Author Archive for Forum & Letters

Hemasiri Perera – A true renunciant though a layman -Appreciation

Sunday, May 16th, 2021

Senaka Samarasinghe Hemasiri Perera is among the few people with extraordinary qualities I have met in my life. He was a practising Buddhist and I would call him a true renunciant though a layman. I came to know Mr. Perera in Winnipeg, Canada where he migrated with his loving wife Prema to spend their retirement […]

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The ‘smart and cheeky’ Aboriginal boy teaching Australia a lesson

Sunday, May 9th, 2021

By Vibeke Venema BBC News A documentary about a 10-year-old Aboriginal boy’s experience in school, In My Blood It Runs, has reignited a debate about Australia’s failure to give indigenous children a good education and a fair start in life. “Listen carefully,” the teacher tells the class. “This one isn’t a story, this is information, […]

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Why Melbourne is called, “Little Ceylon”

Wednesday, April 21st, 2021

By Dr harold Gunatillake-FRCS,FICS,FIACS,AM(Sing),MB,BS (Cey) –Health editor Hoppers described as the love-child of a crepe & crumpet. It has become a very popular street food in Sri Lanka, in big towns and rural areas. It is now considered as a special ‘super staple food’ When Australia opened doors for Southern Asians in the late fifties […]

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‘HUMAN RIGHTS’ AND ECOLOGICAL CRISIS IN SRI LANKA

Saturday, April 3rd, 2021

Prof. Asoka Bandarage The recent UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) resolution A/HRC/46/L.1/Rev.1 of March 16 has brought extensive charges against Sri Lanka over alleged human rights violations, but is arguably seriously flawed. Opportunistic and strategic use of human rights by the western powers to maintain hegemony continually ignore violations of the rights of nature and […]

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Colambage Interview with Conflict Zone – Tim Sebestian Continues to Orchestrate The Complex Web of Deceit and Deception Against Sri Lanka

Friday, April 2nd, 2021

Chula Rajapakse Largely a good response against a case built on the foundations of the allegation of an uneacceptably large civilian casualty rate of 40000 or over in the last few weeks of the war, being led  & peddled by Uk and US against the reporting of their own embassies in Colombo at that time. […]

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පාස්කු කොමිසම පරීක්ෂණයක් පැවැත්වීමට නිර්දේශ කල මරාගෙන මැරුණු ජමීල්ගේ මාමාව ඇමති කෙහෙළිය ගුවන් විදුලි සංස්ථාට පත්කරලා.

Wednesday, March 17th, 2021

උපුටා ගැන්ම Colombotoday දෙහිවල ට්‍රොපිකල් ඉන් හෝටලයේ මරාගෙන මැරෙන ප්‍රහාරය එල්ල කල ජමීල් නැමැත්තාගේ සහෝදරියට තම පුත්‍රයා විවාහකර දුන් අහමඩ් මුනව්වර් නැමැත්තා ශ්‍රී ලංකා ගුවන් විදුලි සංස්ථාවේ මුස්ලිම් සේවයේ උපදේශක සභාවට අමාත්‍ය කෙහෙළිය රඹුක්වැල්ල විසින් මීට මාස කිහිපයකට පෙර පත්කර ඇත. පස් දෙනෙකුගෙන් යුත් උපදේශක මණ්ඩලයට මුස්ලිම් සලාහුදීන්, අහමඩ් මුනව්වර්, ෆස්ලුල් රහ්මාන්, ෆසාල් මරික්කාර් සහ […]

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“PERFIDIOUS ALBION”

Tuesday, March 16th, 2021

Gamini Seneviratne             That is a term that historians of colonization are familiar with as a descriptive of the duplicity, treachery and the breach of treaties that marked England’s relations with the peoples it sought to colonize / loot particularly in the 19th century.             What this note addresses are the manifestations of trickery and […]

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අලි සබ්රි ඇමති මාවත-2

Friday, March 5th, 2021

විමල් පටබැඳිගේ(ශාස්ත‍්‍රවේදී, නීතිඥ, විශ‍්‍රාමික සොලිසිටර්) දෙමළ කථා කරන ජනයා දිනා ගැනීම දෙමළ භාෂාව කථා කරන ජනයා දිනා ගැනීම, ‘සංහිඳියාව’ සඳහා අධිකරණ ඇමතිට ඇති උනන්දුව අගය කළ යුතු ය. එයට හරස් වී ඇති බාධාව ඉවත් කිරීමට ඔහුගේ පිළියම අපූරු ය. ‘දෙමළ භාෂා විශේෂ සුදුසුකම’ සහිත නීතිඥයන්ගෙන් පොලිස් දෙපාර්තමේන්තුවට ‘නීතිඥ සිඅයිපිලා’ බඳවා ගැනීමෙන් හෝ මහේස්ත‍්‍රාත් අධිකරණ ‘නීතිඥ […]

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To: UNHRC member nations at the 46th Sessions in Geneva, to be shared with your representatives at the meeting.

Thursday, March 4th, 2021

Concerned citizens of Sri Lanka To:              UNHRC member nations at the 46th Sessions in Geneva, to be shared with your representatives at the meeting. From:         Concerned citizens of the small and nonaligned nation of Sri Lanka dispersed around the world. (Author’s identity is withheld for personal safety.) Date:           March 2, 2021 We seek support […]

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අලි සබ්රි ඇමති මාවත-1

Tuesday, March 2nd, 2021

විමල් පටබැඳිගේ (ශාස්ත‍්‍රවේදී, නීතිඥ, විශ‍්‍රාමික සොලිසිටර්) අධිකරණ ක්‍ෂේත‍්‍රයෙන් මහජනතාවට ලබාදෙන සේවාව කාර්යක්‍ෂම කිරීමට දෝ අධිකරණ ඇමති අලි සබ්රි තම ප‍්‍රඥා මහිමයෙන් ලැබූ අදහසක් කි‍්‍රයාවට නැගීමට අවශ්‍ය යටිතල පහසුකම් සකස් කරමින් සිටියි. ඔහුගේ අපූරු අ`ඵත් ව්‍යාපෘතිය පොලිස් දෙපාර්තමේන්තුවට ‘ප‍්‍රධාන පොලිස් පරීක්‍ෂකවරුන්’ (චීෆ් පොලිස් ඉන්ස්පෙක්ටර්ස් = සීඅයිපි* ලෙස නීතිඥයන් 150 දෙනෙකු බඳවා ගැනීම යි. පෙර කළ පිනකට […]

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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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