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News Archive for Jun 2020

India, Sri Lanka hold talks on Colombo's debt repayment
Courtesy DNA
The matter was raised at the leadership level during Prime Minister Narendra Modi's telephonic conversation with Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa on May 23. Indian and Sri Lankan authorities held talks over two days this week on rescheduling Colombo’s repayment of loans and the country's $1.1 billion currency swap request to abate the economic impact of COVID-19 crisis. A spokesperson for the Indian mission in Sri Lanka said, "In the context of the situation concerning the Sri Lankan economy’s external sector, the two countries have been engaged in close and constructive discussions." ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 30/06/20)

Senior cops should bear responsibility for curbing crimes in respective areas - Defence Secretary
Courtesy Ada Derana
Defence Secretary Major General (Retired) Kamal Gunaratne says the senior police officers-in-charge of provinces should be ashamed of wearing their uniforms if large-scale illegal activities are taking place in their respective divisions. “You need to curb illegal activities that are increasing at an alarming rate without heeding to forces that might influence you and also to protect the dignity of the uniform that you wear. No police officer, from Senior DIGs, DIGs to OICs in the area, can wash their hands of the accountability for the increase in crimes rate in their respective... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 30/06/20)

අපට මඟක් ඇත (නොහොත් ලංකාවට මරුකටෙන් ගැලවිය හැකිය): අංක 1
චන්ද්‍රසිරි විජයවික්‍රම, LL.B., Ph.D.
හැඳින්‌වීම රනිල් වික්‍රමසිංහ: ආ එන්න එන්න සන්නස්ගල, කොහොමද පොසොන් එක? උපුල් සන්නස්ගල: ඔහේ ගෙවිලා ගියා සර්… ර: ඕක තමයි ලංකාවේ ප්‍රථම ආක්‍රමණය උ: ඔව්, ඔව්, ඇත්තම නේන්නම් සර්, අපි ඕක ප්‍රසිද්‌ධ කරමුද? ර: අපොයි, තමුසෙට නම් දේශපාලනය කරන්න බැහැ! මේ එක් පොසොන් පොහොය දිනකට පසුදා රෑ දොලහට පමණ රනිල් එන්න කියා ඔහුගේ නිවසට ගිය උපුල් ශාන්ත සන්නස්ගල හා රනිල් අතරවූ දෙබසක් සන්නස්ගල විසින් නැවත මාධ්‍යවේදිණියකට කියූ හැටිය. උපුල් මාධ්‍යවේදිණියට: මේ ප්‍රශ්ණය ඇහුවේ මහින්ද රාජපක්‍ෂ නම් ඊට උත්තර දෙන හැටි මං දන්නවා. මොකද මං ඔහු ගැන දන්නවා. මං... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 29/06/20)

The dangers lurking between the lines of the US-Lanka MCC compact
By P.K.Balachandran/DailyExpress Courtesy NewsIn.Asia
Expert panel on the US-sponsored Millennium Challenge Corporation Compact seeks amendment of “intrusive” clauses Colombo, June 28: The Sri Lankan cabinet-appointed expert committee on the Millennium Challenge Corporation Compact (MCC), which submitted its final report to President Gotabaya Rajapaksa earlier this week, has suggested that government should not sign the compact without amending the “intrusive” clauses, according to Dr.Palitha Kohona, who has seen the report. The report of the four-member panel headed by economist Prof.Lalithasiri Gunaruwan, has not been released to the public yet though a Sinhala version has appeared... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 29/06/20)

Chinese technicians committed to keeping power supply going in Sri Lanka amid COVID-19
Courtesy People's Daily Online
“Ms. Lyu, please tell me your mother’s name. I’ll pray for her at the temple,” a Sri Lankan engineer said to his Chinese colleague, Lyu Zeying. Lyu is a high-pressure welder with China Machinery Engineering Corporation, the Chinese contractor of the Puttalam coal-fired power plant in Sri Lanka. The power plant generates more than 40 percent of the electricity needed by the country. In March, the Sri Lankan government announced curfew measures to contain the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. The measures led to a drastic drop... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 29/06/20)

Will the US nail the coffin or the MCC?
By Sugeeswara Senadhira Courtesy Ceylon Today
Startling revelations made by Prof. Lalithasiri Gunaruwan, who headed the high level Government inquiry into the proposed Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) Agreement is likely to nail the MCC coffin unless the United States renegotiates and withdraws all the harmful clauses in the original proposal.  President Gotabaya Rajapaksa instructed officials to release the Gunaruwan Committee Report to the public so that the people would be aware of the good, bad and ugly sides of the MCC proposal. Two agreements signed in 2017 and 2018  The most surprising... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 29/06/20)

STF raids underworld kingpin’s armoury, recovers 12 T-56 rifles
By Hemantha Randunu Courtesy The Island
The STF seized a stash of weapons from a safe house of underworld kingpin Dharmakeerthi Tharaka Perera Wijesekara alias Kosgoda Tharaka at Pitipana, Homagama yesterday.  A suspect known as Potta Kapila and identified as an accomplice of Kosgoda Tharaka has also been arrested with the stock of weapons. The raid was carried out under the supervision of STF Commandant DIG Waruna Jayasundara. The STF commandos found 12 T-56 assault rifles in the raid. This is the highest number of T-56 rifles recovered in a single raid... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 29/06/20)

MCC review report to be presented to Cabinet as next step: GL
Lahiru Pothmulla Courtesy The Daily Mirror
The final report of the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) Agreement review committee would be presented to the Cabinet to be studied before making a decision on the agreement, Senior Advisor to the Prime Minister, Professor G.L.Peiris said. Speaking at a news briefing held at the Sri Lanka Podujana Permanua (SLPP) headoffice, Professor Peiris said they believed that the report would be presented to the next Cabinet meeting. “The Cabinet and the government should study the final report before making a decision on the MCC agreement. Anyone can access... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 29/06/20)

IGP undermined intelligence on Easter attacks – fmr. SIS Director
Courtesy Adaderana
Retired Deputy Inspector of Police (DIG) Keerthi Gajanayake believes that the intelligence information the Inspector General of Police (IGP) received prior to the Easter Sunday terror attacks had been undermined by the IGP himself, with the inclusion of a common phrase used by the police. https://youtu.be/mlDSFjVW5vk Giving evidence before the Presidential Commission of Inquiry probing the Easter attacks, Gajanayake insisted that the phrase ‘For Necessary Action’ should never be included on a document containing valuable information. Retired Deputy Inspector of Police (DIG) Keerthi Gajanayake who served as the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 29/06/20)

Decision on staying of arrest warrants against Ravi and others on July 7
Courtesy Adaderana
The Appeal Court announced that the decision on issuing an interim order preventing the execution of the arrest warrants issued by the Fort Magistrate, against former minister Ravi Karunanayake and others over the Central Bank treasury bond scam, will be delivered on July 07. The writ petition filed by Mr Karunanayake and the other defendants was taken up for consideration before the judge-bench comprising President of the Court of Appeal A.H.M.D Nawaz, Justices Shiran Gunaratne and Sobitha Rajakaruna on Monday ((29). The court stated that the decision on whether notice will be... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 29/06/20)

President directs CBSL to provide relief for The Finance, ETI depositors
Courtesy Adaderana
President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has instructed the Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL) to examine and immediately provide relief to depositors of the collapsed financial institutions The Finance and ETI. The President has said that the proceedings should be monitored through a committee set up representing the Presidential Secretariat, the Central Bank, the Treasury, and the Depositors. https://youtu.be/n7O1BCh__BE The President made these remarks at a meeting held at the Presidential Secretariat today (29) to look into how the depositors of ETI and The Finance depositors are paid. ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 29/06/20)

Fmr Minister acknowledges Premadasa govt. gave weapons to LTTE
Courtesy Adaderana
https://youtu.be/gqLdMm-RpKk Former Minister of Ranasinghe Premadasa‘s government Gamini Jayawickrama Perera admits that the then-government provided weapons to the terrorist organization LTTE during the civil war. Perera mentioned this addressing a public meeting held in Kurunegala, yesterday (28). He says that the Indian Peace Keeping Force (IPKF) signed agreements with LTTE Leader Velupillai Prabhakaran. Ranasinghe Premadasa vowed to chase away the IPKF from Sri Lanka when he was a presidential candidate, which resulted in IPKF teaching Varadaraja Perumal, then-Chief Minister of the North Eastern Province, to establish... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 29/06/20)

MCC & Sri Lanka : Understand the larger picture
Third World country policy makers as well as their citizens need to understand that ‘independence’ for former colonies is just a cliché and nothing else. All that happened under colonial rule continues under neocolonial policies & practices. Foreign aid and investment are a key component that continues to bind former colonies with aid-interest & debt. Note how every foreign investment or international aid mechanism is always tied to a list of requirements that seek to dilute national sovereignty & people’s rights. Taking all this to account, when monetarily factored these unnoticed factors may exceed that of the aid given and... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 29/06/20)

VEN. ELLAWALA MEDHANANDA Part 10
KAMALIKA PIERIS
Ven. Ellawala Medhananda has spent decades exploring the forgotten temples and monasteries in the Eastern province. His explorations have shown that there was an extensive spread of Buddhist monasteries and forest hermitages in the east in the ancient and medieval periods.  Medhananda discovered hitherto unknown monasteries, forest hermitages, temples, caves, and inscriptions. The Buddhist ruins at Nilaveli are Mahayana, he said.  TheSembumalai ruins included a standing Buddha statue in limestone and a lotus pedestal, he recorded. Many ancient buildings went under machinery when the Mahaweli scheme started, he observed. ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 28/06/20)

Defeating domestic and foreign conspiracies against Sri Lanka
(Translation of the speech made by Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa on Sunday 28 June on “Defeating domestic and foreign conspiracies against Sri Lanka”.)
Most venerable members of the Maha Sangha, Clergymen of all other faiths, people of Sri Lanka and friends, A socialist government assumed power in this country in 1970, but nobody said that it had been brought into power through Russian or Chinese intervention. Likewise, a capitalist government assumed power in 1977, but we never said that it had been brought into power through American or British intervention. However there was foreign interference... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 28/06/20)

ශ්‍රී ලංකාවට එරෙහි දෙස් විදෙස් කුමන්ත්‍රණ පරාජය කරමු
(අග්‍රාමාත්‍ය මහින්ද රාජපක්‍ෂ මහතා 2020 ජුනි 28 වෙනි ඉරිදා “ශ්‍රී ලංකාවට එරෙහි දෙස් විදෙස් කුමන්ත්‍රණ පරාජය කරමු” යන මැයෙන් පැවැත්වූ දේශනයේ පිටපත.)
අතිපූජනීය මහා සංඝරත්නයෙන් අවසරයි, සියලු ආගම්වල පූජකතුමනි, ශ්‍රී ලංකාවාසී ජනතාවනි, හිතවතුනි,  1970 දී මේ රටේ බලයට ආවේ සමාජවාදී ආණ්ඩුවක් වුණාට කවුරුවත් කිව්වේ නැහැ ඒක රුසියාව,  චීනය, මැදිහත්වෙලා හදපු ආණ්ඩුවක් කියලා. ඒ වගේම 1977 දී බලය ගත්තෙ ධනවාදී ආණ්ඩුවක් වුණාට අපි කිවුවෙ නෑ ඒක ඇමෙරිකාව, බ්‍රිතාන්‍ය මැදිහත්වෙලා හදපු ආණ්ඩුවක් කියලා. නමුත් 2015 ජනවාරි ජනාධිපතිවරණයේදී ඉතිහාසයේ කවදාවත් අපි අත්දැකපු නැති තරමට විදේශීය අතපෙවීම් තිබුණා. මේ රටේ දේශපාලනයට බරපතල විදියට විදේශීය රටවල් අතපොවන්න පටන් ගත්තේ 2009... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 28/06/20)

MCC ගිවිසුම පිළිබඳ සමාලෝචනය කළ කමිටුවෙන් විශේෂ ප්‍රකාශයක් (වීඩියෝ)
උපුටා ගැන්ම  හිරු පුවත්
MCC ගිවිසුම් පිළිබඳ ජාත්‍යන්තර අත්දැකීම් සතුටුදායක නොවන බැවින් ශ්‍රී ලංකාව MCC ගිවිසුම පිළිබඳව සලකා බැලිමට පෙර එම අත්දැකිම් වලින් ලැබිය හැකි පාඩම් මනාව වටහාගත යුතු බව අදාළ ගිවිසුම පිළිබඳ සමාලෝචනය කළ කමිටුව සඳහන් කරනවා. කමිටු වාර්තාව මගින් වැඩිදුරටත් පෙන්වා දෙන්නේ‍ MCC හි මුඛ්‍ය පරමාර්ථයේ සඳහන් අරමුණු සාක්ෂාත් කරගැනීමට MCC ආධාර ලද බහුතරයක් රටවලට මෙතෙක් නොහැකි වී ඇති බවයි. https://youtu.be/YC1AMMXxzuM අමෙරිකාව් මිලේනියම් චැලෙන්ජ් කෝපරේෂන් සමඟ පසුගිය රජය සමයේ අත්සන් කිරීමට යෝජිතව තිබූ එම්.සී.සී. ගිවිසුම පිළිබඳව සමාලෝචන වාර්තාවේ සදහන් ඇතැම් කරුණු පිළිබඳව හිරු ප්‍රවාත්ති තුලින් අප ඊයේ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 28/06/20)

Threat of American Meddling
GAMINI SENEVIRATNE Courtesy The Island
This is hardly the time for the US State Department to be meddling in Sri Lanka. It has so many disasters on its hands, and it does not seem that any of them would go away this century. I shall list a few on a later occasion – as the whole world knows the American jackboot has been slogging on wherever the exceptional greed of its corporations and their political henchmen directs it. But what is of immediate interest to us here, in Sri Lanka, is... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 28/06/20)

Contradictory claims on USD 10 mn grant * MCC compact: * Expert Committee fails to obtain AG’s opinion
by Shamindra Ferdinando Courtesy The Island
Top MCC official Fatema Z. Sumar with Dr. Samaratunga at the signing of the first agreement (file photo) Contrary to US embassy denial that funds required for preparatory activities related to controversial MCC (Millennium Challenge Corporation) project had not been disbursed or put off pending finalization of the decision, the US and Sri Lanka signed two agreements worth USD 10 mn in July 2017 and June 2018, according to authoritative sources. US Embassy twitted on Thursday (25) that no MCC grant monies had been transferred... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 28/06/20)

MCC review report accessible on web
Courtesy The Daily Mirror
The final report by the Expert’s Committee appointed to review the proposed Millennium Challenge Corporation Compact (MCC) is accessible for general public on three websites, the President's Media Division said. Accordingly, it will be available on http://www.president.gov.lk/ Link 1: https://www.president.gov.lk/si/ ජනපතිට-භාරදුන්-mcc-සමාලෝචන-අ Link2: https://www.president.gov.lk/.Documents/MCC-final-document.pdf www.presidentsoffice.lk Link 1: https://www.presidentsoffice.gov.lk/.Documents/MCC-final-document.pdf Link 1: http://www.pmdnews.lk/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/%E0%B6%85%E0%B7%80%E0%B7%83%E0%B6%B1%E0%B7%8A-%E0%B7%80%E0%B7%8F%E0%B6%BB%E0%B7%8A%E0%B6%AD%E0%B7%8F%E0%B7%80.pdf President Gotabaya Rajapaksa appointed a four-member Committee to review the proposed Millennium Challenge Corporation Compact (MCC) on January 01, 2020. The Committee was chaired by Lalithasiri Gunaruwan, a Professor of Economics... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 28/06/20)

අවසන් වාර්තාව 2020 ජූනි 23
president.gov.lk/
අමෙරිකා එක්සත් ජනපදමේ සහශ්‍රක අභිම ෝගතා සො තන සෙඟ අත්සන් කිරීෙට සකස් කරනු ලැබ තිමබන සංයුක්ත ගිවිසුම් මකටුම්පත, ම ෝජිත ව්‍යාපිති හා ාව්‍ා ‍රි ාත්ෙක කිරීෙට සකසනු ලැබ ිති ‍රෙමදද සොමලෝචන කිරීමම් කමිටුව්‍ https://www.president.gov.lk/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/%E0%B6%85%E0%B7%80%E0%B7%83%E0%B6%B1%E0%B7%8A-%E0%B7%80%E0%B7%8F%E0%B6%BB%E0%B7%8A%E0%B6%AD%E0%B7%8F%E0%B7%80.pdf... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 28/06/20)

Final report of MCC review made accessible for public
Courtesy Adaderana
The final report by the Expert’s Committee appointed to review the proposed Millennium Challenge Corporation Compact (MCC) has been made accessible for the general public, President’s Media Division said. President Gotabaya Rajapaksa appointed a four-member Committee to review the proposed Millennium Challenge Corporation Compact (MCC) on January 01st, 2020. The Committee was chaired by Lalithasiri Gunaruwan, a Professor of Economics at the University of Colombo. Former Secretary to the Ministry of Transport Dr. D. S. Jayaweera, President’s Counsel Justice Nihal Jayawardena, and architect Nalaka Jayaweera were the other members of the Expert’s... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 28/06/20)

Curfew in Sri Lanka completely lifted
Courtesy Adaderana
The curfew imposed on the island in order to curtail the spread of COVID-19 has been completely lifted, President’s Media Division said. This decision will be in effect from today (June 28, Sunday). Previously, the curfew imposed on the whole country from March 20 was partially lifted with the country returning to normalcy. Accordingly, the curfew was only in effect from 12 midnight until 4 am daily until today.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 28/06/20)

Returnee from Bangladesh adds to COVID-19 case count
Courtesy Adaderana
Another foreign arrival testing positive for the coronavirus infection has taken the tally of virus-positive cases in Sri Lanka to 2,037. The latest case is a recent returnee from Bangladesh, according to the Health Ministry. With the new, four individuals have been detected to have contracted the virus, so far today (28). Previously, three individuals including arrivals from Pakistan and Kuwait were confirmed to have tested positive in PCR testing. Currently, 365 active cases are under medical care at selected hospitals, as per the Epidemiology Unit of the Ministry. ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 28/06/20)

Reopening of airports to be delayed?
Courtesy Ada Derana
Minister Prasanna Ranatunga says that the complete reopening of airports may be delayed due to the increased number of registrations to arrive in the country. Previously it was targeted to reopen the airports in Sri Lanka from August 01 and the country will be open for tourists. https://youtu.be/iVsbEXllNGI Considering that situation, the date of complete reopening may be postponed to after August 15 or towards the end of August, said the Minister. However, Ranatunga said that they will try their best to reopen the airports... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 28/06/20)

MCC වාර්තාවේ තිබුනේ මොනවද - ආචාර්ය ලලිතසිරි ගුණරුවන් ප්‍රථම හා එකම සාකච්ඡාව
Truth with Chamuditha
MCC ගිවිසුම පිළිබද ජනාධිපති කමිටුවේ ප්‍රධානි ආචාර්ය ලලිතසිරි ගුණරුවන් සමග කෙරෙන පුථම හා එකම සාකච්ඡාව. චමුදිත සමරවික්‍රම සමග. https://youtu.be/Mkk4-JrLyCw... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 27/06/20)

UNARUWAN COMMITTEE REPORT SAYS ‘NO TO MCC” but danger still persists within AG’s department
BY SHENALI WADUGE ·
The very controversial and dangerous US transnational project known as MCC Compact has generated public objections for the right reasons and if not for the resolve of a handful of people who went out to publicly educate the people, the previous government would have done a 1815 on us (betrayal of the Nation) in 2015 itself. It would have become a treachery repeating itself after 200 years. The dangers seen by the public was to ensure another 1840 Wasteland Ordinance type land grab by foreigners would not take place via MCC. The plan... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 27/06/20)

AUSTRALIAN STATE OF VICTORIA VIRTUALLY ISOLATED –FAILURES OF FEDERALISM AND LACK OF CENTRAL LEADERSHIP!
By M D P DISSANAYAKE
In Australian State of Victoria, Roving Testing Squads and government Health Door Knockers are  making surprise checks in homes, similar to the campaign started long time ago in Sri Lanka. Many returning inter-state travellers are refusing to undergo Covid 19 Tests, as it is not mandatory, unlike in Sri Lanka under curfew and Quarantine Law.  The law in Sri Lanka “ is primarily governed under Quarantine and Prevention of Diseases Ordinance No.03 of 1897 (QPDO). The ordinance was introduced (inter-alia) to prevent the introduction of plague and all contagious or infection... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 27/06/20)

Visons Of An Island - Sir Christopher Ondaatje's romance with Sri Lanka
Macquarie University
https://youtu.be/kyMfvD2FUrs http://www.mq.edu.au/ "Visions of an Island" is an autobiographical account of Sir Christopher Ondaatje' romance with Sri Lanka drawing on several of his books. Sir Christopher is writer in residence from 28 March till 14 April 2011, he was born in Ceylon, educated in London and immigrated to Canada in 1956. He has worked at several magazines and newspapers, and in 1967 founded the Pagurian Press, which eventually became the enormously successful Pagurian Corporation. In 1988 he sold all his business interests and returned to the literary world. He is the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 27/06/20)

Delhi needs to work with its Indian Ocean neighbours to deny strategic foothold to China
N SATHIYA MOORTHY Courtesy Observer Research Foundation
The recent border clashes with China on the land frontier may have spiked the stakes for India on the sea-front, too, more than anticipated and acknowledged. While the multiple security agreements with the US and the rest over the past years may be an expression of the nation’s resolve to check Chinese ‘expansionism’ through the ‘String of Pearls’, more needs to be done to ensure that China is unable to use its ‘land acquisitions’ in Maldives and Sri Lanka, among others, against India, in times of military adversity. Through a December... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 27/06/20)

Rajapaksa’s leadership in Sri Lanka’s domestic politics amidst regional instability
ASANGA ABEYAGOONASEKERA Courtesy Observer Research Foundation
Sri Lanka will hold its Parliamentary election on 5 August. The efficient leadership of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa was demonstrated in managing the recent Covid-19 pandemic crisis. It is a proven leadership which will be a significant factor to ensure a landslide victory in the upcoming election for the Rajapaksa front. There are two other factors which will determine a Rajapaksa victory. First, the fracturing of the main opposition party the United National Party (UNP). For the first time in its history, the party is split into two camps which... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 27/06/20)

When the Indian Ocean’s ancient climate patterns return
Aswathi Pacha Courtesy The Hindu
Formations like the El Niño of the Pacific Ocean could emerge About 19,000-21,000 years ago, ice-sheets covered North America and Eurasia, and sea-levels were much lower, with Adam’s Bridge exposed so that the Indian subcontinent and Sri Lanka were contiguous. This period, the peak of ice age conditions, is called the Last Glacial Maximum. Researchers analysed simulations of this past climate and predicted that the ongoing climate change could reawaken an ancient climate pattern of the Indian Ocean. They find that this could be similar to... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 27/06/20)

කොරෝනා දෙවැනි රැල්ල මඟහරින්න විදෙස්ගත අයගේ පැමිණීම තාවකාලිකව අත්හිටුවන්න
උපුටා ගැන්ම  මව්බිම දැන්
කොරෝනා (කොවිඩ් - 19) වසංගතය නිසා මුළු ලොවම කැලඹී ගියේ පෙර නොවූ විරූ ලෙසිනි. ලෝක යුද්ධ දෙකක අත්දැකීම් සපිරි මුළු ලොවම අනිසි මරණ බියකින් සසල වූ හැටි හරි පුදුම සහගතය. චීනයේ වූහාන් නගරයෙන් මුල්ම කොරෝනා රෝගියා හමු වූ තැන සිට වයිරසය ලොව පුරා පැතිර යමින් වයිරසය පුද්ගලයන් 9,393,862කට මේ වන විට බෝවී ගොස් ඇත. ලොව පුරා මියගිය ගණන 480,587කි. වයිරසය වැලඳී සුවව නිවෙස් වෙත ගිය පිරිස 5,079,050කි.  ශ්‍රී  ලංකාවේ 2001දෙනකුට මේ වයිරසය වැලඳී ඇත. සුව වූ ගණන 1562කි. මියගිය ගණන එකොළොස් දෙනකුට සීමා කිරීමේ කීර්තිය රජයටත්, ජනාධිපතිවරයාටත්, සෞඛ්‍ය බලධාරීන්ටත්,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 27/06/20)

USD 5mn promised by World Muslim League (WML) was never received: Church
Yoshitha Perera Courtesy The Daily Mirror
Although representatives of the World Muslim League (WML) had announced a donation of USD 5 million to support victims of the Easter Sunday attacks in July 2019, the Catholic Church was not aware of further progress of this initiative, Director of Sethsarana, the charity wing of the catholic church, Father Nishantha Lawrence Ramanayake informed the PCoI probing Easter Sunday attacks on Thursday. He said that the WML had made this announcement at the National Conference on Peace, Harmony and Coexistence at Nelum Pokuna held in July 2019. Fr.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 27/06/20)

Police to arrest people who fail to wear face masks in public
Courtesy The Daily Mirror
Senior DIG Deshabandu Tennakoon said today that those who fail to wear face masks in public places would be arrested and sent for self quarantine from tomorrow. He said nearly 7,000 people have been warned in the Western Province for not wearing face masks. DIG Tennakoon said arrests would be made under quarantine regulations.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 27/06/20)

Rs. 30 M seized from cops arrested over links with drug dealers
Courtesy Adaderana
https://youtu.be/KsqdidKBiKg... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 27/06/20)

COVID-19 cases tally hits 2,033 as arrivals from Bangladesh test positive
Courtesy Adaderana
The Ministry of Health has confirmed that 19 more persons have tested positive for COVID-19 as of 2.30 pm today (27). The latest coronavirus infections have moved the tally to 2,033. The Department of Government Information said all of these patients are arrivals from Dhaka, Bangladesh. Meanwhile, the total number of COVID-19 recoveries confirmed in Sri Lanka increased to 1,639 earlier today as 20 patients were discharged from hospitals. According to the Epidemiology Unit’s statistics, 383 active cases are currently under medical care at several hospitals across the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 27/06/20)

Commission to probe irregularities in state banks during Good Governance govt. – PM
Courtesy Adaderana
A commission will be appointed to look into the financial misconducts and irregularities in the loans provided by state banks during the government of Good Governance, says Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa. This decision was reached during a meeting with the employees’ union of the Bank of Ceylon at the Temple Trees. The Premier also heeded the issue of pension of current state bank employees. He assured them that solutions will be provided to the matter through a committee, without delay. https://youtu.be/_980J4BIBtE... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 27/06/20)

Defence Secretary vows to eradicate drug menace in Sri Lanka.
Courtesy Adaderana
Defence Secretary Major General (Retired) Kamal Gunaratne has reiterated that punitive actions would be initiated without delay against prison, law enforcement and other officials, who were found to have abused official powers through corrupt practices, abetting and collaborating with underworld criminals and drug traffickers. He said the law enforcement authorities have already taken all measures to identify those uniformed men who were abusing powers vested with them, to get involved in corrupt practices. “When we were in the military academy, we were taught that the most dangerous enemy is the enemy within.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 27/06/20)

විජේදාසගෙන් ජවිපෙට අභියෝගයක් (වීඩියෝ)
උපුටා ගැන්ම  හිරු පුවත්
හිටපු පාර්ලිමේන්තු මන්ත්‍රී විජේදාස රාජපක්ෂ, ජනතා විමුක්ති පෙරමුණට අභියෝගයක් කළා. ඒ කොළඹ ඊයේ පැවති උත්සවයකදීයි. එහිදී ඔහු කියා සිටියේ එක්සත් ජාතික පක්ෂයට සහ ජනතා විමුක්ති පෙරමුණට න්‍යාය පත්‍ර දෙකක් ඇති බවට කවුරුන් විසින් හෝ පවසන්නේ නම්, තමන් එය එසේ නොවන බවට තමන් අභියෝග කරන බවයි. රට පාවාදෙන සෑම ගිවිසුමකම ජනතා විමුක්ති පෙරමුණ සිටි බවට ද ඔහු එහිදී චෝදනා කළා. https://youtu.be/QQiO83ZRH2k... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 27/06/20)

විමල් වීරවංශගෙන් මැතිවරණ කොමිසමට යළිත් චෝදනා (වීඩියෝ)
උපුටා ගැන්ම  හිරු පුවත්
https://youtu.be/Dh0-RZbicNo මැතිවරණ කොමිසම එජාපය ප්‍රමුඛ විපක්ෂයට පක්ෂග්‍රාහීව කටයුතු කරන බවට අමාත්‍ය විමල් වීරවංශ අද යළි චෝදනා කළා. ඒ වව්නියාව - බෝගස්වැව ප්‍රදේශයේ දී මාධ්‍ය වෙත අදහස් දක්වමින්.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 27/06/20)

MCC ගිවිසුම ගැන පක්ෂ විපක්ෂ විවිධ අදහස් (වීඩියෝ)
උපුටා ගැන්ම  හිරු පුවත්
https://youtu.be/5PRAFKyIyJg MCC ගිවිසුම සම්බන්ධයෙන් රජයේ ස්ථාවරය පළමුව රටට හෙළිකළ යුතු බව එක්සත් ජාතික පක්ෂ නායක රනිල් වික්‍රමසිංහ මහතා පවනවා. මේ අතර ඵක්‍ක්‍ ගිවිසුම සම්බන්ධයෙන් දේශපාලන වේදිකාවේ තවත් අදහස් පළ වුණා. රාජ්‍යතාන්ත්‍රිකයන් හමුවූ පමණින් හෝ සාකච්ඡා කළ පමණින් කබල නොවිය යුතු බවයි ශ්‍රී ලංකා පොදුජන පෙරමුණේ අපේක්ෂක චන්දිම වීරක්කොඩි කියාසිටියේ. අමාත්‍ය විමල් වීරවංශ ද මේ සම්බන්ධයෙන් අදහස් පළ කළා. ඔහු කියාසිටියේ හොරට අත්සන් කළ ගිවිසුම් දෙකක් මේ වන විට එළියට පැමිණ ඇති බවයි. සමගි ජන බලවේගයේ අපේක්ෂක පී හැරිසන් මහතා කියාසිටියේ හිටපු ජනාධිපති මෛත්‍රීපාල සිරිසේන ද මීට වගකිව යුතු බවයි. මේ අතර... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 27/06/20)

Obscene attack by Muslim professor on President
H. L. D. Mahindapala
Imagine for a moment Gunadasa Ameresekera, last of our novelist in the great tradition, writing a tirade against the Muslims, giving it the title “F*** you, Mr. Rauf Hakeem”. Imagine if it is published in a leading Sinhala newspaper. Can you imagine the reaction? The entire phalanx of the NGO moralists would come out screaming like bats out of hell to condemn it. In one voice they will argue that this is not the language for reconciliation, peace or to maintain common decency. Prof. Savitri Gunasekera, Prof. Arjuna Aluvihare, her side-kick, Dayan Jayatilleka, Paki... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 27/06/20)

PAKISTAN PM IMRAN KHAN OFFERS 1000 FULL PAID SCHOLARSHIPS TO SRI LANKAN STUDENTS.
By Noor Nizam - Peace and Political Activist, Political Communication Researcher, SLPP Stalwart and Convener  "The Muslim Voice” - June 26th., 2020.
This will ease the demand for University entrance/education in Sri Lanka. This is a great support Pakistan and Prime Minister Imran Khan is offering to Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa and President Gotabaya Rajapaksa to ease the demand for University entrance/education that many thousands of qualified AL students are bottled necked and suffering without a place in the higher educational institutions in Sri Lanka even though they are qualified.  At a time when Sri... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 26/06/20)

President’s Message Is For All State Employees-
Sunil Yatalamatta Gamage 
“People have voted me to build this country; we need to identify industries and entepreneurial businesses, and funded them during this time to bring back the economy”” -Hon: President Gotabhaya Rajapakse None of the Sri Lankan leaders couldn’t build a country people wanted to have; President Gotabhaya is the only hope.Following media is an example which they used their platform to educate public on upcoming election. http://col3negoriginal.lk/page/show?video_id=198622 When it comes to development the Central Bank has the major role to play. But over the years central has not done... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 26/06/20)

ඇමරිකා එම්බසියත් ස්විස් එම්බසිය වගේ වෙයි.. MCC වෙනුවෙන් මුදල් දුන් බවට ඔවුන්ගේම වාර්තාව මෙන්න..
උපුටා ගැන්ම ලංකා සී නිව්ස්
ඇමරිකා එක්සත් ජනපදය සහ ශ්‍රී ලංකාව අතර අත්සන් තැබීමට යෝජනා වී ඇති MCC ගිවිසුමට අදාළ කිසිදු මුදලක් ශ්‍රී ලංකා රජය වෙත ලබාදී නැති බව කොළඹ පිහිටි ඇමෙරිකානු තානාපති කාර්යාලය සඳහන් කරයි. තම ට්විටර් ගිණුම ඔස්සේ ඔවුන් සඳහන් කරන්නේ ගිවිසුම ගැන අවසන් තීරණයක් ලැබෙන තෙක් ප්‍රධානයන් ලබා දීම දින නියමයක් නැතිව කල් දමා ඇති බවයි. මෙම ගිවිසුම සම්බන්ධයෙන් අධ්‍යයනය කිරීම සඳහා පත් කරන ලද කමිටු වාර්තාව ඊයේ බාර දෙමින් කමියු සාමාජිකයන් විසින් කල ප‍්‍රකාශයක් හේතුවෙන් මෙම සටහන දක්වා ඇත. කෙසේ නමුත් කොළඹ ඇමෙරිකානු තානාපති කාර්යාලය වෙබ් අඩවියේ දැක්වෙන්නේ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 26/06/20)

Abolishing Provincial Councils
Editorial Courtesy The Island
Former Cabinet Minister Milinda Moragoda has urged political parties to seriously consider the abolition of the monster Provincial Council system which has cost this country a great deal more than a pretty penny. Six of the existing nine PCs ended their terms in 2018 while the other three went out of office last year and Governors are ruling all provinces. The whole country has been privy to the public slanging match between the previous yahapalana administration and its successor on the non-holding of the PC elections on the due dates and the endless postponing... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 26/06/20)

Milinda Moragoda urges political parties to consider abolishing the Provincial Council system
Courtesy The Island
Milinda Moragoda, Founder of the Pathfinder Foundation and former Cabinet Minister, called on political parties to clearly state their positions on the Provincial Council system in their policy platforms for the forthcoming general elections. He urges parties to consider repealing the 13th Amendment, thereby abolishing the Provincial Council system. Moragoda reiterated his earlier proposal that the Provincial Councils should be abolished and power be directly devolved to empowered and reconfigured local, urban and municipal councils, since these bodies operate closest to the citizenry, and are thus in a better position to address and solve community-level... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 26/06/20)

US Supreme Court rules against SL Tamil in landmark asylum case
Courtesy Sri Lanka Express
June 25, 2020 - The US Supreme Court in a landmark decision today voted in favor of the administration in its appeal against a lower court ruling that allowed a Sri Lankan the right to have a judge review the government’s handling of his asylum bid. The justices ruled in favor of the Trump administration in its appeal of a lower court ruling that a Sri Lankan farmer named Vijayakumar Thuraissigiam had a right to have a judge review the government’s handling of his asylum bid.  In essence, the Supreme Court ruling... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 26/06/20)

AG returns incomplete investigation files on Easter attack suspects to Acting IGP
Courtesy Adaderana
Attorney General Dappula de Livera has returned 40 incomplete investigations files, pertaining to the suspects arrested in connection with the Easter Sunday terror attacks, to the Acting Inspector General of Police. The Coordinating Officer of the Attorney General said the Acting IGP was also instructed to conclude the investigations properly.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 26/06/20)

US Embassy says no MCC grant monies transferred or spent by SL govt under $480m grant
Courtesy Adaderana
The US Embassy in Sri Lanka says that no MCC grant monies were ever transferred to or spent by the Government of Sri Lanka under the proposed $480 million grant. “MCC-managed funding to support grant preparatory activities — nearly all of which have been canceled or indefinitely postponed pending the Government’s decision on whether to proceed with the grant — was made available under the same highly transparent and accountable procedures used to enable other US development work.” the embassy said issuing a statement. The Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) - a USG... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 26/06/20)

උසස් පෙළ සමත් විශ්වවිද්‍යාල වරම් නොලැබූ සිසුන්ට පාකිස්ථානයේ විශ්වවිද්‍යාල වරම්
උපුටා ගැන්ම  හිරු පුවත්
උසස් පෙළ විභාගය සමත්ව විශ්වවිද්‍යාල වරම් නොලැබූ සිසුන්ට පාකිස්ථානයේ විශ්වවිද්‍යාලවලට ඇතුළත්ව උපාධි ලබා ගැනීම සඳහා අවස්ථාව උදාවී ඇතැයි අග්‍රාමාත්‍ය මහින්ද රාජපක්ෂ පවසනවා. ශ්‍රී ලංකාවේ - පාකිස්ථාන මහකොමසාරිස් විශ්‍රාමික මේජර් ජනරාල් මුහමද් සාද් කාතත් සහ අග්‍රාමාත්‍ය මහින්ද රාජපක්ෂ අතර, අරලියගහ මන්දිරයේ අද පැවති සාකච්ඡාවකින් අනතුරුව අදහස් දක්වමින් අග්‍රාමාත්‍යවරයා මෙම අදහස් පළ කළා.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 26/06/20)

එක්සත් ජාතීන්ගේ මානව හිමිකම් මණ්ඩලයට තමා සම්බන්ධයෙන් විමර්ශනයක් සිදුකළ නොහැකි බව කරුණා කියයි (වීඩියෝ)
උපුටා ගැන්ම  හිරු පුවත්
එක්සත් ජාතීන්ගේ මානව හිමිකම් මණ්ඩලයට තමා සම්බන්ධයෙන් විමර්ශනයක් සිදුකළ නොහැකි බව දෙමළ එක්සත් නිදහස් පෙරමුණේ නායක විනයාගමූර්ති මුරලිදරන් හෙවත් කරුණා අම්මාන් ප්‍රකාශ කළා. ඒ එල්.ටී.ටී.ඊ. නායකයෙකුු ලෙස සිටි සමයේ ඔහු විසින් සිදුකරන ලද යුද අපරාධ සම්බන්ධයෙන් විමර්ශනය කරන ලෙස මානව හිමිකම් මණ්ඩලය කළ ඉල්ලීම සම්බන්ධයෙන් ප්‍රතිචාර දක්වමින්. https://youtu.be/JqEBjxn8ULk... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 26/06/20)

R. Premadasa supplied weapons to LTTE, says Karuna Amman
Courtesy Adaderana
Leader of the Tamil United Freedom Front (TUFF) Vinayagamoorthy Muralitharan alias Karuna Amman, whose startling comment on the killing of Army soldiers sparked controversy, has made yet another revelation. Joining ‘Mokada Wune’ programme on TV Derana, he said, late President Ranasinghe Premadasa, during his administration, had supplied weapons and funds to the LTTE and that he was the one who collected the supply. Karuna Amman also noted that Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB) leader Sajith Premadasa is attempting to create a false image of him in the minds of Sinhalese people. ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 26/06/20)

Four arrivals test positive for COVID-19; Cases tally hits 2,014
Cortesy Ada Derana
Four more persons have tested positive for COVID-19 as of 9.00 pm today (26), says the Ministry of Health. These fresh cases of novel coronavirus have moved the tally to 2,014. The Department of Government Information said these patients are arrivals from Pakistan, who are under quarantine at the facilities in Miyankulam (03) and Punanai (01). Meanwhile, the total number of COVID-19 recoveries confirmed in Sri Lanka increased to 1,619 earlier today. According to the Epidemiology Unit’s statistics, 384 active cases are currently under medical care at... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 26/06/20)

Can Yasmin Sooka & ITJP produce a CIVILIAN list of Missing/Dead instead of LTTE Terrorists!
In 2018, Yasmin Sooka representing International Truth & Justice Project administered through the EU funded Foundation for Human Rights South Africa submitted to The Office on Missing Persons (OMP) Sri Lanka, set up by an Act of Parliament, a list of 351 names of persons her entity claims are ‘enforced disappearances’ during the final phase of the conflict. The ITJP website however has a list of 425 names, none of whom are CIVILIANS but all of whom are either LTTE combatant or a member of a LTTE family (Mahaveer). This exposes Sooka based on  her own report. The entire basis for claiming war... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 26/06/20)

Voters Dilemma - This is with reference to today’s article by Gandara John
by citizen Perera
NO MORE DEEDS  Land is the wealth of the country, the wealth of the people. 480 Million Dollars when received, the lands will be privatized  the government  will be landless. This, they say, is the mantra to alleviate poverty . MCC has at the moment a crash program for e registration, with US citizens working with diplomatic immunity in 10 of our land registries . .The history of our lands, the history of our country is being ingeniously erased with the entry of the e-register, with  a ;law already introduced by... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 26/06/20)

Conversion of a regular passenger airplane to a full freighter
Aloysius Hettiarachchi,
At last Sri Lanka seems to have got a sensible CEO to run our national carrier which has been a huge burden to the country. The clearest indication is the above action taken by the airline according to a news item in the News First. He has also suspended the services of non-essential staff in order to reduce the burden on the treasury, perhaps temporarily. Our country is situated in an enviable position. This  is the reason some countries including India is trying hard to acquire these valuable assets like ports and airport. This... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 26/06/20)

Why the infamous National List should be scrapped?
Dr. Sudath Gunasekara
Provisions for this so-called National list were introduced by amending Sec 62 of the1978 Constitution by the14th Amendment on 28.5.1988. Sec 62 of the 1978 Constitution provides only for 196 MPP. This was an increase of 28 from 168 seats representing 160 electorates in 1970. After I year of making the 1978 Constitution it was amended and 196 was increased to 225 by the 14th Amendment which states.  “ Artcle 62 of the 1978 Constitution is hereby amended by the repeal of (1) of that article and the substitution of the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 26/06/20)

ELECTION COMMISSION OF SRI LANKA IS PLAYING GAMES
By M  D  P DISSANAYAKE
The Election Commission was back to the wall after the Supreme Court decision.   No doubt its members were disappointed.   Now the EC is ostensibly trying to curry favour the  President.   The Health Department Guidelines on the Covid19 to hold the elections were discussed at length and agreed.  The Covid 19 guidelines  in  a country faced with a pandemic  will  not be an  ever lasting solution. For example, the State of Melbourne,   which was performing well  3 weeks ago, is now under the spot light.   This could happen in  Sri Lanka... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 26/06/20)

UNIVERSE IS NOT FROM EVER
by A. Abdul Aziz.
Some atheists claim that this universe is in existence from ever and it will last forever. If this universe is in existence from ever, then it must have infinite source of power and energy, but we see that no material thing is infinite in this universe. The temperature of Sun is falling down, even the earth is cooling off. All the sources of energy in this universe are being consumed up and exhausting. So the world is approaching to its end as was prophesied by all the religions. It proves that... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 26/06/20)

බටහිර සාහිත්‍යයේ පියා - හෝමර්
වෛද්‍ය රුවන් එම් ජයතුංග 
මහා කවි හෝමර් විසින් රචිත ඉලියඩ් (The Iliad) හා ඔඩිසි (The Odyssey) නම් වූ වීර කාව්‍ය දෙක ලෝකයේ මෙතෙක්‌ පළ වූ කාව්‍යයන් අතරින් උත්තරීතර  කාව්‍යයන් වෙති. මෙම කාව්‍යන් දෙක මයිසීනියානු සංස්කෘතියේ නිෂ්පාදනයකි. ඉලියඩ් සහ ඔඩිසි සාම්ප්‍රදායිකව ක්‍රි.පූ 8 වන සියවසේ අගභාගයේ හෝ 7 වන සියවසේ මුල් භාගයට අයත් වේ.  බටහිර සාහිත්‍යයේ පළමු කෘති ලෙස පුළුල් ලෙස සැලකෙන පුරාණ ග්‍රීක වීර කාව්‍යයන් වන " ඉලියඩ්” සහ “ඔඩිසි  යන හෝමරික්  වීර කාව්‍යයන් දෙක ග්‍රීක භාෂාවෙන් රචනය කර තිබෙන අතර  සම්භාව්‍ය යුගය පුරා ග්‍රීක අධ්‍යාපනය හා සංස්කෘතියේ පදනම සපයයි. හෝමර් ගේ නිර්මාණ සාහිත්‍යයට පමණක් නොව... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/06/20)

කාදිනල්තුමා ඉදිරියේ, හරින් ප්‍රනාන්දු මොකෙක්ද?
චන්ද්‍රසේන පණ්ඩිතගේ
අති උත්තම මැල්කම් රන්ජිත් කාදිනල්තුමා දේශපාලනය කරන බවට හිටපු පාර්ලිමේන්තු මන්ත්‍රීවරයෙකු වූ හරින් ප්‍රනාන්දු හිටි හැටියේම, කාදිනල්තුමා ඉලක්ක කරගෙන චෝදනාවක් දමා ගසන ලදී. ඔව්! කාදිනල්තුමා සිදුකරන්නේ දේශපාලන ක්‍රියාවලියක් බව ලොවම දනී. එමෙන්ම. පන්සලේ හාමුදුරුවරු කරන්නේද දේශපාලන ක්‍රියාවලියක් බව අපි දන්නෙමු. සෑම ආගමික දර්ශනයක්ම දේශපාලනය හා සම්බන්ධතාවයක් ඇත. මේ ලොව වාසය කරන සියලුම මිනිසුන් තුල දේශපාලනයක් ඇති බව සියල්ලෝම දනී.. එසේ නොවන කිසිදු මිනිහෙක් මේ රටතුල ඇත්තේද නැත. දේශපාලනය කිරීම මෙරට නීතියෙන් වලංගු දෙයක් බැවින් සියලුම පුජකවරුන්ට චන්දය දැමීමේ බලය ලබාදී  ඇත. එවන් පසුබිමක් තුල අති උතුම් මැල්කම් රන්ජිත් කාදිනල්තුමාට මේ අවස්ථාවේදී, මේ ආකාරයෙන් පහත ලෙස පහරදීමට... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/06/20)

Lankan experts’ panel on MCC compact says it violates the constitution
Courtesy NewsIn.Asia
The panel’s report submitted to President Gotabaya Rajapaksa will be thrown open to the public for comments Dr, Lalthasiri Gunaruwan Colombo, June 25 (newsin.asia): The final report of the Expert’s Committee appointed to review the proposed Millennium Challenge Corporation Compact (MCC) was handed over to President Gotabaya Rajapaksa at the Presidential Secretariat on Thursday. Later the report will be placed before the public, the Presidential Media Division said. The Committee has presented its recommendations following a six months long study after careful consideration of opinions, views... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/06/20)

When Sirimavo stepped in to defuse Sino-Indian conflict in 1962.
By P.K.Balachandran Courtesy NewsIn.Asia
Ceylon's Prime Minister Sirimavo Bandaranaike got together six non-aligned countries to help India and China end border clash In the on-going Sino-Indian conflict over Galwan, no third country has taken serious steps to intervene. An off-the-cuff offer by US President Trump was politely rejected by both India and China, and Russia has said that no third country involvement is needed. But during the earlier more serious Sino-Indian conflict in 1962, six top non-aligned countries led by the then Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mrs. Sirimavo Bandaranaike, had taken the initiative... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/06/20)

China donates 3rd batch of medical aid to Sri Lanka.
Source: Xinhua
Hu Wei (3rd R), charge d'affaires of the Chinese Embassy to Sri Lanka, hands over the list of medical aid donated by China to Sri Lanka's Minister of Health Pavithra Wanniarachchi (4th L) at a handover ceremony in Colombo, Sri Lanka, June 24, 2020. China on Wednesday donated its third batch of medical aid to Sri Lanka to help the country fight the COVID-19 virus which has to date infected over 2,000 people in the country and caused 11 deaths. (Photo by Ajith Perera/Xinhua) COLOMBO, June 24 (Xinhua) -- China on... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/06/20)

Yahapalana government signed two agreements, received USD 10 mn ... supporting documents not available
Courtesy The Island
Prof. Lalithasiri Gunaruwan, who headed a high level government inquiry into the proposed finalisation of Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) agreement yesterday (25) told President Gotabaya Rajapaksa that the previous yahapalana administration and the US had signed two agreements in 2017 and 2018 as regards two phases of the project. Prof. Gunaruwan said that though Sri Lanka received USD 7.4 and USD 2.6 mn in 2017 and 2018 respectively, the inquiry team couldn’t find any supporting documents. The President’s Office spokesperson said that the report would be made available to the public. ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/06/20)

Weapons distributed by Hizbullah during civil war were at NTJ office, journalist claims
Courtesy Adaderana
Journalist Christopher Kamalendran who as a part of an investigative report on clashes between rival mosques in the Beruwala area had met with Zahran Hashim where he conducted an interview with the Easter attacks ringleader back in 2009. The journalist was called upon to provide his testimony on the details of the interview to the Presidential Commission of Inquiry probing the Easter attacks, yesterday (24). He revealed that several T-56 assault rifles were seen stored on the office premises of the National Thowheed Jamaath where the interview was held. These weapons were apparently... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/06/20)

Expert committee’s final report on MCC deal handed over to President
Courtesy Adaderana
The expert committee appointed to review the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) agreement handed over its final report to President Gotabaya Rajapaksa today (25). The report was handed over at the Presidential Secretariat in Colombo. Chairman of the committee Professor Lalithasiri Gunarunwan had also presented the final report to Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa at Temple Trees last evening (24). https://youtu.be/yNA0xRjov-c The Prime Minister will table the final report at the next Cabinet meeting. The committee was appointed with effect from January 01, based on a... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/06/20)

Sri Lanka’s COVID-19 case count at 2,010
Courtesy Adaderana
Three more coronavirus positive cases have moved the total count of cases reported in the country to 2,010. The latest patients have been identified as Sea Marshalls at the Boossa quarantine center, stated the Department of Government Information. A total of nine COVID-19 cases have been reported so far today (25) and all of the cases have been detected among Sri Lanka Navy personnel. A total of 397 patients infected with Covid-19 are currently under medical care while 1,602 patients have recovered so far. Sri Lanka has witnessed... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/06/20)

Constitutional Council discuss Prof. Hoole’s remarks and Ahimsa’s letter
Courtesy Adaderana
The 80th meeting of the Constitutional Council was held yesterday (24) under the patronage of its Chairman Karu Jayasuriya at the Speaker’s official residence.  Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, along with the members of the Constitutional Council, Bimal Ratnayake and Thalatha Athukora attended the meeting.  In addition, civil society representatives Javed Yousuf and Prof. Naganathan Selvakumaran, Secretary-General to the Constitutional Council and Secretary-General of the Parliament Dhammika Dasanayake as well as the Deputy Secretary General of Parliament Neil Iddawala were also present at the meeting. Dr. Rani Jayamaha and Samantha Kumarasinghe... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/06/20)

Sri Lanka Voters Dilemma – What Did Gota Tell O’Brien?
By Gandara John
 The Riddle  Voters are encouraged to resolve the riddle posed by the facts given in the box below and forward their answers to gandarajohn

outlook.com to help forecast the future geopolitical direction of the country, after the forthcoming General Elections. 05 Nov 2018 – This was the original date set, for the MCC document to be signed behind the backs of the Sri Lankan people. Public outcry in the Island Nation against the MCC prevented the signing of the document despite US warnings that the money on offer will go back... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 24/06/20)

The LTTE Diaspora will be happy….
Palitha Senanayake
Vinayagamurthi Muralitharan alias Karuna Amman, the former LTTE Eastern Commander, has got in to a difficult position with his recent utterances about the past encounters with the Sri Lankan forces. Sections of the people in this country, including the members of the Sanga are up in arms against this statement stating that it is a statement inimical to our heroic forces who liberated the country, etc. The reality however, is that if you study these people who have made this an issue, the majority of them are those who never supported the forces when... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/06/20)

A SILENT SUPPORT TO TERRORISM
ALI SUKHANVER
Bahawalpur is a land of sandy plains in the South Punjab area of Pakistan. Last month on 21st May a protest was carried out at Deputy Commissioner Office Bahawalpur. This protest was led by two local residents Mansha Raam & Laskshman Raam. They were protesting against demolishing of their houses by the city administration. Some of the Indian newspapers and TV Channels simply misguided the public by misreporting the matter. They said it was an action against the Hindu minorities living in Pakistan. In fact, it was anti-encroachment operation carried out by the local administration. According... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/06/20)

Bayer Settles Glyphosate Cancer Lawsuit for $10.9 Billion
by Sustainable Pulse
Bayer-Monsanto have announced that the company will make a total payment of $10.1 billion to $10.9 billion (€9.1 billion to €9.8 billion) to settle the non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma Roundup litigation in the U.S.. Roundup is the most sold glyphosate-based herbicide in the world. The settlement covers approximately 75% of the current Roundup litigation involving approximately 125,000 filed and unfiled claims overall. Bayer also settled Wednesday the recent dicamba drift litigation for payment of up to $400 million and a portion of the PCB water litigation exposure for payment of approximately $820 million.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/06/20)

Sri Lanka’s Covid-19 cases cross 2,000 mark
Courtesy Adaderana
With three new COVID-19 positive cases being reported, the tally of confirmed cases in Sri Lanka crossed the 2,000 mark on Wednesday evening. Three more navy personnel from the Iyakachchi quarantine center have tested positive for Coronavirus. This brings the total number of confirmed patients thus far in the country to 2,001. Ten new cases have identified so far today (24). Earlier today 07 returnees from the United States had tested positive for the virus.  Accordingly 428 patients infected with COVID-19 are currently under medical care at hospitals... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/06/20)

AG to file indictment against Patali and Ex-Welikada OIC
Courtesy The Daily Mirror
Separate indictments will be filed with the Colombo High Court against former Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka and Ex- Welikada OIC, ASP Sudath Asmadala over Rajagiriya accident case, Deputy Solicitor General (DSG) Dileepa Peiris informed the Colombo Chief Magistrate’s Court. When the case was taken up before Colombo Additional Magistrate Kanchana Neranjana Silva, DSG Peiris informed the Court that the separate indictments would be filed against two suspects for concealing the truth and fabricating evidence.  He informed the Magistrate that it was definitely the former minister who was behind the wheel... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/06/20)

Harin asked me to do an illegal activity: ASP
Courtesy The Daily Mirror
UNP candidate A.S.P. Liyanage today alleged that former Foreign Employment Minister Harin Fernando asked him to perform an illegal activity when he was the Sri Lankan Ambassador to Qatar and told that he would be removed if failed to do it. https://youtu.be/ahXSvmo1E7E Mr.Liyanage who is contesting the General Election from the UNP from Colombo said he also informed the former President about the issue. “I challenge Mr. Fernando to prove if my allegations are false. He did say that I would be removed from the Ambassadorial... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/06/20)

Karuna’s history not a secret: Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa
Lahiru Pothmulla and Dinesh Upendra Courtesy The Daily Mirror
Referring to the controversial remarks made by former LTTE member Vinyagamoorthy Muralitharan alias Karuna, Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa said the former parliamentarian's history was no secret to anyone. Speaking at a Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) rally held at Labuyaya, Kuliyapitiya on Tuesday, Mr. Rajapaksa said Karuna's statement that he had killed an exorbitant number of soldiers in a night, has become a hot topic at political stages of the opposition parties. “However, there was no voice raised from the opposition over those who procured... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/06/20)

කාදිනල් හිමිපාණන් ගැන හරීන් කළ ප්‍රකාශය මල්වතු පාර්ශවය හෙළාදකී (වීඩියෝ)
උපුටා ගැන්ම  හිරු පුවත්
හරීන් ප්‍රනාන්දු හිටපු මන්ත්‍රීවරයා කොළඹ අගරදගුරු අතිඋතුම් මැල්කම් කාදිනල් රංජිත් හිමිපාණන් සම්බන්ධයෙන් කළ ප්‍රකාශයට අදත් පූජ්‍ය පක්ෂය සහ දේශපාලනඥයින් සිය අප්‍රසාදය පළ කළා. https://youtu.be/m2VUr7DvO0s මෙම ප්‍රකාශය හෙළාදකිමින් අද මල්වතු පාර්ශවය විශේෂ නිවේදනයක් නිකුත් කරා.<br /><br />ඒ පිළිබඳව අදහස් දක්වමින් මල්වතු පාර්ශවයේ අනුනායක පූජ්‍ය නියංගොඩ විජිතසිරි හිමියන් සඳහන් කළේ කාදිනල් හිමියන් සතුව දේශපාලන පරමාර්ථ කිසිවක් නොමැති බවයි. මේ අතර අස්ගිරි පාර්ශවයේ නියෝජ්‍ය ලේඛකාධිකාරී පූජ්‍ය නාරම්පනාවේ ආනන්ද හිමියන් පැවසුවේ මෙවැනි දේශපාලඥයන් තවදුරටත් මෙරටේ දේශපාලනයේ නියැලීම සම්බන්ධයෙන් කණගාටුවට පත්වන බවයි. මේ අතර පාස්කු ප්‍රහාරයෙන් පසුව සිංහල... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/06/20)

මහ බැංකුවේ මුදල් මණ්ඩලයට රාණි ජයමහ සහ සමන්ත කුමාරසිංහ (වීඩියෝ)
උපුටා ගැන්ම  හිරු පුවත්
ශ්‍රී ලංකා මහ බැංකුවේ මුදල් මණ්ඩලයට ආචාර්ය රාණි ජයමහ සහ සමන්ත කුමාරසිංහ පත් කිරීමට අද රැස්වූ ව්‍යවස්ථාදායක සභාවේ අනුමැතිය හිමිවී තිබෙනවා. මුදල් මණ්ඩලයේ පුරප්පාඩුව පැවති සාමාජිකයන් දෙදෙනා සඳහායි මෙම පත්කිරීම් සිදුවන්නේ . https://youtu.be/8xg68ecisbA... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/06/20)

CC approves Dr. Ranee Jayamaha and Samantha Kumarasinghe to CBSL Monetary Board
Courtesy Adaderana
The Constitutional Council has approved the appointment of Dr. Ranee Jayamaha and Samantha Kumarasinghe to the Monetary Board of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL). A Constitutional Council meeting was held today (24) at the Speaker’s Residence under the patronage of its Chairman and former Speaker of the Eighth Parliament Karu Jayasuriya. Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa and other members of the Constitutional Council had also attended the meeting. The nominations sent by President Gotabhaya Rajapaksa for the two member vacancies of the Central Bank’s Monetary Board... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/06/20)

President sets one year deadline for Lanka Salt to earn profit.
Courtesy Adaderana
President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has given one year’s time to Lanka Salt Limited which runs at a loss since 2018 to earn profit, the President’s Media Division said. “The profit earned by the Lanka Salt Limited in 2016 stood at Rs. 70 million. In 2017 it declined to Rs. 32 million. The organization made a loss of Rs. 2.8 million and Rs. 10.91 million in 2018 and 2019 respectively.” President emphasized that the Chairman and the Board of Directors should take the responsibility of investigating causes for loss occurred during these three years... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/06/20)

Sajith’s father gave weapons to the LTTE - PM
Courtesy Adaderana
Responding to Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB) leader Sajith Premadasa’s statement on the controversial comments made by Karuna Amman recently, Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa charged that it was Premadasa’s father who “supplied weapons to the LTTE”. “Who provided weapons? Who supplied weapons to Karuna and others and the LTTE? It was none other than Sajith’s father.” The Prime Minister also claimed that weapons were provided to “murder Sinhala people” and “shoot at the army”.  The children of the individuals who gave weapons to shoot are the ones who are now shouting... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/06/20)

Central Bank approves Rs. 28 billion loans for businesses affected by COVID-19
Courtesy Adaderana
Having identified the urgent need of reviving the businesses adversely affected by the COVID-19 outbreak and thereby to promote economic activity in the country, the Central Bank and the Government of Sri Lanka launched a novel refinance facility under the Saubagya (Prosperity) Loan Scheme, as announced today (24). The Central Bank has approved 13,861 loan applications under the Phase-I of this Scheme, named Saubagya Covid-19 Renaissance Facility, totaling Rs. 27.9 billion, out of which the licensed banks have already disbursed Rs. 14.8 billion among 7,274 affected businesses island-wide as of 24 June 2020.  ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/06/20)

Mangala ‘impressed’ by Harin’s courage
Courtesy Adaderana
Former minister Mangala Samaraweera says he is impressed by former parliamentarian Harin Fernando and praised the ‘courage of his convictions’. “I am very impressed by Harin F who has the courage of his convictions to challenge the hypocrisy of sections of the Catholic Church who seems to have forged an unholy alliance with the extremist Buddhist clergy supporting this majoritarian/facist regime (sic),” he tweeted. https://youtu.be/qGK_5AdYWjA Fernando has faced massive backlash due to his recent comments against the Archbishop of Colombo His Eminence Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith. The... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/06/20)

Expert committee on MCC deal present final report to PM
Courtesy Adaderana
The expert committee appointed to review the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) agreement handed over its final report to Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa today (24). The report was handed over to the PM by the chairman of the committee Professor Lalithasiri Gunarunwan at Temple Trees this evening. The report is expected to be handed over to the President tomorrow (25) while the Prime Minister will also table the final report at the next Cabinet meeting. The committee was appointed with effect from January 01, based on a cabinet decision taken on... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/06/20)

මහින්ද රාජපක්ෂ මහතාට තම ප්‍රතිවාදියා මෙවර පරාජය කල හැකිද?
චන්ද්‍රසේන පණ්ඩිතගේ 
මෙවර මහා මැතිවරණ සටන ආරම්භව ඇත. මෙරට කොටි ත්‍රස්තවාදය නිමකල ජනාධිපතිවරයාවූ මහින්ද රාජපක්ෂ මහතා, 2015 ජනවාර් මස 8 වෙනිදා ලද පරාජයෙන් පසු, තවමත් ස්ථාවර රජයක් මේ භුමියේ  පිහිටුවා ගැනීමේ වරම අහිමිව ඇත. මෙවර ඇත්තේ  ඒ අහිමි කල ජනවරම යලි ස්ථාපනය කොට නැවත මේ රට සංවර්ධයේ දිසාවට ගමන් කරලීමේ කටයුත්ත ආරම්භ කිරීමේ සටනයි. දැන් මේ සටන ඇත්තේ කා සමගද? ප්‍රතිවාදියා කවරෙක්ද යන්න පළමු කොට මේ සටනට අවතීර්ණව සිටින කණ්ඩායම් මනාව අවබෝධ කරගත යුතුය.පවතින සටනේ දක්නට ඇති ස්වරුපය මුළු මහත් රටත් ජාතියත් මුලාවට පත්කළ හැකි බව අප පළමුව අවබෝධ කරගත යුතුය. 2015 ජනවාරි මස ජනාධිපතිවරණ සටනත්, එම... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/06/20)

Sirisena, Ranil foiled bid to arrest Gotabaya – Wijayadasa
by Shamindra Ferdinando Courtesy The Island
Former Justice Minister Dr. Wijeyadasa Rajapakse, PC, on Monday (22), said that on his intervention the then President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe thwarted a bid to arrest Gotabaya Rajapaksa. Wijeyadasa Rajapaksa appreciated both President Sirisena and Premier Wickremesinghe listened to his advice in spite of the then ministers Patali Champika Ranawaka, Rajitha Senaratne and civil society activist J.C. Weliamuna PC pushing for wartime Defence Secretary’s arrest. The former President of the Bar Association said so on live political programme ‘Salakuna’ anchored by... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/06/20)

One suicide bomber went on spending spree before Easter attacks, Inspector tells PCoI.
Courtesy The Island
Insaf Ibrahim, the suicide bomber who carried out the attack on Cinnamon Grand hotel, had spent around Rs. 45 million between January and April of 2019 on National Thowheed Jamaath (NTJ) operations, CI Ravindra Wimalasiri of CID informed the PCoI probing into Easter Attacks yesterday. Wimalasiri said that Insaf Ibrahim owned several companies. "During the first four months of 2019, he had spent Rs. 45 million without keeping records. We found that money had been used to promote extremism." During yesterday’s proceedings, the Commission played some of Insaf’s voice clips recorded... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/06/20)

Lankan President seeks new guidelines to select foreign content for telecasting
Courtesy NewsIn.Asia
Media should help preserve national identity and cultural values, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa said Colombo, June 23 (newsin.asia): Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa on Tuesday highlighted the need for the media to preserve the Sri Lankan identity and Sri Lankan cultural values and in that context, emphasized the necessity of establishing guidelines for selecting foreign programs for telecasting. He made this comment during a progress review meeting with the government-owned Independent Television Network (ITN) at the Presidential Secretariat. The said that changes should be made to create a new television culture.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/06/20)

Nepal too has difficulty in accepting the MCC Compact
By P.K.Balachandran Courtesy NewsIn.Asia
In both Nepal and Sri Lanka the issue is safeguarding national sovereignty Just as the Sri Lankan government is having difficulty in taking a decision on the US Millennium Challenge Corporation’s 500 million dollar transport and land registration compact, the Nepalese government is on the horns of a dilemma in regard to MCC-Nepal. In both countries, the issue is the preservation of national sovereignty and neutrality in foreign policy in the light of certain provisions of the MCC compact. Both Sri Lanka and Nepal had initially shown a keen interest in... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/06/20)

UNP strongly condemns the statement made by Harin Fernando - Wimal says that Harin has no moral right to complain
Courtesy Hiru News
The UNP says that it strongly condemns the statement made by the former Parliamentarian Harin Fernando and the Archbishop Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith. In a statement, they said the Cardinal's mediation with the government after the Easter Sunday Attack should not be forgotten. https://youtu.be/OLO19ILyC8M The UNP press release further states that former MP Harin Fernando has been removed from the UNP and he is a national list candidate for the Samagi Jana Balavegaya. Former Parliamentarian Harin Fernando, a National... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/06/20)

Suicide Bomber spent Rs. 45mn on extremist activities
Courtesy The Daily Mirror
 Insaf Ahamed, the suicide bomber who blew himself up at the Cinnamon Grand hotel, had spent nearly Rs.45 million within the first four months of 2019 for National Thowheed Jamath (NTJ) to conduct extremist activities in the country, CI Raveendra Wimalasiri of the CID informed the PCoI probing into the Easter Attacks yesterday. He informed the Commission that Insaf Ahamed owned several companies and always maintained a record on what purpose he was using funds. “However, in the first four months of 2019 he had used Rs. 45 million but there was... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/06/20)

“Match-fixing allegations” Explained
By Shehan Daniel Courtesy The Daily Mirror
Allegations of match-fixing by former Sports Minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage has brought the 2011 Cricket World Cup final, which Sri Lanka lost to India, under scrutiny. But are these legitimate allegations or politically motivated statements?  What is the allegation?    Speaking to a private television channel last week, Aluthgamage alleged that Sri Lanka had “sold” the final of the 2011 Cricket World Cup against India in Mumbai. He pointed to the four changes Sri Lanka made to the team that beat New Zealand in the semi-final, presumably a suggestion that it was done to handicap... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/06/20)

Total hits 1,991 with fresh COVID-19 cases among US returnees
Courtesy Adaderana
Eleven more persons have tested positive for the COVID-19 virus as of 10.00 pm today (23), says the Ministry of Health. The Department of Government Information said these new infections were detected among the group of returnees from the United States. Thereby, the total count of novel coronavirus cases in the country has risen to 1,991. Earlier today, 29 other COVID-19 patients were found in the country. They had arrived from Mumbai, India as a part of the crew of a ship anchored in the island. Accordingly, a... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/06/20)

‘89 වන සහ 91 වන ව්‍යවස්ථාවල දැක්වෙන නුසුදුසුකම්වලට තවත් නුසුදුසුකම් එකතු නොකළ යුත්තේ ය‘‘ විධිවිධානය නොතකා ආණ්ඩුක්‍රම ව්‍යවස්ථාවට උඩින් ඉගිලෙන මැතිවරණ කොමිසම
පුවත්පත් නිවේදනය රජිත් කීර්ති තෙන්නකෝන්
“ස්වාධීන” ලේබලය අලවා ඇත්තේ ඔවුන්ට ස්වාධීන යයි සිතෙන ආකාරයෙන් ක්‍රියා කිරීමට නොවේ.                                 මැතිවරණ කොමිසමට (මැ.කො.) “ස්වාධීන” ලේබලය අලවා ඇත්තේ ඔවුන්ට ස්වාධීන යයි සිතෙන ආකාරයෙන් ක්‍රියා කිරීමට නොව, සමස්ත ඡන්ද දායකයන්ගේ සහ අපේක්ෂකයන්ගේ ස්වාධීනත්වයට ගැළපෙන ආකාරයෙන් ක්‍රියා කිරීමට යැයි හිටපු ආණ්ඩුකාර රජිත් කීර්ති තෙන්නකෝන් මහතා නිවේදනයක් නිකුත් කරමින් පවසයි. මැතිවරණ කොමිෂන් සභාව, තමන් වෙත නොමැති බලයක් ආරෝපණය කර ගනිමින් රාජ්‍ය සේවකයින්ගේ සමාජ ජාල ක්‍රියාකාරකම් පාලනය කිරීමටත්, පලාත් පාලන කොමසාරිස්වරුන් හා සභා ලේකම්වරුන් පාලනය කිරීමටත් කටයුතු කිරීම කනගාටුවට කරුණක් යැයි තෙන්නකෝන් මහතා නිකුත් කළ නිවේදනයේ දැක්වේ.  ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/06/20)

EXODUS OF SRI LANKAN EMPLOYEES BACK TO HOMELAND FROM OVERSEAS
BY EDWARD THEOPHILUS
When we were studying Demography at the university, a popular topic was Brain Drain, and we were not happy about the population policy planning at that time as the government policy did not direct and address required policy measures to control brain drain.  The major reason to displease the government policy was that competent human resources were subject to leave from the country looking for higher earnings from overseas. Later, since the 1980s the government has been encouraging to send skilled people overseas for employment as such policy has been contributed to increasing foreign exchange... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/06/20)

WORLD CUP FINAL 2011 – RESULTS vs PERSONAL GLORY
By M D P DISSANAYAKE
1.    TEAM INSTABILITY AT THE TOP: So far in the game of Sri Lankan Cricket, there had been only one Leader who rose to the occasion and won  the world cup final to Sri Lanka.   That was none other than Arjuna Ranatunga.  Since then, we had big names, Aravinda De Silva, Ravi Ratnayake, Roshan Mahanama, Chaminda Vass, Lahiru Thirimanne, Upul Tharanga, Chamara Kapugedera, Lasith Malinga, Hashan Tilekeratne,  Sanath Jayasuriya, Marvan Atapattu, Angelow Mathews, Rangana Herath, Dinesh Chandimal,  Dilshan Tilekeratne,  Suranga Lakmal, Mahela Jayawardene,  Kumar Sangakkara, Tissara Perera and currently Dimuth Karunaratne.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/06/20)

යථාර්ථවාදී මනෝවිද්‍යාත්මක නවකතාවේ පුරෝගාමියා - ෆියෝඩර් දොස්තයෙව්ස්කි
වෛද්‍ය රුවන් එම් ජයතුංග 
ෆියෝඩර් මිහයිලොවිච් දොස්තයෙව්ස්කි විශ්වීය ගෞරවයට පාත්‍ර වූවකි. නවකතාකරුවෙකු, මාධ්‍යවේදියෙකු හා කෙටිකතා රචකයෙකු වන දොස්තොයෙව්ස්කිගේ කෘති රුසියානු ජාතිකයින් අතර පමණක් නොව, ලෝක සාහිත්‍යය තුළ ද ප්‍රචලිතය. දොස්තයෙව්ස්කි මනෝවිද්‍යාත්මක යථාර්ථවාදය කෙරෙහි උනන්දුවක්  දැක්වීය. දොස්තයෙව්ස්කි යථාර්ථවාදී මනෝවිද්‍යාත්මක නවකතාවේ පුරෝගාමියාය. දොස්තයෙව්ස්කි ගේ නවකතා මානව මනෝ විද්‍යාව ගවේෂණය කරන අතර විවිධ දාර්ශනික හා ආගමික තේමාවන් සමඟ සම්බන්ධ වේ. බොහෝ සාහිත්‍ය විචාරකයින් ඔහුව ලෝක සාහිත්‍යයේ ශ්‍රේෂඨතම මනෝවිද්‍යාත්මක නවකතාකරුවෙකු ලෙස සලකයි. ඔහුගේ  ප්‍රබන්ධ රුසියානු සමාජයේ ආන්තිකකරණය වූ කොටස් කෙරෙහි අවධානය යොමු කලේය. එසේම ඔහු 19 වන සියවසේ රුසියානු ජනතාවගේ සමාජ යථාර්ථයන් නිවැරදිව නිරූපණය කලේය. පීටර්ස්බර්ග් විචාරකයින් විසින් “නව ගොගොල්” ලෙස... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/06/20)

ඡන්දය පැවැත්වෙන කාල සීමාව උදෑසන කාලයෙන් දීර්ඝ කිරීම
මාධ්‍ය නිවේදනය කැෆේ සංවිධානය
ඡන්දය ප්‍රකාශ කිරීමේ කාලයදීර්ඝ කරන්නේ නම් එය උදෑසන සහ පස්වරුවේ විනාඩි 30 බැගින් වැඩිකළ යුතු බව කැෆේ සංවිධානය මැතිවරණ කොමිසමට යෝජනා කරයි. සාමාන්‍යයෙන්  ඡන්දය ප්‍රකාශ කිරීමේ වේලාව පෙරවරු 7 සිට පස්වරු 4 දක්වා වෙන් කර ඇති නමුත් මෙවර සෞඛ්‍ය උපදෙස් අනුව ඡන්ද විමසීම පැවැත්වීමේදී ඒම කාලසීමාව ප්‍රමාණවත් නොවිය හැකි හෙයින් කාලය දීර්ඝ කිරීමේ අවශ්‍යතාව මෙවර ද පැන නගිනු ඇත. මෙලෙස පසුගිය ජනාධිපතිවරණ‌යේදී අපේක්ෂක ප්‍රමාණය ඉහළ යාම නිසා සහ ඡන්ද පත්‍රිකාවේ දිග ප්‍රමාණයත් වැඩිවීම යන කරුණු හේතුවෙන්   ඡන්දය ප්‍රකාශ කිරීම සඳහා ලබාදී තිබූ කාලය පැයකින් දීර්ඝ කළ අතර එහිදී... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/06/20)

Federalism – Covid-19 & Sri Lanka
Let’s just imagine a scenario where the 9 provinces of Sri Lanka were given substantial autonomy to make its own decisions but remain within the ambit of what is oft described as a “united Sri Lanka”. Let’s also imagine the present crisis that has enveloped the world causing over 470,665 deaths and affected over 9million people. Containing the spread of the virus has been the only successful method thus far. Let’s now imagine countries that have succeeded in containing the virus & those countries that have failed & probe why they have failed. The lessons to take from this is... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 23/06/20)

සමලිංගික විවාහ නීතිගත කර තිබුනේ නම් අද මංගල සමරවීර-සුනිල් හදුන්නෙත්ති අද සමලිංගික අඹු සැමියන්..
උපුටා ගැන්ම ලංකා සී නිව්ස්
පසුගිය රජය විසින් කෙටුම්පත් කර තිබූ සමලිංගික විවාහ නීතිගත කිරීමට කටයුතු කර තිබුණේ නම් ජනතා විමුක්ති පෙරමුණේ හිටපු මන්ත්‍රී සුනිල් හඳුන්නෙත්ති සහ මංගල සමරවීර හිටපු ඇමතිවරයා විවාහ වනු ඇති ඇති බව ජනහමුවක් අමතමිනි ‍ශ‍්‍රී ලංකා පොදුජන පෙරමුණේ ජාතික ලැයිස්තු අපේක්ෂක හිටපු පාර්ලිමේන්තු මන්ත්‍රී මොහොමඩ් මුසම්මිල් මහතා සඳහන් කළේය. අද ජනතා විමුක්ති පෙරමුණේ පරමාදර්ශී නායකයා වී ඇති මංගල සමරවීර වැනි පුද්ගලයන් බව ද සුනිල් හඳුන්නෙත්ති හිටපු මන්ත්‍රීවරයා කිහිප වතාවක්ම මංගල සමරවීරගේ වටිනාකම පවසා ඇති බවද ඔහු පැවසීය. ඉදිරියේදී ඉල් මහ විරු සමරුවේදී මංගල සමරවීර සමරවීරගේ පින්තූරයක් පවා ගෙන යාමට ජනතා... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 22/06/20)

මා පාර්ලිමේන්තු දේශපාලනය අතහැරීමට ඔබද හේතුවක්..- ෆොන්සෙකාට රත් වෙන්නම මංගල කියයි..
උපුටා ගැන්ම ලංකා සී නිව්ස්
සරත් ෆොන්සේකා වැනි යුදපිටියේ සිටිය යතු අය නොදන්නා දේශපාලනයකට පැමිණීම තමන් දේශපාලනයෙන් සමු ගැනීමට එක් හේතුවක් යයි හිටලු ඇමති මංගල සමරවීර මහතා පවසයි. මංගල සමරවීර මහතා මැතිවරණ ව්‍යාපාරයෙන් ඉවත් වීම සමගි ජන බලවේගයට විශාල වාසියක් යයි සරත් ෆොන්සේකා මහතා විසින් කරන ලද ප‍්‍රකාශයක් ප‍්‍රතිචාර දක්වමින් ඔහු මේ බව සදහන් කර ඇත. තම සමාජාල ගිණුමේ සටහන් කර ඇති අදාල සම්පූර්ණ සහන මෙසේය. හිතවත් සරත්, ඔබගේ දේශපාලන පාරාජිකභාවය මගේ නමට බැර කිරීමට දරණ උත්සාහය පිළිබඳ පළමුව කණගාටු වෙමි. ඔබගේ දේශපාලන විවේචනය සාධාරණ නම්, ඔබගේ නායකත්වයෙන්... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 22/06/20)

Ancient Sri Lankans built canals. Their legacy today? A new type of forest.
by Malaka Rodrigo  Courtesy Mongabay.com
a dry canal-associated evergreen forest or canal forest, a new type of forest vegetation discovered from the ancient capital of Polonnaruwa in north-central Sri Lanka, courtesy of Magdon Jayasuriya. A new type of forest ecology has been discovered from the ancient kingdom of Polonnaruwa in north-central Sri Lanka, centered around the irrigation canals abandoned there more than 700 years ago.The unique new forest type closely resembles the riverine forests that are found alongside rivers and other bodies of water, but has a different species composition and vegetation structure.Sri Lanka boasts a legacy... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 22/06/20)

AG informs PCoI that process cannot be issued on his officers
Courtesy Adaderana
The Attorney General has informed the Presidential Commission of Inquiry on political victimization that the process cannot be issued on his officers in terms of Section 16 of the Act. https://youtu.be/-JkKDiKtxw4... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 22/06/20)

Nine students arrested over removing CCTV cameras at Kelaniya Uni
Courtesy Adaderana
Nine students of the University of Kelaniya have been arrested by the Police today (22) over the incident of removing CCTV cameras at the university premises in February, 2020. On February 24, certain members of the Student Union of the University of Kelaniya had forcibly removed the CCTV cameras fixed at university premises for security purposes. The Student Union had objected to the fixation of the cameras charging that this was done as a measure to control students. After the removal of the cameras, the members of the Student Union... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 22/06/20)

Returnee from Maldives brings COVID-19 count to 1,951
Courtesy Adaderana
Another person has tested positive for the novel coronavirus, marking the first new infection in 3 days. The latest case is a recent arrival from the Maldives, stated the Ministry of Health. Thereby the total of coronavirus cases in the country moved to 1,951 cases. Currently, there are 414 active coronavirus cases being under medical care at selected hospitals. Meanwhile, the count of COVID-19 recoveries in the country spiked to 1,526 cases with 28 more patients regaining health today (22). Sri Lanka, so far, has witnessed... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 22/06/20)

One (01) more person confirmed for Covid -19: SL Country total increases to 1,951
Courtesy Hiru News
One (01) more person has tested positive for Covid-19 (new coronavirus) infection. The country total has increased to 1,951 according to the latest information by the Epidemiology unit of the Ministry of Health. Covid-19 Situation Report as at 2020-June-22 | compiled according to the Health promotion Bureau and the Epidemiology Unit data . Total confirmed cases – 1,951 Recovered and discharged – 1,526 Patients under medical care 414 New Cases for the day 01 Total Deaths 11... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 22/06/20)

Imports restricted: Now commence production – President tells industrialists.
Courtesy Hiru News
Opportunity is now open to commence productions in many sectors with the limiting of imports of several non-essential items, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa said. As pledged in “Saubhagyaye Dekma” policy statement the way has been paved for a people-centric production economy. The current challenge before the industrialists is to win the domestic and global market, President observed. President made these comments during a discussion with the members of the Inter-Ministerial Task Force on Industrial and Enterprise Development held at the Presidential Secretariat today (22). ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 22/06/20)

Original evidence of Welikada incident has disappeared (Video)
Courtesy Hiru News
Police Inspector Neomal Rangajeewa of the Police Field Force Headquarters revealed at the Presidential Commission to Investigate Political Victimization that original evidence has disappeared regarding the Welikada Prison incident in 2012. He also presented two CDs containing the voice of a drug dealer, Velesuda. https://youtu.be/q079SPxRspQ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 22/06/20)

Former Minister Rauf Hakeem attended the wedding of Ibrahim Ilham one of the Easter Sunday suicide bombers
Courtesy Hiru News
It was revealed today at the Presidential Commission probing into the Easter Sunday Attacks, that two ministers had attended the wedding of Ibrahim Ilham, a suicide bomber on Easter Sunday. This was through a statement from Fatima Jeffery the mother in law of Ibrahim Ilham. https://youtu.be/i5KQ2LrgUvQ She testified before the commission that her youngest daughter, Fatima Jifri, married Ibrahim Ilham, a well-known businessman in Dematagoda in 2012. She said that she remembers that the then Minister Rauf Hakeem... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 22/06/20)

Harin's allegations against the Archbishop vehemently opposed (Video)
Courtesy Hiru News
The Catholic Church says it is deeply saddened and disturbed by the statement made by the former Parliamentarian Harin Fernando regarding the Archbishop Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith. This was in response to allegations made by the National List Member of the Samagi Jana Balavegaya, Harin Fernando at a meeting held at Polonnaruwa - Medirigiriya yesterday regarding Archbishop Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith. https://youtu.be/ew1ZYFP6Suw Harin Fernando said that Sajith Premadasa lost the Catholic votes due to the politics of his eminence the   Archbishop Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 22/06/20)

Disrespecting a religion or a religious leader is a sign of decline and deterioration (Video)
Courtesy Hiru News
Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapakse states disrespecting a religion or a religious leader is a sign of decline and deterioration. The Prime Minister said this while participating at a meeting held in the Wanduragala area in Kurunegala today. https://youtu.be/hRGv4Fy7Qn8... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 22/06/20)

People should cast their votes on August 5 elections only to Political Parties and candidates who are prepared to swear before the people publicly that they will implement the following demands we have been making for the past 33 years.
Dr. Sudath Gunasekara Former Secretary to Prime Minister Mrs Bandaranayaka and President Sri Lanka Administrative Services Association (1991-1994)
1 Abolition of the Provincial Councils that have been a white elephant breading and benefitting only politicians at provincial levels and that has wasted billions or even trillions of public funds for the past 33 years with no benefit at all for the country or the people and has become a political and Administrative disaster for this country, aggravating separatism laying the foundation for a Federal State in this country. To continue a rotten and  devastative political machinery spending billions... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/06/20)

THE LOVE OF A BROTHER TOWARDS HIS SIBLING PRESIDENT WHICH IS HEART WARMING TO EXPERIENCE. "I WISH YOU WISDOM, FORTITUDE & PATIENCE" - THE WORDS THAT ARE THE PILLARS FOR YOUR SUCCESS.
By Noor Nizam - Peace and Political Activist, Political Communication Researcher, SLPP Stalwart and Convener – The Muslim Voice” & former Press and Information Officer - Presidential Secretariat (2011-2015), 20th., June, 2020.
The above words of “WISHES” will be the pillars of “STRENGTH”, “REALITY” and “FULFILLNESS” that will lead Sri Lanka, our “Maathruboomiya” and Sri Lankans to the goals and “VISION” that HE. Gotabaya Rajapaksa had laid down in his Presidential election manifest – "Vistas of Prosperity and Splender" in 2019 and that which will be carried through in the 2020 August general election platform of the Sri Lanka People's... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/06/20)

මැතිවරණ කොමිසම ෆේස් බුක් සටහනකට රාජ්‍ය නිලධාරීයෙකුට විනය පරීක්ෂණ කැඳවයි ෆෙස් බුක් වාරණය මැ.කො.වේ වැරදි වසාගැනීමටයි - රජිත් කීර්ති තෙන්නකෝන්
හිටපු ආණ්ඩුකාර රජිත් කීර්ති තෙන්නකෝන් විසින් නිකුත් කළ පුවත්පත් නිවේදනය
මැතිවරණ කොමිසන් සභාවේ තීරණයක් වැරදි බව දක්වමින් පළ වූ ෆෙස් බුක් සටහනකට ප්‍රතිචාර දැක්වූ (කමෙන්ට් දැමු) රාජ්‍ය නිලධාරියෙකු සම්බන්ධයෙන් විනය ක්‍රියාමාර්ග ගන්නා ලෙස මැතිවරණ කොමිෂන් සභාව රාජ්‍ය පරිපාලන අමාත්‍යාංශයේ ලේකම් වෙත දැනුම් දී තිබේ. පලාත් පලාත් පාලන කොමසාරිස්වරුන් වෙත මැතිවරණ කොමිෂන් සභාව විසින් ලබාදුන් නීත්‍යානුකුල නොවන උපදෙස්/නියෝග පිළිපැදීම ලංකාවේ සියළු පාලත් පාලන කොමසාරිස්වරුන් විසින් නොතකා හරිනු ලැබීය.  මේ පිළිබද මැතිවරණ කොමිෂන් සභාව දිගින් දිගටම පලාත් පාලන කොමසාරිස්වරුන් වෙත බලපෑම් කිරීම පිළිබඳ අඳාල විෂය සම්බන්ධ ප්‍රවීණයෙකු වන කඩුවෙල හිටපු නාගරිසක කොමසාරිස් ගාමිණි ගුණසේකර සිය ෆෙස් බුක්... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/06/20)

Pakistan had warned Sri Lanka about Easter Sunday attack, says envoy
Courtesy NewsIn.Asia
But the Lankan authorities had sat over the intelligence input, he adds Colombo, June 21 (Ada Derana TV): Pakistan had shared with Sri Lanka, intelligence about the suspicious movements of Islamic terrorists before the Eastern Sunday bombings in the island in 2019, the Pakistan High Commissioner in Sri Lanka, Maj.Gen (Rtd) Muhammad Saad Khattak, told a Lankan TV station. Speaking to Ada Derana TV’s Indeewari Amuwatte in the Hyde Park programme, Gen.Khattak said that Pakistani intelligence agencies, which had been monitoring the movements and conversations of groups like the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/06/20)

SLAF officer caught assisting drug racket run from Negombo prison
Courtesy Adaderana
https://youtu.be/S-yT-OdjTqI Three suspects have been arrested by the Western Province Intelligence Unit over a drug racket operated within the Negombo Prison. Investigations on a tip-off received that a narcotics racket is in operation at the Negombo Prison had led to the arrest of a Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF) Sergeant attached to the Air Force Base in Katunayake at Seeduwa. Reportedly, 100 grams of heroin and 400 grams of Kerala Cannabis had been in the possession of the arrested officer. https://youtu.be/VGVnn2uKqm0 Upon further interrogation,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/06/20)

No COVID-19 infections reported yesterday
Courtesy Adaderana
No novel coronavirus infections have been reported from the country yesterday (20), according to the Epidemiology Unit of the Health Ministry. The total number of COVID-19 positive cases recorded in the country stands at 1,950. https://youtu.be/CLZS65K2vGc Among them, 467 are active cases and are under medical care at selected hospitals across the country. The tally of recoveries in the country hiked to 1,472 as a total of 26 more patients regained health and were discharged from medical care, yesterday. Sri Lanka has witnessed 11... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/06/20)

Weapon training given to Madrasa students in presence of principal, report reveals
Courtesy Adaderana
The Criminal Investigations Department (CID) submitted a report pertaining to the Easter Attacks of last year to the Fort Magistrate’s Court on Friday (19). During the investigations, revelations have been made that 24 students were sent to a Madrasa in Puttalam by suicide bomber Zahran Hashim and his clan. https://youtu.be/ydA8rtVyQDg The report said that under the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) the CID is conducting further investigations into Lawyer Hijaz Hizbullah. According to the investigations that have been carried out so far, 07 phone numbers and... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/06/20)

Harin Fernando insults the Archbishop (Video)
Courtesy Hiru News
Former Parliamentarian of the Samagi Janabala Wegaya Harin Fernando accuses that Sajith Premadasa lost the Catholic votes at the last Presidential Election owing to the Archbishop of Colombo his Eminence Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith. He expressed this view at a public meeting in Medirigiriya in Polonnaruwa today. The former MP claimed that he was appalled by the politicization of the Cardinal. https://youtu.be/2L5XsoUfEt0... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/06/20)

Sajith's prediction that rivers will split (Video)
Courtesy Hiru News
Samagi Janabalavegaya leader Sajith Premadasa says that every family will be given Rs 20,000 after they come to power.He was speaking at a public rally held in Kaduwela yesterday. https://youtu.be/RbXPwu_0vj8... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/06/20)

Former Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe's comment on Easter Sunday suspects (video)
Courtesy Hiru News
UNP Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe states that since the 19th Amendment to the Constitution established the commissions, the suspects of the terrorist attack on Easter Sunday were quickly arrested with the assistance of the National Police Commission. He made this statement participating at a meeting held today at Sirikotha party headquarters with a group of lawyers representing the party. https://youtu.be/dxS4z3GRgn4... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/06/20)

Dayan backs Vellala caste fascism disguised as Tamil nationalism
H. L. D. Mahindapala
“It is curious how the unfortunate Sinhalese, to whom the credit of the decorations (of a dance hall for a visiting British dignitary) was due, are always overshadowed by the more widely known Tamils who are their fellow islanders.” – Ceylon in Early British Times, J. P. Lewis, CMG, Government Agent of the Northern Province. Left Ceylon in April 1910. Printed and published by the Times of Ceylon Company, Ltd. No community in Sri Lanka has dehumanized their fellow-man and reduced him/her to the lowest depths of wretched slavery as the Vellalas—the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/06/20)

The practice of Tyranny in the name of Democracy on Foreign Soils by Tamil Diaspora
Engr. Kanthar Balanathan DipEE (UK), GradCert(Rel-Eng-Monash), DipBus&Adm(Finance-Massey), CEng. MIEE (UK) Former Specialist Engineer, Power & Control, NRG-GPS Australia
This article focusses on Australian MPs, in particular, Labour Party members as to why they have a soft corner for Tamils and Tamil refugees who are domiciled in NSW. It is seen that this may be to attract votes. Tamils have a shrewd strategy where they approach foreign politicians and brainwash them to talk about genocide, discrimination and oppression and human rights violation. This is a tactical move by Tamils use to coerce and damage SL image and reputation. Those... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/06/20)

VEN. ELLAWALA MEDHANANDA Part 9
KAMALIKA PIERIS
REVISED 20.6.20 Ven. Ellawala Medhananda has drawn attention to the damage done by ‘non-Buddhists’ (Hindus and Muslims), to the Buddhist monasteries, hermitages and ancient ruins in the north and east. Medhananda says that more than five hundred sites with ancient Buddhist ruins are either destroyed or are being destroyed in the north and east.  Destroying Buddhist ruins in the East started long ago, said Medhananda. Initially, it was done secretly and cleverly.  Now it has got speeded up and is now done openly on a large scale. At Niyankallugama, the ruins... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/06/20)

How our Central Bank sidetracked their real duty of safeguarding our foreign exchange
By Garvin Karunaratne
It is sad to note that ever since the International Monetary Fund(IMF) took over running our country at the end of 1977, the Central Bank has been playing a dubious role. Let us take the devaluation of our Rupee. I quote from my book: How the IMF Sabotaged Third World Development: “In 1977 with the Structural Adjustment Programme being enforced on Sri Lanka  the control of our foreign exchange went out of the control of the Central Bank to the foreign banks and to the private sector. President Jayawardena... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/06/20)

A Little Known Reality.
Source: Michael Snyder, Guest Post
 Are you starting to get the picture? China is on the rise. If you doubt this, just read the following:  When you total up all imports and exports, China is now the number one trading nation on the entire planet.            Overall, the U.S. has run a trade deficit with China over the past decade that comes to more than 2.3 trillion dollars.            China has more foreign currency reserves than anyone else on the planet.            -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 20/06/20)

Ven. Galagodaatte Gnanasara Thera
Viraj Kithsiri 
BBS General Secretary Ven. Galagodaatte Gnanasara Thera told the PCoI probing Easter Sunday carnage yesterday many detailed accounts of the activities of the extremist groups . The yeoman service this Thera has done to bring this to the notice of the authorities over the years is well known. He has been lambasted many a time very unfairly by many but no surprise if you find the supporters of such extremists behind this public criticism. The politicians in power always showed a blind eye to his complaints and rather were happy to project him as a militant Bhikku to stay in power with the support of such extreme groups in their alliance. However the country has come to appreciate,no doubt  the importance of these disclosures which if not of his brave stance would never have come to light. It is also disappointing to see the print media continue to print his photo always in a militant stance which is a disservice to the people who await eagerly to bring punishment to these wrong doers.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/06/20)

Should the translations of judgments and documents which are submitted in English language to the District Court be rendered in Sinhala language? Order to be refixed on July 15th...!
Media Unit, Dr Thilaka Padma Subasinghe Memorial Law Education Programme,
A preliminary objection has been taken under Section 39 of the Judicature Act that a rent case filed in the District Court of Colombo has no jurisdiction for the case to proceed. The inquiry regarding the preliminary objection was held by way of written submissions and the plaintiff's lawyer had submitted the written submissions along with judgments and several letters in English language. The district court rejected the preliminary objection raised regarding that there was no jurisdiction to proceed the case... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/06/20)

දිසා අධිකරණයට ඉංග්‍රීසි භාෂාවෙන් ඉදිරිපත් කරන නඩු තීන්දු, ලේඛනවල පරිවර්තන සිංහල භාෂාවෙන් ලබා දිය යුතුද? නියෝගය ජූලි 15ට කල් යයි....!
මාධ්‍ය අංශය, වෛද්‍ය තිලක පද්මා සුබසිංහ අනුස්මරණ නීති අධ්‍යයන වැඩසටහන,
දිසා අධිකරණයට ඉංග්‍රීසි භාෂාවෙන් ඉදිරිපත් කරන නඩු තීන්දු සහ ලේඛනවල පරිවර්තන සිංහල භාෂාවෙන් ලබා දිය යුතුද? නියෝගය ජූලි 15 ට කල් යයි...! කොළඹ දිසා අධිකරණයේ පවරා ඇති ගෙවල් කුලී නඩුවක එම නඩුව පවත්වාගෙන යාමට අධිකරණ බලය නොමැති බවට අධිකරණ සංවිධාන පනතේ 39වන වගන්තිය යටතේ මූලික විරෝධතාවයක් ගෙන ඇත. එකී මූලික විරෝධතාවය සම්බන්ධයෙන් විමසීම ලිඛිත දේශන මගින් සිදුකළ අතර පැමිණිල්ලේ නීතිඥවරයා විසින් ලිඛිත දේශන සමග ඉංග්‍රීසි භාෂාවෙන් නඩු තීන්දු සහ ඇතැම් ලිපි කිහිපයක් අධිකරණයට ඉදිරිපත් කර ඇත. ලිඛිත දේශන සළකා බලා නඩුව පවත්වාගෙන... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/06/20)

EVEN DISBELIEVERS IN THEIR HEART ARE AFRAID OF GOD.
by A. Abdul Aziz.
Human nature in itself provides us with a strong inclination towards a belief in God. There are certain sins which human nature doesn't like to get involved in. For instance, relationship with mother, sister and daughters etc. These are certain things which even a atheist will not like to do. But if there is no fear of a super being, Why not to lie all the times? why not to steal and commit adultery? What are the reasons that keep them away from these evils? If they do not feel the power of some... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/06/20)

Sri Lanka’s Easter bombings probe is at final stages, say police.
Meera Srinivasan
200 suspects have been arrested; inquiry is now focusing on financial networks connecting suicide bombers; role of foreign groups suspected Sri Lanka’s probe into the April 2019 Easter terror bombings is in its “final stages”, authorities have said, while raising suspicion that the suicide bombers were funded by “two foreign outfits”. The Colombo Crime Division, Criminal Investigation Department (CID) and the Terrorism Investigation Department (TID), who are investigating the attacks of last summer, have arrested over 200 suspects since. Also read: Sri Lanka Catholic church forgives Easter bombers The coordinated bomb... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/06/20)

Sri Lankan asparagus farmer puts down roots in Nara village
By Toma Mochizuki Courtesy The Japan Times
Udara Kametani, who hails from Sri Lanka, provides a variety of fresh produce to around 50 stores in the Kansai region. | KYODO ASUKA, NARA PREF. – In a small western Japan village known for little more than its ancient burial mounds, an asparagus-loving Sri Lankan farmer has put her heart and soul into showing she belongs, despite sticking out like a green thumb. Udara Kametani, 36, has grown a wide variety of vegetables in Asuka, Nara Prefecture, since she started out as the only foreign... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/06/20)

සහරාන්, පුත්තලම මද්‍රසා පාසල් ළමුන්ට විදුහල්පති ඉදිරියේම අවි පුහුණුව ලබා ඇති බව හෙළිවෙයි (වීඩියෝ)
උපුටා ගැන්ම  හිරු පුවත්
පාස්කු ඉරුදින එල්ල වූ ත්‍රස්ත ප්‍රහාරය මෙහෙය වූ සහරාන් හසීම් සහ අපරාධ පරීක්ෂණ දෙපාර්තමේන්තුව භාරයේ සිටින නීතීඥ හිජාස් හිස්බුල්ලා පුත්තලම ප්‍රදේශයේ මද්‍රසා පාසල් ළමුන්ට විදුහල්පති ඉදිරියේම අවි පුහුණුව ලබා ඇති බව අනාවරණ වී තිබෙනවා. ඒල එම සිසුන් අපරාධ පරීක්ෂණ දෙපාර්තමේන්තුවට ලබා දී ඇති ප්‍රකාශවලට අනුවයි. https://youtu.be/CVVkQkLPhwc එම ප්‍රකාශ ඇතුළත් විශේෂ වාර්තාවක් අපරාධ පරීක්ෂණ දෙපාර්තමේන්තුව පෙරේදා කොටුව මහේස්ත්‍රාත් අධිකරණයට ඉදිරිපත් කළා. ඉකුත් වසරේ පාස්කු ඉරුදින එල්ල වූ මරාගෙන මැරෙන ත්‍රස්ත ප්‍රහාරය සම්බන්ධයෙන් අපරාධ පරීක්ෂණ දෙපාර්තමේන්තුව වැඩිදුර විමර්ශන වාර්තාවක් පෙරේදා කොළඹ කොටුව... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/06/20)

CIA revelation of a political hand to prevent archaeological survey of the Muhudu Viharaya land (Video)
Courtesy Hiru News
The sinister political hand in the obstruction of the archaeological survey at the Pottuvil Muhudu Viharaya was exposed today. https://youtu.be/iPZ92qMmnac This was with the actions of a candidate contesting the forthcoming general election from the All Ceylon Makkal Congress Party led by former minister Rishad Bathiudeen. Today, the CIA disclosure is about this sinister attempt to promote the personal political agenda by inciting ordinary people.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/06/20)

Most prison officers addicted to bribes: Attorney General
Sheain Fernandopulle Courtesy The Daily Mirror
https://youtu.be/Hf5NEw4zyX0 Attorney General Dappula de Livera said today the prisons have become the playgrounds of criminals and pointed out that the prison department lacked honest and efficient officers. He said this when addressing prison officers at the Welikada Prison and claimed that a majority of the jailers were addicted to taking bribes from criminals. “It is a well known secret that prison inmates are protected by prison officers and prison officers are protected by inmates,” the AG said. He said there was... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/06/20)

PCoI on Easter Sunday attacks - Extremism can only be eradicated by banning it: Gnanasara Thera
Courtesy The Daily Mirror
No matter who administers the country, Islamic extremism cannot be eradicated until the government leaders ban extremism across the country, Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) General Secretary the Ven. Galagodaththe Gnanasara Thera told the Presidential Commission of Inquiry (PCoI) on the Easter Sunday Attacks. "Extremism in the country is like a cancer now," he said. When the Commissioners asked the monk about the situation in the country at the time of the Easter Sunday attacks, he said at that time the country was without a leader who could take the responsibility... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/06/20)

CID report reveals how weapon training was given at Madrasas
Courtesy Adaderana
The Criminal Investigations Department (CID) submitted a report pertaining to the Easter Attacks of last year to the Fort Magistrate’s Court on Friday (19). During the investigations, revelations have been made that 24 students had been sent to a Madrasa in Puttalam by suicide bomber Zahran Hashim and his clan. The report said that under the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) the CID is conducting further investigations into Lawyer Hijaz Hizbullah. According to the investigations that have been carried out so far, 07 phone numbers and 09 mobile phones were... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/06/20)

The positive cases of novel coronavirus confirmed in the country hiked to 1,950
Courtesy Adaderana
The positive cases of novel coronavirus confirmed in the country hiked to 1,950 on Friday (19) as three more arrivals tested positive for the virus. The number of active coronavirus cases under medical care meanwhile stands at 467. Sri Lankan has confirmed 11 deaths due to the COVID-19 outbreak. The number of patients who recovered from the COVID-19 increased to 1,472 today (20) as a total of 26 more virus-positive regained health. These recoveries are reported from the Infectious Disease Hospital (14), Welikanda Base Hospital (02), Kattankudy Base... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/06/20)

You're an exemplary leader for future generations
Chandrasena Pandithage
On your birthday this year, We patriotic wanted to write to you and thank you for everything you have done for our country. Your work is truly mesmerizing and you are an exemplary leader for future generations who wish to follow the world of politics. Thank you once again! I’m wishing you a joyous birthday today and a prosperous year to come!... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 19/06/20)

මැ.කො., ප.පා.කො. ගෙන් බැරි දර මිටිය, සභා ලේකම්වරුන්ගෙන් බදින්න හදයි -FB කමෙන්ට් එකකට විනය පරීක්ෂණය හා මැතිරවණ අපේක්ෂකයින් නිවාඩු ලබා ගැනීම
රජිත් කීර්ති තෙන්නකෝන්
පළාත් පාලන ආයතනවල සභිකයින්ගේ නිවාඩු ප්‍රශ්නය විසදා ගැනීමට නොහැකිව, ෆෙස් බුක් කමෙන්ට් එකක් වෙනුවෙන් විනය පරීක්ෂණයක් පැවැත්වීමට යෝජනා කරන මැ.කො., දැන් එයින් ඔබ්බට ගොස් සභා ලේකම්වරුන් හරහා ද කොස් ඇට බාවන්නට උත්සහ දරමින් සිටී. ජා ඇල නගර සභාවේ සභිකයෙකු සම්බන්ධයෙන් මැ.කො. ජා ඇළ සභා ලේකම් වෙත යවා ඇති ලිපිය මේ  සමග දැක්වේ.  ලංකාවේ කිසිදු නීතියට වලංගු නැති, නීතිමය වටිනාකමක් නැති මැ.කො. මේ ලිපිය ද, සභිකයින්ගේ නිවාඩු අවුල සම්බන්ධයෙන්ම වේ.  විනය පරීක්ෂණ ඉල්ලීමක් මගින් රාජ්‍ය සේවකයින්ගේ කට වසා දැමීමට මැ.කො. ට අවශ්‍ය වූයේ නීතියට පටහැනි මෙවැනි නියෝග පෙරළා ප්‍රශ්න කිරීම වැලැක්වීමට ය.  පළාත්... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 19/06/20)

Lanka prepares to launch global tourism campaign
Courtesy Gulf Times
A health worker sprays disinfectant in a classroom at the Anula school, in the suburb of Nugegoda in Colombo yesterday. Sri Lanka has been steadily lifting lockdown restrictions, although a night-time curfew remains. Schools will reopen later this month and foreign tourists will be allowed from August 1. Sri Lanka’s Tourism Promotion Bureau (SLTPB) is planning to launch a long-awaited multi-million-dollar global tourism promotion campaign in January 2021 if tourism does not bounce back to the pre-Covid level in two years, local media reported.Currently, the final terms of references (TOR) of... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 19/06/20)

President Rajapaksa Loses His Cool; State Officials Under the Radar
BY Gagani Weerakoon Courtesy Ceylon Today
The President does not seize illicit liquor, he doesn’t catch rapists, drug peddlers or terrorists. The President is entrusted with policy planning, giving directives and advising, was what former President Maithripala Sirisena insisted when the journalist who interviewed him last week for the BBC Sinhala service repeatedly asked whether he (Sirisena) feels, even slightly, responsible for the unfortunate Easter Sunday attacks in 2019 that occurred as a result of a major security lapse. Sirisena was the President, Head of State, Minister of Defence, Minister-in-Charge of Police and also Commander-in-Chief, when... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 19/06/20)

Latest on "Easter Sunday attacks" investigations
Ceylon Today
https://youtu.be/5U1pGeavx_4... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 19/06/20)

Match-fixing: Political parties want Alughgamage’s allegation probed.
Yohan Perera Courtesy The Daily Mirror
Opposition political parties today expressed their views on the match-fixing allegation made by former sports minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage with regard to the 2011 Cricket World Cup final with some of them calling for investigations. Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB) candidate Hirunika Premachnadra told a news conference that those who were in the Sri Lankan cricket team should reveal the truth to the people. “We condemn this statement made by Mr. Aluthgamage. He as insulted and tarnished the image of the cricketers through this allegations. People in this country should stand up... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 19/06/20)

Officials purchased car companies after losing match: Aluthgamage
Piyumi Fonseka Courtesy The Daily Mirror
“I wrote to the ICC in 2012 regarding this matter, yet they failed to respond” “Some Cricket officials have purchased car companies, started new businesses after match loss” “The Team changed in the last moment without prior consultation” “An Indian newspaper knew about the team change before us, but how?” “This match made me initiate anti-fixing bill” Speaking to the Daily Mirror, former Sports Minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage said he had already complained to the International Cricket Council (ICC) regarding the alleged match... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 19/06/20)

PCoI on Easter Sunday attacks - Extremism can only be eradicated by banning it: Gnanasara Thera
Yoshitha Perera Courtesy The Daily Mirror
No matter who administers the country, Islamic extremism cannot be eradicated until the government leaders ban extremism across the country, Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) General Secretary the Ven. Galagodaththe Gnanasara Thera told the Presidential Commission of Inquiry (PCoI) on the Easter Sunday Attacks. "Extremism in the country is like a cancer now," he said. When the Commissioners asked the monk about the situation in the country at the time of the Easter Sunday attacks, he said at that time the country was without a leader who could take... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 19/06/20)

Rishad’s brother had direct links with Easter Sunday bombers – Police Spokesman
Courtesy Adaderana
Investigations into the coordinated terror attacks on Easter Sunday have revealed that the brother of former Minister Rishad Bathiudeen, Bathiudeen Mohamed Riyaj, has had maintained direct links with the bombers, says the Police Spokesperson. https://youtu.be/9HrPKp4ov1I SSP Jaliya Senaratne stated this during ‘BIG FOCUS’ programme on TV Derana this morning (19), responding to a question on the progress of the probes regarding the former minister’s brother. Bathiudeen Mohamed Riyaj is currently under the custody of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID). The Police Spokesperson said the former minister’s... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 19/06/20)

Sports Ministry calls for immediate probe on Mahindananda’s ‘match-fixing’ allegations
Courtesy Adaderana
The Secretary to the Ministry of Sports has called for an immediate probe into the allegations made by Mahindananda Aluthgamage on ‘match-fixing’ at the 2011 World Cup final. Mahindananda recently made a controversial statement, claiming that he does not accept Sri Lanka’s defeat in the 2011 World Cup (final) as a defeat. “According to the information I have received I believe that it was match-fixing,” he had said further, speaking on his startling revelation. On April 2, 2011, India beat Sri Lanka by six wickets to win the ICC World Cup final... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 19/06/20)

Arrest warrants on bond scam suspects including Ravi issued lawfully, court told
Courtesy Adaderana
Attorney General, today (19), told the court that issuance of arrest warrants by the Colombo Fort Magistrate’s Court on former Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake and several other bond scam suspects has followed a lawful procedure. The writ applications filed by Ravi Karunanayake, PTL owner Arjuna Aloysius, Central Bank employees Sangarapillai Pathumanapan and Indika Saman Kumara, seeking a court order to revoke the arrest warrants issued against them, were taken up for consideration today (19). A three-judge bench consisting of Appeals Court President Justice A.H.M.D. Nawaz, Shiran Gunaratne and Sobhitha Karunaratne sat for... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 19/06/20)

Two fresh COVID-19 cases take tally to 1,950
Courtesy Adaderana
Two more persons have tested positive for the COVID-19 virus today (19), the Ministry of Health said. On that account, the total count of coronavirus cases in the country has risen to 1,950. A total of three patients were discovered within the day, according to the Department of Government Information. Two of them are returnees from Kuwait at the Trincomalee and Minneriya quarantine centres. The other one is a passenger from Mumbai, India travelling to Qatar. In the meantime, the number of recoveries in Sri Lanka moved up to 1,446... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 19/06/20)

Prime Minister instructs contractors to speed up the North-Central Expressway
Courtesy Hiru News
Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa has instructed the contractors involved in the project to expedite the construction of the North-Central Expressway. The Prime Minister expressed these views while participating in an inspection tour of the second phase of the project on complaints that the construction of the North Central Expressway is not being properly conducted. The Prime Minister also inspected the ICC's main operational center, which is leading the construction in the Riloluwa section of the expressway from Mirigama. The Director in charge of the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 19/06/20)

More than 2000 Sri Lankan expatriates infected with coronavirus - 21 have died
Courtesy Hiru News
The total number of Coronavirus patients that have fully recovered from their infection in the country has increased to 1446 with 25 more people who have recovered being discharged from hospitals today. Also, an infected person who arrived from India has been reported today. According to the Epidemiology Unit the total number of coronavirus infected persons reported in the country is currently 1948. The Foreign Employment Bureau today said that nearly 2,000 Sri Lankans who are overseas have been infected with the coronavirus and 21 of... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 19/06/20)

Government will not sign the MCC agreement - Minister Wimal Weerawansa (Video)
Courtesy Hiru News
Minister Wimal Weerawansa says that the government will never come to an agreement with the USA to sign the MCC agreement He said this while he was speaking at the Bellanwila Raja Maha Viharaya today. https://youtu.be/mciJ8mLgkt8 Minister Wimal Weerawansa commenced his election campaign by visiting the Bellanwila Raja Maha Viharaya today and received blessings from the Maha Sangha. Minister Weerawansa expressed his views to the media after giving a pledge for 19 areas.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 19/06/20)

Sri Lanka’s Intel head says ITJP & Sooka a threat to life – caution to Foreign MPs linked to LTTE fronts
Sri Lanka’s top intelligence head has issued a letter of demand to Yasmin Sooka and her entity ITJP alleging violation of ICCPR ACT. He also alleges she & ITJP are accessory to LTTE front agenda with likelihood of posing a risk to his life & that of his family. Complaints regarding Sooka & ITJP have been issued through lawyers to UN & the EU missions in Colombo as well.  We await their acknowledgment & response. The events, also raises caution to all foreign governments in particular those in UK-US-EU-Canada-India which continue to ban LTTE while LTTE fronts are allowed to... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 19/06/20)

PRESIDENT GOTABAYA HITS THE NAIL ON THE HEAD
Malin Abeyatunge
President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, yesterday, faulted the top echelons of the Central Bank (CB) over their failure to come up with strategies to overcome the unprecedented economic crisis facing the country.  Without a wink, he had quite rightly hit the nail on the head. In fact, ordinary citizens might be wondering what’s these top head Central  Bankers have been doing in the past to the country’s economic health rather than just sitting in their comfort zone. Nothing will progress be it private or public, if the top head is heavy. The CB... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/06/20)

Parliamentary Election 2020
by Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa MEDIA RELEASE
(Translation of the text of a speech made by Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa on Thursday, 18 June 2020) Venerable members of the Maha Sangha, clergymen of all other faiths, Hon. Ministers, former members of Parliament and friends,  After the Presidential election of 16 November 2019, we will be able to convene a new Parliament only in August 2020. The 19th Amendment provision which forbids the dissolution of Parliament until the lapse of four and a half years and the Covid-19 pandemic have together brought about a... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/06/20)

2020 පාර්ලිමේන්තු මැතිවරණය
මාධ්‍ය නිවේදනය අග්‍රාමාත්‍ය මහින්ද රාජපක්‍ෂ මහතා
(අග්‍රාමාත්‍ය මහින්ද රාජපක්‍ෂ මහතා 2020 ජුනි 18 වෙනි බ්‍රහස්පතින්දා කළ කතාවේ පිටපත.) අතිපූජනීය මහා සංඝරත්නයෙන් අවසරයි. සියලු ආගම්වල පූජකතුමනි, ගරු ඇමතිවරුනි, හිටපු පාර්ලිමේන්තු මන්ත්‍රීවරුනි, මිත්‍රවරුනි, 2019 නොවැම්බර් 16 ජනාධිපතිවරණයෙන් පස්සෙ   අපිට අලුත් පාර්ලිමේන්තුවක්   පත්කරගන්න වෙන්නේ 2020 අගෝස්තු මාසයේ. 19 වෙනි සංශෝධනයෙන් අවුරුදු හතර හමාරක් යනකන් පාර්ලිමේන්තුව විසුරුවා හැරීම වලක්වලා තියෙන නිසාත්,  කොවිඩ් - 19 වසංගතය නිසාත්,  සම්පූර්ණ මාස නවයක් තිස්සේ මුළු රටම සංක්‍රාන්ති සමයක හිරවෙලා. මෙහෙම දෙයක් අපේ දේශපාලන ඉතිහාසයේ කවදාවත් සිද්ධ වෙලා නෑ. පසුගිය ජනාධිපතිවරණයේදී මේ රටේ ඡන්දදායකයන් සිදු කළ වෙනස සම්පූර්ණ කරන්න මේ මහමැතිවරණය අත්‍යවශයයි. ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/06/20)

VEN. ELLAWALA MEDHANANDA Part 8C
KAMALIKA PIERIS
Ven. Ellawala Medhananda has explored the Buddhist ruins in  the North Western  Province. The North western Province consists of two districts, Puttalam and Kurunegala. Puttalam which is a coastal  district, contains Wilpattu and Pomparippu. Medhananda   has visited both places. Medhananda found a large monastery complex at Pomparippu, in ruins. This area is now Muslim so we cannot get information, said Medhananda. Muslims do not like to show Buddhist ruins. They made that clear in their conversations with us when we went to explore the ruins. Medhananda had to stop his Pomparippu exploration and... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/06/20)

මැතිවරණ කොමිසම රෙද්ද ගලවාගත් “නොමේරූ උපදෙස් FB පෝස්ට් එක”
රජිත් කීර්ති තෙන්නකෝන්
FB සටහනක් ‘රී - පොස්ට් කිරීම‘ සම්බන්ධයෙන් දකුණේ පළාත් පාලන කොමසාරිස් සේනක පල්ලියගුරුගෙන් නිදහසට කරුණු විමසන ලෙස, ම.කො. උපදෙස් පරිදි මැතිවරණ කොමසාරිස් ජනරාල් සමන් ශ්‍රී රත්නායක ‘ රාජ්‍ය පරිපාලන අමාත්‍යාංශයේ ලේකම්ට ලිපියක් යොමු කර ඇත. මැ.කො. ට ‘අගෞරවයට, අපහසුතාවට, අප්‍රසාදයට පත් වන අයුරින් හා මහජන විශ්වාසය බිද වැටෙන ආකාරයෙන් ලිපි මගින් හා ෆේස්බුක් සටහන් මගින් කටයුතු කර ඇති නිසා‘ මෙසේ විනය පරීක්ෂණයක් පැවැත්විය යුතු යැයි කොමසාරිස් ජනරාල් සමන් ලියා ඇත. නිදහස්, ස්වාධීන යැයි ලේබල් ගසා ගෙන ඇති මැ.කො. තම අමන තකතීරු, බල රහිත සහ හිතුවක්කාරී තීරණ පෙරළා ප්‍රශ්න කළ පෝස්ට් එකක් ෂෙයා... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/06/20)

දිසා අධිකරණයට ඉංග්‍රීසි භාෂාවෙන් ඉදිරිපත් කරන නඩු තීන්දු, ලේඛනවල පරිවර්තන සිංහල භාෂාවෙන් ලබා දිය යුතුද? නියෝගය ජූලි 15....!
Courtesy Nithiyalk.blogspot.com
දිසා අධිකරණයේ පවරා ඇති ගෙවල් කුලී නඩුවක  එම නඩුව පවත්වාගෙන යාමට නොහැකි බවට අධිකරණ සංවිධාන පනතේ 39වන වගන්තිය යටතේ මූලික විරෝධතාවයක් ගෙන ඇත. එකී මූලික විරෝධතාවය විමසීම ලිඛිත දේශන මගින් සිදුකළ අතර පැමිණිල්ලේ නීතිඥවරයා විසින් ලිඛිත දේශන සමග ඉංග්‍රීසි භාෂාවෙන් නඩු තීන්දු සහ ලිපි කිහිපයක් අධිකරණයට ඉදිරිපත් කර ඇත.ලිඛිත දේශන සළකා බලා නඩුව පවත්වාගෙන යාමට නොහැකි බවට වූ මූලික විරෝධතාවය ප්‍රතික්ෂේප කරමින් උත්තරය ගොනු කිරීමට අධිකරණය නියෝග කර ඇත.ඒ අනුව විත්තිකරු විසින් හරස් පැමිණිල්ලක් සමග උත්තරය ගොනුකර ඇති අතර, පැමිණිල්ලේ නීතිඥවරයා ලිඛිත දේශන සමග නඩු වාර්තාවට ගොනුකර ඇති ඉංග්‍රීසි භාෂාවෙන් ඇති නඩු තීන්දු සහ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/06/20)

Sri Lanka’s Covid-19 count jumps to 1,946
Courtesy Adaderana
Eighteen new cases of Covid-19 have been reported increasing the tally of confirmed cases in the country to 1,946. All 18 new cases are returnees from Dubai, according to the Government Information Department. Accordingly a total of 22 fresh cases were detected on Thursday (18). Around 514 patients infected with Coronavirus are currently under medical care at hospitals while 1,421 patients have recovered thus far.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/06/20)

Bandula responds to reports that govt is preparing to sign MCC agreement (English)
Courtesy Adaderana
https://youtu.be/-C2avBTtRKI... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/06/20)

AG directs police to record statements from Maithripala, Ranil over Bond Scam
Courtesy Adaderana
Police have been directed to record statements from several influential figures of the former government including former President Maithripala Sirisena and former Ranil Wickremesinghe over the Central Bank (CBSL) Bond Scam. The Attorney General Dappula de Livera has issued these directions to the Acting Inspector General of Police (IGP) C. D. Wickramaratne today (18), stated the Attorney General’s Coordinating Officer. https://youtu.be/Y55UP73dOoQ In addition to the former President and Prime Minister, statements are expected to be recorded from the former Advisor to the Prime Minister S. Paskaralingam and the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/06/20)

Owner of bank account linked to drug lord arrested
Courtesy Adaderana
An individual who handled Rs 490 million worth transactions of a bank account belonging to an organized criminal figure has been arrested when he surrendered to the Western Province (South) Crimes Division yesterday (17). On May 22 an individual was arrested in Ratmalana over the possession of 9 g 500 mg of heroin. Upon interrogation of the suspect, it was revealed that an organized criminal figure, who is currently overseas, operates a drug racket through the instant messaging app ‘imo’. The money earned through the racket is deposited into a bank account.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/06/20)

Opposition has no allegations of repression to make against govt. - PM
Courtesy Adaderana
Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa says that the Opposition has no allegations of repression to make against the current government led by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa. Speaking on the Parliamentary Election 2020, the Premier said that the defeated party, while holding an artificial majority following the presidential election made numerous attempts to undermine the government at every turn. https://youtu.be/TgGEuK13mxM He stated that following the presidential election victory in 2019, conspirators propagated false rumors to subtly make an impression in the minds of the public that an authoritarian President had come... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/06/20)

Cabinet approves Japan aid worth Rs 1,360 mn to obtain medical supplies
Courtesy Adaderana
The government of Japan has given its consent to award an aid of Japanese Yen 800 million (approximately LKR 1,360 million) under Japanese non- project grant scheme for the supply of medical equipment required for strengthening the activities of prevention of COVID -19 pandemic situation in Sri Lanka. Under the scheme, Sri Lanka may obtain medical equipment such as MRI scanners, CT Scanners, Bedside X - Ray Systems, Central Monitors, Bedside Monitors and Defibrillators to fight the COVID-19 outbreak in the country. Accordingly, the Cabinet of Minister approved the proposal submitted by... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/06/20)

Report from the National Intelligence Chief to the UN (Video)
Courtesy Hiru News
Head of State Intelligence service, Major General Suresh Saleh submitted a report to the United Nations and the European Union stating that the Executive Director of the International Truth and Justice Project, Yasmin Sooka, had violated his fundamental rights by making false and slanderous accusations against him. He further stated that the relevant false allegations were made contrary to the United Nations ICCPR agreement. https://youtu.be/DDhqzvzU8V0... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/06/20)

The election is a great opportunity to eradicate fraud and deceit- PM (Video)
Courtesy Hiru News
Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa says that the forthcoming general election is a great opportunity to focus on the proven ability and to stop the good governance lies and to eradicate fraud and deceit. The Prime Minister says the general election is a hard-fought democratic right and the people should be mindful of what the good governance representatives say during the election campaign. The Prime Minister's Media Unit had issued the full statement to the Media institutes today. https://youtu.be/-3RalbbaLrw Meanwhile,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/06/20)

Chinese President Xi Jinping sends birthday wishes to Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa
Courtesy NewsIn.Asia
China's acting envoy, Hu Wei, discussed Sino-Lankan investment and financial cooperation with Gotabaya Rajapaksa Colombo, June 18 (newsin.asia): The Acting Ambassador for China in Sri Lanka, Hu Wei, met President Gotabaya Rajapaksa on Thursday and handed over a letter from Chinese President Xi Jinping wishing President Gotabaya’s birthday which falls on June 20. The Chinese delegation also conveyed President Xi’s deep appreciation of Sri Lanka’s successful efforts to fight the COVID-19 pandemic and discussed Chinese projects in Sri Lanka as well as financial cooperation with President Gotabaya Rajapaksa. ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/06/20)

A Sri Lankan herp mystery solved: The snake species that was two
by Dilrukshi Handunnetti Courtesy Mongabay
A new study has finally solved a herpetological mystery surrounding Dendrelaphis bifrenalis, a species of bronzeback snake endemic to Sri Lanka.Researchers have established, through morphological differences and DNA sequencing, that the dry-zone populations of the snake are the true D. bifrenalis, and the wet-zone populations are a species new to science: D. Wickrorum.They named the new species in honor of leading herpetologists L.J. Mendis Wickramasinghe, known as “Sri Lanka’s Darwin” for the sheer number of species he has described, and his wife Nethu.The study also rights a taxonomic wrong by re-establishing D. effrenis, another... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/06/20)

Etihad to resume services from Sri Lanka to key cities
ABU DHABI, Courtesy Trade Arabia Effective June 20, Etihad Airways will operate twice-weekly scheduled services for outbound passengers from Colombo to key destinations on its global network via Abu Dhabi.EY265 will depart Colombo on Thursdays and Saturdays at 1.35am, landing in Abu Dhabi at 4.30am local time.From Abu Dhabi, the service connects to Barcelona and Zurich on a weekly basis, and to Dublin, Frankfurt, Geneva, London, Madrid, Milan and Paris twice weekly.These services complement Etihad’s existing schedule of flights to and from Abu Dhabi to several destinations on its global network.Those wishing to book are advised to visit www.etihad.com/transfer... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 18/06/20)

Open letter to the Chairman of Election commission of Srilanka.
A.Dharmakulasingham, Retired Srilnkan Diplomat
Hon.Chairman, Events unfolding in our beautiful island compels me to write an open letter  aimed at inviting  your  thoughtful attention to the mandate  entrusted on the election commission to conduct elections in Srilanka.I don’t need to remind the provisions of  supreme law of the country ,constitution and other binding laws and regulations guiding the conduct of elections.It is not about cancelling or postponing the elections. Of course  even an average  senior student in Srilanka knows election can’t be conducted when the whole world  including Srilanka is gripped by dangerous corona 19A. As ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 17/06/20)

VEN. ELLAWALA MEDHANANDA Part 8A
KAMALIKA PIERIS
Ven. Ellawala Medhananda paid special attention to the Buddhist archaeological remains in the North and east. He explored as much as he could in these two provinces, using his own resources He found that the north and east had many Buddhist ruins and many explorations were needed, before they could be fully examined and recorded. If one travels north along the sea coast road, starting from Trincomalee town, one can see many Buddhist ruins, even at present, he observed. Many ruins can be seen at Ridikanda area in Trincomalee district as well. In... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 17/06/20)

ශ්‍රී ලංකා මහා බැංකුව දැන් සිදුකල යුත්තේ කුමක්ද?
චන්ද්‍රසේන පණ්ඩිතගේ
ශ්‍රී ලංකා මහා බැංකුව පිහිටුවා මේ වනවිට වසර 70කි. මේ රටේ වසර 70වක කාලය පුරා විවිධ දේශපාලඥයින් විසින් සිදුකල සෑම සියලු දෙයක්ම සුපහදිලිව දන්නා එකම ආයතනය, මේ ශ්‍රී ලංකා මහා බැංකුවයි. වසර 70ක් පුරා මේ රටේ සිදුව ඇති සෑම සියලු ආර්ථික ක්‍රියාවලියකටම වගකිව යුතු ආයතනය වන්නේද  ශ්‍රී ලංකා මහා බැංකුවයි. වර්තමාන මහා බැංකුව ප්‍රතිපත්තිමය වශයෙන් පඹ ගාලක පැටලී ඇති බව අපි දකිමු. සාම ගැටළුවකටම විසදුමක් ඇත. මේ මහා බැංකුවේ වත්මන් අර්බුදයන්ටද ඉතා සුපහදිලිව විසදුම් තිබේ. ඒවා නිසි ලෙස අවබෝධකරගෙන ක්‍රියාවට නැංවීම වහ වහා මහා බැංකුවේ පාර්ශවයෙන් සිදුකල යුතු කට යුත්තකි. අපි උදාහරණයක් වශයෙන්... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 17/06/20)

VEN. ELLAWALA MEDHANANDA Part 8B
KAMALIKA PIERIS
Revised  20.6.20 Medhananda also went on exploration to the Northern Province and wrote his findings in his book “Pacina passsa, uttara passa, nagenahira palata ha uturu palate Sinhala Bauddha Urumaya”. Ven. Ellawala Medhananda was not able to explore the North as much as he would have liked, due to LTTE control. The Northern Province consists of Jaffna, Kilinochchi, Mannar, Mullaitivu and   Vavuniya districts. Medhananda   gave the historical background to the Buddhist civilization of the North. He   stated that Jaffna, Elephant Pass and the islands around it was known... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 17/06/20)

කෝවිඩ් 19 වසංගතය නිසා අසාධාරණයට පත් කම්කරුවන්ගේ පැමිණිල්ල.
නිදහස් වෙළඳ කලාප සහ පොදු සේවා සේවක සංගමය
අතින් භාරදීම. 2020 ජුනි මස 17 වන දින. ආර්.පී.එA. විමලවීර මහතා කම්කරු කොමසාරිස් ජනරාල්, 03 වන මහල, කම්කරු මහ ලේකම් කාර්යාලය, නාරාහේන්පිට, කොළඹ 05. ප්‍රිය මහත්මයාණෙනි, කෝවිඩ් 19 වසංගතය බලපෑම මත යයි පවසමින් ආයතනවල ක්‍රියාකාරීත්වය නිසා පහත නම් සඳහන් ආයතනවල සේවකයින් මුහුණ දි ඇති ගැට`ඵ උක්ත කරුණ සම්බන‍ධයෙන් ඔබ වෙත භාරදුන් 2020 මැයි මස 29 වන දින දරණ ලිපියට අමතරවයි. එම ලිපිය මගින් පෙන්වා දුන් පැන නැගී ඇති මෙම බරපතල තත්ත්වය පිළිබඳව පරීක‍ෂණයක් පවත්වා අදාල පියවර මේ වන විටත් ගෙන ඇතැයි අප බලාපොරොත්තු වන්නෙමු. එA සම්බන‍ධයෙන් අපව ලිඛිතව... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 17/06/20)

Economic recovery of COVID-hit South Asia calls for hard choices
By P.K.Balachandran/Daily Mirror Courtesy NewsIn.Asia
Sri Lanka should open up to Bangladeshi investments to reciprocate the welcome accorded to Sri Lankan investments in Bangladesh says Bangladesh envoy Riaz Hamidullah the Bangladesh High Commissioner Riaz Hamidullah with the Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa Colombo, June 16: The lockdowns and barriers imposed in countries across the globe following the outbreak of COVID-19 have crippled economies. But COVID or no COVID, countries are now constrained to open up to give back to the people their livelihoods. Therefore, it is time governments geared themselves up... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 17/06/20)

Poor Dr Jayatilleka!
By a Special Correspondent Courtesy Ceylon Today
Having lost his diplomatic post in Russia, poor Dr Dayan Jayatilleka is now singing lustily for his supper. Having burnt his bridges with the Rajapaksa camp, his latest sonnet “A knee on the neck of the next Parliament”, published in DailyFT on 11 June 2020 is his attempt to get Sajith Premadasa’s attention.  Premadasa is hoping to bag the position of Opposition Leader. Of course, having lost at the Presidential race, the premiership would be a nice consolation price. However, his fear of general elections indicates that he is... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 17/06/20)

Banned foreign terrorist organisations funded Easter attacks: Police Spokesman
Courtesy Ceylon Today
Investigations have confirmed that banned foreign terrorist organisations had funded the Easter Sunday bomb attacks took place on 21 April, 2019, Police Spokesperson SP Jaliya Senaratne said.  He noted that further investigations into the attack are being conducted by the Criminal Investigation Department and the Terrorism Investigation Division. Furthermore, he added that three T-56 firearms, two revolvers, one pistol, one Bora-12 firearm, approximately 2,000 detonators, over 600 gelignite sticks, and a large number of firearms and ammunitions have been found. The Police Spokesperson stated that the Colombo Crimes Division... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 17/06/20)

Coronavirus cases in Sri Lanka climb to 1,923
Courtesy Adaderana
Two more individuals are confirmed to have contracted the novel coronavirus, hiking the total number of cases recorded in the country to 1,923. Accordingly, a total of 08 positive COVID-19 cases have been reported within the day so far. Previously today (17), 05 arrivals from Chennai and 01 Sri Lanka Navy personnel were tested positive for the virus infection. Currently, 515 active cases are receiving treatment under medical care at selected hospitals, according to the Epidemiology Unit of the Ministry. With 26 patients being discharged today (17), the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 17/06/20)

CBSL takes action following meeting with President
Courtesy Adaderana
https://youtu.be/k5T2VJTlEpQ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 17/06/20)

Preliminary investigations of case against Pujith and Hemasiri conclude
Courtesy Adaderana
The case against IGP Pujith Jayasundara and former Defence Secretary Hemasiri Fernando over the 2019 Easter attacks have been set to be taken up on October 23, as per an order of the Colombo Magistrate’s Court. The duo is accused of allegedly committing a criminal offense by failing to prevent the coordinated terror bombings on Easter Sunday this year, even after receiving forewarnings on the attacks. When the case was taken up today (17), Deputy Solicitor General of the Government Dileepa Peiris informed the court that the preliminary investigation with regard to... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 17/06/20)

Central Bank appoints committee to probe irregularities in finance leasing businesses
Courtesy Adaderana
A three-member committee has been appointed to inquire into illegal activities of finance leasing businesses and unauthorized finance bodies, says the President’s Media Division (PMD). The committee is chaired by the Director General of Legal Affairs of the Presidential Secretariat, Attorney-at-Law Harigupta Rohanadeera. Director of Legal and Compliance Department of CBSL K.G. Sirikumara, Director of Department of Supervision of non-Bank Financial Institutions of CBSL J.P. Gamlath will serve as the members of the said committee. The panel is tasked with conducting an industry-wide study on issues related to unregulated operators... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 17/06/20)

Views on President's request from Central Bank - Video
Courtesy Hiru News
Opposition and ruling party politicians today expressed their views regarding the request made by the President to the Central Bank officials https://youtu.be/xJYggwD1tnA... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 17/06/20)

Government to raise a Foreign Currency Term Financing Facility up to USD 500 million in 2020
Courtesy Hiru News
Government intends to raise a Foreign Currency Term Financing Facility up to a limit of USD 500 million in 2020, to finance the budget according to the Finance Ministry. The Government of Sri Lanka (GOSL) intends to raise a Foreign Currency Term Financing Facility (FTFF) denominated in United State Dollars (USD) up to a limit of USD 500 million in 2020. The FTFF is expected to be raised at a fixed rate or a floating rate, linked to the USD 6 Month LIBOR or its successor with a... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 17/06/20)

Archaeological officers obstructed the work of the government officials (Video)
Courtesy Hiru News
When archaeological officers visited the site to identify historical sites after Hiru exposed the land plunder at Muhudu Maha Viharaya , an organized group has obstructed the work of the  government officials. https://youtu.be/9XRlhnd7SIA  Meanwhile, archaeological officers are currently working to mark 30 acres of land without demarking the 72 acres of land that was gazetted in 1951. Today, the CIA exposure is regarding this matter.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 17/06/20)

Our President is right on our Central Bank
By Garvin Karunaratne
I refer to the news item today:  “Do not shirk responsibility of rebuilding the economy: let me know the correct strategy – President tells CB chiefs." This reminds me of what I wrote on the Central Bank  way back in 2002: “The Central Bank in its latest Annual Report states that it no longer controls our foreign exchange. To my thinking,  controlling our currency   and handling the foreign exchange our country receives is the fundamental task of any Central Bank. It is the Central Bank of any country  that... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/06/20)

LIBERAL DECISION MAKING FOR CREDIT APPROVAL AND ADMINISTRATIVE DISCRETION
BY EDWARD THEOPHILUS
President Gotabaya Rajapaksa reminded several times that banks must change traditional attitudes when granting financial supports to economic activities after the COVID backwardness. No doubt that the president wants quickly renaissance of the economy and the recession (negative economic growth) has become an unexpected experience in all countries. If the banking system of Sri Lanka strictly adheres to instructions of the traditional lending books it shall be difficult to reborn the economy that needs financial supports at this difficult moment. Think about the role played by Industrial Saibutzu during Meiji restoration in Japan, the way... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/06/20)

Reference the article of Dr Nirmala Chandrahasen ( The Island 12 June)
RANJITH SOYSA
The Editor The Island, Reference the article of Dr Nirmala Chandrahasen (  The Island 12 June), I wish to draw the attention of the readers to the very important fact that the Presidential Task Forces was appointed for the survey and preservation of archaeological sites in the EAST. Therefore , any discussion on the Task Force should consider to concentrate to identify the geography and the history of the Eastern province, if one was to survey the historically important locations. The term and the area of Eastern province was... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/06/20)

How countries are faring so far during the Covid-19 Pandemic!
Sarath Bulathsinghala
It is not easy to compare the response of different countries with one yardstick. It is also not quite correct to say that the New Zealand Covid-19 Free Declaration is a camouflage. I should say that New Zealand handled the situation in a fair and humanitarian way and with a firm hand at the helm. New Zealand housed and monitored 7755 people in hotel rooms from 10 April to 19 May. 12 of them were tested positive during this period. The total number of confirmed and probable cases were 1504. New Zealand is... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/06/20)

Finding paths to being enslaved by the USA
MALINDA SENEVIRATN​E
The USA is in the news. Exposed. Exposed to those who believed the balderdash about that country being the greatest success story of democracy, freedom and the good life, to be more precise. The USA markets lies very well. Whereas other nations as bad or worse are crude the USA is cute in sweetening the bitter, perfuming the foul-smelling and wall-papering over the grotesque. Used to be. That would be more correct. The protests are ongoing. Significant numbers want that country to come to terms with its sordid history and... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/06/20)

ශ‍්‍රී ලංගමය මුදල් උපයන ව්‍යාපාරයක් නොව අනාගත ආයෝජනයන් වෙනුවෙන් අගනා සේවාවක් කරන ආයතනයක් ලෙස සැබෑ ලෙසටම පිළිගෙන අදාල සියලූම මූල්‍ය ප‍්‍රතිපාදන අඛණ්ඩව ලබාදීමට මැදහත්වන ලෙස ඉල්ලා සිටීම
සමස්ත ලංකා ප්‍රවාහන සේවක සංගමය
ගරු ජනාධිපති, ගෝඨාභය රාජපක්ෂ මැතිතුමා, ජනාධිපති ලේකම් කාර්යාලය, කොළඹ 01. ගරු ජනාධිපතිතුමනි, ශ‍්‍රී ලංගමය මුදල් උපයන ව්‍යාපාරයක් නොව අනාගත ආයෝජනයන් වෙනුවෙන් අගනා සේවාවක් කරන ආයතනයක් ලෙස සැබෑ ලෙසටම පිළිගෙන අදාල සියලූම මූල්‍ය ප‍්‍රතිපාදන අඛණ්ඩව ලබාදීමට මැදහත්වන ලෙස ඉල්ලා සිටීම 2020.05.21 වන දින ඔබතුමා ශ‍්‍රී ලංගම නිලධාරීන් සමඟ විශේෂිත සාකච්ඡාවක් පවත්වන ලද බව මාධ්‍ය වලින් අප සංගමයට අනාවරණය විය. ශ‍්‍රී ලංගමය පිළිබඳව ඔබතුමාගේ විශේෂිත අවධානය යොමුවීම ගැන අප සංගමය ඔබතුමාට කෘතඤතාවය පලකරන අතර ශ‍්‍රී ලංගමය ගැන ඔබතුමාගේ දැක්ම පිළිබඳව අප සංගමයට බරපතල ගැටළුවක් උද්ගතවී ඇත. එම සාකච්ඡුාවේදී ශ‍්‍රී ලංගමය මහා භාණ්ඩාගාරයෙන්... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/06/20)

CENTRAL BANK vs LEASING COMPANIES
By M D P DISSANAYAKE
The registered leasing companies are under legal obligation to carry out the latest round of instructions of the Central Bank, as directed by President. But unregistered leasing companies are not bound by the rules of the Central Bank  as such the Central Bank also cannot enforce the new rules on them. But the unregistered leasing companies cannot continue their operations, without cash inflow.  As they are unregistered, some commercial banks and financial institutions have entered into agreements with these companies to provide the working capital.   It is also evident  that these... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/06/20)

Coronavirus: Dexamethasone proves first life-saving drug
By Michelle RobertsHealth editor, BBC News online
A cheap and widely available drug can help save the lives of patients seriously ill with coronavirus. The low-dose steroid treatment dexamethasone is a major breakthrough in the fight against the deadly virus, UK experts say. The drug is part of the world's biggest trial testing existing treatments to see if they also work for coronavirus. It cut the risk of death by a third for patients on ventilators. For those on oxygen, it cut deaths by a fifth. Had the drug had been used... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/06/20)

අතිඋතුම් මැල්කම් රන්ජිත් කාර්ඩිනල් තුමන් දුටු එහෙත් මේ රටේ දේශපාලනඥ්යින්ට නොපෙනෙන මේ සින්හල රටේ යථාර්තය.
ආචාර්ය සුදත් ගුණසේකර. මහනුවර.
“මේ රටේ බුද්ධාගම විශාල ගසවන  අතර අනෙකුත්  සියලුම ආගම් යනු එහි කුඩා ශාඛා පමණි’ මේ එතුමන් විසින් 2019 අප්‍රේල් 21 මුස්ලිම් අන්තවාදියකු විසින් 300 කට අධික කිතුණු බැතිමතුන් මරණයටද තවත් සියගනනක් අන්ග විකළ බවටද පත්කරමින් සිදුකරනලද බෝම්බ් අප්‍රහාරයෙන් පසුව එතුමන් විසින් කරන ලද  එතුමන්ගේ එම අබීත ප්‍රකාශයයි මවිසින් ඉහතින් දක්වන ලද්දේ රට ජාතියට ආදරයක් ඇත්නම් මේ රටේ සියලුම මුග්ධ දේශපාලකයින්, විශේෂයෙන්ම සින්හල දේශපාලඥයින්,   දැන්වත් දැනගතයුතු, එසේම ක්රියාත්මක කළයුතු අතිඋතුම් මැල්කම් රන්ජිත් කාර්ඩිනල් තුමන්ගේ දේවධර්මයක් වැනි ඒ අයිතිහාසික ප්රකාශයයි මේ රටේ වාසය කරණ දෙමළ, මුස්ලිම් සහ සෙසු සියලුම... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/06/20)

IS THIS UNIVERSE CREATED JUST BY CHANCE?
By A. Abdul Aziz.
Some of the people believe that this universe was created just by chance and they also try to prove it through science. But God says that all those things that happens just by chance, they don't have such an order in them. Different colors are used together to make a picture. If we just throw the paints on a paper, will they ever make a picture? Houses are made of bricks, but if we just throw the bricks in a pile, will they form a house? It is true that sometimes... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/06/20)

ජාතික විභාගවල උත්තර පත‍්‍ර ඇගයීමට පෞද්ගලික පාසැල් ගුරුවරුන් කැඳවීමට ගෙන ඇති තීරණය සම්බන්ධවයි.
ලංකා ගුරු සේවා සංගමය ජනමාධ්‍ය නිවේදනයයි.
ගරු අධ්‍යාපන අමාත්‍ය ඩලස් අලහප්පෙරුම මහතා, අධ්‍යාපන අමාත්‍යංශය ඉසුරුපාය බත්තරමුල්ල. අමාත්‍යතුමනි, ජාතික විභාගවල උත්තර පත‍්‍ර ඇගයීමට පෞද්ගලික පාසැල් ගුරුවරුන් කැඳවීමට ගෙන ඇති තීරණය සම්බන්ධවයි ඔබගේ අනුදැනුම හා උපදෙස් මත විභාග දෙපාර්තමේන්තුව ජාතික ඇගයීම් ක‍්‍රියාවලිය සඳහා පෞද්ගලික හා ජාත්‍යන්තර යැයි කියාගන්නා පාසල් ගුරුවරුන් සහභාගී කර ගැනීමට ගෙන ඇති තීරණයට දැඩි විරෝධය පළ කරන ලංකා ගුරු සේවා සංගමය මෙම තීරණය වහා හකුලා ගන්නා ලෙසත් එසේ නොවන්නේ නම් සියලූම ගුරු හා විදුහල්පති සේවාවල සංගම් ඒකාබද්ධව වෘත්තීය ක‍්‍රියාමාර්ගවලට අවතීර්ණ වීමට සිදුවන බව දැඩිව අවධාරණය කරමු. 02. ජනාධිපතිවරයා විසින් අධ්‍යාපනය සඳහා වූ කාර්ය සාධන බලකායක්... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/06/20)

Central Bank Implements New Credit Schemes to Support the Revival of the Economy
Courtesy Adaderana
Growth of the Sri Lankan economy has fallen to dismal levels over the past few years, and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic may result in severe stress on economic and financial system stability in the period ahead unless immediate remedial actions are taken. In this context, in support of the government’s efforts to revive the economy, the Monetary Board of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka, at its meeting held on 16 June 2020, decided to introduce new credit schemes under the Section 83 of the Monetary Law Act No. 58 of 1949. ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/06/20)

Do not shirk responsibility of rebuilding the economy – President tells CB chiefs
Courtesy Adaderana
President Gotabaya Rajapaksa today slammed Sri Lanka’s Central Bank officials over their failure to put forward even ‘a single proposal’ to rebuild the economy amidst the prevailing global crisis, despite the fact that many tools have been introduced by the Central Banks in countries around the world. “We cannot let the health crisis develop into an economic crisis. What we are facing is a global crisis. The Central Bank and the Treasury are entrusted with the responsibility of formulating right monetary and fiscal policies that are instrumental in economic revival.”  https://youtu.be/6YjP56lp1mU... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/06/20)

CBSL reduces Statutory Reserve Ratio to 2%
Courtesy Adaderana
The Monetary Board of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL), at its meeting held today (16), decided to reduce the Statutory Reserve Ratio (SRR) applicable on all rupee deposit liabilities of licensed commercial banks (LCBs) by 200 basis points to 2.00 per cent, with effect from the reserve maintenance period that commenced on 16 June 2020. This reduction in the SRR injects around Rs. 115 billion of additional liquidity to the domestic money market, enabling the financial system to expedite credit flows to the economy, while reducing the cost of funds of LCBs,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/06/20)

Two more COVID-19 patients confirmed; Cases tally hits 1,915
Courtesy Adaderana
Two more individuals have tested positive for the COVID-19 virus today (16), the Ministry of Health said. Thereby, the total count of coronavirus cases in the country has risen to 1,915. Accordingly, a total of 10 virus-positive cases were confirmed yesterday, the Department of Government Information said. These cases comprise 06 naval personnel at Kandakadu and Mihintale quarantine centres, 04 arrivals from Iran. The four imported cases were identified among the 85 technicians from Iran who arrived in Sri Lanka yesterday to complete the Uma Oya Multi-Purpose Development... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/06/20)

Court issues arrest warrants on ETI directors
Courtesy Adaderana
The Colombo Additional Magistrate has issued warrants on four directors of the Edirisinghe Trust Investments (ETI) holdings, for failure to appear before the court. https://youtu.be/gIwawOJRx2M When the case filed by ETI depositors was taken up for hearing before the court today, the Additional Magistrate issued arrest warrants on ETI Directors Jeewaka Edirisinghe, Nalaka Edirisinghe, Asanka Edirisinghe and Deepa Edirisinghe. The court ordered the police to arrest the aforementioned respondents and produce them before the court immediately. ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/06/20)

Arjuna Mahendran changed his name, Interpol informs
Courtesy Adaderana
Interpol has informed Sri Lanka that former Central Bank (CBSL) Governor Arjuna Mahendran, who is currently wanted over the Bond Scam, has changed his name. Accordingly, Mahendran has changed his name to ‘Harjan Alexander’. The Attorney General has informed this to the Special High Court, when the Bond Scam case was taken up before Justices Sampath Wijayakoon, Sampath Wijayaratne, and Champa Janaki Rajaratne this morning (16). https://youtu.be/2FVotKuyjw8 Representing the Attorney General, Deputy Solicitor General of the Government Parinda Ranasinghe told the court that the International Criminal... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/06/20)

Special program to combat crimes planned from prisons (Video)
Courtesy Hiru News
Defence Secretary Retired Major General Kamal Gunaratne said that a special program has been launched to curb the crimes that are organised from inside the prisons. https://youtu.be/S6JUQUnIowM The defence secretary stated this at a press conference today Meanwhile, a new unit called the Prisons Intelligence Unit has been set up and the public can report any malpractices within the prisons to 0112678600... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/06/20)

The Central Bank of Sri Lanka Further Reduces the Statutory Reserve Ratio by 200 basis points
Courtesy Hiru News
The Monetary Board of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka, has decided to reduce the Statutory Reserve Ratio (SRR) applicable on all rupee deposit liabilities of licensed commercial banks (LCBs) by 200 basis points to 2.00 per cent, with effect from 16 June 2020. <br /><br />This reduction in the SRR injects around Rs. 115 billion of additional liquidity to the domestic money market, enabling the financial system to expedite credit flows to the economy, while reducing the cost of funds of LCBs. With today’s decision, the Central Bank has... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/06/20)

The Central Bank of Sri Lanka Implements New Credit Schemes to Support the Revival of the Economy
Courtesy Hiru News -
Growth of the Sri Lankan economy has fallen to dismal levels over the past few years, and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic may result in severe stress on economic and financial system stability in the period ahead unless immediate remedial actions are taken. In this context, in support of the government’s efforts to revive the economy, the Monetary Board of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka, at its meeting held on 16 June 2020, decided to introduce new credit schemes under the Section 83 of the Monetary Law... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/06/20)

Good governance regime did not pay attention to what he said about Islamic extremism - Gnanasara Thera
Courtesy Hiru News
General Secretary of the Bodu Bala Sena, Venerable Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara Thera says that the good governance regime that came into power in 2015, did not pay attention to what he said about Islamic extremism. The Thero made these revelations when he gave evidence before the Presidential Commission appointed to probe into the Easter Sunday Attacks. https://youtu.be/n0eSuPQS8ag... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/06/20)

Reinstatement of Police Officers who have been issued Orders of Vacation of Post of Sri Lanka Police
Courtesy Hiru News
With the intention of further strengthening the process of ensuring law and order of Sri Lanka, the approval of the Cabinet of Ministers has been received on 19.02.2020 to reinstate officers of Sri Lanka Police (including Special Task Force], who have currently received orders of vacation of post, considering the appeals that they have made constantly. Accordingly, the officers who have been issued orders of vacation of post shall be reinstated based on the recommendations of a three-member committee through a formal and transparent process with the agreement of National... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/06/20)

Open Letter to the Sigrid Rausing Trust on Yasmin Sooka & ITJP
This open letter to the Board of Trustees of Sigrid Rausing Trust is based on the SRT website & to seek clarifications regarding funding in particular as a large sum of funding is going to an entity that is on a smear campaign against Sri Lanka.  Your Trust, as per your websitecovers the Balkans, Central & Eastern Europe, former Soviet Union, Lebanon & Turkey, Egypt, Morocco, Tunisia in North Africa, Kenya, Zimbabwe and South Africa. How is it that you are also funding ITJP Sri Lanka?  Is your Trust aware that Sri Lanka is not located... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 16/06/20)

මහජන මන්ත්‍රීවරයෙකු විය යුත්තේ කුමන අරමුණක් ඉටුකිරීම සඳහාද
මතුගම සෙනෙවිරුවන්
           එක් දහස් නවසිය හතලිස් අටේ අප බ්‍රිතාන්‍ය අධීරාජ්‍යා ගෙන් ලද දේශපාලන නිදහස මත ලංකාව ප්‍රජාතන්ත්‍රවාදී රටක් ලෙසට නැගී සිට දැන් වසර හැත්තෑ දෙකක් ගතවී තිබේ.1815 මාර්තු 02 අත්සන් කරන ලද මහනුවර ගිවිසුමට අනුව නම් මෙම පිවිසීම  වැරදි සහගත වුවද ලබන ලද නිදහස තුළ රටක් වශයෙන් අත්පත් කරගත් වාසි සහ අවාසිද අද අප භුක්ති විඳිමු.මහජන කැමැත්තෙන් නියෝජිතයන් පත් කර මහජනයාගේ වුවමනා එපාකම් ඉටු කර ගැනීම මෙලෙස වර්ධනයට පත් වූ සම්මතයකි.වර්තමාන රටේ භෞතික දියුණූවට  මෙම ක්‍රමය බෙහෙවින්ම සහාය වී ඇත.නමුත් ප්‍රජාතන්ත්‍රවාදී රටක මහජන නියෝජිතයෙකු සතු වගකීම් සහ යුතුකම් මොනවාදැයි අදටත් බොහෝ අය නොදනිති.මේ නිසාම ජනතාව තුළින් නැගෙන... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/06/20)

Australian Labor Party must reject Hugh McDermott’s mischievous claim of Genocide in Sri Lanka
SPUR Media Release – 13 June 2020SPUR (Society for Peace, Unity and Human Rights for Sri Lanka Inc) Reg: A 003 0777 M PO Box 4066, Mulgrave, VIC 3170, Australia Tel: (03) 97957143 Fax: (03) 97957142 Email: ranjiths
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Australian Labor Party must reject Hugh McDermott’s mischievous claim of Genocide in Sri Lanka The Society for Peace Unity and Human Rights for Sri Lanka (SPUR), as a long-serving organisation representing Australians of Sri Lankan origin, deplores the ethnically divisive and blatantly inaccurate statement made by Hugh McDermott, the Labor MP for Prospect, NSW... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 15/06/20)

හාරිස්පත්තුව ප‍්‍රාදේශීය සභාවේ සභාපති වරයා විදුහල්පතිවරයෙකුට පහරදීම සම්බන්ධවයි
ලංකා ගුරු සේවා සංගමය ජනමාධ්‍ය නිවේදනයයි.
පොලිස්පතිතුමා, පොලිස් මූලස්ථානය, කොළඹ. පොලිස්පතිතුමනි,හාරිස්පත්තුව ප‍්‍රාදේශීය සභාවේ සභාපති වරයා විදුහල්පතිවරයෙකුට පහරදීම සම්බන්ධවයි හාරිස්පත්තුව ප‍්‍රාදේශීය සභාවේ සභාපති ආනන්ද ජයවිලාල් විසින් මහනුවර ලූම්බිණි විද්‍යාලයේ විදුහල්පති ජයන්ත බණ්ඩාර මහතාට ජුනි 11 වැනි දින අදාළ ප‍්‍රාදේශීය සභාව තුළ දී පහරදීම හේතුවෙන් රෝහල් ගත කිරීමට සිදුවීම සම්බන්ධව ඔබගේ දැඩි අවධානය යොමුකරන අතර මෙම පහර දීම පිළිබඳව අපක්ෂපාතී විධිමත් පරීක්ෂණයක් පවත්වා ඔහුට විරුද්ධව වහාම නීතිය ක‍්‍රියාත්මක කරන ලෙස ලංකා ගුරු සේවා සංගමය ඉතා වගකීමෙන් යුතුව ඉල්ලා සිටිමු. 02. තම ප‍්‍රදේශයේ පවතින පොදු ගැටලූවක් සම්බන්ධව කරුණු දැක්වීමට යාම මෙම පහරදීමට හේතුවී ඇති අතර පොදු ජන පෙරමුණ නියෝජනය කරමින්... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/06/20)

THE WORLD IS IN FLAMES BECAUSE OF RACISM BUT THE BRITISH RACISM CONTINUES
Sri Lanka News

bhcolombo UK SRI LANKAN EVENTS & NEWS The British High Commission says it is an “inclusive & diversity-friendly employer”. The British High Commission says it “encourages applications from people of ALL BACKGROUNDS. The British High Commission says “We do not DISCRIMINATE on the basis of RACE, COLOUR, ETHNICITY” but it places a vacancy for a POLITICAL OFFICER that is purposely EXCLUDING THE ONE MAJORITY COMMUNITY IN SRI LANKA (the Sinhalese) The language proficiency that the British High Commission seeks is an excellent command in written &... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 15/06/20)

ශ්‍රී ලංකා වාසී ජනතාවගේ පරමාධිපත්‍ය බලය ආරක්ෂා කරමින් නිතිය නිවැරදි ලෙස පිළිපැදීමට අවස්ථාව ලබා දෙන ලෙස නීතිපති තුමාගෙන් ඉල්ලීම.
හර්ෂ කුමාර් සුරියආරච්චි
15.06.2020 ගරු නීතීපති තුමනි, ශ්‍රී ලංකාව තුල, ව්‍යවස්ථානුකුලව සම්මත කර නැති, නීතියක් වී නැති 19 වන ව්‍යවස්ථා සංශෝධන කෙටුම්පත, නීතියක් ලෙස සලකා විධායකයත්, විධායකයේ ආයතනත්, පාර්ලිමේන්තුවත් කටයුතු කරමින් සිටි. විධායකයේ ආයතනයක් වන නීතිපති දෙපාර්තමේන්තුවද ජනතාවගේ නිත්‍යානුකුලව ජීවත්වීමේ පරම අයිතිය නොසලකා නීතියක් වී නැති 19 වන ව්‍යවස්ථා සංශෝධන කෙටුම්පත නිතිය ලෙස සලකා කටයුතු කරන බව පෙනෙන්නට තිබේ. 19 වන ව්‍යවස්ථා සංශෝධන කෙටුම්පත පාර්ලිමේන්තුවේ ඡන්ද විමසීම කරන විට බලපැවත්වෙමින් තිබුණේ 18 වන ව්‍යවස්ථා සංශෝධනය අඩංගු ව්‍යවස්ථාවයි. නමුත් නීතියක් ලෙස සම්මත නොවුණු 19 වන ව්‍යවස්ථා සංශෝධන කෙටුම්පත අනීතික ලෙස ක්‍රියාත්මක කරමින් පැවතීම නිසා... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/06/20)

Research on coronavirus vaccines is too expensive to be left to private companies: Lankan virologist
Courtesy NewsIn.Asia
Prof. Malik Peiris says that public health systems were found wanting when COVID-19 hit because early warnings were not heeded By Meera Srinivasan/The Hindu Colombo, Jun 15: For decades, renowned virologist Malik Peiris has been researching emerging viruses at the animal-human interface, including influenza, coronaviruses (SARS, MERS), and is widely credited for his role in discovering that a novel coronavirus was the cause of SARS in 2003. The Sri Lankan-origin expert, who holds the Chair of Virology at the School of Public Health in Hong Kong University, detailed how... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/06/20)

50,000 more Sri Lankan citizens stranded overseas awaiting repatriation
Courtesy NewsIn.Asia
Colombo, June 15 – Fifty thousand more Sri Lankan citizens stranded overseas are waiting to be repatriated while 8000 have been brought back into the country since the COVID-19 virus spread in many countries including Sri Lanka March, a senior official at the President’s Office told the local Daily Mirror. The repatriation plan which has been put together by the government and the health experts is going ahead without any hiccups and the government hopes to get back all local citizens in the next few months although a deadline is... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/06/20)

Why do Jaffna people shake their legs in sitting position?
By Dr. Harold Gunatillake- FRCS, MBBS, FIACS, FICS, AM (Sing) Courtesy Asian Tribune
Fidgeting like shaking your legs can help you to lose weight- burn 350 cal. A day Sitting for more than six hours greatly increases your risk of a clot forming in your calf veins. No matter how much you exercise, eat well, avoid smoking, excessive sitting will cause problems according to Tom Rath best-selling author of ‘Eat Move Sleep’ which is sold more than six million copies: As soon as you sit down, electrical activity in your leg... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/06/20)

Hoteliers split on Sri Lanka’s strict protocols for tourists
By Feizal Samath Courtesy TTG Asia
Sri Lanka’s decision to impose stringent Covid-19 testing protocols when it reopens its doors to foreign tourists on August 1 has divided local tourism industry stakeholders. Some industry players, who declined to be named, are up in arms over the stringent Covid-19 testing protocols. The chairman of a local hotel chain said: “At this rate, tourists would prefer to stay home than come to Sri Lanka.” Tourism players fear that stringent health protocols may deter foreign visitors to Sri Lanka However, the heads of two key associations... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/06/20)

Rajeewa Jayaweera: A postscript for posterity
BY DR D. CHANDRARATNA Courtesy The Island
Just like RRW’s appreciative comment on Rajeewa Jayaweera, yesterday, I, too, never met Rajeewa except through his essays to this newspaper and other news sites. He was a regular contributor to these pages, for many years, and it was a pleasure to read and I enjoyed them every time. The well-researched analysis, on many topics, too numerous to list, were factual, objectively composed and fair to everyone. He was a prolific writer on matters of public interest, providing knowledge and insights to inform and enrich our lives. His... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/06/20)

Importing hand-loom and batik textiles stopped
Courtesy Hiru News
President Gotabhaya Rajapaksa has decided to halt importing handloom and batik textiles. The President has taken this decision with the intention of strengthening the existing local producers and  attracting more producers to the industry. This decision was taken at a meeting held at the Presidential Secretariat this afternoon regarding the problems faced by those who are engaged in the textile and garment industry.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/06/20)

Two (02) more persons confirmed for Covid -19: SL Country total increases to 1,905
Courtesy Hiru News
Two (02) more persons have tested positive for Covid-19 (new coronavirus) infection. The country total has increased to 1,905 according to the latest information by the Epidemiology unit of the Ministry of Health. Covid-19 Situation Report as at 2020-June-15 | compiled according to the Health promotion Bureau and the Epidemiology Unit data Total confirmed cases – 1,905Recovered and discharged – 1,342 Patients under medical care – 552New Cases for the day – 16 Observation in Hospitals – 46 Total Deaths – 11 Total number of PCR tests conducted –... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/06/20)

Maj. Gen. Sallay to institute legal action against Yasmin Sooka and ITJP
Courtesy The Daily Mirror
Director of the State Intelligence Services of Sri Lanka (SIS) Major General Suresh Sallay has sent a Letter of Demand to Executive Director of the International Truth and Justice Project (ITJP) Ms. Yasmin Sooka and the ITJP for making various allegations against Maj.gen. Sallay, his Lawyer said. The said Letter of Demand sent through Lawyer Pasan Weerasinghe, stated that on or about June 01, 2020, Ms. Yasmin Sooka, in her capacity as the Executive Director of the ITJP has issued a press statement making various defamatory remarks against Major General... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/06/20)

Never requested any bank to grant loans to kith and kin: President.
Lahiru Pothmulla Courtesy The Daily Mirror
President Gotabaya Rajapaksa said yesterday that he had never requested any bank to grant loans to his kith and kin, acquaintances or supporters. The President made this remark during a progress review meeting of the Bank of Ceylon held at the Presidential Secretariat. At the meeting, he said the State Banks should take the lead in providing the financial assistance expected by small to medium entrepreneurs and to investors. “The current global scenario is an unprecedented one. We will have to think out of the box to... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/06/20)

Egypt wrongly associated with hate preacher Al-Qaradawi, says embassy in Sri Lanka
Courtesy Adaderana
The Egyptian Embassy in Sri Lanka says that Egypt has been wrongly associated with the name of the Qatari citizen, fundamentalist theologian and hate preacher Yusuf Al-Qaradawi, during the proceedings of the Presidential Commission of Inquiry probing the Easter Sunday attacks. Issuing a statement, the embassy further stated that Al-Qaradawi has been residing in Qatar since the 1960s and holds the Qatari citizenship only. “Being one of the fountainheads of the banned terrorist Muslim Brotherhood organization, fanning religious hatred and promoting a cult of violence, Al-Qaradawi has been stripped of the Egyptian... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/06/20)

17 summoned to PCoI over Avant Garde Chairman’s complaint.
Courtesy Adaderana
Presidential Commission of Inquiry (PCoI) investigating the incident of political victimization has issued summons to 17 individuals over a complaint lodged by Chairman of Avant-Garde. Chairman of Avant-Garde Nissanka Senadhipathi had lodged on the alleged loss incurred by his company due to arbitrary takeover. Seventeen parties have been asked to appear before the Presidential Commission on June 17, a spokesman said. The following parties have been issued notices by the Commission: Former Navy Commander Ravindra WijegunaratneFormer MP Rajitha SenaratneFormer MP Patali Champika RanawakaFormer MP Arjuna... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/06/20)

ඉංග්‍රීසින් මහනුවර රාජකීය වස්තු කොල්ල කෑ සැටි
ජානක පෙරේරා විසිනි
දිනය මින් වසර 200 කට පෙර 1820 ජුනි 13 දාය. එදින මිල කල නොහැකි තරම් අගයකින් යුත් රනින් නිම කල මැණික් ඇල්ලු ස්වර්ණාභරණ තොගයක් එංගලන්තයේ ලන්ඩන් නුවර කොවන්ට් ගාඩ්න්හි රජ වීදියේ අංක 38 දරණ ස්ථානයේ ප්‍රසිද්ධ වෙන්දේසියේ විකුණන ලදී.  ඒවා හඳුන්වන ලද්දේ "රජතුමා විසින්  තමා අත්අඩංගුවට ගත්තවුන්ට ලබා දෙන ලද" වස්තුව ලෙසය. මෙහිදී රජතුමා යනු මෙරට අන්තිම රජ වූ මහනුවර සෙංකඩගල රාජධානියේ ශ්‍රී වික්‍රම රාජසිංහ රජුය. එහෙත් ඒවා රජතුමා විසින් ලබා දුන්නා නොව ඉංග්‍රීසින් විසින් පැහැරගන්නා ලද, ඔහු සතුව තිබු සම්පූර්ණ රාජ භාණ්ඩ වලින් කොටසකි.  ඊට රජුගේ ඔටුන්න, සිහසුන රජුගේ දෙපා තබන පාපුටුව... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/06/20)

THE POST-COVID TRADE ORDER: ONLY THE FAST AND THE NIMBLE WILL SURVIVE, SAYS PATHFINDER
Pathfinder foundation
Now that Sri Lanka has achieved notable success in containing the danger posed by the COVID-19 pandemic to the health of the nation, the time has come for a concerted and decisive focus on reviving the economy.  This is particularly timely now that the economy has been removed from its “induced coma” with the elimination of daytime curfew throughout the island. A Pathfinder Foundation Study Group produced a report which set out a new economic vision for post-COVID-19  Sri Lanka.  It has been shared with the key leaders of the government.  An... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/06/20)

Recognise Sri Lankan cricket lovers unique contributions to world cricket
Rohan Abeygunawardena Nugegoda
Over the last couple of decades we have seen with great pride the emergence of a highly distinctive brand of Sri Lankan cricket that has exploded on the world scene winning the admiration of the cricket world. Consequently, Sri Lanka is no longer treated as a minnow or a mighty atom but as a respected member deserving a place at the high table of world cricket. It would be tantamount to an unpardonable lapse if cricket followers worldwide were to confine their admiration exclusively to the Sri Lankan players while leaving out from... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/06/20)

Why Democracy Doesn't Work
Nas Daily Official
https://youtu.be/3Er1cuQCt-o... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/06/20)

විලියම් ෂේක්ස්පියර් - මධ්‍යකාලීන මනෝ විශ්ලේෂකයා
වෛද්‍ය රුවන් එම් ජයතුංග 
විලියම් ෂේක්ස්පියර් ලොව ශ්‍රේෂ්ඨතම  නාට්‍යකරුවා ලෙස සැලකේ. ඔහු බ්‍රිතාන්‍යය නාට්‍ය කලාවේ එලිසබෙතන් සහ ජේකොබ් යුගයන් නියෝජනය කලේය. ෂේක්ස්පියර්ගේ සෑම නාට්‍යයකම තේමාවන් විශ්වීය වන අතර කාලයත් සමඟ අර්ථය නැති නොවේ.  නව විවෘතභාවය සහ මානවවාදය ෂේක්ස්පියර්ගේ නාට්‍යවලින් පිළිබිඹු වේ.  ඔහුගේ නාට්‍ය අද ඉතා ජනප්‍රිය වී ඇති අතර ලොව පුරා විවිධ සංස්කෘතික හා දේශපාලන සන්දර්භයන් තුළ නිරන්තරයෙන් අධ්‍යයනය කිරීම, රඟ දැක්වීම සහ නැවත අර්ථකථනය කිරීම සිදු කරයි. විලියම් ෂේක්ස්පියර්  චරිත නිරූපණය,භාෂාව සහ ප්‍රභේදයේ නාට්‍යමය විභවය පුළුල් කළේය. ඔහු ඉංග්‍රීසි ජනතාවාදී භාෂාවක් බවට පරිවර්තනය කළේය. ඔහු නාට්‍ය 30 කට අධික ප්‍රමාණයක් සහ සොනට් පද්‍යය... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/06/20)

ඥාණසාර හිමි ත‍්‍රස්තවාදියෙකු ලෙස නම් කරයි..
උපුටා ගැන්ම ලංකා සී නිව්ස්
පසුගිය ආණ්ඩුව විසින් තමන් ත්‍රස්තවාදියෙකු ලෙස ෆේස්බුක් ආයතනය වෙත දැනුම් දී ඇති බව බොදුබල සේනා සංවිධානයේ මහලේකම් පූජ්‍ය ගලගොඩඅත්තේ ඥානසාර හිමියෝ සඳහන් කරති. ඒ හේතුවෙන් ෆේස්බුක් ආයතනය විසින් ෆේස්බුක් ජාලයේ තම පිංතූර හා නම වාරණය කර ඇතැයිද උන් වහන්සේ පැවසූහ. උන්වහන්සේ මේ බව කියා සිටියේ පාස්කු ඉරිදා බෝම්බ ප්‍රහාරය සම්බන්ධයෙන් කරුණු පරීක්‍ෂණ කරන ජනාධිපති විශේෂ පරීක්ෂණ කොමිෂන් සභාව හමුවේ සාක්ෂි දීමෙන් පසුව මාධ්‍ය අමතමිනි. තමන් මෙරට ඇති ඉස්ලාම් අන්තවාදී අනතුර සම්බන්ධයෙන් අවස්ථා ගණනාවකදීම කරුණු හෙළි කළද ඒ සම්බන්ධයෙන් යම් හෝ අවධානයක් දැක්වූයේ එවකට හිටපු... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/06/20)

Chinese organizations donated US$ 126,584 worth of material to Lanka to fight COVID-19
Courtesy NewsIn.Asia
Donations included 308,600 face masks, 1,600 face shields, 2,400 goggles and 400 protective gowns Colombo, June 14 (Xinhua): When the Sri Lankan government announced an island-wide curfew on March 20 to contain the COVID-19 outbreak, Jinith De Silva, Acting President of the Sri Lanka-China Society (SLCS), was eager to use his connections with China to secure help for his country – Sri Lanka. “I wrote to several organizations in China and asked them to help us fight the virus. Sixteen organizations including the Amity Foundation in Nanjing and the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/06/20)

Frontline Socialist Party’s Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean.
By Shivanthi Ranasinghe Courtesy Ceylon Today
Last week, three notable incidents took place back to back. Though not related, these three incidents in its own way hold relevance to each other. The first incident was the Frontline Socialist Party (FSP) taking to streets to protest over the death of a man half way across the world. The day after, families of the 774 policemen and officers who were massacred by the LTTE commemorated their 30th death anniversary. The following day, Pasindu Hirushan returned home after 98 days in hospital partially recovered from the skull and brain injuries sustained... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/06/20)

Govt mulls new laws to curb leasing mafia
Kelum Bandara Courtesy The Daily Mirror
The government will introduce new legislation to curb ‘the leasing mafia’ or the unlawful activities of the disorganised financial market, a minister said. Cabinet Spokesman Minister Bandula Gunawardane told Daily Mirror that around 800 - 1,000 such financial institutions were in operation in the country. The government has given mind to introduce fresh legislation after the murder of President of the Self Employed Three Wheeler Association Sunil Jayawardane by a group of individuals attached to a leasing company. Mr. Jayawardane was assaulted to death when he... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/06/20)

35 covid-19 patients recovered - 5 new patients reported
Courtesy Hiru News
According to the epidemiology unit 5 covid-19 patients have been reported so far today increasing the total number of confirmed cases in the island to 1889. According to the government information department all new cases are members of the navy. 35 individuals were discharged today increasing the total number of recovered to 1287. Accordingly 591 patients remain under medical treatment. Meanwhile the public health inspector&rsquo;s association warns that the public is not following laid down health procedures such... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/06/20)

former Minster Mangala Samaraweera meets former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga (Photo)
Courtesy  Hiru News
Former Parliamentarian Mangala Samaraweera who recently withdrew his candidature from the Samagi Jana Balavegaya has met former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga  . This was at the Horagolla house.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/06/20)

NEW ZEALAND COVID 19 FREE DECLARATION IS A CAMAOUFLAGE
BY M D P DISSANAYAKE
New Zealand has issued a new travel advice on 8 June at 11.59 pm, moving to Alert Level 1,  with the advice “Do not travel overseas at this time. Transport and transit options to return to New Zealand have reduced significantly. Even booked flights may be cancelled.” The New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern declared  her country as the first Covid 19 free nation.   This appears to be  based on intentionally and technically manipulated statistics. There were appeals from NZ work visit holders, ( who are neither permanent residents... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/06/20)

Diplomatic Invasion and Spawning HR Violation and Indoctrinating Ethnic Abomination in SriLanka by Foreign Politicians
Engr. Kanthar Balanathan  DipEE (UK), GradCert(Rel-Eng-Monash), DipBus&Adm(Finance-Massey), CEng. MIEE (UK) Former Specialist Engineer, Power & Control, NRG-GPS Australia
If one wants to know the true record of the problems & concerns in SriLanka (SL), then that person should exercise patience and read the entire document. No point in blabbering with a lack of understanding of SriLankan history and the issues that prevailed in the country since 1948. History Since the war on terror was concluded and the country achieved peace in 2009, Tamil Diaspora was not exultant & ecstatic that there wasn’t any motive to... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/06/20)

How US, EU & OAS lied & meddled in Bolivia (Full show)
Courtesy RT
The New York Times has admitted that the allegations of election fraud that led to Evo Morales' ousting from the Bolivian presidency were "flawed." These allegations caused Morales' exile from the country in what critics say was tantamount to a Washington-backed coup. RT America's John Huddy reports. Then RT producer and Latin America expert Dr. Enrique Rivera joins Rick Sanchez to share his insights. RT's Charlotte Dubenskij reports on the movement in Paris to remove statues and renaming streets associated with France's colonialist and slave-trading past. US Army General... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/06/20)

ඉදිරි මහා මැතිවරණයට තරඟ කිරීමට අපේක්ශාකරන සියලුම සිංහල දේශපාලන පක්ශ සහ අපේක්ශකයින් වෙත යළිත් ඉදිරිපත්කෙරෙන කොන්දේසි 50 ක් සහිත විවුර්ත සන්දේශයකි.
ආචාර්ය සුදත්ගුණසේකර. මහනුවර
(මෙම ලිපිය  2019 ජනාධිපති මැතිවරණයට පෙර  2019 අගෝස්තු 27 මවිසින් ළන්කාවෙබ් අඩවියට ලියනලද ලිපිය යාවත්කොට නැවත පළකිරිමකී) මහාමැතිවරණයට තරඟකිරීමට අපේක්ශාකරන සියලුම සිංහල දේශපාලනපක්ශ සහ අපේක්ශකයින්වෙත ඉදිරිපත්කෙරෙන කොන්දේසි 50 ක් සහිත විවුර්ත සන්දේශයක්. මේ වු කලී මින් පසු පැවැත්වෙන ඕනෑම මැතිවරණයක් සඳහා මේ රටේ භූමිපුත්‍රයින් වන සින්හලයින් විසින් සියලුම දේශපාලනඥ්යින්වෙත ඉදිරිපත් කරණු ලබණ මැතිවරණ ප්‍රකාශණයක යෝජිත අනුරුවකි. ආචාර්ය සුදත් ගුණසේකර අග්‍රාමාත්ය සිරිමවෝ බණ්ඩාරනායක මැතිනියගේ හිටපු ඉස්තිර ලේකම් සහ මහනුවර සින්හල බෞද්ධ ජේත්ෂ්ඨ පුරවැසියන්ගේ සන්විධානයේ සභාපති හැඳින්වීම අද මේ රටේ මධ්යම රජයේ ජනාධිපතිවරයෙක්, අගමැතිවරයෙක්, පාර්ලිමේතුවේ අමාත්යවරුන් 112 ක් පමණ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/06/20)

ශාරියා/ඉකුවාන් ආක්‍රමණිකයින්ට පාර කපා දීමේ විපාක - 3
චන්ද්‍රසිරි විජයවික්‍රම, LL,B,, Ph.D.
අගමැතිලා ජනාධිපතිලා නාස් ලණු දමා ගැනීම මෙහි දෙවන කොටස අවසානවූයේ මුස්ලිම් ජයග්‍රහණ ලැයිස්තුවකින්‌ය. ඒවා <ජයග්‍රහණ> වන්නේ ඒවා නැතිවූ අයිතියක් නැවත ලබාගැනීමක් නොව, අළුතෙන් සිංහල දේශපාලකයින් ඔහේ, ඇඟට නොදැනීම ඔවුන්ට ලබාදුන් වරප්‍රසාදවූ නිසාය. දිවුරුම් පෙත්සමකින් පුරවැසිකම් දුන් එකම රට ලංකාව නොවේද? මේවා බෞද්‌ධ දශරාජ ධර්‌මයක් රකින අයවළුන් විසින් මධ්‍යම ප්‍රතිපදාව අනුව යමින්, අනිත්‍යය සිහිකරමින් කල වෙස්සන්තර ප්‍රදාන (දොල පිදේනි?) නොව, සිරි සංඝබෝ වර්‍ගයේ ජාතියේ බිලි පූජාය. ඒවා තම පංචස්කන්‌ධ වලට බලයේ සිටීමට සිතා දුන් වරදානය. සෝම හාමුදුරුවන්ගේ ඩව්‌රි එක දෙවන කොටස අවසානයේදී පෙනීගිය කරුණක් නම් දෛවෝපගතව ඒ කරුම වලට... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/06/20)

Persistent global transmission of chikungunya from India
Aswathi Pacha Courtesy Hindu
A new Indian subcontinent sub-lineage emerges Studying the geographic distribution and evolution of the chikungunya virus over the period from 2005-2018, a team from ICMR-National Institute of Virology, Pune, has noted India as an endemic reservoir for the virus with persistent global transmissions from the country. The paper published recently in Infection, Genetics and Evolution adds that “dispersal of the strains from India was noted to neighbouring and distant countries” such as Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and China. The team studied newly sequenced chikungunya viruses isolated during outbreaks that happened... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/06/20)

මාසික බද්ද
Courtesy WNOW
https://youtu.be/p3cOSUTRnVU... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/06/20)

Probe interest charged by finance companies: Amaraweera
Sandun A Jayasekera Courtesy The Daily Mirror
Power, Energy and Transport Minister Mahinda Amaraweera said he would urge President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa and the Cabinet to conduct a thorough assessment of the interest rates charged by Finance Companies and those employed to seize vehicles from defaulting customers. While condemning the killing of Three-Wheeler Association Chairman Sunil Jayawardana on Wednesday after a clash that erupted between him and those employed by a finance company to seize a three-wheeler, he said the government must initiate a probe to know whether finance companies use underworld characters... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/06/20)

Stop unlawful activities of leasing companies: Prez directs Police
Courtesy The Daily Mirror
As the method adopted by the leasing companies to seize vehicles of those who had failed to pay their loan installments is unlawful, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has ordered the Police that no room should be left to continue this practice, the President’s Media Division said. “Leasing companies do not inform the Police prior to such seizing. They lodge complaints only after taking over the vehicle. This kind of forceful action sometimes leads to grave violence. As such, the President instructed the Acting IGP Chandana Wickremaratne not to entertain complaints received from the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/06/20)

Three fresh COVID-19 cases move tally to 1,883.
Courtesy Adaderana
Three more persons have tested positive for COVID-19 as at 5.30 pm today (13), the Ministry of Health confirmed. Two of them are Sri Lankan expatriates who returned to the island from Qatar. They are being quarantined at the facilities in Ampara. The other patient is a naval person at the Mullaitivu quarantine centre, according to the Department of Government Information. Thereby, the total number of novel coronavirus patients count moved to 1,883. Meanwhile, COVID-19 recoveries in Sri Lanka increased to 1,252 earlier today as 56 more patients... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/06/20)

Presidential Commission records more evidence on Easter attacks
Courtesy Adaderana
https://youtu.be/GEZwRLZvjaM... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/06/20)

Earliest bows and arrows outside Africa found in Sri Lankan rainforest
Courtesy Adaderana
At a jungle-covered cave site in southwestern Sri Lanka, archaeologists have found a remarkable collection of ancient objects, including tools that they believe are among the oldest survival gear humans used in rainforests. The artifacts range in age from 48,000 to 4,000 years old and include 130 bone arrow tips—the oldest arrow tips found outside of Africa—as well as 29 bone tools for making bags or clothing and a handful of ornamental beads. https://youtu.be/c5ICcZ7nj-E Archaeologists discovered the objects as they excavated the cave and believe they correspond to... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/06/20)

Sri Lanka to receive tourists after concluding repatriation process
Courtesy Adaderana
The Bandaranaike International Airport in Katunayake is expected to be reopened for tourists from August 01, says Minister of Tourism and Aviation Prasanna Ranatunga. The same procedure that is applied to tourists will be exercised on Sri Lankans returning to the country, however, prior to August 01, returnees will be quarantined upon arrival, the Minister said responding to media queries. https://youtu.be/xrdaPd46U0M Sri Lanka will continue to receive tourists after the repatriation procedure is concluded, he added.  Tourists are required to submit a PCR test report obtained... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/06/20)

Earliest bows and arrows outside Africa found in Sri Lanka-ලොව පැරණිම මානවයා ගැන ශ්‍රී ලංකාවෙන් සාක්ෂි...
Courtesy Ada Derana
https://youtu.be/c5ICcZ7nj-E... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/06/20)

Apropos the vituperative news item “Gota’s Junta Consolidates after SC Ruling: Ceylon Telegraph 5th June 2020 by an anonymous writer
Comments by Dr. Sudath Gunasekara former Secretary to Prime Minister Sirimavo Badaranayaka and President Sinhala Bauddha Jestha Puravesiyanage Sanvidhanaya Mahanuwara and member viyath manga Kandy Branch.
Your Excellency the President of Sri Lanka, hearty cheers and congratulations on your bold and patriotic decision to appoint a set of vibrant and proactive professionals who blends patriotism and loyalty to you   as a Presidential Task force “to build a secure country, disciplined, virtuous and lawful society” and also to protect the ancient sacred Buddhist places in the Northern and Eastern Provinces in this thrice blessed Island by Gautama the Buddha... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/06/20)

Political implications of elections system mechanics * UNP rump as the third force * JVP’s bottom of pile position endangered
by C.A.Chandraprema Courtesy The Island
The long awaited date of the parliamentary election has been announced and the beleaguered Elections Commission has been able to somewhat vindicate itself. The August 5 date is not too far off nor too close for more accusations to be hurled at the EC. Up to the time of writing, we have not heard anyone complaining about the poll date. That is a victory of sorts for the EC which had been under pressure from both sides of the political divide. The statement made by the Chairman of the Elections Commission Mahinda Deshapriya... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/06/20)

President says Central Bank failed in its duty to supervise ETI Investments
Courtesy The Island
President Gotabaya Rajapaksa said the Central Bank has failed in its duty and cannot evade responsibility for the alleged irregularities in ETI Investments, the Presidential Media Division said. The inquiring committee appointed to investigate alleged irregularities in ETI Investments met with President Gotabaya Rajapaksa at the Presidential Secretariat on Thursday. The Committee told the President that ETI Investments had not adhered to proper procedures in the conduct of its business since inception. The company had invested its assets in other ventures and at the same time, it had not been properly... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/06/20)

Oldest Known Bow And Arrow Weapons Found Outside Africa Discovered in Sri Lankan Cave
iflscience.com
The earliest human inhabitants of Asia’s tropical rainforests were packing some serious heat, according to a new study in the journal Science Advances, which describes the discovery of 130 arrowheads dating back 48,000 years. Found in a cave in Sri Lanka, the bone projectiles are the oldest weapons of their kind to be found outside of Africa and were accompanied by other tools that were probably used to make clothing, indicating an unexpectedly sophisticated material culture during a critical period of mankind’s global migration. Sri Lanka’s Fa-Hien Lena cave is something of an anthropological treasure trove, having yielded... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/06/20)

48,000-year-old arrowheads reveal early human innovation in the Sri Lankan rainforest
Courtesy theconversation.com/
Archaeological excavations deep within the rainforests of Sri Lanka have unearthed the earliest evidence for hunting with bows and arrows outside Africa. At Fa-Hien Lena, a cave in the heart of Sri Lanka’s wet zone forests, we discovered numerous tools made of stone, bone, and tooth – including a number of small arrow points carved from bone which are about 48,000 years old. When was the bow and arrow invented? The invention of the bow and arrow allowed people to hunt prey at a much greater distance. People no longer had to... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/06/20)

The UN Needlessly Bulls Eyes Sri Lanka: Unsubstantiated Accusations
By Shivanthi Ranasinghe Courtesy Ceylon Today
At the recently concluded Ranawiru Day commemoration, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa vowed "not to allow anyone to exert undue pressure and harass our war heroes who have sacrificed so much for the country" to return to the status of peace and tranquility to the people and our country.  He then expanded, "If any international body or organisation continuously targets our country and our war heroes, using baseless allegations, I will also not hesitate to withdraw Sri Lanka from such bodies or organisations". Continuous target  Ironically, independent onlookers... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/06/20)

Poor Dr Jayatilleka!
By a Special Correspondent Courtesy Ceylon Today
Having lost his diplomatic post in Russia, poor Dr Dayan Jayatilleka is now singing lustily for his supper. Having burnt his bridges with the Rajapaksa camp, his latest sonnet “A knee on the neck of the next Parliament”, published in DailyFT on 11 June 2020 is his attempt to get Sajith Premadasa’s attention.  Premadasa is hoping to bag the position of Opposition Leader. Of course, having lost at the Presidential race, the premiership would be a nice consolation price. However, his fear of general elections indicates... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/06/20)

Cabinet approves relief to tourist industry
Courtesy The Daily Mirror
The Cabinet has decided to provide relief to the tourist industry in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa said. He said this at a discussion held at Temple Trees on the problems faced by the tourist and hotel industries and on how best to resuscitate the tourist industry once more. The discussion highlighted on many important points including tourist visa payment, provision of necessary facilities to local tourists, procedures to be followed in opening the country to foreign tourists and establishing a fund to strengthen the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/06/20)

President instructs Police to prevent unlawful activities of leasing companies
Courtesy Adaderana
As the method adopted by the leasing companies to seize vehicles of those who had failed to pay their loan installments is unlawful, no room should be left to continue this practice, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has ordered the Police, says the President’s Media Division (PMD). “Leasing companies do not inform the Police prior to such seizing. They lodge complaints only after taking over the vehicle,” the PMD’s statement read. This kind of forceful action sometimes leads to grave violence. As such, the President instructed the Acting IGP Chandana Wickremaratne not to entertain... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/06/20)

Make this leadership talk of every platform because Country will great again with this leadership of Sri Lanka.
Sunil Yatalamatta Gamage 
“I am accountable and responsible for the people of this country” Presidnet of Sri Lanka Hon. Gotabhaya Rajapakse       President Gotabhaya has been introducing a new discipline to our nation, his legacy is progressing, the socioeconomic and cultural progress will bloom through that vision and as patriots we need to ensure his victory. These days media platforms discuss the topic of “ Country’s Leadership”, “qualities of state leadership”, and” what is the right leadership” etc. Which is good but not enough. When it comes to leadership in politics, we will definitely... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/06/20)

Why you should worry about MCC Sri Lanka
Shenali D Waduge
Why you should worry about MCC Sri Lanka On April 25, 2019, the MCC Board of Directors approved the five-year Sri Lanka Compact. It was days after Easter Sunday mass murder. The controversy of this bilateral-corporation agreement should worry all Sri Lankans. MCC has to be signed & passed by Parliament of Sri Lankamaking MCCa domestic law similar to 13thamendment (Section 6.4) & impossible to remove.If Compact is only for 5 years why pass it in Parliament? Foreign Personnel & Service Firms given... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/06/20)

VEN. ELLAWALA MEDHANANDA Part 7C
KAMALIKA PIERIS
Revised 21.6.20 Historians agree that between the rule of King Devanam Piyatissa (247-207 BC) and king Dutugemunu, (161-137) there was a separate kingdom in Ruhuna. The founder of this Ruhuna kingdom was king Mahanaga, brother of Devanampiyatissa. Mahanaga left Anuradhapura after a disagreement with his brother and set up a separate kingdom in Ruhuna, with the capital at Magama. This kingdom continued until Dutugemunu went up to Anuradhapura, kicked Elara out and   united the two kingdoms. The Ruhuna kingdom was in existence therefore from 3rd century BC to 2nd century AD.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/06/20)

ඉංග්‍රීසි සාහිත්‍යයේ පියා - ජෙෆ්රි චෞසර්.
වෛද්‍ය රුවන් එම් ජයතුංග 
ජෙෆ්රි  චෞසර්  මධ්‍යකාලීන යුගයේ ශ්‍රේෂ්ඨතම  තම ඉංග්‍රීසි කවියා ලෙස සැලකේ. ඔහු "ඉංග්‍රීසි සාහිත්‍යයේ පියා" ලෙසටද හැඳින් වේ. ඔහු තම කාලයේ ලේඛකයන්ට පොදු වූ ලතින් හෝ ප්‍රංශ භාෂාවට පටහැනිව තම ස්වභාෂා ඉංග්‍රීසියෙන් ලියූ ලේඛකයෙකි. ඉංග්‍රීසි කාව්‍යයන්ට එළිසමය හඳුන්වා දීමේ ගෞරවය ඔහුට හිමි වේ.චෞසර්  සමහර විට ඉංග්‍රීසි ස්වභාෂා සම්ප්‍රදායේ ප්‍රභවය ලෙස සැලකේ.   ජෙෆ්රි  චෞසර් ස්වභාෂා සාහිත්‍යයක් නිර්මාණය කිරීම පිළිබඳ පොදු  ඓතිහාසික ප්‍රවණතාවක කොටසක් ලෙස දැකිය හැකිය. කෙසේ වෙතත්, චෞසර්ගේ කාලයට සියවස් ගණනාවකට පෙර ඉංග්‍රීසි සාහිත්‍ය භාෂාවක් ලෙස භාවිතා කර ඇති අතර, චෞසර්   ගේ සමකාලීනයන් කිහිපදෙනෙකු වන ජෝන් ගෝවර්, විලියම් ලැන්ග්ලන්ඩ්, පර්ල් කවියා සහ නොර්විච්හි ජූලියන් ද ඉංග්‍රීසි... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/06/20)

From lockdown to ‘new normal’ Covid-19 in Sri Lanka:
BY LASANDA KURUKULASURIYA Courtesy The Island
Sri Lanka’s handling of the Covid-19 outbreak has, comparatively speaking, produced commendable results. Tracing the trajectory of the response, it may be seen that early moves, to prepare for what lay ahead, served well to mitigate the outcome. A Task Force, drawing on expertise of all relevant sectors, was appointed by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, on January 27th, the day the first Covid-19 case was reported – that of a Chinese woman tourist. The first local case was detected on March 11th – a tour guide who had... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/06/20)

Nautical tourists are badly treated in Galle
Dr. Sarath Obeysekera 
Photos illustrated here show Galle Harbour with several yachts owned by foreign sailing tourists who are in Sri Lanka during this lull tourist period  Next to the yacht park in the Harbour Is the building which is a  yacht repair facility established in 2014 This project was abandoned in 2015 by the foreign investor with local participation due to various reasons in the country at that time  Local partners tried several years to recommence but four ministers who were in charge the port... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/06/20)

THE AMAZING STORY OF THE ELEPHANT WHISPERER
Protect All Wildlife
When South African conservationist Lawrence Anthony was asked to accept a herd of 7 'rogue' and ‘trouble-making’ Elephants on his reserve at Thula Thula in 1999, his common sense told him to refuse. But he was the herd's last chance of survival - notorious escape artists, they would all be killed if Lawrence wouldn't take them. He agreed, but before arrangements for the move could be completed the animals broke out again and the matriarch and her baby were shot. The remaining Elephants were traumatised and very angry. As soon as... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/06/20)

Why successive US governments haven’t been able to ensure racial equality
By P.K.Balachandran/Daily Express Courtesy NewsIn.Asia
Reasons are ineffective implementation, absence of a holistic approach and entrenched biases against the Blacks a demonstration in Germany for the rights of US Blacks. Courtesy AP Although America is recognized as the oldest democracy, its record in ensuring racial equality has been embarrassingly poor. Though governments had legislated in the right direction since 1862, the efforts had been half-hearted and piecemeal. A holistic approach, taking into account the basic issues, was missing. And most importantly, the White majority had consistently scuttled affirmative action in favor of... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/06/20)

Imported Sri Lankan pepper boosts demand
V Sajeev Kumar  Kochi Courtesy The Hindu Business Line
The availability of imported Sri Lankan pepper in the consuming markets of Delhi and Mumbai seem to have perked up some demand from end-users. Traders in these markets are reported to have covered Sri Lankan produce from Tamil Nadu dealers at ₹300 + GST+ freight and this sale confirms the arrival of more containers in the domestic market and are being traded after the first consignment of 167 tonnes, said Kishore Shamji of Kishor Spices. The RBI and the Customs authorities have to play a major... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/06/20)

Won’t hesitate to replace CB or state bank officials who don’t follow govt. guideline - President.
Courtesy Adaderana
President Gotabaya Rajapaksa says the Government is ready to give its fullest support to the export sector to realize its full potential through correctly identifying and rectifying prevailing grievances and obstacles faced by it. The challenge before the exporters is to show results by expanding the export sector which is at present limited to a range of few items to greater heights aiming the international market, President said. President Rajapaksa made these comments during a meeting with a large number of leading exporters called to apprise them on the current steps taken... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/06/20)

Easter attacks: Was skeptical of warnings, senior cop tells PCoI.
Courtesy Adaderana
The hearing of evidence by the Presidential Commission probing the Eater attacks continued today (11) with the recording of statements from the Senior DIG in charge of the Western Province who stated that he was skeptical rather of the possibility of an attack since no prior information had been circulated of the existence of such a group before. The DIG responsible for the Western Province at the time of Easter attacks Nandana Munasinghe giving evidence before the Presidential Commission revealed that he had received a confidential document from the office of the Inspector General... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/06/20)

ETI has not functioned properly since its inception - The Commission informs the President
Courtesy Hiru News
The inquiring committee appointed to investigate alleged irregularities in the ETI Investments met President Gotabaya Rajapaksa at the Presidential Secretariat today(June 11). The Committee informed the President that the ETI Investments had not followed the proper procedures in their conduct from its inception. It had invested its assets in other institutes and at the same time, it had not been supervised by the Central Bank, the Committee pointed out. President Rajapaksa instructed the Committee to investigate into the irregularities in depth and pay more attention to return people... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/06/20)

One (01) more person confirmed for Covid -19: SL Country total increases to 1,876
Courtesy Hiru News
One (01) more person has tested positive for Covid-19 (new coronavirus) infection. The country total has increased to 1,876 according to the latest information by the Epidemiology unit of the Ministry of Health. Two (02) more persons confirmed for Covid -19: SL Country total increases to 1,875 Two (02) more persons have tested positive for Covid-19 (new coronavirus) infection. The country total has increased to 1,875 according to the latest information by the Epidemiology unit of the Ministry of... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/06/20)

Politicians comments on Mangala's resignation (Video)
Courtesy Hiru News
Opposition and ruling party politicians have expressed their views regarding the resignation of former MP Mangala Samaraweera. https://youtu.be/JjmYuvcgFZE... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/06/20)

30 years since 600 police officers in the Eastern Province were killed (Video)
Courtesy Hiru News
It is 30 years since the LTTE terrorists killed 600 unarmed policemen in the Eastern Province. The commemoration of the death of the police officers was held at the Ranaviru Memorial in front of the Ampara Police Superintendent's office today. https://youtu.be/yAr_4H3JMvc... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/06/20)

Pasindu Hirushan who was injured in an accident at the J'pura University has been discharged from hospital -
Courtesy Hiru News
Pasindu Hirushan who was admitted to hospital with serious head injuries has left the hospital today. Pasindu, a student of the University of Sri Jayewardenepura, was hospitalized for nearly three months after a tire fell on his head. Hospital sources further say that the student's health is good. A series of photographs showing how he was recovering has now surfaced on social media.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/06/20)

What a reception, although it would have been meticulously planned.
Old News
https://youtu.be/FA8MWuCNpEg... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/06/20)

PLEASE ALLOW INNOCENT SRI LANKANS TO BREATHE!
By Rohana R. Wasala
The Sinhala language online lankacnews/June 6, 2020 reported that the controversial Elections Commission member Ratnajeevan Hoole, in an interview with the regional Tamil language DAN TV channel in Jaffna, asked the voters in the north not to vote for the SLPP at the coming general election. The website carried the piece of news with a facsimile of the top part of an English language publication from which it was relaying the item of news; the latter carried Hoole’s picture alongside the headline in big letters, which ran: ‘Do not vote for SLPP…’. Hoole allegedly... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/06/20)

No One Misses You Mangala
Dilrook Kannangara
At long last Mangala Samaraweera has decided to end politics. Assuming it is true, a wise decision, albeit too late. Mangala was a regressive force in Lankan politics contributing nothing much positively. He earned the wrath of the people in whatever ministerial portfolio he held – media, construction, foreign, finance, etc. He played a not so small part in disrupting the war effort by Chandrika and Mahinda regimes. While the army was battling Tamil terrorists under trying conditions in July 1995, his ‘Sudu Nelum Movement’ ridiculed the military while he was a senior... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/06/20)

Secretary-General's letter to staff on the plague of racism
Dr. Sarath OBEYSEKERA 
Secretary-General's letter Dear Colleagues, Following the virtual town hall meeting held on Thursday, 4 June 2020, in New York, I wish to share with you a rough transcript of what I said to the colleagues in New York.  We gathered amidst the COVID-19 pandemic to focus on another urgent challenge – the plague of racism, prompted by a murderous act of police brutality that has led to widespread protests in the United States and, now, cities around the world. The position of the United Nations on racism is crystal... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/06/20)

Dozens protest in Jerusalem against police violence
Courtesy PBS News
JERUSALEM (AP) — Several dozen people protested against police violence in Jerusalem on Tuesday following the deadly shooting of a Palestinian man last month. Police said they arrested six people for blocking the city’s light rail line during the demonstration. Protesters chanted: “A violent cop needs to be in jail,” and held signs with the picture of Eyad Hallaq, the 32-year-old Palestinian with autism who was shot and killed by Israeli police in Jerusalem on May 30. Similar protests were staged in Haifa and Jaffa, the latest in... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/06/20)

Government action in stopping protest by Frontline Socialist Party
Aloysius Hettiarachchi
The world is in the midst of a serious pandemic in which several hundreds of thousands of people have already died. Fortunately for us in this country, we have not been affected badly up to now, but that does not mean that another wave cannot come with a new and dangerous mutation of the virus. Therefore we cannot allow a large number of people to gather at this moment where the country is heading for an important and decisive election is to take place in less than two month’s time. Also fortunately for us, there is... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/06/20)

Sri Lanka reopening in August with minimum stays and Covid-19 tests for tourists.
Courtesy thenational.ae
Travellers will have coronavirus tests at the airport and must stay in the country for at least five nights Sri Lanka will reopen to travellers from Saturday, August 1. The country had closed its borders in a bid to prevent the spread of Covid-19, but will reopen to all nationalities and all types of travellers in August, according to the Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau. In preparation for its reopening, several safety guidelines and precautionary measures are being implemented across the country. These... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/06/20)

Covid-19 cases in Sri Lanka climb to 1,868
Courtesy Adaderana
Five more navy personnel have tested positive for COVID-19 increasing the total number of cases reported in the country to 1,868. The five new cases are navy personnel from Iyakachchi quarantine camp, the Ministry of Health confirmed. Accordingly 09 new cases of Coronavirus have been reported so far today (10). This includes 07 navy personnel, a returnee from Qatar and a returnee from Mumbai. A total of 733 patients infected with the virus are currently under medical care while recoveries has reached 1,122 in Sri Lanka.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/06/20)

Housing for middle and low income families a priority – President
Courtesy Adaderana
President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has instructed the officials of the State Development and Construction Corporation to pay attention to the construction of housing schemes for middle and low income families. The President gave this directive at a meeting to review the progress of the State Development and Construction Corporation held at the Presidential Secretariat today (10). He emphasized the need for State institutes to deviate from routine practices and transform them into profit making entities, the President’s Media Division said.  The President requested the officials to present him with a report... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/06/20)

Sri Lanka’s General Election on August 05
Courtesy Adaderana
Sri Lanka’s parliamentary election, which was postponed twice due to the Covid-19 pandemic, is scheduled to be held on August 05, the Election Commission said. Chairman of the commission Mahinda Deshapriya said that the members of the Election Commission unanimously decided to hold the 2020 General Election on August 05. https://youtu.be/cPHQzSz7Cmo He stated that the relevant gazette notification has been signed and sent to the Government Printer. The Election Commission is comprised of Chairman Mahinda Deshapriya, and members Nalin Abeysekara and Prof. Ratnajeevan Hoole. ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/06/20)

Prof. Hoole is not a fool. HE is a tool. How did the Constitutional Council Appointed a Nigerian Citizen as a member of the Sri Lanka Election Commission?
Dr Sudath Gunasekara Mahanuwara
This controversial man’s full name appears as Samuel Ratnajeevan Herbert Hoole and he is referred to as a Sri Lankan Tamil engineer and academic. He is a member of the election commission of Sri Lanka appointed by the Constitutional Council headed by former Speaker Karu Jayasuriya. According to his Bio data as given in Wikipedia, he was born on September 15, 1952, in Sri Lanka But his nationality is shown as Nigerian. I am surprised as to how a Nigerian national was appointed to the Sri Lanka National Election Commission. Well if... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/06/20)

WITH HIS LATEST LUNACY, TRUMP HAS MOVED INTO NIXON TERRITORY — AND PERHAPS BEYOND.
Jon Schwarz courtesy theintercept.com
IT’S TOUGH TO determine the most bizarre thing President Donald Trump has ever said. But what he tweeted on Tuesday morning is definitely in the running: Donald J. Trump✔

realDonaldTrump Buffalo protester shoved by Police could be an ANTIFA provocateur. 75 year old Martin Gugino was pushed away after appearing to scan police communications in order to black out the equipment.
OANN I watched, he fell harder than was pushed. Was aiming scanner. Could be a set up?149K1:34 PM - Jun 9, 2020Twitter Ads info and privacy205K people are... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 09/06/20)

VEN. ELLAWALA MEDHANANDA Part 6
KAMALIKA PIERIS
REVISED 21.6.20 Medhananda has shown, through his explorations and his writings, that the Eastern Province had a vibrant Buddhist civilization in the ancient and medieval period.  He has also shown that it had special features, such as hillside monastic complexes and a series of ‘Muhudu Maha vihara’. Monastic complexes Medhananda found evidence of huge monastic complexes in the Eastern province. He was one of the first, if not the first, to draw attention to the magnificent monastic complex at Rajagala. Medhananda has gone there and done a thorough exploration.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/06/20)

VEN. ELLAWALA MEDHANANDA Part 7A
KAMALIKA PIERIS
Revised 27.6.20 Ven. Ellawala Medhananda made a special effort to find and record stone inscriptions from the archaeological sites he explored. Medhananda had been very successful in this venture. He says he has found over 500 ‘new’ inscriptions. This can be accepted as Medhananda has been engaged in archaeological explorations for over 35 years. Medhananda is a self taught epigraphist.  He said he learnt epigraphy from Tennekoon Wimalananda’s ‘Sellipi Sangrahaya. As far as I can see, Medhananda’s findings and interpretations have not been dismissed by academics.  His findings were first published in newspapers,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/06/20)

VEN. ELLAWALA MEDHANANDA Part 7B
KAMALIKA PIERIS
Revised . 27.6.20 The inscriptions found by Medhananda have helped to confirm known historical facts and also advance our knowledge of the Sinhala Buddhist civilization of ancient and medieval Sri Lanka.     The inscriptions Medhananda   found refer to a wide range of Sinhala kings. This indicates the extent of Medhananda‘s explorations. Here is a list. Galkiriyagama kande vihara, Vavuniya inscription show that queen of king Uththiya built a Buddhist structure here. King Uththiya reigned in Anuradhapura right after Devanampiyatissa.  Nagapabbata vihara inscription says the vihara developed under Kutakanna Tissa (44-22BC).... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/06/20)

THE ULTIMATE POWER????
ALI SUKHANVER
Pakistan has recently shot down a spy drone of India and India has arrested a spy-pigeon of Pakistan. The owner of the pigeon Habibullah, a Pakistani villager, has warned the Indian authorities to refrain from ‘victimizing innocent birds’. He has urged the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to return his pigeon, currently being held in India on charges of spying. According to the details, Habibullah lives just 4km from the border between India and Pakistan and pigeon-flying is his hobby. He owns a dozen pigeons. All his pigeons wear a ring in a leg and a... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/06/20)

Donald Trump's 'Horrific' Response to the Central Park Five Case
Courtesy NowThis News
https://youtu.be/Paf8MPhSG08 ‘It was horrific then. It’s horrific to hear it now.’ — Ken Burns wants all of us to remember Donald Trump’s extreme response to the Central Park Five case. In US news, Ken Burns sat down with NowThis News to talk about the Central Park 5 case and how Donald Trump reacted to it back in 1989. The Central Park 5 refers to Korey Wise, Antron McCray, Yuse Salaam, Raymond Santana, and Kevin Richardson who were convicted of raping and beating a Central Park... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/06/20)

Doctor involved in Robbing his own training hospital
Dr. Sarath Obeysekera 
We read politicians including paradesheeya sabha members and monks involved in robberies ,  but this is the first time we hear about  a Doctor who is almost a consultant involved in a robbery. There is nothing here to be surprised because most of the doctors who become consultants eventually start robbing poor people when they go on doing private practice. The only difference is that this culprit wanted to rob the total loot for a lifetime in one go! Dr Sarath Obeysekera CEO Walkers Colombo Shipyard Colombo... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/06/20)

Minister demands resignation of EC, alleges Deshapriya protects Prof. Hoole
by Shamindra Ferdinando  Courtesy The Island
National Freedom Front (NFF) leader and Minister Wimal Weerawansa on Monday (8) said that the three-member Election Commission (EC) should take the responsibility for holding up the parliamentary polls as well as the conduct of its member Prof. Ratnajeevan Hoole. The EC comprises Mahinda Deshapriya, Prof. Ratnajeevan Hoole and Nalin Abeysekera PC. Alleging the EC pursued an agenda inimical to Sri Lanka, Minister Weerawansa demanded that the biased EC resigned immediately. The NFF leader said so on ‘Salakuna’-a live interview on ‘Hiru’ conducted by a panel of journalists.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/06/20)

Sri Lanka opens to tourists on August 1, but requires four COVID-19 tests.
Courtesy matador network
SRI LANKA IS planning to welcome tourists back starting on August 1, 2020, but it’s taking this step with a serious safety protocol. Many countries are now requiring a negative COVID-19 test upon arrival, administering them at the airports, but Sri Lanka is requiring four tests. According to Sri Lanka Tourism, the first test must be taken within 72 hours of your departure to Sri Lanka, and the second will be administered at the airport, on arrival, for free. While you’re waiting for the results — it could take up to 24 hours — you must wait... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/06/20)

Coronavirus: One more confirmed case in SL
Courtesy The Daily Mirror
The Epidemiology Unit of the Health Ministry says that one more person has tested positive for the novel coronavirus today (09). The total number of positive coronavirus cases reported in Sri Lanka has now risen to 1,858.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/06/20)

Child birth of the election commission (Video)
Courtesy Hiru News
Various comments made by opposition and ruling party politicians regarding the forthcoming parliamentary election and the Independent Election Commission are given below; https://youtu.be/d6UwFWPzHfA... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/06/20)

Doctor uses a toy pistol to rob 7.9 million in cash from the National Hospital (video)
Courtesy Hiru News
It has been revealed that the doctor had used a toy pistol for the purpose to threaten the cashier of the Colombo National Hospital Accounts Division and had robbed 7.9 million rupees. Police Media Spokesperson SP Jaliya Senaratne stated that he was a doctor attached another hospital and has come to the National Hospital for post graduate training as a specialist doctor. https://youtu.be/lDXmJRXR44M The suspect had arrived at the Shroff Unit of the Bandaranaike building at the National Hospital at around 1.30... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/06/20)

The US official who refused a PCR test at the airport was not a diplomat - Minster Wimal Weerwansa (Video)
Courtesy Hiru News
Minister Wimal Weerawansa revealed today that the US official who arrived in Sri Lanka and refused to be subject to a PCR test was not a diplomat. He was speaking at a press conference held in Colombo. The Minister also expressed his views regarding the conduct of the Election Commission Chairman.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/06/20)

Neomal Ranjith's revelation about Pujitha (Video)
Courtesy Hiru News
Police Inspector Neomal Rangajiva of the Police Field Force Headquarters said that IGP Pujith Jayasundara insisted on mentioning the name of former Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa in connection with the 2012 shooting incident at Welikada Prison. He was presenting evidence before the Presidential Commission appointed to Investigate Political revenge. https://youtu.be/jCcpQCg_aWE... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/06/20)

THE CENTRAL BANK SHOULD TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR FINANCE COMPANIES UNDER ITS ADMINISTRATION
BY EDWARD THEOPHILUS
A recent statement of Mr. Mahinda Rajapaksa, the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka has stated that the responsibility for the failure of the finance company must be taken by the central bank as the company has been under its administration.  I am fully agreed with the statement of the prime minister and would like to analyze why the central bank should take responsibility. Theoretically, the statement of the prime minister is based on the point that the account administration of the finance company and considering the finance regulations introduced in the country. If there were... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/06/20)

VEN. RAMBUKWELLE SIDDHARTHA
KAMALIKA PIERIS
Revised 7.6.20 Ven. Rambukwelle Siddhartha has played a significant role in the preservation of indigenous culture in Sri Lanka. But his contribution has not been recognized and not much is known about him. I searched the literature for references to Ven. Siddhartha, and also asked a friend in Kandy, to find out something about Ven. Siddhartha. My friend, who has a distant kinship connection to this family, had gone to Rambukwelle temple, situated in the old Teldeniya area. She was shown the grave of Ven. Siddhartha containing his ashes and giving his... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/06/20)

මුස්ලිම් වෙළෙන්ඳන්, ශාරියා/ඉකුවාන් මිණීමරුවන් කරගැනීම - 2
චන්ද්‍රසිරි විජයවික්‍රම, LL.B.,Ph.D.
මැකියාවේලි ශාස්ත්‍රය අනුගමනය කල මුවර් නායකයින් ලෝනා ශ්‍රීමතී දේවරාජා විසින් 1994 දී ලියූ මුස්ලිම් ශාන්ත-දාන්ත තීන්ත කූඩු පිළිඹඳ සාම-සමාදාන පොතේ කතාව සසැඳිය යුත්තේ, ඊට පෙර 1987 දී වසුන්‌ධරා මෝහන් විසින් කල අචාර්ය උපාධි නිබන්ධනයේ පෙන්වන කරුණු සමඟය. <අයිඩන්ටිටි ක්‍රයිසිස් ඔෆ් ශ්‍රී ලංකා මුස්ලිම්> යන මෙය ඉන්දියාවේ රාජස්ථාන් සරසවියේදී කරණ ලද්දකි. මෙම පර්යේෂණයේදී ඇය විසින් සහිරා විද්‍යාලයේ විදුහල්පති, කතානායක/ගමනා ගමන ඇමති එම්. එච්.මොහමඩ්, සර් රෂීක් ෆරීඩ්, අධ්‍යාපන ඇමතිව සිටි බදිුද්දීන් මොහමඩ්, කතානායකව සිටි බකීර් මාකර් යන අය හා සාකච්චා කර තිබීම වැදගත් වන්නේ, ඇය ලියන අදහස් මේ අයගේ අදහස් මත පදනම් වී තිබිය යුතු... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/06/20)

President instructs heads of govt institutions not to involve in politics during election.The PRESIDENT has just forgotten one major thing.
By Noor Nizam - Peace and Political Activist, Political Communication Researcher, SLFP/SLPP Stalwart and Convener - "The Muslim Voice" - 8th., June, 2020.
The above news item that appreared in the: http://www.adaderana.lk/news/64500/president-instructs-heads-of-govt-institutions-not-to-involve-in-politics-during-election dated June 8th., 2020, can be the most welcome "INSTRUCTIONS" given by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa since January 2020 todate. Being involved in the grass-root election campaigning since 1969 till recently, engaged with the political party of my choice, the SLFP and its Alliances, I have real life experience how heads of government institutions get involved and influence the decission making of the voters in the use of their... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/06/20)

A virtuous, disciplined lawful society – the need of the hour
By : A.A.M.NIZAM - MATARA.
People of Sri Lanka experienced the worst period of its existence economically, socially, morally, and culturally from 2015 to end of 2019 under the Sirisena/Ranil/TNA/JVP (SRTJ) government in which parliament had no decorum with the worst ever Speaker presiding over it and this shameless utterly bias dude even allowing government members to bring in knives to parliament and threaten to kill the opposition members. Law and order situation was abysmal, drugs and narcotics were freely available with children prone to drug addiction, underground kingpins and contract killers reigned everywhere with... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/06/20)

‘මැලේරියාව’-1
ආචාර්ය කොඩිසිංහ හේරත්.
කොරෝනාවෙන් ආරක්ෂාවෙන්න නිවාස අඩස්සියෙ හිටපු කාලෙ පරණ පොත් ගොඩක තිබිලා හම්බවුන පොත් පිංචක් 'මැලේරියාව ', මේක මගේ මතකය ඈත අතීතයට ගෙනි යන්න සමත්වුණා. අද වෙනකොට සිරි-ලංකාව මැලේරියාවෙන් නිදහස් වුනත් එදා මේ රෝගය මේ රටට විශාල තර්ජන්යක් වගේම විශාල බරක්වෙලා තිබුනා. එයින් රටේ ජනතාව බේරාගැනීම සදහා සිය -රට වෙනුවෙන් තම සේවා කාලය කැපකළ දහසකුත් මැලේරියා මර්ධන රාජ්ය සේවකයින් අතර මමද එක්කෙනෙක් වූවෙමි . කෙනෙකුට අහන්න පුළුවන් ඔබ කරපු ඒ සේවයට එදා පඩියක් ලැබුවා, තවත් මොනවද කථාකරන්න තියෙන්නෙ? මේ වගේම පහු ගිය දවසක 'රණවිරුවන්' ගැන රටේ කතිකාවක් ගොඩනැගෙන දවසක එක්තරා දේශපාලන කණ්ඩායමක නායකයෙක් කියල තිබුණා... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/06/20)

Violence and Carnage in SL in the last 50 years
Chuls Rajapakse MNZM
The outstanding violence that Sri Lanka experienced in the last fifty years are: 1. The thirty-year terrorism of LTTE of a Tamil group supported by a national and international diaspora consisting of Tamil people supported by significant contributions from Christian & Catholic clergy. 2 The Easter Sunday carnage caused by a militant Muslim group supported by National and International diaspora. Buddhist organizations had no hand in any of this carnage As Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith has repeatedly acknowledged it is the Magnanimity and Tolerance of Sri Lanka’s 2500... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/06/20)

China suspends debt repayment for 77 developing countries
Courtesy Adaderana
BEIJING: China has suspended debt repayment for 77 developing countries as part of its efforts to help underprivileged nations in the fight against Covid-19. However, it did not reveal the nations that would be benefitting from this move. Chinese Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ma Zhaoxu, made the announcement at a press conference where the country also issued a white paper on its war against the coronavirus. The white paper, titled "Fighting Covid-19: China in Action", was issued by the nation's State Council Information Office on Sunday... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/06/20)

The UN Needlessly Bulls Eyes Sri Lanka: Unsubstantiated Accusations
By Shivanthi Ranasinghe Courtesy Ceylon Today
At the recently concluded Ranawiru Day commemoration, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa vowed "not to allow anyone to exert undue pressure and harass our war heroes who have sacrificed so much for the country" to return to the status of peace and tranquility to the people and our country.  He then expanded, "If any international body or organisation continuously targets our country and our war heroes, using baseless allegations, I will also not hesitate to withdraw Sri Lanka from such bodies or organisations". Continuous target  Ironically, independent onlookers... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/06/20)

Behavior of some EC officers is debatable - Rohana Lakshman
Courtesy Adaderana
In a backdrop where the COVID-19 outbreak has been controlled and a suitable environment for holding the election has been facilitated, the behavior of certain officials of the Election Commission is controversial, says Prof. Rohana Lakshman Piyadasa. The former General Secretary of Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) mentioned this during a press conference held in Kandy yesterday (07). Prof. Piyadasa says that the opinions of certain members of the Elections Commission are debatable. Some say that these have somehow led to a delay of the elections, he added. Further speaking,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/06/20)

More cases bring coronavirus count to 1,857
Courtesy Adaderana
Eight individuals have tested positive for the novel coronavirus hiking the count of infections in the country to 1,857 cases. With 18 more persons also being confirmed to have contracted the virus, a total of 26 COVID-19 positive patients have been reported within the day so far. This brings the total number of Covid-19 infected patients currently under medical care to 856. Meanwhile, the number of recoveries in Sri Lanka has risen to 990 with 49 patients being discharged from their respective hospitals today. The death toll due... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/06/20)

Burying COVID-19 victims adversely affects environment, geology expert tells court
Courtesy Adaderana
An expert in geology produced a report to the Supreme Court that the burial of persons deceased from COVID-19 infection may cause adverse effects in the environment. Previously, 12 individuals, including the son of a COVID-19 victim, filed a Fundamental Rights petition claiming that the cremation of persons deceased from the virus is a violation of their fundamental rights. The petition was heard before the Supreme Court Justices Sisira de Abrew and Yasantha Kodagoda today (08). Representing Professor Meththika Vithanage, President’s Counsel Sanjeewa Jayawardena submitted a report compiled by the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/06/20)

Election date to be announced within the week
Courtesy Adaderana
The date for holding the General Election will be declared within this week, stated the Elections Commission a short while ago. The Elections Commission is currently holding a press conference regarding the General Election 2020, in Colombo. https://youtu.be/iH_ZDEyKA0Q Earlier today (08), the members of the Elections Commission convened to decide on the date to hold the upcoming general election. Speaking at the press conference, Chairman of the Commission Mahinda Deshapriya further said that the gazette pertaining to the preferential numbers will be issued tomorrow (09). ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/06/20)

Illegal fishing business was conducted by a private secretary of former Minister Rajitha Senaratne - Nissanka Senadhipathi
Courtesy Hiru News
Chairman of the Avant Garde Company, Nissanka Senadhipathi states that the main reason for the loss of GSP plus for Sri Lanka is the illegal fishing business conducted by a private secretary of former Minister Rajitha Senaratne. https://youtu.be/PnExhvITXzM This was while he was giving evidence before the Presidential Commission of Inquiry to investigate incidents of political revenge Meanwhile, former Prisons Commissioner Emil Ranjan Lamahewa had also been summoned to give evidence before the commission.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/06/20)

Return of Dayan Jayatilleka:Reincarnation of Varadraja Perumal’s defunct Cabinet Minister
H. L. D. Mahindapala
The Twentieth century, it is safe to say, has made all of us into deep historical pessimists – The End of History and the Last man – Francis Fukuyama One of the primary tasks of a creative and path-breaking political scientist is to demystify and demythologise the hidden past to raise the consciousness of a shared / common political domain to progress into a better and a new world, leaving the misery of the failed past. To achieve this objective, they must be blessed with a holistically integrated intellect with a critical... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/06/20)

Questions for the LTTE “War Hero” film star Doctor Varatharajah
Dr. Varanthaja was one of the 5 doctors who was in the war zone till the final stages that ended in May 2009. The country has no issues in him seeking asylum and living in the US since 2011. With LTTE terrorist arm disseminated everyone wanted to get on with their lives after living 30 years in fear. This was a feeling applicable to all communities. However, we did not and do not expect the LTTE business arm to take over and make a living lying. This is why as citizens we have every right to question Dr. Varatharaja who... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 08/06/20)

It’s not just Cambridge University – all of Britain benefited from slavery
Myriam François Courtesy Guardian
As Cambridge investigates its past, it’s time we acknowledged that slavery embedded a racial privilege that exists to this day  ‘Oxbridge institutions are not alone in owing a tremendous debt to slaves.’ The Bridge of Sighs at St John’s College in Cambridge. Photograph: Suzanne Plunkett/Reuters Cambridge University has announced that it will finally – just two centuries after the abolition of slavery and about 80 years after the end of the British empire – conduct an “in-depth academic study into ways in which it contributed to, benefited from or challenged the Atlantic... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/06/20)

President Sirisena's revelations regarding 22,000 signatures and advisors of past and present presidents
Aloysius Hettiarachchi
On the 4th of June  former president made a startling revelations to say that he had to personally sign 22,000 documents within  a couple of days or so for the extradition of Arjun Mahandran from Singapore. He has been convinced again to say that he cannot be brought to Sri Lanka to face charges because he is now an Alexander and not a Mahendran. This is amazing given the fact that all those around him were very experienced civil servants and top lawyers. I think the Attorney General at that time was the current one. Did... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/06/20)

The people’s voice against the brutal murder of George Floyd clearly shows that the Blacks in United States are a great deal ahead in Equality before the law…!
Aruna Laksiri Unawatuna (Attorney-at-Law)
The ruling power of the British Crown in the United States was brought to an end when the Declaration of Independence was pronounced in 1776 with the American Revolutionary War (1775-1783). It was recognized as a free state by the Treaty of Paris in 1783. The racial laws for the weak and the powerful which were separately introduced by the British for the countries that they governed; South Africa, India, Sri Lanka and also United States including other countries as colonies. Unlike the other British colonial countries,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/06/20)

HOOLE'S BULL
RANJITH SOYSA
It is reported that Ratnajeevan Hoole, the commissioner of the Elections Commission has told a TV station that Sri Lanka Podu Jana Peramuna ( SLPP) had been criticizing him and is against democracy and therefore the people should not vote for the party. The members of the independent Election commission are considered as public servants under section 9 of the terms of reference of the Elections Commission as specified in Amendment 17 of the Constitution. As such Hoole's action contravenes the law and the expectations of a member of an independent commission.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/06/20)

Does the races power still have a place in the Australian constitution?
By Jane Lee for The History Listen Courtesy ABC Radio National
The future of the races power has been discussed in talks about how Indigenous people should be included in the constitution.(Getty: Tracey Nearmy) Share Two retired judges say a section of the constitution which allows federal laws to be made for a particular race of people should be changed, because it is a relic of Australia's past and is potentially dangerous. The races power, in section 51(xxvi) of the constitution, gives parliament the power to make laws for "the people... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/06/20)

Black and White.
Dr Sarath Obeysekera
White-skinned invaders came to Africa and Asia and made colonies settle down. Most of them not only scraped the national wealth and sent it to their counties some of them settled down in these countries and started living with local women leading to children becoming lighter in skin colour. In South Africa and in few other countries including Asia  the population gradually became light-skinned Some of the light-skinned people in Asia were the decedents   of Light-skinned Arabs who migrated via Hambantota ( we call them Hambayas)  and yet some remained... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/06/20)

Sri Lanka’s Covid-19 cases tally hikes to 1,835
Courtesy Adaderana
Sri Lanka has detected 14 more positive cases of COVID-19 as of 10.30 pm today (07), says the Ministry of Health. Thereby, the number of confirmed coronavirus infections hiked to 1,835. The Department of Government Information says a total of 21 infections were detected so far within the day – 02 returnees from London undergoing the quarantine procedure, another two from Qatar at Ampara quarantine centre (QC), 01 from Bangladesh at Rantambe QC and 16 from Kuwait (04 at Trincomalee QC and 12 at Minneriya QC). Earlier today, the country’s... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/06/20)

Credibility of the “War Witnesses”: Which version of Dr. Varatharaja do we believe now?
It is just as well that Dr. Varatharaja has taken to films. He certainly deserves the award for Best Actor. From reading of a script called Hippocratic Oath to serve humanity and practice profession as a doctor with conscience and dignity, he is now reading different scripts and writing memoirs, films and going round the world talking human rights too. He was one of the 5 doctors in the war zone controversially involved in giving one set of information to the Govt that paid him and an opposite version to the foreign media and international organizations based on which he... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 07/06/20)

Fake News!! ‘Poverty Ends with the Introduction of Technology with Western Laws and Western Designs’
By Senior Lawyer
It was  heartening to see the Deputy Survey General’s advice  given in the Daily Mirror. He says  the new law  is  that “Originals will be of no value,  but I  strongly recommend the owners to retain the original deeds, extracts and the certified copies of their deeds,”  http://www.dailymirror.lk/breaking_news/District-Bim-Saviya-offices-asked-to-report-issues-to-main-office/108-189216 Deeds - should we get rid of them? This is   crucial  advice  to all land owners and lawyers ,  as the owners need  documents to establish their rights in a court of law. The  law of foreign origin applicable to the e... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/06/20)

Modern-day “Eight-Nation Alliance” reflects West’s anxiety about China’s rise
By Li Qingqing Source:Global Times 
US Republican Senator Marco Rubio File Photo: VCG US Senator Marco Rubio, known for his extreme anti-China stance, announced the launch of the so-called Inter-Parliamentary Alliance on China (IPAC), a new coalition comprised of some 20 anti-China legislators from different countries to counter the "global challenge" by China's rise on the world stage.  Are they trying to form a new "Eight-Nation Alliance"? Rubio and the other lawmakers need to realize that this is not the year 1900 anymore. China is definitely not the country it was... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/06/20)

තොන්ඩා ගියා බණ්ඩලාගේ කල දසාව කුමක් වේවිද?
මතුගම සෙනෙවිරුවන්
           මහනුවර යුගයේ මෙන්ම කෝට්ටේ යුගයේ රදළයන්  බණ්ඩාර නාමය භාවිත කළ හෙයින් ලක තුළ බණ්ඩාරවලියක් ඇති වී යයි කියති. ඉංග්‍රීසීන්ට රට භාර දුන් පසු කාලයේ දී උඩරට බණ්ඩාරලා බණ්ඩා බවට පත් වී කොළඹ කුරුඳුවත්තේ බංගලාවල වැඩට පැමිණියහ.බන්ඩලා මෙන්ම මැණීකේලාද මෙලෙස කොළඹ බංගලාවල මෙන්ම සුද්දන්ගේ වතු බංගලාවලද සේවයට යෑමට සිදු වූයේ උඩරට ඔවුන්ගේ ඉඩම් වතු සමාගම් වලට යටවී සිදුවුණු නස්පැත්තිය හේතු කොට ගෙනයි.බණ්ඩලාට උපන් බිම අහිමි වුවද බණ්ඩාරනායකලාට  රටේ ඉහළ තැනක් හිමි වූයේ ගමේ බණ්ඩාගෙන් වෙන්වී ආගම් මාරු කොට තානාන්තර රැගෙන කවුන්සලයට යෑමට කෙටි පාරවල් සොයා ගත් බැවිනි.කෙසේ වෙතත් ගමේ බණ්ඩලාගේ ඉඩම් දකුණු ඉන්දියාවෙන් ගෙනා දෙමළ වතු... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/06/20)

Senaka Weeraratna is the Dharmaraja of cricket and the father of DRS
by Varsha Thakur   (ETV Colombo) Courtesy ETV
Cricket is also known as the Gentleman's Game. This British game is very popular not only in Britain but also in India and all over South Asia. Umpiring decisions in Cricket have been controversial particularly blatant errors due to their impact in producing a distorted result of the game. There have been a number of efforts to improve the Umpire decision making process from time to time. Finally, the solution to this problem was found by the ICC via the Umpire Decision Review System (UDRS or DRS), which is... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/06/20)

Four more COVID-19 cases, total moves to 1,814
Courtesy Adaderana
Four more persons have contracted the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, the Ministry of Health confirmed a short while ago. Three individuals who had recently returned from Russia and a Sri Lanka Navy personnel have tested positive for the virus, according to the Ministry. Accordingly, 13 cases of infection have been reported from Sri Lanka within the day so far. Previously today (06), 08 Navymen and a Kuwait returnee undergoing quarantine were reported to have been infected with the virus. The latest cases bring the total count of coronavirus infection in the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/06/20)

WHO changes stance on wearing masks in public areas
Courtesy Adaderana
The World Health Organization (WHO) has changed its advice on face masks, saying they should be worn in public where social distancing is not possible to help stop the spread of coronavirus. The global body said new information showed they could provide “a barrier for potentially infectious droplets”. Some countries already recommend or mandate face coverings in public. The WHO had previously argued there was not enough evidence to say that healthy people should wear masks. However, WHO director-general Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Friday that “in... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/06/20)

WHAT IF ELECTIONS COMMISSION DELAY ELECTIONS FOR FURTHER TWO YEARS?
By M D P DISSANAYAKE
Those who represent the symbol of old Telephone or Jathika Samagi Balawegaya  petitioned to the Supreme Court with its legal position that “ the Consolidated Fund and Other State Controlled Funds  which are under the direct control  and supervision of the Parliament cannot be activated at a time when there is no functioning Parliament”. The Learned Judges rejected the  strongest arguments by the Petitioners  and refused to  take it  up for further consideration. (Man with a Mission and Vision) This decision has now provided an excellent... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/06/20)

‘US official acted against Vienna Convention on Consular Relations’ Refusal to undergo PCR test:
Tamara Kunanayakam Courtesy The Island
Diplomatic immunity did not allow a diplomat to violate the laws and regulations of the receiving state, former Sri Lanka Ambassador in Geneva, Tamara Kunanayakam, said yesterday. A US diplomat, attached to its Colombo Embassy, was allowed to enter the country, though he refused to take a PCR test. Deputy Chairman of Airport and Aviation Services Limited Rajiv Suriyarachchi said that the official was released as he had invoked diplomatic privileges.  The US official had arrived in the country around 1.30 am Wednesday, in a Qatar... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/06/20)

An Open Letter to HE the President of Sri Lanka on the Ill-bred Conduct of an American Diplomat
Issued by The Sri Lanka Study Circle
We, the members of the Sri Lanka Study Circle in the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, a founding member of the Non-Aligned Movement, were shocked to learn from a reputed local television channel that on 04 June 2020, an American diplomat, brushing aside officers performing their duties, had forcibly and illegally entered our country, refusing to submit himself to the WHO approved PCR (Polymerase chain reaction) test for COVID 19. The incident had taken place at the International Airport in Katunayake. We, as citizens of this country, condemn... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/06/20)

මැතිවරණය හැකිනම් තව වසර දෙකකට කල් දාන්න!
ඇම්  ඩී පී  දිසානායක විසිනි
පැරණි ටැලිපෝනය හෙවත් ජනතා සමගි බලවේගය ශේ‍ර්ඨාදිකරනයේන් අයදුම් කල එක් පෙත්සමකින් ඉල්ලා සිටියේ “පාර්ලිමේන්තුවක් යටතේ ක්‍රියාත්මක වන රාජ්‍ය ගිණුම්, එය නොමැති අවස්ථාවක දී ක්‍රියාත්මක කළ නොහැකි බව ය”. එම බලගතු  ඉල්ලීම රැගත් පෙත්සම අධිකරණය  විසින් ඉවත දමා ඇත.  රටේ ඉදිරි සංවර්ධන කටයුතු සඳහා දැනට පවත්නා අණපනත් අනුව මෙම කාලය තුලදි පාර්ලිමේන්තුවේ මොරගෑමකින් බාධාවකින් තොරව ජනාධිපතිගේ අභිමතය පරිදි ආයෝජන  කටයුතු කිරීමට විධායක බලය මෙමඟින් තහවුරු කර ඇත. (දුර දැක්මේ සංකේථය) උතුර හා නැභෙනහිර ආංඩුකාර චාල්ස් සහ අනුරාධා යහම්පත් මැතිනියන් නව කර්මාන්ත සහ අතහැර දමා තිබු රාජ‍්‍ය... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/06/20)

The Valachena Paper Factory and Paper Making as an industry
By Garvin Karunaratne
It is heartening to note that action is being taken to resurrect the Valachenai Paper Factory. I have had the occasion to see the paper being made when I had used their Circuit Bungalow on my circuits in the Sixties. In fact on my visit to Batticaloa in 2019 I drove up to the gates  that were closed, gazed at the ruins of the great industrial complex imagining what a loss it was. The Government needs to be congradulated on its success. In its hey days it was lorryloads of straw from... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/06/20)

නීතිය ඉදිරියේ සමානාත්මතාවය අයදීමේ දී එක්සත් ජනපදයේ කලු ජාතිකයන් බොහෝ ඉදිරියෙන් බව ජෝර්ජ් ෆ්ලොයිඩ් කෲර ඝාතනයට එරෙහි ‘ජනතා හඩ’ සාක්ෂි දරයි…!
නීතිඥ අරුණ ලක්සිරි උණවටුන
The people’s voice against the brutal slaughter of George Floyd clearly shows that the Blacks in United States are a great deal ahead in Equality before the law…! නිදහස් ප්‍රකාශය (Declaration of independence - 1776) නිකුත් කරමින් එක්සත් ජනපදය අමරිකානු විප්ලවීය යුද්ධයෙන් (1775-1783) බ්‍රිතාන්‍ය කිරීටයේ අධිකාරය අවසන් කරන ලදී. 1783 පැරිස් ප්‍රඥප්තිය මගින් එය නිදහස් රාජ්‍යයක් ලෙස පිළින්නා ලදි. දකුණු අප්‍රිකාව, ඉංදියාව, ශ්‍රී ලංකාව මෙන්ම එක්සත් ජනපදයද ඇතුළු තවත් රටවල් බ්‍රිතාන්‍යය යටත් විජිතව පැවති අතර ඒ නිසාම බ්‍රිතාන්‍යයන් විසින් හදුන්වාදුන් බලවතුන් සහ දුබලයන් සදහා වෙන් වූ වර්ගවාදී නීති වලින් ඒ රටවල් පාලනය කෙරිණි.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/06/20)

ලංකාවේ මුස්ලිම් වෙළෙන්ඳන් අරාබි ශාරියා මිණීමරුවන් කිරීම
චන්ද්‍රසිරි විජයවික්‍රම, LL.B., Ph.D.
හැඳින්‌වීම <සිංහල පක්‍ෂ දේශපාලකයින් කිරි පෙවූ ලංකාවේ ඉස්ලාම් ව්‍යාප්තවාදය>, යන ලිපිය මීට පෙර ලිවීමට හේතුව වූයේ, සජිත් ප්‍රේමදාස විසින්, කොරෝනාවට සැඟවී, මුස්ලිම් ජනයාට සිදුවනවා යයි කියන හිරිහැර ගැන, හුදෙක් මුස්ලිම් චන්ද පෙරේතකම නිසාම, ඉංගිරිසියෙන් ලියූ මුහුණු පොත් සටහන් දෙකය. මොහු වැන්නන්ගේ නොසන්ඩාල ක්‍රියාකලාපය ඓතිහාසික වශයෙන් විමසා බැලිය යුතුයයි සිතෙන්නේ ජනාධිපති ගෝඨාභයට, මේ කළු සුද්දන්, ඩොනමෝර්/ඕල්කොට් බෞද්‌ධයින් නොහොත් ඇල්ලේ ගුණවංශ හාමුදුරුවන් විසින් ඕ මයි ගෝඩ් බෞද්‌ධයින් වශයෙන් හඳුන්වන, මේ යුද්‌ධය නම් කවදාවත් දිණන්න බෑ කියූ පිරිසට හා පක්‍ෂ දේශපාලකයින්ට ගොදුරු නොවී සිටීමේ විභව ශක්තියක් තිබෙන නිසාය. නොබෝදා හිරගෙදර ලොක්කන්ගේ රෙදි ගලවමින් ඔහු දුන්... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/06/20)

ඉතාලියේ උත්තරීතර කවියා වූ ඩන්ටේ අලිගියරි.
වෛද්‍ය රුවන් එම් ජයතුංග 
පුනරුදයේ පුරෝගාමියෙකු වූ ඩන්ටේ අලිගියරි උපත ලැබුවේ 1265 දී ෆ්ලොරන්ස් ජනරජයේ ෆ්ලෝරන්ස්හි ය. ඔහු මධ්‍යතන යුගයේ ඉතාලි කවියෙකු හා දාර්ශනිකයෙකු විය. ඩන්ටේ මධ්‍යකාලීන ලෝකයේ ප්‍රසිද්ධ විශ්ව විද්‍යාලයක් වන බොලොග්නා විශ්ව විද්‍යාලයේ අධ්‍යාපනය ලැබීය.   ඩන්ටේ , පෙට්‍රාර්ච් සහ ජියෝවානි බොකාසියෝ 'ඉතාලි සාහිත්‍යයේ ඔටුනු තුන' ලෙස ජනප්‍රියව හඳුන්වනු ලැබේ. පුනරුදයේ  (Renaissance- පුනරුදය යුරෝපීය ඉතිහාසයේ මධ්‍යතන යුගයේ සිට නූතනත්වයට මාරුවීම හා 15 සහ 16 වන සියවස් ආවරණය වන කාල පරිච්ඡේදයකි ) සිට බටහිර ශිෂ්ටාචාරයේ පදනම ලෙස රෝමානු-සම්භාව්‍ය ශිෂ්ටාචාරයේ අඛණ්ඩ පැවැත්මක් ලෙස  ඩන්ටේ  නිරූපණය වේ.  ඩන්ටේ  ලිබරල්, ‘ප්‍රගතිශීලී’ සහ ‘ජාත්‍යන්තරවාදියෙකු’ ලෙස අද දිනයේ සැලකේ. ඔහු ‘ලෝක රාජ්‍යයක්’, ලෝක රාජාණ්ඩුවක්, ‘මනුෂ්‍යත්වයේ’... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/06/20)

Sri Lankan cafe owner feeds and shelters stranded tourists
Courtesy Hindustan Times
Ratnayake, a cafe owner in Ella, a former colonial hill station in Sri Lankan tea country, organized free food and shelter for dozens of stranded tourists. COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — The tourists came to see the magical waterfalls and mountain views of the lowland jungle and rainforest. But then the pandemic hit, and they were stranded in Sri Lanka. When flights were canceled and the airports shut down, Darshana Ratnayake came to the rescue. Ratnayake, a cafe owner in Ella, a former colonial hill station... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/06/20)

One more COVID-19 case detected; Total count reaches 1,801
Courtesy Adaderana
Confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Sri Lanka have moved up to 1,801 as another person tested positive for the virus today (05). Accordingly, four infections have been detected so far within the day – two naval personnel under quarantine and two returnees from Bangladesh at the Rantambe quarantine centre. Earlier today (05), a total of 19 coronavirus patients, who had recovered from the disease completely, were discharged from the IDH, Homagama Base Hospital and Minuwangoda Base Hospital. With this, the country’s recoveries tally escalated to 858. Accordingly, 932 patients infected... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/06/20)

Diplomatic staff entering SL mandated to submit PCR test reports
Courtesy Adaderana
Diplomatic staff and their family members entering Sri Lanka must submit PCR test reports obtained within 72 hours prior to their departure from respective countries, says the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. If they fail to provide PCR test reports, a mandatory PCR test will be carried out at the Bandaranaike International Airport, Katunayake. The Foreign Ministry stated this in a statement issued today (05) on the revised instructions issued by the Presidential Secretariat on the PCR testing and quarantine procedures for the members of diplomatic corps based or attached in Colombo when... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/06/20)

Friday Freaks farcical fear-mongering
H. L. D. Mahindapala
In these critical times it is necessary to scrutinise the public statements of our academics / intellectuals to understand the hidden political agenda they push in the guise of objective analysis for public guidance. Take, for instance, the case of two ex-Vice Chancellors, Prof. Savitri Goonesekere and Prof. Arjuna Aluvihare of the Friday Forum. In their latest outburst they raise a leading question that can evoke only hysterical laughter: “So why is there demonisation of the old and the faith in the new?” This is, indeed, an astounding question, coming as it... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/06/20)

LET THE POSON FULL MOON DISPEL THE GLOOM!
By Rohana R. Wasala
Let the Poson full moon dispel the gloom! May peace, health, and content in the land bloom! The first three months of the lunar calendar of the Sinhalese: Bak, Vesak, and Poson (roughly corresponding to the months of April, May and June in the Gregorian calendar which is in common use today) are each marked by one of their three most important annual celebrations. The month of Bak has the Sinhala Aluth Avurudda, an age-old harvest festival organized  according to traditional astrological beliefs based on the idea of the sun... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/06/20)

COVID 19 AND THE REALITY OF THE BUDDHA’S TEACHING
Palitha Mapatuna
What is evident today in the face of Covid 19 is the sense of sheer helplessness even among those who may presume to be powerful. To a discerning individual, this situation can bring into focus the essence of the teaching of the Buddha, namely the universal characteristics of existence. The universal characteristics consist of the following relationships: impermanence  suffering in impermanence, and not-self in suffering. The following is a brief discussion of these characteristics. Impermanence Existence is a series of... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/06/20)

Sri Lanka Set to Reopen to Tourists in August
Courtesy nitravelnews.com
Sri Lanka hopes to reopen to tourists in August, subject to new measures to guard against new coronavirus cases. The country plans to open to small groups, staying in approved accommodation that meets strict Covid health and safety guidelines.Kimali Fernando, Chair of Sri Lanka’s Tourism Promotion Bureau confirmed visitors would be required to provide a Covid-free certificate or test result before travelling. Entrants will also have to submit to temperature checks and additional “rapid” coronavirus testing on arrival. Tourists would be required to hold a booking with a Sri Lanka Tourism Development... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/06/20)

‘The Finance’ depositors to receive compensation up to Rs. 600,000
Courtesy Adaderana
The government has decided to pay compensation up to Rs. 600,000 to all insured depositors of The Finance Company PLC (TFC) which is to be liquidated. Cabinet Spokesperson Minister Bandula Gunawardena stated this during the media briefing to announce Cabinet decisions today (04). This will solve the issue of 93% of the TFC depositors, Minister Gunawardena said, noting that there is a 7% of depositors who had made deposits more than Rs. 600,000. Accordingly, the balance amount of these depositors will be settled after the properties of the TFC are liquidated. ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/06/20)

Seven more Covid-19 cases brings total to 1,797
Courtesy Adaderana
Seven new cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed in Sri Lanka bringing the total number of cases reported in the country to 1,797. This brings the number of new cases reported within today to 48. The new Covid-19 cases identified today include 42 naval personnel from Kandakadu (32), Oluvil (03), Mihinthale (01) and Iyakachchi (05) quarantine centres. The other six includes 03 returnees from India who are at the Katukeliyawa quarantine centre, 02 returnees from Bangladesh who are at Diyatalawa and Wadduwa quarantine centres and also a returnee from Dubai... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/06/20)

Easter Sunday Attack inquiry update - Zion church attacker had taken the bomb from Colombo in a bus, photos released by the commission, today
Courtesy Hiru News
Mohammed Azad - Zion church bomber travlled by bus with the bomb<br /></strong>It has been revealed that Mohammed Azad, who had bombed the Zion Church in Batticaloa, had travelled from Colombo to Batticaloa carrying the bomb in a public passenger transport bus. This was revealed when an official of the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) investigating the Easter attack gave evidence before the Presidential Commission appointed to probe in to the Easter Sunday attack.<br /><br /><strong>Series of photographs that have not yet been released to the media regarding the explosions released... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/06/20)

Elections Commissioner answers questions of voters regarding election (Video).
Courtesy Hiru News
When will the general election be held? How to conduct elections according to health guidelines? The Hiru news team spoke to the Chairman of the Election Commission, Mahinda Deshapriya regarding these issues surfaced by the voters with regard to the election. https://youtu.be/ikolSnPSF7s... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/06/20)

The land grabbing even during curfew (Video)
Courtesy Hiru News
Hiru CIA have been exposing the illegal land acquisition at Devanagala sacred area in the past few days. In spite of these revelations, and the island wide curfew in place Hiru CIA witnessed how the land invaders are working which was captured in our cameras. Subsequent to the Hiru CIA revelation about Devanagala land robbery, the Commissioner of Buddhist Affairs looked into the matter. https://youtu.be/TbIaN2trP30 Hiru CIA have exposed on several occasions the land robbery that has been... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/06/20)

Tears of Blood.
Asoka Weerasinghe 2 June 2020
(for Lowell, Nirmal and Chem) Just now a cloud of screaming black ravensflew over Minneapolis, perched on the leafless trellisof branchesof trees at the PowderhornCommunity and shed tears of bloodfrom their paining red eyesand I sighedO my brother GeorgeO my peopleIt was no more a faceless horrorthat got youit was a knee of a white-manin a khaki uniform who forced pressureon your neck“PleasePlease I can’t breatheMamaMamaI can't breathe.” It is this irrational white-terror“O my GodI can’t breathedon’t kill me officer,Come on manI cannot breathe.”And the clock keeps ticking’every minute,it is... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/06/20)

VEN. ELLAWALA MEDHANANDA Part 5
KAMALIKA PIERIS
Revised 22.6.20 Medhananda told his biographer that he had thought, when listening to lectures at Vidyodaya, as a student, that it would-be good to investigate some of the things   mentioned in the Mahavamsa. He had joined a Vidyodaya archaeological trip to look at Neelagiri seya. Ven.  Handupelpola Punnaratana, who was teaching at Vidyodaya, had drawn attention to this seya. It was this exploration under the leadership of Gunapala Senadheera that inspired me to do my own archaeological work, said Medhananda. When Vidyodaya launched its own journal, in 1960, Medhananda had contributed... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/06/20)

DEATH PENALTY FOR EASTER BOMB ATTACKERS MUST BE MANDATORY
By M D P DISSANAYAKE
The revelations from the newly structured Presidential Commission appointed by the President Gotabaya Rajapakse, are now in the public domain. None of these revelations were brought to light during previous Presidential Commission or the Parliamentary Select Committee.  STRUCTURE BUILT BY “YAHAPALANA GANG” TO COVER UP: 1, AT POLICE LEVEL: The evidence produced by new and old witnesses  gives a clear indication that some of them have been suppressed from coming before either the previous Presidential Commission or Parliamentary Select Committee. 2. AT PARLIAMENTARY SELECT... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/06/20)

තැපැල් ඡන්දය පහසුකම සදහා ලියාපදිංචිය 2020 මහා මැතිවරණය
රජිත් කීර්ති තෙන්නකෝන් - හිටපු දකුණු පළාත් ආණ්ඩුකාර
1.       මැතිවරණ කොමිෂන් සභාවේ සභාපති සහ සියළුම සමාජිකයින්, මැතිවරණ කොමිෂන් සභාව. 2.       සමන් රත්නායක මහතා, කොමසාරිස් ජෙනරාල්, මැතිවරණ ලේකම් කාර්යාලය,රාජගිරිය. මහත්මාණෙනි, තැපැල් ඡන්දය පහසුකම සදහා ලියාපදිංචිය 2020 මහා මැතිවරණය පුරවැසියෙකු ලෙස ද, හිටපු ආණ්ඩුකාරවරයෙකු ලෙස ද මැතිවරණ කොමිෂන් සභාවේ ඉක්මන් අවධානය සදහා යොමු කරමි. සාමාන්‍ය යෙන් ජාතික මැතිවරණයක දී රාජ්‍ය සේවකයින් ලක්ෂ හතකට වැඩි පිරිසක් තැපැල් ඡන්දය සදහා සුදුසුකම් ලබති. 2019 ජනාධිපතිවරණයේ 559, 514 දෙනෙකුට තැපැල් ඡන්ද හිමිකම් ලැබූ අතර, මාගේ මතකය ආසන්න වශයෙන් තැපැල් ඡන්දය 60,000 ක් පමණ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/06/20)

මහේන්ද්‍රන් අත්අඩංගුවට ගන්න යන්න එපා’යි අපේම පිරිසක් ජාත්‍යන්තර පොලීසියට කිව්වා’
ඩයනා උදයංගනී උපුටාගැණීම ලංකාදීප
හිටපු මහ බැංකු අධිපති අර්ජුන් මහේන්ද්‍රන් මහතා මහ බැංකු වංචාව සම්බන්ධයෙන් අත් අඩංගුවට ගන්නැයි තම පාලන සමයේ ජාත්‍යන්තර පොලීසියට දැනුම් දුන් විට ඒ රජයේම පිරිසක් ඔහු අත්අඩංගුවට ගැනීමට මැදිහත් නොවන්නැයි ජාත්‍යන්තර පොලීසියට දන්වා තිබූ බව හිටපු ජනාධිපති, ශ්‍රී ලංකා නිදහස් පක්ෂයේ සභාපති මෛත්‍රීපාල සිරිසේන මහතා අද (3) පැවසීය. අර්ජුන් මහේන්ද්‍රන් මහතා බරපතල මූල්‍ය වංචාවකට සම්බන්ධ බැවින් ඔහු අත් අඩංගුවට ගන්නැයි දන්වා මෙරට නීතිපති දෙපාර්තමේන්තුව ජාත්‍යන්තර පොලීසියට දැනුම් දුන් අවස්ථාවේ, මෙය මූල්‍ය වංචාවක් නොව දේශපාලන ප්‍රශ්නයක් නිසා එයට මැදිහත් නොවන ලෙස රජයේම පිරිසක් මෙලෙස දැනුම් දී තිබූ බවද හිටපු ජනාධිපතිවරයා සඳහන් කළේය.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/06/20)

America's racial inequality in numbers
By Nellie Peyton and Anastasia Moloney
Protests over the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man who died while in Police custody in Minneapolis last week, have spread to dozens of cities in the United States and other world cities. Floyd's death, at the hands of a white Police officer who knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes, has reignited anger over longstanding social and economic inequality between the country's white and black communities. More than 40 million black people live in the United States, making up about 13 per cent of... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/06/20)

Decision on date for elections next Monday
Courtesy The Daily Mirror
A decision on the date for the General Election would be made at the Election Commission’s next meeting scheduled for Monday (8), its Chairman Mahinda Deshapriya said. Speaking at a news briefing, he said Health Services Director General Dr. Anil Jasinghe has handed over a set of guidelines to the Commission to be followed when conducting the polls. “After studying this, we will meet next Monday to decide on the election date. The Commission has neither the desire to postpone elections nor to get the blame for spreading the virus,”... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/06/20)

Will leave national politics: Rosy
Kamanthi Wickramasinghe Courtesy The Daily Mirror
Colombo Mayoress Rosy Senanayake said that she will not be involved in national politics but will remain as the Mayoress for another term to see that all promises in her manifesto have been fulfilled. “My son is contesting and it’s time to give the chance to newcomers,” she said. “There were rumours that I was removed from my post, but nobody can remove me because I have been voted in as the Mayoress. I will remain in local politics and always be a voice for women,” she added. ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/06/20)

Mahendran living in Singapore safely & happily under a different name: Maithri
Sandun A Jayasekera Courtesy The Daily Mirror
Mahendran was saved from interpol by Yahapalana Government The prime suspect of the Central Bank bond scam case Arjuna Mahendran has changed his name and living in Singapore safely and happily, former President Maithripala Sirisena claimed today. He added that when Interpol was on the verge of arresting Mahendran in March 2019 after issuing a red notice for the biggest financial fraud in history of Sri Lanka involving the Central Bank bond issue, a few people highly influential and powerful in the Yahapalana Government had informed the Interpol... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/06/20)

CBSL should take responsibility for collapse of The Finance – PM
Courtesy Adaderana
The Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL) should take the responsibility for the downfall of a financial entity under its purview, says Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa. He made this remark during a meeting held at the Temple Trees to discuss the current status of The Finance Company PLC. The meeting was attended by Central Bank Governor Prof. W.D. Lakshman, Secretary to the Finance Ministry S.R. Attygalle and several other officials. https://youtu.be/RqeJyf5dLXs The Premier has pointed out that the continuous collapse of financial entities under the Central Bank’s purview... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/06/20)

Coronavirus patient tally moves up to 1,735 with five fresh cases
Courtesy Adaderana
https://youtu.be/MtGv6LY-hRE Sri Lanka’s COVID-19 cases count escalated to 1,735 as five more new virus-positive patients were detected as of 11.00 pm today (03). Accordingly, a total of 52 virus-positive persons – including one returnee from Kuwait, 19 returnees from Qatar and 20 Navy men – have been detected so far within the day.  In the meantime, 13 virus-positive patients who had recovered completely were discharged from the Infectious Disease Hospital, Colombo East Base Hospital and Minuwangoda Base Hospital today. Sri Lanka’s recoveries count thereby moved up to 836.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/06/20)

Unseen footage of explosion at Dematagoda released
Courtesy Adaderana
In the CCTV footage revealed to the public by the Presidential Commission of Inquiry (PCoI) probing the Easter Sunday terror attacks, a second explosion is witnessed following the detonation of a device by Fathima Jiffry – the wife of Shangri La bomber Ilham Ahmed – that claimed the lives of several Police officers, and her children. In another footage, Ilham Ahmed’s movements leading up to the bombings are also shown raising further questions about his accomplices. https://youtu.be/YVqQwiUyVH4 The first set of CCTV footage, released to the public by... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/06/20)

Is White Supremacism a pathological condition?
The story of America is all about take overs – taking other people’s land and taking away their lives. Land belonging to the Native Indians was taken away and many millions were exterminated. Americans are a mixture of the Viking murderer Leif Eriksson from Iceland who first landed in US in 986, mass murderer Christopher Columbus falsely thought to be the founder of USA, criminal prisoners from overcrowded British prisons as part of colonial British rule which ended with the Boston tea party. Then came the influx of black slaves with the first to arrive from 1513 onwards which ushered... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 03/06/20)

Sri Lanka’s Millennium Challenge Corporation IMMUNITY Clause 6.8 & George Floyd murder puts lives of Sri Lankans at risk
America is in flames. The murder of a black man by 4 US policeman has resulted in mass protests, vandalism, looting across 25 states with the likelihood of the National Guards being called resulting in more deaths. The incident shows that the white-black divide is embedded in the US administration however much they will not admit. The anger of the less than 13% Blacks of America though comprising 42m out of 328million US population, is being heard across the world. Police brutality &system bias are all coming to light. That law enforcement have gotten away and have not been charged... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 03/06/20)

Who are the real victims of ethno-religious extremism and bigotry?
By Rohana R. Wasala
One Shiffer Mohammed (SM) in an article published in a mainstream national paper on May 27, 2020 expressed his apprehensions about what he called ‘another ethno-religious war’ breaking out in Sri Lanka, blaming it on alleged racism, religious extremism and bigotry prevalent against Muslims in Sri Lanka. He may be genuinely concerned about his people’s and others’ right to be free from such threats. But it looks like he has been seriously misled by false propaganda targeting the peaceful, democratic, law abiding majority of the multiethnic multi-religious Sri Lankan people, who are at the receiving... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/06/20)

VEN. ELLAWALA MEDHANANDA Part 4
KAMALIKA PIERIS
REVISED 26.6.20 Medhananda did not hold back his archaeological findings, hoping some day to put it all into one magnificent book. He wanted to communicate his findings to the public as soon as possible.  Therefore he wrote up his archaeological findings in newspapers and periodicals as soon as he could. For each exploration he gave directions of how to get there,    described the  geography and history of the place, and then listed  the structures and objects found, such as the remains of Buddha statues, stupa, pilimage, siripatul, and  displaced objects  such as... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/06/20)

DID ELECTIONS COMMISSION AND FORMER SPEAKER DISREGARD THE CONSTITUTION AND COURT DETERMINATIONS?
By M D P DISSANAYAKE
19 AMENDMENT: In regard to the passage of the 19 Amendment  to the Constitution  of Sri Lanka there are still key questions lingering.  The highest Court of the Island in its determinations made it abundantly clear that the proposed changes need to go before a Referendum.    But the government of Ranil Wickremasinghe and TNA used back-door tactics to pass it on the floor of the House.   The  former Speaker Mr Karu Jayasuriya gave his stamp of approval to make it into law. Did speaker ignore the  court determinations?  From... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/06/20)

කෝවිඩ් 19 වසංගතයේ බලපෑම මත යැයි පවසමින් වසා දැමූ ඇගඵම් කර්මාන්ත ශාලාවල රැකියා සුරක්ෂිත කිරීම සඳහා රජයට පවරා ගන්නා මෙන් ඉල්ලීම
නිදහස් වෙළඳ කලාප සහ පොදු සේවා සේවක සංගමය
අතින් භාරදීම. 2020 ජුනිි මස 02 වන දින. දිනේෂ් ගුණවර්ධන මැතිතුමා නිපුණතා සංවර්ධන, රැකී රක‍ෂා හා කම්කරු සබඳතා අමාත්‍ය, නිපුණතා සංවර්ධන, රැකී රක‍ෂා හා කම්කරු සබඳතා අමාත්‍යංශය, zzමෙහෙවර පියසZZ, 06 වන මහල, නාරාහේන්පිට, කොළඹ 05. ගරු අමාත්‍යතුමනි, කෝවිඩ් 19 වසංගතයේ බලපෑම මත යැයි පවසමින් වසා දැමූ ඇගඵම් කර්මාන්ත ශාලාවල රැකියා සුරක්ෂිත කිරීම සඳහා රජයට පවරා ගන්නා මෙන් ඉල්ලීම කෝවිඩ් 19 වසංගතයේ බලපෑම හේතුවෙන් තව දුරටත් පවත්වා නොගත හැකි යැයි කර්මාන්තශාලා වසා දමා සේවකයින්ගේ රැකියා අහිමි කිරීම වැලැක්වීම සඳහා ඔබගේ ප්‍රධානත්වයෙන් පිහිටුවන ලද ත්‍රෛපාර්ශවික කාර්ය සාධක බලකාය විසින් එකගවන... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/06/20)

බොහෝ පාර්ශව දේශපාලනයේ කාන්තා නියෝජනය පිලිබඳ මුනිවත රැකීම කණගාටුවට කරුණක් - කැෆේ කියයි
කැෆේ සංවිධානය
ප්‍රජාතන්ත්‍රවාදය වෙනුවෙන් හඩ නඟන බොහෝ පාර් ශව දේශපාලනයේ කාන්තා නියෝජනය පිලිබඳ මුනිවත රැකීම කණගාටුවට කරුණක් බව කැෆේ සංවිධානය පෙන්වා දෙයි. එම සංවිධානයේ අධ්‍යක්ෂිකා සුරංගි ආරියවංශ  මහත්මිය සඳහන් කළේ මෙවර ඡන්ද හිමියන්ගේ දිනය සමරන මේ මොහොත මෙරට දේශපාලනය තුළ කාන්තාවට ඇති අවකාශය පිලිබඳ කථා කිරීම වඩා සුදුසු බවයි. මෙරට ඡන්ද හිමියන්ගෙන් වැඩිම ප්‍රතිශතය කාන්තාවන් වන නමුත්  කාන්තා නියෝජනයට ලැබී ඇත්තේ අවම ඉඩ පරාසයක් බවත් ඇය සඳහන් කරයි. ඉකුත් පළාත් පාලන මැතිවරණයේදී කාන්තා නියෝජනය සඳහා වන සම්මතයන් ගොඩනගා තිබූ බවත් සියලු දේශපාලන පක්ෂ ඊට අනුගතව කටයුතු කළ බවත් පෙන්වා දෙන සුරංගි ආරියවංශ මහත්මිය කියා සිටියේ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/06/20)

ඔස්කා වයිඩ් ,ඩෝරියන් ග්‍රේ සහ සමලිංගික දිශානතිය
වෛද්‍ය රුවන් එම් ජයතුංග 
අයර්ලන්ත කවියෙකු   නාට්‍ය රචකයෙකු ,  හා  විශිෂ්ට සම්භාව්‍යවාදියෙකු වූ ඔස්කාර්  වයිල්ඩ් 19 වන සියවසේ අගභාගයේදී එංගලන්තයේ සෞන්දර්යාත්මක ව්‍යාපාරයේ ප්‍රකාශකයෙකු විය. ඔහු වික්ටෝරියානු ලන්ඩනයේ වඩාත්ම සාර්ථක නාට්‍ය රචකයාය. ඔහු ජීවත් වූ සමාජයට ඔහුව තේරුම් ගැනීමට නොහැකි වූවද ඔස්කාර් වයිල්ඩ් බැරෑරුම් චින්තකයෙකු  විය.ඔස්කාර්  වයිල්ඩ්   හට ජාත්‍යන්තර සංස්කෘතික බලපෑමක් තිබූ අතර ඔහු දහනව වන ශතවර්ෂයේ අගභාගයේදී බ්‍රිතාන්‍ය අධිරාජ්‍යයේ ගෝලීයකරණයේ නිෂ්පාදනයක් ලෙස සැලකිය හැකිය. පසුගිය ශතවර්‍ෂය තුළ ඔස්කාර් වයිල්ඩ් සුවිසල්  පෞරුෂයක් මෙන්ම කලා කෘති නිර්මාපකයෙකු හා විචාරකයෙකු ලෙස විචාරකයන් විසින් හඳුන්වා දෙන ලදි. ඇතැමෙකු ඔස්කා වයිල්ඩ් මනෝරාජිකයෙකු බව කියති. ෆේබියානු සමාජවාදියා වූ ජෝර්ජ් බර්නාඩ් ෂෝ පවා යම් ආකාරයකින්... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/06/20)

ගේ හඬපට ප‍්‍රසිද්ද කරන්න එපා.. මං කපෝතියි.. ගත්ත කප්පමෙන් කොටසක් රැගෙන හිටපු අලියෙක් සේනාධිපතිට වැද වැටේ…
උපුටා ගැන්ම ලංකා සී නිව්ස්
තමන්ගේ හඩ පට ප්‍රසිද්ධ නොකරන ලෙස එක්සත් ජාතික පක්ෂයේ හිටපු ප්‍රබල ඇමතිවරයෙක් ඇවන්ගාඩ් සමාගමේ සභාපති නිශ්ශංක සේනාධිපති මහතාගේ ඉල්ලා ඇති බව වාර්තා වෙයි. නිස්සංක සේනාධිපති මහතා මේ දිනවල ජනාධිපති කොමිසම හමුවේ තමන් සතුව ඇති හඬපට ප්‍රසිද්ධ කිරීම හේතුවෙන් මෙම ඉල්ලීම කර ඇත. මෙම හඬ පට ඉදිරි පාර්ලිමේන්තු මැතිවරණයේදී තමන්ට දැඩි සේ අවාසි වනු ඇති බව පවසා ඇති හිටපු එජාප ප්‍රබලයා තවදුරටත් පවසා තමන් විසින් ලබාගන්නා ලද මිලියන තුන්සියයකට අධික මුදලින් කොටසක් ඉදිරි පැය 48ක කාලය තුල ලබාදෙන බවයි.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/06/20)

Cruelty of COVID: A loving daughter’s lament about her inability to be at father’s funeral.
Courtesy NewsIn.Asia
Quarantined Dr.Nachiar Thondaman pens a touching letter to her dead father, the noted Sri Lankan political leader Arumugan Thondaman Colombo, June 2 (DBSJeyaraj.com): Dr. Nachiar Thondaman working in a middle-eastern country is the eldest daughter of Ceylon Workers; Congress (CWC) Leader and Sri Lankan Cabinet Minister Arumugan Thondaman who passed away on May 26, 2020. She arrived in Colombo days ago but is undergoing quarantine in accordance with anti-COVID health procedures. Unable to participate in her father’s funeral, Dr. Nachiar took to the pen and wrote down her random thoughts as... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/06/20)

Four new Covid-19 cases brings total to 1,653
Courtesy Adaderana
Four new cases of Coronavirus have been identified increasing the total number of confirmed cases reported in the country to 1,653. Meanwhile the number of new cases reported within today (02) has reached 10. This includes a total of 07 navy personnel from Iranamadu, Kalpitiya and Mulankavil quarantine centres. The other three include a close associate of a navy sailor who is also from the Kalpitiya quarantine centre, a returnee from Dubai who is in Giragama quarantine centre and a returnee from Russia who is currently in Pitipana quarantine centre.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/06/20)

Ballot paper printing commences; EC to meet tomorrow
Courtesy Adaderana
Printing of ballot papers for the General Election 2020 was commenced from today (02), the Government Printer, Gangani Kalpana Liyanage said. Over 17 million ballot papers are due to be printed for the upcoming election. The printing of ballot papers is expected to be completed as soon as possible despite issues of employee attendance due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Government Printer said. Meanwhile, the Elections Commission is to hold a special meeting tomorrow (03) to discuss the preliminary matters related to holding the general election. However, Chairman... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/06/20)

Supreme Court dismisses Fundamental Rights petitions challenging election date
Courtesy Adaderana
The Supreme Court has refused to grant leave to proceed with the Fundamental Rights petitions filed challenging the date set by the Elections Commission for the General Election. The consideration of the petitions which lasted over a period of 10 days came to a conclusion last evening (01) and the court’s decision was set to be announced today (02). https://youtu.be/X-lUqGi96YI Chief Justice Jayantha Jayasuriya stated that the initial objections raised by the respondent party regarding the petitions have been rejected by the majority of the five-member judge bench.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/06/20)

COULD CHINA HELP SRI LANKA TO BE A DEVELOPED NATION? (PART B)
BY EDWARD THEOPHILUS
International news of CNN published that China is becoming to replace the USA in international aid, the total Chinese aid from the year 2000 to 2014 was US $ 354 billion of which a quantum of aid has gone to African nations where combinedly received the US $ 32 billion for 704 projects. Many African countries with rich mining resources were under the rule of European countries, which indiscriminately exploited them but never provided such huge economic supports.  An assistant professor of Politics at the University of British Columbia University found in research that Chinese... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/06/20)

COULD CHINA HELP SRI LANKA TO BECOME A DEVELOPED NATION? (PART C)
BY EDWARD THEOPHILUS
When the country was in a difficult time after ending the civil war, the Rajapaksa regime was given strong support by China and Russia, if a situation to let down Sri Lanka arose, both countries promised to exercise their power, most probably veto power against the international attempts to condemn Sri Lanka. India was also concerned about the international developments against Sri Lanka which might later direct to India too.   However, the election campaign in 2015 was manipulated to a hidden motivation of international forces against China, but the frustrated domestic politicians got caught to... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/06/20)

චම්පික සිදු කල ඝාතනයක්, හිටපු නාවුක හමුදාපති ඝාතන උත්සායක් වීඩියෝ හඬපට සහිතව සේනාධිපති හෙලි කරයි.. [Video]
උපුටා ගැන්ම ලංකා සී නිව්ස්
හිටපු නාවික හමුදාපති රවීන්ද්‍ර විජේගුණවර්ධන මහතා තමන් ඝාතනය කිරීමට සූදානම් වූ බව ඇවන්ගාඩ සමාගමේ සභාපති නිස්සංක සේනාධිපති මහතා චෝදනා කරයි. තමන් ඒ සම්බන්ධයෙන් නුගේගොඩ පොලිසියට ද පැමිණිලි කර ඇති බව ද ඔහු පැවසීය. ඇවන්ගාඩ් සමාගමෙන් කප්පම් මුදල් තමන්ගෙන් ඉල්ලූ බවත් ඔහු පැවසුවේ ජනාධිපති කොමිසමේ සාක්ෂි දීමෙන් පසු මාධ්‍ය වෙත අදහස් පළ කරමිනි. https://youtu.be/bD1NERXwqWs තමන් ඝාතනය ගෙදර කිරීමට නිවසට එවු ඝාතකයන්ගේ වීඩියෝ පට සහ හඬ පට තමන් සතුව ඇති බවත් ඒවා කොමිසම හමුවට භාරදුන් බවත් ඔහු සඳහන් කළේය. හිටපු අමාත්‍ය චම්පික රණවක... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/06/20)

රවීන්ද්‍ර විජේගුණවර්ධන සහ රාජිත, තමා ඝාතනය කිරීමට කුමන්ත්‍රණය කළ බවට නිශ්ශංක සේනාධිපතිගෙන් චෝදනා (වීඩියෝ)
උපුටා ගැන්ම  හිරු පුවත්
හිටපු නාවික හමුදාපතිවරයෙකු වන රවීන්ද්‍ර විජේගුණවර්ධන හා හිටපු අමාත්‍ය රාජිත සේනාරත්න යන මහත්වරුන් තමා ඝාතනය කිරීමේ කුමන්ත්‍රණය දියත් කළ බව ඇවන්ට්ගාඩ් සමාගමේ සභාපති නිශ්ශංක සේනාධිපති මහතා පවසනවා. ඔහු ඒ බව සඳහන් කළේ දේශපාලන පලිගැනීම් සම්බන්ධයෙන් සොයාබැලීම ස්ථාපනය කළ ජනාධිපති කොමිසම හමුවේ සාක්ෂි ලබාදෙමින්. />2015.01.15 සිට 2019.11.16 දක්වා සිදුවූ බව කියන දේශපාලන පලිගැනිම් සම්බන්ධයෙන් සෙවීමට පත් කළ ජනාධිපති කොමිෂන් සභාව හමුවේ ඇවන්ට්ගාඩ් සමාගමේ සභාපති නිශ්ශංක සේනාධිපති මහතා සාක්ෂි දුන්නේ දෙවන දිනටයි. එහිදී නිශ්ශංක සේනාධිපති මහතා ප්‍රකාශ කළේ, හිටපු ආරක්ෂක ලේකම් ගෝඨාභය රාජපක්ෂ මහතා සිරගත කිරීමට උපකාර කරන්නේ නම්... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/06/20)

Sri Lanka confirms 11th COVID-19 death
Courtesy Adaderana
Sri Lanka has reported the 11th death from the COVID-19 infection, the Ministry of Health confirmed a short while ago. The deceased is said to be a 45-year-old male who had arrived in the country from Kuwait. He had been treated for the virus at the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of the Homagama Hospital where he succumbed to the disease. Meanwhile, the total count of coronavirus cases reported in the country is at 1,633. Currently, 822 active cases are under medical care at selected hospitals across the country,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/06/20)

Coronavirus: Four more cases move tally to 1,643
Courtesy Adaderana
Another four individuals have tested positive for the novel coronavirus, the Ministry of Health confirmed a short while ago. The latest cases have been found among those who had returned from Bangladesh, according to the Department of Government Information. Ten cases have been identified from the country so far today (01). Among them are 06 foreign returnees, 02 Navy personnel, and 02 close associates of Army personnel. Accordingly, the total count of coronavirus cases in Sri Lanka is now at 1,643 cases with 821 of them still under medical care.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/06/20)

Foreign returnee adds to COVID-19 case count; total at 1,634
Courtesy Adaderana
A foreign returnee who has tested positive for the novel coronavirus had moved the COVID-19 case count in Sri Lanka to 1,634. According to the Epidemiology Unit if the Health Ministry, 812 active cases of the coronavirus infection are currently under medical care at selected hospitals across the country. Meanwhile, with 10 patients marking their recoveries today (01), the total tally of recoveries reported in the country has come to stand at 811 cases. Sri Lanka witnessed its 11th death from the coronavirus this morning (01) as a 45-year-old male... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/06/20)

AG orders arrest of former Welikada OIC over Champika’s accident case
Courtesy Adaderana
The Attorney General has instructed the Director of the Colombo Crimes Division (CCD) to obtain a warrant and arrest the former OIC of the Welikada Police Station. The Attorney General has instructed the CCD to obtain a warrant from a court to arrest the former Welikada OIC on charges of fabricating false evidence in the case filed over the accident involving former minister Patali Champika Ranawaka in Rajagiriya.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/06/20)

COULD CHINA HELP SRI LANKA TO BECOME A DEVELOPED NATION? (PART A)
BY EDWARD THEOPHILUS
The major dream of Sri Lankans since the political independence from Western colonial rules has been to become a developed nation, which could deliver the prosperity to citizens of the country.  The evidence in the past indicates that the economic policy of monarchical reigns of the country was able to accomplish the expectations of people to a reasonable extent, as in history, the wants of people were limited to an arm’s length.   Sri Lankan society was aligned to a seclusion status, in which the expectations of people were bounded to basic needs.  The idea may... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/06/20)

VEN. RAMBUKWELLE SIDDARTHA
KAMALIKA PIERIS
Ven. Rambukwelle Siddhartha has played a significant role in the preservation of indigenous culture in Sri Lanka. But his contribution has not been recognized and not much is known about him. I searched the literature for references to Ven. Siddhartha, and also asked a friend in Kandy, to find out something about Ven. Siddhartha. My friend, who has a distant kinship connection to this family, had gone to Rambukwelle temple, situated in the old Teldeniya area. She was shown the grave of Ven. Siddhartha containing his ashes and giving his years of birth and... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/06/20)

ELECTION COMMISSION AND ITS ROLE – TO HOLD ELECTIONS OR NOT TO HOLD ELECTIONS
By M D P DISSANAYAKE
As Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapakse said holding of the elections is the duty of the Elections Commission.   Has it discharged its constitutional obligations? For the past four and half years, it failed to conduct several elections at lower level  of democratic governance structure.  It had various reasons, some of the reasons were due to so called delimitation  issues.  But previous government and the TNA successfully  combined together to somehow influence the EC to succumb to postponing elections. The President dissolved the Parliament on 2nd March, 2020.   The 2nd of... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/06/20)

Comparing Sri Lanka’s July83 riots to US 2020riots following murder of George Floyd
Sri Lanka’s 1983 July “riots” cannot omit to mention the killing of 13 Sri Lankan soldiers that presumably precipitated and justified the attack that came to be termed a ‘racial’ ‘ethnic riot’. No one thought to question how killing of 13 soldiers on 23 July by LTTE terrorists and an attack organized by the ruling government could end up getting classified as a racial/ethnic riot. Fast forward to 2020 - riots are taking place across US precipitated as a result of 4 US policemen killing 1 black American. These riots cannot be termed racial/ethnic either. There are many similarities to... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 01/06/20)


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