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Douglas Wickremaratne is no more.
Garvin Karunaratne  
I first met Douglas Wickremaratne  somewhere in 1984/85 when we were searching for a speaker for a debate on the ethnic problem to be held at the University of Cambridge.  I was then working in Cambridge and we Professor  Atula Ginige and a few others  were in charge of the Sinhala side to make a presentation. We heard about Douglas and called on him in London to invite him to speak on occasion. Douglas  readily agreed and also suggested another speaker Dr Cappie Kannangara, who was approached. Dr Cappie  too readily agreed.  In... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/12/21)

IJU expresses concern over sedition charge against Silchar journalist
Nava Thakuria
Hyderabad, 5 December 2021: Indian Journalists Union (IJU) expresses concern over the slapping of sedition charges against a journalist from Assam's Barak valley and urges the authority to withdraw the case against Anirban Roy Choudhury. The Silchar-based editor of digital outlet BarakBulletin faces sedition charges over an editorial and the young scribe has been summoned by the police to be present at Silchar Sadar police station on Monday morning, following an FIR,  lodged by Santanu Sutradhar of All Assam Bengali Hindu Association. “It is shocking that the news portal editor has been... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/12/21)

සුද්දගෙ නීතිය අපිට එපා - හයවෙනි කොටස
 චන්ද්‍රසිරි විජයවික්‍රම,  LL.B., Ph.D.
'එක රටක්-එක නීතියක් කියන්නේ ලස්සන සටන් පාඨයක්' - අලි සබ්‍රි, අධිකරණ ඇමති ‘The first thing we do, let's kill all the lawyers' William Shakespeare එක රටක් යන්න අත්හැරදමා, එක නීතියක් නමැති බරව කකුල කරට ගැනීම ලංකාවේ නීතිඥ ප්‍රජාව එක රටක්-එක නීතියක් යන සංකල්පය නිසියාකාරව අවභෝධ කරගෙන නැති බවට හොඳම නිදසුනක්  අධිකරණ ඇමති අලි සබ්‍රි විසින් නොවැම්බර් 28 දා දිවයින ඔන්ලයින් යූටියුබ් සාකච්චාවේදී  රටට ලබා දුන්නේය. ඔහු සිතන්නේද, එක නීතියක් යන්නෙන් අදහස් කරන්නේ, 'තරාතිරම නොබලා හැමදෙනාටම නීතිය එක සමානව භූමියේ ක්‍රියාත්මක  කිරීම' යන්නය. ඔහු කියන මේ කතාව දෝෂ සහිතය.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/12/21)

Pension for Politicians for what service they do to the country?
Dr Sudath Gunasekara. Mahanuwara. 5.12.2021. 
Members of Parliament (MP) have to serve 10 years hereafter to qualify for pension as opposed to five years at present. (2022 Budget speech) While welcoming that policy decision of the Government who can say that this is not another election gundu to deceive the people aimed at the proposed Provincial Council Elections? If the Government was really honest and concerned about public good what it should do is to abolished this joke immediately, particularly in view of the present hard times the country is undergoing at the moment, as Canada... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/12/21)

The people's voice against the killing of George Floyd clearly shows that the Blacks in United States are a great deal ahead in seeking the justice in demanding the right to equality before the law...!
Aruna Laksiri Unawatuna (Attorney-at-Law)
The people's voice against the killing of George Floyd clearly shows that the Blacks in United States are a great deal ahead in seeking the justice in demanding the right to equality before the law...! * [Aruna Laksiri Unawatuna (Attorney-at-Law)] The ruling power of the British Crown in the United States was brought to an end when the Declaration of Independence was pronounced in 1776 with the American Revolutionary War (1775-1783). It was recognized as a free state by the Treaty of Paris in 1783. The racial laws for the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/12/21)

ක්‍රීඩා සාහිත්‍යයට ප්‍රමුඛත්වය ලබාදෙමින් ක්‍රීඩා සංස්කෘතිය රැකගැනීම උදෙසා මෙවැනි ක්‍රීඩා සාහිත්‍ය සම්මාන උළෙල පැවැත්වීම ඉතා කාලෝචිතයි. -අමාත්‍ය නාමල් රාජපක්ෂ මහතා -
තරුණ හා ක්‍රීඩා අමාත්‍යාංශය, සංවර්ධන සම්බන්ධීකරණ හා අධීක්ෂණ අමාත්‍යාංශය,ඩිජිටල් තාක්ෂණ හා ව්‍යවසාය සංවර්ධන රාජ්‍ය ආමාත්‍යාංශය.
තරුණ හා ක්‍රීඩා අමාත්‍ය නාමල් රාජපක්ෂ මහතාගේ ප්‍රධානත්වයෙන් තරුණ හා ක්‍රීඩා අමාත්‍යාංශයේ ඩන්කන්වයිට් ශ්‍රවණාගාරයේ දී ඊයේ (03) දින පැවති ශ්‍රී ලංකා ටෙලිකොම් මොබිටෙල් සබුද්ධි ක්‍රීඩා සාහිත්‍ය සම්මාන උළෙලට සහභාගී වෙමින් අමාත්‍යවරයා මේ බව පැවසීය. පදක්කම් දිනන ක්‍රීඩක ක්‍රීඩිකාවන්ගේ දස්කම් ජනතාව අතරට ගෙනයන ක්‍රීඩා මාධ්‍යවේදීන්, ක්‍රීඩා සාහිත්‍යවේදීන්, ක්‍රීඩා සාහිත්‍ය සම්බන්ධව පර්යේෂණවල නියැලෙන්නන්, ක්‍රීඩා විද්‍යාර්ථීන් ඇගයීමට ලක්කිරීම හා ක්ෂේත්‍රයේ නවකයින් දිරිමත් කිරීමේ අරමුණින් මෙම සබුද්ධි ක්‍රීඩා සාහිත්‍ය සම්මාන උළෙල පැවැත්විණි. මෙහිදී ක්‍රීඩා සාහිත්‍යයට කරනු ලබන සේවාව වෙනුවෙන් විද්‍යුත්, මුද්‍රිත හා... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/12/21)

Pakistan Church leaders condemn lynching of Sri Lankan national, demand justice
Courtesy Catchnews
The Pakistani church leadership has condemned the killing and burning of the body of a Sri Lankan Christian by a Sialkot mob on Saturday. As many as 124 people have been arrested in the lynching of a Sri Lankan export manager by dozens of factory workers in Sialkot. The gruesome killing of Priyantha Kumara, who was working in a sports garments manufacturing factory as a general manager for the last 10 years, on blasphemy allegations had shocked and pained the entire country, said Church of Pakistan Moderator/President Bishop Dr... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/12/21)

Pre-designed plot led to lynching of Lanka manager in Pakistan factory: Report
Courtesy Gulf News
PM Imran Khan assures Lankan President of strict action against culprits Members of the Human Rights Council of Pakistan place oil lamps to pay tribute beside a photograph of late Sri Lankan factory manager Priyantha Kumara, in Karachi on December 5, 2021, after he was beaten to death and set ablaze by a mob who accused him of blasphemy.Image Credit: AFP Islamabad: Two primary suspects, Farhan Idrees and his colleague Usman Rasheed, whom the Sri Lankan general manager of a factory in Sialkot city of Punjab... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/12/21)

Bravery award for Sialkot worker who tried to shield Priyantha 'Was trying to save humanity,' Malik Adnan speaks to SAMAA
SAMAA | Samaa Web Desk
Prime Minister Imran Khan has announced a bravery award for a Sialkot factory worker who tried to shield Priyantha Kumara from the mob before the Sri Lankan national was lynched and his body was set on fire on Friday. Malik Adnan has told SAMAA TV that he was trying to save humanity. A video of Malik Adnan, who is a production manager at the Rajco Industries, trying to shield Priyantha Kumara went viral on Saturday.  The video shows Adnan pleading with the mob and shielding Priyantha, especially his head from... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/12/21)

Daily count of coronavirus cases moves to 746 and 21 more Covid-19 deaths
Courtesy Adaderana
The Health Ministry says that another 160 persons have tested positive for Covid-19, pushing the daily count of new cases detected to 746. The new cases confirmed within today includes 04 returnees from overseas. This brings the tally of coronavirus cases registered in the country thus far to 567,682 while over 11,000 infected patients are currently undergoing treatment across Sri Lanka.  The Director General of Health Services has confirmed another 21 coronavirus related deaths for November 04, increasing the death toll in the country due to the virus to 14,461.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/12/21)

Tamil oppressors denied Tamils justice, equality and dignity
H. L. D. Mahindapala
Jaffna burst into  history under violent and tragic circumstances. It began when Megaha of Kalinga, South India, invaded and occupied Jaffna in 1215. He opened his reign with ruthless terror. His violence knew no limits. The historical records reveal that he destroyed non-Saivite shrines, smashed Buddhist temples, and gouged the eyes out of heretics. His lasting contribution, apart from setting up a new state,  was to establish the culture of political violence in Jaffna. The violent culture he established never left Jaffna. This explains why he is known in the history of Jaffna as... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/12/21)

The Economic Woes of today(2021) go back to 1977, when we followed the neoliberal policies laid down by the IMF
By Garvin Karunaratne  
The IMF has successfully taken Sri Lanka to its grave.   In 1976, Sri Lanka did not owe a single dollar to anyone. In 1977 Sri Lanka held SDR 170 million in its foreign exchange budget. That was the last year we held a credit. Since then it is not a credit but a foreign debt.   Today, five decades later, the banks hold no dollars and importers are finding it difficult to obtain dollars from their banks. The dollar shortage has created a shortage of goods of all types... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/12/21)

Bhutan And Bangladesh Can Benefit From Growing Trade Ties
MD Pathik Hasan
South Asian neighbors Bangladesh and Bhutan have a harmonious relationship on the strength of their mutual interest, shared history and culture. On December 6, 1971, Bhutan and India became the first countries to recognize the independence of Bangladesh. Bangladesh-Bhutan ties started to deepen from this period. Bhutan and Bangladesh can work together in the sectors of information and communication technology, agriculture, horticulture and fisheries to enhance trade and investment relations between Bangladesh and Bhutan. Bangladesh and Bhutan have excellent relations in various fields including trade investment, communication, education, cultural exchange, people-to-people contact,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/12/21)

Press Statement by the Muslim Civil Society Alliance
Muslim Civil Society Alliance
The Muslim Civil Society Alliance (ACJU, MCSL, NSC, YMMA) is shocked and condemns the cold blooded murder of fellow Sri Lankan brother Mr Priyantha Diyawadana by a rabid mob, accusing him of blasphemy. He was a Sri Lankan expat worker and General Manager of a factory of the industrial engineering company Rajco Industries in Sialkot, Punjab, Pakistan. This is an extremely shameful and barbaric crime and should not be tolerated. Extra judicial vigilantism cannot be condoned at any cost by anyone, no matter which religion, ethnicity or nationality they belong to. ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/12/21)

2 suspects 'confess' to police they lynched Sri Lankan factory manager in Sialkot
Courtesy The International News
Punjab government has sent an initial investigation report to Prime Minister Imran Khan, sources say SIALKOT: Two key suspects have "confessed" to the police of their involvement a day earlier in the torture and killing of a Sri Lankan factory manager, well-placed sources told Geo News on Saturday. During initial interrogation, the two suspects, identified as Farhan and Talha, "admitted" their role in the brutal attack on the foreign national, the police sources said. A day earlier, Priyantha Kumara, who had been working as a manager at a private factory... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/12/21)

At least 800 booked under ATA over Sialkot lynching
Courtesy The Express Tribune
Policy say initial report of incident submitted to PM Imran; 112 suspects detained so far SIALKOT: The police have arrested a prime suspect and booked at least 800 people under the Anti-Terrorism Act a day after a mob tortured a Sri Lankan man, employed as a manager in a factory on Wazirabad Road, Sialkot, to death and set his body on fire. The police said Farhan Idrees, the key suspect, has been detained. They said hundreds of people armed with sticks... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/12/21)

Postmortem report, videos reveal new details on Sialkot lynching
SAMAA | Samaa Web Desk 
The body has been moved to Lahore Outside the Sialkot Chamber of Commerce, people pay homage to Sri Lankan national Priyanatha Kumara who was lynched by a mob on Friday. The preliminary postmortem of Sri Lankan national Priyantha Kumara reveals that he died of a severe blow to his head and most of his limb bone had been shattered before the body was set on fire. The report and additional videos that surfaced on Saturday have revealed new details on the lynching. It emerged that at... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/12/21)

‘Sri Lankan donated us 35,000 eyes, but we lost sight’-Former Spence Hospital head Dr Brohi speaks to SAMAA
SAMAA | Hamid ur Rehman -
Dr Niaz Brohi Pakistan is the largest recipient of eye donations from Sri Lanka, having received at least 35,000 corneas since 1967, says Dr Niaz Brohi a leading ophthalmologist of the country. He is a member of the Sri Lanka Eye Donation Society from Pakistan. Ever since a mob lynched the Sri Lankan national Priyanatha Kumuara in Sialkot on Friday, Dr Brohi says he has been grief-stricken like many others in the country. “We hang our heads in shame,” he says. He has... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/12/21)

Pakistan: More than 800 booked for lynching Lankan national
Courtesy The Telegraph
In a shocking incident on Friday, angry supporters of Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan lynched Priyantha Kumara Diyawadana over allegations of blasphemy  Over 800 people have been booked under terrorism charges while 13 prime suspects are among 118 arrested so far in the horrific lynching of a Sri Lankan national over allegations of blasphemy in Punjab province of Pakistan, a top police official said on Saturday, as pressure mounted on the government to bring the guilty to justice. In a shocking incident on Friday, angry supporters of the hardline... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/12/21)

CBSL announces series of benefits to encourage expats sending remittance via official channels
Courtesy Adaderana
The Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL) has announced a series of benefits to ensure that more migrant workers send remittances to the island via official channels. Speaking at a media briefing today (December 04), the CBSL Governor, Ajith Nivard Cabraal listed some of the benefits the bank hopes to introduce, such as insurance and pension schemes. Apart from export earnings and tourism receipts, the foreign remittance inflow which is the hard-earned money of the Sri Lankan migrant workers plays a major role in strengthening the country’s economy. In such... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/12/21)

Domestic LP gas distribution to begin tomorrow under 3 conditions
Courtesy Adaderana
The Consumer Affairs Authority (CAA) today gave the nod to release liquefied petroleum gas (LPG)to the market under three conditions. In a statement, the Authority’s chairman Major General (Rtd.) Shantha Dissanayake said the gas samples collected under the supervision of the committee appointed to monitor the two ships that imported LPG stocks along with Industrial Technology Institute, Sri Lanka Standards Institution and CAA, were referred to the laboratory of the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC) yesterday. Accordingly, based on CPC’s test reports and the recommendations of the relevant technical committee, a decision was... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/12/21)

Daily COVID infections count reaches 740 and 20 deaths
Courtesy Adaderana
The daily count of COVID-19 cases confirmed in Sri Lanka moved to 740 today (December 04) as 199 more people were tested positive for the virus, the Epidemiology Unit said. This brings the total number of confirmed cases of coronavirus reported in the country to 566,936. As many as 542,010 recoveries and 14,440 deaths have been confirmed in Sri Lanka since the COVID-19 outbreak. More than 10,486 active cases in total are currently under medical care, official figures showed. The Director-General of Health Services has confirmed 21 more... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/12/21)

Exploding Gas Appliances in Sri Lanka
Sarath Bulathsinghala
4 Dec 2021 The ‘experts’ - the politicians, the administrators, and the businessmen are trying to 'rediscover the wheel'! A few days ago, we witnessed parliamentarians, administrators, and perhaps businessmen with vested interests in the 'gas saga' sitting together to find solutions for the gas explosions happening throughout Sri Lanka. Is this the best coterie of ‘wise men’ who can come up with solutions for what is happening? The country would have expected the Institution of Engineers investigating almost now a month of Guy Fawkes ‘fire works’ happening throughout the island.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/12/21)

ඩග්ලස් වික්‍රමරත්න මහතා
Senaka Weeraratna
I am very sad to hear of the passing of Douglas Wickremeratne. He was in touch with me by forwarding posts until the last. I used to reciprocate.  He has a huge claim for gratitude of Sri Lanka and it's patriotic people for the stand he took in 1983 when he alone stood up to fight the disinformation campaign of the country's detractors in London. His brave stand triggered others to come out in support of national unity, territorial integrity and an undivided Sri Lanka. He gave leadership to this cause  particularly among Overseas... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/12/21)

One Country One Law
By Dr. Tilak S. Fernando
Last week the writer approached a local studio to get some photographs to get his passport renewed. During the conversation with the photographer, he advised the writer about the legal requirements of the Immigration office, which require both ears to be visible in the photograph to renew his passport. He also informed the writer that Muslim women, need not bother about exposing their ears in the photograph because Muslim women are allowed to wear the Hijab covering their head and chest, including their ears.  The friendly conversation suddenly... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/12/21)

Nepal Should Play Role In Rohingya Refugee Crisis Solution
MD Pathik Hasan
Image source:  Internet On the Rohingya issue (repatriation), Nepal and Bangladesh can work together. Nepal can play role in resolving Rohingya crisis. As a regional country, Nepal should play in resolving the regional crisis. Rohingya refugee crisis is a regional problem for both South Asia and Southeast Asia. Nepal and Bangladesh are two of South Asia’s closest friends and peace-loving neighbors, their ties made closer by recent high-level state visits. President of Bangladesh Abdul Hamid visited Nepal in 2019. Nepal’s President Bidya Devi Bhandari likewise visited Bangladesh... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/12/21)

Now The Target Should be Security Council Resolution?
-Hafizur Talukdar
  In the last five years or so, various initiatives have been taken in bilateral and international forums to repatriate the displaced Rohingyas or to resolve the crisis, but to no avail. The adoption of a unanimous resolution for the first time in the Third Committee of the United Nations on this issue on Wednesday is a beacon of hope in the current crisis. The matter has been published in the media for a good reason. We have also seen that Japan-Russia-China has expressed their views again after the adoption of this proposal. They have explained... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/12/21)

ශිරාස් යුනුස් (Shiraz Yunus) මහතාට අග්‍රාමාත්‍ය කාර්යාලයේ කිසිඳු තනතුරක් ලබා දී නොමැත
අග්‍රාමාත්‍ය මාධ්‍ය අංශය
ශිරාස් යුනුස් (Shiraz Yunus) මහතා ගරු අග්‍රාමාත්‍යතුමාගේ සම්බන්ධීකරණ ලේකම්වරයෙකු ලෙස කටයුතු නොකරන, අතර එවැනි තනතුරක් අග්‍රාමාත්‍ය කාර්යාලය විසින් ලබා දී නොමැති බව මෙයින් දන්වා සිටිමි. ශිරාස් යුනුස් (Shiraz Yunus) මහතා විසින්, ගරු අග්‍රාමාත්‍යතුමාගේ මුස්ලිම් කටයුතු පිළිබඳ සම්බන්ධීකරණ ලේකම්වරයා ලෙස කටයුතු කරන බව පවසමින් සිදු කරන ප්‍රකාශ සම්බන්ධයෙන් අග්‍රාමාත්‍ය කාර්යාලයේ කිසිඳු සම්බන්ධයක් නොමැති බව ද මෙයින් ප්‍රකාශ කරමි. එසේම, ඔහු හට කිසිඳු ආකාරයේ තනතුරක් අග්‍රාමාත්‍ය කාර්යාලය විසින් ලබා දී නොමැත. ඔහුගේ ප්‍රකාශ සම්පූර්ණයෙන්ම පුද්ගලික වන අතර වත්මන් අග්‍රාමාත්‍යතුමා හෝ අග්‍රාමාත්‍ය කාර්යාලය එම අදහස් අනුමත නොකරන බවද වැඩිදුරටත් දන්වා සිටිමි.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/12/21)

අනුරාධපුර දිස්ත්‍රික්කයෙ පෙරිමියන්කුළම, ගල්කඩව ප්‍රදේශයේ මිරිස් , වම්බටු හා බඩඉරඟු ඇතුළු ගොඩ භෝග වගාවන් කාබනික පොහොර යෙදූ පසු, එම කාබනික පොහොර හරහා දිලීර රෝගයක් බෝ වී වගාවන් විනාශවේ
තිසර සමල් - අනුරාධපුර
අනුරාධපුර දිස්ත්‍රික්කයෙ පෙරිමියන්කුළම, ගල්කඩව ප්‍රදේශයේ මිරිස් , වම්බටු හා බඩඉරඟු ඇතුළු ගොඩ භෝග වගාවන් රසායනික පොහොර නොමැතිකම හේතුවෙන් කාබනික පොහොර යෙදූ පසු, එම කාබනික පොහොර හරහා දිලීර රෝගයක් බෝ වී වගාවන් විනාශ වන බවට ලැබුණු තොරතුරකට අනුව ඒ පිළිබඳව සොයා බැලීමට ශ්‍රී ලංකා නිදහස් පක්ෂ ජාතික සංවිධායක, රාජ්‍යය අමාත්‍යය දුමින්ද දිසානායක මහතා අදාළ ගොවි බිම් නිරීක්ෂණය කරනු ලැබීය. අනුරාධපුර, පෙරිමියන්කුළම, ගල්කඩවල ප්‍රදේශයේ වම්බටු හා මිරිස් වගා බිම් කීපයක් මෙන්ම ගොවීන් විසින් සැකසූ කොම්පෝස්ට්ද අමාත්‍යයවරයාගේ නිරීක්ෂණයට මෙහිදී ලක් විය. එහිදී ගොවීන් අමාත්‍යයවරයාට පෙන්වා  දෙනු ලැබුවේ වසර ගණනක් විශාල ලෙස ආදායම් ලබා ගත් තම ගොවිබිම් වලින්... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/12/21)

Notes to the People: From Industrial Agriculture to Natural Farming
By Sumanasiri Liyanage Courtesy Ceylon Today
Without questioning the honesty of the Government’s initiative to move away from the system of industrial agriculture in spite of the presence of some contrary evidence it is not difficult to reach a conclusion that the Government’s effort has ended with abject failure. Although many had anticipated the Finance Minister, Basil Rajapaksa, in his maiden Budget would have reversed the import ban on chemical agricultural inputs in the face of growing protest by the farmers and small scale tea estate owners, such a policy reversal had to wait until the committee stage... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/12/21)

Fertiliser Fix
By Priyan R Naik Courtesy Ceylon Today
By Priyan R Naik When the ship ‘Hippo Spirit’ departed from China in September 2021 carrying 20,000 tonnes of organic fertiliser for Colombo as the first of several consignments totalling 99,000 tonnes of organic fertiliser nobody would have imagined  something with the  shipment would go so horribly wrong leading  to a diplomatic tussle, a blacklisting of a bank and a group of unhappy farmers.  Later in October 2021, the ‘Hippo Spirit’ moved away from Colombo harbour and reportedly sailed to Hambantota port. Meanwhile Sri... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/12/21)

Organic farming drive suspended
By Lakshman I. Keerthisinghe Courtesy Ceylon Today
“Good Governance with good intentions is the hallmark of our Government. Implementation  with integrity is our core passion” –  Narendra Modi Sri Lanka has backed down from its ambitious plans to become the world’s first completely organic farming Nation, reversing a ban on the import of chemical fertiliser. Earlier in May, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa imposed a total ban on agrochemicals, saying he wanted to make farming 100 per cent organic. Plantations Minister Ramesh Pathirana said the change was to help growers of Ceylon Tea, exports of which are $1.3B annually.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/12/21)

Supporting Lankan agricultural scientists in facing microbial-fertiliser vendors
By Chandre Dharmawardana Courtesy The Island
It was mystifying to read Professor Kulasooriya’s article “Don’t deride Sri Lankan scientists”, (Island, 29/11/2021) because it is not clear who has derided Sri Lankan scientists. By “Sri Lankan” scientists, did he exclude expatriate Sri Lankan citizens, dual citizens and others as being fair game for derision? For many decades Dr. Nalin de Silva has derided Sri Lankan scientists as well as science itself. The media perhaps allowed such misinformation with the oddity of a “Science Dean” attacking science. I remember articles where Prof. Carlo Fonseka as... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/12/21)

Chinese embassy says no withdrawal from northern power projects
Courtesy The Daily Mirror
The Chinese embassy said , China's Sino Soar Hybrid Technology Co., Ltd, had not withdrawn from the execution of northern power projects. A spokesman for the embassy said the  project had been   suspended by Sri Lanka earlier this year , but it was still valid.  “The company will continue the contract after the cabinet approval . There is no  withdrawal,” he said. Earlier , the embassy tweeted , “Sino Soar Hybrid Technology, being suspended to build Hybrid Energy system in 3 northern islands due to 'security concern' from... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/12/21)

At least 50 arrested over lynching of Sri Lankan citizen in Sialkot: Punjab govt
Courtesy The Daily Mirror
Punjab government spokesperson Hassan Khawar on Friday said that at least 50 people allegedly involved in killing of a Sri Lankan national over blasphemy allegations in Sialkot have been detained thus far. The Sri Lankan national was tortured to death in the Punjab Town earlier today. An angry mob of hundreds also set the body of foreign national on fire after lynching him over blasphemy allegations. Addressing the media hours after the tragic incident, the spokesperson, flanked by PM’s aide on interfaith harmony Hafiz Tahir Mehmood Ashrafi and Inspector General... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/12/21)

Imran Khan says those responsible will be punished with full severity
Courtesy The Daily Mirror
Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan said he is overseeing the investigations into the killing of a Sri Lankan national over blasphemy allegations in Sialkot and that those responsible will be punished with full severity of the law. A mob in Sialkot brutally murdered the Sri Lankan man and set his body on fire over blasphemy allegations. Priyantha Kumara, the export manager of a private factory, was attacked by workers of the factory on Wazirabad road in Sialkot, Pakistan. "The horrific vigilante attack on factory in Sialkot & the burning alive... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/12/21)

Sri Lanka confirms first Omicron variant case
Courtesy Adaderana
Sri Lanka has confirmed its first case of Omicron Covid-19 variant, the Health Promotion Bureau announced on Friday (03 December). The virus strain was detected in a Sri Lankan national who recently returned to the island on November 24 from Nigeria, according to Chief Epidemiologist Dr. Samitha Ginige. https://youtu.be/ICVK2aIN1hE The 25-year-old female in question is currently under quarantine. She is reportedly a resident of Marawila area. In a statement, Deputy Director of Health Services, Dr. Hemantha Herath said the Omicron case was detected as a result... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/12/21)

President to establish ‘Green Agriculture Operative Centre’
Courtesy Adaderana
President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has decided to establish a ‘Green Agriculture Operative Centre’ to systematically and sustainably fulfil the priorities identified to make Sri Lanka a ‘green’ country. This is being implemented under the direction of the Chief of Defence Staff and Commander of the Army General Shavendra Silva, the President’s Media Division (PMD) said in a statement. The President has given directives to ensure that this Operative Centre gives priority to a number of functions including the amalgamation of the Colombo Commercial Fertilizers Ltd. and the Ceylon Fertilizers Company Limited as the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/12/21)

Sri Lanka records 725 coronavirus cases and 20 deaths confirmed within the day
Courtesy Adaderana
The daily count of COVID-19 cases confirmed in Sri Lanka moved to 725 today (December 03) as 217 more people were tested positive for the virus, the Epidemiology Unit said. This brings the total number of confirmed cases of coronavirus reported in the country to 566,196. As many as 541,536 recoveries and 14,419 deaths have been confirmed in Sri Lanka since the COVID-19 outbreak. More than 10,241 active cases in total are currently under medical care, official figures showed. The Director-General of Health Services has confirmed another 20... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/12/21)

Operations at all electricity grid sub-stations back to normal - State Minister
Courtesy Adaderana
Operations at all electricity grid sub-stations are now back to normal and countrywide power supply has been restored, says Duminda Dissanayake, the State Minister of Solar Power, Wind and Hydro Power Generation Projects Development. Major disruptions to the electricity supply were reported across the country at around 11.30 a.m. this morning owing to a breakdown in transmission lines. The electricity supply to several areas in Colombo was restored at around 2.00 p.m. Subsequently, the power supply on Anuradhapura-Habarana, Laxapana-Athurugiriya and Kotmale-Biyagama transmission lines was re-established. Following the reports on power... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/12/21)

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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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