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Bigotry at the UNHRC.
GET REAL with Mahieash Johnney 
Sri Lanka is facing repeated baseless accusations at the UNHRC this time around as well, which primarily stems from the Darusman report. What is the reality behind these calls for accountability? 41st Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Sri Lanka Sarath N. Silva joins Mahieash Johnney this week to discuss the legal basis of the challenges in the UNHRC. Original on air date - 25th of February 2021 https://youtu.be/bd0W40IUwqw... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/03/21)

UNHRC Divides the World
By Shivanthi Ranasinghe Courtesy Ceylon Today
The world is a divided place as evidenced by the interactive dialogue on the OHCHR Report on Sri Lanka during the ongoing 46th Session of UN Human Rights Council. Instead of being the mediator, the actions of the incumbent High Commissioner of the UNHRC Michelle Bachelet are exacerbating this division further. Unless Bachelet takes corrective measures that deviates her Office from the UN mandate, she too will leave behind her a failed legacy as her predecessors did. As such, all member States must engage with the UN and its... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/03/21)

THE GENERAL ELECTION OF 1956 Part 7A
KAMALIKA PIERIS
Bandaranaike had advocated an independent foreign policy for Sri Lanka long before he became Prime Minister. In 1952, Bandaranaike speaking in Parliament during the debate on the Throne speech said that Sri Lanka has so far failed to   formulate a well defined and independent foreign policy. Sri Lanka should play an important and constructive role in international affairs. She should be neutral in power politics. Sri Lanka should occupy a position in South Asia like that of Switzerland in Europe, he said. In 1954, Bandaranaike persuaded Sri Lanka Parliament to   approve Panchaseela. The... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/03/21)

Problems in Geneva: Facts that brought us here
Dr. SARATH GAMINI De SILVA Courtesy The Island
The annual patriotic taunts and the laments of the majority are heard as the day of reckoning approaches in Geneva. We are shouting ourselves hoarse, complaining that the whole world is ganging up against the brave Sri Lankans, to punish them for eliminating the most brutal terrorist outfit the world has ever seen. It is true that what was achieved in 2009 is something that no other country could do in eliminating terrorism. But does that guarantee peace when the basic grievances that led to civil unrest over the years... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/03/21)

Yupa in a Buddhist Stupa
By Ama H. Vanniarachchy 
Since the Department of Archaeology began exploration and excavation work in the Northern areas of the island, it has been the talk of the town. There were some incidents which stirred up some controversy, starting from arguments about the identity of these ancient monasteries and the true inheritance of them. One such highly controversial place was Mullaitivu. Despite the archaeological and historical evidence, there were disputes about the place's history. Therefore, Ceylon Today took you on a voyage to the past of Mullaitvu in one of our previous heritage articles.  ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/03/21)

Liberalism or Hypocrisy? | Ruchir Sharma and Sanjay Dixit
The Jaipur Dialogues
  https://youtu.be/bGaztD29pe0... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/03/21)

In Update on India, UN Human Rights Chief Highlights Farmers' Protests, Sedition Charges, Kashmir
Courtesy Wire
India has said the update lacked 'objectivity and impartiality'. United Nations human rights chief Michelle Bachelet. Photo: Twitter/UNGeneva New Delhi: United Nations Human Rights commissioner Michele Bachelet raised the farmers’ protests, sedition charges against journalists and curbing of social media in an update to the Human Rights Council on Friday, February 27. In her oral update, Bachelet had raised concerns about human rights issues in 50 countries, ranging from Spain to Sudan. In the part about India, she observed that farmers’ protests “highlight the importance of... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/03/21)

India, UN human rights chief clash over farmers protests
Times of India
NEW DELHI: India and UN human rights chief < .. Read more at:http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/81237179.cms?utm_source=contentofinterest&utm_medium=text&utm_campaign=cppst... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/03/21)

අම්බලන්ගොඩ සුධර්ම අනුනාහිමි අක්ත්‍ර පත්‍ර ප්‍රදානෝත්සවය අග්‍රාමාත්‍යතුමාගේ ප්‍රධානත්වයෙන් පැවැත්වෙයි
අග්‍රාමාත්‍ය මාධ්‍ය අංශය
අම්බලන්ගොඩ සිරි විජයාරාම මහා විහාරාධිපති රාජකීය පණ්ඩිත ශාස්ත්‍රපති අති පූජ්‍ය අම්බලන්ගොඩ සුධර්ම ස්වාමීන් වහන්සේට අමරපුර සිරි සද්ධම්ම යුක්තික මාතර මහා නිකායේ අනුනායක ධූරය පිරිනැමීමේ අක්ත්‍ර පත්‍රය ප්‍රදානය ගරු අග්‍රාමාත්‍ය මහින්ද රාජපක්ෂ මහතාගේ ප්‍රධානත්වයෙන් අද 2021.02.28 දින පස්වරුවේ පැවැත්විණි. මෙම අක්ත්‍ර පත්‍රය පිළිගැන්වීමේ උත්සවය අම්බලන්ගොඩ, හිරේවත්ත සිරි විජයාරාම මහා විහාරයේ දී පැවැත්විණි. අමරපුර සිරි සද්ධම්ම යුක්තික මාතර මහා නිකායේ සිරි පවර විසුද්ධාචර්ය මහෝපාධ්‍යාන ශාස්ත්‍රාචාර්ය මහ නායක අති පූජ්‍ය නාකුළුගමුවේ පේමතිලක මහනාහිමියෝ අති පූජ්‍ය අම්බලන්ගොඩ සුධර්ම අනුනාහිමියන්ට අදාළ අක්ත්‍ර පත්‍රය පිළිගැන්වූහ. අග්‍රාමාත්‍ය මහින්ද රාජපක්ෂ මහතා අමරපුර සිරි සද්ධම්ම යුක්තික මාතර මහා... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/03/21)

අමරපුර මහ නිකායේ චූලගණ්ඨි පාර්ශවයීය සංඝසභා මූලස්ථානයට අග්‍රාමාත්‍යතුමා මුල්ගල තබයි
අග්‍රාමාත්‍ය මාධ්‍ය අංශය
ශ්‍රී ලංකා අමරපුර මහ නිකායේ චූලගණ්ඨි පාර්ශවයීය සංඝසභා මූලස්ථාන ගොඩනැගිල්ලට ගරු අග්‍රාමාත්‍ය මහින්ද රාජපක්ෂ මහතා අද 2021.02.28 දින පස්වරුවේ වැලිතර පුෂ්පාරාම විහාරස්ථානයේ දී මුල්ගල් තැබුවේය. මෙහිදී “ඤණතිලක ප්‍රභා” සමරු ග්‍රන්ථය ශ්‍රී ලංකා අමරපුර මහ නිකායේ චූලගණ්ඨි පාර්ශවයේ මහානායක, ශ්‍රී ලංකා අමරපුර මහ නිකායේ සභාපති හා වැඩබලන උත්තරීතර මහානායක ගන්තුනේ අස්සජි මහනාහිමි විසින් අග්‍රාමාත්‍යතුමාට පිළිගන්වනු ලැබූහ. අග්‍රාමාත්‍යතුමා විසින් එහිදී අතිපූජ්‍ය ගන්තුනේ අස්සජි මහනාහිමියන්ට සාහිත්‍යශූරී සමරු තිලිණය ප්‍රදානය කරන ලදි. ශ්‍රී ලංකා අමරපුර මහ නිකායේ චූලගණ්ඨි පාර්ශවයීය සංඝ සභාව ද මෙහි දී අග්‍රාමාත්‍ය මහින්ද රාජපක්ෂ මහතාට  සමරු තිලිණයක් ප්‍රදානය කළේය. අග්‍රාමාත්‍ය... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/03/21)

Veemansa Initiatives’ discussion on ‘external debt situation in Sri Lanka;
Veemansa Initiative,
Veemansa Initiatives’ discussion on ‘external debt situation in Sri Lanka; Are we heading for a resolution or crisis?’.  The Governor Central Bank is confident all debt obligations will be met.   -         The Central Bank Governor affirms the government’s commitment and ability to honor all debt obligations. -         Sri Lanka to mobilize domestic financing to meet countries investment requirements. The measures to increase foreign currency inflows and restrict outflows to continue.A Low-Interest regime and monetary expansion is sustainable in the prevailing conditions of suppressed demand and the absence... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/03/21)

Buddhists from Sri Lanka saved the flame of the Buddha Dhamma in Germany
Senaka Weeraratna
Dr. Hans Wolfgang Schumann is a German Buddhist. He is a well known Buddhist scholar and chronicler of the history of Buddhism in Germany. Born on January 31, 1928, Dr. Hans Wolfgang Schumann died on June 26th, 2019 in Bonn. In a seminal article on the state of Buddhism in Germany, ‘ Buddhism and Buddhist Studies in Germany’, Maha Bodhi Journal, Vol. 79, (February – March 1971) page 99, Dr. Schumann raises a significant question as follows: “Shouldn’t Germans be grateful to Sri Lankan Buddhist Societies for giving organizational help... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/03/21)

Rauff Hakeen responsible for UNP splitting' - Ruwan Wijewardena
Courtesy Hiru News
UNP Deputy Leader Ruwan Wijewardena says that the leader of the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress Rauff Hakeem is directly responsible for the split in the party. He was addressing a meeting of UNP district representatives. The Polonnaruwa District Representative Meeting of the United National Party was held today and the party members expressed their views as follows. Meanwhile a meeting of UNP representatives in the Trincomalee district was held yesterday.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/03/21)

US Duplicity in Human Rights
By Lakshman I. Keerthisinghe Courtesy Ceylon Today
 “I detest that man, who hides one thing in the depth of his heart and speaks forth another”– Homer- Illiad (Deciet) “The United States is fully committed to the universal protection and promotion of human rights” – Antony Blinken- US Secretary of State -Video Message to 46th UNHRC Session in Geneva US Secretary of State Antony Blinken addressing the 46th UNHRC Session stated: “We encourage the Council to support resolutions at this session addressing issues of concern around the world, …the lack... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/03/21)

JUDICIAL CORRUPTION
Dr Nihal Jayawickrama Courtesy The Island
I grew up, spending my childhood, adolescence and early adult life, in the home of a judge who ended his judicial career as head of the country’s highest court. I also had the enviable experience of serving as his private secretary sometime between my graduation and entry into the profession. The life of a judge of that time, as I observed it, is perhaps best described in the words of Justice Michael Kirby of the High Court of Australia. The regime imposed on a judge, he said, “is monastic... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/03/21)

Sri Lanka’s COVID death toll up by 07 fatalities
Courtesy Adaderana
Director-General of Health Services today (February 28) confirmed 07 new COVID-related fatalities in Sri Lanka. The new development has pushed the country’s death toll from the virus outbreak to 471, Department of Government Information said. Details of the deceased are as follows: 01. A 56-year-old man from Kurunegala area – He was under medical care at the Kurunegala Teaching Hospital at the time of his passing on Friday (February 26). COVID-19 infection and acute diabetes were recorded as the cause of death. 02. A 55-year-old man from Anuradhapura... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/03/21)

Coronavirus: 352 new positive cases within the day
Courtesy Adaderana
Sri Lanka registered 148 more positive cases of COVID-19 today (February 28) as total novel coronavirus infections reported within the day reached 352. Department of Government Information says 346 of today’s cases are close contacts of earlier cases linked to the Peliyagoda cluster. Four others were detected from the prison cluster and the remaining 02 are reportedly arrivals from foreign countries. New development has pushed the country’s confirmed COVID-19 cases count to 83,242. According to COVID-19 figures, 3,824 active cases are still under medical care at selected hospitals... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/03/21)

Spectre of Tamil hate politics marching again as Gandhian non-violence
H. L. D. Mahindapala
The Tamil people followed Velupillai Prabhakaran blindly because he promised to deliver Eelam. The gains of the initial military adventures of the LTTE also made him look like the messiah who could  fulfil their dream. But  he took them for a ride – the biggest in the history of the Tamils -- and gave them Evil-laam. His only achievement was in constructing and honing the  most efficient  killing machine which targeted and killed mostly Tamils. His juggernaut had its roots in the violent political culture of Jaffna. He became the  iconic image... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 28/02/21)

Geneva fiasco 2021: how Colombo black-whites sabotaged the May 2009 war victory
C. Wijeyawickrema, LL.B., Ph.D.
People in Sri Lanka see the current  'Geneva debacle' of UNHRC/OHCHR as a tug of war between a  handful of white ex-colonial masters and the past and present Rajapaksa governments, with India hopelessly caught in between. However, when we try to unravel this Geneva game from a historical perspective, it becomes obvious that the real fight was/is between local black-white agents of Geneva and the Sinhala Buddhist patriots. When we properly understand this fact (truth), this Geneva headache could easily be dismissed  as 'much ado about nothing' by a corrupt UN agency, just like... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 28/02/21)

Looking forward to a hopeful future
By Rohana R. Wasala
All sensible adult citizens of Sri Lanka confidently hope that today’s youthful politicians will realise the importance of working together with their rivals in the national interest while maintaining their separate political identities, because, in the final analysis, all politicians of whatever party or faction they are affiliated to have no reason for their existence except their commitment to serve our motherland Sri Lanka . It is time they understood that any ethnic or religious or cultural community struggling to promote its own welfare disregarding the interests of other communities is not going to... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 28/02/21)

අග්‍රාමාත්‍යතුමා නෝනාගම වෝටර් පාර්ක් ජල උද්‍යානය විවෘත කරයි
අග්‍රාමාත්‍ය මාධ්‍ය අංශය
නෝනාගම වෝටර් පාර්ක් ජල උද්‍යානය ගරු අග්‍රාමාත්‍ය මහින්ද රාජපක්ෂ මහතා විසින් අද 2021.02.27 දින පස්වරුවේ විවෘත කරනු ලැබුවේය. දකුණු පළාත් පරිසර අමාත්‍යංශය, රුහුණු සංචාරක කාර්යංශය සහ අම්බලන්තොට ප්‍රාදේශීය සභාවේ අරමුදල් සහ සම්පත් යොදා ගනිමින් රුපියල් ලක්ෂ 58ක වියදමෙන් මෙම ජල උද්‍යානය නිම කර තිබේ. අම්බලන්තොට ප්‍රාදේශීය සභාවේ සභාපති එම්.ආර්.පී දර්ශන සංජීව මහතාගේ සංකල්පයකට අනුව කතරගමට-අතරමග ව්‍යාපෘතියේ තවත් එක් පියවරක් ලෙස මෙම උද්‍යානය සංවර්ධනය කර ඇත. එහි ඇවිදින මංතීරු සහ ළමා උද්‍යාන ඇතුළු ජනතා ආකර්ශනීය ස්ථාන රැසකි. මෙම අවස්ථාවට අමාත්‍යවරුන්වන චමල් රාජපක්ෂ, නාමල් රාජපක්ෂ, රාජ්‍ය අමාත්‍ය ඩී.වී... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 28/02/21)

යතිවර අභිමන්-2021 අග්‍රාමාත්‍යතුමාගේ ප්‍රධානත්වයෙන් පැවැත්වෙයි
අග්‍රාමාත්‍ය මාධ්‍ය අංශය
හම්බන්තොට දිස්ත්‍රික්කයේ ශාසනාරක්ෂක මණ්ඩල යතිවර අභිමන් උපහාර උළෙල-2021 ගරු අග්‍රාමාත්‍ය මහින්ද රාජපක්ෂ මහතාගේ ප්‍රධානත්වයෙන් අද 2021.02.27 දින පස්වරුවේ පැවැත්විණි. හම්බන්තොට දිස්ත්‍රික් ලේකම් කාර්යාල ශ්‍රවණාගාරයේ දී පැවැති මෙම උත්සවයේ දී හම්බන්තොට ශාසනාරක්ෂක මණ්ඩලයේ හිමිවරු හත් නමකට අග්‍රාමාත්‍යතුමා අතින්ද අනෙකුත් හිමිවරුන්ට මැති ඇමැතිවරු ඇතුළු සම්භාවනීය අමුත්තන් අතින්ද උපහාර ප්‍රදානය කෙරිණි. වසර හතරකට ආසන්න කාලයක් ශාසනාරක්ෂක මණ්ඩලය වෙනුවෙන් කළ සේවය අගයමින් මහා සංඝරත්නය උදෙසා මෙම උපහාර උළෙල පැවැත්විණි. දිස්ත්‍රික් ශාසනාරක්ෂක මණ්ඩලය සහ දිස්ත්‍රික් ලේකම් කාර්යාලය මෙම උපහාර උළෙල සංවිධානය කර තිබේ. යතිවර අභිමන් උපහාර උළෙල-2021 අමතා අග්‍රාමාත්‍ය මහින්ද රාජපක්ෂ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 28/02/21)

අග්‍රාමාත්‍යතුමාගේ ප්‍රධානත්වයෙන් කෘෂි අපනයන කලාප පිහිටුවීමේ ජාතික වැඩසටහන ඇරඹෙයි
අග්‍රාමාත්‍ය මාධ්‍ය අංශය
 “සෞභාග්‍යයේ දැක්ම” ප්‍රතිපත්තියට අනුව අපනයන කෘෂි කලාප ඇති කිරීමේ ජාතික වැඩසටහන ගරු අග්‍රාමාත්‍ය මහින්ද රාජපක්ෂ මහතාගේ ප්‍රධානත්වයෙන් අද 2021.02.27 දින පෙරවරුවේ ඓතිහාසික කසාගල රජමහා විහාරස්ථානයේ දී ආරම්භ විය. රට පුරා කෘෂි අපනයන ගම්මාන හෝ කලාප පිහිටුවීමේ වැඩපිළිවෙල යටතේ හම්බන්තොට දිස්ත්‍රික් කෘෂි අපනයන ගම්මානය/කලාපය ට ආරම්භය තබමින් අග්‍රාමාත්‍යතුමා ටීජේසී අඹ පැළයක් සිටවූයේය. අනතුරුව ඉහළ අලුත් වැවට අග්‍රාමාත්‍යතුමා මත්ස්‍යයන් මුදා හැරියේය. මෙහිදී අග්‍රාමාත්‍යතුමා විසින් ප්‍රදේශවාසීන්ට අඹ, කජු හා ගම්මිරිස් ඇතුළු අපනයන බෝග පැළ බෙදා දෙනු ලැබුවේය. මෙම වැඩසටහනට සමගාමීව අනෙකුත් බෝගවලට අමතරව හම්බන්තොට දිස්ත්‍රික්කයේ කජු පැළ 100000ක් වගා කිරීමට... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 28/02/21)

ලෝක වෙලදපල හොල්ලමින් ‘කුරුදු සිගරැට්’ ලංකාවෙන්.. බහුජාතික දුම්වැටි සමාගම් කලබලවී වට්ටන්න කුමන්ත‍්‍රණ…
උපුටා ගැන්ම ලංකා සී නිව්ස්
ලංකාවෙන් කුරුඳු සිගරැට්ටුවක් ලෝක වෙළෙඳපොළට හඳුන්වා දීමට මේ වනවිට සියල්ල සූදානම් කර ඇතැයි වාර්තා වෙයි. මේ නිසාල බහු ජාතික දුම්වැටි සමාගම් කලබල වී ඇති අතර මෙම නිෂ්පාදනය එළි දැක්වීමට බාධා එල්ල කරමින් තිබෙන බව අනාවරණය වේ. https://youtu.be/w5da16agy2I මෙම කුරුඳු සිගරැට්ටු නිපදවීම සඳහා වසර 06 ක පමණ කාලයක් වෙහෙස මහන්සි වී තිබෙන අතර මෙම ව්‍යාපෘතියේදී සැලසුම් කර තිබෙන්නේ ශ්‍රී ලංකාවේ කුරුඳු සිගරැට් නිපදවන කර්මාන්තශාලා 100 ක් ආරම්භ කර වසරකට කුරුඳු සිගරැට් අපනයනය කිරීම මගින් ඩොලර් බිලියනයක පමණ අපනයන ආදායමක් රටට ගෙන්වා ගන්නයි. මේ තුළින්... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 28/02/21)

In Geneva, India Signals to Sri Lanka that Support in UNHRC Is Not a Given
Courtesy The Wire
India has a national position against resolutions targeting a single country in multilateral bodies. But, with regard to Sri Lanka, India’s record has been varied, as domestic political factors often dictated its voting decision. New Delhi: Indicating that New Delhi has kept all options open, India has signalled to Sri Lanka that its support for the country at the United Nations Human Rights Council should not be taken for granted. In Geneva, the UN Human Rights Council is holding its 46th regular session, which will decide the fate of a critical... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 28/02/21)

Joe Biden Rebooting the Quad in IOR
By Sumanasiri Liyanage Courtesy Ceylon Today
It is getting clearer that as far as foreign policy is concerned the change of administration in the United States of America (USA) has no significant impact, at least with regard to the Indian Ocean Region or Asia-Pacific. The Japanese news agency Kyodo reported that the Biden Administration had proposed to the Heads of States of New Delhi, Tokyo and Canberra the idea of holding an online summit meeting of the quadrilateral security dialogue or ‘Quad’ as it is popularly known. Continuing to work within foreign policy paradigm of... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 28/02/21)

Guidelines for Circular on burial of COVID victims drafted
Courtesy Adaderana
Guidelines for the Circular permitting burial of bodies of COVID-19 victims has been drafted, says Director-General of Health Services Dr. Asela Gunawardena. He added that locations for the burial of COVID victims will be identified within 3 – 4 days. Drafting of guidelines was completed after the committee of experts appointed to examine methods for disposal of COVID victims met earlier today (February 27). Speaking in this regard, Dr. Gunawardena said the Circular will be issued after finding the suitable locations and seeking the approval of task force on COVID-19... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 28/02/21)

425 new positive cases of COVID-19 within the day reported
Courtesy Adaderana
Sri Lanka has registered 205 more positive cases of Covid-19 today (February 27), the Ministry of Health confirmed. Thereby, Sri Lanka has detected 425 new positive cases of COVID-19 within the day. As per statistics, the total number of Covid-19 infections confirmed so far in the country now stands at 82,855. Recoveries from the virus meanwhile climbed to 78,373 earlier today, as 748 more patients regained health. However, 4,018 active cases are still under medical care at selected hospitals and treatment centers located across the island. ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 28/02/21)

GLOBAL SOUTH must STOP UNHRC creating precedents using Sri Lanka: “Today Sri Lanka, Tomorrow Your Country”
By shenali Waduge
“Today Sri Lanka, Tomorrow Your Country”is the message that countries of the Global South must internalize from the intrusive nature of the OHCHR Report and unprecedented precedents attempted to take place via Global North backed Resolutions using the UNHRC as puppet. When UNHRC head boldly reads out reports condemning the national judiciary, the national laws, national mechanisms of Sri Lanka insisting they are replaced with international players, it is a stepping stone to doing the same to other countries. Geneva hegemony being created allowing Global North to master R2P must not be allowed... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 27/02/21)

The UN's Sri Lanka Inquisition
Senaka Weeraratna
The Report of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights is fundamentally an anti - Sri Lanka document. It is a biased and shameful report which is totally one sided. Not a semblance of fairness. One would not expect the Spanish Inquisition to return to the UN  in the 21st century with total faith placed on mere accusations and falsehood without verification.  A display of malignant predictability when the party accused happens to be a former British colony showing defiance and no longer prepared to be subservient to the dictates of the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 27/02/21)

මෙවර රාජ්‍ය වෙසක් උත්සවය යාපනය නාගදීප රජ මහා විහාරයේ දී පැවත්වීමට අග්‍රාමාත්‍යතුමාගෙන් උපදෙස්
අග්‍රාමාත්‍ය මාධ්‍ය අංශය
මෙවර රාජ්‍ය වෙසක් උත්සවය උතුරු හා නැගෙනහිර පළාත් මුල්කරගනිමින් නාගදීප රජ මහා විහාරය කේන්ද්‍ර කොට පැවැත්වීමට බුද්ධශාසන, ආගමික හා සංස්කෘතික කටයුතු අමාත්‍ය හා අග්‍රාමාත්‍ය මහින්ද රාජපක්ෂ මහතා ඊයේ 2021.02.25 දින පස්වරුවේ අරලියගහ මන්දිරයේ දී උපදෙස් දුන්නේය. ඒ අනුව උතුරු හා නැගෙනහිර පළාත්වල විහාරස්ථාන 65ක් හා දහම් පාසල් 35ක් සම්බන්ධ කරගනිමින් මෙවර රාජ්‍ය වෙසක් උත්සවය පැවැත්වීමට කටයුතු සංවිධානය කරන ලෙස අග්‍රාමාත්‍යතුමා බුද්ධශාසන, ආගමික හා සංස්කෘතික කටයුතු අමාත්‍යංශ ලේකම් මහාචාර්ය කපිල ගුණවර්ධන මහාතාට දැනුම් දුන්නේය. මෙවර රාජ්‍ය වෙසක් උත්සවයේ විශේෂත්වය වනුයේ සම්ප්‍රදායක වෙසක් උත්සවයකින් වෙනස් වී අනෙකුත් ආගම් සමඟ එක්ව රාජ්‍ය වෙසක් උත්සවය... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 27/02/21)

India tells UNHRC devolution of power is critical for reconciliation in Sri Lanka
By P.K.Balachandran Courtesy NewsIn.Asia
Colombo, February 26: India has told the UNHRC’s on-going 46 th.session in Geneva that the full implementation of the 13 th. Amendment of the Sri Lankan constitution, which provides for devolution of power to the provinces, is the way to bring about ethnic reconciliation in the country. The Indian Ambassador to the UN in Geneva, Indra Mani Pandey told the council that India’s policy towards Sri Lanka rests on two pillars: i). Support for Sri Lanka’s unity and territorial integrity. ii). An abiding commitment to aspirations of the Tamils of Sri Lanka... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 27/02/21)

Background to Lanka’s decision to lift ban on burying COVID dead
By P.K.Balachandran Courtesy NewsIn.Asia
Colombo, February 25: Late on Thursday, February 25, the Sri Lankan Health Minister Pavithra Wanniarachchi issued a gazette extraordinary lifting the year-old ban on burying COVID-19 dead. The Gazette amended the earlier ordinance by putting the words “cremation or burial” in place of the single word “cremation”. “In the case of burial, the corpse of such person shall be buried in accordance with the directions issued by the Director General of Health Services at a cemetery or place approved by the proper authority under the supervision of such authority,” the gazette said.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 27/02/21)

UNHRC හිදී ලෝක බහුතරය ශ‍්‍රී ලංකාව සමගින්.. චීන-රුසියා නිෂේද බලයද එක්වෙයි..
උපුටා ගැන්ම ලංකා සී නිව්ස්
මේ දිනවල පැවැත්වෙන එක්සත් ජාතීන්ගේ මානව හිමිකම් කවුන්සලයේ අන්තර් ක්‍රියාකාරී සංවාදයේ දී ශ්‍රී ලංකාවට පක්ෂව රටවල් 21 එකක් අදහස් පල කර ඇත. ශ‍්‍රී ලංකාවට විරුද්ධව මහකොමසාරිස්වරියගේ යෝජනාව සමග පක්ෂව රටවල් 15 එක්ව ඇත. ශ්‍රී ලංකාවට හෝ යෝජනාවට පෂ නොවී ඉන්දියාව, ජපානය හා ඕස්ට්‍රේලියාව මධ්‍යස්ථව සිට ඇත. ශ්‍රී ලංකාවට පක්ෂ මත දැරූ රටවල්  කිහිපයක් මෙසේය. රුසියාවචීනයඉරානයපාකිස්තානයවියට්නාමයකියුබාවපිලිපීනයසිරියාවඊජිප්තුවමාලදිවයිනනේපාලයකාම්බෝජයලාඕසයනිකරගුවාවඑරිත්‍රියාවඅසර්බයිජානයබෙලාරුස්ගැබොන් මහ කොමසාරිස්වරියගේ යෝජනාවට පක්ෂ වූ රටවල් කිහිපයක් මෙසේය. ඇමරිකාවජර්මනියඑක්සත් රාජධානියකැනඩාවනෝර්වේප‍්‍රංශයස්විට්සරලන්තයබෙල්ජියමඅයර්ලන්තය... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 27/02/21)

AG: Only section of PCoI report received, won’t be able to proceed without balance four volumes
Courtesy The Island
The Attorney General’s Department yesterday (25) said that a section of the Presidential Commission of Inquiry (P CoI) report had been received by AG Dappula de Livera, PC. “The AG received the Volume 1, which contains the final report,” a spokesperson for the Department said. According to the official the remaining volumes (2 to 5) containing proceedings, materials and other documentary evidence hadn’t been handed over, the official said. The official was responding to The Island query regarding the government announcement that the final report of the PCoI presented to President Gotabaya Rajapaksa... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 27/02/21)

AIIB approves USD 180 mn loan to Sri Lanka
Courtesy The Daily Mirror
The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) has approved Sri Lanka's request for USD 180 million loan for the Covid-19 emergency and crisis response facility to be disbursed through the Bank of Ceylon (USD 90 million) and People's Bank (USD 90 million), Sri Lankan Embassy in Beijing said. The loan application was submitted in 2019.  Dr. Kohona met the President of the AIIB (Mr. Jin Liqun) on 1st February 2021 to discuss this loan and other funding matters.  Sri Lanka Ambassador to China, Dr. Palitha Kohona met Dr. D.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 27/02/21)

Coronavirus: 497 new infections confirmed within the day
Courtesy Adaderana
Sri Lanka registered 250 more positive cases of COVID-19 today (February 26) as total novel coronavirus infections reported within the day reached 497. Department of Government Information says 487 of today’s cases are close contacts of earlier cases linked to the Peliyagoda cluster. The remaining 10 are reportedly arrivals from foreign countries. New development has pushed the country’s confirmed COVID-19 cases count to 82,430. According to COVID-19 figures, 4,341 active cases are still under medical care at selected hospitals and treatment centres. Meanwhile, total recoveries reported... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 27/02/21)

Five new COVID-related deaths in Sri Lanka
Courtesy Adaderana
Sri Lanka has confirmed 05 more COVID-19 related deaths, Director-General of Health Services confirmed today (February 26). This brings the country’s death toll from the virus to 464, Department of Government Information said. Details of the recently-reported COVID victims are as follows: 01. A 69-year-old man from Nawadagala area – He had been under medical at the Karapitiya Teaching Hospital. After testing positive for the virus, he was transferred to Homagama Base Hospital where he passed away yesterday (February 25). The cause of death was recorded as COVID pneumonia, acute... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 27/02/21)

Four police officers interdicted over assault on law student
Courtesy Adaderana
Four police officers – 03 Constables and one Inspector – have been interdicted for allegedly assaulting a law student at the Peliyagoda police station. Several offices attached to Peliyagoda Police had reportedly assaulted a law student named Migara Gunaratne yesterday (February 25). https://youtu.be/EaQ12rgyc9Q The victimized student was identified as the son of former Central Province Governor, President’s Counsel Maithri Gunaratne and the brother of Attorney-at-Law Charitha Gunaratne. Reports revealed that 10 police officers had assaulted him when he arrived at Peliyagoda Police to visit a suspect... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 27/02/21)

UNHRC Resolution; What is the real agenda?
By Raj Gonsalkorale
US Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken today encouraged the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) to support the resolution on Sri Lanka stating that the ‘lack of accountability for past atrocities in Sri Lanka – Daily Mirror Sri Lanka’ The US Secretary of State seems to give an indication as to what the real agenda behind his and his country’s support for this resolution. He speaks of “lack of accountability for past atrocities”. This statement implies that atrocities were committed if there is to be accountability for them. This leads to the question,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 26/02/21)

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  • 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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