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‘එකක් කඩතොලූ වසාගන්නෙ ගිහින් මට වුණු කාරියා දෙකක් කඩතොලූ හදා දුන්නැයි ඉදුරුවේ ආචාරියා’
lanka C news
ඉදුරුවේ ආචරියාට වූ දේ සුජීවාචාරියාටත් වෙයි.. බැදුම්කර පොත ගැන කියන්න කැදවූ මාධ්‍ය හමුවෙන් අමාරුවේ වැටී අතරමැද නවතා දමයි..[Video] https://youtu.be/Y9jy1nPE9so රාජ්‍ය ඇමති සුජීව සේනසිංහ විසින් සිරිකොත එක්සත් ජාතික පක්‍ෂ මූලස්ථානයේ මාධ්‍ය හමුවක් කැදවා තිබින. බැදුම්කර කොමිසමේදී හෙලිවූ අර්ජුන් ඇලෝසියස්ගේ දුරකතන ඇමතුම්, බැදුම්කරේ ඇත්ත නැත්ත පොත සම්බන්ධයෙන් මෙහිදී ඔහු විසින් ප‍්‍රධාන වශයෙන් කරුණු පැහැදිලි කරනු ලැබීය. තමන් අර්ජුන් ඇලෝසියස්ට එත්රම් දුරකතන ඇමතුම් ගත්තේ අදාල කෘතිය රචනා කිරීම සදහා අවශ තොරතුරු ලබා ගැනීමට බව ඔහු එහිදී සදහන් කලේය. බැදුම්කර සිදුවීමේදී කිසිදු වංචාවක් සිදුව ඇති බවක් අද වන තුරුත් හෙලිව නැති බවත් අදටත් තමන් එම ස්ථාවරයේ සිටින බවත් ඔහු පැවසීය.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/11/17)

" What’s now being exposed is the mafia behind it "
By Hafeel Farisz Courtesy The Daily Mirror
Relationships of this sort are found in white collar criminal gangs  It was clear that they were on the side of Aloysius during the process  The replacement of MP Velu Kumar by Sujeewa Senasinghe shows it was all organised I didn’t go to ask them if the phone calls were from their wives or from Arjun Aloysius, nor did we tell them to leave their phones outside when walking into deliberations In fact I had to leave the Committee in protest at how they conducted themselves.  The Bond scandal is symbol of... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/11/17)

Bond Commission and Parliamentary Privileges
By Ranga Jayasuriya Courtesy The Daily Mirror
Government parliamentarians and their peers in the joint opposition seem to agree at least on one thing; their opposition to the Attorney General’s Department for revealing secret telephone conversations among government members of the Committee on Public Enterprise (COPE) and Perpetual Treasuries Ltd. owner Arjun Aloysius. Since it is not about one missed call or two, but regular telephone conversations spanning over the period of COPE investigations into the Central Bank’s dodgy bond deal involving Perpetual Treasuries, this is a clear-cut case of conflict of interest and is possibly an effort to obstruct... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/11/17)

මාමා අධිපතිවෙත්දී බෑණා ප්‍රාථමික ගනුදෙනුකරුවකු වීම බරපතලයි
 උපුටාගැණීම  මව්බිම
මාමණ්ඩිය මහ බැංකු අධිපතිව සිටියදී බෑනා එම බැංකුවේ ප්‍රාථමික ගැනුම්කරුවකුව සිටීම බරපතළ තත්ත්වයක් බව තමා පිළිගන්නා බවත් ඇලෝසියස්ට එම කටයුතුවලින් ඉවත් වන ලෙස මහේන්ද්‍රන් කියා ඇතත් දිගින් දිගටම කල් ඉල්ලමින් ඔහු දිගටම එම කටයුතුවල යෙදුණු බව මහේන්ද්‍රන් තමාට පැවැසූ බවත් අගමැති රනිල් වික්‍රමසිංහ ඊයේ (20දා) මහ බැංකු බැඳුම්කර වංචා විමර්ශන ජනාධිපති කොමිසම හමුවේදී දිවුරුම් පිට ප්‍රකාශ කර සිටියේය. ඇලෝසියස්ලා මත්පැන් ස්කාගාරයක් පිහිටුවීමට යන බවක්ද විටෙක මහේන්ද්‍රන් තමා සමඟ පැවැසූ බවද "මට නම් මත්පැන්වලින් වැඩක් නෑ" යනුවෙන් තමා ඔහුට කී බවද අගමැතිවරයා කොමිසම හමුවේ කියා සිටියේය. පර්පචුවල් ට්‍රෙෂරීස් සමාගමත් එම සමාගමට අනුබද්ධ තවත් සමාගම් කිහිපයක්ද මහ බැංකුව සමඟ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/11/17)

Healing the Wounds of War
Ed Tick, Ph.D
In contrast to our modern situation, traditional and indigenous peoples had extensive spiritually and communally based warrior medicine, practices and lineages. They lived immersed in and part of nature and its processes, conceived of themselves not as independent agents but as members of interdependent communities, and stood in wonder before a living cosmos. They considered soul and spirit to be life forces that were essential to preserve and protect those most endangered by warfare and violence. Their guidance of warriors through the life cycle, interpretations and treatments of trauma, and orchestration of the return journey were... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/11/17)

Jayampathi/Sumanthiran to introduce ISGA as the new constitution
By: A.A.M.NIZAM – MATARA
Do we need a new constitution for the country and who wants it? Neither the ordinary Sinhala nor Tamil people nor people belonging to other communities ask for a new constitution. What all of them ask for is for a peaceful country in which they can live without fear and favour and without economical hardships. The 1972 and the 1978 constitutions (difference between the two relates to the Executive Presidency and the electoral process) have served the country without any hindrance to anyone.  It is obviously on the behest of some foreign elements (countries and... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/11/17)

ගිරුවායේ චානකගේ බැදුම්කර බරඅවි ප‍්‍රහාරයෙන් ‘සුජීවයි අනාගතේ’ චප්පචෝරු වෙයි..
බැදුම්කර මගඩිය සම්බන්දයෙන් චෝදනා එල්ල වී ඇති අර්ජුන් ඇලෝසියස් සමග විශලා දුරකතන ඇමතුම් ප‍්‍රමාණයක් ලබා ගත්තේ යයි හෙලිව සිටින රාජ්‍ය ඇමති සුජීව සේනසිංහට පාර්ලිමේන්තුවේදී ප‍්‍රබල විවේචනයකට ලක් වන්නට සිදු විය. පාර්ලිමේන්තු මන්ත‍්‍රී ඩී.වී. චානක එක හුස්මටම ඇමති සේනසිංහට චෝදනා එල්ල කලේ කිසිවක් කීමට ඉඩක් නොතබමිනි. එල්ල වන චෝදනාවන්ට රාජ්‍ය ඇමතිවරයා සුළ මැදිහත්වීම් කරන්නට උත්සාහ කලද මන්ත‍්‍රී චානකගේ දැඩි ප‍්‍රහාරය වලකන්නට හෝ බාධා කරන්නට ඒ ප‍්‍රමාණවත් නොවීය. වෘතියෙන් නීතිඤයෙක් උවත් රාජ්‍ය ඇමති සුජීව සේනසිංහට අපරාධ විමර්ශනයක් කරන අතර චූදිකයෙක් හා සම්බන්දයක් පැවැත්වීම සදාචාරයට පටහැනිබවත් අවශ්යතාවයන්ගේ ගැටුමක්  (Conflict of Interest) ඇත්වෙන බව නොතේරුනත් වෘතියෙන් නීතිඤයෙක් නොවන පාර්ලිමේන්තු මන්ත‍්‍රී ඩී.වී. චානකගේ පිලිතුර ඉතා... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 21/11/17)

: Central Bank Robbery : "We have nothing to hide - PM" : True - All has come out
"We have nothing to hide - PM" : Yes, True : Every things has come out. 
(1st  Nominated  3 goons to investigate the robbery by himself, blackmailed  & framed the Junior UNP MPs to protect his corrupt acts,  setup  the UNP goons  to messed with  the COPE  enquiry & ..  : despite all ,  everything  things has come out) End of the Yahapalanaya and the Democracy. What MR did (bring the goons by buses to courts or to the enquiry) Ranil W has done the same by bringing over 30 UNP goons but by officials vehicles. Disgrace to Sri Lanka!... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/11/17)

Questions raised by Shamindra Fernando Rupavahini video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JFGDM0CunHo&feature=youtu.be... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 21/11/17)

“මහින්ද සමග එක්ව ඡන්දය ඉල්ලන්නේ නෑ.. සරමක් ඇදගෙන මට ඒක කරන්න පුළුවන්ද..’- ජනපති මෛත‍්‍රී කියයි…”
ඇම්  ඩී  පී  දිසානායක විසිනි
  තාප්ප කණුවෙ තනි කකුලෙන් හිටපු    මට කෝප්ප නැතුව පොල් කට්ටෙන් බීපු    මට ආප්ප කකා මහරජු ගොන් කරපු        මට හෙලුවෙන් වුනත් රජකම කලහැකිය    මට... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/11/17)

Environmental issue related to Hambanthota Industrial Zone
Dr. P. Attanayake.
I am writing to bring up an important environmental issue related to Hambanthota Industrial Zone.  If this issue is not addressed now, it may result in serious ecological and human health problems in the near future. As we all know, foreign companies will be setting up industries in the newly created Industrial Zone (IZ).  Regardless of the industry, most of these facilities will be generating wastes that will be hazardous to the environment and human health.  The area is currently farm land and not likely to contain any toxic substances in significant quantities (perhaps some fertilizers... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/11/17)

Shame on the politicians
Dr. Mareena Thaha Reffai,
After massive damage had been caused at Gintota, to people’s lives, property and morale,  the Muslim politicians visiting the  place, having meetings and expressing their views and promises is – to say the least -  shameful. Where were they when the problem was brewing, when the damage was being enacted by planned group of thugs from outstations? When the social media was giving  details ball by ball, with live videos and audios, what were the politicians doing? Their phone numbers are regularly circulated  by the social media as a long long list but how come... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/11/17)

Island in Dire Peril
IMRC Iriyagolle
Ayubowan, We cannot allow India, any other country or any other force to dictate to us.  The country must develop a strategy to destroy the enemies within first,  the corrupt, destructive, selfish and sadistic politicians who have become ‘pawn brokers’ to remain in power by any means.   The nation should consider rejecting demagogues as well. Our ancient rich Buddhist cultural heritage, an ancient superior civilisation cannot be, should not be destroyed by hostile forces from within or without.  The Sinhalese have portrayed self destructive  traits.  JVP launched an insurgency to kill the Sinhalese to combat this... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/11/17)

Caesar’s wife,brave volunteers et al
Editorial Courtesy The Island
November 20, 2017, 9:26 pm There are many Sri Lankans who evince a fetishistic interest in George Orwell’s immortal works. They may wonder whether the literary genius had a premonitory vision of the future of a tiny, teardrop-shaped island in the Indian Ocean, when he authored the dystopian, allegorical novella, The Animal Farm, in the early 1940s though it is popularly thought to be about the Stalinist Russia. For, the post-2015 situation in that resplendent isle, where ‘every prospect pleases’ and only politicians are vile, bears uncanny resemblance to the metaphorical representation of the turn of... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/11/17)

No policy decision to ask state banks to make lower bids at bond auctions PM testifies before bond probe commission
By Shamindra Ferdinando Courtesy The Island
November 20, 2017, 11:08 pm Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe yesterday said the government hadn’t taken any policy decision to instruct the state-owned banks to make bids at the treasury bond auctions at lower interest (yield) rates. PM Wickremesinghe said so answering a question posed by Attorney General Jayantha Jayasuriya, PC, who led the Attorney General’s Department team assisting the Presidential Commission of Inquiry probing treasury bond scams involving the Central Bank of Sri Lanka and Perpetual Treasuries Pvt Ltd (PTL). The commission comprises Supreme Court judges K. T. Chitrasiri (Chairman), P. S. Jayawardena and... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/11/17)

Toxicity of heavy-metal toxins to earthworms and cattle.
By Chandre Dharmawardana
My article entitled “Why do 'Vanniye-Attho' and NCP Farmers get CKDu while their cows don’t?” produced several curious responses (Lanka Web, 17-11-2017) which fit in with the well-known way in which proponents of pseudoscience and conspiracy theories extend their claims when faced with the actual facts. Basically, they spin additional explanations that are unsupported by facts, but seemingly  plausible at first sight. The myth makers introduce these  additional extensions  to cover qualitative but poignant observations (e.g., that “Kokku” flocking to eat earthworms is evidence of a healthy soil, or that cows too should be affected by... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/11/17)

Resonance of the Massacre 1818-2018: Art Exhibition depicting Colonial Crimes of Portuguese, Dutch & British – November, 25,26,27
Shenali D Waduge
 History cannot be kept hostage by lies or kept hidden because it exposes the perpetrators many whom project themselves as human rights angels expecting us to forgive and forget the crimes they committed as policy during 500 years of colonial rule. To depict the suffering inflicted by these foreign invaders upon our people 20 canvas paintings will be on public display at the Sri Sambuddhatva Jayanthi Hall from November 25-27th 2017 from 0900a.m. to 0730p.m. All parents & children are specially requested to attend and view the paintings that are accompanied by a historical summary to... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/11/17)

කාවන්තිස්ස වැඩපිළිවෙලක්!
වරුණ චන්ද්‍රකීර්ති
ඉවරයක් නැතුව උදේ දවල් රෑ දේශපාලනඥයන්ට බැන බැන හිටියා කියලා අපිට විසඳගන්න පුළුවන් ප්‍රශ්නයක් නෑ. පුළු පුළුවන් විදිහට පොඩි පොඩියට හරි අපේ ප්‍රශ්නවලට විසඳුම් හොයාගන්න වැඩේ අපි පටන්ගන්න ඕන. ඉතින් මේ ලිපි පෙළ ලිව්වේ ඒ විදිහේ විසඳුම් හොයද්දි යොදාගන්න පුළුවන් මූලික අදහස් කීපයක් ගැන මූලික සංවාදයක් ඇතිකරගන්න අදහසින්. අද අපේ සමාජය පෙළන ප්‍රශ්න දවසකින් දෙකකින් විසඳන්න පුළුවන් කියලා මේ ලේඛකයා විශ්වාසකරන්නේ නෑ. ඉතින් මේ ලිපි පෙළින් ඉදිරිපත් කරපු අදහස් අදාළවෙන්නේ තරමක් දීර්ඝකාලීන, සැලසුම් සහගත වැඩපිළිවෙලකට. තමන් ගේ ප්‍රශ්නවලට ක්‍ෂණික විසඳුම් හොයන සමාජයක ජීවත්වෙන අපිට මේ වගේ දීර්ඝකාලීන වැඩපිළිවෙලක් ගැන හිත යොමුකරන එක ඒ තරම් ලේසි වැඩක්... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/11/17)

ගිංතොට ප්රහාරයට – සැලසුම් සහගත දේශපාලන ක්රියාවකි.
කීර්ති තෙන්නකෝන් කැෆේ සංවිධානයේ හා ශ්‍රී ලංකා මානව හිමිකම් කේන්ද්‍රයේ විධායක අධ්‍යක්ෂක
ගිංතොට ප්‍ර‍හාරයට – සැලසුම් සහගත දේශපාලන ක්‍රියාවකි. ප්‍ර‍හාරයට ඉඩ දෙමින් STF ඉවත් කළේ ඇයි? වචනයෙන් නොව ක්‍රියාවෙන් නීතිය රැකීම රජයේ වගකීමකි ජනමාධ්‍ය ද, ෆෙස් බුක් ද, කොතරම් සැගවීම උත්සහ දැරූව ද, සත්‍යය නම් ‘අලුත්ගම‘ වැනිම වූ ‘සිදුවීමක්‘ ගිංතොට ද සිදුව ඇත. සැගවීම තුල සංහිදියාවක් ඇති කර ගත නොහැකි අතර සත්‍යය හෙළි කළ යුතුව ඇත. රෝද දෙකේ බයිසිකලය ‘තනි රෝදයෙන්‘ පදින්නට ගොස් මුස්ලිම් තරණයෙකු අනතුරට පත්වීම හා එය සිංහල – මුස්ලිම් තරුණයින් අතර ගැටුමක් බවට පත්වීම අරුමයක් නොවේ. එම සිදුවීම කලබැගෑනියක් බවට පත් කොට ඇත්තේ ‘බුදුන්ගේ ධාතුවක්‘ ඇතැයි කියන... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/11/17)

ජනාධිපති ඉස්සරහ තියාගෙන විමල් අද (18) පාර්ලිමේන්තුවේදී කළ අපූරු කතාව
Wimal Weerawansa
https://youtu.be/NO41IHDO_1k  ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 19/11/17)

රොබරිපාලලා අලුත් රටක් හදන්න ඇවිත් දින විස්සෙන් මහ බැංකුව කැඩුවා.. මේව කුරුදුවත්තෙ රොබරි.. ජනපති ඉදිරියේදී විමල් කියයි..
lanka C news
බෙදුම්වාදී ව්‍යවස්ථාව පාර්ලිමේන්තුවට ගෙන නොඑනා ලෙස මොන මත වෙනස්කම් තිබුනද පොලොන්නරුවේ හැදුනු වැඩුනු පුද්ගලයෙකු ලෙස ජනාධිපති මෛත‍්‍රීපාල සිරිසේන මහතාගෙන් ඉල්ලා සිටින බව පාර්ලිමේන්තු මන්ත‍්‍රී විමල් වීරවංශ මහතා පවසයි. පාර්ලිමේන්තුවේදී ඔහු මෙම අදහස් පල කරද්දී ජනාධිපති මෛත‍්‍රීපාල සිරිසේන මහතාද පාර්ලිමේන්තුවේ අසුන් ගෙන සිටියේය. ආණ්ඩුවේ මන්ත‍්‍රීවරුන්ම මන්ත‍්‍රීවරයාගේ එම ප‍්‍රකාශයට බාධා කරද්දී ඔහු කියා සිටියේ ‘ඔ්ගොල්ලන්ගෙ ජනාධිපතිතුමාට එහෙම කියනකොට මොකද්ද ඔ්ගොල්ලන්ට තියෙන අමාරුව. සංතෝසම් මහත්තයො හිනාවෙන්න. කෑගහන්න. දැං ජනාධිපතිතුමාට තේරෙනවනෙ එතුම ගැන අපි පොඩි හරි දෙයක් කියනකොට කලබල වෙන්නෙ කවුද කියල. කලබල වෙන්නේ ඇයි කියල’ ‘රොබරිපාලලා දින සීයෙන් අලුත් රටක් හදන්න ඇවිත් දින විස්සෙන් මහ බැංකුව කැඩුවා’ යයිද මන්ත‍්‍රීවරයා... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 19/11/17)

PM summoned by Commission only to clarify certain points
BY GAGANI WEERAKOON Courtesy Ceylon Today
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe will appear before the Presidential Commission of Inquiry into the Treasury Bonds scam tomorrow in an unprecedented incidence. Much has been said about the matter with Government and Opposition ranks arguing on the correct position - that is whether the Prime Minister has been summoned by the Commission or whether he is voluntarily appearing before the Commission. Ever since PM Wickremesinghe 'offered' to appear before the fact finding Commission, much had been said. By last week, speculation was circulating amongst both United National Party (UNP) and Sri Lanka Freedom Party... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 19/11/17)

Speaker should probe members of COPE committee – Mahinda
By Sanchith Karunaratna Courtesy Adaderana
Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa stated that the speaker of parliament should investigate the undocumented communication between the members of the COPE committee and those accused of being involved in the Central bank bond scandal. He further stated that the behavior of those parliamentarians has destroyed the faith bestowed in the COPE committee. The former President expressed these sentiments following his visit of the Asgiriya chief prelates earlier today (19).... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 19/11/17)

Match at Hulftsdorp
Editorial Courtesy The Island
Monday, November 20th, 2017 The government is left with egg on its face, having done its damnedest to cover up the bond scams, but in vain. It, initially, ordered a sham probe in an abortive bid to hoodwink the public and unleashed its propaganda hounds on its critics who flagged the issue. Today, everybody knows that some yahapalana cronies have made huge profits through fraudulent Treasury bond transactions. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe is scheduled to appear before the presidential commission of inquiry probing bond scams, today. All eyes are on commission proceedings. Meanwhile, some UNP MPs... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 19/11/17)

WILL BRITAIN DO THE RIGHT THING BY SRI LANKA?
By SANJA DE SILVA JAYATILLEKA Courtesy The Island
November 19, 2017, 8:45 pm On Tuesday, 14th of November 2017, Dinesh Gunawardena introduced a resolution in Parliament requesting that in view of Lord Naseby’s revelations in the House of Lords on the number of civilian deaths during the last stages of the war, "Sri Lanka should take action to pursue this matter with Britain’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office and with the Human Rights Commission[sic] to change their unjust position in regard to Sri Lanka…and that the Government should also report back to Parliament on this matter." State Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 19/11/17)

COPE members’ nexus with Aloysius-Speaker urged to take swift action
By Shamindra Ferdinando Courtesy The Island
Dismissing UNP’s claims that parliamentary privileges of its COPE (Committee on Public Enterprises) had been violated by the releasing of telephone data pertaining to ongoing treasury bond scam probe, the Joint Opposition (JO) yesterday urged Speaker Karu Jayasuriya not to drag his feet on dealing with those who had been in touch clandestinely with Arjun Aloysius of Perpetual Treasuries under investigation. UNPers, Deputy Minister Sujeewa Senasinghe, Harshana Rajakaruna, MP, Hector Appuhamy, MP and Deputy Minister Ajith P. Perera have been named by the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) as those who have been in touch... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 19/11/17)

Main excerpts from the historic address of the National President of the BSP and Mahanayika of the social transformation movement in India
Ms. Mayawati (BSP National President, MP (Rajya Sabha & former Chief Minister, Uttar Pradesh)
(1) BJP since the time of its old form 'Bharatiya Jan Sangh' has been a party working with a mindset antagonistic to particularly depressed SC/STs, backwards, Muslims and the poor, workers anf farmers etc., of the Sarvasamaj (all sections of the society}. People with this kind despicable casteist mindset, which always dominated the politics of the country, persistently caused a severe harm to the equalitarian and humanitarian movement of most revered (parampujya) Baba Saheb Dr. Bhimrao Ambedkar. And despite his being the architect of the marvel Constitution... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 19/11/17)

Network of corrupt people behind bond issue: JVP
Yohan Perera and Ajith Siriwardana Courtesy The Daily Mirror
There is no one person behind the bond issue but apparently carried out by a network of corrupt persons including some MPs, Chief Opposition Whip Anura Kumara Dissanayake said in Parliament yesterday. He said there are other MPs other than the COPE members whose names had been disclosed. "I agree with MP Karu Paranawithana who said there are others who had dealt with PTL owner Arjun Aloysius because a network comprising Central Bank officials, members of the business community and politicians. Information on this corrupt network will be disclosed soon," Mr... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 19/11/17)

Political instability has dissuaded foreign investors – Mahinda
By Sanchith Karunaratna Courtesy  Adaderana
Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa stated that the volume of foreign investments arriving into Sri Lanka has gravely declined due to the prevailing political instability that has dissuaded many international investors. He further stated that the only foreign reserves remaining in the country are those that arrived during the previous regime. Mahinda Rajapaksa expressed these sentiments while addressing the media following a religious observance at the Abhayaramaya temple.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 19/11/17)

'Robbery palanaya' has been elected into power - Wimal (English)
'Robbery palanaya' has been elected into power - Wimal (English)
https://youtu.be/extWjnF7Bhg... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 19/11/17)

Sri Lanka and International Conventions and the Debasement  of our Legislative Process
by Sriyan de Silva
 Concerns have been expressed about the possibility that in consequence of the Government’s ratification of the Convention on Enforced Disappearances, Sri Lanka would appear to have submitted to the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court, and is therefore legally bound by the Convention. Therefore it is vitally necessary to examine and be clear about the point at which Sri Lanka is legally bound by International Conventions it has ratified. My article first seeks to explain why Sri Lanka is yet not legally bound by the Convention on Disappearances. In essence, mere ratification of a Convention does... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 19/11/17)

The Illegality of the Geneva Resolution Against Sri Lanka
by Sriyan de Silva
 The article by Mr. Neville Ladduwahetty in The Island of 07 November 2017 on Transitional Justice is a complete exposure of the hollowness of the idea that Transitional Justice applies to Sri Lanka as claimed. Further and crucially, he has pointed out [as he has done in many of his previous articles which have been published in The Island from time to time] that it is International Humanitarian Law [IHL] and not Human Rights Law that applies to Sri Lanka’s armed conflict. This position has also been confirmed by other sources he has referred to. He... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 19/11/17)

WHY RESTRICT TELEPHONE CALLS OF ALOYSIUS TO COPE MEMBERS ONLY? IF RAVI K HAD HUNDREDS OF CALLS, TO WHOM RAVI SPOKE IMMEDIATELY AFTER EACH CALL TO GET ORDERS?
By M D P DISSANAYAKE
The biggest financial scandal in Sri Lanka now known as “Bond Scandal” is continuing to expose politicians who were supposed to be guardians of the rule of law.  However, few names so far published are not enough?  What is the reason to restrict the relationships   between Aloysius and his “partners in Business” only to 6 names consisting Cope Members who refused to endorse the contents of the Report? As all those who refused to endorse the Report  were members of the UNP, was there any person in the UNP hierarchy who influenced the UNP... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 19/11/17)

පාන් නැතිනම් කේ්ක් කාපල්ලා!
තේජා ගොඩකන්දෙආරච්චි
අප කැමති වුවත්, අකමැති වුවත් රටේ සෑම දෙයකටම දේශපාලනය ගෑවී ඇත. මෙසේ දේශපාලනීකරය වූ ශ්‍රී ලාංකික ඉතිහාසය හරහා හමාගිය කුණාටු බඳු සිදුවීම් ජාලයක මතක සටහන් මේ මාසයේ යෙදෙන නිසා, ඉල් මස යනු ශ්‍රී ලාංකික දේශපාලනය පිලිබඳව නැවත විමසා බලන්නට ජනතාව පොළඹවන සුලු මාසයකි. ශ්‍රී ලාංකික දේශපාලන ඉතිහාසයේ ඉල් විරු සමරු දෙකකි. එකක් ජනතා විමුක්ති පෙරමුණේ නායකයාව සිටි රෝහණ විජේවීර මරා දැමූ නොවැම්බර් 13 වන දා ට යෙදෙයි. අනෙක නම් එල්ටීටීඊ නායකයා වූ වේලුපිල්ලේ ප්‍රභාකරන්ගේ ජන්ම දිනය යෙදෙන නොවැම්බර් 26 වන දා ට යෙදෙයි. දෙමළ ජනතාව මෙය සමරන්නේ මහවිරු සතියක් නිර්මාණය කිරීමෙනි. ඔවුන් ඊට හේතුව වශයෙන් පවසන්නේ උපවාසයක්... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 19/11/17)

ජාතිවාදී බලය බෙදීම ගැසට් කිරීම ඇරඹේ
මතුගම සෙනෙවිරුවන්
නව ව්‍යවස්ථාවක් පිළිබඳ යෝජනා තව වරක් යටපත් වී ඇත. පළාත් පාලන මැතිවරණයට දින නියම කරලීම නිසා  ව්‍යවස්ථා අතුරු වාර්තාව මදක් පැත්තක තබා තිබෙන බව දක්නට තිබේ.ලබන මාර්තු මාසයේ ජිනීවා මානව හිමිකම් සැසිවාරය නිමිති කොට එය නැවත වරක් කරළියට පැමිණීමට ඉඩ ඇත.කෙසේ වෙතත් යහපාලන රජයේ ඒකායන පරමාර්ථය කුමක් හෝ උප්පර වැට්ටියක් යොදා දෙමළ සහ මුස්ලිම් අන්තවාදීන් සැනසීමයි.ඒ සඳහා හොඳම උදාහරණය අඹගමුව ප්‍රාදේශීය සභා සීමාව තුනකට කැඩීමේ ගැසට්ටුව නිකුත් වීමෙන් පසු පෙන්නුම් කර තිබේ. පළාත් පාලන සභිකයන් සංස්ථාපනය කිරීමේ ගැසට් පත්‍රයට පළාත් සභා සහ පළාත් පාලන ඇමති ෆයිසර් මුස්තාපා මහතා  අත්සන් තබන ලද්දේ නොවැම්බර් මස 02 දිනදීය. එය දින... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 19/11/17)

Dinesh Gunawardena දිනේෂ් ගුණවර්ධන
"Lord Naseby proves 7000 not 40000, not a Genocide, no war crimes"- Dinesh Gunawardena Parliament 2017.11.14
****** 13 November 2017 Hon Speaker Parliament of Sri Lanka Sri Jayawardanapura Kotte Adjournment Resolution 2017 November 14 I intend to place before the House the following resolution at adjournment on 14 November 2017. This House resolves that, Since Lord Naseby, addressing Britain’s House of Lords, drew attention to the fact that the casualty figures for the last period of the civil conflict in Sri Lanka, which ended in May 2009, cited in the United Nations’ Darusman Report, were brought into question by... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 19/11/17)

Only LG elections can prevent a Sirisena dictatorship
by C.A.Chandraprema Courtesy The Island
The incident at Gintota in the Galle district appears to be at least on the face of it, a private dispute that got out of hand. The Aluthgama incident in 2014 was also sparked off in a similar way. When things begin to go wrong, the very elements seem to conspire to get things going in the wrong direction. The developments in the Galle district on Friday night was perhaps not unexpected given the developments on the political front in the past few weeks. Members of the Joint Opposition have been saying for months if... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/11/17)

Prime Minister Wickremesinghe at Commission of Inquiry (COI) tomorrow: The end of the beginning or the beginning of the end?
Rajan Philips Courtesy The Island
Prime Minister Wickremesinghe is expected to appear tomorrow at the inquiry to answer direct questions from the Commissioners, after submitting an affidavit of answers to their questions in writing. The revelations this week about phone calls between UNP parliamentarians, serving on the Parliamentary Committee on Public Enterprises (COPE), and Arjun Aloysius, the young principal of Perpetual Treasuries Pvt Limited (PTL), has led to wildly contrasting reactions. Second tier Joint Opposition MPs are calling for an inquiry into the alleged contacts between UNP MPs and the PTL chief. One of them has gone so far as... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/11/17)

Curiouser and curiouser
Editorial Courtesy The Island
November 18, 2017, 6:45 pm We might follow Alice in Wonderland and say that proceedings at the Bond Commission are getting "curiouser and curiouser." The technical evidence of a CID officer led before the probe last week revealed that Mr. Arjun Aloysius of Perpetual Treasuries has had many conversations with members of Parliament’s Committee on Public Enterprise (COPE) that was examining the so-called "bond scam." These revelations predictably raised a great deal of dust with the Joint Opposition seizing the opportunity presented to demand among other things that President Maithripala Sirisena quits the incumbent government and... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/11/17)

CID evidence on COPE members and Aloysius JO urges Speaker to investigate
By Gagani Weerakoon and Methmalie Dissanayake Courtesy Ceylon Today
Controversial evidence revealed at the Presidential Commission of Inquiry (PCoI) investigating into the issuance of Treasury Bonds to the effect that Perpetual Treasuries Limited owner Arjun Aloysius had spoken to several members of the Parliamentary watchdog, Committee on Public Enterprises (COPE) during the hearings, resulted in a heated situation in Parliament yesterday (17). Joint Opposition Member C.B. Ratnayake urged Speaker Karu Jayasuriya to conduct an inquiry, through a special committee on COPE members, who were alleged to have had conversations with Aloysius, while COPE Chairman Sunil Handunnetti requested the Speaker to... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/11/17)

The Hawk and the Dove: World War II at Okinawa and Korea
The Hawk and the Dove is one of the best books on war experience that I have read after Erich Mariya Remarque's "All Quiet on the Western Front." -- Dr Ruwan M Jayatunge   The Author of PTSD Sri Lankan Experience By Devin Beliveau World War II veteran Roland Glenn knows that combat soldiers face unimaginable challenges both on the battlefield and when they return home following their service. With his new book, The Hawk and the Dove, Glenn hopes his own life story will illuminate those challenges.  Glenn, an 85-year old Kittery resident, served in the US Army... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 18/11/17)

ප්‍රේමදාස සහ සෙන්ට් ජෝසෆ්
වෛද්‍ය රුවන් එම් ජයතුංග
ප්‍රේමදාස අධ්‍යාපනය ලැබුවේ කොළඹ ශාන්ත ජෝෂප් විදුහලෙන් නොවේ. ඒකාලේ මරදානෙ තිබ්බා ශාන්ත ජෝෂප් නයිට් ස්කූල් කියලා දුප්පත් ලමයින්ට පොඩි පාසලක්. මේ පාසල කොලඹ සෙන්ට් ජෝස්ෆ් එක සමග කිසිම සබඳතාවක් තිබ්බේ නෑ. ප්‍රේමදාස නයිට් ස්කූල් ගියේ කේ ජයතිලක සමග . කේ ජයතිලක මේක කිව්වේ ප්‍රේමදාස මිය ගිය පසුව​. නමුත් කොලඹ සෙන්ට් ජෝස්ෆ් එක ප්‍රේමදාසව අන්දවලා පැවිලියන් එකකුත් හදා ගත්තා. වරක් කොලඹ සෙන්ට් ජෝස්ෆ් ඕබීඒ එකේ මීටිමක එක් පුද්ගලයෙක් ප්‍රේමදාසගේ ක්ලාස්මේට් කෙනෙක් ඉන්නවනම් ඇවිත් ගන්න කියලා රුපියල් 1000 කොලයක් පෙන්නුවා. ඒ කාලේ රුපියල් 1000 කොලයක් කියන්නේ ලොකු මුදලක්. කවුරුවත් ආවේ නෑ. බොරුවක් බව දැනගෙනත්... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/11/17)

Cooking, what is it?
Dr Hector Perera, London
The proposal I find most congenial both as a cook and as a chemistry teacher is this.  Cooking is the whole series of operations used by humans to turn raw materials, mainly animal carcasses and harvested plants, into food, that is, into something edible, digestible and nutritious. Those operations which I’ll talk about is energy wasted in cooking. What is cooking? Cooking is one of those everyday words that everyone knows. But what does it really mean? Is reheating leftovers cooking? How about making an emulsified salad dressing? Scrambling eggs? Baking cookies? Back home in Sri Lanka majority of people didn’t... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/11/17)

THE JOURNEY IN SEARCH OF THE DEPRIVED
By Dr. Tilak S. Fernando
 Sirasa TV1 initially stimulated the writer and wife to visit Habarana, when a little seven-day-old girl was mauled by a dog and died. Upon arrival in Habarana, it was found that the entire area, consisting three villages, Asirigama, Eppawala, and Haba Divul Wewa, did not have pure water for consumption, as a consequence the number of chronic kidney disease (CKD) patients was on the increase. It was revealed further, that these villages require a water purification unit (RO Plant) that is normally installed by the Sri Lanka Navy. In this respect, a detailed report... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/11/17)

Phone–O–Rama of Bond thievery
By Lucien Rajakarunanayake Courtesy The Island
Ring, ring….. Hello…Are you coping well…this is Arjun... C’mon…is it the Governor or the Perpetual? What difference does it make…both of us want to know about COPE…can we have a good deal with COPE? I don’t know about any deal…I’m trying to get one footnote…not only me…my other green players, too…it’s not so easy…looks like we will leave our footprints all over and have no footnotes… That could be the type of talk that went on, in what must be a world record of phone calls on Treasury Bonds. This is a real... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/11/17)

Diplomatic appeasement: The misconception of Sri Lanka losing international support
Shenali D Waduge
In international relations there are no permanent friends only permanent interests. That explains why Germany & Japan are best of buddies with the very countries that bombed them! It also explains the manner politicians cross over and sing hosannas for those they previously were at loggerheads with. It should also explain that today’s world is run not by politicians but by think tanks, secret societies, transnational corporates & even invisible intelligence networks who are even capable of eliminating world leaders as JFK found out too late. Though diplomatic corps would have us believe that actions/inactions of... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 17/11/17)

WION Exclusive: Lord Naseby on Tamil charges of Rape, torture in 2016
This segment of WION brings to you exclusive interview with Lord Naseby. Watch this video for full interview.
https://youtu.be/VJlJGrAGfdE... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 17/11/17)

නිදහස් වෙළඳ කලාප සහ පොදු සේවා සේවක සංගමයේ 2018 අයවැය ප්‍රකාශය සේවකයින් වැදගත් නොවන මංගලගේ 2018 අය වැය
ඇන්ටන් මාකස් සම ලේකම් නිදහස් වෙළඳ කලාප සහ පොදු සේවා සේවක සංගමය
2017 නොවැම්බර 16 වන දින පසුගිය නොවැම්බර 09 වන දින මුදල් හා මාධ්‍ය ඇමති මංගල සමරවීර ඔහුගේ මංගල අයවැය 2018 වසර සඳහා පාර්ලිමේන්තුවට ඉදිරිපත් කළේ ය. zzනීල හරිතZZ අයවැයක් ලෙස ඉදිරිපත් කළ එහි සාධනීය යෝජනා කිහිපයක් විය. ඉන් එක් වැදගත් යෝජනාවක් වූයේ පාරිසරික දූෂණයට හේතුවන ඉන්ධන මත ධානවය වන වාහන වෙනුවට විදුලියෙන් ධාවනයවන වාහන සඳහා ඉලක්කගත දිරි ගැන්වීම් ලබා දීමය. අනෙක නම්, විශේෂයෙන් සමාජයේ දුප්පත් බහුතරය අතර ඇති නීති විරෝධී, ප්‍රමිතියකින් තොර මත්පැන් සඳහාවන ඇබ්බැහිවීමට උත්තරයක් ලෙස ඇල්කහොල් සාන්ද්‍රණය මත බදු අයකරමින් බීර මිල අඩු කිරීමය. ඒවා... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 17/11/17)

NewsLine: Effects of "Good governance" with Maithree Gunarathne (17-11-2017)
Website: www.newsfirst.lk
https://youtu.be/3erdnsD8euI... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 17/11/17)

Let genie be kept in bottle
Editorial Courtesy The Island
November 17, 2017, 10:06 pm Police have reportedly been ordered to take legal action against anyone who will commemorate the dead Tigers including LTTE Leader Velupillai Prabhakaran on Nov. 27. Curiously, if it is against the law to commemorate the slain Tigers how come the same law does not apply to the commemoration of the dead JVP leaders and cadres responsible for the reign of terror which plagued the country from 1987 to 1989? True, the JVP did not ask for a separate state, but the fact remains that what it employed in an abortive... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 17/11/17)

Treasury bond scams: Joint Opposition asks Maithri to quit govt., appoint new PM
by Shamindra Ferdinando Courtesy The Island
Alleging that the ruling UNP had been grossly implicated in the alleged Treasury bond scams involving the Central Bank of Sri Lanka and the Perpetual Treasuries Pvt. Limited, the Joint Opposition (JO) yesterday urged President Maithripala Sirisena to quit the unity government without further delay. President Sirisena committed a section of the SLFP to the UNP-led government after the latter’s failure to secure a simple majority at 2015 Aug parliamentary polls. President Sirisena’s move caused a split in the SLFP with the majority of 95 members elected on the UPFA ticket throwing their weight... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 17/11/17)

There is no journey with the UNP
By Ranjith Kumara Samarakoone Courtesy Ceylon Today
Matara District UPFA Member of Parliament Kanchana Wijesekera said his leader is Mahinda Rajapaksa, and went on to say, "We engage in politics with policies. We are with the individual who represents the Party policies. Maithripala Sirisena became Party Chairman through various methods." Excerpts of interview : If we say that you came into politics because of your father, is that correct? A: Actually I did not plan and come into politics; however, it was a strength that my father was engaged in politics. My father was a victim of a bomb that... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 17/11/17)

Woman with Buddha tattoo abused on Facebook
Courtesy The Daily Mirror
The British woman who was deported from Sri Lanka for having a tattoo of Buddha on her arm said she had to leave Facebook after being abused by extremists, the BBC reported today. The 41-year-old Naomi Coleman from Coventry won compensation on Wednesday after being detained in the country for four days, in April 2014. Ms Coleman, a Buddhist herself, said she will not return to Sri Lanka. Following her deportation, she says she received online messages telling her she should die and burn in hell. "I have never experienced anything like this with Buddhism. They mostly seemed... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 17/11/17)

Hiru TV Paththare Wisthare EP 1928 | 2017-11-17
  https://youtu.be/SXwilvP9NFA... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 17/11/17)

Sri Lankan Army Peacekeepers
Asoka Weerasinghe Kings Grove Crescent . Gloucester . Ontario . K1J 6G1 Canada
15 November 2017 Michael Cooke, The Editor Toronto Star 1 Yonge Street Toronto, Ontario MSE 1E6 Dear Editor: Having returned from abroad after an absence of just over two weeks, I have just read your article “Sri Lanka’s military aren’t ready to be peacekeepers” which was published in your Toronto Star on 3rd November 2017.  That was Hogwash! It happens that you had reported the words spoken by the Member of Parliament Gary Anandasangaree (GA), who I gather,  happens to be  a Tamil from Sri Lanka.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 17/11/17)

INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS AND YAHAPALANA Part 4
KAMALIKA PIERIS
Yahapalana eagerly compared its foreign policy with that of former President Rajapaksa. ‘During the last regime the Lankan mouse from its peephole was roaring at India Instead of fostering relations with India’, said Don Manu. India slammed the door in their face, similarly America, England, France, Germany and the rest of the powerful western world. Due to its anti Indian and anti west stance the island had no friend in the world except the       region’s superpower aspirant China, continued Don Manu. Lanka isolated and alone, with no friends, turned to China and gave it access to areas... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 17/11/17)

Do not give Land and Police powers to the Northern Provincial Council
Chanaka Bandarage
The current Northern Provincial Council (NPC) is a racist government. The NPC discriminates against the Sinhalese in the North. At the moment the NPC does not have the Land and Police powers (under the 13th  Amendment, the Land and Police powers were granted to the provincial governments; but JR Jayawardane, realising the danger, effected measures to stop the final grant). At the moment the central government holds these two powers. Even without having these two powers, the NPC discriminates against the Sinhalese hugely in the  North. It is not difficult to imagine what would happen when those... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 17/11/17)

Tamil demand for unfair and unreasonable power due to Sinhala stupidity, complacency, ignorance and infighting
Chanaka Bandarage
The British ruled Sri Lanka (then Ceylon) for 150 years. During that period both the Sinhalese and the Tamils lived as British subjects. There are no records that the Tamils like now were then demanding more power for themselves. When Sri Lanka received independence in 1948, the British acknowledged that the North and the East are parts of the Sri Lankan state and never contemplated an India/Pakistan type partition to give the North to the Tamils (this was their unequivocal acknowledgement that Sri Lanka has always been a One Nation). The Tamils never made such a demand...... -Full Story-
(lankaweb.com - 17/11/17)

Understanding the Superpowers: Zimbabwe’s Plight:  Lessons for Sri Lanka
By Garvin Karunaratne
I enclose a Paper I wrote way back in 2008 detailing what has happened to Zimbabwe, to illustrate how the Superpowers strangled Mugabe. This provides the background to understand  what is currently happening in Zimbabwe. The conclusion deals with what was happening to the economy of Sri Lanka in 2008. That also helps us to understand our predicament of today. It is high time our leaders take charge of the economy of Sri Lanka before following the IMF any further. Mugabe’s Zimbabwe Today: The Stranglehold of the Superpowers & the IMF in action. Lessons for Sri... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 17/11/17)

තලතාගේ නහය යට ඉදන් වහල් වෙළදාමේ යෙදෙන තක්කඩි!!
SL VLOG
දුෂිත තලතා, ඇතුළු විදේශ සේවා නියුක්ති දුෂිත අමනයන් නෙරපා දඬුවම් දිය යුතුය !. https://youtu.be/kwLg8kFOYNc it seems an innocent person in trouble for exposing 660M foreign employment Buero fraud by minster, working director and few. White vans sent to his house and he got arrested today... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 17/11/17)

The darkest hour is just before the dawn – III
By Rohana R. Wasala
Ven. Abhayatissa’s more recent utterances show that he has been somewhat reassured by the president. He sounds hopeful that after all this constitution making problem will soon be resolved. The monk believes that the president is the only person who can be expected to do this and save the country from being divided on ethnic lines. To date, however, important government representatives have contrived to be in the denial mode, when queried about the new constitution. They usually ask critics: “How can you talk about a constitution of which there isn’t even a draft?” But... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 17/11/17)

INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS AND YAHAPALANA Part 3
KAMALIKA PIERIS
Before taking Sri Lanka into war, the US has to somehow loosen China’s grip on Sri Lanka. Since India is unpopular in Sri Lanka, the US has entrusted this task to Japan. In Oct 2015 Japan and Sri Lanka   signed a comprehensive partnership agreement. Japan will work with India on the Trincomalee port and also help in several major infrastructure projects including Light Rail and expressways. Japan has openly expressed concern about China’s growing investment in Sri Lanka and its influence over the government in Colombo. China’s ‘development looking’ projects are in fact barely concealed tactics to... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 17/11/17)

Why do `Vanniye-Attho' and NCP Farmers get CKDu while their cows don't?
Chandre Dharmawardana,  Canada.
Regarding Kidney disease among the Vanniye-Aththo. Unfortunately, this author (Dr Amarasiri De Silva, an anthopologist)  has not checked his facts and instead simply followed what a young Swedish Research student who had come to write a social studies  thesis on Anthopology has said, ignoring the excellent work done by local scientists and medics. Even for the correct word form for "sinhalese", this author relies on the Swedish student, as to whether we should write it as "Singhalese", or "Sinhalese". English is not a phonetic languages. Even the Sidath Sangara (mdieval sinhalese grammar and literary style book)... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 17/11/17)

EXPORT DEVELOPMENT, EU CONSULTANTS AND WASTE OF MONEY
Dr Sarath Obeysekera 
Yesterday I was invited by EDB to the last public session in Galle Face Hotel where EU consultants have organized a forum for public consultations. Proposals to develop export strategy was mainly concentrated on   boat building, Wellness programs, selling spices etc  and changing the regulatory issues which is hampering development . They were proposing to send EDB and BOI personnel for training in development of investment strategy, and involve universities and academia to research on new products.The state minister who mad the key note speech was trained in Harward and hopefully his young blood can infuse... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 17/11/17)

මහා මයිලෝ ජාතකය
යටැ ගිය දවසැ පොළොන්නරු නුවර ජාත්‍යන්තරයට අධිපති වූ, සංහිඳියාවට අධිගෘහිත වූ, සරලකමෙහි ප්‍රතිබිම්බය වූ, ශ්වේත වර්ණ වස්ත්‍රයෙන් බබලන්නා වූ, සිවුසැට ආභරණ පසෙක ලා උපැස් යුවලින් පමණක් සැරසුණා වු, වෛජයන්තී දේවීයට ස්වාමී වූ, දහම්සොඬ පුත් රුවනට හා චත්තාරිකා දු කුමරියට  පීතෘ වූ , විජයකලාවන්ට සකල කලාවන් පාන්නා වූ, රුපුනොද  එඩිය බිඳ, දෙසැට ලක්ෂයක් වෘෂභයන්ට  දිව්‍ය රාජෝත්තමයා  වූ, පොළවෙන් මතුවුණා වූ , මහානුභාව සම්පන්න මෙත්පල් නම්  නිරිඳෙකු රාජ්‍ය විචාරණ්නට විය. මෙකල්හි රට වැසියෝ බොහෝ  සැප සම්පත් වලින් යුක්තවැ දැහැමින් සෙමින් දිවි ගෙවන කල්හි මෙය දරාගත නො හී යක්ෂයන්ට අධිපති වු, ගෝත්‍රික බයි වැසියනට රජ වු,  මහා තෙද බල පිරිබාහරන් ගේ ශීර්ෂය... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 17/11/17)

HOW TO SAVE THE KILLER JHADEV
ALI SUKHANVER
The Indian media, in collaboration with the Indian state machinery, is wasting all its efforts on proving two things now-a-days; Kalboshan Jhadev is not an officer of the Indian navy and that the permission granted to Kalboshan’s wife to meet her husband is result of the pressure exerted by the International Court of Justice. The Financial Express of India reported a few days back, “Minister of State for Defence Subhash Bhamre said Pakistan was forced to grant permission to Kalboshan’s wife to meet him because of India’s constant pressure through international forums. After the military court in... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/11/17)

State Minister of Education presented Quran Sinhala Translation.
PRESS RELEASE. By A. Abdul Aziz.
A three member delegation from the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at Sri Lanka (AMJSL) comprising Mr. A. Abdul Aziz, Press Secretary and National Director Faith Outreach – AMJSL, Moulavi A.B. Musthaq Ahmad – Chief Missionary (AMJSL), and Moulavi K.M. Munir Ahmad, visited Ministry of Education and met State Minister of Education Honorable V.S. Radhakrishnan in Colombo recently (15 November 2017). Welcoming the delegation, Minister commended the task of Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at in translating Holy Qur’an into 76 languages world-over and explained the aim of this meeting to his staff officers. Introducing Ahmadiyyat to the Minister, it... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/11/17)

Ex-President says entire country now burdened by debt
අද මුළු රටම බදු බරට ලක් වෙලා... හිටපු ජනපති පවසයි
https://youtu.be/hT6DPyCmLZY... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/11/17)

JO claims govt has not used Rs 782b from last budget on development
පසුගිය අයවැයෙන් බිලියන 782 ක් රටේ සංවර්ධනයට වැය කර නැහැ... ඒකාබද්ධ විපක්ෂය පවසයි
https://youtu.be/V0uYW46e188... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/11/17)

Who killed Wijeweera?
Editorial Courtesy The Island
November 15, 2017, 10:19 pm Leader of the JVP trade union wing, Lal Kantha, has called for an investigation into attacks on protests against the Indo-Lanka Peace Accord and the killing of JVP founder leader Rohana Wijeweera, in the late 1980s. Claiming that he once met the late Maj. Gen. Janaka Perera, in Anuradhapura, and the latter denied any involvement in the killing of Wijeweera, Lal Kantha has demanded to know who killed the JVP leader while in custody. The JVP should have sought an answer to that question while it was savouring power as part... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/11/17)

රනිල්ගේ හොරකමේ තරම පැහැදිලි කරන සුජීව!!
SL VLOG
https://youtu.be/_NcyOOZWuBY... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/11/17)

තානාපති සේවයේ යෙදි සිටින දේශපාලන පත්විම් ලැබු බොහෝ දෙනා නිකං ඉදං සුර සැප විදිනවා..- ජනාධිපති යහපාලන තානාපති සේවයේ රෙදි ගලවයි..
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රටේ තානාපති සේවය සඳහා පසුගිය ආණ්ඩු සමයන්හි තානාපතිවරු ලෙස තම නෑදෑ හිතවතුන් පත් කරගත් බවට අපවත්වී වදාළ මාදුළුවාවේ සෝභිත නා හිමි එවකට පැවති ආණ්ඩුවලට චෝදනා කලේ ය. එමෙන්ම උන්වහන්සේ විසින් ආරම්භ කල සාධාරණ සමාජයක් උදෙසා වු ජාතික ව්‍යාපාරයේ එක් ප්‍රධාන සටන් පාඨය වූයේ ද යහපාලන ආණ්ඩුවක් බිහිකොට එම වැරැද්ද නිවැරැදි කල යුතුය යන්න ය. එහෙත් පසුගිය ජනවාරි 8 වෙනිදා පත් වු යහපාලන නව රජය යටතේ එම වැරැද්ද මෙරටේ කිසිදාක නොවුවිරු ලෙස සිදු වෙමින් පවති. ඊයේ පැවති ගුණපාල මලලසේකරයන්ගේ ගුණ අනුස්මරණය වෙනුවෙන් පැවති උත්සවයේදි මෛත්‍රීපාල සිරිසේන ජනාධිපතිවරයා මෙරටේ තානාපති සේවාව සම්බන්ධව කතා කරමින් ඊට ප්‍රතිචාර දැක්විය. ඒ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/11/17)

Confusion worse confounded
Editorial Courtesy The Island
President Maithripala Sirisena never misses an opportunity to shower praise on the security forces personnel for defeating terrorism and assure them that he will not allow any of them to be hauled up before a war crimes tribunal. He said so for the umpteenth time recently at the army hospital. The SLFP members of the yahapalana government also express similar views in public. They pooh-pooh their critics’ claim that the ground is being prepared slowly for establishing a war crimes tribunal here. But, strangely, the Sri Lankan delegation to the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) in Geneva... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/11/17)

No proposals to overcome country's economic crisis: MR
Ajith Siriwardana and Yohan Perera Courtesy The Daily Mirror
While claiming that fraud and corruption of the government had put the country into an economic crisis, former President and MP Mahinda Rajapaksa said today no plan had been proposed in the budget or future development programmes by the President and the Prime Minister to come out of it. Speaking during the budget debate, he said the debt obtained by the government during the last three years had increased by Rs. 2,773 billion from Rs. 7,391 in 2014 to Rs. 10,164 billion. He said it was the Sirisena and Wickremesinghe government... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/11/17)

Mahendran’s phone records show calls to PTL CEO Palisena
Shehan Chamika Silva and Hafeel Farisz Courtesy The Daily Mirror
The forensic communication report presented before the Presidential Commission of Inquiry (PCoI) by SI Yasanka Jayasinghe of the CID today revealed phone calls between former Central Bank Governor Arjun Mahendran and several employees of PTL including CEO Kasun Palisena. It was also revealed that Mahendran had had spoken with the Chairmen of the BoC, NSB and People’s Bank on the day that former Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake had called a meeting of the State Banks. The forensic report also showed constant contact between PTL CEO Arjuna Aloysius and EPF... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/11/17)

Aloysius spoke to COPE MPs during sittings
Shehan Chamika Silva and Hafeel Farisz Courtesy The Daily Mirror
Evidence at the Bond Commission today revealed that PTL Owner Arjun Aloysius spoke to several members of the Parliamentary watchdog Committee on Public Enterprises (COPE) during COPE hearings. Aloysius had spoken a total of 227 times to Minister Sujeewa Senasinghe, 18 times with Dayasiri Jayasekara, 176 times with Harshana Rajakaruna and 73 time of Hector Appuhamy during periods commencing January 2015. Cabinet Minister Dayasiri Jayasekara had also been in communication with Arjun Aloysius with 18 calls going to and from him with Aloysius in total, with two calls during the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/11/17)

CID probe into telephone conversations: Links between COPE ‘Footnote’ members and Aloysius revealed Senasinghe tops list of callers Ravi figures in 387 conversations
By Sarath Dharmasena Courtesy The Island
An in-depth investigation, conducted by the Criminal Investigation Department (CID), has revealed a spate of telephone conversations between Perpetual Treasuries Pvt Ltd (PTL) owner Arjuna Aloysius and some members of the Committee on Public Enterprises (COPE), which probed alleged bond scams. This was revealed in a comprehensive report submitted by Sub Inspector Yasantha Yehan Jayasinghe of the CID to the presidential commission of inquiry investigating alleged bond scams. The report deals with the period from 2016 February 2 to 2017 June 20. Additional Solicitor General Yasantha Kodagoda said that the CID had been directed... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/11/17)

INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS AND YAHAPALANA Part 4
KAMALIKA PIERIS
Yahapalana eagerly compared its foreign policy with that of former President Rajapaksa. ‘During the last regime the Lankan mouse from its peephole was roaring at India Instead of fostering relations with India’, said Don Manu. India slammed the door in their face, similarly America, England, France, Germany and the rest of the powerful western world. Due to its anti Indian and anti west stance the island had no friend in the world except the       region’s superpower aspirant China, continued Don Manu. Lanka isolated and alone, with no friends, turned to China and gave it access to areas... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/11/17)

INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS AND YAHAPALANA Part 2
KAMALIKA PIERIS
Yahapalana is linking heavily with the US and its satellite countries. India is today the main partner of the US in the Indian Ocean. Yahapalana is pursuing India and offering it ports, (Trincomalee) airports, (Mattala) oil tanks, (Trincomalee) and industries (shoes).  Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe   said “Apita indiyawath oney, Oi. Apita Indiyawa tharaha karaganna behe”.  “We need India, men. We cannot antagonize them. No one sees India as the leader of South Asia.  To start with, the disunited SAARC countries do not even like India.  Also, India is   a very young sovereign state. It was created in... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/11/17)

Your letters: Sri Lanka has a long, proud history of peacekeeping with the UN
Opinion  Readers' Letters The Star
Sri Lanka’s military aren’t ready to be peacekeepers, Opinion, Nov. 3 Unfortunately, this column by Liberal MP Gary Anandasangaree does not portray the factual position regarding Sri Lanka’s contribution to UN peacekeeping missions, or the progressive developments in the country under the National Unity government. Sri Lanka values its membership in the UN, which spans more than 60 years, and is committed to contributing positively to its work. Sri Lanka’s contribution to the work of the UN, for long years, is well acknowledged. Since the election of President Maithripala Sirisena in January 2015, and the formation... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/11/17)

‘Cold day in hell before ICC goes after US for committing Afghanistan war crimes’
The ICC prosecutor’s decision to pursue a probe into alleged war crimes in Afghanistan is “completely political” and won't amount to anything, law professor Francis Boyle believes. He said it will be a “cold day in hell” before any Americans are prosecuted. The International Criminal Court's chief prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, announced last week that her request to launch an investigation had been handed over to a pre-trial court. She said that if her request is granted, the probe will focus “upon those most responsible for the most serious crimes committed in connection with the situation in Afghanistan.” Read more US... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 15/11/17)

The Geopolitics of Floating Bases and the New World Order
by Asanga Abeyagoonasekera
"Those far distant, storm-beaten ships, upon which the Grand Army never looked, stood between it and the dominion of the world." Alfred Thayer Mahan US naval officer and strategist Alfred Thayer Mahan’s advice in 1890 for the US to push outwards to rule the oceans is still heeded by US maritime forces in the present day. The USS Nimitz aircraft carrier, standing 23 stories high and 333 metres long with 5,000 personnel on board, arrived in Sri Lanka in October this year after 32 years since the last arrival of a US aircraft carrier. Aircraft carriers... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/11/17)

Not even the President can contain current politicians in govt - Bandula
Not even the President can contain current politicians in govt - Bandula පොලිස් තර්ජන පන්සලටත් එයි-වහාම ක්‍රියාත්මක වෙන්නැයි ජනපතිගෙන් බන්දුල ඉල්ලයි https://youtu.be/xyp1z9cgufA... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 15/11/17)

Govt has relaxed everything; giving entire country to foreigners - Bimal (English)
  https://youtu.be/pBQTD4SoyqI... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 15/11/17)

Govt is exacting revenge through my people - Mahinda (English)
https://youtu.be/4aL83tOgmuI... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 15/11/17)

The Supreme Court awards compensation to British tourist with Buddha tattoo
S.S.Selvanayagam Courtesy The Daily Mirror
The Supreme Court today awarded a total of Rs.800,000 -- Rs.600,000 as compensation and Rs.200,000 as cost--to Britisher Naomi Coleman who was arrested and deported for having a Buddha tattoo on her right upper arm. The Supreme Court said her fundamental rights had been breached and that a Magistrate could not issue a deportation order on the basis that a deportation order against a foreigner must only be made by the Subject Minister. The Judgement was delivered after more than a dozen postponements because the Supreme Court bench not being constituted. The case was argued... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/11/17)

Govt. borrows Rs. 4.7 trillion in 3 years: Wimal
Ajith Siriwardana and Yohan Perera Courtesy The Daily Mirror
Joint Opposition MP Wimal Weerawansa said today the government had obtained Rs. 4.7 trillion as loans for three years whereas only Rs. 5.2 trillion was obtained as loans for nine years during the previous regime. Speaking during the budget debate, he said the debt burden had gone up by 64% since the government came to power. "The debt to GDP ratio was 77.6 per cent in 2014 when the present government came to power. But it was increased to 79.3 per cent in 2016 without the war and constructive development programmes,"... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/11/17)

Naseby statement will clear Sri Lankan security forces
Yohan Perera and Ajith Siriwardene Courtesy The Daily Mirror
The statement made by Lord Naseby during the sessions of Britain’s House of Lords will help Sri Lanka to safeguard the dignity of its security forces to some extent, State Minister of Foreign Affairs Wasantha Senanayake told Parliament yesterday. The State Minister made this remark in response to an allegation made by Joint Opposition Parliamentary Group Leader Dinesh Gunawardene that the government is ignoring this statement and is not making any effort to make use of this statement to create a favourable situation for the Sri Lankan security forces. “All parties... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/11/17)

Dual Citizenship Fiasco
By Sarath Wijesinghe
(Solicitor, Attorney-at-law, former Ambassador to UAE and Israel) It appears Geetha Kumarasinghe (GK) has given up the fight having exhausted all possible remedies after the nomination of Piyasena Gamage (PG) the next in line on the list to Parliament, despite unforeseen and unfortunate personal tragedies. An energetic and committed MR supporter was trapped on the bait set for the Rajapaksa Clan to keep them away from active politics by MS and RW killing many birds with one stone by the hurriedly passed 19th amendment to the Constitution. There appear to be no international conventions which determine... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/11/17)

Sinhala  Buddhists have to re-assert Sinhala Buddhist Rights and Priviledges.
By Charles.S.Perera
Let any one call the Sinhala Buddhists of Sri Lanka  Sinhala Chauvinists, racists or nationalists. The Sinhala should openly show their pride of being Sinhala, and should not hesitate to rise to defend their rights and priviledges as the people of their Island home. The time has come for the Sinhala to shout loud  to drown the dissenting voices and assert our Sinhala Buddhist rights. If any one is to write a Constitution to Sri Lanka it is the right of the Sinhala still a majority in the country to do so, and no one besides them... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/11/17)

Budget aims to make Sri Lanka a dependency – Part II
By :A.A.M.NIZAM – MATARA
(continued from Part I.) Just to digress from the main subject of Budget a bit, the shameless and ungrateful lingerie designer Mangala Samaraweera before commencing hid budget speech has ridiculed the former President Mr. Mahinda Rajapaksa for coming to Parliament with a group of JO MPs riding in bicycles.  This man who started his own political life by riding in a bicycle has completely forgotten his past.  During 1988, Madam Sirimavo Bandaraanaike (after describing to some people that Anura brought a “pirimi vesiyek to her to appoint as SLFP organiser for the Matara electorate”) sent... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/11/17)

The darkest hour is just before the dawn – II
By Rohana R. Wasala
Something worth keeping in mind in this context is that the nationalism of the Sinhalese has always been territorial nationalism. (.) Sinhalese domiciled in a country other than Sri Lanka, will never ask to be recognized as a ‘nation’ in that second home country however large their numbers in that country may be. Their nationalism is not racism; it is not racially motivated, but is territorially based, as well known professor of archaeology Raj Somadeva correctly emphasized recently in the course of his guest lecture at National Freedom Front leader MP Wimal Weerawansha’s book launch... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/11/17)

INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS AND YAHAPALANA Part 1
KAMALIKA PIERIS
Yahapalana government   has   decided to move away from Sri Lanka’s much respected policy of ‘non-alignment’ and is showing a very clear pro-American tilt in its international relations. There have been three rounds of American influence in Sri Lanka, each more powerful than the one before, climaxing in today’s US-Sri Lanka relationship. Critics say that the Yahapalana government is a ‘fully pro-Washington regime’. When Sri Lanka re-gained independence in 1948,   the UNP government shunned the socialist countries, like Russia and China and   maintained close relations with the west including USA.  In 1961  a deal was made with US... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/11/17)

Ranil’s  Hobby-Horses
R Chandrasoma
While hammering away at a few overworked themes is a cardinal feature of the ‘discourses’ of politicians in general, it is surely a sign of intellectual vapidity when a political leader acts like a ‘repeating groove’ in an old-fashioned phonograph. Let’s take some of his (RW’s) favourite themes that are repeated ‘ad nauseam’ in his political addresses. The first is the ‘enormity of the debt crisis – we owe the world ‘millions, billions, trillions of dollars – the great national challenge is the annulment of this fantabulous debt which will descend on the heads of future generation... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/11/17)

BEER ,DAHL .DRY FISH ,COCONUT OIL  ……..WHICH ONE YOU PREFER .
Dr Sarath Obeysekera
I remember the days we studied in Russia during Breshnew’s  time ,communism was in full swing , Vodka bottle of 40 Degree alcohol strength sold at 3 Roubles 50 Kopkes ans add another  12 kopeks  for the bottle .There were no screw caps which can be used to seal the ¾ litre Vodka bottle (If it is partly consumed)  but a flip top cap which should be tared  opened and use the whole bottle at once .It is hardly chilled but usually divided in to three glasses ,and gulped neat by three workers ( Rabbothiki )... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/11/17)

We too oppose the handing over of Sevanagala to Daya Gamage - Amaraweera
https://youtu.be/YJzf1P6P2GE... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 14/11/17)

Crooked politicians blocking foreign investments
PROF. O.A. ILEPERUMA Courtesy The Island
November 14, 2017, 8:42 pm The letter by Fr. Augustine Fernando on "Corruption threatens all investments" (Island 3-11-2017) should be an eye opener to our President and the Prime Minister, as it gives vivid details of how corrupt ministers ruin our country. They only serve themselves rather than the people of this country. This letter particularly deals with ministers who demand fat commissions from potential foreign investors. The inevitable result is that, investors shy away from Sri Lanka resulting in many lost job opportunities for our youth. Recently a news item highlighted the case... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/11/17)

The cost of war
Editorial Courtesy The Island
November 14, 2017, 8:35 pm Yahapalana leaders declared, in the run-up to the 2015 presidential election, that there was no threat of war. They accused the Rajapaksa government of tilting at windmills, years after the conclusion of the war, and suppressing people’s democratic rights in the name of national security. True, the successful end of the country’s war on terror in 2009 figured prominently in the UPFA’s presidential election campaign five years later, but it did not have the desired impact on the electorate. Interestingly, the yahapalana leaders themselves are now raising the bogey of... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/11/17)

Budget 2018 noncommittal to Central Bank’s inflation targeting crusade
By Prof. Sirimevan Colombage Emeritus Professor, Open University of Sri Lanka Courtesy The Island
November 14, 2017, 8:36 pm It would be a suicidal mission for the Central Bank to undertake inflation target-based monetary policy without strictly enforcing budget discipline by the government as I cautioned in my article in The Island of November 1, 2017. Although I anticipated it would spark a heated debate, several writers have expressed similar sentiments favouring my argument in their subsequent newspaper articles. The point that I have raised is that the Central Bank alone cannot tackle inflation whilst the fiscal authority, which is... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/11/17)

Who are ‘My people’?
By Shivanthi Ranasinghe Courtesy Ceylon Today
Last week, for Ceylon Today, Mirudhula Thambiah interviewed leader of the newly-formed political party, Rehabilitated Liberation Tamil Tiger (RLTT)-and a former LTTE-Intelligence operative for Trincomalee, Kandaswamy Inbarasa. Inbarasa declared that they have not been defeated, but have entered the democratic path to serve their people. If Inbarasa is to succeed, he must seek the truth and be truthful. Otherwise, he will either lead his people to the death trap his former leader Prabakaran did, or become a hostage to international powers, as Sri Lanka's incumbent Opposition Leader Sampanthan. When Prabakaran was alive, Sampanthan was... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/11/17)

The March of Folly The sad death of liberal Karu
By Rajiva Wijesinha Courtesy Ceylon Today
The saddest casualty of the Yahapalanaya Government determination to abandon all pretence of promoting democracy, let alone good governance, has been Karu Jayasuriya. I once thought of him as a decent man, weak but never doing dastardly deeds on his own. When he first started abusing the Office of Speaker, I made excuses for him, and even wrote to apologize for harsh criticism since I thought he must have been affected by the family bereavement he suffered. But his latest chicanery has convinced me that he is the worst Speaker this country has had... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/11/17)

Sri Lankan Dairy Farmers Get US$21M
Courtesy TheCattleSite News Desk
SRI LANKA - US Department of Agriculture through the Food for Progress Program announced a new US$ 21 million project to help increase the productivity of Sri Lanka’s dairy sector, and connect thousands of Sri Lankan farmers to local and regional markets, Under Secretary for Political Affairs Thomas A. Shannon, Jr. said. Mr Shannon was speaking at the US-Sri Lanka Partnership Dialogue. "Renewing our commitment towards strengthening the bond between Sri Lanka and USA, the United States Peace Corps will work with the Sri Lankan government to return American volunteers to Sri Lanka’s English classrooms.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/11/17)

Incorporating Ayurvedic Treatments, Sri Lanka's Spas Are Worth The Trip
Lauren Mowery , CONTRIBUTOR  Courtesy forbes.com
I cover drinks, travel and food, and the intersection of all three. Opinions expressed by Forbes Contributors are their own. Sunset fishing off the southwest coast of Sri Lanka. Over the last few years, this tear-drop shaped country off the tip of India has become a travel writer’s darling. Earning accolades for its ring of beaches, enduring ruins, distinct cuisine, vibrant culture, and wild game-viewing, this “up-and-coming destination” for tourists seeking “India Light” was “pure, untouched and unspoiled” and “ready for its close-up.” Sri Lanka sounded like a veritable... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/11/17)

Convict in Rajiv assassination case seeks suspension of life term
Courtesy Deccan Herald  News Service, New Delhi, 
The Supreme Court on Tuesday asked the Centre to respond to a plea by a convict in Rajiv Gandhi assassination case to suspend his life term until the CBI probed the role of the man who prepared the improvised explosive device (IED) for the LTTE.  The convict, A G Perarivalan, contended he has been jailed for 26 years for supplying nine-volt batteries, while the CBI had not investigated the role of the explosive maker.  Advocate Gopal Sankaranarayanan, representing Perarivalan, submitted that the CBI's Multi-Disciplinary Monitoring Agency (MDMA) has so far not... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/11/17)

Origin of Self-determination for Tamils is Tamil Nadu: Homeland for World Tamils is Tamil Nadu  
Shenali D Waduge
We must first understand the premise that the same ethnic group cannot evolve in 2 different countries and both cannot seek self-determination separately in the two different countries. If we agree to this fundamental theory, we can move forward to see which country Tamils first birthed in for it is that country that must have the right to seek self-determination. Were Tamils born in Tamil Nadu FIRST or in Sri Lanka is a question no one has asked or even cared to answer. The answer is crucial to the solution. In terms of timeline the original... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/11/17)

Canada, Transpacific Deal and the national interest
Ranjith Soysa
Justin Trudeau did not sign the TPP, the trade agreement  which was the central issue of the recent APEC meeting held  in Vietnam. He stated " Let me remind everyone  Canada will not be rushed into a deal that is not in the best interest of Canada and Canadians. I have always been very clear that I will stand up for Canadian jobs, Canadian values, that is exactly what we will do here." The protection of the national economy should be the primary consideration of any policy maker negotiating "liberal' trade arrangements especially when such discussions... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/11/17)

Budget aims to make Sri Lanka a dependency – Part I
By :A.A.M.NIZAM – MATARA
The lingerie designer Mangala Samaraweera who in his  eagerness to demonstrate his American and western slavishness signed without any hesitation the U.S sponsored UNHRC resolution No, 30/2015 against Sri Lanka betraying the sovereignty and the territorial integrity of the country and subjecting the country obligatory to implement malicious allegations against the country which included that our war heroes have committed war crimes and these allegations should be investigated by foreign judges and prosecutors, despite the commendable rescue operations carried out by our war heroes to rescue around 300,000 innocent Tamils who were held by the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/11/17)

SMALL COUNTRY LIKE MALDIVES IS FAR AHEAD SRI LANKA IN FISHING INDUSTRY LESSONS TO  LEARN-Part 2
Dr Sarath Obeysekera
SUPPLY OF  MOTHER VESSELS  TO COLLECT AND STORE THE FISH  CAUGHT BY THE MULTI DAY LONG LINE BOATS AND TRANSPORT TO SHORE IN SRI LANKA Purpose In the light of GSP concessions granted to Sri Lanka by European Union,Sri Lanka expects a boom in Fishing Industry .Therefore the country needs to improve fish collecting method with enhanced quality of fish to be exported . Current practice by fishermen in Sri Lanka where multiday vessels goes out to sea for a period of over 2-3 weeks to catch fish such as tuna ,store them in Ice boxes... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/11/17)

“Dual Citizenship Fiasco”
Sarath Wijesinghe (Solicitor, Attorney-at-law, former Ambassador to UAE and Israel)
Restrictions on Dual Citizenship It appears GK has given up” the fight having exhausted all possible remedies after the nomination of PG the next in line in the list to the Parliament, despite unforeseen and unfortunate personal tragedies. An energetic and committed MR supporter was trapped on the bait set for Rajapaksa Clan” to keep them away from active politics by MS and RW resulting killing many birds with one stone by the hurriedly passed 19th amendment to the constitution. There appear to be no international conventions which determine... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/11/17)

Article titled ‘Sri Lanka’s military aren’t ready to be peacekeepers’ published by the Toronto Star on 3 November 2017
High Commissioner for Sri Lanka in Canada
11th November 2017 The Editor Toronto Star 1 Yonge Street Toronto, ON M5E 1E6 Dear Editor, Article titled ‘Sri Lanka’s military aren’t ready to be peacekeepers’ published by the Toronto Star on 3 November 2017 I write with reference to the article titled Sri Lanka’s military aren’t ready to be peacekeepers by Member of Parliament Gary Anandasangaree, published in the Toronto Star of 3 November 2017. Unfortunately, the content of the article does not portray the factual position regarding Sri Lanka’s contribution to UN peacekeeping missions, or the progressive developments in the country... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/11/17)

Rectify error of postponing PC polls: Wijeyadasa to Speaker
Yohan Perera and Ajith Siriwardana Courtesy The Daily Mirror
MP Wijedasa Rajapakshe today has in a letter dated November 11 requested Speaker Karu Jayasuriya to abolish the Constitutional Assembly and take steps to rectify the error made by Parliament to postpone the provincial council elections by violating the Supreme Court verdict. The former minister in his letter said the decision to appoint a constitutional assembly on March 9 2016 was illegal. He the people had not given a mandate to set up a constitutional assembly because no party had secured a majority at the 2015 general elections. “The traditional concept... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/11/17)

ඒකාබද්දයට එරෙහි අලුත් අවලාදකාරයන් ටිකක් මහින්ද පිලෙන්ම කුලියට ගනී- විමල් වීරවංශ
අනුරුද්ධ බණ්ඩාර රණවාරණ මාධ්‍ය ලේකම් ජාතික නිදහස් පෙරමුණ
පළාත් පාලන ඡන්දයත් සමඟ ආණ්ඩුවේ මහින්දවාදීන්ට එරෙහි පරණ අවලාදවලට පණ එමින් ඇති බවත් ඒ අතර අලුත් අවලාදකාරයන් ටිකක් මහින්ද පිලෙන්ම දැන් කුලියට හොයා ගෙන ඇති බවත් පෙන්වා දෙන ජාතික නිදහස් පෙරමුණේ නායක විමල් වීරවංශ මහතා ඒ ජවනිකා බලමින් ඡන්දය දිනයේ දී ආණ්ඩුවට නිසි පිළිතුරක් ලබා දෙන ලෙස ජනතාවගෙන් ඉල්ලා සිටියි. ඊයේ (12) අනුරාධපුරයේ දී පැවති දැවැන්ත ජන රැලිය අමතමින් ඒ මහතා මෙසේ ඉල්ලා සිටියේය. https://youtu.be/S_p3q4XwhUY එහිදී වැඩිදුරටත් අදහස් දැක්වූ විමල් වීරවංශ මහතා මෙසේ ද සඳහන් කළේය. ක්‍රිස්තු පූර්ව 1-2 සියවස්වල තට්ටු නවයක ගොඩනැගිල්ලක් වූ ලෝවාමහාපාය ඉදිකිරීමට තරම් වූ ඉංජිනේරු දැනුමක් සහිත... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/11/17)

Residents of Perbál mistake Sri Lankan volunteers for migrants, call police
Courtesy The Budapest Beacon
Police were called in the Pest County town of Perbál on Friday after local residents spotted three students from Sri Lanka and mistook them for illegal migrants, mno.hu reports. The three young Sri Lankans had come to work as volunteers in a home for injured and mentally disabled people in Perbál, and had scarcely been in Hungary one day before attracting police attention. According to a Facebook post from a resident, the students, who have dark hair and skin, were spotted waiting for a bus to Budapest when police were called. The students are participating in a six-week... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/11/17)

‘Ethnic Frost’ Staring At Sri Lankan Tamils – OpEd
By N. Sathiya Moorthy  Courtesy eurasiareview.com
With the three-day Constitutional Assembly session recently ending without any breakthrough, Sri Lanka seems heading for yet another era of ‘ethnic chill’ leading to a possible frost. The ‘long-ago exit’ of the LTTE may be a saving grace as the much-delayed, nation-wide local government (LG) polls, set for January, can challenge the pyrrhic stability at the Centre, carefully managed over near-three years of the Sirisena-Ranil government’s five-year term, ending 2020. At the Constitutional Assembly session and outside, political stake-holders and their civil society backers have been reiterating their decades-old positions with boring repetition and... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/11/17)

Sri Lanka detains top Rajapakse aide on fraud allegations
Courtesy MailOnline 
Sri Lanka Monday detained a senior aide to former strongman president Mahinda Rajapakse on allegations of fraud, the second official close to the ex-leader swept up in a blitz on corruption. Gamini Senarath turned himself in to authorities on Monday and will face court over allegations of fraud involving the construction of the Hyatt Hotel in Colombo. Police told a court last month that Senarath was wanted in connection with the disappearance of $27 million in state funds earmarked for the hotel building. "He surrendered to the Colombo Fort magistrate's court and was remanded... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/11/17)

Supreme Court grants six weeks to Centre to clarify stand on Ram Sethu
Courtesy The Economic Times
The Supreme Court today granted six weeks to the Centre to clarify its stand on the mythical Ram Sethu, a chain of limestone shoals between Indian and Sri Lankan coasts. A bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud asked the Centre to file its reply in six weeks on a plea filed by BJP leader Subramanian Swamy. Also known as the Adam's bridge, the Ram Sethu is a chain of limestone shoals between Pamban or Rameswaram Island off the south-e .. Read more at: //economictimes.indiatimes.com/articleshow/61631394.cms?utm_source=contentofinterest&utm_medium=text&utm_campaign=cppst... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/11/17)

Where clashes of geopolitics, politics and economic interests intersect
Meera Srinivasan Courtesy The Hindu
Hambantota, a theatre for India-China geopolitical conflict, is also a battleground for the political aspirations of scions from two families Home to about six lakh people and investments worth billions of dollars, the district of Hambantota, along Sri Lanka’s southeastern coast, is currently witness to at least three clashes. At the geopolitical level, China and India have competing interests. From being almost invisible within the island to becoming the most-watched district in Sri Lanka, Hambantota’s image makeover with ‘mega development’ foretells Sri Lanka’s pivotal role in the Indian Ocean Region, more so... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/11/17)

රනිල් මෛත්‍රී කෙස් වලු පටලවගනී. දීගය අවසානද?
SL VLOG
https://youtu.be/EauEuUYrmf8... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/11/17)

SMALL COUNTRY LIKE MALDIVES IS FAR AHEAD SRI LANKA IN FISHING INDUSTRY LESSONS TO  LEARN
  Dr Sarath Obeysekera
Budget 2017 has given a meagre amount of rupees to build boats of 55 feet or more length ,for which government intends to cover 50 % of the cost and to install ice making plants in multiday fishing boats  I raised this matter at the forum organized by Ernest and Young ,on how does the government intend to implement such scheme. Deputy Secretary to treasury promised to have weekly follow up meetings and ensure implementation of budget proposals. Government or Ministry of Fisheries has no clue how to implement such a plan. After a... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/11/17)

Yahapalana is going to turn Sri Lankans to landless citizens like Hawaii
Shenali D Waduge
When Ranil Wickremasinghe Government took power in 2001 they allowed foreigners to purchase land and even coastal graveyards were bought. Returning to power again the Wickremasinghe Government has decided to continue to again facilitate sale of land to foreigners. What are the repercussions and consequences that the citizens will have to face in the future by governments with shortsighted gains? Greedy businessmen took Hawaii from Hawaiians – it can happen to Sri Lanka too. Hawaii is made of 132 islands of which only 8 islands are livable. The eight major islands are Niihau, Kauai, Oahu, Molokai,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/11/17)

The Constitution of the Anuradhapura Kingdom
Dharshan Weerasekera, Attorney-at-Law
‘Statutes are designed to meet the fugitive exigencies of the hour.  A Constitution states or ought to state not rules for the passing hour, but principles for an expanding future.’ - Benjamin Cardozo, The Nature of the Judicial Process Author’s note:  The present paper is part of a proposed 2-Volume work titled, ‘The Principles that Must Guide a Future Constitution of Sri Lanka.’ Volume-1 deals with Western constitutional principles – i.e. Westminster Parliamentary principles, American separation of powers doctrine, and so on – which form an integral part of the constitutional history of this country.  It... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/11/17)

Damning evidence Confounds UN Panel of Experts Based On Credible Statistics
Insight by Sunil Kumar
Nov12th 2017 There has been damning evidence coinciding with the Lord Naseby report from the UK published recently to suggest that: The critical analysis of POE which  according to the  UN report shows that the civilians killed as a result of co-lateral damage is approximately 6,356 and not 40,000 as UN report fabricated. It further lends credence to the reality that  when an Army is fighting a war operating within civilian population and where civilians are killed it is a result incidental to the conduct of military operations. As an example- The New York Times... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/11/17)

Mahinda begins campaign in Anuradhapura-මහින්ද අනුරාධපුරයෙන් වැඩ අරඹයි
නැවත රැවටෙන්න සූදානම් නෑ.. ශ‍්‍රීලනිපය සමග කිසිදු සන්ධානයක් නෑ..- කටකතා සුණු විසුනු කරමින් ප‍්‍රීතිඝෝෂා මැද මහින්ද කියයි..
එක් වරක් රැවටුනු පසු තවත් වරක් රැවටෙන්නට සූදානම් නැති බව හිටපු ජනාධිපති මහින්ද රාජපක්‍ෂ මහතා පවසයි. ශ‍්‍රී ලංකා පොදුජන පෙරමුණ ප‍්‍රධාන ඒකාබද්ද විපක්‍ෂය විසින් අනුරාධපුර සල්ගාදු පිටියේදි සංවිධානය කර තිබූ රටරට මහා ජන රැුළිය අමතමින් ඔහු මේ බව කියා සිටියේය. අනිල් වික‍්‍රමසිංහ සමග මෙන්ම අනෙක් කෙනා සමගද තමනට ඩීල් නැති බවත් එකම ඩීල් එක දමන්නේ ජනතාව සමග පමණක් බවද් ඔහු එහිදී පැවසීය. වීඩියෝව මෙතනින් https://youtu.be/J_AskgjuceE... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/11/17)

 Mr President the doom is almost at your door step.
Dr Sudath Gunasekara.
12.11. 2017. Mr President the doom is almost at your door step. Either act now as wisely as possible, as the Executive President and go down in history as a true SLFPer and savior of this nation or go down in to oblivion as a man disgraced and discarded by the very people who incited you to be the President, by remaining inactive and passive.                   “If Sirisena care about his own safety (political and personal) he must immediately remove Ranil. Otherwise the fate of Gamini Dissanayake (and Lalith and Premadasa) awaits him. Sirisena is... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/11/17)

An “Aiyoo See” (IOC) budget that pretends to be green.
Chandre Dharmawardana, Ottawa, Canada
What caught my eye regarding the  “Mangala” budget were the headiness claiming that it is an eco-green  budget. On reading more about it, one can only say in Colombo English, “Aiyoo!  See”, i.e.,  “Alas ! Look (at this scam)”. But the “Aiyoo-see” can also be written as IOC, the Indian Oil Company! The IOC and its impact on Sri Lanka is a good iconic symbol for what the budget really stands for, while it masquerades as a “green budget” ! The budget is green in its homage to the US dollar,  also called “Green” after... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/11/17)

කැතයි, හිරිකිතයි,ගදයි, ලැජ්ජයි මත්තයෝ ඔබලාගේ අයවැය.
චන්ද්‍රසේන පණ්ඩිතගේ විසිනි
උබලගේ ආණ්ඩුව, ආපු දවසේ ඉදන් කතා කරන්නේ ජාතික සංහිදියාව ගැන. හරියට මේ රටේ ඉන්න 70%ක්වූ සිංහල මිනිස්සු අනිත් එවුන්ට එලව එළවා පහර දෙනවා වගේ, බලපල්ලා උබලගේ ආණ්ඩුව මේ රටේ සිංහල,හා දෙමල මිනිස්සුන්ට එළව එළවා පහර දෙන නිර්ලජ්ජිත ආකාරය. උබලාගේ මහා ලොකු අයවැය, මේ රටේ ජාතිවාදය හා ජනතාව හිතා මතාම බෙදා බින්න කරන ආකාරය බලපල්ලා! 188. මුස්ලිම් අවතැන්වුවන්, නැවත පදිංචි කිරීම, නිවාස හා යටිතල පහසුකම් සැපයීම, වෙනුවෙන් රුපියල් මිලියන 2500ක් කර්මාන්ත හා වාණිජ කටයුතු අමාත්‍යංශයට ලබාදීම තුලින් උබ්ලාඅ බලාපොරොත්තුවන්නේ කුමන ආකාරයේ සන්හිදියාවකද? ලැජ්ජයි මහත්තයෝ ලැජ්ජයි. හිරිකිතයි මිනිහෝ හිරිකිතයි. උබලාමේ එක ජාතියකට වෙනම සලකන බව අයවැයෙන් පෙන්නන්නේ වැරදිලා... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/11/17)

හඳේ බර සහ ගමේ මුල!
වරුණ චන්ද්‍රකීර්ති
හඳ ගැනයි ගම ගැනයි කිව්වා ම අපිට මතක්වෙන්නේ හඳගම. එතුමා අපේ චිත්‍රපට අධ්‍යක්‍ෂවරයෙක්නේ. ඒත් හඳේ බර ගැන කියද්දි මේ ලේඛකයාට මතක්වෙන්නේ වෙනත් චිත්‍රපට අධ්‍යක්‍ෂවරයෙකුත් එතුමා නිර්මාණය කරපු චිත්‍රපටයකුත්. ඒ චිත්‍රපට අධ්‍යක්‍ෂතුමා තමයි සත්‍යජිත් රායි. හ‍ඳේ බරට අදාළ ව එතුමා නිර්මාණය කරපු ඒ චිත්‍රපටය තමයි ජන අරණ්‍යය. ඉංග්‍රීසියෙන් ඒ චිත්‍රපටිය නම්කරලා තියෙන්නේ අතරමැදියා කියන තේරුම ලැබෙන විදිහට. සෝම්නාත් කියන තරුණ හාදයා ගේ චරිතය වටා තමයි මේ චිත්‍රපටිය හදලා තියෙන්නේ. විභාග පාස්කරලා සමාජයට ආපු සෝම්නාත් රස්සාවක් හොයන්න පටන්ගන්නවා. එක එක තැන්වල සම්මුඛ පරීක්‍ෂණවලටත් යනවා. අන්තිමේ දී ඔහු සහභාගී වෙන සම්මුඛ පරීක්‍ෂණයේ දී ඔහුට උත්තර දෙන්න වෙන්නේ "හඳේ බර... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/11/17)

Ada Derana First At 9.00 - English News
I am with the people - Mahinda
https://youtu.be/zMzHuEh1zlI... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/11/17)

Sri Lanka's Debt to King Anawrahta of Burma
In 1069, King Vijayabahu I of Ceylon (then called Sinhale) asked King Anawrahta of Burma for aid against the Chola invaders from Tamil country. Anawrahta sent ships of supplies in aid of Buddhist Ceylon. In 1071, King Vijayabahu who had defeated the Cholas asked King Anawrahta for scriptures and monks. The Chola invasions had left the original home of Theravada Buddhism with so few monks that it was hard to convene a chapter and make valid ordinations. King Anawrahta sent the monks and scriptures, and a white elephant as present for King Vijayabahu. The Burmese monks ordained or re-ordained the... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 12/11/17)

UNCTAD to support Science, Technology and Innovation Policy Review in Sri Lanka
The Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka to the United Nations Geneva
Secretary General of the United National Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) Dr. Mikhisa Kituyi has assured the Minister of Science, Technology and Research Susil Premajayantha that the UNCTAD stands ready to assist with Sri Lanka’s Science, Technology and Innovation Policy Review (STIP) and to explore modalities of technical assistance and a strategy for mobilizing the funding required. This assurance was given by the UNCTAD SG, following consultations Minister Premajayantha had in Geneva last week with Senior Officials of the UNCTAD. During his meetings, the Minister noted that... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/11/17)

LTTE LOBBY GROUP HIRED LAWYERS = Nava Wilson LLP Press Conference - Parliament Press Gallery - Ottawa, ON - Nov 8 2017
Mahinda Gunasekera Toronto, Canada
The LTTE Rump remaining overseas and their fellow separatist travellers in the proxy political party, i.e. the TNA, functioning as the official opposition in Sri Lanka's parliament are ever so busy with their 'Circus of Lies' to demonize Sri Lanka citing various bogus unsubstantiated reports prepared by biased media personnel and those linked to the UN with agendas against Sri Lanka based on motives of personal enrichment and links to the Tamil ethnic cause of a sovereign separate state which they lack despite the Tamils of Tamilnadu, in South India and others around the globe... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/11/17)

Banning of Lanka e News: UNP – Sirisena feud out in the open
Courtesy The Island
November 11, 2017, 8:05 pm The banning of the Lanka e News website indicates a new development in the internal politics of the yahapalana coalition government. Lanka e News is foremost among the website that worked to bring Maithripala Sirisena into power. What distinguished Lanka e News from the other websites that also were on the offensive against the Rajapaksa government was that after the yahapalana government came into power it functioned almost like the party paper of the UNP whereas the other websites while being pro-yahapalana, may not have espoused the specific UNP cause in... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/11/17)

2018 budget is a failed tax plan - Dinesh
මේක අසාර්ථක අයවැය ගමනක්
https://youtu.be/fCVwLCV4nk4... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/11/17)

Views of politicos on the budget (English)
Views of politicos on the budget (English)
https://youtu.be/EOidczbFhHI... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/11/17)

A budget designed to milk the people dry
C.A.Chandraprema Courtesy The Island
November 11, 2017, 8:04 pm The third yahapalana budget was presented in parliament and there does not seem to be anything positive that can be said about it. It was the AFP Correspondent in this country who pointed out at the press briefing held afterwards by the Minister of Finance that the reduction in the tax for electric vehicles cannot be implemented on the ground because it applies only to new electric cars which are apparently not exported to Sri Lanka by their manufacturers because this country lacks the infrastructure to maintain them.  From the looks... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/11/17)

A Critcal Analysis of UN Panel of Expert Report which says Sla killed 40,000 Civilians During the Last Stage of War
Lt. Colonel (Retd) Athula Lankadeva RWP, RSP, USP, psc, MSc. Courtesy The Island
November 11, 2017, 6:35 pm The Sunday Times of 29 Oct carried an article referring to Lord Naseby on demanding to remove the war crime tag from Sri Lanka. Lord Naseby researched classified documents to find that UN has fudged the casualty figure of 40,000 civilians killed during the last phase of warin Sri Lanka whereas it was a guess by the UN Panel of Experts (POE) better known as Darusman Commission. According to the classified documents filed by then British Defence Attaché in Colombo Lt. Col... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/11/17)

Mangala draws fire from docs Claim that beer is better than sweetened drinks
By Shamindra Ferdinando Courtesy The Island
The Government Medical Officers Forum (GMOF) has accused Finance and Media Minister Mangala Samaraweera of deceiving the public in a bid to promote beer sales. GMOF President Dr. Rukshan Bellana yesterday told The Island that they would soon request President Maithripala Sirisena not to allow anyone with vile aims to exploit the public. Dr. Bellana emphasized that there there was absolutely no basis for Minister Samaraweera’s claim that drinking beer was better than drinking sweetened soft drinks. The GMOF has decided to take it up with President Sirisena following a meeting of its members... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/11/17)

Will SLFP compete with JVP for 4th place at LG polls? Only a combined effort with UNP can save them
K.K.S. Perera Courtesy The Daily Mirror
Six weeks before S. W. R. D. Bandaranaike’s SLFP gained power, US President Eisenhower, in a speech stated…, “If a political party does not have its foundation in the determination to advance a cause that is right and that is moral, then it is not a political party; it is merely a conspiracy to seize power.” -Dwight D. Eisenhower, March 6, 1956 Denying people local government elections for two and a half years was caused due to political expedience. The weakening of the UNP and SLFP unity and the rift between factions should... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/11/17)

Mahinda begins campaign in Anuradhapura (English)
Mahinda begins campaign in Anuradhapura (English)
https://youtu.be/moL_hBEVsfU... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/11/17)

Racist Budget 2018: Taxing Sinhalese to Pay Tamils
Dilrook Kannangara
Racism has a new abode in Sri Lanka – the budget. Mangala’s 2018 budget is all about taxing Sinhalese to pay Tamils. Budget proposes to ease the burden on “war affected people” but it only proposes benefits for Tamils! Sinhalese and Muslims were also affected by the war but they get nothing. Tamils in Jaffna continue to occupy land of evicted Sinhalese since 1977 and evicted Muslims since 1990. This is new apartheid. Sinhala villagers in the North and the East are living under trying conditions.  They have been totally neglected. In addition tens of thousands of... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/11/17)

Will President Maithri ask Ranil to quit as PM?
by Gagani Weerakoon Courtesy Ceylon Today
Clad in a carefully chosen blue and green tie, Finance and Media Minister Mangala Samaraweera entered the Chamber at 3.05p.m. on Thursday (9) to present Budget 2018, which was themed, 'Blue-Green Budget; the Launch of Enterprise Sri Lanka'. "It is 'Blue' because we plan to integrate the full economic potential of ocean related activities in formulating the overall growth strategy. It is 'Green' because we build our economy on an environmentally sustainable development strategy. The 'Enterprise Sri Lanka' will reawaken the entrepreneurial spirit, coming from our ancient forefathers, enabling Sri Lanka to be a... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/11/17)

2018 අයවැය පාරිභෝගිකයා ගොනාට ඇන්දවූ අයවැයක්…
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2018 අයවැය පාරිභෝගිකයා ගොනාට ඇන්දවූ අයවැයක් බව පාරිභෝගික අයිතීන් සුරැකීමේ ජාතික ව්‍යාපාරය පවසයි. මේ බව සදහන් කරමින් එම සංවිධානය විසින් නිකුත් කර ඇති නිවේදනය මෙසේය. 2018 අයවැය පාරිභෝගිකයා ගොනාට ඇන්දවූ අයවැයක්. 2018 නොවැම්බර් 09 දින මුදල් අමාත්‍යවරයා විසින් පාර්ලිමේන්තුවට ඉදිරිපත් කරන ලද අයවැය තනිකරම පාරිභෝගිකයා ගොනාට ඇන්ද වූ අයවැයක් ලෙස නම් කල හැක. ඊට හේතුව නම් කිසිදු ප්‍රායෝගික දැනුමක් නොමැති මහපොලවේ පය නොගහපු පිරිසක් විසින් එම අවවැය ලේඛණය රචනා කර තිබීමයි. බැලූ බැල්මට ඉතා රසවත් රචනාවක් ලෙස එය පෙනී ගියත් එහි රචකයන් ද අවසානයේ පඔ ගාලක පැටලී ඇති බව අපගේ අදහසයි. අප විසින් එසේ පැවසීමට හේතු... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/11/17)

Vip's flagrant behavior - Petrol crisis
By Dr. Tilak S. Fernando Courtesy Ceylon Today
The precipitous petrol crisis in the country emerged, on 3 November, from rumours by word of mouth, while the line Minister and the Petroleum Development Resources Secretariat kept mum until the delinquency hit a crisis level, and the exasperated motorists started to go on a rampage. The Minister's request to the public, 'not to panic' later, was akin to ‘shutting the stable door after the horse had bolted’. Inferior petrol The first official announcement indicated about a tanker full of inferior quality of petrol for IOC, having to be rejected. The petrol... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/11/17)

Why father and daughter failed in 1957 & 2000?
 By K K S Perera Courtesy The Daily Mirror
The slightest doubt created in the minds of voters by the opposition could cause the people to vote against it in the referendum.  -A Constitution of a nation has to be acceptable to all people despite of their differences, which is an enormous task. What is important is to give adequate time for the people to learn and understand the proposals  The real problem here is that the government is unable to contradict the JO’s claims Constitutions and Missed Opportunities- “…The writer believes the true solution to the problem mentioned... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/11/17)

Budget panders to IMF whims and fancies: Joint Opposition
Ajith Siriwardana and Yohan Perera Courtesy The Daily Mirror
Joint Opposition (JO) MP Bandula Gunawardene said the budget was sure to fail as in it the government was trying to increase foreign investments by relaxing laws for foreigners and imposing excessive taxes on the people. “This is a more liberal budget which would not offer any benefits to the people,” he said. He said the finance minister could not present a budget beyond the conditions laid down by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for a loan negotiated by former finance minister Ravi Karunanayake. “According to the agreement it is the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/11/17)

Guilty by suspicion
Editorial Courtesy The Island
November 10, 2017, 10:15 pm The United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) is apparently wasting its time and money on its campaign to have a hybrid war crimes tribunal set up in this country. For, UN expert and South African human rights lawyer, Yasmin Sooka, has already found the Sri Lankan troops guilty of war crimes! A member of the UN panel of experts on Sri Lanka, Sooka has faulted multinational fizz drink giant, Coca Cola, for sponsoring a motoring event organised by the Sri Lanka Army in August. She has gone so far as to condemn,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/11/17)

The Ranil-Mangala budget and why SLFP must reject it
By Dr. DAYAN JAYATILLEKA
Mangala Samaraweera clearly reveals that the guiding philosophy of his Budget and indeed of the government’s economic policy is manifestly not that of President Sirisena but rather that of Prime Minister Wickremesinghe when he says "Mr. Speaker…In line with Vision 2025…" Mr. Samaraweera’s budget is filled with lies, half-truths, dangerous ideas and outrageously treacherous policy suggestions. Its guiding philosophy, just as that of the Government’s Constitutional proto-draft contained in the Interim Report, is that of nihilism. The two are part of the same project of a de-nationalizing Counter-Reformation. It is a strategic policy intended to... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/11/17)

කියුබාවට අත නොතබනු
වෛද්‍ය රුවන් එම් ජයතුංග 
සෝවියට් සමාජවාදී ක්‍රමය යටතේ  1986  සිට ජීවත් වෙමින්  පෙරෙස්ත්‍රොයිකාවද ඉන් පසු සෝවියට් දේශයේ අසමෝධානයද මම සියැසින් දුටුවෙමි. සමාජවාදී ක්‍රමයේ ධනාත්මක මෙන්ම ඍණාත්මක පාර්ශවයන් ද අප පසක් කලෙමු.   එකල වර්සෝ ගිවිසුමට සම්බන්ධ වූ සමාජවාදී රටවල්වූ පෝලන්තය , බල්ගේරියාව , රුමේනියාව , නැගෙනහිර ජර්මනිය යන රටවල් ගනනාවකද  මම සංචාරය කලෙමි. එසේම  සෝවියට් සමාජවාදී සමූහාණ්ඩු වූ රුසියාව , බිලොරෂියාව , යූක්‍රයීනය සහ මෝල්දෝවියාව  යන ජනරජ වලද සංචාරය කොට සමාජවාදී ජීවන රටාව අධ්‍යයනය කලෙමි. එහෙත් සමාජවාදී කියුබාවට යාමට මට නොහැකි වූ අතර අවසානයේදී එම භාග්‍ය උදා වන්නේ 2017 නොවැම්බර් මාසයේදීය​.  අශ්වයන් ද ප්‍රවාහන සේවයේ එක් අංගයකි 1986 දී මම යූක්‍රයීනයේ හිමෙල්නීස්කි නගරයට ගිය අතර එම නගරයේදී මට... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/11/17)

Sri Lankan stocks drop; telcos, banks drag after budget measures
COLOMBO, Nov 10 (Reuters) - Sri Lankan shares fell on Friday, weighed down by declines in telecom and banking stocks after the island nation targeted both cash-rich sectors in its 2018 budget to boost revenue. Sri Lanka imposed new taxes on motor vehicles, telecoms, banks and liquor in a bid to boost revenues in its 2018 budget outlined on Thursday, as the budget deficit for the current year slipped to 5.2 percent of the gross domestic product.... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 10/11/17)

How many Tamils PAID to be TORTURED to get asylum in the UK?
Shenali D Waduge
We are talking about sterling pounds 5000-6000 being paid to be burnt with cigarette butt ends and face other tortures to enable British doctors to verify health records and endorse the torture as being ‘recent’ and to imply the tortures/rape were committed by the Sri Lankan forces. The monetary aspect fattens the purses of those making a business out of torture-asylum and enables foreign governments to use these examples to politically target countries like Sri Lanka to facilitate interventionist roles. Is the UK authorities silent because they are well aware of their role in this? Does... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/11/17)

The darkest hour is just before the dawn - Part I
By Rohana R. Wasala Courtesy The Island
Fiat justitia – ruat caelum! (Let justice be done though the skies fall!) In May 2009, we ordinary Sri Lankans suddenly had everything before us, whereas for the previous thirty years, we had nothing before us.  Most of us had been inured to believe that  the separatist militants were invincible, and  we were filled with incredulity when they were defeated. It was  the best of times for  peace-loving patriotic Sri Lankans living everywhere, but it was the worst of times for their opponents. It was the season of Light for the former, but... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/11/17)

Tamil demand for unfair and unreasonable power - due to Sinhala stupidity, complacency, ignorance and infighting
Chanaka Bandarage
The British ruled Sri Lanka (then Ceylon) for 150 years. During that period both the Sinhalese and the Tamils lived as British subjects. There are no records that the Tamils like now were then demanding more power for themselves. When Sri Lanka received independence in 1948, the British acknowledged that the North and the East are parts of the Sri Lankan state and never contemplated an India/Pakistan type partition to give the North to the Tamils (this was their unequivocal acknowledgement that Sri Lanka has always been a One Nation). The Tamils never made such a demand... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/11/17)

The current petrol crisis is only a precursor of far more disastrous things to come as the Indian grip gets tightened every second that passes.
Dr. Sudath Gunasekara
9.11. 2017. “It may be noted that LIOC caters to only 16% of the Sri Lankan market, while the remaining 84% relies on CPC supplies. Thus, large shortages across the country can only be caused by disruption in supplies of CPC We understand that a CPC petrol parcel, which was scheduled to reach Sri Lanka on 2 November 2017, has been delayed. While we are not aware of the reasons for this delay, such a disruption has led to shortages of petrol across the country, particularly given that CPC caters to 84% of the Sri... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/11/17)

Oil Crisis – A display of Indian Hegemony over Sri Lanka. 
By : A.A.M.NIZAM – MATARA
For the last few days people were suffering untold hardships due to non availability of petrol.  Many petrol sheds remained temporarily closed due to non-availability of stocks and very long queues were seen at almost all sheds but they too distributed restricted quantities.  A large number of three wheels and trucks came to a stand still and the poor drivers of these vehicles who depended on hire charges of these vehicles were without any income and even were compelled to pawn their valuables to feed their spouses and children.  When the people who really... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/11/17)

Trans fat is considered by many doctors to be the worst type of fat you can eat
Dr Hector Perera London
Unlike other dietary fats, trans fat also called trans-fatty acids both raises your LDL ("bad") cholesterol and lowers your HDL ("good") cholesterol. A diet laden with trans-fat increases your risk of heart disease, the leading killer of men and women. Here's some information about trans-fat and how to avoid it. In a C=C double bond if there are two groups are on the same side of the C=C bond then they are on CIS arrangement. If the groups such as CH3  or even H atoms on the opposite side of the  C=C double bond then... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/11/17)

Sobitha Thera’s just society; where are we? - EDITORIAL
Courtesy The Daily Mirror
In this new millennium, the Buddhist prelate who made the most significant contribution towards the rebuilding of a just and fair society was Ven. Maduluwawe Sobitha Nayaka Thera whose second death anniversary was commemorated on Wednesday, at Ape Gama in Battaramulla, with President Maithripala Sirisena presiding. After the end of the war in 2009, when the Ven. Sobitha saw that politicians were abusing and misusing public funds on a large scale and good governance was deteriorating, the prelate began the National Movement for a Just Society. He stepped forward at that time with courage and... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/11/17)

Former Justice Minister counters allegations, seeks joint Lanka-UK probe ‘Rape, torture of men’
By Shamindra Ferdinando Courtesy The Island
November 9, 2017, 11:16 pm Former Justice Minister Dr. Wijeyadasa Rajapakse, MP, yesterday alleged that a fresh high profile attempt was being made to secure asylum for bogus refugees at the expense of Sri Lankan government. President’s Counsel Rajapakse pointed out that the Sirisena-Wickremesinghe government was being targeted by those who had been engaged in the lucrative project to secure political asylum status for economic refugees. Rajapakse made the revelation in response to The Island query regarding an exclusive AP report that dealt with alleged mass scale rape and extreme torture of men taken... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/11/17)

Wijeyadasa cites UK Appeal Court ruling to prove case of self-infliction by proxy
Courtesy The Island
November 9, 2017, 11:17 pm Former Justice Minister Dr. Wijeyadasa Rajapakse, PC, yesterday said the possibility of those who had been seeking political asylum in Europe inflicting injuries on themselves couldn’t be ruled out. MP Rajapakse pointed out that the British media in April this year reported how a Sri Lankan asylum seeker had got himself tortured with hot iron rods to deceive British authorities. The asylum seeker had claimed five scars on his back were evidence of torture, MP Rajapakse said, adding that the Court of Appeal had ruled that the Sri Lankan probably consented... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/11/17)

Wijeyadasa challenges Wijesooriya to TV debate
Courtesy The Island
November 9, 2017, 11:26 pm Former Justice Minister Dr. Wijeyadasa Rajapakse, MP, PC has accused Convenor of National Movement for Social Justice (NMSJ) Prof. Sarath Wijesooriya and his colleagues of shielding those who had perpetrated frauds and corruption following the change of government in January 2015. In a hard hitting statement issued yesterday, MP Rajapakse has said that NMSJ under the leadership given by the chief incumbent of Kotte Naga Viharaya Ven Maduluwawe Sobitha had paved the way for the then SLFP General Secretary Maithripala Sirisena to be the common candidate at the presidential poll and... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/11/17)

UN’s Sooka attacks Shavendra, GR and 58 Div ...seeks explanation how Coca Cola backed SLA event
By Shamindra Ferdinando Courtesy The Island
November 9, 2017, 11:17 pm The military yesterday expressed shock and dismay at South African member of UNSG’s Panel of Experts (PoE) Yasmin Sooka calling the wartime General Officer Commanding (GoC) of the celebrated 58 Division Maj. Gen Shavendra Silva a notorious war criminal. The PoE comprised former Attorney General of Indonesia Marzuki Darusman, Steven Ratner of the US and Sooka. The military pointed out that such statement by a member of high profile UN team was part of their overall project meant to force implementation of Geneva Resolution 30/1 co-sponsored by Sri Lanka... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/11/17)

Sri Lankan stocks slip ahead of tax raising budget
Reuters 
COLOMBO, Nov 9 (Reuters) - Sri Lankan shares closed lower on Thursday before the presentation of the national budget, where the South Asian island nation imposed new taxes on motor vehicles, telecoms, banks and liquor in a bid to boost revenues. The budget deficit for the current year slipped to 5.2 percent of gross domestic product. The Colombo stock index closed 0.47 percent weaker at 6,567.07, its lowest close since Sept. 15. Turnover was 1.56 billion rupees ($10.16 million), more than this year’s average of around 952.4... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/11/17)

Dissident website 'blocked' in Sri Lanka
By AFP Courtesy Mailonline
 Sri Lanka's President Maithripala Sirisena was elected in 2015 promising an end to draconian government restrictions Access to a dissident website that often publishes articles critical of Sri Lanka's government has been blocked in the country, the portal's administrators said Thursday, as activists expressed alarm over deteriorating press freedom on the island. The popular London-based Lanka E News became inaccessible in the country on Thursday, a day after publishing an expose alleging graft within the office of President Maithripala Sirisena in the procurement of state vehicles. A source at a private service provider told... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/11/17)

Who is the Boss the President or the Prime Minister ?
By Charles.S.Perera
The people of Sri Lanka and the world are made to believe that the decision taking  leader of the government of Sri Lanka is  its President Maithripala Sirisena. But it is utterly false, even though the President may  believe that he is the President and as such he is the one on “the driving seat.” But in reality it is Ranil Wickramasinghe  the Prime Minister who really takes decisions and runs he Country. That is exactly what Ranil Wickramasinghe  did as the Prime Minister of President Chandrika Kumaratunga’s Government of 2001. It was then that Ranil Wickramasinghe... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/11/17)

කතානායකගේ පටි රෝල්.. තෙල් සංස්ථාව IOCට විකුණා ඇත්තේ කරු ජයසුරියයි..
 lanka C news
2001 දි පත්වු එක්සත් ජාතික පක්ෂ ආණ්ඩුවේ විදුලිබල හා බලශක්ති ඇමති කරු ජයසුරිය මහතායි. එවකට සිටි අගමැති රනිල් වික්‍රමසිංහ ප්‍රමුඛව ආණ්ඩුව ලංකා ඛනිජ තෙල් සංස්ථාවේ 20% කොටසක් 2002 දි ඉංදිය ඔයිල් සමාගමට වසර 35 සඳහා බදු දුන්නේ ය, අද එම ගිවිසුමේ ඇති අවාසි සහගත තත්ත්වය හමුවේ මෙරටේ ජනතාව විශාල ඉන්දන අර්බුදයකට මුහුණ දි ඇති බැව් පාර්ලිමේන්තුවේ දි කථානායක කරු ජයසුරිය මහතා ඉදිරියේදී සාකච්ඡා විය. https://youtu.be/iTcsIgn5d8E මෙහිදී හිටපු විදුලිබල හා බලශක්ති ඇමති කරු ජයසුරිය මහතාගේ කාලය තුල සිදු වු ප්‍රශ්නයක් සම්බන්ධයෙන් වාසුදේව නානයක්කාර සහ විමල් වීරවංශ යන මන්ත්‍රීවරුන් චෝදනා කරන ලදී. අගමැතිවරයා හිටපු අමාත්‍යවරයා බේරාගැනීමට උත්සහ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/11/17)

Alleged ‘noise’ pollution from Buddhist temples
By Rohana R. Wasala
The opinion piece under the title “Temples and noise pollution” (The Island/November 6, 2017) by a virtually anonymous writer who signs ‘HMNW’ makes some censorious remarks about Buddhist temples conducting traditional religious observances like pirith chanting and bana preaching, using amplifiers. He or she charges that pirith chanting and (by implication) bana preaching at temples on Poya days cause ‘noise’ pollution, using public address systems. According to him or her, on Poya days all temples start this sound polluting activity as early as 4 o’clock in the morning, disturbing the sleep of people, young and... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/11/17)

Country heading towards anarchy: Joint Opposition
Lahiru Pothmulla Courtesy The Daily Mirror
The Joint Opposition today said the country was heading towards anarchy because of the inefficient management skills of the Government. Addressing the weekly news briefing of the JO, Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) Chairman G.L. Peiris said a Petti Kade (Kiosk) had a better management than the Government. “Sri Lanka has become a country with no Government today. No one is taking responsibility for issues and everyone keeps passing the ball,” he said. “Health Minister blames doctors, Higher Education Minister blames students, Petroleum Minister blames the IOC and the IOC blames CPC in return.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/11/17)

බෙදුම්වාදී ව්‍යවස්ථාව එපා - ජාතික සමුළුවේ සියළු දේශන [Video]
යුතුකම සංවාද කවය
බෙදුම්වාදී ව්‍යවස්ථාවට එරෙහිව යුතුකම සංවාද කවය මගින් පසුගියදා පැවැත්වූ ජාතික සමුළුවේදී පැවැත්වූ සම්පූර්ණ කතා එකතුව... අස්ගිරි පාර්ශවයේ ලේඛකාධිකාරී මැදගම ධම්මානන්ද නාහිමි රුහුණු රට භික්ෂු පෙරමුණේ ලේකම්  ඕමාරේ කස්සප නාහිමි නීතීඥ කණිෂ්ක විතාරණ මහාචාර්‍ය සුසරිත් මෙන්ඩිස් රියර් අද්මිරාල් සරත් වීරසේකර යුතුකම සංවාද කවයේ සභාපති ගෙවිඳු කුමාරතුංග වෛද්‍ය අනුරුද්ධ පාදෙණිය ජ්‍යේෂ්ඨ කතිකාචාර්‍ය මාධවී හේරත් ඛනිජ තෙල් වෘත්තීය සමිති නායක බන්දුල සමන් කුමාර යුතුකම සංවාද කවය www.yuthukama.com... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/11/17)

The Mangala-Sumanthiran bluff on secularism
BY MALINDA SENEVIRATNE
Mangala Samaraweera, in supporting the report submitted by the Steering Committee on constitutional reform, called for a constitution that ‘will help our nation put its past behind for good and move forward with renewed hope.’  On the face of it, this is a positive statement.   Mangala’s speech also alluded to the Sathara Brahma Viharana or the four divine abodes, metta, mudita, karuna and upekkha (oving-kindness, compassion, sympathetic joy and equanimity).   There’s been a lot of allusions to the Buddha’s docrtine of late.  M.A. Sumanthiran (TNA) has argued for the repealing of Article 9 of the constitution which states “The Republic of Sri... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/11/17)

Origin of Sri Lanka’s constitutional perfidy
By : A.A.M.NIZAM – MATARA
Although the constitution hawkers consisting Ranil Wickremasinghe, a gang of treacherous UNP Ministers and Parliamentarians, the JVP hooligans and the dollar voracious NGO vultures attempt to fool the masses projecting that the new constitution proposals are something new and apposite, the origin of these proposals date back to 1997 and I am thankful to Ms. Shenali Waduge for giving some clues to the origin of these proposals in her Lankaweb Article dated 6th November entitled ‘Main elements of New Constitution drafted by British Solicitors in 1994.’ In mere coincidence with this article there were... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/11/17)

Medical Faculty Students’ Parents launch fast unto death-පියවරුන් පහක් මරණය තෝරාගනිති.. සයිටම් අහෝසි කරන්නැයි මාරාන්තික උපවාසයක් අරඹති
Dr Sarath Obeysekera
The Medical Faculty Students’ Parents Association (MFSPA) launched the fast unto death a short while ago in front of the University Grant Commission (UGC) premises at Ward place, Colombo 7. During our younger days our parents ( headed often by the father ) never encouraged the children to evade classes or resort to any activity which can be detrimental to their education .I was surprised when the President of the Medical Students’- Parents’ association ( himself is a medical doctor ?) announced that they will be fasting unto death until government abolishes SAITM. Is this the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/11/17)

Arrest of Britisher over Buddha tattoo -FR reserved for judgment
Dr Sarath Obeysekera  
Arrest of Britisher over Buddha tattoo -FR reserved for judgment Lakmal Sooriyagoda “After procedural delays, the Supreme Court has reserved its judgment on a Fundamental Rights Petition filed by a British tourist who challenged the infringement of her fundamental rights.She was arrested and detained for allegedly displaying a Buddha tattoo on her upper limb at Katunayake in 2014.In her petition, the British tourist Naomi Coleman had sought a compensation of Rs.10 million from the respondents and further sought a declaration that her detention was null and void and contrary to Articles 13(2) and 12 of... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/11/17)

UN rewards Darusman with Myanmar mission amidst new controversy over his report on Lanka
By Shamindra Ferdinando Courtesy The Island
November 7, 2017, 12:00 pm April 5, 2012: Lord Naseby, PC, Baron of Sandy and Chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Group in UK meets wartime Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa at the Temple Trees Lord Naseby has challenged the UN Panel of Experts (PoE) findings pertaining to Sri Lanka’s war against terrorism soon after the head of that panel, former Indonesian Attorney General Marzuki Darusman, received another key appointment. In late July, 2017, Darusman received appointment as head of a fact-finding mission on Myanmar where violence caused thousands to flee. Darusman’s team includes... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/11/17)

How constitution-drafter Jayampathy tries to override SLFP
By Dr. DAYAN JAYATILLEKA Courtesy The Island
November 7, 2017, 8:59 pm The curtain falls today on the Constitutional Assembly debate on the Interim Report of the Steering Committee. So what happens now? It doesn’t look good. The curious coincidence that the curtain falls roughly on the centenary of the October Revolution of 1917 in Russia should remind us, especially those Constitution makers of a left background, that what is happening on the street is quite as or even more important than what happens in the chambers. ‘The Street’ is as important or at certain points of time, more important... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/11/17)

Parliament faulted for not taking up vital issue Lords Naseby’s call to revise Vanni death toll:
By Shamindra Ferdinando Courtesy The Island
Former Deputy Minister and retired Rear Admiral Sarath Weerasekera yesterday said that a recent statement made by Lord Naseby in the House of Lords pertaining to the Vanni war death toll could be the basis for Sri Lanka’s defence at the Geneva based United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC). Addressing the media on behalf of Eliya, an organization backed by wartime Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, Weerasekera said Conservative Lord Naseby’s declaration that the death toll couldn’t have been more than 8,000 and one fourth of them terrorists had contradicted the UN accusations of 40,000... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/11/17)

ඉන්දීය තෙල් බලය ගැන කෙස් කෙලින් වෙන විචාරයක්… ව්‍යවස්ථා කෙටුම්පත-හම්බන්තොට වරාය ගිවිසුම පට්ටා ගසමින් මන රංජන තත්පර හයදහසක්..[Video]
 lanka C news
2002-2004 වසරවලදී පැවති එක්සත් ජාතික පක්‍ෂ ආණ්ඩුව විසින් විදේශයන්ට විකුණා දැමූ රාජ්‍ය දේපලවලින් ආපසු ගන්න බැරි වූ එකම ආයතනය ලංකා ඉන්දීය තෙල් සමාගම බව හිටපු ඇමති විජේදාස රාජපක්‍ෂ මහතා පවසයි. තෙල් සංස්ථාවට තිබූ ඒකාධිකාරය බිද දමා පනතද වෙනස් කරමින් තෙල් පිරවුම්හල් සියයක් සදහා එකල අවසර දුන්නද අද වන විට පිරවුම්හල් 350කට වඩා පිහිටුවා ඇතැයිද ඔහු පෙන්වා දෙයි. ළගදීම ත‍්‍රිකුණාමලයේ සියලූ තෙල් ටැංකි ඉන්දියාවට දෙන බවත් ඉන්පසු ඉන්දියාව තෙල් එවුවොත් පමණක් අපට වාහන දුවන්න හැකි වනු ඇති බවත් ඔහු සදහන් කරයි. දෙරණ රූපවාහිනියේ 360 වැඩසටහනට එක්වෙමින් ඇමතිවරයා මෙම අදහස් පල කර සිටියේය. හම්බන්තොට වරාය චීනයට පැවරීම සදහා... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/11/17)

THE CONSTITUTION OR THE COALITION?
By Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka Courtesy The Daily Mirror
“Balaya bedanna kalin mey aanduwa petrol tika bedanna oney!” (“Before this Government shares power, it must share the petrol!”) –Anonymous, irate citizen in petrol queue, on TV news    With shockingly dangerous irresponsibility or sheer nihilism, Prime Minister Wickremesinghe wants the Constitutional Assembly to loosen the centre’s ties with and hugely augment the autonomy of the Northern and Eastern provinces at the very same time that he wants an elephantine Indian footprint in Trincomalee (the oil tank farm, the Port and the Mannar-Trinco highway). While his Interim Report envisages exceeding the 13th... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/11/17)

Even new amendments to LG Polls Law are flawed – EC member Prof.Hoole
By Kelum Bandara Courtesy The Daily Mirror
Election Commission’s Member Prof. S. Ratnajeevan H. Hoole, in an interview with the Daily Mirror, shares his thoughts on the Commission and the upcoming local authorities’ elections   They will make us violate some law somewhere Those who voted for the PC Elections Act do not know what they voted for Our laws are full of mistakes We are always in violation of something It came to a matter of choosing which laws we would violate   Q How is the Election Commission getting ready for the local government elections in... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/11/17)

Lord Naseby exposes the lies & hypocrisies of UN-US-UK & EU Governments
Shenali D Waduge
On 12th October 2017 addressing the UK Parliament, Lord Naseby brought to light some shocking news. Using the Freedom of Information Act Lord Naseby ventured to find the truth about the civilian deaths attributed against Sri Lankan Army during the final phase of the conflict from the UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office. His application had first been rejected, even 2 appeals to the Foreign Office had been rejected and thereafter not giving up Lord Naseby had appealed to the Information Commissioner and a heavily redacted with many pages missing, document was made available to him. Why... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/11/17)

I draw you attention to the following article
Dr Sudath Gunasekara
Dear All, I draw you attention to the following article ‘Tamilstan, Muslimstan or Federalism? ColomboTelegraph 6. 11. 2017 by Dr Jagath Asoka (An Indiana or Lankan?) Pl read the article first to find out who this idiot is? This is one among many responses to this letter by one Rajash / November 5, 2017 23:35 appeared below that letter. Need to neutralize the Sinhala Buddhist image and influence. Cancel Poya days as holiday. Find out exactly on which date Buddha attained Nirvana and make that day only a holiday (like Christmas if you wish). De-robe all... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/11/17)

මාතෘ භුමිය බෙදා වෙන්කරන යෝජිත ෆෙඩරල් ව්‍යවස්ථාවට විරුද්ධව ඔබේ අත්සන ලබා දෙන්න
දේශප්‍රේමී හිතවතුනි ,
මේ වනවිට අපගේ මාතෘ භූමිය දෙකඩ වී උතුරු-නැගෙනහිර ප්‍රදේශ ඇතුලත්ව දෙමළ ඊලාම් රාජ්‍යයක් බිහිවීමේ අවදානමකට පත්ව ඇත. අප,ගෝලීය ශ්‍රී ලාංකික සංසදය විසින් මේ අවදානම ලක් රජය පාලනය කරනු ලබන  පිරිසගේ සහ රජයේ තීරණ ක්‍රියාත්මක කරනු ලබන අයගේ දැනුවත් වීම වෙනුවෙන් හා ඔවුන්ගේ සිහිකැඳවීමේ අරමුණෙන් අන්තර්ජාලය මගින් විද්‍යුත් පෙත්සමක් අදාල ආයතන  හා පුද්ගලයින් වෙත යැවීම සඳහා සූදානම් කර ඇත. අප සැමගේ අරමුණ මේ සඳහා අඩුම වශයෙන් අත්සන් ලක්ෂයක් පමණ ලබා ගැනීම සහ එම පෙත්සම ගරු ජනාධිපතිතුමා , ගරු අගමැතිතුමා, හිටපු ජනාධිපති මහින්ද රාජපක්ෂ මැතිතුමා ,  සියළුම ආගමික පූජක තුමන්ලා  ඇතුළු සියළුම විද්වතුගෙන් සමන්විතවූ සංවිධාන වලට යැවීමයි. කරුණාකර ඔබගේ වටිනා කාලය වැයකර මෙම විද්‍යුත් පෙත්සම  අත්සන් කර අවම... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/11/17)

SRI LANKA MUST BUILD BRANDS ,NOT BE A MERE COMMODITY-EXPORTER  By Raj Moorthy –Sunday Times 5th Nov 2017
Dr Sarath Obeysekera
http://www.sundaytimes.lk/article/1033971/cost-of-exporting-from-sri-lanka-much-higher-than-vietnam-or-thailand I wrote few opinions few weeks back and highlighted the facts about  Vietnam and Indonesia’s success in exports against the exports from Sri Lanka .One of the slide shown by the EU expert is illustrated below http://www.lankaweb.com/news/items/2017/10/14/bureaucracy-hinders-businesses-several-permits-for-one-export/ http://www.lankaweb.com/news/items/2017/09/25/sad-state-of-affairs-of-sri-lankan-exports/ http://www.lankaweb.com/news/items/2017/09/25/sad-state-of-affairs-of-sri-lankan-exports/ http://www.lankaweb.com/news/items/2017/10/14/bureaucracy-hinders-businesses-several-permits-for-one-export/ Sri Lankan Exports are declining and Vietnam and Thailand are growing, even Bangladesh is doing much better . There was an another article in the press with the heading  “Sri Lanka must build brands ,not be a mere  commodity Exporter “ where a Leading Tea Exporter, and another wizard from DNV GL Business Assurance... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/11/17)

BIGGEST PLANNED ROBBERY OF PUBLIC FUNDS AND THE SPITTING FOR LUCK
RANJITH SOYSA 
I was listening to a very professional presentation on the Central Bank bonds robbery by the veteran banker and public activist Rusiripala Thennekoon (may his unenviable efforts be rewarded!) in which he cited a number dates and incidents which weave an incredible story of a set of criminals scheming to rob the central bank and other connected institutions, and, by hook or by crook through their deft actions to cover their backs  still continue brazenly to handle the affairs of the State. It is indeed an incredulous story of a series of events which can only take... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/11/17)

‘Sri Lanka is too small to have a Federal state’--Dr. Jayatissa de Costa
By Kelum Bandara Courtesy The Daily Mirror
President doesn’t seem to be serious about Steering Committee on constitution making That is why he has decided to call for an All Party Conference  It’s feared whether Parliament will enact new Constitution in  the same way it enacted PC Elections Act Unitary status and foremost place for Buddhism are unique features of our Constitution Evangelical Lutheran Religion is the official religion of the state in Norway Evangelical Lutheran Church is the established Church of Denmark Why aren’t those advocating secularism here considering  these models? All Federal countries, barring a very few, are... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/11/17)

Why anti-SAITM campaign was never about free education?
By Ranga Jayasuriya Courtesy The Daily Mirror
Last week, the government announced that the private medical school at the centre of a bitter dispute, South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine(SAITM) would be converted into a non-governmental and not-for-profit entity. That should have laid to rest a protest campaign that had regularly paralyzed health services and medical faculties in state universities and clogged streets in Colombo with protestors. However, it does not appear to be the case. The Medical Faculty Students’ Parents’ Association (MFSPA) has rejected the government’s solution. Its spokesman has said:“This institute will continue even in the future.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/11/17)

Non-constitutional requirements for successful implementation of federalism
By Prof. Shantha K. Hennayake Department of Geography University of Peradeniya-Courtesy The Island
November 6, 2017, 8:49 pm This indeed is the paradox of multinational federalism: while it provides national minorities with a workable alternative of secession, it also helps to make secession a more realistic alternative to federalism". Second, federalism has not led to the disappearance of ethnonationalism in any state; ethnonationalism is only contained and may be passing a dormant state only to erupt at a later date as in the case of Yugoslavia and the former Soviet Union. Third, without a qualitative change in political culture... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/11/17)

Transitional justice relevant to Sri Lanka?
By Neville Ladduwahetty Courtesy The Island
November 6, 2017, 12:00 pm UN Special Rapporteur, Pablo de Greiff, at a media briefing following his 14-day visit to Sri Lanka stated: "Sri Lanka continues to deprive itself of the benefits of Transitional Justice". Before addressing the benefits of Transitional Justice, certain fundamentals need to be clarified. Some of these fundamentals are, for instance: What is Transitional Justice? Is it relevant to Sri Lanka? From what to what is Sri Lanka supposed to transition? Is Justice to be restorative or retributive? Answers could be found in a publication by the "International Center for... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/11/17)

Wise and Meaningful advice from a Burmese
Myanmar Buddhist HanMg Says:
November 5th, 2017 “The Buddha in his wisdom did not expect a nation or the rulers to be lame ducks in the wake of an enemy invasion. However Buddha’s expectations from one who is training to be an Arhant whether monk or layman are different and it should not be mistaken with the Buddha’s expectations from the laity burdened with numerous worldly responsibilities. It is also because the Buddha in his wisdom did not expect every ‘Buddhist’ to opt for Arahantship nor to become an ascetic renouncing the worldly affairs. To the majority Buddhism is... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/11/17)

Main elements of New Constitution drafted by British Solicitors in 1994
Shenali D Waduge
"A Framework for the Constitution of the Union of Ceylon" prepared in 1994 by a firm of British solicitors (Bates, Wells and Braithwaite) for the Sri Lanka Peace Support Group an entity within the Centre of Policy Alternatives. What is interesting about this proposal is that it lays out the nuts and bolts of a confederate structure; a concept that many are unfamiliar with but elements which are being peddled through the present constitution giving rise to the reality that this new constitution is certainly not drafted in Sri Lanka by the people whom the government... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/11/17)

MISLEADING INFORMATION IN USA PUBLICATION ,the country watch
Ranjith Soysa, Spokesperson, GSLF
Introduction CountryWatch (www.countrywatch.com)  is the publisher of several country-specific  data and intelligence reports apparently for the use of corporations, government agencies, universities, schools, libraries and individuals and says it provides  “up-to-date news and information on each of the recognized countries of the world.” CountryWatch further claims that its management has “extensive international business experience” while members of the editorial department have “strong academic backgrounds.”   It also claims to provide “critical” country-specific intelligence data to “a global audience including public and private sector organizations with overseas operations and global interests.” Reviewing the PDF online of “2017 Country Review... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/11/17)

PRESIDENT SIRISENA MUST INVOKE ARTICLE 129 OF THE CONSTITUTION AND ASK THE SUPREME COURT FOR AN ADVISORY OPINION ON THE LEGALITY OF THE CONSTITUTION-MAKING PROCESS
DHARSHAN WEERASEKERA,
‘If at any time it appears to the President of the Republic that a question of law or fact has arisen or is likely to arise which is of such a nature and of such public importance that it is expedient to obtain the opinion of the Supreme Court upon it, he may refer that question to that Court for consideration and the Court may, after such hearing as it thinks fit…report to the President its opinion thereon.’ – Article 129(1), Sri Lanka Constitution On 1st November 2017, President Sirisena announced that he will convene three... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/11/17)

YAHAPALANA AND THE REPUBLIC OF CHINA Part 6
KAMALIKA PIERIS
(Revised 07/11/17) This essay lists some new developments in China which are of interest to Sri Lanka .Firstly, China has successfully tested a high-altitude spy drone which could help it dominate a region of the Earth's atmosphere known as ‘near space’. Scientists are trying to develop a durable ‘near space’ vehicle capable of observing large areas for weeks, months or even years on end. Such a spy drone would be able to penetrate air defense systems and gather sensitive intelligence behind enemy lines. This ‘near space’ which begins at about 20km above sea level, has until now... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/11/17)

ලේඛනයේ නැති හරක්!
වරුණ චන්ද්‍රකීර්ති
හිල්බට් ගැන කියලා මේ කතාව කියන්නම්. මේ ලේඛකයා විශ්වවිද්‍යාලයේ ඉගෙනගත්තේ ගණිතය, සංඛ්‍යානය වගේ විෂයයන්. එහෙම ඉගෙනගත්තා කියලා කිව්වාට දන්න මහ ගණිතයක් නෑ. විශ්වවිද්‍යාලයකට ගිහිල්ලා ආවා කියන්නේ ගෝනි එළුවා බැලුවා වගේ වැඩක්නේ. ඕවාට නොගිය අයට නම් ඒක මහා වික්‍රමයක් වගේ පේනවා ඇති. ඉතින් ඇත්ත නොකියා ඉන්න එක තමයි වඩා හොඳ. ඒ හින්දා දැන් හිල්බට් ගැන විතරක් කියන්නම්. විශ්වවිද්‍යාලයට ගිය දෙවැනි දවසේ මේ ලේඛකයා දේශනයක් අහන්න ගියා. ඒ ගණිත විශ්ලේෂණය ගැන දේශනයක්. දේශනය කරපු මහාචාර්යතුමා තමන් උගන්වන විෂයය ගැන අපිට හඳුන්වලා දුන්නා. ඒ විෂයය ඉගෙනගැනීමේ ප්‍රයෝජන ගැනත් කියලා දුන්නා. ඊට පස්සේ මහාචාර්යතුමා හිල්බට් ගැන කතාව කිව්වා. හිල්බට් කියලා ගණිතඥයෙක්... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/11/17)

Prime Minister Ranil’s colonial mentality
C. Wijeyawickrema
Sri Lankans know Ranil is a black-white. From time to time he discloses this. He once wanted to invite Portuguese PM to come to Colombo to commemorate 500 years of Portuguese arrival. He is a vice president of some Asian Christian democratic union. But his recent statement that a president of Sri Lanka will be a better president if he knows English is an insult to the man who gave him the job of PM. That man was either humble or had an inferiority complex to tell before a UNP gathering after became the common candidate in... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/11/17)

Anthony Bourdain’s CNN production is another piece of one sided misinformation about Sri Lanka
Anjalika Silva - USA
The CNN program on Sri Lanka that aired on Sunday October 29, 2017, in the USA was inadequate and inaccurate to reflect the true post war Sri Lanka. The end of the war now enters the 9th year since its brutal terrorism was crushed for peace that was not dished out based on race.  Peace came to all people regardless of ethnicity.  All people in the country were terrorized for close to 30 years with LTTE bombings and killings.   This program did not portray the post war rapid development and changes that should have been... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/11/17)

යහපාලන රජය ජාතිවාදී චන්ද පොරොන්දුවක් ඉටු කරයි. ශ්‍රී පාද සමනොල අඹගමුවෙන් වෙන් කරයි.
මතුගම සෙනෙවිරුවන්
බුදුන් වහන්සේ ලංකාවට වැඩම කළ තෙවැනි ගමනේදී සුමන සමන් දෙවියන් ගේ ආරාධනයෙන් සමනොල කන්ද මස්තකයට පිවිස එහි තමන් වහන්සේ ගේ ශ්‍රී පාදය තැබූ බව ඓතිහාසික ජන ප්‍රවාදයන්හි මෙන්ම වංශකතා ප්‍රවෘත්ති වලද දැක්වෙයි.ශ්‍රී පාද මස්තකයට ළඟා වන මාර්ග නවයක් පමණ තිබේ. ඉන් ප්‍රධාන මර්ග දෙකින් එකක් රත්නපුර පළාබත්ගල හරහාද අනෙක හැටන් හරහාද වැටී ඇත. පළමු වන විජයබාහු රජු ශ්‍රී පාද නමස්කාරයට සිත් ඇතිව එහි ළඟා වීම නිමිති කොට පළාබත්ගල ශ්‍රී පාද මාර්ගයට යාබදව ගිලීමලේ විහාරස්ථානයේ ශිලා ලේඛනයක් කරවූහ.ගිලීමලය බඹරබොටුව ආදී ගම් ශ්‍රී පාදයට පූජා කළහ. එයට සමාන තවත් ලිපියක් ගිනිගත්හේන නගරයට ආසන්නයේ අඹගමුවේ සන්ක්ලයින් නමැති තේවත්තක පැරණි විශ්‍රාම... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/11/17)

When ineptitude fuels panic
Editorial Courtesy The Island
November 5, 2017, 9:23 pm The country is experiencing a petrol shortage, which the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC) has attributed to panic buying owing to the recent rejection of a substandard fuel shipment. Winding queues near fuel stations remind us of the ubiquitous paan polim (‘bread queues’) under the SLFP-led United Front government (1970-77). The CPC has rejected several fuel shipments on similar grounds during the past decade or so but such action did not trigger panic buying of this scale. The government is all at sea, unable to handle the situation. The problem with the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/11/17)

Constitutional evangelism and the interim report marathon
By Dr. DAYAN JAYATILLEKA Courtesy The Island
November 5, 2017, 9:05 pm The Government is lying to us big time and blatantly in its evangelical attempt at unethically converting Sri Lanka to a non-unitary state through a new, non-unitary Constitution, while the otherwise loudly vociferous JO did not/has so far not challenged that foundational lie in the Constitutional assembly debate. Why? Throughout the marathon debate the Government told the country that, for the first time ever, the TNA has accepted a unitary state/unitary Sri Lanka. On Wednesday Nov 8th, the pugilistic but utterly inattentive JO simply must ask "When? Where?... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/11/17)

The tank, dagaba and the village
by P.G.Punchihewa Ph.D. Courtesy The Island
November 4, 2017, 6:18 pm Nearly two million people in at least 22 districts out of 25 are reported to be affected by the continuing drought. Among the districts are Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa, Mannar, Vavuniya, Trincomalee, Kurunegala, Puttalam , Jaffna ,Kilinochchi, Mullativu ,Matale and Moneragala. Most of the large, medium and small tanks in the dry zone have partially or completely dried up and in certain instances peasants are abandoning their villages for want of water for their daily use. It is a pathetic sight to see thousands and thousands of fish wriggling, struggling for... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/11/17)

Awesome Thriphala -Aralu, bulu and nelli join statins as cholesterol busters
By Kumudini Hettiarachchi Courtesy Sunday Times
 A humble but magical ‘trio’ used by ancient veda mahattayas have stunned the world of modern medicine by their ‘healing’ powers right here in Sri Lanka. The three herbal fruits — aralu, bulu and nelli — are potent fighters in the battle against high cholesterol, the Sunday Times learns. Not speculation nor rumour, but tried and tested is the aralu-bulu-nelli combo in an indisputable Clinical Trial (CT) conducted by the guru-gola (teacher-student) pair, Consultant Physician Prof. Colvin Goonaratna and Senior Consultant Cardiologist Dr. Ruvan Ekanayaka. Thriphala is the most ancient ayurvedic prescription dating... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/11/17)

Vanquished to victory Nandikadaal to Orumittha Nadu
By Shivanthi Ranasinghe Courtesy Ceylon Today
How did we arrive from Nandikadaal to Orumittha Nadu? Usually, it is the victor who becomes the post-war architect. It is they who persecute the defeated, get compensated for the damages incurred during the war and decide what the problem was and the appropriate solution. However, in our case after defeating three decades of terrorism, it is the Sri Lanka military and those who gave the leadership to finally and resolutely eradicate terrorism who had become pariahs of the State. It is we who are being lectured to and pushed to reform not only... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/11/17)

All Party Conference Constitutional process essential
By Sugeeswara Senadhira Courtesy Ceylon Today
The three-day debate in the Constitutional Assembly may not help to adopt a new Constitution, but it has provided the much needed forum for a national debate on this vexed question. During and before the debate it became very clear that there was no possibility of a consensus leading to a draft Constitution. Furthermore, there were strong indications that a draft proposal may not get the required two-third majority in Parliament, not to talk about a 'yes vote' in a National Referendum. When the issue, especially the clauses on unitary status, place for Buddhism... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/11/17)

The relevance of R. Sampanthan’s speech at the ITAK Convention to present constitutional demands
Shenali D Waduge
Leaving aside arguments of ITAK/TNA links to LTTE the fact remains is that both Tamil racist leaders & LTTE fought for a separate Tamil state. Whether it is called eelam, self-autonomy, self-determination etc it all boils down to the same thing. If so it questions on what logical premise that any government would deem it necessary to weaken the country by bringing in a new constitution that not only removes the unitary character of the constitution but also sets up a confederal form of governance giving virtual asymmetrical federation to some provinces over others. Going by... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/11/17)

Mr. Sumanthiram, tear down that federal wall!
H. L. D. Mahindapala
In an impassioned speech delivered before the Steering Committee of the Parliament M. A. Sumanthiram, the spokesperson for the TNA, argued the case for federalism which is by far the most plausible presentation I have heard on the subject. And I must add that have heard some of the best and the brightest on this subject from the time I was the lobby correspondent of The Observer in the Old Parliament when outstanding political giants from both sides of the House made the inner chamber virtually a brilliant department of political science, worthy of any... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/11/17)

Hypocrite Terrorist Sambandan deserves to die as a banished traitor
By : A.A.M.NIZAM – MATARA.
TNA Leader R.Sambandan is in fact a vicious tiger terrorist.  He would undoubtedly have been a frontline hardcore tiger terrorist if not for his about to die age.  He lost in the 2000 General Election by contesting as a TULF candidate and following which the LTTE making the Tamil politicians to understand the danger of the disunity among them converged different Tamil political groups and formed the Tamil National Alliance as a political wing of the tiger terrorists. The press communique issued on October 22nd 2001 heralding the formation of the Tamil National Alliance(TNA)was... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/11/17)

Promoting gender equality
Dr. Tilak Fernando Courtesy Ceylon Today
On 10 October 2017, South Asia's Policy Makers gathered in Colombo to discuss the success and failures of women, who appear to be disregarded in society. A current issue under discussion in Sri Lanka is to have a guaranteed quota of 25- 30 per cent of women in politics, in future elections. In a broad generalization, statistically or physically or even unwillingly 50 per cent of the world population happens to be women. Out of that group, over thirty per cent is, or has been, statistically, physiologically, or even unwillingly pregnant! The overall image... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/11/17)

LG polls: Hobson’s choice for Sirisena
by C.A Chandraprema Courtesy The Island
The political futures of President Sirisena and the 40+ SLFP parliamentarians hangs in the balance as the LG elections process kicks off. The question that the Sirisena faction of the SLFP has to ask itself is which is worse, being labelled pro-UNP if they decide to cast in their lot with the UNF or risking what could be ignominious defeat. As we write this, the General Secretary of the SLFP Duminda Dissanayake and Mahinda Amaraweera the general secretary of the UPFA have announced that they will not be contesting the upcoming local government election... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/11/17)

Federalism – Why?
Laksiri Warnakula
'Making a mountain out of a mole is a lot easier than bringing a mountain that has grown high, far and wide down to the size of a mole' Our politicians have never understood this, either because of their stupidity or their greed for power and personal gains. I for one, would put my money on the later. The emergence of LTTE followed by its growth to a point, where they could or were confident enough to take on the whole defence force of the country, is a classic case in point. Politicians, who keep clamouring about... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/11/17)

YAHAPALANA AND THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA Part 5
KAMALIKA PIERIS
This essay looks at the current relationship between Yahapalana government of Sri Lanka and the United States of America. From a triumphal, highly visible start in 2015, with prominent visits by Secretary of State John Kerry and other high ranking officials, the USA has now decided to go into low profile. Visits from US officials are continuing but without much publicity. Alice Wells, US Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs was in Sri Lanka in August 2017. She met with government officials, business leaders and civil society representatives to discuss US cooperation in... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/11/17)

Female Genital Mutilation: A Woman’s Right to Reject it over Religious Cultural Rights
Shenali D Waduge
Why was Sharmila Seyyid’s invitation to the Tamil Literature Conference revoked? Simple answer is because she spoke openly against the prevalence of female genital mutilation among the Muslim community. We are boasting of democracy but the reality is that this lady who was officially invited to speak at the conference had her invitation cancelled because of influence by Muslim men in the organizing committee who supported FGM! So much for transparency in literature! Sharmila’s research on FGM is extensive and covers Muslim communities living in Mawanella, Akurana, Batticoloa, Ampara, Trincomalee and Puttalam with a child no... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/11/17)

MICROSCOPIC MINORITY CONTROLS CEYLON’S EDUCATION
By L. H. Mettananda
Date: Circa 1954 The forces that are working today against the continuation of the Swabahsa medium beyond 8th standard are certainly not a mushroom growth. It is possible to trace their origins to the very beginnings of British rule in Ceylon. Just as the Kenya Government while engaged in the campaign to oust the Kenya Africans from the more fertile and more salubrious part of the country has found it necessary also to wipe out the tradition, language and culture of the Kenya Africans which bound them to their ancestral lands and has begun to... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/11/17)

රටතුල නිර්මාණය වී ඇති පෙට්‍රල් හිඟය
ඩී. ජේ. රාජකරුණා ලේකම්,ලංකා ඛනිජ තෙල් පොදු සේවක සංගමය
ඛනිජ තෙල් සම්පත් සංවර්ධන අමාත්‍යතුමා, ඛනිජ තෙල් සම්පත් සංවර්ධන අමාත්‍යාංශය, ‘‘සිපෙට්කෝ හවුස්’’, දෙමටගොඩ. ගරු ඇමති තුමනි, රටතුල නිර්මාණය වී ඇති පෙට්‍රල් හිඟය පිළබඳවයි  මේ වනවිට රටේ බොහෝ ප්‍රදේශවල පිරවුම්හල් වල පෙට්‍රල් ඉන්ධන නොමැති වීම නිසා ජනතාව මහත් අපහසුතාවයට පත්ව ඇත. අප වෙත ලැබී ඇති තෝරතුරු අනුව මේ සඳහා මුලික හේතුව වී ඇත්තේ මීට සති 02 කට පෙර LIOC සමාගම ගෙන්වන ලද පෙට්‍රල් මේ. ටො. 30000 ක් නියමිත ප්‍රමිතියට නොමැති වීම නිසා ගොඩබැම ප්‍රතික්‍ෂේප වීමත්, ඒසඳහා ආදේශික නැවක් පොරොන්දු වූ දිනයට ගෙන ඒම කඩාකප්පල්කාරී ලෙස පැහැර හැරීමත්, තෙල් සංස්ථාව ඇනවුම් කොට ඇති නැවක් ප්‍රමාධ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/11/17)

Old Anandians’ Group of 99 Completes a Clean Water Project in Dutuwewa
Old Anandians’ Group of 99 
Old Anandians’ Group of 99 recently completed a Water Purification Project in Dutuwewa a remote village, in the Anuradhapura district. The facilities that were provided to the village by the old Anandians include a water purification plant of 2000 liter capacity and two 1000 liter tanks for clean water storage and distribution. The people in this area are facing with difficulties to find clean water leading to kidney problems among villagers. Although many people talk about the kidney problems in this part of the country, not many come up with solutions. Old Anandians’ 99... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/11/17)

Sumanthiran of TNA says “ We are Sri Lankans , our dignity, our equality has been assured in this document and this is our document”.
By Charles.S.Perera
Because Sumanthiran says, “ We are Sri Lankans, our dignity, our equality has bee reassured in this documentthe interim report debated in the Parliament, and says  “this is our document”, it is why we should all oppose this diabolic Interim report and stop it from being passed in the Parliament. Despite all the opposition to it, if this Parliament  were to pass it with a two third majority,there  would be no  further use of this Parliament for our country therefore it should be bombed and raised to ground,  and build a memorial in the place  for... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/11/17)

YAHAPALANA AND INDIA Part  6
KAMALIKA PIERIS
At one time, relations between India and the United States were not good. In 2011 former Indian President Abdul Kalam was   searched twice at US airports. On one occasion airport officials had boarded the plane he was in and taken away the shoes and jacket he was wearing to screen for explosives. When Indian Prime Minister Modi was to make his first visit to the USA in September 2014, the U.S. Federal Court of the Southern District of New York issued a summons against him regarding his alleged involvement in the 2002 riots in Gujarat. The summons charged... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/11/17)

Constitutional Assembly unconstitutional, null and void ab initio Part 1 ,2 and 3
DR. WIJEYADASA RAJAPAKSHE, President’s Counsel
What could be comprehended by the Word Constitution? Constitution is recognised as a document made by law makers inserting a set of rules which are needed for the governance of the relevant territory, and it is considered supreme and unchallengeable. Inclusion of the following mandatory features could be seen in a constitution. 1. Provisions to guarantee/assure the rights of the citizens and the mechanisms to be operated for above purpose 2. Definition of the powers conferred on the Legislature, the Executive and the Judiciary and by whom such said powers are to be exercised 3.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/11/17)

බැඳුම්කර ගනුදෙනුවේ එළියට දාපු රහස් හඩපටය මෙන්න
දූෂණ විරෝධී හඬ
මහ බැංකු බැඳුම්කර ගනුදෙනුවට අදාළ බැඳුම්කර නිකුත් කිරීමේදී ශ්‍රී ලංකා මහ බැංකුව, රාජ්‍ය ණය දෙපාර්තමේන්තුව, ප්‍රධාන පෙළේ රාජ්‍ය බැංකුවක් හා පර්පචුවල් ට්‍රෙෂරීස් සමාගමේ ඉහළ නිලධාරීන් කිහිපදෙනකු අතර සිදුවූ දුරකතන සංවාද ඇතුළත් හඬ පටයක් දූෂණ විරෝධී හඬ සංවිධානය විසින් ඊයේ (01දා) මාධ්‍යයට නිකුත් කළේය. විදෙස්ගත පුද්ගලයකු මාර්ගයෙන් ලද මෙම හඬ පටයට අනුව ඉහළ පොලියට බැඳුම්කර මිලදී ගන්නා ලෙස හිටපු මහ බැංකු අධිපති අර්ජුන මහේන්ද්‍රන් නිලධාරීන්ට බලපෑම් කළ බව තහවුරු වේ. විශේෂයෙන්ම බැඳුම්කර වෙන්දේසිය නිමවන වෙලාව අනුව පෙ.ව. 11න් පසුවත් විනාඩි 10ක කාලයක් ලබා දෙන්නැයි පර්පචුවල් ට්‍රෙෂරීස් සමාගම මහ බැංකුවෙන් කරන ලද ඉල්ලීමත් ඒ අනුව හිටපු ටෙන්ඩර් මණ්ඩල... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/11/17)

Bombs in Parliament need to be diffused
BY MALINDA SENEVIRATNE
Going by the rhetoric and the text pertaining to constitutional reform currently being debated in Parliament, it is all about two things.  1) expunging of the clause supposedly privileging Buddhism, and 2) devolution of power.  Tamil National Alliance MP, M. Sumanthiran, has stated the stand of his party and by and large the group of anti Sinhala, anti-Buddhist NGO lobby: “our stand is that there should be a secular constitution where there is no special identification for a single religion, and instead all religions should be given equal status in the country.” The bone of contention... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/11/17)

Appreciating a big and exemplary job done by a small man of our time. MS Themis the only politician who returned his pension and rejected the concept of pensions being paid to politicians by JR in1977.
Sudath Gunasekara Mahanuwara. 4.11.2017.
MS Themis silently died last year unsung an unheard and his mortal remains were interred at Kanatta attended by his only daughter, granddaughter, a small group of family members and friends. The usual votes of condolence and flatteries sung in Parliament in respect of those who have not done a scent worth thing for the country were not heard. Even his death passed unnoticed other than to the funeral parlor staff as our daughter in Colombo whom we asked to pay our respect as we were unable come down due to ill-health told us.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/11/17)

THIS IS ALSO ALMOST SRI LANKA'S STORY
Ah....just listen to this speech!
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1FOgeZgVY0EMp7GKqOgbDBI7PAdrJofbl/view?usp=sharing... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/11/17)

End of "Good Governance in Sri Lanka" by the most corrupt PM in Asia - Must be removed to protect the democracy in Sri Lanka !!!
News Line: 'Out comes the TAPES the PM must be CROSS EXAMINED' - Wasantha Samarasinghe (02.11.2017) https://youtu.be/HQMD9VFBl4E PM required to testify before Bond Commission Courtesy The Daily Mirror The Presidential Commission of Inquiry (PCoI) investigating the controversial Issuance of Bonds today said it requires the testimony of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe in order to "obtain a few clarifications and any other evidence which may be necessary". Issuing a statement at the commencement of the today's session, the Commission noted that it had perused the affidavit given to the Commission by the Prime Minister and that the Commission had certain clarifications... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 03/11/17)

Geetha Kumarasinghe not eligible for Parliament-GEETHA LOSES HER SEAT ……..NEW ITEM
Dr Sarath Obeysekera
1n 1965 election campaign there was a speaker who made his crowd -pulling speech where he used names of Sinhala Films  .His speech was the last after Meetiyagoda ,Dawamottawe Hamuduruwo etc  So I thought of writing this to honour Geetha Geetha loses her seat as she has no “Wasana” and also because ruling party has got “Kolomba Sanniya” and went out of way to end her “Adara Kathawa” with politics .When the court decision was announced .some younger MP’s would have  told a senior ex minister “Onna Mame Kella Panapi”  if and when she maydecides ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/11/17)

SLFP’s dilemma
Editorial Courtesy The Island
November 3, 2017, 10:07 pm The Joint Opposition (JO) has sought to bargain from a position of strength with the SLFP, which has invited it to contest the next Local Government (LG) polls together. It has put forth some pre-conditions, the main being that the SLFP pull out of the ruling yahapalana coalition. President Maithripala Sirisena is now in a dilemma. He succeeded in outwitting his bête noire Rajapaksa, in style, at the 2015 general election. He used Rajapaksa, who wanted to be the Prime Minister, to lead the polls campaign and queered the pitch of... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/11/17)

Constitutional Assembly unconstitutional, null and void ab initio Part 3
DR. WIJEYADASA RAJAPAKSHE, President’s Counsel
November 3, 2017, 12:00 pm (Continued From yesterday) People’s Lack of confidence in Parliament The media and the public always express their displeasure at Parliament and its members. They allege incompetence, corruption and immorality of the members of parliament. This loss of confidence reached its climax on 21st September 2017, when Parliament passed an amendment to the Provincial Council Elections Act which is an ordinary statute including the provisions for the postponement of Provincial Council elections, indirectly disobeying and deviating from the determination of the Supreme Court made in the 20th Amendment to the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/11/17)

Ball Game on a pitch of corruption
By Lucien Rajakarunanayake Courtesy The Island
November 3, 2017, 10:07 pm The Minister for Poll Delays has given the country a Ball Game. At a time when the country is trying to forget about cricket amidst all the records of whitewash defeats, he has thrown the Poll Ball to the field for us to play the game. It is the launch of the Local Government Ball Game that will take place by end January next year, if the political weather is good for play – for the Yahapalana manipulators of the game. We have been told the pitch is now... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/11/17)

Ethnic-based federal units disadvantageous for minorities: MR
Yohan Perera and Ajith Siriwardane Courtesy The Daily Mirror
Former President and Parliamentarian Mahinda Rajapaksa, who participated in the debate on the constitutional reforms proposals, said the creation of ethnic or religion based federal units with powers akin to sovereign states will place the minorities living in those federal units at a disadvantage. He said, in India, the vast majority of Indian Tamils live in Tamil Nadu whereas in Sri Lanka however, the majority of the Tamil people are permanently resident outside the North and East. “Even though there is a significant concentration of Muslims in the East, the vast majority... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/11/17)

AG says ‘very revealing’ communications of Aloysius to be presented
By Shehan Chamika Silva Courtesy The Daily Mirror
While reserving a date to place details with regard to communications of Arjun Aloysius and other concerned parties, Additional Solicitor General Yasantha Kodagoda yesterday told that the content of the extracted ‘Whatsapp’ messages of Aloysius’ phone was ‘very revealing’. Using Aloysius’ mobile phone data extracted at the forensic retrieval and the details received from his mobile service provider, ASG Kodagoda will lead evidence through an analyzer with regard to the communications took place between Arjun Aloysius and concerned parties. At the onset of the yesterday’s proceedings, ASG Kodagoda led four witnesses, who... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/11/17)

How many died & who shot whom in the Final phase of the conflict in Sri Lanka
Shenali D Waduge
There is no denying that people died in the final phase of the conflict. That both LTTE and the Sri Lankan Armed Forces were both armed is also true. They were both not sending each other roses. That there were a significant number of people were also true. They were the LTTE, the Sri Lankan Troops, the ICRC, embedded journalists who were the armed forces and civilians who the LTTE had carted to be used as hostages and human shields. Whoever is supposed to have died has to be from these categories of people. We know... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/11/17)

Mahinda rajapaksha (Sri Lanka/President) on Interim Report to write a new Constitution,
  https://youtu.be/em-7XXzUBX8... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 03/11/17)

Constitutional Assembly unconstitutional, null and void ab initio Part 2
DR. WIJEYADASA RAJAPAKSHE, President’s Counsel Courtesy The Island
Continued From yesterday November 2, 2017, 12:00 pm Reasons for the failure of the proposed constitution Articles 75, 82 and 83 of the constitution have categorically conferred the power on the Parliament to repeal the existing constitution and replace it with a new one. The limitations of such powers are clearly stipulated in Article 76(1) in the following manner; "Parliament shall not abdicate or in any manner alienate its legislative power and shall not set up any authority with any legislative power." The provisions are crystal clear and unambiguous. No confusion... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/11/17)

CIA/NED/IRI in Sri Lanka Now targeting local government, political parties
 by  Hassina Leelarathna 
CIA/NED/IRI in Sri Lanka Now targeting local government, political parties   When it comes to US foreign policy, there's no difference between the Democrats and Republicans: both believe in American Exceptionalism and, consequently,  both parties believe that the United States is  predestined and entitled to be the dominant leader on the world stage,  which these days is achieved via the soft-power tactic of promoting democracy promotion and good governance. And... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/11/17)

MR complains of conspiracy
Courtesy The Island
The UNP, the TNA, the SLFP and the JVP were engaged in a ‘constitutional conspiracy’, former President Mahinda Rajapaksa told Constitutional Assembly yesterday. Participating in the debate on the interim report of the steering committee of the Constitutional Assembly, the former President said: "Look at the manner in which the debate on this interim report has been conducted during the past three days. First, a UNP minister speaks on behalf of the government. Then, a TNA member speaks on behalf of the Opposition. Once again an SLFP minister speaks on behalf of the government. Then a... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/11/17)

Bond Commission denounces conduct of ASG De Livera
By Shehan Chamika Silva Courtesy The Daily Mirror
Bond Commission Chairman Justice K.T Chithrasiri and Commissioner Prasanna Jayawardena yesterday said the conduct of Additional Solicitor General Dappula De Livera was " deplorable". "I have served 37 years as a judge and I have never seen this happen after an order is made" Justice Chithrasiri told the Commission. A heated argument erupted after the Commission made an order which prevented the marking of statements given to the Criminal Investigations Officers during their inquiry, during evidence given by the officers yesterday. The practice during the proceedings is to mark documents during... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/11/17)

Buddhism has shaped the lives of our people, the identity, and the direction of the society in Sri Lanka in a way unmatched by any other religion
By Senaka Weeraratna
Buddhism has shaped the lives of our people, the identity, and the direction of our society in a way unmatched by any other religion. Buddhism has been the national faith for over two millennia and the bedrock of the culture and civilization of the Sinhalese people. Sri Lanka is the oldest Buddhist nation in the world. If not for the continuance of the Dhamma, through the study and practice of it in this country, it is unlikely that there would even be a semblance of pure Sasana in Thailand, Myanmar, Laos, or Cambodia all of which countries... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/11/17)

PM required to testify before Bond Commission
Shehan Chamika Silva Courtesy The Daily Mirror
The Presidential Commission of Inquiry (PCoI) investigating the controversial Issuance of Bonds today said it requires the testimony of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe in order to "obtain a few clarifications and any other evidence which may be necessary". Issuing a statement at the commencement of the today's session, the Commission noted that it had perused the affidavit given to the Commission by the Prime Minister and that the Commission had certain clarifications to be made. "With regard to the questions forwarded to the Hon. Prime Minister by this Commission of Inquiry, we... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/11/17)

LEGAL VALIDITY OF GAZETTE NOTIFICATION CALLING FOR LOCAL GOVERNMENT ELECTIONS
By M D P DISSANAYAKE
There are news reports that the Gazette Notification regarding the arrangements for conducting the long awaited Local Government Elections is to be published very soon.   This is welcoming news, even though the number of members of the local governments have increased by an astronomical 3870 members.   This will allow the manipulative politics to rule the local governments as well. However, the passage of the new Bill by Parliament  2/3 rd majority has been challenged in the Supreme Court.  If the Court gives its seal of approval for the controversial Bill, then  the  elections will... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/11/17)

Why a new constitution? - Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe
Courtesy The Daily Mirror
Following are excerpts of a statement issued by former Justice and Buddha Sasana Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe PC regarding the much talked about Interim Report of the Steering Committee presented to parliament for debate.  Interim Report submitted by the purported steering committee dated 21st September 2017 has no validity and authority Whose need is to have a new constitution devolving the powers enabling the conversion of this country to a federal state The Tamil population, forming the majority,  in north and east amounts to 1,597,000 It was a sole victory gained by the UNP’ers... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/11/17)

Centre will lose all power if proposals are implemented - Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa
By Yusuf Ariff Courtesy Adaderana
Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa says that ‘manipulation’ by the government is glaringly obvious in the whole process of formulating a new Constitution and that the Joint Opposition is being provided with scarce opportunities to voice their opinions. Delivering a speech during the debate on the Interim Report of the Steering Committee at the Constitutional Assembly in Parliament today (2), he charged that the views expressed by their MPs in the various sub-committees were dropped when the reports were published. “Look at the manner in which the debate on this interim report has been conducted... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/11/17)

කැපිලි කෙටිලි බාධා කිරීම් දහසක් මැද ව්‍යවස්ථා විවාදයේදී මහින්ද කල ඓතිහාසික කතාව මෙන්න.. සැගවු රහස සභා මැද ලිහා පෙන්නයි..
2017 නොවැම්බර් මස දෙවන දිනබ්‍රහස්පතින්දා පාර්ලිමේන්තුවේ ව්‍යවස්ථාදායක සභාවේදී හිටපු ජනාධිපති මහින්ද රාජපක්‍ෂ මහතා කළ කතාවේ පිටපත.
ගරු සභාපතිතුමනි, මේ ව්‍යවස්ථාදායක සභාව අලුත් ව්‍යවස්ථාවක් සම්පාදනය කිරීමේ ක්‍රියාවලිය පටන්ගත්තෙ මීට මාස 20කට පමණ කලින්. 2016 නොවැම්බර් මාසයේදී විවිධ යෝජනා අන්තර්ගත අනු කමිටු වාර්තා 06ක් පලවුණා. අපි අද විවාද කරන අතුරු වාර්තාව පාර්ලිමේන්තුවේ සභාගත කලේ පසුගිය සැප්තැම්බර් මාසයේ. ඉදිරිපත් වී ඇති නිශ්චිත යෝජනා පිළිබඳව මම සවිස්තරාත්මක නිවේදන නිකුත් කර තිබෙන නිසා ඒ ගැන නැවතත් මෙතන කතාකරන්න බලාපොරොත්තු වෙන්නෙ නැහැ. අපි මේ ව්‍යවස්ථා සම්පාදක ක්‍රියාවලියට සහභාගී වුණේ බොහොම අවංකව. අලුත් ව්‍යවස්ථාවක් සම්පාදනය කිරීම ගැන දේශපාලන පක්‍ෂ වල අදහස් විමසුවාම අපි ඒකාබද්ධ විපක්‍ෂය හැටියට... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/11/17)

99% Tamils want to live in peace with Sinhalese, 1% Tamils want a piece of Sri Lanka
Shenali D Waduge
Can you really divide a country and tell a group of people to live on one side and declare the other side newly ‘independent’? What a preposterous suggestion. Prey tell us how this can be an ideal situation when majority of Tamils are living peacefully among Sinhalese outside of the area that ‘independence’ is being sought? Are the people living among Sinhalese to be forced to move into this new mono-ethnic enclave? Will they want that? if not what a silly notion to even promote? Have those mavericks promoting these ideas ever wondered what the 99%... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/11/17)

1978 Constitution is still good enough, Say no to this dangerous attempt to pass an Interim Report to write a new Constitution,  
By Charles.S.Perera
Jayampathy Wickramaratne  the man who prepared the Interim Report placed before the Parliament for a debate says in defence of writing a  new Constitution that the President Mahinda Rajapakse had stated in his election manifesto the necessity for  a new Constitution and that what they have now done is nothing different from what Mahinda Rajapakse  would have done if he would have still been the President. Is that an argument to defend the stupid document they have  presented to the Parliament ? But Wickramaratne should know that Mahinda Rajapakse would not have allowed to desecrate the cultural... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/11/17)

Final Days of Sri Lanka's War: Lord Naseby on TV immediately after his submission to the House of Lords in London, 12th October 2017
WIO the Indian TV station
For the first time since 2009, the truth about what happened is coming from the British House of Lords. Please give this maximum publicity.   Shortly after Lord Naseby’s tabling of a House of a Lords Debate on Sri Lanka on October 12, he was interviewed by WIO (World Is One) News, the Indian TV station. Go to >   https://video.buffer.com/v/59f978c79363929e043c5661 The current political establishment in Sri Lanka has been very silent on Lord Naseby’s evidential evaluation, disputing the high unsubstantiated casualty figures in the final days of the war in May 2009 publicised by the UN... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/11/17)

Yamapalana Economic Disaster - Sri Lanka Continues to Slip Down in Ease of Doing Business Index
Dilrook Kannangara
Best evidence of the economic disaster of the Yamapalanaya regime can be seen from the steady collapse of Sri Lanka's position in Ease of Doing Business Index. Sri Lanka continues to slip down in Ease of Doing Business Index. In 2017 for the first time India has surpassed Sri Lanka! This will have dire consequences as foreign investors will prefer India to Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka's ranking is slipping down by the year. 2013 - 81 (highest ever achieved) 2014 - 89 2015 - 99 2016 - 107 2017 - 111 At this rate it will be... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/11/17)

උතුර සිංහලයන්ටද  පදිංචි විය හැකි පලාතක් විය යුතුයි, එයට රජයන් අනුබලදිය යුතුයි   
චානක බණ්ඩාරගේ
27/10/2017 දින ලංකාවෙබ් හී පළවූ ‘Sinhalese should be allowed and encouraged to settle in the North’ යන ලිපියේ සිංහල පරිවර්තනය, මුල් ලේඛකයා විසින්ම හැඳින්වීම                                                                         සිංහලයන් උතුරේ පදිංචිවීමට එරෙහිව උතුරේ දේශපාලනඥයෝ  කටයුතු කරත්. මෙය දැනට වසර 60ක පමණ කාලයක සිට ඔවුහු ඉතා සාර්ථක ලෙස කරගෙන යන්නකි. කණගාටුවට කරුණ වන්නේ දකුණේ නායකන් උතුරේ දේශපාලනඥයන්ගේ  මෙම ජාතිවාදී වැඩපිළිවෙලට ඉඩ දී බලාසිටීමය. ඇතැම් TNA මන්ත්‍රීවරුන්... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/11/17)

Constitutional imbroglio
Editorial Courtesy The Island
November 1, 2017, 10:03 pm President Maithripala Sirisena has decided to meet intellectuals and professionals and seek their views on the proposed new Constitution. The question is why he waited till the constituent assembly process got underway to have such lekgotlas. Anyway, better late than never! Constitution making is too serious a task to be left entirely to politicians, we reckon. The framers of a constitution should be knowledgeable men and women. A parliament may be converted into a constituent assembly but it may still lack the ability to frame a good constitution. You may call... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/11/17)

Final draft of US-prepared new Constitution ready - Keheliya
by Saman Indrajith Courtesy The Island
There is no point in debating the interim report of the Constitutional Assembly Steering Committee as the final draft of proposed constitution has already been prepared by the US and given to the government, UPFA Kandy District MP Keheliya Rambukwella says. In a brief interview with The Island, the former Minister said: "When a group of Sri Lankan MPs including me visited the US recently, we were told by a US Congressman that the US had prepared the final draft of the new constitution and sent it to the Sri Lankan government. The name of the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/11/17)

AGRICULTURE, ENERGY AND YAHAPALANA
KAMALIKA PIERIS
One of the prime goals of this government is to strengthen the agricultural sector, said Yahapalana. There isn’t a single project of this government which would help agriculture, replied critics. The first agricultural sector to get hit by Yahapalana was paddy farming .Farmers found around February 2016 that they could not sell their paddy. Farmers in the Ampara district, from where the bulk of the paddy production comes, confirmed that they were unable to sell their paddy. “It is now a few months since harvesting began and farmers find the government is not ready to buy their... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/11/17)

Beyond-Federal 13 Plus Will Be Passed After Terrorizing People with Unpassable New Constitution
 Dilrook Kannangara
While the entire nation is distracted by the unpassable yet horrifying new constitution, the real intention of the government and the Opposition (they are one and the same) is to pass 13 Plus without that name as a “compromise”. This is far more dangerous as there are no safeguards against it. There are plenty of safeguards against the new constitution including two thirds of parliament, referendum and inconsistency with existing constitution limits. People must keep a watchful eye for this gimmick. It will be difficult, as all parties have distracted people. 13 Plus is Tamil Eelam Minus... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/11/17)

ව්‍යවස්ථාවේ මායාව
තේජා ගොඩකන්දෙආරච්චි
ව්‍යවස්ථාව නම් කඩදාසි ගොන්න පිලිබඳව මේ දිනවල ඇතිවූ කතාබහ බොහෝය. ආණ්ඩුක්‍රම ව්‍යවස්ථාවක් යනු අදාල රටේ රටවැසියන්ගේ යහපැවැත්මට බලපාන, පාලකයන් විසින් අනුගමනය කරමින් ස්ථාපනය කලයුතු යම් ප්‍රතිපත්තීන් අඩංගු වැදගත් ලියැවිල්ලකි. ඕනෑම සාමාන්‍ය රටවැසියෙකුට, ව්‍යවස්ථාවක් ඔස්සේ සහතික කරනු ලබන තම අයිතිවාසිකම් පිලිබඳව හැඟීමක් තිබීම වැදගත්ය. නමුත් වසර විස්සකට වඩා රටේ විවිධ පලාත්වල, විවිධ ජීවනෝපායයන්හි නිරතවන ජන කොටස් අතර ප්‍රායෝගිකව කල් ගෙවීමේදී අත්දකින්නට ලැබුනු දේවල් සමග ගලපාගත් කල, මෙවන් ව්‍යවස්ථාවන් ජනතාව වෙත බලපාන අන්දම ගැන පැහැදිලි අදහසක් මා තුල තිබේ. ඒ අදහස් සමග පසුගිය දෙවසර පුරා 'විද්වතුන්'' ව්‍යස්ථා කෙටුම්පත් සඳහා ජනතා අදහස් රැස් කරන්නටය කියා රටපුරා ඇවිද 2000 ක ගේ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/11/17)

Please do not vote for the Interim Report if you love this unique  land with over  2500 years of history.
By Charles.S.Perera
In ancient Ayurveda the test to detect presence of  sugar  in a diabetic patient is to  put  a drop of urine from the patient  on the ground.  If the drop of urine contains sugar the black ants which  love sugar trickle in numbers around the drop of urine proving that the drop of urine does contain sugar. This methodology can be used as a sure means to detect whether  the Interim report hatched by Sirisena Ranil Government and placed before the Parliament contains  hidden inside it Federalism palatable to the Tamils. Eureka there is certainly the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/11/17)

US company’s “Sri Lanka 2017 Country Review” challenged: full of errors, disinformation says Global SL Forum
Ranjith Soysa SPOKESPERSON Media release
“Sri Lanka 2017 Country Review,” one of many country reports   published by CountryWatch, a prominent US-based information provider to universities, government agencies, libraries etc., is so full of disinformation, errors, and outdated information that the Global Sri Lankan Forum (GSLF) decided to re-examine and discuss some of the highly obvious misconstructions. The Forum, with the assistance of the Sri Lanka-US Political Affairs Council (SLUPAC) of California, has published a blog which highlights the noteworthy errors/disinformation in the report published online in May 2017 with comments on each. In addition, the Forum sent a statement... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/11/17)


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