Archive for December, 2013

Ranil – a brain-dead discard in UNP morgue

Tuesday, December 31st, 2013

H. L. D. Mahindapala  The news item in your newspaper (28/12) that ex-president Chandrika Kumaratunga has been picked by the UNP to contest President Mahinda Rajapakse in the next election was predictable. At best she is the only candidate that has a chance of not winning but uniting the opposition. Her own party that made  […]

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Abolition of Vth STD Scholarship Examination A layman’s point of view

Tuesday, December 31st, 2013

Dr Sudath Gunasekara (SLAS) former Ministry Secretary (Also Secretary Ministry of Technical Education) and President Mahanuwara Senior Citizens Movement 1.1.2014. Abolition of Vth STD Scholarship Examination is a crime against 80 % of the population in this country and it is a conspiracy to confine higher education to families of politicians and the affluent. I […]

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How to sue the United Nations

Tuesday, December 31st, 2013

By:  Dharshan Weerasekera  There has been renewed interest in a paper of mine published in Foreign Policy Journal in March 2013, titled, “The Illegality of UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon’s approach to Sri Lanka,”[1] (see Shenali Waduge, “Dharshan Weerasekera exposes Sri Lanka’s External Affairs Ministry’s deficient legal work,” Lankaweb, 29 Nov. 2013).  In that […]

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Britain’s can of worms

Tuesday, December 31st, 2013

The Island Editorial December 30, 2013, 8:03 pm The British government is planning to declassify some documents pertaining to private talks between Prime Minister Tony Blair and President George Bush in the run-up to the Iraq war, according to a news item we publish in today’s World View section. This move is aimed at facilitating […]

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After smoking, a high-fat diet is the second most lethal habit.

Tuesday, December 31st, 2013

Dr Hector Perera        London All foods are comprised of essential components of or macronutrients, fat, proteins and carbohydrates. These diets are based on research that indicates high carbohydrate consumption increases level of insulin in the blood. Insulin is a hormone that helps the body to convert food into energy in the form of glucose or […]

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Saudi Funded Terrorists Carry-out Heinous Attacks on Russian Civilians

Monday, December 30th, 2013

– Kumar Moses Saudi Arabia had its plans to subjugate Syria and expand its hegemonic presence in the Middle East. However, they collapsed when Russia brokered a peace deal backed by warships and nuclear submarines in the Mediterranean. Arabian leaders offered several bribes to the Russians but failed to implement their evil plan. Powerful Prince […]

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Twin bombings at Volgograd

Monday, December 30th, 2013

Dr. Chula Rajapakse MNZM  Spokesperson, United Sri Lanka Assn, Dear Editor, The Age  Melbourne, Australia. The agony of the victims & families of the twin suicide bombings in Volgograd Russia, can be best appreciated by the likes of us of Sri Lankan origin, who had to endure these and much worse for three decades. The […]

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Follow-up to “Scribes of Prostitution” – Do Value Chain in Media Pay Taxes?

Sunday, December 29th, 2013

Prof. Hudson McLean The following article published in LankaWeb received several positive comments as well as an important question from a friend. Have Sri Lankan Journalists turned into Scribes of Prostitution? Prof. Hudson McLean  – -Full Story- (LankaWeb – 29/12/13) Follow-up to “Scribes of Prostitution” – Do Value Chain in Media Pay Taxes? The question […]

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Why does Everybody Hate Sri Lanka?

Sunday, December 29th, 2013

by padraigcolman A Facebook friend asked me to explain why the Sri Lankan government has come under such criticism. A recent example was David Cameron’s November 2013 visit to Sri Lanka for CHOGM (Commonwealth Heads of government Meeting). “Can you tell me why you think the country is coming in for criticism? Did the Tamil […]

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BBC Sinhala service head suspended

Sunday, December 29th, 2013

by Kurulu Kariyakarawana Courtesy The Sunday Observer BBC Sinhala Service (Sandeshaya) head Priyath Liyanage who aired a news bulletin unfavourable to the controversial BBC World Service documentary “Sri Lanka’s Unfinished War” by Frances Harrison, has been suspended with immediate effect. Liyanage who had authorised a three-minute bulletin that carried defensive comments from Military Spokesman Brig. Ruwan […]

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Have Sri Lankan Journalists turned into Scribes of Prostitution?

Saturday, December 28th, 2013

Prof. Hudson McLean  Before Christmas I contacted two Sri Lankan journalists through a reliable local contact to ascertain the acceptability of an article for publication.   I was astonished to receive a response, “Journalists don’t publish articles for free anymore. Even my friends ask for US$1000 (one lakh) sometimes to publish business ones. “   […]

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The Endgame.

Saturday, December 28th, 2013

By Charles.S.Perera For thirty long years the people of  Sri Lanka suffered .  The people of Sri Lanka suffered as the Tamil Community in Sri Lanka refused  coexistence with the other communities, specially with the Sinhala Majority Community. The Tamil Community wanted to be different.  Because of their desire to be different  Sri Lanka  was […]

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R. Sampanthan and the Sinhala black-whites

Saturday, December 28th, 2013

C. Wijeyawickrema, LL.B., Ph.D. A parliament full of idiots             “…Two of the tallest leaders, Mr. S.W.R.D. Bandaranaike and Mr. Dudley Senanayake      who served this country, signed these Pacts (7/26/1957, 3/24/1965) and along with the         undisputed leader of the Tamil people, the late Mr. S.J.V. Chelvanayakam, in their capacity as Prime Ministers of […]

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From Sri Lanka, questions about wars

Saturday, December 28th, 2013

Praveen Swami – Courtesy The Hindu Florence-on-the-Elbe, they used to call the historic German city of Dresden, before it began to turn to ash that evening in February 1945. Inside of days, the United Kingdom and the United States bomber command dropped some 3,900 tonnes of ordnance over the city, creating an inferno which would […]

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Urgent request to stop an illegal construction in Knuckles Conservation Forest.

Saturday, December 28th, 2013

RUHUNU VOICE December 27, 2013 To: Mr. K.P. Ariyadasa, Conservator General Forest Department Senior Deputy Conservator of Forests (Protection & Law Enforcement) Divisional Forest Officer, Matale Request to take action regarding Illegal construction in Knuckles World Heritage Site We wish to bring to your immediate attention, an illegal construction currently taking place in Knuckles World […]

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International Ahmadiyya Convention began in Qadian.

Saturday, December 28th, 2013

By A. Abdul Aziz, Press Secretary, Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at, Sri Lanka.  The 122nd Annual Convention (Jalsa Salana) of Qadian (Punjab, India) began yesterday –  (27th December 2013) in India. More than twenty five thousand of Ahmadiyya Muslim delegates from all over the world and India are Participating in this unique gathering and out of which […]

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SURFACING OF CEYLON HISTORY AFTER FIVE DECADES – II

Friday, December 27th, 2013

Dr.Tilak Fernando For nearly half a century Professor Laksman Susantha Perera’s research, bound in three volumes, consisting nearly 1400 pages on ancient inscriptions in ‘ Ceylon’ between 3rd Century to 10th Century AD gathered dust at the Peradeniya University, occasionally used by many scholars, lecturers and students over the years. Of late, however, the University […]

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THE C4 VIDEOS ABSOLUTE FAKES -ICTA chairman decries misuse of technology:

Friday, December 27th, 2013

Video forgery is a technique for generating fake video by altering, combining, or creating new video content …: Experts who extensively studied the content of videos produced by Channel 4 in UK have clearly stated that these videos are forgeries, ICT Agency of Sri Lanka (ICTA) chairman Professor P. W. Epasinghe said. Speaking as the […]

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Tamil leaders whether they be political or commercial, seem to hit the “Jack Pot” and come crumbling down like “Jack” in Jack & Jill.

Friday, December 27th, 2013

 Prof. Hudson McLean They seems to be excellent examples of the Peter Principle. Definition of Peter principle: Observation that in an hierarchy, People tend to rise to their Level of Incompetence. But in the case of Tamils, their curve tends to go down the spiral sooner than most other Asian ethnics. Sorry ole Thosai fruit! […]

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Lessons to be learnt from Mandela’s nationalism -Part II

Thursday, December 26th, 2013

H. L. D. Mahindapala  Nelson Mandela triumphed gloriously by tapping into S. African nationalism ” the indelible political force still alive in global politics despite the theoreticians pooh-poohing nationalism as something of the past. When President Barack Obama says “God Bless America” he is expressing patriotism at the highest divine and terrestrial levels. When David […]

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TNA can do something positive for the Tamils of the North – for a change

Thursday, December 26th, 2013

Asada M Erpini It is rarely, if ever, that one gets a chance to read the Leader of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) or those at the higher echelons of the TNA saying anything positive about what the Sri Lanka government is doing. Sumanthiran is now reported to have said that the Parliamentary Select Committee […]

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Mandela’s anti-homeland nationalism reflects Sinhala-Buddhist nationalism -Part 1

Wednesday, December 25th, 2013

H. L. D. Mahindapala All shades of political opinion have rushed to claim the legacy of Nelson Mandela after his death than when he was alive. All of them hope that some of the saintly shine that glorifies Mandela will rub on them. In a sense, these claims by diverse actors in the political spectrum […]

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Try Buddha’s eightfold path to restore amity and sanity

Wednesday, December 25th, 2013

By Shelton A. Gunaratne –professor emeritus in communication(1) Eastern philosophies, particularly Buddhism, have caught the attention of the American public even though the U.S. mass media have failed to highlight this processual development. Although some might construe Buddhism as an Oriental intrusion intended to discombobulate the predominantly Judeo-Christian culture of the Occident, those who revere […]

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British PM Cameron’s gimmicks in Sri Lanka exposed in Tamil Web site

Wednesday, December 25th, 2013

P.A.Samaraweera, Melbourne  During the CHOGM in Sri Lanka, some British papers gave full publicity to PM Cameron’s gimmicks in Sri Lanka. He was keen to be in the North than to participate in the summit. One paper carried a photo of him with Tamils with the heading, ‘Tamils praise Cameron as a god’. Another said, […]

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Treatment of Minority in India

Wednesday, December 25th, 2013

By Afshain Afzal The state citizens of disputed Jammu and Kashmir are not Indian nationals and are struggling for their independence from the Indian illegal occupation of their state. Jammu and Kashmir state is among those numerous independent states of British India who were forcibly included in Indian union without any legal provision. Struggle for […]

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Newton was born on Christmas, but Jesus was not.

Wednesday, December 25th, 2013

by A. Abdul Aziz. Most of the Christians in the world are celebrating Christmas, on December 25. The Orthodox Christians in Russia will be celebrating Christmas on January 7th.  There is a 40-day Lent preceding Christmas Day, when practicing Christians do not eat any meat. The Lent period ends with the first star in the […]

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CAMERON, TORIES FUNDED BIG BY DIASPORA

Tuesday, December 24th, 2013

Courtesy The Daily News Conservative party given 420,000 Sterling Pounds: British PM’s Jaffna visit at behest of Subaskaran Allirajah: Funding for the British ruling coalition partner, the Conservative Party and the indebtedness of British Prime Minister David Cameron to the Tamil Diaspora has been exposed by a Tamil language website — Athirvu. The website points […]

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Where is the human compassion for Animals at Christmas

Tuesday, December 24th, 2013

Shenali D Waduge Except Buddhism and Jainism all other religious festivities are celebrated by denying the life of animals. Buddhists and Jains are the only religions that has festivities without culling animals as sacrifice or for food. Celebrations for Abrahamic religions of Christianity and Islam means to slaughter animals and deny them their right to […]

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LEAVE ANIMALS ALONE

Tuesday, December 24th, 2013

Shripal Nishshanka Every moving being has its own right to live in this world equally.  The days are well gone if we think that some animals are ‘created’ for the benefit of the mankind. Those believers can be also categorized as part of cannibals.  The lust for the meat of animals is interpreted in many […]

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LOOKING AHEAD AT 2014

Monday, December 23rd, 2013

By  Gomin Dayasri  In a Rajapakse almanac, a general or presidential election is an event slotted to a season of festivity ” to sync with times of good cheer when the spirits are soaring and money jingles in the pocket with allowances, bonuses and advances. So, 2014 maybe the election year or become the year […]

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