Archive for January 31st, 2013

Sri Lanka should not give in to demand for an international inquiry on war crimes!

Thursday, January 31st, 2013

Asada M Erpini Since 19 May 2009, the day on which the Sri Lanka-based military arm of the terrorist LTTE was vanquished by Sri Lanka government’s valiant men and women in uniform, there have been incessant calls and demands for war crimes investigations. Rather strangely, the only war crimes investigation that all these do-gooders wanted […]

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APPLICATION OF BUDDHIST PRINCIPLES CAN HELP REDUCE STRESS AND IMPROVE MENTAL HEALTH (Part 1)

Thursday, January 31st, 2013

By Shelton Gunaratne With the rapid spread of Buddhism in the western United States, boosted by increased immigration from Asia, Americans should consider applying Buddhist principles to solve their everyday problems. Although Buddhism has two major sects””‚Theravada and Mahayana””‚both agree on the crux of Buddhist philosophy based on the Four Noble Truths (FNT), the Noble […]

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Buddhist fears are yet to be allayed ….but getting closer – Response to Hameed Abdul Karim

Thursday, January 31st, 2013

Shenali Waduge It is welcome to see the toning down of Mr. Karim’s expressions of opinion and extending friendly gestures, therefore let me reciprocate whilst also appreciating the Daily News editor who has accommodated both our views allowing readers to see both sides of the story. The lovely sketches courtesy of the editorial staff carry […]

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Lament by Anglican Bishop of Colombo

Thursday, January 31st, 2013

P.A.Samaraweera   The Rt. Rev. Canagasabay, Anglican Bishop of Colombo had sent a pastoral letter to the Parishes asking the people to be dressed in white, to fast and to treat 3rd and 4th Feb. as days of lament. Because, according to the Bishop, ‘… there is a collapse of the law and Sri Lanka no longer appears to […]

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Agony of a Writer.

Thursday, January 31st, 2013

Kithsiri De Silva. Writing is one of my favourite pass times. I live and work abroad and have been writing to newspapers and periodicals in the region often. Many of them got published here. Recently, I was thinking of putting some of my selected works in a Book form. I contacted a few know Publishing […]

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Tamil groups convene for discussions in Berlin, Germany

Thursday, January 31st, 2013

Press Release on behalf of all participating organisations Tamil political and civil society representatives, and Diaspora groups have convened in Berlin on the 26th & 27th January 2013 for progressive discussions on how to end the Sri Lankan State’s continued agenda of destruction of Tamil people’s identity (genocidal), the heightened oppressive conditions, the threat to […]

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Statement regarding media roundtable on January 26, 2013

Thursday, January 31st, 2013

~Mal Munasinha Dear Minister Kenney, The information received by me was that this meeting was held not with the Sri Lankan media but with the Pro LTTE Tamils who have been pressing for a separate state in Sri Lanka. And only Tamils were allowed at this meeting and not a single Sinhala Canadian was allowed. I also […]

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Statement regarding media roundtable on January 26, 2013

Thursday, January 31st, 2013

Asoka Weerasinghe Honourable Jason Kenney.   Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Kenney: Let’s get this right.  NO, you did not have “a news conference with Sri Lankan media in Toronto”.  What you did have was a news conference with the Sri Lankan-Tamil media in Toronto.  And that was the rub and you got screwed by […]

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Psychosocial Rehabilitation of the War Affected Sri Lankan Combat Veterans

Thursday, January 31st, 2013

Dr. Ruwan M. Jayatunge The Eelam War in Sri Lanka has produced a large number of veterans with complex physical and psychological traumas over the last three decades. The war trauma has created potent barriers to their lives and these barriers obstruct recovery and personal growth. Combatants with war trauma experience problems in their living, […]

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The dynamics of the US-China battle over Indian Ocean

Thursday, January 31st, 2013

Shenali Waduge The most virtuous nation in the world is to bring a second resolution against Sri Lanka for human rights violations at the Geneva sessions in March 2013. Sri Lanka however is yet to learn lessons from the principle of “once bitten twice shy” and so our external affairs ministry is shamelessly lobbying once […]

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Authorship of the Umpire Decision Review System (UDRS)-A Plea for Reparative Justice:

Thursday, January 31st, 2013

Senaka Weeraratna Concerning the injury suffered by Senaka Weeraratna consequent to the denial of a rightful hearing of his claim of invention, copyright and authorship regarding a critical issue in the regulation of the game of Cricket. Senaka Weeraratna “”…” an enthusiast since his school days at Royal College, Colombo on matters pertaining to cricket […]

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Stop encouraging the separatist ideology

Thursday, January 31st, 2013

Ranjith Soysa We understand that Sri Lanka Association for Advancement of Science (SLAAS)is considering to to grant provincial autonomy to its branches which deserves the attention of the the broader community. When it is a known fact that some members of the academia as well as the professionals attempt to justify the concept of traditional […]

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“Sri Lanka Beaches Beckon with Water Fun, Slow Pace”, says ABS: “Do not go there”, says Bhavani

Thursday, January 31st, 2013

Asada M Erpini Atlantic Black Star, on 29 January, carried a mouthwatering short write up about Sri Lanka. It talked about the scent of jasmine, the smell of spices and the beaches in Tangalle and Mirissa that entice the foreign tourist to Si Lanka. As happens all the time, whenever a foreign correspondent writes something […]

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Twin enemy for Sinhela cuts grass under the feets!

Thursday, January 31st, 2013

MAHINDA KARUNARATNE With the increased immergence of Muslim threat against Sinhela and Buddhism in Sri Lanka, where we have to fight against while facing another hidden enemy that is among and above us. To understand this scenario, let us analyze the facts; Taking all the advantages of the 1977 Open economy, then the 30 years […]

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A Lecture on “Sri Lanka: 2013 and Beyond” by Mr. Alistair Burt on February 01, 2013

Thursday, January 31st, 2013

Lakshman Kadirgamar Institute for International Relations and Strategic Studies (LKIIRSS) Lakshman Kadirgamar Institute for International Relations and Strategic Studies (LKIIRSS) in collaboration with the British High Commission, Colombo are organizing a lecture on Sri Lanka: 2013 and Beyond. It is the first public lecture organized by the institute and the speaker is Mr. Alistair Burt, […]

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Canada Summons Ottawa’s SL HC – January 28,2013

Thursday, January 31st, 2013

Ira de Silva London, Canada The Editor The Island Colombo, Sri Lanka Dear Sir: Reference the front page article that Canada summoned the High Commissioner for Sri Lanka in Ottawa, it should be obvious to the officials in Sri Lanka that this is all a build up towards Canada’s intended actions at the UN sessions […]

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Jason Kenny: Your meeting Tamils behind closed doors

Thursday, January 31st, 2013

Asoka Weerasinghe (Mr.) King Grove Crescent . Gloucester . Ontario . Canada 28 January 2013 Hon. Jason Kenney, P.C., M.P Minister of Citizenship & Immigration, House of Commons, Ottawa Dear Jason: Word of your suspicious Round Table meeting with a choice anti-Sri Lanka Tamil group in the Hilton Suites, Markham Hotel, on Saturday, January 26, […]

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Dear Politician, Do not use my child’s blood to make your cocktail ! Burn 13A Now !

Thursday, January 31st, 2013

AnuD Once upon a time President Rajapakse spoke thus. “Thirty years of terrorism is now over. We are celebrating our independence in such an atmosphere for the first time. Now all of you can live in consolation without fear or doubt. Anyone can go anywhere freely. That is very important. This is our motherland. All […]

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Rahul Factor & Sri Lanka

Thursday, January 31st, 2013

Hello! This is Jerald Owens from Iowa, USA On January 19th 2013, 42 year old Rahul Gandhi (the son of late Rajiv Gandhi) was appointed to the position of Vice President of the Congress Party of India. This surely places him to lead the party that his family has long dominated in parliamentary elections next […]

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Cabinet Reshuffle – Raise the bar in evaluating quality of Ministers

Thursday, January 31st, 2013

Shenali Waduge In a democracy, the people’s will is said to be exercised through its elected representatives. We know all too well how far elected representatives actually honor that duty. Be that as it may, it is abjectly clear that and no one would disagree that we lack quality in the people we vote for […]

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