data Sheet10/2012
LadaRescue Card12/2010
LanciaRescue Data Sheet8/2013
Land RoverRettungsblätter3/2013
LexusRescue Data Sheet6/2011
LuisRescue Card1/2013
MazdaRescue Card1/2013
MaybachRescue Card PKW9/2012
MercedesRescue Card PKW9/2012
MitsubishiRescue Data Sheet2/2013
Nissan
PDF, 10 MB
Rescue Data Sheet7/2013
OpelRescue information5/2013
PeugeotRescue Data Sheet4/2012
PorscheRescue Data Sheet7/2012
RenaultRescue Data Sheet5/2013
SaabRescue information6/2010
SeatApplication Sheet for Accident Rescue Card8/2013
SkodaGuide Rescue and Recovery7/2013
SmartRescue Card PKW9/2012
Ssang YongRescue Data Sheet4/2013
SubaruInformation for rescue services2/2013
SuzukiRescue Card2/2012
TeslaRescue Card11/2013
Think
PDF, 334 kB
Rescue Card4/2011
ToyotaRescue Data Sheet5/2013
VWRescue Data Sheet6/2013
VolvoRescue Data Sheet12/2012
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11/15/2013



-Ajith Perakum Jayasinghe

The appeal filed by former officers of the Presidential Security Division (PSD) who were convicted and sentenced for harassing popular singers Rookantha  Gunatilaka and Chandralekha Gunatilaka couple was withdrawn at the Court of Appeal on November 12.  

The appeal was withdrawn even before a date was fixed by the Court of Appeal for hearing the case. Counsel Janaka Amarasinghe appearing for the motion filed by the suspects said to court that all ten suspects have given their consent in writing to withdraw the case. Although the lawyers did not explain the reason for the withdrawal, it is widely believed that they will be pardoned by the President soon. 

They were charged with unlawful assembly, organizing, intimidating and robbing the property worth of Rs. 3.6 million from the house of musician Rookantha Gunatilaka. Ten out of the 11 suspects of the case were sentenced by Panadura High Court on August 01 this year, following a lengthy trial for harassing the family of the musician and damaging their property, breaking into their residence at Mattegoda on January 26, 2000. The former PSD officers were sentenced for four and half years each rigorous imprisonment and they were also ordered to pay a sum of Rs. 200,000 each as compensation to the victims. One suspect was given simple punishment since he was a disabled person. All the convicts were not police officers. The fourth suspect was a laborer that worked for the PSD.  

Of them, three Police Constables and a Reserve Police Constable were retired by the time the judgment was delivered. The other six PCs were serving in various stations and two of them were in the present Presidential Security Division.

Barely two weeks after the judgment, Rookantha  and Chandralekha handed over a letter to President Mahinda Rajapaksa at Temple Trees giving their consent for the release of the PSD personnel and for taking due measures to pardon them. 
With the withdrawal of the appeal, the sentences against the suspects are to be enacted and they have been now sent from the remand custody to the section of the convicted prisoners.
The Panadura Provincial High Court Judge while sentencing the 10 accused said that 'the accused PSD officers while on duty had taken the law into their hands and had committed a grave offence.' She further said that the court could not reject the evidence given by the complainants and the domestic aide who witnessed the horrific event.  

Rookantha and Chandralekha called a news conference and stated that the real persons who were behind the attack on them were “moving freely” whilst those who carried it out were languishing in jail. Rookantha said the command to attack them had come from a “very powerful and influential person at that time” and added that the “subordinates had to follow it.” Although the name of Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga has not transpired in any way in the court case or in its aftermath, there are no doubts that Rookantha implied the former President who was also the Defense Minister by the time of the attack. Rookantha appeared on the stages of the opposition United National Party (UNP) singing a theme song which became popular. Then pro-Chandrika media laughed at Ranil Wickramasinghe’s out-of-the-rhythm clapping for Rookantha’s song.

Chandrika had close shave hours before the Presidential held on December 21, 1999, losing her right eye in a failed suicide attack on her life by Tamil Tigers. She was re-elected for a second term, receiving 51% of all votes cast.

After the incident the Gunathilaka family left Sri Lanka and lived in US for many years. They arrived in Sri Lanka after Mahinda Rajapaksa became the President of Sri Lanka and expressed their support to the government. 

The culprits of the intimidation case are likely to be pardoned with the consent of the victims. Clemency is a good value but punishment is considered as correcting mechanism in law. There are many a similar offenders that do not have access to seek Presidential pardon even though the victims or their families want them be pardoned on humanitarian grounds. One may say that these offenders were exposed to a shower of mercy simply they were in the President’s security and also a few are still there. 

“If there is something to pardon in everything, there is also something to condemn,” said Friedrich Nietzsche.
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