Archive for May 30th, 2013

CHINA: A NATION WITH A DISTINCT BUDDHIST CHARACTER

Thursday, May 30th, 2013

Dr. Daya Hewapathirane China is the largest Buddhist country on earth in terms of its size and associated 1,070,893,447 Buddhist population. China accounts for 67% of the 1.6 billion total Buddhist population in the world. About 80% of China’s total population is Buddhists (http: //thedhamma.com/buddhists_in_the_world.htm.). The magnitude of the Chinese Buddhist population is evident when […]

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Sri Lanka Ministry of External Affairs EXCLUDES Buddhist Organizations from meeting Thai PM?

Thursday, May 30th, 2013

Shenali D Waduge The Prime Minister of Thailand arrives in Sri Lanka on May 31, 2013 to mark the anniversary of a highly significant Buddhist event. Her arrival is to promote Buddhism and commemorate the Buddhist links between the two nations. Given the nature of her visit it is questionable why the Minister and Secretary of the […]

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Life Abroad – Part 29: SORTING DIPLOMATS FROM THE OFFICERS

Thursday, May 30th, 2013

Dr. Tilak Fernando At a time the Sri Lankan foreign service, especially the diplomatic Corps, is being subjected to criticism by certain section of the Sri Lankan community both at home and abroad, it would be prudent to reminisce on a Sri Lankan diplomat, Sir Edwin Wijeyeratne, who had lived up to his profile and […]

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CHOGM – Canada Boycott to Increase Tamil Votes

Thursday, May 30th, 2013

Ira de Silva London, Canada The Editor The Island Colombo, Sri Lanka. Dear Sir: The statement by a former Canadian High Commissioner, Mr. Martin Collacott  confirms the opinion of many Canadians that they know why the current Canadian Government is making anti-Sri Lanka statements and threatening to boycott the CHOGM in November – it is based […]

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Well Done – Daily Mirror Editor asks Communities to unite in support of Ban on Cattle Slaughter

Thursday, May 30th, 2013

Shenali D Waduge  In an age when editorials are irrelevant as information is electronically available within seconds of events happening, the role of editors need to transform into one of championing causes, bringing people together and not dividing them and working towards the integrity and sovereignty of the nation. The Daily Mirror Editor has led […]

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Spare a thought

Thursday, May 30th, 2013

Ms. Michelle Alexander In Sri Lanka the laws pertaining to the welfare of animals are antiquated, and lag behind other nations which have incorporated higher ethical and scientific standards into their legislation. The current bill on Animal Welfare has already been sanctioned in 2006, but is yet to be enacted.  The governing ordinance is the […]

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INTERNATIONAL VESAK COMMEMORATIONS AT UNESCO IN PARIS

Thursday, May 30th, 2013

Media Release-Permanent Delegation of Sri Lanka to UNESCO Paris The Permanent Delegation of Sri Lanka to UNESCO coordinated Vesak commemorations at UNESCO in Paris under the theme of “Buddhism and Inter-Faith Dialogue: Reconciliation through Education”. A series of events were held on 23rd and 24th May 2013 under the patronage of the President of the […]

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