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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 1497

Lalin’s Column: The day the Bradby tradition nearly died and two schools wept
Pallekelle on 14 May 2016 even with leaden skies and tiny rain drops falling, was lovely as ever. The main road from Kandy was lined with parked vehicles for some fair distance from the turn off to the grounds. Owner drivers who came late had no other option. ’Parking’ signs were held up at every no...
Sunday, May 29, 2016 - 07:56 By Major General (Retd.) Lalin Fernando
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Lalin’s Column: Splendor of a Revival -Jaffna
The first time I visited Jaffna was in 1961 for Captain, (later Major General) George Thevanayagam’s marriage to Ms Sanders. He was in the Sinha Regiment like me. This January (2016), we went with a close relative from the USA and her friend in the crack Chinese ‘Blue’ express train to Jaffna. It...
Sunday, May 8, 2016 - 07:47 By Major General (Retd.) Lalin Fernando
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Lalin’s Column: Tumult in the Kandyan hills
Pallekelle rugby grounds, just above the Mahaveli River, looked a lovely green in its gloriously wooded setting. Tabebuia Rosea trees were in glorious bloom on the road side from Kandy .The Knuckles and surrounding hills make this ground about the prettiest of them all. Perfect weather and a firm gr...
Tuesday, May 3, 2016 - 08:19 By Major General (Retd.) Lalin Fernando
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Lalin’s Column: Geneva-Not again
There was in March a surge of underworld killings, many of them in Colombo in daylight. Ubiquitous underworld hit squads, dormant for years post bellum, had surfaced with a vengeance. Was Colombo trying to become an old Chicago style mafia war zone? In 2005, 59,391 grave crimes were recorded. This w...
Thursday, April 14, 2016 - 17:50 By Major General (Retd.) Lalin Fernando
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Lalin’s Column: Royalised Education
‘Hurrah for the Mary, Hurrah for the lamb, Hurrah for the Royalists who passed the buck to Trinity, drowning out the battle cry of free education’(with apologies to the version of the US civil war song ‘Battle cry for Freedom’ that used to be sung at cricket matches by some schools.) A child in t...
Friday, April 8, 2016 - 08:37 By Major General (Retd.) Lalin Fernando
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Lalin’s Column: Indian Gifts
When a bearded Indian President was searched on suspicion at an US airport and later an Indian woman diplomat was stripped searched by US police, many in SL sympathized with them. That may not be the case hereafter with Indian High Commissioner in SL, VK Sinha’s most undiplomatic forays into SL’s po...
Monday, April 4, 2016 - 15:03 By Major General (Retd.) Lalin Fernando
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Lalin’s Column: ‘Traitors’ in SL
‘Apparently there are many traitors in SL today -according to the Prime Minister (PM). They are supposed to be in the media and the GMOA among other places too. A traitor is a betrayer and is commonly thought to have committed treason. Treason is an act of betraying or attempting to over throw the g...
Friday, March 4, 2016 - 14:55 By Major General (Retd.) Lalin Fernando
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Lalin’s Column: 400,000 Students on Minister’ eye lashes
The Health Minister, a dentist by profession, has spearheaded a potentially massive campaign to check the spread of HIV. That this was broadcast on First December, World AIDS Day was a significant coincidence. His aim was to subject around 300,000 students taking up their A levels and 100,000 underg...
Monday, December 21, 2015 - 07:07 By Major General (Retd.) Lalin Fernando
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Lalin’s Column: CBK building bridges
CBK is a very bad loser-like many in SL. She had her time like 2 other Presidents before her and a Prime Minister to resolve what appeared to be the intractable problem of the LTTE. She and they didn’t. There was unrelenting bloody and to use her worn out cliché ’horrendous conflict’ for 26 years.MR...
Tuesday, December 15, 2015 - 02:12 By Major General (Retd.) Lalin Fernando
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Lalin’s Column : France- 3rd World War looming
Hundreds of innocent people were killed by the bestial IS and its affiliates in France, Nigeria, Lebanon, Kenya, sub Saharan Mali, the Cameroons, Iraq, Syria Pakistan and Afghanistan this November. SL naturally shares the grief of the people of these countries every time such attacks take place as...
Sunday, November 29, 2015 - 08:24 By Major General (Retd.) Lalin Fernando
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Lalin’s Column : Absolutely Foreign Affairs (final3) 8 Sep 2015)
SL’s Foreign Minister (FM) is taking giant strides to make a good impression with the West that looks for weaknesses in ‘unfriendly’ (to the Western ‘World’) governments like SL’s last one. He seems to be succeeding. After the Presidential Election (Jan 2015) he together with the Justice Minister sa...
Wednesday, September 9, 2015 - 08:35 By Major General (Retd.) Lalin Fernando
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Lalin’s Column : More Ministerial Howlers and 3 wise men
This was the first time that the SL public has heard that it was the Rajapakse ’regime’ alone that waged ‘war’ on the terrorists. Successive SL governments, starting with the UNP in 1977, had done it ‘their way’. Rajapakse Regime: This included giving JRJ’s relative and not the Commander of the Arm...
Thursday, August 27, 2015 - 09:57 By Major General (Retd.) Lalin Fernando
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Lalin’s Column : Ministerial Howlers (Blundering politicians)
There seems to be an endless gush of phony intellect being paraded by politicians as the silly season ends on 17 Aug. The idea appears to stem from the belief that they think they are semi gods and the rest are complete idiots. Some can’t wait to play God even before the election results elevates th...
Sunday, August 16, 2015 - 07:51 By Major General (Retd.) Lalin Fernando
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Lalin’s Column :Pending retirement of Army Generals
A slew of Army Generals, unless their service is extended, are due for retirement soon. Among them are Army Commander Lt Gen Crishantha de Silva (end Aug 2015), Maj Gens Jagath Dias (Chief of Staff-Dec 2015), , SWL Daulagala Jan 2016, M Hathurusinghe (Jan 2016), SR Manawaduge (Jul 2016) Milinda Pe...
Saturday, August 15, 2015 - 08:30 By Major General (Retd.) Lalin Fernando
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Lalin’s Column : Lt Col Kenneth Abeywickrama 10 April 1935 – 7 April 2015
Kenneth Abeywickrama, was born in Kandy to a well known and philanthropic Baddegama family in the South. He schooled at Royal College in Colombo, was a reserve Lieutenant Colonel in the SL Army Service Corps (Volunteers) from 1962 -1982, retiring after being the 21st Commanding Officer from 1977 to...
Sunday, May 3, 2015 - 06:18 By Major General (Retd.) Lalin Fernando
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Lalin’s Column :Field Marshal - SL has a date with Geneva in September
There is a lot written and spoken about Field Marshals (FMs) just now. The latest is about the privileges that FMs should apparently have. It appears Hitler’s Germany is the source for these anachronistic examples. The privileges it gave FMs were ‘compelling and influential role in military matters,...
Monday, March 16, 2015 - 10:41 By Major General (Retd.) Lalin Fernando
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Lalin’s Column: General RWD (Daya) Ratnayake WWV RWP RSP USP
Gen Daya Ratnayake WWV, RWP,RSP, USP Commander of the Army of Sri Lanka, retired in February 2015 after 36 years of distinguished service. He was promoted to 4 star rank on retirement. Unfortunately as it happened shortly after the new government took power, his retirement may have be seen as a poli...
Sunday, March 15, 2015 - 15:50 By Major General (Retd.) Lalin Fernando
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Lalin’s Column: Reflections on Obama’s “No boots on the ground” and Imperial Hubris
When Barack Obama was elected President of the USA, the world, pleasantly surprised and amazed, rejoiced. It awaited a more friendly America. Nowhere was the event more greatly welcomed than in the former non white colonies of the West. No better example of country’s maturity could ever have bee...
Sunday, February 1, 2015 - 08:17 By Major General (Retd.) Lalin Fernando
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Lalin’s Column: First 100 days -short list of priorities
Steps to be taken towards national reconciliation should be at the top of the President’s list of things to be done in the first 100 days. It is suggested that the following also be accommodated under the 100 day action plan that is meant to prepare the ground for the promised future. Reconciliation...
Tuesday, January 20, 2015 - 07:00 By Major General (Retd.) Lalin Fernando
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Lalin’s Column: Carolinas and Georgia (USA) holiday
I visited the USA for the first time at the age of 75, last July (2014). Greenville County, South Carolina once known as the textile capital of the world was the base. It has a population of 451,225 people and spends US $ 426m on education (SL with 21 m people spends US$ 415m). It is beautifully gre...
Tuesday, December 16, 2014 - 08:33 By Major General (Retd.) Lalin Fernando
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