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Right of Reply: Sri Lanka is lucky to lose MCC
By shenali Waduge
This is a right of reply to an article appearing on Daily FT titled “History repeating – Are we going to lose MCC or not?” by an anonymous international development expert on 22 October 2020. It would be nice for this so-called international development expert with 25 year's experience to reveal his name if he claims to have contributed to Sri Lanka's ‘development' over a quarter of a decade. It is no surprise Sri Lanka is in a sorry mess economically with such experts promoting the advantages for the ‘other side' and... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 26/10/20)

As Chair of MCC & US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo arrives – Demands & Choices for Sri Lanka
By shenali Waduge
Mike Pompeo is arriving amidst a sudden & unexpected covid surge in Sri Lanka and coming from two of the worst covid-hit countries. He is arriving to fulfil objectives of 2 designations. He is the Chair of the Board of Directors of MCC as well as the US Secretary of State.He most certainly is not arriving to shake hands with Sri Lanka's President & congratulate him on passing the 20amendment or shake hands with Sri Lanka's Army Commander whom he has designated ‘war criminal'. He does not even wish to meet the Prime... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 26/10/20)

By Noor Nizam - Peace and Politcal Activist, Political Researcher, SLFP/SLPP Stalwart and Convener "The Muslim Voice - )ctober 25th., 2020.
The SBJ should be happy that these Muslim MP's of the SLMC and ACMC, an MP of the SJB (female) and an MP of the joint ACMC - SLMC front and a Tamil MP of the TPA had helped parliament yeaterday to "SAVE" Sri Lankan from the "TREACHERY" created by the Ranil-Maithripala" Yahapalan government 19th., amendment. "The Muslim Voice" wishes to thank these Muslim MP's for supporting the 20th., amendment and for voting in favour of the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 26/10/20)

When evaluates the export industry structure of Sri Lanka, we would find that the industry has been instigated changes in the market structure since the early 1960s with the results of foreign advice as well as findings of domestic researches. This changing trend has been continually incorporating new industries into the sector. The remarkable advice on the diversification of the export industry was logically and practically given by Prof.Dudley Seers in the late i960s, and the garment industry emerged as a vital contributor to the market structure. Garments like food are fundamental needs of humans... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 26/10/20)

A Proposal for a new Paradigm in Foreign Policy for Sri Lanka
by Dharshan Weerasekera, Attorney-at-Law
Legend has it that when King Vijayabahu was in hiding and regrouping to fight the Cholas an old woman advised him that just as it is easy to break a single stick of firewood but much harder to break a bunch of sticks when held together he should first find the right allies to advance his objectives. The story is very useful when thinking about how to address Sri Lanka's present-day foreign policy challenges the most important of which is the “Pivot to Asia” by the United States. The Pivot has the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 26/10/20)

When India gained Independence as a sovereign state in 1947, it considered itself the natural leader of South Asia because of its size, its antiquity and its classy leader, Jawaharlal Nehru. It considered itself a regional power  and took a very arrogant attitude towards it neighbors. This haughty, aggressive policy only succeeded in angering India’s neighbors.   India has interfered in the internal affairs of neighboring countries    and tried to bully them. As a result, India became heartily disliked by its neighbors. Indian analysts are concerned. One after another of India’s immediate neighbors in... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 26/10/20)

During both Presidential and General Elections, the main promise was to scrap 19A.  Rarely we heard a counter view that some of the conditions will be retained.   The public would have been suspicious as to which articles would be retained requiring the SLPP  to provide an explanation.  The strategy to promise to scrap 19A in its entirety  worked well, on both occasions. Then, in the process of drafting 20A, the government wanted to curry favour the public, for which it gave publicity that under the new draft the President’s term will... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 26/10/20)

US Secretary of State Pompeo vs Sri Lanka Administration - Smart moves could provide the best outcome.
Dr. Chula Rajapakse MNZM Wellington , NZ
The US Secretary of State Pompeo’s visit  takes the pressure on the SL govt to an unprecedented level to sign the SOFA & MCC agreement. Pompeo’s bargaining chips are not only the $480 million grant associated with the MCC agreement. They also include US being SL’s biggest export market where nearly 30% of it’s exports enter at a a concessionary tariff , allowed for by the BSP provisions that come up for renewal in a few weeks. Risking these , especially now with the economic havoc caused... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 26/10/20)

Statement on the spread of false news about a member of Security staff being diagnosed with COVID-19 at the Prime Minister’s Office.
Prime Minister’s Media Unit
There has been a circulation of false news that a member of Security staff from the Prime Minister’s Office has tested positive. It is with complete responsibility that we confirm this news to be false, no internal security member from the Prime Minister’s Office, Temple Trees or the Wijerama Residence has tested positive. It is in fact a member of the external unit of the Prime Minister’s advanced security division that has been diagnosed positive with COVID-19. The respective individual has not reported to work since the 17th of October,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 26/10/20)

අග්‍රාමාත්‍ය කාර්යාලයේ සේවයේ නියුතු පොලිස් නිලධාරියෙකුට කොවිඩ්-19 රෝගය වැළඳී ඇති බවට පැතිර යන පුවත සම්බන්ධවයි
අග්‍රාමාත්‍ය මාධ්‍ය අංශය
අග්‍රාමාත්‍ය කාර්යාලය, ආරලියගහ මන්දිරය හෝ විජේරාම පිහිටි අග්‍රාමාත්‍ය නිල නිවසේ සේවය කරනු ලබන අග්‍රාමාත්‍ය ආරක්ෂක අංශයේ කිසිඳු නිලධාරියෙකුට කොවිඩ්-19 රෝගය වැළඳී නොමැති බවට සහතික කරමි. අග්‍රාමාත්‍ය කාර්යාලයේ සේවයේ නියුතු පොලිස් නිලධාරියෙකුට කොවිඩ්-19 රෝගය වැළඳී ඇති බවට පැතිරය යන පුවතේ කිසිඳු සත්‍යතාවයක් නොමැති අතර කොවිඩ් ආසාධිත ආරක්ෂක අංශ නිලධාරියෙකු හමු වී ඇත්තේ අග්‍රාමාත්‍ය ආරක්ෂක අංශයට අනුබද්ධිත බාහිර ඒකකයකිනි. ගරු අග්‍රාමාත්‍යතුමා සහභාගීවන, බාහිර උත්සවවල පූර්ව ආරක්ෂක කටයුතු පිළිබඳ සූදානම් කිරීම්වලට අදාළව පමණක් සම්බන්ධවන එම නිලධාරීවරයා ඔක්තෝම්බර් මස 17දින සිට සේවයට වාර්තා කර නොමැත.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 26/10/20)

Pompeo will not have his way in Sri Lanka
By P.K.Balachandran/Daily Express Courtesy NewsIn.Asia
Officials say President, PM will politely reject his gratuitous advice; tell him government decisions guided by electoral mandates, law and the Constitution Colombo, October 25: The US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, who will be here on October 28, is expected to ask Sri Lankan leaders, point blank, to review relations with China; consider the options US is offering; and accept American advice on domestic and foreign policy. A top foreign ministry official told Daily Express on Sunday, that Lankan leaders, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 26/10/20)

To combat COVID a collaborative effort is the need of the hour
By Frances Bulathsinghala/Sunday Observer Courtesy NewsIn.Asia
Ayurvedic and Sinhala beheth doctors need to be co-opted, says Frances Bulathsinghala Colombo, October 25: As Sri Lanka faces the second – test, which caught the country unawares after about four months of respite, common sense calls for a collaborative approach of all medical experts of Sri Lanka, to prevent an over burdening of Allopathic professionals and to assist overall stabilization of health and the economy. The threat of the Western medical hospitals and its profession being overwhelmed by the comparatively large numbers of Covid-19 patients... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 26/10/20)

Sri Lanka imposes new curfew zones to check Covid-19 spread
Courtesy The Hindustan Times
The new curfew zones are mostly from capital district Colombo and eastern district Batticaloa. Police officers wearing protective gear stand in formation near the Sri Lankan parliament.(REUTERS) Authorities in Sri Lanka increased the coronavirus-related curfew zones to 56 police divisions on Sunday, to check the virus spread through community-level transmission. So far, the island nation has reported 7,521 Covid-19 cases. The virus death toll rose to 15 on Saturday after a 56-year-old heart patient died in the North Western Province due to coronavirus complication. “There are 56 police... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 26/10/20)

Pompeo's Indo-Pacific trip won't succeed in 'containing' China
Andrew Korybko Courtesy CGTN
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo participates in a press conference at the State Department in Washington, D.C., U.S., December 18, 2019. /Getty Editor's Note: Andrew Korybko is a Moscow-based American political analyst. The article reflects the author's views and not necessarily those of CGTN. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is on a four-nation tour of the Indo-Pacific this week that will take him to India, Sri Lanka, the Maldives and Indonesia. It represents the most assertive thrust yet of America's attempt to "contain" China in the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 26/10/20)

Oman Air resumes flights to Sri Lanka, Bahrain and Kuwait
Courtesy Lifesyle
The airline will fly direct from Muscat to Colombo, Muharraq and Kuwait twice per week throughout winter Oman Air is resuming flights to three more destinations as part of its winter network update. The national airline of the sultanate will begin flying to Sri Lanka, Bahrain and Kuwait from Monday, October 25. The airline is also set to increase frequency to domestic destinations across Oman. From Muscat, Oman Air will operate twice weekly flights to Kuwait, Bahrain and Colombo. Travellers flying to Sri Lanka should be aware that... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 26/10/20)

Pompeo’s last foreign tour will be no victory lap: Global Times editorial
Courtesy Global Times
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks during a press briefing in Washington D.C., the United States, April 22, 2019. (Photo: Xinhua)US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Sunday kicked off his last foreign trip before the US presidential election, with India, the Maldives, Sri Lanka and Indonesia on his itinerary.  Top of his agenda is to mobilize those countries to confront China alongside with the US.  In New Delhi, the US and India, two of the countries hit hardest by the COVID-19 pandemic, will hold the 2+2... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 26/10/20)

Sri Lanka confirms 16th death from Covid-19
Courtesy Adaderana
Another person infected with Covid-19 died today, bringing the total number of deaths reported in Sri Lanka to 16, says the Director General of Health Services. The deceased was identified as a 70-year-old male from Colombo 02 area. According to reports, he was admitted to the Colombo National Hospital on the 23rd of October to be treated for blood infection. Due to complications, he had been moved to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of the hospital, where he was under medical until he passed away this morning.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 26/10/20)

Sri Lanka’s Covid-19 figures hike with 88 fresh cases
Courtesy Adaderana
UPDATE: Covid-19 cases confirmed in Sri Lanka shot up again as 88 more individuals were tested positive for the virus. According to reports, 85 of the fresh cases have been identified as close contacts Peliyagoda Fish Market and several fisheries harbours. The Department of Government Information said 03 arrivals (01 from the United Arab Emirates and -02 Filipino navymen have also been exposed to novel coronavirus. Thereby, Sri Lanka registered 351 new infections so far today (25). With the new development, the total number of positive cases confirmed in... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 26/10/20)

“Will MCC be signed in secret on 28 October”? Sri Lankans are asking!
By shenali Waduge
This question is being asked across numerous public portals and begs the Government to answer & relieve all doubts. Having got itself tagged as a ‘nationalist’ government (on top of all the other nasty words plucked out of the dictionary), no citizen expects the Government to do anything ‘anti-national’ especially in secret. The people’s apprehensions are with historical reason. Our island nation weathered countless invasions from South India & three western invasions but they came to occupy & plunder our resources and murdered our people, only because some amongst us, betrayed us.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/10/20)

COVID wild fire, 20th Amendment, Mark Pompeo’s threat, resurgent MCC & SOFA; Signs that planetary alignment is not in the country’s favour?
By Raj Gonsalkorale
With positive cases exceeding 7000, and a national daily high of 865 and cases being reported in many parts of the country, what is striking is the sound of silence from health officials. While it is understandable to have one spokesperson, many other countries have generally had a non-health person as the chief spokesperson, at times a President or a Prime Minister, but in equal standing with the most senior health official of the country. The logic is simple. This is a health matter. The people of the country have to know how... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/10/20)

20 වෙනි ව්‍යාවස්තා සංශෝධන අරගලය රටට හා ජනතාවට කියාදෙන පාඩම
චන්ද්‍රසේන පණ්ඩිතගේ විසිනි 
69 ලක්ෂයක්වූ ජනතාව මෙරට ජනාධිපතිවරයා වශයෙන් ගෝඨාභය රාජපක්ෂ මහතාව තෝරාගත්තේය. ඒ ඔහු ද්විත්ව පුරවැසිභාවය අත්හැර දමා මෙහි දේශපාලන පිටියට පැමිණි නිසා නොව, ද්විත්ව පුරවැසිභාවය තිබුනද ඔහු මේ රටේ ඕනෑම කටයුත්තක් සඳහා සුදුසුම පුද්ගලයා ලෙස ජනමනස තුල දිදුලමින් සිටි පුද්ගලයා බැවිනි. බලයට පත්වූ එතුමාගේ බලතල ව්යාවස්තාවෙන් කප්පාදු කර තිබු බැවින් තමන්ට වැඩ කිරීමට ඇති බාදාව ජනතාවට පෙන්නා දුන් එතුමා මේ බාධක ඉවත් කිරීම සඳහා තමන්ට 2/3ක් පාර්ලිමේන්තු බලයක් ලබාදෙන ලෙස ජනතාවගෙන් ඉල්ලා සිටියහ. ප්‍රතිපලය වුයේ එතුමා ඉල්ලා සිටි ආකාරයටම ජනතාව එතුමාට් 2/3 ජනවරමක් ලබාදීමයි. මේ ජනතාව අවශ්‍යදේ අවශ්‍ය ආකාරයට තේරුම්ගෙන කටයුතු කල හැකි ජනබලවේගයක් බව... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/10/20)

විජයදසමි දින පණිවිඩය
මහින්ද රාජපක්ෂ අග්‍රාමාත්‍ය
පත්තිනි මෑණියන්ගේ කරුණාව උදෙසා පැවැත්වූ නවරාත‍්‍රී උපවාසයේ අවසාන දිනය වන විජයදසමි දිනය භක්තියෙන් සමරන මාගේ ආදරණීය ශ‍්‍රී ලාංකික හින්දු භක්තිකයින්ට මාගේ හෘදයාංගම සුබපැතුම් පිරිනමමි. මිනිස් සමාජයේ මූලික අවශ්‍යතා තුන වන ධෛර්යය, අධ්‍යාපනය සහ ධනය ලබා දෙන මහා බලවතුන් වන දුර්ගා, සරස්වතී සහ ලක්ෂ්මි දෙවියන් වෙත අපගේ කෘතවේදීත්වය, නමස්කාරය පුදකිරීම සහ එම දෙවියන් අයැදීම නවරාත‍්‍රි යනුවෙන් ව්‍යවහාර වෙයි. ජයග‍්‍රාහී මංගල්‍යය දිනය වන විජයදසමි දින, සියලු යහපත් දේ සාර්ථක වනු ඇතැයි යන බලාපොරොත්තුවෙන් දෙවියන් නමස්කාර කර, අධ්‍යාපනය, කලාව, වෘත්තිය යනාදී සුබ කටයුතු ආරම්භ කරන හින්දු බැතිමතුන් මෙදින මහත් භක්තියකින් යුතුව සමරති. ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/10/20)

රටට සෙත්පතා ආරම්භ වූ රතන සූත්‍රය සඡ්ඡායානා කිරීමේ පිරිත් දේශනාව සඳහා අග්‍රාමාත්‍යතුමා එක්වෙයි
අග්‍රාමාත්‍ය මාධ්‍ය අංශය
කොවිඩ්-19 වසංගත තත්ත්වය හමුවේ ගරු ජනාධිපති ගෝඨාභය රාජපක්ෂ මැතිතුමා හා ගරු අග්‍රමාත්‍ය මහින්ද රාජපක්ෂ මැතිතුමා ප්‍රමුඛ රට වැසියාට සෙත් පතා දින 07ක් පුරා පවත්වනු ලබන රතන සූත්‍රය සඡ්ඡායනා කිරීමේ පිරිත් දේශනාව නාරාහෙන්පිට අභයාරාම පුරාණ විහාරස්ථානය කේන්ද්‍ර ක‌ර ගනිමින් ඊයේ දින ආරම්භ විය. පිරිත් දේශනාව සඳහා සහභාගී වූ ගරු අග්‍රාමාත්‍ය මහින්ද රාජපක්ෂ මැතිතුමා ආගමික වතාවත්වල නිරත වීමෙන් අනතුරුව පිරිත් දේශනාව ශ්‍රවණය කිරීම සඳහා එක්විය. කොවිඩ් - 19 වසංගතය දුරුවේවායි ප්‍රාර්ථනා කරමින් මීට සමඟාමීව ඊයේ දින සිට දින 07 ක කාලයක් පුරා දිවයිනේ විහාරස්ථාන 200 කට අධික සංඛ්‍යාවක රතන සූත්‍රය දේශනා කිරීම ආරම්භ වූ බව නාරාහේන්පිට අභයාරාමාධිපති, බස්නාහිර... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/10/20)

Sri Lanka's bonds slump after US calls for 'difficult' choices over China ties
Courtesy Asia Times
Pompeo to visit Delhi, Colombo, the Maldives and Jakarta in coming days; US wants Rajapaksa government to loosen ties with Beijing, but it has already proposed a free-trade agreement with China Sri Lanka’s government bonds fell heavily on Friday after the United States urged the country’s government to make “difficult but necessary choices” regarding its ties with China. Worries that this year’s Covid-19 crisis could see the country struggle to pay its debts have already seen its bonds slump almost 40% this year. On Friday its 2021 and 2022... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/10/20)

Sri Lanka closes harbours after spike in COVID-19 cases
Courtesy CNA
COLOMBO: Authorities in Sri Lanka on Saturday (Oct 24) closed at least two fishery harbours and many stalls after a surge of 609 cases linked to the country’s main fish market. The government also widened the curfew in parts of Colombo. At least 11 villages were isolated in the densely populated Western province, which includes the capital. Health authorities on Wednesday temporarily closed the fish market on Colombo’s outskirts after 49 traders tested positive for the coronavirus. By Saturday, the number of cases went up to 609. Hundreds of traders and fishermen... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/10/20)

What More UK: Burnley firm unveils Sri Lanka export deal
Courtesy Lancashire Telegraph
What More UK director Tony Grimshaw OBE has unveild the company's new export destination ONE OF the county's most notable exporters has announced plans to extend its international reach further still with a deal to trade with Sri Lanka. Padiham-based What More UK hopes that the deal, which will make its range of home accessories available to the 20 million inhabitants of Sri Lanka, will encourage other British firms to consider the opportunities that could lie ahead thanks to thinking internationally. This comes only weeks after... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/10/20)

Hilton, Galle Face Hotels temporarily suspended operations
Courtesy The Daily Mirror
Hilton Colombo has temporarily suspended operations after one of its employees has tested positive for COVID-19, the Daily Mirror learns. When contacted, the hotel confirmed that it had temporarily halted operations since Friday but failed to share more details. The hotel is expected to release a statement shortly. Health officers from the Colombo Municipal Council confirmed that a positive COVID-19 patient was found from the area where the hotel was located but could not confirm whether it was from the hotel premises. Further investigations are ongoing. The Daily Mirror learns... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/10/20)

SJB MP Diana pledges to continue supporting President
Courtesy The Daily Mirror
Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB) MP Diana Gamage yesterday said she would continue to support President Gotabaya Rajapaksa to build the nation. Speaking during an adjournment debate in the House, she said she decided to support President Gotabaya as she felt he is capable of building the nation. https://youtu.be/aDw-r6ZVB-4 “During his tenure as the Defence Secretary he did a lot of work. Thousands use walking tracks built by him,” she said. She said the country does not need a President without powers. “We need a powerful... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/10/20)

Investigate Brandix and take appropriate action: NPP
Courtesy The Daily Mirror
While claiming that the Brandix Apparel Ltd. should take the responsibility for the second wave of the COVID-19, National Peoples’ Power (NPP) leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake said yesterday a thorough investigation should be carried out against the company and take necessary action. Moving the adjournment debate on COVID-19, he told parliament that Brandix had acted in an irresponsible manner where they had neglected health guidelines. “It is reported that Brandix had neglected health conditions of their workers. The factory had forced them to work disregarding their health condition. When the workers were... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/10/20)

WHO informs availability of COVID-19 vaccine shortly: Pavithra
Courtesy The Daily Mirror
he World Health Organisation (WHO) had informed the Health Ministry that a vaccine approved by the WHO may be available for COVID-19 shortly and the ministry was preparing for that, Health Minister Pavithra Wanniarachchi said yesterday. In her reply speech on the adjournment debate, she told Parliament that the WHO had instructed the ministry to prepare the country for the vaccine. “The WHO has advised us to prepare the country for the vaccine. They have not informed us exactly what the injection is. The ministry is preparing for that at... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/10/20)

PHIs optimistic about Govt.’s recent decisions on COVID-19
Sheain Fernandopulle Courtesy Adaderana
Even though the Government had shortcomings in their past decisions with regard to containing the COVID-19 virus, the recent decisions taken by the Government are satisfactory, and if it continues in this manner, the situation would gradually return to normalcy, Public Health Inspectors Union of Sri Lanka (PHIUSL) said. Its Secretary M. Balasooriya told Daily Mirror the health and law enforcement authorities were doing their best in promptly tracing cases and attending whenever there was a positive case. “It is of utmost importance to maintain this momentum in order to... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/10/20)

Quarantine curfew in several areas of Colombo
Courtesy Adaderana
Quarantine curfew is imposed in several more police division in Colombo with immediate effect, stated the Army Commander Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva. Accordingly, Maligawatte, Keselwatte, Dam Street, Barber Street, and Foreshore Police Division will be under quarantine curfew from here on. https://youtu.be/eOhU6DOGfuE The decision will be in effect until further notice. Nine other police areas in Colombo District, namely Mattakkuliya, Modara, Wellampitiya, Bloemendhal and Grandpass, Kotahena, Dematagoda, Maradana, Gothatuwa, and Mulleriyawaare also currently under quarantine curfew until further notice. In the meantime, quarantine curfew... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/10/20)

Ninety-two more cases from Peliyagoda COVID-19 cluster
Courtesy Adaderana
Ninety-two more individuals have tested positive for the novel coronavirus COVID-19, Army Commander Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva said. According to the Army Chief, all of them are close contacts of the coronavirus patients linked to Peliyagoda Fish Market. Meanwhile, a total of 368 cases of COVID-19 positive cases have been identified within the day far. Thus, the Minuwangoda and Peliyagoda cluster has registered a total of 4,050 positive cases. Following the latest update, the total number of Covid-19 confirmed in Sri Lanka shot up to 7,521. ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/10/20)

CID recovers firearms allegedly belonging to ‘Podi Lassie’
Courtesy Adaderana
A team of Criminal Investigation Department (CID) officers has recovered a T-56 rifle and a revolver, which allegedly belong to the notorious underworld figure ‘Podi Lassie’. https://youtu.be/mhm0LERzqrI The firearms have been found from the house of the suspect’s grandmother in Telwatte, Ambalangoda, according to reports. The CID officers had led ‘Podi Lassie’ to the location where the two firearms were recovered last evening (23). ‘Podi Lassie’ who was recently granted bail by the Galle Magistrate, continues to be held by the CID under detention orders. ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/10/20)

By Rohana R. Wasala
The Sinhalese in independent Sri Lanka have been nationalistic, but never narrowly communalistic; they have never illtreated non-Sinhala minorities on the basis of race or religion. Those who are wallowing in a sea of misinformation having been swept there by tides of hostile propaganda over the decades, may bristle at this, but the truth must be stated. The nationalism of the Sinhalese is not a construct of the last colonial era. Contrary to what Eurocentric theorists, their local clones, imperialist lackeys and their modern dupes believe, it is an inclusive nationalism. In their long... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/10/20)

MCC Agreement and Mark Pompeo’s visit; A mouth that must be looked at in this gift horse
By Raj Gonsalkorale
Nought from the Greeks towards me hath sped well. So now I find that ancient proverb true, Foes' gifts are no gifts: profit bring they none - Sophocles (496 - 406 BC), Don't look a gift horse in the mouth is a proverb about not questioning the value of a gift. The proverb refers to the practice of evaluating the age of a horse by looking at its teeth. A certain exception to this rule would be the MCC agreement which reportedly is very high in the agenda of US Secretary of State Mark Pompeo’s... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/10/20)

If President Sirisena protected Our Land from MCC – President Gotabaya Rajapakse, will also
By shenali Waduge
Maithripala Sirisena was not born with a silver spoon. He was no presidential material but he controversially became President with a thumbs up by 62lakh voters in January 2015 aided even by foreign governments & a coterie of civil society organizations & NGOs. Today, these entities regret that decision. His impassioned address to the Nation in October 2018, drew our attention to the shabby treatment he was subject to by the Colombo 7 UNP gang. With all of these odds against him, he still managed to prevent not only the signing of... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/10/20)

Your Majesty – Declare Eelam in UK
By shenali Waduge
There are some ground realities all of us need to come to terms with. While in Sri Lanka, only the TNA chants ‘Eelam’ & Pro-LTTE slogans, that too closer to some election or event, to give themselves some cheap publicity, all of the demands for Eelam are coming from Tamils living on foreign shores. Not only are these Tamils holding foreign passports but are working overseas, educating their children overseas, have bought property overseas and are either foreign citizens or standing in line to becoming one. So why would they take such... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/10/20)

First year of President Gotabaya Rajapakse is almost coming to an end. Firstly he had to work without a parliament, then Covid 19 followed by 19A, The poor performers of the government in the first year had a field day during the period without parliament.  Then these inefficient Ministers used Covid 19 as an excuse for not performing. The President need  a team of committed, loyal men and women to whom he can delegate tasks confidently. But,  we have seen the emergence of toothless tigers in the cabinet attempting... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/10/20)

Part 2 of this series is on international relations. The series starts with India. Despite its impressive size, India is a very young sovereign state, dating only from 1947. Before foreign rule, India consisted of a number of separate kingdoms. These vanished under Muslim and British rule. The responsibility of creating the new  Republic of India  in 1947,  from an inherited  jumble of  princely states and British ruled states, was given to Nehru, who solved the problem by creating a set of linguistic states.  In the process all sorts of adjacent areas were dragged... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/10/20)

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