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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Sri Lanka as expected ended up as yet another occasion of adding to the condescending words of a few leaders advising how Sri Lanka should be ruled and structured. One can recollect the arrogance of David Cameron, John Kerry, Harper and Erik Sloheim who sang the same song assuming that Sri Lanka and...
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Appointment of President’s Counsel under the 8th Amendment to the Constitution conferred an unfair privilege discriminating against the other professionals. In fact, lawyers number just over 14,000. The rest of the professionals numbering a few hundred thousand are not recognized. These include academics, medical professionals, scientists, architects, economists, bankers, etc.
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It was all too predictable that that Friday Forum’s [FF] latest “sermon” should begin with sycophantic praise of the new regime. For many months I have been observing, with a cynical eye, the sermons of these right-wing preachers. I hope, dear Editor, you will permit me to air my observations, which may, however, veer away from ‘political correctness’.
Full Article Saturday, 28 March 2015 00:00
Don Titus Devendra was born on April 1, 1901 in the village of Kalegana, Galle. He was the second in a family of eight children. His parents overcame great hardship and privation to educate their sons in Richmond College, Galle whose Principal was Rev. W.J.T. Small. Among his contemporaries were former Prime Minister W. Dahanayaka and the educationist S.F. de…
Full Article Saturday, 28 March 2015 00:00
A great leader, a great visionary and the Builder of a Nation, Lee Kuan Yew’s greatest achievement was convincing the 80% Chinese majority to accept equal status with the minorities, 12% Muslim and 8 % Tamil.. All languages are spoken and taught in school but English, the world language, was declared the official language of Singapore and is the medium…
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Chronic Kidney Disease of Unknown Aetiology (CKDu) is one of the foremost challenges facing the country’s health sector. The disease, first identified in the early 1990s, is causing havoc in the country’s dry zone, killing dozens of victims every month while infecting just as many, according to...
Full Article Sunday, 08 March 2015 00:00
We have often been told that our health sector is the envy of South Asia. This is no exaggeration. Sri Lanka has a free countrywide healthcare system that reaches even the remotest areas. The country’s infant and maternal mortality rates are among the lowest in the region, thanks to the efficiency of the service and the dedication of the health...
Full Article Sunday, 08 March 2015 00:00
(Ok folks, this is applicable to all, including myself)Imagine this: 1.5 billion actors in a staged drama, based on a hybrid of forum theatre and device theatre. Each with a role to play and most, if not all, believing themselves to be in the lead. Each setting themselves up for a part that has been formulated and...
Full Article Sunday, 08 March 2015 00:00
Marriage is considered as a sacred bond between two individuals who promise to love and support each other in good times and also in bad. Yet a general question arises in today’s society in the increase in family disputes ending with a bitter divorce making the children, the innocent victims of the rift between...
Full Article Sunday, 08 March 2015 00:00
Professor KNO Dharmadasa, the present Editor in Chief of the Sinhala Encyclopedia goes down in history as mounting to date, the only direct, authoritative academic challenge to Professor Leslie Gunawardana, an ancient period historian of Sri Lanka who became a darling of certain social anthropological circuits through his “The People of the Lion: The Sinhala Identity and Ideology in History and…
Full Article Sunday, 08 March 2015 00:00
Dr. DW Devendra, now in his 99th year, is the youngest brother of my father DT Devendra. The youngest son in a family of eight, he came from a humble home in the village of Kalegana not far from Galle. Their father, determined to give his sons a better education than was available in the village school and in...
Full Article Sunday, 08 March 2015 00:00
Multiculturalism is a philosophy that respects ethnic diversity within a society and that encourages people to learn from the contributions of those diverse ethnic backgrounds. In simple words it means people that come from different walks of life, be it different religions or ethnicities, living together as one while maintaining the respect for each other’s culture. A multi cultured society…
Full Article Sunday, 08 March 2015 00:00
Sri Lanka, since colonial era, has been playing a significant part in international trade. The main reason why imperialists came to this tiny Island was its export-oriented natural resources such as spices mainly Cinnamon. Since then, exports of this nation have been primary and not value-added. It ought to be...
Full Article Sunday, 08 March 2015 00:00
Years ago Arjuna Parakrama explained a decision to dedicate a masters’ thesis to his teachers thus: ‘We tend to think that we do everything on our own, but we rarely acknowledge the immense contribution by our teachers; people often dedicate theses to our parents but they don’t remember teachers.’  What is true about students and their tendency to by-pass teachers…
Full Article Sunday, 08 March 2015 00:00
People reduce the volume of their radios and lower their voices around 5pm, everyday. That’s the time when Rev. Kenji starts beating his drum. That’s also the time when folks at Mandana Town drop in at Sakura Temple, a Japanese Monastery, for religious observances. Children go there because the priest is kind and offers...
Full Article Sunday, 08 March 2015 00:00
TruthNot in the gazeof half-closed eyesnot in postural balancenot in symmetry not in craft or craftingthe collapse of dimension...
Full Article Sunday, 08 March 2015 00:00
Newspaper readers know how important pictures accompanying articles are. The responsibility of providing these visuals falls on the photojournalist. This is why photojournalism is considered as a particular form of journalism. In addition to taking photos, some photojournalists are also responsible for editing and developing the pictures and preparing them for publication. To provide the most suitable picture for an...
Full Article Sunday, 08 March 2015 00:00
Through Udamalimboda runs Naya Ganga creating Eli Hatha (Seven Falls), a collection of seven waterfalls. The area is picturesque and serene save for the constant hum of a generator as one nears the foot of the first waterfall. On the banks of Naya Ganga, one can observe what appears to be a mini-hydro project despite no clear indication of one…
Full Article Sunday, 01 March 2015 00:00
Treasure recovered from the wreck of a merchant ship that sank off the coast of Indonesia more than 1,000 years ago has confirmed Sri Lanka as the oldest source of sapphires in the world. The 10th century cargo, described as the largest haul of treasure recovered from any South East Asian ship wreck, included 400 Ceylon sapphires, thousands of garnets…
Full Article Sunday, 01 March 2015 00:00
It is no secret that Sri Lanka is blessed with an abundance of natural beauty. One would sometimes have heard foreign tourists, who arrive in the island for the first time commenting on how surprising it is to see so much greenery closer to urban areas, even Colombo. Protecting this environment for future generations is a responsibility; not just for...
Full Article Sunday, 01 March 2015 00:00

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