Sri Lanka Budget 2016 – Review

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Sri Lanka’s Budget proposals for the next year presented in parliament by the Minister of Finance Ravi Karunanayake has proposed several concessions to the public and industries.

“The progressive tax rates applicable to individuals will be removed by increasing the tax free allowance to Rs 2.4 million per year (Rs 200,000/- per month) and any balance will be liable at the standard rate of 15% (flat rate)”

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Paris Attacks – Explosions, Gun Fire and Mass Casualties


France has declared a national state of emergency and has closed its borders after at least 120 people were killed in gun and bomb attacks in Paris.

This is an ongoing situation. Refresh this post for regular updates as they come in; Continue reading

Sri Lanka ranked 65 from Broadband connectivity

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Sri Lanka has been ranked 65 broadband average connection speed, according to a recently released report – Akamai – ‘State of Internet’ 2Q (SOTI). Sri Lanka has outperformed Malaysia, China, India.

Despite progress, Malaysia lags behind Sri Lanka and Thailand in average internet speeds over the second quarter this year, as Asian countries set global benchmarks in the 2015 State of the Internet (SOTI) second quarter report. The report, released by the content delivery network services firm Akamai Technologies Inc, said Sri Lanka registered a 50 percent year-on-year improvement to increase its average speed to 5.3 Mbps Continue reading

ISIS and US backed Syrian moderates


Nobody seemed to know a couple of weeks ago where US-backed Syrian ‘moderate rebels’ were, but now that Russia launched its anti-terror op in Syria, they are ‘everywhere’, while ISIS, on the contrary, is ‘nowhere’, says political analyst Neil Clark.

Q: Russian President Vladimir Putin said he received a proposal from the French president to form a coalition between Assad and the Free Syrian Army. It seems like an unexpected proposal. The Russian line is: who are these moderates? Could they form some sort of synergy against ISIL (The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, also known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) ?

Neil Clark: Possibly, Continue reading

Tandulanali Jataka 005


තණ්ඩුල නාලි ජාතකය  – සිංහල පරිවර්තනය ඉංග්‍රිසි කොටස අවසානයේ..

Once on a time Brahmadatta was in Benares in Kasi. In reigning those days our Bodhisatta was his valuer. He used to value horses, elephants, and the like; and jewels, gold, and the like; and he used to pay over to the owners of the goods the proper price, as he fixed it.

But the king was greedy and his greed suggested to him this thought: “This valuer with his style of valuing will soon exhaust all the riches in my house; I must get another valuer.” Opening his window Continue reading

General Sarath Fonseka promoted to the rank of Field Marshal

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The Government of Sri Lanka awarded the Field Marshal title to former Army Commander General Sarath Fonseka for the yeoman service rendered by him, achieving the victory over terrorism. The official awarding of this honorary title to General Sarath Fonseka by President Maithripala Sirisena was taken place at the Ministry of Defence.

The title Field Marshal is an honorary and respected title bestowed by the Army. Only a handful has been given this title in the world. General Sarath Fonseka is the first Sri Lankan to be bestowed his Field Marshal honorary title in Sri Lanka’s history. A person who has been honoured with the Field Marshal title is considered an infinite hero.

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The language controversy over Sri Lanka National Anthem

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A National Anthem is a song of patriotic sentiment affirming loyalty to one’s country or nation adopted officially by that Country or Nation. An anthem becomes a national anthem through Constitutional provision, specific legislation or long – standing tradition.

Stylistically the majority of anthems are marches or hymns.They are usually written or composed in the most common language in the Country. There are however some notable exceptions to this rule particularly in multi-ethnic nations.

In Sri Lanka then known as Ceylon , the song “Namo Namo Matha” written by the artist-poet Ananda Samarakoon was formally adopted as the national anthem in 1951. It was slightly amended and changed to “Sri Lanka Matha” in 1961 without the consent of Samarakoon.

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