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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
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…
Full Article Saturday, 28 March 2015 00:00
This is a fervent appeal to the present government of Sri Lanka to continue building more roads. There are so much of vehicles on the roads that these roads are not built to meet the free flow of traffic without congestions.  More highways and flyovers are needed to keep the wheels of vehicles rolling at a brisk speed. This is…
Full Article Sunday, 01 March 2015 00:00
The 147th birth anniversary of Sir Baron Jayatilaka, former Leader of the State Council and Minister of Home Affairs as well as the first President of the Colombo YMBA, was on Friday the February 13th. Lawyer, Statesman, Educationist, Diplomat, Oriental and Buddhist scholar, he was born in 1868. The eldest male child of Don Daniel Jayatilaka, a government servant, he…
Full Article Sunday, 01 March 2015 00:00
The same day, which we had our presidential election, I received a news (by 15:24 hours) that Prominent Senior Lawyer SL Gunasekara had passed away at the age of 71 at his residence in Colombo. He was such a patriot he always thought about Mother Sri Lanka and always stood with the country. Still it is too early for us…
Full Article Sunday, 01 March 2015 00:00
The President and Mayor deserve praise for restoring the name of Ananda Coomaraswamy Mawatha. I hope they will look a bit further south towards the road once called Thimbirigasyaya – now foolishly named after a trade unionist [yet alive]. My protest about this went unheeded.
Full Article Sunday, 01 March 2015 00:00
The opening of a few roads for vehicle movements in the vicinity of the President’s House on the instruction of Public Security, Christian Affairs and Disaster Management Minister John Amaratunge is a great solace to the public. Thank you Mr. Minister. It was a great blunder on the part of those who kept these roads closed for so many years...
Full Article Sunday, 22 February 2015 00:00
As someone, who detested the former regime and voted for a change on 8th January, my critical thoughts on the current regime, a month after the historic election. Some steps in the right direction (I refuse to say “genuine”, which is almost polar opposite to “politician”), but performance in general is inconsistent and not to my expectations. I als...
Full Article Sunday, 22 February 2015 00:00
“Write one’s name on sand, and the waves may wash it away, Write one’s name on the air and the wind may blow it away, But write one’s name in the hearts of people, who care, And that’s where it’ll stay forever.”
Full Article Sunday, 22 February 2015 00:00
Deputy Minister Ranjan Ramayake recently raiding a Buddhist Meditation Center at Kadawatha raises two serious issues – one legal and the other ethical.Can a politician enter the premises of a religious or commercial establishment on the pretext of searching it (with or without the police) without a court order? Should not Ramanayake being a Christian, have consulted Buddha Sasana Minister...
Full Article Sunday, 22 February 2015 00:00
To some you are but a name, To others, the memory of a loving friend To me you are a part of me, my life, my everything Without you by me, my world will never be the same.
Full Article Sunday, 22 February 2015 00:00
I carry a disability for the last 45 years, but it has not been an obstacle for me to forge ahead in my chosen field, sports, social and welfare activities in Kotte and its environs.I joined the Nugegoda District Football League in 1970 formed by the late DIG Ivor DN Vantwest in 1952, posted by the police to Mirihana Division…
Full Article Sunday, 08 February 2015 00:00

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