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No-faith motion with 14 charges against PM submitted to Speaker Four SLFP MPs among 55 signatories
By Saman Indrajith Courtesy The Island
March 21, 2018, 11:42 pm A no-confidence motion containing 14 allegations against Prime Minister Ranil Wickrem-esinghe was handed over to Speaker Karu Jayasuriya by a group of Joint Opposition (JO) MPs led by former President Mahinda Rajapaksa around 2.35 pm yesterday. The motion has been signed by 55 MPs including State Minister of Lands T. B. Ekanayake, Public Manag-ement and Administration Deputy Minister Susantha Punchinilame, Ports and Shipping Deputy Minister Nishantha Muthuhettigama and UPFA MP Cader Masthan. Former President Rajapaksa however has not signed the motion.  UPFA MPs Roshan Ranasinghe and Siripala Gamlath,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 22/03/18)

Dr. Daya Hewapathirane
Altered Traits - Science Reveals How Meditation Changes Your Mind, Brain, and Body                                                                                                                        Authored by Daniel Goleman &  Richard J. Davidson      ISBN 978-0399184383 Grounded on the in-depth innovative research that has made them giants in their fields, and drawing on their own... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 22/03/18)

Public Letter to the President of Sri Lanka & Members of the Constitutional Council against the Hate Speech Statement by Election Commission against the Sinhalese
By shenali Waduge
Your Excellency The President of Sri Lanka,   In your capacity as Head of State, appointing the Commissioner of Elections on the recommendation of the Constitutional Council, this public letter is to bring to your kind attention a not-so-independent statement by the Elections Commissioner, published by Daily Mirror journalist M S M Ayub on 20 March 2018 titled “Most Sinhalese happy about recent riots: EC”. This is a highly derogatory statement against one community abusing the protocols of office and demands a retraction and public apology and the Constitutional Council must launch an investigation into this... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 22/03/18)

Why is a Buddhist majoritarian state unacceptable but Islamic states are?
By shenali Waduge
According to M M Zuhair former ambassador & Secretary to the State Ministry of National Integration and Reconciliation the international community will not support a Buddhist majoritarian state and will only recognize states that are multi-linguistic, multi-cultural & multi-religious. If so, what is the position of over 50 majority-Muslim states where the constitution upholds only the right of Islam? His sentiments were given space & published by the Sunday Times newspaper of 18 March 2018 http://www.sundaytimes.lk/180318/sunday-times-2/fake-propaganda-against-muslims-threat-to-national-unity-286339.html “In any event an ethnic or a Buddhist majoritarian state will not receive the support of the international community, unlike... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 22/03/18)

No-confidence motion against PM handed over to Speaker
By Yusuf Ariff Courtesy Adaderana
The motion of no-confidence against Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has been handed over to the Speaker of Parliament by MPs representing the Joint Opposition. Joint Opposition leader Dinesh Gunawardena handed over the motion to Speaker Karu Jayasuriya at 2.30pm today (21). The motion has reportedly been signed by a total of 55 MPs including 51 from the Joint Opposition and 4 MPs from the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP). The SLFP members who have signed include T.B. Ekanayake, Nishantha Muthuhettigama, Susantha Punchinilame and Kader Masthan. The SLFP Parliamentary Group had said it would decide... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/03/18)

Comments on disruption of discussion by Tamils
Kanthar Balanathan  DipEE(UK), GradCert(Rel Eng-Monash), DipBus&Adm(Finance-Massey), CEng., MIEE(Lond) Retired Director & Specialist Power Systems Engineer Rowville Australia
Viewing the attached video will reveal more truths on the behavioral pattern as to who are the rowdies and who are the gentle people of SriLanka. Behavioral pattern inflicts upon leadership quality. The Sinhala military officer gently and politely emphasized and outlined the events in the past which are the truths. The Tamil guy behaves liked a Coolie and a rowdy and walks toward the military officer intimidating him. This is similar to the behavior of LTTE terrorists in the past when they were holding an... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/03/18)

Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa     issued a statement in January 2017 regarding his much maligned Hambantota project. “Since the future of the Hambantota port is now under discussion, I wish to explain to the public, my position on this matter. The loans taken for the construction of this harbour were 450 million USD for the first phase, 70 million USD for the bunkering facility and 802 million USD for the second phase bringing the total to around 1,322 million USD. When complete the harbour would have four terminals and 12 berths. This was meant to be a free... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/03/18)

Sarath Wijesinghe a former Ambassador to UAE and Israel/ a former Chairman Consumer Affairs authority
Water is precious Water is one of the most precious elements essential for the life of a being which is found throughout the world on unequal distribution of geographic considerations. One can live only three days without water which is considered to be a basic human right declared by the UN establishing world day as 22nd March every year reminding the world the value of water wasting 9 billion per year due to neglect and mismanagement. Some nations are fortunate and most are unfortunate... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/03/18)

විශ්වාසභංගය දිනවන්න එජාප - ශ්‍රීලනිප මැති ඇමැති සහාය ලැබෙනවා - මහින්ද රාජපක්‍ෂ
නෝමන් පලිහවඩන උපුටා ගැන්ම දිවයින
අග්‍රාමාත්‍ය රනිල් වික්‍රමසිංහ මහතාට එරෙහිව ගෙන එන විශ්වාසභංග යෝජනාව ජයග්‍රහණය කිරීම සඳහා එක්‌සත් ජාතික පක්‍ෂයේ මෙන්ම ශ්‍රී ලංකා නිදහස්‌ පක්‍ෂයේ මැති ඇමැතිවරුන් කණ්‌ඩායමක්‌ පොරොන්දු වී ඇතැයි හිටපු ජනාධිපති මහින්ද රාජපක්‍ෂ මහතා "දිවයින"ට ඊයේ (20 වැනිදා) කියා සිටියේය.    මෙම විශ්වාසභංග යෝජනාව ජයග්‍රහණය කිරීම සඳහා ඊට අත්සන් තැබීමට එක්‌සත් ජාතික පක්‍ෂයේ තරුණ මන්ත්‍රීවරුන් පිරිසක්‌ සහ ශ්‍රී ලංකා නිදහස්‌ පක්‍ෂයේ ඇමැතිවරුන් පිරිසක්‌ එකඟවී සිටින බවද රාජපක්‍ෂ මහතා වැඩිදුරටත් කියා සිටියේය.    මෙහිදී වැඩිදුරටත් අදහස්‌ දැක්‌වූ රාජපක්‍ෂ මහතා මෙසේද කීවේය.    කවුරු මොනවා කිව්වත් අග්‍රාමාත්‍ය රනිල් වික්‍රමසිංහ මහතාට එරෙහිව ගෙන එන විශ්වාසභංග යෝජනාව ජයග්‍රහණය කරනවා.    සාමාන්‍ය ජනතාව... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/03/18)

සැමට නීතිය සාධාරණ විය යුතුයි ! - ආචාර්ය ඕමල්පේ සෝභිත නාහිමි
සාකච්ඡා කළේ චතුර පමුණුව උපුටා ගැන්ම දිවයින
වර්තමානයේ ශ්‍රී ලාංකිය සමාජය තුළ උද්ගතව ඇති භේදකාරී තත්ත්වය පිළිබඳව අපි දක්‌ෂිණ ලංකාවේ ප්‍රධාන සංඝනායක ආචාර්ය ඕමල්පේ සෝභිත හිමියන්ගෙන් විමසුවෙමු. සියලු ප්‍රශ්න පැන නැගීමට හේතුව උන්වහන්සේ සැකවින් පැහැදිලි කළහ. පහත දැක්‌වෙන්නේ ඒ සාකච්ඡාවයි. ඇත්තටම අද සිදුවිය යුතු වැදගත්ම කාරණය වන්නේ රටේ නීතිය සැමට සාධාරණ ලෙස ක්‍රියාත්මක වීමයි. ජාතීන් අනුව නීතිය වෙනස්‌විය යුතු නැහැ. නීතිය හමුවේ මුස්‌ලිම්වරුන්ට වරප්‍රසාද වැඩියි කියන අදහස සිංහල ජනතාව අතර හොඳින්ම කිඳා බැහැලා තියෙනවා. පොදු නීතියට අවනත නොවන ෂරියා නීතිය මුස්‌ලිම් සමාජයේ ක්‍රියාත්මක වෙනවා. විවාහ නීතියට වෙනම වකුබ් උසාවි තියෙනවා. වෙනම පාසල් පද්ධතියක්‌ ක්‍රියාත්මක වෙනවා. ඒ පාසල්වලට යන්නට පුළුවන්... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/03/18)

Racism, Riots, and the Sri Lankan State
by Asanga Abeyagoonasekera
“One's life has value so long as one attributes value to the life of others, by means of love, friendship, indignation and compassion.” Simone de Beauvoir Only when fear and hatred is spread by extremists does serious reflection haunt a community. The teardrop-shaped island of Sri Lanka, a seeming paradise hanging off the Indian subcontinent, has been provoked yet again. Within a few hours arose an ugly incident of violence, the hill country's vibrant colours serving as a backdrop to death and destruction – a systematic break-down of lives, religious spaces, and personal property. The July... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/03/18)

Iraq invasion a ‘bloody Greek theater’: WMDs or not, US wanted regime change – ex-Pentagon official
Courtesy RT
Published time: 20 Mar, 2018 08:37Edited time: 20 Mar, 2018 20:27 Get short URL Recent actions by the United States in the Middle East suggest it hasn’t learned anything from its monumental debacle 15 years ago by invading Iraq, under a preemptive policy of regime change. The strategy, led by the neocons in the Pentagon, was to throw out then-Iraqi President Saddam Hussein, replace him with a government favorable to the US, and then proceed to regime change in Syria, Iran, and Libya, due to their close ties to Hussein. Given the pro-Israeli neocons... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/03/18)

Heed Warning Signs About Buddhist Muslim Unrest Now  !
Insight by Sunil Kumar
March 20th. 2017 Islamist fundamentalism is posing a growing threat to universal liberal society unquestionably. This seems quite apparent also in Sri Lanka in recent times. Considering the bloody ethnic strife involving religious as well as ethnic differences initiated by the Tamil Tigers now vanquished- hopefully never to resurge, it may be fortuitous for the administrators and legislators of Sri Lanka today to keep a watchful eye on the conflicts between Muslims and Buddhists and never let them esacalate into becoming an uncontrollable issue as Sri Lanka can ill afford such a lapse given her... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/03/18)

Sri Lanka’s religious violence and the US pivot to Asia
Gearóid Ó Colmáin
 Recent inter-communal riots in Sri Lanka have highlighted the problem of religious extremism, particularly among Asia’s Buddhist population. However, the Buddhist nationalist point of view has been largely ignored in favour of a discourse which demonises Buddhists as aggressors and Muslims as innocent victims. The reality is far more complex. A state of emergency has been introduced in Sri Lanka after an outbreak of violence between Buddhists and Muslims. According to reports, the violence erupted after a Buddhist truck driver was killed on the 4th of March by three inebriated Muslims, which was followed by attacks from... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/03/18)

ජාතික පොලිස් කොමිෂන් සභාවේ ලේකම් ආරියදාස කුරේ ඉවත් කළේ තෙල්දෙණිය ගැන පොලිස්පතිගෙන් වාර්තාවක් ඉල්ලු නිසයි!  
කීර්ති තෙන්නකෝන් විධායක අධ්‍යක්ෂ/කැෆේ සහ ශ්‍රී ලංකා මානව හිමිකම් කේන්ද්‍ර‍ය
කොන්ත්‍රාත් පදනම මත ජාතික පොලිස් කොමිෂන් සභාවේ ලේකම් ධූරය දැරූ ආරියදාස කුරේ මහතා එම තනතුරෙන් ඉවත් කොට ඇත්තේ පසුගිය දා තෙල්දෙණිය හා දිගන ඇති වු ගැටුම් සම්බන්ධයෙන් පොලීසියේ ක්‍රියාකාරීත්වය පිළිබද පොලිස්පතිගෙන් වාර්තාවක් ඉල්ලු නිසා බව කැෆේ සහ ශ්‍රී ලංකා මානව හිමිකම් කේන්ද්‍රයේ අවධාරණය කරයි.   ජාතික පොලිස් කොමිෂන් සභාව තෙල්දෙණිය ගැටුම් පිළිබදව ස්වාධීන විමර්ශනයක් සිදුකිරීමට උත්සහ දැරීම  වලක්වා ගැනීමට දේශපාලන නායකත්වයේ බලපෑම මත ලේකම්වරයා ඉවත් කිරීම සිදුව ඇත. පොලිස් අකාර්යක්ෂමතාව හේතුවෙන් තෙල්දෙණිය හා දිගන ගැටුම් උත්සන්න වූ බව මේ වන විට විවෘත රහසකි.   කැෆේ සහ ශ්‍රී ලංකා මානව හිමිකම් කේන්ද්‍ර‍ය විසින් ගැටුමට පසුදින මේ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/03/18)

අලුත් අවුරුද්දට ජනතාවට රජයෙන් කිසිම සහනයක් නැහැ
ගොසිප් සී ලංකා වෙබ් අඩවිය
වෙළද පොළේ පාරිභෝගික භාණ්ඩවල මිල ගණන් ඉතාමත් ඉහළ මට්ටමක වතින අතර ජනතාවට මෙවර සිංහල හා හින්දු අලුත් අවුරුද්ද සමරන්න වී තිබෙන්නේ ඉතාමත් දුෂ්කර විදිහටය. එම නිසා සිංහල හා හිංදු අලුත් අවරුද්ද වෙනුවෙන් පාරිභෝගික කටයුතු පිළිබද අධිකාරිය ජනතාවට අවුරුදු සැමරීම සදහා කිසියම් සහන වැඩ පිළිවළක් සකස් කර ඇත්දැයි අප ගොසිප් සී ලංකා වෙබ් අඩවිය පාරිභෝගික කටයුතු පිළිබද අධිකාරියෙන් විමසීමක් කළ අතර එහිදී නිළධාරීයෙකු අප සමග කියා සිටියේ සිංහල හා හිංදු අලුත් අවරුද්දට එහෙම වැඩපිළිවළක් නොමැති බවයි. සිංහල අලුත් අවුරුද්ද වෙනුවෙන් මාධ්‍ය ආයතන ඇතුළු පාරිභෝගික භාණ්ඩ අලෙවි කරන ආයතන කලින් තියා තම සැලසුම් සකස් කරන අතර මේ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/03/18)

රුසියානු ජනාධිපති වැලදිමිර් පුටින්ට හිටපු ජනාධිපති මහින්ද රාජපක්‍ෂගෙන් සුභ පැතුම්
Following the victory of incumbent President Vladimir Putin of the Russian Federation at last Sunday's election, the Russian Ambassador in Colombo HE Yury. B Materiy met former President Mahinda Rajapaksa at his official residence in Colombo on Monday. President Mahinda Rajapaksa took this opportunity to convey his felicitations to President Putin on his landslide victory. පසුගිය ඉරිදා පවත්වනු ලැබූ ඡන්දයෙන් රුසියානු ජනාධිපති වැලදිමිර් පුටින් ජයගත් පසු කොළඹ රුසියානු තානාපති යුරි බී. මැතේරි මහතා හිටපු ජනාධිපති මහින්ද රාජපක්‍ෂ මහතාව සඳුදා සිය නිල නිවසේදී හමුවිය. මේ අවස්ථාවේදී ජනාධිපති මහින්ද රාජපක්‍ෂ මහතා, ජනාධිපති පුටින්ගේ විජයග්‍රහණය ගැන එතුමාට සුභ පැතුම් ප්‍රකාශ කර සිටියේය.... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 20/03/18)

Putin, Mahinda and Gotabhaya
By Dr. DAYAN JAYATILLEKA Courtesy The Island
March 19, 2018, 9:37 pm I have to say that I am very happy indeed about the resounding victory scored by President Putin. If not for him, there would be no multi-polarity in the world; no chance of a global equilibrium; no ally for the rising economic power of China which would have been encircled by the West. There would be a unipolar world under Western hegemony. It would have been a return to the imperialist world order during colonialism—something our generation had never experienced. The Middle East would have gone the way... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/03/18)

We need law and order, not law "made to order"!
March 18, 2018, 9:51 pm There was much talk, announcements, speculation and predictions on the Ministry of Law & Order, and now we have a Madduma Bandara. Reminds me of an old Sinhala Baila, "Sinhala Ithihasa Pothe Ran Akuren Liyawuna. . ." – written in letters of gold in the annals of Sinhala history. That is the story of Madduma Bandara Ellapola. I am an eternal optimist, but to expect a rebirth of this legendary child hero, or even imagine a semblance of a repeat of an event historical in nature would, even for me,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/03/18)

How Trump Consultants Exploited the Facebook Data of Millions
Christopher Wylie, who helped found the data firm Cambridge Analytica and worked there until 2014, has described the company as an "arsenal of weapons" in a culture war.CreditAndrew Testa for The New York Times (After this story was published, Facebook came under harsh criticism from lawmakers in the United States and Britain. Read the latest.) LONDON — As the upstart voter-profiling company Cambridge Analytica prepared to wade into the 2014 American midterm elections, it had a problem. The firm had secured a $15 million investment... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/03/18)

Sri Lankan stocks fall to nearly 7-week closing low on growth worries
COLOMBO, March 19 (Reuters) - Sri Lankan shares fell to their lowest close in nearly seven weeks on Monday, as investors sold diversified and manufacturing stocks on worries over slower economic growth, brokers said. The statistics department withdrew its 2017 full-year and fourth-quarter GDP data on Friday, a day after saying the economy expanded 3.1 percent last year, the slowest pace in 16 years, and 1.4 percent in the fourth quarter. The Colombo stock index fell 0.24 percent to 6,493.63, its lowest since Jan. 30. It dropped 0.6 percent last week in its third straight weekly decline. “It’s a dull... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 20/03/18)

Cultivation ban opposed
Courtesy tobaccoreporter.com
The government of Sri Lanka has been urged to withdraw a proposed ban on tobacco cultivation in the country, according to a story in The Colombo Gazette. The All Ceylon Cigarette Tobacco Barn Owners’ Association said that since 2015, the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on Drug Prevention had recommended ‘unreasonable restrictions’ on tobacco cultivation, such as the prohibition of using even barren marginal paddy lands for such production. In a letter to the President, the association said that despite tobacco farmers being the key drivers of national and rural economic growth, they were not consulted before such... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/03/18)

The Guardian view on free speech online: let law decide the limits
Editorial The Guardian (UK)
The standards by which the internet is controlled need to be open and subject to impartial judiciaries – not left to advertisers The revelations we publish about how Facebook’s data was used by Cambridge Analytica to subvert the openness of democracy are only the latest examples of a global phenomenon. All over the world, governments are coming to grips with the destructive power of social media. In recent weeks, Sri Lanka, Britain, Indonesia and Myanmar have all seen measures taken against hate-speech campaigns. In some cases the companies that publish and profit from them... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/03/18)

The CEO of Cambridge Analytica Was Caught on Video Offering to Meddle in Elections Using Sex Workers and Fake Bribes
By APRIL GLASER   Courtesy slate.com
MARCH 19, 20184:58 PM Cambridge Analytica, the political-data firm hired by the Trump campaign that’s been implicated in a scandal involving the illegitimate harvesting of more than 50 million Facebook user profiles, did not improve its public standing Monday. That’s because Britain’s Channel 4 posted a video showing Cambridge Analytica CEO Alexander Nix describing a series of salacious and corrupt tactics for hire to a reporter pretending to be a fixer for a client who wanted to influence elections in Sri Lanka. When asked about digging up opposition research on another candidate, Nix reportedly offered to “send some... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/03/18)

People need to identify politicians who only think of power and not country - President
Source: PMD
President Maithripala Sirisena says some are working according to their personal agendas to gain political power and they are not interested in strengthening the peace and reconciliation or in solving the issues of the country. The President further said that the people should recognize these people who only consider their political power without giving priority for the country. He made these remarks participating in the opening ceremony of the  new technical building at the St. Patrick’s College, Jaffna as well as presenting appointment letters to Graduate Teachers, on Monday (19). President Sirisena said that he has never... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/03/18)

Passenger Thrown Off Spanish Flight for Yelling Racial Slurs at Staff (VIDEO)
Courtesy Sputnik
Over the weekend, video footage surfaced showing a 70-year-old man getting kicked off a Binter Canarias flight for yelling racial slurs at a flight attendant on a flight from Tenerife, in Spain's Canary Islands, to the Spanish island of La Palma. Recorded by a fellow passenger, footage of the Wednesday incident shows the moments after the man allegedly told the stewardess to "get out of here" and that he did "not want blacks by his side," Spanish media reported. The traveler is white; the flight attendant is black. https://youtu.be/iSNZxH-Lw6g Spanish police were called to the scene after the man failed to follow... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/03/18)

The Sinhala Only reforms of 1956 heralded a new phase in the social and economic development of the country.  Until that time, the small minority of English educated people, 2% of the population, had a monopoly over University education, employment opportunities, as well as the business world, which   worked in English, a language alien to two thirds of the population of the country. One of the effects of British rule was the emergence of western educated elite for whom coveted opportunities in the public service, the profession, business and politics were readily open. The rural poor in... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/03/18)

Theresa May's "novichok" story continues to crumble
Courtesy Off Guardian
Thu, 15 Mar 2018 11:12 UTC  We already know UK PM Theresa May misrepresented the Russian law on executing terrorists in foreign lands, in order to bolster her currently evidence-free claims of Russian culpability in the poisoning of ex-MI6 employee Sergey Skripal. Her narrative remains, as of March 15, bald and unconvincing. But it seems things may be about to get even worse for her and what some see as her bid to "Falklandise" her flagging premiership. It seems the "nerve agent" she claims was used to attack Skripal and his daughter may not actually exist.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/03/18)

The Persecution of the Innocent -16 remanded over Teldeniya incidents; 8 released-
16 remanded over Teldeniya incidents; 8 released
While Persecution of the Innocent Over Rs. 8500 million has been paid as of today, in compensation to 130  Muslim victims of Kandy whose houses and businesses were destroyed by mob violence earlier this month. Secretary to the Minister for Rehabilitation and prison reform Shane Dullewe noted that accordingly Rs. 8594 million has been paid as compensation. The compensation process is categorised into three sectors depending on the extent of the damage. https://youtu.be/As2JQRa-8es... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 19/03/18)

පෙට්‍රල් බෝම්බ හමු වූ කතා බොරුවක්‌ - මහසොහොන් බළකා කාර්යාලයෙන් සොයා ගත්තේ දහම් පාසල් පොත්-මහසොහොන් බළකායේ නිර්මාතෘගේ බිරිඳ කියයි
ප්‍රදීප් ප්‍රසන්න සමරකෝන් සහ චමින්ද සිල්වා උපුටා ගැන්ම දිවයින
- මගේ මහත්තයාගේ කාර්යාලයේ තිබිලා පොලිසිය හොයාගත්තේ දහම් පාසල් දරුවන්ට දෙන්න තිබුණු රචනා පොත් වගයකුයි, තව රචනා තරගයකින් ජය ලබපු දරුවන්ට දෙන්න තිබූ පොත්පත් වගයක්‌. මෙන්න මේවාට තමයි පොලිසිය පෙට්‍රල් බෝම්බ හොයා ගත්තා කියලා මහලොකු ප්‍රචාරයක්‌ ඇරියේ දැන් මගේ මහත්තයා රිමාන්ඩ් කළා. මගේ මහත්තයාව බොරුවට අත්අඩංගුවට ගත්තු පොලිසියේ අයට කවදාහරි දිට්‌ඨ ධම්මවේදනීය කර්මය පටිසන් දෙනවාමයි යෑයි මහසොහොන් බළකායේ නිර්මාතෘ අමිත් ජීවන් වීරසිංහගේ බිරිඳ වන ජයංගනී සිතුම් කුමාරි මහත්මිය දැඩි වේදනාවෙන් යුතුව "දිවයින"ට ඊයේ (18 වැනිදා) පැවසුවාය. මහසොහොන් බළකායේ නිර්මාතෘ අමිත් වීරසිංහ ඇතුළු 10 දෙනා පෙරේදා (17 වැනිදා) රක්‌ෂිත බන්ධනාගාරගත කිරීම සම්බන්ධයෙන්... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 19/03/18)

දිගන ගින්න දුටිමි
 මොහොමඩ් මුසම්මිල් 
දෙස්‌ විදෙස්‌ කාගෙත් සිත් ගත් මහනුවර කඳු වළල්ලකින් වට වූ දිගන නගරයේ මම උපත ලැබුවෙමි. එහි සිංහල, දමිළ, මුස්‌ලිම් ජන කොටස්‌ අතර පැවැති සබැඳියාව ද විස්‌මිතය. පන්සලේ සලාක දානය භාර ගත් දමිළ පවුල් ද සහ මුස්‌ලිම් පවුල් එහි වූහ අද එක්‌ එක්‌ අන්තවාදයන්ට උඩගෙඩි දෙමින් හදන්නට වලිකන 'සංහිඳියාව' වෙනුවට අපි කුඩා කල සිටම සැබෑ සංහිඳියාව මිහිර වින්දෝ විමු. එහෙත් එවැනි සමගියේ හුයකින් බැඳි පෙදෙසක්‌ ගිනි ගත්තේ අපගේ සිත් තුළ සෝ ගින්නක්‌ ද දල්වමිනි. ඇත්තෙන්ම සිදු වූයේ කුමක්‌ද?    තෙල්දෙණිය අම්බාල ප්‍රදේශයේ විසූ කුමාරසිංහ සහෝදරයාගේ ඝාතනයත් ඊට නීතිය ක්‍රියාත්මක වීමේ ප්‍රමාදයත් හේතු කොට ඇතැම් ජාතිවාදී අන්තවාදී පිරිස්‌... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 19/03/18)

කවුද මේ අමිත් වීරසිංහ... මොකක්‌ද මේ මහසෝන් බලකාය
 සමන්තී වීරසේකර උපුටා ගැන්ම දිවයින
විවිධ ජාතින් විවිධ ආගම් රැක ගනු වස්‌ විවිධ සංවිධාන බිහි වීම අරුමයක්‌ නොවේ. එය ලංකාවට පමණක්‌ නොව ලෝකයේ කුමන රටක වුවද සිදුවන සාමාන්‍ය සංසිද්ධියක්‌ද වන්නේය. එනමුත් ලංකාවේ යටගිය දවස සිට පැවැති අරගල සටන් විවිධ භිෂණයන් සිහි වන විට ලංකාවාසීන් නිතැතින්ම තැති ගන්නේය. එබැවින් ඉකුත් දා මහනුවර දිස්‌ත්‍රික්‌කයේ දිගන තෙල්දෙණිය ප්‍රදේශයන්හි ඇති වූ හදිසි තත්ත්වය මත රටම කැළඹී ගියේ කවුරු කුමකින් කුමක්‌ කළ ද අවසානයේ වරදක සේයාව ඇදී ගියේ 'මහසොහොන් බළකාය' වෙතය. ඒ අනුව සියල්ලෝම එහි වරද දකිමින් සිටින්නෙAය. කෙසේ කුමක්‌ කවරක්‌ සිදුවුණද කුමක්‌ද මේ මහසොහොන් බළකාය යන්නෙන් සොයා බැලීමට යොමු වූයේ සමාජයට වැදගත් කාර්යයක්‌ ඉටු... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 19/03/18)

Syria: It would all be over by now without the ‘regime-changers’
Neil Clark Courtesy RT
It was seven years ago this week that the conflict in Syria began. How might it have developed without the negative role played by Western powers and their regional allies? Beware the Ides of March, the old saying goes. The 15th of March down the ages has seen not only the assassination of Julius Caesar and the Nazi invasion of Czechoslovakia; it was also the day, in 2011, that the conflict in Syria began. Protesters gather near the Omari Mosque in the southern old city of Deraa, March 22, 2011... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 19/03/18)

Vladimir Putin decisively re-elected with 76.50 percent of the vote as Russian president – preliminary results
Courtesy RT
Incumbent Russian leader Vladimir Putin is set to secure a resounding victory in the Russian presidential election, according to partial results made public by the electoral commission. Vladimir Putin is now leading with 75.50 percent of the vote, well above the simple majority needed to avoid a run-off. First-time Communist Party candidate Pavel Grudinin is running second with 13.28 percent, while veteran nationalist politician Vladimir Zhirinovsky, who first ran against Boris Yeltsin in 1991, rounds out the top three with about six percent. Read more ‘Dear friends, thank you’: Putin talks... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 19/03/18)

The Power of Now
Dr Ruwan M Jayatunge 
Eckhart Tolle' s spiritually awaking book The Power of Now highlights the  importance of living in the present moment.  Ironically people avoid the present moment most of the time and dwelling in the depressive thoughts of the past or anxiety related thoughts connected with the future. A person who does not live in the present moment becomes a victim of time. Many psychological ailments are associated with missing the present moment. In this famous book Eckhart states: "Time isn't precious at all, because it is an illusion. What you perceive as precious is not time but the one point... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 19/03/18)

'සමාජ සේවා සංවිධාන පනත් සංශෝධනය' ට හොර රහස් කැබිනට් පත්‍රිකාවක් සිවිල් සංවිධාන ආණ්ඩුවේ අතකොළු සංවිධාන කරගන්න ආණ්ඩුව උත්සහ කරනවා -  කැෆේ සංවිධානය කියයි.
පුවත්පත් නිවේදනය විධායක අධ්‍යක්ෂ/කැෆේ සහ ශ්‍රී ලංකා මානව හිමිකම් කේන්ද්‍ර‍ය
1980 අංක 31 දරණ ස්වේච්ඡා සමාජ සේවා සංවිධාන පනත සංශෝධන කිරිම මුවාවෙන් රජය තමන් සමග කටයුතු නොකරන සිවිල් සංවිධාන මර්ධනය සදහා පනත් කෙටුම්පතක් හරහා උත්සහ දරමින් සිටින බව කැෆේ සහ ශ්‍රී ලංකා මානව හිමිකම් කේන්ද්‍ර‍ය ඒකාබද්ධ නිවේදනයක් නිකුත් කරමින් පවසයි.  පසුගිය දා හොර රහසේ කැබිනට් අනුමැතිය ලබා ගෙන ඇති 'සමාජ සේවා පනත' සංශෝධනය සදහා වන කෙටුම්පත 'සිවිල් සංවිධාන රාජ්‍යයේ අවශ්‍යතාව මත මෙහෙයවීම සදහා ද, රජය විවේචනය කරන සංවිධාන මර්ධනය සදහා ද සැකසූ මර්ධනාකාරී  ලියවිල්ලකි.  යෝජිත සංශෝධන මගින් ස්වේච්ජා සමාජ සේවා සංවිධාන පනතේ මුලික ව්‍යුහය හා ව්‍යවහාරයන් සම්පූර්ණයෙන්ම අත්තනෝමතික වෙනසකට ලක් කොට... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 19/03/18)

A secretive cabinet paper to amend the Voluntary Social Service Organizations (registration and supervision) Act-Government is attempting to make CSOs its tools - CaFFE
Rajith Keerthi Tennakoon Executive Director - CaFFE and CHR    
The government is attempting to suppress civil society organizations under the pretext of amending the Voluntary Social Service Organizations (registration and supervision) Act, Campaign for Free and Fair Elections (CaFFE) and Centre for Human Rights (CHR) said issuing a joint press release. The draft bill to amend the act, which had been passed by the Cabinet last week, is essentially a legislation to have authority over these organizations and to suppress Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) that are critical of the government. The amendment changes the structure (even the Preamble), the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 19/03/18)

President signs Gazette notification to lift state of emergency
By Manushi Silva Courtesy Adaderana
President Maithripala Sirisena returned to the island last night (17) and signed the Gazette notification to lift state of emergency with immediate effect, the President Media Division said. The gazette lifting the State of Emergency was signed last night upon the return of President Sirisena from Japan. The Gazette notification has been handed over to the Department Of Government Printing to be printed. President Sirisena declared a ten-day State of Emergency on March 06 to redress the unsatisfactory security situation prevailing in certain parts of the country. During this period the Police and Armed... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 19/03/18)

No legal provisions in Constitution for special court: Wijeyadasa
Thilanka Kanakarathna Courtesy The Daily Mirror
There is no legal provision in the present Constitution of the country to implement a special court, former Minister of Justice MP Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe said. Speaking to journalists outside a function on Friday Mr. Rajapakshe said he does not like to comment over the topic as the decision over the special court is not finalized but there is sufficient legal provisions in the country. He said when the matter was discussed in the Cabinet, Attorney General (AG) had replied with a report consisting 29 pages that the Parliament has no legal power to appoint... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 19/03/18)

No confidence
March 18, 2018, 9:15 pm The Prime Minister is facing two motions of no-confidence, not just the one. One is formal the other informal but no less real. Each one deals with one of the two aspects that go to constitute the PM’s public life. The two motions of no-confidence, the first de jure and the second de facto, are the motion that will manifest itself in Parliament, and the other, the mounting and increasingly public dissent within the UNP, which is rising up from below. The no-confidence motion pertains to Mr. Wickremesinghe’s conduct in... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 19/03/18)

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