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Dalada Maligawa Attacked On January 25, 1998

Dr. Daya Hewapathirane:
Nineteen years ago, on Sunday January 25th 1998 around 6:30 in the morning, the savage Tamil terrorists attacked the Sri Dalada Maligawa – one of the greatest national cultural treasures of our country. Built originally in the late 15th century, this fabulous architectural marvel is more than 550 years old, In the centuries that followed, additions and improvements were effected to the Maligawa by several kings making it one of the most captivating historic buildings in the country.

Compared to the other 196 countries of the world, Sri Lanka, the motherland of the Hela, Sihala or Sinhala people, is small, in terms of area (65,610 sq. km) and population (21 million). The Hela or Sinhala is the ethnic group native to Sri Lanka, forming the mainstream or the dominant indigenous community of the island for more than 2500 years.

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Recorded history states that Sri Lanka was invaded as much as seventeen times by South Indian Dravidian Tamil speaking invaders since 230 BCE. Coming with armies of Tamils from South India they ruthlessly wiped out entire Sinhala villages along their way to Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa the royal capitals of the past.

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Extremist Tamils And Muslims: Their Characteristic Indifference To Sri Lanka’s Sinhala National Identity!

The small communities of Tamils and Muslims living in Sri Lanka, amount to about 24% of the total population of Sri Lanka at present (Tamils including Estate Tamils – 15%; Muslims (09%). These communities are descendants of groups of individuals, exclusively males, who arrived in this island at different times in the past for various purposes, and later settled down among the Sinhala people.

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SINHALAYA News Agency revealed the letter sent by Mahinda Gunasekera in Toronto representing peace loving sri lankans, to Nikki Haley, the newly appointed USA Ambassador to the United Nations.

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FORMER CUBAN PRESIDENT was the Longest Serving and a Most Iconic Leader of the 20th Century. He Died at Age 90. He was 32 years old when he came to power, toppling a ruthless Dictator -Fulgencio Batista. Castro landed in Cuba with a mere 80 rebels to launch the revolution and succeeded with public support.

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While the USA in undergoing for transition of power which no one could predict the outcome with any certainty, it is worthwhile to have a look at potential effects of a Donald Trump President on Sri Lanka, based on facts and past history. To begin with, it is worthwhile to separate the facts from the […]

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Exactly How Many Conflicts Has UN Solved To Be Issuing Post-Conflict Ultimatums?

Let’s see – where do we start. A group of busy body nations working in cahoots with an outdated and incompetent global body known by all as the UN enjoys coming to the picture during crisis situations but not before the crisis gets out of hand and after crisis situations but not because it has […]

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BUDDHIST MINDFULNESS PRACTICES SECULARIZED IN THE WESTERN WORLD

Mindfulness is a technique that is integral to the Teachings of the Buddha. It is the seventh element of the Noble Eightfold Path which encapsulates the principal teachings of the Buddha. Mindfulness or ‘sati’ is a whole-body-and-mind awareness of the present moment.

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BUDDHISM  INVOLVES INNER TRANSFORMATION THROUGH INTELLECTUAL EFFORT AND SCIENTIFIC REASONING

No useful purpose is served by explaining to or arguing with those who depend exclusively on religious books and accept their words without question or without debate. No monotheistic religion respects the human mind. Spiritual wisdom is lost when one embraces monotheism. Understanding the human mind is the central theme in the Buddha Dhamma. It […]

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