Cops arrested over security breach

They were arrested after a security breach where a member of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s security division had been found near President Sirisena with an armed weapon at the Angunakolapelessa event last month. (Colombo Gazette) Two policemen have been arrested over a security breach at an event attended by President Maithripala Sirisena recently.An Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) and a police Sergeant who were responsible for the security of the President at an event he attended in Angunakolapelessa recently were arrested and remanded till June 1. read more

Lost photographs of Jane Austens nieces discovered on eBay reveal how author

She added: “Jane Austen was dead by the time the girls grew up, but they lived out, quite without meaning to, the plots of her novels.”Take Marianne – her life in some ways echoed the plot of Sense and Sensibility.”She found herself like Elinor and her namesake Marianne pretty much evicted from the house by her own brother.”And when Cassandra fell in love with Lord George Hill, his mother was less than pleased because she had no money.”Just as in Persuasion, they had to part for eight years until, like Persuasion’s Captain Wentworth, he returned and they could marry.”Lord George’s mother echoed Pride and Prejudice’s Lady Catherine de Bourgh.”Historians are currently examining the album and it is hoped there will be an exhibition of the photos in the future. Lost photographs of Jane Austen’s nieces and nephews have been discovered in an old photo album, which reveals their lives – which could have come out of one of the author’s own novels.A leading historian has said the works of the writer foreshadowed the chequered love lives of her family members. Karen Levers, 51, bought the book of Victorian photographs for $1,000 (£780) from eBay, expecting it to be full of pictures of 19th century aristocrats.However, she found the book is full of previously unseen photos of Austen’s nieces and nephews – many of whose lives reflected the writer’s novels.It was put together by Lord George Augusta Hill, an aristocrat who married two of Austen’s nieces, both daughters of her older brother Edward. This photograph shows Austen’s niece, MarianneCredit: Karen Levers /SWNS.COM This picture shows Fanny Knight, Jane Austen’s favourite niece who became Lady KnatchbullCredit:Karen Levers /SWNS.COM Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. This photograph shows Austen's niece, Marianne Photographs show Austen’s nephew who scandalously eloped to marry his sister’s stepdaughter, and the wedding of a heroic newlywed who lost his arm to a tiger while fighting in India, just before marrying Jane’s great niece.Photography was invented in the 1830s, decades after Jane died, but the photo album shows the family and places which are said to have influenced her writing.Ms Levers contacted academic Dr Sophia Hillan, who had previously uncovered the Austens’ link to Lord George Hill in 2006 by accident, when she saw a footnote about him while preparing a lecture. This picture shows Fanny Knight, Jane Austen's favourite niece who became Lady Knatchbull Dr Hillan, a retired associate director of the Institute of Irish Studies at Queen’s University Belfast, said her family “lived out, quite without meaning to, the plots of her novels”. read more