Sunday, 21st December 2014

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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
Two administrative requirements, viz. the need to have one’s name registered in the current polls register and be the holder of a valid identity card have been made compulsory for voting purposes at the forthcoming elections. Apparently, these two requirements are imposed to prevent voting by a non-citizen and/or the same person voting for...
Full Article Sunday, 07 December 2014 00:00
It was news that the President has promised to offer free pilgrimages to those of the Islamic Faith, who are financially not capable of going on a pilgrimage to the Great Mosque in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, the holiest city of the Islamic Faith, at least once in a lifetime. A very laudable proposition, no doubt.However, in our country there are...
Full Article Sunday, 07 December 2014 00:00
Retired Chief Justice Sarath Nanda Silva (SNS) has made a public apology for an erroneous judicial verdict delivered by him, that cleared the path “to a person” to became the President of the Republic in 2005 and continue to-date.This is no surprise as SNS has made the same pronouncement earlier, that “…...….. this person would not have either been able…
Full Article Sunday, 07 December 2014 00:00
It is surprising to note the arrogant defiance of Ravi Karunanayake, MP to walk on to the sacred Bo Maluwa wearing shoes: http://www.sundaytimes.lk/news/maithripala-sirisena-visits-kotte-sri-naga-viharaya.html If Minister Ekanayake’s disjointed soles of his white shoes created such a splash, this should surely create a relevant furor among the masses! Even the Most Holy
Full Article Sunday, 07 December 2014 00:00
There has been a lot of concern from patients on the fee charged by doctors and hospitals for consultation and channel services. But, I realized today that there are doctors who maintain a very reasonable fee whilst offering a professional, courteous and humane consultation. However, what floored me was that the total fee charged by the hospital and the online...
Full Article Sunday, 07 December 2014 00:00
I read that there may be elections around the corner. As an émigré I marvel at the incredible changes in infrastructure development in Sri Lanka since the war ended. It is fascinating to come back once in a while to see how things have changed over time. Hope the nation will have lasting peace.
Full Article Sunday, 30 November 2014 00:00
It was news that the President has promised to offer free pilgrimages to those of the Islamic Faith, who are financially not capable of going on a pilgrimage to the Great Mosque in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, the holiest city of the Islamic Faith, at least once in a lifetime. A very laudable proposition, no doubt.
Full Article Sunday, 30 November 2014 00:00
Relief measures meted out to elders in the Budget are appreciable. I myself am an old pensioner. We as a group were having a difficult time undergoing a lot of hardships. Even in selecting food items our main concern was affordability. Constituents of our meals were cheapest varieties of rice and vegetables. Green leaves looked after the nutritional component.
Full Article Sunday, 30 November 2014 00:00
The news on the unexpected demise of ‘Kasuri’ Aiyya (Karunadasa Suriyarachchi), came as a shock, particularly to journalistic fraternity and his associates, because he was regarded as one of the most few living legends in contemporary Sinhala journalism and also as someone who could correctly fathom out the pulses of the common masses, to whom he has been serving for…
Full Article Sunday, 30 November 2014 00:00

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