Journey of Independence: Multiple Milestones to Celebrate Source:dailynews.lk As the country chalks up 74 years of national Independence today with the customary usual pomp and ceremony a stock taking is in order to determine our achievements and setbacks and also ponder on the prospects and challenges in the future. Have we collectively failed as nation or can we be happy at our present position seven decades on? Of course, there will be the usual patriotic rhetoric that will be heard from Independence Day platforms and of the achievements and advancement made as a people. But as is the norm most of these speeches will be centred on the political achievements of various individuals and entities. There certainly will be those who will entertain a sense of satisfaction by the strides made the country in the realm of social advancement and on certain development indicators on the long journey since Independence. ...

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Text of keynote address by Sunil de Silva – at the 73rd Independence day celebration by Sri Lankan community groups in Sydney, Australia on 06 February 2020 [Text of keynote address by Sunil de Silva – at the 73rd Independence day celebration by Sri Lankan community groups in Sydney, Australia on 06 February 2020] It is an honour to address an event organized by Sinhalese, Tamil, Malay, Moor, Buddhist, Hindu Christian and Islamic philosophies and faiths. Today’s combined effort augurs well and hopefully finds similar events in our motherland. We are all siblings of one mother, we have our sibling rivalries, ‘I can run faster than my brother, I ‘am better than my sister at mathematics, I ‘am prettier than my elder sister’ but when it comes to celebrating the mother’s birthday, they all get together in baking the cake and preparing the food, and all join in singing ‘Happy Birthday’ ...

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    Sri Lanka Independence: 72 Years – By Ajith Wickramaratne Source: Dæhæna – Monthly e-Newsletter Sri Lanka achieved the independence when the Dominion of Cey-lon was proclaimed on 4 February 1948. 4th February this year marks the 72nd anniversary of independence. It will be celebrated all over the country with flag-hoisting ceremo-nies, parades and cultural performances. The main celebration will take place at the Independent Square, under the patronage of the President under the theme ‘A Secured Nation – A Prosperous Country’. Independence Day is a day of reflection for Sri Lankans. The post independent governance initially commenced with a West-minster type of Parliamentary Government in the form of a dominion under the British Com-monwealth with Queen Elizabeth II as the head of State. In 1972, while retaining the Westminster type of Parliamentary structure, a republican constitution came in to play with an appointed ceremo-nial President as the head ...

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