Author Archive for Forum & Letters

THE FAILURE OF UNHRC RESOLUTION 30/1

Thursday, February 18th, 2021

Janaki Chandraratna The UNHRC Resolution, 30/1 – Promoting Reconciliation, Accountability and Human Rights in Sri Lanka, was co-sponsored by the Sri Lankan Govt., after the regime change in January 2015. It is well known that the West, in particular, United States of America (USA), had a key role in backing the regime change. The new […]

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Consensus or Compromise will mean Admission

Wednesday, February 17th, 2021

By Palitha Senanayake Discussing the impending issues, Sri Lanka will be confronted with at the forthcoming UNHRC sessions, Minister Sarath Weerasekera, blurted,’ The arguments we present will not matter munch because they are determined to punish us”. This appears to be the thinking of the Government too, and in that mood it further confirms what […]

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Porknite, anyone? Smart pigs can play video games

Thursday, February 11th, 2021

Courtesy The Times (UK) I am fond of pigs,” Winston Churchill once said. Dogs look up to us. Cats look down on us. Pigs treat us as equals.” Maybe they are right to do so. A new study has discovered another intellectual skill the animals can master: playing video games. Scientists said the ability of […]

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Publishing a collection of short stories written by people of Sri Lankan origin living in Australia – Calling for Contributions

Saturday, January 30th, 2021

Writers Guild of the Sinhalese Cultural Forum of NSW In Publishing a collection of short stories written by people of Sri Lankan origin living in Australia Calling for Contributions The Writers Guild of Sinhalese Cultural Forum of NSW Inc has launched a project to publish a collection of short stories written by people of Sri […]

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DISPOSAL OF DEAD BODIES OF COVID 19 VICTIMS AND ‘HUMAN RIGHTS’

Thursday, January 28th, 2021

Palitha Mapatuna Among certain individuals, confusion seems to be evident with regard to disposal of dead bodies of Covid 19 victims and what they call ‘human rights’.   However, the issue here seems to be not a question of ‘human rights’, but the most prudent form of disposal of these dead bodies, given the uncertainties regarding the survival […]

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The Special Sri Lankan Elephant and the Import Export Trade.

Sunday, January 24th, 2021

Ashley de Vos Stemming from the advice given by Arahat Mahinda to King Devanampiya Tissa (3 C.BCE), that all beings including the animals in the forest and the birds in the air have a right to live, tradition dictated that all precious resources, are always protected. The thick forest covered hills and mountains, referred to, […]

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Centre gives green light to underwater study to determine Ram Setu origins

Sunday, January 24th, 2021

Courtesy The Indian Express Talking about the aim of the exploration, Union Minister of State for Tourism and Culture, Prahlad Singh Patel, said, The world should get to know about the Ram Setu through evidence based on scientific research.” Also, Ram Setu’s age will be ascertained through the study of fossils and sedimentation to see […]

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ECT and CDL in the Colombo Harbour -an analogue

Friday, January 22nd, 2021

Dr SARATH OBEYSEKERA Ex CEO Colombo Dockyard  Colombo dockyard previously a part of the port commission was owned by Sri  Lanka Ports Authority which was offered to a Japanese company called Onomichi Dockyard where 51 % ownership was transferred lot stock and barrel with two docks and fully equipped and skilled workforce with fully-fledged workshops […]

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Bipartisan elite fuels US polarization

Tuesday, January 19th, 2021

By ASOKA BANDARAGE courtesy of Asia Times According to the mainstream narrative, US President Donald Trump’s incitement of his supporters during the certification of Joe Biden’s electoral victory led to the insurrection” at the US Capitol on January 6, resulting in the banning of Trump’s social-media accounts and his second impeachment by Congress. According to so-called conspiracy theories, however, Biden’s […]

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What’s in a name?

Saturday, January 16th, 2021

By P.K.Balachandran/Daily Mirror Colombo, January 16: What’s in a name? That which we call a rose, by any other name, would smell as sweet,” said Shakespeare in Romeo and Juliet. True as this may be in many cases, there are situations in which the name means a lot. It may have a desirable or an […]

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තෛපොංගල් සුභ පැතුම්

Wednesday, January 13th, 2021

ඌව පළාත් ආණ්ඩුකාරවර ස්වභාව ධර්මයට කෘතගුණ සලකණු වස් සමරනු ලබන තෛපොංගල් උත්සවය වෙනුවෙන් ශ්‍රී ලංකාවාසී සහ ලෝකවාසී සියලූ හින්දු බැතිමතුන් වෙත මාගේ තෛපොංගල්  සුභ පැතුම එක් කිරීමට අවස්ථාව ලැබීම පිළිබඳව බෙහෙවින් සතුටු වන්නෙමි. මානව සංවර්ධනය ආරම්භයේ සිට ස්වභාව ධර්මය හා බැඳුනු මිනිසා, ස්වභාව සෞන්දර්යය ප්‍රථාපවත්  කරන හිරු දෙවියන් වන්දනා කිරීම කෙරෙහි තබා ඇති අපරිමිත විශ්වාසය […]

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පාර්ලිමෙන්තු පොකුර?

Monday, January 11th, 2021

වාගිස ප්‍රනාන්දු විසිනි. මෙවැනි මාතෘකාවක් අරඹයා මෙතරම් ඉක්මණට ලිපියක් ලිවීමට සිදුවෙතැයි ඔබ මෙන්ම මාද සිතුවේ නැත. නමුත් සිතූ දේ නොම වේ – නොසිතූ දේම වේ යන්න අනුුව යමින් අද මේ ප්‍රවෘත්තිය ගැන අපට සාකච්චා කරන්නට අවස්ථාව සහ වරම හිමිවී ඇත. එම අවස්ථාව සහ වරම අපට හිමිවී ඇත්තේ රටේ සෞඛ්‍ය ඇමතිවරියට පිං සිදුවන්නට බව මුළින්ම කෘතගුණපූර්වකව […]

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The Third Wave and the Tourists!

Friday, January 8th, 2021

Sarath Bulathsinghala 9 Jan 2021 Some countries are experiencing a Second Wave of Covid pandemic, while some others have graduated into a Third Wave, this time with new and more virulent mutant forms of the virus. If these mutant viruses arrive in Sri Lanka it will be beyond the capacity of the Sri Lanka government […]

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නාවලකන්ද, බලගල දොළ රක්ෂිතයේ රුක් රෝපණ වැඩසටහන

Friday, December 25th, 2020

පේශල පසන් කරුණාරත්න සභාපති සමනල යෞවන සමාජය නාවලකන්ද පොහොසත් ජෛව විවිධත්වයකින් යුත් පහත රට තෙත් කලාපීය වැසි වනාන්තර ගණනාවක්ම කළුතර දිස්ත්‍රික්කයේ  වලල්ලාවිට ප්‍රාදේශීය ලේකම් කොට්ඨාස සීමාවේ  පිහිටා තිබෙන අතර මෙම වනාන්තර පද්ධති මෑත කාලයේදී නොයෙකුත් ආපදා තත්වයන් නිසා විශාල වශයෙන් විනාශ වෙමින් පවතී. මේ නිසා ප්‍රදේශයේ ජල මූලාශ සිඳී යාම, පරිසර සමතුලිතතාවය බිඳ වැටීම, ජන […]

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ARE WE ALONE IN THE UNIVERSE?

Monday, December 21st, 2020

Priyantha Hettige  People are asking – Are there any other worlds like ours out there – with life and people – or are we alone in the universe? We know that the stars we see are large, hot and dangerous; and the many exo-planets,” we have found so far orbiting those stars, are rocky bodies, […]

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The Hindi Service of Radio Ceylon

Monday, December 14th, 2020

Vernon Corea  Clifford Dodd, the Australian radio expert and administrator who was sent to Radio Ceylon under the Colombo Plan transformed the Commercial Service of the Station http://ivan_corea.tripod.com/id8.html The Hindi Service of Radio Ceylon was instrumental in catapulting the radio station as India’s number one station. Millions tuned in to hear Hindi film music presented […]

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ආනන්දයෙන් බිහි වු දැයට ණය නැති විශිෂ්ඨ රණවිරුවා.

Tuesday, December 8th, 2020

බ්‍රිතාන්‍ය්ය   ඉංජිනේරු ගාල්ලේ දෙව්සිරි පීී. හේවාවිදාන ලංඩන් නුවර සිට   දෙසැ 6 ඉරිදා මව්බිමට ලියු ලිපිය. යහපාලන රජයේ අගමැති රනිල්ට හා සජිත් පේ‍්‍රමදාස ඇතුඵ ඇමති මන්ඩලයට යුද්ධය ඇත්තටම දිනා දුන් සාමාන්‍ය සෙබළාගේ දුක් සෝ සුසුම් පෙනුනේ නැත.  ඔවුන්ට අවශ්‍ය වුයේ දෙමළ ඩයස්පොරාවත්, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch වැනි  සින්හල විරොධී N.G.O. කාරයින්ව සතුටු කිරීමටය.   යුධ හමුදා […]

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Great gesture and speech by Rahul Dravid.

Tuesday, December 8th, 2020

News A life example for some of our politicians who rush for Doctorates and ‘Paper’ qualifications ! *Humility and humbleness* Cricketer Rahul Dravid was awarded with a doctorate degree by the University of Bangalore, which Rahul Dravid gracefully returned. Not only did he give back the degree, but he also gave a wonderful speech, he […]

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Pandemic, ‘Great Reset’ and resistance

Monday, November 30th, 2020

By ASOKA BANDARAGE Courtesy Asia Times The billionaire class led by the WEF has a plan for the post-pandemic world order, but the needs of ordinary people are very different . According to the latest International Labor Organization reports, as job losses escalate due to lockdowns aimed at slowing the spread of Covid-19, nearly half of the […]

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Abduction of the Japanese girl – should be resolved in a humane manner – legal expert

Monday, November 30th, 2020

Courtesy Hiru News A Sri Lankan legal expert points out that action should be taken in coordination with the Japanese Embassy regarding the alleged abduction of a Japanese minor by a Sri Lankan youth. Prof. Prathibha Mahanamahewa, Attorney-at-Law, stated that the issue should be resolved in a humane and amicable manner considering how the law […]

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Rights of freeborn men are to enjoy the maximum use of land not access to land; that is to sell and mortgage land

Saturday, November 28th, 2020

By Senior Lawyer Refer to the article ‘A Plan To Ensure Every Sri Lankan Plate is Full During COVID ‘  A paper submitted by Sri Lanka Study Circle in the Lanka published recently   Finally in 2020 the world has  realised that Globalisation has   completely failed.  It’s master,  USA is struggling unable to select a President , leading […]

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Rights of freeborn men is to enjoy the maximum use of land not access to land; to sell and mortgage land

Friday, November 27th, 2020

By Senior Lawyer Refer to the article ‘A Plan To Ensure Every Sri Lankan Plate is Full During COVID ‘  A paper submitted by Sri Lanka Study Circle. Finally in 2020 the world has  realised that Globalisation has   completely failed.  It’s master,  USA is struggling unable to select a President , leading the world with the   spread […]

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UNITY IS PARAMOUNT!

Friday, November 20th, 2020

BY Dr Sripali Vaiamon As a Democrat from Sri lanka who was not so strongly involved even during  school days, wish to suggest,  in AMERICA as well as CANADA what we predominantly willing  to maintain is  UNITY,among all the neighbours,.I was a broadcaster and after my retirement I migrated to CANADA .As I know PM […]

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“අඹ අත්තේ එල්ලී පණ බේරාගත් ජනපති දරුවා”ගරු ජනාධිපති තුමාගේ පදවිය ප්‍රාප්තියට දැන් වසරයි

Sunday, November 15th, 2020

ගාල්ලේ දෙව්සිරි පී. හේවාවිදාන ලන්ඩන් නුවර සිට ආනන්ද බෝඩිමේ සිටි “ගෝඨා අයියා” ගැන ගාල්ලේ දෙව්සිරි පී. හේවාවිදාන ලන්ඩන් නුවර සිට ලියන රසවත් ලිපිය අද නොවැ 19 ඉරිදා සිළුමිණ පුවත්පතේ 17 වෙනි පිටුවෙන් කියවන්න මා ගාලු මහින්දයෙන් අස් වී ආනන්දයට ආ දිනය මට කිසිවිටක අමතක නොවේ. ආනන්ද බෝඩිමට දෙමාපියන් සමඟ එදා පැමිණි සියලුම ළමයි පඩිපෙළ මතදී […]

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කෝවිඩ් ඇවිත් – ඔබ කොහිද?

Saturday, November 14th, 2020

වාගිස ප්‍රනාන්දු  විසිනි කෝවිඩ් ඇවිත් වනසන විට දිවි            පෙවෙතරටම සොයයි ඔබ කොහිදැයි වී                මවිතගහ කොල සුරකින්න යොදවා අද ඔබේ  සුරතකෙළෙසද ඉන්නේ නිහඩව,දැක         මේ විපත? ඔබ සිටි විටදි සුව පුටුවේ පෙර                යුගයමුළු රට සැනසුනා දැක ජීවිත රැකි           විදියජීවිත රකින එක නොව අද ඇති ලොකු ගැටයවැළලියයුතුද පුච්චනවද මැරුණට පසු    මිනිය සුදුස්සාට සුදුසුම තැන ඇති              ලොවකමිත්‍යාවට වැඩි අගයක් […]

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Mr. Bodhi Dhanapala’s personal attacks on Professor Wimalawansa

Friday, November 13th, 2020

Dr. Stanley Weeraratne.Former Professor, Ruhuna and Rajarata Universities. Editor, Lankaweb, I wish to refer to Mr. Bodhi Dhanapala’s piece titled Dr. Wimalawansa’s scathing attack on Sri Lanka’s superb management of Covid-19” posted on 2 Nov. 2020 in Lankaweb. Mr. Bodhi Dhanapala (D) in his note alleges that Dr. Wimalawansa (W) tried to launch some cheap […]

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Request for donations for Sri Lanka to help with recent Covid-19 outbreak

Wednesday, November 11th, 2020

Ven. Walpola Piyananda Dear Sir/Madam,  Sri Lanka’s governments’ timely actions from when the COVID-19 virus first entered the country helped keep the situation under control for a long period of time. Recently the situation has quickly escalated and several Covid-19 positive clusters were found from the community. Therefore there is a quarantine curfew currently in […]

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FROM SRI LANKA WITH LOVE-Tribute to Sean Connery (1930-2020)

Tuesday, November 10th, 2020

Rohan Abeygunawardena,Nugegoda. The 32 year old six footer who thrilled the youths as well as adults in Sri Lanka (then Ceylon) in early sixties is no more. His full name is Thomas Sean Connery died on 31 October2020, five days after his 90th birthday. Sean became an overnight sensation when the English movie ‘Dr. No’ […]

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Ahmadiyya Khalifa’s Special Message to Ahmadis & the World Addressing the Global Rise in Islamophobia

Saturday, November 7th, 2020

By A. Abdul Aziz. Supreme Head of the Worldwide Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in Islam His Holiness Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad (May Allah strengthen his hands) made an appeal for special prayers during his Friday Sermon delivered on 6th November 2020, at Masjid Mubarak, Islamabad, Tilford, U.K.    His Holinesssaid that we pray for ourselves and […]

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God always brings victory for His believers

Monday, November 2nd, 2020

By A. Abdul Aziz. According to the Holy Qur’an those who reject God the Exalted always meet with disgrace and humiliation and this is also proof of their falsehood, for God always brings victory for His believers and they enjoy ascendancy over their enemies. If God did not exist, where does this assistance and succour […]

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