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 RANIL in CLOUD-CUCKOO LAND
 Gamini Seneviratne
This note takes a brief look at Ranil Wickremesinghe's notions of economic growth and how to get there. I doubt he much understands how   such “growth” is obtained or measured and, most certainly, no idea at all that typically it would have further negative impacts on the capacity of the people to merely survive from day to day. Ranil has bragged that the commandments he has received have come from such deities as Christine Lagarde, MD of the IM F, and from  “economists such as George Soros, Josepf Stiglitz and Ricardo Hausmann”. He has “listened to their... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/06/16)

MAHINDA RAJAPAKSA' S POPULARITY WILL GAIN MOMENTUM IN THE COMING WEEKS AND MONTHS.
By Noor Nizam,  Peace and Political Activist, Political Communication Researcher, SLFP Stalwart and Convener – The Muslim Voice.
Britons voting to EXIT from the EU is a great blessing to make the political situation in Sri Lanka more stable. The victory to the “EXIT BRITON” group and political peoples forces in the UK to defeat UK's PM David Cameron should be considered politically in the domestic arena in Sri Lanka as a VICTORY for the Mahinda Rajapaksa group or the “EKAABADDA VIPAKSAYA” and the lovers of Mahinda Rajapaksa and the MAATHRUBOOMIYA who have been tormented by the EU, David Cameron... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/06/16)

‘පුරවැසි උගුල්'
ධර්මන් වික්‍රමරත්න
‘යහපාලන' ආණ්ඩුවට ඇති ප්‍රශ්නය මහින්ද රාජපක්ෂ ගෙන් වූවායැයි උපකල්පනය කරන හොරකම් නිසා වැට් ඇතුළු බදු බර ජනතාවට පැටවීමට සිදුවීමය. ඒකාබද්ධ විපක්ෂයේ සුළු පක්ෂවලට ඇත්තේ මහින්දගේ නායකත්වයෙන් සහ බැසිල් රාජපක්ෂගේ සංවිධායකත්වයෙන් බිහිවෙමින් පවතින අලුත් පක්ෂයෙන් ඉදිරි මැතිවරණ වලට තරඟකිරීමේදී තමන්ගේ කෝටා එක නැතිවේදැයි කියාය. ජවිපෙට ඇති ප්‍රශ්නය පක්ෂයේ සිය 4වන නායක සෝමවංශ අමරසිංහගේ හත් දවසේ බණට ජාතික නිදහස් පෙරමුණේ වීරකුමාර දිසානායක සහ පෙරටුගාමී පක්ෂයේ සේනාධීර ගුණතිලක නොපැමිණිම පිළිබඳවය. සෝමවංශ හැදූ ජනතා සේවක පක්ෂයට ඇති ගැටලුවනම් නායකයා මියගිය තැන සත් දවසේ බණ නොතියා හය දවසින් එය වෙන තැනක පැවැත්වීමය. අතන මෙතන සිටින ‘වම්මුන්ට' ප්‍රශ්නය සෝමවංශගේ පෙට්ටිය වසා තිබූ රතු... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/06/16)

පෙරදිගට ගමනක් - 20 ථෙරවාදී කලාපයේ මහ ගෙදර සිට ...
වරුණ චන්ද්‍රකීර්ති
මෙයට පෙර ලිපියෙන් කී විදිහට මේ පෙරදිගට ගමන ආරම්භ කෙරුණේ චීන භාෂාව ඉගෙනීමට යොමු වීමෙන් සහ අනෙකුත් ථෙරවාදී රටවල ඉතිහාසය හා සංස්කෘතිය ගැන ඉගෙනීමට තීරණයකිරීමෙන්. ගතවෙමින් තිබුණේ 2003 අවුරුද්දේ දෙවැනි භාගය. දිනය ගැන හරියට ම මතකයක් නෑ. සති අන්ත පත්තරේක තිබුණා චීන භාෂාව උගන්වන පංතියක් ගැන කුඩා දැන්වීමක්. ගුරුවරයා තමයි ආචාර්ය හව් වෙයිමින්. ඉතින් මේ ලේඛකයා හව් වෙයිමින් ගුරුතුමා ළඟ චීන භාෂාව ඉගෙනගන්න පටන්ගත්තා. පංතියට ආපු හැම දෙනෙක් ම වගේ වැඩිහිටියෝ. ඒ අයට විවිධ වූ ඕන එපාකම් තිබුණා. ඒත් බොහෝ දෙනෙක් වැඩි කාලයක් ඉගෙනීම කරගෙන ගියේ නෑ. සමහරුන්ට ඕන වුනේ දවසින් දෙකින් ඒ භාෂාව ඉගෙනගන්න. ඒක කරන්න... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/06/16)

Rare exhibition of different art forms organized in the city
By NJ Thakuria
Guwahati: Senior painter Benu Misra and artisan-photographer Labu Senapati have joined in a mission to showcase their works once again in the city. A three-day exhibition of drawing-painting, bonsai and wood-works has been organized at Surjya Club (CK Agarwalla Road, Guwahati-781001) which will kick-off on 2 July 2016. The show is scheduled to be inaugurated by eminent folklorist Dr Birendranath Dutta. Around 30 drawing & graphics created by Misra, who is recognized as one of the finest, most adored and formidable expressionist Assamese painters of our time, will be on display. On the other hand,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/06/16)

LAND, POLICE AND PROVINCIAL COUNCILS.
KAMALIKA PIERIS
The 13th Amendment gave the Provincial Councils rights over “Land, land tenure, transfer and alienation of land, land use, land settlement and land improvement.” It specifically says “Land shall be a Provincial Council subject to certain limitations.” Land is not on the concurrent list either. It was therefore assumed that “Land” was the exclusive preserve of the Provincial Councils. If a Provincial Council needed any state land, the government has to hand it over, no questions asked.  It was further assumed that central government on the other hand, could only use state land with the approval of... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/06/16)

ආරාධනාවයි
Dharmasiri Bandaranayake
 ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/06/16)

ඉතාම හදිසි කටයුත්තක්
ධර්මසිරි සෙනෙවිරත්න
ව්‍යවස්ථා සම්පාදනය සමබන්ධයෙන් අදහස් ලබා ගැනීමට රජයෙන් පත්කළ ලාල් විජේනායක වාර්තාව  රටට පිලිලියක් නිසා වහාම ඊට විරුද්ධව ජාතික වාදීන් විසින්ඊට විරුද්ධ  තව එවැනි  වාර්තා  කීපයක් පිළියෙළ කර  මහජනතාවට  මෙන්ම රජයටත් ඉදිරිපත් කල යුතුය. වැඩක් වුනත් නැතත් ලාල් ගේ වාර්තාව එකම වාර්තාව නොවන බවත් මහජන මතය ඊට ඉඳුරා වෙනස් බවත් ලොවට හෙලිකල යුතුය.  එකාබධ්ධ විපක්ෂයය් කියාගන්නා අය මෙය කල යුතුමය  අමරසේකර   නාලක හිමි  හා ස්වර්ණ හංස පදනම  වෙන වෙනම  තවත් කමිටු පත් කර  කලයුතුදේ ලොවට නිර්භයව කිවයුතුය . රජය හදන්නේ වෙන අදහස් නතය් ජනතාවට පෙන්වීමටය.   සිදු වෙන්නට යනදේ භයානකයමේ වැඩෙන ප්‍රතිඵල අත්නොවෙයය් පසුබා සිටිය... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/06/16)

SOLUTION FOR GARBAGE PROBLEM GONE INTO “ DUSTBIN” ??
Dr Sarath Obeysekera 
Rain came and went ,Then Floods came and gone .Garbage heap in Metthotamulle was washed down ruining houses and created health hazard Megapois had mega  plans to solve the problem .Called Requests for Proposals from bidders to submit investment proposals to treat the garbage and generate power . All of them asked government to pay a “tipping fee” for taking in the garbage for treatment as the investment is quite high . In other countries the state pays the companies for receiving the garbage as the state can collect money from households by way of charging... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/06/16)

Putin on Brexit: No one wants to support weak economies
 RT
Russian President Vladimir Putin says ‘Brexit’ is the choice made by the British nation and is a comprehensible one, as “no one wants to feed weak economies.” Russia has not and does not plan to interfere with the results of the referendum, he added. TrendsBrexit Read more British politics in post-Brexit turmoil after vote to leave the EU “I think it’s comprehensible why this happened: first, no one wants to feed and subsidize poorer economies, to support other states, support entire nations,” the Russian president said at the Shanghai Cooperation Organization summit in... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/06/16)

The great betrayal .
By Charles.S.Perera
Sri Lanka  in 2005 after 57 years of Independence  elected Mahinda Rajapakse as the President of Sri Lanka.  That was a great decision taken by the people of Sri Lanka to elect a great patriot, a national leader of affectionate qualities, a gentleman one could be proud  to have as the President. He had a vision of what he wanted Sri Lanka to be.  He improved on the national socialist plan of the late S.W.R.D.Bandaranaike. Mahinda Rajapakse  did not want to build Sri Lanka on any foreign model.  He wanted Sri Lanka developed as it is, to... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/06/16)

Sri Lanka Missing Persons Office – Steps to be taken before establishing any war crimes court
Shenali D Waduge
The Government of Sri Lanka is to open a Missing Persons Office. This is a golden opportunity for everyone who publicized figures as dead or missing to now come out and name the numbers they gave or the sources from whom they got the numbers. Thereafter it is imperative to log who they are, when and how they died. It is only after any consideration can be made whether there are even grounds to carry out any war crimes courts. Until such time the GOSL must refuse to agree to any type of war crimes investigations.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/06/16)

Fundamental Rights Application filed against GOSL by Dr. Gunadasa Amarasekera for failure to translate OISL report in Sinhala & Tamil language
Shenali D Waduge
Dr. Gunadasa Amarasekera deserves kudus from both Sinhalese and Tamils. He has come forward to file a case on behalf of over 90% of Sri Lanka’s population. What the GOSL overlooked and ignored Dr. Gunadasa Amarasekera has done in filing a public & personal interest case against the GOSL for failing to translate the OISL report into both Sinhala and Tamil while the Secretary to the President who represents the Head of the Executive Branch and the Foreign Minister under whose ministry the UNHRC Resolution was co-sponsored will now have to respond. Dr. Gunadasa Amarasekera is a... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/06/16)

Eighteen months of yahapalanaya: In retrospect
By Prof. G. L. Peiris Courtesy The Island
As the yahapalanaya government reaches the significant milestone of a year and a half, it is, perhaps, a worthwhile exercise to look back on the performance of an administration which held out abundant promise to the public on multi-faceted "Change", and to assess the degree of fulfilment of that promise. Daily events involving almost every identifiable group across the country’s social spectrum now provide ample testimony to a deep sense of disillusionment; and it is timely at this point to examine the root causes of this disenchantment and to ask why this... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/06/16)

Brexit: David Cameron to quit after UK votes to leave EU
BBC News
Prime Minister David Cameron is to step down by October after the UK voted to leave the European Union. Mr Cameron made the announcement in a statement outside Downing Street after the final result was announced. He said he would attempt to "steady the ship" over the coming weeks and months but that "fresh leadership" was needed. The PM had urged the country to vote Remain, warning of economic and security consequences of an exit, but the UK voted to Leave by 52% to 48%. England and Wales voted strongly for Brexit, while London, Scotland and Northern... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/06/16)

A separate country for Tamils is unintelligible
By L.K.N. Perera (LLB, Cey) Courtesy Ceylon Today
The Leader of the Opposition, Sambandan's recent justification of the LTTE's struggle to form an Eelam State and the unanimously passed resolution in the Northern Provincial Council, to form an autonomous State in the Northern and Eastern Provinces needs the immediate attention of peace loving members of all communities. Simultaneously, it was reported that terrorist leaders such as Nagulan, who were responsible for mass murders and believed to have been killed in the last war, are now surfacing one by one! Also, it was reported that the Labour Party in England has... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/06/16)

A separate country for Tamils is unintelligible -Sinhala King Vasabha Ruled Jaffna Before 2nd Century BC  - Part II
By L.K.N. Perera (LLB, Cey) Courtesy Ceylon Today
Before delving into the question of whether Eelam is a myth or not, I would like to pose the under mentioned questions to Messrs. Sampanthan, Wigneswaran or any other high ranking officials in the TNA, TULF; Any other learned member of the Tamil diaspora, or even directly to Jayalalithaa Jayaram or Muthuvel Karunanidhi, to justify their Tamil Eelam Theory: If Tamils had their own kingdoms in the North and the East, please explain as to why Robert Knox, who was arrested in Kottiyar (near Trincomalee), was handed over to the Kandyan... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/06/16)

Constitutional reform- Dismantling the last few Buddhist countries- the National Flag & the Anthem
Ramanie de Zoysa
The Constitution of Sri Lanka is being changed to reflect the findings and recommendations of PRCCR committee that received public opinions from less than .017% of Sri Lanka’s 21m population. Of this miniscule sample of 3655 submissions received, at least 70% were signed by Tamils and Muslims - among them well known foreign funded NGOs that worked tirelessly for regime change. The participation sample size is even smaller when you consider that quite a significant number of respondents did not seem to be bona fide citizens of the country but global Tamil Eelamist organisations and global... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/06/16)

APROPOS OF CONSTITUTIONAL REFORMS
By Rohana R. Wasala
The armed terrorist struggle for creating a separate state in Sri Lanka was decisively defeated in 2009. But the separatist ideology is still very much alive and there are signs of it flourishing again. According to the US State Department the LTTE fronts active in that country continued their collection of funds for their activities through 2015, though the outfit still remains on its list of banned foreign terrorist organizations, so designated since August 10, 1997. Yet the Americans support the demand by expatriate Tamils, the TNA, and Tamil Nadu politicians that the government ‘demilitarize’ the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/06/16)

කොඳු බිඳනොගත් රාජ්‍ය නිලධාරීන් තවත් සිටී.. අගමැතිටත් ගණන් කියාදී විගණකාධිපති එයි..
lanka C news
කෙසේ වෙතත් අදාල හමුදා සඳහා විගණකාධිපතිවරයා පමණක් සහභාගී කරවාගෙන ඇති අතර මුදල් අමාත්‍යංශ ලේකම්වරයාද අගමැතිවරයා සමඟ සහභාගී වී ඇත. පාර්ලිමේන්තුවේදී අනුමත කරන ලද ප‍්‍රමණයට වඩා ණය ගෙන ඇති බවට විගණකාධිපති වාර්තාවක් සකස් කලේ කෙසේදැයි එහිදී අගමැතිවරයා ඉතා තදින් විගණකාධිපතිවරයාගෙන් ප‍්‍රශ්ණ කර ඇත. කෙසේ වෙතත් පිළිතුරු ලෙස විගණකාධිපතිවරයා ඉතා සෘඩුව පවසා ඇත්තේ තමන්ගේ වගකීම වන්නේ ගත් ණය නිවැරදිව වාර්තා කිරීම බවත් තමන් සහ දෙපාර්තමේන්තුව ඉතා ඉහලින් එම වගකීම ඉටු කර ඇති බවත්ය. මේ වසරේ ගෙවන ලද ණයත් මෙම විගණනයට ඇතුලත් කර ඇත්දැයි අගමැතිවරයා විමසූ විට විගණකාධිපතිවරයා සඳහන් කර ඇත්තේ ‘ණය ගත් ඒවා සඳහන් කරල... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/06/16)

රතු පැත්තෙන්, කොල පැත්තෙන්, උතුරු පැත්තෙන් නෑ කිවුවට රජ්ජුරුවෝ හෙලූවෙන්.. – විමල් මැතිසබේ රත් කරයි..
lanka C news
පාර්ලිමේන්තුවේ පැවති තොරතුරු දැනගැනීමේ පනත් කෙටුම්පත පිළිබද විවාදයට එක්වෙමින් ඒ මහතා මෙසේ පැවසීය ‘‘අපේ රටේ බොහෝ වැදගත් ක්ෂේත්‍ර‍වලට අදාළ තොරතුරු අවිධිමත් ආකාරයට වුවත් හොදින් ගලාගෙන ගියා. මේ තොරතුරු දැනගැනීමේ පනත ගෙන එන්නේ, එසේ අවිධිමත් ආකාරයට ගලා ගිය තොරතුරු විධිමත් ආකාරයට ජනතාවට ලබාදීමට නම් ප්‍ර‍ශ්නයක් නැහැ. නමුත් රටේ අනාගතයට, අභිවෘද්ධියට තීරණාත්මකව බලපාන ක්ෂේත්‍ර‍ ගණනාවක තොරතුරු අවිධිමත් ලෙස දැන ගැනීමේ අයිතිය නැති කරලා අනෙක් ක්ෂේත්‍ර‍වලට අදාළ තොරතුරු විධිමත් ලෙස ලබා දීම පමණයි මෙම පනතින් සිදුවන්නේ. https://youtu.be/UyafDmcLRgY ‘විදේශ ගිවිසුම් අවුරුදු 10ක් ඉකුත් වී ඇති වුවත් අවසන් වී නොමැති නම් හෙළිදරව් නොකළ යුතුයි‘ යන වගන්තිය මේ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/06/16)

ගොවියා   කුඹුරෙන් ඉවත් කිරීමේ සැලැස්ම හෙළිවෙයි
මතුගම සෙනෙවිරුවන්
බත් කන මිනිසුන් සිටින රටක බත උපදනා තැන කුමක්දැයි කවුරුත් දැන ගත යුතුය. බත් ඉපදෙන්නේ කෑම මේසයේ කෑම පිඟානෙන් බව අනාගත තරුණ පරපුර කියන්නට ඉඩ ඇත. ජාත්‍යන්තර පාසල් පමණක් නොව නිදහස් අධ්‍යාපනයෙන් බිහිව සිටින උගත් තරුණ පරපුරද එසේ කියනු ඇත. මේ ඛේදවාචකයට යම් තරමක ඉතිහාසයක් තිබේ. කෘෂිකර්ම අධ්‍යාපනය විසින් කෘෂිකර්ම නිළධාරීන් බිහි කරන තැනට වැඩ කිරීම එක හේතුවකි. උගතා කුඹුරට බහින්නේ නැත. ඔහු ගොඩ සිට ගොවිතැන් කරන හැටි ගොවියාට කියා දෙයි. ගොවීන් ගේ පුතුන් සියල්ල උගත් පරපුරට එක් වීමෙන් පසු ගොවිතැන නිමා වනු ඇත.එවිට ඉන්දියාවෙන් හෝ වියට්නාමයෙන් හාල් ගෙන්විය හැකිය. අනෙකුත් ධාන්‍ය වර්ගයන්ද එලෙස ගෙන්විය හැකිය. ගොවියාගේ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/06/16)

HEALTH, EDUCATION AND PROVINCIAL COUNCILS.
KAMALIKA PIERIS
The subjects of Health and Education were devolved to the Provincial Councils in 1988. The transfer was not difficult. Both services had been successfully de-centralized decades ago, and it was these decentralized services that were transferred to the utterly unprepared Provincial Councils. Health and Education are specialized services, which were delivered by trained personnel  in  the  central government .The Provincial Councils   lacked  this  expertise and one survey concluded that the 13th Amendment when applied to health and education has ‘been a disaster’. Before the 13th Amendment, the island had a decentralized education system, with educational regions and... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/06/16)

SRI LANKA WILL BE JUDGED ON THE BASIS OF EVIDENCE GIVEN BY LTTE FIGHTERS !
By Keerthi Warnakulasuriya Sunday Diavina - 19th June    (translated by Ranjith Soysa)
The 32nd session of the UN Human Rights Commission was opened on 13th June 2016. Within 5 days of the inaugurating its activities 51 page review on Sri Lanka was submitted to the UNHCR by the organization called Truth and Justice. This review was complied by pro LTTE ex official of the UN , Yasmin Sooka. She had been involved in pro LTTE efforts to bring discredit Sri Lanka since  2009 and had furnished 5 reports against Sri Lanka previously. She presented her latest report at the Royal Institute of the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/06/16)

BOAT BUILDING -UNWANTED CHILD ?????????? Government has not understood the potential in developing boat building Industry
Dr Sarath Obeysekera
Open letter to the Prime Minister . Opening ceremony of the Boat Show to be held in October 2016 has been held yesterday in the Cineman Grand Hotel . Boat Show is organized by the BTTI-Boat Building Technology Institute  which is the brain child of a prominent boar builder who has dome a yeoman service to this Industry –Mr Neil Fernando  . Ministers involved in development and Investment should HAVE  attended the ceremony, but the only minister who understand  was the value of developing the business ,Hon Minister of Fisheries Mahinda Amaraweera . ( many ministers... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/06/16)

MEGAPOIS, CENTRE FOR DEVELOPMENT STRATEGIES ,INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT BOARD AND MUCH NEEDED COORDINATION FROM CENTRE……Need of the hour .
Dr Sarath Obeysekera
Almost 18 months since the new regime came to power ,and both UNLP’ers .SLFP ,JVP and JOC all in similar frequency Vis a vis failures of development drive and the management of the proposed development  gaols and plans .None of them are talking good about the progress and yet expect something to happen like a last minute goal in a decisive foot ball match. Having involved in public and private sector for many years in Sri Lanka and Abroad I would like to propose following . Honourable Prime minister to appoint committees and execution team targeted... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/06/16)

SRI LANKA -WAR ON TERROR REVISITED
By Shamindra Ferdinando
Unresolved Indo-Lanka issues  SPECIAL REPORT : Part 127 June 21, 2016, 7:20 pm One-time head of the Law Faculty, University of Colombo, Dr Nirmala Chandrahasan last Thursday (June 16) called for tangible action on the part of the Sri Lankan government to bring in Sri Lankan refugees, living in India, particularly in the state of Tamil Nadu.  Dr Chandrahasan estimated the number of Lankan refugees in India at the peak of the conflict at 200,000. The appeal was made over seven years after the successful conclusion of the war with the annihilation of the LTTE... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/06/16)

අප අතරින් වියෝ වූ වෛද්‍යවරුන් ගැන කෙටි සටහනක්
වෛද්‍ය රුවන් එම් ජයතුංග 
වෛද්‍ය ජයලත් ජයවර්ධන මහතා මට හමු වන්නේ  1999 වසරේදී පමණය​. ළමා මනෝ විද්‍යාව පිළිබඳව මා විසින් ලියන ලද පොතක් සම්බන්ධයෙන් වෛද්‍ය  ජයලත් ජයවර්ධනට රූපාවාහිනී වැඩසටහනක් කිරීමට අවශ්‍ය වූ අතර ඔහු විසින් කරගෙන යන ලද අයි.ටී.එන් වෛද්‍ය හමුවට  එතුමා මට ආරාධනා කලේය​. 2002 වසරේදී කිලිනොච්චියේ ළමුන් සඳහා මනෝ විද්‍යාත්මක සායනයක් පැවැත්වීම සඳහා ඔහු මා ඇතුළු තවත් වෛද්‍යවරුන් කිහිප දෙනෙකුගේ සහාය පැතුවෙන් අප කිලිනොච්චියේ කොටි පාලන ප්‍රදේශයට ගියෙමු. කිලිනොච්චියේ පිහිටි ළමා නිවාසයකදී යුද්දය නිසා කායිකව මානසිකව ආබාධිත වූ දෙමල දරුවන් මම දුටුවෙමි. සමහර ළමුන් තුල පශ්චාත් වියසන ක්ලමථ අක්‍රමතා ලක්‍ෂණ හඳුනා ගත හැකි විය​. මෙම ළමා නිවාසය පාලනය කරන ලද්දේ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/06/16)

Sri Lanka to set up Office of Missing Persons – Now log the names of 40,000 ‘missing’ or ‘dead’  
Shenali D Waduge
An excellent opportunity has now arise to catch red handed every person who ranted about 40,000 to 100,000 being dead. They have for years been going on and on about these ‘missing’ or ‘dead’ numbers without so much as producing a single name. Now the ball is in their court to prove their allegations by giving the names and details of the dead. The allegation of war crimes against a country and its national army rests on this crucial argument of proving that this quoted figure was ‘killed’, isolated cases cannot warrant war crimes against a... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/06/16)

I never said Mahinda siphoned off money - Rajitha
Adaderana
I never said that former President Mahinda Rajapaksa siphoned off money, Minister Rajitha Senaratne says. The observation was made at a press conference held in Colombo this afternoon (22). “I asserted that Rajapaksas were behind this, and as well as it was those who were around him involved in this,” he added. Former President Rajapaksa earlier said that he will cut his throat if the authorities find evidence to prove this. “They say I have stolen $18 billion, but if they find evidence of even $1, I will cut my throat,” he said in an interview with... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/06/16)

Rigged Olympics: How US Hegemony Killed an Ancient Sports Icon
Dilrook Kannangara
After proof of athletes taking banned performance enhancing substances and allegations of state support for it, Russia has been banned from contesting in the Olympics. This is an absurd decision. Just because a few athletes used banned performance enhancing substances with possible state support, it shouldn’t result in disqualification of the entire team. That is against what Olympics stands for. This is yet another US hegemonic ploy to isolate Russia. By removing Russia from Olympics, USA achieves many objectives. It complements economic and political isolation of Russia. This was done by the EU, Canada and Japan... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/06/16)

THE “PROVINCIAL COUNCILS”
KAMALIKA PIERIS
The Provincial Councils were set up in February 1988, under the Provincial Councils Act no 42 of 1987, as a requirement of the 13th Amendment to the Constitution.  Each province had a Governor, Chief Minister and Councilors. The Governor, appointed by the President, ranked above the Chief Minister. Governor could take decisions without consulting the Chief Minister or the Provincial Council. His decision was final and could not be questioned in court.  He could   summon the Provincial Council and   the Provincial Council had to obey. The Council could not discuss his actions, or introduce any draft statutes... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/06/16)

Indian scribe elected to global investigative forum
By Our Correspondent
Guwahati: New Delhi based senior journalist Syed Nazakat has been elected to the board of directors of Global Investigative Journalism Network (GIJN), a Washington DC based international media body. Nazakat ran unopposed to become the representative for the Asia Pacific region and he would serve a two-year term in the forum. Besides Asia/Pacific, the GIJN reserves board seats for Europe, Africa, Middle East/North Africa, North America and Latin America. [caption id="attachment_55870" align="aligncenter" width="575"] New Delhi.Syed nazakat, Specail Correspondent, The week.Photo by Aayush Goel[/caption] Mentionable is that the GIJN, which  is an international association of more than... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/06/16)

Land dispute in Panama
RANJITH SOYSA
According to reports the Police is planning to evict 50 odd farmer families from Panama if they do not vacate the lands occupied before 30th June 2016 It is indeed an act of cruelty by the Police and the other authorities for not allowing the peasant families to continue their activities on their ancestral lands which they have been occupying from the time of 1848 rebellion against the British colonialists. The Cabinet recently approved the release of the land to these families in February 2015, but, a powerful garment factory businessman/ politician in the area is determined... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/06/16)

Contemporary Issues
By Dr. Tilak S Fernando Courtesy Ceylon Today
A drastic social and cultural revolution has taken place in Sri Lanka over the past few decades; with peoples' attitudes, culture, the calibre of the rulers and politicians, school teachers, parents and students alike, have taken a three hundred and sixty degree turn towards the depreciation of the social fabric of the country. The present day children will never be able to fathom the difference between now and the bygone era. The new generation may call it simply a 'fantasy'. The modern child will not be able to envision the difference between... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/06/16)

The NPC Resolution and Constitutional Changes Irrationality and Dangers of Federalism in Sri Lanka:
M.L.WICKRAMASINGHE
The Public Representations Committee on Constitutional Reform in Sri Lanka has published its report. The Northern Provincial Council (NPC) adopted a resolution on constitutional changes. Although presented unconstitutionally NPC proposal  should be studied. It is the responsibility of all Sri Lankan citizens belonging to all ethnic groups and political ideologies to begin discussions on various new Constitutional proposals placed on the Table and voice their opinions as the final version would vitally affect the future of their children and grand children. This short article is a contribution to that public dialogue on the NPC proposals done without rancor... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/06/16)

හෙළ අටුවා පෙරළා බුදුදහම රැකි බුද්ධඝෝෂ හිමියෝ
සුජීව දිසානායක උපුටා ගැන්ම දිවයින
ක්‍රි.ව. 5 සියවස පමණ වන විට ථෙරවාදි බුදුදහම ප්‍රබල අර්බුදයකට මුහුණදී තිබුණි. ඒ මහායාන ආගමික සංකල්පයන්ගෙන් ථෙරවාදය ගිලගැනීමයි. ක්‍රි.ව. 01 සියවසේ කණිෂ්ක දවස කාශ්මීරයේදී පවත්වන්නට යෙදුණු සිව්වන ධර්ම සංගායනාවත් සමග සංස්‌කෘත භාෂාව අන් කවරදාටත් වඩා බුදුදහම ආක්‍රමණය කරන්නට විය. මේ නිසා බුදුදහම ආශ්‍රිතව තිබූ පාලි භාෂාවට ප්‍රබල තර්ජනයක්‌ මතු විය. මතු වූ මේ තත්ත්වයෙන් බුදුදහම හා ඒ ආශ්‍රිත සාහිත්‍යය රැකගැනීමට ඉදිරියට ආ යතිවරයකු ලෙස බුද්ධඝෝෂ හිමියන් හඳුන්වාදිය හැක. ඉන්දියාවේ සිට ලංකාවට ක්‍රි.ව. 5 සියවසේ මුල් භාගයේදී පමණ මහානාම රජ දවස උන්වහන්සේ පැමිණි බව දැනට පිළිගන්නා මතයයි. උන්වහන්සේට දැනගන්නට ලැබුණු ආකාරයට ථෙරවාදී බුදු දහම මෙරට... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/06/16)

දහම නොදැන අටුවාචාරීන් වහන්සේලාට ගරහන්නෝ සාහසිකයෝය…
රාත්මලාන ධර්ම පර්යේෂණාලයේ හෑගොඩ විපස්‌සී හිමි
බුදුරජාණන් වහන්සේ දේශනා කළ ශ්‍රී සද්ධර්මය ත්‍රිපිටකයේ සඳහන් වෙනවා. අභිධර්මය ඇතුළු විවිධ සූත්‍ර ඇතුළත් මෙහි තුන්පිටකය සමඟ නිතැතින්ම කියෑවෙන ග්‍රන්ථාවලියක්‌ තියෙනවා. එය අප හඳුන්වන්නේ අටුවාව ලෙසයි. මෙය පාලි භාෂාවෙන් හඳුන්වනු ලබන්නේ අට්‌ඨ කතා ලෙසයි. පාලි භාෂාවෙන් අට්‌ඨ කතා යන්න “අටුවා” ලෙස ව්‍යවහාරයට පැමිණ තිබෙනවා. බුද්ධ දේශනාව ආශ්‍රයෙන්ම අටුවාව ගොඩනැගී තිබෙනවා. ඇත්ත වශයෙන් අටුවා පිළිබඳව අවබෝධයක්‌ නොමැතිව තුන්පිටකයේ බොහෝ දේ තේරුම් ගත නොහැකියි. අටුවාව ග්‍රන්ථාරූඪ කිරීමට හේතුවත්, එය ලිවීමට අත්දැකීමුත් ගොඩනැඟී තිබෙන්නේ බුදුරජාණන් වහන්සේගේ දේශනා පදනම් කරගෙනයි. එය බොහොම පැහැදිලි කාරණයක්‌. අටුවා ලිවීමට හේතුව කුමක්‌ද? පෙළේ (තුන් පිටකයේ) තියෙන අමාරු පද, අපහසු සංකල්ප තවදුරටත් පැහැදිලි... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/06/16)

Democracy in peril
Editorial Courtesy The Island
Franchise is the linchpin of democracy as is common knowledge. It helps give expression to the popular will and install administrations people deem fit to govern them. Elections are to franchise what water is to fish. Deprived of the medium of electoral contest, franchise suffers disuse atrophy and anarchy sets in. We saw this happen in the 1980s, when the JRJ government, intoxicated with power, substituted a heavily rigged referendum for a general election. Its predecessor, the SLFP-led United Front government, had postponed parliamentary polls by two years from 1975 to 77, thus setting a very... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 22/06/16)

Unresolved Indo-Lanka issues
By Shamindra Ferdinando Courtesy The Island
One-time head of the Law Faculty, University of Colombo, Dr Nirmala Chandrahasan last Thursday (June 16) called for tangible action on the part of the Sri Lankan government to bring in Sri Lankan refugees, living in India, particularly in the state of Tamil Nadu. Dr Chandrahasan estimated the number of Lankan refugees in India at the peak of the conflict at 200,000. The appeal was made over seven years after the successful conclusion of the war with the annihilation of the LTTE leadership. The distinguished law academic insisted that special arrangements should be made... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 22/06/16)

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Terrorism

  • An Indian eyewitness account of the last 70 hours of Terrorist War in Sri Lanka . FINAL HOURS
    B. MURALIDHAR REDDY in the war zone-Full Story- (frontlineonnet.com/ - 08/06/09)
    Final assault
    B. MURALIDHAR REDDY in the war zone
    -Full Story- (frontlineonnet.com/ - 08/06/09)
  • The war is over - With the death of LTTE chief Velupillai Prabakaran, the militant campaign for a Tamil state in Sri Lanka seems to have come to an end. -Full Story- (frontlineonnet.com/ - 08/06/09) LTTE RISE & FALL -Full Story- (frontlineonnet.com/ - 08/06/09)
  • Where is Prabakaran? -Full Story- (frontlineonnet.com/ - 08/06/09)
  • Great Power Confrontation in the Indian Ocean: The Geo-Politics of the Sri Lankan Civil War by Mahdi Darius Nazemroay -Full Story- (globalresearch.ca - 25/10/09)
  • TWO EMISSARIES FROM UK AND FRANCE TWIST THEIR PURPOSE OF VISIT TO SRI LANKA. Malin Abeyatunga .-Full Report- (The LankaWeb-02/05/09)

History

  • THE ANCESTRY OF RAVANA A close study of the Ramayana, particularly the last book or Uttara Kanda, reveals that Ravana, the enemy of Lord Rama, was not a Dravidian, as many people have thought, but related to the Sri Lanka, who are considered to be Aryans-that Ravana was a migrant to Sri Lanka from the Vedic family of the Yadus, perhaps deriving originally from the city of Mathura south of Delhi. The first wave of migrants to Sri Lanka from the north was from Gujarat and of the Yadu family, which dominated the southwest of India and from the region of Gujarat had access to the sea on which they travelled far in their trading and colonizing ventures. The Ramayana tells the Ravana, the king of Sri Lanka, had close connections with region of the Yadus, which included Gujarat, parts of Maharashtra and Rajasthan up to Mathura south of Delhi.
  • Beginning and growth of civilization in Sri Lanka
    123,000 BC - Oldest human found in Lanka - Pathirajawela in the deep South.
    12000 BC - MaduruOya findings World's oldest findings of the use of Steel, Copper, and irrigation technology
    7500 BC - Connections between Cambians, Sri Lankans, Ramayanaya & Mahabharataya The first wave of migrants to Sri Lanka from north India, were from the Yadu family from Gujarat. Yadus dominated the southwest of India (which included Gujarat, parts of Maharashtra and Rajasthan up to Mathura, just south of Delhi).
    6000 BC - Lankan city on Mahamevuna Uyana - Archeologists uncovered 35 feet under the present Mahamevuna Uyana in Anuradapura,
    3000 BC - Sigiriya is considered the AlakaMandava of the Ravana
    2517 Ramayanaya and Sri Lanka According to Ramayana story, Ravana, the king of Sri Lanka, belongs to a family of migrants from North India who had close connections with region of the Yadus,
    2517 BC - Ravana gets killed in Balangoda during March, 2517BC Ravana, while attending to the wounds suffered in combat by Vibishana (his brother) in Balangoda,
    1000 BC - Sri Lanka has the latest technology : Iron technology is evident in SL
    900 BC - Anuradapura, a major town of, at least 10 Hectares (25 Acres). Anuradhapura was at least 10 ha in extent by ca. 900 BC (perhaps much more). By then prehistoric stone tool technology had been completely superseded by that of iron
    700 BC - Anuradapura Town, 50 Hectares (125 Acres) .
    600 BC - Earliest Proof of Brahmi writing in Lanka At 600-500 BC, the very first appearance of writing (in Brahmi letters almost identical to the Asokan script 200 years later) marked the beginning of the Early Historic period. This writing, radiocarbon dated on charcoal and checked by thermoluminescence dating, is inscribed on potsherds signifying the ownership. Among the names, was Anuradha.
    483 BC - Vijaya lands in Sri Lanka. Girihadu Seya is built in Thiriyaya. Buddha's relics are enshrined in Mahiyanganaya Dagaba Sarabu Maharahatan Vahanse picked Budda relics from the burning cortege and arrived in Mahiyanganaya
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