Monthly Archives: January 2016

Inside the booming Muslim fashion industry

Muslim fashion designers reflect on a rapidly growing industry. Alberto Mucci | 30 Jan 2016 09:24 GMT Anas Silwood moved to Jordan from Britain to study Arabic back in 2000. The 20-something was supposed to stay for only a few … Continue reading

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What next irreverent one?

by Rip Van Winkle My dear ‘Senaawa’, I thought I must write to you because you are in the news these days and your leader is in remand prison, all because of a scuffle that broke out at a court … Continue reading

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Who is behind the new BBS offensive?

By Rasika Jayakody The Ven. Galagodaaththé Gnanasara Thera, a relatively unknown bhikkhu in the latter stages of the Rajapaksa administration, has now become the face of Sinhala-Buddhist ultra-nationalist ‘terror’ in the country’s political sphere. Ven. Gnanasara Thera rose to fame … Continue reading

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Ramanya Nikaya wants Kathikawatha Bill adopted with amendments

The Theravadi Bhikkhu Kathikawatha Bill is a result of requests made to the government for a long time by the Mahanayake Theras and members of Karaka Maha Sangha Sabhas. Its adoption with amendments will be of great assistance towards the … Continue reading

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A yellow peril on the rise

by Lucien Rajakarunanayake The term Yellow Peril was coined by German Emperor Wilhelm II in 1895, and about the same time it referred to what Americans saw as the threat or menace of Chinese immigrants who came as coolie slaves … Continue reading

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Homagama incident highlights urgency of Kathikawath Bill

By C. A. Chandraprema The scenes outside the Homagama Magistrate’s court highlights more than ever the need for the speedy passage of the Kathikawath Bill that is before parliament. Registered bhikku Ven. Galagodatte Gnanasara Thera was arrested and remanded in … Continue reading

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Court rejects Gnanasara Thera’s bail application

The Homagama Magistrate today rejected the bail application submitted on behalf of the Bodu Bala Sena General Secretary the Ven. Galagodatte Gnanasara Thera, who was remanded till February 9 on the charge of contempt of court. Magistrate Ranga Dissanayake said … Continue reading

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Gnanasara Should Not Be Allowed To Gain Martyr Status

By Harishchandra Lokumanna – After hypocritical rounds of cries about the supremacy of Sinha Ley and displays of ‘Sinhala flags denoting unfounded patriotism, the Nation has now been given the next dose of entertainment – Arrest of Gnanasara and the … Continue reading

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Ranil To Expose Rajapaksa’s Temple Based Neo-Fascist Movement

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe yesterday in a hard hitting speech in parliament, threatened the exposing of the New Fascist Buddhist movement led by former President Mahinda Rajapaksa. “What happened at the Abhayaramaya yesterday? Some 20-30 persons came there. .. We … Continue reading

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The Gnanasara Thera factor

Ven Gnanasara Thera and his BBS may be a minor player in the larger political arena in Sri Lanka. Indeed, it is doubtful whether the BBS has any widespread support in the country apart from its hardcore membership. Nevertheless, its … Continue reading

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