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    EU delegation calls on Sampanthan

    A special delegation of the European Union called on Tamil National Alliance Leader Parliamentarian R.Sampanthan and held discussion. Sampanthan briefed them of the problems of the Tamils and the need to enact a new constitution for Tamils to live as equals in the island.
  • Alice Wells at St.Anthony’s shrine in Kochchikade

    Alice Wells at St.Anthony’s shrine in Kochchikade

    The US Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Alice Wells visited the St. Anthony's Shrine in Kochchikade, one of the churches bombed by Muslim extremists on April 21, and laid a wreath in remembrance of the victims.
  • Rajitha hands over 20 endoscopy machines to hospitals

    Rajitha hands over 20 endoscopy machines to hospitals

    Health Minister Dr.Rajitha Senaratne handed over 20 endoscopy machines to authorities to be distributed to various hospitals in the island at a ceremony held recently. Health Services Director Dr.Anil Jayasinghe and Health Ministry Secretary Wasantha Perera were also present.
  • Ranil graces opening of Green Valley Apartment Complex in Kaduwela

    Ranil graces opening of Green Valley Apartment Complex in Kaduwela

    Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe graced the ceremony held to mark the opening of the Green Valley apartment complex in Ranala Kaduwala on Sunday as its Chief Guest.
  • Our next president will be one selected democratically by the UNP: Mangala

    Our next president will be one selected democratically by the UNP: Mangala

    Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera has observed that the next president of Sri Lanka will be the person democratically selected by the United National Party and its allies to stand on a platform of democracy, safeguarding the judiciary, public service and other independent institutions and putting ordinary citizens before any family.
  • Rajapaksa’s with new party, new slogans are the same - a Kobeyya will never be an eagle: Ranil

    Rajapaksa’s with new party, new slogans are the same - a Kobeyya will never be an eagle: Ranil

    Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on Sunday has charged that even though the Rajapaksa family was attempting to return to power with a new party, new candidate, and new slogans, voters must understand that “a kobeyya (dove), whether it is fried or cooked in milk, is still a kobeyya, and will never be a rajaaliya (eagle).”
  • I will make Sri Lanka a peaceful, secure, safe country: Gotabaya in his maiden address

    I will make Sri Lanka a peaceful, secure, safe country: Gotabaya in his maiden address

    Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna Presidential candidate has observed that if entrusted with the stewardship of this country by the people, his first task would be to ensure complete safety and security throughout the nation. He had complete confidence that we would once again be able to make Sri Lanka one of the most peaceful, secure, and safe countries in the world. He would accept responsibility for people’s safety, and the safety of children and loved ones.
  • Gotabaya is SLPP’s Presidential candidate: Mahinda announces

    Gotabaya is SLPP’s Presidential candidate: Mahinda announces

    Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna Leader Mahinda Rajapakse has announced that former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa would be the Presidential candidate of the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna.
  • US Assistant Secretary Alice Wells calls on Mahinda

    US Assistant Secretary Alice Wells calls on Mahinda

    United States Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asian Alice Wells called on Opposition Leader Mahinda Rajapaksa at his official residence in Wijerama on Sunday morning, August 11 and held discussions. She is currently on a regional tour visiting India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.
  • SLPP leadership handed to Mahinda Rajapaksa

    SLPP leadership handed to Mahinda Rajapaksa

    The Leadership of the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) has been handed to the Opposition Mahinda Rajapaksa at its National Convention held at the Sugathathasa Indoor Stadium today, Sunday, August 11.
  • Govt plans to sign agreements violating the constitution: Dinesh charges

    Govt plans to sign agreements violating the constitution: Dinesh charges

    Joint Opposition Parliamentarian MEP Leader Dinesh Gunawardena has charged that the government was entering into international agreements detrimental to the country and in violation of the constitution.
  • Navin Dissanayake at Naga Vihara

    Navin Dissanayake at Naga Vihara

    Plantation Minister Navin Eranjan Dissanayake visited Yarl Naga Vihara on Saturday, August 10 during his visit to Jaffna.
 

A Hindu Devotee who Helped Buddhist Activities-An Appreciation

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Late Mr.S.T . Sinnadurai is a devout Hindu, whose services were not confined to his ethnic group or creed. He valued Buddhist customs while extending his patronage to Hindu institutions. He supported Buddhist activities and erected places of Buddhist religious worship.

He treated every one as a human being. He valued truly human qualities. He was   born in northern province, in Kankesanturai. He studied in a missionary school in Jaffna. He studied both Tamil and English in his youth.

He had an occasion occurred to come down to see a sick relative. On this visit it occurred to him to live in the South as a minor trader. It was in keeping with the intention that he later opened “ Leela Stores” in Pettah. In no time, it became a very famous place of business. Perhaps, one reason for this was that it was located at a spot very close to the Pettah central bus stand and the Famous Bo-Tree.

This Bo-Tree was a very much respected place but not very well provided for or looked after well. On rainy days the compound became a pool of muddy water. Every evening, the carters tied their bulls to this Bo tree. This pathetic sight hurt him. He was pained by this sight. He quickly erected an iron fence around the bo Tree for its Protection.

It was at this time that Mr. Sinnadurai’s attention was drawn to the sale of Sinhala puplications. In order to give a helping hand to Sinhala writers,  he helped them to publish their publication work. Popular poets and authors of that period including P.B Alwise Perera, John Rajadasa, Kapila, Seniviratne, Meemana Prematilaka, Sagara, Palansooriya, Hikkaduwe, Amarasena, Wilson Hogada and Makadure Gunawardana regularly visited Leela stores to get their work published. They turned out to be Mr. Sinnadurais very sincere friends. It occurred to Mr. Sinnadurai to start a printing Press from which he rendered a great service to the Sinhala people through local poets and writers.

Sinnadurai Preferred plain and simple dress. He was always wearing the local costume. He never abandoned the traditional costume of white verti and banyan. He always maintained a pleasant and disciplined appearance. He helped the needy very generously. He never sent back any empty handed. Even in crises situations, he acted very patiently. The strongest characteristic of his life was his strong moral posturing. He conducted his life on sound moral principles and encouraged others also to do so.

Mr.Sinnadurai, in his time, was associated with the Temperance Movement, Pitakotuwa Boddhiraja Samithiya, Veerasamajaya, Sacharitha, Viyaparaya and numberof such other societies. He served as the first Treasurer of the Bodhiraja Samithiya Pettah.

Mr Sinnadurai was closely associated with late Premadasa and assisted his social and religious activities. Later a chaithya came to be built at the Bodhi Raja Viharaya, Pettah under the guidance of Mr. Sinnadurai. His children later helped to develop the temple of enshrined in Pettah Bodhiraja Vihara Chaithya and Thibbtugoda Bohi Malu Vihara Mandiraya Pokunita Horana to conferment on late Mr.Sinnadurai.                                                                   

The  Panchanga Pictorial calendar that Mr. Sinnadurai introduced in 1950 marks an important Land mark in our culture. It was the first time such a calendar was produced embodying a wealth of historical and astrological knowledge and information.

On this 35th Death anniversary of late Mr. Sinnadurai, the prevailing peace unity and harmony should be considered as a homage to this life and work of Mr. Sinnadurai.

 Let us all commit ourselves to peace and harmony which Mr Sinnadurai stood for!

Vice Charman Sri S. Sucharicha Vidyaparaya

B.V .SugathapaJ.

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