Author Archive for By Dr.Tilak S. Fernando

So, this is Christmas!  

Saturday, December 16th, 2017

By Dr. Tilak S. Fernando Courtesy  Ceylon Today 2017-12-16 The year 2017 has been on a roller coaster ride, where the ordinary folk on it have been screaming each time there was a bump on the ride, while a few selected privileged ones have been throwing their hands up and enjoying the ride. At the end […]

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Burgher Community in Sri Lanka

Saturday, December 9th, 2017

By Dr. Tilak S. Fernando  Courtesy Ceylon Today The term ‘Dutch Burgher’ is used to identify the ethnic group involving the descendants of Dutch Origin, who settled down in Ceylon after the British took over the Southern and Western coastal areas. In the early 17th century, Portuguese and Ceylonese Kingdoms ruled the country constantly, by battling […]

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Saturday, December 2nd, 2017

By Dr. Tilak S. Fernando. Dilshani Palugaswewa highlighted in the Ceylon Today (Sunday Edition), the discourse made by Ajitha Wickremesinghe, the Financial Legal Equality Advisor and Director of iProbono, and the Founding Trustee of Think Equal, at a function held at  the Bandaranaike Centre for International Studies, on 21 November, to mark The International Day […]

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Journeying to help the needy

Friday, November 24th, 2017

By Dr. Tilak S Fernando Courtesy Ceylon Today We arrived at the Angunna Badulla Junior School in Matara, where 139 students from poor village families get an education. The school Principal M.A Jayasiri, introduced us to three deserving students in need of medical attention. Among the three was a six-year-old boy, Dilshan, whom we were especially […]

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Saturday, November 18th, 2017

By Dr. Tilak S. Fernando  Sirasa TV1 initially stimulated the writer and wife to visit Habarana, when a little seven-day-old girl was mauled by a dog and died. Upon arrival in Habarana, it was found that the entire area, consisting three villages, Asirigama, Eppawala, and Haba Divul Wewa, did not have pure water for consumption, […]

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Vip’s flagrant behavior – Petrol crisis

Saturday, November 11th, 2017

By Dr. Tilak S. Fernando Courtesy Ceylon Today The precipitous petrol crisis in the country emerged, on 3 November, from rumours by word of mouth, while the line Minister and the Petroleum Development Resources Secretariat kept mum until the delinquency hit a crisis level, and the exasperated motorists started to go on a rampage. The Minister’s […]

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Promoting gender equality

Sunday, November 5th, 2017

Dr. Tilak Fernando Courtesy Ceylon Today On 10 October 2017, South Asia’s Policy Makers gathered in Colombo to discuss the success and failures of women, who appear to be disregarded in society. A current issue under discussion in Sri Lanka is to have a guaranteed quota of 25- 30 per cent of women in politics, in […]

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Downgrading Politics

Sunday, October 29th, 2017

By Dr. Tilak S. Fernando Politics appears to be a ‘dirty game’ throughout the world. In Sri Lanka, it has stooped to gutter level with corruption spearheading like a contagious disease. Many Sri Lankan politicians entered the political arena, in the past, out of sheer patriotism and the yearning to work for the people. Besides, […]

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Over Whelming Response HUMANITY AT ITS BEST

Saturday, October 21st, 2017

By Dr.Tilak S. Fernando Last Saturday, this column highlighted how helpless Asirigama villagers in Habarana have been ‘Deprived and Discarded’. The news went viral on the Internet to generate overwhelming responses from fellow Sri Lankans and the expatriate community living aboard. The main story revolved on the seven-day-old baby Kavishka Sandaruwan, who was killed by […]

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Saturday, October 14th, 2017

By Dr. Tilak S. Fernando Courtesy  Ceylon Today On the 19 September 2017, the writer started on a journey from Colombo to Habarana, following a tragedy that was highlighted by Sirasa News First programme on a heartbreaking new flash about Kavishka Sandaruwan, a seven-day-old baby who died due to an “unprecedented dogguzzling.” She had been wrapped […]

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Friday, October 13th, 2017

By Dr. Tilak S. Fernando The historical conviction, followed by the rigid sentence of rigourous imprisonment for three years by the High Courts, on the former Presidential Secretary Lalith Weeratunge and Anusha Pelpita, under Section 386 of the Penal Code for ‘dishonestly misappropriating’ a sum of Rs. 600 million belonging to the TRC created a façade […]

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Remembering Vivien Gunawardena

Sunday, October 8th, 2017

By Dr. Tilak S. Fernando 2017-10-07 Vivian Gunawardena has gone down in Sri Lankan politics as a dynamic woman who embraced politics long before ‘Women’s lib’ was heard of in the West. Being fearless and outspoken, a quality that she inherited from his uncle, the late Phillip Gunawardena (Boralugoda Lion), she pioneered and set up […]

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Saturday, September 30th, 2017

By Dr. Tilak S. Fernando Courtesy Ceylon Today A bird may fly up and up in the sky, with a free feeling and unaffected, but there comes a time, during his journey, when it decides to go in search of a branch to perch on! Likewise, could it be interpreted to say that Rev. Father S. […]

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Peoples Worst Enemy

Sunday, September 24th, 2017

By Dr. Tilak S. Fernando A young girl just over 16, whom the writer was sponsoring for her education at a private international school, decided to elope with an unemployed youth of 19 years of age last month, just ahead of her GCE (O/L) examination in December. This nonsensical act devastated all her parents’ ambitions […]

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Expatriates and Sinhala Culture

Saturday, September 16th, 2017

By Dr.Tilak S. Fernando During Ranasingha Premadasa’s Executive Presidency, the Sri Lankan expatriate community in the UK had grown excessively due to an exodus of ‘genuine’ and ‘economic’ refugees followed by the devastating situations that existed during 1971, 1987 and 1989 with the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) insurgency, along with the Black July (Kaṟuppu Yúlai) […]

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Saturday, September 9th, 2017

 By Dr. Tilak s. Fernando Courtesy Ceylon Today Yahapalana or the unity government which blamed the Rajapaksa regime for spending excessively on building expressways, and even criticizing the cost of such constructions were equivalent to ‘paving the roads with gold,’ has come into heavy criticism due to a colossal loss of public money up to Rs […]

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Athula Withanage – THE LIVING CAPSULE

Saturday, September 2nd, 2017

By Dr. Tilak S. Fernando  Mother Lanka has given birth to many prodigies and given them a free education to prop them up to excel in wider fields, particularly in medicine. However, there were and are many students who are still unable to gain admission to universities to outshine in their chosen fields due to […]

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Saturday, August 26th, 2017

By Dr.Tilak S. Fernando The writer was privileged to meet his school days’ idol G.S.B. Rani Perera in London, an icon in the Sinhala Radio at the age of 74 on her final stages of life and during her maiden trip to the UK. Her very first words before we sat down to discuss her life […]

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Thursday, August 24th, 2017

By Dr. Tilak S. Fernando On the day (15 August 2017) the Former First Lady Shiranthi Rajapaksa was summoned by the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) and grilled for nearly four hours, according to news media, over a vehicle that had been donated by the INGO Red Cross to the ‘Siriliya Saviya,’ a Foundation that functioned […]

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Thursday, August 17th, 2017

By Dr. Tilak S. Fernando If there was any member of the British Royal family who gained worldwide recognition and adoration, it had to be none other than Princess of Wales, who was lovingly known as  ‘Princess Diana (Di)’.  At the age of 19 she captivated the world as Lady Diana Spencer by falling in […]

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Helmut Kohl’s Unfulfilled Dream

Saturday, August 5th, 2017

By Dr. Tilak S. Fernando After the demise of former German Chancellor Helmut Kohl recently, news about his survival out of the killer tsunami in 2004 December surfaced once again. Kohl was 74 at the time. His escape from the tsunami in Sri Lanka had been described in diverse forms, both in the German media […]

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Saturday, July 29th, 2017

By Dr. Tilak S. Fernando The heart of a cement plant is the grinding mill, says Ananda Karunarathne, where clinker is ground with gypsum (a soft white or gray mineral consisting of hydrated calcium sulfate) to manufacture cement. The original manufacturers of the mill at Galle had been Danish Company, and in today’s context, one […]

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One Man’s crusade against a falling Cement Plant

Saturday, July 22nd, 2017

By Dr. Tilak S. Fernando A local Sunday paper, on 18 June 2017 carried an article on the (Galle) Ruhunu Cement Plant’s (RCP) Golden Anniversary, quoting several of the old employees’ memories and experiences from the time of its beginnings as a State-owned enterprise. RCP was initially set up under the Factories Act of Parliament […]

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Facing the wrath of weather gods

Saturday, July 15th, 2017

By Dr. Tilak S. Fernando Could the continuous downpours of rain over the past few weeks and deluges hitting several areas in the country where people have perished, many have become helpless and marooned, thousands sustained injuries and hundreds lost their life-time possessions, whilst another part of the country experienced a severe drought affecting their […]

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Putting misconceptions into perspective.

Saturday, July 8th, 2017

By Dr. Tilak S. Fernando 2017-07-08 A particular planter appeared to have been disturbed for calling the Ceylon Tea Traders Association (CTTA) as the “Apex body of the Industry” in my article on 1 July 2017 on the Sesquicentennial of the Ceylon Tea Industry. He wrote to me enquiring the reason for using such a […]

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Sunday, July 2nd, 2017

By. Dr. Tilak S. Fernando Year 2017 becomes the quasquicentennial anniversary of the Ceylon Tea industry. The Colombo Tea Traders’ Association, the apex body of the industry, in collaboration with the Sri Lanka Tea Board, the state regulatory agency for the industry, will conduct a comprehensive programme to commemorate the 150th anniversary of Ceylon Tea with […]

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Duke of Edinburgh Longest Serving Royal Consort

Saturday, June 24th, 2017

By Dr. Tilak S. Fernando Courtesy Ceylon Today The news about the Duke of Edinburgh, who is married to one of the world’s famed women, the Queen Elizabeth II of England, after enjoying 70 years of marital bliss has gone viral on news and social media about his decision to throw in the towel from all […]

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SriLankan Airlines take off or Nose Dive

Wednesday, June 21st, 2017

By Dr. Tilak S. Fernando To set up an airline and operate is an arduous task. Running it profitably is even much harder and demanding. In such a backdrop the National Carrier (Air Ceylon) established in 1947 has gone through a metamorphosis at various stages without a having a single accident reported.  When the Government […]

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Remedy for dengue Homeopathic magic drug

Saturday, June 17th, 2017

By Dr. Tilak S. Fernando Prof. Kolitha Sellahewa, Head of the Department of Internal Medicine at Dr. Neville Fernando Teaching Hospital elucidated in full, how to control and treat dengue affected patients through conventional methods, in my column on 3 June 2017. However, there appears to be two schools of thought in dealing with this […]

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Saturday, June 10th, 2017

By Dr. Tilak S Fernando Is it because of the ‘poisonous’ and junk food people consume on a daily basis today that their attitudes keep on changing values go down in the drain and become nasty to each other at the drop of a hat? Why do some medical professionals have to go against their […]

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