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Chandrika failed miserably to rally support for Samaraweera and Wickremesinghe coalition

By Walter Jayawardhana

ChandrikaFormer President Chandrika Kumaratunga has got herself involved in active politics by trying to rally support for her political allies, the new coalition of Mangala Samaraweera and Ranil Wickremesinghe, immediately after her arrival in Sri Lanka, two popular Sunday newspapers in Colombo, the Sunday Divaina and Rivira, revealed in prominent news features. The two newspapers said, the first political adventure she was involved was to travel to North Central Province to meet Sri Lanka Freedom Party Anuradhapura District organizer Wasantha Senanayaka and unsuccessfully appeal to him to lead some blue shirt clad close supporters of him in a demonstration and sit on the platform of the coalition of Managala Samaraweera and Ranil Wickremesinghe.

Sacred Nallur Kantha Swamy festival attracts thousands of devotees

Nallur Kandasamy TempleThe annual festival of Nallur Kantha Swamy festival in Jaffna, Sri Lanka commenced yesterday with Kodi Etram - the ceremony of flag hoisting to mark the beginning of the festival in the temple. The festival commenced yesterday at 10 AM. The temple festival will be held for the next 25 days. Unlike earlier annual festivals, according to the temple authorities, this year the festival is to be held with subdued version of the pageant and pageantry. The day pooja (adoration of deities with rituals) is to be held with the temple deity taken into procession within the inner court of the temple. The evening pooja during the festival days will be held with the deity taken in procession to at 4.45 pm. Temple authorities revealed that the day’s pooja will be over by 5.30 pm in the evening for that day.

The War with the World

By Tisaranee Gunasekara

The UN Secretary General called it “unacceptable and unwarranted” and he was not off the mark. The remarks by the Chief Government Whip, Minister Jeyaraj Fernandopulle on the UN Undersecretary for Humanitarian Affairs, John Holmes were remarkable for their inanity. Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama hastened to limit the damage by declaring that Mr. Fernandopulle was not expressing the opinion of the government when he called Mr. Homes ‘a terrorist’ taking bribes from the Tigers. Unfortunately by that time the damage has been done. Now the government is left with two unpalatable choices – either accept the rebuke by Mr. Moon or get into an extremely damaging battle with the UN itself.

Thais to vote today on the fate of the Army authored constitution

Thai voters will have their say today to determine on the draft charter drawn and authored under the management and direction of the country’s Army generals. Once the Thai people accept the new charter parliamentary election might be tentatively scheduled late this year or in the beginning of next year. In case the draft charter is rejected observers shudder the country may be dragged further into a deep abyss. Thai Army took over the country on 19 September last year, in a bloodless coup when the democratically elected Prime Minister Thakshin Shiawatara was away in New York to participate in the UN General Assembly meeting. Army generals in an effort to consolidate their hold on to power arranged the drafting of a constitution.

The phenomenon of war and peace

By Oscar E V Fernando

War with violence existed from the days of Adam and Eve; Cane questioned; Am I my brother’s keeper and followed it with violence; accordingly, this belief for many, including Christians, is as old as the beginning of creation; they would thus take it as an inevitable course of life, but also take steps to curb it! The same tempter then, as of now, is that Unseen Force ensuring religion is out of fashion, and that it is excluded from the equation of war and peace. Although violence prevailed then and now, there is no denial that religion mitigates the negative consequences of it.

First Sri Lanka Buddhist Mission to Germany to be honored

First Sri Lanka Buddhist Mission to Germany to be honored

By Janaka Perera

The First Sri Lankan Buddhist Mission to Germany 50 years ago (1957-2007) will be honoured at a grand ceremony at the Savsiripaya Auditorium, Wijerama Mawatha, Colombo 7 on August 22. The Sri Lanka Government's Philatelic Bureau will mark the event with the issue of a commemorative postage stamp and First Day cover. Chief Guest at the ceremony will be Public Administration and Home Affairs Minister Karu Jayasuriya and the Guest of Honour will be the German Ambassador in Sri Lanka, Juergen Weerth. Special Guests of Honor will be Posts and Telecommunications Minister Rauff Hakeem.

Aaya Raama – Gayaa Raam back on Goa theatre

By Tushar Charan - Syndicate Features

If a party or the government is intolerant towards internal dissent its members should be free to quit. But there can be and should be no support for changing governments merely because some of honourable members so desire for personal ends. A simple remedy for checking defection is fixing a period of penitence and denying any office of power, says the author in the context of Goa developments.

Brutal French government policy on undocumented immigrants leads to tragedy

A 12-year-old boy fell from a balcony August 9 while trying to escape with his father from a police raid on their fourth-floor flat in Amiens, 120 kilometres north of Paris Five days later, Ivan, from Chechen refugee family, remains in a coma in the hospital being treated for severe head and other injuries. The tragic episode produced a wave of shock and revulsion throughout the country against the methods being employed by the government against sans papiers (undocumented immigrants). The morning after the accident, some 300 people demonstrated through Amiens, marching from the Pigeonniers council estate, where the family lives, to the hospital. They carried placards saying, “Mr Police Chief (préfet) stop the round-ups,” “No to the hunting down of children and parents,” “Sarkozy’s laws kill rights.”

Karl Gunasena


Karl Gunasena is dead

By Walter Jayawardhana

Karl GunasenaA leading Lionel Wendt actor, popular broadcaster, Sinhala cinema star and an editor of a Buddhist journal ,Dhamma , Karl Gunasena (83) died and was cremated in London, in his adopted home. “Karl Gunasena, actor, philosopher, broadcaster, traveler, husband, grandfather, ‘interminable student’ and a dear friend, was a one of those rare gems Sri Lanka had ever produced,” said Dr. Tilak Fernando writing an obituary. He was cremated at a Buddhist funeral at North London Crematorium, July 5.