Author Archive for Kamalika Pieris

THE JAFFNA PUBLIC LIBRARY Part 2

Monday, May 27th, 2019

KAMALIKA PIERIS It is only after it was burned down that Jaffna Public Library rose to world attention. This otherwise obscure library suddenly became a great library. The world was told of the magnificent collection it once held and how Jaffna was grieving about the burning. There was genuine grief as well. That night one […]

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THE MUSLIMS OF SRI LANKA Part 2A

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2019

KAMALIKA PIERIS This essay looks at the various Islamic sects and groups operating in Sri Lanka. There are two schools of Islam in the world, Sunni and Shia and they simply hate each other. Therefore, most countries follow one or other, not both.  In Sri Lanka, as in India, the majority of the Muslims are […]

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EASTER SUNDAY BOMB BLAST IN SRI LANKA Part 6

Friday, May 17th, 2019

KAMALIKA PIERIS This essay provides additional information on matters which have been discussed in the earlier essays. We start with the investigations into the Easter Sunday bombings ITEM 1  ‘Praying Mantis’ tells us what the government should have done immediately after the bomb blasts. The government should have immediately imposed an indefinite island-wide curfew, declared […]

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THE MUSLIMS OF SRI LANKA Part 1

Friday, May 17th, 2019

KAMALIKA PIERIS This essay looks at the main element in Muslim expansion in Sri Lanka, the takeover of land. This is a systematic, calculated take over, and it has been going on for a long time. The money comes from Saudi Arabia. This land grab is part of the silent process of taking over Sri […]

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EASTER SUNDAY BOMB BLAST IN SRI LANKA Part 5

Saturday, May 11th, 2019

KAMALIKA PIERIS The attitude of Yahapalana government to the bomb blast threat raises many questions. Yahapalana had known that something was going on, but had not taken action. President Sirisena was asked whether the Government was aware that there were local Muslims with ISIS links, prior to the attacks. The President said that there was […]

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EASTER SUNDAY BOMB BLAST IN SRI LANKA Part 4

Friday, May 10th, 2019

KAMALIKA PIERIS Revised 12.5.19. 17.5.19 India had sent three alerts about the Easter Sunday bomb blasts. The first alert was on April 4.  The second alert was sent on the 11th. A third alert was sent two hours before the first suicide blast, it had the names of three churches. According to Hindustan Times  there […]

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EASTER SUNDAY BOMB BLAST IN SRI LANKA Part 2

Monday, May 6th, 2019

KAMALIKA PIERIS Revised 15.5.19 The brilliant execution of the Easter Sunday bomb blasts clearly indicated a foreign hand said experts.  There is an international force behind this, said Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith. A foreign entity, most likely a foreign state or state intelligence agency was behind the attacks. The locals are merely pawns, said analysts. The […]

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EASTER SUNDAY BOMB BLAST IN SRI LANKA Part 3

Monday, May 6th, 2019

KAMALIKA PIERIS Revised 17.5.19 Jihadist radicals in the East and elsewhere were closely monitored for years by Sri Lankan intelligence, said analysts. Yahapalana tried to crush the intelligence sector of the military, by imprisoning its best men. But, in spite of this, the military had obtained prior intelligence relating to these attacks and conveyed the […]

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EASTER SUNDAY BOMB BLAST IN SRI LANKA Part 1

Sunday, April 28th, 2019

KAMALIKA PIERIS Revised 3.5.19, 12.5.19 On Easter Sunday, April 21 2019 there were consecutive bomb blasts in two Roman Catholic churches, one Evangelist church, and three five star hotels. The churches were St. Anthony’s, Kochchikade, Colombo, St Sebastian’s,   Katuwapitiya, Negombo and Zion Church, Batticaloa. The blasts took place around 8.45 am. The first blast was […]

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BUDDHISM IN THE NORTHERN PROVINCE (1990-2019)

Thursday, April 25th, 2019

KAMALIKA PIERIS This essay presents some events relating to Buddhism in the north in the last three decades.  But first some news from the Eastern province. In January 2019 it was reported that construction work on the tallest Buddha statue in the Batticaloa district at Mahindaramaya, Mayelankarachchi in the Koralai Pattu West, Valaichchenai has commenced. […]

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HEALTH, EDUCATION AND YAHAPALANA Part 5

Thursday, April 18th, 2019

KAMALIKA  PIERIS Revised 20.6.19 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.  A total of 48 blood transfusion […]

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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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