Sri Lanka trooper kills three in New Year rage

From left: Dr. Fernando Im, Senior Country Economist for Sri Lanka and the Maldives, The World Bank, Hon. Eran Wickramaratne, State Minister, Ministry of Finance and Mass Media, Dr. W A Wijewardana, Former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka, Prof. Indralal de Silva, Former (Chair) of Demography, University of Colombo, Prof. Amala de Silva, Department of Economics, University of Colombo at the panel discussion on "Demographic Change in Sri Lanka" moderated by Dr. Ramani Gunatilaka, International Centre for Ethnic Studies.

A Sri Lankan soldier enraged over not being given home leave for the traditional New Year shot dead his superior officer and two colleagues Saturday, officials said. A Sri Lankan soldier enraged over not being given home leave for the traditional New Year shot dead his superior officer and two colleagues Saturday, officials said. The soldier was overpowered after he killed a major and two soldiers in the northern peninsula of Jaffna, military officials here said.

They said the soldier was handed over to the local police together with the automatic assault rifle used against the three men.

“It looks like some dispute over granting leave,” a military source here said. “An investigation is underway.”

Sri Lanka’s traditional New Year which fell on Thursday saw fewer accidents as celebrations were muted because the country was still recovering from tsunami disaster, police and hospital staff said.

The celebration-related accidents saw a sharp decline this year as revelry was limited with hardly any fire crackers burst this year compared to previous years, the head of the main National hospital here, Hector Weerasinghe said.

“We had half the n