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George Floyd murder enflames US: America is a failed state
On 26 May 2020 social media watched a black man (George Floyd) handcuffed and pinned to the pavement pleading to the 4 white American police officers – ‘I can’t breathe’. Onlookers watching George, whose neck was being pressed by a cop’s knee, pleaded for his release. Smartphones enabled the entire world to watch a human life cut short live. George was not the only black man to have been unfairly delivered ‘justice’ and he is unlikely to be the last. What unfolded thereafter across US was a cocktail of maladies coming home to roost in a country that has reigned... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 31/05/20)

තොණ්ඩමන්ගේ අවමගුලේ සංවිධායක වෛද්‍ය අනිල් ජාසිංහට තර්ජනය කරලා..
උපුටා ගැන්ම ලංකා සී නිව්ස්
අභාවප‍්‍රාප්ත හිටපු අමාත්‍ය ආරුමුගම් තොණ්ඩමන් මහතාගේ අවමඟුල් කටුයුතුවලට සහභාගි වූ කිසිවෙකුට හෝ කොවිඞ් 19 ආසාදනය වී නව රෝගීන් පොකුරක් මතුවුවහොත් නිරෝධායන පනතේ රෙගුලාසිවලට පටහැනිව යමින් කටයුතු කිරීම පිළිබදව ජාතික හා ජාත්‍යන්තර වශයෙන් නඩු පවරන බව ශ්‍රී ලංකා මහජන සෞඛ්‍ය පරික්ෂකවරුන්ගේ සංගමයේ සභාපති උපුල් රෝහණ මහතා අනතුරු අඟවයි. එම අවමඟුලේ කටයුතු සංවිධානය කරමින් සිටි එක් පුද්ගලයෙක් නිරෝදායන පනතේ නිසි බලධාරියා වන සෞඛ්‍ය සේවා අධ්‍යක්ෂ ජනරාල්වරයාට පවා දුරකතනයෙන් තර්ජනය කළේ යැයි තම සංගමය වෙත වාර්තා වී ඇතැයි ද හෙතෙම කියයි. මියගිය අයෙකුගේ මෘත ශරීරය විකුණාගෙන කමින් දේශපාලන බලය ලබාගැනීම සදහා ඡන්ද... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 31/05/20)

තොණ්ඩමන් වෙනුවෙන් කෑගසා හඬන්න කාන්තාවන්ට පුරුදු කරවයි.. මහ පාරේ ට‍්‍රයල් බලයි.. [Video]
උපුටා ගැන්ම ලංකා සී නිව්ස්
හිටපු අමාත්‍ය ආරුමුගම් තොන්ඩමන් මහතාගේ අභාවය වෙනුවෙන් හැඬීම සදහා කාන්තාවන් පිරිසක් පුහුණු කරන අයුරු දැක්වෙන වීඩියෝවක් සමාජජාලාවල හුවමාරු වෙයි. අවමගුල අවස්ථාවේ හැඬීමට පෙර මහ පාරේ ඒ සදහා පුරුදු කරන අයුරු එකී වීඩියෝවේ දැක්වෙයි. https://www.facebook.com/kelumpriyankara1986/videos/758769001327220... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 31/05/20)

Sri Lankans enjoy their first open air concert after lockdown.
Courtesy NewsIn.Asia
Proceeds from the drive-in concert at Ratmalana airport went to the President's COVID relief fund Colombo, May 31 (newsin.asia): People of Colombo had their first open air entertainment after the two-month lockdown on May 30. Young people thronged the Ratmalana domestic airport in over 600 cars to listen to the popular singing duo, Bathiya and Santhush. At dusk, the stage was lit up and youngsters waved torches and danced to the strains of popular Sri Lankan numbers. The police ensured that people... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 31/05/20)

Sri Lanka to reopen to international tourists in June with strict restrictions in place
Courtesy the national.ae
Tourists will be required to carry a 'Covid-19-free certificate,' says tourism ministry secretary . Hiriketiya beach in southern Sri Lanka. Getty Images Sri Lanka plans to reopen its tourism sector in mid-June by allowing only small groups of visitors to begin with, a local newspaper quoted a senior tourism ministry official as saying. A limited number of small groups from around the world would be allowed to visit and stay in approved five-star hotels that have put strict safety measures in place, Tourism Ministry Secretary S Hettiaarachchi said,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 31/05/20)

Covid-19: Two more cases confirmed from Navy, tally reaches 1,633
Courtesy Adaderana
Two fresh cases of coronavirus have been confirmed as of 11.00 pm today (31), as the total count of infections in the country moved up to 1,633. These new patients have been identified as a naval personnel, the Ministry of Health said. Earlier today (31), 11 other individuals – 2 from Sri Lanka Navy and 9 returnees from overseas –were confirmed to have contracted the virus. Accordingly, a total of 13 new COVID-19 cases have been detected so far within the day. Meanwhile, twenty patients who had been... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 31/05/20)

PHIs threaten legal action
Courtesy The Island
Irresponsible behaviour by organisers of Thandaman’s funeral Attempts to intimidate Dr. Anil Jasinghe The Public Health Inspectors Union of Sri Lanka, yesterday, warned that legal action would be taken against those who organised the funeral proceedings of former Minister Arumugam Thondaman, if any person who had taken part in the festivities became infected with coronavirus. "We received information that someone, connected to the Thondaman family, has called the Director General of Health Services, Dr. Anil Jasinghe, and attempted to intimidate him," President of the PHIs’ Union, Upul Rohana... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 31/05/20)

‘Police in America Are Looting Black Bodies:’ Emotional Trevor Noah Speech Goes Viral
Courtesy haaretz.com
In a heartfelt monologue following the killing of George Floyd, the South African comedian says the social contract between black Americans and society has been broken time and time again South African comedian Trevor Noah said "police in American are looting black bodies" as unrest throughout the U.S. continues in the wake of the killing of George Floyd. In an 18-minute video released by “The Daily Show,” Noah reiterated that there is no "right way" to protest, alluding to the criticisms many have voiced regarding the violence that has taken... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 31/05/20)

Dallas rioters savagely beat man to a pulp after he confronts them with a SWORD.
RT
https://youtu.be/HJeu3GEsOq8 As looting and mayhem gripped the streets of Dallas, Texas, a mob descended on a man allegedly defending his neighborhood with a long blade. Punched, kicked and pelted with rocks, the man was left mangled and bloody. Lawlessness continued to reign supreme in Dallas on Saturday night, five days after the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis sparked nationwide protests and riots. Following an afternoon of mostly peaceful protests, nightfall saw a spree of vandalism and looting in downtown Dallas. In one shocking and graphic video captured... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 31/05/20)

Shocking video shows violent protesters drag Chicago police officers through street
Courtesy the Blaze
Two Chicago police officers were surrounded by protesters on Saturday — and then briefly dragged through the street.Ditch the fake news ==> Click here to get news you can trust sent right to your inbox. It's free! Video footage of the incident shows two Chicago police officers attempting to arrest a protester. However, the officers were greatly outnumbered and surrounding demonstrators quickly attacked them. The footage shows protesters hit and drag the officers, one of whom, a female officer, was dragged about 10 feet through the street. A third... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 31/05/20)

WATCH: Young Black couple Tasered and pulled from car by mob of Atlanta police for reportedly breaking curfew
By Tom Boggioni Courtesy rawstory.com
https://twitter.com/i/status/1266941939502456833 In a video captured by CBS46, a young Black couple can be seen being pulled over by Atlanta law enforcement officers because they were reportedly out after curfew, only to be shot with Tasers, then pulled from the car and put in restraints after being yanked out of their car. Atlanta joined a host of cities to institute a curfew as protests over the killing of George Floyd have swept across the country, leading to clashes with police. In the video, the young woman... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 31/05/20)

Thousands march in London as the world is left shaken by violence in US
Courtesy 9news.com.au
Nations around the world have watched in horror at the five days of civil unrest in the United States following the death of a black man being detained by police. But they have not been surprised.Racism-tinged events no longer startle even America's closest allies, though many have watched coverage of the often-violent protests with growing unease. People, some of them kneeling gather in Trafalgar Square in central London. (AP) Burning cars and riot police in the US featured on newspaper front pages around the globe today – bumping news of the COVID-19 pandemic to second-tier status in some... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 31/05/20)

Can a sitting Magistrate/Judge make public sentiments, violating Sri Lanka’s Constitution?
In a very bold move, the Acting District Judge and Magistrate of Vavuniya has written an open letter virtually demanding a Member of Parliament to resign from his political party but what is more alarming is that she is making her position as ‘We, the Tamils of Tamil Eelam’.Since when has she been employed by this utopian “Tamil Eelam”? Isn’t she paid to uphold the Constitution of Sri Lanka by the Government of Sri Lanka? She is, thus, bound by the oath she has taken to function in her role. The President of Sri Lanka, the country’s Chief Justice, Judicial Services... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 31/05/20)

Vision & Mission of Misrepresented and Hoodwinked Tamil Diaspora Orgs.
Kanthar Balanathan
Engr. Kanthar Balanathan, Australia DipEE (UK), Grad Cert (Rel-Eng-Monash), Dip Bus& Adm(Finance-Massey), CEng. MIEE(UK) Former Specialist Engineer Power & Control NRG-GPS, Australia The author of this article is a Tamil who was displeased and peeved to live in the North of SriLanka, left the island in 1977 to have a peaceful life overseas. Even before that while studying in the UK I came across some lawyers and youths being members of EROS (Elam Research Organisation). Their objective I understood was to research and conclude whether Elam is economically viable as a separate... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 30/05/20)

VIC TAMIL ASSOCIATION FORMERLY KNOWN AS EELAM TAMIL ASSOCIATION
Sena Welikala - Carrom Downs, Australia.
Victoria Tamil Association (Formerly Ceylon Tamil Association & Eelam Tamil Association) in Melbourne has received following funding arrangements according to its sources to build Victorian Tamil Community Center at a cost of $4,53 million including $500,000 from the Victorian Labor Government and $350,000 from a Shorten Labor Federal Government. TONY BURKE MP SHADOW MINISTER FOR THE ENVIRONMENT AND WATER SHADOW MINISTER FOR CITIZENSHIP AND MULTICULTURAL AUSTRALIA SHADOW MINISTER FOR THE ARTS MEMBER FOR WATSON  said some time ago that Labor will build Victorian Tamil Community Centre.  While the Victorian Tamil... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 30/05/20)

Sri Lanka has now become the killing fields of rare and exotic animals
Senaka Weeraratna
Sri Lanka has now become the killing fields of rare and exotic animals There is no end in sight for poor animals. Last year ( 2019) alone 384 elephants died mostly at the hands of humans. The British killed 10, 000 wild elephants during the heyday of the British Raj. http://www.lankaweb.com/news/items/2016/03/24/holocaust-of-elephants-by-the-british-raj-in-sri-lanka/ With a dwindling number - only 3000 elephants living in the country today, it is only a matter of time say within 10 to 20 years before the last elephant becomes extinct... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 30/05/20)

Discrimination & Oppression by Tamils Suffered by an engineer at Kankesan Cement Works
Engr. Kanthar Balanathan, Australia DipEE (UK), GradCert(Rel-Eng-Monash), DipBus&Adm(Finance-Massey), CEng. MIEE(UK) Former Specialist Engineer Power & Control NRG-GPS, Australia
The author had ambitious to write about history during his working career as an Electrical Engineer/Works Engineer (Elect) from 1969 to Feb 1977 at Kankesan Cement Works (KCW). It is the right time now that I come forward to present them in a concise article format. The reason being that by hiding activities the world will not change and in particular the North is like a jungle dominated by a certain group of people only and others are treated quite... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 30/05/20)

ගෝන් විත් ද වින්ඩ් " නවකතාව සහ චිත්‍රපටය පිලිබඳ විග්‍රහයක්
වෛද්‍ය රුවන් එම් ජයතුංග 
1936 දී තරුණ ඇට්ලන්ටා පුවත්පත් කතුවරියක්  ඇගේ පළමු නවකතාව ප්‍රකාශයට පත්  කලාය. එම පොත ක්‍ෂණික සාර්ථකත්වයක් ලැබීය. මෙම පොත තවමත් ඇමරිකාවේ වැඩියෙන්ම අලෙවි වන නවකතාව ලෙස පවතී. එය ස්කාර්ලට් ඔහාරාගේ කතාව රැගත් ගෝන් විත් ද වින්ඩ් නවකතාවයි. එය දශකයක් නිර්වචනය කළ නවකතාව විය. මෙම නවකතාව දකුණේ සහ පොදුවේ එක්සත් ජනපදය ගැන - සංස්කෘතික තොරතුරු රාශියක් ගෙන එයි. ගෝන් විත් ද වින්ඩ්” යනු ඉතිහාස පෙළපොතක් පමණක් නොවේ - එහි හදවතේ, එය මිනිසුන් සහ ඔවුන්ගේ අභිප්‍රේරණයන් පිළිබඳ කතාවකි.  එය ආදරය, යුද්ධය, පරිහානිය සහ ඛේදවාචකය පිළිබඳ කතාවකි. නවකතාව ලියා ඇත්තේ වසර අටක පමණ කාලයක් පුරා දිවෙන සරල... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 30/05/20)

Sri Lanka fears new coronavirus outbreak after funeral breaks curfew
Courtesy The Straits Times
People carrying the coffin of Arumugam Thondaman in the central tea capital of Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka, on May 30, 2020.PHOTO: AFP COLOMBO (AFP) - Sri Lankan authorities fear a fresh outbreak of coronavirus infections after thousands of mourners paid their respects to the body of a respected union leader on Saturday (May 31), defying a curfew and social distancing rules. Large crowds were seen jostling to bid farewell to Arumugam Thondaman, the leader of a tea plantation union and a government minister. The 55-year-old died... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 30/05/20)

Foreign Minister reassures continued repatriation of migrant workers
Courtesy Adaderana
The repatriation of migrant workers from the Middle East as well as other regions will be continued reassured Foreign Relations, Skills Development, Employment and Labour Relations Minister Dinesh Gunawardena. It will be carried out in a manner sensitive to the vulnerability of these communities, particularly those who have lost legal status and/or employment in their host countries, stated the Ministry of Foreign Relations issuing a statement. This will be done in consultation with the COVID Task Force, in view of the considerable strain presently placed on the health sector and quarantine centres... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 30/05/20)

Zahran’s rationale behind Easter attacks revealed
Courtesy Adaderana
Senior Officer of the Terrorism Investigation Division (TID) revealed Zahran Hashim’s list of reasons for choosing Sri Lanka as the location of the attack, to the Presidential Commission of Inquiry probing the bombings that took place on Easter Sunday 2019. Some of the reasons cited, in previously unreleased video footage of the bombers, was revenge for the Christchurch mosque shooting in New Zealand in March 2019 alleged insult to the Islamic faith and in the hope the attack could inspire more Sri Lankan Muslims to gather around the Islamic State (IS) banner. ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 30/05/20)

බාහිර සමාජයෙන් කොවිඩ් ආසාදිතයන් හමුනොවී අදට මාසයයි...
Courtesy Adaderana
https://youtu.be/8bg_-Nb8EAA... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 30/05/20)

Twenty (20) more persons confirmed for Covid -19: SL Country total increases to 1,613
Courtesy Hiru News
Twenty (20) more persons have tested positive for Covid-19 (new coronavirus) infection. So far 55 positive patients have been identified today. The country total has increased to 1,593 according to the latest information by the Epidemiology unit of the Ministry of Health... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 30/05/20)

Islandwide curfew will be imposed at 10 pm today
Courtesy Hiru News
Island wide curfew will be imposed at 10.00 pm today and will be in effect until 4.00 am on Monday 1st June. Curfew will be effective from Monday, June 01st to Wednesday, June 3rd only between 10.00pm to 4.00am daily. Curfew will be in force island-wide again on Thursday, June 4th and Friday, June 5th. The president's media division noted that thereafter commencing from Saturday the 6<sup>th</sup> of June, curfew will be in effect only from 10.00 pm to 4.00 am. Meanwhile... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 30/05/20)

Post War Sri Lanka: A response
Asoka Weerasinghe (Mr.) Kings Grove Crescent . Gloucester . Ontario . K1J 6G1 Canada
28 May 2020 The EditorDIPLOMAT MagazineOttawa, Ontario Dear  Ms. Campbell: Re: Visvajit Sriramrajan’s article - Post-War Sri Lanka: Fractured and Unjust forTamils. I am surprised and disturbed that this article so rich with distortions and untruths found space in your valuable Magazine to be distributed among those in the  Diplomatic Campus, and the political conscience intelligentsia in Canada.  I was introduced to the magazine in the early 1990s by its founder/Editor/Publisher Bhupinder Liddar. I... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 29/05/20)

BUDGET AND COW MILK
Dr Sarath Obeysekera
When I heard that government intends to import cows to Sri Lanka I decided to republish my own article published Last year  http://www.lankaweb.com/news/items/2019/04/06/budget-and-cow-milk/comment-page-1/... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 29/05/20)

Double standards
Dr Sarath Obeysekera
I listen to President’s speech where he righty vouched to drastic take  action to severe connections with any International agencies if these agencies act against our war heroes  We also have to admit that the Sri Lankan’s working and remitting foreign funds which we desperately need are also performing yeoman service to our country. We should also consider them as heroes who support our economy But Kuwaitis have done a very inhuman act by punishing them  by sending them to Sri Lanka Even though the Ambassador... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 29/05/20)

Blended Learning: A way to assist learners in rural communities
Dr. Gamini Padmaperuma, a Chartered Professional Engineer and a former Senior Lecturer at OUSL,
The term “Blended learning” is used frequently along with the term “e-Learning”. Is it just another buzz word or an old wine in a new bottle?  It is relevant to review the present situation in the country with reference to computer literacy and the percentage of households owning computers in different sectors, urban, rural, estate, etc. Computer literacy/Computer ownership as a percentage (Sri Lanka: 30.1/22.2, Urban: 41.5/38.3, Rural: 28.6/19.9, Estate: 13.7/3.8), as per the published statistics. The above statistics clearly... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 29/05/20)

Envoy tells President Gotabaya Indian companies are ready to invest in priority sectors identified by Lankan government
Courtesy NewsIn.Asia
India eager to participate in Lanka’s post COVID economic recovery, through development projects and cooperation as per Lanka’s requirements. Colombo, May 29 (newsin.asia): The High Commissioner of India in Sri Lanka, Gopal Baglay, paid a courtesy call on President Gotabaya Rajapaksa at the Presidential Secretariat on Friday. Pointing out the contribution of Indian investments in Sri Lanka’s economy, the Indian High Commissioner told the Lankan President that Indian companies are ready to invest in the priority sectors identified by Government of Sri Lanka. Building on the areas... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 29/05/20)

24-hour curfew in Nuwara Eliya district tomorrow
Courtesy Adaderana
A 24-hour curfew will be in force in Nuwara Eliya District on Saturday (30), says the President’s Media Division (PMD). As mentioned in the updated curfew notice issued yesterday (28), a countrywide curfew will be imposed on May 31 (Sunday), the PMD said further. From June 01 onwards, the curfew will come into force as specified in yesterday’s notice: •Curfew will be in force island-wide throughout the day on Sunday, (May 31st). •Curfew will be effective in all the districts from Monday (June 01) to Wednesday (June 3)... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 29/05/20)

Ten (10) more persons from the Navy confirmed for Covid -19: SL Country total increases to 1,558
Courtesy Hiru News
Ten (10) more persons have tested positive for Covid-19 (new coronavirus) infection. All of them are returnees from overseas. So far 28 patients have been identified today and seven (17) from the Navy and eleven (11) returnees from overseas. The country total has increased to 1,558 according to the latest information by the Epidemiology unit of the Ministry of Health... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 29/05/20)

PCR test for all all incoming passengers (video)
Courtesy Hiru News
Minister of Tourism and Aviation Services Prasanna Ranatunga stated that they have decided to conduct PCR tests on all incoming passengers from overseas will be subjected to a PCR test at the airport to ascertain for coronavirus is infection. He said that the decision was taken when Health Minister Pavithra Wanniarachchi and Army Commander Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva made an observation visit to the Katunayake airport yesterday. https://youtu.be/36am0Ut_GCg At a discussion with the President last week regarding the opening of the airport... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 29/05/20)

Court order on the Post Mortem of the Black Panther - (Video)
Courtesy Hiru News Hatton District Judge and Magistrate J. Trotsky, today ordered a post mortem examination of the black panther who died while undergoing treatment at the Udawalawa Veterinary Hospital to be conducted in the Peradeniya Veterinary faculty. This was after considering a request made by Prabash Karunathilaka of the Wildlife Conservation Department of the Nallathanniya Wildlife Office. The black panther was found caught in a snare at a vegetable farm on Laxapana-Walamalai estate on the 26th and was taken to the Udawalawe Veterinary Hospital after being initially treated by wildlife... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 29/05/20)

Tamil crimes against peace – Part II
H. L. D. Mahindapala
Despite all the convoluted threads of history and politics running through the Vadukoddai Resolution there is only one simple meaning in it: it is a classic case of a crime against peace, the first crime listed in the Nuremberg Charter on which the Nazi war criminals were tried by an international court. The central argument in the Vadukoddai Resolution was worked tendentiously to conclude that they had no alternative but to go to war. History, however, is open-ended and there are always options available for human actors to choose between unmanageable extreme means... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 28/05/20)

Address by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa from the Presidential Secretariat at the virtual ‘High – Level Event on Financing for Development in the Era of COVID – 19 and beyond’ organized by the Prime Ministers of Canada, Jamaica and the UN Secretary General on May 28 th , 2020.
President’s Media Division
Excellencies, I thank the Prime Ministers of Canada and Jamaica and the Secretary General of the United Nations for convening this meeting. Global trade, tourism, investments and employment have come to a standstill. The pandemic has suddenly disrupted once sustainable businesses and economies, to unsustainable state of affairs. Countries which have been systematically reducing fiscal deficit have seen a reverse as real economy is no longer income and employment generating. Debt which has also been on a declining trend has seen a corresponding reversal. Banking is getting a... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 28/05/20)

PRESIDENT GOTABAYA RAJAPAKSA TO SPEAK AT THE UN HIGH LEVEL EVENT ON FINANCING FOR DEVELOPMENT IN THE ERA OF COVID 19 AND BEYOND, 28TH MAY 2020
Embassy of Sri Lanka 
https://www.facebook.com/104428022371/videos/254473382282894... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 28/05/20)

Island-wide curfew on May 31, June 4 & 5
Courtesy Adaderana
The President’s Media Division announced that island-wide curfew will be imposed on May 31 as well as on June 04 and June 05. Issuing an updated notice on the curfew, the PMD that the curfew will be effective in the island till Saturday, June 6th and afterwards as follows: Curfew will be in force island-wide throughout the day on Sunday, (May 31st). Curfew will be effective in all the districts from Monday, (June 01st) to Wednesday, (June 3rd) only between 10.00pm to 4.00am daily as before. https://youtu.be/WzqweJ1RdtU... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 28/05/20)

Six more Covid-19 cases moves total to 1,530
Courtesy Adaderana
Six more people have tested positive for Covid-19 in Sri Lanka increasing the tally of confirmed cases reported in the country 1,530. This brings the total number of new cases identified within Thursday (May 29) to 61.  Today’s confirmed cases include 18 returnees from Kuwait who are under quarantine in Trincomalee, 17 returnees from Dubai who are quarantined at Giragama and 26 navy personnel. A total of 775 patients infected with Covid-19 are currently being treated at selected hospitals while Sri Lanka’s recoveries has increased to 745. 21... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 28/05/20)

UNP Working Committee to decide on suspending party membership of over 100
Courtesy Adaderana
The United National Party (UNP) Working Committee is scheduled to meet tomorrow (29) to decide on the suspending of the party membership of over 100 UNP members who had handed over nominations from the ‘Samagi Jana Balawegaya’. However, the General Secretary of the SJB Ranjith Madduma Bandara today stated that the ‘Samagi Jana Balawegaya’ was established with the approval of the UNP Working Committee and that therefore this was not in violation of the party constitution. UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe has informed in writing to 102 members of the UNP who had... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 28/05/20)

Tamil Eelam in Canada —- coming soon
From 150 Tamils living in Canada prior to 1983, just over 35 years later, Tamils in Canada constitute close to 300,000 or more counting the illegals. Official statistics as per 2016 census claim 157,000 Tamils living in Canada with 122,000 in Toronto. Toronto holds the largest Tamil speaking population outside Asia, while Montreal holds the record for Tamil being the most spoken South Asian language beating even Bengali, Punjabi & Urdu and the 3rdmost spoken South Asian language in Canada. Toronto & Montreal have since 1990 at least 10 weekly language newspapers as well as radio stations and 3 language... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 28/05/20)

DEVELOP KATCHATHEEVU ISLAND TO A LEVEL OF AN INTERNATIONAL HEALTH HUB.
By M D P DISSANAYAKE
It is time for Sri Lanka to expand its own, but neglected land resources.   Katchatheevu Island, currently positioned with a landmark of St Anthony’s Church, should be developed as an economic hub specialised in the health sector for local and international travelers seeking health services at an affordable price.  The Changi was a neglected island near Singapore, a swampland infested with malaria mosquito and jungle, but today represents a standout economic center with its Changi International AirPort. Katchtheevu Island should also be progressively developed with a master plan... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 27/05/20)

Covid-19: PM Modi says India stands ready to extend support to Sri Lanka
Courtesy Hindustan Times
Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa had sought the currency swap facility from India, in addition to $400 million that Colombo had sought under the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (Saarc) framework, during a telephone conversation with PM Modi on May 23. Days after Colombo sought a $1.1 billion currency swap facility from New Delhi to boost foreign currency reserves amid the Covid-19 pandemic, Prime Minister Narendra Modi told his Sri Lankan counterpart Mahinda Rajapaksa that India “stands ready to extend all possible support”. Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa sought the currency swap... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 27/05/20)

Sri Lanka COVID-19 Task Force proposes resuming international arrivals in Aug-2020.
Courtesy Blue Swan Daily
Sri Lanka‘s COVID-19 Prevention Task Force Committee reportedly submitted a proposal to Sri Lanka’s President Gotabaya Rajapaksa to permit Sri Lankan airports to resume handling international tourist arrivals from 01-Aug-2020 (Colombo Page/Lanka Business Online/Daily Mirror, 26/27-May-2020). As previously reported by CAPA, scheduled arriving international passenger services have been prohibited in Sri Lanka since 19-Mar-2020.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 27/05/20)

COVID-19: 81 fresh cases jump total count to 1,453
Courtesy Adaderana
Eighty-one more individuals have tested positive for the novel coronavirus, confirmed the Ministry of Health. The new cases jump the count of coronavirus cases reported in Sri Lanka to 1,453. All 81 cases are reported among persons who are undergoing quarantine upon arriving in the country from overseas. Previously today (27), 53 Sri Lanka Navy personnel were reported to have contracted the virus. Accordingly, 134 new cases have been detected in the country within the day. On that account, the number of active coronavirus cases who... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 27/05/20)

UNP demands reasons from members who signed nominations from other parties
Courtesy Adaderana
General Secretary of the United National Party (UNP) Akila Viraj Kariyawasam says letters have been directed to party members who signed nomination papers for the forthcoming General from other political parties, demanding reasons for their conduct. Kariyawasam mentioned this releasing a statement on suspending the membership of UNP members who have violated the party’s constitution. https://youtu.be/e5q2GM6zkbo None of the UNP members who signed nomination papers for the impending election from other political parties has sought the written permission of the Working Committee, Kariyawasam pointed out. Stressing... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 27/05/20)

Archaeological officials threatened with death while marking the boundaries of the historic Devanagala sacred area
Courtesy Hiru News
Archaeological officials say they were threatened with death while marking the boundaries of the historic Devanagala sacred area. After the CIA revealed the illegal acquiring of lands around the sacred area, officials who visited the area made a public statement of these threats for the first time. https://youtu.be/oKzo2HO-rc4... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 27/05/20)

Petition against elections day 7 - Three reports to the Supreme court from the Attorney General (Video)
Courtesy Hiru News
The hearing of the petitions filed before the Supreme Court challenging the date of the general election have been postponed until tomorrow. This was when the hearing was conducted for the 7<sup>th</sup> day before the Bench comprising of Chief Justice Jayantha Jayasuriya and Justices Buwaneka Aluvihare, Sisira de Abrew, Priyantha Jayawardena and Vijith Malalgoda Additional Solicitor General Indika Demuni De Silva, who appeared on behalf of the Attorney General, completed her submissions today. President's Counsel Manohara de Silva appearing on behalf of... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 27/05/20)

RIGHT OF RESPONSE TO VISVAJIT SRIRAMRAJAN writing to THE DIPLOMAT on Post-War Sri Lanka
“Post-War Sri Lanka: Fractured and unjust for Tamils’ is the article appearing on TheDiplomat by Visvajit Sriramrajan on 15 May 2020. The article is replete in conjecture, abound in unsubstantiated allegations and completely distorting the situation in Sri Lanka. We presume readers who have little or no background knowledge of Sri Lanka will be misled by such propaganda//disinformation and wish to correct the distortions allowing people to question these lies with counter arguments and balanced reasoning. Questions posed to Visvajit Sriramrajan ·     You speak of a Mullaivaikkal massacre of nearly 50,000 Tamils – while all LTTE were Tamils,... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 27/05/20)

Origins of Tamil political violence – Part I
H. L. D. Mahindapala
May 14, 1976 is one of the most underreported, underestimated, underexamined dates in the political calendar of independent Sri Lanka. It was the date on which the Tamil leadership which had gathered in Vadukoddai passed a resolution declaring war against the democratically elected state demanding a separate state. Stitching bits and pieces of selected events from here and there, they painted their version of history which consisted of highly controversial accusations to demonise “the Sinhala-state” – their terminology to stigmatise the democratically elected state as a racist entity with no space for the minorities,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 27/05/20)

Diagnosis of Genocide Account on Sri Lankan Affairs
Kanthar Balanathan Former Specialist Engineer Power & Control NRG-GPS.
Dr Hugh McDermott MP PO Box 2518 SMITHFIELD NSW 2164 Hon Dr. Hugh McDermott MP, Diagnosis of Genocide Account on Sri Lankan Affairs With due respect to you Dr Hugh McDermott, as a true Australian citizen of this great country that practice ideal democracy, and having the statesman Hon Mr Scott Morrison as the Prime Minister and Hon Berejiklian, Gladys MP as the Premier of an assiduous state of NSW, and Hon Anthony Albanese as the Leader of Opposition, where people live in... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 27/05/20)

මැලේරියාව
වෛද්‍ය රුවන් එම් ජයතුංගවිශේෂ ස්තූතිය; විශේසඥ ප්‍රජා වෛද්‍ය ප්‍රසාද් රණවීර 
මැලේරියාව යනු පරපෝෂිතයෙකු විසින් ඇති කරන රෝගයකි. පරපෝෂිතයා ආසාදිත ගැහැණු ඇනොෆිලස් මදුරුවන්ගේ දෂ්ට කිරීම් මගින් මිනිසුන්ට සම්ප්‍රේෂණය වන මැලේරියාව තර්ජනාත්මක රෝගයකි. සෑම වසරකම දළ වශයෙන් මිලියන 210 ක ජනතාවක් මැලේරියාව ආසාදනය වන අතර 440,000 ක් පමණ දෙනා මෙම රෝගයෙන් මිය යති.  සෞම්‍ය දේශගුණික තත්ත්වයන් තුළ මෙම රෝගය සුලභ වුවද, නිවර්තන සහ උපනිවර්තන රටවල මැලේරියාව තවමත් බහුලව දක්නට ලැබේ.  මැලේරියාව වැඩි වශයෙන් ආර්ද්‍රතාවය සහ වර්ෂාව පවතින උණුසුම් දේශගුණයක් තුළ බෝ වේ. විසිවන සියවසේදී පමණක් මැලේරියාව මිලියන 150 ත් 300 ත් අතර සංඛ්‍යාවක් ජීවිතක්ෂයට පත්ව ඇති අතර එය සියළුම මරණ වලින්... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 27/05/20)

කොසොල් රජතුමා දුටු සීන දාසැය හා ලංකාවේ සුප්‍රිම් උසාවිය
චන්ද්‍රසිරි විජයවික්‍රම, LL.B., Ph.D.
x.නීතියට ආත්මයක් නැත> - තිරන්ත වලලියද්ද x.නීතිය අපකීර්තියට පත් නොකල යුතුය> - කාදිනල් මැල්කම් රංජිත් x.මහජන විශ්වාසය හා ලබැඳියාව නඟාලීම> සුප්‍රිම් උසාවි මොටෝ එක නඩුකාරවරුන්ගේ ළමා කාලය කොසොල් රජතුමාගේ සීන දාසැය වනාහි, බයිබලයේ තිබෙන අනාගත වාක්‍ය වගේම මුළු ලෝකයම අලලා කරණ ලද විග්‍රහයක් මිස, එක රටකට, ඉන්දියාවට හෝ අනාගත ලංකාවට හෝ පමණක් විශේෂයෙන් කල විස්තරයක් නොවේ. සුප්‍රිම් උසාවියේ හා පහල උසාවිවල නඩුකාරතුමන්ලා කී දෙනෙක් මේ මහා සුපින ජාතකයේ සඳහන් වන කොසොල් රජතුමා දුටු සීන දාසැය කියවා හෝ අසා ඇද්ද කියා මට සිතුනේ, මේ ලඟදී කොළඹදී මුණගැසෙන, Fරිඩය් Fඔරුම් පිරිස විසින්... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 27/05/20)

Post War Sri Lanka: Fractured and Unjust For Tamils by Visvajit Sriramrajan
I. de Silva Canada
The EditorDiplomat MatazineOttawa, Ontario Dear Ms. Campbell:                                    Re: Post War Sri Lanka: Fractured and Unjust For Tamils by Visvajit Sriramrajan I am writing to correct the many falsehoods in this article. The first sentence indicates clear bias and false information that continues throughout the article. To support this statement I am providing you with examples of falsehoods in the article.  The opening statement states " This month marks 11 years since the Mullivaikkal massacre which shook the Northern Province of Sri Lanka back in... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 27/05/20)

Let us not waste but preserve
Dr sarath obeysekera 
During this difficult period, we keep watching how vegetables were wasted and rotten fish getting disposed Fruits rotting away due to difficulties in transportation  We should now think carefully about preserving food for a rainy day  In Russia, people keep preserving cabbage cucumber, carrot  and beetroot, etc and bottle them for consumption during winter In Scandinavia, they  smoke fish and use it in wintertime  We should do the same  We should bottle excess cucumber and vegetables  We should smoke fish and... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 27/05/20)

Avant-Garde chairman’s revelation on ex-Director General of Bribery Commission
Courtesy Adaderana
Avant-Garde Chairman Nissanka Senadhipati has revealed that former Director General of the Bribery Commission had offered to release him from all legal proceedings if he implicates Former Defence Secretary and current President Gotabaya Rajapaksa in the case. He stated this appearing before the Presidential Commission of Inquiry probing incidents of political victimisation during the period of 08 January 2015 to 16 November 2019, on Tuesday (26) to provide evidence pertaining to a written complaint he had lodged before. https://youtu.be/u_eDzcdEJCQ He told the panel that revenue of over Rs.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 27/05/20)

Professionals in Sri Lanka are not doing enough and politicians are bragging about democracy
Dr. sarath obeysekera  
We have had Easter attack last year and now the Corona pandemic which has caused a heavy burden ion people But most   of the professionals in technical, financial and management fields are sitting at home and spend quite a life without infusing revolutionary ideas which are practical and workable to overcome the problems  We have been watching TV and reading social media publications and news on the web  What we see are all about the precarious situation our country is in with no hopes  Project Task Forces... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 27/05/20)

කොවිඩ්- 19 හේතුවෙන් ආයතනය හා සේවකයින් මුහුණ පා ඇති ගැටලූ සඳහා විසඳුම් සෙවීමට පොදු යාන්තණ‍්‍රයක් සකස් කිරීම.
සමස්ත ලංකා වරාය පොදුසේවක සමිතිය.
සභාපති, ශ‍්‍රී ලංකා වරාය අධිකාරිය, කොළඹ. සභාපතිතුමනි, කොවිඩ්- 19 Covid- 19 හේතුවෙන් ආයතනය හා සේවකයින් මුහුණ පා ඇති ගැටලූ සඳහා විසඳුම් සෙවීමට පොදු යාන්තණ‍්‍රයක් සකස් කිරීම. කොවිඩ්- 19 Covid- 19 වසංගතය හේතුවෙන් වරාය හමුවේ ඇති අභියෝග ජය ගැනීමටත් ඉන් පැනනගින සේවක ගැටලූවලට හා සේවාලාභීන්ගේ ගැටලූවලට සාර්ථකව මුහුණ දීම සඳහා පොදු යාන්ත‍්‍රණයක් සකස්කරන ලෙස ආරම්භයේදීම අප ඔබතුමන්ගෙන් ඉල්ලා සිටිමුත් මේ දක්වා එවැනි යාන්ත‍්‍රණයක් වරාය තුල සැකසී නැත. කරුණු එසේ තිබියදී පාලනාධිකාරීය විසින් විටින්විට ගනුලබන එකිනෙකට පරස්පර තීරණ හේතුවෙන් විශේෂයෙන් වරාය සේවකයා දැඩි... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 27/05/20)

'' අටලුගම මුස්ලිම් ත්‍රස්තවාදය...''
Sepal Amarasinghe
https://youtu.be/7Zo5CkTv2_Y Buddika Kumari Amarasinghe1 day ago (edited)ඉරාජ් වීරරත්න ට , අමිත් වීරසිංහ ට ජාතිවාදී කියන අය මේවා දකිද්දී හරි නිහඩයි. ඉරාජ් , අමිත් "Block" කරන්ට දගලන සිංහල අයත් ඉස්ලාම් උනා නම් ඊට වඩා හොදයි. මොකද එහෙම අය මෙහෙම මේවාට කට අරින්නෙ නෑ ජාතිවාදය ඇවිස්සෙයි කියලා 😂 තිස්ස ජනනායක ගුරුතුමා කීවා වගේ ලැජ්ජායි සිංහල බෞද්ධ කියන්ට . ඒත් මිනීමරු සහරාන්ලා අහිංසක දරුවෝ කියන්නේ ආඩම්බරෙන් . අමිත් ,ඉරාජ් වගේ අය නැත්නම් මඩකලපුව , කූරගල අහිංසක මිනිසුන් මේ ත්‍රස්තවාදීන් ගෙ ගොදුරු වෙලා . කිසිදු ත්‍රස්ත ක්‍රියාවක් නොකළ, මුස්ලිම් අන්තවාදය ට විරුද්ධව කතා කල අමිත් වීරසිංහ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 27/05/20)

Pathfinder National Security Strategy for Sri Lanka 2020
The Pathfinder National Security Strategy was developed in 2018 for the previous government. Then came Presidential elections in November 2019. This meant it was not a document incorporating the vision or mission of the new President though it was handed to the new President immediately after Presidential victory.  Given that Pathfinder Foundation operates and is linked to various think-tanks and entities in India, China and US what is its position vis a vis this trajectory and how does PF wish to position Sri Lanka with its proposal? The Pathfinder founder Milinda Moragoda’s National Security Strategy for Sri Lanka... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 26/05/20)

No Human Rights for foreign workers repatriated because of COVID-19: Unfortunate fate of Sri Lankan returnees from Kuwait
Sri Lanka has marked its 10thCOVID-19 death with the news of a Kuwaiti-returnee passing away at a quarantine centre in Trincomalee on 25 May 2020. She was 51 years and had returned to Sri Lanka on one of the 2 flights which carried some 437 Sri Lankans by Kuwait Airlines on 19thand 20thMay. The 437 Sri Lankans had apparently been put up in 3 quarantine centres. Of the 120 so far tested unfortunately 91% have tested positive. It is unfortunate that Kuwait has repatriated these Sri Lankans from Kuwait without testing a single before boarding them on their plane to Sri... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 26/05/20)

SRI LANKA NEEDS TO CHANGE ITS MONETARY UNIT
BY EDWARD THEOPHILUS
Historical evidence of Sri Lanka unambiguously indicates that she had been used monetary units in assorted names in the past before the current monetary unit, Rupee introduced into the country.  The fascinating coins triumphal arch installed in Bank of Ceylon Head Quarters in Colombo displays the models of different monetary units had been administered in Sri Lanka in history.  A controversial view on currency printing in Sri Lanka has already expressed by a Sri Lankan academic that counterfeit coins of foreign currencies were printed in Sri Lanka before 2000 years ago and many so-called archaeologists... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/05/20)

SRI LANKA NEEDS TO CHANGE ITS MONETARY UNIT (PART 2)
BY EDWARD THEOPHILUS
It is considered that the rapid decline of Sri Lanka rupee created a favorable environment for exporters and Sri Lankans who are in foreign employment, however, the reality is that a rapid decline of the rupee value has massively impacted on the increase in domestic inflation as well as the increase in the budget deficit which forces to borrow to cover the budget gap and increase taxes.  The current low foreign value of Sri Lanka rupee is a hindrance to maintain macroeconomic stability in the country achieving sustainable economic growth.  After ending... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/05/20)

I would like to protest to your speech on a so-called Tamil Memorial Day.
Vijitha Bulathsinghala
Hi Bonnie, I would like to protest to your speech on a so-called Tamil Memorial Day. Please do your homework about this front line of  Terrorist group Who kill their supporters. Rajiv Gandhi Prime-Minister of India was supporting LTTE terrorist group and he was blasted into pieces and Sri Lankan President Premadasa  extended hand to them and He was blasted into pieces. Please do not help to bring this Terror to Canadian territory.   Racist Terrorism should be defeated. We should live as brothers and sisters of one country in Canada. Tamil... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/05/20)

Genocide of Tamil people in Sri Lanka.
Gyan de Mel. Melbourne.
LETTER SENT TO Mr. Hugh McDermott MP: State Member for Prospect 24/05/2020 Dear Mr. McDermott, Achieving your political ambitions by fuelling racial disharmony and insulting a sovereign nation. This is in regard to the fictitious statement made by you about the “genocide of Tamil people” in Sri Lanka.  Let me state categorically that you are engaging in the lowest form of gutter politics. How can you go so low?  You are continuing in the footsteps of politicians in the “International Community” Eg. Britain,(David... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/05/20)

Sheep clothed Sumanthiran’s tiger spots exposed
By : A.A.M.NIZAM – MATARA
Sumanthiran, the protégé o9f Tamil separatists, since 2012 Singapore Agreement was signed with quisling Mangala Samaraweera was making all efforts together with Terrorist Grandpa Sambanthan against whom visual evidence of fund raising for the terrorists in Canada are available, to get a new constitution, a federal and secular constitution adopted and to repeal the existing constitution.  It was almost ready to be adopted but calling of the presidential election obstructed the sinister move and then this separatist promoter vigorously campaigned for Sajith Premadasa (SP) brazenly calling on Tamil voters to vote for SP... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/05/20)

How the Speaker deprived the franchise of judges, lawyers, university lecturers, teachers, public servants, journalists and other citizens in 2015, which was secured by the Supreme Court in 2002.*
Aruna Laksiri Unawatuna B.Sc(Col), PGDC(Col), AAL
1.) The 19th Amendment Bill was first presented to the Parliament in 2002 by amending Article 70 of the Constitution to remove the power of the President to dissolve the Parliament one year later. 2.) Seven Supreme Court judges unanimously decided on the 2002 bill, amending the 70th Article of the Constitution for removing the president's power to dissolve the Parliament one year later which requires to  be passed by  the special majority and approved by the people at a  referendum. The final paragraphs of the determination are... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/05/20)

The Newsroom - America is not the greatest country in the world anymore...(Restricted language)
tpratt441
https://youtu.be/wTjMqda19wk Will McAvoy (Jeff Daniels) hits the nail straight on the head in the opening minutes on HBO's new series 'The Newsroom'. He is asked by a college student a simple question during a campus debate. 'What makes America the greatest country in the world?'. Daniels initially goes the politically correct route then at the last minute goes with a honest, bold, straight forward answer that sums up a lot of the worlds problems that so many are afraid to accept because we all want to believe in our system and that... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/05/20)

Flight from Qatar cancelled after 70 COVID-19 patients found among previous arrivals
Courtesy The Daily Mirror
A flight with Sri Lankan passengers which was scheduled to arrive in the country tomorrow from Qatar was cancelled after more than 70 COVID-19 patients were found among the 466 passengers previously arrived from Qatar and at quarantine centres, Additional Secretary to the President for Foreign Relations Jayanath Colombage said. He said previous passengers arrived in the country from Kuwait on May 19.  The cancelled flight (UL218) was scheduled to leave from Doha at 5.45 a.m with 273 Sri Lankan Passengers. However, a senior official of the airport... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/05/20)

Eighteen more COVID-19 cases confirmed in Sri Lanka
Courtesy Adaderana
Eighteen more persons have been diagnosed as Coronavirus infected patients increasing the tally of confirmed cases in Sri Lanka to 1,182. The Ministry of Health said that all new positive cases are returnees from Kuwait. Forty-one new cases of COVID-19 have been identified so far within the day. A total of 477 patients who have tested positive for the virus are currently under medical care while the number of recoveries in the country stands at 695. The 10th death due to the virus was reported in Sri Lanka... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/05/20)

Sri Lanka confirms 10th death from coronavirus
Courtesy Adaderana
Sri Lanka reported its tenth death from the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, a short while ago, confirmed Director General of Health Services Dr. Anil Jasinghe. A female who had arrived from Kuwait and had been undergoing quarantine at the Trincomalee quarantine center has succumbed to the virus in this manner. https://youtu.be/cLszn-wmj3w The 52-year-old deceased woman had been suffering from heart conditions prior to death, the Director-General said. Accordingly the total number of deaths reported in the country due to COVID-19 has now reached 10. Meanwhile,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/05/20)

Flight repatriating Sri Lankans from Qatar cancelled
Courtesy Adaderana
The special flight scheduled to bring back stranded Sri Lankans from Qatar tomorrow morning (May 26) has been canceled. A SriLankan Airlines charter flight was previously scheduled to leave the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) at 5.45 am tomorrow to repatriate 273 Sri Lankans from Doha, Qatar. This is in the backdrop of 70 among 466 individuals who were repatriated from Kuwait on May 19 have tested positive for COVID-19. Further, one of the returnees succumbed to the virus earlier this evening (25) marking Sri Lanka’s 10th death from the disease. ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/05/20)

Seychelles issues statement on arrival of 35 Seychelles nationals in Sri Lanka
Courtesy Adaderana
The High Commission of the Republic of Seychelles issued a statement on the recently disputed incident of admitting a group of Seychelles national to Sri Lanka for urgent medical treatment. The High Commission stated that 35 citizens of Seychelles - 24 of whom require urgent medical care, of which 11 critical patients are being accompanied by their relatives -were admitted into Sri Lanka on May 23, before promptly being directed to a hotel in Waskaduwa to be quarantined under the monitoring of the Sri Lanka Army and the Ministry of Health. According... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/05/20)

WHO pauses tests for hydroxychloroquine amid safety concerns
Courtesy Adaderana
The World Health Organization on Monday suspended its trial of hydroxychloroquine, the drug backed by President Donald Trump to combat the deadly coronavirus.  “The Executive Group has implemented a temporary pause of the hydroxychloroquine arm within the Solidarity Trial while the safety data is reviewed by the Data Safety Monitoring Board,” WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told reporters at a press briefing. “The other arms of the trial are continuing,” Tedros said. “This concern relates to the use of hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine in Covid-19. I wish to reiterate that these drugs are... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/05/20)

Govt mulls limiting repatriation of Sri Lankans stranded abroad
Courtesy Adaderana
The government is currently looking into limiting the repatriation of Sri Lankans who are stuck overseas due to the COVID-19 pandemic, stated Director-General of Health Services Dr. Anil Jasinghe. He points out that the arrival of a large number of people from foreign countries could be problematic in a context where the issue of Sri Lanka Navy infections has not been resolved as of yet. https://youtu.be/PNTwluuYrVM Therefore, the government may take a decision to restrict the repatriation of Sri Lankans abroad, Jasinghe said. Meanwhile, nearly 50... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/05/20)

Those who fail to maintain social distance will be arrested – Ajith Rohana
Courtesy Adaderana
Individuals who do not maintain social distance once the curfew is lifted will be arrested from tomorrow (May 26) onwards, stated DIG Ajith Rohana. He mentioned this speaking to the Ada Derana’Big Focus’ program today (25). https://youtu.be/pxw5aOB0pFg Accordingly, any person who does not maintain the prescribed social distance, whether at queues or in buses, they will be arrested and prosecuted under Section 264 of the Penal Code of Sri Lanka, he said. The DIG further said if convicted of such an offense, one could face up... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/05/20)

Colombo and Gampaha will reopen after 66 days - Curfew lifted at 5.00am
Courtesy Hiru News
Curfew lifted at 5.00am tomorrow Tuesday 26 May  The curfew imposed in Colombo and Gampaha districts for more than two months will be temporarily relaxed tomorrow. This is with the two day all Island curfew that will be lifted tomorrow (Tuesday, 26 May) at 5.00 am. Curfew will be effective only between 10.00 pm to 4.00 am daily in all the districts in the island from tomorrow, May 26th onwards until further notice. https://youtu.be/6SBv3lpOV1E Following the detection of the first Sri Lankan coronavirus patient... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/05/20)

Sooka’s ITJP is a National Security threat: Sri Lanka must question EU & take Legal Action
“No Vetting for Sri Lanka’s New Major Generals”is the latest of Sooka’s witch hunt against Sri Lanka and adds to her record of issuing close to 70 reports against Sri Lanka since 2009. The disclosure of military details publicly by a foreign government funded entity raises serious concerns about the security and risks to the lives of Sri Lanka’s military personnel. The concern is valid given the debacle faced in 2002 as a result of disclosing military intelligence details that led to LTTE assassinating 58 intelligence personnel and close to 80 intelligence operatives whose identities had been disclosed to LTTE.... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 25/05/20)

US singer Cher champions release of Kavan, Sri Lanka’s ‘lonely elephant’ from a Pakistani zoo
Kavan, the elephant has been in Murghazar Zoo, Islamabad, Pakistan since 1987 when he was gifted by President J R Jayawardena to Pakistan’s President Gen. Zia-ur Haq. Just 1 years old he was taken from his mother and given as a State gift to another country. Sri Lanka’s leaders did not think to seek permission from Kavan’s mother. What mother would like to have her precious child taken away and sent across the seas, never to be seen again? It was a morally wrong Presidential decision sans compassion. Were there no better gifts to give in exchange for diplomatic pleasantries?... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 25/05/20)

VEN. ELLAWALA MEDHANANDA Part 3
KAMALIKA PIERIS
Ven. Ellawala Medhananda was very active politically. He took an active part in settling Sinhalese in Maduru Oya, in the 1980s, when “Accelerated Mahaweli” started, Gamini Dissanayake; Minister for Mahaweli had asked Ven. Medhananda to do a study of the history of the Mahaweli region. While engaged in this, Medhananda had met Ven.  Kithalagama  Seelalankara of  Dimbulagala.   Ven. Kithalagama  had come to Toppigala area in 1960s.   He  created the  Dimbulagala vihara and had   started to settle Sinhalese in the surrounding  area  when the Mahaweli scheme started. Mahaweli scheme included the  development of Maduru... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/05/20)

The Eminent Surgeon Dr.M.H.De Zoysa
Dr. Newton Jayawardane FRCS
A Consultant surgeon who was much dedicated to the patients and profession was a very honest gentleman.!! I was very fortunate to work under him get trained by him.He saved so many lives. Prevented misappropriation of public money during the tender procedures. He was a devoted Buddhist and one day he told me " Jayawardane I may be suffering in this life for the things I have done in the past which I do not have any control, but one thing is sure that I will not be suffering in my next... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/05/20)

Sri Lanka after yahapalanaya, Easter Sunday and Covid-19
Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa
According to the IMF, in 2014, Sri Lanka was among the fastest growing economies in Asia. Economic growth averaged 6% during the war years from 2006 to 2009 and increased to 7.4% in the post-war years from 2010 to 2014. The debt to GDP ratio was reduced from  90% in 2005 to 75% at the end of 2014. The All Share Price Index rose from 1,922 in 2005 to 7,299 by the end of 2014. Sri Lanka’s per capita GDP in US Dollar terms increased threefold from USD 1,242 in 2005 to USD 3,819... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/05/20)

යහපාලනයෙන්, පාස්කු ඉරිදා ප්‍රහාරයෙන් හා කොවිඩ් -19 වසංගතයෙන් පසු ලංකාව
අග්‍රාමාත්‍ය  මහින්ද රාජපක්‍ෂ
ජාත්‍යන්තර මූල්‍ය අරමුදලට අනුව, 2014 දී ශ්‍රී ලංකාව ආසියාවේ වේගයෙන්ම සංවර්ධනය වන රටක් විය. 2006-2009 යුද සමයේ වසරකට 6% ක් වූ සාමාන්‍ය ආර්ථික වර්ධන වේගය යුද්ධයෙන් පසු 2010-2014 කාල පරිච්ඡේදයේ 7.4% දක්වා වැඩිවිය. 2005 දී දළ ජාතික නිෂ්පාදිතයට සාපේක්ෂව 90%ක් වූ සමස්ථ ණයබර 2014 අවසන් වන විට 75% ක් දක්වා අඩුවී තිබිණි. කොටස් වෙළඳපොලේ සමස්ත මිල දර්ශකය 2005 දී 1,922 ක් වූ අතර, 2014 අවසන් වන විට එය 7,299 ක් දක්වා වැඩිවී තිබුණි. 2005 දී ඇමෙරිකානු ඩොලර් 1,242 ක් වූ ඒකපුද්ගල ආදායම 2014 අවසන් වන විට ඩොලර් 3,819 දක්වා තුන්ගුණයකින් වැඩිවී තිබුණි. නිදහස ලැබීමෙන් පසු... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/05/20)

Lack of equality among member Nations: Using HR to selectively target countries
By Sugeeswara Senadhira Courtesy Ceylon Today
It is no secret that the hypocritical Western lobbies use human rights as a tool to target selectively against countries that resist their undue interferences. They selectively attack the Governments they perceive as too self confident and not amenable to their policies. This is contrary to the United Nation's principle of equality. The Article 1 of the UN states that the mission of the organisation is to "develop friendly relations among Nations based on respect for the principle of equal rights'. Realising the biased nature of the United Nations Human... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/05/20)

Time to clean out the UN Stables: Pillay's caustic inaccuracies
By Shivanthi Ranasinghe Courtesy Ceylon Today
At the National Ranawiru Day commemoration President Gotabaya Rajapaksa caused a stir when he stated, "If any international body or organisation continuously targets our country and our war heroes, using baseless allegations, I will also not hesitate to withdraw Sri Lanka from such bodies or organisations." Many have few doubts as to which international bodies or organisations the President referred to.  Former Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to the United Nations Office at Geneva Tamara Kunanayakam noted, "The President is most likely referring here to the UN Human Rights Council... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/05/20)

Details of attempted terror attack at Taj Samudra revealed at PCoI
Courtesy Adaderana
It was revealed before the Presidential Commission of Inquiry (PCoI) on the Easter Sunday attacks that the common practice of the Taj Samudra Hotel is to submit its guests’ details to the State Intelligence Service (SIS) and the President’s Security Division (PSD) on a daily basis. As such, on the day of the attacks, the hotel submitted a similar list, before the explosions occurred to the two entities, which included the details of the suicide bomber who detonated explosives in Dehiwala. This was revealed by the Security Manager of... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/05/20)

Yahapalana culture of vilification and false propaganda has no place in post-COVID-19 world – PM
Courtesy Adaderana
Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa states that the Yahapalana political culture of vilification and false propaganda has no place in the post-COVID-19 world. Issuing a statement titled ‘Sri Lanka after Yahapalanaya, Easter Sunday and COVID-19, Premier Rajapaksa said the economic boom in Sri Lanka between 2006 and 2014 went in reverse after the Yahapalana government took over in January 2015. Rajapaksa pointed out that the International Monetary Fund (IMF), in 2014, had declared Sri Lanka to be among the fastest-growing economies in Asia. He states that this economic boom was achieved... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/05/20)

Six arrested over assault on Ada Derana reporter at Atulugama
Courtesy Adaderana
Six including the main suspect who assaulted the Ada Derana journalist Atulugama, Bandaragama have been placed under arrest, the police said. The assault took place this morning (24) when the journalist in question went to Atulugama area to make coverage on Muslim devotees celebrating the Ramazan festival while adhering to social distancing regulations. The journalist in question, Bimal Shyaman, had initially spoken to the chairman of the mosque association in Atulugama, Najeed Hajjiar Mohamed Najeed. He had then obtained footages of one of the mosques in the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/05/20)

Sri Lanka’s coronavirus cases reach 1,140 with two new patients
Courtesy Adaderana
Two new COVID-19 positive cases have been detected as of 11.00 pm today (24), says the Ministry of Health. Sri Lanka’s total count of coronavirus infections thereby increased to 1,140. The two patients are confirmed to be arrivals from Kuwait, who are undergoing mandatory quarantine in Trincomalee. Accordingly, a total of 51 positive cases of coronavirus has been detected so far within the day. Meanwhile, 674 of these coronavirus patients have been discharged from hospitals so far upon complete recovery. The Epidemiology Unit of the Health... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/05/20)

Origins of Tamil political violence
H. L. D. Mahindapala
May 14, 1976 is one of the most underreported, underestimated, underexamined dates in the political calendar of independent Sri Lanka. It was the date on which the Tamil leadership which had gathered in Vadukoddai passed a resolution declaring war against the democratically elected state demanding a separate state. Stitching bits and pieces of selected events from here and there, they painted their version of history which consisted of highly controversial accusations to demonise “the Sinhala-state” – their terminology to stigmatise the democratically elected state as a racist entity with no space for the minorities,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/05/20)

VEN. ELLAWALA MEDHANANDA Part 2
KAMALIKA PIERIS
After ordination, Ven. Medhananda continued to live at Sri Sumangalaramaya, Napawela, Getahatta.  That remains his permanent address today. When Medhananda first went there,   the temple was very new. It had an image house but no image. Loku Hamuduruwo, Ven. Soratha got a stone mason down from India and   had a Buddha statue made. He also constructed a bodhighara. The villagers were poor and could not support the temple very much. They sent dry rations as dane. When Ven. Soratha died, Medhananda was placed in n charge of the temple. Ven. Medhananda developed the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/05/20)

කොරෝනාවෙන් ලංකාවට ලැබී ඇති වෙස්‌වලාගත් භාග්‍යය
චන්ද්‍රසිරි විජයවික්‍රම, LL.B.,Ph.D.
දිසාපති හාමුදුරුවෝ මන්තිරීට සර් කීම පක්‍ෂ දේශපාලකයින් විසින් ලංකාව විනාශ කිරීමේ එක් සන්‌ධි ස්ථානයක් වූයේ රාජ්‍ය සේවය සඳහා අයැදුම් කිරීමේදී මන්ත්‍රීගෙන් ලියුමක් ඊට ඈඳන ලෙස ශ්‍රී ලංකා-සමසමාජ සභාග ආණ්ඩුකාලයේදී (1962-64, 1970>) ගත් තීරණයය. මහ බැංකුවට බඳවා ගන්නා ආධුණික විධායක නිලධාරී තනතුරු වලදී, විශ්ව විද්‍යාල ආර්ථික විද්‍යා ගෞරව උපාධිධාරීන්ට පවා මෙසේ කරන්නට සිදුවිය. චන්ද කාලයේ යමෙකුගේ දෙමාපියන් වැඩකලේ මන්ත්‍රීගේ පක්‍ෂයට වෙනස් පක්‍ෂයකට නම් මේ නිසා ඇතිවන අනිසි මානසික බලපෑම (හීනමානය) අතිමහත්‌ය. උසාවි බාල්දු කිරීම ෆිලික්ස් ඩයස් විසින් කුරුණෑගල දේශපාලකයෙකුවූ ජයා පතිරණව සුප්‍රීම් උසාවියට පත් කිරීමේ සිට, ලංකාවේ සිදුවු මේ විනාශකාරී... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/05/20)

Reply to Mayor Combie Canada Supporting Tamil Genocide Day
Dr. Chula Rajapakse MNZM
Dear Mayor Crombie,  I regret very much that you have been badly mislead. There never was a Tamil genocide.The Tamil Tigers , labelled by the FBI US as the most brutal terrorist organisation,, that pioneered suicide bombing and the suicide west worn by all suicide bombers after them, waged a 30 year old war against the legally elected government Sri Lanka, alleging discrimination against Tamils post independence in Sri Lanka, for what in reality was the post independence loss of priveleges bestowed on them by colonial Britain as a part of their... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/05/20)

රාමළාන් ඊද් උත්සව සුභ පැතුම
ඒ.ජේ.එම්. මුසම්මිල්, වයඹ පලාත් ආණ්ඩුකාරවර.
මෙවර නව පරිසරයක් තුළ රාමළාන් නෝම්බි උපවාසයේ නියෙලන ශ‍්‍රී ලංකාවාසී ඉස්ලාමීය ජනතාවට ශුද්ධ ඊදුල් ෆිතර් උත්සවයකට සුභ පැතුම් එක්කිරීමට ලැබීම ගැන මම ආඩම්බර වෙමි. කොරෝනා වෛරසය හේතුවෙන් අපේ සහෝදර සිංහල සහ දෙමළ ජනතාව ඔවුන්ගේ ආගමික උත්සව සාමකාමීව තම නිවෙස්වල සිට සමරනු ලැබු ආකාරයටම මුස්ලිම් ජනතාවත් සෞඛ්‍ය දෙපාර්තමේන්තුවේ උපදෙස් පිළිපදිමින් සමාජ දුරස්ථභාවය සහ මුඛ ආවරණ පැළඳගෙන නිහඬතාවයෙන් සිට ඊද් උත්සවය සමරන්නැයි ඔවුන්ගෙන් මම කාරුණිකව ඉල්ලා සිටිමි. ඒ හා සමානව, රාමසාන්  උපවාස සමයේදී අනුගමනය කළ වත්පිළිවෙත් යහක්‍රියා සහ දේවවිශ්වාසයන් ඒ ආකාරයෙන්ම තම ජීවිත කාලය පුරාවටම හොඳින් පිළිපැදීමට අධිෂ්ඨාන කරගත යුතුයි. කොරෝනා වෛරසය මුළු... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/05/20)

Saving Valentina.
elinoyes
Michael Fishbach narrates his encounter with a humpback whale entangled in a fishing net. Gershon Cohen and he have founded The Great Whale Conservancy to protect whales. http://www.greatwhaleconservancy.org, is their website, or go to gwc's facebook page, and join them in helping to save these magnificent beings. https://youtu.be/EBYPlcSD490... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/05/20)

11 years later: Back on the Frontlines, Fighting for You
By Gagani Weerakoon Courtesy Ceylon Today
Eleven years ago, on 18 May 2009, Sri Lanka marked a significant day in its history by freeing itself from the clutches of terrorism. This saw Sri Lanka becoming the first nation to eradicate terrorism in the 21st century, securing a momentous place in military history. The military operations launched by Sri Lankan security forces at the Mavil Aru anicut on 26 July 2006 culminated in the final defeat of the LTTE at the Nandikadal Lagoon two years later on 18 May 2009, bringing an end to 26 years of... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/05/20)

"කොරෝනා දෙවැනි රැල්ලක් ඇතිවීමේ අවදානම අඩුයි"
මව්බිම දැන්
අපේ රට කොවිඩ් 19 අවදානමින් කෙමෙන් දුරස් වෙමින් තිබෙන බවට මත පළවෙනවා. ඔබේ දැනුම හා අත්දැකීම් අනුව මෙහි සත්‍යතාවක් තිබෙනවාද? අවසාන වශයෙන් රෝගීන් වාර්තා වුණේ නාවික හමුදාවෙන් සහ නිරෝධායන මධ්‍යස්ථානවලින් පමණයි. පිටස්තරව රෝගීන් වාර්තා වුණේ නැහැ. අපි විශාල වශයෙන් බාහිර සමාජයේ පරීක්‍ෂණ කරනවා. අපි රෝහල්වල බාහිර රෝගී අංශවල සහ විවිධ ක්‍ෂේත්‍රවල අහඹු නියැදි ලබා ගන්නවා. රෝගීන් වාර්තා වුණේ ඉහත කී කණ්ඩායම්වලින්ම පමණයි. අහම්බෙන් හෝ බාහිර සමාජයේ කෙනෙක් ඒ අය සමඟ ගනුදෙනු කොට තිබුණොත් රෝගීන් වාර්තා වෙන්න පුළුවන්. අපි විදේශ රටවල සිට පැමිණෙන පිරිස් නිරෝධායනය කරනවා. නමුත් කලාතුරකින් රෝගියෙක් දෙන්නෙක්... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/05/20)

ආර්ථිකය ගොඩගන්න සත් වැදෑරුම් සැලැස්මක්
සාකච්ඡා කළේ චමින්ද මුණසිංහ උපුටාගැණීම ලංකාදීප
කොරෝනා වසංගතයත් සමඟ ලෝක ආර්ථිකය මෙන්ම ලංකාවේ ආර්ථිකයත් බරපතළ අර්බුදවලට මුහුණ දෙමින් තිබේ. මෙවන් ප්‍රශ්න සම්බන්ධයෙන් ඔබ පුවත්පත සමග මා කතා කර තිබෙන්නේ 2002 වසරේ පටන්ය. දැවෙන ආර්ථික ප්‍රශ්න නමින් තීරු ලිපියකින්ද අපි නොයෙක් විග්‍රහ කළෙමු. අඛණ්ඩව වසර  18 ක් මෙවන් විග්‍රහ හරහා ආර්ථිකයට නිවැරැදි මඟ පෙන්වීමට උත්සාහ කළෙමු. අද වන විට ලෝකයට අලුත් ප්‍රශ්නයකට මුහුණදීමට සිදුව තිබේ. එහි ඇති බලපෑම කොතෙක්ද යන්න දැන් අපට දැනෙමින් තිබේ. ලෝකයේ ඇතිවූ තත්ත්වය හේතුවෙන් පැති කීපයක් ඔස්සේ දැවැන්ත ප්‍රහාරයක් එල්ලවූ කාලයක අපි සිටින්නෙමු. එනිසා සෑම අංශයකින්ම සිතා බලා අවශ්‍ය මෙවලම් පාවිච්චි කර පවතින... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/05/20)

සහල් රජාගේ මෝලට සෙබළුන් පිරිවරා මේජර්වරයෙක් පනී.. වී තොග එලියට නොදැම්මොත් ඊලග පියවර මූණටම කියා එයි.. [Video]
උපුටාගැණීම ලංකාදීප
පොළොන්නරුව දිස්ත‍්‍රික්කයේ ප‍්‍රධාන සහ මධ්‍ය පරිමාණ වී මොල් අටක් පාරිභෝගික කටයුතු පිළිබද අධිකාරියේ සභාපති විශාමික මේජර් ජෙනරාල් ශාන්ත දිසානායක මහතා ඇතුලූ නිලධාරින් 50 දෙනෙකුගෙන් යුත් කණ්ඩායමක් අද(23) සවස වැටලිමට ලක් කළහ. එහිදි දිස්ත්‍රික්කයේ ප‍්‍රධාන සහල් මෝල් වන අරලිය , නිපුන, නිව්රත්න, ලත් සහල් තවත් මධ්‍ය පරිමාණ වී මෝල් කිහිපයක් මෙහිදි පරික්ෂාවට ලක් කෙරුණි. https://youtu.be/RihXouceF0c ඩඩලි සිරිසේන මහතාගේ සහ හිටපු පාර්ලිමේන්තු මන්ත‍්‍රි සිරිපාල ගම්ලත් මහතාගේ වී මෝල්ද පරික්ෂාවට ලක් කෙරුණ අතර කොළඹ, පොළොන්නරුව, ගම්පහ, කුරුණැගල , නුවර අනුරාධපුර යන දිස්ත‍්‍රික්කවල පාරිභෝගික සේවා අධිකාරියේ නිලධාරින්ද මෙම වැටලිමට එක්ව සිටියහ. ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/05/20)

මැතිවරණය පවත්වන්නේ නඩු තීන්දුවෙන් පසු දින 70කින්..
උපුටා ගැන්ම ලංකා සී නිව්ස්
පාර්ලිමේන්තු මැතිවරණය පවත් වන්නේ කවදාදැයි තීරණය කරනු ලබන්නේ ශ්‍රේෂ්ඨාධිකරණය දැනටත් ගොනු කර ඇති පෙත්සම් සම්බන්ධයෙන් තීන්දුව ලබාදෙමින් ඉන්පසු බව මැතිවරණ කොමිසම සඳහන් කරයි. එහි අධ්‍යක්ෂ සමන් රත්නායක මහතා සඳහන් කරන්නේ අදාළ නඩු තීන්දුව ප්‍රකාශ කළ දිනයේ සිට දින 70 තුළ ඡන්දය පවත්වන බවයි. මැතිවරණ පවත්වන ආකාරය ගැන සෞඛ්‍ය බලධාරීන් සමඟ තවදුරටත් සාකච්ඡා කරන බව ද ඔහු පැවසීය. මැතිවරණ රාජකාරි වලට එන සියළුම නිලධාරීන්ගේ සෞඛ්‍ය ආරක්ෂාව පිළිබඳව අනිවාර්යෙන්ම සැලකිලිමත් වන බවත් මෙවර මැතිවරණ රාජකාරි සඳහා කැඳවනු නිලධාරීන් වැඩි කිරීමට බොහෝ දුරට සිදුවුනු ඇති බවත් එමෙන්ම මැතිවරණ වියදම ද... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/05/20)

Security beefed across SL as nationwide curfew comes into effect
Courtesy The Daily Mirror
Security has been beefed across Sri Lanka as a 2 day nation wide curfew came into effect from 8pm on Saturday with nearly 1000 road blocks set up in all districts, the police said. The police said that strict checking will be carried out in all districts on all vehicles and people who leave their homes and the road blocks will be manned by police who will be deployed on a 24 hour shift basis.Further, mobile patrols will also be deployed on the roads in all districts and anyone defying the curfew... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/05/20)

Curfew hours of all districts revised
Courtesy Adaderana
The President’s Media Division (PMD) has issued an updated announcement on the ongoing curfew in all districts. Accordingly, the island-wide curfew, which is set to go into force from 8.00 pm tonight (23), will be lifted at 4.00 am on Tuesday (26). The entire country will be under curfew on the 24th and 25th of May. https://youtu.be/N3g39zNEcBE From May 26 onward, the curfew in all 25 districts will be in force between 10.00 pm and 4.00 am daily, until further notice. Travel between districts except in... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/05/20)

Coronavirus cases in Sri Lanka at 1,089
Courtesy Adaderana
Four more COVID-19 positive patients reported increasing the total number of cases in the country, the Ministry of Health stated. Twenty-two positive coronavirus cases have been confirmed so far within the day. Accordingly, a total of 1,089 novel coronavirus patients have been identified from Sri Lanka.  Meanwhile, the number of recoveries in Sri Lanka moved up to 660 earlier today, as 40 patients were discharged from hospitals as they have returned to health. The Epidemiology Unit says, 420 active cases are currently under medical care at the IDH... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/05/20)

Easter attacks: Zahran and a bomber was at Shangri-La two days prior to attacks
Courtesy Adaderana
Presidential Commission of Inquiry probing the 2019 Easter Sunday terror attacks heard that Ringleader of the attacks Zahran Hashim and another bomber had engaged in a reconnaissance of the Shangri-La Hotel in Colombo two days prior to the attacks. The Commission also heard that a room was booked by one of the bombers at the hotel on the 17th of April under a fake name. Chief Inspector of Police (CIP) of the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) Mahinda Jayasundara who is in charge of the investigations pertaining to the Shangri-La Hotel bombing in... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/05/20)

PM Modi commends President Rajapaksa’s efforts to combat Covid-19
Courtesy Adaderana
President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi have engaged in a 20-minute telephone conversation this morning (23).     The Indian Premier has commended President Rajapaksa for being a “clear thinker and tough decision-maker”, in tackling the threat of COVID-19 in Sri Lanka. The two leaders have also discussed the pre-COVID situation and where Sri Lanka and India are today, with emphasis on enhancing bilateral cooperation. President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has commented on Sri Lanka’s post-Coronavirus economy while emphasizing on IT & technology. He has insisted on Sri Lanka’s expectation... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/05/20)

Two South African women on a witch hunt against Sri Lanka abusing their international roles
Individuals are not selected for international positions to go on witch-hunts especially against sovereign countries and elected leaders. The international entity, appointing them are also responsible to see if those they appoint exceed their mandate. International entities cannot simply watch their appointees abuse their portfolio especially against a sovereign country & a UN member state. In so doing, it only shows that the international entities are also party to aiding abetting the bias. Two South Africans, the former UNHRC head and the EU employee paid to look into the welfare of South Africans are both obsessed with Sri Lanka. We... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 23/05/20)

Open Letter to UN: former UNHRC head Navi Pillay’s bias exposed – Investigate her role as UNHRC head & remove bogus charges against Sri Lanka
Navi Pillay has finally crawled out of the woodwork. On 20 May 2020 the former head of the United Nations Human Rights Council finally showed off her true colours reading out a script which proved beyond doubt her bias ‘remembrance of the Tamil victims of war in Sri Lanka that ended on 18 May 2009’. She has sealed her bias by these lines in completely ignoring the Sinhalese, Muslim and even foreigners who were victims of LTTE. As Head of UNHRC when she prepared herself to seek revenge against Sri Lanka for eliminating a terrorist movement, as an ethnic Tamil... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 23/05/20)

RE-MODELING ECONOMIC POLICIES TO SUCCEED BALANCED GROWTH IN THE COUNTRY (PART 1)
BY EDWARD THEOPHILUS
Re-modeling economic policies of the country may have been the prime accountability of all governments elected to the office since independence in 1948. Although the policymakers soon after the independence, did not publicly state to accomplish the accountability with balanced growth, the focus of policymaking implied to reduce the bias in the society that created a severe class-struggle and contrasts in the country.  It was a challenge to political leaders as well as economic policymakers. The economic policy before 1956 was giving priority to boost domestic rice production that was not reflecting... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 22/05/20)

RE-MODELING ECONOMIC POLICIES TO SUCCEED BALANCED GROWTH IN THE COUNTRY (PART 2)
BY EDWARD THEOPHILUS
Since 1978 economic policies have been accomplished to satisfy the attitudes or thinking patterns of common people, however, the idea of enhancing the production, and the productivity went out of the minds of policymakers, because of the politics of the country reluctance to show or hear about the shortage of goods and services in the market which reflected the success of a political party that is in power. They did not concern the macroeconomic problems such as terms trade, budget gap, the balance of payment adjustment process, population, unemployment, and many others and they were... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 22/05/20)

Crippled Sri Lankan constitution and the Election commissioner's unexpected behaviour.
Chandrasena Pandithage
In Sri Lanka, the most powerful unit called "people of Sri Lanka". Nobody has a right to stand above them. That is a law, Country's decision-makers are them, not anyone else. Presidents, Prime ministers, Parliament, or Court's duty is to work for them. Presidential elections. Parliament elections and referendums are very important to take people's participation in this mechanism. It's very understandable about people's power and the value of their participation in the mechanism often. Nobody has the power to impose a restriction on elections or referendums. All those terms were in President... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 22/05/20)

Elevated highway: Govt. accepts unsolicited proposal from Chinese company
Dr Sarath Obeysekera 
Elevated highway: Govt. accepts unsolicited proposal from Chinese company By Namini Wijedasa The Government has accepted an unsolicited proposal from China Harbour Engineering Company (Ltd) for the elevated expressway from Athurugiriya to New Kelani Bridge via Rajagiriya — a project for which bid documents had already been finalised to call an open tender. The CHEC bid was directed via the Board of Investment (BOI) and discussions are underway, the Highways Ministry Secretary has told media. However, a three-volume Request for Proposals comprising at least 300 pages each was... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 22/05/20)

ශ්‍රේෂ්ඨාධිකරණය විසින් 2002දී තහවුරු කළ විනිසුරුවරු, නීතිඥවරු , විශ්ව විද්‍යාල කථිකාචාර්යවරු, ගුරුවරු, රජයේ සේවකයන්, මාධ්‍යවේදීන් ඇතුළු ඡන්ද දායකයන්ගේ ඡන්ද බලය 2015 දී කථානායකවරයා විසින් අහිමි කළ ආකාරය.
නීතිඥ අරුණ ලක්සිරි උණවටුන B.Sc(Col), PGDC(Col)
1.)  ආණ්ඩුක්‍රම ව්‍යවස්ථාවේ 70වන ව්‍යවස්ථාව සංශෝධනය කරමින්, වසරකට පසු පාර්ලිමේන්තුව විසුරුවීමට ජනාධිපතිවරයාට තිබූ බලය ඉවත් කිරීමට 19වන ආණ්ඩුක්‍රම ව්‍යවස්ථා සංශෝධන පනත් කෙටුම්පත මුල් වරට වර්ෂ 2002 දීපාර්ලිමේන්තුවට ඉදිරිපත් කර තිබූණි. 2)  එකී 2002 ඉදිරිපත් කළ පනත් කෙටුම්පත සම්බන්ධයෙන් ශ්‍රේෂ්ඨාධිකරණ විනිසුරුවරු 7දෙනෙක් ඒකමතිකව "තීරණයක්" (Determination)  ලබා දෙමින්, එකී සංශෝධනය එනම් ආණ්ඩුක්‍රම ව්‍යවස්ථාවේ 70වන ව්‍යවස්ථාව සංශෝධනය කරමින්, වසරකට පසු පාර්ලිමේන්තුව විසුරුවීමට ජනාධිපතිවරයාට තිබූ බලය ඉවත් කිරීමට අවශ්‍යනම්, ඒ සදහා ජනමතවිචාරණයක් මගින් ජනතාවගේ අනුමැතිය ලබා ගත යුතු බව දක්වා තිබුණි. එකී... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 22/05/20)

Mayor Bonnie Crombie, Your statement delivered on the day referred to as Tamil Memorial Day.
Mahinda Gunasekera 84 Tambrook Drive Agincourt, Ontario M1W 3L9 Canada
Mayor Bonnie Crombie Mayor of the City of Mississauga Dear Mayor Bonnie Crombie, Your statement delivered on the day referred to as Tamil Memorial Day<https://www.facebook.com/TamilEelamMay18/videos/201602127308030/> _ I received a video statement made by you at the City Council carried in the Facebook of an organization named Tamil Eelam on a day referred to as Tamil Memorial Day.  The substance of your statement is totally fallacious as it is obvious that you as the Mayor of the City of Mississauga has failed to... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 22/05/20)

No kissing the bride as Sri Lanka lifts Covid-19 ban on wedding parties.
Courtesy The Guardian
 Wealthy Sri Lankans’ wedding celebrations usually last for days and involve thousands of guests. Photograph: Dinuka Liyanawatte/Reuters Sri Lanka has lifted a ban on wedding receptions as part of an easing of coronavirus restrictions, but grooms may not kiss the bride – at least not in public. Wealthy Sri Lankans usually hold wedding celebrations with thousands of guests, and the festivities often last for days with much eating, drinking, dancing and singing. Under the new guidelines there should be no more than 100 guests, all of whom must stay a... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 22/05/20)

COVID-19: Nine new positive cases move tally to 1,068
Courtesy Adaderana
Nine more persons have tested positive for COVID-19 as of 10.00 pm on Friday (22), says the Ministry of Health. Accordingly, a total of 13 new positive cases of coronavirus have been confirmed so far within the day. Four naval personnel tested positive for the virus earlier today. Sri Lanka’s total count of coronavirus infections thereby reached 1,068. Meanwhile, 620 of these coronavirus patients have made complete recoveries so far. According to the tally of Epidemiology Unit, 439 active cases are under medical care at IDH, Welikanda Base... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 22/05/20)

DG of Health Service given green light to proceed with election process, SC told
Courtesy Adaderana
The Director General of Health Services Dr. Anil Jasinghe has sent a letter to the President’s Secretary, stating that he sees no impediment to holding elections in the country, President’s Counsel Romesh De Silva told the Supreme Court on Friday (22). https://youtu.be/774ZJrYD3p0 These developments came, when multiple Fundamental Rights petitions, filed challenging the President’s gazette dissolving parliament and the date for the General Election set by the Election Commission were taken up for the fifth consecutive day. At the commencement of the court proceedings, the President’s Counsel, appearing... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 22/05/20)

Presidential Task force for preservation of archaeological sites in Eastern Province
Courtesy Adaderana
A Task Force headed by the Defence Secretary will be appointed by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa to conduct a comprehensive survey of archaeological sites in the East and to take measures to preserve them, says the President’s Media Division (PMD). Several parties have voiced their concerns regarding the destruction done to historical monuments, the PMD said further. After considering all aspects, a broad programme will be launched with the support of the Department of Archaeology in order to preserve historic sites. President expressed these views during the second meeting held at... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 22/05/20)

National heroes, memorial statues, and politicians unworthy of them
By Rohana R. Wasala
Vinod Munasinghe’s constructive feedback comments (‘A statue of Mandela will do no harm’/The Island/May 18, 2020) on my opinion piece of Saturday (May 16) titled ‘This is no laughing matter’ provided the cue for this attempt to submit my ideas, for reader scrutiny, about the subject hinted at in my title today, for what they are worth. I appreciate Munasinghe’s suggestions. Sincere thanks! I stand corrected about the location of the International Crisis Group which, I erroneously wrote, was headquartered in South Africa. It is in Brussels, Belgium as you correctly point out. My... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 22/05/20)

Let us make our fallen soldier’s dream a reality
Sunil Yatalamatta Gamage 
“Sri Lankan military did sacrifice to protect & unite the country for the future sons daughters of the country; to have a safer motherland which will prevail and prosper in the years to come”.- Defense Secretary General: Kamal Gunaratne May 19th is a significant day of Sri Lankan history of our country written again in golden letters as the country was liberated from the world most ruthless terrorist group. It was the victory against terrorism which was in the country more than 30 years. The victory was possible due to political leadership and... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/05/20)

Special Deposit Account (SDA) with Sri Lankan Banks
Embassy of Sri Lanka  Washington D.C.
The Government of Sri Lanka has introduced a new bank account termed ‘Special Deposit Account (SDA)’ for all Sri Lankans living in and outside the country to remit their foreign currency earnings, savings and investments to any bank of their preference in Sri Lanka. It is in the form of ‘Term Deposits’ either in any designated foreign currency or in Sri Lanka Rupees.   The Embassy, while appreciating the generosity on the part of Sri Lankans living in the United States of America who have already extended their valued contributions for SDAs,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/05/20)

ඔ්නෑම දිනයක මැතිවණය පවත්වන්න නිර්දේශ දීමට අපට හැකියි..- මැකො තවත් හිර කරමින් සෞඛ්‍ය අධ්‍යක්‍ෂ ජනරාල් දන්වයි.
උපුටා ගැන්ම ලංකා සී නිව්ස්
මැතිවරණ කොමිසම විසින් නියම කරන ඔ්නෑම දිනයක මැතිවරණය පැවැත්වීමට අවශ්‍ය කරන නිර්දේශ ලබා දීමට හැකියාව පවතින බව සෞඛ්‍ය සේවා අධ්‍යක්ෂ ජනරාල් වෛද්‍ය අනිල් ජාසිංහ මහතා සඳහන් කරයි. මේ වන විට රට ක්‍රම ක්‍රමයෙන් සාමාන්‍යකරණයට පත්වෙමින් තිබෙන බවත් පවසන ඔහු මැතිවරණ කොමිසමට මැතිවරණ පැවැත්වීම සඳහා සහාය වීමට තමනට හැකියාවක් ඇති බවද පවසයි. නමුත් මැතිවරණය පැවැත්වීම හෝ ඊට දින නියම කිරීම තම කාර්යයක් නොව එය මැතිවරණ කොමිසමේ කාර්යයක් බව ද ඔහු පැවසීය. මැතිවරණ කොමිසම ඉල්ලා සිටින ඕනෑම අවස්ථාවක ඊට අවශ්‍ය නිර්දේශ ලබා දීමට හැකියාවක් ඇති බවද ඔහු තව දුරටත්... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/05/20)

Two Navymen test positive for COVID-19; total at 1,047
Courtesy Adaderana
Two more individuals have tested positive for the COVID-19, the Ministry of Health confirmed a short while ago. The identified patients are Sri Lanka Navy personnel, stated the Ministry. Accordingly, 4 Navy personnel are confirmed to have contracted the virus within today (21). The total number of coronavirus cases identified within the day is 19. Thereby, a total of 1,047 COVID-19 positive cases have been reported in Sri Lanka. Meanwhile, 604 of these coronavirus patients have been discharged from hospitals so far as they returned to health. ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/05/20)

Disregard intermediaries and streamline pharmaceutical supply - President
Courtesy Adaderana
President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, today (21), reviewed the production, import, and distribution of pharmaceutical supplies, during a discussion with the Chairmen of the two State Pharmaceutical Corporations, held at the Presidential Secretariat. At the discussion, the President inquired as to how the medicines supply in the country is structured, stated President’s Media Division. In reply, Chairman of State Pharmaceutical Corporation (SPC) Consultant neurosurgeon Prasanna Gunasena said the supply is done in 03 ways; production by the State sector, production by the private sector, and imports by both sectors. Currently there are... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/05/20)

Thalawakele OIC saves the life of a young girl who jumped into the Kotmale reservoir
Courtesy Hiru News
The OIC of the Thalawakele Police has managed to save the life of a young girl who attempted to commit suicide by jumping into the Upper Kotmale reservoir . According to our correspondent, a 28-year-old father of two has drowned while trying to save the girl. https://youtu.be/oTVbxAfV1Pg The girl had jumped into the reservoir near the railway bridge that had been built across the Upper Kotmale reservoir at around 10 am this morning. Our correspondent stated that a man who... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/05/20)

Youth drowns in attempt to save female who jumped into Kotmale reservoir
Ada Derana
https://youtu.be/FHWooZhyVFE... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/05/20)

Women crushed to death in Sri Lanka stampede for $8 handout
Courtesy aljazeera.com
Three women trampled to death outside businessman's warehouse for annual handout to mark holy month of Ramadan. A crime scene officer inspects the place where the stampede occurred in the capital, Colombo [Dinuka Liyanawatte/Reuters] Three women have been trampled to death during a stampede for an $8 cash handout in Sri Lanka's capital Colombo amid growing desperation among Sri Lankans struggling to make ends meet during a coronavirus lockdown that has smashed the economy. Some 1,000 people queued outside a businessman's warehouse for his annual handout... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/05/20)

LTTE’s AUSTRALIAN WHITE TIGERS – Aunty Adele and Hugh McDermott
The Federal Government of Australia needs to take a firm stand on its elected representatives. While it should be the Federal Government on behalf of Australia that should make international statements, it is unacceptable when politicians representing small areas within a state issue disparaging statements of falsehood against a sovereign country. That Australia has failed to take action against its own citizen for aiding and abetting terror has ruined the lives of thousands of Tamil children, Australian Adele Ann Wilby trained as child soldiers from 1980s to 1999. That inaction, has resulted in many White Australians being enticed by remnants... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 21/05/20)

“KIBBUTZ FOR INNOVATIVE AND SEIENTIFIC AGRITCULTURE”
Sarath Wijesinghe President’s Counsel former Ambassador to UAE and Israel
Land is precious Israelis Lived in most hostile conditions at the initial stages Land is more precious in Israel being a small fraction of Sri Lanka consist of baron land with deserts with no water except Galilee at the extreme corner of the country. Most of the land is state owned and expensive for the citizens sandwiched among enemies right round the boarders. Having evicted from various parts of the world Jews chose to settle down in the Promised Land despite most hostile... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/05/20)

රාජිත ගැන නොදත් කතාවක් කවුද මේ රාජිත කියන්නේ
රත්තනදෙණියේ මේධානන්ද හිමි
චන්ද්‍රිකා කුමාරතුංග රාජ්‍ය නායිකාව සිටි කාලයේ රාජිත සේනාරත්න සහ ඔහුගේ සහෝදරයෙක් එක්ව සේනාරත්න අසෝසියේට්‌ නම් වාණිජ ආයතනයක්‌ පවත්වාගෙන ගියා. එමගින් කෙරුණේ පිට රටින් දන්ත වෛද්‍ය උපකරණ හා ඖෂධ ගෙන්වා ඒවා රජයේ ඔසුසලටත්, ත්‍රිවිධ හමුදාවටත් සපයන කාර්ය කරගෙන යාමයි. ඔවුන් මේ ව්‍යාපාරය විශාල ධනයක් උපයන ජාවාරමක් ලෙස පවත්වාගෙන ගියා. රහස්‌ පොලිසියට ලැබුන තොරතුරක් මත මේ ආයතනයට අයත් ගබඩාවක්‌ වටලලා පරීක්‍ෂණයක් ආරම්භ කළා. එහිදී කල් ඉකුත්වූ බෙහෙත් වර්ගවල පරණ ලේබල් ගළවා ඒ වෙනුවට ඉදිරියට පවතින දින සහිත ලේබල් අලවා ඖෂධ විකුණන නීච ක්‍රියාවලියක් ද සොයා ගැනුණා. මතක තබා ගන්න එම බෙහෙත්වල කල්... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/05/20)

Rs. 5,000 allowance payment for June halted after heeding EC’s advise
Courtesy Ada Derana
The Cabinet of Ministers has decided to halt payment of Rs. 5,000 allowance to the families adversely affected by the COVID-19 outbreak, for the month of June. The move comes after a letter was directed to the Presidential Secretary P.B. Jayasundera by the Election Commission’s chairman Mahinda Deshapriya on May 17, requesting the reconsideration of the payment of the allowance for next month. The Election Commission, in its letter, had noted that the payment of allowance could turn into an election campaign ploy during next month ahead of the upcoming General... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/05/20)

MOURNING THE DEAD: A Soldier & a terrorist can never be equal
A soldier of a National Army cannot be put on par with terrorist. Similarly, a mother of a solider cannot be put on par with a mother of a terrorist too. A war widow is the wife of a soldier laying down his life for the Nation. Wives of terrorists are not war widows (a different term should be created for them) But, they all have a right to mourn the deaths of their family members. The issue is with how that mourning is done. Every parent loves their children. For every parent, their child is special. No... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 21/05/20)

Reconciliation or Re- Capitulation?
Palitha Sennayake
May 18th is a significant day for Sri Lanka because that was the day the country finally overcame terrorism that plagued the nation for three decades killing more than one hundred thousand people and pushing the country back economically by three decades. It is since that day that people could get about their activities freely, the children could be sent to schools with no fear of explosions, the businesses could carry on uninterrupted and most of all the investors would mull to move in, attracted by the positive prospects.  Dividends of peace were apparent all over... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/05/20)

Easter attacks: Senior police officer admits to not forewarning churches about bombings
Courtesy Adaderana
SP Shantha Wickremasinghe, in charge of Colombo Central District 01 at the time of Easter attacks, admitted to the Presidential Commission of Inquiry that although there were instructions given prior to the bombings to increase security at catholic churches, no action was taken believing that such warnings would have created public panic. This was revealed when the Presidential Commission of Inquiry probing the Easter Sunday attacks heard evidence from senior police officials from the Colombo Central Division 01 and the Colombo Fort Police Station, who were tasked with ensuring security in the area at... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/05/20)

One more patient brings COVID-19 cases tally to 1,028
Courtesy Adaderana
Another person has tested positive for COVID-19 as of 10.15 pm on Wednesday (20), says the Ministry of Health. The total count of coronavirus cases in the country thereby reached 1,028. This new positive case is a returnee from Kuwait, who is currently undergoing mandatory quarantine. In the meantime, coronavirus recoveries in the country moved up to 584 earlier today. The Epidemiology Unit says that 435 active cases are currently under medical care at selected hospitals across the country. The country’s death toll from COVID-19 stands... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/05/20)

COVID-19 situation in Sri Lanka is under control – Anil Jasinghe
Courtesy Adaderana
No community infections of the novel coronavirus, apart from among Navy personnel, are being reported from the country, says Director-General of Health Services Dr. Anil Jasinghe. Thereby, it is clear that, apart from Navy infections, the COVID-19 outbreak situation in Sri Lanka is under currently under control, he said. https://youtu.be/UdrhplK_vtY Further, the focus is on controlling the infection within the Sri Lanka Navy and containing the virus from spreading to the outside of the Navy community, said the Director-General. Jasinghe pointed out that all 35 persons... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/05/20)

Strict action against intentionally violating curfew regulations – DIG Ajith Rohana
Courtesy Adaderana
The law will be strictly enforced against those who were arrested over intentionally violate curfew regulations, said DIG Ajith Rohana. Nearly 6,000 individuals who were arrested as such have been imposed with penalties so far, said the DIG. https://youtu.be/bGoev1cBIaM Meanwhile, 60,425 persons have been placed under arrest for violating the curfew since March 20 and 16,924 vehicles have been seized. Further, 17,193 persons have been filed court cases over violations of curfew regulations while 6,480 have been imposed with penalties, said the Police Media Division.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/05/20)

Ideas for the Presidential Task Force: Creating Employment for the Youth
By Garvin Karunaratne
It has so happened that in Sri Lanka, instead of creating employment for the youth we have had the unfortunate experience of being forced to gun down the youth twice. In the April 1971 uprising at least ten thousand and in the late Eighties some Seventy or Eighty thousand had to be silenced. The youth of a country, especially the youth who due to either the lack of qualification or due to the lack of employment opportunity have to be confined to attend to a menial job and have to scrape the barrel... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 19/05/20)

I WILL NOT HESITATE TO WITHDRAW FROM ORGANIZATIONS TARGETING SRI LANKA AND WAR HEROES - PRESIDENT.
By Noor Nizam - Peace and Political Activist, Political Communication Researcher, SLFP/SLPP Stalwart and Convener - "The Muslim Voice" - 19th., May, 2020.
THIS IS THE ONLY WAY THAT THESE INTERNATIONAL FRONT LOBBIES OF THE LTTE INTERESTS COULD GET THE CORRECT MESSAGE PROPERLY.   A wonderful speech and gesture in honour of our War Heroes. President Gotabaya Rajapaksa had also stated that the president will not allow anyone to exert undue pressure on the country’s war heroes or harass them. They deserve it now and in the future. May the "ETERNAL FLAME FOR PEACE" in Sri Lanka... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 19/05/20)

START UP COMPANIES AND START UP NATIONS FOR INNOVTIONS AND DEVELOPMENT
Sarath Wijesinghe President’s Counsel and former Ambassador to UAE and Israel
Start-up Company If you have an apple and I have an apple then you and I have an apple each and then you and I will still have each one apple but we exchange apples and we exchange ideas we have two apples and ideas. (George Bernard Show) This is his quotation on exchange of knowledge and experience which is a prerequisite on innovations and start-up companies. Start Up companies and SMEs are thriving on innovations and exchange of ideas and impart to... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 19/05/20)

Mr HUGH McDermott, Your statement on the SRI LANKAN victory day
RANJITH SOYSA
ATTN-   Mr  HUGH McDermott ALP member for Prospect YOUR MISLEADING STATEMENT ON THE 11TH ANNIVERSARY OF SRI LANKA GOVERNMENT'S VICTORY OVER THE TAMIL TIGER TERRORIST ORGANIZATION IS A DIRECT INSULT TO THE VAST MAJORITY OF PEACEFUL AUSTRALIANS OF SRI LANKAN ORIGIN WHO STILL MAINTAIN THEIR LINKS WITH SRI LANKA. WE WOULD LIKE TO CLARIFY THAT MOST OF US CONSIDER IT IS IMPORTANT FOR SRI LANKA TO CONTINUE AS A SINGLE SOVEREIGN NATION AS IT HAS BEEN FOR OVER 2500 YEARS. WE ARE CERTAIN YOU WILL... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 19/05/20)

Crew change of ships in Galle and Colombo ports why not Trinco and Hambantota ?
Dr Sarath Obeysekera
When reading The the attached communication issued by the President’s office I wonder why they cannot   use the other two ports as well We proposed to develop Trinco as a location for oil rig lay-up facilities and requested the government to restructure quarantine procedure to accommodate the crew changes of rigs and tankers  It is a source of a large amount of firearm currency  Idling hotels can be offered to the crew to combine a holiday and self-quarantine at a premium price  I... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 19/05/20)

I will not hesitate to withdraw from organizations targeting Sri Lanka and war heroes – President
Courtesy Adaderana
President Gotabaya Rajapaksa says he will not allow anyone to exert undue pressure on the country’s war heroes or harass them and also assured he will not hesitate to withdraw Sri Lanka from any international body or organization that continuously targets the country and its war heroes using baseless allegations. He made these comments while delivering a speech during the ceremony held today (19) at the National War Heroes’ Monument in Battaramulla to mark the 11th National War Heroes’ Day.  https://youtu.be/OCBWWZ3tMs8 “War is not a bed of roses.”... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 19/05/20)

Total number of Covid-19 cases climbs to 1,023
Courtesy Adaderana
The Health Ministry confirmed that two more patients have tested positive for COVID-19 increasing the total number of cases reported in the country to 1,023. Accordingly 31 new cases have been confirmed so far within the day. The Epidemiology Unit of the Health Ministry says that 445 active cases are currently under medical care while the number of recoveries has increased to 569. The death toll due to the virus in Sri Lanka is 09.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 19/05/20)

No truth in extremist threats to Sri Lanka - Defence Secretary.
Courtesy Adaderana
The Ministry of Defence urged the public not to be misled by certain posts circulating on social media platforms regarding threats posed in Sri Lanka by extremist elements. “There is no truth in news being circulated in social media networks. The intelligence agencies have not received such information related to extremist threats in Sri Lanka,” Defence Secretary Major General (Retd) Kamal Gunaratne said. He reiterated that the national security of the country had not been overlooked while deploying Security Forces and Police personnel to contain the spread of Coronavirus pandemic. ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 19/05/20)

177 Army officers including Brig. Priyanka Fernando promoted
Courtesy Adaderana
President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, with the concurrence of the Ministry of Defence has promoted a total of 177 Officers and Senior Officers have been to their respective next ranks, stated Sri Lanka Army. The promotions have been granted with the recommendations of the Commander of the Army Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva. This is one of the largest segments of promotions, made in recent times, the Military Secretariat Branch announced this evening (18). Accordingly, the 117 military officers have been promoted as 05 new Major Generals, 04 Brigadiers of Sri Lanka Army... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 19/05/20)

Curfew in Colombo and Gampaha can be relaxed - DG Health Services (Video)
Courtesy  Hiru News The Director General of Health Services Dr. Anil Jasinghe believes that the curfews in Colombo and Gampaha districts can be eased within a short period of time. He made this observation while participating in the Hiru TV program "Rata saha Heta". https://youtu.be/KJNFwCNpNXw... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 19/05/20)

විජයග්‍රහණයට 11 වසරයි විශේෂ විකාශය
Ada Derana
විශ්‍රාමික මේජර් ජෙනරාල් කමල් ගුණරත්න - ආරක්ෂක ලේකම්ලුතිනන් ජෙනරාල් ශවේන්ද්‍ර සිල්වා - යුද හමුදාපති අද්මිරාල් ඔෆ් ද ෆ්ලීට් වසන්ත කරන්නාගොඩ - හිටපු නාවික හමුදාපතිමාර්ෂල් ඔෆ් ද එයාර්ෆෝස් රොෂාන් ගුණතිලක - හිටපු ගුවන් හමුදාපති https://www.facebook.com/adaderana/videos/566087120710094... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 19/05/20)

Mullaivaikal Commemoration – Mourning LTTE dead under pretense of ‘civilian dead’
It’s now bordering the ridiculous when foreign MPs are muttering ‘genocide’ without stopping to actually ask a basic question – how many actually died or were killed. It is ludicrous of them to be parroting ‘genocide’ for killing ‘terrorists’ even banned by their countries. As for ‘civilians’, to claim genocide, surely we must know how many civilians died or were killed. The simplest method to ascertain that is if those mourning their dead can at least produce the names of the supposed dead, or a police complaint that they are still missing. However, in the absence of all these basic... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 19/05/20)

11th Anniversary of the victory against the LTTE
MEDIA RELEASE Mahinda Rajapaksa Prime Minister
On the 19th of May we mark the 11th anniversary of the victory against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam. That was not a war against the Tamil people but against an organization designated by the FBI as the deadliest terrorists in the world. Due to the defeat of the LTTE, Tamil people are now free to live as they wish. Tamil children are no longer forcibly recruited by the LTTE. Tamil politicians no longer live in fear of LTTE assassins. Furthermore, due to the absence of the LTTE, elections can be... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 19/05/20)

කොටි සංවිධානයට එරෙහි යුද ජයග්‍රහණයේ 11 වෙනි සංවත්සරය
මාධ්‍ය නිවේදනය මහින්ද රාජපක්‍ෂ අග්‍රාමාත්‍ය
දෙමළ ඊළාම් විමුක්ති කොටි සංවිධානයට එරෙහි යුද ජයග්‍රහණයේ එකොළොස් වන සංවත්සරය අපි මැයි 19 වන දා සමරන්නෙමු. එය දෙමළ ජනතාවට එරෙහි යුද්ධයක් නොව ඇමරිකාවේ එෆ්.බී.අයි ආයතනය විසින් ලෝකයේ දරුණුම ත්‍රස්තවාදීන් හැටියට නම් කරනු ලැබූ සංවිධානයකට එරෙහි යුද්ධයක් විය. කොටි සංවිධානයේ පරාජය නිසා දෙමළ ජනතාවටද දැන් නිදහසේ ජීවත් වීමට ඉඩ ලැබී ඇත. දෙමළ ළමුන් දැන් කොටි සංවිධානය විසින් පැහැරගෙන යන්නේ නැත. දෙමළ දේශපාලනඥයින් කොටි ඝාතකයන්ට බියෙන් ජීවත් වන්නේ නැත. කොටි සංවිධානය පරාජය කිරීම තුළින් උතුරු නැගෙනහිර පළාත්වලත් මැතිවරණ පැවැත්වීමට හැකිවීම නිසා එම ප්‍රදේශවල ජනතාවගේ පරමාධිපත්‍ය බලයද නැවතත් තහවුරු වී ඇත. කොටි සංවිධානයට... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 19/05/20)

Mayor of Mississauga, Your Comments on your Tamil Memorial Day
Asoka Weerasinghe (Mr.) Kings Grove Crescent . Gloucester . Ontario . K1J 6G1 Canada
17 May 2020Your Worship Bonnie CrombieMayor of MississaugaMississauga Civic Centre300 City Centre DriveMississaugaL5B 3C1Ontario, Dear Mayor Bonnie Crombie: I read with much disappointment your Statement on the Tamil Memorial Day. What was that all about, Mayor. What Tamil Memorial Day are you talking about..? I hope you are going to tell me - “Oops ! Asoka, it was  a genuine typo.  It was meant to read as ‘Mississauga’s Sinhalese Memorial Day.” It was a day... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/05/20)

SLC says no govt funds will be utilised for the Proposed International Cricket Stadium in Homagama
Courtesy The Daily Mirror
Responding to some of the media reports and concerns over the proposed International Cricket Stadium in Homagama, Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) today said the project will be an absolute and private investment of SLC and no government funds will be utilized and/or will be sought at any stage of the construction. In a statement, the SLC said there were several media reports published regarding the proposed International Cricket Stadium in Homagama and some of these reports may have created misconceptions in the minds of the readers, which are detrimental to the image... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/05/20)

REOPENING SRI LANKA
BY A.A.M.NIZAM - MATARA
We Sri Lankan should feel fortunate to have an altruistic, utterly-patriotic. determined, and iron-willed President at a time when the whole world is gripped with the deadly Corona pandemic. When this epidemic erupted in Wuhan in China’s Hubei province and was spreading very fast to countries beyond China our futuristic visionary President took immediate action on 27th January to form an all-embracing Task Force comprising the tri-forces, the civil protection forces. The health sector establishment personnel, the Police, the officials of the strategic services, the provincial, district, regional administrators, Samurdhi, and Grama Sevaka... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/05/20)

Ranaviru Commomeration 19/5/20 Internet Live Streaming 6.30pm NZ Time
Dr. Chula Rajapakse MNZM Spokesperson USLA.
https://www.facebook.com/srilankans.nz Thank you for affording me the privilege of being able to reinforce for the 11th  consecutive year, our deep debt of gratitude to the Ranaviru for having liberated Sri Lanka from three decades of Tiger terror and even more for the life and limb that some lost in the process. Sadly for five years from 2015, the sanctity , might and majesty of these achievements and sacrifices had been tarnished by an UNHCR resolution that implied acceptance of the baseless allegation initiated by the Tiger Diaspora that... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/05/20)

SILENT PRAYER FOR THE WAR HEROES AND THOUSANDS WHO SACRIFICED THEIR LIVES TO DEFEAT THE TAMIL TIGERS
RANJITH SOYSA
When we commemorate the victory over terrorism and separatism achieved in the fight to preserve unitary Sri Lanka, it is necessary to remember with gratitude the sacrifices made by our war heroes. Thousands of members of the armed forces were killed and thousands sill live in their homes or at special caring units with injuries sustained and many without a limb or some who have lost both. To remember their priceless determination to protect the Motherland, let us in these difficult times of COVID 19.  hoist the national flag and say a silent prayer... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/05/20)

EDUCATION REFORMS REQUIRED TO BUILD A SYSTEM THAT IS LOOKING FOR GRADUATES THAN GRADUATES LOOKING FOR JOBS
BY EDWARD THEOPHILUS
I read a news report that contained an address of Mr.Gotabaya Rajapaksa, the president of Sri Lanka, and reported that the president stated the country needs to build a system that looks for graduates to employ in the organizations than graduates are looking for jobs.  This statement directed a very good vision and stressed that many missions need to achieve the vision. The literal meaning of the statement may not applicable, but the message gave to the policy-makers was strong and expects a radical change in education policies in the country. The... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/05/20)

සිකුරාදාට රැස්වෙන (Friday Forum) කොළඹ කේවට්ටයින්!
චන්ද්‍රසිරි විජයවික්‍රම, LL.B., Ph.D.
රාජා භවතු ධම්මිකෝ මතක්‌වීම කොළඹදී රැස්වෙන නෝනා මහත්‌වරු, ඇල්ලේ ගුණවංශ හාමුදුරුවන් කියන ඕ මයි ගෝඩ් අයද, බුදු අම්මෝ අයද යනු පැහැදිලි නැතත්, ඔවුන් හැමදෙනාම, 2009 ට කලින් මේ යුද්‌ධය නම් කවදාවත්ම දිණන්න බෑ යයි කී පිරිසමය. ඔවුන් කළුසුද්දන් බව එලිවන්නේ රාජා භවතු ධම්මිකෝ… යන අගනා බෞද්‌ධ රාජ්‍ය පාලන සංකල්පය, පාලි ටෙක්ස්ට් (පාලි වචන) කියා බාල්දු කිරීමෙන්‌ය. මෙම සමහර විට නොදැන, නොසිතා කල අපහාසයේ බැරෑරුම්කම ඔවුන්ට ඉදිරියේදී හෝ වැටහෙන්නේ එය හැඳින්‌වීමට පාලි ටෙක්ස්ට් වෙනුවට ඉන්ග්ලිස් ටෙක්ස්ට් කියා යෙදුවොත්‌ය. වැදගත්, පාලි යන භාෂා වාහනය නොව, බෞද්‌ධ දේශනාවය. බුදු දහම ගැන හරිහමන් දැනීමක් නැත්නම් දේශපාලන... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/05/20)

Managing our foreign exchange
Garvin Karunaratne
It is important to note that for the first time since 1977 Sri Lanka is taking action to ensure that our foreign exchange is not taken away by foreign countries. I refer to the recent action taken by our Central Bank to ensure that profits are not repatriated. I enclose a paragraph from my Paper:  “Playing Poodle to the IMF is not the way ahead", appearing in the Lanka Web of  12/1/2020: “Third World countries have enticed McDonalds,  Pizza Hut and such Multinationals to come in. They bring in a small sum... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/05/20)

e-Learning: For Greater Access to Higher Education and Better Social Equality
Dr. Gamini Padmaperuma, a Chartered Professional Engineer
e-Learning has become a buzz word nowadays. e-Learning essentially uses information and communication and technology (ICT) for teaching and learning. The importance and relevance of e-Learning can be well recognized in view of the current pandemic situation and general global trends in education. His Excellency the President Gotabaya Rajapaksa in his manifesto has given the highest priority to providing higher education opportunities to all those who pass the A/L exam. This indeed is a noble task and implementation of such a task can be greatly facilitated by e-Learning, which... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/05/20)

Yes we should help the government to resurrect economy
Dr. Sarath Obeysekera 
රටේ ආර්ථිකය බේරා ගන්න කොරියානුවන් තම කණ කර ආභරණ එරට භාණ්ඩාගාරයට දුන්නා.. අපද එසේ විය යුතුයි.. May 18, 2020 at 3:22 am | lanka C news කොරියාවේ වැටුණු ආර්ථිකය ගොඩගැනීම සඳහා කොරියානුවන් තම කණකර එරට භාණ්ඩාගාරයට ලබාදුන් බව ඇමති සී.බී. රත්නායක මහතා සඳහන් කරයි. කිසිවකුට අත නොපා අපි නැගිටිමු යන අධිෂ්ඨානයෙන් මෙම පරිත්‍යාගය එරට වැසියන් විසින් සිදුකළ බවද ඔහු පැවසුවේය. මේ අවස්ථාවේදී ඒ දේශ මාමකත්වය මෙරට අපට ද තිබිය යුතු බවද ඔහු පැවසීය. ශ්‍රී ලංකා පොදු ජන පෙරමුණේ මූලස්ථානයේදී පැවති මාධ්‍ය හමුවකදී... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/05/20)

COVID-19: International and domestic challenges await Sri Lanka
by Asanga Abeyagoonasekera*
“We’re going to turn it around. And we have the cards, don’t forget it. We are like a piggy bank that’s being robbed. We have the cards. We have a lot of power with China”[i] President Donald J. Trump during the 2016 election campaign. President Donald Trump was elected on a platform challenging long-standing American foreign policy premises with a particular criticism of US - China relations. Tensions in the US - China relationship exacerbated due to Trump’s continuous rhetoric and action during his Presidency reminding the American polity that China’s rise as... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/05/20)

Sri Lanka newlyweds cancel wedding party, help poor instead
Courtesy Mail on Line
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) - As couples do all over the world, Darshana Kumara Wijenarayana and his fiance, Pawani Rasanga, spent months planning a grand wedding. And everything was on course for the Sri Lankan couple - until the coronavirus struck the island nation off India's southern tip, leading to an indefinite lockdown. "By that time, we had made all the arrangements. Clothes, rings and cakes had been ordered. The reception hall was booked. We had planned to invite 250 guests," Darshana told The Associated Press by phone from his... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/05/20)

How Sri Lanka successfully curtailed the coronavirus pandemic
Courtesy DW.com
The island nation's high testing rate coupled with its established healthcare and surveillance system has kept COVID-19 mortality at bay. However, it seems the country's Muslims are not equally reaping benefits. Sri Lanka reimposed a 24-hour curfew on Saturday in an apparent move to restrict people's movements during the weekend, even though the government has begun easing a two-month lockdown. The curfew relaxed on Monday morning with health authorities saying SARS-CoV-2 is under control in the Indian Ocean island nation. Private businesses and government offices had already... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/05/20)

Count of coronavirus infections in Sri Lanka moves to 991
Courtesy Adaderana
Five more cases of COVID-19 infections have been reported a short while ago, confirmed the Ministry of Health. With the new cases, the count of COVID-19 cases identified today (18) rises to 10. Previously, 5 Navy personnel were reported to have contracted the disease. Thereby the total count of novel coronavirus cases reported in Sri Lanka has moved to 991. The number of recoveries in the country rose to 559 earlier today while a total of 418 active cases are currently under medical care. The number of fatalities... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/05/20)

President explores possibility of finding maritime jobs for Sri Lankans
Courtesy Adaderana
President Gotabaya Rajapaksa explored the possibility of finding employment for Sri Lankan youth at prominent shipping companies in the world in the context of the current situation where major shipping lines are facing labor shortages in the international market due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This was discussed during a meeting with the representatives of leading local shipping companies at the Presidential Secretariat, today (18), stated President’s Media Division. The possibility for Sri Lankans working in foreign ships which are sailing from east to west close to the southern coastal belt to enter... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/05/20)

DIG Ajith Rohana’s daughter refutes rumors of her absconding quarantine
Courtesy Adaderana
Daughter of DIG Ajith Rohana, a statement, refuted the rumors that she had allegedly absconded the quarantine process made mandatory by the government for persons arriving in Sri Lanka from foreign countries. Certain media reports claimed that the daughter of DIG Ajith Rohana had returned to the island from Belarus - where she had been studying - and had been escorted home without being subjected to the mandatory quarantine process. https://youtu.be/PqOxjbMUH-U However, posting a video on Facebook, she refuted all such claims and stated the relevant media reports... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/05/20)

Case of shooting a pet dog in Negombo postponed.
Courtesy Adaderana
The case filed regarding the shooting of a pet dog to death in Negombo was taken up at the Negombo Magistrate’s Court today (18). A pet dog named ‘Max’ was shot dead in the Dalupotha area in Negombo, on the Vesak Full Moon Poya Day (May 07). President’s Counsel Ashan Fernando made submissions to the court regarding the death of the dog. Negombo Chief Magistrate Rajindra Jayasuriya ordered all reports regarding the incident to be submitted to the court on May 22. Further, the case was postponed to... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/05/20)

Date fixed to consider petition seeking dismissal of Samagi Jana Balawegaya nomination papers
Courtesy Adaderana
Supreme Court fixed May 22 to consider the petition filed seeking a writ order for the Elections Commission to reject the nomination papers submitted by the Samagi Jana Balawegaya for the upcoming general election. The petition was taken up today (18) before a three-member Supreme Court bench comprising of Justices S. Durairajah, Murdu Fernando, and Yasantha Kodagoda. The petition has been filed by United National Party (UNP) candidate Oshala Herath. Members of the Election Commission including Chairman Mahinda Deshapriya, former Opposition Leader Sajith Premadasa, General Secretary of Samagi Jana Balawegaya... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/05/20)

Ex-military officers will always hold govt. positions whenever we are in power – PM
Courtesy Adaderana
Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa says that the Sri Lankan armed forces and police are the sentinels of the nation, ensuring the safety of the general public in all crises whether man-made or natural - whether the crisis is terrorism, floods or disease. Issuing a statement to mark the 11th Anniversary of Sri Lanka’s victory against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), the Prime Minister points out this was not a war against the Tamil people but against an organization designated by the FBI as the deadliest terrorists in the world. He... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/05/20)

Today, we commemorate one of the most significant milestones in Sri Lankan history,මිට වසර 11 කට පෙර අද වැනි දිනයක ශ්‍රී ලංකාව අභිමානවත් දේශයක් ලෙස ජයග්‍රාහී සන්ධිස්ථානයක් පසු කළේය
Mahinda Rajapaksa
Today, we commemorate one of the most significant milestones in Sri Lankan history, where 11 years ago we witnessed an end to the constant fear of death, terror and bloodshed. The courage of our brave and heroic soldiers ended the bloodshed that soaked our soil for decades. Thousands sacrificed their lives to end the terror that ravaged our land for over three decades. Today, once again, our brave war heroes have joined hands with the frontline health care professionals to heal our nation that’s grappling with the COVID-19 global pandemic. Today, I remember our war... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/05/20)

Sri Lanka’s Victory: LTTE turned children into child soldiers. Sri Lanka brought out the talents in child soldiers
We have only guestimates of Tamil children kidnapped by LTTE and turned into child soldiers. We don’t really know the exact numbers of Tamil children kidnapped, how many died during LTTE training, how many were killed trying to flee LTTE training camps, how many lie injured from training, how many children died during hostilities, how many children were brainwashed to commit suicide by biting cyanide capsule, how many children were suicide bombers, how many children were trained by the LTTE female child soldier trainer – the Australian nurse now living a good life in UK. But we do know that... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 18/05/20)

නාදුනන සොල්දාදුවා
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දිනය හරියටම 2009 මැයි මාසේ 17 වෙනිදා එළිවෙන ජාමය,හරියටම කියුවොත් අවුරුදු 11කට කළින් අද වගේ දවසක, එල්ටීටීඊ කදවුරු බිදගෙන ඉදිරියට ආපු හමුදා සේනංක මුළු උතුරු-නැගෙනහිරම නිදහස් කරගෙන මුලතිව් වලින් හමුවෙලා.නන්දිකඩාල් බිම් කඩට එල්ටීටීඊය කොටු කරල තිබුන අවස්ථාව.මේ රවුමෙන් සලකුණු කරපු බංකරයේ ඉඳල නන්දිකඩාල් කළපුව අතර දුර මීටර් 300 - 500 විතර..දැනුවත් වුන විදිහට, ඒ සිමාව තුල ප්‍රභාකරන් තමන්ගේ අවසාන ගැලවීමට රඳවාගත් අවසාන මිනිස් පලිහ වුන 50,000 පමණ දෙමළ ජනතාවක් රඳවාගෙන ඉඳල තියෙනවා. මේ අතරතුර කොළඹ තත්වය වුනේ, ගෝඨාභය වටා යුඑන් සහ බටහිර තානාපති කාර්යාල අධික ලෙස පීඩනය යොදමින්... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 17/05/20)

France eases after lockdown and the second round voting for 5000 Communes may be called in June 2020.
By Charles S.Perera
The opposition in the Sri Lanka Parliament was dissolved by the President on 2nd March 2020. is clamoring with the News First TV at the forefront asking the President to recall the dissolved parliament despite Article 150 of the Constitution, stating that he has no right to continue to take money under the consolidated Fund without the permission of the Parliament.    This is a false argument, as the President after the dissolution of the Parliament is Constitutionally in full charge of running the country,  with the right to draw necessary finances from the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 17/05/20)

SOCIAL DISTANCING IGNORED BY CUSTOMERS WHEN LIQUOR SHOPS OPENED
By M D P DISSANAYAKE
Asking people to maintain social distance and at the same time opening the liquor shops will ruin the progress achieved so far in combating COVID 19.  Most of our people don’t enjoy a drink, they simply drink it as a glass of water, without mixing with soda, water, etc.  Rarely they use ice as a supplement. The eagerness to have a drink they could not enjoy for the past several weeks was clearly demonstrated by a large number of queues outside bars, from the early hours of the morning. ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 17/05/20)

Tourism needs fresh thinking
Dr sarath obeysekera 
Export Development  Board is quite active in trying to promote various export-oriented Industries to enhance foreign currency earnings for the country One of the proposals they are promoting is the development of nautical tourism which involves boat and leisure craft building and various marinas around the island One of the pioneers in Sri Lanka in nautical tourism Mr. Pier Pringers who is almost a  naturalized in Sri Lankan built few luxury boats to promote nautical tourism  He invited the Tourist board to visit the boat which he called a... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 17/05/20)

යුතුකම ඉටු කරමු! 'ඉටුකම' අරමුදල පොහොසත් කරමු!!
මාධ්‍ය නිවේදනයයි ගෙවිඳු කුමාරතුංග සභාපති යුතුකම ජාතික සංවිධානය
කොවිඩ් 19 සෞඛ්‍යය හා සමාජ ආරක්ෂණ අරමුදලට හුදී ජනයාට ද දායක විය හැකි පරිදි 'ඉටුකම' අරමුදල ඇරඹීම ඉතා වැදගත් ය. ඒ සඳහා දායකවීම රටට ආදරය කරන සෑම රටවැසියකු ගේ ම යුතුකම යි. ඒ සඳහා මහා සංඝරත්නය හා ජාතික සංවිධාන ජනයාට මඟ පෙන්වනු ඇතැයි අපේක්ෂා කරමු. වැන්දඹු හා අනත්දරු අරමුදලට තම වැටුපෙන් කොටසක් පරිත්‍යාග කරන ලෙස ජනාධිපති ලේකම් ආචාර්ය පී. බී. ජයසුන්දර මහතා රජයේ සේවකයන් ගෙන් කළ ඉල්ලීමට ධනාත්මක ව ප්‍රතිචාර දැක්වීම ද ඉතා වැදගත් වේ. ඒ උතුම් පරිත්‍යාගය  සිය පවුලේ මෙන් ම රටේ ද සුරක්ෂිතතාවය  වෙනුවෙන් එකවිට කරන... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 17/05/20)

Sri Lanka need this president for the Country
Sunil Yatalamatta Gamage 
Sri Lankans can be proud, as the country is developing in the areas of Political, Socioeconomic, and Cultural, directions. People could see, the areas of vital importance are blooming in the country. As compared to the previous administration, leadership and state governance are working responsible ways for the people of this country. We have experienced the development of many areas of above and it is continuing to grow and prosper in many ways as the leadership and his vision empowering and improving, progressively. At the same time state rule of law and order is working... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 17/05/20)

නාවුක හමුදාවේ කොරෝනා ආසාදිතයන් අවසානයක් නැති හේතුව මෙන්න..
උපුටා ගැන්ම ලංකා සී නිව්ස්
පසුගිය අප්‍රෙල් මස 21 වැනිදා වැලිසර නාවික හමුදා කඳවුරෙන් පළමු කොරෝනා ආසාදිත සෙබළා හඳුනා ගත් පසු මේ වන තෙක් එම කදවුරේ ආසාදනය වීමේ අඩුවක් දකින්නට නැත්තේ මන්දැයි වසංගත රෝග විශේෂඥයන් කරුණු පැහැදිලි කරයි. සෞඛ්‍ය අමාත්‍යාංශයේ වසංගත රෝග විද්‍යා අංශයේ විශේෂඥ වෛද්‍ය සමිත ගිනිගේ මහතා පෙන්වා දෙන්නේ නාවික හමුදා කඳවුරේ සෙබලුන් 5600 පමණ සිටින සංයුක්ත තැනක් නිසා මෙම තත්ත්වය ඇති වී තිබෙන බවයි. මෙම සීමිත ඉඩකඩ තුළ එකිනෙකා සමග ගැටීමේ ඇති ඉඩකඩ ඉතා වැඩි නිසාද මෙම තත්ත්වය මෙසේ වීමට බලපා ඇතැයි ද ඔහු සඳහන් කළේය. දැනට වැලිසර හමුදා... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 17/05/20)

Nearly 39, 000 Overseas Sri Lankans have requested repatriation
Courtesy NewsIn.Asia
This comprises 3,078 students, 4,040 short term visa holders, 27,854 Migrant workers, 3527 dependents and 484 dual citizens and others. the crew of a Sri Lankan Airlines flight all set for Lankans’ repatriation Colombo, May 17 (newsin.asia): Over 38,983 Overseas Sri Lankans (OSLs) in 143 countries at present seek to return home, based on information gathered mainly through the ‘Contact Sri Lanka’ Web Portal of the Ministry of Foreign Relations. This comprises 3,078 students, 4,040 short term visa holders, 27,854 Migrant workers, 3527 dependents and 484 dual citizens and others.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 17/05/20)

Eleven new cases confirmed; Total count hits 981
Courtesy Adaderana
COVID-19 cases count of Sri Lanka reached 981 as of 11.30 pm today (17) following the detection of 11 new patients, says the Ministry of Health. Ten new positive cases of coronavirus were reported earlier today. Accordingly, a total of 21 cases have been confirmed within the day. In the meantime, the number of patients who recovered from the virus has increased to 538. The Epidemiology Unit says that 434 active cases are currently under medical care at selected hospitals across the country. The country’s death toll from... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 17/05/20)

Lankans overseas requested to rethink repatriation plans unless in compelling circumstances
Courtesy Adaderana
Foreign Secretary Ravinatha Aryasinha called on Sri Lankans overseas to carefully calibrate the effect repatriation at this time could have on their jobs and education, before making decisions to seek to return to Sri Lanka, availing of the limited flights operated by the Government for those facing compelling circumstances. He made this observation during a televised programme on Saturday (16), where he noted that over 38,000 Sri Lankans are seeking to be repatriated, of that nearly 28,000 migrant workers, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement. The comments made by... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 17/05/20)

සිංහල පක්‍ෂදේශපාලකයින් කිරි පෙවූ ලංකාවේ ඉස්ලාම් ව්‍යාප්තවාදය
චන්ද්‍රසිරි විජයවික්‍රම, LL.B.,Ph,D.
<ඕ මයි ගෝඩ් බෞද්‌ධයින්> 2020 ට පෙර ලංකාවේ අගමැති හා ජනාධිපති ධූර දැරූ අය රටට කල විනාශ යන මාතෘකාව යටතේ අපක්‍ෂපාතීව ලිපියක් ලියමින් ඉන්නා විට, 2019 සැප්තැම්බර් 11 දා චන්දන ගුණවර්‌ධන සමඟ හරීන්ද්‍ර ජයලාල් විසින් කල පරණ වීඩියෝ සාකච්චාවක් දැනට දින කීපයකට පෙර දැක ගැනීමට ලැබුණි. චන්දනට අනුව ලංකාවේ සිට ඇත්තේ දුරදක්නා නුවණක් තිබූ දේශපාලකයින් දෙන්නෙක් පමණය. ඒ නිදහස් අධ්‍යාපනයේ පියාවූ සී. ඩබ්ලිව්. කන්නන්ගර හා අගමැතිනි සිරිමාවෝය. නිදොස් කෙනෙකු මේ ලොව උපදිනේ නැත යන සුභාෂිතයේ කවි පදය අනුව ලෝභ-ද්වේෂ-මෝහයෙන් පිරි අගමැති-ජනාධිපති පංචස්කන්‌ධ රටට කල හොඳට වඩා දිගුකාලීනව රටට කල හානිය විශාල බව මගේ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/05/20)

Emotional Surprise for a COVID-19 Survivor | Good Morning Britain - YouTube
Good Morning Britain
  When Roy Ives was taken into hospital a month ago, his family were told that night to prepare for the worst. Thanks to the efforts of NHS doctors and nurses he was able to pull through, despite suffering from a number of underlying health issues, and is now back home recovering. Roy said: "The NHS staff are angels, they have done so much for me. I will never forget Dr Hetti and he will be in my thoughts every day as a way to say thank you." We've got a special surprise... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/05/20)

Can Coconut Oil Reduce Pain?
by Pain Pathways Magazine 
Coconuts – and coconut oil, specifically – are part of the most talked about food purported to have health benefits these days. So can coconut oil reduce pain? Coconut oil comes from pressing the dried “meat” of mature coconuts, harvested from coconut palm, to extract the oil. This oil has been shown to provide a multitude of health benefits including reducing inflammation, fighting germs and supporting almost all processes of the body. The evidence is not definitive, although much is being written about the benefits of coconut oil. However, many reputable... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/05/20)

කොටි ත්‍රස්තවාදය පැරදවීමේ 11 වැනි සමරුව -යුද්ධය දික් ගස්සා නිරපරාදේ ජීවිත බිලිගත් ඊනියා සාම ක්‍රියාවලිය.
ජානක පෙරේරා විසිනි
වීරෝධාර ශ්‍රී ලංකා සන්නද්ධ හමුදාවන් විසින් ලොව ඉතාමත් බලසම්පන්න ත්‍රස්තවාදී සංවිධානයක් යුදමය වශයෙන් පරදා මෙම මැයි 18වනදාට එකොලොස් වසරකි. අපේ රණවිරුවන් ඉමහත් කැප කිරීම් මැද කොටි බෙදුම් වාදීන් පරදා ලබාගත් එම විජයග්‍රහණය පිලිබඳ මෙතෙක් ලියවී ඇති ලිපි සහ ප්‍රකාශයට පත් වී ඇති ඇගයීම් රැසකි. එහෙයින් මෙම ලිපියේ අරමුණ ඒ ගැන අවධානය යොමු කිරීමට වඩා යුද්ධය සාපරාධී ලෙස දික් ගස්සා තව තවත් ජීවිත බිලිගත් ඊනියා සාම ක්‍රියාවලිය යලි මතක් කිරීමය. ඊට වග කිව යුතු දෙස් විදෙස් යටිකූට්ටු බලවේග අද වෙනත් වෙස්මුහුණු බැඳගෙන තවමත් අප අතර සිටිති. වැඩිම වුවහොත් වසර 12 කින් පමණ අවසන්... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/05/20)

Combating COVID-19: Vitamin D the vital cog-in-the-wheel − Prof. Wimalawansa
By Saundarya Wellaboda Courtesy Ceylon Today
World-renowned Professor of Medicine and expert in Endocrinology, Vitamin D and human Nutrition, Professor Sunil Wimalawansa has offered his services to the highest authorities in Sri Lanka to help the country to successfully fight the COVID-19 pandemic mainly with reference to disease prevention. In a previous article, Professor Wimalawansa explained COVID-19 prevention and clinical trial protocol which he has designed with assistance from a group of senior foreign scientists. He noted that each of these individuals have more than 30 years experience in clinical and research work.   ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/05/20)

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa: Leading from the Front
By a Special Correspondent Courtesy Ceylon Today
Sri Lanka is entering a new era after defeating the spread of COVID-19 and the country is about to commence work. In such a context, the way President Gotabaya Rajapaksa leads the country in the future is of utmost importance. Since the declaration of the Presidential Election last year up to now, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has been working hard. There was even a debate whether he was able to contest the Presidential Election or not. Although he was not as a politician, he gained fame as a public official... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/05/20)

Early Preventive Measures Prove Successful in East
By Sulochana Ramiah Mohan Courtesy Ceylon Today
The Eastern Province of Sri Lanka, one of the most salubrious provinces that is home to both an internationally-known natural harbour and locally-infamous lover's leap, remains calm in the face of the raging pandemic, as none of its residents have reported the contraction of COVID-19. The Province, comprising the three Districts of Batticaloa, Ampara and Trincomalee, and of four regions including Kalmunai, has performed outstandingly at a time the country, like much of the world, was brought to a standstill due to the rapid spread of the virus. ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/05/20)

Mission That Gave a Lifeline to Locked Down Lankans
By Buddhisiri Dharmapriya Courtesy Ceylon Today
Like many other countries in the world, Sri Lanka was also put on a lockdown due to COVID-19. On 12 March, the airport was closed and the Western Province, which is the heart of economic activities in the country, was also subjected to lockdown. Social life was fully paralysed. The primary focus of the Government was to save the lives of the people from the coronavirus. The next most serious challenge was to restore social life.  President Gotabaya Rajapaksa established a task force under former Minister Basil Rajapaksa... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/05/20)

When it comes to challenging State bureaucracy: President Rajapaksa appears to follow PM Modi with a pinch of military touch to it
Gagani Weerakoon Courtesy Ceylon Today
The all- powerful Indian Administrative Service (IAS), over decades has been considered as the steel frame of government and governance in India. A Sri Lankan High Commissioner, who served in New Delhi somewhere in the last five years, in an attempt to familiarise Indian bureaucracy to a group of Sri Lankans once said; "You may have met several joint secretaries during your stay here.  Even though they are referred to as 'joint' Secretaries, they actually are 'giant' secretaries. It's not the ministers or politicians that call the cards here, it is... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/05/20)

New Zealand PM turned away from cafe due to social distancing rules.
Courtesy Ceylon Today
Nobody is exempt from coronavirus restrictions - not even the Prime Minister. Jacinda Ardern was turned away from a Wellington cafe, Olive, Saturday (16) morning because it had already reached its limit of customers under social distancing rules. A post about the incident on Twitter drew a sheepish reply from Jacinda Ardern's partner Clarke Gayford. "I have to take responsibility for this, I didn't get organised and book anywhere," he admitted.  But wait, the story has a happy ending. Shortly after the first couple was turned away,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/05/20)

Eight (22) more persons confirmed for Covid -19: SL Country total increases to 957
Courtesy Hiru News
With latest Eight (08) more persons have tested positive for Covid-19 (new coronavirus) infection, the country total has increased to 957 according to the latest information by the Epidemiology unit of the Ministry of Health. Covid-19 Situation Report as at 2020-May-16| compiled according to the Health promotion Bureau and the Epidemiology Unit data Total confirmed cases 957 Recovered and discharged – 520 Active cases – 428 New Cases for the day -22... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/05/20)

Religious place sealed for convening in violation of quarantine laws (Video)
Courtesy Hiru News
The Mahawewa Medical Officer's office have taken measures to seal a religious place that was convened in violation of the quarantine laws. A group of 27 people had gathered at a religious center in Marawila this afternoon and the people in the area had lodged a complaint with the Marawila police. https://youtu.be/Cg0Kjqtlrrc When the police raided the place, they found children without masks amongst the group who had violated quarantine laws. The police stated that action will be... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/05/20)

Various views of opposition and ruling party politicians regarding Rajitha's remand verdict (Video)
Courtesy Hiru News
Opposition and ruling party politicians and several other parties expressed their views regarding the remand of former MP Rajitha Senaratne. https://youtu.be/NZa0vIiDjAI... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/05/20)

Navy unit established to protect the Pottuvil ‘Muhudu Vihayraya’, has commenced duties (Video).
Courtesy Hiru News
The unit of the Navy, which was established to protect the land belonging to the Pottuvil ‘Muhudu Vihayraya’, has commenced duties. A Navy unit for the protection of the Pottuvil ‘Muhudu Maha Viharaya’ which has been invaded by illegal land grabbers, was established under the directive of Defense Secretary Retired Major General Kamal Gunaratne.  This was after he visited the area to inquire about the safety of the Pottuvil Muhudu Maha Viharaya based on the Hiru CIA revelation. https://youtu.be/KkEGmOr9Vzc The Secretary of Defense,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/05/20)

Protests over the statement made by former Minister Mangala Samaraweera (Video)
Courtesy Hiru News
Politicians including the clergy today expressed their views against the former minister Mangala Samaraweera for making a defamatory statement regarding the Maha Sangha. https://youtu.be/ZZMps2za3go... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/05/20)

Easter Sunday inquiry update - "I was not aware that it was the same Saharan"
Courtesy Hiru News
It has been revealed that IGP Pujith Jayasundara and DIG Nalaka Silva have advised to stop the operation to arrest Saharan Hashim in connection with a clash in 2017 between two churches in Kattankudy area. OIC of the Negombo Division's Intelligence Unit at the time of the attack gives evidence This was when the former OIC of the Negombo Division's Intelligence Unit gave evidence before the Presidential Commission probing into Easter Sunday attack https://youtu.be/Gl42-7ggkRI Yesterday a sub inspector attached to the Negombo... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/05/20)

Sri Lanka demands retraction of London Guardian Travel Quiz with reference to “Eelam”
Courtesy Hiru News
The government of Sri Lanka has demanded the retraction of the London Guardian Travel Quiz with reference to “Eelam” According to a press release issued by the Foreign relations ministry, the attention of the Ministry has been drawn to a quiz titled “Travel quiz: do you know your islands, Man Friday?” published on the web edition of The Guardian newspaper in the United Kingdom on Friday, 15 May 2020. https://youtu.be/mkwCQ2GwZjg The second question reads -‘Eelam is an indigenous name for which popular holiday island?’... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/05/20)

Tamil nationalism, LTTE separatism and “West’s Eelam – who has now hijacked the pillow?
“I am a traitor to Tamils”A slipper garland – Jaffna (May 2020) Tamil nationalism bordering separatism was birthed by Tamil political leaders and not LTTE. LTTE only hijacked it as a camouflage to justify its existence and Tamil political leaders decided to plug themselves to LTTE, thinking that LTTE would achieve militarily what they could not politically. Far more than the actual realization of the objective was the lucrative gains that Tamil political leaders and LTTE terrorists were able to milk out of the Eelam cow. In this scenario, it was only natural that sets of others would... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 16/05/20)

Canada marks bogus ‘Mullaivaikal Genocide’ of LTTE terrorists IGNORNING Canada’s Genocide of Native Indians!
Canada’s National Inquiry into Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women & Girls in June 2019 confirmed that Canada has committed and CONTINUES to commit colonial genocide. The 2015 Truth & Reconciliation Commission report evaded the use of ‘genocide’ on advice of lawyers. The 2019 Report claimed genocide is ONGOING in Canada, leaves little room for Canada to be patronizing or preaching to other countries.  In January 26, 2016, the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal ruled that the Government of Canada (Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada) racially discriminated against 163,000 First Nations children. Sri Lanka... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 16/05/20)

A Nelson Mandela statue in Colombo: No laughing matter!
By Rohana R. Wasala
A news report in The Island of May 9, 2020 under the heading ‘One location for national heroes’ (by Zacki Jabbar) says that Media and Higher Education minister and co-cabinet spokesman Bandula Gunawardane told a news conference held at the Information Department that a cabinet decision was taken on Wednesday (May 6) to locate statues of national heroes in one place so they wouldn’t stand scattered across the island. This, the minister explained, was for introducing a uniform policy  with regard to honouring those who had served the nation in outstanding ways. I for... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/05/20)

රජු දැහැමි නම් කලට වැසි වසී සාගත වසංගත පල්ලම් බසී
මතුගම සෙනෙවිරුවන්
        ලෝකයේ බොහෝ රටවල පැතිර පවතින නව වෛරස වසංගතය නිසා ලක්ෂ තිස් එකක් පමණ වන ජනතාවක් මේ වන විට අසරණව සිටී. ලංකාවේ ද මෙම රෝගය වැළඳී අතැයි සැළකෙන පුද්ගලයන් නවසීයකට අධික සංඛ්‍යාවක් හඳුනාගෙන තිබේ.වසංගත පාලනයට අද භාවිතා කරන්නේ වර්ෂ 1897 දී බ්‍රිතාන්‍යයන් හඳුන්වා දුන් නිරෝධායන හා ස්පර්ශයෙන් බෝවන රෝග වැළැක්වීමේ ආඥා පනතයි.එකල පැතිරී ගිය මහාමාරිය වසංගතය මර්දනය කරලීමට ඉංග්‍රිසි රජයට තිබුණේ එවැනි උපාය මාර්ගයක් පමණකි.රෝගය පැතිරීම කළමනාකරණය ඇරුණු කොට ඖෂධයක් නියම කොට රෝගය පහකිරීමේ සමත්කමක් ඔවුනට නොවීය.1818 සහ 1848 වර්ෂ වලදී ඉංග්‍රීසීන්ට විරුද්ධව අරගල කිරීමෙන් හෙම්බත්ව සිටි සිංහල ජනතාව රෝග වලින් අසරණ කිරීමට සමත් නොවුණි.  රජරට ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/05/20)

Statement Regarding the Tamils in Mississauga
I. de Silva Canada
Mayor Bonnie Crombie of Mississauga I have just watched your statement regarding what you refer to as Tamil Memorial Day. I am writing to you because I was offended by your statement and the fact that you are making public statements based on  misinformation and lies without doing any research on the Tamil terrorist movement in Sri Lanka that lasted for nearly thirty years. It is obvious that you are ignorant of the situation in Sri Lanka and the fact that the terrorist movement in Sri Lanka was by... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/05/20)

Amid lockdown, Sri Lankans nurture their own oases through home gardening
by Malaka Rodrigo  Courtesy Mongabay
Home gardening has boomed in Sri Lanka as residents under lockdown look to grow their own fresh fruits and vegetables.The government, which has championed home gardening in the past, launched a program to support a million home gardens by issuing 2 million seed packs and offering technical advice to the public to undertake home gardening.With the country now easing out of lockdown, the government says it will take some prodding to keep people interested in home gardening, including by emphasizing the benefits of growing food at home instead of importing it from abroad.While the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/05/20)

No more isolated areas– Army Chief
Courtesy The Daily Mirror
Bandaranayake Mawatha in Colombo 12 and the Suduwella area in Ja-Ela, which were placed under isolation, have been re-opened, Army Commander Shavendra Silva said. “With the lifting of restrictions in these areas, there are no isolated areas due to Covid-19 in Sri Lanka now,” the Army Commander said. https://youtu.be/tFUkWc3dblo... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/05/20)

Deadline for calling online applications for interest-free student loan scheme announced
Courtesy Adaderana
The deadline for accepting online applications to select the 4th batch for the Interest-Free Loan Scheme granted to Advanced Level students of 2016, 2017 and 2018 for pursuing degree courses in non-State higher education institutions has been announced. Accordingly, the deadline has been declared as the 20th of May, the Ministry of Higher Education, Technology and Innovation said today (15) issuing a media release. The Ministry had previously set the 23rd of March as the closing date for sending in applications, however, the deadline was indefinitely postponed following the outbreak of COVID-19... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/05/20)

Ten (10) more persons confirmed for Covid -19: SL Country total increases to 935
Courtesy Hiru News
Ten (10) more persons have tested positive for Covid-19 (new coronavirus) infection. The country total has increased to 935 according to the latest information by the Epidemiology unit of the Ministry of Health. Covid-19 Situation Report as at 2020-May-15| compiled according to the Health Promotion Bureau and the Epidemiology Unit data Total confirmed cases – 935Recovered and discharged – 477Active cases – 449New Cases for the day - 10... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/05/20)

Various views on Former Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera's statement about Sangha cliques (Video)
Courtesy Hiru News
https://youtu.be/31FmH-wWokk Former Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera yesterday acknowledged that the government has provided the necessary funds to transport IDPs from Puttalam to Mannar during the last presidential election. This was when he spoke to the media after making a statement to the CID regarding the incident. However, former Minister Rishad Bathiudeen had earlier stated that the money had been provided by an NGO. The Criminal Investigations Department (CID) has recorded statements from Former Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera for... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/05/20)

Opposition views on the remand of former MP Rajitha (Video)
Courtesy Hiru News
Opposition politicians and several other parties expressed their views regarding the remand of former MP Rajitha Senaratne. https://youtu.be/U8VdDhD9E3M... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/05/20)

Revelation at the Presidential Commission probing into Easter Sunday attack, on negligence and failure to carry out responsibilities– “I didn’t think it would be a serious incident”
Courtesy Hiru News
DIG Chandana Athukorala, who was in charge of the Negombo division at the time of the attack</strong> DIG Chandana Athukorala, who was the SSP in charge of the Negombo division at the time of the attack, said that although the officers in the lower ranks were instructed to provide armed police protection to Catholic churches, no officers had been deployed for security. This was when he was giving evidence before the Presidential Commission of Inquiry appointed to probe the Easter Sunday attacks. He is currently serving... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/05/20)

The Hiru CIA revelation that protected the 'Muhudu Maha Viharaya' (Video) -
Courtesy Hiru News
https://youtu.be/GcSXekgis3s Defense Secretary Retired Major General Kamal Gunaratne has taken steps to establish a navy sub-divison for the protection of the Pottuvil Muhudu Maha Viharaya which has been invaded by illegal acquisitions.   This was after he visited the area to inquire about the safety of the Pottuvil Muhudu Maha Viharaya based on the Hiru CIA revelation. On several occasions, the Hiru CIA program revealed about the plunder of land at Pottuvil, highlighting the importance of protecting this historic sacred site. ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/05/20)

Hejaaz Hizbolla arrest: The legal fraternity must put the human rights of the victims before surrounding a colleague simply because he is ‘one of them’
The International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute has written an open letter on 13 May 2020 to Sri Lanka’s Minister of Justice urging Sri Lanka to abide by due process in the case of arrested lawyer Heejaz Hizbullah. While the International Bar Association President is Horacio Bernardes Neto. The IBAHRI is only an entity within the IBA. IBAHRI President is Michael Kirby. The IBAHRI in its letter is asking Sri Lanka to ‘uphold the rights of lawyers to be able to carry out their professional responsibilities” but the arrest has nothing to do with any lawyer being denied his/her right... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 15/05/20)

Have the Americans Captured Sri Lankan State Power Neutralising Gota in a Web of Blackmail and Choreographing Agent-Moragoda’s Moves as De Facto President?-(Part 2)
By Gandara John
/Contd from Part 1 With dedicated medical-personnel and with selfless and disciplined military and police cadres leading the way, Gota very likely saved the lives of about a Million Sri Lankans who may otherwise have died if the medical-lockdown strategy had not been initiated. This strategy, as was explained previously, is logically simple: Isolate the people from the virus and prevent the spread of this highly contagious disease; in military parlance, interdict the population from the disease: And, in the meantime, medically treat all those infected by the virus... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/05/20)

VEN. ELLAWALA MEDHANANDA Part 1
KAMALIKA PIERIS
Revised 27.6.20 Ven. Ellawala Medhananda was born on 28th January 1937. He was named Piyaratne. His father was Ellawala Imiyahami Punchi Mahatthaya and his mother was Hapurugama Kiri Ethana. Father was a person of some standing in the village. He owned considerable land.   He was a building contractor and had 12 or so workers under him.   He   also engaged in gemming. He was not very religious, but would read the Pujavali or Jataka Pota before going to sleep. Piyaratne was the sixth of eight children, 5 girls and... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/05/20)

Indian High Commissioner in Sri Lanka presents credentials through video conferencing
Courtesy NewsIn.Asia
High Commissioner Gopal Baglay said he has prayed to Lord Buddha for the prosperity of Sri Lanka and India Colombo, May 14 (newsin.asia): The new High Commissioner of India in Sri Lanka Gopal Baglay presented his Letter of Credence (credentials) to the Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa on Thursday in a ceremony held through video-conferencing, a release from the Indian High Commission said. The High Commissioner thanked the President for arranging the traditional ceremony in an innovative manner and stated that the use of technology to overcome challenges, such... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/05/20)

Coming two weeks critical, warns Army Commander
Courtesy The Island
The coming two weeks are critical to Sri Lanka’s battle against COVID-19, Army Commander Lt. Gen Shavendra Silva said, yesterday, urging people to follow health guidelines. "If people follow these regulations, we will be able to rid the country of COVID-19," he said. Silva, who also heads the presidential task force battling the coronavirus, said that the new COVID-19 cases were found only from quarantine centres and no new cases had been reported from the community. "A lot of sacrifices were made by all to ensure this. If we act responsibly,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/05/20)

Roadmap to reopen BIA soon
Kelum Bandara Courtesy The Daily Mirror
The government has worked out a roadmap for reopening the Bandaranaike International Airport for inbound and outbound passengers with guidelines that include the setting up of a laboratory to test them for COVID-19, Civil Aviation Minister Prasanna Ranatunga said today. He made these remarks regarding the inauguration of a new passenger terminal and an access road to the airport. He said arrangements had been to reopen the airport anytime soon, subject to clearance by the health authorities. The Minister said precautions would be taken to ensure that COVID-19... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/05/20)

Sri Lanka to export 200 million face masks to US
Courtesy The Daily Mirror
Brandix Apparel Limited has started to export 200 million face masks to the United States, the company said.    Issuing a statement Brandix said that Special Representative of the President and Head of the Presidential Task Force on Economic Revival and Poverty Eradication, Basil Rajapaksa, symbolically handed over the first batch of face masks from a production of 200 million face masks for export by Brandix, to U.S. Ambassador to Sri Lanka and Maldives Alaina B. Teplitz. The handover took place at the Brandix Headquarters on 14th May 2020 in... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/05/20)

Coronavirus cases in Sri Lanka hike to 925.
Courtesy Adaderana
Nine more persons are reported to have contracted the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, according to the Ministry of Health. With the new cases, the total number of cases in the country has come up to 925. As per the tally of the Epidemiology Unit, 471 active cases are currently under medical care at selected hospitals across the island. Meanwhile, the total number of recoveries in Sri Lanka rose to 445 today (14). There have been nine fatalities due to the virus in the island.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/05/20)

On Wesak 14 May 1985 Tamil Terrorists killed 146 civilians. On Easter Sunday Islamic Terrorists killed 300 civilians
Wesak Day is marked with great veneration in Sri Lanka. It is the day celebrating the birth, enlightenment and passing away of Buddha. It is one of the most colourful events in the world. It is also a day many Buddhists go to the temple to meditate. It was also why LTTE on orders of LTTE Mannar Commander Victor chose 14 May 1985 to kill pilgrims and Buddhist Theros inside Buddhists’ most sacred town of Anuradhapura arriving in buses dressed as Sri Lanka military and then going on a shooting spree that killed 146 civilians and wounding over 80 and... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 14/05/20)

Making a mountain out of a molehill to hide behind?
By Rohana R. Wasala
The Island on Monday 11, 2020 reported: ‘Samagi Jana Balawegaya leader Sajith Premadasa, yesterday, called for an end to the discriminatory and prejudicial manner in which the government conducted the last rites of Muslims who had died of Covid-19, and continued racist attacks on Muslims. "Racist attacks perpetrated against our Muslim brethren is abhorrent and should be confronted by all of us. Such heinous acts are contrary to the noble teachings of the Lord Buddha"’  According to another news report in the same newspaper, All Ceylon Makkal Congress leader Rishad... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/05/20)

The Organization of Islamic Cooperation Statement and drowning local politicians clutching at straws
By Rohana R. Wasala
The Island on Monday 11, 2020 reported: ‘Samagi Jana Balawegaya leader Sajith Premadasa, yesterday, called for an end to the discriminatory and prejudicial manner in which the government conducted the last rites of Muslims who had died of Covid-19, and continued racist attacks on Muslims. "Racist attacks perpetrated against our Muslim brethren is abhorrent and should be confronted by all of us. Such heinous acts are contrary to the noble teachings of the Lord Buddha"’  According to another news report in the same newspaper, All Ceylon Makkal Congress leader Rishad... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/05/20)

What to do if you get COVID-19 - Some sensible advice from a GP Nurse in the UK
A GP Nurse in the UK
If you get Covid-19 You basically just want to prepare as though you know you’re going to get a nasty respiratory bug, like bronchitis or pneumonia. You just have the foresight to know it might come your way! Things you should actually buy ahead of time (not sure what the obsession with toilet paper is?): • Kleenex, • Paracetamol, • whatever your generic, mucus thinning *cough medicine* of choice is (check the label and make sure you're not doubling up on Paracetamol)  • *Honey and... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/05/20)

Do the man-made electromagnetic fields of very high-frequency help Covid-19 to mutate to become more dangerous?.
Aloysius Hettiarachchi.
I am not a medic, but in this Covid-19 pandemic, the most qualified medical experts or scientists appear to be clueless as we are as to how Covid-19 behaves. Hence, I like to put the above question for our medics to ponder, giving my own observations and those of a few others. A few days ago I wrote an article that was published in this forum giving a link to a video showing how the 5G mobile transmissions affect bees by the distortion effects it has on earth’s magnetic field. That discussion explains how... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/05/20)

PROCLAMATION OF DISSOLUTION
Palitha Mapatuna
As authorised by the constitution, a proclamation was issued by the president, whereby dissolution was made of (the last) parliament. He also, per requirement, made stipulation of the dates of the following resulting general election and convening of the new parliament. However, subsequent intervening of unforeseen circumstances in Sri Lanka (Covid 19) made meeting the aforesaid dates not possible. These circumstances were beyond the control of the president and it is, therefore, apparent that he would be absolved of the necessity of adhering to these dates, as it is not possible to... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/05/20)

The Most Generous Country During Covid-19 (Sri Lanka)
CraXe
https://youtu.be/qkHaEZOX-P8... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/05/20)

Change your channel | Mallence Bart-Williams |
TEDxBerlinSalon
https://youtu.be/AfnruW7yERA This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. Mallence Bart-Williams introduced her second home Sierra Leone and its talented people, who are part of her project FOLORUNSHO. Find out more via http://www.tedxberlin.de Mallence Bart-Williams was born in Cologne, Germany. She is a Sierra Leonean writer and filmmaker and a German fashion designer. She pursued her studies in economics and finance in Paris, Singapore, and Great Britain. Today she lives across the globe, produces an all-natural cosmetics line in Hong Kong, and... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/05/20)

Sri Lanka shares jump; central bank unveils stimulus after markets close
Economy
May 13 (Reuters) - Sri Lankan stocks rose on Wednesday, boosted by gains in financials and consumer stocks, while the central bank announced stimulus measures to bolster the tourism-dependant economy during the COVID-19 pandemic after markets closed. ** The benchmark stock index closed up 2.81% at 4367.25, snapping a two-day losing streak. ** Sri Lanka’s central bank said it would provide additional funding under refinance facility or other credit operations for the banking sector, adding it would now permit licensed banks to consider some assets as liquid in computation of the statutory liquid... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/05/20)

Sri Lanka ponders opening of borders in July.
By Feizal Samath Courtesy TTG Asia
Sri Lanka – similar to Maldives – is considering reopening its air and sea borders in July to foreign tourists. However, Sri Lanka Tourism’s chairperson Kimarli Fernando said arrivals would be mostly overseas Sri Lankans returning to visit relatives and friends. In anticipation of this, the government is planning to aggressively promote domestic tourism in nine provinces to help fill hotels and resorts. Sri Lanka Association of Inbound Tour Operators has issued a set of guidelines for DMCs to follow once tourism gets underway; coast of Colombo pictured She... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/05/20)

Road map to a successful Sri Lanka with GR and BR Visions
By Dr.C.G.Ilangakoon Courtesy Ceylon Today
COVID-19 has triggered a precise message to humanity and the whole world with no exception whatsoever - "I, your Mother-Earth, tell you very seriously, these words are my final warning. I don't need you. I can live without you. Even right now, I am living in the presence of your absence. Then, it is you who want me and who cannot live without me. Thus, should you want to live with me, in and on me, observe my laws of love, mutual understanding, cooperation and collaboration. Be constructive instead of being destructive.  ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/05/20)

Presidential pardon? Why not?
By Rohana Aryaratna Courtesy Ceylon Today
It is a proven fact that LTTE terrorists led by a mentally deranged criminal changed their terror tactics by disguising themselves as saviours of the Tamils from the Sinhalese scourge. By transforming the conflict into an ethnic issue, they could easily brainwash innocent Tamil civilians into becoming a combatant force sans military fatigues. Makkal Padai Brigade They named it the 'Makkal Padai Brigade' (Tamil civilian armed force) and trained its members to kill. The Brigade comprised of all ages ranging from 7 to 35, including even angry grandfathers.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/05/20)

WFP & Australia fund take-home food rations for SL school children
Courtesy The Daily Mirror
The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) are providing US$400,000 (LKR 74 million) to the Ministry of Education (MoEd) towards the National School Meal Programme. 80,000 primary school children will receive one month’s worth of food rations to help them and their families cope with the school closures due to COVID-19. The contribution is reflective of the long-standing partnership between WFP and the Government of Sri Lanka and WFP’s continued support for the country’s flagship National School Meal Programme since 2003. It... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/05/20)

COVID-19: Two more patients bring total count to 891
Courtesy Ada Derana
Two more persons have tested positive the novel coronavirus raising the tally of total cases in the country, stated Ministry of Health. The two new Covid-19 positive patients are navy personnel, according to the Director General of Health Services Dr. Anil Jasinghe. Accordingly, the total number of cases reported from Sri Lanka stands at 891. Currently, 500 active cases are under medical care at selected hospitals across the island, as per the Epidemiology Unit of the Ministry. Meanwhile, with seven new recoveries reported today (13), the count... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/05/20)

Rajitha Senaratne brought to the Negombo Pallansena Youth Correctional Center (Video)
Courtesy Hiru News
Former Parliamentarian Rajitha Senaratne who was ordered to be remanded until the 27th of this month was brought to the Negombo Pallansena Youth Correctional Center. https://youtu.be/9M-1qERpD2A Commissioner General of Prisons Bandula Jayasinghe stated that all suspects who were remanded were taken to the Center for quarantine purposes due to the prevailing covid 19 pandemic. They will be sent to the remand prison after conducting a medical examination. Rajitha who was remanded until 27 May, taken for quarantine (Video)
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(LankaWeb - 13/05/20)

Inquiry into the illegal distribution of lands belonging to the Muhudu Maha Viharaya - (Video)
Courtesy Hiru News
Minister S M Chandrasena advised the officials that an inquiry should be initiated against those who have illegally distributed lands of the ‘Muhudu Maha Viharaya’ which belong to the Department of Archeology. This was at a meeting with state officials today following the revelation by Hiru CIA regarding the illegal land grabbing of the ‘Muhudu Maha Viharaya’ land. https://youtu.be/BCiEtLQlbXo Hiru CIA has been investigating the illegal acquisition of the ‘Muhudu Maha Viharaya’ land, in Pottuvil in the Eastern Province. CIA continued to... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/05/20)

Allegations of a racist statement from President's Counsel Ali Shabri (Video)
Courtesy Hiru News
Organization and the 'Nawa Sinhala' Organization allege that President's Counsel Ali Shabri had made a racist statement expressing his views to Al Jazeera International News Service. They made these comments at two press conference held today. We contacted President's Counsel Ali Sabri regarding these allegations. https://youtu.be/sG7nOIDgNHo... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/05/20)

Proposals for improvement of Digital Infrastructure to meet post-pandemic challenges
Dr. Gamini Padmaperuma
Background It was clearly observed how the existing digital infrastructure was over-stretched and overwhelmed during this difficult time, which led to computer system and website overloads or crashes. Also, long queues for securing necessary food provisions, medicines, etc. were observed. All public and private educational institutions were closed which disrupted most of the educational programmes in the country. It was also observed that the distribution of various government relief packages (such as provision of Rs. 5000 allowance) was met with some drawbacks due to issues relating to identification of individuals... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/05/20)

SOCIAL MEDIA SHOULD STOP MYTHICAL VIEWS, LIES, BAD LANGUAGE AND IMMORAL EXPOSURES
BY EDWARD THEOPHILUS
It is widely accepted that the invention of personal computers, mobile phones, and other information technology-related devices, which had been used to acquaint information bolstered the initiation of social media. The freedom of expression and the right to express independent views are affirmed by social media. It is a good development and allows us to express open views and varieties without restrictions.  The print media has been playing the role and the right of publication, and the ability to express independent views augmented by social media. The cost associated with print media,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/05/20)

CITIZENSHIP OF GOTABAYA RAJAPAKSE -FABRICATIONS OF THE OPPOSITION
By M D P DISSANAYAKE
The worst political liars are in Sri Lanka.  From time to time, they are on both sides.  The most recent fiasco relating to the then Presidential Candidate relating to his citizenship status was hilarious.   Let's recapitulate: Harin Fernando took the front line fight to charge that Gota is still a US citizen. When Facebook took down his post, HF   took to Twitter to post his anger  “American companies shouldn’t interfere on behalf of an American contesting Sri Lanka’s election. I stand by my every word,”  Dr. Inguruwatte Sumangala... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/05/20)

Whose fundamental right is to choose parliamentarians to make a government?
S .Akurugoda
As per media reports, several Fundamental Rights (FR) petitions were filed at the Supreme Court,  challenging the decision of the President to dissolve Parliament, on March 2, and the decision by the Elections Commission to reschedule elections, on June 20, amidst the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Dr. Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu, Executive Director of the Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA), a well known foreign-funded NGO, is among the eight petitioners who filed the applications. In a news item appeared on May 8, 2020, Rohana Hettiarachchi Convener of another foreign-funded NGO, People’s Action for Free and... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/05/20)

So-called independent media on the postponement of general elections in Sri Lanka.
Shelton Mahadivulweva 
Below is the Island Editorial today. As all of you know, Island is owned by Upali Newspapers of which the current owner is the brother of former SLFP MP Kumara Welgama (who has now joined with Sajith Premadasa) and yesterday's paper gave prominence to a statement made by him. The Island which used to always provide space for writers like Rajan Phillips, Jehan Perera, etc. who are connected to NGOs and funded by them is now giving space not only to articles or statements quoting the danger of holding a general election in near future due to the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/05/20)

International Nurses Day
Aloysius Hettiarachchi
Today is International Nurses Day. We are deeply indebted to them for the services they provide. They are the frontline soldiers in the battle against Covid-19 in our country right at this moment. Perhaps one of them saved my life too, on a day in 1975 at the general hospital, Colombo. I got myself admitted one evening to the hospital for a cystoscopic examination of the bladder on the following morning. I was told not to drink anything until after the medical procedure. Following morning I was feeling very thirsty and drank water. The nurse who... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/05/20)

පරිපාලන සේවයේ අසමාන්තර මතක පොත!
රජිත් කීර්ති තෙන්නකෝන් හිටපු දකුණු පළාත් ආණ්ඩුකාර
අමාත්‍යාංශ ලේකම් තනතුරු සදහා ජනාධිපතිවරයෙකු විසින් පුද්ගලයින් පත් කරනු ලබන්නේ රජයේ ප්‍රතිපත්ති ක්‍රියාත්මක කිරීම සදහා ය.  ශ්‍රීි ලංකා පරිපාලන සේවයෙන් පිට ලේකම්වරුන් ගණනාවක් කාලයෙන් කාලයට අමාත්‍යාංශ ලේකම් තනතුරු සදහා පත්ව ඇත.  මේ රටේ සුවිශේෂ කාර්ය භාරයක් ඉටු කළ පරිපාලන සේවයේ නොවන ලේකම්වරුන් ගැන සිහි කිරීමකි.  ශ්‍රී ලංකා පරිපාලන සේවයේ නොවන (හෝ පරිපාලන සේවයට අන්තර්ග්‍රහණය කළ) විශාල පිරිසක් රටේ සිටී. ලංකාවේ ජනාධිපති ලේකම්, අගමැති ලේකම්, අමාත්‍යාංශ ලේකම්, කැබිනට් ලේකම් ධූර දැරූ මේ අය විටෙක සාර්ථකත්වයේ ද, විටෙක අසාර්ථකත්වයේ ද ප්‍රතිමූර්ති බවට පත් ව ඇත. 1965 –... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/05/20)

සියයක් වෙදකුල
ආචාර්ය වරුණ චන්ද්‍රකීර්ති
චීන වෙදකම ගැන සෑහෙන දෙනෙක් කතා කරනවා. ඒත් ඇත්තටම චීනයේ තියෙන්නේ එකම එක වෙදකමක් නම් නෙවෙයි. වෙදකම් මහ විශාල ප්‍රමාණයක් චීනයේ තියෙනවා. චීන වෙදකම කියලා ප්‍රසිද්ධ වෙලා තියෙන්නේ චීනයේ ප්‍රධාන ජනවර්ගය වන හන් මිනිස්සුන්ගේ වෙදකම. චීන ජනගහනයෙන් සියයට 92 ක් ම ඉන්නේ හන් මිනිස්සු. හන් මිනිස්සුන්ට අමතරව තවත් ජනවර්ග 55 ක් චීනයේ ඉන්නවා. ඉතින් ඒ ඒ ජනවර්ගවල මිනිස්සු හදා වඩාගත්ත වෙදකම් විශාල ප්‍රමාණයකුත් චීනයේ තියෙනවා. ටිබෙට්, මොංගෝලියානු, මියාඕ, ඊ, චුවං, යාඕ, තායි, වෙයිගුර් සහ පැයි කියන ජනවර්ගවලට අයිති වෙදකම්වලට ‍චීන සමාජයේ සෑහෙන තැනක් තියෙනවා. මේ වෙදකම් රැක ගන්න, ඒවා තව තවත් දියුණු කරන්න,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/05/20)

මිනිස් මනස අර්ථ දැක්වීම
(වෛද්‍ය රුවන් එම් ජයතුංග විසින් ලියන ලද   The Human Mind ලිපියේ පරිවර්තනයකි )
මිනිසුන් වශයෙන් අප ජීවත් වන්නේ අපගේ මනසෙහිය. මනස විවිධාකාරයෙන් අර්ථ දක්වා ඇත්තේ කෙනෙකුගේ සිතුවිලි හා හැඟීම් වලට වගකිව යුතු දේ, තර්කානුකූල බුද්ධිය හා සවිඥාණිකත්වයේ (consciousness) අංගය, සියලු අවිඥාණික සංජානන ඇතුළුව සිතුවිලි, සංජානනය, මතකය, චිත්තවේගයන්, කැමැත්ත සහ පරිකල්පනය යන සංකලනයන් ලෙස අර්ථ දක්වා තිබේ. මනස යනු ජීවියෙකුගේ මානසික හා මානසික ක්‍රියාවලීන්ගේ සවිඥාණික හා අවිඥාණියේ සංවිධානාත්මක එකතුවයි. ක්‍රිෂ්ණමූර්ති (2009) ට අනුව මනස යනු අතථ්‍ය වස්තුවකි, එය අපගේ මොළයේ ඇති ස්නායුක ජාල, රසායනික හා හෝමෝන පද්ධතිවල ක්‍රියාකාරිත්වය පිළිබිඹු කරයි. ටැන් (2007) අවධාරණය කරන්නේ මනස මොළයෙන් අවසන්... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/05/20)

SRI LANKA-The Most Generous Country During Covid-19; Nas Daily
Courtesy The Daily Mirror
Popular international video blogger and social media influencer Nuseir Yassin, whom host Nas Daily has posted a video, praising Sri Lankans for looking after tourists who are currently stranded in Sri Lanka due to the Covid-19. https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=259657355231938... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/05/20)

බද්දේගම රෝහලේ සුව සේවා සංගමයේ ශාඛා ලේකම් කසුන් කළුපහන මහතාගෙන් පුද්ගලීක පලිගැනීම් වහා නතර කරන ලෙස කරනු ලබන ඉල්ලීම
සමස්ත ලංකා සුවසේවා සංගමය.  ජනමාධ්‍ය නිවේදනයයි.
2020.05.11 පළාත් සෞඛ්‍ය ලේකම්තුමිය, දකුණු පළාත් සභාව, අංක 15 ඒ, ඩික්සන් පාර, ගාල්ල. මහත්මියණි, බද්දේගම රෝහලේ සුව සේවා සංගමයේ ශාඛා ලේකම් කසුන් කළුපහන මහතාගෙන් පුද්ගලීක පලිගැනීම් වහා නතර කරන ලෙස කරනු ලබන ඉල්ලීම කෝවිඩ්-19 Covid- 19 වසංගතය මැඩලීම සදහා සෞඛ්‍ය සේවා අධ්‍යක්ෂ ජෙනරාල්තුමා විසින් 2020.03.23 වන දින සියළුම රෝහල් හා සෞඛ්‍ය ආයතන ප‍්‍රධානීන්,පළාත් ලේකම්වරුන් හා පළාත් සෞඛ්‍ය සේවා අධ්‍යක්ෂකවරුන් වෙත නිකුත් කරන ලද නියමයන් බද්දේගම ප‍්‍රාදේශීය රෝහලේ ක‍්‍රියාත්මක නොකිරීම සම්බන්ධව අප සංගමයේ බද්දේගම රෝහල් ශාඛා ලේකම් කසුන් කළුපහන මහතා රෝහලේ කාර්ය භාර වෛද්‍ය නිළධාරී වරයාගෙන් ප‍්‍රශ්න... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 12/05/20)

We have nothing to learn from South Africa: Comment on the South Africa-Sri Lanka Dialogue.
By Garvin Karunaratne former Government Agent, Matara
http://www.lankaweb.com/news/items/2013/11/03/we-have-nothing-to-learn-from-south-africa-comment-on-the-south-africa-sri-lanka-dialogue/... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/05/20)

All RELIGIONS BELIEVE IN GOD.
By A. Abdul Aziz.
Its an undeniable fact that all the religions on this earth claim to be from GOD. Hazrat Muhammad(PBUH), Moses, Jesus, Krishna, Buddha, Baba Nanak and every religious leader taught people to believe and worship GOD. Although all religions have slight differences in the attributes they ascribe to God, but all the religions hold the common view that there is a God who has created this universe. History tells us that even those ancient religions that no longer exist in this world, they also held the view of God,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/05/20)

ලෝකයම මර බියට පත් කල කොරෝනාවෙන් රට බේරාගත් මහා වීරයා ජනපතියි.. ජාතියේ මුර දේවතාවා ඔහුයි..- දොඩම්පහල රාහුල හිමි
උපුටා ගැන්ම ලංකා සී නිව්ස්
ලෝකයම මර බියට පත්කළ රුදුරු කොරෝනා වසංගතයෙන් ශ්‍රී ලංකාව ගලවා ගත් ජාතියේ මුර දේවතාවා ජනාධිපති ගෝඨාභය රාජපක්ෂ මහතා බව පූජ්‍ය දොඩම්පහල රාහුල හිමියන් සදහන් කරති. රණ විරුවන් සුව විරුවන්ද මෙම සටනේ යෙදුනද ජනාධිපතිවරයාගේ සුවිශේෂී මෙහෙයුම කිසිදිනක අමතක නොකරන්න තමන් ලක්වාසි ජනතාවගෙන් ඉල්ලා සිටින බවද උන් වහන්සේ පැවසූහ. https://youtu.be/AxWF8XB3Itw අද ජනාධිපතිතුමා එම තනතුරට ඉතාම සුදුසු බව මනා සේ ඔප්පු කර ඇති බවත් දැනට මාස කිහිපයකට මෙරට සංඝයා වහන්සේලා මහත් පරිශ්‍රමයක් දරා ඔහු ජනාධිපති කරවීමේ ප්‍රතිඵල රටට ලැබෙමින් ඇති බවත් උන්වහන්සේ සඳහන් කළහ. මෙරට සියළු... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/05/20)

ශ‍්‍රී ලංකාව ලෝකයේම බබලයි.. කොරෝනා සටනින් ලංකාව ඉහලින්ම බව ජාත්‍යන්තර මාධ්‍ය ලෝ පුරා කියයි..
උපුටා ගැන්ම ලංකා සී නිව්ස්
කොරෝනා වෛරසය පාලනය අතින් ශ්‍රී ලංකාව දකුණු ආසියාවේ ඉදිරියෙන්ම සිටින බව ජාත්‍යන්තර පුවත් වෙබ් අඩවි වාර්තා කර ඇත. ශ්‍රී ලංකාව කොරෝනා වෛරසය ආරම්භයේ සිටම හමා යමින් ඊට ක්‍ෂණික ප්‍රතිචාර දක්වමින් රෝගය කළමනාකරණය කර ඇති බව MSN වෙබ් අඩවිය වාර්තා කරයි. ශ‍්‍රී ලංකාව සතු විධිමත් සහ ශක්තිමත් සෞඛ්‍ය කලාපයේ සෙසු රටවල් හා සසඳද්දි බොහෝ සෙයින් ඉදිරියෙන් සිටින බව ද එම වාර්තාවේ දැක්වේ. මේ අතර ලෝක සෞඛ්‍ය සංවිධාන විසින් නිවේදනයක් නිකුත් කරමින් කියා සිටියේ ශ්‍රී ලංකා විසින් කොරෝනා ව්‍යාප්තිය පාලනය සඳහා අනුගමනය ක්‍රියාමාර්ග සාර්ථක වී ඇති බවයි. ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/05/20)

SC fixes dates for argument of FR violation petitions against former Prez, PM, IGP et al Failure to prevent Easter Sunday carnage:
By A.J.A. Abeynayake  Courtesy The Island
The Supreme Court, yesterday, fixed Sept 2, 3, and 4 for argument as regards the 12 petitions filed against former President Maithripala Sirisena, former Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, former IGP Pujith Jayasundera and former Defence Secretary Hemasiri Fernando for their failure to take action to prevent the Easter Sunday bomb attacks despite repeated advance intelligence warnings. The Supreme Court granted further time till June 16 for former President Sirisena and former Prime Minister Wickremasinghe to file objections against the fundamental rights violation petitions filed over the Easter Sunday attacks. ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/05/20)

Five new Covid-19 cases takes total to 889
Courtesy Adaderana
Five more patients have tested positive for Covid-19 in Sri Lanka increasing the total confirmed cases to 889. This brings the total number of active cases of Covid-19 under medical care to 514.  The number of recoveries thus far is reported as 366. The death toll due to the virus in Sri Lanka is 09.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/05/20)

Foreign Minister conveys Sri Lanka’s appreciation to Cuba.
Courtesy Adaderana
Minister of Foreign Relations Dinesh Gunawardena has conveyed his deep appreciation to the Cuban Government for the support extended through the dispatch of a Cuban medical team to the Republic of Haiti to attend to the medical needs of Sri Lankans employed in Haiti. The Foreign Minister conveyed these sentiments during a meeting with the Cuban Ambassador in Sri Lanka Juana Elena Ramos Rodriguez on Tuesday (12 May) at the Foreign Ministry.  The five-member medical team was dispatched by the Cuban authorities on the express request of the Sri Lankan Government to... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/05/20)

No decision regarding the postponement of the election
Courtesy Hiru News
It is reported that no decision was taken during the meeting by the Election Commission held today whether to postpone the General Election. A senior commission officials stated that June 20thwould remain as the day for the General election. Meanwhile, the election commission has decided not to allocate preferential numbers to the candidates at this moment. The senior officer stated that the gazette which was tabled before the commission in this regard was not considered today. The Election Commission... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/05/20)

‘Muhudu Maha Viharaya’ land grab - unlawful barbed wire fences removed (Video)
Courtesy  Hiru News.
The Coast Conservation Department today took action against the forcible acquisition of lands in the coastal belt surrounding the ‘Muhudu Maha Viharaya’ following the revelations through the Hiru CIA program. Accordingly, the unlawful barbed wire fences were removed. Muhudu Maha Viharaya which is situated in Pottuvil, in the Eastern Province, is a valuable archaeological site with a Buddhist heritage that has long been the subject to forcible acquisitions by illegal land grabbers. Hiru CIA has exposed these illegal land plunder on several occasions... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/05/20)

The call to reconvene parliament is to unite the UNP - Udaya Gammanpila (Video)
Courtesy Hiru News
Leader of the Pivithuru Hela Urumaya, Udaya Gammanpila states that the Opposition is calling for the reconvening of the Parliament with the intention of uniting the UNP. He also expressed his views regarding the statement made by former Member of Parliament Patali Champika Ranawaka yesterday. https://youtu.be/VIWytQ15wzk... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/05/20)

Petition filed requesting the nominations of Samagi Jana Balavegaya be annulled
Courtesy Hiru News
A petition has been filed requesting the Supreme Court to issue a Writ by annulling the nominations of Samagi Jana Balavegaya for the General election. The petition has been filed by a UNP candidate who expects to contest from the Colombo District. https://youtu.be/7YSeYQnjL2s The petitioner states that Samagi Jana Balavegaya is formed based on Ape Jathika Peramuna and Ape Jathika Peramuna has not given its approval to appoint Ranjith Madduma Bandara as General Secretary of Samagi Jana Balavegaya at that time. ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/05/20)

ලංකා මුදල් ඒකකය ශක්තිමත් කිරීමට වෙනසක් අවශ්‍යයි
මතුගම සෙනෙවිරුවන්
        ලංකාවේ භාවිත සම්මත මුදල කාලයක් තිස්සේ අව ප්‍රමාණය වීම නිසා රටේ ආර්ථිකය බරපතල ලෙසට කඩා වැටී ඇත.වර්තමාන වසංගත තත්වය හමුවේ ඇතිවී තිබෙන ආර්ථික අවපාතය ගණනය කළ නොහැකි තරම්ය.බොහෝ දේ වෙළෙඳ පලෙන් මිළට ගන්නා ජනතාවට සිය එදිනෙදා වියදම් කළමනාකරණය කරගන්නටවත් අවස්ථාවක් නොදී රුපියල කඩා වැටෙයි.වසංගත තත්වය මර්දනය කර ගැනීමෙන් පසුව  රුපියල පාලනය කිරීමටවත් විකල්පයක් සෙවීමට පාලකයන් උනන්දු වේ දැයි සිතන්නට නොහැකිය. අතීත වර්තමාන සංඛ්‍යා ලේඛන සහ ලෝක ප්‍රවණතා ගැන කතා කරනවා විනා නව අදහසක් කියන්නට සමත් පුද්ගලයෙක් මේ ආර්ථික ක්ෂේත්‍රය තුළින් හමු නොවේ.නමුත් වර්තමාන  අමාතය බන්දුල ගණවර්ධන මහතා වසංගත තත්වය හමුවේ පවතින අර්බුදය ගැන පැවති සාකච්ඡාවකදී... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/05/20)

India’s High Commissioner-designate spoke to the Mahanayakes of Malwatte and Asgiriya over video
Courtesy NewsIn.Asia
The Mahanayakes blessed High Commissioner-designate Gopal Baglay for a happy and fruitful tenure here Colombo, May 11 (newsin.asia): The High Commissioner-designate of India in Sri Lanka Gopal Baglay on Monday offered prayers to Lord Buddha through a video call each to the Most Venerable Warakagoda Sri Gnanarathana Mahanayake Thero of Asgiriya Nikaya and the Most Venerable Niyangoda Vijithasiri Anunayake Thero of Malwatte Nikaya. The High Commissioner-designate prayed for the health, happiness, peace and prosperity of the people of Sri Lanka and India. He also stressed that Buddhism... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/05/20)

Sri Lanka should prepare itself to meet post-COVID economic demands
By Namal Rajapaksa Courtesy NewsIn.Asia
“Restart Lanka” campaign will aim at getting Sri Lanka to seize the new opportunities. Colombo, May 11 (newsin.asia): After 52 days of economic uncertainty as businesses and shops remained closed due to the deadly COVID-19 outbreak, Sri Lanka re-opened for business on Monday, much to the relief of the public. With COVID-19 now well contained by the medical personnel and authorities, Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa gave the greenlight for economic activities to resume lifting the nation wide curfew which lasted... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/05/20)

Key politicians implicated in Easter Sunday carnage now face arrest
By Norman Palihawadane Courtesy The Island
A raid conducted by CID sleuths, investigating into last year’s Easter Sunday carnage, has yielded evidence which would certainly solve hitherto unknown mysteries and enable arrests of key politicians behind the terror attacks which killed 269 persons and injured over 450 others, according to highly placed sources. The new evidence had been unearthed after a raid by the CID, at a training centre, at Karbala Road, in Palamune, Kattankudy, last week. The training centre had been run, for women, by the terrorist leader Mohamed Zahran Hashim, who led the Easter... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/05/20)

Sri Lanka re-opens…
Courtesy Adaderana
https://youtu.be/XHqa6V-ap1E... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/05/20)

Defence Ministry cautions public on mobile-based cash transfer scam
Courtesy Adaderana
The Defence Ministry has urged the public to be aware of an ongoing scam using a mobile-based digital e-wallet cash transfer system and ransom by threatening individuals. It has been revealed that an organized group is operating a mobile-based cash transfer scam to take ransom by urging them to pay money to take their names out from some on-going criminal investigations, stated the ministry. This was brought to the attention of Defence Secretary Major General (Retd) Kamal Gunaratne by the Police at a recent meeting held with top defense officials at the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/05/20)

New Ministry Secretaries appointed
Courtesy Adaderana
New Secretaries have been appointed to seven Cabinet Ministries today (11), stated President’s Media Division issuing a press release. The seven newly appointed Ministry Secretaries are as follows: Ministry of Justice, Human Rights, and Law Reforms - Mrs. S. M. MohamedMinistry of Public Administration, Home Affairs, Provincial Councils and Local Government - Mr. J. J. Rathnasiri  Ministry of Tourism and Aviation - Mr. S. HettiarachchiMinistry of Women and Child Affairs and Social Security - Mr. H. K. D. W. M.N. B. HapuhinnaMinistry of Internal Trade, Food Security and Consumer Welfare - Mrs. J. M. B. JayawardeneMinistry of... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/05/20)

Gampaha Magistrate Court confirmed that the quarantine curfew is legal
Courtesy Hiru News
DIG Attorney-at-Law Ajith Rohana said that the Gampaha Magistrate Court confirmed that the quarantine curfew imposed by the Police is legal. https://youtu.be/b-OKHKMaoQE... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/05/20)

Need to work with relentless courage to eradicate the coronavirus (Video))
Courtesy Hiru News
President Gotabhaya Rajapaksa emphasized the need to work with relentless courage to eradicate the coronavirus while keeping people's lives and economy active. The President pointed out that the economic activity in the country has resumed and that we don’t need a famine to follow the Covid-19 pandemic. https://youtu.be/GnfLdwsRg6Q The President made these comments while participating at a discussion held with the Presidential Task Force for Prevention of COVID-19 Outbreak, this afternoon. The President has also stressed the importance of... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/05/20)

Legal action against politicians who plundered billions of national resources should be pursued immediately
Courtesy Hiru News
The Sri Lanka Poduajana Peramuna states that the cases against politicians who have robbed billions of national resources should be investigated immediately. They made this statement when they came to the Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption, today to inquire into the current status of the top ten complaints filed with the Commission. https://youtu.be/g-N_3jjZP4U Members of the Sri Lanka Poduajana Peramuna came to the Bribery and Corruption Commission this morning to look into the complaints made against former ministers and... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/05/20)

Public Health Inspectors wedding an example to the entire country (Video)
Courtesy Hiru News
We received a news story about a Public Health Inspector who used the money he had for his wedding and distributed dry rations to the people in the area. The relevant report is from the Padavi Sri Pura area https://youtu.be/CkRpFtQPoYA... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/05/20)

Friday Forum virus is worse than Covid19
BY H.L.D. MAHINDAPALA
Prof. Savitri Goonesekere, Dr. Usvatte-Aratchi and Prof. Arjuna Aluwihare of the Friday Forum have come out with another one of their usual sermons composed purportedly to guide the people trapped in Covid19 pandemic. Prof. Savitri Goonesekera and her two ideological clones front up claiming that they are not alone but have the backing of their fellow-travellers -- just to impress that there are some heavyweights behind them. That apart, in these critical times we should welcome this sermon of public intellectuals as a beacon of light thrown into the surrounding darkness. But, unfortunately, they seem... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/05/20)

Sooka time for another report: Maj.Gen. Sanjeewa Munasinghe appointed Secretary to Ministry of Health
Sri Lanka is placed one among five countries successfully dealing with COVID-19 crisis, in a world, that as of 11 May 2020 has 4.1million COVID-19 cases, 283,868 deaths & just 1,493,401 recoveries. Sri Lanka has only 533 active cases and just 9 deaths. The commendation for this success goes to the Sri Lankan President and his Team comprising the health officials, the Armed Forces & Police,  dedicated team of public officials and the phenomenal service being given by the country's intelligence services.. Key appointments have been made based on suitability and considering their track record. Appointments have not been made... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 11/05/20)

Multiculturalism is a Failure Globally: In Sri Lanka it has produced Zaharan
The multicultural concept was nothing but a political ploy first introduced to demonize the majority, denationalize the people and create a system that minorities could rule over the majority, their heritage and history had no place and majority had to give into minority whims and fancies. In the West, the experiment proved a great failure and resulted in a wave of killings and increase in hate speech and racism which eventually resulted in not placing blame upon those whose actions were causing the reactions. It was what primarily led to Brexit with the traditional British wanting their Britain back. In... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 11/05/20)

Controlling the Coronavirus pandemic and gradual restoration of normal life
MEDIA RELEASE Mahinda Rajapaksa Prime Minister
Covid-19 came to the attention of the world as a new disease around the beginning of this year. From the very outset, the World Health Organisation (WHO) stated very candidly that this was a completely new disease and that they too were still in the process of learning more about it. Even as late as 29 February 2020, the WHO was advising against the imposition of  international travel bans. It was only on 6 April that the WHO recommended the use of face masks if it was not possible to maintain social... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/05/20)

කොරෝනා රෝගය පාලනය කර, ක්‍රමිකව සාමාන්‍ය ජන ජීවිතය ආරම්භ කිරීම
මාධ්‍ය නිවේදනය මහින්ද රාජපක්‍ෂ අග්‍රාමාත්‍ය   
කොවිඩ් -19 අලුත් රෝගයක් ලෙස ලෝක අවධානයට යොමු වූයේ මේ අවුරුද්ද මුලදීය. ලෝක සෞඛ්‍ය සංවිධානය මුල සිටම ඉතා අවංකව පවසා සිටියේ මෙය සම්පූර්ණයෙන්ම අලුත් දෙයක් බවත්, ඔවුනුත් මේ රෝගය ගැන තවමත් ඉගෙන ගනිමින්  සිටින බවය. 2020 පෙබරවාරි 29 වැනිදා වෙනතුරුත් ලෝක  සෞඛ්‍යය සංවිධානය සිටියේ ජාත්‍යන්තර ගමනාගමනය තහනම් නොකළ යුතුය යන ස්ථාවරයේය. සමාජ දුරස්ථභාවය පවත්වාගෙන යෑමට අපහසු නම්,  මුඛ ආවරණයක් පාවිච්චි කළ යුතුය යන නිර්දේශය ඔවුන් නිකුත් කළේ  අප්‍රේල් 6 වෙනිදාය. මේ රෝගය ගැන හැම රටක්ම ඉගෙන ගත්තේ අත්දැකීම් වලින්මය. මේ උවදුරට ලංකාව කල්තියාම සූදානම් විය. ජනාධිපතිතුමා ජාතික කොරෝනා මර්ධන කාර්යසාධක කමිටුව... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/05/20)

නිර්වාණය පිළිබඳ සංකල්පය මනෝවිද්‍යාත්මක දෘෂ්ටි කෝණයකින්
වෛද්‍ය රුවන් එම් ජයතුංග
(මාගේ  The Concept of Nirvana from a Psychological Point of View ලිපිය මගින් පරිවර්තනය කලෙමි. එය පහත දැක්වේ. එහි යම් පරිවර්තන දෝෂ තිබිය හැකිය ගැටළුවක් වෙයි නම් ඔරිජිනල් ලිපිය බලන්න) නිර්වාණය පිළිබඳ සංකල්පය වසර 2500 කට වඩා පැරණි බෞද්ධ චින්තනයේ ප්‍රතිලයකි. සියවස් ගණනාවක් පුරා විවිධ විද්වතුන් සහ දාර්ශනිකයන් ඔවුන්ගේ සීමිත දැනුම උපයෝගී කරගනිමින් නිර්වාන සංකල්පය පැහැදිලි කිරීමට උත්සාහ කළහ. එසේ වුවද නිර්වාණය පිළිබඳ සංකල්පය බොහෝ විට වරදවා වටහාගෙන ඇති අතර සමහර විට අනිසි ලෙස භාවිතා වේ (උ.දා. - නිර්වාණ රොක් බෑන්ඩ්, නිර්වාණ රාත්‍රී සමාජ ශාලාව ). නිර්වාණය පිළිබඳ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/05/20)

Day of Victory
Dr sarath obeysekera 
One of my friend living in the USA, doing quite well who studied in Russia and migrated send me following;  The Communist regime gave us an education and some of us served in our the  country for  few years and some left the country for greener pastures  Sine left the country some  returned back to give something back to my motherland  Quote  , it was 75 years ago in the very late evening of May 8th the Soviets defeated Nazi Germany.  Thanks to this great... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/05/20)

සිය පරමාධිපත්‍යය තහවුරු වනු දැකීම ජනතා පැතුමයි
ගෙවිඳු කුමාරතුංග සභාපති - යුතුකම
සජිත් ප්‍රේමදාස මහතා ගේ සමඟි ජන බලවේගය වෙනුවෙන් රංජිත් මද්දුමබණ්ඞාර, පා. ච. රණවක, වික්ටර් අයිවන්, ආචර් ය පාක්‍යසෝති සරවනමුත්තු, ජනාධිපති නීතිඥ එම්. සුමන්දරන් ආදි වශයෙන් විජාතික වුවවමනාවන් නියෝජනය කරන දේශපාලන පක්ෂයන්හි නායකයන් හා එන්.ජී.ඕ. කප්පිතන් මැතිවරණ අවලංගු කරන ලෙසත් පාර්ලිමේන්තුව විසුරුවීම බල රහිත කරන ලෙසත් ඉල්ලා ශ්‍රේෂ්ඨාධිකරණය හමුවට ගොස් ඇත. මේ සියලු කොටස් කී කරුණු, දුන් පොරොන්දු, කළ ඉල්ලීම් සියල්ල 69 ලක්ෂයකට වැඩි ජනතාවක් ප්‍රතික්ෂේප කර තිබිය දී කරන මේ ඉල්ලීමෙහි අර් ථය කුමක් ද?  ජනයා ගේ  අකැමැත්ත නොතකා  තමන්ව පිළිගන්නට බලකරන ලෙස, තමන්ට යටත්වීමට  බල කරන ලෙස  ඉල්ලා සිටීමක් හැර අන් කුමක් ද? ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/05/20)

නීති පොතේ ඇති, එහෙත් රටේ නැති, ආධිපත්‍ය දෙකකට නැසෙන සුප්‍රීම් උසාවිය
චන්ද්‍රසිරි විජයවික්‍රම, LL.B., Ph.D.
දශක හතරක පමණ කාලයක් සිට නීතියේ කාර්යක්‍ෂමභාවය (එෆිකසි ඔෆ් ලෝ) යන විෂය හැදෑරූ මට පෙනෙන්නේ, ලංකාවේ සුප්‍රිම් උසාවිය යන ආයතනය, එක අතකින් මහජන සර්‌වාධිපත්‍යය යන මිථ්‍යාවත්, අනිත් පැත්තෙන් නීතීයේ ආධිපත්‍යය යන මිථ්‍යාවත් මැද කරත්ත රෝදයට අසුවූ පොල් ලෙල්ලක් මෙන් හිරකරුවෙක් වී මිරිකෙමින් රටට අනිසි විපාක ගෙන දෙන තීන්‌දු ලබා දෙන බවය. යුරෝපා-ඇමෙරිකන් නීති විද්‍යාව පවතින කිසිම රටක මේ ආධිපත්‍ය දෙකම සර්‌ව සම්පූර්‍ණ ලෙස නැති බව සැබෑය. ප්‍රජාතන්ත්‍රවාදය කියන්නේ නරක <වාද> අතුරින් හොඳම වාදය යයි චර්චිල් කීවේ ඒ නිසාය. නමුත් තාමත් දිගටම සුද්දගෙ නීතිය පවතින ලංකාවේ හැම පැත්තෙන්ම දක්නට ලැබෙන්නේ මේ ආධිපත්‍ය දෙකම සම්පූර්‍ණයෙන්ම වාගේ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/05/20)

කොරෝනා තුලින් යකාද යලි හිස එසවීමට දරන වෑයම පරදවමු.
චන්ද්‍රසේන පණ්ඩිතගේ
මේ රටේ අමුම අමු පෙරේතයින් රංචුවක් දේශපාලනය කරමින් සිටින බව අපි දන්නෙමු. මේ රංචුවට ජනාධිපතිවරුන්ව සිටිය වුන්, මැති ඇමතිවරුන්ව සිටිය වුන්, ඇතුළුව සියලුම ජනසමාජයන් නියෝජනය කරන්නන්ගෙන් සමන්විතය. මොවුන්ට නිතිය කැඩීමත් නිත්‍යානු කුල වන අතර, නිතිය රකිමින් ව්යාවස්තානුකුලාව කටයුතු කිරීමත් නීති විරෝධී කටයුත්තක ලෙස අර්ථගැන්විය හැක. මේ පෙරේත ප්‍රජාව 2009 මයි මස ලද පරාජයත් සමග විවිධ ස්වරුපයෙන් මෙරට බලය හා ගැනීමට වෙර දරු අතර අවසානයේදී, වර්ෂ 2015 ජනවාරි මස 8 වෙනිදා එම කාර්ය සාර්ථක කරගන්නා ලද්දේ, වර්තමාන මැතිවරණ කොමසාරිස්ගේ නායකත්වයෙන් යුතුව පවත්වන ලද මැතිවරණයක හාස්කමකිනි. එදා මහින්ද රාජපක්ෂයන්ව පරාජයට පත්කරන ලද්දේ මෙරට ජනතාව විසින්ය යන මිත්‍යාව... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/05/20)

Staying Healthy During the COVID Pandemic:
Sunil J, Wimalawansa, MD, PhD, MBA, DSc.Professor of Medicine, Endocrinology & Nutrition
As request by many, I have started a blog post and planning to upload one English article in simplified language, every night, answering questions that I have been receiving and facts on different aspects of COVID.  Done two so far and will continue to do so on a daily basis for the public good. These are available on the following site:  https://sunilwimalawansa.blogspot.com/ Also, on the LinkedIn site, I have different series of articles of COVID and other issues. https://www.linkedin.com/in/sunilwimalawansa/detail/recent-activity/posts/... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/05/20)

Fired government scientist finally speaks out, rips Trump for response to outbreak
Washington Press
BREAKING: YES!! The famously fired government scientist finally spoke out and ripped Trump over his response to the outbreak. https://www.facebook.com/1554747021224321/videos/660016164842112... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/05/20)

Some elements exploiting virus to prolong crisis, alleges SLPP NL nominee
By Shamindra Ferdinando  Courtesy The Island
Yuthukama Convenor Gevindu Cumaratunga, yesterday (10), alleged that the political forces defeated at the last presidential election were still trying to pursue their agenda inimical to the Sri Lanka State. Cumaratunga said that in spite of being routed by SLPP candidate Gotabaya Rajapaksa at the November 2019 presidential poll those who backed UNP Deputy Leader Sajith Premadasa’s candidature were making a desperate bid to regroup. Civil society activist Cumaratunga who is also on the SLPP National List alleged that the unexpected global health crisis caused... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/05/20)

Poll observers ready to cooperate with EC to conduct polls despite Covid-19
Kelum Bandara Courtesy The Daily Mirror
An election monitoring body said today that it was ready to cooperate with the Election Commission in evolving guidelines to conduct the parliamentary elections amidst the coronavirus threat.Rohana Hettiarachchi, the Executive Director of People’s Action for Free and Fair Elections (PAFFREL), told Daily Mirror that it would be impractical to wait for the total eradication of COVID-19.He said the elections should be conducted at one point once the coronavirus crisis was brought to a manageable level.“It is not practical to wait for zero cases,” he said.Mr Hettiarachchi said his office, as... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/05/20)

Sri Lanka on right track to contain Covid-19: WHO
Courtesy The Daily Mirror
Sri Lanka is on the right track to contain the Covid-19 through the increased tracking, testing, isolation, and treatment strategy, the World Health Organization said. WHO issuing a statement said containment of COVID-19 is feasible and remains the top priority in Sri Lanka. The Sri Lanka Preparedness and Response Plan is implemented with the overall goal to interrupt the transmission of the virus from one person to another using a comprehensive blended approach of containment and mitigation. Enhanced testing of the contacts of people who have tested positive... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/05/20)

US embassy confirms Gotabaya renounced citizenship in April 2019
Kelum Bandara Courtesy The Daily Mirror
The US Embassy in Colombo today confirmed that President Gotabaya Rajapaksa renounced his US citizenship in April 2019.In response to a query by Daily Mirror, an embassy spokesman said President Rajapaksa was no longer a US citizen.“I can confirm that Gotabaya Rajapaksa renounced his US citizenship in April 2019. He is no longer a US citizen,” the spokesman said.  The President’s name appeared in the Federal register that lists out those who renounced the citizenship.  Normally it takes time for a name of an individual to appear upon renunciation of his citizenship.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/05/20)

Curfew in Colombo, Gampaha districts in force until further notice
Courtesy Adaderana
The curfew in Colombo and Gampaha districts will be in force until further notice, says the President’s Media Division (PMD). In other 23 districts including Kalutara and Puttalam, the curfew will be effective between 8.00 pm and 5.00 am from May 11 until further notice. https://youtu.be/SqP7jLmxW34 However, the civilian life and functions of public and private sector entities in Colombo and Gampaha districts will resume from May 11, as planned. Conditions included in previous announcements regarding the resumption of normal life will remain unchanged, the PMD... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/05/20)

Maj. Gen. Sanjeewa Munasinghe to be appointed Health Ministry’s Secretary?
Courtesy Adaderana
Major General Sanjeewa Munasinghe is to be appointed as the Secretary to the Ministry of Health, according to sources. He is the Director General of Army Medical Services and former Colonel Commandant of Army Medical Corps. Maj. Gen. Sanjeewa is an alumnus of the Faculty of Medicine of University of Ruhuna. He completed his MBBS degree in 1986 and joined the Sri Lanka Army in the same year. Following the completion of Basic Military training in Sri Lanka Military Academy, he was commissioned in the rank of Captain and attached... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/05/20)

Nine (09) more persons confirmed for Covid -19: SL Country total increases to 856
Courtesy Hiru News
Nine (09) more persons have tested positive for Covid-19 (new coronavirus) infection.Seven were Navy personnel while the two others were repatriated persons from Dubai The country total has increased to 856 according to the latest information by the Epidemiology unit of the Ministry of Health.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/05/20)

All expressways will be open from 7.00 am tomorrow - RDA
Courtesy Hiru News
The Road Development Authority stated that all expressways will be open from 7.00 am tomorrow. Southern Expressway has been open since last week and the Colombo-Katunayake Expressway and the Outer Circular Expressway will also be opened from tomorrow. Public and private sector employees who come to work can use the expressway. Under the existing rules and regulations in the country, the police will monitor the traffic on the expressways.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/05/20)

Govt aims at total relaxation of curfew by next month
Courtesy The Daily Mirror
The government aims at total relaxation of the curfew restrictions imposed in view of the COVID-19 outbreak by next month , a Minister said yesterday. The government will partially relax such curbs on public life on May 11. Basic guidelines are now being worked out for people to follow when carrying out their routine activities, despite the corona situation, once such restrictions are lifted partially on May 11. A minister said the government was targeting the total lifting of all restrictions by early June depending on the progress after May... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/05/20)

The Dirty Moves Behind COVID-19: Everyone Must Read (Part – I)
By Afshain Afzal
Today, there is no house in the world where Corona or COVID-19 is not being discussed. What is COVID-19 is quite simple that is self explanatory. COVID has been derived from two English words, coined together meaning receiving and sending video images to general masses. In English language; “Co” is used to form a verbs or nouns that refer to people sharing things or doing things together while “Vid” means relating to or employed in the transmission or reception of a televised image or operating of video frequencies. There are two other explanations that seem... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/05/20)

කොළඹ අවසන් කොරෝනා පොකුරු දෙකද නිවී යයි.. කෙසෙල්වත්ත හා දාබරේ මාවතත් විවෘත වෙයි.. දැන් කොරෝනා වැලිසර කදවුර ඇතුලේ පමණයි..
උපුටා ගැන්ම ලංකා සී නිව්ස්
කොළඹ 12 බණ්ඩාරනායක මාවත හා නාරාහේන්පිට දාබරේ මාවත යන ප්‍රදේශවලින් මේ වන විට කොරෝනා ආසාදිතයන් වාර්තා වන්නේ නැති බව සෞඛ්‍ය සේවා අධ්‍යක්ෂ ජනරාල් වෛද්‍ය අනිල් ජාසිංහ මහතා සඳහන් කළේය. එනිසා දින කිහිපයක් ඇතුළත එම ප්‍රදේශයද විවෘත කිරීමට හැකි වනු ඇති බවටද ඔහු විශ්වාසය පළ කළේය. මේ වන විට මෙරට කොරෝනා ආසාදිතයන් වැඩිපුර හඳුනා ගැනෙන්නේ නාවික හමුදාවේ වැලිසර කදවුර ආශ්‍රිතව බවද ඔහු සඳහන් කළේය. මේ තත්වය මත මෙරට සක‍්‍රිවය පවතින එකම කොරෝනා පොකුර වැලිසර නාවික හමුදා කඳවුර බවට පත්ව ඇත. බණ්ඩාරනායකපුර හා දාබරේ මාවත ද සම්පූරුණයෙන්ම... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/05/20)

True hospitality of Ella
Courtesy Hiru News
Sri Lanka is a world renowned for its hospitality.  Although the covid 19 virus has had a severe impact on the world economy, the hospitality of Sri Lankans has not reduced. Ella is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the country. The city of Ella, which is constantly flooded with foreigners, has become a city of desolation with the introduction of curfew across the country to control the spread of the covid 19 virus. https://youtu.be/AlqDn6Ps14s About... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/05/20)

නිරෝගී දරුවා ජාතියට සම්පතකි
මතුගම සෙනෙවිරුවන්
        සෞඛ්‍ය අංශයන්හි ප්‍රගමනය මනින එක් දර්ශකයක් වශයෙන් සැලකෙන්නේ ළදරු මරණ අනුපාතය අඩු විමයි. වසංගත රෝග  බෝවන රෝග බාල පක්ෂාගාතය වැනි රොග වලින් ආරක්ෂා වීම පිණිස අලුත ඉපදුනු දරුවෙකුට එන්නත් කීපයක්ම දෙනු ලැබේ. මේ නිසා ළදරු මරණයන් ගේ සීග්‍ර අඩු වීමක් ඇති බව කියති. එන්නත් කරනු ලබන්නේ ශරීරයේ ප්‍රතිශක්තය ජනිත කිරීමටයි.එහෙත් ස්වභාව ධර්මයා විසින්ම ඕනෑම සත්වයෙකු සඳහා ඇති කර තිබෙන ප්‍රතිශක්තියක්ද ඇත. එය මිනිසාටද පොදුය. ෙම් වසංගත සමයේ දී එය මැනවින්ප්‍රත්‍යක්ෂ කොට දී ඇත. කොරොනාව මිනිස් ශරීර තුල මට්ටු වෙමින් පැතිරෙන්නේ ඒ නිසාය.එසේ නම් බැහැරින් ප්‍රතිශක්තිකරණයන් අවශ්‍ය වන්නේ ඇයිද යන පැණය මතුවේ.      ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/05/20)

අපස්මාරය සහ හමුදා සෙබළුන්
වෛද්‍ය රුවන් එම් ජයතුංග 
මීමැස්මොරය නිසා යුද හමුදා සෙබලෙකු දඹුල්ලේදී  බිම ඇද වැටී මිය යාම නිසා මීමැස්මොරය  හෙවත් අපස්මාරය පිලිබඳව කථිකාවක් ඇති වුණා. දඹුල්ල බස් නැවතුම්පොළ අසළ දී හදිසියේ ඇදවැටී මියගිය හමුදා සාමාජිකයා ගැන හමුදාපති ලුතිනන් ජෙනරාල් ශවේන්ද්‍ර සිල්වා පැවසූ පරිදි එම හමුදා සාමාජිකයාට විටින් විට අපස්මාරය රෝගය වැළඳෙන බවට තොරතුරු ලැබුණු බවත් ඔහු එක කඳවුරක සිට තවත් කඳවුරකට සේවයට වාර්තා කිරීමට යන අතරතුර එසේ මියගොස් ඇති බවයි වාර්තා වූයේ.  මීමැස්මොරය  හෙවත් අපස්මාරයෙන් පෙළන පුද්ගලයන් හමුදා සේවයට බඳවා ගන්නවාද කියා බොහෝ දෙනෙකු අසා සිටියා. එම නිසා මේ පිලිබඳව යමක් ලිය යුතු බව මට සිතුනා. ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/05/20)

COVID-19 cases tally moves up to 847 with three new patients
Courtesy Adaderana
Three more persons have tested positive for COVID-19 in Sri Lanka, taking the cases tally to 847. Nine infections were reported earlier today and it was confirmed that these patients were also from Sri Lanka Navy. The 11 positive cases detected on Friday (08) also turned out to be naval personnel. Ministry of Health stated that a total of 260 coronavirus patients have recovered from the disease and were discharged from hospitals. According to the Epidemiology Unit, 578 active cases are currently under medical care at selected hospitals across the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/05/20)

How Vietnam Is Winning the Battle Against COVID-19.
By Methmalie Dissanayake Courtesy Ceylon Today
A majority of nations began making COVID-19 prevention plans after their first few patients were reported. Vietnam, however, did not wait until patients were discovered. On 16 January, before a single patient was reported in the country, Vietnam's Health Ministry held an emergency meeting to take drastic measures to prevent the outbreak, following the development of the disease in China. At that time, even the World Health Organisation (WHO) was yet to declare the outbreak a pandemic, and the virus was only known as 2019-nCov. This foresight proved astute; Vietnam reported its... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/05/20)

75th anniversary of World War Victory amid COVID19: Germany too celebrates. Will Tamils celebrate victory over LTTE?
Those that demanded Sri Lanka stop ‘triumphalism’ when the nation celebrated victory over LTTE in May 2009, have been triumphing victory over Germany & Japan since 1945 by even enacting battle victories annually. V_E Day Europe has been celebrated annually since 1946 on 8 May. The 6year war ended with Germany’s surrender. Sri Lanka’s LTTE refused offers to lay down arms & surrender and was vanquished by the Sri Lanka Army in 3 years. What is special about this 75th anniversary V-E DAY for Germany is that the defeated country leader has announced a one-off public holiday as a ‘day... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 09/05/20)

වසර 72 තුල අනිවාර්යෙන්ම ඉටුකළයුතුව තිබුණු අවශ්‍යතා දැන්වත් සම්පූර්ණ කලයුතුය
ආචාර්ය සුදත් ගුණසේකර
1948 දී බ්‍රිතාන්ය පාලනයෙන් නිදහස දිනා ගත්තායයි පම්පෝරි ගහන සහ එසේම එදා  සිට මෙ දක්වා  මේ රට පාලනය කලායයි කියන කලු සුද්දන් විසින්, මේ රට පූර්ණ නිදහස් රාජ්යක් වීම සන්දහා  වසර 72 තුල අනිවාර්යෙන්ම ඉටුකළයුතුව තිබුණු එහෙත් සාපරාදි අන්දමින් එසේ කිරීම  පැහැරහැරිය පහත සදහන් අවස්යතා දැන්වත් සම්පූර්ණ  කිරීම කිරීම වහාම කලයුතුය 1 1815 සුද්දන්ට රට භාරදෙනවිට වසර 2600 ක් තිස්සේ තිබුණු රටේ නමවූ සින්හලේ යන්න වහාම නැවත ස්ථාපිත කිරීම 2  සෝල්බරි විවස්ථාව වෙනුවට  මේ රටේ ඉතිහාස්ය හා ශිස්ඨාචාරය පදනම් කරගත් නව විවස්ථාවක් සම්මත කරගැනිම 3 1815 තිබුණු මේ රටේ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/05/20)

India’s High Commissioner-designate Gopal Baglay arrives with a gift of 12.5 tonnes of medical supplies to Lanka
Courtesy NewsIn.Asia
Significantly the gift from India arrived while Sri Lankans were celebrating the Buddhist festival Vesak. the Indian High Commissioner-designate Gopal Baglay with the IAF aircraft which the medical consignment in the background) Colombo, May 8 (newsin.asia): As a special friendly gesture from the Government and the people of India in the on-going auspicious Vesak week, a 12.5 tonne gift consignment of essential medicines and medical items arrived in Colombo on Friday from India by a special Indian Air Force flight. The medical consignment reached Colombo with the High... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/05/20)

Trouble brewing for tea producers as coronavirus lockdown hits harvests
Courtesy The Guardian(UK)
India’s ‘champagne of teas’ among those affected as country’s tea board estimates output could drop 9%, amid strain in China and Sri Lanka Trouble is brewing for the world’s tea producers as the coronavirus lockdown shut down the harvest in several important regions, including the picking of India’s “champagne of teas”. Despite forecasts of increased demand from drinkers stuck at home across the world, producers have become frustrated by the enforced quarantining of their workforce, with India’s output expected to drop by 9% in 2020. Lockdown... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/05/20)

India’s envoy-designate to Sri Lanka flies to Colombo with medical supplies
Courtesy The Hindustan Times
Gopal Baglay, who has served as spokesperson of the external affairs ministry and whose last stint was in the Prime Minister’s Office, was named the next high commissioner to Colombo in February. Gopal Baglay reiterated India’s commitment to share its resources with friends and partners at a time when many countries are facing a scarcity of medical products due to the Covid-19 pandemic and supply chain disruptions. (HT File Photo) India’s high commissioner-designate to Sri Lanka, Gopal Baglay, who was unable to join his post for more than... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/05/20)

Sri Lanka to target high-spending tourists to revive tourism
Courtesy Financial Express
The president emphasised the need to focus promoting medical tourism by highlighting the "successful efforts taken by Sri Lanka to contain the spread of the coronavirus." Sri Lanka will target high-spending tourists to revive the tourism sector which has been shattered by the coronavirus pandemic, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has said. Widespread travel restrictions and the closure of airports and national borders to curb the spread of the virus had plunged international tourism into its worst crisis. During a meeting with the members of the newly-appointed Presidential Task Force... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/05/20)

Govt. Medical Lab Technologists want probe on false positive PCR reports
Courtesy The Daily Mirror
About thirteen Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) tests conducted by the laboratories other than the laboratories of the Health Ministry so far had been found to be erroneous, the Association of Government Medical Laboratory Technologists said yesterday. Association Chairman Ravi Kumudesh said that eight PCR tests conducted by the laboratory at Sri Jayawardhanepura University, four reports by the Colombo University and one from the Kotalawala Defence University (KDU) were among those found to be erroneous. He said a special grade nurse of the National Hospital, an individual from Salamulla in Kolonnawa,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/05/20)

No COVID-19 cases so far today - Dr. Jasinghe
Courtesy Adaderana
New COVID-19 positive patients have not been reported so far today (08), says Director General of Health Services Dr. Anil Jasinghe. The total count of coronavirus cases in Sri Lanka currently stands at 824 with 240 recoveries. According to the Epidemiology Unit’s tally, 575 active cases are currently under medical care at the IDH Hospital, Welikanda Base Hospital, Colombo East Base Hospital, Iranawila Hospital, Kattankudy Base Hospital, Navy Hospital and Homagama Base Hospital. In the meantime, 135 suspected coronavirus patients are under observation at selected hospitals in the country. ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/05/20)

President’s name listed in latest US Federal Register of individuals who chose to expatriate
Courtesy Adaderana
The name of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has appeared in the Quarterly Publication of the United States Federal Register of Individuals Who Have Chosen to Expatriate. The list containing the names of the individuals who have renounced their citizenship was published in the official website of the US Federal Register today (08). The US citizenship of President Rajapaksa came under scrutiny last year, especially in the months leading to the presidential election in November, as Sri Lanka’s laws do not allow dual citizens or non-citizens to contest national elections. Political opponents, certain media... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/05/20)

Another location used by Zahran for extremist activities uncovered
Courtesy Adaderana
A hotel in Palamunai in Kattankudy, which had been used by the Easter Sunday attacks ringleader Zahran Hashim to recruit Islamic women to his extremist cause, has been raided on Friday (08). The raid was carried out by the Special Task Force (STF) and the Criminal Investigation Department (CID). The location was uncovered based on the information divulged by one of the suspects previously arrested over the terror attacks. According to the CID, following the information divulged by the suspects arrested in connection with the Easter attacks,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/05/20)

Operational guideline for reopening barber shops & salons issued
Courtesy Adaderana
An operational guideline introducing the procedure to be adopted by barber shops and salons that are serving customers during the outbreak of COVID-19 has been issued. Issuing the guideline, Director General of Health Services Dr. Anil Jasinghe stated that this guideline is an addendum to the main guideline – “Interim Operational Guidelines on Preparedness and Response for COVID-19 outbreak for Work Settings” – which was published on April 27 by the Ministry of Health. The purpose of the new guideline is to facilitate limited activities of a salon or barber shops, considering... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/05/20)

Deconfinement in France to brave the future despite Covid 19
By Charles S.Perera
The Prime Minister  Edouard Philippe of France announced today that the first stage of  de-confinement of the French people who had been in confinement since 17 March,2020, will begin from 11 May 2020. People are allowed to leave their homes and go for a distance of 100km from their homes without having a certificate of leaving home for a specific purpose.  France which had been an unfortunate victim of the Corona pandemic with 137 779 covid-19 affected persons; and 25 987 deaths from the virus has decided to open the country to commence... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/05/20)

නීතිඥවරුන්ට අධිකරණ කටයුතු සදහා සහභාගීවීමට නීතිඥ හැදුනුම්පතට අවසර ලබා දීම සම්බන්ධවයි.
නීතිඥ අරුණ ලක්සිරි උණවටුන
විද්‍යුත් තැපෑලෙනි (2020.05.07) සී. ඩී. වික්‍රමරත්න මහතාවැඩබලන පොලිස්පති,පොලිස් මූලස්ථාන,කොළඹ 01, විද්‍යුත් තැපෑල :- igp

police.lk නීතිඥවරුන්ට අධිකරණ කටයුතු සදහා සහභාගීවීමට ඇදිරි නීතිය බලපැවැත්වෙන කාලසීමාවල දිස්ත්‍රික්ක අතර ගමන් කිරීමට වැඩබලන පොලිස්පති 2020.05.05 සහ ආර්ටීඑම් 175 පණිවිඩය මගින් (2020.04.28 ආර්ටීඑම් 999 සංශෝධන‍ය කර) නීතිඥ හැදුනුම්පතට අවසර ලබා දීම සම්බන්ධවයි. 1. ආර්ටීඑම් 999 සහ 2020.04.28 දිනැති පණිවිඩයට අනුව, අවදානම් කළාප ලෙස නම් කර ඇති දිස්ත්‍රික්කයක අධිකරණ කටයුතුවලට වෙනත් දිස්ත්‍රික්කයක සිට ඇදිරි නීතිය පවතින අවස්ථ සහභාගීවීමට ඇදිරි නීති බලපත් ලබා ගන්නා ලෙස නීතිඥවරුන්ට දැනුම් දී තිබූණි. 2. සියලු අවස්ථානුගත තත්ත්වයන් සළකාබලා උක්ත ආර්ටීඑම් 999... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 07/05/20)

You ( U) and we ( V) need to bond to develop the country
Dr sarath obeysekera 
When I read the article below I thought that the theories forwarded by the Chamber of commerce using jargon that talks about U development and V development is quite confusing. U theory or V theory can only be implemented only if the people representing V need to change their mindset from welfare state to productive state  We started with Janasiviya and later Samurdi and  now 5000 Rs  per month, can never make this country develop under U or V theory  When you see the queues formed in front of... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/05/20)

CONVENING NEW PARLIAMENT
Palitha Mapatuna
Suppose that an individual has been authorised to get rid of an existing tree, which perhaps had been perceived by many as producing unpalatable fruit. Following such riddance, the replacement has been required to be made within a particular time. However, subsequent unforeseen circumstances had not made it possible to carry out the replacement within the stipulated time.   It seems now necessary that the replacement is made as soon as possible. As authorised by the constitution, the president has dissolved parliament and, as obligations arising therefrom, stipulated... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/05/20)

කුඩුකේඩු විපක්‍ෂය කොරෝනා පතුරුවන්න උගුල් අටවයි…
උපුටා ගැන්ම ලංකා සී නිව්ස්
මෙරට සමස්ත රාජ්‍ය යාන්ත්‍රණය කිසිදු දේශපාලන භේදයකින් තොරව කොරෝනා වසංගතය පාලනයට උපරිම කැපවීමෙන් කටයුතු කරමින් සිටිය දී විපක්ෂය ලොව කිසිදු විපක්ෂයකින් බලාපොරොත්තු විය නොහැකි කුඩුකේඩු – ආත්මාර්ථකාමී හැසිරීමක් පෙන්නුම් කරන බව ජානිපෙ නායක කර්මාන්ත හා සැපයුම් කළමනාකරණ අමාත්‍ය විමල් වීරවංශ මහතා පැවසීය. බත්තරමුල්ල නෙළුම් මාවත පිහිටි ශ්‍රී ලංකා නිදහස් පොදුජන සන්ධානයේ පක්ෂ නායක මාධ්‍ය හමුවීමට එක්වෙමින් ඒම මහතා මෙසේ පැවසීය. එහි දී වැඩිදුරටත් අදහස් දැක්වූ වීරවංශ අමාත්‍යවරයා මෙසේ ද සඳහන් කළේය. “කොරෝනා වසංගතය ලෝක පරිමාණව ඇවිලෙන විට ලෝක සෞඛ්‍ය සංවිධානයේ ප්‍රධානී ඉතා වැදගත් ඉල්ලීමක් කරනු ලැබුවා. එම... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/05/20)

Lankan President confident economy can be re-built on a solid basis
Courtesy NewsIn.Asia
Orders formulation of detailed plans for every sector including tourism. Colombo, May 7 (newsin.asia): Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa is optimistic that the economy adversely affected by the COVID – 19 pandemic, could be re-built on a solid basis, a Presidential press statement said on Thursday. The Presidential Task Force in charge of the Economic Revival and Poverty Eradication has been entrusted with the responsibility of formulating a new economic model to achieve this objective. The President directed the Task Force to prepare economic plans with specified targets for different areas that... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/05/20)

Indian PM addresses Virtual Vesak Global Celebrations
Courtesy NewsIn.Asia
Modi says Buddha’s advocacy of selfless service is pertinent for fighting the pandemic. Colombo, May 7 (newsin.asia): Addressing the Virtual Vesak Global Celebrations on Buddha Purnima day on Thursday, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that Lord Buddha is synonymous with service and dedication. “Those who are engaged in the service of humanity at all times, day and night, are the true followers of Lord Buddha,” Modi said. Indian Prime Minister recalled that he was part of the Vesak celebrations in 2015 and 2018 in New Delhi,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/05/20)

COVID-19 cases leap to 823 with 18 new patients
Courtesy Adaderana
Eighteen more persons were confirmed to have contracted the COVID-19 virus as of 11.55 pm on Thursday (07), while Sri Lanka’s COVID-19 cases count soared to 823. With the detection of 18 new positive cases, the total number of patients who tested positive for coronavirus within the day has risen to 26. In the meantime, coronavirus recoveries tally in the country has moved up to 232. The Epidemiology Unit says that 582 active cases are currently under medical care at selected hospitals across the country. The country’s death... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/05/20)

Let Vesak inspire other religions to commit to slaughter-free religious events
At the heart of Buddha’s teachings is the accountability factor. You and only you are accountable for the good or bad one does.  Following the Dhammapada – path of the Dhamma we build ourselves a moral foundation.  The core of that is the 5 precepts of which ‘hurting’ and ‘killing’ all sentient beings plays an integral part. Sri Lanka has set an example for the rest of the world to follow. Vesak is not only a festival of colour and lights but it is also a week that there is no slaughter of animals. Just as we have followed customs... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 07/05/20)

Innovations via digitalization
Aloysius Hettiarachchi
Few days ago I was watching an interesting program hosted by ITN between 10pm and 12pm where the National Innovation Council chairman presented six innovations done by Sri Lankans. They were mostly the solutions related to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. The chairman stated that about 250 innovation have been brought to the council in recent times for assessment with a view for getting patents as well as funding arrangements. The sudden upsurge in the interest towards innovations is a very good sign that our youths want to catch up with the rest of the world. ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/05/20)

මේ රටේ ඉතිහාසය පුරාම ඉන්දීය ආක්‍රමනයන්ගෙන් රට බේරාගෙන ඇත්තේ වීරෝදාර රුහුණු පුතුන් විසිනි
ආචාර්ය සුදත් ගුණසේකර මහනුවර
මේ රටේ ඉතිහාසය පුරාම ඉන්දීය ආක්‍රමනයන්ගෙන් රට බේරාගෙන ඇත්තේ රුහුණු පුතුන් විසින් වීම සුවිශේෂ සිද්ධියකි. ක්‍රිස්තු පූර්ව 2 වන සියවසේදී එලාරගේ 44 වසරක උතුරු ලන්කා පාලනයෙන් රට බෙරාගත්තේ දුටුගැමුණු මහරජතුමා විසිනි (ක්‍රිස්තු පූර්ව153) එදාද 10 මහා යෝධයින් අතර ඝෝඨඉම්බර (ඝෝඨාභය) සුවිශේෂී මෙහෙවරක් ඉටුකලා. විජිතපුර සටනේදී විජිතපුර දකුණු දොරටුවට කඩොලැතු පහර දුන් අවස්ථාවේදී දෙමළුන් ඇතුපිටට කකියාගිය ලෝගුලිද එසේම කකාල මැලියම්ද දැමූවිට කඩොලැත් තෙමේ වේදනාවෙන් උදක ඉස්ථානයට පැන එහි ගිළුණු විට ගෝටයිම්බරතෙමේ “මේ තට සුරාපාන නොවෙයි යදොර හැරිමය, යව දොර බින්දුව”යි විධානය කලේත් ඒ ඝෝටයිම්බර යෝධයාය. මෙම යුද්ධයෙන් පසු දුටුගැමුණු රජතුමා වසර 44 ක දෙමල පාලනයෙන්... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/05/20)

13 Tablighi Jamaat members including two Sri Lankan nationals arrested for defying lockdown in UP
Courtesy The Inian Express
The Sri Lankan nationals were also booked under sections 14 and 14c of the Foreigners Act for violating the visa regulations by indulging in religious activities. ALIGARH (UP): Thirteen Tablighi Jamaat members, including two Sri Lankan nationals, were arrested here for allegedly staying in a mosque in violation of the coronavirus lockdown orders, police said on Wednesday. While the two Sri Lankan nationals have been sent to jail, the other 11 Jamaat members were released on bail, they said. The Sri Lanka embassy in Delhi has... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/05/20)

The Tragic and depressing paradox of our time
by an unknown author
We have taller buildings but shorter tempers,wider Freeways, BUT NARROW VIEWPOINTS.            We spend more, but have less,            we buy more, but enjoy less. We have bigger houses and smaller families,            more conveniences, but less time. We have more degrees but less sense,more knowledge, BUT LESS JUDGEMENT.            more experts, yet more problems,            more medicine, but less wellness. We drink too much, smoke too much,                        spend too recklessly,            laugh too little, drive too fast,            get too angry, stay up too late,            get up too tired, read too little,watch TV too much, AND... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/05/20)

ලංකාවේ කොරෝනා ආසාදිතයන්ට ගාණක්වත් නෑ.. රෝහලට ඇතුළු කරන්නවත් සුදුසු 16යි.. – BBC ලොව පුදුම කරමින් කියයි..
උපුටා ගැන්ම ලංකා සී නිව්ස් Courtesy BBC sinhala
නව කොරෝනාවෛරසයට එරෙහිව ශ්‍රී ලංකාව තුළ දියත් වූයේ සුවිශේෂී ක්‍රියාදාමයක් බවත් එය ජාත්‍යන්තර සම්මන්ත්‍රණයකදී කැපී පෙනුණු බවත් ශ්‍රී ලංකා වෛද්‍ය සංගමය පවසයි. චීනය, ජපානය, හොංකොං, ඔස්ට්‍රේලියාව, ශ්‍රී ලංකාව, ඉන්දියාව ඇතුළු ආසියාතික රටවල් සහ බ්‍රිතාන්‍යය, එක්සත් ජනපදය ඇතුළුව මෙම සම්මන්ත්‍රණයට සහභාගි වූ රටවල් ගණන 42කි. අන්තර්ජාලය ඔස්සේ පැවැත්වුණු මෙම සම්මන්ත්‍රණයට එම රටවල් නියෝජනය කරමින් විද්වතුන්, වෘත්තිකයන් සහ බලධාරීන් 800ක් පමණ සහභාගි වූ බව ශ්‍රී ලංකා වෛද්‍ය සංගමය පැවසීය. ආසියා ශාන්තිකර කලාපීය ප්‍රජා සෞඛ්‍ය පිළිබඳ ජාත්‍යන්තර සංසදය සහ ශ්‍රී ලංකා වෛද්‍ය සංගමය එකාබද්ධව මෙම සම්මන්ත්‍රණය සංවිධානය... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/05/20)

රටම තිගැස්සුනු කරුණට සැනසිල්ලක්.. කොළඹ අවදානම අඩු වෙයි.. මේ එන්නේ තීරණා්මක දින හතරයි..
උපුටා ගැන්ම ලංකා සී නිව්ස්
ඊයේ දිනයේදී කොලොන්නාවෙන්, රාජගිරියෙන් හා ජාතික රෝහලෙන් හදුනාගත් තිදෙනාට කොරෝනා වෛරසය ආසාදනය වී නැති බව අවසන් වරට සිදුකරන ලද කොරෝනා පරීක්ෂාවෙන් හෙලිව තිබේ. අද දිනයේ ඔවුනට සිදු කරන ලද පරීක්‍ෂායවලදී මේ බව හෙලි වූයේ යයි සෞඛ්‍ය සේවා අධ්‍යක්ෂ වෛද්‍ය අනිල් ජාසිංහ මහතා සඳහන් කළේය. කොරෝනා සදහා සිදු කරන PCR පරික්‍ෂණයේ නිවරද්‍යතාවය 70%ක් පමණ වන බව ලෝකයේම මතයයි. මේ අතර හමුදාපති ශවේන්ද්‍ර සිල්වා මහතා සඳහන් කරන්නේ ඉදිරි සදුදා වනවිට රට සීමා ලිහී කිරීමකට ලක් කරන බැවින් මේ තීරණාත්මක දින කිහිපය ඉවසීමෙන් කටයුතු කරන ලෙසයි. මේ තත්ත්වය... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/05/20)

බුදුන්වහන්සේ ගංජා දුම ඇද්දා..ජනතා විමුක්ති පෙරමුණ අපේක්ෂකයෙක්
උපුටා ගැන්ම ලංකා සී නිව්ස්
බුදුන්වහන්සේ ගංජා දුම ආස්වාස ප්‍රාස්වාස කළේයැයි ආපනශාලා හිමියන්ගේ සංගමයේ සභාපති අසේල සම්පත් සඳහන් කරයි. https://www.facebook.com/1503305076605637/videos/723219185097551 තමන් මෙරට අංක එකේ ගංජා කාරයෙක් යයිද පවසන ඔහු මෙරටේ වැවෙන ගංජා බිව්වට වූවාට ප්‍රශ්නයක් නැතැයිද සඳහන් කරයි. මෙම පුද්ගලයා පසුගිය පළාත් පාලන මැතිවරණයකදී ජනතා විමුක්ති පෙරමුණ නියෝජනය කරමින් ඉදිරිපත් වූ අපේක්ෂකයෙකුගේ ඇයි ද සඳහන් වෙයි.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/05/20)

Radio Ceylon: Reflections on a non-hegemonic anchor in the South Asian soundscape
By Sasanka Perera & Dev Nath Pathak Courtesy NewsIn.Asia
The multi-lingual broadcasts over Radio Ceylon culturally united communities divided into nation states after decolonization. A young Sunil Dutt listening to Hindi film star Nalini Jaywant speaking over Radio Ceylon New Delhi, May 6 (newsin.asia): Radio, in our view is not merely a matter of technology through which music, entertainment, information, news and increasingly fake news and many other forms of knowledge come to people. More importantly, by bringing all this, radio like all other forms of mass media also becomes a... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/05/20)

Probe into NGO headed by lawyer in custody Easter Sunday carnage:
By Norman Palihawadane Courtesy The Island
Acting Inspector General of Police has ordered the Terrorist Investigation Division (TID) to conduct a thorough investigation into the Non-Governmental Organisation, headed by lawyer Ejaaz Hizbullah, who is in the custody of the CID, as a suspect in connection with the Easter Sunday attacks. The investigation into the NGO was ordered since it had been largely funded by two of the suicide bombers, who carried out the Easter Sunday attacks on churches and hotels, on 21 April 2019, Police headquarters sources said. It has been revealed that the head office of the NGO is... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/05/20)

Coronavirus case count moves to 797
Courtesy Adaderana
The count of coronavirus cases in Sri Lanka has increased with the report of 2 new cases a short while ago. Accordingly, the total number of cases in the country stands at 797. The Ministry of Health added that a total of 215 coronavirus patients have recovered from the disease and were discharged from hospitals. According to the Epidemiology Unit, 573 active cases are currently under medical care at selected hospitals across the country. Sri Lanka confirmed the 9th death due to the novel coronavirus on Tuesday (05).... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/05/20)

Focus on attracting investments instead of loans, President tells Min. Secretaries
Courtesy Adaderana
President Gotabaya Rajapaksa states that he is optimistic that the economy adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic could be re-built on a solid basis. The Presidential Task Force in charge of the Economic Revival and Poverty Eradication has been entrusted with the responsibility of formulating a new economic model to achieve this objective. President directed that the Task Force should prepare economic plans with specified targets in different areas that come under its purview and implement them. President expressed these views during a meeting with the members of the newly-appointed Task Force held at the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/05/20)

Sri Lanka Navy not withdrawn from any anti-coronavirus operation
Courtesy Adaderana
Sri Lanka Navy has not withdrawn from any operation pertaining to the anti-coronavirus campaign carried out in the country, Sri Lanka Navy said issuing a press release. It points out that false information that the Sri Lanka Navy has temporarily withdrawn from the Covid-19 Control campaign is being circulated on several social networks and news websites. However, it is emphasized that Sri Lanka Navy has not quit any operations carried out by the Navy in the national mechanism of controlling COVID-l9 and is doing its utmost contribution for the endeavor, said the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/05/20)

Samagi Jana Balawegaya files petition against holding General Election on June 20
Courtesy Adaderana
A Fundamental Rights (FR) petition has been filed challenging the Gazette notification issued by the Election Commission declaring the General Election on June 20 as well as the Gazette notification on the dissolution of Parliament. The General Secretary of Jathika Samagi Jana Balawegaya and former UNP Parliamentarian Ranjith Madduma Bandara has lodged the said petition. The Attorney General in lieu of the President, Election Commission’s Chairman Mahinda Deshapriya and its members President’s Counsel N.J. Abeysekara and Prof.S. Rathnajeevan H.Hoole and the Attorney General have been cited as the respondents. Mandatory... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/05/20)

Three identified as COVID-19 positive yesterday test negative
Courtesy Adaderana
Three persons who were previously identified as COVID-19 patients have been declared as COVID-19 negative today (06), stated Director-General of Health Services Dr. Anil Jasinghe. Two residents of Rajagiriya and Kolonnawa and a nurse of Colombo National Hospital were identified to have contracted the novel coronavirus, yesterday (05). https://youtu.be/XeGpXPjbIEk However, following more testing as per protocol, it has been determined that the aforementioned individuals have not been infected by the virus, said Jasinghe. Therefore, the Ministry of Health removed them from the registry of COVID-19 infections... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/05/20)

Railway Dept. to introduce new transport scheme for essential workers
Courtesy Adaderana
Considering the prevailing situation in the country, the Department of Railways has initiated a program to provide transport facilities for the employees who report for essential duties in the public and private sectors. This scheme will be valid only for public and private sector employees who have obtained monthly or quarterly season tickets from both public and private sectors, said Deputy General Manager of Railways V. S. Polwattege. Relevant tickets could be obtained by applying through the Heads of Institutions, he added. However, passengers who are to receive the service... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/05/20)

Sri Lanka’s Easter Sunday Masterminds: Difficulties in unveiling high-profile elites camouflaging Ideological extremism
Violent extremism is easier to deal with. Authorities can locate venues of training and gather groups being trained and even rehabilitate them. However, the task is not simple when the masterminds of violent extremism are disguised and camouflage themselves as high profile persons, accepted & respected by society, holding powerful positions and people who have by their actions built a name for themselves as model personalities. When such an aura has been built around them, it is very difficult for anyone to accept the news that they could even remotely harm a fly. In such a scenario, there are many... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 06/05/20)

ONE MAN SHOW LOT BETTER THAN 225 CARNIVAL
By M D P DISSANAYAKE
Prior to the Presidential election, there were two main arguments, viz.  1. Abolition of Executive Presidency and 2. After 19A, the role of the Executive Presidency has no powers. The abolition of EP is now a lost cause.  In fact, the emerging facts and the ground support rallying around the EP, the incumbent Gotabaya Rajapakse is taking the nation towards the next level.   Unlike in the past, Gota’s photos are not displayed on the walls of government departments and state corporations.  He does not address the nation or issues special announcements... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/05/20)

රෝහල් ආලෙට කාලේ
ආචාර්ය වරුණ චන්ද්‍රකීර්ති
කොරෝනාවත් එක්කම විවිධාකාර වෙදකම් ගැන කතාවකුත් ඇති වෙලා. මේ ලෙඩේට මුල් වෙලා තියෙන කෝවිඩ් - 19 කියන වයිරසය නසන ක්‍රමයක් හොයා ගන්න තමයි බටහිර වෛද්‍ය පර්යේෂකයෝ දවල් රෑ නැතුව මහන්සි වෙන්නේ. අපිට වද දෙන වයිරස්, බැක්ටීරියා හඳුනා ගෙන ඒවා නැති කරලා දාන්න මහන්සි වෙන එක බටහිර වෛද්‍ය ක්‍රමයේ මූලික ම ලක්‍ෂණයක්. ඉතින් මේ දවස්වල අදාළ පිරිස් වද වෙන්නේ දැන් අපිට වද දෙන කොරෝනා වයිරසය මරන්න පුළුවන් එන්නතක් හදා ගැනීම වෙනුවෙන්. මේ ඔක්කොම කලබල මැද්දේ අපේ සිංහල වෙදකම, ආයුර්වේදය ගැන කතාවත් ඉස්සරහට ඇවිල්ලා. ඉතින් කැඳ හට්ටි, දුම් මුට්ටි සහ තව තවත් දේවල් ගැන කතා අපිට... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/05/20)

Photographic Exhibition and Documentary Film on Paintings that Adorn Sri Lanka’s Buddhist Shrines
Dr. Daya Hewapathirane
This was a unique cultural event held at the University of Toronto’s prestigious Robarts Library, from May 21 to 30, 2005, to mark firstly, “Vesak”, the most holy and venerated time of the year for Buddhists, and secondly, in commemoration of 100 years of Buddhism in Canada. Vesak full-moon day, which usually falls in May, has threefold significance for Buddhists, namely, the birth of Prince Siddhartha the Buddha to be, his attainment of enlightenment and his final passing away referred to in Buddhism as the Buddha’s ‘mahaparinibbana’. For people of Sri Lanka,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/05/20)

මළ ව්‍යවස්ථාදායකයට පණ දීම- විකෘතිය කි.
විමල් පටබැඳිගේ
ජනාධිපති ව්‍යවස්ථාවට අනුව පසුගිය මාර්තු 2 වෙනි දා ව්‍යවස්ථාදායකය විසුරුවා හැරියේය. ඒ සමග ම අඵතින් ව්‍යවස්ථාදායකය ආරම්භ කිරීම සඳහා තමන්ගේ නියෝජිතයන් තෝරා ගැනීමට ජනතාවට ඇති අනුල්ලංගණීය අයිතිය කි‍්‍රයාත්මක කිරීමට දින නියම කළේය. (ව්‍යවස්ථාදායකය ප‍්‍රජාතනත‍්‍රවාදී පාර්ලිමේන්තුවේ එක් අංශයක් පමණ කි.* ඉන් සතියකට පමණ පසු මාරක කොරෝනා වයිරසය හිස ඔසවන්නට වීය. ජනාධිපති, භාරකාර ආණ්ඩුවේ අගමැති සහ ඇමති ඇතුඵ සෞඛ්‍ය, ආරක්‍ෂක, සිවිල් ආදී මු`ඵ මහත් රාජ්‍ය යන්ත‍්‍රය කොරෝනාට එරෙහිව සිටී. ඒ අතර ‘‘පරණ පාර්ලිමේන්තුව වහා කැඳවව්’’ මහා ඝෝෂාවකි. කොරෝනා සටන්පාඨය ඔසවා ගත්, පසුගිය වසර හතරහමාරක් රට පාලනය කළ සහ වර්තමාන විධායක ජනාධිපතිට එරෙහි සිංහල, දෙමළ,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/05/20)

BUDDHIST NIKAYAS IN SRI LANKA Part 3
KAMALIKA PIERIS
Revised 6.5.20 The third nikaya to emerge in Sri Lanka was the Ramanna Nikaya.  Ramanna nikaya was started byAmbagahawatte Saranankara. (b. 1832) He had received the Kalyani Upasampada of the Siyam Nikaya from Benthara Atthadassi,   but later found that this ordination was suspect. Instead of joining Amarapura nikaya, Ambahawatte Saranankara decided to go to Burma and bring back a fresh Upasampada. Kulatunge gives two possible reasons for this. He says low country Siyam Nikaya had become disgusted with their own Nikaya, which they said was corrupt and the bhikkhus immoral.  Standards of... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/05/20)

Coronavirus tracked: the latest figures as countries fight to contain the pandemic
Courtesy FT
The FT analyses the scale of outbreaks and the number of deaths around the world The human cost of the coronavirus outbreak has continued to mount, with more than 3.5m cases confirmed globally and more than 242,700 people known to have died. https://www.ft.com/coronavirus-latest?campaign_id=9&emc=edit_nn_20200504&instance_id=18202&nl=the-morning&regi_id=58230404&segment_id=26556&te=1&user_id=d7a1388c5ce8e22bd59407dcc9c09650... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/05/20)

Covid- 19 මර්දන ක‍්‍රියාවලිය වඩා විද්‍යාත්මක ප‍්‍රවේශය
සමස්ත ලංකා වෛද්‍ය නිලධාරීන්ගේ සංගමය.
සෞඛ්‍ය පෝෂණ හා දේශීය වෛද්‍ය අමාත්‍ය, පවිත‍්‍රා වන්නිආරච්චි මහත්මිය, සෞඛ්‍ය පෝෂණ හා දේශීය වෛද්‍ය අමාත්‍යාංශය, පූජ්‍ය බද්දේගම විමලවංශ හිමි මාවත, කොළඹ 10. මහත්මියනි, Covid- 19 මර්දන ක‍්‍රියාවලිය වඩා විද්‍යාත්මක ප‍්‍රවේශයකින් ශක්තිමත් කිරීම සඳහා සෞඛ්‍ය සේවාවේ සිදුවිය යුතු අත්‍යවශ්‍ය ව්‍යුහාත්මක වෙනස්කම් සහ ගැටලූ විසඳා ගැනීම සඳහා සෞඛ්‍ය වෘත්තීය සමිති ඒකාබද්ධ දසවැදෑරුම් යෝජනාවලිය කොවිඩ්-19 Covid- 19 ඇතුළුව ලක්වැසියන් මුහුණදෙන විවිධාකාරයේ සෞඛ්‍ය අර්බුධවලට සාර්ථකව මුහුණ දීමට හැකිවන ආකාරයෙන් සහ සෞඛ්‍ය කාර්ය මණ්ඩලයේ ආරක්ෂාව හා වෘත්තීය අභිවෘධිය සහතිකවන පරිදි ශ්‍රී ලංකාවේ සෞඛ්‍ය පද්ධතියේ අත්‍යවශ්‍ය ප්‍රතිසංවිධාන සහ සවිබල ගැන්වීම්... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 05/05/20)

Import controls are blessings in disguise
Dr Sarath Obeysekera 
This is the chance for local manufacturers to grab  Let us capitulate is on this and produce items locally During my time in Russia, I was having industrial training during the first year in a Factory in Moscow called Borets where large compressors were built with local materials. Body and parts were cast machined and assembled .in the same factory there were other productions of items such as carburetor for an Indigenous Russian car, electric kettle, etc for local consumption. This is how Russians managed the economy at that time. ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/05/20)

මැයි 06 දිනට පෙර පිළිගත හැකි විසඳුමක් නොලැබුණහොත් අතිරේක රාජකාරී වලින් ඉවත්වන බව දැනුම් දීම.
සංවර්ධන නිලධාරී සේවා සංගමය
මහතා/මහත්මිය/මෙනෙවිය පුවත්වපත/ගුවන්විදුලිය/රූපවාහිනිය/වෙබ් ලේකම්, ලේකම්, එස්. හෙට්ටිආරච්චි මහතා, රාජ්‍ය පරිපාලන අමාත්‍යාංශය, නිදහස් චතුරස‍්‍රය - කොළඹ 07. ලේකම්තුමනි, මැයි 06 දිනට පෙර පිළිගත හැකි විසඳුමක් නොලැබුණහොත් අතිරේක රාජකාරී වලින් ඉවත්වන බව දැනුම් දීම. Covid-19 වසංගත තත්වය යටතේ පීඩාවට පත්වන ජනතාවට අවශ්‍ය සහන සැලසීම සඳහා දිස්ත‍්‍රික් හා ප‍්‍රාදේශීය පාලනයට අයත් ආර්ථික සංවර්ධන නිලධාරීන් ඇතුළු සංවර්ධන නිලධාරීහු සැලකිය යුතු රාජකාරියක් ඉටු කරමින් සිටිති. පසුගිය මාර්තු සහ අපේ‍්‍රල් මාසවල දී පවතින දැඩි අවධානම් සහගත තත්වයන් දරාගනිමින් රාජකාරී ඉටු කළද සංවර්ධන නිලධාරීන් සම්බන්ධයෙන් ඉදිරිපත් කළ කිසිඳු ගැටළුවකට විසඳුමක් ලබා දී නැත. Covid-19 වසංගත... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 05/05/20)

ප්‍රජා -තන්ත්‍ර-වාදය නමැති නාස් ලණුවෙන් ගැලවෙමු! (පස්‌‌වෙනි කොටස)
චන්ද්‍රසිරි විජයවික්‍රම, LL.B., Ph.D.
වැව් බැඳි රාජ්‍යය ඉහතින් පෙන්වන ලංකාවේ වියලි කලාපයේ වාරි කර්‌මාන්ත සිතියම 1909 වර්‌ෂයේදී පිළියෙල කරණ ලද්දකි. ගම-වැව-දාගැබ යන ත්‍රිත්‌වය ලංකාවේ ඉතිහාසය හා භූගෝල ‌විද්‍යාව නොවේද (ඉතිහාසය යනු අතීත භූගෝල විද්‍යාවය) යන්න මේ සිතියම දකින විට එන සිතුවිල්ලකි. තෙත් කලාපයේද වාරි කර්‌මාන්ත බෙහෙවින් පැතිරී ඇත. මේ සිතියමින් දෙන තවත් පණිවුඩයක් නම්, ලංකාවේ හද බිම ලෙස සුදත් ගුණසේකර විසින් හඳුන්‌වන මධ්‍යම කඳුකරය අනුසාරයෙන් තෙත් කලාපය හා වියලි කලාපය අතර තිබෙන ස්‌වාභාවික බැඳීමය. මිනිසා පරිසරයේ අංගයක් මිස එහි අධිපතියා නොවේය යන බෞද්‌ධ සංකල්පය, කෝරෝනාව විසින් ලෝකයටම ශාක්‍ෂාත් කරදී ඇත. තිරසර සංවර්‌ධනය ලෙසින් දැන් හැඳින්‌වෙන්නේ අපගේ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/05/20)

BUDDHIST NIKAYAS IN SRI LANKA Part 2
KAMALIKA PIERIS
The first clash within the Sangha was between the Udarata Siyam and Pahata rata Siyam. Udarata monks ridiculed the Pahata rata monks. I think they saw them as ‘polluted’ since the Pahata rata was under Dutch rule. Pahata rata monks were not crushed by this. They in turn, watched the sima debate between Asgiri and Malwatte. Asgiri had said the Malwatte sima was no longer acceptable. Malwatte had removed the sima stones to extend the sima and put it back wrong.  Asgiri also said that Malwatte had polluted its ordination, not because of... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/05/20)

President reviews the mechanism to resume daily life and work
Courtesy The Daily Mirror
President Gotabaya Rajapaksa reviewed in depth the mechanism in place to resume day-to-day life and work in the districts of Colombo, Kalutara, Gampaha and Puttalam from May 11 onward, at a meeting held at the Presidential Secretariat yesterday evening (5).   He said that both public and private sector entities should re-commence their work while strictly adhering to the Corona prevention guidelines prescribed by the Government and the Ministry of Health.The meeting was attended by the Provincial Governors and Ministry Secretaries.Heads of institutes were requested to present a comprehensive plan of action on... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/05/20)

Sri Lanka confirms 9th COVID-19 death
Courtesy Adaderana
Sri Lanka confirmed its 9th death due to COVID-19 as a 52-year-old female succumbed to the virus today (05). The death is reported from the Infectious Disease Hospital (IDH) in Angoda, according to the Director General of Health Services Dr. Anil Jasinghe. The deceased is said to be a resident of Modara, Colombo and was receiving medical treatments in the Incentive Care Unit of IDH Hospital. https://youtu.be/fvhZjp9LSlo She had reportedly been admitted to the Colombo National Hospital yesterday (04) due to an illness and was transferred... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/05/20)

Covid-19: confirmed cases in Sri Lanka rises to 771
Courtesy Adaderana
Six new confirmed cases of Coronavirus have been reported increasing the total to 771 positive cases in the country, the Ministry of Health said. As of 11.30 p.m. on Tuesday (05), a total of 549 patients are currently under medical care for COVID-19 while the number of recoveries in Sri Lanka has risen to 213, the Epidemiology Unit of the ministry said. The ninth fatality due to the virus in the country was reported on Tuesday. ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/05/20)

Ayurveda and COVIID-19
N.A de S. Amaratunga Courtesy The Island
It is necessary to place Ayurveda in its correct perspective in the context of COVID. In this regard one cannot do justice to traditional medicine without reference to the development of early science and medicine. Ayurveda, ‘Sinhala Vedakama’ and other similar traditional medicine are scientific in the broad sense of the word. From early times up to the present there was only one science for there is only one nature to explore and one sensory system to do that. The science that developed in ancient civilizations in Mesopotamia, China, India and... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/05/20)

8th COVID-19 death reported in Sri Lanka with Nineteen new cases & total at 751
Courtesy Adaderana
Nineteen more persons are confirmed to have contracted the novel coronavirus, says the Ministry of Health. Accordingly, the number of new coronavirus cases detected today (04) has climbed to 33, thus raising the total of coronavirus cases in the country to 751 cases. 549 active cases are currently under medical care at hospitals across the island. Ten patients have been discharged from hospitals today after recovering completely bringing the total recoveries to 194. Meanwhile, Sri Lanka reported another death from the coronavirus, with a 72-year-old female, who previously... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/05/20)

Election Commission cannot usurp Presidents powers: Sri Lanka’s President must declare new polls date before 2nd June
The recent article by Dr. Nihal Jayawickrema reconfirms the doubts many have that the Election Commission was up to mischief and committing a series of blunders. The situation requires the President and his legal advisors to promptly mitigate the crisis without allowing the President’s 2nd March proclamation to fall null & void by 2nd June whereby the Old Parliament would continue to exist. The Election Commission has no constitutional provision to declare 20 June as an Island wide election date. A constitutional crisis has not arisen; it has been created by the Election Commission. NO ONE other than... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 04/05/20)

Has Sri Lanka’s Election Commission blundered
The President in dissolving Parliament on 2nd March & setting a new date for polls followed all the rules. Having set a date it was left to the Election Commission to conduct the polls. Yes, the country was facing a global pandemic. But the country also weathered 30 years of terrorism and continued to hold democratic elections whatever the odds. All of the constitutional hiccups could have been amicably addressed without having to be bickering over clauses and dates if political parties, politicians and even members of independent commissions were mature enough to arrive at a consensus. However, their actions... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 04/05/20)

MOTHER NATURE DEMANDS CORRECTIVE BEHAVIOUR
Ananda Wijesinghe Canada
Mother Nature Warns             Incessantly destructive Human Activity, paying neither attention nor slightest regard for Mother Nature’s periodical deterrent warnings throughout a couple of millennia has now been responded to in her most relentless lash back, in what has been identified as an endemic: Corona Virus - aka CorVid-19, that has quickly plagued the entirety of the callous Mankind.             Mother Nature did convey her protests time and again on the accumulation of unending misdemeanor and the destructive behavior of Mankind.  She had every right to do so, due to... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/05/20)

THE QUEST FOR A CURE FOR COVID19
Lankaweb Editorial
As they scramble for a cure or a vaccine to eliminate the COVID 19 the virus continues in its ever-changing perspective towards success the world watches on in eager anticipation as to who will get there first? There are many pretenders towards it, many of them unqualified quacks out to make a buck or for the cheap sensationalism of it all and thereby invoking the anxieties and expectations of many where the most famous and perhaps in a sense eerily unrealistic has been the exhortation of US President Trump to imbibe, inject and or ingest... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/05/20)

Politicking in the midst of the Coronavirus crisis
MEDIA RELEASE Mahinda Rajapaksa Prime Minister
The President, the government, and the state apparatus have focused their entire attention on combating Covid-19. The way in which the people have benefited from this is clearly apparent. Even in the midst of this national crisis and global disaster we see the unpleasant sight of the political opposition in this country vociferously demanding that the dissolved Parliament be reconvened and asserting that after the 30th of April, the President has no legal right to allocate funds for the maintenance of government services without the approval of the old parliament. They have... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/05/20)

කොරෝනා උවදුර පසකෙ තබා දේශපාලනය කතා කිරීම
මාධ්‍ය නිවේදනය මහින්ද රාජපක්‍ෂ අග්‍රාමාත්‍ය
ජනාධිපතිතුමාත්, ආණ්ඩුවත්, සමස්ත රාජ්‍ය යාන්ත්‍රනයත් තම සම්පූර්ණ අවධානය කොරෝනා මර්ධන ව්‍යාපාරය කෙරෙහි යොමු කර තිබෙන ආකාරයත්, ඉන් ජනතාවට ප්‍රතිඵල අත් වෙමින් පවතින ආකාරයත් කාටත් පෙනේ. මේ මහා ජාතික ආපදාව හා ලෝක ව්‍යසනය මධ්‍යයේ වුවත්, විසිරුවා හැර තිබෙන පරණ පාර්ලිමේන්තුව නැවත රැස් කළ යුතු බවත්, අප්‍රේල් 30 වෙනිදායින් පසු පැරණි පාර්ලිමේන්තුවේ අනුමැතිය නොමැතිව ආණ්ඩුවට කොරෝනා මර්ධන ව්‍යාපෘතිය ඇතුලු රජයේ සේවාවන් පවත්වාගෙන යෑමට මුදල් වෙන්කිරීමට නෛතික බලයක් නැති බවත්, පරණ පාර්ලිමේන්තුව නැවත රැස් නොකොළොත්, ජනාධිපතිතුමා ඇතුලු ආණ්ඩු පාර්ශවයේ සිටින අපගේ ප්‍රජා අයිතිය නැති විය හැකි බවත්,  දේපළ රාජසන්තක විය හැකි බවත් තර්ජනය කරමින්, මේ රටේ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/05/20)

Jayasundara and oil tanks
Dr. SARATH OBEYSEKERA 
I read the editorial of Divaina today during the wee hours and decided to pen my views.  Part of the editorial which drew my attention is the proposal to repair the oil tanks in Trinco and put to service.  I myself mooted a similar idea to be taken up with the Task Force with help from forward-thinking industrialists who love the country where we have to use not only tanks but also the whole of Trinco Harbour for parking ships oil tankers and oil rigs during lay-up times enforced by lack... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/05/20)

Which is more dangerous, Covid or Covidiot?
By Dr Upul Wijayawardhana Courtesy The Island
"Where knowledge is sparse, experts proliferate" is, perhaps, the most important lesson I have learned during this troubled time we all are going through. At times, I wished Sir Tim Berners-Lee patented his invention - the World Wide Web - rather than gifting it to humanity. That would have prevented so many of my friends, and relatives, from forwarding many frivolous items, by e-mail and WhatsApp, as I am a Facebook shunner. Had they been obliged to pay, even the tiniest amount, they would have thought twice before forwarding most of... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/05/20)

Ten new COVID-19 cases hike up total to 718 as 10 more persons tested positive for the virus
Courtesy Adaderana
Sri Lanka’s COVID-19 cases count has soared to 718 as ten more persons tested positive for the virus, the Ministry of Health confirmed on Sunday (03). In the meantime, twelve coronavirus patients were discharged from hospital after regaining health today. On that account, recoveries tally in the country has moved up to 184. The Epidemiology Unit says, 527 active cases are currently under medical care at the IDH Hospital, Welikanda Base Hospital, Colombo East Base Hospital, Iranawila Hospital, Kattankudy Base Hospital, Navy Hospital and Homagama Base Hospital. The death toll... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/05/20)

Trustee of organization where Zahran held lectures arrested.
Courtesy Adaderana
An individual linked to the 2019 Easter Sunday terror bombings has been arrested in Kalpitiya by the Police. The suspect has been identified to be a trustee of an organization where Zahran Hashim, alleged ringleader behind the attacks, had conducted lectures. https://youtu.be/cxdaMXC5HVA Reportedly, the two sons of Mohamed Ibrahim had also conducted lectures at the organization. The organization has been carried out in Asar Nagar in Madurankuliya. The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) will be taking action to raid the organization, said Police Spokesman SP Jaliya Senaratne.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/05/20)

PM addresses issues posed by opposition on reconvening parliament
Courtesy Adaderana
Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa says that Opposition’s efforts of reconvening the Parliament are aimed at using Parliamentary majority to block government finances, thereby sabotaging the anti-coronavirus campaign in order to bring the government into disrepute before the election. He points out that, in February, when there was no coronavirus threat, the opposition used their Parliamentary majority to block payments to government suppliers of medicine and fertilizer so as to bring the new government into disrepute by creating a shortage of fertilizer and medicine in the country. https://youtu.be/Fomj0cigpS4 Premier... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/05/20)

Isolated areas in Beruwala and Kandy reopened
Courtesy Adaderana
Several areas of Beruwala and Kandy, previously declared isolated areas over COVID-19, are reopened for the public from today (03). Pannila and Cheenakotuwa in Beruwala and Akrurana in Kandy were marked as isolated areas due to the high risk of COVID-19 infection. No persons were allowed to enter or leave the aforementioned areas. However, the isolation imposed on the areas has been lifted and the areas are reopened for the public, said the Commander of the Army Shavendra Silva.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/05/20)

LOCKDOWN MAYHEM
Janaki Chandraratna
This comment is in reference to the recent calls to end the Covid 19 lockdown in Sri Lanka. I was surprised at such demands made on the govt. when the country is still grappling with the unprecedented world pandemic. In particular, this request is in spite of the fact that lockdown is the only solution demonstrated all over the world, that could be used to contain the virus, in the absence of a vaccine. To put it mildly, it reflects an under-estimation of the virus and a disregard to major religious and cultural... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/05/20)

CANADIAN PM AND SINHALESE/TAMIL NEW YEAR
Rear Admiral ( Dr.) Sarath Weerasekera
It is observed that in Canada, on the occasion of Sinhalese and Tamil new year, the Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, extended his exclusive good wishes to just the Tamils.  There are more than three hundred thousand Sinhalese living in Canada and in contrast to his predecessors the Prime Minister deliberately ignored the Sinhalese and thought it fit to confine/focus his best wishes only to the Tamils. The slighting of the Sinhalese by Trudeau is not an oversight because it is learnt that on previous occasions too he... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/05/20)

Fact:- Democracy is Underminded Equally, By Voters And, The Voted For….
Dr. Mervyn D. De Silva
Poverty, unemployment, youth disillusionment, social and Institutional degradation, and disintegration, and environmental despoliation continues relentlessly to haunt the world and our country. All this takes place in the backdrop of widening gaps between the super-rich and rich, rich and the middle class, and, the middle-class and the desperately poor, neglected, the lower class. Let’s not be ambiguous and blinkered; we do not live in a world that is economically and socially just and fair, information, knowledge, and ultra-modern technologies, notwithstanding. Unsurprisingly, in the prevailing global socio-economic scenario where the dominating ethos... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/05/20)

BUDDHIST NIKAYAS IN SRI LANKA Part 1
KAMALIKA PIERIS
Buddhism arrived in Sri Lanka during the time of the Buddha in the 6th century BC. The Maha Sangha however, was established 300 years later, when by prior arrangement, Arhat Mahinda brought in the Upasampada to the island. Arhat Mahinda was directly linked to Arhat Upali who had presided over the first Buddhist Council. Mahinda’s Upasampada was therefore considered exceptional.  The Upasampada brought by him to Sri Lanka was therefore equally exceptional. Arhat Mahinda introduced ordination to Sri Lanka. The first to receive ordination was Suman Samanera who had come from India... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/05/20)

Beyond remedies and rhetoric conquest of Covid-19
Dr. Niroshana Wickramarathna, Ph.D., M.Sc., M.Ent., B.Sc.Senior Lecturer Kandy, Sri Lanka
Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic has already put our lives in jeopardy and exhibited potential to reshape the norms of our society. A mounting number of deaths being reported due to Covid-19 and pending economic recession have chilled us to the bone, social disruptions caused by locked-downs, indefinite curfews enforced, running out of food and essential supplies have triggered enormous anxiety in societies across the globe. On the other hand, the wild animals whose natural freedom suppressed by activities of human beings have been set free (not sure if this... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/05/20)

Sri Lanka has handled the Corona Virus issue brilliantly well.
A Worried Citizen
I think Sri Lanka has handled the Coronavirus issue brilliantly well compared to many of the developed countries. Please look at the numbers below from the BBC. https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-52491210 As you can see Belgium has the highest number of deaths per 100,000 people. I believe the reason for this is that Belgium is a small country with a high population density. Their population is 11.59 million and the land area is 11,849 Sq.miles.  The population density is 978 people/Sq.Mile. Sri Lanka has a population of 21.67 million and the land area... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/05/20)

MESSAGE OF PEACE
By A. Abdul Aziz.
Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, peace be on him, Promised Messiah and Imam-al-Mahdi and Holy Founder of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in Islam, in 1905, he warned the world in the following words:  “Remember, God has informed me of many earthquakes. Rest assured, therefore, that as earthquakes have shaken America and Europe, so will they shake Asia. Some of them will resemble the Day of Doom. So many people shall die that rivulets of blood shall flow. Even the bird and the beasts will not be immune to this death. Havoc shall sweep the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/05/20)

Animal kingdom and monkey business
Dr. Sarath Oveysekera 
We are fighting Corona, which is a virus supposedly originated from animals. We are also supposed to be descendants of monkeys, and we are ruining the environment and forests in the name of development. Animals may be trying to eradicate their harmful descendants of their own by introducing these dreadful viruses. Elephants including peacocks often ruin crops trying to chase the human species away. Lately, urban monkeys around the cities in our country  in large numbers are ruining our crops .i myself planted plantains, avocado, mangoes, Kadju, Rambutan, etc and I could not... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/05/20)

වතු කම්කරු ජනතාවට රු 5000/= දීමනාව ලබා දීමට කඩිනමි අවදානය යොමුකරන ලෙස ඉල්ලීම
සමස්ත ලංකා වතු කම්කරු සංගමය
ගරු ජනාධිපතිතුමා ,කොරෝනා මර්ධන ජනාධිපති කාර්ය සාධක බලකාය, ජනාධිපති ලේකම් කාර්යාලය, ගාලූුු මුවදොර, කොළඹ-01 ගරු ජනාධිපති තුමණි වතු කම්කරු ජනතාවට රු 5000/= දීමනාව ලබා දීමට කඩිනමි අවදානය යොමුකරන ලෙස ඉල්ලීම කොරෝනා වෛරස් උවදුරේ බලපෑම හේතුවෙන් සියලූම ශ‍්‍රී ලාංකිකයින් මුහුණදී සිටින්නේ බලවත් අසීරුතාවයකටය. ඔවුන්ට තම තමන් නියැලූණ ආර්ථික කටයුතු වලින් ඉවත් වන්නට සිදුවී ඇත. එහි ප‍්‍රථිපලයක් ලෙස ඒ සියළුදෙනාම ජීවත්වීමේ අර්බුදයකට මුහුණපා සිටී. එම අර්බුදයට මුහුණ දීමට නොහැකිව සිටි ජනතාවට යම් අස්වැසිල්ලක් වූයේ රජය විසින් ලබාදුන් රු 5000 දීමනාවයි. තම ආදායම් තත්වය ඉතාමත් පහත් මට්ටමක වන වතු කම්කරුවන්ද මේ වනවිට ජීවත්වීමේ අර්බුදයකට මුහුණ දී... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/05/20)

ප‍්‍රසිද්ධ නිවාඩු දින හා කාර්ය වියුක්ත නිවාඩු දින සේවය
සමස්ත ලංකා හෙද සංගමය.
භද්‍රාණී ජයවර්ධණ මහත්මිය ලේකම්, සෞඛ්‍ය හා දේශීය වෛද්‍ය අමාත්‍යංශය, සුවසිරිපාය, අංක 385, පුජ්‍ය බද්දේගම විමලවංශ හිමි මාවත කොළඹ 10. මහත්මියනි, කොවිඩ්- 19 Coved- 19 වසංගතය හමුවේ සේවා සපයන හෙද කාර්ය මණ්ඩලයේ අමතර සේවා, ප‍්‍රසිද්ධ නිවාඩු දින හා කාර්ය වියුක්ත නිවාඩු දින සේවය සදහා මුදල් ගෙවීම කොවිඩ්- 19 Coved- 19 වසංගතය මැඩලීම හමුවේ අසීරු ලෙස සේවා සැපයූ සෞඛ්‍ය කාර්ය මණ්ඩල සේවයේ යෙදවීමේ දී මතුවී තිබු ගැටළු විසදාගැනීමටත්, සෞඛ්‍ය කාර්ය මණ්ඩල සාමාජිකයින් ආරක්ෂා කර ගනිමින්, ඔවුන් අනතුරු දායක ලෙස කොවිඩ් ආසාදිත රෝගීන්ට නිරාවරනය වීම වලකා රෝහල් පද්ධතියට... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 02/05/20)

State and private sector activities to begin in Lanka on May 11
Courtesy NewsIn.Asia
But the government has laid down some conditions to prevent the spread of the coronavirus Colombo, May 1 (newsin.asia): Even as a curfew will be in force in the districts of Colombo, Gampaha, Kalutara and Puttalam, civilian life and state and private sector activities will be resumed from Monday, May 11, the Sri Lankan Presidential Media Division said in a press release on Friday. In order to ensure return to normalcy in civilian life and to revive the economy including continuous provision of essential services in these districts, both public and private... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/05/20)

Can GR be impeached?
by C. A. Chandraprema Courtesy The Island
Some members of the SLPP have expressed the fear that if the Parliament is reconvened as demanded by the opposition, the latter which has the majority in Parliament could present an impeachment motion against the President. Going by the behavior of the opposition, such fears may not be unfounded and it could be that the opposition does harbor hopes of being able to present an impeachment motion against the President if Parliament is reconvened. The requirements to carry through to a successful conclusion an impeachment motion against a President are heavy.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/05/20)

Twelve (12) more persons confirmed for Covid -19: SL Country total increases to 702
Courtesy Hiru News
Twelve (12) more persons have tested positive for Covid-19 (new coronavirus) infection. The country total has increased to 702 according to the latest information by the Epidemiology unit of the Ministry of Health. The daily numbers of the PCR tests performed have been released and the updates have captured the PCR tests conducted for the last ten days along with the patients reported.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/05/20)

National Intelligence says that all Covid-19 infected persons in the country are under their control (Video)
Courtesy Hiru News
Assistant Director of the National Intelligence Service, Parakrama Silva says that all Covid-19 infected persons in the country are under their control. He made this statement while participating in a TV talk show today https://youtu.be/OvRI2yLP-d0... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/05/20)

ACADEMIC ADOLESCENTS AGAINST THE NATIONALIST CAUSE
By Rohana R. Wasala
The online Asian Tribune of February 21, 2020, carried a profusely illustrated article under the title “A Historical Leadership Program Launched by Professor Nandana Wijesinghe”. The event was reported to have been conducted on the weekend -14th -16th February 2020 at the Ridee Viharaya Conference Centre, Ridi(ya)gama, Kurunegala, organized by this professor who, according to the news report, heads the Department of Sociology, University of Peradeniya. Having read the Asian Tribune article, I wanted to find out something more about the university don involved, for his name was new to me. So I did... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/05/20)

Resumption of Construction in Harmony with Covid 19 is the Solution
Prof. Chandana Jayalath, University of Vocational Technology
Building-product imports from China account for nearly 70 percent of all Sri Lankan building supplies, making China the largest supplier of items such as machinery and equipment, iron and steel, drywall, and other components. Because many raw materials used and consumed in the local site assembly originate from China, the construction market quickly felt the impacts of COVID-19 on trade as well as resultant disruptions to supply chains. Going forward, disruptions will almost certainly impact the prices of construction products and materials. Simply put, we can expect significant delays and disruptions... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/05/20)

Let us tighten our belts but loosen to help others
Dr sarath obeysekera 
People stop eating McDonald’s, Kentucky, Pizza, Stirfry, P&S short eats, and yet people are surviving, because our bodies get adapted to such conditions .where people may not get what they really like to have. Even to bane a nice Malu Pan we cannot buy  yeast  There will be a shortage of coconuts very soon because people make homemade toddy with Kurumba water. Even though Corvus can be eradicated fully or partly    people should be ready to sacrifice luxuries and help the needy by sharing  People who... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/05/20)

An Appeal to Buddhists- Strive to become Vegetarians at least in the month of Vesak
by Mrs. M. Weeraratna
Note  This article was written by Mrs. Muriel Weeraratna in 2017 under the title 'Buddhists must become vegetarians in the month of Vesak' . She passed away on October 21, 2019 at the age 98 years (40 days days short of her 99th birthday anniversary). The views expressed in the article based on a high planetary sense have become increasingly relevant in the current epoch of the Coronavirus which had its beginning in the Wet Markets of Wuhan, China where rare wild animals are killed in full view of the public and smaller animals are some... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/05/20)

Restoring normalcy in civilian life to commence from May 11
Courtesy Adaderana
Restoration of normalcy in the civilian life and institutions in Colombo, Gampaha, Kalutara and Puttalam districts will commence on Monday (May 11) while curfew is in force, says the President’s Media Division. Issuing a release, the PMD said the public and private institutions must resume functions from Monday onwards, in order to restore the civilian life and economy, including maintenance of essential services, in these districts. https://youtu.be/GxYW0PxWlZo The Heads of institutions will be instructed to make necessary arrangements in this regard, taking into account the service requirements, the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/05/20)

COVID-19: Sixteen new cases, the total cases count to 690 with 5 more recoveries confirmed
Courtesy Adaderana
Sixteen more individuals have tested positive for COVID-19 in Sri Lanka as the total cases count soared to 690. The country has confirmed 25 positive cases of coronavirus as of 9.00 pm today (01). In the meantime, the Ministry of Health stated that five more COVID-19 patients have been discharged from hospital after recovering completely. On that account, the recoveries tally has moved up to 162. According to the Epidemiology Unit, 521 active cases are currently under medical care at selected hospitals in the country. The death toll... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/05/20)

President responds to Mangala Samaraweera
Courtesy Adaderana
President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, through his Secretary, responded yesterday (30) to the letter sent to him by former Member of Parliament Mangala Samaraweera on April 28. This response that was sent with Secretary to the President P. B. Jayasundera’s signature noted that the letter of Mr. Samaraweera has been compiled based on a number of misinformation. The President noted that it is a matter of great regret to receive such a letter.  Mr. Samaraweera’s letter to the President was titled, “Request for the re-summoning of Parliament to conditionally resolve crises and to approve... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/05/20)

අවශ්‍ය වුවහොත් දිනක් තුල PCR පරීක්ෂණ 3000ක් සිදු කිරීමට හැකියි - සෞඛ්‍ය සේවා අධ්‍යක්ෂ ජෙනරාල්
උපුටා ගැන්ම  හිරු පුවත්
අවශ්‍යතාවක් මතුවුවහොත් දිනකට සිදුකරන පී සී ආර් පරීක්ෂණ 3000 දක්වා වැඩි කිරීමට හැකියාව පවතින බව සෞඛ්‍ය සේවා අධ්‍යක්ෂ ජෙනරාල් විශේෂඥ වෛද්‍ය අනිල් ජාසිංහ පවසනවා. විශ්ව විද්‍යාල පද්ධතිය ද මෙම පරීක්ෂණ සිදු කිරීම හේතුවෙන් දිනකට සිදුකරන පරීක්ෂණ ප්‍රමාණය ඉහළ නැංවීමට හැකියාව ලැබී ඇති බවයි ඔහු පෙන්වා දෙන්නේ. චීනයෙන් පරිත්‍යාග ලෙස ලැබුනු පරීක්ෂණ කට්ටල මෙන්ම භාවිත කරන කුමන පී සී ආර් පරීක්ෂණ කට්ටලයක් වුව ද එහි නිරවද්‍යතාව පිළිබඳ නිරන්තරයෙන් පරීක්ෂා කෙරෙන අතර එබැවින් පරීක්ෂණවල ප්‍රතිඵල සම්බන්ධයෙන් තමන් සෑහීමකට පත්වන බව ද සෞඛ්‍ය සේවා අධ්‍යක්ෂ ජෙනරාල්වරයා කියාසිටියා. කෙසේවෙතත්... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/05/20)

පන්දහසේ දීමනාවේ දෙවන වටයක් ගැන ඇමති අමරවීරගෙන් යෝජනාවක් (වීඩියෝ)
උපුටා ගැන්ම  හිරු පුවත්
පවතින කොවිඩ් 19 ව්‍යසනය හමුවේ රජය විසින් අඩු අදායම්ලාභීන්ට ලබාදෙන රුපියල් පන්දහසේ දීමනාව දෙවන වටයක් තුලදීත් ලබාදීමට ජනාධිපතිවරයා වෙත තමන් ඉල්ලීමක් කළ බව අමාත්‍ය මහින්ද අමරවීර පවසනවා. මධ්‍ය වෙත අදහස දක්වමින් අමාත්‍යවරයා මේ බව සඳහන් කළා. https://youtu.be/xA4Rcat9_aU... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/05/20)

Who has the power to declare Elections: Sri Lanka’s President or Elections Commission?
The country is facing a situation it has never before had to face. Plucking Articles from the Constitution and crying to the Supreme Court without helping deal with the situation, shows how bankrupt the politicians making a furor are. It is they who are violating the spirit of democracy. This is no time to be holding the law books. This is a time for understanding. Certainly elections must be held. A country has to have a government. But, this situation calls for looking at the scenario without political bias or political agendas. With the likelihood of COVID-19 continuing for some... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 01/05/20)

Ending JVP’s role as Political Prostitute & ruining the futures of the Youth
JVP stands guilty of ruining the lives of university adults and functioning as political prostitute depending on the deals inked by their handlers with the likely political party coming to power. Each time JVP has played a key role in either bringing a political party/alliance to power or defeating a political party/alliance. Is it a surprise that JVP is the richest party in Sri Lanka? Such a status cannot come holding tin cans at bus stops & preaching Marxism! What really is the role JVP is assigned to play passing allegiance from one party to the next depending on the... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 01/05/20)


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