Author Archive for Forum & Letters

Book Review :-Colonialism in Sri Lanka; Plantation Economy 1833 – 1867 – Author Dr. Asoka Bandarage

Friday, September 11th, 2020

By Palitha Senanayake A read through the scholarly work of Dr. Asoka Bandarage, or more appropriately the study of that voluminous material, posit the question whether such extensive dialectics is necessary, at this stage, on the evolution of an economy of a small country that has suffered under colonialism for over three centuries.  The relevance […]

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Travel with Chatura @ Lankagama , Sri Lanka – 23rd September 2017

Tuesday, September 8th, 2020

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“පාංශු” සිනමා සිත්තම : සංහිඳියාවේ සභ්‍යත්වය ලෙස

Sunday, September 6th, 2020

බන්දුල චන්ද්‍රසේකර විසාකේස චන්ද්‍රෙස්කරම්ගේ  පාංශු” මෙරට සිදු වු දේශපාලන සංසිද්ධියක් විෂය කරගත්  සිනමා නිර්මාණයකි. 1988⁄89  දේශප්‍රේමී”  නැගිටීම, කුරිරු රාජ්‍ය මර්දනය හා පුද්ගල අතුරුදහන්වීම් සහ දේශපාලන ඝාතන එහි පසුබිම් කතාව වේ. අතුරුදහන් වූ කැරලිකරුවෙකුගේ මවකගේ (බබා නෝනා) දෘෂ්ඨියෙන් දිග හැරෙන කතා තේමාව සහ සිද්ධි සමූහය, එම කැරලිකාර පසුබිමට වඩා ඉන් වසර 6 ට පසු එළ‍ඹි පශ්චාත් […]

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Sri Lankan Couple Spends Wedding Day Feeding the Homeless

Friday, September 4th, 2020

Courtesy NEXTSHARK A newlywed couple in Sri Lanka decided to do a kind gesture for the needy on their special day.  ishan Thilakshanaabout a month ago ගුරුදෙවිඳුන් ගෙන් අහලා තියෙන්නේ මංපුතේ,දන් දෙන්න පුළුවන් වේලාවේ දෙන්න පුළුවන් හොදම දේ වටිම දේ දන් දෙන්න කියලා.💝 අතේ තියන සතේ හරි වියදන් කරලා මනුස්සයෙක්ගේ කුසක් පුරවන්න හිතුනු හැම මොහොතේදීම […]

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Asoka Bandarage on the timely new edition of her classic book “Colonialism in Sri Lanka

Thursday, September 3rd, 2020

Vimukti Publishing Dr. Asoka Bandarage discusses the new edition of her book “Colonialism in Sri Lanka: The Political Economy of the Kandyan Highlands from 1833-1886.” This second expanded edition includes a significant new chapter, Neocolonialism in Sri Lanka, 2020, assessing the beleaguered state of Sri Lankan sovereignty in the midst of 2020, under the powerful […]

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Muthuswamy Master gave Sinhala film music a contemporary touch

Sunday, August 30th, 2020

Courtesy NewsIn.Asia Muthuswamy Master, who invested Sinhala film music with a new sound on par with Indian films, came to Sinhala films with Sri Lanka;’s first feature film Kadawanu Poronduwa (Broken Promise) as a member of Music director R.Naranaya Iyer’s orchestra and stayed on to make a mark. Colombo, August 30 (Facebook): Incomparable master composer […]

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Neocolonialism vs sovereignty in Sri Lanka

Friday, August 28th, 2020

By ASOKA BANDARAGE Courtesy Asia Times On August 5, a new government was elected in Sri Lanka, bringing down the previous regime associated with the Central Bank bond scam, the Easter Sunday bomb attacks and controversial international agreements. The new government has come into office with a two-thirds majority in parliament, promising to bring prosperity, security and communal harmony to […]

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Best Vietnam War Movies | Maya Girl | English Subtitles

Thursday, August 27th, 2020

V-Sense – Top Vietnamese Movies

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Human nature is in itself evidence of the existence of God Almighty.

Saturday, August 22nd, 2020

by A. Abdul Aziz Human nature is in itself evidence of the existence of God Almighty, for there are certain evils which human nature inherently abhors. For example, entering incestuous relationships with one’s mother, sister or daughter; coming into contact with urine, bodily excrements or other similar types of filth; falsehood and indeed all such […]

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The Baseless & Diabolical Claim Of Tamil Genocide In Sri Lanka It’s Genesis and The Way to Eliminate It – A New Zealand Perspective-Webinar 16.8.20

Tuesday, August 18th, 2020

Dr. Chula Rajapakse MNZM FRCP(UK)FRACP( Aust/NZ) Wellington New Zealand The about 10% Tamil minority in Sri Lanka were the privileged minority of one hundred and fifty years of the Divide and Rule” British Colonial administration, while the about 75% Sinhalese majority were the oppressed and disadvantaged majority, as they posed  the greatest threat to the […]

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Insisting on sight as the determining factor for belief in God

Saturday, August 15th, 2020

By A. Abdul Aziz. Those who do not believe in the Existence of God,  primarily contend that they would believe in God if they could see Him. It always surprises since people perceive different types of physical properties through different senses; for example, [some properties are perceived through] sight, others through touch, or smell, or […]

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The Vegan Muslim Initiative-Don’t Kill An Animal This Eid

Monday, July 27th, 2020

Vegan Muslim Initiative No, I am not going to sacrifice an animal this Eid-ul-Adha nor am I going to pay someone to do it for me. Instead, my sacrifice is going to be of a non animal nature and yes, it is religiously sanctioned and justified. I saw animals being slaughtered when I was a boy […]

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The political culture in Sri Lanka is misogynist

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2020

Ambika Satkunanathan We must acknowledge torture is a problem  Laws alone cannot achieve social change  Media should not sexualize and infantilize women  Nationalism has the power to empower as well as to enslave The normalization of violence in Sri Lanka is a deep seated social problem, says Ambika Satkunanathan, who is a lawyer and human […]

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Death of Dhanasiri Weerasinghe – Funeral oration by Dr. Ranjith Hettiarachi

Monday, July 20th, 2020

Dr. Ranjith Hettiarachi delivered the Funeral Oration WEERASINGHE. — Dhanasiri H.A. Son of Hector and Vivien Weerasinghe. Passed away peacefully on the 7th of July 2020 at home in Melbourne surrounded by family. He was best known in Sri Lanka for his cricketing prowess as an all-rounder. He attended Ananda College, Colombo, captaining the Ananda […]

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A narrative of deep commitment to two beloved countries-Lord Naseby’s SRI LANKA- Paradise Lost Paradise Regained

Saturday, July 11th, 2020

Review by Neville Ladduwahetty Courtesy The Island The title of this book comes from a line in an epic poem by John Milton on England’s Civil War. Although the book is a narrative of the many contributions by the Author to further the interests of Sri Lanka, it is more about the armed conflict and […]

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The Unlocking: Secret lives of my neighbours

Wednesday, July 8th, 2020

By Indu Balachandran/ Lockdown in Chennai? Well, not quite in my building. In the past three months of lockdown, a lot of un-locking has happened — unknown talents, unspoken dreams, unexpected actions. Don’t tell anyone, but I am going to reveal a few things about my neighbours I believed I knew for years — without […]

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PNB inspector involved in drug dealing detained for questioning

Tuesday, July 7th, 2020

Courtesy Adaderana Inspector of Police (IP) Saman Wasantha Kumara, who is involved in passing drugs in the custody of the Police Narcotics Bureau (PNB) to drug dealers, has been detained for interrogation. The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) will accordingly detain the suspect for 7 hours under the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA), Police Media Spokesperson […]

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Monday, July 6th, 2020

Sunil Yatalamatta Gamage  Driving is not a right, it is only a privilege when the driving privilege has been abused that is about the violation of road discipline compromising of people safety, that needs to be dealt with heavy penalties by suspending the driving license. We loose huge human capital daily due to road accidents […]

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Open air art shows are back in Colombo after lifting of lockdown

Sunday, July 5th, 2020

Courtesy NewsIn.Asia As part of the democratization of art sales, the Colombo Municipality allows artists to sell their works in the street outside the Viharamahadevi Park Colombo, July 5 (Xinhua/ Open-air art shows at Green Path in Colombo, the capital city of Sri Lanka, had disappeared temporarily due to a nationwide curfew imposed by Sri […]

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USD 5mn promised by World Muslim League (WML) was never received: Church

Saturday, June 27th, 2020

Yoshitha Perera Courtesy The Daily Mirror Although representatives of the World Muslim League (WML) had announced a donation of USD 5 million to support victims of the Easter Sunday attacks in July 2019, the Catholic Church was not aware of further progress of this initiative, Director of Sethsarana, the charity wing of the catholic church, […]

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President’s Message Is For All State Employees-

Friday, June 26th, 2020

Sunil Yatalamatta Gamage  People have voted me to build this country; we need to identify industries and entepreneurial businesses, and funded them during this time to bring back the economy”” -Hon: President Gotabhaya Rajapakse None of the Sri Lankan leaders couldn’t build a country people wanted to have; President Gotabhaya is the only hope.Following media […]

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Conversion of a regular passenger airplane to a full freighter

Thursday, June 25th, 2020

Aloysius Hettiarachchi, At last Sri Lanka seems to have got a sensible CEO to run our national carrier which has been a huge burden to the country. The clearest indication is the above action taken by the airline according to a news item in the News First. He has also suspended the services of non-essential […]

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Thursday, June 25th, 2020

by A. Abdul Aziz. Some atheists claim that this universe is in existence from ever and it will last forever. If this universe is in existence from ever, then it must have infinite source of power and energy, but we see that no material thing is infinite in this universe. The temperature of Sun is […]

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The LTTE Diaspora will be happy….

Wednesday, June 24th, 2020

Palitha Senanayake Vinayagamurthi Muralitharan alias Karuna Amman, the former LTTE Eastern Commander, has got in to a difficult position with his recent utterances about the past encounters with the Sri Lankan forces. Sections of the people in this country, including the members of the Sanga are up in arms against this statement stating that it […]

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Saturday, June 20th, 2020

by A. Abdul Aziz. Human nature in itself provides us with a strong inclination towards a belief in God. There are certain sins which human nature doesn’t like to get involved in. For instance, relationship with mother, sister and daughters etc. These are certain things which even a atheist will not like to do. But […]

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Tuesday, June 16th, 2020

By A. Abdul Aziz. Some of the people believe that this universe was created just by chance and they also try to prove it through science. But God says that all those things that happens just by chance, they don’t have such an order in them. Different colors are used together to make a picture. […]

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Government action in stopping protest by Frontline Socialist Party

Wednesday, June 10th, 2020

Aloysius Hettiarachchi The world is in the midst of a serious pandemic in which several hundreds of thousands of people have already died. Fortunately for us in this country, we have not been affected badly up to now, but that does not mean that another wave cannot come with a new and dangerous mutation of […]

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President Sirisena’s revelations regarding 22,000 signatures and advisors of past and present presidents

Sunday, June 7th, 2020

Aloysius Hettiarachchi On the 4th of June  former president made a startling revelations to say that he had to personally sign 22,000 documents within  a couple of days or so for the extradition of Arjun Mahandran from Singapore. He has been convinced again to say that he cannot be brought to Sri Lanka to face […]

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Thursday, June 4th, 2020

Palitha Mapatuna What is evident today in the face of Covid 19 is the sense of sheer helplessness even among those who may presume to be powerful. To a discerning individual, this situation can bring into focus the essence of the teaching of the Buddha, namely the universal characteristics of existence. The universal characteristics consist […]

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Saturday, May 30th, 2020

Sena Welikala – Carrom Downs, Australia. Victoria Tamil Association (Formerly Ceylon Tamil Association & Eelam Tamil Association) in Melbourne has received following funding arrangements according to its sources to build Victorian Tamil Community Center at a cost of $4,53 million including $500,000 from the Victorian Labor Government and $350,000 from a Shorten Labor Federal Government. […]

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