Thursday, 23rd October 2014

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Gamini Dissanayake was assassinated along with many other UNP stalwarts by a LTTE suicide bomber just before the conclusion of a Presidential election campaign meeting at Thotalanga. His tragic death shattered all hopes and thwarted people’s dream and aspirations of their charismatic and caring leader becoming the President of the country which was inevitable...
Full Article Sunday, 19 October 2014 00:00
Deepavali highly religious occasion symbolizing triumph of good over evil,Nearly eight hundred million Hindus world over celebrate Deepavali festival.Purely religious festival with a sense of jubilation ’n’ togetherness,To ward off darkness of evil to welcome light of fortune prosperity ’n’ happiness.
Full Article Sunday, 19 October 2014 00:00
The Central Bank decision to force upon the banks to reduce their lending rates is primarily based on the assumption that the cost of bank borrowing is high due to the prevailing rates of interest, and thus the demand for bank funds for economic development were low. Those engage in bank lending are aware that those seeking bank funds would...
Full Article Sunday, 19 October 2014 00:00
These days, government schools are processing applications to finalize the January 2015 intake for grade 1. An integral component of the process is an interview, where most schools still ‘request’ parents for ‘donations’ in spite of a directive by the Ministry of Education (MoE) that parents should not be ‘requested’ for ‘donations’ at the point of entering a child to…
Full Article Sunday, 12 October 2014 00:00
The International Film Festival (IFF) organized by Sri Lanka Film Directors (Guild) for the first time, which started with high spirits together with the participation of an inquisitive audience, that included distinguished and eminent personalities as well, concluded on 02.09.2014 with great success. It was free of charge, thanks to the organizers. Chairman, Film Corporation, sincerely played a prominent role...
Full Article Sunday, 12 October 2014 00:00
On re-reading my essay on “Sri Pada’s Amazing Chains” [in ‘Fiery Finale’], it struck me that I had made no mention of the ancient Sinhalese engineers and craftsmen who constructed and installed these chains on the forbidding slopes of the Holy Mountain during the reign of Parakramabahu the Great. This little or never recognized masterpiece of ancient Sinhala engineering...
Full Article Sunday, 12 October 2014 00:00
Last week I had to drive my bike along School Lane, Dematagoda to reach Maligawatte around 8pm. When entering the railway bridge area, it was dark and the road seemed to be totally full of deep potholes filled with rain water. I slowed my bike and felt as if I was on a horse back galloping myself due to those…
Full Article Sunday, 12 October 2014 00:00
The ruling clan and its media may boast that they have retained the Uva Province and everything is hunky dory, but the fact remains in their heart of hearts that they expected a much better performance. It has taken the voters in the smallest and backward province to handout a small warning to say that the masses are not asses...
Full Article Sunday, 05 October 2014 00:00
The Floating Market (FM) specially made me float with great satisfaction as those who visit this area are now not compelled to eat totally unhygienic food items that had been prepared in this vicinity. But in the other undemolished part I saw rotten vegetables, overflowing odoros drain water and other wastes in which mosquitoes and flies multiplying themselves.
Full Article Sunday, 05 October 2014 00:00
There are many professionals in the country who are excellent in their professional work but it is far more important when a professional pass down his experience and knowledge to younger generations for continuity and advancement of scholarship for posterity. Further to Sirinimal Lakdusinghe’s contribution to South Asian Scholarship, Professionalism, policy development and administration,
Full Article Sunday, 05 October 2014 00:00
The interest in supplementary reading of books by students is low is the general observation and was also the observation of Mrs. Jezima Ismail, former Principal of Muslim Ladies College. The reading habit is completely gone because of computers, phones and other gadgets as expressed in a national daily interview [06.08.14] and one of the causes is mainly due to...
Full Article Sunday, 05 October 2014 00:00
I had to keep my fingers crossed, whether this article can actually make a change to better lives of children? During the past six months we doubt, whether our children live in a safer or more secure environment? Some incidents that took place in our country, where our children are faced with unbelievable situations are given...
Full Article Sunday, 28 September 2014 00:00
When you ask people in Estonia about Sri Lanka, what would be the first thing they say? Ceylon tea, nice sunshine and sandy beaches, cinnamon, most probably. When you ask people in Sri Lanka about Estonia, what would they say? - A small, open-minded, tech-savvy country in the Northern Europe. This is what I hope people in Sri Lanka would…
Full Article Sunday, 28 September 2014 00:00
In recent times, mostly staff paid by the State has been engaging in frequent strikes, depriving the citizens of their due rights to services from state-owned organizations. Tagore in an address on ‘ Nationalism in the West’ had said, “what is the meaning of these strikes in the economic world, which like the prickly shrubs...
Full Article Sunday, 28 September 2014 00:00
Professor Siri Hettige in all his thought-provoking regular articles attempts to educate the public of the true positions on many topics mainly relating to our country. In his recent article in a daily national newspaper of July 28, 2014 he writes, “Declining labor supplies in rural areas has become a major obstacle to the development of the rural economy.
Full Article Sunday, 28 September 2014 00:00
In Colombo 13, there is a road which had a ‘No Entry’ road sign board about a decade ago. Thereby, it became a popular ‘one-way’ road. However, the board is no more and I think it must have been either removed by the authorities (CMC or Police) for some good reason or by a ‘kudu’ fellow and sold it.
Full Article Sunday, 28 September 2014 00:00
Come elections times, politicos from whatever party, start their game plan of violations of the election law come what may. During the nomination day there was news both the UNP and UPFA launching processions and vehicle parades after handing over nominations. When a Deputy Commissioner attempted to stop this, he was threatened. Badulla District UPFA MP and his...
Full Article Sunday, 21 September 2014 00:00
In trying to justify interest rates downward trend, at a People’s Bank function, the Head of the Central Bank had said, “Senior citizens should look towards diversifying their income streams instead of depending on interest payments from deposits in banks or financial institutions,” Senior citizens are mostly over sixty years, and will always be in search of risk-free investments.
Full Article Sunday, 21 September 2014 00:00
Newspapers and TV news revealed that the Jathika Sangha Sammelanya (JSS) attempted to disrupt a workshop of the Ceylon Tobacco Company, and though the JSS intentions are to discourage the smoking habit mainly of schoolchildren, but without disrupting such business meetings JSS, all Bhikkhus and other similar organizations and members of all other religious denominations should, when...
Full Article Sunday, 21 September 2014 00:00
Many a letter appeared in the newspapers expressing the grievances of the old pensioners. They are clamoring for a revision of their pensions to be on par with that of the public servants who retired in and after the year 2006. It is not because of lack of “Muditha” on their part but because of the hardships they undergo...
Full Article Sunday, 21 September 2014 00:00

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