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YAHAPALANA AND THE REPUBLIC OF CHINA Part 5
 KAMALIKA PIERIS
China values its relationship with Sri Lanka and takes China-Sri Lanka activities very seriously. Bandaranaike Centre for International Studies had a seminar on ‘Contemporary China- Sri Lanka relations: current trends, future projections’ in May 2017. For this half day seminar, China sent the President of the China Institute of International Studies (CIIS) and the Director, Department of Developing country Studies of the CIIS. The CIIS is China’s leading think tank. The Director, CIIS opened the conference,  stayed through the whole seminar, contributed  to the general  discussion from  his seat in the audience and signed an MOU with... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 17/08/17)

Ravi Karunanayake who went to Pamankada saying going to Alimankada will next go to Welikada – MP Udaya Gammanpila.
Translated by : A.A.M.NIZAM – MATARA
A seminar had been organzed by the Joint Opposition at the Sambuddha Jayanthi Mandiraya in Combo under the caption “On whose shoulders will be the Treasury Bond Scam?” Dr. Nalaka Godahewa, the President of the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) Prof. G.L.Peiris, leader of the Pivithuru Hela Urumaya MP Udaya Gammanpila, leader of the Democratic Leftist Front MP Wasudeva Nanayakkara, leader of the National Freedom Front MP Wimal Weerawansa, the convenor of the Economic Research Unit of the joint opposition MP Bandula Gunawardene and the leader of the parliamentary group of the Joint... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 17/08/17)

වර්තමාන අධිකරණය කටයුතු කල යුත්තේ,දේශපාලකයින් ගේ ලෝන්ඩ්රියක් ලෙසද?
චන්ද්‍රසේන පණ්ඩිතගේ
මිනිසාට අධිකරණයක් අවශ්‍යද? ඔව් සාධාරණව විනිශ්චය දෙන අධිකරණයක් අවශ්‍යයි. සාධාරණව විනිශ්චය දෙන්නේ කොහොමද? සාධාරණව විනිශ්චය දෙන්නේ කවුද? ගැටලුව ඇත්තේ එතනයි. සමාජයේ විවිධ ස්ථාන වලට ගැට ගැසී ඒවායින් ජීවත්වෙමින්, ඒවා සමගම ජීවත්වෙන මිනිසුන් සාධාරණ විනිශ්චයක් දෙන්නේ කෙලෙසද? ඔවුනට නම් ඔය කියන සාධාරණත්වය කිසිදාක ලබාදීමට නම් නොහැක. නමුත් රටක, රජයක් ස්ථාපනය කරන විට, ඒ රජය පිහිටවන බලවත්ම කණු තුනක් ඇත. ඒවා නම්, විධායකය.       2.ව්යාවස්ථාදායකය.        3.අධිකරණය යන බලවත් කණු තුනයි. රජයක් ගොඩනැංවීමට මේ කණු තුනම ඇවැසි වූවත්, තුන්වෙන කණුව නිර්මාණය කිරීමට ඇවැසි තත්වයේ පුද්ගලයින් ලෝකයේ කිසිම තැනක නැති බැවින්, රාජ්යන් ගොඩනවන සියලු... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 17/08/17)

IGP manhandling Police HQ staff
S. Akurugoda
A video was circulating on social media showing Police Chief Pujith Jayasundara manhandling two minor staffers of the Police Headquarters, who claimed to have disobeyed departmental rules of performing the morning meditation. The actual incident portrayed on the footage had reportedly taken place on April 11 this year, as mentioned by the gossip site LEN. The video which seemed to have been captured from the Police Headquarters’ CCTV cameras shows Mr. Jayasundara manhandling a person in civvies by his shirt collar and threateningly gestures to slap another man in plain clothing who seems to be a... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 17/08/17)

DIANA’S 20TH DEATH ANNIVERSARY ENGLISH ROSE THAT BLOSSOMED AT SWEET SIXTEEN
By Dr. Tilak S. Fernando
If there was any member of the British Royal family who gained worldwide recognition and adoration, it had to be none other than Princess of Wales, who was lovingly known as  ‘Princess Diana (Di)’.  At the age of 19 she captivated the world as Lady Diana Spencer by falling in love with Prince Charles, the heir to the British throne when she was an Assistant Kindergarten teacher. Her romance with Prince Charles generated much excitement among the media personnel and made paparazzi to follow her wherever she went. With the never-ending camera clicking and... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 17/08/17)

Troubled youth make a troubled country  Editorial –Nation ,,18/8/17
Dr Sarath Obeysekera
Quote It was important for the government to ensure that the young boys and girls were occupied with something useful such as education or employment. It was important because it needed to ensure that the youngsters do not get frustrated about their future and resort to violence. Unquote Dear Editor . This is my opinion, advice  and suggestions ………. During successive Sri Lankan Governments in Sri Lanka under different Socialist ,Quasi -Socialist ,and outright Capitalist and oppressive regimes ,there were projects ,industries ,trade opportunities  for youngsters to get involved ,Everyone  wants to be white collar worker... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 17/08/17)

Sri Lanka's Buddhist statues in North-East leave perception of 'imperialism' says US State Dept
Courtesy Tamil Guardian
The Sri Lankan government has continued to build Buddhist statues in non-Buddhist areas in the North-East, despite objections from locals and leaving civil society with the perception of “Buddhist Sinhalese religious and cultural imperialism,” said the US State Department’s International Religious Freedom Report for 2016. “Non-Buddhist religious groups reported an increase in discriminatory restrictions imposed by local government officials on religious minorities,” stated the report which was released earlier today. In particular the report highlighted the case of Buddhist monks involved in attacks on Christians and Muslims in 2014 and the failure to prosecute them, noting that... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 17/08/17)

had never been a hubris Speaker like this even during the time of our grand parents. – MP Wimal Weerawansa
Translated by : A.A.M.NIZAM – MATARA
The whole nation should be mustered together to fight against the federal constitution instead of launching bogus battles and in order to wage this battle as the initial step the white covering named the ‘Constitution Council’ enveloping the constitution formulation process should be removed and it was what his party carried out by withdrawing from the Constitution Council. This was stated by the leader of the National Freedom Front Parliamentarian Mr. Wimal Weerawansa delivering the keynote address of the people’s seminar held at the auditorium of the ‘Sambuddha Jayanthi Mandiraya’ in Colombo under... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 17/08/17)

YAHAPALANA AND THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA Part 4
KAMALIKA PIERIS
USA emerged as a super power after World War II, with the Marshal Plan which created NATO in 1949 and the Korea war of 1950. American power is based on alliances not colonies. US has some 60 treaty allies. It tops the list in number of embassies, consulates and missions as well.  'Economist' estimates that of the world’s 150 largest countries, nearly 100 lean toward the US while 21 lean against it. However, things are not looking good for USA at the moment. There is a   leadership problem. Donald Trump is a disappointment, but according to CNN,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 17/08/17)

Is It Wise To Send  Cricketers To Pakistan And What Is The Motivation ?
Top Spin By Suni
Aug.9, 2017 It seems as though the Sri Lanka Cricket Administration and whoever is behind the decision to send a team to Pakistan has  made a poor judgement as it could imperil the players and endanger  them as Pakistan today is a hotbed of terrorist activity of both ISIS and The Taliban and totally unsafe so the Cricket Board should in all probabilities re- think and rescind the decision given all the contributing factors as it seems a very unwise one. There are very few or perhaps none at all amongst cricketing nations  willing to... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 17/08/17)

සංවර්ධන නිලධාරි අධීක්ෂණයට අඩු සුදුසුකම් සහිත නිලධාරීන් යෙදවීමෙන් ගැටළු රැසක්.
Public Service Management Assistant Union 
ලේකම් පළාත්පාලන හා පළාත්සභා අමාත්‍යාංශය, යුනියන් පෙදෙස, කොළඹ 02. ලේකම්තුමණි, සංවර්ධන නිලධාරි අධීක්ෂණයට අඩු සුදුසුකම් සහිත නිලධාරීන් යෙදවීමෙන් ගැටළු රැසක්. උක්ත මැයෙන් සමස්ත ලංකා රජයේ සංවර්ධන නිලධාරීන්ගේ ඒකාබද්ධ වෘත්තීය සංගමයේ ප‍්‍රධාන ලේකම් අශෝක රාජපක්ෂ මහතා විසින් පළාත්සභා ආණ්ඩුකාරවරුන් සහ ප‍්‍රධාන ලේකම්වරුන් වෙත යොමුකරන ලද ලිපිය හා සම්බන්ධවයි. එක් පැත්තකින් එකී ලිපිය නො දැනුවත්භාවය සහ යථාර්තය සැඟවීමට ගත් උත්සාහයක් සේ අපි දකිමු’ එනම්, ඔහු විසින් දක්වා ඇත්තේ උපාධිධාරීන් අධීක්ෂණයට ලිපිකරුවන් හා මූල්‍ය සහකරුවන් පත්කර තිබෙන බවකි. එහෙත් අද රජයේ කාර්යාල තුළ ලිපිකරු යයි තනතුරක් නොමැති බව පිළිබඳ ඔහුගේ නොදැනුවත්භාවය සම්බන්ධව අපි කණගාටු වෙමු. තවද පසුගිය... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 17/08/17)

ආණ්ඩුව විසින් අද (16) දින අත්හිටුවීමට තීරණය කරන ලද සමෘද්ධි සහනාධාර සමීක්ෂණය සදහා වියදම් කරන ලද රු.12.82, 50.000.00 ක අති විශාල මුදල එස්.බී. දිසානායක අමාත්‍යවරයාගෙන් අයකර ගැනීමට පියවර ගත යුතුයි.
ප‍්‍රධාන ලේකම් Samurdhi Development Officers Union
සමෘද්ධිලාභීන්ගේ දැඩි විරෝධය මත අද දින (16) ආණ්ඩුව විසින් අත්හිටුවන ලද සමෘද්ධි සහනාධාර සමීක්ෂණයෙහි වියදම සමීක්ෂණය සිදු කිරීමට තීරණය කරන ලද අමාත්‍ය එස්.බී. දිසානායක මහතාගෙන් අය කර ගැනීමට කටයුතු බව අප සංගමය මෙයින් අවධාරණය කරන්නෙමු. මෙම අඩු ආදායම්ලාභී සමීක්ෂණය සදහා පිටු 17 කින් සමන්විත අයදුම් පත‍්‍ර ලක්ෂ 35 ක් රු.5,07,50,000.00 මුදලක් වැය කර සමෘද්ධි සංවර්ධන දෙපාර්තමේන්තුව විසින් මුද‍්‍රණය කර සෑම ප‍්‍රාදේශීය ලේකම් කොට්ඨාශයක් වෙතම බෙදා දී තිබුනි. සම්පුර්ණ කරන ලද සමීක්ෂණ අයදුම්පත‍්‍රයක තොරතුරු පරිඝණක මෘදුකාංගය වෙත ඇතුලත් කිරීම සදහා එක් සමීක්ෂණ අයදුම් පතුයක් වෙනුවෙන් රු.20.00 බැගින් තාවකාලිකව ප‍්‍රාදේශීය ලේකම් කොට්ඨාශ මට්ටමින් බදවා ගන්නා... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 17/08/17)

NEVER ENDING SOAP OPERAS AND ROLE OF THE MEDIA IN SRI LANKA
Dr sarath Obeysekara
Let us start with the sudden decision made by Maithreepala , M K D S Gunwardane .Rajitha Senaratne Patali Champaka  Ranwaka and Duminda Dissanayake breaking away from Rajapakse regime in end 2014 ,This was the very first episode like the one Doo Daruwo which was a popular tele drama some time back .Then explosive revelations were uttered in meetings and people were going home after work .dying to sit in front of television to see and hear the episodes of the drama.In 2015 Maithree won the election with a slight margin and Rajapakse’s sudden departure from... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 17/08/17)

Corruption crippling Sri Lanka’s coalition government
By MUNZA MUSHTAQ Courtesy Asia Times
Marred by serious allegations of corruption and mismanagement, Sri Lanka’s much-hyped coalition government appears to have very little to celebrate as it completes two years in power. The coalition government under President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe appears to be slowly losing its grip as public confidence dwindles over its failure to live up to its pledges of good governance free of corruption, despite the rhetoric during the run-up to the 2015 presidential and parliamentary elections. This month alone, members of the public and civil society have taken to the streets in separate protest rallies demanding that the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 17/08/17)

Sri Lanka police chief slammed over meditation rage video
dailymail.co.uk
Sri Lanka police chief Pujith Jayasundara, who has claimed prayer and Buddhist rituals helped elevate him to the top police job, raised eyebrows in February when he made daily meditation mandatory for the 85,000 officers and staff under his command A video showing Sri Lanka's top police officer angrily assaulting an employee who refused to participate in compulsory morning meditation sessions has ignited a firestorm of controversy in the Buddhist-majority nation. In leaked CCTV footage, Inspector-General Pujith Jayasundara can be seen shaking a lift operator by the collar and making threatening gestures after the man failed... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 17/08/17)

Sri Lanka Should Plug Revenue Holes: IMF
by Ulrika Lomas, Tax-News.com, Brussels
16 August 2017 Sri Lanka is planning to revamp its tax system to reverse a steady erosion of its tax base over the past two decades, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has said. The country is planning to submit a new Inland Revenue Act to parliament, which would broaden the tax base by removing excessive tax exemptions, rationalize corporate tax incentives to establish an investment-oriented regime, and strengthen administrative powers. The IMF said that "further revenue mobilization will rest on stronger tax administration and value-added tax (VAT) reforms." Sri Lanka's tax-to-GDP ratio is one... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 17/08/17)

Asgiri Sangha Sabawa opposes no-faith motion against Wijeyadasa
Courtesy The Daily Mirror
The Asgiri Sangha Sabawa is opposed to any move by some politicians to bring a no-faith motion against a minister actively engaged in Buddhist activities, the Asgiriya Maha Lekakhadikari the Ven. Dr. Medagama Dhammananda Thera said in a special statement to the media. He said Minister Rajapakshe has already done a great service to the Buddha Sasana organising the World Buddhist Congress. The prelate said in consideration of his service to the Buddhism the honorary title of “Dharma Neethi Visarada” was conferred on him by the Asgiri Viharaya. "The views expressed by the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/08/17)

Here are the reasons for attempting to expel Wijedasa Rajapaksa – MP Udaya Gammanpila
(Translated by : A.A.M.NIZAM – MATARA)
Given below is a speech delivered by the leader of the Pivithuru Hela Urumaya Parliamentaeian Mr. Udaya Gammanpila at his Party Headquarters. Why a No Confidence Motion is being brought against Minister Wijedasa Rajapaksa if the Attorney General is inefficient and Minister Wijedasa Rajapaksa is not responsible for that? Actually there are 4 reasons for bringng a No Confidence Motion against Minister Wijedasa Rajapaksa. They are: Directly and unhestantly telling the Special Rapporteur of the UN Anti-Terrorist and Human Rights Ben Emerson that information provided by him are incorrect; When the government... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/08/17)

Here are details undisclosed in the Bond Scam Probe – Former Minister Bandula Gunawardene
(Translated by : A.A.M.NIZAM – MATARA)
Parliamentarian Bandula Gunawardene said that the government has become compelled to sell Harbour and other national assets and resources not because they cannot be sustained and managed by this country but because the inability and ncapacity of the government to manage them. Mr. Gunawardene pointed out that the government has planned to sell in the future, in addition to what thet have already sold, the Mattala Airport, lands in D.R.Wijewardene Mawatha, historically valuable post offices such as the Nuwara Eliya post office He made these observations addressing a seminar for self-employed persons of... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/08/17)

කුඩ්ඩෝ සහ හොරු සමග ආණ්ඩුව හෙළුවෙන් -ව්‍යවස්ථාව සීරුවෙන්
මතුගම සෙනෙවිරුවන්
යහපාලන නායකයන් වැඩ්ඩන්ය.ජගත් නායකයන්ගේ ගජ මිතුරන්ය. සාම පරෙවියන්ය. 2015 ජනාධිපතිවරණ චන්දය තබන විට මෙරට ජනතාවගෙන් කොටසක් සිතුවේ එහෙමය.කෝට්ටේ සෝලිස් ශාලාවට රොක්වූ මේ නායකයන්ගිය රජයේ ආලාපාළුවන් ගැන කතා කරද්දී රොද බැඳ ගෙන පස්සෙන් ගිය ජනතාව අද විස්සෝපයෙන්ය. තමන්ගේ මඩිස්සලයට පසුම්බියට තට්ටු වීම ඉවසන්නට හැකිය. බැංකු පිටින් ගිලින හොරු යහපාලනයේ එල්ලී උන්චිලි පදී.රිෂාඩ් බද්යුදීන් ලා ඇමති ලේකම්ලා කුඩු නීති ගත කරන විට කාකිකෝට් බෑයේ තරු විසිවී වැටේ.           යහ පාලනයේ කතානායකවරයා එක්සත් ජාතික පක්ෂයේ කතා නායක වරයා වී අවසන්ය. රවි කරණානායක විදේශ ඇමතිට ගෙනා විශ්වාස භංගය භාරනොගත් ඔහු සිය නායකයා වන රනිල් වික්‍රමසිංහ විසින් අණ නිකුත් කරන තෙක් නීති... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/08/17)

මුදල් අමාත්‍යාංශයේ සිටින ශී‍්‍ර ලංගම ද්‍රෝහී නිලධාරීන් ශ‍්‍රී ලංගම විනාශ කිරීම සඳහා ප‍්‍රවාහන අමාත්‍යාංශයට  දිගින් දිගටම කරුනු ලබන අනිසි බලපෑම් ඉවත් කිරීමට කඩිනමින් මැදිහත්වන ලෙස ඉල්ලා සිටීම.
ජනමාධ්‍ය නිවේදනයයි ස:ල:ප‍්‍ර:සේ:සගංමය
ගරු ජනාධිපති මෛතී‍්‍රපාල සිරිසේන මැතිතුමා, ජනාධිපති ලේකම් කාර්යාලය, කොළඹ 01. ගරු ජනාධිපතිතුමනි, මුදල් අමාත්‍යාංශයේ සිටින ශී‍්‍ර ලංගම ද්‍රෝහී නිලධාරීන් ශ‍්‍රී ලංගම විනාශ කිරීම සඳහා ප‍්‍රවාහන අමාත්‍යාංශයට දිගින් දිගටම කරුනු ලබන අනිසි බලපෑම් ඉවත් කිරීමට කඩිනමින් මැදිහත්වන ලෙස ඉල්ලා සිටීම. මුදල් අමාත්‍යාංශයේ උපදේශකවරයෙකු වශයෙන් වගකීම් උසුලන පාස්කරලිංගම් ඇතුළු ශි‍්‍ර ලංගම ද්‍රෝහී කල්ලිය අභිමානවත් ශී‍්‍ර ලංගමය විනාශ කිරීම සඳහා යම් යම් කි‍්‍රයාමාර්ගයන් ගන්නා ලෙස ප‍්‍රවාහන අමාත්‍යාංශයට දිගින් දිගටම අනිසි බලපෑම් කරමින් සිටී.  ශී‍්‍ර ලංගමයට අනිවාර්යෙන් ලබාදිය යුතු මූල්‍ය ප‍්‍රතිපාදන දිගින් දිගටම කප්පාදු කිරීම ඔවුන් විසින් සිදුකරන ප‍්‍රබලතම කි‍්‍රයාවලියකි. ඉදිරි මාස 03 සඳහා ශි‍්‍ර ලංගම සේවකයින්ට වැටුප් ගෙවීම සඳහා අවශ්‍ය මුදල්... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/08/17)

GMOA: Look back, re-think
CHULA GOONASEKERA Former Dean & Professor, Peradeniya Courtesy The Island
August 15, 2017, 12:00 pm Despite 70 years of independence, as a developing country, Sri Lanka remains poor, lagging far behind countries that were on par with us such as Singapore, and Malaysia. As a trade union representing an elite section of this nation, the Government Medical Officers’ Association (GMOA), should shoulder a significant social responsibility to ensure that our country is travelling in the right direction towards economic and social development. In recent times, unfortunately, the actions of the GMOA do not seem to be much nation friendly. Instead,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/08/17)

Bond scams, Geneva process and RK’s resignation
By Shamindra Ferdinando Courtesy The Island
August 15, 2017, 8:03 pm The unprecedented political crisis caused in the wake of the alleged Central Bank-Perpetual Treasuries bond scams has threatened the continuation of the UNP-SLFP coalition. Perpetrated in Feb. 2015’ and March 2016, the alleged scams, compelled President Maithripala Sirisena to appoint a three-member Presidential Commission of Inquiry (CoI) by January this year to probe the complicity of the then Governor, Singaporean Arjuna Mahendran, his son-in-law Arjun Aloysius, as well as the UNP, in the deceitful transactions. Although the UNP put on a brave face and engaged in various damage control... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/08/17)

M​ass Murder By Doctors?
Dr. Sarath Obeysekera
It is high time the National Unity Government awoke from its democratic slumber and commenced governing the country. The writing is on the wall quite clearly. Mahinda Rajapaksa who was thrown out by the people two years ago has not only clearly said that he will topple this government before the end of the year but has set in motion the modus operandi for him to grab power. Some medical practitioners with their half-baked education, unable to think for themselves, are Rajapaksa’s willing tools. They have the cheek to tell a sovereign government: Nationalise the private... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/08/17)

Combat Related PTSD Among The Sri Lankan Army Servicemen
 Dr Neil Fernando and Dr Ruwan M Jayatunge
Abstract The study investigated combat related PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) and psychosocial problems among Army servicemen who fought in the Eelam War in Sri Lanka. A total of eight hundred and twenty four (824) Sri Lankan Army servicemen of the infantry and services units who were referred to the Psychiatric ward Military Hospital Colombo were screened for combat related PTSD in the period August 2002 to March 2006. The soldiers were administered the PTSD Check List based on DSM 4 with a structured face to face interview  by the Consultant... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/08/17)

LANGUAGE CLASSES FOR MPs…..News Item
Dr Sarath Obeysekera
Since the TV started showing the parliament proceedings ,our children have heard many Sinhala Words like ,Balla.Booruwa,Gona.Rilawa,Ballige Putha   which are the names of animals in Sinhala .We also heard one when PM called another MP a Dried Pumpkin and the MP called MP “ arse hole “ ) Pakkaya ! etc We never hear any English or Tamil speaking MP uses any harsh words like F..ng Idiot ,C…t ,M,,r F…r etc ? Most probably these Sinhala speaking MP’s may start using those words which look more offensive if they learn more languages like English I do... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/08/17)

Political commentary What’s next? Who’s next?
By Abdul Samad Courtesy  Ceylon Today
My last article on the correlation between political stability and foreign direct investment is starting to make more rational sense with the recent events unfolding at a rather breathtaking pace. Some key milestones have been achieved through public pressure on the current political establishment. In this context it is increasingly evident of the instability that is prevailing. In such a scenario the country is set to lose further on the economic front as the world sees turmoil in the Sri Lankan political climate. The focus and the momentum have shifted and so have the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/08/17)

‘The Political World is like a burning inferno’
Courtesy The Daily Mirror
The political world is like a burning inferno. These comments were made by Minister of Justice and Buddha Sasana Wijeyadasa Rajapaksha during an interview with Sunday Lankadeepa where he commented on the present situation of the Government. He is one of the political leaders who took great pains to establish the Yahapalana Government. There is a limit to what the Minister who is in charge of the Police can do The postponement of the Provincial Council Elections will create a terrible situation in the country There will be a big conflict in world... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/08/17)

THE CRACKUP COMMENCES
Dr.Dayan Jayatilleka Courtesy The Daily Mirror
India keen to run Mattala airport; holding 70% equity for 40 years This govt has no vision of real economic growth and development The weekly evidence of the unprecedentedly dependent, servile character of the Yahapalana administration came in the form of a report in the prestigious Hindu by its smart, Colombo based correspondent Meera Srinivasan. Captioned ‘India keen to run Sri Lanka airport’, it says: “India has expressed interest to operate Sri Lanka’s second international airport situated in Mattala, about 40 km from the southern town of Hambantota, where China has... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/08/17)

CB bond scam: Ready to give professional assessment on loss-Cabraal
Courtesy The Daily Mirror
Former Central Bank Governor Ajith Nivard Cabraal said he would like to offer a professional assessment to the Bond Commission on the total loss suffered by the government and the country as a result of the bond scam, and a scientific and studied insight into the actions and circumstances that enabled the scam to be carried out. Issuing a statement, he said certain Members of Parliament had suggested that he be summoned before the Bond Commission. “In that regard, I wish to state that I would be very happy to give evidence before... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/08/17)

Tilak Marapana sworn in as new Foreign Minister
By Yusuf Ariff  Courtesy Adaderana
Minister of Development Assignments Tilak Marapana has been sworn in as the new Minister of Foreign Affairs before President Maithripala Sirisena, a short while ago. He was appointed to the position which was left vacant following the resignation of Ravi Karunanayake over allegations leveled against him over the Central Bank treasury bond scam. Marapana was appointed as the Development Assignments Minister during a cabinet reshuffle on May 22, 2017. He had previously served as Minister of Law and Order and Prison Reforms before officially resigning from the position on November 9, 2015 in connection... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/08/17)

Insurgencies: the song remains the same Why Ranil is wrong about ‘terrorism’
BY Rathindra Kuruwita Courtesy Ceylon Today
War is thus more than a mere chameleon, because it changes its nature to some extent in each concrete case. It is also, however, when it is regarded as a whole and in relation to the tendencies that dominate within it, a fascinating trinity (wunderliche Dreifaltigkeit). – Carl von Clausewitz Speaking at the Interpol conference on countering terrorism and terrorism related transnational crime in Colombo last week Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and Minister of Law and Order Sagala Ratnayake spoke of the threat faced by radicalization and terrorism. According to the dynamic duo, the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/08/17)

Govt. will topple on its own - Mahinda (English)
Govt. will topple on its own - Mahinda (English)
https://youtu.be/53E3cjydDHM... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/08/17)

Wimal meets Mahanayaka theros of Asgiri and Malwathu chapters
විමල් මල්වතු - අස්ගිරි නාහිමිවරු මුණගැසෙයි
https://youtu.be/50wfcr1bhOw... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/08/17)

Gammanpila on real reason behind no-confidence against Wijeyadasa-විජේදාස රාජපක්‍ෂ පන්නන්න හදන හේතු මෙන්න…
විජේදාසට විශ්වාසභංගයක් ගේන ඇත්ත හේතු ගම්මන්පිල කියයි
Gammanpila on real reason behind no-confidence against Wijeyadasa පිවිතුරු හෙල උරුමයේ නායක පාර්ලිමේන්තු මන්ත‍්‍රී උදය ගම්මන්පිල මහතා එම පක්‍ෂ මූලස්ථානයේ පැවති මාධ්‍ය හමුවකදී මෙසේ අදහස් පල කලේය. නීතිපති අකාර්යක්ෂම වුණත් ඊට විජේදාස ඇමතිතුමා වගකිවයුතු නැති නම් එතුමාට විරුද්ධව විශ්වාස භංග යෝජනාවක් ගේන්නේ ඇයි?  එතුමා රටට ජාතියට ආගමට ඇත්තටම ආදරය කරන නිසා.  විජේදාස රාජපක්ෂ මහතාට ගෙන එන විශ්වාස භංගයේ අඩංගු නැති එහෙත් සැබැවින්ම එතුමාට විශ්වාස භංගයක් ගේන්න තුඩු දුන්න හේතු 4ක් තිබෙනවා. එක්සත් ජාතීන්ගේ ත්‍රස්ත විරෝධය සහ මානව හිමිකම් පිළිබඳ විශේෂ වාර්තාකරු බෙන් එමර්සන් පවසන තොරතුරු වැරදි බවට ඔහුගේ මුහුණටම පැවසීම. ආණ්ඩුව ආරක්ෂක... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/08/17)

Imperatives under Article 83 for a new constitution
By Neville Ladduwahetty Courtesy The Island
MP Dr. Jayampathy Wickramaratne P.C. during the course of an interview had stated: "We must go for a referendum if we are to introduce a new Constitution. For example, if we want to change even a comma in Article 83 of the Constitution, we must go for a referendum"(Ceylon Today, August 11, 2017). Article 83 requires 2/3 approval of Parliament and approval by the People at a referendum in order to abolish the executive presidential system and introduce a NEW Constitution. The two "official" reasons offered as justification for abolishing the Executive Presidential system... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/08/17)

Govt. to expedite investigations against MR, family
Ranjan Kasthuri Courtesy The Daily Mirror
The government has reportedly decided to expedite investigations into allegations faced by former President Mahinda Rajapaksa and his family. This decision follows complaints lodged with the government by backbench UNPers who pointed out that the investigations against the former president and his family members were proceeding at an extremely slow pace and this despite the government having already completed two and a half years in office. Several ministers have pointed out that for the government to maintain its credibility it was imperative that action was taken to expedite proceedings against those persons who had... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/08/17)

Ravi Karunanaayake became a convict in the People’s Court – Fomer President Mr. Mahinda Rajapaksa.
Translated by :A.A.M.NIZAM – MATARA
Although Rqvi Karunanayakr can get acquitted through the Courts on the advice of efficient Lawyers, he has become a convict in front of the People’s Court.  This was stated by the former President Mt. Mahinda Rajapaksa at Divulapitiya participating at the occasion of establishing the Gampaha District branch of the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) Lawyers Organization.  Mr. Rajapaksa said thst Ravi Karunanayake had to resign because he became convicted before the People’s Court. He said that a convict will not become a hero merely by resignation or making a speech in the Parliament.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/08/17)

The 13th Amendment and the Rajiv/ JR Accord should be scrapped immediately
Comments by Sudath Gunasekara 14.8.2017
Reference “Why we mustn’t move a millimeter beyond the 13th amendment” (Dayan Jayatilka) August 7, 2017, 8:48 pm The Island Reference above observations on Wigneswaran, the neo-Pirapaharan, by Dr. Dayan Jayatilka in yesterday’s Island, I would like to make the following comments. While fully endorsing what Dayan in his analysis has said, I would like to stretch a point further and demand the immediate and complete abolition of this curse, Provincial Councils, at least now, ASAP before this Island nation is completely destroyed by these mad Tamil communal outfit and the gang of... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/08/17)

Why another Tendering Chaos at Kerawalapitiya? A political bullshit!
Dr. Chandana Jayalath
There is ha-ho of a corrupt deal in tendering for the construction of a 350 MW natural gas power plant at Kerawalapitiya. This allegation sparked some rethinking as to why the history repeats, despite of probity murmuring around our lifestyles since two years. I read an article that a top official of the subject ministry, who is also in the tender board, is influencing the tender to be given to a Korean company, the highest bidder. I do write this up assuming the subject tender is an open international competitive one on two envelops system... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/08/17)

පශ්චාත් යුද්ධය - ඊලාම් යුද්ධයට ගොදුරු වූ ළමුන්
වෛද්‍ය රුවන් එම්. ජයතුංග විසින් ලියන ලද Children Affected by the Eelam War ලිපිය ඇසුරෙනි. පරිවර්තනය A S වික්‍රමසිංහ
"යුද්ධය හා ඊට ආනුශංගිකව සිදු වූ අවතැන් වීම් නිසා ළමුන්ගේ මානසික සෞඛ්‍යය ඛෙහෙවින් අසමබර තත්ත්වයකට පත්ව ඇත. එක්සත් ජාතීන්ගේ විවිධ සම්මුතීන්ට අනුකූලව ළමුන්ගේ මානසික සෞඛ්‍යයට යුදධයෙන් සිදුවන බලපෑම් අඩු කිරීම සඳහා පියවර ගැනීම සියළු ජාතින්ගේ යුතුකම වේ." - මහාචාර්්‍යය විලියම් යූල් වත්මන් යුධ ගැටුම් නිසා විපතට පත්වූවන්ගෙන් 80% කටත් වඩා සංඛ්‍යාවක් කාන්තාවන් හා ළමුන් බව UNISEF ආයතනය මගින් මෑතකදී වාර්තාකර ඇත. ඊලාම් යුද්ධය පැවති අවදියේදී ඉතාම පහසුවෙන් පීඩාවන්ට ගොදුරු විය හැකි කොට්ඨාශයක් වන ළමුන්, දැඩි කම්පන සහගත අවස්ථාවන් වලට ගොදුරු වනු... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/08/17)

Treasury Bonds Scam
The worst scam and swindling of Billions of Rupees of public funds of Sri Lanka under so called Government of "Good Governance" is analysed and explained in simple Sinhala.  It is well worth watching this video to understand this infamous scam and people behind it. විනාඩි කිහිපය වැය කර මෙය නර බන්න බැඳුම්කර වංචාව ගැන වටිනා විග්‍රහයක් ඔබට දැනෙන බාශාවෙන් https://www.facebook.com/1449312298714275/videos/1824116337900534/ සිංහල වංශය www.facebook.com විනාඩි කිහිපය වැය කර මෙය නර බන්න බැඳුම්කර වංචාව ගැන වටිනා විග්‍රහයක් ඔබට දැනෙන බාශාවෙන්... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 14/08/17)

NEWS IN LONDON ON BBC …………………
Dr Sarath Obeysekera
Marks & Spencer is forced to change its 'sexist' toilet signs after shopper Accuse retailer of being 'outdated' by using an image of a woman and a baby for the ladies and a man with  a neck tie  for the gents ! Customer and policeman complained about 'sexist' signs in Marks and Spencer Store shows man wearing necktie and woman in dress holding child on loo doors Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4770620/Marks-Spencer-HATE-CRIMES-row-toilet-signs.htmlixzz4pkfUFElc Follow us: 
MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook I was listening to news today in London ,BBC 2 .One of the main news Item is about... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/08/17)

The story of John Brown ( abolitionist )
John Brown (May 9, 1800 – December 2, 1859) was an American abolitionist who believed armed insurrection was the only way to overthrow the institution of slavery in the United States. Brown first gained attention when he led small groups of volunteers during the Bleeding Kansas crisis of 1856. Dissatisfied with the pacifism of the organized abolitionist movement, he said, "These men are all talk. What we need is action—action!" During the Kansas campaign, Brown commanded forces at the Battle of Black Jack and the Battle of Osawatomie. He and his supporters killed five supporters of slavery in the Pottawatomie massacre of May 1856 in response to the sacking of Lawrence by pro-slavery... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 14/08/17)

Its Not The End Of The World That We Lost to India But Lessons Need To be Learned.
Top Spin By Suni
Aug.8 2017 The cricket crazy nation of Sri Lanka is in shock over the series whitewash by India but taking into consideration some key factors it should come as no surprise and no shame to lose to the No1 test team in the world but to go down with hardly a fight somewhat gut wrenching and pathetic. Lessons need to be learned towards the future and this is not a time to bemoan losses remembering the glory days of Sri lanka Cricket which were indeed glorious and as a team  in transition and rebuilding perhaps... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/08/17)

Video circulating on social media shows IGP manhandling Police HQ staff
Kurulu Koojana Kariyakarawana Courtesy The Daily Mirror
A video posted by a popular ‘gossip’ website Lanka e News (LEN) today was circulating on social media showing Police Chief Pujith Jayasundara manhandling two minor staffers of the Police Headquarters, who claimed to have disobeyed departmental rules of performing the morning meditation. Although the video has been posted on the LEN website this morning following a written description pertaining to the visuals it carried, the actual incident depicted on the footage had reportedly taken place on April 11 this year, as mentioned by the gossip site. The video which seemed to have... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/08/17)

Mindfulness Meditation to Overcome Pessimistic Outlook and Attitudes
Dr. Daya Hewapathirane
A pessimistic outlook is associated with the tendency to see, anticipate, or emphasize only bad and undesirable outcomes, results, and conditions. Pessimists in general, are cynics, skeptics, doubters, doomsters, nihilists, defeatists, and cowards who look ahead and often see a bleak future. They suffer from anxiety, fear, and often worry even over trivial matters. Pessimism instills and promotes stress, anxiety, worry, fear and nervousness and puts people at risk for various health ailments, including chronic mental illnesses like depression. This has been confirmed by scientific research. Optimism, on the other hand, promotes a happier and longer... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/08/17)

රවි කරුණානායකට නිදොස් විය හැකියි.. මගේ ඩුබායි හංගපු සල්ලි ආණ්ඩුවට දෙනවා..- මහින්ද
ප‍්‍රදීප් අනුර කුමාර lanka C news
දක්ෂ නීතිඥ මහත්වරුන්ගේ උපදෙස් මත රවී කරුණානායක මහතාට අධිකරණය ඉදිරියේ නිදොස් වන්නට හැකි වුවත් ජනතා අධිකරණය හමුවේ ඔහු වැරැදිකරුවකු වී හමාර බව හිටපු ජනාධිපති මහින්ද රාජපක්ෂ මහතා ප්‍රකාශ කළේය. ඔහුට ඉල්ලා අස්වීමට සිදුවූයේ ජනතා අධිකරණය ඉදිරියේ එසේ වරදකරුවකු වීම නිසා බව පැවසූ රාජපක්ෂ මහතා වැරැදිකරුවකු ඉල්ලා අස් වූ පමණින් හෝ පාර්ලිමේන්තුවේ කතා පැවැත් වූ පමණින් කිසිවකුත් වීරයකු වන්නේ නැති බවත් පැවසීය. මහින්ද රාජපක්ෂ මහතා මෙම අදහස් පළ කළේ ශ්‍රී ලංකා පොදුජන පෙරමුණේ නීතිඥ සංවිධානයේ ගම්පහ දිස්ත්‍රික් ශාඛාව පිහිටුවීමේ අවස්ථාවට දිවුලපිටියේ දී 11 වැනි ද සවස එක්වෙමිනි. ශ්‍රී ලංක නිදහස් පක්ෂයේ නීතිඥ සංගමය සම්පූර්ණයෙන්ම... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/08/17)

Ten petitions to be filed in SC against 20A
By Ranil Dharmasena Courtesy The Island
Political parties and civil organisations are planning to file ten petitions against the proposed 20th Amendment to the Constitution when the Bill is presented to the Supreme Court. The amendment which has been gazetted by the government seeks to provide for holding elections of all provincial councils on a single day. Among the parties getting ready to challenge the bill in the Supreme Court are the Joint Opposition, People’s Action for Free and Fair Elections (PAFFREL) and Campaign for Free and Fair Elections (CaFFE). Sources said two weeks had passed since the government gazetted... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/08/17)

Throttling dissent the y-palana way
Editorial Courtesy The Island
August 14, 2017, 12:00 pm The yahapalana government is apparently in the suicidal mode. It is planning to move two no-faith motions against Justice Minister Wijayadasa Rajapakshe and Minister of Provincial Councils and Local Government Faiszer Mustapha. This is an interesting turn of events. A motion of no-confidence is long overdue against Minister Mustapha, who keeps postponing local government elections on some flimsy pretexts albeit at the behest of his political masters who suffer from ‘polls phobia’. But, Minister Rajapakshe has incurred the wrath of the government by opposing the leasing of the Hambantota Port. Yahapalanaya... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/08/17)

Govt. victimising Rajapaksas to cover up bond scam: Namal
Darshana Sanjeewa
MP Namal Rajapaksa said today said the government had started victimizing the Rajapaksa family members as a ruse to cover up the bond scam. In a twitter message, he said his mother Shirathi and brothers Yoshitha and Rohitha had been calledby the CID and the FCID. “Sri Lanka government using Rajapaksas to cover up bond scam. Former First Lady, Yoshitha Rajapaksa and Rohitha called to CID/FCID this week,” he tweeted. The Police said today the CID asked former President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s wife Shiranthi and their son Yoshitha to report to the CID to record statements in connection... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/08/17)

Felicitation Ceremony in Parliament for Ranil Wickramasinghe-for doing what ?
By Charles.S.Perera
A felicitation Ceremony in the house of Parliament should be for a politician who had given lifetime of his  service  for the welfare of the people and the protection of the country. In the case of the recently held felicitation ceremony to Ranil Wickramasinghe for his 40 years in politics, if there was a necessity for such a Ceremony it should have been more appropriate to have organised it amoung friends in the Nelum Pokuna, rather than in the house of Parliament. If there was to have been a felicitation ceremony in the Parliament  it should have... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/08/17)

Regardless of whatever challenges that may come, Hambantota harbour will be re-acquired.
It is foolish politicians who attempt to attack and wreck the AttorneyGeneral’s Department.  – Minister Dr, Wijedasa Rajapaksa
(Translated by : A.A.M.NIZAM – MATARA)
Given below is the translation of an interview given to Sunday Divayina by the Minister of Justice and Buddhist Affairs Dr. Wijedasa Rajapaksa who is to be impeached by the government. He bcame prominent in the political arena this week because of the debatable ideas expressed by him on leasing of the Hambantota harbour to China, implementation of law and order in the country, and on Bond Scam investigation. Because of these opinions he... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/08/17)

Public Consultation Meeting in Heritage Area of Kandy Kickoff Meeting (Organized by UDA and JICA 28thth July 2017).
SudathGunasekara  
I thank you for inviting me for the above meeting But I am afraid whether I would hurt your feelings by making these observations. In the first place participants were not given a clear idea as to what the Organizers mean by the heritage city of Kandy is and what its proposed boundaries are. Having listened to the main speakers the impression we got is that Kandy like any other city is also a model of another multi –cultural, multi religious and multi ethnic city in keeping with the often spoken current political interpretation and fashion prevailing... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/08/17)

ඒ හොරත්, මේ හොරත් හැර තවත් හොරු සිටිත්ද?
ජනමාධ්‍ය නිවේදනයයි පූජ්‍ය වකමුල්ලේ උදිත හිමි ලේකම් ජාතික භික්‍ෂු පෙරමුණ.
     යහපාලන ආණ්ඩුවේ නරිවාදන් රෙද්ද පල්ලෙන් බේරෙන තවත් මහා සොරකමක් මේ වන විට රට හමුවේ හෙළිදරව් වී ඇත. එහි ප‍්‍රතිඵලයක් ලෙස විදෙස් ඇමතිව සිිටි හා ඊට පෙර මුදල් ඇමතිව සිටි රවී කරුණානායක මහතා අමාත්‍ය ධුරයෙන් ඉල්ලා අස්වී ඇත. ඇමතිවරයෙකුට දූෂණ චෝදනා ඇතිවිට ධුරයෙන් ඉල්ලා අස්වී පරික්‍ෂණවලට සාධාරණය ඉටුකිරීම මහත්මා දේශපාලනය වුවත් රවී කරුණානායක මහතාගේ ඉල්ලා අස්වීමෙන් ඒ මහාත්මා දේශපාලනය පෙන්වා නැත. සිදු වූයේ ජනතාවාදී දේශපාලන පක්ෂ හා ජනතාවත්, මාධ්‍යයත්, කෝප් කමිටුව, දූෂණ විරෝධී හඬ, වෘත්තීය සමිති, හා ජාතික භික්‍ෂු පෙරමුණ වැනි බලපෑම් කණ්ඩායම් බොහෝ වෙහෙසදරා කළ නොනවතින අරගලයක ප‍්‍රතිඵලයක් ලෙස ඉල්ලා අස්වීමට... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/08/17)

බැදුම්කර බෑණාගේ දුරකතන වාර්තාවෙන් තවම බැලුවේ පිටු 25යි.. පිටු 8600 බැලුවාම කී දෙනෙකු ඉල්ලා අස්වේදැයි නොදනී..
 lanka C news
නූගත් අඥන ඇතැම් මිනිසුන් නීතිපති දෙපාර්තමේන්තුවේ නිලධාරින්ට එරෙහිව බොරු චෝදනා ඉදිරිපත් කරන්නේ යැයි ප්‍රශ්නගත බැදුම්කර වංචාවට අදාළව නිතීපතිවරයා වෙනුවෙන් පැමිල්ල මෙහෙයවන නීතිඥ අතිරේක සොලිසිටර් ජෙනරාල් ජනාධිපති නීතිඥ යසන්ත කොදාගොඩ මහතා බැදුම්කර කොමිෂන් හමුවේ පැවසී යයි අද ලංකාදීප පුවත්පත වාර්තා කරයි. නූගත් අඥන ඇතැම් පුද්ගලයින් කරුණු නොදැන මෙලෙස අසත්‍ය චෝදනා ඉදිරිපත් කරන්නේ යයිද “පර්පුචුවෙල් ට්‍රෙසරිස් සමාගමේ අධ්‍යක්ෂක අර්ජුන ඇලෝසියස් මහතාගේ ජංගම දුරකතනයෙන් පිටු 8600 ක් තොරතුරු උපුටා ගත්තතක් පසුගිය දා සාක්ෂි විමසීමට යොදාගනු ලැබුවේ ඉන් පිටු 25 ක් පමණ ප්‍රමාණයක තිබු තොරතුරු පමණක්” යයි අතිරේක සොලිසිටර් ජෙනරාල් ජනාධිපති නීතිඥ යසන්ත කොදාගොඩ මහතා කොමිසම හමුවේ පැවසු බව එම... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/08/17)

බැසිල් සහ විජේදාස කියූ පරිදි හම්බන්තොට වරාය ශ්‍රේෂ්ඨාධිකරණ තීන්දුවකින් අනාගත ආණ්ඩුවට ලබාගැනිමට හැකිය.. මෙන්න පූර්වාදර්ශ..
lanka C news
පසුගිය දා සම්මුති ආණ්ඩුව විසින් චීනයට විකුණූ හම්බන්තොට වරාය මහින්ද රාජපක්ෂ ආණ්ඩුවක් යටතේ නැවත පවරාගෙන එය ජනතාව සතු කරන බව හිටපු ආර්ථික සංවර්ධන අමාත්‍ය බැසිල් රාජපක්ෂ මහතා පැවසිය.එමෙන්ම මේ සතියේ ඉරිදා ලංකාදීප සමඟ සම්මුඛ සාකච්ඡාවකට සහභාගි වෙමින් වත්මන් ආණ්ඩුවේ අධිකරණ හා බුද්ධශාසන අමාත්‍ය ආචාර්ය විජේදාස රාජපක්ෂ මහතා ද ඒ ප්‍රකාශය සනාථ කරමින් ප්‍රකාශයක් ලබදුනි. මෙරටේ අධිකරණය ගැන මෙන්ම ආයෝජන ගැන අවබෝධයක් ඇති පසුගිය රජයේ මෙන්ම වර්තමාන රජයේ අමාත්‍යවරු දෙදෙනකු මෙසේ පැවසුවේ කරුණු හැදාරිමකකින් පසුව වර්තමානයේ ක්‍රියාත්මක වන ශ්‍රීලංකාවේ නීති රාමුව තුල එය ඉතා පහසුවෙන් කිරීමට හැකි බැව් දන්නා බැවිනි. මෙයට උදාහරණයක් ලෙස චන්ද්‍රිකා ආණ්ඩුව සමයෙදි... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/08/17)

යහපාලනයෙන් ඩොලර් බිලියන හතරක් පුච්චයි.. බැදුම්කරේ හෙලි නොවු රහස් රැසක් මෙන්න…
– ප‍්‍රදීප් අනුර කුමාර  lanka C news
හම්බන්තොට වරාය ඇතුළු ජාතික සම්පත් විකුණා දැමීමට සිදුව ඇත්තේ ඒවා පවත්වාගෙන යා නොහැකි නිසා නොව ආණ්ඩුවට වැඩ බැරි නිසා බව පාර්ලිමේන්තු මන්ත්‍රී බන්දුල ගුණවර්ධන මහතා ප්‍රකාශ කළේය. වරාය පමණක් නොව මත්තල ගුවන් තොට, ඩී. ආර්. විජයවර්ධන මාවතේ ඇති ඉඩම්, නුවරඑළිය වැනි ඵෙතිහාසික වටිනාකමකින් යුත් තැපැල් කන්තෝරු පවා විකිණීමට ආණ්ඩුව සැලසුම් කර ඇති බවත් ගුණවර්ධන මහතා පෙන්වා දුන්නේය. ඒ මහතා මෙසේ ප්‍රකාශ කළේ ගම්පහ දිස්ත්‍රික්කයේ ස්වයං රැකියා නියුක්තිකයන් දැනුවත් කිරීම සඳහා මිනුවන්ගොඩ, උඩුගම්පොළ දී පසුගිය සෙනසුරාදා  (12) පැවැති වැඩමුළුවක් අමතමිනි. බන්දුල ගුණවර්ධන මහතා එහිදී වැඩිදුරටත් මෙසේ ද ප්‍රකාශ කළේය. අද අපි රටක් වශයෙන්... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/08/17)

BALOCHISTAN----TERRORIST ACTIVITIES IN AUGUST
ALI SUKHANVER
12th August 2017, another day of brutality and cruelty for the people of Pakistan. At least 15 people were killed and so many wounded when a powerful bomb went off near an army truck in Quetta. The death toll is feared to go up as some of the injured ones are in critical condition. According to the ISPR, the blast took place near Mehdi Hospital at Pishin Stop and an army truck was the main target of the terrorists. Certainly as per tradition, this terrorist activity was also a part of the plan of keeping the people... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/08/17)

Waste of Foreign Exchange Importing Luxury Cars
by Elmo de Silva Courtesy The Island
August 5, 2017, 6:35 pm I retired from the S.L.A.S after serving in several Departments, Ministries and in several districts. I served in the World Customs Organization (W.C.O ) in Brussels , Belgium for five years, promoting an International Convention on the Simplification and Harmonization of Customs Procedures. After this I worked in the Private Sector for nearly 10 years. When I served as Dy. Controller Import and Exports I was responsible for the disbursement of Forex, except that needed for local industries. My work at Customs as Dy. Director General Customs and... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/08/17)

හොඳ වඩන සූත්‍රය
වරුණ චන්ද්‍රකීර්ති
මතක විදිහට ඒ ගතවෙමින් තිබුණේ 1993 අවුරුද්ද. ඉරිදා පත්තරේක පළ කරලා තිබුණු වාර්තාවකින් කියැවුනේ අම්පාර මහඔය පැත්තේ මනුස්සයෙක් තනියෙන් වැවක් හදනවා කියලා. කොළඹ විශ්වවිද්‍යාලයේ විද්‍යා පීඨයේ සහෝදර ශිෂ්‍යයන් කිහිප දෙනෙකුත් මොරටුව විශ්වවිද්‍යාලයේ ඉංජිනේරු ශිෂ්‍යයන් කිහිපදෙනෙකුත් එකතුවෙලා මේ ගැන කතාකළා. ඊට පස්සේ තීරණයක් ගත්තා අවශ්‍ය මුදල්, උපකරණ, ආහාර පාන එකතුකරගෙන කණ්ඩායමක් විදිහට මහඔයට ගිහිල්ලා ඒ වැව හදන මනුස්සයාට උදව්වක් කරමු කියලා. විශ්වවිද්‍යාලයේ ගුරුවරු, සහෝදර ශිෂ්‍ය ශිෂ්‍යාවෝ, ඇතැම් ව්‍යාපාරිකයෝ මේ වැඩේට අතහිත දුන්නා. මහඔය හමුදා කඳවුරෙන් ට්‍රක් රථයකුත් විශාල ප්‍රමාණයේ කූඩාරමකුත් ආහාර පිසින කල්දේරමුත් ලබාදුන්නා. හමුදා කඳවුරෙන් උපකාර ලබාගන්න උදව් කළේ බෙංගමුවේ නාලක හාමුදුරුවෝ. ඉතින් වීල්බැරෝ, උදලු, තාච්චි, යවුල්... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/08/17)

DEMOCRACY, GOVERNANCE: THE LANKAN WAY!
with Ravi Ladduwahetty Courtesy Ceylon Today
"I will not agree with what you say. But, I will defend to death, your right to say it. I will not agree with what you write, but, I will make every room for you to write" – VOLTAIRE Voltaire was the nom-de-plume of Frenchman François-Marie Arouet (21 November 1694 – 30 May 1778) who was enlightenment writer, historian, and philosopher famous for his wit, his attacks on the established Catholic Church, and his advocacy of freedom of religion, freedom of speech, and separation of church and state. He was a versatile writer, producing... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/08/17)

Culprits involved in Bond scam should be punished even through a new legislative body - JVP
නව අධිකරණයක් පිහිටුවා හෝ බැඳුම්කර වැරදිකරුවන්ට දඬුවම්දිය යුතුයි - ජවිපෙ 
https://youtu.be/umF6o8EomzA... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/08/17)

Commissions have already lost their credibility - Wimal (English)
Commissions have already lost their credibility - Wimal (English)
https://youtu.be/xxPMyKiY6wo... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/08/17)

The public is not plagued by debt but by fraud - Mahinda (English)
The public is not plagued by debt but by fraud - Mahinda (English)
https://youtu.be/M59fits8ZUc... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/08/17)

What Happened? - Wijeyadasa Rajapakse ඔබතුමා කරන ප්‍රකාශ නිසා ආණ්ඩුවෙම සතුරෙක් වෙලා - මොකද වුනේ?
ඔබතුමා කරන ප්‍රකාශ නිසා ආණ්ඩුවෙම සතුරෙක් වෙලා - මොකද වුනේ?
https://youtu.be/3ehQFQgOISM... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/08/17)

Ravi is stating false facts. a case can be filed in court - Bandula (English)
Ravi is stating false facts. a case can be filed in court - Bandula (English)
https://youtu.be/NgCHpKWHPgU... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/08/17)

Ravi invokes blessings at Asgiriya (English)
Ravi invokes blessings at Asgiriya (English)
https://youtu.be/znO79ATWeOU... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/08/17)

Intimidating officials the yahapalana way
Editorial Courtesy The Island
 August 13, 2017, 8:23 pm Police have recently withdrawn their ill-conceived ban on full-face helmets, which, they said, had stood criminals, especially bank robbers in good stead. But, those who robbed the Central Bank had not worn any helmets, we argued in these columns; instead they wore expensive bespoke three-piece suits and walked away with bags full of stolen treasury bonds worth billions of rupees, so to speak. Now, the government says those racketeers are as innocent as newborns and the media and the Attorney General’s Department personnel attached to the presidential commission of inquiry probing... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/08/17)

උමා ඔය වගා සහන බොරැව - ටොප් පචයක් වෙයි! වැලිමඩ කන්න තුනකින් එකම රුපියලක් හෝ ගෙවා නෑ.
මාධ්‍ය ඒකකය ශ්‍රී ලංකා මානව හිමිකම් කේන්ද්‍ර‍ය
උමා ඔය හේතුවෙන් විනාශයට පත් වැලිමඩ ප්‍රාදේශීය ලේකම් කොට්ඨාශයේ දික්කාපිටිය, පුහුල්පොල ප්‍රදේශයේ එකම ගොවියෙකුට හෝ මේ දක්වා වගා සහන අයදුම්පතක් හෝ ලැබී නොමැති බව ‘ලංකා මානව හිමිකම් කේන්ද්‍ර‍ය‘ අගෝ. 12 සිදු කළ සමීක්ෂණයක දී හෙළි විය. ශ්‍රේෂ්ඨාධිකරණයේ නඩු තීන්දුවක් මගින් ද, ජනාධිපතිවරයාගේ නියෝගයකින් ද, කැබිනට් මණ්ඩල තීරණයකින් ද, දිස්ත්‍රික් සංවර්ධන කමිටු තීරණයකින් ද, උමා ඔය විනාශය හේතුවෙන් පීඩාවට පත් වැලිමඩ ගොවීන් වෙත ‘වගා සහන‘ සැලසීමට තීරණය විය.  බණ්ඩාරවෙල පැවති උමා ඔය හර්තාලයෙන් දින 45 ක් ගතවී ඇති නමුත්, අවම වශයෙන් වගා සහන අයදුම්පත බෙදීමට හෝ ඌව පළාත් කෘෂිකර්ම අධ්‍යකෂ, ඌව පළාත් ප්‍ර‍ධාන... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/08/17)

Saving us from plastic, one plate at a time
 By Kalani Kumarasinghe Courtesy The Daily Mirror
Disposable cutlery and containers are products that are a part of our day to day life. As a result of the ever-increasing number of food vendors in Colombo and the suburbs, plastic cups, plates and cutlery that are hardly used are seen tossed into bins regularly. Dinnerware made from areca sheath However there is a ban in place connected to disposable items. This means that the ordinary vendor and consumer must both take responsibility, a task that some are less inclined to embrace. A small group of entrepreneurs up North however are already... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/08/17)

Rajapaksa claims conspiracy behind Ravi’s resignation (English)
Rajapaksa claims conspiracy behind Ravi’s resignation
https://youtu.be/bpUiFw6rRzQ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/08/17)

Task of the Ministry of National “Dis”-Integration to destroy Buddhism in Sri Lanka
Shenali D Waduge
A country has every right to protect its history & heritage. A country has every right to react to the sinister plans taking place to create an artificial history by removing a history that is over 2600 years old. A country has every right to protect the many plots and plans now being put in place to create a pseudo national identity in keeping with those that fund initiatives whereby the main goal is to remove the sacred place held by Buddhism and the role Buddhism has placed in shaping the nation’s identity and the culture... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/08/17)

At last Ravi is gone. But is he the only man responsible for this mega robbery. What about his mentor and partners in this mega deal?
Sudath Gunasekara 12.8.2017
At last after failing all manipulations and tricks the Alibaba and the 40 thieves have sacrificed one of the key gang men to save the Government from an imminent defeat in Parliament at the vote of no confidence motion that was scheduled to be taken up. But all the major characters in the robbery are still at large. Reading through the papers this resignation appears to be temporary measure manipulated by the leader of the gang, Furthermore it also appears to be an attempt to hoodwink the masses. According to the Sunday papers Ravi has agreed... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/08/17)

The Ancient Haththikuchchi Monastery-Shrine Complex
Dr. Daya Hewapathirane
Located near Galgamuwa in the Kurunegala district, about 3.5 km away from the Mahagalkadawala junction on the Padeniya–Anuradhapura road, Haththikuchchi is an extensive area of about 300 acres of ruins of a large ancient vihara complex. These ruins lie within highly picturesque surroundings that consist of differently shaped rock boulders and imposing forest trees. The view of this largely forested area from the top of the highest rock mass is spectacular. It is a fascinating site with an assortment of diverse archaeological remains of various types of monuments and structures that belong to different historic periods,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/08/17)

නාරද හාමුදුරුවෝ
 වෛද්‍ය රුවන් එම් ජයතුංග
නාරද මහා ස්ථවිරයන් වහන්සේගේ සෙවනේ ධර්මය හැදෑරීමටත් උන් වහන්සේ ගේ කරුණා ගුණයන් විඳීමටත් දැණුම උකහා ගැනීමටත් අප වාසනාවන්ත වූයෙමු. වචනයේ පරිසමාප්තියෙන් උන් වහන්සේ බුද්ධ පුත්‍රයෙකු වූ සේක .  නාරද මාහිමියන් යනු දැණුම ගංගාවකි. උන් වහන්සේ විසින් ලියන ලද ධර්ම පොත පත ඉතා ගැඹුරුය​. නාරද හිමියන් වැනි පරිපූර්ණවූ භික්‍ෂුවක් මට මෙතෙක් හමුවී නැත​. අද දිනයේදී මම නාරද හාමුදුරුවන් ගේ ශිෂ්‍යයෙකු බව  කියන්නේ  ඉතා අභිමානයෙනි.   වජිරාරාමයේ නාරද හාමුදුරුවන් ගේ කරුණාභරිත දෙනෙත් ප්‍රිය වචනයන් අර්ථසම්පන්න දැහැමි දිවිය ගැන කල්පනා කිරිමේදී අද දිනයේ මෙවැනි භික්‍ෂූන් ගේ  විරළභාවය  අප දකින්නෙමු. එහෙත් අහේතුවකට මෙන් අද දිනයේ  අප බොහෝ සෙයින් දකින්නේ සිත කය වචනය අසංවර... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/08/17)

Railway guards on strike over ‘bed bugs’  !!!!!!!!!!
Dr Sarath Obeysekera
I can tolerate students ,Doctors ,GMOA ,Motor Cyclists,Samurdi recipients,Three wheel drivers Disabled Soldiers , Nataami’s ,going on strike but ………Railways guards resorting to strike over bed bugs ? I am sure that they are the only humans sleeping on the beds given to them ,the  bugs may have come from their own homes ? It is very simple for them to buy a Ninja Spray and kill them .They may be of Super Bug grade who can withstand the unkind blood of the Railway Guards When we travelled by train to Colombo during our school days... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/08/17)

The significance of Ms. Anika Wijesuriya’s evidence: What should we request from President Sirisena now?
from Groundviews;
As the media predicted last week, alluding to an off-guard comment made by a junior member of the Attorney-General’s legal team of the Presidential Commission of Inquiry into the Central Bank bond scam, a star witness has turned the public discussion on high profile corruption into a major political drama. Ms. Anika Wijesuriya, a young woman entrepreneur from an extraordinarily rich business family in Colombo, has done what the Joint Opposition of ex-president Mahinda Rajapakse, or Mr. Anura Dissanayake’s radical JVP, has failed to achieve in more than two years. In half a day of evidence before... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/08/17)

බැඳුම්කර කොමිසමෙන් රටම  හොල්ලන කවුද මේ දප්පුල ද ලිවේරා?
ශ්‍යාම් නුවන් ගනේවත්ත උපුටා ගැන්ම දිවයින
අද දිනයේ මුළු රටම බලා සිටින්නේ ජනාධිපති බැඳුම්කර කොමිසම දෙසය. මේ කොමිසමේ මහා වීර චරිතයට පණ පොවන්නේ ජ්‍යෙෂ්ඨ අතිරේක සොලිසිටර් ජනරාල් ජනාධිපති නීතිඥ දප්පුල ද ලිවේරා මහතා ය. අද මේ නාමය රටටම ප්‍රසිද්ධය. එසේම රවි කරුණානායක මහතා ද (හොඳට හෝ නරකට) අද රටේම අවධානය යොමුව සිටින පුද්ගල චරිතයයි. මේ රවී කරුණානායකගෙන් කොමිසම හමුවේ අභීතව ප්‍රශ්න කළේ දප්පුල ද ලිවේරා මහතාය. ඔහු රවි කරුණානායක මහතාගෙන් ප්‍රශ්න කළේද වෙනදා මෙන්ම ඔහුගේ සුපුරුදු හඬින් සහ ඔහුටම ආවේණික සුපුරුදු විලාසයෙනි. එහි කිසිම වෙනසක්‌ දක්‌නට නොලැබිණි. දප්පුල ද ලිවේරා මහතා බැඳුම්කර කොමිසම හමුවේ මීට පෙර වරක්‌ ප්‍රකාශ කළ් නීතිපති... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/08/17)

මෙන්න ඇත්ත... ස්‌විස්‌ ඩයස්‌පෝරාවේ යාපනය මෙහෙයුම
උපුටා ගැන්ම දිවයින
"උතුරේ සිදුවීම් වලට ප්‍රධාන හේතුව විදේශ මුදල් උතුරට ගලාඒමයි" - උතුරු මහ ඇමැති සී. විග්නේස්‌වරන්
 උතුරේ ආවා කල්ලිය මෙහෙයවන්නේ ස්‌විස්‌ සන්නා බව හෙලිවේ  අපේ 'මුදල් පෙට්‌ටි වලට ප්‍රෑන්ක්‌ 50 සිට 200 දක්‌වා ලැබෙනවා    - ස්‌විස්‌ නව කොටි නායක රගුපති හෙලිකරයි 2009 මැයි මස කොටි පරාජය වූවත් කොටි ඩයස්‌පෝරාව පරාජය වූයේ නැත. ප්‍රභාකරන්ගේ අවසානය සිදුවුණා දැන් කොටින්ගෙන් තර්ජනයක්‌ නැතැයි කියා සිතුවත් කොටි ඩයස්‌පෝරාව සිය අතිවිශාල මුදල් බලයෙන් ශ්‍රී ලංකාවට එරෙහිව සිය 2 වැනි මෙහෙයුම දියත් කළහ. එම මෙහෙයුම යටතේ එක්‌සත් ජාතීන්ගේ හිටපු නිලධාරිනි යස්‌මින් සුකා මෙන්ම බී බී සී සේවාවේ හිටපු වාර්තාකාරිනි ප්‍රාන්සස්‌ හැරිසන්... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/08/17)

ඡන්ද නැති රටේ වරිපනම්  ගෙවන්නේ මොකටද?
සාකච්ඡා කළේ - මනෝඡ් අබයදීර  උපුටා ගැන්ම දිවයින
මේ තියෙන්නේ මැතිවරණ නොතියන කොමිෂමක්‌ පළාත් පාලන ඡන්ද පෙත්සම් ගැන ශ්‍රේෂ්ඨාධිකරණ තීන්දුවට මොකද වෙලා තියෙන්නේ... හිටපු අගවිනිසුරු සරත් නන්ද සිල්වා  හිටපු අගවිනිසුරු සරත් නන්ද සිල්වා මහතා සමග දිවයින ඉරිදා සංග්‍රහය සාකච්ඡා කරන ලද්දේ, මැතිවරණ පැවැත්වීම, ප්‍රමාදවීම සම්බන්ධවය. පළාත් පාලන ආයතන සඳහා පවත්වන මැතිවරණයට අමතරව පළාත් සභා ඡන්දය ද ප්‍රමාද කරවීමේ තත්ත්වයක්‌ මතුවී තිබේ. එහි නෛතික තත්ත්වය ඔහු පැහැදිලි කර දෙන ලද්දේ මේ ආකාරයටය. ප්‍රශ්නය - පළාත් පාලන ඡන්දය කල් දමා තිබීම ජනතාවගේ ඡන්ද අයිතිය සම්බන්ධයෙන් එක පැත්තකින් ගැටලුවක්‌ මතු කරනවා සේම එම ආයතනයන්හි යාන්ත්‍රණය කඩා වැටීම නිසා රටම අර්බුදයකට පත්... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/08/17)

මොන අභියෝගය ආවත් හම්බන්තොට  වරාය නැවත පවරා ගන්නවා ආණ්‌ඩුවේ දෝෂාභියෝගයට ලක්‌වීමට නියමිත ඇමැති විඡේදාස කියයි
සාකච්ඡා කළේ - බුලිත ප්‍රදීප් කුමාර උපුටා ගැන්ම දිවයින
නීතිපති දෙපාර්තමේන්තුවට ගහල කුඩු පට්‌ටම් කරන්න හදන්නේ මෝඩ දේශපාලනඥයෝ  අධිකරණ හා බුද්ධ ශාසන කටයුතු පිළිබඳ අමාත්‍ය ආචාර්ය විඡේදාස රාජපක්‍ෂ අප දේශපාලන කරලියේ මේ සතියේත් කැපී පෙනුණේ හම්බන්තොට වරාය චීනයට බදු දීම, නීතිය හා සාමය රටේ ක්‍රියාවේ යෙදවීම, බැඳුම්කර පරීක්‍ෂණ ආදිය පිළිබඳ ඔහු දක්‌වන ලද සංවාදාත්මක අදහස්‌ නිසාය. ඔහුගේ මෙම අදහස්‌ නිසා අමාත්‍ය මණ්‌ඩලයේදීත් ඉන් පිටතදීත් රජයේ සෙසු අමාත්‍යවරු සමග තනි සටනක නිරත වන්නටද ඔහුට සිදුවිය. අප ඔහු හමුවී මේ සංවාදය ගොඩනැඟුවේ එම සටන හොඳටම උණුසුම් වී වේගවත් වාග් ප්‍රහාර ඒ මේ අත හුවමාරු වෙමින් තිබූ වටපිටාවකය. ප්‍රශ්නය - අද අපේ රටේ තියෙන... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/08/17)

එජාපය ආණ්ඩුවෙන් එලියට
අකිත පෙරේරා  උපුටා ගැන්ම දිවයින යහපාලන ආණ්‌ඩුවේ සිය පාර්ශ්වකරුවා වන ශ්‍රී ලංකා නිදහස්‌ පක්‍ෂයෙන් තවදුරටත් බලපෑම් සහ කෙනෙහිළිකම් සිදුවුවහොත් ලබන ජනවාරි මාසයේදී ආණ්‌ඩුවෙන් ඉවත් වීමට එක්‌සත් ජාතික පක්‍ෂය තීරණය කර ඇත. මෙම තීරණය අගමැති රනිල් වික්‍රමසිංහ මහතා ජනාධිපති මෛත්‍රිපාල සිරිසේන මහතා පෞද්ගලිකවම හමුවී දන්වා ඇතැයි එජාපයේ ජ්‍යෙෂ්ඨ ඇමැතිවරයෙකු "දිවයින ඉරිදා සංග්‍රහය"ට පැවැසීය.
වත්මන් යහපාලන ආණ්‌ඩුව තුළ එජාපයට මන්ත්‍රී ආසන 106 ක්‌ තිබෙද්දී ශ්‍රීලනිපයට ඇත්තේ ආසන 35 ක්‌ වුවද එජාප බහුතරය නොසලකමින් ශ්‍රීලනිපය අවස්‌ථා ගණනාවකදීම එජාපය නොසලකා හැර අත්තනෝමතිකව කටයුතු කර ඇති බවද එහිදී අගමැතිවරයා පෙන්වාදී ඇත. එක්‌සත් ජාතික පක්‍ෂයේ මැති ඇමැතිවරුන්ට පාක්‍ෂිකයන්ට සිදුවන අසාධාරණකම් මෙම ආකාරයට තවදුරටත් සිදුවුවහොත්... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/08/17)

Ravi’s ouster: yahapalanaya devouring its own rear end
by C.A.Chandraprema Courtesy The Island
August 12, 2017, 12:00 pm Two momentous events that will have far reaching implications for the yahapalana government took place last Thrusday. Because of the drama surrounding Ravi Karunanayake’s resignation from the position of Foreign Minister, the other even more important event which took place later that evening, went almost unnoticed. Yet this second event will have a more immediate and drastic impact on the yahapalana government than even the resignation of Ravi K. This was the dissension that had emerged at the SLFP Central Committee meeting that was held in the late evening on... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/08/17)

Beyond a resignation
by Sanjana Hattotuwa Courtesy The Island
Sri Lanka has never had a Foreign Minster resign over allegations of corruption. But the once unthinkable happened last week. Many, including in government and from the ruling party, supported the resignation of the former Foreign Minister on the grounds that what is now in the public domain around his dealings with Arjun Aloysius, subject to a convenient partial amnesia, was deeply detrimental to government. Note that what’s flagged as embarrassing or wrong isn’t what was purportedly done, but rather, that it came to light. Power, and retaining it, trumps principle. Tellingly, even in... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/08/17)

Wijeyadasa denies charge
Lahiru Pothmulla Courtesy The Daily Mirror
Justice Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe yesterday denied allegations that he had breached the collective responsibility of the Cabinet by criticizing a decision taken by it. The minister was recently criticized by several ministers over a statement he made with regard to regaining of the Hambantota Port. The minister said it was not a criticism but a comment made to retrieve a national asset. “The Cabinet decision was to lease out the Hambantota Port and I didn’t challenge or criticize it. I simply mentioned a way to secure a national asset legally when the time comes,”... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/08/17)

PRESIDENT’S POWERS IN A CRISIS Constitutional crisis in making?
Sarath Wijesinghe - former Ambassador to UAE and Israel- Solicitor/Attorney-at-Law
Shift of power by changing heads? Sri Lankan President’s statement that no party or group can form a Government without his “blessings”, even if it is shown that the opposition has 113 members - which is an uphill task - may lead to a constitutional crisis and confrontation in the current political turmoil. Nothing could be ruled out based on the current uncertain trends when Bribery, Corruption, Inefficiency in small and large scales , growing as breath for the disappointed of the citizen living with expectations for a “Change”... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/08/17)

UNITED NATIONAL PARTY: FINANCIALLY INSOLVENT FROM 2004 TO 2014. CAME TO POWER WITH LTTE POWER TO MAKE MONEY
By M D P DISSANAYAKE
Towards end of 2013, the United National Party was virtually bankrupt.  Technically speaking, “the Party was unable to pay its debts”.   Dwindling membership eroded its coffers.  The Sirikotha  repairs and maintenance were not done, roof leakages, broken toilet facilities, damaged floor tiles, torn curtains, leaking taps, shabby garden, unpaid workers, limiting use of lights to save electricity all added to make the “Big House – Maha Gedera” of the UNP to become a haunted house. No regular cleaning were done during that period, causing gathering of cob webs, mosquitos and above all accumulation of... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/08/17)

Japan Was a Hope for Asia: An Interview with Henry Scott Stokes
The Japanese Holocaust: An Unfinished Aspect of the War
Q: My first question is on European Colonialism and the Greater East Asia War. I’d like to ask your views on the Second World War, because Westerners have regarded it as a matter of democracy vs. fascism. They’ve viewed Japan as the aggressor. A: Yes, the Second World War, as seen by the Western side, is totally different than as seen from the Asian side. They have two radically different views. The war ended a long time ago – 70 years ago, but still the view of war in the West is... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/08/17)

TENSION ON CHINA-INDIA BORDERS
ALI SUKHANVER
China, India and Bhutan converge at an isolated Himalayan plateau and very close to this plateau there lies the narrow passage which connects India's northeast states with the rest of the country. This name of this narrow passage is Siliguri Corridor but strategically this corridor is known as ‘Chicken's Neck’ where the word ‘Chicken’ refers to India. Recently a video has been very viral on social media in which Indian and Chinese troops were exchanging harsh words. Chinese soldiers were snubbing the Indian troops for crossing the border line and stepping into the Chinese territory. While exchanging... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/08/17)

රැකියා විරහිත උපාධිධාරීන් සංවර්ධන නිලධාරී තනතුරට බඳවා ගැනීමේ වයස් සීමාව අවු 45 දක්වා වැඩි කිරීමට පියවර ගන්නා මෙන් ඉල්ලමු
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ගරු අග‍්‍රාමාත්‍ය හා ජාතික ප‍්‍රතිපත්ති හා ආර්ථික කටයුතු අමාත්‍ය, රනිල් වික‍්‍රමසිංහ මැතිතුමා, ජාතික ප‍්‍රතිපත්ති හා ආර්ථික කටයුතු අමාත්‍යාංශය. ගරු අගමැතිතුමණි, රැකියා විරහිත උපාධිධාරීන් සංවර්ධන නිලධාරී තනතුරට බඳවා ගැනීමේ වයස් සීමාව අවු 45 දක්වා වැඩි කිරීමට පියවර ගන්නා මෙන් ඉල්ලමු. රැකියා විරහිත උපාධිධාරීන්, සංවර්ධන නිලධාරීන් ලෙස පත්කිරීම හා පුහුණු කිරීම සඳහා පල කර තිබූ පුවත්පත් දැන්වීම අනුව ඒ සඳහා උපාධිධාරීන්ට ඉල්ලූම් කළ හැකි උපරිම වයස් සීමාම අවු 35 ලෙස සඳහන්ව තිබුණද එම සීමාව අවු 45 දක්වා ඉහළ නැංවිය යුතු බව අප ඉල්ලා සිටිමු. එමෙන්ම සංවර්ධන නිලධාරී සේවා ව්‍යවස්ථාව මගින් සිදුකර ඇති බඳවා ගැනීමේ වයස් සීමා කප්පාදුව... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/08/17)

The Culture of the Crooked
By Lucien Rajakarunanayake Courtesy The Island
August 11, 2017, 9:54 pm Let’s hope the former Minister of Foreign Affairs and Lotteries, Ravi Karunanayake, will not be blissfully ignorant of having ushered in a new culture, with his resignation from office, with all those quotations from the scriptures of different faiths. And what is this new culture Ravi K has ushered in, as stated by the Prime Minister and his party leader Ranil Wickremesinghe? Could it be the culture of ministerial resignations? With 44 ministers in the Cabinet, that is a helluva lot of resignations that could be lined... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/08/17)

TNA won’t back 20 A: Govt. move to put off PC polls in jeopardy Unprecedented accord on 60:40 MMP system for all three levels of polls revealed
By Shamindra Ferdinando Courtesy The Island
The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) yesterday declared that it wouldn’t support the 20th Amendment to the Constitution in its present form, under any circumstances, top party spokesperson, Jaffna District MP M.A. Sumanthiran told The Island. The TNA parliamentary group comprises 16 members, including two National List MPs. Asked whether the four-party coalition was having discussions with the government regarding the 20th Amendment that would vest in Parliament the powers of dissolved Provincial Council, MP Sumanthiran ruled out any agreement on proposed Amendment as, he said, it didn’t reflect understanding among all political parties represented in parliament.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/08/17)

YAHAPALANA AND THE REPUBLIC OF CHINA Part 4
KAMALIKA PIERIS
Yahapalana was planning to push China firmly out of Sri Lanka and hand Sri Lanka over to India and America. Yahapalana thought    that it would be easy to shake off China because Yahapalana was under the secret protection of USA. But Sri Lanka owed China money and USA could not cough up the cash needed. Yahapalana could not raise funds from the world market either, because two international ratings firms, Fitch as well as Standard and Poor had reduced Sri Lanka’s credit rating in February and March, 2015. Unaware of this, Yahapalana government had attacked China heavily... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/08/17)

71 කැරැල්ලෙන් බිහිවූ විශිෂ්ඨටත​ම චරිතය
වෛද්‍ය රුවන් එම් ජයතුංග 
කපිතාන්  කුලරත්න යනු 71 කැරැල්ලෙන් බිහිවූ විශිෂ්ඨටම චරිතයයි. වික්ටර් අයිවන් කියන පරිදි 71 කැරැල්ලේ බොහෝ නොමඟ යාම් වැරදි තිබුනේය​. ඒ නොමඟ යාම් වැරදි තුලින් ඉගෙන ගෙන විනාශ කිරීම වෙනුවට ගොඩනැගීම නිර්මාණය කිරීම සමාජයට දායාද කල කපිතාන්  කුලරත්න සුපිරි චරිතයකි.  ඔහු 71 කැරැල්ලට සම්බන්ධ වන්නේ තම සොහොයුරා හරහාය​. ඒ නිසා සිර දඞුවම් විඳින ඔහු යලිත් සිරෙන් එලියට එන්නේ අළුත් මිනිසෙකු ලෙසටය​. 2009 දී මාගේ 71 කැරැල්ල පොතට  සම්ම්මුඛ සාකච්චාවක් ලබා දුන් කපිතාන්  කුලරත්න සිර ගෙදර තමාට තක්සලාවක් වූ ආකාරය පෙන්වා දුන්නේය.  මේ ඔහු ඉනෝකා පෙරේරා බණ්ඩාර සමග කල සාකච්චාවයි.  සිය පාරක් වැටුණත් එකසිය එක් වැනි... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/08/17)

Grapes of wrath and the elixir of compassion
By Rohana R. Wasala
Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord:  He is trampling out the vintage where the grapes of wrath are stored;  He hath loosed the fatal lightning of his terrible swift sword:  His truth is marching on. -From ‘The Battle-hymn of the Republic’ by Julia Ward Howe (1819-1910) The Maha Sangha (the community of Buddhist monks ) of  Sri Lanka are on the march. But please don’t jump to the conclusion that I am going to assert that they are on the warpath or are going to voluntarily assume for themselves or... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/08/17)

Falsehoods of the Allied Nations’ Victorious Views of History
By Henry Scott Stokes,
Categories: Greater East Asian Conference ,Greater East Asian War (Pacific War) ,World War II In 1941, Imperial Japan rapidly brought an end to the British Empire in Asia. Because a non-white race dared to upset the white colonialists’ status quo in Asia, the British resented the Japanese long after the war. Mr. Henry Scott-Stokes states that he held such a view as well before arriving in Japan as a foreign correspondent. Mr. Scott-Stokes writes of his transformation, of uncritical acceptance of the western colonialist’s version of the Greater East Asian War, the so-called Pacific War, to realization of... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/08/17)

Meet 'Alesi', the 13-million-year-old baby monkey which scientists say is mankind's earliest ancestor
Courtesy The Telegraph
A baby ape discovered in Kenya could be an example of the earliest ancestors  of all living humans, scientists believe. The little creature, whose skull is roughly the size of a lemon, lived around 13 million years ago and came from a family which may have eventually evolved into man and apes . It was discovered by Kenyan fossil hunter John Ekusi in ancient rock layers in the Napudet area, west of Lake Turkana, in the north of the country. The fossil survived because a nearby volcano buried the forest in which it lived... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/08/17)

සමෘද්ධි සහනාධාර සමීක්ෂණයෙන් අඩු ආදායම්ලාභී ජනතාව හට සමෘද්ධි සහනාධාර අහිමිවීමේ ගැටලූව සම්බන්ධව ආණ්ඩුව වහා විසඳුම් ලබාදිය යුතුයි.
ජනමාධ්‍ය නිවේදනයයි  Samurdhi Development Officers Union
සමෘද්ධි සහනාධාර සමීක්‍ෂණයෙන්  අඩු ආදායම්ලාභී ජනතාව හට සමෘද්ධි සහනාධාර අහිමිවීමේ ගැටලූව සම්බන්ධව ආණ්ඩුව වහා විසඳුම් ලබාදිය යුතුයි.  සමෘද්ධි සංවර්ධන දෙපාර්තමේන්තුව විසින් දීප ව්‍යාප්තව සිදු කරන ලද 2015 අඩු ආදායම්ලාභී පවුල් හඳුනාගැනීමේ සමීක්‍ෂණයෙන් සමෘද්ධි සහනාධාර ලබන පවුල්වලට සිදුව ඇති අසාධාරණය සම්බන්ධව රට පුරා දුප්පත් ජනතාව විසින් සිදු කරන විරෝධතාවය සම්බන්ධව ආණ්ඩුව විශේෂ අවධානය යොමු කර සාධාරණය ඉටුකිරීමට වහා පියවර ගත යුතු බව අප මෙයින් අවධාරණය කරන්නෙමු.             2016 වසරෙහි සිදු කරන ලද සමීක්ෂණය සඳහා සමෘද්ධි සංවර්ධන දෙපාර්තමේන්නතුව විසින් පිටු 16 හා ජීව දත්ත ඇතුලත් ප‍්‍රශ්න 10කින් සමන්විත සමීක්ෂණ අයදුම්පතක් සමෘද්ධි සංවර්ධන නිලධාරීන්ට ලබා දුන්... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/08/17)

කුරුණෑගල දුම්රිය ඉඩම් අවිධිමත් පරිහරණය වහා නතර කරන ලෙස ඉල්ලීම
 එස්. පී. විතානගේ  සම කැඳවුම්කරු
ගරු ප‍්‍රවාහන හා සිවිල් ගුවන් සේවා අමාත්‍ය, නිමල් සිරිපාල ද සිල්වා මැතිතුමා, ප‍්‍රවාහන හා සිවිල් ගුවන් සේවා  අමාත්‍යාංශය, 7 වන මහල, අදියර ෂෂ, සෙත්සිරිපාය, බත්තරමුල්ල. කුරුණෑගල දුම්රිය ඉඩම් අවිධිමත් පරිහරණය වහා නතර කරන ලෙස ඉල්ලීම කුරුණෑගල දුම්රිය ස්ථාන පරිශ‍්‍රයේ  දුම්රිය රක්‍ෂිත ඉඩම, රථගාලක් පවත්වාගෙන යාම සඳහා ප‍්‍රවාහන නියෝජ්‍ය ඇමතිවරයාගේ මැදිහත් වීමෙන් තමන්ගේ දේශපාලන හිතවතෙකුට ලබා දී දුම්රිය දෙපාර්තමේන්තුවට  මාසිකව ලැබිය යුතු රුපියල් ලක්‍ෂ ගණනක ආදායමක් අහිමිකර ඇති බව අප වෙත වාර්තාවේ. දුම්රිය ස්ථානයට එන මගීන්ගේ පාපැදි හා යතුරුපැදි නතරකර තැබීම සඳහා ඊට අදාල  ගොඩනැගිල්ලක්  හා භූමි භාගයක් මාසයකට රුපියල්  30000/= ක මුදලකට  බදු දී තිබුණ ද... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/08/17)

ඡන්ද සිතියම අකුළන ව්‍යවස්ථා සංශෝධන‘ ය හෙවත් ’20 වන ව්‍යවස්ථා සංශෝධනය‘ ජයම්පති වික්‍ර‍මරත්න මන්ත්‍රීතුමාට විවෘත ලිපියක්
කීර්ති තෙන්නකෝන් විධායක අධ්‍යක්ෂ/කැෆේ සංවිධානය
2017 අගෝස්තු 10 මා හිතවත් ජයම්පති වික්‍ර‍මරත්න මන්ත්‍රීතුමාට, අගමැති රනිල් වික්‍ර‍මසිංහ මහතා ගේ යෝජිත ‘ඡන්ද සිතියම අකුළන ව්‍යවස්ථා සංශෝධන‘ ය හෙවත් ’20 වන ව්‍යවස්ථා සංශෝධනය‘ ගැසට් මගින් ප්‍ර‍කාශයට පත් කොට ඇත. අදාළ කෙටුම්පත සදහා ප්‍ර‍මුඛ සම්පත් දායකයෙකු ලෙස ඔබ කටයුතු කර ඇත.   ‘සධාරණ සමාජයක් සදහා වූ ව්‍යාපාරය‘ ප්‍ර‍මුඛ සමාජ ව්‍යාපාරය විසින් මේ රටේ ජනතාවට දුන් පොරොන්දු ඔළුවෙන් හිටවන්නට ‘ඡන්ද සිතියම ඇකිලීමේ ව්‍යවස්ථා සංශෝධනය‘ හේතු වී ඇත. සෝභිත හිමියන් ප්‍ර‍මුඛ සමාජ ව්‍යාපාරය රටට පොරොන්දු වූයේ ‘ජනතා හිතවාදී මැතිවරණ සංශෝධනය‘කි.  ලැබී ඇත්තේ ‘මැතිවරණ සිතියම අකුලා දැමීමේ යෝජනාව‘ කි. පොරොන්දු වූයේ ‘13+ බලය බෙදා හැරීම‘ කි.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/08/17)

Lessons from the Bond Scam
NEVILLE LADDUWAHETTY Courtesy The Island
August 10, 2017, 9:44 pm The corruption associated with the Bond Scam is slowly but steadily unravelling itself. The first culprit has been identified. Only time will tell whether other culprits, such as those who aided and abetted, and others, who gave material support by way of planning and strategizing too would be identified. While the hope is that the process underway would continue uninterrupted, with diligence and commitment of all those associated with the Presidential Commission of Inquiry, there is a parallel process that should be undertaken with equal diligence and commitment - that... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/08/17)

A sad day for democracy
Editorial Courtesy The Island
August 10, 2017, 9:36 pm Yahapalanaya reminds us of a tale from Greek mythology about a ruthless bandit, named Procrustes, who either lopped off the limbs of his captives or stretched them so as to fit them into an iron bed. The yahapalana leaders are doing to the country’s laws what Procrustes did to his victims; they lay constitutional provisions on the Procrustean bed of expediency. All laws must conform to their political agenda or be amended. Wednesday was a sad day for Sri Lankan democracy or what remains thereof. The Sirisena-Wickremesinghe regime audaciously gazetted one... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/08/17)

Ravi quits, quoting scriptures
By Saman Indrajith Courtesy The Island
Foreign Minister Ravi Karunanayake resigned from his post after making a special statement in Parliament yesterday and left his front row seat to become a backbencher. "The media and some Opposition politicians demand that I be crucified over being probed by a presidential commission of inquiry. I decided to resign to set an example in keeping with the good governance policy we introduced and I do so without regret. I am proud to sacrifice my position. I do so for my party and people whom I always considered above me and my personal gains."... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/08/17)

Over certain actions of govt.I'm disappointed: Susil Premajayantha
Courtesy The Daily Mirror
Science, Technology and Research Minister Susil Premajayantha yesterday said he was disappointed with certain activities of the government and that even SLFP leaders did not accept his ideas. Addressing the media at the SLFP Head Quarters, the minister said the United National Party did not accept the ideas of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) He also said some have come to power with the intention of selling state resources but the SLFP would not do so. “There was a practice of selling state properties during the previous United National Party (UNP) governments. Since then... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/08/17)

Mattala Airport to be leased to Indian company
Kelum Bandara Courtesy The Daily Mirror
Soon after the agreement to lease the Hambantota Port to a Chinese company, the government yesterday sought Cabinet approval for a 40-year lease of the Mattala International Airport to an Indian company. The Cabinet paper was presented by Transport and Civil Aviation Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva. An Indian company had made a bid to develop the airport which built under the previous regime with financial assistance from China. The airport and the harbour are in close proximity to each other. ()... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/08/17)

I will return ownership of H'tota Port to the people: Wijeyadasa
Prasanna Sanjeewa Thennakone Courtesy The Daily Mirror
Minister of Justice and Buddha Sasana Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe said the sale of Hambantota Harbour - a public asset-to the Chinese was a wrong and assured the public that he would not rest until he regains its ownership on behalf of the people. In an interview with our sister paper the Sunday Lankadeepa the minister recalled that as a politician he had always done what was right by the country and fought against corruption. As a result he said he had been able to secure government resources worth more than Rs.1,000 billion which included... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/08/17)

බැදුම්කර වංචාවෙන් රටට වූ හානිය ට්‍රිලියනයක්.. ජනාධිපති තීරණය ගන්න පෙර සම්බන්ධව අය ඉල්ලා අස්වනු..- නි. ඇමති ලක්‍ෂමන් යාපා
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යහපාලන ආණ්ඩුව යටතේ සිදු වු මහා බැංකු බැදුම්කරය හරහා රුපියල් බිලියන 1000 ක් එනම් ට්‍රිලියනයක හානියක් මේ වනවිට රටට සිදු වී ඇති බැව් ශ්‍රිලනිප මාධ්‍ය හමුවේදි ජනාධිපති මෛත්‍රීපාල සිරිසේන මහතා නියෝජනය කරන ආණ්ඩුවේ පාර්ශ්වයේ ව්‍යවසාය සංවර්ධන නියෝජ්‍ය අමාත්‍ය ජාතික ලැයිස්තු මන්ත්‍රී ලක්ෂමන් යාපා අබේවර්ධන මහතා පැවසිය. එහෙත් මෙතෙක් බැදුම්කර වංචාව සම්බන්ධව සොයා බැලීමට පත්කල ජනාධිපති කොමිසම මගින් හෙලිකර ගත් කරුණු අනුව හිටපු මුදල් අමාත්‍ය රවි කරුණානායක අර්ජුන ඇලෝසියස්ට අයත් පර්පෙචුවල් ට්‍රෙසරිස් මගින් ලබාගෙන ඇත්තේ බවට හැගි යන්නේ කොල්ලුපිටියේ මොනැක් අපර්ට්මන්ට් හි රුපියල් මිලියන 165 ක් පමණ වටිනා නිවසකි. එසේනම් ඒ බැදුම්කර වංචාව හරහා හොරකම් කොට ඇති... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/08/17)

Losses show Ravi not the only one: JO
Lahiru Pothmulla Courtesy The Daily Mirror
The joint opposition said today the losses incurred in the Central Bank (CB) bond sale scam colossal indicating the fact that more government bigwigs other than Minister Ravi Karunanayake were involved and benefited from the scam. MP Keheliya Rambukwella, quoting State Minister of Finance, Lakshman Yapa Abeywardane, said the losses increased to Rs.1 trillion within the two and half years since it came to light. Minister Abeywardane said at a recent news conference that the losses might increase to Rs.2 trillion during the next 30 years. “This shows that what Ravi received was a... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/08/17)

Will go to SC against 20-A: MR
Courtesy The Daily Mirror
While urging all SLFP and UPFA MPs to oppose the proposed 20th Amendment on the provincial council (PC) elections, former president Mahinda Rajapaksa said today they would take this matter up in the Supreme Court. In a statement, Mr. Rajapaksa said all members of the SLFP in the government were elected to Parliament through an election campaign led by him. “I wish to remind them that they were not elected to Parliament to help the UNP to dismantle democracy in this country. The SLFP and UPFA MPs should oppose any law brought to postpone the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/08/17)

Reconciliation seems to be further separating the country - Mahinda
Reconciliation seems to be further separating the country - Mahinda යුද්ධය අවසන් කිරීම සංහිදියාවට මුලපිරුවා..
https://youtu.be/L1yShOOXHRg... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/08/17)

President elaborates on Hambantota agreement (English)
President elaborates on Hambantota agreement (English)
https://youtu.be/R2D_lNzN_IA... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/08/17)

20th Amendment impinges on sovereignty and franchise - Mahinda
By Ayshwarya Yapa Courtesy  Adaderana
Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa stated that the 20th Amendment to the Constitution impinged upon the people’s sovereignty and franchise. He issued a media release today (09) expressing his views on the 20th Amendment which has reportedly been gazette by the Government “with a view of postponing elections to the provincial councils”. Accordingly, he stated that the Amendment would require a referendum, and added that a petition would also be submitted to the Supreme Court in this regard. In his media release, the former President explained if the 20th Amendment was passed into law, not... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/08/17)

Bond scams: JVP at last points finger at PM
By Ajith Alahakoon Courtesy The Island
August 8, 2017, 10:30 pm Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe was directly involved in the Treasury bond scams and he cannot absolve himself of the responsibility for them by scapegoating Foreign Minister Ravi Karunanayake for the biggest ever fraud in the country’s history, a senior JVPer says. Addressing a press conference at the JVP headquarters in Pelawatte, Its Propaganda Secretary Vijitha Herath said: The Central Bank has been under the Prime Minister. He is the one who appointed Arjuna Mahendran to the post of Governor of the Central Bank. Therefore, he should take the blame... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/08/17)

Ranil Wicremasinghe's crimes against Sri Lanka and its people for forty years
"By An Anguished Citizen".
Recently Ranil has been going around the country doing Pooja's and celebrating his 40 years in politics. As far as I can see he was a miserable failure as a politician. It was like 40 years of mayhem. He failed to win elections 29 times, tried to win in 2010 with Sarath Fonseka in front and failed. Then in 2014 he and CBK started a campaign of lies via social media against incumbent President Mahinda Rajapaksa with funding from foreign NGO's. He promised cars for all, WiFi for the youth and free cell phones. Our... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/08/17)

ඊලාම් යුද්ධයේ සිරකරුවන්
වෛද්‍ය රුවන් එම් ජයතුංගගේ  POWs of the Eelam War  ලිපිය ඇසුරෙනි පරිවර්තනය ඒ . එස් වික්‍රමසිංහ
ඊලාම් යුද සමයේ යුද සිරකරුවන් වී  (POW) සිටි පිරිස් මේ වන විට මානසික සෞඛ්‍ය පිළිබඳ ගැටළු රාශියකට මුහුණපායි. ශ්‍රී ලංකාවේ උතුරු ප්‍රදේශයේ වසර 20 ක් තිස්සේ පැවති ඊලාම් යුද්ධය, ඉන් දිවිගලවාගත් පුද්ගලයන් අතරේ විවිධ මානසික හා කායික සෞඛ්‍ය අපහසුතාවයන් ඇති කිරීමට හේතු කාරක වී ඇත. දෙමළ ඊලාම් විමුක්ති කොටි සංවිධානය :LTTE මගින්, යුද සමයේදී හමුදා සේවයේ යෙදී සිටියවුන් බොහොමයක් සිර භාරයට ගන්නා ලද අතර ඉන් සමහර දෙනෙකු මරණයට පත් කරන ලදී. ඉතිරි යුද සිරකරුවන් ජාත්‍යන්තර රතුකුරුස කමිටුවට භාර දෙන ලදුව පසුව ඔවුන් නිදහස්... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/08/17)

Buck doesn’t stop with Ravi: GL
Lahiru Pothmulla Courtesy The Daily Mirror
It said that there was no doubt that the minister should resign due to the nature of allegations levelled against him, but the responsibility for the scam should be taken by those who hold higher posts as well. “Minister Karunanayake was removed as finance minister and appointed as the foreign minister by the President. That is not all, they readily gave him control over the National and Development Lotteries Boards as well. There is no rational basis for this allocation of subjects. No country has ever created a foreign ministry which handles lotteries boards,”... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/08/17)

රවි කරුණානායක බඩු මුට්ටු අස් කරයි.. ඉල්ලා අස්වීමට සූදානම්..
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රවි කරුණානායක විදේශ කටයුතු අැමතිවරයා අමාත්‍යංශයේ සිය කාර්යාලයේ ඇති බඩු බාහිරාදිය අස් කරමින් සිටින්නේ යයි වාර්තා පල වෙයි. ඇමතිවරයා හෙට (10) දිනයේ සිය ඇමති ධුරයෙන් ඉල්ලා අස්වනු ඇති බවටද එම වාර්තාවන්හි සදහන් වෙයි. බැදුම්කර මගඩිය සම්බන්ධයෙන් පරීක්‍ෂණ කරන ජනාධිපති කොමිසම හමුවේ ඇමතිවරයාට ප‍්‍රබල චෝදනා රැුසක් එල්ල වී ඇත. මේ අතර ඇමතිවරයා අද (09) දිනයේ ජනාධිපති ලේකම් කාර්යාලයේදී ජනාධිපතිවරයා හා අගමැතිවරයා සමග පැයක පමණ සාකච්චාවක් පවත්වා තිබේ. කරුණානායක මහතාගේ ඉල්ලා අස්වීමෙන් පුරප්පාඩු වන විදේශ ඇමති ධුරය තිලක් මාරපන මහතාට ලබා දෙනු ඇති බවද සදහන්ය.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/08/17)

Ravi to quit shortly
By Akitha Perera and Upali de Saram Courtesy The Island
August 9, 2017, 10:42 pm Following a meeting with President Maithripala Sirisena yesterday at the Presidential Secretariat, Foreign Minister Karunanayake is likely to quit his portfolio shortly, according to sources. A government spokesman said Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, too, had attended the meeting at President Sirisena’s request. Several SLFP ministers have demanded Karunanayake’s resignation pending the presidential commission of inquiry probe into alleged Central Bank-Perpetual Treasuries bond scams. They have called upon him to quit without facing the Joint Opposition’s no-faith motion. Minister Karunanayake didn’t attend Cabinet meeting yesterday.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/08/17)

THE REPUBLIC OF CHINA AND CONTEMPORARY SRI LANKA (4)
KAMALIKA PIERIS
The western powers saw that modern China was a potentially powerful state which could shake the world. Therefore China was kept out of world politics by the west for several decades. That is now history. In June 2017, Judith Shapiro, speaking of China announced ‘the superpower has arrived’.  China is set to become the first non-Western power in the modern era to shape the geopolitics of Eurasia and the Indo-Pacific, said Bandu de Silva. In 2017, Europeans increasingly named China rather than the US as the world’s leading economic power. World Economic Forum ranking for 2017 was... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/08/17)

WATER – The Existential Challenge.
R Chandrasoma
It is pardonable to suppose that biggest existential threat to the peoples of this ancient Island comes from bungled politics and the incohesive social dynamic that is thereby entailed. While one must not underestimate the strength of these disruptive forces, there is a far more formidable threat that is hardly noticed by our intellectuals and political leaders. In plain language it is the growing shortage of ‘drinkable water’ that results from a combination of factors - the principal of which can be enumerated as follows. Our Planet is warming and fresh-water systems are under threat due to... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/08/17)

SriLankan Airlines launches new direct service from Melbourne to the Colombo, Sri Lanka
Traveller
Australians can link Sri Lanka and the Maldives on a one-stop, sun-and-snorkel holiday when SriLankan Airlines launches its new direct services from Melbourne to the Sri Lankan capital, Colombo, on October 29. The daily service will run an A330-200 on the 10-hour, 50-minute flight to Colombo, bypassing the traditional stopover hubs of Singapore and Kuala Lumpur. SriLankan, which is in the oneworld family, last ran direct services to Australia back in the 1990s. The new flights depart Melbourne at 4.55pm, arriving in Colombo at 10.15pm, returning as a night flight, departing at 11.50pm to reach Melbourne at 3.25pm.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/08/17)

රාජිත කියන්නේ ලෝක හොරෙක්.. අජිත් පෙරෙරා, සුජිව සේරසිංහ ඇතුළු UNP මැති ඇමතිවරුන්ගේ රෙදි ගලවයි…
 lanka C news
යහපාලන ආණ්ඩුව යටතේ සිදු වු මහා බැංකුවේ බැදුම්කර වංචාව සම්බන්ධයෙන් හිටපු මුදල් අමාත්‍ය රවි කරුණානයක පමණක් නොව කෝප් වාර්තාට ෆුට් නෝට් දැමු කල්ලියද සම්බන්ධ බවට ජවිපෙ පාර්ලිමේන්තු මන්ත්‍රී විජිත හේරත් මාධ්‍ය හමුවක් ඉදිරියේදී ප්‍රකාශ කොට ඇත. ‘රාජිත සේනාරත්න කියන්නේ ගිය ආණ්ඩුව කාලේ නැව් ගිලපු ලෝක හොරෙකු බවත්. මෝදර ධීවර වරාය බදු දීම හරහා පසුගිය රජයේ ධීවර අමාත්‍යවරයා ලෙස කෝටි 47 ක් ජනතාවගේ මුදල් හොරා කෑ එකාට රවි කරුණානායක අමාත්‍යවරයාගේ නිවාස වංචාව ලුණූ බිගක් බවත් පත්වීම මහා ලොකු දෙයක් නොවන බවත්, දැන් ආණ්ඩුව උත්සහ ගන්නේ බැදුම්කර වංචාව රවි කරුණානයකගේ පිටින් යවා ඇග බේරාගැනීමටයි.. එහෙත් අද රවි... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/08/17)

Commission can't issue a punishment, police should investigate - Mahinda
Commission can't issue a punishment, police should investigate - Mahinda කොමිසමකට දඬුවම් දෙන්න බැහැ-පොලිසිය පරීක්ෂණ කළ යුතුයි... හිටපු ජනපති පවසයි.
https://youtu.be/popEJmtiYOQ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/08/17)

This is the weakest govt in Sri Lanka’s history - Anura Kumara
ඉතිහාසයේ දුර්වලම ආණ්ඩුව මේකයි
https://youtu.be/vQXqt2qZgpk... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/08/17)

ඕල්කොට් බෞද්ධයෝ - නලින් ද සිල්වා නැමති පුහු චින්තකයාට පිලිතුරක්
නීලමහා යෝදයා
තමා විසින්ම සහ තම සඟයින් ලවා මහා චින්තනයකුයයි හදුන්වාගන්නා වූ ලංකාවේ පිරිවෙන් විශ්වවිද්‍යාලයක විශ්‍රාමක ගුරුවරයෙකු වන නලින් ද සිල්වා  විසින් ලියා ඔහුගේ වෙබ් අඩවි වැරහැල්ලේ මා ගැන පලකරතිබූ ද්වෙශසහගත සටහන  ගැන මාගේ පිලිතුර පලකිරීම ගැන පලමුවෙන්ම ලංකාවෙබ් හි පරිපාලක තුමාට මාගේ අවංක ස්තුතිය පුදකරමි පලමුවෙන්ම ඊනියා සිල්වා නැමති පුහු චින්තකයා විසින් දෑනගත යුත්තේ නීලමහා යෝදයා නමින් හෝ යම්කිසි අන්වර්ථ නාමයකින් තම තමන්ගේ අදහස් දැක්වීම සම්පුර්නයෙන්ම පිළිගතහැකි සම්මතයකින් සිදුවන බවයි. ඇතැම් අවස්ථාවලදී අධික ලෙසින් නිරාවරණය වීම වැළැක්වීම සඳහා මෙම ක්‍රමය ( pen name) මාධ්යවේදීන් මෙන්ම රචකයන් විසින්ද තම තමන්ගේ අදහස් දැක්වීම සඳහා  භාවිතා කිරීම ලංකාවෙබ් හි පමනක් නොව... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/08/17)

ඕල්කට් බුද්ධාගම
නලින් ද සිල්වා
එංගලන්තයේ පළ කෙරෙන ලංකාවෙබ්  අඩවියට නීල මහා යෝධයා නමින් ලියන අයකු නැවතත් හදිසියේ නැගිටලා. ඔහු කුම්භකර්ණ මෙන් කාලයක් නිදා ගන්නවා ද කියා දන්නේ නැහැ. ඒත් ඒ කුම්භකර්ණ ගැන තියෙන එක් විවරණයකට අනුවයි. ඇතැමුන්ට අනුව කුම්භකර්ණ කියන්නේ කුඹුක්කන් ඔය ප්‍රදේශයට අධිපති වූ අයකු. ඔහු රාවණගේ සොහොයුරකු ලෙස ඒ ප්‍රදේශය රාවණ වෙනුවෙන් කරවූ අයකු ලෙස හැඳින්වෙනවා. බිම්තැන්න මහියංගණය වුණා සේ කුඹුක්කන් කුම්භකර්ණ බවට පත් වී තියෙනවා. ඉන්පසු එයට අර්ථකථන කෙරෙනවා . කුඹුක්කන් නිදා සිටි තැනැත්තකු ලෙස අර්ථදක්වන්න බැහැ. මේ ගැන දැනට තවදුරටත් කතා කරන්නේ නැහැ. මා මෙයින් තැත් කරන්නේ විවිධ අර්ථනිරූපණ, විවරණ ඇති බව පෙන්වීමට පමණයි. ඒ අර්ථනිරුපණ අනුව තව තවත් කතා ගෙතෙනවා. ලෝක විවිධයි. මගේ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/08/17)

Sri Lanka and the Yellow Races
by Senaka Weeraratna
The White Man enslaved the Brown Man and the Black Man for centuries. The Yellow Man liberated them. This is the true outcome of the Second World War. The Brown Man enslaved for nearly 500 years is free today because the Yellow Man fought the White Man at Port Arthur in 1905 followed by the epic attack on Pearl Harbour in 1941. Had the Yellow Man not fought the White Man, the Brown Man may still be in Chains, because none of the Colonial countries had any serious intention to give freedom to the black, brown... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/08/17)

Resolutions passed at the Annual General meeting of the TULF on 06-08-2017 in Jaffna
TULF
Resolutions passed at the Annual General meeting of the TULF on 06-08-2017 in Jaffna The Tamil United Liberation Front reiterates its demand, to solve the Sri Lankan ethnic problem, by adopting the Indian model of devolution. To achieve it the TULF will solicit the support of all concerned parties. The Tamil United Liberation Front desires to have all the problems the Tamil speaking people face, by negotiations and by peaceful means. The government without any further delay consider resettling the Muslims who were expelled from their homes and those Tamils who were displaced during the communal violence... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/08/17)

මහබැංකු බැඳුම්කර මංකොල්ලය සරල බසින් - ආචාර්ය නාලක ගොඩහේවා
Sirisena and Ranil are trying to put the blame on Ravi and clear Ranil from the Bond Scam.  Actually, it is Ranil the mastermind.  He should be the firsrt person to face prosecution. 
https://youtu.be/SuWo7rOOXeg... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/08/17)

ජාතික විශ්ව විද්‍යාල ආචාර්ය සංගමය මත්ද්‍රව්‍ය ජාවාරමට කැබිනට් ඇමතිවරුන්ගේ ඇති සම්බන්ධය ගැන ජනාධිපතිතුමන්ට යැවූ ලිපියේ ජනමාධ්‍ය පිටපත
ජ්‍යෙෂ්ඨ කථිකාචාර්ය ආචාර්ය චන්න ජයසුමන 
07.08.2017, අතිගරු ජනාධිපති මෛත්‍රීපාල සිරිසේන මැතිතුමා, ජනාධිපති ලේකම් කාර්යාලය  කොළඹ 01. ගරු ජනාධිපතිතුමනි, මත්ද්‍රව්‍ය ජාවාරමට කැබිනට් ඇමතිවරුන්ගේ සම්බන්ධය  පෙරේදා දින පැවති උත්සවයක දී රටේ පාසැල් ළමුන් මත්ද්‍රව්‍ය කරා යොමුවීමේ ඉහළ  ප්‍රවනතාවක් ඇතැයි ද ඒ වැළක්වීම සඳහා කඩිනම් පියවර ගන්නා  බව ද ඔබතුමා ප්‍රකාශ කරනු අපි  ජනමාධ්‍ය මගින් දුටුවෙමු.  ඔබතුමා මේ පිලිබඳ දක්වන උනන්දුව සහ අවධානය අපගේ ඇගැයීමට ලක්වේ.  රටේ මත්ද්‍රව්‍ය භාවිතය සම්බන්ධයෙන් අපගේ නිරීක්ෂණ කිහිපයක් පහත පරිදි වේ.  1) අප සංගමයේ සාමාජික ආචාර්යභවතුන් අප දැනුම්වත් කර ඇති පරිදි මෑතක සිට රට පුරා විශේෂයෙන් ග්‍රාමීය ප්‍රදේශවල කසිප්පු, ගංජා, හෂීශ්, හෙරොයින් සහ තවත් විවිධ නම්වලින් හැඳින්වෙන... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/08/17)

නැගෙනහිර පළාත් සභා මැතිවණය කල් දැමීමට අත උසවන්නේ නම් විපක්ෂ නායක  ආර්. සම්බන්ධන් උතුරු-නැගෙනහිර ද්‍ර‍විඩ ජනයාගේ පමණක් නොව දකුණේ ප්‍ර‍ගතිශීලී ජනතාවගේ ද ද්‍රෝහියෙකු වනු ඇත.
කැෆේ සංවිධානයේ විධායක අධ්‍යක්ෂ කීර්ති තෙන්නකෝන්පු වත්පත් නිවේදනය යි.
නැගෙනහිර පළාත් සභාව සදහා නව මහජන නියෝජිතයින් තෝරා පත් කර ගැනීම සදහා 2017 ඔක්තෝබර් 2 දින නාම යෝජනා කැදවීමට මැතිවරණ කොමිෂන් සභාව තීරණය කර ඇත. ඒ සමගම අගමැති රනිල් වික්‍ර‍මසිංහ මහතා නැගෙනහිර, උතුරු මැද, සබරගමු පළාත් සභා මැතිවරණ වසර දෙකකට වැඩි කලකට කල් දැමීම සදහා ’20 වන ආණ්ඩුක්‍ර‍ම ව්‍යවස්ථා සංශෝධනය ගැසට් මගින් ප්‍ර‍කාශයට පත් කොට ඇත. ඒ අනුව අනාගතයේ ඌව පළාත් සභාව හැර අන් සියළුම පළාත් සභා මැතිවරණ කල් යනු ඇත. පළාත් සභාව කල් දැමීමටත්, නව නායකයින් බිහිවීම වලක්වමින් ‘වසර දෙකකට පළාත් ඡන්ද නැති කිරීමටත්‘, පළාත් සභාව පාලනය කිරීමට... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/08/17)

Dead blue sea for Tamil Nadu fishermen as Lanka rolls out new legislation
Courtesy The New Indian Express
Aug 06 (NIE) TIRUCHY/NAGAPATTINAM- Bullets have failed to stop them, but a new bill adopted by the Sri Lankan parliament could. After going through phases of conflict and relative peace, the troubled life of fishermen from Tamil Nadu has entered new waters, thanks to the Sri Lankan Fisheries and the Aquatic Resources (Amendment) Bill that was moved this day last month. According to official figures from the State government, Lankan navy firing has resulted in 128 dead and 283 injured, besides hundreds of detentions. These have, however, become part of everyday reality for the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/08/17)

රවීගේ බබා කතා පිළිගන්න තරම් ජනතාව මරි මෝඩ නෑ : විමල් වීරවංශ
ජානිපෙ නායක විමල් වීරවංශ
Aug 3, 2017 2015 ජනවාරි 08 වැනිදා සිදු වූයේ යහපාලන අභිෂේකයක් නොව චෞරාභිෂේකයක් බවත් රවී කරුණානායක ඇමතිවරයා පමණක් නොව බැඳුම්කර වංචාවට සම්බන්ධ වූ සියලු දෙනා කවරාකාරයේ චෞර රැලත් ද, වග නුදුරේදීම රට හමුවේ ඔප්පු කර පෙන්වන බව ජාතික නිදහස් පෙරමුණේ නායක, පාර්ලිමේන්තු මන්ත්‍රී විමල් වීරවංශ මහතා පවසයි. අද(03) පිටකෝට්ටේ පිහිටි ජාතික නිදහස් පෙරමුණේ ප්‍රධාන කාර්යාලයේ දී පැවැති විශේෂ මාධ්‍ය හමුවේදී ඒ මහතා මෙසේ පැවසීය. එහිදී වැඩිදුරටත් අදහස් දැක්වූ විමල් වීරවංශ මහතා මෙසේ ද සඳහන් කළේය. “2015 ජනවාරි 08 වැනිදා යහපාලන අභිෂේකය සිදු වුණා කියන මිථ්‍යාවට රැවටුණු අයට, එය මිථ්‍යාවක් බව අප පෙන්වා දෙන... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/08/17)

Ravi K and the political paralysis in Yahapalanaya
By Ranga Jayasuriya Courtesy The Daily Mirror
It is conventional wisdom that Minister Ravi Karunanayake should have resigned – or failing that be sacked -- after those earth shattering revelations that were made at the Presidential Commission of Inquiry (PCoI) into the bond scam. Instead, he has clung to his portfolio and foul-mouthed the Attorney General’s Department while his political superiors, when not blaming media for holding Karunanayake accountable, seem to be scratching their heads, rather than acting to salvage the government’s credibility. Allegations levelled against Minister Karunanayake, which he has failed to answer convincingly, are not about some abstract... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/08/17)

Question AG on missing file
Editorial Courtesy The Island
August 7, 2017, 8:46 pm Faced with the prospect of some government members also backing the Joint Opposition’s motion of no confidence against him, Ravi Karunanayake is apparently left with no alternative but to step down as Foreign Minister of his own volition pending investigations into the questionable penthouse deal. However, those who are out for Karunanayake’s blood, trying to blame the bond scams solely on him are barking up the wrong tree. An attempt is obviously being made in some quarters to throw him to the wolves. No probe into the bond scams is complete... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/08/17)

ඇමැති ලේකම්ගේ රස්‌සාව කුඩු
කතු වැකිය උපුටා ගැන්ම දිවයින
කන්ටේනර පිටින් කුඩු මෙරටට ගෙන එන මුත් ගෙන්වන මිනිහෙක්‌ හොයාගන්නට නැත. කුඩු තොග ගණනින් අත්අඩංගුවට ගන්නා නමුත් ඒවාට වෙන දෙයක්‌ නැත. ආණ්‌ඩුවට විසඳන්නට (විස¹ ගන්නට) ඇති බොහෝ ප්‍රශ්න තිබෙන නිසා මෙවැනි සිල්ලර ගණයේ ප්‍රශ්න පසුවට කල් තබා තිබෙනවා වන්නට පුළුවන. එහෙත් සෙස්‌ස පස්‌සට තැබීමේ විපාකය රටම "කුඩු" වීම වන්නට බැරි නැත. එය අප අවවාදයක්‌ ලෙස නොව පූර්ව සූදානමක්‌ ලෙස සිහිපත් කර සිටිමු. මේ රටේ නමගිය කුඩු කප්පිත්තන් හිරේය. එහෙත් රට පුරාම විවිධ වර්ගයේ මත්ද්‍රව්‍ය බෙදාහැරීම ත්‍රිපෝෂ බෙදනවාටත් වඩා පහසුවෙන් සිදු වන බව පෙනේ. එසේ කරන්නට "හයියක්‌" වුවමනාය. එසේ මෙසේ හයියක්‌ නොව දේශපාලන හයියක්‌ය. ඒ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/08/17)

No AWA group back in Mahinda's day- Udaya
මහින්දගේ යුගයේ ආව ල ආවේ නෑ 
https://youtu.be/a9jA1LOfDM4... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/08/17)

Both of those who signed on our money notes are thieves - Anura
මුදල් නොට්ටුවේ අත්සන් කරපු දෙන්නම හොරු
https://youtu.be/6llHrUzmOak... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/08/17)

They are avoiding the election because the govt. cant host it - CAFE
ජන්ද විමසීම හකුල ගන්නේ ජන්දෙ තියන්න ආණ්ඩුවට බැරි නිසා 
https://youtu.be/PeGRHa0Zf6Y... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/08/17)

Ravi should have credentials revoked and put in jail - SLFP
By Roosindu Peris Courtesy  adaderana
The Nuwara Eliya organizer for the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP), stated that Ravi Karunanayake should have his ministerial credentials revoked and put in jail. He further added that investigations on the properties purchased by Karunanayake unlawfully, should be investigated upon as well, despite questioning whether the investigations could be carried out independently due to the influence Karunanayake has. Furthermore, he stated that in a government which came to power without allowing corrupt officials into power should not allow ministers exhibiting such behavior to remain in the government. The sentiments were brought out at... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/08/17)

The country needs the correct person as the new Foreign Minister
Dr Sudath Gunasekara 6.8.2017.
Now that the days of RK as F/Minister are numbered the President has to choose a new man acceptable to the people and to the world at large at this critical hour who can face the challenges ahead of this position in time to come. After Mrs Sirimavo Bandaranayaka and Luxman Kadiragamar I cannot think of any other who had fit in well to the shoes of that much coveted position. Had Lalith Atulathmudali lived I would have definitely suggested his name for this place without any hesitation. Everybody knows how appalling the record of... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/08/17)

Cerberus Says: On CB Bond scam and few pertinent queries?
Cerberus Says:  August 6th, 2017 at 12:26 pm
On Jan 15, 2015, a plan that had been in the making for a long time was implemented with a cheated election and the election of Maithripala Sirisena as the President. As far as I can see these are the rudiments of the plan which was hatched by think tanks abroad since RW does not have the brains of a louse to govern or plan anything. 1. Former Colonizers wanted to get back their colonies, especially India which was the crown jewel during their heyday. 2. In order to get India, it... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/08/17)

CB Bond scam and few pertinent queries?
Sudath Gunasekara  5. 8.2017.
Who brought Arjuna  Mahendran, a non- citizen of this country and a citizen of Singapore Who got him appointed as the Governor of the Central Bank in spite of objections raised by the President with an undertaking that he will take the full responsibility for all actions by Arjuna Mahendran, his buddy? Why did the President gave in to pressure (may be obviously for the reason that he has got elected as the President, mainly thanks to the UNP votes)  knowing that Arjuna had LTTE grape wine with blood connections and he was also not... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/08/17)

යෝධයෝ හදන්න
වරුණ චන්ද්‍රකීර්ති
දැන් හැම වෙලාවේ ම වගේ අපි තීරණගන්නේ හැඟීම්වලට මුල්තැන දීලා. යම් යම් වැඩ කරන්න ගියා ම සිද්දවෙන අලාභ ගැනවත් අපි හිතන්නේ නෑ. පාරේ වාහනයක් එළවද්දී පවා අනිත් වාහනකාරයන්ට පාඩම් උගන්වනවා වගේ භාරදූර කටයුතුත් අපි අපේ කරට ගන්නවා. කවුරු හරි එකෙක් වැරැදි විදිහට වාහනේ ඉස්සර කරනවා දැක්කොත් ඌට හොඳ පාඩමක් උගන්නන්නම් කියලා හිතාගෙන තව එකෙක් පාර හරස්කරනවා. මේ පාඩම් ඉගැන්නිල්ල වෙනුවෙන් තමන් ගේ පැට්‍රල් පුච්චගන්නවා. තමන් ගේ කාලය නාස්ති කරගන්නවා. තමන් ගේ ලේ කෝප කරගන්නවා. ඒත් මදි කියලා හිතන වෙලාවට ගහ බැණගන්න මට්ටමටත් මේ ව්‍යාපෘතිය වර්ධනය කරගන්නවා. අපේ කට්ටිය පාර දිගේ කරන මේ විදිහේ වික්‍රමාන්විත ක්‍රියා අද අපි... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/08/17)

MONARCH GATE …………..
Dr Sarath Obeysekera
We had Water Gate .Monica Gate ,Russia Gate in USA and now we have Monarch Gate in Sri Lanka . Sunday Papers and the TV keep talking or write about the answers given by the Minister during questioning time  at the Commission. Opposition take micky out of the minister for his loss of memory . I am lost to understand how this Minister can go to Public ever again and talk about corruption activities taken place during last regime .One might ask how do you remember? Many supporters of Yahapalanaya is arguing that only under Yahapalana... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/08/17)

Womp! This Country Was Named The Greatest Threat To World Peace
By Meredith Bennett-Smith
There’s really no way to sugarcoat it: The rest of world believes that the United States is the country that poses the greatest threat to world peace, beating out all challengers by a wide margin. This is the conclusion of a massive world opinion poll conducted by Win/Gallup International and released at the close of 2013. The poll, which was first conducted in 1977, asked over 66,000 thousand people across 65 countries this year a variety of questions about the world, including which country they would most like to call home, whether or not the world is becoming a generally... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/08/17)

Prime Minister's ‘constitutional amendment‘ is a ploy to delay elections Must go for a referendum as well as a 2/3 majority in Parliament to postpone an election
Press statement  Rajith Keerthi Tennakoo Executive Director/CaFFE
Prime Minister's ‘constitutional amendment‘  is a ploy to delay elections Must go for a referendum as well as a 2/3 majority in Parliament to postpone an election Campaign for Free and Fair Elections (CaFFE) is shocked at the revelation that the 20th amendment to the Constitution, which the Government wants to introduce, seeks give Parliament the powers of a Provincial Council when they dissolved. Addressing the media today at CaFFE Head Office at Rajagiriya, CaFFE Exective Director Rajith Keerthi Tennakoon said that with this move the government plans to postpone the provincial council... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/08/17)

අගමැති රනිල් “වමට සිග්නල් දමා දකුණට හරවන්න“ හදනවා - කීර්ති තෙන්නකෝන් කියයි.
මාධ්‍ය ඒකකය කැෆේ සංවිධානය 
අගමැති රනිල් වික්‍ර‍මසිංහ මහතා විසින්  යෝජිත ‘ඡන්ද සිතියම ඇකිලීමේ ව්‍යවස්ථා සංශෝධන‘ ජනතාවගේ පරම ඡන්ද අයිතිය පැහැර ගැනීමක් බව නිදහස් හා සාධාරණ මැතිවරණයක් සදහා වූ ජනතා ව්‍යාපාරය හෙවත් කැෆේ සංවිධානය  පවසයි. එහි විධායක අධ්‍යක්ෂ කීර්ති තෙන්නකෝන් මහතා අද(06) කොළඹ රාජගිරියේ පැවති මැතිවරණ නිරීක්ෂකයින්ගේ ඒකාබද්ධ මාධ්‍ය හමුවකදී අවධාරණය කළේ , ගරු අගමැතිවරයා විසින් 2017 ජූලි 28 දිනැති ගැසට් පත්‍රයේ පළ කර ඇති ‘විසිවන සංශෝධනය කෙටුම්පත‘ මගින් ලංකාවේ මැතිවරණ සිතියම ඌව පළාත් සභාවේ ධූර කාලය අවසන්වන 2019 ඔක්තෝබර් පළමු සතිය දක්වා අකුළා දැමීමට පරිසරය සකස් කරන බවයි.  ‘ජනාධිපති මෛත්‍රීපාල සිරිසේන මහතා ගේ ධූර කාලය අවසන් වන 2019 දෙසැම්බර්... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/08/17)

උපරිමාධිකරණවල නඩු පැවරීම සම්බන්ධ අධ්‍යයන වැඩමුළුව සහ පොත් 150ක් බෙදා දීම
Aruna Unawatuna
ශ්‍රේෂ්ඨාධිකරණයේ - අභියාචනාධිකරණයේ සහ සිවිල් අභියාචනා මහාධිකරණයේ නඩු පැවරීම සම්බන්ධ අධ්‍යයන වැඩ මුළුව 2017.08.05 දින ජාතික පුස්තකාල හා ප්‍රලේඛන සේවා මණ්ඩල ශ්‍රවණාගාරයේ දී පවත්වන ලදී. මෙම අධ්‍යයන වැඩමුළුවේ දී  රු.1500.00කට මිල නියම කර ඇති ශ්‍රේෂ්ඨාධිකරණයේ - අභියාචනාධිකරණයේ සහ සිවිල් අභියාචනා මහාධිකරණයේ නඩු පැවරීමට අදාල ව්‍යවස්ථා නීති සංග්‍රහයේ පිටපත් 150ක් මුදල් අයකිරීමකින් තොරව බෙදා දෙන ලදී.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/08/17)

තනතුරු අහිමි වුණත් දූෂණයට පක්‌ෂව අත ඔසවන්නේ නෑ... සජිත් ප්‍රේමදාස
උපුටා ගැන්ම දිවයින
තමන් ඇතුළු යහපාලන රජයේ කිසිවකු දූෂණයට පක්‌ෂව අත ඔසවන්නේ නැතැයි නිවාස සහ ඉදිකිරීම් ඇමැති සජිත් ප්‍රේමදාස මහතා මොනරාගලදී පෙරේදා (05දා) ප්‍රකාශ කළේය. සියඹලාණ්‌ඩුව මානාභරණගම උදාගම්මානය ජනතා අයිතියට පවරා දෙමින් ඇමැති සජිත් ප්‍රේමදාස මහතා වැඩිදුරටත් සඳහන් කළේ ජනතාව අලුත් ආණ්‌ඩුවක්‌ පත්කර ගත්තේ හොරු අල්ලා ගන්නට මිස හොරකම් නොකරන්නට බවය. ජනතා විශ්වාසය භංග නොවන පරිදි ගමන් කිරීමට මහජන නියෝජිතයන් වග බලා ගත යුතු බවද පැවසූ සජිත් ප්‍රේමදාස මහතා ජනතා විශ්වාසය භංග වුවහොත් යළි විපක්‌ෂයේ නිවහනට යා හැකි බවද කීවේය. හොරකමට පක්‌ෂව අත ඔසවන්නැයි කවුරුන් හෝ තමන්ට කීවොත් සියලු තනතුරු අතහැර ජනතාව සමඟ පාරට බසින්නට තමන් සූදානම් බවද සජිත්... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/08/17)

Country Needs Departure From Colombo 7 Centric Thinking - Ven. Elle Gunawansa Thera
By Kelum Bandara Courtesy The Daily Mirror
Leading Buddhist monk Ven. Elle Gunawansa Thera, who works with the nationalist groups, speaks about the present status of politics in the country and what he envisages. Here are the excerpts of the interview: There is no need for a new Constitution There are no issues specific to Tamils All communities have common issues Constitution being worked out to please foreign forces No one talks about resettlement of Sinhalese who were living in Jaffna Politicians are like tradesmen flaunting their marketing skills Lions and cattle cannot live in one cage For... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/08/17)

A pure science of mind and matter
By K.H.J.Wijedasa Courtesy The Daily Mirror
An objective analysis of Buddhism and science Buddhism has been described by Buddhist Scholar S.N. Goenka as “a pure science of mind and matter”. He substantiates this on the basis that Buddhism uses precise, analytical, philosophical and psychological terminology and reasoning . The Buddha explained the reality of things in terms of cause and effect. Buddhism is firmly founded on the principle that effects arise from causation. The existence of misery and suffering in any given individual is due to the presence of causes. Buddhism is undoubtedly the most profound and wholesome educational path... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/08/17)

Decision should be taken in the best interest of the country
Editorial Courtesy The Daily Mirror
Two years after assuming office, the National Unity government is facing one of its biggest crises in the aftermath of the bombshell revelations made last Wednesday at the sittings of the Commission probing the alleged multi-million dollar bond scam in the Central Bank. At the Centre of the crisis is the former Finance Minister and now Foreign Minister Ravi Karunanayake along with the Perpetual Treasuries boss Arjun Aloysius who is one of the main figures in the alleged bond scams. Media reports say both President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe have urged Mr.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/08/17)

Govt would not protect thieves: PM
Yohan Perera Courtesy The Daily Mirror
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe speaking at a public function in Hatton today said this government would not protect thieves, and would remove them, but stressed that there should be room for a transparent investigation. “Today there are so many investigations that ministers are brought before the Attorney General and are questioned. Was there a situation as such before? Those days, the Attorney General was an acolyte of the president. The Attorney General who questioned was removed from the department or else taken in a white van. Now there is room to question anyone. This... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/08/17)

WHAT can CBK do in this mess?
UPAL COORAY Courtesy The Island
August 6, 2017, 8:24 pm A key figure in the 2015 overthrow of the Rajapaksa government, and the mentor of President Sirisena as well as back seat driver of the Yahapalana government, is unheard of these days. She is the head of the office of national unity and reconciliation. She was in the forefront of preaching a federal solution to the national question. Surely, the work in this sphere is not the only endeavor she has to carry through. She is obliged to save her beleaguered prodigy, Maithripala Sirisena and her childhood friend Ranil, later... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/08/17)

Remove Ravi and probe PM
By Laksiri Fernando Courtesy The Island
August 6, 2017, 8:29 pm There is no point in waiting for the Presidential Commission to conclude the No Confidence Motion to take place. There can be a Parliamentary debate on the Penthouse Issue or Public Corruption in general for the members to express their views and show their determination, if anything remaining, against corrupt practices. The President must remove Ravi Karunanayake, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, from the Cabinet forthwith. The Members of Parliament can ask Ravi Karunanayake to completely resign from Parliament. If not, or even otherwise, it is left for the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/08/17)

Onella Karunanayake has a point
BY MALINDA SENEVIRATNE
Onella WIranthi Karunanayake has asked a valid question: “Why only my father’s name comes up all the time in such a huge government?” The ‘father’ is of course Ravi Karunanayake, Minister of External Affairs.  Karunanayake’s  name has ‘come up,’ to use Onella’s words because of his close friendship with Arjun Aloysius, the man at the centre of the Central Bank Bond Issue fiasco.  Karunanayake is a target because a) he was at the time the Minister of Finance, b) Aloysius’ father-in-law, Arjun Mahendran, was the Governor of the Central Bank, and c) this ‘friendship’ has found expression in Aloysius... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/08/17)

තීරණයක් ගන්න මං සූදානම්..- රවි - රවි ඉවත් කලොත් අගමැති රනිල්, එජාපය ආණ්ඩුවෙන් ඉල්ලා අස්වී විපක්‍ෂයට..?
 lanka C news
පවතින සියලු තත්වයන් ගැන සැලකිලිමත් වෙමින් කල යුතු දේ සම්බන්ධයෙන් තීරණයක් ගන්නා බව ඇමති රවි කරුණානායක මහතා පවසයි. ඇමතිවරයා මේ බව කියාසිටියේ බැඳුම්කර කොමිසම හමුවේ හෙලිව ඇති තොතුරු ගැන කල විමසීමකදීය. කෙසේ වෙතත් ධුරයෙන් ඉවත් වන්නැයි ජනාධිපතිවරයා හෝ අගමැතිවරයා තමන්ගෙන් ඉල්ලා නොසිටි බවද ඔහු අවධාරණය කරයි. මේ අතර යම් හෙයකින්ඇ මති රවි කරුණානායක මහතා අධිකරණයකින් වරදකරුවෙකු නොවී තිබියදී ඇමති ධුරයෙන් ඉවත් කලහොත් එක්සත් ජාතික පක්‍ෂය ආණ්ඩුවෙන් ඉල්ලා අස්වී විපක්‍ෂයට යා යුතු යයි එම පක්‍ෂ ප‍්‍රබල ඇමතිවරුන් පිරිසක් යෝජනා කරයි. මේ සම්බන්ධයෙන් අද හෝ හෙට දිනයේ පක්‍ෂ නායක අගමැති රනිල් වික‍්‍රමසිංහ මහතා මුණ ගැසී සාකච්චා කිරීමට නියමිත... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/08/17)

GOVT HAS SELECTED WRONG CHINESE COMPANY!
BY RAVI LADDUWAHETTY Courtesy Ceylon Today
Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa,in a special interview with Ceylon Today Sunday Edition, alleged that the Unity Government has accepted the bid from China Merchant Port Holdings Ltd, been accepted in a backdrop where the other company China Harbour Co. Ltd which had submitted the bid in a much more favourable one to lease the free port on a 65-35 equity sharing basis for 50 years with an upfront payment of USD 750 million plus the payment of all the charges they had earlier agreed to with regard to the container terminal management contract. The... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/08/17)

Will UNP stick by its long-term loyalists as wheels within wheels evident in Yahapalanaya?
BY GAGANI WEERAKOON Courtesy Ceylon Today
In his 1953 play 'The Crucible' American playwright Arthur Miller says 'there are wheels within wheels and fires within fires in this village'. This seems to be the case with the Sirisena-Wickremesinghe government where none seems to take the responsibility of what is happening around them or even in their very own families. From everything that took place last week, from the alleged statement issued by the government condemning North Korea testing missile to best Finance Minister in the Asia-Pacific region not knowing who paid his rent for a penthouse he was living in,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/08/17)

Ravi K and Limits to Lying
BY Kavindya Chris Thomas Courtesy Ceylon Today
UNP strongman, former Finance Minister and incumbent Foreign Minister in the Good Governance Government, Ravi Karunanayake, provided his testimony before the Presidential Commission of Inquiry into the Treasury Bond issues last Wednesday (2). While it might have been an obvious strategic move, most definitely recommended by his high-calibre attorneys, Minister Ravi Karunanayake's testimony of complete ignorance caught many off guard, as the proverbial rug of 'Good Governance' was pulled out from under them. The former Finance Minister had been publicly accused - according to him due to the influence of the mass media... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/08/17)

Current govt. should be held responsible for Uma Oya, not previous govt. - Mahinda
By Roosindu Peris Courtesy Adaderana
Former President, Mahinda Rajapakse stated that the current government should be held accountable for the consequences of the Uma Oya project. Rajapakse added that no consultative report had been submitted regarding the damages caused by the implementation of the project. Addressing a crowd in the Beruwala area, Rajapakse stated that the there was no point in blaming the previous government for the problems that have arisen due to the Uma Oya project. Furthermore, Minister of Sports Dayasiri Jayasekara stated that those who did not follow protocol, leading to the catastrophic effects of the Uma... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/08/17)

Helmut Kohl’s Unfulfilled Dream
By Dr. Tilak S. Fernando
After the demise of former German Chancellor Helmut Kohl recently, news about his survival out of the killer tsunami in 2004 December surfaced once again. Kohl was 74 at the time. His escape from the tsunami in Sri Lanka had been described in diverse forms, both in the German media and the Associated Press at the time, with a slight variance. Kohl had travelled to Sri Lanka with some friends during Christmas vacations and decided to stay in a down South tourist hotel, especially for Ayurveda therapy. As he watched from the third floor... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/08/17)

Hammond Hill (Hammenheil)   After 40 Years
Dr Ruwan M Jayatunge 
The Hammond Hill ( Hammenheil  )  is not a prison any more. It has become a tourist detonation. The Sri Lanka Navy is running a tourist hotel in the island with all the luxuries. It has become Sri Lanka’s Alcatraz prison attracted by locals and foreign tourists. People have forgotten the 1971 insurrection and the former prisoners of Hammond Hill. All the 1971 prisoners were released by the President J.R Jayawardene when he came to power in 1977. Although the Hammond Hill prisoners became free many are still trapped in their ruminations. Some were able to... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/08/17)

ශ්‍රී ලාංකික දේශපාලනයේ නිරුවත් යතාර්ථය
වෛද්‍ය රුවන් එම් ජයතුංග
 මානසික සහ  පෞරුෂ අක්‍රමතා නිසා ප්‍රචන්ඩ හැසිරීම් පෙන්වන පුද්ගලයන් ශ්‍රී ලංකාව වැනි රටවල පොදු ජනයා විසින් හුරේ දමා පිළිගෙන මල් මාලා දමමින් දේශපාලන නායකත්වය සඳහා ඔසවා තබන නමුත් ශිෂ්ටසම්පන්න රටවල මෙවැනි පුද්ගලයන් සඳහා ප්‍රතිකාර ලබා දෙති.  ...............මොවුන්ගෙන් බහුතරයකට තිබනේ අඩු අධ්‍යාපන මට්ටමක් වන අතර ප්‍රචණ්ඩත්වයට නැඹුරු හැසිරීම් රටාවක්ද තිබුණි. මෙම කැරලිකාර කොටස් දාමරික සහ ප්‍රචණ්ඩකාරී ක්‍රියා රාශියක් සිඳුකළ නමුදු තම දේශපාලන ස්වාමි වරු විසින් සැම විටම ආරක්ෂා කරණු ලැබූහ. මෙම ලක්ෂණය ශ්‍රී ලාංකික දේශපාලනයේ නිරුවත් යතාර්ථය බවට පත්ව ඇත. මොවුහු නිතරම නීතියට ඉහලින් සිටි අතර තම දේශපාලන... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/08/17)

ඊලාම් යුධ සිරකරුවන්
වෛද්‍ය රුවන් එම් ජයතුංගගේ  POWs of the Eelam War  ලිපිය ඇසුරෙනි පරිවර්තනය ඒ . එස් වික්‍රමසිංහ 
ඊලාම් යුද සමයේ යුද සිරකරුවන් වී  (POW) සිටි පිරිස් මේ වන විට මානසික සෞඛ්‍ය පිළිබඳ ගැටළු රාශියකට මුහුණපායි. ශ්‍රී ලංකාවේ උතුරු ප්‍රදේශයේ වසර 20 ක් තිස්සේ පැවති ඊලාම් යුද්ධය, ඉන් දිවිගලවාගත් පුද්ගලයන් අතරේ විවිධ මානසික හා කායික සෞඛ්‍ය අපහසුතාවයන් ඇති කිරීමට හේතු කාරක වී ඇත. දෙමළ ඊලාම් විමුක්ති කොටි සංවිධානය :LTTE මගින්, යුද සමයේදී හමුදා සේවයේ යෙදී සිටියවුන් බොහොමයක් සිර භාරයට ගන්නා ලද අතර ඉන් සමහර දෙනෙකු මරණයට පත් කරන ලදී. ඉතිරි යුද සිරකරුවන් ජාත්‍යන්තර රතුකුරුස කමිටුවට භාර දෙන ලදුව පසුව ඔවුන් නිදහස්... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/08/17)

The invisible hand behind Ravi K’s undoing
by C.A.Chandraprema Courtesy The Island
August 5, 2017, 7:45 pm The appearance of Foreign Minister Ravi Karunanayake before the Bond Commission was the talk of the week. No one can fail to notice that there is a major difference in the way Ravi Karunanayake has been treated when compared to how Hirunika Premachandra was treated when it came to her abduction case and Galagodaatte Gnanasara thera was treated recently with regard to the multiple cases against him. Despite the fact that the men who abducted a youth from a shop had no motive to do that except for the instructions... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/08/17)

A torrid time in politics
Editorial Courtesy The Island
August 5, 2017, 6:22 pm It is obvious that the next few days are going to be a torrid time in Sri Lanka politics. Foreign Minister Ravi Karunanayake’s appearance before the Presidential Commission appointed to probe the Central Bank bond scam triggered a deluge of sensational reporting for which the media cannot be faulted for the simple reason that the disclosures were sensational. Of course none of the allegations that were made or material elicited has yet been proven. That must await the final report of the commission. Its term has already been extended at least... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/08/17)

Hoisted in a Penthouse: Forty years of Open Sesame
by Rajan Philips Courtesy The Island
The evidentiary revelations about the leaser-dealing over a Colombo penthouse could not have come at a worse time for the government. It has pushed the wedge between the President Sirisena and the Prime Minister even deeper, as there is bound to be disagreement between them about what to do with a ‘minister terrible’ like Ravi Karunanayake. The penthouse saga has also marred the sycophantic celebrations of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe’s forty years in public life. Perhaps, it is poetic comeuppance for the government’s brazen sordidness. What the Rajapaksa brothers could not complete in ten... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/08/17)

Punishments should be doled out to the Govt - MR (English)
Punishments should be doled out to the Govt - MR (English
https://youtu.be/UZKc2Aap-rs... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/08/17)

Norwegian expert submits interim report on Uma Oya Project
Norwegian expert submits interim report on Uma Oya Project
https://youtu.be/TQ1FzXpcW0o... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/08/17)

Ravi Karunanayake Tells Inquiry Commission That He Did not Know About Transactions Entered Into By His Wife and Daughter
By Hafeel Farisz and Amali Mallawarachchi Courtesy:Daily News
Minister Ravi Karunanayake yesterday defended himself before the Bond Commission insisting that he did not know of any of the transactions entered into by his wife and daughter and their connected companies with regard to the Penthouse Apartment at the Monarch residencies in which he currently resides. In a day filled with drama, suspense, outbursts and assertions, Karunanayake took the stand for close to six hours insisting throughout that he was not aware of the transactions or connections that were put to him by the Attorney General’s Department. “I was not aware... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/08/17)

Attempts to subvert Constitutional provision of Buddhism in Sri Lanka & questioning role of Ministry of National Integration
Shenali D Waduge
Several factors need to be taken into account to comprehend the gravity of the situation. Firstly, it is now glaringly clear that the present government is in power following a regime change. It is also clear that those holding various posts & handling portfolios are controversial characters many of whom are yet to be investigated for links to terrorist LTTE. Many of the present changes being rolled out have been promises made to these uninvestigated entities & questions its detrimental effects to the Nation. To top it all there is growing resentment among the masses against... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/08/17)

It was Coronation of a gang of thieves that took place on 8th January 2015. We would divulge about not only Ravi, but about the whole gang of thieves.  – Wimal Weerawansa
Translated by : A.A.M.NIZAM – MATARA
The leader of the National Freedom Front (NFF) Parliamentarian Mr. Wimal Weerawansa said that ir was not coronation of yahapalana government that took place on 8th January 2015 but the coronation or a gang of thieves and it would soon be revealed to the country not only about Ravi Karunanayake’s involvement in the Treasury Bond Scam but about all those who were involved in this robbery. Addressing a media conference held at the NFF Headquarters at Pitakotte MP Weerawansa said when we criticized about the myth of the so-called coronation of a yahapalana... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/08/17)

කුම්බලා කරවාඩු කෑවා නම්......
 තේජා ගොඩකන්දෙආරච්චි
මේ දිනවල රටේ සැමගේම අවධානය යොමුවී ඇත්තේ විදේශ කටයුතු පිලිබඳ අමාත්‍ය රවි කරුණානායකගේ කතා වස්තුව දෙසටය. එය බරපතල කාරණයකි. ඔහු මේ හොරකමට හවුල් වූයේ රටේ මුදල් ඇමතිවරයා වශයෙන් සිටියදීය. රටක මුදල් ඇමති යනු ජනතා ඇස වඩාත්ම වුවමනාවෙන් යොමුවී තිබෙන පුද්ගලයාය. ඒ, රටක ජනතාවගේ ජීවිතවල හැඩතල නිර්මාණය වනුයේ මුදල් අමාත්‍යවරයා විසින් වසරකට වරක් නොවැම්බරයේ මහාර්ඝ වස්තුවක් සේ පාර්ලිමේන්තුවට වඩම්මවාගෙන එන කලු බ්‍රීෆ් කේසය තුල ඇති කඩදාසි ගොන්න තුල ලියැවී ඇති දේ මත නිසාවෙනි. රටේ මූල්‍ය පරිපාලනය ඔස්සේ රටේ ඒ ඒ ක්ෂේත්‍රයන්ට වැයවන මුදල් ප්‍රමානය වෙන් කරන්නේ මුදල් අමාත්‍යංශය හරහා වෙයි. ඒ අනුව ඒ ඒ ක්ෂේත්‍රයන්ට දිය යුතු ප්‍රමුඛතාවය... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/08/17)

Sri Lanka’s Constitution and the Focal Advocacy Role of the Maha Sangha
M.L.Wickramasinghe
(The writer is an ex-Journalist, communication researcher and a retired staff member of the International Civil Service of the United Nations system) Recently, the Maha Sangha made a common statement on the proposed Constitution. It described the basic parameters of a Constitution that they believe would suit Sri Lanka, and presented the finding that it would not be wise to either draft a new Constitution, or to do away with the Executive Presidential system. They accepted the need to change the existing electoral system. Since this event, a very small group (e.g. some NGOs, diaspora groups, writers, academics,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/08/17)

කහ​ පටි
වෛද්ය් රුවන් එම් ජයතුංග
ප්ලේමවුත්  පාරේ බානිගේ කල්ලියේ කොල්ලෙකුට වෙඩි තියලා කියලා  ලැරී දුවගෙන ඇවිල්ලා කිව්වා. දුවපු හතියට ලැරීට හුස්ම ගන්නත් බැහැ. ලැරී පිටි මුට්්ට් වගේ බරයි. ලැරී ඇවිදින වාට්ටුවක්. උප්පතියෙන්ම ගෙනාපු දියවැඩියාව​, ඇදුම , අසාත්මිකතා , ඔක්කොම තියනවා. ලැරී ඉන්හේලර් එක හොයන්න සාක්කුවට අත දානවා. ඔළුව නවාගෙන ආපහු හති ඇරලා කතාවේ ඉතුරු ටික කිව්වා. වෙඩි තියලා තියෙන්නේ මෙල්වින්ඩේල් ඉස්කෝලේ කොල්ලෙක්.   මෙල්වින්ඩේල් එකට යන සත්තු ගැන කතා කරලා වැඩක් නැහැ. උන් ප්‍රාථමිකේ ඉඳන් ක්‍රැක් ගහගෙන ඉන්නේ. මෙල්වින්ඩේල් එකේ ඉගනගන්න එවුන් නවතින්නේ හිර ගෙදර නැත්නම් පුනරුථාපනේ. ඒකට යන කෙල්ලොත් එහෙමයි. උන්ටම හරියන ජාතියක්. අඳින විදිහෙන් සහ පාරේ ඇවිදින විදියෙන්  මෙල්වින්ඩේල් එකේ බැල්ලියෝ අඳුර ගන්න පුලුවන් . උන් අපේ පාරටත් එනවා. ජිමී... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/08/17)

ගෙට ගත් සිංහයාට කොස්සෙන් ගැසිය හැකිද?
ගෙට ගත් සිංහයාට කොස්සෙන් ගැසිය හැකිද?
https://youtu.be/J6rUiw7i9JE... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/08/17)

Joint Opposition (JO) slaps Ravi K with ‘No-Faith’ motion
BY Natasha Siribaddana Courtesy  Ceylon Today
The Joint Opposition (JO) yesterday handed over a No-Confidence motion against Minister of Foreign Affairs Ravi Karunanayake to the office of the Secretary General of Parliament. Deputy Secretary General and Chief of Staff of Parliament, Neil Iddawela confirmed that MPs Bandula Gunawardena, Ranjith Soyza and Mahindananda Aluthgamage on behalf of the JO had handed the motion document to him. The motion drafted by MP Bandula Gunawardena was circulated among all 51 UPFA MPs representing JO who were at the wedding of the son of the former Minister Keheliya Rambukwella, Ramith, to collect their signatures.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/08/17)

Polls, Tigers and yahapalanaya
Editorial Courtesy The Island
August 4, 2017, 9:39 pm All signs are that there won’t be any elections in the foreseeable future and at this rate disuse atrophy is likely to affect our right to exercise franchise. Time was when there were no elections in some areas under direct LTTE control. Thankfully, the Tigers were militarily neutralised eight years ago and democracy was rekindled in those parts of the country. But, today, thanks to the yahapalana leaders the entire country is without elections! Polls phobia is to politicians what hydrophobia is to canines, as we have argued in these columns... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/08/17)

Dishonesty in politics intolerable
By Fr. Augustine Fernando Diocese of Badulla
August 4, 2017, 9:41 pm When we carefully examine our isolated personal life or our community life we would observe that dishonesty even in little things messes up our life to some extent; honesty in everything even when no one observes us, enhances our life and bring us much serenity and peace, fulfillment, happiness and an absolute inner freedom. We learn genuine trust and reliable dependence from our good parents who have shown us that their true happiness and joy comes from our growing to maturity in a normal manner to be... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/08/17)

The era of Perpetual Ignorance
Lucien Rajakarunanayake Courtesy The Island
War is peace. Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength - George Orwell August 4, 2017, 9:39 pm If there is one lesson that the Perpetual Penthouse Minister has given us all, it is the value of ignorance. Not knowing is the path to progress, which is shown so well by his having been chosen as the Best Finance Minister of Asia Pacific. He must have displayed to the judges in that selection game that he knew nothing of national budgeting and even less on matters of finance. Just now he must be ignorant of anything... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/08/17)

Selling their birthright
By Dr. Ranil Senanayake
August 3, 2017, 9:42 pm The two quotes above are from Thomas Jefferson, who was an American Founding Father and principal author of the Declaration of Independence; he later served as the third President of United States. It illustrates with the shameful actions of the corrupt and hypocritical politicians who act as they are the only generation that should enjoy this nation and have no obligations to future generations. What right has the politicians of today, halfway to their graves; squander the rights and privileges of the generations to come after them? What, greed and what lust... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/08/17)

The Third Deadly Event of the First Independence Day -Part II – continued from........
H. L. D. Mahindapala
It  is by looking back that one  can detect how coming events had cast their shadows across the political landscape in Sri Lanka on the first Independence Day. In the previous article I showed how the two major events that was staged on the Galle Face end of the city on the first Independence Day – 1. the joint rally of the Marxists at Galle Face Green and 2. the official Independence Day celebrations at “Temple Trees”, the residence of the first Prime Minister of Ceylon (as it was known then) -- foreshadowed “the class... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/08/17)

Political Baby Duminda displays his political ignorance
By : A.A.M.NIZAM - MATARA
Dilan Perera was quite correct when he said recently that Duminda Dissanayake is only a political baby and he has to learn a lot to become a matured politician. This ignoramus and asinine Duminda seem to be completely unaware of things that are known even to our primary school children. Addressing a meeting in Anuradhaura this ignorant Minister has said that “Mahinda made UN representatives to come to Embilipitiya and made them to eat under a tree and therefore they became angry. This idiotic Minister seems to be unaware of who came to meet... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/08/17)

Why is India worried about China consolidating in Sri Lanka?
Swaran Singh
Author is Senior Fellow at Institute for National Security Studies Sri Lanka (Colombo) and professor of Diplomacy and Disarmament at Jawaharlal Nehru University (New Delhi). On Saturday, Sri Lanka finally signed a $ 1.1 billion deal selling China 70 percent stake in its strategic Hambantota port. The fact that the Chinese signatory, the state-run China Merchant Port Holdings, is a Hong Kong based firm reminds not just of a similar 99 year lease that Chinese had signed in 1841 following their Opium War with Great Britain. Much closer example would be China's recent 43 year lease for... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/08/17)

The fault is in the (political) constellations and not the stars
BY MALINDA SENEVIRATNE
“We must unlearn the constellations to see the stars…” —  Jack Gilbert Jack Gilbert (1925-2012), celebrated poet from the USA, in a poem titled ‘Tear it down’ was essentially calling for self-criticism, for the recognition and subsequent erasure of bias, and perhaps even reflection on the error (let’s say) of being fixated with political projects or preferred outcomes.  There were many who voted for Maithripala Sirisena in January 2015 not because they believed a word about the yahapalana promise but they thought that defeating Mahinda Rajapaksa was necessary to stop things from deteriorating. On the other hand,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/08/17)

Why Sri Lanka is struggling to trade
By: Amitendu Palit Courtesy  Financial Express
The Country is hobbled by the fear that trade agreements will mean much greater access for trade partners to its market than it will get to theirs in the bargain. The South Asian region’s struggle to reconcile benefits of a progressive trade policy with the arguably detrimental effects that such a policy can have on several domestic constituencies continues. It is not only India that lives with this struggle. It remains an equally important struggle for Sri Lanka, the country with the history of adopting outward-oriented trade policies much before any other country in the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/08/17)

Terrorism not eliminated completely from country and attempts made by LTTE to stage comeback should be defeated at any cost, says IGP Pujith Jayasundera
satp.org
The Inspector General of Police (IGP) Pujith Jayasundera during a discussion held with the religious leaders and civil society organizations at the Auditorium of the Jaffna Police Station in Jaffna District on August 1 said terrorism had not been eliminated completely from the country and the attempts made by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) to stage a comeback should be defeated at any cost, reportsDaily Mirror. “Though we say we have eliminated terrorism from the country, no one can make sure that seeds of terrorism had been removed completely. It is true that the weapons used... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/08/17)

Climate Change Could Bring Killer Humid Heatwaves to South Asia
technologyreview.com
A new study suggests that if greenhouse gas levels continue to rise, global warming could cause catastrophic heat waves across parts of India, Bangladesh and Pakistan. The analysis makes estimates of “wet bulb” temperature—a measure of heat and humidity, which when above  35°C becomes potentially fatal for healthy humans exposed to it for longer than six hours. Writing in Science Advances, the researchers describe projections of that measure across the south Asia subcontinent based on two of the planet’s less desirable future greenhouse gas levels, which the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change classifies as “intermediate” and  “high” scenarios. In... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/08/17)

Swift decision must be taken to protect Govt.’s integrity
By Ayshwarya Yapa Courtesy Adaderana
The Minister of Social Empowerment, Welfare and Kandyan Heritage, S. B. Dissanayake stated that the President and Prime Minister must make a swift decision regarding those who are revealed by the Bond Commission’s investigations to be involved in the Central Bank bond scandal. He stated this upon attending a media briefing today (03). The Minister proceeded to say that the incrimination of certain individuals had proven to be cause for concern, and that decisions must be made about them in order to protect the integrity of the Government. He said that the public would... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/08/17)

Yahapalanaya kaput!
Editorial Courtesy The Island
August 3, 2017, 9:36 pm Brain-dead yahapalanaya has been on life support for the last two and a half years or so and the government keeps postponing elections lest people should pull the plug thereon. That the Sirisena-Wickremesinghe administration has been practising anything but yahapalanaya (good governance) can be seen from, inter alia, what is being revealed before the presidential commission of inquiry probing bond scams. Had a presidential probe been conducted into the first bond racket in 2015 following a COPE (Committee on Public Enterprises) investigation into it people would have been able to make... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/08/17)

Refrain from deleting Apple account data or face criminal charges Bond commission warns Aloysius:
By Shyam Nuwan Ganewatte and Sarath Dharmasena
August 3, 2017, 10:53 pm The Presidential Commission probing the bond scam yesterday ordered Director of Perpetual Treasuries and son-in-law of former Central Bank Governor Arjuna Mahendran, Arjun Aloysius not to change or delete data stored in his Apple account. Additional Solicitor General Yasantha Kodagoda requested the Commission to order Aloysius not to delete the data. Kodagoda told the Commission that Aloysius had attempted to do so by using his wife’s mobile phone with a Singapore number. Chairman of the Commission Justice K. T. Chitrasiri yesterday issued the order. At this... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/08/17)

Speaker accepts no-faith motion against Ravi K
By Shamindra Ferdinando Courtesy The Island
The office of Speaker Karu Jayasuriya yesterday accepted a no-faith motion against Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake submitted by the Joint Opposition (JO) over his alleged involvement in Central Bank bond scams in Feb. 2015 and March 2016. At the time of the alleged scams, UNPer Karunanayake held finance portfolio. President Maithripala Sirisena appointed him foreign minister in May this year in a minor Cabinet reshuffle. A spokesperson for the Speaker’s Office told The Island that Deputy Secretary General and Chief of Staff of the parliament Neil Iddawela accepted the no-faith motion on behalf of the Speaker.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/08/17)

A 2/3 majority needed to put off PC elections
By Shamindra Ferdinando Courtesy The Island
Proposed constitutional amendment to put off scheduled Provincial Council polls in the Eastern, Sabaragamuwa and North Central provinces required a two-thirds approval in Parliament, provincial councils and local government minister Faiszer Musthapha said yesterday. Minister Musthapha was responding to a query by The Island at an SLFP media briefing at the party office on T. B. Jayah Mawatha. Minister Musthapha said the government would soon seek parliamentary approval for the amendment. The UNP and the UPFA secured 106 and 95 seats, respectively at the last general election. However, out of the 95 seats obtained by the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/08/17)

SRI LANKA: Innocent man fired on by Police at Meegalewa
ASIAN HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION - URGENT APPEALS PROGRAMME
Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information about the extra-judicial attempt to kill Mr. Sarath Kumara Yapa, a resident of Meegalewa in the Anuradhapura District. On 24 July 2017, Sarath was waiting on the road, in front of the Lassanagama Buddhist Temple at Meegalewa Police Division. Unexpectedly, several police officers approached him and directly shot at him. He was taken to the Meegalewa Hospital. Considering his life threatening situation and need for emergency treatment, he was transferred a second time to a different facility-the Anuradhappura Teaching Hospital.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/08/17)

ජනපති මෛත‍්‍රී ව්‍යවස්ථාව ගැන මෙලෝ දෙයක් දන්නෙ නෑ.. ජේ.ආර්.වත් මෙහෙවු කතා කියා නෑ..
– Divaina
පාර්ලිමේන්තුවේ ආසන 113 ක්‌ හදා ගත්තත් තම කැමැත්ත සහ ආශිර්වාදය නැතිව ආණ්‌ඩුවක්‌ පිහිටුවිය නොහැකි බවට ජනාධිපතිවරයා කර තිබෙන ප්‍රකාශය ආණ්‌ඩුක්‍රම ව්‍යවස්‌ථාව පිළිබඳව වැටහීමකින් තොරව කළ ප්‍රකාශයක්‌ පමණක්‌ නොව ජනාධිපතිවරයා රටට දී තිබෙන ප්‍රතිඥව පවා උල්ලංඝනය කිරීමක්‌ බව ශ්‍රී ලංකා පොදුජන පෙරමුණේ සභාපති මහාචාර්ය ජී.එල්. පීරිස්‌ මහතා පැවැසීය. මෙරට විධායක ජනාධිපතිධුරයේ නිර්මාතෘ ඡේ.ආර්. ජයවර්ධන මහතා ඇතුළු හිටපු ජනාධිපතිවරුන් කිසිවකු මෙවැනි ප්‍රකාශයක්‌ කිසිදාක කර නැති බවත් වත්මන් ජනාධිපතිවරයා මේ කරන ප්‍රකාශය පුදුම සහගත බවත් මෙය ආණ්‌ඩුක්‍රම ව්‍යවස්‌ථාවේ “අ” “ආ” යන්නටත් පටහැනි ප්‍රකාශයක්‌ බවත් හෙතෙම සඳහන් කළේය. විධායක ජනාධිපතිධුරයේ ඒකාධිපති ස්‌වරූපය ඉවත්කර පාර්ලිමේන්තුව බලාත්මක කරන බව මුල සිටම කියා... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/08/17)

Travel dates of Aloysius and Ravi to Singapore coincide: ASG
Shehan Chamika Silva Courtesy The Daily Mirror
Referring into the relationship between Arjun Aloysius and Minister Ravi Karunanayake, Additional Solicitor General Dappula de Livera yesterday submitted travel details pertaining to Aloysius and the Minister and said that there were 13 visits to Singapore by both with coinciding dates. The ASG produced the travel details relating to the time period between September 2016 and April 2017. When questioned whether he had met Aloysius in Singapore, the Minister said he had met Aloysius there on a few occasions. The Minister said he met Aloysius at the Finance Asia Conference, which was sponsored... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/08/17)

Undated letter was an “oversight”: Ravi
Shehan Chamika Silva Courtesy The Daily Mirror
Minister Ravi Karunanayake said that the undated letter, sent to the then Central Bank Governor Arjuna Mahendran was “completely an oversight.” He said that he had not indicated the date and the reference due to an oversight. When Additional Solicitor General wanted to know the reason as to the origin of such a letter the Minister explained the situation he had as the Finance Minister in the beginning of the 2015. He said that there was an unaccounted debt in balance and an outstanding repayment amounting Rs. 100 billion, when they assumed duties... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/08/17)

Rohitha Abeygunawardena criticizes PM over sale of Hambantota port
හම්බන්තොට වරාය විකිණූ යැයි රෝහිතගෙන් අගමැතිට චෝදනාවක්...
https://youtu.be/9qM-CeBVZ9M... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/08/17)

The white elephant syndrome Hambantota Port
Janaki Chandraratna Courtesy The Island
August 2, 2017, 8:35 pm A possession where the maintenance outweighs its benefits and cannot be got of rid of in a hurry is often referred to as a "White Elephant’. It should be noted however; the application of this phrase is relative to the competence or the capability of the user/manager. This phrase is often used in Sri Lanka, these days, for underperforming assets. For example, the Prime Minister described the Hambantota Port as a white elephant and explained the lease for 99 years was for the benefit of the ‘under developed Southern... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/08/17)

President diverts attention by talking about general election not due till 2020 - GL
By Shamindra Ferdinando Courtesy The Island
The Joint Opposition (JO) yesterday emphasized that the outfit hadn’t called for an early general election and was keen to contest long overdue local government polls. The government should test its popularity at local government polls without trying to divert attention of the electorate. The JO was responding to President Sirisena declaration that those who had been in public protest campaign wouldn’t get parliamentary polls till 2020. Top JO spokesman former External Affairs Minister Prof. G.L. Peiris yesterday told The Island that the JO was surprised by President Sirisena’s statement made at the 38th... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/08/17)

1815 & 2015 a spine-chilling comparison: Betrayal by Sri Lanka’s Quislings
Shenali D Waduge
None of the 3 colonial powers invaded our island. But our island did fall because of the betrayal of our own people. It happened in 1815 and it is happening again exactly two hundred years later. In fact, the similarities and events as they are being rolled out are shocking. D’Oyly was the mastermind behind the Kandyan Convention and had in his pocket Dissave Ehelepola and Dissave Molligoda. The modern day D’Oyly’s are many and constitute personages that have been interfering in the internal affairs of Sri Lanka from the West, India & the UN. D’Oyly... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/08/17)

Ref to my previous note in Lankaweb on 2.8.2017 -
Sudath
"Startling Revelations: 8600 Pages Of Data Recovered From Aloysius' Phone: Several Text Messages Refer To 'RK' And 'PM' "- News Report
"Mr President sack the Alibaba and forty thieves immediately and request someone who has the majority in Parliament to form a new Government as the first step, to rescue the country from the present political and economic Augean mess in the wake of the startling CB scam revelations, before you are made the scapegoat and victim by the culprits" What do you say now? Mr President why don't you take action at leas now as the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/08/17)

Not lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGB&T) people, but British Foreign Policy creating divisions
by Shivanthi Ranasinghe Courtesy The Island
August 1, 2017, 8:53 pm It takes courage to admit one's failings and even more to try and rectify it. That is why British High Commissioner James Dauris's '50 years on: LGB&T Rights brings success', which was published on 27 July 2017 in The Island opinion column, must be applauded. Indeed, it is a heartening story he relates, of Britain's march to civilization. As he himself admits, Britain has a long way to go still. HC Dauris, if he moves away from the cocktail circles, and cares to be objective and true to his... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/08/17)

NASA Satellite Pictures Prove Our Weather Is Manipulated
By: Dane Wigington via geoengineeringwatch.org
As the saying goes, a picture is worth a thousand words. The photo images shown below were captured from NASA satellite sources, they are truly alarming. These images provide shocking and undeniable proof of the ongoing global climate engineering/geoengineering/solar radiation management assault on our planet and its life support systems. Highly toxic heavy metals and chemicals (that are systematically sprayed into our atmosphere from jet aircraft as part of the geoengineering/SRM programs) are manipulated with extremely powerful radio frequency signals. These signals are transmitted from countless locations around the globe from various types of transmission platforms (ionosphere heater installations like HAARP,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/08/17)

This Government has taken loans with that 10 Norochcholais, 10 Hambantota Harbours and 20 Southern Epressways can be built. Here is the hair raisng story about the sale of the harbour
Former President Mr. Mahinda Rajapaksa
(Translated by ; A.A.M.NIZAM – MATARA) Given below is the translation of a message that has been issued bY the former President Mr. Mahinda Rajapaksa on the sale of the Hambantota Port to a Chinese Company. Auctioning of Sri Lanka. The whole nation has got shocked on the way that the Hambantota Harbour was privatised.  Although the government had a duty of debating the agreement relating to privatising the most strategical state property in the parliament before the said agreement was signed, they did not do anything like that. No one has seen a... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/08/17)

වාද පිටිය - 2017.08.01- Illegality of the Hambantota Port Deal on Wada Pitiya
Wada Pitiya - 2017.08.01
https://youtu.be/owV2sv5kr6U... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/08/17)

THE DENGUE EPIDEMIC AS A NATIONAL SECURITY CRISIS: INSSSL THREAT LENS
Director Communication and Publications INSSSL
 The INSSSL Threat Lens on The Current Dengue Trajectory: Framework and Paths to Minimize the Spread of the Epidemic with the participation of stakeholders and experts in the health sector was held at the Ministry of Defence in Colombo on 26th July. The current state for emergency in the country as a result of the rapid spread of dengue which has reached epidemic proportions is seen as a threat to national security. The impact on several sectors such as tourism, investments, education and the overall workforce has potential to cripple the economy. Therefore, the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/08/17)

රණවිරුවන්ට දිරියක්‌ වූ හමුදාවේ තාත්තා සෙන්පති ඩෙන්සිල් කොබ්බෑකඩුව 
පියසිරි අජිත් ලියනගේ
අටවැනි දිනට යෙදෙන සෙන්පති ඩෙන්සිල් කොබ්බෑකඩුව 25 වැනි ගුණසමරුව නිමිත්තෙනි මම අවුරුදු 23 ක සේවා කාලයක්‌ අවසන යුධ හමුදාවෙන් විශ්‍රාම ලැබුයෙමි. එම සේවා කාල පරාසය තුළ මට නා නා විදිහේ ගති පැවතුම් ඇති නා නා පන්නයේ නිලධාරීන් සමඟ සේවය කරන්නට අවකාශ ලැබිණ. තම උරහිසට නායකත්ව සංකේතයක්‌ ලද විට එය තමන් සතු බූදලයක්‌ ලෙස පරිහරණය කළ නිලධාරීන්ද ඒ අතර වූහ. ආරක්‍ෂක හමුදාවල නිලධාරියකුගෙන් යමක්‌ කිරීමට අණක්‌ ලද විට එය ක්‍රියාත්මක කිරීම මිස හරි වැරදිදැයි ප්‍රශ්න කිරීමට පහළ නිලධාරීන් හට ප්‍රතිපාදන නොමැත. එවන් පසුබිමක්‌ තුළ තැනට සුදුසු ස්‌ථානෝචිත ප්‍රඥාව සියයට සියයක්‌ම නිලධාරීන් හට තිබිය යුතුය. එසේ නොවන්නට... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/08/17)

Largest Islamic Convention in U.K. concludes.
By A. Abdul Aziz, Press Secretary, Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at – Sri Lanka.
 The 51st  Jalsa Salana (Annual Convention) of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in the United Kingdom concluded on Sunday 30 July 2017 with a call for believers to “reject all forms of extremism” in the last of his five speeches. by the World Head the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, the Fifth Khalifa (Caliph), His Holiness Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad.   During the event, His Holiness spoke about the rise of extremism and continued instability in the world. He called for Muslims to return to the true teachings of Islam. During his concluding address,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/08/17)

‘A CORRUPT UNHRC" – US Ambassador to UN
Courtesy  The Island
The UNHRC which has passed many now well-publicised strictures on Sri Lanka, two of them more recently, with the active co-sponsorship of the present government, is once again in the news. The so-called Leader of the Opposition in Parliament (with a small contingent of 15 M.P.s supporting him, which itself is a complete travesty of established parliamentary democratic conventions, not being the largest opposition group), has recently made a statement that "Sri Lanka is bound to implement the UNHRC Resolution (on alleged Human Rights (HR) breaches during the terrorist-mounted civil war against successive democratically elected governments,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/08/17)

MR calls it a ‘diabolical lie’
Courtesy Ceylon Today
The government's claim that there was a plan to sell the Hambantota Port in its entirety to the Chinese under his government is a 'diabolical lie', former President Mahinda Rajapaksa said. Releasing a press communiqué yesterday (1) he asserted that his government had an explicit anti-privatization policy. "Not only did my government refrain from privatizing any State assets, we reacquired several important assets that had been privatized by previous governments. If things continue in the present manner, Sri Lanka will not have any national assets left by the time this government ends. The people should band... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/08/17)

Money earned from H’tota port lease to meet Govt.’s expenditure: MR
 Courtesy The Daily Mirror
Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa said today the 1.12 billion USD earned from the lease of the Hambantota port was to go to the treasury to meet the day to day expenditure of the government instead of paying the loan taken to build the port. “The government will not be using the 1.12 billion USD that comes from the lease of the port to pay the loan taken to build the port. Instead the money is to go to the treasury to meet the day to day expenditure of the government. The USD 1.12 billion... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/08/17)

General elections only in 2020: President
Sandun A Jayasekera Courtesy The Daily Mirror
The next general elections will be held in three years and those attempting to destabilize the country and disrupt public life through protests and strikes must realize they will not be allowed to change this government until 2020, President Maithripala Sirisena said today. Delivering the keynote address at the 38th anniversary of the Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA), the President said the government had permitted trade union activities as they were integral parts of a democratic country. But it is sad to witness the strikes, protests and trade union action in a... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/08/17)

Ravi lacks both shame and fear - Bandula
රවීට ලැජ්ජාවයි බයයි දෙකම නෑ
බැඳුම්කර වංචාවට අමතරව ලංකා ඉතිහාසය තුළ රාජ්‍ය මූල්‍ය කළමණාකරණ පනතෙහි විධි විධාන උල්ලංඝනය කිරීම හේතුවෙන් විදේශ කටයුතු අමාත්‍ය රවී කරුණානායක මහතා සියධූරයෙන් ඉල්ලා අස්විය යුතු බව පාර්ලිමේන්තු මන්ත්‍රී බන්දුල ගුණවර්ධන මහතා පවසයි. https://youtu.be/JMNKXDGpGMo... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/08/17)

Current leaders will be punished for treachery - Sarath Weerasekara
පාලකයින්ට දේශද්‍රෝහී චෝදනාව යටතේ දඬුවම් දෙනවා
https://youtu.be/DTPrdHNlri4... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/08/17)

SRI LANKA: Innocent man extra-judicially killed by Warakapola Police
ASIAN HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION - URGENT APPEALS PROGRAMME
Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information about the extra-judicial killing of Mr. Rajamuni Devage Gunadasa age???of second milepost, Rale Kanda, Alawwa, Warakapola in the Kegalle District of Warakapola Police Division. On 26 June 2017, while walking on the Kandy-Colombo main road, he was shot by Police Officers attached to the Warakapola Police Station in Warakapola Town. Later, Police handed over the dead body to the Warakapola Base Hospital. No investigation has yet been carried out into his death. The Police claim Gunadasa escaped thus preventing his... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/08/17)

SRI LANKA: Innocent man fired on by Police in broad daylight at Mawanella
ASIAN HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION - URGENT APPEALS PROGRAMME
Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information about the extra-judicial attempt to kill Mr. Bodhipakshage Manjula Prabath Wijewardana a residence of Aranayaka in Kegalle. He was waiting on the road, in front of the Mayurapada Central College in Mawanella Town at 10:30 a.m. on 13 June 2017. Unexpectedly, the Police directly fired at him shooting him in the leg and causing him to fall down. Police transported the victim by police jeep to the Mawanella Base Hospital where he was admitted for emergency treatment. No investigation has... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/08/17)

Sale of Hambantota port was just the beginning – Rajapaksa
By Yusuf Ariff  Courtesy Adaderana
Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa claims that the manner in which the government privatised the Hambantota port has shocked the nation and that parliament was not allowed to even debate the agreement to privatise one of Sri Lanka’s most important strategic assets. “No one knows who did the valuation of this asset. No one appears to have seen any technical/financial evaluation report,” he said, issuing a statement on Tuesday (1). He also claimed that the government has also not explained to the public on what criteria they selected the company that won the bid when... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/08/17)

නොරොච්චෝල් 10ක්, හම්බන්තොට වරායවල් 10ක්, දක්‍ෂිණ අධිවේග 20ක් සෑදිය හැකි ණයක් යහපාලකයන් අරගෙන… වරාය විකිනීම ගැන කෙස් කෙලින්වෙන කතාව මෙන්න..
ආණ්ඩුව විසින් හම්බන්තොට වරාය චීන සමාකකට පැවරීම සම්බන්දයෙන් හිටපු ජනාදිපති මහින්ද රාජපක්‍ෂ මහතා විසින් නිකුත් කරන ලද නිවේදනයක් පහත දැක්වෙයි.
ශ්‍රී ලංකාව වෙන්දේසි කිරීම හම්බන්තොට වරාය පෞද්ගලීකරණය කරනු ලැබූ ආකාරය නිසා මුලු ජාතියම මහත් තිගැස්මකට ලක් වී ඇත. ලංකාව සතු වූ වැදගත්ම උපායමාර්ගික රාජ්‍ය දේපලක් පෞද්ගලීකරණය කිරීමේ ගිවිසුම අත්සන් කිරීමට පෙර එය පාර්ලිමේන්තුවේ විවාදයට ගැනීමට ආණ්ඩුවට යුතුකමක් තිබුණත්, එවැනි කිසිදේකට ඔවුන් ඉඩ හැරියේ නැත. වරායේ වටිනාකම තක්සේරු කලේ කවුදැයි කියා කවුරුත් දන්නේ නැත. මේ සම්බන්ධයෙන් තාක්‍ෂණික ඇගයීම පිළිබද වාර්තාවක් කිසිවෙකුත් දැක නැත.  හම්බන්තොට වරාය සඳහා ලන්සු ඉදිරිපත් කළ  දෙපාර්ශවය අතරින් අදාල සමාගම තෝරාගනු ලැබුවේ කුමන නිර්නායක මතදැයි කියාවත් ආණ්ඩුව... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/08/17)

Vasu blames Sirisena for helping the illegal sale of the Hambantota Port
Translated by : A.A.M.NIZAM – MATARA
A giant figure of the Joint opposition and a leader of the Leftists in Sri Laanka, the Ratnapura district United People’s Alliance parliamentarian Mr. Vasudeva Nanayakkara said that Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe should take the full responsibility for giving Haambantota Port to China.  He says that the Port was sold by making SLFP National List Ministers Mahinda Samarasinghe and Sarath munugama as Ranil’s stooges. Addressing a media conference MP Nanayakkara said that the people of this country have well understood the policies of the United National Party and in order to implement these... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/08/17)

Mr President sack the Alibaba and forty thieves immediately and request someone who has the majority in Parliament to form a new Government as the first step, to rescue the country from the present political and economic Augean mess in the wake of the startling CB scam revelations, before you are made the scape goat and victim by the culprits.
Sudath Gunasekara
This is the time for you to act and save your neck and get exonerated from all sins you have committed since the day you left the SLFP on the instructions of Chandrika in Nov 2014. I don’ think I need to tell you who the 40 thieves are.  I will only name the 2nd, 3rd and 4th that is Ravi Karunanayaka, Arjun Mahenran and Arjun Aloysius: (the James Bond of bond business) as people call him. The first, I hope you know better than anyone else does as you are so close to him, though he... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/08/17)

SRI LANKA: Innocent man extrajudicially killed by Pitigala Police
ASIAN HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION - URGENT APPEALS PROGRAMME
Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information about the extrajudicial killing of Mr. A D Pushpakumara. He was arrested on 18 June 2017 by police officers attached to the Pitigala Police Station following a domestic violence complaint made by his wife. He was publicly tortured at the time of his arrest, witnessed by numerous onlookers. His body was found the next morning floating in the Oluvila Canal. No investigation has yet been carried out into his death, although the police claim Pushpakumara escaped from police custody on... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/08/17)

All you need to know about Sri Lanka's bottom trawling ban and India's deep-sea fishing plan
Hindu Mon, Jul 31, 2017
July 31 (Hindu) Here's an explainer on bottom trawling and deep-sea fishing, and the impact of the ban on fishermen from Tamil Nadu. The Sri Lankan Parliament unanimously passed an Amendment to the Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Act on July 6 that declared the method of fishing by bottom trawling an offence. It is aimed at curbing local trawlers as well as deterring trawlers from Tamil Nadu. Here's an explainer on bottom trawling and deep-sea fishing, and the impact of the ban on fishermen from Tamil Nadu. What is bottom trawling?
Bottom... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/08/17)

What ..airport in a port?   
 Dr Sarath Obeysekera
I was reading about the air port in Colombo next to the port suggested by the minister. I burst into  laughing and wondered why politicians listen to the crap proposed by the professors from universities who have no clue about real life .We have an airport and what we need is to connect the airport highway to southern highway   at Kadawatha and to  build the Kandy Highway as well as Trinco highway . They can build a highway to Kalpitiya and Jaffna if they need better connectivity. If they really want to expand Airport there  is... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/08/17)

තමන් රූකඩයෙක් බව ජනාධිපති තමන් විසින්ම ඔප්පු කර පෙන්වුවා..- වෙනස කැන්දූ අනුර කියයි..
 lanka C news
තමන් මේ රටේ රූකඩ පාලකයෙක් පමණක් බව ජනාධිපති මෛත‍්‍රිපාල සිරිසේන ඔප්පු කර අවසන් බව ජනතා විමුක්ති පෙරමුණේ නායක අනුර දිසානායක මහතා පවසයි. ජනාධිපති රූකඩයක් යයි කලින් පැවතියේ සැකයක් වුවත් හම්බන්තොට වරාය ගිවිසුම අගමැතිට උවමනා හැටියට අත්සන් කිරීමෙන් තමන් රූකඩයක් පමණක් බව ජනාධිපතිවරයා විසින් ඔප්පු කර අවසන් බවද ඔහු සදහන් කලේ ජන හමුවක් අමතමිනි. තමන් රූකඩයක්ද නැතොත් මේ රටේ පාලකයාදැයි ජනාධිපතිවරයා විසින් ඔප්පු කල යුතුව ඇතැයිද ඔහු වැඩි දුරටත් පැවසීය.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/08/17)

Ravi K and the Penthouse: The acid test for Yahapalana integrity
By Ranga Jayasuriya Courtesy The Daily Mirror
This government has routinely blamed the corruption of the former regime for the current economic hardships in the country. Now, how on earth did it manage to behave like nothing had happened after recent jaw-dropping allegations against its former Finance Minister cum incumbent Foreign Minister? Last week, Anika Wijesuriya, a directress of a construction company told the Presidential Commission of Inquiry into the alleged bond scam that Arjun Aloysius, director of Perpetual Treasuries Ltd., had paid the rental of a penthouse lease of Ravi Karunanayake, while the latter was the Finance Minister ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/08/17)

An ‘Aloysius’ behind H’tota port agreement: (PHU) Pivithuru Hela Urumaya
Lahiru Pothmulla Courtesy The Daily Mirror
The Pivithuru Hela Urumaya (PHU) yesterday said the Hambantota Port agreement signed with the China Merchant Company was corrupt and that it was evident an ‘Aloysius’ was behind this deal. It said a five-member committee had reviewed two proposals, one more favourable than the other, submitted by two companies to lease out the port but the government had opted to the least profitable agreement. “The China Merchant Company agreed to provide US$ 1,888 million to the government for 99 years whereas the China Harbour Company had agreed to give US$ 3,281 million for only... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/08/17)

Ports' Act questioning whether port can be given away - Ranawaka (English)
Ports' Act questioning whether port can be given away - Ranawaka 
https://youtu.be/Mj-2d_qSRso... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/08/17)

Motion of no confidence should be passed against the govt. - Mahinda (English)
Motion of no confidence should be passed against the govt. - Mahinda 
https://youtu.be/9Z0N1r9NgWk... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/08/17)

Sangha group set out to go against govt. - Ven. Ananda Thero
By Roosindu Peris Courtesy Adaderana
Muruththetuwe Ananda Thero stated that a substantial number of Sanghas’ against the government will be developed in the future. The statements were brought out today (31), during the ‘Mawbima Surakime Jathika Balawegaya’ ‘s first ever media briefing , at Punchi Borella.   https://youtu.be/n0hhUnuN7NQ Ven. Ananda Thero added that a party made out of 15 Buddhist monks will be created in the near future and stated that they have received blessings from the Chief Monks for this establishment. He further stated that the people of Sri Lanka elected the government into power to bring... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/08/17)

Sri lankas First ever heart transplant operation
A special Ayubowan Program about Sri lankas First ever heart transplant operation viewer dicreation adviced (containg a open surgery)
https://youtu.be/mBxLkvL4-qs... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/08/17)

Can Ranil and Ravi Live down sullied reputations ?
By Shivanthi Ranasinghe Courtesy Ceylon Today
When Mahinda Rajapaksa became Sri Lanka's sixth President in 2005, we were up against three wars - terrorism, poverty and corruption. We won the war against terrorism in 2009. By 2014, the key economic indicators in comparison to 2004 reveal the economic revolution we have had during this period. Briefly, the economic indicators in 2004 and 2014 were: GDP in 2004 - USD 20.7; in 2014 - USD 80.0 Average inflation in 2004 - 9%; in 2014 - 3.3% Foreign reserves in 2004 - USD 2.3 billion; in 2014 USD 8.3 billion Debt/GDP ratio... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/08/17)

The fraudulent Hambantota agreement will be revoked and the harbour will be nationalised regardless of objection by China, India or anyone – Basil Rajapaksa
Translated by : A.A.M.NIZAM – MATARA
The former Minister of Economic Development Mr. Basil Rajapaksa said that under a government that will be established in the future headed by Mr. Mahinda Rajapaksa the Hambantota harbour sold by Maithri-Ranil Junta would definitely be nationalized. He said that this agreement which had been signed by wrong personalities is not a legally valid agreement and regardless of whoever who became opposed to it, whether it be China, or India or whoever else the agreement will be annulled and the harbour will be nationalized. Mr. Basil Rajapaksa made these comments speaking at a... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/08/17)

POLITICAL MONKEYS JUMPING TO COCONUT TREES
By  M D P DISSANAYAKE
Finding coconut pluckers is extremely difficult in Sri Lanka.  Still there are few old folks willing to climb the trees  at a premium price.  These old folks normally start work around 8 am and take a tea break at 10 and start again in 30 minutes and stop working at mid day.   By this time they need to go to “Sravasthi”  for a well earned illicit Kasippu or a Gal. Due to the difficulty of finding human resources to pluck coconuts, several Asian countries use different methodologies.  Some fix a collapsible umbrella (up side... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/08/17)


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