Archive for April, 2013

US preoccupation with Sri Lanka

Wednesday, April 24th, 2013

By Neville Ladduwahetty  Courtesy ISLAND US preoccupation with Sri Lanka’s internal affairs is a cause for concern. Every incident has prompted a comment from the US. If the office of a newspaper is attacked, it is an attack on the independence of the media despite the fact that any number of possibilities not connected with […]

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A Blessed Decade of Divine Leadership by Khalifa of Islam

Wednesday, April 24th, 2013

By A. Abdul Aziz, Press Secretary, Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at “”…” Sri Lanka. His Holiness, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad, is the fifth Khalifa (Caliph) of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community. Elected to this lifelong position on 22nd April 2003, he serves as the worldwide spiritual and administrative head of an international religious organisation with tens of millions of […]

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Bodu Bala Sena and the ‘Bodu’ Buddhists

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013

C. Wijeyawickrema, LL.B., Ph.D.             It is amazing that an idea that began with relatively unknown four monks and a layman one year ago has become a movement with world-wide publicity and jealousy. Malinda Seneviratne, the young journalist is correct when he said at the Young Journalists meeting that there must have been a fertile […]

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Further thoughts on CKDu

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013

Ben Silva Thanks to Dr A Wijesekara for supplying information and thanks to Lankaweb for highlighting the issue. Arsenic and Cadmium levels of healthy people living in endemic areas appear to be double (approximately) that of the control group. This suggest that people living in endemic areas are subjected to high levels of Cd and […]

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Stand up! Who says coming up Shariah schools is not a threat?

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013

Leela On 19/04/2013, in the mixed section of Sri Lanka Gazette, a notice appeared under the no 767. It was placed by the UNP Trinco District Parliamentarian S.M. Thawfeek, to inform the general public that he intend to present two acts in the parliament to form two Arabic schools namely ‘Ealvaniyah’ and ‘Abu Hurairah’. Now […]

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Lessons from Boston

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013

Ratanapala 23 Apr 2013  Two immigrant boys , apparently from Chechnya, detonated two home made bombs at the Boston Marathon last Monday. Today just a week later one is dead and the other arrested by the deployment of no less than 27000 law enforcement officers in heavy body armor and armed to their teeth “”…” […]

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Sri Lankan Reflections on Siva

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013

Romesh Jayaratnam Kandy As a Sri Lankan, I reflect on Siva, the Lord Most High. I enumerate several of his names, allude to His grace and describe his ancient shrine in Trincomalee, East Sri Lanka. The intent is to celebrate His place in the Sri Lankan Tamil inheritance. Siva presides over our destiny amidst our […]

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Cunning efforts to implement Sharia in Sri Lanka

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013

Nandana Wijeratne The gazette notification of 19 April 2013 under Standing Order No.48 proposes a Bill that when carefully reading shows the cunning method of legally implementing Sharia laws into the school system which invariably will lead towards a very critical atmosphere in Sri Lanka. Since our legislatures belonging to the Sinhala Buddhist are either […]

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Say NO to carbide in bananas which induces cancer

Monday, April 22nd, 2013

Shenali Waduge We all love to eat bananas and Sri Lanka is famous for a unique variety of them and their taste has stood above the most nations of the world. We eat a lot of bananas in Sri Lanka. However, profiteers have found inventive ways to use hazardous chemicals that artificially ripens fruit causing […]

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WHO report on Kidney disease-lnvestigation and Evaluation of Chronic Kidney Disease of Uncertain Aetiology in Sri Lanka -Final Report

Monday, April 22nd, 2013

lnvestigation and Evaluation of Chronic Kidney Disease of Uncertain Aetiology in Sri Lanka -Final Report You don’t have to argue any more. It is written in very simple language in black and white. As, Cd, Pb and other elements in urine – Arsenic excretion in urine was significantly higher in the  healthy subjects in the […]

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Check your Own Electricity Bill

Monday, April 22nd, 2013

Dear Readers Now you can check your own electricity bill. Please use the attached excel file “Electricity Bill” and enter your no of electricity units. Then you can calculate your own electricity bill using New Tariff & Old Tariff rates. http://www.lankaweb.com/news/items12/Electricity Bill.xlsx

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THE SOUND OF ONE HAND CLAPPING!!!

Sunday, April 21st, 2013

Mahinda Weerasinghe-The Author of the Origin of species according to the Buddha Erik Solheim’s Book “Politics are to will” launched on March 5th, 2013, was dearth of facts or substance and rather hollow to my taste.  If anything was to be gained by it, was the ‘DATES’ of some specific historical moments. But as to; […]

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Sri Lanka : The logic of electricity tariffs and spiraling cost of living

Sunday, April 21st, 2013

Shenali Waduge Every Government has adopted the policy that having voted them into power it is the public who must foot the bill for their corrupt and luxurious living. The 60% hike in electricity comes with the certainty that everything running on electricity will also see a steep rise “”…” do politicians and political appointees […]

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CKD and agrochemicals- This article is in response to article by Dr. Dr. Anura Wijesekara

Sunday, April 21st, 2013

Ben Silva Even after the WHO report, which made a link between CKDS and agrochemicals, persons such as Dr Dr. Anura Wijesekara , still attempt to deny the link. He is trying to confuse matters further by  introducing ” Lysenkoism “. It is better  for Dr AW, to see how scientists tried to show that asbestos […]

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Arsenic, Kidney diseases and what to do about it.

Sunday, April 21st, 2013

by Anura Alahakone, USA I would like to make some comments on the article entitled `Arsenic and Lysenkoism‘ published by Dr. Anura Wijesekera in the Lankaweb (20-April)-2013). Dr. Wijesekera lists a number of possible causes proposed by various scientsts regarding `Chronic Kidney disease of Unkonwn origin’ (CKDU).  However, I think he has failed to mention […]

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Mother of Reyyaz Salley and Azath Salley

Sunday, April 21st, 2013

Reyyaz Salley Hajiyani Mrs. Khairunnisa Salley answered the call of Allah on 16 April 2013, four days after her 72nd birthday. She hailed from one of the deeply rooted strong political families in Sri Lanka. She was the wife of Mr. M.S.M. Salley, popularly known as Communist Salley for his sincere commitment towards Communist Ideology. […]

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Something rotten is happening in our country

Sunday, April 21st, 2013

Dr. Mareena Thaha Reffai, We have been hearing some bizarre news recently. We have heard of husbands killing their own wives out of jealousy or for another woman, but how can we reconcile the fact the man killed not only his wife, but also the children including an infant? We used to hear of drunken […]

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Do not cut trees

Sunday, April 21st, 2013

Dr. Mareena Thaha Reffai, It is amazing how a few misinformed  persons could almost cause havoc  by almost cutting down almost 10,000 eucalyptus trees to pay the EPF and ETF of the employees! How short sighted can a person who is associated with the very department which should protect eh environment is amazing! ( news […]

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India has no right to preach to Sri Lanka on human rights when its own record is dismal

Saturday, April 20th, 2013

Asada M Erpini  India keeps on preaching to Sri Lanka on human rights violations and the need for giving the Tamils in Sri Lanka an opportunity to live with basic rights. The chorus is led by none other than India’s Prime Minister who said on 08 March, “ƒ”¹…”India is “worried” about the fate of Tamils […]

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UN silent on US/NATO crimes but goes after Third World nations and leaders

Saturday, April 20th, 2013

Shenali Waduge The West has a history of invading nations, forcibly occupying them, plundering nations of their resources and saying thank you by designing systems that would keep people divided and dependent on them because they make the laws and they are the judges for the very crimes they have committed. For over 500 years […]

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Shift IPL out of Chennai

Saturday, April 20th, 2013

Asada M Erpini  A report in the media on 20 April, 2013 states that the Indian Premier League (IPL) playoffs in the 2013 version is likely to be shifted out of Chennai.  The possibility of the IPL matches being moved out of Chennai will be welcomed by all lovers of the T20 cricket. The franchise […]

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Arsenic and Lysenkoism

Saturday, April 20th, 2013

Dr. Anura Wijesekara Registrar of Pesticides Sri Lanka  Lysenkoism  Russian Scientist N.I. Vavilov was the pioneer who introduced the centers of crop diversity to the world.  He was also the scientist who made us aware of the potential value of Plant Genetic Resources (PGR) and need for their conservation.  This great scientist died in prison!  He […]

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What Sri Lanka Is Today And What It’s Not !

Friday, April 19th, 2013

Insight By Sunil Kumar April 19th, 2013 The North of Sri Lanka the focal point of this item needs to be viewed in an entirely different perspective relative to realities that prevail there as opposed to the negative portrayals presented by many who refuse to accept the astounding progress the Nation has made as it […]

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Monks came forward and saved Buddhism in Sri Lanka in the past while it was driven out from India

Friday, April 19th, 2013

by Leela Nalanda is believed to be the world’s first University and the largest Buddhist one at that. Situated in east of Patna in India it accommodated over 10,000 students and 2,000 teachers from Korea, Japan, China, Tibet, Indonesia, Persia and Turkey in its heyday. Subjects covered included science, astronomy, medicine and chiefly metaphysics and […]

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‘Wesak Day’ – May 25, 2013 Proclaimed by the Mayor of Toronto

Friday, April 19th, 2013

Buddhist Council of Canada We are pleased to announce that His Worship Rob Ford, the Mayor of Toronto, has declared May 25th, 2013 as “ƒ”¹…”Wesak Day’. May Full Moon is celebrated around the world, and this is the first time that Wesak has been formally recognized at any level of government anywhere in Canada. The […]

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ඉහළ කොත්මලේ හිස් කළේ නඩත්තු කටයුතු සඳහා පමණයි. බලාගාරයේ කිසිදු දෝෂයක් නැහැ – ලංකා විදුලිබල මණ්ඩලය

Friday, April 19th, 2013

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RED RAIN CELLS FROM SRI LANKA UNUSUALLY HIGH IN URANIUM SAY STUDIES IN JAPAN

Thursday, April 18th, 2013

by Walter Jayawardhana The latest research done on the Red Rain cells collected in the North Central, Uva and Southern Provinces of Sri Lanka has concluded that the outer layers of the cells are unusually high in uranium. A research paper published in the Journal of Cosmology by Professor Chandra Wickramasinghe ,Professor Takafumi Matsui, Nori […]

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CKD and chemicals

Thursday, April 18th, 2013

Ranjith Soysa It is indeed encouraging to hear about the steps taken by the government in implementing regulations to control the use of agricultural chemicals. The government is said to be guided by the WHO reports indicating direct links of the use of chemicals by the farmers to the incidence of CKD. However, it is […]

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Breaching the Buddhist First Precept – Denying water to Animals at Mattala Airport is morally indefensible and defiles Sri Lanka’s national image

Thursday, April 18th, 2013

Shenali Waduge “Oh! Great King, the birds of the air and the beasts have an equal right to live and move about in any part of this land as thou.  The land belongs to the peoples and all other beings and thou art only the guardian of it.” This call based on fundamental Buddhist tenets […]

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SPAIN EXPRESSES WHOLE HEARTED SUPPORT DURING VISIT OF MINISTER DINESH GUNAWARDENA:MoUs to be signed for further cooperation

Thursday, April 18th, 2013

Embassy of Sri Lanka Paris, France Spanish Ministers and Members of the Congress expressed their whole hearted support to Sri Lanka in further accelerating the rapid pace of development taking place in the country. Minister of Water Supply and Drainage and Chief Government Whip Dinesh Gunawardena, who is on a visit to Spain, met with […]

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