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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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First cut is the deepest! – By Aubrey Joachim The magician has spoken. However, he did not pull any rabbits out of a hat. Instead he slashed the body of the damsel (in distress). Is it an illusion or will he be able to put her back and will she rise out of the façade? The newly appointed Prime Minister has spoken to the nation. The message was crisp, clear and succinct. The situation is grave. The patient is on life support. Sri Lankans will face hardships that they have never faced in their lives over the next few months. The stages of recovery will take time. If the patient comes out of life support it will progress through intensive care, critical care and a long period of hospitalisation before some modicum of recovery happens. A mere few months of hardships is the height of optimism. It seems more like ...

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Investing in Sri Lanka – by Patrick Ranasinghe Investing in Sri Lanka Video – English  Sri Lanka would have been much developed country and rated top three in tie spears in Asian and south Asia. Electronics now supply sensors Airbus 260 and Colombo Harbour the commercial hub in Indian Ocean for investors, Tourism   if not the highly corrupted politicians who steal public money in every project. It’s well know that Sri Lanka will lose many valuable foreign investments due to asking for commissions from foreign investors by the government’s ministers that Including the Jaffna Tamil regions and community? And employing the future generation for our recovery in the future. ...

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“DBU DEBUT” – by Des Kelly For what it is worth, firstly, my grateful thanks to Anne Williams who always “posts” some very interesting subjects worthy of even more perusal than normal, this one, about Dutch & Portugese Burghers combined. Secondly, the “emblem” connected with her story fascinated me, and I would love to have a copy of it, especially drawn for a photo-gallery on my ipad. Therefore, a “bcc” copy of this particular story goes out to my friend & yours, Maxwell Gerreyn, who, like Anne, myself, and many others are of extremely doubtful Ancestry qualifications. As the Editor of this superb website for Lankan Patriots everywhere, E’LANKA”, I am sure that I have encouraged all my Lankan friends (including Anne Williams) to become members, if only to read all this interesting stuff that comes up, from time to time. This time, once again, it’s all about “Burgher-Buggers”, and ...

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Knuckles conservation: Success, lessons showcased at forum-By Ifham Nizam   Source:Island The United Nations Development Programme’s (UNDP’s) Small Grants Programme (SGP) in the Knuckles Conservation Forest and its Buffer Zone landscape has contributed to the promotion of Agro-ecology, Biodiversity conservation, Soil conservation and Wetlands rehabilitation, said Resident Representative of UNDP in Sri Lanka Robert Juhkam. Speaking at the Symposium on Strengthening Good Practices and Promoting Policy initiatives in the Knuckles Landscape, GEF-SGP Knuckles Landscape Policy Forum 2022, he said along with the discovery of 10 new endemic herp species which includes six snakes, three amphibians and one skink, a truly remarkable achievement for the project. “Using a landscape approach where we work with communities and multi stakeholder groups through the lessons learnt, and the dedicated symposiums will aim to highlight, upscale and promote these policy initiatives and results,” he added. The UNDP also said that encompassing nearly 21,000 hectares, the ...

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Maduwanwela Walawwa – මඩුවන්වෙල වලව්ව Maduwanwela Mansion with 121 rooms and 21 inner gardens Source:Amazinglanka Often referred to as the Dark Prince of Ceylon, the Maduwanwela Disawe was a personality that defined an era. His influence with the colonial administrators of his time were such that they even bestowed on him the title of Sir James William. His ancestral home, the Maduwanwela Walawwa, is a reflection of the Disawe’s personality and an architectural icon of a bygone era. The town of Kolonne lies between Embilipitiya and Suriyawewa. It is an area of tranquil beauty with paddy fields and tall trees that span out across the plains and provide much needed shade. We visited Maduwanwela Walawwa on a bright, sunny day when the workers in the paddy field and the bustle of a farmer’s market made the village come alive in vivid colours and tones. Built in the 1700s under the ...

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Top 10 Things to do in Jaffna: This is Sri Lanka We spent 5 days in Jaffna filming the most epic vlog on things to do and see in Jaffna! A special thank you to everyone who helped us make this vlog possible and you guys who sent us recommendations of places to check out whilst in Jaffna. Here are our Top 10 things to do in Jaffna from the This is Sri Lanka Series! ...

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Wattala Anthonians celebrate 80th anniversary   Source:Dailymirror St. Anthony’s College Wattala will celebrate its 80th Anniversary this year with a Lasallian College Magazine to recall the golden memories of yesteryears. Rev. Fr. Mal Fernando the Rector and heads the Committee- which includes Rev.Brothers of Lasalian community- invite all Past Teachers, Old Boys and Well-wishers to contribute with write-ups, articles, photographs, past magazines and souvenirs and paper-cuttings to be published therein. Such contributions can be sent into  1. Br. Placidus Fernando, Secretary Magazine Committee, No. 51, Lasallian Center, Temple Road, Mutwal, Colombo-15. He can be reached at 0773432002 or via email: mplacidusfernando@gmail.com 2. Mr. Ranjan de Silva, Tel: 0773871206 or via email ranjandesilva14@yahoo.com 3. Niroshan Perera Tel-0777587360 or via email niroshan_perera@combank.net 4. Joseph Joachim, Tel- 0773219650 or via email josephjoachim61@gmail.com You may send in your contributions in English, Sinhala or Tamil. Contributions must be sent in before the end of June. ...

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