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Sri Lanka Government Gazette 02-03-2018
Sri Lanka Government Gazette 05-01-2018
Under British rulethe island was known as Ceylon from to The word Lanka simply means any island. It is still widely used by the aborigines of Central and Eastern India to mean an island and especially an islet in a river. The word is considered as belonging to Austro-asiatic languages. The Veddasthe aborigines of Sri Lanka who are Austro-Asiatic in origin, might have rendered the name Lanka to the island. As it is the biggest island in the South Asian context, Lanka probably became an exclusive term for it. Lak-vaesiyaa in Sinhala means an inhabitant of the island of Lanka. Lak-diva in E'lu old Sinhala means the island of Lanka. Another traditional Sinhala name for Sri Lanka was Lakdivawith diva also meaning "island". The same name could have been adopted in Tamil as Ilankai; the Tamil language commonly adds "i" before initial "l". The name of Sri Lanka was introduced in the context of the Sri Lankan independence movementpushing for the independence of British Ceylon during the first half of the 20th century. The Republic of Sri Lanka was officially adopted as the country's name with the new constitution of and changed to "Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka" in the constitution of The name Ceylon has a complicated history going back to antiquity. The island was known by the Romans as Serendivis and by Arabs as Serandib and the Persians as Serendip ; the word serendipity is derived from this word. Ptolemy called the Island Salikeand the inhabitants Salai. Sri Lanka has also been known as Helabima. Helabima means "Land of Helas ", which is a name that Sinhalese were called. The name is sometimes glossed as "abode of lions", and attributed to a supposed former abundance of lions on the island. The etymology of the name is uncertain. The most favoured explanation derives it from a word for the spurge palm tree via the application to a caste of toddy-drawersi. The meaning of Eela in these inscriptions is unknown although one could deduce that they are either from Eela a geographic location or were an ethnic group known as Eela. These legends stated that Eelavar were originally from Eelam. There have also been proposals of deriving Eelam from Simhala. Robert Caldwellfollowing Hermann Gundertcited the word as an example of the omission of initial sibilants in the adoption of Indo-Aryan words into Dravidian languages. Tamraparni is according to some legends the name given by Prince Vijaya when he arrived on the island. The word can be translated as "copper-coloured leaf", from the words Thamiram copper in Sanskrit and Varni colour. Another scholar states that Tamara means red and parani means tree, therefore it could mean "tree with red leaves". From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Some of this article's listed sources may not be reliable. Please help this article by looking for better, more reliable sources. Unreliable citations may be challenged or deleted. October Learn how and when to remove this template message. See also: Eelam. Main article: Taprobana. Madduma Lionsong: Sri Lanka's Ethnic Conflict. Sandaruwan Madduma Bandara.