“Our fight is for all Sri Lankans”: BBS CEO

Published : 12:00 am  April 30, 2014  |  Category: Chamitha Kuruppu, Columnists, Opinion  |  7 Comments  |  3,072 views  |  
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 Asserts BBS fight is against wrongdoings and corruption in Sri Lanka Wants resettlement to take place for all people, not only Muslims Says Sinhala Buddhists true minority in danger and live in fear Charges media creating unnecessary hatred towards BBS Requests Sinhala Buddhists to refrain from gaming, clubbing, consuming alcohol The controversial Bodu Bala Organisation says banning casinos will only worsen the situation. “Our great kings used the same means as ways of increasing country’s income. People in a country with true Buddhist practices will not engage in casinos, gaming and similar activities,” asserts Dilantha Withanage, Chief Executive Officer of the Bodu Bala Sena (BBS). “There... 


Korean growth experience and its relevance to Sri Lanka today

Published : 12:00 am  April 28, 2014  |  Category: Columnists, Opinion, W. A. Wijewardena  |  5 Comments  |  4,440 views  |  
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Learning by sharing experiences with KDI School Professor Jin Park of the KDI School of Public Policy and Management, a reputed research and higher learning institution in South Korea, recently delivered a lecture under Global Development Learning Network or GDLN Seminar Series on Lessons from Korea’s Development to participants in a host of Asian countries including Sri Lanka. The program is delivered under its distance learning training system and its local host has been the Colombo based Distance Learning Centre, popularly known as DLC. In this lecture series, the participants get an opportunity to interact with the resource person to seek clarifications, record their dissent if any or comment... 


Eran urges Speaker to act against Mattala mob

Published : 12:00 am  April 26, 2014  |  Category: Opinion  |  Leave a Comment  |  3,809 views  |  

UNP MP Eran Wickramaratne has urged Speaker to act against Mattala mob which attacked a group of Opposition MPs who were on an inspection tour of sea and air ports in Hambantota recently. “I request that appropriate action be taken against the UPFA Mayor of Hambantota, the other individuals who were part of the unlawful assembly acting in furtherance of the said breaches of parliamentary privileges, and the police officers who aided and abetted by their inaction, including the police spokesperson, who also demonstrably aided and abetted the breaches by his subsequent interest in attempting to cover up the police inaction and the breaches, by trifling the criminal acts which took place,”... 


Why I have little sympathy for the Buddha tattoo tourist

Published : 12:00 am  April 26, 2014  |  Category: Opinion  |  Leave a Comment  |  582 views  |  

There’s no excuse for tourists getting in trouble in Sri Lanka for cultural insensitivity – just do a little research before travelling By Amantha Perera The Guardian: The arrest and pending deportation of a 37-year-old British nurse, Naomi Coleman, from Sri Lanka for sporting a tattoo of a meditating Buddha on her right arm has once again raised the issue of tourists being woefully unaware of religious and cultural sensitivities in places they visit. Coleman was still being held a day after her arrest and deportation order. She told the media that she had visited the country twice before and had had no problems regarding the tattoo. This time it was spotted before she could leave the... 


SAPRI clears the air on its ‘Religious Harmony’ program

Published : 12:00 am  April 26, 2014  |  Category: Opinion  |  Leave a Comment  |  325 views  |  

Following is a release from the South Asia Policy & Research Institute (SAPRI) in relation to its ‘Religious Harmony – Building an Inclusive Society’ program The South Asia Policy & Research Institute (SAPRI) has noted that several diverse and speculative views have been expressed with regard to our program for ‘Religious Harmony – Building an Inclusive Society’. We therefore, wish to clarify the reasons that led us to initiate the project. SAPRI is a South Asian organisation which formulates policy and engages in advocacy on subjects of importance to the region. It is a non-political, non-governmental, regional organisation. Its Board is comprised of eminent Sri Lankan... 


Faiszer Musthapha takes on BBS

Published : 12:00 am  April 24, 2014  |  Category: Opinion  |  2 Comments  |  1,084 views  |  

By Faiszer Musthapha I wish to convey my grave anguish and great concern in regard to the action of misguided elements which is calculated to vilify Islam and the Muslim community and thereby endanger the harmonious relations that have prevailed in this country between the Muslims and other communities. In this context, I am gravely perturbed by the statement made by the Rev.Galaboda Athe Gnanasara, the Secretary of the BBS who was portrayed on television. This is a grotesque distortion of the Holy Quran which contains no such injunction and this fabrication is calculated to arouse the feelings of the Muslims. The Holy Quran, to us Muslims, is the word of God and our undisputed guide. The above... 


British Parliamentarians misled or gullible?

Published : 12:00 am  April 24, 2014  |  Category: Opinion  |  2 Comments  |  550 views  |  

By Radhika Phillips As a Sri Lankan from the Tamil community I am perplexed by the last minute cancellation of the visit to Sri Lanka by the British Parliamentarians. I am from the very community that all sorts of groups try to represent, speak on behalf of, terrorise other communities, try to rescue and appeal to be rescued. I say: Not in my name! We do not need to be patronised We do not need to be patronised. We have lived and progressed as Sri Lankans. I do not want to see the gullible in my community being used by the overseas groups to stage protests and force their children to wail for the cameras in attempts to secure ‘support’. Support for whom I ask? Support based on deception... 


“Sri Lanka annually receives around $ 80 m in aid from South Korea”

Published : 12:00 am  April 23, 2014  |  Category: Opinion  |  Leave a Comment  |  682 views  |  

Following are excerpts of an interview with Korean Ambassador Arjuna Jongmoon Choi   By Cathrine Weerakkody Q: How long have you been in Sri Lanka? A: I arrived in Sri Lanka on 8 April in 2011 and I am leaving at the end of this month. So my term will have been slightly more than three years. Q: How strong are Sri Lanka’s bilateral ties with South Korea? A: The overall ties are actually stronger than ever. Notably, it was evident in the summit diplomacy. President Rajapaksa made a State visit to Korea in 2012 after a lapse of 17 years. The following year Korean Prime Minister Hongwon Chung made an official visit to Sri Lanka for the first time since the inception of the bilateral diplomatic... 


Balancing the short-term vs. long-term interest of workers

Published : 12:01 am  April 18, 2014  |  Category: Opinion  |  Leave a Comment  |  620 views  |  

Proposals for minimum wages, unemployment benefit, pension for private sector, medical insurance There were recent press reports that a number of trade unions have submitted proposals to the National Pay Commission requesting establishment of: 1. A National Wages Commission for the private sector; 2. A national minimum wage; 3. An unemployment benefit insurance scheme; 4. A pension scheme for EPF members. In addition, a medical insurance and social security scheme for the informal sector employees has also been proposed. These are important proposals with far-reaching consequences that require careful consideration as well as frank and open discussions among all stakeholders. Any civilised society... 


In an unequal world, we need inclusive growth

Published : 12:01 am  April 18, 2014  |  Category: Opinion  |  1 Comment  |  545 views  |  

By Jim Yong Kim For a very long time, the rich have known to some extent how the poor around the world live. What’s new in today’s world is that the best-kept secret from the poor, namely, how the rich live, is now out. Through the village television, the Internet and hand-held instruments, which a rapidly increasing number of the poor possess, lifestyles of the rich and the middle class are transmitted in full colour to their homes every day. Last year, when I travelled with President Evo Morales to a Bolivian village 14,000 feet above sea level, villagers snapped pictures on their smart phones of our arrival. In Uttar Pradesh, the state in India with the highest number of poor people, I... 


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