Archive for July 14th, 2018

‘SINHALA TRIUMPHALISM’

Saturday, July 14th, 2018

KAMALIKA PIERIS REVISED 14.7.18 The Government of Sri Lanka defeated the LTTE in Eelam war IV on 18th May 2009. There was a spontaneous outpouring of joy at the crushing defeat of the ‘invincible army’. People showed their joy island wide. The entire island erupted in jubilation.  On 22nd May an estimated 150,000 people converged […]

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LOVE FOR DEMOCRACY

Saturday, July 14th, 2018

ALI SUKHANVER Hundreds of human rights victims, activists, diplomats, journalists and student leaders are invited to attend a summit which is organized on the eve of the United Nations Human Rights Council’s main annual session every year in the month of February. This summit is known as the Geneva Summit for Human Rights and Democracy. […]

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SOME OBSERVATIONS ON “SINHALA ONLY” Part 1

Saturday, July 14th, 2018

KAMALIKA PIERIS (REVISED 14.7.18) The ‘Sinhala only’ story began in the 1920’s and 1930’s, when agitation for ‘swabhasha’ emerged as an anti-imperial or anti-colonial gesture. Sinhala Mahajana Sabha was set up  in 1919 under the auspice of the of the Ceylon National Congress, with the objective of ‘reaching out to the great masses of the […]

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Weekly Roundup

Saturday, July 14th, 2018

By: A.AM.NIZZAM – MATARA This is a roundup of news published in the Sinhala newspapers and Sinhala news websites this week excluding articles, interviews and messages Sunday  8th July Viyatg Maga an extension  of Mahinda Chintana (Lanka C News) LCN Mr. Gotabhaya Rajapaksa addressing the Hatri Maga Seminar in Kolonnawa xsaid that Mahinda Chintana should […]

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Professionals flay SL-Singapore FTA and suicide mission trade policy

Saturday, July 14th, 2018

by C.A.Chandraprema Courtesy The Island July 14, 2018, 12:00 pm Last Thursday, the Professionals’ National Front (PNF) which brings together professionals from the medical, engineering, banking, IT, architectural, and many other spheres held a seminar to a packed audience at the Sri Sambuddhathwa Jayanthi Mandiraya in Thunmulla on the SL-Singapore Free Trade Agreement ahead of the […]

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Pursuing Peace Rehabilitation without Reintegration

Saturday, July 14th, 2018

By Prof Rajiva Wijesinha Courtesy Ceylon Today There was another area in which we did much vital work in the period before the war ended, but that too in the end fell prey to rival ministerial ambitions. This was the question of Rehabilitation of former combatants, for which we formulated a policy with the assistance of […]

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Vast discretionary powers granted to Chief Accounting Officers

Saturday, July 14th, 2018

By Lakshman I. Keerthisinghe Courtesy Ceylon Today An auditor is not bound to be a detective, or, as was said, to approach his work with suspicion or with a foregone conclusion that there is something wrong. He is a watch-dog, but not a bloodhound. – LOPES L.J. In re Kingston Cotton Mill Company (No. 2)  (1896) […]

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Rice, banana leaves and lamprais

Saturday, July 14th, 2018

By Dr. Tilak S Fernando Courtesy Ceylon Today The response to one of my articles titled ‘Burgher Community in Sri Lanka,’ some time, ago has been appreciated by many of my Burgher friends both abroad in Australia and in Sri Lanka. My good friend, Egerton, decided to comment on it,  in typical old school ‘Sri Lankan […]

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Regulating campaign money – the need of the hour

Saturday, July 14th, 2018

By Arjuna Ranawana Courtesy Ceylon Today The reaction from Social Media to recent revelations about the sources of funding that our politicians got during the 2015 elections range from derision to anger. One of the most popular posts on this subject on Twitter is a quote from the wacky American actor and comedian, Robin Williams who […]

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Is Vijayakala above the law?

Saturday, July 14th, 2018

By Udaya P Gammanpila Courtesy Ceylon Today UNP MP Vijayakala Maheswaran told a public rally on 2 July that the LTTE should be resurrected if the Tamil people are to get their freedom.  Although this controversial statement is two weeks-old, law enforcement officers have done nothing against her. The LTTE have committed brutal terrorist activities to […]

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Over 27,000 infected with dengue in Sri Lanka

Saturday, July 14th, 2018

Courtesy NewsIn.Asia Colombo, July 13 (newsin.asia) – Over 27,000 people have been infected with dengue from January to July this year with capital Colombo reporting the highest number of infected patients, statistics from the Epidemiology Unit showed here Friday. So far in July, 1309 patients have been diagnosed with dengue from across the island while […]

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15 Chinese scholarships for Lankans to study oceanography and climatology under Belt and Road Initiative

Saturday, July 14th, 2018

Courtesy NewsIn.Asia Colombo, July 13 (Xinhua):  Fifteen Sri Lankan university students have been awarded scholarships by the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) to pursue higher studies on climatology and oceanography under the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) to strengthen educational ties between China and Sri Lanka. The scholarships were handed over on Wednesday under the […]

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When All India Radio banned film music from its broadcasts

Saturday, July 14th, 2018

By Radhika Iyengar/Livemint Courtesy NewsIn.Asia New Delhi, July 14: It was in 1952 that the Minister of Information and Broadcasting (I&B) of newly independent India, B.V. Keskar, decided that All India Radio (AIR)—the information and entertainment lifeline of the nation—would not air film songs as they were degenerate and far too Westernized”. He believed they would […]

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India’s attempts to control world’s emptiest airport in Sri Lanka hit after rounds of negotiations end in stalemate

Saturday, July 14th, 2018

Chathuri Dissanayake Courtesy The First Post Colombo: Questions are now being raised in Sri Lanka over the seriousness of India’s intent to set up a joint venture for Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport in Hambantota, which has the dubious distinction of not having any scheduled flights. Almost one-and-a-half years after India submitted a proposal for gaining control over the […]

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Minimum support price(MSP) increase could hit non-basmati rice exports in India

Saturday, July 14th, 2018

Written by Harish Damodaran | New Delhi |Courtesy The Indian Express Updated: July 15, 2018 3:40:08 am The government’s decision to raise the minimum support price (MSP) of common paddy from Rs 1,550 to Rs 1,750 per quintal this crop season may benefit farmers ahead of elections, but could impact the country’s export of non-basmati rice. The […]

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Fake passport racket helping Sri Lankans fly abroad as Indians busted in TN

Saturday, July 14th, 2018

Courtesy The Asian Age Two Sri Lankans, including a 38-year-old woman, suspected to be part of the racket, have been arrested, police said Chennai: Police have busted a fake passport racket in Tamil Nadu, which helped Sri Lankan nationals fly abroad from the city as Indian citizens. Two Sri Lankans, including a 38-year-old woman, suspected to […]

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Veteran female singer K Rani passes away

Saturday, July 14th, 2018

Amrutha Vasireddy Samayam Telugu | Jul 14, 2018, 01.12 PM IST HYDERABAD: Veteran female singer K Rani, who is famous for her song ‘Anthaa Braanthi Yena’ for Devasau movie, passed away on Friday night at her daughter’s residence in Kalyan Nagar, Hyderabad, at 75. K Rani, the most popular singer in the olden times, has sung […]

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