Tuesday, April 28, 2009



From: Surya
Subject: //Dil Se Desi// more important for our health - Useful
To: "Dil Se Desi Group"
Date: Monday, 27 April, 2009, 11:31 PM
Health - Very Very Important Tips

Answer the phone by LEFT ear.
Do not drink coffee TWICE a day.
Do not take pills with COOL water.
Do not have HUGE meals after 5pm.
Reduce the amount of OILY food you consume.
Drink more WATER in the morning, less at night.
Keep your distance from hand phone CHARGERS.
Do not use headphones/earphone for LONG period of time.
Best sleeping time is from 10pm at night to 6am in the morning.
Do not lie down immediately after taking medicine before sleeping.
When battery is down to the LAST grid/bar, do not answer the phone as the radiation is 1000 times.
Here are some healthy tip for your smartness & physical fitness.
Prevention is better than cure.

Carrot + Ginger + Apple - Boost and cleanse our system.

Apple + Cucumber + Celery - Prevent cancer, reduce cholesterol, and eliminate stomach upset and headache.

Tomato + Carrot + Apple - Improve skin complexion and eliminate bad breath.

Bitter gou rd + Apple + Milk - Avoid bad breath and reduce internal body heat.

Orange + Ginger + Cucumber - Improve Skin texture and moisture and reduce body heat.

Pineapple + Apple + Watermelon - To dispel excess salts, nourishes the bladder and kidney.

Apple + Cucumber + Kiwi - To improve skin complexion.

Pear & Banana - regulates sugar content.

Carrot + Apple + Pear + Mango - Clear body heat, counteracts toxicity, decreased blood pressure and fight oxidization .

Honeydew + Grape + Watermelon + Milk - Rich in vitamin C + Vitamin B2 that increase cell activity and str engthen body immunity.

Papaya + Pineapple + Milk - Rich in vitamin C, E, Iron. Improve skin complexion and metabolism.

Banana + Pineapple + Milk - Rich in vitamin with nutritious and prevent constipation
Quite interesting!

Keep Walking.....

Jus to check this out......
The Organs of your body have their sensory touches at the bottom of your foot, if you massage these points you will find relief from aches and pains as you can see the heart is on the left foot.

Typically they are shown as points and arrows to show which organ it connects to.

It is indeed correct since the nerves connected to these organs terminate here.

This is covered in great details in Acupressure studies or textbooks.

God created our body so well that he thought of even this. He made us walk so that we will always be pressing these pressure points and thus keeping these organs activated at all times.

So, keep walking...
Did You Know?

Blood type and Rh How many people have it?
O + 40 %
O - 7 %
A + 34 %
A - 6 %
B + 8 %
B - 1 %
AB + 3 %
AB - 1 %

Does Your Blood Type Reveal Your Personality?

Accord ing to a Japanese institute that does research on blood types, there are certain personality traits that seem to match up with certain blood types. How do you rate?

TYPE O You want to be a leader, and when you see something you want, you keep striving until you achieve your goal. You are a trend-setter, loyal, passionate, and self-confident. Your weaknesses include vanity and jealously and a tendency to be too competitive.
TYPE A You like harmony, peace and organization. You work well with others, and are sensitive, patient and affectionate. Among your weaknesses are stubbornness and an inability to relax.
TYPE B You're a rugged individualist, who's straightforward and likes to do things your own way. Creative and flexible, you adapt easily to any situation. But your insistence on being independent can sometimes go too far and become a weakness.
TYPE AB Cool and controlled, you're generally well liked and always put people at ease. You're a natural entertainer who's tactful and fair. But you're standoffish, blunt, and have difficulty making decisions.




Fruit... Benefit Benefit Benefit Benefit Benefit
apples.. Protects your heart prevents constipation Blocks diarrhea Improves lung capacity Cushions joints
apricots. Combats cancer Controls blood pressure Saves your eyesight Shields against Alzheimer's Slows aging process
artichokes.. Aids digestion Lowers cholesterol Protects your heart Stabilizes blood sugar Guards against liver disease
avocados... Battles diabetes Lowers cholesterol Helps stops strokes Controls blood pressure Smoothes skin
bananas... Protects your heart Quiets a cough Strengthens bones Controls blood pressure Blocks diarrhea

beans... Prevents constipation Helps hemorrhoids Lowers cholesterol Combats cancer Stabilizes blood sugar
beets... Controls blood pressure Combats cancer Strengthens bones Protects your heart Aids weight loss
blueberries.. Combats cancer Protects your heart Stabilizes blood sugar Boosts memory Prevents constipation
broccoli... Strengthens bones Saves eyesight Combats cancer Protects your heart Controls blood pressure
cabbage.....Combats cancer Prevents constipation Promotes weight loss Protects your heart Helps hemorrhoids
cantaloupe Saves eyesight

Wednesday, April 22, 2009


SLBC ordered to pay compensation to petitioner

By S.S. Selvanayagam

In the matter of the fundamental rights violation petition regarding an appointment to the post of Director, Tamil Service, the Supreme Court ordered the Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation to pay the petitioner Rs.100,000 as compensation and costs.

The SC bench comprising Justices Shirani A. Bandaranayake, N.G. Amaratunga and Jagath Balapatabendi held that the fundamental rights to equality and equal protection of the law of petitioner Ratnasingam Kanapathipillai had been violated.Court directed S. Jeevaratnakumar’s appointment to the post be terminated forthwith and ordered the SLBC to fill the vacancy in keeping with SLBC policy on recruitment.

Mr. Kanapathipillai cited the SLBC, Director-General Samantha Weliveriya, Chairman Sunil Sarath Perera, Mr. Jeewaratnakumar and the Attorney General as respondents.

Counsel J.C. Weliamuna instructed by Gowry Shangary Thavarasha appeared for the petitioner. While state counsel Shaheeda Barrie appeared for the State and Nizam Kariappar appeared for Mr. Jeewaratnakumar.

The petitioner informed Court that of the eligible candidates, he had scored the highest number marks and therefore the failure to appoint him for the post was also arbitrary and discriminatory.

Sunday, April 19, 2009


Vivian Leigh was in my bedroom!

“My days at the Hilda Obseysekera hall, then commonly referred to as the ‘seven sorrows of the seven virgins’ by the thwarted male undergrads firmly shut-out by the 7 pm curfew, were some of the most memorable of my life. Our warden was the formidable Miss Mathiaperuman whose rule was that of a kind authoritarian .No one dared to challenge her authority. When we consider what is happening at our universities now that era seems to belong to another country.

I was in the first batch of arts students at Peradeniya. We entered the university in 1953.Among those present were Jean Arsanayagam nee Solomon, Professor Ashley Halpe, fellow Bridgeteen Jezima Ismail, Tawny Rajaratnam, Professor Indraratne and Mervyn De Silva. Although I have had a cloistered up-bringing, looking back, we were well prepared for higher studies. At St. Bridget’s we had received a well rounded education which inculcated in us the reading habit, love of sports and an appreciation of the arts. In between I spent two years studying at a school in Bromley near Kent, a typical English village surrounded by a wood. In the weekends we used to ride in these woods. The village had a lovely green, a cozy pub, more than adequate library etc. And of course London was the centre of a huge metropolitan culture. So by the time I entered the newly opened university in Peradeniya I was somewhat cosmopolitan in my outlook.”

Shantha De Zoysa’s grandfather Francis Perera was a successful businessman, having amassed an impressive fortune from his plantations, made home in balmy Galle at Closenberg, now converted to a popular hotel. Francis Perera owned a large stable and introduced the spirited granddaughter to horses giving her the first lessons in riding on the beaches at Unawatuna. Then the Galle Gymkhana, held towards the end of the year, was a very popular annual sporting event. Horses were to become a lifelong love, today Shantha herself is the proud owner of a stable in Nuwara Eliya possessing several racing horses.

“Although it may sound like an elitist background by no means were we made to think in that manner. The rules were strict and we were always told that we must become good and productive citizens. There was no question of ostentatious living which seems to be quite prevalent now. I still remember the joy of sipping the piping hot cup of tea, generously sweetened with condensed milk, which was poured out at tea time in Peradeniya. Dinner was a formal affair and we had wear saree to attend.At the university our lecturers were like friends who constantly guided and inspired us. It was a treat to attend the lectures of Ludowyk whose eloquence and the wide range of learning was very impressive. Professor Passe was scholarly and thorough.

Their intellectual exertions did not prevent the young undergraduates from enjoying a full social life in the university as well as in the nearby big town of Kandy. Sporting events, long hikes, dances, all night singing parties by camp fires, dramas, and plays were part and parcel of the university life. During this period several movies like Elephant Walk and Purple Plain were made in Sri Lanka with many scenes shot in and around scenic Kandy.

“There was a lot of excitement among the students when famous Hollywood actors visited Kandy. I met the terribly handsome Gregory Peck at the Queens Hotel. Then one day we met the charming Vivian Leigh, the wife of Laurence Olivier, who chattered to us freely and then insisted on visiting our hostel. She even inspected my bedroom.”

It was around this time that Shantha met her future husband, the sizzling Bunty De Zoysa who was then the Crown Counsel prosecuting at the Kandy assizes. The dashing prosecutor was swept off his feet by the charming and accomplished under-graduate and married her no sooner she graduated. They set up home at the then exclusive Regent Flats in the heart of the Fort in Colombo.

Her husband Bunty’s work as a crown prosecutor took him to different parts of the island and Shantha often accompanied him on these trips.

“I particularly liked Jaffna where Bunty had many lawyer friends. We often stayed at the King’s House which was a sprawling comfortable place. One time the presiding Judge was Justice Gratian who often joined us for a picnic on the lovely beaches there.”

In the late 1960s with their two children growing up fast Shantha had time in her hands to pursue a career. Sri Lanka was then just awakening to the potential that tourism held and it was into this new field that she committed herself soon running a successful travel agency. This led her to playing an active role in the PATA organization, travelling to many parts of the world promoting Sri Lankan tourism. Shantha was one time President of the Sri Lankan chapter of the PATA.

“Tourism is a service industry. Handling individuals, attending to their needs is what it is all about. This goes to both sides of the counter. There was this industrious boy from Jaffna who joined me as a messenger boy. At the time he could not speak English at all which was a big disadvantage in the tourist industry. I told him to maintain a diary in English and supervised his entries every evening. He also took the initiative and bettered his education at every opportunity. That boy ended up running a very successful travel agency.”

Meanwhile her husband Bunty who had left the Attorney General’s Department had built up a very successful criminal practice, was made President’s Counsel and elected President of the Bar Association. Naturally all this entailed a lot of involvement on the part of Shantha who rose to the demands made on her with characteristic style and charm.

When Bunty suddenly passed away in 1983 the responsibility of looking after their home as well as business interests fell on Shantha’s shoulders. Soon she found herself running Monaro, a large security services company with more than two thousand five hundred employees.

“One of my biggest responsibilities when managing a business is towards our employees whose livelihood it is. At the same time we expect a quality contribution from them. And then there are other stakeholders whose needs also must be met, particularly the client’s.”

Shantha is philosophical about her life and times.

“My life has been very rewarding. I have met many outstanding people, travelled much, have had the opportunity to see some of the world’s best plays and musicals, visit art exhibitions, museums etc. Now looking back the days of my youth were almost idyllic. But we must recognize the fact that the world has changed. While taking inspiration from days past we have to look to the future and try to build a good society for our future generations.”



Train of Thoughts

The news of re launching the Yarl Devi train service triggered a train of thoughts with many carriages down the distant railway track, which is now non existent beyond Omanthai. The slipped thoughts of the sleepers surfaced at a flash.

The Yarl devi train service was inaugurated in 1956, very much later after the introduction of the train service to the then Ceylon by the, Britishers in 1864. It was initiated by the genius, generous General Manager of Railways Mr.G.D.Rampala; the master mind of the railway net work, seated in the nerve centre of the control room at Maradana maneuvered and manipulated the train service with precision. He was the wizard behind the wheels and the whistle of every station master. He was ably assisted by the Chief Engineers (CW) Mr. Vaithilingam and (CME) Mr. Rajagopal in ensuring an efficient, effective and vibrant rail service through out the country. A Station Master on the eve of the retirement of the G.M. said “rhythm of the trains could be heard in his pulse, he wanted railway to be an integral part of the people of the country and during his tenure as G.M. he achieved this goal”. The notable feature in the train service during his helm of affairs was the trains were the time keepers of the northerner. The blare of horn will indicate, exactly what the time is, they ran precisely to the dot. “Wimaladharmas” were not needed and Dharma and sanity also prevailed then.

The other notable Icons of the railway from the north were late Mr. M. Kanagasabai who was known as GMR Kanagasabai and was the predecessor of Mr. Rampala also Mr. S. Panchacharavel who was the Chief Engineer Way and Works and relinquished his service prematurely to accept the post of “Coordinator” Internationally Funded Projects for the Papua New Guinea Government.

The Yarl Devi train service made a huge economic impact on the socio economic aspects of the folks of northerners. It symbolized a bond between the two brother hoods and fostered racial amity and unity and established a link of unification thus preventing polarization. The brain child of GMR G.D Rampala opened the windows to the world by providing a gateway to the northerner, when at the time Bill Gates was not heard of with his micro soft windows, only the railway gates were known! The trains at the beginning brought brine stone to feed the cement producing kilns of the KKS. Later transported brains to the rest of the area Professionals, politicians, students, Business men and even layman started visiting the capital and made profitable progresses.

In the dialogue of the drama of “Weera Pandiya Katta Pomman” this question is posed “Who tapped and awoke the Tamils who were in deep slumber?” our teacher Mr. M.Karthigesan a ready witted humorous teacher of a rare breed, a die heard communist, founder member of the Ceylon Communist Party, who sacrificed his life by not accepting state jobs lived rigidly to the very principles and policies and the noble concepts of the party. He said it is the Sinhalese (passengers) who boarded the train at Anuradhapura at mid night when the train touched the station, the passengers invariably Tamils till such time stretch their limbs sleep and snore with utter nonchalance to the fellow passengers who keep standing until the Sinhalese passengers who boarded at A’pura awoke him!!

The irony of it is in 1977 after the general elections when there was an aftermath of violence which took a communal turn, our teacher was traveling by train from Jaffna to Colombo by that train, when it stopped at Anuradhapura, the passengers were manhandled by thugs and he was also a victim, a fragile man at that time had the ill effects of it telling on him later. The teacher who trained the minds had to mind his train and learnt a lesson. Well, he was at the wrong place at the wrong time and had to return Jaffna barefooted as the train did not proceed beyond for security reasons.

The train commuters were so high there was invariably a chock a block in the compartments; as a result passengers go to KKS terminus to get a corner seat that was a common feature to overcome the travel travails. During the time the Federal Party Stalwart Mr. Amirthalingam lost his election in his own constituency Vaddukoddai and re contested KKS seat rendered vacant after the demise of the chief of F.P Mr. SJV. Chelvanayagam in the bye election and secured a seat in the Parliament, for which our revered teacher said, he had got a corner seat from KKS and gone to the parliament.

At the outset focus of Mahinda mindset on Yarl Devi power set to the palmyrah land with A40 Somerset is indeed very welcoming. The common Murali factor in the development of both East and North is intriguing! It may be due to the extra mural activities of both the “Muralidharans” which resulted in the “Murali” munificence and magnificence in the “Nagennahira Navodaya” and the “Uthuru Mithuruwo”, it is another Mahinda magic and logic.

The once vice captain of the LTTE, battle hardened batting hard to bring back the battered Batticaloa to regain normalcy and the vice captain of SL spinning to extract a splitting turn with his googlies in the google WWW web site (Wisden Wicket Wisdom) probably the wizard may wean the northern youngsters from AK 47 to wield the willow. Both the spin doctors may be very soon conferred with a doctorate to add to the existing cadre with, mere wins and frenzies.

In fact there are some northern youngsters yet to see a train as the train service had been disrupted for the last two decades or more and there are no traces of the railway track. The property of railway reservation down the track had been encroached and permanent structures are erected including temples to which the relevant ministry had allocated funds for construction. What happened to the valuable sleeper and the mile long tracks? Initially the security personnel started by making use of same for their heavily fortified bunkers and subsequently all and sundry followed suit. However the mysterious disappearance of the miles long tracks without any trace of their presence when the A9 was closed and the train service was not there is questionable?

The mouth watering scintillating aroma that emanated from the restaurant car (buffet) of the CGR catered by UK Edmonds is unforgettable. The savoury smacking delicacy served by them especially the omelet, the scrambled eggs and the bacon on top of double gin indeed was on top of any menu in comparison, the present day KFC or Mc Donald’s is no match, not even a patch with all it’s hotchpotch varieties. The hamburgers were not heard of then but the alert active locomotive drivers in the engine were mostly Burghers and very accommodative. “Three Coins” beer which was again UK Edmonds brew and his crew kept the commuters in good spirits with three cheers and free brawls throughout the journey.

The northern man scattered all over the island employed in the govt. service and private sector never dared to uproot his family as it would upset the child’s education which was his primary concern because of the high standard of education there then and opted to travel from wherever he was stationed, by trains. The service provided by the CGR was a boon, with concessionary weekend train tickets at subsidised rates, thus enabling him to attend to his weekend chores and to have his regular quota of Palmyra toddy behind the almirah and for some behind the Cadjan curtain in the toddy booths in the traditional plas made out of palmyrah leaf.

The northern line was the major money spinner to the Railways. The Yarl Devi turned out to be Yarl Devil whenever some unfortunate jumped into the train without return tickets ending their lives. They were of different types, who failed public exams. As Milton too was helpless in saving their lives and extending their term in public exams ( not the poet those who had love breaks, and some for the slightest provocation at the spur of the moment jumping into it, as on either side of the tracks there were dwelling houses in good part of the city. Needless to mention it was an angel to many to whom the long journey had sparked love affairs which had happy endings, beyond their destination!!

Will the bandwagon put the derailed peace talk also back on track with full steam ahead this time? Given the track record of the long winding unending peace process; is it a sight of light at the end of a long tunnel or the beam of the head light of an on coming train?? Believe there will be no “Cassandra Crossing” en-route except protected and unprotected level crossings, fingers crossed.
by Mr.Sinnathamby Sivanandan...Sydney, Australia

Friday, April 17, 2009

WHICH WOLF WINS.....!!!???

Date: Fri, 17 Apr 2009 22:15:13 +0530
From: bedej@slt.lk

Two wolves

One evening an old Cherokee told his grandson about a battle that goes on inside people. He said, "My son, the battle is between two "wolves" inside us all.

One is Evil. It is anger, envy, jealousy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.

The other is Good. It is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion and faith."

The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather: "Which wolf wins?"

The old Cherokee simply replied,

"The one you feed."

Wednesday, April 15, 2009


Man bites snake in epic struggle

Police said the python involved in the attack was 13ft (4m) long
A Kenyan man bit a python which wrapped him in its coils and dragged him up a tree during a fierce three-hour struggle, police have told the BBC.

The serpent seized farm worker Ben Nyaumbe in the Malindi area of Kenya's Indian Ocean coast at the weekend.

Mr Nyaumbe bit the snake on the tip of the tail during the exhausting battle in the village of Sabaki.

Police rescued Mr Nyaumbe and captured the 13ft (4m) reptile, before taking it to a sanctuary, but it later escaped.

The victim told police he managed to reach his mobile phone from his pocket to raise the alarm when the python momentarily eased its grip after hauling him up a tree on Saturday evening.

We want to arrest the snake because any one of us could fall a victim

Peter Katam
Police superintendent

Mr Nyaumbe used his shirt to smother the snake's head and prevent it from swallowing him.

His employer arrived with police and villagers, who tied the python with a rope and pulled them both down from the tree with a thud.

Peter Katam, superintendent of police in Malindi district, told the BBC News website: "Two officers on patrol were called and they found this man was struggling with a snake on a tree.

"The snake had coiled his hands and was trying to swallow him but he struggled very hard. The officers and villagers managed to rescue him and he was freed.

"He himself was injured on the lower lip of the mouth - it was bleeding a little bit - as the tip of the snake's tail was sharp when he said he bit it."

Mr Nyaumbe told the Daily Nation newspaper how he resorted to desperate measures after the python, which had apparently been hunting livestock, encircled his upper body in its coils.

"I stepped on a spongy thing on the ground and suddenly my leg was entangled with the body of a huge python," he said.

"I had to bite it."

'Very mysterious'

Supt Katam told the BBC the officers had wanted to shoot the snake but could not do so for fearing of injuring Mr Nyaumbe.

"If it wasn't for the villagers and officers who helped him, he would have been swallowed by the snake over the Easter holiday," said Supt Katam.

He added: "It's very mysterious, this ability to lift the man onto the tree. I've never heard of this before."

The police officer said they took the snake to a sanctuary in Malindi town but it escaped overnight, probably from a gap under the door in the room where it was kept.

"We are still seriously looking for the snake," said Supt Katam. "We want to arrest the snake because any one of us could fall a victim."

Monday, April 6, 2009


Attorney General PC K.C. Kamalasabayson’s 60th birth anniversary falls tomorrow:

A great son of our land
Kandiah Neelakandan Attorney-at-Law

One of the eminent personalities of Hulftsdorp Hill would have celebrated his 60th birthday tomorrow if he had been alive. K.C. Kamalasabayson, PC was always respected and will continue to be remembered not only as a distinguished Attorney-General of this country but also a sincere and genuine friend who was popular because of his simplicity and integrity.

In the late 60s I had come to know ‘Sabayson’ - of course some friends called him ‘Saba’ or ‘Kamal’ at the Ceylon Law College (Sri Lanka Law College was then known by that name) as he was two years junior to me.

K.C. Kamalasabayson, PC

I still remember that when ‘Sabayson’ and I participated in a Tamil impromptu oratorical contest I could not match his humorous manner of addressing and I told him (even before the results were announced) that he had won the heart of the female Chairman of the Panel of Judges who enjoyed Sabayson’s humour.

Later, both of us had to sit together in a panel and interview Tamil medium candidates who missed the Law College Entrance. Of course, then we had no disagreement between both of us.

He was the Head of the Official Bar for seven and half years. He never ‘lost his head’ because of his humility. He always consulted his juniors and encouraged free discussion and took considered decisions.

Thus, he did not demand respect but commanded respect as pointed out by A. Gnanathansan, PC, (then Deputy Solicitor General and now Additional Solicitor General) who spoke on behalf of his colleagues when they bid farewell to Sabayson when the latter retired in April 2007 from the office of Attorney-General.

He devilled in the Chambers of the late G.F. Sethukavalar, PC, and his brother late K.C. Kamalanathan. I came to know Sabayson more closely at Sethukavalar’s Chambers. He continued to be a keen student of law.

In August 1974, he joined the Attorney-General’s Department and rose to be a Senior State Counsel in 1983 and as a Deputy Solicitor General in 1992.

In 1996, he was appointed the Additional Solicitor General and took silk in the same year. Having become the Solicitor General on December 1, 1998, he succeeded S.N. Silva, PC as the Attorney-General on October 15, 1999.

In an interview to a journal, K.C. Kamlasabayson, PC Attorney-General said:

“I don’t believe in pressure which I never experienced. That is why I enjoyed 33 years of my stay in the Attorney-General’s Department... I have always maintained that ‘Eminence by merit alone you live respected, and die regretted”. At the reference held in the Supreme Court on November 16, 2007, Chief Justice Sarath N. Silva PC said:

“He was a scholar, counsel, good public servant and a friend to one and all....”

C.R. de Silva , PC, paid a glowing tribute to his predecessor:

“Kamalasabayson was a great lawyer, a great teacher and an equally great administrator, and above all he was a great human being. As a lawyer he maintained the highest professional standards.

Generations of lawyers would be grateful to him for the contribution that he had made towards the legal profession. He was indeed a giant of our times - indomitable courage, steadfast in purpose, total in commitment, clear-sighted in vision, irreproachable in character and yet simple in manner...”

These words in fact echoed the views of Sabayson’s colleagues at the Bar.

When we, members of the Bar gave him a farewell and welcomed his successor at a dinner, he asked in his speech “Why are you all bidding me a farewell. I have come back with you also to Unofficial Bar. You should welcome me.”

No one expected that he would bid farewell to this world on August 12, 2007.

Delivering the inaugural K.C. Kamalasabayson PC, Memorial Oration last year, Justice Saleem Marsoof, PC Judge of the Supreme Court said:

“Today, we pay tribute to the memory of late Kandappar Chinniah Kamalasabayson, who will be remembered as one of the most distinguished Attorneys-General Sri Lanka ever produced, and who has left a lasting impression in our minds and hearts as a great son of our land. He was snatched away from our midst by the deadliest of all diseases, and his untimely demise was an irreparable loss to our country and to humanity.”

When the BASL published the 2007 issue of the Bar Association Law Journal, I sought the permission of the Bar Council to dedicate it to Sabayson and my proposal received the unanimous approval. In fact, every one felt that, that was one way we could share the sorrow of his beloved wife Ramani and loving daughter Vidhya.

In conclusion, I would like to quote what another contemporary of ours at the Ceylon Law College in the 60s said in his funeral oration on August 16, 2007 in his capacity as President of the Bar Association of Sri Lanka Nihal Jayamanne PC.

“My own regret is that this good man’s life was taken away soon at the intellectually young age of 58 years. He could have contributed immensely to the progress of our country in so may ways if his life was spared by destiny for at least a decade more. But then remember and have solace in the knowledge that

“The condiment of life is death”.

Saturday, April 4, 2009


Twenty percent students cannot write - Prof. Arangala

Manjari PEIRIS

Twenty percent of school attended students in Sri Lanka cannot write or sign. Having understood these obstacles, the country should proceed fast, Prof. Ratnasiri Arangala of the Sri Jayawardenapura University said.

Professor Arangala was addressing entrepreneurs of the Vidatha Program in the Western Province, at Maharagama. He said Sri Lanka, having had immense resources could achieve much due to lack of proper guidance. “It is important that we create diversities in our thinking patterns. Also to overcome poverty science is very essential,” he said.

“Our people do not adhere to rules. They disregard law. People dump garbage where there are boards saying Garbage disposal here is prohibited. Our people do not know how to live in society, there is no law or discipline,” he said.

A government should provide resources and infrastructure facilities to people especially in the fields of education, agriculture and health. The Provincial Councils should always work very close with the Government.

The Provincial Councils should uplift the status of schools at Provincial Level which is not happening right now, Homagama Provincial Council member S. Hapuarachchi said.

“Weekly, hundreds of thousands of people in the USA lose their jobs. In 2008, 4.3 million people have lost employment in the USA and six million people in the Europe due to the economic instability sweeping in the world. To avoid this situation, Sri Lanka should produce its necessities within the country as much as possible.

This method would help control commodity prices, appreciate the value of the rupee and also uplift the economy.” said Science and Technology Minister Professor Tissa Vitarana.

The Minister stressed that Sri Lanka should dispel new-liberal policies. Promoting self employment is vital and the Ministry coordinates with super markets to offer opportunities for Vidatha entrepreneurs to sell their products at those markets, he said.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009


A SPANISH Teacher was explaining to her class that in Spanish, unlike English, nouns are designated as either masculine or feminine.

'House' for instance, is feminine: 'la Casa.'
'Pencil,' however, is masculine: 'el lapiz.'

A student asked, 'What gender is 'computer'?'

Instead of giving the answer, the teacher split the class into two groups, male and female, and asked them to decide for themselves whether computer' should be a masculine or a feminine noun. Each group was asked to give four reasons for its recommendation.

The men's group decided that 'computer' should definitely be of the feminine gender ('la computadora'), because:

1. No one but their creator understands their internal logic;

2. The native language they use to communicate with other computers is incomprehensible to everyone else;

3. Even the smallest mistakes are stored in long term memory for possible later retrieval; and

4. As soon as you make a commitment to one, you find yourself spending half your earnings on accessories for it.


The women's group, however, concluded that computers should be Masculine ('el computador'), because:

1. In order to do anything with them, you have to turn them on;

2. They have a lot of data but still can't think for themselves;

3. They are supposed to help you solve problems, but half the time they ARE the problem; and

4. As soon as you commit to one, you realize that if you had waited a little longer, you could have gotten a better model.

The women won.

Send this to all the smart women you know...and all the men that have a sense of humor.