Author Archive for By Dr.Tilak S. Fernando

Retired DIG’s Anguish

Wednesday, January 12th, 2022

By Dr. Tilak S. Fernando The writer and his partner were invited on 1 January 2022 by Ceylon oldest living Olympian boxer, retired Deputy Inspector General of Police, Sumith Liyanage, with some guests. Our conversation at the lunch table discussed details of Sumith’s career in Sri Lanka’s Police force. During the 1960 Olympics in Rome, […]

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PRIANTHA KUMARA -Sialkot Fanatics’ Senseless Lynching

Wednesday, January 5th, 2022

BY DR. TILAK S. FERNANDO The Coffin carrying the remains of Priantha Kumara at BIA Priyantha Kumara, a Sri Lankan Export Manager, employed by Rajko Industries, Sialkot, became an Islamic fanatic group’s victim on 3 December 2021. Police records revealed that he was beaten with sticks, fists and kicks by a group consisting of dozens […]

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Douglas Wickramaratne: The Perpetual Patriot is no more!

Thursday, December 30th, 2021

By Dr. Tilak S. Fernando Douglas Wickramaratne answered the final call from above to leave this world on 1 December 2021. He was born on 9 April 1938 in Colombo and lived in North London. Educated at Ananda College, Colombo, he was the leader of the debating team for both Sinhala and English until Dr […]

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Don’t Let Covid Spoil Christmas

Friday, December 24th, 2021

By Dr. Tilak S. Fernando  Christmas 2021 approached with several restrictions from the Sri Lankan Health authorities due to Covid-19. Over two billion people celebrate the birth of Christ on 24 December every year. Christmas is the most joyful season in the year. Generally it’s an occasion for the family to reunite and everyone in […]

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Domestic Gas Explosions

Friday, December 24th, 2021

By Dr. Tilak S. Fernando  During the past few weeks, wives, cooks at various hotels and restaurants and other family members were shocked by gas explosions originating from the domestic liquid petroleum (LP) gas cylinder. From 1 January to 5 December 2021 there were 244 explosions. President Gotabaya Rajapaksa appointed an eight-member committee to investigate […]

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The Pond, Butterflies, and the Rainbow

Thursday, December 9th, 2021

By Dr.Tilak S. Fernando Recently the surgeon Dr. Athula Withanage translated into Sinhala for the first time, ‘Evgeni Onegin’ a Russian romantic novel written in verse and a masterpiece of the great Russian poet Alexander Pushkin.  Simultaneously, he translated it into English, making it the 46th English translation. This achievement by  Dr. Athula Withanage can […]

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One Country One Law

Friday, December 3rd, 2021

By Dr. Tilak S. Fernando Last week the writer approached a local studio to get some photographs to get his passport renewed. During the conversation with the photographer, he advised the writer about the legal requirements of the Immigration office, which require both ears to be visible in the photograph to renew his passport. He […]

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Fertiliser Issue

Wednesday, November 10th, 2021

By Dr. Tilak S. Fernando Islandwide farmers are continuously protesting about the unavailability of fertiliser. One cannot blame the Government for the inadequacy of officials responsible for distributing the compost. The poor Minister gets blamed over weaknesses of the distribution sector. It is due entirely to the inefficiency of the officials in charge of distribution. […]

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Alexander Pushkin’s Eugene Onegin

Thursday, November 4th, 2021

By Dr. Tilak S.Fernando The masterpiece of the Great Russian poet Alexander Sergeyevich Pushkin’s novel ‘Eugene and Onegin’ is translated into Sinhala for the first time by Dr Athula Withanage, who has written many books in Sinhala and English. Dr Withanage was a senior surgeon who worked for over twenty years in the NHS UK. […]

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Aluminium Anniversary

Monday, November 1st, 2021

By Dr. Tilak S. Fernando When a man looks into a mirror, the image reflects who he is today. But it also reveals whom he used to be. Although appearances change, many of the underlying characteristics remain the same. It is the same with ‘Ceylon Today’, as the paper celebrates its 10th anniversary and reflects on […]

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Towards Sustainable Agriculture

Friday, October 29th, 2021

By Dr. Tilak S Fernando | COLUMNS There is much controversy over organic manure vs. toxic fertilisers. It was proposed at the Presidential Election by the Presidential candidate Gotabaya Rajapaksa that if he came to power, he would undoubtedly introduce organic fertiliser for the safety of every citizen in Sri Lanka.  On the 72nd Anniversary of […]

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Pandora Papers

Friday, October 29th, 2021

By Dr. Tilak S. Fernando FOCUS The ‘Pandora papers’ is a complex offshore financial investigation led by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists that has exposed the corrupt politicians the world over. The latest research contains 11.9 million confidential files analysed by the ICIJ in the teamwork of over a hundred journalists worldwide. ICIJ first […]

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Grisly Murders in London

Thursday, October 14th, 2021

By Dr. Tilak S Fernando Courtesy Ceylon Today By Dr. Tilak S Fernando The nature of a crime is an inter-reaction with society. There is nothing, philosophical, to distinguish one crime from that another. There are various murders, but it does not include all human beings alone but covers a broader range of killings involving […]

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COVID-19 Changed the World!

Wednesday, October 6th, 2021

By Dr. Tilak S. Fernando FOCUS COVID-19 is a deadly infectious disease caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Many become victims of the pandemic daily. The severity of the disease depends on the person’s immune system, some recover without special treatment; others become seriously ill.  As a last resort, ICU units give oxygen to patients who […]

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Englishman Ordained as an Upasaka

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2021

By Dr. Tilak S. Fernando Lord Buddha said on his deathbed: Do not believe what others say just because others say so! Do not believe it because you heard it from a wise being, but only believe something when you know it in your Heart.” The Heart is supposed to be the seat of sentiment, […]

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Regression & Reincarnation

Wednesday, September 15th, 2021

By Dr. Tilak S. Fernando Reincarnation means a ‘soul’ moving from one and taking birth in another human body after death. Hypnosis uses to identify memories of past life. Buddhists and Hindus have a shared belief over incarnations. In Western countries ‘past-life practitioners’ use hypnosis, which has become more or less a business.  A session […]

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Wednesday, September 8th, 2021

By Dr.Tilak S. Fernando In 1927 the Secretary of State for the Colonies announced a special Commission under the Chairmanship of the Earl of Donoughmore to visit Ceylon and submit an account of the Constitution with any difficulties of administration that needed to be surmounted at that time. The Secretary wanted the Earl of Donoughmore […]

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Observing Ven. Balangoda Ananda Maitreya Mahanayake Thera’s 125th Birthday

Wednesday, September 8th, 2021

By Dr. Tilak S. Fernando The writer met with the most Venerable Aggamahapandittha Balangoda Ananda Maitreya Mahanayake Thera in London, when he was 99 years old. The Venerable observed the rainy season (Vassana retreat) in London at that time. The Buddhist Centre organised a religious ceremony on account of his 99th Birthday, on 23 August. […]

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Thursday, August 26th, 2021

By Dr. Tilak S. Fernando The writer is confident that readers may have seen the picture of ‘praying hands’ umpteen times, mainly hung on Christian homes, but wonders how the story originated! As narrated initially by Ranjit Seneviratne, some time ago, the story was about a family in Nuremberg, West Germany, in the fifteenth century. […]

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Monday, August 23rd, 2021

Dr Tilak S. Fernando There is an intensive drive by the Government to vaccinate people, irrespective of the type of vaccines. The adverse after-effects following vaccination are increasingly becoming evident worldwide. There is established proof that by vaccination, besides other complications like allergy etc., the formation of unusual blood clots (thrombotic complications) is a deadly […]

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Thursday, August 12th, 2021

By Dr. Tilak S. Fernando Without accepting a religion, but simply developing a realisation of the importance of compassion and love, with more concern and respect for others, a kind of spiritual development is possible for those persons who are outside of religion”- Dalai Lama. Peter Kalu, who lives in Hertfordshire, UK, was intrigued by […]

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Getting Vaccinated

Friday, August 6th, 2021

By Dr. Tilak S. Fernando  The emergence of COVID-19 in December 2019 in China spread like wildfire. In January 2020, despite China imposing a lockdown in Wuhan, the virus spread to the mainland and eventually worldwide. The pandemic has affected millions of people worldwide.  The death rate is over four million up to date. Sri […]

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What’s Happening to Cricket?

Wednesday, July 28th, 2021

By Dr. Tilak S. Fernando Everyone in Sri Lanka, from children to grown-ups, know about cricket. Though volleyball is known as Sri Lanka’s national game, cricket took its place due to its popularity. There was a time when even Kussi Ammas were engrossed in the game whenever cricket matches appeared on TV screens.  When players […]

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Ronald Senaratne – The Ambitious Psychoanalyst

Thursday, July 15th, 2021

By Dr. Tilak S. Fernando Ronald Senaratne in action with an Indian Actress Ronald Senaratne was a self-made psychoanalyst. He became popular among the Indian folk in London especially, who believed in ‘Chakras’ in the human body, which are various focal points. He travelled to the U.K. for the first time in 1988. News spread […]

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Adaptation to Carbonic Fertiliser

Saturday, July 10th, 2021

By Dr Tilak S.Fernando There is much controversy over President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s determination to ban the toxic chemical-based fertiliser and adapt carbonic fertiliser. Critics who are analytical comment that the President’s action was untimely when the pandemic and foreign exchange crises are under the weight of COVID-19.  Farmers continue to protest, seen today on TV, […]

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From the Archaic diaries -SRI LANKAN PSHYCOANLIST

Friday, June 11th, 2021

By Dr. Tilak S. Fernando Ronald Senaratne  in action with an Indian Actress. The late Ronal Senaratne called himself a ‘self-made psychoanalyst.’ He was popular among the Indian folk in London. Those who believed in ‘Chakra’ in the human body thought in Ronald Senaratne’s predictions. ‘Chakras’ are various focal points used in multiple ancient meditation […]

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Is there a Prevention for Coronavirus?

Thursday, June 3rd, 2021

By Dr.Tilak S.Fernando The Coronavirus entered the 3rd wave in Sri Lanka, and the number of deaths is increasing daily. However, the Government and the  National Operation Centre for Preventing Covid-19 still seem to follow instructions from a set of western orientated experts and maintain that the injection is the only solution to stop the […]

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Wednesday, May 12th, 2021

By Dr. Tilak S. Fernando Courtesy Ceylon Today  At long last Ayurveda Hospitals are permitted to treat the Covid-19 affected patients. This was revealed by State by Minister of Primary Health Care, Epidemics and COVID Disease Control Dr. Sudarshini Fernandopulle. Also, it was followed. by State Minister of Indigenous Medicine Promotion, Rural and Ayurveda Hospitals Development and Community Health, Sisira Jayakody, […]

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A Glimpse of Ceylon History

Monday, February 1st, 2021

By Dr. Tilak S. Fernando At the very inception, the ‘Ceylonese’ race descended from an Aryan stock towards the 5th century BC.  Historians believe that the natives in ‘Ceylon,’ before the invasion by Aryans were race called Yaksa Clan and the whole Island was governed according to a caste system that prevailed at the time. […]

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Did the Universe Choose a Leader to Save Sri Lanka?

Tuesday, October 13th, 2020

By Dr. Tilak S. Fernando Courtesy Ceylon Today The scientific community believes that all activities of the cosmos are governed by nature. Some believe that there is a massive force embracing gravity that consists of ‘the weak force; electromagnetic and the strong force’. These fundamental forces together seem to govern everything that occurs in the […]

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