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Costly WASTE in the Heart of Canberra

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December 12, 2018 · 12:40 am

Forgotten Scars of War: Clearing Mines and UXO … One

Camelia Nathaniel, in Daily news, 14 Marhc 2018 where  the title runs “Mine free by 2020: Sri Lanka heading towards becoming a landmine free country: Lanka heading towards becoming a landmine free country:”

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The Mahathma’s Lines = The Reconciliatory Path We Need in Sri Lanka

Courtesy of KNO Dharmadasa

New Delhi, Oct 02 (ANI): On the occasion of the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, artists from over 124 countries have contributed in paying homage to the Father of the Nation through his favourite bhajan ‘Vaishnav Jan To Tene Kahiye’. The famous Gujarati hymn was penned by the 15th century poet Narsimha Mehta and was one of the favourite bhajans of Gandhi, who included it into the roster of prayers routinely sung before his meetings. During the closing ceremony of the Mahatma Gandhi International Sanitation Conference (MGISC) and in the presence of the Secretary-General of the United Nations Antonio Gutierrez, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Minister of Drinking Water and Sanitation Uma Bharti, launched a medley version of the bhajan, sung by artists from over 124 countries. All Indian Missions abroad identified local artist groups to record the bhajan who gave rise to an eclectic, colourful and rich rendition of the hymn infused with the local flavour of the region. Videos from different regions of the world have also been put together in a fusion video of about five minutes to give flavour to the bhajan. Amongst the star performers is President of Nauru Baron Divavesi Waqa. Waqa’s gesture was not just a tribute to Gandhi but was also a personal gift from him to Prime Minister Modi. The medley version and individual country contributions are available on the External Affairs Ministry’s Youtube page. ———————————————————————————————- ☛ Subscribe to our Youtube Channel – ☛ Visit our Official website: Enjoy and stay connected with us!! ☛ Like us: ☛Follow us : ☛ Circle us : ☛ Feedback to Shrawan K Poddar :

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BRISLA AWARDS: …. with Lord Michael Naseby in the Frame

“British Sri Lankan community promote social integration at Lord’s Cricket Ground” … 30 October 2018,…..–social-integration-at-Lord-s-Cricket-Ground/23-665675

A local optician who is passionate about supporting the Sri Lankan community in the UK united with Altair, a real estate company based in Sri Lanka, to host the BRISLA (British Sri Lanka Association) Awards on 13 October at the Long Room, Lord’s Cricket Ground.  Host of the evening, BRISLA Chair and Specsavers New Malden Director Dr Zimar Sivardeen rubbed shoulders with special guests and dignitaries, who made an appearance at the awards to show their support to BRISLA and the award nominees’ contributions to society. With the support of Indocean Developers Ltd. and Altair as Platinum sponsors, the BRISLA Awards celebrated local champions who embody BRISLA’s mission to achieve a cohesive, fair and prosperous society. Those shortlisted ahead of the evening were able to demonstrate to BRISLA how they had excelled in this quest, and rightly earned their right to attend the prestigious awards, thanks to their fantastic work within their own sphere.  

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From left: BRISLA Secretary & Meta Defence Labs UK & Sri Lanka MD Chani Simms, BRISLA Treasurer Michael McKay, Leicestershire Cricket Club CEO Wasim Khan MBE, Lord Naseby, President of The College of Ophthalmologists Michael Burdon, BRISLA Publicity Officer Vigneswara Kumar, BRISLA Chairman Dr. Zimar Sivardeen

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The Electoral Foundations of Sri Lanka’s Welfare Achievements

 S W R de A Samarasinghe, courtesy of Colombo Telegraph, 16 November 2018, where the title is  Crisis of Governance: Equity and Welfare Implications” .… with the emphasis in red being Sam’s worl and that in other colours being the Editor, Thuppahi’s incusions

Sri Lanka’s current crisis of governance threatens to undermine the country’s democratic tradition of having periodic free and fair elections to choose a government under the provisions of the constitution. I highlight the term “provisions of the constitution” because elections that are held by rulers in an arbitrary manner in violation of the spirit if not the letter of the constitution to suit their own convenience are not democratic. From that perspective, both major political parties in Sri Lanka, UNP and the SLFP (now SLPP), have not been democratic on occasion in the past.

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A Remarkable Loyalty in the Artistry of Ivor Denis

Tony Donaldson, reproduced here courtesy of CEYLANKAN … and replacing today 25th November 2018 the initial version presented in Thuppahi

Three giants of the Sri Lankan arts world have passed away this year. The visual artist Neville Weereratne died in Melbourne on 3 January 2018, aged 86 (Donaldson, 2018); the visionary filmmaker Lester James Peries died, aged 99, in Colombo on 29 April; and the singer Ivor Denis passed away at his home in Seeduwa on 18 June, aged 86.

 Ivor Denis playing violin

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Goodness Gracious! NGOs in Sri Lanka

Lionel Wijesiri, in Daily News, 12 November 2018, where the title reads   “Are NGOs a force for good?”

Jeevan Thiagarajah’s story titled “Why Indonesia is right to limit NGOs” (Daily News – November 5) has induced me to add few of my own thoughts on the same subject. NGOs are nothing new to us since they have been functioning in Sri Lanka for more than six decades. They are highly complex organisations that a simple man-in-the-street will find it difficult to comprehend. In fact, even the term NGO itself has various interpretations.

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