Archive for November, 2011

Extremist Tamil Separatists Call For A Plebiscite In The North & East To Establish A Separate State Of “Eelam”

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

Mahinda Gunasekera The Declaration adopted by the separatist Tamils seeking international support for the holding of a plebiscite in the north and east of Sri Lanka to establish an independant, sovereign nation state of “Tamil Eelam” is appended below. As their military wing has since been eliminated in May 2009, they are now seeking the […]

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“Gateway to success” newly opened Southern high way, riders / travelers must protect this great asset and obey and adhere to the rules and procedures.

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

Claude Fernando ,Brampton ,Canada It’s been reported by the media, some of the careless and absent-minded riders and passengers  who travelled  first day on southern highway, have dumped and thrown  empty water bottles, juice cans, lunch boxes even used “ƒ”¹…”thambili kombas’ ,newspapers beside the roads and completely messed up and rubbished the picturesque environment very  […]

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New world body based in India to represent Buddhists from across the world

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

Courtesy: Indian Express New Delhi, India — Supreme spiritual leaders representing most nations with a sizeable Buddhist population are close to deciding on the formation of a new international body based in India that aims to give a united voice to Buddhism in international forums like the United Nations (UN).  The first ever congregation of […]

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Appalling Journalism:Jon Snow and Channel 4 on Sri Lanka

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

  Engage Sri Lanka Publication Release In June 2011, Britain’s Channel 4 News broadcast a programme entitled “Sri Lanka’s Killing Fields”, which made a number of allegations about the last few months of the war in Sri Lanka. (1) Jon Snow, the Channel’s senior news presenter, claimed the programme was “a forensic investigation into the […]

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Development Infrastructure

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011

 By Garvin Karunaratne, Ph.d.  The Development Infrastructure plays a key role in the development of a country. Thus the manner in which the development infrastructure of Sri Lanka has taken shape in the past is of great importance to understand what has to be done today to develop the country.  Today, thanks to President Rajapaksa’s […]

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Govt. Concerned about US Meddling in Domestic Affairs – Nov. 26,2011

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011

Ira de Silva London, Ontario Canada The Editor The Island Colombo, Sri Lanka   Dear Sir:   Reference the news report in your paper of November 27,2011, if as reported, the Government is concerned about the interference of the U.S. in domestic political affairs, why does the government not take appropriate action? Ms. Butenis has a history of […]

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The Two Faces of Sri Lanka

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011

MahamahaRaja  MOST WRITERS and commenters on this website cannot be faulted when it comes to their response to the issues of Sri Lankan sovereignty and its people’s arduous and successful fight against Tamil terrorism. What is disappointing however is how quickly the clarity, understanding and plain common sense displayed here melts away when the topic […]

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BETRAYAL OF CHILDREN

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011

By Dr. Tilak S Fernando Akin to various adaptations  such as “ƒ”¹…” Mother’s day’,  Father’s day’,  Aid’s day,  and Disability Day,   Children too  have been  slotted into a  category  under several appellations   calling     the  “ƒ”¹…”Worlds Children’s Day’, “ƒ”¹…”International Children’s day, “ƒ”¹…”Children’s Universal day etc  on different times  of the year. World Children’s Day! The UN […]

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The CERN experiment, Einstein and we humans; (Updated- Read more comments)

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011

by Bodhi Dhanapala An atom-smashing experiment conducted at CERN (European Center for Nuclear Research) to test the behaviour of matter at high energies and very short impact distances  has reported a surprising outcome. It claims that some neutrinos (these are electrically uncharged particles with almost zero weight) had been detected that seemed to move with […]

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Presentation by Representatives of Amnesty International & R. Sambathan on November 17,2010

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011

Ira de Silva London, Ontario Canada Mr. Scott-Reid, M.P. Chair, Canadian House of Commons Sub-Committee on Human Rights of the Standing committee of Foreign Affairs & International Development Dear Sir:   Listening to the recording of the presentations made on November 17, 2011 to your committee by Amnesty Canada’s A. Neve and J. Argue, the impression […]

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I think not truck loads of firewood but truck loads of money would be burnt wastefully.

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011

Dr Hector Perera  London  Any energy saving ideas?  When I recently visited Sri Lanka, I met so many interesting people at different places such as in small shops and in a few supermarkets. I also met two Principals of two leading girls’ schools in Gampaha, Rev Sister Mary Deepani at Holy Cross College and Mrs Hema […]

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In Memory of Mr S.Pathiravithana

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011

Ranjith Soysa Mr S.Pathiravithana, an erudite journalist who was the former Editor of the Ceylon  Observer, the Daily News  and the Island passed away recently after a brief period of illness. As an intelligent and an investigative journalist he was able to understand and comprehend the story ofSri Lankaand her people. He interpreted it effectively and […]

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Trilingual Website on Gender based Violence in Sri Lanka

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011

CENWOR-Press Release “Sixteen Days of Activism against Gender Based Violence” which commences on 25th of November is an international campaign to raise awareness on this critical issue. The Centre for Women’s Research (CENWOR) with the support of Women Defining Peace (WDP) will launch ACT NOW, a web portal in Sinhala, Tamil and English, on the […]

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Dr. Abdul Kalam’s Letter to Every Indian (Appropriate for Sri Lankans too)

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011

 Dr. Abdul Kalam Why is the media here so negative?  Why are we in India so embarrassed to recognize our own strengths, our achievements?  We are such a great nation. We have so many amazing success stories but we refuse to acknowledge them. Why?  We are the first in milk production.  We are number one […]

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Elaine Pearson’s (Human Rights Watch) Presentation on Sri Lanka’s Human Rights Violations‏ – November 18,2011

Monday, November 28th, 2011

Ira de Silva London, Ontario Mr. Scott-Reid, M.P. Chair, Canadian House of Commons Sub-Committee on Human Rights of the Standing committee of Foreign Affairs & International Development   Re: Presentation by Ms. Elaine Pearson, Deputy Director, Asia Division of Human Rights Watch on Sri Lankan Human Rights – Nov. 18,2011   Dear Sir:   I […]

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An Outsider’s View—10-CESJ’s ‘Just Third Way’ provides design for building new world economic system without pitfalls of capitalism-socialism

Monday, November 28th, 2011

By Shelton A. Gunaratne Professor of mass communications emeritus, Minnesota State University Moorhead  Republicans and their Tea Party troglodytes tend to believe that capitalism is an unchanging phenomenon. Therefore, they yearn to seek solutions to America’s contemporary problems in the U.S. Constitution and associated conventions adopted and practiced in the late 18th century. Oblivious to […]

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Southern expressway and intelligent politics of mass transport

Monday, November 28th, 2011

Chandre Dharmawardana The Southern Expressway is an example of the government’s policy “to ensure that all segments of the country receive the dividends of development”, as stated in the Daily News article announcing the “Gateway to Wonder” (Daily News 26-11-2011). The integrity and governability of a nation depend on its transport system. The Romans knew […]

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My short encounters with Peter Roebuck and Haroon Lorgat in Colombo

Monday, November 28th, 2011

By Senaka Weeraratna  I wish to place on record my two short meetings with Mr. Peter Roebuck at the SSC Grounds (Sept. 18 -20, 2011) and subsequent meeting with Mr. Haroon Lorgat on Sept. 20, 2011 at the Cinnamon Grand Hotel, Colombo, Sri Lanka.  It happened in the last three days of the Third and […]

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