Sunday, July 28, 2013

Indian Tamils, Upcountry Tamils, Country Tamils or Sri Lankan Tamils

Sri Lankan Prime Minister says that the Indian origin Tamils will have a new race name as Sri Lankan.

Were they not Sri Lankans so far?

British colonial rulers brought poverty stricken South Indian Tamils to Sri Lanka for plantation labor. They made the Sri Lankan soil fertile with their sweat and have been building the national economy for more than a century.

Majority Sinhalese and 'local' Tamils considered them as aliens or foreigners and wonderfully, the Marxist theorists like Rohana Wijeweera considered them as invaders.

This community which is suffering from endemic and abject social backwardness needs to be guaranteed their equal rights.

I don't know if the Sri Lankan race name in their birth certificates and other relevant documents will mean anything in a context the other Sri Lankans identify themselves as Sinhala, Tamil, Muslim peoples.

In my point of view, they have the right to the identity of Upcountry Tamils which they have fought for. But there is a considerable number of Low Country Tamils in the districts of Kalutara, Rathnapura, kegalle and Galle districts.

What if they are called Country Tamils? 

On the other hand, is Indian Tamil a derogatory remark? I don't think so. The Jaffna Tamil elite needed to alienate themselves from this community for backward reasons. They need the same with the Batticaloa Tamils also. Do we need to give into a backward need of a community?

Why can't they claim for the identity of Sri Lankan Tamils? If they too need to mark a distinct identity, I think still Indian tag is better than the geographical term of Upcountry. India is a powerful country you can be proud of our origin.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Kneeling down drama in Sri Lanka's Northwestern Province continued

Sri Lanka's Puttalam Magistrate Ranga Disanayaka today cancelled the bail of the notorious former councilor of the Northwestern Provincial Council Ananda Sarath Kumara who is accused of harassing a school teacher within the school premises.

The magistrate ordered Ananda Sarath Kumara be remanded until August 08 for violating bail conditions.

A complaint was lodged last week by the husband of the harassed school teacher against him the Provincial Councilor for making statements threatening to his wife and the family.

The politician himself had also lodged a complaint for the future safety.

Provincial Councilor Ananda Sarath Kumara was remanded and later bailed out since he made a female teacher of Navagattegama Navodya School right inside the school premises for punishing his daughter.

Media followed up the incident and created a series of news centering the politician and the teacher. The teacher recently denied the media reports that she would address the opposition political rallies in case the politico is granted nomination to contest the election from the ruling United People's Freedom Alliance.

The politico himself seems thrilled with the national level publicity he gained from this incident and he is trying to invest it for a victory at the next election. He is most likely to be granted ruling alliance nomination and no wonder if he wind the election with a a huge margin of preferential votes.

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Issuing identity cards to artistes; latest joke of Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka government has taken steps to issue identity cards to the artistes.After this identity card is issued all who do not possess it will not be artistes. 

A report said that the Ministry of Culture and Art Affairs had taken steps to issue identity cards to the recognized artistes. Recognized by whom? The government. Does one need government recognition to be an artiste?

The inaugural issue of identity cards will take place at the Tower Hall Theater under the patronage of the Minister of Culture and Art Affairs T.B. Thennakoon on July 29 at 2.30.

Initially, the Cultural Department will issue the identity card to 500 artistes. Sources say that more artistes have applied for this type of identity cards and the Cultural Department will issue them in the future.

Artistes should actually reject this identity card.

This began from the issue of identity cards to the professional journalists. They used it to outshine in a context citizen journalism had not conceptualized.

The artistes' identity card is more comical than it, I think. Every man is an artiste. The government has issued identity cards to all.

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Rajapakse regime of Sri Lanka has no alternate to lousy casino business to bring FDI

Rajapakse regime, deviated from respectable foreign direct investment to give it a lifeline, seems bloody serious of making Colombo a casino hub.

For a start, a very attractive tax relief has been granted to James Packer. It is a Packer only measure and the other players lured in Packer centered casino hub will have to pay more taxes. Otherwise, we will pay it definitely with what we will earn by means of prostitution and other evil stuff.

Gone are the Buddhist extremists. They who see crocodile in each vessel if it is related to a minority nationality or religion seem seeing no evil in this lousy business. More and more racism and religious hatred will be needed for them to circumvent the blame from the government.

In my perspective, a dubious government with no international respect from less dubious world democracies, has no alternative except this type of filthy business.

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Do Sri Lanka Cricket male officials attempt to extort from the beggar's bowl of women cricketers?

Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) has appointed Channa Weerakkodi as the manager of the women's cricket team.

Former women's team manager, selector and the Chairman of Umpire's Committee A.R.M. Aroos has been suspended by SLC from the posts.

Sri Lanka women's team captain Shashikala Siriwardene last week complained against Aroos over attempting to extort a part of money she earned through a TV commercial.

SLC pays far less to women cricketers than the male cricketers. While cricketers in the men's team are paid an ODI fee of 3500 US dollars, that is Rs.440,000.s, women cricketers are paid 100 US dollars which converts to Rs.12500 rupees.

Sri Lanka women's team manager ARM Aroos has resigned from all his posts connected to the women's game in the country, following the board's sanctioning of a formal inquiry against him because of a complaint made by captain Shashikala Siriwardene last week, accusing Aroos of extortion.

SLC appointed retired senior superintendent of police, Hemachandra Dias to conduct a preliminary inquiry into the matter, and he recommended to the SLC's executive committee that the board conduct a formal inquiry into the allegations.

SLC executive committee subsequently appointed a panel to carry out the inquiry, and following that Aroos submitted his resignation.

Tuesday, July 09, 2013

Sri Lanka Railway strike ends; bus strike looming ahead

Sri Lanka's railway strike ended today as new threats on a private bus strike came out.

An official of Sri Lanka Railway Graded Employees' Union said that the strike was ended following agreements at a discussion between trade unions and the officials of the Ministry of Transport, Ministry of Finance and the Salaries and Cadre Commission.

The strike was originally planned to be held for 48 hours and accordingly it was to end midnight today.

Train services paralyzed due to strike are still to be normalized. 

Meanwhile All Island Private Bus Owners Association Chairman Gemunu Wijerathna said that the private bus operators will launch a strike since midnight tomorrow in protest of not granting the 10% bus fare hike they demanded.

Are Buddhist extremists planning to create a bigger movement of violence manipulating state military or will they venture into terrorism of Al Qaeda type?

Indian police is after two Muslims who are suspected of planting bombs in World Heritage Buddhagaya (Bodhgaya), Buddhists' sacred shrine where Lord Buddha attained enlightenment.

Sri Lankans have a Buddhist temple in Mahabodhi temple complex where more than a dozen such temples are located. It is a place belonged to India but common for Buddhists from all over the island.

Originally Buddhism is a religion based on non-violence. In recent times, certain Buddhist monks in Burma and Sri Lanka inculcated extremist doctrine specially against Muslims and other minority religions in their countries.

These monks are in politics and I think they chose Muslims to extricate their wrath not because they are any actual threat to Buddhism but they are already in war with powerful Western super powers. The political Buddhist monks in these countries have always being with power. They are unarmed. They do not need arms because they attempt manipulating entire state armed structures for their purposes.

To prove my logic, I can say that conversions were extremely few in the country from Buddhism to Islam. Conversions from Buddhism to evangelical Christianity is much higher than that and there was a fight against them launched by radical Buddhist monks. But the enemy was too big for them and they gave it up for a weaker but formidable Islam enemy that is already under siege.

The Buddhist extremists have now achieved their basic object which is gaining international fame. Time magazine covered the subject and the Buddhist terrorism has been now introduced to world as a formidable power. They lured Muslim extremists to their trap and OK now its on the go full throttle.

I have one question to ask from the Buddhist extremists. Are you planning to create a bigger movement of violence manipulating state military or will you venture into terrorism of Al Qaeda type?

I pity you, I am a secular man.

Monday, July 08, 2013

Doggy life, rabies and animal lovers

Dogs unofficially slaughtered in Buttala before the state Vesak festival this year
Sri Lanka health authorities say that the country's canine population may have increased and their estimate is 2.5 million. It seems there is a dog per each four persons.

I ride my mobike mostly for travel and I have noticed that I meet more dogs than people on my way. Stray dogs are a nightmare to the riders. So many have broken limbs and some die thanks to the stray dogs. I have run over stray dogs two times and in one incident had all kinds of bruises all over my body. Once a herd of stray cattle also ran before me and one hit the headlight of my bicycle before I managed not to fall.

Stray dogs are dollars for some animal friend NGOs. I have never seen they conduct their so called sterilization clinics in our area. To the Sinhala Buddhist leaders also of this country, stray dogs are not like stray Tamils and they like to spare them. 

But stray dogs have doggy lives without food, shelter and care. This is their breeding time and scores of them are on the road as one or two bitches tied to dogs and being dragged as people chase them. Sex is human right as well as dog right too, isn't it?

The cost for the rabies vaccine has gone up and as a result the death rate has gone down. Sometimes back Udaya Gammanpila's nephew died due to rabies. He has been a young boy who naturally loves animals. I too have a kid like that and I am always in fear of her animal love.

Like humans, dogs also must have not mere lives, but decent lives. A thing the capitalism is failed to grant.

Saturday, July 06, 2013

Tapping the phone of Sri Lanka Defense Secretary

A Sri Lankan Sinhala language newspaper reported that the Secretary of the Ministry of Defense Gotabhaya Rajapaksa thoroughly suspected that his phone is tapped. The Defense Secretary had told to The Sunday Divaina newspaper, as reported, that whenever he took a phone call, the signals weakened and the quality of the service dropped.

He had told to the newspaper that the foreign embassies and the high commissions had facilities to eavesdrop to the mobile phone dialogues.

The news was reported by two 'prominent' defense reporters of the newspaper Keerthi Warnakulasuriya and Norman Palihawadana.

Secretary of the Ministry of Defense Gotabhaya Rajapaksa raised the issue previously as well.

The strict Defense Secretary backs the Buddhist extremist movements like Bodu Bala Sena and he can be considered the dominant power that pushes the government towards hard and fast Sinhala line. Despite being a senior public officials who should be politically impartial, he expresses ideas openly against the 13th amendment of the constitution which paved way to power devolution.

Rajapaksa is a US-Sri Lanka dual citizen but he has stayed in Sri Lanka most of the times while Tamil Diaspora attempts to bring him and his brothers into book for the alleged war crime charges.

Wednesday, July 03, 2013

Sri Jayawardenepura VC's thesis on ethics of Sri Lankan academics

I am pleased to inform you that you have been appointed as a Visiting Lecturer to conduct 150 hours of lectures, writes Dr. N.L. Karunaratne to Dr. N.L. Karunaratne.

The sender Dr. N.L. Karunaratne is the Vice-Chancellor of Sri Jayawardenepura University. The recipient Dr. N.L. Karunaratne is also the the Vice-Chancellor of Sri Jayawardenepura University.

Somebody recently told at a training workshop that she sends herself SMS in regard of important matters. I have also sent SMS to myself to document telephone numbers, email addresses etc.

This is not mere letter but a thesis on ethics of Sri Lankan academics. You appoint yourself, you pay yourself and you do whatever you want to the public money in your control. It is bloody normal here, isn't it?

Tuesday, July 02, 2013

Again a Sri Lankan Minister's son; this time panicks plane passengers

Minister Keheliya Rambukwella and family. cricketer at his right
It's again a Minister's son. This time, Ramith Rambukwella, the son of Minister Keheliya Rambukwella, as reported. 

The passengers of a British Airways flight from St Lucia to Gatwick were panicked yesterday when the Minister's son tried to open the cabin door at 35,000ft, searching for a lavatory. 

Rambukwella is a member of the Sri Lanka - A team which was in the flight after playing against the West Indies. The British Airways flight was carrying 229 passengers. 

The cricketer is accused of being drunk. 

Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) announced today that it wished to announce that it was disappointed to hear of a Sri Lankan player's behavior and an inquiry will be conducted based on the team manager's report. 

Disciplinary action will be taken on the player concerned if found guilty, the SLC statement added. 

Ramith Rambukwella, 22, is a left-hand batsman and right arm off-spin bowler who has been playing club cricket after playing for Royal College. His inclusion into Sri Lanka - A side also became a controversial matter.

Monday, July 01, 2013

Tours in and out of Sri Lanka to bargain amendments to the 13th amendment

Sri Lanka Minister of Economic Development Basil Rajapakse, the younger brother of President Mahinda Rajapakse, will tour in India this week to make aware the Indian government regarding the amendments mooted to the 13th amendment to the constitution.

Minister Basil Rajapaksa will leave for India on July 04 and he will stay there until July 07, government sources say.

Government sources say that the Minister will meet the Prime Minister Manmohan Sing, Foreign Minister Salman Kurdish, Foreign Secretary Ranjith Mathai and other senior leaders of the Indian government.

Meanwhile, Indian National Security Adviser Shivshankar Menon will also arrive in Sri Lanka on July 07.

All tours in and tours out are focused to the proposed amendments to the 13th amendment of the constitution.

Sri Lanka government has planned to take back the powers devolved to the Provincial Councils introduced under the influence of the Indian government in 1988. 

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