Author Archive for By Dr.Tilak S. Fernando

Time for ‘System Change’

Sunday, July 31st, 2022

By Dr. Tilak S. Fernando Saturday, July 30, 2022 – Daily News The Seventh Executive President of the Socials Republic of Sri Lanka, Nandasena Gotabaya Rajapaksa RWP RSP, finally had to leave the country after a public campaign that commenced on March 31, 2022 at his private residence in Mirihana, Nugegoda. On June 9, followed […]

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Tuesday, July 26th, 2022

By Dr. Tilak S. Fernando People waiting in a queue to purchase cooking gas. Picture by Sulochana Gamage The current economic crisis is exacerbating day after day. People line up in extended queues, although the Government advises not to line up in long rows. The general public does that because they may lose their place […]

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Thursday, July 21st, 2022

Dr. Tilak S. Fernando Employees at work.  In June 2022, the Sri Lankan Government declared a ‘four-day week’ for Public Sector workers for three months, except for the essential services. It started on Friday, June 17th, giving a holiday to public sector employees. Critical services are categorised as the public sector for employees in the […]

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Silver Lining in Tourism

Wednesday, July 6th, 2022

By Dr. Tilak S Fernando  Minister of Tourism Harin Fernando appointed Priantha Fernando as the Chairman of the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTB). Priantha Fernando is a professional with many years of experience. He qualified for an M.Sc. in tourism at the University of Surrey. Also, he gained experience in Hotel Management and Tourism […]

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Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee Grandeur of Britain’s unique traditions

Thursday, June 23rd, 2022

Dr. Tilak S. Fernando Courtesy The Daily News The Queen appears on the Buckingham Palace balcony with Royal Family members to watch the flypast. Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations in England were held with the pomp and pageantry, stemming from the grandeur of Britain’s unique traditions. Born to be a Queen is extraordinary, and […]

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Saturday, June 18th, 2022

By Dr. Tilak S. Fernando A queue for LP Gas For weeks, motorists in Sri Lanka continuously lined up in long queues to obtain diesel and petrol. It has turned out to be a daily routine at present. Many women line up in rows to receive LP Gas or kerosene while their husbands spend long […]

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Friday, June 10th, 2022

Dr. Tilak S. Fernando Honest and intelligent lawmakers needed. There are rumours that Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe had to take over the finance portfolio since no member of the Sri Lankan Parliament was willing to take up this challenge of managing the country’s finances. Instead of looking at the scenario negatively, it would […]

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Wednesday, June 8th, 2022

Dr. Tilak S. Fernando Signing of the Indo-Lanka Accord India expected to resolve the Sri Lanka terrorist war out of the Indo-Lanka Pact. The Indo-Lanka Pact was signed in Colombo on July 29 1987, between late Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi and Sri Lankan President J.R. Jayewardene. It was one of the conditions in the […]

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taking a closer look at ‘aragalaya’

Friday, June 3rd, 2022

By Dr. Tilak S. Fernando Courtesy Ceylon Today The ‘Aragalaya’ or the protest by peaceful demonstrators in front of the Presidential Secretariat has exceeded fifty days and continues. The protesters claim the 6.9 million who voted for a change and for Gotabaya Rajapaksa failed to deliver what was promised on election platforms.  Fuel prices have […]

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Sunday, May 29th, 2022

Dr. Tilak S. Fernando Courtesy The Daily News Everyone doesn’t agree on Ranil Wickremasinghe’s appointment as Prime Minister. He was the only Member of Parliament (from the National List) when the whole group of UNP candidates lost their Parliamentary seats. It took nearly a year to fill the UNP National List vacancy. In the end, […]

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The Lost World: Hidden Wonders of Ancient Ceylon

Thursday, May 26th, 2022

By Dr. Tilak S. Fernando Courtesy Ceylon Today This article is based on our forefathers, excellent engineers and craftsmen, who possessed exceptional skills. How many of our present generation is conversant of the activities of Ceylon engineers in the bygone years who amazed the whole world. During the remarkable Parakramabahu reign, construction of the tallest […]

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The Hospital Quandary

Tuesday, May 10th, 2022

By Dr. Tilak S.Fernando Private organisations work more efficiently than Government ones do. The Russian Friendship Teaching Hospital in Malabe could be seen as a typical example, (before and after the Government took over). One can still, have a private consultation (from the 4thfloor) at a price. Could this impasse be due to the lackadaisical […]

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Tribute to my Elder Brother

Thursday, May 5th, 2022

By Dr.Tilak S. Fernando My elder brother, M. R. Fernando, passed away on 5 May 1995. On his 27th death anniversary, I write this to him tribute because at the time of his death I was living in London. Everyone called him MR. He missed his university entrance as our father suffered from Typhoid fever. […]

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Wednesday, March 30th, 2022

By Dr. Tilak S. Fernando  Sri Lanka is facing an economic crisis and all consumer prices have gone up as a direct result because the Government did not have US dollars to pay for goods such as fuel, milk powder and gas. Six point nine million of the voting population elected Gotabaya Rajapaksa because he […]

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A Tribute to Podi hamuduruwo

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2022

By Dr. Tilak S. Fernando | When I was in London my niece Shyamala Fernando asked me to interview Dr Galagoda Gnanissara Thera when I visited Sri Lanka on holiday in 2000, one of the most respected Buddhist prelates in Sri Lanka. He’s popularly known as Podihamuduruwo, the Chief Incumbent at the Gangarama Temple.   Venerable […]

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Are Glory and Pride Over?

Wednesday, March 16th, 2022

By Dr. Tilak S. Fernando There has been a lot of criticism concerning the dollar deficit that has significantly affected inflation. At long last, the dollar was allowed to free-float. However, financial experts say, it is too late!” Simultaneously, 367 non-essential items were restricted from 9 March 2022 after 45 years.  Many point an accusing […]

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Dishonesty the Vogue The famous blue train travel and  efficient way to  get about  but badly needs to be overhauled.

Wednesday, March 9th, 2022

By Tilak S. Fernando We are so unfortunate that bribery and corruption in every Institution, particularly in the Government sector is dishonest. The Media has exposed the venality of Parliamentarians, members of Town and Provincial Councils, Chairpersons of Government Corporations, and Administrators as deceitful and corrupt. Still, there is no proof against them, as they […]

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Love is a Flame

Wednesday, February 16th, 2022

By Dr.Tilak S. Fernando Courtesy Ceylon Today “Young Love Is a Flame; Very Pretty, Often Very Hot and Fierce ” – Henry Ward Beecher When Henry Ward Beecher scribbled two sentences: “Young love is a flame; very pretty, often very hot and fierce and light and flickering; the love of the older becomes disciplined as […]

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Mercilessly Assaulted Suranga Lakmal Awaits Justice

Wednesday, January 26th, 2022

By Dr. Tilak S. Fernando CEYLON TODAY | FOCUS Early last Christmas morning following the teachings of Jesus Christ’s, of kindness, forbearance, and tolerance, the writer accompanied by two friends headed towards Naththandiya. The coconut plantations on either side of the road made the drive down delightful watching. However, we found it strange the prices of coconut […]

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Is the Public Served?

Wednesday, January 19th, 2022

By Dr. Tilak S. Fernando The Government constantly complains about public services being overstaffed. President Gotabaya Rajapaksa takes every opportunity to restate the public should not face harassment; instead they must be treated with courtesy. When the writer was a schoolboy, letters from any Government institution carried the phrase at the end of the communication […]

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Retired DIG’s Anguish

Wednesday, January 12th, 2022

By Dr. Tilak S. Fernando The writer and his partner were invited on 1 January 2022 by Ceylon oldest living Olympian boxer, retired Deputy Inspector General of Police, Sumith Liyanage, with some guests. Our conversation at the lunch table discussed details of Sumith’s career in Sri Lanka’s Police force. During the 1960 Olympics in Rome, […]

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PRIANTHA KUMARA -Sialkot Fanatics’ Senseless Lynching

Wednesday, January 5th, 2022

BY DR. TILAK S. FERNANDO The Coffin carrying the remains of Priantha Kumara at BIA Priyantha Kumara, a Sri Lankan Export Manager, employed by Rajko Industries, Sialkot, became an Islamic fanatic group’s victim on 3 December 2021. Police records revealed that he was beaten with sticks, fists and kicks by a group consisting of dozens […]

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Douglas Wickramaratne: The Perpetual Patriot is no more!

Thursday, December 30th, 2021

By Dr. Tilak S. Fernando Douglas Wickramaratne answered the final call from above to leave this world on 1 December 2021. He was born on 9 April 1938 in Colombo and lived in North London. Educated at Ananda College, Colombo, he was the leader of the debating team for both Sinhala and English until Dr […]

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Don’t Let Covid Spoil Christmas

Friday, December 24th, 2021

By Dr. Tilak S. Fernando  Christmas 2021 approached with several restrictions from the Sri Lankan Health authorities due to Covid-19. Over two billion people celebrate the birth of Christ on 24 December every year. Christmas is the most joyful season in the year. Generally it’s an occasion for the family to reunite and everyone in […]

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Domestic Gas Explosions

Friday, December 24th, 2021

By Dr. Tilak S. Fernando  During the past few weeks, wives, cooks at various hotels and restaurants and other family members were shocked by gas explosions originating from the domestic liquid petroleum (LP) gas cylinder. From 1 January to 5 December 2021 there were 244 explosions. President Gotabaya Rajapaksa appointed an eight-member committee to investigate […]

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The Pond, Butterflies, and the Rainbow

Thursday, December 9th, 2021

By Dr.Tilak S. Fernando Recently the surgeon Dr. Athula Withanage translated into Sinhala for the first time, ‘Evgeni Onegin’ a Russian romantic novel written in verse and a masterpiece of the great Russian poet Alexander Pushkin.  Simultaneously, he translated it into English, making it the 46th English translation. This achievement by  Dr. Athula Withanage can […]

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One Country One Law

Friday, December 3rd, 2021

By Dr. Tilak S. Fernando Last week the writer approached a local studio to get some photographs to get his passport renewed. During the conversation with the photographer, he advised the writer about the legal requirements of the Immigration office, which require both ears to be visible in the photograph to renew his passport. He […]

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Fertiliser Issue

Wednesday, November 10th, 2021

By Dr. Tilak S. Fernando Islandwide farmers are continuously protesting about the unavailability of fertiliser. One cannot blame the Government for the inadequacy of officials responsible for distributing the compost. The poor Minister gets blamed over weaknesses of the distribution sector. It is due entirely to the inefficiency of the officials in charge of distribution. […]

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Alexander Pushkin’s Eugene Onegin

Thursday, November 4th, 2021

By Dr. Tilak S.Fernando The masterpiece of the Great Russian poet Alexander Sergeyevich Pushkin’s novel ‘Eugene and Onegin’ is translated into Sinhala for the first time by Dr Athula Withanage, who has written many books in Sinhala and English. Dr Withanage was a senior surgeon who worked for over twenty years in the NHS UK. […]

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Aluminium Anniversary

Monday, November 1st, 2021

By Dr. Tilak S. Fernando When a man looks into a mirror, the image reflects who he is today. But it also reveals whom he used to be. Although appearances change, many of the underlying characteristics remain the same. It is the same with ‘Ceylon Today’, as the paper celebrates its 10th anniversary and reflects on […]

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