Author Archive for By Dr.Tilak S. Fernando

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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Saturday, June 3rd, 2017

By Dr. Tilak S. Fernando  2017-06-03      Dengue was known to mankind for over 200 years and was not considered to be a major public health concern for several decades. A resurgence of interest in this age-old disease arose only after it ravaged mankind with several epidemics. The first pandemic was in 1998. Sri […]

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Sunday, May 21st, 2017

By Dr. Tilak S. Fernando People in this country have read in newspapers, until their eye balls go hexagonal, listened to the Radio/TV discussions of various government officials, eminent intellectuals and Police spokesmen commenting, criticizing and suggesting ways and means of reducing road accidents and ever mounting traffic jams, until the listeners go deaf in […]

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Saturday, May 13th, 2017

By Dr. Tilak S. Fernando The value of life does not lie in the number of years, but in the use you make of them. Whether you have lived enough depends on your will, not on the number of years”.-Michael de Montaigne 1553-1592. According to Shakymuni, the term “Buddha” is applicable to an “enlightened one.” […]

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Saturday, May 6th, 2017

By Dr. Tilak S. Fernando In everyday communal language news is referred to as information gathered from North, East, West and South. The word “news” developed in the 14th century was used as a plural form. Evidently, news contains information, throughout the world referring to either the present or the past occurrences that appeal to […]

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Saturday, April 29th, 2017

By Dr. Tilak S. Fernando My friend Asoka Jayawardena in New Jersey who often despatches vital information on health matters sent me an interesting brief on ‘Moringa‘ (Murunga) with a request to write an article on the subject and, if possible, to get it published in a Sinhala newspaper, as the advantages of a Sinhala […]

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Sri Lanka’s loss – Australia’s gain

Friday, April 28th, 2017

By Dr. Tilak S. Fernando During the last week’s Sinhala and Tamil New Year ‘Nonagathe‘ period I stopped all work, in conforming to the centuries old Sinhala traditions prevalent in our society where the majority still observes with deep respect and follow such customs with profound emotion. Next, I picked up a book from my […]

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Tuesday, April 18th, 2017

By Dr. Tilak S. Fernando ‘Never say die’ was the slogan adopted by Senaka Edirisinghe in Kandy, from the time his daughter Jeewanthi was in his wife’s womb. At first, it was a hard fought battle with the gynecologist who monitored his wife’s pregnancy from the beginning. The baby was due on 24th October 2009, […]

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Saturday, April 8th, 2017

By Dr. Tilak S. Fernando Courtesy Ceylon Today Only when something comes up in print or exposed on television, people who have been affected by the highlighted topic(s) will emerge out of their shells to either join public protests or respond with their type of experiences (as feedbacks). The Saturday Column on 11 March, in Ceylon […]

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Beggars adopt modern tactics

Saturday, April 1st, 2017

By Dr. Tilak S. Fernando Charles Dickens scribed on something completely different from his prose in May 1850, when he portrayed the Nigerian 419 scam where 419 wealthy people were approached seeking financial assistance for orphaned children, emergency surgery and quoting numerous examples of begging letters he had received over the years from various individuals […]

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Are tourism authorities wearing blinkers

Tuesday, March 28th, 2017

By Dr. Tilak S. Fernando A British citizen (born to Sri Lankan parents) living in Switzerland spent three weeks in his paternal roots recently. His experience has been a mixture of attentiveness, excitement, and fascination and at times hilarious with a few repulsive, disturbing and irritating experiences. At Zurich airport, Emirates Airlines did not permit […]

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Saturday, March 25th, 2017

By Dr. Tilak S. Fernando A Burger boy arrived, about 25 years ago, at David Jansze’s doorstep looking out for any type of work, showing signs of malnutrition and prominent burn scars on his face and body. Tyrone Bottoni hailed from a middle class family. His father was an engine driver at the CGR, married […]

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Saturday, March 11th, 2017

By Dr. Tilak. S.Fernando During a visit to a local renowned supermarket last week I approached the ‘pharmacist’ to make enquires about an allopathic cardiac drug (RanCV500). A guy who did not appear to have any knowledge of the inquired medicine questioned me as to what the drug was prescribed for? Quite bemused by the […]

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Political mayhem 

Monday, February 27th, 2017

By Dr. Tilak S. Fernando Courtesy Ceylon Today English novelist, essayist, journalist and critic, George Orwell expressed his views on social injustice and tyranny in 1948, as follows: “The Party told you to reject the evidence of your eyes and ears, and it was their final, most essential command!” Sometimes one wonders whether such statements congruently […]

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The Uncle Syndrome

Sunday, February 19th, 2017

By Dr. Tilak S. Fernando Courtesy Ceylon Today An interesting comment made by J. Appaswamy on 18 January 2017 in the Ceylon Today, ‘Letters to the editor’ column under the title  ‘The Uncle Syndrome: Can someone enlighten me?‘ intrigued me, as I too have experienced this type of display in our modern society since returning from […]

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Saturday, February 11th, 2017

By Dr. Tilak S. Fernando 2017-02-11 US officials have been warning the public to avoid all kinds of food high in cholesterol to avoid heart disease and clogged arteries since the 1970s. The Department of Agriculture (US) is the authority responsible for updating guidelines on dietary aspects and warns people on suitability of consumable items […]

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Monday, February 6th, 2017

By Dr.Tilak S. Fernando It was an early night indeed that I went to bed quite early. I could hardly finish my bedtime prayers that I felt as if I got lifted up from the bed and floating up in the air! Was it a dream or an optical illusion? Next, I landed on a […]

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Male Chauvinism Vs. Feminism

Saturday, February 4th, 2017

By Dr. Tilak S. Fernando Courtesy Ceylon Today In my attempt to get rid of unwanted old e-mails, which I received during 2016, I was struck by a particular mail sent by an old female journalist friend, who worked at “The Island” newspaper office some years ago now working in the Middle East. She came […]

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Saturday, January 28th, 2017

By Dr. Tilak S. Fernando An article in the “Sunday Times” on 8 January 2017 struck me, which carried a report on a debate by some of the Sri Lankan doctors (Mid Country Psychiatrists) held at the Tourmaline Hotel, Kandy. The seminar apparently had been based on the argument on morality against medical ethics to […]

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Saturday, January 21st, 2017

By Dr. Tilak S. Fernando Royal Honour is an impressive and high status award to an individual. The British award three types of honours based on a person’s specific bravery, achievements or services to the United Kingdom and its former territories. Such awards are classified into three categories viz: Honours, Decorations and Medals. An OBE […]

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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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