Author Archive for By Dr.Tilak S. Fernando

Traffic Fines and Loss of Life.

Saturday, January 14th, 2017

By Dr. Tilak S. Fernando Sri Lankans faced a shocking and distressing spell during the LTTE conflict when the death smell was in the air persistently. A few decades ago, prior to such an abhorrent phase, the sound of the word ‘death’ or having to attend a ‘funeral’ managed to generate apprehension and fear among […]

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Insurance a Bully or Folly?

Saturday, December 31st, 2016

By Dr. Tilak S. Fernando Insurance generally encompasses a collection of funds from the insured individuals and units to pay for the losses. Therefore, every insurance entity becomes protected from risk factor for a fee. To guard against any possibility of any peril, various clauses are incorporated by insurance companies into the policy, which at […]

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The World’s Greatest Love Story

Tuesday, December 20th, 2016

By Dr. Tilak S. Fernando Twice married, but still slim and elegant, at the age of 36, Ernest Wallis Simpson with a keen intelligence and a gift for the witty repartee, managed to steal the heart of Edward Albert Christian George Andrew Patrick David, the Prince of Wales, who was the son of King George […]

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Traffic Offences – Impact on Fines

Tuesday, December 13th, 2016

By Dr. Tilak S. Fernando Courtesy Ceylon Today Before any person qualifies to sit behind a steering wheel in a movable vehicle and to be called a ‘driver,’ one needs to have the basic knowledge of the Highway Code, along with requisite experience and practical skills and a licence to drive motor vehicles. Multiple of articles […]

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Ability within disability

Saturday, December 10th, 2016

By Dr. Tilak S. Fernando Health in human existence is the supreme wealth. Money alone cannot make a person healthy and happy. On the contrary, a healthy person always maintains a state of bliss and happiness, including a healthy mental state. Whenever the term ‘disabled’ is mentioned, it becomes the general perception that one is […]

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AIMING AT THE 2018 ASIAN GAMES

Saturday, December 3rd, 2016

By Dr. Tilak S. Fernando One of my old school mates, long years ago, at Prince of Wales College, Moratuwa, Dilvin Mendis, in his retirement has become a sports correspondent for an English national newspaper. He recently discussed with me the achievements of Sri Lankan sportsmen and women who have represented and performed in the […]

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BATHROOM BILL AND TRANSSEXUALISM

Thursday, December 1st, 2016

By Dr. Tilak S. Fernando  Much publicity has been given recently in the international media over a controversy surrounding what is known as “ The Barth Room Bill” concentrating mainly on the United States of America on the topic of segregation of sexes in public rest rooms demanding “ men should not be going inside […]

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Variety The Children’s Charity

Monday, November 28th, 2016

Dr. Tilak S. Fernando Many moons ago, in the 1920’s, during the depressing gloomy era, cries of an abandoned baby echoed through a cold blizzard during the 1928 Christmas Eve, within the empty Sheridan Square Theatre in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA.  However, story of this orphan developed into a fairy tale, which has led to become […]

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Dr. Ajith Perera – Unsung Hero Crowned at Sri Lankan of the year 2016

Sunday, November 13th, 2016

Dr.Tilak S. Fernando  The country’s most influential opinion leaders were amongst the VIP guests of a very distinguished gathering at the ‘Sri Lankan of the Year’ awards ceremony held recently at the Hilton Hotel. It was an event of international standard and an initiative of Ada Derana, a premium news and entertainment media network of […]

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INTELLIGENCE MORE IMPORTANT THAN STRENGTH

Wednesday, November 9th, 2016

By Dr. Tilak S. Fernando The most precious things in human life come free, or to put in another form, the things people value least are those very things they get free. When these two phrases are equated together what do we get in Sri Lanka? It is the university education. What are glaring in […]

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Kuveni’s curse still holds sway

Monday, November 7th, 2016

By Dr. Tilak S. Fernando Ceylon Today Publication on 7 Nov.2016  Despite the Joint Opposition (JO) of Sri Lanka Parliament is making an enormous ruckus from the day the Value Added Tax (VAT) problem emerged from the Yahapalana Budget, and subsequently making a hue and cry on the amended (VAT) Bill to the extent of invoking […]

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CRIMINALITY WITHIN SOCIETIES

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2016

By Dr. Tilak S Fernando  Criminality is classified as violation of laws of a State. It means malfeasance, immorality and corruption and the tentacles of criminality have spread on a global scale. At present, to such an extent, that no single country is free of delinquencies. Law breaking is generally grouped into two segments – […]

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Beema Bamboo for Cleaner Air

Tuesday, October 25th, 2016

By Dr. Tilak S. Fernando Nature is a mysterious phenomenon, not even scientists can explain it! Like the wind or the blowing that embraces one’s body it cannot be explained other than referring to it simply as ‘nature’! Nature itself is a cosmic theme, which goes beyond fathoms of religious, intellectual, scientific and human levels […]

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‘ARE YOU GUYS WARPED IN YOUR HEAD?’ An irate Indian’s viewpoint

Monday, October 17th, 2016

By Dr. Tilak S. Fernando Courtesy  Ceylon Today Govindaraj S. wants to share with everyone in a world ‘forum’ an interesting blog that has gone viral via email, which hit my mailbox too, on a frustrating and disappointing viewpoint of an Indian lady about the British, following her daughter’s traumatic experience in connection with a visa […]

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PEACE COMES FROM WITHIN

Wednesday, October 5th, 2016

By Dr. Tilak S .Fernando The late Aggamahapanditha Balangoda Ananda Maithriya Thera was in London, in 1997, observing Vassa (rainy season) at the Sri Saddhatissa International Buddhist Centre, Kingsbury. The thero’s, 99th birthday was on 23 August, and a dual-purpose ceremony had been organized by the Incumbent Monk at the International Buddhist Centre, Ven Galayaye […]

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SENSOR IGNITION SWITCH TO STOP DRINK AND DRIVE

Tuesday, September 27th, 2016

By Dr. Tilak S. Fernando Courtesy Ceylon Today Despite rules, regulations, heavy fines and suspension or cancellation of driver licences, the number of accidents and deaths on Sri Lankan roads seem to have a serious effect on human life; even after all the exertions and energies put in by the Sri Lanka Police. The reason behind […]

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Invention of new political slogans

Monday, September 26th, 2016

By Dr. Tilak S. Fernando Fifteen years ago, on 11 September 2001, Islamic terrorists bombed and destroyed the well-known Twin Towers, (The
 World Trade Centre) in New York, killing 2,996 and wounding more than 6,000 ordinary people. It later earned the catch phrase 9/11. On its 15th year commemoration day politicians in the US put […]

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“Ahuvath Salli – Kiwwath Salli” ! SL’s NEW ADVERTISING TREND

Sunday, September 11th, 2016

By Dr. Tilak S. Fernando Courtesy Ceylon Today Whether one stays at home, travels by bus, train or car or even happens to be a pedestrian on the road you cannot escape from an earful of blares emanating from radios to blast your ear drums, but certainly not for any personal listening pleasure. Currently in Sri […]

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Popular Love Story

Friday, September 9th, 2016

By Dr. Tilak S. Fernando Courtesy Ceylon Today Prince Charles met Lady Diana Spencer when she was sixteen, in the middle of a ploughed field in 1977, when she had gone home for the weekend, during school holidays. His first impression about her was that she was ‘full of fun’ and thought her ‘pretty amazing’! Diana […]

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A Peep into our inheritance – Origins of Development of Ceylon

Friday, September 2nd, 2016

By Dr. Tilak S. Fernando We are being reminded today in the 21st Century how ‘good old Ceylon’ had been a self-sufficient island many eras ago. It also makes us wonder, with the present generation with scholars, professors and eminent engineers and so forth, why such inherited Sri Lankan talents from our forefathers’ time and […]

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When Red Caret Rolled at Buck House. B

Saturday, August 27th, 2016

  By Dr. Tilak S. Fernando The Red Carpet at Buckingham Palace at the official residence of Queen Elizabeth II, the reigning Queen of England, rolled out on the 6 August 1993, to allow for the first time in the history of England for more than 400,000 people to get a glimpse of the Royal Abode […]

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Good Bad & the Ugly

Friday, August 19th, 2016

By Dr. Tilak S. Fernando Courtesy Ceylon Today Recently a Sri Lankan woman from Australia made an online booking in a ‘grand’ hotel prior to her arrival in Colombo. Her flight landed at the Bandaranaike International Airport much earlier than the scheduled time. When she approached the hotel reception in Colombo she was informed that her […]

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Media and its many facets!

Tuesday, August 16th, 2016

By Dr. Tilak S. Fernando Human beings would always like to have an appreciation of their identity, either from institutions or politically as members elected by the public. Socially, of course such identification could be in the form of fathers, children, teachers and others. Culturally they could be seen as social groups such as black, […]

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Comment is Free, But Facts Remain Sacred

Wednesday, August 10th, 2016

Dr. Tilak S Fernando Courtesy Ceylon Today Constructive criticism can easily be taken for granted as being intolerable and odious. In reality, of course, independent voice of the people needs to be heard whether it is bared through the media or by an independent journalist’s scoop or even coming out from the odd person in society, […]

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A Happy Ending to Diabetes

Monday, August 1st, 2016

By Dr. Tilak S. Fernando As an extension to my ‘Feedback on Uropathy and Gau Mutra’ article which appeared in Ceylon Today newspaper on 13 April, just three months after a diabetic patient from Kalutara was referred to Dr. Mass R. Usuf, President of the National Association of Homoeopaths and Affiliates and Sri Lanka’s former […]

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Mr.POLITICIAN, Face The Mirror!

Friday, July 29th, 2016

By Dr. Tilak S Fernando Courtesy Ceylon Today Politics and politicians have become a pet topic nowadays. Cambridge English Dictionary describes the word politics as ‘activities of a government, members of law making organization or people who try to influence the way a country is governed’. Urban Dictionary, however, defines it differently viz: “Politics derived from […]

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HOW TO DIG FOR NEWS -PART 2

Tuesday, July 19th, 2016

By Dr. Tilak S. Fernando Courtesy Ceylon Today Modern bookshops and news stands are inundated with a multitude of magazines of all kind with topics including general health, beauty, royalty, medicine, yoga, and international politics. Some of the most interesting and educational ideas are buried in small but less significant news reports and narrow classified advertisements, […]

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Digging for News

Monday, July 18th, 2016

By Dr. Tilak S. Fernando A journalist’s main function is to gather ideas. Here, the journalist is faced with a big question mark … ..  ‘Where to find them and the facts to support them’? This can be one of the biggest headaches for the beginners to journalism – the cub journalists! A glance at […]

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The Nuts and Bolts of Journalism

Saturday, July 9th, 2016

By Dr. Tilak S. Fernando Courtesy Ceylon Today 2016-07-09 The style of writing has to be candid, factual and forthright, but it should not be regarded as threatening or hostile. As with most public assignments, it is best to choose the type of words by getting a clear idea on the following aspects: (i) what is […]

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Media impact on public opinion

Saturday, July 9th, 2016

By Dr. Tilak S Fernando Courtesy Ceylon Today Many tend to believe and accept that violence is a complex issue influenced by many factors such as racism, poverty, drug abuse, domestic issues, thuggary, guns, mental disorder and terrorism, which can ultimately lead to aggressive behaviour and violence. Current news bulletins are generally classified into two main […]

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