Midweek Review


University admission process needs urgent review: A proposal

Undoubtedly, higher education is the only path to upward mobility for most of our youth. Thus, university admission is extremely competitive in Sri Lanka and as such it remains a very sensitive national issue for many decades. Only about10% of those who sit GCE A/L are admitted to 14 state universities leaving out almost 90%. The fraction of students who are fortunate enough to receive free university education comes to about 17% of those who qualify for university admissions, leaving out 83%. This means that a very large number of deserving students are denied admission to our universities every year. As a result, many students are seeking admission to foreign universities particularly because alternative avenues are not available in most disciplines.They are also our citizens, who have been denied free university education. Thus, they also deserve opportunities and at least the freedom of choice for university education in our democracy.Read More...

Paralyzed Isle


Frenzied cities have suddenly lost their consuming fire -

Minus the ‘Daily Fuel’ that made their machines crank,

Voracious men are stilled in their tracks -

Their minds reeling at the thought of receding Greenbacks,


Memoirs of a Christian and a Socialist

This fascinating autobiography edited by Skantha Kumar and Marshal Fernando and published by the Ecumenical Institute for Study and Dialogue in excellent reading. Priced at Rs, 500/- and covering 300 pages this book is a very good buy for any reader in...

Buddha you never knew: Continue discussion


Ven. Dhammika of Australia who initiated this discussion and Dr. Chandre Dharmawardene, are two well known personalities for whom I have the highest regard for their scholarly writing. I met Ven. Dhammika in Sri Lanka at the Royal Asiatic Society se...

William Shakespeare - wordsmith or rustic


Applied math and Pure math I studied at Darley Road, mastered them despite difficulties, to get into Thurstan Road. Difficulties of the educated class are not meant to be mocked, ridiculed and trampled by strikes and street demonstrations, but solved w...

Post-war role for Lanka: A Japanese perspective


America’s longstanding strategic partner, Japan, is working overtime to induce Sri Lanka to their camp.

Japan and Sri Lanka reached an agreement, on ‘Comprehensive Partnership’, in Oct 2015, within months after the change of ...

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