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Sheer lethargy

May 2, 2014 at 10:39 pm

May 2, 2014, 8:42 pm

It is with deep frustration that I highlight the obstacles one  has to encounter at the Registrar of Companies, head office.

The standard of service provided to the public, has become  worse, since the retirement of the former Registrar General of Companies who  conducted his official duties up to an acceptable standard.

Casinos, JVP and JHU

May 2, 2014 at 10:36 pm

May 2, 2014, 12:00 pm
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JVP Propaganda Secretary Vijitha Herath, MP, showing the gazette  at a media conference.(Pic courtesy: JVP Media Unit)

The Island on April 29 reported that the JVP had threatened  turmoil to block the proposed casino resorts bill and its Propaganda Secretary,  Vijitha Herath praised Ven. Athuraliye Rathana Thera MP of the JHU for having a  backbone to vote against the government.

Making sense of Bodu Bala Sena – II

May 2, 2014 at 10:33 pm

May 2, 2014, 8:36 pm
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By Izeth Hussain

In my article of April 26 I wrote that that article was meant to  be no more than notes towards making sense of the Bodu Bala Sena, a large and  complex subject requiring in-depth treatment. In the present article I am  continuing those notes because the BBS problem seems to have moved to the  forefront of our political consciousness, replacing the position earlier held by  what many Sri Lankans believed to be UNHRC diabolism. I believe that the reason  why the BBS is moving to the forefront is that many Sri Lankans could be  becoming aware of the possible sinister significance of the BBS’ external  dimension.

Toying with holy objects only kills their holiness

May 2, 2014 at 10:31 pm

May 2, 2014, 12:00 pm
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By Ven Matthumagala Chandananda Thero

Buddhist Chaplain, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada

Some Buddhists express dismay about Naomi Coleman, a tourist  from the UK, being deported a few days back because of an image of Buddha  tattooed on her upper arm. While we regret all inconveniences Naomi had to  endure on her visit in Sri Lanka, in this regard, some explanation is still  necessary to discern what can be the Awakened One’s standpoint regarding his  statues, images and tattoos.

King Sri Vikrama Rajasinghe

May 2, 2014 at 10:28 pm

 

May 2, 2014, 8:05 pm
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By Kamalika Pieris

Sri Vikrama Rajasinha, (1798-1815), who succeeded Rajadhi  Rajasinha as king of Udarata , was an 18 year old, Sri Lankan born youth named  Konnasami. His father Venkata Perumal Swami had been Rajadhi’s negotiator with  the French and British in South India. His maternal grandfather was Rajadhi’s  uncle (father’s brother), and his mother was a sister of Rajadhi’s first wife.  The family was of Andhra origin and people spoke of them as ‘Andhras’. They  spoke Telegu and used a script which was not Tamil. He was considered  uneducated, but was admired for his appearance. He had a good figure. He liked  to relax with music and regularly attended the palace kavikara maduwa. He nearly  died of small pox in 1805.

President to open new 1024 bed hospital for the army

May 2, 2014 at 10:23 pm

May 2, 2014, 10:32 pm

By Madura Ranwala

The newly built ten storeyed Military Hospital, at Narahenpita  will be declared open by President Mahinda Rajapaksa on May 5 at 10.00 a.m. It  had been built by the government at a cost of Rs. 6542.4 million.

Army Director Media, Brigadier Jayantha Jayaweera told The  Island that it would be one of the biggest hospitals in the country as it  had got 1024 beds. In comparison the Sri Jayewardenepura General Hospital had  only 1021 beds.

Britain asks Lanka to protect journalists and commit to free expression

May 2, 2014 at 10:20 pm

May 2, 2014, 9:38 pm

The British government Thursday asked Sri Lanka to commit to  free expression and protect journalists from intimidation and harassment as Sri  Lanka continues to drop down in the World press Freedom Index.

John Rankin, the British High Commissioner to Sri Lanka issuing  a statement to mark World Press Freedom Day, which falls on Saturday, 3 May,  said across the world, journalists face constant threats because of their work.

New Supreme Court Judge

May 2, 2014 at 10:17 pm

May 2, 2014, 10:33 pm

President’s Counsel, Priyantha Jayawardena, the newly appointed  Judge of the Supreme Court of Sri Lanka will take his oath before President  Mahinda Rajapaksa shortly. Mr. Jayawardena having completed his primary and  secondary education joined the Sri Lanka Law College. After he passed out from  the Law College he apprenticed with late Mr. Eardly Perera P.C. and Mr. Ranjit  Abesuriya P.C. During  this period he also  worked as a Research  Assistant to the Late Hon. Justice Mark Fernando and the Late Hon. Justice P.  Ramanathan, two very illustrious judges of the then Supreme Court  and was  enrolled as an Attorney-at-Law of the Supreme Court in the year 1988.

Intel agencies say ISI may be using Sri Lanka route to Tamil Nadu

May 2, 2014 at 10:09 pm

Chennai bomb blasts:

May 2, 2014, 9:36 pm
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CHENNAI: Tamil Nadu does not have many terror modules with  the stamp of Pakistan’s Inter Services Intelligence, but security experts say  the threat perception in the state is very high as it is home to many jihadi  outfits with links to extremist units across southern states, and connections  with Pakistani terror groups.

Ven. Watareka Thera in hiding again

May 2, 2014 at 10:06 pm

May 2, 2014, 10:24 pm

By Norman Palihawadana

Ven. Watareka Vijitha Thera, Chairman of Jathika Bala Sena has  lodged a complaint at the Dematagoda police station on May Day that when he was  returning to Mahiyangana after attending May Day celebrations at Kollupitiya, a  white car chased after the van he was travelling in, which posed a serious  threat to his life.

As the suspicious car followed him up to Thorana junction, he  turned back to find that the same car was following him again. When the police  checked the serial number of the car, they had found it was a bogus one.

Under the circumstances he was in hiding, Ven. Vijitha Thera  told ‘The Island’.

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