Some Street names in Colombo OLD and NEW – By Hemal Gurusinghe For those who grew up in a different era and left Sri Lanka long ago, will now be lost if they were to find directions in Colombo by their current street names. Politicians made a great deal about changing street names.  Perhaps to display their “Nationalism”, maybe an easy con to fool the people. This mania of changing street names happens all the time and everywhere.  London changed streets named after colonial characters whose reputations are now in question.  The irony is that it is Saddiq Khan, the Mayor of London, who is presiding over these changes in the aftermath of Black Lives Matter protests.  Unlike Colombo, New Delhi (and other state capitols) renamed their colonial era street names after internationally famous people, like Nelson Mandela.  In Colombo, one hardly knows some of the characters whose names adorn ...

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SRI LANKA CAN BOUNCE BACK QUICKLY,  IF POLITICIANS WOULD ALLOW – by N.S.Venkataraman Sri Lankan Prime Minister has correctly said that Sri Lanka’s current predicament is it’s own making. He also must have further said that if Sri Lanka’s recovery from the present economic mess were to be delayed, it would also be Sri Lanka’s own making. Millions of  patriotic and responsible Sri Lankans living in Sri Lanka and other parts of the world must be following the developments in Sri Lanka on day today basis with great concern  and must be feeling highly frustrated when they read the news about continued protest on the roads , blocking traffic and shouting slogans . Particularly, the massive agitation by the students a few days back make one suspect whether these students have adequate understanding  about the gravity of the situation. The problems faced by Sri Lanka today cannot be sorted out by ...

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School meal program in Sri Lanka-Rise Up Sri Lanka is in the midst of an unprecedented economic crisis with extreme inflation and shortages of essential items including food. Schools in Sri Lanka are noticing a decrease in the attendance of students, particularly in schools located in areas that are severely impacted by this economic crisis. One of the main reasons attributed to this attendance decline is lack of availability of food. Rise Up School Meal Program (https://www.facebook.com/RiseUpMeals) is collaborating with Dr Tara De Mel (Former Secretary, Ministry of Education , Sri Lanka), to provide a mid-day meal to students of schools located in certain underprivileged areas of Sri Lanka. Simultaneously schools will be encouraged to develop ‘food gardens’ to sustain the school meal program. The project currently cover15 schools with 5 schools each from Maha Oya Education Zone – Ampara District (Eastern Province) Deraniyagala Education Division- Kegalle District (Sabaragamuwa Province) ...

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