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Many Goodies in a Bottomless Basket
Courtesy Island
It is not unusual to have some degree of rhetoric in an election manifesto in a context which is characterized by commodification of almost everything. Politicians, their campaign managers and media are trying incessantly to make the election a business affair that needs loads of money to be spent in the campaign. Of course, as Prof. Wendy Brown has convincingly argued, this has led to a degeneration of democracy all over the world. However, this is not the issue I wish to discuss in this piece by referring to Maithripala Sirisena's election manifesto that was released to... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/12/14)

Sirisena's announcement on a war crimes judicial tribunal - SAY THAT AGAIN? - G.L.
Courtesy The Daily News
Opposition candidate Maithripala Sirisena has been quoted in media overseas as announcing his intention to appoint a judicial tribunal to investigate war crimes charges against personnel belonging to the Armed Forces, External Affairs Minister Prof. G.L. Peiris stated in a release yesterday. “This is a matter having far-reaching consequences. A clear statement is, therefore, certainly required from the Opposition candidate with regard to the nature of the investigation which he proposes to undertake, the powers and scope of the tribunal he plans to appoint, and the use he plans... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/12/14)

Tissa citing UNP-MS secret agreement cries betrayal
By Maheesha Mudugamuwa Courtesy Island
Former UNP General Secretary and Health Minister Tissa Attanayake yesterday told the media in Colombo that the UNP and opposition common candidate Maithripala Sirisena had, in an undisclosed pact signed on Nov. 1, 2014, agreed to implement all UNHRC recommendations as regards Sri Lanka's alleged war crimes and fully cooperate with the international community for that purpose. Minister Attanayake said he had documentary proof to substantiate his claim. He distributed among journalists copies of what he called the secret agreement between Sirisena and UNP Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe. (See the image of the document.) The... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/12/14)

Here is Sirisena's plan to betray the nation, devolution of power exceeding 13th amendment, withdraw military from North, hold war crimes inquiry .
Hot News රනිල්-සිරිසේන හොර ගිවිසුම රට පාවාදීමේ මහා කුමන්ත්‍රණයක්
At a press conference held today the former General Secretary Tissa Attanayake revealed the confidential internal agreement signed between opposition presidential candidate Sirisena and the UNP leader Ranil Wickremasinghe According to this agreement, if Sirisena  wins he will  reduce military retained in the North by 50%, the removal of all high security zones,  devolution of power exceeding what is stipulated in the 13th amendment and  agree to implement all recommendations made by the United Nations Human Rights Commission, Mr. Attanayake revealed.   රනිල්-සිරිසේන හොර ගිවිසුම රට පාවාදීමේ මහා කුමන්ත්‍රණයක් *... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/12/14)

Who Should Captain?
By Dayan Jayatilleka -
In October 1988, accepting the UNP nomination at the Sugathadasa Stadium, Ranasinghe Premadasa complained in a bitter, biting aside, that as Prime Minister he had enjoyed “the powers of a peon”. That status is about to change if the Opposition wins, because the Maithri manifesto makes clear that the centre of gravity of executive power will undergo a decisive structural shift from the Presidency to the parliament and the Cabinet. Thus Mr. Ranil Wickremesinghe is tipped to be the most powerful Prime Minister since Madam Sirimavo Bandaranaike—far more powerful than the infinitely more deserving Mr. Premadasa was under President  Jayewardene. If after a parliamentary... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/12/14)

Sri Lanka’s Presidential Elections: Thoughts for the Floating Voters/New Voters on the Common Candidate
Shenali D Waduge
The floating voters and the new voters are 2 important segments in the arithmatic that would decide who would emerge as President in January 2015. The floating voters are people who may have at one time voted for different parties and now disgusted with voting and contemplating whether to vote or not. The new voters obviously excited about exercising their first time voting right may also be puzzled to determine who to vote for – the incumbent President or a contender in an alliance that will be President for 100 days and thereafter hand power over... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/12/14)

Mahinda 57.62%,Sirisena 40%,predicted by UNP’s staunch supporters’ survey on presidential election
lanka C news
It is learnt that from a survey made by some staunch UNP supporters incumbent president Mahinda Rajapaksa would secure 57.62% votes and the common candidate only 40% votes.This survey has been spearheaded by a non governmental organisation.The figures in this survey had been changed by the UNP and had said the common candidate would become victorious and is going to disclose at a media briefing.The statistics of the survey could be viewed from our Sinhala edition.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 22/12/14)

“ජනතා විමුක්ති පෙරමුණ“ මහින්ද රාජපක්ෂ මහතා සමගයි.
චන්ද්‍රසේන පණ්ඩිතගේ විසිනි
ජනතා විමුක්ති පෙරමුණ සම්බන්ධව සමාජ සමීක්ෂණය නොනිල පදනමකින් රටපුරා විවිධ තලයන්හි සාකච්චා වෙමින් පවතී.මේ සාකච්චා වලදී, සැබෑ ලෙසම කථා කරනුයේ, දේශපාලන පොර පිටියේ අපට දිස්වෙන දේශපාලන පක්ෂ නාම පුවරු සම්බන්ධව මිස, සැබෑ දේශපාලන බල වේගයන් සම්බන්ධව නොවේ. ජයගත්තේ මෙන්න මේ නාම පුවරුව සහිත කණ්ඩායමයි, යනුවෙන් ඡන්ද ප්රතිඵල ප්රකාශයට පත්කෙරේ. දේශපාලන පක්ෂ යනු කුලී පදනමක් මත එක එකාට කුලියට දෙන වාහන මෙන් වූ මෙවලම් විශේෂිතයක් බවට පත්ව ඇති බව වටහා ගත් විට, සිදුව ඇති දේ සම්බන්ධව අවබෝධ කර ගැනීම වඩාත් පහසුවේ..    පසුගිය මැතිවරණයන් සම්බන්ධව සමාජය තුල, ජනතා විමුක්ති පෙරමුණ, අන්ත පරාජයක් ලබා ඇතැයි, විවිධ තලවල දේශපාලන... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 22/12/14)

Lest  We Forget
N.A.de S.Amaratunga
It is said that Sri Lankans forget quickly and easily and even LTTE terrorist Prabhakaran had said that this is true and had bragged that he made use of this weakness. By the time the presidential election is held in 2015  we would have forgotten some of the most crucial events that took place in the recent past that changed the history of this country. There is no doubt that the country was in danger of being torn apart and thrown into a permanent state of turmoil and unrest. This was due to the terrorist war started... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 22/12/14)

බුකියේ තොවිලය
චන්ද්‍රසේන පණ්ඩිතගේ විසිනි.
ඩෙන්න ඩෙනා ඩෙන ඩෙන ඩෙන ඩෙන්න  ඩෙනෝ ලක් දෙරණේ ජනපතිවරනයක්                   එනෝ ධවල යකුන් හා මන  බැදි   සියලු                දනෝ එකට එකතුවී මේ රට කන්න                     එනෝ ආවඩ ආයුබෝ වේවා! මිනිකදු හා ලේ විල් මත රජ                  කෙරුවෝ සියලු ධනය පර දන දෙස රැස්                කෙරුවෝ දරුවො සමග එහි ගොස් සුර සැප              දැරුවෝ මෙන්න! ඇවිත් සිටිනව ඒ                   මිනිමරුවෝ ආවඩ ආයුබෝ වේවා! චන්ද්ර මඩල සිහි ගන්වන රුදුරු රකුසු     රාජිණියෝ මෙපුර දනට විනකටීන්ට එතෙරක සිට මෙහි වැඩියෝ නිරිදු සමග ඇසුරු කරපු මෙත් සිරි... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 22/12/14)

Who made  Sri Lanka indebted? Was it President Rajapaksa ?
By Garvin Karunaratne
It is a fact that Sri Lanka is an indebted country today and party leaders who are with the Common Candidate make a meal of it putting the entire blame of the economy on President Mahinda Rajapaksa. As Chanda Maliyadde,  former Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Plan Implementation says, “At the end of 1976, the total outstanding Aid to IMF/IBRD was only  $ 75 million.” “(The Island 25/6/13).  He has rightly questioned how the foreign debt increased five hundred times. By the time Sri Lanka was handed over by Premier Sirimavo to President Jayawardena in late 1977,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/12/14)

Why Replacing The Present Presidency With The Power Hungry Opposition Is Not A Viable Alternative.
Lankaweb Weekly Editorial
December 12th. 2014  They have gathered in droves like hungry vultures waiting to swoop in on what they believe will be the spoils of an election defeat for the President but they are surely and sadly mistaken despite the rhetoric that goes on, on a daily basis in all the anti -Government media and various Western Powers who choose to back them. It simply is not a viable alternative and here's why!  The fact of the matter in Sri Lanka today is, a majority of discerning Sri Lankans know the objectives of the coalition and the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/12/14)

සිරිසේන   ගේ ප්‍රතිපත්ති ප්‍රකාශනය
ධර්මසිරි සෙනෙවිරත්න
 සිරිසේනගේ පූර්ණ ප්‍රතිපත්ති ප්‍රකාශනය එලි දැක වුනේ හෙළ උරුමයත්සම්බන්ධ නිසා  එහි සිංහල උරුමය රකින  එකම වගන්තියක් හෝ තිබෙදය්  විමසුමෙන් එය බැලුවෙමි   13අ ගැන හෝ පළාත් සභා අහෝසි කිරීම ගැන එහි වචනයක් වත් නැත.  18 හා 19 ගැන නම් මොනවාදෝ විය.  අඩු ගන්නේ ඉඩම් හා පොලිස් බල තල නොදෙන බවට මහින්ද කියා ඇති දේ වත්  නැත. හෙළ උරුමය ඉන්න විට  ඒ දෙකට වඩා  එහා යමින් 13අ අහෝසි කරාවියය් අපි සිතු වෙමු   අන්දොමය් !  හෙළ උරුමයත් රනිල් ගේ හා චන්ද්‍රිකාගේ සාක්කුවේය.  චම්පක   චම්පික  වීම පුදුමයක් ද.  මුල් නම තිබුනා නම් හොඳ කුණුහරප  කාටත් මතක් වීමට තිබුනේය.. ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/12/14)

Sri Lanka’s Presidential Election: No CHANGE if SAME PEOPLE re-enter Politics
 Shenali D Waduge
The CHANGE fever has hit Sri Lanka’s elections. The voice of Colombo is all abuzz with ‘let’s bring in some change for a change’ and then there are countless followers to tag along. How many of these change proponents have actually thought about the type of change they want. Is it change just for the sake of change or are they happy to bring back people who have been proven failures in office? Is it a change to give them another chance at failure and what would that failure result for the country and the people?... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/12/14)

What is the cost of a regime change by a multiple headed coalition? Should Sri Lankans cut the nose to spite the face?
By Raj Gonsalkorale
On the 8th of January 2015, Sri Lankans will have their opportunity to decide whether to give President Rajapaksa a third term in office or elect the common candidate Maithripala Sirisena nominated by a multiple headed coalition of disparate individuals, to the highest office in Sri Lanka. They could over react to a problem in hand or they could vote for growth and progress.... -Full Story-
(asiantribune.com - 21/12/14)

නූතන අධිවේගී මාර්ග ජාතකය
චන්ද්‍රසේන පණ්ඩිතගේ විසිනි.
2015 ජනාධිපති මැතිවරණ සටන ආරම්භව ඇත. රටට එරෙහිවූ සතුරු බලවේගයන් මහින්ද රාජපක්ෂ විරෝධීන් බවට පත්ව; මහින්ද රාජපක්ෂ මහතාගේ පරාජය ඉලක්ක කරගෙන, මහා මැතිවරණ ප්රචාරක ව්‍යාපෘතියක් දියත් කර තිබේ. එම ප්රචාරක යාන්ත්රණයේ එක් සුවිශේෂී අංගයක් වන්නේ අධිවේගී මාර්ග සංවර්ධන පද්ධතිය හා බැදුන මුල්‍ය වංචාවන්ය.  මේ රටේ සමාජ මානස තලය යනු මහා ධන නිධනයකි. මේ මානස තලය තුල ඉපදෙමින් මියැදෙමින් ඇති මහා විශ්මිත නිර්මාණයන් සමුදාය සම්බන්ධය කිසිදු මිනිසෙකු දන්නේ වත් හදුනන්නේවත් නැත.මිනිසෙකුගේ මනස තුල උපදින සමාජ සංවර්ධන ව්‍යාපෘතීන් ඉපදෙමින් මියැදෙමින් ඒ මිනිසාට මහා පීඩනයක් ගෙන දේ;.ඒවා යථාර්තයන් බවට පත් කර ගැනීමට වාසනාව උදාවන්නේ ඉතා අතලොස්සක්වූ මිනිසුන්ටය. මේ මිනිසුන්ගෙන්... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/12/14)

Prime Minister Stephen Harper: It's time to apologize to Sri Lanka
Asoka Weerasinghe Kings Grove Crescent . Gloucester . Ontario . K1J 6G1 Canada
20 December 2014 Rt. Hon. Stephen Harper, MP, PC  Prime Minister of  Canada House of Commons, Ottawa Honourable Prime Minister: The Ottawa Citizen of 15 December 2014 reported bylined Peter O’Neil that Defence Chief apologized to India in 2011.  Why?   Because, a ministerial inquiry confirmed that Canadian military personnel had participated at a Remembrance Day event that “glorified terrorists” at a Sikh temple in Surrey, B.C.   Wow!  So, Mister Prime Minister, you are trying to make your Canada squeaky clean with her hands off of... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/12/14)

Ethics and the non-religious essence of Buddhism – II
By Rohana R. Wasala
The Buddhist teaching has been described by scholars as exoteric, and not esoteric. As we know the word ‘exoteric’ means ‘fit to be known by the uninitiated; suited to the general public…’, and its antonym ‘esoteric’ means ‘intelligible or intended for the initiated only, confidential, secret, mystical’. Buddhism is not esoteric. The ‘initiated’ are those who have been tacitly accepted or ceremonially admitted to the membership of a special society or social group governed by its own rules and sharing some kind of exclusive knowledge. A person need not undergo any such esoteric religious or mystical ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/12/14)

The culture of shamelessness – an art of the gods
By Mario Perera, Kadawata
Three very recent newspaper headlines that epitomize ‘an art of governance, caught my attention. The first concerns the now well known public statement of the Minister of Higher Education S.B.Dissanayake. He said that in the immediate aftermath of MR winning the presidential election, Chandrika Kumaranatunga, former president, would be thrown on the ground, trampled, her clothes removed, and made to run along the streets naked. The second was a videoed statement by Keheliya Rambukwella while leaving the Kandy court house. When asked about the charge against him he said he did not even know why... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/12/14)

Paul Craig Roberts-US Government Most Corrupt on Earth
On the teetering economy and possible economic collapse, former Assistant Treasury Secretary Dr. Paul Craig Roberts says, “We know something serious is wrong. The only provision of Dodd-Frank that has any teeth is the provision that says if the big banks are going to be casinos and gamble on derivatives, they cannot do that in the depository institution where depositors have their accounts. They have to farm... -Full Story- (https:/youtube.com/ - 21/12/14)

The East Pakistan Tragedy – It Hurts Even Today
By Afshain Afzal
Sixteenth December 2014 was another dark day, when foreign terrorist carried out cold blooded massacre at Army Public School, Warsak Road, Peshawar, martyring over 157 and injuring scores of other. It is being claimed that terrorist suspected that recruitment of Tribal was taking place inside school. However, there are conflicting reports that some farewell party was in progress in school’s auditorium. There are also reports that board examination was in progress in the auditorium. Whatever the case may be, one feels helpless as one cannot undo that has been done. One would like to share sympathies... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/12/14)

Burma accorded with AIF membership
By NJ Thakuria
Guwahati: Burma (now known as Myanmar) becomes a shareholder of Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Infrastructure Fund as the country has completed all formalities. Emerged as the 11th shareholder of the ASEAN Infrastructure Fund (AIF), the transforming nation thus joined hands with the other ASEAN members and also the Asian Development Bank (ADB). “Myanmar is pleased to become a full member of the AIF as this is an important step toward further integration into ASEAN and the global economy, as well as helping the country to access funding to invest in infrastructure to support its... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/12/14)

From Kandy to Colombo and then to Galle
By Charles.S.Perera
Fast trains, highways, tall buildings clean cities are no more unrealized dreams  to the people of  Sri Lanka.   The inter city train takes you from  Kandy to Colombo in a matter of three hours.  Kandy is just beginning its beautification program while Colombo is already into it. There is in the mean time a wide disparity in the thinking of the people in Kandy and those in Colombo, so much so  when it comes to elections, which is uppermost in the minds of the people today.  The Presidential elections not being too far away, one has to... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/12/14)

AT ELECTION TIME:  CITIES SPILL INTO THE VILLAGE AND VILLAGES ENLARGE INTO A CITY
 By Gomin Dayasri
In the cities it is Sirisena, in the villages it is Rajapakse. Is the nation two-dimensional? Listen to their talk. It’s a two-way mode reciprocally from the city and village on mobile phones - the beckoning instrument more valued than thousand posters. The prime unheralded weapon of mass destruction that annihilated Fonseka last time. Who will suffer this time as the dialogue extends from home to home?  Come elections, either the cities will spill into the village or villages will enlarge into the city.  The differences merge to become one. Which will overtake the other is... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/12/14)

එසේ නම් සුමිතුර අසන්න මේ අවසාන සටනයි
මහින්ද පතිරණ Courtesy Divaina
ඕනෑම අරගලයක අන්තිම ම සටන සිදුවන්නේ සතුරු කඳවුර තුළ නොව මිතුරු එක තුළ ය. ඒ සතුරා මාරාන්තික පසුබෑමකින් අනතුරු ව වෙනත් ආකෘතියකින් අනිවාර්යයෙන් ම නැවත සටනට පිවිසෙන නිසා ය. මිතුරු කඳවුර තුළ සාමාන්‍යයෙන් මෙම සටන නැවත මතුවන්නේ නොසිතූ නොවිරූ ලෙසිනි. ලංකාවේ බෙදුම්වාදී සටන නන්දිකඩාල් කලපුවෙන් අවසන් වූයේ නැත. එහි දී ඊට විරාමයක්‌ ලැබුණා පමණි. මේ දැන් දිගහැරෙමින් තිබෙන්නේ අන්තිම සටනේ දෙවැනි උපක්‍රමික දිගුවයි. මෙහෙයුම් සැලසුම යටත් විජිත හීනමානය නිසා ජාත්‍යාලය අහිමි කරගත් සිංහල රදලයින් විසින් කරන අතර එහි ප්‍රමුඛතම සෙබළා ලෙස දුබල හෙළ බොදු ගොවියෙකු පෙරමුණට යවා ඇත. සටන තීරණාත්මක ය. මේ ඒ පිළිබඳ කෙරෙන කරුණු... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/12/14)

Sirisena seems to be working on instructions from a foreign power
Vimutti
Sirisena seems to be working on instructions from a foreign powe and that power is the United States who is more interested in using Sri Lanka as part of its effort to contain (oppress) China than developing the Sri Lanka economy and lifting people out of poverty. Ranil now says if Maithripala is elected he is going to roll back the 1.5 BILLION dollar Chinese funded Colombo Port City development, the largest development of its kind in the world. He is not interested in economic development of Sri Lanka or lifting people out of poverty with the thousands... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/12/14)

Sri Lanka #89 Best Countries for Business-Forbes
Sri Lanka is placed 89th out of 146 nations in the Forbes’ Best Countries for Business 2014 ranking, Forbes announced. India has been placed 93rd, behind countries like Mexico, Kazakhstan The best country for business this year is Denmark, which ranked No. 1 three straight years between 2008 and 2010. The top10 includes also Hong Kong, New Zealand, Ireland, Sweden, Canada, Norway, Singapore and Switzerland. At a Glance
GDP Growth: 6.3% GDP/Capita: $6,500 Trade Balance: -3.8% Population: 21.9M Public Debt As % of GDP: 78% Unemployment: 5.1% Inflation: 4.7% Sri Lanka continues to experience strong economic growth following... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 19/12/14)

Lessons for Sri Lanka: What regime CHANGE resulted for Libya
Shenali D Waduge
The West's onslaught to topple Gaddafi and liberate Libya began on 15th February 2011 and ended on 20th October 2011. Noteworthy is the manner Libya was orchestrated to fall. Starting with PEACEFUL PROTESTS a surge of foreign 'rebels' flooded into Libya from borders to take on Gaddafi’s troops. Gaddafi’s 42 year reign ended when he was summarily executed in the most brutal and undeserving manner watched virtually live. 4 years later Libya is in complete chaos. Only now the Libyans feel sorrow, remorse and guilt for the manner their leader was eliminated. Too late they have understood the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 19/12/14)

Maithri is the Presidential Candidate of the New Democratic Front - Not the Common Candidate or UNP
Listen SriLankans 
When will the Maithri Mania begin to realize that Maithri is NOT a common candidate - Maithri is the Presidential Candidate of the New Democratic Front Maithri Palanayak is what the manifesto promises - Goodbye Ranil is what that will mean Maithri Yugayak is what the manifesto will lead to - Goodbye Ranil and UNP We know Maithri cant lead...he doesn't know where Buckingham Palace is, he says one thing then denies it, Buddhists should not trust him... a man who holds the sacred Buddha's relics and lies is no custodian of the countr... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 19/12/14)

CBK says, "I finished 75 percent of the war
P.Ariyasinghe, Melbourne
At a news conference held a couple of days ago, former President Chandrika had claimed to the war victory saying, that 75 per cent of the war was finished during her regime. If so, why did she stay for nine years to announce this ? It is true that the Jaffna Fort was captured during her tenure. But that is not 75 per cent. She had also said that the LTTE retreated to the Jungles and their presence was insignificant. Is this the reason why she offered Prabhakaran the North and the East for ten years on a platter.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 19/12/14)

Does Udaya Gamanpilla deserve a responsible position after the Election? My answer is NO.
LANKAPUTHRA
 December 13th Sunday Leader had an editorial and a heading “Give Udaya Gammanpila a chance”. Infolanka web site published it. I tried to locate it on the 14th but could not, so I do not have a URL.   Sincere advice to Udaya, it is up to you to take it or leave it. First you must denounce JHU for what the party has done over the years. Few months ago Champica went to UK to address JHU overseas members. Who funded this trip, his money or JHU money? My understanding is that every month there is a... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 19/12/14)

Champika Ranawaka - a bull in a china shop
Hot News
What development? Let’s eat and merry, that was the message given to voters by Champika Ranawake on behalf of Sirisena’s campaign. By the sheer number of email circulated by Champika’s coordinator Dhanushka Ramanayake,  Champika Runawaka beat everyone else in the presidential race to introduce new policies for the hypothetical Sirisena Government. According to Patali Champika Ranawaka Media (PCR Media), in a recent election meeting held at Avissawella  Mr. Ranawaka pledged on behalf of Sirisena that Sirisena government will abolish fuel tax and reduce petrol price by Rs 52/-  per litre and diesel by Rs17/- per litre immediately.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 19/12/14)

Sirisena reneged on vow made on casket of Buddha’s relics – Sangha Nayake Thera
Ven. Piyananda Thera
Opposition candidate Maithripala Sirisena was not trustworthy and should be shunned by all Buddhists for he had reneged a promise he had made by placing his hands on a casket containing the sacred relics of the Buddha, Chief Sanghanayake of the US, Dr. Walpola Piyananda Thera said. Addressing a public rally organised by the Mahajana Eksath Peramuna at Sathosa Auditorium at Homagama on Wednesday evening Ven. Piyananda Thera said Sirisena had sworn by the casket of relics of the Buddha in the presence of JHU’s Ven. Ellawela Medhananda that he would never desert the President... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 19/12/14)

Common Opposition Presidential Candidate Sirisena says Probaharan was killed while he was acting as the defence Minister and the acting defence Minister during the last few days of war against LTTE
Hot News
Addressing a campaign meeting held at Nikaweratiya yesterday, the Common opposition presidential candidate Maithripala Sirisena  admitted that LTTE supremo Probaharan was killed while he was acting as the defence Minister, indirectly admitting that if there is any war crime during last few days of Probhaharan’s rule as alleged by TNA, LTTE diaspora and the international community he is also directly responsible for any alleged war crimes.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 19/12/14)

President receives US warning through SLFP Gen. Secy
by Shamindra Ferdinando Courtesy Island
In spite of helping President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s government to bring its war, against the LTTE, to a successful conclusion, in May, 2009, the US stepped up pressure on Sri Lanka over accountability issues. The US relentlessly pursued the accountability issues, in accordance with its overall strategy, meant to haul Sri Lanka up before the Geneva-based United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC). The US project led to the launch of an external investigation into the conduct of Sri Lanka’s political and military leadership, consequent to 25th session, in Geneva, in March, last year. The US,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 19/12/14)

Wimal Weerawansa demolishes Champika Ranawake’s “book of diabolical lies” , challenge for a public debate and expose his pro TNA statement to Tamil Press on Military presence
Hot News
“There are some people making false accusations against the government claiming that the present government is taking loans for development projects at higher interest rates. These accusations are made while these parties are standing among people and hobnobbing with those who borrowed money for the government at interest rates higher than 10% when they were in power” National Freedom Front leader, minister Wimal Weerawansa said yesterday at. a press conference and challenged these parties for a public debate on this issue. “Elaborating further Wimal Weerawansa said that. '' Today, some parties are trying to make an opinion... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 19/12/14)

World denounces Taliban for Peshawar Massacre of Kids: LTTE’s terror ignored because politicians are in their pockets!
Shenali D Waduge 
If there is no good or bad Taliban the same should be said about the LTTE. Lives of 132 children were cut short while world leaders, diplomats and the UN continue to deliberate on who and what terrorism is. The issue remains the fact that one man’s terrorist inadvertently becomes another man’s freedom fighter and LTTE terrorists remained ‘freedom fighters’ in view of the relationship they were able to forge with Western politicians in a ‘you scratch our back and we will scratch yours’ arrangement that continues to provide the brains of the LTTE VIP status... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 19/12/14)

Backstabbing and diplomacy in London -Life Abroad - Part 109
Dr. Tilak Fernando
Two years prior to Ceylon gaining independence, Sir George Claude Stanley Corea was appointed as the first 'Ceylonese Representative' to the United Kingdom in 1946 and served in that capacity until 1949. The position was akin to a 'diplomat par excellence'. Subsequently in 1948, after Ceylon gained independence, he was appointed to the United States as the first 'Ceylonese Ambassador'. The Sri Lankan diplomatic service which has metamorphosed from 25 Grosvenor Square, London W1 to 13 Hyde Park Gardens, London W2 from 1949, the following personalities have served... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 19/12/14)

Disintergartion of JHU even before presidential election- 17 out of 29 JHU Provincial Council members left JHU to join SLFP
Hot News
In an interview with journalists today, Udaya gammanpila said 17 out of 29 JHU provincial council members have pledged their support to the government presidential candidate Mahinda Rajapakse. Ther e are 8 Bikkhus in that group. 17 JHU PS members support MR
Courtesy Daily Mirror
Western Provincial Councilor Udaya Gammanpila who crossed over to the government recently said seventeen out of the 29 Jathika Hela Urumaya Pradeshiya Sabha monks today joined the government to support President Mahinda Rajapaksa and vowed to form their own party. (Jehan Gunasekara) - See more at: http://www.dailymirror.lk/59161/17-jhu-ps-members-support-mrsthash.vsBMtpKT.dpuf Courtesy... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 19/12/14)

India says Eelam includes Greater Tamil Nadu - Sri Lankan Voters Beware of CBK-Maithri-TNA MOU
Shenali D Waduge
India has sent out an important message. LTTE is not dead after all though its leader and key ground force leaders were eliminated in May 2009. People had forgotten about those that funded the LTTE, those that ran propaganda for the LTTE and the minds that strategized LTTE’s terror as well as people in office whose personal ideologies lends support to creating separatism. Rewind our memory and relook at the Greater Eelam agenda and realize why India palmed off Eelam to Sri Lanka to avoid calamity on home soil after crushing the We Tamil movement. LTTE... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 19/12/14)

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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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  • Historical Development of Sinhala and Scripts click on the links!!
    -Beginning and growth of civilization in Sri Lanka
    -Unethical conversion violates the UN convention on the right of the child

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