Sri Lanka Today – by Dr Harold Gunatillake   Transcript: Sri Lanka was crippled by a strike by trade unions demanding the resignation of the Rajapaksa government The trade unions in Sri Lanka on Friday launched a crippling island-wide strike to demand the resignation of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and his government over its inability to tackle the economic meltdown which has caused unprecedented hardships to the public. Sri Lanka’s government has been facing a wave of protests around the country with an increasingly furious public demanding its resignation. All trade unions of health, postal, port and other government services have joined the .. strike. However, several pro-ruling party trade unions have declined to join. Businesses remained shut and roads appeared empty in most usually crowded areas. “Today’s one day action is to tell the president that he should step down along with the government. If our pleas are not heeded ...

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AMILA NADEESHANI PHENOMINAL SOUGHT AFTER VOCALIST HELD IN HIGH ESTEEM AT PEAK OF FAME – by Sunil Thenabadu Amila Nadeeshani is a prodigious well-known vocalist who is devoted to her craft, who had worked incredibly hard learning it at National Youth Services Center , music academy in Ratnapura. Amila is a singer who was willing to sacrifice abundantly. For her to become the accomplished vocalist she has had possessed the passion for the craft, voice care, desire to improve, enunciation, time commitment, controlled breathing ,restraint and her own inimitable signature singing style. Amila had been able to invest the effort into a proper learning curve how to sing initially following initially the legendary singer Angeline Gunatilleke.It is learnt that from her native Kiriella she had when in her very young age had gone in search of music shops that sold cassettes of famous Angeline Gunatilleke whom she had adored and of course endeavored to imitate. Her father hailing from ...

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WHERE IS THE ROADMAP TO RESTORE SRILANKA’S GLORY? – by N.S.Venkataraman Most people in the world , whether Sri Lankans or otherwise , are concerned  about the present plight of Sri Lanka  due to what appears to be a  sort of economic collapse and consequent unrest amongst the people. Several experts and observers have commented liberally as to how this   country with beautiful  landscape and glorious  culture  have been reduced to this state.  The diagnosis is complete.  But , it appears that the process of evolving prescription to overcome the crisis is yet to be convincingly evolved and crystallized. At present, the focus is on getting loan or aid from abroad ,as if this by itself could sort out the grim issues facing Sri Lanka  in short term or long term. Sri Lanka already has huge debt to service and repay and Sri Lankan government has said that it cannot ...

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Sri Lankan president calls second state of emergency in five weeks Police disperse students with teargas and water cannon as national strike over economic crisis takes place Source:theguardian.com Sri Lanka’s president has declared a state of emergency for the second time in five weeks, giving security forces sweeping powers as a nationwide strike demanding his resignation brought the country to standstill. A spokesperson for Gotabaya Rajapaksa said he invoked the tough laws to “ensure public order” after shops closed and public transport was halted on Friday by unions blaming him for the unprecedented economic crisis, which has ignited weeks of unrest. Earlier on Friday, police used teargas and water cannon to disperse students attempting to storm the national parliament demanding Rajapaksa resign. The state of emergency gives powers to security forces to arrest and detain suspects for long periods without judicial supervision. It also allows the deployment of troops to maintain law ...

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SUNDAY CHOICE – A Mother’s Sacrificial Love – by Charles Schokman  “By this we know love, because He laid down His life for us. And we also ought to lay down our lives for the brethren” 1 John. “Perhaps it has never occurred to you. On the other hand, maybe you are aware of it every day. But a mother is a sacrificial being. In addition to many other things, she sacrifices her sleep, her time, her career, her thin body, and her sense of “self” for her children. This doesn’t stop after the baby and toddler years. It keeps on going, in some form or another, for the rest of her life. Being a mother requires commitment, selflessness, patience, and a boatload of unconditional love. It’s a lot of hard, often thankless work to raise a child, which is why the mothers in your life deserve to be honoured on Mother’s Day (and every day!). Traditional ...

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“TO ALL MOTHERS” – by Des Kelly   IN OUR WORLD, THERE IS NONE OTHER, WOMAN ON EARTH, THE ONE CALLED “MOTHER” THAT IS WHY, IN EVERY WAY, WE CELEBRATE OUR MOTHER’S DAY.   “HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY”!!, TO THOSE, NEAR & FAR,  THIS COMES TO ESPECIALLY FOR YOU, FROM E’ LANKA, .GOD BLESS & KEEP YOU, IS WHAT I ALSO SAY,   EVERY DAY SHOULD BE “MOTHER’S DAY”.     Desmond Kelly. (Editor-in-Chief) e’Lanka. ...

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John Keells Stock Brokers (JKSB) – Sri Lanka – STOCK MARKET WEEKLY 06-05-2022 John Keells Stock Brokers (JKSB)     John Keells Stock Brokers (JKSB) is a leading equity brokerage house in Sri Lanka and is a subsidiary of John Keells Holdings PLC (JKH), the largest listed entity on the Colombo Stock Exchange (CSE). We are one of 15 founding members of the Colombo Stock Exchange and our history in equity trading dates back to 1896. We are widely regarded in the industry for good governance practices with an emphasis on compliance and regulations. Our core sales and research staff have been engaged with the firm for a period of 10 – 25 years. Over the years this has helped JKSB develop strong and lasting relationships with our core client base of Foreign Funds/Individuals, Local Institutions and HNWI’s. This has contributed to our superior offering of order sourcing and placement capabilities. ...

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Meeyan Ella – spectacular waterfall with a history – By Arundathie Abeysinghe   Situated along the up-county railway line in close proximity to *Ihalakotte Railway Station, Meeyan Ella waterfall has a deep history unknown to the majority. The stream that Meeyan Ella waterfall originates is situated in a location known as Helan-Madiththa on the *Alagalla Mountain Range. Initially, the waterfall fell as a single stream over a rock and flowed over the villages of Thalagolla and Walagoda joining Thalagolla Oya (Oya meaning stream in Sinhala) connected to Ma Oya in Boella.   At present, the waterfall drops as two waterfalls with a gap of approximately 50 meters along two artificially cut grooves on the rock surface. There is a history regarding the origin of the two waterfalls from one waterfall. During the British Colonial Era, a railway line from Colombo to Kandy was constructed by the Colonials to transport goods including tea ...

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Kaleidoscope with Savithri Rodrigo 104 06 05 2022 And what do we have in store for you this week? Would the 19th or 20th Amendment work is our top topic this week on Prime Group Kaleidoscope plus glam galas, exquisite cane craft, printing in peril, feeding the 5,000, economic titbits, old nuns and even older goddesses.  Enjoy,  Here’s wishing you the best weekend. ...

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SURAJ MAPA REPUTED ACTOR CUM DANCER OVER TWO DECADES IN AN EFFERVESCENT JOURNEY IN FAME – by Sunil Thenabadu Photo Source:watchlanka.com The characteristics needed to be a successful actor is to possess a stupendous acting talent together with a robust personality is absolutely essential for the trade. However, this talent has to be tagged with other qualities like coordinated movements, a well-modulated voice, passion, a propensity for dancing with a good sense of rhythm. Suraj Mapa is such an actor ,further  possesses the ability to perform diverse roles with varied sets of emotions without flaw. Suraj possesses all these qualities along with self-confidence and optimistic thinking, hence he has remained upright deciding to choose the appropriate career.As a dancer Suraj possesses the needed stamina alongside patience and perseverance withstanding hectic schedules having a good height healthy complexion also been photogenic.   Suraj Mapa was born on 2nd January 1980, in Kandy  as Mapa Mudiyanselage Suraj Laksiri   ,is the renowned  actor in teledramas and films as well as ...

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