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මෙහෙමයි වුනේ - (දෙවැනි කොටස)
ආචාර්ය වරුණ චන්ද්‍රකීර්ති
මේ කතාව කියන්න වෙන්නේ අ, ආ, ඇ, ඈ, ඉ, ඊ කියන පිළිවෙළට නම් නෙවෙයි. අපේ ජීවිත අද තියෙන මේ විදිහට හැදෙන්න බලපාපු දේවල් මේච්චරයි කියලා කියන්න බෑ. සිද්දවෙච්ච පිළිවෙළට මේ දේවල් කියන්න ගියොත් ඒ දේවල්වලින් සෑහෙන ප්‍රමාණයක් මග ඇරෙන්න පුළුවන්. අන්තිමට ජීවිතේ එක මානයක් දිගේ විතරක් මේ කතාව කියලා ඉවරවෙයි. එහෙම කරන්න ඕනකමක් මට නෑ. මේ කතාව කියවන්නේ යමක් කමක් තේරුම්ගන්න පුළුවන් පිරිසක්. ඒ හින්දා පිළිවෙළ ගැන නොතකා මේ කතාව කිව්වා කියලා ඒ අයට මේක තේරුම්ගන්න බැරිවෙන එකක් නෑ. හැබැයි කාල වෙනසත් එක්ක සමහර පරණ දේවල් වෙනස්වෙලා. ඒ දේවල් ගැන අපේ අලුත් අයට නිච්චියක්... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 31/07/19)

We keep making blunders
Dr. Sarath Obeysekera
That day I was passing by the SLLRDC office( now letter “R” dropped) to give a better definition to Sri Lanka Land Reclamation and Development Corporation hitherto earlier called Low Lying Development Board. I fully agree with their thinking as Reclamation is not a very environmentally friendly and good name to be linked to this organization which has done omen service to the city. I hail there forward-thinking I headed the same outfit in the nineties under RP when  SLLRDC became a fearful name to many land developers.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 31/07/19)

Easter bombings damaged Sri Lanka economy beyond tourism
Courtesy ABC News
In this July 24, 2019, photo, Sri Lankan trader Ranepura Hewage Jayasena, 76, waits for customers at shop selling mementos in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Shocks from deadly suicide bombings on Easter Day in Sri Lanka are still reverberating throughout its economy in the worst crisis since the South Asian island nation’s civil war ended in 2009. “Almost 100% of my business is gone. There are days without a single sale,” said Jayasena, looking grief-stricken as he went through the previous days accounts. “We had a war that raged for years, but we had good... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 31/07/19)

AG Dept’s failure to ban NTJ questionable: Bimal
Yohan Perera and Ajith Siriwardana Courtesy The Daily Mirror
JVP MP Bimal Ratnayake today questioned as to what action the government intends taking about the failure on the part of the Attorney General’s Department to take steps to ban National Thowheed Jama'at when the Terrorist Investigation Unit made requests to this effect twice. Mr. Ratnayake said the TID had made two requests in 2017 and in 2018 to ban NTJ but the Attorney General's Department had done nothing about it other than binding time. He said the government is bound to take stern action on this... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 31/07/19)

Sri Lanka to waive off entry visa fee for 48 countries from Aug. 1
Courtesy NewsIn.Asia
Colombo, July 31 (Xinhua) — Sri Lanka will begin to waive off its existing visa fee for travelers from 48 countries including China from Aug. 1 as part of the island’s efforts to attract more tourists into the country, Tourism Development, Wildlife and Christian Religious Affairs Minister, John Amaratunga said here Wednesday. In a media briefing held in Colombo, Amaratunga said that cabinet approval has been obtained to waive off the existing 25-U.S.-dollar visa fee for travelers arriving from the listed countries which included China, India, the United States, Germany, Canada, Malaysia and Indonesia,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 31/07/19)

Taking statins after 75 ‘nearly halves risk of heart attack’
Courtesy The Times (UK)
Continuing to use statins after the age of 75 nearly halves the risk of a heart attack, research has suggested. Taking the drugs into old age could also reduce the risk of a stroke by a quarter, according to the first study to focus on what happens when people aged above 75 stop using statins. Scientists have debated whether healthy older people with no history of heart-related conditions should take statins, with some arguing that there is no evidence of any benefit. Researchers found that stopping the drugs after the age of 75... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 31/07/19)

A Message to UNP Backbenchers to form a new political party or reconstruct the Old getting rid of the destructive elements.
By Charles.S.Perera
It is perhaps because they are rich and that their parents  were from  UNP, that the UNP Parliamentary backbenchers do not see that the old capitalist system is not suitable  to Sri Lanka any more. When we got our Independence in 1948 there was Colonialism. It was the Russian Revolution that influenced  Colonies to gain Independence. After Russian revolution Communism spread in Europe and the ideas of a Socialist  system of government, different from Capitalism began to take root in European Countries,  and even  those countries that got  independence from colonial rule.   ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 31/07/19)

YAHAPALANA AND THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA Part 7
KAMALIKA PIERIS
ACQUISITION AND CROSS SERVICING AGREEMENT (ACSA) The United States made an abortive bid, in 2002, to finalize an Acquisition and Cross Servicing Agreement (ACSA), formerly known as ‘NATO Mutual Support Act’, with Sri Lanka. The attempt was made after the Ceasefire Agreement was signed on Feb. 21. 2002. Acquisition and Cross-Servicing Agreements are negotiated on a bilateral basis by the US for use in combined exercises, training, operations, or deployments and allow its forces to obtain food, fuel, transport, ammunition, and equipment, collectively termed logistical supplies. Reimbursement is in cash, or... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 31/07/19)

YAHAPALANA AND THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA Part 8a
KAMALIKA PIERIS
STATUS OF FORCES AGREEMENT (SOFA) FULL TEXT   OF DRAFT AGREEMENT. Here is the full text of the draft Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) dated 28TH August 2018, which the Government of Sri Lanka is negotiating with the United States. (Sunday Times 30.6.19)     (1)   The Embassy of the United States of America presents its compliments to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka and has the honour to refer to recent discussions between representatives of our two Governments regarding issues related to United... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 31/07/19)

YAHAPALANA AND THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA Part 8b
KAMALIKA PIERIS
STATUS OF FORCES AGREEMENT (SOFA) continued. US and Sri Lanka had  an agreement  in 1995, by exchange of diplomatic notes, regarding the status of US military personnel and civilian employees of the Department of Defence  who may be present in Sri Lanka for exercises or official duties. The SOFA currently under negotiation seeks to update this 1995 agreement between the US and Sri Lanka. US government has made a request to extend the former agreement, and to include an annexure to expand it, called Annex B. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe announced... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 31/07/19)

අගෝස්තු 01දා සිට වනජීවී උද්‍යානයන්ට හා වනජීවීන්ට දැඩි තර්ජන ඒල්ල වීමේ අවධානමක්.
පේශල පසන් කරුණාරත්න, මාධ්‍ය සම්බන්ධීකාරක, වැසිවනාන්තර සුරකින්නෝ සංවිධානය
ශ්‍රී ලංකාව පුරා විහිදී ඇති ජාතික වනෝද්යාන තුල ඉතාම දුෂ්කර රාජකාරියක යෙදමින් වනජීවී දෙපාර්තමෙන්තුවට විශාල ආදායමක් ස්වෙච්ඡා සේවකයන් විසින්  ගෙන දෙයි. වනෝද්‍යානයන් තුල දැනටමත් කාර්ය මණ්ඩල පුරප්පාඩු විශාල ප්‍රමාණයක් පවතින අතර එසේ තිබියදීත් මෙම ස්වේච්ඡා මාර්ගෝපදේශකයින් ස්ථීර නොකිරීම නිසාවෙන් 2019 අගෝස්තු මස 01 වන දින සිට ඔවුන් සේවයෙන් තාවකාලිකව ඉවත්ව වැඩවර්ජනයකට එලඹීමට තීරණය කර ඇති බවට වැසිවනාන්තර සුරකින්නෝ සංවිධානයට වාර්තා වී ඇත. මෙලෙස  තාවකාලිකව හෝ සේවයෙන් ඉවත්ව වෘත්තිය ක්‍රියා මාර්ග ගනිමින් වැඩවර්ජනයක නිරත උවහොත් එය වනජීවී රක්ෂිත වලට මෙන්ම එම රක්ෂිත තුළ වෙසෙන වනජීවීන්ටද දැඩි බලපෑමක් ඒල්ලවේ. එම... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 31/07/19)

WILL NOT THE 72% TAKE CONTROL OF THE POLITICAL DEMOCRATIC PROCESS IN SRI LANKA. POLITICAL PARTIES BASED ON COMMUNITY, RELIGION AND COMMUNAL BASIS HAS TO BE BANNED IN SRI LANKA.
By Noor Nizam, Peace and Political Activist, Political Communication Researcher, SLFSLPP Stalwart and Convener – “The Muslim Voice”. – December 15th., 2018.
POLITICAL PARTIES BASED ON COMMUNITY, RELIGION AND COMMUNAL BASIS HAS TO BE BANNED IN SRI LANKA BY THE MAJORITY SINHALESE COMMUNITY AND NATIONALIST SINHALA FORCES IMMEDIATELY UNDER ANY NEW CONSTITUTION TO BE PRESENTED IN PARLIAMENT. FOR THIS –  ALL SINHALA FORCES, INCLUDING THE MAHA SANGHA, THE SLFP, UNP (those who love the maathruboomiya”), JVP AND OTHER PATRIOTIC POLITICAL PARTIES INCLUDING THE SLPP/JO SHOULD GIVE THEIR FULLEST SUPPORT TO MAKE THIS HAPPEN. SEVENTY TWO PERCENTAGE (72% ) SINHALA MP’s... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 30/07/19)

My roller coaster ride in Sri Lanka trying to develop ship building industry
Dr Sarath Obeysekera 
After a six-year struggle with unionised dockworkers and corrupt politicians, I somehow managed one and only shipyard in the nineties. After a stint in the oil and gas-related marine industry in Europe I returned to the motherland with grandiose plans to develop the blue economy The long struggle started with a plan to establish Yacht Repair and boatbuilding yard in Galle harbour. After a marathon run with the Sri Lankan bureaucracy, it took two years to sign the agreement with ports authority. Though the investor was very much frustrated, commenced building the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 30/07/19)

How AG Dept., facilitated Thowheed project revealed
by Shamindra Ferdinando Courtesy The Island
Parliament on Friday, July 26: Attorney General Dappula de Livera listening to Additional Solictor General Nerin Pulle. Additional Solicitor General Sumathi Dharmawardena, PC sits between them. State Counsel Malik Aziz looks on. This was taken before de Livera left the PSC having declined to particptate in the process. The Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL) made quite a revelation on Friday, July 26, 2019, before the Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) probing the Easter Sunday attacks. The CBSL team comprised the Governor of the Central Bank,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 30/07/19)

UNP MP blames AG, H’tota port deal Easter attacks:
By Shamindra Ferdinando Courtesy The Island
UNP MP Wijeyadasa Rajapakse, PC, yesterday, said that the Attorney General’s Department owed an explanation as to why it had sat on hardcore National Thowheed Jamaat (NTJ) member Zahran Hashim’s file for nearly two years Nearly 270 perished in seven separate suicide blasts, and another 500 were wounded with Colombo Shangri-La targeted by two persons, including Zahran. Addressing the media at the Sri Lanka Foundation, the former Justice Minister said that the AG’s Department couldn’t remain silent in the wake of shocking revelations made before the Parliamentary Select... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 30/07/19)

CID to investigate complaint against State Counsel Malik Azeez
Courtesy Adaderana
The investigation into a complaint filed against State Counsel Malik Azeez of the Attorney General’s Department has been handed over to the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) by the Police Headquarters. The complaint was filed by the General Secretary of the Sinhala Ravaya organization Ven. Magalkande Sudatta Thera at the Police Headquarters yesterday (29). The Thero in his complaint accuses the Attorney General’s Department of purposely neglecting their duties with regard to the Easter Sunday attacks and calls for the arrest of the official in question and the former Attorney General. ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 30/07/19)

Govt. reinstated MPs who came under fire for supporting terrorism - Muzammil
Courtesy Adaderana
The government has not taken any measures to curb the ideological terrorism called ‘Wahhabism’ but reinstated the Muslim politicians who were accused of allegedly supporting it, says Mohamed Muzammil, the spokesperson of National Freedom Front (NFF). Speaking at a press conference held today (30), Muzammil said, Wahhabism is largely capable of creating suicide bombers and in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks on Easter Sunday on the 21st of April, it was revealed that there are various means for Wahhabism to expand across the country. https://youtu.be/DNrhVUweZzo The government... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 30/07/19)

‘Garbage Without Borders’ — Lessons from Duterte’s waste war on Canada
Courtesy globalnation.inquirer.net
COLOMBO — One-time top government trade negotiator Gomi Senadhira, yesterday, called for tangible measures to solve the importation of the British garbage to Sri Lanka. Senedhira, who had previously warned the government of dire consequences of importing of garbage of all sorts in accordance with the Sri Lanka-Singapore Free Trade Agreement (SL-SFTA) said tough measures were required. Senadhira expressed his views in the wake of Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera revealing in Parliament last Friday UK garbage imports began in 2017. “Stop the controversial process now or face an unprecedented crisis,” Senadhira, who served successive... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 30/07/19)

‘Loss of US citizenship’ certificate on social media proven fake: Gota says has real certificate but won’t show
Courtesy The Daily News
A ‘certificate of renunciation’ that purported to show that former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa was conclusively rid of the US citizenship that could prevent him from contesting the presidency in Sri Lanka was proven to be a fake yesterday within hours of being widely circulated on social media and messaging apps. The former Defence Secretary himself indicated to media last evening that he actually has the US citizenship renunciation in his possession but refused to display it to the news media. Sources said parties linked to the former Defence... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 30/07/19)

Readers' travel scams: The dodgy Sri Lanka 'hotel worker'
Courtesy Stuff.co.nz
Travelling the world is the stuff of dreams ... until it's not. Maybe it's because we're unfamiliar with local customs in other countries and don't want to cause offence, or perhaps it's just damned jetlag rendering us incapable of sensing trouble, but travel scams can happen to the best of us. As a nation of travellers, we all have a tale of that time we were an unsuspecting tourist. Here is a tale from a contributor who wanted to remain anonymous. READ MORE:* Getting mugged at Angkor Wat * Chinese Tea Ceremony scam  * Rome's classic leather goods... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 30/07/19)

Next President Will Have All Powers Sirisena Now Enjoys and a Lot More
Dilrook Kannangara
A group of UNPers, convinced they are going to lose the next presidential election big-time, is spreading false information saying that the next president will not have the same powers President Sirisena now enjoys. They argue 19A provisions relating to the powers of the president come into effect when his first term ends. This is a nonsensical view unfortunately popularized by a leading lawyer. However, he is not the only lawyer! 19A has no transitional provisions from the time it was passed to the end of Sirisena’s term. Therefore, the full impact of 19A... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 30/07/19)

Is my country drowning, in a sea of garbage?
Laksiri Warnakula
I saw a picture on Facebook on (27-07-19) that made me silently cry. It was the garbage-strewn river mouth of the Kelani Ganga. It is literally a giant carpet of garbage, the thickness of which could be anyone’s guess. Then came the containers. The ghostly shapes stuffed with garbage sitting somewhere, on this pristine land of ours, its filth slowly leaking to the ground, its stink penetrating and permeating through the air around started to play tricks on my mind. The boxes of metal now glistening as if livid with demonic rage began to... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 30/07/19)

නීතිපති දෙපාර්තමේන්තුව නා ගත්තේ මෙහෙමයි
Lanka News Web
https://youtu.be/ieHGXVhjew4 https://www.facebook.com/lnwsrilanka/videos/2203715369919597/... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 29/07/19)

තහනම් කටුපොල් වගාව සඳහා වීරකන්ද ජල පෝශක රක්ෂිතයක් වනසයි.
පේශල පසන් කරුණාරත්න වැසිවනාන්තර සුරකින්නෝ සංවිධානය
කළුතර දිස්ත්‍රික්කයේ වලල්ලාවිට ප්‍රාදේශීය ලේකම් කොට්ඨාශය යනු  නිවර්තන සදාහරිත වනාන්තර කීපයකටම හිමිකම් කියන්නා වූ ජෛව හා පරිසර පද්ධති විවිධත්වයෙන් පොහොසත් ප්‍රාදේශීය ලේකම් කොට්ඨාශයක් වේ. වර්තමානය වන විට ශ්‍රී ලංකාවේ වනාන්තර පද්ධතියට විශාල වශයෙන් කටුපොල් වගාව  නිසා තර්ජන එල්ල වෙමින් පවතින අතර කළුතර දිස්ත්‍රික්කයේ වලල්ලාවිට ප්‍රාදේශීය ලේකම් කොට්ඨාශය තුළද කටුපොල් වගාව සඳහා විශාල රක්ෂිත ප්‍රදේශයක් විනාශ කරමින් පවතී. වලල්ලාවිට ප්‍රාදේශීය ලේකම් කොට්ඨාශයේ 849-F වීරකන්ද ග්‍රාමසේවා වසම තුල උතුරින් වන සංරක්ෂණ දෙපාර්තමේන්තුවට අයත් ගල්කන්ද රක්ෂිතයට මායිම්ව ඇති ඉතා වටිනා ජල පෝශක කලාපයක අක්කර 40ක පමණ විශාල වනාන්තර භූමියක් බැකෝ යන්ත්‍ර සහ යාන්ත්‍රික... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 29/07/19)

Imran Khan's message before he left for home
Imran Khan (official)
Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan's Closing Message for first trip to the United States conveyed at the United States Institute of Peace in Washington D.C. USA (23.07.19) The Honourable Prime Minister has clearly stated that the basis of international relations should be on mutual trust and friendship and not on financial aid provided by the richer party.  Such a policy will safeguard the national interest of the weaker and less wealthy party as well.  Sri Lanka should at all times adopt such a principle in international relations without humbling... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 29/07/19)

සෙබල පුත Sebala Puthu - Official Lyric Video
Bathiya N Santhush
https://youtu.be/SZLeJEL4vTI... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 29/07/19)

මෙහෙමයි වුනේ - (පළමුවැනි කොටස)
ආචාර්ය වරුණ චන්ද්‍රකීර්ති
අපේ තාත්තා හොඳ ශ්‍රී ලංකාකාරයෙක්. 1977 අවුරුද්දේ ජූලි මාසේ 21 වැනි දා පාර්ලිමේන්තු මහ මැතිවරණයක් තිබ්බා. ඒ වෙද්දි මට අවුරුදු අටක් සම්පූර්ණ වෙලා නෑ. හැබැයි ඒ වෙලාවේ සිද්දවෙච්ච සමහර දේවල් මට තාමත් මතකයි. අපි ඒ කාලේ හිටියේ නුවරඑළිය දිස්ත්‍රික්කයේ වලපනේ ආසනයට අයති හරස්බැද්ද ගමේ. අපි පදිංචිවෙලා හිටියේ ඉස්කෝලේ ගුරු නිවාසයේමයි. තාත්තා තමයි ඉස්කෝලේ විදුහල්පති. ඡන්දේ කිට්ටුව නිල්දණ්ඩාහින්නේ රැස්වීමක් තිබුණා. අපේ තාත්තා තව මිනිස්සු මහ ගොඩක් එක්ක නිල්දණ්ඩාහින්නට පෙළපාලියකින් ගියා. ඒ කාලේ හරස්බැද්දේ ඉඳලා නිල්දණ්ඩෙට බහින්න කැලෑ පාරක් තිබුණා. මහ පාරෙන් යනවා නම් බස් දෙකකින් යන්න ඕන. මුලින් හරස්බැද්දේ ඉඳලා වතුමුල්ලට ගිහිල්ලා ඊට පස්සේ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 29/07/19)

Bond Case: Tenth accused reveals vital info in writ petition
Shehan Chamika Silva Courtesy The Daily Mirror
Filing a writ application in Court, the tenth accused in the Treasury Bond case, Ajahn Punchihewa has stated that he could have given vital information regarding investigations over the Bond scam, as he had information about a penthouse apartment in Singapore, valued at Singapore Dollars 7.6 million, occupied by the family of Arjun Aloysius, which was purchased by a company incorporated in the British Virgin Islands. The tenth accused Ajahn Gardiye Punchihewa had filed a writ petition in the Court of Appeal citing 16 respondents including the Attorney General,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 29/07/19)

Resigned Muslim ministers sworn into office again
Courtesy Adaderana
Three Muslim ministers, who had resigned from their posts, have sworn in before President Maithripala Sirisena to their previous ministerial portfolios today (29). Accordingly, Parliamentarians Rishad Bathiudeen, Rauff Hakeem and Abdullah Mahroof have taken up their previous ministerial posts again. A discussion was held between the resigned Muslim ministers at the official residence of MP Rauff Hakeem earlier today (29), on re-assuming their ministerial positions. https://youtu.be/gzmoL-LluLc Accordingly, the newly appointed Ministers are: Rauff Hakeem - Minister of City Planning, Water Supply and Higher EducationRishad... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 29/07/19)

Advice to Opposition Leader, Opposition Presidential Candidate & Opposition ahead of elections
The regime change that took place in January 2015 has brought about unprecedented and shocking changes to Sri Lanka at virtually every level. In all probability those that make up what we were then promised was good governance – yahapalana, maybe themselves grinning & bearing the changes which they too know are threats to Sri Lanka’s sovereignty. Their pride will never allow them to admit their folly or will to reverse them or probably the exposure of the handouts given may be used as threat against them. Be that as it may it is important we take stock of the... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 29/07/19)

The sound of the nation
Chandrasena Pandithage
The name of Gotabaya Rajapaksha spread in the political arena in Sri Lanka like a wildfire.  This name blows island wide within a very short period uplifting the downfallen people's mind. This political storm spreading a huge amount of high hopes in peace-loving people's minds and fear and terrible feelings in underworld dirty gangs. The Sri Lankan people who are terribly oppressed by the underworld government strongly expected a new leadership for the liberation struggle. History shows us the people's high hopes, great expectations, and great feelings got the power to create strong leadership to face... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 28/07/19)

A NAIL IN THE COFFIN OF TERRORISM
ALI SUKHANVER
Contamination is a term used for the action or state of making or being made impure by polluting or poisoning. The target of this action of polluting or poisoning could be food, water, human minds, passions, thoughts, feelings and countless other things physical or metaphysical. I remember, somewhere in the first week of May 2018, a Pakistani scholar Professor Shazia Ghaffar presented a paper at the 3rd International Conference on Integrated Management for Sustainable Development at Tunisia, Sousse. The presentation paper said, “Water is the most precious resource on the earth. Unfortunately, advancement in technology is... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 28/07/19)

Sri Lanka Easter Sunday bombings likely to be NIA's first case after amendment of Act, says MHA official
Courtesy FirstPost
New Delhi: The Easter Sunday bombings case in Sri Lanka is likely to be the first case for the National Investigation Agency (NIA) to probe after Parliament amended an Act empowering it to investigate terror cases abroad, officials said on Sunday. With Parliament giving its nod to the the National Investigation Agency (Amendment) Bill on 17 July and the law ministry issuing a notification in this effect on 25 July, the first case to be investigated abroad is going to be Sri Lanka blasts, a home ministry official privy to the development said. ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 28/07/19)

Maithri and Mahinda to come together for final talks
BY GAGANI WEERAKOON Courtesy Ceylon Today
Archbishop of Colombo Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith feared that the investigations into the 21 April Easter Sunday bombings would be swept under the carpet and added that the attacks were part of an ‘international conspiracy’. Cardinal Ranjith was addressing a special mass at the newly renovated Katuwapitiya Roman Catholic Church, where some 115 persons perished and scores of others were injured as an Islamic Jihadist carried out a bloody suicide bomb attack. He said, the political leaders have failed in their duty and are more interested in meeting the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 28/07/19)

‘Garbage Without Borders’ - Lessons from Duterte’s waste war on Canada
Courtesy The Island
One-time top government trade negotiator Gomi Senadhira, yesterday, called for tangible measures to solve the importantation of the British garbage to Sri Lanka. Senedhira, who had previously warned the government of dire consequences of importing of garbage of all sorts in accordance with the Sri Lanka-Singapore Free Trade Agreement (SL-SFTA) said tough measures were required. Senadhira expressed his views in the wake of Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera revealed in Parliament last Friday UK garbage imports began in 2017. "Stop the controversial process now or face an unprecedented crisis," Senadhira, who served successive governments... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 28/07/19)

Ex-top AG’s Dept officer warns of US Trojan Horse
Courtesy The Island
Former People’s Alliance MP M M Zuhair, PC, yesterday, warned that proposed Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) would transform Sri Lanka into a US military facility. Zuhair, who was a onetime top Attorney General’s Department officer and envoy to Teheran during the PA/UPFA administration said that the Acqusition and Cross Servicing Agreemment (ACSA) had been finalized in early August 2017. Zuhair, who backed Maithripala Sirisena’s campaign at the last presidential election said: "SOFA, proposed by the US, temporarily stayed by the President, would create a ‘separate state’, having an... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 28/07/19)

Reforms to Muslim Marriage and Divorce Act necessary - Jezima Ismail
Yoshitha Perera Courtesy The Daily Mirror
Muslim women's rights organisations around the country yesterday urged the government to implement necessary reforms to Muslim Marriage and Divorce Act (MMDA). Veteran Human Rights Activist Deshabandu Jezima Ismail addressing the media conference said that MMDA has been widely discussed for a long period with the current act permitting child marriages in the country. https://youtu.be/JV-iZrKN4ow She recollected that there were many incidents in the past which women who had visited her for counselling because of oppressed situations in their lives due to the present... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 28/07/19)

Industrial waste - The Central Environmental Authority (CEA) to take importers to Court
Sheain Fernandopulle Courtesy The Daily Mirror
The Central Environmental Authority (CEA) will take legal action against those who imported the containers of industrial waste without the proper a licence resulting in a public outcry, CEA Director General Hemantha Jayasinghe said. He said Hayleys Free Zone Ltd., ETL Colombo (Pvt) Limited and Ceylon Metal Processing Corporation (Pvt) Ltd, were responsible for the importing, reprocessing and re-exporting the consignment of industrial waste. “These companies had not obtained either the Environmental Protection License or the Hazardous Waste Management License from the CEA for such imports,” Mr Jayasinghe said.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 28/07/19)

Sri Lanka – and its wizards of (K)-OZ meaning CHAOS.
Mario Perera, Kadawata
With presidential elections round the corner and increasingly drawing the attention of all, there is a question the country must answer. Where are we after seventy years of Independence? Where are we after seventy years of democracy and universal suffrage: voting rights for all, men and women? The three major upheavals since Independence in the method of governance of the country relate to SWRD, to JRJ, and to MaRa. One was focused inward, while the other was outward-oriented. That last was SELF-centered. The first was aimed at ‘bringing the top layers of... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 27/07/19)

දියවන්නාවේ දියවන සිංහළ අනාගතය
දිල් රූක් කන්නංගර
රට හැරයන්නට කලියෙන් සුද්දා වඳුරාට දැලිපිහියක් ද වහල් සේවයට දකුණු ඉන්දියාවෙන් සහ මලයාවෙන් ගෙනා වහලුන් දසලක්ෂයක් ද දෑවැදි දීමට වගබලා ගත්තේය. වැඩිකල් යන්නට මත්තෙන් සිංහලයා ප්‍රජාතන්ත්‍රවාදය තමනට රිසිසේ ප්‍රජනන-තන්ත්‍රවාදයට පෙරළා ගති. දියවන්නාවටත් ජනාධිපති කමටත් එකම සුදුසුකම සම-ප්‍රජනනයයි. එහෙව් රටකට මොන අනාගතයක්ද? සුද්දා දමාගිය රටට ණය නොතිබිණි; විදේශ වත්කම් තිබුණි. යුරෝපීයයන් බහුතරයක් සිටි රටවල් හැරුනුකොට අනෙක් සියළුම රටවල්වලට වඩා ඉදිරියෙන් ලංකාව තිබුනා. ප්‍රජනන-තන්ත්‍රවාදයට පින්සිද්ධ වෙන්න ඒ සියල්ල අද විනාශ ය.         වසර 71 ක අසාර්ථක විවාහයක් නිසා බැටකන සිංහළ ස්වාමිපුරුෂයා සිය ආත්මගෞරවය තකා සමාජයට පෙනෙන්නට දෙවන විවාහයේ චපල බිරියන් දෙදෙනෙකු සමග තවමත් බොරු දීගෙක.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 27/07/19)

Bill to ban instant divorce in India passed by the lower house
Courtesy The Gulf News
The contentious bill that would criminalise instant triple talaq was passed by Lok Sabha Indian Muslim women rest inside Jama Masjid in New Delhi. The bill now faces the Rajya Sabha (Upper House) test - most of the fence-sitters who sided with the government today over the amendments to the landmark Right to Information Act, have said they oppose the bill on triple talaq.Image Credit: AP The contentious Bill to ban the practice of triple talaq among Muslims and punish the guilty husband with three years... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 27/07/19)

Foreigners buying properties
Dr Sarath  Obeysekera 
My long-time Sri Lankan friend from Norway who has migrated  and worked over 35 years in that country, has been visiting Sri Lanka  several times every year   with his family .He did not have any income in this country, hence he brought over 100 million Rs to Sri Lanka Over 25 years back he bought a house in Colpettry with the money he brought. His children grew up became citizens of Norway. They keep coming twice a year to Sr LANKA and spend money here ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 27/07/19)

Genocide Claims, Number Games and their margins of error.
By Chandre Dharmawardana, Canada
June 23, 1983, known as “Black July” was a day of shame for Sri Lanka where a government calling itself a “Dharmista Rajya” (a Righteous Regime)  permitted, aided and abetted armed mobs to attack a section of its defenseless citizens -- civilian Tamils.  The fact that there were looters or the possibility that other forces fished in troubled waters (http://www.island.lk/index.php?page_cat=article-details&page=article-details&code_title=74181),  or that most DIG's of the time were Tamils (http://www.island.lk/index.php?page_cat=article-details&page=article-details&code_title=74047), etc.,  are irrelevant to the very clear-cut main issue. That state-aided terror happened in the CAPITAL itself is a FACT and not some allegation... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 27/07/19)

ව්‍යවස්ථා සංශෝධන ක්‍රියාවලිය පිළිබඳ විවාදය
විපක්‍ෂ නායක මහින්ද රාජපක්‍ - මාධ්‍ය නිවේදනය
(2019 ජුලි 26 වෙනි සිකුරාදා විපක්‍ෂ නායක මහින්ද රාජපක්‍ෂ මහතා විසින්පා ර්ලිමේන්තුවේදී කළ කතාවේ පිටපත.) ගරු කථානායකතුමනි, ඊළඟ ජනාධිපතිවරණය පවත්වන්න තව තියෙන්නෙ මාස කීපයයි. ආණ්ඩුවේ අවසාන කාලයේදී මේ විදියට ව්‍යවස්ථා සංශෝධන ගැන පාර්ලිමේන්තු විවාදයක් පැවැත්වීමෙන් පලක් තියෙනවද? ව්‍යවස්ථා සංශෝධනය කරන්න මුලපුරන්න ඕනෙ ආණ්ඩුවක් ආපු අලුත මිස, යන්න ඉස්සෙල්ල කරන අවසන් කටයුත්ත හැටියට නොවෙයි. මේ ආණ්ඩුව බලයට පත්වුණෙත් පළමු දින 100 ඇතුළත ව්‍යවස්ථාව සංශෝධනය කරනවයි කියලා. ඒ කාලේ ඒගොල්ලො කතා කලේ විධායක ජනාධිපති ක්‍රමය අහෝසි කිරීමයි මැතිවරණ ක්‍රමය සංශෝධනය කිරීමයි ගැන විතරයි. ඔබ කවුරුත්... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 27/07/19)

Debate on the Constitutional Reform Process
Opposition LeaderHon. Mahinda Rajapaksa MEDIA RELEASE
(Translation of the text of the speech made by Opposition LeaderHon. Mahinda Rajapaksa in Parliament on Friday the 26th July 2019) Hon. Speaker, There only a few more months left for the next presidential election. Is there any point in holding a debate on constitutional reform at the tail end of the tenure of a government? An initiative to amend the constitution should be taken when a government has been newly elected to office, not as the final task before leaving office.  This government was elected on the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 27/07/19)

Import of garbage
Dr Sarath Obeysekera 
People should know the actual background of the importation of the garbage. We hear that a UK company shipped it to Sri Lanka as per the order or a proforma invoice submitted beforehand. What is the HS code of the garbage? Chain of activities should be investigated by journalists and place articles in the newspapers to explain to laymen how this has happened.MPs keep making statements about the company that stored the material in a free trade zone who claim that they are just safe-keepers. The company which had... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 27/07/19)

Who decides Sri Lanka’s National Problem & Solution?
In Sri Lanka there are 3 ethnic groups – Sinhalese, Tamils & Muslims and 4 main religions – Sinhala Buddhists, Hindus, Islam, Christian/Catholics. All Sinhalese were Buddhists until 1505 and all Tamils were Hindus till 1505 when arrival of European colonial invaders resulted in conversions of Sinhalese & Tamils to Christianity/Catholicism and the Burgher community. Sri Lanka has a recorded history of over 2600 years during no period of time has there been any records of ethnic animosities or disharmony. So what is this National problem? The problem is not knowing what the problem is or not wanting to admit... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 26/07/19)

HAS SINHALA POPULATION DECLINED IN SRI LANKA?
BY EDWARD THEOPHILUS
The determination of increase or decrease in population of different communities or races living in Sri Lanka would be based on the actual census results and pre-emptive decisions just listing to gossips talks going on in village tea boutiques is unreasonable and misleading. Sinhala community is frequently disturbed by fabricated information that Sinhala people in the country is becoming invisible without submitting scientific facts or reasons for it.  This type of stupid information was spread during the LTTE war as strategic maneuvring by some Boeotia LTTE theorists, who followed the gobbles methods intending to achieving... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/07/19)

එක්සත් ජාතීන්ගේ සංවිධානයේ නියෝජිතයෙකු හමු වීම පිළිබද තොරතුරු ප්‍රසිද්ධියට පත් කරන ලෙස නීතිඥවරයෙක් අගවිනිසුරුවරයාගෙන් ඉල්ලා සිටී.....
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අද දින පුවත්පත්වල එක්සත් ජාතීන්ගේ සංවිධානයේ නියෝජිතයෙකු අගවිනිසුරුවරයා පසුගිය ආසන්න දිනයක හමු වී සාකච්ඡා කර ඇති බව සදහන් වන අතර ඒ පිළිබදව සම්පූර්ණ තොරතුරු ලබා ගැනීමට පුරවැසියෙකු ලෙසත්, නීතිඥවරයෙකු ලෙසත් අවශ්‍ය බව බව නීතීඥ අරුණ ලක්සිරි උණවටුන අගවිනිසුරුවරයා වෙත දන්වා ඇත. එකී සාකච්ඡාව සම්බන්ධව අදාල සියලු තොරතුරු ජනතාවට දැන ගැනීමට ලැබීම නීතියේ පාලනය සම්බන්ධයෙන් වැදගත් හෙයින් ඒ සම්බන්ධ තොරතුරු රාජ්‍ය භාෂාවෙන් ප්‍රසිද්ධියට පත්කරන ලෙස ඔහු අගවිනිසුරුවරයාගෙන් ඉල්ලා ඇත. මෙම ලිපියේ පිටපත්  කතානායකවරයාටත්, රාජ්‍ය භාෂා කොමිෂන් සභාව සභාපතිවරයාටත්,  නීතිපතිවරයාටත් යොමු කර ඇත. එකී ලිපිය පහත දැක්වේ.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/07/19)

Supreme Court stays Special HC’s trial against Gotabaya
Courtesy Adaderana
The Supreme Court today (25) issued an order preventing trial at Special High Court against Gotabaya Rajapaksa over the D.A. Rajapaksa Museum case till the 1st of October, says Ada Derana reporter. The order was delivered by the Supreme Court three-judge bench consisting of Justices Buwaneka Aluwihare, Gamini Amarasekara and S. Thurairajah considering an appeal filed by Gotabaya Rajapaksa. https://youtu.be/PkPIIWEY-Bo The case against the former Defence Secretary and six others was filed by the Attorney General, for allegedly misappropriating state funds amounting to Rs 33.9 million during the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/07/19)

Latheef surprised why information was shared with STF only after Easter attacks
Courtesy Adaderana
Commandant of the Special Task Force (STF), Senior DIG M. R. Latheef, says he is still not invited to the country’s intelligence coordinating meetings and that he was invited to the National Security Council meetings only after the Easter Sunday attacks. Testifying before the parliamentary select committee probing the terror attacks, the Senior DIG said that he had received the state intelligence chief’s letter on April 09 warning of impending attacks, along with a single annexure which had identified the Indian High Commission and main churches in Colombo as possible targets. ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/07/19)

Secret revelation of intelligence chief
Courtesy Adaderana
https://youtu.be/oYyabht2haY... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/07/19)

Dr. Shafi granted bail
Courtesy Adaderana
Dr. Mohamed Shafi, who is accused of allegedly amassing assets through suspicious means, performing illegal sterilization surgeries and having links to terrorist activities, has been granted bail this evening (25) following a lengthy trial. The case against Dr. Shafi was taken up before the Kurunegala Magistrate’s Court for the third time at around 1.30 pm today. Accordingly, the suspected doctor was released on four personal bails each adding up to Rs 2.5 million and a cash bail of Rs 250,000. https://youtu.be/0AzKKyd5ZG0 Appearing on behalf of the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/07/19)

Sri Lanka and UK in standoff over rotting waste
Courtesy The Week
South Asian government implores Britain to take back its hazardous waste The Sri Lankan government says the UK must take back containers full of hazardous waste landing in its ports. The South Asian country has accused Britain of dumping medical debris - including human remains - in Colombo, under the guise of metal recycling, reports France24. Many of the containers were dispatched from the UK as far back as 2017, reports the BBC. Sri Lankan Customs Department spokesman Sunil Jayaratne said that a Sri Lankan businessman had illegally imported the containers and would... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/07/19)

The Caesar-Brutus play back in Sri Lanka Politics
Mario Perera, Kadawata
BETRAYAL is the key word of the Sinhala history from time immemorial, from that of the Kings to the Diyawanna Oya assemblies.  Such betrayals facilitated foreign interference and foreign invasions of this country. Even during the Duttu Gemunu-Elara war, Sinhala Generals led Dravidian troops to battle, although Duttu Gemunu had clearly stated that his fight was for the Sinhala-Buddhist nation. Examples of inmates of the royal houses plotting and overthrowing kings abound. The classical example is that of Dhatusena and Kassyapa. The tragic result of such intrigue within the palace was the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/07/19)

No evidence that IS was behind Easter attacks – Senior DIG Ravi Seneviratne
Courtesy Adaderana
There is no evidence to claim that the Islamic State (IS) was behind the Easter Sunday bombings, stated the Senior DIG in charge of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) Ravi Seneviratne. The Senior DIG mentioned this testifying at the special Parliamentary Select Committee appointed to probe the Easter Sunday terror attacks. https://youtu.be/cOhxq05izbg He pointed out that the terror group that was behind the attacks had requested the Leader of the IS, through a third-party in Indonesia, to release a statement on the matter. The relevant request,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/07/19)

Sri Lankan government has urged UK to take back containers ‘that may contain human remains’
Courtesy I-news
If the presence of British human remains in the containers is confirmed, it is feared the remains may have originated from NHS hospitals Sri Lankan customs officials inspect the load of a container at a port in Colombo (Photo: AFP/Getty Images) The Sri Lankan government has urged Britain to take back more than 100 containers containing hazardous waste including human remains said to come from mortuaries. Port of Colombo officials made the discovery while investigating a “strong smell” emanating from 111 containers which have been arriving at the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/07/19)

Germany charges LTTE suspect over killing of Kadirgamar
Courtesy The Daily Mirror
An LTTE member, who was arrested in Germany over the assassination of Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadirgamar in 2005, had been charged by the German prosecutors over the murder, foreign news agencies reported today.   German prosecutors said on Wednesday that they filed the indictment against the 40-year-old G. Navanithan who was arrested in January. The suspect had also been charged with membership of a foreign terrorist organisation. The indictment had been filed in a Stuttgart court earlier this month. The prosecutors said that the suspect belonged to the intelligence unit of the LTTE... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/07/19)

Foreign interference
Editorial Courtesy The Island
A Foreign Ministry panjandrum has come under fire for allegedly seeking to facilitate a UN bid to influence the Sri Lankan judiciary. The Opposition is out for his scalp as he has written to the Chief Justice and the High Court judges, asking them to make available information pertaining to some cases to a group of UN officials. Allegations that foreign powers are influencing the Sri Lankan judiciary are not of recent origin. They have been there for the last several years. Two months ago, UPFA MP and Joint Opposition member Udaya... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/07/19)

US Ambassador’s response to MCC and Compact Agreements
JANAKI CHANDRARATNA Courtesy The Island
It was indeed a breadth of fresh air to read the American Ambassador’s clarifications on US-Sri Lanka Agreements in The Island newspaper - 18 July 2019. The Ambassador, Alaina Teplitz, needs to be commended for understanding the Sri Lankan concerns and articulating her Govt’s assertions in a professional manner. This is in contrast to our Govt. responses, which were basically either denials of the existence of such agreements or a dismissal of the concerns, as bogie constructs of people/political parties trying to defame the govt. The Ambassador’s assurance that... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/07/19)

Parliament blocks UN Special Rapporteur’s meeting with judges
Courtesy Adaderana
Sri Lanka’s parliament has blocked a visiting United Nations human rights expert from meeting with judges hearing war crimes cases, citing fears of foreign interference in the judicial system. Clement Voule, United Nations Special Rapporteur on Rights to Freedom of Peaceful Assembly and of Association, travelled to the island nation to discuss civil rights protections in Sri Lanka. https://youtu.be/ZSw_W_WLSZA But opposition leader Mahinda Rajapakse told parliament on Tuesday (Jul 23) that Voule’s plans to meet with senior judges overseeing cases concerning military excesses during the former strongman’s tenure... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/07/19)

Sri Lanka to issue free visas for Chinese, Indian tourists from Aug. 1
Courtesy NewsIn.Asia
Colombo, July 24 – Sri Lanka’s cabinet of ministers has approved a proposal from the Sri Lanka Tourism Ministry to include China and India in its free visa policy which will be launched from Aug. 1, Minister of Tourism Development, Wildlife and Christian Religious Affairs, John Amaratunga said Tuesday. Addressing a media briefing held at the conclusion of a tour by visiting Chinese journalists to Sri Lanka, Amaratunga said China was the second largest market for Sri Lanka tourism and the free visa policy for the Chinese market would boost Chinese... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/07/19)

ඇමරිකානු බලපෑම මත ගෙනෙන ඒකීය කම්කරු පනත් කෙටුම්පතට විරුද්ධ විය යුත්තේ ඇයි?
සිය`ඵම වෘත්තීය සංගම් වෙත ඉදිරිපත් කරණු ලබන සංදේශය-නිදහස් වෙළඳ කලාප සහපොදු සේවා සේවක සංගමය
මේ රටේ කම්කරු නීති සම්පාදනය වසර 100 ට ආසන්න කාලයක් පුරා සිදුව ඇත්තේ කම්කරු දෙපාර්තමේන්තුවේ අනුදැනුම හා අවශ්‍යතා අනුවය. කම්කරු දෙපාර්තමේන්තුව සුද්දන්ගේ යටත් විජිත පාලන කාලයේ පිහිටුවනු ලැබූයේත් තවමත් එහි මූලික අරමුණ වන්නේත් සේවක හා රැුකියා සුරත්ෂිතතාවය සහතික කිරීමය. එය ජාත්‍යන්තර කම්කරු සංවිධානය විසින් සේව්‍ය - සේවක ගනුදෙනුවෙහි සේවකයා දුර්වල පාර්ශවකරුවෙකු යැයි පිළිගන්නා සිද්ධාන්තය අනුව කම්කරු දෙපාර්තමේන්තුවට පැවරෙන වගකීමකි. කම්කරු දෙපාර්තමේන්තුවේ ඒ වගකීම වත්මන් නිදහස් විවෘත වෙළඳපල ආර්ථිකයේ ආයෝජක වුවමනාවන් වෙනුවෙන් අතහැරිය නොහැකි වගකීමකි. දෙවන ලෝක යුද්ධයෙන් පසු මේ නවීන ලෝකයේ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/07/19)

American Army and Civil official are here on the invitation of the Sri Lankan Government Which Sri Lankan Government has invited them?
Dr Sudath Gunasekara 
This morning as I was listening to  Mulpiituwa news I heard the US Ambassador as saying that the American Army and Civil official are here on the invitation of the Sri Lankan Government. The sources also said these forces and civilians are to be used in an emergency?. Could  the President tell the country as to whose Government has invited these  American to be here? whether it is 1 His Government 2 Ranil's 3 Speaker's 4NGO's 5 Or else somebody... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/07/19)

Sri Lanka orders return of smuggled British garbage
Courtesy NewsIn.Asia
Colombo, July 23 (AFP) – Sri Lanka customs Tuesday ordered the return of container loads of hazardous mortuary and clinical waste illegally imported into the island from Britain under the cover of metal recycling. Customs officials said the racket dating back to 2017 was uncovered after the Colombo port complained last week that an importer had abandoned 111 containers which were emanating a huge stink. A total of 241 containers had been imported since 2017 and 130 of them had been taken to a free-trade zone ostensibly for recycling... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/07/19)

Growth and decline of Tamil Muslims’ fortunes in maritime trade
By P.K.Balachandran/Daily Mirror
While the Cholas of the Coromandel coast in Tamil Nadu were known for their maritime conquests and successful trade, with conquest and trade going hand in hand, the Muslims of the Coromandel coast were successful in maritime trade without the aid of conquest. However, ultimately, with the advent of European traders, who operated under entirely different principles, the Muslims had to yield to the hard reality of political power and military might. The Muslims of the Coromandel coast, who were related to the Muslims of Sri Lanka, came from... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/07/19)

How Smaller States are Choosing Sides in the Indian Ocean
BY VIRAJ SOLANKI  & ANTOINE LEVESQUES Courtesy defenseone
From Sri Lanka to Kenya, governments try to balance major-power influence — except in arms purchases. As India and China have intensified their geopolitical interestin the Indian Ocean, the region’s smaller states have aimed to balance their political relations with these major powers. But in at least one realm of engagement, countries have resisted balancing their relations. Since 2015, the island countries of Mauritius, Seychelles, and Sri Lanka have procured military equipment only from India, while the coastal countries of Bangladesh, Djibouti, Kenya, Myanmar, Pakistan, and... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/07/19)

Sri Lanka is sending hundreds of tons of trash — apparently including rotten human remains — back to the UK, as Southeast Asia continues its fight against Western garbage
Courtesy Business Insider
A man collects plastic for recycling in a garbage dump in Colombo, Sri Lanka, in June 2017. Western countries have been sending their recycling to developing nations in Southeast Asia for decades.Officials in the recipient countries complain that the trash they receive is improperly labeled, and contains other types of garbage that they can't recycle.On Tuesday, Sri Lanka ordered the return of 111 shipping containers to the UK, which it says contains waste like rotten human organs, Agence France-Presse (AFP) reported.Authorities claim that a total of 241 containers of trash have been illegally sent... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/07/19)

Behind the SOFA
By Padraig Colman Courtesy Ceylon Today
I often try in my columns to comfort Sri Lankans who despair at the condition of their polity. Sri Lankans might wonder in horror what antics their leaders will get up to next, but UK citizens contemplate having Boris Johnson as their Prime Minister some time soon. Sri Lankans might be uncomfortable at the loss of sovereignty involved in handing over ports to the Chinese, and the submission to the US implied by SOFA (Status of Forces Agreement) but Britons are horrified at the notion that President Trump decides who is suitable... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/07/19)

'' නැති බලයක් පාවිච්චි කරලා සුද්දන්ට තොරතුරු දෙන්න විනිසුරුවරුන්ට නියෝග දෙන වැ.බ විදේශ කටයුතු ලේකම් පාර්ලිමේන්තුවට වහාම කැදවන්න''
Wimal weerawansa
https://www.facebook.com/WimalWeerawansa.sl/videos/355566541802116/... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/07/19)

''කුණු කන්ටේනර් ගෙන්වීම ගැන අනුර සගවන කතාව මෙන්න" - විමල්ගේ සුවිශේෂ අනාවරණය"
Wimal weerawansa
https://www.facebook.com/WimalWeerawansa.sl/videos/2394049297340702/... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/07/19)

Sri Lanka needs Gotabhaya Rajapakse as President after Four and half years under Yahapalanaya, which was worse than the thirty years under Terrorism.
By Charles S Perera
The thirty years of terrorism though it affected the whole country through uncertainty of life, threat of the division of the country, loss of peace and security , we the Sinhala Buddhists  were able to keep the unity of the communities suffering under terrorism , protect the  Sinhala Buddhist culture, maintain the pride of being  members of a Sri Lankan nation, and the willingness to fight against terrorism despite the risk to life, and  continue  our religious practices without fear and maintain a satisfactory standard of living., even if that was  at a  great... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 22/07/19)

බොදු උරුමය වැනසීම
කතු වැකිය උපුටා ගැන්ම දිවයින
පුරාවිද්‍යා ස්මාරකයක් ලෙස ප‍්‍රකාශයට පත් කර ඇති ත‍්‍රිකුණාමලයේ කන්නියා උණුවතුර ළිං පරිශ‍්‍රයේ පිහිටි ඉපැරණි බෞද්ධ දාගැබ සංරක්‍ෂණය සඳහා ගිය පුරාවිද්‍යා නිලධාරීන්ට විරෝධය පා, දෙමළ ජාතික සංධාන මන්ත‍්‍රීවරු හා ඔවුන්ගේ ආධාරකරුවන් මහත් කලබැගෑනියක් ඇතිකර තිබේ. ඒ මෙම භූමිය හින්¥න්ට අයිති බව හා එහි පැවතියේ හින්දු කෝවිලක් බවට ප‍්‍රකාශ කරමිනි.    සැබෑය! බෞද්ධයන් මෙම ස්ථානයෙන් නික්ම ගිය පසුගිය අරාජික, යුද සමයේදී මෙහි තාවකාලික මඩුවක අනවසර කෝවිලක් ඉදිකර තිබී ඇත. එපමණක් නොව තිස් වසරක යුද සමයේදී කන්නියා උණුවතුර ළිං බලන්නට එහි ගිය දහස් ගණනක දකුණේ ජනතාවගෙන් ටිකට්පත් (කප්පම්) වලින් මුදල් ගරාගත්තේ එල්.ටී.ටී.ඊ. සංවිධානය බව ද නොදන්නා... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 22/07/19)

Cardinal asks govt. to resign
Courtesy The Island
Leaders of the country were acting according to the whims and fancies of external forces and the government should immediately resign and allow those who were capable of governing the county to take over, Archbishop of Colombo Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith told devotees at St. Sebastian’s Church, Katuwapitiya, which was reconsecrated yesterday. The Cardinal said that Muslims in the country were not responsible for the Easter Sunday attacks and that it was carried out by a group of misguided youth to fulfil the desires of foreign nations that wanted to destabilise... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 22/07/19)

ඔබලාට රට පාලනය කරන්න බෑ.. දැන් ගෙදර යන්න.. පුළුවන් කෙනෙකුට රට දෙන්න.. කතෝලිකයන් ආණ්ඩුවට තීරණාත්මකව අහිමි කරමින් අගරදගුරු කියති.. [Video]
 lanka C news
අපේ රටේ නායකයන්ගේ කොන්ද පන නැති බවත් ඔහු වැඩ කළ යුත්තේ මේ ආකාරයෙන් නොවන බවත් අගරදගුරු මැල්කම් රංජිත් කාදිනල් තුමන් සඳහන් කරති. https://youtu.be/DE2Ak6T1ipk ඉතාමත් ශක්තිමත් ව තිබූ බුද්ධි අංශ පාලකයන් විසින් විනාශ කළ බවද එහිමියන් චෝදනා කළහ. වනාතවිල්ලූවේදී අන්තවාදීන් හසුවූ අවස්ථාවේ කිසිම දෙයක් නොකර ඔවුන් නිදහස් කළ බවත්, මාවනැල්ලේ බුදු පිළිම කැඩූ අය හමුවූ පසු වූ විට ඔවුන් නිදහස් කර ඒ ගැන ඔත්තුව දුන් පුද්ගලයාට වෙඩි තැබූ බව ද කාදිනල් හිමියන් පැවසූහ. විධායකය සහ ව්‍යවස්ථාදායකය අතර ඇති වී තිබෙන බල අරගලයේ හේතුවෙන්... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 22/07/19)

ඊනියා නිදහස ලැබී වසර 71 ක් ගතවී ඇතත් තවමත් යටත්විජිතවාදී මානසිකත්ව ග්‍රහණයෙන් මුදාගෙන නැති මහනුවර ශ්‍රී දළදා පෙරහැර
ආචාර්ය සුදත් ගුණසේකර
සිව්වන සියවසේ (ක්‍රි ව. 313) කීර්ති ශ්‍රී මේඝවර්ණ රජතුමා දවස ශ්‍රී දළදා වහන්සේ මෙරටට වැඩමවූදා සිටම අරම්භවූ ශ්‍රී දළදා ප්‍රදර්ශනය හා දළදා පෙරහැර ඉතිහාසය පුරාම ඉතා  උත්කර්ෂවත් අන්දමින් පවත්වා ඇතිබැව් වන්ශකතාවලින් පැහැදිළිවෙයි. එදා සිටම සින්හල බෞද්ධ රාජ්යක් වූ මේ රටේ දළදාවහන්සේගේ භාරකාරයා මෙන්ම ආරක්ශකයාද වුයේ රජතුමාය. ඒ  නිසාම දළදාවහන්සේ වැඩසිටි දළදාමන්දිරය පිහිටියේද මාළිගා චතුරස්‍රයේමය.  දිනපතා උන්වහන්සේට සිදුකෙරෙන පුද පූජා වලට අමතරව වසරකට වරක් දළදා වහන්සේ අභයගිරි විහාරයට පෙරහැරින් වැඩමවා දින අනූවක් එහි ප්‍රදර්ශනයකොට ජනතාවට වැඳපුදා ගැනීමට අවස්ථාව සලස්වයි. අනතුරුව නැවතත් දළදාවහන්සේ පෙරහරින් රජමාලිගා පරිශ්‍රයට  වැඩමවා දළදා මන්දිරයේ තැන්පත් කිරීම සිරිත විය. මේ තුලින් දළදාවහ්න්සේගේ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/07/19)

How To Attract More Chinese Tourists to Sri Lanka?
by Ambassador Cheng Xueyuan
Before being nominated as the Chinese Ambassador to Sri Lanka and arriving at the country to assume my office, I could hardly imagine that there are so many world wonders on this tropical island of over 60,000 square kilometers. The graceful lake and mountains of Kandy, the quaint and ancient city of Galle, the gorgeous and colorful Colombo, and the breathtaking thrills of Lion Rock are all amazing and stunning. Many Chinese tourists have been attracted to these beautiful sceneries with pleasant surprise like me. qrf With the strong support... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/07/19)

Hindu Human Rights Activist Faces Sedition Trial For Telling Trump About Minority Persecution In Bangladesh
by Swarajya Staff Courtesy Swarajyamag
Donald Trump,Bangladesh,Hindu activist,priya saha,minority activist,hindus in bangladesh, Priya Saha at the White House (Pic via Twitter) A Bangladeshi minister, Obaidul Quader, has stated that the organising secretary of the Bangladesh Hindu Buddhist Christian Unity Council (HBCUC), Priya Saha, will face trial on the charge of sedition for her remarks about minority persecution in the country to US President Donald Trump, reports PTI. The Hindu minority activist had been on a visit to the White House on Friday (19 July), when she told Trump that 37 million members... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/07/19)

Is Sri Lanka a luxury destination?
The Island/Asia News Network 
COLOMBO — What makes a country stand out as a Luxury Destination? The high end traveler is willing to pay a much higher price to visit a truly amazing place without any crowds so that they would be the only ones there at that moment enjoying the venue. These travelers do not like to stand in line and waste their time. In short, the high end traveler likes to be pampered so that locked doors would open especially for them. For example I paid Euro 17 (around USD 19-20) to enter the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/07/19)

Cardinal calls on Sri Lanka govt to quit over Easter attacks
Courtesy Mailonline
+1 Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith says Sri Lanka's leaders were locked in power struggle rather than paying attention to intelligence warnings about the bombings The head of Sri Lanka's Roman Catholic Church Sunday called for the government to resign over its alleged failure to investigate an "international conspiracy" behind the deadly Easter bombings. Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith said the authorities had failed to identify those behind the suicide bombings that killed at least 258 people at three churches and three luxury hotels in Colombo. ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/07/19)

Umpire Kumar Dharamsena Admits To Making Error In Cricket World Cup Final
Courtesy Outlook
Sri Lankan umpire Kumar Dharamsena's controversial decision to give six runs to England's total, instead of five, from a deflected overthrow effectively sealed the faith for New Zealand in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 final Kumar Dharmasena, a former Sri Lanka spinner, is one of the leading umpires today It indeed was a judgement error to award six runs to England from an overthrow in the World Cup final admitted umpire Kumar Dharmasena but the Sri Lankan will never "regret" the decision. Report | Highlights | Scorecard ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/07/19)

US wants military cooperation pact with Sri Lanka to tackle red tape
Courtesy THE STRAITS TIMES
US Ambassador to Sri Lanka Alaina Teplitz said Washington has no intention of setting up a military base in the country.PHOTO: REUTERS COLOMBO (REUTERS) - The United States wants a special forces cooperation agreement with Sri Lanka to sidestep bureaucracy and has no intention of setting up a military base in the country, the American ambassador to the island nation said in a television interview. The comments represent the latest attempt by ambassador Alaina B. Teplitz to assuage concerns over US involvement in the Indian Ocean island after plans to... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/07/19)

Indians are contributing the most to revival of Lankan tourism after Easter Sunday blasts
Courtesy NewsIn.Asia
Colombo, July 21 (ECONOMYNEXT): Sri Lanka’s tourist arrivals have increased to an average 4,000 a day in the second week of July from 3,200 arrivals a day a week earlier, recovering further from the Easter Sunday attack with more visitors from India, a top official said. “There’s a significant increase in arrivals now, and we are averaging about 4,000 arrivals per day,” Sri Lanka Tourism Promotions Bureau (SLTPB) Chairman Kishu Gomes told EconomyNext. This is a 45 percent fall from the 7,026 average daily arrivals from July 2018. Arrivals had... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/07/19)

BBS CONVENTION IN KANDY, JULY 7, 2019
By Rohana R. Wasala
The Bodu Bala Sena organization held (seemingly the first edition of) its Siv Hele Maha Samuluwa or National Convention of Siv Hela  at the Bogambara Grounds in Kandy on July 7, 2019. Its purpose was, presumably, to propose a democratic, non-violent way out of the present political morass that the country is engulfed in. (Siv Hela is an ancient name for Sri Lanka. A commonly accepted conjecture is: Siv Hela > Sihela> Sinhale > Ceilao > Ceylon. Literally, the phrase means the Country of the Four Helas. Hela Diva or the ‘Island of the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/07/19)

Election carrots, at nation’s expense
Laksiri Warnakula
“…….Everybody knew that it was a carrot, for it was orange with a green top” – Rowan Atkinson aka Mr Bean in one of his stage presentations Another season of carrots has dawned. And the above regarding carrots came to my mind, of Rev. Bean reading a passage from his gospel to his congregation. Now they are just beginning to pop up once again from various plots belonging to various owners. However, does everybody know as Rev. Bean says that they are just carrots?  On offer are or will be... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/07/19)

ජනාධිපති ධූර කාලය අවුරුදු හයයි?
ආචාර්ය වරුණ චන්ද්‍රකීර්ති
මේ මාතෘකාව දැක්ක ගමන් අපේ කට්ටිය කලබල වෙන්න පුළුවන්. 19 වැනි ව්‍යවස්ථා සංශෝධනයෙන් ජනාධිපතිවරයාගේ ධූර කාලය අවුරුදු පහකට අඩු කළා කියන එක නොදන්න කෙනෙක් නැති තරම්. මේ කාරණය තහවුරු කරගන්න හැම කෙනෙක් ම බලන්නේ අපේ ආණ්ඩුක්‍රම ව්‍යවස්ථාවේ තියෙන “ජනරජයේ ජනාධිපතිවරයා” ගැන කියැවෙන 30 වැනි ව්‍යවස්ථාව. ඒකට අයිති දෙවැනි අනුව්‍යවස්ථාවේ (ඒ කියන්නේ 30. 2 අනුව්‍යවස්ථාවේ) මෙහෙම තියෙනවා. ජනරජයේ ජනාධිපතිවරයා ජනතාව විසින් තෝරා පත් කර ගනු ලැබිය යුතු අතර පස් අවුරුදු කාලයක් ධූරය දරන්නේ ය. ඉතින් මේ කාරණය මෙච්චර පැහැදිළිව කියලා තියෙද්දිත් ජනාධිපතිතුමාගේ ධූර කාලය අවුරුදු හයයි කියලා කියන එකේ තේරුම මොකක්ද කියලා... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/07/19)

දෙවෙනි පානදුරා වාදය හා සිංහල බෞද්ද්ධ අන්තවාදය
චන්ද්‍රසිරි විජයවික්‍රම
මිනිස් හට සොඳුරු ගුණ සහ නුගුණ ඇත නිදොස් කෙනෙකු මෙදියත උපදනේ නැත කුරිරු ගොර සපුන්ගේ දළ ගෙහි විසය මදුරු මැසිකැලන්ගේ තුඩ ගෙහි විසය රුදුරු නුහුසුවන්ගේ වල ගෙහි විසය නපුරු දුදනන්ගෙ සිය ලඟෙහිම විසය සුභාෂිතය බුද්ද්ධාගම කියන්නේ බොරුවක් ක්‍රිස්තුවර්‍ෂ 1873 දී සිදුවුන පානදුරා මහා වාදය සුද්දන්ගේ ආශිර්‍වාදය ඇතිව ඒ කාලයේ සිටි සිංහල ක්‍රිස්තියානීන් විසින් බුද්ද්ධාගමට හා හාමුදුරුවරුන්ට (බුද්ද්ධ ශාසනයට) දිගින් දිගටම අපහාස කරමින් හා අභියෝගකරමින් කරගෙන ගිය ඉල්ලාගෙන කෑමක ඓතිහාසික අවසානයක් විය. 1818 හා 1848 උඩරට සිංහල සමූල ඝාතනවල පසුබිම යටතේ, එවකට පැවති වාතාවරණය සුද්දන්ට කත් ඇද්ද, ඔබේසේකර-ද සේරම්-බණ්ඩාරණායක කළු සුද්දන්ගේ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/07/19)

Colombo Easter Massacre: Can Islamic Terror Be A Diplomatic Asset?
By Saeed Naqvi, The Milli Gazette Online
Prolific punditry on the Easter Sunday massacre in Colombo has taken a pause because investigations have reached a stage where all sides have to take a political call. Different interests would like investigators to be nosy in different directions. A calamity on a scale where nearly 300 people were killed and 500 injured immediately causes Intelligence agencies to descend with angelic intent, armed with all the technologies. A mystery which Hercule Poirot would leisurely solve over delectable wines and gourmet food is, with the arrival of... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/07/19)

Most extravagant tea service in U.K. launches for $800 a pot
Courtesy CTV News
White glove tea service at The Rubens at The Palace (The Rubens at the Palace) Have £500 (CAD$817) to spare on a cuppa tea? A luxury hotel in London has launched the U.K.'s most expensive afternoon tea service, featuring a pot of tea made with leaves handpicked at sunrise in the highlands of Sri Lanka. It's tea fit for a queen. The experience at The Rubens at The Palace hotel in London involves gold tweezers, gloved service, and a rare tea blend selected by specialist tea merchants at... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/07/19)

Aftermath of April 21 attacks - UN expert lauds Sri Lanka's efforts to ensure rule of law
Courtesy The Daily Mirror
The visiting UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Freedom of Association and Peaceful Assembly has appreciated the fact that Sri Lanka was able to recover and ensure the rule of law in the aftermath of the April 21 tragedy, the Foreign Affairs Ministry said. It said in a statement that Special Rapporteur Clément Nyaletsossi Voule also expressed his condolences on the recent terrorist attacks that occurred in April. Mr.Voule called on Foreign Minister Tilak Marapana at the Ministry on Thursday. The minister said the freedom of association... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/07/19)

Removing Dr. Shafi’s probe from CID: Acting IGP says ’not possible’ to NPC
Darshana Sanjeewa Balasuriya Courtesy The Daily Mirror
The Acting IGP has written to the National Police Commission (NPC) yesterday saying it is not possible to remove the CID from investigating Dr. Mohammed Shafi’s case and hand it over to the Police Special Investigation Unit (SIU). The NPC on Thursday called for a report from the Acting IGP over the possibility of removing the CID from investigating Dr. Shafi’s case. Police Spokesman SP Ruwan Gunasekera yesterday said the Acting IGP has said in his letter that the CID has launched the investigation into the case... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/07/19)

Hayleys Free Zone Limited denies any involvement in ‘garbage’ shipment
Courtesy Adaderana
Hayleys Free Zone Limited (HFZ) today denied that the company has any involvement with a shipment said to be containing garbage that is lying at the Port of Colombo. Video footage of the piles of biomedical waste shipped from the UK, recorded during the observation visit made by the Central Environmental Authority (CEA), was released to the media yesterday (19). https://youtu.be/SYFiiqaMksI The CEA has ordered to return the consignment of biomedical waste imported to Sri Lanka back to the United Kingdom. Certain groups, media reports and... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/07/19)

Back-to-back PC and Presidential polls
By C.A.Chandraprema Courtesy The Island
July 20, 2019, 7:28 pm  Mahinda Deshapriya One of the matters under discussion at this point in time is whether the long delayed Provincial Council elections should be held before the presidential poll this year. This debate is driven largely by one man - the Chairman of the Elections Commission Mahinda Deshapriya, who has said that he will resign from the Chairmanship of the Commission unless the PC elections are held before the Presidential election. Everybody else in the country, the politicians, the general public... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/07/19)

Looking for straws
Editorial Courtesy The Island
UPFA General Secretary and MP Mahinda Amaraweera has gone on record as saying that he will move a private member’s motion for abolishing the executive presidency. Reflected in his statement is his realisation that the SLFP/UPFA has failed to secure the SLPP’s consent for fielding President Maithripala Sirisena as their presidential candidate. If Amaraweera goes ahead with his move, he might be able to receive the backing of the UNP-led government and its allies. The next presidential election has become a huge problem for all political parties save the SLPP and the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/07/19)

SAJITH PREMADASA’S DEGREE QUALIFICATIONS vs OTHER POLITICIANS AND NATIONAL LIST
Dr M D P DISSANAYAKE
Like in many other countries, there are no mandatory academic or professional qualifications required by a person to be elected as President, Prime Minister or Cabinet of Ministers of Sri Lanka.  Late Mr D S Senanayake’s qualifications were never questioned when he became our First Prime Minister under independent Sri Lanka. Unlike in 1948, now Sri Lanka has produced thousands of highly educated  and world renowned academics and professionals.  Yet, our political system continuing musical chairs with the same old seasoned politicians. There are rumours that the former Auditor... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/07/19)

What Is Really Happening In Xinjiang
by Ambassador Cheng Xueyuan
Recently, I was surprised to notice that some politicians and media in the western countries continuously attacked China’s policy in Xinjiang, falsely claiming that a large number of “concentration camps” violating human rights have been established there. But what is the true story? The Grand Bazar (market) in Urumqi, Xinjiang, 2018 In Xinjiang have settled as many as 47 ethnic groups, including the Uygur, Han, Kazak, Hui, Mongolian, Tajik etc. Among the 24.4 million population of Xinjiang, nearly 13 million are Muslims. The Chinese government has attached... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/07/19)

How long are the Sinhala people going to tolerate this nonsense of the tyranny of minority politics…continued
Mario Perera, Kadawata
Forever until the Sinhalese are no more – Dilrook Dilrook’s comment must be printed in RED and posted in every street corner of this country. Read any and every article in our newspapers and journals. They all establish and confirm the stark reality that 'we live in a fairytale'. Hope as regards the hopeless is not hope. It is delusion. The vast majority of our Sinhala writers are personifications of Nero playing his lyre and singing while Rome was burning. The core issue has not filtered into their consciousness. Even those who strike... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/07/19)

Giants: Who Really Rules The World?
Courtesy Empire Files
Abby Martin sits down with Peter Phillips, former director of Project Censored and professor of Political Sociology at Sonoma State University. His new book “Giants: The Global Power Elite” details the 17 transnational investment firms which control over $50 trillion in wealth—and how they are kept in power by their activists, facilitators and protectors. https://youtu.be/ZUGh1Su7-ok... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/07/19)

Changing Sri Lanka’s Land Laws: Legal fraternity & Academics must play a bigger role
A wave of controversial agreements none of which anyone has seen are being drafted by foreigners and envoys are making open statements on them. US envoy recently claimed Sri Lanka’s land administration is poor & so MCC is recommending changes. MCC is an arm of the US government. Why has Sri Lanka’s legal fraternity not raised the issue of foreign interference in Sri Lanka’s internal affairs? Citizens of Sri Lanka enjoying free education owe something back to the Nation and Sri Lanka is in a miserable situation for the lack of the legal fraternity exerting the need to... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 20/07/19)

Another Presidential Election, Another Display of Tamil Eelam and Malaya Nadu Maps to the World
Dilrook Kannangara
Another presidential election is around the corner. And that means the nation is forgotten once again and political clans take centre stage.  There is a sinister side to all presidential elections. All presidential elections after 1994 showcased internal divisions to the whole world. The ethnic group classified as ‘Sri Lankan Tamils’ demand Tamil Eelam – a hypothetical state making up the entirety of the north and parts of the east and the north western areas. This has been an election issue since 1977. Similarly since 2002 the ethnic group classified as ‘Indian... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 19/07/19)

රාජ්‍ය ඇමති රන්ජන් රාමනායක පිරිමි ගොන් නාම්බෙක්ද?
චන්ද්‍රසිරි විජයවික්‍රම
රාජ්‍ය ඇමතිකමක්ද දී රනිල් විසින් රන්ජන්ව නඩත්තු කරන්නේ, ඇමෙරිකන් තානාපති නෝනා ඔහු සමඟ සෙල්ෆි ගහන්නේ, බළල් අතක් වශයෙන් ඔහුගෙන් ලබාගත හැකි ප්‍රයෝජන නිසාය. කලින් සිටි තානාපති නෝනා මාදුළුවාවේ සෝභිත හිමියන්ට දුන් ලණුව භාර දීමට තරම් දඹර අමිල හිමිට රටේ තැනක් නැත. එසේ නොහැකිවිට කලහැකි හොඳම ඉත්තා ලෙස රනිල්-මංගලලා රන්ජන්ගේ සවුත්තු කට පාවිච්චිකරමින් සිටී. භික්‍ෂු අපචාර ගැන රන්ජන්ගේ මුල් යූටියුබ් ප්‍රකාශය, ඔහුගේ ශ්‍රී මහා බෝධි පන්සලේ හාමුදුරුවරු ගංජා බොන මුහුණු පොත් සටහන, අන්තිමට රනිල් හමුවූ පසු ඔහු මාධ්‍යවලට මුලින් කී දෙය හා පසුව අළුතින්ම ලන්ඩන්, පෝප් හා ඒඩ්ස් හැදුනු සාමනේරවරුන් ඈඳා කල වනා වෙඩිතැබීම යන මේ සියල්ල... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 19/07/19)

ශ්‍රේෂ්ඨාධිකරණ සහ අභියාචනාධිකරණ නඩු තීන්දු සිංහල භාෂාවෙන් ලබා දීමට ජනමතය විමසන ලෙස ඉල්ලා අත්සන් ලක්ෂයක පෙත්සමකට අත්සන් ලබා ගැනීම ආරම්භ කරයි.....!
අරුන උණවටුන
ශ්‍රේෂ්ඨාධිකරණ සහ අභියාචනාධිකරණ නඩු තීන්දු සිංහල භාෂාවෙන් ලබා දීමට ජනමතය විමසන ලෙස ඉල්ලා අත්සන් ලක්ෂයක පෙත්සමක් ජනාධිපතිවරයාට ලබා දීමට අත්සන් එකතු කිරීමේ ආරම්භක උත්සවය ජූනි 18 කොළඹ මහජන පුස්තකාලයේ දී පවත්වන ලදී. “ නීතිය නොදැනීම සමාවට කරුණක් නොවේ” යන නීති සිද්ධාන්තය අනුව රටේ බහුතර ජනතාව වෙනස්කමකට ලක් නොකල යුතු අතර නීතිය දැන ගැනීමට ඇති මාර්ග අවහිර නොකළ යුතු වේ. ශ්‍රී ලංකාවේ පාලන ආයතන 3 අතරින් විධායකය සහ ව්‍යවස්ථාදායකය විසින් ගනු ලබන තීරණ රටේ බහුතර ජනතාවගේ භාෂාවෙන් එනම් සිංහල භාෂාවෙන්ද ගනු ලබන හෙයින් ඒවා ජනතාවට සන්නිවේදනය වුවත් අනෙක් පාලන ආයතනයේ ඉහළම ආයතන වන ශ්‍රේෂ්ඨාධිකරණය සහ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 19/07/19)

Sri Lanka bombings: three months on, tourism workers tell their stories
Courtesy The Guardian
May and June are the low season in Sri Lanka, but this year, following the Easter Sunday bombings, tourism ground to a halt. Hotels were empty, beaches were deserted and popular attractions that had been starting to suffer from overtourism were eerily quiet. The UK Foreign Office’s warning against all but essential travel was issued on April 25, effectively forcing UK holidaymakers to either cancel or postpone bookings. Visitors in May were down 70% year on year. After the FCO changed its advice six weeks later on 6 June – and other countries lifted... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 19/07/19)

The changing face of violent extremism
KHALID KOSER LILLA SCHUMICKY-LOGAN Courtesy The Interpreter
New research suggests students themselves know the beststrategies to prevent violent radicalisation in universities. A remembrance ceremony in Colombo in June, two months after the Easter Sunday bombings that killed 258 people (Photo: Ishara S. Kodikara via Getty)Published 19 Jul 2019 11:00 The Easter bombings in Sri Lanka killed 258 people, including two Australians among 46 foreign nationals, and injured 500 more. Its perpetrators according to Sri Lankan State Defence Minister Ruwan Wijewardene were “well-educated and come from the middle or upper-middle class”, and were “financially... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 19/07/19)

A long-distance love story
By Dr. Tilak S. Fernando Courtesy Ceylon Today
She lived in a faraway remote town, hundreds of miles away from the City of Colombo, and I was born in London. When the flower buds opened into beautiful blooms in her garden, they reached my olfactory glands automatically! Cool breezes swept across her garden in Sri Lanka, and moved thousands of miles, across the seas to bring me ‘love letters’ from her, my long-distance love! Neither had she seen me, nor had I seen her, the only bond between us was that I had heard about her from my... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 19/07/19)

19A and role of next President
By Lakshman I. Keerthisinghe Courtesy Ceylon Today
“Let us never forget that government is ourselves, and not an alien power over us. The ultimate rulers of our democracy are not a President, and senators, and congressmen and government officials, but the voters of this country.” -Franklin D. Roosevelt –American statesman and former President.President Maithripala Sirisena recently called for the abolition of both the 18th and 19th Amendments of the Constitution ‘in order to strengthen freedom, democracy and ensure good governance in the future’, he said when speaking at the 40th anniversary celebrations of the National Housing... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 19/07/19)

Ranjan apologizes to Maha Sangha for his controversial statement
Courtesy Adaderana
State Minister Ranjan Ramanayake today (19) apologized to Mahanayake and Anunayake theros of Asgiri Chapter for the controversial statement he made regarding Buddhist monks. The prelates had requested the presence of State Minister Ramanayake with regard to his statement, accordingly, the state minister visited the Asgiri Maha Viharaya in Kandy today. https://youtu.be/ZuB8suK6yBs Following a discussion held with Mahanayake and Anunayake theros and other monks of the Sangha Sabha, the state minister made an apology over his controversial statement. Meanwhile, many religious leaders had deplored the state... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 19/07/19)

VIP Defender & 2 persons involved in attack on van at Kalagedihena arrested
Courtesy Adaderana
The Defender vehicle, which was recently involved in the attack on a van at Kalagedihena, has been found at a residence in Maharagama area, says the Police Media Spokesperson SP Ruwan Gunasekara. SP Gunasekara added that the Defender vehicle was taken into police custody. The driver of the Defender and another individual have been arrested after the duo surrendered to the Colombo Crimes Division (CCD), the police media spokesperson stated further. The Acting Inspector General of Police (IGP) Chandana Wickremaratne today (19) directed the CCD to investigate into the incident... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 19/07/19)

Aloysius and 7 others served indictments; granted bail
Courtesy Adaderana
The Permanent High Court-at-Bar today served indictments on 8 accused in the the Central Bank bond scam case including Perpetual Treasuries Limited (PTL) owner Arjun Aloysius. The defendants were subsequently granted bail by the court, Ada Derana reporter said. The case was taken up before a bench comprising Justices Sampath Abeykoon, Sampath Wijeyaratne and Champa Janaki Rajaratne in the Special High Court today (19). Ada Derana reporter said that no attorneys were present at the hearing on behalf of the first defendant in the case, former Central Bank governor Arjuna... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 19/07/19)

How long are the Sinhala people going to tolerate this nonsense of the tyranny of minority politics and sleep before these Tamil and Muslim threats?
Dr. Sudath Gunasekara 
Immediate action is needed to arrest this arrogant minority terrorism on this Sinhala motherland to save the country, the 2500 year old Sinhala nation and the Buddha Sasana. The onerous of arresting this blatant minority terrorism falls squarely on the two main Sinhala political Parties, the UNP and the SLPP. No Sinhala political party or leader should dream to come to power in this country if it continues to ignores these threats and remain deaf, blind and dumb as usual fearing losing minority votes. The whole Sinhala nation is seriously watching how these... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/07/19)

MILLENNIUM CHALLENGES, ECONOMIC ISSUES AND INTERNATIONAL POLITICS IN SR LANKA PART 1
BY EDWARD THEOPHILUS
Recent political analysis of Mr. C.A Chandraprema in Sunday Island on 14.07.2019 allowed understanding the truth about the achievement of millennium goals in Sri Lanka as it has been quite closed information that most of the population in the country including politicians have no idea about this test performance.  I associated with university students in Pacific countries to discuss UN millennium goals after the year 2000, however, I didn’t know that Sri Lanka also was a country covered by UN Millennium goals as the official statistics published by the Central Bank of Sri Lanka showed... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/07/19)

MILLENNIUM CHALLENGES, ECONOMIC ISSUES AND INTERNATIONAL POLITICS IN SR LANKA PART 2
BY EDWARD THEOPHILUS
Fiscal Policy Fiscal policy became a vital issue after the conditions created Korean War in early 1950s and Sri Lanka was unable to design and develop a good fiscal policy to the country.  It seemed that the economic authority treated fiscal policy and monetary as alternatives despites in our university classrooms education in which we were educated that fiscal and monetary policies are not alternatives but complimentary to fix weakness in one by others.  Fiscal policy has been continued without a proper solution and all governments ruled in the country used borrowing... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/07/19)

වසර 115කට පසුව මහව ඕමන්තේ දුම්රිය මාර්ගය සම්පූර්ණයෙන්ම අලුත් කෙරේ...
ප්‍රවාහන හා සිවිල් ගුවන්සේවා අමාත්‍යාංශය.
වසර 115කට වඩා පැරණි මහව - ඕමන්තේ දුම්රිය මාර්ගය සම්පූර්ණයෙන්ම අලුත් කිරීම හෙවත් දැනට භාවිත වන පැරණි දුම්රිය මාර්ගය ඉවත් කර ඒ වෙනුවට නව දුම්රිය මාර්ගය සෑදීමේ  ව්‍යාපෘතිය අද නිල වශයෙන් ආරම්භ විය. ඒ එම ව්‍යාපෘතියේ ඉදිකිරීම් ගිවිසුම ප්‍ර‍වාහන සහ සිවිල් ගුවන්සේවා අමාත්‍ය අර්ජුන රණතුංග මහතාගේ ප්‍ර‍ධානත්වයෙන් අත්සන් කිරීමෙනි. ගිවිසුම් අත්සන් කිරීමේ නිල උත්වය අද (18) කොළඹදී පැවැත්විණ. ගිවිසුම අත්සන් කළේ ප්‍රවාහන සහ සිවිල් ගුවන්සේවා අමාත්‍යාංශය සහ ඉදිකිරීම් කොන්ත්‍රාත්තුව හිමි IRCON Intonational Limited  සමාගම අතර වේ. උතුරු දුම්රිය මාර්ගයේ මහව - ඕමන්තේ දුම්රිය මාර්ගයට අයත් සම්පූර්ණ දිග කිලෝමීටර් 133කි. එහි මහව සිට... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/07/19)

පටු දේශපාලන වාසි වෙනුවෙන් අධ්‍යාපන ඇමති ජනතා මුදලින් ජනතාව නොමග යැවීම සම්බන්ධවයි.
ලංකා ගුරුසේවා සංගමය
ගරු ජනාධිපති, මෛත‍්‍රීපාල සිරිසේන මැතිතුමා, ජනාධිපති කාර්යාලය, කොළඹ 01. ගරු ජනාධිපතිතුමනි, පටු දේශපාලන වාසි වෙනුවෙන් අධ්‍යාපන ඇමති ජනතා මුදලින් ජනතාව නොමග යැවීම සම්බන්ධවයි. අධ්‍යාපන ඇමති අකිල විරාජ් කාරියවසම් මහතාගේ උපදෙස් පරිදි අධ්‍යාපන අමාත්‍යාංශය විසින් ‘‘සක‍්‍රීය අධ්‍යාපන පද්ධතියක් වෙනුවෙන් ගුරු විදුහල්පති සේවාව ශක්තිමත් කළ වගයි.’’ යනුවෙන් ජාතික පුවත්පත්වල සම්පූර්ණ පිටුවක් පුරා ජනතා මුදල් වැයකරමින් පලකර ඇති ගුරු හා විදුහල්පති සේවාවල වැටුප් සංශෝධන දැනුවත්වම ජනතාව නොමග යැවීමක් බැවින් ඊට දැඩි විරෝධය පලකරන ලංකා ගුරුසේවා සංගමය මෙම මුදල් අවභාවිතාව සම්බන්ධව විධිමත් පරීක්‍ෂණයක් පවත්වන ලෙස ඉතා ඕනෑකමින් යුතුව ඉල්ලා සිටිමු. ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/07/19)

ශ්‍රේෂ්ඨාධිකරණ, අභියාචනාධිකරණ නඩු තීන්දු සිංහල භාෂාවෙන් ලබා ගැනීමේ අත්සන් ලක්ෂයේ වැඩසටහන....සමාරම්භක අවස්ථාව......2019 ජූලි 18 කොළඹ මහජන පුස්තකාලයේ දී පවත්වන ලදී.....
අරුන උණවටුන
ශ්‍රේෂ්ඨාධිකරණ සහ අභියාචනාධිකරණ නඩු තීන්දු ලබා දිය යුතු භාෂාව සිංහල භාෂාව විය යුතුද? මැයෙන් ජනමතවිචාරණයක් පවත්වන ලෙස ඉල්ලා ගරු ජනාධිපතිතුමා වෙත ඉදිරිපත් කිරීම සදහා පුරවැසියන් ලක්ෂයකගේ අත්සන් එකතු කිරීමේ සමාරම්භක නිල උත්සවය 2019 ජූලි මස 18 වන දින සවස කොළඹ 07 මහජන පුස්තකාලයේ ප්‍රවේශාගාරයේ දී නීතිඥවරු ඇතුලු විද්වත් පිරිසගේ සහභාගීත්වයෙන් පවත්වන ලදී. එම අවස්ථාවට වැඩම කළ කැළණිය විශ්ව විද්‍යාලයේ සංස්කෘතික අධ්‍යයන අංශයේ මහාචාර්ය පූජ්‍ය ඉදුරගාරේ ධම්මරතන හිමියන් සිය අත්සන ලබා දෙන අවස්ථාව සහ සිංහල භාෂාවෙන් ශ්‍රේෂ්ඨාධිකරණයේ සහ අභියාචනාධිකරණයේ නඩු තීන්දු ලබා ගැනීම රටේ බලය පිළිබද ප්‍රශ්නය තීරණය කිරීමක් බවට දේශනය පවත්වන අවස්ථාවත්, අත්සන් ලක්ෂය සදහා පුරවැසියන්... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/07/19)

SOFA ,ACSA හා MCC ගිවිසුම් සරල සිංහල බසින්
පියන්ත රොහාන් මොරපිටිය.
( Status of Forces, Acquisition and Cross Service Agreements, and Millennium Challenge Corporation Compact ) https://www.facebook.com/savingmotherland/videos/10218094305083578/UzpfSTEwNjYwMTIwMTk6Vks6MjE0NTk0MjUzNTcwMzM2Ng/?comment_id=2146816318949321&notif_id=1562924132652876&notif_t=group_highlights... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/07/19)

Lankan wedding exhibitions give brides and grooms the very best
by Tang Lu Courtesy NewsIn.Asia
COLOMBO, July 17 (Xinhua) — Sri Lankan bride-to-be Aniya Perera was keenly enquiring about the glitzy exhibits at the “Wedding Show-2019” held at the Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall (BMICH) in Colombo last weekend. “My wedding is in February 2020, but I have been visiting a number of wedding exhibitions to get the best of what is available. I started going to wedding exhibitions in Colombo last year. I am very clear about my needs and choices,” she told Xinhua. Weddings in Sri Lanka, particularly among... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/07/19)

India and Lanka sign US$ 91.26 million contract to upgrade Maho-Omanthai rail track
Courtesy NewsIn.Asia
Colombo, July 18 (newsin.asia): A contract agreement for around US$ 91.26 million to upgrade the railway track from Maho to Omanthai under Indian concessional financing was signed by IRCON International Limited of India and the Government of Sri Lanka here on Thursday. The contract agreement was signed by Sunil Kumar Choudhury, Chairman & Managing Director, IRCON International Limited and L.P.Jayampathy, Secretary, Ministry of Transport and Civil Aviation of Sri Lanka, in the presence of Hon. Arjuna Ranatunga, Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation of Sri Lanka. Mr. M.J. D. Fernando, General... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/07/19)

ACSA, SOFA & MCC SAGA
JANAKI CHANDRARATNA Courtesy The Island
July 18, 2019, 9:02 pm  There is a considerable degree of anxiety and concern relating to the American ACSA (Acquisition and Cross Servicing Agreement), SOFA (Status of Forces Agreement) and the MCC (Millennium Challenge Corporation) projects currently being considered or probably have already been signed off by the govt. in recent times. The trepidation is mainly due to the lack of information on these developments, which supposedly have a detrimental impact on the sovereignty of our nation. Sri Lankan media needs to be commended for... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/07/19)

From granary to waste-yard?
Editorial Courtesy The Island
Time was when this country was known as the Granary of the East. Today, it is apparently on its way to becoming what may be called the Dumpsite of the East. Consignments of foreign garbage are said to be imported. The Customs trade unions have said that as many as 122 containers of waste, brought from the UK, are currently sitting in the Colombo Port. These big boxes are said to contain hospital waste, plant and animal parts, restaurant trash and old mattresses. A lot of waste has been imported since 2013 and dumped... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/07/19)

Making the Political Alternative meaningful and Relevant to Masses
By Siri Hettige, Emeritus Professor of Sociology, University of Colombo - Courtesy The Island
There has been considerable public discussion in recent months about the need to find a meaningful and real alternative to the existing two mainstream political formations in Sri Lanka. But, the people in the country are yet to see a clear vision and a cohesive programme of the proposed political alternative. In this brief article, an attempt is made to articulate a possible vision and a programme to be discussed and considered by relevant parties in the next weeks and months. Against... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/07/19)

Fully qualified cutthroats
OLD SOLDIER
The JVP, who in 1989-90 attempted genocide of the Sinhalese, share similarities with the Nazi’s who actually committed genocide of six million Jews in Germany and occupied Europe in 5 years. In SL there were over 60,000 deaths in a year before the JVP was neutralized. Had they gone on it would have been half a million in five years. Amazingly, they and not the military, now show sudden and great concern in non GMOA registered doctors working in the Forces hospitals (Island 12 July 19). After all it was not too long ago... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/07/19)

US govt. will not buy, sell, or own actual land in Sri Lanka – Teplitz
Courtesy The Island
Teplitz The United States Government will not buy, sell, or own any actual land under Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) Compact, says the US Ambassador to Sri Lanka, Alaina B. Teplitz. Ambassador Teplitz conducted a Facebook live chat on Thursday to counter misinformation and disinformation that has been propagated about US-Sri Lanka cooperation. The Ambassador responded to public questions on the US-Sri Lanka partnership agreements, Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA), Acquisition and Cross Servicing Agreement (ACSA) and the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) Compact. The VFA addresses the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/07/19)

NPC wants CID withdrawn and SIU to probe
Darshana Sanjeewa Balasuriya Courtesy The Daily Mirror
The National Police Commission (NPC) has called for a report from the Acting IGP over the possibility of removing the CID from investigating Dr. Mohammed Shafi’s case and hand it over to the Police Special Investigation Unit (SIU). Police Spokesman SP Ruwan Gunasekera said an attorney had lodged a complaint with the NPC stating that investigations carried out by the CID against Dr. Shafi should be withdrawn. “The lawyer had requested in the complaint that the investigations should be handed over to a Special Investigation Unit which... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/07/19)

Adverse weather conditions in Sri Lanka
Courtesy Ceylon Today
Power outages due to the adverse weather conditions have been reported from several areas in the island including Matara, Galle and Ratnapura today (18). Deputy Director of theDisaster Management Centre (DMC), Pradeep Kodippili advised the public not to proceed to the sea and to avoid travelling to the mountain areas due to the current adverse weather.  Also, as a result of the torrential rains in the mountain areas, the water levels of the Laxapana, Maussakelle and Castlereagh reservoirs have been risen and due to this situation two spill gates of the Laxapana reservoir have been opened... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/07/19)

FCID probing Ven. Rathana Thera’s complaint USD 100M Saudi funding to Batti Campus Pvt Ltd
By Hansi Nanayakkara Courtesy Ceylon Today
The Financial Crimes Investigation Division (FCID) yesterday (18), informed Colombo Chief Magistrate Lanka Jayaratna that they were currently probing how a sum of over US$ 100 million had been sent from Saudi Arabia to the Batticaloa Campus Private Limited and the Bank accounts from which that sum had been withdrawn, to construct a University in the Poonani area of Batticaloa.  They said, Parliamentarian Ven. Athuraliye Rathana Thera had lodged a complaint in this connection at the IGP’s office on 12 July, after which the complaint had been handed over to... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/07/19)

Retrospective View on 8 January 2015
By Sumanasiri Liyanage Courtesy Ceylon Today
In spite of the ambiguities embedded in the Constitution over the next date of the Presidential Poll, there is no doubt that it should be held prior to May 2020, the latest. From the perspective of the people in the country, it is pertinent to rethink about the decision that they made on 8 January 2015. As 6.2 million people voted on 8 January 2015 to oust the existing regime and to elect a new Government, it is not unfair to assume that these voters might have done although... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/07/19)

රන්ජන් රාමනායකගේ කතාව හා සමාජ ප්‍රවණතා
කතු වැකිය ලංකාදීප
යහපාලන ආණ්ඩුවේ රාජ්‍ය අමාත්‍ය පදවියක් හොබවන රන්ජන් රාමනායක භික්ෂු සමාජය ගැන කරන ලදැයි කියන ප්‍රකාශයක් පිළිබඳව ලොකු කලබගෑනියක් හටගෙන තිබේ. ඔහු එම ප්‍රකාශය මගින් මෙරට භික්ෂු සමාජය දැඩි විවේචනයට ලක්කර ඇත. “යූ ටියුබ්” මාධ්‍ය ඔස්සේ සාකච්ඡාවකට සහභාගී වෙමින් රන්ජන් රාමනායක විසින් කරන ලද ප්‍රකාශය වැරැදීමක් හෝ වැරදි අර්ථ දැක්වීමක් නොව ඔහු විසින්  පුවත් මැවීමට හෝ “පොරක් වීම” සඳහා කරන ලද්දක් සේ සමාජයේ කතාබහට ලක්ව ඇත. ඔහු මහජන  නියෝජිතයෙකි. මහජන නියෝජිතයකු වන්නට පෙර හෙතෙම ශ්‍රී ලාංකික සමාජයේ සාමාජිකයෙකි. නළුවෙකි. ප්‍රකට චරිතයකි. මෙවන් අයට සමහරුන් කියන්නේ ජනමත ප්‍රධානීන් කියාය. ජනමත ප්‍රධානියකු මහජන නියෝජිතයකු වනවිට ඔහු හැසිරිය... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/07/19)

Two conspiracy charges in indictment against Gotabaya, court told
Courtesy Adaderana
It is apt to revise the indictments filed against former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa if they are in a state of being revised, the Supreme Court told the Attorney General. The Attorney General had filed indictments with the Permanent High Court-at-Bar against Gotabaya Rajapaksa, accusing him of misusing state funds when constructing the D.A. Rajapakse museum in Hambantota. https://youtu.be/GwFISMWnNfs Rajapaksa’s attorneys had submitted an appeal to Permanent High Court-At-Bar seeking to amend the indictments against their client, however, it was rejected by the court. Meanwhile, the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/07/19)

AG files revision against granting bail to Pujith and Hemasiri
Courtesy Adaderana
The Attorney General today filed a revision application before the Colombo High Court against the Colombo chief magistrate’s order granting bail to IGP Pujith Jayasundara and former Defence Secretary Hemasiri Fernando. The appeal requests the Colombo High Court to issue an interim order against the granting of bail by the Colombo Magistrate’s Court to the suspects, who were arrested for their failure to prevent the Easter Sunday attacks. Jayasundara and Fernando were informed to appear before the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) on July 02. However, the IGP was admitted to the Police... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/07/19)

Police Commission’s secretary arrested by CID
Courtesy Adaderana
Secretary of the National Police Commission Saman Dissanayake has been arrested by the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) in connection with the Avant-Garde floating armoury case. The NPC Secretary was reportedly arrested while he was at the Sri Jayawardenapura Hospital. https://youtu.be/8Kk6apClnXo The Colombo Fort Magistrate yesterday rejected the anticipatory bail application filed by Dissanayake, requesting to release him on bail if he was arrested over the Avant-Garde floating armoury case. Magistrate Ranga Dissanayake said that the court has no jurisdiction to grant bail to Dissanayake, who was... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/07/19)

World Bank assures continuous assistance to Sri Lanka
Courtesy Adaderana
The World Bank will increase assistance to Sri Lanka under three of its new operations, the World Bank Vice President for South Asia Region, Hartwig Schafer said today (18). The three World Bank operations include assisting the agriculture sector faced with climatic vagaries, irrigation, renewable energy, climate resilience operations and renovation of tanks in rural areas. Mr Schafer stated this when he called on President Maithripala Sirisena at the President’s Office today. Referring to the Easter Sunday terror attack and its impact on the economy, he has said that the World Bank... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/07/19)

ඉඩම් හිමිකම් ඇමරිකාවට - සිකුරිටි කම්කරු රස්සා ජනතාවට
මතුගම සෙනෙවිරුවන්
ගෙන ඒමට යෝජිත ඉඩම් පනත් වලින්  මෙරට ජනතාවට භූමියේ හිමිකම් ලැබෙන බව අගමැති වරයා පවසයි. මෙම අයිතිය වලක්වාලන්නට මෙරට සංවිධාන දෙකක් වැඩ කරන බවද ඒවාට නොරැවටී ජනතාවගේ ඉඩම් අයිතිය ලබා ගත යුතු බවද ඔහු  වැඩිදුරටත් ප්‍රකාශයක් නිකුත් කර තිබේ.මෙතෙක් කල් බලපත්‍ර හිමිව සිටි ස්වර්ණ භූමි සහ ජයභූමි ඔප්පු හිමිව සිටි ලංකාවාසී ජනතාවට සින්නක්කරවම ඔප්පු ලැබෙන්නේ යැයි කියන මේ ප්‍රකාශයෙහි සත්‍යතාවයක් තිබේද. දැනට පාර්ලිමේන්තුවට ඉදිරිපත් කර තිබෙන ඉඩම් විශේෂ විධි විධාන පනත යනුවෙන් හඳුන්වන පනත ට කැබිනට් අනුමැති හිමිව නැතිබවද දයාසිරි ජයසේකර මන්ත්‍රීවරයා පවසා ඇත. එසේම මෙම ඉඩම් පනත ආණ්ඩුක්‍රම ව්‍යවසථාවට පටහැනි බවට අධිකරණයට පෙත්සම් කීපයක් ද... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 17/07/19)

The state land (Special Provisions) bill
By Neville Ladduwahetty Courtesy The Island
It has been reported that the State Land (Special Provisions) Bill, tabled in Parliament on 28 June, sought approval for passing necessary provisions for awarding the sole right to state land held by citizens. The government is reported to have said that the Bill will benefit the people who have only been residing in lands with a permit and unable to submit it as collateral in obtaining a bank loan. The Bill also aims at allowing the people have been living on permit lands since the 1920s to obtain the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 17/07/19)

2019 ජුලි 18-19 කැඳවා ඇති ගුරු-විදුහල්පති වෘත්තීය කි‍්‍රයාමාර්ගයට සම්බන්ධ නොවීම
මාධ්‍ය නිවේදනයයි
ගුරු-විදුහල්පති වෘත්තීය සමිති සන්ධානය නමින් සමාජ ජාලවල හා දිවයිනේ පාසල් කිහිපයක අත් පති‍්‍රකා බෙදාහරිමින් 2019 ජුලි 18/19 දෙදින ගුරු-විදුහල්පතිවරුන්ගේ අසනීප නිවාඩු වාර්තා කිරීමේ කි‍්‍රයාමාර්ගයක් පිළිබඳව ප‍්‍රචාරය කරමින් සිටී. එම වෘත්තීය කි‍්‍රයාමාර්ගයට පහත සඳහන් වෘත්තීය සමිති කිසිවක් සම්බන්ධ නොවන බව දැනුම් දෙමු. මාර්තු 13 දින අප සියලූ සංගම් එක්ව සාර්ථක එක්දින වැඩ වර්ජනයක් කි‍්‍රයාත්මක කළ අතර, එහි ඊ ළඟ පියවර ලෙස මැයි 9, 10 දෙදින වැඩ වර්ජනයක් ප‍්‍රකාශ කළ ද රටේ පැවති අර්බුදකාරී තත්වය තුළ එය අත්හිටුවීමට සිදු විය. එහෙත් ගුරු-විදුහල්පති වැටුප් විෂමතා ඉවත් කර ගැනීම ඇතුළු ඉල්ලීම් මුල්කරගත් අපගේ අරගලය ඉදිරියට ගෙනයාම සම්බන්ධයෙන් කටයුතු... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 17/07/19)

SRI LANKA: මරණ දඩුවම අහෝසි කිිරීම පිළිබඳ නීති කෙටුම්පත
බැසිල් ප‍්‍රනාන්දු the Asian Human Rights Commission
මරණීය දණ්ඩනය අහෝසි කිරීම පිළිබඳව නීති කෙටුම්පතක් ගැසට් කරන බවට ඇති අනාවරණය සතුටට කරුණකි. එය ලෝකයේ බොහෝ රටවල් අශිෂ්ඨ යැයි පිළිගන්නා කරටි මවේදයක් ලංකාව තුළද පිළිගැනෙන බවට පරරී කාශයකි. ඒ නිසා මෙය ලංකාවේ නීති කරි් මය සම්බන්ධයෙන් තීරණාත්මක වෙනසක් ඇති කළ හැකි අවස්ථාවකි. එහෙත් මෙම අවස්ථාවේදී සලකා බලා පිළියම් යෙදිය යුතු තවත් බරපතල පරලී ශ්නයක් ඇත. එනම් අපරාධ කිරීම පිළිබඳව සමාජය තුළ බියක් හා අකමැත්තක් වර්ධනය කරන්නේ කෙසේද යන පරරා ශ්නයයි. මරණීය දණ්ඩනයට පක්ෂව ගෙන ගිය වංක සිතිවිලි ධාරාව පදනම් වී තිබුනේ එය බරපතල අපරාධ සම්බන්ධයෙන් බියක් ඇති කළ හැකිය... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 17/07/19)

ඇමති මංගල ඩොලර් කෝටි 600ක් (රුපියල් කෝටි ලක්‍ෂයක්) කොමිස් ගහලා.. ලන්ඩනයේ සුපිරි නිවාස 06ක් අරන්.. සාක්‍ෂි සහිත හෙලිදරවුව මෙන්න…
lanka C news
මුදල් ඇමති මංගල සමරවීර මහතා මෙරට මහ ජනතාවගේ දේපල සුවිශාල වශයෙන් ගසා කෑ දරුණුතම අපරාධකරුවෙක් බව ජාතික සමගියෙන් බලවේගය කැඳවුම්කරු පූජ්‍ය තීනියාවල පාලිත හිමියෝ සඳහන් කරති. කොළඹදී පැවති මාධ්‍ය හමුවක් අමතමින් උන් වහන්සේ මේ බව සඳහන් කළහ. මංගල සමරවීර ඇමතිවරයා විසින් සිදුකරන ලද අයථා කොමිස් ගනුදෙනුවලින් පමණක් ලන්ඩනයේ නිවාස 06ක් මිලට ගෙන ඇති බවද සඳහන් කළ උන්වහන්සේ ඉන් එකෙක වටිනාකම පවුම් මිලියන 03 සිට පවුම් මිලියන 18 දක්වා ඉතා ඉහල අගයන් වන බවද කියා සිටියහ. සමහර දේපල ඇමති මංගල නමින් නොතිබුණද ඒවා ඔහුගේ යැයි ඔප්පු කිරීමට... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 17/07/19)

Contradictions
Editorial Courtesy The Island
The yahapalana government is a contradiction in terms in that it consists of politicians who have a history of practising the very antithesis of good governance. Some of the recent utterances of its leaders and their soul mates show how fraught it is with internal contradictions. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has gone on record as saying that the armed forces and the police, acting on his instructions, in the immediate aftermath of the Easter Sunday disaster, eliminated the local agents of the ISIS root and branch, in record time, much to the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 17/07/19)

Betraying our Visionary leader DS Senanayake.
Garvin Karunaratne Former Government Agent
The vast colonization schemes of the Dry Zone, the peasantry, in thousands  that enjoyed the land,  earning bountiful crops were all due to the great achievement of our Leader, DS Senanayake, all achieved during his days as the Minister for Agriculture and Lands. It was his dream to uplift the life of the rural masses and for that purpose  he initiated a policy of granting land to the landless poor, making them partners in production and national development. His avowed aim was "not only to see that they are free from hunger an... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/07/19)

හඳපාන්ඇල්ල, සිංහරාජ අලි සංක්‍රමණ භූමිය (අලිමංකඩ) බැකෝ යන්ත්‍ර යොදා ගනිමින් වනසයි.
පේශල පසන් කරුණාරත්න වැසිවනාන්තර සුරකින්නෝ සංවිධානය
යුනෙස්කෝ ලෝක උරුම තෙත් කලාපීය වැසි වනාන්තරයක් වන සිංහරාජ රක්ෂියේ නැගෙනහිර රක්වාන කඳුවැටිය හා ඒ ආශ්‍රිතව පවතින්නා වූ වනාන්තර පද්ධතිය සූවිශේෂි ජෛව විවිධත්වයකින් යුක්ත වන අතර සිංහරාජයේ වෙසෙන අවසාන දැවන්තයන් දෙදෙනා වසරේ වැඩි කාලයක් සක්‍රීය වන ප්‍රදේශයකි. මානික්වත්ත, බෝටියතැන්න ප්‍රදේශය ආශ්‍රිත කලාපය සිංහාරජ අලි සංක්‍රමණ කලාපයක් ලෙසටද ලෙස නම් කර ඇත. සීඝ්‍රයෙන් විනාශවෙමින් පවතින මෙම හඳපාන්ඇල්ල, සිංහරාජ අලි සංක්‍රමණ භූමියේ (අලිමංකඩ) බෝටියතැන්න ප්‍රදේශයේ අක්කර 8ක පමණ ඉඩමක් මේ වන විට අනවසරයෙන් කපා දමා ගිනිතබමින් සිටී. වැසිවනාන්තර සුරකින්නෝ සංවිධානය මේ පිළිබඳව සොයා බැලීමේදී දැන ගැනීමට හැකි වූයේ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/07/19)

RE: Discussion had by Chapa with GMOA Reps re Import of Outdated Medicine,etc. in June '19/Corrupt Fisheries Deals
Mahinda Gunasekera
His Excellency Maithripala Sirisena President of Sri Lanka Hon. Ranil Wickremasinghe Prime Minister of Sri Lanka Your Excellency Maithripala Sirisena and Hon. Ranil Wickremasinghe, Please see the annexed video discussion with two representatives of the GMOA with one Chapa Bandara relating to serious wrongdoings in procedure and harm done to the health of the people through the corrupt practices of the current Minister of Health, and corrupt deals incurring huge losses to the state by the same person, namely Rajitha Senaratne, when he held the post of Minister of Fisheries. Such corrupt... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/07/19)

බැංකුණය පොලිය අඩුකරන බව අගමැති කියයි-(අංජුල මහික වීරරත්න)
Dr Sarath Obeysekera
මේ මාසය අවසන් වනවිට බැංකුණය පොලිය 12% සිට 10% දක්වා අඩු කරන බව අග්‍රාමාත්‍ය රනිල් වික්‍රමසිංහ මහතා ත්‍රිකුණාමලයේ දී පැවසීය. පාස්කු ප්‍රහාරයෙන් කඩා වැටුණු සංචාරක ව්‍යාපාරය කෙටි කලක් ඇතුළත යථාතත්වයට පත්වනු ඇති බවද අග්‍රාමාත්‍යවරයා වැඩිදුරටත් සඳහන් කළේය. Need of the hour is not reducing existing interest rates ,but imposing rules on all private and public banks to write off loans or postpone repayment and servicing interest for at  least four years ,to overcome the difficulties of  hotel owners ,industrialists ,caused by the Easter bomb blast. I am in a boutique hotel... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/07/19)

මිනිස් කමට සුදුසුද ඒ මිනිස්සු
 (නිර්මාණය - ඩබ්.කේ. එස්. ජයතිලක)
සිංහල ඔබගෙ අයිතිය වෙයි මේකපාට බේද නොබලව් ඔබ කිසි දාකපෑන අතින් ගෙන නොබියව කිසි දාකතබනු තබනු එහි අත්සන සැබෑ දැක උගනිව් ඉගෙනගව් සැමගේ භාෂාවපෙරමුණ දියව් තමගේ මව් භාෂාවකෙළෙසන්නට එපා කිසිවිට මව් භාෂාවසමතැන නොවේ නිසි තැන තබව් මව් භාෂාව නීති පනත් ගෙනෙනා ඒ මිනිස්සූදුගී ජනයා තලනා ඒ මිනිස්සූනීති කඩන ඒ ගෙම්බර මිනිස්සූමිනිස් කමට සුදුසුද ඒ මිනිස්සු  (නිර්මාණය - ඩබ්.කේ. එස්. ජයතිලක) ශ්‍රේෂ්ඨාධිකරණ සහ අභියාචනාධිකරණ නඩු තීන්දු ලබා දිය යුතු භාෂාව සිංහල භාෂාව විය යුතුද? යන කාරණය ජනමතවිචාරණයක් මගින් විසදන ලෙස ජනාධිපතිවරයාගෙන් ඉල්ලන අත්සන් ලක්ෂයේ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/07/19)

JVP successfully bails out Rishad
By Sugeeswara Senadhira Courtesy Ceylon Today
The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) has mastered the art of running with the hare and hunting with the hounds. The party successfully carried out the well-planned strategy to save the United National Party (UNP) from the embarrassment of a defeat at a No-Confidence Motion (NCM) against Rishad Bathiudeen, by tabling an NCM against the Government, and at the same time managed to convince its cadres that the Party still considers the capitalist UNP as enemy number one. The JVP has deviated from the position of anti-capitalist (read: anti-UNP), and became... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/07/19)

Abduct and convert: Plight of Hindus in rural Pakistan
By Kamal Siddiqi Courtesy NewsIn.Asia
Karachi, July 16 (The Express Tribune): This month a teenage Hindu girl, Payal Kumari, was abducted by her teacher from district Thatta. Police looked the other way as Payal went missing for several days before appearing to record her statement at a madrassa. Payal joins the thousands of Hindu girls in Pakistan who are either abducted or leave of their own accord and end up converting to Islam and marrying a Muslim man. Human rights groups estimate that 20 or more Hindu girls are abducted every month in Pakistan. ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/07/19)

China, Pakistan and Russia gain foothold in Afghanistan
By P.K.Balachandran/Daily Express
As troubled Afghanistan moves towards a partial withdrawal of American troops; an end to violence; and a political solution, the presence or influence of China, Russia and Pakistan in that country has increased perceptibly. Despite its accusation that Pakistan is not doing enough to contain terrorism on its soil and also in Afghanistan; despite its trade and strategic conflict with China; and its stand-off with Russia over issues relating to the Middle East, the US has roped in these very countries to help it get out of the mess in Afghanistan. ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/07/19)

Selecting Leaders to Reclaim Our Country
Dr D.Chandraratna
During the last so many years we have agonized over the unsatisfactory state of affairs in our body politic and the helplessness of its citizens. If we are to survive this madness, simply switching off or merely ridiculing the current crop of Parliamentarians will not deliver. We must actively canvass our good intentions to rectify the gross abuses of the so-called democracy that we are corralled into. Our reform agenda should be known to those around us and thereby encourage a vigorous debate about how we plan to see happen. After almost five years of disenfranchisement... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/07/19)

RETURN of Don Juan Dharmapala (2015 – 2019)
At a time when controversial secretly discussed and signed agreements are surfacing all posing national security risk and sovereignty threats to Sri Lanka, it only calls to mind a comparison of the modern day black princes to Don Juan Dharmapala who betrayed not only the Nation but Rata, Jathiya, Agama. The present black princes are betraying Sri Lanka with impunity and immunity and with no qualms about the damage being done to either the Nation or its People. How different is Don Juan Dharmapala from the bevy of black princes who are destroying a proud historical past. ... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 16/07/19)

Hong Kong, a Part of China, Shall Allow No External Interference
by Ambassador Cheng Xueyuan
What happened recently in Hong Kong Autonomous Region (SAR) of China has shocked the world. On 1 July, the 22nd anniversary of Hong Kong’s return to mainland China, some riots with the dressed lie of democracy, acted like cruel extremists, broke into the Legislative Council building of Hong Kong, and vandalized various facilities. What enraged China and shocked the world further is British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt’s remarks on the second day. Mr. Hunt said that the UK stands behind people in Hong Kong in defence of the freedoms that Britain negotiated for them,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/07/19)

Four busted with 290 electric detonators at Piliyandala
Courtesy Adaderana
Four persons have been arrested while in possession of 290 electric detonators at Hedigama, Piliyandala, says the Police Media Spokesperson SP Ruwan Gunasekara. They were taken into custody from a house in the Hedigama area acting on a tip-off was received by the Piliyandala Police on the matter, the police spokesperson said. The arrest was made in a search jointly carried out by the Sri Lanka Army and the Police. Accordingly, the arrestees were identified as the owner of the house, his two sons and the person who had given... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/07/19)

Opportunity for people to elect new govt. within next 5 months - President
Courtesy Adaderana
President Maithripala Sirisena has said the people will have the opportunity to elect a new government within the next five months and that he expects them to use their franchise wisely to select honest individuals who love the country. The only way to re-build this economically backward and the corrupted country is to elect a government with honest politicians, the President has stated attending a ceremony to declare open the newly-constructed District Hospital in Nuwara Eliya today (15), the President’s Media Division (PMD) said. Politicians, who love the country will instinctively work... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/07/19)

Canada distorts the Truth about Tamil Genocide allegations in Sri Lanka
Asoka Weerasinghe (Mr.) Kings Grove Crescent . Gloucester . Ontario . K1J 6G1 . Canada
11 July 2019 His Excellency David McKinnonCanadian High Commissioner for Sri LankaCanadian High Commission33A  5th LaneColpettyColombo 3Sri Lanka. Dear High Commissioner David McKinnon: Re: Canada distorts the Truth about Tamil Genocide allegations in Sri Lanka  I read with hurried interest the news item Canada to support conflict prevention in Sri Lanka , in The Island of July 4, reporting what you had said on Canada Day. Reading it, one would have expected this... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/07/19)

Oxymora-‘Some morons are engaged in actions that veritably fall into a plethora of oxymora’
Laksiri Warnakula
Introduction I am exhausted. It’s not just physical. It stems from my incapability to take in and digest all of what is written on paper and spoken about, almost everywhere. The incessant barrage of peoples’ howling and protesting, talking and reporting colourfully (pun intended) and ruefully on moronic deals, deeds and a plethora of other adventures by the ‘Diyawanna Oya Outfit’ has risen to a crescendo, which most likely has never been heard before. The number of people asking, arguing, criticising and writing in newspapers and other social media sites has reached heights never... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/07/19)

Cricket ,Champaign and Muslims
Dr Sarath Obeysekera 
I was watching the greatest game ever last night. After lifting the cup jubilant English players were holding the cup  After holding the cup Champaign bottles were uncoked I noted that two bearded Muslim players slowly and unnoticed creep away until Champaign is sprayed all over the players  News.com .au of Australia published following already . England World Cup stars Moeen Ali and Adil Rashid were forced to flee the team’s wild celebrations immediately following the World Cup trophy presentation in a... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/07/19)

Without shadow of a doubt ,it was the greatest game ever and lessons learnt
Dr Sarath Obeysekera
Yesterday we saw every element of good spirit , sense of responsibility , integrity , showing one’s courage in a fight until you live or die, how not to give up the task entrusted until last breath. We can elaborate many such human qualities humans and animals have. Two teams of nations with players predominantly with fair skin colour, showed us how to fight. We were under the same race as a colony  for many many years . They left our country after building much of the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/07/19)

TO HANG OR NOT TO HANG: ANOTHER PERSPECTIVE
Sugath Samarasinghe
Being an ignoramus, I was neither for nor against this idea of Judicial Executions. Yet I have been reading most of the stuff that is being written mostly against the idea. I am stuck by the mostly pseudo intellectual arguments that is being written, I am wondering whether there is no other approach to this issue; and after reading the article the article of Dr. Nihal Jayawickrame in ‘The Island’ last Sunday, it was virtually like the last straw that broke the back of the camel! I thought I must respond to this pseudo intellectualism.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/07/19)

Robberies in broad daylight
Dr Sarath Obeysekera 
In colloquial sinhala we have words like “Kamba horu, pal  horu, neelakasa horu, ali horu, Karawala horu , Ali baba Saha horu hathaliya, jaraa horu , and  may  be few more pseudonyms ,to name a few who are robbers. When you read about the robbing which had taken place in Sri Lankan Air lines published in Sunday Paper today  and plethora of newspaper articles about Robbing the Central Bank , we Sri Lankan should start seriously think before we place of cross to elect next parliament and their leaders. There was s... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/07/19)

England win Cricket World Cup: Ben Stokes stars in dramatic victory over New Zealand
By Stephan Shemilt Courtesy  BBC Sport at Lord's
CC Men's Cricket World Cup final, Lord'sNew Zealand 241-8 (50 overs): Nicholls 55, Woakes 3-37, Plunkett 3-42England 241 all out (50 overs): Stokes 84, Buttler 59, Neesham 3-43, Ferguson 3-50England win after super overScorecard England beat New Zealand to win the men's World Cup for the first time after one of the most amazing games of cricket ever played was tied twice. In an emotional and electric atmosphere at Lord's, both sides scored 241 in their 50 overs and were level on 15 when they batted for an... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/07/19)

Sajith’s wife speaks as future first lady
Courtesy The Daily Mirror
Jalani Premadasa, the wife of Sajith Premadasa on Saturday addressing and event said that she appeared before them as the first lady of future leader of the country. The first Women's Conference of the ‘Jathika Maha Sabha’ in Hatton was held at the D.K.W. Cultural Hall in Hatton on Saturday under the patronage of Mrs Premadasa. https://youtu.be/PPhWODm-8ug “I know that you would have to face to many problems, if all of you do not own a land. Even though I cannot give you a quick solution... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/07/19)

Rishad cleared of allegations by CID - Ranil
Yohan Perera Courtesy The Daily Mirror
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on Sunday said there were as many as 300 allegations against Minister Bathiudeen and a bulk of them were baseless. "The CID reports have cleared Mr. Bathiudeen," the Prime Minister said. “After the Easter Sunday attacks there was an allegation that Minister Bathiudeen tried to influence the Army Commander into releasing the son of an acquaintance. However, the army chief later denied and said the minister did not attempt to influence him. The CID had sent a report on Mr. Bathiudeen to the Speaker,” he said... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/07/19)

Will not allow CBK to destroy UNP’s identity - Ravi
Courtesy Adaderana
Former President Chandrika Bandaranaike and her clan in the UNP will not be allowed to destroy the identity of the party, says Minister Ravi Karunanayake. The minister stated this addressing the media following a religious event held at Kataragama Kiriwehera last evening (13). https://youtu.be/cqGYuIPWvRE Although Chandrika Bandaranaike is the organizer of Attanagalla electorate, she cannot even win her electorate and it is ridiculous to continue to work with such a person, the minister further said. Responding to a question raised by a media person on the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/07/19)

Amendments to Muslim Marriage and Divorce Act to be presented to Justice Min
Courtesy Adaderana
The proposal with the recommendations to amend the Muslim Marriage and Divorce Act will be presented to the Minister of Justice and Prison Reforms Thalatha Atukorale tomorrow (15), stated MP A. H. M. Fowzie. The Muslim parliamentarian recently held a meeting to discuss the amendment of the Muslim Marriage and Divorce Act. The proposal contains 11 amendments to the Act including the legal age for a Muslim marriage. The amendments include: -The age of marriage for both the bride and the groom should be 18 years-The bride should... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/07/19)

Intelligence officers shouldn’t be exposed through media - Mahinda
Courtesy Adaderana
State Intelligence Officers including the Head of the State Intelligence Service should not be revealed through media, says the Leader of the opposition Mahinda Rajapaksa. He expressed these views speaking to journalists in Colombo, today (14). https://youtu.be/3hT1R9Y9yvo A group of women who sell flowers near the Mihintale sacred sites called on the Opposition Leader today. They informed Rajapaksa on a decision taken to remove their stalls from the area. The Opposition Leader then responded to the questions posed by media personnel.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/07/19)

Millennium Challenge Corporation in Sri Lanka
By C. A. Chandraprema Courtesy The Island
The controversy over the involvement of the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) in Sri Lanka has now come to a head. MCC was created in the early years of the new millennium by the Bush Administration as an aid distribution programme for developing countries that are inclined to ‘govern justly, invest in their people and encourage economic freedom’. The formation of the new body was in recognition of the fact that the US development assistance programmes, which existed at the time, had consistently failed to meet their stated goals.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/07/19)

Robbing workers’ savings
The Editorial on  Monday 15th July, 2019 Courtesy The Island
Opposition Leader and former President Mahinda Rajapaska has taken up cudgels for the working class. He has warned of a government move to rob the Employees’ Provident Fund (EPF) by removing the Central Bank (CB) from the purview of the Ministry of Finance. A bill has been prepared to amend the Finance Act for that purpose, he says. That the incumbent government is trying to dip into the 2.5-trillion-rupee superannuation fund is no secret. First, it sought to separate the EPF from the CB, but in... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/07/19)

LISTEN TO THE ROARING LAMBS
By  Rohana R. Wasala
It would probably not be an exaggeration to say that more outrage was expressed by interested parties at an incidental comment made by the Most Venerable Warakagoga Gnanarathana, the Mahanayake Thera of the Asgiriya Chapter, during an anusasanawa (homily) than at the April 21 Easter Sunday suicide bombings by Wahhabi Islamists. He was presiding over a religious event conducted at the Dodamwela Diyakelinawela Kitsirimewan Raja Maha Viharaya on June 15, 2019. The social and printed media were immediately awash with condemnations of the senior monk’s remarks taken out of their context. They tried to... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/07/19)

මුස්ලිම් කාති උසාවි වලට විරුද්දව දිරිමත් මුස්ලිම් කතක් නැගිටී.. කරන සාහසික අපරාධ හෙලි කරයි.. [Video]
 lanka C news
මුස්ලිම් ජාතිකයන් වෙනුවෙන් ස්ථාපිතකර ඇති කාති උසාවි මගින් පිරිමි පක්ෂයට පක්ෂපාතී වන ලෙස නඩු තීන්දු ලබා දෙන බව ඌව පරණගම ප්‍රදේශයේ පදිංචිකාරිනියක් වන මුස්ලිම් ජාතික අබ්දුල් හසීනා නම් කතාව චෝදනා කරයි. https://youtu.be/OzFl-Guisx0 මෙම උසාවිය තීන්දු නිසා කාන්තාවන් බහුතරයක් දරුවන් සමග මහමගට ඇද වැටී ඇතැයි ද ඇය කියා සිටියාය. ඇය මෙම විසින් හෙළිදරව් කරන ලද්දේ තම පියාද සමග දිය නිවසේදී මාධ්‍ය හමුවක් ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/07/19)

අනාගත ජනාධිපති සජිත්ගේ ආර්යාව මමයි..- ජලනි පේ‍්‍රමදාස දේශපාලන වේදිකාව අමතයි.. වේලාසනින්ම ‘ආර්යා’ ඇදුම ඇදගනී.. [Video]
 lanka C news
අනාගත නායක සජිත් පේ‍්‍රමදාස මහතාගේ ආර්යාව තමන් බව ඇමති සජිත් පේ‍්‍රමදාස මහතාගේ බිරිද වන ජලනි පේ‍්‍රමදාස මහත්මිය පවසයි. ඇය මේ බව කියා සිටියේ හැටන්හිදී පැවති ජාතික මහ සභාවේ හැටන් කලාපයේ පළමු කාන්තා සම්මේලනයේ ප‍්‍රධාන ආරාධිතයා ලෙස සහභාගී වෙමිනි. https://youtu.be/n9-1-XitAkg ඇය එහිදී මෙසේද කීවාය. ‘ඔබ ඉදිරියට අද ඇවිත් තියෙන්නේ ඔබ ආදරේ කරන, ඔබේ හදවතේ බලාපොරොත්තු ඇති කරගෙන තිබෙන, අනාගත නායක සජිත් ප්‍රේමදාස මැතිතුමාගේ ආර්යාව හැටියටයි මේ ස්ථානයට. සජිත් ප්‍රේමදාස මැතිතුමාගේ අනාගතය පිළිබඳව ඔබ සියලු දෙනාට විශාල බලාපොරොත්තු රාශියක් තිබෙනවා. සජිත් ප්‍රේමදාස ඇමතිතුමා... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/07/19)

Fonseka hits out at Sajith for supporting death penalty
Courtesy Adaderana
Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka says that UNP Deputy Leader Sajith Premadasa always fulfills the needs of the President and supports his statements. The UNP Parliamentarian also said that if the incumbent Prime Minister does not stand for candidacy at the upcoming presidential election and if the alternative candidate is not an individual who can contribute to the country, he is opposed to that. https://youtu.be/aHmPbDHvtBU Responding to a question from reporters regarding the implementation of the death penalty, the former Army Commander said that an attempt is being made to hang certain... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/07/19)

Elephant calf to be offered to ward off PM’s bad luck - Ananda Sagara Thero
Courtesy Adaderana
Chairman of the ‘Protect Sri Lanka’ national movement Ven. Pahiyangala Ananda Sagara Thero today handed over a letter to the Prime Minister’s Office against an alleged attempt to transfer an elephant calf from the Ridiyagama safari park to private custody, due to political interests.   The Thero arrived at Temple Trees and somewhat forced his way through the security at the PM’s Office in anger after being told to use a different entrance, resulting in a brief tense situation. He then returned after handing over the letter, seeking to block an alleged illegal... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/07/19)

India’s NIA carry out raids looking for Sri Lankan bomb attack links - report
Courtesy Adaderana
India’s National Investigation Agency (NIA) today carried out raids at multiple places in Chennai and Nagapattinam. The city offices of Wahdathe Islami Hind at Mannady and Vepery were searched by the investigating officers in connection with Easter Day blasts in Sri Lanka recently. Three persons are being questioned in connection with the raids, sources told News Today. According to sources, Wahdathe Islami Hind has its headquarters in Uttar Pradesh and branches at Mannady and Vepery-Poonamalle Road. “Raids began at 6 am at Lingi Chetty Street, Mannady. Following this,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/07/19)

From Gujral doctrine to Modi doctrine
Punsara Amarasinghe, PhD researcher,Institute of Law and Politics, Scuola Superiore Sant Anna,Pisa,Italy          
The predictions made by larger number of academics based in Delhi, Mumbai and Calcutta about Indian General elections vouching that Narendra  Modi would not get his second term as prime minister were shattered in reality as Modi could uphold his strong position better than the previous time resulting a steeping success of his Bharatiya Janatha Party which won 302 seats in Indian Lok Saba. The election result has palpably shown a shocking decline of India’s largest political party National Congress led... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/07/19)

Press Statement by president SLMC
Prof. Harendra de Silva President Sri Lanka Medical Council
Reference web publication : https://www.gmoa.lk/terminate-civil-rights-of-rajitha/ and social media dissemination regarding claims about the SLMC. I was appointed as the President SLMC by the Hon.Minister since January 2019. However to date he has not influenced me on any matter in relation to the proper functioning of the activities of the SLMC.It is the members of the council that decide on the functions of the SLMC. The council consists of, a. President and members appointed by the Minister. b. Dean/Representatives of State Medical/Dental... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/07/19)

Open Letter to the Sinhale & Thamizhan Solidarity and Cohesiveness
Kanthar Balanathan, Australia
SriLanka The contents of this article should be propagated to all SriLankan citizens, especially the Sinhalese and Tamils.    Analysis Buddhism is a non-violence advocating philosophy. In the early centuries, the Sinhale were quite peaceful and unobtrusive loving people. The Indians from Pandinadu, Cholanadu, Pallavas came into the island and mass murdered the Sinhale in order to conquer power. The poor Sinhale were quite soft and gave into the invaders. That is how the Tamils were able to settle in all the areas in the South and there are... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/07/19)

Response to the Washington Post article of Monday July 8, 2019, titled “In Sri Lanka, Muslims increasingly under siege” by Joanna Slater and Hafeel Farisz
Anjalika Silva Sri Lankan American Community member
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/after-easter-sunday-attacks-muslims-face-boycotts-and-violence-in-sri-lanka/2019/07/06/3e4a405a-91f6-11e9-956a-88c291ab5c38_story.html?utm_term=.8745a1f0c4f4 The above article that appeared in the Washington Post on Monday July 8, 2019 singles out the occurrence of reaction by the citizens of Sri Lanka against the recent extremist Islamic violence portrayed as Muslims being under siege with insinuations of unfair treatment of Muslims as a rule.  The recent coordinated attacks in Sri Lanka in 6 places within minutes of each other killing close to 300 men women and children in churches and luxury hotels in one clean sweep of coordinated attacks is not something to keep... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/07/19)

NEW ZEALAND HAS AN EDGE OVER ENGLAND- WAY AHEAD FOR SRI LANKA
By M D P DISSANAYAKE
It is disappointing that all 5 Asian Teams out of 10 Teams in the competition failed to secure a spot in the Final.   Bangladesh and New Zealand have consistently maintained aggressive and  methodical styles of play. We give below the historical data of previous finals with the winning team and runs scored. YEAR   WINNING TEAM SCORE 1975    274 AUSTRALIA 1979    194 ENGLAND 1983    183 INDIA 1987     253 AUSTRALIA 1992     249 PAKISTAN 1996     245 SRI LANKA ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/07/19)

ප්‍රවාහන ක්ෂේත්‍රයේ දැවැන්ත පෙරළියක් - Google transit විශේෂාංගයේ මෙහෙයුම අරඹයි...
ප්‍රවාහන හා සිවිල් ගුවන්සේවා අමාත්‍යාංශය.
මෙරට ප්‍රවාහන ක්ෂේත්‍රයේ දැවැන්ත පෙරළියක් ඇති කරමින් Google transit විශේෂාංගය මෙරටට හඳුන්වා දීමේ මූලික ව්‍යාපෘතිය ආරම්භ වෙයි. ඒ ජාතික ගමනා ගමන කොමිසම් සභාවේ විසිපස්වැනි සංවත්සරයේදී ප්‍රවාහන සහ සිවිල් ගුවන්සේවා අමාත්‍ය අර්ජුන රණතුංග මහතාගේ ප්‍රධානත්වයෙනි. ගූගල් මැප් යනු ගූගල් සේවාව ලබා දෙන අන්තර්ජාල සිතියම් සේවාවකි. එම සිතියම් සේවාවෙන් දැනට Google traffic යන විශේෂාංගය ශ්‍රී ලංකාවට විවෘතව පවතී. එම Google traffic විශේෂාංගයෙන් පෞද්ගලික ප්‍රවාහන තොරතුරු සහ පෞද්ගලික ප්‍රවාහනය සඳහා ස්ථාන සහ මාර්ග සිතියම් තොරතුරු සපයයි. නමුත් ගූගල් මැප්හි පොදු ප්‍රවාහන සේවාවේ තොරතුරු ලබා දෙන Google transit විශේෂාංගය තවමත් ශ්‍රී ලංකාවට විවෘතව නොමැත. ජාතික ගමනා ගමන කොමිසම් සභාවේ විසිපස්වැනි සංවත්සර උත්සවයේදී අද සිදු... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/07/19)

ශ්‍රී ලංකා තාක්ෂණ විප්ලවය - ශිල්ප සේනා ප්‍රදර්ශනය
ප්‍රවෘත්ති නිවේදනය විද්‍යා, තාක්ෂණ හා පර්යේෂණ අමාත්‍යාංශය.
අප රටේ සාමාන්‍ය පොදු ජනතාවට එතරම් සමීප නොවන විෂය ක්ෂේත්‍රයක් වන විද්‍යාව, තාක්ෂණය සහ නවෝත්පාදනය සරල සහ සැහැල්ලු ලෙස සමීප කරවීම අරමුණු කරගනිමින් අමාත්‍ය සුජීව සේනසිංහ මහතාගේ මෙහෙයවීමෙන් විද්‍යා, තාක්ෂණ හා පර්යේෂණ අමාත්‍යාංශය විසින් ක්‍රියාත්මක කරනු ලබන ශ්‍රී ලංකා තාක්ෂණ විප්ලවය - ශිල්ප සේනා වැඩසටහනේ පළමු ප්‍රදර්ශනය කොළඹ බණ්ඩාරනායක අනුස්මරණ ජාත්‍යන්තර සම්මන්ත්‍රණ ශාලා පරිශ්‍රයේ දී ජූලි මස 18 වන දින ආරම්භ වී 21 වන දින දක්වා පැවැත්වේ.  ආර්ථික සංවර්ධන කාර්යයේ මූල සාධකය බවට විද්‍යාව, තාක්ෂණය හා නවෝත්පාදනය පත්ව තිබේ. ලෝකයේ නවෝත්පාදන සංවර්ධන දර්ශකය අනුව අප දැනට පසුවෙන්නේ 88... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/07/19)

කොළඹ වරායේ නැගෙනහිර පර්යන්තය පුද්ගලීකරණය කිරීම සඳහා අත්සන් තබන ලද සහයෝගිතා ගිවිසුම අහෝසි කර එම පර්යන්තය ශ‍්‍රී ලංකා වරාය අධිකාරිය යටතේ ක‍්‍රියාත්මක කරන ලෙස ඉල්ලා සිටීම.
කොළඹ වරාය නැගෙනහිර පර්යන්තය රැක ගැනීමේ ජාතික ව්‍යාපාරය
කොළඹ වරාය නැගෙනහිර පර්යන්තය රැක ගැනීමේ ජාතික ව්‍යාපාරය 259/9, සෙත්සිරි මාවත, කොස්වත්ත, තලංගම කැඳවුම්කරු : චන්ද්‍රසිරි මහගමගේ - 071-2051388 / 0112-482970 National Movement to Protect Colombo Harbor Eastern Terminal 259/9, Sethsiri Mawatha, Koswatta, Talangama Convener: Chandrasiri Mahagamage 071-2051388 / 0112-482970 2019.07.11 අග‍්‍රාමාත්‍ය තුමා, අග‍්‍රාමාත්‍ය කාර්යාලය, කොළඹ 01. ගරු අග‍්‍රාමාත්‍යතුමණි, කොළඹ වරායේ නැගෙනහිර පර්යන්තය පුද්ගලීකරණය කිරීම සඳහා අත්සන් තබන ලද සහයෝගිතා ගිවිසුම  අහෝසි කර එම පර්යන්තය ශ‍්‍රී ලංකා වරාය අධිකාරිය යටතේ ක‍්‍රියාත්මක කරන ලෙස ඉල්ලා සිටීම. ඔබතුමාගේ රජය විසින් විෂය භාර අමාත්‍යවරයාගේ මූලිකත්වයෙන් කොළඹ වරාය නැගෙනහිර... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/07/19)

Cricket , Muslims and Beard ( without prejudice )
Dr Sarath obeysekera 
In British , Australian and South African  teams ,you note that most of the spin bowlers carry Muslim names who wear beards . One Bangladeshi Umpire has also started growing a  beard to identify him as a Muslim .  Most of the Indian Cricketers also have got signature beard like Kohli’s , which is different from beard of other Muslim cricketers worldwide ( I remember the story about an Indian inteprid pilot of a fighter plane which was shot down by Pakistan.He had a signature beard which became popular... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/07/19)

Fasciola liver flukes infecting wild elephants of Sri Lanka: tackling tricky taxonomy
Scott Lawton Courtesy Biomedcentral
A Fasciola liver fluke found infecting Asian elephants in Sri Lanka reveals a need to understand economically important parasites in wildlife. Wild Sri Lankan elephants at the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage (picture by Bernard Gagnon - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikipedia) Elephants and fascioliasis Fascioliasis is a global economic problem impacting upon human and domestic animal health, but what about wildlife? Although we are used to considering the impact of Fasciola infections on domestic animals such as sheep, cattle, and horses, it is often... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/07/19)

Sri Lanka Muslims to field first separate Muslim candidate in coming Presidential elections
Colombo, 12 July, (Asiantribune.com):
For the first time in Sri Lankan Presidential elections history, a Muslim candidate who will not represent any mainstream political party but will only represent the Muslims of the country, is set to come forward as a candidate. Well informed Muslim political sources said that all Muslim political parties will back a separate Muslim Presidential candidate who would likely be nominated by the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) on behalf of all Muslim parties. The Muslim parties are likely to form a loose coalition at Presidential elections... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/07/19)

Colombo Dockyard Launches Dedicated Afloat Repair Service
Courtesy The Maritime Executive
Leading Sri Lankan shipbuilding and ship repair service provider Colombo Dockyard PLC has established a dedicated unit to handle afloat ship repairs with fast response and reliable service capability at all Sri Lankan ports. The RAPID RESPONSE AFLOAT REPAIR SERVICE (RRARS) was officially launched on May 31, 2019 following two years of preliminary service provision which gained the confidence of the shipping community with vessels calling at ports located in Sri Lankan waters. During that time over 100 projects were delivered by RRARS to customers including V.Ships UK, Essar Shipping Ltd, Mumbai, Bremer... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/07/19)

Car-free day in Sri Lanka sparks debate over safety for women
Courtesy Al-Jazeera
Though it may be good for the environment, not having the security of automobiles and public transport has raised fears. When the mayor of Colombo announced that the congested capital of Sri Lanka would go car-free this Sunday to promote a "healthier" lifestyle, she might have expected a few grumbles from petrolheads. But no one seems to have anticipated the furious backlash from women in the city, who say cars offer them much-needed protection from sexual harassment both outside on the streets and on public transport. A tweet from... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/07/19)

India-China-Sri Lanka Triangle: The Defense Dimension
By Shantanu Roy-Chaudhury Courtesy The Diplomat
With increasing Indo-Chinese competition in the Indian Ocean, their respective military relationships with Sri Lanka play an important part in this maritime great game. This article will examine this relationship from an Indian perspective, looking at the current scenario and what this means for the future geopolitical scenario in the region. China has been the largest supplier of arms to Sri Lanka since the 1950s. These transactions have included small arms, ammunition, landmines, naval vessels, and aircraft. China and Sri Lanka’s defense and security cooperation intensified during the Sri Lankan... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/07/19)

Saudi Embassy refutes allegations of providing loans for Lankan Muslims
Courtesy  Saudi Gazette
COLOMBO — The Kingdom's embassy in Colombo has refuted allegations that Saudi Arabia is providing loans for Muslims through some local banks at the interest rate of 1 percent. The Embassy of Saudi Arabia referred to a statement made by former Western Province Governor Dr. Hemakumara Nanayakkara on June 13 in their media release refuting the allegations. The embassy has asserted that “the soft loans provided by Saudi Arabia for the development projects in Sri Lanka are intended to be contributions to provide a quality life for the friendly... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/07/19)

How a British law against modern slavery is leading to moral policing in Sri Lanka
Sandya Hewamanne, The Conversation Courtesy Scroll.In
Article 54 of the Modern Slavery Act has made factory managers in developing countries paranoid about aiding or abetting sexual slavery. The Modern Slavery Act was seen as a big achievement for combating the issue of forced labour. But since it was passed by the UK government in 2015, many have pointed out its shortcomings. In particular, how the legislation helps cover up serious forced labour issues, all the while making citizens who are concerned about the problem feel better. Less well known is how Article... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/07/19)

Epidemiological and statistical study - On allegations against Dr. Shafi
Courtesy The Daily Mirror
The opposition yesterday urged the government to conduct an epidemiological and statistical study into the allegations against Obstetrician and Gynecologist Dr. Shafi Shiabdeen of the Kurunegala Teaching Hospital without trying to sweep the allegations under the carpet. UPFA MP Ramesh Pathirana told parliament that it was the responsibility of the health ministry to conduct an epidemiological and statistical study and find out the truth behind the allegations. He said more than 1,000 complaints had been received of secondary sub-fertility after 4,732 C-section operations carried out by Dr. Shafi and added... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/07/19)

ජනතා මුදලින් නඩත්තු වන සී.අයි.ඞී.ය පෙනී ඉන්නේ ෂාෆි වෙනුවෙන් - රතන හිමියෝ කියති
රටේ ජනතාවගේ මුදලින් නඩත්තු වන අපරාධ පරීක්ෂණ දෙපාර්තමේන්තුවේ ඇතැම් නිලධාරීන් පෙනී සිටින්නේ ෂාෆි ෂෙහාබ්ඞීන් වෛද්‍යවරයා වෙනුවෙන් බවත් ඔහුට විරුද්ධ ප‍්‍රමාණවත් සාක්ෂි තිබියදීත් මෙම සිදුවීම යටපත් කර ෂාෆි වෛද්‍යවරයා නිදොස් කිරීමට සී.අයි.ඞී.ය උත්සාහ ගන්නා බවත් ඊට කිසිසේත් ඉඩ නොදෙන බවත් පාර්ලිමේන්තු මන්තී‍්‍ර අතුුරලියේ රතන හිමියෝ ප‍්‍රකාශ කළහ. ‘‘අපරාධකරුවා වෙනුවෙන් පෙනී සිටින අපරාධ පරීක්ෂණ දෙපාර්තමේන්තුව අපරාධකරුවා නිසා වින්දිත භාවයට පත් මවුවරුන් වෙනුවෙන් පෙනී සිටින්නේ නෑ’’ යැයි උන්වහන්සේ චෝදනා කළහ. කුරුණෑගල ශික්ෂණ රෝහලේ වෛද්‍ය ෂාෆි ෂෙහාබ්ඞීන්ට එරෙහිව පැවැත්වෙන නඩු විභාගය ඊයේ (11දා* කුරුණෑගල අධිකරණයේදී ආරම්භ වූ අතර ෂාෆි වෛද්‍යවරයාගෙන් සිසේරියන් සැත්කම් සිදුකරගත් මවුවරුන් පිරිසක් ඊයේ (11* දින අධිකරණ පරිශ‍්‍රය... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 12/07/19)

සැකකාර ෂාෆි වෛද්‍යවරයාගේ දේපළ මිලදී ගැනීම් ගැන සී.අයි.ඞී.යේ පරීක්‍ෂණ ගැටලූ සහගතයි -!-කුරුණෑගල මහෙස්ත‍්‍රාත් සම්පත් හේවාවසම්
උපුටා ගැන්ම දිවයින
අපරාධ පරීක්‍ෂණ දෙපාර්තමේන්තුව ෂාෆි වෛද්‍යවරයාගේ සිසේරියන් සැත්කම් ගැන කිසිදු විමර්ශනයක් සිදුකර නෑ - අගතියට පත් පාර්ශ්වයේ ජනාධිපති නීතිඥ මොහාන් විජේනායකසී.අයි.ඞී.ය විමර්ශන සිදුකර ඇත්තේ සැකකරු නිදහස් කිරීමේ අරමුණින් - ජනාධිපති නීතිඥ යූ. ආර්. ද සිල්වා සැකකරු සිදුකර ඇත්තේ මිනිස් සංහතියටම වරදක් - නීතිඥ කල්‍යානන්ද තිරාණගමඅයථා මුදල් ඉපයීම සම්බන්ධයෙන් සාධාරණ සාක්‍ෂි ඉදිරිපත් වී නෑ -  නියෝජ්‍ය සොලිසිටර් ජනරාල් තුසිත් මුදලිගේ ඒ. ජේ. ඒ. අබේනායක, කුරුණෑගල - ඩබ්ලිව්. බණ්ඩාරකුරුණෑගල රෝහලේ සිදුකළ සිසේරියන් සැත්කම්වලදී මවුවරුන් වඳ භාවයට පත්කිරීම ඇතුළු චෝදනා එල්ලවන වෛi මොහොමඞ් ෂාෆි සැකකරුගේ දේපළ මිලදී ගැනීම් පිළිබඳව අපරාධ පරීක්‍ෂණ දෙපාර්තමේන්තුවේ විමර්ශන කරුණු සම්බන්ධයෙන් තම අධිකරණයේද ගැටලූවක් පවතින බව කුරුණෑගල මහෙස්ත‍්‍රාත්... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/07/19)

‘දිවයින’ කළේ ස්වභාවිකව වැළලීමට ගිය සිද්ධියක අගමුල හෙළිකිරීමයි; නීතිඥ ගයාන් පෙරේරා මහෙස්ත‍්‍රාත් ඉදිරියේ කියයි
ඒ. ජේ. ඒ. අබේනායක උපුටා ගැන්ම දිවයින
 රටට ජාතියට බලපාන ඉතාමත් වැදගත් තොරතුරක් ලද විට නිහඬව නොසිට ‘දිවයින’ පුවත්පත ඉතාමත් සමගි, සංයමයකින් යුතුව පළ කළ එම ප‍්‍රවෘත්තියේ සත්‍ය අසත්‍යතාව සොයනු වෙනුවට විමර්ශන නිලධාරීන් සිදුකර ඇත්තේ මාධ්‍යවේදීන්ගෙන් දිගට හරහට ප‍්‍රශ්න කිරීම පමණක් යැයි නීතිඥ ගයාන් පෙරේරා මහතා කුරුණෑගල මහෙස්ත‍්‍රාත් සම්පත් හේවාවසම් මහතා ඉදිරියේ ප‍්‍රකාශ කළේය. මාධ්‍යවේදියකු හා මාධ්‍ය ආයතනයක් වන ‘දිවයින’ කළ එම මෙහෙවර මගින් ස්වභාවිකව වැළලී යෑමට ඉඩතිබූ සිද්ධියක අගමුල හෙළිවුණේ යැයි ද එහිදී පෙන්වා දුන් නීතිඥවරයා එම ප‍්‍රවෘත්තිය ප‍්‍රකාශනය කළ මාධ්‍ය අගතියට පත් කිරීම සුදුසු ක‍්‍රියාවක් නොවන බව ද පෙන්වා දුන්නේය. ‘දිවයින’ පුවත්පත ප‍්‍රවෘත්තිය පළකරනු ලැබුවේ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/07/19)

වඳ සැත්කම් චෝදනා එල්ල වූ ෂාෆි රිමාන්ඞ්... පැලෝපීය නාළ පරීක්‍ෂාවට නිවැරදි ක‍්‍රමය ගැන වෛද්‍ය පීඨ මහාචාර්ය කමිටුවක් මගින් නිර්දේශ දෙන්න..කුරුණෑගල මහෙස්ත‍්‍රාත් නියෝග කරයි
ඒ. ජේ. ඒ. අබේනායක සහ ඩබ්ලිව්. බණ්ඩාර කුරුණෑගල සිට ඡුායාරූප - සුජතා ජයරත්න උපුටා ගැන්ම දිවයින
කුරුණෑගල රෝහලේදී සිසේරියන් සැත්කම් කිරීමේදී මවුවරුන් වඳභාවයට තැත් කිරීම ඇතුළු චෝදනා එල්ල වූ වෛi මොහොමඞ් ෂාෆි ලබන 25 දා දක්වා රක්‍ෂිත බන්ධනාගාරගත කිරීමට කුරුණෑගල මහෙස්ත‍්‍රාත් සම්පත් හේවාවසම් මහතා ඊයේ (11 දා* නියෝග කළේය. එම සැකකරුට එරෙහිව එල්ලවී ඇති චෝදනා සහ එකී චෝදනාවල බරපතළකම මෙන්ම ඇතිවිය හැකි මහජන කැළඹිලි කෙරෙහි අවධානය යොමු කළ තම අධිකරණය විත්තිය කළ ඇප ඉල්ලීම ප‍්‍රතික්‍ෂේප කරමින් සැකකරු රක්‍ෂිත බන්ධනාගාරගත කිරීමට නියෝග කරන බව විනිසුරුවරයා පෙන්වා දුන්නේය.මෙම සැකකරුට අයත් සියලූ දේපළ සම්බන්ධයෙන් රජයේ තක්සේරුකරු මගින් තක්සේරු වාර්තාවක්... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/07/19)

NCM against Bathiudeen - If Muslim ministers sworn in
Sandun A Jayasekera Courtesy The Daily Mirror
UPFA MP Dilan Perera said yesterday if the Muslim ministers, state ministers and the deputy minister, who resigned from their posts in support of MP Rishad Bathiudeen were sworn in again, the joint opposition would move a no-confidence motion against Mr. Bathiudeen. He said he was aware of the remarks made by former deputy minister Ameer Ali in Parliament on Thursday soon after the government defeated the NCM that Muslim ministers were ready to accept their posts and charged that Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe had split the Muslim community... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/07/19)

India monitoring SL protests against SOFA
Courtesy The Daily Mirror
India is keeping a close watch as protests grow in Sri Lanka over the proposed Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) with the US, which could enable the setting up of an American military base in Sri Lanka, the Economic Times reported today. India is of the view that as a close neighbour, it would respect Colombo's decision, as the Sri Lankan Prime Minister on Wednesday announced that his country would not sign any pact that violated sovereignty. “Delhi will respect Colombo’s decision on the matter. We are keeping a close... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/07/19)

Attorney-General Dappula Livera not appearing on behalf of former Defence Secretary Hemasiri Fernando and IGP Pujith Jayasundara
Courtesy Adaderana
The Supreme Court postponed the hearing of the Fundamental Rights petitions filed against former Defence Secretary Hemasiri Fernanado and IGP Pujith Jayasundara until July 25. A seven-judge bench of the Supreme Court today commenced hearing the petitions filed by 12 parties against the IGP and former Defence Secretary, claiming that they had violated fundamental rights by failing to prevent the Easter Sunday attacks. https://youtu.be/4CyvgQRGvMU Attorney-General Dappula Livera informed the court that he is not appearing on behalf of former Defence Secretary Hemasiri Fernando and IGP Pujith Jayasundara, who... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/07/19)

Motion to abolish death penalty tabled in Parliament
Courtesy Adaderana
A Private Members’ Motion on abolishing the death penalty was tabled at the Parliament earlier today (12). The motion was moved by United National Party (UNP) parliamentarian Bandulal Bandarigoda. Meanwhile, a Party Leaders’ meeting was called at 11.30 am chaired by Speaker Karu Jayasuriya.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/07/19)

Rishad will be taking up Ministry again – Faizal Cassim
Courtesy Adaderana
Muslim ministers who resigned from their ministerial portfolios will be taking up their ministries again, says former State Minister of Health Faizal Cassim. The parliamentarian mentioned this to the media in Colombo this morning (12). https://youtu.be/LywVZZGHqb0 He said that they resigned from their posts in order to ensure the security of the public and not to create any racial issues. Cassim says that the party of former Minister Rishad Bathiudeen been informed them that he, too, will be taking up his ministerial post again as his... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/07/19)

Central Banks revises Sri Lanka’s growth to 3% from 4%
Courtesy NewsIn.Asia
Colombo, July 12 (Daily FT) – The Central Bank yesterday said it has revised growth down to 3% from 4% earlier in the year, but kept policy rates unchanged on moderate inflation, international rate cuts, and expectations of lending rates declining in the coming weeks, to boost economic expansion. Central Bank Governor Dr. Indrajit Coomaraswamy on Thursday remained optimistic about Sri Lanka’s growth prospects in 2019, but acknowledged positive sentiment and confidence was still muted among investors as well as the private sector. He opined it was realistic to... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/07/19)

Blasts bring Lankan Buddhist monks to political center stage
By P.K.Balachandran/Daily Express
The simultaneous bombing of four posh hotels and three churches in Sri Lanka by a bunch of Islamic radicals on April 21 Easter Sunday, was clearly not aimed at the island’s majority Sinhalese Buddhist community as the targets indicate. And yet, a noticeable consequence of the terrorist act is the revival of a Sinhalese-Buddhist nationalistic movement, with Buddhist monks spearheading it. When the bombings took place, the immediate reaction of the population was to ensure that innocent Muslims were not attacked in retribution. But it did not take... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/07/19)

Advantages in making land tradable in Sri Lanka
By P.K.Balachandran/Daily Express
Colombo, July 12: The Ranil Wickremesinghe government is currently on the way to changing the law to give title deeds to peasants cultivating State Lands with permits. The State Land (Special Provisions) Bill was tabled in parliament on June 28 but is yet to be taken up for discussion because of cases in the Supreme Court challenging it. If the law is passed, a title deed will enable the holder to sell the land, which he was not allowed to do under the “permit system”. The new system... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/07/19)

PHILIP GUNAWARDENE, SWRD, WIMALA WIJEWARDENE, RANIL, RUWAN AND LAKE HOUSE – continued
Mario Perera, Kadawata
I refer to the comment made by Dr. M.D.P.Dissanayake regarding the article titled: PHILIP GUNAWARDENE, SWRD, WIMALA WIJEWARDENE, RANIL, RUWAN AND LAKE HOUSE Dr.M.D.P.D.writes: Mrs B made a tremendous contribution....she had a great minister...who held more than half of ministerial portfolios.... That 'tremendous contribution' was totally negative. She brought the country to total ruin, impoverishing it beyond measure. Indeed she made the entire nation eat 'ala, batala, magnocca' statutorily twice a week. There was no food for the people. Restaurants were empty. No milk even for newborn children.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/07/19)

Open Economy and Foreign inward investments
Dr Sarath Obeysekera 
We have approached the banks to provide financial facilities to develop a Residential high rise under Non BoI category as converting into BOI is not a viable option due to the fact that duty free facilities and other perks are not available for condominium development. Investors in Europe are willing to send legitimate funds thru a European source .All the banks demand so many documents to prove source funds and names of investors and proof of address  in the country or residence, All above can be provided ,but they have to go... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/07/19)

සියළුම අනියම්/ආදේශක සේවකයින් වහා ස්ථීර කරන්න නැතිනම් තවත් දුම්රිය වර්ජනයක් - කඩිනම් සාකච්ඡාවක් ලබා දෙන්න
මාධ්‍ය නිවේදනයයි -දුම්රිය වෘත්තීය සමිති සන්ධානය - Railway Trade Unions Alliance
ගරු ප‍්‍රවාහන හා සිවිල් ගුවන් සේවා අමාත්‍ය, අර්ජුන රණතුංග මැතිතුමා, සියළුම අනියම්/ආදේශක සේවකයින් වහා ස්ථීර කරන්න නැතිනම් තවත් දුම්රිය වර්ජනයක් - කඩිනම් සාකච්ඡාවක් ලබා දෙන්න වසර 05 කට අධික කාලයක් දුමිරිය දෙපාර්තමේන්නතුවේ විවිධ අංශ වල සේවය කරන 1500 පමණ වන අනියම්/ආදේශක, තාවකාලික හා කොන්ත‍්‍රාත් සේවකයින් සේවයේ ස්ථීර නොකර, අළුතින් තවත් සේවක පිරිසක් බඳවා ගැනීමට මේ වනවිටත් කටයුතු කරමින් සිටින බව අප සන්ධානයට දැනගැනීමට ලැබී ඇත. 2019.07.06 දින දිනමිණ පුවත්පතේ හා www.Railway.lk වෙබ් අඩවියේ දැන්වීම් පළකරමින් දැනටමත් ඒ සඳහා අයදුම්පත් කැඳවා ඇති අතර, වසර 05 ක්... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/07/19)

Ruling and Opposition members should be transparent and truthful
Dr Sarath Obeysekera
We need to take a  clue from Putin ,Theresa May,Trump and Modi .If they propose to change certain international agreements whether political or trade wise,they open the provisions to parliament,press and the public .It is essential that elected leaders or parties should create a dialogue between public and government. During the No Confidence Motion debate Speakers elaborated the need to open up the main agreements and attachments to be signed with US . We hear about trade agreements with Singapore ,Japan India .We may  soon sign free trade agreement with Tajikistan.,Sichelles,Philippine... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/07/19)

Gurukanda Raja Maha Viharaya , Mullativu
Ranjith Soysa
The Director General of Archaeology confirmed in Mullativu Magistrate courts before the Magistrate S L. Kumar that Guru Kanda Viharaya in Nayaru on the basis of historical and archaeological evidence dates back to 2000 years, He further emphasized that the building of a new Hindu kovil inside the historical site was illegal. The court hearing was on 12 Feb 2019 consequent on a dispute arising from a protest staged and led by former TNA politician T.Raviharan  on 14th January 2019 on the Thai Pongal Day. The protestors continued to vandalize the site by attempting... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/07/19)

ENDLESS TALES OF TORTURE IN INDIAN SOCIETY
ALI SUKHANVER
Hatred on the basis of caste and creed or race and religion is considered the most heinous social crime in all civilized societies. Presence of hatred on all such basis proves moral bankruptcy and ethical barrenness of a society. ‘The Hindu’ has recently reported from Madhya Pradesh, India that the family members of a 21-year-old tribal woman assaulted her with sticks for allegedly eloping with a Dalit man. The woman was a resident of Gatbori village, about 90 km from Dhar in Madhya Pradesh. According to the paper, the family members were unhappy over her affair... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/07/19)

Muslim MPs decide to take up ministerial posts again
Courtesy Adaderana
All Muslim parliamentarians who resigned from their ministerial portfolios have decided to accept their previous positions once again, MP Amir Ali said. At a press conference on June 03, all Muslim cabinet, non-cabinet, state, and deputy ministers announced that they would resign from their portfolios. https://youtu.be/dehYsfsQp9E The MPs said their resignations would allow investigators to probe the claims without interference. However, the four ministers and five junior ministers only resigned from their portfolios, not from the government or their respective parties. The Mahanayake Theros... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/07/19)

රිෂාඩ්ට ඇති චෝදනා ගැන පරීක්ෂණයක් කරන්නැයි ඒකාබද්ධයෙන් අල්ලස් කොමිසමට පැමිණිල්ලක්
නාලක සංජීව දහනායක උපුටාගැණීම ලංකාදීප
සතොස ආයතනයට රුපියල් මිලියන 5000ක පාඩුවක් සිදුකර ඇති බවට හිටපු ඇමති රිෂාඞ් බදියුදීන් මහතාට එල්ලවීඇති චෝදනා සම්බන්ධයෙන් විධිමත් පරීක්‍ෂණයක් පවත්වන මෙන් ඉල්ලමින් ඒකාබද්ධ විපක්‍ෂයේ පාර්ලිමේන්තු මන්ත‍්‍රීවරුන් අද (11) අල්ලස් හෝ දූෂණ කොමිසන් සභාවට පැමිණිල්ලක් ඉදිරිපත් කළහ. යහපාලන රජයේ අමාත්‍යවරුන්ගේ වංචා හා දූෂණ හෙළි කිරීමට ඒකාබද්ධ විපක්‍ෂය විසින් ක‍්‍රියාත්මක කරනු ලබන ටොප් -20 වැඩසටහන යටතේ දොළොස්වැනි පැමිණිල්ල ලෙස හම්බන්තොට දිස්ත‍්‍රික් පාර්ලිමේන්තු මන්ත‍්‍රී ඞී.වී චානක මහතා විසින් මෙම පැමිණිල්ල සිදුකළහ. හිටපු අමාත්‍යවරයාගේ පෞද්ගලික ව්‍යාපාර වලට සම්බන්ධ පුද්ගලයන් 52 සතොස ආයතනයට බඳවාගෙන ඔවුන්ට එම ආයතනය මගින් ඔවුන්ට වැටුප් ගෙවා රුපියල් ලක්‍ෂ සියයක... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/07/19)

Pact trap - II
Editorial Courtesy The Island
The Prime Minister’s Office has taken the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce to task over the latter’s comments on the Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA). Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has declared, in Parliament, that the government will never enter into agreements that are detrimental to Sri Lanka’s interests. He has torn into those who erroneously claim that the SOFA was signed a couple of years ago. It has not been inked. In fact, the government has baulked at signing it due to protests. All agreements disadvantageous or harmful to this country, save one... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/07/19)

The totally inadequate Sixth Amendment Four decades of constitutional folly and failure – 1
By C. A. Chandraprema Courtesy The Island
Thanks largely to our erstwhile colonial master, who experimented with various forms of self-government before granting us natives full Independence we can claim to be Asia’s oldest democracy. It is a fact that we were the first country in Asia to enjoy universal adult franchise from 1931 onwards even before we gained Independence. Going by that record, we should by now be an example for the whole of Asia to follow at least with regard to constitutions and systems of government. That, however, is what we are not.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/07/19)

Opposition Leader accuses govt of trying to rob EPF funds
By Saman Indrajith Courtesy The Island
Opposition Leader Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday alleged that the government had brought about a draft bill to amend the Finance Act to remove the Central Bank from the purview of the Finance Ministry.  Addressing a press conference at the Parliamentary complex, the Opposition Leader said that the government was trying to take control of Employees’ Provident Fund (EPF). The Central Bank had been under the Ministry of Finance as per the provisions of the Finance Act, Rajapaksa said.  The Secretary to the Ministry of Finance who was... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/07/19)

Prosecutors say tests needed before Sri Lanka sterilization case can proceed
Courtesy Reuters.com
KURUNEGALA, Sri Lanka (Reuters) - Sri Lankan prosecutors said on Thursday tests would be needed to establish whether a Muslim doctor had sterilized Buddhist patients, while there was no evidence to support other charges against him of links to terrorist groups or money laundering. The case of Shegu Shihabdeen Mohamed Shafi has become a focus of national attention in Sri Lanka since he was arrested in May and accused of sterilizing women from the Sinhalese Buddhist majority. He was arrested two days after a front-page story appeared in a nationalist newspaper alleging... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/07/19)

Alerted by India, Lankan coast guard intercepts boats carrying drugs from Pak
According to Indian intelligence agencies, this drug business is a major source of income for ISI and they use this in terror funding.  Two boats carrying banned drugs from Pakistani coast city Karachi to Sri Lanka were intercepted by Sri Lankan Coast guards on Wednesday. The operation was successfully executed based on the inputs by Indian security agencies. (Representational Image) New Delhi: Two boats carrying banned drugs from Pakistani coast city Karachi to Sri Lanka were intercepted by Sri Lankan Coast guards on Wednesday. The operation was successfully executed based on the inputs by... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 11/07/19)

Another Dengue Outbreak
Courtesy The Government official news portal
After a particularly hot and humid May this year, many Sri Lankans would have eagerly anticipated the south-western monsoon to ease their discomfort. Each year, what Sri Lankans don’t expect however, seems to be the ensuing outbreak of the deadly dengue virus. 2019 doesn’t seem to be any different for a country grappling with yet another outbreak of the disease, with most residents in disease hotspots unaware of the illness. Consultant Epidemiologist of the National Focal Point, Dr. Hasitha Tissera, said that the number of dengue cases reported for the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/07/19)

Ranil’s leadership and shared goals of foreign powers
S. Akurugoda
As per a news item appeared in The Island dated 9th July 2019, the newly appointed Chief Executive Director of the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC,) Sean Cairncross has written to Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe stating that he looks forward to Wickremesinghe’s continued leadership to advance their shared goals. It is interesting to find out what are the ‘shared goals’ and interests of the two parties involved, especially, those of our local partner, Ranil Wickramasinghe. The above news item is an indication of the determination of the leader of the UNP to go... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/07/19)

PHILIP GUNAWARDENE, SWRD, WIMALA WIJEWARDENE, RANIL, RUWAN AND LAKE HOUSE
By M D P DISSANAYAKE
During general elections for 4 Parliament on 19 March 1960, the leader of MEP  Phillip Gunawardene said: "  If minorities or majorities of Sri Lanka unwilling to commit to our Constitution and Laws, they can leave Ceylon, we will meet the cost of air passage and chop their passports as " NOT ALLOWED TO RETURN TO SRI LANKA", Had Philip won the Election, today Sri Lanka would have been amongst the top nations in Asia as he did provide the ground work for Paddy Lands Act, Peoples Bank   Bus and... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/07/19)

Dayasiri asks PSC to find those who were at Taj on Easter Sunday
By Saman Indrajith Courtesy The Island
SLFP General Secretary Dayasiri Jayasekera, MP, yesterday, requested the Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) probing the Easter Sunday carnage to investigate and find out the names of foreigners and local politicians who had stayed at Hotel Taj Samudra on April 21 as that would lead them to the persons behind the attack. Testifying before the PSC, MP Jayasekera said that if the investigators went through the list of guests who stayed at Taj on the Easter Sunday morning, it would be easy for them to get a clear picture of the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/07/19)

Dayasiri before PSC
Editorial Courtesy The Island
UPFA MP and SLFP General Secretary Dayasiri Jayasekera finally chose to bite the bullet, yesterday; he appeared before the Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) probing the Easter Sunday attacks. He had previously ignored summons, claiming that the PSC proceedings undermined the judicial process and, therefore, he did not want to participate therein. Is he now convinced that he thought wrong? President Maithripala Sirisena vehemently opposed the appointment of the Easter Sunday PSC and went so far as to threaten to suspend Cabinet meetings unless it was terminated. He viewed the parliamentary probe as... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/07/19)

සමෘද්ධි හිමිකම් නොලබන ජනතාවක් සිටින රටක් නිර්මාණය කිරීම අපේ අරමුණයි. - ඇමති සුජීව සේනසිංහ.
විද්‍යා, තාක්ෂණ හා පර්යේෂණ අමාත්‍යතුමා
සමෘද්ධි හිමිකම් නොලබන ජනතාවක් සිටින රටක් නිර්මාණය කිරීම රජයේ අරමුණ බව විද්‍යා, තාක්ෂණ හා පර්යේෂණ අමාත්‍ය සුජීව සේනසිංහ පැවසීය. අමාත්‍යවරයා මේ බව ප්‍රකාශ කළේ රජය ක්‍රියාත්මක කරන අඩු ආදායම් ලබන පවුල් සඳහා  සමෘද්ධි සහනාධාර ලබා දීමේ වැඩසටහන යටතේ කඩුවෙල ප්‍රාදේශීය ලේකම් කොට්ඨාශයේ  තෝරාගත් පවුල් සඳහා සමෘද්ධි හිමිකම්පත් පිරිනැමීම වෙනුවෙන් අතුරුගිරිය, ශාන්තාලෝකගම දී පැවති උත්සවයකට එක්වෙමිනි. එහි දී වැඩිදුරටත් අදහස් දැක් වූ අමාත්‍යවරයා මෙසේ පැවසීය. දිරියෙන් නැගිටින ශක්තිමත් ජනතාවක් රට තුළ බිහි කළ යුතුයි. ඒ නිසා සහනාධාර ලබා ගැනීමට පමණක් සීමා නොවී ධෛර්යවන්තව උසස් ජීවන තත්වයක් ගොඩනගා ගැනීමට ඔබ වෙහෙසී... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/07/19)

ඇමෙරිකානු ආරක්ෂක වුවමනාවට ආණ්ඩුව සේවක අයිතීන් අහෝසී කිරීමේ තදියමක
මාධ්‍ය නිවේදනය නිදහස් වෙළඳ කලාප සහ පොදු සේවා සේවක සංගමය
‘‘ඒකීය රැුකියා නීතිය’’ මැයෙන් තවමත් ප‍්‍රසිද්ධකර නොමැති සහ පසුගිය අගහරුවාදා (ජුලි 09* ජාතික කම්කරු උපදේශන සභාවට ඉදිරිපත් කළමුත් සාකච්ඡුා නොවුනු ‘‘තනි කම්කරු නීති’’ කෙටුම්පත පිළිබඳව අපි කම්කරු සබඳතා ඇමත්ි ඇතුලූ අදාල පාර්ශව හමුවේ අපගේ කණස්සල්ල හා විරෝධය පසුගිය අවුරුද්ද පුරා සටහන් කර ඇත්තෙමු. ඒ අතර, හාම්පුතුන් සහ කම්කරු දෙපාර්තමේන්තුවේ ඉහළ බලධාරීන් එම පනත් කෙටුම්පත වෙනුවෙන් සහාය ලබා ගැනීමේ වෑයමක නිරත වන්නාහ. ඉතා කෙටියෙන් කියන්නේ නම්, දැනට පෞද්ගලික අංශය සඳහා පවතින කම්කරු නීති අණ පනත් 54 වෙනුවට ‘‘ඒකීය කම්කරු නීති’’ කෙටුම්පතක් සැකසීම සඳහා සංවර්ධන උපාමාර්ග සහ බාහිර වෙළඳාම් කටයුතු... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/07/19)

Priorities at this moment
Dr Sarath Obeysekera 
Priorities of the rulers at this moment is to finds funds to provide free health and education, subsidised fuel, services to public such as police protection, crime busting , eradicating drug menace, maintaining law and order,disposing garbage,upholding judiciary etc . Once we find funds country , country should  save part and also spend carefully. Yesterday I left work like many people working in the city to home from port to Battaramulla via Galleface,Kollupitiya ;Borella; Rajagiriya . Yesterday It took me two long hours to reach home.Luckily I was in... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/07/19)

ඔබේ අනුමැතියත් අවශ්‍යයි.....!
නීතිඥ අරුණ ලක්සිරි උණවටුන (සමායෝජක),
ශ්‍රේෂ්ඨාධිකරණ සහ අභියාචනාධිකරණ නඩු තීන්දු ලබා දිය යුතු භාෂාව සිංහල භාෂාව විය යුතුද? යන කාරණය ජනමතවිචාරණයකට යොමු කරන ලෙස ජනාධිපතිවරයාගෙන් කරන ඉල්ලීමට නීතිඥවරුන් ඇතුලු බොහෝ පිරිස් අත්සන් කරමින් ඇත.  ඉලක්කය අත්සන් 10,000 ක ප්‍රමාණයකි.  මෙම ඉල්ලීමට ඔබගේ අනුමැතියත් අවශ්‍යයි.  අත්සන් කිරීම සදහා විමසන්න  නීතිඥ අරුණ ලක්සිරි උණවටුන (සමායෝජක), ශ්‍රේෂ්ඨාධිකරණ සහ අභියාචනාධිකරණ නඩු තීන්දු රටේ බහුතර ජනතාවට කියවිය හැකි පරිදි සිංහල භාෂාවෙන් ලබා ගැනීම වෙනුවෙන් වන වැඩසටහන,  අංක 09, කොළඹ පාර, හදපාන්ගොඩ.(10524) දුරකථන 0342256066, 0342256067, 0712063394. http://www.lankaweb.com/news/items/2019/07/08/ෂ්ඨාධිකරණ-සහ-අභියාචනාධික/... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/07/19)

Hazardous material from UK - Re-export containers: CEA tells Customs
Chaturanga Samarawickrama Courtesy The Daily Mirror
The Central Environmental Authority (CEA) said yesterday it had directed Sri Lanka Customs to re-export the illegally imported containers filled with industrial waste to the country of origin. The shipments were reportedly imported from Britain. The Director of the Chemicals and Hazardous Waste Management Unit of the Waste Management Division, Ajith Weerasundara said the containers contained hospital beds, mattresses, carpets, plastic and items like polythene, larvae, dead plants, fungus, bird feathers. “We heard that more than 100 such containers have been illegally imported. But Sri Lanka... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/07/19)

Sri Lanka negotiating military cooperation deal with US, prime minister says
Courtesy The defense post
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AFP) – Sri Lanka is negotiating a fresh military cooperation deal with the United States, its Prime Minister announced in parliament Wednesday, July 10, even as the country’s president vowed to veto any agreement. Ranil Wickremesinghe said the government was discussing a replacement for a 1995 Status of Forces arrangement that would allow the militaries of the two countries to access each other’s ports and airports with fewer formalities. The prime minister said negotiations were ongoing as the new document contained provisions Sri Lanka... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/07/19)

Roshan Ranasinghe received death threats from President’s brother?
Courtesy Adaderana
Parliamentarian Roshan Ranasinghe says he received death threats from President Maithripala Sirisena’s brother, Dudley Sirisena. The parliamentarian stated this joining Derana ‘Wada Pitiya’ political programme last night (09). The Criminal Investigation Department even refused to accept his complaint in this regard, MP Ranasinghe alleged. https://youtu.be/yO8QjZaJ8d0 Commenting that a brother of a president has not behaved in such a manner before, MP Ranasinghe said the President’s brother is greedy of power. In other parts of the world, the farmers who cultivate the staple crops are... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/07/19)

Find out who was at Taj Hotel on Easter Sunday - Daysiri tells PSC
Courtesy Adaderana
MP Dayasiri Jayasekara says that Sri Lanka’s authorities should investigate as to why one of the Easter Sunday attackers did not set off his bomb at the Taj Samudra Hotel in Colombo despite visiting it and to also find out who was at that hotel on that fateful day. The SLFP General Secretary today appeared before the Parliamentary Select Committee inquiring into the terror attacks on several hotels and churches on April 21. https://youtu.be/zrSkk4jbmAA He was questioned about certain controversial comments made by him during an interview with... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/07/19)

ඇමති මංගල අන්ත දුෂිතයෙක්.. හිරේ ඉන්න ඔ්න එකෙක් පාර්ලිමේන්තුවේ.. ජනපති වෙන්න රනිල්ට නියත විවරන දුන් තීනියාවල හිමි මංගලට යුද ප‍්‍රකාශ කරයි…
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ඇක්සා ගිවිසුම වසර දෙකක් තිස්සේ පාර්ලිමේන්තුවට ඉදිරිපත් කර නැති බවත් අතිශය රහසිගතව මේ සියල්ල මංගල සමරවීර ඇමතිවරයා විසින් පිටුපස සිට සිදු කර ඇති බවත් පූජ්‍ය තීනියාවල පාලිත හිමියෝ සඳහන් කරති. මංගල සමරවීර ඇමතිවරයා යතු මේ ආන්ඩුවේ සිටින ඉතාම දූෂිත ඇමතිවරයෙක් බවද හිමියෝ පැවසූහ. හිටපු විදේශ ලේකම් ප‍්‍රසාද් කාරියවසම් හා හිටපු ආරක්‍ෂක ලේකම් කරුණාසේන හෙට්ටාආරච්චි මෙම ගිවිසුම් සදහා සම්බන්ධ වී අත්සන් කර ඇති බවද උන් වහන්සේ සදහන් කලහ. https://youtu.be/k3f6ykMUixo?t=1195 අද වන විට ප‍්‍රසාද් කාරියවසම් මහතා විදේශීය ආයතනයකින් ගෙවීම් ලබමින් කතානායකවරයාගේ උපදේමකවරයෙකු ලෙස කටයුතු කරන බවත් හරිනම්... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/07/19)

පාස්කු බෝම්බ කමිටුව දයාසිරිගෙන් ඉගෙනගනී.. උගුලේ නොවැටී දයාසිරි කමිටුවම එකවර මඩවයි.. [Video]
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පාස්කු ඉරිදා දිනයේ මෙරටට එල්ල වූ බෝම්බ ප්‍රහාරය සම්බන්ධයෙන් විමර්ශනය කරන පාර්ලිමේන්තු තේරීම් කාරක සභාව හමුවේ අද දිනයේ කැඳවා තිබුණේ ශ්‍රී ලංකා නිදහස් පක්ෂ මහලේකම් පාර්ලිමේන්තු මන්ත්‍රී දයාසිරි ජයසේකර මහතායි. ඔහුට පළමු වතාවට කැඳවූ අවස්ථාවේ එය ප්‍රතික්ෂේප කර කැඳවීම වර්ජනය කළ අතර කළ නමුත් අද දිනයේ ඔහු කමිටුව හමුවේ පෙනී සිටියේය. https://youtu.be/zrSkk4jbmAA තේරීම් කාරක සභාවේ සාමාජිකයන් විසින් අසන ලද බොහෝ පැනයන්වලට ශූර ලෙස පිළිතුරු දෙන්නට චතුර කථිකයෙකු වූ ශ්‍රීලනිප මහ ලේකම් වරයා සමග සමත් වූ අතර ඇතැම් අවස්ථාවල ශ්‍රීලනිප මහලේකම් වරයා දුන් පිළිතුරුවලින් කමිටු සාමාජිකයන් පවා අර්බුදයට... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/07/19)

ජනපති සොයුරු ඩඩ්ලි සිරිසේනගෙන් මන්ත‍්‍රි රොෂාන් රණසිංහට මරණ තර්ජන..
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https://www.facebook.com/sinhala.adaderana.lk/videos/378965056091457/ ජනාධිපති මෛත්‍රීපාල සිරිසේන මහතාගේ සහෝදරයා වන ඩඩ්ලි සිරිසේන මහතා විසින් විසින් තමන්ට මරණ තර්ජනය කළ බව එක්සත් ජනතා නිදහස් සන්ධාන පොළොන්නරුව දිස්ත්‍රික් පාර්ලිමේන්තු මන්ත්‍රී රොෂාන් රණසිංහ මහතා පවසයි. තමනට මෙම මරනීය තර්ජනය කරන ලද්දේ පොලීසියෙන්ද ලග තබාගෙන බවත් මන්ත‍්‍රීවරයා කීය. මේ සම්බන්ධයෙන් තමන් රහස් පොලිසියට පැමිණිල්ලක් කිරීමට උත්සාහ කළ අවස්ථාවේ එයට ද අවස්ථාව ලබා නොදුන් බව ඒ මහතා සඳහන් කරයි. දෙරණ රූපවාහිනිය වාදපිටිය වැඩසටහනට එක්වෙමින් ඔහු මේ බව කියා සිටියේය.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/07/19)

නාගන්නදට දිගටම අපලයි.. රටම රවටන වංචාවක් ගැන තවත් පැමිණිල්ලක් ගොනු කෙරේ…
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ඉදිරි ජනාධිපතිවරනයට ඉදිරිපත් වන්නේ යයි කියන නාගානන්ද කොඩිතුවක්කු මහතාට විරුද්දව සමාජ ක‍්‍රියාකාරිකයෙකු වන ඕෂල හේරත් මහතා විසින් මැතිවරණ කොමිෂන් සභාවට පැමිණිලි කර ඇත. එම සම්පුර්ණ පැමිණිල්ල මෙහි දැක්වෙයි. මැතිවරණ කොමිෂන් සභාවේ සභාපති සහ සාමාජිකයින්,මැතිවරණ කොමිෂන් සභාවමැතිවරණ මහ ලේකම් කාර්යාලය,තැ.පෙ. 02, සරණමාවත,රාජගිරිය, 10107,ශ්‍රී ලංකාව මහත්මයාණනි, නගානන්ද කොඩිතුවක්කු මහතා ගැන පැමිණිල්ලක් 99, සුබද්‍රරාම පාර, නුගේගොඩ යන ලිපිනයේ පදිංචි නාගානනද කොඩිතුවක්කු නම් බ්‍රිතාන්‍ය සහ ශ්‍රී ලංකා යන රට වල දෙකේ ද්විත්ව පුරවැසිභාව හිමි පුද්ගලයකු මැතිවරණ කොමිසමේ සභාපති සහ කොමිසමේ සාමාජිකයන්ගේ සහ සිමා නිර්ණය කොමිසම් සභාවේ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/07/19)

MR RUWAN WIJEWARDANE IS THE BEST LEADER FOR UNP
BY EDWARD THEOPHILUS
Generally, all political parties in Sri Lanka have a common problem, which is they don't train the next leader for the party to take responsibilities on account of the country.  Next leader of a political party should be a dynamic characteristic, which has a good education, excellent attitudes, dynamic skills and broader experience as a person growing and intelligent person to deal with a dynamic world where emerges unexpected problems as a result of international or domestic reasons.  If we look back the selection of leaders to political parties it is observable that the election... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/07/19)

National Health Service Sri Lanka -Priorities
Sarath  Obeysekera
A daily paid labourer who was living in appalling condition along Dutch Canal in Alakanda near the CMC garbage dump was helped to build his house with my personal funds. He tells me that his wife is having chronic asthma. She had to attend regular clinic in Ragama Teaching. Hospital. He complained about the service   In the hospital. She has to go to the Ragama Hospital by a three wheeler at 3 am to get number and she had to wait until 3 pm same day to be called... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/07/19)

ජනතාවට පැහැදිලි කරදීම
360 with Udaya Gammanpila (24 - 06 - 2019)
https://youtu.be/M6r0384Yk24... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/07/19)

Death penalty - SLPP says Prez has no judicial power
Courtesy The Daily Mirror
The Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) said yesterday President Maithripala Sirisena had no judicial power to pick out four convicts to be executed when there were many others on death row. SLPP Chairman G.L. Peiris said there were more than a hundred people serving life imprisonment for drug trafficking and asked how the President had picked out four convicts - one woman and three men to be singled out for execution. “How can you pick four people from dozens of people? Is it a matter of chance or coincidence or... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/07/19)

AG to file revision application against granting bail to Pujith & Hemasiri
Courtesy Adaderana
The Attorney General will file revision application before the High Court over granting bail to the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Pujith Jayasundara and former Defence Secretary Hemasiri Fernando, says the Attorney General’s Department. Colombo Chief Magistrate Lanka Jayaratne today (09) released the two defendants on bail imposing a surety bail of Rs 500,000 on each of them. IGP Pujith Jayasundara and former Defence Secretary Hemasiri Fernando were informed to appear before the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) on July 2nd. However, the IGP was admitted to the Police Hospital in... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/07/19)

Why did chief magistrate granted bail to Pujith & Hemasiri?
Ada Derana
https://youtu.be/OEAeAr0Fq7k... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/07/19)

MCC Land Grab – Sri Lanka must learn from Africa’s land take over
The white man landed in Africa and set up his own systems to rule and divide Africa to plunder. Ironically the same countries are now fine tuning the very laws they set into motion to facilitate a new wave of plunder. However, in most of Africa customary land laws prevail and is probably one saving factor for Africa which unfortunately is not the case for Sri Lanka. What we need to take stock of is the modus operandi that these global land grabbers are today applying to Sri Lanka and mobilize ourselves to ensure not an inch of Sri Lanka’s... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 09/07/19)

Caught with His Pants Down is Batalanda Wickramasinghe Calling for a State of Anarchy?
By Gandara John
Caught with his pants down, literally selling off Sri Lanka to the Americans, a desperate Wickramasinghe has reportedly called on his thugs to get onto the Streets to prevent and intimidate law abiding citizens seeking Justice from Sri Lanka’s Supreme Court of Justice. Wickramasinghe has reportedly exhorted his goondas to enforce the Rule of the Street over the rule of Law. Seen by many Sri Lankans as a traitor in the mould of a Don Juan Dharmapala, they see Wickramasinghe’s call for anarchy as a call to the Americans to... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/07/19)

ශ්‍රේෂ්ඨාධිකරණ සහ අභියාචනාධිකරණ නඩු තීන්දු ලබා දිය යුතු භාෂාව සිංහල භාෂාව විය යුතුද? යන ප්‍රශ්නය ජනමතවිචාරණයකට යොමු කරන ලෙස ජනාධිපතිවරයාගෙන් කරන ඉල්ලීමට සහාය දෙන්න...
නීතිඥ අරුණ ලක්සිරි උණවටුනගෙන් ජනතාවට ඉල්ලීමක්....
ශ්‍රේෂ්ඨාධිකරණ සහ අභියාචනාධිකරණ නඩු තීන්දු රටේ බහුතර ජනතාවට කියවිය හැකි පරිදි සිංහල භාෂාවෙන් ලබා ගැනීම වෙනුවෙන් වන වැඩසටහන අංක 09, කොළඹ පාර, හදපාන්ගොඩ.(10524)දුරකථන 0342256066, 0342256067, 0712063394. ගරු මෛත්‍රීපාල සිරිසේන මැතිතුමාශ්‍රී ලංකා ප්‍රජාතාන්ත්‍රික සමාජවාදී ජනරජයේ ජනාධිපති,ජනාධිපති ලේකම් කාර්‍යාලය,කොළඹ 01. ශ්‍රේෂ්ඨාධිකරණ සහ අභියාචනාධිකරණ නඩු තීන්දු ලබා දිය යුතු භාෂාව සිංහල භාෂාව විය යුතුද? මැයෙන් ජනමතවිචාරණයක් පවත්වන ලෙස ඉල්ලා සිටීම. නීතිය නොදැනීම සමාවට කරුණක් නොවේ...! යන නීති සිද්ධාන්තය අනුව රටේ බහුතර ජනතාව භාෂාව මත වෙනස්කමකට ලක් නොකල යුතු අතර නීතිය දැන ගැනීමට ඇති මාර්ග අවහිර නොකළ යුතුය. රටේ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/07/19)

MONLAR: Land given to the poor will end up with Multinationals
By Rathindra Kuruwita Courtesy The Island
The Ranil Wickremesinghe administration was attempting to create a cheap labour force needed to facilitate the implementation of neoliberal economic policies, by amending` land laws, Chinthaka Rajapakshe, Convener of the Movement for Land and Agricultural Reform (MONLAR) said commenting on the scheme to grant outright ownership of land to one million people. "Providing land deeds may look like a progressive move but we have to look at the reasons. On the one hand there is a serious crisis in the rural economy; created by the policies of successive governments, especially... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/07/19)

Fmr. army intel officer arrested over assault on Upali Tennakoon
Courtesy Adaderana
Former Corporal of the Army Intelligence Unit Lalith Rajapaksa has been arrested over the assault on the former newspaper editor, Upali Tennakoon. The arrest has been carried out arrested by the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) at Hanwella last night (07), stated the Police Media Spokesperson. https://youtu.be/tpkQyubNxds On 23rd September 2009, the former editor of the Rivira newspaper, Upali Tennakoon, was assaulted by four individuals. The senior journalist and his wife left the country following the incident.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/07/19)

Use curse-proof cars instead of bulletproof ones, UNP MP Wijeydasa slams PM
Courtesy Adaderana
No Sinhalese person would receive the rights to land in Sri Lanka in the future through the Land Grants (Special Provisions) Act, stated UNP MP Wijeydasa Rajapakshe. Rajapakshe expressed these views addressing an event held in Colombo. He says that if Founder of United National Party (UNP) and late Prime Minister D. S. Senanayake were alive now, he would be gravely disappointed by the current state of the party. https://youtu.be/uNTKUqnDJIU The Parliamentarian stated that Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe would be begging on the roads today if... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/07/19)

CID to probe alleged killing of 20 persons under Sharia law
Courtesy Adaderana
The Criminal Investigation Department is set to launch probes into the revelations made by Venerable Medagoda Abayatissa Thero over 20 persons being allegedly killed under the Sharia law, says Police Media Spokesperson SP Ruwan Gunasekara. Reportedly, Abeytissa Thero has made the revelations on the 4th of July.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/07/19)

7-judge bench appointed to consider FR petitions against IGP & Hemasiri Fernando
Courtesy Adaderana
A fuller Bench comprising seven judges of the Supreme Court has been appointed to hear the petitions filed against Inspector General of Police (IGP) Pujith Jayasundara and former Defense Secretary claiming that they had violated fundamental rights by failing to prevent the Easter Sunday attacks. The Judge Bench headed by Chief Justice Jayantha Jayasuriya will comprise of Justices Sisira de Abrew, Buwaneka Aluvihare, Priyantha Jayawardena, Prasanna Jayawardena, L.T.B. Dehideniya and Murdu Fernando. The relevant fundamental rights petitions are set to be considered before the Bench on 12th July. The petitions... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/07/19)

Sri Lanka to reduce handling charges for foreign flights to boost tourism
Courtesy NewsIn.Asia
Colombo, July 8 (newsin.asia) – The Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority together with the Prime Minister’s office, the Ministry of Tourism and the Civil Aviation Authority of Sri Lanka tabled a cabinet paper on Monday and received the approval for the reduction of ground handling charges, aviation fuel, and the embarkation levy for all international flights for 6 months. The Ministry said that in 2018, approximately 2.3 million tourists arrived in Sri Lanka while generating an income of USD 4.4 billion. More than 98 percent of tourists to Sri Lanka were... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/07/19)

Spilling the Tea in Sri Lanka
BY PHILIP YIANNOPOULOS Courtesy Foreign Policy.com
As large colonial-era tea plantations crumble, family-owned plots are trying to take their place and save the industry. A tea plantation worker shows off plucked tea leaves in the Nuwara Eliya district of Sri Lanka on Feb. 5. THARAKA BASNAYAKA/NURPHOTO VIA GETTY IMAGES For nearly a year now, Priyantha Gamage, the son of a Tamil tea plucker, has been documenting the scars and scabs of the tea plantation workers on the Deniyaya Estate in the Southern Province of Sri Lanka. This is just one of his many projects... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/07/19)

When politics pollutes sports
Courtesy The New Indian Express
Over the last few years, a number of sporting events have been hijacked to propagate political messages. As India went about clinically demolishing Sri Lanka in the final group game of the cricket World Cup on Sunday, some headlines were stolen by an airplane dragging a couple of banners across the Leeds skyline. The banners bore political messages pertaining to the Kashmir issue and mob lynching incidents in India. Correctly so, the BCCI was quick to register its protest saying security at the match was not tight. ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/07/19)

Religion, non-religion, and human rights
By Mario Perera, Kadawata
I do not know whether Mangala Samaraweera is the adherent of a religion. I only know, from a photo published in the newspapers some time back, that he has no respect for the Lord Buddha. The photo showed him holding a Buddha statue by the neck and behind his person. I remember the strong criticisms levelled against him for that act, which if done by a Catholic with regard to a statue of Jesus, would have been considered as being sacrilegious. But Mangala S. as do other high ranking politicians, visits the Temple of... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/07/19)

THE BEST ALTERNATIVE APPROACH FOR MAINTAINING THE EXECUTIVE PRESIDENCY
BY EDWARD THEOPHILUS
Despite the various arguments against the executive presidency in Sri Lanka, when impartially consider on the role played by the position, it is acceptable that the executive presidency has performed a significant role in the country in relation to a various area.  There may have been weaknesses in it as human discharges the functions of the position. People must ignore the point that who was established the position and what was his political philosophy, but critically evaluating the role played, it is easy to conclude that the executive presidency supports the stability of Sri Lanka... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/07/19)

ATROCITIES COMMITED AGAINST SINHALA BUDDHISTS
Dr. Daya Hewapathirane
Cruelty and Atrocities by Catholics For a period that exceeded 150 years, from 1505 to1658, a greater part of Sri Lanka’s  coastal region was under the control of Portuguese Catholics. This was a period marked by extreme forms of violence and atrocities by the Portuguese, against local inhabitants  especially the Sinhala Buddhists, who, at the time of arrival of Portuguese in the island, accounted for more than 95% of the total population of the country. Roman Catholic missionary activities of the Portuguese included the widespread conversion to the Catholic faith, of local... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/07/19)

BRUTALITY OF THE PORTUGUESE – SOME HISTORICAL FACTS
Dr. Daya Hewapathirane
From the year 1505 until 1658, for about 153 years, a good part of the coastal region of Sri Lanka was under the control of the Portuguese.  This was a period marked by extreme forms of violence and atrocities against the Sinhala community, especially the Sinhala Buddhists. It was a period  marked by intense Roman Catholic missionary activity. From the year 1543 onward, Franciscans established centres in the country and Jesuits were active in the north.  Dominicans and Augustinians arrived toward the end of the 16th century. The Portuguese used their extensive... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/07/19)

NDP Motion adopted in House of Commons to investigate Sri Lanka's action to defeat Tamil Tiger Terrorism
Mahinda Gunasekera
Ms. Salma Zahid, MP Member for Scarborough Centre Dear Ms. Salma Zahid, We refer to the motion proposed by the NDP to investigate Sri Lanka's action to defeat Tamil Tiger Terrorism in the years 2006 to 2009 as an act of Genocide against Tamils, which was passed in the House with the consent of all parties on the 19th of June 2019. We thank you for granting members of our Sri Lankan community to meet with you today and explain the correct situation in Sri Lanka, so that you may report... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/07/19)

What we do and dont know about gut health
By Jessica Brown Courtesy BBC
The microbiome inside our bodies dictates many aspects of our health – and is as individual as we are. Inside your gastrointestinal (GI) tract are trillions of micro-organisms, including bacteria, fungi and viruses. You have roughly the same number of micro-organisms in there, mostly in the large intestine, as you do human cells in your entire body. But only 10% to 20% of the bacteria you have in your gut will be shared with anyone else. These microbiomes differ hugely from person to person, depending on diet, lifestyle... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/07/19)

A high carb diet may explain why Okinawans live so long
By David Robson Courtesy BBC
Emerging evidence suggests a 10:1 ratio of carbohydrates to proteins may protect the body from the ravages of ageing The search for the “elixir of youth” has spanned centuries and continents – but recently, the hunt has centred on the Okinawa Islands, which stretch across the East China Sea. Not only do the older inhabitants enjoy the longest life expectancy of anyone on Earth, but the vast majority of those years are lived in remarkably good health too. Of particular note is the number of people... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/07/19)

ගෝඨාභය රාජපක්‍ෂට එරෙහි නඩු පැවරුවේ රාධා සොතියා ඉම්රාන් පාන්ඩියන් සහ මාලති ඒකක වල කොටි... මුදලට අලෙවිවන සිංහල කොටි සාක්කිකරුවන් ස්විස්ටර්ලන්තයේ....
උපුටා ගැන්ම දිවයින
 ⋆ නඩුගොනුවට බොරු නම් ඇතුළත් කරලා ⋆ ත‍්‍රස්ත මර්දන ඒකකයේ හිටපු ප‍්‍රධානියකුට සහ රහස් පොලිසියේ ඉහළම විමර්ශකයාට එල්ල වූ චෝදනා රජයේ මාධ්‍ය සහරාන්ල වසන් කරයි ⋆ නඩු වාර්තාවට කුණුහරුපත් ඇතුලත් කරලා "ඇමරිකානු සී අයි ඒ සංවිධානය ත‍්‍රස්තවාදී සැකකරුවන්ට එරෙහිව වධහිංසා පැමිණවීම් ඇතුළු සිදුකළ අපරාධ ගැන යුක්තිය ඉටුකළ යුතුයි" - ජාත්‍යන්තර ක්‍ෂමා සංවිධානයේ ඇමරිකානු විධායක අධ්‍යක්‍ෂක ස්ටීවන් හෝකින්ස් "වධහිංසා පැමිණවීම් ගැන චෝදනා එල්ලවුවත් චෝදනා ගොනුකිරීමට සාක්‍ෂි නොමැතිවීම නිසා දඬුවම් කිරීම් සිදුකළ නොහැකියි... - ඇමරිකානු අධිකරණ දෙපාර්තමේන්තුව  ස්විස්ටර්ලන්තයේ ප‍්‍රධාන පෙළේ බැංකුවක තැන්පත් කර ඇති කොටි ජාත්‍යන්තර අරමුදල ප‍්‍රෑන්ක් බිලියන දෙකකට අධිකය. එහෙත් කොටි... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/07/19)

අස්ගිරියට අත නොතබනු! 'ථෙරවාදි බුදුදහම ලංකාවට ගෙනඒමට මුල්වූ අස්ගිරියට ඇඟිල්ල දිගුකරන්නෝ අන්තවාදියෝ'....!!
සමන්තී වීරසේකර උපුටා ගැන්ම දිවයින
  ”මහා නාහිමි අධිකරණය හමුවට ගෙන යනතුරු මේ රටේ නායකයෝ නිදිද...?”  ”අස්ගිරි මහ නාහිමියෝ රැක ගැනුමට පෙළ ගැසෙමු”  ”බෞද්ධකම නොදත් මහපුටු හොබවන්නෝ එළවා දමමු”මෙවන් වැකි රැසක් මහනුවර නගරය සහ සෙසු ආසන්න ප‍්‍රදේශ පුරා ප‍්‍රදර්ශනය වෙමින් පවතින්නේය. ශ්‍යාමෝපාලි මහා නිකායේ අස්ගිරි පාර්ශ්වයේ මහානායක අතිපූජ්‍ය වරකාගොඩ ක්‍දාණරතන ස්වාමින් වහන්සේ, මුස්ලිම් ජනතාවට එරෙහිව ප‍්‍රකාශයක් කළේ යැයි පාක්‍යසෝති සරවනමුත්තු ප‍්‍රමුඛ රාජ්‍ය නොවන සංවිධාන චෝදනා කර ඇත. එම චෝදනාව මත මහනායක හිමියෝ ජිනීවා මානව හිමිකම් කොමසාරිස් මිචෙලි බැචලට් හමුවට ඉදිරිපත් කිරීම හෙළා දකිමින් අද වන විට අස්ගිරි මල්වතු සංඝ සභා ඇතුළු දිවයින පුරා බෞද්ධ සංගම් සහ සමස්ත මහජනතාව... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/07/19)

නමට ලංකාව ඔප්පුව ඇමෙරිකාවට... ඇමෙරිකාවේ ජාතික ආරක්ෂාවට අදාළ ත‍්‍රිත්ව උපාය තුළ ශ‍්‍රී ලංකාවේ ඉරණම!
වෛද්‍ය කේ. එම්. වසන්ත බණ්ඩාර උපුටා ගැන්ම දිවයින
ශ‍්‍රී ලංකාවේ ඇමෙරිකානු තානාපතිනිය වන ඇලයිනා ටෙප්ලිට්ස් මහත්මිය තම ට්විටර් ගිණුම උපයෝගි කර ගනිමින් විශේෂ ප‍්‍රකාශයක් සිදුකොට ඇත. ඇය සඳහන් කරන්නේ ඇමෙරිකානු හමුදා කඳවුරක් ශ‍්‍රී ලංකාවේ පිහිටුවීමට තමා අදහස් නොකරන බවය. මෙම ලිපියේ අරමුණ ඇය විසින් සිදු කරන්නේ සත්‍යයක්ද නොවන අසත්‍යයක්ද නොවන ප‍්‍රකාශයක් බව පෙන්වා දීමය. එනම් ඔවුන්ගේ අරමුණ ශ‍්‍රී ලංකාවේ ඇමෙරිකානු හමුදා කඳවුරක් පිහිටුවීමට වඩා බරපතළ බව පෙන්වා දීමටය.  ඇමෙරිකාවේ ආරක්ෂක දෙපාර්තමේන්තුව විසින් සකස් කළ ”ඉන්දු - පැසිපික් උපාය මාර්ග වාර්තාව” 2019 ජූනි 01වැනි දින වැඩ බලන ලේකම් පැට්ටි‍්‍රක් එම් ෂනාහාන් මහතාගේ අත්සනින් නිකුත් කොට ඇත. එම වාර්තාව මගින්... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/07/19)

ෂාෆි ගලවා ගන්නා කාකි නිර්දේශ අතරේ ෂාෆිගේ සැබෑ හපන්කම් කුරුණෑගල රෝහල එළිදක්වයි!
මනෝජ් අබයදීර  උපුටා ගැන්ම දිවයින
සහරාන් ඇතුළු පිරිසක්, අහිංසක ජීවිත හාරසිය ගණනක් බිළිගෙන, කන්‍යාවන් හැත්තෑ දෙකක් සමග ස්වර්ගයේදී යහන්ගත්වීම සඳහා ගිය ගමනේදී, ෂාෆි සේහාබ්දීන් ඇතුළු වර්ගවාදයෙන් ඔළුව කුරුවල් කරගනිමින් සිංහල ජාතියට එරෙහිව ගේම් ගැසූ විශාල පිරිසකගේ කුමන්ත‍්‍රණ හෙළිදරව් වන්නට විය. දිවයින නියෝජ්‍ය කර්තෘ හේමන්ත රන්දුනු විසින් මාධ්‍ය ආචාර ධර්ම මත, නොපිරිහෙලා සකසන ලද, ෂාෆිගේ සිංහල ගර්භාෂ සංහාරය පිළිබඳ අනාවරණය ඉන් ප‍්‍රමුඛ විය. හේමන්තගේ මෙම හෙළිදරව්ව, නොවැදගත් ස්ථානයකට දමමින්, එවැනි සිසේරියන් සැත්කම් ප‍්‍රමාණයක් වෛද්‍යවරයෙකුට කළ හැකිදැයි මුලදී ඇසූ පිරිස්, ෂාෆි විසින්ම පුවත්පත් සාකච්ඡුාවකදී එම ශල්‍යකර්ම ප‍්‍රමාණය තමන් විසින් කරන ලදැයි පිළිගත් සාක්ෂියක් ඉදිරිපත්... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/07/19)

මුස්ලිම් තරුණියක් වෙනත් ආගමක පිරිමියෙක් ආශ‍්‍රය කළොත් පල්ලියට ගෙනිහින් වළක බස්සලා පොල්පිත්තෙන් අසූවක් ගහනවා...! පල්ලියෙන් ඇවිත් කියනවා ලොකුදුව මුස්ලිම් තරුණයකුට බන්දලාදෙන්න කියලා, තාම දරුවට අවුරුදු එකොළහයි...!!
 තරංග රත්නවීර සිරිමන්ත රත්නසේකර උපුටා ගැන්ම දිවයින
සිංහලයෙක් කසාද බැන්ද වරදට ශරියා නීතියේ ගොදුරක් වූ හයිෆාගේ කතාව අහන්න...  * අපේ ගමේ සිංහල පිරිමි කසාද බැඳපු තවත් මුස්ලිම් කාන්තාවො ඉන්නවා, ඒ සිංහල පිරිමි මුස්ලිම් ආගමට ඇවිත් ඉන්නෙ...* මගේ මහත්තයා තමයි අටුළුගම ගමෙන් කසාදයක් කරගෙන මුස්ලිම් ආගම වැළඳ නොගෙන ඉන්න එකම සිංහලයා...මේ හෙළිදරව් වන්නේ සමාජයේ නිරුවත රෙද්ද පල්ලෙන් බේරෙන කතාවකි. ඒ කතාව කියන්නේ අප නොවේ. ජනතාව විසින් ගර්හාවට ලක් කරමින් මානසික ආතතියට පත් කර ඇති බණ්ඩාරගම, අටුුළුගම පදිංචි ෆාතිමාය. සිංහල තරුණයකුට දාව උපන් දියණියන් දෙදෙනකුගේ මවකි. ඒ අසරණිය කියන කඳුළු කතාව අප ඔබට කියන්නේ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/07/19)

In 'Eisenhower's Death Camps': A U.S. Prison Guard Remembers
Martin Brech Courtesy  The INSTITUTE FOR HISTORICAL REVIEW
In October 1944, at age eighteen, I was drafted into the U.S. army. Largely because of the "Battle of the Bulge," my training was cut short, my furlough was halved, and I was sent overseas immediately. Upon arrival in Le Havre, France, we were quickly loaded into box cars and shipped to the front. When we got there, I was suffering increasingly severe symptoms of mononucleosis, and was sent to a hospital in Belgium. Since mononucleosis was then known as the "kissing disease," I mailed a letter of thanks to... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/07/19)

President vetoes military deal with the US
Courtesy The Island
President Maithripala Sirisena on Saturday announced he will not allow his government to conclude a proposed military deal that would allow US troops free access to the island’s ports. The President said he was opposed to the draft Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) that the two countries are negotiating to further strengthen their military ties. Sirisena is at loggerheads with his pro-Western Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe. "I will not allow any agreement that undermines our independence and sovereignty," Sirisena told a public rally in the island’s south. "Several agreements... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/07/19)

19ට ජනපති උසාවියට!
දේශපාලන වාර්තාකරු උපුටා ගැන්ම දේශය
තීරණාත්මක දේශපාලන ප්‍රශ්න ගණනාවක් ගැන ශ්‍රේෂ්ඨාධිකරණ මත විමසුමක් සිදු කිරීමට ජනාධිපතිවරයා තීන්දු කර ඇතැයි ඉහළ පෙළේ විශ්වාස කටයුතු ආරංචි මාර්ග සඳහන් කරයි. මේ සඳහා වන සුබ දිනයක් පවා පසුගිය සතියේ මෙරට ප්‍රධාන පෙළේ දෛවඥයන් ගණනාවකගෙන් ජනාධිපතිවරයා විමසා තිබිණි. දේශයට වාර්තා වන ආකාරයට ජනාධිපතිවරයා ශ්‍රේෂ්ඨාධිකරණ මතය විමසීමට සැරසෙන්නේ 19 වැනි ආණ්ඩුක්‍රම ව්‍යවස්ථා සංශෝධනය සම්මත කිරීමේදී ජනමත විචාරණයක් මගින් සම්මත කරගත යුතු යැයි අධිකරණය නියම කළ සමහර වගන්ති සාමාන්‍ය 2/3 බහුතරයකින් සම්මත කර ඇති නිසා ආණ්ඩුක්‍රම ව්‍යවස්ථාවේ 19 වැනි සංශෝධනය තවදුරටත් වලංගුද යන්නයි. යම් හෙයකින් 19 වැනි සංශෝධනය මේ හේතුව නිසා... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/07/19)

ජීව විද්‍යාවෙන් පැහැදිය නොහැකි විඥ්ඥාණය
Tissa Jananayake
[1] කලලයට විඥ්ඥාණය බැස ගන්නේ කෙසේද? [2] දරුවන්ට දෙමව්පියන්ගේ ගතිගුණ නොපිහටන්නේ ඇයි? [3] සර්වසම නිවුන් දරුවන්ගේ දෛවය දෙයාකාර වන්නේ ඇයි? https://youtu.be/Zr_SgfpXIxw... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/07/19)

Why Sri Lanka named its first-ever satellite after Ravana
Courtesy Scroll.in
For some Sinhala-Buddhists, the mythological king is a symbol who challenges Indian cultural hegemony. A sculpture of Ravana at the Koneswaram temple in Sri Lanka. | Gane Kumaraswamy/ Wikipedia On June 19, Sri Lanka successfully put its first satellite into orbit. This was a landmark moment for the small island country that spent nearly four decades focused on a civil war between the Sri Lankan state and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam. But the satellite embodied not just the fulfillment of a technological aspiration – its name... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/07/19)

Confusion worse confounded
Editorial Courtesy The Island
July 6, 2019, 8:12 pm  The country is where it is thanks to partisan party politics which takes precedence over everything else. The economy is struggling to remain afloat and the tourism sector is still lying supine following the Easter Sunday carnage. Another National Thowheed Jamaath cadre wanted in connection with the terror strikes in April has been arrested. This is proof that the situation is not so rosy as the government has made it out to be. The suspect in custody cannot be the only terrorist left. But, both the government... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/07/19)

USA’s Lankan quagmire over ACSA and SOFA
by C.A.Chandraprema Courtesy The Island
July 6, 2019, 8:14 pm  Last week, the debate on the proposed Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) between Sri Lanka and the US took centre stage. The proposed SOFA is not something specific to this country but a generic agreement signed by the US with many other states. Many of the provisions would be the same in SOFA’s throughout the world. However, the very idea of entering into a Status of Forces Agreement with the US ran into a storm of protest in Sri Lanka with even... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/07/19)

SIRISENA AND DUTERTE Lost in Translation?
Dr Nihal Jayawickrama Courtesy The Island
July 6, 2019, 8:13 pm  President Duterte and President Sirisena in the Philippines When President Sirisena announced his intention to hang the convicted drug offenders lingering in the death cells of the Welikada prison, he was congratulated by President Duterte of the Philippines.When he returned from a recent visit to the Philippines, President Sirisena publicly expressed his admiration of the manner in which President Duterte was dealing with drug offenders in that country. Sirisena and Duterte appear to have misunderstood each other. The... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/07/19)

19 හෙවත් රට විනාශ කළ යහපාලන පිළිකාව
චතුර පමුණුව උපුටා ගැන්ම දිවයින
ජාතික නිවාස සංවර්ධන අධිකාරියට වසර 40 ක් සපිරීම වෙනුවෙන් කොළඹ බණ්ඩාරනායක අනුස්මරණ ජාත්‍යන්තර සම්මන්ත‍්‍රණ ශාලාවේදී පසුගිය ඉරිදා පැවති සැමරුම් උත්සවයේදී ජනාධිපති මෛති‍්‍රපාල සිරිසේන මහතා ප‍්‍රකාශ කළ කරුණු ගැන සැමදෙනාගේ අවධානය යොමු වී තිබේ. ඊනියා යහපාලනය නිසා රටට අත්වූ ඉරණම ගැන කියැවෙන පාපොච්චාරණයක් බඳු ඒ කතාවෙන් කොටසක් මෙලෙස දක්වමි. ‘පශ්චාත් මරණ පරීක්ෂණය දැන් තියන්න වේලාව ඇවිල්ලා තියෙනවා. අපි මේවා කතා කරන්න ඕන. අවුරුදු හතරහමාරක කාලය තුළ ආණ්ඩුව රටේ නරක් වුණා නම් නරක් වුණේ ප‍්‍රධානම හේතුව තමයි 19 වන සංශෝධනය. 19 වන සංශෝධනය ආවේ නැත්නම් මේ ආණ්ඩුව ඉතාම හොඳ ආණ්ඩුවක්. මේ රටේ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/07/19)

වඳ දොස්තර (තවත් කොටසකි)
කතු වැකිය උපුටා ගැන්ම දිවයින
කුරුණෑගල රෝහලේ ජ්‍යෙෂ්ඨ නේවාසික වෛද්‍ය ෂාෆි සහාබ්දීන් සම්බන්ධයෙන් අපරාධ පරීක්‍ෂණ දෙපාර්තමේන්තුව උසාවියට ඉදිරිපත් කළ වාර්තාව යළි විමර්ශනය කළ යුතු බව පූජ්‍ය අතුරලියේ රතන හිමියන් විසින් සඳහන් කරනු ලැබ ඇත. දැනට කොළඹ සී. අයි. ඞී. බිල්ඩිමේ හතරවන තට්ටුවේ නැවතී සිටින (රඳවාගෙන සිටින) අති ධනවත් වෛද්‍ය ෂාෆි සහබ්දීන් සම්බන්ධයෙන් කුරුණෑගල උසාවියේ පැවැති විභාගයකදී අපරාධ පරීක්‍ෂණ දෙපාර්තමේන්තුව විසින් ඉදිරිපත් කෙරෙනු ප‍්‍රකාශ කිහිපයක් සලකා බැලීමෙන් පසු උන්වහන්සේ ඉහත සඳහන් යෝජනාව ඉදිරිපත් කළහ. වරකට සිසේරියන් සැත්කම් දෙක බැගින් දෑතින් කිරීමට තරම් දක්‍ෂකම් ඇති අසහාය වෛද්‍යවරයකු වූද, කුරුණෑගල රෝහලේ සේවය කරන අතරම ඡුන්දය ඉල්ලා පැරදී සියලූ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/07/19)

පාර්ලිමේන්තුව ඇමරිකාවට විකිණුනේ රු.බිලියන 1.92 ගිවිසුමෙන්ද?
ෂමින්ද්‍ර ෆර්ඩිනැන්ඩෝ උපුටා ගැන්ම දිවයින
මෑතකදී කථානායක කරු ජයසූරිය 2019 ජනාධිපතිවරණයට ඉදිරිපත් වීමට තමාගේ සූදානම පිළිබඳව ප‍්‍රකාශයක් කළේය. එම ප‍්‍රකාශයත් සමග ගම්පහ දිස්ති‍්‍රක්කයෙන් පාර්ලිමේන්තුවට ඇතුළු වූ ජයසූරිය ඒකාබද්ධ විපක්‍ෂයේ ප‍්‍රධානතම ඉලක්කයක් බවට පත්විය. ජුනි 19 දින පාර්ලිමේන්තුව රැස් වූ අවස්ථාවේ ඒකාබද්ධ විපක්‍ෂයේ පාර්ලිමේන්තු කණ්ඩායමේ නායක දිනේෂ් ගුණවර්ධන කථානායකවරයා ඇමරිකානු සංවිධානයකින් වැටුප් ලබන ශී‍්‍ර ලංකාවේ හිටපු විදේශ ලේකම් ප‍්‍රසාද් කාරියවසම් තමාගේ ජාත්‍යන්තර කටයුතු පිළිබඳව උපදේශකයා ලෙස පත්කර ගැනීම සම්බන්ධයෙන් බරපතළ චෝදනාවක් නැඟීය. ඒකාබද්ධ විපක්‍ෂයේ නායක මහින්ද රාජපක්‍ෂ ද කථානායකවරයාගේ තීරණය අභියෝග කළේය. කාරියවසම් දරුණු මාධ්‍ය ප‍්‍රහාරයකට ලක් විය. හිටපු විදේශ ලේකම්වරයා ඇමරිකානු ඒජන්තවරයකු ලෙස කි‍්‍රයා කරන... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/07/19)

First Stirrings of a Sinhala Buddhist Spring - II
By  Rohana R. Wasala
The polity consisting of the majority community (Sinhalese) cannot behave like this. In any country, it is normal for the majority community to be unconsciously undermined by a false sense of security vis-a-vis the minorities, whereas the latter feel a bit too paranoid with or without reason. The Sinhalese voting public are always divided into rival parties, and at parliamentary elections, under the existing electoral system, it is extremely rare that a major party is able to  form a viable government without the assistance of one or more minority parties, a situation where the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/07/19)

EASTER SUNDAY BOMB BLAST IN SRI LANKA Part 10
KAMALIKA PIERIS
The Easter Sunday attacks are considered, worldwide, as one of the most sophisticated attacks in recent years. The bombs were all highly impactful and were detonated at precise locations with impeccable timing, ensuring maximum impact and maximum casualties. These attacks in Sri Lanka are said to be the biggest single terrorist attack targeting civilians ever to take place in South Asia. So many people did not lose their lives even in the Mumbai attacks of 2008, said analysts. Even during that 30 year war, no single attack carried out by the terrorists targeting... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/07/19)

The Twisted Tales of two alleged genocides – and Canada's claimed support for conflict prevention in Sri Lanka.
by Chandre Dharmawardana.
David McKinnon, Canada's High Commissioner to Sri Lanka  has stated, on Canada's National Day  that  “Canada would continue to support conflict prevention efforts in Sri Lanka, where  it has been seen how hate speech and media can entrench communal divisions”.  Meanwhile back in Canada, successive Canadian governments have failed to understand how this very “hate speech” is being entrenched in Canadian municipal discourse and even in parliamentary proceedings by militant diaspora groups. They wish to replay the old ethnic animosities of their homeland   in Canada too. This has been possible because of electorates... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/07/19)

Wahhabism confronted: Sri Lanka curbs Saudi influence after bombings
Alexandra Ulmer, Omar Rajarathnam Courtesy Reuters
KATTANKUDY, Sri Lanka (Reuters) - Sri Lanka is moving to curtail Saudi Arabian influence, after some politicians and Buddhist monks blamed the spread of the kingdom’s ultra-conservative Wahhabi school of Islam for planting the seeds of militancy that culminated in deadly Easter bomb attacks. On April 21, nine Sri Lankans blew themselves up in churches and luxury hotels, killing more than 250 people and shocking the country a decade after its civil war ended. Sri Lanka has since arrested a Wahhabi scholar... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/07/19)

World Bank classifies Sri Lanka as upper middle income country
COLOMBO, July 4 (Xinhua) -- The World Bank has changed Sri Lanka's classification from a lower-middle income country to an upper-middle income country under its latest country income classifications for the 2020 fiscal year, local media reports said here Thursday. The World Bank in a statement said it had classified the world's economies into four income groups, high, upper-middle, lower-middle, and low and upgraded economies on Gross National Income (GNI) per capita. The classification is updated each year on July 1. Accordingly, Sri Lanka inched into the upper-middle income category along with 4,060 U.S.... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 05/07/19)

SOFA not for Sri Lanka
By Lakshman I.Keerthisinghe Courtesy Ceylon Today
“Once we agree on the future, the present will be much easier. A captain who does not know where he wants to sail, there is no wind on Earth that will bring him there. We have first to decide where we want to go, where we want to sail”– Ami Ayalon –Israeli Politician  It was reported in the Media that President Maithripala Sirisena told heads of Media institutions, at a meeting held on 26 June that he is strictly against the proposed signing of the Acquisition and Cross-Servicing Agreement (ACSA)... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/07/19)

SC issues interim order against carrying out death penalty
Courtesy Adaderana
The Supreme Court has delivered an interim order preventing the implementation of the death penalty until the 30th of October. The order was delivered by a three-judge bench consisting of Supreme Court Justices Buwaneka Aluwihare, Prasanna Jayawardene and Gamini Amarasekara. https://youtu.be/beRFERAtgSQ Twelve petitions filed with the Supreme Court against the implementation of the death penalty were taken up for consideration before the judge bench today (05). President’s Counsel M.A. Sumanthiran, appearing on behalf of the Fundamental Rights (FR) petition filed by Attorney-at-Law K.H. Geeganage, pointed out... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/07/19)

SOFA allows US forces entry to Sri Lanka at anytime - Kalinga Indatissa
Courtesy Adaderana
Signing the Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) allows the forces of the United States to enter into Sri Lanka at anytime, says the President of Bar Association of Sri Lanka and President’s Counsel Kalinga Indatissa. The BASL president stated this during a discussion held with the Leader of the Opposition with regard to the SOFA, Acquisition and Cross-Servicing Agreement (ACSA) and Millennium Challenge Corporation agreement that are to be signed with the government of the United States. https://youtu.be/4kPJehp5yBU The discussion was held at the office of the Opposition... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/07/19)

AG orders immediate arrest of Avant-Garde chairman & 7 others
Courtesy Adaderana
The Attorney General has informed the Acting Inspector General of Police to immediately arrest the Chairman of Avant-Garde Maritime Services (Pvt) Ltd Nissanka Senadhipathi and 7 others, the Attorney General’s Department said. However, the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) has informed the Attorney General’s Department that Mr Nissanka Senadhipathi has left the country, according to the Coordinating Officer to the Attorney General, State Counsel Nishara Jayaratne. He has reportedly traveled to Singapore. The following suspects are to be arrested: Major General (Rtd.) Waduge Palitha Piyasiri Fernando Major General (Rtd.) Karunaratna Banda Adhikari... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/07/19)

SLPP denies any agreement with SLFP on possible alliance
Courtesy Adaderana
The Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) today denied that the party has reached an agreement with the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) on the name of the new alliance if both parties decide to contest an upcoming election together. UPFA General Secretary Mahinda Amaraweera yesterday announced that the possible new alliance between the two parties would be named the ‘Sri Lanka Nidahas Podujana Peramuna’ and that they would contest under this name if the two parties contest together. https://youtu.be/7iJaFKfHyU4 However, SLPP member MP Shehan Semasinghe says that no... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/07/19)

EASTER SUNDAY BOMB BLAST IN SRI LANKA Part 9
KAMALIKA PIERIS
This essay deals with two aspects of the bomb blast which do not get much attention. The bomb blasts sent many people to hospitals with grave injuries. This brought pressure on the hospitals concerned.  Sunday Times did an interview on this. The major hospitals worked with clinical precision, at very short notice, in the wake of the Easter Sunday suicide bombings that shook the country, said Sunday Times. The call to the National Hospital Sri Lanka (NHSL) came just after 8.45 a.m. on April 21, about the Kochchikade Church and three five-star hotel blasts... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/07/19)

DEATH PENALTY MUST BE MANDATORY IN SRI LANKA
By M D P DISSANAYAKE
There is an argument that the legislature cannot deprive the right to live, under any circumstances.  This is the view held by some Western Nations. The last death sentence in Australia was in 1967.  The debate started again in 2002 after Bali bombing where 202 Aussies were killed.  Similarly Sri Lanka lost nearly 300 after 21/4 bombing.  The extent to which terrorism operates now, these events might not have been averted even if capital punishment was in place.   Murder rate in Sri Lanka ( according to last published statistics) was... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/07/19)

Ten Years After The US-Backed Coup in Honduras
Free Speech TV
GUEST: Matt Ginsberg-Jaeckle, member of the Honduras Solidarity Network. BACKGROUND: June 28th marks the tenth anniversary of the US-backed coup in Honduras that ousted democratically elected President Manuel Zelaya and unleashed a new chapter of violence in the Central American nation.  The coup was backed by the Obama Administration and especially by then State-Secretary Hillary Clinton. Now, a decade later, Hondurans join waves of Central American refugees in fleeing the drug and gang violence that is plaguing their nation.  Despite the incessant discussion of immigration in the US, few are connecting the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/07/19)

කුරුණෑගල රෝහලේ වාර්තාවෙන් සාෆිගේ කෙරුවාව හෙළිවේ - අනුමැතියකින් තොරව සිංහල මව්වරු 11 කට එල්ආර්ටී කරලා
සිරිමන්ත රත්නසේකර උපුටා ගැන්ම දිවයින
සිංහල මව්වරුන් වඳභාවයට පත් කළා යැයි කියන වෛද්‍ය ෂාෆි සාබ්දීන් සම්මත ක‍්‍රමවේදයෙන් බැහැරව පමණක් නොව සම්මත ක‍්‍රමවේදයන් අනුවද සිංහල මව්වරුන් වඳ භාවයට පත්කර ඇතැයි මහාචාර්ය චන්න ජයසුමන මහතා ඊයේ (03 වැනිදා* විශේෂ හෙළිදරව්වක් කරමින් අනාවරණය කළේය. ඒ මෙම වෛද්‍යවරයා මවුවරුන්ගේ අවසරයකින් තොරව වඳ භාවයට පත් කරන ඛඍඔ සැත්කම් එකොළහක් සිංහල මව්වරුන් සඳහා කර ඇතැයි සබ්දීන් වෛද්‍යවරයා පිළිබඳව කුරුණෑගල මහ රෝහල මගින් සිදු කර ඇති විමර්ශන වාර්තාවේ සඳහන් බවද හෙතෙම පැවසීය.රජයේ රෝහල් සඳහා ඇතුළත් වන මවුවරුන්ට ඔවුන්ගේ අනුදැනුමකින් තොරව මෙවැනි ඛඍඔ සැත්කම් කිරීම මෙරට සෞඛ්‍ය ක්ෂේත‍්‍රයේ බරපතළ ප‍්‍රශ්නයක් පෙන්නුම් කරන්නක් බවත්... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/07/19)

India stays lower-middle-income nation while Sri Lanka gets richer: Report
Courtesy Business Standard
Maldives ($9,310 or Rs 6,36,432) and Sri Lanka ($4,060 or Rs 2,77,542) are the only two countries in South Asia in the upper-middle-income group Mumbai: India continues to be a lower-middle-income country along with 46 others, while Sri Lanka has climbed to the upper-middle-income group for the fiscal year (FY) 2020, according to the World Bank’s classification of countries by income levels, releasedon July 1, 2019. Sri Lanka entered the lower-middle-income group in FY 1999, from the low-income category and continued for over two decades, before moving to the upper-middle-income group this... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/07/19)

Sri Lanka is a paradise for Israelis – Israel Envoy
Ananth Palakidnar Courtesy Ceylon Today
Sri Lanka is a paradise for Israelis according to Israeli Ambassador to India and Sri Lanka, Dr. Ron Malka who was on a three day visit to the Island. Speaking to Ceylon Today on Israel - Sri Lanka relations, Dr. Malka said that several countries had alerted their citizens over travelling to Sri Lanka after the Easter Sunday attacks, but Israelis didn’t stop coming to Sri Lanka as they considered Sri Lanka a paradise. “We Israelis are used to those types of attacks and nothing prevented our people from travelling to Sri Lanka.”... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/07/19)

First Stirrings of a Sinhala Buddhist Spring - I
By Rohana R. Wasala
Five hundred years of European colonial occupation could not destroy the dominant Sinhalese Buddhist cultural identity of Sri Lanka. The Sinhalese have a distinct language called Sinhala that evolved entirely out of indigenous roots over thousands of years. It is one of the few still extant oldest languages in the world. It got enriched in contact with other languages of the world. They have what is accepted as the purest form of Buddhism, the Theravada Buddhism, which, according to the prevalent tradition, they got from North India about 2255 years ago.  ‘Tripitaka’ in Pali... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/07/19)

CAN CAPITAL PUNISHMENT JUSTIFY IN A DEMOCRATIC SOCIETY? PART 1
BY EDWARD THEOPHILUS
Narcotic has become a serious problem in the modern world as they are badly affected to the human body as the adherent substance in the one hand and the consumers and dealers of the illicit drug do massive harm to the young generation and to the society in other hands. Many countries have passed legal provisions against the use of illicit drugs considering harmfulness to the human body as well as they have become a burden to society.  The example of Sri Lanka and many other countries demonstrate that consuming and dealing with narcotics would... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/07/19)

CAN CAPITAL PUNISHMENT JUSTIFY IN A DEMOCRATIC SOCIETY? PART 2
BY EDWARD THEOPHILUS
In Sri Lanka a widespread talking point or a gossip was, that originally abolished capital punishment was re-established after the assassination of Prime Minister S.W.R.D. Bandaranaike, and the capital punishment was given to the assassinator, Rev. Talduwe Somarama was not the real assassinator, but some other person did it, and the exterminator disguised with the support of the law enforcement authority. This means that it is a quite difficult task to detect the real criminals to give capital punishment and the best option is to consider another method of punishment for drug criminals.  It does... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/07/19)

සිසුන් ලක්‍ෂ 45ක සුරක්‍ෂා රක්‍ෂණයෙන් 20%ක් ඇමති අකිල විරාජ් කොමිස් ගහලා..- විජේදාස රාජපක්‍ෂ සාක්‍ෂි දෙයි..
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පාසැල් සිසු දරුවන් වෙනුවෙන් හඳුන්වා දෙන ලද සුරක්ෂා රක්ෂණාවරණය ව්‍යාපෘතිය මගින් අධ්‍යාපන ඇමති අකිල විරාජ් කාරියවසම් මහතා ඇතුළු කිහිපදෙනෙක් කොමිස් මුදල් ලබාගෙන ඇති බවට පාර්ලිමේන්තු මන්ත්‍රී ආචාර්ය විජයදාස රාජපක්ෂ මහතා සඳහන් කරයි. ජනාධිපති විශේෂ පරීක්ෂණ කොමිසම ඉදිරියේ සාක්ෂි දෙමින් ඔහු කියා සිටියේ සුරක්ෂා රක්ෂණය ප්‍රතිරක්ෂණය කිරීමේදී එම රක්ෂණ සමාගමේ 20%ක කොමිස් මුදලක් ඇමතිවරයා ඇතුළු පිරිසක් විසින් බෙදා හදාගෙන ඇති බවයි. මෙරට පාසැල් ළමුන් ලක්ෂ 45ක් සිටින බවත් ප්‍රතිරක්ෂණය කරමින් රක්ෂණ ආවරණ ලබාදීමට එම සිසු සිසුවියන් එකවර රෝගාබාධ හෝ අසනීප වලට ලක් නොවන බවද පවසන මන්ත්‍රීවරයා ප‍්‍රතිරක්‍ෂණය කිරීමෙන් සිදු... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/07/19)

සිරාට, රනිල්ට, සෝෆාට හා ඇමරිකානු අධිරාජ්‍යවාදයට කෙලවන්න වහා වහා සුදානම් වෙයල්ලා!
චන්ද්‍රසේන පණ්ඩිතගේ විසිනි
අලුත්ම කතාව සෝෆා බවට පත්ව ඇත. සෝෆාගේ හොද නරක නිතර දෙවේලේ සියලුම නාලිකා වලින් විදාරණය වෙමින් පවතී. ඇම්බට්ටයෝ, චීනය විසින් ගොඩනගන පොර්ට් සිටි එකත් බෙල්ට් ඇන්ඩ් රෝඩ් ව්‍යාපෘතියත් සෝෆාට සමාන බව පළකරමින් තමන්ගේ මන්ද බුද්ධික බාවය ලොවටමැ පෙන්වමින් සිටි. මේ වනවිට සෝෆා හා ඊට සම්බන්ධ ගිවිසුම් හේතුවෙන් ඇමරිකාව ශ්‍රී ලාංකීය ජනතාව ඉදිරියේ නිරුවත්ව සිටි. මේ ඇමරිකන් නිරුවත දෙස බලනවාද නැත්නම් ලජ්ජාවෙන් ඉවත බලාගන්නවාදැයි යන කුකුස ජනතාව තුල ඇත. ශ්‍රී ලාංකීය ජාතියේ "මරු සිරාගේ" යහපාලනයේ අවසාන රංගනයේ, මේ නිරුවත ප්‍රදර්ශනය කරන අතරවාරයේදී, මෙරට ඇමරිකානු තානාපතිවරියද ඉදිරියටම පැන සිදුකරන ප්‍රකාශ අසන ජනතාව, ඇය මේ කරන අශික්කිත කාර්යය... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/07/19)

බදියුදීන්ගේ බිරිඳට ඇති පෞද්ගලික බැංකු ගිණුමක් ගැන FCIDයෙන් විමර්ශනයක්
Ada Derana
https://youtu.be/zCmA6alNyB4... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/07/19)

Sri Lanka for Sale
W Now
https://youtu.be/bsXO3vdkocc... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/07/19)

EASTER SUNDAY BOMB BLAST IN SRI LANKA Part 8
KAMALIKA PIERIS
The Easter Sunday bombings mark a significant coming together of the Catholic Church and the Maha sangha. The Catholic Church and the Maha sangha appeared   together on one platform, after the Easter Sunday bombings. Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith held two joint press conferences with the Maha sangha regarding the bomb blasts.  After the Easter Sunday bombings, Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith held a joint press conference      with Ven. Omalpe Sobitha    at the Bishop’s House on 9.5.19.  The main speaker was Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith.  He said firmly that   the Easter Sunday bombings were part of an international conspiracy.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/07/19)

මිහිඳු හිමියන්ගෙන් පැවත එන සහ 1815 උඩරට ගිවිසුමෙන්ද පිළිගත් “සිංහල බෞද්ධ රාජ්‍යය” 1978 ආණ්ඩුක්‍රම ව්‍යවස්ථාව මගින් යළි ස්ථාපිත වූ බව (මිෂනාරී) උගතුන්ට සන්නිවේදනය නොවීම
නීතීඥ අරුණ ලක්සිරි උණවටුන 
ආණ්ඩුක්‍රම ව්‍යවස්ථාව යනු රටක මූලික නීති ලියවිල්ලයි. 1815ට පෙර මේ රට පාලනය වූයේ සිරිත් මත පදනම් වූ අලිඛිත නීති ක්‍රමයකින් ය. වර්තමානයේ පවා එංගලන්තය පාලනය වන මූලික නීතිය වන ආණ්ඩුක්‍රම ව්‍යවස්ථාව පවතින්නේ ලිඛිතව නොවේ. දේවනාම්පියතිස්ස රජු සමයේ මිහිඳු මාහිමියෝ ඇතුළු පිරිස ලංකාද්වීපයට බුදුදහම හඳුන්වා දුන්හ. එසේ හඳුන්වාදුන් බුදුදහම රාජ්‍ය අනුග්‍රහය මත රාජ්‍ය ආගම බවට පත් විය. එකම රජවරයෙක්ගේ පාලන තන්ත්‍රයක් යටතේ බුදුදහම හඳුන්වා දීමත් සමග බුද්ධාගම රාජ්‍ය ආගම බවට පත් වීම දේශීය සංස්කෘතියේ නව යුගයක් උදාකිරීමට සමත් විය. රජතුමා හා ප්‍රභූ පිරිස බෞද්ධ ශ්‍රාවකයන් වීම හේතුකොට ගෙන මහජනතාවද ඒ මග... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/07/19)

Truth of World War II - What did Japan fight for
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https://youtu.be/7ti2K5yStfU Truth of Japan's World War II Why did Japan have to fight? What did Japan fight for? Japan is the first Asian country that has amazingly modernized and defeated one of Great Western powers, Russian Empire. This brought huge hope to many Asian countries that were suffering from Western colonization. Who else in Asia could do this? Japan fought for Asia, for Asian brothers, and obviously triggered independence of many Asian countries. Japan had fully changed colors of East Asia on the world map. Did you know? In Japan except... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/07/19)

පාස්කු දින ප්‍රහාරයේ සැඟවුණු ඇත්ත විජේදාස රාජපක්ෂ හෙළි කරයි | wijedasa rajapaksa
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‘Mr. ක්ලීන් යනු දැවැන්ත චරිතයක් දැවැන්ත හොරෙක්’ යයි එජාප පාර්ලිමේන්තු මන්ත‍්‍රී විජේදාස රාජපක්‍ෂ මහතා පවසයි. අන්තර්ජාල පුවත් අඩවියක් සමගින් සම්මුඛ සාකච්චාවකදී ඔහු මේ බව කියා සිටියේය. පාස්කු ඉරිදා දින මෙරටට එල්ල කරන ලද ප‍්‍රහාරය සම්න්ධ තවත් බොහෝ තොරතුරුද ඔහු එහිදී හෙලි කලේය. https://youtu.be/sMDWeW_DbQw... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/07/19)

සිංහලයෙක් හා විවාහ වුණේ යයි මුස්ලිම් කතකට වහාබින්ගෙන් අමානුෂික දඬුවම්.. සිය ගණනක් ගෙට පැන පහර දී රෙදි ඉරා මහ පාරේ ඇදගෙන යයි.. සියල්ල ඇය හෙලි කරයි.. [Video]
උපුටා ගැන්ම දිවයින
https://youtu.be/-byCfUgalJQ ඕනෑම කාන්තාවකට හෝ පුරුෂයකුට ඕනෑම ආගමක, ජාතියක අයකු සමඟ විවාහ වීමට අයිතියක් තිබිය යුතු බවත් එය මුස්ලිම් කාන්තාවන්ට පමණක් වෙනස් විය යුතු නැති බවත් බොදුබල මහ ලේකම් හිමියෝ කීහ. බණ්ඩාරගම අටලූගම මුස්ලිම් කාන්තාවක් මුහුණ දී ඇති මනුෂ්‍යත්වයට නිගාදෙන අවාසනාවන්ත තත්ත්වය රට දැනගත යුත්තක් බවත් සැබෑ අන්තවාදය, ජාතිවාදය ඇත්තේ කොතැනද යන්න මින් තහවුරුවනු ඇති බවත් උන්වහන්සේ කීහ. හිමියෝ එම අදහස් පළ කළේ කිරුළපන බෝධි බෞද්ධ මන්දිරයේ පැවැති විශේෂ මාධ්‍ය හමුවේදීය. මෙහිදී බණ්ඩාරගම අටලූගම මුස්ලිම් ජාතික කාන්තාවක් වන අබ්දුල් හසම් ෆාතිමා හයිෆාම් මහත්මියද එක්වී සිටි අතර එහිදී ඇය... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/07/19)

ෂාෆිවාදීන්ගේ වසන්තය අවසන්.. ෂාෆිගේ සියළු කෙරුවාව හෙලිවෙයි.. කුරුණෑගල රෝහල් විමර්ශන වාර්තාව මෙන්න…
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මොහොමඩ් ෂාෆි ෂිහාබ්දීන් වෛද්‍යවරයා පිලිබඳ කුරුණෑගල රෝහල සිදුකළ පරීක්ෂණයේ වාර්තාව මේ වන විට කුරුණෑගල මහේස්ත්‍රාත් අධිකරණයට ඉදිරිපත් කර ඇත. එම වාර්තාවට අනුව ෂාෆි වෛද්‍යවරයා සිතා මතාම සිංහල මව්වරුන්ට අගතියක් වන ආකාරයට කටයුතු කර ඇති බව හෙළි වී ඇත. https://youtu.be/HFf94Mm85Hw මේ සම්බන්ධයෙන් කොළඹ පැවති මාධ්‍ය සාකච්චාවක දී කරුණු අනාවරණය කළ මහාචාර්ය වෛද්‍ය චන්න ජයසුමන මහතා වෛද්‍ය විද්‍යාව ගැන දැනුමක් නැති අපරාධ පරීක්ෂණ දෙපාර්තමේන්තුව ඉදිරිපත් කළ සාවද්‍ය කරුණු පිළිගන්නේ ද, වෛද්‍යවරුන් මුලික වී සිදුකළ මෙම පරීක්ෂණයේ ප්‍රතිඵල පිළිගන්නේ ද යන්න ජනතාවට බාර බව ප්‍රකාශ කළේය. ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/07/19)

මහත්තයාගේ බෙල්ලට පිහිය තියලා ආගමට හැරෙන්න කිව්වා... මාව කූඩුවට දාන්න එපා කියලා දරුවන් පොලිසියේ අයගේ කකුල් අල්ලා වැන්දා!! මහත්තයා අතහැරියොත් මාව හජ්ජියාර්ලා භාරගන්නම් කීවා!!!
සිරිමන්ත රත්නසේකර දිවයින උපුටා ගැන්ම
තමන් කැමැති අයකු සමග විවාහ වීමේ අයිතිය මුස්ලිම් කාන්තාවන්ටත් තිබිය යුතුයි...  පූජ්‍ය ගලගොඩඅත්තේ ඥානසාර හිමියෝ  https://youtu.be/-byCfUgalJQ "...බබා හම්බවෙන්න ගමට ආ විට තර්ජනය කළා.... පොලිසියට පැමිණිලි අටක් දැම්මත් විමර්ශනයක් කළේ නෑ..."ඕනෑම කාන්තාවකට හෝ පුරුෂයකුට ඕනෑම ආගමක, ජාතියක අයකු සමඟ විවාහ වීමට අයිතියක් තිබිය යුතු බවත් එය මුස්ලිම් කාන්තාවන්ට පමණක් වෙනස් විය යුතු නැති බවත් බොදුබල සේනා සංවිධානයේ මහ ලේකම් රාජකීය පණ්ඩිත පූජ්‍ය ගලගොඩඅත්තේ ඥානසාර හිමියෝ කීහ. බණ්ඩාරගම අටලූගම මුස්ලිම් කාන්තාවක් මුහුණ දී ඇති මනුෂ්‍යත්වයට නිගාදෙන අවාසනාවන්ත තත්ත්වය රට දැනගත යුත්තක් බවත් සැබෑ අන්තවාදය, ජාතිවාදය... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/07/19)

SOFA and sovereignty: Why US-Lankan pacts are cause for concern
By P.K.Balachandran Courtesy NewsIn.Asia
Sri Lanka is on the verge of signing the highly controversial Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) with the United States, which, according to strategic experts, could theoretically make the island nation a happy hunting ground of “millions” of US servicemen, Defense Department personnel and Defense Department contractors. On the anvil is another controversial agreement on the US$ 480 million fund from the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), which, if approved by the US Congress and the Lankan cabinet, will include a number of infrastructure projects, but principally the 200 km... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/07/19)

Pujith and Hemasiri further remanded
Courtesy Adaderana
Inspector General of Police (IGP) Pujith Jayasundara and former Defence Secretary Hemasiri Fernando have been further remanded until the 9th of July, says Ada Derana reporter. The former Defence Secretary was taken into custody by a team of CID officers who visited the hospital earlier yesterday (02). He continued to remain at the hospital under the CIDs custody. https://youtu.be/6gdcTHXVba0 Meanwhile, IGP Pujith Jayasundara was also arrested by the CID while receiving treatment at the Police Hospital yesterday (02). The former Defence Secretary and the Police Chief... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/07/19)

Investigations to probe police inaction over harassment complaint by Muslim woman
Courtesy Adaderana
The Special Investigation Unit (SIU) has launched an investigation into the allegations of inaction by the Bandaragama Police over complaints lodged by a Muslim female on harassment against her, stated the Police Media Spokesperson. A Muslim woman named Abdul Hassan Fathima, speaking at a press conference held with the General Secretary of Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) organization, yesterday (02), stated that the Bandaragama Police did not take necessary legal action on a complaint she filed. At the press conference, Fathima revealed that she got married to a Sinhala man in 2008 and... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/07/19)

Tourism has promising future in Sri Lanka - PM
Courtesy Adaderana
The Lonely Planet magazine, despite all the troubles Sri Lanka faced due to the attacks, has named Sri Lanka the best destination for tourists to visit, says Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe. “At the beginning of the year, Lonely Planet magazine named Sri Lanka as the world’s best destination to visit. However, after the Easter Sunday bomb blasts, we thought that we had lost this position,” PM Wickremesinghe has said. The prime minister reiterates that tourism has a promising future in Sri Lanka. He urges everybody to get together to ensure... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/07/19)

Tourist arrivals in Sri Lanka sharply decline after attack
BY BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI  ASSOCIATED  PRESS Courtesy The Modesto Bee
COLOMBO, SRI LANKA Arrival of tourists to Sri Lanka has rapidly declined in June, dealing a severe blow to the Indian Ocean island nation's lucrative tourism industry in the aftermath of the Easter bombings that killed more than 250 people, the state-run tourism agency said Wednesday. The Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority said there were 63,072 tourist visits to Sri Lanka last month, a drop of 57% compared with June 2018, when the number was 146,828. The authority said the highest number of... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/07/19)

Failure of NTJ’s second spate of orchestrated attacks
By Piyumi Fonseka Courtesy The Daily Mirror
Much has been spoken of the Easter Sunday terror attacks and the network of National Tawheed Jamaat (NTJ) – the hitherto little known terrorist outfit responsible for the bombings in three churches and several deluxe hotels on April 21. Two days subsequent to the dastardly suicide bombings, Indian security agencies alerted Sri  Lanka that another attack could be carried out by NTJ, the Hindustan Times reported quoting senior officers of the SITE intelligence group.  Lorry driver asked to nap until goods loaded onto... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/07/19)

The Major Constraints for Sri Lanka’s Future: The Proportional Representative System of Election, the Provincial Councils and the 19 th Amendment.
By Garvin Karunaratne
I write in support of the suggestions made by the former Minister Milinda Moragoda. We have to be thankful to Mr Moragoda for his patriotism. Patriotism is what we need today to save our Motherland. It is sad to say that Sri Lanka is today disintegrating fast. Our economy is in tatters with an international debt that cannot be sustained. We are now in a situation where we have to borrow to repay our debts and in that process we become further  indebted. That was  the path laid for us by the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/07/19)

HUMAN DIVERSITY, RELIGIOUS HATE AND DEMOGRAPHIC TRENDS IN SRI LANKA PART 1
BY EDWARD THEOPHILUS
Archaeological discoveries in Sri Lanka have proven that human settlements had been in the country since prehistoric era and the country had a long history of living humans who were at the civilized level or not.  Archaeologists and anthropologists attempted to give a clear picture of the beginning humans based on the traces in the country and the historical evidence also give conflicting views on the ancient population of Sri Lanka. The conflicting opinion seems to be concerned with the ethnic identity and it also appears that conflicting views of ethnic identity have involved in... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/07/19)

HUMAN DIVERSITY, RELIGIOUS HATE AND DEMOGRAPHIC TREND IN SRI LANKA PART 2
BY EDWARD THEOPHILUS
The ethnic base population of Sri Lankan since 1881 census to latest reported census is given in the Table (a) in which clearly indicates that Sinhala ethnic group[G1]  has gradually increased as a ratio of population and Sri Lankan Tamils' ratio has notably declined from 26.69% to 12.86% in 1911, I assume that the major reason to change was the beginning of the Tamil population classification as Sri Lanka Tamils, Indian Tamils, and Indian Moors.  Why such a change was done for a single ethnic group of Tamil[G2]  is difficult to assume. However, it can... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/07/19)

35 Brutal facts of Goa Inquisition (Christian Terrorism) - Portuguese Colonial period
navrangindia.blogspot.com
Inquisition in Goa, India.www.maayboli.com Hindu, Muslim, Jews, &Christians...  bharatabharati.wordpress.com In the annals of world history, the period of  "The Inquisition" introduced by Portuguese rulers of Goa, India was  the worst and scary chapter no body can ever think of, all in the  name of Christ, an embodiment of love and compassion. In 1542, Fr. Francis Xavier, co-founder of the Society of Jesus, arrived in Goa  with a view to taking  the message of Christ among the native Indians who followed altogether different religions. He observed that the newly converted... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/07/19)

“බොරු ප්‍රදර්ශන එපා, මරණ දඩුවම ප්‍රකාශිත නීතියෙන් ඉවත් කරන්න.”
- ශ්‍රී ලංකා මානව හිමිකම් කේන්ද්‍රයේ වැඩබලන විධායක අධ්‍යක්ෂිකා සුරංගි ආරියවංශ
මරණ දඩුවම ක්‍රියාත්මක කිරීම සඳහා විධායක ජනාධිපතිවරයා වෙත පැවරී ඇති බලතල අහෝසි කර දැමිය යුතු බව ශ්‍රී ලංකා මානව හිමිකම් කේන්ද්‍රය කියයි. ආණ්ඩු ක්‍රම ව්‍යවස්ථාව යටතේ විධායක ජනාධිපතිවරයකුට පැවරී ඇති බලතල අතර ඇති මරණ දඩුවම ක්‍රියාත්මක කිරීමට ලැබෙන බලතල අතිශය භයානක බව ශ්‍රී ලංකා මානව හිමිකම් කේන්ද්‍රයේ වැඩබලන විධායක අධ්‍යක්ෂිකා සුරංගී ආරියවංශ මහත්මිය පවසයි. මානව හිමිකම් ස්වේච්ඡා ක්‍රියාකාරිකයින් පිරිසක් සමඟ ඊයේ (30)රාජගිරියේ පිහිටි ශ්‍රී ලංකා මානව හිමිකම් කේන්ද්‍රයේ දී පැවැති වැඩමුළුවක් අමතමින් ඇය මේ බව කියා සිටියාය. එහිදී ඇය පෙන්වා දුන්නේ මරණ දඩුවම ක්‍රියාත්මක කිරීමේ විධායක... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/07/19)

The ship that has lost its bearings; of both the helm and the helmsman-The metaphor
Laksiri Warnakula
What would you expect from an unfortunate ship that has lost its helm and the helmsman, owing to bearing-malfunctioning, of the helm and the head of the helmsman, as well? Inevitably, it will become uncontrollable and lose all sense of direction resulting in becoming incapable of sailing safely and soundly along mapped-out lanes towards its desired destination. It won’t be seaworthy anymore. It will become an ailing ship that will be tossed to and fro by the waves, battered from all sides by the water and the wind and sooner or later will... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/07/19)

Why did Army Commander make contradictory statements on Bathidueen's call - Gammanpila (English)
Ada Derana
https://youtu.be/Oi76DWAAhZQ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/07/19)

THE SHEEP IS HANGED AS A LAMB
RANJITH SOYSA
A number of prominent personalities who pounce on the Sinhala Buddhists at the drop of a hat, has denounced vehemently Mahanayke thero of Asgiriya regarding his recent statement alleging that he wanted ‘ the Muslims to be stoned . Among, those who reviled was one prominent NGO activist  who wanted legal action be taken against the Mahanyake for his ‘hate speech’!.  Some leading Muslim spokespersons such as Assad Sally too adverted to the allegation that Muslims should be stoned and condemned the Mahanyake thero, But, a very few had listened properly to Maha... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/07/19)

Eye witnesses at executions
By Dr. P. G. PunchihewaOf the former Ceylon Civil Service
July 2, 2019, 9:08 pm  (A shorter version of this article appeared in the Sunday Island August 5,2018) Why do we kill people who kill people to show people that killing people is wrong? -- R. Chandrasoma Since the announcement was made by the government recently to reintroduce the capital punishment much has been written in support or against the move. But I wonder whether there is anybody from either group who would have seen the penalty being implemented... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/07/19)

Capital Punishment: A foolish response to serious crime
By Ruwan Rajapakse Courtesy The Island
July 2, 2019, 9:00 pm "I do not believe that any of the hundreds of executions I carried out in any way acted as a deterrent against murder." – Albert Pierrepoint, Hangman, UK (1931-1956) After a few false starts, the incumbent President of Sri Lanka seems to have acted upon his well-known belief in the utility of Capital Punishment [1]. This institutionalised crime is now due to take place in our land of ahimsa, after a hiatus of 43 years. Whether The President... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/07/19)

SL leaders and US interests
N. A. DE S. AMARATUNGA Courtesy The Island
There is a perceived threat of a major intrusion into the country's sovereignty and the country being turned into a military base for the US, as part of its strategy for dominance in the Indian Ocean. Several agreements with the US and supportive parliamentary acts are said to be in the pipeline hidden from the public eye. The proposed agreements are (1) Status of Forces Agreement, (2) Acquisition and Cross Service Agreement and (3) Millennium Challenge Corporation Compact. The first would enable the US to deploy their armed forces in... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/07/19)

SLFP wants SOFA put on hold till conclusion of 2019 Presidential polls
By Shamindra Ferdinando Courtesy The Island
SLFP General Secretary Dayasiri Jayasekera, MP, speaking on behalf of President Maithripala Sirisena, said yesterday that a final decision on the Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) with the US should be delayed till the conclusion of the 2019 presidential election. Similarly, the proposed Millennium Challenge Corporation (MMC) agreement, too, should be delayed till after the next presidential election. Jayasekera said. MP Jayasekera said so in response to a query raised by The Island at the weekly media briefing at SLFP Headquarters on T. B. Jayah... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/07/19)

Sri Lanka Attorney General: Officials Should Face ‘Crimes Against Humanity’ Charge for Easter Jihad
Courtesy breitbart
Attorney General Dappula De Livera of Sri Lanka ordered the arrests of the nation’s former defense minister and police chief Tuesday on charges of gross negligence in relation to the Islamic State attack on Christian churches and hotels on Easter Sunday. De Livera has suggested on Monday that the two former officials, former Defense Secretary Hemasiri Fernando and former Inspector General of Police (IGP) Pujith Jayasundara may also be guilty of crimes against humanity – an international crime – for having information suggesting that jihadists were planning a series of terrorist attacks in Sri Lanka... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/07/19)

US deal will let uniformed US troops to walk into anywhere in Sri Lanka - Bandula
Courtesy Adaderana
A great ‘seven-fold crisis’ has sprung up within the United National Party (UNP) over the party’s candidate for the Presidential elections, stated United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) MP Bandula Gunawardane. He mentioned this addressing a press conference held in Colombo today (02). https://youtu.be/tXsQVimr40A Speaking on the agreement with the United States of America, he said that under this agreement the US Army can enter and leave the country without VISA. He also said that this would allow US troops to walk into any place in the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/07/19)

Former Defence Secretary and IGP remanded until tomorrow
Courtesy Adaderana
https://youtu.be/F_6r9LfNSVY UPDATE: (7.25 p.m.) - Inspector General of Police Pujith Jayasundara has also been remanded until tomorrow (03). Colombo Chief Magistrate Lanka Jayaratne visited the Police Chief at the Narahenpita Police Hospital, a short while ago, and ordered that he be placed in remand custody until tomorrow. Former Defence Secretary Hemasiri Fernando has been remanded until tomorrow (03) by the Colombo Chief Magistrate Lanka Jayaratne. The magistrate visited the former Defence Secretary, who was being treated at the Colombo National Hospital, this evening and... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/07/19)

Detrimental Acts & Agreements turning Sri Lanka into a US colony & Western base in Asia
Sri Lanka is not just a country. It has a very long history & heritage that majority of citizens wish to preserve. The constitution clearly enshrines the Land & Resources as belonging to the People and for future progeny. A government is only custodian of the land & resources. Essentially this denies any Government arbitrarily taking decisions that would affect the clearly stated premise that the land & resources belong to not only the living citizens but to future citizens too. 83% of land is vested in the State for the people means that no law can be changed to... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 02/07/19)

IGP Pujith Jayasundara arrested
Courtesy Adaderana
Inspector General of Police (IGP) Pujith Jayasundara, who was sent of compulsory leave in the wake of the Easter Sunday terror attacks, has been arrested by the Criminal Investigation Department (CID).  He was taken into custody by a CID team at the Police Hospital in Narahenpita, the Police Spokesman said. Meanwhile former Defence Secretary Hemasiri Fernando was also arrested, a short while ago, while receiving treatment at the Colombo National Hospital. ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/07/19)

Hemasiri Fernando arrested at hospital by CID
Courtesy Adaderana
A team of CID officers have arrested former Defence Secretary Hemasiri Fenando, who was receiving treatment at the General Hospital in Colombo, the police spokesman said. He stated that Fernando was taken into custody by CID officers who visited the hospital, a short while ago.  The former Defence Secretary and IGP Pujith Jayasundara were summoned to appear before the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) today, however they were both admitted to hospital this morning. Fernando was admitted to the Coronary-Care Unit (CCU) at the General Hospital Colombo while the IGP was... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/07/19)

EASTER SUNDAY BOMB BLAST IN SRI LANKA Part 7
KAMALIKA PIERIS
REVISED 3.7.19 There is evidence that Saudi Arabia is connected to the bomb blasts. one of the masterminds who orchestrated the Easter Sunday bomb blasts , Milshan  was arrested in Saudi Arabia.  Later came the information that four key members of National Thowheeed Jamaath (NTJ), hailing from Batticaloa and Ampara had fled to Saudi Arabia prior to the Easter Sunday suicide bombings. A team of police intelligence officers were sent to Saudi Arabia to interrogate them. The SLFP meanwhile said at a news conference in Colombo in May 2019   that Qatar and Saudi Arabia... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/07/19)

HANGING TO HANG ON
By Rohana R. Wasala
“We are dismayed by these reports that will see Sri Lanka surrender its positive record on the death penalty. Executions will not rid Sri Lanka of drug-related crime. They represent the failure to build a humane society where the protection of life is valued. The last thing that Sri Lanka needs right now is more death in the name of vengeance”  Biraj Patnaik, South Asia Director at Amnesty International (AI), in a final appeal from the international body  to Sri Lanka concerning the imminent execution of some prisoners on the death row... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/07/19)

SOME QUESTIONS TO EU
Sugath Samarasinghe 
We read in an editorial in ‘The Island’ newspaper of this country that the Colombo Office of the EU had stated that: "We are deeply concerned by political and religious pressure being directed at Sri Lanka's Muslim community which is undermining peace and reconciliation in the country.” We believe that the EU office referring here to the incident of suicide bomb explosions committed by some Muslim extremists on 21st April in this country in 9 different places such as Catholic churches and Tourist hotels that resulted in an unprecedented over 250 deaths of men women and... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/07/19)

Western Province Governor pressurizing PHIs over raid of grain storage?
The country is been swindled by two importers of grains, especially RED LENTILS and YELLOW LENTILS over a period of many years.
By Noor Nizam - Peace and Political Activist, Political Communication Researcher, SLFP/SLPP Stalwart, July 1st, 2019.
The above news which appeared in http://www.adaderena.lk should be noted with utmost importance by those concerned and political authorities who are hoping to establish a news government in 2020. The country is been swindled by two importers of grains, especially RED LENTILS and YELLOW LENTILS over a period of many years. They operate very... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/07/19)

Plantation companies decry land grab by henchmen of politicians
Dr Sudath Gunasekara
I request all patriotic Sinhala people who love their country to read the following alarming news item and my comments that follow and do all whatever you can to stop this national tragedy and crisis immediately. (I hope the Plantation Companies also will pay their attention to this). Dr Sudath Gunasekara 01.7.2019 Plantation companies decry land grab by henchmen of politicians
By Shamindra Ferdinando The Island June 27, 2019, 10:16 pm A political project is threatening stability in plantation regions with certain... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/07/19)

'Charge Sri Lanka police chief with crimes against humanity'
Courtesy aljazeera
Attorney general says the police chief and ex-defence secretary should be charged for failing to prevent Easter attacks. A view of St Sebastian's Church damaged in blast in Negombo, north of Colombo [File: Chamila Karunarathne/AP] Sri Lanka's police chief and a top defence official should be charged with "grave crimes against humanity" for failing to prevent the attacks on churches and luxury hotels that killed more than 250 people in April, the country's attorney general has said. The bombings, claimed by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL or ISIS), took... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/07/19)

Sri Lanka AG Accuses Police Chief, Defense Minister of Crimes Against Humanity
By VOA News
Sri Lanka's police chief and the nation's former defense secretary should be charged with crimes against humanity as a result of their inability to prevent the Easter bombings that killed 258 people, the state's prosecutor said Monday.  According to Attorney General Dappula de Livera, the Inspector General of Police Pujith Jayasundara and Defense Secretary Hemasiri Fernando ignored intelligence information forecasting the attack.  "The two officials should be brought before a magistrate for their criminal negligence to prevent the April 21 attacks," wrote de Livera to the acting police chief.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/07/19)

Police chief faces crimes against humanity charge over S.Lanka attacks
Courtesy AFP
AFP/File / ISHARA S. KODIKARAThe Easter Sunday attacks in Sri Lanka killed 258 people Sri Lanka's police chief and a top defence official should be tried for "grave crimes against humanity" over failure to prevent Easter bombings that killed 258, the state prosecutor said Monday. Dappula de Livera said Inspector-General of Police Pujith Jayasundara and Defence Secretary Hemasiri Fernando failed to act on advance warnings of the deadly April 21 suicide attacks. "The two officials should be brought before a magistrate for their criminal negligence to prevent... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/07/19)

PHU alleges Army Commander lied about Rishad’s call
Courtesy The Daily Mirror
The Pivithuru Hela Urumaya (PHU) today said Army Commander Mahesh Senanayake has lied with regard to a call made by former minister Rishad Bathiudeen asking him about an arrested suspect in the Army custody. Addressing a news conference, PHU Leader Udaya Gammanpila said Army Commander Senanayake has said in an interview with the state-owned 'Silumina' Newspaper on May 5 that there was undue influence from a powerful minister from Mannar to get an arrested suspect released. "This was the first charge mentioned against the then minister Bathiudeen in the no-confidence... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/07/19)

What is Yahapalana Government cooking
By Shivanthi Ranasinghe Courtesy Ceylon Today
Behind the tightly closed doors, a few select politicians are busy finalising two highly controversial agreements with the US. These secretive deals are carefully kept out of Parliament and the Cabinet. These Parliamentarians and Ministers too seem quite content to be left in the dark. There is speculation that Maithripala Sirisena himself might not be aware of the true contents of these agreements.  This is not something Tissa Vitharana appears to believe, though, for he had questioned the release of Gnanasara Thera who has a reputation of inciting violence against... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/07/19)

AG files indictments against 10 related to Treasury Bonds scam
K.S. Udaya Kumar Courtesy Ceylon Today
Attorney General Dappula de Livera yesterday (28) filed indictments against former Central Bank Governor Arjuna Mahendran and nine others in the Special Permanent High Court Trial-at-Bar. The indictments were before a three-Judge Bench comprising Justices Sampath Abeykoon, Sampath Wijeyaratna and Champa Janaki Rajaratna. Coordinating Officer to the Attorney General, State Counsel Nishara Jayaratne, said that the Court has summoned the accused to appear before the Court on 19 July for the serving of indictments. She said that the prosecution has already named 115 persons as witnesses in... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/07/19)

IGP and fmr Defense Secretary to be named suspects of Easter attacks
Courtesy Adaderana
The Attorney General has directed the Acting Inspector General of Police (IGP) to name Inspector General of Police (IGP) Pujith Jayasundara and former Defence Secretary Hemasiri Fernando as suspects of the Easter attacks. Further, the Attorney General has requested the Acting IGP to produce them before courts, stated the Attorney General’s Department. Coordinating Officer to the Attorney General, State Counsel Nishara Jayaratne said the Acting IGP was instructed on the matter last Thursday, however, no action has been taken in this regard. Accordingly, the Attorney General has directed a letter... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/07/19)

Sri Lanka president rebuffs UN chief over hangings
Courtesy NewsIn.Asia
Colombo, July 1 (AFP) – Sri Lanka’s president said Monday he had rejected a telephone appeal by UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres to reconsider his push to reintroduce the death penalty after 43 years. “I told the Secretary General that I want to save my country from drugs,” Maithripala Sirisena told a meeting in Colombo to mark his anti-narcotics drive.“He telephoned me last week shortly after I signed four death warrants. I told him to please allow me to stamp out the drug menace,” Sirisena said. Sirisena told reporters on Wednesday that... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/07/19)

35 people die from dengue in Sri Lanka
Courtesy NewsIn.Asia
Colombo, July 1 (Xinhua) — Thirty five people died and over 23,000 were infected by the dengue virus across Sri Lanka in the first six months of this year, the Epidemiology Unit said here Monday. Till the end of June, a total of 23,842 dengue cases were reported, with the highest number of cases reported from the Colombo district with 5,069 cases, followed by Gampaha in the outskirts of Colombo with 3,052 cases and Galle in the south with 2,031 cases. With the ongoing rains, the Epidemiology Unit said... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/07/19)

Ambassador Dayan Jayatilleka’s two-pronged counter-terror strategy
By Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka/ Courtesy NewsIn.Asia
Ten years ago, Sri Lanka prevailed in a Thirty Years War against a suicide-bombing separatist terrorism. Ten years later, this year 2019, on Easter Sunday, we were attacked atrociously by another type of terrorism: Islamist jihadist terrorism. So, the question of terrorism has been and remains an existential problem for Sri Lanka and it is from that perspective that I speak. The question “What is to be done?” was initially posed by the writer Chernyshevsky, but was better known after Lenin posed it. What is less well... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/07/19)


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