Vesak: Birth of the Enlightened One-by Ven. Kumbuke Visuddhi Citta Thera   Source:Dailynews “Sukho Buddhanam uppado – sukha Saddhamma desana” “Happy is the arising of the Buddhas – Happy is the teaching of the Dhamma” (Dhammapada – Buddha Vagga – verse 16) Having lived in the Tusitha heaven the Bodhisattva was reborn among the humans, receiving the name ‘Siddhartha’, which means ‘One who renders a noble service to the world’. His mother was Queen Mahamaya and His father was King Suddhodana. Prince Siddhartha’s Birth, Enlightenment and Relinquishment or Maha Parinirvana (the Great Demise) took place on a Vesak Full Moon Day. These three memorable events that happened to take place in the life of this great personality are known as ‘the three hallowed events’ in His life. The Bodhisattva’s appearance in the human plane took place attributing to the fulfilment of five conditions namely time, country, and continent, race and mother. ...

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‘Extreme Malinga’: Sri Lankan teen’s stunning IPL entrance – by Martin Smith Source:cricket.com.au Raw 19-year-old slinger could have Australia in his sights next month after Chennai debut that impressed MS Dhoni A teenager labelled ‘Mini Malinga’ has made an instant impact on his debut in the Indian Premier League and Australia may well get a closer look at him on their tour of Sri Lanka next month. Nineteen-year-old Matheesha Pathirana dismissed Indian stars Shubman Gill and Hardik Pandya playing for the Chennai Super Kings on Sunday night, finishing with figures of 2-24 from 3.1 overs. With a highly unusual bowling action that has been labelled “an even more extreme example of (Lasith) Malinga”, Pathirana’s debut came despite having played just two senior T20 matches previously. His action is undoubtedly like Malinga’s, but Chennai skipper Ms Dhoni says the comparisons to the Sri Lankan legend don’t end there. “He is an ...

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The Technopolitics of Dissent in Sri Lanka – By Shakthi De Silva     Source:internationalaffairs.org.au Observers in Australia and elsewhere have covered Sri Lanka’s ongoing protests and accurately teased out the nuances of the situation. However, many underestimate how technology played a key role in instigating this organic social uprising. Web platforms and social media has revolutionised the politics of public dissent. They give new meaning to free expression and empower citizen journalism and activism to take a life of its own outside the traditional domains of private or state-influenced media. Information is now coproduced by people and shared on WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tiktok, and more. Representative democracies around the world are feeling the pinch as stories, pictures, and posts on corruption and political malpractice become viral sensations. In more ways than one, this has become a feature of the modern-day democratic techno-politic climate we live in. Nowhere is ...

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