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The hymns that go with the swing, onchili varam, they plead favour from Sun and Moon: Saranai saranai Irudevi saranaayi —Saranai saranai Sanda devi saranaayi Scholars believe that the indication for veneration of the ‘Sun God’ by the Sinhala/Buddhists is only a borrowing from Hinduism. Others recognize the homage paid by the Sinhala Buddhists to Sun and Moon...
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Overwhelming reality is that human life is short, and time never waits for good things to happen. Time spent can never be recovered, and therefore the processes can never be reversed. Therefore, the scary reality is that it will be the innocent and helpless common people who would be at the receiving end. For the self-appointed almighty, it does not...
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In 1999, I did a study with the help of Dr. A.P Waidyasekara, Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist, Mohan Peris PC, and Priyantha Jayakody of the Sri Lanka Police Force to find any evidence of serial killers in the Sri Lankan Criminal history. Although we dug in to the criminal history of this country up to 1800 s, I could not find…
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It seems a case of déjà-vu for Ranil Wickremesinghe, as he finds himself leading a Sri Lankan ministry under an Executive President again. Recalling his past-life political experience this is his third stint as Prime Minister, having served earlier in 1993-94 and 2001-04.
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Chief Minister, Wigneswaran did a political stunt just before the arrival of the Indian premier with a ‘two nation’ theory. The interim (‘un-mandated’ as some describe) premier had mentioned in a different context that the chief minister was lying; this indicated the rough relations during Wickremsinghe’s recent visit to the Northern Province. Chief Minister was not present except at the…
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As usual, western media are deliberately confusing in communicating on the latest Mid-East conflict which eventually led to the recent atrocious bombing of Yemen by the US-directed Saudi alliance, including Qatar and other Gulf monarchies. They are proxies, to be sure, for their Washington masters. My heart is bleeding for Yemen, a country of warm and generous people I...
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Confederate army forces retreated from Richmond, Virginia in early April 1865 in the face of advancing Union troops many of whom were Africans. Soon the Union forces reached the last capital city of the secessionists. The Confederates set fire to large areas in the city but the African troops helped to restore order in the area.
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Winning a war or revolution, only to lose the subsequent peace, is one of the grim political truths of our time. In Iraq, a quick military victory over Saddam Hussein’s regime soon gave way to insurgency, civil war, and the rise of the murderous Islamic State. In Libya, Syria, Yemen, and elsewhere, the hopes unleashed by the Arab Spring have...
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Drawing open the curtains to what is the festive month of April in many parts of Asia and the world, on April 2, 142 students were slaughtered in Garissa University College in Kenya by al Shabab: An al Qaeda-linked Somali terrorist outfit. A statement issued by al Shabab warned Kenyans that their cities will run red with blood.
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Anything can be art, says popular metal installation artiste, Pathmal Yahampath. Recalling his final installation of his university life, Pathmal says he demonstrated this belief by converting discarded furniture into a sculpture. Pathmal was inspired by a protest in the university asking for new desks and chairs. He decided to show the injustice of such a demand through his installation.
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It is close enough so that you don’t spend too much time on the road getting there and back.  It is far enough from Colombo to make you feel you have entered a different country altogether. Sabaragamuwa is a separate province, after all.  More importantly unlike the Western, which is mostly flat, Sabaragamuwa is hilly and mostly green.
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After turning off a small road to the right near Nonagama Junction on Colombo-Hambantota (A2) road, we proceeded few hundred meters and then turned to the right hand side again and there was our destination. We were in the middle of a rare and unusual landscape of the country, known as Ussangoda.
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A medical doctor does not always find a reasonably likely cause to account for her patient’s physical complaints.  Not only at the first consultation but, in quite a few instances, after exhaustive investigations too. What is the poor doctor to do, in such cases?The different options available are not all that attractive. To admit what may be seen...
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Chandrika  Hamu, the first delusional and the first neurotic of Sri Lanka has stated that her government laid the foundation for the war to escalate by feigning ignorance and allowing the LTTE to rebuild after suffering heavy losses. "So, in real terms if not for me, there wouldn't have been a war to be won! It's damned unfair that...
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This is a dream I really have to share with you.  It must have been about an hour after I went to bed.  All of a sudden there I was with a file in hand standing before the newly appointed bribery ma’am. ‘Amdan, what are you doing here?’ she asked, welcoming me warmly. She was curious about the contents of...
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I’m hearing some disgruntled voices.  They are not happy with things.  They don’t like some stuff and they complain about stuff not done.  They are raising questions about appointments.  Raising eyebrows over decisions taken by the Central Bank Governor which helped his son-in-law get a massive Avurudu Bonus two months early and just six weeks into ‘Maithripalanaya’. 
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He was known best as a translator.  An excellent translator.  His skill with words, for the most part, will be assessed in terms of what he did with texts authored by other people to make them accessible to a people those authors never encountered.  And yet, Pasan Kodikara will be remembered as much for his ways as for his way…
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He is thin.  His fingers are like rulers.  So too are his feet.  His face is small and from it falls a long beard reaching halfway down his body.  His hair competes for length along his spine, falling in unkempt rolls.  He wears branded long sleeved shirts laundered and ironed by a well-known laundry such as Ceylon Cleaners.
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Considering the drama quantity of original theatre- especially English theatre, that audiences have when satisfying their aesthetic needs and also the incapacity of the profession to stand up on its own, (most are sustained by NGOs and State aid programs) I have always found my visit to the theatre an intellectual process rather than a form of indulgence.
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Society consists of multiple social groups, norms, behaviors, cultures, and religions that are interrelated and interdependent on each other and come together to help the overall functioning of society as a whole. Therefore, it is only natural to see individuals and social groups interacting with each other, creating and sustaining relationships within the larger context.
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