Author Archive for Chanaka Bandarage

Article 150 (3)

Wednesday, April 29th, 2020

Chanaka Bandarage There is an argument being made that in accordance with Article 150 (3) of the Constitution the President has power to appropriate funds from the Consolidated Fund only until 20 April 2020; hence, the dissolved Parliament should be reconvened. This argument is wrong. The writer states that in accordance with Article 150 (3), […]

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Don’t rap our Golden Old Songs

Wednesday, April 29th, 2020

Chanaka Bandarage Rap music evolved around 1960s from hip hop music. It involves delivering existing songs in hip hop style, rock rhythms and fast beats. Sri Lanka’s current young performers are heavily involved in rapping music (songs).  By doing so, they do a great disservice to our highly respected, old, established songs. Dhanno Budunge is […]

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Tuesday, April 28th, 2020

Chanaka Bandarage Sri Lanka is full of crows. A writer’s friend joked him that in Colombo there are more crows than people! Crows live in groups; they work together. They thrive on trash; basically any kind of food waste. Some think crows are good as they clean up the environment. This is a misconception. The […]

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Time to ban public spitting/betel chew spitting – Especially, to stop the spread of Corono Pandemic

Sunday, April 26th, 2020

Chanaka Bandarage General Spitting and expectorate (eg. phlegm, mucus) People do not care about spitting in public places.  They have become accustomed to it. They will continue to do it freely and openly, without fear.  It is very bad for sanitary and health reasons. Their actions cause environmental pollution/public nuisance.  It is very bad for […]

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Unnecessary to reconvene the Parliament; also, No hurry to hold Elections

Sunday, April 26th, 2020

Chanaka Bandarage Article 70 (1) of the Constitution – ‘The President may by Proclamation, summon, prorogue and dissolve Parliament’. The law is very clear, the President has clear power to dissolve the Parliament (Article 33 (1) also provides this power. Accordingly, the President issued a gazette notification on 2 March 2020 dissolving the Parliament.    […]

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Resettling Puttlam Muslims in Mannar is right

Friday, April 24th, 2020

Chanaka Bandarage There is widespread condemnation of clearance of the precious Wilpattu National Park to resettle Muslim IDPs. If the allegation is true, the last two governments (2010 – 2019), and the ex-Muslim Minister who is in the centre of the allegation, have committed a serious offence.  News emanating from the North now shows that […]

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Galle Face Green eateries

Sunday, April 12th, 2020

Chanaka Bandarage Galle Face Green was established in 1859 by Governor Sir Henry Ward, for the sole purpose of recreation.  A 1.6 km long promenade was constructed along the oceanside, especially with the purpose of ladies and children to saunter and take in the air. Galle Face originally was spread over a much larger area than […]

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Light Rail is not the solution

Friday, April 10th, 2020

Chanaka Bandarage The previous government signed an agreement with a Chinese bank to obtain funds to build a Light Rail system from Malabe to Fort via Borella.  This is only the first stage of the proposed project. The idea was to eventually cover the whole of Colombo with Light Rail. The estimated cost for stage […]

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Don’t kill Pettah

Wednesday, April 8th, 2020

Chanaka Bandarage Even before the Portuguese’ arrival, Pettah had been a major trading place.  Due to its proximity to Colombo Port (Kolom Thota), the Kotte kings erected warehouses in Pettah to store spices, vegetables, fruits, grains, ivory and timber geared for export. Pettah (also, Fort) used to station tusker elephants that Sri Lanka (then Sinhale) […]

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Muslim Bashing

Saturday, April 4th, 2020

Chanaka Bandarage Muslim bashing is fashionable in Sri Lanka. Muslim bashing is considered politically correct in Sri Lanka. Muslims are a minority in this country. They comprised less than 10% of the population. Muslims congregate in groups. They wear garments that are specific to them. They live within closely knitted communities. They help each other […]

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Sunil Rathnayake Pardon

Thursday, April 2nd, 2020

Chanaka Bandarage Is Sunil Rathnayake innocent? If Sunil Rathnayake received a Presidential pardon just because the previous President pardoned convicted Tamil Tigers, it is not a good reason for the pardon. ‘Two wrongs don’t make a right’. The President, who is also the ex-Defence Secretary, would not have released Sunil Rathnayake unless that was the […]

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Discrimination that the Sinhalese face in the North and the East

Tuesday, March 31st, 2020

Chanaka Bandarage After the war, all governments have miserably failed to settle the displaced Sinhalese (numbering about 50,000) in the Northern province.  In the past five years, the governments have embarked on a massive ‘Sanhindiyawa’ campaign, placing lots of onus on the Sinhalese to embrace Tamil culture and Tamil way of life. For this, a […]

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Need to maintain the 24 Hour, island-wide Curfew for some more time; caring for the curfew affected population is equally important

Saturday, March 28th, 2020

Chanaka Bandarage The government should be commended for imposing a 24 hour, island-wide curfew. It was a brave decision.  Sri Lanka is possibly the first country in the world to impose a 24 hour, island-wide curfew. We are also one of the first countries in the world to shut down schools. Many countries have followed […]

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Distortion of our History (further clarification)

Friday, March 13th, 2020

Chanaka Bandarage This Part is prepared basically to respond to comments made by readers in the two earlier articles about this topic. Within our country, we can say anything.  We can glorify ourselves and of course, everyone will be happy. But, the facts asserted must be 100% true. Also, the rest of the world must […]

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History currently taught in schools is contrary to the well-established history

Wednesday, March 11th, 2020

Chanaka Bandarage This write-up is posted in Lankaweb with a view to further clarify the article that I posted in Lankaweb on 10 March 2020, titled ‘Distortion of Our History’. I reproduce from the Grade 6 and 10 textbooks where the history is wrong or questionable (the Sinhala texts below): Please note that the italicized texts […]

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Distortion of our History

Monday, March 9th, 2020

Chanaka Bandarage Prabhakaran was hell-bent on distorting Sri Lanka’s history. He launched a campaign with Anton Balasingham in the helm to attack Mahavansa. The LTTE discounted Vijaya’s arrival (more than 2500 years ago) and stressed that Tamils are Sri Lanka’s indigenous people.  According to them, Buddhism existed in Sri Lanka prior to Mahindagamanaya and that […]

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Sinhalaese must vote Labour

Saturday, December 7th, 2019

Chanaka Bandarage The British Conservative Party election manifesto in page 53 states: We will continue to support international initiatives to achieve reconciliation, stability and justice across the world, and in current or former conflict zones such as Cyprus, Sri Lanka and the Middle East, where we maintain our support for a two-state solution”. The text […]

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The Executive Presidency should be abolished

Thursday, December 27th, 2018

Chanaka Bandarage JR Jayawardane stated that in the Constitution that he drafted in 1978 he could do anything except, ‘change a man into a woman and vice versa’. When the Executive Presidency was introduced, Dr NM Perera asked the question If an insane person becomes a president, what would be the state of the country?” […]

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Sinhala infighting, discrimination faced by the Sinhalese and emergence of the Tamil Eelam

Friday, December 21st, 2018

Chanaka Bandarage It is Sinhala infighting that will bringforth the country’s downfall and creation of the Eelam Denying the Sinhalese the right to live in most parts of the north and the east and other acts of discrimination against them in those areas is the biggest problem that Sri Lanka faces today Sri Lanka is […]

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A government must not encourage its citizens to consume alcohol  

Thursday, November 23rd, 2017

Chanaka Bandarage Dr NM Perera balanced his budgets largely by increasing alcohol and cigarette prices. Worldwide, governments use alcohol to increase its revenue base.  Very seldom would a government lower the price of alcohol. In the recently delivered budget, Sri Lanka went against this trend and reduced the price of beer. This is very strange. […]

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Do not give Land and Police powers to the Northern Provincial Council

Thursday, November 16th, 2017

Chanaka Bandarage The current Northern Provincial Council (NPC) is a racist government. The NPC discriminates against the Sinhalese in the North. At the moment the NPC does not have the Land and Police powers (under the 13th  Amendment, the Land and Police powers were granted to the provincial governments; but JR Jayawardane, realising the danger, […]

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Tamil demand for unfair and unreasonable power – due to Sinhala stupidity, complacency, ignorance and infighting

Thursday, November 9th, 2017

Chanaka Bandarage The British ruled Sri Lanka (then Ceylon) for 150 years. During that period both the Sinhalese and the Tamils lived as British subjects. There are no records that the Tamils like now were then demanding more power for themselves. When Sri Lanka received independence in 1948, the British acknowledged that the North and […]

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උතුර සිංහලයන්ටද  පදිංචි විය හැකි පලාතක් විය යුතුයි, එයට රජයන් අනුබලදිය යුතුයි   

Wednesday, November 1st, 2017

චානක බණ්ඩාරගේ 27/10/2017 දින ලංකාවෙබ් හී පළවූ ‘Sinhalese should be allowed and encouraged to settle in the North’ යන ලිපියේ සිංහල පරිවර්තනය, මුල් ලේඛකයා විසින්ම හැඳින්වීම                                                            […]

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Sinhalese should be allowed and encouraged to settle in the North

Thursday, October 26th, 2017

Chanaka Bandarage  Introduction The Sinhalese are continuously being denied from settling in the North by Tamil politicians.  This has been a systematic, very successful campaign by them for more than 60 years. The irony is that the Southern politicians do not want to acknowledge and rectify this racist policy. The recent rhetoric of some TNA […]

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Since 1987 what we have in Sri Lanka is a federal system, what is now being proposed is  form of a confederal system

Thursday, August 31st, 2017

Chanaka Bandarage Reports by the Parliament’s six sub committees Undoubtedly the reports published in 2016 by the Parliament’s six sub committees on constitutional reform are most damaging and frightening. They threaten the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the nation. Among  the  proposals are giving land and police powers to the provinces.  This means the Chief […]

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නව ආණ්‌ඩුක්‍රම ව්‍යවස්‌ථා යෝජනාවලට අප  විරුද්ධ විය යුත්තේ ඇයි? ලක්ෂ ගණනින්  බෙදා හැරිය යුතු මහජන අත් පත්‍රිකාව

Monday, January 2nd, 2017

චානක බණ්ඩාරගේ, ශ්‍රී ලංකා සහයෝගිතා කණ්ඩායම  යෝජනාවලට අනුව, නව ආණ්ආණ්ඩුක්‍රම ව්‍යවස්‌ථාවෙන් අවසානයේදී බිහි වෙන්නේ ඊලාම් රාජ්‍යයකි: 1987, 13වෙනි සංශෝධනයෙන් පසුව වත් නොලැබුණු ඉඩම්, පොලිස්‌, මුදල් බලතල පළාත් සභාවලට දීමට යාම. රටේ ඉඩම් අයිතිය/පාලනය සහ කළමනාකරණය මුළුමනින්ම පළාත්සභා වලට. එනම්, උතුරේ මහා ඇමතිට ඕන නම් තමිල්නාඩුවේ  අයට වුනත් ඉඩම්?  සිංහලයන්ට උතුරු/නැගෙනහිර අළුතෙන් ඉඩම් අයිතිවාසිකම්  අහිමි […]

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Tragedy for Sinhalese in the Trincomalee District – acts of gross unfairness to them

Thursday, December 29th, 2016

Chanaka Bandarage  Some difficulties  faced by them: Dehiwatte Village– this is a remote village about 45 km south from the Trincomalee town. It is about 40 km south west  of Kantale town. Like many areas in the East, Dehiwatte is a traditional Sinhalese Buddhist village. There are  Buddhist artifacts found in Dehiwatte area, nearly 2000 […]

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යෝජිත නව ආණ්‌ඩුක්‍රම ව්‍යවස්‌ථාවට අප  විරුද්ධ විය යුත්තේ ඇයි? බෙදා හැරිය යුතු මහජන අත් පත්‍රිකාව

Monday, December 12th, 2016

චානක බණ්ඩාරගේ, ශ්‍රී ලංකා සහයෝගිතා කණ්ඩායම යෝජිත නව ආණ්ආණ්ඩුක්‍රම ව්‍යවස්‌ථාවෙන් අවසානයේදී බිහි වෙන්නේ ඊලාම් රාජ්‍යයකි: 1987, 13වෙනි සංශෝධනයෙන් පසුව වත් නොලැබුණු ඉඩම්, පොලිස්‌, මුදල් බලතල පළාත් සභාවලට දීමට යාම. රටේ ඉඩම් අයිතිය/පාලනය සහ කළමනාකරණය මුළුමනින්ම පළාත්සභා වලට. එනම්, උතුරේ මහා ඇමතිට ඕන නම් තමිල්නාඩුවේ  අයට වුනත් ඉඩම්?  සිංහලයන්ට උතුරු/නැගෙනහිර අළුතෙන් ඉඩම් අයිතිවාසිකම්  අහිමි වේවි? […]

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අදින් වසර 510ට පෙර (1505) මෙරටට ගොඩබට පෘතුගීසි නාවික බලකාය

Tuesday, October 20th, 2015

චානක බණ්ඩාරගේ  15/10/2015 දින මෙම වෙබ්අඩවියේ පළවූ ‘15/10/1505 (510 years ago to date) is the day that the Portuguese first landed in Colombo, Sri Lanka’ යන ලිපියේ සිංහල පරිවර්තනය 1505 වසරේ ඔක්තෝබර් මස මැද සමයේ කපිතාන් ලොරෙන්සෝ ද අල්මේදාගේ නායකත්වයෙන් යුත් යුධ නැව් 9ක් ඉන්දියාවේ කල්කටාවෙන් සහ ඉන්දියන් සාගරයේ මාලදිවයින් දුපත් වලින් තම නැව් සඳහා […]

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15/10/1505 (510 years ago to date) is the day that the Portuguese first landed in Colombo, Sri Lanka

Wednesday, October 14th, 2015

Chanaka Bandarage Towards mid October 1505, the Portuguese Naval Captain, Lorenzo De Almeida, aka Don Lorenzo, who manned a fleet of nine war ships, had decided to return to Portugal  as he could not secure marine rope from the Islands of Maldives or Calcutta in India. Almeida was not aware of the existence of the […]

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