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  • DZONE 3:52 pm on March 20, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , namo namo matha, National Anthem, , sri lanka matha, Sri Lanka National Anthem, Sri Lanka National Anthem in tamil   

    The language controversy over Sri Lanka National Anthem 

    Related Article: Sri Lankan Timeline in Photos

    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.

    When the national anthem (More …)

    • mrjamesgoddard 4:34 am on March 22, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      This is a very interesting item.

      Being a non-Sri Lankan, I never realised your National Anthem was in a supposedly different language.

      Of course it should be universally sung in Sinhala.(that includes when played in other Countries.)

      However, as your item pointed out, in the areas of mainly Tamil population it is most definitely correct for it to be sung in the Tamil language. Otherwise there is no way for your Nation to ever become united as one without accepting the fact you have two distinct races.

      Thank you both.

      Wishing Tamils and Sinhalese the best of good fortune.

  • DZONE 12:05 am on March 6, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: business ethics, do not eat flesh on poya day, do not eat meat on poya day, , subway, subway restaurant sri lanka, subway sri lanka   

    Subway asking sri lankans to celerate poya with meat 

    Facebook page of Subway Sri Lanka, a fast food restaurant franchise has published a post with the meaning of “Celebrate Poya day with Meat”

    This is our comment about their post;

    Celebrate poya day with turkey flesh? Beef? Sri Lanka is a country with 70% of buddhists. They are trying to refrain from all kind of meat during this day as a part of Pancha Sheela or five moral precepts.

    But here they are playing with the emotions of the majority of Sri Lankan who loving the taste of their foods. As an international frenchise with a mission of establishing as a reputed resturent, they have a responsibility of respecting to the culture, norms, religious beliefs of that country. However they are challanging ethics openly.

    Is this the way of their business ? Or Do you have a hidden agenda ? Open for the discussion !

  • DZONE 8:00 am on March 1, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: cricket live, cricket live updates, , cricket updates, , , dzone live, ,   

    Mobitel offers Twitter free of charge during Cricket World Cup 

    Mobitel has partnered with Twitter, one of the largest social networking sites in the world, to give its valued customers the opportunity to use Twitter for free for the duration of the ongoing Cricket World Cup.

    The partnership will provide customers with the most comprehensive platform to follow the excitement and action of the world tournament, one tweet at a time.

    Mobitel customers will receive access to the popular social media platform by visiting for the duration of the event without incurring any data charges. A unique aspect of the service, which will be available until the end March, is that customers who do not possess a Twitter account can also experience the Cricket Timeline which includes scores and commentary by directly accessing (More …)

  • DZONE 9:11 am on February 15, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: AUSvENG, , cricket world cup 2015 runout error, cricket world cup news, , , cwc15 news, , , James Anderson run out error   

    Dead ball run-out error in England’s World Cup group match against Australia 

    The ICC has confirmed that the decision to rule James Anderson as run-out on the final ball of England’s 111-run Cricket World Cup defeat to Australia was an error.

    As England headed for the heavy loss, James Taylor was given out lbw by umpire Aleem Dar. The two England batsmen attempted a run before his finger was raised but Glenn Maxwell, fielding at point, threw down the stumps with Anderson short of his ground.

    Taylor referred his dismissal (More …)

  • DZONE 11:57 am on February 4, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Independence Day, Independent Sri Lanka, Matale Rebellion, , Sri Lanka independence day, Sri Lanka independence movement, Sri Lanka's Independence, Symbolism of Sri Lanka flag, The national flag of Sri Lanka, Uva Rebellion   

    Independent Sri Lanka 

    Sri Lanka’s Independence Day is celebrated on 4th of February, in accordance with Lipass/Joshua Louis Law to commemorate its internal political independence from British rule on that day in 1948. Many national struggles were made in the history of Sri Lanka. And on the independence day all of these are remembered and celebrated. But the independence movement against the British is especially recalled.

    The British Raj was dominant in Asia after the Battle of Assaye; following the Battle of Waterloo the British Empire became the world superpower. Its appearance of omnipotence was only briefly dented by setbacks in India, Afghanistan and South Africa. It was virtually unchallenged until 1914.

    The formation of the Batavian (More …)

    • Edward Bahr 7:42 am on October 13, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Please pardon this interruption.
      Many years ago Sri Lanka changed the spelling of its name to Shri Lanka. I seem to remember there were even a few postage stamps issued using that title.
      However the name Shri Lanka has somehow disappeared.
      Would one of your readers please explain what happened?
      For 20 years I used to visit Sri Lanka every few months as a tourist experiencing, appreciating and most of all enjoying those weeks of Sri Lankan hospitality throughout your wonderful Nation.
      Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

  • DZONE 8:52 pm on January 10, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , Mahinda Rajapakse poll defeat, , , , , ,   

    Mahinda Rajapakse persuade army to deploy troops after poll defeat 

    Mahinda Rajapakse tried to persuade the army chief to deploy troops when it became clear he had lost Sri Lanka’s election, a spokesman for the country’s new president said Saturday.

    Rajapakse has been widely praised for conceding defeat early on Friday, even before the last votes had been counted, when he realised that his rival Maithripala Sirisena had an unassailable lead.

    But in a press conference (More …)

  • DZONE 2:06 pm on January 10, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , , , Sri lanka president,   

    Maithripala Sirisena takes oath as the president 

    President Maithripala Sirisena sworn in as the 6th Executive President of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka before Supreme Court Judge K. Sri Pawan at the Independence Square in Colombo at 6.20pm on 9 January 2015.

    Presidential elections were held in Sri Lanka on 8 January 2015, two years ahead of schedule. The incumbent President Mahinda Rajapaksa was the United People’s Freedom Alliance’s candidate, seeking a third term in office. The United National Party (UNP)-led opposition coalition chose to field Maithripala Sirisena, the former Minister of Health in Rajapaksa’s government and general secretary of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) – the main constituent party of the UPFA – as its common candidate.

    Maithripala Sirsena was declared the winner after receiving 6,217,162 (51.28%) of all votes cast compared to Rajapaksa’s 5,768,090 (47.58%)


  • DZONE 10:54 pm on January 7, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , , , , sri lanka presidential election live, winner of Presidential Election 2015   

    Presidential Election 2015 – Results Live 

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    Who will be the winner of Presidential Election 2015 ? Online Poll Results

  • DZONE 10:00 am on January 4, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: චුල්ලසෙඨි ජාතකය, , , Chullasetti Jathaka, Cullasetti Jathaka, , , , ,   

    Chullasetti Jataka 004 

    චුල්ලසෙඨි ජාතකය – සිංහල පරිවර්තනය ඉංග්‍රිසි කොටස අවසානයේ..

    Once on a time when Brahmadatta was reigning in Benares in Kasi, the Bodhisatta was born into the Treasurer’s family, and growing up, was made Treasurer, being called Treasurer Little. A wise and clever man was he, with a keen eye for signs and omens. One day on his way to wait upon the king, he came on a dead mouse lying on the road; and, taking note of the position of the stars at that moment, he said, “Any decent young fellow with his wits about him has only to pick that mouse up, and he might start a business and keep a wife.”

    His words were overheard by (More …)

  • DZONE 12:49 am on January 1, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: 2015 astrological forecast, Aquarius Astrology 2015, Aquarius Horoscope 2015, Aries Astrology 2015, Aries Horoscope 2015, Astrology Predictions 2015, Bountiful Jupiter, Cancer Astrology 2015, Cancer Horoscope 2015, Capricorn Astrology 2015, Capricorn Horoscope 2015, coach Saturn, Gemini Astrology 2015, Gemini Horoscope 2015, Horoscope 2015, Jupiter, Leo Astrology 2015, Leo Horoscope 2015, Libra Astrology 2015, Libra Horoscope 2015, , Mars and Venus, Pisces Astrology 2015, Pisces Horoscope 2015, Sagittarius Astrology 2015, Sagittarius Horoscope 2015, Saturn, Scorpio Astrology 2015, Scorpio Horoscope 2015, Taurus Astrology 2015, Taurus Horoscope 2015, Virgo Astrology 2015, Virgo Horoscope 2015, Your Horoscope for 2015   

    Your Horoscope for 2015; Astrology Predictions 

    Life is a journey filled with challenges and obstacles designed to encourage us to find out what we are made of and who we really are. As the song goes, “Nobody said it was easy”. We want to honour the breath of fresh air that this new year brings by offering up a horoscope for 2015.

    Look forward to knowing what situations you face in the NEXT 12 months, what will be happening to you and yours and how to handle challenges & opportunities to get the most from your life? Our Horoscope will tell you everything you need to know about your life in the 2015. Timing is everything !

    The 2015 astrological forecast is (More …)

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