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WHO IS MOST UNPOPULAR IN SRI LANKA - PRIME MINISTER MR RANIL WICKREMASINGHE OR PRESIDENT MR MAITHREEPALA SIRISENA
By M D P DISSANAYAKE
Currently all guns are directed at the Hon Prime Minister Mr Ranil Wickremasinghe.   President Maithreepala Sirisena is occupying the highest office of the land at the behest of Mr Ranil Wickremasinghe. In the most recently held local government elections, Mr Ranil Wickremasinghe's  political wing was placed second, in spite of Bond Scam allegations and mis-management of the economy. Popularity of the UNP was not shattered at the election.  Popularity of Mr Wickremasinghe was not shattered at the election.  To his credit, during the election campaign he did not blame the President Sirisena, he was far more diplomatic.    He openly... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 31/03/18)

NO CONFIDENCE MOTION: QUOVADIS J.O?
Sugath Samarasinghe
I do not understand the strategy of the JO in moving this No Confidence Motion against Ranil Wickramasinghe. What is their ultimate goal, I wonder? Immediately after the victory of Israel after their famous Six Day War where they trounced the braggart UAR in 1967, a journalist asked Israeli General Moshe Dayan, “What is the best way to win a war?. General Dayan quipped “Have the Arabs on the other side!”  Similarly, the easiest way for the JO to win the elections in 2019 and 2020 is to have Ranil leading the UNP. Surely that is not... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 31/03/18)

No confidence motion against Ranil should have first initiated by the UNP long ago and not by the JO?
Sudath Gunasekara
31. 3. 2018. Though already it is too late, the country must thank the JO for presenting a no–confidence motion at least now against the clumsiest and one tracked minded Prime Minister. He is a classic example of a true product of “Black Whites” planted by the British to destroy the Sinhala Buddhist nation in this country, who never had his feet on this soil, its traditions or never had a place in the hearts of the majority community in this country. None of the votes polled by him at any date was attracted by his... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 31/03/18)

YAHAPALANA ELECTIONS AND ‘REGIME CHANGE’ Part 8
KAMALIKA PIERIS
February 2018 saw the third Yahapalana election take place. This was the long postponed local government elections, which for the first time   were all held on the same day, making it feel like a general election. The elections were contested on a political party basis with UNP, SLFP, UPFA, JVP, and TNA fighting it out. This election saw the emergence of a new party, Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna. This is not an election that Yahapalana wanted. Therefore, there were obstacles. Nominations were rejected for flimsy reasons. Nominations of the United Left Front   for Nivitigala Pradeshiya Sabha was... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 31/03/18)

Endangered Nations and Endangered Cultures
R Chandrasoma
Few countries in the world are now in peril because of the marauding spirit of powerful neighbours. This is a recent turn in history –across the centuries powerful nations were imbued with an expansionist spirit that spelt doom for those fated to be close to the 'hegemonic power'. Protracted wars resulted when neighbours were well matched as fighting machines. Britain's history – until recently – was dominated by that of warding off the intrusions and threats of the Continental Powers. We in Sri Lanka have been threatened for long centuries by our powerful neighbor India and it... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 31/03/18)

Former UN Rep Exposes Sri Lanka's Hidden Viceroy
එළිය Eliya
https://www.facebook.com/eliyaofficialpage/videos/154003705291865/?hc_ref=ARRY5dxQhsKcazj4Rsi1itH2LNk9GNfoIW3-PspsN_yoAW4e6FGZ7hOSTlnmWJPsK7o... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 31/03/18)

Is Coffee Cancer-Causing? California Judge thinks so!
Courtesy dailysocialbuzz.com
Soon when you are in California and enjoying your cup of joe, you might have to stare at a cancer warning too.  According to Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Elihu Berle, coffee makers were not able to present proper grounds at trial to prevail. There is a variety of evidence leading to believe coffee is both beneficial to human health but also a carcinogen especially for the fetus, infants, children but even to adults. In 2016, coffee made it off the “possible carcinogen” list that the World Health Organization runs. Even though a lot of studies show... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 31/03/18)

Yahapalana, land and Trimble
KAMALIKA PIERIS
Sri Lanka‘s land and property ownership issues need careful and urgent appraisal, said economist Sumanasiri Liyanage. No country can achieve fast growth ensuring prosperity for all without proper ownership of land and property. One serious constraint to both industrial and agricultural development is the unavailability of land, said Sanderatne. There is an urgent need to ensure the availability of land for industry, agriculture, and agribusiness enterprises. There is a dearth of land available for commercial and other productive purposes and land is urgently needed to increase our agricultural exportable surplus too. The government must set up a... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 31/03/18)

Avoiding ‘religious’ violence in Sri Lanka
By ASOKA BANDARAGE Courtesy Asia Times
On the night of February 22, four drunken Muslim youths traveling on a three-wheeler in Sri Lanka’s Kandy district beat up a Sinhala Buddhist truck driver because he had not allowed them to overtake his truck. The police arrested the assailants but released them on bail. Although intelligence officers had warned that the incident could be used to instigate ethnic tensions in the area, the police did not take immediate action. After the truck driver died and his body was being taken from the hospital on the night of March 2, feeling betrayed by state... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 31/03/18)

The correct way to apply  the "Precautionary Principle"  is to re-approve glyphosate.
Bodhi Dhanapala, Quebec, Canada
I read with some degree of amusement the opinion piece by Dr. Saroj Jayasinghe and  a colleague, published in news media, where they urge to continue the ban on glyphosate with no mention of the harm to farmers as well as the plantations. This herbicide is a class-II  hazard (but not a heath risk) according to the WHO . Glyphosate may technically cause cancer if very large amounts are taken according to the WHO.  Dr. Jayasinghe and colleague  do not mention that the WHO and the FAO stated that even an intake of some 60... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 31/03/18)

Gotabhaya Rajapaksa speaking at Kuliyapitiya Viyathmaga conference March 2018
Viyathmaga TV
https://youtu.be/4DFY4U93ZfY... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 31/03/18)

How Shady Was Cambridge Analytica?
By APRIL GLASER Courtesy slate.com
Considering the work its parent company did trying to win Caribbean elections … potentially pretty shady.
CEO of Cambridge Analytica Alexander Nix Photo illustration by Slate. Photos by Thinkstock and Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for Concordia Summit. When Alexander Nix, the CEO of Cambridge Analytica, was suspended by the political-data firm last week after being caught on camera by an undercover journalist offering, (among other unsavory things) to sway a Sri Lankan election by having “someone posing as a wealthy developer come in” to “offer a... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 30/03/18)

Geneva: A shift in the government’s discourse
By Dr. DAYAN JAYATILLEKA Courtesy The Island
March 30, 2018, 12:00 pm The UNHRC session this month in Geneva succeeded in punching through to the news pages, despite the overwhelming dominance of stories about the no-confidence motion. However, there was no acknowledgement of the two most important aspects. The first was from the government delegation or more correctly the discourse of the government team. Foreign Minister Marapana whose views are known to be a huge improvement on those of Minister Mangala Samaraweera, was accompanied by two nominees of the President, namely Dr Sarah Amunugama and Faiszer Mustapha. All in all,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 30/03/18)

SLFP MPs cannot oppose no-confidence against PM - Lakshman Yapa
By Yusuf Ariff Courtesy Adaderana
State Minister of Public Enterprise Development Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena says that MPs of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) cannot oppose the no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe. He stated that a committee was appointed to look into the Central Bank bond scam and submit a report, during an SLFP Central Committee meeting, and that out of the 15 points in that report, 13 are included in this no-confidence motion. https://youtu.be/m1uDAe8lUog Therefore SLFP MPs have no other alternative but to support the no-confidence motion, he said, speaking to reporters at a press briefing... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 30/03/18)

BASHING OF MUSLIMS IN SRI LANKA
Dr Sarath Obeysekera
I am in London these days and keep reading web news about No confidence Motion against PM and previously the skirmish in Digana .I have very close friends I London and Sri Lanka who are Muslims .When we meet again I find it little embarrassing to face them. Whether I like it or not I have to partially admit that Sinhala Race is a somewhat racist to in order to save my face .I walked into a shop owned by a Sri Lankan Muslim form Kurunagala who speaks to me in Sinhala (many Sinhalese opt to... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 30/03/18)

President Sirisena took three years and three months to realize that Ranil is not fit to do anything?
Dr Sudath Gunasekara
29.3.2918. Anyway the whole country must thank him for taking the Central Bank from Ranil at least after three years and putting it once again under the Finance Ministry. Actually he should have not allowed its transfer from the M/F at the very outset as it is unconventional and suspicious too (although the President has not smelt it) and stopped it as the President of the country who is responsible to people. As such he too cannot be fully exculpated from the sins of the CB scam as he cannot say he is innocent and... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 30/03/18)

YAHAPALANA AND THE ECONOMY Part 7
KAMALIKA PIERIS
Yahapalana wishes to kill the “Shipping Agent” sector of the shipping industry of Sri Lanka. Yahapalana announced in its 2017 budget that Sri Lanka Ports Authority Act, No. 51 of 1979 and the Merchants Shipping Act, No. 52 of 1971 will be amended. Restrictions on foreign ownership of shipping agencies and the freight forwarding agencies will be lifted. This will enable major international shipping lines and logistics operators to base their operations in Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka must liberalize its ‘shipping industry’ to attract the top global players such as Maersk to invest in Sri Lanka, said... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 30/03/18)

NO CONFIDENCE MOTION  VIS-A-VIS JOINT OPPOSITION STRATEGY
By M D P DISSANAYAKE
The No Confidence Motion primarily has two purposes.  Firstly to unseat the Prime Minister.  Secondly to form the next government. UNSEATING THE PRIME MINISTER: RW is a fighter.  He became Prime Minister three times, but on two occasions, including the current tenure, he got into hot water.  First time he lost his job.  This time around he is on the knife edge. He is a shrewd, intelligent, cruel, unpatriotic leader.  His masters are always  foreign leaders.  He is not a Buddhist in real sense.  He is not a Sinhalese.  He is not a Sri Lankan.  To solve severe economic problems, he offers simple solutions.  Last time... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 30/03/18)

While Termites Split the House Mosquitoes Feast on and Attack Householders
Dilrook Kannangara
(The foregoing has no resemblance to any country or persons. Any similarity is only coincidental.) A house stands along busy east-west Indian Ocean Drive. Its occupants have lived there as long as they can remember. They have no other first or second home. However, they are not the only living beings in the house. The house next door, towards the northern side, is infested with termites and they have spread to this house as well. The closer northern part of the house has been colonized by termites eating away its wooden structures. Householders fumigated part of it... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 30/03/18)

NAVY SINKS KP,S SHIP WITH BULLET PROOF VEHCILES USED BY EX PRESIDENTS
Dr Sarath Obeysekera
When I read above news item I remembered the story about the Buller Proof Vehicle of President of Ranasinghe Premadasa , After the bombing of Parliament by JVP ,where Minister Athulathmudali got hurt cabinet has decided to bomb and bullet proofing of the room in Senate House where cabinet Meeting was held . I was working in a leading Engineering Company having experience in Armour Proof Steel ,was asked to Bullet and Bomb Proof the room . We selected a steel plate of very high hardness which can with stand bullets and effect of a... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 30/03/18)

Indian Ocean geopolitics and its impact on Sri Lanka
By Neville Ladduwahetty Courtesy The Island
March 29, 2018, 10:14 pm I write to express my appreciation to Prof. Gamini Keerawella (Prof. Emeritus, University of Peradeniya), for publishing excerpts of a keynote address titled "Indian Ocean: Maritime Security" delivered by him at the Bandaranaike Center for International Studies (The Island, March 16-17, 2018). His address was not only scholarly and erudite but is also of great significance to Sri Lanka, in light of the ongoing Great Powerplay currently taking place in the Indian Ocean. The topic is of particular interest for two reasons that have been of concern to me..... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 29/03/18)

How Iraq War destabilized the world and why the neocons aren't finished yet
Rania Khalek is an American journalist, writer and political commentator based in the Middle East
Published time: 26 Mar, 2018 16:37 Get short URL The Iraq War architects have been thoroughly rehabilitated and are planning their next adventure, even as the catastrophic ramifications of their crimes continue to reverberate around the world. Last week marked the 15th anniversary of the American invasion of Iraq in 2003. April 9 will be the 15th anniversary of the fall of Baghdad. The consequences of these events are still playing out today, from Mali to Niger, to... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 29/03/18)

In northern Sumatra, there are a lot of descendants of Sinhalese transmigrated by the Dutch there to work in plantations
Alvin Trisnadi Courtesy:  QUORA
Actually Sri Lanka /Ceylon was once part of Dutch dominion in Asia. It was seized by VOC from the Portuguese, and the Dutch ruled for over a century (1640–1796) until replaced by the British. In northern Sumatra, there are a lot of descendants of Sinhalese transmigrated by the Dutch there to work in plantations. The Dutch also used Ceylon to exile insurgents from Indonesia like Amangkurat V/ Sunan Kuning. Have the Dutch ever been tried before an International Military Tribunal for having committed crimes against humanity in Dutch colonies... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 29/03/18)

පළාත් පාලන ආයතනයන් හි බලය පිහිටුවීම - අගමැතිට එරෙහි විශ්වාස භංගය, අල්ලස හා වරප්‍ර‍සාද ලංකා දේශපාලනය අස්ථාවර කළා   
මාධ්‍ය ඒකකය/කැෆේ සංවිධානය
ජාතික දේශපාලනයේ අස්ථාවරභාවය විසින් පළාත් පාලන ආයතනයන් හි ඉහළ තනතුරු සදහා පත් කිරීම් වියවුලක් බවට පත් වී ඇතැයි කැෆේ සංවිධානයේ විධායක අධ්‍යක්ෂ කීර්ති තෙන්නකෝන් මහතා නිවේදනයක් නිකුත් කරමින් පවසයි.  පලාත් පාලන ආයතන 340 ක ඡන්ද විමසීමපැවති අතර, එයින් පළාත් පාලන ආයතන 170 කම එක් දේශපාලන පක්ෂයකට සභාවේ 50% කට වැඩි සභික සංඛ්‍යාවක් හිමි වී තිබේ.  ස්ථාවර බලයක් සහිතව කාගේ වත් උපකාරයක් නොමැතිව පාලන ආයතන 157 ක බලය ශ්‍රී ලංකා පොදුජන පෙරමුණ (පොහොට්ටුවට) හිමි විය. (ස්වාධීන හා සහාය ලැබූ පක්ෂ ජයගත් බණ්ඩාරවෙල නගර සභාව, මහරගම නගර, මහියංගනය, බේරුවල හා තිරප්පනේ ප්‍රා. සභාව ද ඇතුළත්ය)  එක්සත් ජාතික පක්ෂයට කොළඹ හා වැලිගම බලය... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 29/03/18)

The great betrayal of Theravada Buddhism?
By Prof. M. M. J. Marasinghe B.A. (Hon.) (Cey.); Ph.D.(B'ham);D.Litt.(Hons.(Kelaniya) Former Professor and Head, department of Pali and Buddhist Studies; Vice Chancellor,(1987- 1993, University of Kalaniya Courtesy  The Island
Buddhism was introduced into this Island during the reign of King Devanampiya tissa in the third century B.C. by the mission of Venerable Thera Mahinda. The Mahindian mission brought the Theravada form of the teaching as approved by the Third Buddhist Council which was held at Pataliputra under the patronage of Emperor Asoka. This meant that the Pali canonical texts served both as the source material and the reference books of... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 29/03/18)

Furthering Community Self-Interests and Undermining National Interests: The Primary Objective of the Tamil and Muslim Non-Indigenous Settler Communities of Sri Lanka
Dr. Daya Hewapathirane
HISTORY OF THE TAMIL COMMUNITY OF SRI LANKA    Tamils and Muslims living in Sri Lanka, amount to a total of about 24% of the country's total population. They are descendants of groups of individuals, exclusively males, who initially arrived in this island at different times in the past for various purposes, and later settled down among the Sinhala people who were inhabitants of the island for over 2500 years. The Tamils came from southern India and observe the cultural traditions of their homeland- Tamilnadu where the Tamil culture and Tamil language originated. Initially Tamils came to... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 29/03/18)

Why should all countries except Muslim-majority countries be multi-cultural, multi-ethnic or multi-faith
If there are international laws, international standards & application of international laws & standards equally to all, then one ethnic group cannot claim to be exclusive from its application where they are a majority but demand & enjoy these standards where they are a minority. Multiculturalism became a liberal fad that is fast losing its sheen – the citizens of the West are now openly opposing it in view of its lack of reciprocity. Multiculturalism cannot be a one-way street, if there is no reciprocation, no government for whatever reason can be allowed to implement such when it has adverse... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 28/03/18)

SLFP proposes ‘broader national’ govt. without Ranil as Premier
By Shamindra Ferdinando Courtesy  The Island
March 27, 2018, 11:03 pm The SLFP yesterday proposed a broader coalition sans UNP leader and PM Wickremesinghe to implement President Maithripala Sirisena’s 2015 mandate. Addressing a packed SLFP auditorium at T. B. Jayah Mawatha, Social Empowerment, Welfare and Kandyan Heritage Minister S. B. Dissanayake said the no-confidence motion (NCM) moved by the Joint Opposition (JO) against PM Wickremesinghe would give Parliament an opportunity to replace the PM. The NCM handed over to Speaker Karu Jayasuriya on March 23 holds the PM Wickremesinghe responsible for Treasury bond scams in 2015 and 2016. Having complained... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 28/03/18)

UNP crisis, SLFP choices & Sri Lanka's endless political karmic cycle
By Dr. DAYAN JAYATILLEKA Courtesy  The Island
March 27, 2018, 8:43 pm A great liberal of the Kennedy era and top intellectual of the JFK administration, Arthur Schlesinger famously wrote that the US was doomed to fail in Vietnam because US policy in Vietnam was trapped in an eight sided box. Similarly UNP is trapped in a many sided box and has trapped the Yahapalana government in there with it. (1) Its leader Ranil Wickremesinghe has not led it to victory for almost 25 years. (2) He will not leave the leadership. (3) A Leadership Council under him will only... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 28/03/18)

JO alleges MPs offered Rs. 100 mn each to vote against no-faith motion
By Shamindra Ferdinando Courtesy  The Island
March 27, 2018, 11:04 pm Members of parliament have been offered as much as Rs. 100 mn each to oppose the no-confidence motion (NCM) moved against Prime Minister and UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe, Joint Opposition (JO) heavyweight MP Dallas Alahapperuma alleges. Matara District MP Alahapperuma said so at a public meeting at Verona, organized by the Sri Lanka Pojujana Peramuna (SLPP) in Italy over the last weekend. Parliament is scheduled to debate and vote on NCM on April 4. The JO handed over NCM signed by 55 members, including four of President Maithripala... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 28/03/18)

We have no National Policy to combat bribery and corruption right now
By Sandun Jayasekara Courtesy The Daily Miorror
The Dailymirror discussed bribery and corruption, its prevention and prosecution of suspects with the Director General of the Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption (CIABOC), Sarath Jayamanne PC. Excerpts:  Q The public, the media and politicians charge more often than not that the CIABOC has failed to bring before the law those big time perpetrators like politicians and top officials in the public sector who had allegedly engaged in bribery and corruption. What do you have to say on this allegation?  The CIABOC solely and entirely investigate, establish a case and file charges... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 28/03/18)

Judicature (Amendment) Bill is nothing but political vendetta
By Kelum Bandara Courtesy The Daily Mirror
Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) Chairman Prof. G.L. Peiris, in an interview with Daily Mirror, discusses the implications of the Judicature (Amendment) Bill. Prof. Peiris shared the following:- Similar offences charged against different people must be tried upon the same system New Bill is against the principles of equality Criminal law must apply to everyone alike Bill drafted to bring MR, family and political leaders before the tribunal Q The government says the purpose of this Bill is to cleanse politics of corruption in this country. Then why do... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 28/03/18)

President takes away CB from PM and gazettes under FM
Courtesy The Daily Mirror
In an Extraordinary Gazette issued today, President Maithripala Sirisena moved two key institutions; the Central Bank and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC); which were under the National Policies and Economic Affairs Ministry headed by the Prime Minister, back to the Finance Ministry. The Gazette Notice, which bears No: 2064/26 said the two institutions would be immediately placed under the Minister of Finance and Mass Media. "Formulation of monetary policies and macroeconomic management in coordination with the Central Bank of Sri Lanka and monitoring revenue collection and expenditure would be carried out by the Finance... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 28/03/18)

Glaring omission of US brokered 2010 TNA-SF 'pact' 'Sri Lanka: The New Country'
 By Shamindra Ferdinando Courtesy  The Island
March 27, 2018, 8:38 pm Veteran Indian journalist Padma Rao Sundarji's 'Sri Lanka: The New Country,' authored during the tail end of war-winning President Mahinda Rajapaksa's second term, expertly dealt with Sri Lanka's conflict that was brought to a successful conclusion, in May 2009. Rao, who had been to the northern part of Sri Lanka, at the time the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) was in control, as well as during the post-war period, discussed the conflict, certainly without bias. By and large, Rao addressed conflict and post-war issues, fairly, and much more... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 28/03/18)

YAHAPALANA AND THE ECONOMY Part 6
KAMALIKA PIERIS
REVISED 26.3.2018. ‘We will revitalize the manufacturing sector by introducing a clearly defined industrialization strategy,’ said Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe in his budget speech in 2017.  ‘We must encourage the entrepreneurs to diversify our exports. Other middle-income countries such as Thailand and Vietnam are exporting a more diversified range of high-value products such as automobile parts, machinery and electronics. They are leaving us behind. We will have to catch up to our competitors. We have to change all these things if we are to strengthen the economy and to create more jobs.’ Here are three instances of... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 27/03/18)

Restore Fertilizers and lift the ban on the pesticides: Glyphosate and Paraquat.
By Chandre Dharnawardana, Canada.
Paraquate was an excellent  herbicide which was banned by a previous government mainly because farmers who went bankrupt due to  government rice policies used paraquat  to commit  suicide! Gyphosate was the other popular herbicide  banned in 2015, ensuring that the farmer and even the wealthy tea planter should commit suicide. Pethiyagoda, a long-time doyen of the tea industry has resigned, possibly in total disgust. At last, the minster of agriculture, finally sensing disaster and bowing to scientific evidence on the safety of glyphoate has presented a cabinet paper to lift the ban on glyphosate. Paraquat... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 27/03/18)

ON THE OMP- GSLF AUSTRALIA
RANJITH SOYSA SPOKESPERSON- GSLF AUSTRALIA
The Editor, Daily Mirror 23/03/2018 Dear Sir, ON THE OMP- GSLF AUSTRALIA We refer to the response of the Chairman, OMP, Saliya Pieris (in the Daily Mirror of 19th., March) rejecting our stand on the OMP and we write  to REITERATE the points covered in our memo, ‘the IMPRUDENT OMP...,' First, let us handle his evasive reference to our organization "calling itself Global Sri Lanka Forum".To dispel his misplaced belief , we wish to inform Saliya Peiris that our organization is a registered, fully functional and active outfit which is holding high the banner... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 27/03/18)

DO WE EVER LEARAN ?
By Dr. Tilak S. Fernando Courtesy Ceylon Today
Politicians in this land have done it in the past, they are repeating the same at present, and they will continue to do the same in the future too! There has been a lot of hue and cry, about the presence of foreign workers in Sri Lanka, in connection with the Chinese projects that are taking place in this country, from road building to harbour development among other things. Recently, a group of schoolchildren accompanied by their teachers went on an educational tour to the Magampura Port, but denied entry, by... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 27/03/18)

නව විෂයමාලා සංශෝධනය යටතේ උ/පෙළ ජීව විද්‍යා විෂය සම්බන්ධ මතුව පවතින ගැටළු සම්බන්ධව පවත්වන ලද මාධ්‍ය හමුවේදී පළවූ අදහස්
ජනමාධ්‍ය නිවේදනයයි ලංකා ගුරුසේවා සංගමය.
අද දින (2018.03.27.) මරදාන ඞීන්ස් පාරේ පිහිටි සමාජ හා සාමයික කේන්ද්‍රයේදී (CSR) ලංකා ගුරුසේවා සංගමය හා අ.පො.ස. උ/පෙළ ජීව විද්‍යාව හදාරන සිසුන්ගේ දෙමව්පියන් ද එක්ව මෙම මාධ්‍ය හමුව පවත්වන ලදි.  මෙහිදී ලංකා ගුරුසේවා සංගමයේ ප‍්‍රධාන ලේකම් මහින්ද ජයසිංහ සහෝදරයා විසින් ජීවවිද්‍යා විෂයේ නව සංශෝධන විෂය මාලාව හඳුන්වාදීම, ඒ සඳහා ගුරුවරුන් පුහුණු කිරීම ගුරුවරුන්ට අවශ්‍ය නව විෂය නිර්දේශය ලබාදීම, ගුරු මාර්ගෝපදේශ පොත් ලබාදීම සහ සියලූ කරුණුවලදී අධ්‍යාපන අමාත්‍යාංශය වගකීම් විරහිතව කටයුතු කර ඇති බව පෙන්වා දෙන ලදි.   නව විෂය සංශෝධන අනුව... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 27/03/18)

Speaker addresses the IPU Assembly in Geneva
Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka Geneva
Speaker Karu Jayasuriya has welcomed the opportunity for Sri Lanka to host the South Asian Speakers' Summit on Achieving the SDGs from11 - 12 Jul 2018 in Colombo. The Speaker, who is presently in Geneva to participate in the 138th Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) at a meeting with the President of the IPU, Senator Hon. Gabriela Cuevas Barron from Mexico invited the President to attend this event as the guest of honour. The Sri Lanka delegation to the IPU Assembly comprised of the Minister of Law and Order R.M.Ranjith Madduma Bandara,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 27/03/18)

සිංහල භාෂාවෙන් ඉදිරිපත් කර තිබූ පෙත්සම බාරගෙන ඉදිරි නඩුකටයුතු සිදුකරන ලෙස ශ්‍රේෂ්ඨාධිකරණය විසින් අභියාචනාධිකරණයට නියෝග කරයි...!
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කොළඹ මහාධිකරණ විනිසුරු ගිහාන් කුලතුංග විසින් විභාග කරනු ලබන නඩුවක් සාධාරණව සහ අපක්ෂාතීව විභාග නොකරන හෙයින් 1978 අංක 2 දරන අධිකරණ සංවිධාන පනතේ විධිවිධාන යටතේ වෙනත් මහාධිකරණයකට නඩුව මාරුකර ගැනීම සදහා පෙත්සමක් 2018.03.05 දින අභියාචනාධිකරණයට ගොනුකර තිබුණි. එකී පෙත්සමේ කරුණු අභියාචනාධිකරණයේ දී 2018.03.08 දින කරුණු තහවුරු කිරීමට සූදානම් වූ අවස්ථාවේ සිංහල භාෂාවෙන් එකී පෙත්සම ඉදිරිපත් කර තිබූ හෙයින් අභියාචනාධිකරණයේ සභාපති විනිසුරුවන ප්‍රීති පද්මන් සුරසේන සහ ශිරාන් ගුණරත්න විනිසුරුවරු ඒ සදහා අවසර නොදී නඩුව 2018 ජූලි මාසයට කල් දමා ඇත. සිංහල භාෂාවෙන් ඉදිරිපත් කර තිබූ හෙයින් පෙත්සමේ කරුණු තහවුරු කිරීමට අවස්ථාව නොලැබීම සම්බන්ධව නීතීඥ අරුණ ලක්සිරි උණවටුන මහතා මගින් ශ්‍රේෂ්ඨාධිකරණයට ඉදිරිපත් කර තිබූ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 27/03/18)

Death of US dollar? China launches petro-yuan to challenge greenback's dominance
Courtesy RT
Published time: 26 Mar, 2018 09:32Edited time: 27 Mar, 2018 09:02 Get short URL The highly anticipated yuan-backed crude oil futures have been launched in Shanghai. China is the world’s biggest oil consumer, with eyes on rival benchmarks Brent and WTI as well as the US currency. Trading of the new oil futures contracts for September settlement started on the Shanghai International Energy Exchange at 440.20 yuan ($69.70) per barrel, reports Chinese daily the South China Morning Post. Some 18,540 lots have reportedly been sold and purchased... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 27/03/18)

The West's ‘guilty until proven innocent’ mantra is wrecking lives & international relations
Robert Bridge  Courtesy RT
Western society is flirting with a disturbing trend where people are being denied the time-honored 'presumption of innocence'. The same undemocratic method is even being used against nations in what is becoming a dangerous game. Imagine the following scenario: You are a star football player at the local high school, with a number of college teams hoping to recruit you. There is even talk of a NFL career down the road. Then, overnight, your life takes an unexpected turn for the worse. The police show up at your house with... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 27/03/18)

Afgan war casualties
SATP - SOUTH ASIA INTELLIGENCE REVIEW wrote:
AFGHANISTAN 447 militant 'commanders' killed, 10844 militants injured and 2068 arrested in operations conducted by ANDSF in 'Afghan solar year 1396', says MoD Afghanistan: Ministry of Defense (MoD) Afghanistan Spokesman Brigadier General Dawlat Waziri said that 447 militant 'commanders' were killed, 10844 militants were injured and 2068 were arrested in operations conducted by Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) in 'Afghan solar year 1396 (March 2017 to March 2018)'. 447 'commanders' included 375 Taliban militants and 72 Islamic State (IS) militants. Bakhtar News , Marh 21, 2018. 4000 militants killed by ASF in... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 27/03/18)

The Central Bank should be brought under the Finance Ministry
Rajith Keerthi Tennakoon Executive Director/CaFFE Executive Director/CHR-Sri Lanka
The Central Bank should be brought under the Finance Ministry The Central Bank should be brought under the Finance Ministry immoderately given Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe's involvement in the Treasury Bond scam, executive director for Campaign for Free and Fair Elections (CaFFE) and Centre for Human Rights (CHR) Rajith Keerthi Tennakoon said. He added that although the Presidential Commission Report on the Treasury Bond scam was publicized several months ago and that the President should have taken away the control of Central Bank away from the Prime Minister. Without such a... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 27/03/18)

"හොරුන් රකින්න එපා"- කීර්ති තෙන්නකෝන්  ද්‍රවිඩ ජාතික සන්ධානයට කියයි.
මාධ්‍ය ඒකකය කැෆේ සංවිධානය
ද්‍රවිඩ ජාතික සන්ධානය හොරුන් රකින්නට ඉදිරිපත් නොවී විපක්ෂයේ භූමිකාව ඉටු කළ යුතු බව ශ්‍රී ලංකා මානව හිමිකම් කේන්ද්‍රය පෙන්වා දෙයි. එහි විධායක අධ්‍යක්ෂ කීර්ති තෙන්නකෝන් මහතා මාධ්‍ය වෙත අදහස් දක්වමින් පෙන්වා දුන්නේ බැඳුම්කර මගඩිය සම්බන්ධයෙන් ද්‍රවිඩ ජාතික සන්ධානයේ  ක්‍රියා පිළිවෙත තුළින් ඔවුන් හොරුන් රකින්නට කටයුතු කරමින් සිටින බව තහවුරු වන බවයි. එහිදී මාධ්‍ය වෙත අදහස් දැක්වූ කීර්ති තෙන්නකෝන් මහතා "රනිල් වික්‍රමසිංහ මහතාට ද්‍රවිඩ ජාතික සන්ධානයේ මිතුරන්  ඉන්න බව මේ බැඳුම්කර කොමිසන් සභාව තුළදීද බැඳුම්කර මගඩිය සම්බන්ධයෙන් පාර්ලිමේන්තු විවාදයේදීත් දක්නට ලැබුණා.  ද්‍රවිඩ ජාතික සන්ධානයේ සුමන්තිරන් මන්ත්‍රීවරයා බැඳුම්කර කොමිසමට ගිහිල්ලා කරුණු දැක්වීමේ ක්‍රියාවලිය තුළ  අපි දැක්කා කාටද මේකේ වාසි සිදුවෙලා තිබුණේ  කියලා.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 27/03/18)

Islamism on the rise in SL
Jayantha
The Government must take immediate action to close all the Madrassas. It is by setting up madrassas that Saudi Arabia infiltrates Wahabbism into other countries.  See what happened to Pakistan. Begum Bhutto permitted Saudi Arabia to send Wahabbi preachers and build madrassas in return for foreign exchange.  It took only ten years for these madrassas to turn out fanatics who began calling themselves the Taliban.  These infiltrated Afghanistan and also all Pakistani government establishments.  Pakistan too had peaceful Muslims before Wahabbism took over. I know this because I was there during peaceful times. Sri Lanka did not have... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 27/03/18)

මහ බැංකුව නැවත මුදල් අමාත්‍යාංශය යටතට පත් කළ යුතුයි වචනයෙන් නොව ක්‍රියාවෙන් බැදුම්කර වංචාවට එරෙහි විය යුතුයි
මාධ්‍ය ඒකකය/ශ්‍රී ලංකා මානව හිමිකම් කේන්ද්‍ර‍ය 
'ශ්‍රී ලංකා මහ බැංකුව' වහා ක්‍රියාත්මක වන පරිදි මුදල් අමාත්‍යාංශය යටතට පත් කළ යුතු යැයි ශ්‍රී ලංකා මානව හිමිකම් කේන්ද්‍රයේ විධායක අධ්‍යක්ෂ කීර්ති තෙන්නකෝන් මහතා නිවේදනයක් නිකුත් කරමින් පවසයි. බැදුම්කර වාර්තාව නිකුත් වී මාස ගණනක් ගත වී ඇතත් මහ බැංකුව තවමත් මුදල් අමාත්‍යාංශයට ලබා නොගැනීම නිසා 'බැදුම්කර වංචාවට දේශපාලන සංදර්ශනයකට වැඩි දෙයක් නොවන බව' ට ජනතාව තුල සාධාරණ සැකයක් මතු ඇත. 'මහ බැංකුව' මුදල් අමාත්‍යාංශයේ ඉවත් කිරීම තුළින් බැදුම්කර වංචාවට මාර්ගය සකස් විය.  මහ බැංකුව වෙනත් අමාත්‍යාංශයක් යටතේ තබා ගැනීමේ 'විද්‍යාත්මක පරිපාලනයක්' ලෝකයේ කොහෙවත් නැත.  මහා පරිමාන වංචා දුෂණ සිදුවන විට එහි වගකීම දේශපාලන නායකත්වයට... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 27/03/18)

Can countries with blood soaked hands frame bogus charges of war crimes against Sri Lanka
Whatever countries of the West preach, their record speaks volumes and should be nothing they or their citizens can be proud about. The question is, knowing that these countries of the West have lied, created false reports, false flag stories/campaigns, secretly trained & dispatched ‘rebels’ to stir trouble to justify their interference….can these countries be allowed to use the same formula and destroy Asia after destroying Africa, South America, Middle East & parts of Eastern Europe? There is a basis to reject the US-sponsored resolutions against Sri Lanka. The US has produced manuals which are replicated in different countries.... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 27/03/18)

Ethnic clashes in Sri Lanka and how to overcome them?
Dr Sudath Gunasekara, Retired Permanent Secretary. (SLAS)
26.3.2018. In this article I propose to present an overall view point on the above subject. The nature and evolution of ethnicity and nation  in Sri Lanka, the origin, history and the nature of the present day ethnic clashes in Sri Lanka, their root causes and the way out for a permanent solution, to make this country a peaceful, prosperous and a strong nation in the modern world. Part 1  Introduction This part will serve as a brief introduction to the subject I propose to discuss in the following pages.  I... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 26/03/18)

Water and environment
Sarath Wijesnghe former Ambassador to UAE and Israel 
Water and Environment  Water and environment are synonymous due to the close connection to each other in the human nature where environment will not flourish without water as the main ingredient of the process of environment thereby it our duty to protect and foster both equally for the existence of the living beings. Today wanton damage and destruction to the environment and water pollution is taking place faster to the extent Sri Lanka has reached the 4th position of the nation fast destroying the forest due to naturel and man named disasters and destructions taking place... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 26/03/18)

Aussie Cricket Under a Cloud and Shamed
Top Spin By Suni
26th March 2018 What a shame! The golden Era of Australian cricket of the Bradmans, Grimmets, Ponsfords, Hassets, O' Reilly's, Lindwalls, Millers, Harveys, Davidsons ad infinitum in a long line up of gentlemen Aussie players over the years have been shamed and stained by some of their 21st century counterparts who have shocked the world by their behaviour and attitude towards the"Gentlemen's Game" while transforming it intoone of inti midation, sledging, taunting and now cheating not to mention the occassional chucking by some of their quicks which go unnoticed by the adjudicators but... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 26/03/18)

විශ්වාස භංග යෝජනාව හා ජනතාව.
චන්ද්‍රසේන පණ්ඩිතගේ විසිනි
මේ රටේ ඉතා පැහැදිලිවම දක්නට ඇත්තේ "ජනතාව" නම්වූ මහා ජනසමුහයක් ඇති බවයි. එම ජන සමුහයට මෙරට පරමාධිපත්‍ය උරුම වන අතර, මේ රටේ රජය සෑම විටකදීම ජනතා විශ්වාසය මත පදනම්ව ගලා යන්නක් විය යුතුය.ජනතාවගේ රජය මෙහෙය වීමේ කාර්යය සදහා ආණ්ඩුවක් පත්කර ගන්නා අතර, ඒ ආණ්ඩුව ජනතාවගේ විශ්වාසය පලුදු නොවන ආකාරයට කටයුතු කල යුතුය. නමුත් පවතින මේ යහපාලන රජය මෙරට ජනතාවගේ විශ්වාසය පලුදු කර ඇති බව මෙරට ජනතාව පසුගිය පළාත් පාලන මැතිවරණයේදී ඉතා පැහැදිලිව ප්‍රකාශ කර ඇත. ඒ අනුව මේ රජයට එරෙහි විශ්වාස භංගය මෙරට පරමාධිපත්‍ය දරන මහජනතාව විසින් අනුමත කරන ලද්දේ පසුගිය පෙබරවාරි මස 10 වෙනිදාය.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 26/03/18)

Repercussions arising out of Sudath Chandrasekera’s resignation letter
Vajiragnana Warnakulasuriya
When one reads or listens to the TV audio of the letter I read into it deeper than it meets the eye of the readers! Before I talk of that just a preamble to this sort of master schemes in the West as refresher. It has been an undeclared political secret that from time to time political assassinations have been committed or staged when a particular person, a group or even a country is found a threat for the political survival! For instance in the recent history Lee Harvey Oswald was a scapegoat to assassinate President J.F.Kennedy,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 26/03/18)

‘Don’t take the words of the British for granted’ – Russia's UK envoy on Skripal case
Courtesy RT
Published time: 22 Mar, 2018 12:11Edited time: 22 Mar, 2018 19:51 Get short URL Russia's ambassador to the UK, Alexander Yakovenko. © Simon Dawson / Reuters When it comes to allegations against Russia, the UK government cannot be trusted, so other nations would be wise to demand proof, Russia’s ambassador in London said, commenting on the Skripal poisoning saga. “Don’t take the words of the British for granted,” Alexander Yakovenko told journalists during a press conference at the Russian Embassy when asked what his advice to European nations would be on... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 26/03/18)

Sri Lanka’s re-developed Eastern airport set to boost tourism into former war ravaged areas
By Editor newsin.asia
Colombo, March 26 (newsin.asia) – Sri Lanka’s Transport Ministry, on Monday said a newly re-developed airport in Batticaloa, in eastern Sri Lanka, will boost tourism into the region and pave way for more flights to land there. The government information department said the Batticaloa Airport which was re-developed as a domestic airport was opened by Transport Minister Nimal Siripala De Silva on Sunday to help promote the influx of tourists into the East by providing safer and expeditious travel instead of long hours on the road. The airport was re-developed at a... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 26/03/18)

Colombo Port beats Jebel Ali in UAE and Savanah in US to rank 13th best connected Port
By NewsIn.Asia
 Colombo, March 26 (newsin.asia) – Sri Lanka’s Colombo Port has been ranked the 13th best connected port in the world in 2017, moving up five places from 18, a year earlier, an index compiled by Drewry, a UK based shipping and maritime consultancy, showed here Monday. Colombo had scored 28.6 points in the Drewry Connectivity Index in 2017, with 59 mainline services calling each week. Under South Asia, Colombo Port was ranked the best connected. Colombo Port had been ranked ahead of the Savannah Port in the US with 53 calls and... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 26/03/18)

Colombo’s Port City calls for name change, offers Rs.100,000 to winner
By Editor on March 26, 2018 newsin.asia
 Colombo, March 26 (newsin.asia) – The Sri Lankan government together with China’s CHEC has put out advertisements in the Sri Lankan press calling upon Sri Lankans to suggest an attractive name for a mega 1.4 billion dollar port city project currently being constructed near the Colombo Harbour. Presently known as ‘Port City Colombo’, the Megapolis Development Ministry, together with the Urban Development Authority and CHEC have called on all those with a creative mind to come up with a suitable and attractive name for the project. In return, the winner, will... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 26/03/18)

Throttling senior citizens
Editorial Courtesy The Island
March 25, 2018, 11:11 pm Monday 26th March, 2018 Parliament has approved a huge increase in the Supreme Court (SC) judges’ pensionable allowances. Interestingly, there was no division in the House when a proposal to that effect was taken up. It was a very rare moment of unity. We thought the government was so broke that it couldn’t increase the salaries of any category of public officials; it is desperate to draw more loans to keep the economy afloat with the help of the newly passed Active Liability Management (ALM) Act. The SC deemed the ALM... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/03/18)

සාධාරණව ලොව දෙස බලමු
තේජා ගොඩකන්දෙආරච්චි
මේ දිනවල යහපාලන රජයට තිබෙන ප්‍රශ්න ගොඩට පාසල්වල විෂය ධාරාවට 'සමලිංගික අධ්‍යාපනය' ගැන උගන්වන්නට යනවාය කියමින් තවත් අලුත්ම ප්‍රශ්නයක් එකතු වී තිබේ. සති කිහිපයකට පෙර අම්පාරේදී 'සිංගල් කොත්තුවක් දමන්න' කියා පැවසූ දේ 'සිංහල කොත්තුවක්' යනුවෙන්ද, මස් හොදි උකු බවට පත්කරන්නට, සාමාන්‍යයෙන් පොල්කිරි වෙනුවට ඕනෑම කඩයක යොදාගන්නා කෝන් ෆ්ලවර් (Corn Flour) දිය නොවූ ගුලියක් 'වඳ පෙත්තක්' ලෙසද වටහා ගත් කතාවේම තවත් පිටපතක් ලෙස මෙය දැකිය හැක. වැටහෙන පරිදි Equal Gender Rights යන පදය යමෙකු විසින් පරිවර්තනය කර තිබෙන්නේ 'සම-ලිංගික අයිතිය' වශයෙනි. ඒ තුල මෙම මාතෘකාව අද සමාජ මාධ්‍ය ජාලාවන්හි පතුරු ගසන්නේ 'සමලිංගික අයිතිය' (Homosexual Rights) යනුවෙන් වැරදි... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/03/18)

POLITICAL UNREST IN MALDIVES
ALI SUKHANVER
Situated in the Arabian Sea, Maldives is considered one of the most beautiful island countries comprising of almost twenty six islands. With respect to its area and population, it is ranked as the smallest Asian country. The total land of Maldives is 298 km and the population is about 428000. Geographically Maldives is a ‘dispersed’ country with reference to its land and its population. Malé, the capital of Maldives is known as the ‘King's Island’ for its central location. Another interesting fact about Maldives is that it is the country which has the highest divorce rate all... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/03/18)

India has to come out of this ‘China phobia’ with regard to its relationship with Sri Lanka: Gotabaya Rajapaksa
By Arun Janardhanan/The  Indian Express
At the peak of the war against the LTTE, then Defense Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa was the most feared and powerful man in Sri Lanka. The UN Human Rights Council had asked Sri Lanka to probe war crimes in which Gotabaya was accused. Nearly a decade later, the 68-year-old is being talked about as a possible Presidential candidate, with brother Mahinda Rajapaksa not able to contest again due to the constitution’s upper limit of two terms. In his first interview since 2010, Gotabaya spoke about the geopolitical situation in the region, the changing character of... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/03/18)

Will JVP get naked on April 4th?
Lionel Rajapakse
Ending the “Balagiri Doshaya”, No Confidence Motion (NCM) against the PM Ranil Wickramasinghe has handed over to the speaker by Joint Opposition. Credit should go to the MP Udaya Gammanpila for his tireless efforts to make this NCM a reality. According to Mr. Gammanpila’s own words, this is a “Win Win” motion, irrespective of the outcome (“Dinuwath Dinum, Peradunath Dinum”). According to the news reports, this NCM contains 14 allegations against the PM Ranil Wickramasinghe and 13 out of 14 allegations are based on the Central Bank bond scam. These include allegations such as paving the way... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/03/18)

YAHAPALANA ELECTIONS AND ‘REGIME CHANGE’ Part 7
KAMALIKA PIERIS
Here is the statement made by Mahinda Rajapaksa on the JVP, issued just before the Local government elections of February 2018 (Island 22.1.18 p 1) “The JVP and TNA are working hand in glove with government and the voting public should understand that the counry has been left with an incompetent yahapalana government and an equally incompetent yahapalana opposition, former President Mahinda Rajapaksa says in a statement. .Calling upon the people to reject both the yahapalana government and the yahapalana Opposition, Rajapaksa has said: There is a yahapalana government as well as a yahapalana opposition in this... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/03/18)

UNHRC, WESTERN ALLIES, INDIA AND TAMIL DIASPORA TO DECIDE NEXT PRIME MINISTER
By M D P DISSANAYAKE
If the numbers fail to add up in his favour, the most likely scenario will be that Mr Ranil Wickremasinghe may step down as PM prior to voting.   Even if he survives the no confidence motion, it is seen as a short term relief for the ageing Prime Minister. Those power blocks who initiated the regime change are looking at alternative personalities in the political arena, who will carry out their destructive agenda.  RW was the best choice, with a puppet President. They would love to have Sambandan as the next Prime Minister. They need to... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/03/18)

 සීමා නිර්ණයට මුවා වී පැතිරෙන ආණ්ඩුවේ ජාතිවාදය
මතුගම සෙනෙවිරුවන්
ලංකාවට සර්ව ජන චන්ද බලය ක්‍රියාත්මක කරලීමට නීතිමය තත්වයන් සහතික වූ පසු විවිධ අවස්ථාවලදී  මැතිවරණ කොට්ඨාශ වල සීමාවන් සළකුණු කිරීම සිදු කර තිබේ.එයට පෙර බ්‍රිතාන්‍යයන් සිය පරිපාලන පහසුව පිණිස දිස්ත්‍රික්ක ක්‍රමයත් උප දිසාපති ක්‍රමයත් ඇති කර සීමාවන්ද සලකුණ කළහ. පළාත් සභා පිළිබඳ පණත 1987 දී සම්මත කර තිබුණද එම මැතිවරණ ක්‍රමය ආරම්භයේ සිටම සමානුපාතික පදනමින් ක්‍රියාත්මක වූ බැවින් කොට්ඨාශ නිර්ණයක් සිදු වූ යේ නැත. 2018 පැවති පළාත් පාලන මැතිවරණයට අදාළව කේවල ක්‍රමයට සහ සමානුපාතික නියෝජනයට සරිලන ලෙස මැතිවරණ සංශෝධනයක් සිදු විය. ඒ අනුව 2014 වර්ෂයේදී ජයලත් රවි දිසානායක මහතාගේ ප්‍රධානත්වයෙන් කමිටුවක් පත් කර සීමා නිර්ණ කටයුතු ආරම්භ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/03/18)

ආණ්‌ඩුවට අල්ලන්න බැරි උදයංග 'දිවයින'ට හසුවෙයි
සාකච්ඡා කළේ - මනෝඡ් අබයදීර උපුටා ගැන්ම දිවයින
අවුරුදු උත්සවවල සිටිනා සැඟවුණු අමුත්තා මෙන් වත්මන් ආණ්‌ඩුව පන්නපන්නා සොයන සැඟවුණු අමුත්තා ඔහුය. පොලිසිය විසින් මාංචු කුට්‌ටම් රැගෙන ඩුබායි යන විට, පොලිසියට වෙට්‌ටු දමා ඔහු පැන ගොස්‌ය. රතු වරෙන්තුව කොළ කෑල්ලක්‌ බවට පත්කර, ඔහු යුක්‌රේනයේ සිය නිවසට වී කාලය ගත කරයි. පවුලේ අය සමඟ ලෝකය වටේ සවාරි යයි. ඒ උදයංග වීරතුංගය. ආණ්‌ඩුවේ සමහරු උදේ ඇඳෙන් නැගිට ජනේලයෙන් එබී බලන්නේ උදයංග කුදලාගෙන ලංකාවට ගෙනැවිත් ඇද්ද කියාය. ආණ්‌ඩුවේ ඒ දුර හීනය 'දිවයින ඉරිදා සංග්‍රහය'ට හීනයක්‌ නොවීය. යම් අයකු මාධ්‍ය සාකච්ඡාවක්‌ සඳහා යොමු කර ගැනීමට පත්තර භාෂාවෙන් කියන්නේ 'අල්ලා ගන්නවා' කියාය. ආණ්‌ඩුවට අල්ලන්න බැරි වූ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/03/18)

සියල්ල මහසෝනාට බැරකළ හැකිද?
 චතුර පමුණුව  උපුටා ගැන්ම දිවයින
 බුරුමයේ මෙන්ම ශ්‍රී ලංකාවේ බෞද්ධ ක්‍රියාකාරකම් ගැන ජාත්‍යන්තර මාධ්‍ය වඩාත් උනන්දු වෙයි. මහනුවර ගැටුම ගැන විග්‍රහයක යෙදෙන යංස්‌ටවුන් විශ්වවිද්‍යාලයේ මයිකල් ජෙරිසන් ප්‍රකාශ කරන්නේ බුද්ධාගම අනතුරක පවතින බවට ථෙරවාදී බෞද්ධයන් අතර මතයක්‌ පවතින බවයි. එනිසාම ශ්‍රී ලංකාවෙත්, බුරුමයෙත්, තායිලන්තයෙත් මේ ගැන පොදු මතයක්‌ ගොඩනැඟී ඇති බව ජෙරිසන් කියති. 2001 දී බාමියන් බුදු පිළිම විනාශ කිරීමත් සමඟ මේ මතය තදින් පැතිරෙන්නට වූ බව හෙතෙම සඳහන් කරයි. මැලේසියාවේ මෙන්ම ඉන්දුනීසියාවේ පැවති අතීත බෞද්ධ රාජ්‍යයන් විනාශ වී යැම නිසා ථෙරවාදී බෞද්ධයන් අතර බිය හටගෙන ඇති බව ආගමික කටයුතු ගැන විශ්ලේෂකයකු වන ජෙරිසන් කියයි.   ජෙරිසන් ථෙරවාදීන්ගේ ප්‍රශ්න... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/03/18)

MoD gave Cambridge Analytica parent company top secret defence files, MP demands probe
Courtesy RT
Published time: 23 Mar, 2018 16:50Edited time: 24 Mar, 2018 09:09 Get short URL New links between data harvesting firm Cambridge Analytica (CA) and the Ministry of Defence have surfaced. CA’s parent company SCL was paid nearly £200,000 for two MoD projects which gave it access to top secret defence files. The chair of the Commons home affairs committee has now called for an investigation into CA’s activities after it was revealed that SCL was granted ‘List X’ status by the Ministry of Defence until 2013... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/03/18)

කුහුබියෝ
චන්ද්‍රසේන පණ්ඩිතගේ විසිනි 
කලාව යනු මහා බලගතු ආයුධයකි. ඒ ආයුධය මනාව බාවිතා කරන අය, තරාතිරම කුමක් වුවද අනිවාර්යෙන්ම ජයග්‍රාහනය ලබා ගනී. මේ දිනවල සමාජයේ කතා බහට ලක්වූ, "කුහුබියෝ" ටෙලි නාට්‍ය, මේ සමාජය තුල මහා පෙරලියක ආරම්භය සනිටුහන් කොට, එහි අවසන් කොටසද සමාජ ගතකර ඇත. මෙම ටෙලි නාට්‍ය විශේෂිත නාට්‍යයක් වන අතර, මෙවන් නාට්‍යයන් නිර්මාණය කල හැකි මිනිසුන් සමාජයකට උරුම වන්නේ ඉතා කලාතුරකිනි. ඉතා කලාතුරකින් රටකට ජාතියකට ලැබෙන මෙවන් කලාකාමින් පිරිස මේ කෘතිය නිර්මාණය කිරීමේ අරමුණ කුමක්ද? ඔවුන්ගේ ඉලක්කය කුමක්දැයි අපි නොදන්නෙමු. නමුත් සමාජයේ අල්පතරයක් මිනිසුන් අවබෝධකරගෙන සිටින සමාජ යතාර්ථය, මේ කළා නිර්මාණය විසින් ඉතා කෙටි කාලයක් තුලදී, මෙරට ලක්ෂ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/03/18)

Will sacrificing RW help the UNP?
by C.A. Chandraprema Courtesy The Island
The no confidence motion against Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has taken the political centrestage. In normal circumstances, this no confidence motion need not have been taken seriously at all. The UNP has 106 MPs and their allies the TNA has 17 and that alone would have sufficed to render the no confidence motion redundant even before it was taken up for debate. But this no confidence motion was not presented in parliament under normal circumstances. The Joint Opposition which submitted the motion has only 52 MPs. The SLFP group in the government which... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/03/18)

It is not a difficult deed to send this govt.home - Former President (English)
It is not a difficult deed to send this govt.home - Former President (English)
https://youtu.be/DaOuFg8h1aY... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/03/18)

“I believe India will look at things differently now,” says Mahinda Rajapaksa
By Arun Janardhanan Courtesy Newsin.Asia
Chennai, March 24: In an interview to The Indian Express, former Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, who is on a come back track following his stunning success in the local bodies elections last month, has said that India will look at him more favorably than it did when he was in power. Three years after he was swept out of office, Mahinda Rajapaksa, Sri Lanka’s former President, thinks he is in with a chance to return to power. Last month, the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP), the party loyal to him, made... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/03/18)

Slave Island in Colombo is where the colonial and the modern coexist
By Dr. Lopamudra Maitra Bajpai Courtesy NewsIn.Asia
As a train whistles out of Kompannavidiya Railway Station in Colombo 2, it passes by a road in its immediate vicinity- where traditional, colonial and contemporary public spaces stand next to each other as silent sentinels connecting history with modernity. It is the Justice Akbar Mawatha, stretching from Kompannavidiya Railway Station on the one side to the confluence of Malay Street and Church Street on the other. A changing landscape and a fast-altering public-space have transformed the architectural character of  this road, and highlights the need to... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/03/18)

How secular is the West?
Of late there have been quite a number of know-it-all ‘academics’ ‘political analysts’ dollar earning civil society coming forward promoting the displacement of Buddhism enshrined in Article 9 to be replaced with a ‘secular’ constitution in Sri Lanka. They love to quote extensively how West is secular. If readers were wiser they would look for themselves & discover that a majority of Western nations are not in the least secular though they publicly profess to be so. What also needs to be reiterated that some of these professing to be secular countries have a history of less than 300 years... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 24/03/18)

The forged UN Report The Number died far exceeds the number who ever lived!
By Palitha M Senanayake
The Report of the UN Panel of Experts, or the Darusman report, as it is popularly known continued to create its share of controversy at the recent UNHRC sessions when Yasmin Sooka, a member of this ‘Panel of experts’ tried to maintain that the actual number of civilians who perished at the last stage of the Sri Lanka conflict, that ended in May 2009, is in excess of 150,000 persons even though the UN report listed the number as a mere 40,000. That statement alone by a ‘member in earnest’ of the Experts Panel cast... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/03/18)

The USA with THE STAFF IN THEIR HANDS
RANJITH SOYSA
The USA has issued yet another 'order' that Sri Lanka should implement all conditions covered in the UNHRC resolution 30/1 moved against Sri Lanka's successful war effort to defeat Tamil Tiger Terrorists . One has to assume that the USA , the world wealthiest and the most powerful nation naturally is interested in protecting the human rights and taking punitive action against all crimes committed against humanity. Is it a fair assumption based on accurate facts? Or, is it only facade behind which many deals are done and selective actions  promoted by the USA in the name of... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/03/18)

Tamara’s words of wisdom
Gunadasa Amarasekera
March 23, 2018, 10:30 pm It was heartening to read Tamara Kulanayagam’s highly perceptive observations on this issue. We are beholden to her for the courage she has displayed in voicing her thoughts. ‘The island’ too could share it for giving it publicity. I understand that she is rather disheartened with the way the present government is handling the issue at Geneva, but I have not lost hope. Sarath Weerasekera and I have already forwarded our objections as to the way the High Commissioner is handling the matter. Her in depth analysis of the causes, Tamara relating... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/03/18)

ඇඹිලිපිටිය ඛේදවාචකය
වෛද්‍ය රුවන් එම් ජයතුංග
මෑතකදී මම ඇඹිලිපිටිය මධ්‍ය මහා විද්‍යාලයේ සිසුන් පිරිසක් පැහැරගෙන ගොස් ඝාතනය කිරීම සිද්ධිය සම්බන්ධයෙන් ලියන ලද අමාවක සඳ  යට කෘතිය කියවූයෙමි. එම පොත කියවීමත් සමගම ඇඹිලිපිටිය සිදුවීම්  ගැන  මා විසින්  දීර්ඝ කාලයක් පුරා හැදෑරූ  දේවල් මගේ මතකයට ආවේය​.  ඝාතනය කරන ලද සිසුන් ගේ කියා සැක කරන ලද සූරියකන්දේ සමූහ මිනීවලෙන් සොයා ගත් ඇටකටු පොහොර ගෝනි වල බහා කොලඹ ෆ්‍රැන්සිස් මාවතේ මෘතශරීරාගාරයට 1994 දී ගෙන එන විට මම කොළඹ ප්‍රධාන අධිකරන වෛද්‍ය නිළධාරි එල්.බී.එල් ද අල්විස් මහතා යටතේ අධිකරන වෛද්‍ය විද්‍යා පාඨමාලාව හදාරමින් සිටියෙමි. මෙම ඇටකටු කිසිම අධිකරන වෛද්‍ය ක්‍රියාදාමයකින් තොරව හාරන ලද බැවින් සාක්‍ෂි විනාශවී... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/03/18)

අධ්‍යාපන ප්‍රතිකාර සාක්ෂාත්කරය
වෛද්‍ය රුවන් එම් ජයතුංග
මෑතකදී මට එක්තරා මවක් ලිපියක් යොමු කලාය​. මීට වසර ගනනාවකට පෙර මා ඇයගේ දරුවන්ට අධ්‍යාපන ප්‍රතිකාර මගින් සහාය වූ බවත් වර්තමානයේ එම දරුවන් දෙදෙනා ඉහල අධ්‍යාපනයේ යෙදෙන බවත් ඇය විසින් මට පැවසුවාය​. පහත දැක්වෙන්නේ ඇය විසින් මා වෙත යොමු කල ඊ ලිපියයි.  අධ්‍යාපන ප්‍රතිකාර යන සංකල්පය තවමත් ලංකාවට ආගන්තුක විෂයකි. මෙම විෂය ලංකාවේ ප්‍රචලිත කිරීමට මුල් වීම පිලිබඳව මම නිහතමානීව ආඩම්බර වෙමි. මෙම අධ්‍යාපන ප්‍රතිකාර විෂය පිලිබඳව මට මූලික දැණුම ලබා දුන් බ්‍රිතාන්‍යයේ  බාන්ස්ලි විද්‍යාලයේ කථිකාචාර්‍ය ස්ටීවන් හීත් මහතාටත් ශ්‍රී ලංකාවේ ප්‍රකට අධ්‍යාපනවේදිනියක වූ ආචාර්‍ය තිලෝක සුන්දරී කාරියවසම් මහත්මියටත් මම කෘතඥ වෙමි.  ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/03/18)

පුටින් ඔබට සුබ පැතුම්!
කතු වැකිය උපුටා ගැන්ම දිවයින
ජනපති පුටින් යළිත් සිය බලය තහවුරු කරගෙන ඇත. මේ ජාතිකවාදී රුසියානු ජනපතිවරයාගේ ජයග්‍රහණය ගැන මෙරට බහුතරයම සතුටට පත්වන බව අමුතුවෙන් කිවයුතු නැත. ඇත්තෙන්ම ලොව බලවත්ම රාජ්‍ය නායකයා වන්නේ ජනපති පුටින් මිස 70 හැවිරිදි ඩොනල්ඩ් ට්‍රම්ප් නොවේ. ඇමරිකානු ඔත්තු සේවා පුටින්ට එරෙහිව කුමන්ත්‍රණ දියත් කළ ද ජනපති ට්‍රම්ප් පුටින්ගේ ජයග්‍රහණය ගැන සුබ පැතුවේ රුසියානු නායකයාගේ වැදගත්කම හොඳින්ම දන්නා නිසාවෙනි. ඇමරිකාව ලොව පාලනය කළ යුගය වෙනස්‌ කළ නායකයා වන්නේ පුටින් මිස අනෙකෙක්‌ නොවේ. සිරියාවේ අර්බුදයට මැදිහත් වී අයිසිස්‌ ත්‍රස්‌තයන් සුණු විසුණු කිරීමට පුටින් ලබාදුන් අයෝමය නායකත්වය ලොව පුරා වෙසෙන ත්‍රස්‌ත විරෝධී ජනතාව සැබවින්ම අගය කරන්නකි. එදා... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/03/18)

‘Our patience is not unlimited’: US slams ‘biased’ UN rights body over Israel resolutions
Courtesy RT
The US has threatened to re-evaluate its membership of the UN Human Rights Council, after it adopted five ‘biased’ anti-Israeli resolutions condemning its policies and calling on the world community to halt arms sales to Tel Aviv. Following a month-long 37th session in Geneva, the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) approved five ‘anti-Israel’ resolutions. One of the resolutions, titled 'Ensuring accountability and justice for all violations of international law in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem', condemned “all violations of human rights and of international humanitarian law” against Palestinians. Read more The talented Ms. Haley:... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/03/18)

Bicycaley… Bicycaley…
By Lucien Rajakarunanayake Courtesy The Island
March 23, 2018, 10:27 pm Some politicians own only a push bicycle when they come to politics, but later obtain Benz cars. Don’t think of becoming such politicians.- Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe. This was the Prime Minister’s advice to the newly elected UNP members of the Colombo Municipal Council. Looks like he wants them to remain bicycle politicians, and not come anywhere near the privileged politicos of parliament. Ranil W is one who knows the ride in politics. He is one who did not begin politics on a bicycle. He always had a car,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/03/18)

US, Norway to ensure full implementation of Geneva resolution Joint TNA-GTF team meets wartime Oslo envoy here
By Shamindra Ferdinando Courtesy The Island
The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) and the UK based Global Tamil Forum (GTF) claimed that they had received assurances from the US and Norway to guarantee the full implementation of Geneva resolution 30/1 co-sponsored by Sri Lanka in Oct 2015 and the subsequent Resolution 34/1. Geneva Resolution among other mechanisms to address accountability and transitional justice specifically calls for the establishment of war crimes court with foreign judges, including those from the Commonwealth. GTF spokesman Suren Surendiran, who had been a member of the joint TNA-GTF delegation told The Island that the mission discussed ways and... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/03/18)

Joint opposition tipped to call for a secret vote on no-faith motion SLFP ministers, except a handful, confident of ousting the PM
Courtesy Ceylon Today
President Maithripala Sirisena received a warm welcome extended by Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko in the land of the rising sun at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo. Later, the two Leaders held bilateral talks following which they toured the Imperial Palace, taking in the sights. Though the season of Cherry blossoms has begun as the spring has started, President Sirisena like many other heartbroken tourists did not get a chance to witness the beauty as the full bloom of Cherry blossoms will happen around April in Tokyo. However, the Emperor and Empress did not disappoint their... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/03/18)

අගමැතිකමෙන් ඉවත්වන්නැයි රනිල්ට ජාත්‍යන්තර බලපෑම්
සංජය නල්ලපෙරුම උපුටා ගැන්ම ලක්බිම
රට ස්ථාවරව පවත්වාගෙන යාම සඳහා විශ්වාසභංග යෝජනාව විවාදයට ගැනීමට පෙර අගමැති ධුරයෙන් ඉල්ලා අස්වන ලෙස එජාප නායක අගමැති රනිල් වික්‍රමසිංහට තානාපති අංශ ඇතුළු ජාත්‍යන්තරයෙන් බලපෑම් එල්ල වෙමින් තිබෙන බව දේශපාලන ආරංචි මාර්ග සඳහන් කරයි. එසේ ඉල්ලා අස්වී එජාපයේ වෙනත් අයෙකු අගමැති ධුරයට පත්කරගෙන ජනපතිවරණයාගේ නිල කාලය අවසන් වනතුරු රට ස්ථාවරව පවත්වාගෙන යාමට කටයුතු කරන ලෙසද අගමැතිවරයාට තානාපති අංශ දැනුම් දී ඇති බවද සඳහන්ය. යම් හෙයකින් විශ්වාසභංග යෝජනාවෙන් අගමැතිවරයා පරාජයට පත් වුවහොත් ඔහුට විපක්ෂයට   යාමට සිද්ධ වනු ඇති බවත් එසේ වුවහොත් දැනට විපක්ෂ නායක ධුරය දරමින් දෙමළ ජාතික සන්ධානය වාර්ගික සමගිය වෙනුවෙන් කරනු... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/03/18)

AG ordered to examine Ranjan’s statement
By Yusuf Ariff Courtesy Adaderana
The Supreme Court has ordered the Attorney General to examine the recent statement made by Deputy Minister Ranjan Ramanayake and inform whether he can be charged for contempt of court. The two cases filed by Ven. Magalkande Sudantha Thera and retired Air Force officer Sunil Perera accusing Ramanayake of contempt were taken up before a three-member judge bench comprising Justice Sisira de Abrew, Priyantha Jayawardena and Prasanna Jayawardena today (23). President’s Counsel Hemantha Warnakulasuriya, appearing on behalf of the Bar Association of Sri Lanka (BASL), stated that Deputy Minister Ranjan Ramanayake is continuing to... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/03/18)

Sri Lanka Cannot Afford Minority Uprisings
Suni Perera
Has The Lankan Administration not learned their lessons  from the past one wonders? Indeed !  being pushed to limitations may be an issue  in a country where emotions run high on racial issues but what transpired recently on the Sinhala - Muslim conflagaration seems to have been a rank breakdown on the part of the Government to maintain Law and Order as the Sinhalese as usual went on their rampages causing much world alarm where many reckon it could have been prevented rather than fires being fomented from various quarters of the Sinhala Community regardless of its... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/03/18)

පන්සල් හෝ රට දියුණු කිරීමෙන් පමණක් අන්න්‍යාගමිකකරණය වැලැක්විය නොහැක
පාලිත ආරියරත්න
බෞද්ධයන් උදෙසාම පෙනී සිටින රුපවාහිණි නාලිකා වැඩසටහන් වල දැන් දැන් පන්සල් දියුණු කිරීමෙන් අන්න්‍යාගමිකකරණය නැවැත්විය හැකි යන තේමාව යටතේ විවිධ චලනමය හා හඬ ඇතුලත් වැඩසටහන් ප්‍රසිද්ධ කරමින් සිටි.මොවුන්ගේ මතයනම් සැදැවත් දායකයන් විශාල ප්‍රමාණයක් ඇත්ත කතා කිරීම පසෙකලා(වැරැද්ද නිවැරදි නොකොට ) නැත්තක් ඇතිකිරීම (දියුණුව තුලින් පමණක් )තුලින් බුදුදහම මෙලොවින් තුරන් කිරීමට මාන බලන දෙවෙනි වතිකානු සම්මේලනයෙන්(1962-1965) දියත් වුන ලෝක ආගමික මිෂනාරි කුමන්ත්‍රණය වැළැක්විය හැකි බවය. ප්‍රචාරක මාධ්‍යන් උපයෝගී කොටගෙන ආගමික කුමන්ත්‍රණ කරුවන් නිතැතින්ම සිංහල බෞද්ධයන්ගෙන්(අපෙන්)අපේක්ෂා කරන ගොන් නිහඬ තාවය තවත් මර උගුලක් වන පන්සල් දියුණු කිරීමෙන් අන්න්‍යාගමිකකරණය වැලක්විය හැකි යන මාධ්‍ය මර උගුලට හිර කිරීම, බුදුදහම දිවි... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/03/18)

White supremacist mentality pervades orders by UNHRC for hybrid court for Sri Lanka
What can we make out of a global entity claiming to be the custodians of peace, justice and equality towards all member states, refusing to accept evidence, denies to investigate requests & appeals & completely ignores appeals by citizens of member states? Well, if the global entity is the UN and the aggrieved member states are from the Third World, then it’s a one-way street because the UN is steered by white-supremacists & their local worshippers and there’s nothing the black, brown or yellow people can do, unless they unite & refuse to be re-colonized & return to the days... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 23/03/18)

YAHAPALANA AND THE POLICE
KAMALIKA PIERIS
Sri Lanka Police will be made the best in Asia, said Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe in 2016. But that does not seem to be happening. Instead, the Sri Lanka police are going in the opposite direction. They might end up as the worst in Asia. Yahapalana government   appointed Pujitha Jayasundara as Inspector General of Police (IGP) in April 2016.  Jayasundara said he got the top job because he attended 35 Bodhi poojas, offering water to Bo trees, seeking the appointment. From the very beginning, it was obvious that he was not suited for the position of IGP,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/03/18)

Yahapalana 'hyper-debt regime' to take on even more mega-debt
By C. A. Chanadraprema (Island)
In a recent article titled "Yahapalana government as a hyper-debt regime", Professor Milton Rajaratne of the University of Peradeniya has pointed out that even though the yahapalana government accuses the Rajapaksa government of having imposed an immense debt burden on the country, the present government too has borrowed 'surprising amounts' of money. Rajaratne points out that by the time Rajapaksa rule ended on 9 January 2015, the total government debt stood at Rs. 7.3 trillion and the debt burden of the country, as a percentage of the GDP, stood at 71.3%. He states that despite the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/03/18)

Vladimir Putin is misunderstood, says director Oliver Stone
Tracy Bowden Courtesy abc.net.au
Updated 29 May 2017, 8:07pm PHOTO: Russian President Vladimir Putin in the trailer for Oliver Stone's The Putin Interviews. (Supplied) RELATED STORY: Democrats demand explanation over proposed 'Russian communication channel' RELATED STORY: Putin a bigger threat than Islamic State, McCain says Oliver Stone has been called a lightning rod for controversy, and his latest project about Russian President Vladimir Putin is no exception. The veteran movie director believes Mr Putin is misunderstood and the image the West has of him is wrong. "It's a politically, ideologically driven image," he told the ABC's 7.30 program. "He's not a Communist and... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/03/18)

Oliver Stone on Vladimir Putin: 'The Russian people have never been better off'
By Dominic Rushe Courtesy The Guardian
The veteran director has been accused of pandering to Putin for his four-hour documentary on the Russian leader, but he remains unrepentant. Could it be the climax to his career?  Oliver Stone: ‘Everything I did was examined by a certain light. And as an artist it’s very limiting.’ Photograph: Suki Dhanda for the Observer ‘Have you ever been beaten?” Vladimir Putin poses the question to Oliver Stone close to the end of Stone’s extraordinary four-hour documentary on the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/03/18)

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

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

Public Letter to the President of Sri Lanka & Members of the Constitutional Council against the Hate Speech Statement by Election Commission against the Sinhalese
Your Excellency The President of Sri Lanka,   In your capacity as Head of State, appointing the Commissioner of Elections on the recommendation of the Constitutional Council, this public letter is to bring to your kind attention a not-so-independent statement by the Elections Commissioner, published by Daily Mirror journalist M S M Ayub on 20 March 2018 titled “Most Sinhalese happy about recent riots: EC”. This is a highly derogatory statement against one community abusing the protocols of office and demands a retraction and public apology and the Constitutional Council must launch an investigation into this immediately. http://www.dailymirror.lk/article/Most-Sinhalese-happy-about-recent-riots-EC-147507.html There can... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 21/03/18)

Why is a Buddhist majoritarian state unacceptable but Islamic states are?
According to M M Zuhair former ambassador & Secretary to the State Ministry of National Integration and Reconciliation the international community will not support a Buddhist majoritarian state and will only recognize states that are multi-linguistic, multi-cultural & multi-religious. If so, what is the position of over 50 majority-Muslim states where the constitution upholds only the right of Islam? His sentiments were given space & published by the Sunday Times newspaper of 18 March 2018 http://www.sundaytimes.lk/180318/sunday-times-2/fake-propaganda-against-muslims-threat-to-national-unity-286339.html “In any event an ethnic or a Buddhist majoritarian state will not receive the support of the international community, unlike a state which is... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 21/03/18)

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

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

YAHAPALANA AND HAMBANTOTA Part 3
KAMALIKA PIERIS
Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa     issued a statement in January 2017 regarding his much maligned Hambantota project. “Since the future of the Hambantota port is now under discussion, I wish to explain to the public, my position on this matter. The loans taken for the construction of this harbour were 450 million USD for the first phase, 70 million USD for the bunkering facility and 802 million USD for the second phase bringing the total to around 1,322 million USD. When complete the harbour would have four terminals and 12 berths. This was meant to be a free... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/03/18)

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sri Lanka’s religious violence and the US pivot to Asia
Gearóid Ó Colmáin
 Recent inter-communal riots in Sri Lanka have highlighted the problem of religious extremism, particularly among Asia’s Buddhist population. However, the Buddhist nationalist point of view has been largely ignored in favour of a discourse which demonises Buddhists as aggressors and Muslims as innocent victims. The reality is far more complex. A state of emergency has been introduced in Sri Lanka after an outbreak of violence between Buddhists and Muslims. According to reports, the violence erupted after a Buddhist truck driver was killed on the 4th of March by three inebriated Muslims, which was followed by attacks from... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/03/18)

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

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

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

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

We need law and order, not law "made to order"!
REGGIE PONNAMPALAM Courtesy The Island
March 18, 2018, 9:51 pm There was much talk, announcements, speculation and predictions on the Ministry of Law & Order, and now we have a Madduma Bandara. Reminds me of an old Sinhala Baila, "Sinhala Ithihasa Pothe Ran Akuren Liyawuna. . ." – written in letters of gold in the annals of Sinhala history. That is the story of Madduma Bandara Ellapola. I am an eternal optimist, but to expect a rebirth of this legendary child hero, or even imagine a semblance of a repeat of an event historical in nature would, even for me,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 19/03/18)

How Trump Consultants Exploited the Facebook Data of Millions
By MATTHEW ROSENBERG, NICHOLAS CONFESSORE and CAROLE CADWALLADRMARCH 17, 2018--NEW YORK TIMES
Christopher Wylie, who helped found the data firm Cambridge Analytica and worked there until 2014, has described the company as an "arsenal of weapons" in a culture war.CreditAndrew Testa for The New York Times (After this story was published, Facebook came under harsh criticism from lawmakers in the United States and Britain. Read the latest.) LONDON — As the upstart voter-profiling company Cambridge Analytica prepared to wade into the 2014 American midterm elections, it had a problem. The firm had secured a $15 million investment... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 19/03/18)

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

Cultivation ban opposed
Courtesy tobaccoreporter.com
The government of Sri Lanka has been urged to withdraw a proposed ban on tobacco cultivation in the country, according to a story in The Colombo Gazette. The All Ceylon Cigarette Tobacco Barn Owners’ Association said that since 2015, the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on Drug Prevention had recommended ‘unreasonable restrictions’ on tobacco cultivation, such as the prohibition of using even barren marginal paddy lands for such production. In a letter to the President, the association said that despite tobacco farmers being the key drivers of national and rural economic growth, they were not consulted before such... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 19/03/18)

The Guardian view on free speech online: let law decide the limits
Editorial The Guardian (UK)
The standards by which the internet is controlled need to be open and subject to impartial judiciaries – not left to advertisers The revelations we publish about how Facebook’s data was used by Cambridge Analytica to subvert the openness of democracy are only the latest examples of a global phenomenon. All over the world, governments are coming to grips with the destructive power of social media. In recent weeks, Sri Lanka, Britain, Indonesia and Myanmar have all seen measures taken against hate-speech campaigns. In some cases the companies that publish and profit from them... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 19/03/18)

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

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

Passenger Thrown Off Spanish Flight for Yelling Racial Slurs at Staff (VIDEO)
Courtesy Sputnik
Over the weekend, video footage surfaced showing a 70-year-old man getting kicked off a Binter Canarias flight for yelling racial slurs at a flight attendant on a flight from Tenerife, in Spain's Canary Islands, to the Spanish island of La Palma. Recorded by a fellow passenger, footage of the Wednesday incident shows the moments after the man allegedly told the stewardess to "get out of here" and that he did "not want blacks by his side," Spanish media reported. The traveler is white; the flight attendant is black. https://youtu.be/iSNZxH-Lw6g Spanish police were called to the scene after the man failed to follow... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 19/03/18)

SOME OBSERVATIONS ON “SINHALA ONLY” Part 5
KAMALIKA PIERIS
The Sinhala Only reforms of 1956 heralded a new phase in the social and economic development of the country.  Until that time, the small minority of English educated people, 2% of the population, had a monopoly over University education, employment opportunities, as well as the business world, which   worked in English, a language alien to two thirds of the population of the country. One of the effects of British rule was the emergence of western educated elite for whom coveted opportunities in the public service, the profession, business and politics were readily open. The rural poor in... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 19/03/18)

Theresa May's "novichok" story continues to crumble
Courtesy Off Guardian
Thu, 15 Mar 2018 11:12 UTC  We already know UK PM Theresa May misrepresented the Russian law on executing terrorists in foreign lands, in order to bolster her currently evidence-free claims of Russian culpability in the poisoning of ex-MI6 employee Sergey Skripal. Her narrative remains, as of March 15, bald and unconvincing. But it seems things may be about to get even worse for her and what some see as her bid to "Falklandise" her flagging premiership. It seems the "nerve agent" she claims was used to attack Skripal and his daughter may not actually exist.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 19/03/18)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

TIDE IS TURNING AGAINST BOTH PRESIDENT AND THE  PRIME MINISTER!
By M D P DISSANAYAKE
The President Maithreepala Sirisena is personally indebted to the Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe for elevating him to the rank of the President of the country.  Has he paid back his debt sufficiently? The UNP administrative machine is no more the power base of RW.  The grass root UNP support is no more the power base of RW.    He is also not powerless.  He derives his power from two primary sources, firstly from the Tamil dominated anti-Sinhala Western-Indian power block and secondly from the high Office of the land, the Office of the President.  The support of the President  for the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/03/18)

FACT OR FICTION? MR MINISER PLEASE NOTE!
By Dr. Tilak S. Fernando Courtesy Ceylon Today
Private Hospitals have been focusing of late, mainly on their charging system especially with regard to Coronary Artery Bypass Graft Surgery (CABG). Many have written columns and articles in newspapers covering a whole gamut of incidents and experiences of people after visiting private hospitals in Sri Lanka. The types of complaints vary from patient to patient, but a common feature appears to be the long delays, which the patients have to wait, after paying money for an appointment to channel a doctor or a consultant. The whole purpose and process of channelling... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/03/18)

Maritime Security in the Indian Ocean - a Geopolitical perspective from Sri Lanka and the  Role of the EU in the Indian Ocean Region(IOR) by Prof.Asanga Abeyagoonasekera
Prof. Asanga Abeyagoonasekera
Prof. Asanga Abeyagoonasekera, the Director General of the Institute of national Security Studies Sri Lanka(INSSSL),visiting Professor at the Northern Kentucky University for Geopolitics was invited by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of France, Quai d’Orsay on 6th March 2018. Prof.Abeyagoonasekera presented a paper on “Maritime Security in the Indian Ocean - a Geopolitical perspective from Sri Lanka and the Role of the EU in the Indian Ocean Region(IOR)”,followed by a roundtable discussion Chaired by Dr.Frédéric Grare who is the Chargé de mission Asia, officials at Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Defence. Following is the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/03/18)

නුවර පුපුරා ගියේ අන්තවාදයේ කාල බෝම්බයයි
තරංග රත්නවීර උපුටා ගැන්ම දිවයින
සිංහල, මුස්‌ලිම් කෝලාහල මහනුවරට පමණක්‌ සීමා වූවක්‌ නොවේ. 1915 වර්ෂයේ මරක්‌කල කෝලාහලයේ සිට කාලෙන් කාලයට සිංහල, මුස්‌ලිම් ගැටුම් ඇති විය. එම ආරවුල් ගිනි ජාලාවන් බවට පත් කරනු ලැබුවේ සිංහල, මුස්‌ලිම් අන්තවාදී පිරිස්‌ සහ බඩගෝස්‌තරවාදී දේශපාලනඥයන් විසිනි.     ත්‍රස්‌තවාදී යුද්ධයේ අවසානයත් සමඟ මුස්‌ලිම් අන්තවාදය ප්‍රබලව ඉස්‌මතු වූයේ නැගෙනහිර පළාතෙනි. එහෙයින් මුස්‌ලිම් අන්තවාදයේ අමන ක්‍රියාකාරකම් ගැන හරි හැටි දන්නේ ඒ ප්‍රදේශවල ජීවත් වන සිංහලයන්ය. සුළුතරයක්‌ වූ නැගෙනහිර සිංහල සමාජය පාගාගෙන සිටින මුස්‌ලිම් අන්තවාදය ගැන කතා කිරීමට සුදුසුම කෙනා අරිසිමලේ ආරණය සේනාසනාධිපති පනාමුරේ තිලකවංශ හාමුදුරුවෝ යෑයි මට හැඟුණි. උන්වහන්සේ අරිසිමලේ ආරණ්‍ය සේනාසනාධිපති වහන්සේ පමණක්‌ නොව උතුර, නැගෙනහිර... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/03/18)

MUSLIM WAHHABI MENACE UNDERMINING AMIABLE COMMUNITY RELATIONS IN SRI LANKA
Dr. Daya Hewapathirane
Sufism or the Sufi Muslim Ideology In the past, political strife among Muslims in the world, resulted in their division into two major rival groups – Sunni and Shias. Sunnis who form the large majority are predominant in Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Indonesia, Malaysia, Jordan, Turkey, Syria, Pakistan, Bangladesh. The Shias who form about 15% of worlds Muslims live mostly in Iran, Iraq, Yeman, India and Sri Lanka. Sufism or the Sufi Muslim ideology had been the predominant Islamic spiritual tradition observed throughout Southern Asia, including Sri Lanka. Sufis can be members of either the Sunni or... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/03/18)

Sri Lanka Riots -A Wahabi Backlash
This segment of WION brings to you latest information on reports that suggest that Islamism is on a rise in Sri Lanka. Watch this clip to know more.
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(lankaweb.com - 18/03/18)

Looking back at Kandy in 1915
Nan Courtesy The Island
March 17, 2018, 12:00 pm The recent clashes in Digana and other places in the Kandy District brought back memories of what my mother narrated about the 1915 ‘Muslim riots’ as they called the disturbance in Kandy and surrounding areas. She was a child living in a village in Peradeniya when the carol cart with persons singing Vesak gee was stoned when it passed the Meerakkam Palliya at the rear end of (then) Castle Street on Vesak night. A clash ensued. This was after the trouble in Gampola a couple of years earlier. It was ascertained... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 17/03/18)

Are Sri Lankan Muslims being DUPED into WAHHABI Extremism ?
Sri Lanka News
A news report by India’s World Is One News (WION) claims that while Sinhalese intolerance is on the rise in Sri Lanka, as apparent in the recent communal violence, the root cause for the distrust of Muslims in Sri Lanka lies in the alarming spread of Wahhabism among one of the most tolerant and peaceful Muslim communities of the world. It states that most of the international media especially Middle Eastern concerns are painting exaggerated pictures of bloodthirsty Sinhalese and victimized Muslims, but WION has been talking to Sri Lankan analysts of all religions and that... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 17/03/18)

What more do we want - after all President Maithripala Sirisena and  first Lady of Sri Lanka have met even  Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko ?
By Charles.S.Perera
It is good that a leader of a country meets with the leaders  of foreign countries and exchange pleasantries, if he has done his duty by his own people,  and the country is in good health politically ,economically, and  socially and there is security and peace provided for the people. But President Maithripala Sirisena  has in reality gone with a begging ball to Japan having politically caused destruction to a country which was peaceful and secure and the people enjoyed a reasonable  living standard. That was  thanks to a government that had been led by a leader... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 17/03/18)

The National University Teachers Association (NUTA) requests Sri Lankan academics resident overseas to return and serve their motherland instead of criticizing it from afar.
The National University Teachers Association (NUTA)
Issuing a media statement in response to an article, titled, "Sri Lankan academics abroad condemn violence against Muslim community" in The Island on 14th March, the NUTA has said: "National University Teachers Association (NUTA) of Sri Lanka is appalled by the statement issued by a group purported to be Sri Lankan academics in North American and British Universities and Colleges, condemning the Sinhala Buddhist nationalists for the attacks supposed to be on Muslims. If this is a statement by a group of academics, NUTA cannot but be surprised by the venom expressed in it against the Sinhala nationalists. It... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 17/03/18)

Decapitated Buddha statue
Asoka Weerasinghe Kings Grove Crescent . Gloucester . Ontario . K1J 6G1 Canada
16 March 2018 The Editor (Letters) The Ottawa Citizen Dear Editor: On Friday, 16th morning, the Buddhist monks of the Hilda Jayewardenaramaya at 1481 Heron Road, woke up to a heartbreaking sight outside on the Monastery’s front lawn. The four-foot white Buddha statue sitting on a four-foot pedestal had been decapitated and the head was broken to pieces and strewn on the carpet of snow. This peaceful Buddhist community was in shock and numbed and some were in tears. We have difficulty to accept such... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 17/03/18)

එක්සත් ජාතීන්ගේ 37 වන මානව හිමිකම් සැසිවාරයේදී ශ්‍රී ලංකාවේ රණවිරුවන්ගේ නිර්දෝෂීභාවය වෙනුවෙන් කල කරුණු දැක්වීම.. ගෝලීය ශ්‍රී ලාංකික සංසදයේ ස්විට්සර්ලන්තයේ ලේකම් නිමලා ලියනපටබැදි මහත්මිය සභාව අමතමින්...
  https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=1803872573249149&id=1610037282632680&refsrc=https%3A%2F%2Fm.facebook.com%2Fglobalsrilankanforumofficialpage%2Fvideos%2F1803872573249149%2F&_rdr... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 17/03/18)

New law to disclose conflict of interests and relationships
Kurulu Koojana Kariyakarawana Courtesy The Daily Mirror
The Bribery Commission is to give more teeth to the penal code soon by introducing a new law to 'Disclose Conflict of Interests and Relationships' which will filter the roles of all law enforcement agencies, the judiciary and politicians in a bid to curb corruption and nepotism. The Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption (CIABOC) will draft the new act to bring the law into effect keeping in line with the treaty of United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC), signed in December 2003. One of the Commissioners of CIABOC Neville Guruge... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 17/03/18)

Quest to implicate Gota in Lasantha’s murder
by C.A.Chandraprema Courtesy The Island
March 17, 2018, 8:14 pm Even though there is supposed to be an ongoing police investigation into the 2009 murder of Sunday Leader Editor Lasantha Wickrematunga,  what we have been seeing for the most part is a series of investigations and arrests in relation to various matters on the sidelines of the murder. One of the first persons to be arrested in this connection was a bystander who had stolen Lasantha’s phone from the crime scene. This was just a theft and the suspect was soon released. In December 2009, the investigation was handed over... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 17/03/18)

USLA Spokespersons Report . April 2017 to March 2018
Dr. Chu;la Rajapakse MNZM Spokesperson, USLA
The year under review was a quiet year by contemporary standards till on the 2nd of March Al Jazeera carried a news item sporting a man with lash marks on his upper back alleging that these along with other evidence of “torture”, were inflicted by the security forces in Sri Lanka recently because of his alleged links to the LTTE,. Al Jazeera to conclude that “tortue by the security forces” was therefore still in practice in SL, even three years after the present regime came into power, apparently committed to ending such practices. This... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 17/03/18)

What is Diabetes? I am sure you all heard this before.
Dr Hector Perera       London
The scientists have discovered that there are two types of diabetes that is type 1 and type 2. Definition of Diabetes Carbohydrates are the nutrient that impact blood sugars the most. If you have diabetes, it's important to monitor your carbohydrate intake so that you may discover which foods work best for your blood sugars. Some people with diabetes benefit from following a consistent carbohydrate diet for which they eat the same amount of carbohydrates at the same time daily. Ask your registered dietitian or certified diabetes educator if you'd benefit from eating a fixed amount... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 17/03/18)

Moscow expels 23 UK diplomats & shuts British Council in response to ‘provocative moves’
Courtesy RT
The Russian Foreign Ministry said 23 UK diplomats must leave Russia in response to Britain’s “provocative actions and groundless accusations” over ex-double agent Sergei Skripal’s poisoning. The British Council will also be shut. Britain’s ambassador to Russia, Laurie Bristow, was summoned to the Foreign Ministry on Saturday morning, where he was informed of Moscow’s response to London’s claims that Russia is behind the poisoning of Sergei Skripal, a former double agent, and his daughter, Yulia, on March 4 in Salisbury, UK. The ministry issued a statement saying 23 employees of the British embassy in Moscow have been declared... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 17/03/18)

Nearly half of Americans will retire broke
Courtesy RT
Some 42 percent of elderly US citizens have less than $10,000 put aside for their golden years, according to the report by a personal finance resource GoBankingRates, which polled over 1,000 adults last month. The survey, carried out for the third consecutive year, suggests that a lack of planning and savings, along with a longer life expectancy, may shatter people’s retirement dreams. The California-based financial advisor also found out that the percentage of Americans with no savings at all had increased from 2016 through 2017. Low salaries or lack of opportunities to... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 17/03/18)

Govt. trying to outsource surveying to US company: Surveyors
Gandara John
Daily Mirror  of 16 Mar 2018 Govt. trying to outsource surveying to US company: Surveyors
The Government Surveyors' Association (GSA) today resort to a countrywide indefinite work stoppage claiming that there was a move to hand over several operations of the Sri Lanka Surveys Department (SLSD), the second oldest department of the country, to a US-based company.   Speaking to the Daily Mirror, GSA President Duminda Udugoda referred to an attempt to transfer the duties of the SLSD including Land Information System (LIS) and Aerial Survey Operations to 'Trimble Navigation Ltd', a US-based land administration... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 17/03/18)

Sri Lanka statistics office withdraws GDP data
COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka’s Department of Census and Statistics withdrew its 2017 full-year and fourth quarter gross domestic product data on Friday, a day after posting the island nation’s worst economic growth in 16 years. The data on Thursday showed the economy expanding 3.1 percent in 2017, the slowest pace in 16 years and decelerating from 4.4 percent in 2016. It showed fourth-quarter growth slowing to 1.4 percent year-on-year from 3.74 percent in the third quarter. “We got the last set of data at the last minute. We released the GDP data, but since this is last quarter we... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 17/03/18)

Sri Lanka team to submit lawsuit challenging UNHRC’s conduct
Lahiru Pothmulla Courtesy The Daily Mirror
A lawsuit compiled by a team of legal experts with the input of Sir Geoffrey Nice QC would be submitted to the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) on Monday challenging the procedure adopted by the UNHRC itself to pass the resolution on Sri Lanka, the Global Sri Lankan Forum (GSLF) today said. The petitioners of the lawsuit, which is the first ever lawsuit against the UNHRC, are retired Rear Admiral Sarath Weerasekara and Federation of National Organisations Convener Dr Gunadasa Amarasekara. On behalf of the two petitioners, the GSLF, the Federation of National Organisation... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/03/18)

Counsel tells SC: Bill to amend Judicature Act politically motivated March 17, 2018, 12:04 pm
by Chitra Weerarathne Courtesy The Island
March 17, 2018, 12:04 pm President’s Counsel Romesh de Silva in objecting to the Bill to Amend the Judicature Act, yesterday told the Supreme Court that the Bill did not refer to the establishment of the Permanent High Court Trial-at-Bar. The Bill assumed that such a Permanent High Court Trial at Bar is in existence but it was not so. Hence the Bill could not be proceeded with De Silva P.C. said. He said the Minister might establish a Permanent High Court Trial-at-Bar whenever he so wished. The Minister could specify location by... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/03/18)

Watch out – power threat on Social Media
By Lucien Rajakarunanayake Courtesy The Island
March 16, 2018, 10:10 pm Social Media may well be the new hope of strength of the Yahapalana powers. The big talk today is about the need to control Social Media and curb the use of Hate Speech on the networks of this new media spread. Just as whatever the Russians did with their nerve agent Novichok that is said to have been used to attack former secret service agent Sergei Skripal, his daughter Yulia, and a British police officer at Salisbury, UK, enabling British Prime Minister Theresa May to push aside all her... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/03/18)

Leeches invade library
Editorial Courtesy The Island
March 16, 2018, 10:05 pm The colony of political leeches sponging off the public continues to grow rapidly. There has been a twofold increase in the number of local government members. The country needs more professionals and skilled workers to realise its developmental goals, but it is getting burdened with more and more political lamebrains who are liabilities. We had enough and more bad eggs in the garb of local government members previously. Among them were cattle rustlers, chain snatchers, bootleggers, drug dealers, killers and rapists. The late Ven. Maduluwawe Sobitha Thera told us about a... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/03/18)

The government survives on dead cats!
BY MALINDA SENEVIRATNE
The term is attributed to Lynton Crosby, a political strategist who has managed campaigns of right-of-center parties in several countries.  Boris Johnson, who employed Crosby during London mayoral elections explains the term thus: “There is one thing that is absolutely certain about throwing a dead cat on the dining room table – and I don’t mean that people will be outraged, alarmed, disgusted. That is true, but irrelevant. The key point, says my Australian friend, is that everyone will shout, ‘Jeez, mate, there’s a dead cat on the table!’ In other words, they will be talking... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/03/18)

SOME OBSERVATIONS ON “SINHALA ONLY” Part 1
KAMALIKA PIERIS
The 'Sinhala only' story began in the 1920's and 1930's, when agitation for ‘swabhasha’ emerged as an anti-imperial or anti-colonial gesture. Sinhala Mahajana Sabha (1919) established a network of local mahajana sabhas in the rural areas. These Mahajana Sabhas conducted their proceedings in Sinhala. The rules and regulations were printed in Sinhala. In 1936, Philip Gunawardene,  then leader of the  Lanka Sama Samaja Party (LSSP) brought a resolution in State Council that proceedings in the law courts and the recording of  statements in police stations should be in Sinhala and Tamil. In many countries, the indigenous language... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/03/18)

SOME OBSERVATIONS ON “SINHALA ONLY” Part 2
KAMALIKA PIERIS
Sinhala had started modernizing in the 19th century, long before ‘Sinhala Only’. Hundreds of Sinhala newspapers were published in the 19th century, not always in good Sinhala, said K.N.O. Dharmadasa. However, this helped the language to modernize. Hikkaduwe Sri Sumangala and Ratmalane Dhammarama and lay scholars such as W.F .Gunawardhana and Kumaratunga Munidasa were able by their teaching and writing to set high standards for Sinhala. There was also a highly active pirivena education to which the lead was given by Vidyodaya (1873) and Vidyalankara. (1875). the high standard of written Sinhala in the first half of... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/03/18)

SOME OBSERVATIONS ON “SINHALA ONLY” Part 3
KAMALIKA PIERIS
It is nonsense to say that Sinhala has not been able to fashion a language in which new knowledge could be written,  said K.N.O. Dharmadasa . Sinhala has modernized very successfully. There is a word for everything. Sinhala today has a vast vocabulary catering to all subjects and a sentence structure that can communicate it effectively. Today in any forum in which economics, political science, medicine or a technological subject is discussed in Sinhala, including television and radio; the speakers use the Sinhala medium with great facility and style. Sinhala technical terms come to them with great... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/03/18)

SOME OBSERVATIONS ON “SINHALA ONLY” Part 4
KAMALIKA PIERIS
‘Sinhala Only’ affected education as well. The British had instituted a two-tier system of education with compulsory vernacular education for the majority and a restricted elite education in English for a small minority. Vernacular education was provided from Grade one to Grade five. Most rural children left school after Grade five. From Grade six, education was in English. The English schools were largely in the hands of the Christian missions. In the 1930s, State Council decided that a sound policy on education was needed. The  Executive Committee for Education  looked into this, and recommended in 1943 that... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/03/18)

PRESS RELEASE -NIRJ DEVA
NIRJ DEVA DL FRSA MEP Conservative MEP for the South East of England Chairman of the Delegation to the Korean Peninsula Vice Chairman of International Development Committee ECR Group Coordinator
14/03/2018 - Strasbourg: Ladies and Gentlemen, we thank you for coming to what I think is a historic press conference. I begin by saluting President´s Trump´s acceptance of Korean Leader Kim Jung Un’s invitation to talk; an unprecedented display of diplomacy given that in more than 64 years, there has not been, so much as a phone call, between the leaders of the two nations. I believe that this, is a... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/03/18)

What was the impact of Japan's victory over the British Imperial Army in Hong Kong and Singapore in 1942 on indigenous people yearning for freedom in European colonies in Asia and Africa?
Derek Gould, studied at The University of Hong Kong Courtesy quora.com
Japan’s victories in the Pacific War demolished the myth of white superiority even more so than its victory over the Russians in the Russo-Japanese War of 1904–05, because Russia was then in decline while Britain in 1941 was still an world imperial power. Related to the Japanese victory was Britain’s undertaking to grant independence to India if they would support Britain in the fight against Japan and the other Axis powers. One consequence of the war was a decline in the number of Britons available or prepared to work... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/03/18)

WIKILEAKS REVEAL MILIBAND WAS TOUTING FOR TAMIL VOTES JUST LIKE WHAT SOME PRESENT BRITISH MPs DO
 Julian Borger, diplomatic editor The Guardian
 David Miliband, foreign secretary during the Sri Lankan civil war, told an official he was spending two-thirds of his time on Sri Lanka. Photograph: Murdo MacLeod for the Guardian The diplomatic campaign by former foreign secretary David Miliband to champion aid and human rights during the Sri Lankan humanitarian crisis last year was largely driven by domestic political calculations, according to a Foreign Office official. A leaked May 2009 cable from the US embassy in London quotes the official, Tim Waite, a Foreign Office team leader on Sri Lanka, explaining Miliband's intense focus on... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/03/18)

Internet Society Sri Lanka Chapter Statement of Free, Open, and Inclusive Internet for All-අන්තර්ජාලයේ නිදහස් හා විවෘත ස්වභාවය රැක ගැනීම සදහා
For Internet Society Sri Lanka Chapter,  M.B.B. Kirindigoda, Secretary,  Sagarika Wickramasekara, President
බහූ පාර්ශ්වික සාමාජිකයන් විසින් මෙහෙයවන ශ්‍රී ලංකා අන්තර්ජාල සමාජය 2018 පෙබරවාරි 13 ශ්‍රී ලංකාවේ අන්තර්ජාලයේ වෛරී ප්‍රකාශණය, වැරදි තොරතුරු පළකිරීම හා සමාජ සංහිඳියාවට බාධා පැමිණවීම සහ වර්ථමානයේ අන්තර්ජාලය අවහිර කිරීම පිළිබඳව විවිධ අදහස් දැනගැනීමට හා ඉදිරි පියවර හඳුනා ගැනීමට විවෘත සංවාද සභාවක් පැවත්විණී. මෙම අපේ ප්‍රකාශණය එම සංවාද සභාවේ පොදු එකඟතාවයක ප්‍රතිඵලයකි. එකී කතිකාවත මත සාමාජිකයින් විසින් ඒකරාශී වෙමින් නිර්මාණය කල  ශ්‍රී ලංකා අන්තර්ජාල සමාජයේ නිදහස් අන්තර්ජාලයේ ප්‍රකාශනය ජනගත කළෙමු. තවද ජනාදිපති ලේකම් කාර්යාලය වෙත ලබාදුන් අතර සියලුම පාර්ශවයන් වෙත මේවන විට බෙදා හරිමින් ඇත. මේවන විට සමාජ ජාල වරණය... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/03/18)

ශ්‍රී ලංකාව "නොදියුණු සමාජයක්"ද? ස්වදේශ කටයුතු ඇමතිවරයාගේ ප්‍රකාශයේ අරුත කුමක්ද?
උපුටාගැණීම BBC
"නොදියුණු සමාජයක පුරවැසියන්ට නව තාක්ෂණය ඔස්සේ භාෂණයේ හා ප්‍රකාශනයේ උපරිම නිදහස ලබාදීමේ හානිය අද අපට අත්විඳින්න සිදුවෙලා තියෙනවා," යනුවෙන් ස්වදේශ කටයුතු අමාත්‍ය වජිර අබේවර්ධන පසුගියදා ගාල්ලේ දී පවසා තිබිණි. අමාත්‍යවරයා ඒ බව සඳහන් කළේ, මහනුවර ඇතුළු ප්‍රදේශවල පැතිර ගිය මුස්ලිම් විරෝධී ප්‍රචණ්ඩ ක්‍රියාවලින් අනතුරුව ආණ්ඩුව විසින් ක්‍රියාත්මක කරන ලද සමාජ මාධ්‍ය ජාල අවහිර කිරීම පිළිබඳ අදහස් දක්වමිනි. ශ්‍රී ලංකාව, ඇත්තෙන්ම නොදියුණු සමාජයක් ද? "මුලින්ම ඒ දේශපාලකයෝ තෙරුම් ගන්න ඕන මොකක්ද නොදියුණු සමාජය කියන්නේ කියල. මුලින්ම ඒ කියන දේශපාලනඥයා තමයි නොදියුණු සමාජය නියෝජනය කරන පුරුක වෙන්නේ," යනුවෙන් සමාජ මාධ්‍ය ජාල ක්‍රියාකාරිනියක වන... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/03/18)

ගෝඨාභය ජනාධිපතිවරණයට ඒවිද? - මහින්දගෙන් පිළිතුරු
උපුටාගැණීම BBC
අගමැති රනිල් වික්‍රමසිංහට එරෙහි විශ්වාසභංග යෝජනාව ලබන සතියේ ගෙන ඒමට නියමිත බව හිටපු ජනාධිපති පාර්ලිමේන්තු මන්ත්‍රී මහින්ද රාජපක්ෂ පවසයි. ශ්‍රී ලංකා විදේශ වාර්තාකරුවන්ගේ සංගමය සමග විශේෂ සාකච්ඡාවකට එක්වෙමින් හිටපු ජනාධිපතිවරයා ඒ බව කියා සිටියේය. 2016 වසර අවසානයේ හිටපු ජනාධිපතිවරයා විදේශ වාර්තාකරුවන්ගේ සංගමය අවසන් වරට මුණගැසුණු අවස්ථාවේදී සඳහන් කළේ 2017 වසරේ ආණ්ඩුව පෙරළා දමන බවය. තමන් දැන් ඒ ආසන්නයට පැමිණ ඇති බව මෙවර පැවති හමුවේදී ඔහු කීය. අගමැති යවන්න, එක්සත් ජාතික පක්ෂයේම මන්ත්‍රීවරු කටයුතු කරයි වගේ පෙන්නේ. මට කරන්න දෙයක් නැතිවෙයිමහින්ද රාජපක්ෂ,, හිටපු ජනාධිපති "ඒ ව්‍යාපෘතිය යනවා, අගමැතිට ළඟදීම යන්න වෙනවා" යනුවෙන් හිටපු ජනාධිපතිවරයා අගමැති... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/03/18)

Enforce One Law & Eliminate Extremism in Sri Lanka  
A country must have one common law equal to all & followed by all. Those who set laws must also follow the laws they set. No one can be above the law of the land. While there should be an agreeable set of common laws, we can accept some special privileges but who enjoys these special privileges and why must be made clear. However, this cannot warrant the handful who have special immunity to do as they like. It is the lack of implementing the rule of law without bias while also implementing law with bias that has created all... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 15/03/18)

පොලිසියේ සිහිය මහජනයා ගැනද දේශපාලකයන් ගැනද
මතුගම සෙනෙවිරුවන්   
 දිගන ඇතිවූ ගැටුම දේශපාලන අන්තවාදී ප්‍රවණතාවයකි.එහෙත් රජය සහ ඇතැම් මාධ්‍ය මෙම සිදුවීම සිංහල අන්තවාදී ගැටුමක් ලෙසට හුවා දැක්වූහ.එම ප්‍රතිරූපයම ජාත්‍යන්තරයට නිකුත් කිරීමට වගබලා ගත්හ.අවසානයේ  දී යහපාලන රජය සැනසුම් සුසුම් හෙලුවාට සැක නැත.ඒ ඔවුන් ගේ අදක්ෂ අකාර්යක්ෂම හිරිකිත පාලනය පිළිබඳ තිබූ විරෝධය යම් තරමකින් යටපත් වූ බැවිනි.දහනව වන සංශෝධනය මගින් තොරතුරු දැන ගැනීම පිළිබඳ නීති  පැණවූ ආණ්ඩුව විසින්ම තොරතුරු වාරණය කරන්නට යෙදූහ.තොරතුරු පණතට යටත් ඇතැම් රාජ්‍ය ආයතන තොරතුරු නොදීමෙන් මග හැර යන පසුබිමක් ද මේ අතර නිර්මාණයව තිබේ.නමුත් මුස්ලිම් සහ දෙමළ අයට අවශ්‍ය තොරතුරු ඉක්මනින් ලැබේ.එවිට ස්වාධීන කොමිෂන් සභා කුමකටද.ඒවා ජාත්‍යන්තර ට්‍රෝජන් අශ්වයන් නොවේද.           දිගන... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/03/18)

It is your role as UNC HR, that no Member State presents a  resolution based on false information against another Member State.
Charles.S.Perera France:
15 March, 2018. Monsieur Zeid Ra’ad Al-Hussein, Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) Palais des Nations CH-1211 Geneva 10, Switzerland Dear Commissioner, It is your role as UNC HR, that no Member State presents a  resolution based on false information against another Member State. Zeid Ra’ad Al-Hussein is a Prince by his hereditary right, but his thinking and understanding  it seems, are far from that of a  Prince. A real Prince becomes so by his action and ability to see through things to sift facts from fiction to understand the truth... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/03/18)

Stop talking and preaching and go for action at least now before the curtain falls on this 2500 year old Sinhala nation in this country.
Dr Sudath Gunasekara 15 3 2018.
I am sending again a list of special privileges given to Muslims by our treacherous and unpatriotic politicians that was first published in Lankaweb (translation by Shenali) around 10th March. I attached this to an article published in the same news site on the 12th appealing authorities to rescind this immediately. I quote my request therein below.  “Therefore we should demand the Government and its treacherous leaders to immediately rescind and remove all these discriminatory privileges conferred on one community (Muslims) as discriminatory against all other communities in this country, more especially the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/03/18)

Facebook ban lifted in Sri Lanka
By Yusuf Ariff  Courtesy Adaderana
President Maithripala Sirisena has instructed the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission of Sri Lanka (TRCSL) to lift the temporary restrictions imposed on social media website Facebook, with immediate effect. He stated that the decision was taken after representatives of social media giant had agreed to prevent Facebook from being used to spread spreading hate speech and incite violence, during talks held with President’s Secretary Austin Fernando today (15). “On my instructions, my secretary has discussed with officials of Facebook, who have agreed that its platform will not be used for spreading hate speech and inciting violence.”... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/03/18)

MUSLIM INTOLERANCE AND MILITANCY 
Dr. Daya Hewapathirane
Threat to Our National Culture All ethnic and cultural groups within society are not equal and therefore need not be treated in the same way. All people do not hold the same values. No one can deny the fact that the foundation of our nation, its societal norms and values originates from the Sinhala Buddhist heritage. Whether we choose to live as Sinhala, Tamil, Muslim, Malay, or Burger, or as Buddhists, Hindus, Muslims, Christians or atheists, our right to do so is derived from this heritage and associated way of life. Despite attempts by European colonial... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/03/18)

Ban backfires
Editorial Courtesy The Island
March 14, 2018, 10:08 pm The government has incurred the wrath of all netizens by unnecessarily extending its ban on social media. It has buckled under pressure and begun relaxing the draconian restrictions at long last. But, its digitally enhanced image has suffered irreparable damage. There seems to be no end to its bungling. True, some fanatics abused several social media platforms, especially Facebook, to disseminate incendiary propaganda and incite communal violence. Out of its desperation to douse the flames of communalism, the government may have thought restricting access to social media would help it control... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/03/18)

මහින්ද ජනාධිපති තුමාගෙ කාලෙදි ෆේස්බුක් වාරණයක් ගැන බොරු භීතියක් පැතිරවූ උදවියට පිළිතුරු.
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[1]. 2014 මුල් භාගයේ දිනක එවකට විපක්ෂ නායක රනිල් වික්‍රමසිංහ මහතා පැවසූයේ මහින්ද රාජපක්ෂ ජනාධිපති තුමාගේ ආණ්ඩුව විසින් ෆේස්බුක් වාරණය කරන්නට සැලසුම් කරන බවයි. එහි වීඩියෝව පහත දැක්වේ. [2]. ඊට හැරෙන තැපෑලෙන් පිළිතුරු දුන් මහින්ද රාජපක්ෂ ජනාධිතිතුමන් පැවසූයේ ෆේස්බුක් හෝ වෙනත් සමාජ ජාල කිසි සේත්ම වාරණය නොකරන බවයි. [3]. 2014 මුලදී ෆේස්බුක් ‍රැක ගැනීම වෙනුවෙන් කිඹුල් කඳුළු හෙලූ රනිල් වික්‍රමසිංහ මහතා මේ වන විට ශ්‍රී ලංකාව තුළ ෆේස්බුක් තහනම් කර ඇත. [4]. 2014 මුලදී ෆේස්බුක් තහනම් කරන්නේ නැති බව පැවසූ මහින්ද රාජපක්ෂ ජනාධිපති තුමා, තමන්ට එරෙහිව ෆේස්බුක් හරහා කොතෙකුත් සාහසික මඩ අවලාද එල්ල වුවද, ෆේස්බුක්... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/03/18)

Recent violence manipulated to destabilize country - Ven. Elle Gunawansa Thera
By Kelum Bandara Courtesy The Daily Mirror
Eminent Buddhist monk Ven. Elle Gunawansa Thera, in an interview with Daily Mirror, speaks about the current status of the country in the aftermath of violence in Kandy. The prelate said all the communities should be united to build the country. The excerpts of the interview:    We, the Sinhalese, Tamils, Muslims, Malays and Burghers should be unified Govt. made a mockery of meanings of words such as reconciliation, good governance Leaders like MR should be more proactive I am ready to take leadership for it We should not leave... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/03/18)

Ashroff’s separatist legacy is root cause of Sinhala-Muslim divide
When elders speak of good old days prior to 1980s when Sinhalese, Tamils & Muslims lived happily & peacefully together sans nomenclatures of federalism, self-determination, separatism, jihad, terrorism etc, it makes us wonder where have we gone wrong and who are responsible. In ignoring warnings that followed armed militancy, it is imperative that we do not ignore further warnings that may lead to bigger outcomes if left unsolved. Clearly, politicians & so-called civil society representatives who had been involved in the past have failed to provide solutions which demands the rest of the community to pinpoint where the fault lines... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 14/03/18)

බෞද්ධ විරෝධි, සිංහල විරෝධි රජය, බෞද්ධයන්ව මර්දනය කරනවා.
The following video clip throws some light on who the masterminds behind this unwarranted violence might be and their motives. In this instance what is important here is the message and NOT the messenger. So it is worthwhile listening in full to what Dilanthe Vithanage says.
https://youtu.be/FvSxQd66CB8... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/03/18)

Is this Journalism. See the following news item
Dr Sudath Gunasekara
See the following news item Is this Journalism. why don't the Authorities arrest these people for  denigrating police officers and inciting anti-Sinha anti.Buddhist sentiments  through out the World by publishing this type of partial camouflaged new Why don't the Government, that has banned all social media, ban this type of news coverage http://groundviews.org/2018/03/07/the-beast-rides-again/ http://groundviews.org/2018/03/13/stf-brutality-against-muslims-in-digana-march-5/ http://groundviews.org/    ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/03/18)

“JVP’s help to rightwing politics” – A clarification
By Rohana R. Wasala Courtesy The Island
Ref.  The opinion piece titled “JVP’s help to rightwing politics” by attorney-at-law Nimal de Alwis (The Island/March 13, 2018). My sincere thanks to the writer for the illuminating comments that he’s made on my previous opinion piece under the heading “JVP at a crossroads (March 7, 2018). However, I’d like to make a clarification regarding what he calls “two incorrect facts” allegedly contained  in my article. Let me deal with the second of the two alleged errors: I never wrote "the Democratic Republic of Sri Lanka" sans the word "Socialist", as the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/03/18)

තනි අලියා ගේ වඳ පෙත්ත!
වරුණ චන්ද්‍රකීර්ති
මිනිස්සු දැක්කාට රංචු ගැහිලා ඉන්න අලි කලබල වෙන්නේ නෑ. ඒත් තනි අලි එහෙම නෑ. හරි ම දරුණුයි. මෙහෙම වෙන්නේ බය හින්දා කියලා තමයි කියන්නේ. කට්ටිය එක්ක එකට ඉඳිද්දි බයවෙන්න කාරණයක් නැහැනේ. හතර වටේමත් පේනවා. කල්ලි ගැහිලා ඉන්න එකේ හයියත් තියෙනවා. මිනිස්සු කියන්නේ විශ්වාසකරන්න පුළුවන් ජාතියක නෙවෙයි කියන අලි හොඳට ම දන්නවා ඇතිනේ. ඉතින් තනියෙන් ඉන්න අලියෙක්ට මනුස්සයෙක් මුණගැහෙනවා කියලා කියන්නේ ඇත්තෙන් ම අලි ප්‍රශ්නයක්. අනතුර දැක දැක ආපස්ස හරිලා යන්න අලියාට සැකයි. කරන්න පුළුවන් ලේසි ම කටයුත්ත තමයි අනතුර නැතිකරලා දාන එක. ඉතින් තනි අලියා මිනිහෙක් දැක්කා ම නො දැක්කා වගේ ඉන්නේ නෑ. ආපස්සට හැරිලා දුවන්නෙත් නෑ.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/03/18)

මුස්ලිම්වරු ලග පෙට්‍රල් බෝම්බ හසුවී නිදහස්.පාසල් දරුවකු fb1e පෝස්ට් share කරාම රක්ෂිත බන්ධනාගාරයට
අරවින්ද අතුකෝරල
තැලෙන යකඩය දැක්කම උඩ පැන පැන තලන්නාක් මෙන් අද සෑම දෙයකටම බෞද්ධයන්ට චෝදනා කිරීමක් දක්නට ලැබෙන බව පිවිතුරු හෙළ උරුමයේ නායක නීතිඥ උදය ගම්මන්පිල මහතා එම පක්ෂයේ මාධ්‍ය හමුවකට සහභාගි වෙමින් ප්‍රකාශ කලේය. ඒ මහතා මේ බව සදහන් කලේ මහනුවර දිස්ත්‍රික්කයේ ඇතැම් ප්‍රදේශවල ඇතිවු ගැටුම්කාරී තත්වය හේතුවෙන් බෞද්ධයන් මුස්ලිම් ජනතාවගෙන් සමාව ගත යුතු බවට ආණ්ඩුවේ ඇතැම් ඇමතිවරුන් දක්වන අදහස් පිළිබදව මාධ්‍ය වේදීන් ඒ මහතාගෙන් අදහස් විමසු අවස්ථාවේය. මෙහිදී අදහස් දැක්වු නීතිඥ උදය ගම්මන්පිල මහතා. “ තැලෙන යකඩයක් මෙන් අද සෑම දෙයකටම බෞද්ධයන් පලි කර ගනිමින් සිටිනවා. අපි මීට කලිනුත් පැහැදිලි කලා මේ සිද්ධිය ඇතිවූයේ සිංහල පුද්ගලයෙකු මරා... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/03/18)

Novichok – toxic questions about chemical at center of Skripal saga
 Courtesy RT
Published time: 13 Mar, 2018 19:02   The public has learnt a new Russian word: Novichok or novice, as the UK claims it is a nerve agent that poisoned former double agent Sergei Skripal. But, as with many elements of this saga, this chemical raises many questions. British Prime Minister Theresa May said Skripal and his daughter were poisoned by a military-grade nerve agent “Novichok,” allegedly developed by Russia. She claimed this was either “a direct action” by Moscow or the result of a loss of control over “its potentially catastrophically damaging nerve agent.” Speaking to MPs,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/03/18)

ලංකාවේ ජාතිවාදී ගැටුම් පිටුපස වොෂින්ටනය.. මෙරට යුවරජු ඇමරිකානු තානාපතියි..- ලෝ පතල රාජතාන්ත‍්‍රික නිලධාරිනියකගේ හෙලිදරවුව මෙන්න..
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වර්තමානයේ ශ‍්‍රි ලංකාව තුල ඇතිව තිබෙන කලහකාරී තත්වය පැති ගණනාවකින් 1983 ජූලි මාසය හා සමාන බව ජිනීවාහි හිටපු ශ‍්‍රි ලංකා නිත්‍ය නියෝජිත තමාරා කුනනායකම් මහත්මිය පවසයි. දේශපාලන අරමුණු සහිතව ජනවර්ගයන් අතර ප‍්‍රකෝපකාරී ක‍්‍රියාවන් ඇති කර තිබෙන බවත් ඉන් බලාපොරොත්තු වන්නේ රට තුල ඇති සැබෑ ප‍්‍රශ්න යටපත් කර ජනතා අවධානය වෙනතකට යොමු කිරීම බවද ඇය පෙන්වා දෙයි. අද ඇතිව තිබෙන තත්වය 1983න් වෙනස් වන එකම සාධකය වන්නේ එදා ඉලක්කය යූ දෙමල ජනතාව වෙනුවට අද මුස්ලිම් ජනතාව ඉලක්ක වීම බවද ඇය කියා සිටී. මුස්ලිම්වරුනට එරෙහිව සිදුවූ මෙම ප‍්‍රහාර වොෂින්ටනයේ න්‍යාය පත‍්‍රය මත සිදු වූවක් බවත් එමගින් ශ‍්‍රී... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/03/18)

Every why has a wherefore (There is a reason for everything.)
By Dr Kamal Wickremasinghe Courtesy The Island
March 13, 2018, 8:29 pm Attempts to make sense of the regrettable incidents of communal violence last week are frustrated by the level and content of commentary on the events. In fact, the lack of depth in analysis is as disappointing as the communal violence itself. Specifically, political commentary and discourse on the diabolical problem of communal violence seem to be taking place within boundaries that seems to have not changed since the Muslim Vs. Buddhist and Christian riots of 1915: same old cries of shock, horror are followed by renunciations of violence... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/03/18)

Former Permanent Representative in Geneva warns Lanka at the mercy of UN-US project
Courtesy The Island
Given that we find ourselves today standing at a pivotal crossroads in our nation’s history, I would like to begin and end by addressing an appeal to the Sri Lankan people – irrespective of the community they belong to – not to be swayed by events imposed upon them by others, but to keep their focus on the issues that concern them directly – the real issues, the issues that affect their daily lives, their working and living conditions, the issues that determined their vote and political choice at the recent Local Government elections. The vote... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/03/18)

PSC on Kandy carnage better than PCoI - GL Says Govt has totally broken down
By Ravi Ladduwahetty Courtesy Ceylon Today
Chairman of the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) Prof. G.L. Peiris said yesterday (12) that it would be more moot to appoint a Parliamentary Select Committee to probe the Kandy carnage rather than a Presidential Commission of Inquiry. "The sincerity of the Government would be shown by the Commissioners whom the Government would be appointing to such a Commission and it would also reveal whether the Government wants to ascertain the truth of what happened or whether it was to hide the truth and inflict revenge on the Government's political opponents," Prof. Peiris told... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/03/18)

"IN THE NAME OF GOD, GO!" CREDIBILITY & STABILITY NEED A CHANGE OF PRIME MINISTER
Dr. DAYAN JAYATILLEKA
March 13, 2018, 9:25 pm "You have sat too long for any good you have been doing lately. Depart, I say, and let us have done with you. In the name of God, go!"– Oliver Cromwell to the Long Parliament Addressing the government front bench in 1971 in the wake of the April Insurrection, with only a handful of MPs on his side, the Leader of the Ceylonese Opposition JR Jayewardene explicitly echoed Cromwell’s famous exhortation to the Long Parliament as it departed: "In the name of God, go!" Six years later, the electorate endorsed him.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/03/18)

ශ්‍රී ලංකා ටෙලිකොම් සමාගම ඊ මේල් සඳහා පාරිභෝගිකයින්ගෙන් කප්පම් ගැනීමට සැරසෙයි
VISHWA SENANAYAKE
2012 වසරේදී රාජ්‍ය සේවයේ පුරවැසියන්ගේ සේවාව ඇගයීමට හඳුන්වාදෙනු ලැබූ “අභිමාන” පැකේජය යටතේ නොමිලේ ලබාදෙන ලද ඊ මේල් ලිපිනයන් 2018 මාර්තු මස 23 දින සිට අත්හිටුවීමට කටයුතු කරන බවට ශ්‍රී ලංකා ටෙලිකොම් සමාගම විසින් දන්වා ඇත. තවද, එම පැකේජය ලබාගත් රාජ්‍ය සේවකයින් හට අදාළ ඊ මේල් ලිපිනයන් තවදුරටත් පවත්වා යාමට අවශ්‍ය නම් රු. 250.00 කට නොවැඩි (බදු ගාස්තු වලටද යටත් වේ) මාසික ගාස්තුවක් බිල් පත්‍රය සඳහා එකතු කිරීමට කැමැත්ත ප්‍රකාශ කරන ලෙස දන්වා ඇත. අදාළ මුදල් ගෙවීමට අකමැති නම් ඊ මේල් සන්නිවේදන අවශ්‍යතා සඳහා වෙනත් විකල්ප ඊ මේල් සේවා සපයන ආයතන උපයෝගී කරගන්නා ලෙසටද දන්වා ඇත. ශ්‍රී ලංකාවේ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/03/18)

උගුල් වලට විහින් අහුවන ඒකාබද්ධය
මතුගම සෙ‍නෙවිරුවන්   
හදිසි නීතිය සහ ඇඳිරි නීතිය පනවා තිබියදී මෙන්ම රටපුරා ජාතිවාදී ගිනිදැල් මතුව තිබෙන අවස්ථාවේදී බලහත්කාරයෙන් අතුරුදහන් කරවීම පිළිබඳ ජාත්‍යන්තර සම්මුතිය පාර්ලිමේන්තුව තුළ සරල බහුතරයකින් සම්මත කිරීම සිදුව තිබේ. ජනතාවගේ ඇස් වලට ජාතිවාදී ගිනි දැල් පෙන්නා ඒ අතරේ සමාජ ජාලා වාරණයක්ද ඇති කරමින් කරන ලද මේ කූඨ කුමන්ත්‍රණයට අගමැති කතානායක විදේශ ඇමති ඇතුළු යහපාලන රජයේ මන්ත්‍රී වරුන් පනස් දෙදෙනෙකුද අයත්ය. රථවාහන අනතුරක් නිසා ඇතිවූ කෝලාහලයක් පොලිසිය මගින් මැඩ පැවැත්වීමට මූලික පියවර නොගැනීම මෙවැනි නිර්ලජ්ජිත ක්‍රියාවකට අනුබල දෙන්නක් විය.මේ වන විට කෝලාහලය ජාතිවාදී ප්‍රශ්ණයක් බවට පත් කරගත්තේ යැයි කියන මහසෝන් බලකායේ නායකයා ඇතුළු කීප දෙනෙකු අත්අඩංගුවට ගෙන... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/03/18)

Sri Lanka Finding the Middle Path: compromising demands, reconciliation & reciprocity
In the backdrop of lies, half-truths, exaggerations and misinterpretations it is time to take some issues and deal with them head on. In batting with a straight bat, everyone should feel comforted that decisions have been fair and honest. In general, we are all in unison that politicians and political parties have only aggravated the situation. In many ways the current impasse affords an excellent opportunity to publicly bring out issues that had been kept from public attention. The best way to solve a problem is to first identify it then list reasons and finally look for solutions. Demands... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 13/03/18)

HELPING THE AFFECTED SANS PUBLICITY
RANJITH SOYSA
While the Sinhala Buddhists, the members of Sangha, the saffron robe and even the tenets of Buddhism were subjected to indiscriminate vilification by some sections of the print and electronic media as well as many writers and public speakers in reference to the recent communal disturbances, we can report that many Buddhist temples in Kandy district acted responsibly to help the affected Muslim civilians. The Buddhist temple in Gonigoda, Muruthalawa, Kurugama. Dehiamga and Nellogolla handled  an excellent program to look after the welfare of the needy. The members of the Sangha , Ven Ganegoda Sri Jinalankara, Wartrukumbure... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/03/18)

Hate Speech coverage of Sri Lanka's Conflict - Print Media or Social Media?
Has print media ethically reported on Sri Lanka is a question that readers in Sri Lanka & abroad need to ponder. Have their write-ups on the current situation given the reader the correct & unbiased reporting needed for the readers to make their own conclusions? It is pretty clear that no reader – foreign or even local is aware of what happened or even what led to the outcome. No one seems to be aware that it was 4 drunkards who brutally massacred an unarmed man who died 10 days after the attack was what set the scene for a... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 13/03/18)

Orchestrated violence or not Blame Game Continues
By Shivanthi Ranasinghe
The plan to oust Ranil Wickremesinghe, from both premiership and from the United National Party leadership, was hatched from within the UNP itself. The initiative taken by the UNP middle rung attracted many supporters, including Maithripala Sirisena. The fact that he only secured the presidency by partnering with Wickremesinghe or that he fared even worse at the just concluded Local Elections hardly mattered. Such is the unpopularity of our incumbent premier. The only person who remained unperturbed by this move to send Wickremesinghe packing was only Wickremesinghe. For him, it was business as usual even while... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/03/18)

ශ්‍රී ලංකාවේ විපක්ෂ නායකත්වයට නිතරගයෙන් පත්වූ Mark Zuckerberg.
චන්ද්‍රසේන පණ්ඩිතගේ විසිනි
යහපාලනය ශ්‍රී ලංකාවට පමණක් සුවිශේස්හිවූ අම්නොඥයින් රංචුවක් එකතුව නිර්මාණය කරන ලද පාලන රටාවකි. ජාතික හා ජාත්‍යන්තර සුප්‍රකට හොරුන් හා අත්වල බැදගෙන හිටපු ජනාධිපතිවරියකගේ මාර්ගෝපදේශකත්වයෙන් මෙරට රෝපණය කරන ලද හොරකම පමණක්ම ඉලක්ක කරගත් මේ දේශපාලන ක්‍රමය, ජනාධිපති, අගමැති, විපක්ෂ නායක, හා විපක්ෂයේ සංවිධායක යන තනතුරු සියල්ලක්ම තමන් විසින්ම බලහත්කාරයෙන් අත්පත් කරගෙන, දේශපාලන ගනන්කාරයාගේ ක්‍රියාපිළිවෙත සිදුකරගෙන ගියේ දැන් අපිට එරෙහිව කිසිදු විපක්ෂයේ බලවේගයක් නැත, යන මතයෙන් පොෂිතවය. නමුත් ලෝක ධර්මතාවයට අනුව විපක්ෂය අනිවාර්ය අංගයක් වන බවත්, එය කෙසේ හො ඉස්මතුවෙන බවත් මොවුන් දැන සිටියේ නැත. විපක්ෂය හැමවිටම විපක්ෂයේ කාර්යය කිරීමට ඉදිරිපත් වෙන්නේ  ආණ්ඩුපක්ෂයේ කිසිවෙක් නොසිතන ආකාරයෙනි.ඒ සදහා හොදම... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/03/18)

There are attempts to reflect a bad image about Buddhists to Int. community - MR (English)
adaderana
https://youtu.be/i1Lo3BS4p_Q... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/03/18)

Some Solutions to Ethnic Based Violence
Jay Deshabandu
Many people, including politicians, religious leaders and those with a conscientiousness talk about the need for peace among ethnic groups in Sri Lanka.   But very few demand tangible actions that really address ethnic based violence. While we cannot stop racism, we should agree that we can minimize ethnic based violence by enacting appropriate laws as a necessary solution.   For example, if a person assaults another person solely because that person( the victim) belongs to a different ethnic group other than his or her own ethnic group, there must be a minimum punishment if proven guilty... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/03/18)

Exclusive : මහනුවර කලහයට මහසොහොන් බලකායේ ලොක්කා කැදවූ අය ඔහුගේ බිරිද හෙලි කරයි..[Video]
lanka C news
මහනුවර ප‍්‍රදේශයේ ඇති වූ කලහකාරී සිදුවීම සම්බන්ධයෙන් මහසොහොන් බලකායේ ප‍්‍රධානී අමිත්ත වීරසිංහ අත්අඩංගුවට ගැනීම සම්බන්ධයෙන් ඔහු බිරිද විසින් ශ‍්‍රී ලංකා මානව හිමිකම් කොමිසම වෙත පැමිණිල්ලක් ගොනු කරනු ලැබීය. ‘මගෙ මහත්තය අමිත්ත වීරසිංහ මේ වෙනකොට ත‍්‍රස්තවාදී විමර්ෂණ ඒකකයෙන් අත්අඩංගුවට අරගෙන තියෙනවා. කාටවත් හානියක් වෙන දේවල් එයා කවදායත් කියලවත් කරලවත් නෑ. කඩවල් පල්ලි ගිනි තියන්න කියල සමාජය දැනුවත් කරල නෑ. https://youtu.be/F0Tgj2zleFA?t=618 පැමිණිල්ලක් කලා මේ සම්බන්දව පොලිසිය පැමිණිල්ල ලියා ගත්තෙ නෑ. නුවර ඞී.අයි.ජී. මහත්තය තමයි අමිත් වීරසිංහ ඔයු මේ වෙලාවෙ පොඞ්ඩක් මෙතනට එන්න කියල ප‍්‍රශනයට පැටලෙවුවෙ කියල මං තරයේ කියා සිටිනවා’ යයි ඇය මාද්‍ය වෙත අදහස් පල කරමින් කියා... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/03/18)

Sri Lanka's Riots -A Waha'bi Backlash
This segment of WION brings to you latest information on reports that suggest that Islamism is on a rise in Sri Lanka. Watch this clip to know more.
https://youtu.be/7L0c8oCDd4k... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/03/18)

මහනුවර ගරිල්ලා ප්‍රහාරයේ සැගවුනු මුහුනු
ලියුම්කරු කීර්ති රත්නායක
මහනුවර ජාතිවාදී ගිනිදැල් උත්සන්න වත්ම එක්සත් ජාතීන්ගේ දේශපාලන කොමසාරිස් ජෙෆ්රි ෆෙලෙට්ම්ර් ශ්‍රී ලංකාවේ දින 3ක සංචාරයක යෙදුනේය. මාර්තු මස 8 වන දින ඔහු කොළඹට සැපැත් වූයේය. රඛායන් ප්‍රදේශයේ මුස්ලිම් ජනතාවට එරෙහි ප්‍රහාර තිව්ර වෙත්ම ජෙෆ්රි ෆෙලෙට්ම්ර් මේ ආකාරයෙම සංචාරයක් මියන්මාරය තුලද කලේය. එය සිදුවූයේ පසුගිය වසරේය. 2017 මාර්තු 12 දින මියන්මාරයට එරෙහිව ඒ.ජා සංවිධානයට යෝජනාවක් ඉදිරිපත් විය . නමුත්  චීනය සහ රුසියාව ඊට එරෙහි වීම හේතුවෙන් ගෙන ආ යෝජනාව උඩින්ම පරාජය විය . මියන්මාරය අද එක්සත් ජාතීන්ගේ සංවිධානය සමග 'අපි තරහයි' නාටකය රග දක්වමින් සිටියි  .මියන්මාරය විසින් එ.ජා නියෝජිතයන්ට  සියරටේ දොර දොර වසන්නේ ඒ අනුවය. ජෙෆ්... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/03/18)

Statement on Sri Lanka's Inter-communal violence
Asoka Weerasinghe Kings Grove Crescent . Gloucester . Ontario . Canada
12 March 2018 Hon. Chrystia Freeland Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs Room 509S Centre Block, House of Commons Ottawa, On KiA OA6 Dear Minister Chrystia Freeland: As a Sri Lankan Buddhist-Canadian, who has lived in Canada since 1968 and in Ottawa since 1970, permit me to share my opinion on your Statement  for the eyes and ears of the Sri Lankan Government and her peoples  that “Canada is deeply concerned by recent inter-communal violence in Sri Lanka…..”   Then  who wouldn’t!  I loved what you said,  but I would... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/03/18)

Communal and religious reconciliation in the future
By Rohana R. Wasala
I was prompted to write this short piece as a complimentary (and complementary, perhaps) comment on Shenai Waduge’s excellently informative article titled “Power of institutional religions – Christianity and Islam against Buddhism and Buddhists” (12/03/2018). Religion usually involves absolute belief in and mandatory worship of/praying to some mysterious supermundane/supramundane power (that happens to be interested in the day-to-day affairs and the ‘moral’ conduct of human beings/ worldlings (other apes, even the chimpanzees who share over 99% of the human genes, are excluded). The ultimate purpose of religious faith and worship is the postmortem emancipation of... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/03/18)

 Has Sri Lanka already become a Muslim country or is it run by a Government headed by a Muslim President and a Muslim Prime Minister; I mean if there is a Government at all in this country today?
Dr Sudath Gunasekara
12.3 2018 First I want you to focus your attention to the recent Ampara and Digana incidents. Now carefully look at the way this Government acted in the wake of these incidents. You take the Teldeniya incident. It started with four young drunken Muslim thugs from Kengalla fatally attacking an innocent Sinhala lorry who was returning with a full load from Colombo at 1.30 in the dead of the night of 22 March after chasing him for 8 km   allegedly for not allowing them to overtake the lorry at Kengalla. In the first place what... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/03/18)

Sri Lanka: Question marks over the timing of ‘communal’ violence
Kalinga Seneviratne BY THE MANILA TIMES ON MARCH 11, 2018
Bangkok: The damage has already been done. Buddhists are accused of Islamaphobic communal attacks in Sri Lanka and tourists are cancelling their trips to the country, while the international media follow a common formula denigrating the Buddhist majority, while ignoring questions that are being raised in Sri Lanka on the timing of these latest “communal” attacks. The attack on Muslim businesses and homes in Central Sri Lanka and in the East came a day before a no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe was to be presented in parliament by... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/03/18)

ලිප ගිනි මොලවන තෙක් දිය සැලියේ....
තේජා ගොඩකන්දෙආරච්චි
පුද්ගලිකව සිදුවන සිද්ධීන් දේශපාලනික දෘෂ්ඨි කෝණයෙන් දකින්නට තැත් කරනවිට මෙවැනි විනාශයන් සිදුවේ. මෙය එක ජන කොටසකට පමනක් අදාල නොවේ. සෑම ජනවර්ගයකටම අයත් දේශපාලකයන් තම තමන්ගේ බලය තහවුරු කරගන්නට දරන උත්සාහය තුල සැම විටම අපයෝජනය වනුයේ 'තමන්ගේ වරිගයේ' සාමාන්‍ය මිනිසුන්ය. ප්‍රභාකරන් ඇතුලු ඔහුගේ සගයන් ඉදිරියට ගෙන ආවේ එකල රාමනාදන්ලා, චෙල්වනායගම්ලා විසින් සාමකාමී විරෝධතාවන් තුලින් ගෙනගිය සටනය. ශ්‍රී ලාංකික ජනතාවට සර්වජන චන්ද බලය ලැබුනහොත් තමන් සුලු ජාතියක් ලෙස කොන්වනු ඇති බව පවසමින් එය වැලැක්වීමට එංගලන්තයේ රජු හමුවූ ශ්‍රීමත් පොන්නම්බලම් රාමනාදන් කී අනාවැකිය ප්‍රායෝගිකව තහවුරු කලේ, 1947 න් පසු ගොවි ජනපද බිහිකරද්දී, ඊට විරෝධය පෑ සහ ප්‍රථමයෙන්ම ජන වර්ගයක නමක්... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/03/18)

SAFEGUARDING AND STRENGTHENING THE BUDDHIST IDENTITY OF SRI LANKA   
Dr. Daya Hewapathirane
Buddhism has been and continues to be, the basis or foundation of Sri Lanka's culture for over 2300 years. The Sinhala people have been practicing Buddhism continuously, far longer than anyone else in the world. Ours is the oldest Buddhist country in the world with Buddhism arriving in the island and establishing itself far and wide since 237 BCE. Buddhists across the world respect Sri Lanka as the country where pure Buddhism or Buddhist teachings in its original form prevails. Notably, it is the traditional Buddhist flag of Sri Lanka which is regarded as the Buddhist flag... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/03/18)

If Muslim wants Genuine Peace and Harmony with Majority......
Nimal Tissa Wijetunga
People talked about Sinhala Buddhist chauvinism must answer the following: We would like to bring to the attention the following actions/activities of Muslims may have led to suspicion by the majority and shattering of Peace & Harmony and those are, 1) When Sri Lanka team involved in Cricket, Muslims of Sri Lanka supported Cricket teams from Muslim countries. 2) Hijab and covering by black colour is not the practise or custom of Muslims in Sri Lanka time immemorial and suddenly started doing so in order to show solidarity with Muslims in Arabian Penninsula or Arab... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/03/18)

සර්වාගමික පිස්සුව හෙවත් ඔක්කොම ආගම් එකයි යන පිස්සුව
පාලිත ආරියරත්න
සර්වාගමික පිස්සුව හෙවත් ඔක්කොම ආගම් එකයි යන පිස්සුව අපරට තුල පැතිර යමින් තිබේ. මෙම පිස්සුව අප බොදු රට තුල පැතිරීමට ප්‍රධාන වශයෙන්ම දායක වන්නේ පෙර කොටි සංවිධානයට හා පාස්ටර් මගමරුවන්ට උදවු කෙරූ පිරිස්ය. මොවුන්ගේ පරම අපේක්ෂාව වන්නේ:  රට විනාශ කිරීම අනාගතයේ නැති ආගමික යුද්ධ ඇතිකිරීම  රට අබල දුබල කිරීම හෙවත් සිංහලයාට ජාතියක්, ජන්මයක්, ආගමක් නැති කිරීම. පන්සල් හා ඒ අවට ඉඩම් සමසේ බෙදාගැනීමට , බහු කෝලම්, බහු ගති, බහු පිස්සුව අපේ ළමුන්ට හා අපහට විවිධ ප්‍රචාරක වැඩසටහන් හරහා එබ්බවිමට ක්‍රියා කිරීම හා එමගින් අප සිත් දිනාගෙන අප හදවත් ඔවුන් කෙරෙහි නැබුරු කරවා අප අපට අයිති සම්පත් කෙරෙහි... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/03/18)

TRUMP MEANS TRIUMPH
ALI SUKHANVER
Most of the people in Pakistan love US and the American nation and desire a good working relationship between the two countries in spite of unfriendly attitude shown by different US leaders and in spite of so many sanctions imposed on Pakistan by the US authorities but at the same time, there are a few Americans who are harshly hated and disliked everywhere in Pakistan; Larry Pressler is also one of them. People hate him because of his constant participation in evergreen ‘Anti-Pakistan’ movement run by India. It is also a very interesting reality that Mr. Larry... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/03/18)

ප්‍රචණ්‌ඩත්වය පිටුපස රහස්‌ කතාව මේකයි – ජනාධිපති මෛත්‍රි හෙළිකරයි
දිවයින ඉරිදා සංග්‍රහය
* අම්පාරේ සිද්ධිය සැලසුමක්‌ නුවර සිද්ධිය අහම්බයක්‌ * පොලිසිය හිතන විදිහත් හරි * ජනතාව හිතන විදිහත් හරි මහගමසේකර මාවතේ පිහිටි ජනාධිපති නිල නිවස තුළ නීතිය හා සාමය පිළිබඳව නව අමාත්‍යවරයා ලෙස රංජිත් මද්දුම බණ්‌ඩාර මහතා වැඩ භාර ගනිමින් සිටියේය. දේශපාලන තීන්දු තීරණ ගණනාවක්‌ පිළිබඳව, සාකච්ඡා ඇති වූයේ එම දිවුරුම් දීමෙන් පසුවය. ඒ අතරවාරයේදී රටේ ඇතිවී තිබෙන නොසන්සුන්තාවය පිළිබඳව ජනාධිපති මෛත්‍රිපාල සිරිසේන මහතා සමග කරන සාකච්ඡාවයි මේ. ප්‍රශ්නය – ජනාධිපතිතුමනි, මුලින්ම අම්පාරේ නොසන්සුන්තාවයක්‌ ඇතිවුණා. ඊට සතියකට පසු මහනුවර ප්‍රදේශයේ නොසන්සුන්තාවයක්‌ ඇතිවුණා. මේ සිද්ධි දෙක මේ රට යළිත් වර්ගවාදී ගින්නක දහනය කරවීම සඳහා හොඳටම ප්‍රමාණවත්. විශේෂයෙන්ම එක්‌සත් ජාතීන්ගේ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/03/18)

සිංහල මුස්‌ලිම් ගැටුම මැව්වෙ රට විකුණන පනත් ගේන්නයි
Lanka Lead News
රට තුළ හදිසියේ පැනනැගුණු සිංහල මුස්‌ලිම් නොසන්සුන්තාව මහා ගින්නක්‌ සේ නැගුනේ කාගේ උවමනාවකටද යන්න ජාතිවාදය ප්‍රතික්‌ෂේප කරන සියලු දෙනාගේම අවධානයට ලක්‌ විය යුතු කාරණයකි. මානව හිමිකම් පිළිබඳ නීතිවේදී සංවිධානයේ විධායක අධ්‍යක්‌ෂ නීතිඥ කල්‍යානන්ද තිරාණගම සමග පැවැත්වූ මෙම සාකච්ඡාව ඒ පිළිබඳවය. පළාත් පාලන ඡන්දයේ ප්‍රතිඵල තුළින් පෙනුණ දේත් රට තුළ අද සිදුවෙමින් පවතින දේත් අතර බරපතළ වෙනසක්‌ තිබෙනවා. මේ වෙනස ඔබ දකින්නෙ කොහොමද? පසුගියදා පැවති ඡන්දයේ ප්‍රතිඵල තුළින් ආණ්‌ඩුවේ ප්‍රතිපත්ති ජනතාව ප්‍රතික්‌ෂේප කර තිබෙන බව ආණ්‌ඩුවත් එක්‌සත් ජාතික පක්‌ෂයත් ප්‍රකාශ කළා. අපට නිවැරදි කරගත යුතු බොහෝ දේ තිබෙන බව මේ ප්‍රතිපල තුළින් පැහැදිලි වන බව එජාපයත් ආණ්‌ඩුවේ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/03/18)

දිගන-තෙල්දෙණිය කලහය ගැන මුසල්මානුවෙකු කරන විස්මිත විචාරය මෙන්න..[Video]
 lanka C news
තමන් මුහුණ දී සිටින අස්ථාවරභාවයෙන් මිදීම සඳහා ආණ්ඩුව තෙල්දෙනියෙන් ඇරඹි සිංහල – මුස්ලිම් ගැටුම සමනය කිරීමට පොලීසිය යෙදවීම මග හැර සිටීමෙන් එම ගැටුම වෙනත් ප‍්‍රදේශ කරා වේගයෙන් පැතිර ගිය බවත් ඒ නිසා ජීවිත හානි, දේපළ හානි මෙන්ම ජාත්‍යන්තර වශයෙන් රට අපකීර්තියට පත් වීම ද සිදු වූ බවත් මේ ගැටුමේ සම්පූර්ණ වගකීම ආණ්ඩුව විසින් භාර ගත යුතු බවත් ජාතික නිදහස් පෙරමුණ පවසයි. පිටකෝට්ටේ පිහිටි ජාතික නිදහස් පෙරමුණේ ප‍්‍රධාන කාර්යාලයේ දී පැවැති මාධ්‍ය හමුවකට එක් වෙමින් ජානිපෙ ප‍්‍රචාරක ලේකම් මොහොමඞ් මුසම්මිල් මහතා මෙසේ පැවසීය. එහිදී වැඩිදුරටත් අදහස් දැක්වූ ඒ මහතා මහතා මෙසේ ද සඳහන් කළේය. ‘මේ වන... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/03/18)

Sirisena appoints panel to probe Kandy violence
Meera Srinivasan Courtesy The Hindu
Though curfew imposed in the district was lifted early in the day, it may be re-imposed depending on the situation Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena on Saturday appointed a panel to probe the recent anti-Muslim attacks in Kandy district. The committee, of three retired judges, will investigate the causes of the incident that claimed at least two lives and severely damaged property, official sources said. Curfew lifted for now
A curfew imposed in the district was lifted early Saturday, but a decision on possibly re-imposing it would be taken after reviewing the security... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/03/18)

Power of institutional religions – Christianity & Islam against Buddhism/Buddhists
It is no understatement to say that historically Christianity & Islam have been at odds. Both have fought wars to declare who was superior. Both have historically pursued a quest for supremacy of power. However, both have co-joined to influence other not so powerful religious sans institutional backing. Both Vatican/Holy See and the stricter form of Islam (Wahhabism) under control of Saudi have at their disposal a plethora of trigger points that are used to influence non-Islamic & non-Christian/Catholic nations politically, culturally, economically, via international trade, diplomatically and even socially. They have groups steering these endeavours at state, non-state, NGOs,... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 11/03/18)

PREVENT FEDERATION OF SRI LANKA – OPPOSE NEW SRI LANKAN CONSTITUTIONAL PROPOSALS!
Society for Peace, Unity and Human Rights in Sri Lanka Incorporated under Associations Incorporation Act 1981(QLD)
Why is it so important to oppose the proposed new constitution? Please do not look at this issue through blue, green or red glasses. This goes beyond political affiliations. The future of our land of birth is at stake. If they become successful in getting this constitution passed there will be irreversible damage to the country. Clearly this is an attempt to introduce a Federal system to Sri Lanka, supposedly to solve the ethnic conflict. In the draft proposals submitted, the word... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/03/18)

පළාත් පාලන ආයතනයන්ට 29% ක කාන්තා නියෝජනයක්! 25% අවම කාන්තා නියෝජනය නැත්තේ ආයතන 15ක පමණයි
පුවත්පත් නිවේදනය විධායක අධ්‍යක්ෂ/කැෆේ සංවිධානය
පළාත් පාලන ඡන්ද විමසීම සදහා ඉදිරිපත් වූ දේශපාලන පක්ෂ හා ස්වාධීන කණ්ඩායම් විසින් ලබා දුන් අතිරේක ලැයිස්තු අනුව සමස්ථ ලංකාවේ 29%ක කාන්තා නියෝජනයක් ස්ථාපනය කිරීමට හැකිවී තිබේ.  මැතිවරණ කොමිෂන් සභාව විසින් ගැසට් මගින් ප්‍ර‍කාශ කර ඇති නිකුත් කළ පළාත් පාලන සභික ලැයිස්තු අනුව තේරී පත් වී ඇති සභිකාවියන් සංඛ්‍යාව 2526 කි.  1% ක අවම අගයක පැවති පලාත් පාලන ආයතනයන් හි කාන්තා නියෝජනය 29% ක් දක්වා වැඩිවීම ලංකා මැතිවරණ ඉතිහාසයේ සුවිශේෂ සන්ධිස්ථානයක් බව කැෆේ සංවිධානයේ විධායක අධ්‍යක්ෂ කීර්ති තෙන්නකෝන් මහතා පවසයි. මෙවර පළාත් පාලන ඡන්ද විමසීමට දේශපාලන පක්ෂ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/03/18)

Media Racism on Sri Lanka
Rani Devi
Dear Lanka Web, I read on your website about media racism on Sri Lanka. What you wrote is true as the whole world is suffering from radical Islam and the leftist media lie and make Islamist look like the victim, like in Myanmar the leftist media, United nations,  Human rights and NGO's all lie that Rohingya are victims when Rohingya have been killing Buddhists as long as they have been in Myanmar and it was jihadists who attacked the innocent villages last year when Rohngya's went to Bangladesh. It is only pro Islam, leftist media that are... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/03/18)

සමාජ ජාලා සිමා කිරීම රටට දැරිය නොහැකි ආර්ථික පාඩුවක්
පුවත්පත් නිවේදනය විධායක අධ්‍යක්ෂ/ශ්‍රී ලංකා මානව හිමිකම් කේන්ද්‍ර‍ය
ජනතා විවේචණයට මුහුණ දී ගත නොහැකි රජය දිගටම අන්තර් ජාලය හා සමාජ  ජාලා සීමා කිරීමට උත්සහ දරනවා - කීර්ති තෙන්නකෝන් නිවේදනයකින් පවසයි අන්තර් ජාලය භාවිත වන්නේ ජාතිවාදය ඇවිස්සීමට හෝ ආණ්ඩු විවේචණය කිරීමට පමණක් නොව එය ව්‍යාපාරික හා සන්නිවේදන මෙවලමක් බැවින් සමාජ ජාලා වාරණය අවසන් කිරීමට රජය වහා කටයුතු කළ යුතු ව ශ්‍රී ලංකා මානව හිමිකම් කේන්ද්‍ර‍ය නිවේදනයක් නිකුත් කරමින් පවසයි.   සංවිධානාත්මක පරිගණක අපරාධ මර්ධනය කිරීමට ද, ආණ්ඩුව පිළිබද දේශපාලන විවේචනයට මුහුණ දිය නොහැකිව සිටින රජය අන්තර් ජාලය, සමාජ ජාලා, තොරුතුරු සන්නිවේදනයට සීමා පනවා තිබේ.  නමුත් එහි ආර්ථික සා සාමාජීය බලපෑම අති විශාල බව රජය වටහා... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/03/18)

Reconciliation & balkanization in Sri Lanka
C. Wijeyawickrema
1.International king makers There are universal truths. The sun rises from the east is an example. Reconciliation cannot cohabit with balkanization is also a universal truth. If reconciliation is undertaken to create a unitary or a united country, the balkanization plan by RanilW-Mrs. Chandrika-MaithripalaS trio using hardcore Marxists Jayampathy W and Lal Wijenayaka is its opposite, an anathema. Therefore, this reconciliation talk is an eyewash. It is now Christal clear that the western embassies brought this trio into power in 2015 to reach their long-term goal of breaking the Sinhala-Buddhist foundation in Sri Lanka. Christian Rosy Senanayaka... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/03/18)

Hilarious when LTTE fronts are issuing statements on anti-Muslim attacks in Sri Lanka
The clean hands doctrine means that anyone with soiled hands is not morally capable of preaching. LTTE drove Sinhalese & Muslims from their homes in the North and it is only thereafter that LTTE claimed the North to be the sole homeland of the Tamil people. The world has conveniently forgotten this horrid past but Muslims many who still remain in refugee camps will recall their tragedy at the hands of LTTE. It is hilarious that the LTTE fronts that supported LTTE through the years raising funds, holding pro-LTTE events abroad and providing arms & ammunition for LTTE cadres to... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 11/03/18)

Sterilising women through pills.
By Charles.S.Perera
Recently in Ampara there was a manifestation of the people against Muslim eateries for supposed to have introduced pills to sterilise Sinhala women. Some time ago  a Bakery near a Girls’ School in Katugastota was similarly accused of selling cakes from two counters one for Sinhala Girls and another for Muslim Girls. The cakes sold to Sinhala Girls were supposed to have contained the dreaded sterility pills. The Bakery was finally closed down. The JVP which is trying to be the Diyasena of Sri Lanka today–a panacea to all political ills coming from Yahapalanaya  on one side,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/03/18)

To all Sinhala Buddhists and Sinhala Muslims living in Sri Lanka and Sri Lankan patritiots
Sudath Gunasekara
10.3.2018 I want all my readers in the above two categories to read the following letter by Nisthas Idroos. And  ask him to withdraw all the dirty aspersion he has passed on Buddhist monks in this country. And also not write this type of rubbish here after. From his reference to Justin Trudeau the Canadian PM it appears that he is a Canadian citizen. On the other hand if he is in Sri Lanka at least temporally I request the Law enforcing authorities to arrest him for inciting communal tension and causing character assassination against the Buddhist... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/03/18)

දිගන අලුත් තත්වේ - හාමුදුරුවරු පොලිසියට බැනවැදුණු හැටි
දිගන අලුත් තත්වේ අරක්කු බිලලු සටනට එන්නේ හාමුදුරුවරු පොලිසියට බැනවැදුණු හැටි
https://youtu.be/fFygtzGNJI8... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/03/18)

The unintended beneficiary of Sinhala-Muslim riots
by C.A.Chandraprema Courtesy The Island
March 10, 2018, 7:54 pm The riots that were sparked off about a week ago due to the death of a Sinhala truck driver following an assault by a group of Muslim men in Digana have now subsided. As the dust settles on the riots, one cannot but help but notice that the yahapalana government which was vitually under a state of siege when the riots started, has now incongruously emerged steadier than it was earlier. The differences between the ruling partners the UNP and the SLFP which came to surface during the local government... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/03/18)

‘පැයක් ඇතුලත පහර දී පැනයන්නැයි පොලීසිය කලහකරුවන්ට කියලා..’ ඇමති හලීම් නුවර ගැටුමේ මහ රහසක් හෙලි කරයි…[Video]
 lanka C news
පැයක් ඇතුලත පහර දී පලා යන්නැයි මහනුවර කලහකාරීන්ට පොලීසිය විසින් කාලය ලබා දී තිබූ බව ඇමති එම්.එච්.ඒ. හලීම් මහතා පවසයි. පොලීසිය එම ප‍්‍රහාරයන්ට ඉඩ සලසා දුන් බවත් තම ප‍්‍රදේශයේම දේශපාලන නායකයෙක්ද ඊට සම්බන්ධන බවද ඇමතිවරයා කියා සිටියේ අගමැති රනිල් වික‍්‍රමසිංහ මහතාගේ ප‍්‍රධානත්වයෙන් මහනුවරදී පැවති සාකච්චාවකදීය. මහසොහොන් බලකාය නම් සංවිධානයේ මූලස්ථානය පිහිටා ඇත්තේ දිගන ප‍්‍රදේශයේ නිසා මේ ආකාරයේ ප‍්‍රශ්න ඇති වේ යයි තමන්ට සැක සිතුනු නිසා විශේෂ ආරක්‍ෂාවක් දෙන්නැයි පොලීසියෙන් ඉල්ලා සිටි බවද ඔහු කීය. මහනුවර ප‍්‍රදේශයේ සිදුවූ කලහකාරී සිදුවීම් වලින් සිදුව ඇති හානි පූර්ණය හා ඉදිරි කටයුතු සම්බන්දයෙන් මෙම සාකච්චාව අගමැතිවරයාගේ ප‍්‍රධානත්වයෙන් පැවති අතර ඊට දේශපාලඥයන්... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/03/18)

භාෂා අයිතිය අහිමි කිරීම සම්බන්ධව අභියාචනාධිකරණ සභාපති විනිසුරුට සහ තවත් විනිසුරුවරයකුට එරෙහිව නීතීඥවරයෙක් ජනාධිපතිට සහ ආණ්ඩුක්‍රම ව්‍යවස්ථා සභාවට පැමිණිලි කරයි.
අභියාචනාධිකරණයේ වර්තමාන සභාපති විනිසුරු ප්‍රීති පද්මන් සූරසේන මහතා සහ අභියාචනාධිකරණ විනිසුරු ශිරාන් ගුණරත්න මහතා විසින් ආණ්ඩුක්‍රම ව්‍යවස්ථාවේ  24.2 ව්‍යවස්ථාවට පටහැනිව ක්‍රියා කරමින් සිංහල භාෂවෙන් ඉදිරිපත් කළ පෙත්සම සදහා විවෘත අධිකරණයේදී කරුණු තහවුරු කිරීමට අවස්ථාව නොදීම සහ අභියාචනාධිකරණයේ කරුණු තහවුරු කිරීමට ඉංග්‍රීසි භාෂාවෙන් අභියාචනාධිකරණයට පෙත්සම් ඉදිරිපත් කළ යුතු බවට ප්‍රකාශ කිරීම ඇතුළුව සම්බන්ධව සුදුසු පියවර ගන්නා ලෙසත් ඔවුන් ශ්‍රේෂ්ඨාධිකරණ විනිසුරුවරු ලෙස පත්කිරීමට හෝ නිර්දේශ කිරීම සිදුකිරීමේ එකී ක්‍රියාවන් සළකිල්ලට ගන්නා ලෙසත් ඉල්ලා සිටීමින් නීතීඥ අරුණ ලක්සිරි උණවටුන මහතා ජනාධිපති මෛත්‍රීපාල සිරිසේන මහතාට සහ කථානායක කරු ජයසූරිය ඇතුළු ආණ්ඩුක්‍රම ව්‍යවස්ථා සභාවේ සාමාජිකයන් ‍වෙත ලියාපදිංචි තැපෑලෙන් දැන්වීම් යොමු කර ඇත. එකී දැන්වීම යොමු... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 10/03/18)

මහනුවර ගින්න සහ උස හීන්දෑරි ගේම්කාරයා
ලියුම් කරු කීර්ති රත්නායක
මහනුවර ගින්න රටක හමුදාව සහ  පොලීසිය යනු සිය මෙහෙයුම් තුලින්  ලාභ උපයන ආයතන නොවේ. රටේ නීතිය සාමය ආරක්ෂා කිරීමට ඔවුන්  බැදී සිටියි .එය අත්හල නොහැකි වගකීමකි. ඊට හිලව් ලෙස මහජන් බදු මුදල් වලින් ඔවුන් නඩත්තු කරනු ලබයි. ඒ අනුව ජාති-ආගම්, කුල-මල , පක්ෂ- පාට කිසිවකින් තොරව රටේ පුරවැසියන් ආරක්ෂා කල යුතුය. නමුත් අම්පාරේ සිට මහනුවර දක්වා ඇවිලිනු ජාතිවාදී කෝලාහලය තුලදී පොලීසියේ හැසිරීම ඉතිරි කලේ ප්‍රශ්නාර්ථයකි. ලක්බිමට නැවතත් කළු පැල්ලමක් එක් කල එම ක්‍රියාදාමයේ පලමු විත්තිකරුවන් වන්නේ පාලකයන් සහ පොලීසියයි. ජන රාශියක එකතුවෙන් මුල්ම කෝලාහලය ආරම්භ වූයේ අම්පාරෙනි . අම්පාරේ මුස්ලිම් හෝටලයකින් සිංහලයෙකු  මිල්දී ගත් කොත්තුවකට වඳ බෙහෙත්  දැමුවේයයි  සැක කිරීම... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/03/18)

I am not a number
Dr Ruwan M Jayatunge 
The following is a poem inspired by the text  I Am Not A Number by First Nations member Jenny Kay Dupuis and Kathy Kacer as well as research on the horrors of life in residential schools in the rarely discussed bleak years of Canadian history. This is my story But I am not a number I am a human Although  they thought I was a commodity They removed me from my family Took me to a residential school They called it assimilation Civilizing the savage I faced dreaded events... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/03/18)

I am ashamed to be in Govt: Mujibar
Ajith Siriwardana Courtesy The Daily Mirror
UNP MP Mujibur Rahman said yesterday he was ashamed to remain in the government as it had been unable to take any action to stem racism during the past two and half years. He told parliament that he had requested the President, the Prime Minister and the Law and Order Minister to take an action on the attacks against Muslims. "I complained several times to police headquarters regarding this racism. I requested the President at group meetings to take action. But unfortunately as a government, we have done nothing to stop this situation,"... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/03/18)

Prime Minister visits affected in Kandy
By Manushi Silva Courtesy Adaderana
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe visited Kandy today (10) to observe the situation and the damages to the residences and businesses in the aftermath of violence that sparked off in the in Kandy Administrative district. The PM arrived in Digana at 7 am today, Ada Derana correspondent reported. Speaker Karu Jayasuriya, Law and Order Minister Ranjith Madduma Bandara, Public Enterprise and Kandy Development Minister Lakshman Kiriella, Urban Development, Water Supply, and  Drainage Minister Rauff Hakeem, Post and Postal Services Minister  A.H.M. Haleem,Chief Minister of Central Province Sarath Ekanayake, Inspector General of Police Pujith Jayasundara, Commander... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/03/18)

Let’s talk about Media Racism on Sri Lanka
As Buddhists, we feel hurt & saddened at the manner mainstream media has been reporting on Sri Lanka. Every event is quickly turned into delivering headlines that specifically targets Buddhists & Buddhism and completely brainwashes the world against the majority populace in Sri Lanka. The owners, the paid journalists that carry the story, the editor who decides the headline & approves content are so hateful of Buddhists & Buddhism. Why? What have Buddhists or Buddhism done to them to be this vengeful with their pen? How can media be allowed to demonize a race & religion this way? When the... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 10/03/18)

“LAW AND ORDER FOR PEACE AND PEACEFUL CO -EXISTENCE”
Sarath Wijesinghe - former Ambassador to UAE and Israel
Law and Order Law and order of a nation is paramount for the citizens live in peace and harmony in the complex society. State and religions have provided for the legal implementation of the laws and morality by religions in a developed society. Any country Rule of Law should prevail with supremacy of law which is fair and reasonable and equal to before law to all citizens, provided by the supreme law of the country namely the constitution which is considered to be supreme created by the constitution which is... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/03/18)

“BRIBERY AND CORRUPTION THE MAIN ENEMY OF THE NATION”
Sarath Wijesinghe former Ambassador to UAE and Israel
Bribery and corruption is rampant Bribery and corruption is rampant and all over like air and breathe. Development and reputation of the country depends on the impact of the corrupt regime and governance which has a direct impact of law and order and rule of law. There is no room for law and order with corrupt rule and rulers with bribery corruption and nepotism. Sri Lanka has ranked the 4th position in the globe with law and orders ranked very much below, also ranked as a main Hub on drugs and drug... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/03/18)

Amith Weerasinghe the Alleged Mastermind Behind Anti-Muslim Violence In Kandy ???
Is this the key man who mastermind  Anti-Muslim Violence In Kandy or a man who exposed Muslim exapnsionism ?
මහනුවර මුස්ලිම් "රෝයල්" ෆාමසියේ හොර බෙහෙත් අල්ලලා -Amith Weerasinghe Kandy Royal Muslim pharmacy
https://youtu.be/oT0u0zPnx_s ජාතික සංවිධාන තහනම් කල යුතුද https://youtu.be/qIMC6KScVwo... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/03/18)

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: A Review of Therapeutic Role of Meditation Interventions
Ruwan M. Jayatunge and Mieczyslaw Pokorski
   Abstract  This review is an attempt to provide a comprehensive view of post-traumatic-stress disorder (PTSD) and its therapy, focusing on the use of meditation interventions. PTSD is a multimodal psycho-physiological-behavioral disorder, which calls for the potential usefulness of spiritual therapy. Recent times witness a substantial scientific interest in an alternative mind-to-body psychobehavioral therapy; the exemplary of which is meditation. Meditation is a form of mental exercise that has an extensive, albeit still mostly empiric, therapeutic value. Meditation steadily gains an increasing popularity as a psychobehavioral adjunct to therapy in many areas of... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/03/18)

Whither Srilankan Youth?
Dr. Mareena Thaha Reffai, Dehiwela
 While watching the videos of the riots in our country within the last one week, I was absolutely devastated. Not only because of the destruction caused to the innocent poor people's property and homes, but more so watching the youth who were causing these. I am also a mother. It makes me wonder what the mothers of these rioting Sinhalese youths will be thinking if they actually saw the videos. Are they going to be proud? Would they condone the actions? Would they  applaud them? Certainly not. What are the Buddhist leaders thinking when they... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/03/18)

Provide sleazy sex not our tourism at Srilanka
By Palitha Ariyarathna
When travel around when talks with many people's I came to know that many of tourist around the world believe that srilanka provide sleazy sex for tourist. First of all I can say in tourism srilanka does not provide sleazy sex tourism for anyone in the world. The main reason for that is Srilanka culture and religious belief. Srilanka has a long tradition that not encourages tosexual miss conduct or engages wrong sexual miss behaving in public too. As per law indicated at srilanka it will penalize to anyone who may misbehaving indecently in public also public misbehaving will be defiantly recognize as none civilized act. The Dubai is a popular destination for most of the tourist from around the world. It's our best thanks to the government of United Arab Emirates that going to enforce better law about... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/03/18)

Thank you Srilanka!
Dr. Mareena Thaha Reffai, Dehiwela
The week that went by has been a severe trial for the Srilankan Muslims.  Needless to elaborate, a small incidence was falsely  blown out of proportion and riots erupted in an unexpected way which definitely points to the fact that this was a well- pre planned, well-orchestrated attack on Muslims in a systematic way. It definitely was not an ad hoc uncontrolled angry mob  reaction to the incidence. Actually two incidences are related to the riot. The first one, where the kothu rotti shop owner is accused of mixing fertility control tablets for the males (!) in... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/03/18)

මයිලෝ එකේ පණුවෝ .මෙන්න සාක්ෂි - Nestle Milo Drink
  https://youtu.be/h6G7dNbbw6k?list=PLsEZuHCCZRkz4vyGYByl0reEZpxyKm6E1... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 09/03/18)

The huge farce of reconciliation
By Lucien Rajakarunanayake Courtesy The Island
March 10, 2018, 12:05 pm The violent clashes in the Kandy District come more than three years after the election of a government that said much about peacebuilding, accountability, and reconciliation. In fact, reconciliation was the keyword in the Yahapalanaya or good governance propaganda. But what do we have of reconciliation today? We are caught in a wave of extremism, largely Sinhala Buddhist, as well as Tamil and Muslim, which contributes to a system of continued confrontation in politics and the wider areas of society. A land that saw the vast tragedy of Black... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/03/18)

Rajitha under fire for contracting Indians to wash hospital linen
Courtesy The Island
The Government Medical Officers’ Association (GMOA) yesterday called for a Presidential intervention to halt the outsourcing of the laundry in government hospitals to an Indian Company. GMOA Secretary Dr Haritha Aluthge warned that all health service trade unions would unite in fighting against such projects. Dr. Aluthge said the parties involved in washing hospital linen had been registered with and certified by the Health Ministry after calling for tenders. They were experienced and met the required standards. Some Sri Lankan politicians acted as agents of foreign countries. They were responsible for selling government institutions and services... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/03/18)

Govt. failed to control riots, don't blame the Police: MR
Thilanka Kanakarathna Courtesy The Daily Mirror
Though some ministers blamed the police for their failure to control the prevailing tense situation, the Police is also part of the government, former President and MP Mahinda Rajapaksa said yesterday. Speaking to journalists at his residence in Mirihana, Mr Rajapaksa said that the government should be held responsible for the events that take place in the country. “This shows the Government’s inability. It has failed to control the riots,” he said. He said during his tenure, order and proper system were in place and did not allow incidents to spill out of control.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/03/18)

Kandy Clashes: Diluted intelligence services failed to update Govt.
Ajith Siriwardana Courtesy The Daily Mirror
Joint opposition MP Gamini Lokuge said yesterday the recent communal clashes could have been prevented if the government had obtained the services of the intelligence agencies. He told parliament that the government had imprisoned or interdicted most of the officials of these services over various allegations. "Several capable officers of the intelligence services are in prison now. If the government had obtained their services, incidents like this would not have happened," the MP said and added that these officials had contributed immensely on security matters during the war. "These services update the government of... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/03/18)

Tribute to a Great Anandian Dr. Buddhadasa Bodhinayake
By Dr. Tilak S. Fernando Courtesy Ceylon Today
Three years ago, on the 4 March 2015, Dr. Buddhadasa Bodhinayake had to answer the inevitable call from above, at the age of 75, in London. This tribute is, therefore, devoted to this great personality (an old boy of Ananda College), on his third death anniversary, for the great service he rendered to humanity as a prominent paediatrician attached to the Lady Ridgeway Hospital for Children in Colombo, as well as bolstering his career up to emeritus status at retirement, in the field of psychiatry, attached to the UK's National Health Service.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/03/18)

Pursuing Peace The plot at the International Centre for Ethnic Studies (ICES
By Prof. Rajiva Wijesinha Courtesy Ceylon Today
Evans did not respond to my letter as he promised. When I met him a year later in Geneva and asked him about this, he said he thought he had replied, but then confessed that he had heard that I was a dangerous man to engage with. This was similar to what had been said to me by another Australian, Philip Alston, the rapporteur on Extra-Judicial Killings, and I began to wonder who was warning to those who had been attacking Sri Lanka with impunity previously. Though I was flattered, I told Gareth... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/03/18)

OMP Comms appointed to appease UNHRC-Prof. G.L. Peris
By Ravi Ladduwahetty Courtesy Ceylon Today
Chairman of the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) Prof. G.L. Peris on 5 March alleged that the Government has appointed the Commissioners to the Office of the Missing Persons (OMP) even ahead of the debate on the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance, which is scheduled to be taken up in Parliament today (7). This is one of the ways that the Government has bent backwards to appease the United Nations Human Rights Council ahead of the sessions which will be held in Geneva on 16 March, Prof. Peiris... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/03/18)

I’m doing what the govt should do – Mahinda
By Yusuf Ariff Courtesy Adaderana
Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa says that he intervened and fulfilled a duty which the government should rightly do, at this time of discord among communities. He made these comments while speaking to reporters following a discussion with Buddhist, Muslim and Hindu religious leaders in Kandy this morning, regarding the tense situation which had prevailed in the area. Rajapaksa said that he participated in the discussion due to a request from the Muslim community and that he played a mediatory role in what he described as a fruitful discussion. He stated that the importance for... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/03/18)

Southern Provincial Councillor and wife assault bus driver
Sheain Fernandopulle Courtesy The Daily Mirror
Southern Provincial Councillor M.K Kasun and his wife Tharaka Perera were arrested by the Police for assaulting a private bus driver when he had allegedly blocked the way of the vehicle of the PC member at the Koswatta Junction in Battaramulla today, Police Spokesman SP Ruwan Gunasekera said. The bus driver of a 177 Kaduwela-Kollupitiya bus had been admitted to the Mulleriyawa Base Hospital. M.K Kasun and his wife had got annoyed with the bus driver who had been continuously signalling by tooting his horn at them indicating that their parked luxury vehicle was... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/03/18)

Hate Crimes against Muslims in the West  
 They say the white man speaks with a forked tongue. The double speak & hypocrisy is seen clearly in the manner the West preaches to the rest of the world while doing the exact opposite by policy. The statistics by West speak for themselves. At times Western nations partner with political Islam when it suits their agenda while at other times the West bombs Islamic nations to the stone age. The Muslim world have yet to understand the real politik of the plot or are they addressing this by covert means. Today, many abandoned Christian churches in the West are... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 09/03/18)

The rise of Donald Trump and the decline of America
H. L. D. Mahindapala
“…… my administration, I believe, has had the most successful year in the history of the Presidency,” Donald Trump, Conservative Political Action Conference, Maryland, February 23rd, 2018 Since it is generally agreed that one week is a long time in politics it is time to ask, at the end of one year, how far have America’s stature grown since Donald Trump set out “to make America great again.”  From the first step he took to march on the road to White House he has been chanting the mantra of “making America great” which also translates... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/03/18)

Racial Riots: People of Sri Lanka, tell the World the Facts
Shenali D Waduge
In Sri Lanka, there is the majority Sinhala Buddhists and there are the minorities that comprise Tamils, Muslims, Christians & Catholics. The people live peacefully but there are many others who do not want them to live peacefully. It is always important to dissect who are the benefactors of racial tensions and it is generally not the party that is being accused. No one brings upon himself global condemnation unless there is a bigger plan. In putting a pattern to the violence, the real mischief makers can be derived. Let us first run through the events.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/03/18)

Police: Mastermind, nine others arrested Kandy violence
By Rathindra Kuruwita Courtesy The Island
March 9, 2018, 12:20 pm Police said yesterday the Terrorist Investigation Division (TID) had arrested Amith Jeevan Weerasinghe, alleged to be one of the masterminds of the communal unrest in Kandy and nine others, in predawn raids in Digana and Poojapitiya. The TID also arrested Weerasinghe’s second in command Sureda Suraweera. They are accused of spreading misinformation that led to communal violence, organising violent mobs that attack persons and property and using social media to incite violence. "What you should note is that only two of them are residents of the Kandy District. All... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/03/18)

POILCE INACTION CAUSED EXCALATION IN  1983 RACIAL  RIOTS AND PRESIDENT SAT AND WAITED HISTORY REPEATED IN THELEDENIYA
Dr Sarath Obeysekera
News Item last year…… IGP WANTS TO CHANGE THE COLOUR OF THE UNIFORM TO BLUE ……………. AND CHANGE THE LOOK Derana TV news 23/4/17 ….. T wrote about it sometime back.Not only colour  we need to do a full make over and change the name to “Rajapurusha” !!!!!! Read Below http://www.lankaweb.com/news/items/2017/01/11/sri-lankan-police-new-name-needs-new-out-look-and-training/ SRI LANKAN POLICE ( NEW NAME ) NEEDS NEW OUT LOOK AND TRAINING During my stay in UK ,I have noted that UK Police is trained to be polite to the people .When you drive the car erroneously and  violate a regulation... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/03/18)

Sectarian Violence Spike Timed with Returning Sri Lankan ISIS Terrorists from Syria
- Kumar Moses (Defence Analyst specializing on VEOs Violent Extremist Organizations)
During the past fifteen (15) years, Sri Lanka saw increasing violence perpetrated by or involving Muslims. Concurrently, a large number of Sharia "universities", learning centers and libraries were set up in the island, particularly after 2012. Muslim population which was below 7% before a bloody civil war (1983-2009) commenced had reached almost 10% by 2012. Sri Lanka shows all signs of other country that have a Muslim population of 10% or more. The transition is violent as can be evidenced from around the world. Sri Lanka is not... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/03/18)

මහනුවර ගිනිදැල් පි‍ටුපස බිහිසුනු කුමන්ත්‍රනයක්
ලියුම්කරු කීර්ති රත්නායක
ජාතිවාදී ගිනි දලු වලින් වැසීගිය  මහනුවර ප්‍රදේශය තවමත් යථා තත්වයට පත්ව නැත. ව්‍යපාරික ස්ථාන දින ගනනාවකට වැසී ගොස්ය. ගමනා ගමන  සේවා ඇන හිට ඇත. දවසේ පඩියෙන් ජීවත් වන පවුල් වල කුසගිනි නිවීම පවා  බරපතල අභියෝගයක් බවට පත්ව ඇත. ලීසිං , බැකු ණය හිර වී අනාගතය අවිනිශ්ච්චිත අඩියකට පත්ව ඇත. දෛනික ජන ජීවිතය උඩු යටිකුරු වී ඇත . මෙහි බරපතලම කාරනය නම් ඔය කිසිවක් නොවේ නමුත්  ජාතිවාදී ගිනිදලුවලින් අගතියට පත්වූන්ගේ මතකය අවසන් හුස්ම හෙලන තෙක් හොල්මන් කිරීමය. එම තත්වය  යලි සුවපත් කල නොහැකි අති භයානක රෝග තත්වයකි.   මහනුවර වෙලා ගත් ජාතිවාදී කලබලය අතිශය සැලසුම් සහගතව දියත් කරන ලද්දකි.  සී අයි ඩී ප්‍රධානී... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/03/18)

පෙස් බූක් හි සහ අන්තර් ජාලයේ සැරිසරන පරෙවි සාමකුරුල්ලා හා මානව හිමිකම් ගුණ්ඩු කුරුල්ලා
පාලිත ආරියරත්න
විදේශිය මානව හිමිකන් කාරයන්-  (මොවුන් අති  භයානක උවදුරකට අප රට ලක්  කර තිබේ ගමේ හා නගරයේ සිටින ශි බුද්ධිය ඇති තරුණ තරුණියන් ක්‍රමානුකුලව සොයාගෙන් ඔවුන් හට මානව හිමිකම් විධායක තනතුරු ලබාදී දේව වාදී ආගම්  ස්වරුපයෙන් වර්තමානයේ ඇති මානව හිම්කම් පද්ධති කියාදී ඔල මොට්ටල කොට අප රටට විරුද්ධව (පුජක නියායන්වලට හා ඔවුන්ගේ අගමික  තර්ක විධි හා අයිති වාසිකම් කියාදී ) හොර පදිංචි කරුවෙකුට හෝ රටක් බෙදීමට කටයුතු කරන ත්‍රස්වාදීන් හටද සමාන මානව හිමිකම්  ඇතැයි කියා ඔවුන්ව රවට්වා අප බොදු රටට උරුමයට විරුධව උසි ගන්වමින් සිටි).  පුජකයන්,පුජකයන් නොවන පිරිස්,සමහර දේශපාලකයන්, ආචාර්ය ස්වරුපයෙන් සිටින සමහර භික්ෂූන් වහන්සේලා කථිකාචාර්යවරු, එන් ජි... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/03/18)

Video: STF Colludes With Goons Who Perpetrated Anti-Muslim Violence
Courtesy Colombo Telegraph
Colombo Telegraph is in possession of video footage that show members of the Special Task Force (STF) of the Police Department or Sri Lankan Army in cahoots with those who have perpetrated violence against Muslims in Kandy district. The video clearly shows the assailant humiliating his victim, bragging about what he did, while STF/Army personnel look on and laugh. He is heard saying ‘It is because of what I did to you that you now find yourself on the streets, isn’t that so?’ The STF/Army officers present do nothing to apprehend the thug who has just confessed... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/03/18)

මහනුවර ගැටුම් පිටුපස ආණ්ඩුවේ දේශපාලඥයන්.. අම්පාරේ වද පෙත්ත පසුපස ආණ්ඩුවේ ප‍්‍රබලයෙක්..
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සිංහල – මුස්ලිම් මරා ගැනිල්ලකට පාර කැපුවේ ආණ්ඩුවේ ආශිර්වාදය ලබන සිංහල හා මුස්ලිම් මැරකම් කණ්ඩායම් බව රට පුරා සිදුව ඇති ලේ වැකි සිදුවීම්වලින් පැහැදිලි වන බවට ජාතික නිදහස් පෙරමුණේ ජාතික සංවිධායක පාර්ලිමේන්තු මන්ත්‍රී ජයන්ත සමරවීර මහතා චෝදනා කරයි. පිටකෝට්ටේ පිහිටි ජාතික නිදහස් පෙරමුණේ ප්‍රධාන කාර්යාලයේ පැවති මාධ්‍ය හමුවකදී ඒ මහතා මෙසේ චෝදනා කර සිටියේය. එහිදී වැඩිදුරටත්ටත් අදහස් දැක්වූ සමරවීර මහතා මෙසේද සඳහන් කළේය. අම්පාර මුස්ලිම් කොත්තු කඬේ සිදුවීම් පිටුපස ඉන්නේ ආණ්ඩුවේ දේශපාලනඥයෙක්. ඉන්පසුව දිගන නගරයේ සිදු වූ සාපරාධී, ප්‍රකෝපකාරී තත්ත්වයට මුල් වූ කුමාරසිංහ නමැති සිංහල තරුණයාගේ ඝාතනයට අදාළ මුස්ලිම් තරුණයන් අත්අඩංගුවට නොගැනීම බලපෑම් කළෙත් ආණ්ඩුවේ දේශපාලනඥයෙක්.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/03/18)

ජාතිවාදී ගැටුම් ඇවිලූ ප‍්‍රධානියා ‘මහසොහොන් බලකායේ’ අමිත් වීරසිංහ අතඅඩංගුවට.. ප‍්‍රබල ඇමතිගේ සබදතා හෙලිවෙයි..
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මහනුවර ප‍්‍රදේශයේ ඇති වූ කෝලාහලය සම්බන්ධයෙන් අත්අඩංගුවට ගන්නා ලද එහි ප‍්‍රධාන සැකකරු හා තවත් නව දෙනෙකු හදිසි නීතිය යටතේ දින 14ක් රදවා තබාගෙන ප‍්‍රශ්න කරන බව පොලීසිය පවසයි. මෙසේ අත්අඩංගුවට ගෙන ඇත්තේ ‘මහසොහොන් බලකාය’ නම් සංවිධානයේ ප‍්‍රධානියා වන අමිත් වීරසිංහ ඇතුළු තවත් 09 දෙනෙකි. මෙම පිරිස් විසින් ගැටුම් සදහා සැලසුම් කරන අවස්ථාවක් දැක්වෙන වීඩියෝවක්ද ටූ ටියුබය තුල වෙයි. අමිත් වීරසිංහ නම් මෙම පුද්ගලයා කලකට පෙර වත්මන් ආණ්ඩුවේ ප‍්‍රබල ඇමතිවරයෙක් හා සමීප සබදතා තිබුනු බවටත් මහසොහොන් බලකාය නිර්මාණය වූයේ ඔහුගේ උවමනාව මත බවටත් අන්තර්ජාලයේ වාර්තා බොහෝ පලවිය. මෙම ගැටුමට සම්පුර්ණයෙන් වගකිව යුත්තේ ජාතික ඇදුම ඇදගෙන කොළඹ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/03/18)

Lankan Rights Body blames “organized external elements” for anti-Muslim riots
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Colombo, March 8 (newsin.asia): The Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka  (HRCSL)  has blamed “organized external elements” for the anti-Muslim riots in Central Sri Lanka. In a letter addressed to Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, the Chairperson of the HRCSL, Dr.Deepika Udagama, has said that the riots in Digana, Teldeniya and other places, appear to he “instigated by external elements in an organized manner.” It pointed out that the communities targeted had been living together in communal peace and harmony till violence was unleashed by such external elements. The letter also noted that the violence had occurred... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/03/18)

Ready to help govt with current situation - MR
By Yusuf Ariff Courtesy Adaderana
Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa says that they are prepared to support the government to control the problematic situation currently prevailing in the country and restore normalcy. He made these comments during a press conference held at his residence in Colombo last evening (7), flanked by several MPs of the Joint Opposition. Rajapaksa stated that everyone should work together in the time of need in order to ensure peace in the country. https://youtu.be/dm5ACnsDdtg... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/03/18)

Ranjit Madduma Bandara sworn in as Law & Order Minister
By Yusuf Ariff Courtesy Adaderana
Minister Ranjith Madduma Bandara was sworn in as the new Minister of Law and Order, a short while ago. He received his appointment letter as the new Minister of Law and Order from President Maithripala Sirisena, this morning (08) at the President’s residence, the PMD said. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and Secretary to the President Austin Fernando were also present on this occasion. Madduma Bandara is the current cabinet minister of Public Administration and Management. He will now hold the additional cabinet portfolio of Law and Order. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe was sworn in... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/03/18)

Digana Violence - U.S. Calls for Punitive Action
Ira de Silva Canada
The Editor Lankaweb A news item on March 7,2018 states that the U.S. embassy has urged the Sri Lankan government to take immediate action against those responsible for the violence. Does this confirm that the U.S. is controlling Sri Lanka's internal administration? When violence is the order of the day in the U.S., why does Sri Lanka accept statements such as this from other countries as to what it should or should not do? Has this government handed over Sri Lanka for the U.S.  and U.K.to administer as they see fit regardless of what the people... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/03/18)

Wimal in Parliament
Trnslated by :A.A.,M.NIZAM – MATARA
It was with great difficulty we were able to gain the opportunity for the people of this country to face a local government election.  After making many unusual changes in the election process including making it possible to capture power even under defeat using so many technical processes the election process was formulated by this government.. After all these acts an election was held but the Election Commission still find difficulty to release the final official results.  The independent election commission, in the very first election held by them has got its trousers removed.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/03/18)

The danger of a blank canvas in tense times
BY MALINDA SENEVIRATNE
President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe in recent statements have alluded to people fishing in troubled waters for political gain. It’s an ‘it’s not us’ kind of position to take. Safe.  Dangerous too. We all know how the United National Party of J.R. Jayewardene used that line to proscribe the JVP and clamp down on the entire ‘Old Left’ after deploying the party’s trade union arm, JSS, to attack Tamils in July 1983. An unpopular government whose incompetency on all counts is no longer a secret typically loves communal conflagration. All... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/03/18)

An open letter to Auditor General
By C. A. Chandraprema Courtesy The Island
On the day that campaigning ended for the recent local government election, the Auditor General, Gamini Wijesinghe, made some explosive statements about Sri Lanka’s state of indebtedness. Public attention has since focused on more sensational happenings and the AG’s statement has been all but forgotten. However, some days ago, former Auditor General Sarath Mayadunne wrote an article to a Sinhala newspaper upholding the incumbent Auditor General’s statement. So the matter may have been forgotten due to intervening events but it’s not dead. We often see the phenomenon of one person saying something which... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/03/18)

The Neuro- Physio -Biology of Meditation
Dr Ruwan M Jayatunge 
In general terms meditation is the non-judgmental observation of the ongoing stream of internal experiences as they arise. However meditation is a complex mental process involving changes in cognition, sensory perception, affect, hormones, and autonomic activity (Newberg & Iversen, 2003). Grabovac and team (2011) indicate that focused attention, decentering, and emotion regulation as mechanisms of mindfulness. Nonetheless meditation has a huge impact on body and brain physiology, besides meditation has enhanced neuroplastic potential. Jevning and colleagues (1992) view meditation as an integrated response with peripheral circulatory and metabolic changes subserving increased central nervous activity. Neuroimaging studies with positron emission tomography and functional magnetic resonance imaging... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/03/18)

Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) and the Buddhist Philosophy
Ruwan M Jayatunge M.D. 
Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) is a modified form of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) that was developed in late 1970s by Marsha M. Linehan a psychology researcher at the University of Washington (Linehan, 1993).  DBT is an empirically supported treatment for suicidal individuals (Linehan et al., 2015). It can be adapted to treat borderline personality disorder patients with comorbid substance-abuse disorder (Koerner & Linehan, 2000) and depressed elderly clients with personality disorders (Lynch et al., 2003). DBT addresses deficits in emotion regulation, distress tolerance and interpersonal relationship. The patients with borderline personality disorder have faulty schemas and splitting in the patient's relations to others. They have... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/03/18)

සිංහල හා මුස්ලිම් ප්‍රජාවන් අතර ගැටුම් උත්සන්න වීම
මාධ්‍ය නිවේදනය මහින්ද රාජපක්‍ෂ ශ්‍රී ලංකාවේ හිටපු ජනාධිපති
දිගන නගරයේ සිංහල ලොරි රථ රියදුරු මහතෙකුට මුස්ලිම් පිරිසක් විසින් කරන ලද පහර දීමක් හේතුවෙන් ඔහු රෝහලේදී මිය යාම නිසා එම ප්‍රදේශයේ ප්‍රචණ්ඩකාරී සිදුවීම් ගණනාවක් හටගෙන ඇත. මෙකී මිනීමැරුම සම්බන්ධයෙන් පොලීසිය විසින් කීපදෙනෙකු අත්අඩංගුවට ගෙන තිබුන ද ඔවුන් ඝාතනය සිදුකළ අය හැටියට තවම හදුනාගැනීමේ පෙරෙට්ටුවකින් තහවුරු කරගෙන නැත. නීතියේ උපරිම බර මේ සිද්ධියට වගකිවයුත්තන්ට එරෙහිව යෙදිය යුතු වේ. එමෙන්ම ආණ්ඩුව විසින් ඝාතනයට ලක්වූ පුද්ගලයාගේ පවුලට ප්‍රමාණවත් වන්දියක් ලබාදිය යුතුය. දිගන ඇතිවූ ප්‍රචණ්ඩකාරී සිදුවීම් හේතුවෙන් මුස්ලිම් තරුණයෙකුගේ මෘත දේහයක් විනාශ  වූ නිවසකින් හමුවී තිබේ. දැන් ඝාතන දෙකක් සිදුවී ඇත. ආණ්ඩුව රටපුරා හදිසි... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/03/18)

ජාතිවාදී ගිනි අවුලන මහ මොලකරු කොළඹින් පාර්ලිමේන්තු ආ ජාතික ඇඳුම අදින උස හීන්දැරි හාදයා මෙන්න..
අනුරුද්ධ බණ්ඩාර රණවාරන මාධ්‍ය ලේකම්, ජාතික නිදහස් පෙරමුණ.
අම්පාර – තෙල්දෙණිය ප්‍රදේශවල සිදු වූ ලේ වැකි සිද්ධිදාමයේ මහ මොළකරු කොළඹ දිස්ත්‍රික්කයෙන් පාර්ලිමේන්තුවට පැමිණි, ජාතික ඇඳුම් අදින, උස හීන්දෑරි හාදයකු බව ජාතික නිදහස් පෙරමුණේ නායක විමල් වීරවංශ මහතා හෙළිකර සිටියේය. අද (06) පාර්ලිමේන්තුවේ පැවති කල්තැබීමේ විවාදයට එක්වෙමින් ඒ මහතා මෙසේ හෙළිකර සිටියේය. එහිදී වැඩිදුරටත් අදහස් දැක්වූ විමල් වීරවංශ මහතා මෙසේ ද සඳහන් කළේය. “තෙල්දෙණියේ ලේ වැකි සිද්ධිදාමය හේතුවෙන් කුමාරසිංහ නමැති සිංහල දෙදරු පියකු ද අබිදුල් බාස්ත් නැමැති මුස්ලිම් තරුණයකු ද මියගියා. මේ දෙදෙනාම ලක්මාතාවගේ දරුවෝ. මම පළමුවෙන්ම මේ අයගෙ පවුල් වෙත ඒකාබද්ධ විපක්ෂය ලෙස අපගේ සාතිශය සංවේගය පළ කර සිටිනවා.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/03/18)

තෙල්දෙණියේ ගින්නට තෙල් දැමීමෙන් සිදු වූයේ කුමක්ද?
මතුගම සෙනෙවිරුවන්   
තෙල් දෙණිය දිගන ආදී නගර තුළ ජාතිවාදී ගින්නක් ඇවිලී ඇත.මුලින් ඇඳිරි නීතියත් පසුව මේ වන විට හදිසිනීතියත් ප්‍රකාශයට පත් වී තිබේ.  පසුගිය සති කීපය තුළ ජාතිවාදී ක්‍රියාවන් කීපයක් වාර්තා වන්නේ අම්පාර සහ මහනුවර අවට ප්‍රදේශ වලින් පමණි.අම්පාර සිද්දිය අහඹු වෙන් පැණ නැගුණක්  වුවද එයට සමාන සිදු වීම් රාශියක් වරින් වර රට පුර වාර්තා වී තිබේ.තෙල්දෙණිය දිගන ප්‍රදේශය තුළ සිදු වූ රථවාහන අනතුරකින් පසු  ඇතිවූ ගැටුම එක් අතකින් නාට්‍යයකට සමාන කළ හැකිය. ලොරි රථයක් පසුපසට ගැනීමේදී ත්‍රි රෝද රථයක පැති කණ්ණාඩියක ගැටී  සිදු වූ අනතුර ගොඩින් බේරා ගැනීමට ගත් උත්සාහයේදී ත්‍රි රෝද රථයේ සිටි තරුණයන් සතර  දෙන එයට... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/03/18)

අවර අවි
ලියුම්කරු - කීර්ති රත්නායක
යලිත් වරක් ජාතීන් අතර සාමය ගිනි අවුලුවමින් ප්‍රචන්ඩත්වය හිස ඔසවා ඇත. අවි හැරවිය  යුත්තේ ගෙන්දගම් පොලොවේ ජීවිත ගැටගසා ගැනීමට වෙර දරන තවත් ජන කොටසක් දෙසට නොව අස්ථාවාදී දේශපාලකයන්  දෙසටය. රනිල් වික්‍රමසිංහ 2001-2004 කාලයේ පැවතියේ එ.ජා.ප ආන්ඩුවකි. රටේ අගමැතිවරයා රනිල් වික්‍රමසිංහ වූ අතර රටේ ජනාධිපති ධූරය  චන්ද්‍රිකා බන්ඩාරනායක අත විය. 2002 වර්ශය ආරම්භය සනි‍ටුහන් වනවාත් සමගම එක් ඛේදජනක සිදුවීමකින් මුලු ගුවන් හමුදාවම සසල විය. පියාසර නිලධාරී ආක්ෂ් වන්නිආරච්චි , ඉන්ටේක් 36 ( රෙජිමේන්තු )පුත්තලම නගරයේ දෙනෝදාහක් ඉදිරිපිට ඝාතනය විය.ආකාෂ් සේවය කලේ පාලවි ගුවන් හමුදා කදවුරට අනුයුක්තවය. පුත්තලම නගරය අශ්‍රිතව ක්‍රියාත්මක සංවිධානාත්මක මුස්ලිම් අපරාධ කල්ලියක් අතින් ආකාෂ් ඝාතනය විය. ඔහු මියගියේ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/03/18)

“MAKING DIGITAL MARKET PLACES FAIRER- THEME OF THE WORLD CONSUMER DAY 15/3/ 2018”
Sarath Wijesinghe former Chairman CAA and former Ambassador to UAE and Israel
World Consumer Day World consumer day is the day the world consumer shows the strength to the world in organizing the membership worldwide initiated by the Consumer International. Sri Lanka takes part in a low profile as the consumer is not well organized as other parts of the world due to lack of leadership and inefficiency of the main consumer regulator expected to organize and catalyze the celebrations. Strength of the consumer who is also the citizen is education, activism and organization to engage in protect and... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/03/18)

Increasing tensions between the Sinhala and Muslim communities
MEDIA RELEASE Mahinda Rajapaksa Former President of Sri Lanka
Several violent incidents have taken place in Digana after a Sinhala truck driver died in hospital following an assault by a group of Muslim men. The police have made some arrests, but they are yet to be formally identified as the perpetrators of this murder. The full severity of the law should brought to bear on those responsible. The government should provide adequate compensation to the family of the victim. Following the violent incidents that occurred in Digana, the body of a Muslim youth has been found in a damaged... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/03/18)

Not a political conspiracy, shows UNP’s inaction: Former President and MP Mahinda Rajapaksa
Lahiru Pothmulla Courtesy Daily Mirror
Former President and MP Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday rejected the reports of Digana violence stemming from a political conspiracy and said the incident reflects the inaction of the UNP. “This is not a political conspiracy. It reflects the inaction of the UNP. They are not keen on resolving the matter and the government has deviated from its responsibilities. There is no one to turn to,” Mr. Rajapaksa responded to journalists outside his residence in Nugegoda yesterday. Party leaders of the Joint Opposition met a group of Islamic community leaders at Mr. Rajapaksa’s residence last... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/03/18)

Govt. continues to ignore UK wartime dispatches
By Shamindra Ferdinando Courtesy The Island
Nearly a decade after the successful conclusion of the war, Sri Lanka is still struggling to achieve national reconciliation. The previous Rajapaksa administration brought the violent conflict to an end on the morning of May 19, 2009 on the banks of the Nanthikadal lagoon,o n the Vanni east front, by militarily crushing the ‘world’s most ruthless terrorist organisation’. In spite of rhetoric, the Sirisena-Wickremesinghe government has pathetically failed to accomplish a genuine rapprochement. Instead, the yahapalana leadership has allowed further deterioration of the situation by deliberately suppressing a comprehensive dialogue on wartime British... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/03/18)

ඊයේ (06) පැවති මාධ්‍ය හමුවේදී බොදු බල සේනා මහ ලේකම් රාජකීය පණ්ඩිත ගලගොඩඅත්තේ ඥානසාර හිමි දැක්වූ අදහස්...
මේ මාධ්‍ය හමුව තියන්නෙ.රටේ නොයෙකුත් තැන්වල දුම් ගොටු නැගෙන අවස්ථාවක.විශේෂයෙන් අපි මතක් කරන්න ඕනි,ඊයෙත් පෙරේදත් මේ දින ගනණාව ඇතුලෙ ඉතාම භයානක තත්වයක් මේ රට තුල නිර්මාණය වෙලා තියෙනව.දැන් මේ මොහොත වෙද්දිත් මහනුවර තෙල්දෙණිය ආදී තදාසන්න ප්‍රදේශවල පොලිස් ඇඳිරි නීතිය පනවල තියෙනව.ඒ වගේම රටේ විවිධ ස්ථානවල සිංහලයො එක තැනක රැස්වෙනව.මුස්ලිම් කණඩායම් තව තැනක රැස් වෙනව,මොකද්දෝ නොවිය යුතු තැනකට නොයෙක් බලවේග එකතුවෙමින් තියෙනව. අපි අද ගතකරන්නේ.ඉතාම සංකීර්ණ වගේම කණගාටු දායක ලෙස සිදුවීම් සිදුවන අවස්ථාවක් තමයි ගතවෙමින් තියෙන්නෙ...දවසින් දවස රට ඇතුලෙ විවිධ සංසිද්ධීන් මුල්කරගෙන ප්‍රජන්ඩ කාරී හැසිරීම් බොහෝමයක් දැකගන්න ලැබෙනව. ඊයෙ දවසෙදි මහනුවර දිස්ත්‍රික් එකේ ඇතු උන සිද්ධීන් අපි කිසි ලෙසකවත්... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 07/03/18)

ශ්‍රී ලංකාව: මුස්ලිම් ප්‍රජාවට එරෙහි ප්‍රචණ්ඩ ක්‍රියා විදෙස්ගත ලාංකික ජාලය හෙළා දකී.
මාධ්‍ය නිවේදනය / ස්ටුට්ග්‍රාඩ්, ජර්මනිය. 06 මාර්තු 2018.
ශ්‍රී ලංකාව: මුස්ලිම් ප්‍රජාවට එරෙහි ප්‍රචණ්ඩ ක්‍රියා විදෙස්ගත ලාංකික ජාලය හෙළා දකී. විදෙස්ගත ශ්‍රී ලංකිකයන්ගේ ජාත්‍යයන්තර ජාලය ලෙස අප, සැමට සාධාරණව නීතියේ පාලනය පිහිටුවා සියලු ජන කොටස් වල සුරක්ෂිතභාවය සහ නිදහසේ ජීවිත වීමට ඇති අයිතිය සුරක්ෂිත කරන ලෙස දිගින් දිගටම ප්‍රකාශ කර ඇත්තෙමු. අප සමාජයේ කිසිවෙකු සිය ජාතිකත්වය‍/ආගමික විශ්වාසය / දේශපාලනික හෝ ලිංගබේදය හේතු කොට  කිසිදු ආකාරයේ වධහිංසාවකට හෝ වෙනස් කොට සැලකීමට ලක් නොවිය යුතු බව අපි දැඩිව විශ්වාස කරන්නෙමු. ඒ නිසාම මේ අවස්ථාවේ අප ලංකා ආණ්ඩුව වෙත  අවධාරණය කර සිටින්නේ ප්‍රථමයෙන් මේ මොහොතේ වර්ගවාදී ප්‍රහාරයන්ගෙන් භීතියට පත්ව ඇති සියලු ජනයාගේ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/03/18)

JVP at a crossroads
By Rohana R. Wasala Courtesy The Island
From the commonsense point of view of the average voter in Sri Lanka, there are four broad political groupings or blocs that contest elections with a view to taking part in democratic government. These  are: (1)the neoconservatives (or neoliberals) usually represented by the UNP that is committed to free market capitalism and allows interventionist Western influence, (2) nationalists principally organized under the SLFP (currently being reincarnated in the SLPP) who value political independence, full national sovereignty within the country, (3) the regional or communal minority groups organized in the form of Tamil... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/03/18)

STATE OF EMERGENCY IN SRI LANKA WITH CORRUPT PRESIDENT AND PRIME MINISTER!
By M D P DISSANAYAKE
The lives of average citizen is in danger. State of Emergency and National Wide  unrest  has been intensified by the government itself. Will there be US  military ships  arriving?   Will Mahinda be arrested? Will  Gotabaya be arrested? Less we write is better.  We appeal to all Sri Lankans to remain  calm and most importantly  remain CONFIDENT.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/03/18)

රනිල්ට එජාපයෙන් විශ්වාසභංගයක්‌ නෑ - වසන්ත සේනානායක
අජිත් අලහකෝන් උපුටා ගැන්ම දිවයින
එක්‌සත් ජාතික පක්‍ෂයේ මන්ත්‍රීවරුන් විසින් අගමැති රනිල් වික්‍රමසිංහ මහතාට එරෙහිව විශ්වාසභංග යෝජනාවක්‌ ගෙන එන්නේ නැතැයි විදේශ කටයුතු රාජ්‍ය ඇමැති වසන්ත සේනානායක මහතා 'දිවයින'ට ඊයේ (05 දා) ප්‍රකාශ කළේය.  ඒකාබද්ධ විපක්‍ෂය විසින් අගමැතිවරයාට එරෙහිව විශ්වාසභංග යෝජනාවක්‌ ගෙන එනවානම් ඊට සහාය දීම හෝ නොදීම පිළිබඳ තීරණය කරනුයේ එහි ඇතුළත් කරුණු පිළිබඳ අවධානය යොමු කළ පසුව බවද සේනානායක මහතා වැඩිදුරටත් ප්‍රකාශ කළේය. එමෙන්ම වෙනත් පාර්ශවයක්‌ විසින් අගමැතිවරයාට එරෙහිව විශ්වාසභංග යෝජනාවක්‌ ගෙන ආවොත් ඊට සහය දීම පිළිබඳ තම පක්‍ෂයේ කණ්‌ඩායම සමග සාකච්ඡා කළ යුතු බවද හෙතෙම පැවසුවේය.  ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/03/18)

රනිල්ට එරෙහි ඒකාබද්දයේ විශ්වාස භංගය කල් දමයි.. හෙට නුගේගොඩ රැළියත් කල් දමයි..
 lanka C news
ඒකාබද්ද විපක්‍ෂය විසින් හෙට දිනයේ නුගේගොඩ නගරයේදී පැවැත්වීමට කටයුතු සූදානම් කර තිබූ ජනරැළිය අවලංගු කර ඇත. දරණාගම කුසලධම්ම හිමියන්ගේ අදාහනෝත්සව හා රට තුල ප‍්‍රකාශයට පත් කර ඇති හදිසි තත්වය සැලකිල්ලට ගනිමින් මෙම තීරණය ගෙන තිබේ. හිටපු ජනාධිපති මහින්ද රාජපක්‍ෂ මහතාගේ ප‍්‍රධානත්වයෙන් අද පෙරවරුවේ රැස්වුණු ඒකාබද්ද විඵක්‍ෂයේ පක්‍ෂ නායකයන්ගේ හමුවේදී මෙම තීරණය ගෙන ඇත. එසේම අගමැති රනිල් වික‍්‍රමසිංහ මහතාට එරෙහිව අද දිනයේ කතානායකවරයාට බාර දීමට සූදානමින් සිටි විශ්වාස භංග යෝජනාව බාරදීමද කල් දමා ඇත. එම විහ්වා භංග යෝජනාව සදහා එජාපයේ හා ශ‍්‍ර‍්‍රීලනිපයේ මන්ත‍්‍රිවරුන් කිහිප දෙනෙකුගේ අත්සන් සහිතව බාර දීම වඩාත් සුදුසු යයි පක්‍ෂ නායකයන් තීරණය කර ඇති... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/03/18)

Unrests due to inefficiency of Law and Order Minister : GL
Sheain Fernandopulle Courtesy The Daily Mirror
Referring to the recent incidents in Digana, Ampara and Thambuttegama, the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) Head Prof. G.L. Peiris said today such incidents took place as there was no effective Minister for Law and Order portfolio. Addressing a news conference, he said it was sad to say that President Maithripala Sirisena had been unable to appoint a Law and Order Minister, who would bear and accomplish responsibilities for the well-being of society. “President’s ineffectiveness of being unable to appoint a proper Law and Order Minister clearly denotes the inefficiency of the Government that... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/03/18)

Joint Opposition postpone Nugegoda rally
By Yusuf Ariff Courtesy Adaderana
The Joint Opposition has decided to postpone its Nugegoda rally tomorrow (7) due to the current situation and the funeral of Ven. Daranagama Kusaladhamma Thero. The Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) had organised a rally and public meeting in Nugegoda tomorrow to celebrate the victory of the party at the recent local government election. The cremation ceremony of Venerable Daranagama Kusaladhamma Thero, Chief Incumbent of the Sambodhi Viharaya and founder of The Buddhist TV channel, is to be held on Thursday (March 08) at Independence Square, under State patronage.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/03/18)

President declares State of Emergency
Courtesy The Daily Mirror
President Maithripala Sirisena declared a State Emergency a short while ago to redress the unsatisfactory security situation prevailing in certain parts of the country. The President’s Media Division said the Police and Armed Forces have been suitably empowered to deal with criminal elements in the society and to restore normalcy with immediate effect.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/03/18)

JO to submit no-faith motion against PM tomorrow
Lahiru Pothmulla Courtesy The Daily Mirror
MP Udaya Gammanpila said today the joint opposition was likely to submit a no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe to Parliament tomorrow. He said the motion would be based on 14 allegations. “We hope to obtain the signatures of the members of other opposition parties to the no-confidence motion and expect a majority of Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) Party and United National Party (UNP) MPs to support the motion at the debate,” the MP told a Pivithuru Hela Urumaya (PHU) news briefing. ()... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/03/18)

Troops deployed to quell violence
Troops moved into Digana, Kandy yesterday afternoon when the police failed to bring a tense situation there under control. Police curfew was imposed in the Kandy administrative District until 6.00 am today. Earlier the police and the STF used teargas and water cannon in a bid to disperse the protesters and arrested 24 persons. However, by 3.00 pm the situation deteriorated and the army had to be called in. https://youtu.be/0cz1lDZuU4o https://youtu.be/-qbqLXVdL-g... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 05/03/18)

අගමැතිට එරෙහි විශ්වාසභංගය සම්පූර්ණයෙන්ම සූදානම්.. තීරණාත්මක චෝදනා 14යි.. ජය ස්ථිරයි.. විස්තරේ මෙන්න..
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පිවිතුරු හෙල උරුමය පක්‍ෂ මූලස්ථානයේදී පැවැති මාධ්‍ය හමුවකදී එම පක්‍ෂ නායක පාර්ලිමේන්තු මන්ත‍්‍රී උදය ගම්මන්පිල මහතා මෙසේ අදහස් පල කලේය. අගමැතිතුමන්ට එරෙහි විශ්වාසභංග යෝජනාව දැන් සම්පුර්ණයෙන්ම සකසා අවසන්. ඇතමුන් ප්‍රශ්න කරනවා මේ විශ්වාසභංගය ගෙන එන්නේ අගමැතිතුමන්ට එරෙහිවද නැතිනම් ආණ්ඩුවට එරෙහිවද කියලා. අගමැතිතුමන්ට එරෙහිව ගෙන ඒමේදී අනිවාර්යයෙන්ම එය ආණ්ඩුවට එරෙහිවද ගෙන ආ විශ්වාසභංගයක් වෙනවා. මන්ද අගමැතිතනතුර පුරප්පාඩු වෙනව කියන්නේ අමාත්‍ය මණ්ඩලයද විසිරී ගිහිල්ලා නව අගමැතිවරයෙක් සමග නව ඇමති මණ්ඩලයක් පත්කරන්න සිදුවෙනවා. චෝදනා 14 කින් මෙම විශ්වාශභංගයට සමන්විතයි. මෙම විශ්වාසභංගයට සහය දෙන ඒකාබද්ධ විපක්ෂය ශ්‍රී ලංකා නිදහස් පක්ෂය සහ එක්සත්ජාතික පක්ෂය යන පාර්ශව තුනේම ප්‍රධානීන් එයට එකගතාවය පලකර තියෙනවා. අපි විශ්වාසකරන එහි අඩංගු කරුණු අනුව ජනතා විමුක්ති පෙරමුණ සහ දෙමළ ජාතික සංධානය... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/03/18)

Behind China's $1 trillion plan to shake up the economic order
Jane Perlez, Yufan Huang Courtesy The  Independent (UK)
At the heart of China’s economic ambitions is the construction of a railway linking eight countries, but what effect will it have on the wider region? Chinese workers prepare for the building of a railway linking China to Laos at Bopiat village in the Northern province of Louang Namtha Getty Along the jungle-covered mountains of Laos, squads of Chinese engineers are drilling hundreds of tunnels and bridges to support a 260-mile railway, a $6bn (£4.7bn) project that will eventually connect eight Asian countries. Chinese money is building power plants in Pakistan... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/03/18)

Waiting for the honourable Migettuwatte Gunananda or Angaraika Dharamapala
By Palitha Ariyarathna
Peace can srilanka afford on ethical foreign policy was really through provoking.It is true that if migettuwatte Gunananda and Angaraika Dharamapala were alive today, they would have questioned and stood up for the protection of Buddhism and welfare of Sinhala peoples But now political has become a family matters or business venture. Srilanka politicians want to be in the good books of the head of other countries rather than being interested in the welfare of the general public. They want to save their own skin so that they can be assumed of their ' thrones' for... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/03/18)

Will Mahinda and JO Leaders Vote for the No Confidence Motion Against Ranil?
Dilrook Kannangara
If all go to plan, the no confidence motion against Ranil by the courageous and patriotic UNP MP Vasantha Senanayake will be taken up on March 7, 2018. Will Mahinda and JO leaders vote for it, or will they prefer to abscond? If they fail to vote in support of the no confidence motion, it proves beyond all doubt that they have a secret pact with the UNP. After implicated in the largest bank fraud of the world and after messing up with national security, law and order and the economy, no right thinking person would save... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/03/18)

තෙල්දෙණිය - දිගන අවසනාවන්ත සිදුවීම් ව්‍යාප්තවීමට පොලීසියේ ඇදහිය නොහැකි අකාර්යක්ෂමතාව හේතුවී තිබෙනවා.   ශ්‍රී ලංකා මානව හිමිකම් කේන්ද්‍ර‍ය නිවේදනයක්
පුවත්පත් නිවේදනය විධායක අධ්‍යක්ෂ/කැෆේ සංවිධානය
 මාර්තු 4 සහ 5 දින (ඊයේ සහ අද) මහනුවර තෙල්දෙණිය සහ දිගන ඇති වු පහරදීම්, දේපල අලාභ කිරීම්, ගිණි තැබීම් වලක්වා ගැනීමට පොලීසිය අසමත් වූ අතර ඔවුන්ගේ ඇදහිය නොහැකි අකාර්යක්ෂමතාව පුදුමයට කරුණක් බවත් ශ්‍රී ලංකා මානව හිමිකම් කේන්ද්‍ර‍යේ විධායක අධ්‍යක්ෂ කීර්ති තෙන්නකෝන් මහතා නිකුත් කළ නිවේදනයේ දැක්වේ. සිංහල ලොරි රථ රියදුරෙකුට බීමත් මුස්ලිම් තරුණයින් පිරිසක් පහරදී ඇති අතර තුවාල හේතුවෙන් මාර්තු 3 දින රියදුරු මරණයට පත් විය.  ඔහුගේ අවසන් කටයුතු අද දින සිදු කිරීමට නියමිතව තිබුණි. මරණය සිදුවීමෙන් පසුව සෙනසුරාදා දිනයේ තෙල්දෙණියේ කඩ සහ නිවාස කිහිපයකට පහරදී තිබුණි.  ඒ සම්බන්ධයෙන් සැක පිට පුද්ගලයින් 24 දෙනෙකු අත්අඩංගුවට පත්... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/03/18)

Issues with female quota only 15 local councils - No problem in giving 25% quota in 96% of councils
CaFFE Media Unit
Out of the 340 local councils, it is possible to give 25% female quota in 325 councils. That means there are no issues with implementing 25% quota for women in 96% of the counsels. Most of the councils where the ensuring the quota is problematic is in the North and East. As women are not able to win the wards that they contested due to cultural reasons, the political parties who have come in second and third have to appoint a significant number of women from their additional lists. As the SLPP has won by a... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/03/18)

Oluvil fisheries harbour to close down
Dr Sarath Obeysekera
2017-04-25 Fishing activities at the Oluvil harbour in Ampara is to be halted as the government is unable to bear the cost of maintenance, Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Minister Mahinda Amaraweera said yesterday.Minister Mahinda Amaraweera and ministry officials had discussed the function of the harbour after it was revealed that it did not make sufficient funds to cover its expenses.“The harbour is a white elephant that we cannot take care of it,” the minister said.The Oluvil harbour, a commercial fishery harbour, was declared open on September 2013. Construction of the harbour commenced in 2008 under the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/03/18)

Diversion and distraction from big issues Unjustified focus on Gotabaya
By Shivanthi Ranasinghe Courtesy Ceylon Today
The recent Cabinet reshuffle is neither a farce nor a joke. This is a matter of great concern when one implicated over our country's biggest bank heist, becomes the Minister of Law and Order. Circumstantial evidence against Ranil Wickremesinghe stacks high, for unprecedentedly taking the Central Bank under him from the Finance Ministry and appointing Arjuna Mahendran as the Central Bank Governor, despite Maithripala Sirisena's protests. He pledged personal responsibility for Mahendran. Yet, this Government is unable to deliver summons as Mahendran 'has left Singapore'. Even as this column is being penned, Mahendran continues... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/03/18)

Sri Lanka’s Kandy district on boiling point after violent mobs clash, curfew imposed
Courtesy NewsIn.asia
Colombo, March 5 (newsin.asia) – Sri Lankan Police, on Monday imposed curfew in Kandy, in the Central Hills of the island country after clashes triggered by racial violence erupted between two groups. Police Spokesman SP Ruwan Gunasekara told newsin.asia that the curfew had been imposed till Tuesday morning 6 am in order to restore normalcy and security had been beefed up across the Kandy district. Gunasekara said the clashes had erupted in Digana town in Kandy on Sunday night after a 41-year-old man succumbed to his injuries after being attacked by a group of people on Feb 22. The... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/03/18)

Big Match!  :  A  colonial project of producing brown Sahibs and masculine Christians  
Punsara  Amarasinghe PhD Candidate in International Law Higher School of Economics Moscow
Every year month of March brings a tantalizing spirit to the lads in Sri Lankan schools located in major cities like Colombo, Galle and Kandy to raise their cheer for their alma maters waving their respective school flag while putting their maximum effort to be gallant before the fairer sex around every girl’s school in the town. This is called the “Madness of March “or Big Match culture in Sri Lanka that has been prevailed for decades. Now most of the schools in Sri Lanka have their... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/03/18)

President utters only words;no actions - Maithree Gunaratne
ජනාධිපතිතුමා කතාකරනවා විතරයි... වැඩකරන්නේ නෑ... මෛත්‍රී ගුණරත්න
https://youtu.be/oFlZuYFdDBE... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/03/18)

The right to express views cannot be silenced through police suppression - MR (English)
The right to express views cannot be silenced through police suppression - MR (English)
https://youtu.be/67f22O8wka8... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/03/18)

ගෝටාභයගේ මොලය ෆොන්සේකාගේ ශීතකරණයේ..
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සරත් ෆොන්සේකා මහතා මාස හයනක් මෙරට නීතිය හා සාමය අමාත්‍යංශය බාරව සිටියහොත් එම කාලයේදී මෙරට තුල ඇති කරන භීෂණය හේතුවෙන් ඒකාබද්ද විපක්‍ෂයට දේශපාලන වශයෙන් වඩාත් වාසි සහගත තත්වයක් නිර්මාණය වනු ඇතැයි පාර්ලිමේන්තු මන්ත‍්‍රී උදය ගම්මන්පිල මහතා පවසයි. ඉඩි අමින් උගන්ඩාවට කල දේ ෆොන්සේකා මහතා මාස හයක කාලයක් තුල ශ‍්‍රී ලංකාවටද කරනු ඇති බවත් කී මන්ත‍්‍රීවරයා ඉඩි අමීන්ගේ ශීතකරණයේ ඔහුගේ පරම හතුරාගේ මොලය තිබුණා සේ සරත් ෆොන්සේකාගේ ශීතකරණයේ ගෝටාභය රාජපක්‍ෂගේ මොලය මතුවීමටත් ඉඩ ඇතැයිද කියා සිටියේය. කොළඹදී මාධ්‍ය අමතමින් මන්ත‍්‍රීවරයා මෙම අදහස් පල කලේය.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/03/18)

බයනැති අගමැතිට එරෙහි විශ්වාස භංගය අගහරුවාදා පාර්ලිමේන්තුවේ.. රනිල් රකින්න දෙන ඡන්දයකට අවම ලංසුව කෝටි තුනහමාරයි..
 lanka C news
අගමැති රනිල් වික‍්‍රමසිංහ මහතාට එරෙහිව වන විශ්වාස භංග යෝජනාව මෙම අගහරුවාදි දිනයේ පාර්ලිමේන්තුවට ඉදිරිපත් කිරීමට සූදානම් බව ජාතික නිදහස් පෙරමුණේ නායක පාර්ලිමේන්තු මන්ත‍්‍රී විමල් වීරවංශ මහතා පවසයි. කඩුවෙලදී පැවති ජනහමුවක් අමතමින් මන්ත‍්‍රීවරයා මෙම අදහස් පල කලේය. අගමැතිවරයා රැුක ගැනීම සදහා අත් ඔසවන මන්ත‍්‍රිවරුන් සදහා එක් අයෙකුට ලක්‍ෂ 350  https://youtu.be/PkKC5VyqS8s... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/03/18)

ආණ්ඩුව පෙරලෙන තත්වයක් තියෙන්නේ..- රවි කරුණානායක
 lanka C news
ජනතා ද්‍රෝහී ආර්ථික වැඩපිලිවෙලවල් යෝජනා කරමින් ආණ්ඩුව කෙරෙහි ජනතා අප‍්‍රසාදය ඇති කරන ලද්දේ ජාත්‍යන්තර මුල්‍ය අරමුදල විසින් බව හිටපු මුදල් ඇමති රවි කරුණානායක මහතා පවසයි. ජාත්‍යන්තර මුල්‍ය අරමුදලේ මෙරට කාර්යභාරය අවසන් බැවින් ඔවුන් මෙරටින් පිටව යා යුතු යයිද මන්ත‍්‍රීවරයා සදහන් කරයි. මහ බැංකුවේ පණ්ඩිතයන්ගේ ක‍්‍රියාකාරකම් නිසා ආණ්ඩුව පෙරලෙන තත්වයක් ඇති වී තිබෙන බවද ඔහු කියා සිටී. https://youtu.be/7W-EVEfyqg8... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/03/18)

කාන්තා නියෝජනයේ 25% අහිමි වන්නේ පළාත් පාලන ආයතන 15 කට පමණයි.  ආයතන වලින් 96% ක කාන්තා නියෝජනයේ 25% ස්ථාපනය වෙනවා
පුවත්පත් නිවේදනය කැෆේ සංවිධානය
ඡන්ද විමසීම පැවති පළාත් පාලන ආයතනන 340 කින් ආයතන 325 කම 25% ක කාන්තා නියෝජනය තහවුරු කිරීමට හැකියාව ලැබී තිබේ.  එය 96% ක ප්‍ර‍තිශතයකි.  කාන්තා නියෝජනය 25% ක් නොමැතිව ස්ථාපනය වන්නේ පළාත් පාලන ආයතන 15 ක් පමණී. එයින් බහුතරයක් උතුරු - නැගෙනහිර පලාතේ පිහිටා තිබේ.   සංස්කෘතික හේතු නිසා කොට්ඨාශ මට්ටමින් කාන්තාවන් ජයග්‍ර‍හණය නොකිරීමේ ප්‍ර‍තිඑලය පළාත් පාලන ආයතනයේ 2 හා 3 වන ස්ථාන සදහා පත්වන කණ්ඩායම් වෙත දැරීමට සිදුවේ. මෙවර ඡන්දයේ දී පොහොට්ටුව පක්ෂයට අති දැවැන්ත ජයග්‍ර‍හණයක් හිමිවීමේ ආන්තික තත්වයතුල,  25% ක කාන්තා නියෝජනය තහවුරු කිරීමේ දී වැඩි දායකත්වයක් දැරීමට දෙවන ස්ථානයට පත් වූ එජාපයට සිදුව තිබේ.  කොටගල, පේදුරුතුඩුව, මන්නාරම, මුසලි,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/03/18)

Ranil & Chandrika: Govt.’s shakiest pillars
By Dr. DAYAN JAYATILLEKA Courtesy The Island
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe was addressing a serious-minded audience when he made an utterly misleading pronouncement which would instantly have been seen through by those he was addressing. A Singapore datelined story said as follows: ‘Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says that Sri Lanka's National Unity Government has come to stay and no future administration would scrap the concept …." Look at Germany. National Governments are shaky. But once established and taken root, it will not be scrapped, no matter who comes to power," he said.’ (‘National Government has come to stay... no future administration... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/03/18)

නිලධාරීන් සමග එකතුව දේශපාලනඥයින් හොරකන් නොකරන්නට නවක සභිකයින් බැදුම්කරයෙන් පාඩමක් ඉගෙන ගත යුතුයි. --  කීර්ති තෙන්නකෝන්
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නවක පළාත් පාලන සභිකයින් ලෙස මේ ඡන්ද විමසීමෙන් ඉගෙන ගත හැකි පාඩමක් තිබෙනවා.  ඒ තමයි, මේ ආණ්ඩුව ජනවාරි 8 බලයට පත් වෙලා දින 50 කින් සිදු කළ බැදුම්කර වංචාව වැනි දුෂණයක්, වංචාවක් හොරකමක් තමන්ගේ ධූර කාලය තුල නොකිරීමට අදිටන් කර ගැනීම.  බැදුම්කරය මේ රටේ නවක දේශපාලනඥයින්ට උගන්වපු පාඩම ආචාර්ය උපාධි 25 කින් ඉගෙන ගන්න බෑ. යැයි කැෆේ සංවිධානයේ විධායක අධ්‍යක්ෂ කීර්ති තෙන්නකෝන් මහතා පවසයි.  කොළඹ මහවැලි කේන්ද්‍රයේ පැවති රැස්වීමකදී පළාත් පාලන ඡන්දයෙන් තේරී පත් වූ සභිකයින් අමතමින් තෙන්නකෝන් මහතා තවදුරටත් පැවසුවේ ''අද ඡන්ද විමසීමෙන් දවස් 21 කට පස්සේ ආණ්ඩුවක් නැති තැනකට රට පත්වෙලා තියෙනවා. අගමැතිතුමා, කැබිනට් ඇමතිවරු, ජනාධිපතිතුමා පත්ව... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/03/18)

"HOLD ECTA UNTIL THE TRADE POLICY FOR S/L IS ESTABLISHED"
Sarath Wijesinghe - former Ambassador to UAE and Israel              
ECTA and the background Information It appears that the government is determined to proceed with the ECTA- Economic and Technology Cooperation between India and Sri Lanka which consolidates all previous failed agreements on trade and industry. The professional national front (PNF) apparently out of desperation has appealed to the Indian High Commissioner demanding preventing proceeding with the negotiations until a Sri Lankan Trade Policy is formed as demanded by the professionals. Ironically Indian High Commissioner is a strong promoter of the ECTA on behalf of the Indian Government very keen... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/03/18)

Massacre at Dachau and other Allied war crimes
Massacre at Dachau and other Allied war crimes
https://youtu.be/73nZMzHkbEA... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/03/18)

Politicising the Lasantha Wickremetunga murder investigation
C.A. Chandraprema Courtesy The Island
March 3, 2018, 8:41 pm On January 8, 2009, it was a diplomat in the Indian High Commission who phoned me and said that Lasantha Wickremetunga had been ‘shot dead’. I was out of Colombo at the time and was not able to go to the Kalubowila hospital where he had been brought following the attack. I was one of those who had a personal debt to Lasantha which I was never able to repay. Later at the Barney Raymond’s funeral parlour where Lasantha’s remains lay before being taken to his house in Battaramulla, Sarath... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/03/18)

Lifting the glyphosate ban
Editorial Courtesy The Island
The reported decision of the National Economic Council (NEC) to lift the ban on glyphosate, a weedicide that was widely used in this country previously, though not yet officially communicated to those concerned nor formally gazetted will no doubt be widely welcomed, mostly by the tea industry. Plantation Industries Minister Navin Dissanayake went on record when the ill-advised ban was first imposed several months ago that he hoped to have it lifted. But he did not succeed in his endavour and the tea industry, beset by labour shortages that made expensive manual weeding near impossible, had... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/03/18)

The Good Karma Hospital, ITV
For series two of Tiger Aspect’s India-set hospital drama, freshening things up without losing what made the show a hit is key for the producers. Olly Grant reports from the Sri Lanka set Unawatuna, Sri Lanka: It’s 30°C in the shade and Tiger Aspect’s Lucy Bedford has just taken a breather in the garden of the Good Karma Hospital. From here, the view takes in a tuk-tuk, some chapatis cooking on a hotplate and a skittish chipmunk – though it’s not always clear where the line between set-dressing and real life begins. “Yesterday there was a huge monitor lizard on set,” Bedford muses.... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 03/03/18)

UNP Desperados Want Sarath Frankenstein to Save Them from SLPP Steamroller
Dilrook Kannangara
Desperate times call for desperate action. This is what is going inside the panicky heads of UNP desperados. They want SF to take over the law and order ministry and stop the SLPP steamroller that is racing to flatten the UNP. Little they realize, SF is not UNP leaders' boytoy (pun intended). He is far more seasoned and tough to be anyone's darling or pawn. He has his own agenda. For the benefit of those who suffer two-weeks amnesia, SF demanded UNP leadership in 2009 and 2010. He even moved into Opposition Leader's official residence in... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/03/18)

රනිල්, මලික්‌, වික්‍රම, චන්දිමාල් ‘මහපොළ’ටත් වැඩේ දීලා… බැදුම්කර මගඩියට සමවෙයි..
lanka C news
බැඳුම්කර වංචාවට සමාන මූල්‍ය වංචාවක්‌ මහපොළ භාරකාර අරමුදලේත් සිදුව ඇතැයි පෙරටුගාමී සමාජවාදී පක්‍ෂයේ ලේකම් පුබුදු ජයගොඩ මහතා පැවසීය. ශිෂ්‍ය සුබසාධනය වෙනුවෙන් පිහිටුවා තිබෙන මහපොළ භාරකාර අරමුදලේ සිදුවී තිබෙන බරපතළ මූල්‍ය වංචාව සම්බන්ධයෙන් නෛතික ක්‍රියාමාර්ග ගත යුතු බවත් අඩු ආදායම්ලාභී පවුල්වල දරුවන්ගේ උසස්‌ අධ්‍යාපනය හදාරන සිසුන් සඳහා වෙන් වුණු මුදල් මෙසේ වංචා කිරීම සම්බන්ධව වර්තමාන ආණ්‌ඩුව සෘජුව වගකිව යුතු බවත් පුබුදු ජයගොඩ මහතා සඳහන් කළේය. පෙරටුගාමී සමාජවාදී පක්‍ෂ මූලස්‌ථානයේ 28 වැනිදා පැවැති මාධ්‍ය හමුවේදී එසේ කී පුබුදු ජයගොඩ මහතා වැඩිදුරටත් මෙසේද පැවසීය. මහපොළ භාරකාර අරමුදල ආරම්භයේ සිට මේ දක්‌වාම මහපොළ භාරකාර අරමුදලේ පනතින්ම අයත්ව තිබුණේ වෙළෙඳ අමාත්‍යාංශයටයි.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/03/18)

What a nightmare it was
By Dr.Tilak S. Fernando Courtesy Ceylon Today
After listening to many TV discussions and analyses on the latest Cabinet reshuffle of the 'Yahapalanaya', following the well-defined message given to the Unity Government by the voters during the February local council elections, Udaya had gone to bed with weary sleepy eyes. He could hardly finish his bedtime prayers, he says, that he felt as if he was being lifted-up, from his bed, by an unforeseen force. He had started floating up in the air, aided by two winged angels, hanging on to them like a bat. At that moment, he... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/03/18)

DEVELOPMENT OF BOAT BUILDING INDUSTRY AND DELAYS BY TRC
Dr Sarath Obeysekera
Chairman Export Development Board DEVELOPMENT OF BOAT BUILDING INDUSTRY AND DELAYS BY TRC Dear Madam , Walkers Colombo Shipyard Ltd , has been successful in attracting boat building orders for local as well as foreign clients .Our operation in Galle and Trincomalee is also actively involved in building and repair fishing vessels for local and foreign customers . Currently we are building two numbers Tug boats to be used during our repair operations. These tugs will be used in coastal area for communication with vessels hence related equipment should be installed on board. Any import... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/03/18)

The Weaponization of Social Media
This is The Corbett Report.
Now openly admitted, governments and militaries around the world employ armies of keyboard warriors to spread propaganda and disrupt their online opposition. Their goal? To shape public discourse around global events in a way favourable to their standing military and geopolitical objectives. Their method? The Weaponization of Social Media. https://youtu.be/0dL8vt1n-f8... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/03/18)

සටන් විරාමය අත්හරින්න යලි සටනට පිවිසෙන්න.
චන්ද්‍රසේන පණ්ඩිතගේ විසිනි
මහා සටනක් මේ රට තුල සිදුවෙමින් පවතී.  පරසතුරන්ට එරෙහිව මේ සිදුවෙන අරගලය. තුල අපිට නොපෙනෙන මහා බලවේගයක් පරසතුරන් වෙනුවෙන් පෙනී සිටින අතර, අපිට පෙනෙන පරසතුරු කැල, ප්‍රබලත්වයෙන් චන්ද්‍රිකා කුමාරතුංග, රනිල් වික්‍රමසිංහ හා මෛත්‍රිපාල සිරිසේන යන ත්‍රිත්වයෙන් සමන්විතය. ඊට අමතරව පරසතුරන්ට ඉතා නින්දිත ආකාරයට රට විනාශ කිරීමේ කාර්යයට,  අනුර කුමාර දිසානායක  ප්‍රමුඛ  ජනතා විමුක්ති පෙරමුණෙහි දායකත්ව නොමද ලබා ගැනීමටද  සතුරා සමත්ව සිටි. මේ සටන ප්‍රජාතන්ත්‍රවාදී  ක්‍රමයේ හුරතල්වෙන හා හුරතල් කරන සටනක් නොව, සැබෑ සතුරන් අතර සිදුවෙන  මරාගෙන මැරෙන සටනක් බව අපි දනිමු.  එහි දරුණු භාවය තීව්‍ර කිරීමේ කාර්යය සම්බන්ධව වගකීම, මේ පවතින රජය  සම්පුර්ණයෙන්ම බාරගත යුතුය. පවතින... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/03/18)

ALL LIES: The 1956 ‘Sinhala Only’ Act is NOT the root cause of ethnic tensions in Sri Lanka
There are some major misconceptions being floated even by learned academics & political pundits without putting facts & timelines in perspective. The Official Language Act of 1956 (which was to come into effect in 1964) returned the status of Sinhala language that the 3 colonial invaders usurped upon their arrival in 1505. Tamil was never an official language either before or during colonial rule to claim denial of what they never enjoyed. The much hyped about Bandaranaike-Chelvanayagam Pact in July 1957 (which was immediately annulled) Tamil leaders agreed to continue to keep Sinhala as the Official Language but wanted to... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 03/03/18)

The Jumbo Crisis facing Ranil and UNP
By Lucien Rajakarunanayake Courtesy The Island
March 2, 2018, 10:06 pm "Ali Alleema" – the Catching of Elephants – was a humorous piece by famous comedian Eddie Jayamanne in the old days of gramophone record entertainment. We have gone through the vast tragedy of the last Elephant Kraal, and the related song of the "Panamurey Eth Raaja", which still brings sad memories. There is much concern today about the plight of the elephants in our jungles, which are being rapidly depleted without much-needed protection and the hunt for elephant tusks and ivory, and there is growing concern about the treatment... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/03/18)

Who masterminded the Central Bank gang robbery and who helped Mahendran to leave the country and abscond in hiding?
Sudath Gunasekara
2.3. 2018 Arjun Mahendran has left the country and now he is absconding. Now that he was not found in Singapore where is he? Is he hiding in UK, USA or in the moon as planned? Probably Ranil will know best. I believe he will never come back and he will escape the Sri Lankan law. Then what next? Are we going to leave it at that? What plans the President has up his sleeves if he has any, I doubt? On whom are we going to fix responsibility regarding this mega robbery which has completely ruined... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/03/18)

Govt yet to decide on CCEM
Dr Sarath Obeysekera
 Ceylon Today …….. “The Government is yet to take a final decision on the Cabinet Committee on Economic Management (CCEM) headed by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.It was earlier reported that President Maithripala Sirisena had disbanded the said Committee.Addressing the weekly Cabinet media briefing yesterday (28), Co-Cabinet Spokesman, Dr. Rajitha Senaratne denied such reports.He added that although a few suggestions were made in this regard during the Cabinet meeting held on 27 February, no final decision had been taken regarding...... the fate of the CCEM. He said that one of the suggestions was for the CCEM to... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/03/18)

 "තඹුත්තේගම ගොවි උද්ඝෝෂණයට පහරදීම හෙළා දකිනවා " - බාහිරින් පැමිණි පිරිසක් කළහකාරී ලෙස හැසිරුණු බවට සැක
මාධ්‍ය නිවේදනය  මාධ්‍ය ඒකකය ශ්‍රී ලංකා මානව හිමිකම් කේන්ද්‍රය
තඹුත්තේගම පැවති ගොවි උද්ඝෝෂණය පහරදී මර්ධනය කිරීමට උත්සහ දැරීම සහ උද්ඝෝෂකයින් අත් අඩංගුවට ගැනීම තරයේ හෙළා දකින බව ශ්‍රී ලංකා මානව හිමිකම් කේන්ද්‍රය පවසයි.  එමෙන්ම මෙම ගොවි උද්ඝෝෂණය අතරතුරදී   පොලිසියට සහ රථවාහන වලට පහරදීමේ සිදුවීම පිළිබඳව දැඩිව අවධානය යොමු කළ යුතු බව ශ්‍රී ලංකා මානව හිමිකම් කේන්ද්‍රයේ විධායක අධ්‍යක්ෂ කීර්ති තෙන්නකෝන්  සඳහන් කරයි. මෙම උද්ඝෝෂණය  අතරතුරදී සුදු ටීෂර්ට් වලින් සැරසුනු පිරිසක් පොලිසියට පහරදීම සහ  දේපල හානි කිරීම සිදුකර ඇති බව ශ්‍රී ලංකා මානව හිමිකම් කේන්ද්‍රයේ නිරීක්ෂණය වී තිබේ. මෙම උද්ඝෝෂණය සංවිධානය කළ ගොවි නායකයින් ශ්‍රී ලංකා මානව හිමිකම් කේන්ද්‍රය වෙත පැවසූවේ  සුදු ටී ෂර්ට් හැඳි පිරිස තමන්... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/03/18)

අද ඉතිහාසයේ මහා පාවාදීමේ දිනයයි.. හේතුව මෙන්න..- මහින්ද විශේෂ හෙළිදරවුවක..
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ජනාධිපති මෛත‍්‍රිපාල සිරිසේන මහතා විසින් අතුරුදහන් වූවන් සෙවීමේ කාර්යාලය සදහා පත් කර ඇති කොමසාරිස්වරුන් සම්බන්ධයෙන් හිටපු ජනාධිපති මහින්ද රාජපක්‍ෂ මහතා දැඩි විරෝධය පල කරයි. හමුදාව යුද අපරාධ කලේ යයි දැනටමත් ප‍්‍රසිද්ධියේ ප‍්‍රකාශ කල අය හා එක්සත් ජාතික පක්‍ෂ ක‍්‍රියාකාරීන් පිරිසක් ඒ සදහා පත් කර තිබීමෙන්ම පෙනී යන්නේ හොරාගෙ අම්මගෙන් පේන අහනවා වගේ වැඩක් යයිද ඔහු පවසයි. මාර්තු 02 වැනිදාවක 1818 මහා පාවාදීම සිදු වූ බවත් අද දිනයේද මාර්තු 02 වැනිදා එවන් මහා පාවාදීමක් සිදු කර ඇතැයිද රාජපක්‍ෂ මහතා වැඩි දුරටත් සදහන් කරයි. https://youtu.be/xU9jK_AaOtg... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/03/18)

India wasn’t interested in SL’s development projects: Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa
Courtesy The Daily Mirror
Former President and MP Mahinda Rajapaksa has said that India was not interested in building ports and highway projects in Sri Lanka when it was first offered, the Hindu said. In response to a question on increasing interest from China in Sri Lankan projects, Mr. Rajapaksa has told reporters in Bengaluru on Wednesday on his return from Tirupathi that Sri Lanka offered development projects including ports and highways to India first. “However, somehow they were interested in building the port at Hambantota. The government did not want it at that time because it was war time I think. What... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/03/18)

Ex-President Mahinda Rajapaksa criticizes electoral system
BY W.K. Prasad Manju Courtesy Ceylon Today
The possibility made available to candidates who forfeit their deposits to be selected as members of the local bodies is a clear manifestation that the new election system is unfair and anomalous, said ex-President Mahinda Rajapaksa. Hence with a view to eliminate these irregularities, all political parties should ensure that these anomalies are eliminated, he added. "Any political party that wins is entitled to rule, and the representatives should be appointed in accordance with that. It is the failed group which is creating impediments. Therefore, everyone must remember that the masses are fully... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/03/18)

RAJITHA’S faux pass
RANJITH SOYSA
We read the sensational , yet the unbelievable statement of Yahapalnaya Minister and the Cabinet spokesman (!!!), Rajitha Senaratne that this government had not co-sponsored Geneva Resolution 30/1 (Island 1 March) .Given below is an extract from US State Department  website in which then Secretary of State ,USA praised Sri Lanka for co-sponsoring the resolution for truth ,justice, reparation, transitional justice etc Will the minister issue a confirmation advising the cynical public that US Secretary Kerry's statement  was in fact a fiddle.de.dee.? Statement by Secretary Kerry: Resolution on Sri Lanka at the 30th Session of the UN Human... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/03/18)

The Sinhalese Princess Padmavati: A Real Or Fictional Character?
Roel Raymond   Courtesy  roar.media
Sanjay Leela Bhansali's 'Padmaavat' (changed from the previously named 'Padmavati' following protests in India), is in cinemas in Colombo and is a tale of love, honour, valour, dignity, and sacrifice. A Rajput king falls in love with a 'Singhal' (presumably Sinhalese, but definitely Sri Lankan) princess, and takes her back with him to Chittor, where their love withstands the greed of a Khilji sultan. While the movie is based on a 1540 CE poem written by Sufi poet Malik Muhammad Jayasi, it deviates from the original text in many areas: in the poem, a talking parrot 'Hiraman' tells Rajput king Ratan Sen of the Singhal princess... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/03/18)

මහාචාර්ය රාජ් සෝමදේව මහතාගේ කැණීම් තහනම් කරයි -සිංහල සංගේදම
සිංහල සංගේදම
මේ වනාහී කලියුගයේ ආරම්භය නොවේ. කලියුගයම වන්නේය. මහාචාර්ය රාජ් සෝමදේව වනාහී ඊනියා බටහිර පුරාවිද්‍යා පර්යේෂණ සම්ප්‍රදායන් සමග ගොඩනැගුණු, එහෙත් ඉමක් කොනක් නොපෙනෙන අපේ මහා ඉතිහාසය පිරික්සන්නට නම් අපේම පර්යේෂණ ක්‍රමවේද අවශ්‍යයැයි සිතා ඒවා ප්‍රවේසමෙන් නිර්මාණය කරමින්, ඉතිහාසය සිසාරා ඇවිදින්නෙකි. හාල් හුණ්ඩුවෙන් සේරුවෙන් මැනිය යුතුමය. අපේම ක්‍රමවේදයක් නොමැතිව අපේ ඉතිහාසය පිරික්සීමෙන් ඊනියා බටහිර මිණුම් දඬු වල ආනුභවික සාමාන්‍යකරණයන්ට හසු නොවන බොහෝ ඉතිහාස කතා වැලලී යන්නට පුලුවන.  අප මිත්‍ර මහාචාර්ය සෝමදේවයක් සිංහල සංගේදම සමග ඇති ශාස්ත්‍රීය ගණුදෙනුව බොහෝ පැරණිය. එනිසාම අප එතුමාගේ පර්යේෂණ හා වැදගත් අනාවරණ ගැන නිතර සෙවිල්ලෙන් විමසිල්ලෙන් පසුවන්නෙමු. වරෙක එතුමා බලංගොඩ ඉලුක්කුඹුරේ ගල්ලෙනක කැනීම් කරද්දී... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/03/18)

Tirupati Sarana
Lionel Rajapakse
Former President Mahinda Rajapakse has gone to a Pooja at Tirupati Kovil in India again! Is this good news or bad news? Is it going to have a positive or negative effect in voter’s minds? Some people might say this is nothing to do with his politics and it is a personal matter. Is it? This may be good news for a minority of people who have a blind faith in god. How about the majority who thinks openly and rationally? Is this a message for them to indicate Mahinda hasn’t changed? I am sure people who... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/03/18)

The Phantom Limb Experience and its analogy in Tamil Politics
R Chandrasoma
With the rise of vehicular traffic in congested road-systems, accidents are common and the injuries incurred are often horrific. Amputation of a whole limb is not uncommon and such 'amputees' are restored to good health except that there are bereft of a part of the body that was once intimately tied to their personhood. After a complete recovery, the victim feels unusual twitches and pains in the non-existent appendage – called a 'Phantom Limb'. The victim senses pain in a limb that does not exist – he says that it (the phantom limb) is being 'twisted' by... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/03/18)

පළාත් පාලන පණතේ විකෘතිය සහ බල අරගලයේ ප්‍රකෘතිය
මතුගම සෙනෙවිරුවන්
සමානුපාතක නියෝජනය හඳුන්වා දෙමින් මැතිවරණ පැවැත්වීමේ ඉතිහාසය අසූව දශකය තුළින් ඇරඹුණකි. ගම්සභා ක්‍රමය වෙනස් කරමින් දෙමළ බෙදුම්වාදීන් සතුටු කිරීමට ගත් උත්සාහයක් ලෙසට දිස්ත්‍රික් සංවර්ධන සභා ක්‍රමය ගෙන ආයේ එක්සත් ජාතික පක්ෂයයි. වැඩිකලක් යන්නට මත්තෙන් එයද අසාර්ථක උත්සාහයක් බව තේරුම් ගෙන ග්‍රා මෝද මණ්ඩල ක්‍රමය හඳුන්වා දුනි. පසුව මේ සියළු බලතල එකක් යටතට ගෙන ඒමේ ක්‍රමයක් ලෙසට ප්‍රා දේශීය සභා පණත 1987 දී සම්මත කරගන්නා ලදී.මනාප පොරය ඇරඹුණේ එලෙසයි.සමස්ත බල ප්‍ර දේශයම ආවරණය කරගනිමින් ග්‍රාම රජ්‍යක් නිර්මාණය කිරීම එහි අරමුණ වුවද පක්ෂ දේශපාලකයන්ගේ මැතිවරණ කලාපයක් ලෙසට එම ක්‍රමය විකෘති විය.ගමේ මන්ත්‍රී වරුන් කොන්ත්‍රාත් පස්සේ දුවන පිරිසක් බවටද චන්ඩිකම්... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/03/18)

The low down of the low-and-odour government
BY MALINDA SENEVIRATNE
Law and Order. This seems to be the one thing that the yahapalana government has cottoned onto in the aftermath of the election rout. And I don’t mean that in a good way.  The United National Party in particular has climbed down and fast from grand pronouncements of victory (no less!). Party bigwigs bragged about going solo (i.e. shedding the SLFP), then acknowledged defeat. The party leader himself said that the people had rejected the party’s  programme and vowed to correct flaws (which ones, he did not say). The UNP eventually reconciled to continue the bedding arrangement... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/03/18)

A dangerous hyperloop
Editorial Courtesy The Island
It is reported that ‘serial entrepreneur’ Elon Musk is planning to build a hyperloop between Washington DC and New York to enable a trip between the two cities in less than half an hour. Amidst what has come to be known as the tubular tizzy Musk’s futuristic vision has generated, comes the news of a hyperloop project in Sri Lanka, of all places. It is the brainchild of none other than Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe. There is a difference, though. Musk is all out to facilitate swift transportation and Wickremesinghe fast borrowing. The yahapalana government has... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/03/18)

Public Sector Leadership for the 21st Century
Asanga Abeyagoonasekera
Asanga Abeyagoonasekera visiting Professor at Northern Kentucky University for Geopolitics ,Global Leadership and the Director General of the Institute of National Security Studies Sri Lanka(INSSSL) was invited to speak at the prestigious American Society for Public Administration (ASPA) ,Greater Cincinnati Chapter and to the Northern Kentucky University Master of Public Administration Students on 20th February 2018. Drawing his 13 years of experience in the Government Prof.Abeyagoonasekera spoke on the topic of “Public Sector Leadership for the 21st Century”. Following is an abstract of his speech. Let me begin with the great musician Leonard Bernstein who spoke few... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/03/18)

පවතින රජය මෙතරම් පරාජයකට ගෙනයාමට හේතු වූ “මාගේ කියවීම” මැයෙන් වෘත්තීයවේදියෙකුගේ අදහස්.
මැතිවරණය ගැන “මගේ කියවීම” By Dr. Ishantha Siribaddana – Chairman Java Institute for Advanced Technology
පහත දැක්වෙන්නේ Java Institute for Advanced Technology හි සභාපති ආචාර්ය ඉශාන්ත සිරිබද්දන මහතා විසින් “මාගේ කියවීම” මැයෙන් පළ කළ ලිපියකි.  පවතින රජය මෙතරම් පරාජයකට ගෙනයාමට හේතු වූ “මාගේ කියවීම” සකස් කිරීමේදී ඇසට පෙනෙන්න තිබෙන කනට ඇසෙන කරුණු කාරණා මත තම තීරණ ගන්නා සාමාන්‍ය මහජනතාව හා යම් උගත් කමක් ඇති දත්ත තොරතුරු හා සංඛ්‍යා මත තීරණ ගන්නා විචාරශීලී මහජනතාව ලෙස කොටස් දෙකකට වෙන්කර ගනී. සාමාන්‍ය මහජනයාගේ විරෝධයට හේතූන් … ගමේ ජනතාවගේ සියලු මූලික අවශ්‍යතා ඉටු කරගැනීමට ඇති ප්‍රාදේශීය සභා වැඩපිළිවෙල මුළුමුනින්ම අඩාල... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/03/18)

Sri Lankan government yet to resolve its internal contradictions
Courtesy NewsIn.Asia
Colombo, February 28 (The Citizen):  Political instability continues to plague the Sri Lankan National Unity Government, despite vigorous efforts by President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe to patch up the differences and continue the “Good Governance” regime till the next parliamentary elections in August 2020. In addition to inter-party differences (between Sirisena’s Sri Lanka Freedom Party and Wickremesinghe’s United National Party) there are equally strong intra-party differences. The SLFP is divided into two groups, one loyal to President Sirisena and the other loyal to former President and former SLFP chief, Mahinda Rajapaksa, who is... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/03/18)

Trickery, treachery and trajectory
By Faizer Shaheid Courtesy Ceylon Today
An air of melancholy shrouds the paradise isle in the anticlimactic aftermath of the Local Government polls. The euphoria surrounding the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) camp has diminished now that it has become clear the Government is unwilling to yield. Yet, in spite of a demoralizing defeat, and in the wake of an impending spate of elections, the incumbent Government has chosen to continue with petty political skulduggery. Of all things come and gone, a change of Prime Minister was needed. President Maithripala Sirisena... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/03/18)

State of the Nation – Part Three Oh! Privatization
By Padraig Colman Courtesy Ceylon Today
It was interesting to note that the first condition laid down by Mahinda Rajapaksa for cooperating with the government was that there was to be no further privatization of State-owned enterprises. On my recent visit to London I was able to see at first hand the effects on the lives of ordinary citizens of the mania for privatization, public-private finance initiatives and outsourcing. The first Thatcher administration successfully introduced a degree of privatization in some large public-sector companies, above all British Aerospace and Cable &... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/03/18)

State of the Nation Part Two Nepotism in the UK
By Padraig Colman Courtesy Ceylon Today
Last week, I wrote about my personal impressions of London and the UK on my first visit for over eleven years. Two RLFs (Real Life Friends) commented. One said he was sick of hearing about Brexit. I had not mentioned Brexit in the article – most of the problems I observed go back many decades but will no doubt be exacerbated by Brexit. The second RLF said he loved the cosmopolitan atmosphere of London. So do I. He thought that foreigners were attracted to Britain... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/03/18)

State of the Nation
By Padraig Colman Courtesy Ceylon Today
Just before last Christmas I had to fly to London urgently because of a family bereavement. I had not been out of Sri Lanka for over eleven years and was somewhat trepidatious about how I would cope. I had heard scary stories about people on motorcycles driving by and grabbing mobile phones. I had read in the press of a craze for throwing acid in the faces of strangers. I had lived in London for over 16 years and mainly loved it but now it seemed... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/03/18)

EU is a racist bloc of Nations seen by refusal to accept Turkey as EU member
Turkey’s denial for full EU membership a case that has been going on for 30 years is a lesson to other non-European nations like India, Japan, South Korea that loves to go behind the West functioning as their lapdogs and being their loyal strategic partners believing that the EU considers them on par with them. That is not so, it is unlikely to be ever so and it is nothing but wishful thinking. Turkey has been very loyal to the West but Turkey cannot or is not even been considered for full EU membership and that reveals much and exposes... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 01/03/18)


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