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News Archive for Oct 2010

JVP Challenge to Minister for Higher Education Typical Of The Role It Plays In Instigating Trouble On University Campuses.
Insight By Sunil Kumar
October 30th 2010 The latest rhetoric of the JVP and the bold challenge issued by the Democratic National Alliance linked JVP spokesperson to the Minister for Higher Education the Hon. Mr. S.B. Dissanayake is typical of the role it plays as instigator of trouble on university campuses in Sri Lanka today. This is an unprecedented time in Sri Lanka where never before seen agitations and incidents of violence are taking place between student factions, some of them shameful and lawless in challenging authority and it is fast becoming obvious who the instigators of this happens... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 31/10/10)

Re: Sri Lanka - Your statement October 29,2010 - U.S. Awaits Full Account on Last Days of War
Ira de Silva London, Canada
Mr. Philip J. Crowley US Assistant Secretary State Department, Washington, D.C.    Dear Sir:   I refer to your Daily Press Briefing of October 29, 2010 and your comments on Sri Lanka. I am writing to you to bring to your attention some fundamental errors in your understanding of Sri Lanka which is evidenced in your statements.   1. You state that the U.S. is waiting for a full account on the final days because it is important for Sri Lanka's future. Sri Lanka's future was changed by the defeat of the Tamil terrorists who had terrorised... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 31/10/10)

Defeating LTTEterrorism:|Gomin shows how to establish just war
Courtesy The Island  01-11-2010
LLRC told of President Rajapaksa’s right to take military action Senior lawyer Gomin Dayasri says the Sri Lankan government can justify its war against LTTE terror on the basis of seven principles required to establish a just war coming down from the time of eminent jurist Hugo Grotius. Dayasri told the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) last Thursday (Oct. 28) investigating the circumstances that led to the Eelam War IV how the country could face the threat of UN war crimes inquiry and a probe launched by the US. The following is the paper... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 31/10/10)

71 කැරැල්ල-දසවන කොටස
වෛද්‍ය රුවන් එම් ජයතුංග
සුනිල් රත්නසිරි ද සිල්වා-~ මහ නඩුවේ 16 වන විත්තිකාරවූ සුනිල් රත්නසිරි ද සිල්වා මට හමු වූයේ ඔහුගෙ නිවසේදීය. සාදරයෙන් මා පිළිගත් ඔහු අතීත කථා පුවත දිග ඇරියේ මේ අයුරිනි.  1968 දී මම විද්‍යෝදය විශ්ව විද්‍යාලයේ 2 වසරේ ශිෂ්‍යයෙකුව සිටියදී බොගා සමරේ   හා නිමල් මහරගේ නිතරම විශ්වවිද්‍යාලයට පැමිණියා මා හමුවීමට. මම ඔවුන් සමග සංවාදයේ යෙදෙනවා. ඔවුන්ගෙන් මට  දැනගැනීමට ලැබුණු වමට බර ව්‍යාපාරයක් පිළිබඳව. මේ සංවිධානය තුළ කථාබහට වඩා ප‍්‍රායෝගික ක‍්‍රමවේදයක් තිබෙන බව මට වැටහුණා. ඒ නිසා 1968 අග වෙනකොට මම පූර්ණකාලීනයෙකු ලෙසට මයියංගන දිස්ත‍්‍රික්කයට ගියා.  කෙටි කාලයක් තුළදී විශ්විද්‍යාල අධ්‍යාපනය අත්හැර දමා පූර්ණකාලිකයකු වීමට නොයෙකුත් හේතුන්... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 31/10/10)

Letter to David Cameron, PM of the UK
Asoka Weerasinghe (Mr.) Kings Grove Crescent . Gloucester . Ontario . K1J 6G1 . Canada
October 30, 2010  Rt. Honourable David  Cameron , MP  Prime Minister of the United Kingdom 10 Downing Street   London SW1A 2AA,  UK  SENT BY FAX  Dear David Cameron: Do you know what Sir. Winston Churchill would have told you if he was your mentor after reading your response to Labour MP Siobhain McDonagh calling for an independent investigation on the alleged war crimes in Sri Lanka, he would have chomped on his Cuban cigar, tapped at your right should and said: “Good God, my dear David... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 30/10/10)

Psychological effects of Torture
Dr Ruwan M Jayatunge
"The most potent weapon in the hands of the oppressor is the mind of the oppressed."Stephen Biko  Torture is one of the most serious abuses of human rights. Generally torture is referred to as  'any act by which severe pain or suffering, whether physical or mental, is intentionally inflicted on a person'', for a purpose such as obtaining information or a confession, punishment, intimidation or coercion, ''or for any reason based on discrimination of any kind''.  Torture was used as a governing tool since the dawn of human history. The Law of Hammurabi- the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 30/10/10)

ICG, Human Rights and the Terrorists
Wick. Los Angeles, California, USA
To: Mr. Rick Westhead South Asia Bureau of the Toronto Star Friday, October 29, 2010 Dear Mr. Westhead, I read your story 'Sri Lanka continues attack on jailed ex-general' today at thestar.com. I found many misleading information and I hope you will pay attention to the depth of the situation and the true facts. Fonseka is an opportunist politician just like many we see here in the US, Canada and in Europe. They say anything to get to power. They are slimy and sleazy as they come. Why should anyone believe him since the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 30/10/10)

Bill C-49 to determine ‘Irregular Arrivals’ and Penalize Human Smugglers Is a Step in the Right Direction which brings Long Overdue Legal Measures
MEDIA RELEASE-SRI LANKA UNITED NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF CANADA
We welcome the new laws proposed by the Conservative Government to deal with the violation of our immigration and refugee laws by organized gangs of ‘for-profit human smugglers’ who have chosen to smuggle people to this country with impunity. We had the examples of the ‘Ocean Lady’ which tramped into the BC waters with 76 men with questionable backgrounds having links to the brutal Tamil Tiger terrorist network, and the more recent arrival of a mixed bag of 492 persons aboard the cargo vessel ‘MV Sun Sea’ which reached the shores... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 30/10/10)

Minister vows to fight smuggling Government won't water down penalties in amended legislation, says Jason Kenney
Postmedia News
The arrest Friday in Thailand of scores of Canada-bound migrants from Sri Lanka has stiffened the Conservative government's resolve to dig in against demands to soften legislation that would punish asylum-seekers who pay smugglers to get them here, says Immigration Minister Jason Kenney. Kenney said he was advised by intelligence sources the arrests involved 114 Sri Lankans "planning to be smuggled to Canada." Thai authorities later freed 53 of the detained migrants because they were able to present valid travel documents. The latest arrests follow a Thai roundup earlier this month of 155 Sri Lankans, some of... -Full Story-
(vancouversun.com - 30/10/10)

Making Saarc Food Bank operational
M. Abdul Latif Mondal
The 4th Board Meeting of the SaarcFood Bank (SFB) was held in Dhaka on October 27-28. This was a follow-up of the earlier three meetings, the first and the second of which were held in Colombo in October, 2008 and February, 2009 respectively, and the third one in Kabul in November, 2009. These meetings are taking place keeping the launching of the activities of the SFB in abeyance. An "Agreement on Establishing the Saarc Food Bank" was signed in New Delhi on April 3, 2007 by the foreign ministers of the Saarc countries, excepting the Kingdom... -Full Story-
(thedailystar.net - 30/10/10)

61 more Tamils arrested
Online news:
Thai authorities have arrested 61 Tamil migrants from Sri Lanka, police said Saturday, in the second such crackdown in recent weeks. After a tip-off, 114 people were rounded up in the southern province of Songkhla on Thursday, but some were freed because they were able to present valid travel documents. "The 61 were arrested and charged for overstaying their visas, illegal entry or not going through proper channels," said Colonel Phutthipong Musikkul, commander of Songkhla immigration police. "It's likely that these people wanted to go to a third country," Phutthipong said, without elaborating. Earlier this month Thai... -Full Story-
(bangkokpost.com - 30/10/10)

Gusi Peace award 2010 conferred to a Sri Lankan Army General
Gusi Peace Prize
The Gusi Peace Prize is a Philippines-based international award recognizing individuals from the four corners of the globe working toward the attainment of peace and respect for human life and dignity. It has been referred to as the Asian equivalent of the Nobel Peace Prize by its proponent. The Gusi Foundation has given honour to Sri Lanka by nominating one Sri Lankan Military Officer for the conferment of Gusi Peace Award 2010 in recognition of his service towards Humanitarian Assistance to needy people of the Tamil community in the north and for the communal harmony.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 30/10/10)

Failing to Win Power Democratically, Ganesan Takes up Arms!
Dilrook Kannangara
Ganesan was elected to parliament for the first time in 1994 with close to a hundred thousand votes. He did very well at subsequent elections in 2000, 2001 and 2004. A very good election performance in four consecutive elections; facing stiffest competition as he contested the Colombo district. He maintained a low profile until 2004. However, after 2004 he became an active participant of LTTE’s peaceful operations. That made him unpopular among his voters who never supported the LTTE, TNA or other LTTE connected entities. He was taken out of Colombo and introduced in Kandy where... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 29/10/10)

CHATHURIKA LAKMINI DANDENIYA - GEM OF SRI LANKA’S FREE UNIVERSITY EDUCATION!AN EYE OPENER FOR ALL UNDER-GRADUATES!
By DR M D P DISSANAYAKE
 It has been reported that Miss Chathurika Lakmini Dandeniya has obtained Distinction Passes in all thirteen subjects  on her way to completing MBBS degree at the University of Sri Lanka, Peradeniya.   This has been a unique record for the University in its history of 50 years, thus Chathurika obtaining a perfect First Class Honours.  It is not an easy task to achieve this level of academic excellence from Universities of Sri Lanka,  based on our highest  standards of teaching and research work. Dr Chathurika a product of Poramandulla Central College and Good Sheperd’s... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 29/10/10)

Introduce Conscription in Sri Lanka to Weed Out Anti-National Elements
- Kumar Moses
Switzerland and Singapore are small nations compared to their neighbours, but proud ones. They are highly multicultural. But the first thing that comes to mind when their names are mentioned is law and order. Maintenance of law and order in these two nations is the envy of the world. Social discipline wise, these countries are unparalleled to many countries. This was partly responsible for their rapid development; especially the service industry. It is high time Sri Lanka introduced or reintroduced conscription or compulsory military service (CMS).   Upon the historical victory in 2009 the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 29/10/10)

Disgraceful behaviour of Buddhist Monks in Universities, and the role of the Maha Nayaka Theros. (Updated)
by Charles.S.Perera
Sri Lanka  being a Buddhist country of  the Theravada tradition allowing the Buddhist Monks into Universities after removal of the Pirivena system of Buddhist education  ,was the greatest wrong done to Buddha Sasana in Sri Lanka. We are reaping the “sins” of that act to-day  with  the Buddhist Monks in the role  of  “hooligans” and “street rioters”.  What are our Asgiriya and  Malwatta Mahanayaka Theros going to about this disastrous situation ?   The Mahanayaka theors are quick to step in to make statements when it concerns politicians, such as their demand  for the release of Sarath Fonseka... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 29/10/10)

War Crimes Inquiry for Iraq
Ira de Silva London,, Canada
Ms. Navi Pillay High Commissioner for Human Rights Geneva. cc: Hon. Ban ki Moon, Secretary General of the U.N., New York Dear Madam, I have just read a news report dated October 26,2010 in which it is claimed that after the publication of the documents by Wikileaks and the press reports of thousands of civilians being deliberately targeted and killed by U.S. British and Iraqi forces you have urged the U.S. and Iraq to investigate allegations of torture and unlawful killings in Iraq. It states that you are concerned that serious breaches of international... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 29/10/10)

Srilanka Nationhood is a contradiction in terms
Anura Seneviratna (for expat Hela team).  
There should be no discussion or efforts to prove with historic evidence but a self-evident fact a child could understand is, that the incorrectly named Srilanka is the tiny Island Country of the Indigenous Hela/Sinhela Nation of people. While every indigenous national country of the world is named after its NATION’s authentic name, only the Hela/Sinhela Nation is deprived of our Inalienable Sovereign National right by naming it with a nickname uttered by foreigners. Primarily, the reason behind it is, to accommodate settler minorities. Yet, every other host national country the settler... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 29/10/10)

71 කැරැල්ල- නමවන කොටස
වෛද්‍ය රුවන් එම් ජයතුංග
  වඩුතන්ත‍්‍රිගේ සිසිල් චන්ද්‍ර  මහනඩුවේ 14 වන විත්තරු වූ සිසිල්චන්ද්‍ර 2006 වසරේ දී හෘදයාබාධයකින් මිය ගියේය. ඔහු රෝහණ විජේවීරගේ කායාරක්ෂකයකු ලෙසටද කටයුතු කළේය. ඔහු විසින් 1971 ජූනි මස 10 දින අපරාධ පරීක්ෂණ දෙපාර්තමේන්තුවට දෙන ලද කට උත්තරයේ ප‍්‍රහාරය ගැන  සිසිල්චන්ද්‍ර මෙසේ කියයි.  71.4.4 වැනි දින අම්බලන්ගොඩදී මට මහින්ද හමුවුණා. අප 5 වැනි දින පහරදීම ආරම්භ කරනවාදැයි ඔහු මගෙන් ඇසුවා. මම බියවී සනත් සොයාගෙන ගියා. මම කොලඹ ගිය විට ඔහු ගෙදර සිටියේ නැහැ. ඒ 71.4.5 වැනි දින උදෑසනය. ටී. ඞී. සිල්වා හමුවූ මම, 5 වැනි දින පහරදීම ආරම්භ කිරීමට තීරණය කර ඇත්දැයි ඔහුගෙන් ඇසුවා. ආරංචිය තමාට... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 28/10/10)

Nation Building Needs A Coming Together Of Divided Ethnicities And National Unity Without Petty Bickerings!
LankaWeb Weekly Editorial
October28th 2010 The recent feature item on the Nation website, while it does seem to raise a few pressing question bears no relevance to the logic of asking "Now the question is who should apologise to whom?" as in the aftermath of the defeat of the Tamil Tiger terrorists the anomalies which have contributed to the restoration of order to the Nation.cannot accommodate finger pointing at various individuals whose initial involvements with the insurgents have turned drastically towards the contrite acceptance of their proper role as citizens of Sri Lanka and have relented for their mistakes... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 28/10/10)

The Police Officer Named Ananda Gunawardana
by Dr Ruwan M Jayatunge
Ananda Gunawardana studied with me at the Nalanda College Colombo 10. We were together in grade 4, 5 , and in AL classes.   I still recall his jovial attitude to life and some of his unforgettable humor. In the grade 4 we were mocking at  our Dance  teacher Mr Welabadage behind his back while he was performing Mayura Wannama.   Suddenly Mr Welabadage looked behind and caught us in red-handed.   Two of us paid heavy price and even after severer canning,   we were laughing with each other how we imitated our teacher.  He was a... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 28/10/10)

Letter to the Editor - Is this a curse?
By Dr. Mrs. Mareena Thaha Reffai
Looking at the picture of a baby Bengal cub being fed by the zoo officials as the mother has refused to feed her, one cannot help wonder whether this is becoming the curse of our blessed land. First the mothers started dumping their little ones and then they started murdering and leaving at all sorts of odd places like toilet pits and garbage bins and now even the tigers are abandoning their little ones. Are we loosing the little mercies we have taken for granted? Though this is said in lighter veins, the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 28/10/10)

Opposition attacks refugee law proposals
Asoka Weerasinghe Kings Grove Crescent . Gloucester . Ontario .Canada
October 28, 2010   The Editor (Letters) THE OTTAWA CITIZEN   Sir:   When the Liberal MP Mark Holland and NDP's Olivier Chow attacked the Conservative Government's proposals to significantly revamp the human-smuggling laws, they certainly were not concerned about the good of Canada and its tax payers, but were only interested in hogging the bloc votes of the Tamils in the Greater Toronto Area where nine ridings depend on their votes.   What these two parties are failing the Canadians by not wanting to cap this refugee scam is to acknowledge that... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 28/10/10)

POLITICAL LESSONS TO BE LEARNT FROM ASIA
UPALI COORAY
With the commencement of the second term of the President of Sri Lanka on the 18th of  Nov. , Sri Lanka is at cross roads looking forward optimistically for a peaceful prosperous country. It is in the hands of the leader of the country to take the country to his often expressed goal “the miracle of Asia”.  The next term of the President is said to be a development oriented phase where our country is expected to move rapidly towards economic development. In the meantime, a debate is going on as to whether we are weaning away... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 28/10/10)

Human Rights Violated by "Human Rights" NGO
 By Puttalam Ansari
The Non Governmental Organization referred to is the Community Trust Fund (CTF), established in 1993 and registered with the Sri Lankan Ministry of Social Service under the Voluntary Services Act. The stated vision of CTF is to :Strive towards realization of a society in which JUSTICE, EQUALITY AND HUMAN RIGHTS ARE RESPECTED and people lead a peaceful life in spite of various differences, and The stated mission is to: Voice the grievances of all human beings irrespective of cast, religion, ethnicity and the nationality and create opportunities for the development of affected and underprivileged... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 28/10/10)

Decency - what price?
Dr. Mrs. Mareena Thaha Reffai
Recently there  had been some efforts to bring abut a little decency into our decadent society by our president. I would like to draw his attention to a serious breach of decency  in our society. Wherever there is a function often there will be some scantily clad  lady dancers inaugurating it. Unlike those days where there was elegance and beauty combined with decency  in the dances, most of these functions nowadays consist of young girls dressed in what can be termed as an excuse for a dress, consisting often merely part of a bra... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 28/10/10)

Web’s new “digiterati” amidst respected literati
By Philip Fernando, former Deputy Editor Sunday Observer, Sri Lanka
Web’s immense outreach in connectivity has produced a robust literary culture and its new icons have emerged. The new “Digiterati” complement the revered literati as millions access the “digital frontier. Lankaweb’s expose of public affairs exemplified the throbbing discourse now occurring. “Computers are not about computers anymore, it’s about life,” prophesied Bill Gates.  Internet’s unique expressiveness has changed the public discourse before our eyes. Web-driven resurgence in reading has reached new levels spurring a look at core beliefs and assumptions considered sacrosanct. We have over 35 million hotel reviews... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 27/10/10)

The Travels of a Journalist;YANKEE DOODLES MEET CROCODILE DUNDEES (Part C):Brisbane Lecture Examines Buddhist Approach to Journalism
By Shelton A. Gunaratne ©2010 Professor of mass communications emeritus, Minnesota State University Moorhead
 “Yankee” Jim Bowers, my longtime pal, traveled approximately 14,000 km from Minneapolis; and “Pommy” Nayana Axon, my youngest sister, traveled almost 16,500 km from London to attend my lecture on “A Buddhist View of Journalism: Emphasis on Mutual Causality” Tuesday (7 March 2006) afternoon at the School of Journalism and Communication, University of Queensland. Altogether, about 25 people, mostly staff from SJC, attended the lecture in Seminar Room 1, Building 96. “Aussie” Kanthi Wijesoma, my younger sister, was also present. Pradip Thomas, an associate professor... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 27/10/10)

AN OPPOSITION LEADER WHO CONSPIRE EVIL TO HIS OWN HOMELAND IN HIS SLEEP!
Ranjit Wickremeratne
When the President presented his new vision to the masses he did it in a decent way with words of wisdom but this stupid no good opposition traitor get hold of some stupids like him and talk all rubbish to please the galary. From the day Mahinda Rajapaksa become the President he cannot sleep well because he see this mighty southern hero in his dreams governing the country like a true Sinhala king and he is nothing but a stupid old cow eating garbage of the west. After losing fourteen times he dont have any shame but hunger... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 27/10/10)

SAUDI ARABIA/SRI LANKA: An Appeal to the Muslim World to save the life of Rizana Nafeek, a young innocent Sri Lankan girl facing the death sentence in Saudi Arabia
A Statement by the Asian Human Rights Commission
The Asian Human Rights Commission earnestly requests the kind intervention of all persons of the Muslim faith to kindly intervene to save the life of an innocent Sri Lankan girl who went to Saudi Arabia when she was only 17-years-old and almost less than a month after her arrival faced the unfortunate situation when an infant she was bottle feeding choked and due to her inexperience she was unable to save the infant's life. This was unfortunately misunderstood as an intentional act and she was charged in a court and... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 27/10/10)

30 year jail sentence for former Sri Lankan president assassination attempt
Source: Xinhua
A Sri Lankan court Wednesday handed a 30 year prison term with hard labor for a Tamil rebel who attempted to kill the former President Chandrika Kumaratunga. The suspect Sathyavelu Ilangeswaran was found guilty on 28 counts for the December 1999 suicide bomb attack which killed 28 people including the female suicide bomber and caused injuries to 80 others.... -Full Story-
(english.people.com.cn - 27/10/10)

LTTE-era security check points in Colombo to be dismantled
Colombo, Oct 28 (PTI)
More than 17 months after the LTTE was defeated by Sri Lankan security forces, authorities have decided to remove in phases the high security check points in the capital Colombo. "Government has decided to remove all security check points in the Colombo city gradually," military spokesman Major General Ubaya Medawala said today. Since the security situation in Colombo has improved following the end of the LTTE war in May last year, the government has decided to remove all check points in the city, he was quoted as saying by an official website.... -Full Story-
(Deccan Herald - 27/10/10)

Consequences of ending internal conflict : Sri Lanka’s achievements not adequately recognised
Daily News
Sri Lanka’s achievements in constraining the negative consequences that arise in the aftermath of the internal conflict has been inadequately recognized by the world, said External Affairs Minister Prof G L Peiris delivering the keynote address at a workshop at Taj Samudra Hotel yesterday morning. The theme of the workshop held under the auspices of the Centre for Security Analysis (CSA), Chennai and the Regional Centre for Strategic Studies (RCSS), Colombo was ‘Conflict in Sri Lanka: Internal and External Consequences’. Though ending such protracted internal conflicts cause a series of consequences over a wide geographical area, Sri... -Full Story-
(Daily News - 27/10/10)

71 කැරැල්ල - අටවන කොටස -රෝහණ විජේවීර
වෛද්‍ය රුවන් එම් ජයතුංග
71 කැරැල්ලේ 13 වන විත්තිකරු රෝහණ විජේවීර 1989 නොවැම්බර් 13 දින ඝාතනයට ලක් විය. ඔහුව අත්අඩංගුවට ගැනීමට ජානක පෙරේරා මහතා සමග උලපනේ නිවසට ගිය හමුදා නිලධාරියා අද විශ‍්‍රාමික ජෙනරාල්වරයෙකි. ඔහුගෙන් සම්මුඛ සාකඡාාවක් ලබා ගැනීමට මම උත්සාහ කළ නමුදු, එය අසාර්ථක විය. තමා කිසිවෙකුට සම්මුඛ සාකච්ඡා ලබා නොදෙන බව කියා අපගේ ඉල්ලීම ඔහු කාරුණිකව ප‍්‍රතික්ෂේප කරන ලදි.  71 කැරැල්ලේ පුර්ව සමයේ රෝහණ විජේවීර අත්අඩංගුවට ගැනීමෙන් පසුව ඔහුගේ කට උත්තරය පටිගත කරනු ලැබීය. පසුව මෙය ලේඛන ගත කරන ලද අතර පසුව එම විශාල කට උත්තරය අපරාධ පරීක්ෂණ දෙපාර්තමේන්තුව විසින් සාරාංශගත කරන ලදි. අපේ‍්‍රල් මහ නඩුවේදී යොදා ගන්නා... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 26/10/10)

Every vote to a Republican candidate in forthcoming election to US Senate will be a vote against sanity, progress, unity and peace.
By Charles.S.Perera
 The President Barack Obama is a modern  day Messiah,  come to  redeem America from its sins.   But the Republicans in their arrogance revolt against the righteousness of the honest man who has the correct message for the Americans to bring back  America from the  political morass  in to which it had been  taken by several Republican Presidents and finally by the last of them- George Bush.  When President Barack Obama took his oath as the 44th President, America was facing a financial crisis for which  the Republicans were responsible.  The President Barack Obama has within his short... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 26/10/10)

University students used as 'cat's paw'!
P.A.Samaraweera, Australia
From recent incidents, it appears that the conduct of university students has gone from bad to worse. It had deteriorated so much that last week the students had attacked the Vice-chancellor of the Ruhuna university and targetted the staff as well.   In Sri Lanka, students enjoy free education from the kindergarten to university.  This is not so in the west. Even in China students pay for their education.    Funds for free education comes from taxes paid by the people. Therefore, students should realise that it is public money from tax payers that is spent on their... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 26/10/10)

ASIAN HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION-URGENT APPEALS PROGRAMME -SAUDI ARABIA/SRI LANKA: Death sentence on Rizana Nafeek confirmed
ASIAN HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION-URGENT APPEALS PROGRAMME
Urgent Appeal Case: AHRC-UAU-041-2010 26 October 2010 [RE: SRI LANKA/SAUDI ARABIA: President Obama urged to take up the case of a young girl facing the death penalty during his visit to Riyadh; UP-097-2007: SAUDI ARABIA/SRI LANKA: Your urgent intervention is needed to save Rizana Nafeek who must appeal against the death sentence before 16 July 2007] ------------------------------------------------------ SAUDI ARABIA/SRI LANKA: Death sentence on Rizana Nafeek confirmed ISSUES: Right to life; death penalty ------------------------------------------------------ Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) draws your attention to the appeal made in 2007 into the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 26/10/10)

හම්බන්තොටට හෝටල් ක්ෂේත‍්‍රයේ නව පුහුණු පාඨමාලා
ජාතික ආධුනිකත්ව හා කාර්මික පුහුණු කිරීමේ අධිකාරිය යටතේ, හම්බන්තොට දිස්ත‍්‍රික්කය තුළ හෝටල් ක්ෂේත‍්‍රයේ නව පුහුණු පාඨමාලා දෙකක්, පුහුණු මධ්‍යස්ථාන තුනකදී, යෞවන කටයුතු අමාත්‍ය, ඩලස් අලහප්පෙරුම මහතාගේ ප‍්‍රධානත්වයෙන් ආරම්භ කරන ලදී. එහි සමාරම්භක උත්සවය පසුගියදා තංගල්ල, බෙලිඅත්ත පාරේ, කාල්ටන් පෙර පාසල් ශ‍්‍රවණාගාරයේදී පැවැත්විණි. භෝජනාගාර සේවක සහ කාමර සේවක යන පුහුණු පාඨමාලා සඳහා විසිපස්  (25* දෙනෙකුගෙන් යුත් කණ්ඩායම් 6 ක් මෙහිදී පුහුණු කිරීමට සැලසුම් කර තිබේ. තංගල්ල, ජාතික ආධුනිකත්ව හා කාර්මික පුහුණු කිරීමේ අධිකාරියේ, හම්බන්තොට දිස්ත‍්‍රික් කාර්යාලය, තිස්සමහාරාම, කාවන්තිස්ස වෘත්තීය පුහුණු මධ්‍යස්ථානය සහ වලස්මුල්ල ආධුනිකත්ව පුහුණු මධ්‍යස්ථානයේදී මෙම පුහුණු පාඨමාලා පැවැත්වේ. මෙම අවස්ථාවට සහභාගී වූ යෞවන කටයුතු අමාත්‍ය, ඩලස් අලහප්පෙරුම,  නියෝජ්‍ය අමාත්‍ය,... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 26/10/10)

Please save the life of the innocent girl Rizana Nafeek
- Ben Silva
This girl from a poor background is most likely illiterate  and not knowledgeable in child care. It is most inhuman and barbaric to sentence her to death. I believe all civilised humans, what ever the nationality or religion should appeal to the authorities to spare her life. I am a Buddhist  from Sri Lanka  and I am aware that young girls  from poor families are not knowledgeable in baby care and may not be well informed. It is indeed great injustice to pass the  death  sentence  to this poor woman  and we should unite to save... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 26/10/10)

Cases against Prabhakaran dropped
The charges against LTTE’s slain leader Velupillai Prabhakaran and its intelligence chief Pottu Amman, both first and second accused in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case, have been dropped by a designated TADA court here. In a recent order, the operational portions of which were made available to media on Tuesday, Justice K Dakshinamurthy of the designated TADA Court-II for CBI cases, said the charges against both Prabhakaran and Amman (for masterminding the killing of Rajiv) “have become abated” as they are dead.... -Full Story- (Deccan Herald - 26/10/10)

Destroying a Fetus is Depriving Life?
by Dr Ruwan M Jayatunge
  In the article written by Andrew Chung (Quebec slams PM s abortion ambiguity – Toronto Star 20th May 2010) indicates that the politicians of all parties have come together in Quebec to pass legislation legalizing abortion affirming the woman’s right to choose and access free abortion services. The Quebec legislature also called on the government to end the current ambiguous position taken up by the government on the issue of abortion and to ensure that support for abortion is not used to cut funding to women’s groups. The motion in Quebec Parliament... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/10/10)

Human Smuggling Bill C-49
Asoka Weerasinghe Kings Grove Crescent . Gloucester. Ontario. Canada
October 25, 2010   The Editor (Letters) THE OTTAWA CITIZEN   Sir:   "Kenney defends human-rights bill" you said, where he defends the proposed Bill C-49 which will determine which refugee claimants qualify as "irregular" arrivals who used for-profit smugglers or criminal organizations to come to Canada.  The introduction of this Bill was triggered after the 492 Tamils arrived on Sun Sea claiming that they were being persecuted in Sri Lanka and claiming refugee status.   But what's going on Canada?  The Toronto Sun reports that Sri Lanka High Commissioner Chitranganee... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/10/10)

Are foreign and local plotters setting the stage for a coup in Sri Lanka?
H. L. D. Mahindapala
 All eyes continue to be on Sri Lanka, even though the 33-yeard old Vadukoddai War was concluded one-and-half years ago. The intensity of the anti-Sri Lankan campaign seems to be increasing and there are no signs of letting up. Amnesty International,(AI) International Crisis Group,(ICG)  UN, Human Rights Watch, (HRW) Churches, NGOs, both local and abroad,  Sri Lankan expatriates with an axe to grind, Western parliamentarians and academics are all in this business of scrutinizing Sri Lanka under the microscope.  As pointed out by the Foreign Minister, G. L. Peiris, in a brilliant exposition of the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/10/10)

Is it really a new dawn or false hope?
Ajit Randeniya
The Sri Lankan government and the politicians have justifiably been upbeat about the social and economic future of the country following the end of the war. However, experience on the ground seems to suggest that the buoyant feeling and the exuberance does not extend beyond the crudely abstract level to well considered plans of action. The sad fact about the situation is that the very foundation of the thinking that made the military defeat of the LTTE possible, such as the discarding of the ‘Solheim orthodoxy’ that ‘the LTTE cannot be militarily defeated’ and the adoption of... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/10/10)

71 කැරැල්ල -හත්වන කොටස
වෛද්‍ය රුවන් එම් ජයතුංග
  ඞී. ඒ. ගුණසේකර  අපේ‍්‍රල් මහ නඩුවේ 11 වන සැකකරු ඞී. ඒ. ගුණසේකර මහතා දැන් වියපත්ව තමන්ගේ නිවසේ තනියම ජීවත් වෙයි. 71 පිළිබඳ මතකය ඔහුගෙන් ගිලිහී ගොස් නැත. 1928 උපත ලැබූ ඞී. ඒ. ගුණසේකර 1947 දී සමසමාජ පක්ෂයට බැඳුණේය. සම්භාණ්ඩ සංයුක්ත මණ්ඩලයේ සේවය කළ ඔහුගේ මුළු වෘත්තීය දිවිය අරගල වලින් පිරී පැවතිණි. කම්කරුවන් වෙනුවෙන් හඬ නැගූ ඞී. ඒ. ගුණසේකර හට විජේවීර හමු වන්නේ 1965 දීය. මතකය අවදි කරන ඔහු මෙසේ පවසයි.  මම එකල ෂන්මුගදාසන් සමඟ වැඩ කළෙමි. වරක් රැස්වීමක් අමතා අවසන් වෙත්ම යම් අයෙක් මාගේ පසුපසින් ඇවිත් මට කථා කළේය. ඒ විජේවීරයි. අප දේශපාලන කරුණු... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/10/10)

Going before UN accountability panel is slippery—watch out!!
By Philip Fernando,former Deputy Editor Sunday Observer, Sri Lanka
 This is a short comment on Dr. U. B. Gunasinghe’ piece “UN panel has asked for submissions.’  We will have to study this carefully—nuances are varied.  This is a slippery slope—UN panel wants accountability of Sri Lankan government so that Ban-Ki Moon can decide what to do.  Tiger atrocities are not mentioned---Tiger criminals are dead anyway--when alive they defied UN mandates going on a killing spree.  This is a fake investigation—a fishing expedition.  What they want is photos and news of May 2009—the receding days of the war.  There is... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/10/10)

CHAOS AT SRI LANKAN UNIVERSITIES!-REFORM UNIVERSITIES BEFORE EMBARKING ON FOREIGN UNIVERSITY PROJECT!
By DR M D P DISSANAYAKE
The tiny island of Sri Lanka has 13 Universities,   funded by the Government of Sri Lanka via the University Grants Commission. The list is stagerring, nevertheless the Universities   are known as Colombo/Peradeniya/Jayawardenapura/Kelaniya/Moratuwa/Jaffna/Open/Eastern/South Eastern/Rajarata/Sabaragamuwa/Wayamba/Uva Wellassa and Visual Arts. They are growing like rabbits in numbers, who knows by the time this article goes into publication,  there might be additional Universities. In addition, there are 2 Universities funded by the Ministry of Education, known as Buddhist and Pali University and Buddhasravaka Bhiksu  University. Then General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University funded by the Ministry of... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/10/10)

REPLY TO DAVID A SMITH-YOUR COMMENTS ON “CHIKERA STRIKES AGAIN”
By Stanley Perera
David A smith made the following comments on the letter headed “Chikera strikes again”: “What a sick lot of puppies you are. Stanley, aren’t you too a non-supporter of MR? After all you deserted the country he and his family run & came to Australia”. It is not my way replying to comments made by anyone whose identity is not established.  In other words David A Smith is not your real name.  However a reply is needed as your language is sickening. You are calling others as sick lot of hateful puppies.  He who calls others... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/10/10)

Lanka’s port attracts Indian investment
COLOMBO: A new port being built in Sri Lanka’s southern Hambantota has drawn investment proposals from local and foreign businesses including the local Senok Combine and Micro Car for vehicle assembly, officials said. Madras Cements, India’s fifth largest cement maker and part of Chennai-based Ramco Group, has also proposed investing in a cement terminal at the port, a greenfield site to be operated as a free port with no taxes.... -Full Story- (sananews.net - 24/10/10)

සෑම දෙයකටම විරුද්ධ වන ආකල්පය රට තුළට යන නිසා යොවුන් පාර්ලිමේන්තුවේ විපක්ෂය, ප‍්‍රතිපක්ෂය ලෙස නම් කළා.
 යෞවන කටයුතු අමාත්‍ය, ඩලස් අලහප්පෙරුම
සිංහල, දෙමළ, මුස්ලිම් වශයෙන් නොව ශ‍්‍රී ලාංකීය ජාතියට මූලික පදනම දමමින් එහි පෙරවදන ලියන්නට යොවුන් පාර්ලිමේන්තුවට හැකිවේවි. සිංහල, දෙමළ, මුස්ලිම් වශයෙන් නොව, වාර්ගික සංහිදියාවෙන් යුත්, ශ‍්‍රී ලාංකේය ජාතියට මූලික පදනම දමමින්, එහි පෙරවදන ලියන්නට ජාතික යොවුන් පාර්ලිමේන්තුවට හැකි වන බව, යෞවන කටයුතු අමාත්‍ය, ඩලස් අලහප්පෙරුම මහතා ඊයේ (21* මහරගමදී ප‍්‍රකාශ කළේය. ජාතික යොවුන් පාර්ලිමේන්තුව ස්ථාපනය කිරීම පිළිබඳව මාධ්‍ය දැනුවත් කිරීම සඳහා මහරගම තරුණ සේවා සභා ශ‍්‍රවණාගාරයෙදී පැවති මාධ්‍ය හමුවේදී ඇමතිවරයා මේ බව ප‍්‍රකාශ කළේය. ඩලස් අලහප්පෙරුම මහතා මෙසේද කීය, යෞවන කටයුතු අමාත්‍යාංශය විදිහට අද ඔබ කැදෙව්වේ යොවුන් පාර්ලිමේන්තුව යනුවෙන් වූ ජාතික වැඩ පිළිවෙල පිළිබඳව... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/10/10)

Hidden agendas of HR groups should be exposed - Minister Samarasinghe
By Manjula Fernando courtesy Sunday Observer
The former Human Rights Minister and a former Chair of the Inter Parliamentary Union (IPU) Committee on the Human Rights of Parliamentarians, Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe says the so-called international rights groups which resorted to extreme measures to salvage the LTTE during the final phase of the war were at it again and are trying to disrupt the national process of reconciliation. In an interview with the Sunday Observer, he points out that the Human Rights (HR) groups have disregarded the fact that key persons of eminence and even relatives of ex-LTTE leaders have come... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/10/10)

ශිෂ්‍යත්ව විභාගයෙන් සමත්වූවන්ගෙන් 15%-20% අතර ප‍්‍රමාණයක් පමණයි
යෞවන කටයුතු අමාත්‍ය, ඩලස් අලහප්පෙරුම
ශිෂ්‍යත්ව විභාගයෙන් සමත්වූවන්ගෙන් 15%-20% අතර ප‍්‍රමාණයක් පමණයි, විශ්ව විද්‍යාලයට යන්නේ.අපේ රටේ ලොකුම මාෆියාව, සංඛ්‍යාලේඛණ මාෆියාවයි,නිළධාරීන් තොරතුරු ලබාදීමට විශාල මැලිකමක් දක්වනවා.-යෞවන කටයුතු අමාත්‍ය, ඩලස් අලහප්පෙරුම – අපේ රටේ ලොකුම මාෆියාව, සංඛ්‍යා ලේඛණ මාෆියාවයි. නිළධාරීන් තොරතුරු ලබාදීමට විශාල අකමැත්තක් දක්වනවා. ගිරය ටෙලිනාට්‍යයේ ලූසිහාමි වගේ, අපේ බොහෝ නිළධාරීන් සියල්ල හංගාගෙන සිටිනවා යැයි යෞවන කටයුතු අමාත්‍ය, ඩලස් අලහප්පෙරුම මහතා දික්වැල්ලේදී ප‍්‍රකාශ කළේය. දෙවිනුවර ආසනයේ 5 වසර ශිෂ්‍යත්ව විභාගය සමත් සිසු සිසුවියන් 104 දෙනෙකුට උපහාර පිදීම නිමිත්තෙන් දික්වැල්ල ප‍්‍රාදේශීය සභා ශ‍්‍රවණාගාරයේදී පැවති ‘‘නැණ පළස’’ තිළිණ හා සහතික ප‍්‍රදානෝත්සවයේදී ඇමතිවරයා මේ බව ප‍්‍රකාශ කළේය. සියම් මහා නිකායේ ශ‍්‍රී රෝහණ පාර්ශවයේ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/10/10)

Ban-Ki Moon’s behaviour mocks 65th anniversary of the UN
By Philip Fernando, former Deputy Editor, Sunday Observer, Sri Lanka
 It is tragic that Secretary General Ban-Ki Moon’s intellectual bent towards the demonic Tiger remnants, still warped towards their evil designs may tarnish the 65th anniversary of the UN this week. It stuck out as a sour thumb ignominiously mocking the more decent work of that august body. Moon seemed presumptuous, preposterous and loathsome judged by the accepted norms of decision making at the United Nations. His dual standards in dealing with rights violations round the globe are odious, unworthy of the impartiality expected of a Secretary General shattering... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/10/10)

What Sri Lankan university students should remember at all times (Updated)
Shenali Waduge
When less than 23,000 students are eligible for higher studies in the 15 state universities in Sri Lanka one would expect these students to not only value their placement but do their utmost to successfully complete their studies that would facilitate further education or their ability to enter employment.  This is not what is taking place in Sri Lanka’s universities.  Let us discuss the issue at hand without bias. Education in Sri Lanka is state funded & offered free upto university level. Additionally free textbooks & school uniforms are provided. There are 10,390 government schools, 33 non-fee-levying... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/10/10)

Appreciation -Capt. Susantha (‘Sus’) Jayasekera
By Dr. Tilak S. Fernando
Captain ‘Susantha Jayasekera (affectionately known to many as (‘Sus’) had to answer the inevitable call from above on 15 June 2010 at the age of 84, just 3 weeks prior to his 85th birthday, after a colourful and a fully accomplished career as an Airline Pilot, Officer in the Royal Ceylon Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Flying Instructor and a successful businessman. As a student at Royal College, ‘Sus’ demonstrated his intellectual aptitude and excelled in his studies. He grew up with a persuasive self-confidence to fly an aircraft one day. His father, Sam Jayasekera... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/10/10)

Attacks on Civilians by U.S. Troops News reports - October 22,2010
Ira de Silva London, Canada
Mr. Robert O. Blake Assistant Secretary for South & Central Asia State Department Washington D.C., U.S.A.   Dear Sir:   I look forward to your statement regarding the latest exposure of U.S. troops killing civilians in Iraq and the fact that up to now the U.S. has denied that it was aware of and complicit in these attacks. You never fail to make statements on the alleged killing of civilians by the Sri Lankan armed forces knowing full well that these are unsubstantiated allegations that are being kept alive, with your assistance, by your LTTE friends in the U.S. and... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/10/10)

71 කැරැල්ල-හයවන කොටස
වෛද්‍ය රුවන් එම් ජයතුංග
සෝමසිරි කුමානායක  මහ නඩුවේ 9වන විත්තිකරු වූ සෝමසිරි කුමානායක සම්බන්ධකර ගැනීම තරමක අසීරු කටයුත්තක් වුවද, අවසානයේදී ඔහුගේ දුරකථන අංකය ලබාගැනීමට මම සමත්වූයෙමි. මූලික හඳුන්වාදීමෙන් හා අරමුණ පැහැදිලි කිරීමෙන් පසු පාඨකයන් වෙනුවෙන් කුමානායක මහතා තතු හෙළි කිරීමට එකඟ විය. ඔහු තම කථාව ආරම්භ කළේ මේ අයුරිනි.  මගේ ගම ඇල්පිටිය  ඕමත්තේ. මුල් කාලයේ නිහාල් ඩයස්ලා සමඟ සමාජවාදී ශිෂ්‍ය සංගමයේ හිටියා. මම පේරාදෙණිය විශ්වවිද්‍යාලයට ගියේ 1966 වර්ෂයේදී. 1967 දි තමයි මට රෝහණ විජේවීරගේ ව්‍යාපාරය ගැන අහන්න ලැබුණේ. මේ ව්‍යාපාරය ගැන පැහැදීමක් විශ්වාසයක් ඇතිවූ නිසා මම ඒ වසරේදීම විශ්වවිද්‍යාල අධ්‍යාපනය අත්හිටවලා පූර්ණකාලීනයෙක් බවට පත් උනා.  මම විජේවීරගේ ‘‘රෝහණ’’ කියන... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 22/10/10)

Request:Attention all Sri Lankan-UN Lanka panel asks for submissions
By U. B. Gunasinghe PhD
I kindly request from patriotic Sri Lankan to pay attention to following news item published in the Hindustan Time. UN Lanka panel asks for submissions
The Hindustan Times, 2010-10-21 19:28:04 EST. The United Nations panel looking into war crimes during the final stages of the Sri Lankan conflict has called for submissions and correspondence from institutions…………. The UN panel is asking from institutions and individuals to submit any correspondence regarding the investigation on Sri Lankan final stage of the war.  As Sri Lankan we all can submit correspondence regarding atrocities committed by... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 22/10/10)

Tories target refugee smugglers
Asoka Weerasinghe Kings Grove Crescent . Gloucester . Ontario .Canada
October 22, 2010   The Editor (Letters) THE OTTAWA CITIZEN   Sir:   Although 'Tories target refugee smugglers'  show that the Government had little choice now but to admit that 90 per cent of the Tamil refugees were scammers, and the Conservative, Liberal and the NDP  parliamentarians had to  go along defending  the Tamil refugees anyway, as they were bloating their voter bank and did not want to antoganize the Tamil community in the Greater Toronto Area.   I hope this bill will also target the Canadian-Tamil groups who are... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 22/10/10)

A Challenge to Kusal Perera’s Article “Until The South Learns What Democratic Rule is”
By Kithsiri Athulathmudali, Florida, USA
This article appeared in the on line version of Sunday Leader on September 19th 2010 http://www.thesundayleader.lk/2010/09/19/until-the-%e2%80%98south%e2%80%99-learn  If Kusal Perera wrote this article with the notion, that Mahinda Rajapaksa acted within Sri Lankan constitution and did not go an inch outside of the constitution, he will not have a job at the “Sunday Leader”. The owners of the “Sunday Leader” would have not allowed him to publish it. Going by the comments of NANABST on the comments section of the article, you get Kappan from a Western NGO. So, my statement above is not applicable.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 22/10/10)

Sri Lanka 'pays PR firm £3m to boost post-war image'
By Saroj Pathirana
The Sri Lankan government is paying a top British PR firm about £3m ($4.7m) a year to try to enhance the country's post-war image, the BBC understands. Bell Pottinger Group was recently hired to lobby UK, UN and EU officials. The government says it employs several PR companies but will not disclose their names or the amount paid. Bell Pottinger also refused to give details.... -Full Story-
(bbc.co.uk - 22/10/10)

අන්තර්ජාලීය මහජන පුස්තකාලයක් ගොඩනංවන්නට දායක වෙන ලෙස අතිගරු ජනාධිපතිතුමාට ආයාචනය කරන;
චන්ද්‍රසේන පණ්ඩිතගේ විසිනි.
‘‘නිල්ල පිරුණු රටක්’’, ප්‍රකාශණයත් සමග ගම්‍ය වන ස්වභාවය හා ඊට බද්ධවීමට ඇති දැඩි කැමත්ත; ප්‍රකාශකයාව රැකීමට ස්වභාවයට දැඩිව බලකරයි. ස්වභාවය ධර්මය රකින්නා, සැබෑ ලෙසම ධර්මය රකින්නෙක් වන අතර,ඔහුව හෝ ඇයව ධර්මය විසින් මනාව සුරකින බව අපි දන්නෙමු. ‘‘නිල්ල පිරුණු රටක්’’ යන වැකිය මහින්ද චින්තනය තුල අන්තර් ගත වූවක් බැවින් හා එය සැබෑ ලෙසම ක්‍රියාවට නගන මැති ඇමතිවරුන්ටද මෙම ක්‍රියාදාමය මහත් ආශිර්වාදයකි. මෙම පදනම යටතේ පැල 11,00000ක් රෝපනය කිරීමට කටයුතු කිරීම නිකම්ම නිකම් පැලයක් සිටුවීමක් නම් නොවේ. මේ හා බැඳුන ස්වභාවයේ මහා සංස්කෘතික මංගල්‍යකට සූදානම් වීමකි. ගහ කොළ සතා සිවුපාවා විනාශ කරමින් මහා වනාන්තර තුල යකා නැටූ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 22/10/10)

SRI LANKA AHMADIYYA MUSLIM ANNUAL CONVENTION
By A. Abdul Aziz,Press Secretary, Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at, Sri Lanka.
Sri Laanka Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at holds its Annual convention (Jalsa Salana) today (Saturday the 23rd October 2010) at Ahmadiyya Jubilee Hall, Periyamulla,  Negombo under its National President A.H. Nasir Ahmad. Ahmadi Muslims throughout the country are attending this one day convention. The Representative from the Ahmadiyya Supreme Head (Khalifa) is the Guest of Honour on the occasion.  CDs in Tamil recorded from Tamilan TV Programs being conducted by Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at, Chennai (Every Sunday at 8.00 a.m.) on topics of Islamic Unity lies on Khilafat (re-establishment of Spiritual Leadership... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 22/10/10)

Ahmadiyya Community — [Annette Brooke in the Chair]
Siobhain McDonagh (Mitcham and Morden, Labour)
Let me start by apologising for any words that I may pronounce incorrectly. No insult is intended, and I stand to be corrected on my pronunciation. For someone with a name like Siobhain McDonagh, that is quite a thing. Britain's Ahmadiyya Muslims work hard and contribute greatly to this country. Their belief in peace and religious tolerance is an example to us all, and is to be expected from a community whose motto is, "Love for all and hatred for none." Their fifth spiritual head, Mirza Masroor Ahmad, lives in the United Kingdom,... -Full Story-
(theyworkforyou.com - 22/10/10)

Currency wars and fading economic clout of the West
By Philip Fernando, former Deputy Editor, Sunday Observer, Sri Lanka
Currency wars have heated up with charges that Chinese renminbi (yuan) is under-valued. The Chinese countered that banking policies and lowered interest rates in the West caused the trade imbalance. The exchange rate battle is seemingly indicative of the fading economic clout of many Western economies.  Economies with under-valued currencies tend to amass high export incomes and enhanced trade balances. Creditor countries like China and Germany have reaped much better than debtor countries like USA and Britain.  The divergent anxieties in general over Chinese currency policy and the lowered... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/10/10)

Human Rights Groups decline to testify before the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission !
Dr.P.A.Samaraweera, Australia
An invitation by the govt to the Human Rights Watch, International Crisis Group and Amnesty International to testify before the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) had been turned down by them saying that it lacks the ability to advance accountability for war crimes.   In a joint statement, the 3 groups had stated that, "...the commission suffers from an adequate mandate, a lack of independence and little credibility to advance accountability..." The LLRC was appointed in May 2010, to probe allegations of abuse during the war against the LTTE and to examine reasons for the failure of the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/10/10)

ICG, HRW and AI prefer to voice allegations from afar, than subjecting their assertions to scrutiny by the LLRC
Ranjith
The Ministry of External Affairs responding to the rejection by the ICG, AI and HRW to an invitation extended to these organizations by the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) to make representation before the Commission has said, "it leaves room to believe that these Organizations would by far prefer to voice allegations from distant parts of the world, rather than jeopardize their claims to credibility by subjecting their assertions to scrutiny under the transparent and legally sound process afforded by the LLRC".    The statement notes that "the Government having been encouraged by the international community, established the LLRC on the 15th May... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/10/10)

යෝජිත නිවාස දස ලක්ෂයේ ව්‍යාපෘතිය
චන්ද්‍රසේන පණ්ඩිතගේ විසිනි.
නිවාස ඉදි කිරීම් අමාත්‍ය විමල් වීරවංශ මහතාගේ අමාත්‍යාංශයේ මග පෙන්වීම යටතේ ඉදිරි සය වසර තුලදී නිවාස දස ලක්ෂයක්  ඉදිකිරීමේ සැලස්මක් සම්බන්ධව කතිකාවක් මේ දිනවලද පවතී. නිවාස දස ලක්ෂයක් ගොඩනැංවීමට සිතීම, සැලසුම් කිරීම, ඉදිකිරීම හා ඒවා ජනතාවට ලබාදීම යුගයේ ප්‍රබල අවශ්‍යතාවයක් බවට පත්ව තිබේ. ඒ සමගම නිවාස ඉදිකිරීම් අමාත්‍ය විමල් වීරවංශ මහතා ජනතා අදහස්, යෝජනා හා චෝදනා දැන ගැනීම සදහා ඒකකයක්ද පිහිටුවා තිබීම අගය කල යුතුය. නමුත් කාලයට සාපේක්ෂව සියල්ලක්ම සිද්ධවෙන මේ විශ්වයේ එතුමාට ලැබෙන සෑම ලිපියක්ම කියවීමට කාලයක් මිඩංගු කිරීමට නම් නොහැකි වනු ඇත. නමුත්මේ සෑම ක්‍රියාදාමයකින්ම උත්සහ දරණුයේ සිය ඉලක්කය වූ නිවාස දස ලක්ෂයේ යෝජනා... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/10/10)

“Surakuma” Pension & Social Security Benefit Scheme launched in Kuwait
Embassy of Sri Lanka Kuwait October 21, 2010
A 03-day workshop jointly organized by Sri Lanka Social Security     Board ( SLSSB ) and the Sri Lankan Manpower Welfare  Association ( SLMWA ) under the patronage of the Sri Lankan Embassy was held from  7 – 11 October at Mirage Hotel in Kuwait aimed at creating awareness on “Surakuma”, a newly introduced pension and social security scheme and its benefits to the migrant workers.  The scheme, the first of its kind launched overseas, was introduced under the concept  “A Pension for All” in the “Mahinda Chinthana Forward Vision” policy document presented by President... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/10/10)

Refuse to approve the one million mosque
Mona Grivi Norman- October 19,2010 Courtesy VG Norway -This page has been translated from Norwegian to English
Jonas Gahr Store will prevent Saudi Arabia to finance mosques in Norway as long as it is not allowed to build churches there. Saudi government and wealthy individuals want to build mosques for tens of millions in Norway.  It has the full right under Norwegian laws on financial support to religious communities. But the gifts in the millions, there is a proviso that the Norwegian government approves support.  Foreign Ministry refuses not only to approve mosque contributions. In a response to the Islamic Center Tawfiiq... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/10/10)

හරිත මාසයේ රුක් රෝපනය
යෞවන කටයුතු අමාත්‍යාංශය
පරිසර කළමනාකරණ හා ස්වභාවික සම්පත් සංරක්ෂණ වැඩසටහනට සමගාමීව හරිත මාසය වෙනුවෙන්, යෞවන කටයුතු අමාත්‍යාංශය පෙරේදා (18* යෞවන කටයුතු  අමාත්‍යාංශ භූමිය තුළ නා පැලයක් රෝපණය කරන ලදී. මහින්ද චින්තන වැඩසටහන යටතේ ප‍්‍රකාශයට පත් කරන ලද ‘‘නිල්ල පිරුණු රටක්’’, උදාකර ගැනීමේ අරමුණ ඇතිව සෑම වසරකම ඔක්තෝම්බර් 15 වන දින සිට නොවැම්බර් 15 වන දින දක්වා හරිත මාසය ප‍්‍රකාශයට පත් කර තිබේ. සියලූ රාජ්‍ය හා පෞද්ගලික අංශයේ සහය ඇතිව නොවැම්බර් 18 වැනි දිනට යෙදෙන අතිගරු ජනාධිපතිතුමාගේ 65 වන ජන්ම දිනය සැමරීම සඳහා දිවයින පුරා පැළ එකොළොස් ලක්ෂයක් (11,00000* රෝපණය කිරීමේ වැඩ පිළිවෙල සාර්ථක කර ගැනීමටද මේ මගින් අපේක්ෂා... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/10/10)

71 කැරැල්ල පස්වැනි කොටස
වෛද්‍ය රුවන් එම් ජයතුංග
 මෙම ග‍්‍රන්ථයේ අඩංගු වන්නේ 1971 කැරැල්ලට සහභාගි වූ පිරිස් අපට පැවසූ  විස්තරයි. ඇතැම් විට මෙහි යම් යම් සදොස් ස්ථාන, මතභේදාත්මක කරුණු තිබිය හැක. එම අදහස් කර්තෘගේ හෝ ප‍්‍රකාශකයන්ගේ අදහස් නොවන බවත් අවසන් විනිශ්චය පාඨකයා සතු බවත් දන්වා සිටිමු. ලොකු අතුල හෙවත් අතුල නිමලසිරි ජයසිංහ මහ නඩුවේ හයවන විත්තිකරු වූ ලොකු අතුල පශ්චාත් කැරලි සමයේ ආන්දෝලනාත්මක චරිතයක් බවට පත්වූ බව නොරහසකි. ලොකු අතුල හෙවත් හිටපු විදුලිබල හා බලශක්ති අමාත්‍ය අතුල නිමලසිරි ජයසිංහ මහතා මට මුණගැසුණේ ලෝහෝර් ආර්යා ගොඩනැගිල්ලේ තෙවන මහලේ පිහිටි ඔහුගේ කාර්යාලයේදීය. තමා හමුවීමට පැමිණෙන පුද්ගලයන්ට පෙන්වන ආචාරශීලීභාවය හා මිත‍්‍රශීලී කථාකිරීම මම ඔහු තුළින් දුටුවෙමි.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/10/10)

A reply to Satheesan Kumaaran to his article, “MR to address Oxford, another chance to lie to world,” appearing in the Sri Lanka Guardian website.
By Charles.S.Perera
Satheesan Kumaaran certainly a pro-terrorist expatriate Tamil, writing to the Sri Lanka Guardian Website on 15.10.2010 while casting aspersions to the President, says the President was being invited by the Oxford Union in 2008, while his armed forces were launching brutal attacks on civilian targets in the guise of fighting terrorism. This type of statements are immediately taken over by the UK Channel 4, Amnesty international and the Human Rights watch etc. who live on such rank lies spewed by the likes of Satheesan Kumaaran. There is really no need even to reply these abusive raked... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/10/10)

Shameful Attack On Ruhuna University Vice Chancellor and Aides, An Object Lesson On What Needs To Be Set Right And Who's Behind It!
Insight By Sunil Kumar
Oct.21st 2010 The latest university unrest on Sri Lankan campuses where a group of undergrads  have attacked  the Vice Chancellor of Ruhuna  University~ Matara, Mr. Susirith Mendis is not only a shameful example of mismanagement by the University authorities on site and its lack of security but also points to fallibilities of the entire system around the Nation and needs to be addressed immediately before it gets out of control and becomes a focal point for certain anti Government elements to use it as a means to discredit the Government of Sri Lanka both nationally as well as universally... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/10/10)

CHICKERA STRIKES AGAIN
by Stanley Perera
Famous anti government Duleep Chickera says "it is not the pardon Sarath Fonseka needs.  Sarath needs justice".   Well Chickera who else did you speak out to provide justice?.  Chikera fellow is well known to be an ardent supporter of Terrorist group LTTE and anti government activist.  In the past Chickera held hands with Soundranayagam and Rayappu Joseph in the campaign to establish Elam.  However Rayappu and Saundranayagam have been tamed by Arch bishop Dr. Malcolm Ranjith since annihilating the Terrorists.  They had nowhere to go other than to support the Arch Bishop.  That fellow... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/10/10)

Attack on the Vice Chancellor of the Ruhunu University
henry jayaweera
The Editor Lankaweb   The news of the attack on the Vice Chancellor of the Ruhunu University, appaling as it is, illustrates clearly what ruthless politicians can do, have done times ad nauseum, and will continue to do in our beloved country. Memory sadly meanders back to the infamous JVP-a curse upon that name- era when valuable lives were destroyed without compunction by idiots who did not, and will not ever know the utter waste of human resources they perpetrated. Today, obviously, a similar trend of mayhem and senseless acts are showing signs of taking over the country at the behest of... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/10/10)

U.S. FEDERAL JURY CONVICTS LTTE TERRORIST WEAPONS MERCHANT
PRESS RELEASE EMBASSY OF SRI LANKA, WASHINGTON DC
A Baltimore federal court jury Monday convicted a Singapore man of attempting to sell arms to the terrorist group Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in Sri Lanka. Four co-conspirators have pleaded guilty in the case. Reuters reported that Balraj Naidu, 48, was charged in a conspiracy to provide material support to the LTTE, which in 1997 was designated by the U.S. Department of State as a foreign terrorist organization. It fought and lost a 26-year-long conflict against the Government of Sri Lanka. According to evidence presented at his trial, Naidu... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/10/10)

71 කැරැල්ල-මහාචාර්ය ජයදේව උයන්ගොඩ- සතරවන කොටස
වෛද්‍ය රුවන් එම් ජයතුංග  ©2010
 මහාචාර්ය ජයදේව උයන්ගොඩ 1971 කැරළිකරුවන් අතරින් බිහිවූ විශිෂ්ඨතම බුද්ධිමතා යයි කිවහොත් සාවi නොවේ. මට ඔහු හමු උනේ කොළඹ විශ්විද්‍යාලයේ දේශපාලන විද්‍යා පීඨයේදීය. සිනහවකින් මා පිළිගත් මහාචාර්ය උයන්ගොඩ තම අතීතය ස්මරණය කළේ මෙසේය.  පේරාදෙනිය විශ්වවිද්‍යාලයේ පළමු වසරේ ඉගෙනුම ලබන කාලයේදී ලොකුඅතුල මාව විජේවීර හමුවීමට ගෙනයනු ලැබුවා. ඒ 1969 දී. විජේවීර අපට හමුඋනේ කතරගම දිවුල්ගම කියන ගමේදී. විජේවීර හමුවනවිට හවස හතට විතර ඇති ඔහු ගැමියෙකු වගේ සරමකින් සැරසිලා හිටියේ. මාව දැක්ක හැටියේම ලෙන්ගතුව කථා කළා. විජේවීර ශරීර ප‍්‍රමාණයෙන් කුඩා පුද්ගලයෙක්. ඔහු ආකර්ශනීය චරිතයක්. අපි පසුවදා උදේ වෙනතෙක් කථා කළා. ඔහු සමඟ කථා කිරීම කාන්සියක් ගෙන දුන්නේ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 19/10/10)

Post Combat Depression (PCD)
Dr Ruwan M Jayatunge
 The concept of Post Combat Depression (PCD) is not new. There are many historical records to provide that combatants manifested depressive symptoms after the war. The feeling of guilt and despair plays a major role in post combat depression. For instance, the King Dutugamunu went in to a depressive type of reaction soon after the Wijithapura battle. The king’s emotional worries were later healed by a monk. Similarly, Napoleon Bonaparte developed depression while he was in exile in the island of St Helena. Post combat depression is evident among some combatants who were exposed to... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 19/10/10)

Minister G L Peiris Refutes LTTE Propaganda in London
Press Release Sri Lanka High Commission London
Delivering the Keynote Address of the first Dialogue between the International Institute of Strategic Studies (IISS) in London and the Ministry of External Affairs of Sri Lanka, the External Affairs Minister Professor G.L Peiris said that it is regrettable that groups close to the LTTE, knowing very well that they cannot unleash violence the way they did with impunity in the past, have now taken on an initiative of a different complexion, which has assumed the character of an economic onslaught against Sri Lanka. Their purpose now is to dissuade investors and... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 19/10/10)

GLOBAL VILLAGE IN THE UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
Sarath Wijesinghe LL.M (London) Solicitor-Attorney-at-Law (Ambassador of Sri Lanka in the United Arab Emirates)
 United Arab Emirate consists of seven emirates namely, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Sharjah, Ajman, Fujairah, Umm Al Quwain, Ras Al Khaimah out of which Dubai has become the hub of international trade centralizing a vibrant port and a international airport which is the platform for the Middle East and the African Sub continent.  A desert with camels 45 years ago is surpassing Singapore, Hong Kong, Malaysia and many other upcoming tiger business hubs in the world.  Global Village is the most recent invention which commences on... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 19/10/10)

Man convicted of trying to buy U.S. weapons for Tamil Tigers
By Carol Cratty, CNN
Washington (CNN) -- A Singapore man was convicted by a Maryland jury Monday of attempting to purchase American arms for use by the Tamil Tigers, a U.S. designated terrorist group in Sri Lanka. Balraj Naidu, 48, was found guilty of conspiracy to provide material support to a terrorist group, and he now faces a maximum of 15 years in prison. According to a press release by the U.S. attorney's office in Maryland, Naidu and his co-conspirators wanted to obtain grenade launchers, sniper rifles, machine guns and other state-of-the-art U.S. weapons. In 2006, Naidu and his associates... -Full Story-
(edition.cnn.com - 19/10/10)

US court finds man guilty of Tamil Tiger arms plot
A US court has found a Singaporean man guilty of conspiring to provide arms to Tamil Tiger rebels in Sri Lanka. Balraj Naidu was convicted of trying to buy 28 tonnes of weapons in the US for the rebels in 2006. He faces up to 15 years in prison. The court in Baltimore heard that Naidu tried to buy weapons from undercover agents posing as arms dealers.... -Full Story- (bbc.co.uk - 19/10/10)

Rajapaksa: focus is on consensus
B. Muralidhar Reddy
Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa has said his government would like consensus among all Tamil political parties for a political solution to the ethnic conflict. Talking to a delegation from the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association here, he said reconciliation needed a home grown solution and not one transported from elsewhere, even from Northern Ireland. “It must be based on our own experience.” On the question of the provincial administration in the North, he said the priority would be local government elections due early next year and they would be followed with election to the Northern Provincial Council.... -Full Story-
(thehindu.com - 19/10/10)

Peiris slams ‘colonial’ rights groups
Sri Lanka’s foreign minister Gamini Lakshman Peiris rejected “colonial” criticism yesterday of a government-appointed civil war probe, after foreign rights groups snubbed an invitation to attend. New York-based Human Rights Watch, London-based Amnesty International and Brussels-based International Crisis Group last week accused the panel of a cover-up and refused an offer from Colombo to appear before it.... -Full Story- (Gulf Times - 19/10/10)

Sri Lanka to Relax Foreign-Exchange Controls in a Few Weeks, Cabraal Says
By Anusha Ondaatjie and Susan Li
Sri Lanka plans to ease foreign- exchange rules in the “next few weeks,” the nation’s central bank governor said, after keeping interest rates unchanged today to support economic expansion. “In the next few weeks, we are going to be relaxing some of the exchange controls that we have, which means there will be basis for outside growth as well,” Ajith Nivard Cabraal said in a telephone interview with Bloomberg Television from Colombo. He didn’t elaborate. Sri Lanka’s move contrasts with countries from South Korea to Brazil which are seeking to restrain capital... -Full Story-
(Bloomberg - 19/10/10)

යාපනය, ත‍්‍රිකුණාමලය, මඩකලපුව, හම්බන්තොට, සුන්දර වෙරල තීර ආශ‍්‍රීතව හෝටල් 200 ක් පමණ ඉදිකෙරෙනවා
යෞවන කටයුතු අමාත්‍ය, ඩලස් අලහප්පෙරුම
 නාමල් රාජපක්ෂ මන්ත‍්‍රීතුමාගේ ඉඳිරි වැඩ පිළිවෙල පිළිබඳව, අනාගතයට ඉව අල්ලන පත්තර කාරයෙක් හැටියට මට දැනෙන්නේ ආශ්වාදජනක ආඩම්බරයක් යාපනය, ත‍්‍රිකුණාමලය, මඩකලපුව, හම්බන්තොට, ආදී සුන්දර වෙරලතීරයන් ආශ‍්‍රිතව, තරු 4, 5, 6 හෝටල් 200 ක් පමණ අලූතෙන් ඉඳිකරමින් තිබෙන බව, යෞවන කටයුතු අමාත්‍ය ඩලස් අලහප්පෙරුම මහතා තංගල්ලේ දී ප‍්‍රකාශ කළේය. ජාතික ආධුනිකත්ව හා කාර්මික පුහුණු කිරීමේ අධිකාරිය * යටතේ, හම්බන්තොට දිස්ත‍්‍රික්කය තුළ හෝටල් ක්ෂේත‍්‍රයේ නව පුහුණු පාඨමාලා තුනක් (3* ආරම්භ කිරීම නිමිත්තෙන් තංගල්ල, කාල්ටන් පෙරපාසල් ශ‍්‍රවණාගාරයේදී පැවති උත්සවයේදී ඒ මහතා මේ බව ප‍්‍රකාශ කළේය. මෙහිදී තවදුරටත් අදහස් දැක්වූ අමාත්‍ය, ඩලස් අලහප්පෙරුම මහතා මෙසේද කීය, නාමල් රාජපක්ෂ මන්ත‍්‍රීතුමා... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 19/10/10)

Nobel Peace Prize should go to Sri Lanka
Shenali Waduge
The guidelines set forth by Alfred Nobel the creator of dynamite in his will written on 27 November, 1895 was simple and straightforward and left approximately 94% of his wealth to establish five prizes for physics, chemistry, physiology or medicine, literature and peace. The prizes were to be awarded to “those who, during the preceding year, shall have conferred the greatest benefit on mankind”… people who were working towards "fraternity between nations, for the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses."…. yet the Nobel awards given annually have been... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/10/10)

Our Ambassador in Canberra!
Vajiragnana Warnakulasuriya Melbourne
The Presidents Secretary, Mr.Lalith Weerathunga,  Dear Sir,  I respectfully believe you will bring this to His Excellency The Presidents attention.   I have noticed in Sri Lankan TV news, which I religiously watch daily, the driving force behind development projects and also on day to day running of the countries affairs has become the President. It’s a shame to see the President has to instruct on behalf of the Ministers and other Government officers who have neglected their responsibilities in executing the capital works under them. This state of affairs cannot be repeated, it’s time those responsible to... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/10/10)

Your letter to Sri Lanka's 'Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission'
Asoka Weerasinghe Kings Grove Crescent . Gloucester . Ontario . K1J 6G1 . Canada
18 October 2010 Mr. Salil Shetty, Secretary General, Amnesty International, London, UK  Mr. Kenneth Roth, Executive Director, Human Rights Watch, New York  Madame Louise Arbour, President, International Crisis Group, Brussels Dear Salil, Kennth & Louise: I read with trepidation your joint letter to Sri Lanka’s ‘Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission’ which said: “Should a genuine and credible process eventually be established – featuring truly independent commission members, effective powers of witness protection, and a mandate to explore the full range of alleged violations of national... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/10/10)

Religion, survival and the dangers of being passive
Ben Silva
Positive aspects of religion--- Number of views have been put on religion. There are number of  religions and belief systems in the world ref: http://www.religioustolerance.org/worldrel.htm  For some, religion  is therapeutic and I have  nothing against religion being used as a therapy. The Buddhist precepts indicate the high standards of morality and values of Buddhism and its followers. The precepts is a clear indication of the civilised nature of Buddhists.  The Buddhist precepts alone are very valuable and may assist the world to be  an orderly and a civilised place to live. Mindfulness and meditation used in Buddhism... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/10/10)

Sri Lanka: transition from conflict to recovery and reconstruction continues
International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)
Operational update Most of those displaced during the final months of last year's conflict have returned to what is left of their homes, or are living with host families until they have a place of their own. Providing basic assistance for those affected remains the ICRC's priority. As in all contexts where the ICRC carries out its humanitarian work, it continues to perform its tasks even after the end of hostilities. As soon as the conflict ended in the eastern districts of Sri Lanka, the ICRC helped those who were affected... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/10/10)

SRI LANKA HAILED AS DESTINATION FOR FILM PRODUCERS BY MOVIE “LOCATION GUIDE”
PRESS RELEASE EMBASSY OF SRI LANKA, WASHINGTON DC
“When You Visit Sri Lanka, It Is Plain to See Why the World’s Best Directors Chose It as a Location,” -- Editor Sri Lanka has earned a rave review as a destination for movie and broadcast productions in the 2011 edition of The Location Guide, the film industry’s bible for selecting movie and commercial production locales. The latest edition of The Location Guide featured a separate “Focus” on Sri Lanka, highlighting the island’s natural beauty, a film-friendly government and its reasonable production costs. The Guide noted Sri Lanka’s wildlife parks, central-highlands... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/10/10)

Observing Burma's forthcoming General Election
Nava Thakuria
The general election in Burma (Myanmar), scheduled on November 7, 2010, will be a much sought after affair for the international media, as most of the western countries have expressed resentment at the progress of the polls that were expected to bring change to the life and living of millions of poor Burmese in the Southeast Asian country. The election commission of the military ruled country had de-recognized the main opposition party National League for Democracy. It´s leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi is still under house arrest and she can not participate in the polls. Recently,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/10/10)

AFGHANISTAN WITHOUT AMERICA
ALI SUKHANVER
 Division, addition, subtraction and multiplication; these are not simply the basic functions of mathematics but the most possible solutions to so many complex and complicated problems of life. Al around us from Iraq to Afghanistan and from the balkanized states of USSR to India, the whole strategy is revolving on the axis of these four mathematical actions. When the US authorities felt the growing unison of different Afghan groups and tribes in shape of a nation, they started planning to create differences and distances among them so that they might not become a challenge to the US... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/10/10)

Putting Food First
Princess Haya Al Hussein
Not since the famously callous phrase attributed to Marie Antoinette spread through revolutionary France has the world's political establishment been so far out of touch with the reality of hunger. We simply don't get it. We rarely even talk about it. That may sound strange coming from a Jordanian princess, but as a UN Messenger of Peace I have made it my business to understand why 925 million of us still do not have enough to eat and to get to know some of those who don't. I've found the more you know about hunger, the... -Full Story-
(huffingtonpost.com - 18/10/10)

71 කැරැල්ල - ලයනල් බෝපගේ -තුන්වන කොටස
වෛද්‍ය රුවන් එම් ජයතුංග  ©2010
 අපේ‍්‍රල් මහ නඩුවේ දෙවන විත්තිකරු වූ ලයනල් බෝපගේ දැන් ජීවත් වන්නේ  ඕස්ටේ‍්‍රලියාවේය. ඔහුගෙන් සම්මුඛ සාකච්ඡාවක් ලබා ගැනීම සඳහා මට උපකාර වූයේ ප‍්‍රවීණ ලේඛක ගාමිණී වියන්ගොඩ ය.   දැනට  ඕස්ටේ‍්‍රලියාවේ ඇඩිලේඞ් හි වාසය කරන බෝපගේ මහතා ඉංජිනේරුවෙකි. අධික වැඩ කටයුතු තිබුණද මා විසින් ඔහුට විද්්‍යුත් තැපෑලෙන් යවන ලද ප‍්‍රශ්නවලට ඔහු පිළිතුරු එවා තිබුණි. ඒ සම්බන්ධයෙන් පාඨකයා වෙනුවෙන් බෝපගේ මහතාට ස්තුතිවන්තවීම මාගේ යුතුකමක් බව සිතමි. පහත දැක්වෙන්නේ බෝපගේ මහතා විසින් මා වෙත එවන ලද පිළිතුරු වල සිංහල අනුවාදයයි.  මාතර රාහුල විද්‍යාලයේ ශිෂ්‍යයෙක්ව සිටි කාලයේ පටන් මම දේශපාලන සාහිත්‍ය කෙරෙහි ඇල්මක් ඇති කරගෙන සිටියෙමි. එකල කොමියුනිස්ට් පක්ෂයේ උඩකැන්දවල... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 17/10/10)

Should Sri Lanka continue democracy or adopt a more stringent Socialist Dictatorship ?
by Charles.S.Perera
 China will not be  where it is to day if it had allowed  the West to meddle into its affairs.  It kept  away  the foreign, as well as the local  reactionary elements  through out its period of economic and social development from using  obstructive  tactics. Even Russia after the West manipulated to disband the Union of Soviets , kept away  foreign interference  into its internal affairs.  Burma which also keeps away  the West from intervening into its internal affairs will no doubt set aside its present difficulties to emerge  as a economically developed country.  India is a... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 17/10/10)

SRI LANKAN CRICKET TOUR OF AUSTRALIA-Must beat Aussie’s phychological warfare tactics!
DR M D P DISSANAYAKE
Sri Lankan cricket team will be arriving in Australia to play  for three  50 over matches at State Levels and  3 ODIs.  The first match is scheduled for 22nd October, in Brisbane. Brisbane has been  experiencing heavy rain for the past several days  and  next Friday will be no exception with  late afternoon rain predicted. The Sri Lankan team has many new faces with a strong leadership team  of Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela  Jayawardene.  Australia on the other hand is facing severe media criticisms for their continuous 3 test match losses,  and most recently... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 17/10/10)

Was There Ever A Man In His Folly As Fmr. Gen. Sarath Fonseka Uttering Statements Which Could Land Him In Deeper Trouble?
Insight By Sunil Kumar
October 17th 2010 The Nation of Sri Lanka continues to see more clearly the true personality behind Former Army Commander Sarath Fonseka each time he makes obtuse and ludicrous statements to the media which only portrays the arrogant, somewhat ignorant and self centered individual he is despite  the respect and high esteem he was once held in. Very apparently now, the damning evidence against him sealed in the Judicial System of Sri Lanka and documented within the provisions of the laws of the land  that he is no national leader, never will be... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/10/10)

John Lennon: Music, Philosophy and Mission
Dr Ruwan M Jayatunge
My role in society, or any artist's or poet's role, is to try and express what we all feel. Not to tell people how to feel. Not as a preacher, not as a leader, but as a reflection of us all." John Lennon John Lennon who was an inspirational character changed music in to a new direction. He was one of the key figures in the Post War generation whose music and the ideology changed the world. Lennon was a humanitarian. He condemned violence and truthfully worked for peace. John Lennon’s music, philosophy and mission... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/10/10)

Over 500 ex-Tigers rehabilitated
Bandara VIPULASENA and Suraj A Bandara-Courtesy Daily News
Over 500 former LTTEers who successfully completed their rehabilitation program at the Vavuniya rehabilitation centre were handed over to their parents yesterday. The ex-LTTE cadres were released at a function held with the participation of Rehabilitation and Prison Reforms Ministry Secretary A Dissanayake, Rehabilitation Commissioner Brigadier Sudantha Ranasinghe and actress Anoja Weerasingha at the Cultural Centre, Vavuniya. A dance item presented by former LTTEers. Picture by Bandara Vipulasena The ex-combatants were rehabilitated with vocational training at rehabilitation centres to prepare them to... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/10/10)

Bleeding the country dry
By Ardeshir Cowasjee
‘Each successive government of Pakistan will be worse than its predecessor.’ Thus predicted Mohammad Ali Jinnah to a confidant in mid-1948. How right he was — how prescient. In the two-and-a-half years of this PPP-Z government (if it can be called one) the entire governance and economic system has virtually collapsed under the Zardari leadership. (Clarence Darrow, the celebrated American lawyer and civil libertarian, rightly observed “When I was a boy, I was told that anybody could become president; I’m beginning to believe it!” This subsequently applied also to Pakistan.)... -Full Story-
(dawn.com - 16/10/10)

HUMAN RIGHTS AND ISLAM
Dr. Ifthikhar Ahmad Ayaz, OBE  
(Given below is the summary of the speech delivered by Dr. Iftikhar Ahmad Ayaz, O.B.E. on the occasion of Ahmadiyya Convention held in Mauritius on 8 – 10 October 2010. )     1. (Officer of the Excellent Order of the British Empire) 2. Consul General of Tuvalu Island in the United Kingdom 3. Senator World Nations Congress 4. Ambassador of Peace appointed Universal Peace Foundation 5. Recipient of International Peace Prize 6. Member UN Human Rights Council Committee in the Rights of     Minorities – Rights of Woman / Rights of Children 7. Member... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/10/10)

Judge weighs threat posed by Tamil Tigers
By Tom Hays
NEW YORK — More than three years after federal agents locked up a Sri Lankan immigrant they say was the top US representative of the Tamil Tigers, his fate may hinge on a complex question: Was the rebel group a terrorist threat to Americans?... -Full Story-
(boston.com - 16/10/10)

The Travels of a Journalist; YANKEE DOODLES MEET CROCODILE DUNDEES Amidst Kookaburras, Koalas and Kangaroos (Part B)
By Shelton A. Gunaratne ©2010Professor of mass communications emeritus, Minnesota State University Moorhead
 [Background: Yoke-Sim and I arrived in Brisbane (via Sydney) on a Wednesday (1 March 2006). My two younger sisters—“Aussie” Kanthi Wijesoma, the younger; and “Pommy” Nayana Axon, the youngest—were at the Brisbane Airport to welcome us. They took us to St. Lucia Gardens Apartments (5 Galey St.) in the vicinity of the University of Queensland. We spent a week in St. Lucia as the guests of the School of Journalism and Communication. [The Yankee Doodles (Jim and Kathleen) decided to join with us in Brisbane and... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/10/10)

ANE SADUNE, FOR GODS SAKE STAY OUT OF POLOTICS
Ranjit Wickremeratne 
We love our religion, and our country is blessed by Lord Buddha who have been to my beloved country three times. We respect Buddhism as the majority of our people worship and live according to the buddhist teachings. Buddhist priests are the deciples of Lord Buddha and  teachers who show us the path of rightiousness. You should preach what Lord Buddha asked you to preach not politics. We are confused because of your behavior. We bend like David Beckham and worship you when we see you anywhere on the road,Temple or in the house when you visit for... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/10/10)

වෛද්‍ය රුවන් එම් ජයතුංග මහතාට මල් කළඹක්!
චන්ද්‍ර සේන පණ්ඩිතගේ විසිනි.
71- කැරැල්ල වැලි තලාවෙන් යට වුන හා යට කර දමන ලද ඓතිහාසික වටිනාකමකින් යුතු සිදුවීමකි. ඒ යටවී හා යටකර වල දමා ඇත්තේ වටනා දෙයක් බව අවබෝධ කර ගැනීමට සියල්ලන්ටම හැකියාවක් ඇත්තේ නැත. මෙම කැරැල්ල ඇතිවීමට බලපෑ හේතු, කැරැල්ලට සහභාගීවූවන්ගේ අරමුණු, කැරැල්ලේ ස්වභාවය නිරණය කරනු ලබන අතර, 1964  එම ව්‍යාපාරය ආරම්භ කල මොහොතේ සිට 1971 කැරැල්ල  දක්වා වූ සියලුම සිඳුවීමද, කැරැල්ලෙන් පසු සිදුවූ සියලූම සිදුවීම හා ඒ සම්බන්ධව, නිවැරදි ස්වයං විවේචනාත්මක විශ්ලේෂණයන්ද,ඉන්පසුව මෙරට සිදුවු දේශපාලන ක්‍රියාවලිය සම්බන්ධව මහා පුස්තකයක් ජනතාව අතරට පත්කිරීමේ පලමු වගකීම උරුමව ඇත්තේ ජනතා විමුක්ති පෙරමුණ නම්වූ ඒ මහා දේශපාලන ව්‍යාපාරයටය. ඇත්ත වශයෙන්ම... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/10/10)

LIVE Exclusive: Hugo Chavez talks to RT
... -Full Story- (youtube.com - 15/10/10)

Canada aids in Thai arrest of Tamil migrants
COLIN FREEZE
Thai authorities have arrested more than 150 Tamil migrants in an immigration sweep that Canada had a hidden hand in, according to one security expert. “You can say that Canada has pre-empted one of the vessels,” said Rohan Gunaratna, a Singapore-based security expert, asserting these migrants were likely destined for Canada aboard a smuggling ship.... -Full Story-
(theglobeandmail.com - 15/10/10)

Are we a civilized nation?
By Dr. Mrs. Mareena Thaha Reffai
Are we a civilized nation?Are we in the 21st century? The recent attack of  the students on the police and the rebuttal by the police causing about 45 people to be injured must make all of us hang our heads in shame. Are we a civilized nation? Make us look worse than the stone age man. Are we supposed to be a literate nation? Are we the ones who for the first time in the world won over the most ruthless of the terrorists? Yet we can not contain our students. We... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/10/10)

ISLAND OF GEMS AN EXHIBITION ON GEMS AND GEM INDUSTRY OF SRI LANKA [15TH. SUCCESSIVE YEAR]
PRESS RELEASE by D.H. ARIYARATNA FGA, DGA, FGS  NALINI ARIYARATNA [THE EXHIBITION ORGANIZERSP.O.BOX 1837, LONDON N17 9BW. TEL/FAX: 020 8807 8252
The above exhibition is to be held for the 15th, successive year organized by D.H. Ariyaratna FGA, DGA, FGS. A British qualified gemmologist T/A Sri Lanka Gems. This year’s exhibition will be held from the 23rd & 24th October 2010 (Saturday and Sunday) at Mostyn Hotel, Marble Arch, Bryanston Road, London, W1H 7BY. (Nearest underground station Marble Arch, Central line).  Mr. D.H. Ariyaratna, who has written many books on the subject of gems and the gem industry of... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/10/10)

An Incarcerated Former Military Leader Attempts To Overturn The Sentencing Somewhat Futilely.
LankaWeb Weekly Editorial
October 14th 2010 It is indeed a bit late in the day for the former  Army Commander and the leader of the DNA, Sarath Fonseka  to realistically expect his sentencing to be overturned by way of  writ application in the Appeal Court challenging the move by the Secretary General of Parliament to remove him from his Parliamentary seat as the judgement has been made well within the jurisdictions and statutes of national law despite his entitlement to appeal as every other situation in the history of Sri Lanka's Justice System if it involved treason and an attempt... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/10/10)

71 කැරැල්ල - එස්. වී. ඒ. පියතිලක -දෙවන කොටස
වෛද්‍ය රුවන් එම් ජයතුංග ©2010
 1971 අපේ‍්‍රල් කැරැුල්ලේ මහනඩුවේ පළමුවන විත්තකරු එස්. වී. ඒ. පියතිලක අද ජීවතුන් අතර නැත. පියතිලකගේ විස්තර සොයා මා ගිය ගමනට විජය උඳුපිටිය මහතාද එකතු වූ අතර වැලිසර නවරත්න බණ්ඩාර මහතාගේ සහාය නිසා පියතිලකගේ බිරිඳට කථා කිරීමට අපට අවකාශ ලැබුණි. පුරාවිද්‍යාව සහ සිංහල විෂයයන් සඳහා ශාස්ත‍්‍රපති උපාධි ලබා තිබෙන ඇය විශ‍්‍රාමික ගුරුවරියකි. සෝමා පියතිලක සමරරත්න වන ඇය, මට මෙසේ පැවසුවාය.  මට පියතිලක මුණ ගැසුණේ 1979 අවුරුද්දේ. එතකොට එයා කැරැුල්ලෙන් නිදහස් වෙලා ඇවිල්ලා. එයා තුළ යම් කළකිරීමක් මතුවෙලා තිබ්බා  කැරැල්ල සම්බන්ධයෙන්, විජේවීර කැරැල්ල පිළිබඳව වගකීම බාර නොගැනීම පිළිබඳව. මම හිතන්නේ 1974- 75 වෙනකොට එයා ව්‍යාපාරයෙන් අයින්වෙලා... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/10/10)

Nobel-Laureate vindicated for researching childlessness
By Philip Fernando, former Deputy Editor, Sunday Observer Sri Lanka
This year, the Nobel Prize in Medicine rightfully but belatedly went to Dr Robert Edwards, the British biologist who amidst intense criticism enabled couples otherwise fated to be childless bear children. In vitro fertilization triumphed as being authentic. What sweet vindication!  IVF has produced nearly four million test-tube babies worldwide. The word is used so often it is almost slang. But in 1978 Dr Edwards was reviled when Louise Brown, the first test-tube baby was conceived.  All hell broke lose. Some even felt it was the greatest threat to... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/10/10)

71 කැරැල්ල- පළමුවන ‍ෙකාටස
වෛද්‍ය රුවන් එම් ජයතුංග ©2010
වචනයක් මෙම කෘතිය ලිවීමේ දී අප 71 කැරළිකරුවන් විනිශ්චයට ලක් කළේ නැත. එසේම ලබා ගත් තොරතුරු මත දේශපාලන විග්‍රහ කිරීමේ අවශ්‍යතාවක් ද නොවීය. මෙම ග්‍රන්ථයේ අඩංගු වන්නේ 1971 කැරැල්ලට සහභාගි වූ පිරිස් අපට පැවසූ  විස්තරයි. ඇතැම් විට මෙහි යම් යම් සදොස් ස්ථාන, මතභේදාත්මක කරුණු තිබිය හැක. එම අදහස් කර්තෘගේ හෝ ප්‍රකාශකයන්ගේ අදහස් නොවන බවත් අවසන් විනිශ්චය පාඨකයා සතු බවත් දන්වා සිටිමු. මෙම පොත ලිවීමේදී සම්මුඛ සාකච්ඡා ලබා දීමෙන් හා නන් අයුරින් සහාය වූ සැමට අපගේ කෘතඥතාව හිමිවේ. වෛද්‍ය රුවන් එම්. ජයතුංග  පෙරවදන වෛද්‍ය රුවන් එම්. ජයතුංග ගේ 71 කැරැල්ල කෘතියට පෙරවදනක් සැපයීමට ලැබීම පිළිබඳව... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/10/10)

Anoma Fonseka's political ambitions !
Dr.P.A.Samaraweera, Australia.
In an interview, Anoma Fonseka gave to The Sunday Leader on the 9th October, one of the questions asked from her was, "Do you intend to take over the mantle of politics in his (SF's) name"? Anoma: In the event he continues to remain in prison - yes, I will come forward. But I used to hate politics. I really hated it..."   In the same manner, just after the war, when Sarath Fonseka was asked about any political ambitions, his answer was that he despised politics as it is a dirty game. If so, was it greed for power... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/10/10)

Jayalath’s pratfall
Ranjith Soysa
Jayalath Jayawardane returned to Colombo, bloodied, bruised and crestfallen  after the IPU refused to entertain his plea to crucify Sri Lanka. It is not surprising that he did decide to go to IPU considering  his funny record in the human rights industry when Sri Lankan governments were fighting the LTTE terrorists. He was a common figure in NGO related forums from Canada to Australia including Europe berating against the violation of human rights by Sri Lankan forces etc in their attempts to overcome the Tiger suicide squads. He was held in very high esteem by the anti... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/10/10)

යථාර්තයක් බිඳවැටීම ආශ්චර්යයක් වන නිසාම මාවල වැවත් දික්වැල්ලේ ආශ්චර්යයක්.
-යෞවන කටයුතු අමාත්‍ය, ඩලස් අලහප්පෙරුම -
යථාර්තයක් බිඳවැටීම ආශ්චර්යයක් වන නිසාම මාවල වැවත් දික්වැල්ලේ ආශ්චර්යයක්. මෝදරකන්දේ සිට දික්වැල්ලෙන් මුහුදට ගලා ගිය මාවල ඇල වාරිමාර්ග දෙපාර්තමේන්තුවේ ඉංජිනේරුවන්ට අවනත වෙමින් කෙත් බිම් සොයා ගලා යාමට සූදානමින් සිටිනවා.-යෞවන කටයුතු අමාත්‍ය, ඩලස් අලහප්පෙරුම - අපේ මුතුන් මිත්තන්ගේ ඇටකටු සෝදාගෙන, කල්පකාලාන්තරයක් තිස්සේ මොදරකන්දේ සිට දික්වැල්ලෙන් මුහුදට ගලා ගිය, මාවල ඇල ඉදිරියේදී වාරිමාර්ග දෙපාර්තමේන්තුවේ ඉංජිනේරුවන්ට අවනත වෙමින් කෙත් බිම් සොයා ගලා යාමට සූදානමින් සිටින බව, යෞවන කටයුතු අමාත්‍ය, ඩලස් අලහප්පෙරුම මහතා ඉකුත්දා (10) මාතර දික්වැල්ල, ඌරුගමුවේදී ප්‍රකාශ කළේය. රුපියල් මිලියන හතලිහක (400,00000) වියදමින් ඉදිකරන, දික්වැල්ල ඌරුගමුව, මාවල වැවේ ඉදිකිරීම් ආරම්භ කිරීමෙන් අනතුරුව පැවති උත්සවයේදී ඇමතිවරයා... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/10/10)

Is C.I.A still in control of the American political checkerboard… and ….. Is the Nobel Peace Prize awarded to the most deserving. ?
by Charles.S.Perera
 The  followng is an article that appeared in the Spiegel Online International of the 10th October,2010 .  It may be interesting for our Defence Secretariat as well as the members of the Panel appointed by Ban Ki Moon to investigate claimed  violation of human rights by the armed forces of Sri Lanka during the last phase of the military operations against the terrorists.   If the members of the Panel set up by Ban ki Moons  were to read this they may observe that their investigations are really not necessary in view of worst things actually happening in... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/10/10)

The Call To "Free Fmr Gen. Fonseka Or Risk A People Uprising!" Put Into perspective!
Insight By Sunil Kumar
Oct.13th 2010 As the saying goes "Once a rebel, always a rebel!" has been proven time and time again and the nature of such individuals never change despite taking on a garb of political righteousness  over weaponry except in rare cases and will continue to oppose rather than support regimes despite the good that transpires and done only towards their personal ambitions and agendas.This seems to be endorsed by the JVP leader Mr Somawansa Amarasinghe and his JVP buddies as well as the rest of the opposition parties who demand the   release  of incarcerated fmr. Maj.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/10/10)

නිල් පාට, කොළ පාට ආණ්ඩු දෙකම ලංගමයට කාර්මික ක්ෂේත්‍රයේ සුදුසුකම් නැති 40% ක පමණ පිරිසක් බඳවා ගෙන තිබුණා.ඉදිරි වසර තුන ඇතුලත මෝටර් කාර්මිකයින් 10000 ක් රටට අවශ්‍ය වුවත්, අපේ පුහුණු ආයතන ප්‍රමාණවත් වන්නේ 2000 ක මෝටර් කාර්මිකයින් පිරිසක් බිහිකිරීමටයි.
-යෞවන කටයුතු අමාත්‍ය, ඩලස් අලහප්පෙරුම -
මහ බැංකු වාර්තාවට අනුව, ඉදිරි වසර තුන (03) තුළ මෝටර් කාර්මිකයින් 10000 ක් රටට අවශ්‍ය වුවත්, වර්තමාන පුහුණුව ප්‍රමාණවත් වන්නේ, මෝටර් කාර්මිකයින් 2000 ක පමණ පිරිසක් බිහිකිරීමටයි. මේ නිසා ජර්මානු කාර්මික අභ්‍යාස ආයතනය වැනි කීර්තිමත් පුහුණු ආයතන වඩ වඩාත් රටට අවශ්‍ය වන බව, යෞවන කටයුතු අමාත්‍ය, ඩලස් අලහප්පෙරුම මහතා ඊයේ (12) කොළඹදී ප්‍රකාශ කළේය. ජර්මානු කාර්මික අභ්‍යාස ආයතනය, ප්‍රවාහන අමාත්‍යාංශය යටතේ පැවති යුගයේදී ලංකා ගමනා ගමන මණ්ඩලයෙන් (ලංගම) ජර්මානු කාර්මික අභ්‍යාස ආයතනයට ලැබුණු පහසුකම් එපරිද්දෙන්ම යෞවන කටයුතු අමාත්‍යාංශය යටතේදීත්, ජර්මානු කාර්මික අභ්‍යාස ආයතනයට ලබා දෙන බවට වූ ගිවිසුමට, යෞවන කටයුතු අමාත්‍යාංශ ශ්‍රවණාගාරයේදී අත්සන්... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/10/10)

Who could have shot Duraiappah at Varadaraja Perumal temple, Ponnalai?
By Shamindra Ferdinando
Over three decades after the assassination of the then Jaffna Mayor Alfred Duraiappah, allegedly by Velupillai Prabhakaran, the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) has been told that the assassin could have been TULF stalwart A. Amirthalingam’s eldest son, Kandeepan, now living in Europe. The LLRC, headed by former Attorney General C. R. de Silva, is investigating the collapse of the Norwegian-led peace process and the circumstances leading to the Eelam War IV.... -Full Story-
(The Island - 12/10/10)

“RELIGIOUS EXTREMISM HAS NO PLACE IN SOCIETY” – Ahmadiyya Supreme Head
AHMADIYYA MUSLIM JAMA’AT - SRI LANKA 619/4, Baseline Road, Colombo 9, Sri Lanka.
The Head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at, Hadhrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad has repeated his call for Muslims the world over to show loyalty to their respective countries. In a recent speech delivered before thousands of Ahmadi Muslims in London he said that love and loyalty to one’s country was a fundamental principle of Islam. His Holiness also spoke with regret about the widespread problems faced by Pakistan. He said the fundamental cause for its current state was a failure to maintain a separation of religion and... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/10/10)

Thailand arrests 130 Sri Lankan Tamils
Ron Corben
Thai immigration authorities, fearing human smuggling gangs were preparing to traffic Sri Lankan Tamils to Canada and Australia, arrested 130 Tamils in a sweep of residences in Bangkok, South Asia diplomatic sources said. The raids took place earlier this week and followed joint intelligence operations with Australian and Canadian authorities, sources said.... -Full Story-
(news.smh.com.au - 12/10/10)

'I will take over political mantle in his name', Federica Janz says as Anoma said
Herold Leelawardena
Dear Ms. Federica Janz; though you scream that your paper as unbiased, unafraid, etc and etc, you have been withholding my comments that were send to you for the last so many months. The obvious reason why you do not publish my comments is that I do not subscribe to your views. And you say you strive for freedom of expression. Bullshit. And here I am, writing a comment about you interview with Mrs. Anoma Fonseka. There is a message here for Anoma as well; that is of cause if she is not pig headed to reject it.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/10/10)

They will keep coming
Asoka Weerasinghe Kings Grove Crescent . Gloucester . Ontario Canada
October 11, 2010   The Editor THE OTTAWA CITIZEN   Sir:   There is one Canadian who understands the Tamil ship illegal migrant refugee scam is Martin Collacott, the  former Canadian High Commissioner to Sri Lanka.  He says in 'They will keep coming',  and that 'There are good reasons to believe that many Tamil migrants are taking advantage of Canada's flawed refugee process."   How true.  It is a no brainer to figure out why these Tamils by pass Tamil Nadu in India their Motherland where 61 million Tamils... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/10/10)

‍කපුටා සහ කඳුලු ගෑස්
චන්ද්‍රසේන පණ්ඩිතගේ විසිනි.
උත්තර නිර්මිතීය කාර්යාවලියක නිරතවන කපුටා සිය ‍දෛනික කාර්යන්‍ ‍ගේ උදෑසන කාරයභාරය නිමවා ගසක ලැග්ගේ සවසට තමන්ට කිරීමට ඇති කාර්ය සම්බන්ධව සිතුවිලි දාමයක දැව‍ටෙමිණි. ගස නගරයේ රඟ ‍හොඳට ‍පෙන්නුම් කරන ස්ථානයකි. කන අල්ලාගෙන එහාට ‍මෙහාට ‍වේග‍යෙන් ගමන් කරන කාන්තාවන් තමන් රට ‍වෙනු‍වෙන් කරන කාර්යභාරය ‍දෙගුණ ‍තෙගුණ කිරීමට‍දෝ එකවිට කාර්යයන් රාශියක් කරන බව කපුටාට වැටහිණි. ‍“මේ ව‍ගේ ගෑනු මුළු රටටම වාසනාවක්“ කපුටාට ඉ‍බේම කියවිණ. ඒ සමගම ඈත සිට මහා ජන ගංගාවක් ‍සේ නගරයට ඇදී එන්නේ සුනාමියක් ‍සේ යයි කපුටාට සිතිණ. “මහජන සුනාමියක්“ කපුටාට කියවිණ. “‍මොකක්ද අ‍නේ කී‍වේ“ ලඟ සිටි කපුටියක් කපුටාට කිට්ටු කලාය. “නැහැ...නැහැ... මම ඔයාට මුකුත් කී‍‍වේ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/10/10)

A GREENLAND FOR TERRORISM
ALI SUKHANVER
 The flames of indignation and anger joined hands together with the feelings of insult and humility which the people of Pakistan have been bearing for a long time and ultimately transformed into sky-kissing flames engulfing the NATO supply tankers in Pakistan. These flames are the slogans redirecting to the world a very strong reaction against the western and particularly the US atrocities going on since long in the name of the war on terror against the peaceful people of Pakistan.  The situation is going to be worse if the US policy makers do not review their policies... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/10/10)

A Response to the articles criticising "Wahabism" in Sri Lanka
Razik Rafeekdeen
There have been several fabricated reports regarding the Thawheed Jamaaths of Sri Lanka. They have tried to misguide President Rajapakse, the Defence Secretary Mr.Gotabaya Rajapakse, the Government of Sri Lanka, and the general public of our country. Actually The Thawheed is representing the Oneness of the God Almighty. Thawheed Jama´ath is preaching Islam in its pristine purity without any fabrications, mixing and adjustments. As we know every religion has divisions (nikayas) by understanding their scripts, teachings of their masters (school of thoughts) and their traditions. Likewise Islam also has many sects in the Muslim community. According to the Prophet... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/10/10)

Rajapaksa to be chief guest at CWG closing ceremony
The Economic Times
NEW DELHI: Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa will be the chief guest at the closing ceremony of the Commonwealth Games Oct 14, according to official sources. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will give a lunch in his honour and his wife Shiranthi at the Hyderabad House the next day. Rajapaksa will return to Colombo the same evening. His visit will be preceded by that of Sri Lankan Foreign Minister G.L Peiris, who will come here Oct 13 and hold talks with his counterpart S.M. Krishna to prepare for the Indo-Sri Lankan Joint Commission meeting in Colombo later this... -Full Story-
(Times of India - 11/10/10)

President of Ealam Tamil Organization in America, now supports President Rajapaksa
Celebrations of Sri Lankan Day in Acton, MA... -Full Story- (youtube.com - 11/10/10)

Games of the non-commonwealth has lessons for Sri Lanka
Ajit Randeniya
 Another episode of the farce known as the Commonwealth Games started on October 3 in Delhi, following high drama created by the western corporate media. The people of India however, could not care less about the circus, and they kept away in droves while the contests were taking place in empty venues.  The obvious, justifiable frustration of the ordinary Indians was exemplified by Asamanja Ghose, a writer to the Times of India online, who posed some extremely pertinent questions: “We shouldn't have organised the Games at all. The country which in 63 years of independence hasn't been... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/10/10)

Dr. Wijaya Godakumbura and the Wonderful Lamp
Dr Ruwan M Jayatunge 
  When I was working in the Colombo North General Hospital in late 1999 I had an opportunity of listening to a lecture that was delivered by Dr Wijaya Godakumbura . He spoke of an unseen but an acute problem in Sri Lanka. He spoke of burn injuries that occur due to the unsafe kerosene oil lamps. According to the worldwide statistics over 310,000 people die of burns globally in the world every year and 95% of them occur in developing countries. Annually a large number of patients take inward treatment from the hospitals following... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/10/10)

Islamic Fundamentalism and the Wahabi Cult in Sri Lanka
Shameer Zufer
It is sadly true but there is a rising trend of "Islamic fundamentalism" in Sri Lanka, and the blame for this can be squarely laid at the feet of the Wahabis who are trying to take the peaceful Sri Lankan Muslim community down the path of extremism and violence.  The Wahabis have already created deep divisions in many Sri Lankan Muslim villages and have formed gangs that intimidate moderates who speak out against their thuggery. Like the Christian fundamentalist groups running about Sri Lanka they help poor Muslim families and youths by providing cash and other material... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/10/10)

The Travels of a Journalist;YANKEE DOODLES MEET CROCODILE DUNDEES:Tornado Threatens Visitors Who Ate Catfish (Part A)
By Shelton A. Gunaratne ©2010 Professor of mass communications emeritus, Minnesota State University Moorhead
 Three ‘Crocodile’ Dundees from Rockhampton, Qld., the home of the Gunaratnes for 10 years from 1976, landed in Fargo-Moorhead Thursday, 6 May 2004. They had hobnobbed with us during the days when we were trying to mould ourselves into fair dinkum Diggers and Sheilas. At the time, I was a lecturer at the local degree factory called CIAE. Yoke-Sim went to Fargo’s Hector International Airport to welcome our three mates—Winnie Forday, Paul Khoo and his wife Dorothy. Forday, a well-to-do Australian-born Chinese woman who (with... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/10/10)

Of Constitutions, Amendments, Experts etc.
Dr Bandula Kothalawala London N7
Once again, Sri Lanka’s detractors in Europe and elsewhere have been quick to castigate the SL Government for amending the 1978 Constitution in order to remove constitutional restrictions on the number of terms of office that a president is allowed to serve. Predictably, experts of all persuasions including some with dubious credentials (see the Economist) have lost no time in pontificating on constitutional rectitude and cast serious doubts on the propriety and even on the validity  of the 18th Amendment while flaunting their particular brand of expertise and, of course,  lavishing, as usual, unsolicited... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/10/10)

Libiyan Govt aid to Sri Lankan Govt must benefit all
Ranjith Soysa
The Libiyan government aid granted to Sri Lanka may be usurped by a group pf politicians interested solely in communal politics in the Eastern province. The aid package originally destined for Tsunami reconstruction work is to be utilized at present for the development program of the Government in keeping with its list of priorities.This is the just expectation of the people in the Eastern province as well as all Sri Lankans. However, similar to the proverbial rabbit overtaking the pot of curd and winning the favor of village chieftain in the well known Sinhala folk story, the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/10/10)

Robert O Blake the US Assistant Secretary of State should educate himself on good diplomacy and stop telling Sri Lanka what it should do.
By Charles.S.Perera
Robert O.Blake the US Assistant Secretary of State is no politician, nor is he a good diplomat.  He is completely a stranger to the notion of nation building. He only brings disrepute to the President Barrack Obama.   It was not the President Barrack Obama who selected him, he was the choice of the Secretary of State  Hillary Clinton.   Hillary Clinton also has strange political concepts.  It was she who said during her Presidential  election campaign  that, “ … you cannot lump all terrorists together …”.  With that type of lopsided views  of the US Secretary of State, ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/10/10)

සිර ගත කල යුද විරුවෝ
චන්ද්‍රසේන පණ්ඩිතගේ විසිනි.
සරත් ෆොන්සේකා මහතා සිරගතකර ඇත. ඔහු සම්බන්ධව රට පුරාම මිනිසුන් එක්තරා ආකාරයක කතිකාවතක නියලී සිටී.  මෙම කතිකාවතේදී අයෙක් ඔහු විරුවෙක් ලෙස සලකා ඔහුට පක්ෂවත් තවත් අයෙක් ඔහුට විපක්ෂවත් කරුණු දක්වයි. ඒ හරහා ඔහු සමාජය තුල තවමත් කථා බහට ලක්වෙන පුද්ගලයකු බවට පත්ව සිටී. සරත් ෆොන්සේකා මහතාගේ ජීවිතය විවිධ අවදීන් පසුකරමින් ගලා යන්නක් වන අතර, එම ජීවිතයේ ඒ ඒ වකවානූන්ට සාපේක්ෂව, ඔහුගේ ක්‍රියාකාරකම් විවිධ ස්වරූපයන් ගනී.  ඔහුගේ ඒ ක්‍රියාකාරකම් සමාජයට බලපාන අන්දම ඔහුගේ වීරත්වයේ ස්වභාවය නිර්ණය කරයි. යුගයකදී ඔහුගේ ක්‍රියාකාර කම් ජාත්‍යන්තර ප්‍රජාව යයි කියා ගන්නා කොටි සංවිධානයේ නිර්මාණකරුවන්ට බලවත් අභියෝගයක් විය. ඒ හේතුවෙන් ඔහුව හමුදාවෙන් ගලවා... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/10/10)

Sri Lankan real estate holds up in tense times
By Jon Gorvett
COLOMBO — COLOMBO: 'Resilient" is the word that almost everyone is using to describe Sri Lanka's housing market - and its economy in general. Despite a long-running armed conflict and the 2004 tsunami, "Sri Lanka is one of the best countries around in which to have real estate," said Lalitha Saleem, senior manager of Ceylinco Housing & Real Estate, which is developing one of the Sri Lankan capital's largest new developments. "The market can go up very fast, showing high returns." Specialists say sales have slowed in the last year, but there continues to be widespread optimism... -Full Story-
(nytimes.com - 09/10/10)

Rehabilitation of Tigers: Tread cautiously
Mano Ratwatte USA
This is in reference to the main story about Tigers (and specially Hardcore Tigers) on (Wednesday Sept 6 and Minister DEW Gunasekera saying even Hardcore Tigers will not be held indefinitely. This is an amazing recovery and success story that has not been achieved anywhere else, but was the Minister making a wise statement? Shouldn’t that assessment be left to those in charge of the rehabilitation camps and the experts who work with these people daily?... -Full Story-
(The Island - 09/10/10)

Sarath Fonseka is certainly a great war hero, but that does not absolve him from being condemned for irregularities.
by Charles.S.Perera
 There is a large number of people using the plight of the former army commander Sarath Fonseka for their own political benefit, but they are either aware, or are blind to the fact that by supporting Sarath Fonseka and trying to put the President and the Government into an embarrassing situation they are indirectly helping the interested western powers to disrupt the progress seen never before in our country under any of the rightist or leftist political leadership since the Independence.  After the several electronic media such the Sri Lanka Guardian, Lankaenews, Daily Mirror, Lakbima, Lanka News... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/10/10)

Treating Sri Lanka's root problems, not symptoms
Asoka Weerasinghe Kings Grove Crescent . Gloucester . Ontario . K1J 6G1 Canada
October 8, 2010 The Editor EMBASSY Sir: In ‘Treating Sri Lanka’s root problems, not symptoms’, Anca Gurzu asked, “Yet largely unreported was why Tamils were fleeing Sri Lanka and spending months crossing the Pacific to Canada when peace had ostensibly been reached last year following decades of civil war.”  For a person who has been following this amazing Tamil refugee story since August 1983, the answer is a no brainer. When these Tamils have found that Canadians are nice people, although somewhat naïve and have opened... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/10/10)

BE STRONG MR.PRESIDENT,OUR RELIGION WILL PROTECT & GUIDE YOU TO MAKE OUR LAND A JUST SOCIETY!
Ranjit Wickremeratne
Do not give in to traitors. Be strong like you used to be during the war. We need you to be strong as ever to lead our beloved country. Let the opposition cry for a man who let our country down with stories like White Flag and war crimes? Many war heros around the world more popular than him has been sent to prison for being guilty of various crimes so why we worry about one man who court-martialed thousands of Innocent soldiers like him during his active days in the Army. Innocent war heros were sent to... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/10/10)

Wahabi Extremism in Sri Lanka - A Reply
Concerned Muslim
These wahabi/thau/salafi/ thouheed jamath (whatever name they call or are referred to) rascals need to be severely dealt with since they are division creators and are problem makers wherever they go.  The Sri Lankan government must thoroughly monitor these groups since they can be the next emerging terrorists in this peaceful paradise island. They can sure be linked to groups like Al Qaeda & Jamathul Islam and also have financial support from such groups to carry on their stupid activities in Sri Lanka which can be very dangerous to the territorial integrity & sovereignity of this country after 30... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/10/10)

PLEASE ! PLEASE ! Do not make the precincts of the revered Maha Maluwa, lose its sanctity, by holding Political Meetings
Susantha.
As a Buddhist, Iam requesting the Maha Sangha, with great deference, to stop your crazy notion right now,  to have Political Meetings, within the sacred precincts of the Dalada Maligawa.  Venerable Sobitha Thero, and  Ranil, please take cognisance.  Ranil as a Christian will have no qualms in desecrating the precincts and sanctity of the Maligawa.   The Maligawa is a place where the Buddhists of this beautiful  country of Sri Lanka, come to worship, and pay obeisance to the Great Lord Buddha. It is not a place to air out innate ill feelings on any individual or entity.  It is very clear... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/10/10)

Euthanasia
Dr Ruwan M Jayatunge M.D.
You don’t need to kill the patient to kill the pain  -Dr Andre Bourque University of Montréal  Euthanasia or assisted suicide is a controversial topic that is defined as deliberate intervention undertaken with the express intention of ending a life, to relieve intractable suffering. Today several countries have legalized euthanasia and some view it as a human right. Those who support euthanasia point out that the importance of   personal autonomy and self-determination, the right of every human being to have his / her   wishes respected in decisions involving his / her own... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/10/10)

JOKE OF THE CENTURY
Ranjith Soysa Society for Peace , Unity and Human Rights in Sri Lanka
Attn ICG pundits After miserably failing to balkanize Sri Lanka with you white man's super theories batting with  the LTTE now you have spent your efforts to tell Sri Lankan people and the elected Govt what they should. BUT, remember Sri Lankans will not touch ICG reports  even with a barge pole. Your pontifications saw the climax when you wanted to enforce R2P on Sri Lanka. It is one of the jokes even among the ordinary Sri Lankan people today. Sri Lanka is marching ahead unlike... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/10/10)

Wahabi Extremists Target Shias in Sri Lanka
Imran Zahir
 Condemning another sect of Islam, or any other persons belief’s regardless of one’s own opinion is completely wrong, firstly as a Muslim, secondly as a law abiding person. By circulating such an article we are demonizing, generalizing, and victimising another group of people, this is the very definition of bigotry.It is very regrettable when people act in such an irresponsible and reckless manner. Especially in today’s tense religious climate, where the local media reports of fanatical Islam in Sri Lanka, the Beruwala mosque incident, the Valampitiya mosque incident etc. This article is just unacceptable, as it serves... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/10/10)

Americas Third World War-How 6 million People Were killed in CIA secret wars against third world countries
by John Stockwell- lecture given in October, 1987
"I did 13 years in the CIA altogether. I sat on a subcommittee of the NSC, so I was like a chief of staff, with the GS-18s (like 3-star generals) Henry Kissinger, Bill Colby (the CIA director), the GS-18s and the CIA, making the important decisions and my job was to put it all together and make it happen and run it, an interesting place from which to watch a covert action being done...... -Full Story-
(informationclearinghouse.info - 08/10/10)

Sri Lanka Usurps Vietnam as Asia's Bond `Darling,' Nomura Says
By Katrina Nicholas
Sovereign bond investors should buy debt of Sri Lanka over Vietnam as the island nation progresses in setting aside three decades of war to record economic growth that outpaces its rival, according to Nomura Holdings Inc. “Sri Lanka has become the new darling of the Asian emerging-market space,” credit analysts led by Hong Kong-based Pradeep Mohinani wrote in an Oct. 5 note to clients. The nation is the “the sovereign story in Asia to dislodge Vietnam, which has lost its allure,” he said. The island nation south of India, recovering from civil unrest, last month attracted... -Full Story-
(Bloomberg - 08/10/10)

NatGeo Worlds Best Islands - Sri Lanka At # 2
... -Full Story- (youtube.com - 08/10/10)

Protect Main Witness Federica Janz
- Kumar Moses  
The Fonseka Militia –the heavily armed private army of Sarath Fonseka that occupied the Cinnamon Grand Hotel on the election day and a few days thereafter – will be after the main witness of the infamous ‘white flag’ case - Federica Janz. Their plan will be to silence the main witness thereby jeopardising the case. Evidence is stacking up against Sarath Fonseka like a stack of rockets in a multi rocket launcher system! Fonseka’s response is to avoid the case as much as possible by complaining about various minor sicknesses. By doing so, he... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/10/10)

FOREIGN EMPLOYMENT - OPPORTUNITIES AND DANGERS FOR PROFESSIONAL AND DOMESTIC EMPLOYEES
Sarath Wijesinghe LL.M (London) Solicitor-Attorney-at-Law, (Ambassador of Sri Lanka in the United Arab Emirates
Foreign Employment Foreign employment has overshadowed the traditional incomes of many labour producing countries in Asia and Africa.  Employees from Asia are educated, forward and demanding.  Opportunities in the host countries mainly the Middle East are ever growing due to the demand and disproportionate development schemes as a result of enormous oil wealth.  The white collar professionals in the Middle and the Western countries are well looked after, insured and protected.  This is not the case for unskilled lower labour and most specifically the domestic... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/10/10)

AMBASSADOR MEETS WITH MEMBERS OF CONGRESS TO DISCUSS PROGRESS IN SRI LANKA
PRESS RELEASE EMBASSY OF SRI LANKA, WASHINGTON DC
Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to the United States continued a series of meetings with members of Congress in September to brief lawmakers on developments in Sri Lanka, including economic growth, foreign investment and progress in reconciliation. Ambassador Jaliya Wickramasuriya has recently held sessions with Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu of Louisiana, Rep. Glenn Thompson, a Pennsylvania Republican, Rep. Steve Driehaus, an Ohio Democrat, Rep. Jim Moran, a Democrat from Virginia and Rep. Howard Coble, a Republican from North Carolina. Sen. Landrieu who was one of the first U.S. officials to visit Sri... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/10/10)

Wahabi Extremism in Sri Lanka
Irfan Khan
 Shall we let all our sunni muslim brothers become wahabis? who are spending billions of dollars to propagate their cult and brainwash our sunni brothers into becoming wahabies.   Since the birth of Islam, there were always 2 groups within Islam; the group of believers and the group of munafiqeens, so, muslims either inherit the faith of believers or the faith of munafiqeens and this will always continue.   Muslims have been living peacefully for centuries until the wahabi cult was born some 2 centuries ago, our lands were snatched, our unity was broken, the holy lands of haram... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/10/10)

Sri lanka could benefit from King Abdallah Initiative aiming global food security
Masihudeen Inamullah – Former Consul General of Sri Lanka in Jeddah
As part of the implementation of “Mahida Vision” Presidential Electoral Manifesto The Ministry of Agriculture has launched the campaign of “Let’s  rise up through cultivation”  This initiative aims self-sufficiency of Sri lanka with her own food products and contributing towards the global food security by exporting the agricultural products. Sri lanka  could attract investors from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia benefitting from King Abdullah initiative for Saudi Agricultural investments abroad-  to invest in several strategic crops crops and livestock such as rice, wheat, barley, corn, sugar, green fodders,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/10/10)

MAHA MALUWA (ROYAL SQUARE GARDEN) OF KANDY IS NOT “ MEDISON SQUARE GARDEN” OF NEW YORK!
By DR M D P DISSANAYAKE
This time it is Venerable Maduluwawe  Sobitha Thero taking the leadership to represent imperialists puppet from Ambalangoda by planning to hold an Adistana Pooja at the Mahamaluwa of the Great Dalada Maligawa on 7 October 2010 . In February 2010, it was  Ven. Udugama Sri Buddharakkitha, Thibbotuwawe Sri Sumangala Group Limited called for a “Convention”  at the same location of the Dalada Maligawa to discuss grave matters  concerning democracy and governance.  The convention became a total failure due to lack of public anger  and support. The Dalada Maligawa is the highest place of... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/10/10)

Banks' $4 trillion debts are 'Achilles’ heel of the economic recovery', warns IMF
By Philip Aldrick, Economics Editor
Lenders across Europe and the US are facing a $4 trillion refinancing hurdle in the coming 24 months and many still need to recapitalise, the Washington-based organisation said in its Global Financial Stability Report. Governments will have to inject fresh equity into banks – particularly in Spain, Germany and the US – as well as prop up their funding structures by extending emergency support.... -Full Story-
(telegraph.co.uk - 07/10/10)

Diplomatic efforts to sway the wayward West
By Philip Fernando, former Deputy Editor, Sunday Observer, Sri Lanka
The wayward West seemed slowly acquiescing to Sri Lanka’s transition into fulsome post war resurgence. Diplomatic efforts to sway them are beginning to show results. Are we witnessing a constructive trend in the US-Sri Lankan relations? Yes, according Ambassador Jaliya Wickramasuriya in USA. Many believe that darkness would be dispelled and light allowed in to the somewhat disinclined Western consciousness.  The effect of the “zero civilian casualty level” order to the armed forces mandated and followed during the war had seeped in. The critics seemed mute than before.  Today... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/10/10)

Protecting the nation from our own
Shenali Waduge
A virtually “divided” nation was liberated after almost 3 decades in May 2009. However, a series of incidents continues to divide the nation when the next mission should be developing the country.  We are all well aware that it took no single individual to accomplish the enviable task of defeating the LTTE. However, the achievement became enviable for those who had always been scoffing at militarily defeating the LTTE. The present saga surrounds a gameplan to continue to maintain division in Sri Lanka. The ultimate plan was to pitch the two “hero’s” against one another at elections,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/10/10)

Frederica Jansz and the ‘white flag’ drama
by Mario Perera, Kadawata
The issue of the ‘while flag’ needs more probing, since it is being reduced to simplistic proportions. Now where did this story originate? Who used this term? And, most important of all, who gave it international publicity, which supposedly woke up Ban Ki-Moon from his sleep and made him indulge in his now famous antics in our regard? To whom did the story serve most? The source was foreign. When the end of the LTTE was well-nigh and foreign powers were getting jittery about the fate of the top ranking terrorists, some foreign personality called... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/10/10)

Addressing Wider National Security Concerns – An Open Letter to Secretary Defence
- Kumar Moses
After more than a year since the elimination of the biggest national security threat, it is time to look far ahead and plan for strategic national security needs of Sri Lanka. Absence of war and other matters needing immediate attention provides an ideal opportunity to plan for the future. LTTE leader first experimented with bombs in 1972. He was treated for injuries sustained in an experiment in that year. Apart from him many other terrorists sought government medical attention when in need. Had there been a proper mechanism to gather information of these activities at that... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/10/10)

Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea!
Vajiragnana Warnakulasuriya Melbourne
Some of the local and expatriate Patriots and Patriotic organizations took upon themselves the task of defending the false propaganda carried out by the anti Sri Lankans local and abroad. If the Sri Lankan Embassies abroad executed their responsibility to counter these false propaganda these efforts would not have been necessary!  Now the time has come for the people to carefully evaluate the qualities of the person who is fit to lead this liberated country. The incumbent President may have shortcomings, as no human being except Lord Buddha is infallible, yet he is Sri Lanka’s only... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/10/10)

AFL stars head to Sri Lanka
Greg Roberts
While many of their teammates head off to party on end-of-season trips, a group of AFL players will be staying with the indigenous Vadda forest people of Sri Lanka. AFL stars including indigenous players Adam Goodes and Richard Tambling, along with Brett Kirk and Brad Sewell, were to fly to Sri Lanka on Monday to work with people there and learn about reconciliation issues. The aim of the trip is to build bridges between communities - especially indigenous ones - through sports such as cricket and football.... -Full Story-
(news.theage.com.au - 06/10/10)

China threat to Gold Coast Games
Cameron Atfield
China is looming as an unlikely threat to the Gold Coast's bid for the 2018 Commonwealth Games. Many considered the Gold Coast a certainty for the event when it emerged the only competing bid was from the small southern Sri Lankan city of Hambantota. It may boast a population of about 11,000 - with 525,000 in the district - but the port city of Hambantota, situated on the shipping route between the Suez Canal and the Malacca Straits, is becoming increasingly strategically important in the region.... -Full Story-
(brisbanetimes.com.au - 06/10/10)

Sri Lanka tops value but Cancun is ahead on budget website searches
WhichBudget users spot potential of long-haul holiday savings
Sri Lanka, which topped the value rating this year, received 18% more flight search requests from January to September 2010 compared with the same period in 2009, while second placed Mexico recorded a 38% increase. Last year’s leader Thailand still reported a 17% increase in search requests, demonstrating the destination’s continued appeal despite the Thai Baht strengthening by 12.7% and political unrest earlier in the year... -Full Story-
(traveldailynews.com - 05/10/10)

Will they never learn?
By Dr. Mrs. Mareena Thaha Reffai
We seem to have umpteen number of traffic cops on the roads these days practically one every few yards specially in the mornings and in the evening. They are being trained very well to wave the hands to quicken the traffic. Watching them doing this duty perfectly gives a lot of insight into the mentality of these officers.  Some will keep waving them even when the vehicles are bumper to bumper and cannot even move an inch – wonder whether this waving motion actually speeds up the traffic at all. No one has... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/10/10)

News of David Miliband's political death is greatly exaggerated!
Ajit Randeniya
 The news that the former British foreign minister David Miliband has quit ‘frontline politics’, signifying his ‘political death’ may be a great exaggeration, along the lines of reports of Mark Twain’s real death!  Familiarity with the Zionist maneuverings of the two so-called ‘western democracies’, dare I say of the ‘first’ world, suggests that all news relating to the recently concluded leadership ‘battle’ between brothers Miliband (Tweedledum and Tweedledee?), presented as an emotionally draining sibling psychodrama, needs to be received with a considerably large dose of skepticism.  We are being told that David Miliband is ‘sore’ about the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/10/10)

Why The Pathetic Portrayal of Sarath Fonseka As A Victim And The Wrongful Attempts To Derail The Administration Based On Such Sentiments Is Intolerable In Sri Lanka's Advancement Towards Progress!
LankaWeb Weekly Editorial
 3rd Oct.2010  To those misguided, myopic and confused  ( if this be the case as opposed to conniving, rabble rousing, incitive ) preachers in modern day Sri Lanka bemoaning  in sympathy the  indictment, trial and sentencing of former General Sarath Fonseka, for whatever it's worth regardless of the sentiments involved in their particular litanies it needs to be said "think clearly and resourcefully!You are opposing a perfectly legal and legitimate process which has found the former Military leader guilty of many misconducts after a very intense and thorough investigative process to which mere bleating, chest beating or doomsday predicting is no... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/10/10)

Witness tells Court Sarath Fonseka told her: ‘Gota ordered them to be shot’ Sunday Leader Editor refers to her interview question on white flag issue:
Sarath Malalasekera-Courtesy Daily News
The Sunday Leader Chief Editor Frederica Jansz giving evidence before the Trial-at-Bar consisting of three High Court Judges yesterday said that former Army Commander Sarath Fonseka told her during the interview she had with him, (Sarath Fonseka) on December 8, 2009 at Sarath Fonseka’s elections office at Reid Avenue, Colombo, that “Gota ordered them to