Wednesday, 26th November 2014

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When I saw the Indian court premises on ‘SUN’ TV while watching the news related to the conviction of Jeyalalithaa, our courts at Aluthkade came to my mind. Our court buildings in white colors are faded along with their parapet walls and other fences giving an impression that the Ministry of Justice must be so bankrupt to give a color…
Full Article Sunday, 23 November 2014 00:00
Honored by many, the retired Principal of St Cecilia’s Girls’ College, Batticaloa was felicitated by the school locale at the valedictory ceremony organized by the School Development Committee of St Cecilia’s in a fitting manner. She had served the school for 18 years. On October 2, 2014 she completed 25 years in teaching.
Full Article Sunday, 23 November 2014 00:00
When Sheila left this world a few days ago, she left us bereft. The wonderful friendship we shared for over sixty years is now only a memory. It was in the halcyon days of the [one and only] University in the 1950s that my friend BDK, and I, saw her tripping along to ‘College’ from “Merdeka”, the home of her…
Full Article Sunday, 23 November 2014 00:00
Amidst an impending Presidential Election, Sri Lanka Muslim Congress leader Rauff Hakeem has once again come out with his earlier demand. He wants a separate administrative unit for the Muslim-majority Ampara district in the Eastern Province. This demand has not found favor with the UNP and even the Prime Minister. We don’t know the thinking of the JHU and the…
Full Article Sunday, 23 November 2014 00:00
Even before Bank of Ceylon was nationalized and People’s Bank was commenced unjust collateralizing parroting was heard from a few disappointed persons but not from persons with knowledge of banking fundamentals. Fundamental banking concepts dwell upon mobilizing customer deposits and investing such deposits in safe possible investments with institutions and with individuals and for the safety of its return,...
Full Article Sunday, 16 November 2014 00:00
On a casual visit to see a warded patient at the Kalubowila Hospital, the writer saw an unusual sight that in a female ward in most of the beds two patients were accommodated, and most them were elderly ladies. In spite of such an unhealthy and unhygienic situation, the doctors and the nurses were seen working with selfless commitment,...
Full Article Sunday, 16 November 2014 00:00
My father’s classmates, Mahinda Wijesinghe and Dr. Wickrema Weerasooria, have eloquently captured the essence of Ben Eliatamby, the lawyer and the friend in their recent dedications. It would indeed be futile for me to repeat what colleagues and friends have already articulated about his legal career or days at Royal College and Greys Inn. Thus, I write not so much...
Full Article Sunday, 16 November 2014 00:00
Mr Jayasingam, who until recently served as chairman of EB Creasy and the Lankem group of companies, passed away after a brief illness.Jayasingam, “Jasi” the eldest son of the late Professor Nadaraser, Senior lecturer and Reader in Mathematics at the University of Ceylon, had his education at Royal College and after his secondary schooling completed the B.Com Degree from the...
Full Article Sunday, 16 November 2014 00:00
Though an announcement was made sometime ago that some banks were unable to borrow on the strength of their balance sheets from foreign organizations, as such merging some of the banks were necessary. But it was not a mandatory requirement that all banks, where deem necessary, should borrow internationally. The Bill to merge DFCC, NDB Bank and DFCC Vardana Bank…
Full Article Sunday, 09 November 2014 00:00
All state-owned hospitals are overcrowded with indoor and outdoor patients and in some hospitals two persons have to be accommodated in one bed, one sitting at the edge of the lower end of the bed. This situation prevails in most major hospitals, and during my visits to see a patient I witnessed in Kalubowila hospital this as a frequent occurrence,...
Full Article Sunday, 09 November 2014 00:00
The feature article on the above subject by Aurther Wamanan in the Lens section of The Nation of September 28 caught my attention belatedly. I enjoyed his terse prose and share his sentiments expressed therein. I like to quote a first few paragraphs for the readers’ pleasure.
Full Article Sunday, 09 November 2014 00:00
It is high time that laws are enacted so as to punish the abductors, especially where children are the victims, for rigorous life imprisonment including their accomplices. To stop this increasing crime, immediate steps should be taken now itself for the enactment of harsher punishment.
Full Article Sunday, 09 November 2014 00:00
Who’re the unsung heroes in the saga of tea?Undoubtedly, the South Indian laborersSynonymous with our hill country tea plantationsPioneered during the time of British Raj.
Full Article Sunday, 09 November 2014 00:00
Uva, my UvaThe re-birth, the re-birthThe salvation; the hope; the wishesOf the boys’ club; all appointed, none electable
Full Article Sunday, 09 November 2014 00:00
M.B.Werapitiya of Kandy, a well known social worker passed away at the ripe old age of 94 after a brief illness in September 2014. He was the brother of late T.B.Werapitiya, former DIG and Security Advisor to the President. Hailing from a respectable Kandyan family he had his education at Trinity College Kandy and held very responsible posts such as…
Full Article Sunday, 09 November 2014 00:00
L.H. Mettananda guided the destinies of Ananda for over ten (10) years from November 5, 1945 to December 1955. He was a courageous, protagonist who abhorred the alien culture at the time and valued teaching of the Dhamma.Born on March 19, 1894 in the village of Kalawadumulla, Ambalangoda, he was the eldest son of L.H. Kovies de Silva, a businessman…
Full Article Sunday, 02 November 2014 00:00
October 26, 1896 was a very special day for the family at Kankanangedera of Welitara Totamuna in Balapitiya for it was right on this date that the second child of this family saw the light of day - not at this very address but in the adjoining city of Galle. On this day his parents, Solomon de Zoysa, a Notary…
Full Article Sunday, 02 November 2014 00:00
Gamini Dissanayake was a devoted and dedicated leader,In matters relating to the country, he was a frontrunner.With malice towards none; with charity for all,
Full Article Sunday, 02 November 2014 00:00
It was only just over three decades ago that our state-owned banks commenced to issue the credit card facilities to their constituents. However, the constituents of globally renowned banks and reputed financial organizations were able to use this product for their convenience for quite some time. It all depends on the option of the credit cardholder.
Full Article Sunday, 26 October 2014 00:00
A Provincial Councilor of the JVP had recently stated that while Japan had donated Rs.770 million to buy CT scanners and dialysis equipment according to the editorial of a national newspaper of October 03, 2014, only Rs.300 million had been used to buy six CT scanners and 50 dialysis machines mainly for the farmers of the North Central Province suffering…
Full Article Sunday, 26 October 2014 00:00

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