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Vendakkai Pachadi (ladies finger or okra gravy)

January 18, 2014 at 12:45 am


Ladies finger, as we all know is very good for memory power. I have often heard people telling that they will take ladies finger on the day of the math exam. I am not sure of any scientific reason behind that .But as a habit we have come to believe it and try to give it to our children. Many tasty dishes can be made out of this common vegetable. Ladies finger sambar and fry always tops the list.

Chicken Salna Recipe – Tamil Nadu style

January 18, 2014 at 12:43 am


chicken salna recipe
Chicken Salna

Chicken Salna also called as Chicken Chalna is the best side dish with South Indian style Parotta and vegetable salna for the vegetarians. You will find most road side stalls located in busy market areas and along the highways in Tamil Nadu serving Parotta with Chicken Salna. The mere sight of this famous street food makes you hungry and crave for a bite of the flaky layered parotta dunked into the aromatic chalna. It is a match made in heaven and I always look forward to eat it when I visit Tamil Nadu.

Beetroot Vadai

January 18, 2014 at 12:37 am


Yet another item famous in chettinad, a sure choice for lunch when kids are at home. This if left over can be given as an evening snack as well. This vadai will go very well with Rasam ,sambar as well as curd rice. Only thing is that you should make sure that you add enough chilies to hide the sweet taste of beetroot. It is not a must that the vadai should be hot while eating. If you want it as a snack then you have to make it crispier and serve hot.

Editorial – Island.lk

January 18, 2014 at 12:32 am

Pamper poachers, promote plunder

January 17, 2014, 8:37 pm

Illegal fishing is a problem both India and Sri Lanka have  mishandled all these years. There have been many attempts by senior diplomats  and political leaders to evolve a solution, but in vain. Their ill-advised,  half-hearted efforts have only legitimised poaching in that both countries rush  to the rescue of offenders who get into trouble and encourage their illegal  operations in the process.

CPC’s heavy losses rule out fuel price reduction

January 18, 2014 at 12:31 am

Petroleum Industries Minister says:

January 17, 2014, 8:19 pm

By Maheesha Mudugamuwa

In the wake of trade unions urging the government to reduce fuel  prices instead of increasing fuel standards, Petroleum Industries Minister Anura  Priyadarshana Yapa yesterday said that local fuel prices couldn’t be reduced as  the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC) was still incurring heavy losses.

Know Ye the truth, but not from Mannar

January 18, 2014 at 12:28 am

January 17, 2014, 8:39 pm

There is a figure in the Mannar District that gives it a  reputation for uncanny opinions that can cause consternation in other parts of  the country.

The source of this is the personality of Raiyappoo Yusey, who  has a lordly prefix, associated with those whose garb includes a white robe with  a wide purple waist band, and a matching purple skull cap. It seems natural that  with so much purple, that is associated with princedom in the Catholic Church,  this oft spoken person is free to come out with purple phrases that have little  relevance to the truth, and can have serious consequences for the institution  that has given him the purple trappings, and even worse, to the wider people who  follow this faith of the in other parts of the country.

More on Geneva Again

January 18, 2014 at 12:19 am

January 17, 2014, 8:38 pm

By Izeth Hussain

My article Geneva Again in The Island of January 11 had a very  limited focus: to establish that the call for international investigations on  war crimes was the text, while the sub-text was to push the Sri Lanka Government  towards a political solution of the Tamil ethnic problem. It is essentially the  same case that I made out in my article The Ban Ki-moon Conspiracy in The Island  of May 2, 2011. In the two years and eight months that have elapsed since then,  there have however been many significant developments over the ethnic problem  which call for new thinking in preparing for the UNHRC Meeting in late March. I  have in mind also some of the material provided by the over one hundred  responses that have been provoked by my last article.

A clear focus on tourism

January 18, 2014 at 12:13 am

January 17, 2014, 8:42 pm

The Tourism Development and Promotion board and Convention  Bureau and those who are in SLITHM, tourism may only have been concerned about  catering to the foreign tourist and providing comfortable accommodation to him  with facilities for travel, recreation and leisure and spending free time  usefully and enjoyably and even promoting or closing one’s eyes to some  unethical pass-times to provide occasion for tourists to dissipate themselves  and even ruin themselves morally and spiritually. Those wanting to be VIPs of  tourism are not much concerned about tourists as persons as long as a couple of  billions of dollars of foreign exchange is gained for the country, annually,  about which much cacophonous boasting is done and ‘honours’ shared by anyone and  everyone connected with the promotion of tourism because arrivals have risen  after the war ended though not reaching overblown projections of arrivals. On  the whole they have collectively failed and heads are to roll, as the Island of  Thursday 16th January reports.

A viable alternative for Railway gates

January 18, 2014 at 12:11 am

January 17, 2014, 8:41 pm

Yet another tragedy has occurred, this time at Wanawasala, due  to an unprotected railway crossing. Readers will recall that a simple, low cost  and and effective proposal sent by me appeared in both the Sinhala and English  press under the above caption in July 2013. If action was taken to construct  speed-breakers (humps), on either side of this particular railway crossing, this  tragedy would surely have been prevented. It is sad and unfortunate that the  authorities concerned turn a blind eye to public opinion, when in fact even some  readers have responded to the press, endorsing my proposal.

Attacks on churches

January 18, 2014 at 12:09 am

January 17, 2014, 8:41 pm

Attack on Boraluwewa Apostolic Church

The Sri Lankan Constitution and other laws and policies and the  UN declaration on human rights protect religious freedom. The Sri Lankan  Constitution states, “Every person is entitled to freedom of thought, conscience  and religion, including the freedom to have or to adopt a religion or belief of  his choice”. The Constitution gives a citizen, “the right either by himself or  in association with others, and either in public or in private, to manifest his  religion or belief in worship, observance, practice, or teaching”. The UN  declaration of human rights states, “Everyone has the right to freedom of  thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change his  religion or belief, and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in  public or private, to manifest his religion or belief in teaching, practice,  worship and observance”.

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