As an online controversy or Facebook sarcasm provides palatable food for thought in Malaysia over Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak saying people should eat more of the low-cost and popular water spinach kangkung, Sri Lanka also needs to put jokes apart and reflect deeply on its food and nutrition policy or the lack of a policy.
Recent years witnessed Sri Lanka attaching greater significance to its diplomatic relations with the countries in Africa and Latin America. Also focused were the countries in other regions little known to Sri Lanka hitherto.
Many eyebrows were raised this week when Hirunika Premachandra, the daughter of slain Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) organiser for Kolonnawa and former parliamentarian Bharatha Lakshman Premachandra accepted a post as the party’s organiser for the Colombo Central electorate.
With the dissolution of the Western and Southern Provincial Councils on Sunday night, the ruling United People’s Freedom Alliance and opposition parties will again give priority to the election campaign with the polls likely to be held in mid-March.
Following are excerpts of the keynote address made by Emeritus Professor of Law, Savitri Goonesekere on Monday at the inaugural session of the conference organized by the Sri Lanka Press Complaints Commission (SLPCC) on Self-Regulation and Ethical Reporting, to mark their 10th anniversary:
Duruthu Full Moon Poya Day is the first Full Moon Poya Day of the calendar year. It was on a day like this that the Buddha set foot on this land for the first time. This is the most important incident in the history of Sri Lanka..........
Tathagata Gautama the enlightened one emphasized the significance, power and virtues of cultivating and practicing noble qualities in the Mettanisansa Sutta. The Buddha explained that a person who does not betray his friends could escape unharmed even if he falls from a high mountain.
The four festivals of the Sri Dalada Maligawa, includes the "Aluth Sahal Mangalya" held on Duruthu Poya Day. Duruthu Poya itself has a special significance to the Buddhist Society in Sri Lanka, where it is recorded that Buddha visited Sri Lanka to bring peace among warring factions living in the country - that of Yakkas and Nagaas.
In spite of pressure, both local and international, the government is firm in its resoluteness to fulfill the chauvinist agenda of a certain section. It has shown no desire to pull the brakes on the Sinhala agitations and give the minorities their rights.
At a time when the United National Party (UNP) is attempting to get out of the crisis it has long been bogged down with through a novel experiment called the “Leadership Council,” one of its leaders has created a fresh controversy by joining an official Presidential delegation to the Middle East.
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