Archive for August, 2010

A reply to that special correspondent of BBC Sinhala service

Tuesday, August 31st, 2010

Herold Leelawardena As has been always, the sole aim of the BBC is to discredit MR government. No wonder BBC chose to send a LTTE sympathizer with a Nelsonian eye as their special correspondent to report on the plight of IDPs returnees. It is sad that BBC correspondent emphasises the suffering of only a section […]

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The Travels of a Journalist,-ABOUT BOWERS, BOATS AND BUDDIES:TIES BEYOND CULTURAL BARRIERS -(PART 2)

Tuesday, August 31st, 2010

By Shelton A. Gunaratne ©2010   professor of mass communications emeritus, Minnesota State University Moorhead. Minnesota (pop. 5.23 million) is known as the “Land of 10,00 Lakes.” Therefore, it is no wonder that Minnesotans like water sports such as boating, canoeing, fishing and water skiing. Weekend trips to family cabins on Minnesota’s numerous lakes are a […]

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Ramadan celebrations in Kuwait

Tuesday, August 31st, 2010

Embassy of Sri Lanka  Kuwait. The annual Ramadan celebrations jointly organized by the Sri Lankan .Embassy and the Sri Lankan Manpower Welfare Association ( SLMWA ) of Kuwait was held at the Embassy premises amid a gathering of over 1500 devotees belonging to all ethnic and religious denominations. The program of activities commenced on 27th […]

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Animal sacrifices in Sri Lanka – Requirement for ‘Animal Welfare Legislation’

Monday, August 30th, 2010

Dr.P.A.Samaraweera, Australia On the 25th of August a group of Buddhist monks had protested against an animal slaughter ritual in the Munneswaram Kali Kovil in Chilaw.  It is alleged that around 400 goats and a countless number of fowls had been inhumanely slaughtered at this ritual.   Hinduism promotes non-violence and vegetarianism. There are many sects of Hinduism and this […]

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Hurricane Katrina: a shameful breakdown in government that has left countless men, women and children abandoned and alone.

Monday, August 30th, 2010

Asoka Weerasinghe Kings Grove Crescent ., Gloucester . Ontario . Canada   August 30, 2010   The Editor (Letters) THE OTTAWA CITIZEN   Sir:   You reported that “More to be done, Obama says”,  and this is five years after the Gulf Coast was hit by Hurricane Katrina. People are still waiting to be sent […]

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A response to the possibility of Islamic violence in the region

Monday, August 30th, 2010

Written by M Rizvi. Dear Editor, I thank Lankaweb and Mr Kumar Moses for the opinion piece titled – The Dangerous Possibility of Islamic Terror in Sri Lanka. It contained many new insights to a subject matter that is rarely taken up in the open though media around the world talk about it at lengths. As […]

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Tourism in Sri Lanka – an addendum

Monday, August 30th, 2010

Dr. Tilak Fernando Several positive feedbacks to my article, “ƒ”¹…”We need to get the act right’ (published on August 2) prompted me to write an addendum to it in the hope that we all, as patriotic Sri Lankans, expect and wish that Sri Lanka’s aim in promoting tourism in an excellent scale meets with the […]

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Amnesty International Misleads Washington Post About Tamil Refugees

Sunday, August 29th, 2010

Wick. Gankanda August 23, Monday 2010 To: Marcus Brauchli – Executive Editor, Donald Graham – Chairman and Chief Executive Officer and Ann McDaniel – Senior Vice President Washington Post Company 1150 15th Street, NW Washington, DC 20071Dear Mr. Brauchli, I am writing to expose glaring misrepresentations in your article ‘Sri Lankan asylum-seekers deserve hearings’ published on […]

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Sri Lankan Muslims

Sunday, August 29th, 2010

Ahmed The Tamils of Sri Lanka, throughout history, have attempted to categorize the Sri Lankan Muslims as belonging to the Tamil race. This has been mainly for selfish reasons in a bid to eliminate the minority Muslim community from having its own unique identity. The Government of Sri Lanka, however, treats the Muslims as of […]

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It is necessary that Mr. Mahinda Rajapakse continues to be the executive President of Sri Lanka for an extended period of time .

Sunday, August 29th, 2010

By Charles.S.Perera  The LSSP remnants Tissa Vitharana and Wasudeva Nanayakkara still hanging onto the Government as a sad reminder to a great political party that dominated the then political arena of Sri Lanka, had said that they oppose the Executive Presidency.  Marxism opposes parliamentary system of government “¦.” In explaining the class nature of bourgeois […]

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SOFT TARGETS FOR ASYLUM SEEKERS

Sunday, August 29th, 2010

Sarath Wiesinghe  LL.M ( London) Solicitor””…”  Sri Lankan Ambassador to United Arab Emirates Ship Sun See was initially sailing towards Australia with 490 Sri Lankans allegedly seeking Asylum in some country with resources and a comfortable life. Anybody fleeing the birthplace in fear of persecution will be prepared to go to the closest safe haven, […]

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Anuradhapura the capital of Sri Lanka

Sunday, August 29th, 2010

Jayantha Ahangama  Mr. Sunil Vijayapala, writing on Aug. 24, correctly called Anuradhapura the capital. Then he apologized. Why did you apologize, Sir? Anuradhapura was the ruling capital when we were a dignified nation. When people become dignified, Anuradhapura becomes the capital. The capital is in our minds. For all self-respecting Lankans, the capital *is* Anuradhapura. […]

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Sri Lankans Worried about the President Secretly Talking to a Traitor

Saturday, August 28th, 2010

Dilrook Kannangara It was recently reported that the President has secured the desired number of seats (150) for Constitutional change. Although there is a quantitative advantage it comes at a loss of quality. When national traitors are accomodated to get the two thirds, their anti-national demands also must be given. The calibre of these opportunists […]

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SLMC DECIDED. Ranil tells Rauf not to support.

Saturday, August 28th, 2010

By Noor Nizam, Sri Lankan Peace Activist & Political Communication Researcher, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada,  Friday 27th., August 2010.The leader of Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) Rauff Hakeem said on August 27th., Friday evening that they have decided to support the UPFA government to make the necessary amendments to the existing constitution. When asked […]

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Understanding Autism

Saturday, August 28th, 2010

By Dr Ruwan M Jayatunge The word autism was coined by the Swiss Psychiatrist Eugine Bleuler in 1910. In 1938, Hans Asperger of the Vienna University Hospital adopted Bleuler’s terminology and in 1981 the Clinical Community widely recognized Autism as a separate diagnosis. Autism is classified as a Pervasive Developmental Disorder affecting young children and […]

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INTIFADA-THE OUTCOME OF SUPPRESSION

Saturday, August 28th, 2010

ALI SUKHANVER  Suppression and oppression give birth to depression; the worst of all psychological diseases. Most of the time violence is a result of depression. When someone feels that he is being deprived of his basic human rights and finds himself unable to raise a voice against that deprivation and injustice, he turns to violence. […]

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“ YES, MR PRESIDENT”. of course, ‘YES MR PRESIDENT! Can President Mahinda Rajapakse be compared with Rt.Hon. Jim Hacker of England? Facts and Fiction

Friday, August 27th, 2010

By Dr M D P DISSANAYAKE. A Legal Luminary has provided one of troublesome  political theoretical analysis in trying to compare our President with  Rt. Hon. Jim Hacker  who  was the Minister  of  fictional Department of Administrative Affairs (in the BBC series Yes Minister and Yes Prime Minister), and later the  became the Satirical  British  […]

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Shame on you RCMP

Friday, August 27th, 2010

Asoka Weerasinghe Kings Grove Crescent . Gloucester . Ontario . Canada   August 27, 2010   The Editor (Letters) THE OTTAWA CITIZEN   Sir:   Canada’s fight on terrorism has amazed me once again.  You reported that RCMP Chief  Serge Therriault, head of criminal operations for the capital region said that an RCMP-led national security investigation […]

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No for International Universities- reform and reorganise existing Universities in Sri Lanka, with a separate University exclusively for Buddhist monks.

Friday, August 27th, 2010

By Charles.S.Perera If “Foreign Unis will stop JVP hanky-panky”(news head line in Lakbima),  is the reason why the Minister of Higher Education Mr. S.B.Dissanayake  wants to set up International Universities in Sri Lanka, it has to be emphasised that it is not at all a wise decision . The boycotting of lectures, going on strikes, […]

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EDUCATION AND KNOWLEDGE IS POWER

Friday, August 27th, 2010

Sarath Wijesinghe LL.M (London) Solicitor-Attorney-at-Law “”…” Ambassador of Sri Lanka in the United Arab Emirates) KNOWLEDGE IS POWER –Knowledge is power which is derived from Education. Education is any act or experience that has a formative effect on the mind, character or physical ability on an individual. In Sri Lanka parents invest on children by […]

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Ranil loses again: Sajith rejects Deputy Leadership

Thursday, August 26th, 2010

H. L. D. Mahindapala Ranil Wickremesinghe’s maneuvers to save his position as leader of the UNP by appointing Sajith Premadasa as his deputy and uniting the rival factions has backfired after the Reformist Group headed by Premadasa discovered that the leader was undercutting his deputy from day one of the agreement.  Premadasa met Wickremesinghe last […]

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Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

Thursday, August 26th, 2010

 Dr Ruwan M Jayatunge Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a neurobehavioral developmental disorder affecting about 3-5% of the world’s population. ADHD was first described by Dr. Heinrich Hoffman in 1845. He eloquently wrote about the children with ADHD and their characteristics. Contemporary studies concur that the symptoms of ADHD are caused by a neurological dysfunction […]

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Yes, Mr President !

Wednesday, August 25th, 2010

by  Gomin Dayasri Yes, Prime Minister was once a popular British TV comedy. The ongoing reality show, “Yes, Mr President”, is a live Sri Lankan tragedy. After defeating terrorism, a Failed State, tag will not stick but a Sorry State label would, because of servile sycophancy. The Ministers, Secretaries, Advisors, Consultants, Parliamentarians, Public Servants and […]

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A word of caution about Tamil translators

Wednesday, August 25th, 2010

Asoka Weerasinghe Kings Grove Crescent . Gloucester . Ontario . Canada  25 August 2010   The Editor (Letters) THE OTTAWA CITIZEN   Sir:   Here is a true story that Martin Collacott and Peter Showler should make note of.   I would be concerned and be cautious of the Tamil translators who are helping the 492 illegal […]

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Identifying Tamils tough task for officials

Wednesday, August 25th, 2010

Asoka Weerasinghe Kings Grove Crescent . Gloucester . Ontario . Canada  25 August 2010   The Editor (Letters) THE OTTAWA CITIZEN   Sir:   Identifying Tamils tough task for officials, you said.  Really!  This is just a case of trying to identify 492 illegal Tamil migrants who were brought in by human-traffickers on MV Sun […]

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The (Recent) Travels of a Journalist-ABOUT BOWERS, BOATS AND BUDDIES:YACHTNG ON UPPER MISSISSIPPI -(PART 1)

Wednesday, August 25th, 2010

By Shelton A. Gunaratne ©2010  Shooting the breeze during a leisurely boat ride on the upper Mississippi, more than 40 years after we left graduate school on the Minneapolis campus of University of Minnesota, turned out to be an exhilarating experience for three of us old buddies””‚Jim Bowers, Kurt Kent and me””‚mid-August 2010. Minnesota Buddies […]

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Tamils Duped Sri Lanka Too!

Tuesday, August 24th, 2010

– Kumar Moses At last Canada realized that Canadians have been duped by Tamils with their bad luck stories. How familiar? http://www.torontosun.com/comment/editorial/2010/08/21/15098871.html  Sri Lankans, however, are still grappling with Tamils’ duping them for close to a century with absurd allegations, sadistic nonsense, racist rubbish and usual bad luck stories. Yet Sri Lankan leaders don’t have […]

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SRI LANKAN BOAT PEOPLE

Tuesday, August 24th, 2010

Vijaya Vickrama Sri Lankan people seeking refuge in affluent countries falsely alleging discrimination, persecution, rape, murder etc. to get sympathy of host countries, has become a common occurarnce.  These assylum seekers and their supporters go on a Sri Lanka bashing spree causing inestimable damage to our country’s reputation.  As a result, our country runs the risk […]

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Marvel of Yoda Ela

Tuesday, August 24th, 2010

Sunil Vijayapala  I was very fortunate to spend a few months in 2008 in our capital of Sri Lanka which is Anuradhapura. (sorry folks it HAS to be our capital)  One of the marvels of our ancient Sinhala history is the Yoda Ela built by King Dhatusena in 5 century AD which connects Dhatusena’s Kalawewa […]

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SRI LANKA MERCY MISSION IN PAKISTAN

Tuesday, August 24th, 2010

MEDIA RELEASE Sri Lanka High Commission Islamabad As directed by His Excellency the President of Sri Lanka, Mr Mahinda Rajapaksa, a 16 Member Sri Lankan Medical Team arrived in Pakistan, with a cargo of medicines and surgical equipments, on a medical relief mission for the flood affected victims of Pakistan.  The Medical Team has been […]

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