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Stanley Jeyaraja Tambiah: Anthropologist and Patriot

February 1, 2014 at 6:56 pm

February 1, 2014, 5:42 pm
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by H. L. Seneviratne

Professor Stanley Jeyaraja Tambiah passed away on January 19,  2014. This is not a conventional obituary, but a brief account of his work,  meant as a tribute to his scholarship. Professor Tambiah was both a versatile  and influential theorist and one of the foremost contemporary social science  scholars of Theravada Buddhism. This account, addressed to a largely Sri Lankan  readership, focuses on the latter, with only passing mention of the former.

Buddhism being Destroyed from Within

February 1, 2014 at 6:54 pm

February 1, 2014, 5:37 pm
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The usual bogey has been drawn out and paraded: the conspiracy  theory. Spouted out on platforms is the ominous term videshi kumanthrana/foreign  conspiracy to destroy Buddhism in Sri Lanka. This is supposed to strike fear in  the majority of the Sinhalese that their religion is being destroyed and to  ignite fire to resist such a move. But ask anyone and 19 on 20 will tell you  that it is a baseless war cry, an excuse for excesses and the destruction and  elimination of other religions. I make bold to say that we Buddhists are  destroying Buddhism by first degrading it, abusing all the tenets of Buddhism  like the four noble qualities of metta, muditha, karuna and uppekha and  exhibiting to the world crass intolerance, the stark opposite of serenity and  inward and outward peace the Buddha advised. We are supposed to live and let  live in dignity and forbearance.

FISHERIES PROBLEMS AS A DIMENSION OF SRI LANKA-INDIA RELATIONS.

February 1, 2014 at 6:52 pm

CONFLICT RESOLUTION & SUSTAINABLE FISHERIES GOVERNANCE IN THE  PALK BAY OF SOUTH ASIA 21-22 January 2014 At the University of Colombo Sri Lanka

February 1, 2014, 5:41 pm
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By Dr. John Gooneratne

Sri Lanka and India have gone through their own different phases  or approaches, in keeping with the changes in global political trends. The  period of Non-Alignment followed by the two countries in the 60s and 70s saw an  appreciable harmony between the two countries. It was during this period Sri  Lanka and India signed two very important Agreements –

The Rockwood Family Saga

February 1, 2014 at 6:50 pm

IN MEMORIAM

February 1, 2014, 5:38 pm
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Colonel David Narasiah Rockwood

100th Birth Anniversary of Colonel David Narasiah Rockwood falls  on February 02, 2014.

He was born on February 02, 1914. Following is a review of the  book ‘From Williamstown to Vaddukoddai: The History of the Rockwood Family done  by Mrs. Vijita Fernando.

Review – Vijita Fernando

Norochcholai is a Lemon -Junk it! Sell it for scrap!

February 1, 2014 at 6:46 pm

 

February 1, 2014, 5:34 pm
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Artist’s impression; Norochcholi 3×300 MW when completed

Indi-Chini bai bai : Lanka is getting the Indians to come and  give the Chinese a hand in sorting out the mess in the Norochcholi condenser  tubes.

Kumar David

This is my third piece on Norochcholai in the last two years;  previously, soft and mild mannered gentleman that I am, I expressed myself in  polite terms . . . hmm, well! But it’s just too much now; junk the wretched  thing, sell it for scrap, collect insurance, get the Chinese Government to write  off the loan; in the long run this will be cheaper and less annoying than  pottering around with this Lemon in the hope that it may come right one day.  Lemon is an Americanism for a dud, usually a car, which from the time you take  home fresh from the dealer is trouble, a flop, chronic.

Powerful President dithering in the South, Powerless Provincial Council resolving in the North

February 1, 2014 at 6:44 pm

February 1, 2014, 6:03 pm
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by Rajan Philips

Last Sunday I alluded to Geneva anxieties. Since then things  have got sillier and more complicated at the same time. On Monday, the Northern  Provincial Council, that has not been able to do anything worthwhile after its  election in September, passed a resolution calling for international  investigation into the last stages of the war, and for erecting a memorial at  Mullivaikal to honour the civilians killed there during the war’s final phase.  The Council also decided to send Councillor Ananthi Sasitharan as its  representative to Geneva to speak on the question of the missing persons. The  resolution seems to have come out of the blue for most observers, and certainly  for the UPFA government (which lately has been losing its original SLFP  blueness).

How J.R.Jayewardene faced Geneva

February 1, 2014 at 6:39 pm
February 1, 2014, 5:31 pm
article_imageThe main topic of conversation these days is not so much the  forthcoming Western and Southern provincial elections but the upcoming meeting  of the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in March this year. The way people  discuss the upcoming meeting of the UNHRC would lead one to imagine that this  was the first time in Sri Lanka’s history that this country was facing adverse  resolutions in the UNHRC. But there is nothing new in all this. From the very  beginning of Tamil separatist terrorism in the 1980s, this country faced  challenges from within the UN human rights system. Terrorism and the human  rights challenge always went hand in hand.

None of the NPC opposition parties voted in favour of anti-Sri Lankan resolution

February 1, 2014 at 6:37 pm

Targeting the upcoming Geneva sessions

February 1, 2014, 6:38 pm

SLFP Organizer, Jaffna District electoral Area, Angajan  Ramanathan yesterday issued the following statement on the resolution passed at  the NPC on the forthcoming Geneva sessions:

Policy consistency exposure to foreign capital plus factors for Sri Lanka’s progress — Prof. Takatoshi Ito

February 1, 2014 at 6:33 pm

February 1, 2014, 5:54 pm
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By Steve A. Morrell

Japanese Professor Takatoshi Ito said that Sri Lanka moving from  a lower income country to a middle income per capita income country is laudable  in itself but the hard work starts now.

“You cannot now depend on helpers to come to your assistance.  You are now economically strong. At least you are stronger than you were”, he  noted.

CHOGM Benzes sold at between Rs. 16-17 million

February 1, 2014 at 6:31 pm

February 1, 2014, 8:34 pm

By Franklin. R. Satyapalan

The Mercedes Benz S400 class Hybrid vehicles imported for the  Commonwealth Summit (CHOGM) are being sold at between Rs. 16 to 17 million each  and 15 of the 53 imported for this event have been sold, Dimo Chairman/CEO  Ranjith Pandithage said yesterday.

Asked how much this model, sold brand new with all taxes and  levies paid would cost, he said that subject to exchange variations it would be  around Rs. 32 million.


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