It's interesting to read the articles that had been published with
regard to dual nationality.
I would like to stress that, it is irrelevant if a Sri Lankan born
person wishes to obtain the citizenship of another country/s. Yet that
person should have the God given right to demand the nationality and the
citizenship of his or her's motherland.
Those who say it is not/ or those who charge money to grant these
rights is guilty of violating the basic Human Rights of a person/s.
Many people have many opinions. We all can argue about this matter
all day long. But we should bare in mind, as Sri Lankans we seek the
international communities' assistance for most of our home-grown
We as Sri Lankans have so far never found a single solution to our
problems in our country. At the same time bare in mind all these Sri
Lankan born overseas citizens have contributed to our motherland in an
There contributions are silent, but valuable. I strongly believe
every Sri Lankan who's holding foreign nationality should be given their
rightful place in our Sri Lankan society by giving their dual
nationality without any cost if they can prove they were born in Sri
Lanka. Its a shame that we put a price tag with money to our
Some voice their opinion by saying... "If its too much, don't take
it". Some say... "They have left Sri Lanka and given up their
nationality, because they do not love Sri Lanka". These opinions are
ignorant and uncivilised. I say to these people... Look at the world
around us and see how the world changes.
Look at China and India, 90 per cent of the investments done in those
countries are by their own people who live in foreign countries. Since
our Independence, we Sri Lankans have been self centered and ignorant,
at least now lets open our eyes.
I think this is the best thing that can happen to women in Sri Lanka!
(D/N Oct. 27). I hope this pilot project will be implemented in order to
give the women of Sri Lanka a smooth ride for what it's worth. To be
very honest with you I came to Sri Lanka after 20 years from Canada and
just to get a taste of Sri Lanka I took a few bus rides and believe me
they were disastrous!
Men kept harrasing, pushing, pretending to be sleeping and falling
across me, keeping their hand as they were sitting in a confi chair at
home, so that they could push with their elbows my waist line. If I sat
on a isle seat, they kept pushing my shoulder and pointless talking
about the incidents, but I am very glad about the suggestion and hope it
Why don't you try this service from Pettah to Gampaha and on the
Colombo-Kandy road? So that we women can have a safe and a peaceful ride
The Northern Province is populated by Tamils. There was a time when
Sinhalese and Muslims lived in amity with the Tamils in that province.
Then came Prabakaran.
He gave the Sinhala and Muslim people 24 hours notice to quit the
province leaving behind their land, houses furniture and all other
belongings and emigrate anywhere else on pain of death for those who
Most went East, others South and were welcome by a humanitarian
populace living in those provinces.
Pressured by India in 1987 Rajiv Gandhi the Indian Prime Minister and
President J. R. Jayewardene of Sri Lanka amalgamated the two provinces
of the North and East by a simple but illegal device of a gazette
notification, which was renewed annually.
The JHU and JVP took the matter of the amalgamation to the Supreme
Court and a learned Bench declared it ultra vires, and now the two
provinces remain separated.
The authoritarian rule of Prabakaran over the North and East no
longer prevails. The Tamils who mistakenly believe that they could lord
over the Muslims and Sinhalese of the East clamour to have the two
If the Government does that it is likely that supremo Prabakaran will
bide his time and at the opportune moment give his customary 24 hours
notice to the Sinhalese and Muslims to leave the East and emigrate to
the Hills and the rest of the South, while the Government will have a
preponderance of refugees on its hands.
Wise Muslims agitate for a de-merger of the North from the East for
they visualise a sorry plight in the event of a merger.
The TNA a band of terrorists in sheep's dressing vociferously shout
in Parliament and outside for amalgamation for Prabakaran. If that
happens, which is unlikely it will be disastrous for the country.
It is our dream for Lanka to become and flourish as a peaceful
nation. If opposing parties come together with open and honest minds
this dream will be realised to the full.
If not, the nation will be torn apart by diverse forces for the sole
benefit of killers and cut-throats ... and our children will have a
bleak and dismal future!
When there is an outbreak of mosquito-borne dengue infection in
Colombo and the provinces, the relevant State authority and its agencies
vigorously broadcast preventive measures to be adopted to deter
spreading its fangs. But no sooner the monsoon rains cease, the relevant
authorities lack combat readiness till the next outbreak.
Over the years, it has been seen by many Mattakkuliya residents that
Sri Wickrema Mawatha, Malwatta Lane, Crows Island, Ferguson Road and
Summit Pura and its hinterlands waterways (large and small) are
completely or partly carpeted with garbage, decayed organic matter and
water hyacinth making the flow of waste and rain water impassable.
Obviously, these eye-sore, stagnated waterways pose an ideal breeding
areas for all varieties of mosquitoes. The residents living in the
vicinity bear the brunt and are disgusted that there is no State
authority to clean and clear these festering waterways. Consequently,
they silently tolerate and pray that their children be immune from
dengue and filaria infections.
There is another rotten matters to focus. The clogged and blocked
decayed organic matter in these stagnated waterways, pose a serious
health hazard to the teeming population living in the vicinity due to
the nauseating stench emanating and fanning in all directions.
Phew! There is another glaring matter to state. Most road side drains
in and round Mattakkuliya have no gradient for the quick flow of waste
and rain water to the catchment points. Furthermore, there are
unauthorised privately constructed drains, with the blessings of
politicians' in lanes which pose a serious threat to the health of
residents living in close vicinity. (One such unauthorised lane drain is
adjoining the Sri Wickrema Mawatha Temple)
By these observations, many residents here are questioning as to why
this big commotion over dengue when basic preventive health care steps
are skipped off by the relevant authorities.
Many people are also questioning as to why there is a disparity
between Mattakkuliya and the plush areas; if these environment problems
were existing in plush areas, there would have been loud howls and
consequently remedial steps taken to do the needful.
With the North East monsoon now in progress, every effort should be
taken to accommodate all water possible to be used during the dry spell.
Unless the above is given due consideration, the water that falls, if
not properly guided and thereby accommodated would cause tremendous
damage in the way of heavy soil erosion, in the course of which taking
away the top soil from land to sea. Needless to mention, if the above is
allowed to occur, it would cause a tremendous loss to the country.
Despite all efforts of the Ministry of Power and Energy in their
recent campaign for the conservation of electrical energy in view of the
prohibitive cost of fuel, it would appear that the Local Authorities
have not been adequately briefed.
This is evident as street lamps continue to burn during day time,
coming on at 4 p.m. or earlier and going off at 8 a.m. or later, and
occasionally 24 hours. One can just imagine what colossal amount of
funds utilized for the in purchase of fuel could be saved if it is made
mandatory for authorities in charge of street lamps throughout the
country to ensure that they are lit from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. only.
Due to the recent rains there had been many places including the main
roads which went under water.
The worst I noticed was at Rattanapitiya junction.
The Colombo-Kesbewa Road was under water and only heavy vehicles like
buses and lorries could travel across in the early morning and most of
the other vehicles turned to Delkanda Junction as nobody wanted to get
into trouble by crossing and taking unnecessary risks.