Archive for October 3rd, 2015

PRAIRIE AWARDS FOR LANKAN JOURNALISM — Focus on Manik de Silva -Part 3

Saturday, October 3rd, 2015

By Shelton A. Gunaratne Professor of communication emeritus, MSUM, and lead author of Mindful Journalism and News Ethics in the Digital Era: A Buddhist Approach (New York: Routledge, 2015) The manner of interaction of the Five Aggregates that conditioned the namarupa of Mervyn de Silva and Manik de Silva respectively showed marked contrasts. Mervyn showed […]

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Disappearance of Buddhism From India: An Untold Story

Saturday, October 3rd, 2015

             Naresh Kumar The complete disappearance of the religion of the Buddha from the land of its birth is one of the greatest puzzles of history. Once holding sway throughout the length and breadth of the subcontinent, Buddhism today survives only in the Himalayan fringes along the Tibetan frontier and in small pockets in northern […]

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පාලම හා පාලම් පාරුව

Saturday, October 3rd, 2015

චන්ද්‍රසිරි විජයවික්‍රම ප්‍රංශය හා එංගලන්තය අතරත්, ඉන්දියාවේ ධනුෂ්කොඩි හා ලංකාවේ තලේමන්නාරම අතරත් ඒ කාලයේ තිබුණේ පාලම් පාරුය. ලංකාවේ තේ වතුවලට ඉන්දියන් කම්කරුවන් ආවේ හා නිවාඩුවට ආපසු ගියේ කෝච්චියෙන් තලෙයිමන්නාරමට ගොස් පාලම් පාරුවෙන් ය.  ප්‍රංශය හා එංගලන්තය අතර වාෂ්පයෙන් දුවන නැව් තිබුණේ සාගරය ගැඹුරු නිසාත්, එතෙර-මෙතෙර යන ජන සංඛ්‍යාව වැඩිවූ නිසාත් ය. නැපෝලියන්ට හා හිට්ලර්‌ට එංගලන්තය […]

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Shall we start afresh Mr President?

Saturday, October 3rd, 2015

By Malinda Seneviratne -Courtesy The Nation President Maithripala Sirisena is no saint. He has not attained arahathood. He’s new to the job. He is, however, a seasoned politician. He has seen many leaders make many mistakes; enough to have enabled him to learn some lessons. He’s been a big disappointment so far in terms of […]

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Recommendation to establish an international inquiry mechanism exceed the mandate – Ambassador Zameer Akram

Saturday, October 3rd, 2015

Geneva, 03 October, (Courtesy Asiantribune.com): The High Commissioner’s Report contained in document A/HRC/25/23 is not balanced and some of the elements including recommendation to establish an international inquiry mechanism exceed the mandate granted by HRC resolution 22/1 said Permanent Representative of Pakistan Ambassador Mr. Zameer Akram. Permanent Representative of Pakistan Ambassador Mr. Zameer Akram He […]

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Comprehensive report of the Office of the UNHCHR on Sri Lanka – Recommendations

Saturday, October 3rd, 2015

Geneva, 03 October, (Courtesy Asiantribune.com): The Report of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights on Sri Lanka contains the principal findings of the comprehensive investigation conducted by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights into alleged serious violations and abuses of human rights and related crimes […]

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When nepotism grants regal status

Saturday, October 3rd, 2015

Courtesy The Nation The problem with his being in the UN delegation for Sri Lanka is obvious. The Government of Sri Lanka allowed it. The Foreign Policy Establishment allowed it. President Maithripala Sirisena’s son was part of the Sri Lankan delegation to the United Nations, and he was front and centre when his father met […]

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‘I should not have taken my father to the UN’

Saturday, October 3rd, 2015

Courtesy The Nation Daham Sirisena, son of Sri Lanka’s President Maithripala Sirisena, today admitted that he should not have taken his father on his recent trip to the UN General Assembly after significant public backlash caused a media uproar. In a Facebook update posted few days ago, Daham said, ‘I was officially invited to the […]

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Daham Sirisena, the entertainer

Saturday, October 3rd, 2015

Courtesy The Nation I’ve had a fantastic time reading all that’s being written about Daham Sirisena. The Big D, as I now think of him, is a fantastic creature. I mean, who wouldn’t want a walking, talking, Facebook-ing PR nightmare for a son, am I right? Let’s assume for a moment that Maithripala Sirisena actually […]

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Geneva going and USA hammering

Saturday, October 3rd, 2015

By A Patabendige  Courtesy The Nation I am sick and tired of war. Its glory is all moonshine…. War is hell’ (Gen William T Sherman the US General who made ‘Georgia howl’ and burned Atlanta in the Civil war) The USA made sure that Sri Lanka dug its own grave in Geneva in 2015. Looks like […]

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How the SLFP was reduced to a kavandaya

Saturday, October 3rd, 2015

By Gunadasa Amarasekera Courtesy The Nation If nations have their origins in civilizations, derive their nationhood from a civilizational premise, the only ethnic group  that is entitled to claim the term ‘nation’, is the Sinhala ethnic group responsible for the creation of a civilization-the Sinhala Buddhist civilization. No other ethnic group can make that claim, though […]

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Bye Obama, hello Putin

Saturday, October 3rd, 2015

Editorial – Courtesy The Nation What does it take to defeat terrorism? Well, the answer will vary depending on who is being asked the question. Here in Sri Lanka, for years, no decades, the dominant cry was ‘address and eliminate the conditions which cause people to take up arms’. In other words, it’s like cleaning […]

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Pakistan warns on critics of Sri Lanka

Saturday, October 3rd, 2015

By Deepal Warnakulasuriya -Courtesy The Nation Pakistan making a special statement says that those who have been critical of Sri Lanka’s effort to overcome terrorism and separatism funded from abroad would do well to look at their own track record on the so-called war on terror. Permanent Representative of Pakistan Zameer Akram made these observations […]

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Sri Lanka submits to US diktat – UN RESOLUTION

Saturday, October 3rd, 2015

Courtesy The Nation The Sri Lankan Government co-sponsored the US led resolution at the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) without contesting the draft resolution, despite a pledge made by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremsinghe to media heads last week that Sri Lanka would seek amendments to the preamble. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, speaking with heads […]

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UNHRC chief Zeid Al Hussein

Saturday, October 3rd, 2015

By A Special Correspondent Courtesy Island October 2, 2015, 9:18 pm • Zeid Al Hussein in broadside against Sri Lanka • Ravinatha registers timid and cowed response • Pakistan, Russia say what SL should have said • Maxwell Paranagama Commission specifically targeted • Former Khemer Rouge war crimes prosecutor coming to SL The report on […]

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Afghan hospital attack in Kunduz possibly criminal – UN

Saturday, October 3rd, 2015

Courtesy BBC Air strikes on a hospital in the Afghan city of Kunduz that killed 19 people were “tragic, inexcusable and possibly even criminal”, the UN human rights chief says. High Commissioner Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein urged a full and transparent investigation into the attack. Medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres said at least 12 of […]

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12 MSF staff, 7 patients killed in Kunduz attack, US admits airstrike ‘in vicinity’ of hospital

Saturday, October 3rd, 2015

Courtesy RT A hospital in the Afghan city of Kunduz was hit in an overnight aerial attack that killed at least 19 people, including nine Medecins Sans Frontieres staff and three children. The US has confirmed that it conducted an airstrike in the vicinity” of the hospital. http://www.rt.com/news/317482-afghanistan-kunduz-msf-hospital/  

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Dinesh says Sri Lanka must present its case to war crimes court… expresses strong opposition against external intervention

Saturday, October 3rd, 2015

by Shamindra Ferdinando Courtesy Island Mahajana Eksath Peramuna (MEP) leader Dinesh Gunawardena, MP, yesterday, said that the country could bring to the notice of the war crimes court envisaged for Sri Lanka, the circumstances under which the armed forces had brought the LTTE to its knees in May 2009. Reiterating his strong opposition to external intervention […]

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Sri Lanka, the land of the ‘Rising Son’

Saturday, October 3rd, 2015

Dr. Suneth Rajawasan Mt. Lavinia Courtesy Island Nepotism. One of those many isms that beg definitions. No it’s not a mental condition like autism, but recent events have led me to believe otherwise. We as a nation voted out a first family earlier this year. The people rose up against family rule, against squandering public wealth for […]

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