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He was quiet, most times.  Courteous but quiet.  The only time he was not quiet was when he sang.  The man could sing. And sing and sing.  He could not be stopped and he would not stop.  He sang long after the alcohol was consumer and after the alcohol had consumed the consumers.  Late into the night.  I was one...
Full Article Sunday, 20 April 2014 00:00
After a 30- year   bloodletting and devastation, one important step proposed  to build ethnic  harmony among all the communities  living  in  the country, the singing of  the National Anthem both in Sinhala and Tamil,  ran  into  rough and turbulent seas and now almost gone  into thin air.I feel that we should   commence this with simpler endeavors.
Full Article Sunday, 20 April 2014 00:00
Where is the sound and the fury from the vocal human rights campaigners to the travesty of justice in Egypt where 529 people have been sentenced to death after a two-day trial and without any opportunity to defend themselves? And where Australian journalist Peter Greste is being put through a farcical trial?If such a thing occurred in Sri Lanka, the...
Full Article Sunday, 20 April 2014 00:00
May I know how you came to this decision? - Was it the Parliamentary Committee meeting that was chaired by Mr. Scott Reid. In which none of the Sinhalese were present. But only the Tamils with motives of separating Sri Lanka were invited. All who participated in that were bias against Sri Lanka. And for those of us who opposed,...
Full Article Sunday, 20 April 2014 00:00
It is unimaginable that Britain one time a much respected world power has today begun to be looked down upon by the very nations that comprised a large number of countries called the British Empire over which geographically the sun never set. In almost all these countries innumerable atrocities were committed to terrorize the ‘subjects’...
Full Article Sunday, 06 April 2014 00:00
Although we are not experts on International issues, is there a possibility that the Anglo Saxon sponsored resolution against Sri Lanka be defeated at the UN Security Council if Russia and China, (our true friends) use their veto powers?The stupidity of this government is their inability to address issues on case by case basis, due to lack of wise leadership.
Full Article Sunday, 06 April 2014 00:00
As residents in Colombo city we (I take the liberty in thinking the majority citizens are with me when I say this) are appreciative of the efforts taken to beautify the city, the regular cleaning of the city streets of the garbage, providing safe and all lit up walkways for those exercise walks, minimizing beggar populations, police patrolling the streets,...
Full Article Sunday, 06 April 2014 00:00
There was news in the media that the government is going ahead to build a large prison in the Hambantota district with all modern facilities with a gymnasium and a swimming pool to boot. When you think of prisons in our country, Welikada comes to our minds for the riots that were seen in recent times. There are also...
Full Article Sunday, 06 April 2014 00:00
Dunstan Fernando was one of our teachers during the 1950s at Richmond College. He married Chinthamani who studied at Southlands, Galle and taught at Southlands during the time my sister Viola was teaching when the Principal was Miss Ridge. Dunstan Fernando, I remember him as a teacher who was a very strict disciplinarian and I vividly remember him punishing and...
Full Article Sunday, 06 April 2014 00:00
Development concepts and initiatives vary from a country to country, in keeping with the society’s needs and the different aspects of development. Deyata Kirula has developed into a national development exhibition and a programed on people development focusing mainly on young skilled entrepreneurs to commence manufacturing and processing units. But for a long time any new ventures being commenced are...
Full Article Sunday, 30 March 2014 00:00
Those who hate music are good only for treason sharing spoils and stratagem. Basil Wickramasooriya became chorister when the Church of Our Lady perpetual help was confined to a small shed about fifty years ago. Under the guidance of several parish priests the church and the choir developed little by little and blossomed to what it is tody.
Full Article Sunday, 30 March 2014 00:00
The election fevers for the two provincial councils have gathered momentum. These councils as a result of the 1987 Indo-Lanka accord are white elephants, draining the taxpayer’s money. When the elections were held for the first time, some boycotted it because they opposed these councils. Today, it is a different story. Every party is eager to contest and part takes…
Full Article Sunday, 30 March 2014 00:00
His death cannot be compared to the death of an ordinary politician. From him we learnt that party politics is very narrow and limited.His father was a minister and politician, and also a poet. He too became a politician but not a poet.Nevertheless, he had in him the sensitivity and humanness of a poet and this was embodied in his…
Full Article Sunday, 30 March 2014 00:00
Both Chandra and Rita enjoyed life to the fullest and their life centered on helping many relations, friends and the poor not excluding the villagers of Kalahe. Rita has been a very faithful wife. An excellent sister-in-law to us. She blended very well with the “de Alwis” clan. Rita and Chandra when they were in their young days...
Full Article Sunday, 30 March 2014 00:00
The International Cricket Council’s attempt to create a Super-power coterie is a virtual bombshell that has given the jitters to the cricketing world. But the remaining six first line countries S. Africa, West Indies, Pakistan, Zimbabwe, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka counting N. Zealand out, need not panic. There are several other cricket playing countries strongly contending to enter the world...
Full Article Sunday, 23 March 2014 00:00
On behalf of the many thousands, who purchase these tickets spending hundreds trying their luck in whatever possible way, I wish to draw the attention of the officers of the Development Lottery Board to the following injustice witnessed by me.On Monday, February 10, the lady who appeared on the recorded program doing the Tamil translation (in a green saree)...
Full Article Sunday, 23 March 2014 00:00
This is the first time the citizens of Colombo and the rest in the country have witnessed the grand transformation of an important city that was an eyesore since colonial times. Today, the city is wearing a handsome look and all of us are pleased and proud to walk along its highways and byways. We raise our hats and offer…
Full Article Sunday, 23 March 2014 00:00
A little over ten years ago, on a breezy winter morning in London, I woke up to a call from my Uncle in New Zealand with a much unexpected message for me. At first, he said he wanted to find out how I was adjusting to my new life in the country I had recently moved into.
Full Article Sunday, 23 March 2014 00:00
It’s been a year since Dr Rajeewa Jayasinghe passed away in circumstances that were tragic beyond the tragedy that the passing of any loved one usually is. Those circumstances raised questions that are yet to be answered. Answered or not, the fact that he is no more will not change. And so we remember, we re-live...
Full Article Sunday, 23 March 2014 00:00
Masters of war crimes have ganged up again to haul Sri Lanka before the 25th UNHCR sessions to submit a resolution for her alleged war crimes and human rights violations during the final stages of the conflict and demanding an international probe.To me it is the joke of the 21st century. Why? Because devils are quoting scriptures. What a topsy-turvy...
Full Article Sunday, 16 March 2014 00:00

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