Archive for July 14th, 2012

Bull-headed arrogance of Vellahla politics and violence

Saturday, July 14th, 2012

Continuing the story of what happened in the history of Jaffna By H. L. D. Mahindapala Before proceeding any further it should be emphasized that the focus in these essays has been on the Vellahlas because no other factor or entity wielded the kind of power in northern — and subsequently in national — politics […]

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Sri Lanka’s Claims for Reparations from Portugal

Saturday, July 14th, 2012

By Senaka Weeraratna The Portuguese while pursuing a policy of destruction and plunder of Buddhist Temples held out various inducements for Buddhists to convert to Christianity. Conversion meant a sure means of exemption from taxes due to the Government. For example, Christians were exempt from the marala i.e. death duties. This meant that they could […]

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Too big for its boots? New Delhi needs realism in rhetoric

Saturday, July 14th, 2012

by Krishnan Srinivasan   -Courtesy The Island (The writer is India’s former Foreign Secretary) THE Cold War came to an end with a whimper after 40 years, and India lost the leverage of having a superpower positioned on its side in moments of crisis. It was obliged to adjust itself to globalisation and free market economies, […]

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US-India-China and the indian ocean: impact on Sri Lanka

Saturday, July 14th, 2012

By Neville Ladduwahetty Courtesy The Island A section of the diplomats who participated in the Residential Workshop for Heads of Sri Lankan Missions, at Diyatalawa .File Photo The resolution on Sri Lanka at the recently held UNHRC secessions in Geneva has caused Sri Lanka to reassess the effectiveness of its investment in the deployment of […]

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Ahmadiyya Khalifa calls for vigilance against all forms of extremism

Saturday, July 14th, 2012

By A. Abdul Aziz, Press Secretary, Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at, Sri Lanka. According to our Press Department, U.K., on 11 July 2012, the World Head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad, the Fifth Khalifa, officially inaugurated the “ƒ”¹…”Tahir Hall’, a three-storey complex built by the Ahmadiyya Community (Jama’at) on land adjacent to the […]

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Islam Ahmadiyya Viewpoint on Promised Messiah and Mahdi

Saturday, July 14th, 2012

By I. Ahmad Dalupotha, Negombo.  Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad “”…” Founder of Ahmadiyya Jama’at in Islam, is accepted as Promised Messiah and Mahdi by Ahmadi Muslims world-over. the terms “Messiah” and “Mahdi” are synonymous terms for one and the same person. Like the term Messiah which, among other meanings, in essence means being anointed by […]

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Wedding gifts

Saturday, July 14th, 2012

By Dr. Mrs. Mareena Thaha Reffai, Dehiwela. It has become a custom to send wedding invitations which say  “Avoid gifts” or “Please do not bring gifts.” Exchangign gifts is  a wonderful way of showing love and affection. In fact Prophet (sal) said “Exchange gifts, for it increases brotherhood  amongst you.” He even went on to […]

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The Z score

Saturday, July 14th, 2012

Dr. Mrs. Mareena Thaha Reffai Dehiwela. It is amazing how unconcerned the authorities seem to be regarding the A/L results and the Z score and the battle seems to be going on and on forever. Do they realize how demoralizing this is for the youngsters who are looking forward to continue their studies? Are we […]

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