Author Archive for Kamalika Pieris

HEALTH, EDUCATION AND YAHAPALANA Part 5

Thursday, April 18th, 2019

KAMALIKA  PIERIS The final essay in this series  is on health. We start with Sunshine stories”. Here they are: European standard hospitals will be established in Hambantota, Panadura, Dambulla, Matale and Embilipitiya with German, Netherlands and French aid. New accident wards are to be established in 24 General Hospitals and Teaching Hospitals located island wide. […]

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HEALTH, EDUCATION AND YAHAPALANA Part 4

Thursday, April 18th, 2019

KAMALIKA  PIERIS This essay looks at appointment, promotion, transfers and salaries of teachers and principals during Yahapalana rule. APPOINTMENTS In 2017 Education Minister gave 2,000 non-academic appointments at national schools across the country based on political influence without following a proper and transparent recruitment process, said critics. Most of these recruitments are from the Kurunegala […]

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HEALTH, EDUCATION AND YAHAPALANA Part 3

Thursday, April 18th, 2019

KAMALIKA  PIERIS The Ministry of education, under Yahapalana has come in for much criticism. Much time is spent on issues concerning school admissions and administration of national schools, with very little time being available for issues of policy and monitoring of delivery mechanisms and innovations in education and teaching, improving curriculum and examinations, research and […]

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HEALTH, EDUCATION AND YAHAPALANA Part 2

Tuesday, April 16th, 2019

KAMALIKA  PIERIS SMART EDUCATION” In April 2017 65 schools in the Western Province  were converted into ‘Smart Schools’ capable of deploying digital learning protocols. The project was  led by Guru.lk, Sri Lanka’s leading eLearning portal. The company collaborated with Commercial Bank of Ceylon, Microsoft Sri Lanka and the Western Province Education Ministry over a six […]

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THE REIGN OF MAHINDA RAJAPAKSA Part 8

Sunday, April 14th, 2019

KAMALIKA PIERIS Among certain segments of Colombo urban middle class, Mahinda Rajapaksa emerged as the most controversial and most hated ruler in post independent Sri Lanka, said Kusal Perera.  Yet in suburban and rural Sinhala south he ‘carried his charm over ordinary Sinhala people’ and polled a massive 5.78 million votes in 2015. How did […]

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THE REIGN OF MAHINDA RAJAPAKSA Part 7

Friday, April 12th, 2019

KAMALIKA PIERIS Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa    continues to be recognized by Asian governments. Rajapaksa had a private meeting with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi when Modi visited Sri Lanka in May 2017. This was widely discussed in political and diplomatic circles. Many an eyebrow has been raised over former President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s late night meeting […]

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THE REIGN OF MAHINDA RAJAPAKSA Part 6

Thursday, April 11th, 2019

KAMALIKA PIERIS The Rajapaksa period saw several advances in the university sector. The Ocean University was established by Act No 31 of 2014 to provide graduate and diploma level training in fisheries, marine and nautical engineering.  It is located in Mattakuliya, Colombo. It offers degrees in Fisheries, Marine Science, Marine Engineering, and Transportation Management & […]

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THE REIGN OF MAHINDA RAJAPAKSE (Part 5)

Friday, April 5th, 2019

KAMALIKA PIERIS C.A .Chandraprema writing on the Joint Opposition May Day rally of   2017 observed that ‘crowds at meetings have always been a way of judging which way the political winds are blowing. Those above their mid-fifties and above remember the 1977 May Day held in Maradana which at that time had been considered the […]

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YAHAPALANA AS A PUPPET REGIME Part 9

Wednesday, April 3rd, 2019

KAMALIKA PIERIS Revised 6.4.19 This essay deals with the continuing story of USA, its allies and Yahapalana.   Activities are presented in inventory form.  STATUS OF FORCES AGREEMENT Sunday Times stated in January 2019 that Sri Lankans are blissfully unaware that agreements have been signed with an important foreign government without proper consultation or studying the […]

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YAHAPALANA AND CORRUPTION Part 3D

Saturday, March 30th, 2019

KAMALIKA  PIERIS Revised 1.4.19 Yahapalana reacted strongly against the bond scam investigation. Yahapalana tried to use influence to  cover up the bond scam.  The Auditor General was told by Prime Minister  that the AG’s calculations of the  loss  from the bond scam was all wrong. UNP tried to move court to prevent the release of […]

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THE REIGN OF MAHINDA RAJAPAKSE (4)

Saturday, March 30th, 2019

This essay carries four statements made by Mahinda Rajapaksa STATEMENT NO 1 YAHAPALANA GOVERNMENT” (Island 9.1.18)    In a statement issued to media on 9.1.18 the former President said: On 9 January 2018, the so-called Yahapalana government completes three years in office. During this short period they have created numerous crises running through virtually every sector […]

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YAHAPALANA AND CORRUPTION Part 3B

Thursday, March 28th, 2019

KAMALIKA  PIERIS There were three sets of inquiry into the Central Bank bond scam, the Pitipana committee, the Presidential Commission of Inquiry   and the COPE inquiry. These bodies could only probe and make recommendations. They could not issue charges. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe appointed a three-member commission of lawyers, Gamini Pitipana (Chairman) Mahesh Kalugampitiya and […]

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YAHAPALANA AND CORRUPTION Part 3C

Thursday, March 28th, 2019

KAMALIKA  PIERIS CID had been directed by the Commission of Inquiry, to probe links between Aloysius and the MPs who had added footnotes to the  COPE report on the Treasury bond scam. The investigation, conducted by the Criminal Investigation Department (CID), showed a spate of telephone conversations between Arjun Aloysius and some members of the […]

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YAHAPALANA AND CORRUPTION Part 3A.

Wednesday, March 27th, 2019

KAMALIKA  PIERIS The Bond scam saga is not over. It is still going on and looks as though it will go on forever. Those responsible, such as former Central Bank   Governor Arjuna Mahendran and his son in law Arjun Aloysius have not been arrested and the matter is still pending.  There is no sign of […]

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YAHAPALANA AND CORRUPTION Part 2B

Tuesday, March 26th, 2019

KAMALIKA  PIERIS BAMBALAPITIYA FLATS The cabinet has approved a multi-million dollar project to replace the Bambalapitiya Flats, a significant landmark in Colombo, lying on very valuable land. A plan was, floated in 2014 to redevelop the ten-acre land on which the Bambalapitiya flats now stand. UTL Global Projects registered in Singapore made the proposal.  A […]

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YAHAPALANA AND CORRUPTION Part 2A.

Tuesday, March 26th, 2019

KAMALIKA  PIERIS REVISED 2.4.19 This essay is a follow up of the matters discussed in the first essay. It is confined to happenings in 2017 and 2018. NATIONAL IDENTITY CARD The head of the National Identity Card division was to be removed from office for opposing a racket, said Campaign for Free and Fair Elections […]

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THE TAMIL LANGUAGE IN SRI LANKA Part 13

Thursday, March 14th, 2019

KAMALIKA PIERIS Tamil reached the position of a national language through an artificial route, not a natural one. Sri Lanka has not adopted the Tamil language spontaneously. Tamil became a national language overnight through the efforts of the Tamil Separatist Movement. From the 1940s onwards, the Tamil politicians wanted to get Tamil recognized on par […]

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THE TAMIL LANGUAGE IN SRI LANKA Part 12

Sunday, March 10th, 2019

KAMALIKA PIERIS Revised 12.34.19 This essay examines two aspects of the Tamil language issue, language rights” and the support of the Marxist/Leftist political parties for the Tamil language. The Tamil language lobby argued that the Tamils of Sri Lanka had ‘language rights’. However, the UN  Declaration on the Rights of Persons Belonging to National or […]

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THE TAMIL LANGUAGE IN SRI LANKA Part 11

Tuesday, March 5th, 2019

KAMALIKA PIERIS The Tamil lobby has been deeply committed to seeing that the Tamil language was firmly entrenched in Sri Lanka. They have gone into every little aspect of the matter including Tamil typewriters. The Tamil lobby watched carefully to see whether the provisions for Tamil were followed in the state and public administration. The […]

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THE TAMIL LANGUAGE IN SRI LANKA Part 10

Thursday, February 28th, 2019

KAMALIKA PIERIS With the elevation of Tamil to a national language in the 1978 Constitution, Tamil became entrenched in Sri Lanka in two important sectors, ‘education’ and ‘employment.’ EDUCATION. Tamil became a compulsory subject   in Sinhala medium schools. The Education Department issued a circular making Tamil compulsory for all schools from year 2000. It was […]

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THE TAMIL LANGUAGE IN SRI LANKA Part 9

Tuesday, February 26th, 2019

KAMALIKA PIERIS Revised 13.3.19 A huge government apparatus has been created to deliver the Tamil language to a reluctant and disinterested population.  An Official Languages Commission was established in 1991 by the Official Languages Commission Act No. 18 of 1991.  The Commission is composed of six members, of whom only the Chairman serves in a […]

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THE TAMIL LANGUAGE IN SRI LANKA Part 8

Monday, February 25th, 2019

KAMALIKA PIERIS President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga appears to have been the first President to take an interest in entrenching the Tamil language in the island. President Kumaratunga had issued a letter on June 1997 to the Cabinet and senior public officials regarding non-compliance with the Official Languages Policy, Six specific directions were issued which had […]

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THE TAMIL LANGUAGE IN SRI LANKA Part 7

Thursday, February 21st, 2019

KAMALIKA PIERIS Revised 13.3.19 Sinhala has been the sole official language of Sri Lanka throughout most of its history.  It was the sole language of administration under the Sinhala kings. Royal orders were communicated to the public in Sinhala. The evidence is in the rock edicts. Sinhala was the language of the north as well. […]

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THE TAMIL LANGUAGE IN SRI LANKA Part 6

Friday, February 15th, 2019

KAMALIKA PIERIS The State Council had decided in 1944 that when Ceylon became independent, both Sinhala and Tamil would be declared the national languages. There would be parity.  Therefore the National anthem also had to be in Sinhala and Tamil. The song selected as the national anthem, Namo Namo Matha was in Sinhala.   Premier D.S […]

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THE TAMIL LANGUAGE IN SRI LANKA Part 5B

Thursday, February 14th, 2019

KAMALIKA PIERIS HERE ARE THE CLAUSES IN THE 1978 CONSTITUTION  AFTER THE 13TH AND 16 amendments. 18/1  The Official Language of Sri Lanka shall be Sinhala. (1988) 18/2 Tamil shall also be an official language. (1988) 18/3 English shall be the link language. (1988) The National Languages of Sri Lanka shall be Sinhala and Tamil. […]

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THE TAMIL LANGUAGE IN SRI LANKA Part 5A

Tuesday, February 12th, 2019

KAMALIKA PIERIS ‘Sinhala Only’ was not going to be allowed to live happily ever after. The Tamil language was determined to get its place in the sun,  to somehow see that Tamil ranked equally with Sinhala  island wide, even if it could not dislodge Sinhala altogether. Tamil’s chance came with the   1977 Constitution (effective   September […]

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THE TAMIL LANGUAGE IN SRI LANKA Part 4B

Monday, February 11th, 2019

KAMALIKA PIERIS Revised 13.3.19 The LSSP (Lanka Sama Samaja Party) took a firm stand against Sinhala Only the year before the MEP victory of 1956. LSSP officially declared that the LSSP stood for the administration of the country in Sinhala and Tamil. People must be governed in a language they understand.” They made this declaration […]

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THE TAMIL LANGUAGE IN SRI LANKA Part 4a

Sunday, February 10th, 2019

KAMALIKA PIERIS Revised 12.3.19 The 1950s saw the rise of   a strong, vocal Sinhala lobby which was against the 1944   decision of the   State Council,   to make Sinhala and Tamil the official languages of Ceylon, giving Tamil equal status to Sinhala. They wanted the 1944 decision revoked. They wanted Sinhala Only.  This lobby wished to […]

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THE TAMIL LANGUAGE IN SRI LANKA Part 3

Saturday, February 9th, 2019

KAMALIKA PIERIS Revised 12.3.19, 13.3.19 Before British rule, the island had just one native language, Sinhala. Sinhala had a script, a voluminous written literature and a long history of continuous use. Sinhala   was used for administration,   trade, science and technology. Sinhala was also the language of the royal court. Treaties with the Portuguese and Dutch […]

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THE TAMIL LANGUAGE IN SRI LANKA Part 2

Wednesday, February 6th, 2019

KAMALIKA PIERIS REVISED 7.2.19 Jaffna was   colonized by a fresh set of   Tamils during the Dutch occupation. The Dutch brought in landless Tamil laborers from South India, to work on their tobacco and indigo plantations in Jaffna. They settled down in Jaffna.  Jaffna therefore continued to be Tamil speaking.  Over time, descendants of these Tamil […]

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