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දයාසිරි ජයසේකර ශ්‍රී ලංකා නිදහස් පක්ෂය ගෙන යන්ට හදන්නේ වැරදි මගක.
චාර්ලස් එස් පෙරේරා  විසින්
1. මුලාරම්භය. එදා  බන්ඩාරනායක මැතිතුමා ශ්‍රී ලංකා නිදහස් පක්ෂය හැදුවෙ කලබලයෙන් නොවේ නමුත් හොඳට හිතාබලා ලංකාවෙ ඒ දවස්වල පැවතුන  සාමාන්‍ය දේශපාලන වාතාවරණයට අණුකුලවය..   ඔහු එම පක්ෂය හැදුවේ දේශපාලන බල ලෝභයෙන් නොවේ. එතුමා හොඳ අධ්‍යාපනයක් ලැබූ ප්‍රඥාවන්ත පුද්ගලයෙක්. ඔහුට පටු ජාතිවාදී ආත්මාර්ථකාමී දේශපාලන දැක්මක් තිබුනේ නැ. බණ්ඩාරනායක මැතිතුමාට  උවමනාකලේ ලංකාව බ්‍රතාන්‍යා යටත්වාදයෙන් සම්පුර්ණයෙන් ඉවත්කොට ලංකාවට නැතිවී ගිය අතීත සංස්කෘතික දේශීය  අබිමානය පුනරුත්තාපනය කොට සමාජවාදයට නැඹුරු අලුත්  නිදහස් ලංකාවක්  නිර්මානයකිරීමයි. ඒ සඳහා ඔහු එදා  ලංකාවේ සිටි  වාමාංශික දේශපාලන නායකයින්ගේ සහයෝගය ලබාගත්තා. එහි විශේෂත්වය වුයේ සඟ ගුරු වේද ගොවි කම්කරු... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 31/08/19)

පොදුජන පෙරමුණේ කාන්තා සමුළුව මහින්ද - ගෝඨාභය ප්‍රධානත්වයෙන්
Ada Derana
https://youtu.be/NKKQ2VB9kus... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 31/08/19)

ඵලදායි පුරවැසියෙක්, විනය ගරුක සමාජයක් හා සෞභාග්‍යමත් දේශයක් අනාගත අරමුණයි ගෝඨාභය රාජපක්ෂ
Ada Derana
Future aim is to build a disciplined society, prosperous nation & productive citizens - Gotabaya ඵලදායි පුරවැසියෙක්, විනය ගරුක සමාජයක් හා සෞභාග්‍යමත් දේශයක් අනාගත අරමුණයි - ගෝඨාභය රාජපක්ෂ https://youtu.be/QNN5BKKO77M... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 31/08/19)

ඒකීය බව රැක ගැනීම සදහා ජනතාවගේ අත්සන් දස ලක්ෂයක් ලබා ගැනීමට ඔබ සූදානම් ද?
නීතිඥ අරුණ ලක්සිරි උණවටුන
ඒකීය බව රැක ගැනීම සදහා ජනතාවගේ අත්සන් දස ලක්ෂයක් ලබා ගැනීමට ඔබ සූදානම් ද?සමානුපාතික මන්ත්‍රී නියෝජනය ඇති පාර්ලිමේන්තුව ආරක්ෂක අමාත්‍යාංශය 19වන ව්‍යවස්ථා සංශෝධනය මගින් ලබාගෙන තිබියදී, ශ්‍රේෂ්ඨාධිකරණ බෙදුණු තීන්දුවක් මගින් පළාත් සභා මැතිවරණය ආණ්ඩුක්‍රම ව්‍යවස්ථාවේ 4ඉ ව්‍යවස්ථාවට ඇතුලත් කරගෙන පළාත් සභා මැතිවරණයට පරමාධිපත්‍යය ඡන්ද බලය ලබාගෙන තිබියදී  ජනාධිපතිවරණය අහෝසි කිරීමට යාම රටේ ඒකීය බව බරපතල ලෙස අනතුරේ දැමීමකි. මෙය වළක්වා ගැනීම සදහා ජනතාවගේ අත්සන් දස ලක්ෂයක් ලබා ගැනීමට ඔබ සූදානම් ද? (නීතිඥ අරුණ ලක්සිරි උණවටුන)... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 31/08/19)

නාගානන්ද බහු සංස්කෘතිය පිළිගන්නේද නැත.අලුත් ශ්‍රී ලංකාවක් මවන්න හදනවා..
Politics
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(LankaWeb - 31/08/19)

Prez Sirisena’s rapport with Sajith
By C.A.Chandraprema Courtesy The Island
We are now in the month of September and the presidential election is almost upon us. The earliest date, on which the Elections Commission will be empowered to issue the Gazette notification calling for nominations for the presidential election, will be the 9th September. According to the Constitution the latest date for holding a presidential poll will be one month before the expiration of the term of the President in office. Since President Maithripala Sirisena assumed office on the 9th January 2015, the last date by which the presidential election should... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 31/08/19)

Wennappuwa PS member, sister further remanded
Augustin Fernando Courtesy  Daily Mirror
The member of Wennappuwa Pradeshiya Sabha, Dulakshi Chamodari Fernando (21) and her elder sister, who were arrested for obstructing the duties of police officers at the CeyNor junction in Wennappuwa, were further remanded till October 6 by the Marawila Additional Magistrate. https://youtu.be/xAtlf4klxSA... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 31/08/19)

Using state resources for election propaganda a punishable offence - Elections Commission
Sandun A. Jayasekera Courtesy  Ada Derana
The Elections Commission reiterated yesterday that using state officials, state vehicles and equipment, and other state resources for election propaganda would be a punishable offence under the election law. Elections Commission Chairman Mahinda Deshapriya reminded all ministry secretaries, heads of departments, district secretaries, heads of statutory bodies, provincial secretaries and secretaries of local government bodies, they must ensure that state resources like vehicles, equipment, human resources and other state assets are not used or misused for election propaganda. “Complaints of illegal use of state resources for election propaganda... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 31/08/19)

Must build a disciplined society that protects women’s dignity - Gotabaya
Courtesy Ada Derana
The presidential hopeful of Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP), former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa says special attention must be given to the welfare of women and children when ensuring national security. He stated this addressing the first convention of Sri Lanka Podujana Women’s Front at Sri Lanka Exhibition and Convention Centre in Colombo today (31). https://youtu.be/QNN5BKKO77M Rajapaksa, pointing out the considerable increase in violence against women and children at present, stated that women cannot even travel freely in public transport. This situation must be curbed... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 31/08/19)

PM aims to build a country with skilled labour during next 10 years
Courtesy Ada Derana
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says that skilled workers are required to modify the economy and to take the country forward. The Premier reiterated that his aim is to transform Sri Lanka into a country with skilled labour within the next ten years. He made these remarks addressing the event held yesterday (31) to lay the foundation stone for the proposed National Institute of Technology in Narangalla, Kuliyapitiya. In countries like Japan and Korea, there are no unskilled workers, hence they have rapidly moved forward in terms of development. ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 31/08/19)

Entire country is a mess today - Mahinda (English)
Adaderana
https://youtu.be/6LRlx3JIQQg... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 31/08/19)

YAHAPALANA AND THE ECONOMY Part 15
KAMALIKA PIERIS
Revised 9.9.19 BUDGET 2019 The Parliamentary Committee on Public Finance in its report on the fiscal, financial and economic assumptions of the Budget for 2019 has issued a damning indictment of the Ministry of Finance stating that the MoF had deliberately misled Parliament. The Committee has asked the Central Bank to formally assess the adequacy and validity of the assumptions framework of the current budget and to report to Parliament, because there were doubts about the validity of the figures provided by the Ministry of Finance. One example given... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 30/08/19)

YAHAPALANA AS A PUPPET REGIME Part 10 (SECTION 1)
KAMALIKA PIERIS
This essay presents some administrative decisions taken by Yahapalana   government. LOCAL GOVERNMENT Yahapalana government made sweeping changes to local government elections in October 2017.  A whole new system of elections was introduced as committee stage amendments to a Bill that had been gazetted to correct some technical defects in the local government elections law.  A whole new system of elections was introduced as committee stage amendments to a Bill that had been gazetted to correct some technical defects in the Local Government Elections law .It was rammed through Parliament by the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 30/08/19)

Libya gave the world a unique treaty which should be copied by all ex-colonial powers
Courtesy Middle East 
Muammar Gaddafi [File photo] Dr Mustafa Fetouri August 29, 2019 at 4:43 pm Friday 30 August is the 11th anniversary of the treaty signed by Libya and Italy on Friendship, Partnership and Cooperation bringing to an end a long, turbulent chapter of relations between Rome and its former colony. It is not just another pact between two countries; it is an exceptional bilateral deal about the touchy issue of colonialism. While covering many areas, it was primarily intended to heal wounds and compensate... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 30/08/19)

Sri Lanka court orders reburial of suicide bomber's remains
Courtesy Mail online
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) - A Sri Lankan court on Friday ordered police to exhume the remains of an Easter Sunday suicide bomber from a public cemetery after hundreds of people, including relatives of victims, blocked roads in an angry protest. Police fired tear gas to disperse the protesters, who complained that the burial had been conducted without their consent. The court told police to remove and relocate the head of the suicide bomber buried at Kalliyankadu cemetery in the eastern town of Batticaloa, police spokesman Ruwan Gunasekare said. ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 30/08/19)

The Place-name "Pothuvil"
Chandre Dharmawardana
Pothuvil  පොතුවිල් is Tamil usage. Its earlier sinhala usage  was indeed පොතුවිල, possibly derived from Budhuvila Bodhivaalaබෝදිවාල. Let the sinhalese writers at least begin to call it by the sinhala form පොතුවිල and NOT POTHUVIL. Please see my discussion of the place name given inhttps://www.dh-web.org/place.names/P The link takes you to the letter P. Then scroll down to Pothuvila. The description is  as follows: Pottuvil, Potuvil, Poththuvil (Ampare) POTHUVILA, Bodhivāla  පොතුවිල, බෝදිවාලMeaning. 'Pothuhaera' in Sinhala is a type of bullrush. A similar meaning may be given to Tamil, 'pottukkampu', with the botanical... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 30/08/19)

How ‘Civil’ or ‘Representative’ is Sri Lanka’s supposed to be ‘Civil Society’
They call themselves ‘civil society’ but how representative are they? Note how connected they all are and how they continue to open new ‘social movements’ with sugar-coated objectives… most have been around for decades but what exactly have they done. Some of the popular entities are even accused of taking funds from multiple sources for the same task or claiming reimbursements for events not even held. But they do not shy from pointing fingers and projecting themselves as better than the politicians they want to oust. When these entities are really no better than the one’s they claim are corrupt... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 30/08/19)

Meet the Sri Lankan women driving pink tuk-tuks in a man’s world
Zinara Rathnayake Courtesy Adventure.com
Tourist numbers to Sri Lanka took a huge dip in the wake of the Easter Sunday bombings, but that didn’t stop these single mothers. Zinara Rathnayake visits Think Pink Sri Lanka, an inspiring new initiative that’s putting women in the driver’s seat. A salty coastal breeze and the usual early hour scenes welcome me as I disembark the train at Hikkaduwa. Men in their office slacks and women in colorful sarees rush past me for a day’s work. I hop on a running tuk-tuk—my driver might be male but, where we’re going,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 29/08/19)

Candidate to be named after nomination date announced: UNP
Yohan Perera Courtesy The Daily Mirror
UNP Legal Secretary Nissanka Nanayakkara today said the candidate for the presidential election could be named only after the Election Commission notify the date to accept nominations for the election. Mr. Nanayakkara issuing a statement said UNP’s constitution does not have provisions to name a candidate until such time election commission declares the presidential election. Also, he said the candidate will be decided by a nomination board. “The nomination Board will decide on the candidate and this decision will have to be ratified by the working committee of... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 29/08/19)

Presidential election 2019 Mangala: 2/3 of UNP group supportive of Premadasa ... vows new govt will finalize MCC agreement
By Shamindra Ferdinand Courtesy The Island
Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera, yesterday, said he saw nothing wrong in the conflict between two groups in the government over the presidential candidate to be named. He said so in response to a question, raised by The Island, at a hurriedly summoned press conference at the Finance Ministry. Having compared the performance of the previous Rajapaksa administration (2005 Nov-2015 January) with the current dispensation, Samarawweera stressed that the economy was in a much better shape.  Asked by The Island why a section of the party felt the need... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 29/08/19)

SLFP-Gotabaya agree to sign MoU
Courtesy Adaderana
An agreement to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been reached between the two parties during the official meeting between the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) and the Presidential candidate of the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna Gotabaya Rajapaksa. The official talks between Gotabaya Rajapaksa and SLFP commenced at the official residence of the former Defense Secretary, this afternoon (29). https://youtu.be/GLluShOTl00 The meeting was attended by the General Secretary of SLFP MP Dayasiri Jayasekara, General Secretary of the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) MP Mahinda Amaraweera and SLFP... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 29/08/19)

Crooked thinking in allegations against Lankan Army Chief
By Lucien Rajakarunanayake Courtesy The Island
The Western World seems obsessed with the promotion of Lt. General Shavendra Silva as the Commander of the Sri Lanka Army. The US Ambassador here, Aliana Teplitz, came with the first charge against him, regarding allegations of gross human rights violations documented by the United Nations and other organizations that are serious and credible. There is one thing that Ambassador Teplitz and the others from the UN, Canada and the EU too, must know. They are referring to ‘allegations’ against him, with no proof of guilt. ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 29/08/19)

ඇමති සජිත්ගේ අමාත්‍යංශයට අනුමත සේවක සංඛ්‍යාවට වඩා බඳවාගෙන ඇතැයි හෙළිදරව්වක්
උපුටා ගැන්ම  හිරු පුවත්
අමාත්‍ය සජිත් ප්‍රේමදාස මහතා ජාතික නිවාස සංවර්ධන අධිකාරිය භාර අමාත්‍යවරයා ලෙස පත්වීමෙන් පසු එම අධිකාරියේ අනුමත සේවක සංඛ්‍යාව ඉක්මවා සේවකයින් 2300කට වැඩි පිරිසක් බඳවාගෙන ඇති බව එම අධිකාරියේ හිටපු පරිපාලන නිලධාරිනිය පවසනවා. ඇය මේ බව සඳහන් කළේ රජයේ ආයතනවල සිදූ වී ඇතැයි සැලකෙන දූෂණ වංචා සම්බන්ධයෙන් සොයා බැලීමේල ජනාධිපති පරීක්ෂණ කොමිෂන් සභාව හමුවේ සාක්ෂි ලබාදෙමින්. https://youtu.be/9S3MRuk53g8 අමාත්‍ය සජිත් ප්‍රේමදාස මහතාගේ පාලන කාලය තුළ ආයතනික රෙගුලාසි උල්ලංඝනය කර ජාතික නිවාස සංවර්ධන අධිකාරියට සේවකයින් බඳවාගෙන ඇති බවට එම ආයතනයේ ප්‍රගතිශීලී සේවක සංගමය පසුගිය පෙබරවාරි මාසයේදී... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 29/08/19)

එජාප රජයක් යටතේ මිලේනියම් චැලෙන්ජ් කෝපරේෂන් ගිවිසුමට අනිවාර්යෙන් එක් වන බව මුදල් ඇමති කියයි
උපුටා ගැන්ම  හිරු පුවත්
එක්සත් ජාතික පක්ෂ ඉදිරි රජයක් යටතේ මිලේනියම් චැලෙන්ජ් කෝපරේෂන් ගිවිසුමට අනිවාර්යෙන්ම එක් වන බව මුදල් අමාත්‍ය මංගල සමරවීර මහතා පවසනවා. කොළඹදී අද පැවති මාධ්‍ය හමුවකට එක්වෙමින් අමාත්‍යවරයා මේ අදහස් පළ කළා. https://youtu.be/noO6zEyjVOY... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 29/08/19)

ජනාධිපතිවරණය රට වෙනුවෙන් මෙරට ජනතාවට තීන්දුවක් ගැනීමට ඇති අවසන් අවස්ථාව - ඇල්ලේ ගුණවංශ හිමියන්
උපුටා ගැන්ම  හිරු පුවත්
එළඹෙණ ජනාධිපතිවරණය රට වෙනුවෙන් මෙරට ජනතාවට තීන්දුවක් ගැනීමට ඇති අවසන් අවස්ථාව බව පූජ්‍ය ඇල්ලේ ගුණවංශ හිමියන් පවසනවා. උන්වහන්සේ මේ බව සඳහන් කළේ අද පස්වරුවේ කොළඹදී පැවති සම්මන්ත්‍රණයක් අමතමින්. >යුතුකම සංවාද කවය විසින් සංවිධානය කර තිබූ “රට රකිමු රට හදමු රට වැසියනි එක්වෙමු“ සම්මන්ත්‍රණය කොළඹදී පැවැත් වුණා. https://youtu.be/IDh4GkrRYRE... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 29/08/19)

Sri Lanka: Agreement Signed For Oil Exploration In Eastern Basin
By Eurasia Review
The Sri Lankan government Tuesday inked an agreement with two energy companies from Norway and France to carry out a two-year oil and gas exploration exercise in the Eastern sea basin. The tripartite agreement between the Government of Sri Lanka, France’s Total EP and Norway’s Equinor ASA for the exploration of oil and natural gas in the Ceylon Basin off the eastern coast was signed in Colombo. Minister of Highways & Road Development and Petroleum Resources Development Kabir Hashim and officials of Total and Equinor signed the agreement at the Ministry. ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 28/08/19)

Video Why are people in the US living shorter lives?
BBC
White people in the US without degrees are living shorter lives due to drug abuse and alcoholism. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/business-49437287/why-are-people-in-the-us-living-shorter-lives... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 28/08/19)

Indian Ocean Conference in Male
Dr Sarath Obeysekera
When I noted the news item today about the participation of the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka in a Conference in Male. I thought of making the Prime Minister Aware that the ROAD MAP to develop BLUE ECONOMY should be one of the subjects to he should talk about at the event  Details below may be useful to the consultants to prepare a speech for the Prone Minister to highlight the necessity to develop BLUE ECONOMY in the Indian Ocean with active participation by India, Pakistan, Maldives and Seychelles  Government  (including the aspirants to become... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 28/08/19)

Delaying bond scam investigation an obstacle to justice - President
Courtesy Adaderana
President Maithripala Sirisena has given instructions to the relevant authorities to expedite the investigations regarding the allegations of Central Bank bond scam. The President further advised to promptly conduct investigations and to take actions against the wrongdoers and said that the delay in conducting investigations is a hindrance to deliver justice. He made these remarks during a meeting held with the members of the Commission to Investigate Bond Scam and other officials at the President’s Office, today (28). https://youtu.be/v2-UMcUpDV4 During this meeting it was revealed that... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 28/08/19)

මහ බැංකුවේ අධිපතිවරයාට ඇති කාර්යභාරය අගමැතිවරයා සිදු කරනවා - හිටපු මහ බැංකු අධිපති
උපුටා ගැන්ම  හිරු පුවත්
මහ බැංකුවේ අධිපතිවරයාට ඇති කාර්යභාරය අගමැතිවරයා විසින් සිදුකිරීම හේතුවෙන් මහ බැංකු අධිපතිවරයා මේ වනවිට අසරණ තත්ත්වයට පත්ව ඇති බව හිටපු මහ බැංකු අධිපති අජිත් නිවාඩ් කබ්රාල් මහතා පවසනවා අද පැවති ප්‍රවෘත්ති සාකච්ඡාවකදී ඔහු මේ බව සඳහන් කළා. https://youtu.be/kKdCbvEnIH4... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 28/08/19)

මුහුදු මහා විහාරයේ ඉරණම
උපුටා ගැන්ම  හිරු පුවත්
පොතුවිල් මුහුදු මහා විහාර භූමිය ආශ්‍රිත ප්‍රදේශයේ ස්භාවික වැලි කදු කපා ඉවත් කිරීමට පොතුවිල් ප්‍රාදේශීය සභාව ක්‍රියාත්මක වීමත් සමග විහාරවාසී පුජ්‍ය උඩලමත්තේ රතනප්‍රිය හිමියන් දැඩි විරෝධය පළ කරනවා. උන්වහන්සේ ප්‍රකාශ කලේ රෝහලක ඉදිකිරීම් සම්බන්ධ අවශ්‍යතාවක් මතු කරමින් පොතුවිල් ප්‍රාදේශීය සභා බලධාරීන් ස්භාවික වැලි කදු විනාශ කිරීම අරඹා ඇති බවයි. හිරු සී.අයි.ඒ.හරහා පසුගියදා මුහුදු මහා විහාර භූමිය ආක්‍රමණය කිරීම අප හෙළි කළ අතර මේ එහි තවත් දිගහැරුමක්. https://youtu.be/iSoyHs8ZWCY නැගෙනහිර පළාතේ පොතුවිල් හි පිහිටා ඇති මුහුදු මහා විහාරය පසුගිය කාලය පුරා දැඩි කථාබහට ලක්වුයේ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 28/08/19)

Najib Razak 1MDB: Malaysia's former PM faces biggest trial yet
Courtesy BBC
Media captionFormer Malaysian PM Najib Razak smiles as he arrives in court Former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak has gone on trial again over an alleged multibillion-dollar fraud involving a government fund. Mr Najib is facing several trials over the state investment fund 1MDB - this is the most significant covering 21 counts of money-laundering and four of abuse of power. Prosecutors say he received and covered up illegal transfers of at least $550m (£448m) between 2011 and 2014. Mr Najib has denied any wrongdoing. The... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 28/08/19)

How foreign-government linked neo-liberal think tanks are undermining Sri Lanka’s sovereignty?
No amount of promises to guard Sri Lanka’s sovereignty can hold water if at legislative & policy level changes are being drafted to suit a neo-liberal agenda that aspires to transfer all state assets to foreign corporate hands and turn locals to virtual slave citizens. This is the threat that Sri Lanka’s politicians need to understand and identify. Sri Lanka cannot be a sovereign nation if its wealth, natural resources, economic activities (ports, airports, railways, roads etc) are controlled by foreign entities who decide what Sri Lanka’s citizens get, at what price & in what quantity/quality and removes any role... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 28/08/19)

බලය බෙදා දීම කළහැකි එකම අපේක්ෂකයා ගෝඨාභය රාජපක්ෂ මහතා පමණි.
චන්ද්‍රසේන පණ්ඩිතාගේ විසිනි.
අපට නිතර දෙවේලේ කනට හුරු පුරුදු කතාවකි ඒ. බලය බෙදා දීම. කා විසින් කාටද මේ බලය බෙදා දිය යුත්තේ. කා ලගද මේ බලය ඇත්තේ? කාටද බලය නැත්තේ? මේ සංවාදය යන අතරේ පැන නගින අතුරු ප්‍රශ්න කන්දරාවයි. අප දන්නා ආකාරයට අප ජීවත් වෙන පෘතුවියට බලය ලැබෙන්නේ හිරුගෙන් වෙන අතර, දෛනිකව හිරු නම් වූ අප සෞර්ය ග්‍රහ මණ්ඩලයේ කේන්ද්‍රය සෑම තප්පරයක් පාසාම නිරන්තරයෙන්ම බලය බෙදා හැරීමක නිරත වෙයි. සූර්යා විසින් නිකුත් කරනු ලබන මහා බල කන්දරාවෙන් මේ පෘතුවිය ලබනුයේ ඉතා ස්වල්පයක් වන අතර, එම බලය මෙම පෘතුවිය මත පවතින ජීවින්ට හා අජීවී පදාර්තයනගේ කාර්යයන් සදහා යොදා... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 27/08/19)

Anything is possible
Editorial Courtesy The Island
Speaker Karu Jayasuriya is in an unenviable position. He is never free from stress. Last year, he had to fight quite a battle to thwart an attempt to topple the UNF government. What he faced in Parliament, in defending the beleaguered government, was nothing but terrorism. He even ran the risk of being harmed by some rowdies in the garb of UPFA MPs, who went on the rampage. But for his valiant efforts, his political enemies would have consolidated their power in Parliament. Ten months on, speculation is rife, in political circles, that a... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 27/08/19)

A role for Sajith and UNP ginger group
BY ROHANA R. WASALA Courtesy The Island
The artificially sensationalized controversy within the UNP ranks about the authenticity of the party deputy leader Sajith Premadasa’s educational qualifications, in the twilight of its barely legitimate rule, is a strangely anticlimactic, but justly retributive, reversal of its unbroken mudslinging campaign against the Rajapaksas, whose democratic return to power they have been determined to forestall by hook or by crook. The controversial 19th Amendment was primarily intended to keep them out of power for the foreseeable future. The calling into question of Premadasa’s academic attainments is actually much ado... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 27/08/19)

Probes into Palai JMO leads to further revelations
Courtesy Adaderana
A search operation conducted by the Terrorist Investigation Division in the locality of Karandiya in Palai of Jaffna has led to the discovery of a concealed stash of explosives, firearms as well as various other weapons. The operation was launched after information was obtained from the recently arrested Judicial Medical Officer (JMO) of the Palai Hospital, who is suspected of having terror links. On the 18th of August, the JMO of Palai Hospital, Sinnayya Sivaruban, was arrested by the Army and handed over to the Terrorist Investigation Division (TID).... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 27/08/19)

Turning prisons into tourist attractions
By P.K.Balachandran/Daily MirrorColombo
, August 27: As crime-rates keep falling in many parts of the world, prisons are being closed, with some of them being converted into hotels or tourist attractions.Violent crime rate has been falling in Sri Lanka too since the end of Eelam War IV in 2009.But that is not the reason for the government’s 2013 decision to abandon the iconic Bogambara Prison in Kandy. The Bogambara Prison was abandoned as part of the government’s plan to improve prison conditions by closing old and dilapidated ones located in the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 27/08/19)

Lanka’s new army chief says he’ll improve the intelligence wing
Courtesy NewsIn.Asia
Colombo, August 27 (DailyFT): The Sri Lankan Army will seek to enhance its intelligence apparatus in the future, the newly-appointed Commander Lieutenant General Shavendra de Silva said on Monday. Speaking to reporters for the first time since his appointment the Army Commander acknowledged the importance of enhancing Army intelligence to meet new national security challenges. “Intelligence is vital, we deploy our troops and conduct missions based on actionable intelligence,” he said, outlining plans to improve the efficiency of the military intelligence arm and ensure there is better synergy between... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 27/08/19)

බැඳුම්කරේ මිලියන හැත්තෑපහක් රනිල්ගේ ගෙදරටම ගිහින් දුන්නා - ඇලෝසියස් "මව්බිමට" කියයි
උපුටාගැණීම  මව්බිම
ශ්‍රී  ලංකා මහ බැංකුවේ බැඳුම්කර මහා වංචාවේ ප්‍රධාන සැකකරු වන අර්ජුන් අලෝසියස් එජාප නායක, අග්‍රාමාත්‍ය රනිල් වික්‍රමසිංහ මහතාට රුපියල් මිලියන හැත්තෑපහක් ඔහුගේ පෞද්ගලික නිවෙසටම ගොස් භාරදීමේ සිද්ධියක තොරතුරු ‘මව්බිම’ට වාර්තා වනවා. වාර්තා වන අන්දමට මේ මුදල අඩංගු බෑගය ඇලෝසියස් විසින් භාරදී තිබෙන්නේ 2015 ජූලි 23 වැනිදා කොළඹ 03 පස්වැනි පටුමඟේ පිහිටි වික්‍රමසිංහ මහතාගේ පෞද්ගලික නිවෙසේදීය. මෙදින රාත්‍රි 8.00ට පමණ අර්ජුන් ඇලෝසියස් මහතා එම නිවෙසට පැමිණෙන බව දැනුම් දීමෙන්  පසුව ඔහුට කෙළින්ම තම නිවෙසට පැමිණීමට ඉඩ දෙන ලෙසට ආරක්ෂක අංශවලට ද දැනුම් දී තිබුණු බව වැඩිදුරටත් අනාවරණය වෙයි.  ‘මව්බිම’ට ලැබී... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 26/08/19)

SLPP Youth Convention
Politics
Mahinda's message is to look at Lanka history, and he pointed out how EA Goonesinghe who fought for universal suffrage for Sri Lanka was sent home after he won it from the forces of Imperialism, and similarly, CWW Kannangara who fought for free education was sent home by the same forces. He also reminded the young people of what happened in 1971, and 1989, and he pointed out how ironic it is that the ‘torturers and the tortured’ of that time have got together now!  He said the same forces that acted then are still acting now.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 26/08/19)

Gotabhaya Rajapaksa: A Perspective from a Friend in the US
Dr. Stephen Long, Los Angeles, California Courtesy The Island
After spending most of my adult life in Hawaii and then Southeast Asia, I returned to the US and settled in Los Angeles in 1998. About two weeks after my move a couple with whom I am very close invited me to an evening event at their amazing new art gallery on La Brea Avenue in Hollywood. The gallery specialized in museum-quality Asian and Buddhist art, and I wound up spending a lot of time there over the next few years. Two or three weeks before my... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 26/08/19)

System of professional education needed
Courtesy Ceylon Today
Youth are being forced to go begging for jobs from this regime and then get tear-gassed in return. However, no one today questions this regime as to what has become of its major promise to create one million jobs for youth, Opposition Leader Mahinda Rajapaksa, addressing the SLPP Youth Convention on 24 August, at the Nelum Pokuna Theatre, said. His full speech verbatim is as follows: "This youth convention is an important one. First is that when I am in front of you all, I feel that I am standing before... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 26/08/19)

We have to arm youth with the latest technology - Gota
Courtesy Ceylon Today
SLPP's Presidential candidate Gotabaya Rajapaksa, during the SLPP Youth Convention, held at Nelum Pokuna on 24 August, answered questions of youth who participated in the convention. Excerpts:  There have been several issues that have emerged within the education sphere of Sri Lanka for youth. After the GCE O/L and GCE Advanced Level exams, scores of youths tend to face the issue of unemployment. Only 18 per cent tend to get qualified for University education. Even on that front though there are jobs in the sphere of science and technology jobs for... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 26/08/19)

SLFP members who attended SLPP convention not invited to Central Committee meeting
Courtesy Adaderana
Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) members who attended the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) national conventions have not been invited to the SLFP Central Committee meeting, said SLFP General Secretary MP Dayasiri Jayasekara. SLFP members including MPs Dilan Perera, Chandima Weerakkody and S. B. Dissanayake attended the first-ever national convention of the SLPP held on the 11th August at the Sugathadasa Indoor Stadium. When Ada Derana inquired, MP Jayasekara stated that the relevant members have not been invited to the Central Committee which will be held today (26). The SLFP... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 26/08/19)

Vignettes from the saga of Colombo’s Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall
By P.K.Balachandran/Ceylon Today
If the Rubber-Rice Pact of 1952 sowed the seeds of good and enduring relations between China and Sri Lanka, the decision to build the Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall (BMICH) with Chinese technical and financial help in 1964, cemented ties between the two countries. The importance of these events lies in their historical context. The Rubfber-Rice pact was the result of a dire economic need in both countries. Lanka desperately needed rice to feed its population. The US was not willing to give Lanka a US$ 50 million loan to... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 26/08/19)

එතෙර වීමේ මඟ ඒදණ්ඩද තාක්ෂණයද?
විශේෂාංගයතීරු ලිපි උපුටාගැණීම  මව්බිම
ශ්‍රී  ලංකා පොදුජන පෙරමුණ විසින් පසුගිය සතියේ එහි තරුණ සම්මේලනය උත්සවාකාරයෙන් සැමරීමත් සමඟ තරුණ පරපුර හා ඔවුන්ගේ අපේක්ෂාවන් ගැන අලුත් කතිකාවතක් රටේ නිර්මාණය වෙමින් පවතී. වර්තමානයේ ලංකාවේ ජනගහනයෙන් 23ක් සිටින්නේ වයස අවුරුදු 15-29 අතරය. ලංකාවේ සමස්ත රැකියා වියුක්තිය 4.4%ක පමණ වුවද වයස අවුරුදු 30ට අඩු තරුණ තරුණියන් අතර රැකියා වියුක්තිය එමෙන් සිවු ගුණයක් පමණ වේ.  තරුණ ජනගහනය තුළ සාක්ෂරතාව 92% පමණ ඉහළ අගයක තිබුණද උසස් අධ්‍යාපන අවස්ථා සීමිතය. තවමත් උසස් පෙළ සමත් වන සිසුන්ගෙන් විශ්වවිද්‍යාල වරම් ලබන්නේ 19% පමණ සුළු ප්‍රතිශතයකි. තරුණ පරපුර අතර පරිගණක සාක්ෂරතාවයේ ප්‍රමාණාත්මක වර්ධනයක් දක්නට... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 26/08/19)

YAHAPALANA VERSUS MAHA SANGHA Part 3
KAMALIKA  PIERIS
The Maha Sangha continued to show opposition to Yahapalana in 2019. The result was a ding- dong battle between the Sangha and Yahapalana.  The Maha Sangha have opposed Yahapalana on a range of issues. The Sangha have spoken out against the   new constitution that   Yahapalana was planning to foist on the country. Ven. Bellanwila Wimalaratana said that Kotte Sangha Sabha had met and decided unanimously that ‘this constitution making process was not timely’. Problems of the people in the North and the East could not be solved with a couple of sentences in a... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/08/19)

YAHAPALANA VERSUS MAHA SANGHA Part 4
KAMALIKA  PIERIS
Revised     14.9.19 Yahapalana’s attacks on the Maha Sangha are part of its attack on Buddhism, Buddhists and Buddhist worship. This anti-Buddhist strategy has clearly been planned well ahead and given to Yahapalana to implement. Yahapalana decided to avoid a frontal attack on Buddhist philosophy. They  know what happened at the Panadura Vadaya. Yahapalana has preferred to hit below the belt. Yahapalana accordingly tried to silence the Maha Sangha, by putting them in remand prison and to sabotage the peraheras by removing the elephants that go in it. Peraheras have always... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/08/19)

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 1815 දක්වාම  සින්හල බෞද්ධ රාජ්යක් වූ මේ රටේ දළදාවහන්සේගේ භාරකාරයා මෙන්ම ආරක්ශකයාද වුයේ රටේ රජතුමාය. ඒ නිසාම දළදාවහන්සේ වැඩසිටි දළදාමන්දිරය පිහිටියේද රජ මාළිගා  චතුරශ්‍රයේමය.  දිනපතා උන්වහන්සේට සිදුකෙරෙන පුද පූජා වලට අමතරව වසරකට වරක් දළදා වහන්සේ අභයගිරි පරිශ්‍රයට වැඩමවා එහි ප්‍රදර්ශනයකොට ජනතාවට වැඳපුදා ගැනීමට අවස්ථාව සලස්වයි. අනතුරුව නැවතත් දළදාවහන්සේ පෙරහැරින් රජමාලිගා පරිශ්‍රයට වැඩමවා දළදා මන්දිරයේ තැන්පත් කිරීම සිරිත විය. ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/08/19)

එදා දළදා මාළිගාවට ගැහැව්වා අද දළදා පෙරහැරට මඩ ගහනවා වඳුරු හමුදාවේ පැටිකිරිය එළීයට
මතුගම සෙනෙවිරුවන්
ලංකාවේ අසිරිමත්ම පූජ්‍ය උත්සවය වන දළදා පෙරහැර නිකිණි පොහොය ගෙවීමත් සමග අවසන් විය.දළදා වහන්සේ වීථී සංචාරය කරන විට පෙරහැරට කප් සිටුවන විට වර්ෂාව ආරම්භ වී රටේ සෞභාග්‍ය උදාවන බව එදත් අදත් බොහෝ දෙන විශ්වාස කරති. මේ නිසාම දළද පෙරහැරට සමගාමීව රටේ නොයෙක් තැන් වල මෙවැනි ආශිර්වාද සහිත පෙරහැර පැවැත්වෙයි. කිත්සිරි මෙවන් රජ දවස දී දළදා වහන්සේ මෙරටට වැඩම කළ තන්හි රාජවත්ථුම්හි දාඨාධෘතුගරයෙහි සිට අභය ගිරිය දක්වා දළදා පෙරහැරක් කරවූ බව වංශකතා වල සඳහන් වෙයි.දළද වැඩමවීම සලකා බලා වාර්ෂිකව පෙරහැර මංගල්ලය කරවන්නට රජුන් තීන්දු කලෙන් වහන්සේ ගේ උතුම්ම පූජනීය වස්තුවක් තමන් අතට පත් වීමෙන් රටට ලැබෙන මහා... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/08/19)

LOOKING TOWARDS NEPAL WITH GREED
ALI SUKHANVER
Spending more on misguiding propaganda tools than fatal war-weapons is fortunately or unfortunately considered a sign of wisdom in this so-called very civilized and sophisticated world of us. Propaganda most of the times proves more fatal than war-weapons as it hides the realities and highlights the things which had never occurred. For this purpose, pens are bought and words are sold. Intelligent are those who do nothing but make all possible hue and cry, who speak loud as much as they can and beat the drums as much deafening as possible and ultimately they succeed in... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/08/19)

Can you trust top public servants ?
Dr Sarath Obeysekera 
Today Sunday paper carried headline captioned “ Pre Election bonanza for top public Servants More categories to get duty free vehicle permits equivalent to 22million “ We investors have frequent contact with public servants to get clearances for investment projects  Top public servants are often critical about the Yahapalana government and the ruling parties They expect a more dynamic leader with minimum reg to FR so that they can also carve  out sizable amounts from the gratuities which investors offer to politicians  ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/08/19)

Khalifa of Islam briefs U.K. Convention – 2019.
A. Abdul Aziz,by Press Secretary, Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at – Sri Lanka.
(Given below is an excerpt of the Friday Sermons of Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad, Supreme Head of the world-wide Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in Islam, delivered recently at: ‘Baithul Futhuh’, London, U.K. gave a discourse on recently concluded Ahmadiyya International Convention in United Kingdom. Ahmadiyya Khalifa said: I would like to thank all the men and women who worked in any department and in any capacity in the Jalsa. All workers, from helpers to officers, men, women, children, young and old, everyone performed... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/08/19)

Ranil adamant on getting powerful coalition in place before announcing candidate
Courtesy The Island
The UNP would not announce its presidential candidate without unveiling the policies of the coalition it would establish, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said, on Saturday, at Ankumbura. The party would first build a powerful political coalition and then field a presidential candidate from that alliance, he said, adding that the unveiling of the coalition’s manifesto would coincide with the naming of its presidential candidate. "We have both the policies and the candidate. I would like to see the plans and policies of those who ask how we can develop the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/08/19)

ශවේන්ද්‍ර ජාත්‍යන්තර අධිකරණයට? මංගල සමරවීර යුද අපරාධ සිදුවූ බව පිළිගැනීමේ විපාකය... සංහිඳියා කාර්ය සාධක බලකායේ පී. සරවනමුත්තු ශවේන්ද්‍ර සිල්වා ධුරයෙන් ඉවත් කරන්නැයි ඉල්ලා සිටියි!
කීර්ති වර්නකුලසූරිය උපුටා ගැන්ම දිවයින
⋆ හමුදාපතිට සහ ශ‍්‍රී ලංකා හමුදාවට යුද අපරාධ චෝදනා එල්ල කළ යස්මින් සුකාව මෙරටට එන ලෙස ඇරයුම් කර තිබූ බව හෙලිවෙයි ⋆ ශවේන්ද්‍ර සිල්වාට එරෙහි මෙරට ඩොලර් කාක්කන් පස්දෙනෙක් මානව හිමිකම් කොමසාරිස්ට පෙත්සම් යවති ⋆ කොටි ඩයස්පෝරාවේ බලපෑම් මත මුළු යුරෝපා සංගමය” කැනඩාව” නෝර්වේ සහ ස්විස්ටර්ල්තයද හමුදාපතිට එරෙහි වෙයි ⋆ මංගල සමරවීර යුද අපරාධ සිදුවූ බව පිළිගැනීමේ විපාකය ⋆ සංහිඳියා කාර්ය සාධක බලකායේ පී. සරවනමුත්තු නොහොත් පී. සරා ශවේන්ද්‍ර සිල්වා ධුරයෙන් ඉවත් කරන්නැයි ඉල්ලා සිටියි ⋆ නව හමුදාපති නිසා ඇමරිකානු හමුදා සහයෝගීතාවය නතර කරන බව ඇමරිකාව තර්ජනය කරයි ⋆ මොන තර්ජන එල්ලවූවත් හමුදාපතිව ඉවත් කිරීමට බටහිර... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/08/19)

යුද හමුදා ඉතිහාසයේ වාර්තා පිට වාර්තා තැබූ ශවේන්ද්‍ර සිල්වා තවත් වාර්තාවක් පිහිටුවමින් හමුදාපති පදවියට... ලෝකයේ දැවැන්තම ප‍්‍රාණඇපකරුවන් මුදාගැනීමේ මෙහෙයුමට අණදුන් නිලධාරියා!
මනෝජ් අබයදීර උපුටා ගැන්ම දිවයින
ගජබා රෙජිමේන්තුවේ වාර්ෂික මහා මංගල්‍ය බඳු ගජබා සුපර් ක්‍රොස් තරගාවලිය පැවැත්වීමට නියමිතව තිබුණේ, අගෝස්තු දහ අටවෙනිදාය. ඒ සඳහා අවශ්‍ය සියලූ කටයුතු සූදානම් කර තිබියදී මීට දින දහයකට පමණ පෙර හදිස්සියේ එම තරගාවලිය කල් දමනු ලැබීය. ඒ සඳහා බලපාන ලද්දේ කවර හේතුවක්දැයි විමසා බලන විට, කනින් කොනින් පැතිරී ගිය ආරංචිය වූයේ, යුද හමුදාපතිවරයා විශ‍්‍රාම යෑමට නියමිත දිනයද එදින හෙයින් සම්ප‍්‍රාදයානුකූලව යුද හමුදාපතිවරයෙකු විශ‍්‍රාම ගැනීම නිමිත්තෙන් පවත්වනු ලබන ආචාර සමාචර පෙළපාලිය සහ රාත‍්‍රී භෝජන සංග‍්‍රහය එදින පැවැත්විය යුතු හෙයින්, ගජබා සුපර් ක්‍රොස් තරගාවලිය කල්දමා ඇති බවය.  තුන්වෙනි දීර්ඝය සඳහා  සැරසුණු... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/08/19)

We have a candidate in line with our policies: PM
Yohan Perera and J.A.L. Jayasinghe Courtesy The Daily Mirror
The National Democratic Alliance (NDF) will be formed soon and a candidate will be named shortly, Prime Minister Rani Wickremesighe said on Saturday. “We have chosen a candidate in line with our policies and we will name him at the right time,” the Prime Minister said. Speaking during the launch of Bogambara Cultural Centre in Kandy, the Prime Minister said the NDF will be formed shortly as an agreement has been reached among the allies of NDF on the constitution of the proposed alliance. ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/08/19)

Karu ready to contest Presidency to abolish it
By Upatissa Perera Courtesy Ceylon Today
Speaker Karu Jayasuriya had informed the United National Party (UNP) that he will contest the upcoming Presidential Election with the aim of abolishing the Executive Presidency if the Presidential candidacy is given to him with the unanimous agreement of the UNP. He had emphasised that he took this decision in response to the requests made by several UNP members, not to surpass another person. He had also stated that there's no truth in rumours that he is going to contest the Presidential Election in a bid to protect... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/08/19)

I would like it if Sajith becomes presidential candidate - Mahinda
Courtesy Adaderana
The Leader of the Opposition Mahinda Rajapaksa says that he would like it if Minister Sajith Premadasa runs for Presidency from the United National Party (UNP). The Opposition Leader expressed these views following a function held in Colombo today (25). https://youtu.be/7ORjgxA0m7Q According to him, his party, Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) has received the approval from the majority of the minorities. The 123rd birth anniversary of Ven. Balangoda Ananda Maithree Thera was commemorated at the BMICH under the patronage of Opposition Leader Mahinda Rajapaksa, today.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/08/19)

Power and Energy Min. Secretary avoiding COPE to protect politicos?
Courtesy Adaderana
The Secretary of the Ministry of Power and Energy Suren Batagoda is avoiding the Committee On Public Enterprises (COPE) in the fear of having to reveal the names of the politicians involved in these frauds, according to the Ceylon Electricity Board Employees’ Union. General Secretary of the Union Ranjan Jayalal pointed out that the politicians involved in the issues protect the Ministry Secretary. https://youtu.be/DwB_gg1Swho Many corruptions and fraud activities took place in the Ministry in the recent past and they still continue today, according to Jayalal. This is... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/08/19)

UNP members to leave politics if Sajith isn’t made presidential candidate?
Courtesy Adaderana
If Minister Sajith Premadasa isn’t named the United National Party (UNP) presidential candidate by the 30th of August, a group of UNP members, including himself, will make some tough decisions, states UNP MP Hesha Withanage. The MP expressed these views speaking to the media at Godakawela, in Ratnapura. He stated that the 30th of August is a decisive day for the UNP. https://youtu.be/BZGdVRqiP44 He says that they cannot watch the injustices done by the group attempting to sabotage the journey of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe. ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/08/19)

Current govt. blemished the terms ‘good governance’ & ‘democracy’ - Gotabaya
Courtesy Adaderana
The presidential hopeful of Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) Gotabaya Rajapaksa, attending the National Youth Convention of the party, addressed the solutions that would be provided to resolve the issues of the youth that concern the fields of education, employment, development, security, sport and environment. The first phase of the SLPP National Youth Convention was held at the Nelum Pokuna Theatre yesterday (23) under the patronage of the former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa and National Organizer of SLPP Basil Rajapaksa. https://youtu.be/GDxoftznmoY A large number of youths representing every... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/08/19)

Gotabaya pledges to fulfill request of Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith
Courtesy Adaderana
Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) Presidential candidate Gotabaya Rajapaksa says he pledges to appoint an independent commission of inquiry to probe the Easter Sunday attacks through a government under his leadership. The former Defense Secretary made this pledge in response to a request made by the Archbishop of Sri Lanka Rev. Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith for an independent commission of inquiry. Rajapaksa stated that he fully understands the gravity of the situation and that he requests the current government to fulfill this long overdue request made by the Cardinal Ranjith. The... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/08/19)

Gotabhaya makes a promise to the Cardinal
 Hiru News
Archbishop of Colombo his eminence Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith said that he has no faith that proper answers will be received with regard to questions raised over the Easter Sunday attacks. The Cardinal expressed these views during a special service held at the Ragama – Thewatte Church. Meanwhile, Presidential Candidate of the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna Gotabhaya Rajapaksa said that he will fulfil the request made by his eminence Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith to appoint an independent commission to bring all those responsible for the Easter Sunday attacks to justice. ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/08/19)

ජනපති අපේක්ෂක ගෝඨාභයගෙන් කාදිනල් හිමිපාණන්ට පොරොන්දුවක්
උපුටා ගැන්ම  හිරු පුවත්
පාස්කු ඉරිදා ත්‍රස්ත ප්‍රහාරයේ වැරදිකරුවන් වන අය නීතියේ ආධිපත්‍ය යටතට ගෙන ඒමට බලය ලත් ස්වාධීන කොමිෂන් සභාවක් පත් කරන ලෙස අගරදගුරු අතිඋතුම් මැල්කම් කාදිනල් රංජිත් හිමිපාණන් කර ඇති ඉල්ලීමට තම රජයට බලයට පත්වූ විට නොපමාව ඉටු කරන බව ජනාධිපති අපේක්ෂක ගෝඨාභය රාජපක්ෂ පවසනවා. නිවේදනයක් නිකුත් කරමින් ඔහු වැඩිදුරටත් කියා සිටියේ රටේ සමස්ත ජනතාවටම ත්‍රස්තවාදයෙන් සහ අන්තවාදයෙන් තොර රටක් තුළ බිය සැක නොමැතිව නිදහසේ ජීවත්වීමේ අයිතිය ලබාදෙන බව ද තමා ඉඳුරාම ප්‍රකාශ කරන බවයි. කතෝලික රදගුරු මණ්ඩලය සහ අගරදගුරු හිමිපාණන් පාස්කු ඉරු දින ත්‍රස්ත ප්‍රහාරය සම්බන්ධයෙන් නිකුත් කළ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/08/19)

පූජ්‍ය මාගල්කන්දේ සුදත්ත හිමියන්ට සැකයක්.
උපුටා ගැන්ම  හිරු පුවත්
පාතාල කල්ලි නායක කංජිපානි ඉම්රාන්හට පසුගියදා දුන් තීන්දුවෙන් පසු කොළඹ අපරාධ කොට්ඨාසය හා නීතිපති දෙපාර්තමේන්තුව ක්‍රියා කළ ආකාරය සැක සහිත බව පූජ්‍ය මාගල්කන්දේ සුදත්ත හිමියන් පවසනවා. උන්වහන්සේ මේ බව සඳහන් කළේ අද කළුතර ප්‍රදේශයේ පැවති ප්‍රවෘත්ති සාකච්ඡාවකට එක්වෙමින්. මේ අතර, විවාහයෙන් පසු මුස්ලිම් ආගම අතහැර බෞද්ධාගම වැලදගත් බියගම ප්‍රදේශයේ කාන්තාවකට විවිධ තාඩන පීඩනවලට ලක්වීම සම්බන්ධයෙන්ද පූජ්‍ය මාගල්කන්දේ සුදත්ත හිමියන් අදහස් පළ කළා https://youtu.be/v82ix0A3NJ0... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/08/19)

TAMIL & MUSLIM LEADERS RUBBING THEIR HANDS WITH GLEE! FOR HOW LONG? POLITICAL R.I.P. FOR SINHALA RANIL, ANURA KUMARA
By M D P DISSANAYAKE
Sambandan, Mano Gaheshan, Sumanthiran, Rauf Hakeem, Badurdeen, Vigneswaran are now feeling something unique in Sri Lanka unfolding.  The ordinary Tamils and Muslims have now realized a distinct possibility that so-called saviours of Tamils and Muslims will not be kingmakers after the elections in Sri Lanka. Several Tamil and Muslim members of Parliament were elected to their seats with massive Sinhalese vote base.  Sinhalese are now distancing themselves not only from Ranil, Maithree and Anura Kumara, but will also not vote for Tamils and Muslim candidates in the coming elections. ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/08/19)

The plight of some, who might not see the light never again.
Laksiri Warnakula
The letter by ‘JAYMAN’ in the opinion column of the ‘Island’ of 20-08-19 titled ‘Ban export of slave labour to West Asia’ once again reminds us of the misery and the suffering the daughters of Mother Lanka go through, while working as domestic aides in the ME. The majority of these unfortunate women ranging from quite young (possibly just past the teenage) to middle-aged often choose to go to these countries because of poverty, which the rulers of their Motherland cannot do anything about. Or it is quite likely that these politicians are... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/08/19)

කුවේට්‌ ගිය කාන්තාවෝ හිස්‌ අතින්ම ගෙදර එති.... මාස හයක්‌ එක දිගට ගුටි කකා වැඩ කළා.... ගෙවල් හයක වැඩ කළා කනවට බොනවටත‍් ගහනවා...
 කටුනායක - ටී.කේ.ජී.කපිල 
* ගිහිල්ලා දුක්‌ විඳින්න එපා සම්බෝලයි බතුයි කාල හරි ළමයි එක්‌ක ජීවත් වෙන්න - මාතලේ ධම්මිකා   * ස්‌වයං රැකියාවක්‌ කරල හරි ලංකාවේ ජීවත් වෙන්න  - කුරුණෑගල නිරෝෂා   කුවේට්‌ රාජ්‍යයේ ගෘහ සේවය සඳහා ගොස්‌ සිටියදී, එම නිවෙස්‌වලින් විවිධ ආකාරයේ හිංසනයන්ට ලක්‌ වූ ශ්‍රී ලාංකික කාන්තාවන් 60 දෙනෙකු, එරට සිට ඊයේ 22 දින උදෑසන කටුනායක ගුවන් තොටුපළ වෙත එවා තිබුණි.    මෙම පිරිස 22 දින උදෑසන 6.40 ට කුවේට්‌ සිට පැමිණි ශ්‍රී ලන්කන් ගුවන් සේවයේ යූ.එල්.- 230 දරන ගුවන් යානයෙන් කටුනායක ගුවන්තොටුපළ වෙත එවා තිබුණි. වැටුප් සහ ආහාර නොලැබීම, උදෑසන සිට රාත්‍රී... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/08/19)

ශවේන්ද්‍රට යුද අපරාධ චෝදනා එන රහස හෙලිවෙයි!
කීර්ති වර්ණකුලසූරිය උපුටා ගැන්ම දිවයින
ඇමරිකානු රජය හමුදාපති ශවේන්ද්‍ර සිල්වාට එරෙහි යුද අපරාධ චෝදනා එල්ල කිරීමට මුල් වූයේ හිටපු මේජර් ජෙනරාල්වරයකු ඇමරිකානු රාජ්‍ය දෙපාර්තමේන්තුවට ලබාදුන් පිටු 200 ක දිවුරුම් ප්‍රකාශය නිසා බව අනාවරණය වී ඇත. මෙම හිටපු මේජර් ජෙනරාල්වරයා වන්නි මෙහෙයුමේ සියලු මෙහෙයුම් කටයුතු සහ ආරක්‍ෂක ලේකම් ගෝඨාභය රාජපක්‍ෂ දුන් විධාන භාරව සිටියේ තමා බව එම දිවුරුම් ප්‍රකාශයෙන් සඳහන් කර තිබේ. මෙම දිවුරුම් ප්‍රකාශය ගැන හමුදා බලධාරීන්ට වසන් වී තිබණි. මේ දිවුරුම් ප්‍රකාශය ලබාදුන් හිටපු මේජර් ජෙනරාල්වරයා 2015 ජනාධිපතිවරණ සමයේ මෙරටට පැමිණ සිය නම වෙනස්‌ කරගෙන ඇත. පසුව යහපාලන රජය යටතේ ඔහුට තානාපති ධුරයක්‌ ද ලබාදී තිබුණි. දකුණු පළාතේ හිටපු... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/08/19)

Absit omen!
Editorial Courtesy The Island
No sooner had the state of emergency lapsed, the other day, four months after the Easter Terror attacks than President Maithripala Sirisena issued a Gazette Extraordinary, deploying the armed forces to maintain public order countrywide. He seems to know more than one way to shoe a horse! His move has raised many an eyebrow though his action is said to be well within the constitutionally prescribed confines of his power. The government never misses an opportunity to say, nay insist, that the threat of terrorism has been effectively neutralised and all National... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/08/19)

Geetha, Gota and the Elections Commission
By C. A. Chandraprema Courtesy The Island
Last Thursday, SLPP/JO presidential candidate Gotabaya Rajapaksa, addressing a gathering of local government representatives of the party at the Nelum Mawatha headquarters, finally made a public statement to the effect that he had relinquished his US citizenship; he had received a letter from the USA, stating that he had lost his US citizenship; he had submitted that document to the Department of Immigration and Emigration in Sri Lanka and got his old Sri Lankan passport which stated that he was a dual citizen of the USA cancelled and he had been... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/08/19)

Tuk-tuk drivers and doctors
Dr Sarath Obeysekera
A news item today shows the extent of disrespect to law and order my the citizens in the country This is the best time to suppress such upper hand manipulations which may be done political backing  Three-wheelers who have been a menace to the public and motorists should be deprived of their license if they violate rules With the deployment of  many other transport services such as Uber, pick me, Yugo, etc, the cost of transport has gone down substantially  Let people select such... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/08/19)

Amarapura & Ramanna Buddhist "Sects"?
Don de Silva 
The Editor Adaderana Sri Lanka Dear Editor,  Thank you very much for your daily TV news bulletin, through your Youtube Channel.  They are useful in obtaining news and information about Sri Lanka.  However, I was very concerned with your  English News Bulletin on 16.08. 2019. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VkDX8cMC9gk&t=657s The news clip, which begins from 2.30, refers to the Amarapura and Ramanna Nikayas as “sects”.  Please see the attached picture of the clip, which also uses the term “sect” in its caption.  ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/08/19)

Aggressive minority politics a threat to national, regional and global peace -Part I
H. L. D. Mahindapala
Anbarasan Ethirajan is a seasoned Correspondent of the BBC who covers Sri Lankan politics from time to time. His latest report is titled Sri Lanka’s Muslim “demonised” after Easter bombings. (August 13, 2019 – BBC News). The overall thrust of his latest report is to present the Muslims as victims of the Sinhala-Buddhists. He weaves his story to cast the Sinhala-Buddhists as the majority persecuting the minority Muslims. This theme of majority persecuting the minority is the usual excuse that hits the headlines, each time inter-religious, inter-ethnic, inter-cultural violence breaks out in any corner... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/08/19)

Aggressive minority politics a threat to national, regional and global peace -Part II
H. L. D. Mahindapala
Though not all the Muslims are perpetrators of violence it is the violence of the few that stain the image of the many. Besides, the experience of Iliyas is only a temporary phase. It takes time to heal. The Sinhalese and the Muslims have come a long way from the riots of 1915 which was an early attempt by the Muslims to impose their will on the majority. When the Muslims tried to deny the Sinhala-Buddhists their historic right to sound their traditional drums as they passed a latter-day mosque the reaction was instantaneous.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/08/19)

DRINK DRIVING FINES COLLECTED IN 50 DAYS IN SRI LANKA $2M Austrian Dollars ( or Rs 250 M)
By M D P DISSANAYAKE
Revenue collected from fines imposed on drink drivers in Sri Lanka in the most recent 50 days amounts to staggering Rs 250 m from mere 10,000 offending drivers.  There is no doubt the vast majority of these offenders are Sinhala Theravada Buddhists who commit in the 5th Precept “to abstain from intoxicants as tending to cloud the mind” to Lord Buddha each morning. But doing also, they also directly break the 4th Precept “to abstain from the false speech”.    Naturally, under the influence of liquor, they are likely to break the 3rd Precept... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/08/19)

සම්බන්ධන් සහ සුමන්තිරන්ගේ පුරවැසිකම අහෝසි කළ හැකිද?
මතුගම සෙනෙවිරුවන්
     වත්මන් ව්‍යවස්ථාවේ හැටියට මන්ත්‍රීධූරයක් දරන තැනැත්තෙකු තමන්ගේ රටේ පමණක් පුරවැසියෙකු විය යුතුය.ගීතා කුමාරසිංහ මහත්මියට සිය ධූරය අහිමි වූයේ මේ ව්‍යවස්ථාපිත තත්ත්වය නිසාවෙනි.දැන් ගෝඨාභය රාජපක්ෂ මහතා ගේ ඇමරිකන් පුරවැසි භාවය ගැන බොහෝ දෙන ප්‍රශ්ණ කරමින් සිටී.ඔහු එය ඉවත් කරගත් බව දන්වා සිටියද සමාජ මාධ්‍ය ජාලා තුළ සාකච්ඡා වන්නේ වෙනත් කරුණකි.         පුරවැසියා (Citizen) යන්න කතාබහ වන්නේ පුරාණ ග්‍රීක පෞර රාජ්‍යය තුළයි. ඔවුන්ගේ දේශපාලන මණ්ඩලය තුළ සිටින්නන් ග්‍රීක පුරවැසියන් ලෙසට හැඳින්වූහ.එය දේශපාලන පීළිබඳ බෞතීස්ම නැන්වීමක් බඳු විය. ප්‍රජාතන්ත්‍රවාදී පාලන ක්‍රමයන් සංවර්ධනය වීමේ දී මෙම පුරවැසි අයිතිය පිළීබඳ සකච්ඡෘ වෙමින් තහවුරු වූ ආකාරය අපට ඉතිහාසයෙන් උගත... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/08/19)

One Woman’s Brush with Sharia Courts in the UK: "It Ruined My Life Forever"
Written by Rahila Gupta Courtesy sabrangindia.in
“My daughter and I appeared before the Sharia court at Regent's Park mosque in London. They were not interested in anything we had to say, the whole process was shocking.” Protest in London against the Law Society's guidance on Sharia Wills April 2014. Photo: Wikimedia Commons/See Li The UK government is conducting an inquiry into the operation of Sharia courts which is being boycotted by a number of women’s organisations because its remit is too narrow, and the panel of judges is not seen as ‘independent’ enough. Parallel to this,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/08/19)

ශ්‍රේෂ්ඨාධිකරණ සහ අභියාචනාධිකරණ නඩු තීන්දු රටේ බහුතර ජනතාවගේ භාෂාවෙන් ලබා ගැනීමට ජනතාවගේ අත්සන් ලක්ෂයක් එකතු කිරීම ප්‍රජාතන්ත්‍රවාදී, විනයවත් සහ සංවර්ධිත සමාජයක් වෙනුවෙනි......!
නීතිඥ අරුණ ලක්සිරි උණවටුන BSc(Col), PGDC(Col) සමායෝජක)
ශ්‍රී ලංකාවේ නීතිය සොයාගත හැකි ප්‍රධාන නීති මූලාශ්‍ර 2කි. පාර්ලිමේන්තුව සම්මත කරන පනත්ශ්‍රේෂ්ඨාධිකරණ සහ අභියාචනාධිකරණ නඩු තීන්දු “නීතිය නොදැනීම සමාවට කාරණයක් නොවන හෙයින්” ස්වාධීන රටක නීති පැනවීම ස්වදේශීය ජනතාවට කියවිය හැකි භාෂාවෙන් ලබා දීම ශිෂ්ට ලෝකයේ පිළිගැනීමයි. පාර්ලිමේන්තුව නීති පැනවීම ශ්‍රී ලංකාවේ පවතින ප්‍රධාන නීති මූලාශ්‍ර 2ක අතරින් එකක්වන්නේ පාර්ලිමේන්තුව සම්මත කරන පනත්ය. පාර්ලිමේන්තුව රටේ බහුතර ජනතාවගෙන් සගවා නීති පැනවීම සිදු නොකරන අතර පාර්ලිමේන්තුව පනවන නීති එනම් පනත් සිංහල භාෂාවෙන් පනවා එයට ප්‍රමුඛස්ථානයද ලබා දී ඇත. ශ්‍රී ලංකාවේ පාර්ලිමේන්තුව සම්මත කරන පනත් සිංහල... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/08/19)

Water Transport - a bold step
Dr Sarath Obeysekera 
That day I had the privilege of attending the ceremony of launching the very first passenger boat in Beira Lake. Sri Lanka Land Development Corporation Act does not encompass carrying out such activity. Nevertheless, the Cooperation with the blessing from the minister had taken a very bold step in spearheading the commencement of much-needed service for the people. Minister of transport was not to be seen in the ceremony, neither the mayor of Colombo who should have taken some initiative to support was not at the ceremony. Despite the fact that... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/08/19)

දුම්රිය සේවය නංවන්න ණය ගැනීම දේශපාලන ප්‍රෝඩාවක්
මාධ්‍ය නිවේදනය දුම්රිය වෘත්තීය සමිති සන්ධානය
කොළඹ සහ තදාසන්න දුම්රිය සේවාව නංවාලීමේ අරමුණින් සකස්කර ඇති සැලසුම් අහසේ පාවෙන සැලසුම් බවත්, එම සැලසුම් පෙන්නා පිටරටවලින් ණය ගෙන ආරම්භ කිරීමට නියමිත ව්‍යාපෘති දේශපාලන ප්‍රෝඩාවක් බවත්, දේශීය සම්පත් සහ ශ‍්‍රමය යොදා ගනිමින් දුම්රිය සේවය ප‍්‍රවර්ධනය කිරීමේ කිසිදු අවශ්‍යතාවක් මේ ආණ්ඩුවට නැති බවත් වගකීමෙන් යුතුව පෙන්වා දෙමු. ඉරිකෝන් සමාගම ඉන්දියානු ණය ක‍්‍රමය යටතේ මුහුදු බඩ දුම්රිය මාර්ගය සෑදීමේදී එක් කිලෝ මීටරයකට රුපියල් කෝටි 19 ක් සහ උතුරු දුම්රිය මාර්ගය සෑදීමේදී එක් කිලෝමීටරයකට රුපියල් කෝටි 34 ක් වැය කළද, අපේක්‍ෂිත අරමුණු ඉටුකර ගැනීමට නොහැකි වී ඇත. එමෙන්ම එම ණය යෝජනා ක‍්‍රමය යටතේම... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/08/19)

යන්න එන්න තැනක් නැති වෙන්න අපි පරාජය වෙනවා..- ජනාධිපති වෙන්න ගිය සජිත් වේදිකාවේ තබාගෙන මංගල කියයි.. [Video]
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‘යන්න එන්න තැනක් නැති වෙන විදිහට අපි පරාජයට පත්වෙනවා’ යැයි මුදල් ඇමති මංගල සමරවීර මහතා පැවැසීය. ‘සජිත් එනවා’ දෙවන රැළිය මාතර සනත් ජයසූරිය ක්‍රීඩාංගනයේ දී අමතමින් ඔහු මේ බව කියා සිටියේය. ‘මිත්‍රවරුනි බයවෙන්න එපා.. අපේ සජිත් ප්‍රේමදාස මැතිතුමා එතුමා රාජපක්ෂලාට යන්න එන්න තැනක් නැති විදිහට අපි පරාජයට පත්වෙනවා’ යැයි ඇමැතිවරයා පැවසීය. එසේ පවසද්දී එහි සිටි ජනතාව අත්පොලසන් දුන් අතර වේදිකාවේද සිටි එජාප මැති ඇමතිවරුන් අත්පොලසන් දුන්හ. රැලිය සමග සංගීත සංදර්ශණයක්ද සූදානම් කර තිබින.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/08/19)

Attorney General says CID reports on Thajudeen and Lasantha murders are inconclusive
Courtesy Adaderana
Attorney General Dappula de Livera has informed the Acting IGP to refrain from submitting inconclusive reports in respects to the high-profile cases including the murders of Wazim Thajudeen and Lasantha Wickramatunga. He stated this in a letter to Acting IGP C. Wickramaratne in connection to the reports submitted by Sri Lanka Police to the AG’s Department on several high-profile cases currently being investigated.  The letter states that the reports submitted by the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) to the Acting IGP appear to be inconclusive and emphasizes that this has resulted in an... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/08/19)

All in Sri Lanka enjoy religious freedom unlike some Asian countries: UN Expert
Lahiru Pothmulla Courtesy The Daily Mirror
The visiting UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief, Ahmed Shaheed, when he called on Opposition Leader Mahinda Rajapaksa at the latter's Chamber at the Parliamentary Complex in Battaramulla, has said that all ethnic groups in Sri Lanka enjoyed the freedom of religion in comparison to some other countries in Asia. According to a statement issued by the Opposition Leader's Office, the UN Expert had also said the reconciliation among the different ethnicities and religious groups in the country was commendable. The UN Expert, who undertook... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/08/19)

Sri Lanka ends emergency four months after Easter attacks
Courtesy  france24.com
Sri Lanka has ended a four-month state of emergency declared after Easter suicide bombings by Islamist extremists that killed 258 people, officials said Friday. President Maithripala Sirisena has been extending the emergency on the 22nd of each month since the April 21 attacks on three hotels and three churches. However, his office confirmed that Sirisena had not extended it for another term and thereby allowed the emergency to end on Thursday. "The president did not issue a fresh proclamation extending the emergency by a further period," an official source said.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/08/19)

Army Intelligence Sergeant arrested over Noyahr abduction
Courtesy Adaderana
Army Intelligence Sergeant Chamika Sumith Kumara has been arrested over the abduction of journalist Keith Noyahr. He was arrested by the Criminal Investigation Division (CID) on the directions of the Attorney General, says the Attorney General’s Coordinating Officer State Counsel Nishara Jayaratne. Police Media Spokesperson SP Ruwan Gunasekara said the arrest was made yesterday (22) after summoning him to the CID for investigations on the case. https://youtu.be/oJx3CM2IYc8 He is to be produced before the Mount Lavinia Magistrate’s Court today (23), SP Gunasekara said. The... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/08/19)

Tamil Nadu on high alert as 6 LeT terrorists enter through Sri Lanka - Indian media
An alert has been issued in Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu after a group of six Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) terrorists have entered Tamil Nadu through Sri Lanka, according to an intel report. The alert, which has been issued in the city, says that the group consists of one Pakistan national and five Sri Lankan Tamils, multiple Indian media reports said on Friday. Based on this alert, Chennai has also increased it patrolling forces. The Coimbatore city police have released photographs of two possible suspects who have intruded Tamil Nadu, the India Today website reports. The... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 23/08/19)

Supreme Court concludes hearing President’s reference application on PC polls
Courtesy Adaderana
The Supreme Court has concluded its hearing on the reference application by the President, seeking the opinion of the court on holding the Provincial Council election without the Report on Delimitation of Electorates. The Supreme Court will officially inform its decision to President Maithripala Sirisena in due time, Ada Derana reporter said. The reference application was taken up before a five-judge bench of the Supreme Court consisting of Chief Justice Jayantha Jayasuriya and Justices Buwaneka Aluwihare, Sisira de Abrew, Prasanna Jayewardene and Vijith Malalgoda this morning (23). At the commencement... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/08/19)

Three Idiots and a Blind Woman
By Rifat Halim
Three Idiots is a classic Hindi movie that features a group of morons. Sri Lanka has gone one step further by producing three modayas and a blind woman in real life. Future historians would be hard-pressed to explain Sri Lanka’s civil conflict (1983 – 2009). How could a small section of a microscopic minority terrorise the country for so long? In 1983, Sri Lankan Tamils were barely 10% of the populations and the LTTE (also known as the Tamil Tigers) was a minuscule group The answer lies in the stupid rivalry of... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 22/08/19)

රැවුළ ගිණිගත් පසු සුරුට්ටු පත්තු කිරීම
වාගිස ප්‍රනාන්දු විසිනි.
පසුගියදා ජනාධිපතිවරයා විසින් මේවනවිටත් ඒජාපය ප්‍රමුඛ සංධානයෙන් මීළග ජනාධිපතිවරනය සදහා අපේක්ෂකත්වය බලාපොරොත්තුවෙන් සිටින සජිත් ප්‍රේමදාසට පොළොන්නරුවේදී චරිත සහතියක් ප්‍රසිද්ධියේ නිකුත් කෙරිනි. සජිත් ප්‍රේමදාස අවංක, දූෂණයෙන් තොර කාර්යශූර ඇමතිවරයෙක් ලෙස සහතික කරමින් නිකුත් කල ඒ චරිත සහතිකය සමගම, සජිත් ප්‍රේමදාස ලංකාවේ මීළග ජනාධිපතිවුවහොත් වත්මන් ජනාධිපති සිරිසේනට මීළග රජයේ අගමැතිධුරය හිමිවේද යන්න සම්බන්ධයෙන් දේශපාලන කතා බහක් රට පුරා පැතිරයන්නට විය. ඊයේ විපක්ෂයේ එක්සත් ජනතා සංධානයේ පාර්ලිමෙන්තු මංත්‍රීවරයෙකුවන ලක්ෂ්මන් යාපා අබේවර්ධන පැවසූයේ ඒජාපය ප්‍රමුඛ සංධානයේ මීළග ජනාධිපති අපේක්ෂකයා ලෙස ඉදිරිපත්වන්නේ කතානායක කරූ ජයසූරිය බවයි. එයට සූදානම්වීම සදහා කරූ ජයසූරිය ඒජාපයේ ප්‍රමුඛත්වයෙන් බිහිවීමට නියමිත සංධානයේ මූළික කටයුතු... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 22/08/19)

HELPLESSLY BLEEDING KASHMIR
ALI SUKHANVER
“I really feel that India should come to the table. The US could play a big part; President Trump certainly can play a big part,” said the Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan talking to a news-channel during his recent visit to the US. Later, responding to Imran Khan’s comments, President Trump said he had a similar request from India. “It is impossible to believe that two incredible countries which are very, very smart with very smart leadership can’t solve a problem like that.  If you would want me to mediate or arbitrate, I would be... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 22/08/19)

මහ බැංකුවේ කබ්රාල් යුගය
ශ්‍යාම් නුවන් ගනේවත්ත  උපුටා ගැන්ම දිවයින
මහ බැංකුව වූ කලී රටේ මුල්‍ය ප‍්‍රතිපත්තිය ක‍්‍රියාත්මක කරන මුළු මහත් ආර්ථිකයටම දැවැන්ත බලපෑමක් කළ හැකි ආයතනයකි. එය ශ‍්‍රී ලංකාවේ මූල්‍ය පද්ධතියේ කේන්ද්‍රීය ස්ථානය උසුලනු ලබන ආයතනයයි. 1950 වර්ෂයේ දී 1949 අංක 58 දරන මුදල් නීති පනත මගින් අර්ධ ස්වාධීන ආයතනයක් ලෙස මහ බැංකුව පිහිටුවා ඇති අතර සාමාජිකයන් පස් දෙනෙක්ගෙන් යුත් මුදල් මණ්ඩලයක් මගින් මහ බැංකුව පාලනය කරනු ලබයි. හිතකර හා ස්ථාවර ආර්ථික සහ මූල්‍ය පද්ධතියක් අත්පත් කරගැනීමටත්, පවත්වාගැනීමටත් ඒ සඳහා කාර්යක්ෂම ලෙස සම්පත් යොදවා ගැනීමටත් ශ‍්‍රී ලංකා මහ බැංකුව ආර්ථික හා මිල ස්ථායීතාව පවත්වා ගෙන යෑම සහ මුල්‍ය... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 22/08/19)

Ranil tells UNF partners not to put cart before the horse
By Saman Indrajith Courtesy The Island
Ranil Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, yesterday, urged the leaders of the UNF constituents to finalise the draft of the constitution of the proposed Democratic National Front (DNF). The Prime Minister told the party leaders that before the signing of the agreements between allied parties and nominating its candidate for the presidential polls, he should at least receive the draft constitution. In his response to reports that certain amendments would be introduced to the proposed draft proposal of the DNF, Wickremesinghe pointed out that before... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 22/08/19)

2019 prez poll: Future path of yahapalanaya to be unveiled today as Mangala holds meeting in support of Sajith
By Shamindra Ferdinando Courtesy The Island
A civil society grouping that backed common candidate, Maithripala Sirisena, at the last presidential election, in January 2015 will unveil today (23) what a senior spokesman called a ‘citizens’ agenda––future path of yahapalanaya’. SLFP leader President Sirisena is not seeking a second term against the backdrop of powerful breakaway faction styled itself as the SLPP (Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna) fielding wartime Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa as its candidate. The National Movement for Social Justice (NMSJ), Purawesi Balaya, Left Center and several other organizations will present their agenda at... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 22/08/19)

Sri Lankan activists call for changes to Islamic marriage law to end discrimination against women
by Melani Manel Perera  Courtesy  AsiaNews.it
According to advocacy groups, Muslim women are treated as second-class citizens. The existing law dates back to 1951. For the past 30 years, attempts have been made to change the law to include a minimum age. Child brides are commonplace. Rape against married teens is not punished. Colombo (AsiaNews) – Hundreds of activists and civil society groups are calling for changes to Sri Lanka’s law on Islamic marriage and divorce, which discriminates against women and treats them as second-class citizens. A total of 197 activists... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 22/08/19)

Ceylon Graphite M1 Assay Results Show 99.2% Carbon Content
GLOBE NEWSWIRE
VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Aug. 22, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Ceylon Graphite Corp. (“Ceylon Graphite”) (TSX-V: CYL) (OTC: CYLYF) (FSE: CCY) is pleased to announce that it has received assay results of laboratory testing of graphite samples taken downhole in the shaft at its M1 site in the Malsiripura area in Sri Lanka. This new test result indicates a naturally occurring carbon content (Cg) of 99.2% which is vastly superior to most other natural graphite sources globally. The laboratory testing was done by the Sri Lanka Government’s Geological Survey and Mines Bureau’s laboratory. Tests were conducted from the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 22/08/19)

Sarath Weerasekera writes to US envoy
Courtesy The Daily Mirror
While registering the protest over the statement on the appointment of the new Army Commander of Sri Lanka posted on the Twitter account of the US Embassy, Rear Admiral (Retd.) Dr. Sarath Weerasekera appealed to US Ambassador to Sri Lanka Alaina Teplitz, in a letter to ensure that the US Embassy should refrain from making statements prejudicial to the members of the armed forces of Sri Lanka and by extension to the country. “Since 2017, I have filed a series of documents at the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) to show... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 22/08/19)

Army acted within int’l humanitarian laws- Shavendra
Courtesy The Daily Mirror
The Sri Lanka Army acted in keeping with international humanitarian laws and rights during past humanitarian operations, Army Commander Shavendra Silva recalled yesterday.    “Any army in the world is committed to protect the inalienable rights of the country’s citizens and create a conducive atmosphere for a democratic way of life while being alert to adopt any measures against internal or external threats with determination. During past humanitarian operations, we adhered to those guidelines, acceptable to any State and acted in keeping with international humanitarian laws and rights, I must recall at... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 22/08/19)

Buddhist links helped Sushma Swaraj strike a chord with Sri Lankans
By Sugeeswara Senadhira/Daily News
Sushma Swaraj, former Minister of External Affairs of Indian passed away earlier this week and Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, “A glorious chapter in Indian politics comes to an end. India grieves the demise of a remarkable leader who devoted her life to public service and bettering lives of the poor. Sushma Swaraj Ji was one of her kind, who was a source of inspiration.” Sushma Swaraj being greeted by the Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena Sri Lanka shares the sentiments expressed by the Indian Prime Minister as... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 22/08/19)

Opposition Leader says division in the UNP cannot be stopped
Hiru News
Opposition Leader Mahinda Rajapaksa says that nobody can stop the separation of the UNP whoever it will field for the forthcoming presidential election. He was speaking at a meeting with local government institution representatives held at the SLPP headquarters in Battaramulla today. Addressing the gathering, the Presidential candidate of the Joint Opposition led by the SLPP, Gotabhaya Rajapaksa says that the process of renunciation of his US citizenship has been completed. In addition, all MPs of the Joint Opposition have been called for an emergency meeting to be held... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 22/08/19)

සතොස ලැබූ බිලියන 15ක පාඩුවක් ගැන හෙළිවෙයි
උපුටා ගැන්ම  හිරු පුවත්
මෙරටට ආනයනය කරන ලද සහල් තොගයක් වසරක පමණ කාලයක් තිස්සේ රේගුව තුළ ගබඩා කර තැබීම තුළින් සතොස ආයතනය රුපියල් බිලියන 15 ක පමණ අලාභයක් ලබා ඇති බව අනාවරණ වුණා. ඒ, සතොස ආයතනයේ ඉහළ පෙලේ නිලධාරීන් කෝප් කමිටුව හමුවට ඊයේ කැඳවූ අවස්ථාවේදීයි. කෝප් කමිටුවට කැදවා තිබූ සතොස ආයතනයේ ඉහළ පෙලේ නිලධාරීන් කිහිපදෙනෙකුගේ නොපැමිණීම සම්බන්ධයෙන් ප්‍රථමයෙන් ප්‍රශ්න කෙරුණා. https://youtu.be/fhRW7vyRzFA... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 22/08/19)

ඇල්ල රොක් කඳු රක්ෂිතයේ ගින්නක් Forest Fire breaks out at the Ella Rock Mountain Reserve in the Badulla District.
උපුටා ගැන්ම  හිරු පුවත්
බදුල්ල දිස්ත්‍රීක්කයේ පිහිටි ඇල්ල රොක් කඳූ රක්ෂිතයේ ගින්නක් හටගෙන තිබෙනවා. A fire has broken out in the Ella Rock Mountain Reserve in the Badulla District අප වාර්තාකරුවන් සඳහන් කළේ අද පස්වරුවේ සිට මෙම ගින්න පවතින බවයි. Our reporters stated that the fire has been going on since this afternoon. මේවන විට කඳුකර ප්‍රදේශයේ සැලකිය යුතු භූමි ප්‍රදේශයක් ගින්න හේතුවෙන් විනාශවී ඇතැයි සඳහන්. The fire has destroyed a significant area of ​​the mountain. යුද හමුදාව වනජීවී නිලධාරීන් වන සංරක්ෂණ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 22/08/19)

A warning from our Central Bank to a future Government.
By Garvin Karunaratne
The Senior Deputy Governor of the Central Bank, Nandalal Weerasinghe has warned any new Government: Follow the beaten track or else there will be chaos. (“Sri Lanka Risks losing debt market access if future government policy changes” , (AdaDerana:9/8/2019) I would tend to think that there could have been some substance in this Warning if the last four years, quoted by him,  had any macroeconomic stability. We have today to face an international debt of some $ 60 billion, a good lot of which has been piled up in the last four years... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 22/08/19)

US concerned about the appointment of new army chief
RANJITH SOYSA
US Ambassador while expressing her concerns regards the appointment of Gen Shavendra de Silva, a valiant soldier and exemplary leader who fought a war against the  so-called invincible Tamil Tigers, the world’s most brutal terrorist group and helped to restore the law and order for 20 million Sri Lankas condescendingly says it should not be seen as interference or attempt to dictate. But, the prompt reaction of the USA speaks of itself. One wonders whether Sri Lanka has ever commented on the US armed forces personnel and their placements. I do not remember Sri... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 22/08/19)

US warns SL on investment, military ties after army chief promotion
Courtesy The Daily Mirror
A senior U.S. State Department official warned on Tuesday that Sri Lanka's appointment of a war veteran accused of serious human rights violations as head of its army could affect U.S. military cooperation and investment in the island nation. On Monday, Sri Lanka named Shavendra Silva, 55, as the country's new army chief despite United Nations accusations that he was involved in human rights abuses during the country's 26-year-long civil war. The Washington official, speaking to reporters on background, said the appointment would have lasting implications for reconciliation following the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/08/19)

Gota advocates 'strength in unity'
By Canishka Witharana Attorney-at-Law Courtesy Ceylon Today
Tamil politicians are on an onslaught against Gotabaya Rajapaksa. By doing so, they are only misleading the Tamil people. TELO MP Govindan Karunakaram alleges Gotabaya Rajapaksa is responsible for the deaths of 150,000 Tamils in Mullaivaikkal. Not a single UNHRC report has made such an allegation. Clearly, these allegations are only political and part of a smear campaign without any substance or evidence. Such false allegations are only misleading and fooling the Tamil populace.  Recently, TNA leader R. Sampanthan declared, in Parliament, that Tamils are second class citizens and... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/08/19)

U.S. has no right to decide on Army Chief - Dr. Rajapakshe
By Methmalie Dissanayake  Courtesy Ceylon Today
Condemning the statement of the US Ambassador in Sri Lanka regarding the appointment of Army Commander, Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva, UNF Parliamentarian, Dr. Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe (PC) yesterday (21), told Parliament the US had no power to order Sri Lanka as to who the Commander of the Army should or should not be.  "We have signed the UN Convention that we are a sovereign country. It is true that we are a small country compared to countries such as the US. But that does not make us any less than them.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/08/19)

PS member Dulakshi Fernando & sister remanded
Courtesy Adaderana
Wennappuwa Pradeshiya Sabha member from United National Party (UNP) Dulakshi Fernando and her sister, who were arrested for allegedly obstructing the duties of police officers, have been remanded till the 30th of August. https://youtu.be/9lm4w0vw9n0 The order was delivered by Marawila Magistrate when the duo was produced before the court today (21). The 21-year-old Pradeshiya Sabha member and her sister, who is aged 16, were arrested yesterday (20) on a warrant issued by the Marawila Magistrate’s Court. Two policemen on duty had stopped a motorbike near the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/08/19)

Congress leader and ex-Indian Finance Minister P.Chidambaram held in INX Media money laundering case
Courtesy NewsIn.Asia
New Delhi, August 21 (The Hindu): Former Indian Finance Minister P. Chidambaram was detained by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) late on August 21, in the INX Media money laundering case soon after he reached his Jor Bagh in New Delhi following a dramatic appearance at a press conference at AICC headquarters. The team of about 30 CBI sleuths accompanied by Delhi Police officials reached the residence of Chidambaram and knocked at the doors for a few minutes before scaling the boundary wall to enter the premises. A team of... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/08/19)

බැඳුම්කර වංචාවට නොදෙවෙනි මහා කොල්ලයක් ගැන ඩලස් හෙළිකරයි
උපුටා ගැන්ම  හිරු පුවත්
බැඳුම්කර වංචාවට නොදෙවෙනි මහා පරිමාණ කොල්ලයක් මධ්‍යම සංස්කෘතික අරමුදල තුළ සිදුවන බව පාර්ලිමේන්තු මන්ත්‍රී ඩලස් අලහප්පෙරුම පවසනවා. විපක්ෂ නායක කාර්යාලයේ අද පැවති මාධ්‍ය හමුවට එක්වෙමින් ඔහු මෙම අදහස් පළ කළ අතර, එම අවස්ථාවට පාර්ලිමේන්තු මන්ත්‍රී සුසිල් ප්‍රේමජයන්ත ද එක්වුණා. https://youtu.be/qG7PJh2mub0... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/08/19)

පොලීසියේ රාජකාරියට බාධා කළ වෙන්නප්පුවේ එජාප මන්ත්‍රීවරිය රිමාන්ඩ්
උපුටා ගැන්ම  හිරු පුවත්
පොලිස් නිලධාරීන්ගේ රාජකාරියට බාධා කිරීමේ සිද්ධියකට අදාළව වෙන්නප්පුව ප්‍රාදේශීය සභාවේ එක්සත් ජාතික පක්ෂ මන්ත්‍රීනි දුලක්ෂි චමෝදරී ප්‍රනාන්දු, සහ ඇගේ් වැඩිමහල් සහෝදරිය මේ මස 30 වනදා දක්වා රක්ෂිත බන්ධනාගාර ගත කර තිබෙනවා. ඒ, ඔවුන් අද මාරවිල මහේස්ත්‍රාත් අධිකරණයට ඉදිරිපත් කිරීමෙන් අනතුරුවයි. සිද්ධියට අදාළව චෝදනා එල්ලවී වරෙන්තු ලබා සිටි  මන්ත්‍රීවරියගේ පියා සහ 16 හැවිරිදි ඇගේ බාල සහෝදරිය මෙහිදී ඇප මත මුදා හැරුණා. https://youtu.be/hwOcmxZBUq4 මන්ත්‍රීවරියගේ බාල සහෝදරිය රියදුරු බලපත්‍රය  සහ අනෙකුත් අවසර පත්‍ර නොමැතිව අධික වේගයෙන් යතුරුපැදියකින් ගමන් කරමින් සිටියදී වෙන්නප්පුව - සීනෝර් මංසන්ධියේදී... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/08/19)

NO BETTER CHAMPION TO TAKE UP THE CHALLENGE THAN GOTABHAYA
By ROHANA R. WASALA
And we shall play a game of chess, Pressing lidless eyes and waiting for a knock upon the door. -·  From ‘A Game of Chess’ (the second canto of The Waste Land” by T.S. Eliot) (The following article was first published in The Island and Lankaweb simultaneously on June 29, 2016, under the title ‘Gota for the endgame’. I am reproducing it here because of its relevance to the current unfolding events in the Sri Lankan political arena. I have made no alteration to the text except for the transfer of the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/08/19)

YAHAPALANA AND THE REPUBLIC OF CHINA Part 10
KAMALIKA PIERIS DIPLOMATIC RELATIONS China is continuing to maintain good diplomatic relations with Sri Lanka. In January 2019 Ambassador Cheng Xueyuan called on President Sirisena and handed over a New Year greetings card from Chinese President Xi Jinping. Ambassador Cheng also called on Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe and Speaker Karu Jayasuriya. China continues to maintain a very close relationship with former President Rajapaksa as well.  Chinese President Xi Jinping had sent New Year greetings to former President Mahinda Rajapaksa. “Ambassador Cheng Xueyuan of China paid a courtesy call and he presented me with the... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 21/08/19)

YAHAPALANA AND THE REPUBLIC OF CHINA Part 11
KAMALIKA PIERIS
China is not merely standing by as the USA increases its position in Sri Lanka. China is engaging in Track 1 diplomacy as well. President Maitripala Sirisena will leave tomorrow for China on a three-day visit, in a move that has surprised both political and diplomatic circles over its urgency, reported the Sunday Times on May 2019. Formally, he is attending a “Conference on Dialogue of Asian Civilisations” that will open on May 15. However, a one-on-one meeting has been arranged for President Sirisena with Chinese President Xi Jinping.  A similar meeting has... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/08/19)

Sajith vows to throw away neo-liberalism
Courtesy Adaderana
It is necessary to create an economic system where the wealth that is generated within the country is fairly distributed to all communities, stated the Minister of Housing, Construction and Cultural Affairs. He mentioned this addressing a function held in Dimbulagala, Polonnaruwa. According to the Minister, 54% of the national income is enjoyed by the wealthy minority in the country while the poorest 20% of the country only receives 5-4% of the national income. https://youtu.be/_9f-VdGMUpI Stating that there should be a great revolution in the economic... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/08/19)

Sri Lanka says international comments on choice of army chief abridges sovereignty
Courtesy NewsIn.Asia
Colombo, August 20 (newsin.asia): Sri Lanka’s Foreign Ministry has said in a statement on Tuesday said that the appointment of the Army Commander of Sri Lanka is a “sovereign decision by the Head of State.” It further said that foreign entities trying to influence the decisions and internal administrative processes of public service promotions in Sri Lanka are “unwarranted and unacceptable”. “Articulating a position of concern on this appointment by certain bilateral partners and international organizations, based on allegations, is regrettable and contrary to the principles of natural justice espoused by all... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/08/19)

Sri Lanka responds to criticism over new Army Commander
Courtesy Adaderana
The Sri Lankan Government today issued a strongly worded response to the various comments and statements issued by foreign countries and organizations expressing concern  over the appointment of Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva as Sri Lanka’s new Army Commander.  Sri Lanka’s foreign ministry, issuing a statement said that appointment of the Army Commander of Sri Lanka is a sovereign decision by the Head of State. https://youtu.be/NFFb-PUzf0I It further said that foreign entities trying to influence the decisions and internal administrative processes of public service promotions in Sri Lanka is... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/08/19)

What right has US to criticize new Army Chief: Wimal
Sheain Fernandopulle Courtesy The Daily Mirror
The US has no right to criticize the appointment of Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva as Army Commander based on the OISL report at the UN Human Rights Council, from which it withdrew describing it as a cesspit, MP Wimal Weerawansa said. US Ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley had described UN Human Rights Council as a ‘Cesspool of Political Bias’ during the time when the US decided to withdraw from the UNHRC. Referring to the press release issued by the US Embassy, criticising the appointment of the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/08/19)

Unwarranted and unacceptable: SL tells critics
Courtesy The Daily Mirror
The appointment of Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva as Army Commander is a sovereign decision by the Head of State and the comments made by foreign entities over the appointment were ‘unwarranted and unacceptable’, the Sri Lankan Government said today. In a statement referring to the comments made since the appointment of Lieutenant General Silva as Army Commander, the Foreign Affairs Ministry said the appointment was a sovereign decision by the Head of State of Sri Lanka. “Foreign entities trying to influence the decisions and internal administrative processes of public service... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/08/19)

අපරාධ පරීක්ෂණ දෙපාර්තමේන්තුවේ අධ්‍යක්ෂ ශානි අබේසේකරට නඩු තුනක්.
උපුටා ගැන්ම  හිරු පුවත්
අපරාධ පරීක්ෂණ දෙපාර්තමේන්තුවේ අධ්‍යක්ෂ ජ්‍යෙෂ්ඨ පොලිස් අධිකාරි ශානි අබේසේකර මහතාට එරෙහිව නීතිඥයින් පිරිසක් අධිකරණය හමුවේ නඩු තුනක් ගොනුකර තිබෙනවා. ඉන් ඉල්ලා තිබෙන්නේ විත්තිකාර ශානි අබේසේකර මහතා සිය රාජකාරි කටයුතු වලදි අනුගමනය කළ යුතු නෛතික ක්‍රියාපටිපාටීන් උල්ලංඝණය කර ඇති බැවින් ඔහුට විරුද්ධව නීතිමය පියවර ගන්නා ලෙසයි. අපරාධ පරීක්ෂණ දෙපාර්තමේන්තුවේ අධ්‍යක්ෂ ජ්‍යෙෂ්ඨ පොලිස් අධිකාරි ශානි අබේසේකර මහතාට විරුද්ධව ගොනු කර ඇති නඩු දෙකක් ඊයේ කොටුව මහේස්ත්‍රාත් රංග දිසානායක මහතා ඉදිරියේ කැදවනු ලැබුවා. ඉන් එක් නඩුවක් ගොණුකර ඇත්තේ පතාල නායක මාකදුරේ මදුෂ්ගේ නීතිඥ ජගත් ජාලිය සමරසිංහ මහතායි. ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/08/19)

ජනපති පත් කළ ත්‍රිපුද්ගල පරීක්ෂණ මණ්ඩලයේ සාමාජිකයින් පාර්ලිමේන්තු තේරීම් කාරක සභාව හමුවට THE THREE-MEMBER COMMISSION APPOINTED BY THE PRESIDENT BEFORE THE PARLIAMENT SELECT COMMITTEE
Courtesy Hiru News
The members of the three-member committee appointed by the President to probe the Easter Sunday attacks appeared before the Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) appointed to investigate into Easter Sunday terrorist attacks.The Hiru correspondent stated that they are currently testifying before the committee. The Supreme Court Judge Vijith Malalgoda served as the Chairperson of the commission and the other members were former Ministry Secretary Padmasiri Jayamanne and former IGP N.K. Illangakoon පාස්කු ඉරිදා ප්‍රහාරය සම්බන්ධයෙන් සෙවීමට ජනාධිපතිවරයා පත් කළ විශේෂ ත්‍රිපුද්ගල පරීක්ෂණ මණ්ඩලයේ සාමාජිකයින් මෙම සිද්ධිය සම්බන්ධයෙන් කරුණු සොයා බලන පාර්ලිමේන්තු තේරීම් කාරක... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/08/19)

ප‍්‍රතිපත්ති ගරුක දේශපාලනයක් අවශ්‍යයි
උපුටා ගැන්ම දිවයින
ජනාධිපතිවරණය සඳහා රට සූදානම් වෙමින් තිබේ. මේ වන විට ප‍්‍රධාන පක්ෂ ඒ සඳහා අපේක්ෂකයන් සූදානම් කරමින් තිබේ. කවර හෝ හේතුවක් මත ජනාධිපතිවරණය යම් ලෙසකින් කල් ගිය ද කෙසේ හෝ ඉදිරි මාස තුනත් අටත් අතර කාලය තුළ ව්‍යවස්ථානුකූලව එය පැවැත්විය යුතුමය. එදා මෙදා තුර ජනාධිපතිවරණය සඳහා ඉදිරිපත්වූ පුද්ගලයන් බොහොමයක් ජනාධිපතිවරුන් ලෙස පත්වූ පසු ඔවුන් විසින් බොහෝ විට සිදු කළේ ඔවුන් ජනතාවට පොරොන්දු වූ දේ හෝ ඔවුන්ගේ ප‍්‍රතිපත්ති ප‍්‍රකාශවල පවතින දේ නොවේ.  ජනතා ඡුන්දයෙන් පත්වන්නේ රටක තාවකාලික භාරකරුවන් වන නමුත් එදා මෙදා තුර පත්වූ පාලකයන් මෙන්ම රජයන් ද ක‍්‍රියා කරමින් සිටින්නේ රටේ තාවකාලික භාරකරුවන් ලෙස නොව රටේ අයිතිකරුවන්... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/08/19)

වීරත්වයට යළි පණ දෙන රණකාමීත්වයේ අසිපත - නව යුද හමුදාපති මේජර් ජෙනරාල් ශවේන්ද්‍ර සිල්වා
සමන් ගමගේ උපුටා ගැන්ම දිවයින
ශී‍්‍ර ලංකා යුද හමුදාවේ වර්තමානයට පීඩා ගෙන දුන් වීරත්වයේ පිපාසය සංසි`දුවා ගන්නට සියල්ලෝ මෑත අතීතයෙන් ඉල්ලා සිටි රණකාමීත්වයේ සිසිල් දියපොද කාගේත් බලාපෙරොත්තු සඵල කරමින් ඊයේ (19 වැනිදා) මල් වරුෂාවක් සේ ඇද හැලිණි.  සේනාධිනායක ජනාධිපති මෛති‍්‍රපාල සේනානායක මහතා අවසන් මොහොතේ නිවැරදි තීන්දුව ගනිමින් මේජර් ජෙනරාල් නිලයේ සිට ලූතිනන් ජෙනරාල් නිලයට උසස් කරනු ලැබීමෙන් පසු නව යුද හමුදාපතිවරයා වශයෙන් කළ පත් කිරීම හේතුවෙන් ලූතිනන් ජෙනරාල් ශවේන්ද්‍ර සිල්වා ශී‍්‍ර ලංකා යුද හමුදාවේ 23 වැනි හමුදාපතිවරයා ලෙස ඉතිහාසයට එක්වීම එයට හේතු විය. අපි තිස් වසරක ත‍්‍රස්තවාදයක් පරාජය කර උපන් බිමට නිදහස දුන්නෝ වෙමු. එහිදී වීරෝදාර රණවිරුවෝ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/08/19)

IMF's latest victims
By Jayati Ghosh Courtesy Ceylon Today
The process of selecting the International Monetary Fund's next Managing Director must change. In particular, the tradition of choosing a European for the post - based on an unfair and anachronistic 'gentlemen's agreement' reached with the United States when the institution was established 75 years ago - needs to be discarded. But even more important, the IMF's longstanding approach to lending should be transformed. The Fund has a long history of policy mistakes. Yet, as Christine Lagarde's just-completed tenure showed, it has learned little from them. Consider the case of... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/08/19)

Captive elephants and the way forward As Tikiri continues to live..
Kamanthi Wickramasinghe Courtesy The Daily Mirror
FEMALE ELEPHANT ‘TIKIRI’ They sent her back to Kegalle on the final day of the Randoli perahera. Elephants walk for 30-40km and old elephants too walk for 10-15 kmThere are over 105 captive elephants in the country, both with individual owners as well as in temples according to Elephant Owners Association Secretary Damsiri Bandara KarunaratneHe had instructed officials at the DWC to revive work done by a Committee of Experts in 2015-2016She was tamed and taken into captivity at the age of five and for the past 65 years she has lived among humans ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/08/19)

Gota assures solutions to northern people’s concerns
Courtesy The Daily Mirror
The Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) presidential candidate Gotabaya Rajapaksa today assured he would resolve the plight faced by the northern people. He gave this assurance during a discussion held with the Eelam People's Democratic Party (EPDP) Leader Douglas Devananda about the concerns of the people in the North because of the lack of development. Mr. Rajapaksa said a people-friendly government would help provide answers to their concerns and that he would create an environment where all citizens could live in unity and be... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/08/19)

නුවරඑළියෙන් එලියට යට එන සහරාන්ගේ වතගොත-New information on Zahran revealed from Nuwara Eliya
Courtesy Adaderana
https://youtu.be/ZjR5wcYsE-k... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/08/19)

Two Moulavis who received training with Zahran arrested
Courtesy Adaderana
Two Moulavis from have been arrested by the Terrorism Investigations Department over terrorist connections, stated the Police Media Spokesperson. The arrests have been made in Hettipola and Nikaweratiya areas. Reportedly, the two suspects had received training with Zahran Hashim, the alleged ring leader behind the Easter attacks. The suspects had received their training in Nuwara Eliya.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/08/19)

CID to interrogate 5 death row inmates who conspired to assassinate President
Courtesy Adaderana
The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) has been granted permission to record statements from five death row inmates who have allegedly conspired to assassinate the president. The Colombo Chief Magistrate has ordered the relevant to prisons to allow the CID to proceed with their interrogations.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/08/19)

REGIONAL SECURITY, JOURNALIST BEHAVIOUR, AND PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES
BY EDWARD THEOPHILUS
This year's Indian independence celebration primarily focused on regional security, which is a vital issue for all countries in the South Asian region. It seems that certain media of Sri Lanka attempts to mislead people of the country focusing on unimportant issues that are entirely worthless and they are really like opening soda bottles when gas has gone out the bottle become water bottles. In that way, it seems that news media focus on the presidential election and the candidates for the election. They have given priority to personal considerations such as Mr. Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 19/08/19)

YAHAPALANA AND THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA Part 9B
KAMALIKA PIERIS
COLOMBO-TRINCOMALEE ECONOMIC CORRIDOR  The plan for a Colombo Trincomalee Economic Corridor, which is considered part of the MCC Compact, was developed initially by the Asian Development Bank. In 2018, the media reported that the Asian Development Bank had initiated a comprehensive development plan for the Colombo-Trincomalee Economic Corridor (CTEC) to address some of the development challenges faced by the country. An economic corridor development plan with the potential to generate 1.2 million new jobs by 2030 was proposed in a 2018 study by the ADB, reported the media. This corridor development... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 19/08/19)

MISGUIDED BY MR. MODI
ALI SUKHANVER
After India’s stubborn action of changing the status of Jammu Kashmir and Ladakh, the situation is getting seriously dangerous and gravely complicated in the South Asian Region. Recently Pakistan’s foreign Minister went to China on a diplomatic mission where he was warmly welcomed by the Chinese authorities. It is in the news that he ‘visited China in a bid to seek allies for a UN resolution against New Delhi for revoking Kashmir's autonomy’. During the meeting, Mr. Wang expressed grave concern about the situation in Kashmir, the cause of two wars between nuclear-armed India and Pakistan.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 19/08/19)

මහලූ ටිකිරිට වදවේදනා දී දළඳා පෙරහැරේ රැගෙන ගියාද?
සමන්තී වීරසේකර උපුටා ගැන්ම දිවයින
සත්ත්ව හිංසනය පිළිබඳව දුක්අඳෝනා ඇතැමුන් ලොවට කියන්නේ සැබෑ සත්ත්වාදරයෙන් දැයි සැකයක් මතුවන සිදුවීම් පහුගිය දින කිහිපයේදීම සිදු වූයේ මහනුවර ඇසළ පෙරහැර ආරම්භය සමගය. ටිකිරි ඇතින්න පිළිබඳ වූ සිද්ධිය ඊට හොඳම නිදසුනය.  වයෝවෘද්ධ ඇතින්නක මහනුවර ඇසළ පෙරහැරහි විෂ්ණු දේවාල පෙරහැරට දායක කරගනිමින් ඇතින්නගේ නිදහස නැති කිරීමටත් විවේකයෙන් සිටීමට ඇති අයිතිය නැති කරන්නටත් කටයුතු කොට ඇතැයි සමාජ වෙබ් ජාලා ඔස්සේ පුවත් මවා තිබිණි. පෙරහැරහි ගමන් ගන්නා අලි ඇතුනට විලංගු ලා දරුණු වධ හිංසා පමුණුවන බවත් පෙරහැරට සතුන් දායක කර ගැනීමෙන් සත්ව හිංසනයක් සිදුවන බවත් සමාජ ජාලා පුවත් හරහා ලොවට කියා තිබිණි.  ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 19/08/19)

ත‍්‍රස්තවාදියා ගැන අවදියෙන් සිටින්න
උපුටා ගැන්ම දිවයින
පාස්කුදා එල්ල වූ ත‍්‍රස්ත ප‍්‍රහාරය පිළිබඳව කෙරෙන පරීක්‍ෂණ පිළිබඳව සෑහීමකට පත්විය නොහැකි යැයි ශ‍්‍රී ලංකා කතෝලික රදගුරු සම්මේලනය නිවේදනයක් නිකුත් කරමින් කියා තිබිණි. මෙම ප‍්‍රහාරය පිළිබඳව යුක්ති සහගත, සාධාරණ සහ යුක්ති සහගත පරීක්‍ෂණයක් සිදුව නැතැයි එම සම්මේලනය කියා සිටී. මෙම ප‍්‍රහාරය සිදුවූයේ කාගේ වරදින්ද? මේ සඳහා අනුග‍්‍රහය දැක්වූයේ කවුරුන්ද යන්න ශ‍්‍රී ලංකා කතෝලික රදගුරු සම්මේලනය ප‍්‍රකාශ කර සිටී. පාස්කුදා එල්ල වූ ත‍්‍රස්ත ප‍්‍රහාරයෙන් බරපතළම හානිය වූයේ කතෝලික ජනතාවට අමුතුවෙන් කිවයුතු නැත. එනිසා කතෝලික ජනතාවගේ සිත් වේදනා මේ රටේ පාලකයන් තේරුම් ගත යුතුව ඇත. පාස්කුදා ප‍්‍රහාරය පිළිබඳව සොයා බැලීමට ඉදිරිපත් කළ විශේෂ කාරක සභාවේ කටයුතු තවමත් අවසන් වී... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 19/08/19)

Days before assassination, Rajiv took a stroll down MG Rd
DECCAN CHRONICLE. | MK ASHOKA
No security, former prime minister gave police the jitters. Then police chief Ramalingam rewinds to the night of Aug. 18, 1991.  The house in Konanakunte where Rajiv Gandhi’s assassins were holed up. (Inset) Rajiv Gandhi BENGALURU: Days before he was assassinated by an LTTE suicide bomber in Sriperumbudur in Tamil Nadu, former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi had taken a stroll down the iconic MG Road in the city with then city police commissioner Ramalingam in tow. The city's top cop had the jitters. This was after all,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 19/08/19)

Renunciation of Citizenship Federal Register could be behind schedule-US envoy
Kelum Bandara Courtesy The Daily Mirror
In response to comments about the name of SLPP Presidential Candidate Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s name not being in the Federal Register, US Ambassador Alaina B.Teplitz said on Monday that the Federal Register could often be months behind the recording of one’s renunciation of citizenship. In an interactive session with a select group of journalists at her residence, she said the renunciation of citizenship was an administrative process. “You follow the steps. You eventually renounce your citizenship. However, she declined to comment on specific cases of renunciation citing that she... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 19/08/19)

President Maithri's deafening silence rings alarm bells
BY GAGANI WEERAKOON Courtesy Ceylon Today
The Government, led by the United National Front elected in August 2015 General Election, completed four years yesterday  and the party leaders gathered at Health Minister Rajitha Senaratne's residence for a decisive discussion to take a final decision regarding the new alliance. UNP General Secretary Minister Akila Viraj Kariyawasam, Ministers Ravi Karunanayaka, Patali Champika Ranawaka, Mano Ganeshan, Rauff Hakeem and Senaratne joined the meeting. However, Ministers Ravi Karunanayaka, Mano Ganesan and Patali Champika Ranawaka left the premises, without expressing their views to media, concluding the meeting. The discussions,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 19/08/19)

PM Ranil's quarter-century leadership challenged as UNP crisis deepens
GAGANI WEERAKOON Courtesy Ceylon Today
The cold war prevailing between the two camps within the United National Party (UNP) reached volcanic proportions with Deputy Leader Sajith Premadasa’s camp openly challenging Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe who is holding onto the leadership for over quarter century, at a crucial Working Committee meeting held on Thursday (1), to deliberate on the proposed alliance. The argument arose with Party’s Chairman Kabir Hashim opposing the idea, when UNP Leader Wickremesinghe sought a mandate of the Working Committee to launch the alliance on Monday (5), as planned without giving time for the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 19/08/19)

ජී.එල්.පීරිස්ගෙන් අනතුරු ඇඟවීමක්
උපුටා ගැන්ම  හිරු පුවත්
විශේෂ අධිකරණ පිහිටුවා ව්‍යාජ චෝදනා මත තම පාක්ෂිකයන්ට නඩු පැවරූ පුද්ගලයන්ට එරෙහිව තමන්ගේ රජයක් තුළ සාමාන්‍ය නීතිය යටතේ වන්දි ඉල්ලා නඩු පවරන බව මහාචාර්ය ජී.එල්.පීරිස් මහතා පවසනවා. />ශ්‍රී ලංකා පොදුජන පෙරමුණ පක්ෂ කාර්යාලයේ අද පෙරවරුවේ පැවති ප්‍රවෘත්ති සාකච්ඡාවකට එක්වෙමින් ඔහු මේ බව සඳහන් කළා. https://youtu.be/p4f_nqWm2Nk... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 19/08/19)

"භික්ෂූන්වහන්සේ දේශපාලනය කතාකළ යුතුමයි" - පූජ්‍ය ඉඳුරාගාරේ ධම්මරතන හිමියන්
උපුටා ගැන්ම  හිරු පුවත්
භික්ෂූන්වහන්සේ දේශපාලනය කතාකළ යුතුම බව මහාචාර්ය පූජ්‍ය ඉඳුරාගාරේ ධම්මරතන හිමියන් පවසනවා. උන්වහන්සේ මේ අදහස් පළකළේ ත්‍රෛනිකායික ජාතික භික්ෂු එකමුතුව මහනුවරදී අද සංවිධාන කර තිබූ සංඝ සම්මේලනයකට එක්වෙමින් https://youtu.be/lErJkO7RmVY... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 19/08/19)

මටම කියලා දැක්මක්, මතයක් නැති බාල අවධියක ජවිපෙ කයිවාරු දෙශපාලනයට රැවටෙන්න ආසා කරපු කාලයක්
රත්තනදෙණියේ මේධානන්ද හිමිගෙන් උපුටා ගත්තකි.
දේශපාලනික දැනුමෙන් මෙන්ම වයසින් ද නොමේරූ අවධියක මටත් ජවිපෙ ගැන යම් පැහැදීමක් නොතිබුණාම නොවේ.! තිබුණා. ඒ මටම කියලා දැක්මක්, මතයක් නැති බාල අවධියක ජවිපෙ කයිවාරු දෙශපාලනයට රැවටෙන්න ආසා කරපු කාලයක්.ඒ ගැන පසුතැවීමකුත් නැහැ මොකද එදා ජවිපෙ කියන්නේ අද වගේ සමාජ සංස්කෘතියට මතවාදීව විසකුරු පක්ෂයක් නෙමෙයි. ඔවුන් තමයි මේ රටේ සම්පත් ගැන, සංස්කෘතික උරුමයන් ගැන, අපේ සංස්කෘතිය- සදාචාරය ගැන , රට ගැන, ජාතිකාභිමානය ගැන වැඩියෙන්ම කතා කලේ. එදා ජවිපෙ වේදිකාවල රැස්වීම් පටන් ගන්නට පෙර ඇහුණේ හෙළ ජාතික අභිමානේ වැඩු විරුවන් සේ පොරණේ ,l ඉදුනිල් ගගුළැල් -රුව ලස්සන මව් ලංකා වගේ l රත්න... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 19/08/19)

ගෝටයාභය ජනාධිපති කරන්න ජනතාව බලාගෙන ඉන්නවා.. ඔහු ජනාධිපති ධුරයට ඉතාම සුදුස්සායි..- මෙරට විශාලම නිකායේ මහ නාහිමියෝ කියති..
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මේ රටේ නායකත්වයට සුදුසු වන්නේ ගෝඨාභය රාජපක්ෂ මහතා බව ශ්‍රී ලංකා අමරපුර- රාමඤ්ඤ මහා නිකායේ සම සභාපති මහා නායක අග්ගමහා පණ්ඩිත කොටුගොඩ ධම්මාවාස නාහිමියෝ සඳහන් කරති. එදා කොටි පරදන යුද්ධයේදී පෙන්වූ වීරත්වයෙන්ම රටේ සංවර්ධනය කරන්නට රටේ බහුතරය මහා සංඝරත්නයේ ආශිර්වාදය ලැබෙන බවද නාහිමියෝ කියා සිටියහ. උන්වහන්සේ මෙම අදහස් පල කරන ලද්දේ ගෝඨාභය රාජපක්ෂ මහතා උන්වහන්සේ මුණ ගැසී ආශිර්වාද ලබාගැනීමට එම විහාරස්ථානයට පැමිණි අවස්ථාවේදීය. රාමඤ්ඤ-අමරපුර නිකායන් මෙරට භික්‍ෂූන් වහන්සේලා මෙන්ම දායකයන්ද අති බහුතරයක් අයත් නිකාය වෙයි. මේ අතර ගෝඨාභය රාජපක්ෂ මහතා ජනාධිපති ධුරයට පත්කර ගැනීමේ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 19/08/19)

Major General Shavendra Silva appointed new Army Chief
Courtesy Adaderana
Major General Shavendra Silva has been appointed as the 23rd Commander of the Sri Lanka Army today (19). Accordingly, he has received his letter of appointment from President Maithripala Sirisena at the Presidential Secretariat. Joined the Sri Lanka Army as a Cadet Officer in 1984, Major General Silva held the position of Chief of Staff of Sri Lanka Army prior to this appointment. Secretary to the President Udaya R. Seneviratne, Secretary to the Ministry of Defence Major Gen. Shantha Kottegoda were among the gathering.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 19/08/19)

Two more Jamathei Millathu Ibraheem (JMI) members arrested in Ampara
Courtesy Adaderana
Two more members of the banned organization, Jamathei Millathu Ibraheem (JMI), have been arrested by police. The arrest has been made in Ampara, stated Ada Derana reporter. Reportedly, the 2 suspects had undergone weapons training from the terrorist leader Zahran Hashim. The suspects had allegedly received weapons training in Nuwara Eliya.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 19/08/19)

YAHAPALANA AND THE REPUBLIC OF CHINA Part 8
KAMALIKA PIERIS
China is today the leading economic power in the world. More than half of the leading companies in the world are now Chinese. These include the technology giants known as BATS, Baidu, Alibaba, and Tencent. Alibaba is bigger than Amazon and eBay combined, observed analysts.  Alipay, the Alibaba payment system, is more sophisticated than anything in the west. Baidu is the largest search engine BATS holds stakes in 150 companies abroad. There is also TikTok. China’s telecom company, Huawei is ahead of the products manufactured by its rivals. Huawei had 5405 patents in... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 19/08/19)

YAHAPALANA AND THE REPUBLIC OF CHINA Part 9
KAMALIKA PIERIS
China is seen as a rising military power with global ambitions. As China continues its economic and military ascendance, it seeks Indo-Pacific regional hegemony in the near-term and, ultimately global preeminence in the long-term said, analysts. China with a navy second only to that of the US is an emerging superpower they said. China is investing in a broad range of military programs and weapons, modernizing its nuclear forces and conducting increasingly complex operations in domains such as cyberspace, space, and electronic warfare operations, in preparation. China’s first concern is, of... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 19/08/19)

කාලය විසින් නිර්දේශිත පාලකයෙකු ගෙන් බලාපොරොත්තු විය යුත්තේ කුමක්ද?
මතුගම සෙනෙවිරුවන්
             මෙම ලිපිය සමග ඇති සිතියම හොඳින් නිරීක්ෂණය කළහොත් වටහා ගැනීමට හැකි වන්නේ ලංකාවේ පළාත් කීපයක බෞද්ධ ජනගහනය ඉක්මවා වෙනත් ආගමිකයන්  ඉදිරියට පැමිණ ඇති ආකාරයයි. මේ සිතියම පළ වී තිබෙන්නේ 1915 වර්ෂයේ ජන ලේඛන කොමසාරිස් ඊ.බී.ඩෙන්හැම් ගේ පාලන වාර්තාව තුළයි.1815 වසරේ ලංකාවේ දේශපාලන බලය බ්‍රිතාන්‍ය කිරීටයට පවරා දීමෙන් පසු සියක් වසරක් තුළ ඔවුන් කළ කී හරිය මෙම සිතියමින් පැහැදිලිවේ. මෙතෙක් සංක්‍රමණිකයන් වශයෙන් සිටි දෙමළ මුස්ලිම් වර්ගයන්ට පුරවැසි කම දීම.ඔවුන් පාලනය කරලීමට නව නීති සැකසීම ඔවුන් වෙනුවෙන් භූමිය වෙන් කිරීම ආදී ක්‍රියාන්විතයන් එහි වෙයි. දැන් 2015 වසර ගෙවී ගොස් අවසන්ය. 1915 සිට තවත් වසර සියයක් ඉක්ම ගොසින්ය.අද... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/08/19)

ගින්දර ආණ්ඩුවක් කවදා උදා වේවිද?
සිතුම් රාජකරුණා 
ඒ ඒ විෂයන්හි වියත්, ස්වචින්තනයකින් යුත් ගුණවත් විෂය භාර ඇමතිලා සපිරි ගින්දර ආණ්ඩුවක  දේශ-පාලනය නොකර, දේශ-මෙහෙකාරකමේ  යෙදෙන ‪එතෙර නාකි ඇලඩින්ලාගේ ශුද්ධ වූ බුමුතුරුණු කඳුලින් දෝවනය කරන අපේම තැලුණු පිච්ච මව්වරු යළි මෙහි වඩම්මවා ඒ අයට එකලාව සමෘද්ධ වීමට සමෘධිය  නොව, අත, හිත වගේම නිදහසේ පිබිදීමට සැලසුම් සපයා දෙන  රටේ හෙට දින පිපෙන්නට කල් බලමින් සිටින චූටි   පොහොට්ටු වලට, කුජ ග්‍රහයා දෙස නෙත් යොමා සිටින දුරේක්ෂ කාච විවරයෙහිද  හෙළ බොදු හැදියාව කියූ , ගවයා ඇති සඳකඩ පහනේ නෙළුමෙහි ද රැඳි පින්නෙන් දිය දෙන   දැනට ලොව සම්පතක් කරගෙන ඇති අපේම වැඩ්ඩන් ගෙන්වා,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/08/19)

An Environmental policy statement is a MUST for every presidential candidate.
By Chandre Dharmawardana
Today, even if you wish to dig a canal to provide water to rural people who are suffering from kidney disease owing to having consumed brackish well water contaminated with fluoride, an environmental impact statement is needed. Any major undertaking needs environmental impact statements. One of the reasons given for the cancellation of the port-city project by the Ranil-Maithree-Sampanthan Yahapalanaya government was that the construction of the port will destroy the marine ecosystem of the Western coast of Sri Lanka. Coal power plants approved by a previous regime were canceled and new LNG projects were... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/08/19)

Fight to defeat!
Lionel Rajapakse
JVP has announced their candidate for the upcoming presidential election.  Their choice is Anura Kumara Dissanyake. Obviously, it is going to be Sajith Premadasa from UNP. Do either Anura Kumara or Sajith qualify to lead a country? No way! Forget about the development. Forget about the economy. Forget about who is contesting from the other parties. Priority should be to defeat these two guys. Yes, at some stage we should get rid of the old set of 225 + 1 . But this is the time to defeat... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/08/19)

මෙහෙමයි වුනේ - (පස්වැනි කොටස)
ආචාර්ය වරුණ චන්ද්‍රකීර්ති
ගෙයක් හදනවා කියලා කියන්නේ හැම දෙයක් ම ලෑස්ති කරගෙන ඉවරවෙලා පටන් ගන්න කටයුත්තක් නෙවෙයි. ගෙදර හදන්න ඕන දේවල් ලෑස්ති කරගන්නවා කියලා කියන්නේ ම ගේ හදන්න පටන්ගත්තා කියන එකට. 1981 දී මැටියගනෙන් ඉඩමක් ඇරගෙන ඒකේ කාමර දෙකක පුංචි ගෙයක් හදාගෙන පදිංචියට ආපු එක තමයි අපේ ගේ හැදිල්ලේ ආරම්භය. කාලය ගත වෙද්දි මේ ගෙදරට පිටිපස්සෙන් තවත් කාමර දෙකක් එකතුවුනා. ඒ කාමර දෙක හැදුවේ හදලා තිබ්බ කාමර දෙකෙන් අඩි 12 ක් විතර ඈතට වෙන්න. ඒ වෙද්දි හදාගෙන යන ගෙදර ඉස්සරහ පස්සත් මාරුවෙලා තිබුණා. ඇත්තෙන් ම මේ ගැන මම කලින් කිව්වා. 1982 ජනාධිපතිවරණයෙන් පස්සේ මැටියගනේ ම පදිංචි වෙන්න... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/08/19)

State of affairs in General Hospital ward 33 and Mortuary
Dr. Sarath Obeysekera
This is a true story which can be vouched and also an open letter to the minister of health About two weeks ago a patient who was my own uncle named K V Nihal Sumanadasa was admitted to ward 33 with severe internal bleeding and diarrhea, by his son who worked in Japan as advised by a local GP On the day he was admitted he was continuously purging and bleeding and asked for help to go to the toilet Neither doctors nor nurses have taken any... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/08/19)

සැබෑ ටර්මිනේටර් හෙවත් කම්මුතු කරන්නා කවුද? මානව හිමිකම් කවුන්සිලයේ ජිනීවා යෝජනාව සඳහා සම අනුග‍්‍රහකත්වයෙන් ඉවත්වන ලෙස ගෝලීය ශ‍්‍රී ලංකා සංසදයේ විධායක සභාව ජනපතිවරණ අපේක්‍ෂක ගෝඨාභය රාජපක්‍ෂ ඇතුළු අනිකුත් අපේක්‍ෂකයන්ගෙන් ඉල්ලයි!
උපුටා ගැන්ම දිවයින
⋆ මානව හිමිකම් කවුන්සිලයේ ජිනීවා යෝජනාව සඳහා සම අනුග‍්‍රහකත්වයෙන් ඉවත්වන ලෙස ගෝලීය ශ‍්‍රී ලංකා සංසදයේ විධායක සභාව ජනපතිවරණ අපේක්‍ෂක ගෝඨාභය රාජපක්‍ෂ ඇතුළු අනිකුත් අපේක්‍ෂකයන්ගෙන් ඉල්ලයි ⋆ ශ‍්‍රී ලංකා හමුදාවට යුද අපරාධ චෝදනා එල්ලවන ජිනීවා යෝජනාවේ නිර්මාතෘ ඇලිස් වෙල්ස් මෙරටට පැමිණෙයි ⋆ ප‍්‍රභාකරන් කම්මුතුකරුවෙක් නොවේද? ⋆ හිටපු ආරක්‍ෂක ලේකම්ට චෝදනාකරන ද්‍රවිඩ සන්ධාන මන්ත‍්‍රී ශ‍්‍රීධරන් කොටි ඝාතකයාවූ තිපන්ගේ මස්සිනායි ⋆ ජනපති අපේක්‍ෂක ලෙස හිටපු හමුදාපති සරත් ෆොන්සේකා නම් කරමු - කොටි ජාලයේ 11 වැනියා වූ කිරුබාකරන් රජයට උපදෙස් දෙයි ..මිතුරන් වේශයෙන් එන සතුරන්ගෙන් ප‍්‍රවේසම් විය යුතුයි.. - රුසියානු ජනපති වැලඩමීර් පුටින් අග්නිදිග ආසියානු කටයුතු සඳහා වූ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/08/19)

ගෝඨාභය ඇල්ලීමේ සාකච්ඡුා ඇරැඹේ
සමන් ගමගේ උපුටා ගැන්ම දිවයින
ශී‍්‍ර ලංකා පොදුජන පෙරමුණේ ජනාධිපතිවරණ අපේක්‍ෂක හිටපු ආරක්‍ෂක ලේකම් ගෝඨාභය රාජපක්‍ෂ මහතා අත්අඩංගුවට ගෙන සිරගත කිරීම සඳහා රජයේ ඉහළම නිල නිවසක් තුළදී අපරාධ පරීක්‍ෂණ දෙපාර්තමේන්තුවේ උසස් නිලධාරීන් දෙදෙනකු සහ ආණ්ඩුවේ ඉහළම දේශපාලනඥයන් තිදෙනකු අතර රහස් සාකච්ඡුාවක් පවත්වා තිබේ.  මෙහිදී මාධ්‍යවේදී ලසන්ත වික‍්‍රමතුංග ඝාතනය, වසීම් තාජුඞීන් ඝාතනය හෝ ප‍්‍රගීත් එක්නැලිගොඩ අතුරුදන්වීම සිද්ධිය ආදී වශයෙන් පසුගිය කාලයේ විමර්ශන සිදු කළ එක් සිද්ධියකට හෝ ගෝඨාභය රාජපක්‍ෂ මහතා සම්බන්ධ කර අත්අඩංගුවට ගැනීමේ හැකියාවක් තිබේදැයි දේශපාලනඥයන් තිදෙනා රහස් පොලිස් නිලධාරීන්ගෙන් විමසීමක් කර ඇත.  අදාළ සිද්ධීන් අතරින් කුමකට හෝ සම්බන්ධ කර වහාම ගෝඨාභය රාජපක්‍ෂ මහතා අත්අඩංගුවට ගෙන බන්ධනාගාරගත... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/08/19)

Ranil still wields UNP might : Sajith could contest from Aruna's party?
Courtesy srilankamirror.com
UNP deputy leader - Sajith Premadasa has been informed through close associates that Ranil Wickremesinghe will not give the party candidacy to him, reports say. A news report by the 'Aruna' newspaper states that if Mr. Premadasa wishs to contest the presidential election regardless as a separate candidate, he has the opportunity to do so by choosing Aruna de Soyza's Democratic National Movement. Preference for Karu However, the UNP leader is quite fine about passing the candidacy to Karu Jayasuriya, reports say. Meanwhile, the state-owned 'Silumina' newspaper reports that... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/08/19)

Alleged white-van abduction in the period 2010.01.26 to 2015.01.08
FB
Please take note of the response in parliament by Gayantha Karunatilleke who was representing the Ministry of law and order to questions posed by Buddhika Pathirana on behalf of Udaya Gammampila on the number of Media personnel allegedly abducted in the period 2010.01.26 to 2015.01.08. The answer was None as the excerpt from the Hansard shows.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/08/19)

පුරවැසිභාවය ගෝඨාභය රාජපක්ෂ ස්ථීරවම ඉවත් කර ගත්තා - නාලක ගොඩහේවා
උපුටා ගැන්ම  හිරු පුවත්
>ශ්‍රී ලංකා පොදුජන පෙරමුණ ප්‍රමුඛ ඒකාබද්ධ විපක්ෂයේ ජනාධිපති අපේක්ෂක ගෝඨාභය රාජපක්ෂ සිය ඇමරිකානු පුරවැසිභාවය ඉවත් කර ගැනීම ස්ථිර ලෙසම මේ වන විට සිදුකර අවසන් බව ආචාර්ය නාලක ගොඩහේවා ප්‍රකාශ කළා. ඔහු මේ  බව කියා සිටියේ ජා - ඇල ප්‍රදේශයේ ඊයේ පැවති ජනහමුවකින් පසු මාධ්‍ය වෙත අදහස් දක්වමින් https://youtu.be/XcT_WMnZUwE... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/08/19)

Lanka offers to set up Regional Maritime Information Fusion Center
Courtesy NewsIn.Asia
Colombo, August 18 (newsin.asia): In the first meeting of Indian Ocean Region Association (IORA)  Maritime Safety and Security (MSS) Working Group chaired by Sri Lanka and held in Colombo on August 8 and 9, Sri Lanka reiterated its interest in setting up a Regional Maritime Information Fusion Centre to complement similar centers in Madagascar and Singapore. Further, Sri Lanka also offered to undertake to support member states in capacity building related to anti-piracy and SAR activities as well as engaging in research connected to specific MSS challenges, a Lankan Foreign Ministry release said. ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/08/19)

Lanka re-launches Ramayana Trail to attract tourists from India
Courtesy NewsIn.Asia
Kochi, August 18 (The New Indian Express/newsin.asia): To attract more tourists from India, the Sri Lankan government has re-launched a Ramayana tourism circuit, which will link all temples and caves in the country associated with the Hindu epic. The initiative was presented by Sri Lanka Tourism Minister John Amaratunga at the Sri Lanka Tourism Roadshow held in Kochi. There was a “Ramayana Trail” earlier in the 2000s but was discontinued because it was not properly organized. Only the places linked to the Ramayana were provided to those interested in... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/08/19)

YAHAPALANA AND THE ECONOMY Part 14
KAMALIKA PIERIS
DAIRY INDUSTRY. Ministry of Rural Economic Development had imported high- yielding pregnant milch cows from Wellard Rural Exports Pvt. Ltd., Australia. They had arrived in November 2017. These cows were imported as part of an initiative by the Ministry of Rural Economic Development. The Ministry had ignored the warnings given by the Department of Animal Production and Health that cows from Australia carried highly contagious and deadly diseases. 3,030 of these cows were distributed to 46  middle-scale dairy farmers around the country. Investors paid Rs. 200,000 per cow and the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 17/08/19)

Rise of family power and memories
Lucien Rajakarunanayake Courtesy The Island
Sajith Premadasa, with his black T-shirt and huge Indian-politico garland at Badulla, is certainly making a massive pitch to be the UNP’s next candidate for the Presidential poll. His spread of villages and towns in the country has passed its 250th, and is racing ahead to keep alive his paternal memories of Gam Udava. The Gam Udava politics and memories of his father are certainly good for his loud backers in the green bandwagon. But, there is certainly much of important human and political forgetfulness in the run... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/08/19)

Shock Doctrine in Sri Lanka
By Lakshman I. Keerthisinghe Courtesy Ceylon Today
"Sri Lanka enjoys a geographic position in the middle of very significant sea lanes and transit lanes that is an envy of many nations. The US acknowledges that, and we know we have a partner in Sri Lanka that shares our interests, making sure that those transit lanes and sky stay open for free navigation in this region and beyond. So we have a mutual interest, as do other nations who want free transit"--Alaina B. Teplitz - American Ambassador Recently during a Parliamentary debate the subject of 'Shock Doctrine;'... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/08/19)

A book worthy of a read by all Sri Lankans
By Dr. Tilak S. Fernando Courtesy Ceylon Today
A new book titled, Tamil Tigers Debt to America authored by Daya Gamage, has been published by the Library of Congress (under control No. 2016913508) ISBN: 1537053485 and 13:9781537053486 respectively. The author is an old Trinitian who read Economics and European Political history at Peradeniya; subsequently became an academic at a U.S. University, prior to joining the  U.S. Federal Service. Daya Gamage had worked with Dr. Robert K Bloggs, the most Senior Political Councillor, attached to the U.S. Embassy in Colombo from 1989 to 1993.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/08/19)

Presidential candidate Ranil faction agrees to name Sajith
By W.K. Prasad Manju Courtesy Ceylon Today
Trying to reach a consensus on the existing UNP presidential candidate conundrum, conditions have been laid down by Ranil Wickremesinghe's faction, who have agreed to name Deputy UNP Leader, Sajith Premadasa as the Presidential candidate, internal sources said. However, the Premadasa faction has still to respond. It is reported that these conditions include keeping to the Party leadership, naming Wickremesinghe as the Prime Ministerial candidate and offering the General Secretary post of the proposed Democratic National Front (DNF) to a Leader of the UNP. In addition, Wickremesinghe's name has... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/08/19)

China-Lanka Buddhist Association sets up water purification plant in remote Lankan village
Courtesy NewsIn.Asia
Colombo, August 16 (Xinhua): The Sri Lanka China Buddhist Friendship Association together with the Chinese Embassy in Colombo,  have donated a drinking water purification plant to the   Moragollagama village, in Kurunegala, in Sri Lanka’s  North Western Province. A statement from the Chinese Embassy on Thursday said that the water purification facility is the fourth such facility donated by the Chinese Embassy to a remote village in Sri Lanka. Lankan village kids have a look at the water purification plant Moragollagama consists of 150 families, most of whom... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/08/19)

India-Lanka Foundation invites research and educational project proposals
Courtesy NewsIn.Asia
Colombo, August 16 (newsin.asia): The India – Sri Lanka Foundation (ISLF) invites research and other educational project proposals in the areas of Education, Art & Culture, Archaeological Studies, Agricultural Research, Science & Technology, Information Technology, Health, Development Studies, and Gender Studies. Under the above thrust areas, proposals could be submitted for research projects and other educational activities at recognised institutions of learning located in India and in Sri Lanka, visits and exchanges involving students, scholars, academics, artists, professionals and performing artists, to participate in conference/seminar, symposia, art exhibition, film festival, cultural events and training... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/08/19)

Colombo’s property value to rocket following completion of mega project
Courtesy NewsIn.Asia
Colombo, Aug. 15 – With the completion of a mega China-funded port city project in capital Colombo, property value here is expected to increase within six years, a leading property report said. The report, titled Lanka Property Web, 2019, Real Estate Trend, said that with the completion of the Colombo Port City, business and residential areas in central Colombo will see a steep rise in property and rental values. Projects, including residential buildings, located around the Beira lake front are expected to double in value within the next six... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/08/19)

Bangladesh High Commission in Lanka observed National Mourning Day by serving cancer patients
Courtesy NewsIn.Asia
Colombo, August 16 (newsin.asia): The Bangladesh High Commission in Sri Lanka commemorated the “National Mourning Day’ marking the 44th anniversary of the brutal assassination of the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman by serving cancer patients in Matara in the Southrn Sri Lanka and Anuradhapura in the North Central Province. In the morning of August 15, the National Flag of Bangladesh was hoisted at half-mast at the High Commission by High Commissioner M. Riaz Hamidullah. A minute’s silence was observed as a mark of respect to the Father of... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/08/19)

හිරු CIA අනාවරණයෙන් පසු කළබල වූ රාජ්‍ය නිලධාරීන්
උපුටා ගැන්ම - හිරු පුවත්
මුතුරාජවෙල තෙත් බිම් කලාපයේ කඩොලාන විනාශයක් පිළිබඳව හිරු සී.අයි.ඒ. හරහා පසුගිය 14 වැනිදා අනාවරණයක් සිදුකළා. <br /><br />එම ප්‍රදේශයේ කළ හෙළි පෙහෙළි කිරීම් ගොවිජන සේවා දෙපාර්තමේන්තුව හා පොලිසිය ලබාදුන් උපදෙස් මත සිදුකළ බවයි ඉඩමේ හිමිකම වෙනුවෙන් පෙනී සිටි කාන්තාව වන සංරක්ෂණ දෙපාර්තමේන්තු නිලධාරීන් හමුවේ ප්‍රකාශ කළේ. ශ්‍රී ලංකාව සතු වැදගත්ම නාගරික තෙත්බිම් කලාපය වන්නේ මුතුරාජවෙල තෙත් භූමියයි. https://youtu.be/JT-9Z3v4RZE කොළඹ නගරයට වරින්වර ඇතිවන ගංවතුර තර්ජනය පාලනය කරනා මුතුරාජවෙල කඩොලාන පරිසරය පසුගියදා යෙදුනු රජයේ නිවාඩු දින කිහිපයේදී සංවිධානාත්මක පිරිසක් යාන්ත්‍රික කියත් උපයෝගී කරගෙන සුනුවිසුනු... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/08/19)

යහපාලන පාර්ලිමේන්තුවට වසර 04 සම්පූර්ණ වෙයි.. මාස 06කින් විසිරුවා හැරීම ස්ථිරයි..
ජයකාන්ත ලියනගේ  lanka C news
වත්මන් පාර්ලිමේන්තුවට අදාල මහ මැතිවරණය පවත්වා හෙටට (17) වසර 04 ක් සපිරේ. මෙරට අර්බුද රැසක් නිර්මාණය වූ පාර්ලිමේන්තුව ලෙසින් ඉතිහාසයට එක්වන මෙහි ජාතික ලැයිස්තුව පත් කිරීම සම්බන්ධයෙන් වූ සලකා බැලීමකි මේ. සමානුපාතික ඡන්ද ක්‍රමය යටතේ ජාතික ලැයිස්තුව සැකසෙන්නේ මහජන ඡන්දයෙන් ජයග්‍රහණය කල නොහැකි, ජාතික වටිනානමක් ඇති පුරවැසියන්ගේ සේවය රටට ලබා ගැනීම සදහාය. ඔවුන් කිසි විටෙක මහජන සේවය සදහා තමන් තෝරා ගන්නැයි ඉල්ලමින් ජනතාව පසුපස යන්නන් නොව, ජනතාවට සේවය කරන්නැයි ඔවුන්ගෙන් ඉල්ලා සිටිය යුත්තේ මහජනතාවය. සුවිශේෂී ඝනයේ වෘත්තියවේදීන්, මහා විද්‍යාඥයින්, ආර්ථිකයේ මහා සැලසුම්කරුවන් වැනි ජාතියේ මහා බුද්ධිමතුන්ගේ සේවය රටට ලබාගැනීම... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/08/19)

යෝජිත සේවා නියුක්ති පනත ඉල්ලා අස් කර ගන්නා ලෙස කරනු ලබන ඉල්ලීම
වෘත්තීය සමිති සහ සිවිල් සංවිධාන
කෙටුම්පතකි අතින් භාරදීම 2019 අගොස්තු මස වන දින. රවින්ද්‍ර සමරවීර, කම්කරු සහ වෘත්තීය සමිති අමාත්‍යතුමා කම්කරු සහ වෘත්තීය සමිති අමාත්‍යංශය, 02 වන මහල, කම්කරු මහ ලේකම් කාර්යාලය, නාරාහේන්පිට, කොළඹ 05. ගරු අමාත්‍යතුමනි, යෝජිත සේවා නියුක්ති පනත ඉල්ලා අස් කර ගන්නා ලෙස කරනු ලබන ඉල්ලීම ඔබ අමාත්‍යංශය විසින් 2019 ජුලි මස 09 වන දින පවත්වන ලද කම්කරු උපදේශක සභාවට ඉදිරිපත් කරන ලද සේවා නියුක්ති පනතේ කෙටුම්පත එහි අඩංගුවන කම්කරු අයිතීන් බරපතල ලෙස කප්පාදු කිරීමේ නෛතික අවකාශ නිසාවෙන් එය වහා ඉල්ලා අස් කර ගැනීමට පියවර ගන්නා... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/08/19)

IS has found footing in Sri Lanka, India: report
Courtesy The Daily Mirror
India, Sri Lanka, Turkey and Afghanistan are among the countries where the Islamic State (IS) terror group has found a footing, as its influence has diminished drastically across its territory of origin in Iraq and Syria, the Hindustan Times reported on Friday quoting a leading conflict monitor. According to data released by Armed Conflict Location and Event Data (ACLED), a US-based conflict monitoring and crisis mapping body, IS has this year regrouped and carried out more activity outside of West Asia than inside it for the first time, “The IS greeted its loss of territory... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/08/19)

Islamic State eyes India, Sri Lanka as next operational hub: report
Courtesy DECCAN CHRONICLE
The monitor showed that the increase in its activity outside West Asia -- mostly across South Asia and Africa-- is drastic.  In recent times, IS has carried out more activities outside West Asia than inside and also restructured its group, under the directions of its leader Abubakr al-Baghdadi. (Photo: Representational /AFP) New Delhi: India, Turkey, Afghanistan and Sri Lanka are among the countries where radical terror group Islamic State (IS) is eyeing to foot its influence as its hold in the territories of origin (Iran and Syria)... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/08/19)

For the education of yahapalana minister Navin Dissanayaka
C. Wijeyawickrema
When the country is getting ready to get rid of the death-trap and the white elephant called the 13th Amendment, that Rajiv Gandhi forced JRJ to swallow, and the governors are running the show without PCs, Navin Dissanayaka (ND) must be crazy to talk about police and land powers to PCs. This is now a dead issue with the death of Sumanthiran-Jayampathi-Lal Wijenayaka bogus constitution. It is a waste of time to talk about the 13-A dilemma, but if ND expects to be a politician with meaningful ideas, and perhaps a quick action plan... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/08/19)

පොඩි මිනිහට හිටියෙ දෙයියෝ විතරයි..
FB https://www.facebook.com/niroshan.Prem/videos/1349181515238157/UzpfSTM5NzE0MDMwMDQ0ODE1MToxMjYzODQ1NjE3MTEwOTQ0/... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 15/08/19)

Follow money trail
Editorial Courtesy The Island
Some polls monitors have called for a ceiling on election campaign expenditure. This, we hear in the run-up to elections like koha’s mating call during the Avurudu season. But nothing happens thereafter and the issue is forgotten. Politicians and moneybags carry on regardless, and corruption thrives. The Election Commission (EC) takes pride in the fact that a wealthy candidate who spent more than Rs. 40 million at the last local government polls finds himself in hot water. He was not alone in throwing money around to get votes, but others are not... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/08/19)

Storing paddy at Mattala airport SriLankan Airlines ex-Chairman before PCoI
By Rathindra Kuruwita Courtesy The Island
Former Chairman of SriLankan Airlines Ajith Dias, yesterday, made a statement on the decision to store paddy at the Mattala Airport in 2015, to the Police Unit attached to the Presidential Commission of Inquiry (PCoI) investigating corruption in the current administration.   Last month Dias was asked to appear before the CID unit attached to the Presidential Commission after it was revealed that in 2015. Dias sent a letter to Charitha Ratwatte, senior advisor to Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, on a UL letterhead, had stated that they were willing to allow the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/08/19)

70-year-old ‘Tikiri’ taken back to Kegalle following controversy
Courtesy Adaderana
The emaciated 70-year old elephant named ‘Tikiri’, whose photos were widely shared on social media for being walked in the Esala Perahera, was taken back to Kegalle yesterday (14). The Secretary of Captive Elephant Owners’ Association of Sri Lanka Dharmasiri Karunaratne said the owner of ‘Tikiri’ had walked the elephant in the parade to fulfill a promise made to God Vishnu. https://youtu.be/QxlruX1ANNs He stressed that ‘Tikiri’ is in a good health condition while refuting the backlash received from social media recently. He also emphasized that this... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/08/19)

UNP in crisis even without Gota
By Kusal Perera Courtesy The Daily Mirror
Gotabaya from SLPP is not the issue for the massive upheaval in the UNPPolitical rebellion for a leadership change in the UNP became a growing issue with the fall of the UNP Government in 2003Sajith was brought in for his father’s legacy and not for his political acumenSajith is no Rajapaksa to fight for a new comeback Sunday in Colombo was Gotabaya’s day. Monday in Badulla was Sajith’s. Tuesday, it was reported, Ranil had his day with Sajith hurrying to meet his leader.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/08/19)

Sri Lankans Up in Arms Over US Military Pacts
By Sudha Ramachandran Courtesy  The Diplomat
A proposed Status of Forces Agreement with the the US is stirring up political controversy in Sri Lanka An honor guard made up of Sailors attached to the USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) and a Marine attached to Fleet Antiterrorism Security Team Pacific display the colors as the ship arrives in Colombo, March 26, 2016.Image Credit: U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Timothy Hale Two defense cooperation agreements between the United States and Sri Lanka, the already signed Acquisition and Cross-Servicing Agreement... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/08/19)

Presidential Election 2020 Gotabaya Rajapaksa versus Sajith Premadasa
By Sumanasiri Liyanage Courtesy Ceylon Today
The Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) held its first national convention at the Sugathadasa Indoor Stadium on 11 August 2019. Undoubtedly, it was a colourful and splendid event. At the convention, two decisions of importance were announced. These decisions are Mahinda Rajapaksa (MR) would be the Leader of the SLPP and Gotabaya Rajapaksa (GR) will be the Presidential Candidate for 2020. Whatever I write below, there are two things to be praised. The convention started on time and ended on time. In a country where none of us work... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/08/19)

AG instructs to expedite probes into Lasantha & Thajudeen murders
Courtesy Adaderana
The Attorney General has instructed the Acting IGP to expedite the conclusion of police investigations into several high-profile cases including the murders of Lasantha Wickramthunga and Wasim Thajudeen. The cases include the assassination of journalist Lasantha Wickramathunga, the killing of 17 aid workers in 2006, the murder of Sri Lankan rugby player Wasim Thajudeen, the abduction of journalist Keith Noyahr, the abduction and disappearance of 11 Tamil youths. The Attorney General had instructed the Acting IGP to conclude investigations into the cases without delay and to submit the completed filed to the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/08/19)

SLFP’s decision on presidential poll to be announced Sep. 3
Courtesy Adaderana
The decision of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) regarding the upcoming Presidential Election will be announced at the party’s convention on September 03, according to General Secretary of the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) Mahinda Amaraweera. Speaking at a press briefing in Colombo today (15), the MP said that plans are underway to organize a grand ceremony for the Sri Lanka Freedom Party’s 68th Annual Convention. He said that during the event on September 03, President Maithripala Sirisena is expected to provide an explanation of the party’s future programmes. ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/08/19)

යුක්තිය ඉටු කිරීමට ආරක්ෂක අංශ නිර්භයව ක්‍රියාකළ යුතුයි
උපුටා ගැන්ම  හිරු පුවත්
කිසිදු බලපෑමකට යටත් නොවී මහජනතාව වෙනුවෙන් යුක්තිය ඉටු කිරීම සඳහා ආරක්ෂක අංශ සාමාජිකයින් නිර්භයව ක්‍රියාකළ යුතු බව අති උතුම් මැල්කම් කාදිනල් රංජිත් හිමිපාණන් පවසනවා. අද කොළඹදී පැවැති උත්සවයකට එක්වෙමින් උන්වහන්සේ මේ බව සදහන් කළා නියෝජ්‍ය පොලිස්පති හිටපු පොලිස් මාධ්‍ය ප්‍රකාශක ප්‍රියන්ත ජයකොඩි මහතා විසින් රචිත ග්‍රන්ත ත්‍රිත්වයක් එළිදැක්විමේ උත්සවයට අද අති උතුම් මැල්කම් කාදිනල් රංජිත් හිමිපාණන් සහභාගී වුණා. එහිදී අදහස් දැක්වූ කාදිනල් හිමිපාණන්. https://youtu.be/KXE7-f9RDE0... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/08/19)

වත්මන් රජය වැරදි සොයන්න කොමිසමක් පත් කළ යුතුයි - අජිත් ප්‍රසන්න
උපුටා ගැන්ම  හිරු පුවත්
වත්මන් රජය රණවිරුවන් පිළිබඳව අනුගමනය කළ වැරදි ප්‍රතිපත්ති සම්බන්ධයෙන් සොයා බැලීමට මීළඟට පත්වන ජනාධිපතිවරයා විසින් ජනාධිපති කොමිසමක් පත් කළ යුතු බව විශ්‍රාමික මේජර් අජිත් ප්‍රසන්න මහතා පවසනවා. ශ්‍රී ලංකා ගෝලීය සංසදයේ කොළඹ පැවති වැඩසටහනකට එක්වෙමින් ඔහු මේ බව සදහන් කළා https://youtu.be/DRXuXDaENk4... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/08/19)

ගෝඨාභය නිර්පාක්ෂික වීම ගැන නිදහස් පක්ෂය සතුටින්
උපුටා ගැන්ම  හිරු පුවත්
ජනාධිපතිවරණ අපේක්ෂක, ගෝඨාභය රාජපක්ෂ නිර්පාක්ෂික වීම සතුටුදායක තත්ත්වයක් බව එක්සත් ජනතා නිදහස් සන්ධානය පවසනවා. කොළඹ අද පැවති මාධ්‍ය හමුවකට එක්වෙමින් එහි මහලේකම් පාර්ලිමේන්තු මන්ත්‍රී මහින්ද අමරවීර මේ බව කියා සිටියා https://youtu.be/9NBzTrOmD8I මේ අතර, ශ්‍රී ලංකා පොදුජන පෙරමුණෙන් ජනාධිපතිවරණයට අපේක්ෂකයෙකු ඉදිරිපත් කිරීම සාකච්ඡාවලට බාධාවක් නොවන බව ශ්‍රී ලංකා නිදහස් පක්ෂ ජාතික සංවිධායක පාර්ලිමේන්තු මන්ත්‍රී දුමින්ද දිසානායක පවසනවා. තඹුත්තේගම - සෝලම ප්‍රදේශයේ අද පැවති ජන හමුවකට එක්වෙමින් මන්ත්‍රීවරයා මේ බව කියා සිටියා.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/08/19)

Gota can tackle national security issues: Malwatte prelate
J.A.L. Jayasinghe Courtesy The Daily Mirror
Mahanayake of the Malwatte Chapter, Most Ven. Thibbatuwawe Sri Sumangala Thera said Gotabaya Rajapaksa has the potential and experience to tackle the prevailing national security issues in the country. The Mahanayake Thera expressed these views when Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) presidential candidate Gotabaya Rajapaksa visited him along with party leader Mahinda Rajapaksa after seeking blessings from the Sri Dalada Maligawa in Kandy today. https://youtu.be/hs404mL_2aw There is a problem with regard to national security and therefore it needs attention. You are the one who... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/08/19)

This is the last chance, Gatambe Chief Prelate’s advice to Gotabaya
Courtesy Adaderana
Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna presidential candidate Gotabaya Rajapaksa along with Opposition Leader Mahinda Rajapaksa and MP Basil Rajapaksa visited the Temple of the Sacred Tooth in Kandy today (14). A large crowd of Kandy public and several Joint Opposition members had organized a warm welcome for the Presidential hopeful Gotabaya Rajapaksa. https://youtu.be/ZWKN6PwoYs8 After paying homage to the Temple of the Tooth, he received the blessings of the Chief Prelates of the Asgiri and Malwatu chapters as well. Later, he visited the Sri Thelwa Vinayagar Pulleyar Kovil... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/08/19)

The United National Party (UNP) led alliance, Democratic National Front (DNF) formation in limbo
By Sumudu Chamara Courtesy Ceylon Today
The formation of the United National Party (UNP) led alliance, Democratic National Front (DNF), is being further delayed, and as a result, nominating a Presidential candidate has also been postponed, sources said. United National Front (UNF) leaders, on the night of 13 August, met at the Temple Trees to discuss matters in regard to expediting the formation of the DNF. However, according to a UNF source, the discussion had not led to any concrete agreement. It is reported that the UNF had paid a great deal of attention... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/08/19)

CCD officers caught chatting with Kanjipani: investigation begins
The investigation into the complaint filed by Magalkanda Sudantha Thera against the officers of the Colombo Criminal Division who were caught in conversation with underworld leader Kanjipani Imran, has begun under the direction of the Western Province Senior Deputy Inspector General of Police (SDIG).If the allegations are confirmed to be true, the SDIG has advised the National Police Commission to take maximum disciplinary action against the suspects... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 15/08/19)

"දුප්පතුන් දකිනවිට පපුව පැලෙන්න එනවා අන්තවාදයට ඉඩ තියන්නේ නැහැ"
පාලිත ආරියරත්න
ලිපියේ දුප්පත් යන වචනය කිහිප ආකාරයකින් යොදා ගැනේ ඒ මේ අදහස් ලිපය තුල ගොනු කිරීම සඳහා පමණයි  : අසරණ, දුප්පත්, හිගකම, අඩුව, නැතිකම , මදිකම , හිඟන, ඕනෑ, දිළිඳු, දීන, නියාලු, අඩු, අපොහොසත්, දරිද්‍ර, දුර්වල, නිදන, බැරි, යමකින් හීන, සුළු, අනාරක්ෂිත, අදක්ෂ, හා තවත් කරුණු සඳහා.... අසරණ, දුප්පත්, හිගකම, අඩුව, නැතිකම , මදිකම , හිඟන, ඕනෑ, දිළිඳු, දීන, නියාලු, අඩු, අපොහොසත්, දරිද්‍ර, දුර්වල, නිදන, බැරි, යමකින් හීන, සුළු, අනාරක්ෂිත, අදක්ෂ, හා තවත් කරුණු සඳහා....දැන් දැන් අමුතුම  තාලේ දේශපාලන කතා වටින් ගොඩින් ඇහෙමින් පවතී එකෙක් රට සංවර්ධනය ගැන කතා කරනවිට ,තවකෙකු හොරකම් මැරකම්... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/08/19)

පුද්ගලික අංශයට සුඛෝපභෝගී බස්රථ ගෙන්න ඉඩ දෙනවා.. ලංගමට ගේන්න දෙන්නේ නැහැ - ලංගම විනාශ කරනවා මුදල් අමාත්‍යාංශයේ නිලධාරීන්ට ඇමැති අර්ජුනගෙන් දැඩි දෝස් මුරයක්...
ගරු ඇමැති. අර්ජුන රණතුංගගේ මාධ්‍ය ලේකම්,
“ශ්‍රී ලංගමට සුඛෝපභෝගි බස්රථ දෙදාහක් ගේන්න අපි සැලසුම් කළා. ඒකට දැන් අපි මාස එකහමාරක් තිස්සේ කැබිනට් මණ්ඩලයේ දඟලනවා. නමුත් මුදල් අමාත්‍යාංශයේ ඒ. සී. කාමරවල ඉන්න, සැප වාහනවල යන එන නිලධාරීන් මේ ව්‍යාපෘති‍යට බාධා කරනවා. කකුලෙන් අදිනවා. අපේ මිනිස්සු ලොරිචැසිවල යන එක ගැන ඒ නිලධාරීන්ට ගාණක් නැහැ. කැක්කුමක් නැහැ. ආණ්ඩුවේ ඇමැතිවරයෙක් මම. මට මේ රටේ පොඩි මිනිහා වෙනුවෙන් සුඛෝපභෝගී බස්රථ ගේනන බැරිනම්, ලංගම දියුණු කරමින් සුඛෝපභෝගී බස්රථ ගේන්න බැරිනම්, මුදල් අමාත්‍යාංශයේ නිළධාරීන් ඒ ව්‍යාපෘතියට බාධා කරනවා නම් අපි මොකටද දේශපාලනය කරන්නේ. මේ විදියට ‍ගියොත් අපිත් මේ දේශපාලනයේ ඉන්නවද කියන එක ගැන හිතන්න වෙනවා...”යි... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/08/19)

SLFP firmly behind 'Gota for Prez' - Susil
Jayasuriya Udukumbura Courtesy Ceylon Today
Parliamentarian Susil Premajayantha claimed that the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) has joined the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) in campaigning for former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa in order to gain victory at the upcoming Presidential Election. Addressing a Media briefing held today (14), he claimed that the SLFP has understood the policies put forward by the SLPP and has wisely chosen to accept the decision and support Gotabaya Rajapaksa. He further said that MP Dayasiri Jayasekara is under a false impression that the Members of the SLFP have... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/08/19)

Selecting Presidential candidate UNP MPs mull secret ballot
By J.T. de Silva and W.K. Prasad Manju Courtesy Ceylon Today
A group of United National Party (UNP) Parliamentarians are attempting to select the Presidential candidate, by holding a secret election at the Working Committee, and in the Parliamentary Group Meetings. Minister Gamini Jayawickrama Perera said that a document has been prepared by the MPs to request a secret election from Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe. He further added that Deputy Minister Nalin Bandara is making that document, and that he has refused to sign it. There is a possibility of holding a... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/08/19)

Hiru News 9.55 PM | 2019-08-14
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https://youtu.be/xsKi8t_Zmgw... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/08/19)

එජාප ජනපති අපේක්ෂකත්වය ගැන විවිධ අදහස්
උපුටා ගැන්ම  හිරු පුවත්
එක්සත් ජාතික පක්ෂයේ ජනාධිපති ධුර අපේක්ෂකත්වය සම්බන්ධයෙන් දේශපාලනඥයින් කිහිපදෙනෙකු අද අදහස් පළකළා. https://youtu.be/TLcTBxty3fE... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/08/19)

ශ්‍රී ලංකා කතෝලික රදගුරු සම්මේලනය කම්පාවට පත්වෙයි
උපුටා ගැන්ම  හිරු පුවත්
පාස්කු ඉරුදින ඛේදවාචකය සම්බන්ධයෙන් යුක්තිසහගත, සාධාරණ සහ අපක්ෂපාතී පරීක්ෂණයක් මේ දක්වා සිදු නොවීම සම්බන්ධයෙන් තමන් බලවත් කම්පාවට පත්වන බව ශ්‍රී ලංකා කතෝලික රදගුරු සම්මේලනය පවසනවා. නිවේදනයක් නිකුත් කරමින් ඔවුන් ඉල්ලා සිටින්නේ එම ඛේදවාචකයට වගකිව යුතු සියලුදෙනා වහා නීතිය හමුවට පමුණුවන ලෙසයි. පාස්කු ඉරිදා ප්‍රහාරයෙන් පසු රටේ පවතින තත්ත්වය පිළිබඳ සාකච්ඡා කිරීම සඳහා ශ්‍රී ලංකා කතෝලික රදගුරු සම්මේලනය රැස්වීමක් පවත්වා ඇති අතර, ඉන් අනතුරුව මාධ්‍යයට නිවේදනයක් නිකුත් කෙරුණා. https://youtu.be/AxUpYiyoB3o ශ්‍රී ලංකා කතෝලික රදගුරු සම්මේලනය නිකුත් කළ නිවේදනයේ වැඩිදුරටත් සඳහන් වන්නේ ජනතාවගේ සිත් තුළ තවමත්... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/08/19)

සැමට නිවාස දෙන බවට පාරම්බාන දේශපාලකයින් නොදුටු අසරණ පවුල
උපුටා ගැන්ම  හිරු පුවත්
දහසකුත් එකක් දුක් කම්කටොළු මැද ඔත්පලව ඇති සිය සැමියාත්, කුඩා දරු දෙදෙනාත් ජීවත් කිරීමට වෙර දරන මවක් පිළිබඳ පුවතක් අපට වාර්තා වුණේ රත්නපුර - නගරසභාගම ප්‍රදේශයෙන්. මේ රත්නපුර නගරසභාගම ප්‍රදේශයේ පදිංචි 41 හැවිරිදි නිල්මිණි දිල්රුක්ෂි බර්තලමියුස්. https://youtu.be/embREqOrYwI අනේකවිද සුන්දර  බලාපොරොත්තු මහ ගොඩක් නොතිබුණත් සිය සැමියාත් සමග කාටවත් අත්නොපා ජීවත්වූ අතීතයක් මේ අයට තිබුණා.<br /><br />කුලී වැඩ කර එදිනෙදා වේල සරිකරගත් දිල්රුක්ෂිගේ සැමියා ගසකින් වැටී එක්තැන් වීමත් සමග ජීවිතය ගැටගහගන්නට අද කාගේ හෝ සරණක් පතන්නට සිදුවී තිබෙනවා. සැමට නිවාස දෙන්නටත්, රට සුඛිතමුදිත කරන්නටත් දේශපාලන... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/08/19)

මහින්ද-රවී හමුවේ.. සජිත් අපේක්‍ෂක කලොත් තමන් ඇතුළු 08ක් එජාපයෙන් ඉවත් වන බව දන්වයි..
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හිටපු ජනාධිපති වත්මන් විපක්ෂ නායක මහින්ද රාජපක්ෂ මහතා සහ එක්සත් ජාතික පක්ෂයේ උප නායක විදුලිබල, බලශක්ති හා ව්‍යාපාර සංවර්ධන ඇමැති රවී කරුණානායක මහතා අතර හමුවක් ආසන්න දිනකදී සිදුවී ඇති බව සිරස රූපවාහිනි වාර්තා කළේය. යම් ලෙසකින් සජිත් ප්‍රේමදාස මහතාට එජාප ජනාධිපති අපේක්ෂකත්වය ලබා දුනහොත් තමන් ඇතුළු අට දෙනෙකු පමණ පිරිසක් එක්සත් ජාතික පක්ෂයෙන් ඉවත්වීමට සූදානම් බව රවී කරුණානායක මහතා එහිදී පවසා ඇතැයිද වාර්තාව පැවසීය. කෙසේ වෙතත් ඊට මහින්ද රාජපක්ෂ මහතා නිශ්චිත පිළිතුරක් දී නැති බවද එම වාර්තාවේ කියැවින.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/08/19)

තමන් හා එක්වන්නැයි ගෝටාභයගෙන් ෆොන්සේකාට ඇමතුමක්… ෆොන්සේකා බෑ නොකියයි..
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හිටපු ආරක්ෂක ලේකම් ගෝඨාභය රාජපක්ෂ මහතා විසින් පාර්ලිමේන්තු මන්ත‍්‍රී ෆීල්ඩ් මාෂල් සරත් ෆොන්සේකා මහතාට දුරකථනයෙන් ඇමතූ බව එක්සත් ජාතික පක්ෂ කැළණිය ප්‍රාදේශීය සභා හිටපු මන්ත්‍රී මනෝජ් පෙරේරා මහතා පවසයි. මෙම ඇමතුම ගෝඨාභය රාජපක්ෂ මහතා විසින් කැලණියේ ප්‍රසිද්ධ ස්ථානයක දී ෆොන්සේකා මහතාට ලබාදුන් බව ද ඔහු සඳහන් කළේය. https://youtu.be/39YtAtoI_zA පැරණි තරහ අමතක කර තමන් සමඟ ගමනක් යන්න එක්වන්නැයි ගෝඨාභය රාජපක්ෂ මහතා විසින් සරත් ෆොන්සේකා මහතාට ආරාධනා කළේ යැයිද ඔහු පැවසීය. ඊට ප්‍රතිචාර දක්වමින් ෆොන්සේකා මහතා එය ප්‍රතික්ෂේප නොකර ‘බලමු’ යැයි පැවසූ බවද ඔහු සඳහන් කළේය. ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/08/19)

Sri Lanka shares gain after wartime defense chief launches presidential bid
Courtesy London South East
COLOMBO, Aug 13 (Reuters) - Sri Lankan shares closed marginally higher on Tuesday, easing from early gains of 1.2%, after the main opposition party named a hardline former defence chief as presidential candidate, seeking to capitalise on public clamour for a decisive leader. ** The rupee ended slightly weaker on importer greenback demand. ** The benchmark stock index gained 1.26% as soon as trading resumed on Tuesday. Markets were closed for a holiday on Monday. The index ended 0.1% firmer at 5,949.30, its highest close since July 30. It gained 0.82% last... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/08/19)

රුවන්මැලි සෑ, අටමස්ථානාධිපති හිමිවරුන් ගෝටාට ජනපති වෙන්න නියත විවරණ දේ.. දලදාව වදින්න පිටත් වේ.. මග දිගට උණුසුම් පිලිගැනීම්..
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ශ්‍රී ලංකා පොදු ජන පෙරමුණේ ජනාධිපති අපේක්ෂක හිටපු ආරක්ෂක ලේකම් ගෝඨාභය රාජපක්ෂ මහතා අනුරාධපුරයේ ජයශ‍්‍රී මහා බෝධියේ, රුවන්මැලි මහා සෑයේ, අටමස්ථානයේ ආශිර්වාද ලබාගත්තේය. නාහිමිවරුන් විසින් ගෝඨාභය රාජපක්ෂ මහතාට මීලග ජනාධිපතිවරයා වීම සඳහා පුර්ණ ආශිර්වාදය පිරිනමනු ලැබීය. අද දිනයේ මහනුවර ශ්‍රී දළදා මාලිගාව වැඳ පුදා ගැනීම සඳහා ඒ මහනා අද පස්වරුවේ මහනුවර බලා පිටත් විය. ඒ මහතා ගමන් කරද්දී මග දෙපස ස්ථාන ගණනාවක පිළිගැනීමේ උත්සව සංවිධානය කර තිබිණි. සෑම ස්ථානයකම ගෝඨාභය රාජපක්ෂ මහතාට ඉතා උණුසුම් පිළිගැනීම් ලැබිණි https://youtu.be/6tkF98MLmig... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/08/19)

Hong Kong phooey! Would you like any hypocrisy with that?
George Galloway Courtesy RT
Where to start? For nearly 40 weeks hundreds of thousands of French people have been on the streets in anti-government demonstrations against President Emmanuel Macron’s rule. Some have lost eyes and hands in the police response. The public has begun to view the smell of tear gas as a normal part of a weekend in Paris. France is 29 miles from the coast of England. Siri just told me that “Hong Kong is about 5,992 miles from London as the crow flies.” So complete has been the British media blackout on the Yellow Vests... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/08/19)

Tamils should be granted land and police powers - Navin Dissanayake
Courtesy Adaderana
Minister of Plantation Industries Navin Dissanayake says he personally believes that Tamil people must be granted the powers of land and police vested by the 13th Amendment to the Constitution. Addressing an event held in Mullaitivu, the minister stressed Sinhalese leaders must heed the demands of the Tamil people. https://youtu.be/Z_8E9adpPUU If their demands are not attended to, the country will have to face a tremendous issue in the future, Minister Dissanayake said further. The minister stated that he expects to seek a fair solution for this... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/08/19)

Catholic Bishops urge govt to hold unbiased probes into Easter attacks
Courtesy Adaderana
The Catholic Bishops’ Conference in Sri Lanka (CBCSL) has appealed to the government to hold an impartial inquiry in the Easter Sunday attacks and bring the perpetrators before the law. Issuing a media release, the CBCSL said a fair and impartial investigation on the incident has not taken place yet. “We observe that several committees have been established and their main focus appears to be to find out those responsible for the serious lapses in security,” the release said. The CBCSL insists that “as a matter of justice, the final... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/08/19)

The faith Maha Sangha has on Gotabaya
Courtesy Adaderana
https://youtu.be/5jaGLvJcT_s... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/08/19)

13 වන සංශෝධනයේ ඇති සියලු බලතල දෙමළ ජනතාවට ලබාදිය යුතුයි -නවීන් දිසනායක
Hiru
https://youtu.be/91I-6X8AJug... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/08/19)

Hiru News 9.55 PM
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https://youtu.be/_jWwsKwzD2E?t=189... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/08/19)

රටේ ආරක්ෂාව තහවුරු කිරීම මගේ පළමු පොරොන්දුවයි -
Hiru News
රටේ ආරක්ෂාව තහවුරු කිරීම මගේ පළමු පොරොන්දුවයි - පොහොට්ටුවේ ජනපති අපේක්ෂකත්වය භාරගත් ගෝඨාභය කියයි - https://youtu.be/6Uut5CmT-rI... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/08/19)

Presidential Speech & Policy Statement by Gotabaya Rajapakse – Sri Lanka’s Presidential candidate for SLPP
It was a moment many had awaited with much impatience. ‘My choice didn’t matter – the Nation had already selected & elected him… My brother is yours” was enough to put to rest any doubts. Gotabaya Rajapakse was thus declared the Presidential nominee of the SLPP a party formed & steamrolled into public popularity after the 2018 local government elections. A very dignified and articulate speech was delivered by the former President & present Opposition Leader, Mahinda Rajapakse. It touched every area that needed to be touched and set the tempo for the grand finale and then came the Nation’s... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 12/08/19)

President Rajapakse hands GR to the Nation as Presidential-Candidate of SLPP
It was one of the finest & most refreshing speeches delivered by former President Mahinda Rajapakse now Opposition Leader and had all the power and verbatim of a national leader. He raised the tempo high enough before declaring to the Nation the candidate whom he said the Nation had already elected. Some of the salient points covered in his speech delivered at the Sugathadasa Stadium is noteworthy. Date: 11 August 2019 Venue: Sugathadasa Stadium Event: Sri Lanka PoduJana Peramuna National Convention to announce its Presidential Candidate https://www.facebook.com/AdaDeranaLive/videos/2568173230070582/UzpfSTEyNTQzOTQ5MTQ4MTYyMDozNzAzMDU3MTAzMjgzMjk/?epa=SEARCH_BOX The... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 12/08/19)

Gota wins first battle
Editorial Courtesy The Island
The SLPP is cock-a-hoop, having picked former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa as its presidential candidate while the UNP is still struggling to name its. The SLFP/UPFA, which tried to coalesce with the SLPP to field President Maithripala Sirisena at the next presidential election, has been left with egg on its face. The SLPP, in a state of euphoria, seems to think everything is now copacetic, and the upcoming presidential race is going to be a walk in the park. But, an early start does not necessarily lead to victory in any contest.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/08/19)

YAHAPALANA AND THE ECONOMY Part 12
KAMALIKA PIERIS
Revised  14.9.19 Section 1. SERVICES. SHIPPING New regulations are to be introduced soon to open up Sri Lanka’s shipping sector to transform the country to a Singapore-style shipping hub, Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera announced in March 2019. This sector is at present controlled by five local companies.   They control the agencies of shipping lines that account for 74 per cent of the global shipping market. Budget 2019 will lift “Restrictions on the foreign ownership on the shipping and the freight forwarding agencies, under these new regulations,” he said... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/08/19)

YAHAPALANA AND THE ECONOMY Part 13
KAMALIKA PIERIS
SECTION 3 AGRICULTURE FERTILIZER (1) Auditor General’s Department has found that billions of rupees were erroneously credited to the bank accounts of persons who were not farmers under Sri Lanka’s cash transfer scheme for fertiliser and paid out towards untilled paddy lands instead of cultivated ones,  reported Namini Wijedasa in  May 2019. The subsidy was introduced in 2006 under the Mahinda Chinthana to provide a hundredweight of paddy fertiliser at Rs 350 with the Treasury absorbing the difference. The objective was to raise production, to encourage more paddy cultivation by... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/08/19)

ලංකා වෙබ් අඩවිය පරිශීලනය කරනා සියලුම ජාති හිතෛසින් වෙත අයචනාවක්!
පාලිත ආරියරත්න
යහපාලනය රජය කාලය තුල  රටට මහා විපත් ගෙනදුන්,ගෙනදීමට, නියමිත අහිතවත් සිද්ධි සමුදාය පක්ෂ/විපක්ෂ /එන්ජිඕ / අන්‍යාගමික කරණය/ විදේශ කුමන්ත්‍රණ පිලිබඳ දැනගැනීමට විශේෂයෙන් (ආරක්ෂාව, බුදුදහම, ජාතියට එරිහි බලවේග ගැන ) කැමති විශාල පිරිසක් එම තොරතුරු විමසමින් සිටියි. උගත් බුද්ධිමත් ජනතාවකගේ දැනුම අඩුකම නිසා සට කපට දේශපාලකයන් උපන් බිමෙම අපව අනාත කරමින් සිටි. එබැවින් . ලංකා වෙබ් අඩවිය පරිශීලනය කරනා සියලුම ජාති හිතෛසින් ඉල්ලා සිටින්නේ රටට එරිහි සියලුම කාරනා පහලින් ඇති කොමෙන්ට් තිරයේ කාරුණිකව සඳහන් කරන ලෙසිනි. නැතහොත්, ( කැමති මාතෘකාව ඔස්සේද ලියා එළිදක්වන්න ) ස්තුතියි පාලිත ආරියරත්න  ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/08/19)

ජනාධිපති ප‍්‍රතිපත්ති ප‍්‍රකාශන වලංගු ඒවාද? - විශ‍්‍රාමික විගණකාධිපති සරත් සී. මායාදුන්නේ
උපුටා ගැන්ම දිවයින
පසුගිය ජනාධිපතිවරණ කිහිපයේදී ජනගත කළ විවිධ චින්තන හා ප‍්‍රකාශනවල මෙන් මෙවරද ඉදිරිපත් කෙරෙන ජනාධිපති ප‍්‍රතිපත්ති ප‍්‍රකාශනවල අඩංගු කරන බව පෙනෙන කරණු අනුව පැහැදිලිව පේන්නේ ජනාධිපති තනතුරට පත්වුණු, පත්වීමට පෙරුම්පුරන හා ඔවුන්ට ආවඩන බොහෝ දෙනාට ජනාධිපති තනතුරට අයිති හා අයිති නැති කටයුත්ත මොකක්ද කියා නොතේරෙන බවයි. නැතහොත් හිතාමතාම ජනතාව මුළා කරන බවයි. ඒ හැර අප රටේ මේ දක්වා ජනාධිපති තනතුරට පත් වූ බොහෝදෙනා කළ කියූ, එසේම අදත් කරන කියන දේවලින් පේන්නෙත් එම තනතුරට අයිති හා අයිති නැති කටයුත්ත මොකක්ද කියා කිසිම අවබෝධයක් නැති විත්තියයි. ජනාධිපති ප‍්‍රතිපත්ති ප‍්‍රකාශනවල අඩංගු කෙරෙන බොහොමයක් කරුණු සැබැවින්ම තිබිය යුත්තේ පාර්ලිමේන්තු... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/08/19)

“SOMETIMES BEING A BROTHER IS EVEN BETTER THAN BEING A SUPERHERO” MARC BROWN. “FROM TODAY, MY BROTHER IS YOUR BROTHER, HE WILL NOW BE YOUR BROTHER”- MAHINDA RAJAPAKSE
By M D P DISSANAYAKE
For political opponents,  if MR is no good, then GR is also no good.  GR made MR great when in power.  Now MR has made GR great.  If the country rejects MR, it will also reject GR.  If the country rejects GR at the presidential election, then it will also reject MR at the next General Election. It is what the Nation thinks of you, yourself alone.  The Nation has a specific feeling about MR, GR, BR, RW, MS, SP, etc. That is Not Negotiable. In... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/08/19)

දේශපාලන සහරාන් ලා ගෝඨාභය රාජපක්ෂට එරෙහි අවසන් සටනට පැමිණේ
මාධ්‍ය නිවේදනය සුදත් රෝහණ සභාපති නිදහස් කලා සන්ධානය
ශ්‍රී ලංකා පොදුජන පෙරමුණේ ජනාධිපති අපේක්ෂකයා ලෙස ප්‍රකාශයට පත් වූ ගෝඨාභය රාජපක්ෂ මහතා වෙත නිදහස් කලා සන්ධානය දේශමාමක සියලූ‍ කලාකරුවන් වෙනුවෙන් සුභාශිංසන පළකර සිටී. ගෝඨාභය රාජපක්ෂ යනු මේ මොහොතේ රට ඉල්ලා සිටින නායකත්වය බව ශ්‍රී ලංකා පොදුජන පෙරමුණේ ජනාධිපති අපේක්ෂකයා ලෙස ප්‍රකාශයට පත් ව පසු එතුමා කළ කතාව මගින් නැවත තහවුරු විය. ඵලදායී පුරවැසියෙක්, සතුටින් ජිවත්වන පවුලක්, විනයගරුක සමාජයක් හා සෞභාග්‍යවත් දේශයක් ගොඩනැගීම ස්වකිය අරමුණ බවට ගෝඨාභය රාජපක්ෂ මහතා කළ ප්‍රකාශය ගැන සමස්ත සමාජයම විශේෂ අවධානයක් යොමුකළ යුතුය. පවුල් ඒකකය පදනම් කරගනිමින් ආර්ථීක සංවර්ධනය... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/08/19)

I won’t let anyone interfere with the sovereignty of my country – Gotabaya
Dr. Sarath Obeysekera
As professionals and entrepreneurs, we expect the future president to have the qualities of what Gotabaya preaches. Though freedom of the nation is of utmost importance, but at the end of the day, poor masses need food, shelter and also to live peacefully. We cannot achieve that unless the whole country is put on High gear of development. In order to achieve above, we need to be a disciplined nation which Gota is preaching When you talk about discipline we need to make sure that discipline... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/08/19)

The House is in cession
ABHINAV CHANDRACHUD Courtesy The Hindu BusinessLine
The last and final amendment of Article 19(2) of the Indian Constitution, brought in to prevent the use of ballots to break away from the Union, had a specific target In 1963, Article 19(2) of the Constitution was amended for the last and final time, and the words ‘the sovereignty and integrity of India’ were inserted in it, creating one more enumerated exception to the right to free speech. The Constitution (Sixteenth Amendment) Bill, 1963 (hereinafter, the ‘Bill’) was informally referred to as the ‘Anti-Secession Bill’. It was designed to... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/08/19)

Kashmir episode further dims chances of devolution of power to Sri Lankan Tamils
PK Balachandran Courtesy opinion bdnews24.com
What is happening in India now in regard to federalism and devolution of power to Muslim-majority Jammu and Kashmir (J and K) region could further dims prospects of Sri Lankan Tamils’ getting power devolution beyond what they have been given de facto under the 13th Amendment of the Sri Lankan constitution. Through a Presidential Order on August 5, the Indian central government headed by strongman Narendra Modi, nullified Articles 370 and 35A of the Indian constitution which had given J and K State a large degree of autonomy.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/08/19)

SEPARATING POLITICS FROM ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND SECURITY OF SRI LANKA
BY EDWARD THEOPHILUS
It has been reported in news media in Sri Lanka that Mr. Gotabaya Rajapaksa stated if he becomes the president of Sri Lanka from the next election, he will give all politics and political-related activities in the country to Mr. Mahinda Rajapaksa and fully concentrate on the economic development, elevating the economy and national security of the country.  No presidential candidate in the past made such a strong statement or promised to separate politics from national activities and even practically activated to work the same way after the election to the presidential position. In 2015,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/08/19)

I won’t let anyone interfere with sovereignty of my country - Gotabaya
Courtesy Adaderana
Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) Presidential Candidate Gotabaya Rajapaksa states that he would not allow anyone to interfere with Sri Lanka’s sovereignty. He mentioned this at the first-ever SLPP National Convention held at the Sugathadasa Indoor Stadium which commenced at 3 pm this afternoon (11). https://youtu.be/WFOp8g8Bu9g At the convention, former Defense Secretary Gotabaya was named as the SLPP Candidate for the upcoming Presidential Election. He stated that he is ready to provide leadership to overcome the challenges faced by the people in the country. ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/08/19)

I hand over my brother to you - Mahinda
Courtesy Adaderana
The Leader of the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) and Leader of the Opposition Mahinda Rajapaksa says that he does not have anything to gain through hatred. He mentioned this at the first-ever National Convention of the SLPP which commenced at the Sugathadasa Indoor Stadium at 3 pm today (11). https://youtu.be/sD70t2vVtyA Leader of the Opposition Mahinda Rajapaksa was appointed the Leader of SLPP at the Convention a short while ago. Rajapaksa stated that the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) was formed today as a party in... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/08/19)

SLPP Presidential Candidate revealed ending suspense (English)
Courtesy Adaderana
The former Defense Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa has been officially announced as the Presidential Candidate of the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) by party leader Mahinda Rajapaksa. The decision was revealed at the first-ever National Convention of the SLPP held at the Sugathadasa Indoor Stadium. Accordingly, Gotabaya Rajapaksa will be contesting for Presidency at the upcoming presidential election. The currently ongoing National Convention of the SLPP is telecast live on TV Derana and Ada Derana 24. https://youtu.be/IKKNvDcYIpU... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/08/19)

Ada Derana First At 9.00 - English News
Ada Derana
https://youtu.be/fst4hOVmWYo... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/08/19)

US-Sri Lanka military negotiations hit a roadblock
MARWAAN MACAN-MARKAR, Asia regional correspondent Courtesy Nikkei Asian Review
Colombo flustered as it balances its relations with China, India, and Japan COLOMBO -- The U.S. government's new military blueprint in the Indian Ocean is facing headwinds in Sri Lanka, a strategically located South Asian island also being courted by India, China, and Japan in a scramble for geopolitical influence. In the crosshairs is a Status of Forces Agreement initially signed by the countries in 1995, paving the way for the U.S. military to access Sri Lanka for logistics. But Washington's push to negotiate... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/08/19)

Terror-wary Sri Lankans pine for strongman
Courtesy The Straits Times
Many roots for opposition's pick as presidential candidate: former defence secretary Gotabaya COLOMBO • Sri Lankans, angered by the government's inability to prevent the Easter Sunday terror attacks that killed more than 250 people, want a strongman back in power who can guarantee their safety and bring back economic growth. Many were rooting for Mr Gotabaya Rajapaksa who, despite fighting allegations of war crimes, was nominated yesterday as the opposition's candidate for the presidential election scheduled for later this year. The Rajapaksa brothers, Gotabaya and Mahinda, were credited with bringing peace... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/08/19)

The Sitawaka Hydro Power Project
By Garvin Karunaratne
In the Eighties, we sacrificed the verdant Kotmale Valley for a mere 200 MW of Power. The Kotmale Dam does not provide any water for irrigation. That 200MW of power at that time when there were wind turbines that produced an easy 3 MW, could have been produced by 70 wind turbines scattered around Ramboda and the verdant Kotmale valley with its thriving agriculture and a pleasant people would have yet been there. Now there are wind turbines that produce an easy 5 MW. Fifty wind turbines could have been built with a fraction of... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/08/19)

IS THIS OUR MINISTER OF RECONCILIATION?
Sugath Samarasinghe
The Tamil Net recently carried a news item to the following effect concerning a statement reported to have made to Tamil net by Mr. Mano Ganesan, our Minister of Reconciliation. “The SL Archaeology Department is the evil of all heritage related tensions in the North and East, and thirty-two Sinhala only experts currently advise it. This ‘Sinhala’ Archaeology must be reconfigured, said SL Minister of ‘National Integration’ and Hindu Religious Affairs Mr. Mano Ganesan, in an exclusive interview to TamilNet on Monday. The conservation of the protected sites in the North-East, including the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/08/19)

පොහොට්ටුවේ ජාතික සමුළුව අමතා ගෝඨාභය රාජපක්ෂ මහතා සිදුකල සම්පුර්ණ කතාව
Ada Derana
https://youtu.be/WFOp8g8Bu9g... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/08/19)

පොහොට්ටුවේ ජාතික සමුළුව අමතා මහින්ද රාජපක්ෂ මහතා සිදුකල සම්පුර්ණ කතාව
Ada Derana
https://youtu.be/sD70t2vVtyA... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/08/19)

මෙහෙමයි වුනේ - (හතරවැනි කොටස)
ආචාර්ය වරුණ චන්ද්‍රකීර්ති
1982 අවුරුද්දේ පවත්වපු ජනාධිපතිවරණයෙන් පස්සෙත් අපි හැංගිලා හිටියාට රටේ එහෙමකට කලබලයක් ඇති වුනේ නෑ. දිනලා හිටපු අය ම දිනපු හින්දා එහෙම වෙන්න ඇති. ඉතින් දිනපු අයට උණ වැඩිවෙන්න තරම් හේතුවක් ඇතිවෙච්ච නැති එකත් අපිට හිතාගන්න පුළුවන්. අතරින් පතර උෂ්ණය වැඩිවෙච්ච අය හිටියත් දවසක් දෙකක් යද්දි ඒ අයගේ උණත් බැහැලා යන්න ඇති. ඒ වෙද්දි තාත්තාව වලපනෙන් කුරුණෑගලට මාරු කරලා එවලා අවුරුදු පහක් විතර ගතවෙලා තිබුණා. කිසිම නෑදෑයෙක් ළඟපාතක හිටියේ නෑ. අම්මාගේ නෑදෑයෝ හිටියේ නුවර, හඟුරන්කෙත පැත්තේ. තාත්තාගේ නෑදෑයෝ හිටියේ වලපනේ. කිරිඳිවැල වායගොල්ලේ හිටිය නැන්දා විතරයි කිට්ටුව පාතක හිටියේ. ඒත් මැටියගනේ ඉඳලා වායගොල්ලට කොච්චර නම් දුර... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/08/19)

SLPP VERSUS UNP PRESIDENTIAL PROSPECTS AND SAJITH P’S HAMARTIA
By Rohana R. Wasala
(‘Hamartia’ is the fatal flaw that leads to the downfall of the tragic hero in classical Greek Tragedy; it is Greek for ‘missing the mark’.) The artificially sensationalised controversy within the UNP ranks about the authenticity of the party deputy leader Sajith Premadasa’s educational qualifications in the evening twilight of its barely legitimate rule is a strangely anticlimactic, but justly retributive, reversal of its unbroken mudslinging campaign against the Rajaksas whose democratic return to power they have been determined to forestall by hook or by crook. The controversial 19th Amendment was primarily... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/08/19)

MAHINDA RAJAPAKSE – BRANDED PRODUCT WITHOUT AN EXPIRY DATE –CHALLENGES AHEAD
By M D P DISSANAYAKE
Today a political newcomer known as Sri Lanka Podu Jana Peramuna is celebrating the announcement of its Presidential candidate.  This event will be celebrated throughout the country by the voluntary participation of its supporters by offering traditional sweets and milk rice. The public anticipation is overwhelming to witness its hero none other than President Mahinda Rajapakse. The masses who voted for a Change 4 years ago have experienced the Change with disgust.  The masses have witnessed the outright sale of assets of mother Lanka to foreign vested interests.   The masses have... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/08/19)

තිරස්චීන සත්ව ඝාතන සිදුකරන ආගමික උත්සවයක් අතළග
මාධ්‍ය නිවේදනයයි,ආචාර්ය ටිකිරි බණ්ඩාර ඇටිපොළ සම ලේකම් - සත්ව අවිහිංසා ජාතික එකමුතුව
සෑම වසරක් පාසාම, ගවයින් ඇතුළු තවත් අහිංසක සතුන්ගේ ජිවිත අමු අමුවේම බිලිගන්නා තිරස්චීන ආගමික උත්සවයක් ‍අද හෙටම එළඹෙන්නට නියමිතය. දහස් ගණන් සතුන්ගේ ජිවිත බිලිගනිමින්, එම සතුන්ගේ රුධිරයෙන් තම දෑත් හා නිවෙස් සෝදාදමන මෙම දිනය ගවයින් ඇතුළු ලක්ෂ සංඛ්‍යාත හා ලොව පුරා කෝටි සංඛ්‍යාත සතුන්ගේ දුක් වේදනා ගුවනට මුසුවන ඛේදනීය දිනයකි. කාර්මික යුගයේ උච්ච ස්ථානයක සිටින යුගයක පවා තවමත් මෙවැනි ගෝත්‍රික සිරිත් විරිත් වලින් ඈත් නොවී ඒවා බදාගෙන ඉන්නා, සොබාදහමත් කම්පා කරවන, නොදියුණු ආගමික සංස්කෘතීන් තවමත් සමාජය තුළ ඉතිරිව තිබීම ඉතාම කණගාටුදායකය. තම දරුවන්, බිරිඳ, ඥාතීන් ඉදිරියේ ඔවුන් බලා... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/08/19)

ඇත්ත වෙනුවට නැත්ත!
වාගිස ප්‍රනාන්දු.
මෑතකදී, ජනතා විමුක්ති පෙරමුණේ නලින්ද ජයතිස්ස මංත්‍රීවරයා ලංකාවේ පලවෙන එක්තරා ජාතික පුවත්පතකට පවසා තිබුනේ කුරුඳු, ගම්මිරිස්, ගොරකා, කරුංකා, කරාබුනැටි ආදී භෝගවල මිළ බරපතළ කඩාවැටීමක් තිබෙනබවත් ඒනිසා ගොවියාට සාධාරණ මිලක් නොලැබෙන්නේ බවත්ය. තවදුරටත් අදහස් පළකරමින් මංත්‍රීවරයා පවසා ඇත්තේ පසුගිය කාලයේ ලංකාවේ වසරකට ගම්මිරිස් මෙට්රික් ටොන් 2800 ක් නිෂ්පාදනය කරන විට මෙට්රික් ටොන් 14000 ක් අපනයනය කර ඇති බවකි. තවද, ප‍්‍රතිඅපනයනය නිසා අපේ අපනයනයන් ක්‍රමයෙන් අඩුවූ බවත් විශේෂයෙන්ම වියට්නාමයෙන් ආනයනය කරන ගම්මිරිස් දේශීය ගම්මිරිස්වලට කලවම් කිරීම නිසා ගුණාත්මකභාවය අඩුවී ඇති බවත්ය. නලින්ද ජයතිස්ස මංත්‍රීවරයා මේ කතා කරන්නේ තමන්ගේ බත්කන කටින්ද එසේත් නොමැතිනම් තමන්ගේ සිරුරේ ඇති වෙනත්... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/08/19)

Will it be never?
Laksiri Warnakula
He was clad in the national dress, an immaculate white that contrasted well with somewhat dark and enclosed surroundings. He was stocky, yet lean enough. He was not tall, yet not short either. He was standing on the podium addressing a distinguished gathering of foreign and local dignitaries. With confidence and composure, he was speaking to his audience through an interpreter in his mother tongue. Little those listeners knew that if he chose to, he could with equal eloquence have given the speech in English too. Yet he was proud of his heritage,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/08/19)

අගමැති හිරේ යන්න ඕන මිනිහෙක් - රතන හිමි
Ada Derana
https://youtu.be/DESHoXDQF5U... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/08/19)

YAHAPALANA AND THE ECONOMY Part 11 A
KAMALIKA PIERIS
 ELECTRICITY   (   MAHINDA RAJAPAKSA PERIOD) President Mahinda Rajapaksa, when he assumed office on November 2005, immediately commenced the implementation of the 300MW Kerawalapitiya Combined Cycle Power Plant in early January 2006. This added 200MW to the system by 2008. That helped to avoid the massive power shortage and power cuts envisaged in 2008. A further 100MW from the same Plant was added to the system in 2009, which enabled the Government to confidently go ahead with electrifying the entire country from the then existing electrification level of about 60%. The... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/08/19)

YAHAPALANA AND THE ECONOMY Part 11 B
KAMALIKA PIERIS
GAS TERMINALS (1) The electricity generation is moving in the direction the saboteurs wanted it to, towards oil, announced a critic in March 2019. Yahapalana government favors gas terminals. The share of electricity produced from oil reached a 20-year low of 18%, in 2015, and now it has risen back to 34% by 2017, and will surely exceed 50% by 2020. The retired oil power plants are been revived. Companies are writing reports on how one oil power plant is more expensive than the other. The PUCSL is not approving contracts... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/08/19)

Rajapaksa cites Kashmir while commenting on political solution in Sri Lanka
Meera Srinivasan Courtesy The Hindu
The former President’s reaction is among the first from Sri Lankan political leaders after New Delhi ended Jammu & Kashmir’s special status. Commenting on the prospects for power devolution to Sri Lanka’s minority Tamils, Leader of Opposition and former President Mahinda Rajapaksa has made a reference to the current “situation in Kashmir.” Leading Sri Lankan Tamil daily Virakesari on Saturday published a wide-ranging interview with Mr. Rajapaksa. To a question on his future plans for evolving a political solution to the island’s long-pending Tamil question, Mr. Rajapakasa is quoted as saying:... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/08/19)

India’s best friend will be Mahinda Rajapaksa
R BHAGWAN SINGH Courtesy DECCAN CHRONICLE.
Gotabaya is not a bad man as they (opposition) project, he is a man of action and he is not of many words, operates quietly.  Mahinda Rajapaksa (Photo: AP) In an exclusive interview to R. Bhagwan Singh just an hour before his scheduled meeting with the leaders of Opposition alliance late Saturday evening at his residence in Colombo, where he was expected to break his silence on the Presidential candidate for his Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP)-means Sri Lanka Peoples' Front-former President of Sri... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/08/19)

Philippines checking reports on two alleged Sri Lankan terrorists
Raul Dancel  Philippines Correspondent In Manila Courtesy The Straits Times
Philippine security officials said yesterday they were checking reports that at least two Sri Lankans had slipped into the country to train local militants on bomb-making, even as one of them claimed a family feud had led to false accusations against her. Mr Rommel Banlaoi, head of the Philippine Institute for Peace, Violence and Terrorism Research, told The Sunday Times that one of the Sri Lankans, Ms Victoria Sophia Sto Domingo, had met agents from the National Bureau of Investigation "to deny everything". But... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/08/19)

Many Sri Lankans want a strongman leader, and that favours Gotabaya Rajapaksa
Courtesy London South East
COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lankans, angered by the government’s inability to prevent the Easter Sunday terror attacks that killed more than 250 people, want a strongman back in power who can guarantee their safety and bring back economic growth. Many are rooting for Gotabaya Rajapaksa, who despite fighting allegations of war crimes, is expected to be announced as the presidential candidate of the opposition nationalist Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) party, as early as Sunday. The Rajapaksa brothers, Gotabaya and Mahinda, were credited with bringing peace to Sri... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/08/19)

Foreign article on two Lankan terrorists sneaking into Philippines dismissed as fake
Courtesy Adaderana
An article published by the Singaporean media outlet, The Strait Times, said yesterday (09) that at least two terrorists from Sri Lanka have allegedly sneaked into the Philippines to train local militants on making bombs and attacking churches and other soft targets north of the country.  It is alleged that the two terrorists, who had links to the National Thowheed Jama’ath (NTJ), sneaked into the Philippines with a third terrorist acting as a financier. The article went on to provide the names of the alleged suspects and quoted the spokesperson of the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/08/19)

To prevent balkanization of India – remove 13a in Sri Lanka
When US pivots to Asia as a strategy it means Americas political, diplomatic, trade, economic, cultural focus is all shifted to Asia, it also means, its associated alliances, partners, its covert/overt teams will all come with them. How prepared is Asia and in particular is India for this & what ramifications will India be subject to? Who are America’s Western partners – all of the EU countries, NATO partners, Israel, Australia – in short the Western liberal white nations Who are America’s Other partner countries – pro-US Islamic countries headed by Saudi, Japan &... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 10/08/19)

අපට නොපෙනෙන මහා රාජ්‍යය හා ශ්‍රී ලංකාවේ දේශපාලනාවල
චන්ද්‍රසේන පණ්ඩිතගේ විසිනි
අප මේ ගතකරමින් සිටින වර්තමානය ඉතා තීරණාත්මකය. මෙරට ජනතාව සිතන කරන කියන සෑම ක්‍රියාවලියක් තුලම මනාව සැලසුම කරන ලද දේශපාලන ක්‍රියාදාමයක් ඇත. කන්නේ මොනවාද? අදින්නේ මොනවාද? කියන්නේ මොනවාද? යන හැම දෙයක් තුලින්ම අප යම්කිසි දේශපාලන ක්‍රියාවලියකට බද්ධව කටයුතු කරන්නෝ බවට පත්ව ඇත. අපට මේ උරුමව ඇත්තේ කුමක්දැයි අවබෝධ කරගත යුතුයම, අවධියකට සමාජයම අවතීර්ණව සිටි. තමන්ට තමන් අයිති නැති, තමන්ගේ බිරිදැවරුන්ව අරාබියේ මිනිසුන්ට හිමිව ඇති මේ සමාජය, අපට උරුම කරදුන්නේ කවුරුන්ද? යන්න සම්බන්ධව ගවේෂණය කලයුතුය. මේ තත්වය දිනකින් දෙකකින් මසකින් හෝ වසරකින් අප වෙත ළඟාවූ තත්වයක් නොවේ. ඊට දිගු ඉතිහාසයක් ඇත. ඒ අප පැමිණි... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/08/19)

National Problem in Sri Lanka
Kanthar Balanathan, Australia  DipEE(UK), GradCert(RelEng-Monash), DipBus&Adm(Finance-Massey), CEng. MIEE
Before we step into analyzing and advocating National Problem, we have to define what “Nation” and “National Problem” means. The nation is a body or group of masses of a country, cohesive under an autonomous government of their own. It does not define race/races or group of races or ethnicity. The word cohesive means organized and interconnected socially. National Problem is therefore not restricted to only one single or multiple races (s). It is “National”. However, people with low intelligence of the different ethnic group define National problem... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/08/19)

Garbage talk and immaculately dressed officers
Dr. Sarath Obeysekera
Watching the TV news make people disgusted when they see the Commissioner of CMC sitting in an Air-Conditioned office wearing a spotless attire talking about garbage removal Mayoress wearing clothes of a model riding a bicycle  thru Colombo 7 with Dutch Ambassador should be riding these areas and feel the smell Then the minister of Megapolis wearing similar bright white national dress keep complaining about CMC managed and run by the ruling party.  unable to solve the problem People may soon hear the news that one of these... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/08/19)

ජාත්‍යන්තර විනිසුරුවරුන්ගේ ආගමනයට ශ්‍රේෂ්ඨාධිකරණ, අභියාචනාධිකරණ නඩු තීන්දු සිංහලෙන් ඉල්ලන පුරවැසි අත්සන් ලක්ෂය රතු එළියක්...!
නීතිඥ අරුණ ලක්සිරි උණවටුන BSc(Col), PGDC(Col) (සමායෝජක) 
රට අවුල් කරන NGO සංවිධානවල සහ දෙමළ ඩයස්ෆෝරාවේ බලපෑම් පාලනය කිරීමට රටේ බහුතර ජනතාව නීතිය පිළිබද අවබෝධය ලබා ගත යුතුය.නීතිය නොදැනීම සමාවට කාරණාවක්ද නොවේ. පාර්ලිමේන්තුව පනත් සම්මත කිරීමේදී  පමණක් නොව ශ්‍රේෂ්ඨාධිකරණය සහ අභියාචනාධිකරණය ලබා ලබා දෙන සෑම නඩු තීන්දුවකින්ම නීති සාදන බව රටේ ඇතැම් පිරිස් දන්නේ නැත. රට පාලනය කරන පාලකයන්ද ශ්‍රේෂ්ඨාධිකරණය සහ අභියාචනාධිකරණය නඩු තීන්දු මගින් නීති සාදන බවත් ජනතාවගෙන් සගවන අතර ඒ සදහා ඉංග්‍රීසි භාෂාව ජනතාව නීතියෙන් ඈත් කරන මෙවෙලමක් ලෙසද යොදා ගනිති.  මෙරට විශ්ව විද්‍යාලවල ඇතැම් උගතුන්ද ශ්‍රේෂ්ඨාධිකරණ සහ අභියාචනාධිකරණ නඩු තීන්දු... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/08/19)

The Ambassador-designate of Sri Lanka to the Kingdom of Thailand Samantha K. Jayasuriya assumed duties
Embassy of Sri Lanka Bangkok
The Ambassador-designate to the Kingdom of Thailand Mrs. Samantha K. Jayasuriya assumed duties at the Sri Lanka Embassy on 8 August 2019. Addressing the staff members, the Ambassador-designate shared her vision and plans for the Embassy aiming at furthering the ongoing cordial bilateral relations between Sri Lanka and Thailand. She further highlighted the need to build upon the longstanding rich cultural and religious ties, as well as on further strengthening trade, investment, tourism and partnering in technical cooperation in areas of mutual interest for the betterment of both countries and peoples. ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/08/19)

Sri Lankan Embassy in the Washington D.C. hosts the Sri Lankan Scout Contingent Participated at the 24th World Scout Jamboree in the United States
Embassy of Sri Lanka Washington D.C.
The Embassy of Sri Lanka in Washington D.C. hosted the Sri Lankan Scout Contingent of about 150 participated at the 24th World Scout Jamboree held in West Virginia, the United States from 22 July 2019 - 02 August 2019, at the Mission premises. Warmly welcoming the Sri Lankan scout contingent, Ambassador Rodney Perera appreciated the honorary services extended by the Sri Lankan scout contingent during the Jamboree, by way of promoting Sri Lankan identity, heritage and cultural values as well as Ceylon tea and tourism among over 45,000 members of the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/08/19)

Officials at the U.S. State Department Witnesses a Scintillating Traditional Kandyan Drums Performance by the Sri Lankan Descent American Youth
Embassy of Sri Lanka Washington D.C.
A group of Sri Lankan descent American youth performed a traditional Kandyan Drums Orchestra at the 10th Annual Cultural Celebration organized by the South Asian American Employee Association of the U.S. Department of State on 01st of August 2019. Performances by youth from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Nepal, and Pakistan also added glimmer to this annual South Asian cultural celebrations. The Ambassador of Sri Lanka to the U.S. Rodney Perera and Embassy officials participated at this event, while Ambassador Alice Wells, Acting Assistant Secretary, Bureau of... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/08/19)

Four decades of constitutional folly and failure – 2
By C. A. Chandraprema Courtesy The Island
13A -SL never got what India has
President J. R. Jayewardene and Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi after signing the Indo-Lanka Accord, which paved the way for the provincial council system."Upon the making of a proclamation under the Public Security Ordinance or the law for the time being in force relating to public security, bringing the provisions of such Ordinance or law into operation on the ground that the maintenance of essential supplies and services is, threatened or that the security of Sri Lanka is threatened by war or external... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/08/19)

Dignity of Parliament
Editorial Courtesy The Island
UPFA MP Nimal Lanza, of all people, on Thursday, complained to Speaker Karu Jayasuriya that MP Dr. Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe had called Parliament the most corrupt institution in the country. The Speaker’s position was that Wijeyadasa should leave Parliament if the latter had so low an opinion of it. Dr. Rajapakshe, being a senior lawyer, may not have said so without evidence to support his claim. If only the Speaker had asked Wijeyadasa to substantiate that allegation. No less a person than President Maithripala Sirisena has said that it costs about Rs. 500... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/08/19)

2019 presidential polls electoral pacts: SLPP assures public no truck with those involved in terrorism and extremism
By Shamindra Ferdinando Courtesy The Island
August 9, 2019, 9:27 pm  Basil The Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP), on Thursday (8), assured that it wouldn't, under any circumstances, enter into electoral pacts with political parties or groups blamed for the Easter Sunday attacks or responsible for promoting extremism. SLPP strategist Basil Rajapaksa gave that assurance in response to media queries at a special press conference called by the party at Kingsbury to announce the party convention on Aug 11 at the Sugathadasa Indoor Stadium. Flanked by... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/08/19)

Two terrorists from Sri Lanka slip into the Philippines to prepare for attacks in Luzon
Raul Dancel Courtesy The Straits Times
MANILA - At least two terrorists from Sri Lanka have sneaked into the Philippines to train local militants on making bombs and attacking churches and other soft targets north of the country. A watch list from the Manila International Airport Authority identified the two as Mark Kevin Samhoon and Victoria Sophia Sto Domingo. Both were tagged as "suicide bombers", with kin in the Philippines. Samhoon has ties to the National Thowheed Jamath (NTJ), the terrorist group accused of carrying out the Easter Sunday attacks in Sri Lanka in... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/08/19)

The Last Chance
By Dr. Tilak S. Fernando Courtesy Ceylon Today
Sri Lankans born after 1948 must be the most unfortunate folk living on this planet, despite many narrations indicating, according to Buddhist belief that, “Sri Lanka is a blessed country and several Gods have sanctified this nation”. Could it be the reason why this Island was once known as the Dharma Deepa? When the Portuguese arrived in Ceylon in 1505, they introduced beef eating to the natives which then became a common habit, even among Buddhists, mostly influenced by Christians and later backed by the Colonial rulers. Anagarika... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/08/19)

Mahinda makes a promise to SLFP MPs
Courtesy Adaderana
Leader of Opposition Mahinda Rajapaksa has promised that he would not allow any injustice to be inflicted on the parliamentarians of Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP). He stated this during a meeting held with a group of SLFP members today (09). A group of SLFP local government representatives for Kandy met the Opposition Leader at his official residence. Meanwhile, another group of SLFP members representing the Batticaloa district also held discussions with the Opposition Leader.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/08/19)

Supreme Court dismisses three petitions in favour of Bill to repeal death penalty
Courtesy Adaderana
The Supreme Court today (09) dismissed three petitions filed in favour of the Private Member’s Bill submitted in Parliament seeking to abolish the death penalty. The dismissal order was delivered by a three-judge bench consisting of Supreme Court Justices L.T.B. Dehideniya, Murdu Fernando and Gamini Amarasekara. The petitions were filed by Prof. C. Gunaratne from Nugegoda and two other parties citing the Attorney General as the respondent. When the petitions were taken up before the Supreme Court, State Counsel appearing on behalf of the Attorney General told the judge bench... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/08/19)

UNP should form alliance after naming Presidential Candidate - Sajith
Courtesy Adaderana
UNP Deputy Leader Sajith Premadasa says that the United National Party (UNP) should form an alliance only after naming its Presidential Candidate.  Issuing a statement, the Minister of Housing, Construction and Cultural Affairs stated that certain newspapers had reported today that both he and the Prime Minister had agreed that a UNP-led Democratic National Front (DNF) alliance should be formed as immediately as possible. https://youtu.be/BY2ke163sVQ Premadasa said that he “100,000%” agrees with the forming of such an alliance.  However, it should be done according to the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/08/19)

Resistance to US intervention in Sri Lanka
By ASOKA BANDARAGE Courtesy  Asia Times
The Indian Ocean is one of the most contested regions in the world today. China, the US and India, and also Japan, Saudi Arabia and other rich and powerful states, are struggling for influence over Sri Lanka, which is in the geographic heart of the Indian Ocean. The sea lanes of the Indian Ocean are considered to be the busiest in the world, with more than 80% of global seaborne oil trade estimated to be passing through them. Sri Lanka is a participant in the Maritime Belt and Silk Road Initiative, China’s extensive... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/08/19)

Sri Lankan presidential hopeful Gotabaya Rajapaksa renounces US citizenship
Courtesy London South East
COLOMBO, Aug 8 (Reuters) - Gotabaya Rajapaksa, a key politician in Sri Lanka's civil war, has renounced U.S. citizenship, paving the way for him to make a bid on his country's presidency. Sri Lanka does not allow dual citizenship and foreign nationals cannot contest elections. Gotabaya, a defence chief during the civil war that ended in 2009 and the younger brother of former president Mahinda Rajapaksa, announced late April that he would run in the presidential election due later this year. He is very popular among Sri Lanka's politically... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/08/19)

How to Ruin a Country in Four Years
By Sumanasiri Liyanage Courtesy Ceylon Today
I borrow the title of Servaas Storm’s article that appeared in the ‘Institute of New Economic Thinking’ with slight changes for this week’s column. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe is well-known for his statements, some of which are of special kind, on the economy. He might have made more than 10 in the last four and a half years. If someone reads his statements since 2015, she/he would find that they are logically consistent as the PM follows very closely the arguments of neo-liberal economists of international financial organisations.  Neo-liberalism that... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/08/19)

Exam frauds committed by some students wearing hijab
Courtesy Ceylon Today
The Commissioner General of Examinations recently announced the candidates not to sit for the G.C.E. Advanced Level Examination wearing hijab due to the situation which prevailed in the country recently. Yet, as reported, some students in several schools of the Eastern Province, have been seen wearing hijab during the examination. Accordingly, some have complained that the rules and regulation of the examination have been violated by the above mentioned students who were wearing the hijab during the time of examination. As reported, exam frauds have been committed by some... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/08/19)

President Maithripala Sirisena and Opposition Leader Mahinda Rajapaksa discuss to form broad alliance for next Presidential Poll
W.K. Prasad Manju Courtesy Ceylon Today
Decisive discussions between President Maithripala Sirisena and Opposition Leader Mahinda Rajapaksa to form a broad alliance, between the SLFP and the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna, to contest the next Presidential Poll were successfully concluded, informed sources said yesterday (06). These talks were held following stalled discussions in the recent past. Talks had ended on a cordial note and both leaders decided to inform colleagues to continue ongoing discussions between the two Parties before forming a strong and viable political alliance to contest the upcoming Polls. Sources said they decided to... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/08/19)

AVOCADO FACE MASK LOOK GOOD can help prevent fine lines and wrinkles.
Courtesy The Island
August 7, 2019, 9:20 pm  Avocados are rich in antioxidants which can help prevent fine lines and wrinkles. There are many great benefits of avocado - one is that it’s rich in good fats that moisturise your hair. It’s also well absorbed by the hair shafts and scalp. Bananas are another natural moisturiser. The vitamin A content in bananas helps to restore lost moisture and repair damaged, dull, and dry skin. Yes, bananas are packed with potassium – great for improving the natural elasticity of... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/08/19)

Largest Islamic Convention in U.K. concludes.
By A. Abdul Aziz, Press Secretary, 
 The 53rd Jalsa Salana (Annual Convention) of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in the United Kingdom concluded on Sunday 04 August 2019 with faith inspiring addresses of his five speeches. by the World Head the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, the Fifth Khalifa (Caliph), His Holiness Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad.  The Convention began on Friday with the traditional Friday Sermon and the first session started with raising of the black and white flag of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community alongside the Union Flag. On Saturday (the second day of the event), the Caliph conducted proceedings from... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/08/19)

බඳවා ගැනීමේ පටිපටිය උල්ලංඝණය කරමින්, ජාතික සේවක සංගමයට සාමාජිකයින් බදවා දුන් සමෘද්ධි සංවර්ධන නිලධාරීන් හට පමණක් වැඩබැලීමේ සමෘද්ධි කළමණාකරු පත්වීම ලබා දීම වහා අත්හිටවන ලෙස ඉල්ලා සිටීම.
සමෘද්ධි සංවර්ධන නිළධාරීන්ගේ සංගමය
ජනමාධ්‍ය නිවේදනයයි ලේකම්, ප‍්‍රාථමික කර්මාන්ත සහ සමාජ සවිබල ගැන්වීමේ අමාත්‍යාංශය. සෙත්සිරිපාය, බත්තරමුල්ල. බඳවා ගැනීමේ පටිපටිය උල්ලංඝණය කරමින්, ජාතික සේවක සංගමයට සාමාජිකයින් බදවා දුන් සමෘද්ධි සංවර්ධන නිලධාරීන් හට පමණක් වැඩබැලීමේ සමෘද්ධි කළමණාකරු පත්වීම ලබා දීම වහා අත්හිටවන ලෙස ඉල්ලා සිටීම. සමෘද්ධි සංවර්ධන දෙපාර්තමේන්තුව වෙත රාජ්‍ය සේවා කොමිෂන් සභාව විසින් අනුමත කර එවන ලද සමෘද්ධි සංවර්ධන නිලධාරීන් බඳවා ගැනීමේ හා උසස් කිරීමේ පටිපාටිය සම්බන්ව ඔබගේ විශේෂ අවධානය මෙයින් යොමු කරවමු. 02. උපාධිය සම්පුර්ණ කරන ලද සමෘද්ධි සංවර්ධන නිලධාරීන් 146 ආසන්න පිරිසක් දිවයිනේ සෑම දිස්ත‍්‍රික්කයකම සමෘද්ධි සංවර්ධන නිලධාරී තනතුරෙහි දැනට සේවයේ නියුතුව ඇත.... -Full Story-
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වැන්දඹු අනත්දරු, වැන්දඹු පුරුෂ අනත්දරු දායක මුදල් වාර්තා ඉල්ලමින් විශ‍්‍රාමිකයින් පීඩාවට පත් කිරීම
ජාතික වෘත්තීය සමිති මධ්‍යස්ථානය
ගරු අමාත්‍ය, රාජ්‍ය පරිපාලන හා කළමනාකරණ අමාත්‍යංශය, කොළඹ 7 ගරු අමාත්‍යතුමනි, වැන්දඹු අනත්දරු, වැන්දඹු පුරුෂ අනත්දරු දායක මුදල් වාර්තා ඉල්ලමින් විශ‍්‍රාමිකයින් පීඩාවට පත් කිරීම මේ වන විට විශ‍්‍රාම වැටුප් දෙපාර්තමේන්තුව විශ‍්‍රාම යන රාජ්‍ය සේවකයින්ගේ පත්වීම් දින සිට විශ‍්‍රාම යන දිනය තෙක් දායක මුදල් අය කළ බැව් සඳහන් වාර්තා ඉදිරිපත් කරන ලෙස විශ‍්‍රාමිකයින්ට දන්වමින් ඔවුන් පීඩාවට පත්කිරීම පිළිබඳව ඔබගේ දැඩි අවධානය යොමුකරවීමට කැමැත්තෙමු. පිරිමි අයෙක් නම් රාජ්‍ය සේවයට බැඳුනු දා සිට ඔහුගේ වැටුපෙන් දායක මුදල් අය කිරීම අනිවාර්ය අතර, කාන්තාවක් නම් 1983.08.01 දිනෙන් පසුව බැඳුණු හැම අයෙකුගෙන්ම දායක මුදල් අය... -Full Story-
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ශ‍්‍රී ලංගම සේවකයන්ට රුපියල් 2500/- ක දීමනාව නොගෙවීමටත් නිළධාරීන්ගේ වැටුප් සංශෝධනය නොකිරීමටත් එරෙහිව ගනු ලබන ක‍්‍රියාමාර්ගයන් දැනුම්දීම.
ප‍්‍රධාන ලේකම්,  සමස්ත ලංකා ප‍්‍රවාහන සේවක සංගමය.
ගරු ප‍්‍රධාන අමාත්‍ය අර්ජුන, ප‍්‍රවාහන හා සිවිල් ගුවන් සේවා අමාත්‍යාංශය, 07 වන මහල, සෙත්සිරිපාය, බත්තරමුල්ල. ගරු ඇමතිතුමනි, ශ‍්‍රී ලංගම සේවකයන්ට රුපියල් 2500/- ක දීමනාව නොගෙවීමටත් නිළධාරීන්ගේ වැටුප් සංශෝධනය නොකිරීමටත් එරෙහිව ගනු ලබන ක‍්‍රියාමාර්ගයන් දැනුම්දීම. 2019 අගෝස්තු මාසයේ වැටුපට ශ‍්‍රී ලංගම සේවකයන් හට රු 2500 යේ අන්තර් දීමනා මුදල ලබාදීමට සහ විධායක සහ විධායක නොවන නිළධාරීන්ගේ වැටුප් සංශෝධනය කිරීමට කඩිනමින් මැදිහත් වන ලෙෂ ඔබතුමාගෙන් ප‍්‍රථමයෙන් ඉල්ලා සිටිමු. රජයේ සේවකයන්ට 2019 අයවැය තුලින් ලබාදුන් රු 2500 ක දීමනා මුදල මෙතෙක් ශ‍්‍රී ලංගම සේවකයන්ට මෙතෙක් ලබා දී නැත. අප සංගමයෙන් දිගින්... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/08/19)

දුම්රිය කාර්ය සහායක බඳවාගැනීමේ සම්මුඛ පරීක්‍ෂණය පට්ට බොරුවක්
මාධ්‍ය නිවේදනය දුම්රිය වෘත්තීය සමිති සන්ධානය
දුම්රිය දෙපාර්තමේන්තුවේ ප‍්‍රාථමික ශිල්පීය නොවන සේවා ගණයේ දුම්රිය කාර්ය සහායක/නවාතැන්, බංගලා, සහායක/කාන්තා විශ‍්‍රාමශාලා සේවිකා II වන ශ්‍රේණියට බඳවාගැනීම සඳහා මේ වන විට සම්මුඛ පරීක්‍ෂණ පවත්වමින් ඇත. දුම්රිය දෙපාර්තමේන්තුවේ මෙම තනතුරු පුරප්පාඩු පිරවීම සඳහා 2019.-07.19 දිනට පෙර අයදුම් පත් එවන ලෙස ප‍්‍රවාහන අමාත්‍යාංශයේ උපදෙස් පරිදි දුම්රිය සාමාන්‍යාධිකාරී විසින් 2019.07.06 දින දිනමිණ පුවත්පතේ හා WWW.Railway.lk වෙබ් අඩවියේ දැන්වීම් පළකරමින් අයදුම්පත් කැඳවා තිබුණි. ඒ අනුව අ.පො.ස. (සා/පෙ) සම්මාන සමාර්ථ දෙකක් සහිත විෂයන් 06 කින් සමත් අයදුම් කරුවන් 20000 කට අධික ප‍්‍රමානයක් අයදුම්පත් එවා තිබුණි. දුම්රිය දෙපාර්තමේන්තුවේ පත්වීම් අංශයේ අනිකුත් සියළු වැඩ කටයුතු අත්හිටුවා සියළු... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/08/19)

The death penalty is never the answer
By Sonia Sarkar Courtesy Telegraph
India has a more humanitarian approach towards drug offenders than its neighbours Bangladesh and Sri Lanka After a moratorium of 43 years, the gallows were getting ready in Sri Lanka. Two executioners with ‘excellent moral character’ and ‘mental strength’ were appointed. A list of four convicts — involved in drug offences — to be hanged was prepared. On June 26 — the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking — the Sri Lankan president, Maithripala Sirisena, announced that he had signed the requisite documents for the imposition of the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/08/19)

Special Investigation Committee (SIC) members coming before Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) in the balance
Methmalie Dissanayake Courtesy Ceylon Today
The Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) investigating the Easter Sunday terror attacks has reportedly decided to summon members of the Special Investigation Committee (SIC) appointed by President Maithripala Sirisena to testify on 20 August. The SIC comprises Supreme Court Judge, Justice Vijith K. Malalgoda, former IGP N.K. Ilangakoon and former Law and Order Ministry Secretary Padmasiri Jayamanne. According to PSC sources, SIC members had been informed to come before the PSC tomorrow (08). However, the date had to be changed due to pre-scheduled businesses of some PSC members. ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/08/19)

Petition filed on legality of Bandulal’s motion on death penalty
Courtesy Adaderana
A petition has been filed at the Supreme Court seeking a ruling that the Private Member’s Bill presented to the parliament by MP Bandulal Banadarigoda on the abolishment of the death penalty is not unconstitutional. The Attorney General has been named the respondent of this petition file by Prof. C. Gunaratne from Nugegoda. On August 01, MP Bandulal Bandarigoda tabled a Private Member’s Motion at the parliament containing provisions to abolish the death penalty. The petitioner pointed out that no clause in the proposal would violate the Constitution of Sri... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/08/19)

Thowheed terror fallout: Bathiudeen survives, Police, AG under a cloud
By Shamindra Ferdinando Courtesy The Island
Thanks to the ongoing Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) on Easter Sunday attacks, the All Ceylon Makkal Congress (ACMC) leader and Vanni District lawmaker, Rishad Bathiudeen, is no longer under heavy fire over his alleged involvement with the now-proscribed National Thowheed Jamaat (NTJ). The government proscribed the NTJ on May 13, 2019 - 23 days after the Easter carnage. The Jama’athe Milla’athe Ibrahim (JMI) and the Willayath As Seylani (WAS) were also banned in terms of regulation 75(1) of the emergency regulations. Bathiudeen held the Industry and Commerce, Resettlement of Protracted Displaced Persons, Co-operative Development, Vocational Training & Skills Development at the time of the April... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/08/19)

SF says he was offered Dy. Defence Minister post, Cabinet portfolio
By Saman Indrajith Courtesy The Island
Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka, MP, yesterday, revealed that he had recently been offered the post of the Deputy Minister of Defence and a Cabinet portfolio by the Minister of Defence. President Maithripala Sirisena is the Minister of Defence. The former army chief said that he had turned down the offer because it was intended to silence him. He said he could not keep his mouth shut, given the situation in the country. Fonseka said so when State Minister for Defence Ruwan Wijewardena told the Parliamentary Select... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/08/19)

THIS PRIME MINISTER OF OURS IS PLAYING TO THE GALLERY BY HIS TWEET ON KASHMIR.
By Noor Nizam - Peace and Political Activist, Political Communications Researcher, SLFP/SLPP Stalwart and Convener “ The Muslim Voice", August 6th., 2019.
Muslim parliamentarians on behalf of the Muslims of Sri Lanka should denounce this political process in the Indian parliament (Lok Sabah). It is sad to see a Prime Minister of a Democratic country which is a member of the UN, without "DENOUNCING WHAT INDIA HAS DONE" to wish well to the passing of a bill by the Narendra Modi's BJP government to oppress the Kashmir people further. The Bill is repealing legislations 35... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/08/19)

National Service is a must to a developing country
Dr. Sarath Obeysekera
We keep watching TV about the daily demonstrations by young generations where male and female students with young monks with overgrown hair. What a waste of energy and valuable time. In Russia, I remember how the young generation of the same age group in the universities behaved. They are supposed to do service in the forces after school before coming to university or after. Every summer group of youngsters was always sent to villages ( they use to call the farms KOLHOZ-means collective farm ) to either uproot potatoes or pluck cabbages.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/08/19)

Sri Lankan Prime Minister Welcomes Union Territory Status On Ladakh
Courtesy NDTV
The Sri Lankan Prime Minister added that Ladakh's creation as a Union Territory and its consequential restructuring is "India''s internal matter". With over 70% Buddhists, Ladakh will be the first Indian state with a Buddhist majority. COLOMBO:  Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on Tuesday welcomed the Central government's move to confer Union Territory status on Ladakh, a region with a Buddhist majority. Taking to Twitter, Mr Wickremesinghe said, "I understand Ladakh will finally become a Union Territory. With over 70% Buddhist it will be the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/08/19)

Sri Lanka PM: Country must prepare for new terrorism phase
By KRISHAN FRANCIS, ASSOCIATED PRESS Courtesy  abc News
Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe leaves after testifying in front of a parliamentary committee investigating the Islamic State-inspired Easter Sunday bomb attacks, at the parliament complex in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2019. Wickremesinghe said the coordinated suicide bomb attacks in three churches and three tourist hotels on April 21 were the result of the security apparatus failing to follow the transition of religious extremists into terrorists, adding that the country should prepare itself to face new forms of terrorism prevalent in other countries. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/08/19)

‘No satisfactory answer on Easter day lapse’
Meera Srinivasan Courtesy The Hindu
Sri Lankan PM tells inquiry panel that he was not informed about the terror threat despite prior intel “I am yet to get a satisfactory response on why I was not briefed about the Easter Sunday terror threat,” Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has said, suggesting that the Sri Lankan government may still not have identified the reasons for the security lapse, over three months after the bombings shook the country. Neither he nor his security division was informed about the terror threat, despite prior intelligence being available with senior... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/08/19)

Presidential election: SLFP stance after talks between President Maithripala Sirisena and SLPP and Opposition Leader Mahinda Rajapaksa
Sandun A Jayasekera Courtesy The Daily Mirror
The Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) stance on the presidential election will be decided after the second round of discussions between President Maithripala Sirisena and SLPP and Opposition Leader Mahinda Rajapaksa, SLFP General Secretary Dayasiri Jayasekara said today. “The two leaders met on Monday night. I can’t disclose what transpired at the discussion because they are expected to meet again shortly. I believe the two parties will be in a position to come to an understanding on the position to be taken on the presidential election,” he said. "The... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/08/19)

Why Is the U.S. Never Deemed ‘Unsafe’ as a Travel Destination?
Rosie Spinks, Courtesy Skift
n the wake of a tragedy, destinations are hugely beholden to the public perception of how safe it is to travel there, regardless of the reality on the ground. But the United States — which has experienced more mass shootings than there are days in 2019 — is unfairly exempt from that struggle.— Rosie Spinks If you type in the phrase “Is it safe to travel to…” in the Google search bar, it’s instructive to see what countries come up in response: Sri Lanka, Turkey, Hong Kong, Tunisia. Unsurprisingly,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/08/19)

Sri Lankan-built satellite sends first picture of earth
Courtesy Inquirer.net
The Island/Asia News Network COLOMBO — The first ever Sri Lankan nano satellite, RAAVANA-1 launched into an orbit 400 km away from earth on June 17, sent the first picture of earth. RAAVANA-1 is a research satellite built by two Sri Lankan engineers, Tharindu Dayaratne and Dulani Chamika, from the University of Peradeniya and the Arthur C. Clarke Institute for Modern Technologies.ADVERTISEMENT The satellite is expected to fulfil five missions including the capturing of pictures of Sri Lanka and its surrounding regions. The satellite was designed... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/08/19)

21/4 mastermind is someone else – Turkish Envoy
Sulochana Ramiah Mohan Courtesy Ceylon Today
Turkey’s Ambassador to Sri Lanka Tunca Ozcuhadar alleged that the Easter Sunday suicide bomber Zahran Hashim and his group were mere ‘foot soldiers’ who carried out an attack planned by someone else. Ozcuhadar clarified that he is not a security expert but said the logic behind the systematic bombings shows that organising simultaneous attacks are a difficult task without proper logistical and financial support. “It does not look like a home-grown terrorist group to me. The interesting part is that Zahran got himself killed, which is awkward for... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/08/19)

An open letter to all political parties and politicians who seek a mandate to rule this country at the forthcoming elections
Dr. Sudath Gunasekara 
A people’s Manifesto for the next Presidential/General Election. ? Fifty Demands for all political Parties and aspirant leaders who intend contesting next Presidential/General Election Introduction It is a foregone conclusion that there is no Government in this country today, in spite of the fact that there is a President, a Prime Minister,  9 Governors in the nine Provinces, nearly 157 Ministers (112 Central Government (until recently), and 45 Ministers with 5 Chief Ministers in the Provincial Councils, nearly 700 PC Members, and 336 Pradesiya Sabhas with 8825 Members, ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/08/19)

මෙහෙමයි වුනේ - (තුන්වැනි කොටස)
ආචාර්ය වරුණ චන්ද්‍රකීර්ති
අම්මා තමයි අපේ ගෙදර බුදුන්. අපේ රටේ හැම ගෙදරක ම එහෙම තමයි කියලා අපි හැමෝ ම දන්නවා. ඉතින් අම්මා ගැන කියන්නේ නැතුව අපි ලොකු මහත් වෙච්ච විදිහ ගැන කියන්නේ කොහොම ද? අද මම කියන්නේ අපේ අම්මා ගැන. අම්මායි මමයි ඉපැදිලා තියෙන්නේ එක ම දවසේ. හැබැයි අපේ අම්මා මට වඩා අවුරුදු තිස් තුනක් වයසින් වැඩියි. අපි දෙන්නා අතර තිබුණු කිට්ටු සම්බන්ධයට මේ එක දවසේ උපන් හේතුවට ඉක්මවා ගිය කරුණු කාරණා සෑහෙන ප්‍රමාණයක් බලපාන්න ඇති කියලා මට හිතෙනවා. ඒත් ඒ මොන මොනවා ද කියලා මම වෙන වෙන ම හිතලා නෑ. කොහොමත් අපි පුංචි කාලේ උපන් දිනය... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/08/19)

Solution to garbage stacked in Katunayake
Dr. Sarath Obeysekera
Everyone talks about the garbage lying in the free trade zone . No one has any clue to get rid of it after courts prohibited moving them out I remember a solution I gave when I ran SLLRDC during the time of RP. As an Anandian I was invited as the chief guest in a price giving ceremony in the College Principal was developing a playground in land acquired from Mcwoods. A massive rock wad lying on the surface where the ground was built As we have many cranes, the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/08/19)

Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) decides to question the Special Investigation Committee (SIC)appointed by President
by Saman Indrajith Courtesy The Island
The Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) probing the Easter Sunday carnage has decided to summon the members of the Special Investigation Committee (SIC) appointed by President Maithripala Sirisena for the same purpose. The PSC had informed the SIC members to be present to give evidence on Aug 8 at the Committee Room 1 of the Parliament complex, a PSC member said. Headed by Supreme Court Judge Vijith K. Malalgoda, the SIC also comprised former IGP N.K. Ilangakoon and former Law and Order Ministry Secretary Padmasiri Jayamanne. Former... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/08/19)

Ex-child soldier faces jail for SA murder
Courtesy The Canberra Times
 Ganeshamoorthy Thiyagarajah faces deportation to Sri Lanka after serving his sentence for murder. Recruited as a child soldier at age 12 and later tortured by his enemies before fleeing by boat to Australia, Sri Lankan Ganeshamoorthy Thiyagarajah is now facing years behind bars for a "brutal" killing in Adelaide. Thiyagarajah was found guilty recently of the murder in March 2017 of his housemate Mohammed Mansoor at their Penfield Gardens home. In sentencing submissions in the Supreme Court on Monday, prosecutor Patrick Dawes said Mr Mansoor... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/08/19)

Minority representatives have failed in their duty
By C.Y.P. RAM, UNP COLOMBO DISTRICT ORGANISER AND FORMER MEMBER WESTERN PROVINCIAL COUNCIL Courtesy Ceylon Today
Party leaders and Parliamentarians who represent the minority Tamil and Muslim communities have failed in their duty, which is to achieve the aspirations of the community they represent. Plans to form a Tamil and Muslim conference by them is not going to serve the purpose of achieving the intended rights of the minority Tamil speaking community of our nation.  The persons who had identified themselves as leaders of Tamil parties and the representatives of minority Tamil speaking community... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/08/19)

Three JMI suspects who received training from Zahran arrested
Courtesy Adaderana
Police have arrested three suspected members of the banned organisation, Jamathei Millathu Ibraheem (JMI), who had allegedly received training from terrorist leader Zahran Hashim in Nuwara Eliya and Hambantota. Police Spokesman SP Ruwan Gunasekara said that they were arrested by Ampara Police today and that one of the suspects is a student of the South Eastern University in Oluvil. https://youtu.be/xtcLpdfVOy8 One of the three arrested suspects has been identified as Mohamed Seifullah Haq, also known as ‘Abu Sahid’, who is a resident of Gelioya. He had... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/08/19)

Over 200,000 dengue cases in Sri Lanka, 47 deaths
Courtesy Adaderana
Forty-seven people died and over 200,000 were infected by the dengue virus across Sri Lanka in the first seven months this year, government figures revealed on Monday. Till the end of July, a total of 234,078 dengue cases were reported, with the highest number of cases reported from the Colombo district followed by Gampaha and Kalutara, reports Xinhua news agency. The government’s Epidemiology Unit said it had identified five high-risk districts -- Colombo, Gampaha, Galle, Kalutara and Ratnapura. Medical experts have urged people to seek immediate medical attention if they... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/08/19)

අත්අඩංගුවට ගත් කඩු තොග උත්සවයක් තියා බෙදා දෙන්නැයි ඉල්ලයි..
 අරවින්ද අතුකෝරල
පිවිතුරු හෙළ උරුමය මූලස්ථානයේ පැවති මාධ්‍ය හමුවේ දී එම පක්ෂ නායක නීතිඥ උදය ගම්මන්පිල මහතා මෙම අදහස් පල කලේය. පාස්කු බෝම්බ ප්‍රහාරයේ සිදුවීම් සමග නම කියැවුණු එකම මන්ත්‍රිවරයා තමයි රිෂාඩ් බදියුඩීන් ඇමතිවරයා. එතුමා ගැන අපි පොලිසියට පැමිණිලි කළත් අඩුම ගණනේ පොලිසිය විසින් ප්‍රකාශයක් වත් සටහන් කර ගන්නේ නැතුව එතුමාව නිදහස් කළා. පොලිසියට අයිති දෙයක් නෙමෙයි කෙනෙක් නිදහස් ද නැද්ද කියන එක. https://youtu.be/xU_tobEPTTo පොලීසිය කළ යුත්තේ විමර්ශණයේ තොරතුරු උසාවියට වාර්ථා කිරීමයි. උසාවියිය තීරනය කල යුත්තේ නිදොස්ද නැද්ද කියන එක. රිෂාඩ් බදියුඩීන් ඇමතිවරයාගේ කුණු සේදීීම සදහා බිහි කල කුණු ලොන්ඩරිය... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/08/19)

ජනාධිපතිවරණය පෙර ඇමරිකාවට අවසන් තුරුම්පුව අදින්න සූදානම්… ආපදා හෝ හදිසි තත්වයක් ඇති කරන්න සැලසුම්..
අනුරුද්ධ බණ්ඩාර රණවාරණ මාධ්‍ය ලේකම් ජාතික නිදහස් පෙරමුණ
‘සහරාන්ගේ කල්ලිය’ වැනි තවත් ත්‍රස්ත කල්ලියක් ලවා මරාගෙන මැරෙන ප්‍රහාරයන් එල්ල කරවා රට තුළ හදිසි තත්වයක් ඇතිකොට ඒ තත්ත්වය යටතේ ජනාධිපතිවරණය කල් දමා, රනිල් වික්‍රමසිංහගේ ප්‍රධානත්වයෙන් භාරකාර ආණ්ඩුවක් හැදීම ඇමරිකානු එක්සත් ජනපදයේ අවසන් තුරුම්පුව වී ඇති බවත් ඒ නිසා ඉදිරි මාස කීපය ඉතාමත් තීරණාත්මක කාලයක් වනු ඇති බවත් ඒ තුරුම්පුව ඇදීමට ඇමරිකාවට ඉඩ නොදීම රටට ආදරය කරන කාගේත් වගකීම බවත් ජානිපෙ නායක විමල් වීරවංශ මහතා පෙන්වාදෙයි. මහනුවර ශ්‍රී පුෂ්පදාන ශාලාවේදී පැවති STOP USA සංවිධානයේ දෙවන සම්මන්ත්‍රණයේ දී අදහස් දක්වමින් ඒ මහතා මෙසේ පෙන්වා දුන්නේය. එහිදී වැඩිදුරටත්... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/08/19)

Call for probe into whether Scots clinical waste containing body parts has been exported to Sri Lanka
Courtesy The Daily Reord
Thirty tons of clinical waste from Scottish hospitals was reported missing after the collapse of Lanarkshire-based disposal contractor HES last year. Sri Lankan customs officials inspect containers from the UK The Scottish Government has been urged to investigate whether clinical waste including body partscould have been exported to Sri Lanka. Labour MSP Monica Lennon has written to Health Secretary Jeane Freeman after 100 shipping containers from the UK containing toxic materials were discovered at the port of Colombo. The sickening cargo is understood... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/08/19)

Sri Lanka's toxic waste dump and UK growth link
By Stuart Cosgrove Courtesy The National
Toxic waste, including diseased tumours and human remains, was dumped in Sri Lanka SRI LANKA and its battered citizens no doubt imagined that they had lived through the worst that life could dump on them – a bitter civil war, a tragic Tsunami and most recently an unexpected terrorist attack on churches and tourist hotels – then the most putrid consignments arrived on Sri Lanka’s shores. A UK based-company dumped 27,685 tonnes of hazardous waste in a processing zone to the south of the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/08/19)

Attacks on the Mahawamsa.
Chandre Dharmawardana,
This is a very good analysis by Susantha Goonatilleke. We should agree that Sri Lanka, even more than India, has a strong historical memory, and the Mahawamsa falls in line with the Gilgamesh, the Old Testament, and the writings of Herodotus. The Indian Epics like Ramayana and Mahabharata contain far more myth than history. However, it is not clear if the modern Sri Lankans have any sort of historical memory or interest in it. In fact, the modern public seems to be carried away by the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/08/19)

Extremists in every country should be removed from society
Dr. Sarath Obeysekera
Last few days America is going thru difficult times after many people died due to the shooting by white supremacists Some blame Trump for the massacre. In Sri Lanka also had similar situations where Some extremist elements massacred innocent people. Who did people blame? Obviously the current leadership. A few years back we had skirmishes in Aluthgama and Kandy Again people blamed the leaders for going soft on extremism Irrespective of whether extremists are Buddhist, Muslims or Christians it... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/08/19)

එක්සත් ජාතික පක්ෂයේ සමහර අය හිතනවනම් තනිවම දිනන්න පුළුවන් කියලා මං හිතන්නේ එගොල්ලෝ ලොකු කළුවර ගෙදරක ඉන්නේ - අර්ජුන රණතුංගෙන් රතු එළියක්...
අර්ජුන රණතුංග 
ඉදිරි ජනාධිපතිරවරණයට තනි පක්ෂයක් ලෙසට ඉදිරිපත් වී ජයග්‍ර‍හණය කළ හැකියැයි එක්සත් ජාතික පක්ෂය සිතන්නේ නම් එය ලොකු මුලාවක් බව ප්‍ර‍වාහන සහ සිවිල් ගුවන්සේවා අමාත්‍ය අර්ජුන රණතුංග මහතා පවසයි. “එක්සත් ජාතික පක්ෂයේ තියෙන ප්‍ර‍ශ්න ඒ පක්ෂයම විසදගන්න ඕන. ඒක අපිට අදාල ප්‍ර‍ශ්නයක් නෙවෙයි මොකද අපි එක්සත් ජාතික පාක්ෂිකයෝ නෙවෙයි. මම එක්සත් ජාතික පෙරමුණේ ඉන්නේ. එකසත් ජාතික පක්ෂයේ තියෙන ප්‍ර‍ශ්නවලට අත ගහන්න අපිට අයිතියක් නැහැ. ඒ නිසාම එකසත් ජාතික පක්ෂය ප්‍ර‍ධාන පක්ෂයක් ලෙස දැන ගන්න ඕන ඔවුන්ගේ ප්‍ර‍ශ්න විසද ගෙන එන්න.   අපි අවුරුදු දෙකක් තිස්සේ මේ සන්ධානය හදන්න අපි අගැමතිතුමත් එක්ක සාකච්ඡා... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/08/19)

Masonry Trowels .mamoties. hammers, sickles, tabs and broad bands
Dr Sarath Obeysekera
Elections are at the doorstep. Hardware shops are selling mamoties and masonry trowels ( made in China) like hotcakes. Computer suppliers are trying to supply state of the art tabs to the government to support the student communities to make them more involved in the web-based communication industry. What is the secret? Minsters of the government with leaders are attending placing of foundations for schools, temples, culverts. Mamoties are sold with a masonry trowel for the invited VIP to place the first brick during the eve of the election. ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/08/19)

End of the road for the SLFP?
By Dr Upul Wijayawardhana Courtesy The Island
"Justin, I cannot wait for the old boy to die" was the response my father had received from S. W. R. D. Bandaranaike, shortly before he crossed over to the Opposition, in July 1951, having resigned from the posts of the Leader of the House and Minister of Health & Local Government. My father, Justin Wijayawardhana, was an ardent supporter of SWRD and secretary of the Matara Branch of the Sinhala Maha Sabha, till it joined the UNP, and then was the secretary of the Matara Branch of the UNP. On... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/08/19)

Sri Lanka’s Black Gold
By Michael Gregson Courtesy Ceylon Today
Sri Lanka could soon be in for a windfall because of the worldwide surge in demand for electric cars. At least 125 million electric vehicles are expected to be travelling global highways by 2030, which means the world is going to need a lot more graphite in the coming decade and beyond. And Sri Lanka is sitting on heaps of the stuff. Graphite mining dates back 200 years in Sri Lanka, peaking during the First and  Second World Wars, when production hit 35,000 tons a year.  Since then, the industry... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/08/19)

Cyber attack on SLPP e-canvassing app?
Courtesy Adaderana
The e-canvassing campaign of the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna was continued today (04) for the second consecutive day. SLPP yesterday (03) launched its island-wide pre-election campaign aimed at the presidential election. SLPP has introduced e-canvassing in the country for the first time through their election campaign. https://youtu.be/I3hgYYXQf6M Using a mobile app called ‘V-CAN’, the SLPP promoted the party ahead of the upcoming election by visiting numerous houses across the country. However, party representatives had charged that someone had launched a cyberattack on the ‘V-CAN’... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/08/19)

සජිත්ට එංගලන්තයෙන් දී ඇත්තේ අසනීපකාරයෙකුට දෙන සානුකම්පිත උපාධියක්..- දන්න කියන කෙනෙක්ගේ හෙළිදරවුව මෙන්න.. [Video]
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එක්සත් ජාතික පක්ෂයේ නියෝජ්‍ය නායක ඇමැති සජිත් ප්‍රේමදාස උද්දච්ච මෝඩ පුද්ගලයෙක් යයි සිංහලේ සංවිධානය සඳහන් කරයි. සංවිධානයේ ජාතික සංවිධායක ප්‍රදීප් සංජීව කොළඹදී පැවති මාධ්‍ය හමුවකදී මේ බව කියා සිටියේය. https://youtu.be/cVsM2FK48qE සජිත් ප්‍රේමදාස මහතාට බි‍්‍රතාන්‍ය විශ්ව විද්‍යාලයකින් ලබා දී ඇති උපාධිය විභාගයට පෙනී සිටීමට නොහැකි බව දැන්වීමෙන් ලබාදෙන උපාධියක් බවද ඔහු සඳහන් කළේය. ඒ අනුව සජිත් ප්‍රේමදාස මහතාට ලබාදී ඇත්තේ අසනීප වූ පුද්ගලයෙකුට ලබාගෙන සානුකම්පිත උපාධියක් බව ඔහු කියා සිටියේ එම විශ්වවිද්‍යාලයෙන් ගෙන්වා ගන්නා ලද විද්‍යුත් ලිපියක්ද උපුටා දක්වමිනි. අදාල විද්‍යුත්... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/08/19)

India claims Sri Lanka’s security challenges a threat to India. Who is a bigger threat to India – US or China?
The prima facie case for India to interfere in Sri Lanka’s internal affairs is to cite that any instability happening in Sri Lanka becomes an automatic national security threat to India. While the argument definitely has merit, it begs to question how far India has chipped into aggravate Sri Lanka’s instability vis a vis helping regime change in 2015 & thus virtually inviting the enemy to Sri Lanka’s shores. While all countries do not have permanent friends but permanent interests, it is good for India to determine who the greater enemy is. To India’s surprise it should now realize India’s... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 04/08/19)

Barefoot walking is best
Courtesy The Island
"Going barefoot is the gentlest way of walking and can symbolise a way of living - being authentic, vulnerable, sensitivn to our surroundings; removing barriers between us and nature.— Adele Coombs, "Barefoot Dreaming" Just a comment to my son that with age unsteadiness when walking brought forth a barrage of advice and directions and an article I will be quoting. Barefoot walking connotes much But first, instant first thoughts to the term ‘barefoot walking’ which flashed through my mind. Vijayatunge’s early novel "Grass for my Feet’ with its... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/08/19)

විනිසුරුට එරෙහිව දැමූ ෆැලෝපීය නාල නඩුව
ආචාර්ය වරුණ චන්ද්‍රකීර්ති
මේ දවස්වල අපේ රටේ වැඩියෙන් ම කතාවට ලක්වුණු මිනිස් ඉන්ද්‍රිය ‍ෆැලෝපීය නාලය කියලා හිතන එකේ වැරැද්දක් නෑ. අපි හැම කෙනෙක් ම වගේ ඒ ගැන කතා කරලා තියෙනවා. මේ ලිපිය ලියන්නේ ඒ කතාවට අත්වැල් අල්ලන්න නම් නෙවෙයි. මේක රට කතාවක්. හැබැයි මේක එසේ මෙසේ රටක වෙච්ච කතාවක් නෙවෙයි. මේ කියන්න හදන සිද්ධිය ඇතිවෙලා තියෙන්නේ ඇමෙරිකා ජනපද සංගමයේ. ඉන්දියානාව කියලා කියන්නේ ඇමෙරිකා ජනපද සංගමයේ ඊසාන පැත්තට බර ව මහා විල්වලට දකුණින් පිහිටලා තියෙන ජනපදයක්. මේ කියන්න සිද්දිය ඇතිවෙලා තියෙන්නේ ඒ ජනපදයේ. 1971 අවුරුද්දේ ජුලි 9 වැනි දා ඉන්දියානාවේ ඕර්බන් කියන නගරයේ ජීවත්වුනු අම්මා... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/08/19)

Western province
Sri Lanka News
The Western province provides the highest contribution to the Gross Domestic Product contributing 41.2% of the Provincial Gross Domestic Product(PGDP) and has a nominal PGDP growth rate of 5.8% as of 2015. Agriculture only made up 1.7% of the GDP the lowest among the nine provinces while Industrial sector made up 34.6% the highest in the country and service sector represented 56.5%.[19]... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/08/19)

Buddhists Heritage in Jaffna Vandalised by Tamil Extremists
(Courtesy of Divaina)
The TNA MPs and some of their instigated supporters have created a rumpus, protesting and disturbing the duties of the Archeological department offices who visited the ancient Buddhist vihara, that has been declared an Archeological site, in the proximity of the hot water wells located in Kinniya, in the Trincomalee district. This was done by staging a claim that this site belongs to Hindus and what is there in that site is a Hindu Kovil. In this, it is an accepted fact that once the Sinhalese Buddhist left this area during the terrorist... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/08/19)

Flood gates and pumps
Dr Sarath obeysekera
Floor gates pumps and pollution is the subject, everyone, is talking about If at all SLLDC could protect the 1000acres of flood  retention area which was identified under the Canal Development Project, we would not have to install any flood gates or pumps At that time during nineties canal all canal Banks  were cleared and encroachers were relocated And yet subsequently various ministers Influenced SlLRDC to keep their eyes closed when scrupulous landowners and developers filled over 400 acres Now we are lamenting about annual flooding... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/08/19)

විපක්ෂයේ ජනපති අපේක්ෂත්වය ගෝඨා මෛත්‍රී තීරණාත්මක හමුවක්
දේශපාලන වාර්තාකරු උපුටා ගැන්ම දේශය පුවත්
ඉදිරි ජනාධිපතිධුර අපේක්ෂකත්වය ඇතුළු තීරණාත්මක දේශපාලන කාරණා ගණනාවක් ගැන ජනාධිපතිවරයා සමඟ සාකච්ඡා කිරීමට හිටපු ආරක්ෂක ලේකම් ගෝඨාභය රාජපක්ෂ මහතා තීරණය කර ඇත. ඒ අනුව පසුගියදා ඔහු ජනාධිපතිවරයා අමතා දෙදෙනා අතර හමුවකට වේලාවක් ලබාදෙන ලෙස ඉල්ලීමක් කර තිබේ. ඊට ජනාධිපතිවරයාගෙන් යහපත් ප්‍රතිචාරයක් ලැබී තිබේ. මෙම දුරකතන ඇමතුම ලබාදීමට පෙරදී ගෝඨාභය රාජපක්ෂ මහතා සිංගප්පූරුවේ රැඳී සිටියදීත් ජනාධිපතිවරයා සහ ගෝඨාභය අතර පෞද්ගලික දුරකතන සංවාදයක් පවත්වා බොහෝ කරුණු සාකච්ඡා කර තිබිණි. කෙසේ හෝ අද හෙටම ජනාධිපති මෛත්‍රීපාල සිරිසේන මහතා සමඟ පැවැත්වීමට නියමිත හමුවේදී ගෝඨාභය රාජපක්ෂ මහතා විපක්ෂ අපේක්ෂකත්වය ගැන ජනාධිපතිවරයා දැනුම්වත්... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/08/19)

UNP’s Presidential stakes
by C. A. Chandraprema Courtesy The Island
August 3, 2019, 8:11 pm  The political drama that has now taken centre stage is the tussle in the UNP over the presidential candidate of the party. Arguably, this is the fiercest fight within the UNP over a presidential candidacy after the three-way tussle between R. Premadasa, Lalith Athulathmudali and Gamini Dissanayake way back in 1988. What we are seeing once again is a three-way contest of sorts with party leader Ranil Wickremesinghe, Speaker Karu Jayasuriya and UNP Deputy Leader Sajith Premadasa all in the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/08/19)

Ranil-Gota tipped to run in Presidential race
Courtesy The Island
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa are tipped to be nominated presidential aspirants of the proposed National Democratic Front (NDF) and the United National Joint Alliance (UNJA), respectively, political sources said. The UNP and the SLFP/SLPP are now working on forming separate alliances to draw on the support of other political parties to make a stronger impact on the electorate as the fray to win this year’s presidential stakes gather momentum, the sources said. Ranil Wickremesinghe is expected to contest under the ‘elephant’ symbol,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/08/19)

UPFA will support presidential candidate jointly named by Sirisena and Rajapaksa
By Aruna Bogahawatte Courtesy The Island
The United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) will extend its support to a presidential candidate jointly nominated by President Maithripala Sirisena and Opposition Leader Mahinda Rajapaksa, General Secretary Mahinda Amaraweera says. "Whatever obstacles we have to face, discussions between the SLFP and SLPP on the proposed formation of an alliance will continue, and a suitable presidential candidate the masses demand, will be nominated by the two leaders", Amaraweera said. He said the approval of the SLFP Central Committee would be obtained regarding the presidential candidate named by the two... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/08/19)

Ignorance and Negligence of Law Makers
By Sumanasiri Liyanage Courtesy Ceylon Today
We have witnessed in the last few days the presence of so many loopholes and gaps in the existing legislation that have had a negative and adverse impact on human security and the country’s stability. These laws were passed by Parliament consisting of elected representatives who are supposed to exercise the peoples’ sovereignty in the sphere of law making.  Article 75 says: “Parliament shall have power to make laws, including laws having retrospective effect and repealing or amending any provision of the Constitution or adding any provision to the Constitution.”... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/08/19)

The whole country stinks
By Dr. Tilak S. Fernando Courtesy Ceylon Today
The latest news, about the import of 130 container loads of waste material to Sri Lanka from UK hospitals has reached every nook and cranny in the country and it has turned the whole country ‘upside down’, as it were. The entire populace of this country is benumbed and looks aghast when such inhuman deeds occur in front of their own eyes. Who are behind and responsible for such mortifying acts? Why has the Sri Lankan business society stooped to such an undignified level merely for the sake of earning... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/08/19)

PM Ranil's quarter century leadership challenged as UNP crisis deepens
GAGANI WEERAKOON Courtesy Ceylon Today
The cold war prevailing between the two camps within the United National Party (UNP) reached volcanic proportions with Deputy Leader Sajith Premadasa’s camp openly challenging Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe who is holding onto the leadership for over quarter century, at a crucial Working Committee meeting held on Thursday (1), to deliberate on the proposed alliance. The argument arose with Party’s Chairman Kabir Hashim opposing the idea, when UNP Leader Wickremesinghe sought a mandate of the Working Committee to launch the alliance on Monday (5), as planned without giving time for the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/08/19)

Cardinal Ranjith says has no faith in commissions
By Gagani Weerakoon Courtesy Ceylon Today
While urging the political leadership to come together to appoint an independent commission to investigate the Easter Sunday attacks, to ensure justice for the victims, Archbishop of Colombo Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith insisted that he will not have an audience with any future Presidential candidate until justice is meted out for the victims. In an interview with Ceylon Today, Cardinal Ranjith explains as to why he has no faith in the appointed commissions that are claiming to investigate the Easter Sunday attacks.Excerpts: Some religious leaders seem to be much involved in... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/08/19)

Gotabaya’s teacher reminisces his childhood
Adaderana
https://youtu.be/1WQm5DEwUxo... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/08/19)

JMI Group leader and uni student propagating extremism arrested
Courtesy Adaderana
Two persons have been arrested over terrorist activities have been arrested, stated the Police Media Spokesperson. One of the arrestees is the Leader of the Eastern Province Armed Group of the Jammiyathul Millathu Ibrahim  (JMI), an organization which is currently banned in Sri Lanka. He is a 25-year-old named Mohamed Nawushad Umar, stated the Police. The other arrestee is a student from South Eastern University in Oluvil. He was arrested over allegedly carrying out out extremist propaganda.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/08/19)

US Embassy reminds of Travel Advisories on Sri Lanka in line with holidays
Courtesy Adaderana
The United States Embassy in Colombo reiterating the travel advisory issued on Sri Lanka requests US citizens in Sri Lanka to be more vigilant of probable terror attacks that may occur within the country. The security alert was issued by the embassy in acknowledgment of the upcoming holidays. The United States has issued a Level 2 Travel Advisory (Exercise Increased Caution) on Sri Lanka in line with the April 21 Easter Sunday terror attacks. The Embassy points out that terrorists may attack with little or no warning,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/08/19)

A place to escape the crowds in Sri Lanka’s farthest south, Dondra is a beacon of tranquillity
Anubhuti Krishna  Courtesy The  South China Morning Post
Temples, lighthouse, beach. See them in any order and you won’t be disappointed when you visit Dondra, at the southern tip of Sri LankaEverything here is bright: the white sands, the blue of the Indian Ocean, the green curtain of trees fringing the beach. And there’s hardly a soul around If you look at the map of the Indian subcontinent, Dondra appears as a tiny dot at its southernmost tip. Sail south from here, and you would reach no land mass before Antarctica. ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/08/19)

Ideas to make Britain great again.
Garvin Karunaratne.M.Ed, Manchester, M.Phil.Edinburgh, Ph.D. Michigan State University.
Introduction In my own life as an automobile owner – all my earlier cars were made in Great Britain- a Hillman Minx,  a Humber Hawk, a Vauxhall Cresta, a Morris Oxford. The Prime Minister of Sri Lanka in the Sixties, That Humber Hawk was a dependable, comfortable great car, comparable to any BMW  of today. Yet Britain lost its grip on its manufacturing base. Now Britain does not make a single car. The Land Rover and a few other makes are all owned by foreigners. British craftsmanship and... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/08/19)

Applying Brakes on solar energy utilization is not the solution for sustainable development of Sri Lanka
By IM Dharmadasa, Leslie Dep, Jayantha Silva, Lakshman Dissanayake and Oliver Ileperuma
August 2, 2019, 8:47 pm  According to the news items in the local press during the first week of June 2019, the "Surya Bala Sangramaya" programme launched in 2016 seems to be on the verge of collapse. The Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) and the Ministry of Power & Energy (MPE) officials have decided not to approve rooftop PV connections over 50 kW capacities until further notice and they are planning to build four new coal power plants. At... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/08/19)

SLPP vows to strengthen independent commissions
Lahiru Pothmulla Courtesy The Daily Mirror
The Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) said today it would take the necessary legal steps to strengthen the sovereignty of the independent commissions which have become dormant under the present government. MP Indika Anurudda told a news conference that the government tried to create an ideology among the people about the independent commissions but was not successful. "Today, the commissions have become dormant. Regardless of the statements made by the President and the Prime Minister, people question the independence of the independent commissions. The best example is the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/08/19)

US Push for New Military Agreement Runs Into Fierce Opposition in Sri Lanka
By Ana Pararajasingham Courtesy The Diplomat
Negotiations over a renewed Status of Forces Agreement sparked local concerns about a possible U.S. base. A U.S. Marine Corps amphibious vehicle prepares to bring Marines and Sailors aboard an awaiting Landing Craft Utility (LCU) at the end of humanitarian operation efforts in Colombo, Sri Lanka.Image Credit: U.S. Navy photo by Lance Cpl. Joseph Ward In view of its strategic location in the Indian Ocean, Sri Lanka is of interest to both Washington and Beijing as they seek to increase their presence in the Indian... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/08/19)

Kurunegala DIG’s transfer order cancelled
Courtesy Adaderana
The transfer of DIG of Kurunegala Kithsiri Jayalath has been cancelled with immediate effect, the National Police Commission (NPC) said. DIG Jayalath was to be transferred to Trincomalee police division as per the decision taken by the NPC yesterday (01). However, the commission decided to cancel the transfer order today (02). NPC Secretary Nishantha Weerasinghe stated this speaking to Ada Derana. https://youtu.be/bAlHYYeWJ1o DIG Jayalath is reportedly facing an internal inquiry into his conduct over what has resulted in a deeply divisive issue following allegations levelled at... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/08/19)

YAHAPALANA AND THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA Part 10
KAMALIKA PIERIS
The final essay in this series examines the   academic and political reactions to the three agreements discussed, namely, ACSA, SOFA and MCC. All three agreements are with the United States of America and all three Agreements focus on the territorial and military control of the island. Of the three agreements, ACSA is already signed. SOFA and Millennium Challenge Compact are yet to be signed.  The public, specially the intelligentsia are worried.  It looks as though we are about to go into our fourth bout of foreign rule, this time under the United States of America, they... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/08/19)

Circumcision of Women is Big Business
Fatima Yasmin
Country: Sri Lanka Sri Lanka is seeing an alarming rise in female genital cutting among adults.  Ever since a recent health ministry circular prohibiting medical professionals from performing it on baby girls, and strong protests against the ban by leading Islamic organizations, a new movement has gained momentum promoting the practice among adult women. A group calling itself Muslimahs for Circumcision has produced a video about its supposed benefits while others have started a couple of WhatsApp groups for conservative Muslim women who are interested in the procedure.  Members are continuously bombarded... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/08/19)

MUSLIM PARLIAMENTARIANS SOLD COMMUNITY FOR POSITIONS & PERKS.
By Noor Nizam, Peace and Political Activist, Political Communication Researcher, SLFP/SLPP Stalwart and Convener – “The Muslim Voice", August 1st., 2019
"A RESPONSE" TO JOURNALIST LATEEF FAROOK. https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/muslim-parliamentarians-sold-muslim-community-for-positions-perks/ ONCE AGAIN "THE MUSLIM VOICE" WISHES TO THANK SENIOR JOURNALIST MR. LATEEF FAROOK TO EXPOSE THE DECEPTION OF OUR SO-CALLED MUSLIM POLITICIANS.  Muslims in Sri Lanka do NOT have a voice - a POLITICAL VOICE for that purpose. The SLMC is dead. The ACMC is busy making money, the Muslim politicians stooging the UNP are ONLY interested in their personal benefits. The ungrateful Muslim politicians who benefited the most... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/08/19)

Garbage Mounds, Political hounds and the food you eat.
By Chandre Dharmawardana, Canada.
Nearly 4000 metric tons of illegally imported hazardous garbage, contaminated with hospital waste and human organs have been found in Colombo's free trade zone. The foul stench emanating from the illegal cargo had let the cat out of the bag! The Island Newspaper Editorial and writers like Dr. Ratnasiri (I29-07-2019, Island)  have discussed the loopholes that have been created by interested parties to make easy money from the increasingly acute garbage problem faced by most countries. Of course, the very same politicians who failed to stave off  suicide attacks that they... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/08/19)

India's energy challenge.
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As billions of people lift themselves out of poverty, we’ll need a lot more energy. But at the same time emissions need to reduce dramatically. This is the dual challenge the world faces. India, with its growing, increasingly prosperous population – and where emissions have risen sharply – captures the complexity of this challenge better than anywhere. The dual challenge
Despite strong, determined investment in renewable energy, coal is still likely to play a big role in India's future energy mix. In a small family bungalow outside Kerala,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/08/19)

Claims, counterclaims and confusion
Editorial  Courtesy The Island
Several key witnesses, testifying before the Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) on Easter Sunday tragedy, have frowned on the participation of Opposition MPs at the National Security Council (NSC) meetings. One cannot but agree with them on this score. There is absolutely no need for the presence of Opposition politicians or even government MPs, for that matter, at the NSC meetings where highly sensitive information is discussed and shared and no one other than those who are responsible for handling national security should be privy thereto. President Maithripala Sirisena should discontinue the absurd... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/08/19)

Powers of President under 19A
By Neville Ladduwahetty Courtesy The Island
August 1, 2019, 9:00 pm  According to a media report, the former President, Mahinda Rajapaksa speaking during the adjournment debate on a new Constitution is reported to have stated: ‘this country could not move forward without clearing up the confusion created by the 19th Amendment’. He is stated to have added: "Once a new government takes office we hope to obtain the support of all political parties represented in Parliament for the new Constitution". (Daily Mirror, July 27, 2019) The public is... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/08/19)

Terrorists can be arrested without AG’s advice - DSG PSC probe on Easter Sunday attacks: AG flays TID
By Saman Indrajith Courtesy The Island
Deputy Solicitor General Dileepa Peiris yesterday found fault with the Terrorist Investigation Division (TID) for waiting for instructions from the Department of Attorney General without arresting terrorists connected to the National Thowheed Jamaath (NTJ). Testifying before the Parliamentary Select Committee probing the Easter Sunday carnage DSG Peiris said that the TID was empowered to arrest suspected terrorists. The TID did not need to wait for instructions to proceed with their arrests. The fault lay with the TID. "The TID has a trump card for every delay. They say that they... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/08/19)

Ethiopia, China, Sri Lanka to spur cooperation in renewable energy technologies
Xinhua
ADDIS ABABA, July 31 -- Officials from Ethiopia, China and Sri Lanka on Wednesday vowed to spur trilateral partnership under the South-South cooperation modality in the renewable energy technologies sector. They disclosed the joint commitments in the renewable energy technologies sector in here on Wednesday during a high-level workshop, which focused on a trilateral South-South cooperation that will focus on enhancing access to renewable energy technologies within the global commitment to achieve the global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). As part of the trilateral South-South cooperation which was discussed on among officials from the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/08/19)

Ravana World's First Aviator, Says Sri Lanka, Launches Initiative to Study His Voyage 5,000 Years Ago
Courtesy News18
Civil Aviation Authority vice-chairman Shashi Danatunge said they had irrefutable facts to prove that Ravana was the pioneer and the first to fly using an aircraft. Bengaluru: The Sri Lankan government believes that King Ravana was the first aviator in the world and flew over 5,000 years ago and the country’s Civil Aviation Authority has now launched an initiative to understand the methods used by him to fly in ancient times. Speaking to News18 over telephone from Colombo, Civil Aviation Authority vice-chairman Shashi Danatunge said they had irrefutable facts to prove that Ravana... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/08/19)

Gota no longer has legal obstacles: SLPP
Courtesy The Daily Mirror
Former defence secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa no longer has any legal obstacle to contest the upcoming presidential election, the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) said yesterday. MP Kanchana Wijesekara said United National Party (UNP) MP Thushara Indunil has pointed out that Mr. Rajapaksa was unable to contest the presidential election because he was a US citizen. "Mr. Indunil is challenging us saying Mr. Rajapaksa cannot contest because he is a US citizen. Mr. Rajapaksa never abandoned his Sri Lankan citizenship. If he had any legal obstacle, its all over now," Mr.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/08/19)

Shangri-La bomber’s telecon proves April 21 a retaliatory attack: Ruwan
Yohan Perera and Ajith Siriwardana Courtesy The Daily Mirror
A telephone conversation between the Shangri-La Hotel bomber and his wife on April 21 reveals the series of explosions had been carried out in retaliation to Christchurch Mosque shootings and harassment against Muslims, State Minister of Defence, Ruwan Wijewardene told parliament yesterday. Speaking during the emergency debate held yesterday, he said the CID was able to recover excerpts of telephone conversations held between the Shangri-La Hotel bomber and his wife just before the attack was launched. “I had the opportunity of listening to the phone conversation... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/08/19)

HC rejects Hemasiri and Pujith’s preliminary objections
Courtesy Adaderana
The Colombo High Court today rejected the preliminary objections presented by attorney on behalf of former Defence Secretary Hemasiri Fernando and IGP Pujith Jayasundara stating that the High Court does not have the authority to hear the revision application filed by the Attorney General. The Attorney General on July 18th filed a revision application requesting the Colombo High Court to issue an interim order against the granting of bail by the Colombo Magistrate’s Court to Fernando and Jayasundara, who were arrested for failing to prevent the terror attacks on Easter Sunday.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/08/19)

Bill to repeal death penalty tabled at parliament
Courtesy Adaderana
A Bill on repealing the death penalty was presented to the parliament today (01) by MP Bandula Lal Bandarigoda. https://youtu.be/K_qVBdd5nGA The Bill was tabled as a Private Member’s Bill. The proposal was seconded by UNP MP Mylvaganam Thilakarajah.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/08/19)

The Terrorist Investigation Division (TID) and the Inspector General of Police acted irresponsibly from the beginning, AG’s Dept tells PSC
Courtesy Adaderana
The police have not taken any action against Zahran Hashim, the Attorney General’s Department alleged today (01). Testifying before the Special Parliamentary Select Committee, Deputy Solicitor General Dileepa Peiris said the Terrorist Investigation Division (TID) and the Inspector General of Police had acted irresponsibly from the beginning. State Counsel Malik Azeez testified before the Select Committee on behalf of the Attorney General as Deputy Solicitor General Azath Navavi was reported to be overseas at the time. The Attorney General’s Department today requested the Select Committee to grant permission to Deputy... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/08/19)

UNP split over constitution of proposed new alliance
Courtesy Adaderana
According to several MPs, the draft constitution for the proposed new alliance has not been approved at the United National Party (UNP) Working Committee meeting, contrary to the statements made by UNP General Secretary Akila Viraj Kariyawasam. The meeting was held at the Temple Trees chaired by Party Leader Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe at 9.45 am this morning (01). It had been previously announced that the United National Front (UNF) and several political parties will sign Memorandums of Understanding (MoU) to enter into a new alliance on the 5th of August. ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/08/19)

Tatas complete first phase of US$ 40 million mass housing project in Colombo
Courtesy NewsIn.Asia
Colombo, August 1 (newsin.asia): The first phase of the Slave Island Redevelopment Project named “Metro Homes” executed by the Tatas of India, was completed on Thursday. Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe handed over completed houses to 626 families. 114 shops were handed over to shop owners. The families and the shop owners had previously lived and done business in that area They had been temporarily displaced to modernize and rehabilitate the congested inner-city area of Slave Island. The new Metro Home houses are well-built with modern amenities. The total cost... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/08/19)

NAZIS, NARCISSISTS AND NINCOMPOOPS!
By Rohana R. Wasala
‘I am an entertainer, albeit one with the temerity to deal frequently with serious ideas, concepts or - as we say in the theater, where I came from - the “spines” of drama. Simple things like the abuse of power, the conspiracies of manipulators, the debasers of the public weal, the sanctimonious screamers hell-bent on transforming their personal morality into everyone else’s legality, the bastards of the social contract who corrupt the agreements between the governing and the governed. Not exactly buck-and-wing stuff.’ Robert Ludlum (1927-2001), American novelist/thriller writer, opening his Introduction... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/08/19)

YAHAPALANA AND THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA Part 9A (SECTION 1”)
KAMALIKA PIERIS
REVISED 14.8.19 MILLENNIUM CHALLENGE CORPORATION (MCC) TheMillennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) is a United States foreign aid agency established by the U.S. Congress in 2004. The Millennium Challenge Compact is a US grant for development work in foreign countries. On August 13, 2018, the MCC delivered to the U.S. Congress a Congressional Notification of its intent to negotiate a Millennium Challenge Corporation Compact with the Government of Sri Lanka.    On 25th April 2019, the Board of Directors of the Millennium Challenge Corporation of USA approved a five-year, $480 million Compact... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/08/19)

Uneven-handed treatment of Muslim and Tamil MPs who are alleged to have terrorist links.
Bodhi Dhanapala, Quebec, Canada
When public suspicion is aroused, it is extremely important to ensure that innocent people are not victimized just to satisfy  blood-thirsty crowds and opportunistic politicians. Those who are under suspicion must be investigated in a transparent way, and the accused must NOT be harassed by investigating officials, the public, or by Buddhist monks who should, as true followers of the Buddha, should exercise their compassion and allow the justice of Kamma to act unhindered instead of engaging in street battles and farcical fasts. The attack on the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/08/19)

Uneven-handed treatment of Muslim and Tamil MPs who are alleged to have terrorist links.
Bodhi Dhanapala
Thank your Mr. van der Poorten You are most welcome to push forward your own analysis of the events that had occurred in Sri Lanka and hold your own analysis of the Eelamist Racist program of "an exclusive Tamil Homeland" put in place since 1949 that has been the cause of the calamitous evolution of Sri Lanka's ethnic history. I find it strange that you write "Sri Lanka has paid a serious price for all the dabbling that has been done by “well-meaning” expatriates and we hardly need another voice to stoke... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/08/19)


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