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Aggressive minority politics a threat to national, regional and global peace -Part I
H. L. D. Mahindapala
Anbarasan Ethirajan is a seasoned Correspondent of the BBC who covers Sri Lankan politics from time to time. His latest report is titled Sri Lanka's Muslim “demonised” after Easter bombings. (August 13, 2019 – BBC News). The overall thrust of his latest report is to present the Muslims as victims of the Sinhala-Buddhists. He weaves his story to cast the Sinhala-Buddhists as the majority persecuting the minority Muslims. This theme of majority persecuting the minority is the usual excuse that hits the headlines, each time inter-religious, inter-ethnic, inter-cultural violence breaks out in any corner... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/08/19)

Three Idiots and a Blind Woman
By Rifat Halim
Three Idiots is a classic Hindi movie that features a group of morons. Sri Lanka has gone one step further by producing three modayas and a blind woman in real life. Future historians would be hard-pressed to explain Sri Lanka's civil conflict (1983 – 2009). How could a small section of a microscopic minority terrorise the country for so long? In 1983, Sri Lankan Tamis was barely 10% of the populations and the LTTE (also known as the Tamil Tigers) was a minuscule group. The answer lies in the stupid rivalry of the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/08/19)

රැවුළ ගිණිගත් පසු සුරුට්ටු පත්තු කිරීම
වාගිස ප්‍රනාන්දු විසිනි.
පසුගියදා ජනාධිපතිවරයා විසින් මේවනවිටත් ඒජාපය ප්‍රමුඛ සංධානයෙන් මීළග ජනාධිපතිවරනය සදහා අපේක්ෂකත්වය බලාපොරොත්තුවෙන් සිටින සජිත් ප්‍රේමදාසට පොළොන්නරුවේදී චරිත සහතියක් ප්‍රසිද්ධියේ නිකුත් කෙරිනි. සජිත් ප්‍රේමදාස අවංක, දූෂණයෙන් තොර කාර්යශූර ඇමතිවරයෙක් ලෙස සහතික කරමින් නිකුත් කල ඒ චරිත සහතිකය සමගම, සජිත් ප්‍රේමදාස ලංකාවේ මීළග ජනාධිපතිවුවහොත් වත්මන් ජනාධිපති සිරිසේනට මීළග රජයේ අගමැතිධුරය හිමිවේද යන්න සම්බන්ධයෙන් දේශපාලන කතා බහක් රට පුරා පැතිරයන්නට විය. ඊයේ විපක්ෂයේ එක්සත් ජනතා සංධානයේ පාර්ලිමෙන්තු මංත්‍රීවරයෙකුවන ලක්ෂ්මන් යාපා අබේවර්ධන පැවසූයේ ඒජාපය ප්‍රමුඛ සංධානයේ මීළග ජනාධිපති අපේක්ෂකයා ලෙස ඉදිරිපත්වන්නේ කතානායක කරූ ජයසූරිය බවයි. එයට සූදානම්වීම සදහා කරූ ජයසූරිය ඒජාපයේ ප්‍රමුඛත්වයෙන් බිහිවීමට නියමිත සංධානයේ මූළික කටයුතු... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/08/19)

“I really feel that India should come to the table. The US could play a big part; President Trump certainly can play a big part,” said the Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan talking to a news-channel during his recent visit to the US. Later, responding to Imran Khan's comments, President Trump said he had a similar request from India. “It is impossible to believe that two incredible countries which are very, very smart with very smart leadership can't solve a problem like that.  If you would want me to mediate or arbitrate, I would be... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/08/19)

මහ බැංකුවේ කබ්රාල් යුගය
ශ්‍යාම් නුවන් ගනේවත්ත  උපුටා ගැන්ම දිවයින
මහ බැංකුව වූ කලී රටේ මුල්‍ය ප‍්‍රතිපත්තිය ක‍්‍රියාත්මක කරන මුළු මහත් ආර්ථිකයටම දැවැන්ත බලපෑමක් කළ හැකි ආයතනයකි. එය ශ‍්‍රී ලංකාවේ මූල්‍ය පද්ධතියේ කේන්ද්‍රීය ස්ථානය උසුලනු ලබන ආයතනයයි. 1950 වර්ෂයේ දී 1949 අංක 58 දරන මුදල් නීති පනත මගින් අර්ධ ස්වාධීන ආයතනයක් ලෙස මහ බැංකුව පිහිටුවා ඇති අතර සාමාජිකයන් පස් දෙනෙක්ගෙන් යුත් මුදල් මණ්ඩලයක් මගින් මහ බැංකුව පාලනය කරනු ලබයි. හිතකර හා ස්ථාවර ආර්ථික සහ මූල්‍ය පද්ධතියක් අත්පත් කරගැනීමටත්, පවත්වාගැනීමටත් ඒ සඳහා කාර්යක්ෂම ලෙස සම්පත් යොදවා ගැනීමටත් ශ‍්‍රී ලංකා මහ බැංකුව ආර්ථික හා මිල ස්ථායීතාව පවත්වා ගෙන යෑම සහ මුල්‍ය... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/08/19)

Ranil tells UNF partners not to put cart before the horse
By Saman Indrajith Courtesy The Island
Ranil Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, yesterday, urged the leaders of the UNF constituents to finalise the draft of the constitution of the proposed Democratic National Front (DNF). The Prime Minister told the party leaders that before the signing of the agreements between allied parties and nominating its candidate for the presidential polls, he should at least receive the draft constitution. In his response to reports that certain amendments would be introduced to the proposed draft proposal of the DNF, Wickremesinghe pointed out that before... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/08/19)

2019 prez poll: Future path of yahapalanaya to be unveiled today as Mangala holds meeting in support of Sajith
By Shamindra Ferdinando Courtesy The Island
A civil society grouping that backed common candidate, Maithripala Sirisena, at the last presidential election, in January 2015 will unveil today (23) what a senior spokesman called a ‘citizens’ agenda––future path of yahapalanaya’. SLFP leader President Sirisena is not seeking a second term against the backdrop of powerful breakaway faction styled itself as the SLPP (Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna) fielding wartime Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa as its candidate. The National Movement for Social Justice (NMSJ), Purawesi Balaya, Left Center and several other organizations will present their agenda at... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/08/19)

Sri Lankan activists call for changes to Islamic marriage law to end discrimination against women
by Melani Manel Perera  Courtesy  AsiaNews.it
According to advocacy groups, Muslim women are treated as second-class citizens. The existing law dates back to 1951. For the past 30 years, attempts have been made to change the law to include a minimum age. Child brides are commonplace. Rape against married teens is not punished. Colombo (AsiaNews) – Hundreds of activists and civil society groups are calling for changes to Sri Lanka’s law on Islamic marriage and divorce, which discriminates against women and treats them as second-class citizens. A total of 197 activists... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/08/19)

Ceylon Graphite M1 Assay Results Show 99.2% Carbon Content
VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Aug. 22, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Ceylon Graphite Corp. (“Ceylon Graphite”) (TSX-V: CYL) (OTC: CYLYF) (FSE: CCY) is pleased to announce that it has received assay results of laboratory testing of graphite samples taken downhole in the shaft at its M1 site in the Malsiripura area in Sri Lanka. This new test result indicates a naturally occurring carbon content (Cg) of 99.2% which is vastly superior to most other natural graphite sources globally. The laboratory testing was done by the Sri Lanka Government’s Geological Survey and Mines Bureau’s laboratory. Tests were conducted from the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/08/19)

Sarath Weerasekera writes to US envoy
Courtesy The Daily Mirror
While registering the protest over the statement on the appointment of the new Army Commander of Sri Lanka posted on the Twitter account of the US Embassy, Rear Admiral (Retd.) Dr. Sarath Weerasekera appealed to US Ambassador to Sri Lanka Alaina Teplitz, in a letter to ensure that the US Embassy should refrain from making statements prejudicial to the members of the armed forces of Sri Lanka and by extension to the country. “Since 2017, I have filed a series of documents at the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) to show... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/08/19)

Army acted within int’l humanitarian laws- Shavendra
Courtesy The Daily Mirror
The Sri Lanka Army acted in keeping with international humanitarian laws and rights during past humanitarian operations, Army Commander Shavendra Silva recalled yesterday.    “Any army in the world is committed to protect the inalienable rights of the country’s citizens and create a conducive atmosphere for a democratic way of life while being alert to adopt any measures against internal or external threats with determination. During past humanitarian operations, we adhered to those guidelines, acceptable to any State and acted in keeping with international humanitarian laws and rights, I must recall at... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/08/19)

Buddhist links helped Sushma Swaraj strike a chord with Sri Lankans
By Sugeeswara Senadhira/Daily News
Sushma Swaraj, former Minister of External Affairs of Indian passed away earlier this week and Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, “A glorious chapter in Indian politics comes to an end. India grieves the demise of a remarkable leader who devoted her life to public service and bettering lives of the poor. Sushma Swaraj Ji was one of her kind, who was a source of inspiration.” Sushma Swaraj being greeted by the Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena Sri Lanka shares the sentiments expressed by the Indian Prime Minister as... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/08/19)

Opposition Leader says division in the UNP cannot be stopped
Hiru News
Opposition Leader Mahinda Rajapaksa says that nobody can stop the separation of the UNP whoever it will field for the forthcoming presidential election. He was speaking at a meeting with local government institution representatives held at the SLPP headquarters in Battaramulla today. Addressing the gathering, the Presidential candidate of the Joint Opposition led by the SLPP, Gotabhaya Rajapaksa says that the process of renunciation of his US citizenship has been completed. In addition, all MPs of the Joint Opposition have been called for an emergency meeting to be held... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/08/19)

සතොස ලැබූ බිලියන 15ක පාඩුවක් ගැන හෙළිවෙයි
උපුටා ගැන්ම  හිරු පුවත්
මෙරටට ආනයනය කරන ලද සහල් තොගයක් වසරක පමණ කාලයක් තිස්සේ රේගුව තුළ ගබඩා කර තැබීම තුළින් සතොස ආයතනය රුපියල් බිලියන 15 ක පමණ අලාභයක් ලබා ඇති බව අනාවරණ වුණා. ඒ, සතොස ආයතනයේ ඉහළ පෙලේ නිලධාරීන් කෝප් කමිටුව හමුවට ඊයේ කැඳවූ අවස්ථාවේදීයි. කෝප් කමිටුවට කැදවා තිබූ සතොස ආයතනයේ ඉහළ පෙලේ නිලධාරීන් කිහිපදෙනෙකුගේ නොපැමිණීම සම්බන්ධයෙන් ප්‍රථමයෙන් ප්‍රශ්න කෙරුණා. https://youtu.be/fhRW7vyRzFA... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/08/19)

ඇල්ල රොක් කඳු රක්ෂිතයේ ගින්නක් Forest Fire breaks out at the Ella Rock Mountain Reserve in the Badulla District.
උපුටා ගැන්ම  හිරු පුවත්
බදුල්ල දිස්ත්‍රීක්කයේ පිහිටි ඇල්ල රොක් කඳූ රක්ෂිතයේ ගින්නක් හටගෙන තිබෙනවා. A fire has broken out in the Ella Rock Mountain Reserve in the Badulla District අප වාර්තාකරුවන් සඳහන් කළේ අද පස්වරුවේ සිට මෙම ගින්න පවතින බවයි. Our reporters stated that the fire has been going on since this afternoon. මේවන විට කඳුකර ප්‍රදේශයේ සැලකිය යුතු භූමි ප්‍රදේශයක් ගින්න හේතුවෙන් විනාශවී ඇතැයි සඳහන්. The fire has destroyed a significant area of ​​the mountain. යුද හමුදාව වනජීවී නිලධාරීන් වන සංරක්ෂණ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/08/19)

A warning from our Central Bank to a future Government.
By Garvin Karunaratne
The Senior Deputy Governor of the Central Bank, Nandalal Weerasinghe has warned any new Government: Follow the beaten track or else there will be chaos. (“Sri Lanka Risks losing debt market access if future government policy changes” , (AdaDerana:9/8/2019) I would tend to think that there could have been some substance in this Warning if the last four years, quoted by him,  had any macroeconomic stability. We have today to face an international debt of some $ 60 billion, a good lot of which has been piled up in the last four years... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 22/08/19)

US concerned about the appointment of new army chief
US Ambassador while expressing her concerns regards the appointment of Gen Shavendra de Silva, a valiant soldier and exemplary leader who fought a war against the  so-called invincible Tamil Tigers, the world’s most brutal terrorist group and helped to restore the law and order for 20 million Sri Lankas condescendingly says it should not be seen as interference or attempt to dictate. But, the prompt reaction of the USA speaks of itself. One wonders whether Sri Lanka has ever commented on the US armed forces personnel and their placements. I do not remember Sri... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 22/08/19)

US warns SL on investment, military ties after army chief promotion
Courtesy The Daily Mirror
A senior U.S. State Department official warned on Tuesday that Sri Lanka's appointment of a war veteran accused of serious human rights violations as head of its army could affect U.S. military cooperation and investment in the island nation. On Monday, Sri Lanka named Shavendra Silva, 55, as the country's new army chief despite United Nations accusations that he was involved in human rights abuses during the country's 26-year-long civil war. The Washington official, speaking to reporters on background, said the appointment would have lasting implications for reconciliation following the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 22/08/19)

Gota advocates 'strength in unity'
By Canishka Witharana Attorney-at-Law Courtesy Ceylon Today
Tamil politicians are on an onslaught against Gotabaya Rajapaksa. By doing so, they are only misleading the Tamil people. TELO MP Govindan Karunakaram alleges Gotabaya Rajapaksa is responsible for the deaths of 150,000 Tamils in Mullaivaikkal. Not a single UNHRC report has made such an allegation. Clearly, these allegations are only political and part of a smear campaign without any substance or evidence. Such false allegations are only misleading and fooling the Tamil populace.  Recently, TNA leader R. Sampanthan declared, in Parliament, that Tamils are second class citizens and... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 22/08/19)

U.S. has no right to decide on Army Chief - Dr. Rajapakshe
By Methmalie Dissanayake  Courtesy Ceylon Today
Condemning the statement of the US Ambassador in Sri Lanka regarding the appointment of Army Commander, Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva, UNF Parliamentarian, Dr. Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe (PC) yesterday (21), told Parliament the US had no power to order Sri Lanka as to who the Commander of the Army should or should not be.  "We have signed the UN Convention that we are a sovereign country. It is true that we are a small country compared to countries such as the US. But that does not make us any less than them.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 22/08/19)

PS member Dulakshi Fernando & sister remanded
Courtesy Adaderana
Wennappuwa Pradeshiya Sabha member from United National Party (UNP) Dulakshi Fernando and her sister, who were arrested for allegedly obstructing the duties of police officers, have been remanded till the 30th of August. https://youtu.be/9lm4w0vw9n0 The order was delivered by Marawila Magistrate when the duo was produced before the court today (21). The 21-year-old Pradeshiya Sabha member and her sister, who is aged 16, were arrested yesterday (20) on a warrant issued by the Marawila Magistrate’s Court. Two policemen on duty had stopped a motorbike near the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 22/08/19)

Congress leader and ex-Indian Finance Minister P.Chidambaram held in INX Media money laundering case
Courtesy NewsIn.Asia
New Delhi, August 21 (The Hindu): Former Indian Finance Minister P. Chidambaram was detained by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) late on August 21, in the INX Media money laundering case soon after he reached his Jor Bagh in New Delhi following a dramatic appearance at a press conference at AICC headquarters. The team of about 30 CBI sleuths accompanied by Delhi Police officials reached the residence of Chidambaram and knocked at the doors for a few minutes before scaling the boundary wall to enter the premises. A team of... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 22/08/19)

බැඳුම්කර වංචාවට නොදෙවෙනි මහා කොල්ලයක් ගැන ඩලස් හෙළිකරයි
උපුටා ගැන්ම  හිරු පුවත්
බැඳුම්කර වංචාවට නොදෙවෙනි මහා පරිමාණ කොල්ලයක් මධ්‍යම සංස්කෘතික අරමුදල තුළ සිදුවන බව පාර්ලිමේන්තු මන්ත්‍රී ඩලස් අලහප්පෙරුම පවසනවා. විපක්ෂ නායක කාර්යාලයේ අද පැවති මාධ්‍ය හමුවට එක්වෙමින් ඔහු මෙම අදහස් පළ කළ අතර, එම අවස්ථාවට පාර්ලිමේන්තු මන්ත්‍රී සුසිල් ප්‍රේමජයන්ත ද එක්වුණා. https://youtu.be/qG7PJh2mub0... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 22/08/19)

පොලීසියේ රාජකාරියට බාධා කළ වෙන්නප්පුවේ එජාප මන්ත්‍රීවරිය රිමාන්ඩ්
උපුටා ගැන්ම  හිරු පුවත්
පොලිස් නිලධාරීන්ගේ රාජකාරියට බාධා කිරීමේ සිද්ධියකට අදාළව වෙන්නප්පුව ප්‍රාදේශීය සභාවේ එක්සත් ජාතික පක්ෂ මන්ත්‍රීනි දුලක්ෂි චමෝදරී ප්‍රනාන්දු, සහ ඇගේ් වැඩිමහල් සහෝදරිය මේ මස 30 වනදා දක්වා රක්ෂිත බන්ධනාගාර ගත කර තිබෙනවා. ඒ, ඔවුන් අද මාරවිල මහේස්ත්‍රාත් අධිකරණයට ඉදිරිපත් කිරීමෙන් අනතුරුවයි. සිද්ධියට අදාළව චෝදනා එල්ලවී වරෙන්තු ලබා සිටි  මන්ත්‍රීවරියගේ පියා සහ 16 හැවිරිදි ඇගේ බාල සහෝදරිය මෙහිදී ඇප මත මුදා හැරුණා. https://youtu.be/hwOcmxZBUq4 මන්ත්‍රීවරියගේ බාල සහෝදරිය රියදුරු බලපත්‍රය  සහ අනෙකුත් අවසර පත්‍ර නොමැතිව අධික වේගයෙන් යතුරුපැදියකින් ගමන් කරමින් සිටියදී වෙන්නප්පුව - සීනෝර් මංසන්ධියේදී... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 22/08/19)

And we shall play a game of chess, Pressing lidless eyes and waiting for a knock upon the door. -·  From ‘A Game of Chess’ (the second canto of The Waste Land” by T.S. Eliot) (The following article was first published in The Island and Lankaweb simultaneously on June 29, 2016, under the title ‘Gota for the endgame’. I am reproducing it here because of its relevance to the current unfolding events in the Sri Lankan political arena. I have made no alteration to the text except for the transfer of the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/08/19)

KAMALIKA PIERIS DIPLOMATIC RELATIONS China is continuing to maintain good diplomatic relations with Sri Lanka. In January 2019 Ambassador Cheng Xueyuan called on President Sirisena and handed over a New Year greetings card from Chinese President Xi Jinping. Ambassador Cheng also called on Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe and Speaker Karu Jayasuriya. China continues to maintain a very close relationship with former President Rajapaksa as well.  Chinese President Xi Jinping had sent New Year greetings to former President Mahinda Rajapaksa. “Ambassador Cheng Xueyuan of China paid a courtesy call and he presented me with the... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 21/08/19)

China is not merely standing by as the USA increases its position in Sri Lanka. China is engaging in Track 1 diplomacy as well. President Maitripala Sirisena will leave tomorrow for China on a three-day visit, in a move that has surprised both political and diplomatic circles over its urgency, reported the Sunday Times on May 2019. Formally, he is attending a “Conference on Dialogue of Asian Civilisations” that will open on May 15. However, a one-on-one meeting has been arranged for President Sirisena with Chinese President Xi Jinping.  A similar meeting has... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/08/19)

Sajith vows to throw away neo-liberalism
Courtesy Adaderana
It is necessary to create an economic system where the wealth that is generated within the country is fairly distributed to all communities, stated the Minister of Housing, Construction and Cultural Affairs. He mentioned this addressing a function held in Dimbulagala, Polonnaruwa. According to the Minister, 54% of the national income is enjoyed by the wealthy minority in the country while the poorest 20% of the country only receives 5-4% of the national income. https://youtu.be/_9f-VdGMUpI Stating that there should be a great revolution in the economic... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/08/19)

Sri Lanka says international comments on choice of army chief abridges sovereignty
Courtesy NewsIn.Asia
Colombo, August 20 (newsin.asia): Sri Lanka’s Foreign Ministry has said in a statement on Tuesday said that the appointment of the Army Commander of Sri Lanka is a “sovereign decision by the Head of State.” It further said that foreign entities trying to influence the decisions and internal administrative processes of public service promotions in Sri Lanka are “unwarranted and unacceptable”. “Articulating a position of concern on this appointment by certain bilateral partners and international organizations, based on allegations, is regrettable and contrary to the principles of natural justice espoused by all... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/08/19)

Sri Lanka responds to criticism over new Army Commander
Courtesy Adaderana
The Sri Lankan Government today issued a strongly worded response to the various comments and statements issued by foreign countries and organizations expressing concern  over the appointment of Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva as Sri Lanka’s new Army Commander.  Sri Lanka’s foreign ministry, issuing a statement said that appointment of the Army Commander of Sri Lanka is a sovereign decision by the Head of State. https://youtu.be/NFFb-PUzf0I It further said that foreign entities trying to influence the decisions and internal administrative processes of public service promotions in Sri Lanka is... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/08/19)

What right has US to criticize new Army Chief: Wimal
Sheain Fernandopulle Courtesy The Daily Mirror
The US has no right to criticize the appointment of Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva as Army Commander based on the OISL report at the UN Human Rights Council, from which it withdrew describing it as a cesspit, MP Wimal Weerawansa said. US Ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley had described UN Human Rights Council as a ‘Cesspool of Political Bias’ during the time when the US decided to withdraw from the UNHRC. Referring to the press release issued by the US Embassy, criticising the appointment of the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/08/19)

Unwarranted and unacceptable: SL tells critics
Courtesy The Daily Mirror
The appointment of Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva as Army Commander is a sovereign decision by the Head of State and the comments made by foreign entities over the appointment were ‘unwarranted and unacceptable’, the Sri Lankan Government said today. In a statement referring to the comments made since the appointment of Lieutenant General Silva as Army Commander, the Foreign Affairs Ministry said the appointment was a sovereign decision by the Head of State of Sri Lanka. “Foreign entities trying to influence the decisions and internal administrative processes of public service... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/08/19)

අපරාධ පරීක්ෂණ දෙපාර්තමේන්තුවේ අධ්‍යක්ෂ ශානි අබේසේකරට නඩු තුනක්.
උපුටා ගැන්ම  හිරු පුවත්
අපරාධ පරීක්ෂණ දෙපාර්තමේන්තුවේ අධ්‍යක්ෂ ජ්‍යෙෂ්ඨ පොලිස් අධිකාරි ශානි අබේසේකර මහතාට එරෙහිව නීතිඥයින් පිරිසක් අධිකරණය හමුවේ නඩු තුනක් ගොනුකර තිබෙනවා. ඉන් ඉල්ලා තිබෙන්නේ විත්තිකාර ශානි අබේසේකර මහතා සිය රාජකාරි කටයුතු වලදි අනුගමනය කළ යුතු නෛතික ක්‍රියාපටිපාටීන් උල්ලංඝණය කර ඇති බැවින් ඔහුට විරුද්ධව නීතිමය පියවර ගන්නා ලෙසයි. අපරාධ පරීක්ෂණ දෙපාර්තමේන්තුවේ අධ්‍යක්ෂ ජ්‍යෙෂ්ඨ පොලිස් අධිකාරි ශානි අබේසේකර මහතාට විරුද්ධව ගොනු කර ඇති නඩු දෙකක් ඊයේ කොටුව මහේස්ත්‍රාත් රංග දිසානායක මහතා ඉදිරියේ කැදවනු ලැබුවා. ඉන් එක් නඩුවක් ගොණුකර ඇත්තේ පතාල නායක මාකදුරේ මදුෂ්ගේ නීතිඥ ජගත් ජාලිය සමරසිංහ මහතායි. ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/08/19)

ජනපති පත් කළ ත්‍රිපුද්ගල පරීක්ෂණ මණ්ඩලයේ සාමාජිකයින් පාර්ලිමේන්තු තේරීම් කාරක සභාව හමුවට THE THREE-MEMBER COMMISSION APPOINTED BY THE PRESIDENT BEFORE THE PARLIAMENT SELECT COMMITTEE
Courtesy Hiru News
The members of the three-member committee appointed by the President to probe the Easter Sunday attacks appeared before the Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) appointed to investigate into Easter Sunday terrorist attacks.The Hiru correspondent stated that they are currently testifying before the committee. The Supreme Court Judge Vijith Malalgoda served as the Chairperson of the commission and the other members were former Ministry Secretary Padmasiri Jayamanne and former IGP N.K. Illangakoon පාස්කු ඉරිදා ප්‍රහාරය සම්බන්ධයෙන් සෙවීමට ජනාධිපතිවරයා පත් කළ විශේෂ ත්‍රිපුද්ගල පරීක්ෂණ මණ්ඩලයේ සාමාජිකයින් මෙම සිද්ධිය සම්බන්ධයෙන් කරුණු සොයා බලන පාර්ලිමේන්තු තේරීම් කාරක... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/08/19)

ප‍්‍රතිපත්ති ගරුක දේශපාලනයක් අවශ්‍යයි
උපුටා ගැන්ම දිවයින
ජනාධිපතිවරණය සඳහා රට සූදානම් වෙමින් තිබේ. මේ වන විට ප‍්‍රධාන පක්ෂ ඒ සඳහා අපේක්ෂකයන් සූදානම් කරමින් තිබේ. කවර හෝ හේතුවක් මත ජනාධිපතිවරණය යම් ලෙසකින් කල් ගිය ද කෙසේ හෝ ඉදිරි මාස තුනත් අටත් අතර කාලය තුළ ව්‍යවස්ථානුකූලව එය පැවැත්විය යුතුමය. එදා මෙදා තුර ජනාධිපතිවරණය සඳහා ඉදිරිපත්වූ පුද්ගලයන් බොහොමයක් ජනාධිපතිවරුන් ලෙස පත්වූ පසු ඔවුන් විසින් බොහෝ විට සිදු කළේ ඔවුන් ජනතාවට පොරොන්දු වූ දේ හෝ ඔවුන්ගේ ප‍්‍රතිපත්ති ප‍්‍රකාශවල පවතින දේ නොවේ.  ජනතා ඡුන්දයෙන් පත්වන්නේ රටක තාවකාලික භාරකරුවන් වන නමුත් එදා මෙදා තුර පත්වූ පාලකයන් මෙන්ම රජයන් ද ක‍්‍රියා කරමින් සිටින්නේ රටේ තාවකාලික භාරකරුවන් ලෙස නොව රටේ අයිතිකරුවන්... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/08/19)

වීරත්වයට යළි පණ දෙන රණකාමීත්වයේ අසිපත - නව යුද හමුදාපති මේජර් ජෙනරාල් ශවේන්ද්‍ර සිල්වා
සමන් ගමගේ උපුටා ගැන්ම දිවයින
ශී‍්‍ර ලංකා යුද හමුදාවේ වර්තමානයට පීඩා ගෙන දුන් වීරත්වයේ පිපාසය සංසි`දුවා ගන්නට සියල්ලෝ මෑත අතීතයෙන් ඉල්ලා සිටි රණකාමීත්වයේ සිසිල් දියපොද කාගේත් බලාපෙරොත්තු සඵල කරමින් ඊයේ (19 වැනිදා) මල් වරුෂාවක් සේ ඇද හැලිණි.  සේනාධිනායක ජනාධිපති මෛති‍්‍රපාල සේනානායක මහතා අවසන් මොහොතේ නිවැරදි තීන්දුව ගනිමින් මේජර් ජෙනරාල් නිලයේ සිට ලූතිනන් ජෙනරාල් නිලයට උසස් කරනු ලැබීමෙන් පසු නව යුද හමුදාපතිවරයා වශයෙන් කළ පත් කිරීම හේතුවෙන් ලූතිනන් ජෙනරාල් ශවේන්ද්‍ර සිල්වා ශී‍්‍ර ලංකා යුද හමුදාවේ 23 වැනි හමුදාපතිවරයා ලෙස ඉතිහාසයට එක්වීම එයට හේතු විය. අපි තිස් වසරක ත‍්‍රස්තවාදයක් පරාජය කර උපන් බිමට නිදහස දුන්නෝ වෙමු. එහිදී වීරෝදාර රණවිරුවෝ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/08/19)

IMF's latest victims
By Jayati Ghosh Courtesy Ceylon Today
The process of selecting the International Monetary Fund's next Managing Director must change. In particular, the tradition of choosing a European for the post - based on an unfair and anachronistic 'gentlemen's agreement' reached with the United States when the institution was established 75 years ago - needs to be discarded. But even more important, the IMF's longstanding approach to lending should be transformed. The Fund has a long history of policy mistakes. Yet, as Christine Lagarde's just-completed tenure showed, it has learned little from them. Consider the case of... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/08/19)

Captive elephants and the way forward As Tikiri continues to live..
Kamanthi Wickramasinghe Courtesy The Daily Mirror
FEMALE ELEPHANT ‘TIKIRI’ They sent her back to Kegalle on the final day of the Randoli perahera. Elephants walk for 30-40km and old elephants too walk for 10-15 kmThere are over 105 captive elephants in the country, both with individual owners as well as in temples according to Elephant Owners Association Secretary Damsiri Bandara KarunaratneHe had instructed officials at the DWC to revive work done by a Committee of Experts in 2015-2016She was tamed and taken into captivity at the age of five and for the past 65 years she has lived among humans ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/08/19)

Gota assures solutions to northern people’s concerns
Courtesy The Daily Mirror
The Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) presidential candidate Gotabaya Rajapaksa today assured he would resolve the plight faced by the northern people. He gave this assurance during a discussion held with the Eelam People's Democratic Party (EPDP) Leader Douglas Devananda about the concerns of the people in the North because of the lack of development. Mr. Rajapaksa said a people-friendly government would help provide answers to their concerns and that he would create an environment where all citizens could live in unity and be... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/08/19)

නුවරඑළියෙන් එලියට යට එන සහරාන්ගේ වතගොත-New information on Zahran revealed from Nuwara Eliya
Courtesy Adaderana
https://youtu.be/ZjR5wcYsE-k... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/08/19)

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