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Praise to the monks who rose to perform their rightful duty

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By that title I mean the Ramanya and Amarapura Nikaya monks who made a joint statement disapproving the 20Amendment and advised the government to amend it drastically or better, withdraw it and concentrate on more urgent national matters, with a new Constitution drawn up later. Some other bhikkhus went to the extent of threatening the present government with: “We brought you to power and we can take that power away.” (Not verbatim; gist is intact)

Hence the monks of the two Nikayas who jointly drew up their statement and presented it at a media briefing are to be highly commended, respected and thanked. Cass does not want to get into the politics of this event. She only wishes to state that they played the role the Sangha is expected to play and was directed to do by the Buddha himself; namely advice rulers; direct the right political path to follow. Cass has in the past been most castigating in her remarks on Buddhist monks who lifted stone and stick, hitched up robes, and actually went on the offensive. Or led protests which turned violent, caused chaos, ultimately leading to public property destruction. Also abhorred were those who exhibited verbal and/or physical antipathy to other religions and their religious places of worship. All these happened and subsided; subsided due to one particular monk getting away from the limelight and foregoing heroics (read random terror attacks) which he said he resorted to in the name of preserving Buddhism and the Sinhala race. Stuff and nonsense! Utter tosh is Cass’ invariable reaction to Buddhist monks who turn militant.

The chief prelates of the Malwatte and Asgiriya Chapters are still to voice their opinion. The silence of the Asgiriya chief monks is understandable but the other Chapter aught to lend a voice for democracy.

Storm over Tamil film

A clear case of how stupid politics warps even the good and blameless. Mercifully this is in Tamil Nadu, but it is centered on a Sri Lankan. Cass means here the most unnecessary ‘row’ over the film titled ‘800’ which is a biopic on Muttiah Muralitharan, made in South India by Tamil Nadu-based director Cheran, starring Vijay Sethupathi. And what is this stormy uproar in a mere teacup of a film? The question the rabble rousers ask is why Sethupathi consented to portray “Muralitharan who was close to Gotabaya Rajapaksa, the country’s war-time Defense Secretary and his support to Gotabaya Rajapaksa during the election campaigns”. We in Sri Lanka have taken such matters in the correct spirit – it’s a personal act of the famed cricketer and he is entitled to his choices and loyalties. But it has irked many in Tamil Nadu. The comment I read in The Island also states that the protesters took objection to the fact that Muralitharan was rumoured to be appointed Governor of the Northern Province. They say, Vijay playing MM is shocking. SO WHAT!? That’s the Sri Lankan response, even though such bigotry deserved no response. Cass echoes the child’s remark of long ago: “Don’t poke your inquisitive fingers into our business!” Objection to the film has been brought up even in the Rajya Sabha.

This sanctimonious, intrusive State – Tamil Nadu – is the one that a couple of years ago almost worshipped that woman politician who got richer and richer as she grew fatter over ill gotten gains, and all through being extra ‘friendly’ with the famous South Indian film star, M G Ramachandran. Tamil Nadu citizens elevated Jeyalalitha to ‘Adi parashakti’ state which means the ultimate powerful goddess in Tamil. Her shenanigans were OK and she was adored at the time. Now a popular actor is hauled over the public opinion coals for starring in a film, which is his profession from which he earns for his vadai and sambhar! Muralitharan has been again his magnanimous self and requested the actor, Vijay Sethupathi, to step down. Our great cricketer should go the whole hog and declare he will star as himself in the biopic. That would jolt the protestors to silence.

 

GROBR

Those initials above were Cass’ schoolgirl expression of thanks for the removal of a pest or pestiferousness. Cass spells them out with reference to the shooting of Makandure Madush by the hand of co-gangsters as the Police say, in a murky housing block in Maligawatte even before dawn broke on another day of Covid-19 spread in this island of ours. And what pray is the expression the more elite may ask who speak in words not initials and acronyms? GROBR is ‘Good riddance of bad rubbish’, which of course is too mild and polite to express our true feelings about a criminal/gangster/wealthy drug dealer and destroyer of humans, mostly youth/ being done to death. Live by the gun and you die by the gun. Also thrive on corruption and your end is corrupt with corruption following you to the next life or hell as your beliefs tell you is what follows your death. These may live happy and handsome now on corruptly earned wealth but when death comes, it is doubly horrible with rot setting in. That is not a curse of Cass a la Kuveni, but a universal truth.

Those who want their voices heard and protest for protest’s sake, voiced dissent in Parliament about the master gangster’s death by shooting.Violation of human rights they said. Methinks there is no one, not even one of Madush’s so called wives who would sincerely mourn his death, barring perhaps his mother.

A contact I have to the grapevine, or one of its branches, said that other drug dealers in prison now do not want to be released on bail. They know their justified demise at the hands of rivals will be immediate and bloody. It seems Podi or Punchi someone is having the runs violently and is permanently in the prison toilet!! They fear release much more than imprisonment from where they carry through all their nefarious, nay, deadly activities.

Kudos to the police who have hunted down so many drug dealers. A snippet from the shouting in Parliament on Tuesday 20 October. “No, these criminals will not be questioned fully since names of some sitting here will be divulged.” What a damning accusation.

The debate on 29A will soon be on with verbal pyrotechnics. The best was Shameer Rasooldeen on MTV Channel I Face the Nation panel talk on Monday 19th asking panelist U.R. de Silva, ex-BASL Prez whether the Government did a U-Turn regards which the newly appointed law advisor to the PM or Prez refused to agree to. Prevaricated!

Meet you next Friday with the Covid-19 fully under the Pres Taskforce’s control.

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Hair Growth and Thickness

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LOOK GOOD – with Disna

 

* Oil:

Oiling is an old home remedy for hair growth and thickness. Oiling is also used for the strength, shine, and length of hair, from ancient times. The use of coconut oil, especially, is very effective when it comes to the amplification of hair health. Additionally, there are many essential oils for faster hair growth which you can use, too.

* How to Use: Generally, hair oiling works best when applied overnight. You could use this therapy every night, or after each night, then wash your hair, in the morning, before heading for studies, or work.

 

* Aloe Vera:

Aloe vera has long been used as a home remedy for hair growth, thickness, and treating hair loss problems It contains vitamins A, C, and E. All three of these vitamins are known to contribute to cell turnover, supporting healthy cell growth and shiny hair. Plus, vitamin B-12 and folic acid are also included in aloe vera gel. Both of these elements can keep your hair from falling out. Aloe vera plants can be easily grown indoors. A leaf can be plucked, occasionally, and cut open to reveal its gel. This gel needs to be applied on the scalp, basically, to provide nourishment to the roots.

*  How to Use:

Rub this gel on your head properly, leaving no area dry; wash after half an hour or so. Keeping this massage as a part of your weekly routine will eventually make your hair thick and long.

 

*  Green Tea:

Green tea is often consumed as a home remedy for weight loss. Surprisingly, it has many other benefits, including hair-related benefits.

* How to Use:

Consuming green tea once every day can add to the strength and length of your hair. If your body is extremely comfortable with green tea, then you may even consume it twice every day.

 

* Onion Juice:

A bi-weekly application of onion juice can relieve you of your tension, regarding hair health. The smell can really torture you, but divert your attention in doing something else for a while, like making a puzzle or washing the dishes. From an early age, onion juice has been used as a home remedy to control hair fall. Research has shown that onion juice has been successful in treating patchy alopecia areata (non-scarring hair loss condition) by promoting hair growth .

* How to Use:

Take half onion and blend it. Apply the mixture on every nook and corner of your scalp and let it sit for some 60 minutes, or so. Shampoo it off when it’s time for the hair-wash.

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Fun-loving, but… sensitive

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This week, my chat is with Nilu Vithanage. She is quite active, as a teledrama actress – having done four, already; her first was ‘Pavela Will Come In The Cloud, Mom’ (playing the role of a nurse). Then Came ‘Heavenly Palaces’ (student), ‘Black Town’ (a village character Kenkaiya), and ‘Wings Of Fire,’ currently being shown, with Nilu as a policewoman. You could checkout ‘Wings Of Fire,’ weekdays, on Swarnavahini, at 7.30 pm. Nilu is also active as a stage drama artiste, dancer…and has also been featured in musical videos.

And, this is how our chit-chat went…

1. How would you describe yourself?

Let’s say, I’m a bit on the playful side, and I like to have a lot of fun. But, I do find the time to relax, and, at home, it’s dancing to music! Yeah, I love dancing. Oh, I need to add that I’m a bit sensitive.

2. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

I get angry quickly. Fortunately, that anger doesn’t last long – just five to 10 minutes. But I wish I could get rid of anger, totally from my system!

3. If you could change one thing about your family, what would it be?

Nope, can’t think of anything, in particular. Everything is fine with us, and I’m proud of my only brother, and I feel safe when he is around. Or, come to think of it, if I did have another brother, I would feel doubly safe…when going out, in particular!

4. School?

I did my studies at two schools – C.W.W. Kannangara Central College, and Panadura Sumangala Girls’ School for my higher studies. Representing my school, I won first place in a speech competition and dance competition, as well.

5. Happiest moment?

When my husband comes home, or talks to me on the phone. He is stationed in Hatton and those calls and home visits are my happiest moments

6. What is your idea of perfect happiness?

I really find a lot of happiness feeding the fish, in ponds. I love to see them rush to pick up the tidbits I throw into the pond. That’s my kind of happiness – being close to nature.

7. Are you religious?

I would say ‘yes’ to that question. I like to go to the temple, listen to sermons, participate in meditation programmes, and I do not miss out on observing sil, whenever possible. I also find solace in visiting churches.

8. Are you superstitious?

A big ‘no.’ Not bothered about all those superstitious things that generally affect a lot of people.

9. Your ideal guy?

My husband, of course, and that’s the reason I’m married to him! He has been a great support to me, in my acting career, as well in all other activities. He understands me and he loves me. And, I love him, too.

10. Which living person do you most admire?

I would say my Dad. I truly appreciate the mentorship he gave me, from a young age, and the things we received from him

11. Which is your most treasured possession?

My family.

12. If you were marooned on a desert island, who would you like as your companion?

A camel would be ideal as that would make it easier for me to find a way out from a desert island!

13. Your most embarrassing moment?

One day, recently, with the greatest of difficulty, I managed to join a one meter distance queue, to withdraw money from an ATM. And, then I realised I didn’t bring the card along!

14. Done anything daring?

I would say…yes, when I ventured out to get involved in teledramas. It was a kind of a daring decision and I’m glad it’s now working out for me – beautifully.

15. Your ideal vacation?

I would say Thailand, after reading your articles, and talking to you about Amazing Thailand – the shopping, things to see and do, etc. When the scene improves, it will be…Thailand here I come!

16. What kind of music are you into?

The fast, rhythmic stuff because I have a kind of rhythm in my body, and I love to dance…to music.

17. Favourite radio station:

I don’t fancy any particular station. It all depends on the music they play. If it’s my kind of music, then I’m locked-on to that particular station.

18. Favourtie TV station:

Whenever I have some free time, I search the TV channels for a good programme. So it’s the programme that attracts me.

19. What would you like to be born as in your next life?

Maybe a bird so that I would be free to fly anywhere I want to.

20. Any major plans for the future?

I’m currently giving lessons to schoolchildren, in dancing, and I plan to have my own dancing institute in the future.

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Snail-napping sets the stage for CGI road trip

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The SpongeBob Movie:Sponge on the Run

By Tharishi hewaviThanagamage

Based on the famous and one of the longest-running American animated series that made its debut on Nickelodeon in 1999, created by marine science educator and animator Stephen Hillenburg, ‘The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run’ is the latest addition to the SpongeBob movie franchise, coming in as the third installment after ‘The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie’ (2004) and ‘The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water’ (2015).

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