Letters editor- by Mareena Thaha Reffai

Srilankans are quite used to lies specially from the politicians. We keep hearing their lies year in year out, and we jolly well know they are liars, but still go on believing them, supporting them and voting for them. Of recent times  Srilankans  have become very much aware of the lies and have come to recognize them for what they are.

The politicians lie every time they want the votes, and then promptly forget them when they come into power. Not keeping the promises is just another form of lying. A person no less than a Buddhist monk lies that he never ever kindled hatred against the Muslims, nor ever spoke against the Muslims nor did any harm to the Muslims nor damaged a single one of  their mosques, not only the Muslims even the Buddhists recognized it for what they are. His friend Dilantha added fuel and surprised the nation by lying without blinking an eyelid and sang the same tune.

Weeremantry- by Mass L. Usuf

He was no ordinary lawyer. He was no ordinary judge. He was no ordinary academician. He was no ordinary thinker. He was no ordinary author. He was no ordinary human rights advocate. He was no ordinary environmentalist and this list of extra ordinaries can continue.He was a rare human being and ‘The Pride of Sri Lanka’ (Sri Lanka Abhimanya) Justice Christopher Gregory Weeramantry, former Judge of the Supreme Court and Vice President of the International Court of Justice in The Hague. Completing his earthly sojourn of this transitory life he returned to the Creator. His mortal remains laid to rest on 8th January 2017.

“All go to the same place. All came from the dust and all return to the dust.” (Bible, Ecclesiastes 12:7)

“We have created you from the earth and into it We shall return you, and from it We shall bring you out once again.” (Quran, Chapter 20 Verse 55).

batti wijeYet monster of racism begins to raise its ugly head and the country, many fear, is heading towards yet another disaster.

By Latheef Farook

Two hundred billion US Dollar is a colossal sum of money especially for a tiny country like Sri Lanka though blessed with the best of natural wealth and a literate population. Converted even at the rate of Rs 145 it would be around 29,000 billion rupees.

justice weera1- by Lukman Harees 

Justice C. G. Weeramantry is no more. One of the world’s eminent jurists Sri Lanka has ever produced and a larger-than- life visionary of our time; he ended his eventful sojourn on earth few days ago at the ripe age of 90 in Colombo. Justice Weeramantry was a name that belongs to many generations. His contribution to legal literature, domestic as well as international, was both legendary and phenomenal. However, for me, Weeramantry was more than what he is to legal scholarship and jurisprudence- a great thinker and visionary who dreamt ,envisioned and toiled tirelessly to create a world free of war, nuclear disasters, hate and bigotry. At a decisive point in time, when the world has begun to ditch principles of justice and equality and embrace various shades of Trumpism, his loss will undoubtedly be felt more than ever.

gota gnanasaraColombo teleby Latheef Farook

There is deep disbelief and disappointment amongst people of all communities that President Maithripala Sirisena invited BBS General Secretary Galagoda Atte Gnanasara Thera for the heads of religious leaders meeting he summoned on 6 December 2016.

Some described this as an insult to religious heads.

This was due to allegations of violence, inciting Sinhalese against Muslims with false allegations, threat he poses to communal harmony and peace, his repeated despicable public statements insulting Islam and other such lawless provocations threatening to create a July 83 type ethnic conflict.