Chance Events in the Making of the Four-Volume Documents of the Ceylon National Congress

Michael Roberts

 In 1977 a sizeable stock of historical manuscripts was made available to the public by the Department of National Archives in four volumes entitled Documents of the Ceylon National Congress and Nationalist Politics in Ceylon, 1929-1950. This outcome was the result of a substantial body of work. It was also the outcome of several fortuitous encounters.

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Maldives as Haven for Russian Billionaires’ Super Yachts

News Item in Channel News Asia, 7 April 2022, where the title is  “Maldives shelters sanctioned Russian billionaires’ yachts”

A day after coal and fertiliser billionaire Andrey Melnichenko was placed on the European Union’s sanctions list on Mar 9, his superyacht the Motor Yacht A stopped broadcasting its location while in Maldives’ waters, maritime data shows.

In Italy, four days later, authorities seized another of Melnichenko’s vessels – the world’s largest sailing yacht, estimated by Italian financial police to be worth US$578 million.

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Gross Errors in Financial Management in Sr Lanka under the Gota Administration

Sanjeewa Jayaweera, in The Island, 20 April 2022, with this title “Ali Sabry confesses to the mistakes made”

Ali Sabry (AS), the newly appointed Finance Minister, was unusually candid and forthright in a couple of recent television interviews. He acknowledged the many mistakes made by the government on the economic front. Many believe that repenting over serious mistakes made, causing irreparable harm to the country’s citizens, is still unforgivable. These mistakes were made repeatedly over time, despite many independent economists and financial analysts asking for a reversal, making the crime harder to forgive. The words arrogance, egoistic, pompous, condescending and stupid will easily define those responsible for running the economy in the last two years.

 

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Outback Australia: Eye-Catching, Searing, Unique, Startling Pictures

Julie Fletcher

Here is depicted an inspiring story of a woman who quit her toxic relationship and city life, to move to a remote town, in Outback Australia, which has but one Pub.

Now she takes some of the most magical photographs of Australia you’ll ever see. She’s done what many people can only dream of, ditching her mundane office job to travel long-term around Australia with just a Camera for company.

 

First Light: Julie Fletcher captured this photograph of Uluru, which is a bright red colour, showing off blue hues.

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Support the Ceylon College of Physicians

Sending MONIES to this medical outfit THE CEYLON COLLEGE OF PHYSICIANS in Sri Lanka will not only be benficial to personnel in need, but also aid the country in coping with its parlous rupee/value circumstances (follOWing Annesley Ratnasingham’s Facebook Appeal).

 

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Taking to Street: Protests typically Lankan in Style

Mey Lankaava Neydha!!!  …… !!! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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South Asia’s Arab Spring: Protests amid Hybrid Economic War in Pakistan and Sri Lanka

Darini Rajasingham Senanayake

South Asia’s Arab Spring is here, amid global Cold War tensions and slow tectonic shifts in power and wealth east, to Asia and the Indian Ocean Region, hastened and heightened by the Russia-Ukraine conflict.

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The IMF Hands in Pakistan & Sri Lanka: Conjectures

A Pacific Island Pal

ONE:  There is a very good analysis of the IMF by Paul Masson in “The IMF: Victim of its own success or institutional failures?”  published in International Journal, Autumn 2007. Its focus is on how to reform the IMF and the problems involved, which recognises the need to reform the IMF. How successful that has been is open to debate.

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Mariupol as War-Torn Hellfire: A British Ukrainiand Soldier-Captive

News Item, 15 April 2022, entitled “British captive who fought in Mariupol describes ‘reality’,” https://www.rt.com/russia/553933-british-captive-mariupol-ukraine-reality/

The situation in the Ukrainian port city of Mariupol is “catastrophic,”  and the Ukrainian forces are largely to blame for it, a UK citizen identified as Aiden Aslin, who reportedly fought in the city, said in a video obtained by RT.

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Sisira Jayasuriya eviscerates Ranjan De Silva

Sisira Jayasuriya ** in Email Memo to Thuppahi

Brigadier Ranjan De Silva’s Memo is a gross misrepresentation of the facts.
China did not grab the port and the land because the government could not pay back ‘the loan taken’. The government leased the port to the Chinese to raise cash to pay the loans taken from the capital markets through international sovereign bonds.

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