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ගිවිසුමේ  අත්සන් නොව ප්‍රතික්ෂේප කල යුත්තේ කරුණුය
ධර්මසිරි  සෙනෙවිරත්න
චන්ද්‍රිකා  රනිල්  මයිත්‍රී  දෙමල ජාති වාදීන්     සමග   අත්සන්  කල ගිවිසුමක    පිටපතක්   තිස්ස විසින්  එලියට   දැම්මේය    උතුරේ  හමුදාව  අඩකින්  අඩුකර  ආරක්ෂක    කලාප  වසා  ඒ ඉඩම් දෙමළුන් ට ආපසු දීමට  ගිවිසුමේ  එකගත්වයක් ඇත  මයිත්ත්රී ලා    මේ   ගැන  කියන්නේ ලිපියේ  අත්සන් තමන්ගේ නොවන  බවය . අන්තර් ගතය  ගැන  නිහඬය.  අපට  අවශ්‍ය  මේ   කරුණු ගැන ඔවුන්ගේ   අදහස්ය. රටට බලපාන්නේ   කරුණුය . මයිත්‍රී හරි හමන්  මිනිහෙක්  නම්  මෙවැනි දේ තමන්  නොකරන  බව දැන් දිවුර  දිවුරා  කිවයුතුය . නැත්නම් ''' ඔව් මම  ඒවා කරනවා , කල යුත්තේ  එයමය් '' කියා පැහැදිලිව කිව යුතුය .  එවිට  චන්ද දායකයා  රැවටෙන්නේ නැත. රනිල් චන්ද්‍රිකා ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 31/12/14)

Global English and SL Election
By Rohana R. Wasala
Courtesy The Island In the modern society, education is meaningless without a good knowledge of at least one useful world language in addition to one’s mother tongue. For the majority of Sri Lankans, this means an indispensable knowledge of  Sinhala or Tamil plus English. (The government’s praiseworthy target of a trilingual Sri Lanka is in excess of this barest minimum need.) Among nations in the world we are in an advantageous position in this respect because, for historical reasons, English is easily available to us, and in the form of Globish, it happens to be ‘the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 31/12/14)

හැමන් හිල් සිර කඳවුරේ කතාව
වෛද්‍ය රුවන් එම් ජයතුංග  
රෝහණ විජේවීර නිදහස් කර ගැනීම සඳහා පියතිලකගේ නායකත්වයෙන් 500ක පිරිසක් යාපන බන්ධනාගාරයට එවන ලෙස ලාල් සෝමරසිරි අත යැවූ පණිවඩය පිළිබඳව විවිධ මත ඇතත් බර්ටි රංජිත්ගේ නායකත්වයෙන් යාපනය සිර ගෙදරට එල්ල කළ ප‍්‍රහාරය පිලිබඳව විස්තර ලබා ගැනීම සඳහා මෙම ප‍්‍රහාරයට සම්බන්ධ වූ පුද්ගලයන් සොයා ගැනීමට මම උත්සුක වූයෙමි. එම ප‍්‍රහාරයෙන් වසර 37 පසුව ඉතිහාසය හෑරීම අතිශයින්ම දුෂ්කරය. එම ප‍්‍රහාරයට සම්බන්ධ වූ ඇතැමෙකු අද ජීවතුන් අතර නැත. සමහරෙක් පිටරට ජීවත් වෙති. ලංකාවේ සිටින අය පවා නිහඩතාවය රකිනු මිස ඒ පිළිබඳව කථා කිරීමට එතරම් රුචියක් නොදක්වති. එවැනි වාතාවරණයක් යටතේ යාපනය හිරගෙදරට ගිය ගමන පිලිබඳව තතු පැවසීමට පුද්ගලයන්... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 31/12/14)

නලින් ද සිල්වා  අන්ත   වාදියෙක්ද
ධර්මසිරි සෙනෙවිරත්න
 බටහිර විද්‍යාව පට්ටපල් බොරුවක් යය්   නලින් කියය්  එසේ කියන්නේ බුදු දහමේ පරම සත්‍යය අනුවය්  සම්මුතියේ ඇති දේවල් එසේ '' ඇති''' බව  .නලින් පිලිගනිය්  සම්මුතිය අනුව  තමන් ඉන්නා   බව නලින් නලින් දනිය්  දන්නා නිසා තමය් රට වෙනුවෙන්  කියන්නේ  පවුල් දිවි ගෙවන්නේ දරුවන් හදන්නේ  සම්මුතියේ '''මම ''හිටියත්  පරම සත්‍යයේ මම නැත. බටහිර එක රේඛීය චින්තනයේ'' දැනුම්''  බුදුදහමේ චක්‍රීය චින්තනයේ දැනුමට වෙනස්ය. හඳට යාම  පමණක් නොව අප සම්මුතියේ දී කරන සියල්ල බොරුය. නලින් කතා කරන්නේ බුදුදහමේ පරම සත්‍යයට  අනෙක් වා වෙනස් වන හැටිය. බොරු බව දන දැනත් ඔහු විද්‍යාව ගණිතය ඉගැන්වුයේ අනෙක් අයටද එය වටහා දෙමින්  සම්මුතියේ ජීවත්... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 31/12/14)

Raja brothers Part III
H. L. D. Mahindapala
Karl Marx must have instinctively anticipated characters like Ranil Wickremesinghe and Chandrika Bandaranaike to appear from time to time when he wrote that history repeat itself, first as a tragedy then as a comedy. If Don Juan Dharmapala and Dona Catherina of the Portuguese period were tragic figures their successors, Ranil Wickremesinghe and Chandrika Bandaranaike in our  time, re-emerged as comic characters reenacting a drama of  betrayal for  which they will be branded for ever and ever in the history books.   It is the absurdity of their politics that make them comic characters. For... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 31/12/14)

Sirisena’s lies, deceptions and betrayals – Part I
By A.A.M.NIZAM
(Former Sri Lanka Freedom Party Vice President–Matara Electorate Central Committee)  The so-called common candidate, the ungrateful “100 days Sirisena” nourished by the Tiger terrorist diaspora and the anti Sri Lankan neo-colonialist western elements, and who has undertaken a contract jointly orchestrated by the prat-fallen politically discarded and revengeful old hag Chandrika Kumaratunge, the extremist communal rudiments, the never winnable United National Party leader Ranil Wickremasinghe, and political chameleons such as Rajitha Senaratne to mislead and misguide the people of this country in a final attempt to destabilize this country similar to what was done to countries such... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 31/12/14)

එක අහසක් යට හිදිමින් එක යායට රට ගරන MY 3 Sirisena’s lies, deceptions and betrayals
... -Full Story- (https:/youtube.com/ - 31/12/14)

Is Champika Ranawaka a fool or a traitor?
Nimal Rajakaruna Melbourne Australia  
From my yesterday’s article I pointed out how Dr Nalin De Silva’s comments on Champika Ranawaka and Ven Athureliye Rathana as pseudo nationalists have been proven true according to their current behaviours. Today I saw a news item in the Daily Mirror with the heading ‘Unity Govt. will look into alleged agreement between MR and Emil: JHU ‘which says that if Mythripala Sirisena is elected (to me, this is day dreaming), Champika Ranawaka will look in to Mahinda Rajapaksa’s alleged agreement with LTTE front man Emil Kanthan prior to the 2005 presidential election. It also stated about... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 31/12/14)

TNA,mouth-piece of the LTTE, decides to support Sirisena !
P.Ariyasinghe, Melbourne
The TNA, yesterday had pledged support to Sirisena and asked the Tamils to vote for him. Obviously, they had taken instructions for a regime change from the west and the Tamil diaspora. During the 2010 Presidential elections the TNA supported Sarath Fonseka, after accusing him of Human Rights abuses and war crimes . The TNA was once the mouthpiece of the terrorists. At that time they declared that the LTTE was the sole representative of the Tamils. Therefore, though they appear as saints they will not go less than a separate state. So this must be the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 31/12/14)

Open Pacts and Secret Pacts
S. Akurugoda
 Secret Pacts are not new to Sri Lanka politics, especially during elections .  Claims of having secret Pacts or secret understanding overrides those of open Pacts.  The well known Bandaranaike - Chelvanayakam Pact, JR - Rajiv Pact, Ranil - Prabhakaran Pact  were not considered as secret Pacts, since the contents were known to the public, at least at some stage, after the agreements have been signed.  UNP's Dudley Senannayake who's government lasted only 3 months after winning the general election in March 1960 due to insufficient majority in the Parliament , managed to get the support of... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 30/12/14)

කව්ද  කින්ද  මන්ද  කියා දැන් තේරෙනවද ?
 ධර්මසිරි  සෙනෙවිරත්න
මහින්ද  ගෙන්  කිසිවක්  ලබාගන්න  අපට බැරිවුනා . ඒ හින්ද මයිත්රීට   දෙනවා . එයා විශ්වාස  කරන්න --- පුළුවන් ---------- ආනන්ද  සංගරී  කියය් . හකීම් ගේ  සහයත්  මයිත්රීට .එයාටත්  ඉල්ලන දේවල් මහින්ද දෙන්නේ  නැතිලු . මයිත්ත්රී  එක්ක  ගැසූ ගිවිසුම   සාර්ථක බව තවත් දෙමල  නායකයෙක්  කියය් . සිංහලබෞද්ධ විරෝධී සුලුවාර්ගිකයන්  මෙසේ  මහින්දගෙන්  ඉවත්   වී මයිත්‍රී පසුපස යනවිට  අපට   දැන් අතැබුලක්  සේ  ප්‍රත්ත්යක්ෂ     වන  දෙය  නම්  මහින්ද රටේ  උරුමක්කාරයන්    රැකගන්නට උත්සාහ    ගන්නා  බවත්  සිරිසේන   අපට ද්‍රෝහිවීමට කටයුතු  කරන    බවත්ය.  චන්ද්‍රිකා   රනිල්  එකතුව  සමග උජුපටි පන්න  වියයුතු   එහෙත් රබර් පටිපන්න වූ   බික්ෂුන්ද එකතුවී  දෙමල  හා මුස්ලිම්  ජාතිවාදීන් ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 30/12/14)

Evangelization of Asia: Significance of objections to Pope’s visit to Sri Lanka
Shenali D Waduge
The US and Western Christian Nations have made clear their foreign policy objectives in Asia. The focus of Pope Francis, head of the Roman Catholic faith and the State of Vatican is also Asia. Asia is seen as having the greatest potential for the expansion of Catholicism. When the Church declares the Third Christian Millennium as "a great harvest of faith will be reaped in this vast and vital continent." it definitely means harvest of souls and conversion of non-Catholics to Catholicism. Should non-Catholic nations and nationalities not therefore have the right to prepare for eventualities... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 30/12/14)

MAY GOD BLESS OUR LAND OF HOPE
Ranjit Wickremeratne
I would like to wish all Sri Lankans irrespective of their color or race a very good "HAPPY NEW YEAR 2015" A YEAR OF HEALTH & HAPPINESS A YEAR OF WEALTH & WISDOM A YEAR OF PEACE & PROSPERITY A YEAR OF GLEE & GLOW A YEAR OF LOVE & LAUGHTER To make the year of Peace & Prosperity you need to think wisely and make your decision correctly on January 8th as we are facing a bigger threat than anyone thought as an evil corporation is building up to create... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 30/12/14)

Ceylon Today article
Hilmy Ahamed Pelawatte Battaramulla
30th December 2014 The Editor Ceylon Today No 101, Rosmead Place, Colombo 7 00100 Dear Sir/Madam I refer to your newspaper photograph and report in the Ceylon Today, 2014-12-30, of Hon. Faizer Musthapha meeting Maithripala Sirisena ten days ago. It also claims that an owner of a television station accompanied Hon. Musthapha to meet the common candidate Hon. Maithripala Sirisena and I would assume that as I am in the photograph, you have referred to me. I wish to bring to your kind attention that your report is factually incorrect. I met Hon. Maithipala Sirisena at a... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 30/12/14)

Rajapakse brothers in times of war and peace - Part II
H. L. D. Mahindapala
Paths, roads,, highways are everlasting  routes to the future. They connect people and bring them together for good or for bad. Generations will use them for their convenience. They will use the established routes to leave the past and explore and build new futures. Roads become the avenues to explore their time and space in exciting ways, build new relationships and reinforce the old ones. They transport them to happiness, peace and prosperity, and to move forward to discover new destinations, and even to destroy each  other, if it comes to that. They are  the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 30/12/14)

Why we should not vote for MAITRIPALA SIRISENA  the Opposition Presidential Candidate ?
By Charles. S.Perera
This is the Christmas Season. One cannot therefore while celebrating the birth of Jesus who was born  to liberate the people of their sins and bring happiness to the world, forget at the same time Judas Iscariot. Judas Iscariot was one of the twelve disciples of  Jesus. He was a trusted friend and the treasurer.  He betrayed Jesus for thirty pieces of silver.  But Judas did not want to take the place of Jesus. Judas regretted his act so much that he returned the thirty coins to the High Priest Cataphas and hanged himself. But Maitripala... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 30/12/14)

What kind of a Presidential Election is this? Tamils want North – Muslims want East?
Shenali D Waduge
All the talk on ‘inclusiveness’ ‘peaceful co-existence’ ‘reconciliation’ all need to be questioned given the discussions that reveal the demands being made by minority ethno-political parties in support for Presidential candidates. These ethno-political parties are demanding exclusive separate ethnic-districts for their people while having the right to live and own land throughout the rest of the island. How fair is this and what type of bargaining will this lead to? The Tamils and Muslims themselves need to ask the question while the Sinhalese politicians must also realize that they need to ensure that such bargaining politics... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 30/12/14)

Why the Sri Lankans should re-elect Mahinda Rajapakse as President once again?
Ganapathy Moorthy
I would like to write it in first person as I want to express my views and feelings just as I happened to grasp them.  Therefore, whoever read it, agree or disagree with it, but I just want them to think about what I said before they make any conclusion. As a Sri Lankan Tamil living in Canada, and a very common man, I will not be receiving any personal benefits or gains by writing in support of  Mahinda Rajapakse, or Maithripala Srisena in the presidential campaign.   However, as someone who was once a staunch supporter of... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 30/12/14)

LTTE ISSUES AND SIRISENA’S SILENCE
By Don Wijewardana
Recent domestic and global developments clearly indicate LTTE-related issues are re-emerging as major influences impacting on Sri Lanka’s security and stability.  But the opposition Common candidate Maithripala Sirisena’s manifesto does not address any of the related issues of reconciliation, terrorism, or separation.  When asked, he has said his main focus is the 100-day plan and this was an issue to be addressed later. This evasive response is surprising since it is an issue central to peace and political stability of the country and is an integral part of President’s responsibility.  But subsequent disclosures indicate it is... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 30/12/14)

No loss to the country through the construction of expressways: RDA
Right of reply View(s): Road development and its costs have become the focus of intense discussion, particularly in the political arena, R.W.R. Pemasiri, the Road Development Authority’s (RDA) Acting Chairman admitted this week. He was reacting to an article in the Sunday Times by transport and logistics expert Prof. Amal S. Kumarage titled ‘Road Building or rip-off?’ Below are excerpts from Mr. Pemasiri’s response, edited for reasons of space. The construction cost of expressways and highways depends on topographical and geographical considerations including good or poor sub-soil conditions; volume of rock excavations; the number of bridges, culverts, overpasses, underpasses; and... -Full Story- (sundaytimes.lk - 30/12/14)

Dr Nalin De Silva is always right; Ven Athureliye Rathana and Champika Ranawaka have never been true nationalists
Nimal Rajakaruna Melbourne Australia
I am one who is reluctant to write on Sri Lankan politics but as someone who had actively supported Sihala Urumaya and then Jathika Hela Urumaya especially during war times and when Sri Lanka was in the verge of being divided in to pieces, thought of highlighting some facts exposed during the last few months. As known to many, Ven Athureliye Rathana and Champika Ranawaka were in the forefront in the formation of Sihala Urumaya and then the Jathika Hela Urumaya but great nationalist with a vision, Dr Nalin De Silva was one who used to always... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 29/12/14)

"காளை மாட்டிற்கு தானியம் வைத்து பசு மாட்டிடம் பால் கேட்டு அறிக்கை விடலாமா…?"- நடேசன்
- நடேசன்
எதிர்வரும் ஜனாதிபதித் தேர்தலில் இலங்கையில் வாழும் தமிழர்கள் மிகவும் கவனமாக சிந்தித்து வாக்களிக்கவேண்டும் என்ற கட்டாயத்திற்குத் தள்ளப்பட்டிருக்கிறார்கள். இவர்களது வாக்குகள் சமூகத்தின் – நாட்டின் எதிர்காலத்தை திர்மானிப்பது மட்டுமல்ல தனிமனிதர்களின் எதிர்காலத்தையும் வரையறுப்பது. இலங்கைவாழ் தமிழர்களின் தவறுகளை சுட்டிக்காட்டுவதற்கு இது தருணமல்ல என்றாலும்; கடந்தகாலத்தை இலகுவில் கடந்து போக முடியாது. மறந்துவிடவும் முடியாது. 77இல் கொழும்புத் தமிழர்கள் மலையகத்தமிழர்கள் நூறு வீதமாக ஐக்கிய தேசியகட்சிக்கு வாக்களித்தார்கள் அதேவேளையில் வடகிழக்கில் தமிழர்கள் ஈழக்கோரிக்கையை ஆதரித்து பிரிவினை கேட்ட கட்சிக்கு வாக்களித்தார்கள். இதனால் நடந்த அனர்த்தங்களுக்கு கட்சி மற்றும் இயக்கத் தலைமைகள் மட்டுமல்ல சாதாரண வாக்காளர்களும் பொறுப்பாளியாகிறார்கள். வடக்கில் தனி ஈழம் கோரியதால் ஐக்கியதேசியக்கட்சிக்கு வாக்களித்த தமிழர்கள்மீது ஐக்கியதேசியக்கட்சி அரசே 77 இல் வன்முறையை உடனடியாக அவிட்டு விட்டது. அக்காலத்தில் எந்தவொரு ஆயுதம் ஏந்திய தமிழ் இயக்கங்களும் இல்லை. 77இல் தமக்கு கிடைத்த வட- கிழக்கின் வாக்குகள் பிரிவினைக்கு அளிக்கப்பட்ட... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 29/12/14)

The dilemma to be faced by voters who choose my3!
By mahinda
Assume if in a worst scenario my3 elected even with thin majority, the country being pushed in to a total chaos is unavoidable ending up with a total destruction and long standing quagmire to the entire country and public there onwards. First there will be conflict situations among themselves who will be the key player once my3 decline as executive president, which means Ranil and CBK both will demand the steering while, there will be initial Soap Opera! Then what will happen to my3? Need not mention about Cham-paka then? If my3 does not decline then it will... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 29/12/14)

කාන්තා විමුක්තිය
වෛද්‍ය රුවන් එම්. ජයතුංග
විල්සන්ට වෘත්තියක් නැත. එහෙත් ඔහුට රැුකියාවක් තිබේ. ඔහු අනියම් මුරකරුවෙකි. රුකියාව ස්ථිර රැුකියාවක් නොවුවද දැන් වසර ගණනාවක් පුරා ඔහු රැුකියාවට යයි. ඔහුට දැන් එය ස්ථිර රැුකියාවක් බඳුය. එම නිසා රැුකියාව ස්ථිර කර ගැනීමට ආයාචනා, උද්ඝෝෂණ, මාරාන්තික උපවාස යනාදිය කිසිවක් කිරීම සඳහා ඔහු යොමු නොවීය. විල්සන්ගේ බිරිඳ පමණක් ඉඳහිට ”නරකද රස්සාව ස්ථිර කර ගත්තොත්. ලොකු මහත්තයට කියලා” යනුවෙන් අසන්නීය. එහෙත් ඔහුගේ ප‍්‍රතිචාර නෑසුණා මෙන් සිටීමයි. එම නිසා විල්සන්ගේ බිරිඳ සුමනාවතීද එය ඔහුගේ හිසට දැම්මේ කලාතුරකිනි. විල්සන් රැුකියාව කළේ සෙන්ට‍්‍රල් කොලීජියේය. මුරකරුවෙකු වූ ඔහු කිසි දිනෙක නිදිවරා නැත. ඊට හේතුව ඔහු දහවල් මුර කරු වීමය. රාත‍්‍රි... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 29/12/14)

The first Evil Twin - CBK
Sarojini Dutt
Hardly had the government announced the forthcoming Presidential Election when the Evil twins, Horrible and Terrible, emerging from the cracks, met up with some of the international lowlifes they had consorted with during Sri Lanka’s terrorist conflict. Eric Solheim in his somewhat sleazy autobiography makes reference to another dubious Norwegian Arne Fjortoft, as reported in the Asian Tribune of 01 Aug 07; Fjortoft has access to Norwegian government funds. It has been alleged that much money had to be given to local politicians to get the Norwegians... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 29/12/14)

VIDEO: Hakeem is a “political prostitute”- Gnanasara Thera
  Ven. Galaboda Aththe Gnanasara Thera,
Ven. Galaboda Aththe Gnanasara Thera, the General Secretary of the Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) organization has accused former Justice Minister and Sri Lanka Muslin Congress (SLMC) Leader Rauff Hakeem of being a “political prostitute” who stood up against the government at all the Presidential elections. Gnanasara Thera said that Rauff Hakeem had defected to the opposition at the Presidential elections in 2005 and 2010, however, later joined the government once again. “This time he is halfway through, and repeated the same move,” he added. The observation was made at a press conference held... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 29/12/14)

America’s Destabilization Of Latin America - ZunZuneo and the U.S. Policy.
By Matt Peppe | June 30, 2014
In this April 1, 2014, photo, a book street vendor passes the time on her smart phone as she waits for customers in Havana, Cuba. (AP/Ramon Espinosa) News from the AP about the U.S. government’s secret project to create a Cuban Twitter or “ZunZuneo,” to be used for disseminating propaganda and fomenting unrest in Cuba, spurring young people in that country to overthrow their government, comes as no surprise to anyone with even the most cursory understanding of U.S. policy in Cuba and Latin America in general. It is but a tiny part of... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 29/12/14)

The Untold Story of the Hammond Hill Prison
Dr Ruwan M Jayatunge 
A world renowned social psychologist Philip Zimbardo conducted a prison simulation study in 1971 at the Stanford University with his student volunteers. He randomly divided these volunteers into guards and inmates and then placed in a mock prison environment. This study continued for six days and Zimbardo observed radical behavioural changes in guards and prisoners over time. He noticed sadistic abuse in prison guards and abject submissiveness among the prisoners.   Professor Zimbado’s Stanford prison experiment uncovered the manifestation of deindividuation, vandalism and dehumanization when ordinary people were put in to specific authoritative figures with unlimited... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 29/12/14)

Two Bengali economists in global thinkers list
By NJ Thakuria
Guwahati: Two Bengali Nobel laureates from Indian sub-continent have been ranked 3rd and 5th among global influential thinkers in 2014 Global Thought Leader survey.  The worldwide survey, carried out by the Zurich-based Gottlieb Duttweiler Institute for Economic & Social Studies (GDI) and MIT Sloan School researcher Peter Gloor, put Bengali economist Amartya Sen on the third and Bangladeshi economist turned revolutionary banker Muhammad Yunus on the fifth position among hundred global influential leaders. The top position in the list is occupied by Pope Francis,  where as the second position went for Tim Berners-Lee, who is popularly... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 29/12/14)

A piece of charcoal proves the ancient chronicle right
By Rohana R. Wasala
(Courtesy The Nation On Sunday, where this article originally appeared under a different title) It was reported recently in the media that the Beta Analytic Radiocarbon Dating laboratory in Miami in Florida, the largest professional radiocarbon dating facility in the world, has concluded that a piece of charcoal found embedded in the plaster base of the Sigiriya frescoes could belong to a period between 390 and 540 CE. This is a confirmation of the Mahavansa account of King Kashyapa and Sigiriya according to which the king built the rock fortress during his reign between 473... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 29/12/14)

Analyzing the political nirvana in My-3s’ Manifesto -Part 1
H. L. D. Mahindapala
 Who on earth in their proper senses and in  command of their rational faculties, would promise, in this day and age, to establish within six years an “ideal country” – I repeat, “ideal country” – based on a  manifesto containing promises, promises, and promises, most of which will never see the light of day?  Promising to deliver the impossible constitute a major  part of the 62-page manifesto issued by the Common Candidate, Maithripala Sirisena. The impossible promises reach a climax when he commits  himself to establish an “ideal country”. Here is the full quote from... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 29/12/14)

JUDAS SIRISENA
Ranjit Wickremeratne
Judas drank wine at the last supper with Jesus and betray him by informing his whereabouts to Israelis for few Gold coins so was Aiyo Sirisena.  He has eaten Appa (Hoppers) with the leader and then stayed sometimes with him before he too betrayed his Master, day dreaming of be-coming the President of Sri Lanka. Judas and Sirisena both are same . Two human beings with same mentality. Judas thought that he will get more than the Gold coins and Sirisena also thought that he too will get more than what he had in the past. Judas... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 29/12/14)

Prabakaran is dead but the LTTE is not
Shenali D Waduge
The figurehead of LTTE incorporated was killed on 19th May 2009 alongside a handful of other LTTE leaders. The fact that a little over 11,000 LTTE cadres surrendered or were captured during the final phase of the conflict should showcase that there are many more trained LTTE cadres still at large and we do not know how many live in either Sri Lanka or overseas. We also need to realize that the very entities that funded and ran the LTTE propaganda from abroad also remain very much in the picture as do others who have supported... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 29/12/14)

The presidential polls – What about agriculture and health?
Chandre Dharmawardana, Ottawa, Canada
The common candidate was a former minister of health, and also a former minister of agriculture. His election manifesto is remarkable in the absence of any statements regarding the crisis in agriculture, health and environmental degradation, resulting in kidney disease, dengue fever and malnutrition spreading in many parts of the country. A similar lacuna is notable in the manifestos of the ruling party, and other candidates. The election manifestos are influenced by city-based political  ideologues concerned only about executive power and regime change. The campaign focuses on constitutional change and claims  of good governance, but... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 28/12/14)

Comments on The 100 day Work Programme  of the Common Candidate and the UNP controlling our Motherland again.
By Garvin Karunaratne
In view of the fact that the Common Candidate has declared that Mr Ranil Wickremasinghe will be  the Prime Minister it is easy  to see how the Sri Lankan economy  will fare.  Regaining Sri Lanka, the flagplan of Mr Ranil Wickremasinghe when he ruled as the Prime Minister from 2002 to 2004  and the manner he handled affairs during his premiership  discloses what can be expected.   The 100 day Work Programme put forwards by the Common Candidate also seals our fate. Regaining Sri Lanka commences with the statement ; “The truth is that Sri Lanka is in the thick of an... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 28/12/14)

Good  Governance
By Charles.S.Perera
There was colonialism under which many countries, poor from Western standard, were conquered subjugated and brought under the control of the  respective Western Countries that colonised them. The Colonisation was  an immense enterprise that brought into the  countries of the Colonial rulers an immense wealth from which they have created a strong economic foundation which has  while assuring their prosperity, given them power over the subjugated nations, and allowed them to  claim wholly or in partnership with other Western countries the leadership of the World-the leadership of the Whites.  Then with the Russian revolution the patriotic nationals... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 28/12/14)

Discussion with Dayan Jayathilake
... -Full Story- (rupavahini.lk - 28/12/14)

Sirisena reneges on his pledge Fingerprints of the JHU all over the constitutional proposal
by Kumar David  Courtesy Island
Mr Sirisena’s Manifesto caused consternation and disappointment among those who trusted his pledge to rescind the hated autocratic executive presidency and replace it with a democratic parliamentary system. What he now offers is "an essentially Executive" presidency wrapped in a honeyed sentence about an alliance with "Parliament through Cabinet"; what’s new in that! If Mr Sirisena does not amend his position, as far as hope of ending authoritarian autocratic structures goes, this election will degenerate into farce. Jettisoning hopelessly failed Mr Rajapksa for untested Mr Sirisena, under a similar constitutional system, may do a... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 27/12/14)

මාධ්‍ය සාකච්ඡාවක්
සම්බන්ධීකරණය චන්ද්‍රසේන පණ්ඩිතගේ
ප්‍රශ්නය: මහත්මයාණෙනි, ශ්‍රී ලංකාවේ ජනාධිපතිවරණයට ඇත්තේ ඉතාමත් කෙටි කාලයක්, මේ මැතිවරණය හා බැදුන ගැටලු රාශියක් රට පුරා පැන නැගී තියෙනවා, මේ ගැටලු වලට පැහැදිලිව පිලිතුරු දිය හැකි අයෙකු ඔබ විසින් ගොඩනැංවූ දේශපාලන පක්ෂයෙන් සොයා ගැනීම අසීරු කරුණක්, දැන් ඉන්නා නියෝජිතයින් එකම ප්‍රශ්නයට විවිධ පිලිතුරු සපයනවා, මෙය මාධ්‍යවේදීන් වන අපට මහත් අපහසුවක්, ඒ නිසයි අප ඔබ හමුවට පැමිණියේ. මේ වනවිට ඔබ ආරම්භ කල එම පක්ෂය මහින්ද රාජපක්ෂ මහතාට එරෙහිව කටයුතු කරනවා. ඔබ මේ තීරණය සම්බන්ධව දරන ආකල්පය කුමක්ද? පිලිතුර: පලමුව මම සදහන් කරන්නට කැමතියි එම පක්ෂය මා ආරම්භ කල පක්ෂයක් ලෙස හදුන්වන්න එපා. එය ආරම්භ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 27/12/14)

Drafting a New Constitution
Dr D.Chandraratna
 It is true that the existing constitution helped to fight terrorism without unnecessary factionalism rampant in the Westminster system of democracy but the general opinion is that more power has to be passed on to the parliament to open up the political dialogue in peacetime. Much of this noise about regime change may be with ulterior motives but nonetheless the country is better off with more checks and balances to ward off the terror caused by international hawks, peaceniks and the human rights NGO's. They will find themselves without a job not having a single target like... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 27/12/14)

A National Calamity If Rajiva Wijesinghe Becomes Foreign Minister Under Sirisena
Dilrook Kannangara 
Rajiva Wijesinghe of Liberal Party fame has been unable to muster even 2,000 votes but found his way to parliament through the national list. He crossed over to the Common Candidate camp with Sirisena. He is part of the Dayan-Thisaranee-Rajiva trio that is consistently pushing for an anti-Sinhala pro-Tamil agenda nationally and internationally. Keeping them at arm’s length is wise advice to any President. President Mahinda came to learn the hard way the true character of this politician totally and abjectly rejected by the people. Sirisena while promising to get rid of the preferential voting system must... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 27/12/14)

Democratic Freedoms, Utopia promised and the road to oblivion – a la Iraq, Libya and Syria!
Ratanapala
There is no place on earth that can truly be corruption free and where there is Yaha Palanaya or Good Governance. In spite of this reality, this is the word, which is parroted by every Sri Lankan opposed to the Rajapakse regime.. In the US, UK, France, Italy to Australia and New Zealand corruption abounds. It varies only to a degree from one to the other. “When” exposed due process takes place. What is euphemistically called “lobbying” is mega corruption going into Billions of Dollars. Those who steal by the billions are set free while the prisons are... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 27/12/14)

ස්වභාවයේ රිද්මය.
චන්ද්‍රසේන පණ්ඩිතගේ විසිනි.
ස්වභාවය සම්බන්ධව සාකච්ඡා කිරිම බොහෝ තලයන් හිදී සිදුකරන සාමාන්‍යය කාර්යයකි. සැබැ ලෙසම ප්‍රාථමික වශ‍යෙන් ස්වභාවය හඳුනා ගැනීමට යා යුතු සුදුසුම තැන වන්නේ  මිනිස් පාලනයෙන් බැහැරව පවතින පාරිසරික රටාවකටය. උත්තර ධ්‍රැවය, ඇන්ටාක්ටිකාව, වැසිවනානතරය, හෝ ඝන වනානතරය මේ සඳහා සුදුසුම ස්ථානයන්ය. මිනිසුන් රහිත ආක්ටික් කලාපයේ සම්පූර්ණ පාලනය දරන්නේ ස්වභාවයයි. ස්වභාවය සෑම ජීවියකුම නිර්මාණය කරන්නේ පැහැදිලි අරමුණක් සහිතවය. ස්වභාවයට නිශ්චිත ඉලක්කයක් ඇති අතර, එම ඉලක්කය අරමුණු කරගෙන,ඊට අවශ්‍යකරන ජීවින් නිර්මාණය කිරීම ස්වභාවය අඛණ්ඩය ඉටුකරන ප්‍රධාන කාර්යයි. නිර්මාණිත ජීවියාට මේ භූමිය වෙනුවෙන් කලයුතු මහා කාර්යභාරයක් ස්වභාවය විසින් පවරන අතරම ඒ සම්බන්ධව අධීක්ෂණය කිරීමේ වගකීමද ස්වභාවය මත රදවා ගෙන... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 27/12/14)

Three meals of Rice a Day- A Magic Wand of the Common Candidate: Never in a Million Years!
 By Garvin Karunaratne
Hiru News carries a statement from the Common Candidate that he “will  create an economy where all could have three means a day”. The Common Candidate seems to have forgotten that it was the UNP under President Jayawardena that scrapped the Rice Ration Scheme, which provided rice to all or with the poor being given free or at a very cheap rate.  His running mate Mr Ranil Wickremasinghe the leader of the UNP still follows the policies of President Jayawardena and the very fact that President Jayawardena axed the Rice Ration Scheme indicates that this can... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 27/12/14)

WAKE UP UNPer's
Ranjit Wickremeratne
Love thy Motherland before the party. This will be second time you will be taking for a ride by a bogus "PODU APEKSHAKAYA" label. UNP is not a just political party. It was a party who had several well know political stalwarts in the past. People respected this party because they had a vision and they had leaders well know to the world.We got the Independence under one of the UNPer's greatest leaders like D.S.Senanayaka. We had Presidents,Prime Ministers from this great party but today very unfortunate to see the downfall of this once a powerful party... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 27/12/14)

Return of "Choura Rajina" (Chandrika) !
P.Ariyasinghe
At a meeting in Crow Island, Chandrika had expressed confidence that Sirisena will win the Presidential elections.  She had said that, the unity among several political parties which are backing Sirisena for President gives guarantee that he can win. Past history of the leaders of the political parties backing Sirisena shows that they are either traitors or they are corrupt. Ranil, a born loser, led the anti war campaign. And his gang ridiculed the war. Sarath Fonseka was doing politics 'under-hand', while in service. Then he offered illegal tenders and with his son-in-law bought arms and armaments to... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 27/12/14)

 නාඩ න්   පුතු නි  ඔබ වෙනුවෙන් මම හෙළ බොදු ලක නැතිකරමි.
ධර්මසිරි සෙනෙවිරත්න
බුදුන්ගේ අභිලාශය වුනේ  සිංහල බෞද්ධයන් අතර වසර  5000  වත්  බුදු සසුන පවත්වා   ගැනීමටය  . ඉන්දියාවේ බමුණන්   කැමතිවුනේ  පොඩි උන් පාගාගෙන  සිටිය හැකි ආගමකටය  බුදු දහමින් එය කල නොහැක  එනිසා  උන් බෞධයින් ඉන්දියාවෙන් වනසා දැමුහ නේපාල හින්දුන් වසරේ එක දවසක  සතුන් තුන් ලක්ෂයක් මරා බිලිදී දෙවියන් පුදති  ඉන්දියාවේත් එහෙමය   අඩුකුලේයය් කියමින්  මිනිස් ප්‍රජාවෙන් කොටසකට  වදහිංසා පමුණවන ඉන්දියාව  තරම් මට  උපදෙස් දෙන හිතවතෙක් නැත  ලංකාවෙනුත්  තුරන්කරන්නට  උන් මාව    තෝරාගත්තේ  මට  ජනපතිකම  කාලයේමය. පොඩි උන් වනසන ඉන්දියානු  ක්‍රමය  උපයෝගී කර ගෙන  මම හෙළ බොදු  මිසදිටුවන් වනසමි .  ආයෙත් ඔබට ලංකාවේ සිංහල බෞද්ධයෙක් වීමට සිදුවීම ගැන හඬා ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 27/12/14)

ජනාධිපතිවරණය හා ජොතිෂ්‍යයවේදියා
චන්ද්‍රසේන පණ්ඩිතගේ විසිනි.
ජොතිෂ්‍යය යනු අපගේ සංස්කෘතියේ ඇති එක් අංගයකි. අප සෑම සිදුවීමක් සදහාම ජොතිෂ්‍යය හා බද්ධවන්නෝ වෙමු. ඒ අනුව මේ ජනාධිපතිවරණයේදී; ජෝතිෂ්‍යය විසින් සිදුකරන ලද කාර්යභාරයද සුලුපටු නොවේ..ජනාධිපතිවරණ තරග බිම්ට බැස ඇති තරගකරුවන්ගෙන් දිනන්නේ කවුරුදැයි අපි ජෝතිෂ්‍යෙව්දියකුගෙන් ඇසුවොත්; තරග කරුවන් 19 දෙනෙක් සිටියද; ක්ෂණිකවම ඔහු අතට ගන්නේ; ජනාධිපති මහින්ද රාජපක්ෂ මහතාගේ හා මෛත්රීපාල සිරිසේන මහතාගේ කේන්ද්ර පමණි. ඒ ඇයි? අනික් අයගේ කේන්ද්ර නොබලාම ඔවුන් පරාජිතයින් බව තීරණය කරන සාධකය කුමක්ද? මේ ඉව සාමාන්‍ය පොදු ජනතාවටත් උරුම බැවින් පොදු ජනතාවත් ක්ෂණයකින්ම අසන්නේ ජය ගන්නේ මහින්දද නැත්නම් මෛත්රීද යන පැනයයි. ඒ අනුව මෙය තරගකරුවන් 19 දෙනෙකුගේ තරගයක් නොව; තරගකරුවන් දෙදෙනෙකුගේ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 27/12/14)

Chemical reactions in cooking and energy saving cooking discovery
Dr Hector Perera     London
With the application of heat or in presence of other chemicals, very likely chemical changes take place. In chemistry we come across many chemical reactions where breaking bonds need heat then making bonds give out heat, these are quite common in thermo-chemistry. When there are rice grains in contact with water in a cooking pan, there are chemical reactions taking place but at a slow rate than in the absence of heat. If we left rice in water for a long time, it get soaked due a slow chemical reaction. Once it is heated, the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 26/12/14)

Remembering the tsunami disaster, 10 years later
Dr Ruwan M Jayatunge
The massive earthquake off the west coast of Indonesia on December 26, 2004, registered a magnitude of nine on the Richter scale. The effect of this earthquake made massive tidal waves that destroyed the costal belt of the northern and southern Sri Lanka. Perhaps this must have been the most catastrophic natural disaster ever experienced by Sri Lankans in their recent history. The damage was colossal. Tsunami had killed over 50,000 people in Sri Lanka. A number of villages have been wiped off and more than 100,000 houses were destroyed. Post-traumatic Reactions Following Tsunami Disaster... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 26/12/14)

Who Asked Karunanidhi His  Opinion About  Sri Lanka's President When His Own Duplicity And Ineffectivity Seem Imposing?
Insight By Sunil Kumar
December 25th 2014 As usual the ancient Tamil Nadu cacophonist DMK president M Karunanidhi who never seems to realise that his fractious opinions of Sri Lanakan political matters are not only contentious but also often laced in duplicity with the conflict of interests resting on his leanings towards the Tamil Tiger terrorists who were more than moderately supported by Karunanidhi and the rest of the terrorist sympathetic Tamil Nadu sycophants who were ad lib spokespersons of Velupillai Prabhakaran. Their support for the terrorist cause from their safe haven in Tamil Nadu has become a... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 26/12/14)

SILENCE OF VEN MADULUWAWE SOBHITHA THERA!
By M D P DISSANAYAKE
The Ven Sobhitha Thera  has been  confined to a hospital for quite sometime.  Ven Sobhitha did all pioneering work for the campaign to select a Common Candidate to face the President Mahinda Rajapakse.  His plans went wrong during the last stages with the intervention of Mrs Chandrika and Mr Ranil Wickremasinghe.  Ven Sobhitha has been sidelined by the leadership team which consist  of Tamil Diaspora and Anti Sri Lankan Nationalists.  This must be causing severe distress  to a Buddhist Monk who has enjoyed the utmost respect in the community in the past. This is ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 26/12/14)

Tamil Diaspora wants Tamils to vote !
P.Ariyasinghe, Melbourne
The local media reported that the Tamil diaspora had asked the Tamils to exercise their  vote CAREFULLY at the Presidential elections. They have also said that ' the Tamil people have lost their rights ...The desire to have control in the Tamil majority areas was never granted...' Followed by this, the Tamil Society Forum yesterday had asked the Tamils to vote. They have also commented that a Presidential candidate taking a 'Just position' will lead to a candidate losing Sinhala Buddhist Votes. But they have not said what this 'Just position' is. The LTTE terrorists ran a... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 26/12/14)

කොන්කිස්තදෝස්: අවරෝධයන කරන ලද වේදනාත්මක මතකය  
  වෛද්‍ය රුවන් එම් ජයතුංග 
 කොලට් සේනානායක හා නාරද කරුණාතිලක  යනු  එක්තරා ආකාරයක විවාදාත්මක ලේඛකයන් දෙපළකි. ඔවුන් ඉතිහාසය හදාරති. අප සැමදෙනා දන්නා සංස්කරණය කරන ලද ඉතිහාසයෙන් එහාට ගොස් ඉතිහාසකරුවන් විසින් සඟවන ලද හෝ කාලයේ වැළි තලාවෙන් යටවී තිබෙන ඉතිහාසය මතුකර ගනිති. ඔවුන් දෙදෙනා විසින් මෑතකදී ප්‍රකාශයට පත් කරන ලද "කොන්කිස්තදෝස්: ශ්‍රී ලංකාවේ ක්‍රිස්තියානියට මුල පෑදීම” ග්‍රන්ථය සැඟවී ගිය ඉතිහාසය පෙන්වා දීමකි.     ඇතැම් විට සත්‍ය වේදනා හා අලාභහානි ඇතිකරවයි. එම නිසා සැබෑ සත්‍යට වඩා මිනිසා සත්‍යයේ ඡායාව පමණක් ග්‍රහණය  කරගනිමින් වේදනාකාරී  රුදුරු සත්‍යය අවරෝධනය කරයි. මෙය පොදු මානසික තත්ත්වයකි. නමුත් සැබෑ ඉතිහාසය බැහැර කිරීම මගින් අප වර්තමානයද අසත්‍ය මායාවක්... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 26/12/14)

In Focus – Life Abroad Pt. 110 - Pigeon Hearted Act
Dr. Tilak S. Fernando
What inspires a writer to continue with his/her work depends on the amount of feedback one receives from the readership with both positive and negative comments. Such annotations will naturally help him/her to sharpen his/her faculties with inspiration. It is usually said that writing is akin to sharpening a pencil all the time – ‘more often you hone it, pointed and refine it becomes’! In that respect the writer has been providential to have passable feedbacks from the readership of this column, which has contributed towards its uninterrupted continuity. Acknowledgments and merits in this regard... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 26/12/14)

Khalifa of Islam condemns Peshawar School Attack and prays for Victims
By A. Abdul Aziz.
 (Given below is an excerpt of the Friday Sermon delivered by Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad, Supreme Head of the world-wide Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in Islam, on 19th December, 2014, at ‘BaithulFuthuh’, London, U.K. gave a discourse on the recent Peshawar School attack.)  Ahmadiyya Khalifa said: We observe these days many incidents of barbarity and brutality carried out in Muslim countries. Such episodes do not take place in other countries or at least they do not occur with the same frequency. The developed world raises strong protests against such incidents whether the perpetrators are government workers... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/12/14)

Muhammad Ali, the Quaid-e-Azam
By Afshain Afzal
The 25th of December bears great significance and is the day of rejoice. It is a day of blessings as it is birthday of our Holy Prophet Hazrat Essa Roohallah (Alhe-e-Salam) also known as Jesus Christ in the Christian world.  The birthday of Mr. Muhammad Ali, the Quaid-e-Azam and the founder of Pakistan, also falls on the same day. On this auspicious day where one likes to share feeling of love and good wishes with Muslims and Christian on the occasion of Christmas and Quaid’s birthday, there is a feeling of grief and sorrow over the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/12/14)

REJECT THE CONSPIRATORS
Ranjit Wickremeratne
UNP was led down once with an outsider and lost and now again they have selected an outsider as their Presidential candidate to face the incumbent.Who ever comes it will be very difficult to beat the current President in an election at this time.The reason is he is a man of Peace and Fear none except God he believes in. He is a man who goes to the people.He is a man who understand the difficulties of the people.He is a man who have backbone to stand up for the people against all evil odds.He is not... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/12/14)

Do not make a mistake on 08th Jan 2015! If you choose Ayyo Sirisena,  then soon Ayyo Jaathiya.
By Mahinda
It is very clearly proved that the duped coalition of Common presidential candidate is an Unholy Alliance with all the cooks who are ought to cannibalize this island and cook for West and Tigers. This time the Chef is CBK, who couldn’t do it for her eleven years in office, now she is executive chef have gathered a team of cooks to make that soup. Ayyo Sirisena is the cook at old Walawwa while RW is supervising! The ingredients! Full implementation of 13 A Removing of Army from North and East Handover land powers to North-East... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/12/14)

The visiting Pope apologises? Previous Pope apologised over 100 times for events elsewhere
Susantha Goonatilake
In 2013, the Royal Asiatic Society RASSL (of which I am the current president) awarded its “gold medal” to Father Dr. Vito Perniola. Although he was proficient in several fields, our main consideration was his 19 volume documentation on the history of the Catholic Church in Sri Lanka. To indicate a Buddhist appreciation of his scholarly work, I had a leading Buddhist monk by my side as the medal was draped on the very pleased Father Perniola, who at 100 years was admiring the medal in almost childlike wonder. In my remarks, I mentioned that Father Perniola... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/12/14)

TNA says Negotiations with Sirisena a success – TNA
Hot News
A special meeting was held between common opposition and the Tamil National Alliance at the former President Chandrika Bandaranaike’s residence a few days ago, a report said. TNA spokesman Suresh Premachandran said the Tamil National Alliance was represented by Senathirajah, Suresh Premachandran, Selvam Cole Siddharth and MA Sumandiran while common opposition was represented by Chandrika Kumaratunga, Ranil Wickremesinghe, Sirisena, Mangala Samaraweera and the lawyers Jayamapathi Wickramarathne at the meeting held on the 22nd December at 11.00 am. The negotiations were successfully concluded, Suresh Premachandran said.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/12/14)

Presidential Elections: CBK-Maithri-Ranil-TNA Eelam deal & Sri Lanka’s National Security
Shenali D Waduge
The voting public of Sri Lanka whatever their political colour or preference of candidate must firmly say no to any move or agreement attempting to destabalize the country, divide its territory or create an atmosphere of chaos. No election campaign or coalition understanding should be allowed to bargain with the national security of the country in particular promise to reduce or remove strategically placed military bases and military personnel as election promises. National security is not a bargaining tool. Political debate in the West never use national security as bargaining tools for their election campaigns. As... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/12/14)

Video: Crossover attempt goes wrong
In an apparent cross over attempt that went wrong, Savithra De Silva, a UPFA member of the Dehiwela- Mt. Lavinia Municipal Council, today appeared at a news briefing held at the common opposition’s candidate office in Colombo and said that he would not betray Mahinda Rajapaksa. The news briefing was held with the participation of UNP MP Sujeewa Senasinghe and several other members of the local government authorities. At the last stage of the briefing, MP Senasinghe introduced Mr. De Silva and said he was willing to support common opposition presidential candidate Maithripala Sirisena. Mr. De Silva addressing the gathering... -Full Story- (dailymirror.lk - 24/12/14)

A MAITHRI SUPPORTER SENT THIS.... LOOKS TO ME LIKE SEALING VICTORY OF MAHINDA RAJAPAKSE
Shenali D Waduge 
Copy of the Message Received by Shanali Dear All, We are proud to announce you that the new cabinet which will be formed shortly after the victorious conclusion of the presidential election 2015,will comprise only of 18 cabinet Ministers.Now it is in the process of finalization. 1 Prime Minister-Mr Ranil Wickramasinghe 2 Minister of Defense-General Sarath Fonseka. 3 Minister of Finance-Madam Chandrika Bandaranayake Kumarathunge 4 Minister of Buddhist cultural and religious affairs-Ven Athuraliye Rathana Thero. 5 Minister of internal affairs-Mr Rajitha Senaratne 6 Minister of Foreign affairs-Mr Mangala Samaraweera 7 Minister of Trade and commerce-Mr Ravi Karunanayake... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/12/14)

Four million Kandyan peasants betrayed by the Closure of the Department of Kandyan Peasantry Rehabilitation
Dr Sudath Gunasekara President Mahnuwara Jesta Purawesiyange Sanvidhanaya
20.12.2014 Kandyans In this essay I refer to all those people who lived within the territory known as the Kandyan Kingdom at the time of signing the Kandyan Convention in 1815 and their descendants irrespective of where they live, here or abroad as Kandyans. The area under reference covers the whole territory within the legal definition of the Kandyan Kingdom in 1815. However in this article I am referring to the problems of the people living within the two provinces of Central and Uva only, since the Kandyan Peasantry Commission covered... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/12/14)

Ethics and the non-religious essence of Buddhism – III
By Rohana R. Wasala
If one understands what the Buddha dhamma is saying, and if one is convinced that the spiritual path explained therein is the right one to follow, and commits oneself to do so, then one is a Buddhist. As Rev W. Rahula points out, though the label ‘Buddhist’ is of little significance from a Buddhist’s unique point of view, there is a long established tradition in this regard in Buddhist countries, which is that for a person to be considered a Buddhist they must ‘take refuge’ in the Triple Gem (Buddha, Dhamma and Sangha) and undertake to... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/12/14)

In defense of Muslim crossovers
Hilmy Ahamed
The unthinkable has happened. Rishard Bathiudeen, the youthful minister of Industries has given up all his perks and privileges and crossed over to support Maithripala Sirisena, the common opposition’s candidate to challenge President Mahinda Rajapaksa with one other parliamentarian and 69 other elected members of Provincial Councils, Pradeshiya Sabbha’s etc. Azwer who was forced to resign from parliament to fulfill the long overdue promise of a national list slot for Rishard’s deputy, Ameer Ali is a disappointed man.  Rishard has been one of the incumbent governments most ardent and loyal supporters and continued to defend the government... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/12/14)

President launches “Path to Global Triumph” manifesto -“I HAVE ONLY ONE AGREEMENT”
Chaminda Perera  Courtesy The Daily News
Those blind to the massive development work are hypocrites No one can point fingers at us
Highlights * Will access a new constitution through means of consensus. * Is the country going forward consolidating stability, or reversing to a state of instability? Tap your heart and ask yourself. * I will never allow the fear of death to engulf the minds of our dear mothers. * The Mahinda Chintana Stage 111 is a program which will elevate the Sri... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/12/14)

The debacle of Sirisena campaign will save the nation
Dr. Kamal Wickremesinghe Courtesy The Daily News 
campaigns are made memorable only by instances of genuine display of emotion by the people that brings the relevance of politics to their daily lives. The genuinely warm reception the Tamil people in Mullaitivu, Kilinochchi, Batticaloa and Ampara extended to President Rajapaksa during his campaign rallies marked one such arresting occasion. The applause President Rajapaksa drew during his Tamil address in each of the rallies clearly showed that the long-suffering minorities in the North and the East have placed complete faith on the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/12/14)

Mahinda Chintana- Lowa Dinana Maga
envisaged preparation and elevation of the country to the levels of developed countries.“In 2005, I promised peace for all citizens and I delivered that within four years. We developed the country as we promised in 2010. The latest part will make the country a developed one, “At this election, people should decide if they should go back to an era of destabilised society or go forward with strength and stability. I don-t have many agreements like others. The only agreement I have is the Mahinda Chinthana,” Mahinda Rajapakese said at the launch of his election manifesto at the BMICH in... -Full Story- (lankaweb.com - 24/12/14)

Ranil complains to police over fraudulent document - Tissa Says if the signature is forged let the police investigate but Ranil should deny the content
Hot News
United National Party (UNP) National Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe said he had complained to the Police Chief today with regard to a fraudulent document on which his signature and that of common opposition candidate Maithripala Sirisena had been forged. In his complaint he said that this misleading document had been issued to the state media. Meanwhile UNP former Secretary General Tissa Attanayake says that if Ranil thinks that his signature is forged the police should investigate it. Tissa further challenged that while pending the police investigation Ranil should deny the content.  ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/12/14)

විදෙස් මුදල් අත්අඩංගුවට ගැනීමට පෙර දහම්ගේ පෙම්වතිය හා ඇගේ මව මුදල් මිටි දෙකක් රැගෙන ගිහින්
Courtesy Rivira
රත්මලානේදී පසුගියදා අත්අඩංගුවට ගත් රුපියල් කෝටි 15ක් වටිනා විදෙස් මුදල් තොගය රහස් ‍පොලිසිය භාරයට ගැනීමට දෙදිනකට පෙරාතුව එනම් දෙසැම්බර් 17 වැනිදා නව ප්‍රජාතන්ත්‍රවාදී පෙරමුණේ නායක මෛත්‍රීපාල සිරිසේන මහතාගේ පුත් දහම් සිරිසේන මහතාගේ පෙම්වතිය හා ඇගේ මව පැමිණ ඉන් මුදල් මිටි දෙකක් රැගෙන ගොස් ඇති බව පරීක්ෂණවලදී හෙළිවී තිබේ. මෙම මුදල් තොගය තිබි ඇත්තේ දහම් සිරිසේනගේ පෙම්වතියගේ පියාගේ වැඩිමහල් සහෝදරයාගේ නිවසේය. එය ගෙනැවිත් ඇත්තේ දහම් සිරිසේනගේ පෙම්වතියගේ පියා විසිනි. එසේ ගෙනත් දුන් මුදල් බෑගයෙන් විදෙස් මුදල් මිටි දෙකක් දහම්ගේ පෙම්වතියත් ඇගේ මවත් පැමිණ මෙසේ රැගෙන ගොස් ඇත. එහි කොපමණ මුදලක් තිබුණාද යන්න තවමත් නිශ්චිත නොමැති බව ‍පොලිසිය... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/12/14)

බලය බෙදා දීම!
චන්ද්‍රසේන පණ්ඩිතගේ විසිනි
අපට නිතර දෙවේලේ කනට හුරු පුරුදු කතාවකි ඒ. බලය බෙදා දීම. කා විසින් කාටද මේ බලය බෙදා දිය යුත්තේ. කා ලගද මේ බලය ඇත්තේ? කාටද බලය නැත්තේ? මේ සංවාදය යන අතරේ පැන නගින අතුරු ප්‍රශ්න කන්දරාවයි.. අප දන්නා ආකාරයට අප ජීවත් වෙන පෘතුවියට බලය ලැබෙන්නේ හිරුගෙන් වෙන අතර, දෛනිකව හිරු නම් වූ අප සෞර්ය ග්‍රහ මණ්ඩලයේ කේන්ද්‍රය සෑම තප්පරයක් පාසාම නිරන්තරයෙන්ම බලය බෙදා හැරීමක නිරත වෙයි. සූර්යා විසින් නිකුත් කරනු ලබන මහා බල කන්දරාවෙන් මේ පෘතුවිය ලබනුයේ ඉතා ස්වල්පයක් වන අතර, එම බලය මෙම පෘතුවිය මත පවතින ජීවින්ට හා අජීවී පදාර්තයනගේ කාර්යයන් සදහා යොදා ගැනේ. මෙම... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/12/14)

Metta, Karuna and Peace for all living beings this Christmas and beyond
Shenali D. Waduge
 There is no better way to honour the founder of a religion than to not shed blood in celebration. December is a time of year for joy, excitement, jubilation, exchange of gifts and pleasantries. It is sadly also a time that thousands and thousands of animals are axed and laid before a Christmas table. Whereas millions of people enjoy the festive season that very festive season becomes a season of horror -  virtually a holocaust - for animals who are fed to be slaughtered in their millions. Buddhism is perhaps the only religion of the four... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/12/14)

Many Goodies in a Bottomless Basket
Courtesy Island
It is not unusual to have some degree of rhetoric in an election manifesto in a context which is characterized by commodification of almost everything. Politicians, their campaign managers and media are trying incessantly to make the election a business affair that needs loads of money to be spent in the campaign. Of course, as Prof. Wendy Brown has convincingly argued, this has led to a degeneration of democracy all over the world. However, this is not the issue I wish to discuss in this piece by referring to Maithripala Sirisena’s election manifesto that was released to... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 22/12/14)

Sirisena’s announcement on a war crimes judicial tribunal - SAY THAT AGAIN? - G.L.
Courtesy The Daily News
Opposition candidate Maithripala Sirisena has been quoted in media overseas as announcing his intention to appoint a judicial tribunal to investigate war crimes charges against personnel belonging to the Armed Forces, External Affairs Minister Prof. G.L. Peiris stated in a release yesterday. “This is a matter having far-reaching consequences. A clear statement is, therefore, certainly required from the Opposition candidate with regard to the nature of the investigation which he proposes to undertake, the powers and scope of the tribunal he plans to appoint, and the use he plans... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 22/12/14)

Tissa citing UNP-MS secret agreement cries betrayal
By Maheesha Mudugamuwa Courtesy Island
Former UNP General Secretary and Health Minister Tissa Attanayake yesterday told the media in Colombo that the UNP and opposition common candidate Maithripala Sirisena had, in an undisclosed pact signed on Nov. 1, 2014, agreed to implement all UNHRC recommendations as regards Sri Lanka’s alleged war crimes and fully cooperate with the international community for that purpose. Minister Attanayake said he had documentary proof to substantiate his claim. He distributed among journalists copies of what he called the secret agreement between Sirisena and UNP Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe. (See the image of the document.) The... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 22/12/14)

Here is Sirisena’s plan to betray the nation, devolution of power exceeding 13th amendment, withdraw military from North, hold war crimes inquiry .
Hot News රනිල්-සිරිසේන හොර ගිවිසුම රට පාවාදීමේ මහා කුමන්ත්‍රණයක්
At a press conference held today the former General Secretary Tissa Attanayake revealed the confidential internal agreement signed between opposition presidential candidate Sirisena and the UNP leader Ranil Wickremasinghe According to this agreement, if Sirisena  wins he will  reduce military retained in the North by 50%, the removal of all high security zones,  devolution of power exceeding what is stipulated in the 13th amendment and  agree to implement all recommendations made by the United Nations Human Rights Commission, Mr. Attanayake revealed.  රනිල්-සිරිසේන හොර ගිවිසුම රට පාවාදීමේ මහා කුමන්ත්‍රණයක්
* උතුරේ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 22/12/14)

Who Should Captain?
By Dayan Jayatilleka -
In October 1988, accepting the UNP nomination at the Sugathadasa Stadium, Ranasinghe Premadasa complained in a bitter, biting aside, that as Prime Minister he had enjoyed “the powers of a peon”. That status is about to change if the Opposition wins, because the Maithri manifesto makes clear that the centre of gravity of executive power will undergo a decisive structural shift from the Presidency to the parliament and the Cabinet. Thus Mr. Ranil Wickremesinghe is tipped to be the most powerful Prime Minister since Madam Sirimavo Bandaranaike—far more powerful than the infinitely more deserving Mr. Premadasa was under President  Jayewardene. If after a parliamentary... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 22/12/14)

Sri Lanka’s Presidential Elections: Thoughts for the Floating Voters/New Voters on the Common Candidate
Shenali D Waduge
The floating voters and the new voters are 2 important segments in the arithmatic that would decide who would emerge as President in January 2015. The floating voters are people who may have at one time voted for different parties and now disgusted with voting and contemplating whether to vote or not. The new voters obviously excited about exercising their first time voting right may also be puzzled to determine who to vote for – the incumbent President or a contender in an alliance that will be President for 100 days and thereafter hand power over... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 22/12/14)

Mahinda 57.62%,Sirisena 40%,predicted by UNP’s staunch supporters’ survey on presidential election
lanka C news
It is learnt that from a survey made by some staunch UNP supporters incumbent president Mahinda Rajapaksa would secure 57.62% votes and the common candidate only 40% votes.This survey has been spearheaded by a non governmental organisation.The figures in this survey had been changed by the UNP and had said the common candidate would become victorious and is going to disclose at a media briefing.The statistics of the survey could be viewed from our Sinhala edition.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 22/12/14)

“ජනතා විමුක්ති පෙරමුණ“ මහින්ද රාජපක්ෂ මහතා සමගයි.
චන්ද්‍රසේන පණ්ඩිතගේ විසිනි
ජනතා විමුක්ති පෙරමුණ සම්බන්ධව සමාජ සමීක්ෂණය නොනිල පදනමකින් රටපුරා විවිධ තලයන්හි සාකච්චා වෙමින් පවතී.මේ සාකච්චා වලදී, සැබෑ ලෙසම කථා කරනුයේ, දේශපාලන පොර පිටියේ අපට දිස්වෙන දේශපාලන පක්ෂ නාම පුවරු සම්බන්ධව මිස, සැබෑ දේශපාලන බල වේගයන් සම්බන්ධව නොවේ. ජයගත්තේ මෙන්න මේ නාම පුවරුව සහිත කණ්ඩායමයි, යනුවෙන් ඡන්ද ප්රතිඵල ප්රකාශයට පත්කෙරේ. දේශපාලන පක්ෂ යනු කුලී පදනමක් මත එක එකාට කුලියට දෙන වාහන මෙන් වූ මෙවලම් විශේෂිතයක් බවට පත්ව ඇති බව වටහා ගත් විට, සිදුව ඇති දේ සම්බන්ධව අවබෝධ කර ගැනීම වඩාත් පහසුවේ..    පසුගිය මැතිවරණයන් සම්බන්ධව සමාජය තුල, ජනතා විමුක්ති පෙරමුණ, අන්ත පරාජයක් ලබා ඇතැයි, විවිධ තලවල දේශපාලන... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 22/12/14)

Lest  We Forget
N.A.de S.Amaratunga
It is said that Sri Lankans forget quickly and easily and even LTTE terrorist Prabhakaran had said that this is true and had bragged that he made use of this weakness. By the time the presidential election is held in 2015  we would have forgotten some of the most crucial events that took place in the recent past that changed the history of this country. There is no doubt that the country was in danger of being torn apart and thrown into a permanent state of turmoil and unrest. This was due to the terrorist war started... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 22/12/14)

බුකියේ තොවිලය
චන්ද්‍රසේන පණ්ඩිතගේ විසිනි.
ඩෙන්න ඩෙනා ඩෙන ඩෙන ඩෙන ඩෙන්න  ඩෙනෝ ලක් දෙරණේ ජනපතිවරනයක්                   එනෝ ධවල යකුන් හා මන  බැදි   සියලු                දනෝ එකට එකතුවී මේ රට කන්න                     එනෝ ආවඩ ආයුබෝ වේවා! මිනිකදු හා ලේ විල් මත රජ                  කෙරුවෝ සියලු ධනය පර දන දෙස රැස්                කෙරුවෝ දරුවො සමග එහි ගොස් සුර සැප              දැරුවෝ මෙන්න! ඇවිත් සිටිනව ඒ                   මිනිමරුවෝ ආවඩ ආයුබෝ වේවා! චන්ද්ර මඩල සිහි ගන්වන රුදුරු රකුසු     රාජිණියෝ මෙපුර දනට විනකටීන්ට එතෙරක සිට මෙහි වැඩියෝ නිරිදු සමග ඇසුරු කරපු මෙත් සිරි... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/12/14)

Who made  Sri Lanka indebted? Was it President Rajapaksa ?
By Garvin Karunaratne
It is a fact that Sri Lanka is an indebted country today and party leaders who are with the Common Candidate make a meal of it putting the entire blame of the economy on President Mahinda Rajapaksa. As Chanda Maliyadde,  former Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Plan Implementation says, “At the end of 1976, the total outstanding Aid to IMF/IBRD was only  $ 75 million.” “(The Island 25/6/13).  He has rightly questioned how the foreign debt increased five hundred times. By the time Sri Lanka was handed over by Premier Sirimavo to President Jayawardena in late 1977,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/12/14)

Why Replacing The Present Presidency With The Power Hungry Opposition Is Not A Viable Alternative.
Lankaweb Weekly Editorial
December 12th. 2014  They have gathered in droves like hungry vultures waiting to swoop in on what they believe will be the spoils of an election defeat for the President but they are surely and sadly mistaken despite the rhetoric that goes on, on a daily basis in all the anti -Government media and various Western Powers who choose to back them. It simply is not a viable alternative and here's why!  The fact of the matter in Sri Lanka today is, a majority of discerning Sri Lankans know the objectives of the coalition and the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/12/14)

සිරිසේන   ගේ ප්‍රතිපත්ති ප්‍රකාශනය
ධර්මසිරි සෙනෙවිරත්න
 සිරිසේනගේ පූර්ණ ප්‍රතිපත්ති ප්‍රකාශනය එලි දැක වුනේ හෙළ උරුමයත්සම්බන්ධ නිසා  එහි සිංහල උරුමය රකින  එකම වගන්තියක් හෝ තිබෙදය්  විමසුමෙන් එය බැලුවෙමි   13අ ගැන හෝ පළාත් සභා අහෝසි කිරීම ගැන එහි වචනයක් වත් නැත.  18 හා 19 ගැන නම් මොනවාදෝ විය.  අඩු ගන්නේ ඉඩම් හා පොලිස් බල තල නොදෙන බවට මහින්ද කියා ඇති දේ වත්  නැත. හෙළ උරුමය ඉන්න විට  ඒ දෙකට වඩා  එහා යමින් 13අ අහෝසි කරාවියය් අපි සිතු වෙමු   අන්දොමය් !  හෙළ උරුමයත් රනිල් ගේ හා චන්ද්‍රිකාගේ සාක්කුවේය.  චම්පක   චම්පික  වීම පුදුමයක් ද.  මුල් නම තිබුනා නම් හොඳ කුණුහරප  කාටත් මතක් වීමට තිබුනේය.. ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/12/14)

Sri Lanka’s Presidential Election: No CHANGE if SAME PEOPLE re-enter Politics
 Shenali D Waduge
The CHANGE fever has hit Sri Lanka’s elections. The voice of Colombo is all abuzz with ‘let’s bring in some change for a change’ and then there are countless followers to tag along. How many of these change proponents have actually thought about the type of change they want. Is it change just for the sake of change or are they happy to bring back people who have been proven failures in office? Is it a change to give them another chance at failure and what would that failure result for the country and the people?... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/12/14)

What is the cost of a regime change by a multiple headed coalition? Should Sri Lankans cut the nose to spite the face?
By Raj Gonsalkorale
On the 8th of January 2015, Sri Lankans will have their opportunity to decide whether to give President Rajapaksa a third term in office or elect the common candidate Maithripala Sirisena nominated by a multiple headed coalition of disparate individuals, to the highest office in Sri Lanka. They could over react to a problem in hand or they could vote for growth and progress.... -Full Story-
(asiantribune.com - 21/12/14)

නූතන අධිවේගී මාර්ග ජාතකය
චන්ද්‍රසේන පණ්ඩිතගේ විසිනි.
2015 ජනාධිපති මැතිවරණ සටන ආරම්භව ඇත. රටට එරෙහිවූ සතුරු බලවේගයන් මහින්ද රාජපක්ෂ විරෝධීන් බවට පත්ව; මහින්ද රාජපක්ෂ මහතාගේ පරාජය ඉලක්ක කරගෙන, මහා මැතිවරණ ප්රචාරක ව්‍යාපෘතියක් දියත් කර තිබේ. එම ප්රචාරක යාන්ත්රණයේ එක් සුවිශේෂී අංගයක් වන්නේ අධිවේගී මාර්ග සංවර්ධන පද්ධතිය හා බැදුන මුල්‍ය වංචාවන්ය.  මේ රටේ සමාජ මානස තලය යනු මහා ධන නිධනයකි. මේ මානස තලය තුල ඉපදෙමින් මියැදෙමින් ඇති මහා විශ්මිත නිර්මාණයන් සමුදාය සම්බන්ධය කිසිදු මිනිසෙකු දන්නේ වත් හදුනන්නේවත් නැත.මිනිසෙකුගේ මනස තුල උපදින සමාජ සංවර්ධන ව්‍යාපෘතීන් ඉපදෙමින් මියැදෙමින් ඒ මිනිසාට මහා පීඩනයක් ගෙන දේ;.ඒවා යථාර්තයන් බවට පත් කර ගැනීමට වාසනාව උදාවන්නේ ඉතා අතලොස්සක්වූ මිනිසුන්ටය. මේ මිනිසුන්ගෙන්... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/12/14)

Prime Minister Stephen Harper: It's time to apologize to Sri Lanka
Asoka Weerasinghe Kings Grove Crescent . Gloucester . Ontario . K1J 6G1 Canada
20 December 2014 Rt. Hon. Stephen Harper, MP, PC  Prime Minister of  Canada House of Commons, Ottawa Honourable Prime Minister: The Ottawa Citizen of 15 December 2014 reported bylined Peter O’Neil that Defence Chief apologized to India in 2011.  Why?   Because, a ministerial inquiry confirmed that Canadian military personnel had participated at a Remembrance Day event that “glorified terrorists” at a Sikh temple in Surrey, B.C.   Wow!  So, Mister Prime Minister, you are trying to make your Canada squeaky clean with her hands off of... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/12/14)

Ethics and the non-religious essence of Buddhism – II
By Rohana R. Wasala
The Buddhist teaching has been described by scholars as exoteric, and not esoteric. As we know the word ‘exoteric’ means ‘fit to be known by the uninitiated; suited to the general public…’, and its antonym ‘esoteric’ means ‘intelligible or intended for the initiated only, confidential, secret, mystical’. Buddhism is not esoteric. The ‘initiated’ are those who have been tacitly accepted or ceremonially admitted to the membership of a special society or social group governed by its own rules and sharing some kind of exclusive knowledge. A person need not undergo any such esoteric religious or mystical ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/12/14)

The culture of shamelessness – an art of the gods
By Mario Perera, Kadawata
Three very recent newspaper headlines that epitomize ‘an art of governance, caught my attention. The first concerns the now well known public statement of the Minister of Higher Education S.B.Dissanayake. He said that in the immediate aftermath of MR winning the presidential election, Chandrika Kumaranatunga, former president, would be thrown on the ground, trampled, her clothes removed, and made to run along the streets naked. The second was a videoed statement by Keheliya Rambukwella while leaving the Kandy court house. When asked about the charge against him he said he did not even know why... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/12/14)

Paul Craig Roberts-US Government Most Corrupt on Earth
On the teetering economy and possible economic collapse, former Assistant Treasury Secretary Dr. Paul Craig Roberts says, “We know something serious is wrong. The only provision of Dodd-Frank that has any teeth is the provision that says if the big banks are going to be casinos and gamble on derivatives, they cannot do that in the depository institution where depositors have their accounts. They have to farm... -Full Story- (https:/youtube.com/ - 21/12/14)

The East Pakistan Tragedy – It Hurts Even Today
By Afshain Afzal
Sixteenth December 2014 was another dark day, when foreign terrorist carried out cold blooded massacre at Army Public School, Warsak Road, Peshawar, martyring over 157 and injuring scores of other. It is being claimed that terrorist suspected that recruitment of Tribal was taking place inside school. However, there are conflicting reports that some farewell party was in progress in school’s auditorium. There are also reports that board examination was in progress in the auditorium. Whatever the case may be, one feels helpless as one cannot undo that has been done. One would like to share sympathies... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/12/14)

Burma accorded with AIF membership
By NJ Thakuria
Guwahati: Burma (now known as Myanmar) becomes a shareholder of Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Infrastructure Fund as the country has completed all formalities. Emerged as the 11th shareholder of the ASEAN Infrastructure Fund (AIF), the transforming nation thus joined hands with the other ASEAN members and also the Asian Development Bank (ADB). “Myanmar is pleased to become a full member of the AIF as this is an important step toward further integration into ASEAN and the global economy, as well as helping the country to access funding to invest in infrastructure to support its... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/12/14)

From Kandy to Colombo and then to Galle
By Charles.S.Perera
Fast trains, highways, tall buildings clean cities are no more unrealized dreams  to the people of  Sri Lanka.   The inter city train takes you from  Kandy to Colombo in a matter of three hours.  Kandy is just beginning its beautification program while Colombo is already into it. There is in the mean time a wide disparity in the thinking of the people in Kandy and those in Colombo, so much so  when it comes to elections, which is uppermost in the minds of the people today.  The Presidential elections not being too far away, one has to... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/12/14)

AT ELECTION TIME:  CITIES SPILL INTO THE VILLAGE AND VILLAGES ENLARGE INTO A CITY
 By Gomin Dayasri
In the cities it is Sirisena, in the villages it is Rajapakse. Is the nation two-dimensional? Listen to their talk. It’s a two-way mode reciprocally from the city and village on mobile phones - the beckoning instrument more valued than thousand posters. The prime unheralded weapon of mass destruction that annihilated Fonseka last time. Who will suffer this time as the dialogue extends from home to home?  Come elections, either the cities will spill into the village or villages will enlarge into the city.  The differences merge to become one. Which will overtake the other is... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/12/14)

එසේ නම් සුමිතුර අසන්න මේ අවසාන සටනයි
මහින්ද පතිරණ Courtesy Divaina
ඕනෑම අරගලයක අන්තිම ම සටන සිදුවන්නේ සතුරු කඳවුර තුළ නොව මිතුරු එක තුළ ය. ඒ සතුරා මාරාන්තික පසුබෑමකින් අනතුරු ව වෙනත් ආකෘතියකින් අනිවාර්යයෙන් ම නැවත සටනට පිවිසෙන නිසා ය. මිතුරු කඳවුර තුළ සාමාන්‍යයෙන් මෙම සටන නැවත මතුවන්නේ නොසිතූ නොවිරූ ලෙසිනි. ලංකාවේ බෙදුම්වාදී සටන නන්දිකඩාල් කලපුවෙන් අවසන් වූයේ නැත. එහි දී ඊට විරාමයක්‌ ලැබුණා පමණි. මේ දැන් දිගහැරෙමින් තිබෙන්නේ අන්තිම සටනේ දෙවැනි උපක්‍රමික දිගුවයි. මෙහෙයුම් සැලසුම යටත් විජිත හීනමානය නිසා ජාත්‍යාලය අහිමි කරගත් සිංහල රදලයින් විසින් කරන අතර එහි ප්‍රමුඛතම සෙබළා ලෙස දුබල හෙළ බොදු ගොවියෙකු පෙරමුණට යවා ඇත. සටන තීරණාත්මක ය. මේ ඒ පිළිබඳ කෙරෙන කරුණු... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 19/12/14)

Sirisena seems to be working on instructions from a foreign power
Vimutti
Sirisena seems to be working on instructions from a foreign powe and that power is the United States who is more interested in using Sri Lanka as part of its effort to contain (oppress) China than developing the Sri Lanka economy and lifting people out of poverty. Ranil now says if Maithripala is elected he is going to roll back the 1.5 BILLION dollar Chinese funded Colombo Port City development, the largest development of its kind in the world. He is not interested in economic development of Sri Lanka or lifting people out of poverty with the thousands... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 19/12/14)

Sri Lanka #89 Best Countries for Business-Forbes
Sri Lanka is placed 89th out of 146 nations in the Forbes’ Best Countries for Business 2014 ranking, Forbes announced. India has been placed 93rd, behind countries like Mexico, Kazakhstan The best country for business this year is Denmark, which ranked No. 1 three straight years between 2008 and 2010. The top10 includes also Hong Kong, New Zealand, Ireland, Sweden, Canada, Norway, Singapore and Switzerland. At a Glance
GDP Growth: 6.3% GDP/Capita: $6,500 Trade Balance: -3.8% Population: 21.9M Public Debt As % of GDP: 78% Unemployment: 5.1% Inflation: 4.7% Sri Lanka continues to experience strong economic growth following... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 19/12/14)

Lessons for Sri Lanka: What regime CHANGE resulted for Libya
Shenali D Waduge
The West's onslaught to topple Gaddafi and liberate Libya began on 15th February 2011 and ended on 20th October 2011. Noteworthy is the manner Libya was orchestrated to fall. Starting with PEACEFUL PROTESTS a surge of foreign 'rebels' flooded into Libya from borders to take on Gaddafi’s troops. Gaddafi’s 42 year reign ended when he was summarily executed in the most brutal and undeserving manner watched virtually live. 4 years later Libya is in complete chaos. Only now the Libyans feel sorrow, remorse and guilt for the manner their leader was eliminated. Too late they have understood the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 19/12/14)

Maithri is the Presidential Candidate of the New Democratic Front - Not the Common Candidate or UNP
Listen SriLankans 
When will the Maithri Mania begin to realize that Maithri is NOT a common candidate - Maithri is the Presidential Candidate of the New Democratic Front Maithri Palanayak is what the manifesto promises - Goodbye Ranil is what that will mean Maithri Yugayak is what the manifesto will lead to - Goodbye Ranil and UNP We know Maithri cant lead...he doesn't know where Buckingham Palace is, he says one thing then denies it, Buddhists should not trust him... a man who holds the sacred Buddha's relics and lies is no custodian of the countr... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 19/12/14)

CBK says, "I finished 75 percent of the war
P.Ariyasinghe, Melbourne
At a news conference held a couple of days ago, former President Chandrika had claimed to the war victory saying, that 75 per cent of the war was finished during her regime. If so, why did she stay for nine years to announce this ? It is true that the Jaffna Fort was captured during her tenure. But that is not 75 per cent. She had also said that the LTTE retreated to the Jungles and their presence was insignificant. Is this the reason why she offered Prabhakaran the North and the East for ten years on a platter.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 19/12/14)

Does Udaya Gamanpilla deserve a responsible position after the Election? My answer is NO.
LANKAPUTHRA
 December 13th Sunday Leader had an editorial and a heading “Give Udaya Gammanpila a chance”. Infolanka web site published it. I tried to locate it on the 14th but could not, so I do not have a URL.   Sincere advice to Udaya, it is up to you to take it or leave it. First you must denounce JHU for what the party has done over the years. Few months ago Champica went to UK to address JHU overseas members. Who funded this trip, his money or JHU money? My understanding is that every month there is a... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 19/12/14)

Champika Ranawaka - a bull in a china shop
Hot News
What development? Let’s eat and merry, that was the message given to voters by Champika Ranawake on behalf of Sirisena’s campaign. By the sheer number of email circulated by Champika’s coordinator Dhanushka Ramanayake,  Champika Runawaka beat everyone else in the presidential race to introduce new policies for the hypothetical Sirisena Government. According to Patali Champika Ranawaka Media (PCR Media), in a recent election meeting held at Avissawella  Mr. Ranawaka pledged on behalf of Sirisena that Sirisena government will abolish fuel tax and reduce petrol price by Rs 52/-  per litre and diesel by Rs17/- per litre immediately.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 19/12/14)

Sirisena reneged on vow made on casket of Buddha’s relics – Sangha Nayake Thera
Ven. Piyananda Thera
Opposition candidate Maithripala Sirisena was not trustworthy and should be shunned by all Buddhists for he had reneged a promise he had made by placing his hands on a casket containing the sacred relics of the Buddha, Chief Sanghanayake of the US, Dr. Walpola Piyananda Thera said. Addressing a public rally organised by the Mahajana Eksath Peramuna at Sathosa Auditorium at Homagama on Wednesday evening Ven. Piyananda Thera said Sirisena had sworn by the casket of relics of the Buddha in the presence of JHU’s Ven. Ellawela Medhananda that he would never desert the President... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 19/12/14)

Common Opposition Presidential Candidate Sirisena says Probaharan was killed while he was acting as the defence Minister and the acting defence Minister during the last few days of war against LTTE
Hot News
Addressing a campaign meeting held at Nikaweratiya yesterday, the Common opposition presidential candidate Maithripala Sirisena  admitted that LTTE supremo Probaharan was killed while he was acting as the defence Minister, indirectly admitting that if there is any war crime during last few days of Probhaharan’s rule as alleged by TNA, LTTE diaspora and the international community he is also directly responsible for any alleged war crimes.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 19/12/14)

President receives US warning through SLFP Gen. Secy
by Shamindra Ferdinando Courtesy Island
In spite of helping President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s government to bring its war, against the LTTE, to a successful conclusion, in May, 2009, the US stepped up pressure on Sri Lanka over accountability issues. The US relentlessly pursued the accountability issues, in accordance with its overall strategy, meant to haul Sri Lanka up before the Geneva-based United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC). The US project led to the launch of an external investigation into the conduct of Sri Lanka’s political and military leadership, consequent to 25th session, in Geneva, in March, last year. The US,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 19/12/14)

Wimal Weerawansa demolishes Champika Ranawake’s “book of diabolical lies” , challenge for a public debate and expose his pro TNA statement to Tamil Press on Military presence
Hot News
“There are some people making false accusations against the government claiming that the present government is taking loans for development projects at higher interest rates. These accusations are made while these parties are standing among people and hobnobbing with those who borrowed money for the government at interest rates higher than 10% when they were in power” National Freedom Front leader, minister Wimal Weerawansa said yesterday at. a press conference and challenged these parties for a public debate on this issue. “Elaborating further Wimal Weerawansa said that. '' Today, some parties are trying to make an opinion... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 19/12/14)

World denounces Taliban for Peshawar Massacre of Kids: LTTE’s terror ignored because politicians are in their pockets!
Shenali D Waduge 
If there is no good or bad Taliban the same should be said about the LTTE. Lives of 132 children were cut short while world leaders, diplomats and the UN continue to deliberate on who and what terrorism is. The issue remains the fact that one man’s terrorist inadvertently becomes another man’s freedom fighter and LTTE terrorists remained ‘freedom fighters’ in view of the relationship they were able to forge with Western politicians in a ‘you scratch our back and we will scratch yours’ arrangement that continues to provide the brains of the LTTE VIP status... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/12/14)

Backstabbing and diplomacy in London -Life Abroad - Part 109
Dr. Tilak Fernando
Two years prior to Ceylon gaining independence, Sir George Claude Stanley Corea was appointed as the first 'Ceylonese Representative' to the United Kingdom in 1946 and served in that capacity until 1949. The position was akin to a 'diplomat par excellence'. Subsequently in 1948, after Ceylon gained independence, he was appointed to the United States as the first 'Ceylonese Ambassador'. The Sri Lankan diplomatic service which has metamorphosed from 25 Grosvenor Square, London W1 to 13 Hyde Park Gardens, London W2 from 1949, the following personalities have served... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/12/14)

Disintergartion of JHU even before presidential election- 17 out of 29 JHU Provincial Council members left JHU to join SLFP
Hot News
In an interview with journalists today, Udaya gammanpila said 17 out of 29 JHU provincial council members have pledged their support to the government presidential candidate Mahinda Rajapakse. Ther e are 8 Bikkhus in that group. 17 JHU PS members support MR
Courtesy Daily Mirror
Western Provincial Councilor Udaya Gammanpila who crossed over to the government recently said seventeen out of the 29 Jathika Hela Urumaya Pradeshiya Sabha monks today joined the government to support President Mahinda Rajapaksa and vowed to form their own party. (Jehan Gunasekara) - See more at: http://www.dailymirror.lk/59161/17-jhu-ps-members-support-mrsthash.vsBMtpKT.dpuf Courtesy... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 18/12/14)

India says Eelam includes Greater Tamil Nadu - Sri Lankan Voters Beware of CBK-Maithri-TNA MOU
Shenali D Waduge
India has sent out an important message. LTTE is not dead after all though its leader and key ground force leaders were eliminated in May 2009. People had forgotten about those that funded the LTTE, those that ran propaganda for the LTTE and the minds that strategized LTTE’s terror as well as people in office whose personal ideologies lends support to creating separatism. Rewind our memory and relook at the Greater Eelam agenda and realize why India palmed off Eelam to Sri Lanka to avoid calamity on home soil after crushing the We Tamil movement. LTTE... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/12/14)

Gota blasts those ashamed of being Sinhalese
Courtesy The Daily  Mirror
Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa today said it was extremely unfortunate to note that there were some influential figures within Sri Lanka who have said openly that the country should submit itself to an international investigation. “One such figure has even admitted to being proud of her children for saying they were ashamed to be Sinhalese and Sri Lankans after having watched what is little more than an LTTE propaganda film aired on Channel 4,” Mr. Rajapaksa said addressing businessmen and professionals at the Momentum forum. The full speech: “The question we must all ask ourselves... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/12/14)

A DAMNING PROCLAMATION BY A DASTARD POLITICAL THUG
Susantha Wijesinghe.
""THE JVP would be in the forefront when Mahinda is pulled out of temple trees like an animal after 8th January. "" The Proclamation above by Anura Kumara,  appears in print in the media, with his photograph to boot.  There is still much time for the Election Day. The President is being Bodily threatened, while he is still in office as the incumbent President. In an identical situation in USA, if anyone threatened the incumbent President with BODILY HARM, with strong derogatory statements, the CIA would have whisked HIM away into a penitentiary pending indictment. Probably he would have ended... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/12/14)

Maithripala Sirisena-s statement on closure of Airport on 8th January
As he himself declared that if he has uttered such statement I should have psychiatric problem. Here is the proof what he claimed.to be.... -Full Story- (https:/youtube.com/ - 18/12/14)

උතුරේ මෝඩ සංවර්ධනය පාරාවළල්ලක් වනු ඇත.
ධර්මසිරි සෙනෙවිරත්න
  දෙමළුන් විසින් තමන්ගේ නිජ බිමයය් කියන උතුර  එසේනොවෙයය්කියා නිශේධ නොකර උතුරු පළාත් සභාවකුත් පත්කර  රටේ මුළු   මුදල් සම්භාරයෙන්  විශාල ප්‍රමාණයක්  වය කර  මේ රජය විසින්  දැන් කර ගෙන යන  දැවැන්ත සංවර්ධන කටයුතු   නිසා  සිදු වන්නේ  රනිල් හා චන්ද්‍රිකා  විසින් කොටි සමග  ඇතිකළ සාම ගිවිසුම නිසා කොටි  බලවත් වූ පරිදිම දෙමල ජාතිවාදීන් නැවත බලවත් වීමය. තුන් හාර මාසයකින් ඉවර කල හැකිව තිබු  ත්‍රස්ත  යන පැරදවීම වසර 3ක් දක්වා කල් යාමට ප්‍රධාන හේතුව රනිල්  විසින් කොටි  යලි නගීසිටුවීමය් . මේ පාපතර ගේ පාපතර ක්‍රියාව  දෙස චන්ද්‍රිකා සිනාසෙමින් අහක බලාගෙන සිටි යේ කවදා හෝ ''' අනේ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/12/14)

Don’t like curries? This could change your opinion on curries forever.
 Dr Hector Perera       London
The foods without spices or salt added are generally called bland food sometimes medically recommended to eat bland food in certain cases. The bland diet can be counterintuitive to what many of us know about healthy eating. But when your stomach is hurting from surgery or intestinal problems, or you are nauseated from treatment, it's important to eat what you can. Foods in the bland diet are very gentle. They are low fibre, low in fat, not spicy, soft, and overall easy to digest. In general majority of Asian people prefer to spice up the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 17/12/14)

WHERE MUST THE CRUSHED ONES GO????
ALI SUKHANVER
Life is going to prove hazardously disastrous for the Muslims and Christians of India in general and particularly for those who are unfortunately poor and destitute. The Hindu extremists are doing all their best to compel the poor Muslims and the Christians to embrace Hinduism and say good-bye to their forefather’s religion. These poor Muslims and Christians are being offered a lot of benefits including food, clothes, medicines, jobs and even their own houses if they convert to Hinduism. According to the Washington Post, earlier this week, more than 50 impoverished Muslim families in a slum in... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 17/12/14)

Extremist forces behind common opposition: BBS
Courtesy The Daily Mirror
The Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) General Secretary Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara Thera today said that all the extremist forces are combined with the common political party and with the support of the common opposition they are disseminating extremist powers around the country. He said those who are disseminating Christian extremism were recently joined with the common opposition and this is the next conspiracy that would be followed by them. By using the common opposition, these extremists groups are attempting to convey a new colonisation in the country and they are trying to convert the people... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 17/12/14)

What Maithripala is promising is a hodgepodge -G.L
... -Full Story- (dailymirror.lk - 17/12/14)

Sirisena-Ranil-JHU coalition – the disastrous  road to instability Part III
H.L.D.Mahindapala
In the  main, coalitions of diverse parties have been recipes for political instability and economic stagnation. Down every step of the way they will be obsessed with politics – meaning fighting for the advantages each party could extract at  the expense of the  others to consolidate their political bargaining and electoral chances  – brushing aside economics of growth, or the day-to-day issues that plague the  people. Their internal bickering will dominate the headlines. In fact, all coalitions are  like  Hollywood marriages: gilded, glamorous and  grand today and divisive and deadly leading to divorces tomorrow. The two best known... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 17/12/14)

ඡන්දයට හමස් පෙට්ටියෙන් එලියට ගන්නා සිංහලයා
- දිල්රුක් කන්නන්ගර
 සර්වජන ඡන්ද බලය (1931) ලබාදීමට පෙර කිසිදු දේශීය නායකයෙකු සිංහල ජනතා අභිමතාර්ථ කෙරෙහි කිසිදු තැක්මක් පල නොකළහ. රාජ්‍ය මන්ත්‍රණ සභා ධූරීන් බ්‍රිතාන්‍ය පාලනයට ආවඩනු මිස ජනීජනයා නොතැකූහ.  නිදහස් අධයාපනය සැමට ලබාදීමෙන් තම පොල් වත්තේ පොල් කඩන්නන් නැතිවන බව පැරණි තාලේ දේශපාලකයකු විසින් කීම කදිම උදාහරණයකි. එහෙත් සර්වජන චන්ද බලය (1931) සමඟ  එය වෙනස්වන්නට විය. දේශපාලකයන් මහජනතාවට ඇහුම්කන්දෙන තත්වයට නිහතමානී වූහ.  එනමුත් යලි එය ටිකෙන්ටික වෙනස්වනට වූයේ කාටත් නොදැනෙන ලෙසය. අද දේශපාලකයන්ට මහජාතිය මතක් වන්නේ ඡන්දයක් ලං වූවිට පමණි.            2010 සිට 2015 දක්වා කාලය තුල රාජ්‍ය තන්ත්‍රය දෙමල දුක්ගැනවිලි සහ දෙමල අභිමතාර්ථ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 17/12/14)

WISE ADVICE TO MR. SIRISENA, COMMON CANDIDATE FOR PRESIDENCY.
Susantha Wijesinghe.
Dear Mr. Sirisena, I see that, with some of the statements that you are making, you appear to be in a quagmire, in an irksome situation. When you say that by midnight of the 8th January 2015, all doors of the Bandaranaike Internation Airport will be closed by you, did you not realize that you have no status to do that at that time, 12.00 midnight. Let us assume that you have a winning streak at that hour, while the votes are still being counted, the ballot boxes may be still in transfer mode. You are still... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 17/12/14)

Can Maithripala Sirisena win the Presidential Election WITHOUT UNP Votes?
Shenali D Waduge
  There is an issue that has been overlooked. Firstly, it is the manner that Maithripala was parachuted to the role of Opposition Candidate ignoring the line-up UNP contenders including Ranil Wickremasinghe. Next, is the factor that emerges from numerous UNP crossovers to the possibilities of the UNP party diminishing into oblivion if Maithri emerges winner. This last allegation deserves merit on account of the Maithri camp slowly disassociating itself from the initial slogan of handing power over to Ranil after 24 hours which became 6months and now it appears Maithriapala will stand full Presidential term... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 17/12/14)

Good governance is a Trojan Horse
by Nalin de Silva
Has there been any government free from blame for corruption, bribery, undemocratic in the sense defined in the text books, partiality towards favourites including relatives, suppression of the press etc. in this country? What can be observed is that the so-called good governance has deteriorated over the years and if by some chance (in a dream world) Maithripala Sirisena became the President we would have a government worse than the present with respect to good governance. Already Maithripala Sirisena has said that when he became the President he would close down the Katunayake Airport and... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 17/12/14)

Corruption as political weapon without a solution
A collection of valid points of view
1.The Island Editorial says 2. Further Analysis by Nalliah Thayabharan 3  More observations by Christie 4. Some more observations by Nimal 5. A Possible Solution by NeelaMahaYoda The Island Editorial says;
"Opposition presidential candidate Maithripala Sirisena claims that the government leaders’ corrupt deals have resulted in massive cost overrides in road construction projects among other things. He has also made several other allegations of corruption against his former political masters. UPFA MP Prof. Rajiva Wijesinha, who broke ranks with the government, has recently told this newspaper, in an interview, that Sirisena once, in a conversation... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 17/12/14)

Exclusive Revelation by Maithripala Sirisena!
It was only Yesterday
Revelation by Maithripala revivified and resuscitated... -Full Story-
(https:/facebook.com/ - 17/12/14)

MADULUWAWE SOBHITA,  RANIL, MAITHRI. ARJUNA AND CHAMPAKA SEEKING ROAD DIRECTIONS FROM A BUTTERFLY
By M D P DISSANAYAKE
මං මුලාවී පාර හොයාගෙන හසරක් අසමින් යන ගමනේ මං මුලාවූ සමනළියකගෙනි පාර අසා තිබුනේ // ඇයත් නොදන්නිය ඇය යන මානය උන්හිටි තැන් මතකයේ අඩමානය // පාර කියන්නේ කෙලෙසද මා හට ඇයටද පාරක් ඇති නැති ගානය මං මුලාවී..........  අප හමුවූයේ මන්දැයි නොදනිමි පාර ඇසූයේ ඇයිදැයි නොකියමි // අපේ ගමන අද නවතනු හැකිනම් අප යන ගමනද අද මෙතැනින් නිමි මං මුලාවී.........  Please press Contol and click link below to watch the Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GytpzuZn22Q SINGER: LATE GUNADASA KAPUGE LYRICS: SUNIL ARIYARATNE MUSIC: LATE GUNADASA... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 17/12/14)

Colombo Port City will be scrapped: Ranil
Courtesy The Daily Mirror
Opposition United National Party (UNP) Leader Ranil Wickremsinghe said today the new government, which would be formed by the joint opposition after the current regime was defeated at the January 8 elections, would scrap the Colombo Port City Project. Mr. Wickremesinghe told tourist industry leaders who met him today that the project would be scrapped because it would end up destroying the coastal belt from Negombo to Beruwala. He said the international airport at Mattala would be made viable and put to better economic use while a new airport would be constructed in the Eastern... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 17/12/14)

For how long can the ICC cheat and deprive Sri Lanka of credit for authorship of UDRS?
 Shenali D. Waduge
The need to adopt UDRS (also called DRS) in cricket universally has now become a hot topic in the light of India’s sensational defeat in a thrilling Test Match played against Australia at Adelaide. India’s stark obstinacy in refusing to allow UDRS to function contributed to its own downfall because several blatantly wrong umpiring decisions that went against India in this match particularly in the tense final day could not be corrected because of the absence of the UDRS. It was these types of umpiring howlers that the system was originally designed to eliminate. But they... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 17/12/14)

Ethics and the non-religious essence of Buddhism
By Rohana R. Wasala
 (The first of three articles on this subject) Ethics is essential for religion, but religion is not essential for ethics. In other words, although religion cannot do without ethics, ethics can do without religion. The religious will challenge this statement, but the non-religious will have no difficulty in agreeing with it. For the average readers, it may be a confusing, contradictory assertion by someone who has no clear understanding of what he or she is talking about. This is natural because the key words used in my proposition, ‘ethics’, ‘religion’, ‘religious’, and ‘non-religious’ can mean various... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 17/12/14)

$100 million loan for Burma’s infrastructure connectivity
NJ Thakuria
Guwahati: Burma (Myanmar), as it passes through various phases of transformation from a military dictatorship to multi-party democracy, is expected to improve its infrastructure connectivity as the Asian Development Bank (ADB) has offered a sizable volume of loans for the same. An ADB statement issued on December 16, 2014 from Rangoon city of Burma narrates that it has approved a loan of up to $100 million to Singapore-listed Yoma Strategic Holdings Ltd, which is assigned to work for improving infrastructure connectivity needed for sustainable economic growth in the southeast Asian country. “Investment in connectivity infrastructure is a... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 17/12/14)

Sydney Seige
Dr. Chula Rajapakse MNZM Spokesperson , United Sri Lanka Association.
Rt. Hon john Key, Prime Minister of New Zealand. Dear Mr. Key, Our hearts go out to Sydney  residents as they cope with the terrorist siege in their CBD. Sri Lankan’s more than any other appreciate their ordeal and challenges, having had to endure much worse at the hands of the Tamil Tigers for three decades. Sri Lankan sympathies and concern are even more heightened because Australia along with New Zealand were the only two western countries to detract from the US, UK Canada & EU led   censure of... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 17/12/14)

Ranil born to save SLFP not  UNP
H. L. D. Mahindapala
The public was made to understand that goody-goody Maithripala Sirisena does not care for power but would discard all trappings of  power  and glory and work jointly to democratize and liberalize the system. The plan revealed to the public was that the presidency will be abolished and power handed over to a prime minister  in parliament. But that is not going to happen according to what he says now.  In any case Sirisena has promised so  many things so many parties – some contradicting the other --  that in the end he will not be... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/12/14)

Gammanpila on common alliance and Executive Presidency -OBVIOUSLY SIRISENA LIED
Chamikara Weerasinghe The Daily News
JHU has no credibility now Lanka will be in pieces ... “Disparities in the agreements which the so-called common opposition candidate Maithripala Sirisena signed with the United National Party (UNP) and Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga and the one which he signed with the Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) compelled me to leave the JHU,” former JHU legal adviser and Western Province Minister Udaya Gammanpila said yesterday. Gammanpila said as per the agreement signed between Sirisena and the JHU, the Executive Presidency... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/12/14)

නව වැනිදාට ගුවන් තොටුපොළ වහන්න හිතන චණ්ඩියා කවුද?
එදාටත් ජනාධිපති මම තමයි
* සමහරු නම් පැනල යන්න ගුවන් ප්‍රවේශ පත්‍ර අරගෙන තිබෙනවා. ඒ අයට යන්න මගෙන් බාධාවක් නෑ * මොන ‍බාධක අභියෝග ආවත් මවුබිම හැරදමා මම යන්නේ නෑ * රටට ජනතාවට ආදරය කරන නායකයන් ඉවත් කිරීම බටහිර ලෝකයට අවශ්‍ය දෙයක් බද්දේගම-ඇල්පිටිය ජනහමුවලදී ජනපති කියයි මහින්ද අලුත්ගෙදර බද්දේගම සිට ... කුමන බාධක, අභියෝග පැමිණිය ද දිවි හිමියෙන් උපන් මාතෘභූමිය හැර නොයන බව ජනාධිපති මහින්ද රාජපක්ෂ මහතා අවධාරණය කරයි. පාර්ලිමේන්තු මන්ත්‍රීවරයාව සිටිය දී පමණක් නොව ඇමැති, අගමැති, විපක්ෂ නායක මෙන්ම ජනාධිපතිවරයා වශයෙන් ද කටයුතු කළ තමා ජීවත් වූයේ මේ භූමියේ බව පවසන ඒ මහතා ඉදිරියටත් ජීවත් වන්නේ මේ භූමියේම බව... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/12/14)

Will not allow offenders to flee: Maithripala Sirisena
Courtesy The Daily Mirror
Common opposition presidential candidate Maithripala Sirisena said he would not allow those who faced allegations of corruption to leave the country, if he were elected to office in January. "There are many who are waiting to flee if we win the Presidential Election. I will not allow anyone to flee the country if they were alleged to have been involved in corruption," he said speaking at the launch of the book titled ‘Alapalu Arthikaya’ (Doom and Boom Economy) written by former Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka. Mr. Sirisena recalled how he was prevented from speaking against... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/12/14)

Whoever wins Ranil will be the loser -Part 1
H. L. D. Mahindapala
What political analysts have failed to grasp so far is that the current presidential election is essentially a home-and-home match.  This is not a contest between the Government and the Opposition, or the SLFP and the UNP, plus  the other minor parties. Though other parties have joined in  the fray, this election is a straight fight between the Mahinda Rajapakse-wing of the SLFP and the Sirisena-Chandrika-Mangala wing of the SLFP. Others in the Opposition like Ranil Wickremesinghe are bit players carrying the torch for the Sirisena- wing of the SLFP.   This will become clearer if... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/12/14)

Sri Lanka’s Presidential Election Voter Dilemma: Electing the Lesser Evil
Shenali D Waduge
Slogans carry messages of ‘TIME FOR CHANGE’ ‘GOOD GOVERNANCE’ ‘END TO CORRUPTION’ ‘ABOLITION OF EXECUTIVE PRESIDENCY’. Let’s be realistic about the 2 main camps. Neither side is lily white nor likely to be. This is the reality that the people need to accept. On both camps skeletons prevail and both sides have their share of nefarious characters. The people’s dilemma remains how far will change depart from the areas that the People identify as needing change? The next dilemma for the people is if there is going to be no change inspite of voting for change,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/12/14)

Corruption as political weapon
Editorial The Island 
There are two things that all politicians seek mandates at elections to eliminate—poverty and corruption. But, as is common knowledge, they do precious little to make good their pledges. Instead, we have seen most politicians eliminate their own poverty through corruption while marketing their humble origins as the progeny of farmers and slum dwellers to woo and dupe poor voters. They amass so much of wealth through corrupt deals that they bequeath their children billions of rupees so that the latter can not only live in clover without being employed but also bribe the public with... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/12/14)

Parliament Jokes!
S. Akurugoda
According to a latest news item, the constitutional proposals drafted by the so-called Joint opposition to abolish the Executive Presidency within a 100-day timeframe, envisages the formation of a Parliamentary Affairs Committee, replacing the present system of control of Parliament by the Cabinet, paving the way for the Parliament to become the primary organ.  I remember there was a Sinhala film titled "Parliamentary Jokes' screened  few years directed by Ranjan Ramanayake , a actor and a parliamentarian.   Although I have not seen the film or unaware of what is in it, the titles came to my mind... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/12/14)

Tissa challenges UNP leaders to relaunch party machinery
Dharma Sri Abeyratne in Nawalapitiya  Courtesy The Daily News
 Former General Secretary of the UNP, Health Minister Tissa Attanayake challenged the UNP leaders to re-launch the presidential election campaign, commenced by him as the then UNP General Secretary. He added that the switch of the presidential election mechanism of the UNP was put off by him when he left the UNP. Therefore, the UNP leaders are now at a standstill and in difficulty by failing to re-launch the election machinery, he said. Minister Attanayaka said it was with much dedication... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/12/14)

JVP, UNP now silent about Sirisena’s siblings misconduct _ President
Dharma Sri Abeyratne in Nawalapitiya  Courtesy The Daily News

It was the JVP and the UNP that first spoke about corruption and misconduct of the siblings of common candidate Maithripala Sirisena, President Mahinda Rajapaksa said. Addressing a UPFA election rally in Nawalapitiya yesterday, the President said the JVP and the UNP emphatically criticized the Brothers’ Company of Sirisena earlier revealing misconduct. “It is strange that they never utter a single world about that Brothers’ Company now. They have now changed the tune and are harping on the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/12/14)

The United National Party of Ranil Wickremasinghe  can only increase the Cost of Living: The Common Candidate should know this fact.
By Garvin Karunaratne
The Common Candidate declaring that he could bring the Cost of Living down requires a last laugh because he does not know that it was the United National Party his main supporter that abolished and closed down the infrastructure that our country had to control the cost of living.  President Jayawardena abolished the main part and Premier  Ranil Wickremasinghe abolished what was left of the great infrastructure  that Sri lankan political leaders and administrators had carefully built up since independence. I was myself a party to build up that infrastructure in my service in the Administrative... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/12/14)

මෛත්‍රී ගියේ විදේශීය කුමන්ත්‍රණයක ඉත්තෙක්‌ වෙලා -Minister SB Disanaye disclosed Chandrika’s Rs 2 billion political graft.
Courtesy Divaina
Minister SB. Dissanayake, is always a disputed figure in the political arena. This time, he was interviewed by the "island" and was speaking about the allegations against the government on bribery , corruption, and lack of good governance. The questions and the answers are given in Sinhala. අමාත්‍ය එස්‌.බී. දිසානායක අප දේශපාලන කරලියේ කවදත් විවාදිත චරිතයකි. ඔහු මෙවර "දිවයින" සමග එක්‌ වූයේ රජයට එරෙහිව පවතින අල්ලස්‌ දුෂණ, වංචා යහ පාලනය නොමැති කම ආදී චෝදනා ගැන කතා කරමිනි. එහි දී අප ඇසු ප්‍රශ්න හා ඊට ඔහු දුන් පිළිතුරු මෙම සංවාදයට ඇතුළත්ය. ප්‍රශ්නය - අද මේ රටේ දේශපාලනඥයෝ අන්... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/12/14)

ලේසිම චන්ද ගුණ්ඩුව  දුෂණයෙන් භීෂණයෙන් තොර  යහ පාලනයය්
ධර්මසිරි සෙනෙවිරත්න
 රටේ දැවෙන ප්‍රශ්නය , මුලික ප්‍රශ්නය  හා  අනාගතය තීරණය කරන ප්‍රශ්නය වන 13අ සහ පළාත් සභා අහෝසි කිරීම  ගැන කතා නොකර  ඉහතකී පහසුම  චන්ද ගුණ්ඩුව දැන් චන්ද දායකයා වෙත  සියලුම අපේක්ෂකයන් ගෙන් ඉදිරිපත්වී ඇත. ඕනෑම  අන්දමකට නිර්වචනය කල හකි නිසා  මේ පොරොන්දුව  තමන් ඉටුකර ඇති බව  පසුව කියන්නට  දිනු එකාට හැකියාව ලැබේ   ජේ ආර්  කිව්වේ තම පාලනය ධර්මිෂ්ට පාලනයක් කියාය  සරත් චන්ද්රට බිමදාගෙන ගැසුවේත් විනිසුරන්ට  ගල්ගසුවෙත් ඒ ධර්මිෂ්ට පාලනය මගිනි ප්‍රේමදාස  60000 ක් පමණ මැරුවෙත් එම පාලනයේ '''දිගුව'' මගිනි එහෙත් ඒ ජා ප  යින්ට  එය දැහැමි යහ පාලනයක් විය බටලන්දේ ඝාතන  කොමිසමට අනුව සිදු... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/12/14)

A Coalition With No Clear Vision And Motivated By  The Greed For Power Is No Replacement For President Rajapaksa and the UPFA.
Lankaweb Weekly Editorial
December 13th. 2014   It seems somewhat of an aberration of the norm of good governance that the present President has provided  the Nation that those who are attempting to replace him have no clear vision that could supecede or circumvent what has already been set in place by him and are being driven by what is  quite plainly visible as the greed for power where ordinary sins of any aspiring Administration have been blown out of proportion to enhance their election platform!.  One where the UNP with no real means to accomplish this cannot even... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/12/14)

Help Sri Lanka's Colombians
Listen SriLankans 
Help Sri Lanka's Colombians ... can we ever understand them? They spend Rs.X on high teas, hanging out at nightclubs, dancing the night away till wee hours....spending loads on beautifying themselves and then no sooner bread goes up by Rs.2, gas goes up by Rs.100, vegetables goes up by Rs.10 they moan and complain about the spiralling cost of living....how many of these complainers give a poor man to eat, feed the hungry ... we wonder. They complain about the education system...but allow their daughters to dress like they are not dressed, moms themselves dress to compete... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/12/14)

DAUNTING AND COMICAL INCIDENTS IN LONDON LIFE ABROAD - PART 108
Dr.Tilak Fernando
Some of the incidents that have taken place in London during the peak of the LTTE’s callous activities at home could be catalogued as threatening, precarious and at times hilarious too. It was an era that certain self-appointed Tamil groups, who pretended to be ‘agents’ of the terrorist organisation, began to coerce money from innocent Tamil families and business houses in the UK. In places like Wembley and Alperton, Middlesex rival Tamil gangs, originally from Jaffna and the East, occasionally battled with swords and guns at each other. ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/12/14)

Steven Blaney urged Rathika Sitsabaiesan, a Tamil Tiger Agent, to apologize “to veterans and all Canadians” for her statement that called the day “an important event” and likened it to Remembrance Day.
Courtesy TAMIL TIGER ACTIVITIES
RATHIKA SITSABAIESON TRIES TO EQUATE THE CANADIAN WAR VERTERANS TO TERRORISTS. CANADIAN WAR VERTERANS FOUGHT TO PROTECT AND DEFEND. TAMIL TIGER TERRORISTS SOUGHT TO DESTROY A NATION AND ITS PEOPLE – WITH A LETHALITY INDEX SCORE SIMILAR TO AL QAEDA. Rathika  your tiger stripes ingrained will be exposed and challenged by honorable men and women of Canada. Thankyou Mr Blaney! Thankyou Mr Bell for exposing this, she is one of many hundreds! Response by Minister of Public Safety Steven Blaney to Rathika Sitsabaiesan’s statement: “Tamil Heroes Day is dedicated to the glorification of the terrorist... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/12/14)

"Global South must reflect on 'how' development is done, not just 'what' is done"- Ambassador Aryasinha
 Sri Lanka Mission Geneva
Sri Lanka's Permanent Representative to the UN in Geneva Ambassador Ravinatha Aryasinha has said, in implementing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the Global South must continue to reflect on 'how' development is done, not just 'what' is done. He made this observation, when in his capacity as and Chairman of the Personal Representatives of G-15[1], together with Executive Director of the South Centre Dr. Martin Khor, he initiated a joint consultation by the South Centre and the Group of Fifteen (G-15) on 'The state of play of the Post-2015 Development Agenda and potential opportunities for... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/12/14)

Nobel Laureate Malala
By Rohana R. Wasala
 Young Pakistani child rights activist Malala Yousafzai (17) and Indian child rights campaigner Kailash Satyarthi (60) received their shared Nobel Prize for their activism from the King of Sweden in Oslo last Wednesday (10 December). Malala was quoted as saying: “I tell my story, not because it is unique, but because it is not”. Her Pakistani critics maintain that she is being manipulated by the West, and that she is breaching Islamic tenets by what she is doing. Malala’s own approach to the problem she is setting out to address is unorthodox. At the Girl Summit... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/12/14)

British intel asked for CIA torture report redactions, Downing St admits
Courtesy RT
British intelligence was in contact with the CIA prior to the publication of the US Senate report on torture published earlier this week. Downing Street confirmed the UK asked for information to be redacted on national security grounds. The statement contradicts those made earlier by the British government, which denied any involvement in US torture operations. The controversial report produced by Democratic members of the Senate Intelligence Committee found US military personnel had been involved in torture techniques, classified as “enhanced interrogation.” The techniques were called “brutal” by Senate members, and include graphic accounts of waterboarding, stress... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/12/14)

Chinese arms from Sri Lanka to Tamil Nadu give Kerala Naxals a boost
Written by: OneIndia Contributor
The Naxalites appear to have raised their ugly head and this time the concern is Kerala. The problem came to light when an incident in which exchange of fire was reported by the police and Naxals at the Vellamunda police limits at Waynad two days back. The Naxals at Kerala have been lying low for some time and now there appears to be a sustained effort on on their part to announce their return. While Kerala has been successful in the past in combating this menace, it appears that the Naxals have returned and are operating... -Full Story-
(oneindia.com - 14/12/14)

SRILANKAN POLITICIANS AND THEIR PARTISAN MEDIOCRITY
Kanthar P Balanathan
General This article is written with an objective of propagating the truth of SriLankan political manipulations to the citizens of SriLanka, both in SL and overseas. As SriLankans, sometime we cling onto partisan politics to take sides without recognising and understanding the truth of, national unity, national security, growth, economics, economic growth, technology, and social integration. We should never, ever assume that there are different ethnic groups in SL. We are all the same humans from one gene, however, different social and political environments over centuries, have made people to use different language, scripts and religion.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/12/14)

UNP’s 20 pillars to government and “Maithripala will lose”,the world’s leading astrologer tells to Hirunika and Daham
Hot News
In the coming few days It is anticipated that around 20 UNP’s organisers from all parts are to join the government as revealed by the former general secretary Tissa Attanayake. Most of the local UNP MPS, Provincial council members and grass root level organisers are agaist the decisions taken by the UNP in consenting for the common candidate, Maithripala sirisena to contest  and it was frustrating to them. The common candidate Maithripala Sirisena would be having drastically bad period between the December 22nd and January 19th 2015 was stated by the India’s number one astrologer professor A.S Karala among... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/12/14)

Secretly signed agreements in Sri Lanka (Indo-Lanka Accord-CFA-ISGA-PTOMs)
 Shenali D Waduge
 It is time that the public revisit some of the agreements that our supposed leaders had secretly signed for personal and political gain at the cost of the nation and its people. We are quick to accuse external forces of attempting to destabalize Sri Lanka without realizing that it is because there are handful of people ready to be their stooges that external forces have managed to destabalize our nation. The people need to identify who they are and ensure they never get elected.  The agreements that became dangerous prescriptions for future trouble begin with the ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/12/14)

Election/s in Sri Lanka, Western colonialism and China factor!
By mahinda
“All things are subject to change over time”  (sabbe sankaara accica- the Buddha) There was a time in our known history the Asian (India based) rule was dominating the world, i.e. mighty Kushan empire that ruled from present day Nepal to near Turkey early 2000 CE. Before that there was similar emperors i.e. Jinghis Khan who dominated up to Western borders another 3000/5000 years before CE. Then came Greek, Roman empires, Spanish, Portugal, French, Britain already gone in to the history and contemporary USA whose declaration as world super power and its dominance stands on mere fire... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/12/14)

මුස්ලිම් වරුන්ගේ තර්ජන
ධර්මසිරි සෙනෙවිරත්න
බොදුබල සේනාව රජයට උදව් කල හොත්  නියෝජ්‍ය ඇමති  ෆෛසේර් මුස්තාෆා රජයෙන් අස්වෙන බවට තර්ජනය කරය් , අනේ මුන්ට ගිය කලක්  බෞද්ධ බලමන්ඩලයකට බෞද්ධ රටේ  කිසිවක් කිරීමට   කොහෙන්දෝ ඇවිත්  කඩා පත්වී බෞද්ධ සරණින්  මුක්කු ගසා ගත්තවුන්ගෙන්  අවසර ගැනීමට  සිදුවේ ගන යන්නේද   වෙනත් පරදෙශී ආක්රමනිකයෙකුට බයේ  නන්නත්තාරයේ දුවන්නට වූ මුස්ලිම් වෙළෙන්දෝ .සෙනරත් රජතුමා  ගේ අනුකම්පාව නිසා  මෙහි පල පදියම්වී  ඉංග්‍රීසින්ගේ  අනුග්‍රහය ලබා  බල පුළුවන් කාරයන්වී  තමන්ට සෙවන දුන් සිංහලයට  කෙනෙහිලිකම් කිරීම අරබුයේ ඉංග්‍රීසින්ගේ ද උසිගැන්වීම  ඇතිවය. 1915   බෞද්ධ පෙරහරට  පහරදී පටන්ගත්  බෞද්ධ විරෝධී  ව්‍යාපාරය අශ්රෝෆ් විසින්  ජිහාඩ් බලකායකට හරවන ලදී  එතැන් සිට  ධීගවාපිය බුල්ඩෝසර් කරමින්  සටන අරම්බනලදී ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/12/14)

ගඟෙන් දිය බී මුහුදට ආවඩන  අපේ දේශ පාලකයෝ
 ධර්මසිරි සෙනෙ විර ත්න
75% වන සිංහලයන්ගේ චන්දය  සිඟා කා  බලයට පත්වී  බටහිර ත්   ඉන්දියා ව ත්  පිනව  වමින්  චන්දය දුන් අ  ය නොසලකා  , ඔවුන්ගේ මුලික ප්‍රශ්න යටපත් කරමින්   ඔවුන් නොමග යැවෙන  යහ පාලනය ක් ගෙනදෙමය්  අනන් මනං දොඩවති . සිංහලයන්ට ඇති  මුලික හා වැදගත්ම ප්‍රශ්නය වන 13අ  සහ පළාත් සභා  ගැන වචනයක් හෝ පිට නොකිරී මට  වග බලා ගනිති  මොවුන් සේරම සිංහලයන්ගේ කනෙන් රිංගා යන්නට උත්සාහ කරති  රට පාවාදෙන් උන්ටද හරි හරියට චන්දය දෙන  උන් සිංහලයන් අතරද ඇත.   සැපට කකා බිබී ඉඳීම මිස වෙනත් දෙයක් නොසොයන  දේශ පාලන ඉතිහාසය ගැන හෝ ජාතික ඉතිහාසය ගැන හෝ මල... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/12/14)

What the wives of those thinking about crossing to the Maithri camp say to their Minister husbands?
Listen SriLankans
Are you mad to give up all the perks - whats the point getting so many dollars, won't we have to spend it now for everything we do, when we didn't have to do so earlier? Are you mad to give up all our security and vehicles - even our servant has one! Are you mad to give up all what our children are enjoying - how humiliating to for the children and they won't be able to pull their weight with the other kids or get privileged status with the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/12/14)

Could the Opposition be enticing Govt MPs to cross over so they could cross over in turn and take those posts?
Listen SriLankans 
Could the Opposition be enticing Govt MPs to cross over so they could cross over in turn and take those posts?  Now here's an interesting thought...  Isnt it just possible for the Opposition now in the wilderness since 2002 and with the reality that they would remain in the wilderness till 2024 to egg the Govt MPs to cross over to the Maithri camp and after that happens, Opposition MPs striking a deal and crossing over and getting the post in Govt?  Quite possible....  So the Greens are going to the Blue and the dumbos in the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/12/14)

Hailing Nepal court for convicting journalist-killers
Our Correspondent
Guwahati: Journalists’ Forum Assam (JFA) has expressed its contentment that a Nepal court has convicted and sentenced five perpetrators involved in the killing of a Nepali journalist in Dailekh district of western Nepal. In a recent unprecedented verdict the Dailekh district court has sentenced the assailants for torturing Dekendra Raj Thapa, an active media person of Nepal for many days and later buried him alive. The incident took place a decade back, when a group of ultra left party members targeted Thapa, who was then working for the state-owned Radio Nepal and Nepal Samacharpatra newspaper, on his... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/12/14)

Australian MP lashes out at colleague for speaking on behalf of Tigers
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES SPEECH Wednesday, 3 December 2014
Australian MP Don Randall recently lashed out at Senator Lee Rhiannon for expressing views supportive of the LTTE. The following is the full text of the statement posted on MP Randall’s website: It is shocking and outrageous that Senator Lee Rhiannon of the Greens made a statement in this parliament on 26 November 2014 which demonstrates that one of the senators of this parliament commemorated the brutal terrorist leader Prabhakaran, who not only killed innocent civilians but killed democratically elected politicians in Sri Lanka. As the members of this parliament are aware, the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/12/14)

Sirisena sinking in corrupt deals of UNP and Chandrika
H. L. D. Mahindapala
 Though there are several peripheral issues the main issue, whipped up by the Opposition, is to change the presidential system and revert to the parliamentary system. This is another of way of the Opposition saying: Get rid of the Rajapakses. But changing of the constitution, in itself,  is a non-issue. It  has failed  to cut much ice with the voters so far. Ultimately the election will  boil down to a contest of personalities, I think,  between President Mahinda Rajapakse and Maithripala Sirisena. As for the election itself, it lacks the fire and passion of major... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/12/14)

The executive presidency, 13A, provincial councils and the presidential campaign.
By Chandre Dharmawardana, Ottawa, Canada.
Although the executive powers of the President have become pivotal to the agenda of the “common candidate” of the opposition, the even more emotional question of the 13th amendment has been kept out of the limelight. While the incumbent can claim the status quo as his working model, the supporters of the “common candidate” do not seem to have any common ground to stand on. In 1987 Rajeev Gandhi was reeling from exposures in the Indian press regarding kick-backs from arms purchases. Twenty million from Sweden, fifteen million from a German submarine deal, and... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/12/14)

If Mahinda wins....he stays in power till 2024....if that happens what should Opposition do....
Listen SriLankans 
Here's a scenario to think about.... More and more it appears that the 2015 Presidential Election is a ONE HORSE RACE. If the horse wins he remains President for 8 years (until 2024) Now what does that mean for all those in the Opposition? They will remain in political wilderness till 2024...now when we know most of them are already in the departure lounge... what is the only solution...give up the UNP....it will get nowhere now that bandit queen has returned....and Ranil has no chance with her pulling her weight. That is why John Amaratunga is leaving...... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/12/14)

Are These The Champions Mr. Sirisena And His Allies Were Hoping Would  Carry Them To Victory? A Disillussionment Surely!And What A Revelation!
In Retrospect By Sarath Kumara
December 9th. 2014 It seems like poetic justice that the USA has finally come to grief with their own Human rights violations culpability WHERE THE OLD ADAGE" PEOPLE IN GLASS HOUSES SHOULD NOT THROW STONES AT  OTHERS ESPECIALLY WITH NO TANGIBLE EVIDENCE BEYOND SPECULATION AND WHEN THEIR OWN BACKYARD SEEM LITTERED WITH GUILT!" SPRINGS INSTANTLY TO MIND. So! The high and Mighty USA who continued to harass and intimidate Sri Lanka, seems to be in an impasse! Egged on by the global Tamil Tiger sympathetic diaspora and all the enemies of the Nation of Sri... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/12/14)

IS THE OPPOSITION CONTESTING ELECTIONS?
Nalin de Silva
The opposition parties in Sri Lanka consists of UNP, JVP, TNA and few other parties such as the Democratic Party of Sarath Fonseka. The JHU can be now considered as a party of the opposition and in addition there are certain individuals without affiliations to any recognized political party who are identified with the opposition. Maithripala Sirisena belongs to the latter category though he is contesting the Presidential Elections as a candidate of a recognized political party and as the so called common opposition candidate. It... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/12/14)

Sri Lanka is once again at a crossroads and don’t be dumbfounded again!
Visvamithra
Dear readers, Ad hoc elections are nothing new to Sri Lankans. Most are purely based on whims and fancies of the individuals in power. In between a little spice may be added by the astro-folks as well. The letter reproduced below is written during the run-up to the 2010 Presidential Elections, where the writer warned the people through this letter addressed to both leading candidates, namely MR and SF. And you will note that some of the predictions made by the writer, such as bringing Mohan Peiris to the office of the CJ from the back door have... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/12/14)

Chandrika is today manipulating UNP - Minister Attanayake
Asela Kuruluwansa and Indika Polkotuwa
Former UNP General Secretary Tissa Attanayake who took oaths before President Mahinda Rajapaksa as the new Health Minister yesterday said Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga, who failed to implement the written pledge given by her to abolish the Executive Presidency is today manipulating the UNP to achieve her personal selfish objectives. He said he joined the UPFA after switching off the UNP election machine and would challenge the three or four member clique taking party decisions without the knowledge of the UNP working committee to... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/12/14)

UDAYA SPURNS EELAM
Chandrika a modern day Dona Catherina, Ranil a Don Juan Dharmapala
'Good governance' not at the expense of country's future
Chaminda Perera
"If the JHU brings Maithripala Sirisena to power by saying 'get on this bus', and the JHU leaves in 100 days and Ranil, Chandrika and Ravi Karunanayake Co takes the country towards Eelam on the A9 road after that, the JHU cannot absolve itself of responsibility. This is why, though I love my party, I took this decision after... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/12/14)

Australian MP expresses outrage over pro-LTTE comments
Dr. Chula Rajapakse MNZM Spokesperson, United Sri Lanka Assn Wellington New Zealand.
Hon Don Randall MP Australian Federal Government Canberra. I write to convey the thanks & gratitude of our association and I believe of all of peace loving Sri Lanka for your forthright condemnation of the statement of Green Senator Lee Rhiannon on the 26th of November, which as you say suggested that he commemorated the brutal terrorist leader Prabhakaran. This is not the first time many of us have had to endure misdemeanors of this type from Green Parliamentarians on both sides of the Tasman. Just last... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/12/14)

West’s Political Bases: Comparing Kosovo independence with the Eelam project
Shenali D Waduge
Let us speculate. Why is the Tamil Diaspora and Tamil politicians reluctant to back Ranil Wickremasinghe at an election? More importantly why would they prefer a CBK-Maithri deal? In searching for reasons to understand a pattern to their thinking the example of Kosovo immediately comes to mind. Is the Eelam project a mere slogan for a handful of people to cling to power and control their people while enjoying perks of office, VIP status as representatives of the other side and the ability to bargain. Under Ranil, the likelihood is of a Kosovo being created with... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/12/14)

CIA will continue torture with help of mediators’ – UK's former envoy to Uzbekistan
Courtesy RT
Craig Murray, British ambassador to Uzbekistan from 2002-2004, was fired when he revealed CIA rendition practices in Poland and Uzbekistan to UK leaders – and was branded a liar. The US torture report will hardly change the picture, he told RT. RT: In 2004, you were fired as British ambassador to Uzbekistan after openly criticizing the UK and the US for accepting Uzbek intelligence obtained through torture. How does this new report make you feel? Craig Murray: It is nice at last finally to have some official acceptance from the United States. But what was happening was... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/12/14)

Panel Faults C.I.A. Over Brutality and Deceit in Terrorism Interrogations
By MARK MAZZETTI
The Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday issued a sweeping indictment of the Central Intelligence Agency’s program to detain and interrogate terrorism suspects in the years after the Sept. 11 attacks, drawing on millions of internal C.I.A. documents to illuminate practices that it said were more brutal — and far less effective — than the agency acknowledged either to Bush administration officials or to the public.... -Full Story-
(nytimes.com - 12/12/14)

JHU splits; JHU strongman Udaya Gammanpila resigned from the JHU to support President Rajapaksa
Hot News
At the government (UPFA) press conference  held at the SLFP headquarters the Deputy General Secretary of the JHU and ex-Minister of the Western Provincial Council Udaya Gammanpila  pledged his support to President Mahinda Rajapaksa. "I am resigning from the JHU and will support President Rajapaksa as an independent member," he said. Addressing the press conference Mr. Gammanpila further said that he has taken this difficult decision after couple of restless nights considering all the possible consequences that may arise if Sirisena wins and subsequent discussion with his friends and supporters he had . Maithipala has given his assurance... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/12/14)

SIRISENA CLEAN? HA HA HA
'He used his power to prevent action being taken against his son'
How can Sirisena be squeaky clean when he is in tow with Chandrika Kumaratunge?
Maithripala Sirisena the so called common opposition candidate is attempting to portray himself as squeaky clean, but people need to jog their memories, said H.L.D Mahindapala, former Editor-in-Chief of the Sunday Observer. He said that when Mr. Sirisena's son Daham assaulted a DIG's son near the Maalu-Maalu resort on the East coast, he apologized at first but... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/12/14)

WOULD YOU BUY SIRISENA'S USED CAR?
Daily News Editorial
Today's lead story burns a smouldering hole in the risible narrative line that has been advanced by the so called common opposition candidate, claiming to be a clean politician. This is the Minister that was frothing at the mouth when his son Daham assaulted a DIG's son in 2013. He did not for a moment say let the law take its own course, on that occasion when this cosseted youngster (gangster?) though it fit to take out his frustrations on a fellow beach goer by the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/12/14)

Why can’t the UNP produce a Presidential Candidate?
Shenali D Waduge
 The UNP is arguably the oldest single political party in Sri Lanka, it is shameful that beyond the death of President Premadasa all elections that the UNP has contested has been with coalitions when ideally with almost half the country’s voters belonging to the Green Party, the contestant representing the UNP should be from the Green Party and not one plucked from another party and hired for the role. Independent Sri Lanka was led by the UNP, the father of the nation is referred to as D S Senanayake, the office of the Executive Presidency was... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/12/14)

Sri Lankan Presidential Elections  Jan 08, 2015 - Mahinda Got the Winning Horoscope
By : Gamini Dissanayake St Catharines ON Canada
So many astrological predictions have been given so far by so many as to who will win:  from Vedic, Numerology to Chinese! One Rajsingham Jayadevan  writing for the Colombo Telegraph on Nov 28, 2014  [reproduced last month in Sri Lanka Reporter Toronto] in a piece titled “Mahinda in Dire Straits” wrote and I quote : “For those who believe in astrological predictions, the major Saturn change on 2 November 2014 for his Aeris Raasi is definitely not helpful for him. “According to general predictions- Overview: ‘Sani Bhagawan is moving from the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/12/14)

  හතර වරම් දෙව් රජවරු හතර වටින් ඇවිදින්  පිරිත් පැ න් ඉසිති  පුතුනේ  පුවක් මල් කිනිත්තෙන්
ධර්මසිරි සෙනෙවිරත්න
 සිංහල බෞධ්ධයා විසින්  වසර තුන්දාහකට ආසන්න  හෝ ඊටත් වඩා කාලයක සිට හදා වඩා  දියුණු කල  අපේ රටේ  සංස්කෘතිය  ට පට හැ නි  ලෙස  ක්‍රියා නොකරන මෙන්  රටේ පාලකයන්ගෙන් ඉල්ලා සිටින්නට  එවැන්නන් විවේචනය කරන්නට  මේ රටේ උරුමක්කාරයන්ට අයිතියක් තිබිය යුතුය. ඉන්දියාවෙන්  හින්දුන් විසින්  අතුගා දැමු බුදු සසුන  ස්ථාපිත වුයේ  හෙලදිවය.  එය බුදුහිමියන්ගේද පරමාර්ථය විය.  මිහිඳු හිමියන්ගේ ද පරමාර්ථය විය. පෙර බෞද්ධ රජදරුවෝ නියම බෞද්ධයන් වූ නිසා ඒ පරමාර්ථය ඉටුවිය . එහෙත්  පසුගිය වසර 40 ක පමණ කාලයක සිට විශේෂයෙන් සාය බබාගේ කාලයේ සිට සිංහල බෞද්ධ පාලකයෝ  හින්දු දෙවියන් පසුපස යමින්  සියල්ල කණපිට හරවමින් ඇත.  තෙරුවන්... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/12/14)

DANGER FROM SPACE LIFE COULD THREATEN OUR CIVILIZATION  -Chandra Wickramasinghe
 By Walter Jayawardhana in Los Angeles
Scientist ChandraWickramasinghe told a United Nations sponsored symposium that a threat from outer space could wipe out  the very existence of human civilization if proper precautions are not taken At a UN-sponsored Symposium on the “Space Science and the United Nations” held in Graz Austria  Chandra Wickramasinghe presented a paper entitled “The transition from Earth-centred biology to cosmic life” with co-authors Gensuke Tokoro and Milton Wainwright.  The paper, now published in Journal of Cosmology  (JoC, 24, 12080-12096) argues that a paradigm shift with potentially profound implications for humanity has been taking place over... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/12/14)

Elections: the way they should be held
By Rohana R. Wasala
The Victoria State elections were held on Saturday  29, November 2014. It was a warm, relatively bright day just two days ahead of the onset of summer in Australia. Voting was scheduled to be from 8 am to 6 pm. Where I live, the polling station was at the local secondary school. The voters started arriving in significantly large numbers only about two hours after the vote-marking centre opened. This was no surprise because, it being a Saturday, there was apparently no need for most of them to be in a hurry. There were no police... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/12/14)

Agreements that betrayed Sri Lanka : 2002 Ceasefire Agreement
- by Shenali D Waduge -
Winning hearts and minds of terrorists, mentality of surrender, advocating theory of “unwinnable war” and policy of appeasing, reducing the country to a pariah state, knowingly giving a terrorist organization status on par with a sovereign state and a democratic government were the characteristics of those led by Ranil Wickremasinghe that went on to sign the 2002 infamous ceasefire agreement today described as one of the greatest betrayals of the nation. Ranil Wickremasinghe was the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka who entered into the 2002 Ceasefire Agreement that signed sovereign territory to a... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/12/14)

HOW SIRISENA WAS BOUGHT-Manoeuvred to bid for Presidency as puppet -Harvard Health award a pre-planned design
Courtesy The Daily News
The Harvard Health Leadership Award being given to Maithripala Sirisena was a forerunner of the US government’s design for him to contest the Presidency in the context of President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s close ties with China and its agressive “pivot to Asia” against China. The Harvard Health Leadership Award-2013 was presented to then Health Minister Maithripala Sirisena at the annual leadership conference of the Public Health Research Institute of Harvard University in June 2013. This is the first occasion at which a Sri Lankan won the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/12/14)

Appeal to Heads of India and Sri Lanka to initiate an impartial DNA test : Ven. Thotagamuwe Sri Rahula or Francis Xavier
Shenali Waduge
Dear All, Please find attached an appeal addressed to Hon. Shri Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India and His Excellency Mahinda Rajapakse, President of Sri Lanka. This appeal to the two Heads of State is to help satisfactorily conclude the centuries of doubt over whose sacred remains lies in a glass casket in a Church in Goa. While the Buddhists in particular the Sinhalese Buddhists from Sri Lanka believe the body belongs to Ven. Thotagamuwe Sri Rahula Thero (1409 - 1491) a highly venerated literary giant and scholar monk from Sri Lanka, the Catholics believe the body is that... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/12/14)

Tissa Attanayake: Maitripala Sirisena will plunge country into chaos Ketagoda: CBK wants to be PM
By Dasun Edirisinghe Courtesy Island
Former UNP General Secretary Tissa Attanayake, MP, who has announced his support for President Mahinda Rajapaksa at the January 08 presidential election said yesterday that he had decided against backing presidential candidate Maitripala Sirisena because the latter had failed to fulfil his main pledge to the UNP Working Committee (WC). The WC had endorsed Sirisena’s candidature as he had promised to engineer the defection of 25 government MPs, among other things, Attanayake said. The UNP’s support for Sirisena had been made conditional to brining 25 UPFA MPs, appointing UNP National Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe Executive Prime... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/12/14)

Pushed into taking painful decision - Former General Secretary of the UNP and nominated member of Parliament Tissa Attanayake
Former General Secretary of the UNP and nominated member of Parliament Tissa Attanayake
UNP Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe, No. 400, "Sirikotha", Kotte Road, Pitakotte. Dear Leader, Former General Secretary of the UNP and nominated member of Parliament Tissa Attanayake who crossed over to the UPFA on Monday said that he had to take this painful decision because the common candidate Maithripala Sirisena is trying to ride to power on the back of UNP supporters and leave them stranded without fulfilling even one of the three conditions of the common agreement signed with the UNP.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/12/14)

මහී හොඳය්  කිව්වත් වැරදිය්  ... මතී හොඳය් ... කිව්වත් වැරදිය්
 ධර්මසිරි සෙනෙවිරත්න
13 ට විරුධ්ධවී එය අහෝසිකරමිය්  සඵත කර  බලය ගෙන තුනෙන් දෙකම සඟවාගෙන  හෙළ බොදුනුවන් ගේ අපේක්ෂා   සිඳ බිඳ දැමීම නිසා  තමන්ගේ රටේම අසරන වූ සිංහලයන්ට මහින්ද කෙරෙහි කලකිරීමක් ඇත. ප්‍රභා මැ රු සැනින් ම උනුඋනුවේ එය ද කරනු අතය්  සිංහලයෝ බලා පොරෝත්තුවුහ.  එහෙත් මහින්ද මග හැරියේය.  ඉදිරියේදී කරන බවටවත්  පොරොන්දුවක් නැත.  රට රැකෙන හෙළ බොදු අයිතිය රැකෙන  ප්‍රධානම දේ  නොකර    '''යටිතලේ '''  පමණක්  දියුනුකිරීමෙන්  සිදුවන්නේ  අපේ  රට ත්    '''බටහිර   ඉන්දීය  කොදෙව්වක් '''''' වීම පමණය. එය බට හිරටත් ඉන්දියාවත් හොඳය . අපේ ඇඟට අගුනය.   ථෙරවාදී බුදුදහම  අනුව හැඩගැසුණ සිංහල බෞද්ධ ජනතාවට  මේ රට හැර වෙන රටක්... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/12/14)

Tamil Claims False -Hutt News  9.12.14
Dr. Chula Rajapakse MNZM Lower Hutt New Zealand
The Editor, Hutt News. Dear Editor,  Hutt News  9.12.14 It was deeply hurtful  ,to read K Patmanathan's claim ( Hutt News 25th Nov , Page 10) that in  Sri Lanka "all Tamils were treated as if they supported the Tamil Tigers and were persecuted". This claim is patently untrue and unfair. If the claim was true, how is it that over 60% of the 2 million Tamils live among the other communities  in the south with Tamils forming the ethnic majority in the capital Colombo where they dominate commerce and trade,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/12/14)

The Presidential election is not on good governance
by Nalin de Silva  Courtesy Island
What are the deciding factors at the presidential elections that will be held within a month on the 8th of January 2015, the 47th anniversary of the death of Ven. Dambarawe Ratanasara Thera. It is certainly not the killing of the Thera while he was going on a demonstration against a bill on use of Tamil by the UNP government. Many people have forgotten the incident and it would not be an issue at the elections after nearly fifty years. January 8th happens to be the birthday of the late Mr. S W... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/12/14)

Flooding in Controversial Aralia hotel after downpours in Rajarata
Hot News
Flooding hit parts of controversial hotel Araliya illegally built on the bank of the Parackrama Samudraya following heavy rain overnight into Monday morning. It is reported that Heavy rain sent lake water pouring through the hotel's ground floor from front to back. The report further says that the presidential candidate Maithripala Sirisena’s brother has begged Gotabaya Rajapakse to open the flood gates to lower the water level to save his hotel. Incomparable Family Bandyism -Corrupt Sirisena responsible for lowering normal level of Parakrama Samudraya by a half meter to save their hotel from going under water... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 10/12/14)

Maithripala to forms a new party, himself as President, Champika secretary of the party
Hot News
According to Lankadeepa news report a new political party is to be formed with the leadership of Maithripala Sirisena and members of JHU behind the back of main position party UNP. Initial preparatory  work has been done on the basis of the separate MOU signed by Maithripala Sirisena and JHU members. Even though the party is to be strengthen on the UNP voter base, UNP has not been consulted. The New party  president would be Maithripala Sirisena while the General Secretary would be Patali Champika Ranawaka. The leader of UNP Ranil Wickremasinghe had already expressed his displeasure on... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/12/14)

Gampaha district parliamentarian, chief organizer of the opposition, John Amarathunga jumps over the fence….minister position is ready for him…
Hot News
It is reported that the Gampaha district parliamentarian, chief organizer of the opposition, John Amarathunga is willing to join the government. The information reveals that few discussions have been held in this regard. It is said that if he joins the government, he will be given a minister position. But, expressing his ideas parliamentarian John Amarathunga says that he has only got a close friendship with the president but, he has not yet decided to join the government.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/12/14)

MR deserves a third term - Malsha Kumaranatunga
Courtesy Daily Mirror
Western Provincial Councillor Malsha Kumaranatunga asserts that she and her father have no intention of crossing over from the ruling UPFA  government. Denying rumours that she would join the common opposition she said that President Rajapaksa deserved to serve a third term. “I believe President Mahinda Rajapaksa deserves to serve third term and I pledge my fullest support to him,” she said. Speaking to Daily Mirror, Kumaranatunga said crossovers were unconstitutional. “I know people will not believe me when I say we will not cross over. But we will not.  Many people crossed over for personal... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/12/14)

JHU Patali Champika Ranawaka says Prabhakaran was better than President Mahinda Rajapaksa, should be punished properly
Hot News
Speaking at the ‘Satana’ political programme in the Sirasa television,the former Minister and the general secretary of the Jathika Hela Urumaya party Patali Champika Ranawaka had said during the past five years the President Mahinda Rajapaksa had done more harm to the country than what LTTE leader Prabhakaran had done in the 30 years of ethnic war. The Rajapaksa administration was very corrupt and was full of ‘deal’ people and when he realised it only he decided to quit and should not allow them to flee the country and should be dealt under a peoples... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/12/14)

RAPING ALL MORAL VALUES
ALI SUKHANVER
The Pakistani society is always blamed of having the blobs of terrorism, corruption, political instability and all type of lawlessness by the western and Indian media but a lot of thanks to God Almighty, this ‘lawless’ society is still very safe for the women. Though every year there are a few incidents of maltreatment with the women but the number of such incidents is such small that it becomes negligible. When we compare the situation with other countries particularly with India, we no doubt feel exhilarated. According to the Hindustan Times, the total number of registered rape... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/12/14)

Cracks in the UNP !
P.Ariyasinghe
On Monday, in a surprise turn of events, Tissa Attanayake, General Secretary of the UNP resigned and joined the UPFA. This is no doubt a big blow to the UNP. A few days ago  Maithripala Sirisena General Secretary of the SLFP pledged his support to the Common Opposition and was nominated as the Presidential candidate.  Tissa´s resignation was in the air for some time. Because, at the meeting which was held at Siri Kotha to welcome Maithripala Sirisena, Tissa Attanayake making an emotional speech indirectly said that he would of course prefer to see a person from the UNP nominated as... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/12/14)

අපූරු පොදු අපේක්ෂකයා
චන්ද්‍රසේන පණ්ඩිතගේ විසිනි.
ජනාධිපතිවරණයේදී පොදු අපේක්ෂකයකු බිහිව ඇත. එතුමා බිහි වුණා නොව බලවත් සැත්කමක් කරවා ගෙන බිහිකර ගත් අපේක්ෂකයෙකි. සැත්කම සිදු කරණ ලද්දේ හිටපු ජනාධිපතිනි චන්ද්රිකා කුමාරතුංග මහත්මියයි. බිහි කරගත් අපේක්ෂකයා මෛත්රීපාල සිරිසේන මහතායි. මෛත්රීපාල සිරිසේන මහතා පොදු අපේක්ෂකත්වය සදහා අභිෂෙක කරනු ලැබුවේ කවුරුන්ද? කුමක් සදහාද? මේ අවස්ථාවේදී මේ ප්රශ්න දෙක සම්බන්ධව සාකච්ඡා නොකර සිදු කරන දේශපාලනය; සැබෑ ලෙසම හරසුන් දේශපාලනයකි. මේ පොදු අපේක්ෂකයා කාගේ පොදු අපේක්ෂකයාද? මෙරට ජනතාවට පෙන්වන්න උත්සහ දරන්නේ; එක්සත් ජාතික පක්ෂය, ශ්රී ලංකා නිදහස් පක්ෂය, ජනතා විමුක්ති පෙරමුණ, හෙළ උරුමය, ද්රවිඩ සන්ධානය ආදී සකල විධ දේශපාලන පක්ෂ එකතුව බිහි කරගත් පොදු අපේක්ෂකයකු ලෙසය. නමුත්... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/12/14)

The common candidacy comes apart at the seams
Dr.Kamal Wickremesinghe
The first week of the opposition’s campaign against the national government of President Rajapaksa has showed that the campaign as well as the ‘alliance of convenience’ behind it is a shambles. There simply is no other description that fits the pathetic state of the hateful campaign initiated by disparate group of desperate individuals hiding behind a so-called common candidate -The so-called New Democratic Front is simply an alliance of rent-seekers without a real or reasonable rationale to base a campaign against a nation recovering admirably from the ravages of 30 years of... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/12/14)

ජනවාරි 09 වැනිදා රටින් පනින්න මෛත‍්‍රීපාලගේ මුළු පවුලම ගුවන් ටිකට් වෙන් කරයි…Maithripala's family members already booked their air ticket to US on 9th January
Courtesy LankaCnews.com
නව ප්‍රජාතන්ත්‍රවාදී පෙරමුණේ ජනාධිපති අපේක්ෂක මෛත්‍රීපාල සිරිසේන ගේ පවුලේ සියලු දෙනා ජනවාරි 9වැනිදා අලුයම 1.30ට සිංගප්පූරු ගුවන් සේවයේ එස්.කිව් 0469 දරණ ගුවන් යානයෙන් සිංගප්පූරුවටද  ඒ හරහා සහ එස්.කිව් 0012 ගුවන්යානයෙන් ඇමරිකාවේ ලොස් ඇන්ජලීස් නුවරටද පලායෑම සඳහා දෙසැම්බර් 08වැනිදා පස්වරුවේ ගුවන් ප්‍රවේශපත් වෙන් කරවාගෙන තිබේ. මෙසේ වාණිජ පන්තියේ ගුවන් ටිකට් පත් 4ක් වෙන්කරගෙන ඇත්තේ මෛත්‍රී ගේ බිරිඳ වන ජයන්ති පුෂ්පකුමාරි, දියණියන් වන චතුරිකා සහ ධරණි සමඟින් පුත් දහම්ය. මේ සඳහා සිංගප්පූරු ගුවන් සේවා වෙත මුදලින් රුපියල් 2,216,000ක් ගෙවා තිබෙන්නේ සුපර් ලින්ක් ට්‍රැවල් ඒජන්සිය හරහාය. ඇමරිකානු තානාපති කාර්යාලය මගින් මෛත්‍රීපාල සහ පවුලේ සියලු දෙනා වෙත වසර 20ක් දක්වා ඇමරිකාවට... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/12/14)

UNP General Secretary Tissa Attanayake’s Letter addressed to Ranil Wickremasinghe on his resignation
තිස්ස අත්තනායක, පා.ම.
2014 දෙසැම්බර්08 දින එක්සත් ජාතික පක්ෂයේ නායක, ගරු රනිල් වික්‍රමසිංහ මැතිතුමා අංක 400 ‘සිරිකොත’ කෝට්ටේපාර පිටකෝට්ටේ. ගරු නායකතුමනි, පක්ෂ මහ ලේකම් ධුරයෙන් ඉල්ලා අස්වීම පිළිබඳව මෙවැනි ලිපියක් මාගේ දේශපාලන ජීවිතය තුළ කිසිදිනක ලියන්නට සිදුවේයැයි මොහොතකටවත් නොසිතුවෙමි. රනිල්-සජිත් සමගිය ගොඩ නැගීමෙන් පසු ඊට එරෙහිව මෑත කාලයේ පක්ෂය තුළ ගොඩ නැගුණු මලික්-රවී-මංගල කුමන්ත්‍රණ කල්ලිය විසින් පක්ෂයට සහ පාක්ෂිකයාට සිදු කරන විනාශයත්, පක්ෂය සමගි කළ මට එම කල්ලිය විසින් නොනවත්වා කරන දේශපාලන කෙනෙහිළි කමුත්,මාගේ දේශපාලන ගමන අඩාල කරවන අරමුණින් සිදු කරන පිහි ඇනුම් සහ මෑතකදී ගොඩ නැඟූ දේශපාලන සන්ධානය ගැන පක්ෂය වෙනුවෙන් තීරණ ගැනීමේ දී පක්ෂ මහලේකම් ලෙස මා... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/12/14)

UNP General Secretary Tissa Attanayake and Democratic Party (DP) Parliamentarian Jayantha Ketagoda joined the Govt, Karu's decision pending
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Addressing a gathering soon after handing over nominations for the presidential election at Rajagiriya, President Mahinda Rajapaksa said a short while ago that UNP General Secretary Tissa Attanayake had joined the government. This Mahinda Rajapaksa can get another party’s General Secretary when our General Secretary leaves. Do not underestimate us,” he said. President Mahinda Rajapaksae said his party doors were still open and people had begun to enter through them. Meanwhile Tissa Attanayake today tendered his resignation from the post of United National Party (UNP) General Secretary, sources said - Democratic Party (DP) Parliamentarian Jayantha Ketagoda has... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/12/14)

BATTLE OF THE BLUES
By Gomin Dayasri
A born again Chandrika is phenomenal. Found wanted nowhere and is being sought after everywhere. Maybe, the reason why she is Always late and Never on time [Reply: Don’t hurry to worry?] – her signature tune that is not pleasant to those who have to wait in vain: probably choreographed to provide an awe element; holds the key to the doing or undoing of her candidate Sirisena: her silhouette or shadow. Sirisena is the SLFP bride that eloped on the eve of the wedding without the retinue.  Coming out of retirement on her persuasion, best on... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/12/14)

Why Ranil is unfit to be Prime Minister  
H. L. D. Mahindapala
 Maithripala Sirisena’s MOU, marketed as his cure-all plan for the  future, is very high on rhetoric and pie-in-the-sky promises and very low and vague on specifics or their ability to deliver the promises. Even a cursory glance will reveal that the MOU has promised castles in the air which will remain there forever because  Sirisena and his two main partners, CBK and Wickremesinghe, have neither the ability nor the political means to bring them down to earth.  Put another way, this trio is trying desperately to sell old wine in old bottles with new labels. Though... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/12/14)

ඉන්දියාව දෙසින් එන සුළඟත්   විසය
ධර්මසිරි සෙනෙවිරත්න
  ' කිඹුල්වත් පුර දෙසින් එන සුළගත් සැ පය'   ය්  බුදු හිමි දේශනා කලේ එදවස  එරට පතිරූප දේශයක් වීම නිසය් . සිදුහත් එරට උපත ලැබුවේ  එදා ඒ දේශය  හොඳ බව දැනගෙනය.  එහෙත්  සියල්ල වෙනස්වන සුළු හා අනිත්‍ය හෙයින් හැමදාම  එලෙසම එරට පැවතියේ නැත. .  බුදු හිමියන් වැඩ සිටි කාලයේ සිටම  බුදු දහමට එරෙහිව ටිකෙන් ටික නැගී සිටි  අන්‍යාගමික බල වේග ධ්‍ර්මාශෝකයන්ගෙන් පසුව බලවත් වී  එරටින් බුදු දහම අතුගා දැම්මේය. . සමානාත්මතා වාදයට එරෙහි  ධනවත් බලවත් පැලැන්තිය  බලි බිලි පුද පූජා  සහිත වූ ''' අනුන් මරාගෙන කන '''  පීඩනයට පත් කරන  ආගමික වතාවත්  මගින්  දුබලයන් පෙළ මින්... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/12/14)

BOTH MAIN CONTENDERS NEED TO DO MORE TO WIN VOTERS
Don Wijewardana (1) Courtesy: The Island
With less than a month to go to the polls there seems to be many outstanding issues that either candidate needs to address to convince the 11 million voters that he is the better man for the job. There are of course the diehards on either side who will not change but it is the swing voter who could make the difference that needs to be convinced. In this, President Rajapaksa is at an advantage with established credentials while the common candidate is yet to prove his. In case he wins it will mark... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/12/14)

Govt: Presidential powers, defence, 13 A: Sirisena contradicts himself
By Shamindra Ferdinando  Courtesy Island
The SLFP led UPFA yesterday urged the political grouping backing opposition presidential candidate Maithripala Sirisena to speak with one voice. Addressing the media at SLFP headquarters, National Freedom Front (NFF) spokesman Mohammed Muzammil alleged that those spearheading Opposition campaign had been pulling in different directions. The NFF split from the JVP several years ago over differences over policy. SLFP Treasurer Dallas Alahapperuma and LSSP leader Prof. Tissa Vitharana, too, joined the briefing. The former parliamentarians was responding to Maithripala Sirisena’s declaration in an interview with BBC’s Sandeshaya on Saturday that he would hold defence... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/12/14)

Deepak Obhrai: says "Tamils faces discrimination in Sri Lanka
Asoka Weerasinghe  Kings Grove Crescent . Gloucester . Ontario . Canada
6 December 2014  Hon. Deepak Obhrai, MP, PC Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, House of Commons, Ottawa.  Dear Deepak: Your statement in parliament in response to the Tamil Tiger sympathizer, the rookie Tamil MP  for Scarborough-Rouge River, Rathika Sitsabaiesan’s comment in parliament offending Canada’s Veterans by equating their Remembrance Day with her Tamil Tiger Heroes Day, you said “…there was no denying ethnic Tamils faces discrimination in Sri Lanka, but you can’t compare Remembrance Day to Tamil Heroes Day.”   That got my goat. After 30 years of my... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/12/14)

ජාතික හෙල උරුමය - කොයිබටද?
එස්. අකුරුගොඩ
අළුත්ම පුවත් වාර්තාවන්ට අනුව ජාතික හෙල උරුමය රජය සමඟ පැවැත්වූ සාකච්ඡාවන් අත්හැර දමා ඔවුන්ගේ යෝජනාවලිය සම්බන්ධයෙන් මෛත්‍රිපාල සිරිසේන මහතාගේ ප්‍රතිචාරයන්ට අවනත වී පොදු අපේක්ෂකයාට සහාය දැක්වීමට තීරණය කර ඇත. ජාතික හෙල උරුමය හා මෛත්‍රිපාල සිරිසේන මහතා අතර පැවැති සාච්ඡා වල ප්‍රතිඵලය පැහැදිලිය. මුල සිටම මේ දෙපාර්ශ්වය විසින්ම ගෙන ආ යෝජනාවලිය සමානත්වයක් දරනු ලැබුවේ යයි කිව හැකි වන්නේ බටහිර බලවේග විසින් මෙහෙයවනු ලැබූ ඊනියා යෝජනාවලියෙන් බලාපොරොත්තු වූයේ දීර්ඝ කාලයක් ති‍ස්සේ අර අඳිමින් සිටි මහින්ද රාජපක්ෂ රජය බලයෙන් පහකොට බටහිර ගැතී රූකඩ පාලකයෙක් මෙහි බලයට ගෙන ඒමේ උත්සාහයම නොවන්නේද? 1956 සිට එස්.ඩබ්.ආර්.ඩී.බණ්ඩාරනායක මහතා සහ සිරිමාවෝ බණ්ඩාරනායක මැතිනිය විසින් නායකත්වය... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/12/14)

The dullest of all presidential election campaigns
Courtesy Island
That Navin Dissanayake defected to the opposition last week was hardly surprising. From the time Karu Jayasuriya went back to the UNP, Navin’s days in the UPFA were more or less numbered. With a father-in-law who was the deputy leader and later the Chairman of the Leadership Council of the UNP, Navin would never have been completely trusted by the UPFA leadership. Yet, to his credit, it has to be said that Navin was one of the 17 UNP defectors of 2007 who managed to win a seat in parliament contesting on the UPFA ticket in 2010.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/12/14)

Sirisena changed his goal post again and says he will keep some of the presidential executive power
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Talking to the BBC Sandeshaya in an interview held yesterday at his official residence the common candidate for the forthcoming presidential election Maithripala Sirisena had said although executive powers of the incumbent president would be abolished the powers vested on provincial councils would not be abolished which would remain with the president in the event he wins. He also had said that the president would be in charge of forces and the 100 day special programme would be implemented for constitutional changes. He further expressed his opinion on the rights of minority communities and... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/12/14)

ටැමිල් නෙට්‌ හෙළිකරන චන්ද්‍රිකා සම්බන්ධන් රහස්‌ ගිවිසුම
කීර්ති වර්ණකුලසූරිය Courtesy Divaina
ද්‍රවිඩ සංධාන නායක ආර්. සම්බන්ධන් සහ හිටපු ජනාධිපතිනි චන්ද්‍රිකා කුමාරතුංග අතර රහසිගත ගිවිසුමක්‌ ඇති කර ගත් බව මුලින්ම අනාවරණය වූයේ නෝර්වේ සිට ප්‍රකාශයට පත් වන ටැමිල්නෙට්‌ කොටි වෙබ් අඩවියෙනි. මෙම ගිවිසුමේ කොන්දේසි මෙසේය 1 13 වැනි සංශෝධනය ඉටු කිරීම (ඉඩම් හා පොලිස්‌ බලතල සමග) 2 නැගෙනහිර පළාත් සභාවේ බලය වෙනස්‌ කිරීම 3 උතුරු නැගෙනහිර ආණ්‌ඩුකාරවරුන් වෙනස්‌ කිරීම ජනාධිපතිවරණයට පෙර අනෙක්‌ ඉල්ලීම් ඉදිරිපත් කිරීමෙන් වළකින ලෙස චන්ද්‍රිකා කුමාරතුංග ද්‍රවිඩ සංධාන නායකයාගෙන් ඉල්ලා සිටි බවද එකී වෙබ් අඩවිය හෙළි කළේය. එහෙත් එවන් ගිවිසුමක්‌ නැතැයි සම්බන්ධන් හෝ කුමාරතුංග පැවසූවේ නැත. මෙම ගිවිසුම ගැන දැඩි සැකයක්‌ මතුවන්නේ ප්‍රජාතන්ත්‍රවාදී... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/12/14)

American Embassy officials wanted me to cross over to Opposition-Minister Gunaratna Weerakoon,recorded voice tape with him
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The Minister Gunaratna Weerakoon had accused the American embassy officials that they had attempted to bribe him to cross over to the opposition.to change the political base of the country this attempt is made he had said addressing a meeting,and had said the related voice tape of the telephone discussion is in his possession he had added.The American Ambassador Mitchel Sison had refuted the allegation as it is baseless.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/12/14)

How does diet influence ADHD symptoms
Dr Hector Perera        London
There are two types of approved colour additives - dyes and lakes. Dyes are water-soluble and usually come in the form of powders, granules, or liquids. Lakes are not water-soluble. They are found in products containing fats and oils. Some food colourings are synthetically produced. Examples of these colour additives include FD&C Blue Nos. 1 and 2 and FD&C Green No. 3. Other food colourings come from pigments of vegetables, minerals, or animals. Examples of these natural additives include beta-carotene, grape skin extract, caramel colour, and saffron. Does sugar cause symptoms of ADHD? Processed sugars... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/12/14)

UN resolutions for combating defamation of religions
By Rohana R. Wasala
(The fifth and last of my series of articles on religion and related issues.) Indo-British novelist Salman Rushdie’s fourth novel ‘Satanic Verses’ (1988) and the so-called Muhammad cartoons published in the Danish liberal-conservative daily newspaper Jyllands-Posten on 30 September 2005 outraged many Muslims around the world and led to angry, frequently violent demonstrations and other forms of protest. Salman Rushdie had to go into hiding when Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the then supreme leader of Iran, issued a fatwa sentencing him to death for blasphemy against Islam. Several unsuccessful attempts were made on his life in... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/12/14)

දුක හිතෙන කතාවක්
 ධර්මසිරි සෙනෙවිරත්න
1983 සැප්තැම්බර්  1 වැනිදා  දිඹුලාගල නා හිමියන්ගේ  ප්‍රධානත්වයෙන්  හා මහවැලි අමාත්‍යංශයේ  මෙහෙය වීමෙන්  මා දු රු ඔය ව්‍යාපාරයේ පදිංචි කිරීම සඳහා  විශාල සිංහල සෙනගක් ගෙනයාම ඇරඹුනේය.  ඩොලර් සහ කෙන්ට්''' ගොවිපලවල'''' සිදුවූ බිහිසුණු  කොටි ඝාතන වැනි ඝාතනයන් නැවත සිදු නොවීමට නම් රටේ ජන අනුපාතයට අනුව ගැලපෙන සිංහල ප්‍රතිශතයක්  උතුරු පළාත් වල පදිංචි කල යුතු බව  ගාමිණි දිසානායක  ඇමති ඇතුළු ඒ මහවැලි නිලධාරීන්ගේ  අදහස විය.  මේ කාර්යය කිරීම  සඳහා ඔවුන් විසින් තෝරා ගත්තේ දිඹුලාගල හිමියන්ය . උන්වහන්සේ වරෙව් කී සැනින්  එන්නට දහස් ගණන් මිනිස්සු  සිටියහ. මේ අභීත හිමි පාණෝ  සෙත් පිරිත්  සජ්ජායායනා කර පිරිස අමතා '''අද ඔබ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/12/14)

Anti-tobacco campaign: Sirisena agreed to reduce size of health warnings - Nimal
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Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva yesterday claimed the anti-tobacco and anti-alcohol regulations had been introduced under his tenure as Health Minister in keeping with Mahinda Chintana programme. "[Former Health Minister] Maithripala Sirisena has claimed the paternity of another person’s child." Minister de Silva said though his estranged colleague had claimed the size of the pictorial health warnings on packets of cigarettes had been reduced due to political interference, it was the judiciary that had made that decision. "He agreed to a settlement with the tobacco company and have the pictorial warnings printed in an area covering 60... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/12/14)

Protecting the freedoms of religious belief and rational thought
By  Rohana R. Wasala
 (Fourth in the series of religion-related articles) Articles 18 and 19 of The United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights  guarantee to all common people ‘the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion…. (and) …. ‘the right to freedom of opinion and expression ….’.  Though no clear definition of the term ‘religion’ is available in the context of the UN document, let me, for the purpose of this essay go by the following commonsense definition: ‘A religion is a system of devotional practice and ethical conduct based on a doctrine that advocates belief in a... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/12/14)

දෙවියන් විසින් ක්‍රිස්තියානීන්ට ලංකාව අහිමිකිරීම
චන්ද්‍රසිරි විජයවික්‍රම
    දැනට අවුරුදු 500 කට පෙර කෲර හා අමානුෂික ලෙස කතෝලික ලබ්ධිය ලංකාවේ පැතිරවූ ආකාරය ගැන අද ලංකාවේ ජීවත්‌වන දුප්පත් සිංහල කතෝලිකයින්ට හා සිංහල බෞද්ධයින්ට නිරවුල් දැනුමක් නැත. එපමණක් නොව මේ වන විට කතෝලික පල්ලිය ලෝකයේ විවිධ රටවලදී මුහුණ පාමින් සිටිනා අර්බුද ගැනද ඔවුන් දන්නේ නැත. මීට හේතුව පුදුම ආකාරයේ මාධ්‍ය නිශ්ශබ්දතාවයක්, මුකවාඩම් දමා ගැනීමක්, අපක්‍ෂපාතව, මධ්‍යස්ථව ක්‍රිස්තියානි තොරතුරු නොසැපයීමේ කූට සැලැස්මක්, පුද්ගලික මෙන්ම පොදු රාජ්‍ය ඒජන්සි විසින් අනුගමනය කිරීමය. නමුත් මේ රට යටත් විජිතයක්ව සිටි කාලයේ සිට මේ දක්වාම, ලංකාවේ ඉංග්‍රීසි හා සිංහල මාධ්‍ය බුද්ධාගමේ පන්සල් හා භික්‍ෂූන් වහන්සේ සම්බන්‌ධයෙන් අනුගමනය කරන්නේ මීට හාත්පසින්ම වෙනස්... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/12/14)

US examines Gen Fonseka’s candidacy Jan 2010 prez poll
By Shamindra Ferdinando  Courtesy Island
The then Chief of Defence Staff General Sarath Fonseka claimed that he didn’t want to lose his popularity, within 24 hours, by seeking a political career. The Sinha Regiment veteran was responding to a query, at a packed media conference, at the Joint Operations Headquarters, situated within the army headquarters premises, on the morning of July 15, 2009. The writer was among those present on the occasion. The war-winning army chief was meeting the media after having handed over the command to the then Vanni Commander, Maj. Gen. Jagath Jayasuriya, under acrimonious circumstances. In... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/12/14)

UNHCR manipulated by the Tamil Tiger supporters and TNA – to scuttle the reconciliation process -Lanka Questions Credibility Of UNHRC
The Government has questioned the credibility of the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) since an investigation on Sri Lanka mandated by the Council continued despite objections being raised. Sri Lanka’s Permanent Representative to the UN in New York, Dr Palitha Kohona, speaking at the Third Committee (Social, Humanitarian and Cultural) of the 69th Session of the UN General Assembly accused the Human Rights Council of being increasingly politicised and warned that its credibility was gradually eroding. Kohona told the UN that Sri Lanka feels that a handful of countries have been selected for adverse attention b්y the UN Human Rights... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 05/12/14)

Inexperienced Sirisena Taken on a Ride: UNP to Field Own Nomination?
Dilrook Kannangara
As expected, UNP is trying to field its own candidate for the upcoming presidential election. http://www.lankaweb.com/news/items/2014/11/21/despite-the-common-candidate-agreement-unp-plans-to-field-own-candidate/ (Despite the Common Candidate Agreement, UNP Plans to Field Own Candidate) This was stated by the UNP leader Ranil at a public meeting held recently. Maithripala Sirisena, who was always protected from the main thrust of election by a powerful party, fell hook, line and sinker into the UNP trap and submitted his nomination papers early! He should have waited till the 8th December when nominations close as usually happens. As Ranil quite correctly said, he has enough time to... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/12/14)

GATHERING OF BARBARIANS AT THE GATE 
Well Wisher
 ACCORDING TO VEN WALPOLA PIYANANDA MAHANAYAKE THERO REMOVAL OF THE EXECUTIVE PRESIDENCY WILL PAVE THE WAY FOR THE IMPLEMENTATION OF POLICE POWERS AND LAND POWERS TO THE PROVINCIAL COUNCILS ALLOWING THE NORTH AND EAST TO HAVE THEIR SEPARATE STATE. ACCORDING TO HIM WHEN PRESIDENT J.R. JAYAWARDENA CREATED THE EXECUTIVE PRESIDENCY POST HE WAS VERY WISE AND KNEW IT WILL ACT AS A CHECK AND BALANCE AGAINST PROVINCIAL COUNCILS GAINING TOO MUCH POWER. IF THE EXECUTIVE PRESIDENCY IS REMOVED WITHOUT REMOVING THE PROVINCIAL COUNCILS THEN THE BALANCE IS REMOVED. PLEASE LISTEN TO THE SPEECH BY HIM ON... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 05/12/14)

Incomparable Family Bandyism -Corrupt Sirisena responsible for lowering normal level of Parakrama Samudraya by a half meter to save their hotel from going under water
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"Not one drop of water must flow into the ocean without serving the purposes of man" King Parakrambahu the great (1164-1196 AD), the builder of rainwater reservoir "Sea of Parakrama" The vision of the King Parakrambahu the great is now overridden by the bandyism of  Sirisena family in Polonaruwa  to save their hotel illegally constructed on the bank of Parakram Samudraya from submerging. According to irrigation department Parakrama Samudraya is a shallow reservoir with an average depth of 5m and a surface area of 26,500,000 m2 supporting to  irrigate over 18000 acres of paddy land, By... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/12/14)

Sirisena comes to town
By Dushy Ranetunge  in Havelock Town  Courtesy Island
December 4, 2014, 10:14 pm It was a sunny Thursday morning in Havelock Town, as my wife and I opened the front gates of my property to take our vehicle out to go on some errands. Before us were a line of vehicles blocking the private road. Maithripala Sirisena had come to town—Havelock Town! I explained to a gentleman who was about to park yet another vehicle that this was a private road, and if he was to park, I would regard it as trespass and will have to let out... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/12/14)

Memorandum of understanding
Nalin de Silva
The memorandum of understanding has been signed between the UNP and some insignificant parties and individuals who are supposed to be members of insignificant organizations, in front of Ven. Maduluwawe Sobhitha Thera whose organization consisting of academic trade unionists and left out leftists who are in search of a platform to mark their presence to the people through media politics. If not for media politics nobody would have heard of these organizations. MoU is nothing but a document that declares that a UNP government would be formed with the assistance... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/12/14)

Ms. Chandrika Kumaratunga after watching C4 video Killing Fields
Ms. Chandrika Kumaratunga is back at work. We remember...
"I shall remember till the end of my days the morning when my 28 year-old son called me, sobbing on the phone to say how ashamed he was to call himself as Sinhalese and a Lankan, after he saw on the UK television a 50 minute documentary called Killing Fields of Sri Lanka which I also had the great misfortune of seeing. My daughter followed suit, saying similar things and expressing shock and horror that our countrymen could indulge in such horrific acts. I was proud of my son and... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/12/14)

LIFE ABROAD – Part 107 NEVER SAY DIE!
Dr.Tilak Fernando
If there is any Sri Lankan who had to fight consistently for eighteen consecutive years to obtain the dual nationality, the writer certainly qualifies as the first! It all started from London after the Sri Lankan Citizenship (Amendment) Act No. 45 was ratified in Parliament on September 28, 1987. When the writer contacted the Sri Lanka High Commission, he was advised to send a written request initially to the Ministry of Defence, Colombo. This was done on May 23,1988; the MoD acknowledged it under their reference CIT/U77/19(2) 70 on June 8, 1988.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/12/14)

Chinese Takeaway: Modi’s Buddhism
Written by C Raja Mohan |
As Prime Minister Narendra Modi winds down an intensive phase of foreign policy activism, one surprising feature of his diplomacy has been the frequent evocation of Buddhism. In his outreach to leaders in the subcontinent and Asia, from Nepal to Japan and China to Myanmar, Modi has projected Buddhism as one of India’s bridges to these nations. The PM’s overt expression of his Hindu religiosity has been controversial, but not surprising. -... -Full Story-
(indianexpress.com - 05/12/14)

“If my name is not mentioned as the Prime Minister to be appointed on stages,I will forward nomination and contest on own”-Ranil
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In the election propaganda platforms in the forthcoming presidential election the common candidate should vouch and say that Ranil Wickremasinghe is to be made the Prime Minister when Maithripala Sirisena becomes President. This should be categorically promised in the political meetings. This statement was made by the leader of the opposition Ranil wickremasinghe  referring to  Maduluwawe Sobitha thera’s refusal to Sirisena  to take part in opposition meetings if he promise executive Prime Minister post to Ranil...Ranil said he would leave the election campaign and submit nominations on his own and still there is enough time for that.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/12/14)

Nimalka,Nirmal,Pakyasothy,Kumar Rupasinghe to support common candidate
To support the common candidate Maithripala Sirisena several non governmental organisations have promised.Accordingly Nimalka Fernando, Pakyasothy Saravanamuthu, Kumar Rupasinghe and Nirmal Devasiri are hoping to have a media briefing shortly.... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 04/12/14)

WHY MAHINDA RAJAPAKSA IS NOT A DICTATOR PART 2
Harvey Perera 
I wish to continue my earlier article since there is a lot more that can be written of MR’s achievements. The purpose is to remind people of the good done by MR and to suggest some ideas to bring peace to the entire country for the future. In the teeth of opposition from the Common Opposition MR handled many issues quite well. The thousands of soldiers who were incapacitated and injured in the war were treated with compassion.  The thousands of Tamil refugees from the war front as well as the defeated LTTE cadre were cared... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/12/14)

අලි වලිගෙ එල්ලී දෙව්ලොව යන ගමරාල
ධර්මසිරි සෙනෙවිරත්න
 මෙහිදී ගමරාල යන වචනය මා යොදා ගන්නේ  කිසිවෙකුට අපහාසයකට නොවේ . ගම රාල යනු ගම ප්‍රධානියාය . ක්‍රිස්තු පූර්වයේ සිටම ''ගමික '' නම් ප්‍රධානියෝ සිටියහ.ගාමිණී  යනු සමාන වචනයකි . පැරණි ගම්  සභා ක්‍රමයේ  දී ගමරාලට හෙවත් ගමික ට වැදගත් තැනක් තිබුනේය. ගමරාල මෝඩයෙක් කර  කතා ලිව්වේ  බටහිරින් මෙරටට ඕල්කොට් ලා සමග පැමිණි ඇ නී බෙසන්ට්  ලා ය  බුදුදහම දියුනුකර ලීමටයය් කියා පැමිණි ඔවුහු'''' පරමවිඥාන''' හා '' බුද්ධ ඇදහිල්ල '' ආදිය මගින් ' දහම'' හින්දු''' පරම බ්‍රහ්මන්''    මුසු  '' ඇදහිලි  ආගමක්''  කළහ. . මොවුහු අධ්‍යාපනය මගින්  බෞද්ධ පාසල් වලද  ගමට හිනාවෙන පිරිසක් බෝ කළහ. මහදැ නමුත් තා ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/12/14)

Is The Presidency Already Done And Dusted For Sirisena And Where Does He Get His Brash Arrogance Which  May Fall Short Of His Ambitions?
Sunny Sunil's Column Of Critical Analysis
December 4th, 2014   Bearing in mind that the sensible and more discerning voters  in Sri Lanka are not usually in favour of ship jumpers, past leaders who have made grave errors towards the detriment of the Nation and messed up the economy fair and square and bungled their way through leadership add to which conundrum bi-partisan sections  of the Buddhist Clergy who would be better off carrying out  their role as priests and prelates rather than dabbling in politics where the Maha Sangha the legitimate Buddhist Hierarchy has always been with the President, it seems... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/12/14)

India-s World - Sri Lanka-s mid-term presidential poll
Listen to What New Delhi experts has to say about Sri Lanka-s 2015 Presidential elections... -Full Story- (https:/youtube.com/ - 04/12/14)

Dhamma Aboard Evolution-Breakthrough Research on the Aggañña Sutta now expanded into  book  
  By Prof. Suwanda H J Sugunasiri, writing from Canada
“The Buddha’s universe is compatible with Western Science”, I boldly proclaimed, introducing  Part I of my recent research on  the Aggañña Sutta  of the Dīgha Nikāya. No ‘satire’ or ‘parody’ as claimed by acclaimed western scholars,  Prof. Bruce Mathews, Dean of Arts at Acadia University, Canada, notes how the   study “…provides a unique insight into Gotama Buddha’s putative scientific insight…” The   study seeks   to establish that segment 10-16 of the Sutta is a historically and scientifically accurate picture of Devolution and Evolution. Compatible as it may be with... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 03/12/14)

TV Commercials Riding on the Backs of Children:  Maliban Biscuits Sri Lanka Pulls “Offensive” Ad
By: Gamini Dissanayake St Catharines. ON. Canada
To watch this commercial please type www.youtube.com/watch?v=p7mph-nafCw. Or search youtube for Maliban pulls  offensive white chocolate puff ad An annual visitor to Sri Lanka over the past eight years,  I have been watching   how kids are  ruthlessly exploited in over 70 percent of all advertising and commercials. Yes, we had McDonald’s  commercials here like the one ‘Are we there yet, mommy?’ about 20 years ago. Some of us are familiar with the infamous McLibel Trial in the mid 90s in England and, those  myriad  protests and charges against Coca Cola, Tobacco Companies... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/12/14)

Life Abroad – Part 106 - ‘C’EST PAS LA’ IN FRENCH SOUNDED SIMILAR TO SEPALA
Dr.Tilak Fernando
Sri Lankan Barrister Sepala Munasinghe, who had a lucrative legal practice in London for many years, is now spending his retirement in France with his German wife Dorothea. Apart from a passionate reader of the ‘Life Abroad’ column, he has been able to contribute various experiences of his own that have made the column more colourful. Last month he and his wife celebrated their golden jubilee in London with the family and their close friends. When we met in Colombo last week at the Cinnamon Grand hotel for... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/12/14)

MOU: THE BIGGEST HOAX IN ELECTORAL POLITICS
H.L.D. Mahindapala
In the history of coalitions formed in the post-independent era the latest one signed at Vihara Maha Devi Park on Monday is unique not for any distinguishing characteristics that give promise of better things to come but for the heap of bland platitudes that have been recycled time and time again at all previous elections without delivering the promises. As for the launch, the whole scene lacked the aura that was supposed to radiate from a reformist movement that was going to be beacon to the nation. ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/12/14)

පොදු ජනතාවට  මහින්ද එපාවීම සහ බලවත් ධනවතුන්ට මහින්ද එපා වීම
ධර්මසිරි සෙනෙවිරත්න
මේ වන විට සාමාන්‍ය ජනතාවගෙන් කොටසකට මහින්ද එපාවී ඇති බව  අසත්‍යයක් නොවේ . එහෙත් ඒ හැමටම නොවේ .මහා ත්‍රස්තවාදියා මරාදමා රටට  සාමය උදාකරදීම නිසා  සාමාන්ය ජනතාවගෙන්  බොහොමයක්  තවමත් මහින්දට ආදරෙය. තවත් වසර කීපයක් යනතුරු  ඔවුහු මහින්ද ට කෘතවේදී වනු ඇත. එහෙත් මින් සමහර අයගේ හිත වල  හීන් කලකිරීමකුත් ඇත්තේ  වැඩිවන ජීවන බර  නොසලකා  මහා ව්‍යාපෘති වෙනුවෙන්  රටේ සියලුම මුදල්  වැය  කිරීමත් දුප්පතාගේ ඇඟට  දැනෙන  සංවර්ධනයක් නොවීමත් රටටම වින කල උතුරේ මිනිසුන් දිනාගැනීම ගැන හිතා  දකුණේ හම්බන්තොට හැර අනෙක් ප්‍රදේශ නොතකා  75% කගේ  මුදල් උතුරට වියදම් කර උන් නැවත  නැ ගටවා මේ 75% ට උන් ලවානැවත  ගැස්සවීමට උන්... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/12/14)

What are the rights Constitutionally & Legally denied to Tamils in Sri Lanka?
Shenali D Waduge
 Mr. Venkaiah Naidu, BJP Union Minister for Urban Development and Parliamentary Affairs has declared that Sri Lanka should give equal rights to Tamils. Does this imply that Tamils do not enjoy equal rights, or perhaps that is the perception? If Sri Lanka’s closest neighbour thinks Tamils do not enjoy equal rights we can’t blame others for the same perceptions. The statement does mean that Sri Lanka has failed to project what Tamils and minorities actually enjoy in Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka has also failed to statistically show that in many ways the minorities are economically and... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/12/14)

Rathika Sitsabaesan, Canadian MP puts her Foot in her Mouth re LTTE Heroes Day
 Mal Munasinha
Office of the Hon. Steven Blaney House of Commons Ottawa, ON K1A AO6   Honourable Steven Blaney, I was very happy to hear your rebuttal on Rathika Sensebastien’s speech in Parliament. I agree that the speech she did about the Tamil Tigers comparing them to the Remembrance Day, is nothing more than a insult to the soldiers who fought and died for the country, so there will be unity and peace What this New Democrat Party member was trying to do was, encourage more violence and give credit to the very leader who carried out a suicide... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/12/14)

Einstein’s Religiosity
By Rohana R. Wasala
(This is the third of my quintuplet of essays on the subject of religion. I am only expressing a personal point of view as an interested layman who claims no academic knowledge of the subject. Readers need not buy my opinions offhand without examining them for themselves. Many educated religious people try to justify their belief in religion by claiming that certain prominent scientists are also religious. Einstein is a favourite for such claims because of his undisputed eminence among his kind. But when he was living, he made it very clear that he did not... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/12/14)

JFA demands action Andhra journalist killers
 By NJ Thakuria
Guwahati: The failure of  Andhra Pradesh police in making any breakthrough regarding the brutal murder of a Telugu journalist a week back has prompted a northeast India based journalist body to express serious concern and annoyances. While condemning the vicious killing of MVN Shankar, a senior journalist working with Andhra Prabha, a popular Telugu daily published from Hyderabad, by the miscreants, the Journalists’ Forum Assam (JFA) has demanded exemplary punishment to the culprits. Shankar (around 53 years old) was attacked by the unknown assailants with iron rods and sticks on the night of November 25 in... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/12/14)

Maradana – The Birthplace Of Tamil Nationalism Part II
By H. L. D. Mahindapala -
Part II One of the oddities that casts a slur on the Tamil nationalist movement is the fact that it was not launched in Jaffna – the holy peninsula hailed as the heartland of the Jaffna Tamils. Instead, S. J. V. Chelvanayakam, the father of Tamil separatism, picked the Government Clerical Service Union (GCSU) Hall in Maradana to launch his separatist movement. Why was an event of such historical and political  magnitude launched in Maradana and not in the heartland  of the Tamils? The Jaffna Tamil leadership was not in exile. They had all the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/12/14)

What Does Maithripala Sirisena And His Opposition Alliance Have To Offer Sri Lanka That The President And His Team Cannot?  Nothing, In A Worthless Quest For Power!
Insight By Sunil Kumar
December 1st 2014 If one digs deep into the track record of Maithripala Sirisena common opposition candidate it will becone very apparent that the man has little or nothing to offer Sri Lanka that the President has not already provided where he is simply a pawn of  the power hungry likes of dead beats Ranil Wickremasinghe, Chandrika Kumaratunga, the top brass Buddhist Priests who should have reservations about involving themselves in politics who fancy their political influences as those which could overrun the present Administration which is simply wishful thinking. In Sri Lanka today... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/12/14)

කන්දක් විලිලා'' චන්දා'' බිහිකළ ආභා දිත   මෛත්‍රී පැටියා
ධර්මසිරි සෙනෙවිරත්න
මහි න් ද විරෝධී  එකමුතුව පාරම්බා  දැන්'' කදිම ''  වැඩපිළිවෙලක් ඉදිරිපත් කර ඇත.----- 1.  -විධායක ජනපති ඉවත් කර නාමික ජනපති කෙනෙක් පත් කර ඔහුට  '''උචිත බලතල '''' දෙනු ලැබේ........ විස්තර නැත.  තීරණය කරන්නේ රනිල් තාත්තාද චන්ද්‍රිකා  අම්මාද. එදාට පවුලේ අඩ  දබර බෙරන්නේ  මෛත්‍රී පැ ටියාද. දෙමහල්ලෝ දික්කසාද වුනොත්  පැටියා අනාත මඩ මේය. දරුවන් වදන වයසත් පහුකර  සිටියත් අමාරුවෙන් වැඩේ කලේ චන්ද්‍රිකාය. දෑසින් ම බලා   තීරණ ගැනීමට  නොහැකි  ඇ ය    එක ඇසකට පෙනෙන දුර බලා  හිතුවක්කාර තීරණ ගනු ඇත.  රනිල් හොර කොටි ගිවිසුම් ගැහැණු බලා එයා නොදැක්කා සේ සිටියා අපට මතකය. 2. නොයෙකුත් කොමිසම් පත් කර නු... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/12/14)

Will Canada tell Rathika Sitsabaiesan that Canada Remembrance Day and LTTE Terrorists Day is not the same
Shenali D Waduge
This is what happens when LTTE tiger cubs are adopted and given asylum in Canada. First they would start establishing ‘Eelam areas’, then they would begin to appoint ‘Eelam’ MPs fooling the Canadian voters and thereafter they would begin celebrating LTTE leaders birthday followed by comparing LTTE combatants to Canadian War Heroes. Canada must now realize and empathize with Sri Lanka on banning any celebration related to the LTTE in Sri Lanka. LTTE are no heroes of Tamils or any others. LTTE are heroes only for those that were part of the LTTE and benefited because... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/12/14)

මෛත‍්‍රීපාල සිරිසේනගේ අවබෝධතා ගිවිසුම මෙන්න
පොදු අපේක්‍ෂක මෛත‍්‍රීපාල සිරිසේන මහතා ජනාධිපතිවරණයෙන් ජයග‍්‍රහණය කරවීම සඳහා දේශපාලන පක්‍ෂ හා සංවිධාන විසින් අද දිනයේ කොළඹදී අත්සන් තබන ලද සම්පූර්ණ ගිවිසුම මෙසේය. සාධාරණ, ප‍්‍රජාතන්ත‍්‍රවාදී සහ ජනහිතකාමී ආණ්ඩුකරණයක් සඳහා පොදු මහජන න්‍යාය පත‍්‍රයක් ශ‍්‍රී ලාංකිකයින් ලෙස අපි බැ?රුම් අභියෝග කීපයකට මුහුණ දෙමින් සිටිමු. දශක කීපයකට පෙර ලෝකයේ බෙහෙවින්ම ආදර්ශමත් ප‍්‍රජාතන්ත‍්‍රවාදී රටක් ලෙස පිළිගෙන තිබූ ශ‍්‍රී ලංකාව වර්තමානය වන විට සීඝ‍්‍රයෙන් එහි වසන පුරවැසියන්ට ගෞරව සම්පන්න ලෙස සහ ආරක්ෂිත ලෙස වාසය කළ නොහැකි තැනක් බවට පත්වී තිබේ. මෙම ඛේදජනක තත්ත්වයේ ඉතාමත්ම පැහැදිළි මතුපිට ප‍්‍රකාශන වන්නේ: නීතියේ පාලනය මුළුමනින්ම බිඳ වැටීම ආණ්ඩුකරණය සඳහා අත්‍යාවශ්‍ය වන්නා වූ ප‍්‍රජාතන්ත‍්‍රීය ආයතන පද්ධතිය ඛාදනය වී... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 01/12/14)

Is Maitripala Sirisena duped by Chandrika and Ranil to be the Common Candidate a match against the President Mahinda Rajapakse ?  
By Charles.S.Perera
 Perhaps it is to please the wife and children  that some seek  positions of  importance. Maitripala was a disappointed man having been left out from being made the Prime Minister.  It was no fault of the President, but due to D.M.Jayaratna holding onto the post despite his ill health and evident inability to contribute much to the country or to Buddhism which came under his purview.   He being the most senior member of the SLFP the President  could not have  removed him, and may have expected him to  resign on his own.  Had the PM  done so... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/12/14)

Chelvanayakam’s Maradana speech (1949) paved the path to Nandikadal (2009) Part I
H. L. D. Mahindapala
December 18, 1949, which happened to be a Sunday, has been ignored by social scientists who should have evaluated it critically, at least for its bloody consequences which ended eventually in Nandikadal.  It was the day on which Illankai Tamil Arasu Kadchi (ITAK , Tamil State Party disguised as Federal Party) was launched officially. It was the day on which S. J. V. Chelvanayakam delivered his presidential address of the newly formed Tamil separatist party, expressing fears of the Tamils being wiped out by the majoritarian rule of the Sinhalese, thereby setting the tone and... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/12/14)

මේ කොය් යන්නේ , මොකදැ ය් යන්නේ
ධර්මසිරි සෙනෙවිරත්න
 මහින්ද රජයෙන් ඉවත් වී යන ගණන  ටික ටික වැඩිවෙනු පෙනේ . මැතිවරණය ට සමීපවන විට  තව තව  අ  ය යන්නට බැරි නැත. හිරුනිකා,, නවීන් හා ,, ජීවන් ද ගියේය .  ජීවන්  නෑ නා  නිසා යන්නට ඇත. නවීන් කොහොමත් ඒ ජා ප   යෙකි  මෙතෙක් හිටියේ වාසියටය.  හිරුනිකා යන්නේ ඇ ය් .?   තාත්තා මරාදැමූ  හතුරා ට මහින්ද දඬුවම් නොදුන්  නිසාඇය   හිටියේ අමනාපයෙන් හා කෝපයෙනි  .එය සාධාරණ කෝපයකි වේදනාවකි . දුමින්දත් භාරතත් දෙන්නාම එකම පක්ෂයේ  නිසා  මැ රුන මිනිහා කොහොමටත් මහින්දට නැත. ජීවත්වන  මිනිහා මහින්දට වැදගත්ය. මහින්ද නම්  දේශපාලකයා  දෙන්නාම අහිමි කර ගැනීමට කැමති නොවූ හෙයින්  මිනී මරුවා  පසු... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/12/14)

Sri Lanka Get Ready: Lessons from Tribunal against Yugoslavia
Shenali D Waduge
 In May 1993 UN’s 1st war crimes court and 1st tribunal since the Nuremberg and Tokyo tribunals was created by the UN Security Council in accordance with chapter VII of the UN Charter. When ICTY officially shuts down in 2016 the UN should be questioned on the ruckus surrounding alleged claims of genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity and ‘collective responsibility when after 23 years only 161 individuals have been indicted while incurring a cost of over $2billion! What could Yugoslavia have done with $2billion given to the welfare of the citizens instead of pumping it... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/12/14)

JHU - Where will they end up?
S. Akurugoda
According to the latest available news items, JHU, has given-up further discussions with the Government and is going to  talk to the Maithripala Sirisena expecting a positive response to their proposals. The outcome of the JHU-Maithripala talk is very clear since we do not see any difference between the so-called proposals of the Maithripala camp and those of JHU since the so-called proposals could have been originated from the same source that were planning to install a puppet of the West in place of MR, for a long time. Since 1956, SLFP under the leadership of SWRD and... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/12/14)

Sanctions on Sri lanka by the EU and Britain.
Garvin Karunaratne Former Government Agent, Matara District
The British Parliament deciding to recommend that the EU should impose sanctions on Sri Lanka tells me  that our leaders have to be prepared. If we are to face the onslaught we have to become self sufficient as far as possible fast and get our economy on a self reliant basis. Sri Lanka is to be punished for not allowing the UNHRC investigators to come in. We did no wrong in defeating the LTTE. As I write these words the blacks in the USA are rioting on the streets in Ferguson, Missouri... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/12/14)

Ethics and Religion
By Rohana R. Wasala
(This is the second in a series of five articles written on the subject of religion by the author, courtesy The Nation, where they were first published,  sometimes under different titles from those that will appear here. The first was ‘To contain religious fundamentalism’ [Lankaweb, 14.11.14]) Most ordinary people believe that there is no morality where there is no religion. Irreligious people are immoral, they think. This feeling is strong particularly among those who belong to god-based religions. Rational thinkers who are profoundly concerned with ethics hold that this is a wrong view. But we have... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/12/14)

Dr Lorna Devaraja – The uncrowned queen of the Muslims
Hilmy Ahamed
Dr Lorna Srimathie Dewaraja, the brilliant historian of repute who did not receive the recognition that she rightly deserves in her life time for her contribution to the Muslims of Sri Lanka should be engraved in their hearts and minds for her contribution with her luminous academic research and publication, “The Muslims of Sri Lanka – One thousand years of ethnic harmony- 900 to 1915 first published in 1994. Her publication, available in English with a translation in Sinhala  is probably the best documentation of the contribution of Muslims to Sri Lanka during the Kandyan period with... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/12/14)

JHU to sign MoU with Maithripala
Courtesy The Daily Mirror
The Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) today announced it is due to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Common candidate Maithripala Sirisena within the next few days, after which they would be actively involved in his campaign. JHU member Venerable Athuraliye Rathana thera speaking to Daily Mirror said Mr. Sirisena has given a positive response concerning the proposals they made in order to create a transformation and ensure good governance in Sri Lanka and therefore his party decided to pledge their support to the Common Opposition movement. “We will be signing an MoU within... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/12/14)

Only Parliament can abolish Executive Presidency - G.L
Dharma Sri Abeyratne Courtesy The Daily News
The Executive Presidency cannot be abolished by a President since it has to be done through Parliament, External Affairs Minister Prof. G.L. Peiris said. Even though executive powers are vested with the President in accordance with Article 4 B of the Constitution,the President is not able to abolish the Executive Presidency, since those powers have been vested in the Parliament by the Constitution. Therefore, common candidate Maithripala Sirisena cannot abolish the Executive Presidency even if he is elected by accident. Moreover, according to the Constitution, he (Sirisena)... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/12/14)

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) - Symptoms or can we call it “Ants in the pants” behaviour?
Dr Hector Perera         London
A child's teacher may be the first person to suspect that a child has ADHD, especially if he is hyperactive and often disrupts class. As an experienced teacher, I must say that I have come across a number of such cases but they had to be dealt very tactfully. If I were to mention such cases individually probably it takes a longer time to write this article so I avoid mentioning such individual cases.  However, parents may notice signs of ADHD before the child begins school, such as problems with social skills and disruptive behaviour.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/12/14)

Sri Lanka joins in measures to protect migrant workers at the Abu Dhabi Dialogue
Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka Geneva
A series of initiatives aimed at boosting protection and improving conditions of employment for millions of foreign workers in the Gulf have been agreed upon at the Third Ministerial Consultative Meeting of the Abu Dhabi Dialogue (ADD) comprising Asian countries sending and receiving labour, which concluded in Kuwait last week. The 'Kuwait Declaration' noted that "recognizing that individual government's efforts may fall short, we resolve to work together to prevent and sanction exploitative recruitment practices that place workers at great risk and undermine fundamental rights".  Ministers and Heads of Delegations from Afghanistan, Bahrain,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/12/14)


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