LankaWeb – By Garvin Karunaratne

By: Lankaweb  06-Dec-2011

Wednesday, October 26th, 2011

By Garvin Karunaratne Ph.D. Dr Koshi Mathai the Resident Representative of the IMF in Sri Lanka has warned Sri Lanka recently regarding Sri Lanka’s attempt to retain the value of the Rupee and further he has stated that not entering into the CEPA with India is detrimental to Sri Lanka. Dr Mathai has said that [..]

Friday, September 16th, 2011

By Dr. Garvin Karunaratne Ph.D.(Michigan State University)  London did burn in August and in the days that followed there were riots in Birmingham, Manchester and many other Cities. People plundered shops and walked away with whatever they could snatch and in many areas they looted under the watchful survelliance of the Police. It was easily [..]

Saturday, September 10th, 2011

By Garvin Karunaratne, formerly of the Administrative Service  Anuradhapura has happened to be my pet District, in the eighteen years I served in the Administrative Service. In 1957 I covered Anuradhapura and Trincomalee Districts for all paddy purchase and vegetable and fruit marketing work. Later in 1962, I happened to be appointed as Assistant Commissioner [..]

Wednesday, August 31st, 2011

By Garvin Karunaratne, Ph.D. It was a hilarious experience to watch the House of Commons’ Parliamentary Select Committee investigating the Murdoch Phone Hacking.    In the words of Labour Member of Parliament Tom Watson, the charges were serious: “We need to know what Rebekah Brooks knew about payments to Police. We need to ask James [..]

Monday, August 29th, 2011

 Garvin Karunaratne A translation of some of  Wimalaratne Kumaragama’s verses will serve a tribute to this famous poet who parted from us 43 years ago. It is from “Parinama” in his collection “Visiwunu Taru” In the grim afternoon heat, when the World was all ablaze In a corner of our backyard, bathed in sweat, [..]

Friday, August 26th, 2011

By Garvin Karunaratne  The Daily Telegraph today stated that British SAS forces guided the rebels in Libya for weeks in the past, dressed in Arab attire and are now hunting for the head of Colonel Gaddafi.   It reminds me of what I wrote on Sri Lanka coming under an International Conspiracy, as published in [..]

Sunday, August 14th, 2011

By Garvin Karunaratne, Ph.D.(Michigan State University)  The World breathed fresh air for once when President Obama won the US Presidential Election in 2008. The United States under President George W. Bush had got involved in two wars, one for Oil wealth in Iraq and another in Afghanistan in the quest of Osama Bin Laden, the [..]

Sunday, July 24th, 2011

By Garvin Karunaratne, Ph.D.Former Government Agent, Matara District  A bomb blast in a Norway office block gutted it with fire. A few minutes later a gun man opened fire on a youth congregation and this left 94 dead. Many are yet missing.  Retribution does come- sometimes in driblets and at times delayed and that is [..]

Tuesday, July 12th, 2011

 by Garvin Karunaratne, former Government Agent, Matara District Channel 4  in an attempt to haul the leaders of Sri Lanka  before the International War Crime Courts, had produced a film “ The  Killing Fields  of Sri Lanka” which was shown on UK Television and given ample publicity, shown at Geneva, New York and Australia, [..]

Friday, June 3rd, 2011

By Garvin Karunaratne It is sad that anyone who argues for the sovereignty of Sri Lanka  and points out that India is unduly interfering and pressurizing us  as they did when India imposed the 13 th Amendment on us by holding a gun at President Jayawardena, is called an India basher. Is it not a [..]

Friday, May 27th, 2011

By Garvin Karunaratne Ph.D. The Island has reported in its Editorial that India has in a very high handed manner persuaded Sri Lanka to implement the 13 th Amendment to the Sri Lankan Constitution and to grant police and land powers to the Provincial Councils, among other matters all of which smacks interference in the [..]

Monday, May 23rd, 2011

By Garvin Karunaratne, Ph.D. Mr. Ban Ki Moon,  Please answer me. What about the Human Rights of the Chagossian Islanders? The Chagossian Islanders were the original inhabitants of the Chagos islands in the Indian Ocean. They  were thrown  out of the Chagossian Islands  when Britain decided to have an uninhabited island to hand over to [..]

Monday, May 16th, 2011

By Garvin Karunaratne, Ph.D. Somalia was once a country with a vibrant economy. That was not far away- it was all in the Sixties. Earlier it had been a nomadic country that developed its agriculture and liuvestock. There the last ruler was Said Barre. He drew enormous help-loans, from Soviet Russia to develop his county. [..]

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011

By Garvin Karunaratne President Obama has shown to the world how terrorists have to be hounded out. In his own words, no country “…….will ever tolerate its security being threatened, nor stand idly by when its people have been killed. All countries will be relentless in defense of its citizens and friends and allies.” As [..]

Thursday, April 14th, 2011

 By Garvin Karunaratne, Ph.D.  Justice Weeramantry, Former Vice President, International Court of Justice and President, International Association of Lawyers against nuclear arms has in the name of humanity called for the need to halt the construction of new nuclear reactors, among other suggestions. He has said that the environment is being threatened as never [..]

Saturday, April 2nd, 2011

By Garvin Karunaratne, Ph.D. Our Minister for Higher Education, Hon Mr  S.B.Dissanayake is  intent on bringing up our Universities to an international standard and many useful suggestions have been made by academics. This is a noble aim and it is hoped that it will be successful.   I am a product of Peradeniya, in the [..]

Saturday, February 12th, 2011

By Dr Garvin Karunaratne, formerly of the SLAS Introduction The manner in which industries are run in any country determines the employment levels in the country, details how the assets of the country are utilized and also who benefits from the riches accruing from the value added in the manufacturing process. The key to solving our [..]

Saturday, January 29th, 2011

(This article is based on a Paper submitted by Dr. Garvin Karunaratne formerly of the SLAS, Ph.D.(Michigan State University) In 1978 the Ministry of Youth Development in Bangladesh commenced technical and vocational training for youths. By 1980 around 30,000 youths were trained annually. The effort was on the accumulation of skills and technical knowledge and [..]

Tuesday, January 18th, 2011

By Garvin Karunaratne, Ph.D.  I am happy to see the Army being called to tackle the cost of living and what is most important is to note that the Army has been able to sell the produce at half the price at which the traders retailed.  I am an interested party as in a number [..]

Wednesday, January 12th, 2011

Garvin Karunaratne, SLAS, Ph.D. former Government Agent, Matara District International Consultant The Homeland Theory, is based on the idea that the Northern and Eastern Provinces entirely belong to the Tamil people who do now happen to be the vast majority in those Districts. While the population of the Northern Province is mainly Tamil, it is [..]

Wednesday, December 1st, 2010

By Garvin Karunaratne, Ph.D. former SLAS(G.A.Matara)  There is a major confusion today between Employment Creation and Vocational Training. Employment Creation Programmes are very few, while Vocational Training Programmes are many. Every country has a large number of vocational training programmes and the Governments assist the youths who complete their training with loans to enable them [..]

Wednesday, November 10th, 2010

By Garvin Karunaratne, I refer to Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith’s statement to the LLRC that the Wanni areas- the Northern and Eastern Provinces were the homelands of the Tamils  and that peasant settlement done by the Government was the cause of ethnic strife. It follows that these two provinces are not a part of a united [..]

Friday, September 24th, 2010

By Garvin Karunaratne, Ph.D.(Michigan State University) Former Government Agent, Matara District Upul Jayawardena, a columnist states that the Port of Hambantota could be the armageddon for President Rajapaksa in the manner that the leasing out of oil tanks in Trincomalee to the USA in the early Eighties by President Jayawardena did cause India to train [..]

Wednesday, September 8th, 2010

By Garvin Karunaratne, Ph.D.  Ranil Wickremasinghe the Leader of the Opposition has said that India should help us to restore development in the North. He begs for India’s support. He has also said that India should help us in our agriculture. He states, referring to the liberated North, that :” until the region returns to [..]

Wednesday, August 18th, 2010

By Garvin Karunaratne, Ph.D., Michigan State University International Consultant Summary  Current fiscal and monetary measures, as well as the US President’s Stimulus Package offering $ 862 billion to rejuvenate the ailing corporations, financial institutions etc.,` is unlikely to bring prosperity to the USA economy in the long term. The paradigm that had been hitherto followed- to [..]

Tuesday, August 10th, 2010

By Dr Garvin Karunaratne, formerly of the SLAS Kofi Annan the former Secretary General of the United Nations, Nelson Mandela the Noble Prize Winner and former President of South Africa, Desmond Tutu, also a Nobel Prize Winner and  the Archibishop of South Africa and former US President of the USA, Jimmy Carter have raised their [..]

Friday, August 6th, 2010

By Garvin Karunaratne, Ph.D. The US Army is used for tasks of national development in a manner that is not done in any other country.  This task is assigned to the US Army Corps of Engineers which is utilized both in the USA and also on assignments abroad.  The Army of Sri Lanka was used [..]

Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010

By Garvin Karunratne, Ph.D. The Dengu Epidemic is in full swing and many deaths are reported. When I spoke to a friend over the telephone recently, he mentioned that there is another killer fever prevailing today, which is not identified as Dengu.  Something appears to have gone wrong with our prevention methods and I am [..]

Monday, July 26th, 2010

By Garvin Karunaratne, Ph.D. Patriotism is something that is abounding in the United States of America. The people stand united and with one force are tacking the problems they face. In California where we landed in May, the people were supportive of the Government with one voice. Touring through the rural hinterland of Virginia, Tennessee, [..]

Sunday, July 18th, 2010

By Garvin Karunaratne, Ph.D. former SLAS(G.A. Matara) Today, the Thirteenth Amendment is hailed as what could bring about communal harmony. The LTTE Diaspora as well as learned luminaries among the Sinhala community and the international community are full of praise urging Sri Lanka to implement the Thirteenth Amendment in full including devolving land and police [..]

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