The Boast of Multi-Culturalism – Is it Reality or Fallacy? – By Noor Rahim Presently there is a boast & toast among a few of the leading Western Countries that appear to be falling over each other in their boast of a truly Multi-Cultural Society aka Multi Ethnic Society. But if one should really trace the advent of Multi-Culturalism one would be amazed at the fact that this concept was rampant way back from the days of yore; and though not the boast of a Nation but were subtly enmeshed in a Nations social fabric without any rant or rave. Strangely enough this was the accepted norm in the 3rd World – so to say. So one must wonder; if the present day boast of a Multi-Cultural Society is more of a Political Boast to garner Political “Clout”; with the Immigrant populace or for reasons otherwise. If one only reminisces from the ...

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Three Sri Lankan badminton officials in Birmingham – by Dhammika Ratnaweera Source : Dailynews Three Sri Lankan Badminton umpires are officiating in the Birmingham Commonwealth Games. Two senior International umpires Rohana de Silva and Lakpriya Edirisinghe together with one and only lady Sri Lankan Badminton official Samanthi Nawarathe who is a line judge have joined Badminton World Federation (BWF) officials in Birmingham. Rohana de Silva is a Sri Lanka Administrative Service (SLAS) officer currently serving as the Director of the External Resources Department, General Treasury. Prior to being promoted as the SLAS Officer, he had served as a teacher in government schools. Rohana de Silva received his primary education at Rewatha Central College, Balapitiya before moving to Dharmasoka College, Ambalangoda for his secondary education.De Silva who was the former SLB Secretary holds a master’s degree in Economics from the University of Kelaniya and a bachelor’s degree in Natural Science from the ...

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Army corporal Dilanka wins first medal for Lanka Dilanka Kumara with his bronze medal Source : Dailynews A 26-year-old Corporal from Sri Lanka Army Service Corps hailing from Kurunegala Dilanka Isuru Kumara Yodage won Sri Lanka’s first medal at the XXII Commonwealth Games in Birmingham when he was placed third in the men’s 55kg weightlifting event on Saturday. “I always had hopes of winning a medal and was confident because of the training I underwent,” said an elated Dilanka Kumara after adorning himself with a bronze medal to launch Sri Lanka campaign in weightlifting. In a highly competitive weight category where gold medallist Malaysia’s Mohamad Aniq set a Games record of 249kg followed to pip India’s Mahadev Sargar (248), Kumara lifted a total of 225kg (105 snatch and 135 clean and jerk) to clinch third place. He failed in his attempt to snatch 112kg and lift 137kg and 141kg in the ...

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Fast- track critical ‘System changes’ in the Electoral system and hold any Election   changes’ aimed at ‘Abolition of Executive Presidency’ (Gota – Go-Home) and election of a new set of patriotic ‘Political Professionals’ to the Parliament(Curse the ‘225’) including the entire Political and Public Administration system. The corollary is to legislate a People- based New Constitution coupled with ‘Electoral and other Reforms’ towards rapid Economic recovery and Peace, leading to sustainable development of the Country. In the context of such National urgency (Not political expediency), the clarion call is fair and reasonable. Unfortunately, the callers have seemingly not given due consideration to the danger that if such General The writer’s attention was drawn to the recent clarion call by several Political Parties, Opinion makers and Academics harping on the urgent need to obtain a fresh ‘People’s mandate’ ‘through a ‘General Election/Referendum. This urgency was triggered by the peaceful and intelligent ...

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