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Sri Lanka's Foreign Policy Challenges China, India and the Indian Ocean Part III
By Dr. Palitha Kohana Courtesy The Island
India maintains a base in the Seychelles and has concluded an agreement to build an airstrip and a sophisticated "monitoring station" at a cost of US$45million. It has also signed a Bilateral Agreement for Navy Cooperation with Singapore that provides Indian Navy ships temporary deployment facilities and logistics support at Singapore's Changi naval base, which is near the disputed South China Sea. Indian military strength in Indian Ocean region is formidable. It seems unlikely that China, even if it wished, and the alleged string of pearls (strategic harbours?) is real, would be rash... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/05/18)

HNB Kilinochchi Branch – Commemorating proscribed LTTE during office hours!
By shenali Waduge
The social media relayed 2 horrifying photos of the staff of HNB Branch Kilinochchi commemorating dead LTTE terrorists. Candles were lit in front of an image that had printed “Remembering the Tamil Genocide” May 18 “War Crimes Day” this comes in the backdrop of a meek & ineffective government allowing the commemoration of a banned terrorist group publicly & even inside the state run Jaffna university. It therefore comes as no surprise when a leading bank in which the Sri Lankan state also has shares is actually commemorating the LTTE during office hours! The action being... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/05/18)

Jaffna University-do not let racist politicians to destroy the future of Jaffna youth and the University.
Prof Channa Jayasumana Secretary, National University Teachers' Association
22nd May 2018, Prof. Ratnam Vigneswaran, Vice chancellor, University of Jaffna, Thirunelvely, Jaffna. Dear Prof Vigneswaran, Jaffna University-do not let racist politicians to destroy the future of Jaffna youth and the University. We, as responsible university academics in Sri Lanka have noted with dismay the involvement of the Jaffna University students during the recent so called “Mullivaikkal Remembrance Day” observances. While the general population of Jaffna was mostly uninvolved, the Jaffna University students were acting like unofficial private army of the chief minister of the Northern Province CV Vigneswaran and transgressing... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/05/18)

China tells all mosques to raise national flag to 'promote a spirit of patriotism'
report from DAWN -Pakistan
All Chinese mosques should raise the national flag to “promote a spirit of patriotism” among Muslims, the country's top Islamic regulatory body has declared, as the Communist Party seeks to tighten its grip on religion. Flags should be hung in a “prominent position” in all mosque courtyards, the China Islamic Association said in a letter published on Saturday on its website. This would “further strengthen the understanding of national and civic ideals, and promote a spirit of patriotism among Muslims of all ethnic groups”, it read. Mosques should also publicly display information on the party's... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/05/18)

ආණ්ඩුව රණවිරු සමරුව පසෙකට දමද්දී උතුර ජන සංහාරක දිනය සමරනවා
මතුගම - වසන්ත කුමාර   උපුටාගැණීම  මව්බිම
අද මේ රටේ රණවිරුවන් සැමැරීම පසෙක දමා, නොසලකා හැර තිබෙන තත්ත්වයක් තුළ උතුරේ සියලු පාසල්වල කොඩිය අඩකුඹු කරලා ජන සංහාරක දිනයක් ලෙස සමරන්නට දීලා ආණ්ඩුව නිකම් බලා සිටින තත්ත්වයකට පත්ව ඇතැයි හිටපු ජනාධිපති පාර්ලිමේන්තු මන්ත්‍රි මහින්ද රාජපක්‍ෂ මහතා පසුගිය 20දා පානදුරේදී කීවේය. බස්නාහිර පළාත් සභා මන්ත්‍රි හිටපු පළාත් සෞඛ්‍ය ඇමැති ජගත් අංගගේ මහතාගේ දේශපාලන දිවියට වසර 40ක් පිරීම සහ එතුමාගේ පළාත් සභා දේශපාලන දිවියට වසර 25ක් පිරීම නිමිත්තෙන් පානදුර නගර සභා ශාලාවේදී පසුගිය 20දා සවස පැවැති උත්සවය අමතා මහින්ද රාජපක්‍ෂ මහතා මෙසේද පැවැසීය. ''අපි යුද්ධ කළේ දෙමළ ජනතාවත් සමඟ නෙවෙයි. යුද්ධය අවසන් කරන්න සටන්... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/05/18)

Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka Courtesy The Daily Mirror
When a future historian writes the political history of the most obtuse and inept government in postcolonial Sri Lanka, he or she will doubtless identify its most myopic move as the Constitutional prevention of Mahinda Rajapaksa running for President again, thereby opening the door for the fulfilment of the worst fear of the neoliberal cosmopolitan democrats, namely a Gotabhaya candidacy. A pivotal moment will be identified as May 18, 2018, when TV audiences watched the quasi-martial ‘Pongu Thamil’ optics from Mullivaikkal (black uniforms, motorcycle parade with red and black flags, school flags... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/05/18)

Finance Ministry Ad on Crude Oil: JO to refer matter to COPA
Lahiru Pothmulla Courtesy The Daily Mirror
The joint opposition said today it was hoping to request the Committee on Public Accounts (COPA) to summon the Finance Ministry Secretary in connection with the recent newspaper advertisement comparing crude oil prices during the previous government and today. JO MP and COPA member Bandula Gunawardena said the contents of the advertisement published by the Finance Ministry using public funds was false. “During the previous government, the price of a barrel of crude oil always remained at more than US$100. Even recent Central Bank reports confirm these prices. However, the Finance Ministry advertisement... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/05/18)

Mullivaikkal Remembrance Day: NUTA unhappy about Jaffna undergrads involvement
Courtesy The Daily Mirror
The National University Teachers' Association (NUTA) today registered their protest with the Jaffna university authorities over the involvement of undergraduates in the so-called ‘Mullivaikkal Remembrance Day” observances. NUTA Secretary Prof. Channa Jayasumana asked Jaffna University Vice Chancellor Ratnam Vigneswaran not to allow racist politicians to exploit the university students for their ends. “While the general population of Jaffna was mostly uninvolved, the Jaffna University students were acting like the unofficial private army of the Northern Province Chief Minister C.V. Vigneswaran and transgressing the law of the country by commemorating members of a banned... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/05/18)

Mahendran played key role in singing FTA: Dayasiri
Ajith Siriwardana and Yohan Perera Courtesy The Daily Mirror
SLFP MP Dayasiri Jayasekara alleged today that former Central Bank Governor Arjuna Mahendran, who was in Singapore, had played the key role in signing the Free Trade Agreement between Sri Lanka and Singapore. "Mr. Mahendran has been assigned the duties to function as the Sri Lankan representative in Singapore in matters regarding the SL-Singapore FTA while he was wanted by the courts over the Central Bank Bond scam," he said. He told parliament that even though the Singapore-Sri Lanka FTA was approved by the Cabinet, it was not discussed at length... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/05/18)

ආර්ථිකයේ පසුබෑම
උපුටාගැණීම ලංකාදීප
පසුගිය දා එළි දැක්වුණු 2017 මහබැංකු වාර්තාවට අනුව වත්මන් ආණ්ඩුවේ ආර්ථික වැඩපිළිවෙළ තුන්වෙනි වරටත් අසමත් වී ඇති බව තහවුරු වේ. ආණ්ඩුවේ ආර්ථික ඉලක්ක අතර ප්‍රධාන ඒවා වූයේ කඩිනම් ආර්ථික වර්ධනය, රැකියා දස ලක්ෂය, ණය බර තුරන් කිරීම, අපනයන සංවර්ධනය, විනිමය සංචිත වර්ධනය කිරීම, ඒක පුද්ගල ආදායම ශීඝ්‍රයෙන් වර්ධනය කිරීම, කාර්මීකරණය, ඍජු ආයෝජන වර්ධනය, යටිතල සංවර්ධනය යනාදියයි. මේ වන විට මෙම ආණ්ඩුවේ කාලයෙන් 60% හෙවත් වසර තුනක් ගෙවී ගොස් ඇත. එම කාලය තුළ 2015, 2016 හා 2017 යන වසරවලට අදාළ මහබැංකු වාර්තාවලින් දැක්වෙන්නේ වත්මන් රජයේ ආර්ථිකය හැසිරවීමෙහි අවසන් ප්‍රතිඵලයයි. මෙම කාලය තුළ අගමැතිවරයා යටතේ ආර්ථික කමිටුවක් ද පසුගිය... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/05/18)

Rohingya militant group ARSA killed at least 99 Hindus in Rakhine, says Amnesty
Courtesy NewsIn.Asia
Dhaka, May 22 (BDNews24.com): At least 99 Hindus including children were killed by Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army or ARSA in the Rakhine state of Myanmar in August 2017, says Amnesty International.  Amnesty has revealed that evidence collected after detailed investigation inside the Rakhine state and across Bangladesh border, including forensic reports and interviews, revealed that ARSA  militants had killed at least 99 Hindus and abducted Hindu villagers. It’s hard to ignore the sheer brutality of ARSA’s actions, which have left an indelible impression on the survivors we’ve spoken to,” said Tirana Hassan, Crisis Response... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/05/18)

Over 38,000 affected, 8 killed in heavy rains in Sri Lanka
Courtesy NewsIn.Asia
Colombo, May 22 (newsin.asia) – The death toll from high winds and rains which lashed out across Sri Lanka since Saturday reached eight on Tuesday while over 38,000 people were affected, the Disaster Management Center said in its latest update. The deaths were reported from the island’s south, north west and east which recorded the highest rains. Six thousand people were evacuated to safer locations while the police and tri forces were deployed for search and rescue missions in the affected areas. Till Tuesday morning, 15 districts were affected by the rains prompting authorities to warn... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/05/18)

China uses educational facilities as instruments of “soft power
Courtesy NewsIn.Asia
Colombo, May 22: In 1990, Harvard Professor Joseph S.Nye, called such an approach to building up support as the use of “soft power”. The aim of “soft power” is to create, in another country, a favorable impression of the “power” in question, modifying the impact of military or economic might. Soft power involves the use of non-coercive means such as economic and technical aid, education, culture and communication. Educational institutions are key instruments of soft power. Following the example of the Soviet Union and Russia, resurgent China ,aiming to be respected in the world as a benign... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 22/05/18)

With elections coming, Lankan foreign policy may veer away from the West
Courtesy NewsIn.Asia
Colombo, May 22 (newsin.asia): Due to geo-political compulsions, Sri Lanka has to keep its relations with the West and India on an even keel. But there are indications that it might veer away from the West and tilt towards Russia, China and Iran as it inches towards Presidential and Parliamentary elections in 2020. The socialist-nationalist Sri Lankan President, Maithripala Sirisena, is noticeably taking over foreign policy from his right wing and pro-West coalition partner, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe of the United National Party (UNP). The latest sign of this is the appointment of Dr.Saman Weerasinghe... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 22/05/18)

The Interim Report of the Constitutional Steering Committee of Sri Lanka:  A Brief Analysis, Part 3
Dharshan Weereasekera, Attorney-at-Law 
In this third and final installment, I turn to what I think is the most diabolical and dangerous aspect of the plan of the writers of the Interim Report (‘IR’) to replace the term ‘Unitary State’ in Article 2 of the Constitution with the term ‘aekiya rajyaya/orumiththa nadu.’  In Part 1, I discussed the definitions of the terms ‘Unitary State’ and ‘Federal Government’ that are now valid for purposes of Sri Lankan constitutional jurisprudence on account of the latest interpretations of the aforesaid terms by the Supreme Court. I argued that, given those definitions and... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 22/05/18)

Look at these colonial idiots whose ancestors destroyed us for 143 years and still f  ???
Dr Sudath Gunasekara 21.5.2018
I urge the President of this country (if there is one of at all)  to first read these mad statements of these British politicians published in the Tamil guardian or ask his Secretary  to read it and lodge the strongest protest of this nation against their uncalled for interference with our internal affairs with the British.Government. And then why don't this stupid Government ask the British  Government whether this is the policy of the British Government and if the answer in the affirmative, then why doesn't the Government severe all diplomatic ties with their bloody... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 22/05/18)

We thank the Sri Lankan Government for waking Sri Lankans
By shenali Waduge
A regime change puts puppets into power. The Sri Lankan government has exposed itself as possessing no powers to even stop banned terrorists from commemorating their dead. It further seals the ineffectiveness & incapacity to lead of a government that is stooping into unpopularity & hatred amongst the masses in just 3 years of coming to power. Every action that the Yahapalana leaders have taken have exposed their inefficiency across all ethnic groups in Sri Lanka. The manner that the government has sided with separatist TNA & terrorist LTTE has sealed the fate of its own... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 22/05/18)

Using taxpayers’ money to mislead the people
MEDIA RELEASE Rohan Welivita Media Secretary to Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa
Members of the public would have noticed that the Finance and Media Ministry has been publishing advertisements stating that in 2014, the world price of crude oil was USD 60 and that petrol was being sold at that time at Rs. 157 per litre whereas today in 2018, the price of crude oil is USD 78, and the local price of petrol is Rs. 137 per litre - thereby implying that the price or petrol is lower under the yahapalanaya government than it was under the Rajapaksa government. Anyone who reads... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 22/05/18)

ජනතාවට බොරු කීමට බදු ගෙවන්නාගේ මුදල් භාවිතා කිරීම
මාධ්‍ය නිවේදනය රොහාන් වැලිවිට හිටපු ජනාධිපති මහින්ද රාජපක්‍ෂ මහතාගේ  මාධ්‍ය ලේකම්
2014 වසරේදී ලෝක බොරතෙල් මිල ඇමරිකානු ඩොලර් 60ක් වූ බවත්, ඒ කාලයේදී ලංකාවේ පෙට්‍රල් මිල ලීටරයට රුපියල් 157ක් වූ බවත්, 2018 දී බොරතෙල් බැරලයක මිල ඇ.ඩො. 78 ක් වන අතර පෙට්‍රල් ලීටරය රුපියල් 137 ක් වැනි අඩු මුදලකට යහපාලන ආණ්ඩුව විසින් ජනතාවට ලබාදෙන බව කියමින් මුදල් හා ජනමාධ්‍ය අමාත්‍යංශය විසින් මැතක සිට පලකරන දැන්වීම් කවුරුත් දැක ඇත. නවතම මහබැංකු වාර්තාව කියවන ඕනෑම කෙනෙකුට පෙනෙනු ඇත්තේ 2014 වසර පුරා පැවති සාමාන්‍ය බොරතෙල් මිල වූයේ ඇ.ඩො. 60 නොව, ඇ.ඩො. 104 බවය. 2014 වසරේ අවසාන මාස තුනේ දී බොරතෙල් මිල පහත වැටීමට පටන් ගත්... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 22/05/18)

President says that it is a shame failing to identify the true identity of the terrorist and a war hero (PMD News (Ge) Saturday May 19th, 2018)
Sudath Gunasekara 21.5. 2018
While congratulating the President on this press release I thought asking him whether he will sack Rajita Senaratna “his Minister Confidante” and adviser first, the gabbler “media spoke man of the Cabinet who cannot identify the true difference between the terrorist and a war hero. This man of many tongues has already reached the climax of unpopularity in the country. Isn’t it better at least for your own safety, if you remove him before he does any more damage to you and your Government and commits further treachery leading to the downfall of your Government?... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 22/05/18)

‘බදු ගෙවන ඔබට ස්තුතියි..’ ටොං පච කියන්න ජනතා බදු මුදල් අවභාවිතා කිරීම මෙන්න..
හිටපු ජනාධිපති මහින්ද රාජපක්‍ෂ මහතාගේ මාධ්‍ය ලේකම් රොහාන් වැලිවිට මහතා විසින් නිකුත් කරන ලද නිවේදනයක් මෙහි දැක්වෙයි.
ජනතාවට බොරු කීමට බදු ගෙවන්නාගේ මුදල් භාවිතා කිරීම 2014 වසරේදී ලෝක බොරතෙල් මිල ඇමරිකානු ඩොලර් 60ක් වූ බවත්, ඒ කාලයේදී ලංකාවේ පෙට්‍රල් මිල ලීටරයට රුපියල් 157ක් වූ බවත්, 2018 දී බොරතෙල් බැරලයක මිල ඇ.ඩො. 78 ක් වන අතර පෙට්‍රල් ලීටරය රුපියල් 137 ක් වැනි අඩු මුදලකට යහපාලන ආණ්ඩුව විසින් ජනතාවට ලබාදෙන බව කියමින් මුදල් හා ජනමාධ්‍ය අමාත්‍යංශය විසින් මැතක සිට පලකරන දැන්වීම් කවුරුත් දැක ඇත. නවතම මහබැංකු වාර්තාව කියවන ඕනෑම කෙනෙකුට පෙනෙනු ඇත්තේ 2014 වසර පුරා පැවති සාමාන්‍ය බොරතෙල් මිල වූයේ ඇ.ඩො.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 22/05/18)

බුදු දහමට ප‍්‍රමුඛස්ථානය.. ‘නැගපිය පරයා ඉක්මනට’ කියා නියෝජ්‍ය පොලිස්පති නාලක ද සිල්වා සෝභිත හිමිගේ බඩට පයින් ගසයි..
 අරවින්ද අතුකෝරල
පිවිතුරු හෙල උරුමයේ නායක පාර්ලිමේන්තු මන්ත‍්‍රී උදය ගම්මන්පිල මහතා එම පක්‍ෂ මූලස්ථානයේදී පැවති මාධ්‍ය හමුවක් අමතමින් මෙසේ අදහස් පල කලේය.දිගන ප්‍රදේශයේ ඇති වුණු සිංහල – මුස්ලිම් ගැටුම සම්බන්ධයෙන් 129ක් පොලිසියෙන් අත්අඩංගුවට ගත්තා.  එයින් 105ක් තවමත් අත්අඩංගුවේ පසු වෙන්නේ.  ඔවුන් නිදහස් කරන්නෙත් නෑ.  නඩු පවරන්නෙත් නෑ.  මහ සොහොන් බලකායේ නිර්මාතෘ අමිත් වීරසිංහ අනුරාධපුර බන්ධනාගාරයේ රඳවා තිබෙනවා.  අනිත් 104 දෙනා පල්ලේකැලේ බන්ධනාගාරයේ රඳවා තිබෙනවා.  සැබැවින්ම කලබල කළ අය අත්අඩංගුවට ගෙන නැති බවත් අත්අඩංගුවට ගත්තේ කලබල සම්බන්ධයෙන් කිසිම සම්බන්ධයක් නොමැති අය බවත් සිංහල සංවිධාන ඇවිත් මා දැනුම්වත් කළා.  ඒ අනුව මම අනුරාධපුරයේ සහ පල්ලේකැලේ බන්ධනාගාර වලට ගිහින් මේ අය මුණ ගැසුණා. මේ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 22/05/18)

අපි යාපනය පුස්තකාලයට ගිනි තියපු උදාර ජාතියක්...- ධර්මසිරි බණ්ඩාරනායක
වෛද්‍ය රුවන් එම් ජයතුංග 
ධර්මසිරි බණ්ඩාරනායකගේ මේ කතාව වැරදි බවයි මගේ හැඟීම​. යාපනය පුස්තකාලයට ගිනි තිබ්බේ දේශපාලන මැරයෝ. ඒකට ජාතිකත්වයක් ගාවා ගැනීම වරදක්. යාපනය පුස්තකාලයට ගිනි තිබ්බේ සිංහලයන් කියන අර්ථයෙන් ගතහොත් දළදා මාලිගාවට බෝම්බ ගැහුවේ ද්‍රවිඩයන් කියන්න පුලුවන් . මේ අර්ථ දෙකම වැරදියි නේද ? මේ එම සිදුවීමට සම්බන්ධ වූ එක් පුද්ගලයෙකු මට කියූ කතාවක් යාපනය පුස්තකාලයට ගිනි තැබූ පුද්ගලයෙකුගේ පාපොච්චාරණය
යාපනය පුස්තකාලයට ගිනි තිබූ පුද්ගලයෙකු විසින් මට හෙළි කල කතාව මා ලියන්නේ වසර ගනනකට පසුවය​. එහෙත් මෙම සිදුවීම ගැන පුද්ගල සඳහනක් නොකොට 2002 වසරේදී මා විසින්... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 22/05/18)

Bandula questions about CID’s action on Northern CM’s statement
උතුරේ මහ ඇමති කළ ප්‍රකාශය ගැන CID එක ගන්න ක්‍රියාමාර්ගය මොකද්ද?
https://youtu.be/nz2iJqzXu-o... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 22/05/18)

Commemorating terrorists is not reconciliation - Gotabhaya Rajapaksa (English)
https://youtu.be/ZsGShWdOsIg... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 22/05/18)

Protests against Rajitha's statement today (English)
  https://youtu.be/5QDWDWZ_NCg... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 22/05/18)

The Island fruit that caused a mutiny
By Laura Kiniry Courtesy BBC
18 May 2018 In French Polynesia, breadfruit is an essential part of both the islanders' diet and their culture – so much so, that its story is cemented in history. The French Polynesians have a legend about a famine that occurred on the island of Ra'iātea. A family of six were so desperate for food that they went to live in a cave and ate wild ferns that grew in the surrounding valley. The family patriarch couldn't bear to watch his loved ones suffer, so he told his wife that he was... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 22/05/18)

Hundreds Of Migrant Workers Return In Sealed Coffins
By Nirmala Kannangara Courtesy Sunday Leader
Shocking revelations have come to the fore on how hundreds of bodies of Sri Lanka’s migrant workers in Middle East countries had been brought back to the country each year, although the numbers had been kept as a ‘top’ secret by the Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment (SLBFE) and the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA). In 2014 alone, up to end September, 350 bodies had be brought to the country of which figure, 202 had been from Saudi Arabia and other Middle Eastern countries while 148 bodies had been sent from other countries.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 22/05/18)

Arrya founbdation + 1990 Kokavil SBS interview web links WITH CHARITA KIRIELLA AT RANAVIRU UPAHARA ,MELBOURNE 2018
මවුබිම වෙනුවෙන් සටන්වැදි රණවිරුවන් අද කොතැනද? 'ආර්ය' පදනම SBS සිංහල ට හෙළිකල දෑ
ශ්‍රී ලංකාවේ 30 වසකට ආසන්න කාලයක් පැවති යුද්ධය නිමාකිරීමට දායක වුනු රණවිරුවන්ගේ සුභසාධනය වෙනුවෙන් ස්වේච්චාවෙන් කැපවුණු සංවිධානයක් වන 'ආර්ය' සංවිධානය මේ දිනවල මෙල්බර්න් නුවරට පැමිණ සිටී. එම සංවිධානයේ ප්‍රධානී සහ ජත්‍යන්තර සම්බන්ධිකරණ නිලධාරී තනුජා දන්වත්ත SBS සිංහල ගුවන් විදුලිය සමඟ ආර්ය සංවිධානයේ කාර්යභාරය පිළිබඳව හෙලිකල තොරතුරු මෙම විශේෂාංගයෙන් .. https://www.sbs.com.au/yourlanguage/sinhalese/si/audiotrack/mvubim-venuven-sttnvaedi-rnnviruvn-ad-kotaend-aary-pdnm-hellikryi?language=si   '1990 කොකාවිල්' : කොකාවිල් ප්‍රහාරය ශ්‍රී ලංකා සිවිල් යුද්ධයේදී අභීත විරු සැමරුම් අතරට එක්වුණු කතාව SBS සිංහල වෙතින්.
ශ්‍රී ලංකාවේ පැවති සිවිල් යුද්දය අවසන්ව වසර 9 ක් ගතවීම වෙනුවෙන් SBS සිංහල වැඩසටහනෙන් විරෝධාර රණවිරුවකුගේ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 22/05/18)

Sri Lanka: Heavy rains, landslides kill 7, leave 1,000 displaced
Courtesy WION News
Heavy monsoon rains in Sri Lanka have killed seven people, prompting authorities to warn against landslides and floods in low-lying areas after spill gates had to be opened across the Indian Ocean island. Lightning killed three people, a landslide a fourth, and the fifth death was the result of a fallen tree, said officials at the country’s Disaster Management Centre. The Disaster Management Center said 1,024 people were moved to 20 safe locations. Hundreds of army troops and police were deployed to carry out relief work and rescue operations as heavy... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 22/05/18)

සල්ලිවලට ගිවිසුම් හරහා රට පාවාදෙන ජාතිභ්‍රෂ්ටයෝ
-ලසන්ත වික්‍රමසිංහ
දූෂණයේ ඇති ප්‍රධානම ගැටලුව දූෂණය නොවේ. දූෂණයේ ඇති ප්‍රධාන ගැටලුව රට පාවා දීමට දූෂණය යොදා ගැනීමයි. ශ්‍රී ලංකාව සිංගප්පුරුව සමඟ භාණ්ඩ, සේවා, ආයෝජන සහ ආගමන විගමන යන සියලුම ක්ෂේත්‍රයන් ඇතුලත් ඉතා පුලුල් නිදහස් වෙළඳ ගිවිසුමක් අත්සන් කර ඇත. එසේම නොබෝ දිනකින් ඉන්දියාව සමඟ එට්කා ගිවිසුම අත්සන් කිරීමට ද නියමිතය. චීනය සහ තායිලන්තය සමඟද මෙවැනි පුලුල් ආර්ථික ගිවිසුම්වලට එලැබීමට රජය මානබලමින් සිටියි. මේ ගිවිසුම් සඳහා රජය එළඹෙන්නේ ජාතික වෙළඳ ප්‍රතිපත්තියක් නොමැතිවය. විදේශීය වෘත්තිකයන්ට රට තුළට එන්නට ඉඩ සැලසුවද ශ්‍රී ලංකාව තුළ වෘත්තිකයන් ලියාපදිංචියට සහ නියාමනය සඳහා අවශ්‍ය කිසිදු ක්‍රියාමාර්ගයක් ස්ථාපිත නොකරය. එපමණක් නොව මෙම ගිවිසුම් මඟින් රටට වාසිද අවාසිද යන්න... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 22/05/18)

ලංකාවේ විකල්ප උගත්තු දෙවැනි ලෝක යුද්ධ කාලේ රුසියාවේ හිටියා නම් කියන කතා ටිකක්..
ඉසුරු ප්‍රසංග  යුතුකම සංවාද කවය
> රට ජාතිය වෙනුවෙන් මිනී මරන, අහිංසක ජර්මානුවන්ගේ හිස් මතට බෝම්බ අතාරින ජාතිවාදී රුසියන් රතු හමුදාව...  > තවත් රටක මිනිස්සු තොග පිටින් මරලා ලේවලින් කිරිබත් උයාගෙන කන නරුම රුසියානු අධිපතිවාදය...  > යුගයක රජයන අදහස් කියන්නේ පාලක පන්තියේ අදහස්... ව්‍යාජ සමාජවාදී රතු සලුවක් පොරව ගත්තු අන්ත දූෂිත ඒකාධිපති පාලක පන්තියේ දෘෂ්ටිවාදය තමයි අද දේශප්‍රේමය ඔස්සේ මිනීමරු ජාතිවාදය, යුධවාදය, මිල්ටරිකරණය දක්වා ගමන් කරලා තියෙන්නේ... මාක්ස්.... අල්තුසර්... ලැකාන්... ෆුකෝ... ඩෙරීඩා.... > නාසිවාදියෝ කියන්නේ පීඩිත පන්තියේ අපේම සගයෝ... නාසි තරුණයෝ ආයුධ ගන්න, ගෑස් කාමර හදන්න බලපාපු හේතු තියනවා. ඒ හේතුවලට විසඳුම් නොදී පලය විනාශ කළාට වැඩක් නෑ. >... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 22/05/18)

Mangala knows I can, that’s why false propaganda: Gota
Lahiru Pothmulla Courtesy The Daily Mirror
Former Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa on Sunday said Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera was spreading false propaganda against him because the minister was aware of his ability. He recalled how Minister Samaraweera pasted posters against Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe during the time of President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga. “Recently, Minister Samaraweera said he knew Mr. Wickremesinghe could perform well and that was why he pasted posters against Mr.Wickremesinghe. Similarly, he has initiated a false propaganda campaign against me and I can say this is because he knows I can,” Mr. Rajapaksa told an event organised by... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 22/05/18)

As the country looks back on May 19, 2009, the memorable day that three decades of terrorism was mercifully ended, the world has deliberately forgotten one of the key contributors to that  outcome-the rescue of Tamil civilian human shields taken hostage by LTTE for use as its sole survival strategy during the last stages of Eelam War IV. The western governments and the international media consistently used the war crimes allegations to tarnish Sri Lankan Security Forces (SLSF) and downgrade one of its heroic and humanitarian acts – the mass rescue of Tamil civilians at Nanthikadal. The... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/05/18)

9th Successive Annual Ranaviru Commemoration Wellington New Zealand 19th May  2018.
Dr. Chula Rajapakse MNZM Spokeperson USLA
The 9th successive annual Ranaviru commemoration organized by the United Sri Lanka Association (USLA), Wellington NZ was held at it’s premises Lak Madura, in Tawa Wellington starting at 4pm., with Mr. Palitha de Silva , USLA vice President in the chair. Following the singing of Namo Namo Matha and observing a two minutes silence in memory of the victims of the war, Mr. De Silva addressed the meeting. He reminded that the meeting  was honoring  the  sacrifices  & memory of all those killed during the war, including those of all sections of the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/05/18)

මේ ර ට ගොඩ ගන්නපු`ථවන් සර්ට විතරයි - ව්‍යාපාරිකයෝ මහින්දට කියති  බුලිත ප්‍රදීප් කුමාර  Irida Divaina
Dr Sarath Obyeskera
Just three years ago same business leaders were flocking around MS to get rid of MR .Now they may opt to get GR as the leader .Neither MR nor GR let alone MS were people who were of capitalist upbringing like JR or RW.Even SWRD was not a leader who could see the future of free marker development. They were just opportunistic politicians waiting to grab power riding on the people’s back .They got hold of power by finding faults of the leaders who were suppressing the masses. SWRD was never a socialist but  educated in... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/05/18)

මෛත්‍රී චන්ද්‍රිකාට එරෙහි වෙයි
ඩබ්ලිව්. කේ. ප්‍රසාද් මංජු උපුටාගැණීම  මව්බිම
2020 වනතුරු ජාතික ආණ්ඩුවේ සිටීමට ශ්‍රී ලංකා නිදහස් පක්ෂයේ සමහරුන්ට වුවමනා වී තිබුණද එසේ සිටියොත් ශ්‍රී ලංකා නිදහස් පක්ෂය කුණු වී දිය වී යනු ඇති බව ජනාධිපති මෛත්‍රිපාල සිරිසේන මහතා ශ්‍රී ලංකා නිදහස් පක්ෂයේ මධ්‍යම කාරක සභා රැස්වීමේදී ප්‍රකාශ කරනවාත් සමඟම හිටපු ජනාධිපතිනි චන්ද්‍රිකා බණ්ඩාරනායක කුමාරතුංග මහත්මිය රැස්වීමෙන් පිටව ගොස් තිබේ. ජාතික ආණ්ඩුවෙන් ඉවත් වෙනවාද නැද්ද සම්බන්ධයෙන් දැනට ජාතික ආණ්ඩුවේ සිටින ශ්‍රී ලංකා නිදහස් පක්‍ෂයේ ඇමැතිවරුන් 23 දෙනා කඩිනමින් තීන්දුවක් ගත යුතු බව ජනාධිපතිවරයා මෙම මධ්‍යම කාරක සභා රැස්වීමේදී ප්‍රකාශ කර ඇත. ජාතික ආණ්ඩුවේ වැඩි කාලයක් රැඳී සිටීම දේශපාලනමය වශයෙන් ශ්‍රී ලංකා නිදහස් පක්‍ෂයට... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/05/18)

යුද විජයග්‍රහණය සමරන්නට ආණ්ඩුව බය ඇයි?
ගාල්ල දෙව්සිරි පී. හේවාවිදාන ලන්ඩන් නුවර සිට  උපුටාගැණීම  මව්බිම
සිංහලයන්ට හැම දෙයක්ම මතක තියෙන්නේ සුමාන දෙකකට පමණයි කියා කිව්වේ ලෝකයේ දරුණුතම ම්ලේච්ඡ මිනීමරුවා වූ ප්‍රභාකරන්ය. ඒ කෘෘර මිනිසා මියගොස් වසර නවයක් ගත වුවද ඒකා කියූ දේ කොතරම් සත්‍යයක් දැයි මට හිතෙන්නේ අපේ මිනිසුන් දැන් හැසිරෙන විදිය දෙස බලන විටයි. මෙයට වසර දහයකට විස්සකට පෙර ශ්‍රී ලංකාවේත් විශේෂයෙන් කොළඹ තිබුණු බිහිසුණු තත්ත්වය අපට දැන් අමතකය. උදේ වැඩට යන සැමියා ආපසු ගෙදර එතැයි බිරියට විශ්වාසයක් තිබුණේ නැත. කඩේට බඩුවක් ගන්න අපි ගියේ අප්‍රමාණ බයකිනි. පාන්දර සුපිරි ඉස්කෝලෙට ගිය පුතා-දුව හැන්දෑවට ගෙදර එන්නේ පෙට්ටියක් තුළ වැතිරී විය හැකිය යන අප්‍රමාණ බය මවුපියන් තුළ තිබිණි.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/05/18)

Logjam in ethnic reconciliation spurs extremism in Sri Lanka
Courtesy NewsIn.Asia
Colombo, May 20: Nine years after the war between the Sri Lankan armed forces and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) ended in May 2009, reconciliation between Sri Lanka’s majority Sinhalese and minority Tamils still appears to be a far cry. And most disturbingly, the logjam is creating the ground for extremist thinking on both sides of the ethnic divide, forcing President Maithripala Sirisena to take note of it in his address to the Security Forces on the occasion of War Heroes’ Day here on May 19, writes P.K.Balachandran. He vowed to fight... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/05/18)

China, India and the Indian Ocean: Sri Lanka’s Foreign Policy Challenges Part II
by Dr Palitha Kohona  Courtesy The Island
(Continued from Saturday) The need to develop and catch up Today, dragged behind in the development race by 30 years of terrorism, (terrorism resulted in $200 billion in lost opportunity costs for Sri Lanka) mismanagement, credibility gap, and increasingly poor governance, the country, with the economy struggling, is seeking to attract foreign investments to fast track its economic development. When the new government was elected to power in 2015, misguided attempts were made to attract Western resources through ill-considered international commitments made at the Human Rights Council, and an unfortunate effort to crudely distance... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/05/18)

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