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Gregory's Road, Colombo 7 was renamed Srimath R.G. Senanayake Mawatha by the President Mahinda Rajapaksa a short while ago.
The Cinnamon Gardens Police said that the road was oppened for traffic a shortwhile ago, upon conclusion of the ceremony.

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  • The Linesman Tuesday, 16 July 2013 12:52 PM

    We have no problem with renaming anything in SL if invokes a sense of pride and patriotism. Take a look at Countries like SG and India they have done it and they too were colonies of Great Britain. Still you find names such as Cubbon Park in Bangalore or Bengaluru or even places like Robinsons Road in SG. But there has been common sense in doing so. Why can't we use Sir instead of Srimath, when writing in English, if that is the correct translation instead of spelling it in English. What a bunch of Jokers and Ego Manics who rule this country. They want their names to be remembered. But one thing for sure, the next generation will spit at them for the way in which they are going about the SL economy. Can someone let us know as to how much money we have generated as opposed to spent with the new Aiport in Hambantota?

    Road Namer Tuesday, 16 July 2013 02:09 PM

    Hey Shifaz..That will be easy but not appropriate to the goat...Booruwah--a name very commonly used to address some of these so called Motta Ralas

    Road Opener Tuesday, 16 July 2013 02:07 PM

    Hi Pasel.,,That would be when we change the middle name to -Pagar Sir--

    Road Opener Tuesday, 16 July 2013 02:06 PM

    You mean....Moosala Lanka!!

    Bay Beddah Tuesday, 16 July 2013 02:04 PM

    Hey Raspi..Nail on the head..Any other function or duty will be too difficult and will need about another ten advisers and 10 ministers to assist.

    Nodrog Tuesday, 16 July 2013 01:59 PM

    is this on the advise of the fortune-tellers???

    ling Tuesday, 16 July 2013 01:56 PM

    From the comments, the generation seem to be lost. History need to be taught I suppose, so that question like who is R.G. Senanayake will not be surface again and rather than embrace their British master. DM publish if you like.

    i.desilva Tuesday, 16 July 2013 01:53 PM

    one day Galle Road will be Hambanthota Road.

    i.desilva Tuesday, 16 July 2013 01:43 PM

    i thinkl Rosy Senanayaka?

    nalin Tuesday, 16 July 2013 01:42 PM

    All I know is that the GPS lady is going to breakup with me if I try to punch- in this name.

    Kumara Tuesday, 16 July 2013 01:11 PM

    Need of the hour!

    Cobra Tuesday, 16 July 2013 01:01 PM

    DM appears not to have published my reply to Shifaz.Ok, then how about this? Your goat will henceforth bear my brother's name!!!

    Kehel walla Tuesday, 16 July 2013 02:13 PM

    @Paul, How do you know that 1000's of locals would have died. If not for Gregory, would we even have a road, survey department, rail road and other infra structure, museum that wer are incable of maintaining?

    Lankan Tuesday, 16 July 2013 12:47 PM

    When they have nothing else to do he finds something to past the time. No doubt we have a spineless Mayor

    Citizen Tuesday, 16 July 2013 12:28 PM

    Well said.This is part of the history.If we can proudly say that Sri Lanka has a well documented history than most of others why can't we maintain these historic symbols?

    Cobra Tuesday, 16 July 2013 12:22 PM

    Good one, Sagarika.

    Paul Tuesday, 16 July 2013 12:08 PM

    Highly amusing how all the Kalu sudda's on this thread are suffering from stockholm syndrome. Gregory did nothing more than pillage and plunder this country in the name of the british empire. You spit on RG Senanayake's name. but you'll do well to remember that he was instrumental in initiating diplomatic ties with china and securing the 1952 rubber rights deal, without which 1000s of sri lankans would have died.

    Rohith Tuesday, 16 July 2013 12:05 PM

    I wonder if they had internet and commenting like this in 1972..whether people would have rejected Sri Lanka when Ceylon was renamed like they are rejecting the renaming a road in Colombo..

    ANTON Tuesday, 16 July 2013 11:49 AM


    idroos2002 Tuesday, 16 July 2013 11:49 AM

    We are sri lanka we should be proud of it .But the former names should be included in brackets Ex ( Gregorys Road) etc etc

    GC Tuesday, 16 July 2013 11:46 AM

    I don't think they are insulting RG but criticising the Rulers who have the time do these things and cannot see beyond the immediate..

    GC Tuesday, 16 July 2013 11:45 AM

    I don't think the readers are insulting RG, but criticising the rulers who cannot see beyond their own shadows.

    GC Tuesday, 16 July 2013 11:41 AM

    Your are correct. If the British were foolish like our rulers, they would have name it as Sir William Henry Gregory's Road and it would not have been that popular.

    ryan Tuesday, 16 July 2013 04:12 PM

    Dont talk bullshit. They raped, killed die the meanest stuff to All Sri Lankans. If not for these bloody UK, portugese and Dutch murderers our country would be at the top of the world today.

    Ryan Wednesday, 17 July 2013 06:00 AM

    Still Singapore and India are colonies, you know that?

    Batman Wednesday, 17 July 2013 05:54 AM

    Pissu vikaara! Why is this change? only more confusion like James pieris mw in Col - 02 and Dr. Lester James pieris mw (old Dickmans road) in Col - 04. Do something useful.... than changing names of streets.

    Cobra Wednesday, 17 July 2013 01:37 AM

    Thank you DM.

    Observer Tuesday, 16 July 2013 06:14 PM

    Is it that important? Priorities are screwed up in SL!

    Q Tuesday, 16 July 2013 05:44 PM

    Chikey.... What an ugly name for such a nice road! And it's so long!

    Samantha Tuesday, 16 July 2013 05:14 PM

    Sri Lanka is blessed with a wonderful government with no problems whatsoever that our president has nothing else to do but go around the country renaming roads and opening culverts. What a country ...

    pasel Tuesday, 16 July 2013 05:11 PM

    just did the rename or paved the entire road?
    why president has to do it just a local council member could open the road and how much money spend on security and other tamash?
    I want see what is next ?

    sukiri Tuesday, 16 July 2013 05:10 PM

    Why is the sinhalese words on top of the sign?

    Grumpy Tuesday, 16 July 2013 04:25 PM

    Don't complain. He is doing what he knows best

    Colombo 08 Tuesday, 16 July 2013 04:17 PM

    Why not give any new name to any road and also retain the original name in brackets.

    GC Tuesday, 16 July 2013 11:31 AM

    It depends on whether people wish to use a name. I have noticed people like shorter names like Gregory's Road than lang names. Anyhow, why can't they name a new road after RG and leave history of what was a cinnamon plantation untouched?

    ryan Tuesday, 16 July 2013 04:07 PM

    Commentors insulting RG, our most valuable president, the country itself. How pathetic these commentors express their hatred, dont hate MR this much, you guys will die early

    Nodrog Tuesday, 16 July 2013 03:50 PM

    mangala.....why don't you get back to wearing the amude and enjoying everything else foreign?? Even the internet and communicating in English??/

    sss Tuesday, 16 July 2013 03:39 PM

    Grigoris ayya in our village is fuming mad about the name change

    Tongue Tied Tuesday, 16 July 2013 03:24 PM

    I'm a local and even I had to read that a couple of times to get it right!

    mangala Tuesday, 16 July 2013 02:25 PM

    Maybe for you and yourinternational school friends but not for most of Sri Lanka. We do not ununderstand why you people praise everything foreign but criticize everything Sri Lankan. You people praise hindu movies, western movies, other cultures but hate everything about our great nation. If you do not like it here move.

    mangala Tuesday, 16 July 2013 02:20 PM

    This is a good move. We are proud lankans and we must celebrate our history and culture. Or do people want us to be like india and Pakistan.

    dilhan Tuesday, 16 July 2013 02:22 PM

    ya to you it will still be the Gregory's road (British Invader) but after generations your grand sons will proudly called it as R.G. Senanayake mawatha.

    Perumal Tuesday, 16 July 2013 02:21 PM

    All the cash taken on loans is over. He has to spend time doing these things until moneys come from new loans!

    curious Tuesday, 16 July 2013 02:18 PM

    The current administration likes to change names and do unnecessary projects when there are burning issues to solve.

    Ampattan Tuesday, 16 July 2013 02:14 PM

    President can do better things rather than changing the names of the roads. He must be a very busy man since he has more roads to change the names. One day you will be surprised to see Namal, Gotha, Basil and Rohitha mawattes soon.,

    kondebendapucheena Tuesday, 16 July 2013 07:07 AM

    Also He must check what is happening in the country least read all the newspapers in the morning to see how many of his party people have taken bribe,rape,assault,etc.etc,etc,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

    Sue Tuesday, 16 July 2013 08:01 AM

    This Government does not understand the meaning of "Short and sweet" All these long names only cause confusion to road users. This is such an useless act.

    manuwel giyar Tuesday, 16 July 2013 07:57 AM

    This kind of road renaming happens only in our Mihin land. This kind of activity is condoned by uneducated people with pumped up egos.

    If we are to make Colombo a global business city, keep the original names from the colonial era. (No one has to be shamed of our colonial past) Don't get foreign investors to bite their own tongue and choke on it just to say the name of the road. Try to get a foreigner to pronounce the new name of Havelock Road

    kumar Tuesday, 16 July 2013 07:50 AM

    It is easier than constructing new roads.

    JZ Tuesday, 16 July 2013 07:29 AM

    R. G Senanayake was a politician from Kelaniya. Should a road or street be renamed from the city of Kelaniya.

    Shifaz Tuesday, 16 July 2013 07:27 AM

    President can you please come and give a name to my goat also?

    Tharaka Chanaka Tuesday, 16 July 2013 07:28 AM

    Waste of time, dollar is 134 against the rupee and he's renaming roads

    saradiyal Tuesday, 16 July 2013 07:24 AM

    YES, most urgently needed work.

    Harry Tuesday, 16 July 2013 07:20 AM

    Country is going towards destruction path. Hope the president can allocate more time to concentrate on lowering the cost of living.

    Laminate Tuesday, 16 July 2013 07:13 AM

    Joke of The Day....

    Peace Lover Tuesday, 16 July 2013 07:15 AM

    Yes, Agreed!!!

    Pasindu Tuesday, 16 July 2013 07:11 AM

    Think the reference to Richard Gotabhaya Senanayake, I.E son of Fredrick Richard Senanayake... Would still be Gregory's though, just stop changing the damn names!

    Manoj B Tuesday, 16 July 2013 08:02 AM

    We grew up knowing it as Gregory's road and it will always remain as Gregory's road.

    raspi Tuesday, 16 July 2013 07:02 AM

    Karanakota therena deyak karanna epai itin :P

    Grumpy Tuesday, 16 July 2013 07:02 AM


    Dave Tuesday, 16 July 2013 07:00 AM

    Bull Shit. Does not help to improve the Economy.

    MufaHussain Tuesday, 16 July 2013 06:56 AM

    So Mr. President you are killing and destroying the valuable Golden History of Sri Lanka?

    Yuri Tuesday, 16 July 2013 06:51 AM

    Hey Jagath people did not vote base on what you talking about. they voted to maintain the communal Politics period .

    Yuri Tuesday, 16 July 2013 06:49 AM

    When is this Island country name going to change to MIHIN LANKA

    deepal Tuesday, 16 July 2013 06:45 AM

    thanks to the English Governors we have roads, so it will always be Gregory's Road

    AK Tuesday, 16 July 2013 06:37 AM


    Sagarika Tuesday, 16 July 2013 06:37 AM

    Who is R G Senanayake???

    Jagath Tuesday, 16 July 2013 06:33 AM

    President has no other work thank opening of renamed roads.
    In other countries it's Presidents consentrate mainly on economy & foreign policy matters etc...
    Wander of Asia!!!!!!

    Micky Mouse Tuesday, 16 July 2013 09:47 AM

    We are lucky in a way, we don''t write letters anymore and use the postal that often like before, cause to write the address alone on the envelopes will take a lot time and effort to do so. Like everyone says Mr. President can use this time to do more important things for the country. Gregory's road will always be Gregory's road just like the rest they have changed ie. Dickman's road... God bless our country...

    Sue Tuesday, 16 July 2013 11:24 AM

    Imagine, the President of the country going round naming roads! Hasn't he got better and more respectable work to do?

    Javi Tuesday, 16 July 2013 11:15 AM

    Why we can't change as short and simple name, always long road names.....

    saradiyal Tuesday, 16 July 2013 11:16 AM

    The comments are not to insult the person whose name is used, but stupidity of the government. If the government wants to commemorate people who contributed to the good of the country use their name in places like new airports, harbors rather that name everything Rajapassa. Future governments should name public toilets in this name, so we can take a piss at.

    Pasel Tuesday, 16 July 2013 10:52 AM

    When he is going to Chang his middle name Percy

    janak Tuesday, 16 July 2013 10:47 AM


    PS Tuesday, 16 July 2013 10:48 AM


    sirimani Tuesday, 16 July 2013 10:42 AM

    I think it would be more appropriate if it was named Girigoris road to show our mihinlanthaye pride.

    Jay Tuesday, 16 July 2013 10:09 AM

    Very true. "Sri Sambuddhathwajayanthi Mawatha" I was thinking the same when I saw this new name

    Vaz Tuesday, 16 July 2013 10:08 AM

    What an important event...

    Dhammika Herath Tuesday, 16 July 2013 10:03 AM

    These people have also written srimath in English which should be sir, then again misamil what does he know?

    nalaka Tuesday, 16 July 2013 06:21 AM

    but for us it will still be Gregory's Road,

    Mihil Tuesday, 16 July 2013 09:05 AM

    replace a well known road with a unknown name. Troll people

    Dasun Tuesday, 16 July 2013 08:58 AM

    Gregory contribution to sri lanka economy was huge. We should have kept the name. Do not forget it is sinhalese who gave him the pet name "Girigoris". Sad to see these no good politicians ruining a good memory of great governor.

    Gayan Fernando Tuesday, 16 July 2013 08:55 AM

    we should not insult who ever being commemorated. all these people have worked for the common man as per the history books!

    PRASANNAJIT Tuesday, 16 July 2013 08:35 AM

    Harbours and airports are under his name. And roads will be given the names of politicians.

    rufus Tuesday, 16 July 2013 08:34 AM

    Why don't we keep all Cinnamon Gardens Roads to maintain it's original status ? example Kinsey Road , Gregory's Road,
    Horton Place ,Barnes Place , Rosemead Place,Ward Place,
    Maitland Place Maitland Crescent, etc.... These are world known streets as all the Embassies and Consulates were located . Now that we are changing the Road names with the Local Names ( the CMC should also put in an additional board by elaborating the persons or the hero's history. At least the local and the foreign people will know the significance of the person whose name has been chosen to rename the road.

    Nadi Karunaratne Tuesday, 16 July 2013 08:34 AM

    Let's give all our roads tounge twisters for names! This is government by spasm.

    Lanka Shantha Tuesday, 16 July 2013 08:27 AM

    It is to confuse tourists and to make them to catch and pay taxis.
    Apps, GPS and paper maps and guide books to be made corrections.

    tintimmm Tuesday, 16 July 2013 08:21 AM

    It should be renamed to Girigoris road.

    sobers Tuesday, 16 July 2013 08:22 AM

    Name the roads, where it is easy for everyone, including the international community to remember. Long names are very confusing. Already, we have so many long names.

    kan Tuesday, 16 July 2013 08:03 AM

    CHOGM is coming soon, and here British governor's name is being removed for good!!!!

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