Archive for August 10th, 2018

Maithripala Sirisena’s Election Promises

Friday, August 10th, 2018

Maithripala Sirisena left the Sri Lanka Freedom Party to contest under the SWAN symbol from the party National Democratic Front. His election manifesto was released at the Viharamahadevi Open Air Threatre in December 2014. His key promise was a ‘Compassionate Maithri Governance – a Stable country’. Over 62lakh people believed in this assurance & voted […]

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John Hagenbeck (former owner of the Dehiwela Zoo) exported animals and humans from Sri Lanka for display overseas -Ceylon & The Colonial Freak Show

Friday, August 10th, 2018

Courtesy see.this.onblerd.com One of the most prominent of the human zoo operators was the Hamburg animal trader Carl Hagenbeck. He would go on expeditions in foreign countries and bring back both animals and people for European collections and display. The zoo in Hamburg still bears his name. In his memoirs, Carl Hagenbeck praised himself, writing, […]

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Human Zoos at the Turn of the 20th Century

Friday, August 10th, 2018

Lisa Wade, PhD on October 15, 2012 Courtesy The Society Pages ***TRIGGER WARNING for racism and enslavement*** During a dark period of world history, intellectuals pondered where to draw the line between human and animal.  They arrayed humans hierarchically, from the lightest to the darkest skin.  Believing that Africans were ape-like, they weren’t sure whether to include […]

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Were human babies used as bait in crocodile hunts in colonial Sri Lanka?

Friday, August 10th, 2018

Anslem de Silva 1 & Ruchira Somaweera 2    Courtesy Journal of Threatened Taxa  1 Amphibian and Reptile Research Organisation of Sri Lanka, 15/1, DolosbageRoad, Gampola, Sri Lanka 2 Biologic Environmental Survey, 50B, Angove St, North Perth, WA 6006, Australia 1 kalds@sltnet.lk, 2 ruchira.somaweera@gmail.com (corresponding author) Abstract: Use of live animals as bait is not an uncommon practice in hunting worldwide.  However, some curious accounts of the use of human babies as bait […]

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CB failed to probe People’s Bank lending Rs.4bn to minister: Ravi

Friday, August 10th, 2018

Yohan Perera and Ajith Siriwardana Courtesy The Daily Mirror MP Ravi Karunanayake yesterday found fault with the supervision unit of the Central Bank for its alleged failure to probe on lending of Rs.4 bn by the People’s Bank to a Minister. MP Karunanayake who made this allegation in Parliament last afternoon said the supervision unit of […]

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Rigorous Imprisonment with Hard Labour at 82

Friday, August 10th, 2018

By Dr. Tilak S. Fernando Courtesy Ceylon Today Sir Oliver Goonatillake, upon returning to London from his travels in India and meeting up with his children and grandchildren, became quite busy with his Lloyds Register Insurance work, which involved frequent travels to many parts of the world. Sir Oliver still shared the flat at 31 Carlisle […]

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