Tuesday, 27th January 2015

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I together with my son, daughter and their families stayed at a hotel in Bentota for ten days. I commend the management heartily on a well-run and extremely customer-friendly establishment. On the last as we were preparing to check-out, a young coconut from a tree growing in the courtyard, a step outside the reception area, fell on my 13-year old…
Full Article Sunday, 11 January 2015 00:00
These days the most strident and vociferous election cry we hear often is that the LTTE is regrouping again in various parts of the world in order to set up a separate state in the North and East of Sri Lanka, while some Western countries are abetting this endeavor.
Full Article Sunday, 11 January 2015 00:00
In this world of modern technology accidents do happen due to carelessness which could be avoided if one is careful. Do be very cautious as these could be prevented. A group of friends sits on a round table enjoying drinks and bites such as cashew, peanuts and mixture. The table goes round for all to taste a little of everything.
Full Article Sunday, 11 January 2015 00:00
My grandmother, who hailed from the Ponsuge Tisseras and married into the Sinhabahu family, was truly a grand lady. She was grand not because of her lineage or the surnames she bore but because she was grand in heart. The care and wisdom she bestowed on people she met was grand, enormous if you will. She truly touched every person…
Full Article Sunday, 11 January 2015 00:00
When elections are to come, various astrologers predict different results both for politicians individually and for their parties as well. Mostly individuals are assured of their victory but as seen they have been an utter failure. Among the astrologers there are two other groups who take pride in their prediction if the case is only of two matters.
Full Article Sunday, 04 January 2015 00:00
Taking lessons from the executive presidents, one cannot say any newcomer will vouch to abolish it, because the ‘taste’ and the ‘power’ is such. Anyway, the whole country should be very grateful to President Rajapaksa for having pulverized terrorism and saved the life of our people.
Full Article Sunday, 04 January 2015 00:00
It is now three years since my cousin Roy Paul Raj passed. He was a legend in his own time leaving a rich legacy behind holding on to high traditions and rich heritage of the Paul Raj’s family of Kandy fame. Having moved very closely with my first cousin, I am privileged to pen an ode to Roy.
Full Article Sunday, 04 January 2015 00:00
Paraparan was my best friend, even though I am a Sinhalese and he was a Tamil. Race difference was no barrier for our friendship. We joined People’s Bank together, studied for banking Diploma together and obtained the AIB, read for MBA at the University of Colombo and sat for CIMA exams together. On December 23rd, 2004, we were supposed to…
Full Article Sunday, 04 January 2015 00:00
To be centurion – missed three years David a descendant of AbrahamDavid the Clerk with high integrityDavid the most fertile–bearing nine children
Full Article Sunday, 04 January 2015 00:00
As per Holy Bible, Mattew,5:9, “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.” Once again Sri Lankans have got an oppurtunity to elect their Head of the State by exercising their voting rights. Apparently, there are two contenders for the post, one is incumbent President and the other is former general secretary of the ruling party,…
Full Article Sunday, 21 December 2014 00:00
The color light signals were installed opposite the Lake House weeks before the CHOGM. Now even mid-December has past but still those lights are not functioning. This was brought to the notice of the CMC by publication of two letters in The Nation on 01.06.2014 and 03.08 2014 but of what use? What has really gone wrong is not known…
Full Article Sunday, 21 December 2014 00:00
Narasimhan Sadasivan, ‘Sada’ to many, passed on Tuesday, December 09, 2014 after a futile battle against kidney disease and ischemic heart in Chennai. He was born on January, 25, 1947. Sada hailed from a distinguished family. His grandfather, Shankar Iyer, was the original immigrant to Ceylon post-WW1, and, with Unilver buying out his flourishing business, became its island-wide sole distributor.…
Full Article Sunday, 21 December 2014 00:00
50 years of service in any sector is admirable, but a man who has dedicated 50 years of his life to preserving and enhancing the rule of law has to be highly commended. On November 20. 2014, a special event was held at No. 9, Bedford Row in London to pay tribute to Fritz Kodagoda and his numerous accomplishments both…
Full Article Sunday, 21 December 2014 00:00
As another academic year comes to an end, it is apt to reflect on the significance of the role of the teacher and seeking ways to upgrade the quality of teaching knowing the influence that the teacher has in the formation of the character of the future generation. The principal of a leading school in Kandy invited me to make...
Full Article Sunday, 14 December 2014 00:00
I saw the article "Vehicle carrier kills pregnant teacher" by Madura, Ranwala on December 3, 2014. While this teacher is a pedestrian, a car carrying you or your/my loved ones would have had the same fate just as this poor soul due to a sleeping driver. Sri Lanka should wake up to the reality that unless victims go after and…
Full Article Sunday, 14 December 2014 00:00
This young brainiac knows her science. Year 8 Keilor Downs College student Tharudini Dandeniya was celebrating last week as equal-top scorer in an international Big Science competition. More than 49,000 students at 660 secondary schools across Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong, Iran and Switzerland – including 96 Keilor Downs College students – took part earlier this...
Full Article Sunday, 14 December 2014 00:00
Snowden, the whistleblower announces that he has discovered the following draft of a GTF document:  “Vote of Thanks 9/1/2015 On behalf of the Global Tamil Forum I extend my sincerest thanks to the parties and persons listed below for ensuring the victory of our puppet Maitripala and the arrest and incarceration of Mahinda R [pending deportation to the ICC in…
Full Article Sunday, 14 December 2014 00:00
The year 1815 is historically significant. It was a coup year. The year 2015, according to some, can also be seen as a moment when a coup might take place. They could argue that history is repeating itself. There is a western conspiracy - 1815 it was British and in 2015 it is US and some European. Shown reason -…
Full Article Sunday, 14 December 2014 00:00
Rohan R. Wasala’s article (The Nation of October19, 2014) on the above topic, while refreshing the minds of older generations, has made the young mostly of the senior schools to read the article, provided the teachers prompt them to read for the value of its contents. For the benefit of the enthusiastic readers a few additional quotes from two books…
Full Article Sunday, 07 December 2014 00:00
“He who believes me though he were dead, yet shall he live and he who believes me shall never die”. This saying by Jesus Christ came to my memory when I was thinking of the 88th Birth Anniversary of Sri Sathya Sai Baba which fell on November 23, 2014.Swami is an unforgettable deity due to the great service done to…
Full Article Sunday, 07 December 2014 00:00

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