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The Travels of a Journalist-ABOUT BOWERS, BOATS AND BUDDIES:Yankee Doodles’ Adventures in Sri Lanka (PART 7A)
By Shelton A. Gunaratne ©2010 Professor of mass communications emeritus, Minnesota State University Moorhead
 When the Yankee Doodles—the Bowerses—joined us—the Gunaratnes—on a tour of Sri Lanka in July 2000, they did not come riding on ponies or wearing feathered caps. Rather, they wanted to go riding on elephants, the tamed behemoths they had seen in pictures of the world-famous Kandy Perahera. They also wanted to pursue their fascination with monkeys, following Bowers’ encounter with a Penang monkey, which refused to be insulted by a touring Yankee Doodle, just three years ago. This was the second Asian collaborative tour of... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 30/09/10)

United Nations Assembly
By  Sarath Wijesinghe, LL.M (London) Solicitor-Attorney-at-Law , Ambassador of Sri Lanka in the United Arab Emirates
United Nations Assembly Eradicated terrorism  On 24th September 2010 His Excellency Mahinda Rajapaksa the President of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka addressed the 65th Session of the General Assembly of the United Nations chaired by Dr. Ali Abdullasalam Treki.  His Excellency addressed on the economy of Sri Lanka which is developing fast realizing the dividends of peace.  Peoples of Sri Lanka are entitled to reap the harvest of the dividends of peace obtained as a result of the dedication, commitment, vision... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 30/09/10)

The Sri Lankan Administration Has Transformed The Nation Into A Terror Free Environment Which Should Be Acknowledged With Gratitude And Protected!
Insight By Sunil Kumar
Sept.29th 2010 "It needs to be greatly as well as gratefully acknowledged that no terrorist act has taken place and no one has died due to the menace in Sri Lanka since the end of LTTE war last year ", in the words of a top military commander and speaks volumes for what the Rajapaksha Administration. has accomplished for the Nation and no greater acheivement by any other self styled benefactor whose testimonials sometimes get highlighted by certain eloquent( for all the wrong reasons!) pundits continuously attempting to discredit the Rajapaksha Regime, can surely override... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 30/09/10)

Thirty month RI: MR ready to review decision if SF appeals
September 30, 2010, 9:40 pm
Government won’t rescind the ruling by the Second Court Martial or ongoing judicial proceedings due to political pressure by Shamindra Ferdinando President Mahinda Rajapaksa is willing to review the Second Court Martial decision to sentence former Army Commander General Sarath Fonseka, MP, to 30 months rigorous imprisonment if the DNA leader appeals to the President. Responding to a query by The Island, Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa yesterday said that the President was ready for a re-evaluation of the recommendation of the Second Court Martial on the basis of a plea by MP... -Full Story-
(The Island - 30/09/10)

Leaders waxed and waned about UN Millennium targets
Philip Fernando, former Deputy Editor Sunday Observer, Sri Lanka
 UN’s 65h General Assembly seemed to have glossed over the millennium goals. World leaders who convened in New York were waxing and waning about a series of ambitious goals established 10 years ago for improving living conditions in the world’s poorest nations. Whether those targets called the Millennium Development Goals to be achieved by 2015 would be a reality is another question. The short fall seemed obvious. Many economists have expressed doubts about pulling off a pragmatic and realistic achievement scenario in bringing the set target to fruition.  Dr. Jeffrey... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 29/09/10)

Canada should be pro-immigration Don Cayo said.
Asoka Weerasinghe Kings Grove Crescent . Gloucester . Ontario . Canada
September 28, 2010   The Editor (Letters) THE OTTAWA CITIZEN   Sir:   Don Cayo should stop talking nonsense when he says "We should all be pro-immigration".  He continues to say, "In my own city of Vancouver, if you were to take away visible minorities and those who speak with unCanadian accents, all our hospitals would be left with frightening small staff.  Ditto the food court where I buy my lunch, the store where I buy electronics, the barber shop I need to visit soon."   Cayo, didn't... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 29/09/10)

DAVID! GOING….. GOING…….GONE
Malin Abeyatunge
What a come down for the big mouthed  David Miliband getting defeated by his own younger brother Ed for the Labor Party leadership. In  the recent election held for the UK Labor Party leadership, Ed Miliband became the leader of Labor Party defeating his older brother David. What a sigh of relief for the Sri Lankans! Mama Hillary must be crying from the other end of the defeat of her favorite sexy boy. David Miliband is well known to the Sri Lankans as a LTTE supporter and one of the hated politicians by the Sri Lankan only... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 29/09/10)

Get tough on migrant boats
Asoka Weerasinghe Kings Grove Crescent . Gloucester . Ontario. Canada
  September 29, 2010   The Editor (Letters) THE OTTAWA CITIZEN   Sir:   "There is a solution to smuggling. That's to send them back", the former diplomat  to Yugoslavia  and a veteran of the federal immigration department, James Bissett said.  "If you send one boat back you won't get another", he continued.  This is a no brainer.  With his experience on immigration, he obviously knows of a scam when he sees one.  Yes, send the  illegal Tamil migrants of MV Sun Sea back. The operative word here is "illegal".... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 29/09/10)

Faith Inspiring address by Ahmadiyya World Leader concludes Muslim Youth Conference, U.K.
By A. Abdul Aziz,  Press Secretary,  Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at, Sri Lanka.
Majlis Khuddam-ul-Ahmadiyya UK (MKA), the youth wing of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community (Jama’at) in the UK this weekend successfully held its 38th Annual National Conference (Ijtema) at Islamabad in Tilford, Surrey. The three day event, which was attended by nearly 4,000 delegates, included numerous academic and sporting activities as well as exhibitions by various organizations such as the British Army, Police and Rescue Services.  The highlight of the event was the presence of the world Head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, Hadhrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad who concluded the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 29/09/10)

Ranil de Silva wins IAA Global Medal of Merit
Arc Worldwide Sri Lanka; a part of Leo Burnett Solutions Inc.  
Colombo: Wednesday, 29th September, 2010 The International Advertising Association (IAA) headquartered in New York with 56 chapters around the world, presented its highest accolade for outstanding service to the industry- The Global Medal of Merit, to Sri Lankan advertising icon Ranil de Silva at the World Congress in Moscow. Established in the 1960s, the Medal for Merit has been granted to only a select few professionals every two years, thus making this honour a noteworthy and fitting tribute to the contribution made by Ranil de Silva not... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 29/09/10)

How Basic Survival Rules can minimize the Loss of Life in Disaster Situations!
Vajiragnana Warnakulasuriya Melbourne Australia
Mr.Ban-Ki-Moon The Secretary General of United Nations  The United Nations Organization Your Excellency,   How Basic Survival Rules can minimize the Loss of Life in Disaster Situations! I believe UN Charter is endowed with unlimited intelligence, talent, mechanical, electrical and electronic aids at its command to harness them in an unexpected natural disasters situation to bring about much less suffering to the masses. The success of it’s operation depends on the swiftness in executing a predetermined action plan. We have witnessed tragic human catastrophes many a times in the recent past, the latest being... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 28/09/10)

MR on the right direction-Sri Lankas bid for observer status at Organisation Islamic Conference
Masihudeen Inamullah MA  and PhD scholar in International Affairs. Former Consul General of Sri lanka in Jeddah, KSA
 President Mahinda Rajapakshe reported to have held meetings with Heads of Arab Muslim states at the sidelines of his recent visit to UN.. among other  matters of bilateral and multilateral interests President has  expressed his nations intention in securing observer status at Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) is the second largest inter-governmental organization after the United Nations which has membership of 57 states spread over four continents.   As a Muslim Diplomat served in Jeddah where the Head Quarters of the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 28/09/10)

Canada should be pro-immigration Don Cayo said.
Asoka Weerasinghe Kings Grove Crescent . Gloucester . Ontario . Canada
  September 28, 2010   The Editor (Letters) THE OTTAWA CITIZEN   Sir:   Don Cayo should stop talking nonsense when he says "We should all be pro-immigration".  He continues to say, "In my own city of Vancouver, if you were to take away visible minorities and those who speak with unCanadian accents, all our hospitals would be left with frightening small staff.  Ditto the food court where I buy my lunch, the store where I buy electronics, the barber shop I need to visit soon."  ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 28/09/10)

SRI LANKA: A man was died while in the custody of the Moratuwa Police
ASIAN HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION-URGENT APPEAL PROGRAMME
ISSUES: Extrajudicial killing; impunity; rule of law ------------------------------------------------------ Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information that a man was found with fatal injuries to the stomach caused by sharp weapon while in the custody of the Moratuwa Police Station. He was arrested on 22 September 2010 and detained in the police station. He was found with fatal injuries in the evening 25 September and admitted to the Teaching Hospital of Kalubowila, he succumbed to his injuries the following day. The fact that no proper investigation of the case has... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 28/09/10)

Sri Lanka Gets $6 Billion of Orders for 10-Year Bonds
By Anusha Ondaatjie and David Yong
Sept. 28 (Bloomberg) -- Sri Lanka received more than $6.3 billion of orders for a global sale of $1 billion in bonds to help repay debt and rebuild after the end of three decades of civil war. The October 2020 securities were sold to yield 6.25 percent, or 373 basis points more than similar-maturity U.S. Treasuries, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. The securities were marketed to investors at an indicative yield of 6.5 percent, according to two investors briefed about the sale. Bank of America Corp., HSBC Holdings Plc and Royal Bank of... -Full Story-
(businessweek.com - 28/09/10)

Villainous Poisoning Cases in Sri Lanka
Dr Lalith Perera
Poisoning is a widely used mode of murder in Sri Lanka. Poisons can either act slowly, over a long period of time, or rapidly, within minutes or hours. Certain poisons can imitate diseases, causing the medical experts to misdiagnose a medical problem. The most famous poisoning case in Sri Lanka could be the trial of Fr Mathew Pieris. The Anglican Priest Mathew Pieris and his secretary Dalreen Ingram were convicted by the Colombo High Court for double homicides in 1980. Mathew Pieris murdered his secretary’s husband Russel Ingram and his wife Eunice Peiris by systematically overdosing... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 28/09/10)

National Leadership Development Seminar (NLDS) 2010 Sri Lanka
Organizing Committee – NLDS 2010, AIESEC Sri Lanka.
AIESEC, the world’s largest student driven organization, will host “The national leadership development seminar”, from 14th – 17th October in MIMT (MAS Institute of Management & Technology), Thulhiriya. The organization which is a platform forits members to discovertheir leadership potential, takes a leading role in helping the youth in identifying the right place in a diverse society. As an entity that values ‘Activating Leadership, Demonstrating Integrity, Living Diversity, Enjoying Participation, Striving for Excellence and Acting Sustainably’, AIESEC have chosen the best way to further their members’ goals and help to achieve... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 28/09/10)

SRI LANKAN PRESIDENT MAHINDA RAJAPAKSA MEETS WITH TOP AMERICAN BUSINESS LEADERS
PRESS RELEASE EMBASSY OF SRI LANKA, WASHINGTON DC
  While on official visit to New York City for the United Nations General Assembly, His Excellency, Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa attended a luncheon for American business leaders to outline emerging opportunities for investment in Sri Lanka. Business executives from a variety of industries, including the hospitality and tourism industry, the beverage industry, and the aerospace and defense community attended the luncheon held at New York City’s Helmsley Hotel. Executives from the Coca Cola Co., the Boeing Co., Google, Hilton Hotels & Resorts and Starwood Hotels & Resorts were... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 28/09/10)

Role of Tamils in UK and terrorism – Lessons to be learnt
By Ben Silva
Com. of Inquiry on Lessons Learnt and Reconcilation 24- Lakshman Kadir: Inst, no 24, Horton Pls, Colombo 7 Dear Sir, Role of Tamils in UK and terrorism – Lessons to be learnt  I wish to make the following submission for your kind consideration. It is essential to identify the cause of the conflict and eliminate the root cause. If this is not done, then the cycle of violence will continue. In a nut shell, conflicts that we experienced with Tamils and other foreign invaders, throughout our history of Lanka, has been the aggressive nature and empire... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 28/09/10)

Alcatel-Lucent Wins Sri Lankan Network Expansion Contract
­Alcatel-Lucent has announced a contract with Etisalat's Sri Lanka subsidiary to significantly boost its GSM/EDGE network capacity and coverage and build its first 3G HPSA+ wireless all-IP broadband network. The contract is described as being in the "multi-million dollar" range. In total, 480 GSM/EDGE sites and 515 3G HPSA+sites will be deployed as part of the contract. Alcatel-Lucent's solution also includes a MiTV application that will enable Etisalat Lanka to offer mobile broadband and multimedia services such as mobile interactive television and video to over 3 million subscribers and businesses in Sri Lanka.... -Full Story- (cellular-news.com - 28/09/10)

Diggers should be 'presumed innocent'
Elite Australian soldiers charged over a firefight in Afghanistan that left five children dead have vowed to clear their names. The three men were involved in a February 12, 2009 night-time raid that left five children dead, another two injured and two adults wounded. One suspected insurgent was killed... -Full Story- (sbs.com.au - 28/09/10)

Ratata ha jatiyata vina karana Huniyam Tunak
Dr Sudath Gunasekara (SLAS) President Senior Citizens Movement Mahanuwara
25. 9 2010 A Huniyam is translated as a black spell or an incantation. But both words do not precisely convey the exact and precise meaning of the Sinhala word Huniyama to the Sinhala mind, though the Englishmen might get some vague anthropological notion associated with it. Because people think the way their mother tongue has developed their faculties to think. Then only they get the exact meaning of a word with its intrinsic nuances deeply embedded in their society over a long period of time, and that is a... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 27/09/10)

SRI LANKA: A man is shot dead while in the police custody of Embilipitiya Police
ASIAN HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION-URGENT APPEAL PROGRAMME
ISSUES: Extrajudicial killing; impunity; rule of law ------------------------------------------------------ Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information that a man was shot dead by police officers while in the custody of an officer attached to the Embilipitiya Police Station. He was arrested on 17 September 2010 and produced before the Magistrate and a Detention Order (DO) was issued for further detention. The DO issued by the Magistrate allowed the police to keep the man in their custody. They brought him to a location under police protection, where he was killed on... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 27/09/10)

Gama Naguma and Jathika Saviya
Sri Lanka 2010
Jathika Saviya was a programme that was initiated in threatened villages following the Kebethigollawa incident. The President assigned Basil Rajapaksa to the task of looking after the needs of the people living in these villages. The Defence Secretary had also stated at the Security Council that if people moved out, then that land would be available for encroachment by the LTTE allowing them to move towards the interior. Therefore Basil Rajapaksa visited every single village, looking beyond security concerns to provide the required facilities such as infrastructure, roads, electricity and livelihood security. Gama Neguma programme... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 27/09/10)

BLACK WATER IN ACTION
ALI SUKHANVER
 The western forces have succeeded in depriving Taliban of public support in Pakistan; surely a difficult question to be answered. For the last many years the reality of the Taliban has been a matter of confusions and misunderstandings. Since its beginning, the Taliban movement was simply and purely an ideology-based exercise strongly tinged with the flavour of militancy, but with the passage of time, the ideology vanished and there remained nothing but militancy. More strange is the fact that this militancy proved more fatal and injurious to the Muslims than to the forces eager to crush the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 27/09/10)

THE ‘QUESLING’ TERM SHOULD BE REPLACED WITH A ONE MORE APPROPIATE; I SUGGEST: ‘RANIL-WICKREMESINGHE’
Mahinda Weerasinghe Author of  Mission to Oslo
Mahindapala’s “Ranil about to repeat Uncle JRJ’s end” Posted on September 21st, 2010 was, factual, brilliant and informative. I read it with avidity. However there is subtler truth which unfortunately had eluded his attention. Obviously ‘Yankee dick’ tinkered with the UNP constitution to keep power for self. In fact his uncle ruled UNP with an iron hand.  Ranil Wickremesinghe informs the world at large that presently, the UNP leader is elected. He must be either joking or under the assumption that Lankans are bunch of nincompoops. According to the present UNP Constitution... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 26/09/10)

What Do Bandaranaike, Premadasa and Rajapaksha Have in Common?
Dilrook Kannangara
It is a chilling realization that they all have something in common.  So what do they have in common which other national leaders didn’t have? China. The first two were assassinated, even decades later, countrymen are still grappling with the entirety of the conspiracies behind their assassinations. Certainly the assassins were not acting alone. They had powerful shadowy godfathers. Rajapaksha is treading the same path of Bandaranaike and Premadasa in relation to China and he must be protected as a national priority not allowing to end up in a similar fashion. I do not intend to dwell... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 26/09/10)

එක්සත් ජාතීන්ගේ මහා මණ්ඩල සැසිවාරයේදී පැවසූ ඇමරිකානු ජනාධිපතිතුමාගේ කථාව
චන්ද්‍රසේන පණ්ඩිතගේ විසිනි
එක්සත් ජනපදය යනු එක්සත් ජනපදයේ සැබෑ උරුමකාරයින් මිලියන ගනනාවක් ඝාතනය කර ගොඩනැංවූ සුදු ජාතිවාදී අධිරාජ්‍යයකි. සැබෑ උරුමක් කාරයින්ව ඝාතනය කිරීමට මෙන්ම, සුදු ජාතිවාදී අධිරාජ්‍යය ගොඩනැංවීමටද බොහෝවිට කළු ජාතික වහලා සුද්දන් විසින් යොදාගන්නා ලදී. ඒ කළු ජාතික වහලා, ඇමරිකාවේ සැබෑ උරුමක්කාරයින් ඝාතනය කිරීමට දායක වූයේ සිය අවශ්‍යතාවය උදෙසා නොවේ. තම හාම්පුතාගේ නියෝගයන් මතය. කළු ජාතික වහලා සුදු හාම්පුතාලා වෙනුවෙන් නොකරන දෙයක් නැත. එය ඔහුගේ රාජකාරියයි. ඒ එදාය. වහල් කම උදෙසා හැඩ ගැසුනු මනස අවුරුද්දකින්  දෙකකින් හෝ අවුරුදු 50ක් කාලයක් තුලදී සිය හාම්පුතා මේ යයි දේවත්වයෙන් සැලකූ වහලාට ඒ හාම්පුතාට නියෝග දෙමින් රට පාලනය කිරීමේ තත්වයට පත්විය නොහැක.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 26/09/10)

Is Canada up to the immigration challenge?
Asoka Weerasinghe  Kings Grove Crescent . Gloucester . Ontario . Canada
September 26, 2010 The Editor (Letters) THE OTTAWA CITIZEN Sir: “Is Canada up to the immigration challenge?” you asked since hostility toward newcomers has caused a shift in Europe’s political landscape. I pray that we won’t be heading in that direction although Canada seems to be walking on thin ice, and my prediction is that we might see such a change happening within the next two decades. The infiltrating Tamil illegal boat people exacerbates this eventuality and the stifling conspiracy of silence by the politicians of all three major... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 26/09/10)

Pentagon destroys thousands of copies of Army officer's memoir
By Chris Lawrence and Padma Rama, CNN
Washington (CNN) -- The Department of Defense recently purchased and destroyed thousands of copies of an Army Reserve officer's memoir in an effort to safeguard state secrets, a spokeswoman said Saturday. "DoD decided to purchase copies of the first printing because they contained information which could cause damage to national security," Pentagon spokeswoman Lt. Col. April Cunningham said.... -Full Story-
(edition.cnn.com - 26/09/10)

Kashmir: India and Pakistan's bitter dispute
By Moni Basu, CNN
(CNN) -- Violent protests erupted this summer in India's Kashmir region, resulting in the worst bloodshed in a decade. Many of the demonstrators want independence from India, while New Delhi has always said the unrest is fueled by Pakistani-sponsored extremists. Here is a brief look at the dispute.... -Full Story-
(edition.cnn.com - 26/09/10)

We are waiting for that historic enouncement of president Rajapaksa
Geethanjana Kudaligamage
Rajapakse, regional politics, “Eurocentric Developmentalism” and the western hegemony (Part 15-C)(Continued from part 15-B) People do not trust institutions anymore for another reason. In the face of massive purchasing power of global capital, virtually there is nothing left behind without being trapped into the complex web of its influence and its culture of commoditification assigning exchange value for anything and everything. Human right is not an exception. In countries like ours, HR gets the highest bid. Under that situation, words like ‘independence’ or ‘freedom’ becomes mere jokes, because they also have lost their very meaning and have... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/09/10)

Professor N.L.A..Karunarathne, Vice Chancellor of the University of Jayawardhanapura, deserves our gratitude
By Charles.S.Perera
 Professor N.L.A..Karunarathne Vice Chancellor of the University of Jayawardhanapura deserves every decent citizen’s gratitude for keeping the Jayawardhanapura University free from the ordeal of ragging.  The ragging of the students entering the Universities in Sri Lanka on the first year of admission, had reached intolerable, ignoble, savage, and putrid levels putting to shame our predominantly Buddhist country . The senior students behaved like street rowdies, in the most degenerate manner towards the undergraduates, putting to shame these institutions of knowledge, where future administrators, scientists, philosophers and rulers of the country are made, trained and recognised.  The girls... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/09/10)

Abuse of Power by Presidents of Sri Lanka
By Garvin Karunaratne, Ph.D.(Michigan State University) Former Government Agent, Matara District
Upul Jayawardena, a columnist states that the Port of Hambantota could be the armageddon for President Rajapaksa in the manner that the leasing out of oil tanks in Trincomalee to the USA in the early Eighties by President Jayawardena did cause India to train and equip the LTTE army, which led to the LTTE insurrection. He surmises that the Port of Hambantota could be a Chinese Sea base. President Rajapaksa’s record is that he is in firm control and one need not doubt for a moment as to... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/09/10)

Hon.Governor Tikiri Kobbekaduwa should help Tharuna Aruna Trainees in the Central Province to avoid a discrimination.
by Charles.S.Perera
 The 2088 graduates under Tharuna Aruna  Training Programme, after going through an arduous military style training course had immense difficulties to make their grievances heard at the correct place. Their manifestations were   subjected to police  water jets  and batten charges. Finally all of them were able to get employments as  financial assistants in schools, which later they found to be nothing more than being junior Clerks with no  prospects of promotions or other employment avenues.  These young graduates  most of them coming from poor families had  high hopes  of getting an employment in keeping with their hard... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/09/10)

18th amendment, the Big fat snake and the bird in the cage
Geethanjana Kudaligamage
Rajapakse, regional politics, “Eurocentric Developmentalism” and the western hegemony (Part 15-B) (Continued from part 15-A) Take a scenario in which a bird has been denied its freedom by confining it into a cage. And say, there is a big fat snake patiently waiting outside the cage to take the first opportunity to hunt the bird whenever the door of the cage will be opened to allow the bird to go free. In such scenario, the cage becomes not only the prison of the bird, but also the sanctuary of its asylum. Due to the presence of the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/09/10)

SECURITY & SAFETY IS IMPORTANT FOR PEACE
Ranjit Wickremeratne
Like our heros saved our country from terrorism we need to eradicate other bad elements from our society like drugs, gangs, roberries, corruptions, child abuse, money laundering and people smuggling. When we get so much aids to the country naturally there will be some corruptions by Government and private persons who was involved in development projects all around the country. As President and the Government promised during the elections this menace should be eradicate once and for all for the benefit of all. Defence secretary must take strict actions against the corruption in Armed Forces to make... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/09/10)

A Buddhist-Christian Common Word on Structural Greed
A Joint Statement
From 22 - 26 August 2010, thirty Buddhists from the Theravada, Mahayana and Vajrayana traditions and Christians from the Anglican, Lutheran, Baptist, Reformed and Roman Catholic traditions met at Payap University, Chiang Mai, Thailand, under the theme, “Buddhists and Christians Engaging Structural Greed Today.” The consultation was jointly organized by the World Council of Churches (WCC) and the Lutheran World Federation (LWF) and hosted by the Institute of Religion, Culture and Peace at Payap University. Participants included activists, economists, religious leaders and scholars from Australia, Germany, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka,... -Full Story-
(oikoumene.org - 24/09/10)

The Travels of a Journalist;ABOUT BOWERS, BOATS AND BUDDIES:Penang Monkey Teaches Yankee an Ego Lesson (PART 6)
By Shelton A. Gunaratne ©2010 Professor of mass communications emeritus, Minnesota State University Moorhead
 I arrived in Malaysia on a Sunday (15 June 1997) for a two-month stint as an external examiner in communications at the National University of Malaysia (UKM) in Bangi, about 25 km south of Kuala Lumpur. A week later, my family—Carmel, Junius and Yoke-Sim—came to join me for almost a month (21 June-19 July).  Yoke-Sim, a native of Malaysia, was keen to visit her mother and other siblings.  The Bowerses (Jim and Kathleen), our Minnesota pals, also arrived in Malaysia to coincide with our presence... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/09/10)

The ‘Reason’ vs. ‘Faith’ and Idealism vs. Pragmatism
Geethanjana Kudaligamage
Rajapakse, regional politics, “Eurocentric Developmentalism” and the western hegemony (Part 15-A) Man has responsibility, not power (Native American proverb, Tuscarora tribe)  ‘Faith’ is very often associated with religion, but politics on the other hand associated with ‘strategy’. Since the religion is not dealing with strategy based on reason, it relied on ‘faith’ based on ‘belief’. But in contrary, politics is said to be taken shape strictly by strategies based on ‘Reason.’ Although religion doesn’t deal with ‘strategy’, the peculiar thing about politics, on the other hand is that it comfortably deals with both the ‘strategy’ and the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/09/10)

Ways to avoid a return to ethnic conflict, lessons to be learnt
Ben Silva
Open Letter Com of Inquiry on Lessons Learnt and Reconcilation 24- Lakshman Kadir: Inst, no 24, Horton Pls, Colombo 7  Dear Sir,  Ways to avoid a return to ethnic conflict, lessons to be learnt Summary If a terrorist organisation is to operate successfully, it needs the following ingredients: Funds Bases Weapons Supply chain Training Supporters Propaganda  Initially India funded, trained and supported LTTE. If Sri Lanka want to learn lessons, then it should investigate how LTTE organised its funds, bases, supply chain, weapons, training, supporters and propaganda. The first thing to observe is that LTTE was an... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/09/10)

WHO IS THIS GUY RAJAPAKSA?
RANJIT WICKREMERATNE
There are so many Rajapaksas in my beloved country but we are talking about a very special son of Motherlanka and that is none other than our great son from the south His Excellency MAHINDA RAJAPAKSA. Some in our society have made him a King but some  a Villan like Ranil,Sarath,Herath,Tilvin,Avamagala and many traitors like them. JVP and U.N.P the losers and garbage in the country making rumours and ugly stories about this great man and his family from the day he was elected President of my country. First of all we must know this guy and... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/09/10)

UNP’s beleaguered leadership in political receivership
Philip Fernando, former Deputy Editor Sunday Observer, Sri Lanka
As imperatives of economic advancement take hold and the prospects of growth come through loud and clear the UNP seemed bewildered not knowing what politics to engage in. It is in political receivership. That usually follows serious losses. Someone has to take control in order to help an entity struggling to get on its feet and recoup. UNP’s predicament is bad news for those who had expected leadership to recover soon after an unprecedented fall into oblivion. That did not happen.  The ill-timed no-confidence motion against the Minister of External... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 22/09/10)

Don't lump Sinhalese Sri Lankans in with Tamil Tigers
Edmonton Journal - Albert J. Fernando, Edmonton
Re: "Boat people abuse our generosity; Tamil case points out need for Canada to reform its immigration policies," by Lorne Gunter, Sept. 12.  Although Lorne Gunter's criticism and condemnation of the brutal nature of Tamil Tigers is commendable, I take strong exception, as a Sinhalese, to the misleading statements he has made about the Sinhalese who constitute 74 per cent of Sri Lanka's population.  Obviously, Gunter has read the wrong reports, perhaps Tamil Eelam propaganda material, to condemn the Sinhalese.  Gunter's comments can be grouped under two categories: discrimination and attacks on... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 22/09/10)

What is Democracy ? - Who is a Dictator ? –Isn’t 18th Amendment a necessary alternative to 17th Amendment ?
by Charles.S.Perera
 Democracy as we had learnt in school is the government of the people, by the people for the people. What we have in Sri Lanka  is the Parliamentary Democracy introduced to us by the British.  Though it was at the beginning strictly applied to the  formation  of a government by a Political Party  accepted by a  majority of the people casting their votes at a Parliamentary election. It is  also extended  in the  conduct of organisations, institutions and societies as well.  There are differences in the democratic system of governance in different countries of the world. There... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 22/09/10)

MIA, the Queen of contradictions
Asoka Weerasinghe Kings Grove Crescent . Gloucester . Ontario.Canada
September 22, 2010   The Editor (Letters) THE OTTAWA CITIZEN   Sir:   You said  about MIA, 'The Queen of contradictions" that her turning point  where her message spun out of control was when she tweeted on May 27 the cell phone number of New York-Times magazine writer Lynn Hirschberg.  Wrong.   This woman of contradictions who admits "My approach to politics is that I never said I'm smart", saw her turning point of her message spinning out of control was on January 28, 2009 when she was interviewed on  the Tavis... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 22/09/10)

ACHIEVING ONE HUNDRED FIFTIETH MILESTONE OF GLOBAL DHAMMA CONFERENCE
Shripal Nishshanka Fernando
                                ‘Sabba Danam Dhamma Danam Jinathi!’                                 ‘Gift of truth (Dhamma) Excels All Other Gifts!’ Internationally popular and widely participated weekly Buddhist Dhamma phone conference in Sinhala is humbly achieving to its one hundred fiftieth successful milestone on this Saturday the 25th of September 2010. This most precious and useful phone conference has been in operation for the last three years and hundreds of listeners and participants around the world have obtained a rare service through this noble program. This Saturday Dhamma conference will be a super special event as a most renounced monk will be conducting... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 22/09/10)

US soldiers 'killed Afghan civilians for sport and collected fingers as trophies'
Chris McGreal in Washington The Guardian, Thursday 9 September 2010
Twelve American soldiers face charges over a secret "kill team" that allegedly blew up and shot Afghan civilians at random and collected their fingers as trophies. Five of the soldiers are charged with murdering three Afghan men who were allegedly killed for sport in separate attacks this year. Seven others are accused of covering up the killings and assaulting a recruit who exposed the murders when he reported other abuses, including members of the unit smoking hashish stolen from civilians.... -Full Story-
(guardian.co.uk - 22/09/10)

Dr Iftikhar Ayaz awarded the Ambassador of Knowledge Medal
By A. Abdul Aziz, Press Secretary, Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at, Sri Lanka.
 A Senator of the World Nations Congress and the Consul General of the Tuvalu Islands in the United Kingdom, Dr Iftikhar Ayaz, OBE (Officer of the Excellent Order of the British Empire), has now been awarded the Ambassador of Knowledge Medal – Medallion for Intelligence and Wisdom Ceremoniously acknowledged at the University of Cambridge, England during the 2010 World Forum recently.   Dr Ayaz is a well known International Human Rights activist and is making useful contribution to the restoration and sustenance of Human Rights particularly in the Commonwealth... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 22/09/10)

Pro-Democracy Burmese must not forget George Fernandes
Nava Thakuria
 It was a grand Burma Convention held in New Delhi six years back and the prime mover of the event was a dynamic Indian political leader with socialist background, George Fernandes. The convention received wide coverage in the media and made a significant impact on the Indian civil society groups and its outlook towards the pro-democracy movement of Burma under the leadership of Aung San Suu Kyi.  I met the great trade unionist turned politician George Fernandes for the first time in the convention. I remember the former Indian Defense minister signed each and every invitation card... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 22/09/10)

One in seven Americans now in poverty
Hope Yen, Washington
THE ranks of the working-age poor in the United States climbed to the highest level since the 1960s, as the recession threw millions of people out of work last year, leaving one in seven Americans in poverty. The overall poverty rate climbed to 14.3 per cent, or 43.6 million people, the Census Bureau said on Thursday in its annual report on the economic well-being of US households. The hardest-hit are African-Americans and Hispanics. The numbers are comparable to poverty levels of the early 1960s that led President Lyndon Johnson to launch his ''war on poverty''... -Full Story-
(theage.com.au - 22/09/10)

Commando unit under legal cloud returns fire
Tom Hyland
SOLDIERS facing possible manslaughter charges over the deaths of civilians in Afghanistan have defended their actions, saying the unintended killings happened after they came under sustained gunfire from a man who ignored appeals to drop his weapon. Five children were killed when the soldiers tossed grenades into a room during a raid on an Afghan farm compound on February 12 last year.... -Full Story-
(theage.com.au - 22/09/10)

Vatican Bank faces money-laundering probe
By the CNN Wire Staff
Rome, Italy (CNN) -- Italian authorities are investigating the Vatican Bank over possible violations of money laundering regulations, the Bank of Italy told CNN Tuesday. Another Italian bank alerted Bank of Italy investigators to two Vatican Bank transactions that did not appear to comply with anti-money laundering requirements, the Bank of Italy said. When Bank of Italy investigators told legal authorities about the transactions, they were told that judicial authorities were already investigating the Vatican Bank, a source close to the investigation said.... -Full Story-
(edition.cnn.com - 22/09/10)

Ranil about to repeat Uncle JRJ’s end
H. L. D. Mahindapala
 Four critical issues plaguing the UNP have come to a head all at once and the leadership is reeling not knowing how to tackle them: 1) unity of the party 2) democratization of the party 3) loss of credibility in electorate and 4) the leadership style/role. All four are linked directly to its current leader, Ranil Wickremesinghe. These four issues clearly signify the incurable malaise caused by the self-destructive  leadership. They represent the core issues that are tearing the party apart.  And these issues have been brewing ever since Wickremesinghe took office in 1994. These... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/09/10)

Ban Ki-Moon, UNSG and his 'Panel of Experts'
Dr.P.A.Samaraweera, Australia
On 18th Friday, it was reported that the panel of experts appointed by the United Nations Secretary General (UNSG) to advise him on alleged Human Rights violations in Sri Lanka during the final stages of the war has commenced work. The panel has 4 months to submit the Report and the UNSG had said that he is anxiously waiting to receive its advise. The crime committed by Sri Lanka was, elimination of the world's deadliest terrorist organisation, the LTTE, after struggling for 3 decades. But some groups are frustrated that they failed to stop Sri Lanka from finishing off the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/09/10)

Cooking is a chemical reaction
Dr Hector Perera
In a chemistry laboratory certain reactions are carried out at room temperature and certain chemicals are heated together to make other chemicals. In synthetic organic chemistry experiments far too complicated chemicals are synthesised in several steps for example antibiotics can be synthesised using simple sugar molecules. When certain bonds in chemicals are broken then only other chemicals can react together?  In my point of view cooking is a kind of chemical reaction and the rate of reaction can be controlled to some extent by controlling the temperature, sometimes we heat and sometimes we cool to make other chemicals.  In cooking... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/09/10)

A NEW WAVE OF FRIGHT AND TERROR IN KASHMIR
ALI SUKHANVER
 Neither USA, the commander of the universal war against terror, nor the most challenging so-called Muslim extremists   could stop the notorious priest Terry Jones from burning the Holy Quran; it is something very strange; Terry Jones seems the most powerful  because he simply ignored all threats and admonitions by saying ‘ My foot’ to all.  Religion is ever considered the most sensitive issue for every individual throughout the world. Even those who are non-practicing with reference to their religion are very much concerned about the holiness and sacredness of the religious philosophy they follow. Such people not... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/09/10)

Hambantota Port
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Hambantota Airport 2nd int Airport in Sri Lanka.flv
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The Kandyan Convention and the legality of the Royal Proclamation and Constitutions enacted thereafter?
Dr. Sudath Gunasekara. (SLAS) and President Senior Citizens Movement Mahanuwara
20. Sept. 2010.The constitution is supposed to be the most sacred document that guaranties good governance in any country. It embodies the supreme law that directs and administers its governance. But sometimes eloquent and cunning interpretations by eminent lawyers and high powered political power make it a travesty as well. That may be why some times law is called an ass by some wise men. What I am going to discuss in this paper below I think will enhance this perception of the law. Any way constitutions have come... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/09/10)

The UNP, ‘the Sunday Leader’ and ‘the Sirasa’
Herold Leelawardena
This article is about why ‘the Sunday Leader’ and ‘the Sirasa’ want RanilW out of the leadership of the UNP.The mission of the Western governments for the last 550 years has been to spread Judea Christian values in this country. In their reportings, both ‘the Sunday Leader’ and ‘the Sirasa’ follow this cardinal principal though they pretend to be national and unbiased. The Leader address Colombo wallahs and defend the interests of western governments. And Sirasa inculcate similar thinking to the mindset of the village lad. The only different between these two is that 'the Leader' does... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/09/10)

Is the government making Fonseka a hero???
Sunil Vijayapala Australia
By jailing Sarath Fonseka, will the government make a hero out of him?  One of the most difficult decisions Mahinda will be confronting is the confinement of Fonseka, one of the most irresponsible people in the history of Lanka’s public life.  While in a position of a high ranking officer in the military, Fonseka was engaged in covert activities meeting with foreigners discussing political strategies to undermine the government in power.  This was an act of treason and may have been persuaded by 'bad company' a traitor non other than the UNP leader, a sleezy, slimy... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/09/10)

Hypocrisy and Ban Ki Moon’s Kangaroo court on Sri Lanka
Ben Silva
Attention of Mr Ban Ki Moon Secretary General, UN  Hypocrisy and  Ban Ki Moon’s Kangaroo court on Sri Lanka  Media reports indicate that the Kangaroo court appointed by Mr Ban Ki Moon is now in operation. Mr Moon  has hand picked the team to obtain the anti Sri Lankan verdict he wants. The verdict, invariably to the detriment of the Sri Lanka, is decided in advance, and  it is ensured by the team Ban Ki Moon picked to investigate Sri Lanka. The team leader Mr Marzuki Darusman  previously had a dispute with Lanka, and he would be... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/09/10)

Fast lane to your infirmity
Dr.Tilak Fernando-Courtesy Daily News
Fast food needs no introduction. Wherever one looks around these days there is bound to be fast food outlets of some kind with trade names varying from giant world- wide franchises to every Tom Dick and Harry! The modern rat-race type life style of man compels him to take the easiest path out when it comes to food. One reason for fast food to become so popular is its comparatively low cost compared with restaurant gastronomy. This very fact directs consumers to fast food outlets like cattle to grass fields (pardon the expression). Facts... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/09/10)

Is kitchen a chemistry laboratory?
Dr Hector Perera UK 
I am delighted to say that I had a successful live cooking demonstration to a TV channel in Sri Lanka.  In cooking, I think one must have a sound knowledge of chemistry because there is a relationship between the food we eat or drink and the chemicals, then the chemicals in the kitchen and the chemicals in a school laboratory. During the demonstration, I used only the basic things such as brown rice, fish and green leaves that are commonly eaten as they are healthy. For cooking, a two ring gas cooker then two stainless steel cooking... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/09/10)

US soldiers 'killed Afghan civilians for sport'
From correspondents in Washington... -Full Story- (news.com.au - 19/09/10)

Please don't mention the GDP growth again
Ajit Randeniya
 Everyone associated with the Sri Lankan government, its financial institutions and the ‘big end of town’ in Colombo has been crowing over the last few days about the ‘impressive growth’ the economy seems to have recorded in the second quarter of 2010, with the additional boast that this is the highest ever recorded quarterly GDP growth since 2002.  In actual quantitative terms, the economic output of Sri Lanka, as measured by Gross Domestic Product (GDP), for the second quarter (April-June) of 2010 is estimated at Rs. 635.0 Billion, has grown by 8.5 per cent compared the corresponding... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 19/09/10)

Man who saved Sri Lanka from terrorism, will not “kill” democracy to be a Dictator
by Charles.S.Perera
 Then there was no UN Panel to find ways to end terrorism in Sri Lanka, no articles in the Economist asking  the world to come to rescue  Sri Lanka from  terrorism, there were no debate in the British parliaments  to find ways to help the lone fight of  Sri Lanka against terrorism.                                              ************ In Sri Lanka a resplendent Island home to three main communities  the Sinhala, Tamils and Muslims, the people  lived a peaceful life each community making  their  communal problems  heard in their legislature and solutions found without aggression. Where when the problems  were not solved... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/09/10)

Dismantling Self
Sunil Vijayapala
Annattalakkhana Suttra followed the famous Dhammachakapavattana Suttra the first sermon by Lord Buddha delivered to the first 5 disciples or Vagga ascetics at Issipatane and showed the paramount importance of understanding Selflessness or Anatta on the road to Nibbana.  In fact denial or rejection of Self is the stepping stone to the path of enlightenment and gateway to final liberation.  In this discourse Buddha clearly explains the lack of CONTROL over our afflictions taking into account each of the five aggregates and finally arguing the characteristics of each with respect to Impermanence and Suffering leading into the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/09/10)

Utter madness
Dr. Tilak Fernando Courtesy Daily News
There is nothing more irritating, annoying and confusing than when a police officer takes over electronically synchronized traffic lights and creates a complete muddle of the situation when he orders motorists waiting at ‘red lights’ to proceed while those facing ‘green’ are held back. At a point of collision between a motorist coming from ‘green’, oblivious to Police command, and crashes into another vehicle, whom does the police charge for dangerous driving? Where does the Motor Traffic Law stand in such a situation? Police overpowering traffic signals is seemingly becoming an unwritten... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/09/10)

The Travels of a Journalist-ABOUT BOWERS, BOATS AND BUDDIES:Camping and Yachting on Apostle Islands (PART 5)
By Shelton A. Gunaratne ©2010 Professor of mass communications emeritus, Minnesota State University Moorhead
 A six-hour drive east from Moorhead, Minn., covering a distance of about 322 miles along U.S. 10 and U.S. 2, will take one to Bayfield, Wis. (pop. 611), the gateway to Madeline Island and the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore (AINL) —a popular sailing, boating and kayaking destination on the southwestern corner of Lake Superior, the largest freshwater lake in the world by surface area (31,820 square miles). On the invitation of the Bowerses (Jim and Kathleen), we—Carmel, Junius, Yoke-Sim and I—visited the AINL on two... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/09/10)

නව අධ්‍යපන සංස්කෘතියක් බිහිකරමු!
චන්ද්‍රසේන පණ්ඩිතගේ විසිනි.
අපේ මාතෘ භූමියේ අධ්‍යාපනය සඳහා ඇමතිවරු දෙදෙනෙකු සිටී. එක් අයෙක් උසස් අධ්‍යාපන ඇමතිතුමා වශයෙන් නම් කර ඇති අතර, අනික් ඇමති තුමා අධ්‍යාපන ඇමති වශයෙන් හඳුන්වයි.. ඒ තනතුර හොබවන්නේ බන්දුල ගුණවර්ධන මහතාය. බන්දුල ගුණවර්ධන මහතා මෑතක කරන ලද ප්‍රකාශයක් සම්බන්ධව මෙරට රූපවාහිනී නාලිකා ප්‍රචාරනයක් දෙන ලද අතර, ඒ ප්‍රකාශයේ අන්තර්ගතය මෙසේය. “ මේ රටේ සමහර ගුරුවර ගුරුවරියන් එකම පාසලේ ඉතා දීර්ඝ කාලයක් සේවය කරමින් සිටින බව අපට පෙනෙන්ට තියෙන දෙයක්. අපි මේ සම්බන්ධව එම ගරුවර ගරුවරියන්ගෙන් අහන කොට දැන ගන්න ලැබෙන්නේ, ඒ අය දක්ෂ ගුරුවර ගුරුවරියන් බැවින්, මෙම පාසල් වලම අඛණ්ඩව තබා ගන්නා බවයි. මේ වැඩේ අසාධාරණයි.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/09/10)

China footprint bothers Delhi day after Lanka blast - South Block pores over maps and works phone lines to estimate strategic space occupied by Beijing
SUJAN DUTTA
New Delhi, Sept. 18: When dynamite ripped through the fishing village of Karadiyanaru in eastern Sri Lanka, a former LTTE stronghold, on Friday and killed 25 people, officials in New Delhi’s South Block and army headquarters burned the phone lines to find out what caused it. Had remnants of the now-decimated LTTE succeeded in a desperate act of sabotage? As the body count, initially estimated at 60, was revised by Colombo to 25 and Sri Lanka began an investigation into what it believes was an accident, the focus has gradually shifted to the presence of the Chinese.... -Full Story-
(telegraphindia.com - 18/09/10)

Sri Lanka’s GDP growth hits 8-year high
Reuters
COLOMBO: Sri Lanka’s economy grew 8.5 per cent in the second quarter from a year earlier, more strongly than expected and faster than first quarter annual growth of 7.1 per cent, the government said. According to the data released by the state-run Census and Statistics Department, the economy grew in the April-June quarter at the fastest pace since 2002, which the government uses as the base year to measure gross domestic product (GDP) growth.... -Full Story-
(gulftoday.ae - 17/09/10)

Downfall of Sarath Fonseka !
Dr.P.A.Samaraweera, Australia
On Friday 17th, the Second Court Martial sentenced Sarath Fonseka for 3 years in jail as the Military Court found he had engaged in corrupt deals and had favoured an Arms Company run by his son-in-law, Danuna. Danuna was given bail by Civil Courts and is now absconding.   Last month, the First Court Martial found him guilty of dabbling in politics while in uniform and was stripped off his Rank, Medals and Pension.   On the other side, he also brought shame by publishing a fancy story about a 'White Flag' and surrendees during the final stages... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 17/09/10)

Military court recommends 3 years jail for Fonseka
by Harischandra Gunaratna
The second court marital had recommended that former Army Commander Sarath Fonseka be sentenced to three years in jail, Director of the Media Centre for National Security Lakshman Hulugalle said yesterday evening. He said the three-judge Court martial panel consisting of Majors General M. B. Pieris, M. Hathurusinghe and S. W. L. Daualagala had found the former Army Commander guilty on four counts – purchasing night vision devices, generators, batteries and VHF direction finders without following tender procedures, while he was the Army Commander. Hulugalle said that the recommendations of the military court would be forwarded to... -Full Story-
(The Island - 17/09/10)

Names of Tamils feared stolen
Asoka Weerasinghe Kings Grove Crescent . Gloucester . Ontario . Canada
 17 September 2010   The Editor EMBASSY Ottawa   Sir:   In your news item (Sept.15) 'Names of Tamils feared stolen', 'the representatives from the Canadian Tamil Congress fear the names of Tamil asylum-seekers who were on board of the MV Sun Sea might have been stolen in the break-in at the congress's headquarters last week', you said.   What!  Are you trying to tell me that the Canadian Tamil Congress was in the equation of this human smuggling scam of these Tamil illegal migrants, knowing who they... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 17/09/10)

Mystery Surrounding the Break-In and Loss of a Computer at the CTC Office
Mahinda Gunasekera
September 16, 2010  The Editor Globe and Mail 444 Front Street West Toronto, Ontario  Dear Editor,  Mystery Surrounding the Break-In and Loss of a Computer at the CTC Office  I refer to the recent news reports pertaining to the supposed break-in and theft of a computer from the office of the Canadian Tamil Congress (CTC) in Scarborough which was announced to the media by the CTC’s spokesperson Mr. David Poopalapillai on the 13th of September 2010.  Initially, Mr. Poopalapillai claimed that the stolen computer contained personal data of more than 300 of the illegal Tamil migrants who... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 17/09/10)

Revolution in Sri Lanka on Tea and Tourism
Sarath Wijesinghe LL.M (London) Solicitor-Attorney-at-Law
Most consumed liquid next water  Tea is the most consumed liquid of the mankind next to water.  It is a very healthy innocent and a natural drink which is consumed worldwide as a social drink which bonds families countries and the world, entertains societies and has become a main income earner of many countries including Sri Lanka (once Ceylon) which has now lost her position as the main tea exporter. Tea leaves contains more than 700 chemicals, vitamins, caffeine and items which immunes functions of the human body.  It prevents dental caries due to... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 17/09/10)

The tactic adopted by Ranil Wickramasinghe to obstruct appointments to PC under the constitution is most deplorable.
by Charles.S.Perera
 Ranil Wickramasinghe  the lame-duck leader of the UNP continues his vengeance against the President Mahinda Rajaopakse, while his own party now in shambles is preparing to kick him out if he does not step down  on his own.  Gunaratna Wanninayake, the NLA secretary, issuing an ultimatum to Wickremesinghe, had said, “…..We have allowed a few more days for an honorable departure……….If it doesn’t happen, we will be required to do so by force based on what the party supporters want. He has become politically dead. He killed this party. We are asking him not to put us... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/09/10)

President for Life!
Vajeera Warnakulasuriya,
The Editor, Sydney Morning Herald, The Economist  Dear Sir/Madam,  I posit this in response to your article “President for Life” that appeared on September 13th, 2010 edition of The Sydney Morning Herald and also to the Economist of 8th September.  Link  http://www.smh.com.au/opinion/editorial/president-for-life-20100912-156us.html  It was the ambition of every President since inception of the Executive Presidency in 1977 by J.R.Jayawardena the first President to occupy the office beyond two terms! But they all failed due to lack of support in the Parliament, exception being JRJ didn’t enforce to lengthen his tenure as he was in his twilight years... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/09/10)

Sexism in Science
by Dr Ruwan M Jayatunge
 In the article written by Carol Goar (Toronto Star May 26, 2010- ‘No female scientists? No surprise’), she points out that females were not promoted as leading scientists. An invisible force prevented women from reaching top levels. The Industry Minister Tony Clement too expressed his concern following no female nominations having been made for the Canada Excellence Research Chairs. Is there unseen sexism among the professional communities? According to article 27-sub section 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, everyone has the right to freely participate in the cultural life of the community,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/09/10)

B.C. Judge blocks release of Tamil migrant
Asoka Weerasinghe Kings Grove Cescent . Gloucesterb. Ontario . Canada
 September 16, 2010   The Editor (Letters) THE OTTAWA CITIZEN   Sir:   Now, now, now, what's all this then?  You say that in British Columbia a federal judge ordered a stay Wednesday on the release of another Tamil migrant from the MV Sun Sea.  The reason you say is that the government needs more time to authenticate identities of the migrants who arrived on the B.C. coast on August 13.   You also gave me the impression that the identities of all these illegal Tamil migrants on Sun Sea were... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/09/10)

Tamil community is suffering defeatist complex, says; Mano Ganeshan.
Herold Leelawardena
In an open letter to Ranil Wickramasinghe, Mano Ganeshan said that Tamil community is suffering defeatist complex. If that is true, I say, people like him should take the full responsibility for it. They ought to feel guilty about it over and over again. In addition, Ganeshans must ask forgiveness from Tamil people for misguiding them for so long. It must be said however, if Ganeshan and the so-called Tamil moderates have been wise enough to be true moderates at least in the calibar of late Thondaman, Tamils may well have avoided the scenario that Ganeshan moan... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/09/10)

Serendipity through lifelong friendship
Philip Fernando, former Deputy Editor, Sunday Observer, Sri Lanka
The Peradeniya campus nestling amidst the picturesque hills got etched in our memories instantly. A feast of colour from the blossoming Jacaranda trees by the library and lectures halls seemed fittingly ornamental. Bonding occurred mostly at random - the matches just happened - with no time to ask the obvious questions: Are you a party animal? Do you shower by habit? Are you bent on using your roommate's belongings? Yes - we knew soon enough.   Some commingled relentlessly! A select few climbed Hantana hills ostentatiously feigning Sir Hilary's Himalayan... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/09/10)

Open Letter to Bernard Kouchner - Adieux aux Droits des Roms ?
Dr Bandula Kothalawala Londres
Monsieur Bernard Kouchner Ministre des Affaires étrangères et européennes Ministère des Affaires étrangères Quai d’Orsay Paris 15 septembre 2010 Monsieur le Ministre Adieux aux Droits des Roms ? J’ai l’honneur de m’adresser à vous pour vous faire part de mon inquiétude sur votre silence inexplicable sur le sort des Roms que le gouvernement français est en train d’expulser vers leurs pays d’origine depuis quelques semaines. Je m’étonne de votre indifférence et de l’absence totale de prise de position crédible, ce qui, à mon avis, témoigne d’un manque de respect surprenant à l’égard de ce peuple.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/09/10)

Traffic mess and congestion in Kandy
Dr Sudath Gunasekara (SLAS) President Senior Citizens Movement Mahanuwara
 The facility of smooth traffic movement is an ornament as well as an asset to any city. Providing this facility is the responsibility of city fathers and the law enforcing authorities. Primarily the commuters and the drivers are the people who are inconvenienced when there is no such smooth system. Smooth movement of vehicles is affected by many factors. Among them the following could be identified as the most important. Increase in the number of vehicles coming in to the city, physical limitations of urban morphology, haphazard and poor urban... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/09/10)

CLOSURE OF 2 FACULTIES IN WAYAMBA UNIVERSITY
Upali S /USA
Sri Lankan colleges of Higher education should be closed with immediate effect. This is the biggest curse of Sri Lanka.  All the so called universities in Sri Lanka should be closed for at least five years and every student should be compulsorily drafted to the military for hard work;  jungle clearing, road labor, drain cleaning or even keeping our villages and cities clean. After all what skills do they have and let us start getting them involved with things that are not to complex. During the five year closure period the government of Sri Lanka should... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/09/10)

Now, let’s go the whole way…
by Mario Perera, Kadawata
The dust appears to be descending on the 18th amendment debate, as it always did and does on such matters. This means that when the last word has been said what is, endures and what is, is the power that is and what that power intends to do, as incorporated in this particular case, in the 18th amendment. The basic fact and truth is that the man in power was elected to that post by a massive mandate. This mandate was renewed equally massively as and when necessary by the population. The president holds his... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/09/10)

Your comments in Parliament on Sri Lanka---letter to a British Parliamentarian
Asitha Gamage
Mr. James Gray MP House of Commons London Dear Mr. Gray, I was most surprised at the false allegations made by you in the British Parliament and the obviously overt vicious persecution of Sri Lanka by you, viz. " *Mr James Gray* (North Wiltshire) (Con): The Minister’s word “reconciliation” is right after 25 years of appalling civil strife. In addition to the Tamils who are kept in such dreadful conditions in the camps, is he aware that quite a number of Sri Lankans in Colombo and elsewhere who were thought to be vaguely sympathetic towards the Tamils... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/09/10)

“Conditions have changed and improved in Sri Lanka”, says British Minister Alistair Burt in the Parliament
By Janaka Alahapperuma
“There is no doubt that conditions have changed in Sri Lanka and have improved to a degree after the conflict, but the issue is how far that goes,” Alistair Burt, The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs said in the British Parliament this afternoon on Tuesday 14 September 2010 at 2.30pm. He made these comments when Parliament was open for ‘Oral Answers to Questions’ session on matters related to Foreign & Commonwealth Office (Ministry). During the debate Sri Lanka issues were discussed under two separate topics. First the debate was open when Katy... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/09/10)

The ugly Americans once more
Off my chest  by Andare-Courtesy The Island 
How very considerate of Washington to warn the Sri Lankan people-and indeed the world-that the recent constitutional changes called the 18th Amendment was a danger to democracy. As this newspaper rightly pointed out editorially the constitutional amendment provoked intense controversy among legal and academic circles and in what might be loosely called among "thinking people." That is as it should be in a functioning democracy. Dissent and the right to express a dissenting view are at the heart of democracy. Those who followed the debate-short but sharp perhaps due to inordinate haste... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/09/10)

Sex trade, forced labor top U.N. human trafficking list
UNITED NATIONS (CNN) --
Sexual exploitation and forced labor are the most common forms of human trafficking in the world, a new report from the U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime said. Aid agencies say young women are being forced into prostitution across Russia's capital. The "Global Report on Trafficking in Persons" is based on data from 155 countries and offers a global assessment of human trafficking and efforts to fight it. The most common form of human trafficking is sexual exploitation, at 79 percent, the report said. The victims of sexual exploitation are predominantly women and girls. In... -Full Story-
(edition.cnn.com - 15/09/10)

Obituary: R.I.P UNP
H. L. D. Mahindapala
 Ranil Wickremesinghe was expected to announce at yesterday’s press conference a reasonable and acceptable solution to the crisis caused by his failed leadership. But it ended predictably in worsening the crisis with the reformists rejecting his formula. The solution he offered was to plead for more time to devolve power to the younger generation of UNPers. It is obvious that with this offer he is trying to fool himself and his party. At the root of the crisis is a demand for a change in leadership not a cosmetic devolution of power. Nothing short of... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/09/10)

Break-in at Canadian Tamil Congress Office in Scarborough
Mahinda Gunasekera
The Editor Toronto Star 1 Yonge Street Toronto Dear Editor,  Break-in at Canadian Tamil Congress Office in Scarborough  I refer to the front page news report of September 13th filed by Jayme Poisson and a follow up report with a picture of the CTC spokesperson David Poopalapillai in the Greater Toronto section of today’s edition filed by San Grewal, where the reported loss of alleged data pertaining to illegal Tamil migrants aboard the MV Sun Sea has been scaled back to a couple of dozen names from the prior figure of more than 300 records.    It is... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/09/10)

SRI LANKA TOPS ASIAN CHARITY LEAGUE
EMBASSY OF SRI LANKA, WASHINGTON DC
The people of Sri Lanka are the most generous charitable donors throughout the whole of Asia, according to the largest study ever carried out into charitable behaviours across the globe. President Mahinda Rajapaksa has described the report's findings as being "an honour for each and every Sri Lankan citizen." The "World Giving Index", produced by the UK-based Charities Aid Foundation surveyed the charitable behaviour of people in 153 countries, representing 95 per cent of the world's population. The Asian number one spot for Sri Lanka was based on a major global survey by... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/09/10)

Take Over Key Municipal Councils Under a Central Government Authority
- Kumar Moses
Revenue of the Colombo Municipal Council (CMC) is over Rs 1 billion a year. However, it is no secret that CMC is not providing comparable services. In fact, CMC is a symbol of waste, corruption, favouritism and inefficiency. However, there is more to it. Over the years, it has become a safe den for anti-national elements. In fact, the CMC area is the last frontier of nationalist forces. The term, ‘Colombans’ used to describe the alien conduct types associated with anti-national elements originate from the unconquerable Greater Colombo area. While people have the right of choice... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/09/10)

China-Sri Lanka Economic, Political and Historic Relations
Sarath Wijesinghe LL.M (London) Solicitor-Attorney-at-Law (Ambassador of Sri Lanka in the United Arab Emirates)
 China and Sri Lanka were related connected and bonded together for thousands of years.  Monk Fahian’s visit and the Buddhism with Asian way of life connected China/Sri Lanka uninterrupted and undisturbed.  Even when China was in isolation Sri Lanka always made friendships and associations.  The Sri Lanka- China Rubber Pact initiated by Hon. R.G. Senanayake and the other economic bonds has shown that the two countries are economically and politically bonded for a long period.  China became a world power on its own merits and... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/09/10)

Tories warned months ago of Tamil influx
Asoka Weerasinghe Kings Grove Crescent . Gloucester . Ontario Canada
September 14, 2010   The Editor (Letters) THE OTTAWA CITIZEN   Sir:   For the Conservatives not to take heed of our diplomats warnings months ago  from Colombo of  a Tamil influx as refugee claimants hasn't surprised me one bit.     If the pathetic press release from Foreign Minister Lawrence Cannon's office after the Tamil Tiger terrorists were militarily eliminated on May 18, 2009 without a congratulatory word when most foreign governments congratulated Sri Lanka for eliminating Tamil Tiger terrorism was anything to go by, it showed that the Canadian... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/09/10)

Liberating the Sovereign Island is justice but much work is ahead to stop invasive threats!
Anura Seneviratna (for expat Hela team).
The so called past Sri Lankan conflict defined as terror is mild – hard fact is, it was an attempted undercover invasion to transform the Island Country into a second Tamil Nadu (Tamil country) of the Indian subcontinent. The abominable fraudulent propaganda of the Tamil diasporas, whose origin is Tamil Nadu not Srilanka and many other host countries where Tamils have migrated to are still bellowing of a Tamil homeland in SL. The primary clarification has to be revealed to the world that incorrectly named Sri Lanka the tiny Island Country is Heladiva... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/09/10)

The Travels of a Journalist-ABOUT BOWERS, BOATS AND BUDDIES:Widening ties and reaping benefits of bhavana (PART 4)
By Shelton A. Gunaratne ©2010 Professor of mass communications emeritus, Minnesota State University Moorhead
 If I were Charles Dickens, I would have written a novel on James K. Bowers, my long-time pal who has used Lake Minnetonka as his habitat for four decades. He lived the life of a sybarite in his younger days, and used his exuberant business skills, as well as the business reputation of his father-in-law Andrès Perry, to become reasonably rich. Bowers had a huge ego until he realized that the Buddhist notion of anatta (no self) was better at freeing one’s mind from clutter.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/09/10)

REMOVAL OF TRAVEL ADVISORY ON SRI LANKA
PRESS RELEASE FRIENDS OF SRI LANKA (CANADA)
It’s with great pleasure that Canadian Friends of Sri Lanka (CFSL) welcome the very friendly decision taken by Canadian Government to relax the travel adversary notification against the North and East of Sri Lanka. At this moment we should also acknowledge the activism shown by the Canadian High Commissioner in Sri Lanka, His Excellency Mr. Bruce Levy, who has insisted on several occasions that Sri Lanka is now a terrorism free country that anyone can travel throughout the country without fear as he himself experiences now. We Canadian Sri Lankans would like to... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/09/10)

Have Sri Lankans misunderstood India?
By Bandu de Silva  Courtesy The Island  13-09-2010
The Indian journalist Sathiya Moorthy cannot be blamed for claiming that Sri Lankans have misunderstood India. As we Sri Lankans say, he is here to "cough for India." The piece he wrote in the Daily Mirror of August 31 to coincide with India’s Foreign Secretary, Nirupma Rao’s recent visit to Sri Lanka is such and needs some comment. What Moorthy is concerned immediately seems to be that one is "bound to record some blame game and inevitable mudslinging at India … and it is already happening, if one went by published... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/09/10)

Term limits and fake diplomatic punditry of the West
By Philip Fernando -Writer is the former Deputy Editor of the Sunday Observer, Sri Lanka.
The anti-democratic slant imputed by the US State Department to the legislative process relative to presidential terms limits in Sri Lanka exceeded all limits of proprietorship.  US has not merely recommended or suggested what Sri Lanka should do about terms limits.  Debunking and denouncing is what is practiced: the signature dictum of the West.  Assigning blame without any provocation and use of fake diplomatic punditry is West’s favourite pastime.  There is an ethical imperative in foreign affairs that debars any country from interfering in... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/09/10)

Terrorism Expert Dr.Guneratna's Views Need To Be Upheld Not Ridiculed!
Insight By Sunil Kumar
Sept.13th 2010 To all the negative comments posted over internationally acclaimed terrorism expert Dr. Rohan Guneratna's recent overview relative to Canada and LTTE terrorism, it must be responded that they seem to point to anti Presidential as well as pro Tamil Tiger sentiment rather than viewing the issue on its merits and impending ramifications which are quite serious. While it isn't only Dr. Guneratne who has made the observation that the LTTE could easily re-group in Canada if the warning signs were not heeded and remedial action taken, it is indeed cause for concern for all Canadians  to... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/09/10)

Ranil, Shame on you!
Dr.Reffai
Amazing how tenacious Ranil is! That is in sticking to this Chair of leadership when no one wants him to! Neither the UNPers  nor the  party members nor your voters. The only people who want you to be there are your opponents and you are playing truly and sincerely to their  tunes! Even We, the apolitical people are disgusted by your attitude. We, the citizens of this country do realize for democracy to survive we must have a good opposition, however good and sincere the government is.  We sincerely wish you had this tenacity when it came to... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/09/10)

Akasa Kusum – The Film that Recounts the Destructive Nature of Maternal Deprivation
Dr Ruwan M Jayatunge M.D.
“Mother love in infancy and childhood is as important for mental health as are vitamins and proteins for physical health.” -John Bowlby   The Sri Lankan film director Prasanna Vitanage’s touchy movie Akasa Kusum could be a turning point in the Sinhala film industry that recounts the destructive nature of maternal deprivation. The movie Akasa Kusum or the   Flowers of the Sky deeply touches the sensational and innate feelings of a young woman who endured maternal deprivation as a child and how her adult life viciously affected by the reflective childhood neurotic elements.  Sandhya... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/09/10)

Can you please help our village temple to build the "DHARMA SALAWA"
BUDDHIST VIHARAYA
BUDDHIST VIHARAYA DENIYA ROAD SIYABALAGODA POLGASOVITA SRI LANKA... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/09/10)

Computer theft with migrant info
Asoka Weerasinghe Kings Grove Crescent . Gloucester . Ontario .Canada
September 13, 2010   The Editor (Letters) THE OTTAWA CITIZEN   Sir:   While the "Police look into theft of computer with Tamil migrant info", the Canadian Tamil Congress spokesman David Poopalapillai from whose headquarters that the theft had occured speculated that he feared that the Sri Lankan intelligence agents may be involved.  He also went out of the way to speculate that the break in also could be a hate crime by someone upset at the mass arrival of the migrants.   Permit me to add one more speculation... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/09/10)

Trafficking in people
Asoka Weerasinghe Kings Grove Crescent . Gloucester . Ontario .Canada
September 13, 2010   The Editor (Letters) THE OTTAWA CITIZEN   Sir:   Your editorial 'Trafficking in people' was a good read.  Let me be blunt about these Ocean Lady and Sun Sea fiascos, all what the Conservative Government is musing about  wanting to impose new mandatory minimum sentences for human trafficking is all eye wash.  All this tough talking huffing and puffing  by the Minister of Public Safety will come to nought as I will bet my last dollar that no offender will see the inside walls of a Canadian... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/09/10)

Our democracy is alive and well; you can shut up, Thanks
Ajit Randeniya
 The hue and cry over the alleged ‘death of democracy’ in Sri Lanka following the parliament’s overwhelming (167-18) approval of the 18th Amendment to the Sri Lankan Constitution almost resembles that followed President Rajapakse’s rejection of the ‘trick’ proposal (too clever by half!) of Robert Blake, Eric Solheim, David Miliband and Bernard Kouchner to secure ‘safe passage’ for Prabhakaran to ‘a third country’ during the final stages of the war.  As to local mourners, the usual ‘twisted jungi’ brigade at The Sunday Leader went to party: the often complained about episodes of wet and psychotic dreams of... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/09/10)

A reply to Sonali Samarasinghe on her article “Why the world must stop Sri Lanka’s decline?” appearing in Globalpost on 10.9.2010.
by Charles.S.Perera
Sonali Samarasinghe appears from her hiding in the West to request her “world” to stop Sri Lanka’s decline.  Stopping Sri Lanka’s decline is to help it to improve, help it to grow.  That her “world” will not do. Because her “world” only wants to see  Sri Lanka’s decline. The “world” to which you appeal Sonali Samarasinghe,  is the Western world of which we have had enough.  Their democracy, their human rights are only “ excuses “ used against  the developing countries to keep them subservient and kept bound to the West- their  former colonialists.  They are only... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/09/10)

AN OPEN LETTER TO MR PHILIP J CROWLEY, ASST SECY, US STATE DEPARTMENT-Mind your own business!
BY DR M D P DISSANAYAKE
Dear Mr Crowley We  have read your recent announcement  expressing doubts over Sri Lanka’s democracy, on the basis of 18th amendment to the Constitution.  First of all let me tell you quite bluntly that it is none of your or your country’s business to make such outbursts against an independent nation Please read the announcements of State Department from 1965 through 1980 against Singapore and its Prime Minister Mr Lee Kuan Yew.  Your country  and the Human Rights body have constantly hammered that country when it was a poor country, like Sri Lanka.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/09/10)

Nine years later, Americans remember as president calls for tolerance
By the CNN Wire Staff
New York (CNN) -- Nine Septembers have come and gone and yet, the many days that separate America now from a chilling day in its history did not dull remembrance Saturday. Once again, the nation paused in silence to mark the times when hijacked jets crashed into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and a field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, and nearly 3,000 lives were lost in a matter of minutes. But this year, a national debate over a proposed Islamic center near ground zero hovered over the day's heart-stopping sorrow, and the president once again... -Full Story-
(edition.cnn.com - 12/09/10)

Theology unnecessary, Stephen Hawking tells CNN
By the CNN Wire Staff
Theology is unnecessary. So says Stephen Hawking, the world-famous physicist who controversially argues in a new book that God did not create the universe. "God may exist, but science can explain the universe without the need for a creator," Hawking told CNN's "Larry King Live" in an interview that aired Friday. Hawking, 68, says in his book "The Grand Design" that, given the existence of gravity, the universe can and will create itself from nothing. "Spontaneous creation," he writes, is the reason why the universe and humanity exist.... -Full Story-
(edition.cnn.com - 12/09/10)

Lankan fishermen find peace leaves nets empty
Gulf Times
Fishermen in the Sri Lankan port of Trincomalee hoped the end of the island’s civil war would bring prosperity, but dynamite and corruption now threaten their livelihoods. Trincomalee, on the northeast coast, has one of the world’s finest natural harbours and was fiercely fought over during the war until government troops finally defeated the rebel Tamil Tigers in May last year. “The problem we have now is that although we have the freedom to go out and work, the fish are being illegally destroyed to the point where we can’t earn a living,” said captain Ananda Peiris... -Full Story-
(Gulf Times - 12/09/10)

18th Amendment Has A very Positive Ring Towards The Best Interests Of Sri Lanka Despite Opposition Paranoia.
LankaWeb Weekly Editorial
Sept 11th 2010
It seems uncanny that the world at large is presented with a doomsday portrayal of Sri Lanka's recent 18th Amendment approval by a two third majority in Parliament as those presenting it are from the losing side, namely the opposition led by a lame duck leader headed for oblivion and a deposed former Army Commander who is bitter that he could not get his hands on Presidential Power which if it had transpired would have indeed been the real doomsday scenario for Sri Lanka based upon many tangibilities linked to him as a... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/09/10)

18A would make President Rajapakse a better democrat.
Herold Leelawardena
INGO and NGO parasites and those that sponsor them, Christian Evangelists and and those that follow them, Separatist dreamers and those that back them have been trying a put-up job of a Rajapakse dictator bogey. What could Rajapakses expect from Bishop Chikera and company? They have been acting the same way the days we fought our war against LTTE. But to say that Rajapake has become a dictator with the passing of 18A is nothing but a twist of facts.   Take for instance our first president JRJ: He wasn't an elected president by the people. He cobbled a... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/09/10)

වාදපිටියේ හෙළිදරව්ව -2
චන්ද්‍රසේන පණ්ඩිතගේ විසිනි.
මේ වන විට 18 ව්‍යාවස්ථා සංශෝධනය පාර්ලිමේන්තුව තුලදී අවශ්‍ය චන්ද සංඛ්‍යාවටවටත්වඩා වැඩි චන්ද සංඛ්‍යාවකින් සම්මත වී ඇත. මේ අතර එක්තරා වැදගත් සිදුවීමක් 2010 සෙප්තැම්බර් මස 7වෙනිදා දෙරණ රූපවාහිනී නාලිකාව හරහා ප්‍රචාරය කරන වාදපිටිය නම්වූ වැඩ සටහන තුලදී සිදුවිය. එදා වාදපිටියේ සාකච්ඡාවට බදුන්වූයේද 18 වෙනි ව්‍යාවස්ථා සංශෝධනයයි. වර්තමාන ජනතා විමුක්ති පෙරමුණේ බිමල් රත්නායක මහතාගේ දේශනය තුලදී, ප්‍රජාතන්ත්‍රවාදය, ජාත්‍යන්තරයේ ඇති ප්‍රජාතන්ත්‍රවාදී රාජ්‍ය පද්ධතීන් සම්බන්ධව,  ඔවුනගේ පක්ෂයේ ස්ථාවරය හෙළිදරව් කලේය. ඒ අනුව ඔවුනගේ දේශපාලන පක්ෂය ලෝකයේ රටවල් 160 ගනනක් අතුරින් රටවල් 6ක් හැර ඉතිරි රටවල් ශිෂ්ඨ ගනයට වැටෙන රටවල් වශයෙන් ප්‍රකාශ කලේය. එම රටවල් ප්‍රජාතන්ත්‍රවාදී ප්‍රවාහයට ගරු කරන රටවල්... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/09/10)

DON'T TAKE OFF YOUR GUARD Mr. PRESIDENT
Ranjit Wickremeratne
We know that you like to walk and go places as a free man in your own country after you eradicate the menace of terrorism. Feels so good now after many years of seeing red blood spilled all over our beloved land. Appreciate your bravery and leadership sincerly and we as citizens looks forward to see our beautiful land prosper and brings joy to millions of our citizens from North to Souith and East to West under the guidence of you, your Excellancy. We have never witnessed so much excitement and enthusiasm like this before among our citizens... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/09/10)

Here is Israeli human rights for you!
Ajit Randeniya
The world is bombarded almost on a daily basis by Zionist owned or controlled news agencies (Reuters, AFP, AP, BBC, Aljazeera and the rest of them) as to what a beacon of democracy and protector of civil rights the illegitimate entity of Israel represents in the Middle East. They often contrast this situation with that is ‘typical’ of the region, described by the same cabal as full of dictatorships and human rights violators. They took umbrage when the former US President Jimmy Carter referred to the murderous mob rule as an ‘Apartheid state’. A recent case involving... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/09/10)

K Jayathilaka - The Living Icon of Sinhala literature
Dr Ruwan M Jayatunge 
Endowed Sri Lankan writer K Jayathilaka is one of the pioneers of Sinhalese realistic novel. As a creative writer, he exhibited his talents since early 1960 s. his novels and short stories represent the ironical social perspectives and had a profound impact on Sinhalese literature. K Jayathilaka demonstrated talents that could be compared to that of the greatest literary genius Martin Wicramasinghe. He wrote a wide range of literature from novels to short stories as well as children’s literature. K Jayathilaka has authored nearly 12 children’s books and he added some of his childhood... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/09/10)

Inhuman torture of a woman worker
Ben Silva
High Commissioner on Human rights Attention of Ms N Pillay Inhiman torture of a woman worker I wish to draw your attention to a serious act of torture and human rights violations in Saudi Arabia. A 49 year old Sri Lankan woman worker, Ariyawahthie, has been abused and subjected to torture and violence by nailing her, by Saudi citizens. Doctors have detected 24 nails ridden in various parts of her body allegedly pierced and inserted forcibly by the sponsor and the wife with the help of the daughter in most cruel and inhuman way. Detail are... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/09/10)

වාදපිටියේ හෙළිදරව්ව -1
චන්ද්‍රසේන පණ්ඩිතගේ විසිනි.
මේ වන විට 18 ව්‍යාවස්ථා සංශෝධනය පාර්ලිමේන්තුව තුලදී අවශ්‍ය චන්ද සංඛ්‍යාවටවටත්වඩා වැඩි චන්ද සංඛ්‍යාවකින් සම්මත වී ඇත. ඒ අනුව අති සුන්දර යයි වර්ණිත මෙරට පාර්ලිමේන්තු  ප්‍රජාතන්ත්‍රවාදය තුල වූ එක්තරා “ප්‍රජාතන්ත්‍රවාදයට කොන්දේසියක්“ ගලවා උදුරා දමන ලදී. අප විසින් 2010 ජූනි මස 17 වෙනිදා ලංකා වෙබ් අඩවිය හරහා ප්‍රකාශිත, ප්‍රජාතන්ත්‍රවාදයට කොන්දේසියක් නම්වූ ලිපියෙන් සුපිරිසිදු ලෙස ඉල්ලා සිටි ඉල්ලීම වූයේද  මෙම ව්‍යාවස්ථා සංශෝධනය ගෙන එන ලෙසයි. එම ලිපිය පලකර මාස තුනකට අඩුකාලයක් තුලදී, එම සංශෝධනය ගෙනවිත් පාර්ලිමේන්තුව තුල සම්මතවීමම දේශප්‍රේමී බලවේගය ලද විශාල ජයග්‍රහණයකි. මෙම ව්‍යාවස්ථා සංශෝධනය ගෙන ඒම හරහා ජාතික හා ජාත්‍යන්තර වශයෙන් පෙරලි ගනනාවක් මෙරටතුල සිදුවූ අතර,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/09/10)

EXCLUSIVE: After a Year of Setbacks, U.N. Looks to Take Charge of World's Agenda
By George Russell Published September 08, 2010FoxNews.com
After a year of humiliating setbacks, United Nations Secretary General Ban ki-Moon and about 60 of his top lieutenants — the top brass of the entire U.N. system — spent their Labor Day weekend at a remote Austrian Alpine retreat, discussing ways to put their sprawling organization in charge of the world’s agenda. Details concerning the two-day, closed-door sessions in the comfortable village of Alpbach were closely guarded. Nonetheless, position papers for the meeting obtained by Fox News indicate that the topics included:... -Full Story-
(foxnews.com - 10/09/10)

In the Mervyn Silva episode, President is as much responsible .It is therefore appropriate either Mervyn Silva or the President make a public apology.
By Charles.S.Perera
 While we congratulate the President Mahinda Rajapakse for the  victory in the Parliament to pass the 18th Amendment to the Constitution with  more than a two third majority, we  wish him further success, after fortifying the executive Presidency , to lead the country on the path of  development with the ability to overcome all obstacles  he is sure to encounter.   Nevertheless, as  appropriate we question the President on  a matter distasteful to all decent people of  this country who respect the President  and have placed their trust and confidence in him.  It would be appreciated if the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/09/10)

An Open letter to the Indian Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao, following Rajasingham Jayadevan’s open letter in Sri Lanka Guardian website .
 Charles S.Perera
Honourable Mr. Nirupama Rao, Indian Foreign Secretary. Dear Mrs.Rao, The open  letter addressed to you by Mr.Rajasingham Jayadevan and appearing in the Sri Lanka Guardian Website on 5 September,2010,  does not explain the correct situation with regard to Sri Lanka.  Therefore , the following back ground  of the writer and the Website in which it was published will help you to evaluate the correctness of the  information he had intended to give you. In 1983  the LTTE terrorist instigated  riot, of which the Indian RAW is not completely unaware, gave  an opportunity for  many Sri Lanka Tamils ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/09/10)

After the adoption of the 18th Amendment ….. work together with the President, to keep alive democracy and chase away fears of Dictatorship.
By Charles.S.Perera
 Thomas Jefferson said , never put off till tomorrow what you can do today.   Some question the “indecent” hurry to adopt  the 18th Amendment to the  Constitution.  The human mind is so fickle and one does not know when one would change the mind on an issue.  Therefore, it  is correct that the Constitutional changes are made when the government still has the two third majority. It is now or never. That perhaps explains the haste if there was any.  It also allows  the President to go ahead with the appointment of the Commissions that had been... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/09/10)

Migrant deemed potential security risk
Asoka Weerasinghe Kings Grove Crescent . Gloucester . Ontario . Canada
 September 9, 2010   The Editor (Letters) THE OTTAWA CITIZEN   Sir: Now that the hearing of the 492 illegal Tamil migrants who arrived on Sun Sea isgrinding down and have found one migrant deemed to be a potential security risk,what the immigration lawyers who are speaking in defence of these migrantswanting them to be admitted as refugees may have held back these 'Sri Lankan truths' from the judge to make a fair judgement on these migrants.   Every one of these illegal Tamil migrants who paid $450,000 to... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/09/10)

SEVEN IDIOTS IN SRI LANKAN STYLE
Ranjit Wickremeratne
Amir Khan's three idiots was a box office hit in India but this seven Idiots too going to be box office soon. These are not just Idiots.They are stupid Idiots in our political drama.They criticize everything from A to Z. When we were winning the war they laughed and criticized every war victory. They even laughed at our war heros and their accomplishments. From 2005 these stupids were losing every elections and still boasting about running the country. When 144 voted for the constitution changes these Idiots saying dictatorship so all those who voted were dictators... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/09/10)

Migration Act for Sri Lanka in the offering
Sarath Wijesinghe - (Solicitor- Attorney-at-Law - LL.M (London)
“Nailing the Nailing”  No doubt that nail ridden 49 year old Ariyawahthie’s horrified saga is inhuman and cruel.  Doctors in Sri Lanka have detected 24 nails ridden in various parts of her body allegedly pierced and inserted forcibly by the sponsor and the wife with the help of the daughter in most cruel and inhuman way.  This is an act of inhuman degrading torture which no human being will tolerate.  She has left the beautiful country and the caring family for the betterment of the rest of her family.   The rest... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/09/10)

Ranil sells our sovereignty to India!
By Garvin Karunaratne, Ph.D.
 Ranil Wickremasinghe the Leader of the Opposition has said that India should help us to restore development in the North. He begs for India’s support. He has also said that India should help us in our agriculture. He states, referring to the liberated North, that :” until the region returns to normalcy and commences food production and fisheries Sri Lanka will continue to have problems” He has also sought Indian help to improve our storage and marketing.  It looks to me that Ranil Wickremasinghe has a tendency to forget the past.  Was it not the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/09/10)

Rajapaksa gets sweeping powers
Sutirtho Patranobis,
Despite fears of a looming all-powerful executive presidency, Sri Lankan lawmakers overwhelmingly voted on Wednesday to bring in an amendment to the country's Constitution to abolish the two-limit term for Presidents and expand the powers of the country's top executive office. The new 18th amendment (18 A) gives President Mahinda Rajapaksa, 64, unfettered powers to make crucial appoints in the judiciary and public service commissions. Following the amendment, he is now eligible for election at the end of his current -- his second -- term in 2016. He won his first Presidential election in November, 2005. The Rajapaksa-led... -Full Story-
(Hindustan Times - 08/09/10)

Executive presidency — a necessary deviland a useful tool.
Geethanjana Kudaligamage
Rajapakse, regional politics, “Eurocentric Developmentalism” and the western hegemony (Part 14-) As I was writing this article, the 18th amendment was pending to be submitted before the parliament for approval. Other than some NGOs and some opposition political parties, there is no significant public participation in opposing this move. The silence of the public can be taken as their tacit approval for the amendment to the constitution that removes the two term limit of a person serving in the office of presidency. After witnessing the successful end of the war largely due to the power invested in... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/09/10)

One more boat load of Tamils coming
Asoka Weerasinghe Kings Grove Crescent . Gloucester . Ontario . Canada
    September 8, 2010   The Editor(Letters) THE OTTAWA CITIZEN   Sir:   "One more boatload of Tamils: expert" is on its way to Canada you said.  This is insane, when Sri Lanka has been the most amazing success story in recent history where Tamil refugees are returning home in the thousands every week, since the 27-year Tamil Tiger war ended that haemorrhaged that island killing over 100,000 people.  Why are these Tamil refugees returning home in the thousands?  Simple.  Because finally there is 'Peace' in that land nation.   Since the war ended... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/09/10)

Strategic Implications of 18-Amendment Highly Desirable for Sri Lanka
- Kumar Moses  
There are those who support the 18-Amendment and those who oppose. Have you noticed that most of those who oppose it and the few who vehemently oppose it are anti-Sri Lankans? When people like P Saravanamuttu, Rohan Edirisingha, Basil Fernando, Tisaranee Gunasekera, Rohini Hensman, Suresh Premachandran oppose anything, at face value, it must be pro-Sri Lankan! They never supported anything good for Sri Lanka and never will. There are strategic implications of the 18 Amendment not visible to the naked eyes of many. They see it as an amassment of power in the hands... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/09/10)

The Mania that is “Tamils of Indian origin” The Bane of Sri Lanka
Dr Sudath Gunasekara (SLAS) Former Ministry Secretary 6.9.2010
 Apropos “Lankan army to return lands of Tamils of Indian origin: Published: Thursday, Sep 2, 2010, 18:43 IST, Place: COLOMBO | Agency: PTI, attributed to Nirupama Rao former Indian Ambassador in Sri Lanka, I thought it appropriate to write few lines on this perpetual Indian intervention on our domestic matters for the benefit of those who are concerned about the future of this country.  Nirupama Rao said in Colombo that apart from the focus on resettlement, there was a need to keep in mind "a long-term perspective that also includes issues... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/09/10)

Jason Kenney: Time to get tough on human smugglers
Asoka Weerasinghe Kings Grove Crescent. Gloucester . Ontario . Canada
September 7. 2010 The Editor (Letters) THE OTTAWA CITIZEN   Sir: You reported that Minister of Citizenship and Immigration Jason Kenney had mentioned that it was "Time to get tough on human smuggling" during his meeting with Immigration Ministers from France, Italy, Germany, Greece, Belgium and the United Kingdom.   Being the sceptic that I am, I believe that this is all window dressing of tough huffing and puffing to soothe the voters angry eyes after the arrival of Sun Sea with 492 illegal Tamil migrants.  I recognize a Tamil... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/09/10)

All should support Constitutional Amendment -Malwatu Asgiri Maha Nayakas
Asela Kuruluwansa Daily News
It is alright to support the proposed Amendment to the Constitution as it is not harmful to the country, said Asgiri Maha Nayaka Most Venerable Udugama Sri Buddharakkhita Thera and Malwatu Anunayaka Ven Niyangoda Vijithasiri Thera. The Asgiri Maha Nayaka Thera was of the opinion that if the people have kept confidence in a certain leader and if his leadership is necessary for the country he should have the opportunity to serve the people unhindered by term limits. The Malwatu Anunayaka Thera said that what is proposed is only an amendment to the Constitution that... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/09/10)

Academics support 18th Amendment
Nadira Gunatilleke- Daily News
All top scholars in State universities extended their strong support for the 18th Amendment yesterday. They pointed out that the 18th Amendment was totally legal and within the framework of the present Constitution. It can only accelerate the country’s development process while ensuring the people’s right to appoint a President according to their wish. Addressing a press briefing held at the Sri Lanka Foundation Institute, yesterday the University Grants Commission Chairman Prof. Gamini Samaranayake said that US kept the number of terms of the President open, till the country gained economic stability and became the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/09/10)

SELIG HARRISON-REPUTE AND CREDIBILITY
ALI SUKHANVER
 Is it the climax of love or the peak of hatred that Selig Harrison talks of nothing but Pakistan and the ISI? He is a well known journalist, at present, working as the director of the Asia Program at the Center for International Policy and a senior scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. Once he had been the Bureau Chief of the Washington Post in Asia. His sole aim of life has always been to hold Pakistan responsible for every act of terrorism throughout the world. Here is an extract from his statement which... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/09/10)

If Presidents Had Three Terms, CBK Would be Ruling Still, Or Worse
Dilrook Kannangara
Will Sri Lanka get a different set of leaders starting from 2010? No. Will nationalist leaders with foresight and intelligence always become president? No. In fact, these are oddities in Sri Lankan politics. Increasing the President’s terms to three terms is such a shortsighted thing to do. What if this provision was there all along? Then Chandrika Kumaratunga would still be the president after she had contested the 2005 election and won. She would be president, still as the term ends in 2011. Or worse, Ranil would be the President by now. Either way... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/09/10)

ශ්‍රී ලාංකික දේශපාලන ප්‍රචණ්ඩත‍වයේ මනෝ විද්‍යතේමක බලපෑම
වෛද්‍ය රුවන් එම්. ජයතුංග
රජයක මුලිකම කාය්‍යීභාරය වනුයේ තම පුරවැසියන් ප්‍රචණ්ඩත‍වයෙන් ආරක‍ෂා කිරීමයි’’ - ජෝන් ෆෝස්ටර් ඩල්ස් : න‍දයබ ත‍දිඑැර ෘමකකැි-ග ප්‍රචණ්ඩත‍වය සාමාන්‍යයෙන් අර්ථ දැක්වෙන්නේ තමාටම හෝ වෙනත් පුද්ගලයෙකුට හෝ පුද්ගල කණ්ඩායමකට හෝ යම් ජන සමාජයකට හෝ විරුද්ධවල හිතාමතාම බලය හෝ කායික ශක්තිය භාවිත කිරීම මඟින් ශාරීරික ආබාධල මානසික ආබාධ මරණය   හෝ වියෝගය ඇති කිරීම හෝ ඇතිවිය හැකි ලෙසට ක්‍රියා කිරීම ලෙසයග ( Krug, Dahlberg, Mercy, Zwi & lozano, 2002) දේශපාලන ප්‍රචණ්ඩත‍වය යනු දේශපාලන අභිමතාර්ථ සාක්ෂාත් කර ගැනීම සඳහා ප්‍රචණ්ඩකාරී ක්‍රියා යොදා ගැනීමයිග දේශපාලන අරමුණු ඉටුකර ගැනීම සඳහා ලොවපුරා මිනිසුන් සහ රජයන් බහුල ලෙස යොදා ගනAනා ක්‍රමයක් වන්නේ ප්‍රචණ්ඩත‍වයයිග මෙී... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/09/10)

When British newspaper tenders apology to Indian scientist
Nava Thakuria
 Months back, a leading British newspaper started a campaign against the Indian scientist Dr R K Pachauri, but it came down with an apology from the UK-based paper again. It made a statement addressing the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change chairman saying, "We apologise to Dr Pachauri for any embarrassment caused."  The London based newspaper accused the UN climate body chief Pachauri of making a fortune from his links with carbon trading firms’. "On December 20 last year we published an article about Dr Pachauri and his business interests. It was not intended to suggest that Dr... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/09/10)

Statement on the Proposed 18th Amendment to the Constitution
University of Peradeniya and University of Colombo
We, the undersigned academics attached to different universities in Sri Lanka, call upon the government to re-consider the proposed 18th Amendment to the Constitution for the reasons set out below.  Constitutional reforms, like elections, go to the heart of what it means to be a democracy in the modern-day world. Any changes that are introduced to a country’s constitution should be undertaken after due deliberation and consultation while having at its centre, the will of the People. In a pluralistic society such as Sri Lanka, ascertaining the will of the People can... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/09/10)

MOU between MMBL Group and Feedback Ventures to attract infrastructure investment from India -Timely venture to attract Indian infrastructure development
Press releases- Gamini Sarath Godakanda Manager Media MMBL
B. Ramaswamy, President (Business Development, Southern Region) of Feedback Ventures in India and Bernard Goonetilleke, Chairman of Pathfinder Advisory Services, a member of Mercantile Merchant Bank, signed a Memorandum of understating (MOU) providing for Indian investment in infrastructure development in Sri Lanka recently. Pathfinder Advisory Services and Feedback Ventures of India, a joint venture involving three large infrastructure development companies in India, viz. Infrastructure Development Finance Company (IDFC) and Housing Development Finance Company (HDFC)), and Larsen & Toubro Limited entered in to a strategic alliance last week. This tie up will... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/09/10)

Why a fuss over the changes to the Constitution ? …… Why not ?
by Charles.S.Perera
 In ancient times in Sri Lanka  when there were wrongs done to  the people they appealed to some higher, spiritual power –a God, a deity or even  to the village Yakadura and the Kapuvas to invoke the devils or other  mighty powers  to strike thunder bolts against the perpetrator.   But today it is different, people also have changed .  There are now the western educated intellectuals, academics, politicians, journalists, and  web masters,  who unlike the ordinary people  appeal or make a big “fuss”, expecting  India and the International Community to intervene.  But what is all this present... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/09/10)

(18 වන සංශෝධනය)බිය වන්නේ කුමටද?
දිවයින කතුවැකිය
ආණ්‌ඩු ක්‍රම ව්‍යවස්‌ථාවේ 18 වන සංශෝධනය සම්මත කර ගැනීම සඳහා අවශ්‍ය පාර්ලිමේන්තු බහුතරය තමන්ට ඇති බව ආණ්‌ඩුව කියයි. එ.ජා.ප.යේ මන්ත්‍රීවරුන් සැලකිය යුතු පිරිසක්‌ ද මෙම සංශෝධනයට පක්‍ෂව සහාය දෙන බව දැනගන්නට තිබේ. අපට පෙනෙන හැටියට එ.ජා.ප.යේ අර්ල් ගුණසේකර, ලක්‍ෂ්මන් සෙනෙවිරත්න, අබ්දුල් කාදර්, මනුෂ නානායක්‌කාර යනාදීන් මෙයට කෙළින්ම පක්‍ෂය. ඊට අමතරව එම පක්‍ෂයේම තවත් පස්‌දෙනකු පමණ රහසින් පක්‍ෂ ය. මහජන එක්‌සත් පෙරමුණේ දිනේෂ් ගුණවර්ධන ද පක්‍ෂය. මුස්‌ලිම් කොංග්‍රසයේ රවුෆ් හකීම් ද පක්‍ෂය. ලංකා සම සමාජ පක්‍ෂයේ තිස්‌ස විතාරණ මන්ත්‍රීතුමා පක්‍ෂ යá විපක්‍ෂය. වාසුදේව නානායක්‌කාර පක්‍ෂයá විපක්‍ෂය. ඒ අතර විපක්‍ෂයේ ඇතැම් කුඩා කණ්‌ඩායම් ජනාධිපති මහින්ද රාජපක්‍ෂට විරුද්ධව තැන තැන... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/09/10)

The Truth about Kadurugoda and Malicious Tamil Homeland Claims
Dilrook Kannangara
Kadurugoda Viharaya has been re-established to the glory it deserves although the pristine glory of the second century BC Sinhela Buddhist construction will never return to the site. Naming it correctly has angered some racist elements who find anything that rhymes like a Tamil word to be Tamil. The government must be thanked for restoring the site once again with respect, sanctity and holiness denied to it for decades. What’s the truth about Kadurugoda and what about the counter-claims?  Absurd Claims A popular ‘Tamil’ news website (unfortunately it’s name is also Tamil just like everything else it... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/09/10)

Depression in Children
 Dr Ruwan M Jayatunge
Depression is a mood disorder which can affect adults as well as children. In general terms depression is an overwhelming feeling of hopelessness, sadness and lack of self-worth. It is more than a sad feeling. Depression is common among adults. Unlike adults childhood depression is difficult to distinguish.  They often express their feelings through behavior.  Depression affects child's overall energy, mood, expressions of emotion and behavior.  According to the British experts at least two per cent of children under 12 struggle with significant depression, and by teenage years this has risen to five per cent.  ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/09/10)

Unity is divinity Festival of Cricket in UK
Dr.Tilak Fernando
The word unity is described in many English dictionaries as state of being one or the state of being made one. If the same formula can be equated into our society what do we get? Just the opposite! We have unfortunately and unwillingly earned the reputation of a civilization where even 10 people cannot get together in unison and accomplish a single task successfully because of our inability to shed elements of jealousy, hatred, fear and selfishness which are coiled round our lives as venomous serpents. Why go any further? Just one glance at our own political... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/09/10)

27 Ranaviru houses handed over to war heroes under "Api Wenuwen Api" housing project
By Janaka Alahapperuma
 Another twenty seven (27) new houses constructed under the Second Phase of Api Wenuwen Api housing programme were ceremonially handed over to the war heroes and their families by President Mahinda Rajapaksa (today) on 5th September at Thorayaya in Kurunegala. To mark the occasion, President Rajapaksa handed over the first key of those houses to the widow and children of a fallen war hero of Sri Lanka Navy, Officer T.M.R.K Tennakoon who made his utmost sacrifice for defending the motherland while serving in the battle front in 2007. Twenty five (25) houses were completed... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/09/10)

Is the Constitutional Council based on ‘racial quota’ feasible?
S. Akurugoda
President Mahinda Rajapaksa told the 59th anniversary meeting of the SLFP last week that the proposed Constitution Council under the 18th Amendment which replaces the CC under the 17th Amendment would have a member each from the Tamil and Muslim communities in addition to the Premier, Speaker. The CC under the 17th Amendment consists of the Prime Minister, the Speaker, the Leader of the Opposition, a representative of the President, five persons nominated by the PM and the Leader of the Opposition and a person nominated by the MP’s belonging to political parties or independent groups other... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/09/10)

Look who cries for Hindus and Hinduism
Herold Leelawardena
In a write up to transcurrents.com Dr. Rajan Hoole says the government suspicion of a LTTE resurgence is a bad omen. Had he read the report of that western journalist who had an interview with a guerrilla leader of the LTTE rump in a Mulathivu jungle a few months back and the recent seizure of counter band by Indian authorities he couldn't possibly have said so. I say; its a good omen that security chiefs do not undermine the comments by diaspora Tamil and their desperation to revive LTTE rump. Hoole talks about excessive military force used... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/09/10)

SHIPLOADS OF ILLEGAL TAMIL ASYLUM-SEEKERS KEEP POURING IN TO CANADA
Warna Hettiarachchi Brampton, Ontario Canada
Right Honourable Stephen Harper, the Prime Minister of Canada, Honourable Vic Toews, the Minister of Public Safety in Canada,  Your Excellencies,  Then: I am a Canadian Citizen, immigrated to Canada from Sri Lanka eight years ago through the Skilled category based on my qualifications and post-secondary education. We filed archives of paperwork, paying heavy Landed Immigrant fees (in 2002), and brought with us the required $20,000 of my family’s lifelong savings as “survival funds” until we found proper gainful employment.  All that was well and good. We are thankful for the opportunity granted to... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/09/10)

The world is facing disaster due to over population
Ben Silva
The world is facing disaster due to over population. Over population will lead to lack of housing, lack of education opportunities, lack of health care, global warming, transport problems, deforestation etc. The effects of deforestation is visible in the form of regular flooding and high temperatures  felt in the cities. Nearly all the problems we will face will be linked to over population. Sir David Attenborough has given the chilling message: “Famines are increasing and wars as people become more overcrowded and that has already started. When the world gets over crowded, there would be competition for... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/09/10)

18 වන ව්‍යාවස්ථා සංශෝධනය හා ශ්‍රී ලංකවේ ප්‍රජාතන්ත්‍රවාදය
චන්ද්‍රසේන පණ්ඩිතගේ විසිනි.
30 අවුරුද්දක යුද්ධය හමාරය.  මේ දිනවල කොටි සංවිධානය විනාශ කල රජයට එරෙහිව විපක්ෂය අවි අමෝරා ගෙන සටන් වැදීමට පෙරමුණට පැමිණ ඇත. ඒ ප්‍රජාතන්ත්‍රවාදය ඉල්ලාගෙනය. අප ඓතිහාසික වශයෙන් ප්‍රජාතන්ත්‍රවාදය සම්බන්ධව විවිධ කථාන්දර අසා ඇත. ඒ අනුව මේ විපක්ෂය කථා කරන්නේ කුමන ප්‍රජාතන්ත්‍රවාදයදැයි පැහැදිලිව නොදන්නෙමු. නමුත් අපද ඔය කියන හැම ප්‍රජාතන්ත්‍රවාදයක් සම්බන්ධවම යමක් දනිමු. අපි අවුරුදු 30ක යුද්ධය නිම කල මහින්ද රාජපක්ෂ මහතාව දකින්නේ අවුරුදු 600කට පමණ පසු මේ රටට බිහිවූ අභීත පුද්ගලයකු ලෙසයි. මේ මොහොතේ අපේ මනසේ ඇත්තේ ඔහුට පක්ෂවූ මතවාදයකි. කොටින්ට හා බටහිර අධිරාජ්‍යවාදීන්ට මහින්ද රාජපක්ෂ මහතා මරා දැමීමේ දැඩි අවශ්‍යතාවයක් තිබුණි. ඒ අවශ්‍යතාවය අදද එසේම... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/09/10)

මහා ගත්කරු ජී’ බී’ සේනානායක විශාදයෙන් පෙඳුනේද?
- වෛද්‍ය රුවන් එමි’ ජයතුංග විසිනි -
ප්‍රතිභාපූ¹ණ ලේඛකයෙකු ලෙස ජී’ බී’ සේනානායක දක්වන ලද කුසළතාව තවමත් ඇගයීමකට ලක් නොවී ඇතැයි මා සිතමි’ ඔහුගේ මෙිධා” චාරුමුඛ වැනි නවකථා ද සාහිත්‍ය විග්‍රහය” සාහිත්‍ය සේසත් වැනි ශාස්ත්‍රීය ග්‍රන්ත ද ¦ප්පතුන් නැති ලෝකය” පළිගැනීම වැනි කෙටි කථා සංග්‍රහයන් ද පෙන්වා දෙනුයේ අග්‍ර ගනයේ ලේඛකයෙකුගේ ප්‍රතිභාවන්ය’  ජී’ බී’ සේනානායක පවසන පරිදි ඔහුගේ රචනා වලින් හෙලි කරන්නේ චිත්ත තත්වයන්ය’ ඔහුගේ කෘතීන් වල ගැඹුරු හරයක් අන්ත¹ගතය’ ඔහු පෙන්වා දෙන පරිදි ඔහුගේ විධිමත් අධ්‍යාපනය නිම වූයේ 7 වැනි ශ්‍රේණියෙනි’ ඉන් පසු ස්ව උත්සාහයෙන්ම ඔහු උපන්නේය’ විශාල ප්‍රමාණයක් කෘති කියවා තමාගේ දියුණුවෙි නිමි වළලු පුඳුල් කර ගත්... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/09/10)

The Travels of a Journalist ABOUT BOWERS, BOATS AND BUDDIES: An experiment in international living (PART 3)
By Shelton A. Gunaratne ©2010 Professor of mass communications emeritus, Minnesota State University Moorhead
 After my temporary re-location in Minnesota in November 1985, I visited Jim Bowers at his Spring Park Bay home  (2905 Casco Point Road) in the Wayzata area on a wintry Saturday (21 Dec.) at 3.30 p.m., and decided to spend my entire two-week winter break on his property.  Bowers was out on a retreat. His son Perry, 14, who had wisely decided to live with both his mom and dad after their divorce, came by in the evening. When I subsequently saw Jim’s former wife... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/09/10)

Why all this fuss about the Constitution ?
by  Charles.S.Perera
The proposed amendments to the Constitution, have raised a political storm.  Fortunately the directions from which the storms blow do not predict  a danger to the envisaged proposals but may cause irreparable  damage to those who started the storm.  JVP and its wind bags  like the drowning men holding on to a straw, encumbered with the weight of Sarath Fonseka on their backs are likely to drown in the flood waters of  political disapproval, even Lal Kantha the ego centric trade unionist will not be able to save it from its watery gave.  The leftist trio DEW... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/09/10)

රෝහණ විජේවීර සහෝදරයා වර්තමානයේදී සිටියා නම්!- 1
සාකච්ඡා කොට සකස් කලේ; චන්ද්‍රසේන පණ්ඩිතගේ විසිනි
මෙම මාතාකාව හරහා වර්තමානය දෙස බැලීමට නම් ජනතා විමුක්ති පෙරමුණහි ආරම්භයට හේතු වූ සමාජ තත්වයන් හා එම සමාජ තත්වයන්ට මුහුණදීම සදහා එදා ඒ වටා ඒකරාශී වු තරුණ පරපුර කල සැලසුම් හා ක්‍රියාකාරකම් සම්බන්ධවද මනාව සලකා බැලිය යුතුය.එදා ඒ තරුණ පරපුරේ උතුම් සිතුම් පැතුම් මේවායයි වර්තමානයට විස්තර කිරීම, අපායට දේශනා කරන ධර්ම දේශනාවක් බඳුය.. නමුත් ජනතා විමුක්ති පෙරමුණ නම් වූ වර්තමානයේ පවතින දේශපාලන පක්ෂය විසින් විවිධ උද්ඝෝෂණ, පෙලපාලි, පිකටින්, හා වැඩවර්ජන ආදිය, පවතින රජයට එරෙහිව මෙහෙය වීමට පෙරට විත් සිටින නිසා මෙම ලිපිය ලිවීම, යුගයේ අවශ්‍යතාවයක් සේ සලකා සකස් කිරීමට ඉටා ගතිමි. වර්තමාන... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/09/10)

Conduct Disorder in Children
Dr Ruwan M Jayatunge
Children with conduct disorder repeatedly violate the personal or property rights of others and age-appropriate social standards and rules. Conduct disorder has a multifactorial etiology that includes biological, psychosocial and familial factors. Associated features of conduct disorder include an inability to appreciate the importance of others' welfare and little guilt or remorse about harming others. The etiology of conduct disorder involves an interaction of genetic/constitutional, familial and social factors.  Children with Conduct Disorder often view the world as a hostile and threatening place and they have difficulty maintaining friendships. They often have low self-esteem... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/09/10)

Paramilitaries Crucial to Face Future Terror Threats
- Kumar Moses  
The use of paramilitary forces by governments has been controversial; in fact very controversial. However, it is a strategy that worked successfully in Sri Lanka. Not once or twice but it worked many times and still remains the most potent force multiplier - a factor that enhances the effectiveness of an army - in counter terror warfare. Their success speaks for itself. Use of paramilitaries became prominent in handling JVP terror in the late 1980s. Half a dozen paramilitary groups were set up to wear down the JVP. It was an extremely successful strategy.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/09/10)

Ray Wijewardena, an Obituary Appreciation
D L O Mendis
August 28, 2010  (compiled in USA) Ray and I became special friends at the time I was working in the Ministry of Planning and Economic Affairs between December 1969 and December 1978. That friendship grew with the passage of time, but at the time of his passing away,  my wife and I were far away in USA, and he could communicate with us only in a spiritual dimension.  Inevitably we recalled the statement hanging outside the door of his ‘den’ situated above his large garage, accessed by a flight of steep steps: “Old flyers never... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/09/10)

EXPERIENCES - 1 –Aviation.. Early days..(circa 1932)
Email - Ray Wijewardena speaks to D L O and Agnes Mendis-
 I was then about 8, and beginning to feel my ‘wings’. I had long indulged a romance with flight, and with anything capable of flying…mainly butterflies, birds, dragon-flies and bats. I just longed to be flitting about the skies with them. Not constrained to walking the earth on legs ..or even through water… the St.Thomas’College swimming pool having recently come into my life.  It was then still ‘pre-WW2’, and I had been taken to see a Charlie Chaplain film at the Regal Cinema. I do not recall... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/09/10)

මව්බිම නැත්නම් මරණය!
චන්ද්‍රසේන පණ්ඩිතගේ විසිනි.
ඉතිහාසයේ කිසිඳු දිනක හිට්ලර් “මව්බිම නැත්නම් මරණය“ යන සටන් පාඨය ඉදිරිපත් කර නැති අතර, එසේ  ඉදිරිපත් කිරීමටද ඔහුට අවශ්‍යතාවයක්ද නොතිබිණ. ඒ ඔහු සැබෑ ලෙසම ආකමණිකයා බවට පත්ව, ලෝකයේ අනික් රටවල් හඹාගොස් අල්ලා ගත් බැවිණි. හිට්ලර්ගේ ආක්‍රමණයන්ගෙන් වඳවිඳි ආක්‍රමණයට ගොදුරුවූ රටවල් අතරින් ඉහත සඳහන් සටන් පාඨය පෙරදැරිකරගෙන සටන් කල රාජ්‍යය වූයේ සෝවියට් සමාජවාදී සමූහ ආණ්ඩුවයි. හිට්ලර් ගෙන් සිය මාතෘභූමිය නිදහස් කර ගැනීම උදෙසා සටන් කරන ජනතාවට උරුමව තිබුණේ මව්බිම උදෙසා සටන් කර එය මුදා ගැනීම හෝ මරණය වැලඳ ගැනීම යන දෙකරුණයි. ඒ අනුව සෝවියට් ජනතාව ලෝකයේ අනිකුත් දේශප්‍රේමී ජනතාවගේ සහයෙන් මේ ලෝකය පැසිෂ්ට් වාදයෙන් මුදාගත හැකි විය.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/09/10)

The Sri Lanka Tamils should bury the past, to begin a new way of life with a different way of thinking.
By Charles.S.Perera
 UNP was never a progressive party.  Progress came to Sri Lanka only after SWRD Bandaranayake  broke away from UNP to set up a new political party of the people. When UNP came to power once again  under the leadership of JR Jayawardhana, it was digression from the path of progress delineated by the MEP.  JR is responsible for the present dilemma of Sri Lanka with  the 13th and the 17th amendments. After him the R.Premadasa government attempted to trace a new path of progress, which was  jagged with  potholes, and led to his own destruction. .  It... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/09/10)

Hurray for the judgment!
Dr.Reffai
Today's report in Daily Mirror that there was a judgment to the effect that the mother can't leave the children and go abroad  should be welcomed whole heartedly.  I wish there is a law to prohibit mothers from leaving young children and going for jobs abroad, specially if the husband is alive. Rather it is better to send the husband and for the mother to stay back with the children. Even better, of course is for both parnts to stay together and look after the children. Islam preaches that the provision of a person is  written in his... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/09/10)

Nailed woman
Dr.Reffai
The recent news about the nailed woman is - to say the least - atrocious. But have we wondered what we are going to do about it? That is other than shouting about Saudi. Saudi, of course since it is a Muslim country comes under fire. But we must realize it is not the country which did the nailing - but a person there. Any country can have Mervin silvas, sakvithis and lalith kothalawela. Does not mean the country is promoting it. Not that Saudi always is right. No country is. But the problem is totally ours -... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/09/10)

Laylatul Qadr - the Night of Destiny
By A. Abdul Aziz, Press Secretary, Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at, Sri Lanka.
Given below is an excerpt of the  Friday Sermon of Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad,(Ameer-ul-Mumineen) Supreme Head of the world-wide Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in Islam, delivered on  27th August 2010, at ‘Baithul Futhuh’, London, U.K., gave a discourse on Laylatul Qadr, (the Night of Destiny) and the last ten days of Ramadan.  His Holiness began by recitation of Surah Al Qadr. The translation reads: In the name of Allah, Most Gracious, Ever Merciful Surely, We sent it down on the Night of Destiny. And what should make... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/09/10)

Mahinda first to climb the Himalayan peak of power
H. L. D. Mahindapala
Two landmark events projecting the political landscape in the coming years occurred almost simultaneously last week.  First, President Mahinda Rajapakse reached the highest peak of his political career. If the defeat of Prabhakaran won the hearts and minds of the electorate at large, enthroning him as the unrivalled leader in the political arena, the silent parliamentary coup that took him across the critical line into a two-thirds majority last week has entrenched him as the constitutional monarch of all what he surveys. News reports stated that the new deal clinched with the SLMC includes support... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/09/10)

When Will They Ever Learn
Upali S  -  USA
The TAMILS wherever they are, Sri Lanka, India, Malaysia, to name three countries where they live in substantial numbers are not a happy race.  They have never been and they never will be. They do not realize nor admit that they are a minority in all three of these countries.  Since Sri Lanka was more tolerant than the others and the Sinhalese majority of Sri Lanka have been more gentle and kind to their somewhat noisy but hardworking  neighbors from South India for almost 1500 years as well as to Portuguese, Dutch and the British... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/09/10)

Correction ! Correction !
Susantha.
QUOTE:-  UNTIL A POLITICAL SOLUTION IS FOUND FOR THE TAMILS' ISSUE, THE DIASPORA WILL NOT GIVE A CENT FOR DEVELOPMENT IN THE NORTH, UNP  MP SWAMINATHAN. UNQUOTE.  MP Swaminathan, Iam reluctantly compelled to tell you that your utterence is tantamount to stercus tauri. Whom are you threatening ? Is it  only the  Tamils in the  North, or is it the Sri Lankans, or is it the Government ?  Let me set the Record straight.  You say the Diaspora will not give a cent.  WRONG.  You are back in the old business of misleading the god fearing, beautiful  TAMILS IN SRI LANKA.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/09/10)

Bed Wetting in Children
Dr RuwanM Jayatunge
Bedwetting or nocturnal enuresis is involuntary urination while asleep after the age at which bladder control would normally be anticipated. A large number of young children and teenagers wet the bed every night. It is an agonizing problem to the both children and to their parents. Children feel agitated sometimes depressed over bed wetting and they often have low self-esteem and low self confidence.  By five years old, most children have successfully stopped wetting the bed without any intervention. Among those children who still wet the bed after the age of six, most will complete... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/09/10)


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