Remembering Dr. Indran Selvaratnam 1939 – 1994

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This was written in 1994 by Indran’s friend Kumaran, a few days after Indran passed away   I met Dr. Indran Selvaratnam for the first time in January 1978, when I attended a Colts Cricket Club meeting he had convened … Continue reading

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Good News From Jayam

Colombo - Fastest Growing City in the World

Colombo – Fastest Growing City in the World


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Sri Lanka state banks receive over 5,700 loan applications from rehabilitated youth for self-employment


Fri, Jun 12, 2015, 08:39 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.
June 12, Colombo: Under a loan scheme set up by the Sri Lankan government for rehabilitated youth to obtain loans from state banks for self-employment, the state banks have received over 5,700 applications for future loans.
The Cabinet of Ministers has approved a proposal in the year 2012 to implement a self-employment loan facilities scheme to the rehabilitated trainees who had been involved in terrorist activities.
This loan scheme has provided a great opportunity for the rehabilitated trainee youths to successfully carry out their livelihood activities. It has also provided a great strength for them to make the necessary economic atmosphere to make themselves as respectable citizens in the society.
The amount of loans provided by the State Banks under this scheme up to 31st December 2014 exceeds Rs. 302 Million and the number of applications that had been submitted in anticipation of obtaining loans in the future exceeds 5,750, according to the government.
The reintegrated cadres have received vocational training as a part of the rehabilitation process to enable them to be self-employed.
A proposal put forward by the Minister of Rehabilitation and Hindu Religious Affairs D.M. Swaminathan to implement the 2nd stage of this scheme with necessary revisions and to implement the provision of loans through Bank of Ceylon, the People’s Bank, Lankaputhra Bank, and the Savings Bank of Sri Lanka has been approved by the cabinet
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Reconciliation Initiatives cannot exclude Sinhala Diaspora

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  From the UN Secretary General downwards a chorus of people are chirping reconciliation and plugging the word into every press release issued. The latest is a press release that follows secret talks between Sri Lanka’s Foreign Minister, a Norwegian … Continue reading

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Beyond race, religion, culture, status! 

Where in the world will you find this happening? 

Love being Sri Lankan 

2015-04-19 17:07:18

The notorious under-world gangster M .N. Naufer alias Potta Naufer, who is sentenced to death for the killing of High Court Judge Sarath Ambepitiya had won the first place in the music cards game, an event which is similar to musical chairs game at a Bak Maha Ulele organised by the Badulla Prisoners’ Welfare Association. 

The Bak Maha Ulele event was held at the Badulla Prison Complex under the instructions of Badulla Prison Superintendent, Rohana Galappatti, who organised several events including, breaking of the clay pot blindfolded, pillow fight, putting the eye on the elephant and tug of war. 
M .N. Naufer alias Potta Naufer who won the first place in the music cards game was the eye-catching event at the Bak Maha Ulele. The Badulla Prison had won first place for the sixth consecutive year. (Palitha Ariyawansa)

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Sri Lanka Tourism becomes top four at Global Tourism show

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Sri Lanka Tourism did the country proud by winning 4th position among 83 countries and 11,000 exhibition booths at the World’s biggest travel and tourism convention ITB 2015 staged in Berlin, Germany announced the Chairman Sri Lanka Tourism Rohantha Athukorala. … Continue reading

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