Author Archive for Forum & Letters

Sigiriya toilets out of order; tourists asked to go to jungle

Friday, February 24th, 2017

Dr Sarath Obeysekera  – See more at: http://www.dailymirror.lk I wrote about the Sad State of Sigiriya few months back .I mentioned the issues faced by not only tourists and our locals who are “second class citizens” ! Security and officers of and the officers of  the department of archeology hang around the gates looking for […]

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TAMILS OF SRILANKA AND THE MEXICANS OF USA

Thursday, February 23rd, 2017

Kanthar Balanathan, HE Mr Donald Trump The President of the USA The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW Washington, DC 20500 His Excellency the President, TAMILS OF SRILANKA AND THE MEXICANS OF USA Sir, I am a supporter of your excellency, and continue to be supportive on various topics on a multiple dimensional perspective. On […]

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RECONCILIATION PORNOGRAPHY

Thursday, February 23rd, 2017

The Rajpal Abeynayake Column The entire show of the reconciliation pornography now taking place in Sri Lanka replete with tear jerking video images of all and sundry, especially the boring but earnest and amiable, is in fact polarizing the communities more than ever. It is not the images themselves of course but the reverse engineering […]

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පාදෙණියට ලකුණු නැතිව ඊ-බාර් සමත් වෙන්න ලකුණු මට්ටම පහළට දා ගත් හැටි: වෛද්‍ය සභාවේ ලේඛකාධිකාරීගේ දියණිය සයිටම් ඉගෙන ගත් හැටි

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017

එස්බී සයිටම් විරෝධීන්ගේ රෙදි ගලවයි..! –ලංකාවේ වෙනදේ වෛද්‍ය සභාවම සයිටම් උපාධිය ලංකාවේ දෙන්න යෝජනා කළ හැටි: සයිටම් පරීක්ෂා කළ 10න් 9ක් අනුමත කළ හැටි: වෛද්‍ය පීඨ ලොක්කන්ගේ දූරු පිටරට ඉගන ගන්න හැටි (ලංකා ඊ නිව්ස් -2017.පෙබ.22, පෙ.ව‍.11.45) සයිටම් ආයතනය ශ්‍රී ලංකාවේ උපාධි ප්‍රදානය කරන ආයතනයක් ලෙස ලියාපදිංචි කරන්නැයි එදා යෝජනා කරන ලද්දේ අන් කිසිවෙක් නොව වෛද්‍ය […]

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RAGGING .ARE WE CONDONING ??

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017

Dr Sarath Obeysekera Every year University Dons and the ministers keep promising about bringing laws to curb the menace of ragging .There were many instances where many young undergraduates have ended up physically handicapped or mentally disturbed .JVP affiliated  Inter University Student Union is also trying to safe guard the culprits .JVP always has the […]

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PUBLICATION OF THE SECOND SPOT REPORT by Sri Lanka Monitoring Accountability Panel (MAP)

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017

PRESS RELEASE: 22 February 2017 On 28 February 2017, the Monitoring Accountability Panel (“MAP”) will issue its Second Spot Report, which will coincide with the 34th session of the UN Human Rights Council (the ‘HRC’) scheduled for 27 February to 24 March 2017 in Geneva. In the 27-page report, the MAP’s international legal experts will outline their […]

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Activist guilty of screening unapproved war documentary

Tuesday, February 21st, 2017

BY M. MAGESWARI Courtesy The Star on line KUALA LUMPUR: Activist Lena Hendry was convicted by a magistrate’s court for screening a Sri Lankan civil war documentary that had not been approved by the Censorship Board. Hendry, 32, who stood expressionless in the dock upon hearing the verdict, later said she was disappointed with the judgment. […]

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Trump Stops the Surrogate Neoliberals in Their Tracks (Part 1)

Tuesday, February 21st, 2017

By Gandara John The 100 year tyranny of the Plutocrats in the US came to an abrupt halt when Trump stopped the money grubbing Neoliberals in their tracks. The US Presidential Election of 2016 is a watershed in global politics, with Trump decisively defeating ‘Uranium’ Clinton who had profited unconscionably through ‘ The Clinton Foundations’ making […]

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The IMF In Sri Lanka: ‘Bull In A China Shop’ Syndrome? Part I

Tuesday, February 21st, 2017

By C. R. de Silva. Ex-World Bank. October 6, 2016, 9:15 pm RECENT IMF REVIEW The IMF Review Mission in September for the $ 1.5 Billion EFF to Sri Lanka (in seven semi-annual instalments) started as a love fest on a familiar note under a well-known mission leader, and some ten days later, ended on […]

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THE IMF IN SRI LANKA – PART II -Sri Lanka: IMF-Directed, Slow Development Strategy

Tuesday, February 21st, 2017

by Chanaka R. De Silva,Ex-World Bank (The writer, a member of the former C.C.S. was later a senior professional at World Bank Headquarters in Washington D.C. for three decades). February 9, 2017, 9:16 pm (“The IMF in Sri Lanka – Part I” – Special Report – appeared above.) Sri Lanka: IMF’s Economic Philosophy The International Monetary Fund […]

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THE IMF IN SRI LANKA – PART III -The Development Strategy of The ‘Miracle’ Economies of East Asia

Tuesday, February 21st, 2017

by Chanaka R. de Silva Ex-World Bank Introduction – Resurgent Nationalism vs Globalization in Decline. Today, nationalism and its fellow travelers protectionism and populism, are sweeping across the Western world, ever since the global financial crisis of 2007-8, which started in the U.S., essentially on Wall Street, in a paroxysm of financial greed for quick […]

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THE IMF IN SRI LANKA – PART IV The Development Strategy of The ‘Miracle’ Economies of East Asia

Tuesday, February 21st, 2017

by Chanaka R. de Silva Ex-World Bank The Korean Development Example. Korea is an outstanding phenomenon of the economic policy strategy of the so-called “Development State”. To summarize the foregoing part, Korea, now an OECD (the rich countries’ club) member and an aid funding source through its own KOICA agency (with a bi-lateral development program […]

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The IMF in Sri Lanka – Part V Signs of internal differences on IMF policies

Tuesday, February 21st, 2017

by Chanaka R. de Silva. February 14, 2017, 8:43 am IMF’s Own Research Views Change Following the epochal research effort and conclusions arrived at by the World Bank in 1993 (set out in the previous section), motivated partly by the early ‘graduation’ or cut-off of Korea from World Bank’s lending in 1992 – having achieved […]

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The golden statue at Sanda Hiru Seya

Tuesday, February 21st, 2017

RANJITH SOYSA The former Defence Secretary had been summoned by the FCID who is obviously inquiring into the issue of obtaining confiscated gold in the possession of Sri Lanka Navy, to mould a Buddha statue for Sanda Hiru Seya , Anuradhapura. The Sanda Hiru Seya Chaitaya is a national monument constructed in memory of 29,000  […]

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COAL STORY ,WHAT A MESS ……….

Tuesday, February 21st, 2017

Dr Sarath Obeysekera We read many news items about Coal .CEB ,Ceylon Shipping Corporation (CSE) ,Lanka Coal Company are have contributed to this mess . When Norrocholai was built by Chinese ,CEB never obtained any proper advise from Marine Engineers to decide how to unload coal from bulk carries on to the conveyor belts on […]

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Gratitudinal Windows of 2016, II: Encountering Col. Olcott in New Jersey, USA

Tuesday, February 21st, 2017

by Prof. Suwanda H J Sugunasiri, writing from Canada February 18, 2017, 5:48 pm(This article is partly in commemoration of the death of Col. Henry Steele Olcott, in Adyar, Chennai, India, on Feb. 17, 1907, born August 2, 1832.) If my first gratitudinal window related to the personal realm, but ended up social, the second […]

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හමුදාව උතුරු නැඟෙනහිර ඉන්නම ඕනෑ-කරුණා අම්මාන්

Monday, February 20th, 2017

තාරක වික්‍රමසේකර උපුටා ගැන්ම සිළුමිණ Sunday, 19 February 2017 පසුගිය සතියේ දේශපාලන ක්ෂේත්‍රයේ වැඩි වශයෙන් කතා බහට ලක් වූ චරිතයක් වූයේ නැවත පදිංචි කිරීම් පිළිබඳ හිටපු නියෝජ්‍ය අමාත්‍ය විනයාගමූර්ති මුරලිදරන් හෙවත් කරුණා අම්මාන් ය. දෙමළ ජනතාව වෙනුවෙන් නව දේශපාලන පක්ෂයක් පිහිටුවීම නිසා දේශපාලන ක්ෂේත්‍රයේද ඔහු සම්බන්ධව විවිධ කතා බහ ඇති විය. ඔහුගේ නව දේශපාලන පක්ෂය හා […]

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අධිකරණයෙන් තවත් නියෝගයක්

Friday, February 17th, 2017

උපුටාගැණීම අදදෙරණ හම්බන්තොට වරාය චීන සමාගමකට ලබා දීමට විරුද්ධත්වය පළ කරමින් ගොණු කළ නඩුව අවසන් වන තෙක් ගිවිසුමකට එළඹීම නවත්වන ලෙස අධිකරණයේ නියෝගයක් ලබා දී ඇති බව පාර්ලිමේන්තු මන්තී‍්‍ර වාසුදේව නානායක්කාර මහතා පවසනවා.  අද නාරාහේන්පිට අභයාරාමයේ පැවති මාධ්‍ය හමුවකදී මන්ත‍්‍රීවරයා මේ බව සදහන් කළා. මේ සම්බන්ධයෙන් අතුරු නියෝගයක් ද ඉල්ලා ඇති බව නානායක්කාර මහතා පැවසීය.

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සමෘද්ධි සහනාධාරයෙන් අයථා ලෙස රු.2500.00 කපා ගැනීමට වාරණයක් ඉල්ලා එස්.බී. දිසානායක අමාත්‍යවරයා ඇතුලූ පාලනාධිකාරියට එරෙහිව මානව හිමිකම් කොමිසමට පැමිණිල්ලක්.

Thursday, February 16th, 2017

Samurdhi Development Officers Union 2014 නොවැම්බර් මාසයේදී සෑම සමෘද්ධිලාභියෙකු වෙතම ”ඉසුරුමත් නිවහනක්” යන වැඩ සටහන යටතේ නිවාස අලුත් වැඩියාවන් සිදු කිරීම සදහා ලබා දුන් රු.2500.00 නිවාස ආධාර මුදල නැවත දිවිනැගුම සංවර්ධන දෙපාර්තමේන්තුව විසින් නීති විරෝධි අයුරින් නැවත අය කර ගැනීමට කටයුතු කර ඇත. උඩු ආදායම්ලාභී ජනතාව වෙත ලබා දෙන සමෘද්ධි සහනාධාරයෙන් මෙම මුදල අය කිරීම […]

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Shunning nationalists

Thursday, February 16th, 2017

By Shivanthi Ranasinghe Ceylon Today Since Brexit, Britain has become the new pariah in Europe. Despite the much celebrated European chivalry, Theresa May is treated with the full force of chauvinism at European forums. Amidst warm camaraderie amongst European leaders, May is left standing awkwardly, tugging at her sleeves, without, so much as, a smile […]

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Google’s internet ballons project hits turbulence in Sri Lanka

Thursday, February 16th, 2017

Courtesy The National (Abu Dhabi) Google’s venture to beam the internet to remote areas of the world via balloon has hit a legal snag in Sri Lanka that could see the project abandoned on the island, a minister said Thursday. “Project Loon” uses roaming balloons to beam internet coverage and planned to connect Sri Lanka’s […]

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Sri Lanka to develop Galle Yacht marina by ‘Swiss challenge’

Wednesday, February 15th, 2017

Dr Sarath Obeysekera ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka will use the ‘Swiss Challenge’ method to identify a developer for a yacht marina in the Southern port of Galle.The Cabinet of Ministers had approved a proposal by Ports Minister Arjuna Ranatugna to find a investor to develop a Yacht marina in Galle by Swiss Challenge the state […]

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Now or Never – Kashmiris’ Freedom Struggle

Wednesday, February 15th, 2017

By Afshain Afzal In the recent development, the Indian authorities have chalked out a new strategy to de-link freedom struggle of Kashmiris from Pakistan and Islam and shift the movement in Indian occupied Jammu and Kashmir to mere Azadi. To achieve this objective Indian forces are relying on fake and self-engineered encounters against Kashmiris, in […]

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Sri Lanka needs a “ Red Adair “to resurrect troubled state enterprises ?

Tuesday, February 14th, 2017

Dr Sarath Obeysekera Quote Red Adair Swashbuckling troubleshooter renowned for taming huge oil-well fires, heading a business that carried out more than 1,000 missions  The oil-well troubleshooter Paul N “Red” Adair, who has died aged 89, was a swashbuckling 20th-century hero, portrayed fittingly on screen by John Wayne, and he probably did more than any […]

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Colossal farce or an act of gratification…?

Monday, February 13th, 2017

K.K.S.Perera Courtesy The Daily Mirror Keppetipola made a hero after  ‘Nine Score years and Nineteen’    “…we cannot dedicate, we cannot desecrate, we cannot hallow this ground. The brave men living and dead who struggled here have consecrated far above our poor power to add or detract…” -Extract from Gettysburg address by Abraham Lincoln, 16th President […]

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Jan 29, 2017 – The President has now instructed that the CCEM must hereafter submit its decisions to the relevant subject minister, who must then submit their concurrence ……..

Sunday, February 12th, 2017

Dr Sarath Obeyekera News Item. I have been attending  few CCEM ( Cabinet committee for  Economic Management  ?) meetings chaired by the Prime Minister with various issues I have had with the Ministry of Port and Shipping .When  the matters were taken up Minister of Ports who is one of the members of the CCEM […]

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THE MANGALA-CHANDRIKA-TNA CONSTITUTION

Sunday, February 12th, 2017

DR. DAYAN JAYATILLEKA Courtesy The Island Would you undergo or put a loved one through an unnecessary but quite drastic, risky surgery? This is precisely what the UNP leadership and Chandrika Kumaratunga are trying perpetrate on the Sri Lankan body politic, through a new Constitution. They seek to effect such change to the Constitution that cannot […]

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Crying for justice

Sunday, February 12th, 2017

Editorial  Courtesy The Island February 12, 2017, 9:31 pm A female student, who secured distinctions for all three subjects at the GCE A/L examination in the Arts stream from the Moneragala District in 2015 has been denied university admission. She was seen on television struggling, in vain, to hold back her tears rolling down her youthful […]

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C. R. de Silva Commemorative Book launched at inaugural Memorial Oration

Sunday, February 12th, 2017

Our Special Absent Friend – Chitta Ranjan De Silva ( Bulla ) This moving song by Daniel O’ Donnell was played at the end of the proceedings on the occasion of the C. R. de Silva Commemorative Book launch https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=OjDvZSq-uic C. R. de Silva Commemorative Book launch ( ITN News – November 07, 2016 ) […]

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Vimukthi Jayasundara, the lone Sinhalese to have directed an Indian film

Sunday, February 12th, 2017

By P.K.Balachandran  |  Express News Service  | Courtesy The New Indian Express Last Updated: 12th February 2017 10:41 AM  |   A+A A-   |   Vimukthi Jayasundara | EPS COLOMBO: Links between Indian and Sri Lankan cinemas have had a long history, going back to the late 1940s. But while many Indians have directed Sri Lankan movies, only three Sri Lankans have […]

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