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Letters and appointments

We, Buddhists, are grateful to the Asgiriya Mahanayake for protesting to the President against the humiliation of the Diyawadana Nilame by, now infamous, the FCID. Two hundred years ago, the British rulers solemnly swore to protect the religion of the ‘Boodhoo’. We never imagined that independent Sri Lanka would spit on this undertaking.
Full Article Saturday, 16 May 2015 00:00
We write this to General Secretary of UNP, Kabir Hashim on behalf of the majority of Sri Lankan Muslims who traditionally support the UNP. At the outset let me state a few well established facts.
Full Article Saturday, 16 May 2015 00:00
Kenneth Abeywickrama was born in Kandy to a well known and philanthropic Baddegama family in the South. He schooled at Royal College in Colombo, was a reserve Lieutenant Colonel in the SL Army Service Corps (Volunteers) from 1962 -1982, retiring after being the 21st Commanding Officer from 1977 to 1982. He was a senior manager at Unilevers, Chairman phenomenal State…
Full Article Saturday, 16 May 2015 00:00
The earliest sportsmen who brought honor to Galle were mainly cricketers. There are several of them who did much for cricket and especially to cricket of the South. Among them Douglas Dias Wikramanayake Jayasinha – affectionately known as “DD”, stands out as the first Southerner to play for the All Ceylon team at a time when the team was made…
Full Article Saturday, 16 May 2015 00:00
The past few months has seen the dismantling or reduction of several High Security Zones and Defence Establishments in the North and East of Sri Lanka. What is more, these have been proudly announced to the foreign and local media by government ministers and high ranking officials.
Full Article Saturday, 09 May 2015 00:00
I decided to write this appreciation for my worthy student of the NCMC. Dr. Samaranayaka, a tall handsome perfect gentleman with a clean shaven head and face with an endearing personality.He had his primary education at St Peter’s College Colombo where he did brilliantly and was appointed the Head Prefect, Games Captain, President of the Drama and Debating Society and…
Full Article Saturday, 09 May 2015 00:00
A few days ago we saw on TV news a motorbike rider riding in a lightning speeding killing a schoolboy on the spot. The victim may be wrong in crossing the road without looking either side of the road. But if the rider had been on a moderate speed the life could have been saved. Speeding has become a menace…
Full Article Saturday, 09 May 2015 00:00
I fail to understand the fuss claiming that the Lion Flag minus stripes is an insult to the “National Flag”.Let me remind all concerned that this uncluttered Lion Flag was the national flag hoisted by Prime Minister D.S.Senanayake at Independence Square on February 4, 1948. I witnessed the heart warming ceremony.
Full Article Saturday, 09 May 2015 00:00
The 22nd Lane, Kollupitiya, situated opposite Cinnamon Grand Hotel on the sea side, is a narrow road on which two vehicles could hardly pass each other, which could be assessed by the police officers and CMC authorities who visit the place.There are no street lights and road is in darkness at night though just over three months back the road...
Full Article Saturday, 25 April 2015 00:00
Our beautiful country was redeemed with the greatest of difficulties from the vestiges of imminent devastation, murder, plunder and pillage. Marxists, who supported the previous presidency for their personal advantages, are now feeling the pinch of their aggrandizement and their inability to continue with their felonious lifestyle are doing everything and anything in their power to harass and...
Full Article Saturday, 25 April 2015 00:00
Dear Mr. President, the people voted you into power to eradicate and root out those responsible for the devastation of our beloved country – and the chief architect of such devastation engineered by the so-called MR (Mahinda Rajapaksa), his siblings and his putrefied henchmen by way of robbing the country’s wealth in billions and trillions; by assassination of respectable citizens…
Full Article Saturday, 25 April 2015 00:00
There are about 12 varieties of lotteries under different names to fill the coffers of the treasury. These lottery tickets are mostly purchased by the poor and the middle class. They are not expecting to win millions but a couple of lakhs, though the initial prize starts with a million. But that opportunity is not given at all as the…
Full Article Saturday, 25 April 2015 00:00
We refer to the Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe’s recent interview with The Australian (23/2/2015) criticizing the Australian Government’s policy of allowing Sri Lanka to handle its internal issues without foreign intervention.In this interview Wickremesinghe has criticized Australia, along with other nations that had backed Sri Lanka’s move to establish its own domestic instrumentalities to resolve the human...
Full Article Saturday, 11 April 2015 00:00
 A Sri Lankan Buddhist prelate has extended an invitation to the Dalai Lama to visit Sri Lanka. There were media reports to the effect that the Government may not give the green light for the visit.A Dalai Lama is the head of the Tibetan Buddhist Order. Born in Tibet in 1935, having been recognized and selected to be Dalai Lama…
Full Article Saturday, 11 April 2015 00:00
We learn from the media that moves are afoot to increase the number of seats in the Parliament from the present 225 to 250. At the outset, we as members of the civil society and taxpayers who foot the already astounding costs of our political machinery, reject such a deplorable move hatched in the womb of sheer political expediency.
Full Article Saturday, 11 April 2015 00:00
It was reported in the press that the driver of a bus carrying around 65 schoolchildren had sped through the level crossing despite the gate being closed.The driver of the train had meanwhile done his best to slow the train to avoid the accident. Had it crashed, the whole nation would have been plunged into sorrow as several children would…
Full Article Saturday, 11 April 2015 00:00
The present efforts directed at amending the Constitution by clipping off the wings of the Executive Presidency are entirely without merit, for constitution-making is not all about law since it has its links with political science as well.It is completely absurd to think that the Executive Presidency has given rise to the constitutional excesses eroding democratic values.
Full Article Saturday, 11 April 2015 00:00
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...
Full Article Saturday, 28 March 2015 00:00
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.
Full Article Saturday, 28 March 2015 00:00
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

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