Defence.lk – Adobe Flash presentation on End of War

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In 2018 all but forgotten, and more importantly, impossible for most current browsers to actually load and see, the Ministry of Defence had in 2009 an Adobe Flash based interactive presentation on the progress of the final stages of the war, located at http://www.defence.lk/orbat/Default.asp.

In fact, there’s still a link on the http://defence.lk/english.asp site to this mini-presentation.

It’s a nightmare to archive Flash presentations or animations. Adobe is retiring Flash in 2020 and the web has moved on. Already, some of the photos albumbs once linked to this Adobe presentation are gone. This made it even more important to record what is still working, linked to and captured in this official MoD animation.

As the only way to preserve a high-resolution copy of this historically valuable Adobe Flash presentation, I did a screen recording of clicking through every option and feature on it that still worked.

Download the movie here (it’s ~1Gb, captured at 2864 × 2052 as a QuickTime movie).

Pausing the video in full screen will allow for screenshots / screen grabs at very high resolution.

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Colombo Defence Seminar 2018

The Colombo Defence Seminar 2018 (http://www.defseminar.lk) has a number of interesting/revealing presentations, papers, abstracts and other content from previous years. Will take another snapshot of 2018’s site once the Seminar is completed, later this year.

Download archive, taken 7 May 2018, here.

For earlier archives/versions of this site, 2011 onwards, click here.

 

Sarath Weerasekara

Sarath Weerasekara made the news in 2017 for going to Geneva to hand-over all manner of petitions against the OHCHR head, as well as earlier in the year with dossiers. He also took it upon himself to defend war crimes allegations.

A Google search brings up this recording, allegedly between journalist Wasantha Chandrapala and Weerasekara, conducted in Sinhala. Weerasekara openly threatens Chandrapala.

Weerasekara has a dedicated website, at http://www.sarathweerasekara.com.

The site archive was taken on 14 June 2017. Download it here.

Kamal Gunaratne

Kamal Gunaratne is a colorful character (Facebook profile here). The author of ‘The Road to Nandikadal‘ was also flagged as a murderer by Sri Lanka’s Foreign Minister, in Parliament.

As noted in news reports,

Former army major general Kamal Gunaratne is under investigation over the murder of an employee at the Sri Lankan embassy in Brazil, foreign minister Mangala Samaraweera told parliament today.

Gunaratne, who was sent to Brazil as deputy ambassador by then defence secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, murdered an embassy employee Nimal Rupasinghe with the support of two other embassy staff members, the minister said.

What appears to be a fan page of Gunaratne exists on the web at http://anojaw.tripod.com/kamal.htm. Access the archive of this page here.