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In a day and age, where human beings are quick to point out the mistakes and shortcomings of others and unscrupulous elements trying to fuel communal violence amongst citizens of this beautiful country, I would like to share an experience that has left me humbled for the rest of my life.On Thursday, June 12, 2014, my wife...
Full Article Sunday, 27 July 2014 00:00
Soon after the fall of the Sinhala Kingdom in 1815 the British plundered as ‘spoils of war’ our Royal treasures and spirited them away to England. The most valuable of these treasures were the throne of the King of Tri Sinhale, his royal crown and golden ceremonial sword. The throne was installed in Windsor Castle and, as oral history has…
Full Article Sunday, 27 July 2014 00:00
Now over eighty years of age, recalls during very young schoolboy days mother picking flowers from home-grown trees, specially white flowers, including Pichchamal, and at the Bodhiya or Pansala sprinkling clean water filtered with the aid of a small cloth and visiting as frequently as possible to offer uncrushed, unsoiled, fresh flowers.
Full Article Sunday, 27 July 2014 00:00
Father was born in the old Dutch-style house at the top of the rise opposite Ananda College on the road to Maligakanda. He was the youngest; some of his older siblings had been born there too. There were six of them, four brothers, two sisters. The two oldest had been born at grandfather’s ancestral home, a fortress-like structure in Tumbovila,…
Full Article Sunday, 27 July 2014 00:00
Men of any community and of any religion are liable to make mistakes, grave offences and criminal activities too. Whether they are laymen or clergies their feelings include that of tolerance or annoyance. So their good or bad actions depend on their qualities. The root cause for the clash at Aluthgama was, as it is said, that due to a...
Full Article Sunday, 13 July 2014 00:00
During a bygone era before politicization of the Government Service all appointments to the state-owned institutions were made subsequent to conducting examinations after announcing the eligibility criteria in newspapers and in the Government Gazette. The General Clerical Service and Ceylon Civil Service, were two noteworthy examinations and several other examinations were conducted for the selection of Public Health Inspectors,...
Full Article Sunday, 13 July 2014 00:00
There is no smoke without fire. Newton’s third law (however in a different context) speaks of every action has an equal and opposite reaction. The seed of tension was planted on the Poson Poya day when three youths got involved in a verbal duel with a monk and his driver, it was alleged. They were taken into custody. This episode...
Full Article Sunday, 06 July 2014 00:00
In recent times, in the Central Province a few decisions had been taken to satisfy the whims of a ministerial political leader not caring for the thoughts of the urban council managed by members of the Government political party. A land was assigned to a school for their playing field by the Head of State to satisfy the ministerial political...
Full Article Sunday, 06 July 2014 00:00
I am both irritated and amused by the weekly ‘sermons’ piously issued by a group of holier-than-thou “intellectuals”. I wonder whether I am the only reader who has bothered to check on the credentials of the latter-day-saints. It is more than strange that many of these preachers, to us poor dopes in Sri Lanka on how to...
Full Article Sunday, 06 July 2014 00:00
Cherished name ‘n fame from eighteen to ninety-three in field of educationHumane qualities, noble profession for seventy-five years worthy of emulationAdorable legend in your time versatile in Latin, French, German, English, Mathematics ‘n moreRichmondite old under popular Rev. Small in Galle, never known a single foe.
Full Article Sunday, 06 July 2014 00:00
Fifty brief years were all that her Karma permitted Sepalika to brighten the lives of her family, friends, and colleagues. Her life mirrored the sad prophecy of the name her parents gave her – the sweet smelling, but short lived, ‘sepalika’ blossom. She grew up in Mawanella, in the bosom of a loving mother, sadly widowed in her youth. An…
Full Article Sunday, 06 July 2014 00:00
One year and three days have gone.From the day that you were gone.Why you took off so suddenly is still a puzzle.You were cared for and loved by all, you were never a hassle.
Full Article Sunday, 06 July 2014 00:00
Rajapaksa regime’s presumption that people are with them is a grave mistake just gauging the electoral vote.  Pulse of the nation indicates most people are disgusted with this regime.  People are angry, monks are angry and they are helpless being a minority. Our ancient capitol city and probably the future symbolic capitol city Anuradhapura has come under plundering hands of…
Full Article Sunday, 29 June 2014 00:00
The recent unfortunate incidents which took place in Aluthgama are a continuation of series of unenviable conflicts among some sections of theSinhalese and the Muslim community for the last so many years. When one section resorts to the visible extremist tactics to gain their ends, the other section follows the crafty, but very effective covert methods to achieve their objectives.
Full Article Sunday, 29 June 2014 00:00
It is indeed unfortunate that the authorities concerned do not appear to sympathize with the thousands of schoolchildren who are very much inconvenienced when roads get flooded particularly near schools. Whilst carrying a large number of books or school bags, they are compelled often to tread on muddy water. With motorists driving on the water the splashing soils uniforms.
Full Article Sunday, 29 June 2014 00:00
The world witnessed the simple swearing in of the BJP Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi who towers over the rest with his simplicity and humility. Devoid of pomp and pageantry, the strongman of Gujarat conveys that simplicity is the spice of political office. Opting for a small Cabinet of 44 ministers, he means small is beautiful. This should be the…
Full Article Sunday, 29 June 2014 00:00
The fact that the governing and policy framework are understood, by local and external, to be shaped more by local actors than external actors to demonstrate the power of the good governess and rule of law development and transparency process of the post-war condition in Sri Lanka. Unfortunately, this has been in large part down to the political...
Full Article Sunday, 22 June 2014 00:00
Editor in a national newspaper in his editorial on ‘Press Release Diplomacy Puts Lanka in a Mess’, has in his customarily clear facts revealing manner revealed that rulers desiring continuation of survival power could sacrifice the national unity. Minister and House Leader gave expression to the stand SL should take, “no one could dictate terms to Sri Lanka”.
Full Article Sunday, 22 June 2014 00:00
In the years 2007 and 2008, Jayalalithaa, the leading lady from South India was very vociferous in her condemnation of the LTTE, which fought a bloody war, firmly convinced its brutal and bloody path would not win Eelam for the peace loving Tamils who suffered immensely under his jackboot. She observed that she was the only Chief Minister against Lanka’s…
Full Article Sunday, 22 June 2014 00:00
The late Professor Senaka Bibile, a specialist in pharmacology with socialist leanings was the originator of the State Pharmaceutical Corporation. If I remember right, it was during the governance of the late S.W.R.D Bandaranaike and late Srimavo Bandaranaike that efforts were made to nationalize business and do away with private holdings by foreigners who spirited out to...
Full Article Sunday, 22 June 2014 00:00

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