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සදුදා දින සිට වහාම ක්‍රියාත්මකවක පරිදි මුහුණූ ආවරණය සම්බන්ධයෙන්
Mohammed Rasooldeen- Justice of the Peace Media Secretary Western Province Governor's Office
අතිගරු ජනාධිපති මෛත්‍රීපාල සිරිසේන මැතිතුමා විසින් හදිසි නීතිය යටතේ සදුදා දින සිට වහාම ක්‍රියාත්මකවක පරිදි මුහුණූ ආවරණය සම්බන්ධයෙන් පනවන ලද තහනම තරයේ පිළිපදින ලෙස බස්නාහිර පළාත් ආණ්ඩුකාරතුමා විසින් මුස්ලිම් පාසල් ප්‍රධානීන්ගෙන් ඉල්ලා සිටින ලදී. පසුගිය සදුදා දින බස්නාහිර පළාත් ආණ්ඩුකාරවර කාර්යයාලයේදී මුස්ලිම් පාසල් 59 යක විදුහල්පත්වරුන් අමතා ගරු ආණ්ඩුකාරතුමා මේ බව ප්‍රකාශ කර සිටියේය. විදේශිකයින් 40 දෙදෙනකුද ඇතුළුව පුද්ගලයින් 268 දෙදෙනකු ඝාතනය කරමින් පසුගිය පාස්කු ඉරු දින එල්ල කරන ලද බෝම්බ ප්‍රහාරය හේතුවෙන් අතිගරු ජනාධිපතිතුමා විසින් මුහුණු ආවරණය සම්බන්ධයෙන් තහනම පනවන ලද... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 30/04/19)

ත‍්‍රස්තවාදය වැළැක්වීමේ අලූත් පනත් කෙටුම්පත සම්මත නොකලොත් මේ ත‍්‍රස්තවාදය වැලැක්වීමේ හැකියාවක් නැති බව අගමැතිවරයාගේ කතාව සම්පූර්ණයෙන් ජනතාව නොමග යැවීමක්
අද දින පැවැති ශී‍්‍ර ලංකා පොදුජන පෙරමුනේ මාධ්‍ය හමුව
අද දින පැවැති මාධ්‍ය හමුවට සහභාගි වූ නියෝජිතයින් x පාර්ලිමේන්තු මන්තී‍්‍ර අනුර පි‍්‍රයදර්ශන මහතා x පාර්ලිමේන්තු මන්තී‍්‍ර ලක්ෂ්මන් යාපා අබේවර්ධන මහතා x පාර්ලිමේන්තු මන්තී‍්‍ර එස්. එම්. චන්ද්‍රසේන මහතා පාර්ලිමේන්තු මන්තී‍්‍ර අනුර පි‍්‍රයදර්ශන මහතා අකිල විරාජ් කාරියවසම් ඇමතිවරයා විරුද්ධ පක්ෂය මළමිනි මතින් දේශපාලනය කරන බව ප‍්‍රකාශ කරලා තියෙනවා. අපි මළ මිනී මතින් දේශපාලනය කරලත් නැහැ. දේශපාලන බලය ලබා ගන්නෙත් නැහැ. මේ ආණ්ඩුව අසමත්. මේ බියකරු ත‍්‍රස්තවාදි ප‍්‍රාහරය ගැන ආරක්ෂක අංශ දැනුම්වත් කරලා තිබ්බත් ආණ්ඩුව පියවර ගත්තේ නැහැ. ඒක කාදිනල්’තුමාත් කිව්වා. මේක බියකරු ප‍්‍රහාරයක්. ඉන්දියාවේදි සහරාම් හසිම්ගේ පුද්ගල... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 30/04/19)

WHY SEEK HELP FROM OUTSIDE WHEN WE HAVE OUR OWN EXPERTS AND EXPERTISE
Malin Abeyatunge
Let me give a grim reminder what happened during Eelam War. In year 2000, when the then Govt., accepted Norway’s help to facilitate the negotiations with the   Terrorist LTTE outfit, I wrote a small letter to Sunday Observer on March 12, 2000  titled SCREEN PEACE TALKS FACILITATORS and not to accept the chief facilitator Eric Solheim from Norway  without investigating into his credentials and his hidden agenda but instead then government received him and his team with red carpet welcome. What was the outcome? Eric Solheim  the facilitator became the best of friends of... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 30/04/19)

Shouldn't we invite Erik Solheim?
Bodhi Dhanapala Quebec
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe during Chandrika Kumaratunga's presidency and today as well, has in his many statements on the Easter suicide bombings emphasized the global nature of the problem, and referred to the need for international help.. Given all the US and Western support available to the Prime Minister, didn't his security network, or the FBI, or the CIA, warn him independently of the messages that Sirisena is supposed to have got, three times over? Isn't it likely that the Prime Minster who considers himself a great tactician actually GOT the news, and... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 30/04/19)

What is going on with this government and country?
Sunil Vijaya
Sarath Fonseka states his security personnel hid the information from him about the terrorist attack on Easter Sunday. Mahinda Rajapakse states the same thing and the so is the incompetent Ranil Wickremasinghe.  What does this mean? Simply the security people have no confidence in any of them and would have thought ‘what use of telling Our boss’.   This is the pathetic situation in the country . Sarath Fonseka further declares that the Government should resign.  But who is Government?  He himself is part and parcel of the administration and to set an... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 30/04/19)

බිලි පූජාව
වෛද්‍ය රුවන්  එම් ජයතුංග
ඒබ්‍රහම් තුල මානසික අසමතුලිතභාවයක් තිබුනේය. ඔහුට කටහඞවල් ඇසුණි. ඔහු සිතුවේ දෙවියන් විසින් ඔහුට නියෝග දෙනවා කියාය. වරක් ඒබ්‍රහම්ට තම දරුවා වූ අයිසෙක් කඳු මුදුනට ගෙන ගොස් බිලිදෙන ලෙසට කට හඞ නියෝග කලේය. මෙම ශ්‍රවණ භ්‍රාන්තිය මත ඒබ්‍රහම් තම කුඩා දරුවා වූ අයිසෙක්ව රැගෙන කඳු මුදුනට ගියේය. කන්ද උඩදී ඒබ්‍රහම් තම දරුවාව බිම හෙලා ඔහුගේ උගුර තියුණු පිහියකින් කපා දැමීමට සූදානම් විය. තම දරුවා කෙරෙහි වූ ඇල්මත් ශ්‍රවණ භ්‍රාන්තිය කෙරෙහි වූ අප්‍රමාණ ගෞරවයත් නිසා ඒබ්‍රහම් ගේ මනසේ ප්‍රගල්භ ඝට්ටනයක් ඇති විය. ඔහු කිහිප වතාවක්ම දරුවා මරා දැමීම සඳහා පිහිය... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 30/04/19)

NOW THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD RESIGN
Rev. Fr. Vimal Tirimanna, CSsR  Rome Courtesy The Island
Ever since the Easter carnage the previous week, we had been saturated with all sorts of bizarre and horror stories linked to those blasts which depict how just a few fanatic human beings could be so cruel and inhuman towards their fellow human beings. According to my barber, here in Rome not even animals have ever descended to the levels of those fundamentalist Islamic terrorists though the former would kill if at all to satisfy their natural hunger or in self-defence. Almost all the newspapers and other media channels... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 30/04/19)

Governor Hizbullah’s driver, cook arrested
By Norman Palihawadana and Rathindra Kuruwita Courtesy The Island
Eastern Province Governor, M. L. A. M. Hizbullah’s driver and former cook were arrested, yesterday, following the detection of 48 rounds of ammunition in a building at Kattankudy. The Police and Special Task Force officers had searched the building rented by the Governor, and detected the ammunition, a senior police officer of Kattankudy police said.  The driver and the former cook of Hizbullah were arrested as the keys to the building were in their custody.  Kattankudy police are conducting further investigations.  Security forces... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 30/04/19)

Lankan President refutes Cardinal’s allegations about his commission to probe suicide attacks
Courtesy NewsIn.Asia
Colombo, April 30 (newsin.asia): In a press release issued by the Sri Lankan Presidential Media Division on Tuesday, the government refuted Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith’s allegation that the Presidential Commission appointed to probe the Easter Sunday suicide blasts has not even started its work. “The Special Investigation Committee appointed by President Maithripala Sirisena on April 21, 2019 to conduct investigations into the series of incidents occurred in 08 places of the country due to the explosions, commenced its works on April 22. The Special Investigation Committee headed by Supreme Court Judge Vijith K.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 30/04/19)

STF finds 35 T56 magazines in Hizbullah’s office
Courtesy Ceylon Today
The Special Task Force (STF) raided Eastern Province Governor A.L.M. Hizbullah's Kattankudy office today (30) and found 35 Type 56 bullets which the Governor claims belongs to the Police security officers working for him.  According to the Police Media Unit, this office was shut down a month ago. The STF detained two of Hizbullah’s office staff for further questioning.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 30/04/19)

Are Laws to Combat International Terrorism adequate?
By Amra Ismail Courtesy The Daily Mirror
laws could also have been swiftly amended to deal with any gaps Politicians are just trying to come up with excusesEmergency Regulations are overbroad and prone to abuseWe could have made meaningful progress in preventing the attacksPrime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe told Skynews that there were no laws in Sri Lanka to arrest those who joined foreign terrorist groups and returned to the country In the wake of the Easter Sunday terrorist attacks, a question has emerged regarding the inadequacy of the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 30/04/19)

How Wahhabism was fostered until it’s too late
Courtesy The Daily Mirror
Sri Lankan Muslims are the greatest strength in the country’s fight against Islamic extremism. However, their radicalization is also the greatest long term threat On Friday, the imam of a Sufi mosque in Saindamarudu was alerted by the locals about a suspicious crowd in a house in the neighbourhood housing scheme called, Bolivia village. That is an exclusively Muslim housing scheme of 400 houses built after the Indian Ocean tsunami. The owner of one of the houses there had given his residence on rent to a man who claims... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 30/04/19)

'Cheap shot': NZ slams SL-Christchurch link terror claim
Courtesy The Daily Mirror
New Zealand's Deputy Prime Minister has criticised suggestions that Sri Lanka's Easter Sunday bombings were retaliation for the Christchurch mosque shootings, saying his country is being misused, The Age reported today. But New Zealand Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters on Tuesday reiterated his government had seen no evidence of a link. He said expert advice suggested the Sri Lankan bombings would have been planned well before the Christchurch terror attack. It's a slightly cheap shot, I suppose, to try to explain it away. Let's see the evidence," Peters... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 30/04/19)

Cardinal wants Britain to be vary of Islamic extremists
Courtesy The Daily Mirror
Referring to a statement made by a pro extremist Islamic Group in Britain that they would teach a lesson to all Sri Lankans, Archbishop of Colombo, Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith told a news conference today the British Government should be keep a close tab on these groups. “We are not against Britain, Many Sri Lankans still respect the queen, and we appreciate all good things done by Britain in Sri Lanka. However, it should vary of extremist groups,” he said and pointed out that this Islamic group had intervened when some Sri Lankan... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 30/04/19)

Ada Derana News At 9.00-Army continues island-wide search operations
Courtesy Adaderana
https://youtu.be/nDY3sWzkJok Sri Lanka Army through its seven formations encompassing the entire country is carrying out search operations to apprehend extremist terrorists.  The successful operation in Santhamaruthu in the Eastern Province is a good example of the outcome of these search operations, the Ministry of Defence said.  Arrested suspects and items are directed for investigations while troops have stepped up operations during the last 24 hours, the statement said.  As the troops are widely stationed around the country people can direct any useful information... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 30/04/19)

Security forces continue search operations across Sri Lanka (English)
Courtesy Adaderana
https://youtu.be/kxP3zaw_37c... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 30/04/19)

Police find suspicious van involved in Sainthamaruthu blast
Courtesy Adaderana
The van bearing No 250-5680, which is believed to have transported explosives and suspects to Sainthamaruthu, has been taken into the custody of the Kekirawa Police. The vehicle in question was seized at Ihala Puliyankulama in Maradankadawala today (30). https://youtu.be/4sEu4p1RyTg The vehicle owner, who was arrested by the police, revealed that the van was taken to Kalmunai area as per a request made by a clergyman, according to Ada Derana correspondent. The arrestee was identified as Abu Salley Nazar residing in Maradankadawala. Kekirawa Police... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 30/04/19)

Batticaloa Campus should be brought under the govt. - NUTA
Courtesy Adaderana
The Batticaloa Campus Sri Lanka (BCSL) in Punanai should be brought under the authority of the government, says the National University Teachers’ Associations (NUTA). The Secretary of NUTA Professor Channa Jayasumana stated this speaking at a press conference yesterday (30). https://youtu.be/BeBzqNhf9F4 Batticaloa Campus was not initially registered as a university but a vocational training centre when it was constructed in 2013, he said. Although it is said the BCSL is funded by the government of Saudi Arabia, the campus had so far been funded by one... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 30/04/19)

Report of committee probing terror attacks will be made public - President
Courtesy Adaderana
President Maithripala Sirisena says the report of the special committee appointed to probe the terror attacks on Easter Sunday will be made public. On April 21st, in the wake of the attacks, the President appointed a special committee headed by a Supreme Court judge to conduct an inquiry into the explosions and their background. https://youtu.be/eT2cYqGcd08 The Committee will study other reasons that pave the way for these incidents as well and it will submit its report within two weeks to the President. Future security measures will... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 30/04/19)

Committee probing Easter attacks records statements from IGP & former Defence Secretary
Courtesy Adaderana
The Special Investigation Committee appointed to probe Easter Sunday terror attacks has recorded statements from former Defence Secretary Hemasiri Fernando and Inspector General of Police Pujith Jayasundara, the President’s Media Division (PMD) stated. The Committee appointed by President Maithripala Sirisena on April 21 to conduct investigations into the series of incidents occurred in 08 places of the country due to the explosions, commenced its works on April 22. Headed by Supreme Court Judge Vijith K. Malalgoda, the Committee consists of former IGP N.K. Ilangakoon and former Law & Order Ministry Secretary Padamasiri... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 30/04/19)

CCTV: Final hours of suicide bomber at Zion Church
Courtesy Adaderana
Footage obtained by Sky News tracks the final hours of one of the Easter Sunday bombers as he prepares to commit mass murder. It is the most detailed record yet to emerge of any of the attackers ahead of their coordinated strike against churches and hotels across Sri Lanka. https://youtu.be/xEJgqcdesRI Islamic State has said it was behind the atrocity that killed more than 250 people. Mohammed Nasar Mohammed Azar, 34, is pictured messaging and speaking on a mobile phone, praying at a mosque and scoping out... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 30/04/19)

Person allegedly conducted lectures at NTJ mosques arrested
Courtesy Adaderana
An external lecturer of a university, who has allegedly conducted lectures at mosques belonging to the National Thawheed Jamaath (NTJ), has been arrested at Mundalama in Madurankuliya. The arrest was made in a joint search operation conducted by the Police and the Army yesterday (30). The 39-year-old arrestee is a father of four and it was revealed he is employed as an external lecturer at a university in the capital. He was arrested along with 18 SIM cards, two laptop computers, two mobile phones and one iPad. Investigations... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 30/04/19)

SIRISENA MUST RESIGN!
DHARSHAN WEERASEKERA
President Maithripala Sirisena must resign immediately and make way for new Presidential elections.  It is the decent thing to do, and more importantly is in the interests of the country.  Sri Lankans must have a chance to choose a leader capable of conducting a vigorous and sustained campaign against Islamist terrorism, the new existential threat that the country is facing.  Sirisena was brought to power by a coalition of forces led by the U.S. to facilitate bringing fundamental Constitutional as well as economic changes to this country,  changes that would make the country... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 30/04/19)

SRI LANKA MUST CONSTITUTIONALLY BE UNITARY AND UNITED
BY EDWARD THEOPHILUS
Many people talk that under the constitutional reforms, a Muslim administration unit should be established in the Eastern Province and what is the logical base for this idea is a question when current experience in Sri Lanka is analysed and who created this idea is needed to discuss broadly. Since the election of yahapalana regime in 2015, the existing constitutional structure of the country wanted to change converting to a federal system in which the hidden motive of the yahapalana advocates was to disunite the country and with a hidden objective of... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 30/04/19)

Islamic State chief speaks on video after 5-year gap, praises Sri Lanka suicide bombers
Courtesy NewsIn.Asia
Baghdad, April 29 (AFP): The elusive chief of the Islamic State group Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has purportedly appeared for the first time in five years in a propaganda video released Monday by the extremist organisation. It is unclear when the footage was filmed, but the man said to be Baghdadi referred in the past tense to the months-long fight for Baghouz, IS’s final bastion in eastern Syria, which ended last month. “The battle for Baghouz is over,” the man said, sitting cross-legged on a cushion and addressing three men... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 30/04/19)

I am not an American citizen anymore, says Gotabaya
Courtesy Adaderana
Presidential hopeful, former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa says he is not a citizen of the United States anymore. Joining the 360° political programme yesterday (29), the former Defence Secretary said nearly 99 percent of the process of withdrawing his US citizenship is completed. Gotabaya said he does not dual citizenship as of now.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 30/04/19)

ගෙවුණු සතියේ මේ රට පාලනය කලේ අතිඋතුම් අගරදගුරුහිමිපාණන් බව කිවහොත් මේ රටේ කිසි කෙනෙකු විරුද්ධ වන්නේ නැත.
දීපිකා දිල්රුක්ෂි ගුණසේන
මම බෞද්ධයෙක්. හතර වරිගෙම බෞද්ධ අමු සිංහල බෞද්ධයෙක්!  ඒත් මගේ රටේ කතෝලික බැතිමතුන් ගැන පුදුම ආදරයක් මට දැනෙන්නේ.මට විතරක් නෙවි, මේ රටේ හැම කෙනෙකුටම ඒ විදියේ හැගීමක් අනිවාර්යයෙන්ම ඇතිවෙලා ඇති. මගේ රටේ කතෝලිකයන් කියන්නේ කොහොමටත් රටට කරදරයක් නොවී... නිසිතැන-සමතැන ගන්න වද වෙන්නේ නැතිව... මේ රටේ මහා සංස්කෘතියට අභියෝග කරනු වෙනුවට යස අපුරුවට තමන්ගේ විශ්වාසයන් ඇදහීම් මේ රටේ සංස්කෘතියට... මුල්වලට... හද ගැස්මට ගලපාගෙන... මිශ්‍රවෙලා... සහයෝගෙන්, සමාදානෙන් තමන්ගේ පාඩුවේ ජීවත්වුණු සහෝදර ජනවර්ගයක්.  ඒ වගේම මට කතෝලික බැතිමතුන් ගැන පුදුම ආඩම්බරයක් තියෙන්නේ. ඒ අයගේ කකියන ලේ කඳුලින් දියකරලා අයෙමත් කලින්ටත් වඩා ලෝකෙට ආදරය... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 30/04/19)

Easter blasts and its Aftermath – Part II
By ; A.A.M.NIZAM – MATARA
Amidst a scathing attack and continuous fish market behaviour by the Ministers and MPs the delinquent government, the former President and the Leader of the Opposition Mr. Mahinda Rajapaksa blasted the the government inParliament on 23rd April over the previous day’s Easter Sunday ISIS terrorist attack which killed over 300 innocent people and injured more than 500 persons.  Given below is the full text of his speech.. Hon Speaker, We are gathered here today, to discuss the future of our country following the bomb attacks... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 30/04/19)

මේ සිද්ධියට වගකියන්න ඕනේ රජය කියලා හැමෝම කියනවා. රජය කියන්නේ ජනාධිපති ඇතුලු කැබිනට් මණ්ඩලයයි.
අද දින පැවැති ශ්‍රී ලංකා පොදුජන පෙරමුනේ මාධ්‍ය හමුව
අද දින පැවැති මාධ්‍ය හමුවට සහභාගි වූ නියෝජිතයින් ■             ශ්‍රී ලංකා පොදුජන පෙරමුනේ සභාපති මහාචාර්ය ජි. එල්. පිරිස් මහතා  ■             පාර්ලිමේන්තු මන්ත්‍රී සුසිල් ප්‍රේමජයන්ත මහතා  ■             පාර්ලිමේන්තු මන්ත්‍රී රෝහිත අබේගුණවර්ධන මහතා  ■             පාර්ලිමේන්තු මන්ත්‍රී කෙහෙළිය රඹුක්වැල්ල මහතා  ■             නීතිවල අඩුපාඩුවක් නෙවෙයි ලැබුණු තොරතුරු වලින් ප්‍රයෝජන ගෙන ජනතාව ආරක්ෂා කිරීමට රජයේ දෙපාර්ශවය අපොහොසත් වීමයි සිදුවුනේ.  ■             රටේ වාසනාවට තව මාස හයයි තියෙන්නේ. ඒ කාලයේ අවම වශයෙන් ජනතාවගේ ජිවිත ආරක්ෂා කර ගැනීමට උත්සුක විය යුතුයි. ශ්‍රී ලංකා... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 30/04/19)

ISIS NEEDED NO NEW EXCUSE FOR CARNAGE IN SRI LANKA
GREG SHERIDAN FOREIGN EDITOR Courtesy The Australian
In every one of these terrorist atrocities there is something new, some lesson to prepare us better to prevent the next one, and to try to break the syndrome. With 359 now confirmed dead in Sri Lanka, this is one of the biggest single terror attacks in history. Two moments, before the carnage, were striking. One of the bombers, walking towards the church where he was to commit mass murder, paused for a nanosecond to pat a child on the head. Another bomber lined up at the breakfast buffet in the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 30/04/19)

Veil ban in Sri Lanka takes effect
Courtesy Shanghai Daily
AS Sri Lanka’s civil war ended in this once-contested region along its eastern coast, Muslim women eager to show their piousness began wearing the black veil to hide their faces. Now in the wake of Easter suicide attacks by Islamic State group-linked militants that killed over 250 people, Sri Lanka’s president has used his emergency powers to ban the practice previously unheard of in the island nation off the southern coast of India. The ban, which took effect yesterday, has been touted as a security measure. However, it criminalizes a practice... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 30/04/19)

Sri Lanka: Extremists plan to dress in military uniform for new attacks, say security officials
REBECCA SPEARE-COLE Courtesy Evening Standard
Sri Lankan Christian devotees pray in Colombo, a week after a series of bomb blasts targeting churches and luxury hotels in Sri Lanka ( AFP/Getty Images ) Sri Lankan security officials have warned that Islamist militantsbehind Easter Sunday's suicide bombings are planning further attacks and could be dressed in military uniform. Security sources say the militants were targeting five locations for attacks today, as the archbishop of Colombo complained about insufficient security around churches. In a letter to the government and officials on Monday the head of the police ministerial... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 30/04/19)

Sri Lankan prime minister fears 'lone ranger' suicide bomber after Easter Sunday attacks
Susan Ormiston · CBC News ·
Security officials trying to root out any remaining members of extremist group Susan Ormiston · CBC News · Posted: Apr 29, 2019 5:00 PM ET | Last Updated: an hour ago Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe acknowledges that 'the government machinery was faulty' and warnings from intelligence agencies were not implemented before the Easter Sunday attacks. (Lily Martin/CBC) Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe vows his country can eliminate the threats extremists pose following the Easter Sunday attacks but admits his greatest immediate fear is that a... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 30/04/19)

Why Is Europe Burying Its Head in the Sand on Jihadi Terror?
by Eyal Zisser / Israel Hayom / JNS.org
The jihadist war being waged by radical Islamist groups across the globe has never stopped at the gates of holy sites and places of worship. Indeed, worshipers in these places have become legitimate and convenient targets for jihadists in the Middle East, Africa, and Asia — as we learned from the recent massacre in Sri Lanka, and in recent years in Europe as well. Minority communities, mostly Christians, are persecuted in large portions of the Islamic world, and the tolerance once shown to Jews and Christians has now... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 30/04/19)

Sri Lanka attacks: Where else in the world have face coverings been banned?
By Samiha Nettikkara Courtesy BBC
A ban on face coverings in public has come into effect in Sri Lanka, following a series of suicide attacks on Easter Sunday, in which at least 250 people were killed. Any face garment that "hinders identification" was being banned to ensure national security, the office of President Maithripala Sirisena said. Sri Lanka attacks: Face coverings bannedHijab, niqab, burka: Guide to Muslim headscarves Those who support the ban say it's vital for public safety and encourages assimilation of ethnic and religious minorities. ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 29/04/19)

Sri Lanka mastermind’s call data trail leads to Tamil Nadu, Kerala
Written by Deeptiman Tiwary |New Delhi Courtesy The Indian Express
Investigators, meanwhile, suspect that Hashim broke away from the Lanka-based National Thowheeth Jamaath, which has been blamed for the blasts, to form his own outfit recently. A police officer inspects the site of a gun battle between troops and suspected Islamist militants, on the east coast of Sri Lanka. (Reuters) INTELLIGENCE AGENCIES are tracking over a dozen men from Tamil Nadu and Kerala whose phone numbers were found in the Call Detail Records (CDRs) of Zaharan Hashim, the suspected mastermind behind the Easter Sunday blasts... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 29/04/19)

NIA arrests first IS terrorist, foils Lanka 2.0 in Kerala
DECCAN CHRONICLE. | BALA CHAUHAN
 This NIA had registered a case in July 2016 after 15 youths has fled away to ISIS. (Representional Image) Bengaluru: Kerala may reportedly have been the next destination of suicide attacks by the Islamic State of Iraq & Syria (ISIS) homegrown cadres in the southern state, who were reportedly radicalised by the Sri Lanka suicide bomber Hashim Zafran and fugitive preacher Zakir Naik. The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Monday arrested Riyas A. alias Riyas Aboobacker alias Abu Dujana (29), a resident of Palakkad, Kerala in Kasargod in the ISIS... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 29/04/19)

Muslims have no genuine leader!
Movement Against Radicalism Courtesy Ceylon Today
The Easter Sunday attacks that took place in Colombo and other parts of the country are being condemned in no uncertain terms. As Muslims living in this country and innumerable generations before us from time immemorial, we, (a large and representative group of Muslim women), condemn these dastardly acts perpetrated on our fellow citizens and the visitors to our country, all of them innocent and unfortunate victims of radical terrorism. It’s sad on the one hand and unforgivable on the other that, those who claim to be leaders of the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 29/04/19)

Amend PTA instead of introducing CTA: Cardinal
Yohan Perera Courtesy The Daily Mirror
Amending the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) was better than bringing in a new Counter-Terrorism Act (CTA), Archbishop of Colombo Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith said today. The Cardinal said this in response to a statement made by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe yesterday that the Easter Sunday bombings could have been averted had the Counter-Terrorism Act was in force. https://youtu.be/6tz5_WMXWzM “It is easier to amend the remaining legislation rather than bringing a new one,” he said.   Both the Cardinal and Venerable Ittapana Dhammalankara... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 29/04/19)

Govt. intelligence obtains information on possible attack on Buddhist temples
Courtesy The Daily Mirror
The Government Intelligence Service has received information on an attack targeting the Buddhist temples by the National Thawheeth Jamaath (NTJ), using female bombers. The officers of the government intelligence service have found white pairs of skirts and blouses from the house which was raided after the explosion in Sainthamaradu area. On March 29, 2019 Muslim women had spent Rs.29,000 to purchase nine sets of such clothes from a textile shop in Giriulla. So far, five sets of white clothes had been found from this house and Intelligence services... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 29/04/19)

C.D. Wickremerathne Acting IGP
Courtesy The Daily Mirror
Senior DIG C.D. Wickremerathne had been appointed as Acting Inspector General of Police (IGP) by President Maithripala Sirisena today, President’s Media Unit said. Former IGP N.K. Illangakoon has been appointed as adviser to the Ministry of Defence. https://youtu.be/1tJA04JwqCk Meanwhile, Attorney General Jayantha Jayasuriya was sworn in as the new Chief Justice before the President this morning, while Solicitor General Dappula de Livera has been appointed as the Acting Attorney General. Additional Auditor General Chulantha Wickramaratne was appointed as the Auditor General. These... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 29/04/19)

IGP sent on compulsory leave
Darshana Sanjeewa Courtesy The Daily Mirror
Following the appointment of C.D. Wickremeratne as the acting Inspector General of Police, IGP Pujith Jayasundara has been sent on compulsory leave, sources said. It was reported that the Law and Order Ministry has ordered that the IGP be sent on compulsory leave. After the Easter Sunday attacks on April 21, President Maithripala Sirisena asked the IGP to resign. However, IGP Jayasundara rejected the President’s request. (... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 29/04/19)

Enforce law properly; don’t let us take law into our hands - Cardinal
Courtesy Adaderana
His Eminence Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith urges that government carry out proper investigations into the terror attacks that took place on Easter Sunday (April 21st). “Take proper legal action in this regard and do not let us take the law into our hands,” the Cardinal said, addressing a press conference held at the Catholic Archbishop’s House today (29). https://youtu.be/L1wowRWM-_4 He called on the political leadership of the country, regardless of their party politics, to reach a common policy concerning national security, he further remarked. “We are not... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 29/04/19)

Former Army Commander appointed as Defense Secretary
Courtesy Adaderana
Former Army Commander General S. H. Shantha Kottegoda has been appointed as the new Secretary to the Ministry of Defense. The General received his letter of appointment from President Maithripala Sirisena at the President’s Office, this evening (29). This is following the resignation of the former Defense Secretary Hemasiri Fernando after he was requested by the President over the failure to prevent the Easter Day bombing despite receiving prior warnings of a possible attack.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 29/04/19)

Joint Operations Command set up in Colombo under Maj.Gen Sathyapriya Liyanage
Courtesy NewsIn.Asia
Colombo, April 29 (newsin.asia): The Joint Operations Command (JOC) of the tri-forces and the police began to funcion on Monday with Maj.Gen. Sathyapriya Liyanage as its head. But it will be under the overall supervision of the Chief of Defense Staff, Army Commander Mahesh Senanayake said. All Army, Navy, Air Force and Police areas within the Western Province and Puttalam District have been placed under command to the Overall Operational Command – Colombo for operational purposes with immediate effect, the Army Headquarters said. In a statement, the Army said... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 29/04/19)

Anti-terror operations today-29th April 2019
Sri Lankan News
Person arrested with 25 CDs containing information on ISIS Courtesy Adaderana Twenty-five CDs of which the content was on Islamic State (IS) have been seized in Kantale area yesterday (29). The haul was recovered while in possession of a person feigning as a businessman. The seizure took place during a raid carried out in Per Aru village, in which six other suspects were also taken into custody. Three swords have also been seized from a household in the same area. Meanwhile, the Jamia Manarul Huda... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 29/04/19)

USA,UK and UN Human Rights Council in Geneva have made Sri Lanka a safe place for degraded human beings-the terrorists to create mayhem inside Sri Lanka.
By Charles.S.Perera
USA and UK with their resolutions 30/1 and 40/1 presented to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva,  sponsored by their local pawn Mangala Samaraweera,  prepared Sri Lanka as a propitious ground for” their terrorists” to bomb Churches targeting  their religion and their tourists. Hillary Clinton  the USA Secretary of State under President Obama said  that all terrorists cannot be put into the same basket, as only those  terrorists who attacked USA and European Countries were the true terrorists,  and the others like those in Sri Lanka were freedom fighters. ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 29/04/19)

EASTER SUNDAY BOMB BLAST IN SRI LANKA Part 1
KAMALIKA PIERIS
Revised 3.5.19, 12.5.19 On Easter Sunday, April 21 2019 there were consecutive bomb blasts in two Roman Catholic churches, one Evangelist church, and three five star hotels. The churches were St. Anthony's, Kochchikade, Colombo, St Sebastian’s,   Katuwapitiya, Negombo and Zion Church, Batticaloa. The blasts took place around 8.45 am. The first blast was reported at St Anthony’s, followed by a second at St Sebastian’s. The roof of St Anthony’s had been blown almost entirely off. At St Sebastian’s, buildings in the area shook with the blast.  There was a third Catholic Church... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 29/04/19)

No Confidence Motion - Move ASAP
Prof. Hudson McLean
The Opposition led by HE Mahinda Rajapaksa should bring a Motion of No Confidence in the Government. Hopefully, even the Members of the Government might join the Opposition to remove the present Government. It will be interesting to see how may would support the Maggots. This is a Life or Death Motion for the entire population. PS: Loved the well written article by Shenali Waduge Easter Sunday attack in Sri Lanka by ISIS & who else? By shenali Waduge Express Your Opinion -... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 29/04/19)

SPUR - GSLF Media Release on the Easter Day 2019 Terror Attacks
UNITED AUSTRALIANS OF SRI LANKAN ORGANISATIONS VICTORIA 3175, AUSTRALIA,
The Society for Peace Unity and Human Rights for Sri Lanka (SPUR) organisations based in Victoria, New South Wales Queensland and Western Australia (WASPUR) as well as the Global Sri Lanka Forum (GSLF) Australia extend their profound sympathies to the families who lost their loved ones and those who sustained serious injuries due to the barbaric terrorist attacks in Sri Lanka on the Easter Day of 2019. In particular, we offer our heartfelt condolences to our Christian communities whose lives have been cruelly destroyed on their most... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 29/04/19)

Excellent Theory of Sri Lanka Easter Sunday Attacks Possibly More Than a Religious Conflict. Posted on April 27th, 2019 By Kalinga Seneviratne
Prof. Hudson McLean
Without using puns, Kalinga Seneviratne  has given a more practical and a realistic dimension to Easter Sunday Massacre in Sri Lanka. It is obvious that this Merciless Criminal Act was perpetrated  in collusion with External Forces & Influence. A group of home born Sri Lankan Muslim terrorists, some edúcated in the UK, could not have had the Planning Intellect & Capability without the tacit support of external forces, possibly ISIS - Al Qaeda and beyond. Kalinga, you may have touched a very important salient point, to prevent Regime Change, by... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 28/04/19)

Early Polls
Wimal Senanayake 
When the army was making advances against the terrorists the church was all against it. In fact its ally Jayalath Jayawardene went to the courts to curtail army's advancement. Therefore it is ironical to hear now the Cardinal Rev. Malcolm Ranjith demanding the government to do all to improve the resources of the army. Terrorists are terrorists irrespective of their demands & all & sundry should support the army always to safeguard the country not only when their interests  are affected. If a significant number of people die after consuming some food but most escape you still label that food as... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 28/04/19)

Easter blasts and its Aftermath – Part II
By ; A.A.M.NIZAM – MATARA
His highness Cardinal Dr. Malcolm Ranjith who is very much saddened about the carnage that struck the Christian community on the Easter Sunday held a meeting with diplomats from Islamic countries resident in Colombo on Friday 26th April and blamed the powerful western countries for implementing a vicious, abhorrent and inhuman programme to create divisions among communities for the sake of marketing their arms and ammunition.  H.H.Cardinal also stated that he has instructed all priests to refrain from holding Church Sermons until the situation returns to normal Meanwhile peace and inter... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 28/04/19)

It is Mangala Again!
Palitha Senanayake
‘Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity’- Martin Luther King Mangala Samaraweera continues to better his record as the most treacherous person ever to assume a political office since independence in Sri Lanka.  Holding a press conference on Friday the 27th April on the Easter attack, he maintained that he is concerned about the loss of revenue in tourism and the effect the attack may have on the future arrivals. Then he went on to say that, ‘However, as a result of this attack the Millennium Corporation in... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 28/04/19)

Easter Sunday carnage mastermind’s wife and daughter found
Courtesy The Island
Following last Friday’s gun battle between extremists and the security forces in the East, troops found the wife and the daughter of Zahran Hashim, the mastermind of the Easter Sunday carnage. Police headquarters spokesman SP Ruwan Gunasekera yesterday said that they had been in the house where at least a suicide cadre triggered an explosion causing number of deaths. Yesterday, security forces found 15 bodies in the compound. SP Gunasekera said that interrogation of Hashim’s driver had led to the recovery of weapons belonging to two police officers killed in... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 28/04/19)

Ada Derana First At 9.00 - English News 28.04.2019
Ada Derana News
https://youtu.be/B4SOMC7UQdw... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 28/04/19)

Two brothers of Easter Day bombers arrested
Courtesy Adaderana
Two main suspects wanted in connection with the Easter Day attack have been arrested at Nawalapitya area, stated the Police. The suspects have been identified as Mohamed Saadik Abdul Haq and Mohamed Saahid Abdul Haq, according to the Police. https://youtu.be/vJ9RKMSg9J8 The Special Task Force (STF) and Sri Lanka Army officials made the arrest on a mission based on a tip-off received by the Nawalapitiya Police that the suspects are hiding in a shoe shop belonging to a relative in Gampola area. Police have also arrested the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 28/04/19)

Lankan suicide bomber Zahran’s wife and daughter injured in Sainthamarudu explosion
Courtesy NewsIn.Asia
Colombo, April 27 (Reuters): The wife and daughter of Mohamad Zahran Hashim, the suicide bomber cum mastermind of the serial bombings in Colombo and two other cities on April 21, were injured in the explosion in the Islamic State safe house at Sainthamarudu in Eastern Sri Lanka on Friday night. https://youtu.be/pD4Kj6kfBo0 The shootout at a safe house erupted as police hunted for people linked to Mohamed Zahran Hashim who has been named as the ringleader of the Easter Sunday bombings. “Yes, the wife and daughter... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 28/04/19)

Lankan terrorism expert says suicide bombers were locals but affiliated to Islamic State (IS)
By P.K.Balachandran/newsin.asia
Colombo, April 25: Prof. Rohan Gunaratna, a leading Sri Lankan expert on terrorism, including West Asian terrorism, says that it is misleading to say that the National Tawheed Jamaat (NTJ) carried out the multiple suicide attacks on targets in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday. The truth is that they were Sri Lankans affiliated to the Islamic State (IS). “Cabinet spokesman Rajitha Senaratne was wrong when he told the media that it was the NTJ which had carried out the blasts. The blasts were the handiwork of the Islamic State (IS) with... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 28/04/19)

Jamathei Millathu Ibraheem (JMI) carried out Easter Sunday suicide bombings in Lanka, says expert
Courtesy NewsIn.Asia
By P.K.Balachandran Colombo, April 28 (newsin.asia): It was the Jamathei Millathu Ibraheem (JMI), which was the actual perpetrator of the Easter Sunday carnage in Colombo and two other Lankan towns, Dr.Rohan Gunaratna, an expert on Islamic terrorism, says. The Jamathei Millathu Ibraheem and the National Tawheed Jamaat are to be banned, and steps are being taken to give effect to this, the Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena had said in a press release on Saturday. However, Dr.Gunaratana, who is a co-author of “The Three Pillars of Radicalization” (Oxford University Press 2019),... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 28/04/19)

Lankan President to ban the face veil or niqab on Monday
Courtesy NewsIn.Asia
Colombo, April 28 (newsin.asia): Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena will on Monday impose a ban on Muslim women wearing the face veil (the niqab/burqa) to ensure public safety, the Presidential Media Division said here on Sunday. Though the measure is unlikely to meet any resistance from the Muslims, given the security situation, there is a feeling among Muslim leaders that an advice not to wear the face veil from the All Ceylon Jamiyathul Ulema (ACJU) would have been more acceptable. The President’s decision follows the suicide bomb attacks staged... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 28/04/19)

Unite for security: Counterterrorism cooperation should transcend political divides
Courtesy The Times of India
As Sri Lanka continues to investigate the Easter serial bombings, alert needs to be maintained across the region. Fresh violence shook Sri Lanka last Friday when security forces raided a bomb workshop in Kalmunai in the country’s east. Gun battles and explosions rocked the area; at least 16 people are reported killed. Another raid saw the recovery of flags and literature belonging to transnational terror outfit Islamic State (IS). With IS losing almost all territory that it once controlled in Iraq and Syria, this was the danger that security experts had... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 28/04/19)

Sri Lanka Islamist headquarters raided
By Alasdair Pal and A. Ananthalakshmi Courtesy The Sydney Morning Herald
Colombo/Kattankudy: Sri Lankan police have raided the headquarters of a hardline Islamist group founded by the suspected ringleader behind the Easter suicide bombings of churches and hotels. The moment a bomb planted inside a van in Colombo was detonated, has been caught on camera.CREDIT:NINEVMS It came as Sunday mass was cancelled across the island because of fears of further attacks. Armed police in the town of Kattankudy searched the headquarters of the National Thowheeth Jamaath and detained one man at the premises,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 28/04/19)

Elder Brother of Sri Lankan Attacker Arrested With 2 Blades - Reports
Courtesy Sputnik
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Sri Lankan police have detained a man with two swords as an elder brother of the suicide attacker responsible for the bombing in the five-star Shangri-La hotel last Sunday, local media reported, citing police. The man identified as Mohamed Ibrahim Ifthikar has been arrested at Dematagoda area in a suburb outside Colombo, Ada Derana news portal reported. A police spokesperson said, as quoted by the media outlet, that policemen had found blue sapphires, as well as Sri Lankan and foreign money worth over Rs 10 million ($56,984) in his house in Dematagoda. Another brother of the suicide attacker has... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 28/04/19)

Sri Lanka extremists warned more attacks would follow in video
Courtesy Telegraph
Moulavi Zahran Hashim was a radical islamist Imam and preacher who was identified as the mastermind behind the Shangri-La Hotel, Colombo during the 2019 Sri Lanka Easter Bombings. The father and two brothers of the mastermind behind the Easter Sunday terror attack that killed 253 people in Sri Lanka promise more destruction would follow in a chilling video just before they killed themselves on Friday. The trio had blown themselves up just as police launched a raid on their house in Sainthamaruthu, leaving 15 people dead - including six children. ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 28/04/19)

Kerala link to Sri Lanka blasts? Three raided
NIA arrests 1, asks 2 others to report at its office today.  A relative of a victim of Easter Sunday bomb blasts pays tribute at the burial site after a televised Sunday mass in Negombo, Sri Lanka, on Sunday (Image: AP) Kozhikode: NIA sleuths raided homes of three people, one in Kollengode in Palakkad district and two in Kasargod district, on Sunday in connection with the Easter Sunday blasts in Sri Lanka. The sleuths arrested one and asked two others to report to National Investigation Agency office in Kochi on Monday. The... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 28/04/19)

Easter Sunday attack in Sri Lanka by ISIS & who else?
On 21st April 2019 Sri Lanka experienced 9 multiple terror attacks killing over 250 innocent people. The actions & reactions of the government is leaving citizens seriously anxious. The frightful prospect of a government neglecting the national sovereignty & security of its citizens is now beginning to sink in. Also linked is a clearly visible foreign intrusion which the government is rolling red carpets for even before arrival making many to wonder whether 21 April was part of a plot & plan for their entry. It is therefore important to look at the geopolitical aspect of what happened on Easter... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 28/04/19)

Maggots in Sri Lanka Leadership Cause Grief & Pain
Prof. Hudson McLean
Both the President of Sri Lanka and the Prime Minister placed their own selfish interest First, at the expense of the Country! The Result: Annihilation of 250++ innocent Victims, Men, Women, and the next generation of Children and Youth. The Buck Stops at the Feet of the Maggots of Leadership. No Excuses. Both are Complicit, Accessory to Murder, by their Inept, Incompetent, Selfish, Idiotic behaviour. The Prime Minister is a well known serial Loser in Politics. Due to his family background and wealth,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 28/04/19)

The unsung heroes of the calamity
Dr.Reffai Sri Lankan Association of Muslim Women & Girls
The bombs went off,the  country was shocked, deaths, injured, search for the relatives....... while these were going on with spot lights on them, two groups who silently, without seeking any publicity were doing their duty.  One is the health sector employees from doctors down to labourers. They deserve  a deep bow for working round the clock providing the much needed treatmènt for the affected.  The other group who need even more appreciation is the police, navy and army - the tri forces  risking their own lives... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 28/04/19)

SRI LANKAN SINHALESE HERITAGE DAY CELEBRATED IN CANADIAN PARLIAMENT
Rajendra Alwis
(This article is to mark the Sri Lankan Sinhalese Heritage Day celebrated in the Canadian Parliament on 2019.04.27)  Sri Lanka is a tropical island with a landmass of 65,610 km2 (25,332 sq. miles) separated from the subcontinent of India, situated in the Indian ocean, latitude between 6 and 10 North  and longitude 80 and 81 East. The total population of Sri Lanka, at present, is 21.44 million and the Sinhalese people accounts for 75% of it, and Ceylon Tamils and Indian Tamils, Moors, Malays, and Burghers make up the balance 25% of the population. In view of the majority of the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 28/04/19)

වංචාකාරී දූෂිත පුද්ගලයෙකු ආරක්‍ෂක ලේකම් කිරීම නිසා ජාතික ආරක්‍ෂාව බිඳවැටුනා
මාධ්‍ය නිවේදනයයි All Ceylon Railway Employees' General Union 
රජයේ භාණ්ඩාගාරයට ලැබිය යුතු මුදල් හා ජනතාව සතු මුදල් පුද්ගලික පරිහරණයට යොදගන්නා වංචාකාරී දූෂිත පුද්ගලයෙකු ආරක්‍ෂක අමාත්‍යාංශයේ ලේකම් බවට පත්කිරීම නිසා ජාතික ආරක්‍ෂාවට ප‍්‍රබල ප‍්‍රහාරයක් එල්ල වී ඇත. පසුගිය පාස්කු ඉරිදා එනම් අප්‍රේල් 21 දින කතෝලික පල්ලි කීපයකට හා ප‍්‍රධාන පෙලේ හෝටල් කීපයකට මෙන්ම තවත් ස්ථාන කීපයකටම එල්ලවූ ත‍්‍රස්ත ප‍්‍රහාරය මගින් ගම්‍ය වන්නේ ජාතික ආරක්‍ෂාවේ බිඳවැටීම බව අවධාරණය කර සිටිමු. ජාතික ආරක්‍ෂාව භාරව කටයුතු කළ ආරක්‍ෂක අමාත්‍යාංශයේ ලේකම්, හේමසිරි ප‍්‍රනාන්දු මහතා, ජාතික ආරක්‍ෂාව පිළිබඳ මෙලෝ අවබෝධයක් නැති පුද්ගලයෙකු බව, ඔහුගේම ප‍්‍රකාශවලින් රටට දැනගැනීමට හැකි වූ බවත්, ජාතික ආරක්‍ෂාව පිළිබඳ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 28/04/19)

FAKE NEWS
Priyantha Hettige
False propaganda (lies) – Fake news is a good way to destroy your competitors or even your enemies. It is unbelievably effective -and its use is as old as the hills. ·        Speaking the truth is the mark of a good person, a reliable person; civilization is built on such people, not on liars, cheats nor robbers. ·        People are strongly influenced by those they respect, including the news on T.V. and the newspapers, but such sources can occasionally give us stories that are unchecked and from unnamed sources –... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 28/04/19)

Pathetic Government run by 3 Fools
Sunil Vijaya
Wisdom will prevail if people stop being expert analysts of the current situation and be proactive and guide this Pathetic government on the right path.  As Buddha observed, extinguish the fire first and then find the root cause of the problem.  The fire is still on and it has to be quelled. The greatest news today and the wise step taken by government under current conditions is to establish an army camp near Wilpattu to clean up the area including the illegal human settlement. The above settlement of mostly wahabis with the blessing... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 28/04/19)

IGNORING PRIOR POLICE WARNING A DELIBERATE ACT OR NOT? ROLE OF OPPOSITION
By M D P DISSANAYAKE
Given below is the text of the memo issued by the DIG on April 11, 2019: “April 11, 2019   Director/ Ministerial Security Division Director/ Judicial security division Director/ Retired presidents security Division Acting Director/ Diplomatic security Division Acting Director/ Retired presidents security Division   INFORMATION OF AN ALLEGED PLAN ATTACK   Reference to the letter of the defence ministry with regard to the above and the statement of IGP dated 2019.04.09 ref : STAFF05/IGP/PS/OUT/2860/19,   2. We would like to draw your special attention to the a page no 2 to 4 of the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 28/04/19)

“I don’t agree with PM’s statement” - @HydePark with Dr Prathiba Mahanamahewa
Ada Derana
https://youtu.be/mCKw6tvJbQU  ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 28/04/19)

Three Indian intelligence alerts had names of attackers, locations and plot being hatched Sent to SL before devastating serial bombings
BY S VENKAT NARAYAN, Courtesy The Island
NEW DELHI, April 27: The three intelligence alerts India had sent to Sri Lanka before the devastating serial bombings that killed over 250 people in the island on Easter Sunday had specific details – names of attackers, locations and the plot being hatched. In the shadowy world of intelligence-gathering, the ‘alert’ is a much-abused but vital tool that can make the difference between life and death. Every day, agencies deal with dozens of alerts, with the numbers occasionally crossing into three figures, but the toughest job is to act... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 28/04/19)

Muslim neighbors and local cleric tipped off police about IS hideout in Eastern Lanka
By P.K.Balachandran Courtesy NewsIn.Asia
Colombo, April 27 (newsin.asia): Muslim neighbours and the cleric in charge of the local mosque had tipped off the Security Forces about the existence of a safe house taken on rent by the followers of the Islamic State in the Muslim-majority town of Sainthamarudu in Sri Lanka’s Eastern Province, locals said. In a gun battle between the Security Forces and terrorists holed up in a van and the safe house, and following three explosions triggered by the holed-up terrorists on Friday night, 15 people including six men, six women and three children,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 28/04/19)

අද දෙරණ රාත්‍රී 10.00 පුවත් විකාශය - 2019.04.27
Ada Derana Late Night News
https://youtu.be/_zQSs2hDEU4... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 28/04/19)

Sri Lanka’s Plight
Dr. Chula Rajapakse MNZM Wellington NZ
The peace that great men reached and kept Were not attained in sudden flight They, while their companions slept Were toiling upwards in the night. When lesser people came to be in charge of protecting this right, Not realising the need for security and intelligence so tight, Began gradually dismantling both of these out of Lanka’s site, The result was Easter Sunday’s gruesome sight. Add to this a dysfunctional admin not talking to each other seated... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 28/04/19)

මිනී කපුටන් ගේ දේශපාලනයට විදෙස් ආධාර හිමි වේ
මතුගම සෙනෙවිරුවන්
      බුද්ධි අංශ විසින් තොරතුරු වාර්තා කර තිබියදීත් පාස්කු ඉරිදා ප්‍රහාරය වළක්වා ගැනීමට ආණ්ඩුව අසමත් විය.යම්කිසි ප්‍රහාරයක් දියත්වන බව සැක කළ බව හිටපු ආරක්ෂක ලේකම් ගෙන් ප්‍රකාශ විය. බළලා මල්ලෙන් එළියට පැමිණ ඇත. අවුරුදු සමයේ  දී සියලු දෙන නිවාඩු ගත කරද්දී දේශපාලකයන් පිටරට සහ නුවර එළියේ සවාරි ගසද්දී මෙමවිනාශය සැලසුම් කළ ඔත්තු සේවාවන් ක්‍රියාත්මක වූහ. බදු බරින් මිරිකී ආර්ථික වශයෙන් බෙලහීන වී දේශපාලන මංකොල්ල කෑම් දැක දැක කිසිවක් කරගත නොහුණු ජනතාව ඉදිරියේ සිය නගුට දෙපරන්ද අස්සේ ගසා ගත් වුන් මේ විනාශය සිදුවන්නට ඉඩදී බලා සිටියහ. මරාගෙන මැරෙන බෝම්බ එල්ල කරන ලද්දේ දේව මෙහෙයන්ට සාභාගි වූ අහිංසක... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 28/04/19)

Sri Lanka Easter Sunday Attacks Possibly More Than a Religious Conflict
By Kalinga Seneviratne
SINGAPORE (IDN) – “I gave leadership to the government that defeated the terrorists that no one thought could ever be defeated. From the moment this government came into power in January 2015, they have been persecuting the members of the armed forces and the intelligence services that ended that war,” said former President and Current Opposition Leader Mahinda Rajapakse in an emotional 10 minute address to parliament on April 23. With his voice almost cracking up with emotion, the war-winning president said that “the armed forces personnel who carried out their duties on... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 28/04/19)

The Easter Sunday massacre could have been easily avoided
Editorial
The Easter Sunday massacre could have been easily avoided had the government taken the intelligent information it received seriously rather than shrug it off almost callously ignoring the source whence it came from. The Indian Government Intelligence authorities for starters amongst  others which begs the question what price have the SrI Lankans to pay for such a grievous error? While it is common knowledge that there is bad blood between the President and the Prime Minister in the aftermath of the former's  failed attempt to depose him but there can be no excuse regardless of... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 28/04/19)

Easter blasts and its Aftermath – Part I
By; A.A.M.NIZAM – MATARA
Sri Lanka remained a very peaceful country in the whole of Asia from 9th May 2009 since our gallant forces vanquished the world’s ruthless terrorists, the Tiger terrorists who played havoc in the country for over 30 years and who invented and were responsible for introducing the human suicide bomb to the world. Following the end of terrorism in 2009 Sri Lanka remained the most safe and secure nation, perhaps in the whole world, due to the tight and impenetrable security network imposed by the Mahinda Rajapaksa government.  But unexpectedly the foreign, terrorist and... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 28/04/19)

Fifteen dead as Sri Lanka forces raid Islamist hideout
BY AMAL JAYASINGHE Courtesy The Island
(AFP) Fifteen people including six children died in a battle between Sri Lankan security forces and suicide bombers who blew themselves up in the latest fallout from the Easter attacks, police said Saturday. Three men set off explosives that killed themselves, three women and six children inside what was believed to a jihadist hideout near the eastern town of Kalmunai on Friday night. "Three other men, also believed to be suicide bombers, were found dead outside the house," police added in a statement. The three outside were shot... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 28/04/19)

US urges Lanka to respect human rights while fighting terror
Courtesy NewsIn.Asia
Colombo, April 27 (newsin.asia): The United States has said that while applying improved safety mechanisms to protect Sri Lanka’s citizens from new threats, it is imperative that the Sri Lankan government do so in ways that also protect rule of law and that do not infringe upon the human rights of individuals or groups, or limit their ability to worship, communicate and to live together in peace. The US Ambassador in Sri Lanka, Alaina Teplitz, stated in her call for unity on April 25: “These terrible attacks are the work of a few individuals and not... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 28/04/19)

Easter sunday attack: Rebirth of terror
By Udaya P Gammanpila Courtesy Ceylon Today
Profile pictures have been changed to National flags and white flags, “Pray for Sri Lanka” posts have gone viral,  people are lining up to donate blood,  everybody is weeping for the Easter Sunday terrorist attack victims in unison; shedding petty racial, religious and political differences.   All of us collectively condemn the attacks and convey condolences to families of the victims.  Could we prevent further attacks of this kind by merely mourning and helping each other?  The crystal-clear answer is a big ‘no’.  In order to prevent repetitions, we... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 28/04/19)

Growing Islamic extremism: ‘denials’ and the ‘new utterances’
By Sulochana Ramiah Mohan Courtesy Ceylon Today
By Sulochana Ramiah Mohan Sri Lankans have been left in shock following the ruthless killing of 253 innocent people, including children, on Easter Sunday, by  a zero-tolerant homegrown Islamic militant group. Since 2014, the local Media has been highlighting about possible Islamic militant infiltration in Sri Lanka. But,  the Media exposures  were ignored.  Now it seems that there are many who have come forward to tell the world that they ‘knew’ about a home grown extremist group óperating’ in Sri Lanka, mainly... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 28/04/19)

Three suspects arrested with 1kg of C-4 explosives
Sheain Fernandopulle Courtesy The Daily Mirror
Three suspects were taken into Sri Lanka Navy custody with one kilogram of C-4 explosives and a three-wheeler near the Wellawatte railway station today, Navy Spokesman Isuru Suriyabandar said. He told Daily Mirror that the suspects were handed over to the Army and they would handover them to the police. (... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 28/04/19)

Ban Madarasa Islamic Schools: CBK
Yohan Perera Courtesy The Daily Mirror
Former President Chandrika Kumaratunga yesterday called for the banning of Madarasa Islamic Schools in Sri Lanka saying the children are taught extremism in those institutions. Ms. Kumaratunga expressed these sentiments at the all party-all faith conference held at the parliamentary complex last evening. “Madarasa schools have been existing in Sri Lanka for the last ten years. Children are taught extremism in these schools. I informed about these to the present regime as well but no action was taken,” Ms. Kumaratunga said. “I have been told that... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 28/04/19)

Vavunathiwu cop murders: Radical Islamists arrested, weapons recovered
Hafeel Farisz Courtesy The Daily Mirror
Three suspects allegedly radical Islamist extremists and two weapons of the two Policemen killed at a checkpoint in Vavunathiwu on November 29, 2018 were recovered by officers of the Criminal Investigations Department today. Sources confirmed that the three suspects were arrested in Kalmunai and the weapons were recovered in the Vavunathawilluwa area. " They were members of the radical Islamist Organisation" a high ranking source told the Daily Mirror.  Two Policemen were shot by a unknown assailants and their weapons were taken away at a routine checkpoint... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 28/04/19)

UNP Colombo Municipal Councillor arrested over 46 swords found at Slave Island
Courtesy Adaderana
UPDATE: (3.24 p.m.) - UNP Colombo Municipal Councillor Noordeen Mohamed Thajudeen, who was arrested over the discovery of 46 sword in Slave Island, has been handed over to the Colombo Crimes Division (CCD), according to the Police Spokesman.  Colombo Municipal Council (CMC) member, Noordeen Mohamed Thajudeen, has been arrested in connection with the 46 swords discovered in the Slave Island area. The UNP councillor was taken into custody by police this morning in connection with the incident, police confirmed. A suspect was arrested yesterday (26) along with 46... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 28/04/19)

Suspect nabbed with water-gel explosives, detonators in Trinco
Courtesy Adaderana
A person has been arrested along with 51 sticks of water-gel explosives, 215 detonators and a motorcycle during a search operation at Erakkandi, Trincomalee. The suspect was arrested with the explosives by Sri Lanka Navy personnel, who were carrying out a search in the area https://youtu.be/6hoFFiUwumA... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 28/04/19)

49 knives recovered from mosque in Maskeliya
Courtesy Adaderana
Police have recovered 49 knives from the premises of a mosque in the Maskeliya area during a search operation carried out this morning. The police officers who engaged in a search operation of the mosque premises had discovered 49 knives and 3 small axes inside a storage room. The person in charge of the said storage room was taken into custody as he had failed provide an explanation with regard to the possession of these weapons.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 28/04/19)

Negombo Deputy Mayor arrested
Courtesy Adaderana
The Deputy Mayor of Negombo, Mohamed Ansar, has been arrested for the pssesion of a sword, a dagger and 37 mobile phone batteries, Police said. The arrest was reportedly made during a search operations by police officers. https://youtu.be/icq8cdiXqs8... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 28/04/19)

Terrorists linked to murder of two cops at Vavunathivu checkpoint?
Courtesy Adaderana
All day people were coming in and out of the house with the pale-pink walls, and neighbours were becoming suspicious. An elder in the village of the eastern Sri Lankan city of Kalmunai was summoned to confront the men who had rented the property a few weeks before. The discussion soon became tense, and a tall, well-built man whom the elder did not recognise walked out of the house carrying an automatic weapon. “You have no business being here,” he said, according to the elder, firing a few rounds into the air and sending... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 28/04/19)

National Thowheed Jamath and Jammiyathul Millathu Ibrahim banned in Sri Lanka
Courtesy Adaderana
President Maithripala Sirisena has taken steps to ban two local Islamist groups in Sri Lanka suspected of carrying out the attacks on churches and hotels on Sunday. In terms of powers vested in him as the President of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka under Emergency Regulations No. 01 of 2019, the President has taken steps to declare the organizations National Thowheed Jamath (NTJ) and Jammiyathul Millathu Ibrahim (JMI) banned in Sri Lanka. As such, all activities of those organizations as well as their property will be seized by the government... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 28/04/19)

Lankan suicide bomber Zahran’s wife and daughter injured in Sainthamarudu explosion
Courtesy NewsIn.Asia
Colombo, April 27 (Reuters): The wife and daughter of Mohamad Zahran Hashim, the suicide bomber cum mastermind of the serial bombings in Colombo and two other cities on April 21, were injured in the explosion in the Islamic State safe house at Sainthamarudu in Eastern Sri Lanka on Friday night. The shootout at a safe house erupted as police hunted for people linked to Mohamed Zahran Hashim who has been named as the ringleader of the Easter Sunday bombings. “Yes, the wife and daughter were injured in the attack,”... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 28/04/19)

He learnt religion from wrong people, happy he’s dead: Lanka bomber’s sister
Written by Arun Janardhanan |Batticaloa
Sixteen members of the family, including seven children and Zahran’s parents, had gone missing three days before the Easter Sunday blasts. Madhaniya at her home in Batticaloa. (Express photo: Arun Janardhanan) A day after 15 individuals, including six children, were reported killed in suicide blasts at a suspected Islamist safe house in the Sri Lankan town of Kalmunai, a plainclothes military intelligence officer arrived at the home of Madhaniya, the 26-year-old sister of Zahran Hashim, the suspected mastermind of the coordinated terrorist bombings that killed over 250 people on Easter... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 27/04/19)

India enemy of both Pakistan, Sri Lanka
Courtesy Nation (Pakistan)
PDP chief says Easter bombings aim at pitching people of different religions against one another KARACHI    -   Pasban Democratic Party (PDP) Chairman Altaf Shakoor has said that India is the enemy of both Pakistan and Sri Lanka, and recent terrorism in Sri Lanka seems an international conspiracy for which fingers are being pointed at India.READ MORE: Pakistan U19 tour to Sri Lanka postponed He was speaking at a candlelight vigil arranged by the PDP here Saturday at Karachi Press Club (KPC) to show solidarity with the government and people of Sri Lanka.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 27/04/19)

DOES SRI LANKA HAS A RESPONSIBLE GOVERNMENT?
BY EDWARD THEOPHILUS
After the election of Yahapalana regime in 2015, there are many concerns to people of Sri Lanka and the major question was whether the government was a responsible government which focused to protect people and fulfill the needs of people. Immediate after the election of the president, the Central Bank of Sri Lanka was robbed and the responsible people for domestic and foreign security attempted to relax laws and regulations in the name of Yahapalanaya and the policy actions of the government created a severe risk to Sri Lanka as well as overseas. ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 27/04/19)

The Apologists of Extremism
Palitha Senanayake
The position Sri Lanka confronts today as a nation clearly is a case of electing political apologist of terrorism to power before the nation could recover completely from 30 years of terrorism. Ranil Wickremesinghe, like his current political mentor Chandrika Kumaranatunge, were such avowed supporters of the theory of ‘appeasing terrorist to win them over’ to a point where they ridiculed even the attempts of the country’s armed forces to overcome terrorism. An a result they were both responsible, during their tenures, in lengthening the period Sri Lanka would suffer under terrorism. The one hope that... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 27/04/19)

Muslim Atrocities Against Buddhists
Dr. Daya Hewapathirane    
There are ample historic records which describe vividly the atrocities committed by Muslims against millions of Buddhists in several countries. Their criminality has not subsided despite their living among other religions in different countries. Buddhists have been the most victimized and harassed religious community in the world, owing to actions of Muslims guided by their theistic traditions and beliefs. Buddhists cannot consider Islam as a religion of compassion and peace. Those professing Islam have been the biggest enemies of Buddhists and Buddhism throughout history.  Before the onslaught of Islam, Buddhism was the religion of almost... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 27/04/19)

Why No Peace is Possible Without Exterminating Potential Terrorists
Dilrook Kannangara
The incompetent Prime Minster quite correctly stated that returnees from Syria could not be punished sufficiently as the law does not cover it. As per the current Sri Lanka law, they have committed no grave crime. However, can the people and the nation rely solely on the law and legal means to save themselves? No. Lives, limbs and property are far more valuable than being politically correct or legally correct. National security must use legal and extra-legal means to ensure public security. Otherwise the terror that grips the nation today, the impending economic collapse and political... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 27/04/19)

Desperate Diseases Demand Desperate Remedies - First Step Regime Change.
Prof. Hudson McLean
Terrorism of any type, destroying human life & property, deserves Zero Tolerance.  A three decades of death & destruction by the Tamil Tiger Terrorists LTTE ended by the Leadership of President Rajapaksa & Defence Secretary Gothabhaya Rajapaksa. Sri Lanka suffered the thirty years of a dirty war, supported by several foreign governments, led by Velupillai Prabhakaran, aided by the likes of Erik Solheim of Norway.  A leading question is, What were the political and economic involvement of the current Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe with the stalwarts of LTTE? ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 27/04/19)

HUNGRY DOGS WILL EAT DIRTY PUDDINGS
RANJITH SOYSA
In its efforts to complete investigations into the Easter Day carnage and to revamp the national intelligence services the Government is obviously seeking the assistance of the FBI and other similar organizations in the West and India. The government should first draw up suitable guidelines when seeking such  advise to prevent the situation drifting from bad to worse. Or, it should not turn out to be another case of returning ginger and replacing same with chilies. When USA is bent on leading the international drive against Islamic Terrorism with little success and much destruction , Sri... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 27/04/19)

Why do "educated" youth join extremist terrorist movements?
Chandre Dharmawardana
It is often asked  why educated youth  “coming from good homes” join extremist organizations.  Simple  references to  “brain washing”, or the stupidity of the young are no explanations. There is no scientifically recognized   process called “brain washing”.   It is also  naive to assume that  educated youth  join the IS (Islamic state)  to go to heaven and get their 21 virgins! Many youth radicalized in British Universities ended up fighting for the ISIS. At least one of the Sri Lankan Muslim Kamikazi had a British training, had four children, a flourishing business and  lived in a million... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 27/04/19)

Police hunting for 140 suspects with IS links - President
Courtesy Adaderana
https://youtu.be/lwQc854DxmA President Maithripala Sirisena says he would not excuse himself from the lapse on the part of intelligence information sharing and the government should bear the responsibility for failing to prevent the attacks on Easter Sunday. The President stated this addressing the Heads of media institutes today (26). Stating that a major search operation has been undertaken and every household in the country will be checked, the President said lists of permanent residents of every house will be established to ensure no unknown persons could live anywhere. He... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 27/04/19)

Gotabaya says he will run for president, tackle radical Islam
Courtesy Adaderana
Sri Lanka’s former defence secretary, Gotabaya Rajapaksa, said on Friday he would run for president in elections this year and would stop the spread of Islamist extremism by rebuilding the intelligence service and surveilling citizens. More than 250 people were killed in bomb attacks on hotels and churches on Easter Sunday that the government has blamed on Islamist militants and that Islamic State has claimed responsibility for. Gotabaya said the attacks could have been prevented if the island’s current government had not dismantled the intelligence network and extensive surveillance... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 27/04/19)

ජනපති සහ මාධ්‍ය අංශ ප්‍රධානීන් අතර විශේෂ හමුවක්
Hiru News
https://youtu.be/Suoznv_6fmM... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 27/04/19)

මළ කඳන් ගොඩ ගහලා තියෙන රටක හරීන් ප්‍රනාන්දු ඇමතිතුමා හරි කාලකන්නි සතුටක් ලබනවා|
YouJudge.lk
https://youtu.be/QwHU9jUUu1Y... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 27/04/19)

Ada Derana First At 9.00 - English News 26.04.2019
Ada Derana
https://youtu.be/tMuTgjWqb1M... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 27/04/19)

IS සංවිධානයට සම්බන්ධ පුද්ගලයින් 130ක් ලංකාවේ
Ada Derana
https://youtu.be/lwQc854DxmA... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 27/04/19)

කල්මුණේ වෙඩි හුවමාරුවේ නවතම දර්ශන
Ada Derana
https://youtu.be/qG93fDdnmw8... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 27/04/19)

Live at 7 News
https://youtu.be/CKobINOJQIg... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 27/04/19)

STFසහ තවත් පිරිසක් අතර අම්පාරේ දී වෙඩි හුවමාරුවක්
Ada Derana
https://youtu.be/FlzZYBVr3cs... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 27/04/19)

මංගලලා රාජිතලාට අනුව මම ජාතිවාදියා ගෝත්‍රිකයා වුනා -විජේදාස රාජපක්ෂ
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ආරක්ෂක ලේකම්ගේ පොලිස්පතිගේ කෙරුවාව,මංගලලා රාජිතලාට අනුව මම ජාතිවාදියා ගෝත්‍රිකයා වුනා,ඔවුන් අද මියගිය ජීවිතවල වගකීම බාර ගත යුතුයි.බුද්ධි අංශ 44ක් හිරේ, හමුදාවේ පන නල කැඩුවා.රටේ ඇමතිවරු දැනගෙන මිනිස්සුන්ට කිව්වේ නැහැ Pause-4:09Additional Visual SettingsEnter Watch And ScrollClick to enlargeMute9.8K9.8K661 Comments13K Shares... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 26/04/19)

Current situation and what needs to be done
Sunil Vijaya
When will Sri Lankan learn? It is laughable to note that ‘experts’ emerge after any conflict.  So is the case with the last Sunday’s Diabolical bombing.  In fact, this would have been the most catastrophic incident in Sri Lanka’s recent history where both locals and foreigners perished. As expats have noted our country lacks professionalism in dealing with situations such as these.  Partly it could be attributed to rigid, regimentalism in the form of bureaucracy which is ingrain in our officials and politicians, blindly following a PROCEDURE where there should be INSTANT... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 26/04/19)

Sri Lanka attack kingpin preached slaughter
By New York Times News Service in Kattankudy
Mastermind Zahran Hashim was killed in blast at Shangri-La hotel in Colombo, says Sirisena Zahran Hashim, head of extremist group National Tawheed JamathPicture by AP Zahran Hashim, a radical Muslim preacher accused of masterminding the Easter Sunday attacks on churches and hotels in Sri Lanka, never hid his hatred. He railed against a local performance in which Muslim girls dared to dance. When a Muslim politician held a 50th birthday party, he raged about how western infidel traditions were poisoning his hometown, Kattankudy. ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 26/04/19)

Sri Lanka raids net bomb-making equipment, ISIS flags
By Amanda Woods Courtesy  New York Post
Security forces in Sri Lanka were involved in a shootout — and seized bomb-making equipment as well as ISIS flags and uniforms — during sweeping raids within the country’s eastern region Friday, according to a new report. https://nypost.com/2019/04/26/sri-lanka-raids-net-bomb-making-equipment-isis-flags/ The forces were searching for suspects linked to the Easter Sunday bombings that claimed about 253 lives when they found a cache of explosives at a home in Samanthurai, CNN reported. In addition to the flags and uniforms, authorities found 50 sticks of the rock-blasting explosive Gelignite, 100,000 ball bearings... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 26/04/19)

Shootout in Sri Lanka at house where suicide vests were made
Courtesy The Straits Times
Sri Lankan security troops standing guard at Jami Ul-Alfar mosque in Colombo yesterday. Worshippers were searched before entering and security forces cordoned off the surrounding blocks. Fears of retaliatory sectarian violence have already caused Muslim communities to flee their homes amid bomb scares, lockdowns and security sweeps.PHOTO: EPA-EFE Bombs, ISIS uniforms found in raid; Easter death toll cut to 253 COLOMBO • A gun battle broke out between Sri Lankan police and a group of men during a raid on a house in an eastern Sri Lankan town yesterday, with... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 26/04/19)

Who benefited from Sri Lankan tragedy?
Adeela Naureen Courtesy The Nation A devastating series of eight bomb blasts ripped through churches holding Easter services and high-end hotels in Sri Lanka on 21 Apr 19, killing nearly 300 people, including dozens of foreigners and injuring nearly 500. International media especially that of India are in the forefront in reporting that a local Islamist extremist group called the National Tawheed Jamaath (NTJ) was behind the deadly suicide bomb attacks although no one has claimed responsibility. Sri Lanka Tawheed Jamaath (SLTJ) is an associated arm of Indian Tamil Nadu Tawheed Jamaath (TNTJ). Other branches are in... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 26/04/19)

Three suspects arrested with 1kg of C-4 explosives
Sheain Fernandopulle Courtesy The Daily Mirror
Three suspects were taken into Sri Lanka Navy custody with one kilogram of C-4 explosives and a three-wheeler near the Wellawatte railway station today, Navy Spokesman Isuru Suriyabandar said. He told Daily Mirror that the suspects were handed over to the Army and they would handover them to the police. (... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 26/04/19)

Sri Lanka fears up to $1.5 billion tourism losses
Courtesy Adaderana
Sri Lanka’s tourism industry fears losing around $1.5 billion in revenue this year due to Sunday’s attacks, the country’s Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera said. “Tourism will be the worst affected,” Samaraweera told reporters in Colombo on Friday. “We expect a 30 percent drop in arrivals and that means a loss of about $1.5 billion in foreign exchange.” https://youtu.be/kzMjsV_jFIk He said the country could take up to two years to fully recover from Sunday’s attacks, which devastated three luxury hotels and three Christian churches and killed 253... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 26/04/19)

Muslim terrorists heading towards a Jihadist Nandikadal
H. L. D. Mahindapala
The history of terrorism in Sri Lanka reveals a clear pattern. The first to take up arms in the post-Independent era were the misguided Sinhala youth. They were educated youth desperately running in search of a quick solution to establish their classless paradise. Their violence did not take them anywhere. The Tamil youth were the second to take up arms. Most of their cadres too consisted of educated Tamil youth running in search of a speedy route to establish their mono-ethnic paradise. At the end of a three-decade war they ended... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 26/04/19)

Sri Lanka’s future via Islamic terrorism combined with International interference
Sri Lanka before regime change had zero terror attacks since 2009, tragically just 4 years after a well-coordinated US-RAW-LTTE-TNA-JVP-UN-US-EU joint regime change over 350 dead on just one day with hundreds more injured or battling for life. While, those that were brought into power in 2015 are pointing blame fingers at each other, it serves no purpose for a nation now returning to the fear psychosis that prevailed throughout LTTE terror. This is not the change they were promised. Sri Lanka is today dealing with a weak & spineless government at the mercy of those that brought them to power... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 26/04/19)

අස්වනු නෙළා ගැනීමේ මංගල්‍ය
චන්ද්‍රසේන පණ්ඩිතගේ විසිනි
යහපාලන රජයේ වසර හතරක් පුරා වැපුරූ මහා වෙනසේ අස්වැන්න නෙලා ගැනීමේ මංගල්‍ය පසුගිය ඉරිදා පාස්කු ඉරිදා මුළු මහත් ලෝකවාසී ජනතාව ඉදිරියේ එලි දක්වන ලදී. මේ රජය වසර හතරක් පුරා මොනවාද කලේ යයි අසමින් රජයට කොලොප්පන් කරමින් සිටි මිනිසුන්ට හොදට තේරුම් ගන්නට තරම් විශාල අස්වැන්නක් ලබාදී, අපි මෙච්චර දෙයක් වෙයි කියලා හිතුවේ නැහැයි කියන්නට තරම් අධි අස්වැන්නක් මෙරටවාසි සියලුම ජන කණ්ඩායම් වලටම උරුම කරදී ඇත. යහපාලන රජයේ මේ අති දැවැන්ත වැපිරීම හා අස්වැන්නෙන් පිඩා විදි සියලුම ජනතාවට අපගේ බලවත් ශෝකය පළකරමින්, මියගිය හා තුවාල ලැබූ සියලුම ජනතාවට සුබවාදී සියලුම බලවේගයන්ගේ ආශිර්වාදය ලැබී,නිදුක් වේවා! සුවපත්වෙවායි!... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/04/19)

ජනාධිපතිට අගමැතිට ඇගිලි දිගු කරනවා වෙනුවට සමස්ත රජය මේ ත්‍රස්ත ප්‍රහාරයේ වගකිම භාර ගත යුතුයි
අද දින පැවැති ශ්‍රී ලංකා පොදුජන පෙරමුණ මාධ්‍ය හමුව
අද දින පැවැති මාධ්‍ය හමුවට සහභාගි වී නියෝජිතයින් ·       පාර්ලිමේන්තු මන්ත්‍රී සෙහාන් සේමසිංහ මහතා ·       පාර්ලිමේන්තු මන්ත්‍රි තේනුක විදානගමගේ මහතා ·       පාර්ලිමේන්තු මන්ත්‍රී දිලුම් අමුණුගම මහතා පාර්ලිමේන්තු මන්ත්‍රී සෙහාන් සේමසිංහ මහතා අපි ගෙවමින් ඉන්න ඛේදජනක තත්ත්වය ගැන පාර්ලිමේන්තුවේ කතා කළත් රජයේ දුර්වලතාවය ගැන ආන්ජුවට අවබෝධයක් නැහැ.මේ ඛේදවාචකයේ වගකිම රජය භාරගත යුතුයි.ජනාධිපතිට අගමැතිට ඇගිලි දිගු කරනවා වෙනුවට සමස්ත රජය මේ ත්‍රස්ත ප්‍රහාරයේ වගකිම භාර ගත යුතුයි. බුද්ධි අංශය මෙවැනි ප්‍රහාරයක් සිදුවිය හැකි බව රජයට දැනුම් දි... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/04/19)

ජාතික ආරක්ෂාව පිලිබඳ සර්වපාක්ෂික සමුළුව 2019 අප්‍රේල් 25-  සර්වපාක්ෂික සමුන්‍දාවේදී ඉදිරිපත් කළ අදහස්
ශ්‍රී ලංකා පොදුජන පෙරමුණ
පසුගිය පාස්කු ඉරිදා දින සිදුවූ සහාසික ත්‍රස්ත ප්‍රහාරයෙන් පසු තත්වය සාකච්චා කිරීම සඳහා සර්ව පාක්ෂික සමුළුවක් කැදවීම පිළබඳ ශ්‍රී ලංකා පොදුජන පෙරමුණේ ගෞරවය පුද කර සිටින අතර ඒ සඳහා සහභාගී වීමට අප පක්ෂය වෙත ආරාධනා කිරීම සම්බන්ධයෙන් ස්තුතිය පල කර සිටින්නෙමු.  පසුගිය ත්‍රස්ත ප්‍රහාරය පිළිබඳවත් ඉන් පෙර,පසු තත්වය පිළිබඳවත් පවතින තත්වය හමුවේ  ගත යුතු ඉදිරි ක්‍රියාමාර්ග පිළිබඳව ජාතික ආරක්ෂාව සහ ජාතීන් අතර සමගිය වෙනුවෙන් ඕනෑම කැපකිරීමක් කිරීමට නිරන්තර සූදානමින් සිටින අප පක්ෂයේ අදහස් හා යෝජනා මෙසේ ඉදිරිපත් කරන්නෙමු. ශ්‍රී ලංකා පොදුජන පෙරමුණ ලෙස අපේ දර්ශනය සිංහල,දමිළ,මුස්ලිම්,මැලේ,බර්ගර් යන සියලු... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/04/19)

What the government should do
Sunil Vijaya
Dear Editor,    We are no experts on security however common sense would suggest the following.  Declare a 24-hour curfew and round up all Wahaabis (Saudi influenced radical islamists). both men and women and politicians and incarcerate them indefinitely, under emergency laws.  If Human Right lobby such as AI cry foul, request them to keep the terrorists in their homes.  Negligence by even former government led to this catastrophe.  Begin clean up from MUHUDU MAHA VIHARA precincts in Pottuvil.  Drive out all wahabis from the temple land they encroached... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/04/19)

The terrorist attacks carried churches and hotels in Sri Lanla
International Network for Sri Lankan Democracy (INSD), Stuttgart 
We at International Network for Sri Lankan Democracy (INSD) condemn the terrorist attacks carried out targeting churches and hotels in Sri Lanka claiming lives of over 300 innocent civilians including foreigners, and injuring nearly 500.   We commend the people of Sri Lanka for the patient manner in which they reacted at a time of shock and immense grief. A close look at the facts shows that the government of Sri Lanka could have avoided this disaster if due consideration had been given to  the information provided by international intelligence with regard to the attacks. The fact that the Minister... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/04/19)

BUDDHISM IN THE NORTHERN PROVINCE (1990-2019)
KAMALIKA PIERIS
This essay presents some events relating to Buddhism in the north in the last three decades.  But first some news from the Eastern province. In January 2019 it was reported that construction work on the tallest Buddha statue in the Batticaloa district at Mahindaramaya, Mayelankarachchi in the Koralai Pattu West, Valaichchenai has commenced. The 60-foot statue will be the tallest in Batticaloa said Mahindaramaya Chief Incumbent Ven. Kaddukasthodda Mahindalangara. Some new temples were erected during the period under review. Admiral Sandagiri, then Commander Northern naval area   built a Buddhist temple, Sanghamitta Seya,   at Dambukola... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/04/19)

Response of Sinhala Buddhists to the Muslim Menace
Dr. Daya Hewapathirane
The Bodu Bala Sena is a movement under the leadership of group of distinguished, academically accomplished, and deeply patriotic Bhikkhus and lay Buddhists, dedicated to the task of revitalizing and reinforcing cultural nationalism in Sri Lanka, the only motherland of the Sinhala community. In spite of varied challenges and threats to which they were subject in the recent past, it continues to have a steadfast support base among concerned Buddhists both ordained and lay, across the country and overseas. Its aim is to save our nation from spiritual decay and disintegration, to halt the erosion... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/04/19)

සිංහල - මුස්ලිම් උණුසුම එක්වරම ඉවැන්ජලිකල් - කතෝලික තෙරපුමක් දක්වා පරිවර්තනය වුයේ ඇයි?
නීතීඥ අරුණ ලක්සිරි උණවටුන B.Sc(Col),PGDC(Col)
පසුගිය සතියේ දක්නට ලැබුණ ආගම් නීතිය සහ දේශපාලනය හා බැදී උණුසුම සහ ඒවා හාස්කමකින් මෙන් සමනය වන ආකාරය අතීතයේ දක්නට නො වීය. එය යහපත් ප්‍රවණතාවයකි. 1815 උඩරට ගිවිසුමෙන් පසු 1818 ඇති වූ කැරැල්ලත්, 1962කුමන්ත්‍රණය, 1972 , 1988-1989 ආයුධ සන්නද්ධ අරගලයත්, වසර 30ක් පුරා උතුරු නැගෙනහිර මුල් කරගෙන පැවති සන්නද්ධ ගැටුමත් ලංකාවේ බහුතර සිංහල ජනසමාජයට බොහෝ පාඩම් කියා දී ඇති හෙයින් ජනතාව බේද කරමින්, නැවත මිනිස් සංහාරයක් සිදු කරවීම දක්වා ගැටුමක් නිර්මාණය කළ නො හැකි බව ප්‍රත්‍යක්ෂ වීම ලාංකිකයින් ලැබූ විසල් ජයග්‍රහණයකි.උතුරු නැගෙනහිර පැවති බෙදුම්වාදී යුද්ධය 2009 මැයි 18 වැනි දින අවසන් වීමත් සමග  වත්මන් බෞද්ධ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/04/19)

Stand Against Islamic Extremism in Sri Lanka
අමාදම් ගඟුල
[1] අන්තවාදී ශරියා නීති තහනම් කිරීමට බලකරමු [2] අන්තවාදී බුර්කාව තහනම් කිරීමට බල කරමු [3] අන්තවාදය උගන්වන ශරියා විශ්වවිද්‍යල සහ අරාබි පාසල් වසා දැමීමට බල කරමු [4] අන්තවාදී පූජකයින් මෙරටට ගෙන්වීම නැවත්වීමට බල කරමු [5] අන්තවාදයට සම්බන්දයයි සැක සිතන සියළු දෙනාගෙ දේපොල පරීක්ෂාවට බල කරමු [6] අන්තවාදීන්ට උදව්කල සියළු මුස්ලිම් දේශපාලකයින් නෙරපා දැමීමට බල කරමු [7] අන්තවාදී ක්‍රියාකාරකම් බහුල මුස්ලිම් ප්‍රදේශ තුල නිතර සෝදිසි මෙහෙයුම් සිදු කිරීමට බල කරමු [8] ඉස්ලාම් ව්‍යාප්තවාදයට ආවඩන හලාල් වෙලද සහතිකය ඉවත් කිරීමට බල කරමු  [9] මේවැනි යෝජනාවන් නිසා ඔබගේ මුස්ලිම් මිතුරා අසතුටට පත්වේනම් ඔහුටද විෂබීජය ශරීර ගතවී ඇතැයි සැක සිතමු ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/04/19)

MUSLIMS: UNDERMINING NATIONAL INTERESTS
Dr. Daya Hewapathirane
The small communities of Tamils and Muslims living in Sri Lanka, amount to a total of about 24% of the country’s total population. These communities are descendants of groups of individuals, exclusively males, who initially arrived in this island at different times in the past for various purposes, and later settled down among the Sinhala people. The Tamils came from southern India and observe the cultural traditions of Tamilnadu which is their homeland where the Tamil culture and Tamil language originated. Initially Tamils came to the island as invaders and mercenaries and later, especially in... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/04/19)

'He had a long beard, lost his sense of humour': Sri Lanka bomber left Australia a 'changed man'
Courtesy  Brisbane Times
One of the Sri Lankan bombers came back from Australia after his postgraduate studies a changed man, his sister says. Abdul Lathief Jameel Mohamed studied at Swinburne University in Melbourne between 2009 and 2013, The Australian reported. Sri Lanka bomber Abdul Lathief Jameel Mohamed studied at Swinburne University in Melbourne.CREDIT:SEVEN NEWS Mohamed, suspected to be one of the ringleaders of the atrocity in Sri Lanka, was investigated by the Joint Counter Terrorism Team in 2014 because of his links to several suspects including Australian-born IS militant Neil Prakash, the paper says.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/04/19)

Kerala IS cells played a role in Lanka blasts? Probe on
Times of India
KOZHIKODE: Security agencies are probing whether any of the  ..  Read more at:http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/69050078.cms?utm_source=contentofinterest&utm_medium=text&utm_campaign=cppst... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/04/19)

Sri Lankan bomber investigated for terrorism in Australia
One of the Sri Lankan bombers who studied at an Australian university was investigated by the Joint Counter Terrorism Team in 2014, The Australianreports.  Abdul Lathief Jameel Mohamed studied at Swinburne University in Melbourne between 2009 and 2013, The Australian reports and was investigated because of his links to several suspects, including Neil Prakash. Mohomed, suspected to be one of the ringleaders of the atrocity in Sri Lanka, came back from Australia after his post-graduate studies a changed man, his sister says.  Sri Lankan security forces stand at the site where a... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 25/04/19)

Sri Lanka PM warns of more attacks as bombers still at large
By EMILY SCHMALL Courtesy  The times of Israel
Suspects could have access to explosives and aim to carry out more suicide bombings, Ranil Wickremesinghe says Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe at his office in Colombo, Sri Lanka, April 25, 2019. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena) COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka’s prime minister said Thursday that suspects linked to the coordinated Easter Sunday bomb attacks remain at large and could have access to explosives. Some of the suspects “may go out for a suicide attack,” Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/04/19)

Sri Lanka terrorist left 'for work' without saying goodbye to wife then blew himself up
Abdul Lathief Jameel Mohammed as boy (Image: Rowan Griffiths) Get the biggest Daily News stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeMore newsletters The wife of the UK-educated Sri Lanka suicide bomber has told how he betrayed his family to join Islamic State. Devastated Shifana Mohamed, 30, last saw Abdul Lathief Jameel Mohamed – who attended Kingston University – when he left home for Friday prayers. The privately educated aircraft ­engineer was so keen to hide his deadly mission he did not even say goodbye. He left behind his six-month-old baby boy, two sons aged six... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 25/04/19)

Pregnant Wife of Sri Lankan Bomber Detonates Suicide Vest as Police Raids Home
BY JANITA KAN Courtesy  The Epoch Times
The pregnant wife of a Sri Lankan suicide bomber detonated a suicide vest when police raided the family’s Colombo home, killing herself, her children, and police officers. A series of coordinated attacks on hotels and churches devastated Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday leaving at least 250 people dead and hundreds more injured. The Health Ministry revised the death toll from 359 casualties on April 25, blaming it on a calculation error, reported BBC. A total of nine bombers have been identified by the authorities for carrying out the attacks.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/04/19)

Sri Lanka suicide bomber's family link to Auckland
Courtesy  NZ Herald , Section National,
Suicide bomber Abdul Lathief Jameel Mohamed's sister and mother lived in Auckland. One of the Sri Lankan suicide bombers has family links to New Zealand, with confirmation both his sister and mother lived in Auckland. Abdul Lathief Jameel Mohamed was one of the terrorist bombers involved in the Easter Sunday attacks. His deadly plan was to target the luxury Taj Samudra hotel in the Sri Lankan capital Colombo. Mohamed's sister, Samsul Hidaya, has revealed how he became radicalised abroad and ended up "really angry and totally crazy".... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/04/19)

Sri Lanka attacks: Could this photo be evidence of failed mission by bomber with UK links?
By Deborah Haynes, foreign affairs editor Courtesy Sky News
Abdul Lathief Jameel Mohamed has a rucksack, thought to contain explosives, and a suitcase at a Colombo hotel before the attacks. Image:Abdul Lathief Jameel Mohamed pictured at the Taj hotel in Colombo A photograph has been obtained by Sky News which, according to a security source, is of the suspected Sri Lanka suicide bomber who studied in Britain. Abdul Lathief Jameel Mohamed, 36, is bearded with a rucksack, thought to contain explosives, and a suitcase at the Taj hotel... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/04/19)

UK sends Counter-Terrorism Police to Sri Lanka
Courtesy Ceylon Today
Britain has sent a team of Counter-Terrorism Police to Sri Lanka after the deadly bombing attacks that killed at least 359 people, including eight Britons, on Easter Sunday. United Kingdom (UK) Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said that family liaison officers had been sent to Sri Lanka to support and assist the families of British victims and help with repatriation of their bodies. “The attack was complex, tightly coordinated and designed to cause maximum chaos, damage and heartbreak,” Hunt told Parliamentarians in the House of Commons yesterday (23). ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/04/19)

Notes to the people For a Paradigm Shift in National Security
By Sumanasiri Liyanage Courtesy Ceylon Today
Even at the time of writing this piece, blood stains at the Katuwapitiya church, Negombo that is just a kilometre away from my house might not have dried off. In the next a few days, we may be able to witness the funeral processions of our neighbours who were killed in the brutal and cowardly attack on Easter Sunday. Hope and pray the people who were injured badly but fortunately survived would recover soon. For nearly two and a half decades prior to 19 May 2009, Sri Lankans lived... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/04/19)

Three suspects arrested with 21 hand grenades
Courtesy The Daily Mirror
Three suspects were arrested along with a van, 21 locally made low powerful hand grenades and six swords during a raid carried out by the Colombo Crime Division (CCD) and the Special Task Force (STF) personnel in Modara today. The CCD officials are conducting further investigations.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/04/19)

Sri Lanka halts low season visa-free plan after bombings
Courtesy The Daily Mirror
Sri Lankan Government said it was suspending plans to grant citizens of 39 countries visa-free entry during the country's tourism low season after Easter Sunday terror attacks, AFP reported today. Tourism Minister John Amaratunga in a statement said although arrangements were in place to issue visas on arrival for citizens of 39 countries, the government has now decided to hold it in consideration of the current security situation.  "Investigations have revealed foreign links to the Easter attacks and we don't want this programme to be abused," he said. Sri Lanka had announced... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/04/19)

Australian PM confirms Sri Lanka bomber studied there
Courtesy Adaderana
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has confirmed one of the suicide bombers involved in the Sri Lankan bombings that killed more than 350 people on Easter Sunday spent time in Australia. The prime minister says the man was not granted another visa after leaving Australia more than six years ago. “I can confirm that the suicide bomber had been in Australia. They departed in early 2013. That individual had been here on a student and a graduate skilled visa,” Morrison told reporters in Townsville earlier today. “That individual had been here some... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/04/19)

Defense Secretary resigns
Courtesy Adaderana
Hemasiri Fernando has resigned from his post as the Secretary to the Ministry of Defence, stated Ada Derana reporter. President Maithripala Sirisena requested the Defense Secretary Hemasiri Fernando and the Inspector General of Police (IGP) to submit their resignations, yesterday (24). https://youtu.be/8JR28q0V_1c This was following public outrage and backlash against the two officials over the failure to prevent the Easter Day bombing despite receiving prior warnings of a possible attack. Meanwhile, Parliamentarian Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe has sent a letter to President calling for immediate arrests of the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/04/19)

Jummah prayers at mosques to be cancelled tomorrow?
Courtesy Adaderana
The Muslim communities are urged to refrain from gathering for Congregational Prayers (Jummah prayers) tomorrow (26), says the Minister of Postal Services and Muslim Religious Affairs. Issuing a statement today, he appealed to the Muslim devotees to pray at their respective homes for peace and security of the motherland, instead of gathering for the Friday’s congregational prayers. This action is a sign of solidarity with the Catholic Community and a protest against the barbaric act of ruthless terrorists’, the minister said.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/04/19)

Suspicious lorry registered under Shangri-La bomber seized
Courtesy Adaderana
A suspicious lorry, which bears the number WP DAE 4197 and purportedly used to transfer bombs for the suicide attacks on Easter Sunday, has been apprehended at Nayakkanda in Wattala. https://youtu.be/uOOMyHJ8SmI It is reported that the lorry is registered under one of the suicide bombers at the Shangri-La hotel in Colombo. The interrogations into one of the suspects arrested in Nawagampura area has led to the seizure of this suspicious lorry, the police said. Investigations are being carried out to confirm if the lorry was used... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/04/19)

Sri Lankan Muslims will not accept bodies of terrorists behind attacks - ACJU
Courtesy Adaderana
All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulama (ACJU) stated that they will not accept the bodies of the individuals who carried out the Easter Day attacks. Holding a press conference today (25), Sri Lanka’s main Islamic Cleric association stated that they vehemently condemn these attacks and that those who are responsible for this attack must be brought before the law and given maximum punishment. The ACJU states that there is no place for terrorism in Islam and that the Muslims of Sri Lanka condemns all forms of violence, extremism, and terrorism. They stated that they... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/04/19)

198 detonators found inside abandoned parcel in Nuwara Eliya
Courtesy Adaderana
198 detonators have been recovered from Hawa Eliya area in Nuwara Eliya this morning (25). Nuwara Eliya Police had received a tip-off on a suspicious parcel abandoned near a culvert in Hawa Eliya area. In a joint search operation carried out by the Army and the Police, 198 detonators were found inside the parcel. The police suspect that the detonators were abandoned at the culvert as its owner was concerned about the ongoing extensive search operations in the area. Further investigations are being carried out... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/04/19)

Another possible attack targeting mosques?
Courtesy Adaderana
A statement issued by the IGP warns of another possible attack by the terrorist group which carried out the Easter Day attacks. https://youtu.be/jLWaV0vZqNM The DIGs in charge of the Presidential Security Division, Special Security Division and Prime Minister’s Security Division has been informed by the IGP on this threat. According to the statement, this terrorist group may target the Kuppu mosques also known as ‘Aulia’ mosque for their next attacks. The United States Embassy in Colombo too has issued a warning of a possible attack and... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/04/19)

From the Den of the Mastermind
By Hafeel Farisz in Kattankudy Courtesy The Daily Mirror
The entire family, 2 brothers, a sister and the parents of Zahran Hashim the suspected mastermind of the Easter Sunday massacre have been missing since April 18, 2019, his sister Mohomed Hashim Madaniya aged 25 told the Daily Mirror exclusively. “ I went and gave food to my parents and my sisters family on April 18, and haven’t heard from them since” she told us, at her house in Kattankudy located around the mosque of National Thawheed Jamath in Kattankudy. Providing exclusive access and details... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/04/19)

WHO CARRIED OUT THE EASTER BOMBINGS, AND WHY?
DHARSHAN WEERASEKERA
, 22nd April 2019 A State Minister of Defence has said on the floor on Parliament that the ‘Easter Bombings’ of 21st April 2019 were in response to the Christchurch attacks against Muslims in New Zealand.  Meanwhile, almost simultaneously, it is reported in the internet that ISIS has claimed responsibility for the bombings.  For now, as a private citizen, I choose to remain skeptical of the Minister’s claims as well as the reports that ISIS is behind the bombings, for reasons I will explain in a moment. What is crucial is... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/04/19)

Sri Lanka attacks: Who are The National Thowheed Jamath (NTJ)?
Sri Lanka News
A previously little-known group called the National Thowheed Jamath (NTJ) is being accused of having carried out the Easter Sunday attacks in Sri Lanka. Sri Lankan officials pinned the blame on the NTJ at a news conference on Monday. Until Monday, when the Sri Lankan government spokesman mentioned its name, very few people had heard of the NTJ. The group is believed to have splintered off from another hardline Islamist group in the country, the Sri Lanka Thowheed Jamath (SLTJ). While still relatively unknown, the SLTJ is... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/04/19)

මුස්ලිම් නීතිඥවරයෙක් විශ්වකර්ම සමග කල ආන්දෝලනාත්මක හෙළිදරව්ව | Interview with a Muslim lawyer
Vishwa Karma exclusive interview with a Muslim lawyer.
https://youtu.be/aKN4bQO6Epk... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/04/19)

Easter Day attacks are a plan of powerful nations - Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith (English)
Ada Derana news
https://youtu.be/JANt49sk-s0 Archbishop of Sri Lanka Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith has urged not to hold services at Catholic churches until further notice. The Cardinal stated this during a press conference held today (24) following a discussion with the ambassadors of Muslim-majority countries in Sri Lanka. He has also urged to work with peace considering the situation prevailing in the country. Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith said that all parties should ensure that the Muslim community is not being harassed at this moment.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/04/19)

Stop foreign forces entering the country: Dinesh
Ajith Siriwardana and Yohan Perera Courtesy The Daily Mirror
Opposition MP Dinesh Gunawardane yesterday told the government that it should not by any circumstance allow foreign security forces to enter this country at this moment. He also urged the government to conduct an investigation into the issuance of Visas to thousands of foreigners under lax conditions. He told parliament that investigations into the matter should be carried out immediately and said it was pointless asking the IGP to do so. MP Gunawardane said the government failed to act on information given by... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/04/19)

600 deported Pakistanis escorted to community center
Six hundred Pakistanis, who had been living within the Negombo Police Division owing to deportation from Pakistan, have been taken into the Ahmadiyya Community Center in Nittambuwa, stated Ada Derana reporter. Reportedly, the relevant Pakistan nationals had been deported from Pakistan due to the war situation in Pakistan via the United Nations. https://youtu.be/GXlQWJe2QK0 However, the owners of the houses they had been temporarily living in, had asked them to leave the house owing to the recent Easter Day attacks, stated Ada Derana reporter. Accordingly, upon a complaint received by the... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 25/04/19)

CCTV footages of suicide bombers at Shangri-La & Cinnamon Grand
Courtesy Adaderana
https://youtu.be/0gNbG3lyd8o The CCTV footages of the suicide bomb attacks on Cinnamon Grand hotel in Colombo have been released to the media. The suicide bomber arrives at the Taprobane restaurant of the hotel at 9.12 a.m. when it was filled with guests having breakfast. The bomber appears to be nervously hovering near the diners prior to detonating the vest. Meanwhile, the CCTV footages of two suicide bombers arriving at the Shangri-La hotel in Colombo has also been released to the media. They enter the hotel’s... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/04/19)

The Phenomenon of Suicide Bombing
Ruwan M Jayatunge M.D.
On Easter Sunday Sri Lanka suffered suicide bombers attacks which resulted over 300 deaths. At least 45 children were among those that perished. The Isis has claimed responsibility for these suicide bombings. Thesesuicide bombings are the results of religious fundamentalism.  Suicide terrorism is not a modern phenomenon.  Suicide attack is an ancient practice with a modern history. The threat of suicide bombing attacks has escalated worldwide (Almogy et al., 2004). As described by Horowitz (2015) a suicide bombing is an attack where the death of the bomber is the means by which the attack... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/04/19)

MUSLIMS: EXTREMIST AND PAROCHIAL ATTITUDES
Dr. Daya Hewapathirane. 
All ethnic and cultural groups within society are not equal and therefore need not be treated in the same way. All people do not hold the same values. All those who are privileged to have  Sri Lanka was their home, should be aware of the fact that the foundation of our nation, its societal norms and values originate from the Sinhala Buddhist heritage, which has a history of over 2200 years in this island. Whether we choose to live as Sinhala, Tamil, Muslim, Malay or Burger, or as Buddhists, Hindus, Muslims, Christians or atheists, our... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/04/19)

PAKISTAN’S NEW IDENTITY
ALI SUKHANVER
Prime Minister Imran Khan’s two-day official visit to Iran is certainly going to bring the two neighbouring countries more close to each other. Pakistan and Iran have a very long history of cordial relationship. Iran was the ever first country to recognize Pakistan’s sovereign status after its independence in 1947. Moreover the Shah of Iran was the first head of state that paid an official visit to Pakistan. According to a survey conducted by the PEW Research Center, Pakistan is a country where Iran is viewed positively. The conclusion report of that survey says, “Polls have... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/04/19)

MUSLIMS AND SPIRIT OF INTERRELIGOUS UNDERSTANDING
Dr. Daya Hewapathirane
Historically, Muslims have gone to great lengths, even waging wars, to impose Islam, their version of what they deem to be the one and true way. The attitude and position of ‘exclusivism’ adopted by Muslims, that Islam is the only true religion and rejecting the legitimacy of other faith traditions, does not help in developing a spirit of religious pluralism in society. The principle of ‘one truth, one religion’ or “Exclusivism” lies at the heart of Islam. For the Muslims, the teaching in Islam represent the ‘best path’ and their egocentric attachment to their... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/04/19)

Our Sorrow and Condolences to the Victims and Families of the Sri Lanka’s Easter Carnage
Society for Peace, Unity and Human Rights in Sri Lanka (SPUR) NSW Inc Australia
Our Society expresses its profound and heartfelt sorrow on the senseless killing of innocents in Sri Lanka. Our thoughts are with the families and persons affected by the deaths, grievous injury and destruction of property by terrorists who have caused fear and terror in the people of Sri Lanka and to the visitors to the island. We give our condolences to the Christians who had been targetted on their Holiest Day of Easter Sunday whilst at prayer with sacred thoughts and... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/04/19)

ESTABLISHMENT OF MUSLIMS IN SRI LANKA
Dr. Daya Hewapathirane
The Muslims of Sri Lanka should be aware of some important historic facts about Sri Lanka, if they are serious on becoming a legitimate part of this great nation. First, they should realize that, they are a small settler community in this country amounting to about 9% of its total population. Prior to the 15th century, the sole interest of the few male Arab merchants who visited the country was trade and they were basically visitors to the country. Gradually with passage of time, they married local woman and began settling down in some coastal... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/04/19)

Ununpardonable blunder
EDWARD GUNAWARDENA Former Director of Intelligence
Going by the media, both print and electronic, there had been overwhelming intelligence on the impending disaster that took away over 300 lives and injured over 500. Perhaps for the first time even intelligence agencies of friendly nations such as MI6, Mossad, FBI and RAW have fed the local counterparts with 'red hot stuff' in intelligence parlance. Understandable indeed, with the IS and its affiliated cells becoming a clear and present danger to peaceful democracies. How is it that intelligence on this calamity that was to cruelly affect the nation... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/04/19)

In any other country, govt. would have resigned - SF Easter Sunday bombings
By Saman Indrajith Courtesy The Island
The entire government would have resigned if a disaster like the Easter Sunday carnage had happened in any other country, but such things would never happen in Sri Lanka, Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka told Parliament, yesterday. Participating in the debate on gazette declaring a state of emergency, Field Marshal Fonseka severely criticised both the government and the Opposition for allowing the deterioration of intelligence services. He said that soon after the end of the war in 2009, he had proposed to build a national intelligence agency combining all... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/04/19)

Mosque Officials Say They Warned Sri Lankan Authorities About Attacks
DOUG MATACONIS ·Courtesy Outside the Beltway
Further evidence that Sri Lankan authorities failed to act on warnings of rising Jihadism in their country. Officials at a mosque in Sri Lanka where several of the attackers responsible for Sunday’s massacre that resulted in the deaths of more than 300 people say that they warned law enforcement and government officials about some of the attackers involved in Sunday’s attack: Reyyaz Salley, chairman of the Shaikh Usman Waliyullah mosque, told CNN that he had repeatedly attempted to warn the government about radical preachers in Sri Lanka,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/04/19)

Sri Lanka’s Muslims Face an Angry Backlash
By Jeffrey Gettleman and Dharisha Bastians Courtesy The New York Times
Muslims seeking safety in a mosque in Negombo after the Easter bombings. NEGOMBO, Sri Lanka — Auranzeb Zabi was cooking rice at a friend’s house on Wednesday when he heard angry shouting outside, looked out the window and saw a mob of Sri Lankan men carrying iron bars. A day after the Islamic State claimed responsibility for suicide bombings that killed more than 350 people, Muslims in some areas of Sri Lanka were facing a rising backlash. The mob surrounded... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/04/19)

Sri Lanka's Bloody Legacy: A Country Ravaged by UK-Fueled 26-year Civil War
La nueva Televisión del Sur C.A.
The history of Sri Lanka is marred with bloodshed and a 26-year-old civil war caused by British colonial rulers pitting Sinhalese and Tamil against each other.  Located in the Indian Ocean south of India, the small island country of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka witnessed one of its deadliest attacks in recent history. On Easter Sunday a series of suicide bombingsclaimed 359 lives. However, the bloodbath is not uncommon in the island which was ravaged by a civil war spanning over two decades and ending in 2009. ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/04/19)

Island's tourism may take a hit, hurting economy badly
Courtesy The Straits Times
Country with already precarious external position may be forced to seek more IMF aid HONG KONG • Sri Lanka faces a likely collapse of tourism following the Easter Sunday bomb attacks on churches and hotels, which would deal a severe blow to the island's economy and financial markets, and potentially force it to seek further IMF assistance. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) extended last month a US$1.5 billion (S$2.04 billion) loan for an extra year into 2020, a key step in keeping foreign investors involved in a top-performing frontier debt... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/04/19)

Blood brothers: the wealthy family behind Sri Lanka's suicide attacks
Joe Brock, Shihar Aneez, Ranga Sirilal Courtesy reuters
COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lankan housewife Fathima Fazla thought of her neighbors in the grand three-storey home across the street as the wealthy celebrities of her humble Colombo suburb. She had no idea how infamous they would become.Security personnel stand guard near St Anthony's Shrine in Colombo, three days after a string of suicide bomb attacks on churches and luxury hotels across the island on Easter Sunday, in Sri Lanka April 24, 2019. REUTERS/Dinuka Liyanawatte Two brothers who lived at the white house... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/04/19)

Pregnant wife of Sri Lanka bomber detonates suicide vest, killing children and police
By South Asia correspondent Siobhan Heanue, Middle East correspondent Eric Tlozek and wires Courtesy ABC News
PHOTO: A policeman stands outside the family home raided by police after the Sri Lanka terror bombings on Easter Sunday.(ABC News) The pregnant wife of a Sri Lanka bomber detonated a suicide vest when police raided the affluent family's home in the wake of the terror attacks, killing her own children. Key points: Death toll from Sri Lanka suicide bombings stands at 359 killed, 500 injuredTwo brothers at the centre of the plot were the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/04/19)

Warning from Sri Lanka’s bombings
Courtesy The Economic Times
If the Islamic State is active in south Asia, India would definitely be a prime candidate for terror strikes. Indian intelligence agencies have to be on high alert and policing, rigorous. Most importantly, the citizenry must be vigilant, ready to notice suspicious activity, investigate it discreetly and report what does not pass the test of innocence to the authorities. At a broader and generalised level, religious and quasi-religious activity across all faiths must be monitored for signs of radicalisation and voices raised from within communities against radicalism that could lead to violence. Political parties... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/04/19)

First pictures of 'middle class' suicide bomber brothers who calmly walked into Sri Lanka's five star hotels and murdered innocents having breakfast
Courtesy Mail OnLine
Wealthy brothers Inshaf and Ilham Ibrahim bombed the luxury Shangri-La and Cinnamon Grand hotels in Sri Lanka's Easter Sunday terror attackSuicide bomber brothers were the sons of a millionaire spice trader and were privately educated in ColomboTheir attacks claimed the lives of at least 41 foreigners, including eight British holidaymakers - three of whom were childrenAs police raided their £1m mansion in an exclusive neighbourhood of Colombo, Ilham's pregnant wife Fatima blew herself up, killing her three children and three officersInshaf, a successful businessman, owned a copper factory thought to be where the suicide bombs... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/04/19)

One of nine suicide bombers a woman: Minister
Courtesy The Daily Mirror
One of the nine bombers that detonated explosives on Easter Sunday was a woman, State Minister of Defence Ruwan Wijewardene has said on Wednesday. Straits Times said the state minister’s comment came after police confirmed that nine suicide bombers were involved in the blasts and eight have been identified. It has been revealed that one of the suicide bombers had studied in Britain and Australia, it said.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/04/19)

Hizbullah’s connection to NTJ - Sumanthiran
ANANTH PALAKIDNAR & METHMALIE DISSANAYAKE Courtesy Ceylon Today
Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Parliamentarian, President’s Counsel M.A. Sumanthiran said today (24) that Eastern Province Governor M.L.A.M. Hizbullah’s alleged connections to the National Thowheed Jamaath (NTJ) must be investigated along with all connections this group has had with various other politicians and previous defence officials. Sumanthiran was addressing the Parliament on the Easter Sunday carnage. He said: “The Muslim people, to their credit, have repeatedly complained about these miscreants. Years ago, Muslim groups raised the issue of radicalisation with Government Intelligence officials, and appealed that steps... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/04/19)

Inspector General of Police transferred 12 SIS officers days prior to Easter attacks - SLPP
RANMINI GUNASEKARA Courtesy Ceylon Today
The Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) today (24) claimed that the Inspector General of Police, Pujith Jayasundara, had on 18 April, authorized the transfer of 12 officials attached to the State Intelligence Service (SIS), just days prior to the Easter Sunday attacks which took place on 21 April. Parliamentarian Rohitha Abeygunawardena revealed this at a press conference held at the Party headquarters. He also produced supporting documents, on these transfers, purportedly signed by the IGP, containing the names, current status and the transferred divisions of the said SIS officers.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/04/19)

I didn't earn the title ‘Field Marshal’ for selling snacks in Galle Face – Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka
Vehemently criticizing both, the Government and the Opposition equally, over the recent terror attacks carried out by Islamic fundamentalists; United National Party (UNP) Parliamentarian, Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka today (24) said that Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and State Minister of Defence Ruwan Wijewardena cannot escape the responsibility for the tragedy by simply saying that they were not summoned for the meetings of the National Security Council (NSC). Participating in the special Parliamentary debate on the prevailing terror situation in the country, Fonseka said, “I respect the Prime Minister. Nevertheless, if you were not summoned for the NSC meetings,... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 24/04/19)

UNICEF says 45 children killed in Easter Day attacks
Courtesy Adaderana
The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said Tuesday it is “deeply shocked and saddened” by the terrible violence against families including children in churches and hotels on Easter Sunday across Sri Lanka. “The total now is 45 children who died (in the series of blasts in Sri Lanka),” said UNICEF spokesman Christophe Boulierac at a briefing here. “Many are wounded and are now fighting for their lives in intensive care units across the country,” said Boulierac. “UNICEF condemns this violence in the strongest possible terms. No child should experience such... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/04/19)

Cardinal urges not to hold church services until further notice
Courtesy Adaderana
Archbishop of Sri Lanka Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith has urged not to hold services at Catholic churches until further notice. The Cardinal stated this during a press conference held today (24) following a discussion with the ambassadors of Muslim-majority countries in Sri Lanka. He has also urged to work with peace considering the situation prevailing in the country. Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith said that all parties should ensure that the Muslim community is not being harassed at this moment.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/04/19)

Complaint lodged against Harin and his father
Courtesy Adaderana
Pivithuru Hela Urumaya (PHU) has filed a complaint against Minister Harin Fernando and his father over not disclosing information on the Easter Day attacks despite receiving information prior to the attacks. General Secretary of PHU Upul Wijesekara has lodged this complaint at the Police Headquarters, this morning (24). He was joined by PHU Propaganda Secretary Attorney at Law Thushara Dissanayake and Public Relations Secretary Upul Konara as well.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/04/19)

Roots of Sri Lanka attacks, and a way forward
By ASOKA BANDARAGE
More than 300 people have died and many more were injured by the barbaric attacks against Christian churches and five-star hotels in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday. The government has warned that there are more explosives and militants still “out there.” In the immediate aftermath of the coordinated attacks, local, Indian and Western media raised familiar aspersions against Sinhalese Buddhist extremists for the violence. However, the Sri Lankan government has now confirmed that the attacks were carried out by a local Islamic extremist group, National Thowheeth Jama’ath. While that outfit has denied a role, the international Islamic terrorist... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/04/19)

All those who were in charge of the security of the country in between 11th April up to yesterday should take full responsibility for this carnage
Dr. Sudath Gunasekara
All those who were in charge of the security of the country at the top in between 11th April up to yesterday should take full responsibility, for this carnage. Therefore they should unconditionally apologies to the nation and resign immediately from their positions without putting the nation in to greater difficulties. Dr. Sudath Gunasekara 24.4.2019. Dear all please read the following two news items carefully and tell the country what you feel about it. “Sources confirmed that a letter signed by Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Priyalal Dasanayake dated April... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/04/19)

Wijeyadasa calls for immediate arrests of Defence Secretary and IGP
Courtesy Adaderana
Parliamentarian Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe has sent a letter to President Maithripala Sirisena calling for immediate arrests of Defence Secretary Hemasiri Fernando and Inspector General of Police Pujith Jayasundara. MP Rajapakshe says that, on 18th November 2016, he had revealed information on these attacks and the extremist Islamic terrorist organizations in connection with it. However, several ministers and parliamentarians had slandered him, considering him a ‘tribal’. In his letter, the parliamentarian says the IGP and the Defence Secretary have concealed the intelligence information received on this brutal attack from the Head of the state... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/04/19)

Sri Lanka Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Condemns multiple terrorist attack.
by A. Abdul Aziz.
In a letter to His Eminence Dr. Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith, Archbishop of Colombo, the National President of the Sri Lanka Ahmadiyya Muslim Community A,H. Nasir Ahmad states: “On behalf of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Sri Lanka, I express my deepest sympathies and condolences to all those affected by the multiple attacks on churches and hotels in the country on Sunday – 21st April 2019. Such heinous and utterly inhumane attacks must be condemned in the strongest possible terms. It is a grave tragedy that scores dead and hundredsinjuredwhilst joining together... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/04/19)

Buck Stops at the Top - Sri Lanka Easter Massacre Shook the World!
Prof. Hudson McLean
Both the Prime Minister and the Minister of Defence - FAILED! The Tragedy, the Unbelievable Loss of Human Life, due to Failure in Communications, now must be given to the Public, the citizens to Judge. The Sri Lanka Easter Massacre is described as a second 9/11! The President must immediately Dissolve Parliament to allow the Public to elect a New Government. Immediately after the destruction of the LTTE by ex-President  H.E. Mahinda Rajapaksa and the Minister of Defence Gothabaya Rajapaksa, Sri Lanka started a period of Peace,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/04/19)

Sri Lanka President asks Police Chief, Defense Secretary to resign
Courtesy NewsIn.Asia
Colombo, April 24 (newsin.asia) – Sri Lanka’s President Maithripala Sirisena has asked the country’s police chief, Pujith Jayasundara and Defense Secretary Hemasiri Fernando to resign following severe security lapses over Sunday’s explosions which killed 359 people, sources said.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/04/19)

NATIONAL SECURITY, POLITICS AND THE YAHAPALANAYA IN SRI LANKA
BY EDWARD THEOPHILUS
National security is the priority in any country and Sri Lanka has been facing for this issue clearly since 1983 and even before it was, but after 1983 security forces identified the significance of national security than any other activity of the country.  Before Mr. Mahinda Rajapaksa elected as president of the country, the national security was negotiated with foreigners without knowing importance of national security and no country negotiate with overseas people on national security.  Many people supported to such negotiation due to ignorance and members of the current government supported to such an... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/04/19)

HOSTILITY AND VIOLENCE WITHIN THE MUSLIM COMMUNITY OF SRI LANKA
Dr. Daya Hewapathirane
Sufism or the Sufi Muslim Ideology Traditionally, Sufism or the Sufi Muslim ideology had been the predominant Islamic spiritual tradition observed throughout Southern Asia, including Sri Lanka. Sufism is   considered to be the mystical, ascetic branch of Islam which emphasizes personal experience with Allah. Sufis can be members of either the Sunni or Shia divisions of Islam who share most of the basic principles of Islam. These two divisions stemmed from ancient political strife among Muslims.  Of the total global Muslim population,  87-90% are Sunni Muslims and 10-13% are Shia Muslims. Most Shias... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/04/19)

We Deserve It
Wimal Senanayake 
Whatever truth that may come into light with the ongoing investigations, one thing for sure is this government is utterly disjointed powerless and headless. Heart is crying for the loss of lives and limbs and as the opposition has rightly pointed out, it is due to the presence of this inept and incompetent bunch at the helm. The blame game has started towards the officials as a good escape route to disown their own failures as a cohesive government. A big compensation package to the victims though may look very timely but is just another way to hoodwink... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/04/19)

Who is this powerful politician?
S.Akurugoda
As per the headline news item appeared in The Island  dated 23rd April, Petroleum Resource Development Minister Kabir Hashim has revealed that following some incidents in the Mawanella area, Intelligence had unearthed cache of explosives at Lacktowatta in Wanathawilluwa, Puttalam. During the raid two key suspects were captured. However, due to the intervention of a powerful politician, they had been released and one of them had been involved in Sunday’s attacks, the Minister said. The powerful politician who could interfere with an investigation carried by police should definitely be one of the politicians attached to... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/04/19)

2019 අප්‍රේල් මස 23 වෙනි බඳාදා, විපක්‍ෂ නායක මහින්ද රාජපක්‍ෂ මහතා පාස්කු ඉරිදා ත්‍රස්තවාදී ප්‍රහාරය ගැන පාර්ලිමේන්තුවේදී කළ විශේෂ ප්‍රකාශය.
මාධ්‍ය නිවේදනය
ගරු කතානායකතුමනි, මේ ගරු සභාව අද විශේෂ රැස්වීමක් පවත්වන්නේ පසුගිය  ඉරිදා සිදුවුණු බෝම්බ ප්‍රහාරයන්වලින් පස්සෙ, රටේ අනාගතය ගැන සාකච්ඡා කරන්න. මේ වන විට 300 කට අධික පිරිසක් ඒ ප්‍රහාරයන් වලින් මිය ගිහින් තවත් 500 ක් පමණ තුවාල ලබලා තියෙනවා. මම මේ අවස්ථාවේදී නැවත වතාවක්  ඒ මිය ගිය පිරිස වෙනුවෙන් ඔවුන්ගේ ඥාතීන්ට මාගේ බලවත්  ශෝකය ප්‍රකාශ කර සිටින අතර, තුවාල වූ අයට ඉක්මන් සුවය ප්‍රාර්ථනා කර සිටිනවා. අවුරුදු 30ක් පුරා පැවති දරුණු යුද්ධය  2009 මැයි 19 වන දා අවසන් කෙරුවහම  අපි කවුරුත් හිතුවේ මෙවැනි සිද්ධීන් නැවතත් දකින්න ලැබෙන්නේ නැති වේවි කියලයි.  ඒ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/04/19)

The statement made by Opposition Leader Mahinda Rajapaksa in Parliament on 23 April 2019 regarding the Easter Sunday terrorist attacks (Translation)
MEDIA RELEASE - Mahinda Rajapaksa Hon Speaker, We are gathered here today, to discuss the future of our country following the bomb attacks that took place on Easter Sunday. More than 300 people were killed and more than 500 people were injured in those attacks. I wish to take this opportunity to once again convey my heartfelt condolences to the families of all those who have lost their lives and to wish those injured a speedy recovery. After we ended the 30 year war on 19 May 2009, we all thought we had seen... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 23/04/19)

An appeal made 5 years ago by the moderate Muslims in Sri Lanka
Courtesy The Daily Mirror
http://epaper.dailymirror.lk/epaper/iphone/homepage.aspx_articled2a8da39-b6e8-496d-b2e7-455c29eb88e3... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 23/04/19)

පාස්කු ඉරිදා සිදුවූ ත්‍රස්ත ප්‍රහාරය හෙලාදැකීම
මාධ්‍ය ප්‍රකාශය Federation of University Teachers’ Associations
2019 පාස්කු ඉරිදාව අප රට මුහුණ දුන් තවත් ව්‍යවසනකාරී දිනයක් ලෙස බොහෝ කාලයක් යනතුරු අප මතකයේ පවතිනු ඇත. යුද්ධය නිමාවී දස වසරකට ආසන්න කාලයක් ගිය තැන අප පසු වුයේ බෝම්බ පිපිරීම් සහ මහා පරිමාන ව්‍යවසනයන් තවදුරටත් අතීතයට අයත් වූ සිදුවීම් ලෙස සිතන ශුභවාදී මානසිකත්වයකිනි. ගැටළු තිබු බව සැබෑවකි. බොහෝ  දේ මිට වඩා හොදින් කල හැකිවද තිබුණි. සංහිදියාව, සාධාරණත්වය හා සාමය වෙනුවෙන් බොහෝ කටයුතු ඉටුවිය යුතුව ද තිබුණි. එහෙත් අප විශ්වාස කළේ වඩාත්ම අදුරු යුගය ගෙවී ගොස් ඇති බවයි. එසේ වුවද පාස්කු ඉරුදින සිදුවීම් අපගේ මෙම සාපේක්ෂ ලෙස ශුභවාදී අදහස් අභියෝගයට ලක්කර... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/04/19)

Condemning the Terrorist Attack on Easter Sunday
Media Statement Federation of University Teachers’ Associations
Easter Sunday of 2019 is destined to be yet another day of devastation that our country will have to remember in the years to come. As we approach 10 years living in a country that is not at war with itself, we were hopeful that we had put the days of mass destruction, bomb blasts and explosions, behind us for good. Yes, there were problems; yes, there was much we could do better; yes, there was lot more work needed for ensuring reconciliation, justice and peace, but we did believe that... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/04/19)

 “Did Japan contribute to Sri Lanka and India gaining independence from British colonial rule?”
By Senaka Weeraratna 
Royal Asiatic Society of Sri Lanka (RASSL) Public Lecture  “Did Japan contribute to Sri Lanka and India gaining independence from British colonial rule?”   by Senaka Weeraratna   On Monday 29th April 2019 at 5.00 p.m. at the Gamini Dissanayake Auditorium No. 96, Ananda Coomaraswamy Mawatha, Colombo 07 ALL ARE WELCOME Abstract The time has come to challenge the hype that Sri Lanka won independence from Britain in 1948 exclusively by our own local... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/04/19)

"රට අරාජික වෙලා. පාලනයක් නැහැ. මේ සිද්ධියේදි අපි සංවේදීව රජයට සහාය ලබා දෙන්න සූදානම්" -හිටපු ජනාධිපති මහින්ද රාජපක්ෂ
මහින්ද රාජපක්ෂ මහතා අද උදෑසන ‌ශ්‍රී ලංකා ‌පොදුජන ‌පෙරමුණපක්ෂ කාර්යාලයේදී
ඇත්තටම රටේ ආරක්ෂාවක් නැහැ. රට අරාජික වෙලා. පාලනයක් නැහැ. එහෙ මෙහෙ බෝම්බ පුපුරනවා.මේ තත්ත්වය ඉතා ඉක්මනින් වෙනස් කරන්න වෙනවා යි හිටපු ජනාධිපති මහින්ද රාජපක්ෂ මහතා පැවසීය. ඒ මහතා මෙසේ පැවුසවේ අද :23*උදේ ශ‍්‍රී ලංකා පොදුජන පෙරමුණ කාර්යාලයේදී මාධ්‍යවේදින් රටේ වත්මන් ආරක්ෂක තත්ත්වය සම්බන්ධයෙන් විමසන අවස්ථාවේදිය. එහිදී වැඩිදුරටත් මාධ්‍යවේදින් හමුවේ අදහස් දැක්වු ඒ මහතා මාධ්‍ය - එජාප මන්ත‍්‍රීවරු ජනාධිපතිිවරයාට චෝදනා කරනවා මේ සම්බන්ධයෙන් මහින්ද රාජපක්ෂ මහතා - ඒක ඒ අයගේ වැඩක්නේ. මාධ්‍ය - පොලිස්පතිතුමා ගැන ඔබගේ අදහස මහින්ද රාජපක්ෂ මහතා - පොලිස්පතිතුමා වැඩ කරන්නේ රජය කියන විදියටනේ.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/04/19)

Sri Lanka Tragedy - Whilst Top Political "Cats" the President & the Prime Minister fight within, the Innocent gets slaughtered.
Prof. Hudson McLean
https://edition.cnn.com/2019/04/22/asia/sri-lanka-investigation-easter-attacks/index.html After over 10 years of Peace & Harmony, in the Island Paradise, sudden blasts killing innocent  Easter Sunday worshippers,  shocked the World. The well planned, organised, coordinated attack on three Churches and several hotels in different locations, add to the fact, that, the attacks were professionally managed & executed. It is dangerous to jump into hasty conclusions on the perpetrators, before investigations delve into details. Furthermore, people should refrain from taking the Law into their own hands, but leave it to the Law Enforcement professionals to... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/04/19)

මොහොමඩ් සහරාන් හෂීම්
වෛද්‍ය රුවන්  එම් ජයතුංග
මොහොමඩ්  සහරාන් හෂීම්  නුඹගේ දෙවියන් නොඅදහන   මිත්‍යාදෘෂ්ටිකයන් පිරිසක්   මරාගෙන මැරී යාමට නුඹ සිතුවාද ? ස්වර්ගයට ගොස්   කන්‍යාවන් දහසය දෙනෙකුගේ   පහස ලබමින්   කිරි සහ මීපැණි  බීමට  නුඹ සිතා සිටියේද ?     මධ්‍යකාලීන යුගයේ   ආගමික අන්තවාදීන් විසින්   ඔටු සම් වල ලියූ ප්‍රලාප  ශුද්ධ වූ දේව වාක්‍ය  කියා නුඹ සිතුවාද ?   මිනිස් බෝම්බයට බිළිවූ   අහිංසක මිනිසුන් ගේ  ලෙයින් තෙත් වී ගිය   රත් පැහැවූ පොළව නුඹ දුටුවේද ?   ඔවුන් ගේ ඥාතීන්   වියෝග දුකින්   නඟනා විළාප   නුඹට... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/04/19)

“මොහම්ඩ් රජිතා” යන නමට මා කැමතියි-රජිතා බොස්ටන් වලදී කියයි
චන්ද්‍රසිරි විජයවික්‍රම
http://www.lankaweb.com/news/items/2014/06/24/%E0%B6%B8%E0%B7%9C%E0%B7%84%E0%B6%B8%E0%B7%8A%E0%B6%A9%E0%B7%8A-%E0%B6%BB%E0%B6%A2%E0%B7%92%E0%B6%AD%E0%B7%8F-%E0%B6%BA%E0%B6%B1-%E0%B6%B1%E0%B6%B8%E0%B6%A7-%E0%B6%B8%E0%B7%8F-%E0%B6%9A%E0%B7%90/... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/04/19)

COUNTERING TERRORISM
Dr. Daya Hewapathirane 
The world renowned Israeli Professor Yuval Noah Harari, a historian, philosopher and author of the international bestsellers translated into 50+ languages and sold worldwide  with his book “Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind” (2014) looking deep into our past, his second book  “Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow” (2016) considering far-future scenarios, and “21 Lessons for the 21st Century (2018)” zooming-in on the biggest questions the world is faced with at the present moment, commenting on counter terrorism says –  “If we want to fight terrorism effectively we must realise that nothing... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/04/19)

Prophetic Advice of Bodu Bala Sena Leader on Islamic Terrorism Ignored
Dilrook Kannangara
What happened on April 21, 2019 was no accident. It was going to happen based on what happens around the world and in Sri Lanka. Explosives were unearthed, Buddhist shrines were vandalized, hate material were found and even intelligence reports indicated of an impending Islamic terrorist attack. The parliament was told that at least 35 Muslims from Sri Lanka had travelled to Syria to join the Islamic State (ISIS) terrorist group. Peaceful Syrian Shia government reported recently that at least 36 to 50 ISIS terrorists from Sri Lanka were in Syria. Unfortunately, not all of them... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/04/19)

Sri Lankans in New Zealand express solidarity
New Zealand Society for Peace, Unity and Human Rights in Sri Lanka (SPUR - NZ)
New Zealand Society for Peace, Unity and Human Rights in Sri Lanka (SPUR - NZ) vehemently condemns the reprehensible and shameful terrorist attack on innocent people attending to their religious activities on Easter Sunday at several locations including holy places of worship in Sri Lanka. At this moment of national grief, on behalf of all New Zealanders, especially the Community of NZ Citizens of Sri Lankan descent, we wish to offer our heartfelt condolences and extend the arms of solidarity,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/04/19)

Our Sorrow and Condolences to the Victims and Families of the Sri Lanka’s Easter Carnage
Society for Peace, Unity and Human Rights in Sri Lanka (SPUR) NSW Inc Australia
Our Society expresses its profound and heartfelt sorrow on the senseless killing of innocents in Sri Lanka. Our thoughts are with the families and persons affected by the deaths, grievous injury and destruction of property by terrorists who have caused fear and terror in the people of Sri Lanka and to the visitors to the island. We give our condolences to the Christians who had been targetted on their Holiest Day of Easter Sunday whilst at prayer with sacred thoughts and... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/04/19)

Catholic church and terrorists
Dr.P.A.Samaraweera
With the terror attack on Easter Sunday, the death toll had risen to 290. Nearly 500 being injured. It had been reported that 24 suspects are in custody and details about them are not known. The suspicion is on a Muslim terrorist organisation. However, on the day of the attack, Human Right Activists pointed the finger on Buddhists and quoted chapter and verse about attacks on Churches allegedly by Buddhists. They tried in vain to blame the Buddhists for the Easter attack. As everyone knows, we had similar experiences prior to 2009 by LTTE terrorists.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/04/19)

Was the Attack on Innocent Sri Lankan Catholics in Colombo Revenge-Retaliation on Mosque Attack in New Zealand?
Prof. Hudson McLean
After over 10 years of Peace & Harmony, in the Island Paradise, sudden blasts killing innocent  Easter Sunday worshippers,  shocked the World. The well planned, organised, coordinated attack on three Churches and several hotels in different locations, add to the fact, that, the attacks were professionally managed & executed. It is dangerous to jump into hasty conclusions on the perpetrators, before investigations delve into details. Furthermore, people should refrain from taking the Law into their own hands, but leave it to the Law Enforcement professionals to deal with it... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/04/19)

Extremism must be wiped out from our Country
Ilyas Haniffa, President    Asiff Hussein, Vice President- Outreach Centre for Islamic Studies    
Sri Lanka’s Muslims woke up to a rude shock on Easter Sunday, 21st April and reacted with disbelief to the news that churches and hotels had been bombed while our Christian brothers and sisters were celebrating Easter. As Muslims we are expected to show utmost compassion and tolerance to people of other faiths. Christians especially occupy a very dear place in Muslim hearts, being the followers of one of the most revered prophets of Islam, Jesus (Peace Be Upon Him). In the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/04/19)

Easter Sunday Attack!
MAHINDA KARUNARATNE 
It is a Muslim Jihad attack on other communities and a threat, which the damn govt. is impotent to accept, yet they are talking damn reconciliation.  What was notable yesterday 21st April is that Muslims were new it very well, they kept their shops and businesses closed but with no any indication of such.  Immediately after attacks took place, Muslim youths in and around Majestic City, Colombo 04 were rejoicing, taking selfies and in very jovial mode.  Need not to say more.  We told this five year ago,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/04/19)

Attack on fourth Sri Lanka hotel had been planned: officials
By Lee Brown Courtesy  New York Post
The Sri Lanka suicide bombers had planned an attack on a fourth luxury hotel, but for some reason it never occurred, officials said Tuesday. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe revealed the plot on the unnamed luxury hotel without saying why it failed, according to the New York Times. “This man had also checked into the hotel the previous day,” an official source told Agence France-Presse of the terrorist. The source claimed that hotel staff became suspicious after news broke of the other hotel attacks and the would-be bomber fled... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/04/19)

The big risk after Sri Lanka attacks
By Frida Ghitis Courtesy  CNN
(CNN)The first time I traveled to Sri Lanka, in 2010, a ghastly civil war had just ended. Military officers still manned checkpoints along major roads. Frida GhitisWhether we were passengers in a rickety tuk-tuk in Colombo, the bustling, leafy capital, or riding in an air-conditioned car across the countryside, armed men in olive-green uniforms would routinely order us to stop. They would check for explosives or for any sign that the violence that had plagued the country over nearly three decades might again threaten the peace won at... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/04/19)

Mujibur Rahman should take responsibility for the attacks - Parliamentarian Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe
Courtesy Adaderana
https://youtu.be/U1PDwCznUAU Parliamentarian Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe stated that the government including United National Party (UNP) MP Mujibur Rahman should bear the responsibility for the series of explosions which occurred around the country on Easter Sunday (21). MP Rajapakshe mentioned this at the special parliamentary meeting held today (23). According to him, on November 18th, 2016, he stated that 32 persons from 4 families in the National Thowheed Jamath (NTJ) organization had received ISIS training and is preparing for a terror attack in the country. “But government Ministers held... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/04/19)

ISIS release picture of Sri Lanka bombings ‘mastermind’ and seven attackers
Courtesy Mirror (UK)
An image released by the Amaq news agency shows alleged mastermind Zahran Hashim with seven men claimed to have carried out the bombings ISIS has released a picture which it claims shows seven suicide bombers alongside the mastermind who co-ordinated the Easter Sunday atrocity in Sri Lanka. The image was released by the Amaq news agency - Daesh's official mouthpiece - and is said to show extremist cleric Zahran Hashim, who has been identified as the man who planned the attacks. It later released a video which... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/04/19)

Terrorists do not belong to any faith - PM
Courtesy Adaderana
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says that investigators have made good progress in identifying the suspects involved in the Easter Day attacks. Speaking in a media briefing for the foreign correspondents today (23), the Prime minister also said “it is possible” the Easter bombings were retaliation for the Christchurch attacks, but did not provide any evidence. https://youtu.be/3Qn00KYbcbo He says that there were foreign links behind the attack and that it could not have been done just locally. “There has been training given and coordination which we have not seen... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/04/19)

ISIS suspect gave advance warning of Sri Lanka bombings - report
Courtesy Adaderana
(CNN) Early warnings from India’s intelligence services to Sri Lankan officials ahead of the Easter Sunday bombings were based on information gleaned from an ISIS suspect, CNN has learned. Delhi passed on unusually specific intelligence in the weeks and days leading up to the attacks, Sri Lankan officials have said, and at least some of it was gleaned from material obtained during interrogations of an ISIS suspect arrested in India, an Indian official told CNN. The revelation comes as ISIS claimed responsibility for the bombings, which killed 321 people and injured more... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/04/19)

President says heads of security forces to change within 24 hrs
Courtesy Adaderana
https://youtu.be/OAItUhEnwoc President Maithripala Sirisena says that he hopes to affect changes among the heads of the country’s security forces within the next 24 hours. He stated this during his address to the nation, in the wake of Sunday’s devastating bombings targeting multiple churches and hotels in Sri Lanka. President Sirisena pointed out that various discussions, dialogues, debates, and criticisms on these attacks are currently ongoing in the country and that he considers this a fundamental characteristic of a free and democratic society. President stated that it... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/04/19)

Muslim MP proposes ban on burqas in Sri Lanka
Courtesy Adaderana
https://youtu.be/XFCMFtJhsTI... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/04/19)

Islamic State and Jamaat al-Tawhid al-Watania claim responsibility for Lankan blasts
By P.K.Balachandran Courtesy newsin.asia
Colombo, April 23: The Islamic State and the Jamaat al-Tawhid al-Watania group have both claimed responsibility for the terrorist attacks carried out in Sri Lanka on Sunday. Reuters quoted the Islamic State’s AMAQ news agency to say that the organization has claimed responsibility for the multiple suicide bombings which took the lives of more than 300 people including 38 foreign nationals. Earlier, Rita Katz, Director of the respected terror monitoring SITE Intelligence Group, said that Islamic State (IS) supporters have been applauding the attacks on social media,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/04/19)

A family comprising two brothers and a wife involved in three suicide bombings in Colombo
Courtesy NewsIn.Asia
Colombo, April 23 (Reuters): A whole Sri Lankan Muslim family, comprising two brothers and the wife of one of them, was involved in the serial suicide bombings which ripped through Colombo on Sunday, police said. The brothers, whose names have not been revealed, carried out two of the three hotel suicide blasts. The featured image at the top shows a suicide bomber walking to the Church in Negombo along with other worshipers An attack on a fourth hotel failed. But this helped lead the police to the Islamist... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/04/19)

India warns SL about more terror attacks
Courtesy The Daily Mirror
The officials said Indian security agencies had alerted Sri Lanka that another National Thowheeth Jamaath (NTJ) team led by Jal al-Quital alias Rilwan Marzag could carry out more attacks, Hindustan Times reported today. Noufar Moulvi, brother-in-law of Hashim, recently returned to Sri Lanka from Qatar and had taken charge of the group, they added. The NTJ, the little known group blamed for the bombing of churches and hotels in Sri Lanka on Sunday, appears to have been inspired by Islamic State (IS) though direct links between the two are yet... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/04/19)

CCTV footage of Katuwapitiya suicide bombing
Courtesy Adaderana
CCTV footage of the suicide bomber, who is responsible for the Katuwapitiya Church explosion, entering the Church and setting off the bomb, has been released to the media. Accordingly, the arrival of the suicide bomber is marked on the first CCTV camera at around 8.56 am and at around 8.59 am, he enters the church premises.  The CCTV camera inside the Church has recorded the suicide bomber entering the church after touching a small child in front of the church. He enters the church through a door on the left side of... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/04/19)

Islamic state claims responsibility for Sri Lanka bombings - report
Courtesy Adaderana
Islamic state has claimed responsibility for coordinated bombings in Sri Lanka which killed 321 people and injured about 500 others, the group’s AMAQ news agency said on Tuesday. The group did not give evidence for its claim, a Reuters news report said. https://youtu.be/IvnvYyvoHpQ The statement on the Amaq news agency, which the group uses to put out statements, claimed that the attack was the work of “fighters of the Islamic State”. Until now, no group had claimed responsibility for the explosions, many of... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/04/19)

Local “National Tawheed Jamaat” behind Sri Lanka terror attack, govt probe to establish global links
Courtesy NewsIn.Asia
By P.K.Balachandran
Colombo, April 23 (The Citizen): The Sri Lankan government said here on Monday, that the a local religious group, National Thowheed Jamaath, was behind the suicide attacks in Colombo and two other towns on Sunday in which 290 people, including 38 foreign nationals, were killed and more than 500 were injured. “Since such a small local group could not have organized such wide-scale and deadly attacks, an international group was likely to have been involved”, cabinet spokesman Dr.Rajitha Senaratne said. Addressing the media, Senaratne said that the “international support”... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/04/19)

Blasts carried out by ISIS with local connection – Dr. Rohan Gunaratna
Colombo, April 23: Dr. Rohan Gunaratna, Professor of Security Studies at the S. Rajaratnam Centre for International Studies in Singapore, says that the serial bombings in Colombo and two other towns in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday, appear to be the handiwork of the Islamic State (IS) in collaboration with its “Sri Lankan branch.” Dr. Gunaratna, who is the foremost Sri Lankan expert on terrorism and political violence and author of Inside Al-Qaeda: Global Network of Terror (2003) told this correspondent over the phone from Singapore on Monday: “After the IS was ousted from Iraq and Syria, it branched... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 23/04/19)

Gotabaya Rajapaksa says under his watch, Lankan intelligence service was world class
Courtesy NewsIn.Asia
SColombo, April 23 (newsin.asia): Former Sri Lankan Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa has said that he was shocked to witness the marring of the “respectable history” of Sri Lankan intelligence service in the case of the serial bombings in Colombo and elsewhere on April 21 – Easter Sunday.Under his watch, the Sri Lankan intelligence service had ensured the safety of all Sri Lankans. It was strengthened to a level where it was among the world’s leading intelligence services, Gotabaya said in a statement.”It was the first and foremost responsibility of any civilized society to denounce terror attacks... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/04/19)

Police in Colombo placed on high alert over suspicious vehicles
Courtesy NewsIn.Asia
Colombo, April 23 (Ada Derana) – All police stations in Colombo have reportedly been advised to stay on high alert with regard to a suspicious lorry and a small van entering the city. On the receipt of this intelligence, the DIG in charge of Colombo District has notified all senior police officers in the Colombo District and all police stations to stay on high alert. Information on suspicious vehicles and other suspicious incidents can be relayed to the Air Force emergency call unit through the hotline 116, stated Sri Lanka Air Force... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/04/19)

India had warned Lanka of terror strikes. Interpol to send investigating team
Courtesy NewsIn.Asia
Colombo, April 22 (newsin.asia): India had warned Sri Lanka about imminent strikes suicide bombers twice this month – the first warning having been given on April 4 and the second on April 11, informed Sri Lankan sources said. Foreign agencies reported that Interpol will be sending a team to Sri Lanka to help Sri Lankan investigators to get to the bottom of the crime. An Indian source said that the Indian High Commission had shared information they had with the Sri Lankan government. He declined to give details. Harin Fernando, a cabinet minister,circulatedan... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/04/19)

Former CIA station chief on Sri Lanka deadly attacks: ‘This is by all accounts an intelligence failure’
By Talia Kaplan | Fox News
Former CIA station chief Daniel Hoffman called the deadly Easter Sunday explosions at multiple churches and hotels in Sri Lanka “an intelligence failure.” “This is by all accounts an intelligence failure. Security services are responsible for penetrating local extremist groups, understanding their nexus to other overseas transnational groups and then collecting intelligence so they can pre-empt attacks and that didn't happen in this case and as a result we have almost 300 dead and 500 wounded,” said Hoffman, a Fox News contributor, on “America’s Newsroom” on Monday. A pair holding dual U.S. and British nationalities was among the 11 foreigners killed after a series of explosions struck three churches and... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/04/19)

Kabir’s bombshell
Ukraine has elected a professional comedian, of all people, as its President. Guatemala is the first country to have had a vaudevillian as the Head of State, a columnist tells us in his article, on this page, today. Several other countries have done likewise if the freakish conduct of their leaders is anything to go by. Sri Lanka has been an exception, though. It does not elect jokers to govern it; instead, it handpicks idiots and places them at the levers of power. If there had been anyone with an iota of intelligence, within the ranks of the yahapalana government,... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 22/04/19)

A Reflection on The Easter Sunday bombings FROM DEATH TO LIFE
By Bishop Duleep de Chickera Courtesy The Island
Our condolences The tragedy of Good Friday returned on Easter Sunday when death suddenly struck scores of Christians celebrating the Festival of Life, yesterday. Our condolences and continuing compassion must be extended to those whose loved ones were snatched away or injured, in places considered safe. Our sorrow and compassion should also specially encircle the families of all those visitors to our country who were killed and injured. We are deeply sorry at your loss in our land of hospitality. Work... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 22/04/19)

Kabir: Suspect released by police due to powerful politician’s intervention carried out Easter attack
By Ifham Nizam Courtesy The Island
One of the suicide bombers, who carried out the Easter Sunday attacks, had been released from police custody a few months back due to pressure from a powerful politician, Minister Kabir Hashim revealed, yesterday. Fielding questions, Petroleum Resource Development Minister Kabir Hashim told The Island that following some incidents in the Mawanella area, Intelligence had unearthed cache of explosives at Lacktowatta in Wanathawilluwa, Puttalam. During the raid two key suspects were captured. However, due to the intervention of a powerful politician, they had been released and one of them had... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 22/04/19)

Fox’s Jesse Watters Says Dems Are ‘Pandering to Muslims’ by Using ‘Easter Worshippers’: ‘It’s a Made-Up Phrase’
By Aidan McLaughlin Courtesy Mediaite
Fox News host Jesse Watters went off on those referring to victims of the Sri Lanka bombings as “Easter worshippers,” accusing them of making up a term in order to pander to Muslims. Democrats, including former President Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, faced a backlash from conservatives for using the term “Easter worshippers” in their initial responses to the attacks. “Look at some of the leading Democrats, how they characterized it,” Watters said on The Five Monday. “They didn’t use ‘Christians.’ They didn’t say ‘a lot of churches.’ They actually said ‘Easter worshipers were under attack.’ You... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 22/04/19)

Massacre at Easter: The British brother and sister who fled the first Sri Lankan terror blast... only to be killed by a second explosion in the attack
By INDERDEEP BAINS and ARTHUR MARTIN IN COLOMBO FOR THE DAILY MAIL
Daniel Linsey, 19 and his sister Amelie, 15, escaped death in the dining room of the Shangri-La Hotel but died moments later when a second bomber struckMore than 300 people were killed in Easter Sunday's eight coordinated attacksLawyer Ben Nicholson confirmed his wife and two children died in one blastThe island nation remains on lockdown and police have found more explosives   A British teenage brother and sister escaped one of the Sri Lankan terror blasts only to be killed by a second, it was revealed last night.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 22/04/19)

Local group with international links behind Easter Day attacks - government spokesman, Rajitha Senaratne
Courtesy Adaderana
The Sri Lankan government has admitted it failed to act on multiple warnings before a coordinated series of attacks ripped through churches and hotels on Easter Sunday, and said it feared an international terror group might have been behind the atrocities. A government spokesman, Rajitha Senaratne, revealed that warnings were received in the days before the attacks, which killed 290 people and injured at least 500 more, including from foreign intelligence services. He said one of the warnings they received referred to Nations Thawahid Jaman (NTJ), a little-known local Islamist group which... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 22/04/19)

Police did not share intelligence report on attacks - Army Chief
Courtesy Adaderana
The intelligence services in the country are not integrated, says Commander of the Army Lieutenant General Mahesh Senanayake. He stated this addressing the media at the Catholic Archbishop’s House this morning (22). The Army Chief called on His Eminence Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith to discuss the Easter Day attacks that took place yesterday (21) and the situation prevailing in the country. https://youtu.be/Jwywjftb-ZI He stated that proper communication links should be established among all intelligence services in the country. The police were informed of the intelligence... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 22/04/19)

Breakup of foreign nationals killed in Colombo blasts
Courtesy NewsIn.Asia
Colombo, April 22 (newsin.asia): As of Monday April 22, 2019 7.00 pm, the number of foreign nationals who have been identified as killed is 31. The fatalities are: one from Bangladesh; two from China, eight from India, one from France, one from Japan, one from The Netherlands, one from Portugal, two from Saudi Arabia, one from Spain, two from Turkey, six from the UK, two holding US and UK nationalities, and two holding Australian and Sri Lankan nationalities. Additionally, 14 foreign nationals are unaccounted for at present, and could be among the unidentified victims at... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 22/04/19)

Sri Lanka imposes emergency, says international network involved in attacks
By Sanjeev Miglani Courtesy news.trust.org
There was no claim of responsibility for the attack but suspicion was focusing on Islamist militants in the Buddhist-majority country COLOMBO, April 22 (Reuters) - Sri Lanka said on Monday it was invoking emergency powers in the aftermath of devastating bomb attacks on hotels and churches, blamed on militants with foreign links, in which 290 people were killed and nearly 500 wounded. The emergency law, which gives police and the military extensive powers to detain and interrogate suspects without court orders, will go into effect at midnight... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 22/04/19)

Sri Lanka bombings: Islamist group blamed but focus also on failure of security forces
Jason Burke Courtesy The Guardian (UK)
National Thowheeth Jama’ath named as perpetrators as focus shifts to warning received at least 10 days before Mon 22 Apr 2019 12.54 BSTLast modified on Mon 22 Apr 2019 13.22 BST  Sri Lankan security forces secure the area around St Anthony’s Shrine, one of the churches targeted in multiple suicide bombings on Easter Sunday. Photograph: Getty Images Sri Lankan officials have blamed a small local group called National Thowheeth Jama’ath for the bomb attacks on Sunday. It is unclear whether this assertion is based on new information discovered by investigators since the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 22/04/19)

Shangri-La suicide bomber identified
Shehan Chamika Silva Courtesy The Daily Mirror
The police today informed Colombo Chef Magistrate’s Court that the suicide bomber of the Shangri-La hotel had been identified as Insan Seelavan and owned a factory in Avissawella- Wellampitiya road. Nine employees of the said factory were arrested by the Wellampitiya Police and were remanded till May 6 after being produced in the Colombo Chief Magistrate’s Court. The Police also informed the court that the suicide bomber was suspected to have links with other suicide killers died in the Dematagoda blast. (... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 22/04/19)

Death toll increases to 290
Courtesy The Daily Mirror
The death toll for the Easter Sunday terror attacks has risen to 290 by Monday morning with 500 have been injured, Police Spokesman Ruwan Gunasekara said. He said 24 suspects are currently in the CID custody.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 22/04/19)

87 low explosive detonators found in Pettah
Courtesy Adaderana
The police have recovered explosive detonators abandoned at the private bus stand in Bastian Mawatha, in Pettah, stated the Police Media Spokesperson. Accordingly, 87 low explosive detonators have been found this way.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 22/04/19)

Sri Lanka to declare conditional state of emergency following terror attacks
Courtesy NewsIn.Asia
Colombo, April 22 (newsin.asia) – Sri Lanka’s National Security Council has announced that a conditional state of emergency will be declared from tonight, midnight, following the deadly attacks which ripped through Sri Lanka on Sunday. The Sri Lanka government said they will also re-impose an islandwide night-time police curfew starting from 8.00pm Monday till 4.00am Tuesday. A curfew was imposed on Sunday afternoon following the bombings in Sri Lanka which has so far killed 290 people. The curfew was lifted at dawn on Monday. Meanwhile Health Minister, Rajitha Senaratnne said... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 22/04/19)

Another minor explosion reported in Colombo
Courtesy NewsIn.Asia
Colombo, April 22 (newsin.asia) – Another minor explosion was reported from Sri Lanka’s capital Colombo a short while ago when the bomb disposal squad tried to detonate a bomb which was found inside an abandoned vehicle. https://youtu.be/lwYbVbS_2es The vehicle had been parked close to the church in Kochikade where a massive bomb exploded on Sunday causing many casualties.So far no injuries have been reported. Meanwhile, the police also discovered 87 low explosives detonators at Colombo’s main bus stations in Pettah during special search operations. Police said that the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 22/04/19)

Lankan President appoints three-man panel to look into blasts
Courtesy NewsIn.Asia
Colombo, April 22 (newsin.asia): The Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena on Monday appointed a three-man committee to go into Easter Sunday’s multiple blasts in Colombo, Negombo, and Batticaloa, and report back to him in two weeks’ time. The members of the committee include Sri Lankan Supreme Court justice Vijith Malalgoda, form Inspector General of police N.k.Illangakoon. The blasts in eight places took the lives of 290 persons, including, 36 foreign nationals, and left 500 injured. The junior Minister of Defense Ruwan Wikewardene said that 24 persons have been arrested so... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 22/04/19)

වනාතවිල්ලුව ප්‍රදේශයෙන් සොයා ගත් කිලෝ 100 ක පුපුරණ ද්‍රව්‍ය සහ ඩෙටනේටර් ආදී ආයුධ පරිහරණය කල මාවනැල්ලේ බුදු පිලිම කැඩූ මුස්ලිම් අන්තවාදී කල්ලිය සම්බන්ධ පරීක්ෂණ වලට සිදුවුනේ කුමක්ද?
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2019 වසර මුලදී වනාතවිල්ලුව ප්‍රදේශයෙන් සොයා ගත් කිලෝ 100 ක පුපුරණ ද්‍රව්‍ය සහ ඩෙටනේටර් ආදී ආයුධ පරිහරණය කල මාවනැල්ලේ බුදු පිලිම කැඩූ මුස්ලිම් අන්තවාදී කල්ලිය සම්බන්ධ පරීක්ෂණ වලට සිදුවුනේ කුමක්දැයි මා ඇතුලු රටේ ජනතාව හරි හැටි නොදන්නවා විය හැක..සමහර විට රටේ ජනතාව එවැනි සිදුවීමක් ගැන නොදන්නවාද විය හැක. අද සිදුවූ අවාසනාවන්ත සිදුවීම් මාලාවට එම සිද්ධි දාමයේ අනිවාර්ය සම්බන්ධයක් තිබිය හැක. "ජනතාව කුපිත වීම වැලැක්වීම" යන සුප්‍රසිද්ධ "රහස් වලලා දැමීමේ න්‍යායට" අනුව ක්‍රියාකිරීමෙන් තව දුරටත් මේ රටේ ආරක්ෂාව සහ නිරායුධ ජනතාව අනතුරක හෙලීම නොකල යුතුය. ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 22/04/19)

අග්‍රාමාත්‍ය රනිල් සහ අමාත්‍යවරුන් වන මංගල සමරවීර සහ රාජිත සේනාරත්න බුද්ධි අංශ සහ ආරක්ෂක අංශ දුර්වල කරමින්, සහජීවනයේ නාමයෙන් මෙම ත්‍රස්තවාදීන්ට නිදහසේ කටයුතු කිරීමට පරිසරය සැකසුවේය.
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පාස්කු ප්‍රහාරයට සම්බන්ධ වූ මරාගෙන මැරෙන බෝම්බකරුවෙක් මින් පෙර මාවනැල්ල සිදුවීමේදි අත්අඩංගුවට ගෙන පසුව දේශපාලන බලපෑම් නිසා නිදහස් කළ පුද්ගලයෙකි. ඔහු නිදහස් කිරීමට බලපෑම් කර ඇත්තේ ජනපති මෛත්‍රීගේ ශ්‍රී ලංකා නිදහස් පක්ෂ පාර්ලිමේන්තු මන්ත්‍රී එම්. එල්. ඒ. එම් හිස්බුල්ලා ය. දෙමටගොඩ ප්‍රහාරය එල්ල කිරීමට පහසුකම් සැපයූ කෝටිපති ව්‍යාපාරික මොහොමඩ් ඊබ්‍රහීම් මැද කොළඹ ප්‍රබල එක්සත් ජාතික පක්ෂ ආධාරකරුවෙකි. 2015 මහින්ද රාජපක්ෂ රජය පරාජය කිරීමට දැඩි ලෙස කැපවූ අයෙකි. ඔහු ජනතා විමුක්ති පෙරමුණ සමග ඉතා සමීපව දේශපාලනය කළ අතර ජනතා විමුක්ති පෙරමුණේ ජාතික ලයිස්තුවේ ස්ථානයක් පවා ලබා දීමට මොහොමඩ් ඊබ්‍රහීම් ජනතා... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 22/04/19)

Did ISIS help plot the carnage? With suicide vests, Christians targeted on a religious holiday and a brutal contempt for civilian lives, the Sri Lankan bombings bear all the hallmarks of the terror group
Courtesy Mail online
207 people died, including five Britons, and 450 were injured in Sri Lankan blasts13 suspects were arrested but no nation or group has claimed responsibilityThe attack bears the hallmarks of IS: explicitly targeting civilians, designed to cause maximum terror and bloodshed, and perpetrated on a Christian holiday  By LARISSA BROWN, DEFENCE AND SECURITY EDITOR FOR THE DAILY MAIL After living through a bloody civil war that dragged on for three decades, the people of Sri Lanka are no strangers to terror. But the carnage that unfolded yesterday saw the country’s enemies... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 22/04/19)

SRI LANKA TERRORISM HAS HALLMARKS OF PREVIOUS ATTACKS
BY SETH J. FRANTZMAN Courtesy The Jerusalem Post
When it comes to mass murder and coordinated terror attacks, we have a long list of experiences to compare. coordinated series of attacks on churches and hotels in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday conjures up memories of previous terrorist attacks. Striking at worshipers at prayer reminds us of the Christchurch Mosque shootings in New Zealand on March 15. It also appears linked to previous Easter attacks, including the 2017 Palm Sunday assault in Egypt in 2017 in which 45 people were murdered, and the terrorist attack in Lahore in... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 22/04/19)

National Thowheeth Jama’ath’s hand in Sri Lankan blasts suspected
NEENA GOPAL Courtesy The Deccan Chronicle
Six members of the NTJ were reportedly arrested when police homed in on one of their hideouts in the city.  A view of St. Sebastian’s Church damaged in blast in Negombo, north of Colombo, Sri Lanka, on Sunday. (Photo: AFP) Bengaluru: Hours after the first six bombs tore through some of the Sri Lankan capital’s most revered Christian shrines, followed by two more, shattering a decade-long hiatus from a 30-year-long bloody campaign by the separatist Tamil Tigers, the island nation may be facing a fresh... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 22/04/19)

Anti-Buddhist NTJ behind attack?
NEENA GOPAL THE ASIAN AGE. 
Warning by Indian intelligence sent on April 7 went unheeded.  Sri Lankan firefighters stand in the area around St. Anthony's Shrine after a blast in Colombo, Sri Lanka. (Photo: AP) Bengaluru: Hours after the first six bombs tore through some of the Sri Lankan capital’s most revered Christian shrines, followed by two more, shattering a 10-year hiatus from a 30-year-long bloody campaign by the Tamil Tigers, the island nation may be facing a fresh and far more virulent threat posed by a radical Muslim group... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 22/04/19)

FINANCIAL EXPLOITERS
ALI SUKHANVER
CPEC has become a pain in the neck of the forces hostile to Pakistan. They know it very well that CPEC is a life-line of Pakistan and after completion this project is going to give Pakistan a new economic boost. This project would certainly liberate Pakistan from the economic exploitation of the institutions like IMF which are simply like tools in the hands of US. Recently it was reported in media that IMF is pressuring Pakistan to either slow down work on the CPEC or come out of it. Coming out of the CPEC or slowing... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/04/19)

ශ්‍රී ලාංකීය ඉතිහාසයතුල අඳුරුතම දිනයක්
ජාතික විද්වත් සංවිධානය
ශ්‍රී ලාංකීය ඉතිහාසයතුල අඳුරුතම දිනයක් සනිටුහන් කරමින් 2019 අප්‍රේල් 21 වන පාස්කු ඉරු දින කොච්චිකඩේ සාන්ත අන්තෝනි, මීගමුව කටුවාපිටිය ශාන්ත සෙබස්තියන්  මඩකලපුව සියොන් යන දේවස්ථාන තුන ඇතුලු ස්ථාන හයක  සිදුවූ බෝම්බ පිපිරවීම  බෞද්ධ, කතෝලික, හින්දු හා මුස්ලිම් ඇතුලු සියලු ආගම් නියෝජනය ශ්‍රී ලාංකීය ජනතාව අතිශය සංවේගයට සහ  ලජ්ජාවට පත් කල සිදුවීම් ලෙස හෙලා දකින ජාතික විද්වත් සංවිධානය පොදුවේ ශ්‍රී ලාංකීය ජනතාවටත් විශේෂයෙන් සිද්ධිය නිසා මියගිය හා තුවාල ලැබූ අයගේ පවුල් වල සාමාජිකයින් ඇතුලු කතෝලික ප්‍රජාව වෙත සිය කණගාටුව ප්‍රකාශ කර සිටී. ආගමික හෝ දේශපාලන ප්‍රචණ්ඩත්වය විසින් කිසිම ප්‍රජාවකට අත්කරදෙන කුමන හො... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/04/19)

පුරවැසි වගකීම ඉටුකිරීමට ජනතාව පෙරට ආ යුතුයි.
පූජ්‍ය වකමුල්ලේ උදිත හිමි ලේකම්  ජාතික භික්‍ෂු පෙරමුණ.
අද උදෑසන සිට තැනින් තැන සිදුවන හදිසි පිපිරීම් නිසා මුළු රටම මේ වන විට දැඩි නොසන්සුන්කාරී තත්වයකට පත්ව ඇත. මේ දක්වාම රජය මගින් මෙම සිදුවීම් දාමය පිළිබඳව නිවැරදි ප‍්‍රකාශයක් කර නැත. එම නිසාම මෙහි ව්‍යාකූලත්වය තවත් බරපතල වී තිබේ. ප‍්‍රහාරයන්ගෙන් ජීවිතක්‍ෂයට පත්වී සිටින සිංහල, දෙමළ, මුස්ළිම්, බර්ගර්, මැලේ ශී‍්‍ර ලාංකීය හා විදේශීය සියලූ දෙනා වෙනුවෙන් ජාතික භික්‍ෂු පෙරමුණ දැඩි සංවේගය පළකර සිටින අතර මෙම ප‍්‍රහාරය දැඩිව හෙළා දකින්නෙමු. එසේම මෙම ප‍්‍රහාරයට සම්බන්ධ සැබෑ වගඋත්තරකරුවන් සොයා අත්අඩංගුවට ගෙන නීතිය ක‍්‍රියාත්මක කිරීමත් ආණ්ඩුවේ වගකීමක් බව අවධාරණය කරන අතර මෙම ප‍්‍රහාර මාලාවට... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/04/19)

Buffet bomber: Terrorist waited in line for breakfast and then set off bomb
Courtesy NZHerald
One of the Sri Lanka terrorist bombers checked into a five-star hotel, waited in a queue for a breakfast buffet and then blew himself up, it has emerged. A manager at the Cinnamon Grand hotel in Colombo said the attacker had set off the horrific explosion in a packed restaurant at 8.30am. The bomber had checked in under a false address, claiming he was in the city on business, before unleashing terror on one of the hotel's busiest days of the year. At least 207 people have died in the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/04/19)

Pipe bomb detonated on road to airport
Courtesy The Sydney Morning Herald
A pipe bomb was found near Colombo's airport, according to officials. The bomb was found on a road near Bandaranaike International Airport and detonated by explosives experts, Air Force spokesman Gihan Seneviratne told Bloomberg. Three police officers were killed while searching a suspected safe house in the outskirts of Colombo in the eighth explosion on Easter Sunday. The occupants of the house reportedly detonated explosives to prevent arrest. The explosions tore through congregations at churches in Colombo, nearby Negombo and the eastern Sri Lankan town of Batticaloa.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/04/19)

Lankan President appoints commission as police make headway in blasts investigation
Courtesy NewsIn.Asia
Colombo, April 21 (newsin.asia): The Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena on Sunday decided to appoint a commission to inquire into the Eastern Sunday serial blasts in Colombo and three other towns in which 228 persons, including nine foreigners, were killed and 470 injured. The media reported that the President would ask the commission to submit a report within two weeks. Meanwhile, the police have recovered the van in which the explosives used in the carnage were carried. The van was found in Ramakrishna Road in Wellawatte in South Colombo. Its driver has been arrested. The... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/04/19)

Death toll from multiple blasts in Sri Lanka rises to 228
Courtesy NewsIn.Asia
Colombo, April 21 (newsin.asia) – The death toll from the multiple blasts which ripped across Sri Lanka on Sunday has risen to 228 while over 450 have been injured. The Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA) in a statement said that 32 foreigners from China, Belgium, USA, and UK were among those killed. The police have imposed an island-wide curfew which will stay indefinitely. State Minister of Defence, Ruwan Wijewardene called Sunday’s attacks a “terrorist attack carried out by extremist groups”, and said a full investigation will be conducted to... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/04/19)

Four Indian nationals killed in Colombo blasts
Courtesy NewsIn.Asia
Kasargode, April 22 (The Hindu): Four Indian nationals were killed in the Colombo serial blasts while six others are reported to have escaped with minor injuries. The four victims have been identified as P.S. Raseena, Lakshmi, Narayan Chandrashekhar, Ramesh. Businessman and TDP leader Amilineni Surendrababu and five of his friends, who were on holiday inSri Lankaand staying at the Shangri-La Hotel in Colombo, had a narrow escape as blasts hit the hotel on Sunday morning. Superintendent of Police, Anantapur, G.V.G. Ashok Kumar said the six Indians were safe, but could not be contacted.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/04/19)

Lankan intelligence had warned that Mohamad Sararan of “Nations Thawahid Jaman” was to stage a suicide attack’
Courtesy NewsIn.Asia
Colombo, April 22 (newsin.asia): Before the blasts in Colombo and other towns in Sri Lanka on Sunday, a memo warned of a potential attack and requested heightened security, a police source told CNN. State Intelligence service had said in the memo that information had been received regarding an alleged plan of suicidal attack by the leader of ‘ Nations Thawahid Jaman” Mohomad Saharan. The memo was dated April 11 and was signed by Sri Lanka’s Deputy Inspector General of police. Priyalal Dissanayake Sri Lankan Minister of Telecommunication Harin Fernando tweeted a picture of the memo... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/04/19)

Harin tweets intelligence memo warning of a planned attack
Courtesy The Daily Mirror
Minister Harin Fernando today tweeted the image of an internal memo and report by the police intelligence of a terror attack to be carried out by an organisation called National Thawheed Jamath. “Some intelligence officers were aware of this incidence. Therefore there was a delay in action. What my father heard was also from an intelligence officer. Serious action need to be taken as to why this warning was ignored. I was in Badulla last night,” the minister tweeted. The letter signed by the DIG and dated on April 11... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/04/19)

Intelligence failures, soft-peddling envelopes deadliest suicide attacks in Sri Lanka
Hafeel Farisz  Courtesy The Daily Mirror
Two men checked into the Shangri-La which now takes pride of place in the heart of the city on April 20, 2019. They had provided an address in Dematagoda when checking in. Close to 9 a.m. yesterday (April 21) the duo detonated two bombs. One at the packed restaurant cum cafeteria on the 3rd floor of the super luxurious hotel, at which many families had come to indulge in a scrumptious Easter Breakfast, and the next on the corridor of the same floor close to the elevators- not too far from each... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/04/19)

Easter Day Explosions: Death toll hikes to 207, over 450 injured
Courtesy Adaderana
A total of 207 deaths have been reported in the eight explosions which occurred around the country on Easter Sunday (21). https://youtu.be/HXpTCSHsCPU According to the Police Media Spokesperson, over 450 persons have been injured in the explosions which shook the country.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/04/19)

Three policemen dead in Dematagoda blast
Courtesy Adaderana
https://youtu.be/25a0lFq3z_Q Three police officers have been reported dead from an explosion at Mahawila Gardens housing scheme in Dematagoda.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/04/19)

Zooming on Sooka
By Shivanthi Ranasinghe Courtesy Ceylon Today
By Shivanthi Ranasinghe Yasmin Sooka was rolling with glee when she was asked, “How did the former Defence Secretary get caught?” Her answer was that it was sheer hubris that led Gotabaya Rajapaksa to take one last chance to visit America. According to her thinking his visit to a Trader Joe’s store proves his arrogance.  She exclaims, “Justice may take a long time, but when it does come, it happens”. Her whole perception was, as if, Rajapaksa had already been convicted, thrown behind bars and... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/04/19)

Lasantha’s murder: A factual analysis
By Udaya P Gammanpila Courtesy Ceylon Today
It was a memorable post found in Facebook towards late 2015. It said May aanduwen godagiye dennayi. Ea Lasanthayi Thajudeenuyi vitharayi meaning “Only two people have come up under this government.  They were Lasantha and Thajudeen because their bodies were taken out from their graves”. The deaths of Lasantha and Thajudeen were hot topics during the Presidential Election campaign in 2015.  Their so-called friends forgot about them after being elected to power. All of a sudden, they have become the focus again after the dissolution of Parliament.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/04/19)

Yes, A Mahatma Got Us Independence. His Name Was Subhas Chandra Bose
by Koenraad Elst  Courtesy Swarajymag
Subhas Chandra Bose  Snapshot Popular history had us all believe that it was because of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi that India is independent today.But the truth lies buried away deep, and purposely too, by those who find it difficult to digest. Bose or Gandhi: Who Got India Her Freedom? G D Bakshi. K W Publishers Pvt Ltd. 244 pages. Rs 500. General GD Bakshi is not just anyone. After retiring from the army, he became a well-known television face applying his military... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/04/19)

Sri Lankan police chief warned about possible bombings 10 days before Easter attacks
RT
Priests walk into the St. Anthony's Shrine, Kochchikade church after an explosion in Colombo. ©REUTERS / Dinuka Liyanawatte Just 10 days before explosions at six churches and hotels in Sri Lanka claimed some 160 lives, the national police chief reportedly sent an alert about a radical Islamist group planning bomb attacks on prominent churches. The alert was sent by Pujuth Jayasundara on April 11, AFP reported. It said that Sri Lankan authorities had received a tip from a foreign intelligence service, warning of bomb threat posed by a radical group.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/04/19)

Around 161 killed, hundreds injured in 6 blasts at Sri Lankan hotels and churches(WATCH LIVE)
RT
Six explosions rocked Catholic churches and luxury hotels in Sri Lanka as Christians began Easter Sunday celebrations, with at least 161 killed and hundreds more injured, local authorities said. The blasts occurred at around 8:45am local time at St. Anthony’s Church in Colombo and St. Sebastian’s Church in Negombo, a Catholic-majority town outside of the capital. The Zion Church in Batticaloa on the eastern coast was also targeted. At around the same time, the Shangri-La, Cinnamon Grand and Kingsbury five-star hotels were also hit, police confirmed. All attacks appear to have been... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/04/19)

Explosions in Kochchikade, Katuwapitiya and Colombo
Courtesy The Daily Mirror
At least six explosions were reported this morning at three churches in Kochchikade, Katana, and Batticaloa and three five-star hotels in Colombo, police said. Explosions were reported at St. Anthony's Church in Kochchikade, Kotahena and St.Sebastian's Church in Katuwapitiya, Katana. https://youtu.be/qYycq7Ksmso Explosions were also reported at three five-star hotels, the Shangri-La, Cinnamon Grand and Kingsbury in Colombo. Police said another explosion was reported at a church in Batticaloa. Several casualties including foreign tourists have been reported.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/04/19)

Simultaneous Terrorist attacks in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday-100 killed as churches and hotels targeted
Courtesy BBC
At least 100 people are reported to have been killed and hundreds more injured in explosions at churches and hotels in Sri Lanka. At least six explosions have been reported. Three churches in Kochchikade, Negombo and Batticaloa were targeted during Easter services. The Shangri La, Cinnamon Grand and Kingsbury hotels, all in Colombo, were also hit. Media captionDeadly explosions strike across Sri Lanka Easter Sunday is one of the major feasts in the Christian calendar. Follow the latest reports from Sri Lanka Images... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/04/19)

Rising power of Thirupathi politics
By Lucien Rajakarunanayake Courtesy The Island
Are we heading with speed towards Solar Relief? The Avurudu highlights of solar tradition were completed with joyous participation of the people, and we had the recognized leader of the nation, President Sirisena, travel at speed to India the next day, to participate in a ritual at the Thirupathi Kovil. For those who follow the Hindu tradition and belief, we are now living in the Kali Yuga – the period of darkness and divisiveness, hatred and greed, warfare and inequality. The deity at Thirupathi – Lord Sri... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/04/19)

‘Everybody Lies’, a book on Big Data: Benefits of Digital Truth Serum
By Rohana R. Wasala Courtesy The Island
‘Everybody Lies - What the Internet Can Tell Us about Who We Really Are’ (Seth Stephens - Davidowitz, London, Bloomsbury Publishing, Paperback edition, 2018, 338 pp, ISBN 978 - 1- 4088 - 9473 - 6) is a book on Big Data (a term explained below), which introduces a still evolving subject in an informal, entertaining manner. It was first published in Great Britain in 2017. Though the book is primarily addressed to an American audience, the author being an American (a New Yorker) and the basic subjects of his study being... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/04/19)

රෝහලට ගිය ටිකිරි ලියා
වෛද්‍ය රුවන්  එම් ජයතුංග 
ටිකිරි ලියාට වතුර කළයක් ගෙන එන ලෙස මව කියූ අතර ටිකිරි ලියා මැටි කළයත් ගෙන ලිඳට ගියාය. ලිඳ වට කර කබරගොයෙක් සිටි නිසා ටිකිරි ලියා උගේ බාව මඟ හැර  ලිඳ  අසලට ගිය නමුදු එතැන සිටි දිය බරියා  ටිකිරි ලියා ගේ කකුල කෑවේය. ඒ සමග ටිකිරි ලියා ගේ අතින් කළය බිම වැටී කැඩී ගියේය. ටිකිරි ලියා "බුදු අම්මෝ " කියා කෑගැසුවාය.  ටිකිරි ලියා ගේ කෑ ගැසීම ඇසූ අම්මාත් නයිදෝරිස් මාමාත් ලිඳ අසලට දිව ආහ. ඔවුන් ටිකිරි ලියා වත්තන් කරගෙන ගෙට ආහ. දියබරියා කාපු ස්ථානයෙන් ලේ එන නිසා ටිකිරි ලියාව හැකි ඉක්මනින් ඉස්පිරිතාලයට ගෙන... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/04/19)

The West created this widespread mess!
S.H.MOULANA Courtesy The Island
After the 2003 illegal invasion of Saddam’s Iraq by Bush and Blair, followed by the ousting of Gaddafi by the West in 2011, we saw an uprising in Syria, which has so far taken more than 400,000 lives of fighters as well as innocent civilians, by bombs dropped by foreign powers supposed to be there to bring peace to the country. Now the country remains in ruin. Iraq faced the heaviest bombardment which killed over 460,000 Iraqis. Although the rulers of those three countries were dictators, they did not rob their country’s wealth but... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/04/19)

When Does Sri Lanka President’s Term End? – OpEd
By Dr. S. I. Keethaponcalan Courtesy Urasia Review
Many people in Sri Lanka thought that President Sirisena would leave office in January 2020. The conventional wisdom was that Sirisena’s “term issue” was resolved when the Supreme Court (SC) ruled that he was entitled to a five-year term; not six years. This ruling was delivered in January 2018 in response to a quarry from the president. Last week, Dayasiri Jayasekara, General Secretary of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP), announced that the president might seek the opinion of the SC on the expiry date of his term. The... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/04/19)

Tamil Tigers return to Swiss court
Courtesy Swissinfo.ch
Tamil Tiger supporters demonstrating outside the Federal Criminal Court in Bellinzona(KEYSTONE/TI-PRESS/ALESSANDRO CRINARI) The Swiss Federal Court must decide whether the Tamil Tigers are a criminal group – following a complaint from the Office of the Attorney General (OAG). The OAGexternal link has filed a complaint against last year’s verdict from the Federal Criminal Court, which ruled that 13 alleged financiers of the Sri Lankan Tamil separatist group – Liberation Tigers of Tamil Elam (LTTE) – could not be convicted of supporting a criminal group. On Saturday, a spokesman for the OAG confirmed... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/04/19)

Minister of Finance and Mass Media, Mangala Samaraweera behind int’l lawsuits against former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa – Kanchana
RANMINI GUNASEKARA Courtesy Ceylon Today
Minister of Finance and Mass Media, Mangala Samaraweera is behind the international lawsuits against former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa, alleged UPFA Parliamentarian Kanchana Wijesekera today (18). He said this, at a Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) media briefing held at the Party headquarters in Battaramulla. He further claimed that one international civil lawsuit against Rajapaksa had been filed by a Canadian citizen named Roy Manoj Kumar, who was in exile from Sri Lanka since 2010, for allegedly assisting the publicity campaigns of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam. ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/04/19)

Solar power could save Rs 266b - SIA
RANMINI GUNASEKARA Courtesy Ceylon Today
The immediate implementation of the ‘Least Cost Long Term Solar Power Generation Plan’ will save a total of Rs 266 billion for the Sri Lankan economy, the Secretary of the Solar Industries Association (SIA), Lakmal Fernando claimed today (18). He said this at a SIA Press conference held in Colombo. Fernando further claimed that the proposed plan can also prevent a foreign currency outflow of approximately Rs 1,187 billion on emergency power purchases. “The Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) has been purchasing emergency power for... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/04/19)

Swiss court verdict on 13 Tamil Tiger financiers challenged
Courtesy Adaderana
The Swiss Federal Court must decide whether the Tamil Tigers are a criminal group – following a complaint from the Office of the Attorney General of Switzerland (OAG). The OAG has filed a complaint against last year’s verdict from the Swiss Federal Criminal Court, which ruled that 13 alleged financiers of the Sri Lankan Tamil separatist group – Liberation Tigers of Tamil Elam (LTTE) – could not be convicted of supporting a criminal group. On Saturday, a spokesman for the OAG confirmed a report published by CH Media newspapers, but he gave... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/04/19)

CAN THE CAPITAL PUNISHMENT JUSTIFY IN A DEMOCRATIC SOCIETY?
BY EDWARD THEOPHILUS
Narcotic has become a serious problem in the modern world as they are badly affected to human body as adherent substance in the one hand and the consumers and dealers of illicit drug do massive harmful to young generation and to the society in other hand. Many countries have passed legal provisions against the use of illicit drugs considering harmfulness to the human body as well as they have become a burden to the society.  The example of Sri Lanka and many other countries demonstrate that consuming and dealing with narcotic would support to creating... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/04/19)

HEALTH, EDUCATION AND YAHAPALANA Part 5
KAMALIKA  PIERIS
Revised 20.6.19 HEALTH We start with “Sunshine stories”. Here they are: European standard hospitals will be established in Hambantota, Panadura, Dambulla, Matale and Embilipitiya with German, Netherlands and French aid. New accident wards are to be established in 24 General Hospitals and Teaching Hospitals located island wide. A total of 48 blood transfusion centres have already been established island wide.A  clinical wastage recycling project, spending Rs. 2600 million will  be launched. A foreign company will invest in E-Health system and issue E-Health cards for Sri Lankans .the company will include all... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/04/19)

Clinical Meditation
Foreword
Ruwan M Jayatunge’s Clinical Meditation is a most ambitious project, providing a broad overview of meditative techniques without sacrificing in-depth analysis.    There are several challenges involved in describing the value of meditation in clinical practice.  The practice of “meditation” encompasses a large and varied field. Much of the published scientific literature is of borderline quality.  Study designs often neglect the heterogeneity of techniques, and at times draw conclusions that are not supported by data.  Even a fundamental definition of the term can be elusive.  Despite these difficulties Dr. Jayatunge has evaluated as comprehensive a... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/04/19)

HEALTH, EDUCATION AND YAHAPALANA Part 4
KAMALIKA  PIERIS
This essay looks at appointment, promotion, transfers and salaries of teachers and principals during Yahapalana rule. APPOINTMENTS In 2017 Education Minister gave 2,000 non-academic appointments at national schools across the country based on political influence without following a proper and transparent recruitment process, said critics. Most of these recruitments are from the Kurunegala district, especially from Kuliyapitiya. These employees do not even obey the Principals and work on their own agendas in schools. This has created a lot of administrative problems at schools. (Daily News 28.9.17 p 9) ***... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/04/19)

අසත්‍ය ‌චෝදනා කරපු අය ‌මෙරට අධීකරණයෙන් කරන්න බැරි වුනු නිසා විදේශීය අධිකරණයකින් හරි දඩුවමක් ‌දෙන්න රාජ්‍ය ‌නොවන සංවිධාන හරහා ‌ගෝඨාභය රාජපක්ෂ මහතාට ඒරෙහිව නඩු පවරනවා
අද (18) පොදුජන ‌පෙරමුනේ මාධ්‍ය හමුව
අද (18) දින පැවැති මාධ්‍ය හමුවට සහභාගි වූ නියෝජිතයින්  පාර්ලිමේන්තු මන්ත්‍රී කාංචන විජේසේකර මහතා පාර්ලිමේන්තු මන්ත්‍රී ඩී. වී. චානක මහතා  පාර්ලිමේන්තු මන්ත්‍රී කාංචන විජේසේකර මහතා  සුබ අලුත් අවුරුද්දක් ‌වේවා කියලා පළමුවෙන්ම සුබ පතනවා. ‌‌‌මෛත්‍රී රනිල් ආන්ඩුවේ අවසාන සිංහල අවුරුද්ද කරන්න ජනතාව සූදානම්. ජනතාව මත විශාල බදුබර පිඩනයක්ව ‌යොදවපු ‌මේ ආණ්ඩුව  ජාතික මැතිවරණයේදී ‌පොදු ජන ‌පෙරමුණ මුලික කරගනිමින් ජයගන්න අපි සූදානම්. මැයි 01 වැනිදා කම්කරු දිනය සැමරීමේදී ‌පොදුජන ‌පෙරමුනේ මූලිකත්වයෙන් අප්‍රියෙලි මස 26 වැනිදා ත්‍රිකුණාමලයේ ඉදන් රථ ‌පෙලපාලියකින් ‌කොළඹට එන්න ‌පොදුජන තරුණ ‌පෙරමුණ සූදානම්. ආණ්ඩුවට විරෝධතාවය දක්වන ජනතාව... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/04/19)

HEALTH, EDUCATION AND YAHAPALANA Part 3
KAMALIKA  PIERIS
The Ministry of education, under Yahapalana has come in for much criticism. Much time is spent on issues concerning school admissions and administration of national schools, with very little time being available for issues of policy and monitoring of delivery mechanisms and innovations in education and teaching, improving curriculum and examinations, research and development, said critics in 2017. The  Ministry  of Education is in a state of chaos, said the media in 2017. Important decisions and signing off on urgent programmes and activities are   left dangling  and delayed. There is no delegation of authority.Nominations... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/04/19)

Govt. behind US lawsuit against Gota: SLPP
Lahiru Pothmulla Courtesy The Daily Mirror
The government was behind the lawsuit filed in a US Court against former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa, as the plaintiff Roy Manojkumar Samathanam had interacted with higher-ups of the government beforehand, the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) alleged today. Addressing a news briefing, MP Kanchana Wijesekara said that they were in the possession of some photographs in which Mr. Samathanam was seen together with Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka and former Northern Province chief minister C.V. Vigneswaran. "Field Marshal Fonseka was in the forefront of making allegations against Mr.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/04/19)

Notes to the people Arrest of Julian Assange Revealing true nature of democracy in USA and UK
By Sumanasiri Liyanage Courtesy Ceylon Today
Edward Snowden once advised us to “shed critical light on a once secret history.” Nonetheless, as he himself experiences, it is a dangerous business. Julian Assange, an Australian citizen, was last week expelled from the Ecuadorian Embassy and abducted by London Metropolitan police at the gate of the embassy and is now in danger of extradition to the USA. The first question that is to be asked is who is Julian Assange (JA) why he was forced to ask for refuge at the Ecuadorian Embassy where... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/04/19)

Are the World Bank and IMF Failing the World?
By Frank Vogl Courtesy Ceylon Today
Amidst Trump administration flame-throwing, top experts worry about the ability of the main multilateral institutions safeguarding the global economy.On the 75th anniversary of the Bretton Woods conference that established the World Bank and International Monetary Fund, Finance and Development Ministers and Central Bank Governors from across the world are holding their Spring meetings. In a departure from the business-as-usual thinking of the past, these leaders are becoming increasingly aware that the two ‘Bretton Woods institutions’ may be outdated and in urgent need of major reforms. This is all... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/04/19)

RAAVANA-1, first ever Sri Lankan satellite launched
Courtesy Adaderana
The first ever Sri Lankan satellite, RAAVANA-1, was successfully launched into space at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility on Wallops Island, Virginia today (18). The satellite bordered to the Antares rocket carrying Cygnus cargo spacecraft and it is bound to reach the International Space Station (ISS). RAAVANA-1 is set to be launched into orbit by the end of May or the outset of June, subsequently, it is expected to orbit the Earth for approximately 15 times per day and its speed is estimated at 7.6 km per second. https://youtu.be/Ni5_vx_ZrNo ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/04/19)

Several Sri Lankan Airlines flights diverted to Mattala due to bad weather
Courtesy NewsIn.Asia
Colombo, April 17 (newsin.asia) — Several Sri Lankan Airlines flights arriving at Sri Lanka’s Bandaranaike International Airport on Wednesday, were diverted to a southern airport due to adverse weather, local media reports said.Some of the flights included UL 315, which was arriving from Malaysia, UL 365 arriving from Jakarta and UL 303 arriving from Singapore.The flights were diverted to the Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport in Hambantota, in the south, airport officials said as the adverse weather had caused a temporary closure of the runway at the Bandaranaike International Airport.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/04/19)

Lessons for ailing Great Britain from Bangladesh and Sri Lanka
by Garvin Karunaratne
Message for Sri Lankan readers Sri Lanka with other Third World countries has achieved a status of high indebtedness due to following the neoliberal policies embedded in the Structural Adjustment Programme of the IMF. . In that process its assets and riches are being sucked dry by multinationals, International banks  and Developed Countries. Earlier, the countries had established a development infrastructure to bring about production which has been abolished or made defunct by the machinations of the IMF. However details of that development infrastructure can be of use to develop ailing Great Britain.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/04/19)

HEALTH, EDUCATION AND YAHAPALANA Part 2
KAMALIKA  PIERIS
“SMART EDUCATION” In April 2017 65 schools in the Western Province  were converted into ‘Smart Schools’ capable of deploying digital learning protocols. The project was  led by Guru.lk, Sri Lanka’s leading eLearning portal. The company collaborated with Commercial Bank of Ceylon, Microsoft Sri Lanka and the Western Province Education Ministry over a six month period to complete the project. The objective of the project was to expose traditional classroom based teachers and students to the latest digital based learning technology and systems. This would enable students to make the best use... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/04/19)

Govt. defies environment lobby, opts for dirty power
By Ifham Nizam Courtesy The Island
The government would go ahead with the proposed plan 2019 to establish 2700 MW of fossil fuel fired power stations by year 2020, a senior ministry official said. Ministry Secretary Dr. Suren Batagoda said that there would be 300 MW new LNG Combined cycle at Kerawalapitya by WindForce Consortium, 300 MW new LNG Combined cycle Kerawalapitiya by Lakdanavi 300 MW new LNG Combined cycle plant at Kerawalapitiya with India, 300 MW new LNG Combined cycle at Kerawalapitiya with Japan, 300 MW new LNG Combined cycle at Hambanthota with China 300... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/04/19)

Sri Lankan President arrives at Tirumala
The Hindu Business Line
Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena being received by TTD authorities on his arrival at Tirumala on Tuesday, April 16, 2019. Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena arrived here on Tuesday to offer prayers at the hill shrine of Lord Venkateswara near here, a temple official said. Accompanied by his wife Jayanthi Pushpa Kumari and other family members and Lankan officials, Sirisena landed at Renigunta airport, 20 km from here, at noon. Amid tight security, he reached the hills by road, the official told PTI. ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/04/19)

Sri Lanka to offer free visas to tourists from 30 countries, including US
USA TODAY
Sri Lanka aims to boost its tourism efforts by giving away free visas to travelers from more than 30 countries.  The small island nation off southern India will offer the promotion starting May 1 to travelers from the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, the European Union, Australia, New Zealand, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia and South Korea, according to Lonely Planet and The Independent.  The average U.S. tourist stands to save between $20 and $40 in visa fees, Lonely Planet says.  The free-visa period initially will run for six months to help bolster tourism during... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/04/19)

Bandula reveals of Sajith-Ravi clash (English)
Ada Derana
https://youtu.be/uHQoxGj1APw... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/04/19)

Speeding truck runs over Army checkpoint; Military Policeman dead
Courtesy Adaderana
A speeding Canter truck has run over an Army checkpoint at Vattapalai Junction in Mullaitivu, killing a soldier and injuring another, stated Sri Lanka Army Media Division. The truck had been traveling towards Nadunkarni Junction from Mullaitivu when the driver of the truck had lost control of the vehicle due to the high speed, revealed police investigations. The accident which had occurred at around 5.30 this afternoon (16) had resulted in the death of soldier H. P. S. Pathirana, serving attached to the 6th Sri Lanka Military Police under the Sri Lanka... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/04/19)

CANDIDATURE OF MR GOTABAYA RAJAPAKSA FOR THE NEXT PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION IS CONFIRMED BY PEOPLE
BY EDWARD THEOPHILUS
Candidature for the next presidential election has become a complex problem to all political parties in Sri Lanka as the party politics in the country has become corrupt, undercutting and involved in many disguise cunning practices.  It is a nature not only in Sri Lanka, but also in other democratic countries in the world. In USA political parties are given more than one-year time to select the next presidential candidate and the process is democratically designed to elect the candidate from the votes of party members. This procedure is to give people opportunities to consider... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/04/19)

Meetotamulla Garbage
By Garvin Karunaratne
Two years have passed and the meetotamulla garbage mountains are yet intact.  Many attempts have been made at clearing but none have so far worked. Two years ago I suggested that it be used as compost on coconut estates. To me that seems the easiest solution and done in rupees and we do not need foreign exchange. If only it had been approved the garbage mountain would have vanished. I enclose my earlier paper for kind consideration Man Made Tragedies: The Garbage : Is there... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 15/04/19)

JULIAN ASSANGE WHO SPOKE THE TRUTH AND SHAMED THE DEVIL
RANJITH SOYSA
Julain Assange who revealed sordid aspects of West 's diplomacy including on the 'war on terrorism' in keeping with the principles of investigative journalism is hounded by the British Police. If not for Assange and his indefatigable production of Wikileaks many political and diplomatic sins committed by the leading Western 'democracies ' would have been remained as 'rational' and right decisions. He commenced working on Wikileaks in 2006 creating a web-based 'dead letter box' for would be leaks. He was shifting from place to place in handling Wikileaks. Not only the numbers killed butmany... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/04/19)

THE US GOVERNMENT IS STILL FIGHTING TO KEEP THE TRUTH ABOUT CIA TORTURE SECRET
By Derrick Broze SOURCE: THEMINDUNLEASHED.COM
The U.S. government is still afraid to reveal the full extent of torture used on terror suspects in the years following the 9/11 attacks, but do the American people even care anymore? A recent report by The New York Times explores the case of Majid Khan, a prisoner of the United States who plead guilty to being a courier for Al Qaeda. Khan is a Pakistani citizen who spent seven years in Baltimore before being kidnapped by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) in 2003, where he faced various forms of torture. Since Khan’s first court... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/04/19)

Best Twenty Man Squad for WC2019 Including Wanidu Hasaranga
Dilrook Kannangara
Team Sri Lanka should play the following squad for the WC2019 to achieve best outcomes. Angelo Mathews, Niroshan Dickwella, Sandun Weerakkody, Kusal Perera, Upul Tharanga, Dasun Shanaka, Dinesh Chandimal, Kusal Mendis, Thisara Perera, Milinda Siriwardana, Asela Gunaratne, Dhananjaya de Silva, Ashan Priyanjan, Shehan Madushanka, Akila Dananjaya, Lasith Malinga, Suranga Lakmal, Isuru Udana, Shaminda Eranga and Wanindu Hasaranga. This is based on batting efficacy (strike rate times average) and bowling effectiveness (economy rate times wicket taking average). Wanindu Hasaranga is an exception. Although his performance does not warrant a place for... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/04/19)

SpiceJet to start non-stop flights to Colombo, Jeddah, 5 other international destinations
By: PTI |Courtesy Financial Express
Riyadh and Kathmandu are two upcoming international destinations for the airline. SpiceJet will launch direct flights from Mumbai to seven international destinations, including Colombo, Jeddah, Dhaka, Riyadh and Hong Kong. Direct flights would also be operated from Mumbai to Bangkok and Kathmandu. The no-frills airline would start the services from the end of May. In a release on Monday, the carrier said it would be the first Indian budget carrier to launch daily direct flights on the Mumbai-Colombo, Mumbai-Dhaka, Mumbai-Riyadh, Mumbai-Hong Kong and Mumbai-Kathmandu sectors. Boeing 737 NG aircraft... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/04/19)

Four men detained on terrorism charges at Luton airport
Courtesy joe.co.uk
Four men have been arrested on suspicion of belonging to a banned terrorist organisation Police arrested four men on suspicion of belonging to a banned terror group after they arrived in the UK at Luton airport from Sri Lanka. They arrived on Wednesday night and were taken into custody before being questioned at a police station in Bedfordshire. All four are Sri Lankan nationals and were detained under the terrorism act. Scotland Yard said: "Police at the airport were made aware of the men the next day, Thursday... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/04/19)

GOTABAYA RAJAPAKSE A VISIONARY LEADER
By M D P DISSANAYAKE
Mr Gotabaya Rajapakse has created his own political platform providing  a nation friendly economic and socially cohesive vision to integrate all ethnic groups of the island.  He has clearly identified to distance himself from the free-flow open market economy.  Instead, he is committed to provide leadership to accelerate investing capacity of local entrepreneurs  for  all goods and services which can be locally manufactured, instead of importing.     It is in this context local manufacturers will be provided further assistance by means of technological transfer from advanced industrial nations, taking into consideration opportunity costs. ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/04/19)

THE REIGN OF MAHINDA RAJAPAKSA Part 8
KAMALIKA PIERIS
Among certain segments of Colombo urban middle class, Mahinda Rajapaksa emerged as the most controversial and most hated ruler in post independent Sri Lanka, said Kusal Perera.  Yet in suburban and rural Sinhala south he ‘carried his charm over ordinary Sinhala people’ and polled a massive 5.78 million votes in 2015. How did he grow into this larger than life icon in Sinhala politics. Kusal Perera in his book “Rajapaksa the Sinhala selfie” tells us how. Mahinda Rajapaksa’s grandfather, Rajapaksalage Don Davith, originally from Halgahapotha in present Embilipitiya area, was vidane arachchi of... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/04/19)

“TNA WON’T ALLOW GOTA TO BECOME PRESIDENT” – SRITHARAN MP (The Island of 28th March)
Sugath Samrasinghe             
Pray why? May I ask? What wrong has Gotabhaya done to the TNA and the Tamil people? It was the  LTTE that terrorized the Tamil people into submission for 30 years ironically claiming to fight for a Tamil cause. Most able and rich Tamils left the country and sought refuge in Western countries. Many others escaped to Colombo and other areas in the South. The LTTE then cleansed the Northern Province of the Sinhalese and the Muslims. They brought untold suffering to the Muslims and Sinhalese in the Eastern Province. It is... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/04/19)

බෝට්ටු හතරකින් කොටි වරාය වට කරති - දෙහිවල දෙසින් ත‍්‍රස්තයෝ පෙළගැසෙති; කොළඹ වරාය එල්ටීටීඊයෙන් බේරාගත් මෙහෙයුම....
තරංග රත්නවීර උපුටා ගැන්ම දිවයින
කොළඹ වරාය මෙරට ප‍්‍රධානතම ආර්ථික මර්මස්ථානයකි. ආනයන, අපනයන භාණ්ඩ වෙළෙඳාම සහ භාණ්ඩ හුවමාරුව සිදු කෙරෙන මෙරට ප‍්‍රධාන නාවික තොටුපළය. එමෙන්ම ඉන්දියන් සාගරයේ සුවිශේෂී ස්ථානයක පිහිටා ඇති කොළඹ වරාය භාණ්ඩ ප‍්‍රති අපනයනය කිරීම සඳහා ලෝකයේ විවිධ රටවල් බහුලව භාවිත කරනු ලැබේ. එහෙයින් කොළඹ වරාය අතිශය කර්යබහුල ස්ථානයකි. විවිධ අවශ්‍යතා සඳහා දිනකට පුද්ගලයන් තිස්පන්දහසකට වැඩි පිරිසක් පැමිණෙන බවත් දෛනිකව වාහන දසදහසකට වැඩි ප‍්‍රමාණයක් පැමිණෙන බවත් වාර්තා වේ.රටක මෙවැනි ආර්ථික මර්මස්ථානයක් ආරක්‍ෂා කරගැනීම අතිශය වගකීම් සහගත කර්යභාරයකි. විශේෂයෙන්ම පැවති ත‍්‍රස්තවාදී යුද සමයේ එල්.ටී.ටී.ඊ. යේ ප‍්‍රධාන ඉලක්කයන් අතර කොළඹ වරාය ඉදිරියෙන්... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/04/19)

Update Central Bank Financial System
Nawagamu Deshabandu
Recently media reported that the government was considering to lower interest rates for business persons borrowing money from the banks. During this elections year, many politicians are talking about negatives of their political adversaries. But only few are brave enough to put forward a carefully written policies and plans to improve our economy. What is needed is not only lowering interests for borrowing but also facilities for selling products on line for all Sri Lankans who intend to do business online.  Many Sri Lankans have talents and abilities to make all kind products, but... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/04/19)

HAGUE COURT CAVES TO US THREATS: REJECTS AFGHAN WAR CRIMES CASE
SOURCE: ZERO HEDGE
While government whistleblowers and subversive journalists languish in prison or are on the run, state crimes — especially those perpetrated by western governments and high officials — not only go unpunished but don't even warrant investigation apparently. International Criminal Court judges ruled on Friday to reject a request by the court’s prosecutor to investigate possible war crimes by the US-led coalition during the war in Afghanistan. The ICC judge claimed a lack of evidence and a poor outlook for state cooperation — the latter reason essentially meaning the US and UK have already condemned the prospect of opening such an investigation. ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/04/19)

Advise to CECB
My past experience in marine sector worldwide and direct involvement in installing the BARGE MOUNTED POWER PLANT in the Colombo port near Colombo Dockyard ,I can render some timely advise to CEB In finding a suitable location for the barge mounted power plants Following locations are suitable  Panadura Fishery Harbour Oluvil Fishery’s Harbour  Modera beach next to Mutwal Harbour Trincomalee  Harbour  Panadura harbour is hardly used due to sand bank formation and there are no mores than 25 fishing boats currently using the harbour CFHC can... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 14/04/19)

Scientists Baffled: Pillows Older Than 3 Years Infested With Millions of Germs in 99% Of Cases
Courtesy latestbuzztoday.com
Scientific studies show that sleep is one of the most crucial parts of living a happy and stress-free life, but many adults are still sleeping with inferior pillows. If you find yourself feeling tired or discouraged throughout the day even after a long sleep the night before, it’s probably due to you unknowingly experiencing some kind of discomfort when you’re asleep. Similar to sleep apnea (where your body has to stay partially awake to breathe) - if your posture is even partially incorrect, your body has to correct for it all night... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/04/19)

Hold the gin and bring on the tonic! TV star Laurence Fox goes cold turkey (almost) at this no-frills Sri Lankan spa retreat
Courtesy The Daily Mail
Laurence Fox visited the Barberyn retreat in Beruwala, on Sri Lanka's west coast  The Victoria TV star met with an Ayurvedic doctor as part of his 'no-frills detox'He was surprised how tasty the food was - he sneakily had the odd beer or two The month began with gin, and it wasn’t long before strange, melancholic headaches became a regular feature. By the third week of this particular month (I’m not saying which), things needed to change. That’s how I find myself at the Barberyn retreat and spa in Beruwala, an unfussy... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/04/19)

Chinese Investments: Malaysia Dares Something Sri Lanka, Pakistan, And Philippines Didn't
Panos Mourdoukoutas Courtesy forbes.com
In dealing with China, Malaysia has dared to do something Sri Lanka, Pakistan, and the Philippines didn’t: bring Beijing back to the negotiating table to cut the cost of the investment projects assigned to Chinese contractors. This week, China agreed to cut the cost of East Coast Rail Link project by one-third. The new deal is a big win for Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad. He made good on his election campaign promise to re-negotiate China’s investments in the country, which served the interests of Beijing more than... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/04/19)

Rolls-Royce to supply MTU rail engines for CRRC
Courtesy Machinery Market.
Rolls-Royce Power Systems (www.rrpowersystems.com) and Chinese company Dongfang Electric International Corporation have reached agreement on the supply of four MTU 12V 4000 R41 rail engines to be installed in ‘railcars’ made by CRRC (based in China and the world’s largest train manufacturer), and operated by Sri Lanka Railways.  This is the fourth time since 2007 that Sri Lanka Railways has chosen MTU drive systems.  The four additional engines will bring the total number of Sri Lanka Railways’ CRRC railcars with MTU engines to 60. The vehicles ordered in... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/04/19)

Successive Sri Lankan Presidents have sought extension of term
By P.K.BalachandranCourtesy NewsIn.Asia
Colombo, April 12 (Daily Express): Earlier this week, the General Secretary of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP), Dayasiri Jayasekara, told the media that the chairman of his party and Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena, intends to seek the opinion of the Supreme Court on the plea that his term of office should be deemed to have begun on June 21, 2015 and not January 9, 2015. President Sirisena was sworn-in on January 9, 2015. But Jayasekara pointed out that the nature of the Presidency was altered by the 19 th.Constitutional Amendment which... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/04/19)

Gotabaya Rajapaksa receives enthusiastic welcome in Sri Lanka. Unfazed by court cases in US.
by Editor Courtesy NewsIn.Asia
Colombo/Los Angeles, April 12 (newsin.asia/Ada Derana/Republicnext ) Former Sri Lankan Defense Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa was given an enthusiastic welcome when he arrived here from Los Angeles on April 12. At Los Angeles, he had been given notices of two cases filed against him for alleged violation of humanitarian law during the war against the Tamil Tigers. A But Gotabaya has dismissed the two lawsuits filed against him as “baseless” and insisted that the cases would only motivate him and his supporters to push for political change in Sri Lanka. He... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/04/19)

Right of Reply: Questions for R. Sambanthan
Colombo Telegraph carried transcript of speech by TNA leader R Sambanthan on 5 April 2019 titled “Mullaitivu 2009: 400,000 Lived, 290,000 People Came Out, What Happened To The Balance? – Sampanthan Asks”.  Sambanthan claims that on 21 January 2009 he highlighted plight of some 400,000 but as per press release on 21 January 2009 published by Tamilnet, TNA claims “there are over 360,000 IDPs out of a total population of nearly 500,000 people in LTTE controlled areas. This entire population is living within an area of about 400 square kilometers”. Sambanthan cannot give press releases and then say something else... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 13/04/19)

THE CASES ALLEGEDLY FILED IN THE U.S. AGAINST GOTABHAYA RAJAPAKSA AND THEIR IMPLICATIONS FOR SRI LANKAN VOTERS
DHARSHAN WEERASEKERA
10th April 2019 There can be no better endorsement of Mr. Gotabhaya Rajapaksa (‘GR’) for the Presidency of Sri Lanka than the fact that his enemies have already begun a campaign to scuttle his chances of running for that office, even before his candidacy has been officially announced.  I refer to the reports in a number of newspapers that two civil cases have been filed against GR in the U.S., one allegedly by the daughter of slain journalist Lasantha Wickrematunga and the other by the NGO International Truth and Justice Project... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/04/19)

Gotabaya Rajapaksa dubs court cases filed in US as politically motivated
Courtesy NewsIn.Asia
Los Angeles/Colombo, April 12 (DailyFT/Ada Derna/Newsin Asia): Former Defense Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa has dismissed the two lawsuits filed against him as “baseless” and insisted that the cases would only motivate him and his supporters to push for political change in Sri Lanka. On his arrival from the US on April 12, Gotabaya said that he had completed all formalities in regard to the renunciation of US citizenship. He is planning to contest the coming ri Lankan Presidential election as a candidate of the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) founded and headed... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/04/19)

Sivajilingam should be arrested immediately for obstructing public servants in their legitimate duties carrying
Sudath Guansekara
Sivajilingam should be arrested immediately for obstructing public servants in their legitimate duties in the following incident and charge them for obstructing these officers and rioting against the State. All the land in the country belongs to the State. A such the government can acquire any land anywhere for a public purpose. It is specially so when it comes within the subject of  security of the State The surveyors who have gone their obviously with authority should have informed the police and the police should have arrested Sivagilingam and accomplices on the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/04/19)

THE REIGN OF MAHINDA RAJAPAKSA Part 7
KAMALIKA PIERIS
Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa    continues to be recognized by Asian governments. Rajapaksa had a private meeting with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi when Modi visited Sri Lanka in May 2017. This was widely discussed in political and diplomatic circles. Many an eyebrow has been raised over former President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s late night meeting with visiting Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at India House said the media. Both sides remain tight-lipped over what was discussed.  The discussions were "confidential," they said  . Political observers believe it was not for nothing that an invitation was extended.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/04/19)

The Assange Arrest is a Warning From History
by John Pilger
Drawing by Nathaniel St. Clair The glimpse of Julian Assange being dragged from the Ecuadorean embassy in London is an emblem of the times. Might against right. Muscle against the law. Indecency against courage. Six policemen manhandled a sick journalist, his eyes wincing against his first natural light in  almost seven years. That this outrage happened in the heart of London, in the land of Magna Carta, ought to shame and anger all who fear for “democratic” societies. Assange is a political refugee protected by international law, the recipient of asylum... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/04/19)

Free Julian Assange and All Political Prisoners
by ROB URIE Courtesy CounterPunch
Drawing by Nathaniel St. Clair The American war against Iraq was among the more idiotic and gratuitous slaughters in human history. It was premised on lies, prosecuted by criminals and fools, outsourced to professional murderers and it isn’t over. In addition to those murdered directly and indirectly in the war, several million refugees were scattered across the Middle East, including over a million into Syria. ISIS grew from the ranks of the disbanded Iraqi army. This fiasco appeared as it was to all the world, the gasp of a... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/04/19)

සේවක අයිතීන් කොල්ලකන 2019/3 චක‍්‍රලේඛණය
ජනමාධ්‍ය නිවේදනය සමෘද්ධි සංවර්ධන නිළධාරීන්ගේ සංගමය
සේවක අයිතීන් කොල්ලකන 2019/3 චක‍්‍රලේඛණය හකුලා ගන්නා මෙන් බල කරන අපේ‍්‍රල් 16 දින සමෘද්ධි බැංකු මගීන් අළුත් අවුරුදු ගණුදෙනු කිරීමේ චාරිත‍්‍රයෙන් ඉවත් වීමේ  වෘත්තීය ක‍්‍රියා මාර්ගයට අපගේ සහය. දිවිනැගුම පනත මගීන් සමෘද්ධි සංවර්ධන දෙපාර්තමේන්තුවේ සේවය කරන 25000 ආසන්න සේවකයින් හට සිදු කර ඇති බරපතල සේවක අසාධාරණයට විසදුම් ලබා දෙනවා වෙනුවට සේවක අයිතීන් කොල්ල කෑමේ අරමුණින් ආණ්ඩුවේ උවමනාව මත නිකුත් කරන ලද 03/2019 අභ්‍යන්තර චක‍්‍රලේඛණයට විරෝධය පල කරන අපේ‍්‍රල් 16 දින නැකතට ගණුදෙනු කිරීමේ චාරිත‍්‍රයට සමගාමීව සමෘද්ධි බැංකු හරහා ගණුදෙනු කිරීමේ ක‍්‍රියාවලිය වර්ජනය කරන දීප ව්‍යාප්ත සංඛේත වැඩ වර්ජනට පුර්ණ සහය පල කරන... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/04/19)

King Parakramabahu & UNP’s tax policy
C.A.Chandraprema Courtesy The Island
Former Central Bank Governor Ajith Nivard Cabraal  In this interview, former Central Bank Governor Ajith Nivard Cabraal speaks to C.A.Chandraprema about the tax policy of the UNP government since 2015 and the Budget for 2019. Q. You were a private sector person for the better part of your career. How is the Sri Lankan private sector taking the Prime Minister’s comment that even King Parakramabahu charged VAT and that the paddy cultivators of that era were taxed twice or thrice because they had so much money? ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/04/19)

Accountability of Mannar Mass grave in Sri Lanka (Ceylon)
PBS Hemachandra Lieutenant Commander (retired) Sri Lanka Navy Courtesy The Island
Carbon dating of the bone samples collected from the Mannar Mass grave in Sri Lanka confirmed that bone samples belonged to the periods when Sri Lanka was ruled by European. Books written by Portuguese, Dutch and English historians recorded massacres of Singhalese people lived in these areas by Europeans. These Massacres fit into the time frame of mass graves. Links to read some books on the internet are indicated below. I have also tried to indicate relevant pages where ever possible for your easy... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/04/19)

The candidate
by Sanjana Hattotuwa Courtesy The Island
April 12, 2019, 3:39 pm  Gotabaya Rajapaksa "The lie is revealed. There was no summons served. The photo depicts a lookalike of Gotabaya Rajapaksa. The FBI is engaged in an effort to ascertain who produced this false information". The Facebook Page with this content originally in Sinhala also featured a screenshot of a news story from a leading private electronic media institution. This TV channel, with pages on Facebook in both Sinhala and English that regularly generate very high engagement, ran a story which strongly... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/04/19)

Counter-terror police arrest four Sri Lankan men at Luton Airport
MEGAN WHITE Courtesy The Evening Standard
The four men flew into Luton Airport on Wednesday Counter-terror police have arrested four men on suspicion of being members of a banned organisation hours after they flew into the country. The four Sri Lankan nationals arrived at Luton Airport on 10 April and were arrested by police the next day. The Metropolitan Police said the men were stopped under the Terrorism Act 2000 and arrested under the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984. The four remain in custody at a police station in... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/04/19)

CEO: SriLankan Airlines targets breakeven within three years
Courtesy Air Transport World
New SriLankan Airlines CEO Vipula Gunatilleka is hoping to reach breakeven within three years by renegotiating aircraft leases, substituting the airline’s Airbus A350 order for A330-900neos, growing the network, and reopening destinations. Former TAAG Angola Airlines and SriLankan Airlines CFO Gunatilleka rejoined the Sri Lanka flag carrier in summer 2018 and became CEO in late 2018. Speaking to ATW in London, Gunatilleka said his first actions were to prepare a three-year .... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/04/19)

Failure to implement our power projects led to crisis: Opposition Leader Mahinda Rajapaksa
Aneesha Mannage Courtesy The Daily Mirror
The failure to implement the power plants and projects launched by the previous government has plunged the country into a power crisis, former president and Opposition Leader Mahinda Rajapaksa said in Hambantota yesterday. “Norochcholai and Kerawalapitiya power plants have come to a standstill. If our government had not constructed any power plants the entire country would have been in darkness," he said. Mr. Rajapaksa said he believed that the emergency power purchases made at higher prices to cover the shortfall only benefit the owners of the private power... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/04/19)

SL experiencing highest temperatures in 140 years: Prof. Jayaratne
Yohan Perera Courtesy The Daily Mirror
Sri Lanka is experiencing its highest temperature levels in 140 years, Professor Chandana Jayaratne from the Department of Physics, Colombo University said today. Professor Jayaratne said this could be confirmed by examining climate data statistics. He said the temperature levels have gone up by 2 to 3 degrees from what it was 30 years ago, which according to him could be due to global warming. A spokesman from the Department of Meteorology however said it cannot be responsible for the statement made by Professor Jayaratne. However... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/04/19)

Continuous power cuts have adverse impact on economy - Chambers of Commerce
RANMINI GUNASEKARA Courtesy Ceylon Today
The continuous power cuts carried out by the Ceylon Electricity Board has adversely affected exports and potential Foreign Direct Investments, claimed Executive Committee Member of the Federation of the Chambers of Commerce, Dr. Krishanth Wisenthige today (10). He was speaking at a ‘Professionals for a Better Future (Viyathmaga)’ press conference held at the Viyathmaga headquarters in Ethul Kotte. “People can think that it’s only large companies in Sri Lanka that export products. But that’s not true because there are many small scale manufacturers of coconut related-products... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/04/19)

Germany indicts LTTE suspect over war crimes in Sri Lanka
Courtesy Adaderana
German authorities have indicted a Sri Lankan man suspected of involvement in killing 15 captured government soldiers while fighting for the Tamil Tigers terrorist group. Federal prosecutors said Friday that 37-year-old Sivatheeban B. is accused of membership in a foreign terrorist organization, war crimes, two cases of manslaughter and 11 cases of attempted manslaughter. The man, whose surname wasn’t released due to German privacy rules, was arrested in August. Prosecutors allege that in 2008 the suspect guarded 15 captured soldiers as they were driven to a site where they were... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/04/19)

Steps to renounce US citizenship successfully concluded - Gotabaya
Courtesy Adaderana
Former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa says all necessary steps have been successfully concluded to renounce his US citizenship. He made these comments upon his arrival in Sri Lanka this morning (12) following his personal visit to the United States. https://youtu.be/YdKG22oixPw Reportedly, a huge crowd had gathered at the Bandaranaike International Airport to welcome the former Defence Secretary. Gotabaya Rajapaksa made a three-week personal visit to the US to complete the necessary measures regarding the renouncement of his American citizenship. He received local media attention... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/04/19)

ජෝන් ඩෙන්වර් ; සංගීතය සහ ස්මරණය
වෛද්‍ය රුවන්  එම් ජයතුංග
අවාසනාවන්ත ගුවන් යානා අණතුරකින් ජෝන් ඩෙන්වර් මිය ගියේ නොමැති නම් ඔහු මේ වන විට තම ජීවිතයේ 70 සැතපුම් කණුව පසු කරන්නේය. එහෙත් 1997 වසරේදී ඔහු මිය ගියේය.  ජෝන් ඩෙන්වර් ගේ ගීත අප අසන්නේ 1970 දශකයේ මුල් කාලයේ ශ්‍රී ලංකා ගුවන් විදුලි සංස්ථාවේ ඉංග්‍රීසි සේවය හරහාය. 1978 වසරේදී වරක් මමත් ප්‍රියදර්ශන අබේවීර ගුණවර්ධනත් ජෝන් ඩෙන්වර් ගේ කන්ට්‍රි රෝඩ්ස් ගීතය පාසලේදී මේසය ඩ්‍රම් එකක් ලෙස වාදනය කරමින් ගායනා කලෙමු. පසු කාලයක ශ්‍රී ලංකා ගුවන් හමුදාවට බැඳුනු ප්‍රියදර්ශන අබේවීර ගුණවර්ධන ඊලම් යුද්ධයේදී තම ගුවන් යානාව කඩා වැටීම නිසා මිය ගියේය.  ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/04/19)

ICC rejects a request to investigate war crimes in Afghanistan
Courtesy BBC News
Image captionJudges say Afghanistan's current situation made the prospect for a successful investigation "limited" The International Criminal Court (ICC) has rejected its prosecutor's request to investigate alleged war crimes in Afghanistan. Court judges highlighted instability and the lack of co-operation with investigators in the country. The ruling was hailed by US President Donald Trump as a "major international victory" but human rights group Amnesty International criticised it. It comes a week after the US revoked ICC prosecutor Fatou Bensouda's visa. That was thought to have... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/04/19)

අලුත් අවුරුද්දට අලුත් සිතුවිල්ලක් ...
"ඊමේල් ශ්‍රීලංකා" group
පිංවත් ඔබ උදෑසන, එසේත් නැතිනම් රාත්‍රියට, කායික පිරිසිදුභාවය ඇතිකරගෙන, තෙරුවන් සරණ පිහිටලා, උතුම් පංචසීලය සමාදන්වන අවස්‌ථාවේදි, පිංවත් ඔබ ජීවිතයට එකතුකොට ගන්නේ,සද්ධාවත් දානයත් ශීලයත් කියන අර්ථයන් තුන පමණක්‌මයි. මේ තත්ත්වය හරිම අවාසනාවක්‌. අතීතයේ වැඩසිටි රහතන්වහන්සේලා පහන් දැල්ලක්‌, පිරිසිදු රෙදිකඩක්‌, පරවීයන ලස්‌සන මලක්‌, බිඳී ගිය සිල්පදයක්‌ කමටහන් කොටගෙන ආර්ය ශ්‍රද්ධාවත්, ආර්ය ශීලයත්, ආර්ය සමාධියත්, ආර්ය ප්‍රඥාවත් මතුකොටගන්න දක්‍ෂ වුණා.. නමුත් අපි තවමත් දිනපතා බුදු සමිඳුන්ට පහන් ආලෝකයන් දල්වමින්, ලස්‌සන සුවඳ මල් පූජා කරමින්, තෙරුවන් කෙරෙහි සද්ධාවත්, දානයත්, ශීලයත් කියන අර්ථයන් ළඟ නැවතී සිටිනවා. මේ දුර්වලතාවයට ප්‍රධානම හේතුව, උතුම් සද්ධර්මය නුවණින් මෙනෙහිකර දැකීමට ඇති අදක්‍ෂභාවයයි. ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/04/19)

How Graphene is taking Solar Cells to the next level
World News Synergy Files
Sri Lankan graphite is considered to be the best sauce material for the production of Graphane, which has many uses in advanced electronic and solar panel industries. As always, we’ve been so generous that we wanted foreign countries to benefit from it.  So we sold our mines.   In this video we look at how the miracle material Graphene is  helping to improve solar cells. Graphene is not only being used as a transparent  and flexible electrode but also as the PV material.   Graphene- Perovskite cells have already shown Power Conversion Efficiency (PCE)... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/04/19)

THE REIGN OF MAHINDA RAJAPAKSA Part 6
KAMALIKA PIERIS
The Rajapaksa period saw several advances in the university sector. The Ocean University was established by Act No 31 of 2014 to provide graduate and diploma level training in fisheries, marine and nautical engineering.  It is located in Mattakuliya, Colombo. It offers degrees in Fisheries, Marine Science, Marine Engineering, and Transportation Management & Logistics Coastal & Marine Resources Management. There are certificate courses in Diving, Welding and mechanics of Floating Vessels. The first convocation was held in 2016. The Sri Lanka Technological Campus was started in September 2015. It is a subsidiary of... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/04/19)

CMC raids Colombo supermarkets
Dr Sarath Obeysekera
10 April 2019 09:46 Daily Mirror A number of supermarkets within the Colombo Municipality were raided by the Colombo Municipal Council’s (CMC) Health Department officials today to check the hygienic conditions and food safety regulations.During these raids, many outlets were found to have violated food safety regulations, especially in terms of storage regulations. Medical officer-in-charge of the City Food Safety and Hygiene Promotion Unit Dr. Subash Mendis said many deep freezers were found over-stocked.“As per the storage regulations, at least 20% of free space in a deep freezer should be maintained.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/04/19)

ශ‍්‍රී සුභ අලුත් අවුරුද්දක් වේවා!
ශ‍්‍රී ලංකා පොදුජන පෙරමුණ
ශී‍්‍ර ලාංකීය සංස්කෘතිය හා බැදී පවතින සිංහල හා දෙමළ අලුත් අවුරුද්ද අතීතයේ සිට උත්සවාකාරයෙන් සැමරීමට අපි පුරුදුව සිටිමු. නමුත් වර්තමාන පාලනයේ අදක්‍ෂ අකාර්‍යක්ෂම කළමණාකරණය හේතුවෙන් රටතුළ සිදුව ඇති ආර්ථික කඩා වැටීම හමුවේ වෙනදා දකින අවුරුදු උත්සවශී‍්‍රය, මෙවර දක්නට නැත. රුපියලේ අගය ඉහළ යාම, ආයෝජකයින් රට හැරයාම ආදී හේතු නිසා මේ වන විට විශාල පිරිසකගේ රැුකියා අහිමිවී ඇති අතර තවත් පිරිසක් රැුකියා අහිමි වීමේ අවධානමට මුහුණ දී සිටියි. එමෙන්ම වත්මන් රජය බලයට පත්වීමත් සමග ආර්ථිකයේ හදවත බදු මහ බැංකුව මංකොල්ල කෑමේ විපාකද මේ වන විට ජනතාවට ගෙවන්නට සිදුව තිබේ. ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/04/19)

Bandula to bring a no-confidence motion against Mangala
Courtesy Adaderana
MP Bandula Gunawardena says that a no-confidence motion will be brought against Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera. The Parliamentarian mentioned this at a press conference held in Colombo, today (11). https://youtu.be/7mOY90w4AZ0 The no-confidence motion would be brought against presenting a Budget proposal with false facts, further stated Gunawardena.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/04/19)

Assange arrest reveals British justice is just a ‘plaything’ of Washington
US President Donald Trump and Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May at the G20 summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina last year. © Reuters / Kevin Lamarque The arrest of Julian Assange in London after an extradition request from the US, and the way the WikiLeaks founder was treated by a British judge, made Thursday a “shameful day” for UK justice, commentators told RT. “The UK’s legal system is but a plaything of the US legal system. Britain is a vassal of Washington as it’s been confirmed by today’s events,” political commentator John Wight said. Earlier in... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 11/04/19)

'Pathological hatred': Ecuador's Moreno sold 'Assange's head' to the US – ex-president Correa to RT
Courtesy RT
 FILE PHOTO. Ecuadorean President Lenin Moreno. © Pool via REUTERS / Fred DufourFILE PHOTO. Ecuadorean President Lenin Moreno. © Pool via REUTERS / Fred Dufour Former Ecuadorian president Rafael Correa explained to RT why he calls his successor Lenin Moreno the "worst traitor" in the country's history for handing over WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to British authorities. Assange was dragged out of the Ecuadorian Embassy in London by British police on Thursday after Moreno revoked political asylum. The published and journalist spent almost seven years in the building after being welcomed there... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/04/19)

Pursued for ‘exposing evidence of US atrocities’: Corbyn opposes extradition of Assange
Courtesy RT
Leader of the opposition Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn, has publicly opposed UK’s possible extradition of WikiLeaks editor Julian Assange to the US, saying he exposed evidence of atrocities in Iraq and Afghanistan. FOLLOW LATEST DEVELOPMENTS ON JULIAN ASSANGE’S ARREST Hours following Assange’s arrest in London on Thursday, Corbyn tweeted a video statement of Labour MP Diane Abbott, who argued in Parliament that WikiLeaks had “lifted the veil on US military operations in a variety of theaters, none of which have produced a favourable outcome for the people of those countries.” ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/04/19)

Three Lessons from Bolivia
By Sumanasiri Liyanage Courtesy Ceylon Today
Compared to Sri Lanka (25,330 sqkms.), Bolivia (1,098, 581 sqkms) is relatively a large country. However, Sri Lanka with around 22 million is more populous than Bolivia, the population of which is estimated at 11 million. Since 2005, a sea change has been taking place in Bolivia covering every sphere of life of its people and society. Being a pluri-national state, Bolivia is successful in resolving inter-ethnic issues within a unitary state. However, this is a different subject that is to be discussed at length in a separate column.   ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/04/19)

Bonds Scam, Madush’s political links likely exposed after New Year?
W.K. PRASAD MANJU Courtesy Ceylon Today
Sri Lanka’s political landscape is set to change with the dawn of the Sinhala-Tamil New Year with decisive political changes that could cause a serious impact on the current regime, sources said. According to Informed political sources, President Maithripala Sirisena is slated to kick off these political changes by making a controversial statement along with certain political decisions. It is also said that once the investigations into the alleged plot to assassinate the President and the former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa is concluded, President Sirisena is likely to... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/04/19)

Speaker informed of a violation of parliamentary privileges
Courtesy Adaderana
Two parliamentarians have informed the Speaker that parliamentary privileges have been violated through a letter sent to the Sri Lankan missions abroad by the then Secretary of the Foreign Ministry during the crisis period of regime change in November. The two parliamentarians presenting the issue, MP Mujibur Rahman and MP Prof. Ashu Marasinghe, have requested the Speaker of the Parliament Karu Jayasuriya to take action with this regard. https://youtu.be/Ev--s62O7y4 The parliamentarians claim that the relevant letter has insulted the parliament led by the Speaker. The MPs... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/04/19)

ගෝටාභයට ඇමරිකාවේ නඩු දැමීමේ කුමන්ත‍්‍රණයට පොහොට්ටුවන් පිරිසකුත් හවුල්…
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හිටපු ආරක්ෂක ලේකම් ගෝඨාභය රාජපක්ෂ මහතාට එරෙහිව ඇමරිකාවේ නඩු පැවරීම පිටුපස ඉන්නේ අගමැති රනිල් වික්‍රමසිංහ මංගල සමරවීර ඇතුළු කොටි ඩයස්පෝරාව බව සන්ධාන පාර්ලිමේන්තු මන්ත්‍රී කනක හේරත් මහතා සඳහන් කරයි. මෙම කුමන්ත්‍රණය සඳහා තම පාර්ශ්වයේ ඇතැම් පිරිස් ද යටින් සහයෝගය දෙන බව මන්ත්‍රීවරයා සඳහන් කළේය. https://youtu.be/-Ga-xf5Y6Wc ඔහු මේ බව කියා සිටියේ විපක්ෂ නායක කාර්යාලයේදී පැවැති මාධ්‍ය හමුවක් අමතමිනි. ජනතාවගේ ඡුන්දයෙන් බලයට ඒමට නොහැකි වූ අය විසින් මෙම කුමන්ත‍්‍රණය දියත් කර ඇති බවද මන්ත‍්‍රීවරයා කීවේය.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/04/19)

THE RIGHT WAY TO HONOUR MINORITIES
ALI SUKHANVER
Conversion from one religion to another most of the time becomes a serious issue because of the social pressure. Same thing happened a few weeks back when two Hindu girls embraced Islam in Daharki area of Sind. Their conversion to Islam was not accepted by their own people. Police took action and the matter was brought to the honourable court. Unfortunately some secret hands started exploitation of the situation by staging demonstrations in different cities of Pakistan including Karachi. Social media was also used vehemently in maneuvering the situation against the country. This... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/04/19)

ආණ්ඩුව ගුරුවරුන්ට ගෙවිය යුතු විභාග රාජකාරි දීමනා ගෙවලා නෑ. මේ විදිහට ගියොත් ඉදිරියෙදි රාජ්‍ය සේවකයින්ගේ වැටුපත් නොගෙවා ඉන්න බැරි නෑ.
ඒකාබද්ධ ගුරු සේවා සංගමය
අපොස උ/පෙළ, සා/පෙළ විභාග රාජකාරි සඳහා ගුරුවරුන් සඳහා ගෙවිය යුතු දීමනා ආණ්ඩුව මේවනතාක් ගෙවීමට කටයුතු කර නැත. එහිදී 2018 සා/පෙළ විභාගයට අදාළව ගුරුවරුන් සඳහා ලැබිය යුතු විභාග ශාලා නිරීක්ෂක, උත්තර පත‍්‍ර ඇගයීම් හා ප‍්‍රායෝගික පරීක්ෂණ නිරීක්ෂක යන රාජකාරී සඳහා ගෙවිය යුතු දීමනාද, 2018 උසස්පෙළ විභාගයට අදාල ප‍්‍රායෝගික පරීක්ෂණ සඳහා ගෙවිය යුතු දීමනාද ගෙවීම් ප‍්‍රමාද කර ඇත. වෙනත් වසරවලදී මේ සියලූ විභාග රාජකාරී සඳහා ගෙවීම් මාර්තු මාසය වන විට ගෙවා අවසන් කරන නමුත් මේ වසරට අදාලව තවමත් මෙම ගෙවීම් ප‍්‍රමාදවීමෙන් ගුරුවරු විශාල අපහසුතාවයකට මුහුණ දී සිටිති. ගුරුවරුන් සඳහා ජීවත්වීමට ප‍්‍රමාණවත්... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/04/19)

Sri Lanka builds fastest railway line first time after independence with China's assistance
Courtesy Business Today
The project was financed by the Export-Import Bank of China (China Exim Bank) and the contract was awarded to the China National Machinery Import and Export Corporation The Sri Lankan government on Monday inaugurated its fastest railway line, which has been built with the assistance of the Chinese government. Sri Lanka finished the construction of first 26.75-km Matara-Beliatta railway extension first time after the island nation got independent in 1948. The new railway line was inaugurated by Arjuna Ranatunga, Sri Lanka's Transport and Civil Aviation Minister, Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera, and other parliamentarians.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/04/19)

Canadians to help Sri Lanka build 100-MW floating solar park
Courtesy Renewables Now
April 10 (Renewables Now) - The governments of Sri Lanka and Canada have signed a cooperation agreement for the construction of a 100-MW floating solar park in Sri Lanka’s Maduru Oya Reservoir. The pact between Sir Lanka’s Ministry of Power and Energy and Business Development and the Canadian Commercial Corporation (CCC), a federal Crown corporation dealing with international trade issues, comes less than a month after Sri Lanka gave the go-ahead to the project in the Mahaweli Economic Zone. The scheme will be implemented by a joint venture of the Sri Lanka Mahewali Authority,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/04/19)

Case against Gotabaya filed at US Courts?
ගෝඨාභයට අමෙරිකානු අධිකරණයක නඩුවක්?
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(LankaWeb - 10/04/19)

Buying Power from Multinationals
By Garvin Karunaratne
Power Cuts to the extent of 2 to 3 hours has been the order of the day and the news is just out that we are about to buy 500MW of Power from three Multinationals Agrico, V Power included, our estimated excess requirements for the next 5 years.. What is also important is to note that we are due to buy power at 28 to 30 rupees a kv/hr, when our current rate is in the area of 24 rupees.  Compare this price with the rate at which the USA... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/04/19)

The vicious cycle of increasing election related govt. expenditure, increasing govt. debt and increasing taxation
Mahinda Rajapaksa Leader of the Opposition
According to the provisions in the Budget for 2019, all government servants are to be given a special allowance of Rs. 2,500. Pensions are to be increased. Samurdhi benefits are to be extended to an additional 600,000 families. Existing Samurdhi beneficiaries are to be allowed to withdraw up to Rs. 30,000 in two instalments this year from their accumulated funds in the Samurdhi Banks as spending money for the New Year and Christmas. The newly set up Office of Missing Persons is to pay a monthly allowance of Rs. 6,000... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/04/19)

ඡන්ද පෙරදැරි කරගෙන ආණ්ඩුවේ වියදම් වැඩිකිරීම, එම වියදම් පියවීමට මහා පරිමාණයෙන් ණය ගැනීම, හා එම ණය ගෙවීමට මහා පරිමාණයෙන් බදු ගැසීමේ විෂම චක්‍රය
මහින්ද රාජපක්‍ෂ විපක්‍ෂ නායක
2019 අයවැයට අනුව සියලුම රජයේ සේවකයින්ට රුපියල් 2,500ක විශේෂ මාසික දීමනාවක් දීමට නියමිතය. විශ්‍රාම වැටුප් ඉහළ දැමීමට නියමිතය. පවුල් 600,000ක් අලුතින් සමෘද්ධි ලාභීන් හැටියට බඳවා ගැනීමට නියමිතය. දැනට සිටින සමෘද්ධි ලාභීන්ට මෙම වසරේ තමන්ගේ අනිවාර්ය ඉතිරි කිරීම්වලින් අලුත් අවුරුද්දට හා නත්තලට වියදම් කිරීමට කොටස් දෙකකින් රුපියල් 30,000ක් මුදා හැරීමට නියමිතය. අලුතින් පිහිටුවන ලද අතුරුදහන්වුවන්ගේ කාර්යාලය විසින් සියලුම අතුරුදහන් වු පුද්ගලයින්ගේ පවුල්වලට රුපියල් 6,000ක මාසික දීමනාවක් ගෙවීමටත්, එම දීමනාව වන්දි කාර්යාලය පිහිටුවා වන්දි මුදල් ගෙවනතුරු පවත්වාගෙන යෑමටත් නියමිතය. මෙය මැතිවරණ වසරක් වන නිසා මේ සියල්ල මැතිවරණයට සම්බන්ධයක් තිබෙන බවට බොහෝ අය සැක කරනු ඇත.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/04/19)

Neoliberal economic invasion of SL led by U.S.
By Prof. Tissa Vitarana Courtesy Ceylon Today
BMost people in Sri Lanka are unhappy (Sri Lanka has dropped from the 116th place to the 130th place in the United Nations global ‘Happiness Index,’ out of 156 countries, this year), deeply concerned and bewildered by what is going on in our country. They keep asking “what is happening, what is going to happen?”. The Ranil Wickremesinghe (RW) Administration is breaking down, and instead of the promised good governance there is a failure of governance, featured by open corruption from the very top, waste, disregard for the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/04/19)

Court told "Madush to be deported"
HANSI NANAYAKKARA Courtesy Ceylon Today
Deputy Solicitor General (DSG) Dileepa Peiris informed Colombo Fort Chief Magistrate Ranga Dissanayaka today (9) that underworld kingpin Makandure Madush, who is currently detained by the Bur Dubai Police, is to be deported to Colombo during the course of this week. He was representing the Attorney General when the case against imprisoned former Deputy Inspector General of Police Nalaka de Silva was taken up for hearing at the Colombo Fort Chief Magistrate’s Court today. Nalaka de Silva is a suspect in the alleged plot to assassinate... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/04/19)

Gota committed to giving up US citizenship: SLPP
Kelum Bandara Courtesy The Daily News
Amid reports of lawsuits being filed against former defence secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa in the US, the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) said he had made an irrevocable decision to renounce his US citizenship despite it being the best source of protection against allegations of war crimes. At a news conference SLPP chairman G.L. Peiris referred to the remarks made by Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo on Friday that international officials trying to prosecute American military personnel will not be allowed to enter the US. “We are determined to... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/04/19)

Namal Kumara to be given witness protection
Courtesy Adaderana
The Colombo Fort Magistrate’s Court today instructed the police to provide necessary security to anti-corruption activist and police informant Namal Kumara, under the victims and witness protection act. The attorneys representing Namal Kumara had requested from the court that police security be provided for their client, who is a main witness in the case pertaining to the alleged VIP assassination plot, under the aforementioned act. https://youtu.be/yuxi2tmfSm8 When the case was taken up for hearing today (9), the magistrate allowed the request and instructed the Criminal Investigations Department (CID)... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/04/19)

Get divorced in just 6 months, England to amend archaic matrimonial laws
Dr Sarath Obeysekera
Written by Staff Writer    09 Apr, 2019 | 11:02 AM Colombo (News1st) : England and Wales have begun the process overhauling their divorce laws which are nearly 50 years old.The new amendments to the legislation are expected to allow couples to split faster and with less acrimony. The new rules will set a timeline of 6 months for the entire process (from petition to decree absolute), following the 6 month period the applicants will be required to confirm whether they wish to proceed with the divorce. Amendments have been suggested... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/04/19)

ඝෝෂාකාරී නළා භාවිතා කරන රියදුරන්ට ජූලි පළමුදා සිට දැඩි නීති-(ඉන්දිකා රාමනායක දිවයින)
Dr Sarath Obeysekera
රථවාහන නීති උල්ලංඝණය කරමින් විවිධ නාදරටා සහිත ඝෝෂාකාරී  ශබ්ද සිහිත නළා පරිහරනය කරන සහ පීඩාකාරී ලෙස අලෝක රටා භාවිතා කරන  බස් රථ ඇතුළු වාහන වල රියදුරන්ට ජූලි මස 1 වැනිදා සිට දැඩිව නීතිය කි‍්‍රයාත්මක කරන බව රථවාහන භාර නියෝජ්‍ය පොලිස්පති  අජිත් රෝහණ මහතා පැවසීය. වාහනවල සවිකර ඇති මෙම නළා සහ ආලෝක රටා  ඉවත් කර කිරීම සඳහා  සියලූ වාහන වලට සහ මාස තුනක සහන කාලයක් ලබා දී ඇති බවද අජිත් රෝහණ මහතා කියා සිටියේය. අජිත් රෝහණ මහතා මේ බව කියා සිටියේ පොලිස් මුලස්ථානයේ දී අද (8)  පැවති මාධ්‍ය හමුවකදීය. මෙම මාධ්‍ය... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/04/19)

Sri Lanka- Rajiv Gandhi gave his bullet-proof vest to Prabakaran
Courtesy MENAFN
Date4/1/2019 10:30:09 AM  (MENAFN - Colombo Gazette) The then Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi gave his bullet-proof jacket to LTTE leader Velupillai Prabakaran in Delhi, besides Rs 50 lakh as first instalment of Rs 5 crore aid to LTTE, and wanted the LTTE to allow implementation of the Indo-Lanka accord, AIADMK leader Panruti S Ramachandran said in an exclusive interview to News Today TV. The accord was signed in my presence as the then Chief Minister of Tamilnadu, MGR, had deputed me as his emissary to Colombo to be at... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/04/19)

Video story on Sino-Lankan Colombo International Container Terminal
Courtesy NewsIn.Asia
Colombo, April 9: The Colombo International Container Terminals (CICT) in which the China Merchants Port Holdings Company Limited is a partner, has reported handling 2.65 million teus for the 12 months ending 31st December 2018, recording a 13 percent increase in its annual throughput and contributing 38 percent of the Port of Colombo’s volumes in the year just concluded. A significant factor in the achievement of 7 million teus by the Port of Colombo, CICT’s performance helped the port increase its total throughput by 14 percent in 2018, a noteworthy accomplishment... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/04/19)

CAN UN HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION GO AGAINST UNIVERSAL HUMAN RIGHTS?
BY EDWARD THEOPHILUS
UN Human Rights Commission has established with specific purposes and the commission has no right to go against the human rights of people based on the recommendation of its bureaucrats, who are not above the human rights declaration of the United Nations. I read an article in the Sunday Observer on 07.04.2019 written by Dr S.W. premaratne on Involvement of the United Nations in the Reconciliation Process.  I was really surprised to read that “the United Nations has taken into consideration the present state of political instability in Sri Lanka and the possibility of a... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/04/19)

Importing exotic cows which performed poorly under local conditions
By Ananda Wickramasinghe
View(s): In 2017, over 5000 young pregnant cows (heifers) imported from Australia and New Zealand, were sold to some farmers. They were assured that a cow would yield 20 litres/day. Within a few months, the farmers’ expectations started to shatter when the cows failed to produce the promised milk yields. Currently, farmers are facing financial ruin as a consequence of several grave issues with the cows they purchased: Poor milk yields, very low conception rate, abortions, stillbirths, high mortality rates, and unrecognised diseas Some of the imported cows. ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/04/19)

ශ්‍රී ලංකා පොදුජන පෙරමුණ හා ශ්‍රීලනිපය අතර සාකච්ඡෘ මැදදි කඩා දැමීමට අපි පියවර ගන්නේ නැහැ.-මහාචාර්ය ජි. එල්. පීරිස් මහතා
අද (08) දින පැවැත්වූ ශ්‍රී ලංකා පොදුජන පෙරමුනේ මාධ්‍ය හමුව
අද (08) දින පැවැත්වූ 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 ශ්‍රී ලංකා පොදුජන පෙරමුණ හා ශ්‍රීලනිපය අතර සාකච්ඡෘවල අනාගතය මේ වෙද්දි කාගෙත් කුතුහලයට ලක්වෙලා තියෙන්නේ. පාක්ෂිකයින්ගෙන් අපිට දුකතන ඇමැතුම් රැසක් එනවා. අපි මෙතෙක් සාකච්ඡා වට දෙකක් පැවත්වුවා. තුන්වන සාකච්ඡාවට අප්‍රියෙල් 10 වැනිදා දින නියම වෙලා තියෙනවා. අපි ප්‍රශ්නයකින් පැනලා යන්නේ නැහැ. සාකච්ඡා... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/04/19)

Diaspora terrorists threaten Mayor of Harrow
By ;A.A.M.NIZAM – MATARA
The first Muslim female Mayor of England, Kareema Marikar who functions as Mayor of Harrow since 2010 hails from a political family in Sri Lanka.  Reports said that one thing you notice in Kareema Marikar’s personality is her bubbly nature, infectious smile and down-to-earth simplicity. It said that despite creating history as the first female Muslim mayor in England, she is not yet ready to rest on her laurels, judging by an interview she gave to the BBC recently. “I am a Marakkala woman from Sri Lanka,” Marikar told Saroj Pathirana of... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/04/19)

නාගානන්දගේ වැලලී ගිය අතීතය
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මේ පත්තර වාර්තා වලින් දැක්වෙන්නේ නාගානන්ද කොඩිතුවක්කු රේගුවේ වැඩ කරන සමයේ අල්ලස් ගැනීමේ චෝදනාවට ලක්වී රිමාන්ඩ් බන්ධනාගාරගත වීමේ පුවතයි. වැදගත් වන්නේ මෙපමණයි. නෙලුම් මලක් මෙන් සුපිරිසිදු, සුචරිතවත් ගැලවුම්කරුවාණන්ගේ චරිතයට පණ පෙවීමට මෙවර ජනාධිපතිවරණයට ඉදිරිපත් වීමට නියමිත මෙවැන්නන් ඔබට මවා පෙන්වන සුරංගනා ලෝක සැබවින්ම ඔවුන්ගේ භාවිතය සමග ගැලපෙන්නේද යන්න ඔබ බුද්ධිමත්ව සිතා බැලිය යුතුය යන්නයි. විශේෂයෙන්ම, දිදුලන පොරොන්දු රොත්තක් දී ජනවාරි 8 බලයට ආ හංස සන්ධානය අවසානයේ ඔබේ තිබ්බ පිච්චියටත් කෙලවා දමා දැන් මුලු රටම අඳුරේ ගිල්වා දමා ඇති පිම්බුණු පාත්තයන් රෑනක් පමණක් බව ඔබේ දෑස් ඉදිරිපිටම ඔප්පු වී ඇති පසුබිමක තවත් එවැනිම... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/04/19)

PATHFINDER FOUNDATION AND CHINA’S CICIR CONTINUE BILATERAL COOPERATION DIALOGUE
Press Release  PATHFINDER FOUNDATION
A senior delegation from the China Institutes of Contemporary International Relations (CICIR) led by Dr Fu Mengzi, Vice President, visited the Pathfinder Foundation Office at “Riverpoint” yesterday (08 April, 2019) to continue the bilateral cooperation dialogue between the two institutions.  The CICIR is a leading policy research institute in China and consists of 11 institutes and two research divisions employing over 400 staff including 150 Professors.   The visit took place as a part of the framework set out in the Memorandum of Understanding that was signed between the two organizations in April 2016.The delegation... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/04/19)

Sri Lanka rolls out free visa on arrival for UK tourists
Courtesy  travelmole.com
Sri Lanka is to offer free visas on arrival to tourists from the UK and 30 other countries from next month. The country's tourist office is hoping to build on a good performance for March, when visitor numbers increased by 5%. The free visa period will operate for six months from May 1. Free visa entry will be granted to nationals of the UK, the EU, the US, Australia, South Korea, Canada, Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia and New Zealand. Tourism development minister John Amaratunga said:... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/04/19)

Sri Lankan Presidential Hopeful Sued in Federal Court for Human Rights Violations
by Beth Van Schaack Courtesy  justsecurity.org
Human rights lawyers have sued Sri Lankan presidential hopeful Gotabaya Rajapaksa in federal court in the Central District of California. Rajapaksa, who is a joint Sri Lankan-U.S. citizen, was served with process in the parking lot of a Trader Joes, of all places. Plaintiff Roy Samthanam, who is a Canadian citizen, alleges that he was detained and tortured from 2007-2010 by the Terrorism Investigation Division of the Sri Lanka police. He tells his harrowing story of physical and mental torture here. He is represented by the International Truth & Justice Project, under the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/04/19)

Over 240,000 tourists arrive in Sri Lanka in March
Courtesy NewsIn.Asia
Colombo, April 8 (newsin.asia) – Over 240,000 tourists arrived in Sri Lanka in March, growing 4.6 percent compared to the same period last year, statistics from the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority showed here Monday.India, United Kingdom, China, Germany and France were Sri Lanka’s top five international touristgenerating markets in the month of March this year. India was the largest source of tourist traffic to SriLanka with 14% of the total traffic received in March 2019. UK accounted for 12% of the total traffic;while China, Germany and France accounted for 10%, 7% and 6%... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/04/19)

History of Tibetan influence on Chinese politics
By P.K.Balachandran/Ceylon Today Courtesy NewsIn.Asia
Relations between Tibet and the rest of China to back to ancient times. Tibetans and Tibetan Buddhism had influenced the beliefs, political systems and art forms of several Chinese dynasties. Karl Debreczeny, author of Faith and Empire: Art and Politics in Tibetan Buddhism (The University of Washington Press) says that from the 7 th., to early 20 th., century, Tibetan Buddhism had offered to Chinese and other East Asian dynasties, a divine means to power and legitimacy to rule. And through tantric rituals, which are a part of Tibetan Buddhism,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/04/19)

Scrapping Presidency will solve everybody’s problems
N.A.DE S. AMARATUNGA Courtesy The Island
Presidential system is a burden on the country and its people, and when it is like the present arrangement where the president and the parliament do not see eye to eye, it could be disastrous as being proved now. During the last four and a half years, nothing was done to develop the country as consensus was not possible on any issue, and investors sensing the discord would not take a chance with their money. At present the president is trying to enhance his image and the prime minister... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/04/19)

'War was not an ethnic issue, it was a conflict between terrorism and democracy' Ammaipillai Yogamoorthy
Courtesy The Island
April 8, 2019, 8:06 pm  At the risk of sounding cliché, he started showing artistic talent at an early age, like most cartoonists featured in Pen Pricks. Although his childhood ambition was to become a doctor, his first comics were published in Veerakesari and the Indian newspaper, Swadesamitran when he was in year 9 at school. He had his primary education in Sithivinayagar Vidyalayam, Point Pedro and secondary education at Puloly Boys' School, Jaffna. He had an uncanny knack for cartoonizing his teachers and school... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/04/19)

Present power crisis – The Chinese factor
By Dr. Janaka Ratnasiri Courtesy The Island
In response to the writer’s previous articles on the present power crisis published in the Island of March 28th and April 05th, he has received from an investor some new information which would shed light on the real party behind the present power crisis. This investor claims that he has submitted a proposal in response to a call for proposals published in the press by the Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) for setting up business ventures at Hambantota Port. The information to be revealed hereunder could... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/04/19)

Mangala Samaraweera gets nothing out of licking Bachelet’s boots.
H. L. D. Mahindapala
Mangala Samaraweera’s speech apologising to UNHRC High Commissioner, Michelle Bachelet was rather difficult to read on my PC because my screen was blurred with his crocodile tears shed for human rights. Simultaneously, his tears were interspersed with scorn and anger against the Sri Lankan delegates who dared to challenge the questionable and unworkable foundations of his Resolution 30/1. He had also pitched his speech at a high spiritual and moral level to make it sound as if he was the New Messiah standing on Mt. Sinai, announcing the New Commandments, in addition to the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/04/19)

UN Torture Prevention Body visits HRCSL
Dr Sudath Gunasekara
April 6, 2019   11:53 pm The delegation of the United Nations Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture (SPT) has visited the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka. The SPT Delegation met with Dr. Deepika Udagama, Chairperson of the Commission and Commissioners Ms. Ramani Muttetuwegama and Ms. Ambika Satkunanathan and discussed issues of mutual concern and interest on 04 April. The delegation is composed of Victor Zaharia, Head of Delegation (Republic of Moldova), Satyabhooshun Gupt Domah (Mauritius), Petros Michaelides (Cyprus), and June Lopez (Philippines). The UN’s torture prevention... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/04/19)

'Tripitakabhivandana' celebration in Geneva highlights 'Tripitaka' as a shared global intellectual treasure
Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka to the United Nations Geneva
An interactive scholarly discussion on the significance of the Tripitaka as a world heritage took place at the World Intellectual Property Office (WIPO) headquarters in Geneva, continuing the week-long celebrations-'Tripitakabivandana'. The event was also intended to raise awareness among States that follow the Buddhist traditions, as well as other States, to join hands with Sri Lanka in realising the initiative taken by President Maithripala Sirisena, to inscribe the Tripitaka on the UNESCO ‘Memory of the World’ Register.  Organized by the Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka in Geneva, the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/04/19)

More Than 100 Apply for the Job of a Hangman in Sri Lanka Including an American.
Dr Sarath obeysekera
I wonder what questions were asked during interview  If I was in the interview I would have posed following questions Was he a politician  ever ?( if GCE is required he cannot be a politician!) Is he a Buddhist ( disqualification!) Has he ever killed an animal ( I not he cannot kill Humans ) Would he look for annual bonus for out put ( he can get 1000 rs incentive for killing the person in one try) ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/04/19)

පරාක‍්‍රමබාහු රජතුමාත් VAT බදු ගැහුවා.. ගොවීන්ට ලාබ වැඩි නිසා දෙතුන් වතාව බදු ගත්තා..- අගමැති
 lanka C news
පැරණි කාලයේ රජරට සමාජය සම්පූර්ණයෙන්ම ගොඩනැගුනේ වී වලින් බව අගමැති රනිල් වික්‍රමසිංහ මහතා පවසයි. එමගින් විශාල වශයෙන් ලාභ ලැබූ බවද පැවසූ අගමැතිවරයා එනිසාම රජවරුන් දෙතුන් වතාවක් බදු අයකල බවද පැවසීය. පරාක්‍රමබාහු රජතුමා ද වැට් බදු පැනවූ බව පැවසූ අගමැතිවරයා වත්මන් ආණ්ඩුවට දොස් පැවරීමට පෙර ඒ බව ද සිහි තබා ගන්නැයිද කියා සිටියේය. අගමැතිවරයා මේ බව කියා සිටියේ 52 ජාතික අලුත් සහල් මංගල්‍යය අමතමිනි. ජය ශ්‍රී මහා බෝධිය අභියසදී මෙම අලුත් සහල් මංගල්‍යය පැවැත්වින. https://youtu.be/SxOBsko0JZY... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/04/19)

At the Event Horizon: Astrophysicists Set to Reveal First Photos of Black Holes
Courtesy Sputnik News
In a milestone for cosmological research, astronomers have announced that they will reveal on Wednesday the first-ever photographic image of a black hole. CC0Space is Common Heritage of Mankind, Every Nation Responsible For Avoiding Militarisation of Space - IslamabadIn what is being heralded as a key scientific breakthrough, scientists from around the world will release the first-ever images of a black hole — celestial behemoths so dense that their gravitational field swallows everything, including light, that it comes in contact with. In an announcement scheduled for Wednesday, April 10, at 9... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/04/19)

People were taxed even during the time of King Parakramabahu: PM
Yohan Perera and Athula Bandara in Anuradhapura Courtesy The Daily Mirror
People were taxed even during the time of King Parakramabahu, although it was criticized today, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said at the 52nd Aluth Sahal Mangalaya at Jaya Srimaha Bodhi in Anurdhapura this morning. “King Parakramabahu used impose tax on people, especially when harvest was high. Therefore, remember that King Parakramabahu also imposed VAT before criticising,” he said in a lighter vein. The Prime Minister stressed Sri Lanka’s paddy production had been 3 million metric tons this year. This he said was one... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/04/19)

Heated Exchanges Between Ranjan Ramanayake & Nimal Lanza on ETI Investments
Sri Lankan News
https://youtu.be/AjS2RBNhpQE... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/04/19)

සිංහල නීති වාර්තා (ශ්‍රේෂ්ඨාධිකරණ සහ අභියාචනාධිකරණ නඩු තීන්දු සිංහලෙන්)
කිහිප දෙනෙකුට නොව බහුතර ජනතාවට තේරෙන භාෂාවෙන් උපරිමාධිකරණ නඩු තීන්දු ලබාගැනීමේ උත්සාහයේ තවත් එක් පියවරක් ලෙස සිංහල නීති වාර්තා දැක්විය හැකිය. ශ්‍රේෂ්ඨාධිකරණය සහ අභියාචනාධිකරණය විසින් ලබා දෙන නඩු තීන්දු රෙජිස්ට්‍රාර්වරයාගේ නිල මුද්‍රාව සහ අත්සන සහිතව සිංහල භාෂාවෙන් ලබාගෙන ඒවා නීති සංග්‍රහයක් ආකාරයට සිංහල නීති වාර්තා ලෙස ඉදිරිපත් කර ඇත. යටත් විජිත යුගයේ සිට මේ දක්වාම ශ්‍රේෂ්ඨාධිකරණය සහ අභියාචනාධිකරණය නඩු තීන්දු ඉංග්‍රීසි භාෂාවෙන් පමණක් ලබා දෙන අතර එය සිංහල ජනතාවගේ නෛතික සාක්ෂරතාවය වර්ධනය නොවීමට ප්‍රධාන හේතුව විය. ඉංග්‍රීසියෙන් සිය වැඩකටයුතු කරන සුලුතරයක් වූ කණ්ඩායම විසින් උපරිමාධිකරණවල අත දරා සිටින ඉංග්‍රීසි භාෂා අධිකාරිය  හේතුවෙන් වරප්‍රසාද සහ... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 07/04/19)

BUDGET AND COW MILK
Dr Sarath Obeysekera
Being predominantly a agricultural nation, it is a worthy cause initiated by the government of  to develop agriculture at home garden level  as well as in National Level, due to the fact that Industrial Revolution Initiated by Previous Regimes have miserably failed. I read the budget proposals with a keen interest and noted a worthy cause initiated by the government to import 20,000 cows to Sri Lanka to enhance milk production, which I think is timely action. Few questions is still remaining to be answered? In order to... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/04/19)

Last month’s foreign debt repayment costs $ 813M
PANEETHA AMERESEKERE Courtesy Ceylon Today
Government of Sri Lanka’s (GoSL’s) foreign debt payments cost the country’s foreign reserves US$ 813.26 million last month (March) alone, latest official data showed. Additionally, this month (April), at least one foreign debt amounting to $ 500 million which also matures has to be repaid. This is a $ 500 million sovereign bond (SB) raised in April 2014 and of a five year tenure borrowed during the last year of the Mahinda Rajapaksa regime. Last month, Sri Lanka raised $ 2.4 billion by selling SBs. Consequently, the country’s foreign... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/04/19)

Australian dairy cattle imports end in a disaster
Courtesy The Island
The Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) has last week run a news documentary presented as an "exclusive" with investigative reporting from its South Asia Correspondent about Australian cattle exported to Sri Lanka dying and being malnourished. The report said that about 500 Australian and New Zealand dairy cows, shipped to Sri Lanka, under an AUD 100 million loan underwritten by the Australian government had died. Vivid visuals of dying, dead and malnourished cows were part of the documentary. This subject got an airing in Parliament last week during the committee stage discussion... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/04/19)

Novelist arrested over gay plot line about bhikkus
Courtesy The Island
(Colombo, AFP) - A Sri Lankan novelist has been arrested for writing about homosexuality in the Buddhist clergy and charged with violating international human rights law, officials said Tuesday, outraging free speech advocates. Shakthika Sathkumara, 33, was arrested in Polgahawela on Monday and remanded in custody for nine days after monks complained about his writing. The short story contained indirect references to homosexuality among the clergy, who hold considerable sway in the Buddhist-majority nation of 21 million. The story was published on Sathkumara’s Facebook page and in local Sinhalese... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/04/19)

THE REIGN OF MAHINDA RAJAPAKSE (Part 5)
KAMALIKA PIERIS
C.A .Chandraprema writing on the Joint Opposition May Day rally of   2017 observed that ‘crowds at meetings have always been a way of judging which way the political winds are blowing. Those above their mid-fifties and above remember the 1977 May Day held in Maradana which at that time had been considered the mother of all political meetings. But at that time, the roads in Maradana were not even as wide as they are today.    (Island 4.5.17) Chandraprema  said that ‘back in 2016 when I arrived at the May Day rally of the Joint... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/04/19)

වසර 08 ක් ගත වූ 2011 මැයි 30 වන දින කටුනායක පොලිස් ප‍්‍රහාරය මූලික අයිතිවාසිකම් කඩ කිරීමක් ’ ශ්‍රේෂ්ඨාධිකරණය තීරණය කරයි. වින්දිතයින්ට වන්දි රජයෙන් ගෙවිය යුතුයි.
මාධ්‍ය නිවේදනය.නිදහස් වෙළ`ද කලාප සහ පොදු සේවා සේවක සංගමය
2019 අපේ‍්‍රල් මස 05 වන දින ප‍්‍රවෘත්ති අධ්‍යක්‍ෂ/කතෘ, සිය`ඵම විද්්‍යුත් මාධ්‍ය ආයතන හා පුවත් පත් වෙත, ප‍්‍රවෘත්ති අධ්‍යක්‍ෂකතුමනි/ප‍්‍රධාන ප‍්‍රවෘත්ති කතෘතුමනි, ‘වසර 08 ක් ගත වූ 2011 මැයි 30 වන දින කටුනායක පොලිස් ප‍්‍රහාරය මූලික අයිතිවාසිකම් කඩ කිරීමක් ’ ශ්‍රේෂ්ඨාධිකරණය තීරණය කරයි. වින්දිතයින්ට වන්දි රජයෙන් ගෙවිය යුතුයි. පසුගිය ආණ්ඩුව විසින් 2011 වසරේ දී ගෙන ඒමට උත්සාහ කළ පුද්ගලික අංශයේ සේවකයින් ස`දහා වූ ඊනියා විශ‍්‍රාම වැටුප් ක‍්‍රමය පුද්ගලික අංශයේ සේවකයින්ගේ සේවක අර්ථසාධක අරමුදල මංකොල්ල කෑමට කරන ලද සැලසුමක් ලෙස අප සංගමය ඇතුළු අනෙකුත් වෘත්තීය... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/04/19)

මේ අයවැය හුදු ලියවිල්ලක් මිස ඉදිරි දශකය සදහා කළ ආයෝජනයක් ලෙස අපි දකින්නේ නැහැ.
අද දින (05) පැවැති මාධ්‍ය හමුවට සහභාගි වූ නියෝජිතයින් පාර්ලිමේන්තු මන්ත්‍රී රංජිත් සොයිසා මහතා පාර්ලිමේන්තු මන්ත්‍රී දිලුම් අමුණුගම මහතා
පාර්ලිමේන්තු මන්ත්‍රී රංජිත් සොයිසා මහතා මාසයක් පුරා සාකච්ඡාවට ලක්වුනු 2019 සදහා වූ අයවැය ලේඛණයට ඡන්දය විමසීමට නියමිතව තියෙනවා. රටේ ආර්ථික දේශපාලන තත්ත්වයත් සමග මේ අයවැය හුදු ලියවිල්ලක් මිස ඉදිරි දශකය සදහා කළ ආයෝජනයක් ලෙස අපි දකින්නේ නැහැ. රට මුහුණ දී සිටින සමාජ ආර්ථික ප්‍රශ්නවලට මේ අයවැයෙන් කිසිදු සහනයක් ලැබෙන්නේ නැහැ. ඒ වගේම අයවැය ඉදිරිපත් කළ දිනයේ සිට මේ දක්වා ආණ්ඩුව පැත්තෙන් අයවැය සම්බන්ධයෙන් උනන්දුවක් දක්වන බව පේන්නේ නැහැ. අපි ආන්ඩු පක්ෂයේ ඉදලා තියෙනවා. ඒ කාලේ අයවැය... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/04/19)

ALAN KEENAN OF INTERNATIONAL CRISIS GROUP CAUGHT LYING
A NOTE from Retd Brigadier Hiran N. Halangode (of Gemunu Watch)
Michael   [Alan Keenan’s recent press release] is a typical tale of the sort of stories peddled in the Northern and Eastern Provinces of Sri Lanka. The socio-economic conditions prevailing in the neighbouring districts of Uva and the North Central Provinces are very similar.  These INGOs spread unfavourable messages about the country when the government is bending backwards to Reconcile. It is the Tamil politicians and INGOs that spread distorted versions of the state of the country in those regions without doing any productive work themselves. I have... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/04/19)

ශ්‍රේෂ්ඨාධිකරණයෙන් තවත් ඓතිහාසික තීන්දුවක්
Dr. Sarath Obeysekera
චුන්නාකම් ප්‍රදේශයේ භූගත ජලයට හානි වි ඇති හෙයින් එම ප්‍රදේශයේ ජනතාව රුපියල් ලක්ෂ 200ක වන්දියක් ගෙවන ලෙස චුන්නාකම් විදුලි බලාගාර පාලනාධිකාරියට ශ්‍රේෂ්ඨාධිකරණය නියෝග කළේය. ඒ පාරිසරික ක්‍රියාකාරිකයෙකු වන ආචාර්ය රවින්ද්‍ර කාරියවසම් මහතා ගොනු කළ පෙත්සමක තීන්දුව ප්‍රකාශ කරමිනි.  එම විදුලි බලාගාරය හේතුවෙන් භූගත ජලයට තෙල් හා ග්‍රීස් මිශ්‍රණය වී ඇති හෙයින් ප්‍ර දේශවාසීන් 500ක් වෙනුවෙන් උපරිමය රැපියල් 40000ක් දක්වා මෙම වන්දි මුදල ගෙවන ලෙසට ශ්‍රේෂ්ඨාධිකරණය නියෝග කර තිබේ. I whole heartedly agree with the ruling of the Supreme Court Big companies should practice social... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/04/19)

Sri Lanka's national air carrier to kick off 5-year strategic business plan
Source: Xinhua| Editor: Shi Yinglun Courtesy Xinhua
COLOMBO, April 5 (Xinhua) -- Sri Lanka's national air carrier, Sri Lankan Airlines, on Friday said it had formulated a five-year strategic business plan to transform the island country into a strategic hub for air travel and air cargo in the Asia-Africa-Middle East region. The plan will be implemented this year and will be carried out till 2024. Vipula Gunatilleka, CEO of Sri Lankan Airlines said that it was important for the airline to have a sound strategy plan and a clear vision for it to become... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/04/19)

Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank puts $320m towards projects in Sri Lanka and Laos
By GCR Staff Courtesy  Global Construction Review
The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) has announced funding for projects worth $280m in Sri Lanka and $40m in Laos. In the case of Sri Lanka, $200m will go towards low-income housing in Colombo. Some 5,500 homes will be given to people living in dilapidated housing with poor sewerage and garbage management.DJ Pandian, the AIIB’s vice president, said: “Smarter urban planning will also enable the city to attract more foreign investment and increase its potential as an economic hub for the country.”An further $80m investment will be used to reduce... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/04/19)

Sri Lanka dairy scheme blamed for cow deaths unlikely to send more from NZ
Esther Taunton Courtesy Stuff
The Australian company behind a live export programme which allegedly left hundreds of cattle dead says it is unlikely to ship any more animals from New Zealand under the scheme. The Australian company behind a live export programme which allegedly left hundreds of cattle dead says it is unlikely to ship any more animals from New Zealand under the scheme. Animal export company Wellard is contracted to deliver 20,000 dairy cows to Sri Lanka under a programme set up to improve the country's fresh milk supply.  It has so far shipped 2000 cattle from New... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/04/19)

New Zealand cows sent to Sri Lanka diseased, dying, failing to produce milk - report
Dan Satherley Courtesy Newshub
Sri Lankan farmers are reportedly suicidal after going broke in a dairy deal with Australia and New Zealand that's turned sour. Out of 5000 imported cattle so far, hundreds have died and the rest have turned out "overpriced, unhealthy and infertile", according to report by Australia's ABC News.  Video shows appalling conditions on Australian live export shipmentsLamb exports climb to record levels One Sri Lankan farmer who bought 200 cattle told ABC they were in a poor condition on arrival. "My staff said it looks like... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/04/19)

Ways for Sri Lanka to fix its healthcare
SUBMITTED BY DEEPIKA ATTYGALLE Courtesy The World Bank
Nurses in Sri Lanka. Photo: World Bank Today on World Health Day, we can say with confidence that Sri Lanka’s healthcare system has delivered on many of its promises.This year’s focus on universal health care is a timely reminder that Sri Lanka is still reaping the benefits of far-thinking health policies implemented as early as the 1800s.  Many of these measures were designed to address what were then considered the key challenges of previous centuries, such as high maternal and child mortality rates and infectious diseases that... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/04/19)

US$280 million funding for Sri Lanka
Andy Brown Courtesy International Construction
Colombo is the largest city in Sri Lanka The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) has announced funding of US$280 million for two projects in Sri Lanka. The money is for two projects – US$200 million for improving housing conditions for low-income communities in Colombo by constructing affordable housing and redeveloping land and US$80 million to reduce the risk and damage from landslides. Colombo is the largest city in Sri Lanka. The US$200 million project will support the construction of about 5,500 housing units and... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/04/19)

Tory MEP linked to water pollution scandal in Sri Lanka
Courtesy Morning Star (UK)
Nirj Deva (left) at the European Parliament THE owners of a power station in Sri Lanka linked to a Tory MEP have been fined tens of thousands of pounds by the country’s supreme court for polluting local water supplies. Nirj Deva, Conservative MEP for South East England, was a director of Northern Power Station’s parent company MTD Walkers plc for six years from February 2012 to August 2018. His declarations of financial interests filed at the European Parliament show that at times he received up to €5,000... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/04/19)

Duty free vehicles - Public servants can open LCs after June 1
Ajith Siriwardana and Yohan Perera Courtesy The Daily Mirror
Public servants who were inconvenienced by the suspension of duty free vehicle imports will be allowed to open Letters of Credits (LCs) after June 1, 2019, Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera said today. He told parliament that the issuance of vehicle permits were suspended as a practical measure to protect our foreign reserves. The minister said this in response to a question asked by JVP leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake some months ago. He said those who had obtained vehicle permits before December 31, 2018... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/04/19)

Impossible to hold PC polls in Aug: Election Commissioner tells Speaker
Yohan Perera and Ajith Siriwardana Courtesy The Daily Mirror
The Election Commissioner has informed Speaker that it will not be possible to hold the provincial council elections this year as the changes to the Provincial Council Elections Amendment Act has not been made on time, UPFA MP Dallas Alahaperuma told Parliament today. He said the letter sent by the Commissioner states that the PC polls could have been held in August this year only if the amendments were carried out by April 5. The MP said the presidential elections will have to be declared by October... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/04/19)

Budget 2019 passed in Parliament
Courtesy Adaderana
The third reading of the Budget 2019 was passed in parliament with amendments a short while ago. The Budget proposal was passed with a majority of 45 votes as 119 MPs voted in favor and 74 voted against the Budget. The United National Front (UNF) and the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) voted in favor of the Budget. Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) and the Joint Opposition voted against the budget. However, the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) MPs abstained from voting. The Budget 2019 was presented to... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/04/19)

MONEY LAUNDERING, TERRORISM AND DESPERATE FOR INVESTMENT IN SRI LANKA
BY EDWARD THEOPHILUS
The yahapalana regime initiated with the 2015 presidential election had undisclosed motives and a deformed face in its operation to the country and the pattern of its operation showed that it was associated with highly dishonest elements. At the outset, Mr. Maithrepala Sirisena didn’t know about the president of the party (Swan Party – Shaleela Munasinghe) he was supposed to contest in 2015 and later the president of the swan party was arrested for a cybercrime and cheating a bank in Taiwan. Several Chief Buddhist monks, clergies in other religions such as Christianity and Hinduism,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/04/19)

CANDIDATES FOR THE NEXT PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION
BY EDWARD THEOPHILUS
According to political analysts and journalists, several candidates have named as potential aspirants for the next presidential election in Sri Lanka, which will be scheduled to hold ending 2019. The major shortcoming of such ad-hoc naming is that not a single journalist names a woman candidate and it seems that although political parties promote equality between men and women, not a single political party has promoted a female candidate for the leadership. SLFP had women leaders but UNP never had a female leader. The prospective leader of UNP (Ruwan Wijewardane) is not only male but... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/04/19)

විදුලි කප්පාදුව සම්බන්ධයෙන් වගකීම රජය භාරගත යුතුයි
ශ්‍රී ලංකා මානව හිමිකම් කේන්ද්‍රයේ වැඩබලන විධායක අධ්‍යක්ෂිකා සුරංගී ආරියවංශ
පවතින විදුලි කප්පාදුව සම්බන්ධයෙන් සම්පූර්ණ වගකීම රජය භාරගත යුතු බව ශ්‍රී ලංකා මානව හිමිකම් කේන්ද්‍රය අවධාරණය කරයි. එහි අධ්‍යක්ෂිකා සුරංගී ආරියවංශ මහත්මිය පෙන්වා දුන්නේ විදුලි කප්පාදුව නිසා ජන ජීවිතය බරපතල අන්දමින් අඩාල වී ඇති බවයි. මහා පරිමාණ කර්මාන්ත කරුවන් සහ ඇතැම් ආයතන විදුලි ජනන යන්ත්‍ර ආධාරයෙන් විදුලිය සපයා ගත්තද කුඩා පරිමාණ කර්මාන්ත කරුවන් සහ ආයතන හිමිකරුවන් මෙන්ම සාමාන්‍ය ජනතාව මෙම තත්වය නිසා බරපතල අපහසුතාවකට පත්ව ඇති බව ඇය සඳහන් කළාය. දිවයිනේ  විදුලි ජනන යන්ත්‍ර නොමැති පාසැල් බොහොමයක් පවතින බවද එම පැසැල්... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/04/19)

April insurgency – a little known story
Janaka Perera
April 5, 2019 marks the 48th Anniversary of the JVP insurgency of 1971 the first ever armed uprising against the Sri Lankan State since the British departed our shores.  It was one of two Southern insurgencies within a span of less than two decades. Both led two generations of youth and many others to their graves. Following is a story of April ’71 which exposes how these so-called liberation struggles drove men to mercilessly kill even their friends and colleagues. Towards the end of March, 1971, the Trincomalee Naval Base received a letter... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/04/19)

Why a White Christian Isn't Called a Terrorist
By Kalinga Seneviratne  SYDNEY (IDN) – After a White Australian of Christian background Brenton Tarrant gunned down 50 Muslims praying at a Christchurch mosque on a Friday, it took the New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern more than a day to call it a “terrorist” act, and when she did so, the mainstream media in Australia and New Zealand quoted Tarrant’s mother as describing him an “angelic boy”. Photo: Governor-General of New Zealand, Dame Patsy Reddy, lays flowers for the victims of the Christchurch mosque shootings at Hagley Park on 19 March 2019. CC BY-SA 4.0... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 04/04/19)

Future development of Sri Lanka on district basis
The proposal to establish provincial councils was, apart from JRJs debacle to stay in power with the help of Indians, primarily to solve the problem of people coming to Colombo to get work done which later translated to sharing POWER. Establishing a PC in Western province had no relevance on this basis. Further provinces close to Colombo and a province like central province had no relevance either.  Added to a financial burden, the low bred lowly educated members of PCs did a greater damage to the fabric of the landscape with illegal nefarious activities such as illegal projects... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 04/04/19)

සබරගමු සරසවි සිසුන්ට පොලීසිය එල්ලකළ අමානුෂික ප‍්‍රහාරය දැඩිව හෙලා දකිමු
උපාධිධාරී ජාතික මධ්‍යස්ථානය. National Center ‌for Graduate
සබරගමුව විශ්ව විද්‍යාලයේ සිසුන් භාෂා හා සමාජ විද්‍යා පීඨවලට සිසුන් බඳවා ගැනීමේ දී සිදුකරන කප්පාදුව නවත්වන ලෙස ආණ්ඩුවට බලකරමින් ඊයේ (03) දින සිදුකරනු ලැබූ සාමාකාමී හා නිරායුධ විරෝධතාවයට ශ‍්‍රී ලංකා පොලීසිය එල්ල කළ ම්ලේච්ඡ හා අමානුෂික ප‍්‍රහාරය දැඩි පිළිකුළෙන් යුතුව හෙලා දකිමු. මෙවැනි අමානුෂික හා සාහසික ප‍්‍රහාරයන් දියත් කිරීමට පොලීසිය භාරව කටයුතු කරන ගරු ජනාධිපති මෛත‍්‍රීපාල සිරිසේන මහතා නියෝග ක‌ෙලේද නැතිනම් එජාප ආණ්ඩුවේ ප‍්‍රධානීන්ගේ උවමනාව මත දියත්කළ ප‍්‍රහාරයක්ද යන්න පැහැදිලි නැත. නමුත් අවසානයේ කුමන පන්නයේ ආණ්ඩු හා නායකයින් රට පාලනය කළත් සිසුන් ඇතුළු පොදු ජනතාවට මර්දනය හා මෙවැනි... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/04/19)

විදුලි බල අවශ්‍යතාවය පිළිබදව විදුලි බල ඉංඩිනේරුවන් පෙන්වා දුන්නත් ආන්ඩුව කිසිදු පියවරක් ගත්තේ නැතිව ඉදලා දැන් තමන්ට කැමැති පුද්ගලයින්ගෙන් විදුලිය මිලදි ගැනීම සැලසුම්සහගතව කරපු දෙයක්
ශ්‍රී ලංකා පොදුජන පෙරමුණ මාධ්‍ය හමුව
පාර්ලිමේන්තු මන්ත්‍රී රමේෂ් පතිරණ මහතා මේ වන විට ලංකාවේ ඇති වෙලා තියෙන ජල විදුලි අර්බුදය හේතුවෙන් රටේ සමස්ත ජනතාවටම ප්‍රශ්න ඇති වෙලා. පහුගිය කාල සීමාවේ ජාතික විදුලි පද්ධතියට අලුතෙන් විදුලි ඒකක එකතු කිරීමේ ක්‍රමවේදයකට ආණ්ඩුව පිවිසියේ නැහැ.දැනට ජාතික අවශ්‍යතාවය ලෙස පවතින දෛනික මෙගා වොට් 2700ක පමණ අවශ්‍යතාවය ජල විදුලිය නිපදවීමට නොහැකිවීම නිසා අර්බුදයකට පත්වෙලා. ලංකාවේ දැනට ජලවිදුලිය ඇතුලුව නිපදවෙන්නේ මෙගාවොට් 4000 පමණ ප්‍රමාණයක්. වර්තමානයේ වියළ කාලගුණ තත්ත්වය නිසා ජල විදුලි අත්පාදනය අඩුවීමෙන් විදුලි ජනනය මෙගා වොට් 2500 පමණ ප්‍රමාණයකට අඩු වෙලා තියෙන්නේ. විදුලි බල ඉල්ලුම වාර්ෂිකව... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/04/19)

Rural people fallen prey to illegal loan schemes: Opposition Leader Mahinda Rajapaksa
Ajith Siriwardana and Yohan Perera Courtesy The Daily Mirror
While claiming that people in rural areas had fallen prey to illegal loan schemes including micro-financing organisations, Opposition Leader Mahinda Rajapaksa today urged the government to take steps to ban such organisations and to waive off loans obtained by the people from such organisations. He told parliament that it was important to introduce a micro-finance service at ground level to strengthen the rural economy. Raising a question under Standing Orders 23/2, he said people including farmers and fisherfolk had mortgaged their property to these organisations... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/04/19)

THE TRAGIC TALE OF IMPORTED DAIRY COWS
Tharindu Jayewardene and Bingun Menaka Gamage Courtesy The Daily Mirror
As the first stage of the project to import of dairy cows, 500 and 1500 dairy cows had been imported in 2012The estimated cost of this project was 73.95 million US dollarsThe talk of importing 20,000 dairy cows came to the surface again in 2017Many dairy cows had contracted the disease called ‘mastitis’ Sometime ago people had the habit of leveling allegations against certain authorities that they were involved in doing ‘ Harak weda’ (things unbecoming of them). This story... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/04/19)

SLPP Chairman, Professor G.L. Peiris issues an ultimatum to SLFP
RANMINI GUNASEKARA Courtesy Adaderana
he Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) yesterday (1) told the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) to take a stand at the final vote of the Budget this week, if they wished to form an alliance with the SLPP in the future. This was stated by SLPP Chairman, Professor G.L. Peiris at a press conference held at the SLPP headquarters in Battaramulla. “Our third round of talks, to form a joint coalition with the SLFP, will be held just five days after the final vote on the 2019 Budget. The whole... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/04/19)

SriLankan Airlines to be sold to LTTE-funded company, trade unions claim
Courtesy Adaderana
SLFP-affiliated trade unions of SriLankan Airlines today claimed that the government is preparing to sell Sri Lanka’s national carrier to a company which is ‘operating with LTTE funds’. Representatives of the Sri Lanka Nidahas Sevaka Sangamaya – Sri Lankan Airlines, addressing a press conference today, vowed to resort to strict trade union action if the government goes ahead with such a deal. https://youtu.be/_qKB0dPgVSM Chairman of the association, Janaka Wijepathirana, alleged that the relevant Cabinet paper proposing the sale of SriLankan Airlines to a ‘company operating with LTTE funding’... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/04/19)

SC orders to compensate residents affected by Chunnakam plant
Courtesy Adaderana
The Supreme Court has declared that the environmental damage caused by the Uthuru Janani thermal power plant in Chunnakam, Jaffna, has violated the fundamental rights of the residents of the area. The Bench passing the verdict comprised of Justices Priyantha Jayawardena, Prasanna Jayawardena, and L. T. B. Dehideniya. https://youtu.be/Bx1VTsyI3ac Accordingly, the court ordered the Northern Power Company Ltd., which operates the power plant, to pay an amount of Rs 20 million for the affected people in compensation. The Court ordered that the Rs 20 million should... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/04/19)

YAHAPALANA AS A PUPPET REGIME Part 9
KAMALIKA PIERIS
Revised 6.4.19 This essay deals with the continuing story of USA, its allies and Yahapalana.   Activities are presented in inventory form.  STATUS OF FORCES AGREEMENT Sunday Times stated in January 2019 that Sri Lankans are blissfully unaware that agreements have been signed with an important foreign government without proper consultation or studying the implication involved.  One agreement gives the defence forces of that powerful country legitimate access to Sri Lanka. Parliament has not been told about these defense deals.  Only cursory cabinet approval has been granted.  Sunday Times has seen... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/04/19)

“Appachchi Avith” (Name of the Father)
Book Review: By Maximus Jayantha Anandappa (Sydney, Australia)
The recipient of the prestigious Swarna Pusthaka Award for the best novel in 2018, Saman Wickramaarachchi’s “Appachchi Avith” (titled “Name of the Father” in English) has been commended as an unqualified success in the Sinhala social and print media which had prompted me to pen my comments on the book. To me as a whole the novel is fundamentally flawed, too contrived and unconvincing with little literary merit to speak of, or to savour.  In keeping with what appears to be the contemporary norm, written in vernacular Sinhala,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/04/19)

අම්ල වැසි වලට ඔරොත්තු දෙන දේශීය වී වර්ග සොයා ගත් පර්යේෂණයට සිසුන් තිදෙනෙක් ඇමරිකාවට
මතුගම සෙනෙවිරුවන්
ඉන්ටෙල් ඉන්ටනැෂනල් සමාගම විසින් පවත්වන විද්‍යාව සහ ඉංජිනේරු භාවිතය පිළිබඳ ඉන්ටෙල් ජාත්‍යන්තර සමුළුව සඳහා නොයෙකුත් රටවල නව නිර්මාණ කරුවන් සාභාගි වෙති. 2008 වසරේ සිට ලංකාවේ නව නිපැයුම් හපනුන් ද මෙම තරඟයට එක්ව සිටිති. එහිදී වැදගත්ම කරුණ වූයේ එක් වර්ෂයක් ඇරුණු කොට සෑම වර්ෂයකම ලංකාවට ජයග්‍රහණයක් අත් කර දීමට හැකිවීමයි. 2019 වසරේ දී මෙම තරඟයට රටවල් හැත්තෑපහක් පමණ සාභාගිවනු ඇතැයි අපෙක්ෂා කෙරේ. මැයි මස දොලොස්වනදා සිට දාහත්වනදා දක්වා ඇමරිකාවේ අරිසෝනා ප්‍රාන්තයේ ෆීන්ක්ස් හිදී පැවැත්වෙන මෙම තරඟයට ලංකාවෙන් සිසුන් කණ්ඩායම් තුනක් සභාගි වෙයි. නව නිපැයුම් වලින් මුල් තැන් ගත් සිසුන් දෙදෙනෙක්ද පර්යේෂණ මගින් සොයා ගත් කරුණු සැලකිල්ලට ගෙන... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/04/19)

Cool Customers and K(cool) Air Generators Difference between Private and public sector employees
Dr Sarath Obeysekera
I am writing this snippet to elaborate how Sri Lankan Have failed to win the heart of customers making them “ Cool.” I have a generator which is being serviced by a Company with “Cool Air “ . I called the company mobile number found in the website and the person who picked up the phone was none other than the Managing Director/CEO  of the company. This Company has an annual contract with me to service the Generator throughout the year . I introduced myself and inquired whether a... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/04/19)

Studying health effects of micro-plastics will be a catalyst in efforts to save our oceans
Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka to the UN, Geneva
“A study of the health effects of marine plastic pollution and micro-plastics is important for strengthening national and global initiatives to combat plastic pollution of our oceans”, stressed Ambassador A.L.A. Azeez, Sri Lanka’s Permanent Representative in Geneva, addressing an interactive Panel Discussion held at the Graduate Institute of Geneva as part of the Geneva Sustainability Week. At the interactive Panel Discussion ‘Our Plastic Future: Can the Oceans Survive?’ where a number of participants actively engaged, Ambassador Azeez elaborated Sri Lanka’s efforts and commitment towards achieving effective and... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/04/19)

Sri Lanka tea plantations under investigation for labour rights
 by Lucy Patchett in Ethics, Supply chain, Sustainability  Courtesy  cips.org
Sri Lankan tea plantations in the central highland district of Nuwara Eliya are being investigated by the Rainforest Alliance and the Fairtrade Foundation for abusing labour workers rights and breaching ethical label standards. Investigations are underway, confirmed The Rainforest Alliance and the Fairtrade Foundation, and said that if plantations are found to be in violation of the ethical label’s standards their certification will be suspended or cancelled. The action follows reveleations by the Thomson Reuters Foundation (TRF) that plantation workers wages were deducted without consent,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/04/19)

Australian cattle exported to Sri Lanka dying and malnourished, local farmers left suicidal
Exclusive by Lorna Knowles, ABC Investigations and Siobhan Heanue, South Asia correspondent Courtesy ABC News
PHOTO: Cows on Lammermoor Estate in Sri Lanka were part of the Australian export program. (ABC News: Siobhan Heanue)RELATED STORY: Aus jerseys hand-picked for Sri Lanka Hundreds of Australian and New Zealand cattle have died in a Federal Government-backed export deal with Sri Lanka, which local farmers say has left them broke, and in some cases, suicidal. Key points: About 500 Australian and New Zealand dairy cows have died after being shipped to Sri LankaThe scheme was underwritten by... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/04/19)

Sri Lanka urged to halt death penalty plan
Courtesy Miami Herald COLOMBO, Sri Lanka
Amnesty International urged Sri Lanka Wednesday to halt plans to resume executions after more than four decades, saying capital punishment will not end drug-related crimes. The statement by the rights group came two days after Sri Lanka president Maithripala Sirisena announced that dates have been set for the country's first executions in 43 years amid rising alarm over drug-related crimes. Authorities have intensified a crackdown on narcotics to deter smugglers from using the Indian Ocean island nation as a transit point for distribution in the region. ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/04/19)

Sri Lanka to hold largest ever military exercise
Courtesy China.org.cn
The Sri Lanka Army on Wednesday said it would hold the largest ever military exercise in July to coincide with 10 years since the end of the island's 30-year civil conflict between government troops and Tamil Tiger rebels. In a statement, the army said the month-long military exercise will begin on July 1, with the participation of over 5,000 soldiers. The program titled, "Exercise -- Western Shield," will extend from Mannar, in the north to Puttalam, in the north western province, including Kalpitiya, Wilpattu National Park, Mavillu and Thabbowa Forest Reserves and... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/04/19)

Why the British should apologise to India
by Shashi Tharoor Courtesy RT
Screenshot from film Gandhi (1982); Director Richard Attenborough; International Film Investors; National Film Development Corporation of India (NFDC); Goldcrest Films International; Indo-British; Carolina Bank The centenary of the Jallianwala Bagh massacre is the right occasion for Britain to apologise for the evils of colonialism. Two years ago, on the UK publication of my book Inglorious Empire: What The British Did to India, I took the unusual step of demanding an apology from Britain to India. I even suggested the time and place – the centenary, on April... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/04/19)

අස්ගිරියෙන් ‘ජනප‍්‍රසාදිනී’ පිදුම් ලද ඇමති ලක්‍ෂමන් කිරිඇල්ල ‘පල යකෝ යන්න.. පර බල්ලා’ කියා භික්‍ෂුණ් වහන්සේ නමකට බැණ බදී…[Video]
 lanka C news ‘නිකන් පලයන් යකෝ යන්න පර බල්ලා’ යැයි කියමින් රාජ්‍ය ව්‍යවසාය, කන්ද උඩරට උරුමය සහ මහනුවර සංවර්ධන ඇමැති ලක්ෂ්මන් කිරිඇල්ල මහතා විසින් භික්ෂූන් වහන්සේ නමකට ඉතා පහත් ලෙස බැණ වැදීමක් සිදු කර තිබේ. මෙම බැනවැදීම් සිදුකරන ලද්දේ ගම්පොල නාවලපිටිය මාර්ගය අවහිර කරමින් සිදුකරන ලද උද්ඝෝෂණයකදී එහි සිටි භික්ෂුන් වහන්සේ නමක් ඇමතිවරයාට ගත් දුරකථන ඇමතුමක දීය. https://youtu.be/rgHmQmt2F84 මාර්ගයක් පිළිසකර කර දෙන ලෙස ඉල්ලමින් මෙම විරෝධතාවය පැවැත්වූ අතර ඊට විශාල සංඛ්‍යාවක් ජනතාව ද එක්ව සිටිය අතර භික්ෂූන් වහන්සේලාද පිරිසක් එක්ව සිටියහ. ඉන් එක් භික්ෂූන් වහන්සේ... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 03/04/19)

මීවනපලානේ හිමියන්ගේ පිවිතුරු සිරි සද්ධර්මය බුද්ධාගම ද? බුද්ධ ධර්මය ද?
ජ්‍යෙෂ්ඨ කථිකාචාර්ය  මාවතගම පේමානන්ද හිමි,  ජ්‍යෙෂ්ඨ මහාචාර්ය ඊ. ඒ. වික්‍රමසිංහ  ශ්‍රී ලංකා බෞද්ධ හා පාලි විශ්වවිද්‍යාලය උපුටා ගැන්ම දිවයින
නිවන් අවබෝධ කර ගැනීමට උපකාරී වන එකම දහම බුදුරජාණන් වහන්සේ විසින් දේශනා කොට වදාළ ශ්‍රී සද්ධර්මය බව සැබැවි. එය වසර දෙදහස්‌ හයසියයකටත් අධික කාලයක්‌ ලොව පුරා පැවති සහ දැනටත් පවතින අනාගතයට ද වලංගු වන ඒකායන ධර්ම මාර්ගය යි. එය අමුතුවෙන් කිව යුත්තක්‌ නො වේ. බුදුදහම පහළ වූයේ දඹදිව වුවත් එම දහම සමස්‌ත ලෝකයටම සාධාරණ ධර්මතාවෙන් යුක්‌ත වූවකි. මීවනපලානේ හිමියන් බුදුන් වදාළ ධර්මය බුද්ධාගම හා බුද්ධ ධර්මය යනුවෙන් වෙන් වෙන් ව දක්‌වා ඇතත් ඒ දෙක පැහැදිලිව විස්‌තර කර නැත. එහිමියන්... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/04/19)

History rejects Tamil-NGO politics of Jehan Perera
H. L. D. Mahindapala
Hate speech comes in various shades of lies. It is the curse that haunts current of global politics. It runs from white supremacists in America to the boot-end of New Zealand. On the way to New Zealand it links up with Tamil supremacists and their NGO agents in Sri Lanka. Some lies are blunt like the Tamil extremists who passed a resolution in the Northern Provincial Council branding the democratically elected states since independence (1948) as instruments of Sinhala genocidal criminals. This is not only a lie that contradicts historical facts but also hate... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/04/19)

An Independent Afro-Asian UNO to replace the Western dictated UNO?
Dr. Sudath Gunasekara President Senior Citizens Movement Mahanuwara.
Posted on July 6th, 2010 This is an article published on 7.7.2010 in Lankaweb resubmitted for publication as it is more relevant and timely than ever before, in view of the ongoing and unending harassment deployed towards this country by the UNO and its other agencies like the UNCHR and Human Watch after reading the beautiful analysis of UNO by By Shenali Waduge under” Cut the crap UN – your foreign Missions have failed, your tribunals are dead ducks & UN is corrupt & biased, Posted on March... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/04/19)

ගම සමග පිළිසදරක් ඇරඹේ
ශ්‍රී ලංකා පොදුජන පෙරමුණ
ගම සමග පිළිසදරක් වැඩසටහනේ තුන්වැනි අධියර අප්‍රියෙල් 02 වැනිදා සිට ජුනි මස 01 වැනිදා දක්වා පැවැත්වෙයි. ඒ අනුව දින 60කින් රට පුරා ගම සමග පිළීසදරක් මැයෙන් රැස්වීම් 25000ක් පැවැත්වීමට නියමිතව ඇත. ඔබේම මව්බිම ඔබේම අදහස් ඇසුරින් ගොඩනගමු තේමාව යටතේ ගම සමග පිළිසදරක් වැඩසටහන අධීයර තුනක් යටතේ සංවිධානය කර ඇති අතර මේ වන විට එහි අධියට දෙකක් සාර්ථකව අවසන් කර තිබේ. ශ්‍රී ලංකා පොදුජන පෙරමුණ ප්‍රමුඛ නව රජයක් පත්වීමෙන් පසුව ක්‍රියාත්මක කෙරෙන ප්‍රතිපත්ති මාලාව සකස් කිරීම සදහා ජනතාවගේ අදහස් විමසීමේ අරමුණින් මෙම වැඩසටහන දියත් කෙරේ. තුන්වැනි අධියර... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/04/19)

Titanium Sands preparing resource update at Sri Lankan mineral sands project
Courtesy Proactive Investors Australia
Results and details of analyses will be released in June 2019. The Mannar deposit is on a sand island in the dry northwest of Sri Lanka Titanium Sands Ltd (ASX:TSL) is preparing to upgrade resources at the Mannar Island Heavy Mineral Sands Project in northwest Sri Lanka incorporating results from resource infill and extension drilling. A further 802 drill holes have been completed in the ongoing resource infill program. The latest drilling has reduced the nominal resource pattern down to 200 metres by 50 metres... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/04/19)

How Gandhi ended up with the gods on a Sri Lankan temple’s entrance
By Nayanjot Lahiri Courtesy quasrtz
I first set my eyes on the gopuram (entrance towers of temples built in the southern Indian style) of the Vallipuram Vishnu temple on a warm Sunday morning in early March. Named after the nearby village, the temple complex looks like a small oasis among the surrounding sand dunes, which are dotted with clumps of grass and coconut trees. The dunes continue till the coast that fringes the northernmost part of the Jaffna peninsula of Sri Lanka. The temple is, in fact, not far from where the Palk Strait and the Bay of Bengal... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/04/19)

Some shocking reasons for power cuts
Millions of people are suffering and most are blaming the government for the current four-hour daily power cuts in most parts of the country. Difficult times or times of struggle are widely known to be the time when we should deeply ponder on what we have done or fail to do as responsible eco-friendly citizens in this era of global warming and climate change.    For instance Pope Francis has called on world religious leaders to come together for this battle against global warming and climate change because it is not only a personal or economic issue but... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 02/04/19)

H’tota oil refinery a money laundering project: UPFA
Ajith Siriwardana and Yohan Perera Courtesy The Daily Mirror
The Hambantota oil refinery project was not a genuine investment but is an attempt at money laundering to bring down money earned illegally through the Central Bank bond scam, UPFA MP Shehan Semasinghe said yesterday. He told parliament that Transparency International had also cast aspersions with regard to a money laundering attempt behind this project. The MP said this project was only meant to mark the Prime Minister's birthday and it was not a genuine investment. He told parliament that even the investor... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/04/19)

PCoI witness complains of intimidation
By Rathindra Kuruwita Courtesy The Island
The Presidential Commission of Inquiry (PCoI) probing allegations of large scale corruption under the current government instructed the police unit attached thereto to investigate an attempt to intimidate witness Amal Suriyage of the Lammermoor Estate in Maskeliya by some officials of the Ministry of Rural Economic development and the Foresight Engineering Pvt. Ltd, the local agent for Wellard Rural Exports Pvt. Ltd., Australia. Suriyage is giving evidence on the questionable import of high-yielding cows in 2017; the Ministry of Rural Economic development signed an agreement to import 20,000 cows from... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/04/19)

Draconian provisions in Draconian provisions in proposed new counter terrorism law – Mahinda GL warns of police state
by Shamindra Ferdinando Courtesy The Island
A pril 2, 2019, 9:32 pm Opposition Leader Mahinda Rajapaksa, MP, yesterday said that they were ready for talks with political parties represented in parliament, including the Tamil National Alliance (TNA), in a bid to thwart attempts to bring in controversial counter terrorism law targeting legitimate political opposition. Rajapaksa alleged that the proposed law meant to replace the existing Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) in accordance with current dispensation’s understanding with Western powers, threatened civil liberties. A top UPFA team comprising former... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/04/19)

Water Board accountant sentenced to 37 years RI for stealing Rs. 12 mn
Courtesy The Island
A former accountant of the Keleniya Office of the National Water Supply and Drainage Board (NWSDB) , Ananda Mabola, was sentenced by Colombo High Court judge Gihan Kulatunga, yesterday, to 37 years rigorous imprisonment for financial irregularities. Mabola was also ordered to pay the NWSDB Rs. 13 million as compensation and Rs. 4 million as fines. Kulatunga said that if Mabola failed to pay the fine, he would face an additional 23-year jail term. The case will be called again on May 31 so that Mabola can pay the fine and... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/04/19)

Do we need a diary or beef industry?
Chandre Dharmawardana
Every one has by now heard of how a large number of cows have been imported in recent years, and how they had died causing severe problems to the dairy farmer. A recent report entitled “Importing exotic cows which performed poorly under local conditions” by Ananda Wickremasinghe appeared in the Last Sunday Times. In the 1970s, when I was a Director of the Leather Products corporation (DI became "Lanka Sam") there was discussion that "Lanka Sam" should have its own livestock and dairy farm to ensure its autonomous supply of cattle skin. This... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/04/19)

Why Australia is the best place to be an online racist.
BY ANDREW JAKUBOWICZ. Courtesy John Menadue – Pearls and Irritations
When no name pulled the trigger over one hundred times as he sluiced his way through the congregations at two Christchurch mosques, nothing he did was new. It was bigger, perhaps more “successful”, and maybe better planned than his role models had been able to realise, but his actions were entirely predictable. The type of perpetrator was known, his personality and personal development trajectory predictable.  The likely weaponry was known. The roles that social media had played and would play in the events, apart from the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/04/19)

ද්‍රවිඩ සන්ධානයට ‘‘හයිබි‍්‍රඞ් උසාවි’’ පොරොන්දුව දුන්නේ කවුද?
ෂමින්ද්‍ර ෆර්ඩිනැන්ඩෝ  උපුටා ගැන්ම දිවයින
ද්‍රවිඩ ජාතික සන්ධානයේ යාපනය දිස්ත‍්‍රික් මන්ත‍්‍රී මතියපරන් ආබ‍්‍රහම් සුමන්තිරන් මාර්තු 22 සවස ශ‍්‍රී ලංකාව ජාත්‍යන්තර යුද අධිකරණය ඉදිරියට ගෙන යන බවට පාර්ලිමේන්තුවේදී තර්ජනය කළේය. 2015 ඔක්තෝබර් 01දින පොරොන්දු වූ පරිදි ශ‍්‍රී ලංකා රජය විදේශීය විනිසුරුවරුන් ඇතුළු දෙමුහුන් යුද අධිකරණයක් පිහිටුවිය යුතු බවට ඔහු බල කළේය. එසේ කිරීමට රජය අවශ්‍ය ක‍්‍රියාමාර්ග නොගතහොත්, ද්‍රවිඩ ජනතාව ඉල්ලන පරිදි ශ‍්‍රී ලංකාව ජාත්‍යන්තර යුද අධිකරණයට ගෙන යන බවත් පැවසීය. මෙය සුළු පටු තර්ජනයක් නොවේ. ශ්‍රේෂ්ඨාධිකරණයේ නීතිඥයකු වන පාර්ලිමේන්තු මුදල් කාරක සභාවේ සාමාජිකයකු වූ සුමන්තිරන් මෙලෙස ප‍්‍රකාශ කළේ ඇයි? ජාත්‍යන්තර යුද අධිකරණ ක‍්‍රියාවලියෙන්... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/04/19)

ශ්‍රී ලංකා පොදුජන පෙරමුනේ මාධ්‍ය හමුව
අද (01) දින පැවැති මාධ්‍ය හමුවට සහභාගි වූ නියෝජිතයින් -ශ්‍රී ලංකා පොදුජන පෙරමුනේ සභාපති මහාචාර්ය ජි. එල්. පීරිස් මහතා පාර්ලිමේන්තු මන්ත්‍රී රෝහිත අබේගුණවර්ධන මහතා පළාත් සභා සංසදයේ සභාපති කංචන ජයරත්න මහතා 
■             ජනාධිපතිවරයා හෝ විදේශ කටයුතු අමාතයංශය නොදැන ජිනිවා තානාපතිවරයාට උපදෙස් දුන් පුද්ගලයින් සම්බන්ධයෙන් ගන්නා පියවර මොනවාද ■             සුලුසිද්ධි සම්බන්ධයෙන් විදේශ ගමන් බලපත්‍රය අහෝසි කරනවා. නමුත් අර්ජුන මහේන්ද්‍රන් ට පැන යන්න අවස්ථාව දුන්නා. ■             එජාපයේ ජනතා විරෝධී වැඩපිළිවෙලට ශ්‍රිලනීපය හදවතින්ම විරුද්ධ නම් අප්‍රියෙල් පස්වෙනිදා එය පෙන්වන්න අවස්ථාව ලැබෙනවා. ■             ඉතිරි කාලයේ පරම්පරා ගණනකට සරිලන වීදියට උපයා ගැනීමයි ආණ්ඩුවේ ඉලක්කය වෙලා තියෙන්නේ. ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/04/19)

ගෝටාභයට ඇමරිකාවේ නඩු දාන්න බෑ.. ජනාධිපතිවරණයට ස්ථිරයි..
අරවින්ද අතුකෝරල
https://youtu.be/yZPgGr5Gp0s පිවිතුරු හෙල උරුමයේ නායක පාර්ලිමේන්තු මන්ත‍්‍රී උදය ගම්මන්පිල මහතා එම පක්‍ෂ මූලස්ථානයේදී පැවති මාධ්‍ය හමුවකදී මෙම අදහස් පල කලේය. එජාපයට මේ දිනවල ගෝඨා භය කියන මරාන්තික රෝගය හැදිලා උණ විකාරයෙන් කියවනවා. මාරාන්තිකයි කිව්වම ඔය රෝගය හැදුනට පස්සේ ආණ්ඩුව මැරෙනවා මැරෙනවා මයි.   රාවණා කුමරු ඉපදුනා කිව්වාම කුවේර රජතුමා වෙව්ලා ගියා වගේ පණ්ඩුකාභය කුමරු ඉපදුනු අවස්ථාවේ මාමාවරු බියෙන් සැලුනා වගේ නාගසේන හිමියන් දුටුවාම මිලින්ද රජ ත්‍රස්ත වුණා වගේ ගෝඨාභය මැතිඳු එන පුවත ඇසූ සැණෙන් එජාපය උණ විකාරයෙන් කියවන්න පටන් අරන්. මේ අය නිතර කියන කරුණු දෙකක් තිබෙනවා.  ඒ ඇමෙරිකාවේ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/04/19)

‘රූම් එකක් බුක් කරලා බිරිද එවන්න.. මගෙ ලිංගය පෙන්වන්නම්..’- රන්ජන් පාර්ලිමේන්තුවේදී අසභ්‍ය කතා.. ‘පකයා’ කියා බැනුම් අහගනී…
පාර්ලිමේන්තුව
https://youtu.be/DyLr7a0k_Y8 අයවැය කාරක සභා අවස්ථාවේ විවාදයේ දී අද දිනයේ පාර්ලිමේන්තුවේ දී රාජ්‍ය ඇමැති රංජන් රාමනායක මහතා සහ පාර්ලිමේන්තු මන්ත්‍රී මොහාන් සිල්වා මහතා අතර උණුසුම් වචන හුවමාරුවක් ඇති විය. දෙදෙනා විසින් පැවසූ ඇතැම් වචන හැන්සාඩ් වාර්තාවෙන් ඉවත් කරන්නැයි පාර්ලිමේන්තුවේ මූලාසනය විසින් දැනුම් දෙනු ලැබීය. ‘ඒ ගැන පරීක්ෂා කරන්න ඕන්නං එතුමාගේ බිරිඳයි රූම් එකකුයි බුක් කරන්න කියන්න. මට තියෙන්නේ මොන වගේ ලිංගයක්ද කියලා මම පෙන්නන්නම් එතුමගේ නෝනට ඇවිල්ලා’ යයි රාමනායක මහතා එක් අවස්ථාවක සඳහන් කළේය. මොහන් සිල්වා මහතාද ‘ප**’ කියා ඊට ප‍්‍රතිචාර දැක්වීමත් සමග වාදය උණුසුම් විය.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/04/19)

Unparliamentary language used in House
Yohan Perera and Ajith Siriwardana Courtesy The Daily Mirror
Unparliamentary language was used in the House today during a heated argument which broke out between UPFA Mohan Priyadarashana de Silva and State Minister Ranjan Ramanayake with regard to the selling of vehicle permits. The argument popped up when State Minister said he helped a poor girl by giving some of the money he collected from selling his vehicle permit. He said monetary help was given through the foundation he had formed by selling his permit. Mr. de Silva who shot back said Mr Ramanayake... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/04/19)

ඉහළ කොත්මලේ හදන්න එපා කියලා උද්ගෝෂණ ආවා.නොරොච්චෝලය හැදුවොත් මරාගෙන මැරෙන තරමට විරෝධතා ආවා.මහින්ද යුද්ධය මැද ඒවත් සම්පුර්ණ කලා.
ලංකා තිලක FB
මහින්ද රටේ තත්පරයකට රැ 750 වියදම් වෙන යුද්ධයක් කළා. ඒ අතරේ රටේ ඉහළ යන විදුලිබල ඉල්ලුම ගැන විදුලි විශේෂඥයන් පුරෝකථන කලා. ඉහළ කොත්මලේ හදන්න එපා කියලා උද්ගෝෂණ ආවා. නොරොච්චෝලය හැදුවොත් මරාගෙන මැරෙන තරමට විරෝධතා ආවා. මහින්ද යුද්ධය මැද ඒවත් සම්පුර්ණ කලා. ඒ හංදා මහින්දට ලයිටි කපන කාලසටහන් රටේ ජනමාධ්‍ය තුලින් ප්‍රචාරය කරවන්න අවශ්‍ය වුනේ නෑ. ලංකාවේ අධිවේග මාර්ග විතරක් නෙවේ වෙනදා පළාත් සභා ප්‍රාදේශීය සභා පාරවල් වල කලේ තාර දාලා උඩින් වැලි දාලා පාරට තාර දැම්මා කියලා පෙන්නන එක. වැලි ටික හෝදගෙන ගිහාම පාර... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/04/19)

Open letter to Mr. Pujitha S.B.Jayasundara, Inspector General of Police of Sri Lanka.
By Charles.S.Perera
Mr.Pujitha S.B.Jayasundara, Inspector General of Police, Sri Lanka Dear Sir, I am presently living abroad but I am a man from a small village in Sri Lanka. Sir it is we the villagers who feel more for our country to the extent to  even shed tears in secret when we are unable to put right the wrongs that are being done to our country. I have read you are also from  a village Mahamukalaanayaaya in Bogamuwa. That means you are a real son of the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/04/19)

Cut the crap UN – your foreign Missions have failed, your tribunals are dead ducks & UN is corrupt & biased
Proof is in the pudding they say and so when anyone in Sri Lanka tries to promote UN as the savior the best response is to ask them where ha the UN succeed. UN has had 49 Missions across the world since it started and all of them are virtual failures and none of these countries can say that UN has helped them solve their problems. UN has held tribunals too and none of these have ended with justice to victims except the judges and staff have got rich. Therefore, we in Sri Lanka clearly say we do not have... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 01/04/19)


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