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BERNARD SOYSA:

May 3, 2014 at 9:22 pm

 

THE UNREPENTANT SOCIALIST

May 3, 2014, 12:00 pm
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My long association with Bernard was a political one, but in the  latter part of his political career, as Minister of Science, Technology and  Human Resources Development, I worked closely with him as his Science Advisor,  right up to his death. I write today, when we are celebrating his Birth  Centenary, not in this latter capacity, but as the General Secretary of the  Lanka Sama Samaja Party (LSSP), the Socialist Party, which he served faithfully  from the time he joined it as a young University student in 1937 till the end of  his days.

Once a teacher, always a teacher

May 3, 2014 at 9:18 pm

May 3, 2014, 4:44 pm
article_image Mr. D. A. de Silva (D.A.D) by P.G. Punchihewa

Mr. Eric de Silva, former Secretary Ministry of Education, in  his recent publication,”Politics of Education and other Essays”, referring to  the establishment of Central Schools says, ‘it was by far the most innovative  step taken by Kannangara, for which he and he alone has to be given credit. He  further says that Kannangara took a personal interest in their development,  going to the extent of handpicking and very often personally interviewing, the  principals who were to take charge of these schools.’

Was Lanka the land of utopian socialism?

May 3, 2014 at 9:12 pm

Does scholarship have practical uses?

May 3, 2014, 12:00 pm
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“Thomas More’s Socialist Utopia and Ceylon (Sri Lanka)” by  Laksiri Fernando Published by CreateSpace (Amazon), California, USA. (Paper and  Kindle versions)

Colombo’s glitter and gutter, casino politics and toilet tax economics, and May Day Honours to Bala Tampoe

May 3, 2014 at 9:10 pm

May 3, 2014, 5:43 pm
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Bala Tampoe (Phillips) was a brilliant “Upper Second” (either  top of the list or close second) in Botany Honours, a pioneer recruit to the  then fledgling Department of Agriculture in Peradeniya, and a founder Member of  the Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) Association for the Advancement of Science. He then  took to revolutionary politics and to the independence of law practice, and  never looked back. True to his manner of being born with a melodramatic spoon in  his mouth he went on become a leading criminal and jury lawyer this country has  seen.

In love with the Ocean

May 3, 2014 at 8:59 pm

We met Sandy Robson, the Australia-based sea

kayaker who became the first woman ever to

successfully circumnavigate Sri Lanka in a kayak.

May 3, 2014, 12:00 pm

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Photo Source: Sandy  Robson Blog 

Why Gnanasara has to be dealt with

May 3, 2014 at 8:54 pm

May 3, 2014, 6:17 pm
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If there was anything that the May Day rallies showed, it was  that the SLFP led UPFA even after nearly nine years in power is still an  unassailable political force. Even if one factors away the natural advantage  that any ruling party will have in drawing crowds for rallies, the UPFA’s  showing was impressive to say the least.  It’s not just the numbers, but the  enthusiasm that counts. The May Day show indicated that nearly nine years after  being first elected to power, the Rajapaksa government is still as vibrant as  ever. Things are looking up on other fronts as well. The free trade agreement  with China is well on the way to finalization and this will give Sri Lanka some  leeway in resisting possible Western sanctions especially if SL reinvents itself  as an economic service centre for China in the Indian Ocean to service the  Chinese markets in Africa and the Middle East. Even on the diplomatic front,  things are improving. At the time of writing, sources close to the government  indicate that the number of Senators supporting the pro-Sri Lanka resolution No:  364 in the US Senate has suddenly jumped to 26 with another group of Senators  signing it as co-sponsors.

TULF scuttles TNA’s fresh bid to register as a recognized political party

May 3, 2014 at 8:47 pm

 

May 3, 2014, 7:39 pm

By Franklin R. Satyapalan

The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) has appointed a five-member  committee to look into the possibility of seeking registration with the  Commissioner of Elections as a recognized political party.

However, even before the dust could settle, Tamil United  Liberation Front (TULF) Leader V. Ananda Sangaree has written to Elections  Commissioner Mahinda Deshapriya objecting to the move, political sources said.

US State Dept. says LTTE uses Tamil Diaspora for logistics, funding

May 3, 2014 at 8:44 pm

May 3, 2014, 7:24 pm
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A large group of UNP parliamentarians led by Karu Jayasuriya  protested outside the Hambantatoa police station yesterday demanding punitive  action against the Mayor and other goons responsible for the attack on five of  their colleagues recently. The police looked on as the noisy agitation continued  and there was no obstruction even when the MPs trooped into the compound of the  police station and continued their protest. Later, SSP Sisira Kumara emerged to  assure the opposition parliamentarians that the attack is still under probe and  arrests are imminent. (Pic by Kamal Ranaweera)

OPA throws its weight behind BASL to oppose proposed judicial appointment

May 3, 2014 at 8:42 pm

May 3, 2014, 12:00 pm
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In a rare gesture, the King of Bahrain, His Majesty Hamad bin  Isa Al-Khalifa, asked for an autographed copy of President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s  speech at last week’s ceremony where the Sri Lankan leader was honoured with the  Khalifa Medal by the monarch at the Al-Sakhir Palace in Bahrain. The President  is pictured here making the presentation to the King. (Pic by Sudath Silva)

President’s intervention sought to stop hate campaign against Muslims in Sri Lanka

May 3, 2014 at 8:38 pm

Fri, May 2, 2014, 10:48 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

May 02, Colombo: Muslim legislators of Sri Lanka have asked the President Mahinda Rajapaksa to immediately intervene to stop the anti-Muslim hate campaign carried out by the extremist Buddhist groups.

In a letter to the President, the Muslim parliamentarians asked to pay attention to the continued hate campaign, intimidation and threats to Muslims, carried out by some Buddhist extremist elements of the Bodu Bala Sena (BBS), Sihala Ravaya and Ravana Balakaya organizations.


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