Author Archive for Forum & Letters

Bangladesh’s Role In Combating Maritime Threat In The Strategic Bay Of Bengal

Monday, January 17th, 2022

Jubeda Chowdhury from Dhaka, Bangladesh The Bay of Bengal, the northeastern part of the Indian Ocean, is of great political, economic, and cultural importance to its coastal countries of Sri Lanka, India, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Thailand, and Indonesia. With maritime trade, fishing, and tourism being the region’s most significant economic activities, it faces a variety of […]

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Cardinal Ranjith at Tewatte church today.. Disappointingly Continuing To Raise Allegations In Face of Now Known FACTS

Saturday, January 15th, 2022

Dr. Chula Rajapakse MNZM Dear Editor , It is disappointing and frustrating to see the respected Cardinal, continuing to raise doubts of a underlying conspiracy ” despite the  clear facts identified by the Presidential Commission of Inquiry into the Easter Sunday Bombings, not finding any underlyingcnspiracy .   To raise these doubts  he uses a. […]

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Is the US right in sanctioning RAB in Bangladesh?

Thursday, January 13th, 2022

Jubeda Chowdhury from Dhaka, Bangladesh Although the RAB has paid a heavy price in its campaign against terrorists and drug smugglers, the US has unfairly imposed sanctions against the group. A major obstacle to Bangladesh’s progress has traditionally been a volatile law and order situation, which forced the government to form an elite force to […]

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Be Patriotic Not Hysteric – To Both Politicians and Media in Sri Lanka

Tuesday, January 11th, 2022

Dr. Chula Rajapakse MNZM Wellington NZ  Dear Editor , Please find below my response on listening to an interview given by the exUNP, now SJB , finance spokesperson on his hysterical advocation of joining the world” seemingly oblivious to all the efforts of the past two years of inviting foreign investment ,with each visiting heads to […]

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Role of Bangladesh’s RAB In Maintaining Peace, Harmony, Law, and Counter-terrorism In Bangladesh

Sunday, January 9th, 2022

Jubeda Chowdhury from Dhaka, Bangladesh Bangladesh is a developing country. Its economy is booming day by day. The pattern of crime is changing. Technological advancement has also changed the tendency of crime. One of the major obstacles to Bangladesh’s progress is the volatile law and order situation. In such a situation when every member of […]

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Checkmating Christianity: What India Can Learn From Japan

Tuesday, January 4th, 2022

Rakesh Krishnan Simha @ByRakeshSimha courtesy Indiafacts Japan and India are the last two dharmic nations in the world. While Japan has avoided being sucked into Christianity’s digestive tract, Indic religions are losing members to the Abrahamic aggressor. What can be done to stop this? Playing Ostrich will only cause more harm.  The defining takeaway from the […]

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Sri Lanka-India-Bangladesh As A South Asian Triumvirate

Saturday, January 1st, 2022

Jubeda Chowdhury Bangladesh-India bilateral relations are a role model in the world in terms of relations among neighboring countries. They are deep and have evolved over time. India is seen as Bangladesh’s true friend.   On December 6, 1971, India granted diplomatic recognition to Bangladesh as an independent and sovereign country. The same day, Bhutan […]

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Book Review: “My Jaffna: Pen Pictures of Post-war Jaffna” by Shanika Sriyananda, Fast Publishing (Pvt) Ltd.

Tuesday, December 28th, 2021

Courtesy NewsIn.Asia Colombo, December 28 (Colombo Times): When you are writing the book, write that Jaffna people love Sinhala people. We both want to live together like how we lived for centuries without getting burned by the flames of separatism” – Selvaratnam, resident of Jaffna The political rhetoric very often grabs headlines. The shrill voices […]

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Bangladesh’s Success Story: Why and How?

Monday, December 27th, 2021

Jubeda Chowdhury  Bangladesh has improved its quality of life, economic strength and prosperity, education and research in every field. And that is why in the past Bangladesh was said to follow the developed countries to move forward, today the countries of Africa are being urged to look forward to that Bangladesh. No development in Bangladesh […]

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Reminiscences of Hela Havula proponents at a Boarding House in Mt. Lavinia

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2021

by Tudor Wijeratne I would like to share my memories of a group of young boarders barely out of their teens, who later became household names in the fields of Arts, Music, Linguistics, Sinhala Literature, Journalism, and Medicine. They were boarders in my grandfather’s house in Mt. Lavinia, in the period 1940s – 1950s. Most […]

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Sri Lanka, Cambodia And Bangladesh Under US Sanctions: The Limits Of The US’s Decision

Monday, December 13th, 2021

Jubeda Chowdhury  The couple and their family members will be deemed ineligible to travel to the United States. The United States has imposed sanctions on two Sri Lankan government officials for alleged human rights abuses. The couple and their family members will be deemed ineligible to travel to the United States. The two accused Sri […]

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The recent US sanctions on Bangladesh: The US should look at the human rights situation in its territory first!

Monday, December 13th, 2021

Jubeda Chowdhury  When Bangladesh is working to ensure the security for the region including Indian North Eastern part from terrorism, extremism, separatism etc., a recent inappropriate decision by US can hamper the situation. When Bangladesh’s law enforcement and security agencies are working to curb the extremism, terrorism, separatism to bring peace in the region, The […]

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Release of 10 PTA detainees on bail must become part of process of positive change

Monday, December 13th, 2021

Sri Lankan Collective for Consensus In recent days, the government has sent mixed signals with regard to improving the human rights situation in the country.  On December 10, on which day International Human Rights Day is celebrated, a civil society organisation in Kandy, the Human Rights Organisation headed by Fr Nandana Manatunga was issued a […]

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The heavenly twins of Galle

Saturday, November 20th, 2021

Courtesy The Island The 22nd of October 1902, was a busy day for Muhandiram Dionysius Sepala Panditha Dahanayake. The Dayaka Sabha of the Wijayananda Viharaya at Weliwatta, Galle, of which the Muhandiram was the Pesident, was holding a special pooja. Suddenly in the middle of the ceremonies, Muhandriam Dahanayaka got an urgent message from his […]

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Head of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Addresses Humanity First International Conference

Wednesday, November 10th, 2021

By A. Abdul Aziz  Stand ever ready to wipe away the tears of those who are in distress or hurting in any way” – Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad On 31 October 2021, the World Head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, the Fifth Khalifa (Caliph), His Holiness, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad delivered a faith inspiring address to conclude […]

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Rt Hon Mr Gotaaya Rajapakse . President of Sri Lanka.- Your Speech Reported on News First On 6/11/21: An Embodyment of Sincerity, Commitment and Determined Focus On Objectives .

Wednesday, November 10th, 2021

 Dr. Chula Rajapakse MNZM Rt Hon Mr Gotabaya Rajapakse,  President of Sri Lanka. Dear Mr. President, I write to record my sincere  and unreserved thanks  and appreciation to you for your above  informative and monumentally inspirational speech that clearly demonstrates your Sincerity , Commitment &Focus & your determination to deliver on the promises you were […]

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SRI LANKAN NATION

Friday, November 5th, 2021

Jayantha Liyanage, There is no such thing as Sri Lankan nationalism, because there is no Sri Lankan nation and there was no Ceylonese nation before 1972 either. It was DR N.M Perera tried to create a Ceylonese nation but failed. Only a Sinhala nation exists in substance without an official recognition. There is no mention […]

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I.L.M. Abdul Aziz – First Sri Lankan Ahmadi Muslim.

Monday, November 1st, 2021

By A. Abdul Aziz           In Sri Lanka, Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at was established in 1915.It was during the life time of Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, (Peace be on him) – Founder of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community (Jama’at)  in Islam – Promised Messiah and Imam-al-Mahdi that, some of his books reached Ceylon as they reached Europe,  America […]

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Message from Ven. Bhante Wimala

Monday, November 1st, 2021

Suzette Aloyo  Dear Friends and Students:  I would like to inform you that one of the Dhamma talks given by Ven. Bhante Wimala is now available on youtube for you.  Click here to access the talk. Best Regards,  Suzette Aloyo, Office Manager Here are two of the many comments we received from those who heard […]

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Manipulative Reporting and Rights of the Public

Monday, October 25th, 2021

Palitha Mapatuna Watching recently a particular news channel, it seemed obvious that the reporting on the opening of schools was calculated to show the authorities in a bad light; the schools in which the attendance was low were focussed upon, whereas the others were almost entirely ignored. It seems that this type of reporting is […]

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Inaugural Flight To Kushinagar Cements Eternally Binding Buddhist Indo-Lanka Bond

Friday, October 22nd, 2021

By Sugeeswara Senadhira Courtesy Eurasia Review One of the temple murals by Solis Mendis; Sri Lankan gift to Kushinagar International Airport. (The Hindu) An inaugural flight between Colombo and India’s newest international airport Kushinagar landed on October 20 to mark the official opening of the airport by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The flight carried […]

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Banning Cattle Slaughter.

Friday, October 8th, 2021

By Lakshman I. Keerthisinghe Courtesy Ceylon Today If slaughter houses had glass walls the whole world would be vegetarian” – Linda McCartney-US Musician and Photographer PM Mahinda Rajapaksa, few months back submitted a proposal to ban cattle slaughter in Sri Lanka. The Parliamentary Group of the ruling Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) approved the Prime Minister’s proposal. […]

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Old Ceylon – An Elegy

Wednesday, October 6th, 2021

Aegle Creations A visual poem using old imagery of Sri Lanka, then known as ‘Ceylon’. Original poem by Thivanka R. Perera about the gradual breakdown of traditional Sri Lankan society following numerous foreign invasions and infighting.

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Undermine SL’s Covid and Economic Recovery

Saturday, September 25th, 2021

Dr. Chula Rajapakse. MNZM FRCP/FRACP Wellington,NZ Dear Editor,   I just viewed a  a video received via social media showing seemingly a challenge of a lady in Jaffna by the police and the sudden appearance of a lawyer, clearly positioned in advance to be handy,  confronting the police with an allegation of extra judicial action .The […]

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What it’s like being a woman tuk-tuk driver in Sri Lanka

Tuesday, September 21st, 2021

As told to ZINARA RATHNAYAKE Courtesy Rest of World Nangahami Premawathi is a 61-year-old single mother of three school-age children. She has been driving a tuk-tuk for PickMe, a Sri Lankan ride-hailing app, and for Uber, for four years. She also delivers food and packages.  In 2019, the latest year for which data is available, only 17,368 Sri Lankan women […]

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A response to Bishop of the Diocese of Galle, Rev. Dr. Raymond Wickremasinghe

Monday, September 20th, 2021

Rudra de Zoysa. “Bishop of the Diocese of Galle, Rev. Dr. Raymond Wickremasinghe told a virtual congregation that the conscience of those responsible for the Easter Sunday carnage would never be at peace and it would haunt them eternally.” Dear Dr. Wickremasinghe, You have confounded and mystified many clear-thinking persons. Those responsible are already enjoying […]

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Americans Attempt to Force Their way into Sri Lanka Through the Backdoor

Sunday, September 19th, 2021

By Marcus Aurelius A moot point was made by the Sri Lanka Study Circle on 15 Sep 21, in its piece about Mahinda ‘Walking the Plank’, suggesting that America is attempting to force its way into Sri Lanka through the backdoor. The point made is alarming, considering that neither the Government nor the Opposition seems […]

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Priyanka Chopra sharing ‘Manike Mage Hithe’ was “crazy” – Yohani tells NDTV

Saturday, September 18th, 2021

Courtesy Hiru News The song ‘Manike Mage Hithe’ sung by Yohani de Silva has been viewed more than 110 million times on YouTube. With the song becoming a sensational hit in India, the Indian NDTV channel held an interview with her today (18) Yohani, in the interview with NDTV, said that Priyanka Chopra sharing her […]

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The magic of ‘Manike Mage Hithe’

Thursday, September 16th, 2021

Written by Varsha Sriram | Courtesy The Indian Exprewss A Sri Lankan song that is viral on Instagram has spawned covers in several regional languages in India. A look at what has made the Sinhala song so popular Since its release, this version of ‘Manike Mage Hithe’ has not only become one of the most popular […]

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Sri Lankan song ‘Manake Mage Hithe’ goes viral in India; Tiger Shroff, Madhuri Dixit-Nene groove to hit track

Tuesday, September 14th, 2021

Courtesy The First Post Megastar Amitabh Bachchan joined in the fun, sharing a hilarious video that superimposes the Singhala track over a dance scene from the movie KaaliaFP TrendingSeptember 14, 2021 16:42:58 IST Screengrab from Instagram Music has always cut across geographical boundaries, with the latest example being the Sri Lankan hit song Manike Mage […]

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