Archive for December, 2011

Looking Backward, Looking Forward

Friday, December 30th, 2011

MahamahaRaja 2011 has been an interesting year for Sri Lanka. Early on, it was the Moon Panel which dominated all discussion. Fortunately, this proved to be the farce that many predicted all along. Its inherent flaws were many and varied. Legally, it stood only on an unprecedented and undemocratic diktat from a disgruntled Secretary General […]

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Knowledge in Buddhism and Science

Friday, December 30th, 2011

Prof.N.A.de S.Amaratunga The quest for knowledge in India in the pre-Buddhist period had been quite intense and had continued with vigour during the Buddhist era. The methods that could be employed for gaining reliable knowledge had been the topic of discourse among the intelligentsia of that time. The Vedic writings had been the earliest to […]

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DILSHAN’S NEW YEAR GIFT TO SRI LANKAN CRICKET FANS!-DILSHAN IS NOT A TRADITIONAL SKIPPER BUT AN INNOVATIVE SKIPPER!

Friday, December 30th, 2011

By M D P DISSANAYAKE Tilekeratne Dilshan and the team had produced one of the best display of cricket in winning the second test in Kingsmead,  Durban.  Right from the outset the Sri Lankan team  was virtually written off by some local cricket commentators  as well as South African former cricketers , labeling them as  […]

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Editorial: OUR VIEWS Toward a foreign policy

Friday, December 30th, 2011

Asoka Weerasinghe Kings Grove Crescent . Gloucester . Ontario . Canada 30 December 2011 The Editor (Letters) THE OTTAWA CITIZEN Sir: I read your editorial; “Our Views Toward a Foreign Policy” with great interest.  Here’s my views on Canada’s Foreign policy which is driven by ethnic vote counts. Canada’s Foreign Policy on Sri Lanka has much to […]

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Making Sense of Social Business

Friday, December 30th, 2011

By Nava Thakuria  It was a dusky evening of November, 2010 when I met Bangladeshi Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus in his Grameen tower office. The date and time were fixed before I left Guwahati (a northeast Indian city) for Dhaka and it was my fourth meeting with the revolutionary banker to the poor. So […]

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The Lankans Answer Their Critics With Aplomb And Blow The South Africans Away At Durban.

Thursday, December 29th, 2011

Top Spin By Suni December 29th 2011 Contrary to their critics~ Kepler Wessels and Alan Donald in particular and those ‘ little chirpers’ in some of the post write up comments in the Cricinfo columns, the Durban Test was as one-sided as it ever has been from a  Proteas’ perspective in that they wereon the losing side […]

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Amnesty International tells Canada what to do in 2012

Thursday, December 29th, 2011

Asoka Weerasinghe Kings Grove Crescent . Gloucester . Ontario . K1J 6G1, Canada December 27, 2011 The Editor (Letters) THE OTTAWA CITIZEN Sir:  You  have let Alex Neve, Secretary General of Amnesty  International of Canada  tell us through your columns that “Canada must lead on human rights in 2012.” I would be cautious and let […]

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Hoo-zany burying his head in sands of bombastic bluff

Thursday, December 29th, 2011

H. L. D. Mahindapala Anyone reading Izeth Hoo-zany’s replies critically will agree with the saying that the more a baboon tries to climb higher the more he reveals his butt, not to mention the other oscillating parts of the lower anatomy. He is an unabashed exhibitionist flashing from roof tops his vulgar ego as he […]

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NCCT’s Media Release of 20 December 2011

Thursday, December 29th, 2011

Asoka Weerasinghe Kings Grove Crescent . Gloucester . Ontario . K1J 6G1, Canada Christmas Day, 2011 Krisna Saravanamuttu, spokesperson for the National Council of Canadian Tamils (NCCT),  5310 Finch Avenue East, Unit 10, Scarborough, Ontario, M1S 5E8. Dear Krisna: It is a moderate Tamil living in Toronto who brought your MEDIA RELEASE of December 20, […]

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Shake Hands with an Angel – Meeting With Lt. Gen Romeo Dallaire

Thursday, December 29th, 2011

Dr Ruwan M Jayatunge M.D. Recently I had the honor and privilege of meeting one of the outstanding humanitarians and outspoken advocates for Human Rights of our time -Lieutenant- General Honourable RomƒÆ’†’©o A. Dallaire, (Ret’d)  Senator at the York University.   His reputation reaches to many distant lands. Many Sri Lankans know him as the commander […]

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Is Aggression and Destruction Necessary to Solve Problems?

Tuesday, December 27th, 2011

Do governments seriously take the responsibility of poverty, scarcity of food and energy, inequity/disparity of their distributions, preparedness for natural or man-made disasters, or global instability? Rather than addressing the real issues, many jump into judgments and conclusions that result in wars and exacerbate the misery of people. Mindful thinking can eliminate such irrational behavior and destruction.

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Ranil won: UNP lost

Saturday, December 24th, 2011

H.L.D Mahindapala The following announcement is intended to clear all doubts and questions about the secret ballot held to elect a leader for the UNP: “ATTENTION PLEASE! “THIS IS AN ANNOUNCEMENT FOR ALL UNPers, WELL-WISHERS AND THE NATION. “LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, THE COUNTING OF THE NOT-SO-SECRET BALLOT TO ELECT OUR LEADER IS OVER. ALL WHAT […]

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POLICE POSTS IN UNIVERSITIES

Saturday, December 24th, 2011

Sudath Gunasekara21.12. 2011 Apropos Gamini Gunawardhana’s article in the SundayIslandof 11th instant on the above subject I thought to add one of my own experiences in this regard in support of his practical approach. Gaminis note is an eye opener and food for thought for everybody. This is good stuff I think not only for […]

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Wither Sri Lanka?

Friday, December 23rd, 2011

By Garvin Karunaratne, Ph.D. former SLAS  In 1956, .  Hon SWRD  Bandaranayake won the day and ushered in the day of the common man. Hon Philip Gunawardena  came up with his Paddy Lands Act, ushering the dawn of a new era for the peasants of Sri Lanka. At that time I was an Assistant Commissioner […]

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Norway: Loss of civilian lives during military action not IHL violation

Friday, December 23rd, 2011

By Shamindra Ferdinando Courtesy The Island  24-12-2011 In the wake of a section of the international community seeing holes in Sri Lanka’s Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC), NATO member Norway has acknowledged the impossibility in avoiding mistakes and civilian deaths during an intense military campaign. Norway joined several countries, including the UK and France, […]

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Sanghamitta Theri forged liberation of Lankan women

Friday, December 23rd, 2011

by Rajitha Weerakoon  No other historical event impacted on the status of Lankan women as the establishment of the Bhikkuni Order by Sanghamitta Theri. Her arrival in Sri Lanka on a Unduwap full moon Poya day 2245 years ago gave new directions to Lankan women taking them out from cultural wilderness and bringing them into […]

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Buddhist Monk Dies at a Funeral

Friday, December 23rd, 2011

By Walter Jayawardhana in Los Angeles A US born Buddhist monk, Venerable Siridhamma (85) died of a massive heart attack while attending the funeral of a Sri Lankan. Just few minutes before the last rites of the Late Mrs. Batugedara was performed at a funeral home in Lancaster in Southern California where the monk was […]

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Traffic cop or traffic lights not both please!

Friday, December 23rd, 2011

By Dr. Mrs. Mareena Thaha Reffai, Dehiwela. Yesterday while I was driving to Wellawathe from Dehiwela a traffic cop at the Ramakrishna road junction traffic lights asked us the motorists to drive on while the light was red, as there were no vehicles coming from Ramakrishna road. What he forgot was that the oncoming vehicles […]

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IMF විලේ ඉන්න යකා සහ උන්ගේ මරාගෙන මැරෙන ආර්ථික බෝම්බ ජැකට්ටුව

Friday, December 23rd, 2011

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Doormen at the supermarkets

Friday, December 23rd, 2011

 By Dr. Mrs. Mareena Thaha Reffai, Dehiwela. On the way home many of us go the supermarkets. But nowadays we find many of them do not have the traditional doormen. The supermarkets maybe saving a few pennies by not employing them but this is a real cause of dissatisfaction of the customers. When one buys […]

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South-Asian Political Chessboard : how Imperialists Old and New see promise in a Sri Lanka engulfed in disarray and violence.

Thursday, December 22nd, 2011

R Chandrasoma For imperialist powers the well-being of fellow-states and nations  is rarely a good thing. Their hegemony and global clout depends precariously on the subordinate status of potential rivals. It is no secret that the rise of China “”…” the world’s most populous state “”…” has caused great unease among strategists in the old […]

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Ms. Victoria Nuland, US State Department Spokesperson -Your statement on Sri Lanka’s LLRC Report

Thursday, December 22nd, 2011

Asoka Weerasinghe Kings Grove Crescent . Gloucester . Ontario, K1J 6G1 . Canada 21 December 2011 Ms. Victoria Nuland, US State Department Spokesperson     2201 C Street NW, Washington DC 20520, US Dear Victoria Nuland: I just read the Sri Lanka’s Daily Mirror report titled, ” LLRC doesn’t address all allegations: US.”  And it continued to […]

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U.S. Response to Report from LLRC

Thursday, December 22nd, 2011

Ira de Silva London, Ontario,Canada The Editor The Island Colombo, Sri Lanka Dear Sir: I refer to the response of the U.S. as stated by Ms. Vctoria Nuland. If ever there needs to be an example of expecting others to follow concepts of transparency and accountability while violating and disregarding these concepts in their own […]

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THE Australian Press Council adjudication on Tamil Tiger report

Thursday, December 22nd, 2011

THE Australian Press Council has considered a complaint about an article in The Sydney Morning Herald on May 14, 2011, headed ”Australian entangled in a final act of civil war”. It concerned events at the end of the long war between the Sri Lankan government and the LTTE (Tamil Tigers). A reader, Harshula, complained about […]

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Ambassador Tamara Kunanayakam presents credentials

Thursday, December 22nd, 2011

Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka to the United Nations Geneva Sri Lanka’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations in Geneva, Ambassador Tamara Kunanayakam, who is concurrently accredited to the Holy See, presented her credentials to His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI at a ceremony in the Vatican on 15th December 2011, in the presence of His […]

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Ragging ! The Shameful Scourge Of Universities Needs To Be Confronted Head On And Outlawed!

Thursday, December 22nd, 2011

Insight By Sunil Kumar Dec.22nd 2011Something the Brits left behind as a disgusting vestige of a damning tradition regardless of how the pundits view it ! It may be popular in Britain at the highest seats of learning which nevertheless is nothing to be proud of, a total shame and in the case of Sri […]

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The Crusaders’ Crimes

Thursday, December 22nd, 2011

 Editorial – The Island News Paper Sri Lanka “The United States urges the United Nations to end, once and for all, its actions in relation to the Goldstone Report “¦ As we made clear when the Goldstone Report was first presented we did not see evidence that the Israeli government intentionally targeted civilians.” This is […]

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Conduct of Premadasa towards Party Senior Jayasuriya is Contemptible

Wednesday, December 21st, 2011

Dilrook Kannangara The war for UNP leadership is over; for now. Winners and losers emerged from the secret vote. However, what doesn’t come to the public attention is the conduct of over ambitious Premadasa in totally disregarding decorum and advice of the Mahanayakas in ousting senior party stalwart Karu Jayasuriya and further disrespecting him by […]

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Celebrate a Compassionate Christmas in Sri Lanka

Wednesday, December 21st, 2011

Mrs. M. Weeraratna Though in many traditional Christian Western countires, Animal Welfare Societies run by activists drawn mainly from Christian backgrounds and inspired by the pronouncements of Christian Theologians like Dr. Albert Schweitzer (Nobel Prize Winner) are taking up the cause of animal rights and proposing alternate ways of celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ […]

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High Commissioner Dr. Chris Nonis presents the LLRC Report to British Parliamentarians

Wednesday, December 21st, 2011

Media Release-High Commission of Sri Lanka, London  High Commissioner Dr. Chris Nonis briefed British Parliamentarians from the House of Commons and the House of Lords, academics and Think Tanks, at an interactive dialogue on the LLRC Report held last afternoon in Portcullis House in the British Parliament.  Dr. Chris Nonis articulated that the holistic approach […]

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