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News Archive for Mar 2019

AIADMK probe
Asoka Weerasinghe  Kings Grove Crescent. Gloucester. Ontario .K1J 6G1. Canada
28 March 2019 Chief Minister Hon. Edappadi K. Palaniswami Office of the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu Veda Nilayam 81/36  Poes Garden Chennai -600 086 Tamil Nadu India. Cc:Michelle Bachelet, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights       UNHRC, Geneva       Lord Naseby, House of Lords, Westminster, London, UK       Tilak Marapana, Sri Lanka's Minister of Foreign Affairs. Sri Lanka. Dear Chief Minister: ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 31/03/19)

Carbon dating report: TNA, Geneva unable to stomach US lab contradicting false claims
By Shamindra Ferdinando Courtesy The Island
Udaya Gammanpila Pivithuru Hela Urumaya (PHU) leader Udaya Gammanpila, MP, yesterday said that former Northern Province Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswarazn’s rejection of scientific findings of Beta Analytic Institute of Florida, USA, in respect of samples of skeletal remains sent from the Mannar mass grave site, underscored the difficulties in post-war national reconciliation process. Attorney-at-law Gammanpila said that he was really shocked by the stand taken up by the retired Supreme Court judge. Responding to a query, MP Gammanpila alleged that members of the four-party... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 31/03/19)

Budget deficit-unscientific solutions
By Prof. O. A. Ileperuma Courtesy The Island
The budget 2019 reports a massive 2000-billion-rupee deficit. This is going to affect the man on the street via taxes, both direct and indirect and cause severe economic hardships to ordinary people. Combined with the depreciation of the rupee, prices of all consumer items will increase. This budget is full of rhetoric but no substance. Massive handouts in the form of building toilets, houses and other welfare programmes will certainly add to inflation. This budget lacks even a single project where national productivity can be enhanced. It is only through... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 31/03/19)

‘Investment in Lankan oil plant is at a very preliminary stage’
 Bharani Vaitheesvaran, ET Bureau
The proposed refinery near the Hambantota port is the largest foreign direct investment project in Sri Lanka. By Bharani Vaitheesvaran, ET Bureau|Read more at://economictimes.indiatimes.com/articleshow/68641214.cms?utm_source=contentofinterest&utm_medium=text&utm_campaign=cppst... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 31/03/19)

As ‘Snowden angels’ start new life in Canada, other asylum seekers in Hong Kong are filled with greater anxiety, hope
Raquel Carvalho  Courtesy SCMP.com
Former soldier Ajith Pushpakumara and a family of four from Sri Lanka hope to regain their freedom soonThey had all sheltered Edward Snowden when he was in Hong Kong Ajith Pushpakumara, a Sri Lankan refugee who sheltered Edward Snowden. Photo: Edward WongWhen Ajith Pushpakumara, an asylum seeker from Sri Lanka in Hong Kong, hears the word “Canada”, his smile turns wider and his brown eyes brighter. That word isn’t just the name of a country, it means hope to him – an apparently distant and yet tenable possibility.He is one of... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 31/03/19)

Sri Lankan-backed Hungarian Airline Taxiing for Takeoff
Robin Marshall Budapest Business Journal A Sri Lankan-based company with a 50-year history in tourism is launching what it calls “the newest Hungarian airline to take to the skies”: RonanAir. “RonanAir is a scheduled Hungarian airline set to commence operations in summer 2019,” Rihaab Mowlana, media & marketing consultant for the company told the Budapest Business Journal. “Initial phases will see RonanAir fly to approximately 11 European destinations, and consecutive phases will eventually include Asia, the Middle East and the Americas.” Although no schedule has yet been published, the airline’s website (ronanair.com) lists... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 31/03/19)

Chronic kidney disease of undetermined causes, described originally in Central America and Sri Lanka
BARCELONA INSTITUTE FOR GLOBAL HEALTH (ISGLOBAL) Courtesy  Eurekalert
 E-MAIL IMAGE: CHRONIC KIDNEY DISEASE OF UNDETERMINED CAUSES (CKDU) IS ALSO PRESENT IN INDIA, PARTICULARLY IN SOUTHERN RURAL AREAS. view more CREDIT: NANDHU KHUMAR / UNSPLASH Chronic kidney disease of undetermined causes (CKDu), initially reported among agricultural communities in Central America and Sri Lanka, is also present in India, particularly in Southern rural areas, and could be common in other tropical and subtropical rural settings. These are the main conclusions of a new study published in BMJ Open and in which the Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal), an institution supported by... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 31/03/19)

OMAN OIL CONSIDERS UP TO 30% STAKE IN SRI LANKAN REFINERY
Muscat Daily staff writer
MUSCAT -  Clarifying Oman’s intention to invest and participate in a large oil refinery project in Sri Lanka, H E Dr Mohammed bin Hamad al Rumhi, Minister of Oil and Gas has said that Oman Oil Company is considering the feasibility of participation in the Sril Lankan project. In a statement to Oman News Agency H E Rumhi said the sultanate, represented by Oman Oil Company, is currently considering the feasibility of participation of up to 30 per cent share of this oil refinery project. Sri Lanka last... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 31/03/19)

Fraudsters and corrupted will be punished under my term – Mahinda
Courtesy Adaderana
People who commit fraud and take commissions will be punished severely during his administration, says Opposition Leader Mahinda Rajapaksa. He pointed out that the incumbent government is responsible for the prevailing crisis in the country. He mentioned this following an event held in Welimada area today (31). Meanwhile, addressing a function held at Balangoda earlier today, he said that the public has been oppressed due to the administration of the current government without any proper management. Stating the current government runs the country without any management, focusing only... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 31/03/19)

How our water becomes Power, is sold in Rupees, but profits go out in $: Our Debt increases
by Garvin Karunaratne
Sri Lanka is a country which is rich in resources. Sadly we, our leaders, do not realize that we can develop these resources and save our foreign exchange. Even our water in our streams is being converted to foreign exchange and is being sent abroad as profits by multinationals. In the Papers (the LBO) it is reported that a Japanese Firm is investing a million dollars on a mini hydro plant at Eratna in Ratnapura. It means that the waters of the Kalu Ganga will be used to generate power and sold to... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 31/03/19)

Recall Azeez, arrest Mano Tittawela: SB Dissanayaka
Sudath Gunasekara 29.3.2019.
What SB says here has good sense, although often it does not? As I was listening to the news when the President was referring to the Geneva Ambassadors action, I told the same thing to my wife. I think the time has come for the President to talk less and act more. At least now he should act. Then only people will admire him and they will feel that they have a President in this country and they will stop calling him NATO (no action talks only) Sirisena and again will begin to call him... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 31/03/19)

Sri Lanka Land Reclamation Corp to buy dredger for sea sand mining News Item,,,
Dr Sarath Obeysekera
Mar 27, 2019 19:23 PM GMT+0530 | 0 Comment(s) ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka Land Reclamation & Development Corporation is to buy a dredger to mine sand from the deep sea to meet the requirements of the construction industry, the state information office said.Sea sand now meets about 10 percent of the local requirement for building construction, it said in a statement. But with construction activity expected to increase in future, more sea sand dredging would be required to meet the growing demand. A proposal to buy a dredger for the Land Reclamation... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 31/03/19)

YAHAPALANA AND CORRUPTION Part 3D
KAMALIKA  PIERIS
Revised 1.4.19 Yahapalana reacted strongly against the bond scam investigation. Yahapalana tried to use influence to  cover up the bond scam.  The Auditor General was told by Prime Minister  that the AG’s calculations of the  loss  from the bond scam was all wrong. UNP tried to move court to prevent the release of the first COPE committee report. Footnotes were added to the second COPE report saying that no fraud had taken place. UNP State Minister Sujeewa Senasinghe wrote a book stating that no fraud had taken place at the bond auctions. A spate... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 31/03/19)

Visas-on-arrival and visa-free travel now possible for in-bound tourists-minister
Dr Sarath Obeysekera
March 29, 2019, 7:54 pm From left MD CDC Events & travels ( Pvt). Ltd.Imran Hassen, Harith Perera, Minister John Amaratunga, Kishu Gomes, Chairman, Sancharaka Udawa 2019, Nishad Wijetunga Pic by Samana Ranaweera By Steve A. Morrell Visa – on – arrival and visa – free travel in Sri Lanka are now possible for all in-bound tourists, Minister of Tourism Development, Wildlife and Chistian Religious Affairs, John Amaratunga said. Hurrah ,Finally politicians have understood the necessity . There are few other steps... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 31/03/19)

THE REIGN OF MAHINDA RAJAPAKSE (4)
This essay carries four statements made by Mahinda Rajapaksa STATEMENT NO 1 “YAHAPALANA GOVERNMENT” (Island 9.1.18)    In a statement issued to media on 9.1.18 the former President said: On 9 January 2018, the so-called Yahapalana government completes three years in office. During this short period they have created numerous crises running through virtually every sector in Sri Lanka. The main subject of public discussion today is the bond scam and the attempts being made by the Yahapalana leaders to sweep it under the carpet. We are awaiting the release of the full... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 31/03/19)

Sumanthiran’s threat to establish a criminal tribunal
By Udaya P Gammanpila Courtesy Ceylon Today
MP M.A. Sumanthiran recently threatened in Parliament to take the Sri Lankan Government before an International Criminal Tribunal unless it establishes a hybrid justice system to inquire into war crime allegations. A hybrid justice system means participation of foreigners as judges, prosecutors and investigators. In a criminal investigation, Police Officers conduct the investigation and collect evidence and witnesses. Usually, the Attorney General prosecutes the defendants in Courts. Judges deliver judgments after hearing both sides. Tamil separatists demand to get foreign Police Officers, prosecutors and Judges involved in inquiring war... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 31/03/19)

Deal for new Sri Lanka oil refinery will take at least a year to finalize – investor
Courtesy NewsIn.Asia
New Delhi/Colombo, March 29 (Reuters): An agreement to build a proposed $3.85 billion oil refinery in Sri Lanka will take at least a year to be finalized as its main investor, India’s Accord Group, says it is yet to recruit partners and conduct an assessment of the plan’s viability. The comments add to confusion about the project, which was announced last week by the Sri Lankan government as the nation’s largest single foreign direct investment ever, but has since been the subject of conflicting statements by various parties. Accord’s Chairman S Jagatrakshakan,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 31/03/19)

Grade Five Scholarship Examination
- Kumari Courtesy Ceylon Today
The question in the minds of the teaching fraternity and parents of children around the age of ten, island-wide, is: Is it on or is it out? Is the Grade Five Scholarship Examination scrapped or is it going to be held this year too. (At the time of writing 27 March) The confusion is justified. The President announces one action; education officials seem to pronounce another; the President was shown on TV news to emphatically and definitely say that he has decided to scrap the examination for these... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 30/03/19)

Patricia Butenis and Paul Carter: American Duality
Prof. Rajiva Wijesinha Courtesy Ceylon Today
Given what Dayan had told me about what the Americans were up to, given too that Bob Blake, who had been more positive about us previously than the British, had changed and explained that this was because he now served a different administration, I was wary about the new Ambassador, Patricia Butenis. And the first time I saw her in action seemed to justify this, for she was clearly plotting with the EU Ambassador, Julian Wilson, a crafty creature, and Mr Sambanthan, the leader of the Tamil National Alliance.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 30/03/19)

Labour abuse exposed
By Lisa Fuller Courtesy Ceylon Today
Plantations in Sri Lanka that supply tea stamped slavery-free to top global companies are under investigation by ethical label groups, after an expose found illegal wage deductions that have left some workers ill and unable to afford healthcare. An investigation by the Thomson Reuters Foundation found some workers at tea estates, certified by Rainforest Alliance and Fairtrade, were  taking home as little as 26 Sri Lankan Rupees (14 US cents) a day after fees and deductions levied without consent. Wage slips from 17 workers at nine Rainforest certified... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 30/03/19)

UN torture prevention body to visit Sri Lanka
Courtesy Adaderana
The United Nations Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture is set to carry out its first visit to Sri Lanka from 2 to 12 April to examine the treatment of people deprived of their liberty and the safeguards in place for their protection against torture and ill-treatment. The four-member delegation will meet government officials and hold discussions with relevant ministries, as well as meeting with the Human Rights Commission and civil society organizations, a press release said.  Their talks in Colombo will focus on advising and assisting the Sri Lankan authorities regarding the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 30/03/19)

Sri Lanka to set up more police units to ensure safety of tourists
Courtesy NewsIn.Asia
Colombo, March 28 (newsin.asia) – The Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA), on Thursday said it had launched 22 new police units in tourist areas across the island to ensure the safety of tourists and locals. In a statement, the SLTDA said that presently there were 11 tourist police units in the country and another 22 new Tourist Police Units had been established. Due to the lack of lands, the police units have been set up using containers in a small area of land. Locals and... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 30/03/19)

Watch a video and read about the iconic elephants of Sri Lanka
By Sisira Kumara/Lanka.com Courtesy NewsIn.Asia
Known as the pearl of the Indian Ocean, Sri Lanka is a wondrous island endowed with a plethora of resources such as an bundant biodiversity, rich culture, great history, varied landscapes and many more. However, when we talk about the wildlife of the island, it is the jumbos that come to mind at once. An iconic constituent of the country’s wildlife, elephants have over thousands of years been living in Sri Lanka where they have been revered for centuries. What’s more, it is Sri Lanka that cares for the world’s largest herd of... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 30/03/19)

YAHAPALANA AND CORRUPTION Part 3B
KAMALIKA  PIERIS
There were three sets of inquiry into the Central Bank bond scam, the Pitipana committee, the Presidential Commission of Inquiry   and the COPE inquiry. These bodies could only probe and make recommendations. They could not issue charges. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe appointed a three-member commission of lawyers, Gamini Pitipana (Chairman) Mahesh Kalugampitiya and Chandimal Mendis.  This committee was critiqued on two counts.  Firstly, they were dubbed UNP lawyers. They had been affiliated to the ruling UNP at one time or the other. Secondly, they knew nothing about the subject. A new committee with relevant... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 29/03/19)

YAHAPALANA AND CORRUPTION Part 3C
KAMALIKA  PIERIS
CID had been directed by the Commission of Inquiry, to probe links between Aloysius and the MPs who had added footnotes to the  COPE report on the Treasury bond scam. The investigation, conducted by the Criminal Investigation Department (CID), showed a spate of telephone conversations between Arjun Aloysius and some members of the COPE team that probed the bond scams. There were 227 with Sujeewa Senasinghe, 176 with Harshana Rajakaruna, 73 with Hector Appuhamy and 18   with Dayasiri Jayasekara.    Some at least, of these calls,   were taken during the COPE hearings. The CID... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 28/03/19)

Does increasing use of cell-phone and Wi-Fi radiation pose an increasing health risk?
Chandre Dharmawardana
A 2016 talk by an engineer which may be accessed at: (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F0NEaPTu9oI&feature=youtu.be) gives a “wake-up call” about-the danger of cell-phone use and Wi-Fi radiation. It is titled: https://youtu.be/F0NEaPTu9oI Wireless wake-up call | Jeromy Johnson | TEDxBerkeley A Silicon-valley engineer turned technology-health advocate, Jeromy Johnson discusses our attachment to technology. This video is  once again making the e-mail rounds. Some of you may have seen this before, and our discussion then. Such talks are found in the internet all the time. Of course, it is... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 28/03/19)

The Power Game: How we get bluffed
By Garvin Karunaratne
http://www.lankaweb.com/news/items/2016/12/23/the-power-game-how-we-get-bluffed/... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 28/03/19)

FIGHT AGAINST CORRUPTION - MR, RW, GR and MS etc all in bed together
Dr. Mahela Gunaratne
Suggestions for proper future candidates and a fight against corruption We Sri Lankans have become lost. 70 plus years after independence, having started off as one of the most prosperous nations in Asia, led by honest and decent gentleman such as the Father of our nation and educated visionary people during our early years as a free nation once more, we have now been reduced to an impoverished state run by the corrupt and for the corrupt only. Having had a neighbour finance terror against us, we now have spineless... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 28/03/19)

ග‍්‍රාමීය පාසල් දරුවන්ගේ අධ්‍යාපනය වෙනුවෙන් කැපවන ගුරු, විදුහල්පති දුෂ්කර දීමනා සම්බන්ධවයි
ලංකා ගුරුසේවා සංගමය - Ceylon Teachers' Services UnionSenaka Mahinda Jayasinghe
2019. 03. 28 ජනමාධ්‍ය නිවේදනයයි ගරු අධ්‍යාපන අමාත්‍ය, අකිල විරාජ් කාරියවසම් මහතා, අධ්‍යාපන අමාත්‍යංශය, ඉසුරුපාය, බත්තරමුල්ල. අමාත්‍යතුමණි, ග‍්‍රාමීය පාසල් දරුවන්ගේ අධ්‍යාපනය වෙනුවෙන් කැපවන ගුරු, විදුහල්පති දුෂ්කර දීමනා සම්බන්ධවයි දුෂ්කර ග‍්‍රාමීය පාසල් වල සේවයේ නියුතු ගුරුවරුන්ට හා විදුහල්පතිවරුන්ට මේ වන විට මසකට ගෙවනු ලබන රු: 1500 ක දුෂ්කර දීමනාව හා රු: 2500 ක දුෂ්කර දීමනාව ප‍්‍රමාණවත් පරිදි වැඩි කිරීමට වහා පියවර ගන්නා ලෙස ලංකා ගුරුසේවා සංගමය ඉතා  ඕනෑකමින් යුතුව ඉල්ලා සිටිමු. මෙම දීමනා මීට වසර ගණනාවකට පෙර ගෙවන ලද්දක් වන අතර වර්තමාන... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 28/03/19)

ජිනීවා තානාපතිවරයා වහාම මෙරටට ගෙන්වන්න -රනිල් වික්‍රමසිංහ කියන්නේ අගමැති තනතුරට පත්වුනු සෑම අවස්ථාවකම විධායක ජනාධිපතිවරයා නොසලකා කටයුතු කළ පුද්ගලයෙක්
අද (28) දින පැවැති මාධ්‍ය හමුව
නැවතත් ජාතික ආන්ඩුවක් බිහිවන සලකුණක්වත් නැහැ ශ්‍රී දරන්ට අවශ්‍ය කෙනා අපේ ජනාධිපති අපෙක්ෂකයා වෙන්නේ නැහැ පාර්ලිමේන්තු මන්ත්‍රී ජානක වක්කුඹුර මහතා  ජිනීවා හි තානාපති අෂීස් මහතා නැවතත් 30-1 යෝජනාවට අත්සන් කර නැවත වරක් මේ රට පාවාදෙන බව අපි පහුගිය කාලයේ දිගින් දිගටම ප්‍රකාශ කළා. වත්මන් මුදල් ඇමැතිවරයා විදේශ ඇමැතිවරයා සමයේදි මේ යෝජනාව හරහා රට පාවා දෙන බවත් අපි ප්‍රකාශ කළා. දැන් වත්මන් ජනාධිපති මෛත්‍රිපාල සිරිසේන මහතාම ප්‍රකාශ කරනවා රටත් හමුදාවත් ජනතාවත් සියලුදේමත් ජිනීවාවල ඉන්න තානාපතිවරයා පාවාදි ඇති බව. මේක විදේශ කටයුතු අමාත්‍යංශය දන්නෙත් නැහැ. විදේශ කටයුතු... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 28/03/19)

Urban Buddhist monk with a heart for kindness
BY MAJORIE CHIEW Courtesy Star2
Bhante Saranapala has a bigger dream. He said: “One day, I hope there will be United Kindful Nations (something like a United Nations)." Photo: The Star/ Chan Tak KongPEOPLEHomePeople Four years ago, a Facebook post of a group of Canadian police officers sitting in a lotus position, alongside a Buddhist monk, went viral. People were curious about it. “The world had never seen a big group of police officers doing meditation with a monk before, and soon the news spread. Even people in other countries started... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 28/03/19)

YAHAPALANA AND CORRUPTION Part 3A.
KAMALIKA  PIERIS
The Bond scam saga is not over. It is still going on and looks as though it will go on forever. Those responsible, such as former Central Bank   Governor Arjuna Mahendran and his son in law Arjun Aloysius have not been arrested and the matter is still pending.  There is no sign of any action being taken against anyone regarding the 2015 bond scam. Investment banker Arjuna Mahendran is the son of Charlie Mahendran, a retired Foreign Service diplomat who had joined the United National Party after returning from his last posting as... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 27/03/19)

UN’s Bachelet rejects Sri Lankan official’s ‘spin’ on Human Rights Council encounter, urges reforms
UN News
UN Photo/Violaine MartinMichelle Bachelet, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, addressing the Human Rights Council on the state of global human rights, 6 March, 2019. The UN’s top rights official on Wednesday rejected claims by Sri Lankan officials that she distanced herself from a report on the country and instructed her staff to be more “cautious” in future, before stressing her commitment to justice for victims of grave abuses during the civil war. In a statement issued one week after the Human Rights Council’s 47 Member States heard the report,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 27/03/19)

Sri Lankan president distances himself from pledges to UN
By KRISHAN FRANCIS Associated Press COLOMBO, Sri Lanka Courtesy ABC News
Sri Lanka's president has distanced himself from the government's co-sponsorship of a resolution at the U.N. Human Rights Council giving the island nation two more years to fulfil its commitment to investigate alleged abuses during its civil war Sri Lanka's president distanced himself on Wednesday from the government's recent co-sponsorship of a resolution at the U.N. Human Rights Council giving the island nation two more years to fulfil its commitment to investigate alleged abuses during its civil war. Highlighting factionalism within the government, President Maithripala Siriena said in... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 27/03/19)

Present power crisis Who is responsible?
By Dr. Janaka Ratnasiri  Courtesy The Island
While appreciating Dr. Tilak Siyambalapitiya’s article on the present power crisis appearing in The Island of 25.03.2019, I would like to fill in some gaps in his article and also make some comments on the President’s statement about the power crisis as appearing in the media on the 27th. The three issues There are three main issues contributing to delay in adding generation capacity to the system. One is the delay in awarding the contract for building a 300 MW dual-fueled combined cycle gas... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 27/03/19)

‘TNA won’t allow Gota to become President’
By Dinasena Ratugamage Courtesy The Island
Former Defence Secretary, Gotabaya Rajapaksa should stop dreaming of the executive presidency because the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) would ensure that he would never secure it, TNA Kilinochchi District MP, S. Shritharan told media yesterday. The TNA would also not allow Opposition Leader Mahinda Rajapaksa to become the President, the MP said. "We decided to support the budget 2019 because we want to prevent Mahinda Rajapaksa from returning to power," he said. Certain sections were trying to overthrow this government and come into power by defeating the budget,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 27/03/19)

Hambantota refinery project a potential money laundering risk - TISL
Courtesy Adaderana
Transparency International Sri Lanka (TISL) says the controversy surrounding the proposed USD 3.85 billion oil refinery in Mirijjawila, Hambantota, could have a negative impact on Sri Lanka’s efforts to remove itself from the Financial Action Task Force’s (FATF) ‘Grey List’ of countries vulnerable to money laundering and terrorism financing.  The main investor in the project, the Singapore based ‘investment vehicle’ Silver Park International PTE Ltd, is a company controlled by the family of Tamil Nadu politician and former Indian Union Minister Dr. S. Jagathrakshakan, whose business interests have previously been implicated by Indian authorities... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 27/03/19)

හම්බන්තොටට එනවා කියන ලංකාවේ ලොකුම විදෙස් ආයෝජනය එන්නේ ආමර් වීදියේ කඩයක් ලගින්.. ලියාපදිංචි කර ඇත්තේ කැබිනට් අනුමැතියටත් පසුයි…
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March 28, 2019 at 3:30 am | lanka C news පසුගිය දා හම්බන්තොට මිරිජ්ජවිල දී මුල්ගල් තැබූ තෙල්පිරිපහදු ව්‍යාපෘතියේ ප්‍රධාන ආයෝජකයා වන සිල්වර්පාක් ඉන්ටර්නැෂනල් පුද්ගලික සමාගම තිබෙන්නේ ආමර් වීදිය ප්‍රදේශයේ බව පාර්ලිමේන්තු මන්ත්‍රී නාමල් රාජපක්ෂ මහතා පවසයි. පාර්ලමේන්තුවේ දී ඔහු මේ බව පැවසීය. “හම්බන්තොට තෙල් පිරිපහදුවකට මුල් ගල තිබ්බා. ජාත්‍යන්තර මාධ්‍යයක් කිව්වා ඕමාන රජය ඒකට සම්බන්ධ නැහැ කියලා. BOI කියනවා ඕමාන රජයත් සමඟ තවම සාකච්ඡාමය අවස්ථාවේ ඉන්නවා කියලා. මේ මුල්ගලක් තියන්නේ සාකච්ඡාමය අවස්ථාවේ ඉන්නකොට.“ “සිල්වර්පාක් ඉන්ටර්නැෂනල් ප්‍රයිවට් ලිමිටඩ් කියලා සමාගමක් එක්ක ගනුදෙනුවක් කරනවා.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 27/03/19)

YAHAPALANA AND CORRUPTION Part 2B
KAMALIKA  PIERIS
BAMBALAPITIYA FLATS The cabinet has approved a multi-million dollar project to replace the Bambalapitiya Flats, a significant landmark in Colombo, lying on very valuable land. A plan was, floated in 2014 to redevelop the ten-acre land on which the Bambalapitiya flats now stand. UTL Global Projects registered in Singapore made the proposal.  A tripartite MOU was signed between UTL Global Projects, Engineering Projects India and the National Housing Development Authority for this project. The land belongs to the National Housing Development Authority (NHDA). The project did not materialize. The project was revived,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 27/03/19)

Traffic congestion in Colombo costs one billion rupees a day
Dr Sarath Obeysekera
Traffic congestion, in the Colombo city, cost around one billion rupees a day, Megapolis and Western Development Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka told Parliament, yesterday.Participating in third reading of the budget debate under the expenditure heads of the Ministries of Transport and Civil Aviation and Ports and Shipping, the Minister said that the loss incurred due to the traffic congestion in terms of waste of fuel and time had been estimated by the Moratuwa University to be around Rs. 1,000 million a day. I predicted this in 2017 ! http://www.lankaweb.com/news/items/2017/03/02/we-should-not-prohibit-demonstrations-but-charge-for-the-national-losses/ ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 27/03/19)

YAHAPALANA AND CORRUPTION Part 2A.
KAMALIKA  PIERIS
REVISED 2.4.19 This essay is a follow up of the matters discussed in the first essay. It is confined to happenings in 2017 and 2018. NATIONAL IDENTITY CARD The head of the National Identity Card division was to be removed from office for opposing a racket, said Campaign for Free and Fair Elections (CaFFE). He had refused to award a tender illegally to a company nominated by the Minister to take photos for the proposed electronic identity cards.  Instead of the company which bid Rs 40 per photo the  Minister... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 27/03/19)

නොරොච්චෝලේ විදුලි බලාගාරය හැදුවාට පස්සේ විදුලි අර්බුදයට මුහුණ දෙන්න කිසිම විදුලි බලාගාරයක් මේ වන තෙක් හැදුවේ නැති ආන්ඩුව සම්පූර්ණයෙන්ම මේ තත්ත්වයට වග කියන්න වෙනවා.
පාර්ලිමේන්තු මන්ත්‍රී ලක්ෂ්මන් යාපා අබේවර්ධන
විදුලි අර්බුදය සම්බන්ධයෙන් අපි කණගාටු වෙනවා. ලංකාවේ විදුලි බල පද්ධතියෙන් ජනනය කළ හැකි සම්පූර්ණ විදුලි ධාරිතාව මෙගාවොට් 4000යි. සියලුම අංශ උපරිමයෙන් ක්‍රියාතම්ක වුනොත් ජලවිදුලියෙන් මෙගාවොට් 1700යි. ගල් අගුරුවලින් මෙගාවොට් 900යි. තෙල්වලින් මෙගාවොට් 1200කුත් අනෙකුත් පරිසරකාමි විදුලි ජනක ක්‍රමවලින් මෙගාවොට් 200ක් විදියටයි මේ මෙගාවොට් 4000 නිෂ්පාදනය වෙන්නේ. අපි නොරොච්චෝලේ විදුලි බලාගාරය හැදුවාට පස්සේ විදුලි අර්බුදයට මුහුණ දෙන්න කිසිම විදුලි බලාගාරයක් මේ වන තෙක් හැදුවේ නැති ආන්ඩුව සම්පූර්ණයෙන්ම මේ තත්ත්වයට වග කියන්න වෙනවා. වර්ෂකට සියයට 6ත් 8ත් අතර ප්‍රමාණයක් විදුලි උත්පාදනය වැඩි කරන්න වෙනවා. 2025 වෙද්දි මේ රටේ විදුලි උත්පාදනය මෙගා වොට් 6000ක්... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 27/03/19)

දීමනා කප්පාදුවට එරෙහිව වෘත්තීය ක‍්‍රියාමාර්ග ගැනීම.
සමස්ත ලංකා සුවසේවා සංගමය. - All Ceylon Health Services Union.ජනමාධ්‍ය නිවේදනයයි
ඌව පළාත් සභාවට අයත් රෝහල් හා සෞඛ්‍ය ආයතනයන් හි සේවය කරනු ලබන සෞඛ්‍ය කාර්යය මණ්ඩලයන් විසින් නිම කර ඇති අති කාල දීමනා අඩු කර ගෙවීමටත්, ගෙවිය යුතු ගමන් වියදම් සීමා කර ගෙවීමටත්,අලුත් අවුරුදු අත්තිකාරම් මදල් අපේ‍්‍රල් මස 11 වන දින ගෙවීමටත් ඌව පළාත් පරිපාලනය විසින් තීරණය කර ඇත. ඒ අනුව අතිකාල දීමනා සහ ගමන් වියදම් දීමනා කප්පාදුවකින් තොරව ගෙවීමටත්,උත්සව අත්තිකාරම් මාර්තු 31 දිනට පෙර ගෙවීම කටයුතු කරන ලෙසත් අප සංගමය විසින් අවස්ථා ගණනාවකදී ඉල්ලීම් කලද ඒ සදහා මේ වන තෙක් සාධාරණ ප‍්‍රතිචාරයක් නොලැබීම හේතුවෙන් 2019. 03. 26... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 27/03/19)

වෙබ් මාධ්‍යවේදීන්ගේ ජාතික ව්‍යාපාරය විසුරුවා හරින ලද බවට වන මාධ්‍ය නිවේදනය
හසිත මානන්දුව ලේකම්.
විධායක සභාව සහ බහුතර සාමාජිකයින්ගේ කැමැත්ත සහ ඉල්ලීම මත වෙබ් මාධ්‍යවේදීන්ගේ ජාතික ව්‍යාපාරය සමුහිකව විසුරුවා හරින බව මෙයින් දැනුම් දෙමි.  වෙබ් සහ සමාජජාල මාධ්‍යය තහනමට ලක්වූ අවස්ථාවේදී මෙරට මාධ්‍ය නිදහස වෙනුවෙන් ඉතා සක්‍රීයව සහ වේගවත්ව ක්‍රියාත්මක වූ වෙබ් මාධ්‍යවේදීන්ගේ ජාතික ව්‍යාපාරය කලක් නිහඬ සහ අක්‍රීයව පැවතීමත්, ඇතැම් ඉහළ නිලධාරීන්ගේ විනිවිදභාවයෙන් තොර ක්‍රියාකලාපයත්, පටු දේශපාලන අරමුණු වෙනුවෙන් සංවිධානයේ කීර්තිනාමය අවභාවිතාවේ යෙදවීමත් මත විධායක සභාවේ සහ බහුතර සාමාජිකයින්ගේ ඉල්ලීම සහ කැමැත්ත මත වෙබ් මාධ්‍යවේදීන්ගේ ජාතික ව්‍යාපාරය වන නාමය යටතේ වන සංවිධානය විසුරුවා හැරීමට තීරණය කරන ලදී.  ඒ අනුව එම සංවිධානයේ සභාපතිවරයාගේ තනතුරේ සිට පහලට... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 26/03/19)

Mahamewnawa Meditation Centre Thripitakabhivandana Week in US draws to a close upon completion of week - long celebrations at Sri Lankan Temples in Washington DC and Maryland
Embassy of Sri Lanka Washington DC
The Thripitakabhivandana Week in the US that continued  from 16th – 24th March 2019 under the patronage of four Sri Lankan Buddhist Temples in Washington and Maryland came to a close with the completion of religious events at Nisala Arana Buddhist Monastery and Mahamewnawa Meditation Center in Maryland  on 23rd and 24th March 2019 respectively. On 23rd March, Chief Priest of Nisala Arana Buddhist Monastery, Venerable Gintota Wimala Thero conducted a Dhamma sermon and chanted seth pirith to mark the Thripitakabhivandana Week declared by President Maithripala Sirisena to... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 26/03/19)

Historical evidence of Mannar Mass graves dating back to 16th Century
by P. WEERASEKERA Courtesy The Island
The issue of mass graves in Mannar continues to remain an inconclusive hot topic, despite the radio carbon dating analysis report received from the Beta Analytic Testing Laboratory in Florida, USA., which cleared the Sri Lanka Army of responsibility, by declaring the skeletal remains referred to the Laboratory pre-dates the country’s bloody civil war by at least six hundred years, which take us to the periods of Portuguese and Dutch rule of the 16th and 17th centuries. A few disgruntled political elements in the North, backed by... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 26/03/19)

Denial of US visa to Fonseka as bad as depriving other military officers of same - Dullas
By Shamindra Ferdinando Courtesy The Island
UPFA MP Dullas Alahapperuma on Monday (March 25) said that the denial of a visa to Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka to attend the United Nations was as wrong as denying Lt. Colonel Ratnapriya Bandu an opportunity to visit Geneva, Switzerland. The Switzerland embassy, in Colombo, denied a visa to Ratnapriya Bandu invited by an Australia based civil society group to participate in a side-event in Geneva. Ratnapriya Bandu captured media attention last year due to once LTTE stronghold Vishvamadu publicly recognising services rendered by him over a... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 26/03/19)

Country’s foreign debt jumps by Rs. 626 bn due to depreciation
By Saman Indrajith Courtesy The Island
Sri Lanka’s total foreign debt burden had increased by over Rs 626 billion due to the depreciation of the rupee against the US dollar between January 2015 and November 2017, Parliament was told yesterday. State Minister of Finance Eran Wickramaratne revealed this in answer to a question posed by UPFA MP Udaya Gammanpila. According to the Minister, the depreciation of the rupee during that period had added Rs 626.439 billion to the foreign debt burden. Minister Wickramaratne noted that during the period from January 9,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 26/03/19)

What Sri Lanka’s 2019 Budget Tells Us About Its Economic Health
By Umesh Moramudali Courtesy The Diplomat
In the aftermath of political turmoil, Sri Lanka’s government will be hard-pressed to manage debt and growth in 2019. Following one of the most dramatic political crises in the recent history of South Asia, Sri Lanka’s government budget for 2019 was approved by the majority of the parliament on March 12. The 2019 budget was supposed to be presented to the parliament in November 2018, but President Maithripala Sirisena’s unexpected (and later overturned) decision to change prime ministers in October 2018 pushed back the budget. Later, a Vote of Account... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 26/03/19)

Trial: Sri Lanka To Eliminate Visa Requirements For Some
Courtesy onemileatatime.com
I’m a big fan of countries eliminating barriers to entry, whether that comes in the form of removing the hassle or cost associated with visiting. Over the past few months we’ve seen quite a few countries shake up their visa requirements, both for better and worse. It looks like the latest country to adopt a friendlier policy for visitors is Sri Lanka. I’ve been to Sri Lanka many times, and as a visitor with a US and German passport, I’ve long had to either pay for a visa on arrival, or apply for an... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 26/03/19)

Risks ruining Economy to win votes
By Prof. Tissa Vitarana Courtesy Ceylon Today
The 2019 Budget comes as the last one of this Government. The people have experienced four years of an ‘open market economy’ and practically everyone in different walks of life complain that they feel dissatisfied, find it difficult to work and live the way they did before and want a change. Before 2015 the economy grew by 7% now it is down to 3%. This Budget seeks not only to continue the downward path but with greater intensity, when it has failed both here and abroad. Even the USA... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 26/03/19)

Hambanthota Refinery would be fully operational in 18 months.-Deputy Minister of Development Strategies and International Trade Nalin Bandara
Courtesy The Daily Mirror
A heated argument erupted in Parliament yesterday between Hambantota District UPFA Parliamentarian Namal Rajapaksa and Deputy Minister of Development Strategies and International Trade Nalin Bandara over the Hambantota-Oman Oil Refinery. Speaking during the committee stage debate in the House, MP Rajapaksa said the cabinet had given the approval for the project in November 2016 though the Singaporean Company Silver Park pvt Ltd has been established in June 2017. He said 400 acres have been given to the company despite this situation. Also MP Rajapaksa questioned as to whether an environment... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 26/03/19)

UN resolution - SL didn’t agree to a time frame: Amunugama
Yohan Perera and Ajith Siriwardene  Courtesy The Daily Mirror
Opposition MP Sarath Amunugama, who was a member of the Sri Lankan delegation to the UNHRC, told Parliament today that Sri Lanka did not agree to a time frame to implement what it promised through the resolution adopted in Geneva. “We told the UNHRC that we are not prepared to work according to a timeframe,” he said. The MP said the SL delegation also informed the UNHRC that Sri Lanka was not prepared to allow foreign judges to participate in the hearings on war crime... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 26/03/19)

Haul TNA to court for links with LTTE terrorists & separatist demands
TNA the party created by LTTE is making a lot of sound of late. It’s a pity that there is no political party or leaders with spine to commence investigation into LTTE-TNA links, afterall LTTE remains banned and TNA was created by LTTE. There is much that TNA must answer and there are many that TNA must account for before TNA goes blowing any trumpets. Therefore, any future government must ensure that TNA as well as a plethora of other individuals and organizations be investigated for their covert/overt links to LTTE. If Sumanthiran wants a judicial mechanism we can most... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 26/03/19)

How sincere and politically honest is President Maithripala Sirisena. ?
By Charles.S.Perera
On the 26th October,2018 President Sirisena sacked  his Prime Monster Ranil Wickramasinghe and appointed Mahinda Rajapakse as his Prime Minister. What was his motive ? Was it because he had no other solution  or was it because  he regretted what he did   in November 2014 by leaving the SLFP to become the Common Presidential Candidate of the Opposition ?  If he did that to rectify that error knowing that Mahinda Rajapakse is a real patriot and a dependable leader to run the government of the  country which is being mismanaged... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/03/19)

STAR HOTELS MISBEHAVING AGAIN
Dr Sarath Obeysekera 
When Sri Lanka had a lean time in tourist arrivals during war time, locals were treated with arms extended by the staff of all hotels in Sri Lanka. Brownies are not well treated by the brownie managers as the hotel is collecting dollars .from foreigners . Now that tourism is booming, many white and yellow colour tourists are swarming in Colombo and other areas. It happened to me today morning, when I went to a  four star hotel which has a “Holiday”  name earlier to collect some Korean Experts... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/03/19)

ඔමානයේ තෙල් විෂය භාර ඇ මැතිවරයා ආවා. අපි මේ සමාගම කවුද, මේ සමාගම හා සිංගප්පූරුව අතර තියෙන සම්බන්ධය මොකක්ද, කියන දේවල් දැන ගන්න කැමැතියි. ඔමානයේ ඇමැතිවරයාවත් හයර් කළාද කියලා සැකයි. -අද (25) දින ශ්‍රී ලංකා පොදුජන පෙරමුණේ මාධ්‍ය හමුව
අද (25) දින මාධ්‍ය හමුවට සහභාගි වු නියෝජිතයින් මහාචාර්ය ජී. එල්. පීරිස් මහතා පාර්ලිමේන්තු මන්ත්‍රී රෝහිත අබේවර්ධන මහතා
2015 ජනවාරි 8 වැනිදා ඉදන් මේ වනතුරු ආන්ඩුව රටට එක මෙගාවොට් එකක් එකතු කරන වැඩපිීලවෙලක් හැදුවද. මේ ආන්ඩුව නොහැකියවේ ආන්ඩුවක්. මිනිස්සුන්ට දෙන්න තියෙන දසවද දුන්න ආණ්ඩුව සිංහල අවුරුද්ද කලුවරේ සමරන්න සලස්වුවා. මේ ආන්ඩුව හවස 7 - 8 අතර කාලයේ මිනිස්සුන්ව කලුවරේ තියන්න කැමැතියි. ඒ වෙලාවටයි මාධ්‍ය ආයතන පණිවිඩ දෙන්නේ. අපේ කාලයේ ප්‍රවෘත්ති බලන කොට සංවර්ධන අද්‍යාපන පුවත් අහන්න ලැබුනට දැන් අහන්න ලැබෙන්නේ පාතාල ක්‍රියා, මිනීමැරුම්, ආන්ඩුවේ වංචා දූෂණ වගේ දේවල්. ඒ වෙලාවේ ලයිට් කැපුවම අල්ලන මත්ද්‍රව්‍ය ප්‍රමාණය, මරණ මිනිස්සු ගාන,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/03/19)

පෘථිවි නිරීක්ෂණ චන්ද්‍රිකා දත්ත ලබාගැනීම සහ බෙදාහැරීම සඳහා ජාතික මධ්‍යස්ථානයක් ස්ථාපනය කිරීමට පියවර
තක්ෂක හේමචන්ද්‍ර ගරු විද්‍යා, තාක්ෂණ  හා පර්යේෂණ අමාත්‍යතුමාගේ මාධ්‍ය ලේකම්
විද්‍යා තාක්ෂණ හා පර්යේෂණ අමාත්‍යාංශය යටතේ ක්‍රියාත්මක වන නවීන තාක්ෂණ පිළිබඳ ආතර් සී. ක්ලාක් මධ්‍යස්ථානය විසින් චීන රජයේ සහයෝගය ඇතිව පෘථිවි නිරීක්ෂණ චන්ද්‍රිකා දත්ත ලබාගැනීම සහ බෙදාහැරීම සඳහා වන ජාතික මධ්‍යස්ථානයක් ස්ථාපනය කිරීමට පියවර ගනිමින් තිබේ. ඒ සඳහා ආතර් සී. ක්ලාක් ආයතනය සහ චීනයේ දුරස්ථ සංවේදක සහ සංඛ්‍යාංක පෘථිවි ආයතනය අවබෝධතා ගිවිසුමකට එළඹ තිබේ. එම  අවබෝධතා ගිවිසුමට අනුව සිදුවන චන්ද්‍රිකා  මධ්‍යස්ථානයේ ඉදිකිරීමේ කටයුතුවල ප්‍රගතිය පිළිබඳව දැනුවත්කිරීමේ සාකච්ඡාවක් සඳහා චීන රජයේ නියෝජිතයන් පිරිසක් පසුගියදා විද්‍යා, තාක්ෂණ හා පර්යේෂණ අමාත්‍ය සුජීව සේනසිංහ මහතා මුණ ගැසිණි. එම හමුවේ දී මෙහි... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/03/19)

ශ්‍රී ලංකා: කාලයට නොවුණොත් යුක්තිය ඉෂ්ට වෙන්නේම නැහැ
ජනාධිපති නීතිඥ ජේ.සී. වැලිඅමුණ
An interview with Mr. J. C. Weliamuna published by the Asian Human Rights Commission
තරිඳු උඩුවරගෙදර අධිකරණයේ නඩු ප‍්‍රමාද වෙන බව සමාජයේ ජනප‍්‍රිය මතයක් පවතිනවා. ඒත් ඒ ප‍්‍රමාදයට හේතු ග ැන බොහෝ අය සොයන්නේ නැහැ නේද? බාහිරව බැලූවාම පෙනෙන්නේ උසාවියේ නඩු කල් යන එක විතරයි. සමහරු නීතිඥවරුන්ට බනිනවා. සමහරු විනිශ්චයකරුවන්ට බනිනවා. කොහොම ගත්තත් මේක ජාතික ප‍්‍රශ්නයක්. අධිකරණය විසින් නියමිත කාලයට යුක්තිය ඉෂ්ට කරන්නේ නැතිනම්, බොහෝවිට යුක්තිය ඉෂ්ට වෙන්නේම නැහැ. අවුරුදු දහයකට පස්සේ යුක්තිය ඉෂ්ට වෙන්න පුළුවන් වුණත් වින්දිතයාගේ පැත්තෙන් ඒක යුක්තිය ඉෂ්ට වීමක් විදියට දකින්න අමාරුයි. ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/03/19)

Sri Lanka breaks ground on $3.85bn oil refinery in Hambantota
By Compelo Staff Writer Courtesy Compelo
Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has laid the foundation stone on a new $3.85bn oil refinery in Hambantota in the country’s Southern Province. The oil refinery, which will be built within the Mirijjawila Export Processing Zone, will be owned by Silver Park International, a Singapore company controlled by India-based Accord Group, alongside the Omani government. The new fuel refinery and storage facility is expected to have an overall production capacity of 200,000 barrels a day, reported Sri Lanka’s official government news portal News.lk. As per the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/03/19)

Geoffrey Aloysius and others remanded
Courtesy Adaderana
https://youtu.be/kA_VxCe-TlA Five persons, including Geoffrey Aloysius, the Chairman of Perpetual Treasuries Limited (PTL) and father of PTL owner Arjun Aloysius, who were arrested by the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) have been produced before the Colombo Chief Magistrate’s Court, stated Ada Derana reporter. Accordingly, the five suspects have been remanded until the 05th of April as per the order of the magistrate. Geoffrey Aloysius, former Central Bank Deputy Governor P. Samarasiri and the three directors of the Perpetual Treasuries Limited (PTL) were arrested by the Criminal Investigations Department (CID)... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/03/19)

Sri Lanka: Race & Racial Prejudice
Racial segregation laws in the US that required racial separation in public schools, public places, public transportation, restrooms, restaurants, and drinking fountains. The subject of race & racial prejudice in Sri Lanka will not be understood unless we have a clear idea of how race & racial prejudiced traveled through history & time to be embedded into society & the psyche of people. We continue to return to colonial rule where every ill the world suffers today – from ethnic tensions, artificial borders & boundaries, plunder of resources, racial prejudices etc were all part of... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 25/03/19)

INVESTMENTS AND ANFRACTUOUS STRATEGY OF SO-CALLED POTENTIAL INVESTORS
BY EDWARD THEOPHILUS
In terms of economics, investment considers as an essential requirement of an economy for its expansion and an effective variable for solving many macroeconomic problems in a country. Classical economic theory indirectly ruled that investment should be equal to savings but the dynamism and macroeconomic problems in countries have forced many governments go beyond the equilibrium condition.  Many countries need to stress in budget spending as recurrent spending and capital spending that force to go beyond the classical theory. When there is a gap between the investment and savings, the borrowing to cover the gap... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/03/19)

Yahapalana challenged
By Shivanthi Ranasinghe Courtesy Ceylon Today
By Shivanthi Ranasinghe On 20 March, both Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Minister Naveen Dissanayaka were invited to a function at the Siri Gauthama Viharaya by Venerable Muruththettuwe Ananda Thera. Speaking at the function, Naveen Dissanayaka named Rajapaksa as the next presidential candidate. Thanking him, Rajapaksa also named both Naveen Dissanayaka and his father-in-law as possible contestants. Rajapaksa’s candidacy does not really come as a surprise, to any. Having come from a military background many expect him to instil  discipline that is solely lacking in our society.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/03/19)

I saw the underbelly of the US justice system, says Rajat Gupta
Kanika Datta |  New Delhi  Courtesy business-standard
The former Managing Director of McKinsey who served a prison term for insider trading has written a memoir setting out why his conviction was a miscarriage of justice Rajat K Gupta. Photo: Reuters The cheekbones are more sharply defined, the hair tinged with grey. Those could be signs of natural ageing for Rajat Gupta, 70, the first Indian Managing Director of McKinsey, rather than the result of 17 months in prison for insider trading. The real difference is that Gupta, trim and dapper as ever, is far... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/03/19)

Four million Kandyan peasants betrayed by the Closure of the Department of Kandyan Peasantry Rehabilitation
Dr Sudath Gunasekara President Mahnuwara Jesta Purawesiyange Sanvidhanaya
( A revised article fist  Posted on December 24th, 2014) 24.3.2019 Who are Kandyans In this essay I refer to all those people who lived within the territory known as the Kandyan Kingdom at the time of signing the Kandyan Convention in 1815 and their descendants irrespective of where they live, here or abroad, as Kandyans. The area under reference covers the whole territory within the legal definition of the Kandyan Kingdom in 1815. However in this article I am referring to the problems... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/03/19)

ගුරු - විදුහල්පති දැවැන්ත වැඩ වර්ජනය හමුවේ සිදුකළ වගකිම් විරහිත ප‍්‍රකාශ
ගුරු - විදුහල්පති සන්ධානය. Teacher - Principal Alliance
ජනමාධ්‍ය නිවේදනයයිගරු අධ්‍යාපන අමාත්‍ය, අකිල විරාජ් කාරියවසම් මහතා,අධ්‍යාපන අමාත්‍යාංශය,ඉසුරුපාය,බත්තරමුල්ල.අමාත්‍යතුමණි,ගුරු - විදුහල්පති දැවැන්ත වැඩ වර්ජනය හමුවේ සිදුකළ වගකිම් විරහිත ප‍්‍රකාශ හා අපේ‍්‍රල් 22 ට පසු ගනු ලබන වෘත්තීය ක‍්‍රියාමාර්ග සමිබන්ධවයි. මාර්තු 13 දීප ව්‍යාප්තව අසනීප නිවාඩු වාර්තා කර අප සංගම් හා තවත් සංගම් ඒකාබද්ධව කැඳවනු ලැබු වැඩ වර්ජනයේදී වර්තමාන අධ්‍යාපන අමාත්‍යවරයා ලෙස මෙරට ගුරුවරුන්ගේ හා විදුහල්පතිවරුන්ගේ මෙන්ම සමස්ථ අධ්‍යාපන ක්‍ෂේත‍්‍රයම මුහුණ පා ඇති අර්බුද තේරුම් නොගෙන මාධ්‍ය වෙත සිදුකළ වගකිම් විරහිත ප‍්‍රකාශ සම්බන්ධව දැඩි විරෝධය පළකර සිටින අතරම ගුරුවරුන්ගේ හා විදුහල්පතිවරුන්ගේ උක්ත ඓතිහාසික වෘත්තීය ක‍්‍රියාමාර්ගය අවතක්සේරු කිරීම... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/03/19)

Gotabaya Rajapaksa, a perceptive intellectual ROLE MODEL for SL
Kanthar Balanathan
DipEE(UK), Grad cert(RelEng-Monash),DipBus&Adm(Finance-Massey),CEng. MIEE We have seen so many leaders come and go in SL, however, no one was able to place a counterattack against LTTE, which was led by an 8th standard educated boy, Prabakaran for 30 years. Of the lot, Mahinda Rajapaksa was a capable leader who was able to wipe out terrorism, with Gotabaya Rajapaksa as Defence Secretary and progresses on development. No one can dispute this. However, some wicked, corrupt, unscrupulous, elements crawled into portfolios by wiping MR’s legs. Today the existing GOSL elements are posing a threat of dividing... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/03/19)

" PROPOSAL TO RESTORE PARADISE:
A Concerned Citizen
THE ETHOS AND CULTURE OF THE COUNTRY I propose that we absolutely devote ourselves to the ideal of fairness, justice and of being one people, one nation, with one destiny. We are in this together. Any suffering by one affects us all. I would advocate we follow the principles, honourable practices and aspirations of our Independence movement who fought long and hard and implemented the right plans and policies which were later twisted and destroyed by opportunists later. That we follow the compassionate way of our ancestors, by treating all of us equally... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/03/19)

Russia Is Winning the Sanctions Game
by Judy Twigg Courtesy The  National Interest
These sanctions were supposed to punish Moscow's elite, but instead they've spurred economic development and patriotism. The current conversation about Russia sanctions centers around targeting and scope. Are we punishing the people whose behavior we most want to change? Is there pain, well inflicted, on those individuals responsible for creating chaos in Ukraine and Crimea, for reckless attacks on Sergei Skripal and others, and for wanton interference in Western elections? Can we hurt Russian elites in a way that Putin will notice? Have we done enough? ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/03/19)

Foreign Minister and delegation meet UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and Director General UN Office in Geneva
Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka to the United Nation
Geneva
Foreign Minister Hon. Tilak Marapana and delegation met with Madam Michelle Bachelet, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and the Under- Secretary General in charge of the UN Office in Geneva Mr. Michael Moller this week, on the side-lines of the 40th Session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva.   High Commissioner Bachelet on 20 March, having received the delegation warmly, appreciated the progress made by Sri Lanka in some of the key human rights commitments arising from HRC resolution 30/1, and reaffirmed... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/03/19)

SRI LANKAN TRAFFIC WARDENS WIELDS POWER
Dr Sarath Obeysekera
OPEN LETTER TO THE MAYORESS AND TO AZAD ZALLI  FROM  AN OPPRESSED MOTORIST Time 6 00 am Friday ,location near Galle face behind Taj hotel along road side parking area . Parked the car near the parking area along the road with no police sign for no parking or board showing chargeable parking times , and went for a walk in Galle Face. On my return I find this  person with a uniform ready to hand over a parking ticket .I looked at him  to see the a... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/03/19)

Songs aired on TV and Radio - Cabinet nod for royalty to singers & song writers
Dr Sarath Obeysekera
My advice is to pay royalty not only for songs but also for playing “ “Baila”in TV and Radio . Our politicians like Mervin ,and some opposition and government MP’s play “ Baila “ to the people every day in the TV and Radio. We listen to those Baila and entertain and sometime we remind of mothers and curse them. If they  have to pay royalty to the politicians for playing Baila    TV and Radio stations will refrain from playing these Baila to the people... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/03/19)

GENEVA CO-SPONSORSHIP AKA REPETITION OF THE BLUNDER
Udaya P Gammanpila Courtesy The Ceylon Today
The UNHRC resolution against Sri Lanka dated 01.10.2015 and bearing No. 23/1 was brought by the USA. It is now public knowledge that Sri Lanka is the only nation in the world which co-sponsored a resolution against itself. We had been under tremendous pressure for the last three years to implement the resolution in full because of the co-sponsorship. Sri Lanka had a golden opportunity to come out of this death-trap when the US withdrew from the UNHRC calling it a politically biased cesspool.   Sri Lanka... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/03/19)

US arrogance and Resolution 40 - 1 on Sri Lanka
By Kusal Perera Courtesy The Daily Mirror
How the war-affected Tamils are being used by extremely opportunist Western power bloc to manipulate Governments for their geopolitical agenda A big joke made rounds about Sri Lanka sending out two opposing but official teams for the ongoing Fortieth UNHRC Session in Geneva; one by President and another by PM.  A brief stroke of sanity changed this and Sri Lanka sent one team to Geneva. What they would say about the UNHRC Report on Sri Lanka and the new Resolution 40/1... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/03/19)

Kerawalapitiya LNG power plant tender imbroglio
by C.A.Chandraprema Courtesy The Island
Even though the UNP opened up the economy in 1977 and eschewed the protectionist, closed economic model followed by the preceding Sirima Bandaranaike government, the UNP at least when it was under J.R.Jayewardene, never took leave of their senses. Despite their stated ideology of an open economy, when common sense or a lack of alternatives required it, the old UNP was not averse to adopt policies that looked SLFPish. For example, when the Pelwatte Sugar Co was started in the 1980s, sugar was produced in a factory with foreign collaboration from sugarcane grown... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/03/19)

SLPP destroyed SLFP the most – Dayasiri
Sudath Gunasekara
March 21, 2019   04:46 pm Ada Derana “Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) has caused the severest damage to Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP), says SLFP General Secretary MP Dayasiri Jayasekara. He stated this addressing a public meeting held in Kegalle. The SLPP has destroyed the SLFP while it has also helped the victory and the revival of the party, the parliamentarian stated”. (News Item) A day dreaming politician for whom the hat is too bi? Sudath Gunasekara 3.22.2019. Having read the above news item... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/03/19)

සේවකයින් තුන්දෙනෙක්ගේ ආයතනයක් ඇමරිකානු ඩොලර් බිලියන 3.85ක ආයෝජනයක් කරන්නේ කොහොමද. මහ බැංකුවෙන් හොරකම්කරපු කලු සල්ලි සුදු කිරීමේ උත්සාහයක් කියලයි අපිට නම් හිතෙන්නේ.
අද දින (22) මාධ්‍ය හමුවට සහභාගි වූ නියෝජිතයින්
පාර්ලිමේන්තු මන්ත්‍රී සෙහාන් සේමසිංහ මහතා නලීන් බණ්ඩාර නියෝජ්‍ය අමාත්‍යවරයා ලංකාවේ සිද්ධ වෙන්න යන විශාලම ආයෝජනයක් ගැන හෙළිදරව් කළා. නලීන් බණ්ඩාර නියෝජ්‍ය අමැත්‍යවරයා කියන විදියට මේක තමයි ලංකා ඉතිහාසයේ විශාලතම ආයෝජනය. ඇමරිකානු ඩොලර් බිලියන 3.85 ආයෝජනයක් මගින් තෙල් පිරිපහදුවක් ඉදිකිරීමට මුල් ගල් තැබිමක් ගැනයි ඒ් අනාවරණය වුනේ. පුවත්පත්වලට විශේෂ දැන්වීම් පවා ලබා දුන්නා. මේක මහා බොරුවක්. හම්බන්තොට උදාව කියලා මේ දැන්වීම නිකුත් කරලා ආයෝජනය සහ ඒමගින් ලැබෙන රැකියා ගැනත් කිව්වා. ආන්ඩුව බලයට ආවේ රැකියා දස ලක්ෂයක් ලබා දෙන බව කියලයි. ඒ්කට යොදා ගත්තේ වොක්ස් වැගන් සමාගම. හර්ෂද සිල්වා... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/03/19)

LEGAL SLAUGHTERING OF HUMAN BEINGS
ALI SUKHANVER
His name was Rizwan Asad, age 28. He worked at a private school in Awantipora area of the Pulwama district, south Kashmir. The National Investigative Agency of India arrested this young teacher in the second week of March during a so-called crackdown on socio-political and religious organizations. According to media reports, Rizwan was kept at the dreaded anti-insurgency Special Operations Group head-quarter, commonly known as Cargo Camp, in Srinagar. He could not bear brutal violence there and died during the intervening night of 18th and 19th March. Commenting on the brutality committed in the name of... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/03/19)

USLA Spokepersons Report
Dr. Chula Rajapakse MNZM
4/18 to 3/19 Since it’s inception over three decades ago USLA has fervently furthered  it’s main founding objective viz. doing what it takes to support Sri Lanka in preserving it’s independent and unitary status. Through USLA’s  existence , the main threat to this came from the violent terrorism of the Tamil Tigers and the devious and vicious misinformation from them. With the complete annihilation of the Tigers as a fighting force in Sri Lanka in May 2009, USLA continued it’s role in the countering Tiger misinformation that now took an even... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/03/19)

14 Chinese illegals jailed in Sri Lanka
Courtesy The Standard
Fourteen Chinese construction workers who were in Sri Lanka without a valid employment visa have been sentenced to jail for a year and fined Rs 50,000 (1,881 yuan) each by a Magistrates' Court in the southern coastal city of Galle. The Chinese had arrived Colombo on one-month tourist visas. They were arrested after their tourist visas had lapsed and were working in a hotel project in the southern city. The suspects were arrested on March 2 and remanded for two weeks before they were sentenced om March 15.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/03/19)

Sri Lanka enters into loan agreement with China’s EXIM Bank for Central Expressway
Courtesy NewsIn.Asia
Colombo, March 22 (newsin.asia) – Sri Lanka’s Finance Ministry, on Friday signed a concessional loan agreement with China’s EXIM Bank to construct section one of a mega Central Expressway which will ease the island’s traffic congestion and boost tourism. The concessional loan agreement, valued at 989 million dollars was signed between China’s Ambassador to Sri Lanka, Cheng Xueyuan and Secretary o the Finance Ministry, Dr. R.H.S Samarathunga.The loan from China’s EXIM Bank will cover 85 percent of the project cost for section one of the Central Expressway project .“The Government of... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/03/19)

හම්බන්තොට එනවා කියන ඩොලර් බිලියන 3.8 සමාගම සංගප්පූරුවේ පෙට්ටි කඩයක්..- ද හින්දු-සිරස සියළු රහස් හෙලි කරයි..
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අමෙරිකානු ඩොලර් බිලියන 3.85 ක ආයෝජනයක් ලෙස යෝජනාවී ඇති මෙම ව්‍යාපෘතිය සඳහා ඉදිරිපත්ව සිටින්නේ සිංගප්පූරුවේ ලියාපදිංචි සිල්වර් පාර්ක් ඉන්ටනැෂනල් නමැති සමාගමකි. ඔවුන් ව්‍යාපෘතියේ වටිනාකමින් 30% කට ඕමාන තෙල් හා ගෑස් අමාත්‍යාංශය සම්බන්ධ වන බව සඳහන් කළත් ඊයේ අප කළ අනාවරණය අනුව ඕමානය මෙවැනි ව්‍යාපෘතියකට ආයෝජනය කර නැතැයි පවසා ඇත. මෙතරම් විශාල ආයෝජනයක් ඕමානය වැනි ඛනිජ තෙල් නිෂ්පාදන රටක සම්බන්ධයක් නොමැතිව ක්‍රියාත්මක කළ හැකි ද? https://www.facebook.com/NewsfirstSL/videos/422980035118861/ සිල්වර් පාර්ක් ඉන්ටනැෂනල් සමාගම සිංගප්පූරුවේ ලියාපදිංචි කර තිබුන ද එහි කොටස් හිමිකාරිත්වය ඉන්දියාවේ එකොර්ඩ් නමැති සමාගමකට අයත් බව අප ඊයේ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/03/19)

Sri Lanka successfully tests artificial rain
Courtesy NewsIn.Asia
Colombo, March 22 (newsin.asia) – The Sri Lankan government, on Friday, for the first time, successfully tested artificial rain in a drought hit area to provide clean water to hundreds of families.The Power and Energy Ministry, in a statement said the Ceylon Electricity Board together with the Sri Lanka Air Force conducted the project, which caused rainfall for 45 minutes in the catchment areas of the Maussakelle Reservoir, in the Central Province. A Sri Lanka Air Force helicopter was used to spray chemicals on the clouds, 8000 feet above the reservoir, resulting in 45... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 22/03/19)

DMK leader’s family linked to record FDI in Sri Lanka
Courtesy Adaderana
A Singapore-based company in which stakes are held by the family members of former Indian Minister of State S. Jagathrakshakan of the DMK has been linked to a record foreign direct investment of $3.85 billion in an oil refinery in Sri Lanka. However, the recent announcement by Sri Lanka’s Board of Investment (BOI) on the record deal has run into a controversy after Oman, which the Board said was an investor along with the Singapore company, on Wednesday denied being part of the deal. https://youtu.be/7JwyUWUH2kM The Singapore company,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 22/03/19)

Sri Lanka successfully tests artificial rain for first time
Courtesy Adaderana
Sri Lanka has successfully tested artificial rain for the first time in the country with moderate rainfall experienced over the Maussakele Reservoir for around 45 minutes. The pilot project to induce artificial rain at the catchments areas of the Maussakele Reservoir was carried out by the CEB on Friday (22). An aircraft (Y12) of the Sri Lanka Air Force was used to spray the chemicals on the clouds around 8,000 feet above the Maussakele Reservoir resulting in around 45 minutes of rainfall, the ministry said. The project to induce artificial... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 22/03/19)

Court decides to hear petition against Rishad Bathiudeen
Courtesy Adaderana
The petition filed against Minister Rishad Bathiudeen, seeking the prohibition of deforestation at Vilaththukulam forest reserve in Wilpattu National Park, has been scheduled to be heard on June 28th. The petition was taken up before Court of Appeal Judge Arjuna Obeysekara today (22). https://youtu.be/xxBKbje2KsA The fourth respondent of the petition Minister Rishad Bathiudeen is continuously clearing this forest reserve, Attorney Nagananda said presenting submissions before the court. Heeding Attorney Nagananda’s request to set a date to hear the petition soon, CA Judge Obeysekara ordered to take... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 22/03/19)

Case study for Management Institutes: 65year old blind man begs for 25 years & builds 3 houses & saved 500,000
In early March the Daily Mirror reported the arrest of a blind man by the Railway Security Service – his crime begging on the train. That arrest resulted in a sensational story that has to enter any management case study and he should be invited by some of Sri Lanka’s management institutes to share with others his story. What is his story? Blindness he says was a blessing in disguise. It is probably as a result of losing his wife that he resorted to begging on trains which he had been doing for 25 years. From age... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 21/03/19)

The Kandyan Convention of March 2nd 1815 is still a legally valid document therefore all Royal Proclamations and instruments of governance starting with the Royal Proclamation of Nov 21st 1818 and all laws enacted thereafter are illegal ? A point of view.
Dr.Sudath Gunasekara. (SLAS) Retired Permanent Secretary to Mrs Sirimavo Bandaranayaka and President Senior Citizens Movement Mahanuwara
(This is an updated version of an article published on September 20th, 2010 in the Island) 21. March. 2019 To mark the completion of 204 years after signing the Kandyan Convention The Kandyan Convention of 2nd March 1815 was the document under which this country was ceded to the British crown under mutual agreement. It was drawn between Great Britain and Sinhale, two independent Kingdoms. Since it was singed at Kandy, the capital of the Sinhale... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/03/19)

ජිනීවා පෙන්නා ලංකාවේ ඉඩම් කොල්ල කන ඇමරිකන් සැලැස්ම එළි දකී
මතුගම සෙනෙවිරුවන්
           ලංකාවේ ත්‍රිවිධ හමුදා නිළධාරීන්ට යුධ අපරාධ චෝදනා එල්ල කළ දරුස්මාන් වාර්තාව එක්සත් ජාතීන් ගේ මානව හිමිකම් කාර්යාලයේ විශේෂ නියෝජිත පිරිසක් සකස් කළ වාර්තාවකි. එදා පටන් මානව හිමිකම් සමුලුවට ගිය රජයේ නියෝජිතයන් සියල්ල ඒ චෝදනාවන් වැරදි බවට නොකියූහ.19 සහ 20 වන ජිනීවා යෝජනා වලදී පැහැදිලිව පැවති රජයයන් ඒ යෝජනාවන්ට එකඟ වී තිබේ.ලංකාවට එල්ල කළ යුධ අපරාධ චෝදනාවන්ට විරුද්ධ වනවා වෙනුවට  උගත් පාඩම් කොමිසම් පත් කළහ වගවීම  ප්‍රකාශ කළහ. මානව හිමිකම් තොණ්ඩුව පෙන්වමින් මෙලෙස ලක් රජය බියට පත් කරමින් ඇමරිකාව කරගෙන යන ලද්දේ කුමන්ත්‍රණයකි.  ඔවුන්ට අවශ්‍ය යටි තල පහසුකම් ලක් භූමියේ ස්ථාපිත කරගැනීම එහි අරමුණ විය. පසුගිය... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/03/19)

Russia as a regional security provider
Author- Lucy Stronach, Research Assistant (Intern) at INSSSL
‘Russian Interest in the Indian Ocean’ was the overarching theme at the latest Round Table Discussion held at the Institute of National Security Studies Sri Lanka (INSSSL) on March 19th, 2019. Guest speaker, Ms. Ksenia Kuzmina, Program Manager for South Asia and Asia Pacific for the Russian International Affairs Council (RIAC), spoke in detail on this topic, with attendees from academic and military fields. Ms. Kuzmina opened her insightful and in-depth piece by stating that Russia does not have an imaginary role in the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/03/19)

සයිටම් ශිෂ්‍යයන්ට නීති විරෝධී ලෙස සීමාවාසික පත්වීම් ලබා දීම
මාධ්‍ය නිවේදනයයි සමස්ත ලංකා වෛද්‍ය නිළධාරීන්ගේ සංගමය.
වසන්තා පෙරේරා මහත්මිය, සෞඛ්‍ය ලේකම්, සෞඛ්‍ය අමාත්‍යාංශය, කොළඹ, මහත්මියණි, සයිටම් ශිෂ්‍යයන්ට නීති විරෝධී ලෙස සීමාවාසික පත්වීම් ලබා දීමට උත්සහ කිිරීම හා සීමාවාසික වෛද්‍ය නිළධාරීන්ගේ රාජකාරි ආවරණය කරන වෛද්‍ය නිළධාරීන් සඳහා පොරොන්දු වූ පැය 180 අමතර සේවා වැටුප් නොගෙවීම සම්බන්ධවයි. සයිටම් අර්බුදය නිසා මතුවූ විශේෂිත තත්වය මත මේ වන විට සීමාවාසික වෛද්‍යවරුන්ගේ දැඩි හිඟයක් නිර්මාණය වී ඇත. මෙයට පිළියමක් ලෙස නිර්මාණය කළ පොදු සේවා ලැයිස්තුව 2017 දෙසැම්බර් මස සීමාවාසික පුහුණුව අවසන් කර සිටි වෛද්‍ය නිළධාරීන් ස්ථිර පත්වීම් ලබා පිටව යාමත් සමඟ බිඳවැටීමක් සිදුවී ඇත. එමෙන්ම 2018... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/03/19)

Thripitakabhivandana Week commences in the US with religious events at Washington Buddhist Vihara and Maryland Buddhist Temple
Embassy of Sri Lanka Washington DC
In keeping with President Maithripala Sirisena’s decision to declare the Thripitakabhivandana Week from 16th – 23rd March 2019 to mark the declaration of the Theravada Thripitaka as a national and world heritage, the Embassy of Sri Lanka in Washington DC, under the patronage of four Buddhist temples in Washington DC and Maryland, organized a series of religious events from 16th – 24th March 2019. The Thripitakabhivandana Week commenced with Maryland Buddhist Temple and Washington Buddhist Vihara hosting two events on 16th and 17th March respectively. Maryland Buddhist Vihara At the launch of the Thripitakabhivandana... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/03/19)

අර්ජුන මහේන්ද්‍රන් මෙරටට ගෙන්වා ගැනීමට අවශ්‍ය ඉල්ලීම නිත්‍යානුකූලව කරන්න
ශ්‍රී ලංකා පොදුජන පෙරමුනේ අද (21) පැවැති මාධ්‍ය හමුව
පාර්ලිමේන්තු මන්ත්‍රී  කාංචන විජේසේකර මහතා ඇමරිකානුව එක්ක මානව හිමිකම් කවුන්සිලයට ඉදිරිපත් කළ සම යෝජනාව සම්බන්ධයෙන් මානව හිමිකම් කොමසාරිස්වරියගේ අදහස් මේ වෙද්දි ඉදිරිපත් වෙලා තියෙනවා. සම යෝජනාවක් විදියට මෙය ඉදිරිපත් රකන අවස්ථාවේ ජනාධිපතිවරයා කැබිනට් මණ්ඩලය හා පාර්ලිමේන්තුව නොදැනුවත්වයි තමන්ගේ පුද්ගලික තනි මතයට ඒ යෝජනාවට සම අනුග්‍රාහකත්වය ලබා දුන්නා. ලංකාවේ ස්වෛරීභාවයට අත ගැසීමට විදෙස් රාජ්‍යයන්ට විවෘත ආරාධනාවක් ඒ යෝජනාවෙන් කළා. ලංකාවේ මානව හිමිකම් කඩවිමක් වෙලා තියෙනවා නම් ඒ සම්බන්ධයෙන් පරික්ෂණ කරන්න ලංකාවේ අධීකරණ තියෙනවා. විනිසුරන් ඉන්නවා කියලා අපි එදා පැහැදිලිව කිව්වා. යුද ජයග්‍රහණය වෙනුවෙන් කටයුතු කරපු අපේ හමුදාවන් හා... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/03/19)

Thus spake Marapana
The Editorial Courtesy The Island
Foreign Minister Tilak Marapana waxed eloquent in Geneva, the other day, defending as he did Sri Lanka to the hilt. It was a compelling brief, but the problem is that the architects of the UNHRC resolution on Sri Lanka have already made up their minds and do not want to be confused with facts. Marapana’s presentation contained nothing new, though. The facts he marshalled cleverly had been in the public domain for the last several years. They should have been made use of much earlier. Having agreed to co-sponsor the UNHRC... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/03/19)

President Maithripala Sirisena stands his ground Singapore sheltering Mahendran:
By Saman Indrajith  Courtesy The Island
All documents necessary for the extradition of former Central Bank Governor Arjuna Mahendran had been despatched, Chief Opposition Whip UPFA MP Mahinda Amaraweera said. Replying to JVP MP Dr. Nalinda Jayatissa in Parliament yesterday, Amaraweera said all necessary information had been diplomatically communicated in writing to the relevant authorities in Singapore. Amaraweera also told the House that President Maithripala Sirisena would brief the Singaporean authorities and the people of Sri Lanka shortly on the steps he had taken to bring Mahendran back.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/03/19)

Accountability: Addressing alleged human rights violations
By Neville Ladduwahetty Courtesy The Island
Despite the repeated and continuing references to war crimes and crimes against humanity alleged to have been committed during Sri Lanka’s armed conflict, the actual wording in Paragraph 6 of UNHRC Resolution 30/1 is as follows:" …a judicial mechanism with a special counsel to investigate allegations of violations and abuses of human rights and violations of international humanitarian law". Therefore, the first order of business for any judicial mechanism is to establish whether International Human Rights Law and/or International Humanitarian Law applies separately or concurrently, during an armed conflict. Human... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/03/19)

Why govt endorsed HRC’s report before finding fault with it?
By Shamindra Ferdinando Courtesy The Island
Appreciating Foreign Minister Tilak Marapana, PC, for challenging the Office of Human Rights Commissioner’s report on Sri Lanka in respect of several contentious issues, including the highly exaggerated UN claim of 40,000 civilian deaths in the final phase of the war in 2009 and Mannar mass graves, Joint Opposition leader Dinesh Gunawardena, MP, yesterday, said that the UNP government owed an explanation as to why Sri Lanka co-sponsored a fresh resolution on the basis of much flawed report. Addressing the media at the Sri Lanka Foundation (SLF),... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/03/19)

Resolution co-sponsored by Sri Lanka passed by consensus at UNHRC
Courtesy NewsIn.Asia
Geneva, March 21 (newsin.asia): The UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC): on Thursday through consensus passed a resolution giving the government of Sri Lanka two more years to implement the resolution 30/1 of 2015, ie: until March 2021. After the resolution was adopted the Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Tilak Marapana, said that the passing of the resolution 40/L.1 is a mark of recognition of Sri Lanka’s political commitment and the progressive steps already taken by the Government since 2015 towards ethnic reconciliation, assurance of human rights and accountability. Sri Lanka’s open, and constructive approach... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/03/19)

Lanka to co-sponsor UNHRC resolution as it is to be implemented only with its concurrence
By P.K.Balachandran Courtesy NewsIn.Asia
Colombo, March 21 (newsin.asia): Despite the existence of sharp differences between the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and the government of Sri Lanka on the rights situation in the island nation, Sri Lanka will co-sponsor the already signed resolution on the matter at UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva, a top source in the government said. Explaining the government’s stand, the source said that though High Commissioner Michelle Bachelet and the Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Tilak Marapana expressed clashing views on specific issues, the resolution gives room to Sri Lanka... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/03/19)

Oman denies it has agreed to invest in Sri Lanka oil refinery project
Courtesy NewsIn.Asia
New Delhi, March 20 (Reuters) – Oman’s oil ministry on Wednesday denied being part of a $3.85 billion plan to build an oil refinery in Sri Lanka, a day after the government in Colombo announced the Arab country’s participation. Sri Lankan officials told a news conference on Tuesday that a joint venture between the Oman oil ministry and a Singapore investment vehicle owned by India’s Accord Group had agreed to build the 200,000 barrel per day refinery near Chinese-controlled Hambantota port on the island’s south coast. The ministry was to take a... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/03/19)

Deforestation at Wilpattu still ongoing?
Courtesy Adaderana
The Protect Wilpattu Organization says that they will launch a massive protest campaign against the alleged deforestation of Wilpattu. Chairman of the organization Ven. Ananda Sagara Thero states that recent satellite images of the area reveal the latest information of the continuous destruction of the forest. The Thero points out that it is unfortunate that authorities who are informed of this act are maintaining silence. https://youtu.be/pnZuDMrLTpg When contacted by Ada Derana, a spokesman of the Department of Wildlife stated that no harm has been done to... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/03/19)

Media reports on extraditing Arjun Mahendran are false – President
Courtesy Adaderana
President Maithripala Sirisena has stated that Sri Lankan media reports – quoting foreign media – on the extradition former Governor of the Central Bank Arjun Mahendran cannot be accepted as an official statement by the government of Singapore. President Sirisena stated today (21) this issuing a press release. The press release issued by the President is as follows:... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/03/19)

ගොඩ එන්න හොඳම උත්තරය මමයි - ගෝඨාභය Only person capable of resolving minorities’ issues is me - Gotabaya
Ada Derana
https://youtu.be/lCvGGQHwdik... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/03/19)

විල්පත්තුවේ අක්කර 75 ක කර්මාන්තපුරයකට බදියුදීන් සැරසෙයි. Bathiudeen to build a 75-acre industrial town in Wilpattu?
Ada Derana
https://youtu.be/pnZuDMrLTpg... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/03/19)

How the world reacted when Sri Lanka’s Armed Forces militarily ended LTTE terrorists
LTTE was an armed group waging terror on the citizens of Sri Lanka. Since 1980s LTTE has been either bombing, sending suicide missions, assassination squads or setting off claymore bombs virtually every day, every month for 30 years. Apart from customary statements the UN, UNHRC or so-called international community did nothing to stop LTTE or even empathize with the thousands of unarmed victims that LTTE targeted. There were no pouring of flowers or world outcry calling for LTTE to disarm. It was always calls to have tea with the terrorists timed when LTTE was cornered to enable LTTE to regroup... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 21/03/19)

Lanka denies war crimes, rejects foreign judges and picks holes in UNHRC report
By P.K.Balachandran Courtesy NewsIn.Asia
Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Tilak Marapana Colombo, March 20 (newsin.asia): In his speech at the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva on Wednesday, the Sri Lankan Foreign Minister, Tilak Marapana, categorically denied that the Sri Lankan armed forces had committed war crimes. He also clearly stated that it is not possible to establish a hybrid judicial mechanism with foreign and Sri Lankan judges to try cases of alleged war crimes as demanded by the UNHRC resolutions of 2015 and 2017. Marapana went on to point out to inaccuracies and... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/03/19)

How can you expect a bunch of dishonest and self- seeking politicians, who cannot even name a Cabinet, to properly govern a Country?
Sudath Gunasekara
3.20.2019. The list of Cabinet Ministers of the Present Government 01.  Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesighe – Ministry of National Policies and Economic Affairs, Ministry of Rehabilitation and Prison reforms, Northern Development, Vocational Training, Skill Development and Youth Affairs. 02.    John Amaratunga – Minister of Tourism Development and Christian Religious Affairs. 03.    Gamini Jayawickrema Perera- Minister of Buddha Sasana & North Western Province Development. 04.    Mangala Samaraweera – Minister of Finances and Media 05.   Lakshman Kiriella- Minister of Public Enterprise Development, Upcountry Heritage and... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/03/19)

Myths and Misinterpretations of the Kandyan Convention of 1815 
Harindra Dunuwille
Much has been said and written about the Kandyan Convention of 1815 whereby the Kandyan Kingdom was ceded to the British. Historians and writers have over the years interpreted the events that led to the signing and the cessation of what was the last bastion of “Sinhale”. The document itself, its drafting, its local signatories and their very signatures, whether it was actually signed on the 2nd of March 1815 or on subsequent days, whether there were some who did not sign the convention are questions  yet being debated. It has been called a betrayal of... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/03/19)

ලිහිණියාව හලවල්කැලේ, බුලත්සිංහල දොළ රක්ෂිතයේ රුක් රෝපණ වැඩසටහන
පේශල පසන් කරුණාරත්න සභාපති සමනල යෞවන සමාජය නාවලකන්ද
ඉහල ජෛව විවිධත්වයකින් යුත් පහත රට තෙත් කලාපීය වැසි වනාන්තර ගණනාවක්ම කළුතර දිස්ත්‍රික්කයේ  වලල්ලාවිට ප්‍රාදේශීය ලේකම් කොට්ඨාසට අයත් සීමාවේ  පිහිටා තිබෙන අතර මෙම වනාන්තර පද්ධති මෑත කාලයේදී නොයෙකුත් ආපදා තත්වයන් නිසා විශාල වශයෙන් විනාශ වෙමින් පවතී. මේ නිසා ප්‍රදේශයේ ජල මූලාශ සිඳි යාම, පරිසර සමතුලිතතාවය බිඳ වැටීම, ජන ජීවිත වලට තර්ජන එල්ල වීම ආදී ගැටළු ඇති වී ඇති අතර එම ගැටළු වලට  විසඳුම් වශයෙන් ප්‍රාදේශීය ලේකම් කොට්ඨාසයේ පවතින්නා වූ වනාන්තර පද්ධති තුළ පරිසර සංරක්ෂණ ව්‍යාපෘති රැසක් ආරම්භ කරන ලදී. එහි එක් ව්‍යාපෘතියක් ලෙස වලල්ලාවිට ප්‍රාදේශීය ලේකම් කාර්යාලය,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/03/19)

තමන්ව පෙළන ලද කුල පීඩනය ගැන නන්දන වඩුතන්තිරි අදහස් දක්වයි
Dr Ruwan M Jayatunge M.D.
නන්දන වඩුතන්තිරි කලුවා හකුරු දුරයලාගේ නන්දන වඩුතන්තිරි තමන්ව හඳුන්වා ගන්නේ කුල පීඩිතයෙකු ලෙසටය. ළමා කාලයේ සිටම කුල පීඩනය ඔහු අත් දකියි. නන්දන වඩුතන්තිරි පවසන අන්දමට ඔහු ජීවත්වූ ප්‍රදේශයේ ධනවත් සහ කුලවත් අසල්වැසියෝ ඔවුන් ගේ දරුවන් සමග කුඩා  නන්දන වඩුතන්තිරි සමග සෙල්ලම් කිරීමට අවසර නොදෙති. එසේම පාසලේදී ද ඔහුව ගුරුවරු මෙන්ම සිසුන් ද කොන් කරන්නේ නන්දන වඩුතන්තිරි අඩු කුලයේ ළමයෙකු බව පවසමිනි. තවද ඔහුට පාසලේදී ශිෂ්‍ය නායකයෙකු වීමට සුදුසුකම් තිබුනද ඔහුගේ කුලය නිසා විදුහල්පතිවරයා නන්දන වඩුතන්තිරිගේ නම කපා දමයි.  යොවුන් වියේ ඔහු තම ප්‍රථම ප්‍රේමය අරඹන්නේ කුලවත් පවුලක තරුණියක සමගය.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/03/19)

පසුගිය වසර 4 තුළම වුනු අදක්ෂ පාලනය හොරකම නිසා වුනු දෙයක්. බැදුම්කර වංචාව නිසා ලොකු අවිනිශ්චිතතාවයක් හැදුනා.
අද (20)පැවැති මාධ්‍ය හමුවට සහභාගි වු හිටපු මහ බැංකු අධිපති අජිත් නිවාඩ් කබ්රාල් මහතා 
පසුගිය දින කිහිපය තුල රජය පුන පුන කිව්වේ ඒ අය ඩොලර් බිලියන 2.4ක් ලබා ගත්ත බවයි. එය විශාල ජයක් විදියටයි පෙන්වා දුන්නේ. එයින් වුනු ප්‍රතිවිපාකයි මම පෙන්වා දෙන්නේ.පළමුව ජාත්‍යන්තර ස්වෛරීය බැදුම්කර කියන්නේ මොකක්ද කියන දේ අපි පැහැදිලි කර ගන්න වෙනවා. සාමාන්‍ය බැදුම්කර නිකුත් කරන්නේ රුපියල්වලින්. මාස තුනේ බිල්පත් නිකුත් කරනවා වගේ මේ වෙද්දි වසර තිහක් දක්වා අපි බැදුම්කර නිකුත් කරලා තියෙනවා. ඊට අමතරව රජය ජාත්‍යන්තර මුදල්වලින් බැදුම්කර නිකුත් කරනවා. ඒවා ඩොලර්වලින් නිකුත් කරද්දි ජාත්‍යන්තර ස්වෛරිය බැදුම්කර කියනවා. ඩොලර්වලින් පොලිය ගෙවන්නත් රජය බැදී සිටිනවා. මෙය 2007දියි... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/03/19)

Spencer Eye Hospital gets three more corneas from Sri Lanka for transplants
Courtesy The International News
The Lions of Pakistan (Lions Club Pakistan) on Tuesday handed over three more corneas donated by Sri Lankan Eye Donation Society to the administration of the Spencer Eye Hospital of Lyari for corneal transplants at a ceremony. The ceremony was attended by Karachi Mayor Wasim Akhtar and Senior Director Health and Medical Services Dr Birbal Genani of the Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC). Corneal transplants resumed at the Spencer Eye Hospital after 15 years of suspension in February this year when a team of eye surgeons led by Dr Birbal Genani... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/03/19)

Terrorists know they have the upper hand on social media
Sanjana Hattotuwa Courtesy Stuff
GETTY IMAGESPrime Minister Jacinda Ardern says the live streaming of the Christchurch killings is an issue she will take up with Facebook, writes Sanjana Hattotuwa. OPINION: Coming out of a long meeting, the first I heard of the violence in Christchurch was from those in Sri Lanka who had got breaking news alerts. I was both very disturbed and extremely intrigued. Terrorism as popular theatre or spectacle is not new, and some academics would argue is a central aim of terrorists, who want their acts recorded and relayed, not redacted or... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/03/19)

Singapore rejects Sri Lankan leader's allegation on trading scam suspect
Courtesy Mailonline
Former Sri Lanka central bank governor Arjuna Mahendran is wanted by Colombo to face charges related to a $74 million insider trading scandal Singapore rejected Wednesday Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena's allegation it was sheltering a former central bank chief wanted for fraud, saying Colombo failed to provide documents to support its extradition request. Sirisena on Monday accused Singapore of sheltering Arjuna Mahendran, one of his country's former central bank chiefs wanted in connection with a high-profile $74 million insider trading scam. Sirisena said he appealed to... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/03/19)

Oman denies it has agreed to invest in Sri Lanka oil refinery project
Courtesy Reuters
NEW DELHI, March 20 (Reuters) - Oman’s oil ministry on Wednesday denied being part of a $3.85 billion plan to build an oil refinery in Sri Lanka, a day after the government in Colombo announced the Arab country’s participation. Sri Lankan officials told a news conference on Tuesday that a joint venture between the Oman oil ministry and a Singapore investment vehicle owned by India’s Accord Group had agreed to build the 200,000 barrel per day refinery near Chinese-controlled Hambantota port on the island’s south coast. The ministry was to take a... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/03/19)

SL rejects two main proposals by UNHR Chief
Courtesy The Daily Mirror
Sri Lanka today rejected UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet’s proposals to establish an Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in Sri Lanka and calling to implement a detailed and comprehensive strategy for the transitional process with a ‘fixed timeline’. “We all are eager to see results. However, pressing for time bound benchmarks to show quick results on decades old, sensitive and complex issues, is bound for failure,” Foreign minister Tilak Marapana in a statement to the 40th Session of the Human Rights Council... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/03/19)

Co-sponsoring Int’l agreement or not is President's decision - Wijeyadasa
GAGANI WEERAKOON Courtesy Ceylon Today
President Maithripala Sirisena has not given his consent to co-sponsor the United Nations Human Rights Council Resolution to extend the 2015 Resolution by another two years, Parliament was told today (19). United National Front Parliamentarian Dr. Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe (PC) claimed that it is the President who has the powers to decide as to whether the country should co-sponsor an international agreement or not. The MP, taking the floor during the Budget debate, said that co-sponsoring 2015 resolution was an ‘unwise act’, adding that he had told Minister Mangala Samaraweera,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/03/19)

Sri Lanka wins record foreign investment in oil project
Courtesy Adaderana
Sri Lanka announced Tuesday that an overseas joint venture had committed $3.85 billion to a new oil refinery - the single largest foreign investment in the country’s history. The Board of Investment of Sri Lanka said construction would begin this weekend on the refinery and storage facility jointly financed by Oman’s Ministry of Oil and Gas and a Singapore-registered company. Deputy international trade minister Nalin Bandara said he expected the refinery, which will eventually produce 200,000 barrels a day, to be fully operational within four years. “This is the biggest... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/03/19)

Huawei to introduce 5G in Sri Lanka this year
Courtesy NewsIn.Asia
Colombo, March 19 (newsin.asia) – China’s global telecommunications giant Huawei, has reiterated its commitment to grow in the Sri Lankan market and introduce the 5G technology this year, the Daily FT reported here Tuesday.Huawei Technologies Lanka CEO Shunli Wang, quoted in local media reports said that Huawei had the potential to grow better in Sri Lanka with the government’s commitment and enterprises zeal to embrace digitization.Huawei, posted a global revenue of 102 billion dollars in 2018, with Sri Lanka being among its main markets. In recent years it has launched MIMO (multiple input, multiple... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/03/19)

‘How can we know the dancer from the dance?’ A comment on the recent dialogue about the anatta doctrine in Buddhism
By Rohana R.Wasala There was recently an exchange of views published in The Island newspaper between February 22 and March 14, 2019 and here in Lankaweb in the same period concerning the concept of ‘anatta’ in Buddhism (traditionally translated into English as soullessness, no-soul, non-self, etc). One of the most definitive responses, in my view, was from Ven. Bhante Dhammika of Australia (‘myself, yourself, no-self’/The Island, March 8, 2019). He has hinted that he might further elaborate his explanation in the future, which will definitely prove useful for all of us students of Buddhism. Except for Bhante Dhammika,... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 20/03/19)

THE DANGER INHERENT IN CO-SPONSORING YET ANOTHER UNHRC RESOLUTION
DHARSHAN WEERASEKERA, 19TH March 2017  [Author’s note:  The present paper is part of a much longer paper being reviewed for publication in an international journal.  I am posting it here because of the urgency of the hour, given that the Government is planning on co-sponsoring yet another resolution at the UNHRC, a resolution that will reaffirm Sri Lanka’s commitment to resolution 30/1 of October 2015.  Very briefly, l think the co-sponsorship is a mistake, because it binds Sri Lanka to fulfilling the remaining provisions of resolution 30/1, the most dangerous of which is the recommendation to enact... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 20/03/19)

LEADERSHIP AND MOTIVATION FOR POLICY CORRECTIONS IN SRI LANKA
BY EDWARD THEOPHILUS To achieve a rapid economic development and sustainable economic growth, the most essential desideratum in Sri Lanka is policy correction in relation to political, economic, social and cultural areas. It is a gigantic task with a strong political and social motivation.  Since the political independence in 1948, Sri Lanka continuously involved in policy development tasks, which were misguided by a lack of clear vision, mission, objectives and activities. The other issue that related to the policy development is that the task doesn’t involve in a policy monitoring, variance analysis and remedial management process for redevelopment... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 20/03/19)

නාගානන්ද, ජිනීවා සහ නීතිඥ වෘත්තියේ ස්වාධීනත්වය රැක ගැනීම වෙනුවෙන් ආණ්ඩුක්‍රම ව්‍යවස්ථා සංශෝධනයක කඩිනම් අවශ්‍යතාවය.
අරුණ ලක්සිරි උණවටුන B.Sc(Col), PGDC(Col) නීතිඥ
නාගානන්ද සහෝදර නීතිඥවරයාට අභියාචනාධිකරණ හිටපු සභාපති විනිසුරු මලල්ගොඩ මහතා විසින් එල්ල කළ පැමිණිල්ලක් විභාග කිරීමෙන් පසු ලබා දී ඇති දඩුවම මේ වන විට මාධ්‍යයේ පළවී ඇත. ලංකාදීප එසැණ පුවත් යටතේ එකී පුවත පළ වී තිබුණේ මෙසේ ය. නාගානන්ද කොඩිතුවක්කුගේ නීතීඥභාවය වසර 3කට අත්හිටුවයි (තිළිණි ද සිල්වා සහ රංජන් කටුගම්පොළ) සිවිල් සමාජ කියාකාරියෙකු වන නීතීඥ නාගානන්ද කොඩිතුවක්කු මහතාගේ නීතීඥභාවය වසර තුනකට අත්හිටුවීමට ශ්‍රේෂ්ඨාධිකරණය අද ( 18) තීන්දු කළේය. 2015 වසරේ එවකට අභියාචනාධිකරණය සභාපතිව සිටි විජිත් මළල්ගොඩ මහතාට අපහාසවන අන්දමින් අධිකරණය තුළ හැසිරීම සම්බන්ධයෙන් කොඩිතුවක්කු මහතාට එරෙහිව ශ්‍රේෂ්ඨාධිකරණය කළ විභාගයක් අවසන් කිරමින් මෙම නියෝගය ප්‍රකාශයට පත්... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 19/03/19)

"Towards a 'Civilization State' for Sinhale (Sri Lanka) and a Government without Political Parties; the best solution to rescue this country and the nation out of the existing politico-social and economic quagmire": Key to a New Political Culture in Sri Lanka.
Dr Sudath Gunasekara Hanthana Pedesa Mahanuwara   
                                                                    (Summary) Dr Sudath Gunasekara (SLAS) Re tired  Permanent Secretary to Sirimavo Bandaranaike, President Sri Lanka Administrative Services Association (1991-1994) and President Mahanuwara Sinhala Bauddha Jesta Purawesiyange Sanvidhanaya. 17.3.2019 (This open letter envisages a new system of Government based on our own culture under a new Constitution to put an end to the present state of anarchy and Jaathidrohi palanaya in this country and restore political stability and sanity to save the Motherland and the Sinhala Buddhist culture for posterity, as it had been done by our ancestors for millennia and to make... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 19/03/19)

Look back at the reactions of the UN & International Community Jan-May 2009
    The news reports of Sri Lanka’s military cum humanitarian rescue operation is poignant for several reasons. It provides us some real time news sans politicization & influence and now 10 years on it helps us to understand the scale of lies & hypocrisies that have been prevalent since June 2009.   31 January 2009 UN Secretary General commends Sri Lanka on efforts to release civilians in LTTE custody. He said that the LTTE is bound to protect the rights of the civilians. UNSG said the UN was ready to assist in any efforts to help these civilians. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M_Xetubw9TE... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 19/03/19)

ආන්ඩුක්‍රම ව්‍යවස්ථාව ඒ අයගේ අධීක්ෂණය යටතේ වෙනස් කරන්න, පාර්ලිමේන්තුවේ සම්මත වෙලා තියෙන පනත් අහෝසි කරලා ඒ වෙනුවට වෙනත් පනත් ආදේශ කරන්න තව වසර දෙකකට අපේ රට පිළීබද අධීක්ෂණ බලය ජිනීවා මානව හිමිකම් කවුන්සිලයට බාරදිලා තියෙනවා.
ශ්‍රී ලංකා පොදුජන පෙරමුනේ අද දින පැවැති මාධ්‍ය හමුව
අද දින පැවැති මාධ්‍ය හමුවට සහභාගි වූ කතිකයින්  ශ්‍රී ලංකා පොදුජන පෙරමුනේ සභාපති මහාචාර්ය ජි. එල්. පීරිස් මහතා පාර්ලිමේන්තු මන්ත්‍රී රෝහිත අබේගුණවර්ධන මහතා  ශ්‍රී ලංකා පොදුජන පෙරමුනේ සභාපති මහාචාර්ය ජි. එල්. පීරිස් මහතා ජිනිවා නගරයේ මානව හිමිකම් කොමිෂමේ සැසියට රජය මුහුණ දෙන්නේ අනුවන විදියටයි.අනාගත රජයකට අභියෝග රැසක් මෙයින් දැයැද කරන්න හදනවා. අපි ඔ්වාට සුදානම්. අසාධාරණ වාර්තාවක් මේ වෙද්දි ඉදිරිපත් වෙලා තියෙනවා. අපේ රණවිරුවන්ට යුද අපරාධ චෝදනා එල්ල කරමින් ඔවුන් විදේශගතව සිටින්නේ නම් ඒ රටවල අධිකරණවලදී අපරාධ නඩු විභාග අරඹන්නයි මානව හිමිකම් පිළීබද මහ කොමසාරිස්වරිය ඒ වාර්තාවෙන් කියනවා. ඒ අනුව රටවල 14ට... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/03/19)

2019 අයවැයෙන් අයාලයේ යන සුනඛයින්ට රුපියල් මිලියන 100ක් වෙන් කරනවා. 57000ට වැඩිය ඉන්න උපාධිදාරින්ට එක රුපියලක් නැහැ.
 ශ‍්‍රී ලංකා පොදුජන උපාධිධාරී සංගමයේ සභාපති උපතිස්ස කුමාරතුංග මහතා අද දින පැවැති ශ්‍රි ලංකා ‌ෙපොදුජන උපාධිධාරින්ගේ සංගමයේ මාධ්‍ය හමුව
නිදහස් අධ්‍යාපනයේ සුවිශේෂි ප‍්‍රතිපළය වන උපාධිධාරියා මේ යහපාලන රජය විසින් දිගින් දිගටම හැල්ලූවටත් අවමානයටත් ලක්කරනවා. 57000ට වැඩි උපාධීදාරින් සිටින අවස්ථාවක රාජ්‍ය සේවයේ විතරක් 78000ක් පමණ රැුකියා පුරප්පාඩු තියෙනවා. මේ රටේ දේශපාලන දිසානතිය අලූත් මගකට යොමු කරපු පක්ෂයක ප‍්‍රධාන අනුබද්ධ සංවිධානයක් අපි. මේ රටේ නිදහස් අධ්‍යාපනයේ සුවිශේෂි ප‍්‍රතිපළය වන උපාධිධාරියා මේ යහපාලන රජය විසින් දිගින් දිගටම හැල්ලූවටත් අවමානයටත් ලක්කරනවා. උපාධියක් ලබා ගන්නේ රත්තරන් එළපු මල් මාවතක නෙවෙයි කියන කාරණය මේ ආණ්ඩුවට මතක් කරන්න අවශ්‍යයි. එකවර උපාධිදාරින් 60000ට වැඩි පිරිසකට රැුකියා... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/03/19)

Nagananda debarred from practising as lawyer for three years
Courtesy The Island
The Supreme Court, yesterday, issued a restraining order preventing Nagananda Kodituwakku from practising as a lawyer for three years. A three-member bench comprising Chief Justice Nalin Perera, Justices Sisira de Abrew and Prasanna Jayawardena issued the order over a 2015 defamation case. The case was filed by Justice Vijith Malalgoda, while he was the President of the Court of Appeal. The Supreme Court initiated a disciplinary inquiry in respect of attorney-at-law Nagananda Kodituwakku’s conduct in the Court of Appeal on May 21, 2015 before the then President of the Court of Appeal justice Vijith Malalgoda, PC... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/03/19)

ගෝටාභය ජනාධිපති අපේක්‍ෂක ලෙස නම් කර අවසන්.. මා හෝ බැසිල් යෝජනා වූයේ නෑ..- චමල් රාජපක්‍ෂ
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ගෝටාභය රාජපක්‍ෂ මහතා මීලග ජනාධිපතිවරණයේදී ශ‍්‍රී ලංකා පොදුජන පෙරමුණේ ජනාධිපති අපේක්‍ෂකයා ලෙස පත් කර අවසන් යයි තමන් සිතන බව හිටපු කතානායක චමල් රාජපක්‍ෂ මහතා සදහන් කරයි. තමන් හෝ බැසිල් රාජපක්‍ෂ මහතා ජනාධිපති අපේක්‍ෂක ලෙස යෝජනාවක් ඉදිරිපත් වී නොමැති බවත් ඒ මහතා පවසයි. උත්සව සභාවකට සහභාගී වීමෙන් අනතුරුව මාධ්‍ය වෙත අදහස් පල කරමින් ඔහු මෙම අදහස් පල කලේය. රාජපක්‍ෂ පවුලේ සියළු දෙනා අතර පැවති සාකච්චාවකදී ගෝටාභය රාජපක්‍ෂ මහතා මීලග ජනාධිපති අපේක්‍ෂක ලෙස පත් කිරීමට තීරණය කර ඇති බවට මාධ්‍ය විසින් වාර්තා කිරීම සම්බන්ධයෙන් කල විමසීමකදී චමල් රාජපක්‍ෂ මහතා මෙසේ කියා සිටියේය.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/03/19)

S’pore should clearly state whether Mahendran is there or not: President Maithripala Sirisena
Courtesy The Daily Mirror
President Maithripala Sirisena today faulted the Singaporean Government of not making a clear and open statement as to whether the main respondent in the Central Bank bond scam was in the country. “What I am concerned about is that the Singaporean Government has not made a clear statement about this yet. That is the prevailing situation. I see a certain lapse in international support in arresting the main respondent. The Singaporean Government should take more responsibility in this matter or else make a clear statement saying he is not in Singapore,” he said. Speaking at... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/03/19)

Height of Hypocrisy: US demands international probes against Sri Lanka but denies US war crimes probe!
In November 2017, ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda asked judges for authorization to open an investigation into alleged war crimes in Afghanistan. US & NATO bombed and invaded Afghanistan immediately after 9/11 blaming Afghanistan though none of the hijackers were even remotely connected to Afghanistan. US & NATO have been occupying Afghanistan since 2001. The war crimes cover period 2003-2004 and include countries CIA has prisoners in. According to Bensouda more than 10,000 civilians were said to have been killed from 2007 to 2011 alone. While US left UNHRC calling it a ‘cesspool of bias’ UK has taken over from US... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 18/03/19)

The stand Sri Lanka should take in Geneva
MEDIA RELEASE Mahinda Rajapaksa Leader of the Opposition
 The government has announced that they will co-sponsor yet another resolution against Sri Lanka in the UN Human Rights Council. Resolution 30/1, the first such co-sponsored resolution in October 2015 committed the government to among other things, setting up a hybrid war crimes court with the participation of foreign judges, prosecutors and investigators and to removing by administrative means, individuals in the armed forces suspected of human rights violations even if there is insufficient evidence to charge them in courts. By co-sponsoring Resolution 30/1, the Sri Lankan government officially accepted Report No: 30/61... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 17/03/19)

ජිනීවාහිදී ශ්‍රී ලංකාව ගත යුතු ස්ථාවරය
මාධ්‍ය නිවේදනය මහින්ද රාජපක්‍ෂ විපක්‍ෂ නායක
එක්සත් ජාතීන්ගේ මානව හිමිකම් කවුන්සිලය තුළ ශ්‍රී ලංකාවට එරෙහිව ගෙන එන තවත් යෝජනාවකට සම අනුග්‍රාහකත්වය දක්වන බවට ආණ්ඩුව ප්‍රකාශයට පත්කොට ඇත.  2015 ඔක්තෝබර් මාසයේ මේ ආකාරයට මුල් වතාවට සම අනුග්‍රාහකත්වය දක්වා සම්මත කර ගනු ලැබූ අංක 30/1 දරණ යෝජනාව තුළින් වත්මන් ආණ්ඩුව භාරගත් එක් කාර්‍යයක් වන්නේ ලංකාවට විරුද්ධව තිබෙන යුද අපරාධ චෝදනා විභාග කිරීමට විදේශීය විනිශ්චයකාරවරුන්, පරිචෝදකයන් හා විමර්ශණ නිලධාරීන්ගේ සහභාගීත්වය සහිත ‘දෙමුහුන්’ අධිකරණයක් පිහිටුවීමයි. උසාවියේ නඩුවක් ගොනු කිරීමට තරම් සාක්‍ෂි නැති වුවත් මානව හිමිකම් උල්ලංඝනය කළාය කියා සැකයට භාජනය වී සිටින සන්නද්ධ හමුදා සාමාජිකයන් පරිපාලන ක්‍රියාදාමයක් තුළින් සේවයෙන් ඉවත් කිරීමටත් ඔවුන් එම යෝජනාව තුළින්... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 17/03/19)

Kandyan Convention of 1815 - A Convention violated and dishonoured
by Senaka Weeraratna
(This is an edited version of a paper read out at a Public Seminar on the ‘ Kandyan Convention of 1815’ held at the University of Peradeniya, Arts Theatre, on March 09, 2019) The Kandyan Convention (‘Ingrisy – Sinhale Givisuma’) must be examined in the context of British colonial policy seeking British supremacy all over world. The British developed ingenious ways of grabbing other people’s lands under various pretexts. The Kandyan Convention is a classic example of this ploy. In India, under its policy of Subsidiary Alliance the British used Treaties to make Indian States, subordinate to... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 17/03/19)

The mass grave in Mannar  –  Do we need further studies?
Chandre Dharmawardana, Canada
When construction workers excavating the site of the Sathosa Store  in Mannar  unearthed skeletal remains in  late 2013, they had accidentally found one of the largest mass graves in the country. Radio-carbon dating has now put the skeletal remains to the 15th -18th century. However, the TNA and a number of NGOs have called for further radio-carbon dating. It is important to understand how  this has acquired such political significance, and why  further studies are scientifically warranted. The pro-Eelamist Tamil Net used the news   on Tuesday, 24 December 2013 to indict the Sri Lankan army as... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 17/03/19)

Bones, Naseby and Kiriella
N.A. DE S. AMARATUNGA Courtesy The Island
Bones found in a mass grave in Mannar have been found to be more than 300 years old by a laboratory in Florida, USA. Lord Naseby has called on all the countries sponsoring the Resolution against Sri Lanka to bring down the official figure of deaths during the last stages of the war against the LTTE to 5,000. Minister Kiriella has warned the Geneva delegation not to make any adverse changes in the latest resolution against Sri Lanka to be taken up at the UNHRC Conference. These three occurrences, though not apparently connected,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 17/03/19)

Future of SLPP-SLFP grand alliance in the making uncertain
By Shamindra Ferdinando Courtesy The Island
March 17, 2019, 10:50 pm The outcome of talks between the SLPP and the SLFP, for a grand coalition against the UNP was in the balance, political sources told The Island. The SLPP and SLFP are scheduled to meet again on March 21 following their first round of talks on March 14 at the Opposition Leader’s Office. SLPP Chairman Prof. G.L. Peiris and SLFP General Secretary Dayasiri Jayasekera led the two delegations. Some SLFP MPs reneged on their pledge to vote with the Joint Opposition/SLPP against the second reading of budget 2019 on... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 17/03/19)

Need a proper policy on foreign investors - Gotabaya
Courtesy Adaderana
When inviting foreign investors, it is important to create an economic policy which can protect the local entrepreneur stated former Defense Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa. If foreign investors are invited into the country they should generate some foreign exchange and employment opportunities for the country, he said. He further said that the investors also need to change their technology to suit Sri Lanka. Gotabaya Rajapaksa expressed these views at the ‘Eliya’ conference held in Badulla today (17). Reportedly, the conference was attended by experts from various fields. https://youtu.be/fPR1CSiHE8o... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 17/03/19)

Mahinda tells what stand SL should take in Geneva
Courtesy Adaderana
The Leader of the Opposition Mahinda Rajapaksa states that Sri Lanka should no longer co-sponsor resolutions against the country at the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC). Issuing a press release titled ‘The stand Sri Lanka should take in Geneva’, the Opposition Leader says that the government will be co-sponsoring another resolution against the country at the UNHRC in Geneva. He points out that by co-sponsoring Resolution 30/1 previously, the government of Sri Lanka accepted a report which accused the Sri Lankan armed forces of war crimes. https://youtu.be/xs9693ofiMQ The release states that apart from no... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 17/03/19)

Hybrid delegation to turn down hybrid courts
By Sugeeswara Senadhira Courtesy Ceylon Today
While the top two leaders of the country disagree on most of the issues, they patched up their serious differences on the issues faced by Sri Lanka at the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva. During the discussion held with President Maithripala Sirisena, the Minister of Foreign Affairs Tilak Marapana agreed to lead the delegation, which includes Dr. Sarath Amunugama and Northern Governor Suren Raghavan as President’s nominees. Geneva team However, this compromise was arrived at after the initial damage was done. During the preliminary discussions in Geneva, Sri Lanka has... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 17/03/19)

Resolution against us
By Shivanthi Ranasinghe Courtesy Ceylon Today
It was an unbelievable act when the Yahapalana Government co-sponsored the Resolution 30/1 in 2015. A Government to have accepted to have committed war crimes and therefore to co-sponsor a Resolution against its own country is unprecedented. Outraged, national movements predicted that history would never again witness such a treacherous act, meaning that the Yahapalana Government would not have any followers. However, the incumbent Government, which is really a residue of the Yahapalana Government, proved this prediction wrong by co-sponsoring the Resolution 34/1, at the ongoing 40th UNHRC Session. This UNHRC Resolution 34/1... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 17/03/19)

Executive Presidency Can it be abolished in a hurry?
By Gamini Abeywardane Courtesy Ceylon Today
Abolition of the executive presidency has surfaced in the political debate again.  Since early nineties the matter has been brought up many times in election promises - first by Chandrika Kumaratunga in 1994, then by Mahinda Rajapaksa in 2005 and 2010, and lastly by Maithripala Sirisena in 2015. Yet for all, none of them kept their promises and instead displayed their duplicity by trying to enhance their power or stick to it as long as possible. The only minor deviation from this trend was visible when Maithripala Sirisena agreed to prune down some... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 17/03/19)

WILL SLPP ASPIRATIONS  BE UNDONE IF LEADERSHIP DELAY ANNOUNCING ITS PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE?
By M D P DISSANAYAKE
Attempting to unite all like-minded political forces will be a distinct advantage.  Similary it is imperative to identify  reasons why those forces such as JVP and SLFP are now turning the tide towards SLPP. Winning General Election or Presidential Election with political Kangaroos such as JVP and SLFP will only provide some oxygen for them in their last journey towards political isolation. There had been ample opportunities in the past 4 years for them to co-operate and work with President Mahinda Rajapakse. Instead they have done everything at their disposal to destroy the Leader... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/03/19)

ලංකාවේ දොස්තරකම සක්විති පදවියක් වෙන්නේ කොහොමද ?
වෛද්‍ය රුවන් එම් ජයතුංග
දැන් බලමු ලංකාවේ දොස්තරකම සක්විති පදවියක් වෙන්නේ කොහොමද කියලා.  සරණපාල දුප්පත් පවුලක කෙනෙක්. ඔහුගේ පියා වඩුවෙක්. ඔහු කුඩා කාලයේ උණට බෙහෙත් ගන්න දොස්තර ලඟට  යනවා. එහිදී ඔහු දකිනවා තම පියා දොස්තර ඉදිරියේ බයාදු කමින් සරණපාල ගේ ලෙඩය ගැන කියන අයුරු.  දොස්තර ටයි එකක් දාලා ගාම්භීර විදියට ඉන්නේ. ඒක සරණපාල දකිනවා. තම පියා වගේ හඩු සරමක් නොවෙයි දොස්තර මහත්තයා ඇඳන් ඉන්නේ. දොස්තර මහත්තයා සරණපාලගේ පියාව ගනන් ගන්නේ නැතිව මූණ දිහාවත් නොබලා බේතක් ලියලා දෙනවා. එතකොට සරණපාලගේ පියා හාමුදුරුවන්ට අට පිරිකරක් දෙනෙවා වගේ දෝතින් දොස්තරට සල්ලි දෙනවා. ඩිස්පැන්සරියෙන් එලියට ආවම සරණපාල දකිනවා දොස්තර මහත්තයාදේ අළුත්ම දිලිසෙන කාර්... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/03/19)

ORIGINAL BUDDHIST AND A NORMAL CATHOLIC
Dr Sarath Obeysekera
Today in the supermarket I heard an interesting conversation, a person seems likes businessman was talking to either his wife or a friend about their daughter or son about a matrimonial proposal. It was not the nicest thing to do to listen to tele conversation, but ci could not resist. His conversation was as follows. “Mother is original Buddhist and father is normal catholic .Father observes SIL (Panchal Sheela) with mother .But whole family believes in Original Buddhism “I was wondering what he meant by Original Buddhist and a Normal Catholic? I am a normal practicing... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/03/19)

Chinese loans are 10% of Sri Lanka’s total foreign debt, and of this, 60% was lent on concessional terms
By Dr.Dushni Weerakoon and Dr. Sisira Jayasuriya Courtesy NewsIn.Asia
Colombo, March 16 (Channel Asia News): Global media and numerous “experts” routinely assert that Sri Lanka was forced to cede a strategically important port to China after being lured into a debt trap by easy Chinese loans. This story has now become part of the wider narrative of how China is using the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) to achieve its diplomatic and strategic aims through debt diplomacy. But it is a story based more on fiction than fact. Sri Lanka did (and still does) face a debt crisis. It has... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/03/19)

Abject capitulation in Geneva
by C.A.Chandraprema Courtesy The Island
The latest resolution in the UNHRC that is to be co-sponsored by Sri Lanka has the following 31 countries as its sponsors: Britain, Albania, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Czechia, Denmark, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Malta, Montenegro, Netherlands, New Zealand, North Macedonia, Norway, Poland, Romania, San Marino, Slovakia, Sri Lanka, Sweden. This list tells a story that no person interested in Sri Lanka or Sri Lankan affairs should overlook. We all recall that when the Rajapaksa government was in power, the then Obama administration in the USA passed three... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/03/19)

Amunugama slams U.N. HIgh Commssioner’s report "Atrocious piece of writing with lies, half-lies & highly contestable statements"
Courtesy The Island
The report of the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees, due to be discussed at the ongoing proceedings of the U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva was yesterday slammed by senior politician Sarath Amunugama as "an atrocious piece of writing containing lies, half lies and highly contestable statements" on the situation in Sri Lanka in the last few years. Amunugama, who has held senior cabinet appointments in UNP and UPFA governments, leaves for Geneva tonight as a member of the delegation led by Foreign Minister Tilak Marapona to attend the UNHRC sessions. He said yesterday that... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/03/19)

Couldn’t defeat budget because of SLFP - Mahinda
Courtesy Adaderana
Opposition Leader Mahinda Rajapaksa stated that the opportunity to defeat the budget was lost as Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) members refrained from voting at the second reading of the Budget 2019. Attending an event held in Matale area, he said that although it has been 10 years since the defeat of terrorism, the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva still doesn’t see the peaceful state within the country. “I saw on a Sunday newspaper that 9 military personnel have been issued travel bans stating that they are not let into those countries. The reason... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/03/19)

HIDDEN AGENDAS IN CONSTITUTIONAL REFORMS
By W.A.De Silva Courtesy The Daily Mirror
Constitutional reforms to whose benefit? Will it provide any consolation to the national economic crisis? Was there a demand from the masses for a new Constitution? You may find answers to these questions once you peruse this article. Article 3 of Chapter 1 of the Constitution states that “in the Republic of Sri  Lanka, sovereignty is in the people and it is inalienable.” Article 4 of same chapter states that “sovereignty of people shall be exercised and enjoyed in the manner that legislative power through Parliament consisting of elected representatives of... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/03/19)

TUITION: A BANE OR A SPUR?
By Goolbai Gunasekara Courtesy The Daily Mirror
Can good teaching in schools outwit the tutor’s hold on students of today? Ravi Nagahawatte’s thoughtful article motivated me to make these observations on WHY tuition is so popular and why so many students (even very bright ones) seem to need this special help. There are many reasons why children seek tuition and it is not always because there is a poor teacher in school. I can speak with a certain authority on behalf of private and international schools because I know what happens in these institutions. One can be... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/03/19)

Teaching students from Grades 1-5 in English should stop: Ven. Ratana Thera
Yohan Perera and Ajith Siriwardana  Courtesy The Daily Mirror
National List MP Venerable Athuraliye Ratana Thera yesterday urged the government to stop teaching school children from Grades one to five in the English medium. Speaking during the committee stage debate on the budget in Parliament, the Venerable Thera said Sri Lanka is currently following a concept which is not followed in any other country of providing primary education in another language other than the child’s mother tongue. “If a child is given a primary education in a language other than their mother tongue that child would not be a citizen... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/03/19)

1,987 students discard University education due to ragging: Hakeem
Ajith Siriwardana and Yohan Perera  Courtesy The Daily Mirror
Higher Education Minister Rauff Hakeem said yesterday 1,987 students had abandoned their education because of ragging after they were enrolled at state universities. He told Parliament that the government had adopted a zero-tolerance policy whee ragging was concerned, but it was continuing. "We are taking effective action to prevent this from happening in universities. The Vice Chancellors and councilors of all the universities were vested with powers to take action against such inhuman activities," the minister said. He said a hot-line had been set up to lodge complaints on sexual and... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/03/19)

Sri Lanka Bans Chewing Betel Within State Institutions
By Eurasia Review
The issuance of a Sri Lankan public administration circular to prohibit the consummation and sale of products made using betel, tobacco and areca nut at state institutes has been approved by the Cabinet. The relevant cabinet paper was presented by the Minister of Health, Nutrition & Indigenous Medicine Rajitha Senaratne. Issuing a release, the Health Ministry stated this decision was taken considering the adverse effects of betel chewing on one’s health and the environment.Although betel chewing is accepted as a social and a cultural habit, it is a major reason behind the massive number of mouth cancer... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/03/19)

‘There Is No Excuse’: Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum in Discussions to Return Looted Colonial Art
BY FRIEZE NEWS DESK
15 MAR 2019 Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum is in talks with representatives from Sri Lanka and Indonesia about returning ten objects to their place of origin, in a move described as ‘pioneering’. The objects, taken during Dutch colonial and military campaigns, are likely to include a diamond believed to have belonged to the Sultan Panembahan Adam of Banjarmasin as well as a ruby-encrusted cannon. The Rijksmuseum is thought to hold around 1000 stolen artefacts. The museum’s director, Taco Dibbets said in an interview with Dutch newspaper De Trouw: ‘It’s a disgrace that the Netherlands is only now turning... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/03/19)

SriLanka’s  International Debt.
By Garvin Karunarathe
Economist Uswatta Aratchi  criticises the role played by the Chinese in his Paper:“Capital Cheap in Chong Guo and expensive in Sri Lanka”(The Island 20/2/19) If not for the support Sri Lanka received from China with the provision of weapons, all on loans, we could never have defeated the LTTE. It is true that China has financed many projects.  It was a time when Sri Lanka was heavily indebted and it was very difficult to find funds. Of our international loans,  loans from China amounted to only 2% in 2008,  and 2013 while in 2017 it amounted... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/03/19)

Sri Lanka: Put UNHRC inside the war zone
The UN/UNHCR and all of its Rapporteurs & Officials love to quote from the international textbooks on how wars should be waged, the rights of the civilians, the rules of war, international humanitarian laws, human rights laws and what not. But they are quoting all of these seated in air conditioned rooms in Geneva, New York and clueless about what it is really like to be inside a war zone. Therefore, let us put UNHRC officials into numerous scenarios of terror that Sri Lanka faced & question what UNHRC would have done in those instances. 30 November 1984 –... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 16/03/19)

වඩිගාගමනය
ආචාර්ය වරුණ චන්ද්‍රකීර්ති
වඩිගාගමනය ගැන කතාව කියන්නම්. දෙමළ භාෂාව කතාකළාට වඩිගයෝ කියලා කියන්නේ දෙමළ ජනවර්ගයක් නෙවෙයි. ඒ අය වැඩිපුර නෑදෑකම් කිව්වේ ආන්ද්‍රා ප්‍රදේශයේ ඉන්න තෙළිඟු මිනිස්සුන්ට. ඒත් කාලයක් තිස්සේ මධුරෙයි නගරයේ ජීවත්වෙච්ච හින්දා ඒ අය කතාකළේ දෙමළ. ඉස්සර විදිහට කියනවා නම් මධුරාපුරය කියලා කියන්නේ පාණ්ඩ්‍ය රටේ අගනුවර. ඒක දෙමළ මිනිස්සු හිටපු රටක්. ඊට අමතර ව තවත් රටක දෙමළ මිනිස්සු හිටියා. ඒකට කිව්වේ චෝළ කියලා. මේ රටවල් දෙක ම තිබුණේ එකකට එකක් මායිම්වෙලා. නැගෙනහිර පැත්තට වෙන්න තිබුණේ චෝළ රට. බටහිර පැත්තට වෙන්න තිබුණේ පාණ්ඩ්‍ය රට. දැන් තමිළ්නාඩුව කියලා ප්‍රාන්තයක් හදලා තියෙන්නේ ඒ රටවල් දෙකට ම අයිති බිම් එකතුකරලා. තමිළ්නාඩු කියන... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/03/19)

සියලුම කාරණා නිහඩව අහගෙන ඉදලා බැදුම්කර සිද්ධිය හැන්සාඩ් කරන අවස්ථාවේදී පමණක් ඒ් විදියට විරෝධයක් පළකලේ ඇයි.
ශ්‍රී ලංකා පොදුජන පෙරමුන අද දින පැවැති මාධ්‍ය හමුව
අද දින (15) පැවැති මාධ්‍ය හමුවට සහභාගි වූ කථිකයින්  පාර්ලිමේන්තු මන්ත්‍රී සෙහාන් සේමසිංහ මහතා පාර්ලිමේන්තු මන්ත්‍රී ඉන්දික අනුරුද්ධ මහතා පාර්ලිමේන්තු මන්ත්‍රී සෙහාන් සේමසිංහ මහතා  රටේ ආර්ථිකය, ප්‍රතිපත්ති සම්පාදනය සම්බන්ධයෙන් වූ අගමැතිවරයාගේ වැය ශීර්ෂයේ විවාදය පැවත්වුනා. ඒ සාකච්ඡාවේදී අගමැතිවරයාගේ කතාව තුලත්, රනිල් වික්‍රමසිංහ මහතාගේ පැරණි පාර්ලිමේන්තු කතාවලත් තිබුනේ දිගින් දිගටම මහින්ද රාජපක්ෂ මහතාගේ ආන්ඩුව විවේචනය කිරිමයි. ඒතුමා කියන ආකාරයට වර්තමාන අවුරුදු හතරක කාලය අපේ රට සීඝ්‍රව ඉදිරියට ගිහින්. නමුත් සංඛයා ලේඛණ වල ආර්ථිකය කඩා වැටීම පෙන්වනවා. ඒ් වගේම ඒතුමාගේ කතාව හා හැසිරීමෙන් පේන්නේ බැදුම්කර සිද්ධිය අපේ රටට විශාල හානියක්... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/03/19)

Fantasyland of the crooked
By Lucien Rajakarunanayake  Courtesy The Island
Columnist Kusal Perera of the Daily Mirror has today (15) described many of the latest Budget proposals, especially on education, as fantasies — imaginary or improbable things. He has got it right. But such fantasy is now the stuff of all aspects of governance and certainly goes beyond supposed scholarships abroad for Educational Excellence at the GCE A Level or toilets for unsanitary schools. What we see today in governance is both farce and fantasy.President Sirisena has taken a step back from his ‘naadagam’ move of sending his own delegation to the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/03/19)

Budget 2019: Fantasies for short term debate
By Kusal Perera  Courtesy The Daily Mirror
What is a collection of fantasies called? Fantasy is defined in the Oxford English Dictionary as “….Imagining impossible or improbable things”. But what is a ‘collection’ of such imaginations called? Here in Sri Lanka it simply is a Budget. The latest budget for 2019 now debated in Parliament proposes to give full scholarships to fourteen (14) students who come on top at the Advanced Level examination this year. All island firsts in all five streams and the first in all nine Provinces are offered scholarships to Harvard, MIT, Oxford, Cambridge etc.Next year the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/03/19)

Are some Sri Lankans suffering from an inferiority complex
By Dr. Tilak S Fernando Courtesy Ceylon Today
When any language is considered in a broad generalisation, the structure of words pertaining to every society, is used to express and communicate one’s opinion to another and it varies from society to society, and culture to culture. In such a backdrop, every nation tends to adapt one’s mother tongue to befit individual customs and their own culture. Thought process Humans interact through a thought process from the brain, which transforms into either verbal or written forms. Language is the most powerful tool to preserve and develop palpable and tangible heritage of... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/03/19)

THE TAMIL LANGUAGE IN SRI LANKA Part 13
KAMALIKA PIERIS
Tamil reached the position of a national language through an artificial route, not a natural one. Sri Lanka has not adopted the Tamil language spontaneously. Tamil became a national language overnight through the efforts of the Tamil Separatist Movement. From the 1940s onwards, the Tamil politicians wanted to get Tamil recognized on par with Sinhala. The strategy of the Tamil Separatist Movement, whether for language or land, was to ‘get it into the statutes’. It took time, but eventually Tamil language entered the statutes as a national language. Raja Collure, then Chairman, Official Language Commission, said that... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/03/19)

30 Questions for UNSG & UN Human Rights Council regarding Sri Lanka
UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon commissioned 3 members (Ban Ki Moon Panel of Experts) selected personally by him to submit a personal report on the ‘final months’ of Sri Lanka’s conflict. This report was not commissioned by the UNGA or UNSC. This report was never tabled at the UNGA, UNSC or even UNHRC. This report was actually leaked to the public. How can the UNHRC head quote from this leaked personal report & how can 3 successive UNHRC resolutions be based on a personally mandated leaked report? How can a personally commissioned report (Darusman Report) become the basis for... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 15/03/19)

Exploring quantum mechanics and confirming the true meaning of Buddhism--Mr. Zhiyu: the change of birth and death of electronic mechanics, echoing the scriptures of the Diamond Sutra
Courtesy Buddhistdoor
On the 9th of March, Fo Guang Shan Jin Guangming Temple held a lucky lecture on the eight-pass fasting and human Buddhism, and invited the Master of the Faculty of the Faculty of Buddhism and the Ministry of Education to teach "quantum mechanics and emptiness." Despite the continuous rain and cold weather, the scene attracted nearly 350 people to listen to the scientific perspective of the Dharma and explore the truth of the universe. Master of Knowledge, Faculty of Public Affairs, Fo Guang Shan Jungle College (Photo: International Fo Guanghui World Federation) Growing up in a Buddhist... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/03/19)

Saga of a Child Genius - Bertram Elibank Devepurarathna
Senaka Weeraratna
This is a story of a child genius who shone brilliantly at Royal College, Colombo when the school was located at St. Sebastian Hill, Hulftsdorp. A Royal College Magazine of that period devotes 3-4 pages to his invention and heaps praise on him. Bertram Elibank Devepurarathna was the inventor of a mechanism that improved the Reversing Gear in Steam Engines and his patent was registered in London in 1910. He was again successful in registering a Patent in London in 1913 in respect to a device that improved the valve mechanism for internal combustion Engines. His name... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/03/19)

අයවැය දෙවැනිවර කියැවීමේදී විපක්සයේ බහුතර ඡන්දයෙන් පරාජය කරන්න එකගතාවයකට ආවා, නමුත් එජනිස මහලේකම්වරයා ඇතුලු කණ්ඩායම ඡන්දය ප්‍රකාශ නොකර පාර්ලිමේන්තුවෙන් ඉවත් වුනා.
ශ්‍රී ලංකා පොදුජන පෙරමුන අද දින පැවැති මාධ්‍ය හමුව
පාර්ලිමේන්තු මන්ත්‍රී රන්ජිත් සොයිසා ජනාධිපති වැය ශීර්ෂය ඡන්දය ප්‍රකාශ කිරීමේදී මන්ත්‍රීවරුන් කියපු විදියට යමක් වෙයිද කියලා අපි බලන් හිටියා. ඒ වගේම පෙරේදා අයවැය දෙවෙනිවර කියැවීමේ  ඡන්ද විමසීමේදී අපි බලාපොරොත්තු වුනා යම් ආකාරයකින් තර්ජනයක් ආන්ඩුවට එල්ල කරන්න හැකිවෙයි කියලා.  නමුත් අයවැය සදහා ඡන්දය විමසීමේදී  ශ්‍රී ලංකා නිදහස් පක්ෂයේ මන්ත්‍රීවරු ගත්ත තීරණය ගැන විපක්ෂය ලෙස අපි කණගාටු වෙනවා. දවස් 11ට මහින්ද රාජපක්ෂ විපක්ෂ නායකතුමාගේ ප්‍රධානත්වයෙන් සාකච්ඡාවක් පැවැත්වුනා. අයවැය දෙවැනිවර කියැවීමේදී විපක්සයේ බහුතර ඡන්දයෙන් පරාජය කරන්න ඒ වෙලාවේදී සියලු දෙනා එකගතාවයකට ආවා. ඒ වගේම ආන්ඩුවේ පැත්තෙන් ජනාධිපතිවරයාගේ වැය ශීර්ෂය පරාජය කරන්න උත්සාහ කලොත් ඒ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/03/19)

ආණ්ඩුව ප්‍රජාතන්ත්‍රවාදය උගසට තබා බලය තර කර ගැනීමේ උත්සාහයක නිරත වෙනවා
කැෆේ සංවිධානයේ වැඩබලන විධායක අධ්‍යක්ෂ අහමඩ් මනාස් මකීන්   මාධ්‍ය නිවේදනය
ප්‍රජාතන්ත්‍රවාදය විකුණා බලය ලබාගැනීම වෙනුවට මැතිවරණය පවත්වා නියම  ප්‍රජාතන්ත්‍රවාදය ආරක්ෂා කිරීමට කටයුතු කරන්නැයි නිදහස් හා සාධාරණ මැතිවරණයක් සඳහා වන ජනතා ව්‍යාපාරය ඉල්ලයි. එහි වැඩබලන විධායක අධ්‍යක්ෂ අහමඩ් මනාස් මකීන් මහතා පසුගියදා කොළඹ පැවති වැඩ මුළුවකදී මේ බව අවධාරණය කළේය. වත්මන් ජනාධිපතිවරයා සහ අගමැතිවරයා ජනතාවගේ ප්‍රජාතන්ත්‍රවාදය ආරක්ෂා කරදීම වෙනුවට  තම බලය තර කර ගැනීමේ අරමුණ ඇතිව කටයුතු කරන බව පැහැදිලි වන්නේ යැයි ද හෙතෙම පැවසීය.  ජනාධිපතිවරයා   මැයි 31 වන දිනට පෙර පළත් සභා  මැතිවරණය පැවැත්විය යුතු බව අවධාරණය කරමින්  ඒ පිළිබඳව කැබිනට් මණ්ඩලයෛන් උපදෙස් විමසමින් කල් මරමින් සිටින බවත්, අගමැති... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/03/19)

Facilitating terrorism through the Constitution and the law The Constitutional Madhouse – Part 7
By C. A. Chandraprema  Courtesy The Island
March 14, 2019, 8:56 pm We are living through an era when there is growing unease in the country due to the rise of anti-social gangs in the North. They may still be at an incipient stage, but networks are being built and a lifestyle is evolving. One never knows what it will develop into, given the fact that there are thousands of unemployed youth in the North, who are averse to local work and dream of migrating overseas. Then there is the rise of the drug related underworld in the South. On... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/03/19)

JVP exposes ‘rape film industry’ in the North
By Saman Indrajith  Courtesy The Island
March 14, 2019, 11:03 pm Women and children in the Northern Province were being exposed to a sinister racket of producing rape films sponsored by members of the same community who were resident abroad, JVP MP Bimal Rathnayake, yesterday, told parliament. Participating in the Committee Stage Debate of the Appropriation Bill 2019 on the Ministry of National Policies, Economic Affairs, Resettlement and Rehabilitation, Northern Province Development, Vocational Training and Skills Development and Youth Affairs, MP Ratnayake said that there was now a ‘rape film industry’ in the area. "This is a tragedy.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/03/19)

Opposition leader Mahinda Rajapaksa urges Govt. to withdraw from proposed resolution at the 40th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva.
Ajith Siriwardana and Yohan Perera Courtesy The Daily Mirror
Opposition leader Mahinda Rajapaksa today urged the government to withdraw from the proposed resolution co-sponsored by Sri Lanka to be presented at the 40th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva. He told parliament that the government should consider the true information and observations revealed by Lord Naseby of the British parliament and withdraw from it. He said even United States of America had withdrawn from the UNHRC claiming that it was politicised. Raising a question under 23/2 in parliament, he said the government should immediately mediate... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/03/19)

Poverty and Unemployment
By Ananda Ariyarathne Courtesy Ceylon Today
National Prosperity is the reflection of the ultimate capacity that is maintained by a Government providing the best possible environment for the sustenance of life. A Government is the power house that should generate the energy required in turning the environment to be sustaining life with ease. When a Government finds it difficult to solve at least the most crucial problems, it is from there, the deterioration starts extending its effect radiating in all the directions causing stagnation and ultimate collapse of the systems. Poverty is the inability to acquire what sustains life.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/03/19)

Mangala in Retreat: Budget 2019
By sumanasiri liyanage Courtesy Ceylon Today
Presenting his first budget in November 2017, Mangala Samaraweera behaved like a bull in a china shop informing that he would amend the laws that were enacted by the previous governments in order to protect the lower rung of the society for the satisfaction of the greed and needs of the local and foreign bourgeoisie. When the Budget 2018 was presented to Parliament, academics trained in conventional economics appeared to have found their saviour in Mangala Samaraweera, well-known for his anti-populist thinking. They praised him as someone who could complete without any reservation... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/03/19)

Sri Lanka to purchase cranes from China to handle larger container ships
Courtesy NewsIn.Asia
Colombo, March 14 (newsin.asia) – The state owned Sri Lanka Ports Authority, on Thursday said that it would purchase three ship-to-shore gantry cranes from China for its deep water terminal at the Colombo Port in order to handle bigger container ships this year.  The Government Information Department said that the cabinet of ministers, had this week approved a proposal by Minister of Ports, Shipping and Southern Development, Sagala Ratnayaka to buy the cranes for the Jaya Container Terminal from China’s Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industries Company Limited. Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industries Company Limited,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/03/19)

Lanka averts danger of having two teams with clashing agendas at UNHRC
Courtesy NewsIn.Asia
Colombo, March 13 (newsin.asia): Sri Lanka, which was earlier going to present the spectacle of being represented by two delegations with conflicting agendas to represent it at the 40 th.Session of the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva, has now announced that there will be only one combined delegation. The government on Wednesday announced the formation of a joint delegation representing both the political rivals, namely, President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that the Sri Lankan delegation will comprise: Tilak Marapana, Minister of Foreign Affairs... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/03/19)

In conversation with Nishi Uggalle: Child genius places herself behind Einstein and Hawking
By Kamanthi Wickremasinghe Courtesy The Daily Mirror
It would be a nerve-wrecking experience for a 12-year-old to answer degree-level questions within seconds on a reality TV show. But it was a piece of cake for Nishi Uggalle, now 13, who was adjudged Child Genius 2019 at the recently concluded Channel 4’s Child Genius contest. Born to Sri Lankan parents, Neelanga Uggalle and Shiromi Jayasinghe, Nishi from Audenshaw, Greater Manchester, calls herself a ‘geek’ and spends her spare time reading philosophy and solving complicated maths questions. Nishi stunned audiences as she fired off a series of correct answers in seconds without... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/03/19)

EINSTEEN Child Genius Nishi Uggalle, 13, on why she’s proud to be a science and physics-loving geek for girls everywhere
By Kate Jackson Courtesy The Sun (UK)
Last weekend Channel 4 viewers watched in awe as the teen with a higher IQ than Einstein was crowned Child Genius 2019 ON her tenth birthday, Nishi Uggalle raced into her parents’ bedroom to see if her dream could finally come true. She pleaded: “Can I take the Mensa IQ test now?” An unusual request from such a young girl perhaps, but then Nishi is far from usual. Demonstrating incredible drive, Nishi spends her spare time reading philosophy and carrying out complicated maths questions . . . 'for fun'... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/03/19)

Sports - an important means of empowering people and bridging divides within societies – Ambassador Azeez tells the Human Rights Council
Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka to the United Nation Geneva
Addressing the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) as the Chair of the 2018 HRC Social Forum, today, Sri Lanka’s Permanent Representative in Geneva Ambassador A.L.A. Azeez stressed that the Forum provided a platform for a vibrant multi-stakeholder dialogue. He said it brought together governments, intergovernmental organisations, sports bodies, academia and the private sector, to address how best sports could be promoted as a means of empowering people while bridging divides among different segments of society. “Sports, like diplomacy, has the potential to bring all actors beyond the immediate theatre... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/03/19)

George Galloway on Venezuela (subtitulos en Español)
George Galloway live-streamed this address on 31 January 2019. Hereby the subtitled version. Contact George Galloway on Twitter
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georgegalloway.com George Galloway transmitió en vivo esta dirección el 31 de enero de 2019. Por la presente, la versión subtitulada. Póngase en contacto con George Galloway en Twitter
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georgegalloway.com https://youtu.be/Jsci1IJpG5M... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 13/03/19)

The history as to what and who caused the genocidal campaigns in SRI LANKA
Professor Nishan Chaminda Wijesinha
During the Riots of 1915 (May 28 to June 5, 1915) the British governor came down with a heavy hand on the Sinhalese community. The governor declared Martial Law on (June 2 to August 30, 1915). And ordered the police and the army to arrest and imprison several prominent Sinhalese leaders. Among those imprisoned were D.S. Senanayake, D.R. Wijewardena, Dr. Cassius Pereira, E.T. De Silva, F.R. Dias Bandaranaike, H. Amarasuriya, A.H. Molamure and others. It was reported that other leaders were shot without trial. It was then Sir Ramanathan who came to the rescue of the... -Full Story-
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අපි පළාත් පැලන මැතිවරණයට ගියේ පක්ෂයට අවුරුද්දක් පිරී පක්ෂයට ප්‍රතිපත්තියක් හෝ අනාගත වැඩපිළිවෙලක් ඉදිරිපත් කරන්න හැකියාවක් තිබුනේ නැති අවස්ථාවක
ශ්‍රී ලංකා පොදුජන පෙරමුණේ බැසිල් රාජපක්ෂ මහතා
ශ්‍රී ලංකා පොදුජන පෙරමුණ ගොඩනැගුනේ ගම් මට්ටමින්. අපි පළාත් පැලන මැතිවරණයට ගියේ පක්ෂයට අවුරුද්දක් පිරුණ අවස්ථාවක. ඒ වෙද්දි අපේ පක්ෂයට ප්‍රතිපත්තියක් හෝ අනාගත වැඩපිළිවෙලක් ඉදිරිපත් කරන්න හැකියාවක් තිබුනේ නැහැ. අපි ජනතාවට පොරොන්දු වුනා නැවත ජනතාව ඉදිරියට එන්නේ පක්ෂයේ ප්‍රතිපත්ති මාලාව හා අනාගතයේ පිහිටුවන රජයේ වැඩපිළිවෙලකුත් සමගයි කියලා. මෙය සකස් කළ යුත්තේ දේශපාලනඥයෝ හෝ පක්ෂයේ නායකයින් විසින් නෙවෙයි, ජනතාව අතරින් මේ වැඩපිළීවෙල සකස් කළ යුතු බව අපි තිරණය කළා. ජනමුල ප්‍රතිපත්ති සම්පාදනයක් සදහා පක්ෂය පහසුකම් සපයන්නෙක් පමණක් විය යුතුයි කියලා අපි එකගතාවයට ආවා. වෘත්තීයවේදීන්, වෘත්තීය සමිති, විශ්ව විද්‍යාල ආචාර්යවරුන් , ව්‍යාපාරික ප්‍රජාව මේ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/03/19)

President drops plan to send separate delegation to Geneva Marapana takes over, Mahinda Samarasinghe opts out
By Saman Indrajith Courtesy The Island
March 13, 2019, 11:40 pm President Maithripala Sirisena will not be sending a separate delegation to represent him at the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) sessions in Geneva, UPFA MP Mahinda Samarasinghe told Parliament yesterday. Speaking during the committee stage debate on the Budget, MP Samarasinghe said that following discussions held yesterday President Sirisena had agreed that the government’s delegation to Geneva would be led by Foreign Minister Tilak Marapana. UPFA MP Dr Sarath Amunugama, who is currently sitting in the Opposition, would also be included in the official delegation. "He will go... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/03/19)

Rise-up Sri Lanka Rise-up! Destroy the Enemy Utterly as It Pivots to Mother Lanka (Part 2)
By ‘Che’
In Part 1, it was discussed why America is today, Sri Lanka’s Enemy Number ONE. The Map above, printed by courtesy of ‘Millennium Challenge Corporation’ (MCC), is how America perceives Sri Lanka in 2050, a Colony of the United States; Sri Lanka is America’s Military hub in the Indian Ocean which the Americans describe as the Indo-Pacific Ocean. America demanded, and Wickramasinghe agreed to give, a 200-mile-long Corridor of Land from Trincomalee to Colombo comprising 1.2 Million Acres of mineral-rich land under the guise of Ranawaka’s ‘Megapolis’ development; the Americans have indicated that the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/03/19)

Commonwealth Nations must seek apology and reparations from Britain
The architects of international laws, charters, treaties etc are those that first flouted them. No camaraderie should take place by former colonies until and unless Britain admits to its horrific crimes in all of the colonies. Other than Australia, Canada & New Zealand (forming white rule exterminating the indigenous) all other former colonies belong to the Third World, grappling to come out of their poverty and conflicts suffered as a result of colonial divide & rule policies. The 16 Commonwealth Values are good for paper when the main perpetrator is omitted from the dock. How can Africa, Latin America, Asia... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 12/03/19)

The Buddha's ‘Anatta’ doctrine and mathematical thinking
Bodhi  Dhanapala,  Quebec, Canada.
The Island newspaper has published several accounts of the Anatta doctrine by a number of writers, including Dr. Carlo Fonseka, an ex-Marxist free thinker who has an excellent  grasp of  Buddhism, as well as Dr. Upul Wijayawardena, an ex-cardiac surgeon with a deep critical mind. The learned Bhanthe Dhammika from Australia has supplied the authoritative account. Interestingly, one aspect of these comments with a diversity of backgrounds is the lack of use of  even a modicum of mathematical language – the supreme language needed for the exploration of subtle concepts. So,  when Leo Fernando, who... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/03/19)

2018 ඉදිරිපත් කරපු හරිත අයවැයෙන් සියයට 30ක් යෝජනා ක්‍රියාත්මක කලේ නැහැ
ශ්‍රී ලංකා පොදුජන පෙරමුන අද දින පැවැති මාධ්‍ය හමුව
අද (12) දින පැවැති මාධ්‍ය හමුවට සහභාගි වූ නියෝජිතයින් පාර්ලිමේන්තු මන්ත්‍රී ලක්ෂ්මන් අබේවර්ධන මහතා පාර්ලිමේන්තු මන්ත්‍රී අනුර යාපා පාර්ලිමේන්තු මන්ත්‍රී එස්. එම්. චන්ද්‍රසේන මහතා පාර්ලිමේන්තු මන්ත්‍රී ලක්ෂ්මන් යාපා  අබේවර්ධන මහතා මේ රජයට මැතිවරණ අයවැයක්වත් ඉදිරිපත් කර ගන්න බැරි වුනා. 2018 ඉදිරිපත් කරපු හරිත අයවැයෙන් සියයට 30ක් යෝජනා ක්‍රියාත්මක කලේ නැහැ. 2018 වසරේ අද්ධමනය වැඩි වෙලා ජනතාව පීඩනයට ලක්වුනා. 2019 අයවැය එන්ටර්ප්‍රයිස් අයවැයක් ලෙස සදහන් කරලා තියෙනවා. මේ අයවැයෙන් මිනිස්සුන්ට නොදැනෙන ලෙස 38 වැනි පිටුවේ 205 යටතේ 2005 සිට මෙතෙක් වැඩිනොකළ සියලු බදු වැඩිකරන්න තීන්දු කරලා. මේ බදු වර්ග මොනවාද කියලා සදහන්... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/03/19)

Sri Lanka Trade and Tourism Promotion in North Sweden
Embassy of Sri Lanka Sweden
The Embassy of Sri Lanka in Stockholm together with the Sweden-Sri Lanka Business Council organized two events in Luleå on 03 and 04 March to promote Sri Lanka tourism and investment opportunities.  Luleå is the capital of Norrbotten County, which is home to many companies engaging in high tech research and manufacturing industries. On 03 March, the first flight of the charter flight operator TUI departed for Sri Lanka with 250 passengers. The TUI charter flight operator arranges majority of travel groups from Sweden to Sri Lanka. Ambassador of Sri Lanka in Sweden Sudantha Ganegama Arachchi was... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/03/19)

Anti-Sri Lanka project suffers setback as US report on ‘Mannar Sathosa mass grave site’ clears Army
By Shamindra Ferdinando Courtesy The Island
March 12, 2019, 9:19 pm The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights obviously believed the lies propagated by the interested parties. The Commissioner went to the extent of referring to the Mannar mass grave site in her latest annual report (section 23) submitted to the UNHRC. The following is the relevant section: "On May 29, 2018, human skeletal remains were discovered at a construction site in Mannar (Northern Province), Excavations conducted in support of the Office on Missing Persons, revealed a mass grave from which more than 300 skeletons were discovered. It was the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/03/19)

A Budget which offers no solutions
N.A. DE S. AMARATUNGA  Courtesy The Island
From a layman's point of view a budget prepared by a Finance Minister of a government must attempt to provide solutions to the acute financial issues and problems that have a direct or indirect effect on the lives of the people. One need not be an economist to observe that these issues may fall into two groups, firstly those that have a direct impact on the daily lives of people such as cost of living,  employment opportunities etc. and secondly, those which have an indirect effect such as the GDP, inflation, debt... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/03/19)

UN drew int’l attention to ‘other mass graves expected to be found in the future...’ Before release of US lab reports on Mannar bones
By Shamindra Ferdinando Courtesy The Island
Sri Lanka is expected to inform the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and the Human Rights Council (HRC) of the conclusion of the radiocarbon dating analysis by the Beta Analytic Testing Laboratory in Florida, US, in respect of six skeletal samples sent there in January 2019 with the intervention of the Office of Missing Persons (OMP) established in accordance with Oct 2015 Geneva Resolution. US lab tests have revealed that the skeletons belonged to a period that covered the Portuguese and the Dutch rule. Foreign Ministry spokesperson... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/03/19)

Rijksmuseum to start talks about stolen art with Sri Lanka
Courtesy dutchnews.nl
The Rijkmuseum in Amsterdam is starting talks with Sri Lanka and Indonesia about some 1,000 pieces in its collection that may have been stolen and become part of the Dutch ‘colonial heritage’, Trouw reports. The move comes after last week’s decision by the Dutch National Museum of World Cultures (NMWC) to publish guidelines for countries to claim stolen art or art that is of great cultural significance to a country. ‘It’s a disgrace that the Netherlands is only now turning its attention to the return of the colonial heritage’, Rijksmuseum director Taco Dibbets told Trouw. ‘We should... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/03/19)

Mannar Mass Grave: Cease excavations as it is a crime scene plus an archaeological site
On 2 grounds no more excavations should take place in Mannar, Sri Lanka. Firstly, the area where the Mannar skeletons have been found which include women and children is a place of a crime where people have been murdered. We all know what happens when a murder takes place & the area is sealed with no one allowed to enter or remove anything from the site. Secondly, given that the US lab tests have revealed that the skeletons belong to a period that covers Portuguese & Dutch rule. It is therefore an archaeological site. That both former colonial invaders carried... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 12/03/19)

MANNAR GRAVE YARD AND FABRICATED PROPAGANDA
BY EDWARD THEOPHILUS
A scientific test on the uncovered human skeletons from an ancient grave yard in Mannar proved that they were older more than 500 years and a TNA MP in Mulaitiu District, Mr. Nirmala Nathan Siva Mohan further fussed against the true information reported by Florida Lab.  According to historical information recorded in Sri Lanka those skeletons were of so-called lower caste fishing Tamils lived in Mannar who were killed by the order of Jaffna Tamil Administrator, Sankili Segarajasekeran VI (1519-1560). It is estimated that 600 people were killed in terms of historical records. Prof.G.P.V. Somaratne (2007)... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/03/19)

Dagoba in the `Bush Capital' Australia
By Panduka Senanayake
A milk white dome with a long conical object pointing skyward from its apex sits partly hidden from view amidst trees and buildings in a dip beside a junction of two main arterial roads, the  Athlon and Drakeford Drives at Tuggeranong in the Australian `Bush Capital' of Canberra. Unique to Canberra it is the first Dagoba to be built  in the city comprising Buddhists from other Asian countries. It is situated in the Sri Lankan Buddhist Temple complex at the nearby Jenke Circuit. The 11 metre tall 6.7 metre in diameter structure was gradually constructed since... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/03/19)

ගුරුවරුන්ගේ විරෝධතාවයට ශ්‍රී ලංකා පොදුජන අධ්‍යාපන සේවා සංගමයේ සහාය
ශ්‍රී ලංකා පොදුජන පෙරමුන
විදුහල්පති ගුරු වැටුප් විෂමතා ඉවත් කරන ලෙස ආන්ඩුවට බල කරමින් එලැඹෙන 13 වැනිදා අසනීප නිවාඩු වාර්තා කිරීමේ වෘත්තීය ක්‍රියාමාර්ගයට ශ්‍රී ලංකා පොදුජන අධ්‍යාපන සේවා සංගමයේ සහාය පල කරන බව එම සංගමයේ සභාපති වසන්තා හදපාන්ගොඩ මහත්මිය පැවසීය. ඒ අනුව එලැඹෙන 13 වැනිදා අසනීප නිවාඩු වාර්තා කරමින් සේවයට වාර්තා නොකරන ලෙස සිය සංගමයේ සාමාජික සාමාජිකාවන්ගෙන් ඉල්ලා සිටින බවද ඇය සදහන් කළාය. 1997.01.01 දින සිට බී. සී පෙරේරා වැටුප් කොමිෂම මගින් මෙම වැටුප් විෂමතාව ඇති කරනු ලැබූ අතර මේ හේතුවෙන් ගුරු සේවය අර්බුද රැසකට මුහුණ දී ඇතැයිද හෙතෙම පැවසීය. වසර 23ක් පුරා පවතින විදුහල්පති ගුරු වැටුප් විෂමතා ඉවත්... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/03/19)

ශ්‍රී ලංකා පොදුජන පෙරමුනේ මාධ්‍ය හමුව
අද මාධ්‍ය හමුවට සහභාගි වූ නියෝජිතයින්
ශ්‍රී ලංකා පොදුජන පෙරමුනේ සභාපති මහාචාර්ය ජි. එල්. පීරිස් මහතා පාර්ලිමේන්තු මන්ත්‍රී රෝහිත අබේගුණවර්ධන මහතා ශ්‍රී ලංකා පොදුජන පෙරමුනේ සභාපති , මහාචාර්ය ජි. එල් පීරිස් මහතා අභීයාචනාධිකරණය ඉදිරියේ අපේ හිටපු මහඇමැතිවරුන් දෙදෙනෙක් පළාත් සභා මැතිවරණය නොපැවැත්වීම සම්බන්ධයෙන් නඩු පවරලා තියෙනවා. මේ නඩුව ජනතාවගේ සර්ව ජන ඡන්ද බලයට සම්බන්ධයි. මේ වෙද්දි මැතිවරණ කල් දාලා අවුරුදු එකහමාරක් වෙනවා. අප්‍රියෙල් වෙද්දි පළාත් සභා 8ක් අක්‍රීය වෙනවා වුනත් රජය ඒ සම්බන්ධයෙන් අවධානය යොමු කරන්නේ නැහැ. පළාත් සභාවට වැදගත් විෂයන් 36ක් පැවරිලා තියෙනවා. රෝහල් , පාසල්, මාර්ග නඩත්තුව, ආදි සියලුම දේ නතර වෙලා. ජනතා ඡන්දයෙන් පත්වුනු පළාත් සභා මන්ත්‍රීවරුන්ට... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/03/19)

Lifted a boat in Trinco first time on Sunday using state of the art floating dock
Dr sarath obeysekera Walkers Trinco Shipyard
SLPA Trinco and Navy ISPS were not happy for doing this in Codbay  despite permisson  from Chairman fishery harbour corporation SLPA Harbour Master has theatened to arreast me I went on Sunday ready to be arrested and yet i felt good when i finished With no hand cuffs Trick was to invite press to cover the event I would have been in National News if Harbour Master arrested me His ludicrous claim was that Fishery Harbour is owned by corporation but  Water is his !!! Navy ,police,Harbour Security came to watch and... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/03/19)

France/Afrique : 14 African Countries Forced by France to Pay Colonial Tax For the Benefits of Slavery and Colonization
By  Mawuna Remarque KOUTONIN* Courtesy mediapart.fr
  Did you know many African countries continue to pay colonial tax to France since their independence till today! When Sékou Touré of Guinea decided in 1958 to get out of french colonial empire, and opted for the country independence, the french colonial elite in Paris got so furious, and in a historic act of fury the french administration in Guinea destroyed everything in the country which represented what they called the benefits from french colonization. Three thousand French left the country, taking all their property and destroying anything that which could not be moved:... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/03/19)

අල්ලපු අත්තත් පය ගැසූ අත්තත් දෙකම අහිමි වන ලකුණු
තමන් නායකත්වය දෙන ශ්‍රී ලංකා නිදහස් පක්ෂය සහ හිටපු ජනපති මහින්ද රාජපක්ෂගේ නොනිල නායකත්වය යටතේ පවතින ශ්‍රී ලංකා පොදු ජන පෙරමුණ අතර පොදු සන්ධානයක් ඇතිකර ගැනීම සඳහා ජනපතිවරයා මහත් වෙහෙසක් දරමින් සිටී. එහෙත් එහි ප්‍රතිඵල නෙළාගැනීමට තවත් කාලයක් ගතවනු ඇත. පසුගිය සතියේ නොයෙක් කටකතා පළවුවත් ඒවායේ සදහන් වූ ආකාරයට ජනපතිවරයා සහ මහින්ද රාජපක්ෂ මහතා අතර මුහුණට මුහුණ හමුවක් පැවැතුනේ නැත. පෙර අවස්ථාවක දී ජනපතිවරයාම සදහන් කළ ආකාරයට, එවැනි හමුවක අවශ්‍යතාවක් නැත යැයි ශ්‍රී ලංකා නිදහස් පක්ෂයේ ජේ්‍යෂ්ඨයෙක් පැවසුවේ ය. වර්තමාන විපක්ෂ නායකවරයා ද වන මහින්ද රාජපක්ෂගේ විජේරාම පාරේ පිහිටි නිවසේ දී පසුගිය සතියේ පැවැති රැස්වීමකට එක්වූ ඒකාබද්ධ විපක්ෂයේ දේශපාලන... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 12/03/19)

Poverty alleviation amazing victory for Chinese people and model for rest of world: Sri Lankan ambassador
Courtesy http://en.people.cn
BEIJING, March 11 (Xinhuanet) -- Poverty alleviation in China is an amazing victory for the Chinese people and a model for the rest of the world, said Sri Lankan Ambassador to China Dr. Karunasena Kodituwakku during an exclusive interview with Xinhuanet recently. Official figures show that over the past 40 years, China has lifted more than 700 million rural residents out of poverty. "It's a remarkable achievement of China, because there is a population of 1.4 billion (people)," said the ambassador. This year marks the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China, a... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/03/19)

2019 Budget risks ruining Economy to win votes
By Prof. Tissa Vitarana General Secretary, LSSP Courtesy Ceylon Today
The 2019 Budget comes as the last one of this Government. The people have experienced four years of an “open market economy” and practically everyone in different walks of life complain that they feel dissatisfied, find it difficult to work and live the way they did earlier and want a change. Before 2015 the economy grew by 7%, now it is down to 3%. This Budget seeks not only to continue the downward path but with greater intensity, when it has failed both here and abroad. Even the USA... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/03/19)

Budget sans A vision
By Shivanthi Ranasinghe  Courtesy Ceylon Today
Though the Budget is always given huge publicity, by the Media, and becomes the topic of the town, majority of people remain clueless as to what it contains. The ordinary citizen whose discipline is not in accountancy or economics, do not know how to analyse the Budget and find the many digit numbers mind boggling. Politicians’ wisecracks about the presented Budget do not make the deciphering any easier. Usually the Ministers praise it whilst the Opposition vows to defeat it. Yet, Ravi Karunanayake’s words to the effect, “it’s not my opinion that matters;... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/03/19)

161kg of heroin and live ammo recovered at a house of an acquaintance of the drug kingpin “Makandure Madush”
The police have seized 161 kg of heroin at Rawatawatta in Moratuwa from a suspected criminal gang member’s house. The haul was recovered from the house of an acquaintance of the drug kingpin “Makandure Madush” named Kelum Indika Sampath alias “Kevuma”. The police have arrested two persons and 3000 T-56 live ammunition along with the heroin haul. https://youtu.be/JGRVzKpttuQ... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 11/03/19)

Sri Lanka, Japan ink USD 1.8 bn loan agreement for LRT system
Courtesy Adaderana
The Government of Japan has agreed to grant loan assistance of USD 1,800 million for the Light Rail Transit System (LRT) project that is to be implemented this year as a solution for the traffic congestion on Colombo city and suburbs, the Ministry of Finance stated, issuing a press release. Accordingly, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) will render its financial and technical support in this regard. The Secretary to the Ministry of Finance Dr R.H.S. Samaratunga, the Japanese Ambassador to Sri Lanka Akira Sugiyama and Chief Representative of JICA, Mr. Fusato Tanaka today (11) signed the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/03/19)

Sri Lanka warns of ‘extreme heat’ as temperatures continue to rise
Courtesy NewsIn.Asia
Colombo, March 11 (newsin.asia) – Sri Lanka’s Meteorology Department, on Monday issued an ‘extreme heat’ advisory as temperatures in several districts across the island is expected to rise further in the coming days. The Department, in a statement, cautioned the public to take appropriate precautions to avoid any health-related issues caused by the severe heat condition and the high level of moisture in the air and low wind speed had been the result of the rising temperatures. The Meteorology Department warned that the situation would prevail until the beginning of the south-west monsoon in May. The Natural... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/03/19)

BUDGET 2019, GAMPERALYA AND POLITICS
BY EDWARD THEOPHILUS
The budget Speech with the proposals for 2019 presented to the parliament clearly reflected that the government has failed to develop or open right policies to take the country to a right path for rapid development and a sustainable growth. Since 1957 Sri Lanka has been sticked to wrong budget policies and during the President R. Premadasa the budget policy was seriously poisoned by spending with printed money.  Mr Mahinda Rajapaksa, during his the last few years of presidency attempted to correct budget policies but he lost power in 2015. The main reason for this comment... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/03/19)

IN SEARCH OF TREACHEROUS VIBHISHANA
By Udaya P Gammanpila Courtesy Ceylon Today
The glorious King Ravana ruled Sri Lanka 4,500 years ago.  He was known as ‘Dasabala’ because of his expert knowledge in ten different subjects. Somebody may allege that Ravana’s achievements have been exaggerated by historians. Surprisingly, King Ravana’s abilities and achievements have been elaborated not by his followers but by his rival Indians.  Ramayanaya of Valmiki is the most well-known epic of Ravana. According to the Ramayanaya, Ravana had a fleet of planes and a seven-story palace.  Ravana’s civilization and knowledge system was destroyed by Indian invaders because of the betrayal by... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/03/19)

Mr President should declare the US Ambassador persona non grata immediately before things get even worse.
Sudath Gunasekara
10.3.2019. The whole nation wants the President to declare the US Ambassador persona non grata immediately as she is clearly and blatantly interfering with our domestic politics in which she has no business as a Diplomat. Only last week she visited Hambantota port with a CIA Agent and now it is followed by another visit to Palali in the North.  What the hell the Government is doing while these foreign Diplopmuts are nakedly fiddling with the domestic affairs of the country like this. Of cause no one can expects RW to do it as he may... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/03/19)

30-years of Deceptions, Lies and Political Chicanery
By Palitha M Senanayake
The recent utterance about the sanitary facilities in Hambanthota district during the Budget speech by Sri Lanka’s Finance Minister Hon. Mangala Samaraweera is typical of his flippant character and political opportunism. He stated that ‘even though the roads of Hambanthota district are paved beyond expectations there are 15,000 houses without toilet facilities in that district’ and this was targeted to ridicule the development efforts of former President Rajapakse. The writer, as the official Editor of the last Population & Housing report 2012 of the Department of Census Statistics of Sri Lanka, wishes to state that... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/03/19)

Why Executive Presidency should NOT be abolished
Sugath Samarrsinghe
This country has been on a quest to find a system of government since the State Council days, that will best suite the genius of the people, since the change in 1815. We came by the executive presidential system, whatever its original motives were, and it has been with us for the last 4 decades. The campaign to abolish this system seems to be reaching a culmination now. Usually our tendency is not to see the good side of anything that we have but  te to talk of its demerits. This exercise is therefore to look at... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/03/19)

THE TAMIL LANGUAGE IN SRI LANKA Part 12
KAMALIKA PIERIS
Revised 12.34.19 This essay examines two aspects of the Tamil language issue, “language rights” and the support of the Marxist/Leftist political parties for the Tamil language. The Tamil language lobby argued that the Tamils of Sri Lanka had ‘language rights’. However, the UN  Declaration on the Rights of Persons Belonging to National or Ethnic, Religious and Linguistic Minorities,  (1992) says   that   only minorities in ‘their own territories’ are entitled to enjoy their own culture, the right to use their own language in private and in public, freely and without interference or any form of discrimination. This convention... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/03/19)

ජාතික පාසල් විදුහල්පති තනතුරු පුරප්පාඩු
ජනමාධ්‍ය නිවේදනයය ලංකා ගුරුසේවා සංගමය. - Ceylon Teacher's Services Union. Ctsu Lanka
2019. 03. 08 ගරු අධ්‍යාපන අමාත්‍ය, අකිල විරාජ් කාරියවසම් මැතිතුමා, අධ්‍යාපන අමාත්‍යාංශය, ඉසුරුපාය, බත්තරමුල්ල. අමාත්‍යතුමණි, ජාතික පාසල් විදුහල්පති තනතුරු පුරප්පාඩු සම්බන්ධවයි. ජාතික පාසල් 354 න් 302 ක විදුහල්පති තනතුරු පුරප්පාඩුව පැවතීම සම්බන්ධව අප සංගමය විසින් දිගින් දිගටම පෙන්වා දුන් අතර ඒවා කඩිනමින් පිරවීමට අවශ්‍ය පියවර ගන්නා ලෙස ද ඉල්ලා සිටින ලදි. 2. මෙලෙස ජාතික පාසල් වල විදුහල්පති තනතුරු පුරප්පාඩු කරමින්, තම හිතවතුන් එම පුරප්පාඩු තනතුරු වල රඳවා ගනිමින් ඔබ විසින් පටු දේශපාලන අරමුණු ඉටුකර ගැනීමට කටයුතු කරන බවට අප නැගූ චෝදනාව මේ වන විට ඉතා... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/03/19)

මාර්තු මස 13 වන දින ගුරු ගැටලු විසඳීමට බලකරන, උද්ඝෝෂණය හා රැලිය පිළිබදව දැනුවත් කිරීමේ මාධ්‍ය හමුව
මාර්තු මස 13 වන දින ගුරු ගැටලු විසඳීමට බලකරන, උද්ඝෝෂණය හා රැලිය පිළිබදව දැනුවත් කිරීමේ මාධ්‍ය හමුව අද(03-10) පැවැත්විණ. මේ මාධ්‍ය හමුව සදහා ලංකා ගුරු සංගමය ස්වාධීන අධ්‍යාපන සේවක සංගමය ඒකාබද්ධ ගුරු සේවා සංගමය නිදහස් ලංකා පුරෝගාමී ගුරු සංගමය ලංකා ප්‍රගති ගුරු සංගමය ශ්‍රී ලංකා නිදහස් ගුරු සංගමය ශ්‍රේණිධාරී විදුහල්පති සේවා සංගමය ගුරු විමුක්ති පෙරමුණ සමස්ත ලංකා එක්සත් ගුරු සංගමය අධ්‍යාපන වෘත්තිකයන්ගේ සංගමය ශ්‍රී ලංකා ජාතික ගුරු සංගමය ශ්‍රී ලංකා ජාතික විදුහල්පති සංගමය සමස්ත ලංකා උපාධිධාරී ගුරු සංගමය ලංකා ගෘහ විද්‍යා හා ඩිප්ලෝමාධාරී ගුරු සංගමය ශ්‍රී ලංකා අධ්‍යාපන සමාජ සම්මේලනය යන සංගම් නියෝජනය කරමින් ගුරු සංගම් 06ක් සම්බන්ධ විය.... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 10/03/19)

“The environment is an enduring aspect of Sri Lanka’s national development”
Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka to the United Nation Geneva
“Sri Lanka has a longstanding history in preserving and nurturing the environment, and has made considered policies and programmes making the environment an enduring aspect of its sustainable national development”, Sri Lanka’s Permanent Representative in Geneva, Ambassador A.L.A. Azeez stated. Addressing the 2019 World Wildlife Day celebration in Geneva held under the theme ‘Life Below Water: For People and Planet’, Ambassador Azeez said that, in this context, Sri Lanka was proud and honoured to be the host of the 18th Meeting of the Conference of Parties to the Convention... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/03/19)

Chagos Islands: UN Court defends will of the people
RANJITH SOYSA
March 8, 2019, 12:00 pm The UN’s highest court recently ruled that the UK's claim of sovereignty over the Chagos Islands is illegal. It was stated that the UK's continued administration of the islands "constitutes a wrongful act entailing the international responsibility of that state". Mauritius reported to the courts that the UK forced her to give up the territory of Chagos islands in exchange for her rightful claim for Independence from the UK in 1968. The UN court accepted the position of Mauritius and rejected UK's claims. The sad story of the people of Chagos Islands began... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/03/19)

British Colonial Army crimes in Sinhale (Sri Lanka): Present day preachers were mass murderers
Britain our advice is not to judge Sri Lanka’s Armed Forces by the way your soldiers acted on instructions of the British Colonial Governor. If we thought theses atrocities carried out were only during colonial rule, we have been sadly mistaken as the Bloody Sunday massacre in Ireland in 1972 & the British crimes in Iraq reveal. The question is can the British Government without setting standards & taking punitive action against its own soldiers be allowed to pin blame on other countries & their army? We think not. Put your house in order first, Britain. Let’s not forget that... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 09/03/19)

MANNAR GRAVE YARD AND HUMAN RIGHT VIOLATION OF THE DUTCH AND TAMILS
BY EDWARD THEOPHILUS
There is no doubt that the grave yard uncovered by Sri Lanka’s government in Mannar, was a sacrifice of Catholic faith during the Dutch era.  When we attended to Catholic festivals in the Madu Church in the past, the incident was publicly memorised by the Catholic Church and special prayers were conducted by the Catholic Church on account of these martyrs.  I think late Chilaw Catholic Bishop, Reverend Edmond Peiris conducted historical studies on this martyrdom. Most probably these martyrs were lower caste Tamils, who converted to Catholic religion against the suppress of the high caste... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/03/19)

Gotabaya Rajapaksa on why he is confident of winning the Lankan Presidential election
By P.K.Balachandran Courtesy NewsIn.Asia
Colombo, March 8 (newsin.asia): Gotabaya Rajapaksa, former Sri Lankan Defense and Urban Development Secretary and younger brother of the country’ fifth President Mahinda Rajapaksa, is confident of getting elected as President of Sri Lanka at the end this year. He said in an interview here on Wednesday, that his confidence rests on his belief that Sri Lankans are yearning for a “non-mainstream, ethnically unbiased and an economic and social development-oriented leader” to wrench the country from the morass it has been stuck for three decades. Known to be a hardliner on the ethnic issue... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/03/19)

අද රටේ පවතින තත්වය පිලිබඳ කෙටි නාට්‍යාකට නාට්‍ය රචකයකුට කුඩා තිර රචනාවක සැකිල්ලක්
Sudath Gunasekara
8.3.2019. Sirisena: Looking at the world map to find the next county he should visit before expiring his term while dreaming as to how he could become the President for a second term Rnil W: Scheming and dreaming to oust or eliminate Sirisena to become the President as he knows that he can never get elected by the people as the President of this country and also waiting to fulfil his contract to the West to destroy this country, Sinhala nation and the Buddha Sasana MR: ???????? TNA: with 16 seats in Parliament  dreaming for the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/03/19)

President to open Cambodia Buddhist Centre
Janaka Perera
President Maithripala Sirisena will be the Chief Guest at the ceremonial opening of the Buddha Shrine of the International Cambodian Buddhist Centre Kaduwela on Saturday March 9. The distinguished Cambodian guest will be Her Eminence Mahopasika Sok Im. The event will be Co-Chaired by the Most Venerable Napana Pemasiri Mahanayaka Thera, Chief Sangha Patron of the Sri Lanka Ramanna Maha Nikaya and the Most Venerable Am Lim Heng Maha Nayaka Thera, Deputy Sangharaja of Cambodia To mark this event an alms giving will held for five thousand monks. The Buddhist Centre, a symbol of Sri Lanka-Cambodia Buddha... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/03/19)

SAMANTHA P SAID, HOPE SRI LANKA WILL CREATE A CIVILIZED SOCIETY; BUT THE WEST IGNORES UN COURT DECISION AND THE WILL OF THE PEOPLE
RANJITH SOYSA
The UN 's highest court recently ruled that the UK's claim of sovereignty of the Chagos Isands is illegal. It was stated that the UK's continued administration of the islands " constitutes a wrongful act entailing the international responsibility of that state". Mauritius reported to the courts that the UK forced her to give up the territory of Chagos islands in exchange for her rightful claim for Independence from the UK in 1968. The UN court accepted the position of Mauritius and rejected UK's claims. The sad story of the people of Chagos Island began in 1965  when... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/03/19)

ඒකාබද්ධ විපක්ෂයේ මැයිදින රැළිය සදහා කැම්බල් පිටිය වෙන්කෙරේ
ශ්‍රී ලංකා පොදුජන පෙරමුණ
ශ්‍රී ලංකා පොදුජන පෙරමුණ ප්‍රමුඛ විපක්ෂයේ ඒකාබද්ධ මැයිදින රැළිය මෙවර බොරැල්ල කැම්බල් පිටියේ පැවැත්විමට තීරණය කර ඇත. මේ සදහා ශ්‍රී ලංකා පොලීසියේ එකගතාවය මත කොළඹ නගර සභාවට මුදල් ‌ගෙවා පිටිය වෙන්කර ගැනීමට ද ශ්‍රී ලංකා පොදුජන පෙරමුණ පියවර ගෙන තිබේ. මැයි දින පැවැත්වීම සම්බන්ධයෙන් ප්‍රධාන දේශපාලන පක්ෂ නියෝජිතයින්ගේ සහභාගීත්වයෙන් කොළඹ දිසාව භාර නියෝජ්‍ය පොලිස්පති ලලිත් පතිනායක මහතාගේ ප්‍රධානත්නවයෙන් අද කොළඹදී රැස්වීමක් පැවැතිනි. ශ්‍රී ලංකා පොදුජන පෙරමුණ නියෝජනය කරමින් සබරගමුව හිටපු පලාත් සභා මන්ත්‍රී කාංචන ජයරත්න, ජනතා විමුක්ති පෙරමුණ නියෝජනය කරමින් පාර්ලිමේන්තු මන්ත්‍රී නලින්ද ජයතිස්ස , එක්සත් ජාතික පක්ෂය නියෝජනය කරමින් එක්සත් ජාතිකපක්ෂයේ පාලක ලේකම් ෂමාල්... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/03/19)

ජිනීවා හී පැවැත්වෙන ජගත් දේශප්‍රේමි ලාංකික සංසදයේ මහා උද්‌ඝෝෂනයට වෛද්‍ය චන්න ජයසුමන
මානව හිමිකම් මුවාවෙන් කෙරෙන රණවිරු දඩයමට, මැතිවරණ කල් දැමීමට, ඒකිය රට දෙකඩ කරන ව්‍යවස්ථා සංශෝදනවලට එරෙහිව හා සියලු ජාත්‍යන්තර මැදිහත්වීම්වලට එරෙහිව ජිනීවා මානව හිමිකම් ‌කොමිෂම ඉදිරිපිට මාර්තු 10 ඉරිදා සවස 1ට පැවැත්වෙන උද්ඝෝෂණය සදහා මහාචාර්ය චන්න ජයසුමන මහතා සහභාගි වෙයි. ඒ සදහා චන්න ජයසුමන මහතා  හෙට පිටත්ව යන අතර ශ්‍රී ලාංකිය දේශප්‍රේමි ජනතාව සමග අත්වැල් බැදගනිමින් ශ්‍රී ලංකාවට එරෙහි ජාත්‍යන්තර මැදිහත්විම් වලට විරෝධයදැක්වීම සදහා එළැඹෙන බදාදා රියද් අද්මිරාල් සරත් වීරසේකර මහතාද පිටත්වීමට නියමිතය.... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 08/03/19)

 පාසල් දරුවෝ 14ටත් ඉටුනොවෙන සිහිනයක් පෙන්නලා - කොකේන් ගහලා ඒකට මත්වෙලා සිහින ලෝකෙක ඉන්න වෙලාවක හදපු මේ අය වැය කොකේන් අයවැයක්
මාධ්‍ය සාකච්ඡාව  ශ්‍රී ලංකා පොදුජන පෙරමුණ
අද දින (08* මාධ්‍යහමුවට සහභාගි වූ නියෝජිතයින් පාර්ලිමේන්තු මන්ත‍්‍රී කනක හේරත් මහතා  පාර්ලිමේන්තු මන්ත‍්‍රී ඩි. වි. චානක මහතා  පාර්ලිමේන්තු මන්ත‍්‍රී කාංචන විජේසේකර මහතා  පාසල් දරුවෝ 14ටත් ඉටුනොවෙන සිහිනයක් පෙන්නලා  කෘෂිකර්මය විනාශ කරපු මොඞ් ගොවියා කියනවා පරාක‍්‍රමබාහු රජුට පස්සේ තමන්ලූ රට ස්වයංපෝෂිත කලේ.  ජැක් පොට් වගේ කැස්නෝ ගමට ගෙනිහින් ගමේ සූදුව නිතිගත කරලා ගමේ සුදුවෙනුත් බදු ගහන්න රැුජිනෝ කියලා එකක් ගේන්න සූදානම් වෙන්නේ. ජනාධිපතිවරයාගේ වැය ශීර්ෂය පරාජය කලොත් වෙන දේ දන්න නිසා අගමැතිවරයා ජනාධිපතිවරයාගේ වැය ශීර්ෂය පරාජය කරන්න දෛන්නේ නැහැ  පාර්ලිමේන්තු මන්ත‍්‍රී කනක හේරත් මහතා මංගල සමරවිර මුදල් ඇමැතිවරයා කිව්වා මේ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/03/19)

මාධ්‍යට කිව්වට පලක් නැ. සංහිදියාවට බාධා වෙයිනේ ඒ නිසා ප‍්‍රචාරය කරන එකක් නැ
මාධ්‍යට කිව්වට පලක් නැ. සංහිදියාවට බාධා වෙයිනේ ඒ නිසා ප‍්‍රචාරය කරන එකක් නැ
https://www.facebook.com/fortune2020/posts/2348767562020145... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/03/19)

Is Mahinda Playing Fair By Gotabhaya In The Presidential Candidacy Issue?
By  D.B.S. Jeyaraj Courtesy The Daily Mirror
Gota would’ve been a political casualty if MR-MS’ Oct. 26 coup succeeded Imperative for Rajapaksas to pick candidate with best chance of winning Is former President Mahinda Rajapaksa playing fair by his younger brother Gotabaya as far as the presidential election candidate issue is concerned? This question has popped up in the minds of many observers of Sri  Lanka’s political landscape in recent times. Although the Rajapaksa brothers present an outward image of monolithic unity, the political grapevine has hummed many times about strong political differences existing within the ‘Kurakkan Sataka’ clan. This... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/03/19)

This Intnl. Women’s Day, Sri Lanka launches all female compartments on public trains
Courtesy NewsIn.Asia
Colombo, March 8 (newsin.asia) – Sri Lanka’s Transport and Civil Aviation Ministry, on Friday, launched special ‘all female compartments’ in passenger trains travelling throughout the island in order to ensure the safety of female passengers, local media said. The additional compartments were unveiled on Friday morning, coinciding with International Women’s Day, on the Sagarika, Samuddra Devi, Maho, Bangadeniya, Rambukkana and Fowzie local trains which travel throughout the country. The Transport and Civil Aviation Ministry said the compartments would help minimize the complaints of harassment faced by women in public transport while... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/03/19)

Sri Lanka’s national air carrier operates first all female crew flight
Courtesy NewsIn.Asia
Colombo, March 8 (newsin.asia) – Sri Lanka’s national air carrier, Sri Lankan Airlines, operated its first all female crew flight from Colombo to Singapore and back on Friday to celebrate International Women’s Day, the airline said in a statement. The UL306 flight took off from Colombo’s Bandaranaike International Airport on Friday morning carrying over 170 passengers on board. The flight landed back in Colombo from Singapore on Friday afternoon. The flight was piloted by Captain Simran Ghumman and First Officer Maneesha Nambuge. Sri Lanka held several events to celebrate... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/03/19)

Wijeyadasa files complaint against Suraksha Insurance
Courtesy Adaderana
The Presidential Commission of Inquiry has decided to investigate a complaint lodged against a financial irregularity committed through the ‘Suraksha’ insurance operated by the Ministry of Education. The complaint was filed by UNP Parliamentarian Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe yesterday (07). He claims that this insurance has not drawn any benefit for school children and irregularity of Rs 2300 million has taken place as a result. The minister further says that Rs 29 million has been misappropriated by printing school textbooks, which contained the image of the Education Minister, for the year 2018. Furthermore, an additional Rs 538 million has... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/03/19)

CID officer arrested while accepting bribe remanded
Courtesy Adaderana
The CID officer arrested in the act of accepting a bribe of Rs 80,000 has been remanded until March 22nd by the Colombo Magistrate. The suspect, who was arrested by the Bribery Commission yesterday (07), was produced before the Colombo Magistrate Lanka Jayaratne. The Bribery Commission informed the court that the officer in question has initially solicited a bribe of Rs 513,000 from a businessman to prevent a purported lawsuit against him over a cheque fraud committed by an intermediary acquainted to him. He has later solicited another bribe of Rs 100,000 from the said businessman saying... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/03/19)

Sri Lanka has failed to seize opportunity provided by UNHRC - report
Courtesy Adaderana
The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet says the “lack of progress” shows that the situation of human rights in Sri Lanka should remain firmly on the agenda of the UN Human Rights Council. In the latest report on Sri Lanka by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), the High Commissioner therefore urges the Council to remain closely engaged with the Government of Sri Lanka and to continue to monitor developments in the country. The report said that in 2015, by co-sponsoring Human Rights Council resolution 30/1, the Government... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/03/19)

Sri Lanka’s women want to work—and thrive in the workplace
BY IDAH Z. PSWARAYI-RIDDIHOUGH Courtesy http://blogs.worldbank.org
It’s International Women’s Day today, and there is a lot to celebrate in Sri Lanka and beyond. Being a woman, mother, sister, aunt – name it, it’s something women wake up to daily and they love it.  None of them question about being enumerated for these roles.  We marvel and revel in the roles. But make no mistake. Women are also very capable breadwinners, contributors to the economies, innovators and entrepreneurs amongst many other roles. Women want to work, and they want to stay in the workplace.   What they seek is balance: a gender-balanced workplace, a gender-balanced... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/03/19)

How to succeed as Sri Lanka’s top woman entrepreneur: Honesty, hard work, and perseverance
BY IDAH Z. PSWARAYI-RIDDIHOUGH  http://blogs.worldbank.org
This International Women’s Day I chose to have a conversation with a lady who is recognized as the leading Sri Lankan woman entrepreneur, Mrs. Aban Pestonjee. Her story is an inspiration to youth (male and female) and women who are afraid of failure and taking risks. Starting from a modest home-based business, 50 years ago, today Aban is a household brand name that is island wide in Sri Lanka. The company employs people from different walks of life in diverse jobs from street cleaners to those employed in a mega mall. The... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/03/19)

US lab tests report on Mannar mass grave reveals bone samples belong to 1499-1719 AD era
Sithum Chathuranga and Romesh Madusanka Courtesy The Daily Mirror
The Carbon dating report from the Beta Analytic Institute of Florida, USA has revealed that the skeletal remains found in the Mannar mass grave dates back to a period between 1499 and 1719 AD (Anno Domini). However, the analysts are of the opinion that it was impossible to determine the specific time period. Skeletal remains of 325 bodies were recovered during the investigation carried out for 155 days. Skeletal remains of 318 bodies have so far been unearthed including those of 29 children Six samples of skeletal remains were sent... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/03/19)

මන්නාරම් සමූහ මිණීවලේ කාල නිර්ණ වාර්ථාව මෙන්න.. මෙරට හමුදාවට යුද අපරාධ චෝදනා බොරු වෙයි.. පෘතුගීසීන්-ලන්දේසීන්ට යුද අපරාධ චෝදනා..
වන්නි රොමේෂ් මධුෂංඛ lanka C news
මන්නාරම් සමූහ මිණීවලේ කාල නිර්ණය සඳහා වූ කාබන් පරික්ෂණයේ වාර්ථාව අද (07) මන්නාරම් අධිකරණය මගින් ප්‍රසිද්ධියට පත් කරන ලදි. මේ අනුව ඇමරිකාවේ ෆෝරීඩාහි පිහිටි බීටා ඇනලටික් නැමති රසායනාගාරයට ලබා දුන් මන්නාරම් සමූහ මිණීවලෙන් රැගත් සාම්ඵල 6ම වාර්ථාව අද දින පසිද්ධියට පත් කරමින් එලි දක්වා තිබුනේ සමූහ මිණීවලේ ඇටසැකිලි වල කාල නිර්ණය අනුව වර්ෂ1400 ත් 1719ත් අතර කාලයේදී බවට පෙන්වා දී ඇත. මන්නාරම් මහෙස්ත්‍රාත් ආර්. සර්වනරාජ් මහතාගේ නියොග්යන් පරිදි අද දින මෙසේ සමූහ මිණීවලේ කාබන් වාර්ථාවන් ප්‍රසිද්ධියට පත් කෙරුනේ අතුරුදහන්වූවන්ගේ ඥාතීන් වෙනුවෙන් පෙනී සිටින නීතීඥවරුන් විසින් මන්නාරම සමූහ මිණීවලේ නඩුව අද (07) දින මෝසමක් මගින්... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/03/19)

Meditation - Are you confused?
Dr Sarath Obeysekera 
Lately we find that there are over seven Buddhist channels in Sri Lanka .In other religious countries you will not find so many religious channels .When you scroll internet you will find thousands of YOUTUBE Buddhist sermons and mediation classes. Some monks and laymen who practice meditation and  deliver sermons claim the meditation is not required to become enlightened to  achieve “ Sothapana”- the first stage of enlightenment .They say that people should listen to analysis given in Tripitaka by Buddha They criticize each other,One prominent monk has severely criticized another one who globe troll in... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/03/19)

Similarities Between Palestine & Kashmir + India Buying Israeli Weapons
Tensions between Pakistan and India remain high after Pakistan shot down Indian fighter jets.
Is the militancy of Israel's right wing politicians spreading into India? Join Jake for a discussion on the topic. https://youtu.be/CII61e1GZus... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/03/19)

පළාත් පාලන නියෝජිතවරියන් ගෙන් 67% ක් ඉදිරි පළාත් සභා මැතිවරණය සඳහා සූදානම්
මාධ්‍ය ඒකකය- නිදහස් හා සාධාරණ මැතිවරණයක් සඳහා වූ ජනතා ව්‍යාපාරයේ අධ්‍යක්ෂිකා සුරංගී ආරියවංශ කියයි.
පසුගිය වසරේ මාර්තු 8 වනදා පැවති පළාත් පාලන මැතිවරණයෙන් ජයගත් කාන්තාවන්ගෙන් 67% ක්ම ඉදිරි පළාත් සභා මැතිවරණ සඳහා තරඟ කිරීමේ අපේක්ෂාවෙන් පසුවන බව නිදහස් හා සාධාරණ මැතිවරණයක් සඳහා වූ ජනතා ව්‍යාපාරය පවසයි. එහි අධ්‍යක්ෂිකා සුරංගී ආරියවංශ මහත්මිය මේ බව සදහන් කලේ පළාත් පාලන නියෝජිතවරියන්ගේ ගැටළු හඳුනා ගැනීම සඳහා පැවති වැඩමුලුවක් අමතමිනි. පළාත් පාලන ආයතන සඳහා තේරී පත්වූ කාන්තාවන් අති බහුතරයක්  ගතවූ වසරක කාල සීමාව තුළ කැපී පෙනෙන මෙහෙවරක් ඉටු කර ඇති බව ද ඇය පෙන්වා දුන්නාය. මෙහිදී වැඩිදුරටත් අදහස් දැක්වූ සුරංගී ආරියවංශ මහත්මිය පෙන්වා දුන්නේ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/03/19)

මංගල සමරවීර ඉදිරිපත් කරපු අයවැයෙන් මේ රටේ ජනතාවට අඩුම තරමේ බලාපොරොත්තුවක්වත් දුන්නේ නැහැ
අද දින (05) ශ්‍රී ලංකා පොදුජන පෙරමුණ මාධ්‍ය සාකච්ඡාවට සහභාගි වූ නියෝජිතයින්
පාර්ලිමේන්තු මන්ත්‍රී ජානක වක්කුඹුර මහතා පාර්ලිමේන්තු මන්ත්‍රී ඉන්දික අනුරුද්ධ මහතා පාර්ලිමේන්තු මන්ත්‍රී ජානක වක්කුඹුර මහතා මංගල සමරවීර ඉදිරිපත් කරපු අයවැයෙන් මේ රටේ ජනතාවට අඩුම තරමේ බලාපොරොත්තුවක්වත් දුන්නේ නැහැ. ගම්පෙරළිය කියලා ගම්මාන 33000ට රුපියල් මිලියන 48000ක් වෙන් කරලා තියෙනවා. 2015 ජනාධිපති මැතිවරණයේදි කියපු පුංචි කාර් සිහිනය විතරක් නැති කරලා මේ අය අයවැය පොතෙන් මිලියන 48000ක් හොයලා තියෙනවා. වාහනවලට ගහන බද්ද විතරක් මිලියන 48000යි. වාහනවලින් ගන්න බද්දෙන් තමයි ගම්පෙරළිය කරන්නේ. සමෘද්දි අලුතෙන් දෙන්න මිලියන 10000ක් වෙන්කරලා තෝරා ගත්ත භාණ්ඩ සදහා මිලියන 15000 බද්දක් ගහනවා. තෝරා ගත්ත භාණ්ඩ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/03/19)

කාන්තා දින පණිවිඩය 
ශ්‍රී ලංකා පොදුජන පෙරමුණ  කාන්තා සංවිධානය
ශ්‍රී ලාංකීය ජන සමාජය සදාචාර සම්පන්න ලෙස ගොඩනගීමේ වගකීම උර දරා සිටින ශ්‍රී ලාංකික කාන්තාව සැබැවින්ම සුරක්ෂිතද, සැබැවින් ඇයගේ සමාජ වගකීම ඉටු කිරීමට හැකිවන පරිසරයක් ඇය වටා ගොඩ නැගී ඇත්ද යන්න සම්බන්ධයෙන් මෙවර ජාත්‍යන්තර කාන්තා දිනයේ සමස්ත ශ්‍රී ලාංකිකයන්ගේ ගේ අවධානය යොමු විය යුතුව තිබේ. බිළිදියක , දියණියක, බිරිදක, මිත්තණියක වශයෙන් මෙන්ම මිතුරියක වශයෙන් ජිවිතයේ වගකීම් රැසක් ඉටුකරනා කාන්තාවගේ සුරක්ෂිත භාවය මෙන්ම ඇයගේ පෝෂණය සම්බන්ධයෙන් රජයක් වශයෙන් මූලිකවම විශේෂයෙන් අවධානයක් යොමු කළ යුතුව තිබේ. නමුත් වත්මන් රජය විසින් ලිප ගිණි මොලවන කාන්තාවගේ හිස ගිණි තැබීමට විවිධාකාරයෙන් කටයුතු කරමින් සිටියි. බඩු මිල වැඩිවීම, අධ්‍යාපන... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/03/19)

යුද සිරකරුවන් සහ ඊලාම් යුද්ධය
වෛද්‍ය රුවන් එම් ජයතුංග විසින් ලියන ලද POWs of the Eelam War ලිපියේ සිංහල පරිවර්තනය
ඊලාම් යුද සමයේ යුද සිරකරුවන් වී  (POW) සිටි පිරිස් මේ වන විට මානසික සෞඛ්‍ය පිළිබඳ ගැටළු රාශියකට මුහුණපායි. ශ්‍රී ලංකාවේ උතුරු ප්‍රදේශයේ වසර 20 ක් තිස්සේ පැවති ඊලාම් යුද්ධය, ඉන් දිවිගලවාගත් පුද්ගලයන් අතරේ විවිධ මානසික හා කායික සෞඛ්‍ය අපහසුතාවයන් ඇති කිරීමට හේතු කාරක වී ඇත. දෙමළ ඊලාම් විමුක්ති කොටි සංවිධානය  මගින්, යුද සමයේදී හමුදා සේවයේ යෙදී සිටියවුන් බොහොමයක් සිර භාරයට ගන්නා ලද අතර ඉන් සමහර දෙනෙකු මරණයට පත් කරන ලදී. ඉතිරි යුද සිරකරුවන් ජාත්‍යන්තර රතුකුරුස කමිටුවට   භාර දෙන ලදුව පසුව ඔවුන් නිදහස් කොට... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/03/19)

How the Supreme Court coped with the 19th Amendment -The Constitutional Madhouse – Part 6
By C.A.Chandraprema Courtesy The Island
The Supreme Court was called upon to deliver a judgment relating to the provisions of the 19th Amendment for the first time when several political parties including the UNP petitioned the apex court against the dissolution of Parliament and the declaration of a general election, late last year. The instance in which the 19th Amendment was considered by the Supreme Court before that was when it was still a Bill. The document that went before the Supreme Court, in early 2015, as a Bill to amend the Constitution was very different to what we have... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/03/19)

Liberalism and neo-liberalism: Continuity or rupture
By sumanasiri liyanage Courtesy Ceylon Today
The direction is now clear. Day before yesterday, it was students of higher education institutions. Yesterday, it was unemployed graduates seeking employment. Then Government teachers raised their grievances. These events have shown at least symbolically the direction towards which the country is moving. As some observers tend to define the present Government as liberal democratic, they would also argue that these oppositionist forces, which are on the other side of the fence, support, wittingly or unwittingly, non-liberal and anti-democratic forces in the country. Hence, they may say that the suppression of these forces can... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/03/19)

Concrete surfaces create "rough luxury" inside K House in Sri Lanka
Natasha Levy Courtesy Dezeen.com
Austere concrete interiors offset the verdant surroundings of this pair of holiday homes in southwest Sri Lanka, completed by Aim Architecture and Norm Architects. Situated in the small fishing village of Kottegoda, K House was designed by Danish practice Norm Architects and Chinese studio Aim Architecture to make the most of its tropical setting. "Because of the beachfront location, the aim was to achieve a rough luxury experience that embraces nature," explained Peter Eland, lead architect at Norm Architects. The site plays host to two peaked-roof concrete properties – East House and West House – which are loosely arranged in an L-shape to frame a... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/03/19)

Lanka PM Wickremesinghe, President Sirisena at loggerheads over war crime probes
PTI Colombo | Courtesy The  Hindu
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on Thursday appeared to be on collision course with President Maithripala Sirisena over Sri Lanka’s commitment to the UNHRC on war-time atrocities against Tamils as he reiterated the government’s commitment to implementing the UN resolution. The Prime Minister’s Office in a joint statement with the Foreign Ministry on Thursday said Sri Lanka will continue to demonstrate its commitment and determination towards a steady and long-lasting reconciliation process through a co-sponsored resolution. It said the government will seek an extension of the timeline of the UHRC resolution 30/1 of October 01, 2015,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/03/19)

Lankan President and Prime Minister have clashing views on approach to 2015 UNHRC resolution
Courtesy NewsIn.Asia
Colombo, March 6 (AFP/newsin.asia): Sri Lanka’s President Maithripala Sirisena went back Wednesday on pledges to the UN Human Right s Council (UNHRC) to investigate war-time atrocities, saying he did not want to “re-open old wounds”. But the government led by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has struck a different note saying that it will go ahead with the implementation of the co-sponsored UNHRC resolution of 2015 and harshly criticized those who oppose this move. Sri Lankan government troops were accused of killing at least 40,000 ethnic Tamil civilians in the final months of the island’s... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/03/19)

SC issues order preventing Wasantha Karannagoda’s arrest
Courtesy Adaderana
The Supreme Court has issued an order preventing the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) from arresting or detaining the Retired Admiral Wasantha Karannagoda over the abduction of 11 youths. The Supreme Court judge bench consisting of Justices Buwaneka Aluwihare, Vijith Malalgoda, and Preethi Padman Surasena issued the injunction considering the Fundamental Rights (FR) petition filed by the Retired Admiral. The Supreme Court has, reportedly, advised Karannagoda to refrain from threatening the witnesses of the case. He was also ordered to appear before the CID at 9.00 a.m. on March 11th to record a statement. Karannagoda has submitted an... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/03/19)

මංගලට ආර්ථිකය ගැන මෙලෝ හසරක් දන්නෙ නෑ.. අයවැය ලස්සන නම් ටිකක් පමණයි.. මංගලට වාණිජ අංශයේ සුළු රස්සාවකටවත් සුදුසුකම් නෑ..- ආර්ථික වියතෙක් කියයි..
lanka C news
2019 වසර සදහා ඉදිරිපත් කර ඇති අයවැය යෝජනාවලිය සම්බන්ධයෙන් හිටපු මහ බැංකු අධිපති අජිත් නිවාඩ් කබ්රාල් මහතා වියත්මග කාර්යාලයේ පැවති මාධ්‍ය හමුවේදී මෙම අදහස් පල කලේය. අයවැය ලේඛනය අනුව, ශ්‍රී ලංකාවේ දළ දේශීය නිෂ්පාදිතයට සාපේක්ෂව ණයබරතාවය දැන් 91% දක්වා වැඩිවෙලා. 2014 දී තිබුණේ 71% පමණි. “enterprise srilanka” යනු ණයදීමේ ක්‍රමවේදයකට ලස්සන ආකර්ෂණීය නම් ටිකක් දැමීම පමණයි. මේවා කළ යුත්තේ බැංකුවල වාණිජ් අංශයන් මිස, රටේ මුදල් ඇමැතිවරයා නොවේ. https://youtu.be/x6b2l_JAYSY මංගල සමරවීරට අප රටේ ආර්ථිකයේ ප්‍රශ්න පිළිබඳව කිසිම අවබෝධයක් නෑ. රුපියල බාල්දු වෙනවා. සංචිත කඩා වැටෙනවා. පොලී අනුපාතය වැඩි වෙනවා. සේවකයන් දහස් ගණනින් පාරට වැටෙනවා. බඩු මිල අහස... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/03/19)

13th Amendment and electoral system should change to abolish Executive Presidency - Mahinda
Courtesy Adaderana
In order to abolish the Executive Presidency, the 13th Amendment to the Constitution and the electoral system should be changed, says Leader of Opposition Mahinda Rajapaksa. The Opposition Leader stated this during the special meeting held between Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna today (06). https://youtu.be/eISrH2XcAD4 Issuing a statement to clarify the matters pertaining to the discussion, he had stated earlier today that ‘it is his duty and responsibility to conduct discussions with any party in the Opposition as the Leader of the Opposition’. In his statement, the Opposition Leader had further informed that Leader of the Mahajana Eksath Peramuna... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/03/19)

වියත්මග වියතුන් ඛේමාගේ කොලුගේ අයවැය හමගසා කෝටුමස් කරති.. [Video]
– චාමින්ද කරුණාරත්න lanka C news
ආචාර්ය නාලක ගෝඩහේවා මහතා සහ හිටපු මහ බැංකු අධිපති අජිත් නිවාඩ් කබ්රාල් මහතා වියත්මග කාර්යාලේ පැවති මාධ්‍ය හමුවකදී 2018 අයවැය යෝජනාවලිය සම්බන්ධයෙන් මෙම අදහස් පල කලේය. රටක අයවැයක පුළුල් අරමුණ වන්නේ රටේ දිගුකාලීන ආර්ථික සංවර්ධනය සැලසුම් කිරීමයි. අයවැය ලේඛනය යනු රටේ අනාගත ගමන්මගේ දිශානතිය පෙන්වනු ලබන ප්‍රධානතම ලියවිල්ලයි. ඒ අනුව අයවැයක්‌ යනු ආර්ථික සංවර්ධනය කරා රට ගමන් කරවීමේ දිගුකාලීන වැඩපිළිවෙළක කෙටි කාලීන (වසරක) වැඩපිළිවෙළකි. මෙහි ඉදිරි මුදල් වර්ෂයේ ඇස්‌තමේන්තුගත ආදායම, වියදම සහ එය පියවනු ලබන ආකාරය දක්‌වනු ලබයි. එහෙත් වසරකට වඩා ඔබ්බට යන සංවර්ධන දැක්‌මක්‌ අයවැයක අන්තර්ගත වෙයි. නමුත් මෑත කාලයේ යහපාලන රජය... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/03/19)

What if we could use nature to prevent disasters?
SUBMITTED BY BRENDEN JONGMAN ON TUE, 03/05/2019 Courtesy WB Blog
Heavy rain and severe flooding brought the city of Colombo, Sri Lanka, to its knees. In China’s Yangtze River Basin, rivers spilled their banks, inundating towns and villages. In Mobile Bay, Alabama, strong ocean waves carried away valuable coastline. In each of these locations, disasters caused by natural hazards seemed beyond human control. But instead of focusing only on building more drains, seawalls and dams, these governments turned to nature for protection from the disasters. Several years later, the urban wetlands, oyster reefs and flood plains they helped establish are now... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/03/19)

‘We don’t want to reopen old wounds,’ says Sirisena
Meera Srinivasan Courtesy The Hindu
Sri Lanka President goes back on accountability pledge; Foreign Ministry sends contradictory message Exposing the rift persisting within the Sri Lankan government, President Maithripala Sirisena on Wednesday said he would ask the UN Human Rights Council to reconsider its 2015 resolution on the country, as he did not wish to “reopen old wounds”. Hours after President Sirisena declared his position at an editors’ meeting on Wednesday morning — effectively going back on the pledges he made to the Tamil minority in 2015 — the Foreign Ministry said Sri Lanka would continue to demonstrate its commitment... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/03/19)

Karannagoda, ‘Rule of Law’ and the Season of Silliness in Geneva
By Malinda Seneviratne
Sri Lanka’s reconciliation efforts are hounded by the ghosts of that arbitrary past, Ranga Jayasuriya claims in his column titled ‘Adm. Karannagoda trial would not satiate LTTErump, but upholds rule of law.’ What is the ‘that’ of the claim? Jayasuriya’s contention is based on the possible trial-at-bar of formerNavy Commander Admiral Wasantha Karannagoda who is accused of abetting the illegal confinement of 11 young men by a Naval unit led by his personal security officer Lt. Commander Sampath Munasinghe. The charge is that Karannagoda had not acted ‘in a timely manner’. Three former service chiefs, Air... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/03/19)

THE MUSLIM VOICE ACKNOWLEDGES THE OPPRESSION OF THE KASHMIRI PEOPLE BY INDIA.
By Noor Nizam, Peace and Political Activist, Political Communication Researcher, SLFP Stalwart and former District Organizer, SLFP, Trincomalee District, Convener - "The Muslim Voice" - March 5th., 2019.
"The Muslim Voice" acknowledges the oppression of the Kashmiri People by India over the last 70 years, without conducting the "PLEBICITE" ordered by the UN in 1948. India went to war with Pakistan on the contrary. OUR FULLEST SUPPORT STANDS WITH PAKISTAN ON THE "PULWAMA" INCIDENT, Insha Allah. "The Muslim Voice" - Sri Lanka wish to express our fullest solidarity and support to "PAKISTAN" in respect to the recent incidents that took place in "Paluwama"... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/03/19)

SAMANTHA POWER'S KEY NOTE ADD
BY REAR ADM SARATH WEERASEKERA
Ms Samantha Power, the former US Ambassador to UN, delivered the key note address at the function marking Mangala Samaraweera’s  30 years in politics. Amongst those present were the President MS , PM RW and the Opposition leader MR.  Every one knows how the country plunged into disaster due to the infamous Geneva 30/1 resolution and many query as to why the President and Mahinda Rajapaksha attended this function knowing that Samatha Power and Mangala Samaraweera were the chief architects of that treacherous resolution. Who is Samantha Power?  Well, she is a neocon agent... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/03/19)

ආණ්ඩුව දේශපාලන වාසි වෙනුවෙන් සමෘද්ධිලාභීන්ගේ ඡන්දය ඉලක්ක කර ඉදිරිපත් කල 2019 මෙවර අය වැය සමෘද්ධිලාභීන් රවටන විජ්ජාවක්.
ජනමාධ්‍ය නිවේදනයයි Samurdhi Development Officers Union 
2019 වර්ෂය වෙනුවෙන් ඊයේ (05) දින මුදල් අමාත්‍යවරයා විසින් ඉදිරිපත් කල ජනතාවට ශක්තියක් දුප්පතුන්ට රැකවරණයක් යන අය වැය, ඉදිරි මැතිවරණ වෙනුවෙන් සමෘද්ධිලාභීන් ඡන්දය අපේක්ෂාවෙන් දේශපාලන වාසි ලබා ගැනීම සඳහා ආණුඩුව විසින් ඉදිරිපත් කරන ලද විජ්ජාවක් බව අප සංගමය මෙයින් පෙන්නා දෙන්නෙමු. සමෘද්ධිලාභීන් හට අනිවාර්ය ඉතිරිකිරීමේ ගිණුමෙන් රු.30000.00 මුදලක් වාරික දෙකකින් අපේ‍්‍රල් හා නොවැම්බර් යන මාසයන්හි නිදහස් කරන බවට සිදු කල ප‍්‍රකාශය ඊට කදිම නිදසුනකි. සෑම සමෘද්ධිලාභියෙකු හටම සිය පුද්ගලික ගිණුමට අනිවාර්්‍ය ඉතිරි කිරීමක් ලෙස සෑම මසකම සමෘද්ධි සහනාධාරයෙන් මුදලක් බැර වෙයි. මෙම මුදල් ආපසු ලබා ගැනීමට 2013 අංක 01 දරණ සමෘද්ධි පනතෙහි 33(9)... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/03/19)

දඹදිව සිට බලංගොඩට පූජාවස්තු වැඩමකිරීම
බලංගොඩ  නළුවෙල ශ්‍රී  ප්‍රියදර්ශනාරාම මහ විහාරයේ අභිනවයෙන් ඉදිකළ චෛත්‍යයේ  තැන්පත් කිරිම සදහා දඹදිව බුද්ධගයාවෙන් සහ ඉසිපතන මිගදායෙන් පූජාවස්තුන් මෙම මස 10වෙනි දින ශ්‍රී  ලංකාවට වැඩම කෙරේ. බෝසතාණන්  වහන්සේ බුද්ධත්වයට පත් බුද්ධගයාවේ වජ්‍රාසනය මත පිහිටි බුද්ධ ප්‍රතිමාවට පැළදවු රන් සළුවක් හා පූජාවස්තු මෙන්ම බුදුරදුන් ප්‍රථම ධර්ම  දේශනාව පැවැත්වු ඉසිපතන මිගදායෙන් ලබාගත් පුජා වස්තුන් 10 වෙනි දින ශ්‍රී  ලංකාවට වැඩම කිරිමෙන් පසු 11 වෙනි දින අලුයම බලංගොඩ දක්වා එම පුජා වස්තු වැඩම කිරීමට නියමිතය. අනගාරික ධර්මපාල හරසර පදනමේ මහ ලේකම් සෙත්සිරි ලංකා ට්‍රැවල්ස්  පුද්ගලික සමාගමේ සභාපති උපුල් කුමාර වීරසේකර මහතා වෙත ඉන්දීය මහාබෝධි සමාගමේ සහකාර ලේකම් ඉසිපතන විහාරාධිපති  ආචාර්ය කහටගොල්ලෑවේ මේධංකර හිමි... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 06/03/19)

බැදුම්කර නඩුව ගණනය කරන්න වෝහාරික විගණනයක්
අජන්ත කුමාර අගලකඩ උපුටාගැණීම ලංකාදීප
මහ බැංකුවේ බැදුම්කර නිකුත් කිරීමේදී සිදුව ඇති පාඩුව ගණනය කිරීම සඳහා වෝහාරික විගණනයක් ජනාධිපති මෛත්‍රීපාල සිරිසේන මහතාගේ ප්‍රධානත්වයෙන් අද (06) පැවැති කැබිනට් රැස්වීමේදී තීරණය කර ඇත. ඒ සඳහා ඉදිරිපත් කරන ලද කැබිනට් සංදේශයට අමාත්‍ය මණ්ඩල අනුමැතිය ලැබී ඇත. ඒ අනුව වෝහාරික විගණනය කිරීම සඳහා විශේෂඥයින් පත් කිරීමටත් ඊට අවශ්‍ය මුදල් වෙන් කිරීමටත් මෙම කැබිනට් පත්‍රිකාය මගින් ඉන් සැලසෙන ඇත. බැදුම්කර නිකුත් කිරීමේදී සිදුව ඇති පාඩු ගණනය කිරීම සඳහා 2007 වසරේ සිටම වෝහාරික විගණනයක් කළ යුතු බව මහ බැංකු බැදුම්කර ගනුදෙනුව සම්බන්ධයෙන් සොයා බැලීමට පත් කළ ජනාධිපති කොමිෂන් සභාව නිර්දේශ කර තිබිණි.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/03/19)

Budget 2019 -More politics than economics
Editorial Courtesy The Island
Thursday 7th March, 2019 The government has presented an election budget. Having lost the local government polls very badly, it is all out to regain popular support. It has tried to give something to everyone in a bid to arrest the rapid erosion of its vote bank. The goal it has set for itself is very ambitious as the very theme of the budget suggests: Enterprise Sri Lanka – ‘Empowering the people and nurturing the Poor’. The public sector workers have been promised a 2,500-rupee allowance. This alone is proof of the government’s desperation. One of... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/03/19)

The burden of the Presidency and 13-A
N.A DE S. AMARATUNGA Courtesy The Island
March 6, 2019, 11:33 pm The burden created by the politicians and politics of all hues has become unbearable for everybody, except the politicians who enjoy life like the proverbial crab in the pot. People irrespective of ethnicity are heavily taxed, not for the purpose of development of the country, but to maintain the thousands of politicians comprising four tiers of government from president to village councilor. Do we need such a vast organization of political institutions to govern this small country? The Provincial Councils were created to enable devolution of power to... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/03/19)

Last chance to use Naseby’s revelations squandered Sri Lanka co-sponsors UK-led accountability resolution
By Shamindra Ferdinando Courtesy The Island
President Maithripala Sirisena, who is also the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces yesterday (March 06) said that he was trying to settle issues arising out of Geneva Resolution 30/1 co-sponsored by Sri Lanka in Oct 2015 through dialogue and consensus. President Sirisena warned that he would deal firmly with those pursuing strategies contrary to his policy. Asserting that it was an internal issue of the government, he emphasized the foreign policy was the prerogative of the President. Sirisena faulted those who he described as having acted secretly in respect of the Geneva issue.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/03/19)

Figures in Budget 2019 incorrect: Gammanpila
 Sheain Fernandopulle Courtesy The Daily Mirror
Figures of the government revenue stated in the Budget proposal 2019 are erroneous, Pivithuru Hela Urumaya (PHU) leader Udaya Gammanpila said today. Addressing a news briefing he said some figures have been exaggerated with a motive of hiding government’s actual economic picture. “The Government had estimated in the budget that its revenue would be increased by 22% from 2018 (Rs.2,025 billion) to 2019 (Rs.2,464 billion). However, when considering the percentage change in government's income from 2017 to 2018, it has only been increased by 5%,” Mr. Gammanpila said. “At this backdrop, how could be... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/03/19)

Ban lifted on ’Angampora’: Wellessa heroes honoured
Courtesy The Daily Mirror
The Cabinet decided today to lift the ban imposed by the British rulers in 1818 on the indigenous marshal art called ‘Angampora’. Housing Construction and Cultural Affairs Minister Sajith Premadasa submitted the cabinet paper in this regard, and it was approved even with the support of President Maithripala Sirisena. Earlier, Air Force Commander Kapila Jayampathy also said at the ceremony that he requested the President to lift the ban. A gazette notification will be issued later in consequent to this approval lifting the ban. On October 6, 1818, English Governor Robert Brownrigg banned the 'Angampora'... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/03/19)

Drugs confiscated at BIA destroyed on April 01 - President
Courtesy Adaderana
The large stocks of drugs confiscated at recent raids will be dissolved and chemically destroyed under scientific methods in the presence of magistrates and judiciary officers at Katunayake on 01st of April, stated the President. President Maithripala Sirisena outlined the new program in his campaign against illicit drugs, today (06), according to President’s Media Division. Addressing heads of media institutions, editors of newspapers and directors electronic media institutions at the President’s House today (March 6), the President said the campaign against drug smuggling has produced excellent results during the last three months since he took over the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/03/19)

Enough evidence against Nalaka de Silva on assassination plot - CID
Courtesy Adaderana
The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) and the Attorney General’s Department have determined that there is sufficient and clear evidence to prove that the former DIG Nalaka de Silva’s involvement in the alleged VIP assassination plot. When the case was taken up today (06), the CID and the AG Department have informed the Fort Magistrate with this regard. The Deputy Solicitor General Dileepa Peiris, representing the Attorney General, informed the court that former DIG Nalaka de Silva had connections with the recently arrested underworld kingpin ‘Makndure Madush’ and singer Amal Perera who was arrested along with Madush. The... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/03/19)

Sri Lanka U-turns on war crimes probe
Courtesy NewsIn.Asia
Colombo, (AFP) – Sri Lanka’s president went back Wednesday on pledges to the UN Human Rights Council to investigate war-time atrocities, saying he did not want to “re-open old wounds”. Sri Lankan government troops were accused of killing at least 40,000 ethnic Tamil civilians in the final months of the island’s 37-year guerrilla war that ended in May 2009. President Maithripala Sirisena said he will formally ask the United Nations rights body to reconsider a 2015 resolution which called for credible investigations into alleged atrocities. “It is a decade since we have... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/03/19)

Sri Lanka tells foreign construction companies to enter into joint ventures with local contractors
Courtesy NewsIn.Asia
Colombo, March 6 (newsin.asia) – The Sri Lankan government, on Wednesday said that foreign construction companies who wanted to bid for local projects in the island country would only be allowed to do so by entering into a joint venture with a local construction or consultancy company. In its budget proposals for 2019, Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera said the decision was taken to support and strengthen the local construction industry. “No foreign construction company will be allowed to tender for Government projects, unless the project is fully foreign financed, without forming a joint venture... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/03/19)

Future Vision for SriLanka Governing Strategy – HE Gotabaya Rajapaksa (GR)
Kanthar Balanathan DipEE(UK), GradCert(RelEng-Monash), DipBus&Adm(Finance-Massey), CEng., MIEE
Past Governance History: DS Senanayake - The First PM of SriLanka (SL) was DS Senanayake, a planter by occupation who managed his brother’s graphite mines etc. He was into rubber and tea plantations. (Ref: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/D._S._Senanayake) Though he was the father of the nation who effectively carried out the “Structural Transformation”, failed in politics by disfranchising one million upcountry Tamils. He could have achieved his goal before independence but waited until independence to gain cheap popularity ending in catastrophic failure. SWRD Bandaranaike - This guy although was an old student of the Oxford... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/03/19)

THE TAMIL LANGUAGE IN SRI LANKA Part 11
KAMALIKA PIERIS
The Tamil lobby has been deeply committed to seeing that the Tamil language was firmly entrenched in Sri Lanka. They have gone into every little aspect of the matter including Tamil typewriters. The Tamil lobby watched carefully to see whether the provisions for Tamil were followed in the state and public administration. The lobby pointed out that all members of Parliament are entitled to work in his or her own language and get documents in the language of his or her preference. Instead, Tamil MPs were sent documents in Sinhala. Only the Parliament and Colombo Municipal Council... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/03/19)

ආන්ඩුවට අයවැය හිගය පියවගන්න ක්‍රමයක් නැහැ. මේ වසරේ ඩොලර් මිලියන 5.9ක් ණය ගෙවන්න තියෙනවා.
අද දින (05) ශ්‍රී ලංකා පොදුජන පෙරමුණ මාධ්‍ය සාකච්ඡාවට සහභාගි වූ නියෝජිතයින්
ආර්ථික ප්‍රශ්නයෙන් ගොඩ එන්න නම් අලුතින් මුදල් අච්චු ගැසීම, දේශිය ණය හෝ විදේශීය ණය ගැනීම, ලාභ ලබන ආයතන කිහිපයක් විකිණීම පමණයි ආන්ඩුවට තියෙන විසදුම්. පාර්ලිමේන්තු මන්ත්‍රී ලක්ෂ්මන් යාපා අබේවර්ධන මහතා පාර්ලිමේන්තු මන්ත්‍රී අනුර ප්‍රියදර්ශන යාපා මහතා පාර්ලිමේන්තු මන්ත්‍රී රංජිත් සොයිසා මහතා   අටුව කඩලා පුටුව කඩනවා වගේ දේශිය ආර්ථකය පරදුවට තබමින්, බිංගිරියේ පොල් අක්කර 1200ක් කපලා ආයෝජන කළාපයක් හදන්න සුදානම් වෙන්නේ කිසිම ආයෝජනයක් නැතිවයි. පාර්ලිමේන්තු මන්ත්‍රී අනුර ප්‍රියදර්ශන යාපා මහතා ලංකාවේ සමස්ත වියදම රුපියල් බිලියන 6550යි. රාජ්‍ය ආදායම රුපියල් බිලියන 2400ක් කියලා වාර්තා වෙනවා.අපිට ප්‍රශ්නයක්... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/03/19)

Public Seminar on the Kandyan Convention of 1815
Public Seminar on the Kandyan Convention of 1815
March 09, 2019 ( Saturday) Venue: University of Peradeniya, Arts Theatre, Galaha Road, Peradeniya Tentative Programme 8.15 am - Registration 8.45 am - Inauguration Introduction and objectives: Dr. C.M. Madduma Bandara, Emeritus Professor, University of Peradeniya Speakers & Panelists Dr. Palitha Kohona, Former Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to the United Nations, Former Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs Topic: “The Kandyan Convention, 1815: Did We Have a Better Option?” Sumedha Weerawardhana, University of Peradeniya Topic: “Role of the Maha Sangha in Drafting and Signing of... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/03/19)

Consumerism and Proselytism threatening Buddhism in Asia
Lotus News Feature By Natcha Lim
BANGKOK (IDN) – Buddhist scholars attending the 1st Makhapuja International Conference on ‘The Future of Buddhism in Asia’ have warned that consumerist trends within the monastic order and aggressive proselytism by Islamic and Christian groups are a threat to the future of Buddhism in Asia. Governments in the region lack adequate political solutions to defy "anti-Buddhist movements”, and this poses a huge challenge, said Professor Kapila Abhayawansa, Vice Rector for Academic Affairs at the International Buddhist College in Thailand. And this at a time when Buddhism is “widely accepted as a way of life which... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/03/19)

Linking Jaffna University – LTTE & the Separatist Ideology
We need to understand that Tamil militancy is just a branch of a malady that is rooted in a mythical notion that Tamils had an independent autonomous homeland in the island of Lanka. To understand this, we need to look carefully at the demands made & realize that LTTE was only demanding by gun what Tamil political leadership had been demanding via a strategy of ‘little now more later”. The link in synergizing the political will & the militant demands became Jaffna University, the heart of Tamil nationalism which would nurture the necessary academic background to internationalize & sustain the... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 06/03/19)

Court case exposes Lux & Lifebuoy contain washing powder ingredient SDBS
Sri Lanka Business News
Unilever Sri Lanka Limited, a leading bathing bar manufacturer in Sri Lanka, obtained an enjoining order in September 2018 preventing Nature’s Beauty Creations Ltd from advertising their soap ‘Chandi Panda’. The said ‘Chandi Panda’ advertisements claimed that bathing bars cannot be called ‘soap’ as bathing bars have a TFM of less than 76.5%. The advertisements also highlighted that some bathing bars contain low priced washing powder ingredients such as ‘Sodium Dodecylbenzene Sulfonate (SDBS)’. After considering the written submissions of both parties, Colombo Commercial High Court vacated the enjoining order on 15th of February 2019, and... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/03/19)

වො‌ෂින් පවුඩර් ඇ‌ඟ ගාලා හායි හායි…
 Lanka Lead News
යුනිලීවර් සමාගමේ ලයිෆ්බෝ‌යි සහ ලක්ස් සබන් නිපදවන්නේ නිසි ප්‍රමිතියෙන් යුත් අමුද්‍රව්‍ය යො‌දා නො‌ව වො‌ෂින් පවුඩර් හෙවත් ඩිටර්ජන්ට් යො‌දාගෙන බව පසුගියදා කො‌ළඹ වානිජ මහාධිකරණයේදී අනාවරණය විය. දේශීය සමාගමක් වූ නේචර්ස් බියුටි ක්‍රියේෂන් සමාගමේ වෙළඳ දැන්වීමකට එරෙහිව යුනිලීවර් සමාගම ගො‌නුකළ නඩුවක් පැමිනිලිකරුටම පාරාවලල්ලක් වූයේ මේ සමගිනි. පෙරකී වෙළඳ දැන්වීම මගින් තමාට පාඩුවන බවත් ඒ‌ අනුව ඒ‌ වෙළඳ දැන්වීම තහනම් කරන ලෙසත් යුනිලීවර් සමාගම වාණිජ මහාධිකරණයෙන් ඉල්ලා තිබු අතර එම වාරණ නියෝ‌ගය අධිකරණය විසින් නිකුත් කර තිබුනේ මුල් අවස්ථාවේදී යුනිලීවර් විසින් ඉදිරිපත් කළ කරුණු පමනක් සළකා බලමිනි. පසුව දේශීය සමාගම සියලු තො‌රතුරු සහිතව කරුණු ඉදිරිපත් කරමින් ඒ‌ වාරණ නියෝ‌ගය... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/03/19)

ජීනීවා දෙස බලා වීරත්වයට තොණ්ඩුව දමන සීඅයිඞීයේ කැකිල්ලේ න්‍යාය
සමන් ගමගේ උපුටා ගැන්ම දිවයින
අත්අඩංගුවට පත්වන විට දක්‍ෂ බුද්ධි නිලධාරියකු වූ කුමාර සිටියේ ජනාධිපතිවරයා සහ හිටපු ආරක්‍ෂක ලේකම් ගෝඨාභය රාජපක්‍ෂ මහතා ඝාතන සිද්ධියේදී දැනට ස්නයිපර් වර්ගයේ ගිනි අවියක් සම`ග අතුරුද්නව සිටින එල්ටීටීඊයේ සිටි සුපිරි ස්නයිපර්කරුවකු වූ ඉලක්කියන් මාස්ටර් නමැත්තා පසුපස හඹායමිනි.    එසේම ප‍්‍රභූ ජීවිත  ගණනාවකට අද තර්ජනයක් වී තිබෙන ඉන්දියාවේ සිට පැමිණි එල්ටීටීඊ ත‍්‍රස්තවාදීන් පිරිසක් මේ වන විට කොළඹට ගෙනවිත් ඇති ක්ලේමෝ බෝම්බ ඇතුළ අවි ආයුධ තොගයක් සම`ග එම ත‍්‍රස්තයන් සොයා යෑමේ සංවේදී බුද්ධි මෙහෙයුමකටද නාවික බුද්ධි නිලධාරී කුමාර දායක වී සිටියේය.     නිමා නොවන අතිශය තිරිසන්වූ දඩයමක අප‍්‍රසන්න කතාව යළි යළිත් සටහන් කරන්නට තරම් අපි අවාසනාවන්තයෝ වී... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/03/19)

මුස්ලිම් ප්‍රජාව ගෝඨාභය ආදරයෙන් වැලඳගනී
ගම්පොළ - මාධව බණ්ඩාර, මහනුවර - නදීක දයා බණ්ඩාර උපුටාගැණීම  මව්බිම
ඉදිරියේදී සෑම පුරවැසියකුටම ගෞරවනීය ලෙස ජීවත්වීමේ වාතාවරණයක් සකස් කර දෙන බවත් නිසි ආර්ථික ප්‍රතිපත්ති මඟින් රට ඉදිරියට රැගෙන ගොස් මේ රටේ සෑම ජන කොටසකගේම දුප්පත්කම ඉවත් කොට නීතිය, සාමය හා විනය ඇති සමාජයක ජීවත්වීමේ පසුබිම සකස් කර දෙන බවත් \'එළිය\' සංවිධානයේ සම්මන්ත්‍රණයකට එක්වෙමින් ගෝඨාභය රාජපක්ෂ මහතා පැවැසීය. උඩුනුවර ඇතුළු අවට ප්‍රදේශ තුළ ජීවත් වන මුස්ලිම් ජනයා ආමන්ත්‍රණය කිරීමේ අරමුණු ඇතිව මුස්ලිම්වරු විසින් ගෙලිඔය එළමල්දෙණිය ප්‍රදේශයේදී මෙම වැඩසටහන සංවිධානය කොට තිබිණි. ගෝඨාභය රාජපක්ෂ මහතා එහිදී මෙසේද කීය. රටක විනයක් නොමැති නම් ඒ රටේ ජාතීන් අතර, භාෂා අතර, ආගම් අතර පමණක්... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/03/19)

The way forward
By Prof. Tissa Vitarana Courtesy Ceylon Today
During my three day visit to the North, I addressed the Jaffna Managers Forum, at the Euroville Auditorium on the topic - Sri Lankan Crisis Affects the North and South: The Way Forward.  Vartharaja Perumal, former Chief Minister of the North and East, chaired the meeting. A synopsis of my speech:  The present UNP-led Government was a failure. It has lost a golden opportunity to solve the national question, with a Government of the two major parties the UNP and SLFP, having the active support of the leaders of the Tamil-speaking people,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/03/19)

Ranil is now well and truly trapped – Lokuge
ARUNI MALLAWAARACHCHI Courtesy Ceylon Today
UPFA Member of Parliament Gamini Lokuge says that people are aware if Gotabaya wins, new developments and discipline will be established. Excerpts of the Interview: These days most people’s attention is focused on the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) and the SLFP forming an alliance. What is the latest news on this? A: We are going to defeat the current government. It’s only if we defeat the existing government could we achieve our aim. Therefore, to gain that victory we are ready to form an alliance with any group at this moment. ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/03/19)

Isn’t this man a traitor?
Sudath Gunasekara
Isn’t this man a traitor?  Why can’t the Government, of cause if there is one in this country, arrest this man and all others engaged in this type of traitorous activities immediately and institute legal action, at least now, under the provisions of the 6th Amendment to the 1987 Constitution?  Wigneswaran off to Geneva
3 March, 2019 By Rajitha Jagoda Arachchi Former Chief Minister of the Northern Province and current General Secretary of the Tamil People’s Front (TPF), C.V. Wigneswaran will visit Geneva this month to block the extension expected by the Government at the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/03/19)

Sri Lankans should be more compassionate with empathy, devoid of ego hatred, ignorance and be honest??
Dr Sarath Obeysekera
I was listening to  you tube talk by one Buddhist monk ,who openly stated that we Sri Lankans ( most probably we was referring to Sinhalese) are hypocoristic people with no compassion ,He was referring to Theravada Buddhist practice in Burma ,Thailand ,Tibet and Laos ,where people look up to Buddhist cultural values and practice then in their daily life. In Sri Lanka behave like animals, we take alcohol during Pirith and Dana ceremonies our drivers are not polite but very arrogant with no concern about fellow drivers, our state workers and officers take bribes for... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/03/19)

India's Bid to Promote 'Buddhist Tourism' Encounters Hurdles
By Kalinga Seneviratne
BODHGAYA (IDN) – In recent years the Indian government has been promoting the concept of a 'Buddhist Tourism Circuit' (BTC) with Bodhgaya – the site of the Buddha’s enlightenment under a Bo-Tree – as its centrepiece. Yet, with less than 1 percent of India's population Buddhist today, lack of Buddhist communities around the Buddhist sites hinders the promotional pitch. Bodhgaya is a good example. Nangzey Dorjee, Secretary, Bodhgaya Temple Management Committee (BTMC) disagrees with that view. "How can you say there are no Buddhists here?" he asked. "There's so many Buddhist temples here. There's so many... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/03/19)

How Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Can Deescalate India-Pakistan Tensions
By Ambassador M. Ashraf Haidari Senior Fellow INSSSL
India and Pakistan joined the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) as full member-states in the 8-9 June 2017 SCO Summit in Astana, Kazakhstan. Before the addition of the two South Asian nations, the SCO consisted of China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, and Kyrgyzstan. The now eight-member SCO also has four observer-states, including Afghanistan, and six dialogue-partners, including Sri Lanka. In total and together, they constitute much of the Asian geography with a population of over three billion people. The foundational purpose of SCO as the largest inter-governmental organization in the world is... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/03/19)

The New Colombo Plan and Australia’s Asian Future
By Grant Wyeth Courtesy The  Diplomat
The program’s true success will come when wider Australia society begins to feel a greater affinity with Asia. In late February Julie Bishop, Australia’s former foreign minister, declared that she would not recontest her parliamentary seat in the forthcoming election (set for May). Having resigned her position in the cabinet in August last year, after the leadership fight that saw Scott Morrison become prime minister, Bishop has decided to leave the parliament as well. Bishop served five years in the role and was generally seen as having performed admirably in the face of a shifting global political... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/03/19)

රිස්ඛාන්ගේ ටැක්සි සමාගම විවෘත කරන්න රනිල් ඇවිත්
අනුරාධා හේරත් උපුටාගැණීම  මව්බිම
පාතාල ගැටුමකින් මැරුම් කෑ මාකඳුරේ මධුෂ්ගේ සමීපතමයකු වන මොහොමඩ් රිස්ඛාන් නමැත්තාගේ ටැක්සි සමාගමක් විවෘත කිරීමට අගමැති රනිල් වික්‍රමසිංහ සහභාගි වූ සිද්ධියක් 'දූෂණ විරෝධී හඬ' අනාවරණය කළේය. 'දූෂණ විරෝධී හඬ' කැඳවුම්කරු වසන්ත සමරසිංහ තවදුරටත් ප්‍රකාශ කළේ අදාළ රිස්ඛාන් නමැත්තාගෙන් අගමැති රනිල් වික්‍රමසිංහ නිල් මැණිකක්ද ත්‍යාග වශයෙන් ලබාගෙන ඇති බවත් ඊට අදාළ සියලු ඡායාරූප තමා සතුව පවතින බවත්ය. විශේෂයෙන්ම පාතාලය සමඟ දේශපාලනඥයන්ට ඇති රහස්‍ය සබඳතා පිළිබඳ මෙය හොඳම උදාහරණයක් බවද සමරසිංහ මහතා පෙන්වා දුන්නේය. එමෙන්ම මෙරට ප්‍රධාන දේශපාලන පක්ෂ දෙකම පාතාලය සමඟ කරන ගනුදෙනු ගැන සාක්ෂි හා තොරතුරු තමා සතුව ඇති බවත් ඒවා සියල්ල පිළිබඳව තමා අපරාධ පරීක්ෂණ දෙපාර්තමේන්තුවට... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/03/19)

ඉදිරියේදී සෑම පුරවැසියකුටම ගෞරවනීය ජීවිතයක් උදාකර දෙනවා-ගෝඨාභය රාජපක්ෂ
ගම්පොළ - මාධව බණ්ඩාර, මහනුවර - නදීක දයා බණ්ඩාර උපුටාගැණීම  මව්බිම
ඉදිරියේදී සෑම පුරවැසියකුටම ගෞරවනීය ලෙස ජීවත්වීමේ වාතාවරණයක් සකස් කර දෙන බවත් නිසි ආර්ථික ප්‍රතිපත්ති මඟින් රට ඉදිරියට රැගෙන ගොස් මේ රටේ සෑම ජන කොටසකගේම දුප්පත්කම ඉවත් කොට නීතිය, සාමය හා විනය ඇති සමාජයකෙ ජීවත්වීමේ පසුබිම සකස් කර දෙන බවත් 'එළිය' සංවිධානයේ සම්මන්ත්‍රණයකට එක්වෙමින් ගෝඨාභය රාජපක්ෂ මහතා පැවැසීය. උඩුනුවර ඇතුළු අවට ප්‍රදේශ තුළ ජීවත් වන මුස්ලිම් ජනයා ආමන්ත්‍රණය කිරීමේ අරමුණු ඇතිව මුස්ලිම්වරු විසින් එළමල්දෙණිය ප්‍රදේශයේදී මෙම වැඩසටහන සංවිධානය කොට තිබිණි. ගෝඨාභය රාජපක්ෂ මහතා එහිදී මෙසේද කීය. රටක විනයක් නොමැති නම් ඒ රටේ ජාතීන් අතර, භාෂා අතර, ආගම් අතර පමණක් නොවේ දේශපාලනය,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/03/19)

මහ බැංකුව ගැන ආයෝජකයන්ගේ විශ්වාසය බිඳවැටිලා
ක්‍රිෂාන් පතිරත් ජයසූරිය උපුටාගැණීම  මව්බිම
ඊ.ටී.අයි. (E.T.I.) ආයතනය හා ශ්‍රී ලංකා මහ බැංකුව පිළිබඳව මේ වනවිට ඇති වී ඇති ආන්දෝලනාත්මක සිද්ධීන් නිසා ආයෝජකයන්ට මහ බැංකුව පිළිබඳව විශ්වාසයක් ඇති නොවන තත්ත්වයක් උදා වී ඇතැයිද ඡ්.ඊ.ධ්. ආයතනය පිළිබඳව මහ බැංකුව කටයුතු කර තිබෙන ආකාරය පිළිබ¼දව කිසිසේත්ම සෑහීමකට පත්වීමට නොහැකි යැයි විදුලිබල, බලශක්ති හා ව්‍යාපාර සංවර්ධන අමාත්‍ය රවි කරුණානායක මහතා පවසයි. ඉහත සඳහන් කරුණ සම්බන්ධයෙන් මහ බැංකුව කටයුතු කර තිබෙන ආකාරය පිළිබඳව විශේෂ අධීක්ෂණයක් යටතේ සොයාබැලීමට සූදානම් යැයිද ජාතික ආර්ථික සභාවේදී තවදුරටත් මේ පිළිබඳව සාකච්ඡා කර තීරණයකට එළැඹෙන බවද අමාත්‍යවරයා පැවැසීය. ඡ්.ඊ.ධ්. ආයතනයේ මුදල් තැන්පතුකරුවන්ට සිදුවී ඇති අසාධාරණය සම්බන්ධයෙන් එම තැන්පතුකරුවන් සහ රවි කරුණානායක... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/03/19)

Wing.Com Abhinandan’s gunslinger mustache is the in-thing in India
Courtesy NewsIn.Asia
New Delhi, March 4 (Russia Today): The Indian fighter pilot who was captured by Pakistan after his plane was shot down in enemy territory has sparked a bizarre new mustache trend following his triumphant return home. Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman entered the spotlight and reached hero status after he ejected and landed on the Pakistani-controlled side of Kashmir last week during heightened cross-border tensions. Video footage released by Pakistan’s Information Ministry showed the calm and collected pilot sipping tea – solidifying him as a national hero in India and a symbol for peace... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/03/19)

Dogfight exposes chinks in India’s armory: New York Times
By Maria Abi-Habib/New York Times Courtesy NewsIn.Asia
New York, March 4 (New York Times): An Indian air force pilot found himself in a dogfight last week with a warplane from the Pakistani air force, and ended up a prisoner behind enemy lines for a brief time. The pilot made it home in one piece, but the plane, an aging Soviet-era MiG-21, was less lucky. The aerial clash, the first by the South Asian rivals in nearly five decades, was a rare test for the Indian military. While the challenges faced by India’s armed forces are... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/03/19)

SHOULD EXECUTIVE PRESIDENCY BE ABOLISHED IN SRI LANKA
BY EDWARD THEOPHILUS
Executive presidency in Sri Lanka has been integrated to the country’s constitutional administration and public has gradually understood the significance of the executive presidency to Sri Lanka’s society despite rhetoric of some political parties to abolish this great institution. It is the symbol of Sri Lanka like the king in history. Mr J.R. Jayewardene introduced the system with a clear understanding of its requirement to the country with long term experience, understanding and possible instability in Sri Lanka’s politics. Mr Jayewardene properly consulted all political parties and ethnic groups of the country before officially introduce the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/03/19)

Yahapalana's bashing of Buddhists / Buddhism & Maha Sanga
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Chronology of Tamils taking firearms since 1950s
1956 – Tamil youth fire at army camp in Batticoloa. Sinhalese civilians shot at in Kalmunai 1961 – Tamil youth attack Sri Lankan soldiers in Jaffna 1961 – Tamil youth forms Pulip Padai ( Army of Tigers) on August 12, 1961 they meet at Koneswaran temple, Trincomalee and take a solemn oath to fight for a Tamil homeland. A.Rajaratnam an activist dies in 1975 of asthma in Madras. Indian investigators believe his daughter Dhanu assassinated Rajiv Gandhi. K.Sivagnanasundaram another activist joined LTTE and was killed by EPRLF in 1988. 1963 – Pulip Padai ( Army of Tigers)... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 04/03/19)

දකුණු පළාතේ ආන්ඩුකාර කීර්ති තෙන්නකෝන් තමනට කුණුහරුපෙන් බැන්නැයි සවුත්ලන්ඩ් විදුහල්පතිනිය පොලීසි යයි..[Video]
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දකුණු පළාතේ ආන්ඩුකාර කීර්ති තෙන්නකෝන් මහතා තමන්ටත් තම සැමියාටත් දුරකථනයෙන් අමතා අසභ්‍ය වචනයෙන් බැණ වැදී තර්ජනය කළේ යයි ගාල්ල සවුත්ලන්ඩ්ස් විදුහලේ විදුහල්පතිනිය චෝදනා කරයි. මේ සම්බන්ධයෙන් විදුහල්පතිනිය විසින් ගාල්ල පොලීසියට පැමිණිල්ලක් කර තිබේ. සිසුවියන් සිව්දෙනෙකු විදුහලට ඇතුළත් කර ගන්නැයි බලකරමින් තමාටත් තම සැමියාටත් ආණ්ඩුකාරවරයා විසින් මෙසේ බැන වැදුණු බවත් විදුහල්පතිනිය විසින් කරන ලද පැමිණිල්ලේ දැක්වේ. කෙසේ වෙතත් චෝදනාවට ප්‍රතිචාර දක්වමින් දකුණේ ආණ්ඩුකාර කීර්ති තෙන්නකෝන් මහතා සඳහන් කරන්නේ දකුණු පළාත තුල පාසැල්වල මාෆියාවක් පවතින බවයි. https://youtu.be/3ZRxRrXhrMc... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/03/19)

ශ්‍රේෂ්ඨාධිකරණයේ සහ අභියාචනාධිකරණයේ නඩු විභාග කරන භාෂාව වෙනස්කර ගැනීම සදහා මා පෙනී සිටින්නේ ඇයි?
නීතිඥ අරුණ ලක්සිරි උණවටුන 
ශ්‍රේෂ්ඨාධිකරණයේ සහ අභියාචනාධිකරණයේ නඩු කටයුතු සහ නඩු තීන්දු ඉංග්‍රීසි භාෂාවෙන් පමණක් පවත්වාගෙන යාම නිසා බහුතරයක් වූ නීතිඥවරුන්ට සහ ජනතාවට එම අධිකරණවලින් සහන ලබා ගැනීම වැළකී ඇති අතර එම අධිකරණවලින් යුක්තිය ඉටුකර ගැනීමට අධික මුදලක් වැය කිරීමට ජනතාවට සිදු වී ඇත. නිදහස්, ස්වාධීන සහ අපක්ෂපාතී අධිකරණ ලෙස ශ්‍රේෂ්ඨාධිකරණය සහ අභියාචනාධිකරණය පවත්වාගෙන යාමේදී ලංකාවේ බහුතර ජනතාවට වැටහෙන භාෂාවෙන් එම අධිකරණවල නඩු කටයුතු පවත්වාගෙන යාමත්, ඕනෑම නීතිඥවරයෙකුට එම අධිකරණවලින් සිය සේවාදායකයන්ට සහන ලබා ගැනීමටත් හැකි විය යුතුය.  නීතිය නොදැනීම සමාවට කරුණක් නොවන හෙයින් ජනතා පරමාධිපත්‍යය භාෂා වෙනස්කමකින් තොරව ක්‍රියාත්මකවන, ප්‍රජාතන්ත්‍රවාදය ශක්තිමත් කරන, රටේ සංවර්ධනයට සියලු ජනතාවට දායකවිය හැකි,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/03/19)

ජවිපෙ උගුලේ අහුවුණොත් මහින්දව අතහැර දමනවා.. දෙවරක් සිතන්නේ නෑ..- විමල් තීරණාත්මක රතු එලි දල්වයි..[Video]
අනුරුද්ධ බණ්ඩාර රණවාරණ මාධ්‍ය ලේකම් ජාතික නිදහස් පෙරමුණ
මුළු රටටම ඉල්ලන ගෝඨාභය රාජපක්ෂයන් මහින්ද කඳවුරේ සිටියදී ‘විධායක ජනාධිපති ක්‍රමය එපා!’ කියන එජාප – ජවිපෙ උගුලේ වැටුණොත් මහින්ද කඳවුරෙන් ඉවත් වීමට තමන් ඇතුළු ජාතික නිදහස් පෙරමුණ මොහොතක්වත් ප්‍රමාද නොවන බව එම පක්ෂයේ නායක විමල් වීරවංශ මහතා අවධාරණය කරයි. මොරටුව නගරයේ පැවති ‘රටට මොකද වෙන්නේ ?’ යන තේමාව යටතේ පැවති ජනහමුවක් අමතමින් ඒ මහතා මෙසේ අවධාරණය කළේය. මෙහිදී වැඩිදුරටත් අදහස් දැක්වූ විමල් වීරවංශ මහතා මෙසේ ද සඳහන් කළේය. ‘භූමිතෙල් ගෑවුණු ගැරඬියෝ’ මෛත්‍රීපාල සිරිසේන මැතිතුමා හා එකඟව මහින්ද රාජපක්ෂ මැතිතුමා අගමැති වූ ඔක්තෝබර් 26 වැනිදා සිට ටී.එන්.ඒ සහ ජවිපෙ උදවිය, ඊනියා සිවිල්... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/03/19)

අගමැති රනිල් තිරුපති දෙවොලේ ‘තුලාබරම්’ පූජාවේ.. තම බරට දෙවියන් උදෙසා (රත‍්‍රන්) පුදයි..(video)
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ඉන්දියාවේ පුද්ගලික සංචාරයක නිරත වූ අගමැති රනිල් වික‍්‍රමසිංහ මහතා එරට තිරුපති කෝවිලේ ‘තුලාබරම්’ පූජාවේ යෙදෙන ආකාරය ඉන්දීය මාධ්‍ය විසින් වාර්තා කර ඇත. තුලාබරම් පූජාව යනු තිරුපති වන්දනාවේ යන බැතිමතුන් විසින් තමන්ගේ බරට ධාන්‍ය වර්ග, වටිනා ලෝහ වර්ග හෝ මුදල් දෙවියන් උදෙනා ලබා දීමකි. සාමාන්‍යයෙන් මෙම පූජායෙව් යෙදෙව රාජ්‍ය නායකයන් බොහෝ දෙනෙකු තම බරට රත‍්‍රන් පූජා කිරීම සිදු කරන බවද මාධ්‍ය වාර්තාවන්හි දැක්වෙයි. රනිල් වික‍්‍රමසිංහ මහතාද පූජා කර ඇත්තේ තම බරට රත‍්‍රන් යයි සමාජ ජාලාවන්හි වාර්තා බොහෝමයක් පලවෙයි. කෙසේ වෙතත් පින්තූරයේ දැක්වෙන පරිදි අගමැතිවරයාගේ බරට සමාන වන්න අනෙක් පසින් තබා ඇත්තේ ප‍්‍රමාණයෙක් කුඩා මළු කිහිපයක් නිසා... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/03/19)

ජන මතය අවුල්කරන දේශපාලන දීග
පේරාදෙනිය විශ්වවිද්‍යාලයේ දර්ශන අධ්‍යයන අංශයේ ජ්‍යෙෂ්ඨ කථිකාචාර්ය ආචාර්ය චරිත හේරත් උපුටාගැණීම ලංකාදීප
විධායක ජනාධිපතිධුරය පිළිබඳව සංවාදය නැවත වතාවක් මෙරට දේශපාලනයේ ප්‍රධාන මාතෘකාවක් බවට පත්වෙමින් තිබෙන බව දැන් කාටත් පැහැදිලිය. ප්‍රධාන දේශපාලන පක්ෂ දෙක තුනේම නායකයන් පමණක් නොව ඒ ප්‍රධාන පක්ෂවලට සම්බන්ධ වී සිටින කුඩා පක්ෂද මේ දවස්වල පුවත්පත් සාකච්ජා පවත්වමින් කරන්නේ එක්කෝ විධායක ජනාපති ධුරය දිගටම පවත්වා ගෙන යා යුතු බවට තර්ක කිරීමය. එහෙමත් නැති නම් ජනාධිපති ධුරයට විරුද්ධ වෙමින් එය වහාම ඉවත් කළ යුතු යැයි තර්ක කිරීමය. හිටිහැටියේ මතුවූ බව පෙනුණත් ‘විධායකය එපා’ යැයි කියන මේ සංවාදය අලුත් එකක් නොවන බව අප හැමෝම හොඳින් දන්නා කාරණයක්ය. කාලයෙන් කාලයට මතුවෙන... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/03/19)

Can the Govt punish itself ?
By Sugeeswara Senadhira Courtesy Ceylon Today
President Maithripala Sirisena, known for his explosive disclosures, dropped another bombshell last week by stating that there was no possibility to punish those who are guilty of the Central Bank Bonds scam as long as the culprits are in power. He pointed out that even though the Presidential Commission appointed by him to probe the Bond issue revealed the culprits, any legal action cannot be instituted against them as they are in Government. The President made this remark while referring to Chairman of Committee on Public Enterprises (COPE) Sunil Handunnetti’s question “although the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/03/19)

Witch-hunt for war heroes
Udaya P Gammanpila Courtesy Ceylon Today
The UNP Government is now in deep trouble. Tamil separatists played a crucial role in bringing the government to power in 2015.  After securing victory at both presidential and parliamentary elections, the UNP wanted to reciprocate the support received from the separatists, who urged the UNP to co-sponsor the resolution to be brought by the USA against Sri Lanka at the UNHRC session in Geneva in September 2015. Mangala Samaraweera was the then Minister of Foreign Affairs.  He was the bridge between the UNP and the separatists.  He may have promised to co-sponsor... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/03/19)

Pakistani village asks: Where are bodies of militants India says it bombed?
Asif Shahzad/Abu Arqam Naqash Courtesy NewsIn.Asia
JABA, Pakistan (Reuters) – The only confirmed victim of India’s air strike against Pakistan is still unsure why he was shaken awake in the early hours of Tuesday by an explosion that rocked his mud brick house and left him with a cut above his right eye. “They say they wanted to hit some terrorists. What terrorists can you see here?” said 62-year-old Nooran Shah, a resident of Jaba village, near the northeastern town of Balakot in Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. “We are here. Are we terrorists?” India says Tuesday’s raid... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/03/19)

Chasing a lie from Switzerland to Sri Lanka
Courtesy DW.com
Olivia Ramya Tanner traveled to Sri Lanka to find her birth mother. Then the Swiss woman discovered that everything — from her birth certificate on up — was a lie. She's not alone. Alison Langley reports from Zurich.      Having booked her dream vacation to Sri Lanka complete with an Ayurvedic retreat, Olivia Ramya Tanner (above), who grew up in a Zurich suburb, thought it might be fun to use the opportunity to find her birth mother. This was back in April 2016. The Swiss woman who works for an IT company hired a... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/03/19)

Students swap classroom for Sri Lankan jungle, stopping elephants from destroying crops
ABC Alice Springs By Emma Haskin
Five students from Alice Springs have swapped their classroom for the jungles of Sri Lanka, helping to keep elephants from crops and building a school for primary students. St Philips College is one of 18 schools across Australia to get involved with Round Square — a global charity providing experiential learning and character education for students. Since getting involved with the organisation in 1996, the college has taken more than 50 students to at least 10 countries. Vocational education and training coordinator Kate Anderson took the students to Wasgamuwa National Park for three weeks... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/03/19)

Mahavamsa and Cardinal Malcolm debunk Jehan Perera’s bogus theories
H. L. D. Mahindapala
The role of Buddhism with Sri Lankan characteristics (i.e., Sinhala-Buddhism) has been demonised in the post-1956 phase by the (1) pro-separatist lobby, (2) its allies in the NGOs and (3) left-wing academics to such an extent that it is now touted as the key factor that is obstructing democracy, liberalism and human rights of minorities. In the pronouncements of these agents Sinhala-Buddhism is invariably projected as an evil instrument used by the Sinhala-Buddhists (referred to as the “majority” subversively) to bludgeon the minorities (i.e., the Tamils mainly). Demonising Sinhala-Buddhists is fashionable even among some dolled-up... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/03/19)

Prabakaran/LTTE would be alive if Swarnam didn’t close Mavil Aru water supply in 2006
  In hindsight all LTTE supporters should feel the need to kick themselves for the decision to close the Mavil Aru sluice gates in July 2006 that kickstarted the dissemination of LTTE ground force closing the chapter to 30 years of LTTE terror in just 3 years a fete no national army has accomplished while simultaneously carrying out a humanitarian rescue operation that brought to safety close to 300,000 Tamils. If anyone is wondering how or why LTTE perished in May 2009 all they need to do is go back to July 2006 & ask who the hell ordered the... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 03/03/19)

Sri Lanka’s debt problem isn’t made in China
Authors: Dushni Weerakoon, Institute of Policy Studies of Sri Lanka and Sisira Jayasuriya, Monash University Courtesy East Asia Forum 
Global media and numerous ‘experts’ routinely assert that Sri Lanka was forced to cede a strategically important port to China after being lured into a debt trap by easy Chinese loans. This story has now become part of the wider narrative of how China is using the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) to achieve its diplomatic and strategic aims through debt diplomacy. But it is a story based more on fiction than fact. Sri Lanka did (and still does) face a... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/03/19)

පොලිසියට පාතාලය සමතලා කරන්න පුලුවන් -නියෝජ්‍ය පොලිස්පති ප්‍රියන්ත ජයකොඩි
සාකච්ඡා කලේ වෛද්‍ය රුවන් එම් ජයතුංග
1) ඔබ ගැන පුද්ගලික තොරතුරු ටිකක් කියනවද ? මම ඉපදුනේ 1961 අප්‍රේල් මාසේ 28 මීගමුව රජයේ රෝහලේදී, උපන් ගම කැපුම්ගොඩ, පමුණුගම, පියා පොලිස් නිළධාරියෙක්, මව පාසල් ගුරුවරියක්. පවුලේ මා ඇතුළු එක් සාමාජිකාවක් පමණයි. ඇය මාගේ බාල නංගි. මූලික අධ්‍යාපනය හැදෑරුවේ මීගමුව මාරිස්ටෙලා විද්‍යාලයේ. අ.පො.ස. (උ.පෙළ) හැදෑරුවේ කඳාන මැසනඩ් විද්‍යාලයේ.  පාසල් සමයේ අතිරේක කටයුතු හැටියට කලා සංගමයේ සාමාජිකයෙක් විදියට හිටියා. මීගමුව මාරිස්ටෙලා විද්‍යාලයේ හා කඳාන මැසනඩ් විද්‍යාලයේ පාපන්දු ක්‍රිඩා කලා. 2) පොලිස් සේවයට බැඳෙන්න හිතුනේ ඇයි බොහෝ දුරට පියා පොලිස් නිළධාරියෙක් පොලීසියට මුල ඉදලම කැමැත්තක් තිබුනා. පියාගෙන් එච්චර අනුබලයක් නොලැබුනත් මව හුඟක් කැමැත්තෙන්... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/03/19)

එකම ඉදිරි මාර්ගය පුළුල් නිරවිකරණයයි
Sri Lanka Permanent Mission Geneva
‍“බලාත්මක කළ හැකි නීතිමය රාමු සම්මත කරමින් සහ නීතිමය අඩුපාඩු සකස් කරමින් පියවරින් පියවර ඉදිරියට යන පුළුල් නිරවිකරණයක් සදහා ශ්‍රි ලංකාව කැපවී සිටී”‚ එක්සත් ජාතීන්ගේ නිරවිකරණ සමුළුව අමතමින් ජිනීවාහි ශ්‍රි ලංකා නිත්‍ය නියෝජිත‚ ඒ. එල්. ඒ. අසීස් මහතා ප්‍රකාශ කළේය. එක්සත් ජාතීන්ගේ මහලේකම් වරයාගේ ‘පොදු අනාගතය සුරක්ෂිත කිරීම: නිරවිකරණය සදහා න්‍යාය පත්‍රය’ තුල ඇති සමහරක් කරුණු කෙරෙහි පමණක් වරණීය ලෙස අවධානය යොමු කර අනෙකුත් කරුණු අතහැර දැමීම‚ පවත්නා අසමතුලිතතාවයන් සමනය කිරීමට වඩා ඒවා චිරස්ථායී කිරීමට හේතු වන බව‚ නිරවිකරණ සමුළුවේ ඉහළ මට්ටමේ සැසිය අමතමින් තානාපතිවරයා අනතුරු ඇඟවීය. මහ ලේකම්වරයාගේ මෙම ‘න්‍යාය පත්‍රය’ වැදගත් ඉදිරි පියවරක්... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/03/19)

Comprehensive Disarmament the only way forward
Sri Lanka Permanent Mission Geneva
“Sri Lanka stands for comprehensive disarmament, realized through a step by step approach, underpinned by the adoption of legally binding frameworks and the addressing of legal gaps”, Ambassador A.L.A. Azeez, Sri Lanka’s Permanent Representative in Geneva informed the Conference on Disarmament (CD). Addressing the High Level Segment of the Conference, the Ambassador cautioned that an approach of “picking the pick-ables and leaving out the rest” in the UN Secretary General’s ‘Securing our common future: An Agenda for Disarmament’, may perpetuate existing imbalances rather than addressing them comprehensively. “In Sri Lanka’s perspective, the launching of the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/03/19)

මහා ශිව රාත්‍රී දින පණිවුඩය
මහින්ද රාජපක්‍ෂ විපක්‍ෂ නායක
ලොව පුරා හින්දු බැතිමතුන් ශිව දෙවියන් උදෙසා ආගමික වතාවත්වල නියැළෙමින් සමරන මහා ශිව රාත්‍රී දිනයට මාගේ හදපිරි සුබ පැතුම් එක් කිරීමට කැමැත්තෙමි. හින්දු ජන සමාජය තුළ පූජණීයම දිනයක් වන මෙය ඔවුහූ අති උත්කර්ෂවත් ලෙස සමරති. ශ්‍රද්ධාව සහ භක්තිය පෙරටු කොටගෙන ශිව දෙවියන් උදෙසා රැය පුරා නිදිවර්ජිතව, නිරාහාරව පුද පූජා පවත්වා එමගින් ලැබෙන ආශිර්වාදයෙන් හින්දු බැතිමත්හූ සිය ජීවිතය ආලෝකමත් කර ගනිති. ශ්‍රී ලංකාව සාමකාමී නමුත් සංකීර්ණ ජන සමාජයකට උරුමකම් කියයි. එම නිසා තමන් කැමති ආගමක් ඇදහීමේ නිදහස, සාමය සහ සංහිඳියාව ප්‍රවර්ධනයේ ප්‍රධාන භූමිකාවක් ලෙස අර්ථ දැක්විය හැක. ජාති භේද ආගම් භේද පසෙකලා සියලු ශ්‍රී ලාංකිකයන් එකිනෙකා හට... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/03/19)

Maha Shivaratri message from the Leader of the Opposition
Mahinda Rajapaksa Leader of the Opposition
On this annual auspicious day of fasting that venerates Lord Shiva, I would like to convey my greetings to everyone observing this important day that is considered one of the holiest by the Hindu community. The Hindu people worldwide, part take in this festival with acts of veneration, fasting, piety and devotion to Lord Shiva. Sri Lanka is a peaceful yet intricate society, therefore freedom of beliefs and religion should play a key role in promoting togetherness and inclusivity through respect for each other, in spite of our differences. The rich traditions and festivals... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/03/19)

“Sri Lanka is too weak to enter into FTAs like the one with Singapore”, says Presidential experts committee
Courtesy NewsIn.Asia
Colombo, December 31 (DailyFT): Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) are “of no use” unless backed by a slew of reforms to make Sri Lanka’s economy more competitive, a highly-critical report from the Committee of Experts (CoE) appointed by President Maithripala Sirisena to evaluate the Sri Lanka-Singapore FTA has said. It recommends that any future FTA be preceded by feasibility studies to map its need and effectiveness. The report of the Presidential Committee of Experts (CoE), spanning over 280 pages, also evaluated the New Trade Policy (NTP) and found it wanting in many aspects, going... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/03/19)

මන්නාරමේ පරණ කනත්තක් සමූහ මිනීවළක් කළ සොහොන් පල්ලන්ගේ කුමන්ත්‍රණය
පුබුදු වික්‍රමතිලක උපුටාගැණීම  මව්බිම
ජිනීවා සමුවට ගෙන යන අලුත්ම මාතෘකාව වී ඇත්තේ මන්නාරම සමූහ මිනීවළය. කනත්තක් වූ මෙයට සමූහ මිනීවළ යැයි අර්ථකථනය දුන්නේත් ශ්‍රී ලංකාවට යුද අපරාධ චෝදනා නඟන්නට වෙර දරන බටහිර බලවේගමය. මන්නාරම මිනීවළෙන් හමුවන අස්ථි කොටස් සමූහ ඝාතනයට ලක්කරන ලද දමිළ සිවිල් ජනතාවගේ හෝ හිටපු කොටි සාමාජිකයන්ගේ බවට සමාජගත කිරීමට ඔවුන්ගේ අභිමතයය. ජිනීවාහිදී පෙබරවාරි 25දා සිට ඇරඹුණු හතළිස් වන මානව හිමිකම් සැසියේදී ජාත්‍යන්තරයේ අවධානය දිනාගැනීමද ඔවුන්ගේ අරමුණ විය. කල්තියාම සූදානම් වූ එල්ටීටීඊ ජාත්‍යන්තර ජාලය හා විදේශීය ස්වේච්ඡා සංවිධාන එයට අවශ්‍ය භූමිකාව වටපිටාව සකස් කරන්නට වූයේය. මෙරට ක්‍රියාත්මක ඩොලර් කුට්ටිවලට විකිණෙන සිවිල් සංවිධානත්, කොටි හිතවාදී ද්‍රවිඩ දේශපාලන නියෝජිතයෝත් ඊට... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/03/19)

කොටින්ට විරුද්ධ සටනේ සයුර ජයගත් වීරයා සෙන්පති කරන්නාගොඩ බිලි දෙන්නේ ඇයි?
සමන් ප්‍රියංකර නම්මුනිගේ උපුටාගැණීම  මව්බිම
රටක ජාතික ආරක්ෂාව උදෙසා දිවි හිමියෙන් කැපවීම ඕනෑම සොල්දාදුවකුගේ වගකීමය. ඒ වගකීම තුන්වන ලෝකයේ සොල්දාදුවාටත් සුපිරි බලවතුන් වැජඹෙන රාජධානියක සොල්දාදුවටත් පොදුය. 30 වසරක් යුද ගිනි ඇවිළුණු අපේ රටේ රණවිරුවන්ටත් ඒ වගකීම නිතැතින්ම පැවරී තිබිණි. ඔවුහු දිවා රූ නොතකා තම රාජකාරිය කැපවීමෙන් යුතුව ඉටු කළේ ත්‍රස්තවාදී ප්‍රහාරවලින් විනාශ වන රට රැකගන්නටය. අද්මිරාල් වසන්ත කරන්නාගොඩත් එවැනි සෙන්පතියෙකි. ඔහු උතුර නැඟෙනහිර යුද්ධයේ අවසන් අදියරේදී නාවික හමුදාවට අනගි නායකත්වයක් ලබාදුන්නේය. 2006 අගෝස්තු මස ඇරැඹුණු සිවුවැනි ඊළාම් යුද්ධය කිසිවකුට සුළුවෙන් තැකිය නොහැකිය. ඒ සටන් විරාම කාලය ප්‍රයෝජනයට ගනිමින් කොටි ත්‍රස්තවාදීන් වෙනදාටත් වඩා ඉහළින් වර්ගවාදී යුද්ධයකට සූදානම් වී සිටි නිසාය. ඔවුහු... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/03/19)

උඩුවේ හිමි නි‍ෙදාස් කොට නිදහස්
කේ.එස්. උදයකුමාර් උපුටාගැණීම  මව්බිම
බලපත්‍රයක් නොමැතිව ඇතකු සන්තකයේ තබාගත් බවට එල්ල කරන ලද චෝදනා ප්‍රමාණවත් ලෙස ඔප්පු කිරීමට නීතිපතිවරයා අසමත් වී ඇති හෙයින් එම චෝදනාවට ලක්ව සිටි පූජ්‍ය උඩුවේ ධම්මාලෝක හිමියන් නි‍ෙදාස් කොට නිදහස් කිරීමට කොළඹ මහෙස්ත්‍රාත් විනිසුරු සම්පත් විජයරත්න මහතා නියෝග කළේය. දීර්ඝ නඩු විභාගයකින් අනතුරුව තීන්දුව ප්‍රකාශයට පත් කරමින් මහාධිකරණ විනිසුරු විජයරත්න මහතා ප්‍රකාශ කර සිටියේ බලපත්‍රයක් නොමැතිව අලි පැටවකු සන්තකයේ තබා ගැනීම නිසා වන සත්ත්ව හා වෘක්ෂලතා ආඥා පනත යටතේ පොදු දේපළක් ලෙස නම්කර ඇති අලියකු සොර බඩුවක් ලෙස දනිමින්ම සන්තකයේ තබාගැනීම යන චෝදනා විත්තිකාර ධම්මාලෝක හිමියන්ට එරෙහිව එල්ල කර තිබුණත් ඒවා සාධාරණ සැකයකින් තොරව ඔප්පු වී... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/03/19)

Surprise! ‘Progressive hero’ Justin Trudeau is a fraud and a hypocrite
Danielle Ryan Courtesy RT
Danielle Ryan is an Irish freelance writer based in Dublin. Her work has appeared in Salon, The Nation, Rethinking Russia, teleSUR, RBTH, The Calvert Journal and others. Follow her on Twitter

DanielleRyanJ Justin Trudeau is in trouble — big trouble. But who could ever have guessed that the media darling and international poster-boy for progressivism was actually just another snake in the grass? Trudeau is facing explosive allegations that he pressured Canada's ex-attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould to drop a bribery probe into Quebec-based firm SNC Lavalin (details here). Wilson-Raybould testified that officials, including Trudeau himself, "barraged"... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 01/03/19)

2019/03/01 ශ්‍රී ලංකා පොදුජන පෙරමුණ මාධ්‍ය සාකච්ඡාව
අද (01) දින මාධ්‍ය සාකච්ඡාවට සහභාගි වූ නියෝජිතයින්
පාර්ලිමේන්තු මන්ත්‍රී තාරක බාලසූරිය මහතා පාර්ලිමේන්තු මන්ත්‍රී ඉන්දික අනුරුද්ධ මහතා පාර්ලිමේන්තු මන්ත්‍රී පියල් නිශාන්ත මහතා පාර්ලිමේන්තු මන්ත්‍රී තාරක බාලසූරිය මහතා ජනතා විමුක්ති පෙරමුණ විසින් ගෙන එන 20 වැනි ආණ්ඩු ක්‍රම ව්‍යවස්ථා සංශෝධනයට සහාය දෙන්න කියලා අනුර කුමාර දිසානායක මන්ත්‍රීවරයා ඉල්ලිමක් කළා. 20 වෙනි සංශෝධනය ගැන මේ වෙලාවේ කතා කරන්නේ ඇයි කියන එකයි අපි කල්පනා කරන්නේ. විධායක ජනාධිපතික්‍රමය අහෝසි කරනවා කියන එක වෙනම දෙයක්. ජනතා විමුක්ති පෙරමුනෙන් ඉදිරිපත් කරලා තියෙන 20  වෙනි ව්‍යවස්ථා සංශෝධනය ඉදිරියට ගෙනියනවාද කියන එක තවත් දෙයක්. විධායක ජනාධිපතික්‍රමය අහෝසි කළ යුතුයි කියන අයත් සමහර විට ජනතා... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/03/19)

Clustered ID with Independent Expert on the effects of foreign debt and other related international financial obligations of States on the full enjoyment of all human rights, particularly economic, social and cultural rights and Special Rapporteur on the right to food
Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka to the UN, Geneva
Sri Lanka's statement on the Report of the Independent Expert on Foreign Debt and Human Rights  "Sri Lanka has steadfastly pursued economic, social and cultural advancement as a developing country, with the same emphasis and thrust as for protection of civil and political rights" since becoming a State party to the covenants on civil and political rights, and economic, social and cultural rights, said Ambassador A.L.A. Azeez, Sri Lanka’s Permanent Representative to the UN in Geneva, today, 28 February 2019, at the 40th Session of the Human Rights Council. Participating as the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/03/19)

TOMORROW SHALL BE A SUNLIT NIGHT
ALI SUKHANVER
Renowned Indian actress Shabana Azmi lives in the very hearts of art-lovers, not only in India but in Pakistan too, and same position enjoys her husband Javed Akhtar. The couple receives a very sincere welcome whenever it comes to Pakistan. The couple was invited to grace a conference scheduled to be held in Karachi in the last week of this February. This conference was organized to acknowledge marvelous literary services of Kaifi Azmi in the field of poetry. Kaifi Azmi was Shabana Azmi's father. Unfortunately the Pulwama tragedy turned the whole program upside down; Shabana Azmi and... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/03/19)

ඒ භාග්‍යවතුන්ගේ 44 වන ජන්ම දින සැමරුම
Siri Sadaham Ashramaya
https://youtu.be/_xXGsv0q990... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/03/19)

බටලන්ද සිහිගන්වමින් දේශපාලන පළිගැනිමකට තංගල්ල පොලිසියේ වධකාගාරයකදී අංහිසකයෙක්ට දස වද දෙයි… [Video]
mahinda.info වෙබ් අඩවියෙන් උපුටා ගන්නා ලදී
කට්ටඩිගේ තිළිණ කසුන් යනු තංගල්ල ප්‍රදේශයේ ජීවත් වෙන තමන්ගේ පාඩුවේ ‍රැකියාව කරගත් ධීවරයෙකි. පසුගිය 2018 දෙසැම්බර් මාසයේදී තංගල්ල පොලිසියෙන් නීති විරෝධී ලෙස අත් අඩංගුවට ගෙන දින 9 ක් තිස්සේ කෲර ලෙස පහර දෙමින් ආහාරවත් හරි හැටියට නොදී රඳවා තබාගෙන ඇත. ඉන් අනතුරුව තංගල්ල වරාය තුළ වෙඩි තැබීමක් සම්බන්ධයෙන් මිය ගිය 4 දෙනෙකුගේ සිද්ධියට අදාලව තමන් මහ මොළකරු ලෙස පිළිගන්නා ලෙසටත්, එය සිදු කළේ දකුණු පළාත්සභා අමාත්‍ය ඩීවී උපුල් මහතාගේ උවමනාවට යැයි ප්‍රකාශ කරන ලෙසටත් බල කරමින් තංගල්ල පොලීසියෙන් මෙසේ තිළිණ කසුන්ට පොලිස් වධකාගාරය තුළදී දිගින් දිගටම පහර දෙමින් මරණ තර්ජන කර ඇත. ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/03/19)

රාජ්‍ය අනුග්‍රහයෙන් සිදු වන වාහන කැබලි කිරීමේ මහා ජාවාරමක්.. පාඩුව කෝටි 650යි.. ඇමති රවි කරුණානායකට චෝදනා..
අරවින්ද අතුකෝරල lanka C news
පුංචි පුංචි කාර් ජනතාවට ගෙනත් දීමට පැමිණි ආණ්ඩුව යටතේ ඇතැම් පුද්ගලයන් වාහන කෑලි කෑලි කර එයින්ද මිලියන ගණනින් වංචා කර ඇති බව පිවිතුරු හෙළ උරුමය නියෝජ්‍ය නායක මධුමාධව අරවින්ද මහතා ප්‍රකාශ කර සිටියේය. ඒ මහතා මේ බව ප්‍රකාශ කර සිටියේ රාජ්‍ය අනුග්‍රහයෙන් සිදුවන වාහන කැබලි කිරීමේ ජාවාරමක් හේතුවෙන් රජයට මිලියන 6500 ක පාඩු සිදුකර ඇති බවට අමාත්‍ය රවි කරුණානායක මහතා ඇතුළු පිරිසකට එරෙහිව අද දින (01) “ 2015 – 2018 රජයේ ආයතන වල සිදුව ඇතැයි සැළකෙන දූෂණ වංචා සම්බන්ධයෙන් සොයා බැලීමට පත් කළ ජනපති කොමිසම” වෙත පැමිණිලි ගොනු කිරීමෙන් අනතුරුවය. මෙහිදී වැඩිදුරටත් අදහස්... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/03/19)

Meet India’s first officially certified caste-less and religion-less person
Courtesy NewsIn.Asia
Chennai, February 26 (NDTV/WION): Since her birth 35 years ago MA Sneha, an advocate in Tiruppattur, has remained without any caste or religion. Whether it was her birth or school certificate, the columns on caste and religion remained blank. Recently, the Tamil Nadu government issued Sneha a formal certificate that she is a caste and religion less person. Perhaps she is the first one in the country to be formally certified so. “Several decades ago when times were not this modern, my in-laws had named their daughters differently,” Parthibaraja remarked. Sneha’s two younger sisters have... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/03/19)

Sri Lanka’s leading port to be transformed into smart port
Courtesy NewsIn.Asia
Colombo, Feb 25 (newsin.asia) – Sri Lanka Ports and Shipping Ministry, on Monday said it has taken steps to modernize information technology at the island’s Colombo port to transform it into a ‘smart port’ with many automated functions to improve efficiency. In a statement, Ports, Shipping and Southern Development Minister Sagala Ratnayaka said the government had allocated Rs. 929 million rupees, an estimated 5.18 million US dollars, towards this project and he expects the process of IT upgrades to streamline terminal management and cargo systems to be completed within the next 12 to 18 months. The... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/03/19)

Indian envoy briefs Lankan opposition leader about developments on India-Pakistan front
Courtesy NewsIn.Asia
Colombo, March 1 (newsin.asia): India’s High Commissioner in Sri Lanka Taranjit Singh Sandhu on Friday met the Leader of the Opposition in the Sri Lankan parliament Mahinda Rajapaksa to brief him about the latest developments on the India-Pakistan front. Rajapaksa tweeted that the Indian envoy met him to “provide an update on developments that followed the recent terrorist attacks in Kashmir.” Rajapaksa, who leads the Joint Opposition in parliament said: “ I believe this situation can be resolved with peaceful dialogue between the respective leaderships and by the region uniting to defeat terrorism.” ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/03/19)

IMF agrees to extend Sri Lanka's $1.5 billion loan facility by one year
Courtesy The Daily News
The views expressed in this statement are those of the IMF staff and do not necessarily represent the views of the IMF’s Executive Board. Based on the findings so far, staff will prepare a report that, subject to management approval, will be presented to the IMF's Executive Board for discussion and decision.     Revenue-based fiscal consolidation and SOE reforms are needed to put Sri Lanka’s high public debt on a downward path, while providing space for critical social and development goals.     Efforts to rebuild foreign exchange reserve buffers, supported by a prudent policy... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/03/19)

Uduwe Dhammaloka Thero acquitted
Courtesy Adaderana
Venerable Uduwe Dhammaloka Thero has been acquitted by the Colombo High Court from the case filed over the alleged possession of an elephant calf. The Colombo High Court today (01) delivered the verdict in the case filed against the Thero. https://youtu.be/MlaXHJj_W9Q The court acquitted the popular Buddhist monk from all charges filed in the case. The case against Ven. Uduwe Dhammaloka Thero was filed by the Attorney General in 2016 for the alleged illegal possession of an elephant calf without a valid permit at the Alan Mathiniyaramaya Temple in Polhengoda. The two and half year-old elephant calf... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/03/19)

මහ බැංකු බැඳුම්කර කොල්ලයට වසර හතරයි හොරු තවමත් නිදැල්ලේ
කමල් මහේන්ද්‍ර වීරරත්න  උපුටාගැණීම  මව්බිම
එදා මෙදාතුර මේ රට තුළ සිදුවූ "සුවිශාලතම මූල්‍ය වංචාව" හෙවත් "මහ බැංකුවේ අධිපතිවරයාගේ මෙහෙයවීමෙන් හා ආණ්ඩුවේ ප්‍රධානීන්ගේද අනුග්‍රහයෙන් හා ආශීර්වාදයෙන් කොල්ල කෑම" සිදුවී ඉකුත් 27 වැනිදාට හරියට වසර 04ක් සැපිරුණද ඊට වගකිවයුත්තන් හා සෘජුවම මැදිහත්වූ හිටපු මහ බැංකු අධිපතිවරයා වූ අගමැති රනිල් වික්‍රමසිංහගේ ගජමිතුරු අර්ජුන මහේන්ද්‍රන්ද ඇතුළු සියල්ලෝම යෙහෙන් වැජඹෙමින් සිටිති. මේ කුප්‍රකට මහ "මහ බැංකු කොල්ලය" සිදුවන්නේ 2015 ජනවාරි 08 වැනි දින මහින්ද රාජපක්ෂ ජනාධිපතිවරයා පරාජය කරමින් රට තුළ යහපාලනයක් ඇතිකරන්නට යැයි කියා බලයට පත්වූ 'යහපාලන ආණ්ඩුව' බිහිවී නොබෝ දිනකින්ම එනම්, 2015 පෙබරවාරි 27 වැනිදාය. එය සිදුවන්නේ අපූරු ආකාරයකටය. යහපාලන ආණ්ඩුව බලයට පත්වූ නොපමාවම... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/03/19)

Cocaine circus aimed at diverting public attention from bond scams – JO
By Pradeep Prasanna Samarakoon Courtesy The Island
March 1, 2019, 10:59 pm Joint Opposition member Gamini Lokuge, MP said, yesterday, that State Minister Ranjan Ramanayake’s allegations that some MPs were addicted to cocaine was a stage-managed act to distract public attention from the bond scams and other such issues. Lokuge said that it was four years since the bond scam had been carried out, but the government had failed to arrest the main suspect, Arjuna Mahendran. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe had got Ramanayake to make the cocaine allegation as a red herring. The ruling party MPs didn’t talk about the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/03/19)

First VISUALS of Indian pilot handover by Pakistan released
Courtesy RT
The first video of captured Indian pilot Abhinandan Varthaman crossing the border back into India after he was released by Pakistani authorities has been unveiled. In the video footage, Abhinandan is walked to a heavily guarded border crossing by Pakistani officers, before being handed over peacefully to Indian forces, who walk him across the frontier with an arm around his back. The Wing Commander is then driven away in a police car. The footage released by Pakistani media showed Varthaman walking across the border into India, near the town of Wagah, just before 9pm local time... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/03/19)

While Sri Lanka Tamils do not want Buddhisisation of  North, a Portuguese Buddhist Monks initiates  Buddhisisation of Portugal.
By Charles S.Perera
Suren Raghavan, immediately after being appointed as the Governor of Northern Province announced  that he is against Buddhisisation of the North. Well he is not alone, there are many more Tamil politicians still with their Dravidian instincts like that of  animals, such as the TNA MP the Christian Tamil Sumandiran, who wants to distance Tamils and Jaffna Tamils from the teachings of  the Compassionate  Buddha. But this stupid statement coming from a Governor of a Province is not tolerable. A Governor is the representative of the President of Sri Lanka in the respective Province.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/03/19)

THE TAMIL LANGUAGE IN SRI LANKA Part 10
KAMALIKA PIERIS
With the elevation of Tamil to a national language in the 1978 Constitution, Tamil became entrenched in Sri Lanka in two important sectors, ‘education’ and ‘employment.’ EDUCATION. Tamil became a compulsory subject   in Sinhala medium schools. The Education Department issued a circular making Tamil compulsory for all schools from year 2000. It was compulsory from Grade 1 to Grade 9 but could be dropped at O level. School children have responded well. There are ‘Tamil days’ in the schools.  In 2016 the all island Tamil language day   organized by the Ministry of Education was held at Dharmaraja... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/03/19)

Bicycle Politico becomes docile to Americans.
By : A.A.M.NIZAM – MATARA
(Former Vice President of the SLFP Central Committee of Matara Electorate) Matara electorate was a caste based electorate as majority of its voters belonged to several pockets of Durawe caste people.  Amidst JVP mayhem in the area in 1980s one Mr. Wijesiri whose father was a lorry owner had voluntarily established over 75 SLFP branch organizations throughout the electorate and was anticipating to become the SLFP candidature for the 1989 elections and he had the support of Mr. Mahinda Wijesekera who was the SLFP organiser for the adjoining Devinuwara and besides that he had... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/03/19)

DBS Jeyaraj’s third idea
 C. Wijeyawickrema
(A respected journalist, DBS Jeyaraj, operating from Canada, makes suggestions from time to time on how to solve the ‘Tamil issue’ in Sri Lanka. Jeyaraj presents himself as a Tamil Moderate. If you just take R Premadasa’s (and now Ranil W’s) servant cum master Paskaralingam as a test case, no sane person could believe that there are Tamil moderate souls in Sri Lanka, meaning Tamils who will refuse a Tamil state with a UNO flag, if it is possible within their life time. Jeyaraj revolves around the ‘F’ solution, just like Anandasangaree’s ‘Indian F” solution in the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/03/19)

Appoint a commission to investigate wrong doing in OISL report in Sri Lanka
Open letter to the Ambassadors/ Permanent Representatives of 48 Member States of the Human Rights Council From Global Sri Lankan Forum Executive Committee.
Dear Sirs, Appoint a commission to investigate wrong doing in OISL report in Sri Lanka There exists a threat to the world peace and security by the Human Rights Council Resolution 30/1 by giving impunity to the terrorism, by not defining the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) as a terrorist organization and by not asking an international criminal investigation for the perpetrators of financing terrorism in Sri Lanka. The Human Rights Council did not respect and fulfill... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/03/19)

ගුරුවරුන්ට එල්ල කළ ම්ලේච්ඡු ප‍්‍රහාරය හෙලාදකිමු
කේ.ඞී. ලාල්කාන්ත  සභාපති  ජාතික වෘත්තීය සමිති මධ්‍යස්ථානය
ගුරු අයිතීන් දිනා ගැනීම වෙනුවෙන් ලංකා ගුරු සේවා සංගමය සංවිධානය කළ උද්ඝෝෂණයට ඉසුරුපාය අසලදී අද දින ම්ලේච්ඡු පොලිස් ප‍්‍රහාරයක් එල්ල කර ඇති අතර එම ප‍්‍රහාරය ජාතික වෘත්තීය සමිති මධ්‍යස්ථාය ලෙස අප පිළිකුලෙන් යුතුව හෙළා දකින්නෙමු. එම ප‍්‍රහාරයෙන් ගුරුවරුන් පිරිසක් තුවාල ලබා ඇති අතර අසාධ්‍ය තත්වයේ වූ ගුරුවරයෙකු කොළඹ ජාතික රෝහලට ඇතුළත් කොට ඇත. තමන්ගේ අයිතීන් වෙනුවෙන් පමණක් නොව අනාගත දරු පරපුරේ අභිවෘද්ධිය උදෙසා ඔවුන් යහපත් පුරවැසියන් කිරීම අරමුණු කරගත් ඉතා වැදගත් භූමිකාවකට පණ පොවන ගුරුවරු හට පොලීසිය ලවා එල්ල කරන ලද මෙම ප‍්‍රහාරය මගිින් තහවුරු වන්නේ ආණ්ඩුව අයිතීන් ඉල්ලා සටන්... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/03/19)

ශ්‍රී ලංකා පොදුජන පෙරමුණ මාධ්‍ය සාකච්ඡාව
අද ( 28) දින මාධ්‍ය සාකච්ඡාවට සහභාගි වූ නියෝජිතයින් 
පාර්ලිමේන්තු මන්ත්‍රී කනක හේරත් මහතා පාර්ලිමේන්තු මන්ත්‍රී ජානක වක්කුමුර මහතා පාර්ලිමේන්තු මන්ත්‍රී කාංචන විජේසේකර මහතා පාර්ලිමේන්තු මන්ත්‍රී කනක හේරත් මහතා පහුගිය කාලයේම ශ්‍රී ලංකා පොදුජන පෙරමුණ ඇතුළු පක්ෂවල පුලුල් සන්ධානයක් සම්බන්ධයෙන් සාකච්ඡා වුනා. ඊයේ වෙනකොට ශ්‍රී ලංකා පොදුජන පෙරමුනෙන් මේ සාකච්ඡා සදහා අපේ පක්ෂයේ සභාපති මහාචාර්ය ජි. එල්. පීරිස් මහතා, හිටපු අමාත්‍ය පාර්ලිමේන්තු මන්ත්‍රී ඩලස් අලහප්පරෙුම මහතාත්, ජ්‍යෙස්ඨ කතිකාචාර්ය ජගත් වැල්ලවත්ත මහතාත් පත්කරලා තියෙනවා. එක්සත් ජාතික පක්ෂය ගෙදර යවන වැඩපිළිවෙලක් සදහා පුලුල් සන්ධානයක අවහ්‍යතාවය  අද තිබෙනවා. ඉතිහාසයේ සිද්ධවුනු වැරදි නැවතත් සිදුනොවන ආකාරයෙන් සහ ශ්‍රී ලංකා පොදුජන පෙරමුණ ප්‍රමුඛත්වයෙන් තියලා මෙම... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/03/19)

The Elections Commission: A madhouse within a madhouse The Constitutional Madhouse – Part 5
By C. A. Chandraprema Courtesy The Island
The 19th Amendment led to the setting up of the following independent Commissions with the stated objective of depoliticising the conduct of the day-to-day affairs of the government. The Election Commission The Public Service Commission The National Police Commission The Audit Service Commission The Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka The Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption The Finance Commission The Delimitation Commission The National Procurement Commission. Article 41B (6) of the present Constitution, as amended by the 19th Amendment, states that all these commissions other than the Election Commission, shall... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/03/19)

බැඳුම්කර හොරුන්ට දඬුවම් නොදී මේ ආණ්ඩුව කර අරිනවා
දෙනගම ධම්මික රණවීර උපුටාගැණීම  මව්බිම
වසර හතරක් තිස්සේ බැඳුම්කර හොරුන්ට දඬුවම් කිරීමට වත්මන් ආණ්ඩුව කර අරින නිසා අනාගත ආණ්ඩුවකින් හෝ ඔවුන් හෙළිදරව් කොට දඬුවම් පැමිණවීමට අනිවාර්යයෙන් සිදුකළ යුතු බව ආචාර්ය නාලක ගොඩහේවා ප්‍රකාශ කළේය. ඔහු එම අදහස් පළ කළේ පසුගියදා (25දා) පිටකෝට්ටේ පිහිටි වියත්මඟ කාර්යාලයේදී පැවැති මාධ්‍ය හමුවකදීය. එහිදී නාලක ගොඩහේවා මහතා මෙසේද පැවැසීය. අද වන විට ශ්‍රී ලංකාවේ ආර්ථිකය ඉතාමත් අර්බුද අවස්ථාවකයි තිබෙන්නේ. 2014 වන විට ආසියාවේ චීනයට පමණක් දෙවැනි වූ ආර්ථික වර්ධන වේගයක් තිබූ ශ්‍රී ලංකාව අද අවසානය වීමට ඇෆ්ගනිස්තාන ආර්ථික වර්ධන වේගය හා තරග කරනවා. 2014 වන විට තිස් අවුරුදු බැඳුම්කරවල පොලී අනුපාත තිබුණෙ 10%ට වඩා අඩු... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/03/19)

අපේ ආණ්ඩුවක් යටතේ නොමිලේ පොහොර දෙනවා-හිටපු ජනාධිපති විපක්ෂ නායක මහින්ද රාජපක්ෂ
රුචිර දිලාන් මධුශංඛ උපුටාගැණීම  මව්බිම
සිය ආණ්ඩුවක් යටතේ ඉදිරියේදී ගොවි ජනතාවට අවශ්‍ය සියලු පොහොර නොමිලයේ ලබාදෙන බව හිටපු ජනාධිපති විපක්ෂ නායක මහින්ද රාජපක්ෂ මහතා 'මව්බිම'ට පැවැසීය. කෘෂි ආර්ථිකයක් කරා රට ගෙන යෑමට අවශ්‍ය සියලු කටයුතු එහිදී දියත් කරන බවද විපක්ෂ නායකවරයා කීවේය. තම ආණ්ඩුව යටතේ පොහොර සහනාධාරය ගොවීන්ට ලබාදීම නිසා කෘෂිකර්ම ක්ෂේත්‍රයේ විශාල නැඟීමක් තිබූ බව පෙන්වා දුන් මහින්ද රාජපක්ෂ මහතා වත්මන් ආණ්ඩුව යටතේ රටේ කෘෂිකර්මාන්තය විශාල කඩා වැටීමක් සිදුව ඇති බව කීය. ඉන් රට ගොඩ ගැනීමට නම් ගොවියා ශක්තිමත් කරන කෘෂි වැඩපිළිවෙළක් රටට අවශ්‍ය බව මහින්ද රාජපක්ෂ මහතා වැඩිදුරටත් කීය.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/03/19)


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