MA Nuhman, in Colombo Telegraph, 11 September 2019, where the title is “Remembering Professor S H Hasbullah”
Remembering my dear friend Hasbullah (11.09.1950–25.08.2018) is personally a very emotional, difficult and painful task for me. We were very close and intimate friends for nearly three decades. Hasbullah’s untimely sudden death was a great loss to me. Even after one year of his demise my memories of him are fresh and heavy in my mind. It may take a long time for me to recover, for he made an impact on my life. He was such a dynamic personality.
Filed under cultural transmission, education, heritage, life stories, literary achievements, patriotism, politIcal discourse, refugees, self-reflexivity, sri lankan society, unusual people, world events & processes
Rajeewa Jayaweera, in Sunday Island, 14 September 2019, where the title is “FOSLA batting for Sri Lanka”
Friends of Sri Lanka Association (FOSLA) is a non-political association comprising of a diverse group of British nationals. They all are drawn together by a shared common interest in Sri Lanka. In 1987, several leading Englishmen including Sir John Nicholas, a former British High Commissioner to Sri Lanka (1979-1984) and a Sri Lanka-born lawyer had been invited to the High Commission by the then High Commissioner Chandra Monerawela. Former Foreign Minister ACS Hameed had met them and urged this group of Sri Lanka enthusiasts to form an association. FOSLA was the outcome of this meeting (http:/HYPERLINK “https://eur02.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.fosla.org.uk%2F&data=02%7C01%7 %7Cbe1c60dbcb2e4ec2a3e008d730ce3620%7C84df9e7fe9f640afb435aaaaaaaaaaaa%7C1%7C0%7C637031534534473663&sdata=RK%2BwgG%2BswgbtzHwoZn0JowKSMsy6L1FQSDsriV%2FwFjA%3D&reserved=0″/www.fosla.org.uk/).
L to R: John Field (BHC 1991-6), HE Manisha Gunasekera (Sri Lankan HC to the UK), Sir Peter Heap (FOSLA Chairman), Linda Duffield (BHC 1999-2002) and Jame Dauris (BHC 2015-19) at the recent luncheon.
Filed under accountability, centre-periphery relations, charitable outreach, cultural transmission, economic processes, governance, heritage, historical interpretation, island economy, life stories, patriotism, politIcal discourse, power politics, sri lankan society, welfare & philanthophy, world events & processes
Nandasiri Jasentuliyana aka “Nandi,” in Sunday Times, 1 September 2019, where the title is “A Legendary Author’s Autobiography”
Namel Weeramuini’s compelling autobiography was launched on his 85th birthday, before a large audience at the Namel Malini Punchi Theatre yesterday.We live in a global village where the main road has many forks and takes us on many incredible journeys. It is increasingly difficult to know the final destination of these journeys. It means we choose the life we want for ourselves often amid uncertainty.
Namel Weeramuni Attorney at Law
Filed under architects & architecture, art & allure bewitching, cultural transmission, education, female empowerment, heritage, historical interpretation, life stories, literary achievements, meditations, patriotism, performance, politIcal discourse, self-reflexivity, sri lankan society, the imaginary and the real, unusual people, world events & processes
We are indebted to Thiru Arumugam and the latest issue of THE CEYLANKAN produced by the Ceylon Society of Australia for the two photographs reproduced here. I invite readers and old University personnel to provide pertinent bio-data on any of the individuals here who served the University and society over the next few decades. I will be initiating this task below as time goes by.
Filed under British colonialism, centre-periphery relations, cultural transmission, education, education policy, heritage, historical interpretation, life stories, modernity & modernization, self-reflexivity, sri lankan society, unusual people, world events & processes
Geoff Chambers in The Australian, 10 September 2019, where the heading runs “Most back kicking out asylum-seekers who aren’t refugees”
Most Australians believe that asylum-seekers deemed not to be genuine refugees should be deported regardless of other considerations. A Newspoll survey conducted last week showed 64 per cent of voters believe asylum-seekers who are considered by the courts to not be refugees should be deported, with 24 per cent saying they should be allowed to settle in Australia.
Filed under accountability, asylum-seekers, Australian culture, australian media, economic processes, heritage, historical interpretation, human rights, landscape wondrous, legal issues, life stories, politIcal discourse, power politics, refugees, self-reflexivity, slanted reportage, taking the piss, tamil refugees, tolerance, unusual people, welfare & philanthophy, world events & processes
Rajeewa Jayaweera, from Island, 9 September 2019 where the title is “Hobson’s choice with Presidential Candidates”
Two recent articles published in The Island were eye-openers. The first was titled ‘Presidential Elections and the Peoples Options’ by a group of eminent persons collectively known as ‘Friday Forum.’ The other was titled ‘Milinda reminds seven cold economic truths as politicians go into overdrive with promises’ by former politician and minister Milinda Moragoda.
Goonesekere; Jayaratne; and Moragoda
Filed under accountability, centre-periphery relations, constitutional amendments, cultural transmission, devolution, electoral structures, governance, heritage, historical interpretation, legal issues, life stories, politIcal discourse, power politics, Presidential elections, self-reflexivity, Sinhala-Tamil Relations, sri lankan society, unusual people, welfare & philanthophy, world events & processes
Tracey Ferrier, in AAP News Item, 3 September 2019, entitled “Peter Dutton lashes out at Tamil parents for “dragging” kids through court appeals”
A Tamil couple has unfairly “dragged” their two young children through drawn-out court appeals in an ill-fated bid to stay in Australia, Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton says. Mr Dutton has rounded on the couple, saying the reason they’ve been in Australia for so long is because they have refused to accept rulings that they are not genuine refugees. He said “excessive” appeals had kept them here and now they were complaining about having to leave the life they established in the Queensland town of Biloela.
Filed under accountability, asylum-seekers, Australian culture, australian media, charitable outreach, discrimination, disparagement, economic processes, ethnicity, governance, heritage, historical interpretation, immigration, landscape wondrous, legal issues, life stories, LTTE, performance, politIcal discourse, refugees, rehabilitation, self-reflexivity, slanted reportage, sri lankan society, Tamil migration, tamil refugees, the imaginary and the real, transport and communications, trauma, truth as casualty of war, unusual people