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Tale of Tamils tortured in totalitarian Terroristan of Jaffna
 H. L. D. Mahindapala
 Beneath the serene veneer of the haunting landscape of Jaffna lurked the perennial political culture of unrelenting Tamil  violence and oppression that deprived a segment of  its disadvantaged human beings  -- euphemistically labelled as "minorities" by the Vellahla overlords  -- the basic right to walk the earth with dignity. The denial of the basic rights to the Tamils is an immoral tale of Jaffna politics hidden by an overwhelming propaganda to blame "the Sinhala governments" for all their systemic failures. This culture of violence and oppression dominated all three phases of the history of Jaffna beginning with Sangkili, the first mass murderer of Tamils, second by the fascist regime of... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 30/06/12)

2007, the Year Geopolitics Changed the War on Terror in Sri Lanka
Dilrook Kannangara
Now it is an open secret India was behind the financing, arming, training, protection and proliferation of the LTTE. India banned the LTTE as a terrorist organization in 1991 following the bombing of the former Indian PM Gandhi. However, India still had many uses of the LTTE and didn’t hesitate to get them. India’s ultimate aim is to create Tamil Elam – a suckling of India – that can be used as a disposable staging platform to attack non-Indian interests in the region. However, India found new alliances after 2007 as geopolitics in... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 30/06/12)

Proposed airport at Kundasale
Linda van Schagen Courtesy The Island
June 20, 2012, 6:29 pm Plan for the airport I am writing to vehemently oppose the construction of an airport in the agriculturally rich environment of Kundasale which I understand requires over 100 acres, for the following reasons: Kundasale is a very verdant and lush area, and I believe it is also a base for agri-research. The Kandy District has always been a quiet environment friendly location - What is the purpose for this proposed airport? Has an ecological survey been done as to the potential damage to the environment? There are... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 30/06/12)

Sri Lanka "somewhat serious about doing something’’ says Menon aide TNA negative on Parliamentary Select Committee
By S Venkat Narayan Courtesy The Island
NEW DELHI, June 30: India’s National Security Adviser Shivshankar Menon returned home from Colombo late on Friday night after day-long confabulations with the Rajapaksa Triumvirate——President Mahinda Rajapaksa and his brothers Basil and Gotabhaya—-without any clear idea about their government’s future plans for political reconciliation within a specified time-frame. After holding discussions with the Rajapaksa brothers, External Affairs Minister GL Peiris and Tamil National Alliance (TNA) leader R Sampanthan, Menon and his team came back with the impression that Colombo is yet to put together a decent plan of action to achieve genuine... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 30/06/12)

The Visit of Shiv Shankar Menon
Senex -Courtesy The Island
June 29, 2012, 7:50 pm The visit of Shiv Shankar Menon to Sri Lanka is an opportunity to emphasize our commitment to close and cordial relations with India in the context of good neighbourly relations with South Asia as a whole. This is particularly so on economic and social issues. But Shiv Shankar Menon is here with a different agenda to discuss a political settlement relating to the Tamils. The political and other compulsions of India have made it focus excessively on Sri Lankan issues. These have to be recognized and understood. There are the unreasonable and irrational pressures... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 30/06/12)

Asoka Weeraratna's contribution to the spread of Buddhism in Germany
by Senaka Weeraratna
(A Foreword to a Booklet published in year 2000 entitled ' The Necessity for Promoting Buddhism in Europe' by Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi being the Keynote Address delivered at a Public Seminar held on July 2, 2000 at the Mahaweli Centre Auditorium in Colombo to commemorate the first death anniversary of Ven. Mitirigala Dhammanisanthi Thero ( formerly known as Asoka Weeraratna)) Asoka Weeraratna on his visits to Europe nearly half a century ago discovered a void and deep disillusionment among Western people with their traditional religious beliefs, and a longing for an alternate and more meaningful spiritual... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 30/06/12)

SRI LANKA WILL CONTINUE TO BENEFIT WITH US DUTY FREE ACCESS FOR GSP ELIGIBLE PRODUCTS - US CLOSES GSP WORKER RIGHTS REVIEW OF SRI LANKA
Sri Lanka Embassy Washington DC-Press Release 
This welcoming news will take the US- Sri Lanka relations to new heights – Ambassador Wickramasuriya United States   closes GSP Worker Rights review of Sri Lanka without any change to Sri Lanka’s GSP trade benefits. United States Trade Representative Ambassador Ron Kirk revealed this afternoon   that USTR has closed the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) country practice review on worker rights in Sri Lanka without any change to Sri Lanka’s GSP trade benefits. Ambassador Kirk said, “The closure of the GSP country practice review of Sri Lanka was based on the Sri Lankan... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 30/06/12)

LTTE was engaged in the drug trade to finance themselves - Kohona
Courtesy The Island
June 29, 2012, 9:12 pm Drug Trafficking was one of the main sources of finance for the LTTE terrorists as reflected in the World Drug Report 2012, says Dr. Palitha Kohona, Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to the United Nations. He was addressing at the UN General Assembly Thematic Debate on ‘Drug and Crime as a Threat to Development’ in New York on June 26. Terrorist groups in many countries have engaged in the drug trade to finance themselves. Sri Lanka’s experience in dealing with drug trafficking was also linked to its fight against terrorism,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 30/06/12)

Germans and Brits to make Assange movie
RT
German and British filmmakers have teamed to turn the life of ‘the man who leaked the world’ into a romantic comedy. The shooting of the film about WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is due to start next summer. A director from a Russian family is engaged i Cyril Tuschi, German director of Russian descent known for his documentary on imprisoned Russian oligarch Mikhail Khodorkovsky, has been working on the script together with British writer Michael Gaster. Reports say the movie may be released under the title Leaks — Three Dates With Harry Harrison. The story of the film will evolve... -Full Story-
(rt.com - 30/06/12)

Annan: Russia, West agree on transition government for Syria
RT
The Syrian crisis is to be resolved by a transition government consisting of the current authorities and opposition leaders. The proposal was announced by UN-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan after talks in Geneva. The unity government should be formed on the basis of "mutual consent", said Annan. The Syrian-led transition should take place within a fixed period of time and the envoy hopes this may happen till the end of this year. Annan, announcing the official communiqué of the international meeting in Geneva, called on the Syrian regime and opposition groups to recommit to ceasefire and start implementing his... -Full Story-
(rt.com - 30/06/12)

How India and Sri Lanka handles the headache of Tamil Eelaam
Shenali Waduge
Tamil Eelaam has without a doubt turned into an issue that has nothing to do with the Tamil people either in Tamil Nadu or in Sri Lanka and everything to do with India’s strategic interests. Eelaam is nothing but a tool and a white horse to advance India’s strategic interest. It is something the Tamil people of both countries must learn to accept and refuse to fall prey to. Unfortunately, the Tamil representatives in both India and Sri Lanka are in the pockets of India who have been outsourced the task of maintaining the bogus “Eelaam” quest... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 29/06/12)

VILLAGE SKETCH—22, KANKANAMA MIXED PEELING WITH FEELING
Arcadius
Kankanama puts his right leg forward and involuntarily imparts a slow motion to it. Not that he is trying to shake something off his leg. That is his habit. Then, he puts his arms akimbo, implicitly warning everybody that he has something to say. However, everybody around him knows about that “something.” For, he has repeated the same many times over. But everybody likes to give him a ready ear because his delivery is most entertaining.  He is a short man, almost dwarfish. Though he is bare-bodied, he has covered his neck with a span cloth. He likes... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 29/06/12)

What constrains foreign direct investment? Excellent Factual Analysis-
Prof. Hudson McLean
The Sunday Times article published on 24th June 2012.. http://www.sundaytimes.lk/120624/columns/what-constrains-foreign-direct-investment-4156.html is a well documented, logically presented, Factual Analysis. Sri Lanka has a highly educated, young, healthy population but lacking in Professional Guidance with a less developed Cross-cultural understanding, demanded by a highly competitive Global Scenario. This "Inspector Clouseau" scenario is maintained by incompetent bureaucrats to keep the "puppets-on-a-string"! Once again I refer to the professional skills successfully applied in Five Continents by the Republic of Singapore under the razor-sharp. non-corrupt, far-sighted guidance of His Excellency Lee Kwan Yew. The Singapore Economic Development Board operated by some... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 29/06/12)

Who would like your apartment to smell like chicken curry or Asian Cologne?
Dr Hector Perera       London
Only if you live in an apartment would understand the problem of cooking smells, it’s is a big problem, apart from many other problems associated with living in apartments. Just visit to an apartment to see how it is designed, the kitchen is open to the living room in most apartments. The house always has a remnant of cooking smell even when you kept all the doors and windows open. If there are carpets then the couch and everything smell cooking aroma. It is a little embarrassing when you have company. You can try air... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 29/06/12)

SHIV SHANKAR MENON HAS ARRIVED IN COLOMBO WITH A DEMANDING ROD IN HIS HAND SAYS THE HINDU
by Walter Jayawardhana
The Hindu said the Indian National Security Advisor Shiv Shankar Menon who has arrived in Sri Lanka in a special aircraft , who will unequivocally convey to the Sri Lankan leadership the path that India will traverse towards achieving a genuine political solution in Sri Lanka, has the most unenviable task of getting a message across to the Sri Lankan leadership — ‘Time’s up. Act now’ The Hindu in a report while indicating the relationship between the two countries has strained said, “He will meet Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, and others on Friday, ahead of... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 29/06/12)

War on terror revisited:-MR’s dilemma and CBK-UNP consensus
By Shamindra Ferdinando Courtesy The Island
June 28, 2012, 7:31 pm Although the SLFP-led UPFA vowed to amend the Ceasefire Agreement (CFA) soon after winning the parliamentary polls on April 2, 2004, it soon realised the change of government had had no impact on the LTTE. The UPFA leadership quickly changed its approach to appease the LTTE. Then Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, too, had no option but to assure Norway of his support for the peace process in line with President Chandrika Kumaratunga’s decision to go forward with the Norwegian-led initiative. Even before then Opposition Leader, Mahinda Rajapaksa... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 29/06/12)

Chinese Naval and Air Bases in Sri Lanka
L. Jayasooriya
We cannot and we should not tolerate the constant insults by India and threats by America. What India wants is to annex our country which she tried after many years of planning and failed miserably. I have always asked them to send us another IPKF and we would welcome it. America has many plans the first being to destabilize any country so that it can be carved out and exploited but in this case they are smarting under the refusal by MR to permit the core of the LTTE to leave to a third country. When... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 29/06/12)

Jesus was a Buddhist Monk- BBC Documentary
BBC
This BBC 4 documentary examines the question "Did Jesus Die?". It looks at a bunch of ideas around this question until minute 25, where this examination of ideas takes a very logical and grounded turn with surprising conclusions that demonstrate... The three wise men were Buddhist monks who found Jesus and came back for him around puberty. After being trained in a Buddhist Monastery he spread the Buddhist philosophy, survived the crucifixion, and escaped to Kashmir, Afghanistan where he died an old man at the age of 80.... -Full Story-
(youtube.com - 29/06/12)

Jesus in Kashmir -Govt of India Documentry
-Govt of India Documentry
This is the latest documentary on the Truth of Jesus in Kashmir by the Film Division of the Government of India.... -Full Story-
(youtube.com - 29/06/12)

Jesus in India - Beyond Belief Documentary
Documentary
The life, Death and Tomb of Jesus are proofs that Jesus was only a Humble Prophet of God, Not the So of God, Was Cricified but Survived Crucifixion, Migrated to Asia to teach the Lost Tribes of Isreal and Died like a Normal Human Being in Kashmir India.... -Full Story-
(youtube.com - 29/06/12)

Tipping point from West to rest just passed
Peter Hartcher
For many years now, we've heard sombre warnings that the white countries' easy dominance of the world would be eclipsed by the developing nations. One day, we were told, the fast-growing economies of the poor countries would be bigger than those of the more sclerotic rich countries.... -Full Story-
(smh.com.au - 29/06/12)

Hell on Earth-Judy Courtin says the rape of children by Catholic priests is best dealt with by a royal commission, writes Michael Short.
Judy Courtin
WERE Jesus Christ to reappear today, the first thing he might do is walk into the golden, treasure-gorged edifice that is the Vatican and throw out not money merchants, as he did some 2000 years ago, but the very people purporting to represent him and his ideas. The core idea, it seems to me, that this radical man so influentially ventilated is simple and beautiful: treat others as you would wish to be treated, for we are all equal and all deserve and owe decency and kindness.... -Full Story-
(theage.com.au - 29/06/12)

Census of 2011: immediate steps needed by Sri Lanka government to redress demographic imbalance and justify investment
Asada M Erpini
The preliminary report handed in by the Superintendent of Census and Director General of Census and Statistics to the President on 26 June has valuable items of information that should be given wider publicity. Foremost among them are the following: Northern Province has only 5.2 percent of the total population of Sri Lanka; Mullaitivu and Mannar districts have the lowest populations: 92,228 and 99,063 respectively; Mullaitivu District has the lowest population density, with 38 persons per square kilometre while Colombo has the highest, of 3,438 persons per square kilometre. Kalutara, Galle, Matara, and Kandy Districts... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 28/06/12)

A VISION AND A MISSION TO COMBAT DENGUE! JOE DE LIVERA APPEALS TO THE PRESIDENT
By Dr Tilak S. Fernando
 Joe de Livera is the CEO of a very old family owned business organisation in Pettah. He is not a qualified Homeopath, but has been involved in Homeopathy for the past 40 years, at least 20 of which were in helping people who consulted him with their ailments.  To 83 year old Joe, homeopathy has become a passion as he too was cured by a Homeopath over 45 years ago when he suffered from frequent colds which awakened in him the spark to investigate the Science behind this branch of Medicine that was discovered... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 28/06/12)

India Orders Sri Lanka
L. Jayasooriya
The front page of the Daily Mirror of 28th June 2012 says that India's National Security Advisor Shivshankar Menon has categorically told Sri Lanka that the present stalemate in political talks with the Tamil National Alliance should be ended. Now who the bloody hell are you to give us such an order and who the bloody hell you think you are? India's one and only aim in life is to annex our country. You invaded our country but we made you drop your amudes and run back to India. Why don't you send us your IPKF... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 28/06/12)

Back to Arsenic
Dr Nalin de Silva
There is Arsenic in the soil and water of areas affected by Chronic Kidney Disease. It is not coming from Natha Deviyo or Vipassaka Deviyo but from the horse’s mouth so to say. WHO according to a certain newspaper has said: “The WHO had appointed an international team to do research related to CKD on a request made by Health Minister Maitripala Sirisena and this team commenced research about under the patronage of WHO Headquarters Senior Advisor Prof.Shanthi Mendis. This team has planned to conduct their research under four key research questions. They are: What... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 28/06/12)

The European Atrocity You Never Heard About
By R.M. Douglas
The screams that rang throughout the darkened cattle car crammed with deportees, as it jolted across the icy Polish countryside five nights before Christmas, were Dr. Loch's only means of locating his patient. The doctor, formerly chief medical officer of a large urban hospital, now found himself clambering over piles of baggage, fellow passengers, and buckets used as toilets, only to find his path blocked by an old woman who ignored his request to move aside. On closer examination, he discovered that she had frozen to death. Finally he located the source of the screams, a... -Full Story-
(https:/chronicle.com/ - 28/06/12)

It’s election time, stupid!
Editorial The Island
June 28, 2012, 7:29 pm People asked for solutions to their problems and they have got elections! Snap polls to the North-Central, Eastern and Sabaragamuwa Provincial Councils due in a few weeks may not benefit the country as such but they are sure to bring some relief to the drought-hit farmers crying out for relief. Government politicians will fan out to the drought-stricken areas scheduled to go to the polls in droves to distribute handouts. What really made the government go for PC polls at this juncture? The UPFA has advanced PC elections, according to the... -Full Story-
(The Island - 28/06/12)

Jimmy Carter Accuses U.S. of 'Widespread Abuse of Human Rights'
ABC NewsBy Amy Bingham | ABC News
A former U.S. president is accusing the current president of sanctioning the "widespread abuse of human rights" by authorizing drone strikes to kill suspected terrorists. Jimmy Carter, America's 39 th president, denounced the Obama administration for "clearly violating" 10 of the 30 articles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, writing in a New York Times op-ed on Monday that the "United States is abandoning its role as the global champion of human rights." "Instead of making the world safer, America's violation of international human rights abets our enemies and alienates our... -Full Story-
(Yahoo - 28/06/12)

SIXTH AMENDMENT TO THE CONSTITUTION
For years the TNA and its constituent parties have been openly advocating a Tamil Homeland / Eelaam / Self-Determination ....they have been functioning against the 6th amendment to Sri Lanka's constitution...
SIXTH AMENDMENT TO THE CONSTITUTION Act No 06 of 1983 AN ACT TO AMEND THE CONSTITUTION OF THE DEMOCRATIC SOCIALIST REPUBLIC OF SRI LANKA. ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 27/06/12)

TNA’s Road to Federalism runs through New Delhi
by Gomin Dayasri
“In the past the United States and India stood against us. However, in the favorable circumstances that have now come about, the United States and India are to a great extent supporting our position” Sampanthan (2012) at ITAK Convention. R.Sampanthan’s road map of a long march to bifurcate Sri Lanka is routed through New Delhi. Craftily navigating in troubled waters the destination, he seeks, is called Point Federal. That veiled name board is unspoken and unseen in his script. In TNA’s vocabulary Federalism is a prohibited word, they opt not to utter, since the 13th amendment... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 27/06/12)

“India feels let down by Sri Lanka”: What is left for Sri Lanka to say?
Asada M Erpini
The Indian Express on 25 June carried a write up, reproduced by many other media channels, which raises many contentious issues.  “India is sending a top-level emissary to Sri Lanka to convey in ‘the strongest terms’ New Delhi’s concerns over a string of important issues”, is a quote from the above report. Obviously the emissary is playing the role of the viceroy of India for Sri Lanka, and all that poor Sri Lanka, which does not possess the military strength to retaliate or the economic power to say in plain Hindi, “Get lost: we will look... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 27/06/12)

A Loathsome Campaign against the Defence Secretary by Corrupt NGO Carrion Birds
Dilrook Kannangara
If there is one ministry that is working well, that is the defence ministry. Having achieved incredible success over the years that were rumoured by the NGO machinery as unachievable, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) has brought peace to the country. Each passing year over 4,000 people get to live. If not for the Ministry of Defence under the incumbent Defence Secretary, more than 12,000 more young lives would have been lost to war. Today most killings result from accidents, domestic disputes and other personal disputes. There is nothing the Ministry of Defence can do about these.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 27/06/12)

Indian PM Dr. Singh should look at his own backyard before telling us to let Tamils a life with dignity & equal status.
Malin Abeyatunge 
President Rajapaksa and Dr. Man Mohan Sign have had a one-to- one discussion of the Sri Lankan affairs at Rio De Janeiro and the excerpts of the meeting released by Indian Foreign Secretary Ranjan Mathai said that Singh had “once again underlined the great importance we attach in India to the ability of the Tamil people to lead a life of dignity and as equal citizens of that country”.( Island –Sunday 24) As we remember, the LTTE and the Tamil politicians started with a powerful slogan “Indiscrimination” and being unable to convince the International Community, then... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 27/06/12)

Now, it is the Navy that is grabbing land, according to TNA!
Asada M Erpini
The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) accused the army of grabbing the land that belonged to the civilians in the North, according to media reports on 24 June. Now a TNA parliamentarian, named Suresh Premachandran, is accusing the Navy of occupying a two kilometre stretch of the coast in the North to set up camp. And, what is the recourse that the gentleman plans to resort to?  He is going to raise the issue with India’s National Security Advisor when the latter descends on the Sovereign Republic of Sri Lanka soon. All that the true Sri Lankans... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 26/06/12)

සංවාදය
 වෛද්‍ය රුවන් එම්. ජයතුංග
දෙදෙනකුගේ සංවාදයට කන්දීම ශිෂ්ට සමාජය අනුමත නොකරන බව සැබවි. මමද එම රීතිය අනුගමනය කරමි. එහෙත් එම ශුද්ධ නීතිය මා කඩකළේ මන්ද? මා පෙලූ කාන්සිය නිසාද?   දිවා ආහාරය සඳහා මම කාර්යාලයේ සිට එළියට පැමිණියෙමි. එතරම් කුසගින්නක් නොතිබුණු නමුදු අවන්හලෙන් මිළට ගත්  ‘බීෆ් බර්ගර් එක’ මා රැුගෙන ආවේ කාර්යාලය අසල ඇති පිට්ටනියේ මේපල් ගස යට ඇති බංකුවේ වාඩිවී සොබාදහම සමඟ කාලය ගත කිරීමට ඇති කැමැත්ත නිසාය. එදින උණුසුම් දිනයක් විය. මම ටයි පටිය මදක් බුරුල් කළෙමි. මා අත ඇති ‘බීෆ් බර්ගර් එක’ අනුභව  කිරීමට සූදානම් වූවා පමණි. අසල ලඳුකැලය තුළින් පැමිණි හඬක් මගේ කණ වැකිනි.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 26/06/12)

‘SL, most carbon efficient country in GDP terms’
Sandasen MARASINGHE The Daily News
Power and Energy Minister Patali Chamipka Ranawaka yesterday said Sri Lanka is the most carbon efficient country in GDP terms as the amount of Carbon produced here is very much less in every respect. Minister Chamipka Ranawaka He made this observation making the keynote address as the Chief Guest at the Clean and Green Energy International Conference at the Grand Ballroom, Galadari Hotel, Colombo. The event was organized by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET). He said he was happy to say that when... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 26/06/12)

LTTE fronts in Europe collecting funds on a massive scale
Defense column by Keerthi Warankulasuriya - Sunday Divina -27th June
On the 6th June the Swiss Director of Prosecutions initiated action to investigate into Swiss Tiger office .It was revealed that the Tiger front had taken fraudulently substantial funds as  loans from financial institutions on the basis of false documents. It was also revealed that these funds were channeled to the LTTE for purchase of arms thro S.Ramachandran , a leader in the Tiger overseas front.  The Swiss investigators had proceeded to Netherlands to question S.Ramachnadran.  The present demand by the overseas based Tamil Tiger followers to withdraw Sri... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 26/06/12)

What is more important? Agriculture or aviation
Ranjith Soysa
It is reported that Mr Hemakumara Nanayakkra has resigned from his position as an Adviser to the President on Agriculture on a matter of important principle. Mr HM rightfully has protested to the plan to put up domestic airports in the present locations of Kundasale agriculture school and a seed farm in Nuwara Eliya.In the context of current unstable world economic environment rightfully the priority of Sri Lanka should be in agriculture and appropriate industries. Hence, one cannot fathom how the Government opts for aviation at the expense of agriculture. Sri Lanka's commercial aviation is in doldrums... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 26/06/12)

Dengue Kills- Keep your garden clean
 ... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 26/06/12)

RCMP arrest another man in smuggling case
By Staff The Canadian Press
VANCOUVER – The RCMP says it has arrested a man charged over the smuggling of 492 Tamil migrants into Canada. Mounties say they have arrested Nadarajah Mahendran at Toronto’s Pearson International Airport without incident and aboard a flight originating in Sri Lanka. Mahendran is one of six men charged over the August 2010 arrival of the MV Sun Sea in British Columbia. Police in Thailand, Australia, France and Norway have all helped with the investigation, Public Safety Canada says five men have now been arrested, and four of the men are in custody in Canada.... -Full Story-
(metronews.ca - 26/06/12)

Eurozone Crisis Sparks Fear Of 'Replay Of 2008 On Steroids'
By Jennifer Ablan and David Gaffen
These are the words some prominent American investors and strategists are using to describe the worsening debt crisis in the euro zone and its impact on the global economy. While growth has been slowing in China and the United States and companies warn about the effect on earnings, there is a mounting sense among the financial community that politicians and markets are operating on two completely different timelines.... -Full Story-
(huffingtonpost.com - 26/06/12)

India Rides the High Horse - Must Sri Lanka Cower in Fear?
R Chandrasoma
We face difficult times not only on account of the turmoil and mortifying turn of events overseas but also from a strange chorus of denunciators of the home-grown kind. A section of the influential ‘English Print Media’ has - with great persistence and unflagging zeal - thought it fit to portray our country as a moral swampland teeming with debased and immoral upstarts who have usurped the leadership that truly belongs to the righteous of Sri Lanka. The unsophisticated – and those outside our country - may be pardoned for believing that all this is true –... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/06/12)

Dear Ambassador Elissa Golberg, Your statement on Sri Lanka at UNHRC in Geneva
Asoka Weerasinghe Kings Grove Crescent . Gloucester . Ontario . K1J 6G1. Canada
25 June 2012 Ambassador Elissa Golberg Canada’s Ambassador & Permanent Representative to the UN in Geneva 5 Avenue de l’Aviana, 1202 Geneva, Switzerland. Dear Ambassador Golberg: I have just read your statement of June 18, 2012, on behalf of Canada to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva.   In  your statement you said “….and countries like Sri Lanka have yet to ensure full accountability in addressing serious human rights violations…” With that statement, you have failed us Canadians one more time when commenting on Sri... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/06/12)

President proposes a new global economic order at Rio
Nation LK
President Mahinda Rajapaksa, speaking at the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil yesterday (20), emphasized that for all the initiatives taken 20 years ago with respect to ensuring the health of the planet, 'long standing problems such as poverty, hunger, mismanagement of resources in addition to climate change, water scarcity, energy crisis and spread of disease' have continued to plague the world, especially developing countries. 'A cardinal principle governing the behavior of nations in the modern word should be recognition of the principle that the resources of a country, whether on land... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/06/12)

මනස සංවර්ධිත දරු පරපුරක් මාතෘ භූමිය ඉල්ලා සිටී!
චන්ද්‍රසේන පණ්ඩිතගේ විසිනි
යුද්ධයෙන් පසුව, මේ රටතුල වේගවත් පරිවර්තනයන් ගනනාවක් මනාව සිදුවෙමින් පවතී. ඒ සමගම කාලාන්තරයක් පුරා ක්‍රම ක්‍රමයෙන් ගොඩනැංවුන ගැටළුවක් මේ වනවිට මෙරට ප්‍රබල ජාතික ගැටළුවක් ලෙස මතුවීවී ඇත. ඒ මෙරට උසස් පෙල සිසුවා, විශ්ව විද්‍යාල ප්‍රවේශ විභාගය සමත් වුවද, විශ්ව විද්‍යාල වරම් නොලැබීම හරහා සමාජය තුල මතුවෙන ව්‍යාකූලත්වයයි. මේ හේතුවෙන් වාර්ෂිකව ලක්ෂයකට අධික සිසු සිසුවියන් සංඛ්‍යාවක් අපේක්ෂා භංගත්වයට පත් කරවන යාන්ත්‍රණයක් මේ රට තුල නිර්මාණය වී තිබෙන අතර, මෙම යාන්ත්‍රණය මගින් අමු අමුවේම ජාතියේ තාරුණ්‍යයේ අනාගතය ඛෙදණීය අයුරින් විනාශ කරයි. මෙම සන්ධිස්ථානය මුළු මහත් රටේම වර්තමානය හා අනාගතය තීරණය කරන මර්මස්ථානය වන අතර, මේ වනවිට මෙම මර්මස්ථානය... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/06/12)

Assam paves way for Professional Education
By T Navajyoti
Assam no longer remains as the land of some separatist armed militants who waged a war against the Indian Union government. The developing State of northeast India has slowly emerged as an important place of happenings in education, health and business sectors. The prime city Guwahati has surfaced as the virtual capital of the region which has steadily expanded its reaches to various avenues of South and Southeast Asia. The State with around 30 million population has recently witnessed the emergence of few private universities primarily to cater  to the aspirants in medical,  engineering, information technology... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/06/12)

Do Top Politicos & Governors Forget to Read & Write Once They Reach High Office?
Prof. Hudson McLean
I have read several articles when the Average Citizens try to communicate with the High Office in the Sri Lanka Government, either they receive a "cold shoulder" or "no comment". Whilst the letters sent by me to President Bill Clinton, HRH Duke of Edinburgh, Premier Tony Blair, President Premadasa whilst they were in office, received a prompt response, typed by a Secretary of course, but signed by the man himself, whilst Premier Edward Heath prompted with a hand-written note. I write this letter after reading an article published in LankaWeb by a patriot who was treated... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/06/12)

The usurping of the Australian democracy: a tragedy with Macbethian parallels
Ajit Randeniya
June 24 marks the second anniversary of the callous usurping of the former, elected Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd by the current incumbent Julia Gillard. On this darkest day for the Australian democracy since the CIA orchestrated ‘dismissal’ of the then Prime Minister Gough Whitlam in 1975, a democratically elected head of the Australian federal government was ousted through a factional vote during the secretive internal Labor Party caucus process. The manner of her ascension was a curse on Gillard’s prime ministership from the beginning, leading to the strong resentment towards her by the Australian people. She... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/06/12)

“Army grabbing civilian land”: What a preposterous claim by TNA!
Asada M Erpini
The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) is accusing the army of grabbing the land that belongs to the civilians in the North, according to media reports on 24 June. The protest that the party had planned to hold has quite rightly been disallowed by the Jaffna District courts.  If the TNA can turn back the clock to the period before May 2009, there certainly was land grabbing, on a massive scale, by its godfather, the LTTE. The LTTE, as the rest of the world except for the pro-separatists and their supporters, knows was an illegal entity that... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/06/12)

TULF, TNA and Its Constituents Have Violated Section 157A on Many Counts
Dilrook Kannangara
Sri Lankan/Indian and Tamil aspirations can never be at peace; they never were. In order to achieve Tamil aspirations, it is imperative that Sri Lanka/India is/are weakened and disintegrated. India is the preferred choice of Tamil aspirants who dream of a Tamil nation which they claim was in existence in the past. However, it is unthinkable to carve out a separate nation for Tamils in India especially after 1962. Unlike in Sri Lanka, the law relating to territorial integrity is applied strictly in India. That is the very reason why Tamil aspirations were pushed into the island.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/06/12)

FORGOTTEN VILLAGERS
Malin Abeyatunge
Recently a Minister (reported in the Daily News) made a statement  that the Govt is spending Rs.1 million to settle one single indisplaced  Tamil family. No one has any qualms for that as they are our own citizens though perhaps many of the IDPS  would have overtly and covertly supported their “OUR BOYS” as Rev. Rasappu Joseph  intimately calls the Tamil Tigers. But there is a totally  forgotten factor in this equation.  They are the poor innocent villagers  of the once Tiger threatened villages  indisplaced, who lost their lives, family members, means of living and everything. LTTE... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/06/12)

Mubarak : US used and dumped a “friend”: Lesson for all aspiring friends!
Shenali Waduge
Hosni Mubarak the Pharoah of Egypt that reigned for over 3 decades is now said to be clinically dead. There is hardly a handful who would even say a word of praise for a man who was once openly declared to be “an ally and friend of the US”. Unfortunately, none of the world’s worst “dictators” had the wisdom to understand what it costs to be termed a “friend” but what they all decided to do was to use the “friendship” tag to loot their own nation and deny their people the rights and liberties they deserved.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/06/12)

Sri Lanka, One Country for All – SPUR Responds to Sampanthan’s Divisive ITAK Speech
MEDIA RELEASE -SPUR   (Society for Peace, Unity and Human Rights for Sri Lanka Inc)
The Society for Peace Unity and Human Rights for Sri Lanka (SPUR) views with great concern the provocative, divisive and duplicitous statements made by Mr R. Sampanthan, the Leader of the Ilankai Tamil Arasu Kadchi (ITAK) at its 14th National Convention recently held in Batticaloa. While masquerading under the English name ‘Federal Party’, ITAK which translates to ‘Ilankai Thamil Arasu Katchi’ or ‘Lanka Tamil State Party’, has been a chief contributor to the divisive ethnic politics that have plagued Sri Lanka for many decades.  This... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/06/12)

CERTAINLY THERE SHOULD BE A SUBSURFACE DOMAIN OF WATER AND MICROBES IN IT -CHANDRA WICKRAMASINGHE
by Walter Jayawardhana
If moon’s Southern polar crater ice is confirmed it should lead to the discovery of life on the moon says a leading astrobiologist.  If Shackelton Crater on moon ice is confirmed certainly there should be a domain of subsurface liquid water and microbial life thriving in it said Professor Chandra Wickramasinghe of the Buckingham Center for Astro Biology.  “If the water ice discovery is confirmed, we must take on board the idea that there is liquid water at some depth, and then bacterial life is mostly to be present.  After all everywhere on Earth, even... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/06/12)

Where to Go During an Earthquake
Having experienced the recent tremor at 5.3 on Richter, the next one is at the door
Remember that stuff about hiding under a table or standing in a doorway? Well, forget it! This is a real eye opener. It could save your life someday. EXTRACT FROM DOUG COPP'S ARTICLE ON 'THE TRIANGLE OF LIFE' My name is Doug Copp. I am the Rescue Chief and Disaster Manager of the American Rescue Team International (ARTI ), the world's most experienced rescue team. The information in this article will save lives in an earthquake. I have crawled inside... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/06/12)

Prophecy: No more kingdoms for Jaffna
H. L. D. Mahindapala
Political violence invariably breeds partisan justifications. The pro-separatist intellectuals of the twentieth and twenty first century bent over backwards, manufacturing theories, re-writing history, concocting geographies, to justify the violence that came out of the womb of Jaffna. The 18th century chronicle of Mylvaganam Pulavar, Yalpana Vaipava Malai (Garland of Significant Events of Jaffna), however, is exceptional in that it has no qualms in condemning Tamil violence without any reservations. Mylvaganam, the chronicler of the pre-Dutch era, has outlined the crimes committed by what he called "the tyrants" of Jaffna sufficiently enough to define the essence... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/06/12)

Government Should Not Interfere with the Judiciary in the Court Case against TNA
Dilrook Kannangara
All peace loving people must put their weight behind the court action filed by Jayantha Liyanage of Sinhala Jathika Peramuna alleging the TNA, TULF, etc. have violated section 157A of the Constitution. It is a timely necessity. Although the military defeated the armed wing of Tamil separatists, the political wing continues in its path of destruction and hate breeding.  May be it is unknown to him he is standing up not only against the TNA but also against the mighty imperialists of USA and India too. As long as the justice system maintains its independence and objectivity,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/06/12)

ජුලම්පිටියේ අමරේ නාටකය - 2 වෙනි ජවනිකාව
එඩ්වඩ් ගුණසේකර විසිනි.
කටුවන ඝාතනයන් සම්බන්ධව ඇති නඩුව මේ වන විට ජනතා අධිකරණය තුල විභාග වෙමින් පවතී. ශ්‍රී ලංකා ජනතා මානසයන් හි විභාගයට ලක්වෙන මේ නඩු විභාගය සදහා පැහැදිලි සාක්ෂි මෙරට ජනතාවට අවශ්‍යව ඇත මේ වනවිට ජනතා විමුක්ති පෙරමුණ විසින් ඉදිරිපත් කරනු ලබන එක් සාක්ෂියක් වන්නේ "අමරේ බය නැතිව එලියට එන්න , මමයි මේ ඇවිල්ලා ඉන්නේ" යයි මහින්ද රාජපක්ෂ එවකට  විපක්ෂ නායක තුමා 2002 ජූනි මාසයේදී තංගල්ලේ සිරගෙදරදී ජුලම්පිටියේ අමරේ අමතා. ප්‍රකාශ කල බවයි. මේ ප්‍රකාශය තුලින් මෙරට ජන මනසට කාවද්දන්ට උත්සහ දරන්නේ කුමක්දැයි මෙරට ස්ථාපිත ජනතා අධිකරණය මනාව දනී. ඒ අනුව මෙරට ජනතා අධිකරණයට ඉදිරිපත්ව... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/06/12)

What is Green Cooking?
Dr Hector Perera      London
If you can cook more environmentally friendly manner in your kitchen, then it can be regarded as green cooking. When I said environmentally friendly manner, it should not unnecessarily pollute the atmosphere and not waste energy carelessly. The question is do we use energy efficiently in cooking?  You'll find ways to cut down on energy consumption in the kitchen that means cut down the wastage of gas or electricity used for cooking. If we burn less gas or electricity, naturally less carbon dioxide is given off that means less pollution of the atmosphere. CH4        +      ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/06/12)

Resettlement reaches final stage
Ridma DISSANAYAKE Courtesy The Daily News
The resettlement programme launched by the government with the end of the humanitarian mission in the Northern and Eastern Provinces is at its final stage. There are only 6,034 persons remaining in welfare villages, Army spokesman Brigadier Ruwan Wanigasooriya said yesterday. Brigadier Wanigasooriya said the Resettlement Ministry with the assistance of Security Forces and the Police resettled over 135,000 out of 290,000 persons displaced by LTTE attacks within five months, beginning August 2009. "The government resettled around 100,000 and 12,000 persons in 2010 and 2011. In addition, 10,620 persons in Jaffna IDP camps... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/06/12)

SL delegation tells UNHRC proceedings in Geneva: ‘Military presence in North rationalized’‘Current military strength in North reduced to 20,000’‘HSZs reduced by 40 pc as part of redevelopment strategy’
Chamikara WEERASINGHE- Courtesy The Daily News
The Sri Lankan delegation to United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva told the Council during its third day’s proceedings that Sri Lanka’s current military strength in the North has been reduced to 20,000, and that further rationalization of this presence would be considered in line with the country’s national security interests. According to reports from Geneva, the delegation headed by Acting Permanent Representative to United Nations in Geneva Manisha Gunasekera pointed out to the Council the military strength in the North has reduced considerably since the termination of the government’s military operations... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/06/12)

Saudi Arabia and Qatar bankroll Syrian rebels?
RT
Free Syrian Army (FSA) militants are about to go on the Saudi payroll, the country’s officials shared with The Guardian. Riyadh believes this step will encourage defections within the Syrian military in the latest bid to oust President Assad. ­Saudi Arabia plans to pay future military deserters in dollars and euros as a counter to the greatly devalued Syrian pound Damascus uses to pay the military. The pound has been falling ever since the anti-regime revolt started 16 months ago. This decision was reportedly made about a month ago, right around the time the Syrian opposition began receiving armaments... -Full Story-
(rt.com - 23/06/12)

Ecuador recalls ambassador for Assange advisement
RT
Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa has recalled his ambassador to the UK in order to discuss the case of Julian Assange. The asylum bid is being analyzed without concession to foreign pressure, but with caution to “other countries’” opinions. ­"We are calling our ambassador back for consultations because this is a very serious matter," Correa said Friday. “We are going to proceed cautiously, responsibly and seriously in this case, without bowing to absolutely any pressure.” Ecuadorian authorities are assessing if there is a real threat to Assange’s life. President Correa says if he finds there are strong grounds to Assange’s... -Full Story-
(rt.com - 23/06/12)

Israeli strike on Iran would end Jewish state – Iran’s top brass
RT
If Israel goes from threats to military actions, “it is Israel who will be destroyed,” says a high-ranking Iranian general. This comes as a fresh twist in the war of words that has engrossed Israel and Iran in recent months. ­"If the Zionist regime takes any actions against Iran, it would result in the end of its labors," Brigadier General Mostafa Izadi, deputy chief of staff of Iran's armed forces, told the Fars news agency. Israel cannot harm Iran in the slightest, assured the top military official. "If they act logically, such threats amount to a psychological war, but... -Full Story-
(rt.com - 23/06/12)

Child Labor
students at Tulane University
Poor children in India begin working at a very young age. Many children have to work to support their families and some families expect their children to continue the family business. Children perform a variety of jobs: some work in factories, making products such as carpets and matches; others work on plantations, or in the home. According to a recent census bureau there are over 44 million child laborers in India. However, it is difficult to estimate how many children are actually working because many work without pay in assisting their parents or are working for... -Full Story-
(homeport.tcs.tulane.edu - 23/06/12)

'Racism affecting indigenous health'
SBS
Racism in health and law enforcement organisations in Victoria must be dealt with so indigenous people can use the health services they need, says a community group.... -Full Story-
(sbs.com.au - 23/06/12)

Sampathan of TNA has no right to be a Parliamentarian of the Sri Lankan Parliament nor has he the right to be a citizen of Sri Lanka.
By Charles.S.Perera
TNA leader Sampanthan’s speech to the 14th annual ITAK convention at which he spoke of a Tamil Nation is in breach of the oath of  allegiance he had taken as a member of the Parliament of Sri Lanka  to uphold the Constitution of Sri Lanka.  The Tamils in Sri Lanka are a community that makes up the Nation of Sri Lankans. Sampanthan therefore does not  speak for the Tamils of Sri Lanka but as he says, “ We are gathered here as the single most recognized political organization both here and abroad, which embodies the political aspirations... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/06/12)

Village Sketch—21 Seetha And Maggie Take Different Paths
By Arcadius
How Seetha made her first appearance at our Maha Gedera (ancestral home) was rather strange. It was many years ago in the World War II era, when I was only a little kid growing up in the village surroundings of Pathegama. She, a young adult, was standing near the siyambala (tamarind) tree in our backyard. She looked very unclean. Her jacket was very dirty. The piece of cloth she wore was hardly a dress. It was so small. Theconfused look on her face was unmistakable. Apparently, she was not sure whether she should turn back or stay... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/06/12)

Syrian government ready to withdraw together with opposition – Lavrov
RT
Syrian authorities are ready to withdraw their forces if this happens simultaneously with the withdrawal of the opposition, said Russia`s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov citing his Syrian counterpart Walid Muallem. “Government forces and the armed opposition have to simultaneously withdraw from the cities under the control of international observers. The Syrian government is ready for that,” Lavrov told the press after meeting the Syrian Foreign Minister at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum. Lavrov has also urged Damascus to follow the peace plan proposed by UN envoy Kofi Annan, saying that Syrian authorities have already done a lot to... -Full Story-
(rt.com - 23/06/12)

Syria downed Turkish fighter jet over its territorial waters
RT
The Syrian military has confirmed that it downed a Turkish military jet over its territorial waters. The office of Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan also said it was “understood” that Syria had shot down the plane. A Syrian military spokesman said an unidentified aerial object violated the country’s airspace and was shot down by anti-aircraft artillery, hitting it one kilometer off the coast of the country, Syrian state news agency SANA reported. The plane turned out to be a Turkish fighter jet, and was dealt with in accordance with Syrian law, the spokesman added. He also stated that... -Full Story-
(rt.com - 23/06/12)

US drone strikes ‘could be war crimes’ and set risky precedent - UN
RT
The use of drone strikes by the US to combat terrorism flouts international law and may encourage other nations to follow suit, a UN rapporteur says. He stressed that some of the attacks may constitute war crimes. Christof Heyns, the UN special investigator on extrajudicial killings told a UN conference in Geneva that the US needs to be held legally accountable for the use of armed drones. "Are we to accept major changes to the international legal system which has been in existence since World War Two and survived nuclear threats?" he said. He also requested that the Obama... -Full Story-
(rt.com - 23/06/12)

Catholic Rite of the Mass -The New English Translation
Eymard de Silva Wijeyeratne
There is a recurring tide in the affairs of the Catholic Church that drives it to make changes that have little or no incrementally spiritual impact on the life of the faithful. As the young get older and the older get much older there is a natural tendency to cherish a way of life that is really not in need of change. If I may be given the licence to parody the poet, Dylan Thomas; the incessant urge to change, drives man’s green age to colourless dotage. This contrasts sharply with the naturally bestowed opportunity... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/06/12)

Please Attend to support SJP on 28th June/10a.m. at Supreme Court to hear FR filed against TNA
Dear All,  At a time when nationalists were asking why no action was being taken against the TNA for openly promoting the separatist agenda, the Sinhala Jathika Peramuna (political wing of the Sinhala Nation) took the initiative to file a FR on 27th April 2012 citing the 6th amendment to Sri Lanka's Constitution (enacted in August 1983) :  Article 157(2) declares that : "No political party or other association or organization shall have as one of its aims or objectives the establishment of a separate state within the territories of Sri Lanka"   This is an important hearing for all those... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 21/06/12)

ජුලම්පිටියේ අමරේ නාටකය
එඩ්වඩ් ගුණසේකර විසිනි
මේ රට තුල විවිධ වකවානු වලදී විවිධ ආකාරයේ, සංදර්ශණ, චිත්‍රපට හා නාඩගම් දේශපාලන ක්ෂේත්‍රයේ රග දැක්වීම සාමාන්‍ය සංසිද්ධියක් බවට පත්ව තිබේ. මේ දිනවල මේ රටේ රග දක්වන අළුත්ම නාටකය වන්නේ .ජුලම්පිටියේ අමරේ නාටකයයි මේ නාටකයේ නිර්මාතෘවරු එනම් නිශ්පාදක කණ්ඩායම නිසි ලෙස හදුනාගෙන නැති සමාජයට වැදගත්වන්නේ මේ නාටකයේ රග පෑවායයි කියන ප්‍රධාන නළුවායයි සැක කරන , ජුලම්පිටියේ අමරේ නොව මෙම නාටකය මුල සිටම නිශ්පාදනය කල නිශ්පාදක කණ්ඩායමයි. නමුත් නිශ්පාදක කණ්ඩායමේ අධ්‍යක්ෂණයට අනුව රග දක්වන ජනතා විමුක්ති පෙරමුණ ප්‍රමුඛ දේශපාලන දහරාව මුළුමහත් නාටකයේ සම්පූර්ණ වගකීම එම නාටකයේ රග පෑ ජුලම්පිටියේ අමරේ මත පටවා නිශ්පාදක කණ්ඩායම ආරක්ෂා කිරීමේ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/06/12)

Are you hooked on sweat ?
Dr.Tilak Fernando
The phrase ‘Horses sweat, men perspire and ladies glow' is thought to have originated from Victorian etiquette guides. Kobe University in Japan have found out that ‘men lose twice as much moisture per square, from forehead, chest, back, forearm and thigh, at any one time and women need to work much harder to build up sweat than men. An American psychiatrist once managed to trace an extraordinary and alarming development among his patients who were complaining about an appetite grievance. Many of his patients were obsessed with food and exercise. When this was brought to the notice... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/06/12)

British HC denies claims of deportee abuse
By Shamindra Ferdinando Courtesy The Island
In spite of the UK-based Global Tamil Forum (GTF) and several international human rights groups constantly alleging systematic abuse of those who had been deported from the UK, the British High Commission yesterday said it was not aware of a single case of deportee abuse since the conclusion of the conflict in May 2009. The British High Commission had not received any substantiated allegations of mistreatment on return of those removed from the UK, a spokesperson for the HC said. She was responding to a query by The Island whether the UK mission... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/06/12)

Russian warships 'ready to sail for Syria'
RT
It is being reported that large Russian amphibious naval ships are steaming toward the Syrian port of Tartus, where Russian civilians and naval infrastructure are under threat from ongoing civil disorder. ­"The crews of the Nikolay Filchenkov, Ceasar Kunikov and SB-15 tugboat – together with the marine units they carry – are capable of protecting security of Russian citizens and evacuating a part of the property of the logistics base," a source at the Russian Navy General Staff told Interfax-AVN on Monday. But according to an officer stationed with the Black Sea Fleet, the Nikolay Filchenkov and Ceasar Kunikov... -Full Story-
(rt.com - 21/06/12)

‘Tell Brits to remove Cameron and see what happens’ – Assad's adviser
RT
Colonial hegemony prevents the west from believing that Arab peoples are equal to westerners and have the right to choose their own system, Bouthaina Shaaban, political and media adviser to the Syrian president, told RT. RT: Peacekeeping forces have confirmed that Syria is in a state of civil war, what would you say to that statement? Bouthaina Shaaban: It is irresponsible to say that Syria is in a state of civil war, especially as we’re fighting terrorism. I think some media have a war on Syria. RT: Do you think there can be trust restored between the western media... -Full Story-
(rt.com - 21/06/12)

Ship bound for Syria was carrying 3 old helicopters repaired in Russia - Lavrov
RT
Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has confirmed in an exclusive interview to RT that a Russian ship bound for Syria was carrying 3 Syrian helicopters that had been repaired in Russia. RT: The Western media this week has been frenzied about Russia sending warships and helicopters to Syria. How do you react to that? Sergey Lavrov: It was part of a campaign and not a very decent campaign, I would say. We are sending no battleships to Syria. We have been saying publicly that we have been implementing contracts under which we have to supply arms to Syria. Those armaments... -Full Story-
(rt.com - 21/06/12)

Revealed: CIA secretly operates on Syrian border, supplies arms to rebels
RT
American secret service operatives are distributing illegal assault rifles, anti-tank rocket launchers and other ammunition to Syrian opposition, the New York Times reports. But due to some rebels’ links to Al Qaeda, the CIA’s task is precarious. ­The paper reports that for weeks now, officers based in southeast Turkey have supervised the flow of illegal arms to numerous opposition factions ready to fight the regime of President Bashar Assad. The only problem is some of the rebel groups have links with terrorist organizations such as Al Qaeda, so the CIA mission must be careful not to arm proven terrorists... -Full Story-
(rt.com - 21/06/12)

Why Secessionist Dreams By Political Losers In Chennai Relative To Sri Lanka Are Intolerable!
Insight By Sunil Kumar
June 20th 2012 The recent furore in India that  "A controversial remark" reportedly made by Sri Lanka's Minister for Power and Energy, Champika Ranawaka has touched a raw nerve in Tamil Nadu " as reported both in the local and Indian media indicates the related transparencies which have led to the unpalatable rhetoric of loser politicians such as Mr Karunanidhi of the DMK and two faced, bi-partisan Tamil tiger fronting outfits such as the TNA to be seen in true light. It has been reported that DMK chief Karunanidhi, ( who incidentally suffered debilitating political losses in the last election he contested... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/06/12)

KARUNANIDHI OBJECTS AND CONDEMNS STATEMENT OF CHAMPIKA RANAWAKA
by Walter Jayawardhana
DMK President Muthuvel Karunanidhi strongly objected to an alleged statement of Sri Lankan Minister Champika Ranawaka in which the minister had threatened another “massacre” of Tamils and urged Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to take up the issue with Colombo and the United Nations. "It has come to our notice that Sri Lankan cabinet minister Champika Ranawaka has warned of hundred more massacres and has threatened that one Mullivaikal (where thousands of Tamil civilians were killed) was enough and that no one should try to get hundred more", Karunanidhi said in a letter to Singh. ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/06/12)

ANTI-SRILANKA DMDK WANTS TAMIL OFFICIAL LANGUAGE IN TAMIL NADU BUT FAILS TO SEE IT ALREADY OFFICIAL LANGUAGE IN SRI LANKA
by Walter Jayawardhana
The Desiya Murpokku Dravida Kazhagam (DMDK) led by actor Vijayakant has decided to boycott the Indian Presidential elections on the ground of many issues out of which two are  Sri Lanka issues. In a statement Vijayakant said,  that even in Singapore, Tamil had been given the status of the one of the official languages, but in India, the language did not have such recognition. But the “opportunist politician” failed to mention that Tamil is an official language in Sri Lanka along with the majority language Sinhalese ,Sri Lankan observers pointed out. The actor said that the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/06/12)

JULAMPITIYE AMARE, ACCUSED ASSASIN SURRENDERS TO TANGALLE HIGH COURTS WHILE HR ORGANIZATIONS PROTEST AGAINST GOVT
by Walter Jayawardhana
Julampitiye Amare, an underworld figure wanted for the murder of two psrticipants at a JVP political meeting at Katuwana in the Hambantota electorate surrendered to the High Court Tangalle while opposition political parties and international human rights organizations were criticizing the Sri Lanka government for protecting the murderers. Tangalle High Court Judge Chandrasena Rajapaksa told Geeganagamage Amarasiri, alias Julampitiye Amare, the accused assassin  who surrendered to Court through a lawyer, to ask his henchmen too to surrender with their weapons.  Julampitiye Amare, who the JVP accused of organising last Friday night’s Katuwana double murder, surrendered to... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/06/12)

SPUR Victoria donates to Abimansala
SPUR Victoria donates funds  to Abimansala in memory of the heroes of the SL defense forces who liberated the country from the yoke of Tamil Tigers three years ago. Former President of SPUR, Jayampathy Unanteene presents the check to Mrs Jayasuriya  of Seva Vanitha of Sri Lanka Army.... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 20/06/12)

Shanie’s wiggling at the popularity of Defence Secretary
Stanley Weerasinghe, Pannipitiya. Courtesy The Island
June 19, 2012, 7:55 pm Writing under the title: ‘No compromise on bending rules to suit individual interests’ in THE ISLAND of 16 June Shanie says: ‘Gotabhaya Rajapaksa as Defence Secretary is a public servant. But he talks and acts like a politician. The fact that he is the brother of the President does not give him any additional rights that other public servants do not enjoy’. The writer had quoted at length to illustrate instances where the former Attorney General Mohan Peiris had erred, but failed to quote a single instance... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/06/12)

The aftermath War on terror revisited: The Batticaloa revolt
By Shamindra Ferdinando Courtesy The Island
June 19, 2012, 12:00 pm In the wake of Vinayagamoorthy Muralitharan’s defection in March 2004, people living in the Batticaloa District gradually turned against the LTTE, with the majority throwing their weight behind the dissidents. Those supportive of Karuna’s move portrayed the situation caused by the split as a battle between the LTTE’s Kilinochchi leadership and the group’s fighting formations which hailed from the Batticaloa and Ampara districts. The loss of Batticaloa, too, contributed to the ultimate downfall of the LTTE as a conventional fighting force. Batticaloa’s hostility towards the LTTE increased... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/06/12)

Iraq: Lies, Damn Lies and Statistics
by Felicity Arbuthnot
"A rock, Breathing with the lungs of a lunatic, That is it, This is the twentieth century." (A Mirror for the Twentieth Century: Adonis - Ali Ahmad Said, 1930 - :) Recently a contradictory, but in important areas, remarkably sunny opinion poll on "progress" in Iraq, conducted in April, was released. (i) It was, it has to be said, a divide and rule sort of survey as it split respondents in to Shia, Sunni, Kurdish - the Shia, obviously were largely supportive of Prime Minister Nuri al Maliki, from the Iranian backed Dawa Party. However, for... -Full Story-
(english.pravda.ru - 20/06/12)

US presidents useless - Putin
By Xavier Lerma
"I think that the missile defense problem will not be solved if Obama is reelected or not," Putin. President Vladimir Putin has been aware of the fact that the US has been and will continue pointing missiles at Russia and surrounding it with military bases. He knew that the promises from Reagan to Gorbachev were broken in the 90's. He never expected to get treated better than the US treated the Native Americans. Even if Obama promised the moon Putin would not have believed him. So, why the meeting?... -Full Story-
(english.pravda.ru - 20/06/12)

Assange's mother: Australia puppet govt aided US persecution of Julian (EXCLUSIVE)
RT
As the Julian Assange case took a turn for the dramatic with his asylum request to Ecuador, in an exclusive interview to RT Christine Assange called the Australian government a puppet of the US that aided and abetted the persecution of her son. ­ RT: Now Julian hasn’t been charged yet, but he’s already seeking political asylum, so why now? Is it too early to take such a step? Christine Assange: Julian not only hasn’t been charged, he hasn’t even been questioned despite asking the Swedish government to do so for the last two years. The concern is of... -Full Story-
(rt.com - 20/06/12)

The importance of being Navi Pillay
Shenali Waduge
Navanethem or Navi Pillay certainly does have a colorful career record. An attorney for over 30 years, the first black woman from South Africa to obtain a doctorate in Law from Harvard and winning numerous accolades and honorary titles for her contribution towards human rights she may be compared to Rosa Parks and admired but holding titles becomes immaterial if despite one’s own harsh background one is not able to place fact from fiction and right from wrong. It is in using one’s international office to take on the challenges that exist balance the law against what... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 19/06/12)

Sri Lanka's newest" friend" from the West- A short response to Michele Sison, Ambassador designate to Sri Lanka (ref U.S. Senate hearing).
Ranjith
Madam Your appearance before the US Senate Foreign Affairs Committee was a revelation. The dictionary meaning of diplomacy is "the art and practice of conducting negotiations between nations and the skills in handling affairs without arousing hostility". On all counts, despite your claims of having served in the foreign service for 30 years, you are the very antithesis of a diplomat. You have stumbled at the very first hurdle. On all aspects of your presentation regarding Sri Lanka you are fundamentally in error. After having their cries for help to rid the country of the scourge of terrorism, ignored by the west... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 19/06/12)

Capitalism and morality
By Charita Wijeratne- Courtesy The Island
When great minds disagree, the humble are free to intervene – though at some risk. So, with due respect to the intellectual prowess of Gunadasa Amarasekera and R.M.B. Senanayake, I venture to make some comments on the morality and immorality of capitalism, the bone of contention between the two giants. I am drawn into this controversy especially after reading the latter’s article titled is capitalism, or the Free Market Economy an immoral system? In the Island of 21st May 2012. I confess that his references to Karl Marx and Adam Smith momentarily held... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 19/06/12)

Obama and Putin enjoy the silence
Courtesy Pravda
The talks between US and Russian presidents took place in quite intense atmosphere. Vladimir Putin and Barack Obama released standard official phrases that had been prepared for them in advance. It was clear that the leaders did not even have a clue of how they could regulate most sensitive issues in the relations between the two countries. Journalists concluded that Obama and Putin did not have pleasant impressions from their meeting. Obama has to be extremely careful these days: a slightest mistake may ruin his career in politics on the threshold of the presidential election in the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 19/06/12)

Assam CM assures due facility to media persons
Nava Thakuria
Guwahati: Assam chief minister Tarun Gogoi assured the media persons of basic minimum facilities recommended by the labour laws and statutory wage boards of the country. Gogoi who attended the Guest of the Month program of Guwahati Press Club on Monday also expressed his goodwill for the entire journalist fraternity and promised that he would do the needful for the press club as well. The third time chief minister of Assam in northeast India, Gogoi also promised the pioneer press club a plot of land in the heart of the city. On the occasion, a power point... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 19/06/12)

Syria UN mission headed by spy? (Op-Ed)
RT
A Jordanian UN observer in Syria says the head of the United Nations Surveillance Mission (UNSMIS) in the country is a spy. The monitor claims General Robert Mood is gathering critical coordinates and visiting military bases for his own purposes. ­The claims have appeared in Syrian state media, indicating that security circles have signaled their consent to publication in Damascus. Sources say Norwegian General Mood took his convoy to the city of Tartus last Friday, where no violence was reported. The group visited no less than four military installations of the Syrian Army there without any sanction through the... -Full Story-
(rt.com - 19/06/12)

Assange asks for political asylum in Ecuador
RT
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has requested political asylum and is under the protection of the Ecuadorian embassy in London, according to the site's Twitter. Ecuador's foreign minister Ricardo Patino says Assange has taken refuge in the South American nation's embassy in London and is seeking political asylum. Assange wrote directly to Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa, saying he was being persecuted and could not return to his homeland, where he would be vulnerable to extradition to "a foreign country that applies the death penalty for the crime of espionage and sedition." Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa, a big fan of WikiLeaks,... -Full Story-
(rt.com - 19/06/12)

‘US helicopter con puts Russia-brokered Syria solution on ice’
RT
Washington manipulated information about a Russian cargo vessel stopped near Scotland, misleading the media in order to pressure Russia, “probably to establish some kind of no-fly zone” over Syria, analyst Vasily Kashin told RT. ­The move threatens to stall negotiations between Russia and Western powers over a solution to the Syrian conflict. On Tuesday, a UK-based marine insurer withdrew the insurance of Russia’s MV Alaed, forcing it to take a course back to Russia. The multipurpose twin-deck cargo vessel was reportedly going from the Russian city of Kaliningrad, where old helicopters were allegedly being repaired.... -Full Story-
(rt.com - 19/06/12)

The Meaning of Victory: the cockeyed view through the eyes of HT’s Meenakshi
Asada M Erpini
Hindustan Times on 17 June carried a write up by a correspondent named Meenakshi Ganguly. The penultimate paragraph says the whole story and lucidly presents the intention of the writer, when she writes of the ‘need to ensure that Tamils, after decades of war, can enjoy peace that provides "equality, dignity, justice and self-respect". However, the government has persisted in its suspicion and has been demonising the Tamil community’. All that the correspondent has done with her numerous dubious allegations in the write up is to make an exhibition of her preconceived misconceptions about Sri Lanka:... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/06/12)

Cultural Factors and Combat Trauma in Sri Lanka
Dr Ruwan M Jayatunge
The Sri Lankan society experienced a 30 year prolonged armed conflict that changed the psychological landscape of the Islanders. A large number of combatants, civilians and the members of the LTTE underwent the detrimental repercussions of combat trauma. The concept of combat trauma was new to the Sri Lankans.  Through out  the history Sri Lankans experienced natural and man made disasters. The religion and culture provided great resilience to cope with trauma.    Culture consist of traditions, values, customs, folklore,   rituals and artifacts that help to make meaning of physical world and its transmitted... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/06/12)

HASN’T SCOTLAND YARD SHIRKED ITS RESPONSIBILITY
Jayamangala
Gone are the days when the Scotland Yard (Metropolitan Police) held in high esteem as one of the cleverest law enforcement authorities in the world. They were impartial, intelligent, fearless. But certain events in 2009 and two recent events during the last few months  in respect of Sri Lanka occurred in London tell a different story. Scotland Yard has become a just gutless set of officers in uniforms with lackadaisical attitude. The strength and intelligence of the British Police- Scotland Yard have been diluted to just an incompetent Police Force. In 2009, when the Sri Lankan forces were... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/06/12)

IS TOURISM REALLY BOOMING IN SRI LANKA - Case Study Middle East-
SARATH WIJESINGHE  
 Sri Lanka is one of the most sort for tourist destinations in the world. It is surrounded by the Indian Ocean strategically located between West Asia and South East Asia has been an important stop on the silk route or the Silk Road. It has all requirements to be one of the best tourist destinations with absolute peace, political stability, climatic changes within few hours of driving across beautiful waterfalls, sceneries, rivers tea estates UNESCO approved world heritage sites, and over 250,000 archaeological sites with many other attractions and requirements. It is near impossible to have... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/06/12)

Embassy of Sri Lanka Paris
PRESS RELEASE-  Lakshman Kadirgamar Institute for International Relations and Strategic Studies (LKIIRSS)
“TAGORE AND SRI LANKA”: A JOINT SEMINAR BY THE INDIAN CULTURAL CENTRE, CENTRE FOR INDIAN STUDIES – UNIVESITY OF COLOMBO, AND LAKSHMAN KADIRGAMAR INSTITUTE 18th June, 2012, Colombo: An inspirational one-day joint seminar on “Tagore and Sri Lanka” commemorating the 150th birth anniversary of Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore (1861 – 1941) was organized by the Indian Cultural Centre, Centre for Contemporary Indian Studies – University of Colombo, and the Lakshman Kadirgamar Institute for International Relations and Strategic Studies on 12th June, 2012. The seminar was... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/06/12)

UNESCO and the South: Ambassador Dayan Jayatilleka at G77 & China Roundtable
Media Release Embassy of Sri Lanka Paris
On the 48th anniversary of the founding of the Group of 77 and China, Ambassador Dayan Jayatilleka participated as a panelist at round table entitled “What future and what challenges for UNESCO?” organized by the group to mark the occasion. The event was attended by scholars, researchers, diplomats and journalists. The roundtable dealt with the themes among others, of “The moral and financial crisis of UNESCO”, “The reconstruction of UNESCO in the face of current challenges”, and “Reflections on the real priorities of UNESCO”. Ambassador Jayatilleka was selected by the Group to... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/06/12)

What will Pillay do next?
Written by  The Nation -Courtesy The Nation
Navi Pillay, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights has said it: ‘Drone raids violate human rights!’ That’s just one news story.  Most have reported that what Pillay said was, ‘drone attacks raise legal questions’. This is June, 2012.  The United States Government has sanctioned hundreds of drone attacks on targets in Pakistan.  Drones have been launched against targets in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya and Yemen as well.  It didn’t begin the day before Navi Pillay woke up and decided to check out what was happening in parts of the world she’s... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/06/12)

The G20 and global economic challenges
RT
On the opening day of the Los Cabos G20 summit, leading Mexican daily El Universal has published an article by President Vladimir Putin on world economic problems. An unprecedented crisis hit the global economy four years ago, sending visible ripples around the entire world and affecting every country to some degree. To meet a challenge of this scale the world’s leading countries had to radically change their approach. For the first time in history, the leaders of the countries that account for almost 90 percent of global GDP showed genuine desire and ability to coordinate economic policy. Most importantly,... -Full Story-
(rt.com - 18/06/12)

Syria: Setback for US interests, UN mission in muddy waters (Op-Ed)
RT
ust in time for the G-20 Summit in Mexico, where the most critical topic will be Syria, clashes in Syria have calmed down after the last 10 days of heavy military campaign by the army against terrorist strongholds. After successfully sealing Syria’s coastline against the usual influx of supplies for insurgents and terrorists, and also the closure of the Turkish-Syrian border, there has been substantial progress in recent days. Even Idlib, hitherto within easy reach from refugee camp bases inside Turkey, appears mostly cut off now – another major setback for the insurgency.... -Full Story-
(rt.com - 18/06/12)

Russian warships 'ready to sail for Syria'
RT
It is being reported that large Russian amphibious naval ships are steaming toward the Syrian port of Tartus, where Russian civilians and naval infrastructure are under threat from ongoing civil disorder. ­"The crews of the Nikolay Filchenkov, Ceasar Kunikov and SB-15 tugboat – together with the marine units they carry – are capable of protecting security of Russian citizens and evacuating a part of the property of the logistics base," a source at the Russian Navy General Staff told Interfax-AVN on Monday.... -Full Story-
(rt.com - 18/06/12)

UNP demand ‘immediate removal’ of Defence Secretary-A reply to Mr. Mangala Samaraweera.
Professional Analyst – Canada.
From what you have stated to the press in your press release(http://www.adaderana.lk/news.php?nid=18490&mode=beauti), it is clear you may have had prior information of this killing happening in the Beliatta. Your statement - “The responsibility of this armed thuggery in breaking up a democratic political meeting at the cost of 2 lives and injuries to many others, therefore has to be totally borne by the Rajapaksa regime, more so, because it is their family bastion of political power, the shooting had taken place,” MP Mangala Samaraweera says in the release, falls well within the trend of political... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 17/06/12)

Felictating Our Saviours at Last!
Vajiragnana Warnakulasuriya 
Thanks to Rajpal Abeynayaka’s “column” with “Silly — endangered people who don’t look after their own saviours Opened the path as to how the expatriate Sri Lankan Diaspora with “patriotic” views should felicitate the local Sri Lankan writers who penned factually accurate articles on defending Mother Lanka's sovereignty and territorial integrity. At times they risked their life showing the courage and boldness at the height of the conflict period. I am sure most of us for sometime have been waiting for an opportunity to “felicitate” these brave writers who took the pen as an effective armament to... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 17/06/12)

කෙමරූජ් භිෂණය 9
වෛද්‍ය රුවන් එම් ජයතුංග
 එක්සත් ජාතීන්ගේ මැදිහත්වීම් 1991 එක්සත් ජාතීන්ගේ සාම සාධක හමුදාවක් කම්පුචියාවට යවනු ලැබීය. රටේ අභ්‍යන්තර ගැටුම් අවසන් කිරීම සඳහා මෙම සාම සාධක හමුදාව විශේෂ කාර්යභාරයක් ඉටු කරන ලදී. 1991 සිට 1995 දක්වා එක්සත් ජාතීන්ගේ සාම සාධක හමුදාව කම්පුචියාවේ රැුඳී සිටි අතර, දශක ගණනාවක් පුරා ඇවිලූනු ගැටුම් ක‍්‍රම ක‍්‍රමයෙන් අඩු විය. සාම සාධක මෙහෙවරත් සමඟම වියට්නාමය විසින් කම්පුචියාවට කරන ලද  බලපෑම් ක‍්‍රම ක‍්‍රමයෙන් අඩු විය. වියට්නාම් හමුදා කම්පුචියානු භූමියෙන් ඉවත් කරන ලදී. 1993 දී කම්පුචියාවේ මැතිවරණයක් පවත්වනු ලැබීය. 1997 වසරේ තායි දේශසීමාව අසල රැුඳී සිටි පොල්පොට් ප‍්‍රධාන පෙලේ නායකයෙකු වූ ීදබ ීැබ කම්පුචියානු රජය සමඟ සාම සාකච්ඡුා... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 17/06/12)

Japan pushes for law to secure Iranian oil supply
RT
Japan’s lower house passed a bill on Friday to provide government guarantees to tankers carrying Iranian crude, which is to replace commercial insurance by Europeans after the EU’s oil sanctions kick in. ­The bill is yet to be voted on by the upper house, but the opposition parties controlling it already indicated their support for the legislation. The bill may be signed into law by month’s end and before the European Union’s sanctions against Iranian oil industry are put in force on July 1. The Japanese government plans to provide coverage of up to US$7.6 billion for each tanker... -Full Story-
(rt.com - 17/06/12)

"Insane fury" of Tamil leaders terrorised, bloodied and oppressed Jaffna
H. L. D. Mahindapala
In the main, political discourse on the north-south crisis has raged throughout the Vadukoddai War blaming only the Sinhala " chauvinists" and "extremists" of the south and exonerating Jaffna and its past. In  most instances, judgements have been passed as  if Jaffna was the glorious kingdom that gave Tamils their prosperity, liberty and security and it is the Sinhala "chauvinist" demons who took it away from them. At the same time, most studies mourned the absence of more research into the political culture behind the cadjan curtain. But this very lacuna enabled them to put the blame entirely on... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/06/12)

Why Gen. Sarath Fonseka gets the Oxygen of Publicity in extraordinary doses.
R Chandrasoma
It is not often that a General – however valorous – has his courage in the battlefield accepted as as a token of his prowess as a politician. Indeed, in most cases where such a transformation has occurred, it is the use of arms that has settled the issue. In Sri Lanka we witness an extraordinary development – the exploitation of a warped public sentiment by a famous ex-soldier to achieve ends that would otherwise be impossible. Let us be very clear – it is overweening ambition and ruthlessness that are the hallmarks of the General in... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/06/12)

An Outsider's Viewpoint—17-MULTICULTURALISM MINUS DISTORTED RHETORIC
By Shelton A. Gunaratne      
Before condemning multiculturalism as a failure because it is “an anti-Western ideology that wallows in relativism and guilt,” John B. Calvert (The Forum, Sunday, June 3, 2012) should have clarified whether hisobjection was based on the descriptive or the normative meaning of multiculturalism. In its descriptive sense, the term refers to the cultural diversity reflected in the population make-up of countries (India, United States, Brazil), cities (New York, Los Angeles, London), businesses, school districts, neighborhoods, and the like. In the descriptive sense, India is “racially, culturally, linguistically, ethnically and religiously the most... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/06/12)

Has the UN maintained International Peace and Security?
Shenali Waduge
A noble endeavor to stop another world war from taking place through the creation of a world body known by us as United Nations has undoubtedly disappointed us all. The UN may claim that there is no world war but it has done pittance to avert or stop mini-wars and in many ways it has contributed towards the suffering of millions of people by allowing its good office to be used for political agendas totally compromising the UN and its objectives. The blunders committed by the UN over the years are long and varied and some of... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/06/12)

If Bradley Manning Were Chinese…..
Hameed Abdul Karim
 For weeks on end the international media was full of sentimental stories of Chinese ‘dissident’ Chen Guancheng. His escape from house arrest was dramatised to make it look like it was a scene from the Hollywood blockbuster ‘The Great Escape’. Cheng was our new Steve McQueen. But unlike McQueen, who had to go back to jail, Cheng had a happy ending. He is now in the US studying law.  That was not all. There were stories of his family members and how they were running scared of the terrible Chinese government. Their lives were in danger... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/06/12)

Foreign holdings of US debt hit record high
By MARTIN CRUTSINGER
Foreign demand for U.S. Treasury securities rose to a record high in April. China, the largest buyer of Treasury debt, increased its holdings slightly after trimming them for two straight months. The Treasury Department said Friday that total foreign holdings rose 0.4 percent to $5.16 trillion. It was the fourth consecutive monthly increase. Demand for U.S. debt is rising largely because investors are worried about Europe's worsening debt crisis. U.S. government debt is considered one of the safest investments.... -Full Story-
(businessweek.com - 16/06/12)

Documents detail serious accusations against Secret Service agents since 2004
Fox News
The federal government released details Friday of allegations against the Secret Service for roughly the past eight years – ranging from more reports about employees involved with prostitutes to a bizarre claim that an agent implanted a chip in a victim’s brain. The 229-page report by the Department of Homeland Security’s inspector general also included reports of Secret Service agents involved in leaking sensitive information, publishing pornography, sexual assault, illegal wiretaps, improper use of weapons and drunken behavior. It is not clear how many of the accusations on the heavily censored list were confirmed to be true.... -Full Story-
(foxnews.com - 16/06/12)

Indian runner gender muddle after rape accusations
RT
Indian runner Pinki Pramanik, who claimed gold medal at the 2008 Asian Games women’s 4x400 meters relay, has been arrested following rape claims and accusations that she is actually male. The former champion is alleged to have raped a woman she was living with in the Indian state of West Bengal. The woman claims Pramanik is a man and had promised to marry her but later refused to do so. Anamika Acharya, whose complaint has landed Pinki behind bars, also alleged on Friday that Pramanik had bribed doctors to hide her gender, thus enabling her to compete as an... -Full Story-
(rt.com - 16/06/12)

China sends its first manned space docking mission...and first woman astronaut
RT
China has launched its first manned space docking mission, including the country’s first ever woman astronaut. China moves one step closer to becoming the second nation in the world performing regular space flights. ­The Shenzhou 9 spacecraft was successfully launched at 10:37 GMT from the Jiuquan launch center in China's north-west Gansu province boosting the country’s hopes of realizing its space ambitions. First female astronaut On her debut flight 33-year-old Liu Yang joins two male colleagues on board Shenzhou 9. Liu, air force pilot who enlisted in the People's Liberation Army in 1997, was recruited to be an astronaut... -Full Story-
(rt.com - 16/06/12)

Increasing bloodshed leads to suspension of UN observer mission in Syria
RT
UN observers in Syria have suspended their patrols and activities. The mission chief cites escalating violence in the Arab country, where both opposition and regime forces are striving for military gains rather than a peaceful resolution. A sharp rise in the bloodshed has derailed the mission "to observe, verify, report as well as assist in local dialogue and stability projects," said the head of the UN observers. The ability of the unarmed force to defuse the year-long conflict, which every day looks more like a civil war, is in doubt. There appears to be a "lack of willingness" from... -Full Story-
(rt.com - 16/06/12)

Rajat Gupta convicted of insider trading for tipping Rajaratnam
By Patricia Hurtado, David Glovin and John Helyar, Published: June 15
June 15 (Bloomberg) -- Rajat Gupta, who reached the pinnacle of corporate America as managing partner of McKinsey & Co. and as a director at Goldman Sachs Group Inc. and Procter & Gamble Co., was convicted by a federal jury of leaking inside information to hedge-fund manager Raj Rajaratnam. Gupta, 63, was found guilty of securities fraud and conspiracy by a federal jury in Manhattan today in its second day of deliberations. Securities fraud carries a maximum prison sentence of 20 years, and conspiracy carries a five-year maximum.... -Full Story-
(washingtonpost.com - 16/06/12)

“Sampanthan, take it or leave it”: that should be the message to the TNA leader
Asada M Erpini
The ITAK goal is a separate nation for the Tamils living in Sri Lanka. The TNA leader wholeheartedly endorsed it when he proudly referred to SJV Chelvanayagam as the father of Tamil Nation. It is a fact that the TNA represents an insignificant proportion of the population of Sri Lanka. The Tamils he and his TNA claim to represent do not add up to even 4% of the population. The so-called upcountry Tamils who live in the Central plantation areas have not shown any interest in joining Sampanthan as a community. His mischievous attempt to increase... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/06/12)

VILLAGE SKETCH—20-DAVID AND GONIYA: HEROES OR VILLAINS?
Arcadius
David Mahattaya had no doubt that he was a brave man. Others, including his spouse (or, more aptly, his ball and chain), thought that he was a braggadocio. However, I must concede that this was only a difference of opinion. Wags said that if the neurons surrounding the cerebrtal cortex of his namarupa were as fertile and healthy as the material manifestation of his rupa (pysical form), David Mahattaya would have certainly made his mark as a great man. He was tall of frame and hoggishly peppy. He had his suave growth of hair tied up in a... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/06/12)

ARUNCHAL PRADESH GETS FOURTH BUDDHIST CENTER IN INDIA FROM GOVT.
by Walter Jayawardhana
After Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir Arunchal Pradesh becomes the fourth state in India to receive the next fully fledged Buddhist Center by the allocation of funds by the  Central government of India Its founder Tsona Gontse Rinpoche announced The Central Institute of Himalayan Culture Studies at Dahung in West Kameng District will now attain the status due to New Delhi’s recognition. In the West Kameng District, where the institute is located, the majority of people, and 13 percent of the population of the people of Arunchal Pradesh follow Buddhism. India’s largest monastery Tawang... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/06/12)

ANCIENT BUDDHIST MUSIC USED FIRST TIME FOR A STAGE PLAY ON LIFE OF BUDDHA
by Walter Jayawardhana
Deb Chowdhury is a popular music director from the West Bengal state of India with strong and ancient Buddhist roots. The drama company Rangapath of which he is the music director is the producer of a unique stage play entitled Thathagatha , based on Buddha’s life. The stage play became more unique as Chowdhury decided to make use of thousands of years old ancient Buddhist music for the play. To adapt such a music track for Thathagatha he did research in two Tantrayana Buddhist monasteries in India and five other monasteries in China. Commenting on... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/06/12)

"විදුලිබල ජලාශවල වත්මන් තත්ත්වය"
සභාපති ලංකා විදුලිබල මණ්ඩලය
විදුලිබල ජලාශවල ජල මට්ටම ඉතා සීඝ්‍රයෙන් අඩු වී ගොස් එය වර්තමානයේ 25%ක පමණ ප්‍රමාණයට              (323 GWh) පහත බැස ඇත. මෙයට හේතු වී ඇත්තේ 2011 මැයි, අගෝස්තු නිරිත දිග මෝසම් වර්ෂාව ද 2011 ඔක්තෝම්බර්, නොවැම්බර් ඊසාන දිග මෝසම් වර්ෂාව ද අඩාල වීම නිසාය. පසුගිය දශකයක කාලය තුළ ලැබුණු අඩුම ජලධාරිතාව මෙය වේ. එමෙන්ම පසුගිය මැයි අග සිට 2012 නිරිත දිග මෝසම් වැසි බලාපොරොත්තු වූව ද එය මෙතෙක් කලක් ජලාශ ප්‍රදේශවලට ලැබී නැත. මේ නිසා අදවන විට ජල විදුලි නිෂ්පාදනය 14.8% ක් දක්වා අඩු වී තාප විදුලි නිෂ්පාදනය 85.2%ක් දක්වා ඉහළ ගොස්... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/06/12)

Buddha Hi Buddha Hai - Sonu Nigam
It measn there is Buddha every where and every&65279; time he is the only who had proved,he is in u r mind ,who makes u pure and became strong by the power of nonviolence He is the BUDDHA!... -Full Story- (youtube.com - 15/06/12)

MOHIDIN BEG
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Buddhist song - Self Reliance
A simple melody with lyrics that shows&65279; the essence of Buddhism.When I was a kid as young as 7 years old, I heard this song when I go to this temple for Vesak Day, they will ensure this song is sung by all of us on that day. I feel very composed and I always tell thanks to GOD in&65279; his name he sent spiritual teachers in form of GOD to us to guide and enlighten us. This song also make me feel in that way. Whoever create this song be bless by the Buddha, the Supreme Deity!... -Full Story- (youtube.com - 15/06/12)

Pentagon finishes contingency plans for Syria invasion
RT
Officials with the US Department of Defense have confirmed that the Pentagon has finalized procedures that outline how American forces could soon combat the government of war-torn Syria and officially involve itself in that state’s bloody uprising. After months of rumors suggesting that the US has unofficially made efforts to weaponize rebel forces fighting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, officials with the Defense Department tell CNN that the Pentagon has finished drafting blueprints that lay-out just how the US military could aid in ousting the leader with America’s own troops.... -Full Story-
(rt.com - 15/06/12)

“It is the translator’s fault: I didn’t ask for a separate nation”, says Sampanthan
Asada M Erpini
Oh, what a sweet little darling of a chap this man Sampanthan is! Let’s all stop whatever we are doing at the moment and rush to embrace him and shower him with kisses or any other gestures to show our adulation. Fall at his feet, if that is what you are used to. For Samapanthan, it is the ignorant translator who inserted the words for a separate nation to Tamils to the ITAK constitution. Let’s join Sampanthan to get hold of the ignoramus and to whip him: the translator is the one who made the innocent... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/06/12)

TNA leader blames it on translation
R. K. Radhakrishnan
A deliberate false translation of its constitution is the reason the Ilankai Tamil Arasu Katchi (ITAK) — the main constituent of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) — is being portrayed as a party that stood for secession of the Tamil parts from Sri Lanka, said TNA leader and MP M.A.Sumanthiran on Wednesday. In a conversation with The Hindu, he said the sworn affidavit filed in the Supreme Court — the constitution of the party — which is in Tamil, was translated into English wrongly by a certified translator. This could only be done with motive, he said... -Full Story-
(thehindu.com - 14/06/12)

Extremist diaspora, Sampanthan’s speech complicate ‘reconciliation’
by Dr Laksiri Fernando Courtesy The Island
June 14, 2012, 12:00 pm It is difficult to believe that President Mahinda Rajapaksa or his advisors did not anticipate protests in London or possible cancellation of his address to the Commonwealth Economic Forum in connection with his participation in the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations. It was a repetition of what happened in December 2010 when he was supposed to address the Oxford Union Debating Society. The only difference was that the cancelation of his speech, of course under pressure, this time was decided by an international organization, the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/06/12)

APPRECIATION - DON HUBERT
By Dr. Tilak S Fernando
The sail of Don Hubert’s life boat took the impact of imperceptible but inevitable natural wind force on   18 May 2012 to plunk it peacefully.  I could reconcile to the inevitable death we all have to face one day, but  sudden news of someone close to you bidding the final good-bye comes as a natural shock and disbelief. Peramunagamege Don Antony Leonard Albino   died of organ failure and also MRSA, the hospital superbug in the UK.  Alas! His two daughters, Marina and Paula, travelling from New Zealand and Australia at the eleventh hour could... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/06/12)

Columnists and the Electronic Culture
Dr.Tilak Fernando
June 13 this year marks the second anniversary of the 'In focus Column' in the 'Daily News'. To recap what was mentioned in the first anniversary would be to reiterate what inspired me to concentrate on a non political column of this nature. The reasons were two fold. Many friends intimated to me that they were 'bored' with an overdose of political writings in newspapers in Sri Lanka. This prompted me to concentrate on something that would stimulate a certain category of readers with light reading. To make it more appealing, writing needed to be garnished with... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/06/12)

Deliverance from shame
Island Editorial
The UN has, at long last, removed Sri Lanka from its List of Shame because child soldiers in the clutches of the LTTE and its off-shoot, TMVP, have all been liberated. Children were the worst affected in the protracted conflict in this country because of the LTTE's dependence on child conscription following its graduation from a ragtag army to a conventional fighting force. Prabhakaran at the beginning of his armed struggle had a hard time screening and hand-picking recruits from hundreds, if not thousands, of youth who were falling over themselves to support his cause, but after... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/06/12)

SRI LANKAN MONTESSORI EDUCATOR RECEIVES HIGHEST INDUSTRY HONOURS – AMERICAN MONTESSORI SOCIETY LIVING LEGACY 2012 AWARD
Embassy of Sri Lanka Washington DC Press Release
"Award brings great pride to Sri Lanka and reflects positively on the country’s Montessori Movement" – Sri Lankan Ambassador to the United States "Humbly and Selflessly, Chandra Fernando embodies the peaceful spirit of Montessori in her life "–Executive Director, American Montessori Society "Montessori Teachers are probably the best exports from Sri Lanka to the US"- Chandra Fernando   Washington DC: Mrs. Chandra Fernando, the recipient of the Living Legacy 2012 award of the American Montessori Society (AMS) says that Montessori teachers are probably the “best exports” from Sri Lanka to the United States.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/06/12)

"මුළු රටේම සම්ප්රේuෂණ සහ ඛෙදාහැරීම් පද්ධති නවීකරණයට පියවර"
මාධ්‍ය අංශය - විදුලිබල හා බලශක්ති අමාත්‍යාංශය
• නවීකරණ කටයුතු සඳහා ආසියානු සංවර්ධන බැංකුවෙන් සහ චීන රජයෙන් ඩොලර් මිලියන 650ක් • වසර 3කින් ව්‍යාපෘතිය අවසන් කිරීමට සැලසුම්. රටේ සියළුදෙනාට විදුලියේ අයිතිය තහවුරු කිරීම රජයේ වගකීමයි. එම මානව අයිතිය නිවැරදිව වටහාගෙන කඩිනමින් එය තහවුරු කිරීම සඳහා අවශ්‍ය කටයුතු සලසා ඇත.  මේ වනවිට ශ්‍රී ලංකාවෙන් 94%ක්  විදුලියෙන් ආවරණිතයි. රටේ පවතින සංවර්ධනයත් සමග විදුලි ඉල්ලූමද දිනෙන් දින වැඩිවෙමින් පවතී. එම තත්ත්වය හමුවේත් පැය 24 පුරාම අඛණ්ඩව විදුලිබල සම්පාදනයක්  පවත්වාගෙන යාමට ලංකා විදුලිබල මණ්ඩලයට හැකිවී ඇත. ඊට සමගාමීව රට පුරා විහිදී ඇති සම්ප්‍රේෂණ සහ ඛෙදාහැරීම් පද්ධති නිසි පරිදි නඩත්තු කිරීමද අභියෝගයකි.   ලංවිම... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/06/12)

Iraq and Iran: A Partnership Made in America
Arianna Huffington
With the war there officially "ended" and most of our troops back home, Iraq isn't getting much ink these days. But the story is far from over. Indeed, according to Wadah Khanfar, former director general of Al Jazeera, Iraq is still the most important story in the Middle East -- with a far greater impact on the region's future than Syria. "Nobody's paying attention to Iraq anymore," he told me during dinner in London over the weekend, "but it's becoming a client state of Iran, with a giant amount of oil between them." This state of affairs is,... -Full Story-
(huffingtonpost.com - 14/06/12)

Chairman of Royal Commonwealth Society's Rhetoric Needs To Be Put Into Perspective !
In Retrospect By Sarath Kumara
June 12th 2012 In what sounds somewhat incredible, Peter Kellner, Chairman of the Royal Commonwealth Society,  has said last week that   ' Srii Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa should not have been invited to the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations," which sounds like an instigated response in conjunction with the now infamous Channel 4 which is also suspected of being in collaboration with the so called LTTE rump and its supportives globally and the furore it has caused in recent times in a concerted and organised attempt to discredit the Government of Sri Lanka seems totally out of whack! ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/06/12)

Dengue Mosquitoes are being used as a biological weapon!
Shenali Waduge
Not many would think or accept that the AIDS virus was a man-made creation. Similarly, the swine flu, anthrax and various other pandemic flus have their origins in laboratories meaning they have been created by man. We are slowly witnessing another epidemic of sorts in the dengue fever which causes flu-like symptoms but eventually leads to death if not treated in time. Unfortunately, there is no real treatment for dengue. When other flus and virus’s have been created it should come as no surprise to treat dengue as a biowar weapon as well. Whether it is a... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/06/12)

LEARNING FROM THE WESTERN MEDIA
PROFESSOR ALI SUKHANVER
 Usually in a democratic set-up, the responsibility of maintenance of law and order must go indirectly onto the shoulders of the political forces but in Pakistan the politicians are most of the time least interested in the solution of problems that a common man has to face in his every day life. A general indifference and lack of concern regarding the common man’s problems has become a traditional trait of political and democratic rulers. So eventually all eyes turn to the law enforcing agencies for a positive and fruitful solution of the problem. It is a... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/06/12)

New chapter in Tamil struggle for political rights : A response – II
By Nain de Silva Courtesy The Island
As we said last week Sampanthan is talking of a chapter IV in Tamil politics. It is a new chapter both literary and literally and the leader of the Ilankai Thamil Arasu Katchi (ITAK) wants to establish an Eelam with the help of the western countries and India with support from the Tamils dispersed in the west. However, ITAK proxy of the LTTE thinks ashamedly as the successors to the LTTE as the party that represents the Tamils and is suspicious of the other Tamil parties as well as the dispersed... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/06/12)

Accountability: Only God Knows!
 By  Gomin Dayasri
 Statistics are like bikinis. What they expose is revealing what they conceal is suggestive.  Accountability is to reach an authenticated number of civilians dead and not act silly with fairy tales of a zero civilian casualty number or become traumatized with horror stories of over 40,000 civilian deaths. In war, civilian casualties are inevitable but it is no war crime, unless civilians are intentionally targeted and fire power utilized is beyond the limits of proportionality. Numbers disclosed in the researched UN Country Team Report (2009) challenge allegations that “tens of thousands” of civilians were killed in... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/06/12)

Tamara Kunanayakam
L. Jayasooriya
Anybody who has watched Tamara speak at the UN body in Geneva could not have failed to notice the genuine sincerity with which she defended our country and with such high emotion. With that she also proved the possibility of the existence of at least one Tamil person who considers this land that belongs to all of us together be our common home. Her emotion reflects her young blood and her forthrightness in what she had to say at these meetings showed America that she has self respect and is not prepared to take anything from America... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/06/12)

UN says Sri Lanka not in ‘List of Shame’
Asada M Erpini
Sri Lanka is no longer in ‘List of Shame’, according to media reports on 12 June that cite the UN Secretary General. On the surface it appears as if UN has found something positive to say about the forever-maligned Sri Lanka. But as the reader proceeds, he would not know whether to smile or cry at this apparent elevation of Sri Lanka from its routinely designated pariah status, which many UN agencies and its financial backers in the West are all out to bestow on the island nation. It is the same UN Secretary General who... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/06/12)

UK’s Tamil women using shoes to discredit President of Sri Lanka
Asada M Erpini
During the recent visit of the President of Sri Lanka to the UK, at the invitation of the Queen celebrating her Jubilee, Tamil women and men, most of whom would have landed on British soil claiming refugee status, protested opposite Park Hilton Hotel where the guest was accommodated. In the good old days, protests by British citizens amounted to people silently holding placards, with no disturbances or disruptions for the uninvolved. There was no need for the Police to come in riot gear. The Tamils from Sri Lanka, however, have shown the British how to protest.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/06/12)

Disinformation against Syria is criminal
Prensa Latina- Translated from the Portuguese version by: Lisa Karpova CourtesyPravda.Ru
Most mass media accuses the Syrian government for the crimes of more than 90 groups that have assassinated opponents.  They are based in London or Paris - and pointed to by some observers sent by the United Nations, but none of them consulted the authorities of that country. Nor did they echo of serious complaints registered about the crimes and massacres carried out by mercenaries who are the Special Forces of the great powers seeping across borders with Syria. "This means they keep on torturing the audience that... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/06/12)

WALL OF UDAYAGIRI COLLAPSES WHILE OTHERS LIKE RATNAGIRI PLUNDERED AND NEGLECTED
By Walter Jayawardhana
The Times of India has reported  a section of the wall of the 8th century Buddhist monastery at Jajpur's Udayagiri collapsed recently.   Another national newspaper, the HINDU has blamed the government of India for lack of interest in preserving the Buddhist center for some time and has been complaining of the plunder of artifacts by thieves at this important Center of Vajrayana Buddhism. The archeological Survey of India has accepted lack of staff at many of these Buddhist archeological sites and has pointed out lack of funds for the neglect. The Times of India has... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/06/12)

China’s Iranian crude imports remain in US firing line
RT
Washington has granted waivers to sanctions on Iranian oil imports to several countries, leaving China the only major oil importer subject to US penalties. Chinese oil giant Sinopec announced it will not raise imports in an effort to allay sanctions. The US government added India, South Korea and four more nations to the list of countries exempt from the sanctions on Monday. Ten EU nations and Japan were granted waivers in March to US financial penalties. The US considers that these countries have made a considerable effort to lower imports of Iranian crude with a view to stifling the... -Full Story-
(rt.com - 12/06/12)

Has the water entered my ship
What a wonderful moral story
In 1923 , eight of the wealthiest people in the world met . Their combined wealth , estimated, exceeded the wealth of the government of the United States . These men knew how to make a living and accumulate wealth . It's very interesting to read about what happened to these 8 wealthiest people in the world............. So 25 years later....... 1. President of the largest Steel Company , Charles Schwab , died bankrupt . 2. President of the largest Gas Company , Howard Hubson , went insane . 3. One of the greatest... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/06/12)

Secretary Defence launches South Asia's first Integrated INTERPOL Database Service
Sri Lanka News
The launching ceremony of the Integration of INTERPOL Database Services with Sri Lanka Immigration Border Control System by Secretary Defence and Urban Development Mr Gotabaya Rajapaksa was held today (11th June 2011) at the main auditorium of the Ministry of Defence. The system of this magnitude is the first of its kind in whole South Asia. The service was developed under the direction of the Secretary Defence and funded by the Government of Canada. The development and integration of the project was carried out by EPIC Lanka and Informatics International Limited under the technical consultancy of... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/06/12)

Mathew Lee and Sri Lankan diplomatic corps
M. A. Kaleel, Kalmunai -Courtesy The Island
Mathew Russel Lee has been very critical of Sri Lanka since the defeat of the LTTE by Sri Lankan government forces. He has been relentlessly picking on the Sri Lankan Diplomatic Corps at the UN. Many have been the victims of his scathing attacks – Bandula Jayasekera, MG Shavendra Silva, Dr. Palitha Kohona, and many more Sri Lankan politicians. To many right thinking journalists, his behaviour has been outright biased and unethical. Now, the very professional association he belongs to, the UN Correspondents’ Association, has accused him of unethical behaviour by an... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/06/12)

The ideology of ITAK convention
By Neville Ladduwahetty Courtesy The Island
During the course of his address to the National Convention of the ITAK in Batticoloa on May 26th 2012, Mr. R. Sampanthan articulated an ideology that could seriously set back efforts to evolve a political solution and foster reconciliation. This ideology is no different to that which ignited the flames of Sri Lanka’s 30-year-long armed conflict. Considering the death, suffering and destruction occurred over 30 years, one would have expected a more chastened outlook from the Tamil leadership. Its absence indicates that the interests of the Tamil leadership are to continue the conflict... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/06/12)

Joseph Stiglitz: Spain Bank Bailout 'Not Going To Work'
By Tiziana Barghini
NEW YORK, June 10 (Reuters) - Europe's plan to lend money to Spain to heal some of its banks may not work because the government and the country's lenders will in effect be propping each other up, Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz said. "The system ... is the Spanish government bails out Spanish banks, and Spanish banks bail out the Spanish government," Stiglitz said in an interview. The plan to lend Spain up to 100 billion euros ($125 billion), agreed on Saturday by euro zone finance ministers, was bigger than most estimates of the needs of... -Full Story-
(huffingtonpost.com - 12/06/12)

The 23 Biggest 9/11 Coincidences
By Hal Stanton
For many in the country, and a staggering number of foreign citizens, the truth about what really took place on September 11, 2001 remains under relentless scrutiny and doubt. The mainstream media and politicians love to pass these claims off as "conspiracy theories" (the threat of being a social outcast can get the best of us), but the facts tell a much different story. Here are just some of the major coincidences surrounding 9/11.... -Full Story-
(trutv.com - 12/06/12)

Ahmadiyya Khalifa’s recent Tour to Holland and Germany
By A. Abdul Aziz, Press Secretary, Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at, Sri Lanka.
 (Given below is an excerpt the Friday Sermon of Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad, Supreme Head of the world-wide Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in Islam, delivered on 8th June 2012 at ‘Baithul Futhuh’, London, U.K., gave a discourse on his recent successful tour to Holland and Germany.  Ahmadiyya Khalifa began the sermon by saying that not only every Ahmadi, but also our opponents can see the fulfillment of the promises God made to Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad of Qadian - the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace). The Promised Messiah... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/06/12)

The West rides the Tiger in an unflinching battle for Regime-Change in Sri Lanka.
R. Chandrasoma
The recent sad events involving the President of our country and the Ex-Colonial Power that ‘engineered’ matters so as to degrade and diminish the standing of a visiting Head of State must be seen in its truly ignoble context. It is well known that the Western Powers – this includes the ’White Commonwealth’ and associates such as France and the USA – have an unquenchable desire to administer  to Sri Lanka the ‘medicine’ that they have given ‘ad lib’  to sundry nations across the world. These victims – the so-called ‘pariah states’ - are deemed guilty of... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/06/12)

Statement of ambassador designate matches US policy, says US Embassy in Sri Lanka
Asada M Erpini
The US embassy in Colombo releases a statement dated 11 June, reported in the media, that the “testimony of Michele Jeanne Sison to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee during her confirmation hearings on June 06, is in complete accordance with U.S policy”. There is nothing surprising or new in what the US representative in Colombo says. The statement itself goes on to elaborate that the long standing US policy towards Sri Lanka is, among other matters, “demilitarization of the north, and provincial council elections in the north”. These issues as being matters of utmost importance to... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/06/12)

American Bitterness
L. Jayasooriya
The greatest weakness of the Sinhala Buddhist has been to accept the word of the other person as a word spoken in sincerity and believe in its sincerity. Even while evidence mounts against such belief we are generally prepared to ignore it as a misunderstanding on our part. That is what happened to us in our belief of the sincerity of the friendliness of America and the West towards us. It took many years for us to realize that something was wrong somewhere and we began doubting but were still not sure. That is how the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/06/12)

The Truth!-Tamils, Sinhalese, British and Yankees
A Sri Lankan
Tamils – How many Tamils are employed in southern Sri Lankan companies? (See the number of high caliber Tamils in Sri Lankan banking sector, see hotel trade, see film trade, see other industries) Do they experience any hardship professionally due to ethnicity in Southern Sri Lanka? If so, how come they hold such high positions? See how many Tamil kids are getting educated in International schools in Southern Sri Lanka? They have outnumbered other ethnicities. Royal college (best School in Sri Lanka) has Tamil medium, DS has Tamil medium. So many Sinhala major government schools have... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/06/12)

SARATH FONSEKA GIVEN GOVERNMENT SECURITY LED BY AN INSEPECTOR OF POLICE
by Walter Jayawardhana
Just weeks after being freed by the government former Army Chief Sarath Fonseka has been provided with security by the government. The Sri Lanka government is under international as well as domestic pressure to return most privileges he has lost due to the ex-generals incarceration. Fonseka  requested the opposition to withdraw a private members bill seeking the revocation of government acts against him like suspension of civil rights , suspension of his pension his convictions that would allow him to enter parliament, taking away of his military titles and medals. The government security team is led... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/06/12)

ELEPHANT CHRISTENING CEREMONY FOR 15 DONE LAVISHLY AT PINNAWELA
by Walter Jayawardhana
The Hindu featured the christening of fifteen baby elephants in Sri Lanka’s unique elephant orphanage and said the naming of the elephants were done according to traditional astrological principles after astrologers casted the elephant horoscopes. The christening ceremony was done last Sunday in front of a large number of foreign and local tourists, with some offering the elephants with fruit trays of sweet juicy tropical fruits. The newspaper said all 15 of the elephants were born at Pinnawela 13 last year and 2  in 2010.  The zoologists at Pinnawela have mastered  the science of how elephants... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/06/12)

FIVE SRI LANKA FISHERMEN IN INDIAN CUSTODY
by Walter Jayawardhana
Five Sri Lankan fishermen were taken into custody by Indian Coast Guard (ICG) at Tuticorin Tamil Nadu on Sunday morning.  The ICG charged them of illegal fishing in the Indian waters and violating the Indian Maritime Boundary Line. Their fishing boat was also seized. In a statement the Tuticorin ICG office said personnel on Coast Guard ship Veera engaged in routine patrol sighted the Sri Lankan fishing boat, ‘Saloman – II', with the five fishermen trespassing into the Indian Ocean at 45 nautical miles South East off Manapad lighthouse. They took them into custody and brought... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/06/12)

US accelerates preparations for 'no-fly zone' in Syria
RT
The United States may soon take on a formal role in the Syrian uprising after reports surfaced this week that suggest the White House wants an air offensive targeting the regime of President Bashar al-Assad. After over a year of unrest in Syria, Israel’s Debka news agency reports that US President Barack Obama has asked the US Navy and Air Force to accelerate plans that would aid in the ousting of Assad. According to their sources, President Obama hopes that by initiating a temporary air strike in locales instrumental to the Syrian government, the US may be able to... -Full Story-
(rt.com - 11/06/12)

Libya holds four ICC staff after they met Saif Gaddafi
BBC
Libyan authorities have detained four members of the International Criminal Court's staff who had gone to meet Saif al-Islam, son of former Libyan leader Colonel Gaddafi, the ICC says. ICC president Sang-Hyun Song urged Libya to immediately "liberate them". He said the civil servants had been held since Thursday 7 June.... -Full Story-
(bbc.co.uk - 11/06/12)

Inevitable Assimilation Will Extinct the Tamil Diaspora in another Fifty Years
Dilrook Kannangara
Tamil Diaspora put up another rowdy and third class show of Tamil culture in London. Inability of sane sections of the Tamil community to counter these moves inevitably lands them into the same lot. It is this silence of good people that encourage the bad lot to carry on. Unfortunately for them, they and their culture are judged by fellow Londoners by their public conduct which is despicable to say the least. No other London community displays such dastardly behaviour in public with flags of a banned terrorist organisation, disruption of roads, inconvenience to commuters, occupation... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/06/12)

Sri Lanka’s TNA MP refuses to hoist National Flag!
Asada M Erpini
It is only in Sri Lanka that a Member of Parliament, who receives a salary and all types of allowances and perks and is given security at tax payers’ expense, can refuse to hoist the National Flag of the country and still come out with lame excuses to justify the treasonous act. According to a report in Nation on 10 June the Tamil National Alliance MP Appathurai Vinayagamoorthy refused to hoist the flag at an official function held in Jaffna.  The justification put forward by the MP is that 25,000 of his people – not Sri... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/06/12)

TNA misleads Tamil youth – KP
Courtesy The  Nation
LTTE’s former arms procurer and international Financial Controller Kumaran Pathmanathan charged the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) of misleading the Tamil youth in the country, including former combatants. Speaking exclusively to The Nation Pathmanathan alias KP, who once supported the LTTE’s cause for a separate state, said the TNA and a section of the Tamil Diaspora were provoking and misleading the youth, thereby affecting the reconciliation process carried out by the government. He warned such irresponsible actions would only widen the gap between the communities of Sri Lanka. “If you look at Tamil politicians, the TNA is... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/06/12)

ASSASSINS INCORPORATED: THE OBAMA FARCE
Underpala -Courtesy The  Lakbima
This surely is the absolute farce. Washington’s ambassador-designate to Colombo Michele Sison has said at her congressional hearing that her priority in Sri Lanka will be human rights. Perhaps the congressional gathering was hard of hearing, if you will pardon the pun, but I would have thought one of those elected representatives would have had enough sense to ask why she had to go all the way to Colombo to prioritize human rights. I mean there is enough work to be done in this field right where she was standing – or sitting –... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/06/12)

‘New Chapter in Tamil Struggle for Political Rights’?
Gamini Gunawardane Courtesy The Island
Reading through the long speech made by Mr. R. Sampanthan, leader of the TNA at the recent party convention held in Batticaloa, which is really a policy statement, one gets the impression that there is hardly anything ‘new’ in it in essence. It is only a veiled re-statement of the infamous Vadukkoddai resolution and the Thimpu principles. They will pursue the same goal, viz., the Eelam project, described in different terms. Only difference is that in their strategy they will obtain the involvement of the so called International Community now manipulated by the well... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/06/12)

Vandana Shiva (1): Earth Democracy
Part one of Vandana Shiva's talk for Moravian College as their fifth Peace and Justice Scholar. Dr. Shiva, an internationally known scientist, environmental activist, ecofeminist philosopher, author, and recipient of the Right Livelihood Award (also known as the Alternative Nobel Prize), is speaking on the topic of "Human Freedom and a Fragile Planet." http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TmJYZKd5iGg&feature=results_main&playnext=1&list=PL802AE2161D17726F <iframe width="480" height="360" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/TmJYZKd5iGg" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 10/06/12)

AFRIDI BEHIND THE BARS?
PROFESSOR ALI SUKHANVER
 My younger son was depressingly disappointed when one day he was reading a headline in a western newspaper, ‘Afridi Behind the Bars’. In a very dismal tone he said to me, “Baba! These western newspapers are simply damaging the repute of our national hero Shahid Afridi by such misguiding headlines.” I said, “Don’t take it so serious; it might be a printing mistake.” The history of Pakistan would always remember two Afridis, Shahid Afridi and Dr. Shakeel Afridi, no doubt, two extreme contradictions to each other. Shahid Afridi would always be remembered as a beacon of... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/06/12)

Home cooking helped me to find out the technique of energy saving scientific cooking.
Dr Hector Perera      London
I remember that some people took hours to cook then I thought that cooking is a real time consuming and a tedious job. Many years ago we had servants to cook at our home; they did everything to prepare our meals such as string hoppers for breakfast, rice and curry for lunch and super. In between that, they also made homemade sweets as well.  Honestly, I never realised that they had to spend so many hours in the so called kitchen to do various things before this magic thing called meals are prepared. Unlike the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/06/12)

THE RUGBY LEGEND WHO BECAME A BUDDHIST BY READING QUANTUM PHYSICS
by Walter Jayawardhana
The rugby legend Jonny Wilkinson hit world headlines  due to his 2003 World Cup final heroics, when his drop goal in the last minute of extra-time delivered the trophy to England. He made another sensation when he told the London Times that he became a Buddhist by reading Quantum Physics. Wilkinson, a millionaire by then  has revealed that he has found inner peace through Buddhism. The former England Rugby star ,  who became a national hero after the world cup victory, said Buddhism  had helped him overcome a fear of failure which was ruining his life... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/06/12)

Coconut Oil Touted as Alzheimer's Remedy-Coconut oil watch to the end - A Real Eye Opener!
CBN
Researchers say the ketones found in coconut oil have slowed the progression of Alzheimer's disease in some people and may actually prevent it. Download Information Free printable guide: Fight Alzheimer’s Disease With Coconut Oil.... -Full Story-
(cbn.com - 10/06/12)

WHERE IS OUR PRESIDENT IN THIS FRONT PAGE WEBSITE OF THE CS.
Thecommonwealth.org
Where is Excellency Mahinda Rajapaksa in the front page website picture published by the Commonwealth Secretariat on the Diamond Jubilee celebrations?... -Full Story-
( - 10/06/12)

The globalisation of servitude
Lucia Noyce
Over the past decade, the world has witnessed an astronomical rise in the movement of human beings. The process of ‘globalisation’ has had much to do with this, creating both the need for migration and the networks that facilitate it. Not to be confused with migration, however, is human trafficking for commercial exploitation. This transnational crime has grown in size and profitability (estimated US$32 billion annually) alongside other international enterprises both criminal and legitimate, and some expect it to exceed the trade in drugs and arms within the next decade.[1] Millions of people are trafficked annually, often... -Full Story-
(aiia.asn.au - 10/06/12)

Nato apologises for Afghan civilian deaths in Logar
Gen John Allen:
"I have come here today to offer you my condolences" Continue reading the main story Taliban Conflict Life after Nato in wild east Rogue soldiers Nato's exit strategy Watch Taliban strength The commander of international forces in Afghanistan Gen John Allen has apologised for civilian deaths in an air strike on Wednesday. It is the first time that Nato has admitted civilians died in the air strike in the southern Logar province, which had targeted Taliban commanders. Afghan officials said 18 civilians had died in the incident. Afghan President Hamid Karzai has condemned the air... -Full Story-
(bbc.co.uk - 10/06/12)

NGOs and the War on Libya
by grtv
"The Humanitarian War" is a film about the demonization of Gaddafi in the run-up to the war in Libya. In this carefully researched documentary, Julien Teil examines the documents and interrogates the NGOs behind the campaign to oust Gaddafi, and shows the lack of evidence for the alleged war crimes that supposedly justified UN intervention. Join us for this week's GRTV Feature Interview with documentary filmmaker Julien Teil as we discuss the lead-up to the war on Libya, and whether it can happen again in Syria. http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=kSuLoEkGJzg!... -Full Story- (tv.globalresearch.ca - 10/06/12)

Part III -- continuing the series on Tamil politics and culture -Ponnambalam rips apart centuries of communal harmony
H. L. D. Mahindapala
 The battle lines of coming events in the north and the south were drawn clearly in the thirties.  By mid-thirties Ponnambalam had emerged as the leading champion of Tamil communalism in the north. It was Bandaranaike who led the counter-movement against Ponnambalam in the south in the latter half of the thirties. These two key actors in the political arena crossed swords publicly over the provocative hate speech of Ponnambalam targeting the Sinhalese at Nawalapitiya. The Hindu Organ (p. 4 -- June 22, 1939), the voice of Jaffna Hindus in the first decades of the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/06/12)

Why Cannot SLG Press & Public Relations Machine (?) Protect The President
Prof. Hudson McLean
The Pen is Mightier than the Sword! Once again the Leader of Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa was made to look a fool, for the second time, in the UK. Were these influenced by the Remnants of  Tamil Tiger Terrorist Diaspora or simply allowed to occur due to the Ineptitude & Gross Professional Incompetence of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Sri Lankan High Commission in London? The image of the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Prof. G.L Pieris depicts, for all his intellectual quality,  and education at Oxford, is more of a subservient, back-boneless, weakling.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/06/12)

It is sad that the nominee for US ambassador is already acting as a viceroy
Asada M Erpini
The lady who is going to end up in Sri Lanka as the next US ambassador when her nomination is confirmed has clearly enunciated what she wishes to do, according to media reports on 07 June: human rights in Sri Lanka, equality and justice for those living in former conflict zones, devolution of power to the minorities and demilitarisation of former conflict zones are to be her primary concerns. Sri Lanka is not a vassal colony of the once mighty US. Ambassadors that a country sends to another certainly have to promote the cultural, economic and... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/06/12)

THE QUEEN SHOULD BE ASHAMED TO ALLOW DISGRACE OUR PRESIDENT.
By Professional Analyst, Canada, June 9th., 2012.
Sovereign states need to be governed by leaders and those leaders in the modern democracy are elected by the people. Everyone cannot be a leader. A political leader is a person who can focus the inspiration and aspirations of the Nation and take the people towards those goals to make the country a success for all it’s citizens. Since the arrival of Marco Polo the famous sea farer, Ceylon before and Sri Lanka now has seen only a very few leaders during it’s history who have shown real leadership in times of... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/06/12)

Why Buddhism prospered in Asia but died in India
Shenali Waduge
Undoubtedly, the philosophy of Buddhism is one of the greatest gifts to mankind. Its peaceful concepts have distanced its followers from wars, crusades and is a binding formula for the entire South/South Eastern/Central/East Asian region of the world of which most nations are Buddhist countries whilst others including India are not. The Buddha was not interested in numbers nor was he interested in the lay deity having a distinct identity. There were no social codes, modes of worship…in other words adherence to the Buddhist faith was not obligatory unlike other religions of the world. Anyone, irrespective of... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/06/12)

Will SF align with the government?
The former general Sarath Fonseka has informed the United National Party parliamentarian Lakshman Kiriella that he does not need the help of UNP to win true freedom. As Sarath Fonseka cannot contest in an election for the next 7 years the UNP was to bring a suggestion to the parliament requesting the government to provide the Fonseka of his rights. Currently, Sarath Fonseka act according to the advices of Tiran Alas. According to political sources, Sarath Fonseka is to align with the government in the near future and his party parliamentarians Jayantha Ketagoda and Arjuna Ranathunga are to decide whether... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 09/06/12)

UK - The Mother of all Muzzling? Gaggers of the tiger world unite You have nothing to lose, but the Freedom of others
By Lucien Rajakarunanayake Courtesy The Island
The hangers-on of the Eelam Tigers were there as expected; and so was Freedom there to be trod upon.  Some of the Freedoms of Democracy were to used, manipulated, and directed to the destruction of the same freedoms that empower there users.  That is what happened in London last Wednesday, as the British were winding up their Regal Bash to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II. There is hardly a cause for surprise at what took place near Mansion House that day, and from earlier near the Hilton Plaza Hotel.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/06/12)

Bipolar Disorder
Dr. Nishan Wijesinha (Chairman) - Training and Restoration House for Bipolar Disorder
Bipolar disorder or bipolar affective disorder, historically known as manic-depressive disorder, is a psychiatric diagnosis that describes a category of mood disorders defined by the presence of one or more episodes of abnormally elevated energy levels, cognition, and mood with or without one or more depressive episodes. The elevated moods are clinically referred to as mania or, if milder, hypomania. It is a devastating long-lasting disorder leading to total mental instability, suicide and self harm, if not treated with Amino butyric acid. Gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) which is... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/06/12)

Annan plan ‘only chance for peace’ but stalled by intervention supporters - Lavrov
RT
External players are goading opposition in Syria to military action; this may lead to a Libyan scenario, the Russian Foreign Minister says. Moscow is calling for an international conference “under the UN umbrella” to implement the Annan plan. The situation in Syria has significantly worsened in the past weeks as two massacres left dozens of civilians dead. Speaking with journalists in Moscow, the Foreign Minister voiced concern about “the reaction on the part of some foreign players”, who, he said, “support armed groups of the opposition and at the same time demand that the international community take decisive steps... -Full Story-
(rt.com - 09/06/12)

Libya arrests ICC lawyer over ‘dangerous’ mail for Gaddafi son
RT
Libyan authorities have detained four members of International Criminal Court (ICC) delegation in the city of Zintan after one member, a lawyer, allegedly passed “dangerous” documents to the son of Muammar Gaddafi. ­Australian Melinda Taylor was supposed to meet with Saif al-Islam Gaddafi on Friday to discuss details of his potential extradition and trial in The Hague. "During a visit (to Saif on Thursday), the lawyer tried to deliver documents to the accused, documents that have nothing to do with his case and that represent a danger to the security of Libya," the ICC's Libyan representative Ahmed al-Jehani said... -Full Story-
(rt.com - 09/06/12)

UK's Cameron to face media ethics inquiry
By DAVID STRINGER Associated Press
LONDON -- British media ethics inquiry said Friday that Prime Minister David Cameron will give evidence next week, amid questions over his ties to a number of suspects in the country's tabloid phone hacking scandal. The judge-led inquiry, which Cameron set up to examine malpractice in the media and ties between politicians and the press, said it would also take testimony from ex-leaders Gordon Brown - who had an often troubled relationship with British newspapers - and John Major.... -Full Story-
(miamiherald.com - 09/06/12)

Clerics- should they have a voice in Parliament
By Garvin Karunaratne, Ph.D.former Government Agent, Matara District.
Member of Parliament Mr Wijedasa Rajapaksa’s proposal to stop clerics from Parliament has to be considered from what has happened to  the Sinhala nation and the Buddhists in particular. We happen to be a country where the majority Sinhalese have  a diminishing voice and the minorities have an ever increasing voice. If the Sinhala people and the Buddhists  had a due place there would not be any problem and there would not be any necessity for monks to enter Parliament. Our historical records detail how Buddhist monks time and again stood... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/06/12)

පූජ්‍ය පක්ෂයට දේශපාලනයත් පාර්ලිමේන්තුවත් තහනම්!-එජාපයේ යෝජනාවට පක්ෂය තුළම පිල් දෙකක්- සංඝරත්නයට හරස් වන්නේ ප්‍රවේසමෙන්
දිණමින
භික්ෂු ශාසනයට එරෙහි බලවේග විටින්විට ක්‍රියාත්මක වෙයි. බුදුන් දවස ද දේවදත්තලා, අංගුලිමාලලා, චිංචිමානවිකාලා සිටියහ. ඔවුහු බුදුන්ට එරෙහිව නැගී සිටින්නට අසාර්ථක ලෙස වෙර දැරූහ. භික්ෂූන් වහන්සේගේ පැවැත්මට එරෙහිව විටෙක විනයවර්ධන පිරිසක් බිහිවූහ. ඔවුහු දිවයිනේ පළින් පළ සිවුරු දරන්නේ නැතුව බණ කීහ. එහෙත් භික්ෂූන් වහන්සේට බරපතළ හානියක් කරන්නට තරම් විනයවර්ධනකාරයෝ ශක්තිමත් නොවූහ. ඊටපසු තාපස නිකාය බිහිවිය. භික්ෂූන් වහන්සේට වඩා තාපස නිකායේ අය ශ්‍රද්ධාවත්, සිල්වත් පිරිසක් බවට කතා පැතිරිණි. තාපස නිකායේ අය අපිරිසුදු සිවුරු දැරූහ. ඔවුහු පිරිසුදුකමට ප්‍රධාන තැනක් නොදුන්හ. දෑස් පියා සංවර ගමනින් පිණ්ඩපාතයේ වැඩියහ. උපාසකම්මලා බත් හට්ටි පිටින් දන් බෙදන්නට පාර දෙපස පෙළ ගැසුණාහ. තාපස නිකායේ අය සෘද්ධි බලයෙන්... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/06/12)

පූජ්‍ය මාදුලුවාවේ සෝභිත හිමිගේ 70 ජන්ම සංවත්සරයේ සැබෑ අරුත සසුනේ අවසානයද?
මුරගල බෞද්ධ කණ්ඩායම
දැන් දැන් බුද්ධ චීවරය සිංහල බෞද්ධයාටම එරෙහිව භාවිත කිරීමට ද්‍රෝහී බලවේග සියල්ල කරමින් සිටී. මෙම ස්වාමීන් වහන්සේ දඹර අමිල හිමිටත් එහා ගිය සංඝ සමාජයේ විනාශය පතන හිමිනමක් බව සිය ක්‍රියාවෙන් ප්‍රකාශ වලින් කලින්ම ඔප්පු කල හිමි නමකි. වරක් රටේ අධිකරණය විසින් සිරගත කල හිටපු ද්‍රෝහී හමුදාපති සරත් ෆොන්සේකා නිදහස් කර ගැනීමට උතුම් සංඝ රත්නය 100 නමක් සිරගත වෙන්නෙමුයි අතිශය ධර්ම විරෝධී සාසන ප්‍රහාරය දෙනු ලැබුවේ මෙතුමාගේ සඟවාගත් ත්‍රස්ථ හිතවාදී දේශපාලනය විසිනි. සිල් නොරකින භික්ෂූන් වහන්සේ නමක් පවා, ඕනෑම පෘතග්ජන ගිහියෙකුට වඩා අනන්තගුණයෙන් උසස් බව දහමේ මූලික කරුණකි. එය නොදත් මේ හිමිනම මෙයින් බලාපොරොත්තු වූයේ උතුම් සංඝ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/06/12)

The British Authorities' Tolerance of Tamil Diaspora Demonstrations In the UK During Prersident Rajapaksa's Visit Somewhat Apathetic!
LankaWeb Weekly Editorial
June 9th 2012 Despite  the continued attempts by Tamil Diaspora around the world to drag down and discredit the President of Sri Lanka he is beimg hailed and acclaimed around the globe much to the chagrin of his antagonists.These apathetic demonstrators who gather around the world whenever  Sri Lankan dignitaries or sports representations appear in a pubic perspective at the highest level, don't ever want to give up what many see as acts of frustration and communal hatred which they accuse the Government of Sri Lanka as being responsible for but the fact of the matter is, it is... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/06/12)

London Hilton park lane LTTE Terrorist protest 04 June 2012
This happens all the time also in Canada and elsewhere against moderate peaceful Sri Lankans and for the first time these racist LTTE extremists are caught in the act swearing in Tamil and Sinhalese., is this what freedom of expression has come down to? Many officers present are unable to do anything about this, this is not acceptable. Protest with in correct norms not like this.... -Full Story- (youtube.com - 08/06/12)

CHANDRA WICKRAMASINGHE SAYS VENUSIAN LIFE CAME TO EARTH DURING THE TRANSIT
By Walter Jayawardhana
During the June 5 Venus transit with earth biological material living on top layers of the cloud shrouded Venus would have reached earth said Professor Chandra Wickramasinghe of the Buckingham Center for Astro Biology.   Professor Chandra Wickramasinghe told this corresponent, “The solar wind (a wind of charged energetic particles from the Sun) stretches out the atmosphere of Venus and drives bacterial particles away from the planet.  At the 5/6 June transit the Earth was exactly in the firing line.”  The Astrobiology Center said The possibility of specialised microorganisms inhabiting the yellow-tinged clouds of Venus... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/06/12)

Let there be transparency!
True Sri Lankan
Sri Lanka has come under tremendous international pressure to make public the findings of special presidential commissions, especially the one that probed the massacre of a group of 17 aid workers in Muttur in 2006. It continues to be hauled over the coals at international fora for not abiding by principles such as transparency. The UNHRC last March adopted a resolution at the behest of the US calling on Sri Lanka to address, inter alia, accountability issues related to its war on terror.  Now, the Sri Lankan government has got hold of something to bludgeon its critics... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/06/12)

Jaffna High Security Zone ( HSZ) shrinks 40%, land released to owners, US told
True Sri Lankan
The largest High Security Zone (HSZ) in the Jaffna peninsula has been reduced by 40 per cent since the conclusion of the conflict in May 2009. The Island learns that the gradual reduction has been part of the post-war re-deployment strategy in line with the national reconciliation process.  Asked whether the GoSL was concerned about ongoing protests against HSZ as well as heavy military presence in the Jaffna peninsula, a high  ranking military officer said that the re-deployment had not been prompted by any politically motivated campaigns. "We selected parts of the HSZ in five stages thereby... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/06/12)

Exposed: TamilNet allegation on the death of UK deportee!-Wife’s illicit affair leads to killing of husband
True Sri Lankan
It was with much gusto that the pro LTTE tamil media such as Tamilnet reported the killing of Eshwaradasan Ketheeswaran (28) of Trincomalee alleging involvement of the security forces in his death. It was alleged that Eshwaradasan Ketheeswaran was deported from the UK in 2010 and was living alone at Paalaiyoottu in the city of Trincomalee. It was also alleged that on 18th April he was visiting his aunt and went out for shopping and upon his returned had reportedly told his relatives not to go out as strange persons were wandering around the house. It... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/06/12)

KARUNANIDHI BIRTHDAY -DIVIDING SRILANKA PLAN IN DISARRAY AS SONS ARE FIGHTING OVER LEADERSHIP
By Walter Jayawardna
 Frustrated by the unending rivalry between his two sons for the succession of his party leadership the President of the DMK and Chairman of the Tamil Eelam Supporters Organization M.Karunanidhi has told on his 89th birthday that he would contest for the position if he was alive next year. Though he is ambitious to divide Sri Lanka on a short term basis the  internal fight in his party would send all plans in disarray and fail to win support for a divided leadership from Sri Lankan Tamils, insiders of the party have complained. Stalin and Alagiri... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/06/12)

Sri Lanka President should not face LTTE harassment abroad
Asada M Erpini
The Business Council of the UK cancelled the address that had been scheduled to be given on 06 May in London by His Excellency Mahinda Rajapakse, the President of the sovereign state of Sri Lanka. The reason attributed was the expected protests by the LTTE. It is difficult to accept that the UK Police is incapable of providing security to a visiting Head of State, and keep a group of protestors at bay, especially if the latter is not openly carrying arms: the Olympics 2012 is scheduled to commence on 27 July in London, and the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/06/12)

Behind Enemy Lines-War on terror revisited:
By Shamindra Ferdinando Courtesy The Island
June 7, 2012, 7:03 pm Special Forces veteran Lieut. Colonel J.A.L Jayasinghe was killed in what a colleague described as a suicide mission on the Vanni east front on Nov 26, 2008 in Oddusudan area. At the time of the death, Jayasinghe was attached to the 3rd Special Forces Regiment, which specialized in action deep inside the LTTE-held area. He was twice honoured with Weera Wickrama Vibushana (WWV). Amidst a furore over the UNP’ allegation that the army was conspiring to assassinate Wickremesinghe, operatives blew up a truck killing five LTTE cadres... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/06/12)

Fitch Rates Sampath Leasing's Proposed Senior Debt at 'A(lka)'
Fitch Ratings Lanka Limited
Fitch Ratings-Colombo/Mumbai/Singapore-08 June 2012: Fitch Ratings Lanka has assigned Sampath Leasing and Factoring Ltd's (SLFL) proposed senior unsecured redeemable debentures of up to LKR500m a 'A(lka)' National Long-Term rating. The issue has been rated at the same level as SLFL's National Long-Term rating of 'A(lka)' - which has a Positive Outlook, in line with Fitch's criteria for rating senior unsecured debt of financial institutions. The rating reflects the implied support assumed from SLFL's main shareholder - Sampath Bank PLC (SB, 'AA-(lka)'/Positive, 100% ownership), given the strong strategic and operational linkages between the two entities. The... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/06/12)

THE PRAYER THAT SHOCKED THE WORLD
When Minister Joe Wright was asked to open the new session of the Kansas Senate, everyone was expecting the usual generalities, but this is what they heard: "Heavenly Father, we come before you today to ask your forgiveness and to seek your direction and guidance. We know Your Word says, "Woe to those who call evil good", but that is exactly what we have done. We have lost our spiritual  equilibrium and reversed our values. We have exploited the poor and called it the lottery. We have rewarded laziness and called it welfare.. We have killed our unborn and called... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 08/06/12)

"පුනර්ජනනීය බලශක්ති සංවර්ධනයට පින්ලන්තයේ සහාය"
මාධ්‍ය අංශය - විදුලිබල හා බලශක්ති අමාත්‍යාංශය
2020 වනවිට  ජාතික බලශක්ති අවශ්‍යතාවයෙන් 20%ක්  පුනර්ජනනීය බලශක්ති ප්‍රභවයන් ( සූර්ය, සුළං, ජෛවස්කන්ධ ) ආශ්‍රයෙන් උත්පාදනය කිරීමට අවශ්‍ය කටයුතු සිදු කෙරෙමින් පවතී. මේ සඳහා පින්ලන්ත රජයේද සහාය ලබාදීමට එරට තානාපතිනි (Terhi  Hakala &  ටර්හි හකාලා මහත්මිය පසුගියදා සිය එකගත්වය පළකළාය. ලෝකයේ පවතින බලශක්ති අර්බුදය හමුවේ තිරසාර විසඳුම පුනර්ජනනීය බලශතක්ති ප්‍රභවයන් බව හකාලා මහත්මිය සඳහන් කරයි. ඒ සඳහා පින්ලන්ත රජයේ විශේෂ අවධානය යොමුවී තිබේ. එම තාක්ෂණය සහ ඥානය තව දුරටත් ප්‍රචලිත කිරීම වෙනුවෙන් ශ්‍රී ලංකාවට සහයෝගය ලබාදෙන බව එතුමිය වැඩිදුරටත් සඳහන් කළාය.  විදුලිබල හා බලශක්ති අමාත්‍යාංශ පරිශ්‍රයේදී පසුගියදා විෂයභාර අමාත්‍ය ගරු පාඨලී  චම්පික රණවක මහතා... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/06/12)

"මැයි මාසයේ විදුලි හොරු 420ක් වටලති"
මාධ්‍ය අංශය - විදුලිබල හා බලශක්ති අමාත්‍යාංශය
• කිලිනොච්චිය සහ හම්බන්තොට ප්‍රදේශ විශේෂ සෝදිසියකට •ලක්ෂ 219 කට අධික වැටලීම් ආදායමක් • වංචාකාරී පුද්ගලයින් පිළිබඳව 2422259 දැනුම් දෙන ලෙස ඉල්ලීමක්  ලංවිම හදිසි  වැටලීම් අංශ  නිලධාරීන්  විසින්  මේ වසරේ  මැයි  මස සිදු කළ වැටලීම්  තුළින් රු 21,953,448.74 (ලක්ෂ219) ක ආදායමක් ලබා ඇති අතර එම මුදලින් රු.3,770,000.00 (ලක්ෂ37) ක් උසාවි දඩ වශයෙන්ද, රු.18,183,448.74 (ලක්ෂ181) විදුලිබල මණ්ඩලයේ අලාභය ලෙසද ගණන් බලා ඇත.  ඒ අනුව මීටර් වෙනස් කිරීම්, කොකු භාවිතා කර විදුලිය ලබාගැනීම් වැනි අයථා විදුලි පරිහරණයන් පිළිබඳ සිද්ධීන් 420ක් වාර්තා වී ඇති අතර ඒ අතරින් සිද්ධීන් 176ක් වංචා සහගත ලෙස මීටර් සැකසීම තුළින්... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/06/12)

Brutal Ragging in the Sri Lankan Universities: Video Evidence
by Darshani Wimalasuriya
Sri Lankan universities are full of violence and human right violations. Ragging has paralysed the university education structure and discipline. A new video reveals the inhuman nature of ragging that occurred at the University of Ruhuna.  (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ClymCgN28sw ). This video contains extremely disturbing graphics and victims are forced to physical and mental violence. This is the reality of the Sri Lankan Universities and unfortunately the University Authorities have not taken any preventable steps to eradicate the brutal ragging. Ragging and Low Quality of Education  The Education quality of the Sri Lankan universities have dropped significantly over the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/06/12)

FROM WADUKKODAI TO BATTICALOA
Jayamangala
It is no doubt that the Wadukkodai Resolution of 1976 calling for the youth to take up arms is being resurrected at Batticaloa at the most recent ITAK session. Not direct but indirectly. Prabahakaran carried out the Wadukkodai Resolution with thirty years of brutal terrorism. Can we vouch that there won't be another Prabhakaran born from those released or unsurrendered LTTE cadres with the help from Tamil Nadu and  the Tamil Diaspora in the west. There are reports from India that LTTE Activists in Tamil Nadu are ganging up again to launch LTTE 2. The TNA MP R... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/06/12)

The London rumpus
Editorial-The Island
Prabhakaran won many battles––some very spectacularly––but lost the war in the end because he made one fundamental mistake. He thought he could achieve his separatist goal by stepping up terror attacks on civilians and frightening the Sri Lankan leaders and public into submission. But, in so doing, he only helped them adapt to terrorism and later resist it with might and main. Prabhakaran's followers overseas are making the same mistake, we reckon. They succeeded in staging massive protest rallies and sabotaging events that President Mahinda Rajapaksa was scheduled to address like the morning session of the Commonwealth... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/06/12)

Depopulation by Food while making Profit
Shenali Waduge
Two goals have been set into motion. A group of people feel the only way to bring back balance to the world is if there were fewer people. Thus, they envisage the need to depopulate the world and conclude that the best way to do that is by poisoning the food we eat while they make profits through the methods being introduced. Is the world’s population really increasing at the rate that is being given to us? Is it possible that these numbers are manipulated? What do people really know about UN’s Codex Alimentarius and how guidelines... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/06/12)

President tells Lankans in Britain:‘I will stand firm by country’
Sri Lanka News
President Mahinda Rajapaksa said he will never allow any power or force to snatch away the country which has been liberated from terrorism. The President said he is prepared to make any sacrifice on behalf of the future generations to transform Sri Lanka into a super country to be reckoned with in the international world. He said this when he met a large group of Sri Lankans domiciled in Britain who staged a demonstration at Park Lane in London to support him and greet him during his visit to London. President Rajapaksa is visiting London to... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/06/12)

Let there be transparency!
Editorial The Island
Sri Lanka has come under tremendous international pressure to make public the findings of special presidential commissions, especially the one that probed the massacre of a group of 17 aid workers in Muttur in 2006. It continues to be hauled over the coals at international fora for not abiding by principles such as transparency. The UNHRC last March adopted a resolution at the behest of the US calling on Sri Lanka to address, inter alia, accountability issues related to its war on terror. Now, the Sri Lankan government has got hold of something to bludgeon its... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/06/12)

Happy Birthday Muammar Gaddafi!
Lisa Karpova Courtesy Pravda.Ru
June 7th is the birthday of one of the world's greatest leaders in history.  A man who showed that a government can truly and honestly be of the people, by the people and for the people, rather than an instrument of exploitation and robbery, keeping its citizens plastered in their particular social strata, unable to break free. He was of the most humble beginnings, born in a Bedouin tent.  He became a military man and managed, in 1969, to orchestrate a bloodless coup against King Idris, a western lapdog who had kept the country... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/06/12)

ALBA countries reject resolution against Syria
Translated from the Spanish version by: Lisa Karpova  Courtesy Pravda.Ru
07.06.2012 The representatives, of the Bolivarian Alternative for the Peoples of Our Americas (ALBA), before the United Nations Human Rights Council, rejected the draft resolution being discussed in the extraordinary session convened this Friday. ALBA countries reject the draft resolution against Syria at the UN Adital "The project resolution reflects the claims of those interfering in the internal affairs of Syria, without contributing to dialogue or the search for peace," the representative, on behalf of the Governments of Bolivia, Cuba, Ecuador, Nicaragua and Venezuela was quoted... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/06/12)

KARUNANIDHI WHOSE WISH IS EELAM STARTED BIRTHDAY WITH BAD NEWS
By Walter Jayawardhana
 DMK President and Chairman of the Tamil Eelam Supporters Organization (TESO) Muthuvel Karunanidhi whose 89th birthday wish was the bifurcation of Sri Lanka started his birthday with hearing all kinds of ominous news when Chennai Corporation and Police started pulling down hundreds of illegal flex boards and then banners illegally put up greeting him and a worker putting up a flex board was accidentally electrocuted. First, the Chennai Corporation telling it is illegal to put up flex boards without proper authority, with the assistance of the police pulled down hundreds of flex boards put up by... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/06/12)

ON HIS 89TH BIRTHDAY KARUNANIDHI VOWS FOR TAMIL EELAM IN SRI LANKA
By Walter Jayawardhana
Chairman of the Tamil Eelam Supporters Association (TESO) and President of the DMK addressing a meeting held in Chennai to celebrate his 89th birthday vowed to create a separate state for Tamils in Sri Lanka. At the birthday bash the ageing leader’s supporters decorated him with a crown and a garland made out of bank notes and when a somewhat comical looking photo of him with the adornments was published in the Hindu one reader commented: “The picture symbolizes the most vulgar display of money power till date by any politicial party.Very sad to see this.”... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/06/12)

US post-Assad Syria plan: Intervention in the cards?
RT
Hillary Clinton has put forward a new plan to remove Syrian president Bashar al-Assad from power. Echoing recent US threats to take action on Syria independently of the UN, the plan’s announcement coincides with yet another tragic massacre. As the violence in Syria worsens, Washington has been ramping up threats to intervene without UN approval in the absence of international consensus. US Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice, speaking to reporters after the Houla massacre, bluntly called on the UN Security Council to “assume its responsibilities”, saying that if the violence continues, “then members of this council and... -Full Story-
(rt.com - 07/06/12)

Those behind Hama ‘barbaric violence’ must be severely punished - Moscow
RT
Russia condemns "barbaric" acts of violence near the city of Hama. Individuals who masterminded and committed these crimes must be tracked down and severely punished, states Russian Foreign Ministry. ­There are certain forces which do not hesitate in organizing the most cruel and villainous provocations to disrupt Kofi Annan’s peace plan for the country, said Foreign Ministry spokesperson Aleksandr Lukashevich. In response to the Hama tragedy, consolidation of international effort is vital to back up the Annan plan, he stressed. All external parties involved in solving the Syrian conflict must use their influence to put pressure on armed opposition... -Full Story-
(rt.com - 07/06/12)

Indonesia's Ahmadis Look for a Home in Novel
Jakarta Globe
How does it feel when you are not allowed to go to your own house? How does it feel to know that your house was burned down and someone else now occupies it? “Maryam,” the third novel of author Okky Madasari, is a story about the suffering of the repressed Ahmadiyah sect in a small coastal village called Gerupuk in Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara. Maryam, the main character, was born and raised in an Ahmadiyah family. Her father is a devoted Ahmadiyah member and has established good relationships wit h the members of the village. Growing up, Maryam... -Full Story-
(thejakartaglobe.com - 07/06/12)

Britain snubs Sri Lanka again. President denied right of addressing Forum
By  Mario Perera, Kadawata
I refer to D.B.S.Jeyaraj’s article: President Rajapaksa’s London address to Commonwealth Economic Forum cancelled – posted on his web site and reproduced in ‘InfoLanka’. He says: In an unexpected, sudden development the Commonwealth Economic Forum the event in which Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa was scheduled to deliver the keynote address has been called off. The Commonwealth Business Council that had organized the event made a special announcement announcing the decision. In a tersely worded statement the Commonwealth Business Council stated-“After careful consideration the morning sessions of the Forum on Wednesday 6th of June have... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/06/12)

New chapter in Tamil struggle for political rights – A response – I
By Nalin de Silva Courtesy The Island
It is very clear that R. Sampanthan told the fourteenth national convention of the Ilankai Thamil Arasu Katchi (ITAK) held recently in Batticaloa to work with him to invite the western countries to give them Eelam. He has not come out with the truth in his arguments but he has made it clear that he wants an Eelam and nothing else. In essence, what he says is that the Tamils have not been successful in establishing an Eelam through so-called peaceful means at first and then through an armed struggle, and the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/06/12)

A 14-yr old Sri Lankan girl Nimesha Jayasinghe living in Dubai wrote this song and recorded this video during a visit to SL.
... -Full Story- (thenational.ae - 06/06/12)

Women, children among 18 Afghans dead in NATO wedding strike - report
RT
A NATO airstrike in the eastern Afghan province of Logar has killed 18 people, including women and children, local officials report. A NATO spokesperson said a team had been deployed to investigate the claims of civilian casualties. Afghan authorities say the pre-dawn attack aimed at militants in the area hit a wedding. An AP photographer at the scene reported seeing the bodies of five women, seven children and six men piled in vans. AFP news agency also released a photo with victims piled into the back of a vehicle.... -Full Story-
(rt.com - 06/06/12)

Russia and China pull together to counter US Asia drive
RT
President Vladimir Putin has said Russia will cement its military alliance with China, including an increase in joint exercises in the Asia-Pacific. The move follows a US pledge to step up its naval presence in Asia in a bid to extend its influence. "Recently joint navy exercises were held in the Yellow Sea, and they were the first of such exercises. We have agreed with Chairman Hu that we will continue such cooperation," Putin said following a meeting with his Chinese counterpart Hu Jintao in Beijing.... -Full Story-
(rt.com - 06/06/12)

Tamil Tiger Supportives Finally Being Brought To Task By The Canadian Government
Insight By Sunil Kumar
June 6th 2012 While the Tamil Tiger terrorist insurgency was raging in Sri Lanka with their supportive bases in various parts of the globe, particularly in Canada and  feeding the cause and all the attrocities related little or nothing was done by the then Canadian Government. In fact there are many analysts who observed that a virtual blind eye was being turned on the issues and that at time the there was even reason to believe that top ranking Government officials even mingled with them and the LTTE fronts who held various public events, whether inadvertently or not.  It... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/06/12)

US Patriot Act has denied Americans their freedom
Shenali Waduge
If eyebrows are raised as to 9/11 bombing being an inside job having nothing to do with Al Qaeda, Osama bin Laden or Afghanistan then the 342 page, ten titled document called the US Patriot Act which amends 15 statues and signed on 26 October 2001, clearly shows that the document had to have been prepared well before 9/11 took place and 9/11 was an excuse to immediately enforce it. The Patriot Act unaware to Americans have made them prisoners inside their own country brainwashed by media into thinking the US Governments are protecting their interests against... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/06/12)

FOREIGN POLICY: Russia and the Changing World
by Vladimir Putin
In my previous articles I have discussed some of the key foreign challenges that Russia now faces. This subject deserves more detailed discussion and not only because foreign policy is an integral part of any government strategy. External challenges and the changing world around us are forcing us to make decisions that have implications for our economy, our culture, and our budgetary and investment planning. Russia is part of the greater world whether we are talking about the economy, the spread of information or the development of culture. We do not wish to and cannot isolate ourselves.... -Full Story-
(globalresearch.ca - 05/06/12)

ANGELINA JOLIE SEEKING ADVICE OF BUDDHIST MONK TO FIX WEDDING TIME
By Walter Jayawardhana
Angelina Jolie, one of the most successful women in Hollywood is seeking the advice of astrology of an Asian Buddhist monk to fix a good time for her marriage to Brad Pitt, the National Enquirer reported. The weekly in its June 4 issue said Jolie is very keen in letting the Cambodian Buddhist monk choose an auspicious time for Brad and Julie to tie the knot to their already successful relationship. The report said Angie 37 is consulting a monk at the Wat Khmer Buddhist Temple in Los Angeles sourcing it to unnamed ones and revealed... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/06/12)

US role to fade with China calling shots as creditor – economist
RT
China has accumulated enough financial resources to induce borrowers US and EU to share power, argues Arvind Subramanian, senior fellow jointly at the Peterson Institute for International Economics and the Center for Global Development. ­In an exclusive interview to RT the author of Eclipse: Living in the Shadow of China’s Economic Dominance explained how disputable currency policies from creditor China and borrower America dictate the political weather around the globe.... -Full Story-
(rt.com - 05/06/12)

Are you on the ‘SS Euro’? Abandon Ship!
RT
The Euro is creaking and making funny noises. Lloyds of London – who have a pretty good ear to perceive impending disasters – says the insurance market is preparing for the Euro's collapse and is trying to reduce its exposure as much as possible. Robert Ward chief executive of the multi-billion dollar and almost five hundred year old institution said Lloyd's may have to write-down on its £58.9 billion investment portfolio if the euro collapses. In the interview for The Sunday Telegraph he explained the market has put in place a contingency plan to switch euro underwriting to multi-currency... -Full Story-
(rt.com - 05/06/12)

Thai Buddhists mark Buddha Jayanti, Vesak Day
BANGKOK, June 4 -- Buddhist Thais nationwide marked Vesak Day on Monday which this year also was in commemoration of the 2,600th anniversary of the enlightenment of the Lord Buddha, or Buddha Jayanti. Vesak Day is celebrated to commemorate the three major events in Buddha’s life – his birth, enlightenment and passing away. In the capital, Bangkok Governor Sukhumbhand Paribatra led Buddhist Thais, mostly wearing white, to mark the special day of Buddhism to give alms to monks at Sanam Luang where a variety of activities including exhibitions on Buddha’s life, Dharma lectures and Buddhist practices were held for Buddhism... -Full Story- (mcot.net - 05/06/12)

Special Report: Thailand’s Grand Vesak Celebrations on the Occasion of Buddhajayanti, 2,600 Years of Buddha’s Enlightenment
On the full moon day of the sixth lunar month, Buddhists in Thailand celebrate the enlightenment of the Buddha, the founder of Buddhism. It is this very same day that two other most important events in Buddhism are believed to have occurred—the birth of Buddha, 45 years before his enlightenment, and his passing away 35 years later. As the center of the world Buddhism, Thailand has arranged special activities to celebrate the Day of Vesak this year as it marks 2,600 years of the Enlightenment of the Buddha. The Sangha Supreme Council of Thailand has named this auspicious occasion “Buddhajayanti,”... -Full Story- (pattayamail.com - 05/06/12)

Web of life Biodiversity
... -Full Story- (youtube.com - 05/06/12)

Part 2 Web of life
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Bogus Siege Mentality of the Tamil Minority in Sri Lanka
R Chandrasoma
Throughout history, some groups have faced the threat of extinction through the overweening power of unfriendly neighbours. The classic case is that of the State of Israel – a Jewish enclave in a vast Muslim-dominated hinterland. That such states and peoples should develop what has been called the “Masada Complex’ is understandable given the dire existential threat posed by the unremitting hatered of those around them.  There are also bogus claims to the kind of political vulnerability typified by the embattled state of Israel. The Tamils of Sri Lanka – an affluent minority long pampered by the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/06/12)

An Experiment That Failed And A Case Of Resting On Laurels?
Top Spin by Suni
June 4th 2012 Having  beaten the Pakistani's comprehensively in the Ist T20 at the same venue, the Sri Lankans displayed a total lack of concentration and lost like a bunch of novices to Pakistan in the 2nd game concluded yesterday so what seems to be the problem? Did Mahela Jayawardena's and Lasith Malinga's exclusion while a few tryouts were given a go have anything to do with the loss ? which should not really have been the case albeit seemingly annoying from the standpoint of the fans who turned up in their numbers only to see their favourites... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/06/12)

THE INDIAN ARTIST WHO WANTS TO RECREATE THE PAST GLORY OF BUDDHISM
By Walter Jayawardhana
Amarvati is one of the greatest Buddhist civilizations in India. Mallikarjuna Rao is a Buddhist artist who has been inspired by it. He wants to be part of the great revival of Buddhism currently taking place in the country. His exhibition of paintings has been named , “ A Tribute To Amaravati Glory.” Although all the paintings have been sold the new owners have agreed to continue the exhibition going round the country. The money earned out of the sales has been donated to Dhyan Buddha project of Amaravatiin Guntur district. “The rich cultural heritage of... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/06/12)

Singapore a poor model for Myanmar
By William Barnes
BANGKOK - When Myanmar's reforming President Thein Sein visited Singapore in January, officials there offered lessons on how to modernize and attract foreign investment. Singapore's eagerness to court Myanmar's ruling generals has been a diplomatic feature of the international community's two decades of trying to crack open the reclusive country. Now that Asia's "next economic frontier" has started to open up, Singapore - where Myanmar's senior generals bank and seek hospital treatment - is keen to offer itself as a dazzling example of how to become a first-world economy within a couple of generations.... -Full Story-
(atimes.com - 04/06/12)

Politicians seek Buddhists' support on Buddha's Birthday
SEOUL, May 28 (Yonhap) -- South Korean politicians were flocking to Buddhist temples on Buddha's Birthday Monday to win the support of Buddhist believers ahead of the presidential election in December. Rep. Hwang Woo-yea, chairman of the ruling Saenuri Party, Rep. Park Jie-won, interim leader of the main opposition Democratic United Party (DUP), and Rep. Rhee In-je, interim leader of the conservative minor opposition Liberty Forward Party, were among a number of politicians at a ceremony marking Buddha's Birthday at the main temple of South Korea's largest Buddhist sect, the Jogye Order.... -Full Story- (english.yonhapnews.co.kr - 04/06/12)

Africa: Effects of Colonialism On Africa's Past and Present
By Mots Pheko, 31 May 2012
"Regime change" is the new name coined by imperialists to continue with colonialism in a new form. The political situation in "post independent" Africa demonstrates that any true leaders, who the imperialists perceive as a threat to their economic interests, are targeted through aggressive campaigns such as "regime change." Some of these leaders were Kwame Nkrumah, Patrice Lumumba, Chief Moshodi Abiola and recently Maummar Gaddafi." "The pioneers of liberation in Africa such as Nkrumah, Patrce Lumumba, Julius Nyerere, Ahmed Ben Bella, Abdel Nasser, Modibo Keita, Ahmed Sekou Toure fought, the first stage of African... -Full Story-
(allafrica.com - 04/06/12)

12-year-old exposes Canada’s banking flaws that applies to everyone
... -Full Story- (planet.infowars.com - 03/06/12)

War on terror revisited:The Aturugiriya Affair
By Shamindra Ferdinando Courtesy The Island
June 3, 2012, 7:27 pm In the run-up to the Dec 5, 2001 parliamentary polls, UNP leader, Ranil Wickremesinghe alleged that the Directorate of Military Intelligence (DMI) was planning to assassinate him. He claimed that the DMI was training Tamil terrorists at the Panaluwa Army Testing Range to mount an attack on his campaign bus, as well as his political rallies. The unprecedented allegation triggered hostilities between the ruling People’s Alliance (PA) and the UNP, with the army placed in an extremely embarrassing position. On the instructions of Wickremesinghe, UNP... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/06/12)

VILLAGE SKETCH—19 -REDI NENDA: THE WASHERWOMAN
Arcadius
Toting a big round bundle of laundry on her back, she trudges along the path leading to our house.  The load, apparently, is ponderous.  She has hunched a little to accommodate the weight because she is fairly old and frail. I can spy her through the bamboo-grove as she comes.  I am impatient to wait for her.  So I run forward to greet her, shouting “Redi Nenda, Redi Nenda!” In fact everybody called her Redi Nenda.  Though we called her Nenda (aunt), she was no relation of ours.  That was the polite term the villagers used to address... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/06/12)

මෙම පවුල් සෞඛ්යk සේවා නිලධාරිනිය සැබවින්ම වීරවරියකි
 වෛද්‍ය රුවන් එම් ජයතුංග   
පවුල් සෞඛ්‍ය සේවා නිලධාරිනියන් සේවය කරන්නේ අවම පහසුකම් අවම වැටුප් යටතේය. නමුත් ඔවුන් ලංකාවේ  සෞඛ්‍යය ක්ෂේත්‍රයට ඉතා විශිෂ්ට සේවාවක් කරති. ඔවුන් වර්ජන තර්ජන කරන්නේ නැත. හැකි උපරිම අයුරින් තම සේවය ඉටු කරති. නමුත් ඔවුන්ගේ සේවය අගය කරන්නේ නැති තරම්ය.   1995 දී සීමාවාසික වෛද්‍යවරයෙකු ලෙස මම මුලින්ම පත්වීම ලැබුවේ මාතලේ මුලික රෝහලටය. මට මුලින්ම සේවය කිරීමට සිදු වුයේ  විශේෂඥ  නාරි හා ප්‍රසව   වෛද්‍ය ආනන්ද රණතුංග මහතා යටතේ සුතිකාගාරයේ ය. එහිදී පවුල් සෞඛ්‍ය සේවා නිලධාරිනියන් දිවා රෑ නොබලා කරන කැපවීම මට  ඇස් දෙකන්ම දැක ගැනීමට හැකි විය. සෑම ප්‍රසවයක් සිදුවන අවස්ථාවකම ඔවුන් මවුවරු සමග... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/06/12)

Indo – Sri Lanka Buddhist Network
by Senaka Weeraratna
A group of pro-active Indian and Sri Lankan Buddhists drawn from leading Buddhist organizations had a series of discussions on the sidelines of the World Buddhist Assembly gathering in Bangkok, Thailand (May 21 – 25, 2012) and decided to establish an ‘Indo – Sri Lanka Buddhist Network’ to pursue a number of preliminary aims and objectives that are beneficial to the cause of consolidating and spreading Buddhism in both countries and other parts of the world.   It is anticipated that a more substantial organization would emerge with the passage of time from these interactions. The preliminary... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/06/12)

Silly — endangered people who don’t look after their own saviours
Rajpal Abeynayake Courtesy Lakbimanews
Who could forget that surreal yet comic award given by the National Peace Council, so called, — which is basically Jehan Perera — to the Centre for Policy Alternatives helmsman Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu? This was the only oddball chapter in the generally well oiled civil society machine that cringes to please the West and the Western donors. Unlike in the case of the Jehan-Paikiasothy back scratching award, the pro West civil society scene is usually a study in how a system is well rigged to serve a dubious cause. Most civil society actors worldwide are paid... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/06/12)

Malaysia: Respect the cultural features of all communities
Courtesy:  Buddhist Channel
Kota Bahru, Kelantan (Malaysia) -- POLITICAL life may never be free of controversy, but controversies that are unnecessary or avoidable should never be acceptable. Kelantanese are now undergoing one such learning experience. The Kelantan Buddhist Association, applying for construction approval for a building in Kota Baru, has been told the building design must incorporate some Islamic features. A state government bureaucrat said this was a requirement for approval to be granted. The issue has sparked off a storm of controversy all set to grow. The design condition was not something the state Buddhist association, or... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/06/12)

The Buddhist Revival in Burma
Arjanyai
Burma under British rule was not so much subject to religious suppression as Ceylon. Europeanization was not so great there as to affect much the cultural life of the Burmese, since the British administered Burma only as a part of India and the British colonial period there was much shorter than in Ceylon. There was little to be called a Buddhist revival directly resulting froth the reaction to the colonial rule. Still there was an identification between Buddhism and nationalism. This was caused by an attachment to and pride in the historical religion as the national heritage on... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/06/12)

Bangkok Declaration of the Ninth International Buddhist Conference on the United Nations Day of Vesak
The Buddhajayanti 2600 Celebrations of the Buddha’s Enlightenment At Mahachulalongkornrajavidyalaya University Main Campus, Wang Noi, Ayutthaya
May 31- June 2, 2012 (B.E.2555) The United Nations Conference Centre, Bangkok and Buddhamonthon, Nakhon Pathom Province, Thailand-On 15th December 1999, representatives from 34 countries proposed to the General Assembly of the United Nations that the full moon day in the month of May be recognized and observed at the United Nations Headquarters and its Regional Offices as the United Nations Day of Vesak. The General Assembly so resolved (Agenda Item 174 of Session No. 54) and accordingly the UN Day of... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/06/12)

Bailiffs raid Hindu temple as priests refuse to move out for Travelodge
Emer Martin
Bailiffs have carried out a dawn raid on a Hindu temple, evicting priests and seizing its sacred contents. Backed up by the police, they moved in on the Sivayogam temple in Hebdon Road, Tooting, following a protracted legal dispute with owner Barrowfen Properties Ltd, which has plans to turn it into a Travelodge. Eleven priests sleeping in the building were evicted and the building sealed, preventing worshippers from entering or removing 16 gold and gem encrusted statues of gods said to be worth about £100,000.... -Full Story-
(thisislondon.co.uk - 03/06/12)

The origins of violent communal politics
H. L. D. Mahindapala
 The popular political dogma that dominate the mainstream public discourse blame S. W. R. D. Bandaranaike for (a) exacerbating Sinhala-Tamil relations with the Sinhala Only Act of 1956, (b) acts of discrimination against Tamils, (c) exploiting communal issues to advance his political career, (d) generally promoting "Sinhala-Buddhist chauvinism" as politically expedient means to gain power and (e) ethnic violence.  But does this mono-causal view represent the historical reality? When an entrenched elite minority in the north -- the most privileged in the island -- raised under the patronage of the colonial masters, decides to take... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/06/12)

INDIA REDUCES PETROL PRICES
By Walter Jayawardhana
Helped by the falling crude oil prices Indian oil marketing companies have announced a reduction of aeound Indian Rupees 2.00  for a litre of petrol. Accordingly  a liter of petrol from Saturday midnight has come down by Indian Rupees 2,12 in Mumbai,Indian Rupees 2.07 Kolkata and Indian Rupees 2.13 in Chennai. Indian Opposition held protest demonstrations against the oil price hike on May 31... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/06/12)

An open letter to Indonesian President
By I. Ahmad
 2 June 2012. Mr. Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono The President of Indonesia Jl. Veteran No. 16 Jakarta Pusat INDONESIA  Dear Mr. President, Peace be on you.  INDONESIA: Ahmadiyya Muslim members in Batam are threatened, ill-treated and illegally arrested with the acquiescence of the police Name of affected community: Ahmadiyya Muslim group in Batam Name of victims: Nasrun, Suwandi, Arief Names of alleged perpetrators: Members of Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) Batam, Head Deputy of the Community Empowerment Unit of Barelang District Police Date of incident: 27 April 2012 Place of incident: Batam  I... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/06/12)

Khalifa of Islam to Visit United States
By A. Abdul Aziz, Press Secretary,Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at, Sri Lanka.
Thousands of American Muslims wait in anticipation for the historic U.S. visit of His Holiness Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad, worldwide spiritual and administrative head (Khalifa) of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, in June. As the Muslim leader commanding the largest following of Muslims in the world, His Holiness visits the U.S. shortly after contacting several world leaders -- including President Barack Obama, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad -- to resolve international differences with diplomacy and to avoid violence at all costs in order to prevent a... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/06/12)

Gota’s War - Review
By Lalin Fernando Courtesy The Island
June 1, 2012, 7:32 pm   CA Chandraprema (CAC)’s book even if he has got much to learn about SL’s military if not its history, has been called the "finest and most comprehensive …….. of the … conflict" (Sarath Amunugama) and also the most ‘definitive’ (Rajpal Abeynayake). Sadly, though there are riveting descriptions of military operations and background lore, it lacks authenticity, balance, sensitivity and is subtly laced with malice and bias. Yet it does not lack humour. It will certainly challenge Weiss’ ‘The Cage’ and in October BBC’s Francis Harrison’s "Still... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/06/12)

Revisiting Aranthalawa Bhikku massacre
By Austin Fernando Courtesy The Island
June 1, 2012, 12:00 pm Twenty five years ago today –June 2nd - I was the Secretary of the Ministry of Rehabilitation and received a telephone call from General Sepala Attygalle, the then Defence Secretary, under President J. R. Jayewardene. He inquired if I were aware of the massacre of Buddhist priests in Ampara, taken place that day. When I answered in the negative he narrated the circumstances under which thirty Buddhist priests have been murdered by the LTTE, in cold blood. He informed me that he had discussed with the President... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/06/12)

‘They’re robbing us’: 12-year-old exposes Canada’s banking flaws, goes viral
RT
Economists around the world are struggling to break free of the clutches of the financial crisis but a Canadian girl explains exactly what needs to be done. Victoria Grant, 12, became an overnight Internet sensation after a video of her slamming Canada’s banks and the government for robbing the people, went viral. “What I’ve discovered is that banks and the government have colluded to financially enslave the people of Canada,” she said at Pubic Banking Institute conference in Philadelphia. In her interview with RT, the child economist expressed her concern that the Canadian government has been borrowing money from... -Full Story-
(rt.com - 02/06/12)

The Tragic Mistake That Now Threatens 1 Out of Every 3 Bites You Eat
By Dr. Mercola
Honey bees are the angels of agriculture, but they're disappearing at a startling rate in a mysterious phenomenon dubbed Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD). Since 2007, North American honey bees are literally disappearing without a trace. There are no massive dead bee bodies appearing in or around the hives—the bees are simply GONE, bewildering beekeepers and scientists alike. In fact, serious honey bee die-offs have been occurring around the world for the past decade. The U.S. and the U.K. both reported losing a third of their honey bees in 2010.... -Full Story-
(articles.mercola.com - 02/06/12)

From Here…..to…..Where?
by Gomin Dayasri      
Hillary Clinton lavished praise on the action plan verbally presented by Minister G.L.Peiris. Bless him on a futuristic plan that has pleased Uncle Sam in our feeble endeavors to be an obliging nephew. Therein lie an uneasy feeling: notwithstanding whatever accomplishment, West will never let us off the hook on human rights without castigating, for winning a war over terrorism without their blessings. We are wasting precious time.  Hopefully we did not assure Clinton to do what we cannot deliver or travel a distance too far on an unintended road map that would endanger security concerns?... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/06/12)

Media Lies: Fabricating news in Syria and lessons for Sri Lanka
Shenali Waduge
First things first, since when and by whom has the US been appointed the world’s policeman to accuse fellow nations, oust political leaders, invade nations, fire unmanned drones that kill civilians and use western media to brainwash the public into thinking that the US is saving humanity and safeguarding human rights? After a series of manipulated staged “rebellions” in the Middle East/Africa the US and West are now in Syria and the media has been exposed for fabricating stories to advance the agenda of the US and the West. The media in tow with Western human rights... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/06/12)

If country as a whole work on it with few simple strategies we can reduce or get out of foreign debt.
By Damien
The Secretary to the treasury Dr. P.B Jayasundara recently made statement that the country is wasting the foreign currency on things that can be made in this country. I would like to add to this by stating that as a  country we should have clear targets and policies that are aimed at both saving and earning foreign currency if we ever hope to repay the foreign currency debts that have been accumulated over the years. We know that there are two things one can do to get out of debt. One is spending less and other is... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/06/12)

Sri Lanka : a living laboratory how and how not to fight terrorism.
Ayesh Madhawa De Silva.
The governments all over the world have started to ‘case-study’ Sri Lanka as a paradigm for defeating terrorism. Sri Lanka is seen as a unique example of how to dismantle a terrorist group militarily. That the present government succeeded while the others failed is evident. Within an year in power, and after two futile attempts at talks with the LTTE, the present government headed by His Excellency Mahinda Rajapaksa was faced with the Mavil Oya (Mavil Aru) provocation that no self-respecting government could have accepted. Thus the government abandoned the earlier approaches on realizing that... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/06/12)

VILLAGE SKETCH—18, GRANDFATHER TRIES TO HELP
Arcadius
The Ceylon Agricultural Society, a private society of British colonists, established the first co-operatives around 1904. But it was D. S. Senanayake—minister of agriculture and land in the State Council, and prime minister (1947-1952) of independent Ceylon—who founded the island’s cooperative-society movement in 1923. After the Japanese attack on Colombo in 1942, Senanayake emphasized the development of cooperatives to handle the monopoly of rationed war goods such as cloth, rice and sugar. The cooperative movement flourished with the onset of food shortages resulting from import restrictions and reduction of local production. Metaphorically speaking, the lava flow from the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/06/12)

India outlawing LTTE is not enough
Asada M Erpini
A report datelined Jun 1, appearing in the Sri Lankan media, states, “India outlaws Sri Lanka's terror group LTTE for another two years”. Does the essence of the decision make any sense in a practical sense?  To most Sri Lankans, the announcements of India outlawing the LTTE appear as mere hogwash. India should go a great deal beyond its current stance, and take concrete measures to stop the LTTE and its supporters endeavouring to destroy the hard-earned peace in Sri Lanka.  The Chief Minister of the State of Tamil Nadu Jayalalitha Jayaram, ably supported by the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/06/12)

Sri Lankan Canadian Company (CEO Rohan Perera) Wins Top International Award For Most Innovative Food Product of 2012.
P. Perera
I came across a news letter (please find pages extracted and attached above) from the SL High Commissionto Canada  and something very interesting caught my eye, Mr. Rohan Perera who is the President and CEO of his company has won a prestigious international award for Canada and Sri Lanka, this is a millstone achievement by any standards. One of his Basiluar Tea Products as see on www.basilurtea.ca was chosen as one of the top 10 innovative food products of 2012 by SIAL Canada for packaging and recipe.  Mr. Rohan Perera has a very impressive vast portfolio and sits on many committees and hold numerous board of... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/06/12)

1000 yrs old Buddha Relics found in China.
Those who have the fortunity to visit China may include a visit in the Itinerary... -Full Story- (youtube.com - 01/06/12)


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