Archive for September, 2012

Injustice of the highest order

Sunday, September 30th, 2012

By Dr. Mrs. Mareena Thaha Reffai Dehiwela. Are we a nation of  sense or nonsense? Recent events certainly should pose  this question to ourselves. Look at our most educated lot- when the Minister does not give the  pay rise as demanded what do the doctors do? They go on strike – in effect they refuse […]

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Of that timely saffron offer

Sunday, September 30th, 2012

Editorial The Island – Courtesy The Island  The government has adopted the proverbial carrot and stick approach in trying to deal with the Federation of University Teachers’ Associations (FUTA) on strike. Minister S. B. Dissanayake has offered to pay the striking dons their salaries for the last three months if they report for work on […]

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විශ්ව විද්‍යාල ආචාර්ය වර්ජනයේ සැගවුණු විස්තර

Sunday, September 30th, 2012

- තතු දන්නා විශ්ව විද්‍යාල ආචාර්යවරයෙක්– Lankacnews.com නිර්මාල් රන්ජිත් දේවසිරි යනු හිටපු කතෝලික පුජකයෙකි. කොලඹ සරසවියේ ඉතිහාස දෙපාර්තමේන්තුවේ ආචාර්යවරයෙකි. වත්මන් විශ්ව විද්‍යාල ආචාර්ය සමිති සම්මේලනයේ සභාපති වරයාය. ඔහු කියන්නේ දුටුගැමුණු යනු අමානුෂික වහල් නායකයෙක් බවයි. ඔහුට අනුව යනු LTTE ත්‍රස්තවාදීන් යනු විමුක්ති සටන්කාමීන්ය. දේවසිරි කොටින්ට ස්වයන් පාලන අයිතිය ලබා දිය යුතු බවට ප්‍රසිද්දියේ ප්‍රකාශ කල ඒ වෙනුවෙන් […]

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Decline and fall of Jaffna into Nandikadal Lagoon

Saturday, September 29th, 2012

H. L. D. Mahindapala  On January 30, 1908 Ponnambalam Arunachalam, M. A., Cantab, Ceylon Civil Service, Barrister-at-Law, Lincoln’s Inn, took the floor in the Legislative Council Chamber, the highest political institution of the day, to deliver a lecture on the Sketches of Ceylon History. Governor Sir. Henry A. Blake, G. C. M. G., presided over this […]

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LTTE moves to institute war crimes allegations and “Sri Lanka in Bloom” exhibition

Saturday, September 29th, 2012

Asada M Erpini Media (The Island) on 29 carried a headline news item that “a fresh LTTE initiative is underway … to press for an international war crimes inquiry”.  It is ironic that the guilty party is the one that is levelling the accusations against the armed forces and the government of Sri Lanka. The […]

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Weak Governance and fissiparous pressures in India will make things difficult for Sri Lanka in the decade ahead.

Saturday, September 29th, 2012

R Chandrasoma Throughout India’s long and turbulent history, regional powers and kingships jousted for overlordship in a region ridden by tribal, linguistic and religious differences. Unlike that other great Asiatic power China, our large neighbor to the North failed to establish that homogeneity of language and culture that is the necessary pre-requiste for stable nationhood. After […]

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Student Thugs inside Sri Lankan Universities-strike leader Nirmal Ranjith Devasiri is well-known for justifying LTTE separatism during the anti-Tiger war

Saturday, September 29th, 2012

Sumal -UHO Says The Strike is still ongoing in universities .Apparently the protesting elements (FUTA, IUSF, JVP and some sections of the opposition) say that strike is to force the Govt: to allocate the 6% GDP for the education. But as we observed so far, their actual objectives are the 1) increment of their salary […]

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Student Thugs inside Sri Lankan Universities’……….

Saturday, September 29th, 2012

Ajantha Premarathna The only solution to the university education crisis in Sri Lanka is establishing “Private Universities” with foreign collaboration and allow private sector to invest in university education as government is not capable to invest such a huge budget while attending to other similar priorities such as health, transports, other infrastructure developments etc. The […]

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රේරුකානේ චන්දවිමල මහා නායක හිමි

Saturday, September 29th, 2012

පසුගිය සියවසේ ලියැවුණු ගැඹුරු දහම් පොත්වලින් බොහොමයක්ම රේරුකානේ චන්දවිමල මහා නායක හිමියන්ගේ බව ගිහිපැවිදි දෙපක්ෂයම හොඳින් දනී. උන්වහන්සේ ලියූ බෞද්ධ පොත් විනය ග‍්‍රන්ථ, අභිධර්ම ග‍්‍රන්ථ, භාවනා ග‍්‍රන්ථ, ධර්ම ග‍්‍රන්ථ ආදී වශයෙන් වර්ග කොට දැක්වීමට පුළුවන. ඒ ඒ විෂයනට අදාළව පරතෙරට ගිය අපූරු ධර්මධරත්වයක් උන්වහන්සේට තිබුණි. එසේම ගුණ බර වූ විනය ධරත්වයක් ස්වභාවයෙන්ම රේරුකානේ නායක හාමුදුරුවන් […]

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What is the difference between biodiversity and ecosystem and do they affect the human lives?

Saturday, September 29th, 2012

Dr Hector Perera      London “Individual species and ecosystems have evolved over millions of years into a complex interdependence. This can be viewed as being akin to a vast jigsaw puzzle of inter-locking pieces. If you remove enough of the key pieces on which the framework is based then the whole picture may be in danger […]

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Is violent approach – a solution for the anti-Islamic film?

Saturday, September 29th, 2012

By A. Abdul Aziz,  At this time of distrust and chaos around the world especially in the Middle East the Muslim world needs  to remember the time when the Prophet Muhammad  (peace and blessings of God be upon Him) was stoned  in the city of Taif and bled to the extent that his shoes  were […]

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Saving Sri Lanka’s Education – From Whom?

Friday, September 28th, 2012

Shenali Waduge  Sri Lanka’s education has been like a volcano – steadily waiting to erupt and it is getting closer to its objective. Undeniably there is no one cause for the current crisis. For Sri Lanka’s education to get on track those responsible for the current crisis must first accept accountability and then resolve to […]

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Revisiting PWC – VII

Friday, September 28th, 2012

Dr.Tilak Fernando The great philanthropist Sir Charles Henry De Soysa’s dream of building two schools for children in Moratuwa and naming those as Prince and Princess of Wales to commemorate the visit of Edward VII (Prince of Wales at the time) to Colombo in 1875 came true when permission was granted to his request by […]

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High Security Zones in the North: Tamil National Alliance and its request to India

Thursday, September 27th, 2012

Asada M Erpini Two cardinal truths that obviously cannot ever get inside the heads of the Tamil National Alliance politicians and their spokesmen are: Mr. Manmohan Singh is the Prime Minister of India and his remit is to handle the affairs of India; His Excellency Mahinda Rajapkase is the President and Head of the sovereign […]

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Patriotism, Nationalism and Sri Lanka today

Thursday, September 27th, 2012

By Mario Perera, Kadawata  There exists a big gap, a wide gaping, even abysmal hole, between concepts and realities, between ideas and life as it is lived. Such values as patriotism and nationalism are deep seated attitudes to be expected in ordinary citizens of a country. They are considered as being normal, so much so […]

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Sacrificing compassion for barbaric rituals-A reply to Somapala Gunadheera

Thursday, September 27th, 2012

Sagarika Rajakarunanayaka and Sathva Mithra  Courtesy :  The Island It is usual for those  speaking against the stopping of animal sacrifice  and animal slaughter, as in the case of Somapala  Gunadheera (SG) in his article  ” Making bombs out of butchers’ stocks”  (the  “Sunday Island” of 23.9.2012),   to begin with the pious declaration  that one […]

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The Rewards of Giving

Thursday, September 27th, 2012

Dhamma Group “These are the five rewards of generosity: One is dear and appealing to people at large, one is admired by good people, one’s good name is spread about, one does not stray from the rightful duties of the householder, and with the break-up of the body at death, one reappears in a good […]

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RAW: An Instrument Of Indian Hegemony- India’s Intelligence Operations Unveiled

Thursday, September 27th, 2012

by Isha Khan LAP LAMBERT Academic Publishing The Research and Analysis Wing (RAW), created in 1968, has assumed a significant status in the formulation of India’s foreign policies and strategies. Working directly under the Prime Minister, it has over the years become and effective instrument of India’s national power. In consonance with Kautilya’s precepts, RAW’s […]

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We cannot allow anyone to do this

Thursday, September 27th, 2012

By Afshain Afzal US and its allies are trying their level best to divert the attention of nations from the humiliating defeat at the hands of Mujahideen and subsequent withdrawal from Afghanistan. In a recent attempt, Nicholas Donabet Krisof, in his recent article entitled “Exploiting the Prophet,” published in The New York Times on 22 […]

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The Government has not approved animal sacrifices – President’s Secretary

Thursday, September 27th, 2012

Courtesy: ITN News The Government has not reached any agreement with regard to granting permission for the conduct of animal sacrifices at the Munneswaram Kovil in Chilaw. All religions in the country do not endorse animal cruelty. The Presidential Secretariat emphasized that clear instructions have been issued to the Police to strictly enforce the law […]

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Sri Lanka & the European Union signs the Horizontal Air Services Agreement

Thursday, September 27th, 2012

Media Release– The Embassy of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka to Belgium,  Luxembourg  and the European Union Sri Lanka and the European Union today (27 September 2012) signed the Agreement between the European Union and the Government of Sri Lanka on Certain Aspects of Air Services, which is commonly known as the ‘Horizontal’ […]

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SRI LANKA IN PICTURES – A CAPTIVATING PHOTOGRAPHIC DISPLAY

Thursday, September 27th, 2012

The High Commission of Sri Lanka London A two-day photographic exhibition capturing in graphic detail Sri Lanka before and after the 30-year conflict attracted a wide cross-section of foreign and local dignitaries. Held at the Sri Lanka High Commission in London the exhibition was viewed by parliamentarians from the House of Commons, House of Lords […]

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Another Success : All IDPs resettled in North Sri Lanka

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

Shenali Waduge  Sri Lanka’s success story comes after suffering 3 decades of terrorism, loss of close to 80,000 lives, rejection of numerous local and international bids of ceasefires and peace talks, refusal to stop killings of innocent civilians, continuance of child conscription to finally decide on a military solution to ending the conflict. It took […]

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Is Patriotism, Politics or Nationalism poisoning the world?

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

Shenali Waduge  Let us put things in perspective. A Government cannot solve our problems, it cannot set our goals and it cannot define our vision. Similarly, a Government cannot eliminate poverty, increase economy, reduce inflation, cure illiteracy, provide resources or even save the world. A Government may not have solutions but it certainly can create […]

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රේරුකානේ චන්දවිමල මහ නාහිමියන්, ඉත්තෑපාන නාහිමියන් සමඟ කළ සාකච්ඡාවක්

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

වත්මන් සමාජයේ බොහෝ දෙනා වෙහෙසෙන්නේ පොහෝ දිනයකට සිල් සමාදන් වී, දාන මානාදී පින්කම් සිදුකොට නිර්වානය පසක් කොට ගැනීමටය. රේරුකානේ චන්දවිමල මහ නාහිමියන් උසස් මාර්ග ඵලයකට පත්වූයේය යන්න උන්වහන්සේ පිළිබඳව දන්නා වූ සියලූදෙනා හිස් මුදුනින් පිළිගන්නා දෙයකි. පැවිදි ජීවිතයේ වැඩි කාලයක් භාවනාවෙන් හා ගැඹුරු දහම් පොත් ලිවීමට උන්වහන්සේ වෙහෙසුණහ. ”මං පොත් ලිව්වේ පොදු ජනතාවට මේ උතුම් […]

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යාපනය ජාතික විදුලිබල පද්ධතියට සම්බන්ධ කෙරේ

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

මාධ්‍ය අංශය විදුලිබල හා බලශක්ති අමාත්‍යාංශය උතුර – දකුණ එකම විදුලිබල ජාලයකින් බැඳේ. කිලිනොච්චි ග‍්‍රිඞ් උපපොල ජනපති සුරතින් බලගැන්වේ.  වසර 25 කට පසු යාපනය අර්ධද්වීපය ජාතික විදුලිබල පද්ධතිය සමඟ සම්බන්ධ කිරීම අද පෙරවරු 10.45 ට යෙදී තිබූ සුබ මොහොතින් ජනාධිපති මහින්ද රාජපක්ෂ මැතිඳුන්ගේ සුරතින් සිදුවිය. වවුනියාවේ සිට කිලිනොච්චි දක්වා ව්‍යාප්ත වුණු කිලෝ වෝල්ට් 132 අධි […]

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Malani Fonseka resigns and withdraws resignation on the advice of President Mahinda Rajapaka.

Monday, September 24th, 2012

Secretary General of Parliament Dammika Dassanayake confirmed that UPFA National List MP Veteran Actress Malini Fonskea had resigned from her post as MP. Mr. Dassayanake said that she had officially informed him about her resignation UPFA national list MP Malani Fonseka  later withdrew it on the advice of President Mahinda Rajapaka. Ms. Fonseka told Daily […]

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Unruly Behaviour at Hambantota T-20 WC Cricket Game Could Have Far Reaching Consequences!

Monday, September 24th, 2012

Top Spin By Suni September 24th 2012  What transpired at the Mahinda Rajapaksa Stadium ~Soorirawewa Hambantota  during and after the T20 World Cup game on Sunday between Sri Lanka and South Africa  is not only shameful but dampens all related proceedings although the circumstances involving what was tantamount to  a mini riot at the stadium does not […]

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Insulting people’s intelligence

Monday, September 24th, 2012

The Island Editorial Major Chandana Pradeep Susena’s claim that he was too shocked to remember who really beat him the other day at Hilton Residence makes one feel sorry for him and the army. He is a weakling who gets easily shocked and disoriented in a scuffle with a few ruffians. If what he has […]

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SRI LANKA TO EXPORT EIGHT MILLION PIECES OF ready made GARMENTS TO INDIA AT ZERO DUTY

Monday, September 24th, 2012

by Walter Jayawardhana Under relaxed conditions announced recently Sri Lanka will be able to export eight million pieces at zero duty to India very soon.  The new opportunity arose as India decided to relax fabric sourcing requirements for ready made garment exports to India at the request of Sri Lanka.  Once the notification by the […]

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