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(LankaWeb - 18/01/19)

‘Example to the world': Sri Lanka president plans to copy Duterte's war on drugs
Hannah Ellis-Petersen South east Asia correspondent Courtesy The Guardian UK
President Maithripala Sirisena praises Philippines over policy that has led to thousands of extrajudicial killings Fri 18 Jan 2019 05.05 GMTLast modified on Fri 18 Jan 2019 05.26 GMT  Protesters march following the death of teenager Kian Loyd delos Santos, a victim of Rodrigo Duterte's drug war. Photograph: Erik de Castro/Reuters Sri Lanka's president has praised his Philippines counterpart Rodrigo Duterte's brutal war on drugs, which has taken thousands of lives, calling it an “example to the world”. In a speech... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/01/19)

Yasmin  Sooka!, Instead of hunting for war criminals in Sri Lanka try helping  the poverty stricken  blacks in  South Africa.
By Charles S.Perera
Yasmin Sooka, have you visited the poor Africans living in squalid conditions in Squatter Camps, seen with your eyes the misery of the poor blacks living in shanties of Johanesbourg or the living conditions in Barcelona with strewn filth ? I am sure not Sooka, because you only write reports sitting in comfortable offices or speak to well off  political leaders who do not understand human suffering, and to  NGO parasites living on the miseries of others.                            Yasmin Sooka what has truth and... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 17/01/19)

Leading neuroscientists and Buddhists agree: “Consciousness is everywhere”
Neuroscientist Christof Koch discusses scientific theories of consciousness with the Dalai Lama. New theories in neuroscience suggest consciousness is an intrinsic property of everything, just like gravity. That development opens a world of opportunity for collaboration between Buddhists and neuroscientists. “The heart of consciousness,” says neuroscientist Christof Koch, “is that it feels likesomething. How is it that a piece of matter, like my brain, can feel anything?” In 2013, Koch, one of the world's leading experts on consciousness, went to a monastery in India to discuss that question with a group of Buddhist monks. He and the Dalai... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 17/01/19)

The Beginner's Mind of Scientist Sir Roger Penrose
Rev. Tony Stultz on the brilliant mind who models a rich exchange between Buddhism and scientific thought — for the benefit of all beings. The famous Penrose Triangle is an impossible object devised by Sir Roger Penrose and his father Lionel Penrose in the 1950s. Roger described it as “impossibility in its purest form.” Photo by Philippe Put. If you don't study physics or mathematics, you likely don't know about Sir Roger Penrose. Penrose, a groundbreaking theorist on the nature of mind, is a model for how Buddhists can let go of their assumptions and... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 17/01/19)

There is no political will to protect animals in Sri Lanka
Senaka Weeraratna
https://youtu.be/MivCylwaUD4... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 17/01/19)

Molecular dance meditation reveals: you’re just atoms and energy
Physics and Buddhism both posit that it’s hard, if not impossible, to pinpoint “you.” Harrison Blum, the Buddhist spiritual advisor at Northeastern University, has created a new guided meditation that allows practitioners to experience that truth. In three sessions last fall, participants sat and danced in meditation, while watching molecules and energy fields interact with their bodies on a screen. The meditation uses a simulation called “danceroom Spectroscopy,” or “dS” for short. dS was created in 2011 by physicist and Royal Society research fellow David Glowacki, who wanted an easy way to share his research findings... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 17/01/19)

Meditation and Consciousness
Ruwan M Jayatunge M.D. 
The word ‘conciousness’ is derived from Latin, having its roots in conscio formed by the coalescence of cum meaning ‘with’ and scio meaning ‘know’ (Sousa, 2013).  Consciousness has been one of the most important and tantalizing issues ever since the origin of philosophy and medicine (Facco et al., 2017). The understanding of consciousness has been one of the most complex intellectual, philosophical and cognitive challenges faced by a spectrum of disciplines, ranging from quantum physics and psychology to neurosciences (Jasper et al., 1999; Sousa, 2013).   In general terms consciousness is defined as the state of awareness of self and the environment.  In... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 17/01/19)

ඉදිරියේ පැවැත්වෙන ඕනෑම මැතිවරණයකට ශී්‍ර ලංකා පොදුජන පෙරමුණ, පොහොට්ටුව ලකුණින්
මාධ්‍ය නිවේදනය ශ්‍රී ලංකා පොදුජන පෙරමුණ මාධ්‍ය නිවේදනය
අද (16) දින මාධ්‍ය සාකච්ඡාවට සහභාගි වූ නියෝජිතයින් • ශී්‍ර ලංකා පොදුජන නීතීඥ සංගමයේ ප්‍රධාන ලේකම් නීතීඥ අතුල ද සිල්වා මහතා • ශී්‍ර ලංකා පොදුජන නීතීඥ සංගමයේ සහකාර ලේකම් කුරුණෑගල නීතීඥ සංවිධානයේ ලේකම් ඉන්දික ජයතිලක මහතා • ගම්පහ දිස්තී්‍රක් නීතීඥ සංගමයේ ජ්‍යෙෂ්ට නීතීඥ ලලිත් පියුම් මහතා • කොළඹ දිස්ති්‍රක් නිතීඥ සංගමයේ නීතීඥ ෂමානා සනූස්් මහත්මිය ශී්‍ර ලංකා පොදුජන නිතීඥ සංගමයේ ප්‍රධාන ලේකම් නීතීඥ අතුල ද සිල්වා මහතා • මාධ්‍යයට කෙරෙන තර්ජන හෙළා දකිනවා • ලංකා ඉතිහාසයේ මාධ්‍යට තර්ජනය කළ පළමු අගමැතිවරයා රනිල් වික්‍රමසිංහයි • මාධ්‍යයට තර්ජනය කිරීම සම්බන්ධයෙන්... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 17/01/19)

Sri Lanka asks IMF to revive US$1.5-billion bailout
Courtesy Channel News Asia
COLOMBO: Sri Lanka has appealed to the International Monetary Fund to revive a US$1.5-billion bailout suspended during the island nation's political crisis late last year, the finance ministry said Wednesday (Jan 16). In October, President Maithripala Sirisena sparked weeks of high political drama, even featuring brawls in parliament, by sacking Ranil Wickremesinghe as prime minister and dissolving the legislature. Courts and the parliament subsequently held that the president's actions were unconstitutional and restored the status quo after more than seven weeks of upheaval that alarmed the international community. The crisis prompted three international credit rating... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 17/01/19)

N/E development only in consultation with us: TNA
Romesh Madushanka Courtesy The Daily Mirror
The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) said it was only in consultation with the party that the Cabinet could take a decision on the development of the post-war areas in the Northern and Eastern Provinces. TNA MP Mavai Senadhirajah told a public rally in Jaffna on Monday that they had discussed this matter with the government and had appointed a 10-member committee for this purpose. Meanwhile, TNA MP M.A. Sumanthiran said the Ministry of Northern Province Development would be soon renamed as the Northern and Eastern Provinces’ Development Ministry. He said the TNA was accused... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 17/01/19)

අපෙන් අහන්නේ නැතිව කැබිනට් තීරණ ගන්න බෑ
උපුටාගැණීම  මව්බිම
ආණ්ඩුව කැබිනට් තීරණයක් ගන්නා විට දෙමළ ජාතික සන්ධානය සමඟ සාකච්ඡා කිරීමෙන් අනතුරුව එම තීරණය ගත යුතු බවට වන ඒකාබද්ධ යාන්ත්‍රණයක් මේ වන විට ක්‍රියාත්මකව පවතින බව දෙමළ ජාතික සන්ධාන පාර්ලිමේන්තු මන්ත්‍රි මාවෙයි සේනාධිරාජා මහතා ප්‍රකාශ කෙළේය. එම යාන්ත්‍රණයට අනුව ආණ්ඩුව වැඩ කළ යුත්තේ දෙමළ ජාතික සන්ධානය සමඟ සාකච්ඡා කිරීමෙන් අනතුරුව වන බවද හෙතෙම අවධාරණය කළේය. ඒ සඳහා ආණ්ඩුව සමඟ සාකච්ඡා කිරීමට දෙමළ සන්ධාන පාර්ශ්වයේ කණ්ඩායමක් නම් කර තිබෙන බවද ඊළාම් තමිල් අරසුකච්චියේ නායකයකු වන සේනාධිරාජා මහතා තවදුරටත් සඳහන් කළේය. හෙතෙම මේ බව සඳහන් කළේ යාපනයේ වීරසිංහම් ශාලාවේදී පසුගිය සෙනසුරාදා (12දා), වර්තමාන දේශපාලන තත්ත්වය පිළිබඳව කරුණු පැහැදිලි කිරීම... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 17/01/19)

As I have pointed out many occasions political activities and strategies in Sri Lanka have become politic (Machiavellianism) of parties, which is attracted by public and media.  It can be popularly seen in democratic countries, however, in Sri Lanka, these politic games are used by the ruling party and the opposition parties to play strategical games to eyewash of people and coverup self-weakness and ignore most important issues in relation to the economic and social development of the country. After the political independence in 1948 these Machiavellianism has been gradually expanded and now it seems that... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/01/19)

To the surprise of the nation, President Maithripala Sirisena suddenly turned against the Yahapalana government which had made him President and decided to dissolve Parliament. On November 9th 2018, President Sirisena issued a Gazette notification dissolving Parliament and declaring a general election on January 5, 2019. This was challenged in Supreme Court by several parties, most of whom belonged to the ‘minorities.’ There were ten fundamental rights petitions. They came from UNP, TNA, SLMC, JVP, Tamil Progressive Alliance, All Ceylon Makkal Congress, and also individuals such as Pakiasothy Saravanamuttu of the Centre for Policy Alternatives, and Ratnajeevan... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/01/19)

Media Conference on the need to enact the Animal Welfare Bill 
Senaka Weeraratna 
A media conference was held on January 13, 2019 organised by Justice for Animals, a community project under the Sri Bodhiraja Foundation, to garner public support for the enactment of the Animal Welfare Bill. The panel consisted of three key speakers; Ven Dr Omalpe Sobhitha Thero - President of the Sri Bodhiraja Foundation, Mr U. R. de Silva - President of the Bar Association of Sri Lanka and Mr Senaka Weeraratna - Attorney-at-Law and former consultant to the Law Commission, on Animal Welfare Legislation. The event was attended by the clergy, animal activist groups, animal lovers and... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/01/19)

විදෙස් සේනා මදිවට දළඹු සේනාත් ඇවිත්
මතුගම සෙනෙවිරුවන්
           කුසගිනි නොසිඳෙන ආක්‍රමණශීලී දළඹූවෙක් අප්‍රිකාවේ සිට ඉන්දියාවට ඇවිත් යැයි කෘෂිකර්ම දෙපාර්තමේන්තුව වාර්තා කරනු ලබන්නේ පසුගිය වසරේ දෙසැම්බර් මාසයේ දීය .රජරට ප්‍රදේශ වල විශාල වශයෙන් කෙරෙන බඩ ඉරිඟු වාගවේ මේ කීටයා දක්නට සිටීමෙන් පසු ඒ ගැන සොයා බැලූ ඔවුන් ගේ දෙකොන රත් වූයේ මේ කීටයා වීසා නොලබාම ලංකාවට ඇවිත් තිබෙන්නේ දකුණු ඉන්දියාව හරහා බැවිනි. පසුගිය කාලයේ දී වගක් විභාගයක් නොමැතිව ලංකාවට බීජ ගෙන්වන්නට පෞද්ගලික අංශයට භාර කල අතර බඩ ඉරිඟු මිරිස් එළවුළු ඇට පළතුරු පැළ මෙන්ම විසිතුරු පළ වර්ගයන්ද විශාල වශයෙන් ලංකාවට ආනයනය කළහ.කාලයක් එළවුළු ඇට වල සිට වී පළතුරු ආදී භෝග වගාවන්හි බීජ හා රෝපණ ද්‍රව්‍ය... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/01/19)

සිංහල භාෂාවෙන් නඩු තීන්දුවල පරිවර්තන ඉල්ලීමේදී අවමන් කිරීම සම්බන්ධව  ශ්‍රේෂ්ඨාධිකරණ විනිසුරුට එරෙහිව ජනාධිපතිට සහ පාර්ලිමේන්තුවට පැමිණිලි......!
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2018 නොවැම්බර් මස 09 වන දිනැති අංක 2096/70 දරන අතිවිශේෂ ගැසට් පත්‍රය මගින් පාර්ලිමේන්තු විසුරුවීමට අදාල ජනාධිපති විසින් නිකුත් කළ ගැසට් නිවේදනය 2018.12.13 දින ශ්‍රේෂ්ඨාධිකරණය අවලංගු කරමින් ඉංග්‍රීසි භාෂාවෙන් නඩු තීන්දු ලබා දී ඇති අතර එකී ගැසට් නිවේදනය නීතියට පටහැනි බව දක්වමින් සහන අයද නීතිඥ ලක්සිරි උණවටුන විසින් ද 2018.11.12 දින සිංහල භාෂාවෙන් පෙත්සමක් ගොනු කර තිබූ අතර එකී පෙත්සම2019.01.10 දින නඩු තීන්දුවල සිංහල භාෂාවෙන් වන පරිවර්තන ලබා ගැනීමට කරුණු තහවුරු කිරීමට ප්‍රියන්ත ජයවර්ධන සහ විජිත මලල්ගොඩ සහ මෘදු ප්‍රනාන්දු විනිසුරුවරු ඉදිරියේ කැදවා ඇත. ඒ අවස්ථාවේ විජිත මලල්ගොඩ විනිසුරු නීතිඥවරයා වෙත දෝෂාරෝපනය කරමින් සිංහල භාෂාවෙන් ඔහු... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/01/19)

Bankers to the nation –killing the industry?
Dr Sarath Obeysekera
“Bank of Ceylon has always been the icon of stability for the banking industry in Sri Lanka. Having been the first state commercial bank in the country, BOC has fulfilled its role continuously evolving to cater to the changing needs of customers. “ Few of us who have worked in Ship Building Industry wanted to do something for the country after retirement .We developed a shipyard which creates   not only employment to the youth but also generates much needed foreign income . Our company uses skilled labour of another subsidiary of the owning company .This month... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/01/19)

A General’s plight
By Shamindra Ferdinando Courtesy The Island
January 15, 2019, 9:41 pm Sri Lanka is under fire for naming Maj. Gen. Shavendra Silva as the Chief of Staff of the Army. Various interested parties stepped up attacks on Sri Lanka in the wake of the Gajaba veteran, the wartime General Officer Commanding (GoC) of the 58 Division, receiving the due recognition. President Maithripala Sirisena elevated the officer on January 10, 2019. Early last year, Sri Lanka earned the wrath of Yasmin Sooka, a member of three-member UN panel that blamed Sri Lanka for the deaths of over 40,000 civilians, for... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/01/19)

Prelates ask govt. to solve economic problems instead of introducing new constitution
By Cyril Wimalasurendra Courtesy The Island
The government must strive to solve the economic problems the people were faced with instead of trying to introduce a new Constitution, Mahanayakes of the Asgiri and Malwatta Chapters told State Minister of Defence, Ruwan Wijewardene yesterday. The minister visited the Chief Prelate of the Asgiri Chapter, Most Ven Warakagoda Sri Gnanarathana There and the Chief Prelate of the Malwatta Chapter, Most Ven. Thibbatuwawe Sri Siddartha Sumangala Thera, yesterday. The two prelates told the minister that the cost of living was increasing and that the government must do everything in its power to reduce... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/01/19)

Consensus likely to elude draft of Sri Lanka’s new constitution
 By P.K.Balachandran/Daily Express Courtesy NewsIn.Asia
Colombo, January 14: Political consensus is likely to elude Sri Lanka’s draft constitution, given three factors currently at play. The first factor is the hostility of President Maithripala Sirisena and the Leader of the Opposition Mahinda Rajapaksa to the draft, though only the latter has come out publicly against it so far. Both Sirisena and Rajapaksa want the Executive Presidency to continue, if not made stronger. But the draft constitution wants the abolition of the Executive Presidency in favor of the Westminster system with the Prime Minister at the helm. On the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/01/19)

Sri Lanka says has $406 million loan offer from Bank of China, may increase to $1.35 billion
Courtesy straitstimes
COLOMBO (REUTERS) - Sri Lanka is considering an offer from Bank of China for a loan of US$300 million (S$406 million), which could be raised to US$1 billion (S$1.35 billion), to help it meet repayments in coming months, junior finance minister Eran Wickramaratne told Reuters on Tuesday (Jan 15). He also confirmed that Sri Lanka had started negotiations to increase the amount of a swap deal with India's central bank to US$1 billion, up from a previously negotiated US$400 million. A series of credit rating downgrades amid a political crisis have made it harder for Sri Lanka... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/01/19)

World’s oldest clove? Here’s what our find in Sri Lanka says about the early spice trade
Courtesy the conversation.com
The history of the spice trade conjures up exotic images of caravans plying the Silk Road in storied antiquity as well as warfare between European powers vying for control of what, pound for pound, were among the most valuable commodities in the known world. One of the most valuable of the spices was clove – the versatile immature bud of the evergreen clove tree (Syzygium aromaticum) which is native to the Maluku Islands or the Moluccas in the Indonesian Archipelago. Prized for its flavour and aroma, and also for its medicinal qualities, clove quickly became important... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/01/19)

British photographer, 36, dies after 'suffering a seizure' while surfing off the coast of Sri Lanka
Jon Lewin, 36, reportedly suffered a seizure while he was out surfing in Sri Lanka Three Scandinavian doctors were by chance also present but failed to save Jon  His girlfriend Immy Clifton paid tribute to the photojournalist after his death  PUBLISHED: 17:02, 15 January 2019 | UPDATED: 17:15, 15 January 2019 A British photographer and travel writer described as an 'inspiration' who 'touched so many people's lives' has died while surfing off the coast of Sri Lanka. Jon Lewin, 36, is believed to have suffered a seizure in the water while on holiday and doctors were... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/01/19)

Statement by IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde on Meeting with Sri Lanka’s Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera and Governor Indrajit Coomaraswamy
IMF Communications Department MEDIA RELATIONS
January 15, 2019 Christine Lagarde, Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), met today with Sri Lanka’s Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera and Governor Indrajit Coomaraswamy. Following the meeting, Ms. Lagarde made the following statement: “I was pleased to meet with Minister Samaraweera and Governor Coomaraswamy this afternoon. We discussed the challenging economic environment and the policy priorities for the country. The authorities stressed Sri Lanka’s continued commitment to their economic reform agenda under the IMF-supported program. “We agreed that a strong policy mix, with effective implementation of that agenda, is key to strengthening... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/01/19)

දමිළ සන්ධානයේ ණය බේරන්න රට උකස් තියන්න අපි ඉඩ දෙන්නේ නෑ
ඉෂාරා සිල්වා උපුටාගැණීම  මව්බිම
ඊනියා ආණ්ඩුක්‍රම ව්‍යවස්ථා වැඩපිළිවෙළට නිර්භීතව ඉදිරිපත් වන සංඝරත්නය, පාර්ලිමේන්තු මන්ත්‍රිවරුන්, මාධ්‍ය හා වෘත්තීය සමිති විවිධ උපක්‍රම හරහා නිශ්ශබ්ද කිරීමට උත්සාහ කරන බව ශ්‍රී ලංකා පොදුජන පෙරමුණේ සභාපති මහාචාර්ය ජී.එල්. පීරිස් මහතා පවසයි. දමිළ සන්ධානයට ණය ගෙවන්න රට උකස් තියන්න තමන් ඉඩ නොදෙන බවත් මැතිවරණයක් පවත්වා සුජාත භාවය ලබාගෙන මෙම ව්‍යවස්ථා වැඩපිළිවෙළ ක්‍රියාත්මක කරන්නේ නම් කිසිදු ප්‍රශ්නයක් නැති බවත් ඔහු සඳහන් කළේය. ඊයේ (14දා) බත්තරමුල්ල නෙලුම් මාවතේ පැවැති ශ්‍රී ලංකා පොදුජන පෙරමුණේ මාධ්‍ය හමුවට එක්වෙමින් ඒ මහතා මෙසේද කීය. ආණ්ඩුවේ ප්‍රමුඛම අරමුණක් විදියට පෙබරවාරි 04ට පෙර නව ආණ්ඩුක්‍රම ව්‍යවස්ථාවක් ඉදිරිපත් කරනවාලු. ඊට පෙර වාර්තා පහක් පාර්ලිමේන්තුවට ඉදිරිපත්... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/01/19)

සුමන්තිරන් ලියලා දුන්න වාර්තාව රනිල් කියවලාවත් නෑ
දෙනගම ධම්මික රණවීර උපුටාගැණීම  මව්බිම
බුදු දහමට ප්‍රමුඛතාව දෙමින් ඒකීයභාවය ආරක්ෂා කරන්න කැමැති නම් එම වගන්ති වෙනස් කරමින් යෝජනා ඉදිරිපත් කොට තිබෙන්නේ ඇයි දැයි අගමැතිතුමා ප්‍රකාශ කළ යුතු යැයි පිවිතුරු හෙළ උරුමයේ නායක පාර්ලිමේන්තු මන්ත්‍රි නීතිඥ උදය ගම්මන්පිල ප්‍රකාශ කෙළේය. ඔහු එම අදහස් පළ කළේ ඊයේ (14දා) ජාතික හෙළ උරුමය පිටකෝට්ටේදී පැවැත්වූ මාධ්‍ය හමුවකදීය. එහිදී ගම්මන්පිල මහතා මෙසේද පැවැසීය. පසුගිය 12 වැනිදා යාපනයේ පැවැති රැස්වීමකදී ඉලංකෙයි තමිල් අරසු පක්ෂ නායක මාවෙයි සේනාධිරාජා කිව්වා එ.ජා.ප. ආණ්ඩුවට අමාත්‍ය මණ්ඩල තීරණ ගැනීමට පෙර දෙමළ සන්ධානය සමඟ සාකච්ඡා කොට තීන්දු ගැනීමේ යාන්ත්‍රණයක් සකස් කරල තියෙනවා කියලා. ඒ වගේම එම්.ඒ. සුමන්තිරන් කියනවා උතුරු පළාත් සංවර්ධන... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/01/19)

සුමන්තිරන් සිංහල-දමිළ ජනතාව රවටනවා
ඩබ්ලිව්.කේ. ප්‍රසාද් මංජු උපුටාගැණීම  මව්බිම
පාර්ලිමේන්තුවට ඉදිරිපත් කරන ලද ආණ්ඩුක්‍රම ව්‍යවස්ථා සභාවේ මෙහෙයුම් මණ්ඩල විශේෂඥ කමිටු වාර්තාවෙන් සිංහල, දෙමළ ජනතව රවටමින් ෆෙඩරල් විසඳුමකට පදනම දමා තිබෙන නිසා එම විශේෂඥ කමිටු වාර්තාව ප්‍රතික්ෂේප කරන බව ඊ.පී.ඩී.පී. සංවිධානයේ නායක යාපනය දිස්ත්‍රික් පාර්ලිමේන්තු මන්ත්‍රි ඩග්ලස් දේවානන්දා මහතා 'මව්බිම'ට විශේෂ ප්‍රකාශයක් කරමින් කියා සිටියේය. මෙම කමිටු වාර්තාවේ සිංහල පරිවර්තනයෙහි 'ඒකීය' යන වචනය තිබෙන අතර දෙමළ පරිවර්තනයෙහි 'ඔරුමිත්තනාඩු' වචනය තිබෙන බව ඩග්ලස් දේවානන්දා මහතා පෙන්වා දෙයි. 'ඔරුමිත්තනාඩු' කියන දෙමළ වචනයෙහි සිංහල තේරුම 'එක්සත්' බව පෙන්වාදෙන දේවානන්දා මහතා ප්‍රකාශ කරන්නේ 'ඒකීය' යන වචනයෙහි දෙමළ නියම අර්ථය විය යුත්තේ 'ඔච්චයිආච්චි' බවයි. 'ඔරුමිත්තනාඩු' යන වචනය වෙනුවට 'ඔච්චයිආච්චි'... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/01/19)

රනිල් ප්‍රමුඛ එන්ජීඕ නඩය මාධ්‍යවලට කරන බලපෑම්වලට එරෙහිව පියවර ගත යුතුයි
උපුටාගැණීම  මව්බිම
ව්‍යාජ කරුණු දක්වමින් මාධ්‍යවලට කරන බලපෑම සම්බන්ධයෙන් අගමැති රනිල් වික්‍රමසිංහ මහතාගේ එන්.ජී.ඕ. නඩයට එරෙහිව නීතිය ක්‍රියාත්මක කළ යුතු බව නීතිඥ ප්‍රේමනාත් සී. ‍ෙදාලේවත්ත පවසයි. මාධ්‍ය අද යම් කිසි නිදහසක් ලබන අවස්ථාවේදී එම නිදහස නැති කිරීමේ උත්සාහයක ආණ්ඩුව නිරත වන බවද නීතිඥ ‍ෙදාලේවත්ත අවධාරණය කළේය. ජනමාධ්‍යවේදීන්ට තර්ජනය කරමින් ඔවුන්ගේ වෘත්තීය කටයුතුවලට සිදුකරන බලපෑම පිළිකුලෙන් යුතුව හෙළා දකින බවද හෙතෙම කීය. මේ සම්බන්ධයෙන් වැඩිදුරටත් අදහස් දක්වමින් ඒ මහතා කියා සිටියේ විහාර මහාදේවි උද්‍යානයේ හට් ගහගෙන දඹර අමිල හිමිත් සමඟ ඉඳගෙන නැවත රනිල් වික්‍රමසිංහ මහතාව අගමැති කරන ලෙස ඉල්ලා සිටියේ මෙම එන්.ජී.ඕ. නඩය බවයි. කළු ඇඳුම් ඇඳගෙන, කළු පටි... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/01/19)

පාර්ලිමේන්තුව අද බොරු ගුහාවක්
ආචාර්ය නාලක ගොඩහේවා උපුටාගැණීම  මව්බිම
පාර්ලිමේන්තුව යනු ගෞරවාන්විත තැනක්ය යන හැඟීම දිනෙන් දිනම ජනතාව අතරින් ගිලිහෙන්නේ පාර්ලිමේන්තුව තුළ ව්‍යවස්ථාදායකයන්ගේ බාල හැසිරීම නිසාය. විශේෂයෙන්ම මෑත ඉතිහාසයේ ආණ්ඩු පක්‍ෂයේත් විපක්‍ෂයේත් හැසිරීම සාමාන්‍ය ජනතාවගේ අප්‍රසාදයට ලක්වූ බව නොරහසකි. පාර්ලිමේන්තුව තුළ බොරු කීමේ ප්‍රවණතාවද දිගින් දිගටම ඉහළ යමින් පවතී. සාමාන්‍යයෙන් එවැනි හැසිරීමක් බලාපොරොත්තු විය හැක්කේ පසුපෙළ මන්ත්‍රිවරයකුගෙන් වුවද රටේ අග්‍රාමාත්‍යවරයා පවා පාර්ලිමේන්තු වරප්‍රසාදවලට මුවා වී ජනතාව මුළා කිරීමට උත්සාහ කරනු දක්නට ලැබීම සැබැවින්ම කනගාටුවට කරුණකි. මෙහි සමීපතම උදාහරණ කිහිපයක්ම පසුගිය සතියේ රූපවාහිනි නාළිකා හරහා ජනතාවට දැකගන්නට ලැබිණි. ඒ අගමැතිවරයා ලංකාවේ රාජ්‍ය ණය හා විදේශ සංචිත ගැන කළ ප්‍රකාශ දෙකක් හා ත්‍රස්තවාදයට එරෙහි යුද්ධය පිළිබඳව... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/01/19)

Singapore FTA: SL given visas to 242,000 foreign workers: Lakshman Yapa
Lahiru Pothmulla Courtesy The Daily Mirror
MP Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena said yesterday Sri Lanka has already given visas to some 242,000 foreign employees and the experts report on Singapore FTA has said this number could increase through the FTA. He said the experts committee which studied the Sri Lanka-Singapore Free Trade Agreement (SLSFTA) has verified the concerns expressed over the previous months. “What we have said had been accepted by the experts committee which said our market would not be expanded by the SLSFTA. Through the Board of Investment (BOI), we have already given visas to 242,000 foreigners for investments and... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/01/19)

Contradictions in new Constitution - Professor G.L. Peiris
RANMINI GUNASEKARA Courtesy Ceylon Today
There are contradictions in the trilingual reports presented to Parliament with regard to the new Constitution, claimed Chairman of the SLPP, Professor G.L. Peiris. He said this at a SLPP Media briefing held at Party Headquarters today (14). Parliamentarian Rohitha Abeygunawardana also attended this briefing. Speaking of the said reports, Abeygunawardana made specific reference to the Tamil words 'Orumittha Naadu'and added the said words do not have a definite meaning in Tamil, although the words purportedly meant a ‘unitary State.’ Prof. Peiris further alleged the Government is conspiring to postpone the Presidential Election. “The... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/01/19)

New Constitution is not necessary - Asgiri Chapter Mahanayake Thero
Courtesy Adaderana
Holding the elections is important at the moment, not bringing forth a new Constitution, says the Mahanayake of the Asgiri Chapter Most Venerable Warakagoda Sri Gnanarathana Thero. Mahanayake Thero stated this during a discussion held with the State Minister of Defense Ruwan Wijewardene yesterday (15). The State Minister, arriving at Kandy last morning, had paid a visit to Venerable Warakagoda Sri Gnanarathana Thero to invoke blessings. Mahanayake Thero has further said, what people expect the most is the provincial council elections and the Presidential election rather than a new Constitution. Accordingly, the State Minister has responded that... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/01/19)

Understanding the Political Scenarios in Sri Lanka – identify Traitors & Treacheries first
By shenali Waduge
  It was no coincidence that colonial Britain wished to administer then Ceylon separate to India. It is no coincidence that colonial Britain kept Ceylon citizens as guinea pigs for modern divide & rule strategies. All that is now unfolding should be viewed as a catalyst of the outcome of colonial strategies adopted via conversions, English education, colonial friendly brown sahibs, denationalizing citizens via cultural/education, anti-Sinhala-Buddhist initiatives & to break the national resistance movement by projecting it as racist – fundamentalist & not secular/multicultural. In understanding this we should be able to move on to the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/01/19)

Rajarata Chronic kidney disease, fluoride, and the Mahaweli project: All possibly connected?
By Ranjith W. Dharmaratne Courtesy The Island
By now, it is common knowledge that a significant number of people from farming communities living in the North Central Province (herein referred to as Rajarata) suffer from Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD). Over the past three decades, a number of investigations on the causes of CKD have been conducted, but no conclusion has been drawn yet on what exactly is causing CKD in the Rajarata context. Although a number of theories have been proposed, none has been confirmed so far, due to the lack of evidence. There are arguments and counter-arguments within the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/01/19)

In politics, when fighting an election, there are two plans, Plan A and Plan B. Plan A:  Formulate a broad based plan to win the election.  Primary purpose of Plan A, will be to WIN the election.  Avoid isolating voters, bring them into your fold.  Do not provide any weapons to opponents in Plan A implementation stage. Plan B: After winning the election, continue educating the masses the value of unity as against disintegration.  Continue rapid industrial and agricultural development in all parts of the island, as previously done by Prez Mahinda  Rajapakse. All... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/01/19)

Governance and Psychology - 7 The Democratic Socialist Republic of SriLanka - Concealed Risk of Fading Buddhism and Sinhalas from SriLanka
Kanthar Balanathan
Gautama Buddha Quote: (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gautama_Buddha ) Gautama Buddha AKA Buddha’s period is c.563 or c. 480 BCE. The evidence of the early texts suggests that Siddhartha Gautama was born into the Shakya clan, a community that was on the periphery, both geographically and culturally, of the eastern Indian subcontinent in the 5th century BCE.[34] One of his usual names was "Sakyamuni" or "Shakyamuni" ("Sage of the Shakya’s"). It was either a small republic, or an oligarchy, and his father was an elected chieftain, or oligarch.[34] According to the Buddhist tradition, Gautama was born in Lumbini, now in modern-day Nepal, and raised in the Shakya... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/01/19)

Thai Pongal Day message from the Leader of the Opposition
Mahinda Rajapaksa Leader of the Opposition
On this auspicious Thai Pongal day I wish to convey my greetings towards a prosperous and peaceful future to everyone celebrating. Thai Pongal is not only a day to celebrate the bounty of harvest, it is also a day for all to be grateful for a rich and fulfilling life. This has been tradition and the message that’s conveyed throughout the world. Let’s celebrate this Thai Pongal day beyond religious differences with our relatives and neighbours in peace and love. As per tradition a new journey begins when Thai (Tamil New Year) is born.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/01/19)

විපක්‍ෂ නායකතුමාගේ තෛපොංගල් පණිවුඩය
මහින්ද රාජපක්‍ෂ විපක්‍ෂ නායක
අද දින තෛපොංගල් සමරන දමිළ ජනතාවට මම සාමය, සතුට පිරි සෞභාග්‍යමත් අනාගතයකට සුබ පැතුම් එක් කරන්නේ ඉමහත් ප්‍රීතියෙනි. කෘෂිකාර්මික ජීවිතය හා බැඳුණු ජනයාගේ අස්වනු නෙලන අවස්ථාව සමරනු ලබන මෙම මහෝත්සවය, ගොවියන්ට පමණක් නොව අප සියලු දෙනාටම සුහදත්වය සහ අන්‍යෝන්‍ය අවබෝධය උදා කර ගත හැකි වැදගත් අවස්ථාවක් වන බව මගේ විශ්වාසයයි. මෙම උත්සවයෙන් ලබාදෙන පණිවුඩය ලෝ වාසී සියලු දෙනාටම ඉතාම වැදගත්ය. ජාති, ආගම් භේද පසෙකලා, තෛපොංගල් උත්සවය අපි අපේ ඥාතී-හිත මිත්‍රාදීන් සමඟ, සාමයෙන් සහ ස්නේහයෙන් යුතුව සමරමු. හින්දු දින දර්ශනයෙහි වර්ෂයේ මුල් මාසය තෛ යනුවෙන් හැඳින්වෙන අතර, අපගේ මුතුන් මිත්තන්ට අනුව, තෛයි මාසයේ උදාව නව ගමනක ආරම්භය... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/01/19)

Thai Pongal Message from Western Province Governor Hon.Azath Salley.
I am delighted to convey my greetings and good wishes to all those who are celebrating the Thai Pongal throughout Sri Lanka and abroad on Tuesday. Being my maiden Thai Pongal message to the nation as Governor of the Western Province,  I feel happier and more honored to pass on my sincere greetings on this auspicious day to all those who participate in the festival. The Thai Pongal festival celebration is believed to have started more than 1000 years ago. Thai Pongal is a harvest festival which is celebrated by Hindhus. It is also a festival that highlights  the importance of agriculture which provides rice and other... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 15/01/19)

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