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News Archive for Dec 2017

THE “PARANAGAMA REPORT” Part 2
KAMALIKA PIERIS
The Commission examined the many allegations made against the Sri Lanka army (SLA) during its final Eelam campaign. Some of these allegations have been of executions and deliberate or indiscriminate shellfire, acts which are totally inconsistent with what is expected of a responsible army discharging its duties in accordance with the laws and customs of war. The implication is that this was due to either a deliberate policy to target civilians or recklessness in artillery firing.  The Commission has not shied away from examining those allegations and accepts that they must be dealt with seriously. The Commission... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 31/12/17)

LG Elections 2018
By : A.A.M.NIZAM - MATARA
First of all, my Best Wishes for all Lankaweb readers for a Happy, Prosperous, Healthy and Peaceful New Year.  May this country become a peaceful and enjoyable land once again with the beginning of this New Year! This is the first of a series of articles aimed at enlightening the voters of the forthcoming local government elections including the 700,000 voters who will be exercising their franchise for the first time.  The choice of voters in this election should be whether they should continue to support this oppressive government or reject all the three... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 31/12/17)

Fair prices for essentials?
Upali Cooray Former General Manager of SATHOSA
Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe has said government has taken measures to introduce fair price shops in collaboration with private sector and Sathosa to ensure fair prices for essential commodities in the open market. This statement of the prime minister is something like dousing fires without preventing fires. Considering the fact that the oncoming crucialelections scheduled for February 2018 he has to say something to the masses who are burdened with high commodity prices. Sathosa has seen six Chairmendeparting quickly unable to withstand interference by the trade minister who has held this post for eight consequent years. I cannot recall any period of time when the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 31/12/17)

Truth telling and distorting the truth – a response to British High Commissioner
by Rajeewa Jayaweera Courtesy The Island
The British High Commissioner (HC), in an exclusive interview with the Sunday Island published on December 17, referring to Sri Lanka’s war stated; "Getting distracted by arguments about the numbers during or in the immediate aftermath of the end of a near three-decade war between the Sri Lankan security forces and separatist LTTE could easily distort the truth" The Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin, one-time Commissar of Munitions once said, "If only one man dies of hunger, that is a tragedy. If millions die, that’s only statistics." Quoting Stalin after amending ‘millions’ to ‘thousands,’ the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 31/12/17)

Been there, seen that
Editorial Courtesy The Island
Monday 1st January, 2018 December 31, 2017, 9:36 pm The much-delayed bond probe commission report has been handed over to President Maithripala Sirisena. The Treasury bond scams might enter the Guinness Book of World Records as the ‘most probed’ racket in the world. It is hoped that at least now some tangible action will be taken to bring the perpetrators of the biggest ever financial crime in the country to justice without further delay. We are afraid that the manner in which the presidential commission functioned towards the closing stage of its proceedings left... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 31/12/17)

‘Sinhala Only’ was the right policy
HUGH KARUNANAYAKE Melbourne, Australia Courtesy The Island
December 31, 2017, 9:40 pm I read with much interest HL Seneviratne’s piece on the impact of Sinhala Only, and Mr. Samaraweera's response. I believe that the Sinhala Only reforms of 1956 heralded a new phase in the social and economic development of the country. Up until that time, a minority of English educated people had a monopoly over employment opportunities, as well as leverages into the business world, which was all worked in English, a language alien to two thirds of the population of the country. The rural poor in the pre... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 31/12/17)

Jerusalem, Sinhala far right foreign policy and Gota factor
By Dr. DAYAN JAYATILLEKA Courtesy The Island
December 31, 2017, 12:00 pm There were strange reactions to Sri Lanka’s political responses to and UN vote on the issue of Jerusalem. There are those spokespersons of the Sinhala Far Right who criticized the Sri Lankan stand and the cross-party political consensus as instances of double standards. The argument was that those who could not combine to defend Sri Lanka from the charges leveled at it in Geneva, and did not rally round Lord Naseby’s revelations, had banded together on the remote issue of Jerusalem. These strange reactions to Sri Lanka’s vote... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 31/12/17)

ශ්‍රී ලංකාවේ තේ රැකගන්න දැඩි නීති රීති අවශ්‍යයි - ඇමැති සුසිල් ප්‍රේමජයන්ත
අරුණ බෝගහවත්ත උපුටා ගැන්ම දිවයින
ශ්‍රී ලංකාවේ තේ කර්මාන්තය ආරක්‍ෂා කිරීම සඳහා දැඩි නීති රීති පැනවිය යුතු යෑයි විද්‍යා හා තාක්‍ෂණ ඇමැති සුසිල් ප්‍රේමජයන්ත මහතා පැවසීය.    පසුගියදා තේ අපනයනය කිරීමේදී එහි කෘමියකු සිටීම නිසා රුසියාව තේ මිලදී ගැනීම නතර කෙරුවේ ද නිසි ක්‍රමවේදයක්‌ තුළ එම අපනයන කටයුතු සිදු නොවූ නිසා බවද ඇමැතිවරයා කීවේය.    ලංකාවේ තේ අපනයනය කිරීම කර්මාන්ත රැසක්‌ සිදු කරන අතර මෙවැනි සිද්ධීන් වූ විට අනිත් කර්මාන්ත හිමියන්ට ද ගැටලුවකට මුහුණ දීමට සිදුවන බවද කීවේය.    දැනටමත් විවිධ ප්‍රදේශවලින් කසළ තේ ජාවාරම්කරුවන් නීතියේ රැහැනට හසුවන බවද එවැනි තත්ත්වයන් ද නැවැත්වීම සඳහා ඊට අදාළ බලධාරීන් කටයුතු කළ යුතු... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 31/12/17)

Russian Ambassador says: Chrysotile asbestos not harmful
Courtesy Ceylon Today
Russian made Chrysotile asbestos is not harmful to humans, Ambassador of the Russian Federation to Sri Lanka and Maldives, Yury B. Materiy told Ceylon Today last afternoon....that it was in retaliation to Sri Lanka banning the import of Chrysotile asbestos from that country. Materiy pointed out that not only Russian scientists, but also Sri Lankan scientists had pointed out that chrysotile asbestos is good and was not considered to be harmful. Handing over a case study on chrysotile asbestos, done by Emeritus Professor of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo, Ravindra Fernando,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 31/12/17)

Sri Lanka’s Peril: Attempting to go beyond a Federal constitution as a solution to an unknown problem
Shenali D Waduge
We seem to love to go round the mulberry bush and in circles. Why do we need a new constitution? Who is asking for a new constitution? What in the present constitution needs to change, why and who wants it changed and are all these changes aligned to what the common & ordinary public wants? Is there a list of hands-off, cannot be touched, no-compromise areas in the present constitution that cannot be changed in any new constitution? Will these new changes have any adverse effects and have remedial actions & solutions been considered? Have these... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 31/12/17)

Why do Tamils hate Sinhala ? Part II
By Charles.S.Perera
The Sinhala even before the Independence had a very cordial relationship with the Tamils. Even in the small towns in the South, the barbers, the small boutique keepers selling cigars, and Saaivar Restaurants were run by Tamils, mostly Jaffna Tamils. These Jaffna Tamil traders were so well accepted by the Sinhala they were even  invited for their weddings and funerals. Most of these Jaffna Tamil traders came alone to the South without their families, except some of them who came with their  male children who were sent to local Schools and studied with the Sinhala  children. I... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 31/12/17)

President asserts authority after warning Ranil
Courtesy The Island
ECONOMYNEXT - President Maithripala Sirisena appointed newly sworn-in legislator Piyasena Gamage as state minister for law and order in a move that sought to reduce the authority of a very close ally of the prime minister. Sirisena, who is at loggerheads with Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe’s United National Party (UNP) gave the influential portfolio to Gamage, a member of the Sirisena-faction of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP). Gamage became a minister after SLFP’s Rajapaksa-faction MP Geetha Kumarasinghe was unseated because she was found to be holding Swiss citizenship at the time of contesting the August... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 31/12/17)

වාර්තාව ජනපතිට ඉතිරි වැඩ කඩුවට
 ශ්‍යාම් නුවන් ගනේවත්ත උපුටා ගැන්ම දිවයින
  මැතිවරණ උණුසුමත් සමග බැඳුම්කර ජනාධිපති කොමිසමේ වාර්තාව ගැන ඉදිරි දිනවල පුළුල් ලෙස සමාජ කතිකාවකට බඳුන් වනු ඇතැයි සිතිය හැකිය. දැනටමත් සෑම දේශපාලන වැඩසටහනකදීම මෙය කතාබහට ලක්‌ වෙයි. මේ ගැන එක්‌සත් ජාතික පක්‍ෂයට එල්ල වන චෝදනාවලට පිළිතුරු දෙමින් එජාප නියෝජිතයන් කරන ඇතැම් ප්‍රකාශ අනුව නම් අපට හැගෙන්නේ ඔවුන් බැඳුම්කර කොමිසමේ වාර්තාව දැනටමත් දන්නා බවකි. එසේත් නැතහොත් එහි ප්‍රධාන නිගමන සහ නිර්දේශ දන්නා බවකි. විශේෂයෙන් මේ ඇතැමුන් කියන්නේ වාර්තාව ආවම බලන්න පුළුවන් වැරදිකාරයෝ කව්ද කියලා සහ අගමැතිතුමා හෝ එජාපය හෝ මේකට වගකියන්න ඕනද කියල ආදී අදහස්‌ ඔවුන් ප්‍රකාශ කරනු ලබයි. ඔවුන් එම අදහස්‌ ප්‍රකාශ කරනු ලබන්නේද... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 31/12/17)

ජාත්‍යන්තරයට හමුදාව පාවා දුන් ලෝකයේ එකම රට ශ්‍රී ලංකාවයි
ප්‍රවීණ දේශපාලන විචාරක මොහාන් සමරනායක
කෘමියකු සිටි බව පවසමින් ශ්‍රී ලංකාවේ තේ තහනම් කළ රුසියාව එම තහනම ඉවත් කළේ 2018 වසරේ සිට ශ්‍රී ලංකාව ඔවුන්ගේ ඇස්‌බැස්‌ටස්‌වලට පැනවීමට සූදානම් වූ තහනම ඉවත් කරන බවට ප්‍රතිඥා දුන් පසුවය. ජාත්‍යන්තරය දැන් අපේ මිතුරන් යෑයි මේ ආණ්‌ඩුව පැවසුවද ඇතැමුන් පවසන්නේ ඒ මිතුරු දම කුඩා කෘමියකුට වුවද බිඳහෙළිය හැකි දුර්වල එකක්‌ බවයි. ජාත්‍යන්තර ප්‍රජාව සමග වත්මන් ආණ්‌ඩුව සිදුකළ තෙවසරක ගනුදෙනුවේ ස්‌වභාවය ගැන අන්තර්ජාතික සබඳතා කළමනාකරණය පිළිබඳ ප්‍රාමාණික විද්වතකු මෙන්ම ප්‍රවීණ දේශපාලන විචාරකයකු ද වන මොහාන් සමරනායකයන් සමඟ "දිවයින ඉරිදා සංග්‍රහය" පැවැත්වූ සාකච්ඡාවකි මේ.    මහින්ද රාජපක්‌ෂ ආණ්‌ඩුව තරහ කරගත් ජාත්‍යන්තරය අපි දිනාගත්තා යන්න මේ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 31/12/17)

MR dares SLFP Central Committee Sack me if you can
BY RAVI LADDUWAHETTY Courtesy Ceylon Today
Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, in an exclusive interview with Ceylon Today last afternoon, dared the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) Central Committee to terminate his membership from the Party in which he has been a member for the last 50 years since 1968 and a Member of Parliament for the Beliatta electorate since 1970. He said: "It was I who salvaged this country from the most brutal terrorists the world has seen. It was I who rebuilt this country and also the SLFP in the post-war history as the President of the country and... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 31/12/17)

UN officials in Sri Lanka: “We see only LTTE terrorists”
Shenali D Waduge
Manjari Dissanayake is the daughter of Former Sri Lanka Navy Spokesperson Commodore D.K.P Dassanayake. Thinking the UN to be righteous, unbiased, transparent she arrived to hand over a complaint on behalf of her father and others to the UN officials who came to investigate those arbitrarily detained. She was in for a rude shock. ‘Is this an LTTE complaint’ she was asked when she replied in the negative, the UN official chose to ignore Manjari. Where is the neutrality and fair play that the UN boasts off? Where in the UN Charter does it give UN... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 30/12/17)

What Stopped India and USA in May 2009 From Saving Tamil Terrorists
Dilrook Kannangara
Over 20 Tamil terrorist groups were raised by Hindustan (India) in 1970s and 1980s to advance its interests. When Sri Lanka amassed its forces and was about to exterminate their terrorist leaders in Jaffna peninsular, Hindustan invaded the island saving their mostly Hindu terrorists. India planned to do same in May 2009 to save Tamil terrorists fighting under an ancient Hindu flag. India’s new found opportunistic ally USA also readied to invade in the guise of saving ‘civilians’. What stopped them? There was a clear difference between July 1987 and May 2009 that prevented them from invading.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 30/12/17)

Should Sri Lanka continue to use Asbestos ?
Buddhi Meegasdeniya  M.Sc . ( Moscow) -  Civil Engineer, Toronto, Canada.
What is asbestos? Asbestos is a group of naturally occurring fibrous minerals. These are useful because of their excellent tensile strength, poor heat conduction and resistance to chemical attack. Asbestos materials have been used for insulation in buildings and in various products such as roofing materials, water supply lines and clutches, brake linings, gaskets and pads for automobiles. Today, chrysotile – the only commercial asbestos still in use – is mostly used in fibre cement boards. The top producer is Russia, which mined around one million metric tonnes... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 30/12/17)

Fair prices for essentials?
Upali Cooray Former General Manager of SATHOSA
Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe has said government has taken measures to introduce fair price shops in collaboration with private sector and Sathosa to ensure fair prices for essential commodities in the open market. This statement of the prime minister is something like dousing fires without preventing fires. Considering the fact that the oncoming crucialelections scheduled for February 2018 he has to say something to the masses who are burdened with high commodity prices. Sathosa has seen six Chairmendeparting quickly unable to withstand interference by the trade minister who has held this post for eight consequent years. I cannot recall any period of time when the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 30/12/17)

Adios 2017
By Dr. Tilak S. Fernando
Twelve months have faded away like the stars, and it feels like yesterday. Here again, we are on the eve of another new year with full of hopes. Everyone, in Sri Lanka, expected so many changes, year on year, particularly from the dawn of January 2015, with full of optimism and expectations once the 'Yahapalanaya' Government was elected to office. Nearly three years have lapsed since, yet the outlook has become grim and dismal with corruption, bribery, and politicians becoming labelled as 'deal captains'! With the much speculated local government council elections due in... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 30/12/17)

Eastern Governor's wife interferes in temple issue- Is it reconciliation ( Sanhindiyawa   සංහිඳියාව ) 
Dr Sarath Obeysekera  
We all know that most of the wives of discarded politicians visit Kali Amma Kovil in Modera –Colombom15 . These wives visit the Kovil to curse on the opposition members begging divine help to bring the husbands to power .I wonder whether the VIP visited the Kovil to seek divine help ? I am sure this Kovil in Muttur has been a place where Adivasi Tamil speaking community patronize  to seek help to punish people who may have done something wrong to them. If it is a historical Buddhist archeological site, independent commission should be... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 30/12/17)

The Human Brain and Human Mind
Dr Ruwan M Jayatunge 
The Human Brain The human brain is a very complex organ. The human brain is largely interconnected. Brain controls all   mental   and physical functions. The human brain is primarily composed of neurons, glial cells, neural stem cells, and blood vessels. An average human brain contains about 100 billion neurons.  There are as many as 1,000 trillion synaptic connections in the brain.  Approximately 20% of the blood flowing from the heart is pumped to the brain. It uses 20% of all the oxygen we breathe. The brain is the central organ for adaptation to experiences (McEwen, 2016). The brain is considered... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 29/12/17)

Fertilizer shortage: Govt. should compensate farmers - Wimal
Dr Sarath Obeysekera 
The government should provide compensation to the farmers, who were affected due to the prevailing shortage of fertilizer, leader of National Freedom Front (NFF), Wimal Weerawansa said today I keep wondering why cabinet ministers .deputy ministers, State Ministers, provincial Ministers .Ministry Secretaries ,  Directors ,Area agricuktural officers did not notice the imminent  shortage in advance ? Government gives room to opposition to make noise knowingly about the imminent shortage. They did not notice the rice shortage and HE calls Pakistani president to send rice and fertilizer. I am quite confident that Spot Buying od commodities... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 29/12/17)

පලාත් පාලන මැතිවරණය හා ඡන්දදායකයාගේ භූමිකාව
ආචාර්ය චන්දන ජයලත්
ළඟ එන පලාත් පාලන මැතිවරණය හමුවේ ඡන්දදායකයින් තම ඡන්දය පාවිච්චි කිරීමේදී සලකා බැලිය යුතු සාධක නැතහොත් පාදක කොට ගත යුතු නිර්ණායක කවරේද යන්න පිළිබ`ද වූ කතිකාව ඉතා ප්‍රාථමික මට්ටමක පවතී. සුපුරුදු ලෙස ජාතික තලයේ ප්‍රධාන දේශපාලන චරිත තුන හතරක් වටා ගෙතුනු මාතෘකා ඔස්සේ පලාත් පාලන මැතිවරණය ද දියාරු වෙමින් පවතී. එකිනෙකාට මඩ ගසා ගනිමින් යෙදෙන බංකොලොත් දේශපාලනයක නිරත කොල නිල් දේශපාලනයට දැන් මාතෘකා ද නැත. ලිංගික අල්ලස් හොරකම් චණ්ඩිකම් හැරෙන්නට කියන්නට තවත් යමක් ඉතුරුවී නැත. දැක්මක්, වැඩපිළිවෙලක්, දිසානතියක් නැත. පලාත් පාලන ආයතනයේ භූමිකාව ගැනවත් කථාවක් නැත. මේ අනුව ජනතාවක් තීන්දු ගත යුත්තේ කුමක් අරඹයා ද? ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 29/12/17)

Affidavit of former Senior Superintendent of Police Douglas Peiris in August 2010 revealing Mr. Ranil Wickramasighe's involvement in The Affidavit Sworn Translation
Affidavit of former Senior Superintendent of Police Douglas Peiris in August 2010 revealing Mr. Ranil Wickramasighe's involvement in The Affidavit Sworn Translation https://www.scribd.com/document/274464279/Ranil-Batalanda-SSP-Douglas-Peiris I, Panawala Vidanelage Joseph Douglas Peiris, a permanent resident of Manning Town Flats, Nawala, now in remand custody on an Order made by the Magistrate of Gampaha, being a Roman Catholic, do hereby make oath and declare as follows: 1. I am the deponent above-named. 2. On 1st January 1987, I served as the Headquarters Inspector of Police of Peliyagoda Police. Having subsequently gained a promotion as an Assistant Superintendent of Police as per the Departmental Scheme... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 29/12/17)

Demons of Batalanda: Who was behind them?
 By Dharman Wickremaratne 
It was the time when terror enveloped the whole of Sri Lanka. The JVP’s second insurgency was raging. Many were the sacrifices made to appease the demons in human form. They were celebrating and enjoying life while murder squads under their direction were roaming the country looking for prey. Torture chambers were setup at different places. People died by the thousands after suffering brutal torture. Bodies of victims were seen everywhere. They were burnt or dumped in rivers and canals. The buildings which housed the torture chambers were (1) state institutions, (2) private houses... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 29/12/17)

වෙබ් අඩවියකින් උපටාගත් Lorenzo නම් දමිළ කතෝලිකයෙකුගේ අපූරු කොමෙන්ටුවකි මේ..
මේ ඔහු ලියා තිබු දෙයයි...
"දමිල කතෝලිකයෙකු වශයෙන් ශ්‍රී ලංකාව යනු සිංහල බෞද්ධ රටක් බව මම විශ්වාස කරනවා. අපි පුංචි සෙල්ලමක් කරමු. දමිල හින්දු රටක් තිබේ නම් පෙන්වා දෙන්න.. ---- තමිල්නාඩුව... හොදයි 2. ඇන්ග්ලිකන් ඉංග්‍රිසි රටක් තිබේ නම් පෙන්වා දෙන්න. -- එංගලන්තය-- හොදයි 3. හින්දි හින්දු රටක් තිබේ නම් පෙන්වා දෙන්න -- ඉන්දියාව -- හොදයි 4. ඉස්ලාමීය අරාබි රටක් තිබේ නම් පෙන්වන්න. --- සවුදිය... හොදයි 5. දැන්... සිංහල බෞද්ධ රටක් තිබේ නම් පෙන්වන්න... ---- ??????????????------ හ්ම්.. ඒ රටේ නම ශ්‍රී ලංකාවයි.. නිවැරදිවම කිව්වොත් “සිංහලේ“ _______________________________________________ යේසුස් ක්‍රිස්තුස් ලංකාවට ආවාද ?..... නෑ මොහොම්මද් නබි ලංකාවට ආවාද ?..... නෑ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 29/12/17)

Striking the corrupt with a sword of the crooked
By Lucien Rajakarunanayake Courtesy The Island
Do you think this election pledge will turn out to be a political pledge for the future? What pledge are you talking about? What else,  but the President Sirisena’s pledge to use the sword against relatives, friends or party supporters,  to create a clean, unstained and people friendly political culture. Wow...that is a helluver pledge; looks like he has forgotten the Madu Valigey threat. It is obvious the Madu Valigey does not work with the political culture, he is living with today… but isn’t it strange his family is not included among those who... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 29/12/17)

Catch 22
Editorial Courtesy The Island
December 30, 2017, 1:27 am Blood is said to be thicker than water. That may be so, but there are some exceptions. Blood doesn’t seem so thick where Sri Lankan politics is concerned. We have had some political families whose feuds even led to legal wrangles. This should come as no surprise in a country which has a history replete with instances of even patricide and fratricide committed by kings, usurpers and aspirants to the throne. It is said that two dogs at the same bone seldom agree, and one may add, even if they share... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 29/12/17)

Growing outcry against engineering of crossovers with incentives
by Shamindra Ferdinando Courtesy The Island
December 30, 2017, 1:41 am There is an increasing chorus against the engineering of defections in the run up to the local government polls as it is to the disadvantage of those unable to provide incentives for such crossovers. UNP Colombo District MP Mujibur Rahman yesterday said that ongoing wave of defections in the run up to February 10 local government polls was severely undermining much repeated National Election Commission (NEC) promise to ensure a level playing field. MP Rahman said so when The Island asked him whether the party was concerned about politicians... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 29/12/17)

යාපනයේ අපූරු සංහිඳියාව
කීර්ති වර්ණකුලසූරිය උපුටා ගැන්ම දිවයින
 රජය සංහිඳියාව ගැන හඬ නගයි. එහෙත් යාපනයේ නාගවිහාරාධිපති නාහිමියන්ගේ ආදාහන පූජෝත්සවය නගර සභාපිටියේ පැවැත්වීමට එරෙහිව අධිකරණය වෙතින් තහනමක්‌ ලබා ගැනීමට උත්සාහ කළේ හින්දු සංස්‌කෘතික කවුන්සිලයයි.   එසේම එලිලන් නම් වූ කොටි මිනීමරුවාගේ බිරිය වූ ආනන්දි සසිතරන් එම්. කේ. සිවාජිලිංගම් උතුරු පළාත් සභාපති සිවඥානම් සහ ද්‍රවිඩ සංධාන මන්ත්‍රී ශ්‍රීධරන්ද උන්වහන්සේගේ ආදාහන පූජෝත්සවයට එරෙහි වී ඇත. මේ හැර වත්මන් රජයට සංහිඳියාව ගැන උපදෙස්‌ දුන් ජනාධිපති නීතිඥ ශාන්තා අබිමානසිංහම්ද ඊට එරෙහි වී අධිකරණයට පෙත්සම ගොනු කළ වුන්ට සහය වී ඇත.    ද්‍රවිඩ ජාතික ජනතා පෙරමුණේ දේශපාලනඥයකු වු මනිවන්නන් මේ පෙත්සම අධිකරණය වෙත යොමු කළ නීතිවේදියා වේ. එසේ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 29/12/17)

Hyderabad man engineers a new spin on Ravana, scripts his story
Ch Sushil Rao| TNN |Courtesy The Times of India
HYDERABAD: Ravana is not the villain that he is made out to be. There is his side of the story too. A city engineer has given Sri Lanka just the kind of account they would like to read about Ravana. Bala Sankuratri, who has authored the book 'My Name is Ravana', gets Ravana to tell his story from his perspective. Next on agenda is a translation of the entire Ramayana in a way that Ravana is understood in context.  To unveil the book, Isura Devapriya, chief minister of Western Province, Sri Lanka, flew down... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 29/12/17)

Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone to celebrate New Year together in Sri Lanka?
Written by Samrudhi Ghosh Courtesy India Today
While Ranveer Singh is already in Sri Lanka for a shoot, Deepika Padukone is expected to join him soon. Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone may not have had the best year professionally, thanks to the uncertainty surrounding their film Padmavati, but they are doing things right on the personal front. If a report in Mid-Day is to be believed, the couple is all set to ring in the New Year together in Sri Lanka. On Wednesday night, Ranveer was clicked at the Mumbai airport, where he reportedly took a flight to Sri... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 29/12/17)

Sri Lankan rupee falls; down 2.5 pct in 2017
COLOMBO, Dec 29 (Reuters) - The Sri Lankan rupee closed lower on Friday, ending the year 2.5 percent weaker, as demand for dollars from importers and banks outweighed inward remittances and conversion of the U.S. currency by exporters, dealers said. The spot rupee closed at 153.60/65 per dollar, compared with Thursday’s 153.50/70. The currency’s fall this year comes after a 3.9 percent decline in 2016. “There are a lot of what-ifs next year,” said a currency dealer. “The foreign investors’ movement after the US Fed rate hike, the global economic condition and how the oil prices behave will be the... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 29/12/17)

People cannot be swayed by false promises – Mahinda
By Sanchith Karunaratna  Courtesy Adaderana
Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa stated that the people will not support the government even though certain leaders of the opposition have crossed over. Speaking to the media following his visit to the Gunasinghepura Purvaramaya the former President stated that certain members of the opposition have been tricked by the government with false promises. He however stated that the people cannot be tricked in the same way and that the general public will not join hands and collectively support the government. https://youtu.be/91ERJMd3nh4... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 29/12/17)

Let us shoulder the Wheel and make our country
By Garvin Karunaratne
Our country is at the crossroads, saddled with an international debt that cannot be sustained, corruption going through the roof and the people suffering, unable to make ends meet. The situation is extreme. It is ,my opinion that there is yet a way ahead. Our International Debt. Chandra Maliyadde, a former Permanent Secretary once commnted that at the end of 1976 our country was indebted only to the extent of $ 75 million. He queried: “how the external debt liability  was increased by more than 500 times in 35 years”(The Island 23/6/13). That was in 2013.  Today... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 29/12/17)

UNHRC head Prince Zeid reconfirms our position that UN is a monetary-influenced biased puppet 
Shenali D Waduge
“After reflection, I have decided not to seek a second four-year term. To do so, in the current geopolitical context, might involve bending a knee in supplication; muting a statement of advocacy; lessening the independence and integrity of my voice – which is your voice.” The sentiments expressed by present UNHRC head Prince Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein reconfirms & strengthens what we have been saying all these years that the UN is biased, UN is corrupt, UN is a puppet & UN has lost all credentials of credibility to function on behalf of the world’s countries.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 29/12/17)

THE “PARANAGAMA REPORT” Part 1
KAMALIKA PIERIS
In August 2013, President Mahinda Rajapaksa appointed a “Presidential Commission to investigate complaints of abductions and disappearances”.  The terms of reference were expanded in July 2014 to    include an investigation into civilian loss of life at the end of Eelam War IV   in May 2009 and whether there were any violations of international law during this period. The panel consisted of Maxwell P. Paranagama, former High Court judge (Chairman), Manohari Ramanathan, former Deputy Legal Draftsman and Suranjana Vidyaratne, Director General, Department of Census and Statistics. There was also an Advisory Council of three international legal experts, Sir... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 29/12/17)

Illicit clearing in and destroying Vilaththikulam forest reserve, in the North of the Wilpattu National Wildlife Park
Dr Sudath Gunasekara
28.12.2017. Dear all Patriots, Please read the following news item first, especially the last 2 paragraphs marked in red and there after my propositions that follow. BY Niranjala Ariyawansha and Ruwan Laknath Jayakody “Intense political pressure exerted on officials prior to 8 May 2013, led to all the lands belonging to the Vilaththikulam forest reserve, in the North of the Wilpattu National Wildlife Park, being released to resettle people, Director General of the Department of Wildlife Conservation (DWC) Anura Sathurusinghe revealed yesterday (27). Sathurusinghe was responding to the report by Auditor General Gamini Wijesinghe, who has... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 29/12/17)

Mud slinging campaign has started
By: A.A.M.NIZAM - MATARA
Having tasted the massive success of making malicious allegations, distortion of facts, misinformation and mud-slinging carried out during 2015 Presidential Election the inept government, the green/blue/red (elephant/hand/bell) combine has commenced a malicious mud slinging campaign againt the SLPP with a firm resolve to defeat this populist movement contesting against the scornful government. The allegations made by the teledrama artiste Madusha Ramasinghe saying that sexual bribe was demanded from her for giving her nominations from the SLPP open up this new vicious mad slinging campaign. Following is an explanation given in the “Mahinda info.lk” website on... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 29/12/17)

Wilpattu is the 'National Question of the Day'
BY MALINDA SENEVIRATNE
It’s not just another punchi chandaya or ‘minor election.’ If the local government election has by default taken on a national character then it is due to the undue importance attached to it by a government that has clearly been fighting shy of facing the voter.    It is ‘national’ for other reasons. For example, the main political parties/coalition in the fray have named it as such. They’ve framed the election in ‘national’ terms. The major partners of the ruling coalition, the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) and the United National Party (UNP) have been forced into what could... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 28/12/17)

ජනාධිපති මෛත‍්‍රී මැතිවරණ නීති කඩමින් රාජ්‍ය දේපල අවභාවිතයේ.. ලිඛිත සාක්‍ෂි සහිතව පැමිණිලි කෙරේ..
– කුසල් පෙරේරා  lanka C news
මෙවර පැවැත්වෙන පළාත් පාලන මැතිවරණයට අදාලව ජනාධිපති මෛත‍්‍රිපාල සිරිසේන මහතා මැතිවරණ නීති උල්ලංඝණය කරමින් කටයුතු කරන්නේ යයි ශ‍්‍රී ලංකා මැතිවරණ කොමිෂන් සභාව වෙත බවට ස්වාධීන මාධ්යවේදී කුසල් පෙරේරා මහතා විසින් දන්වා ඇත. මැතිවරණ මහලේකම් කාර්යාලයට ලිපියක් යොමුකරමින් ඔහු එසේ චෝදනා පැමිණිලි කර ඇත. එක්සත් ජනතා නිදහස් සන්ධානයේ මැතිවරණ ප‍්‍රචාරක කටයුතු වෙනුවෙන් ජනාධිපති ලේකම් කාර්යාලය යොදා ගැනීමට විරෝධය දක්වමින් ඔහු විසින් යොමු කර ඇති ලිපිය මෙසේය. මේ සමග යොමු කෙරෙන ජනාධිපති ලේකම් කාර්යාල ලිපි ශීර්ෂය සහිත ලිපියෙන් ඉතා නිරවුල්ව හෙළි කෙරෙන අයුරු, ශ්‍රී.ල.නි.පයේ සභාපති ධූරය වෙනුවෙන් ඉටු කළ යුතු මැතිවරණ කටයුතු සඳහා ජනාධිපති මෛත්‍රීපාල... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 28/12/17)

ශ්‍රැංගිල්ලා හෝටලය සහ හමුදා මූලස්ථානය ගැන මෛත්‍රීපාලගේ චෝදනාවට පිළිතුරු මෙන්න.
චාමින්ද කරුණාරත්න උපුටා ගැන්ම Mahinda.info
ජනාධිපති සිරිසේන මහතා පසුගියදා කැබිනට් මන්ඩලයේ කියා ඇති පරිදි ශැංග්‍රිල්ලා හෝටලයට ඉඩ දීම සඳහා හමුදා මුලාස්ථානයෙන් ඉවතට ගෙන ගිය විවිධ පරිපාලන අංශ වෙනුවෙන් වාර්ෂික කුලිය රුපියල් කොටි 500 ක් නම් එම නාස්තියට සම්පූර්ණයෙන්ම වගකිව යුත්තේ වත්මන් හවුල ආන්ඩුව බව ආචාර්ය නාලක ගොඩහේවා පෙන්වාදෙයි. ඔහු එය පැහැදිලි කලේ ‘දේශප්‍රේමී වෘතිකයින්ගේ සංසදය’ විසින් විශ්ව විද්‍යාල සිසුන් පිරිසක් සඳහා කොලඹදී සංවිධානය කර තිබූ වැඩමුලුවක් අමතමිනි. පසුගියද ජනාධිපතිවරයා ශැංග්‍රිල්ලා හෝටලයට හමුදා මූලස්ථානයේ ඉඩම ලබා දීම ගැන පසුගිය රජයට ඇඟිල්ල දික්කරමින් චෝදනා කිහිපයක් කලායැයි කැබිනට ප්‍රකාශක මහින්ද සමරසිංහ ඇමතිවරයා කියා තිබුනා. අපි බලමු මොනවාද මේ චෝදනා කියා... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 28/12/17)

බුර්කාව තහනම් කරන්න මැතිවරණ කොමිසමට හැකිවේද
මතුගම සෙනෙවිරුවන්     
 ස්වාධීන මැතිවරණ කොමිසම ස්ථාපිත කරන ලද්දේ  ජනතා පරමාධිපත්‍ය පිළිබිඹු විය හැකි වන පරිදි දූෂණයෙන් තොර සාධාරණ මැතිවරණ පැවැත්වීමට බලය ලබා දීමටයි.19 වන ආණ්ඩුක්‍රම ව්‍යවස්ථා සංශෝධනයෙන් මෙම ස්වාධීන කොමිසම ස්ථාපිත කරන ලදී. එවිට නව මැතිවණ කොමිසම විසින් පවත්වන පළමු මැතිවරණය 2018 පළාත් පාලන මැතිවරණය බවට පත්වේ.මැතිවරණ කොමිසමේ සභාපති වරයා වන මහින්ද දේශප්‍රිය මහතා මේ වන විටත් මෙයට පෙර ක්‍රියාකල පරිදි සියළුම රාජ්‍ය ආයතන වලට මැතිවරණයට අදාල චක්‍ර ලේඛන නිකුත් කර ඇත. මැතිවරණ සමයේ අපේක්ෂකයන් විසින් බඩු භාණ්ඩ බෙදා හැරීම. මැතිවරණ කාර්යාල පිහිටුවීම දැන්වීම් ඇලවීම ශබ්ද විකාශන යන්ත්‍ර භාවිතය ආදී කරුණු මෙයට පෙරත් පැවති මැතිවරණ වලදී සීමා... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 28/12/17)

Protest against the violation of U.N Charter - article 55c -Petitioning Inspector General's Office - UNHRC
Society for Peace Unity and Human Rights of Sri Lanka - NSW Australia
The U.N delegation (José Antonio Guevara Bermúdez, Leigh Toomey and Elina Steinerte) who visited Sri Lanka recently to investigate “Arbitrary Detention” of LTTE terrorist cadres in jail, have denied to listen to or accept a written appeal from the daughter of Navy Commodore D.K.P. Dassanayake who too is being arbitrarily detained and incarcerated along with Commander Sumith... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 28/12/17)

පලාලි සින්ඩ්රෝමයේ කම්පනය
පශ්චාත් යුද මානසිකත්ව සංකූලතාව පිලිබඳ ශ්‍රී ලාංකීය අත්දැකීම  වෛද්‍ය රුවන් එම් ජයතුංගගේ කෘතියක්.
 මෙම ග්‍රන්ථය ලෝකය පුරාම මිලදීගැනීමේ පහසුව සලසා ඇත. පහත දැක්වෙන සබඳතාවයෙන් පිවිසෙන්න. මෙතනින් පිවිසෙන්න http://www.amazon.ca/Shell-Palali-Syndrome-Lankan-Experience-ebook/dp/B00MOE1IBA වෛද්‍ය රුවන් එම්. ජයතුංග විසින් රචිත “Shell Shock to Palali Syndrome- PTSD Sri Lankan Experience”  ග්‍රන්ථය පශ්චාත් යුද මානසිකත්ව සංකූලතා පිළිබඳව කදීම පිවිසීමක් පමණක් නොව වර්තමාන ශ්‍රී ලංකාව මුහුණදී සිටින අර්බුදකාරී තත්වය පිලිබඳ මනා විග්‍රහයක් කෙරෙන කෘතියක්ද වෙයි. දශක තුනකට වැඩි  කාලයක් තිස්සේ ඇදීගිය ජනවාර්ගික අර්බුදයත්, දිවයිනේ දකුණු පළාත්වල පැණ නැගුනු අන්තවාදී වාමාංශික කැරලිකරුවන් උරුම කරදුන් අර්බුද දෙකකටත්, ඉන් අනතුරුව 2004 වර්ෂයේදී ඇතිවූ මහා ආසියානු සුනාමි ව්‍යසනයටත් මුහුණ දුන් ශ්‍රී ලංකාව අද ඒ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 28/12/17)

ගෙවී ගිය යහපාලනයේ තෙවැනි වසර
ශ්‍යාම් නුවන් ගනේවත්ත 
ගිය වසරේ (2016) ශ්‍රී ලංකා මහ බැංකු වාර්තාවේ සඳහන්ව ඇති පරිදි මේ වසරේ (2017) ශ්‍රී ලංකා ආර්ථිකය සියයට 5 කින් වර්ධනය වනු ඇතැයි මුලින් අපේක්‌ෂා කළේය. එහෙත් එය දැන් සියයට 4.0 - 4.5 ත් අතර අගයකට සීමා වනු ඇතැයි zමෑත කාලීන ආර්ථික ප්‍රවණතාZ වාර්තාවෙහි සඳහන්ය. මේ පසුබිම තුළ පසුගිය දෙවසර මෙන්ම මේ යහපාලනයේ තුන් වන වසරද රටේ ආර්ථික ක්‍රියාකාරීත්වය මන්දගාමී වූ වසරකි. කියූ තරම් දෙයක්‌ කරන්නට යහපාලන රජය අසමත් වී ඇති අතර හොරු අල්ලන්නට පැමිණි යහපාලන ආණ්‌ඩුවටම ඉතිහාසයේ ලොකුම මහජන මුදල් කොල්ලය සිදු කළ බවට චෝදනා එල්ල විය.  වත්මන් රජය බලයට පත් වූයේ 2015 ජනවාරි... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 28/12/17)

අනුන්ගේ ළමයින්ට උප්පැන්න දීමේ කලාව හා බොරුව පුරුද්දට යෑම
උපුටාගැණීම  මව්බිම
පසුගිය සතියේ මුහුණු පොතේ දක්නට ලැබුණු ඡායාරූපයකින් කියවුණේ තවත් එක් අප්‍රසන්න පුවතකි. එහි දක්නට ලැබුණේ 2014 සැප්තැම්බර් 17දා හිටපු ජනාධිපති මහින්ද රාජපක්ෂ හා චීන ජනාධිපති ෂී ජින් පින් මහත්වරුන් විසින් කොළඹ පෝර්ට් සිටි ව්‍යාපෘතියට මුල්ගල තැබූ අවස්ථාවේ පිහිටුවන ලද සමරු ඵලකය ගලවා ටිපරයක දමාගෙන යන ආකාරයයි. අද මුහුණු පොතට පින්සිදු වන්නට මෙවැනි අකටයුතුකම් ජනතාවගෙන් සඟවන්නට ආණ්ඩුවට නොහැකිය. ඉතිහාසය විකෘති කරන්නට උත්සාහ කරන්නේ අයහපත් අදක්ෂ පාලකයන්ය. පෝට් සිටියේ සමරු ඵලකය ඉවත් කරන්නේ එයට වත්මන් පාලකයන්ගේ නම් දා ගැනීමට බව පැහැදිලිය. පසුගියදා මහින්ද යුගයේ සාදන්නට පටන් ගත් රාජගිරිය ගුවන් පාලමටද වත්මන් ආණ්ඩුවේ පාලකයන් උප්පැන්න සහතික දෙනවා දුටිමු. මහින්ද යුගයේ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 28/12/17)

බැඳුම්කර වාර්තාව 31දා නොදුන්නොත් දේශපාලන අත පෙවීම ඔප්පු වෙනවා
අනුරාධා හේරත් උපුටාගැණීම  මව්බිම
ලබන (31දා) ඉදිරිපත් කිරීමට නියමිත බැඳුම්කර කොමිසමේ වාර්තාව යම් හෙයකින් ඉදිරිපත් නොවුණහොත් ඊට දේශපාලන අතගැසීමක් පවතින බව දූෂණ විරෝධී හඬ කැඳවුම්කරු වසන්ත සමරසිංහ පවසයි. අදාළ වාර්තාවට කිසිදු දේශපාලන අතගැසීමක් සිදු නොවුණහොත් එකී වංචාව සම්බන්ධයෙන් හිටපු මහ බැංකු අධිපති අර්ජුන මහේන්ද්‍රන් හා පර්පචුවල් ට්‍රෙෂරීස් සමාගමේ හිමිකාර අර්ජුන් ඇලෝසියස් සහ මන්ත්‍රි රවි කරුණානායක ඇතුළු එජාපයේ බර ගණනකට නීතිමය ක්‍රියාමාර්ග ගැනීමට සිදුවන බව සමරසිංහ මහතා පෙන්වා දෙයි. ඔහු පවසන්නේ මෙම වාර්තාව පදනම්ව නෛතික ක්‍රියාමාර්ග අතපසු කරන්නේ නම් ඊට එරෙහිව අධිකරණයට යෑමට තම සංගමය කටයුතු කරන බවයි. පළාත් පාලන මැතිවරණය අබිමුව තබාගෙන විවිධ කොමිසම් පත් කර බැඳුම්කර වාර්තාව යටපත් කිරීමට... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 28/12/17)

Why do Tamils hate-Sinhala ? Part I
By Charles.S.Perera
It is a question that has not been probed. Why do Tamils hate Sinhala? There is something deeply embedded in the minds of the Tamils- a gene, which makes them unreasonably hateful towards the Sinhala. The psychologists try to understand the problems of individual human beings,  without applying their studies  to  communities, a population or  or even nations. Even in the study of individuals there are disagreements amung psychologists following different schools of thought on psychology. The Western psychologists do not believe in Kamma and afterlife. Hence they study the human mind from the beginning of the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 28/12/17)

The United Nation High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has officially declare North-East as the Tamil homeland of Sri Lanka
Sudath Gunasekara
Dear all, I draw your serious attention to the following news item where the “The United Nation High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Sri Lanka has declared the North - East as the Tamil homeland in Sri Lanka. Apparently he seems to be ignorant of the fact that the Tamil Homeland is found in South India where 70 million Tamils live and not in Sri Lanka. Tamil guardian Wednesday, 27 December 2017 TAMIL NEWS Tamils in North-East remember tsunami victims Tamils in the North-East held memorials for the 35,000 people that perished during the catastrophic tsunami that... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 28/12/17)

මාධ්‍යවේදී ශවෙන්ද්‍ර ෆර්ඩිනැන්ඩෝ මහතා එළිය මාධ්‍ය හමුවට එක්වෙමින්
https://www.facebook.com/eliyaofficialpage/videos/134661153892787/... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 27/12/17)

දේශපාලනීකරනය වූ ස්ත්‍රීත්වය සහ ජනතාව සතු වගකීම
තේජා ගොඩකන්දෙආරච්චි
නව වසරේ පෙබරවාරි මාසයේදී පැවැත්වෙන ශ්‍රී ලංකාවේ පලාත් පාලන මැතිවරණය දෙස දැන් සියල්ලෝම ඉතා උනන්දුවෙන් බලා සිටිති. එක අතකට හිටපු ජනාධිපතිවරයා සඳහන් කල පරිදිම එය තෙවසරක් වයසැති යහපාලන රජයේ ජනප්‍රියත්වය උරගා බැලෙන ජනමත විචාරණයක්ද වනු ඇත. මෙවර නව සීමා නිර්ණයන් යටතේ, වැඩි කාන්තා අපේක්ෂක ප්‍රතිශතයක්ද සහිතව පැවැත්වීමට නියමිත මෙම පලාත් පාලන මැතිවරණය එක එක අයට එක එක ආකාරයෙන් වැදගත් වේ. දේශපාලන පක්ෂවලට මෙය තම ශක්තිය උරගා බලන්නට ලැබෙන අවස්ථාවක් වන අතර නාම යෝජනා අපේක්ෂා කරන අයට මෙය තම ජීවිතයත් මරණයත් අතර කාරණාවක් බවට පත්ව ඇති සෙයක් පෙනෙන්නේ නාම යෝජනා නොලැබුන තැන ඒ අය නටන නැටුම් දුටු කල්හිය.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 27/12/17)

සයිටම් වෛද්‍ය උපාධි ගැටලුව තවදුරටත් කල් නොහැර නොපමාව විසදිය යුතුය.
මාධ්‍ය නිවේදනය මහින්ද රාජපක්‍ෂ ශ්‍රී ලංකාවේ හිටපු ජනාධිපති
සයිටම් ආයතනය පත්වාගෙන යන වෛද්‍ය උපාධි පාඨමාලාව අහෝසි කරන බවට ආණ්ඩුව දුන් ප්‍රතිඥාව නිසා වසර දෙකක් මුලුල්ලේ ශිෂ්‍ය සංගම් හා රජයේ වෛද්‍ය නිලධාරීන්ගේ සංගමය එයට එරෙහිව ගෙන ගිය අඛන්ඩ උද්ඝෝෂණ ව්‍යාපාරය පසුගිය නොවැම්බර් මස අවසන් කරනු ලැබුවේය. නමුත් අද වන විට ශිෂ්‍ය සංගම් හා වෛද්‍ය නිලධාරීන් පවසා සිටින්නේ ආණ්ඩුව ඒ දුන් ප්‍රතිඥාව පැහැර හැරීමට සැරසෙන බවයි. සයිටම් යනු පසුගිය ආණ්ඩුව විසින් පිහිටුවන ලද ආයතනයක් යැයි වත්මන් ආණ්ඩුවේ මැති ඇමතිවරුන් විටින් විට කීවද, එය ආණ්ඩුවක් විසින් ආරම්භ කරන ලැබූවක් නොව, එම ආයතනයේ හිමිකරුවන් විසින් ආරම්භ කරන ලද පුද්ගලික ව්‍යාපාරයකි. 2008 ආරම්භක අවධියේදී මෙහි නම... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 27/12/17)

The SAITM medical degree issue should be resolved without further delay
Mahinda Rajapaksa Former President of Sri Lanka
Two years of continuous protests and agitation by the student unions and the Government Medical Officers’ Association against the medical degree course offered by the South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine ended last November due to the undertaking given by the government that this medical course will be abolished. Now however, the GMOA and the student unions have expressed concern that the government is preparing to renege on their pledge. Even though members of the government have been saying from time to time that the SAITM was started by my government, this... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 27/12/17)

President’s determination to save the country
Gallege Punyawardana Head, Swarna Hansa Foundation
President is determined to save the country, as reported in The Island of Dec. 24, and is sure to be welcome not by lakhs of people but by several millions of people, who were longing for it impatiently for quite a long time. However the people are wondering if the President can do it in the way he thinks he could do it. President says the way to save the country from the scourge of bribery and corruption was to strengthen his SLFP which he describes as the only clean political force that... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 27/12/17)

Visiting Cyprus: My heart doth bleed.
Garvin Karunaratne Author of How the IMF Sabotaged Third World Development(Kindle/Godages)
Cyprus, a fertile land As fertile as Califoni Fruit trees fully  laden, all varieties,  all over, But all coastal areas, ALL GONE Parcelled into bits, sold to foreigners, Realtors everywhere Selling-enticing strangers to buy- “Do bring in  foreign exchange We make you a citizen Do come in,  please.invest.” Investors- Are they not parasites sucking the country o death The country does Cry- being parcelled and sold outright. Cypriots slaving as janitors, cleaners Their life is as cast aways- the scum of the earth Foreigners racing in plush rentals Buying... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 27/12/17)

මූල්‍ය අර්බුදය හා පරස්‌පර ප්‍රකාශ නිසා ආයෝජකයන් එන්නේ නෑ - බන්දුල ගුණවර්ධන
අනුර බාලසූරිය උපුටා ගැන්ම දිවයින
මහින්ද රාජපක්‌ෂගේ නම තියෙන නිසා වරාය නගරයේ සමරු ඵලකයත් ගලවලා - ඉන්දික අනුරුද්ධ ලංකාවේ ඇතිවී තිබෙන මූල්‍ය අර්බුදය හා කරන එකිනෙකට පරස්‌පර ප්‍රකාශ හේතුවෙන් කිසිම ආයෝජකයෙක්‌ ලංකාවේ මූල්‍ය ක්‌ෂේත්‍රයේ ආයෝජනය නොකරන තත්ත්වයක්‌ නිර්මාණය වී ඇතැයි පාර්ලිමේන්තු මන්ත්‍රී බන්දුල ගුණවර්ධන මහතා පැවසීය. බොරැල්ල ශ්‍රී වජිරාශ්‍රම බෞද්ධ මධ්‍යස්‌ථානයේ දී ඊයේ (26 දා) පැවති ඒකාබද්ධ විපක්‍ෂයේ ආර්ථික පර්යේෂණ ඒකකයේ මාධ්‍ය හමුවේදී හෙතෙම මේ බව සඳහන් කළේය. එහිදී වැඩිදුරටත් අදහස්‌ දැක්‌වූ බන්දුල ගුණවර්ධන මහතා, මැතිවරණය නිසා ජනතාවගේ ගැටලු පිළිබඳ අවධානය ගිලිහී ගොස්‌ තිබෙනවා. ලංකාවේ ඇතිවී තිබෙන දැවැන්ත මූල්‍ය අර්බුදය කරන කොටගෙන මූල්‍ය ක්‌ෂේත්‍රය හා සම්බන්ධ ආයතන කඩාවැටෙන්නත් ඒ පදනම්ව... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 27/12/17)

නාවික විරුවන් හිරේ දැම්මේ සාක්‍ෂි හදලද?
සමන් ගමගේ  උපුටා ගැන්ම දිවයින
විඡේකාන්තන් හිටපු එල්ටීටීඊ සමාජිකයෙකි. කොටි සාමාජිකයකුව සිටියදී වන්නි මානුෂීය මෙහෙයුම අවසන් අදියරට ළඟා වන තෙක්‌ම හේ ශ්‍රී ලංකා ආරක්‍ෂක හමුදාවන්ට එරෙහිව හේ සටන් කළේය. දැන් ඇතැමුන්ට බරපතළ ගැටලුවක්‌ මතුවනවා විය හැකිය. ඒ "දිවයින රණවිරු" පිටුවේ කොටි ත්‍රස්‌තවාදියකු ගැන කතා කරන්නේ ඇයිදැයි ලෙසිනි. එහෙත් විඡේකාන්තන් යනු මුලදී එල්ටීටීඊ සාමාජිකයකුව සිටියද පසුව නාවික හමුදා බුද්ධි අංශ සමඟ එක්‌වී උපන් බිමේ විමුක්‌තිය වෙනුවෙන් එල්ටීටීඊයට එරෙහිව බොහෝ දේ සිදු කෙරූවෙකි. එහෙයින් ඔහු සුවිශේෂී වන්නේය. එය කෙසේ වෙතත් මෙසේ නාවික හමුදා බුද්ධි අංශ සමඟ එක්‌වී කටයුතු කළ විඡේකාන්තන් එහිදී සිදු කළ මෙහෙයුම් සේම වැදගත් වන්නාවූ තවත් කටයුත්තක්‌ වෙනුවෙන් ඉකුත් සතියේ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 27/12/17)

Sri Lanka-Russia tensions more than a storm in a tea cup
By Kelum Bandara Courtesy The Daily Mirror
When Minister of Plantation Industries Navin Dissanayake said that unofficial reports suggested that Russia’s restriction on the tea trade was due to Sri Lanka’s decision to ban the import of Asbestos roofing materials, it threw some light on how relations between the two countries remained strained despite utterances, couched in diplomatic language, that it was a smooth sail. Sri Lanka’s announcement of the ban on White Asbestos roofing materials from Russia was to be effective from January, 2018. Barely two weeks ahead of the ban coming into effect, the Russian Federation imposed a... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 27/12/17)

Shipping containers to be cleaned and disinfected
Kelum Bandara Courtesy The Daily Mirror
Russia agreed to lift the restriction on tea trade with Sri Lanka on condition that all shipping containers were thoroughly cleaned and disinfected under the supervision of the National Plant Quarantine Service, prior to loading to ensure they did not contain plant matter or pest species, Sri Lanka's Ambassador in Russia Saman Weerasinghe said. He said that during negotiations on Monday, the Sri Lankan side had said that certain conditions as confirmed with the Russian authorities would be fulfilled to facilitate future trade. He said the Phytosanitary Certificate issued by the National Plant Quarantine... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 27/12/17)

Possibility that SLFP would join SLPP
Sandun A Jayasekera Courtesy The Daily Mirror
The possibility is that the SLFP would join with the SLPP to establish the administration of any local government body in the event the SLFP coming first but short of an absolute majority on the result of the LG polls, a senior Cabinet Minister said today. Science, Technology and Research Minister Susil Premajayantha said joining with the SLPP or ‘pohottuwa’ party or any other political party affiliated to the SLPP coalition or the UPFA was much easier and comfortable than joining with any other rival party to come to power in a local... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 27/12/17)

Western Diplomats overstepping their mandate
By Shivanthi Ranasinghe Courtesy Ceylon Today
The Western diplomatic community in Sri Lanka leaves a lot to be desired. ConspiracyTalk.info accuses US Ambassador Atul Keshap of carrying out a liberal globalist agenda in South Asia. He is accused of following an agenda contravening Trump's non-interventionist foreign policy, or just of violating the first principle of diplomatic privileges by participating in Tamil National Alliance organized protests. The British High Commissioner, James Dauris has his head so high in the cocktail circles that he is barely grounded to reality. Sometime ago, he argued passionately, in an English daily, for LGBT rights in... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 27/12/17)

Russian team to visit Sri Lanka to examine quarantine procedures
Courtesy  XINHUANET, Adaderana
A team of technical experts from Russia will visit Sri Lanka in January to examine plant quarantine procedures in the island country, the Sri Lankan Foreign Ministry said Wednesday (27). The move came after Russia temporarily suspended all tea imports and other agricultural products from Sri Lanka after a beetle was found in one of the tea consignments sent from the island country. The ban, however, will be lifted from Dec. 30 after successful talks between the two sides. “During the discussion, the Russian side indicated that they were satisfied with the measures proposed by the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 27/12/17)

Early parliamentary sessions required to solve economic chaos – JO
By Sanchith Karunaratna Courtesy Adaderana
MP Dinesh Gunawardena made a request from the speaker of parliament to schedule parliamentary sessions before the current scheduled date in January, to formulate a resolution to the current state of economic turmoil that the country is faced with. He further stated that the JO will submit a written request to the speaker to schedule an early parliamentary session... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 27/12/17)

“BRIBERY AND CORRUPTION - ENEMY OF A NATION?”
Sarath Wijesinghe Solicitor/Attorney-at-law and former Ambassador to UAE and Israel
Bribery and Corruption Sri Lanka has come to 4th position in Bribery and Corruption with the first place as the largest cabinet in the world. “Yahapalana” came to power with the negative vote with lot of funfair to eradicate alleged corruptions and bribery of the previous regime still trailing to recover the missing/ misplaced and misappropriated billons siphoned and hidden in Dubai or other parts of the world. Few months after coming into power over a trillion was robbed to run over 30 years and now there are mega... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 26/12/17)

The Brooklyn Bridge
Dr Ruwan M Jayatunge 
I will meet you near the Brooklyn Bridge Come to me with a red rose   Remember baby I love you Do not throw my love away    If you stop loving me   The birds will sing no more   The sun will turn in to a black hole    Without my love  You might  feel devastated   You will never meet such a sensational love    Tell me baby Will you wait for me  near the Brooklyn Bridge   Expecting my love day and night    When you are waiting... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 26/12/17)

FATE OF AN INDIAN SPY
ALI SUKHANVER
On repeated requests of India, the government of Pakistan provided an opportunity to the Indian spy Commander Kalboshan Jadhav of meeting his mother and wife on 25th December 2017. Some say that it was a gift from Pakistan to the old mother of Jadhav on the birthday of the Father of Nation Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah and some say it was a Christmas gift for the two wretched ladies. Pakistan’s showering of benevolence and kindheartedness on a spy would certainly be astonishing rather surprising to a lot of people outside Pakistan but the fact of the matter... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 26/12/17)

දාගැබ් බින්ද දු දනෝ නිරයට යන්නේ -දාගැබ් බැන්ද සු දනෝ නිවනට වන්නේ
මතුගම සෙනෙවිරුවන්    
ත්‍රිකුණාමලේ වර්තමාන කොට්ටියාර් බොක්ක සමීපයේ පැරණි කොටසර රට පිහිටියේය.එකල සෝමනුවර කරනු රිසියෙන් පැමිණි ගිරිවංශයට අයත් ගිරි අබා කුමරු කාවන්තිස්ස රජුගේ සහෝදරිය වූ සෝමාවතී කුමරිය සරණපාවා ගෙන සිටියහ. එසේම සිව නම් කුමරෙක් මේ සමයේම සේරු නුවර රාජ්‍යය ගෙන කාවන්තිස්ස රජුගේ දිගාමඩුලු  රාජ්‍යය කරවමින් සිටියහ.සෝම නුවරත් සේරු නුවරත් සම්පතින් මෙන්ම සශ්‍රීකත්වයෙන්ද අනූනය. එසේම සේරුවිල ආසන්නයේ තිබෙන ප්‍රසිද්ධ තඹ නිධිය නිසා ධනයෙන්ද ආඪ්‍යව පැවතුණි. වෙළෙඳ නැව් තොටුපලක් ලෙසට ප්‍රසිද්ධ කොටසර වරාය අසල පිහිටි මේ දෙනුවර නිසා කාවන්තිස්ස රජු ගේ බලය සැබවින්ම සුරක්ෂිත විය.       බුදුන් වහන්සේ පිරිනිවන් පෑමෙන් පසු උන් වහන්සේ ගේ ලළාට ධාතුන් වහන්සේ මේ සේරු නුවර වරාහ සොණ්ඩ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 26/12/17)

MOTHER NATURE SO UNKIND. Dedicated to the Victims of the Tsunami on 26th December 2004.
Susantha Wijesinghe.
A lonesome lissome lass, languish In solemn silence, on the Sea Shore, awaiting for Loved Ones in anguish, refusing to believe, they are no more.... -Full Story-
(lankaweb.com - 26/12/17)

Psychology of Buddhist Meditation and “Modern Meditation”
Professor N.A.de S. Amaratunga DSc Kandy
Buddha's reason for the renunciation of household life was his intention to go in search of the good and the peaceful and not in search of the truth as some Western commentators have interpreted.  He has clearly stated his goal thus; “ Being one who has left household life in pursuit of what is good and in search of the noble path of peace I met Alara Kalama....” (Majjima Nikaya). Alara Kalama and Uddaka Ramaputta were practicing a type of yogic meditation which was a Vedic  tradition.  Under Alara Kalama's instruction Buddha is... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 26/12/17)

Today people cannot eat if a ship doesn't come - Rajapaksa (English)
Today people cannot eat if a ship doesn't come - Rajapaksa (English)
https://youtu.be/nkjEySb0CMQ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 26/12/17)

Election Commissioner Mahinda Deshapriya  is a Robot.
By Charles.S.Perera
A Robot is a machine with many parts, which is programmed  to carry out  complex tasks.  A mechanical Robot is  programmed. It works only according to its programme. If it were to be asked to rectify any error the Robot cannot do  it,  as it is not programmed to rectify  errors. Commissioner of elections Mahinda Deshapriya is a programmed mechanical Robot. The  whole Department of the Election Commission is a part of this  vast programmed robot. The  programme is there and nothing can stop the Robot from follows its course according to its programme. It is... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 26/12/17)

Controlling Inflation- undue high prices for essential produce is the key to poverty alleviation.  How we once did it.
By Garvin Karunaratne
Inflation- Rising Prices is a major concern today. Sri Lanka had built up the infrastructure to control inflation. What we are seeing today-unbridled inflation, has been caused because we  did away with the infrastructure we had. For the marketing of essential commodities, in my own words: “The Department for the Development  of Agricultural Marketing”¦ ensured that prices of all essential commodities were indirectly controlled and the traders were compelled to offer fair prices to the producers and the retail shop keepers were compelled to sell at fair prices to consumers.  This is a system that I... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 26/12/17)

Why can’t we have a solution for the Nuisance of Election Posters, banners, cutouts and demonstrations etc
Sudath Gunasekara 25.12.2017.
We are really very happy to see that our good friend the Chairman of the Election Commission and its members are determined to have a clean election. It appears that the Commission is all out to do it. But how can one man, the Chairman of the Commission do that when the law enforcing authorities, the political parties, candidates and the general public are not cooperating with him. With the mad election fever gathering rabid momentum, election posters, banners, cutouts, processions and firecrackers creating havoc and causing environmental pollution all over the Island has come to... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 26/12/17)

How can China's Belt and Road initiative (BRI) bring China, South Asia closer
Source: Global Times Published: 2017/12/24 19:13:39
Editor's Note: Given its prominence to China's Belt and Road initiative (BRI), South Asia has long been a topic of economic, political and cultural discussion. Recently, the region was again thrust into the media limelight following the Doklam standoff between China and India, US President Donald Trump's advocacy of the concept of "Indo-Pacific," Nepal's elections and Sri Lanka's handing over the Hambantota port to China. To what extent will Sino-South Asian people-to-people exchanges help boost Beijing's ties with the region? What should be done to enhance educational, cultural and religious collaboration between the two sides? Officials and... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/12/17)

ඇමති රාජිතගේ පැටිකිරිය දිගඅරී......චතුර සේනාරත්න ඇමතිලාට ගහන්න කොන්තරත් දීලා.... lanka day channel
ඇමති රාජිතගේ පැටිකිරිය දිගඅරී......චතුර සේනාරත්න ඇමතිලාට ගහන්න කොන්තරත් දීලා.... lanka day channellanka day channel for lanka day news
https://youtu.be/4fYLsixAnbc  ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/12/17)

Why? – Non-allocation of Money to the DAPH for Nation-wide Dog Sterilizations in 2018
Champa Fernando Secretary, KACPAW (Kandy Association for Community Protection through Animal Welfare)
With 550 salaried government veterinary surgeons in the DAPH (spread in 325 veterinary offices in ALL the districts of Sri Lanka), who are ready to sterilize dogs across the country every day of the week in a decentralized programme, WHY is the money for the National Dog Sterilization Programme still being allocated to the Health Ministry which has to engage a handful of private veterinarians on contract to sterilize dogs once a year in limited areas resulting in a bounty of a bank of unsterilized dog emerging... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/12/17)

ආචාර්ය මර්වින් ප්රනාන්දු පියතුමා ගේ නික්ම යාම
වෛද්‍ය රුවන් එම් ජයතුංග 
ආචාර්‍ය මර්වින් ප්‍රනාන්දු පියතුමා නික්ම ගිය බව මට දැණුම් දුන්නේ  මිත්‍ර ශ්‍රී කරුණානායක විසිනි. ආචාර්‍ය මර්වින් ප්‍රනාන්දු පියතුමා මගේ ගුරුවරයෙකු වූ අතර මම 2000 වසරේදී එතුමා යටතේ මනෝ විද්‍යා උපදේශනය හැදෑරුවෙමි.  මම වෘත්තියෙන් වෛද්‍යවරයෙකු බව දැනගත් විගස එතුමා කිව්වේ "  Doctors are bad counsellors  " කියාය​. එය නම් සත්‍යකි. බොහෝ වෛද්‍යවරු උපදේශනය නොව සාමාන්‍යයෙන් රෝගීන්ට මූලික සවන් දීමවත් නොකරති. මේ නිසා  මර්වින් ප්‍රනාන්දු පියතුමා ගේ ප්‍රකාශය මට අවලාදයක්  නොව මාර්ගෝපදේශනයක් විය​. එබැවින් මම උපදේශනය විශය එතුමා යටතේ හොඳින් හැදෑරුවෙමි.  අද දිනයේ මම මනෝ චිකිත්සනය සම්බන්ධයෙන් ආචාර්‍ය උපාධිය හදාරන අතර මා මේ තත්වය දක්වා ගෙන ආ ගුරුවරු... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/12/17)

Is your Shopping bag compostable or biodegradable? And why does it matter
What is the difference between Compostable, Biodegradable and Degradable or Oxo-degradable (EPI bags).
The terms biodegradation, biodegradable materials and compostability are often misused.  Other terms used are degradable or oxo-degradable which few people understand the differences, leading to confusion in the market place. Degradable or oxo-degradable describe where the traditional plastics, such as polyethylene are treated with additives, usually consisting of calcium carbonate and heavy metals which causes the material to disintegrate over a number of years.  Degradable bags do not 'compost' when composting, and will contaminate the end compost reducing its value or limiting its use.  Imagine the look of your bag of gardening... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/12/17)

කොග්ගල මුහුදේ ගිලෙන්න ගිය ජීවිත 4ක්‌ බේරාගත් බුද්ධ පුත්‍රයෙක්‌
උපුටා ගැන්ම දිවයින
ගාල්ල කොග්ගල මුහුදු තීරයේ ගිලෙන්නට ගිය තරුණ කාන්තාවන් 04 දෙනකුගේ දිවි බේරා ගන්නට ගාල්ල පරගොඩ රජමහා විහාරස්‌ථානවාසී කොක්‌මාදුවේ අනුරුද්ද හිමියන්ට ඉකුත් 23 දා හැකි විය. උපන් දින සාදයකට පැමිණි කතුන් සිව් දෙනකු ඇතුළු පිරිසක්‌ කොග්ගල මුහුදේ දිය නාමින් සිටියහ. මේ අවස්‌ථාව වන විට තවත් විශාල පිරිසක්‌ මෙම ස්‌ථානයේ දිය නාමින් සිට ඇත. එක්‌වරම මුහුද රළු වී ජලය වැඩිවීම නිසා දිය නාමින් සිටි තරුණ කාන්තාවෝ 04 ක්‌ දියේ ගිලී ගසාගෙන යන්නට වූහ. ඒ අසල උපන් දින සාදයකට පැමිණි පිsරිස අතර සිටි වයසක කාන්තාවක තම දියණියන් දියේ ගිලෙන බව පවසමින් කෑ ගසන්නට වූ නමුත් එම ස්‌ථානයේ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/12/17)

සරත් හෙට්ටිආරච්චි පියතුමන්ට පිරිත් නූලක්
ඡායාරූප  චතුර  එස් .කොඩිකාර උපුටාගැණීම ලංකාදීප
කිතුසමිදුන්ගේ  උපත  සිහිපත්  කරන  අසිරිමත් නත්තල් දිනය කරමින්  සරත් හෙට්ටිආරච්චි  පියතුමා මහා ඝංඝරත්නයට උදෑසන  දානය  පිරිනැමීම  මොරටුව කටුබැද්ද  අඹගහවත්ත  පාරේ පියතුමාගේ  පෞද්ගලික  මැදුරේ  අද(25) සිදුකෙරිණි.   එම අවස්ථාවට සබරගමුව විශ්ව  විද්‍යාලයේ  කුලපති   මහාචාර්ය  කඹුරුගමුවේ වජිර නාහිමි, මහාචාර්ය  මැදගොඩ අභයතිස්ස හිමි ඇතුළු සංඝරත්නය වැඩම  කළ  අතර  දානය පිරිනැමී⁣⁣මෙන්  අනතුරුව  සරත්  හෙට්ටිආරච්චි  පියතුමා  විසින්  රචනා  කළ    පුරාණ ආගම්, ජනප්‍රිය බුද්ධාගම සහ  ශ්‍රී  ලංකාවේ  කිතුනු ආගම  කෘතිය   එළි දැක්වීම  ද  සිදුකෙරිණි.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/12/17)

Russia lifts ban on tea supplies from Sri Lanka
Courtesy Adaderana
Russia has decided to lift the ban imposed on tea imports from Sri Lanka with effect from December 30 following discussions, Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to Moscow Dr. Saman Weerasinghe said. A delegation from Sri Lanka, comprised of representatives from the Ministry of Plantation and Ceylon Tea Board, left for Russia last week for discussion on lifting the ban. A meeting was held today (25) between officials from both countries at the Russian Plant Quarantine institute in Moscow. Russia’s agriculture safety watchdog also confirmed that it will resume imports of tea from Sri Lanka. The imports will resume... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/12/17)

No Sri Lankan Government can betray the 2600 year Buddhist History of Sri Lanka
Shenali D Waduge
No committee or government voted for a term of office or sponsors of regime change can touch an island held together by a Buddhist heritage of over 2600 years. All attempts to do so must be opposed and stopped. Buddhism is part & parcel of the National Identity of the Island. From the 3rd century BC to the present, Buddhism has held a special place at state level and no one can deny this. Even the South Indian Chola prince Elara patronized Buddhism. The artefacts that existed and the destructive attempts upon them and what remains... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/12/17)

SINHALA VILLAGES MASSACRED BY LTTE
KAMALIKA PIERIS
Here is  a list of Sinhala villages massacred by the LTTE, which I found in note form on my computer. There is much talk today of the war crimes of the military. This list shows that LTTE war crimes were much worse. They have killed civilians in non-combat zones, also tortured them. This list is  an incomplete list. Here is the list. Ampara Central Camp 16th Colony,: LTTE cadres shot dead seven Sinhalese and four Tamils (1988) Andankulam village 17–20 civilians, including Ven. Bakamune Subaddalanakara Thero, were attacked, tortured and killed by LTTE cadres (1986) Aranthalawa... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/12/17)

Do we have a Foreign Policy?
Sarath Wijesinghe former Ambassador to UAE and Israel-Solicitor, Attorney-at-Law
Foreign Policy Foreign policy of a country is a set of rules that seems to outline the behaviour of a particular country and how it interacts/reacts with other countries and international organisations, varies from era, leadership, international and geo - political considerations. Hon D S Senanayaka quite correctly continued the ‘Security Pact’ with Britain as a pro west strategy and Hon SWRD repealed it as a need of the era/hour as a leader of the socialist block then, when Madam B led the nonalignment movement as the leader of NAM... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/12/17)

අපේ තේ ටික ගන්නකෝ.. විශේෂ නියෝජිත පිරිසක් රුසියාවට..
Dr Sarath Obeysekera
Ane tikkak Innoko………… (අනේ ටිකක් ඉන්න කෝ....) Lanka C news … December 24, 2017 at 8:02 am | lanka C news රුසියාව විසින් ශ්‍රී ලංකාවේ තේ තහනම් කිරීම සම්බන්ධයෙන් සාකච්චා කිරීම සදහා හෙට (25) දිනයේ විශේෂ කණ්ඩායමක් රුසියාව බලා පිටත්ව යාමට නියමිතය.මේ වන විට කෙන්යාව විසින් රුසියානු තේ වෙලදපල අත්පත් කර ගැනීම සදහා විශේෂ මෙහෙයුමක් දියත් කර ඇති අතර එය සාර්තක වුවහොත් ශ‍්‍රී ලංකාවට මෙරට තේ නිෂ්පාදනයෙන් 20%ක් පමන විකිණීම සදහා නව ගැණුම්කරුවෙකු සොයා ගැනීමට සිදුවෙයි.මෙම තහනම ඉවත් කරන ලෙස ඉල්ලමින් ජනාධිපති මෛත‍්‍රිපාල සිරිසේන මහතා විසින් රුසියානු ජනාධිපතිවරයා වෙත විශේෂ ලිපියක්ද යොමු කරනු ලැබීය. When I read... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/12/17)

Are there only buffaloes and monkeys in Polonnaruwa now? - Mahinda
Are there only buffaloes and monkeys in Polonnaruwa now? - Mahinda දැන් පොළොන්නරුවේ ඉන්නේ හරක් සහ වඳුරෝ විතරද?
https://youtu.be/yotrJiUkOc0... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/12/17)

Cabinet Beetle, asbestos and bad diplomacy
N. A. DE S. AMARATUNGA Courtesy The Island
December 24, 2017, 12:00 pm Khapra beetle, also called the Cabinet beetle, which seems to have eaten through our Cabinet and caused an enormous loss to the tea industry has been used, it is alleged, by Russia to hit back at Sri Lanka for banning asbestos imports. Asbestos is known to cause mesothelioma and asbestosis, which are very serious lung diseases. Asbestos is banned in about 50 countries, including EU states, Australia and New Zealand. It is not banned in the USA, Russia, China, India and several other countries. It is... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/12/17)

ආන්ඩුවේ ලොක්කන් බොරු කීම නවතන්නේ කවදාද …?
lanka C news
ජනාධිපති සිරිසේන මහතා පසුගියදා කැබිනට් මන්ඩලයේ කියා ඇති පරිදි ශැංග්‍රිල්ලා හෝටලයට ඉඩ දීම සඳහා හමුදා මුලාස්ථානයෙන් ඉවතට ගෙන ගිය විවිධ පරිපාලන අංශ වෙනුවෙන් වාර්ෂික කුලිය රුපියල් කොටි 500 ක් නම් එම නාස්තියට සම්පූර්ණයෙන්ම වගකිව යුත්තේ වත්මන් හවුල ආන්ඩුව බව ආචාර්ය නාලක ගොඩහේවා පෙන්වාදෙයි. ඔහු එය පැහැදිලි කලේ ‘දේශප්‍රේමී වෘතිකයින්ගේ සංසදය’ විසින් විශ්ව විද්‍යාල සිසුන් පිරිසක් සඳහා කොලඹදී සංවිධානය කර තිබූ වැඩමුලුවක් අමතමිනි. පසුගියද ජනාධිපතිවරයා ශැංග්‍රිල්ලා හෝටලයට හමුදා මූලස්ථානයේ ඉඩම ලබා දීම ගැන පසුගිය රජයට ඇඟිල්ල දික්කරමින් චෝදනා කිහිපයක් කලායැයි කැබිනට ප්‍රකාශක මහින්ද සමරසිංහ ඇමතිවරයා කියා තිබුනා. අපි බලමු මොනවාද මේ චෝදනා කියා 1. ඔහු කියනවා... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/12/17)

ඒකාබද්ධ පොදුජන පෙරමුණ මහින්ද රාජපක්ෂ නායකත්වයෙන් කරළියට
අමල් වික්‍රමරත්න උපුටාගැණීම ලංකාදීප
ජනවාරි 2 දා ආරම්භ කිරීමට නියමිත ඒකාබද්ධ පොදුජන පෙරමුණට නායකත්වය දීමට මහින්ද රාජපක්ෂ මහතා තීරණය කර ඇතැයි වාර්තාවේ. මහින්ද රාජපක්ෂ මහතා මේ වනතුරු ශ්‍රී ලංකා පොදුජන එක්සත් පෙරමුණේ (පොහොට්ටුව පක්ෂයේ) කිසිදු නිල තනතුරක් ලබා නොගත් අතර ශ්‍රී ලංකා නිදහස් පක්ෂයේ අනුසාශකවරයෙකු වශයෙන් සිටිමින් නිල නොවන මට්ටමින් එම පෙරමුණට සහයෝගය දැක්වීය. ඉදිරි පලාත්පාලන මැතිවරණයට නව ජවයක් ලබා දීම සදහාත් ශ්‍රී ලංකා පොදුජන පක්ෂයේ (පොහොට්ටුව) පාක්ෂිකයන්ගේ සැකය දුරුකිරීමත් සඳහාත් එළබෙන 2 වනදා සුගතදාස ගෘහස්ත ක්‍රීඩාංගනයේදී පැවැත්වෙන මහ සමුළුවේදී මෙම ප්‍රකාශය කිරීමටත් ශ්‍රී ලංකා නිදහස් පක්ෂයෙන් ඉවත්වීමටත්  නව සන්ධානයේ නායකත්වය භාර ගැනීමටත් සැලසුම් කොට ඇතැයි දැනගැනීමට ඇත. ඒ අනුව... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/12/17)

Anti-UNP votes will not be divided – Vasudeva Nanayakkara
By Rathindra Kuruwita Courtesy Ceylon Today
The nomination period for the 2018 local government election drew to an end last week and campaigning will commence earnestly in the coming days. Ceylon Today spoke to MP Vasudeva Nanayakkara about the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) preparation and the setbacks the party received after a number of nomination lists were rejected. Following are excerpts: The nomination period for the 2018 local government election is over and campaigning has begun. How has the early days of campaigning been for the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP)? A: The nomination period was eventful for almost... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/12/17)

The numbers game
RANJITH SOYSA
December 23, 2017, 7:26 pm The High Commissioner for the UK in Sri Lanka, James Dauirs advises Sri Lanka not get distracted by the questionable number killed during the Sri Lanka’s war against the Tiger Terrorists BUT to concentrate as to how we implement the UN resolution moved against Sri Lanka. He further stated that the dispute with regard to the numbers could easily distort the truth. The majority of the Sri Lankans are definitely concerned about the numbers killed, as the figures vary from 7,000 to 80,000 (some even quote a figure of 140,000). Sri Lankan... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/12/17)

SLFP has collapsed into a state that they name Azath Salley as Colombo Mayoral candidate - JVP
SLFP has collapsed into a state that they name Azath Salley as Colombo Mayoral candidate - JVP ශ්‍රී ලංකා නිදහස් පක්ෂය බංකොලොත් වෙලා
https://youtu.be/Q3lBj3Rp320... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/12/17)

Re-settlements in Wilpattu are illegal - Auditor General
Re-settlements in Wilpattu are illegal - Auditor General විල්පත්තු විලත්තුකුලම් රක්ෂිතය නීතිවිරෝධි ලෙස හෙළි කළ බව විශේෂ විගණන වාර්තාවෙන් හෙළිවෙයි
https://youtu.be/2Nb3H_kRPcw... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/12/17)

Have the attacks on the tea industry and agriculture sectors a sinister political dimension?
Chandre Dharmawardana.
Please see:http://www.lankaweb.com/news/items/2017/12/20/the-khapra-beetle-and-using-that-russian-credit-line/ There are those who wish to kill the tea plantations arguing that it is an unprofitable, ecologically unsound, colonially imposed liability etc.  While  some aspects of those arguments are true, many observers have suggested  a hidden agenda  behind all this.  The tea industry is being channeled  to collapse by (i) banning the quite safe herbicide  glyphosate (ii) Getting the Russians to stop buying Sri Lankan tea, (iii) Other actions that are taking place, as well as articles in the newspapers and the email circuit against tea,  written by certain individuals who are clearly fishing in... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/12/17)

‘GRIP ON YOUR ‘SARONG’
By Dr. Tilak S. Fernando Courtesy Ceylon Today
The latest chorus song by Sunil Perera, Desmond de Silva, Anesley Dias, and Rajiv Sebastian, dedicated to the theme, 'The Sarong,' is doing the normal rounds on the Internet and via emails. The song itself is humorously entertaining. I have written earlier too, on this subject, but the latest hit song about the 'Sarama' inspired me to write about it again. Many men and women wear the 'Sarong' in the Asian sub continent. When it comes to women, it covers their lower part of the body, a short sleeve-blouse covers the top.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/12/17)

SLPP woes mount, proposed Army HQ land deal investigation
by C.A.Chandraprema Courtesy The Island
December 23, 2017, 8:00 pm The Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna’s woes with the nomination lists continued in the second round as well though at a lesser level than during the first round. The biggest blow to the fledgling political party during the second round was the rejection of the SLPP list for the Tirappane Pradesheeya Sabha in the Anuradhapura district which many in that party consider a sure win. In addition to Tirappane, the SLPP nomination lists for the Jaffna Municipal Council, the Valikamam North, Valikamam East, and Delft Pradeshiya Sabhas were rejected in... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/12/17)

President hints at ditching UNP-dominated govt.
Courtesy The Island
President Maithripala Sirisena, who is at loggerheads with Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe’s United National Party (UNP), has strongly hinted at a possible split of their coalition mid-way of its five-year term. The President told his Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) loyalists that he has decided to carry out the "second stage" of his daring political bravery of defecting  from the then strongman President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s government in November 2014. A rank outsider, Sirisena quit his Health Ministry portfolio and challenged his former boss at the snap presidential election of January 2015. He won spectacularly with the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/12/17)

පොදුජන පෙරමුණේ අපේක්ෂකයන්ගෙන් රටට ප්‍රතිඥාවක්
ඩබ්ලිව්. කේ. ප්‍රසාද් මංජු  උපුටාගැණීම  මව්බිම
මෙවර පළාත් පාලන මැතිවරණයට තරග වදින ශ්‍රී ලංකා පොදුජන පෙරමුණේ සියලුම අපේක්ෂකයන් රට හමුවේ විශේෂ ප්‍රතිඥාවක් ලබාදීමේ උත්සවයක් හිටපු ජනාධිපති මහින්ද..රාජපක්ෂ මහතාගේ ප්‍රධානත්වයෙන් 2018 ජනවාරි 02 වැනිදා සුගතදාස ගෘහස්ථ ක්‍රීඩාංගණයේදී පැවැත්වීමට නියමිත බව හිටපු ආර්ථික සංවර්ධන අමාත්‍ය බැසිල් රාජපක්ෂ මහතා "ඉරිදා මව්බිම"ට පැවැසීය. රට වෙනුවෙන් පෙනී සිටිමින් ගම් දියුණු කිරීමට ශ්‍රී ලංකා පොදුජන පෙරමුණේ ප්‍රතිපත්තිවලට අනුකූලව කටයුතු කරන බවට සියලුම අපේක්ෂකයන් රට හමුවේ මේ ප්‍රතිඥාව ලබාදෙන බවත් හිටපු ජනාධිපති මහින්ද රාජපක්ෂ මහතා ඇතුළු ඒකාබද්ධ විපක්ෂයේ පක්ෂ නායකයන්, ශ්‍රී ලංකා පොදුජන පෙරමුණට සම්බන්ධ පක්ෂ නායකයන් ඇතුළු විශාල පිරිසක් මේ අවස්ථාවට සහභාගි වන බවද බැසිල් රාජපක්ෂ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/12/17)

තනි අතට බලය ගන්න මෛත්‍රිට රනිල්ට දැඩි බලපෑම්
ඩබ්ලිව්. කේ. ප්‍රසාද් මංජු  උපුටාගැණීම  මව්බිම
පළාත් පාලන මැතිවරණයට පසු තනි ආණ්ඩුවක් හදන ලෙසට ජනාධිපති මෛත්‍රිපාල සිරිසේන මහතාටත් අග්‍රාමාත්‍ය රනිල් වික්‍රමසිංහ මහතාටත් එම පක්ෂ දෙකේ අභ්‍යන්තරයෙන් බලපෑම් එල්ල වී තිබෙන බව දේශපාලන ආරංචි මාර්ගවලින් වාර්තා වේ. ශ්‍රී ලංකා නිදහස් පක්ෂයේ ජේ‍යෂ්ඨයන් පිරිසක් ජනාධිපති මෛත්‍රිපාල සිරිසේන මහතාට පවසා තිබෙන්නේ එක්සත් ජාතික පක්ෂය සමඟ ජාතික ආණ්ඩු ගිවිසුම අහෝසි වීමෙන් පසුව ශ්‍රී ලංකා නිදහස් පක්ෂය ප්‍රමුඛ එක්සත් ජනතා නිදහස් සන්ධාන තනි ආණ්ඩුවක් පිහිටුවිය යුතු බවයි. එහිදී ඒකාබද්ධ විපක්ෂයේ සහයෝගයද ලබාගෙන 2020 ප්‍රධාන මැතිවරණවලට ශක්තිමත්ව මුහුණ දීමට හැකි බව ශ්‍රී ලංකා නිදහස් පක්ෂයේ අමාත්‍යවරයෙක් ඉරිදා "මව්බිම"ට පැවැසීය. ශ්‍රී ලංකා මහ බැංකුවේ බැඳුම්කර නිකුතුව ගැන... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/12/17)

Abduction of 11 youth: Witness says CID changed statement
Yoshitha Perera Courtesy The Daily Mirror
When the case where former navy spokesman D.K.P. Dissanayake was an accused was taken up for hearing before the Fort Magistrate Court, a key witness the CID had changed several parts of his initial statement and requested that he be allowed to made a personal statement in Court. Mr. Dissanayake and five others were arrested on charges of abduction and disappearance of 11 youth in 2008 and 2009. The CID informed Court that the 11 youth who were abducted by unidentified groups in Colombo and the surrounding areas, had been taken to underground detention... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/12/17)

Racism & Separatist mentality of Tamil leaders with evidence
Shenali D Waduge
Even to dance the tango the two have to dance to not only the same tune but to the same steps. What is clear from the very statements by Tamil leaders and their representative parties over the years is that their demands remain fixated while they expect the other party to be compromising and virtually giving in to their demands. What is equally shocking is that the so-called international community & the UN system well aware of these racist & separatist demands of the Tamil political players are very happy to play along as they see... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/12/17)

Rathana thero! What you should know about chrysotile white asbestos
A Patriot
Rathana thero!! Please stop making profit motivated agitations against commercial products. Read What you should know about chrysotile white asbestos. There are two types of asbestos in the world: amphibole and chrysotile. There is proof that some amphibole types cause lung cancer. But chrysotile is not dangerous because we can get rid of it from the body if we take a breath of air contaminated with chrysotile," When they make roofing tiles mixing chrysotile with cement,  makes it much safer than any substitutes. Russian roofing material made out of chrysotile white asbestos are technically different from what is produced... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/12/17)

CHRISTIAN CRUCIFIX CULTURE and LACK OF RESPECT FOR NATIONAL ANTHEM.   CAN GOD HELP SRI LANKAN CRICKET?-
By M D P DISSANAYAKE
Lack of physical fitness amongst the Sri Lankan cricketers is a major drawback.  In a Workshop held this week in Sydney for coaching under 15 cricketers several slides of Sri Lankan cricketers were shown ( with their eyes covered) to demonstrate the Sri Lankan  international players were  puffing and panting after few minutes of playing.   It was revealed that the Sri Lankan National squad players ( country not directly identified) cannot even do 10 push-ups in a training session). When other players are continuing to play under unfavourable weather conditions, our players appears to... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/12/17)

ශ්‍රී ලංකාව සහ කුරුමිණීයා
දේශාල් පණ්ඩිතගේ විසිනි.
ශ්‍රී ලංකාවේ අපනයන ආදායම් 2014න් පසුව ඇද වැටෙමින් පවතී. 2014 දී ඇමෙරිකානු ඩොලර් බිලියන 11.12ක් වූ අපනයන ආදායම 2016 වන විට ඇමෙරිකානු ඩොලර් බිලියන 10.31 දක්වා 7.3% ක අගයකින් පහත වැටී ඇත . දළ වශයෙන්, අපි 2016 දී තේ වලින් ඇමෙරිකානු ඩොලර් බිලියන 1.20 පමණ උපයාගෙන ඇත . එය මුලු අපනයන ආදායමින් 12% ක පමණ අගයක් ගනී. ඒ අතරින්, අපේ ඉහළම තේ ගැණුම්කරු වනුයේ ඉරානයයි; ඔවුන් 2016 දී ඇමෙරිකානු ඩොලර් මිලියන 154.1 ක තේ මිලදී ගෙන ඇත . දෙවනි විශාලතම තේ ගැනුම්කරු වනුයේ රුසියාවයි; රුසියාව 2016 දී ඇමෙරිකානු ඩොලර් මිලියන 143 ක තේ ශ්‍රී ලංකාවෙන් මිලදී... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/12/17)

Why should the lives of millions of innocent animals be destroyed at time of Christmas purely to celebrate the birth anniversary of one man?
Senaka Weeraratna
Life is the most precious possession of all living beings. No religion can deny this simple fact.  Reverence for life is the epitome of ethics. To confine the reverence for life to only one species and discard the claims to live unharassed of the other eight million species that share the planet with humans is ethically and morally indefensible. Monotheistic religions ignore the ethical dimensions of this reality. But adherents of other religions such as Buddhists and Jains and free thinkers in the West are not prepared to do so. This issue always comes up... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/12/17)

මධුෂා රාමසිංහගෙන් ලිංගික අල්ලස් ඉල්ලුවේ යයි මහින්දගේ පුද්ගලික ලේකම්වරයාගේ චරිත ඝාතනය කිරීමේ කුමන්ත්‍රණය සාක්ෂි සහිතව මෙන්න…
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— මෙම ලිපිය Mahinda.Info / thetruth.lk අඩවිවලින් උපුටා ගන්නා ලද අතර අන්තර්ගතයේ සියළු වගකීම්ව ඔවුන් විසින් දරනු ලබයි — දිනෙන් දින ජනප්‍රිය වෙන ඒකාබද්ධ පොදුජන පෙරමුණේ මැතිවරණ යාන්ත්‍රණය විනාශ කිරීම සඳහා වත්මන් ආණ්ඩුව විවිධ උපායන් ගනු ලැබුණි. දුර්වල මන්ත්‍රීවරුන්ව මුදලට බිලි බා ගැනීම, නාමයෝජනා අවලංගු කිරීම, සැක පිට අත් අඩංගුවට ගැනීම, බොරු නඩු දැමීම, ව්‍යාජ චෝදනා ගොබෙල්ස්කරණය කිරීම, තර්ජනය කිරීම සහ බිය වැද්දවීම ඉන් කිහිපයකි. ආණ්ඩුවේ අලුත්ම උපාය වී තිබෙන්නේ චරිත ඝාතනය කිරීම් ය. කුප්‍රකට ටෙලිනාට්‍ය නිලියකට නාමයෝජනා නොලැබුණා කියමින් මෙසේ මහින්ද රාජපක්ෂගේ පුද්ගලික ලේකම්වරයෙකුගේ චරිත ඝාතනයක් මේ දිනවල සිදුකරයි. [1]. නාමයෝජනා දීමේ ක්‍රමවේදය පළමුව... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/12/17)

ශ්‍රීලනිප සමග ඒකාබද්ධ පොදුජන පෙරමුණ එක්ව තරග කිරීම...! [Mahinda.Info EXCLUSIVE]
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ඉදිරි පළාත් පාලන මතිවරණයෙන් ජය ගැනීමටනම් මෛත්‍රීපාල සිරිසේන නායකත්වය දරන ශ්‍රී ලංකා නිදහස් පක්ෂය සමග එකතු වී ඒකාබද්ධ පොදුජන පෙරමුණ තරග කළ යුතු බවට සුළු පිරිසක් පවසයි. එහෙත් අති බහුතරයගේ මතය වන්නේ ඒකාබද්ධ පොදුජන පෙරමුණ වෙන්ව තරග කළ යුතු බවය. සුළුතර මතය වූ පමණින් එය ප්‍රතික්ෂේප නොකර ඔවුන්ගේ තර්කය mahinda.info වෙතින් විශ්ලේෂණාත්මකව විමසා බලමු. ශ්‍රීලනිප සමග ඒකාබද්ධ පොදුජන පෙරමුණ එකතු විය යුතුයැයි කියන අයට ඒ සඳහා වෙන වෙනම ඤායපත්‍රයන් තිබිය හැකිය. එහෙත් ඔවුන් මතු කරන එකම තර්කය වන්නේ පළාත් පාලන මැතිවරණය ජය ගැනීමටනම් එකතු විය යුතු බවයි. ශ්‍රීලනිපය සමග එකතු වීමෙන් ඇති වාසි ඔවුන් මෙසේ පෙළ ගස්වයි. ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/12/17)

බැසිල් හිරු සලකුණේදී සියලුම ප්‍රශ්න වලට පිළිතුරු දෙයි. (VIDEO)
බැසිල් රාජපක්ෂ මහතාට එරෙහිව ආණ්ඩුවෙන් සිදුකරන ලද විවේචන ඇතුළුව ශ්‍රී ලංකා පොදුජන පෙරමුණට අදාල සියලුම ප්‍රශ්න වලට එතුමා ඊයේ එනම් 18/12/2017 දින හිරු සලකුණේදී පිළිතුරු දීම් සිදුකළේ ය. එම වීඩියෝව පහතින්.
... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/12/17)

සිරිසේන හා රනිල් යන දෙදෙනාම තමන්ගේ අසාර්ථකත්වයන් වෙනුවෙන් එකිනෙකාට චෝදනා කරමින් එකිනෙකා සමඟ තරඟ වැදෙනවිට සමහර මෝඩයෝ ඒ අයට ඡන්දය දෙනවා
මහින්ද පතිරණ
ආණ්ඩුවේ එකට ඉන්න එකට තීරණ ගන්න රනිල් හා සිරිසේන වෙන වෙනම ඡන්දය ඉල්ලා රටට කියන්නේ මොකක් ද? උදේ කැබිනට් එකේ එකට බඩු මිළ ඉහළ දාලා හවස වේදිකාවට ඇව්ත් දෙන්න දෙන්නට චෝදනා කර ගන්නව ද? සිරිසේන කියනව ද රනිල් හොරා කියල? රනිල් කියනව ද සිරිසේන හොරා කියල? දෙන්න දෙන්නට ම කියා ගන්නව ද මම නෙමෙයි අනෙකා තමා රටේ ආර්ථිකය විනාශ කළේ කියල? දැන් මෙහෙම චෝදනා එකිනෙකාට නැතිනම් ඔවුන් ඇයි වෙන වෙනම ඡන්දය ඉල්ලන්නෙ? අනික වෙනම ඉල්ලනව නම් හා දෙපිරිසම පිළිගන්නව නම් තමන් නෙමෙයි අනෙකයි මේ ආසාර්ථකභාවයට වග කිව යුත්තේ කියල ඇයි එහෙනම් ඔවුන් තාමත් එකම ආණ්ඩුවෙ ඉන්නෙ? එකම කැබිනට්... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 22/12/17)

FRUSTRATION
by Goolbai Gunasekara Courtesy The Island
December 21, 2017, 10:06 pm I have a theory (totally un-researched except by me) that frustration is the first emotional human experiences. Think about it. That first wail of protest from a new born is one of frustration at having been ejected from a warm, comfortable womb into an area of noise, an intrusive bustle of checking, cleaning up and wiping off before, finally, being transferred to a soft blanket and made comfortable. And I am not talking of the millions of births where there is no such tolerable entry Into this challenging life.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 22/12/17)

Make Provincial Council Elections a Referendum Against Sirisena –Ranil Government.
By Charles.S.Perera
It appears that this so called Yahapalanaya  government cannot be removed until 2020, but we can perhaps force it to change by showing its unpopularity amoung the people, by electing Provincial Council candidates from the Podujana Peramuna. Podujana Peramuna represents the original SLFP of SWRD Bandaranayake. Podujana Peramuna also has the parliamentarians from the previous Mahinda Rajapakse Government which had contributed to the development of Sri Lanka into a modern country despite the continued braying by the Yahapalanaya of corruption. We will go on to  see why President Sirisena’ SLFP and Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe’s  UNP are... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/12/17)

WILL THEY FORGET THE HORRIBLE NIGHTS?
ALI SUKHANVER
Will Mr. Modi succeed in winning the hearts of the Muslims in India? Will it be possible for the Muslims to forget the days when the streets of Gujarat were flooding with their blood during the reign of Mr. Modi? Will they forget the horrible nights when the Hindu extremists were pulling them out of their houses and slaughtering them like animals? No certainly not, they would forget nothing but Modi sahib thinks they have a very weak memory. Now-a-days, a video clip of him is getting viral and viral on social media; certainly the credit of... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/12/17)

Russia and China Challenge US Dollar Domination
By F. William Engdahl  Courtesy Global Research, 
The Russian government has recently announced it will issue nearly $1 billion equivalent in state bonds, but denominated not in US dollars as is mostly the case. Rather it will be the first sale of Russian bonds in China’s yuan. While $1 billion may not sound like much when compared with the Peoples’ Bank of China total holdings of US Government debt of more than $1 trillion or to the US Federal debt today of over $20 trillion, it’s significance lies beyond the nominal amount. It’s a test run by both governments of the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/12/17)

UN human rights chief quits after Trump Jerusalem decision, saying he will not 'bend a knee in supplication'
Chris Baynes Courtesy The Independent•December 21, 2017
 The United Nations human rights chief is to step down, suggesting that his re-election would involve ”lessening the independence and integrity of my voice” after his outspoken criticism of world powers – including the US. Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein said he would not seek a second four-year term as the High Commissioner for Human Rights, telling staff in an email: “To do so, in the current geopolitical context,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/12/17)

The tank, dagaba and the village
by P.G.Punchihewa Ph.D.
November 4, 2017, 6:18 pm Nearly two million people in at least 22 districts out of 25 are reported to be affected by the continuing drought. Among the districts are Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa, Mannar, Vavuniya, Trincomalee, Kurunegala, Puttalam , Jaffna ,Kilinochchi, Mullativu ,Matale and Moneragala. Most of the large, medium and small tanks in the dry zone have partially or completely dried up and in certain instances peasants are abandoning their villages for want of water for their daily use. It is a pathetic sight to see thousands and thousands of fish wriggling, struggling for survival in... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/12/17)

U.S. Millennium Challenge Corporation Reselects Sri Lanka to Continue Grant Programme
Embassy of Sri Lanka Washington D.C
The Board of Directors of the United States Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) reselected Sri Lanka for its grant programme at its meeting on December 19. This will enable MCC to continue developing its compact programme with the government of Sri Lanka for which Sri Lanka was selected a year ago, in December 2016. MCC compact programmes are large, five-year grants for selected countries that meet MCC’s eligibility criteria of good governance, economic freedom and investment in their citizens. The selections are based on performance indicators compiled by MCC in an annual scorecard for countries... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/12/17)

ASBESTOS .WHOLE WORLD IS PANICKING And yet they drink Tea Cuppa in the morning infested with a single Beetle ?
Dr Sarath Obeysekera
Russians make Asbestos and used in many industries .I am sure that the warship we plan to buy has asbestors in lagging of their boilers ?? Quote ASBEST, Russia — This city of about 70,000 people on the eastern slopes of the Ural Mountains is a pleasant enough place to live except for one big drawback: when the wind picks up, clouds of carcinogenic dust blow through. Asbest means asbestos in Russian, and it is everywhere here. Residents describe layers of it collecting on living room floors. Before they take in the laundry from backyard lines,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/12/17)

Hundreds of Buddhists protest against aid agencies in Myanmar's Rakhine
  YANGON (Reuters) - Hundreds of Buddhists took to the streets in western Myanmar on Sunday to protest against aid organizations they accuse of giving support to Muslim Rohingya militants, police and a protest leader said. Buddhist monks and members of the Rakhine ethnic group held demonstrations in 15 towns, including the Rakhine state capital of Sittwe, demanding that aid agencies leave the western state immediately, Htay Aung, a self-described leader of the protests, told Reuters by phone. “We will protest again and again until we get our demands. If the government fails to act, that is their responsibility,” he... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 21/12/17)

Rejections and rejects
Editorial Courtesy The Island
December 21, 2017, 10:02 pm There has been much brouhaha, for the past few days, over the rejection of some local government polls nominations lists. This is a common occurrence prior to every election. Politicians never learn and elections officials don’t relent. Therefore, the problem remains with no effort being made to solve it once and for all. In fact, it has become part of the electoral process in this country. The newly formed Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP), consisting of SLFP/UPFA dissidents, has so far been the worst affected; it is apoplectic with rage at... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/12/17)

Priorities of the Elections Commission: Stymying people’s sovereignty through bureaucratic nitpicking
By C. A. Chandraprema Courtesy The Island
December 21, 2017, 10:05 pm It was with interest that I read Prof. Ratnajeevan Hoole’s recent article in The Island, "Duties of Election Commission: A proactive or bureaucratic stand?" Prof. Hoole is one of the three members of the Elections Commission. Indeed this would be a question on many people’s minds at this moment given the rejection of many nomination lists filed by political parties for the forthcoming local government election. With regard to the rejection of the Maharagama nomination list of the Podujana Peramuna ostensibly on the grounds that it does not... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/12/17)

Govt. in overdrive with US assistance Search for ‘stolen funds’
By Shamindra Ferdinando Courtesy The Island
A US official is in Colombo to coordinate high profile ongoing asset recovery operations undertaken by the Sirisena-Wickremesinghe administration. Director General of the Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption (CIABOC) President’s Counsel Sarath Jayamanne yesterday said the US official coordinated training programmes involving his outfit and related work. PC Jayamanne said so when The Island inquired from him about the recent US State Department announcement that Sri Lanka would receive US assistance in this regard. PC Jayamanne succeeded Dilrukshi Dias Wickramasinghe in late Oct. 2016 following her sudden resignation after an incident where President... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/12/17)

The GOP Tax Bill and the Crisis of American Democracy
By Richard KimTwitter Courtesy The Nation
The country is ruled by oligarchs and their enablers.
t just so happened that during the week that Republicans rammed a $1.5 trillion tax bill through Congress without a single Democratic vote, Philip Alston, the UN special rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, was finishing up a fact-finding mission to the United States. Alston visited places like Georgia, Alabama, and West Virginia, which voted for Donald Trump, but he also stopped in California, which went for Hillary Clinton, and Puerto Rico, which wasn’t allowed to vote for president at all. A veteran diplomat with tours... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/12/17)

‘Swift implementation of various infrastructure projects can boost growth’
TE RAJA SIMHAN Courtesy The Hindu Business Line
 Maersk Line (India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan, Maldives), a part of Maersk Group, is a leading container shipping line in the region with footprint across 25 offices, 55 inland acceptance points and across 16 Indian ports. Steve Felder, Managing Director of Maersk Line in Asia, spoke to BusinessLine on the domestic shipping industry’s status and prospects. Excerpts: How was year 2017 for the Indian shipping industry post DeMo and GST? As exuberance around recent rankings conferred on India by the World Bank and Moody’s just about begins to alleviate, the country gets... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/12/17)

India wary of China's South Asia push
Nirmala Ganapathy India Bureau Chief In New Delhi
Beijing's moves in region lead Delhi to remind neighbouring states of its security concerns China and Maldives signed a free trade agreement this month, and Sri Lanka recently handed over a major port to Beijing. These moves by China have led New Delhi to remind its neighbours to keep India's security concerns and sensitivities in mind in their bilateral deals. Analysts said the development signalled China's increasingly assertive push into South Asia, where many countries are within India's traditional sphere of influence. New Delhi is fearful that economic engagements could pave the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/12/17)

President is not in line with policies of government: GL
Sheain Fernandopulle Courtesy The Daily Mirror
President, Maithripala Sirisena was doing the role of the opposition by publicly criticizing the government policies, chairman of the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP), Prof. G.L. Peiris said yesterday. Addressing a news briefing, he said none of the past executive presidents had criticized in such a manner as the incumbent president was doing. “It is evident with the occasions where the President has publicly announced its displeasure over certain policies of the government like the reduction of the tax of beer. We don’t recommend the act of the President. This depicts that the President... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/12/17)

YAHAPALANA AND THE ‘GENEVA RESOLUTIONS’ Part 3
KAMALIKA PIERIS
There are just two categories of speakers who are permitted to address the HRC. Firstly, those representing the government of a country, and its National Human rights Institutions (NHRI). Secondly, those belonging to Non-governmental organizations (NGOs) registered with the HRC NHRIs are entitled to intervene immediately after their country during the interactive dialogue, following the presentation of that country mission report, and also immediately after the State, when report is being adopted at plenary session. NGOs can address the HRC during discussions and debates. They can make oral statements, submit documents, which will be issued with UN... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/12/17)

The Khapra Beetle and using that Russian credit line!
Chandre Dharmawardana, Canada.
Sri Lanka's tea industry had been hit hard in recent times from several quarters. The drought brought trouble for tea, and even more trouble for  the paddy farmer. The knee-jerk ban of the herbicide glyphosate falsely claiming it to cause kidney miles away from the tea plantations, in the Rajarata, was another set back. Then  the Russians discover a Khapra Beetle in the tea, an  insect that  feeds on grain and not on tea. It is a native Indian 'Kallathoni' that spread to other countries by hitching rides on exported grain. The Khapra Beetle. Although the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/12/17)

Ali-Bathiudeen alliance and Muslim politics
Keerthi Tennkoon 
The Eastern Province based Muslim identitarian politics, brought to the fore by M. H. M. Ashraff, founder/leader of the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC), has entered a new phase with the alliance between the former General Secretary of SLMC, Hasen Ali and Minister and Leader of the All Ceylon Makkal Congress (ACMC) Rishad Bathiudeen. Currently SLMC is the dominant force in Eastern (Ampara) based Muslim politics along with United People's Freedom Alliance's (UPFA) A. L. M. Athaullah. SLMC has hitherto been acknowledged as the undisputed representative of eastern Muslims. However, the current SLMC leader, Rauff Hakeem, hailing... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/12/17)

Being snug, dumb and numb in a Kakistocracy
BY MALINDA SENEVIRATNE
‘Democracy!’ was the clarion call of Maithripala Sirisena’s campaign against Mahinda Rajapaksa.  Much was promised.  So far, the only victory in this regard is the 19th Amendment and even this is but a shadow of what was pledged.  If there is a greater sense of freedom and more reasons to hope that things will get better, such sentiments are offset by clearly evident resistance to such things from the regime itself. When Mahinda Rajapaksa defeated Sarath Fonseka in 2010, a senior member of the United National Party, responding to claims by a set of feller UNPers that... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/12/17)

Realistically futuristic in 2020
By Gomin Dayasri Courtesy The Daily Mirror
Elections can’t be held for another 24 months-till 2020- due to the stupidity evolved by the‘pundits’ on the 19th amendment. Manipulations have placed the UNP in serious trouble. If local Government elections aren’t held in early 2018 – the UNP will lose more votes- for not keeping to the scheduled scorebook. Reasons are too numerous to be indicated in an article of 1000 words at the editor’s request, thankfully ignored permanently by him and me.   Many know a new Government with a new Prime Minister may be in the making... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/12/17)

Cabinet lifts ban on usage of white asbestos for state institutions
By Sanchith Karunaratna Courtesy Adaderana
The Cabinet decided to lift the ban on the use of white asbestos for state institutions but will continue the full ban on blue asbestos with effect from January 1, 2018. Government had taken a policy decision to limit import of raw material required to manufacture asbestos on September 06, 2016 which is to be implemented with effect from January 01, 2018. Government had paid its attention on various clarifications made by the construction field and specialists. Few members of the cabinet pointed out the difficulties faced by house constructers with this limitation as... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/12/17)

The Great Asbestos Hysteria: How one man claims the BBC, profiteering firms and politicians have exaggerated the dangers
By CHRISTOPHER BOOKER  Courtesy Mail on line
Yesterday saw the launch of yet another scare campaign. As so often before championed by the BBC, it warned us again of the deadly dangers posed by asbestos - this time in Britain's schools. In the past 30 years, it was claimed on Radio 4's Today programme, 178 teachers have died of asbestos-related diseases - and their numbers are rising all the time. Steps must be taken to protect pupils and teachers from asbestos in schools, a new study has warned Indeed, according to a new study backed by the teaching... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/12/17)

Asbestos advice for householders
Ministry of Health of New Zealand responses to questions about asbestos in Canterbury.
Background
The workplace health and safety regulator, WorkSafe NZ, has been investigating the testing and management of asbestos during repair work carried out in homes in Canterbury following the earthquakes in 2010 and 2011. Below are answers to some common questions about potential health risks for homeowners. Questions and answers
Q1  What is asbestos and what are the different types? Asbestos is a common term describing a variety of naturally occurring silicate minerals. It was a popular building material up until the 1990s because... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/12/17)

ජන බලය ජය ගනීවි
සාකච්ඡා කළේ- චමින්ද මුණසිංහ උපුටාගැණීම ලංකාදීප
ඒකාබද්ධයේ නාගැනීම, නාම යෝජනාවක්වත් හරියට හදාගන්න බැරිද, ආණ්ඩුව කළ ඇඟට දැනෙන සංවර්ධනය, හම්බන්තොට වරාය,  සාමකතා බිඳවැටීම, ඒකාබද්ධයේ පතුරු ගැලවීම යනාදී කරුණු සම්බන්ධයෙන් මෙවර සඳුදා හමුවෙන් අදහස් දක්වන්නේ පිවිතුරු හෙළ උරුමයේ නායක සහ එ.ජ.නි.ස. පාර්ලිමේන්තු මන්ත්‍රී උදය ප්‍රභාත් ගම්මන්පිල මහතායි. ප්‍රශ්නය:- මැතිවරණය ඉල්ලා කෑ ගැසූ ඒකාබද්ධයට මැතිවරණය දුන්න ගමන්ම නා ගත්තා නේද? පිළිතුර:- පසුගිය පළාත් පාලන මැතිවරණ දෙකේදීම එජාපයේ හදවත වන කොළඹ මහ නගර සභාවෙත් නාමයෝජනා ප්‍රතික්‍ෂේප වුණා. ඒ නිසා පළාත් පාලන මැතිවරණයකදී නාමයෝජනා ප්‍රතික්‍ෂේප වීම අලුත් ප්‍රවෘත්තියක් නෙමෙයි. මෙතනදි අපි අර්බුදයකට මුහුණ දී සිටියා. මේ මැතිවරණයට මුහුණ දෙන දැවැන්තම සන්ධානය අපි. පක්‍ෂ විස්සක් අපෙන්... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/12/17)

2020 දී පුටින් ක්‍රමයට මහින්ද ගේන හැටි බැසිල් කියයි
උපුටාගැණීම  මව්බිම
හිටපු ජනාධිපති මහින්ද රාජපක්ෂ මහතාට යළි ජනාධිපතිවරණයට තරග කිරීමට නොහැකි බව ප්‍රකාශ කළද 2020 වසරේදී මහින්ද රාජපක්ෂ මැතිතුමාගේ නායකත්වයෙන් යුත් ආණ්ඩුවක් අනිවාර්යයෙන්ම පිහිටුවන බව හිටපු ආර්ථික සංවර්ධන අමාත්‍ය බැසිල් රාජපක්ෂ මහතා 'මව්බිම'ට ප්‍රකාශ කළේය. එදා රුසියාවේ ජනාධිපති පුටින් මහතාට තරග කිරීමට නොහැකි බව ප්‍රකාශ වුවද, එදා රුසියාවේ ජනතාවට පුටින් මහතාගේ නායකත්වය අවශ්‍ය වූ නිසා නිසි ක්‍රමවේදයක් සකසා එරට ජනතාව විසින් බලය ලබාදුන් බව සිහිපත් කිරීමට කැමැති බවද බැසිල් රාජපක්ෂ මහතා පෙන්වා දුන්නේය. ඒ ආකාරයෙන් මහින්ද රාජපක්ෂ මැතිතුමාට මේ රටේ යළි නායකත්වය ලබාදීමට මේ රටේ ජනතාව නොඉවසිලිමත්ව සිටින බවද බැසිල් රාජපක්ෂ මහතා ප්‍රකාශ කළේය. ලෝකයේ දරුණුම ත්‍රස්තවාදයෙන් මේ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/12/17)

ASEAN and UN go their separate ways on the Rohingya issue
Courtesy newsin.asia
Colombo, November 18 (newsin.asia): The Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the United Nations (UN) are going their separate ways on the Rohingya issue. While ASEAN is ignoring it for the sake of economic cooperation and internal consensus, the UN is taking it up seriously counting it as one of the greatest human tragedies of recent times. Leaders of ASEAN and members of the UN’s General Assembly Third Committee  (on Human Rights) met at about the same time earlier this week, ASEAN in Manila and the UN in New York. But while the UN committee came... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/12/17)

Myanmar bars UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights
Courtesy NewsIn.Asia
New York, December 20 (Reuter): Yanghee Lee, UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights, has been denied permission to visit Myanmar. had been due to visit in January to assess human rights across Myanmar, including abuses against Rohingya Muslims in Rakhine State. But Myanmar had told her she was no longer welcome, she said, adding in a statement that this suggested something “terribly awful” was happening in the country. “From what I see right now I’m not sure if they are feeling pressured. I’m not sure if there is the right kind of pressure placed on the military... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/12/17)

Russia like to see the steps being taken in Sri Lanka to secure  safety of tea intended for export to Russia before removal of the restriction.
Reporting from Moscow
Russia’s agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection  authority "Rosselkhoznadzor" demanded that preventive steps should be taken in Sri Lanka to secure the safety of tea intended for export to Russia before further discussion on restricted tea imports from Sri Lanka at the end of December, it said in a statement on Tuesday. Russia’s agriculture safety authority Rosselkhoznadzor  issued red notice  and placed temporary restrictions on imports of tea and all other agricultural products from Sri Lanka from Dec. 18 after a insect known as the Khapra beetle was found in a tea consignment. The representatives of... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/12/17)

Khapra Beetle and Future of Sri Lankan Tea Export
By Professor Rohan Rajapakse, Senior Professor of Agricultural Biology Dr. Wolly Wijayaratne Senior Lecturer in Pest Management Rajarata University of Sri Lanka
Tea consignments from Sri Lanka to Russia were found to have a Khapra beetle a few days ago. Consequently, Russia restricted the importation of agricultural products from Sri Lanka. Sri Lankan tea, which accounts for about 23% of the Russian tea market, has earned a substantial amount of foreign exchange this year. The current situation, therefore, has affected not only the country’s foreign exchange reserves but also its image as a tea exporter. Khapra beetle, scientifically named as... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/12/17)

Sri Lanka Will Have to Forego Foreign Exchange Earnings from Tea Anyway
Dilrook Kannangara
As usual Sri Lankan policymakers and advisors have missed the woods for the trees. The pro-US and anti-Russian regime in Colombo has now resorted to begging to win back the Russian tea market. They cannot see beyond their cuppa. There are much larger issues at play in tea exports to Russia than an insect. At the moment Sri Lankan tea exports are paid in US dollars and euro. Russia is moving away from these currencies. Global US dollar domination is challenged by Russia and China. They prefer their own currency. Aggravating this is the series of US... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/12/17)

TEA IS OUR PRIDE
Sarath Wijesinghe (former Ambassador to U A E and Israel- Solicitor Attorney- at- Law)
TEA IS OUR PRIDE Tea is our pride, for which we can be proud of for the reason that it is the best tea on the Globe. It is the duty of every Sri Lankan- especially the Diplomatic Missions worldwide to defend and promote our silver inherited as much as the beauty of Sri Lanka which is no match to other. Sri Lanka Tea is unique due to unique flavour, colour and character which cannot be readily found elsewhere. The humidity, cool temperature, sunshine, and... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/12/17)

ෆ්‍රී වයි-ෆයි, වොක්ස්වැගන් වෙනුවට තරුණයන්ට ‘කොන්ඩම්’.. රට පුරා මැෂින් පන්සියයක්…
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බෙදුම්වාදයට, අධිරාජ්‍යවාදයට, ඉන්දියානු ව්‍යාප්තවාදයට එරෙහි මාවතේ, එනම් මේ රටේ ස්වෛරීභාවයට, නිදහසට පක්ෂපාතී මාවතේ ඉදිරියට යනු විනා දේශද්‍රෝහී සතුරු කල්ලිවල අගුපිල්වල ලගින දේශපාලන ගමනක් තමන්ට නැතැයි ජාතික නිදහස් පෙරමුණේ නායක විමල් වීරවංශ මහතා අවධාරණය කරයි. රාජගිරියේ පැවති ජනසමුළුවක් අමතමින් ඒ මහතා මෙසේ අවධාරණය කළේය. එහිදී වැඩිදුරටත් අදහස් දැක්වූ විමල් වීරවංශ මහතා මෙසේ ද පැවසීය. “2015 ජනවාරි 08 වැනිදා ඔබෙත් මගෙත් මාතෘභූමිය සතුරු බලඇණියක ගොදුරක් බවට පත් වූ බව අද කවුරුත් පිළිගන්නා සත්‍යය බවට පත් වී තිබෙනවා. දේශපාලන ස්ථාවරභාවයක් තිබූ, සමාජීය සාමය දිනා ගෙන තිබූ, යම් ආර්ථික වර්ධනයක් ලබා ගෙන තිබූ, රටක් ලෙස ඒ වන විට අප සෑම... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/12/17)

L.H. METTANANDA - THE FORGOTTEN BUDDHIST HERO
Janaka Perera Courtesy The Daily News
It is strange that the 50th death anniversary of Buddhist revivalist L.H. Mettananda went almost unnoticed, even at Ananda College where he was Principal from 1945 to 1953. We wonder whether the present generation of Anandians is even aware of his contributions to the school and Buddhist rights in general. Mettananda passed away at the age of 73 on November 1, 1967. In May this year a reader calling himself ‘Ratnapala’ commenting on an article on him in the Lanka Web, wrote: “What’s become of the present day Anandians... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/12/17)

YAHAPALANA AND THE ‘GENEVA RESOLUTIONS’ PT 2
KAMALIKA PIERIS
Revised 8.9.18 The Human Rights Council of the UN is, as its name indicates, the UN body which deals with human rights. The human rights position of all UN member countries come up before the HRC on periodic review, every four years. HRC has no power over UN member countries.  It cannot impose sanctions, but it can pass resolutions on a country, on majority vote, whether that country likes it or not. HRC has three regular sessions per year, in March, June and September. HRC can also   hold a special session at any time, to address human... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/12/17)

PRIVATE PASSENGER BUS HITTING TWO SCHOOL GIRLS WHILE ON THE "PEDESTRIAN CROSSING".
SUSANTHA WIJESINGHE. A MELVIN JONES FELLOW.
The first question would be, not of the severe punishment that the ERRANT DRIVER has to face, but that of the Safety of Lives of the Pedestrians, that constantly walk on the road. It was only last year that I wrote on the same subject, to the TWO Mahanayakas, to speak to the President,  hoping that they would care for the lives on the road. NO, they just ignored my plea, and probably threw my long letter to the waste bin, along with some Banana Skins awaiting disposal.  All Public Servants responsible for... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/12/17)

Imperfections, & Drawbacks in the practice in Politics by the SriLankan Politicians
Kanthar Balanathan
DipEE(UK), GradCert(Rel Eng-Monash), DipBus&Adm(Finance-Massey), CEng., MIEE Fundamental SriLanka received independence on the 4th February 1948. The country was still under the British throne up to the 22nd May 1972, when the country achieved full independence. However, we still celebrate the 4th of February as the day of independence. SL spends millions of dollars all over the world to celebrate 4th February as the Independence Day. However, GOSL does not believe when the country received full sovereignty. This has been a fundamental flaw of our people and the politicians. Let’s see how Britannica defines Sovereignty: Quote; - “Sovereignty, in political theory,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/12/17)

අනුර කුමාරගේ ජේ වී පී ය
කැලුම් ජයසුමන
ජනතා විමුක්ති පෙරමුණ ආරම්භයේ සිටම පහළ මධ්‍යම පන්තියත්, කුල පිඩිතයනුත්, විශ්වවිද්‍යාල ප්‍රජාවත් අකර්ශනිය වූ පක්ෂයකි . යමක් තේරුම් බේරුම් කරගත හැකි සහ අනෙකාගේ දුක දැනෙන රට පිලිබඳ හැගීමක් සහිත මිනිසුන් ඒකරාශිවී ආරම්භවූ දේශපාලන ව්‍යපාරයක් වුවද නායකත්වය සහ ආරම්භක සාමාජිකත්වය මාක්ස්වාදී විය.  එනමුත් මාක්ස්වාදයේ එන සමහර කොටස් වෙනස් කරමින් රටට ගැලපෙන ලෙස සකස් කිරීම රෝහණ විජේවීරයන් විසින් කරන ලදී. අඩු පාඩු මතු උවද නිර්ධන පංති වියාපාරය තුළ දැඩි විශ්වාසයක් ගොඩ නැගීමට එදා විජේවීරයන් සමත් විය. ආරම්භ වී සුළු කලකින්ම සන්නද්ධ අරගලයකට බට ජවිපෙ කියුබානු පන්තියේ ජයග්‍රහණයක් ප්‍රර්ථනා කරන්නට වි නුමුදු ජයග්‍රහණය කෙසේ වෙතත් ජිවිත දහස් ගණනක් බිලිදී අරගලය... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/12/17)

Capitalism Reduced Indonesian Cities to Infested Carcasses
By Andre Vltchek Courtesy Information Clearing House"
From Jakarta, Surabaya, Bandung, Samarinda and Pontianak December 18, 2017 "Information Clearing House" - Several years ago, a prominent Indonesian businessman who now resides in Canada, insisted on meeting me in a back room of one of Jakarta’s posh restaurants. An avid reader of mine, he ‘had something urgent to tell me’, after finding out that our paths were going to be crossing in this destroyed and hopelessly polluted Indonesian capital. What he had to say was actually straight to the point and definitely worth sitting two hours in an epic traffic jam: No... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/12/17)

Ada Derana Prime Time News Bulletin 06.55 pm - 2017.12.19
අද දෙරණ රාත්‍රී 06.55 ප්‍රධාන පුවත් විකාශය - 2017.12.19
https://youtu.be/xWoXa65yJ0Y... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/12/17)

YAHAPALANA AND THE ‘GENEVA RESOLUTIONS’ Part 1
KAMALIKA PIERIS
REVISED  19.12.17   and 8.9.18 The government of Sri Lanka defeated the LTTE in May 2009, and the Eelam War IV came to an end. Soon after, the separatist movement went into its next phase of attack, which was UN action against Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka was to be punished for defeating the LTTE and the LTTE was to be exonerated. UN action was attempted in 2007 when United Nations Security Council was asked to approve sanctions against Sri Lanka. This was the very first time, said analysts, that there had been a censure motion against Sri Lanka... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/12/17)

The Sri Lanka Armed Forces Are Innocent Of All Bogus Charges Pertaining To The War, Therefore Sri Lanka Should Categorically Reject All Secret Defence Reports Of The US, UK Imperialists Containing Totally Bogus Charges Against The Sri Lankan Armed Forces
Chairman, Sri Lankan Solidarity Movement
Our organisation, The Sri Lankan Solidarity Movement, is extremely alarmed by attempts even by sections of the Sri Lankan media and even patriotic organisations urging the Sri Lankan Government to accept secret defence reports written by our adversaries, the US, UK imperialists, which accuse our Sri Lankan Armed Forces of being responsible for the perishing of civilians during the last phases of the war with no proof whatsoever to prove such bogus charges. In sharp contrast, our contention is that such secret reports written by our adversaries, the US, UK imperialists, should be categorically... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 19/12/17)

Jumps, Leaps and Somersaults
translated by : A.A.M.NIZAM – MATARA
This is the translation of an article by Theja Godakanda Aratchi published in the Lankaweb.com on 18th December, 2017.   Our elders used to predict about the emerging rain season from the croaks of the frogs that filled the ears.  This country’s political land was under a severe drought for nearly three years and owing to the local government election rain that is due to fall soon the ears of us, the general public are being thundered with the croaks of the political frogs.  But before the croaks of these bipeds what focussed the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 19/12/17)

2018 පළාත් පාලන මැතිවරණවේ ඡන්ද පූර්ව ප්රතිඵල
2018 පළාත් පාලන මැතිවරණවේ ඡන්ද පූර්ව ප්‍රතිඵල 
යහපාලනය පක්ෂග්‍රාහිකයින්ගේ බලාපොරොත්තුව
එක්සත් ජාතික පක්ෂය  UNP 39.7 ශ්‍රී ලංකා පොදුජන පෙරමුණ SLPP 38.4 ශ්‍රී ලංකා නිදහස් පක්ෂය   SLFP 13.2 ජනතා විමුක්ති පෙරමුණ  JVP 4.2 ඉලංකෙයි තමිල් අරසු කච්චි ITAK 3.1 වෙනත් Other 1.4   100 ලංකාවෙබ් අනාවැකිය
එක්සත් ජාතික පක්ෂය  UNP 37.1 ශ්‍රී ලංකා පොදුජන පෙරමුණ SLPP 42.1 ශ්‍රී ලංකා නිදහස් පක්ෂය   SLFP 12.8 ජනතා විමුක්ති පෙරමුණ  JVP 3.7 ඉලංකෙයි... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 19/12/17)

එදා මෙදා මහජන මුදල් හොරකම් කළ පාර්ලිමේන්තු හොරුන්ට දඬුවම් කර, හොරකම් කළ මුදල් අයකරගන්නා තුරු මැතිවරණය පැවැත්වීම නතර කරන්න.
ගාල්ලේගේ පුන්යවර්ධන
ජනාධිපති මෛත්‍රිපාල සිරිසේන මැතිතුමා, ජනාධිපති ලේකම් කාර්‍යාලය, කොළඹ 1. ජනාධිපතිතුමනි, එදා මෙදා මහජන මුදල් හොරකම් කළ පාර්ලිමේන්තු හොරුන්ට දඬුවම් කර, හොරකම් කළ මුදල් අයකරගන්නා තුරු මැතිවරණය පැවැත්වීම නතර කරන්න. පාර්ලිමේන්තුකාරයන්ගේ ඉල්ලීම් උද්ඝෝෂණ, නඩු කටයුතු ආදී වු විවිධාකාරයේ බලපෑම්වල එල්ලී ඉක්මණින් පලාත් පාලන මැතිවරණය පැවැත්වීමට ආණ්ඩුව සියලු කටයුතු සූදානම් කරමින් සිටී. ඒ අතර ඔවුන්ද ඔවුන්ගේ  ඇම්බැට්ටයන්ද මහත් උද්යෝගයෙන් යුතුව  මැතිවරණ ප්‍රචාරක කටයුතු කරමින් මුළු රටේම අවධානය මැතිවරණය දෙසට යොමු කරනු දක්නට ඇත. ඒ සමඟ පසුගිය මාස කීපය පුරාවට රටේ හැම දෙනාගේම කතා බහට ලක්වූ මහා බැංකු මකොල්ලය ඇතුලු එදා මෙදා පාර්ලිමේන්තුකාරයන් විසින් කරන ලද මහා පරිමාණ ජාතික මංකොල්ලකෑම්... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/12/17)

Lalith Weeratunga grilled at Police SIU, Yahaplanaya protects Politicians …. Who protects public officers??
Dr Sarath Obeysekera
You may have read about “Silredi  case “where  a government high ranking officer was arrested and remanded for alleged  misusing public . Politicians always go scot free and public officers are subjected to persecution. It looks that there are two yard sticks to measure the violation of law and order . Last week I attended Officials-Committee for Economic  Development ( OCEM) consist of ex bureaucrats who are appointed as consultants to guide public officials to take decisions in matters related to economic development . I requested the committee to advise a chairman of a corporation to... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/12/17)

Environment Organizations' Response to Cabinet Proposal for Two New Coal Power Plants in Sri Lanka
Rainforest Protectors of Sri Lanka, Centre for Environmental Justice, Wildlife and Nature Protection Society, FEO Sri Lanka
Environment Organizations in Sri Lanka have great concern about the proposal to build two new coal power plants in Sampur and Norochcholai despite their rejection by the PUCSL. We note inherent issues and contradictions in the recent joint cabinet paper (63/2017/PE) outlining the diversification of the energy mix in Sri Lanka's long-term generation plan (LTGP). Firstly, as per Government policy, the already approved LTGP for 2017-2038 currently in force cannot be changed until 2019; should the ministry need to introduce new proposals,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/12/17)

Sri Lanka appeals to Russia to lift temporary tea ban
Courtesy  BBC
Sri Lanka is making a special appeal to Russian President Vladimir Putin to remove a ban on Ceylon tea. Two ministers are leading a delegation to Moscow to request the suspension on Sri Lankan tea imports is lifted. Imports were halted last week after Russia found an insect known as the Khapra beetle in a tea consignment from Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka is determined to settle the issue as it maintains the discovery was an "isolated incident". It is not clear whether the beetle, a known pest of rice and grain crops, was found alive or dead.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/12/17)

Corruption and bribery still rampant, 20 cases to be heard daily - EDITORIAL
Editorial Courtesy The Daily Mirror
Despite pledges being implemented, some dimensions of maintaining law and order and the rule of law, corruption and bribery are still known to be rampant specially in state sector institutions and even in public-private partnership companies. So much so that a law was passed recently to appoint three special three-Judge High Courts to hear mainly corruption and bribery cases. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said on Sunday, these courts would hear about 20 corruption cases on a daily basis with a view to completing them in months and not years while penalizing the wrongdoers not... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/12/17)

Bond Commission Report: Moment of Truth for Country
 Amrit Muttukumaru Courtesy The Daily Mirror
The country is awaiting with a mix of excitement and trepidation the Report of the Presidential Commission of Inquiry (PCoI) into the alleged Treasury Bond scam which will one way or another indicate whether there is hope for optimism for the future of the country. The report is crucial for reasons which include: PCoL Chairman Justice K. T. Chithrasiri and Commission member Justice Prasanna Jayawardene are seen leaving the commission premises  [Stock image] 1) It has captured the popular imagination unlike no other scam in a country awash with scams under successive... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/12/17)

Tea break-- Govt. expects response from Russia today
Courtesy The Daily Mirror
In its effort to secure a lift of the restriction on tea trade, the Sri Lanka embassy in Moscow initiated communication with the Russian authorities and await a response, an official here said yesterday. Russia said it would impose a temporary restriction on imports of all agricultural products from Sri Lanka, including tea, from December 18 after the detection of an insect known as the Khapra beetle in a consignment of tea from Sri Lanka. The Russian market accounts for 23 percent of Sri Lanka’s total tea exports. It is the second largest tea market... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/12/17)

David Cameron cleared to lead £750m China trade fund
Courtesy The Times (UK)
David Cameron has been cleared to take on a role leading a billion-dollar investment initiative between Britain and China set up by a friend. The former prime minister played a key part in efforts to boost trade links with Beijing while he was in Downing Street and Philip Hammond, the chancellor, welcomed his new role during an official visit to China. Mr Cameron will take charge of the £750 million fund to improve ports, roads and rail networks between China and its trading partners. The private fund is supported by the British government but will... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/12/17)

Bijan Ebrahimi murder: 'Institutional racism' by council and police in UK
Courtesy BBC
A police force and council "repeatedly sided with the abusers" of a man murdered after being wrongly accused of being paedophile, a report has found. The Safer Bristol Partnership (SBP) found a "collective failure" by Avon and Somerset Police and Bristol City Council in the case of Bijan Ebrahimi. The disabled Iranian refugee was beaten to death and set alight on a Bristol estate in July 2013. The SBP found there was "institutional racism" from both parties. The council and police say they accept the report's findings. Image copyrightEBRAHIMI FAMILYImage captionBijan Ebrahimi was beaten to death and set alight in... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/12/17)

Sirisena is a Worse Indian Agent than Ranil
Dilrook Kannangara
Amidst confusing political signals, there emerges a clear signal of who is the worst Indian agent in the island nation. It is Sirisena. Certainly not Ranil. In fact, Ranil may fall to the third place behind another national leader who is desperate to win Modi’s heart and mind. A careful look at his statements show he is extremely critical of selling Hambantota to China but very soft on selling Mattala to India. Sirisena has caused enormous damage to the national economy by supporting India. Yet, he escapes blame as the Opposition does not blame him fearing his... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/12/17)

පිමි, බල්ටි සහ කරනම් !!!!!
තේජා ගොඩකන්දෙආරච්චි
ඉඩෝරයක් නිමවී, ලඟ එන වැසි සමය ගැන අපේ වැඩිහිටියන් අනාවැකි කියනුයේ සවස් යාමයට දෙසවන් පුරවන ගෙම්බන්ගේ හඬ අනුවය. මේ වන විට වසර තුනකට ආසන්න කාලයක් ඉඩෝරයට හසුව තිබූ මැතිවරණ භූමියට ඇදහැලෙන්නට නියමිතව ඇති පලාත් පාලන වර්ෂාවට පෙර, දැන් දැන් අපේ හෙවත් හුදී ජනතාවගේ දෙසවන්, දේශපාලක ගෙම්බන්ගේ බක බකයෙන් පිරෙමින් පවතී. නමුත් මේ දෙපා මණ්ඩුකයන්ගේ කටහඬට පෙර මහජන අවධානයට යොමු වූයේ ඔවුන්ගේ පිමිය. විශේෂයෙන් ඒකාබද්ධ විපක්ෂයේ සිට ජනාධිපති මෛත්‍රීපාල සිරිසේන ලඟට පැන්න සහ පනින්නට තීරණය කල උදවිය මේ අතරින් කැපී පෙනේ. අනිත් අය දැන් පනීවි, දැන් පනීවි කියා කිව්වත් මොවුන් උපායශීලීය. ඔවුන් වහින වැස්සේ පාට, ප්‍රමානය ආදිය ගැන... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/12/17)

Open challenge to all patriotic citizens of Tun Sinhale
Dr Sudath Gunasekara 18.12.2017
Dear patriots Please look at the following news item UN damns Lanka 14,000 minors in childcare centres Calls for urgent reforms 1941 readers have read this article ! By 2017-12-16 By Sulochana Ramiah Mohan A delegation from the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention visiting Sri Lanka, yesterday (15), expressed deep concern over 14,000 girls and boys under the age of 18 who are currently deprived of their liberty and living in 425 childcare institutions out of which 26 are run by the State. The Group also pointed out that Sri Lanka's legal framework... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/12/17)

Only 18 more months for Maithree to be in President’s chair – Mahinda Rajapaksa
Translated by :A.A.M.NIZAM – MATARA
Given below is a translation of a media release issued by the former President Mr. Mahinda Rajapakssa.  The forthcoming Local Government election will be the beginning of a chain of elections running up to the next Presidential Election Now nominations have been accepted for the local government elections which were delayed for three years owing to the fear of going before the people. Although the local government election does not change a ruling power this particular local government election has a special significance since it is the first opportunity got by the people... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/12/17)

The election:  Making choices, revealing character
By Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka Courtesy The Island
December 17, 2017, 10:02 pm Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe wants to appoint a Commission into the issuance of bonds by the Central Bank during the second Rajapaksa term, when Ajith Nivard Cabraal was the Chairman. Good. Excellent, in fact. I have a bigger matter into which I suggest he institutes an inquiry. It is about a wicked, unconscionable man who holds high public office, who could have pre-empted the death, disabling and suffering of tens of thousands by a single act—an act he did not have to commit, but only to permit or... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 17/12/17)

Season of national pole vaults begin with handsome prizes offered to jumpers
BY GAGANI WEERAKOON Courtesy Ceylon Today
Old habits die hard and Minister of Tourism and Christian Religious Affairs John Amaratunga will attest to that. With heat of elections taking charge of the atmosphere, the senior minister of this 'Yahapalana' government of President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe appeared to have forgotten that they came into power with a vow to establish good governance when he openly told a UNP rally in Ja-Ela recently that no one should be afraid of anyone, because the government and the Police belonged to the UNP this time. "The government and the Police... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 17/12/17)

Cannot blame people of Myanmar for protecting their country: Buddhist religious leader
Swati Mathur| TNN | Dec 11, 2017Courtesy: The Times of India
NEW DELHI: Burma cannot be blamed for trying to protect itself from "outsiders", Lama Lobzang, the outgoing secretary general of the International Buddhist Confederation (IBC) said on Sunday. Speaking to TOI on the sidelines of the third governing council meeting of the IBC, Lama Lobzang defended the Buddhist community and said the excesses committed against the Rohingyas in Myanmarwere by the Burmese army, not the people of Myanmar. Lama Lobzang said, "Originally Myanmar muslims are very few in number; just about 6% or 8%. The Rohingyas have come from outside, from Bangladesh, or those who are settled... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 17/12/17)

Seeking the pleasure of Allah
By A. Abdul Aziz.
(Given below is an excerpt of the Friday Sermons of Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad, Supreme Head of the world-wide Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in Islam, delivered on 8 December 2017, at ‘Baithul Futhuh’, London, U.K. gave a discourse on seeking the pleasure of Allah. In this sermon, Ahmadiyyaq Khalifa quoted from the writings of Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad – The Promised Messiah & Iman-al-Mahdi and Holy Founder of Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at in Islam. After reciting the Tashahhud, Ta'wwuz, and Surah Al-Fatihah, Ahmadiyya Head recited verse 15 of Chapter Aal-e-'Imran and then stated: The translation of this verse is... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 17/12/17)

Free Trade Agreement(FTA) Direction Among Issues To Be Discussed By Najib In Sri Lanka
From Azeman Ariffin Courtesy BERNAMA
COLOMBO (SRI LANKA), Dec 16 (Bernama) -- The framework for the Malaysia-Sri Lanka Free Trade Agreement (FTA) is one of the main issues to be discussed in Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak's three-day official visit to the country, beginning tomorrow. The charge d'affaires at the Malaysian High Commission in Sri Lanka, Zainal Izran Zahar said the Prime Minister would hold further discussions on the FTA in a meeting with Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena here. The two leaders had earlier agreed to explore opportunities of initiating the FTA during Sirisena's visit to Malaysia last... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 17/12/17)

PVR to open first screen in Sri Lanka in 2 years
Press Trust of India,Hong Kong,
Dec 17 2017, 17:04 IST Leading multiplex operator PVR is scouting overseas destinations for expansion and plans to open its first project in Sri Lanka in next two years, a top company official has said. Besides Sri Lanka, the Gurgaon-based firm is also looking for other neighbouring countries like Myanmar and other emerging markets for its overseas expansion. "We are opening in Sri Lanka, it's not a massive foray but its still outside the shores of India. We are opening there in 24 months. Two properties are there in Colombo," said PVR Chairman... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 17/12/17)

Beetle in Lankan tea shipment to Russia Exporter to be spared says Pethiyagoda
BY RAVI LADDUWAHETTY Courtesy Ceylon Today
The Sri Lanka Tea Board will not take any punitive action against the exporter involved in a shipment of tea to Russia that contained a beetle which led to a temporary ban on imports to that country, a topmost official said yesterday. The Russian Federation has clamped a total ban starting from tomorrow on the import of Sri Lankan tea and other agriculture products following the discovery. "We will not take any action against the exporter as the beetle was not found in the tea consignment but, instead within the container outside the tea... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 17/12/17)

Can we invite London Mayor to Sri Lanka? - EDITORIAL
Courtesy The Daily Mirror
The Mayor of London Sadiq Khan during a recent visit to India called on the British Government to apologize for the massacre in Amritsar by the British troops. Reportedly some 379 Sikhs were killed by the troops in a site known as Jallianwalla Bagh in Amritsar in 1919. “It is wrong that successive British governments have fallen short of delivering a formal apology to the families of those who were killed” the Mayor who represents opposition Labour party urged the Conservative government. “I am clear that the government should now apologize, especially as we reach... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 17/12/17)

Letters sent to UN Resident Rep on two officers’ behalf Alleged navy involvement in 11 abductions
By Shamindra Ferdinando  Courtesy The Island
Chandrika Dassanayake, wife of Commodore D. K. P. Dassanayake, who has been remanded since July over his alleged involvement in eleven wartime disappearances, yesterday told The Island that she had handed over letters on behalf of her husband as well as Commander Sumith Ranasinghe, to UN Resident Representative in Colombo Una McCauley at the BMICH last Friday (Dec 15). Commander Ranasinghe, too, has been remanded in connection with the same case. Dassanayake and Ranasinghe are among six navy personnel now in remand custody in this connection. Chandrika said that she along with her... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 17/12/17)

Plea of remanded Navy officer’s daughter to meet UN members turned down
 Courtesy The Daily Mirror
Former Navy Spokesperson Commander D.K.P Dassanayake’s daughter told the media yesterday that her request to meet and lodge a complaint about her father’s detention by the Sri Lankan law enforcement authority, to the visiting three-member UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention, had been turned down, claiming it was not a case about the ‘LTTE’.She said she tried to explain the matter to the visiting UN member at the end of the media conference by the visiting UN delegation in Colombo. “I was told that since the matter was not connected to an LTTE case,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 17/12/17)

President to request Russia to withdraw tea ban
By Manushi Silva Courtesy Adaderana
President Maithripala Sirisena said that he will make an official request from Russian President Vladimir Putin to remove the temporary ban on Sri Lanka tea exports. The President made this statement at an event in Haputale, a short while ago. The Russian Federation temporarily banned tea imports from Sri Lanka on December 14, due to the detection of a single specimen of the agricultural pest, the beetle Trogoderma granarium in the packaging material of a consignment of tea shipped from Sri Lanka. The Russian authorities said that the ban is of a temporary nature... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 17/12/17)

Sri Lanka ramps up efforts to address any issues of tea export shipments
By Steve A. Morrell Courtesy The Island
December 17, 2017, 8:21 pm International news agencies reported recently that Russian agricultural authorities had found an insect, known as the Khapra beetle, in the packaging of one consignment of tea from Sri Lanka. The Sri Lankan authorities and the Tea Board have ramped up their attempts to effectively address this concern and ensure the non-occurrence of such incident in the future. The allegation that this insect was found in one of the export packages received a lot of international attention. However, the report did not specify whether this insect was found alive... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 17/12/17)

A new vision and a novel mission in water management in Sri Lanka!
Dr Sudath Gunasekara 16.13.2017.
A recent study on Sri Lanka has identified it as one of the six countries that share ½ of the .3 % drinkable water this planet has. What is even more important and surprising is that  ours has been identified as the only country in the world that will have drinking water even if there is going to be a shortage of drinking water in the whole world. This news has made water the biggest asset and the most valuable commodity of Sri Lanka that has put it on the top of the world The... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 17/12/17)

Inland fisheries and Buddhism
Senaka Weeraratna
"Ordering by the beat of the drum that no animals should be killed within a radius of seven gau from the city, he gave security to animals. He also gave security to the fish in the twelve great tanks, and bestowing on (the region's people) gold and cloth andwhatever other kind of wealth they wished, he commanded them not to catch birds and so gave security to birds...." This inscription, which is engraved in an upright stone slab at Ruwanweliseya, Anuradhapura, is a transcript of a decree issued in the late12th Century by King Kirthi Nissanka Malla of Polonnaruwa. It is reflective of the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 17/12/17)

Cockeyed Kumar David cues for suppression of democratic opposition
By Rohana R. Wasala
This refers to the feature entitled “Arrest Gota or not per the evidence: NO to fundamentalism, racial-extremism and neo-populism” (Sunday Island/December 10, 2017) by Kumar David. The title itself is extremely misleading because what it suggests is malicious fiction. No evidence has been found against Gota; given the fact that three years of witch-hunting has produced nothing incriminatory against him or his brothers  it is not likely that any will be found in the future either. By ‘fundamentalism’ in the title, KD particularly hints at Buddhist religious fundamentalism, but there is no Buddhist religious fundamentalism... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 17/12/17)

MY HEART BLEEDS FOR THEE
Susantha Wijesinghe A MELVIN JONES FELLOW.
My Heart Bleeds for Thee for Thy Pain For Thy gave Thy life for Thy Tusks, Evil inhumanity even inflicts death for Gain Though Mans’ sordid satisfaction, truly ends at Dusk.... -Full Story-
(lankaweb.com - 17/12/17)

INTO UAB reaches beyond campus to support girls’ education in Sri Lanka
 Courtesy  The University of Alabama at Birmingham
Education for young girls in Sri Lanka does more than bring the basics of reading, writing and arithmetic to an under-served population; it also can be an agent of cultural and social change.This year, Room to Read Sri Lanka will receive $9,800 to help fund its current projects because Achala Gunasekara-Rockwell, Ph.D., INTO UAB’s Indian culture and language adviser, nominated the organization for an INTO Giving grant, which support education projects in developing countries. INTO Giving prioritizes projects that help children in first through 12th grade, and Gunasekara-Rockwell — who was born... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/12/17)

So, this is Christmas!  
By Dr. Tilak S. Fernando Courtesy  Ceylon Today
2017-12-16 The year 2017 has been on a roller coaster ride, where the ordinary folk on it have been screaming each time there was a bump on the ride, while a few selected privileged ones have been throwing their hands up and enjoying the ride. At the end of yet another year, there comes Christmas, either to celebrate or follow Jesus Christ's advice, which is 'not to concentrate only on amassing wealth, but to understand that all evil things come from within the man's heart to defile him, unless the heart is... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/12/17)

Betraying our heritage by throttling Wilpattu
Speech made by Rukshan Jayewardene at the end of the "Protect Wilpattu" protest on Friday.
December 16, 2017, 7:09 pm I am speaking to you not as the honorary president of the Wild Life and Nature Protection Society of Sri Lanka but in my personal capacity as a conservationist who has worked in this field for over 20 years. I am here before you today to say a few words about this protest march and what it stands for. Wilpattu is symbolic of a vast (by Sri Lankan standards) wilderness area, well watered by natural depressions that collect rain... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/12/17)

දළ පූට්‌ටුවා කෑළි කර මැරූ මොළ පූට්‌ටුවන් ඇල්ලුවේ මෙහෙමයි
 බුලිත ප්‍රදීප් කුමාර  උපුටා ගැන්ම දිවයින
 පසුගිය දිනවල ලංකාවේ කෙරුණු අපරාධ අතර මුල් තැනක්‌ දිනා ගත් ප්‍රසිද්ධ අපරාධයක්‌ ලෙස සමාජය තුළ සාකච්ඡාවට ගැනුණේ ගල්ගමුවේ දළ පූට්‌ටුවාගේ අවාසනාවන්ත ඉරණම පිළිබඳ සිදුවීමයි.  මේ කතිකාව එතැනින් හමාර වූයේ ද නැත. ඊළඟට තවත් ආරංචියක්‌ මින්නේරිය පැත්තෙන් පැමිණියේය. මින්නේරිය වැවට ඉහළ වැව් තාවුල්ලේ හස්‌තීන් තුන්සීයක හාරසීයක රංචුවක්‌ සමඟ කෙළිදෙලෙන් ජීවත්වූ මින්නේරිය කතිර දළ පූට්‌ටුවා ගැන ද මීට අවුරුද්දක එකහමාරක කලක සිට කිසිත් ආරංචියක්‌ නැතැයි ප්‍රදේශවාසීන් පවසන්නට පටන් ගත්හ.     මෙම සිදුවීමට සම්බන්ධ පරීක්‌ෂණ කටයුතු පොල්පිතිගම පොලීසියෙන් ඉවතට ගෙන රහස්‌ පොලිසියට පැවරීම් තුළ ද පරීක්‌ෂණ ඉදිරියට යැමේ යම් සාධනීය විශ්වාසයක්‌ ජනතාව තුළ ඇත. එහෙත් සිද්ධියට... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/12/17)

දණ්‌ඩ නීතිය පෙන්නා නීතිය දණ්‌ඩක්‌ කළ ගෝඨාගේ අවනඩුව
 ජනාධිපති නීතිඥ හේමන්ත වර්ණකුලසූරිය උපුටා ගැන්ම දිවයින
හොරු අල්ලන්නන්ගේ එක්‌ ප්‍රධාන අරමුණක්‌ වූයේ ගෝඨාව අල්ලා ගැනීමයි. ගෝඨා රිමාන්ඩ් කිරීමයි. ගෝඨාට නඩු පැවරීමයි. මේ සම්බන්ධයෙන් මුලින්ම කතාබහට ලක්‌වූයේ ගාල්ල වරායේ තිබූ පාවෙන නැව ගැනයි. පාවෙන නැවේ තිබූ ආයුධ ගැනත්, මෙම පාවෙන නැවට නාවික හමුදාව විසින් නොයෙකුත් ආයුධ සපයා ඇති බවත්, සොයාගෙන මෙය මහා ලොකු අපරාධයක්‌ ලෙස, හොරු අල්ලන්නෝ කතා කළහ.   මේක හරියට මීට පෙර මිලේනියම් සිටිය අල්ලා ගත්තා වගේය. මිලේනියම් සිටියේ ආයුධ ගබඩා කොට, තිබුණේ රනිල් වික්‍රමසිංහ ඝාතනය කිරීමට යෑයි ඒ දවස්‌වල ගොබෙල්ස්‌ලා කතා හැදුවේය. ඡන්දය දුන් මෝඩයෝ එය පිළිගත්හ. රටේ විශාල හමුදා කුමන්ත්‍රණයක්‌ කොට රනිල් වික්‍රමසිංහ ඝාතනය කොට නැවත... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/12/17)

Why you should vote for the Flower Bud symbol?
translated by : A.A.M.NIZAM – MATARA
Given below is the translation of a speech made by the leader of the Pivithura Hela Urumaya Attorney at Law Parliamentarian Udaya Gammanpila at a media conference of the Joint Opposition held at the N.M.Perera Centre in Colombo. “The nomination storm has ended.  Wards are limited.  Applications received are enormous and unlimited.  Therefore the contest is very serious.  Previously we used to put all the applications to the list and got the selection work done peacefully.  This time when we select the candidate of a one party to a woard we are compelled... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/12/17)

Dr. Kumar David defends the indefensible about singing hosannas to the LTTE.
Bodhi Dhanapala, Canada.
In response to my lament (Island, 30-11-17) that “Why are the likes of Dr. Kumar David, who waxed eloquent of the technical prowess of the LTTE in making little war planes, etc., contributed to the Tamil Net, worked to elect Yahapalanaya, and is ever ready to comment on the barbarism of the Sinhala Buddhists, being silent on all this?", Prof. Kumar David replies (11-12-27)  where he attempts to defend the indefensible. He continues his  silence on post-LTTE provocations and the celebration of dead terrorists as heroes by Tamil racists. Dr KD  lists his views in point... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/12/17)

නෙස්බි සාමිගේ ලංකාවට හිතවාදී ප්‍රකාශය පිළිබඳව ලක් රජයේ විශේෂ අවධානය යොමු නොවීම
ජාතික ඒකාබද්ධ කමිටුව මාධ්‍ය නිවේදනයයි 
නෙස්බි සාමිගේ ලංකාවට හිතවාදී ප්‍රකාශය පිළිබඳව ලක් රජයේ විශේෂ අවධානය යොමු නොවීම නෙස්බි සාමි යනු බි්‍රතාන්‍යයේ සාමි මණ්ඩලයට පත්වීමට පෙර වර්ෂ 1974 සිට 1997 දක්වා කොන්සර්වටිව් පක්ෂය නියෝජනය කළ බි්‍රතාන්‍ය මහජන මන්ත්‍රී වරයෙකි. එවකට ඔහු හැඳින්වුයේ මයිකල් මොරිස් යන නමිනි. 1997 සිට අද දක්වාම මොහු සාමි මන්ත්‍රී මණ්ඩලයේ සාමාජිකයෙකි. 1960 දශකයේ සිට ලංකාව හා තිබු මොහුගේ සුහද සම්බන්ධතාව හා අවබෝධය නිසා මන්ත්‍රීවරයෙකු වු පසු වර්ෂ 1975 දී මහජන මන්තී්‍ර මණ්ඩලයේ සියලූ පක්ෂ නියෝජනය වන අයුරින් ලංකාවට හිතවත් මන්ත්‍රී පර්ෂදයක් ආරම්භ කිරීමට ඔහු පුරෝගාමී විය. මහජන මන්ත්‍රීවරයෙකුව සිටි කාලයේ මෙන්ම සාමි මන්ත්‍රීවරයෙකු වශයෙනුන් මෙම පර්ෂදයේ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/12/17)

The Funeral of Dr. Karunatilaka Amunugama
Senaka Weeraratna
The Funeral of Dr. Karunatilaka Amunugama, former Ambassador of Sri Lanka to Germany, was held at the Borella (Kanatte) Cemetery, Colombo in the afternoon of Friday December 15, 2017. The remains of Dr. Amunugama were cremated in the presence of a distinguished gathering comprising high ranking retired diplomats, senior officials of a number of Government Departments, including the Attorney –General’s Dept., officials of the Ministry of External Affairs, and close relatives and friends.   Former Ambassador Karunatilaka Amunugama was a veteran of the Sri Lankan Foreign Service. He had served widely in Asia, and had... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/12/17)

Beetle blocks tea supplies to Russia
Courtesy The Island
December 15, 2017, 10:51 pm Russia will place temporary restrictions on imports of all agricultural products from Sri Lanka, including tea, from Dec. 18, a report published by the Indian Express said quoting the Russian agricultural safety watchdog Rosselkhoznadzor. The IE report said: The watchdog said it had taken the decision to impose restrictions after it found an insect, known as the Khapra beetle, in the packaging of one consignment of tea from Sri Lanka. Khapra beetle (A representational Image) Tea from Sri Lanka accounts for 23 percent of Russia’s tea market, with other supplies... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/12/17)

Plantation stocks hit in the wake of reported tea export restrictions
By Hiran H.Senewiratne Courtesy The Island
Stock prices at the Colombo Stock Exchange (CSE)  in plantation sector  counters dropped yesterday with reported restrictions on Sri Lankan agricultural exports, including Ceylon tea,  from December 18, by  the Russian agricultural safety watchdog Rosselkhoznadzor. On the previous day plantation sector counters picked up in the stock market but with the emergence of this new issue Sri Lanka plantation sector stocks are likely to be hit if the restrictions on exports continue, market analysts said.  Russia the biggest tea exporter of Sri Lanka tea, buys more than 23 percent of local tea exports. 'It... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/12/17)

SL plays down Russian tea ban; says insect detection an isolated incident
Courtesy The Daily Mirror
The Sri Lanka Tea Board said today that the detection of an insect which led to the temporary ban of Ceylon Tea imports into Russia may have been an isolated incident, and that Plantation Industries Minister Navin Dissanayake would visit Russia to clear the situation. This Thursday, the Russian Federation banned tea imports from Sri Lanka, to take into effect from, due to the detection of a single specimen of the agricultural pest, the beetle Trogoderma granarium in the packaging material of a consignment of tea shipped from Sri Lanka. “We believe the present case... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/12/17)

Russia restricts tea supplies from Sri Lanka after finding beetle……………..
Dr Sarath Obeysekera
In Russia ,Vodka with a snake  inside is quite a delicacy .To have a beetle in Tea may become quite popular in time to come? Sri Lankan women are usually with long hair and hardly use any head gear when they cook .Many times I have found long hair in our meals we Consume .Sometimes you find cockroaches in the food.One found nut and bolts and dead insects in bakery products.In a Mcdonald in one of the countries one found a fly in the bamburger . In one of the private hospitals in Sri Lanka ,one... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/12/17)

හසන් අලි - රිෂාඩ් බදුර්දීන් සන්ධානය සහ මුස්ලිම් බල දේශපාලනය
කීර්ති තෙන්නකෝන්
එම්. එච්. එම් අශ්රොෆ්  විසින් කරළියට ගෙනා නැගෙනහිර මුස්ලිම් බල දේශපාලනයේ අලුත්ම සිදුවීම ශ්‍රී ලංකා මුස්ලිම් කොන්ග්‍ර‍සයේ හිටපු ලේකම් හසන් අලි මහතා අමාත්‍ය රිෂාඩ් බදුර්දීන් මහතා සමග සන්ධානයකට එක්වීමය.  අද නැගෙනහිර (අම්පාර) මුස්ලිම් බල දේශපාලනයේ ප්‍ර‍ධානම බලවේගය ශ්‍රී ලංකා මුස්ලිම් කොන්ග්‍ර‍සය හා අතාවුල්ලා ය.  අශ්රෝෆ් ගොඩ නැගූ මුස්ලිම් දේශපාලනය නැගිට ආචාර කරන ගීතය මුස්ලිම් කොන්ග්‍ර‍සය යි.  නමුත් නුවර රවුෆ් හකීම් (කණ්ඩියාන්), අම්පාර ‘මට්ටයින්‘ අතර ක්‍ර‍මයෙන් පිරිහීමට ලක් වෙමින් තිබේ. අක්කරෙයිපත්තුව සිය ජය භූමිය කොට ගත් අතාවුල්ලා තමන්ගේ සීමාවට කිසිවෙකුට ඇතුල්වන්නට නොදෙන සිංහයෙකු විය. ඔහුට ඇත්තේ ‘තමාගෙන් පසු පුතා‘ අධිපති දේශපාලනයයයි.  මුස්ලිම් ‘ගමේකම‘ අක්කරේපත්තු නගර සභාව, ප්‍රාදේශීය සභාව... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/12/17)

Guinness Records for the crooked
By Lucien Rajakarunanayake Courtesy The Island
December 15, 2017, 10:06 pm Christmas is fast approaching and it’s time again for an Arjuna celebration? What celebration are you talking about? What else, but the Guinness Record – won by the tallest Christmas tree in the world, built at Galle Face for last Christmas? Do you think he could be planning for another Guinness Record this Christmas? Why not? Just thought he could be planning the longest Christmas Fuel Pipe, to carry all the Mangala Beer this Christmas? This time the job will be done by the Petroleum Corporation, directed by... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/12/17)

UN urges urgent reforms to end arbitrary detention in Lanka
Courtesy  Gulf Times
The United Nations yesterday urged the Sri Lankan government to urgently implement reforms to end war-time arbitrary detention and strengthen independent monitoring of tough legislation. Sri Lanka has used the 1979 Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) to pursue a tough line to prevent aiding and abetting terrorism in the island nation’s long conflict with Tamil Tiger rebels. That legislation gives wide powers to police to arrest a suspect without informing the immediate family, restricts access to lawyers and allows detention of up to 18-months without charging. The war ended in 2009, but the government has not... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/12/17)

UN asks for Reform of Excesive use of Preventive Prison in Sri Lanka
Prensa Latina
Colombo, Dec 15 (Prensa Latina) The UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention, visiting Sri Lanka, today requested reforms to address the excessive use of pretrial detention and update the current legal framework. The delegation of that international organization declared in a statement that it visited prisons, police stations, institutions for minors, migrants and people with psychosocial disabilities, to assess their conditions. While recognizing Colombo's participation in United Nations human rights mechanisms, and its adherence to the Optional Protocol of the Convention against Torture, they called for urgent action to comply with the government's commitments in its National... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/12/17)

Stay Order issued on FCID over Gotabhaya trial extended till Jan 25
By Sanchith Karunaratna Courtesy  adaderana
The Stay Order issued by the Court of Appeal on the Financial Crimes Investigation Department (FCID) preventing any action against former Secretary of Defence Gotabhaya Rajapaksa over the misappropriation of public funds was extended till January 25, 2018. The Court of Appeal issued a stay order on the Financial Crimes Investigation Department (FCID) preventing any action against former Secretary of Defence Gotabhaya Rajapaksa over public properties following court proceedings on November 29. Former Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa filed a writ petition in the Court of Appeal seeking an interim order preventing the police from... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/12/17)

UN rights experts urge Sri Lanka to urgently end arbitrary detention
Courtesy Adaderana
The UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention has identified significant challenges to the enjoyment of the right to personal liberty in Sri Lanka, resulting in arbitrary detention across the country. The experts recognize positive initiatives, including engagement with UN human rights mechanisms, as well as the recent accession to the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture. However, they say further urgent action is required to give effect to Sri Lanka’s obligations under international human rights law, as well as the commitments made by the Government in its Human Rights National Action Plan 2017-2021. “The right to... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/12/17)

SLFP supports devolution of power – Lasantha Alagiyawanna
By Ranjith Kumara Samarakoon Courtesy Ceylon Today
Deputy Minister of Finance and Mass Media, Lasantha Alagiyawanna said that the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) supports devolution of power. "For that, the Executive Presidency is necessary. That is why we say if power is devolved, the unitary status of the country must be safeguarded. That was our opinion for decades." Following are excerpts: Do you have any responsibilities at the Ministry? A: Definitely. I always became a Deputy Minister under the best Cabinet Ministers. It is a privilege to work for Minister Mangala Samaraweera. You have been a Deputy Minister... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/12/17)

Six SLPP nominations rejected JO to file writ application
By Rathindra Kuruwita, Kavindya Chris Thomas and W.K. Prasad Manju Courtesy Ceylon Today
Six Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) nomination lists, for the upcoming Local Government elections, have been rejected by Election officials. A spokesperson for the Election Commission said that the SLPP lists for the Agalawatta Pradeshiya Sabha, the Badulla Urban Council, the Mahiyanganaya Pradeshiya Sabha, the Panadura Urban Council, the Maharagama Urban Council and the Weligama Urban Council had been rejected. The SLPP list for the Maharagama Urban Council was rejected due to the lack of the mandatory percentage of female candidates in the list. Meanwhile, unconfirmed reports... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/12/17)

RAPE OF FOREIGN TOURISTS IN INDIA
ALI SUKHANVER
‘A foreign tourist is someone traveling abroad for at least twenty-four hours’, defined the League of Nations in 1936. The United Nations did a little amendment in the definition in 1945 by extending the maximum stay to six months. However, be it a stay for twenty four hours or for six months, every tourist brings a lot of economic prosperity to the place or region he visits. Tourism is always an important source of income because it brings in large amounts of income into a local economy in the shape of payments for tourism related services.  Moreover... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/12/17)

MY HEART BLEEDS FOR THEE
Susantha Wijesinghe A MELVIN JONES FELLOW.
My Heart Bleeds for Thee for Thy Pain For Thy gave Thy life for Thy Tusks, Evil inhumanity even inflicts death for Gain Though Mans' sordid satisfaction, truly ends at Dusk.   A Noble Pachyderm, thou art be venerated For Thy Innocent Majestic Demeanor, We pray your Kind be worldly disseminated With no Mans lust for sadistic misdemeanor. The above few lines have been written, with heartfelt dedication to the Majestic Elephant TUSKERS, that have been shot down recently, for their TUSKS, namely, DALA POOTTUVA, and THANI DALAYA, amongst other beautiful Tuskers and Elephants,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/12/17)

WILL THE POPE RAISE THE PLIGHT OF BUDDHISTS AND HINDUS IN BANGLADESH? CRISIS IN THE CHITTAGONG HILL TRACTS
Sawako Utsumi and Lee Jay Walker Courtesy Modern Tokyo Times
The international media in certain Western and Islamic dominated nations are awash about the Pope using “a fake ethnic name,” in relation to Bengali Muslims in Myanmar. However, how come the same media isn’t asking for the Pope to raise the serious issue of de-Hinduization throughout Bangladesh? Likewise, will the same media ask the Pope to focus on the rich Buddhist and Hindu reality of the Chittagong Hill Tracts that is being destroyed by endless Bengali Muslim migration? Of course, the Chittagong Hill Tracts and the region of... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/12/17)

German Dharmaduta Society statement on the death of the former Ambassador to Germany the late Mr. Karunatilaka Amunugama
Senaka Weeraratna(Hony. Secretary, German Dharmaduta Society)
I would like to express on behalf of the German Dharmaduta Society and Das Buddhistische Haus (Berlin Vihara) our deep sadness on the sudden loss of the former Ambassador to Germany the late Mr. Karunatilaka Amunugama, who passed away on December 13, 2017.  During his period of service as Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to Germany ( 2014 – 2017) he was a constant visitor to Das Buddhistische Haus (Berlin Vihara) in Germany, with members of his family and staff, and they extended their fullest support and patronage under his guidance to the Buddhist religious... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/12/17)

මෛත‍්‍රිට ජනපති පුටුව තව මාස 18යි.. ජනාධිපතිවරණය ඔක්තොම්බරයේ අරඹෙයි.. 19 වන සංශෝධනය මෙන්න..
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හිටපු ජනාධිපති මහින්ද රාජපක්‍ෂ මහහා විසින් නිකුත් කරනු ලැබූ මාධ්‍ය නිවේදනයක් මෙහි දැක්වෙයි. එළඹෙන පළාත් පාලන ඡන්දය ඊළඟ ජනාධිපතිවරණය දක්වා දිවයන ඡන්ද පෙළක ආරම්භයයි. ජනතාව ඉදිරියට යෑමට තිබුණු බිය නිසාම ආණ්ඩුව විසින් අවුරුදු තුනකට ආසන්න කාලයකින් ප්‍රමාද කරන ලද පළාත් පාලන ඡන්දය සඳහා දැන් නාම යෝජනා බාරගෙන ඇත. පළාත් පාලන ඡන්දයක් යනු රටේ දේශපාලන බලය වෙනස් වන ඡන්දයක් නොවුවත්, මේ ඡන්දයට සුවිශේෂ වැදගත්කමක් ආරූඪ වී ඇත්තේ මෙය වත්මන් ආණ්ඩුවට විරෝධය පෑමට ඡන්ද බලය පාවිච්චි කිරීමට ජනතාවට ලැබෙන පළමු අවස්ථාව වන නිසාය. මීට කලින් ඊනියා යහපාලකයන් යටතේ පවත්වන ලද ඡන්දය වූයේ 2015 පාර්ලිමේන්තු මැතිවරණයයි. ජනාධිපතිවරයා ඒ ඡන්දයෙන්... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/12/17)

Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa fires damaging first salvo against UNP, SLFP, JVP in run-up to LG polls
Courtesy The Island
Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday fired a broadside at the UNP, SLFP and JVP for working hand in glove to promote all anti-democratic and anti-national causes. Text of Rajapaksa’s statement: Nominations have now been accepted for the local government elections which had been delayed by nearly three years due to the government’s fear of the voting public. Even though a local government election is not an election at which political power changes hands, this election is of special significance because this is the first time the people will have an opportunity to use the ballot to... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/12/17)

Colonialism is the root cause for the majority of present global issues
Shenali D Waduge
The World Bank says 1.4 billion people in developing countries are living under extreme poverty. All of these are former colonies drained off their wealth. Not many know or are informed of the legacy of colonial crimes committed by European colonial explorers together with the Church. Invasion, occupation, plunder, murder, elimination of everything traditional was their objective. Every Christian/Catholic in Americas, Asia, Africa & Australiasia came to be so as a result of forced/coercive conversions. While all these crimes are still unaccounted, the same perpetrators are using UN and international legal systems & nomenclatures like R2P... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/12/17)

A Reply to Kautilya
Charles.S.Perera
Kautilya represents a People’s Forum which supports the Yahapalanaya . Kautilya, before you hasten to reply to my article , you should have understand what I said. I said that SWRD Bandaranaike’s SLFP died on the 16 January,2015, when the then President of the SLFP - the President Mahinda Rajapakse thrust the Presidency of the SLFP on the President elect Maithripala Sirisena.  In other words when the President Sirisena became the President of SLFP,   it was no more the SLFP of SWRD Bandaranayake. Why ? Because  when SWRD  left UNP, it was never to come back to the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/12/17)

Like the jackal in the story of “The lion, bear and the jackal” the UNP will set the JO and SLFP against each other until they kiss the dust and consume the carcasses, at the forthcoming Local government elections.
Sudath Gunasekara
12 12 2017 Looking at the way things are taking shape in the present political Sunami and the bitter infighting in the SLFP as JO vs pseudo SLFP of the President unless the people take my advice outlined in the essay ‘The need for all true SLFP voters to stand with the Mahinda Rajapaksa Camp at the forthcoming Local Government elections’ appeared on 9. 12 2017, very seriously and act accordingly I have a strong feeling that there will be a re -enacting of the proverbial story of “The lion, bear and the jackal” we have... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/12/17)

COMMENCEMENT OF BROADCASTING IN SRI LANKA IT WAS ON 16TH DECEMBER 1925. 93 YEARS AGO.
By- Dr.Sripali Vaiamon.Vice President SRI LANKA VETERAN BROADCASTERS ASSOCIATION.
CONTRIBUTING AN ARTICLE TO THE 75TH ANNIVERSARY COPY OF BROADCASTING IN SRI LANKA BY THE LATE MR.H.M.GUNASEKARA,THE PRESIDENT OF The VETERAN BROADCASTERS ASSOCIATION IN SRI LANKA,CATAGORICALLY SAID,  BRITAIN INAUGRATED REGULAR BROADCASTING SERVICE IN NOVEMBER 1922,-ON THE SAME YEAR THE CEYLON WIRELESS CLUB WAS FORMED BY A FEW OF  OUR RADIO ENTHUSISASTS IN CEYLON... In 1923, The Ceylon Telegraph department commenced experiments in broadcasting with a small transmitter built from parts recovered from a captured German submarine and some spares belonging to the Colombo ship-to-shore telegraphy transmitter The team was... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/12/17)

Plastic bottles and food containers-What does the evidence show about plastic and cancer?
cancer research uk.org
http://www.cancerresearchuk.org/about-cancer/causes-of-cancer/cancer-controversies/plastic-bottles-and-cling-film What does the evidence show about plastic and cancer?
People have claimed chemicals inside plastics leach into food or drink causing cancer. In particular there have been concerns about Bisphenol A (BPA) and dioxins in plastic bottles or plastic containers. But there is no convincing evidence to show using plastic bottles or plastic containers increases the risk of cancer. What research has been done?
Most of the concerns about plastic bottles and containers focus on whether chemicals inside the plastic can move out into food or drink. And if... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/12/17)

Royal Asiatic Society Monthly Public Lecture - “Machines in early Sri Lanka: A survey based on Buddhist Commentaries”
Royal Asiatic Society of Sri Lanka (RASSL)
Public Lecture  “Machines in early Sri Lanka: A survey based on Buddhist Commentaries” by  Mr. Chandana Jayawardana  On  Monday 18th December 2017 at 5.00 p.m. at the Gamini Dissanayake Auditorium No. 96, Ananda Coomaraswamy Mawatha, Colombo 07   ALL ARE WELCOME... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/12/17)

ව්‍යාජ පංදිචිය සහ හැඳුනුම්පත් අංක ඇතුළත් කොට පොහොට්ටුවේ නාමයෝජනා ප්‍රතිකේෂප කිරිමේ කුමන්ත්‍රණයක්.. මෙන්න විසඳුම සියලු විස්තර මැතිවරණ වෙබ් අඩවියෙන්..
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මේ වනවිට දිවයින පුරා මැතිවරණ උණුසුම ඉහළ යද්දි ආණ්ඩුවේ සියලු උපායමාර්ග වී ඇත්තේ කෙසේ හෝ මහින්දගේ ශ්‍රීලංකා පොදුජන පෙරමුණ නාමයෝජනා ලැයිස්තු ප්‍රතිකේෂ්ප කිරිමට උපායමාර්ග සැලසුම් කිරිමයි. මේ බැව් හෙලිවෙන්නේ කන්ද උඩරට පලාතක ආණ්ඩුවේ සිටින අමාත්‍යවරයෙකුගේ ආධාරකරුවෙකුගෙනි. එබැවින් දිවයිනේ සෑම ඡන්දදායයකුගේම අනන්‍යතාවය තහවුරු කර ගැනීමට අවශ්‍ය සියලු දත්ත සිංහල,දෙමළ සහ ඉංග්‍රීසි භාෂා ත්‍රිත්වයන් ලබාගැනීමට අවශ්‍ය පහසුකම් මේ වනවිට ස්වාධීන මැතිවරණ කොමිසමේ වෙබ් අඩවියට පිවිසීමෙන් තහවුරු කර ගත හැකිය. ඒ අනුව පහත සඳහන් උපදෙස් අනුව දිවයිනේ ඕනම ප්‍රදේශය වෙසෙන ඡන්දදායකුගේ අනන්‍යතාවය තහවුරු කර ගත හැකිය. මේ සඳහා ඕනම පරිඝණකයක් හෝ ස්මාර්ට් ෆෝන් එකක් පාවිච්චි කොට ගූගල් පිටුවට ඇතුල්... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/12/17)

360 with Nissanka Senadhipathi ( 27-11-2017 )
Avant Guard - How it was destroyed by Yahapalanaya Must listen
https://youtu.be/XxOVRJWAVCo... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/12/17)

PROTECT WILPATTU - වරෙවු වරෙවු විල්පත්තුව බේරා ගනිවු
වරෙවු වරෙවු විල්පත්තුව බේරා ගනිවු !! බේරගන්න විල්පත්තුව ලංකාවේ විල්පත්තුව වෙනුවෙන් පෙළ ගැහුනාවේ
https://youtu.be/yeYY4iYdXuw වරෙවු වරෙවු විල්පත්තුව බේරා ගනිවු !! බේරගන්න විල්පත්තුව ලංකාවේ විල්පත්තුව වෙනුවෙන් පෙළ ගැහුනාවේ අනුරපුරය, මන්නාරම, පුත්තලමත් යා කෙරේ උතුර, වයඹ, දකුණු වෙරලබඩ සීමා අනතුරේ මස් වැද්දා කුරුළු සතුන් මැරුවානේ සංරක්ෂිත විල්ලු වනය කැපුවානේ ලක්බිමේ, උරුමයේ, අපෙ.. තුන් හෙළේ, පින් බිමේ….. ඉරත් හඳත් උහුලන්නැති, විනාශයට එරෙහිව අපි බදුර්දීන් පාහරකම් පිටුදකිමු ලොක්කො සොක්කො කුට්ටි අරං, විල්පත්තුව කන්න අරං හුස්ම ගන්න විල්පත්තුව රැක ගනිමු බේරගන්න විල්පත්තුව¬¬¬¬¬ ලංකාවේ විල්පත්තුව වෙනුවෙන් පෙළ ගැහුනාවේ එකා වගේ…. රැක ගනිවු, අරගලේ….. කරපියවු, අප්පච්චිගෙ කාලෙ පටං දේශපාලු ලොක්කො හිටං බය නැති අගමැති ඇමතිලා පන්නාගමු... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/12/17)

Truly tragic story How a celebrated officer ended up at Welikada
By Shamindra Ferdinando Courtesy The Island
December 12, 2017, 8:25 pm Sri Lanka Navy celebrated its 67th anniversary last Friday (Dec 9) with Vice Admiral Sirimevan Ranasinghe at the helm. Ranasinghe succeeded Vice Admiral Travis Sinniah last October amidst simmering controversy over Sri Lanka’s decision to acquire a frigate from Russia, nine years after the successful conclusion of the war. The government defended the acquisition, both in and outside parliament, with State Minister Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena likening acquisition of expensive vessel to the purchase of a BMW at the price of a Toyota. Sinniah, who had duly retired in July... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/12/17)

පළාත් පාලන ඡන්දය කල් දමා ගැනීමට ක්ෂේත්‍ර නිලධාරීන් හරහා  විපක්ෂ කණ්ඩායමක උත්සාහයක්
මාධ්‍ය නිවේදනය මාධ්‍ය ඒකකය කැෆේ සංවිධානය
පළාත් පාලන ඡන්ද විමසීම  කල් දමා ගැනීම සඳහා ක්ෂේත්‍ර නිලධාරීන් කිහිප දෙනෙකු මගින්   ප්‍රබල විපක්ෂ කණ්ඩායමක් මේ වනවිට උත්සහ දරමින් සිටියි.  සමෘද්ධි නිලධාරීන් සහ ක්ෂේත්‍ර නිලධාරීන්ට සේවයේ නිරතව සිටින අතරතුරදීම ඡන්ද විමසීම සඳහා ඉදිරිපත් වීමට නොහැකි බව පවසමින් ශ්‍රේෂ්ඨාධිකරණය හමුවට ඉදිරිපත් කර ඇති මෙම නඩු තුන  පසුපස පළාත් පාලන ඡන්ද විමිසීම කල්දමා ගැනීමේ උත්සහයක් ක්‍රියාත්මක බව  කැෆේ සංවිධානයේ අදහසයි. තමන් ක්ෂේත්‍ර නිලධාරින් ලෙස කටයුතු කරන බැවින්  ඉදිරි පළාත් පාලන ඡන්ද විමසීම  සඳහා තරඟ කිරීමට ඇති අයිතිය අහිමි වී ඇති බව සඳහන් කරමින්  ඉදිරිපත් කර ඇති මානව හිමිකම් නඩුවේ  එක් පෙත්සම් කරුවෙකු මේ වනවිටත් සේවයෙන්... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/12/17)

Electric car plant, lithium battery factory in Lanka soon - Dr Yaddehige
Courtesy The Daily News
Richard Pieris & Company PLC plans to invest between Rs 15 to 20 billion in several unique projects in the next three years that will see electric cars, lithium batteries and Oud perfume manufactured in Sri Lanka. Dr. Sena Yaddehige, Chairman of Richard Pieris & Company PLC, said the group profit that stood at Rs 180 million in 2002, today, before even finishing the year has increased to Rs 4,100 million, a 28 times increase. He further said the business that commenced manufacturing rubber erasers has developed to such a extent... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/12/17)

පළාත් පාලන මැතිවරණය ජනතාවගේ ප්‍රයෝජනය සඳහා විය යුතුයි
සම ලේකම් නිදහස් වෙළඳ කලාප සහ පොදු සේවා සේවක සංගමය
2017 දෙසැම්බර් මස 11 වන දින පවත්වන ලද සංගමයේ විධායක කාරක සභාවේ සාකච්ඡා කොට නිකුත් කරන ලද පළාත් පාලන මැතිවරණ ප්‍රකාශය අවුරුදු 03 ට ආසන්න කාලයක් මේ ආණ්ඩුව විසින් ඔවුන්ගේ පක්ෂ අභ්‍යන්තරයේ දිග හැරුණු බල අරගල වෙනුවෙන් කල් තැබූ පළාත් පාලන මැතිවරණය ලබන වසරේ පෙබරවාරියේ දී පැවැත්වීමට සූදානම් කෙරෙන්නේ යැයි මැතිවරණ කොමසාරිස් මාධ්‍යයට පවසා තිබිණ. එහෙත් ඒ අතරතුර දේශපාලන වුවමනාවන් මත මැතිවරණය නැවත කල් තැබීමට අධිකරණ නියෝග ලබා ගැනීමේ උත්සාහයන් නොතිබිය හැකි යැයි සහතිකයක් ද නැත. සීමා නිර්ණ වාර්තා සම්පූර්ණ නැතැයි මෙතරම් කාලයක් ආණ්ඩුවේ වුවමනාවන් වෙනුවෙන් මේ මැතිවරණය කල්... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/12/17)

LORD NASEBY AND THE PRESIDENT’S LETTER
by SANJA DE SILVA JAYATILLEKA Courtesy The Island
December 12, 2017, 11:06 pm The Island has to be congratulated on its ‘scoop’ of a statement by Lord Naseby in response to the summary dismissal by the British High Commission in Colombo of his views on the infamous UNHRC Resolution 30/1 of 2015 and the increasingly untenable figure of 40,000 civilian casualties. According to the statement "Lord Naseby makes it quite clear that he shall pursue every organisation and the persons involved to ensure that the Darusman Report figure on civilian casualties is publicly amended to reflect that the truth about... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/12/17)

UN urged to visit SLN officers held at Welikada Detection of suspects-Weerasekera alleged that the government had been harassing some selected military personnel in a bid to appease the UN
Courtesy The Island
Former Navy Chief of Staff Rear Admiral Sarath Weerasekera yesterday told The Island that a three-member UN delegation now on a visit here should visit military personnel, including Commodore D. K. P. Dassanayake and Commander Sumith Ranasinghe remanded at the maximum security Welikada Prison over their alleged involvement in wartime abductions. Weerasekera said so after having visited Dassanayake and Ranasinghe, who had been denied bail several times and were recently re-remanded again till January 11, 2018. Weerasekera alleged that the government had been harassing some selected military personnel in a bid to appease the UN. Dassanayake... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/12/17)

AG calls upon govt . to address international concerns immediately US anti-corruption advisor to be based here
By Shamindra Ferdinando Courtesy The Island
December 12, 2017, 11:22 pm Auditor General Gamini Wijesinghe yesterday alleged that the failure on the part of successive governments to take tangible measures to tackle state sector waste, corruption and irregularities had contributed to US decision to propose a Colombo-based Resident Legal Advisor. Had those who had been at the helm and the government of the day followed basic laws and brought in required new legislation, Sri Lanka wouldn’t have ended up among group of nations categorized as corrupt, Wijesinhe told The Island, in response to a query. Sri Lanka has been categorised... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/12/17)

“OBATA PUTHE MAGAK NATHE” STORY OF A FAILED SOCIETY
By Gomin Dayasri Courtesy The Daily Mirror
People - blame themselves in back peddling a lost leadership back to power. Think before you act stupidly - realize the folly in creating a situation of having no foreseeable future for the country you truly love: to whatever denomination you may belong - desire a future for your siblings in living in this land of yours? Are you at home blaming yourself. Be positive: the country needs you in this hour of peril, more than at most other times. Awake Countrymen! Blame yourselves, as elders, if you failed to propel... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/12/17)

Marapana as compromise Prime Minister
By Prof. Rajiva Wijesinha Courtesy Ceylon Today
While there is much uncertainty now about what will happen to the country, certain certainties are assured. Chief amongst them is the headlong destruction of his reputation that Ranil has precipitated in the last three years. I do not refer only to his unashamed capers with regard to the bond scam, the continuing defence and harbouring of Mahendran and now Ravi, the snide attacks on the Auditor General and Nivard Cabraal without substantiating them, the blithe disregard for the massive loss the country suffered not once but thrice. What is also clear is... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/12/17)

Security Sector reforms in Sri Lanka Reduction of troops and rural economy
By Rathindra Kuruwita Courtesy Ceylon Today
Ever since the end of the civil war in 2009, there has been a debate on the need for security sector reforms in Sri Lanka. With the defeat of the Rajapaksa administration and with the United National Front for Good Governance (UNFGG) promising such reforms, the debate has rekindled. The need for security sector reforms is recognized by different actors across the spectrum, from people who want a complete demilitarization of the North and the East to people like me who have insisted that the nation can't reduce defence expenditure. With such diverging stakeholders... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/12/17)

I work only to achieve the objectives of the Joint Opposition – Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa
By Sanchith Karunaratna Courtesy Adaderana
Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa stated that he will work only to fulfill the requirements of the Joint Opposition. He further stated that his brother and former Minister Basil Rajapaksa has not and will not make political decisions on behalf of him. The former President expressed these sentiments after visiting the Dalada Maligawa in Kandy earlier today (12). https://youtu.be/J6iz2QKrVjA... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/12/17)

Saw Namal carrying money filled bags on his shoulders to deposit in a Dubai Bank.  A boy wearing a Short and killing Thajudeen is in CCTV cameras.  To be arrested tomorrow
Translated by : A.A.M.NIZAM – MATARA
Given below is the translation of a speech made by the member of Parliament for Hambantota District Mr. Namal Rajapaksa at a meeting of the Central Committee of the Minuwangoda  electorate of the Joint Opposition held at the Reggie Ranatunge Commemoration Hall in Udugampola.  The meeting was convened by the Gampaha District MP and convenor of the Joint Opposition Mr. Prasanna Ranatunga and a large crowd of several thousand from the Minuwangoda electorate attended. This meeting was held to affirm the victory of the Joint Opposition in the forthcoming local government elections. Participants... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/12/17)

GANGODAWILA SOMA THERA: AN ILLUSTRIOUS AND INSPIRATIONAL LIFE 
Dr. Daya Hewapathirane  
Venerable Gangodawila Soma Thera’s untimely death occurred 14 years ago, on December 12, 2003. He was 55 years of age.  It was one of the greatest losses of the nation. The   spontaneous outpouring of grief especially among our people was unprecedented in the living memory of our motherland. Millions of Sinhala Buddhists, including those living overseas, were shocked and grieved at the loss of an outstanding monk. The crowds that flocked to Colombo from all parts of the country to pay their last respects have been unparalleled in living memory. This is reflective of the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/12/17)

The SLFP’s crisis
By Dr. DAYAN JAYATILLEKA Courtesy The Island
December 11, 2017, 10:45 pm The SLFP’s crisis is a crisis of ideological identity. It is also an existential crisis. The SLFP is divided into two tendencies, a Minority (‘Menshevik’) faction with 44 seats in Parliament, led by President Sirisena, not all of them elected, and a Majority (‘Bolshevik’) faction with over 50 seats, led by former President Rajapaksa. The ‘official’ SLFP (Minority) is a junior partner of its traditional foe the UNP, and therefore has an ideological vacuum within it. It does not know what it stands for and what it is.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/12/17)

ගම is ok: දෙන්න දෙයක් නැහැ, තිබුනත් දෙන්නෙත් නැහැ
BY MALINDA SENEVIRATNE
 "දෙපැත්තෙන්ම කෑව ඇති.  ජවිපෙට ගම දීල බලමු."  ජනතා විමුක්ති පෙරමුණේ මැතිවරණ පෝස්ටරය මෙයයි.  මීට අවුරුදු විස්සකට විතර පෙර ඒ වගේම පෝස්ටරයක් ගැහුවා. 'උනුත් එකයි, මුනුත් එකයි, මෙදා පාර අපි ජවිපෙට.' ඊට පස්සේ ජවිපෙ විරෝධීන් මෙහම කිව්වා: 'උනුත් එකයි, මුනුත් එකයි, තොපිත් එකයි.'  මැතිවරණ කාලේ ඔහොම තමයි.  මැතිවරණයක් කියන්නේ 'මමයි පොර' කියල කියාගන්න සමයක්.  සමයමක්.  'ජවිපෙට ගම දීල බලමු' කියන්නේ කොහේ හරි ඉන්න අපක්ෂපාතී නිරීක්ෂකයෙක් වත් ගම වත් නෙවෙයි, ජවිපෙ මයි.  'අපට දෙන්නකෝ' කියල කියන කොට ටිකක් මදි වගේ කියල හිතෙන්න ඇති.  කොහොම වුනත් 'අපි වෙනස්' කියන කතාව පරණයි.  ඒ විතරක් නෙවෙයි ඒක අර්ධ සත්‍යයක්. ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/12/17)

නේස්බි සාමිවරයාට ජනපති මෛත‍්‍රී රහසේ ස්තූති කරයි.. දේව රහසක් සේ රැකගත් ලිපිය මෙන්න..
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පිවිතුරු හෙළ උරුමයේ නායක පාර්ලිමේන්තු මන්ත‍්‍රී උදය ගම්මන්පිල මහතා එම පක්‍ෂ මූලස්ථානයේ පැවති මාධ්‍ය හමුවකදී මෙසේ අදහස් පල කලේය ශ්‍රී ලංකාවේ යුද අපරාධ සිදු වුණු බවට එක්සත් ජාතින්ගේ සමුළු ඉදිරියේ එන යෝජනාවට ලෝක ඉතිහාසය වෙනස් කරමින් අපේ රටේම විදේශ ඇමති සමඅනුග්‍රාහකයත්වය දැක්වූවා. එවැනි පසුබිමක ශ්‍රී ලංකාවේ සමීප මිතුරෙකු වන එක්සත් රාජධානියේ නේස්බි සාමිවරයා පසුගිය ඔක්තෝම්බර් 11 දින ලංකාවේ යුද අපරාධ සිදු නොවුණු බවට කරුණු දක්වමින් බ්‍රිතාන්‍ය පාර්ලිමේන්තුවේ සාමිමණ්ඩලයේදී කතාවක් කළා. ලංකාව වෙනුවෙන් පෙනී සිටීම පිළිබඳ ස්තූති කරලා ජනාධිපතිතුමා නේස්බි සාමිවරයාට ලිපියක් යවනවා. ඒක අපි අගය කළ යුතු දෙයක්. නමුත් නේස්බි සාමිවරයාව සමස්ත ශ්‍රී ලංකාව වෙනුවෙන් ජනපති... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/12/17)

Statement from Lord Naseby Sends detailed evidence to United Nations including Gash Despatches
Courtesy The Daily Mirror
The UK Government was one of the initiators and a co-sponsor of the resolution. disappointing that the British High Commission fails to acknowledge the importance of the despatches of its own former Defence Attaché hugely misleading figure in the Darusman Report of 40,000 Tamil civilians killed whereas the truth is about 6,500 and seeking a correction. ...publicly amended to reflect that the truth about an estimated 6,500 Tamil civilians who died ... Lord Naseby wishes to state the following with regard to the response attributed to the British High Commission in Colombo... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/12/17)

Consultative Task Force (CTF) recommendations to address accountability
By Neville Ladduwahetty Courtesy The Island
December 11, 2017, 9:05 pm In the wake of the most recent challenge by Lord Naseby in the House of Lords to the oft touted claim of 40,000 civilian deaths, the former Secretary to the Consultative Task Force for Reconciliation Mechanisms, Dr. Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu has called for setting up a Truth, Justice, Reconciliation and Non-Recurrence Commission (TJRNRC) to address accountability issues and included Section 5 of the of the Consultative Task Force (CTF) report, in his response (The Island, December 4, 2017). Relevant paragraphs of Section 5are as follows: 5.3: "The CTF is... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/12/17)

Lord Naseby responds to British High Commission, Colombo; sends wartime dispatches to UN
Courtesy The Island
December 11, 2017, 10:37 pm Lord Naseby has expressed disappointment over the British High Commission, in Colombo, callously dismissing wartime dispatches from its own Defence Attache, Colonel Anton Gash. Apropos a response from the British High Commission in Colombo to a query raised by the The Island, in its Dec 5, 2017 issue, headlined ‘Naseby’s call doesn’t reflect UK’s stand – HC’, Lord Naseby told The Island he had forwarded a full set of papers consisting of the Hansard transcript of the debate he had initiated in the House of Lords on October 12, the entire... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/12/17)

Prez engineers more defections: Udaya sounds warning to JO
By Shamindra Ferdinando Courtesy The Island
December 11, 2017, 10:29 pm Deputy Leader of the breakaway JVP faction National Freedom Front (NFF) parliamentarian Weerakumara Dissanayake yesterday received SLFP membership from President and SLFP leader Maithripala Sirisena. Former MP and Chairman of NFF Piyasiri Wijenayake and North Central Province PC member P. B. Kumara, too, received SLFP membership. Anuradhapura District MP Dissanayake switched his allegiance to President Sirisena close on the heels of another UPFA MP Sriyani Wijewickrema belonging to Mahajana Eksath Peramuna representing the Digamadulla electoral district deserting the JO. A senior spokesperson for the NFF yesterday told The Island... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/12/17)

Who birthed LTTE & Tamil Militancy & who later adopted it?
Shenali D Waduge
The world is demanding to know how and who killed the LTTE. Based on this same logic shouldn’t we have the right to know who created, who funded, who armed, who financially supported, who provided logistics & material support, who promoted & campaigned on behalf of the LTTE? The beginning of the story should matter more than the end. A new government must hold a Commission of Inquiry into how LTTE terrorism started and all the stake holders involved. What is curious is that the Tamil New Tigers (TNT) was launched on 22 May 1972... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/12/17)

ඇල්ලේ ගුණවංශ හිමි කී සුළුකොට තැකිය නොහැකි දේ
https://youtu.be/vPjmeA0oX0w... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 11/12/17)

අරලියගහ මැඳුරට කැඳවා අගමැති හාමුදුරුවන්ට පගාව දුන්නා
 ලසිත දුමින්ද
මෙලෙස මුදල් දීම අවභාවිතාවක්‌ නොවේද? බෙංගමුවේ නාලක හිමි අගමැති පිංකමක්‌ කරන වෙලාවේදීත් මහින්ද රාජපක්‍ෂට මඩ ගහනවා - ගලගම ධම්මරංසි හිමි
ජනතාවගේ කැමැත්තක්‌ නොමැති ආණ්‌ඩුව අද විහාරස්‌ථාන මාර්ගයෙන් ජනතා කැමැත්ත දිනා ගැනීමේ අසාර්ථක උත්සාහයක නිරතව සිටින බව ජාතික හිමිකම් සංවිධානයේ සභාපති බෙංගමුවේ නාලක හිමියෝ පැවැසූහ.     නාරාහේන්පිට අභයාරාමයේ ඊයේ (08 වැනිදා) පැවැති මාධ්‍ය හමුවකදී එසේ සඳහන් කළ ජාතික හිමිකම් සංවිධානයේ සභාපති බෙංගමුවේ නාලක හිමි මෙසේද පැවැසූහ.    අගමැතිතුමනි, මහින්ද රාජපක්‍ෂ මහතා මොනවද කළේ අතුරලියේ රතන හිමි දන්නවා. උන්වහන්සේගේ පන්සල සකස්‌ කළේ පසුගිය රජයයි. එහෙම කරගත් රතන හිමි අද පසුගිය රජයට විරුද්ධව එකතු වුණා. මේවා ජනතාව දන්නවා.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/12/17)

දෙයියන්ටම ඔප්පු වෙච්චාවේ (හාල් පොල් පිටරටින්)
කතු වැකිය උපුටා ගැන්ම දිවයින
වගාවට මුල්තැන දෙන සංස්‌කෘතියක්‌ හදන්නට, ගොවියා රජ කරවන්නට, රට සහලින් ස්‌වයංපෝෂිත කරවන්නට පැමිණි යහපාලන ආණ්‌ඩුව හාල්, පොල්, පිටරටින් ගෙන්වන්නට සැරසෙන බව කියෑවේ. ඉස්‌සර නම් කීවේ 'හඳෙන් ගෙනැවිත්' හෝ හාල් දෙන බවය. එහෙව් එකේ පිටරටින් හෝ හාල් පොල් ගෙන්වීමට තීරණය කිරීම ගැන අපේ අහිතක්‌ නැත. එහෙත් දුකට කාරණාවක්‌ තිබේ. එනම් තේ, පොල්, රබර් අපනයනය කරන්නට නම් දරාපු රටකට පොල් පිටරටින් ආනයනය කරන්නට සිදුවීමය. හාල් අතිරික්‌තයක්‌ ඇතැයි කියන, ඒ අතිරික්‌තය බියර් හදන්නට විකුණන රටකට හාල් පිටරටින් ගෙන්වන්නට සිදුවීමය. විශාල කරදරයක්‌ සිදු වූ විට එලොව පොල් පෙනුණා යනුවෙන් කියන කතාවද, කුමක්‌ හෝ පිස්‌සුවක්‌ නටන පුද්ගලයකුට දෙයියන්ගේ හාල්... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/12/17)

The moment of truth for UN
Editorial Courtesy The Island
December 10, 2017, 12:00 pm US President Donald Trump has demonstrated that he is capable of doing with his restless tongue what his North Korean counterpart Kim Jong-un, or ‘Rocket Man’, is threatening to do with nukes—wreaking destruction. His decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel has plunged the entire region into chaos with violence escalating in the occupied territories of Palestine. All signs are that an unprecedented bloodbath is around the corner—absit omen! Trump’s decision is, no doubt, a threat to Palestine and global peace. Above all, it has caused an existential crisis... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/12/17)

Corruption Free Society: Judge yourself
MOHAN SAMARANAYAKE Courtesy The Island
"It is true; there was always corruption and fraud. But the extent of corruption in Sri Lanka in the last few years is utterly unprecedented" Thus lamented President Sirisena in the segment ‘My Vision’ in his presidential election manifesto 2015 titled ‘Compassionate Government, Maithri: A Stable Country". In the same manifesto he promised to ‘provide ten times development’ than that of the last government’s, ‘just by stopping corruption and wastage’. The UNP led by Prime Minister Wickremesinghe, too, made such a solemn pledge in its manifesto "A new country in sixty months: Five point plan"... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/12/17)

China leads foreign direct investments (FDI) into Sri Lanka
Courtesy  Shanghai Daily
CHINA has accounted for 35 percent of foreign direct investments into Sri Lanka up to September this year, with FDI for 2017 expected to total US$1.36 billion, local media said on Saturday. According to a statement from the Ministry of Development Strategies and International Trade, there has been a “strong uptick” in exports and FDI into Sri Lanka this year. “Data from the Board of Investment indicates a substantial uptick in FDI inflows to the country of US$795.5 million during January to September this year, 80 percent higher than the same period last year and already... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/12/17)

If India had not helped Prabakaran escape in June 1987…there would be no May 2009
Shenali D Waduge 
How many are aware that Prabakaran was cornered in Vadamarachchi in June 1987? How many are aware that India actually threatened Sri Lankan Government to order its troops to set him free? How many are aware that India helicoptered Prabakaran out of Sri Lanka to India? The order came from the very man that LTTE eventually blew to pieces in India itself. Why would India want to save a terrorist leader? If India had not threatened Sri Lanka to release cornered Prabakaran in 1987 thousands of lives would have been saved. There would have been no... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/12/17)

ශ්‍රී ලංකා පොදුජන පෙරමුණ
චාර්ල්ස් එස් පෙරේරා විසින්
2015  ජනවාරි 16 වනදා  ජනාධිපති  මහින්ද රාජපක්ස මැතිතුමා,  ශ්‍රී ලංකා නිදහස්පක්ෂයේ සභාපතිත්වය,  එස් ඩබ්ලියු ආර් ඩී බණ්ඩාරනායක  මැතිතුමන් විසින් ප්‍රගතිසීලි නොවන  දේශපාලන පක්ෂයක් හැටියට සලකනලද  එක්සත් ජාතිකපක්ෂයෙන්  හා ඊට සම්බන්ධවූ දේශපාලන පක්ෂ විසින් තෝරාගත්  ජනාධිපති මෛත්‍රිපාල සිරිසේන මැතිතුමාට පැවරීමෙන්, ලංකාවේ පංච මහා බලවේගයන්ට තමන්ගේ දේශපාලන පක්ෂය අහිමිවූයේය. ඒ වෙනුවට නව දෙශපාලන පක්ෂයක අවශ්‍යතාවය පිරිමසන්නට මහින්ද රාජපක්ෂ මැතිතුමාගේ අනුශාකත්වයෙන් හා ජී ඇල් පීරිස් මැතිතුමාගේ සභාපතිත්වයෙන් දෙශ පාලන පක්ශයක ශක්තියක් නොමැතිව අනාතවසිට්ය ලාංකික පන්චමහාබලවේගයන්  සඳහා දෙශපාලනමය ශක්තියක්  ලබාදීමට, ශ්‍රී ලංකා පොදුජන පෙරමුණ පිහිටුවීම ඉතාමත් කාලෝචිතය. එස් ඩබ්ලියු ආර් ඩී බණ්ඩාරනායක  මැතිතුමන්ගේ ශ්‍රී ලංකා  නිදහස්... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/12/17)

Ambassador Atul Keshap and Actg. Asst. Secretary Alice Wells join Opposition Rally in Sri Lanka
Mahinda Gunasekera
SHOCKING !  His Excellency Atul Keshap, Ambassador for the USA in Sri Lanka, and Acting Asst. Secretary of State, Ms. Alice Wells are seen participating in a Protest Rally in Colombo, organized by the Tamil National Alliance representing the political opposition to draw attention to those Tamils alleged to be missing in Sri Lanka.  The US Ambassador and Actg. Asst. Secretary of State are clearly violating the first principle of diplomatic privilege by their joining such a protest rally. Those allegedly missing could well be living in the USA, UK, the EU, and the rest of... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/12/17)

CHILD ABUSE IN DR. MAREENA REFFAI’S DEHIWELA ORPHANAGE 
Dr. Daya Hewapathirane  Source: Ceylon Today 
The Gangodawila Magistrate's Court on 7 December ordered the Police to speed up their investigations into the sexual assault cum abuse of children at the Darun Nusra orphanage in Dehiwala and refer their findings to the Attorney General's Department. This Muslim orphanage Darun Nusra is run by Al-Muslimaath, of which Dr. Mareena Reffai is the founder. All the girls at the orphanage were below 18 years and had been placed under the care of the Department of Probation who had sent the children to this orphanage. A silent protest was held in front of... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/12/17)

Carey Gillam on Monsanto Cancer and the Corruption of Science
Courtesy corporatecrimereporter.com Editor 
Filed in News September 28th, 2017

7:09 am Fifty-five years after Rachel Carson in Silent Spring warned about the dangers of DDT and unchecked pesticide use, a former Reuters reporter is raising the red flag about the pesticide treadmill we can’t get off of. In Whitewash: The Story of a Weed Killer, Cancer and the Corruption of Science (Island Press, 2017)investigative journalist Carey Gillam lays bare details about the 40-year push to prominence of the world’s most popular pesticide: glyphosate, known commonly as Monsanto’s Roundup. Gillam is currently research director at US Right to Know. Gillam says that glyphosate is... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 10/12/17)

"අපි....ගෝතයින්ට බයයි නංගියේ....."
BY MALINDA SENEVIRATNE
"සකල දේශවාසී ගෝතයිනි මතකය අවදි කරව්; තොපිලට නැතිවීමට ඇත්තේ තොපිලගේ දීනකම් පමණයි"  -- කාලකන්ණි මාර්ක්ස් (කාල් මාක්ස් ගේ මුනුපුරු) 1988 වර්ෂයේ අග භාගයේ මුළු රටම එක්තරා පොස්ටරයකින් වැහුන.  'මේ කව්ද? මොනවාද කරන්නේ?' යන ප්‍රශ්න දෙකෙන් හදපු පෝස්ටරයක්. පාට තැඹිලි.  කිතුහලය ප්‍රචාරණය වෙනුවෙන් දේශපාලනයේ යොදාගත් පළමු අවස්ථා ව මෙයයි.  ලංකාවේ.  අදහස වික්ටර් හෙට්ටිගොඩ සහ ජී. ඩබ්. සුරේන්ද්‍ර යන අයගේ.  ඇලෙව්වේ අරඹවෙලගේ  දොන් උපාලි රන්ජිත් නොහොත් සොත්ති උපාලි.  ඒ කාලේ ඒ විදිහ පෝස්ටරයක් රට පුරා අලවන්න පුළුවන් කමක් තිබුනේ සොත්ති උපාලි වගේ අයට විතරයි. පසුව, මේ ප්‍රශ්නවල ට උත්තර සැපයූ පෝස්ටරයක් රට පුර ඒ අයම ඇලෙව්ව.  උත්තරය පටන්ගත්තේ වචන... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/12/17)

Burgher Community in Sri Lanka
By Dr. Tilak S. Fernando  Courtesy Ceylon Today
The term 'Dutch Burgher' is used to identify the ethnic group involving the descendants of Dutch Origin, who settled down in Ceylon after the British took over the Southern and Western coastal areas. In the early 17th century, Portuguese and Ceylonese Kingdoms ruled the country constantly, by battling with each other. Although the Portuguese were never able to hold full autonomy in the administration of Ceylon, their ruling was somewhat oppressive. The Dutch remained continuously engaged in a protracted war of independence from the Spanish rule. Finally the King of Kandy... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/12/17)

Fence mending prospects between SLFP factions before nominations receding
By C.A.Chandraprema Courtesy The Island
December 9, 2017, 7:13 pm With nominations set to open on Monday for the first 93 local government institutions, frantic last minute moves are being made to form an alliance between the Joint Opposition and the SLFP faction in the government. The initiative in these moves is from the latter rather than the former. Several public figures like Ven. Elle Gunawansa thera have been involved in these negotiations on the assumption that the Sirisena faction of the SLFP is more progressive than the UNP and therefore, the Joint Oppositioin should form an alliance with them... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/12/17)

After the Bond Scam Commission
Editorial Courtesy The Island
December 9, 2017, 6:25 pm No credible explanation of why enormous sums of money belonging to members of the Employees Provident Fund had been invested in Treasury Bonds purchased in the secondary market when the EPF, which is an authorized dealer could have bought them cheaper in the primary market, has yet been forthcoming. The fact that this has been happening for some time and that one particular dealer had been making super profits running into the billion emerged during the proceedings of the Presidential Commission appointed to investigate the so-called bond scam. Presumably the Central... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/12/17)

Good shot on a tough target - "ප්‍රේමය නම්" සිංහල චිත්‍රපටය
By SAJITHA PREMATUNGE Courtesy The Nation
It’s a very carefully crafted movie.  From script, casting, locations, music score and colour pallet, everything was designed to complement the theme of mental illness. Cinematographer Jaan Shenberger is mostly responsible for setting the mood. ‘Every frame has a mood ‘ Premaya Nam was forced to do the festival rounds before it was released locally. The film was locally released on February 17. “Only a certain kind of mainstream commercial movies get released locally as soon as they are made. Movies like ours have to wait three years,” says Kalpana. “We can’t change the system.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/12/17)

Chaos in the Tamil political scene
By Manekshaw Courtesy Ceylon Today
I would rather obey a fine lion, much stronger than two hundred rats of my own species Voltaire Turbulent weather prevailed in the Northern and Eastern Provinces in the past two weeks with the Department of Meteorology alerting the people in the two Provinces of a stormy atmosphere. Special meetings were also held by the Government officials to discuss on the precautionary measures to be taken to deal with cyclone 'Ockhi' which had passed through areas covering the Southern part of South India and creating an inclement weather condition in the coastal areas of the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/12/17)

A troika of Buddhist monks to bring Maithri and Mahinda together
BY GAGANI WEERAKOON Courtesy Ceylon Today
The Meteorological Department of Sri Lanka earlier last week predicted that a low pressure area in the South-East Bay of Bengal will turn into a depression with Sri Lanka witnessing side effects in the form of strong winds and showers. Though there were no adverse weather conditions experienced by citizens as per the warnings, the political atmosphere experienced gale force winds, when by Thursday afternoon it sent 'panic attacks' through many in the country - especially those who brokered the marriage between the UNP and the SLFP in order to end a 'despotic ruling... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/12/17)

The need for all SLFP voters to stand with the Mahinda Rajapaksa Camp at the forthcoming Local Government elections
Sudath Gunasekara
8. 12. 2017. The need for all SLFP voters to stand with the Mahinda Rajapaksa Camp at the forthcoming Local Government elections as wining local bodies will lay a solid foundation for a strong SLFP Government in 2020, if not earlier. That is the only way open to all patriotic people to save this country from the Augean mess of miss-governance, disorder and bankruptcy brought about by the 3 years misadventures of Ranil- Maitri regime, “The Green–Blue Pandora’s box”. An independent evaluation of the policies and performance of the political parties in Sri Lanka in the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/12/17)

About confusing ‘government’ with ‘state’
By Rohana R. Wasala
This refers to a minor but significant verbal inaccuracy in the feature article by senior economist Usvatte-aratchi under the elaborate title “State and govt. not interchangeable: Same goes for revenue and income hoax of free education and free health services” posted in the Lankaweb of December 5, 2017. My focus here is Usvatte-Aratchi’s wrong assumption that the Sinhala word ‘rajaya’ invariably translates as ‘state’ in the specific context. His opening sentence incorrectly suggests that the Sinhala term ‘rajaya’ is an adequate equivalent for the English term ‘state’: “On 11 November in the evening news, President... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/12/17)

Can Organic farming feed the world?
By Chandre Dharmawardana, Canada.
The blazing banner  of a media release (14-Nov-2017)  by the Swiss-based  “Research Institute of Organic agriculture”  caught  headlines all over the world as it made the claim that “organic farming can feed the world after all” (see also the scientific paper in “Nature communications”).  In “Strategies for feeding the world more sustainably with organic agriculture”, agronomists  led  by Dr. Adrian Mueller claim that “a world conversion to organic farming can contribute to a comprehensive and sustainable food system, if combined with further measures”. Public disenchantment over conventional agriculture. The ordinary public sees conventional agriculture with... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/12/17)

So who is afraid of Gotabhaya and why?
BY MALINDA SENEVIRATNE
Way back in the year 1988 an island-wide poster stamped in the public conscious the notion of political teaser advertisements.  It was a simple question: මේ කව්ද? මොනවාද කරන්නේ (Who is this [and] what is he doing? It did not come in colors associated with any of the major parties.  It was in orange.  It was duly followed by a ‘response’ that began with ‘මෙයා තමයි…([he] is the one [who]…) and went on to detail achievements and pledges.   That was effectively the launch of Ranasinghe Premadasa’s presidential campaign.  And the color made sense, because orange was... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/12/17)

Russia WARNS About Monsanto Glyphosate; The World is Silent!
Top Russian Journalist Kiselyov Warns About Monsanto pesticide.
It's a colossal corruption scandal, which the European Union prefers to hush up. Probably, for corruption reasons as well. On Monday, an EU ad hoc appeal committee voted to extend the license allowing farmers to use a fertilizer called glyphosate. https://youtu.be/cItuOUp15Yw... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/12/17)

IGP vs Minister
Editorial Courtesy The Island
December 8, 2017, 9:56 pm Never do government politicians who find themselves up the creek without a paddle scruple to scapegoat the police to save their own skin. They defend only their khaki-clad, blue-eyed boys who get into trouble by carrying out their illegal orders. Stooges in uniform stick their necks out boldly because they know their political masters will leap to their defence if they get into hot water. It may be recalled that the late President J. R. Jayewardene rewarded a servile police officer, who shamelessly kicked Vivienne Goonewardena and was, subsequently, found guilty... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/12/17)

Gunawansa Thera: Why is international community silent on bond scams?
Courtesy The Island
Ven. Elle Gunawansa Thera said, on Thursday, that those who meddled with Sri Lanka’s affairs remained silent on the Treasury bond scams, exposing their stark hypocrisy. Addressing a gathering at the National Library and Documentation Services Board, Ven. Gunawansa Thera said if the Western powers and civil society groups really meant what they preached they should ashed the government to step down over the massive financial scam. Turning towards leader of the Joint Opposition parliamentary group Dinesh Gunawardena, the main speaker at the event, the Thera faulted the outfit for not exploiting the revelations made... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/12/17)

How come UK rejects its own Defence Attache’s assessment on Vanni war death toll,-asks Dinesh
By Shamindra Ferdinando Courtesy The Island
December 8, 2017, 10:34 pm Leader of the Joint Opposition parliamentary group Dinesh Gunawardena, MP, has questioned the rationale behind the British government’s rejection of its own Colombo-based wartime Defence Attaché Lt. Colonel Anton Gash’s confidential reports sent to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO). Gash’s cables originating from Colombo that had been obtained by Lord Naseby in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act 2000 strongly disputed the basis on which Sri Lanka was forced co-sponsor Geneva Resolution 30/1 in Oct 2015, MP Gunawardena said. The JO leader said so addressing a... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/12/17)

එකතුවීමේ එකතු නොවීමේ නිධාන කතා
වසන්තපි‍්‍රය රාමනායක උපුටාගැණීම ලංකාදීප
මේ වනවිට පළාත් පාලන මැතිවරණය ප‍්‍රකාශයට පත් වී අවසානය. එය වත්මන් යහපාලන රජය මුහුණ දෙන ප‍්‍රථම මැතිවරණය ද වනු ඇත. කුමන විධියේ විග‍්‍රහ ඉදිරිපත් වුවද ජනතාවට වත්මන් රජය යටතේ මැතිවරණයක් ලැබෙන්නේ වසර තුනකට පසුවය. පූර්ව මැතිවරණ සමයේ ආකර්ෂණීය දේශපාලන කතිකාව වී තිබෙන්නේ ඒකාබද්ධ විපක්ෂය හා ශී‍්‍ර ලංකා නිදහස් පක්ෂය අතර පවතින සාකච්ඡාවයි. තනි කණ්ඩායමක් වශයෙන් මෙම මැතිවරණයට ඉදිරිපත් වන්නේ කෙසේද යන්න තේරුම් බේරුම් කර ගැනීම මෙම සාකච්ඡා කි‍්‍රයාදාමයේ අරමුණයි. මේ වන විට එය තාවකාලිකව හෝ අසාර්ථක වී ඇත. අදාළ පාර්ශව දෙක කණ්ඩායම් දෙකක් ලෙසින් මැතිවරණයේ දී තරග වැදීමට සූදානම් වන බව පෙනේ. අදාළ කණ්ඩායම් දෙක මේ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/12/17)

America's richest 1% owns 40% of country's wealth - study
Courtesy RT
America's richest one percent own a whopping 40 percent of the country's wealth, a new study has revealed. The finding marks a widening gap between rich and poor in the United States. The paper, written by economist Edward N. Wolff, used data from the federal Survey of Consumer Finances. The data showed that the wealth owned by the one percent shot up by nearly three percentage points since 2013, from 36.7 percent to 39.6 percent. That number represents the most wealth owned by the one-percenters since at least 1962.Meanwhile, wealth owned by the bottom 90 percent has decreased. As... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/12/17)

ආර්ථිකය ලෙඩ ඇඳේ
ශ්‍රී ලංකා මහ බැංකුවේ හිටපු අධිපති අජිත් නිවාඩ් කබ්රාල් -උපුටාගැණීම ලංකාදීප
නීලහරිත අයවැය, රටේ ණය ආර්ථිකයේ තත්ත්වය, මූල්‍ය අරමුදලේ කොන්දේසි අනුව අයවැය ඉදිරිපත් කළා යැයි චෝදනා කරන්නේ ඇයි යන කාරණා සම්බන්ධයෙන් කළ විමසුමකි මේ. ප‍්‍රශ්නය:- යහපාලන ආණ්ඩුවේ නීලහරිත අයවැය සම්බන්ධයෙන් ඔබේ අදහස් කෙබඳුද?පිළිතුර:- ඉතාමත් අර්බුදකාරී පැහැදිලි දැක්මක් නොමැති අයවැයක් හැටියට මේ අයවැය හඳුන්වන්න පුළුවන්. එහෙම කියන්න කාරණා කීපයක්ම තිබෙනවා. යන දිශාවක් ගැන කිසිම ඉඟියක් නෑ. ඉලක්ක මොනවාද කියා පෙන්නා දීලත් නැහැ. සාමාන්‍යයෙන් මුදල් ඇමැතිවරයෙක් අයවැයක් ඉදිරිපත් කරද්දී පසුගිය වසරෙවලදී කළ දේවල් ගැන කතා කරනවා. ලබාගෙන ඇති ජයග‍්‍රහණ, දී ඇති සහන යනාදිය ගැන කියනවා. ඒවගේ එක වචනයක්වත් මේ අයවැයේ දකින්න නැහැ. එහෙම... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/12/17)

Response to your statement in Parliament on the Tamil separatist issue
Asoka Weerasinghe Kings Grove Crescent . Gloucester . Ontario . K1J 6G1
2 December 2017 Garnett Genuis, MP Conservative MP for Sherwood Park-Fort Saskatchewan Alberta Cc. Matt DeCourcey, Liberal MP Parliamentary Secretary to Minister of Foreign Affairs Dear Garnett Genuis: Re: Your Statement in Parliament  on Sri Lanka’s Tamil Community In Canada, on Nov.20th, 2017. I read it and I told myself, Oh, no! Here we go again.  There were some moments of sincerity on your part, but there were much backgrounder substance that I thought were lacking in your understanding on this Tamil separatist issue, or else your question... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/12/17)

Heed Warning Signs About Buddhist Muslim Unrest Now  !
Lankaweb Editorial
Dec.10th 2017 Islamist fundamentalism is posing a growing threat to universal liberal society unquestionably. This seems quite apparent also in Sri Lanka in recent times. Considering the bloody ethnic strife involving religious as well as ethnic differences initiated by the Tamil Tigers now vanquished- hopefully never to resurge, it may be fortuitous for the administrators and legislators of Sri Lanka today to keep a watchful eye on the conflicts between Muslims and Buddhists and never let them esacalate into becoming an uncontrollable issue as Sri Lanka can ill afford such a lapse given her recent history relative... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/12/17)

A Worrisome Aspect Of  Neglect By ICC In Recent India / Sri Lanka Test.
Top Spin by Suni 
07th Dec. 2017 As the 4th day unfolded in the 3rd Test between India and Sri Lanka at Delhi there was a horror story which probably shocked the onlookers and reflected poorly on the ICC as well as the organizers and umpires at Delhi who failed to recognize the importance of the health aspect which affected some players due to the smog, visibility and poor air quality and continued in an apathetic perspective to let the game proceed instead of calling a halt to it. Were these sources blind and insensitive to the point of being moronic not to... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/12/17)

දළදා මාළිගාව ජාතික උරුමයෙන් හැලේ පාසල් පෙළ පොත් විකෘතිය දිගටම
මතුගම සෙනෙවිරුවන්
 දරුවන්ගේ මෙන්ම අනාගත වැඩිහිටියන් ගේ ද ජීවනාලිය ලෙසට සැලකෙන අධ්‍යාපනය හෙවත් ඉගෙනුම අනාගත සංවර්ධනය මෙන්ම රටේ ස්වාධීනත්වය ශක්තිමත් කරන අත්තිවාරමක් ලෙසට සැලකේ.අධ්‍යාපනය මගින් වැරදි පණිවුඩයක් සංනිවේදනය කළහොත් එහි ප්‍රතිඵල භයානක විය හැකිය.  මෙරට ජාතික අධ්‍යාපනය පිළිබඳ පෙළ පොත් සූදානම් කරන ජාතික අධ්‍යාපන ආයතනය වැඩ කරන්නේ සැබෑ අධ්‍යාපන  අරමුණින් ද දේශපාලන අරමුණින්ද යන්න පැහැදිලි නැත.2015 වර්ෂයේ සිට නිකුත් කරන ලද ඇතැම් පාසල් පෙළ පොත් විමර්ශනය කොට බලන කල්හි මේ බැව් පැහැදිලි වේ.          ජාතික අධ්‍යාපන ආයතන විසින් නිකුත් කරන ලද හත වසර භූගෝල විද්‍යාව පෙළ පොත රැගෙන බලමු. භූගෝල විද්‍යාවට කිසිසේතම අදාල නැති පරිඡේදයක් එහි අඩංගු කර තිබේ.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/12/17)

Spectrum College signed a MOU with the Maldivian embassy
Dr. Sharfraz Azad Chairman Spectrum College
Spectrum College recently signed a MOU with the Maldivian embassy to strengthen relationship between Sri Lanka and Maldives in terms of Education. Spectrum is a chain of International Schools providing International qualifications whilst preserving Asian values. Spectrum students population include Sri Lankan, Indian, Maldivian and Pakistani nationals. Spectrum College is unique in the field of education in many ways. For example, the school timetable includes 1 hour periods instead of 35 or 40 minutes traditions. The academic time table also includes sports and co-curricular where students involve in these activities during the school... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/12/17)

The Muslim Council of Sri Lanka notes with serious concern and rejects your declaration that Jerusalem should be made the capital of Israel.
President Muslim Council of Sri Lanka
December 7,  2017 President Donald J Trump President of the United States of America The White House. Office of the President. 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W. Washington, DC 20500. USA  Through kind courtesy of Ambassador Atul Keshap United States Embassy in Sri Lanka 204, Galle Road, Colombo 3   Dear Mr. President,   The Muslim Council of Sri Lanka notes with serious concern and rejects your declaration that Jerusalem should be made the capital of Israel.   Mr. President, your decision and announcement will have very severe repercussions in Palestine, the Arab world... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/12/17)

Sajin Vass fined Rs. 1,000 by court for failure to declare assets and liabilities
Dr Sarath Obeysekera
The Colombo Additional Magistrate today imposed a fine of Rs 1,000 on former MP Sajin Vass Gunawardena for failure to declare assets and liabilities from the year 2011 to 2012. Sarana Gunawardena fined Rs 2,000 after pleading guilty. The Colombo Chief Magistrate’s Court today imposed a fine of Rs 2,000 on former Deputy Minister Sarana Gunawardena for failure to declare assets during the two years he served as the Chairman of the National Lotteries Board.  I love our judiciary system and the way law and order is maintained I can steal .I can play out central... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/12/17)

Nalanda Mahavihara World Buddhist University in Japan - A new project
New project in the phase of completion of external structures, in Japan, to relaunch this millennial Buddhist University.
https://youtu.be/YtRYFNPH5aI... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/12/17)

The Atrocities Committed Against Humanity
By Dr Ruwan M Jayatunge 
As long as people believe in absurdities, they will continue to commit atrocities - Voltaire The human history is full violence and atrocities. Some scholars have suggested that aggression should be regarded as a basic instinct. Freud considered aggression as a dynamic factor in mental life. Psychologist Eric Fromm in his most well known work the Anatomy of Human Destructiveness expresses that the violence of the dominant culture is not biological in its origin. The aggression and destructiveness are approached, as multi-dimensional phenomenon .These may be a tragic facet of the human condition. During... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/12/17)

Non-declaration of assets: Sajin Vass fined Rs.1,000
Yoshitha Perera Courtesy The Daily Mirror
Former MP Sajin de Vass Gunawardena was fined Rs.1,000 by the Colombo Chief Magistrate’s Court today for not declaring his assets during the years 2011 and 2012. Additional Magistrate Aruni Attygala fined Mr. Gunawardena over the case filed by the Bribery Commission. The former MP pleaded guilty to the charges.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/12/17)

Never the twain shall meet
Editorial Courtesy The Island
December 7, 2017, 9:53 pm Talks between the Joint Opposition (JO) and the SLFP have failed and the former has decided to go it alone under the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) banner at the next local government polls, we are told. Only the naïve expected the two groups to bury the hatchet. President Maithripala Sirisena cannot satisfy the JO’s conditions, the main being the termination of the SLFP-UNP alliance. If he did as the JO says, he would fall between two stools. The JO leaders are not prepared to play second fiddle to President... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/12/17)

Sri Lankan Tamils as victims of global Tamil aspirations
Courtesy The Island
December 7, 2017, 9:54 pm In the wake of the recent ‘Maaveerar Naal’ celebrations in the north, The Island staffer C.A.Chandraprema spoke to Arun Tambimuttu about the direction that Tamil politics has taken in recent times and the implications for the future. Q. The 1.5 million or so Tamil people living in the north and east have known nothing but isolation, and turbulence over the past half century or more. During the colonial era and for about a decade thereafter, the people of that region were well integrated with the rest of Sri Lanka and they... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/12/17)

Bond scam probe commission’s term extended again
By Shyam Nuwan Ganewatte Courtesy The Island
The tenure of the Presidential Commission of Inquiry probing the alleged bond scams has been extended by another 23-days and it was the fourth extension given. The Commission was established on January 27, 2017, by a special gazette notification no. 2003/41 as per article two of Commissions Act. Thereafter its tenure was extended twice by three months each and a further six months subsequently. Hence, the duration given for the Commission was to have expired today (8) and its report was to be handed over to President Maithripala Sirisena today. However the tenure... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/12/17)

ශ්‍රී ලාංකික වාරි ශිෂ්ඨාචාරයේ විශ්මිත යෝධ පිම්ම - රටක් නැගිටවන්නට ඉදිකළ මොරගහකන්ද
කතෘ:යුතුකම 
-විශ්ව චින්තන- ලංකාවේ විශාලතම කෘෂි ව්‍යාපෘතිය ලෙස මොරගහකන්ද ගැන මුලින්ම කථා කරන්නේ 1955 වසරේදීය.නැවත 1977දී කඩිනම් මහවැලි ව්‍යාපෘතිය යටතේ මොරගහකන්ද නැවත කරලියට එයි.නමුත් මහින්ද යුගය එලැබෙන විටත් 60 වසරක් තිස්සේ එකඳු පස් පිඩැල්ලක් හෝ කැපීමට කිසිදු රජයකට හැකි වූයේ නැත. රට කෘෂිකර්මයෙන් ස්වයං පෝෂිත කිරීමේ මහින්ද චින්තන දැක්ම අනුව ආරම්භ කල වෙහෙරගල, වේලි ඔය, මව්ආර, රඹකැන් ඔය, කැකිරිඕබඩ, උඩවලව වම් ඉවුර, දැදුරු ඔය, යාන් ඔය, උමා ඔය ඇතුළු යෝධ ව්‍යාපෘති අතර මොරගහකන්ද - කළුගඟ යථාර්තයක්ම වන්නේ ඒ වැඩ සටහන යටතේ ඉදිවන විශාලත ව්‍යාපෘතිය ලෙසයි. මෙහි විශේෂත්වය නම් මේ ව්‍යාපෘති සියල්ල කෙටි කාලයක් තුල සමාන්තරව ගොඩනැගීමයි. 'මහින්ද... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/12/17)

නීතිය නමන්නට ගොස් කොලේ ඉරා ගැනීම
ආචාර්ය නාලක ගොඩහේවා -
පසුගිය සතියේ කාගේත් අවධානයට ලක්වූ ප්‍රවෘතියක් වූයේ හිටපු ආරක්ෂක ලේකම් ගෝඨාභය රාජපක්ෂ මහතා අත් අඩංගුවට ගෙන ප්‍රශ්ණ කිරීමට පොලිස් මුල්‍ය අපරාධ විමර්ශණයට නීතිපති අවසරය ලැබී ඇති බවයි. මෙම ප්‍රවෘතියත් සමග බොහෝ දෙනෙකු කැලබීමට පත්වූ අතර ගෝඨාභය රාජපක්ෂ මහතා අත් අඩංගුවට ගැනීමේ ප්‍රයත්නය හෙලා දකිමින් විවිධ දේශපාලනඥයින්, වෘතිකයින් හා පූජක තුමන්ලා අදහස් දක්වනවා දකින්නට ලැබුනි. මේ තත්වය තුල බැඳුම්කර කොමිසම හමුවේ දැඩි ලෙස මහජන අප්‍රසාදයට ලක්වෙමින් සිටි රජයේ ප්‍රධානීන්ට ජනතා අවධානය වෙනතකට යොමුවීමේ වාසිය උපරිම වශයෙන් ලැබුන බව පෙනී ගිය නිසා හදිසියෙම ගෝඨාභය රාජපක්ෂ මහතා අත් අඩංගුවට ගැනීමේ ප්‍රවණතාවක් ජනගත කලේ රජයේ මාධ්‍ය හසුරවන්නන් විසින්මද කියා... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/12/17)

පුංචි ඡන්දය පවත්වන දිනයේ තීරණය රනිල්ගේද? දේශප්‍රියගේද?
සිදත් මෙන්ඩිස් උපුටාගැණීම  මව්බිම
මැතිවරණ කොමිසමේ රාජකාරි කටයුතුද පවරාගැනීම හරහා අග්‍රාමාත්‍ය රනිල් වික්‍රමසිංහ මහතා සෘජුවම එම කොමිසමට බලපෑම් සිදුකරන බවට පිවිතුරු හෙළ උරුමය චෝදනා කරයි. කොළඹ පැවැති මාධ්‍ය හමුවකට එක්වෙමින් එම පක්ෂයේ නායක පාර්ලිමේන්තු මන්ත්‍රි උදය ගම්මන්පිල මේ බව පැවැසූ අතර එහිදී හෙතෙම මෙසේද සඳහන් කළේය. අපි දැක්කා ඊයේ අගමැතිතුමා ප්‍රසිද්ධියේ ප්‍රකාශයක් කළ පුංචි ඡන්දය පවත්වන්නේ පෙබරවාරි මාසයේ 10 වැනිදාය කියලා. අගමැතිතුමා එහෙම උපදෙසක් මැතිවරණ කොමිසමට දෙන්න ඇති. අගමැතිතුමා තව පොඩ්ඩක් ඉවසාගෙන හිටියා නම් මැතිවරණය පවත්වන දිනය මැතිවරණ කොමිසමෙන්ම ප්‍රකාශ කරන තුරු මැතිවරණ කොමිසම ස්වාධීනයි කියලා රටේ ජනතාවට පෙන්නුම් කරගෙන රඟපාමින් ඉන්න තිබුණා. මැතිවරණ කොමිසමේ රාජකාරිය අගමැතිවරයා පවරා ගැනීම හරහා... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/12/17)

Media Freedom under UNP
Shenali D Waduge
The Prime Minister loves to take pot shots at opponent’s every time he lands himself in a quandary. It is his tactic to divert attention from his misdemeanors. The Bond Scam being a prime example has seriously damaged his clean record that has been his saving grace among UNP voters to argue in favor of his leadership. Now UNP support base finds themselves in a soup given that the vision has delivered nothing but a sell-out of or privatization of national assets to foreign countries & foreign firms with nothing delivered to the general masses. A... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/12/17)

INAUGUARATION OF COMMERCIAL BROADCASTING IN SRI LANKA
By late Mr. Livy Wijemanna-,Director of Commercial Broadcasting-Chairman-Patron Adaptation by Dr.Sripali Vaiamon-Vice President of the Sri Lanka Veteran Broadcasters Association
THE VETERAN BROADCASTERS IN SRI LANKA FORMED AN ASSOCIATION SOMETIMES BACK AND RELEASED A COMMEMORATIVE ISSUE on 16th of December  2000 WHERE the Patron of the Association, late Mr. LIVY WIJEMANNA CONTRIBUTED AN ARTICLE ELABORATING THE COMMENCEMENT OF COMMERCIAL BROADCASTING  IN SRI LANKA.WAR OFFICE IN BRITAIN INVOLVED FOR THIS FROM THE VERY INCEPTION. WAR OFFICE IN BRITAIN.IN 1941 PURCHASED OUTRIGHT A 78 ACRE ESTATE AT EKALA, J a-ela , CLOSER TO COLOMBO FOR THE ERACTION OF A TRANSMITTING STATION FOR... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/12/17)

The Pros and Cons of Over-reliance on Lord Naseby’s Revelations
Dharshan Weerasekera, Attorney-at-Law
One can hardly open a newspaper these days without seeing something on Lord Naseby’s revelations about the number of civilians that may have been killed during the last phase of the war, and their significance to countering UNHRC Resolution 30/1 of October 2015.[1]  I am informed on good authority that a group of enthusiasts have even undertaken a campaign to push the Government to renegotiate Resolution 30/1. At first glance one tends to think that a campaign to persuade the Government to renegotiate the Resolution will have absolutely no chance of success.  For instance, why would... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/12/17)

Accusers, co-sponsor struggling to cope up with Naseby revelations
By Shamindra Ferdinando Courtesy The Island
December 5, 2017, 8:46 pm Five years after the release of the Report of the Secretary General’s Panel of Experts (PoE) on Accountability in Sri Lanka, in March 2011, South African Yasmin Sooka, a member of that questionable outfit, proudly claimed to possess unhindered access to those who had fled Sri Lanka during the Eelam War, and post-war period, as well as the largest collection of witness testimony and other evidence, outside Sri Lanka, pertaining to the final phase of the conflict and post-war torture and sexual violence. Sri Lanka brought the war to... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/12/17)

JANATHA ESTATE DEVELPOMENT BOARD SELLS A SECTION OF THE LITTLE VAELLEY ESTATE TO SITTHI JAMIYA UMMA .
-TRANSLATION OF AN ARTICLE PUBLISHED IN IRIDA DIVAINA OF 26TH NOV-
BY SAMANTHI WEERASEKERA The country ‘s major export crop , the tea is undergoing a difficult time under the State Enterprise Minister Kabir Hasim who controls Stare Planation Corporation, JEDB etc. He has categorized tea estates into A, B and C groups and at present the lands coming under the C group are being leased or sold to the private enterprises. According to reliable information many of these leases etc are being handed over to the known parties of the high officials without a proper valuation of... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/12/17)

'Sivaram's killers will be brought to justice'
The speech of Information and Media Minister Mangala Samaraweera on the demise of the late journalist Sivaram Dharmaratnam, made on the occasion of Adjournment Debate on May 06, 2005. (Courtesy The Daily News)
Honourable Mr. Speaker, We strongly believe that the people's right of access to information, free from any hindrance, must be secured by any Government. The basic foundation of building up good governance is the media freedom. That is the sustainable democratic fundamentality of our Government. History testifies that the People's Alliance or the present Freedom Alliance Government is sincerely dedicated to that cause. Our Government which inherits such... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/12/17)

Scribes drowning in crocodile tears
Editorial Courtesy The Island
December 6, 2017, 9:50 pm No sooner had Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe raked newspaper editors over the coals, the other day, for their absence at a UN-organised press freedom event than Finance and Media Minister Mangala Samaraweera followed suit. Echoing the PM, who asked whether editors were not interested in media freedom, Samaraweera said, at a different event, that invitations had been sent to all editors and he was disappointed that the front-row seats at the UN-sponsored function had been left empty by no-shows. It looks as if politicians were more interested in media freedom than... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/12/17)

In defence of the mass media : a reply to PM
Dayan Jayatilleka, PhD
December 6, 2017, 10:00 pm The Prime Minister wants to know why the media is criticizing the present government and why it isn’t criticizing the Rajapaksas on whose watch journalists were killed. Perhaps that is because the media recalls that two prominent journalist were killed when the Rajapaksas weren’t anywhere near the room at the top, but two pillars of Yahapalana were. The first such journalist was Richard de Zoysa and the second was DP Sivaram (‘Taraki’). The first was killed when the present PM was a powerful Minister and the second when Chandrika was President.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/12/17)

CEB irks Sri Lanka cricket legend and lights up twitter
Dr Sarath Obeysekera
 Sri Lanka cricket legend Kumar Sangakkara publicly grouching about the Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) not answering his calls has sparked a social media storm with both helpful tips and barbs thrown at him. IS this how aN important government agency responds .I myself had the same problem and tried to contact CEB for action during a long power failure .Few weeks back I had similar encounter with  the Water Board also .Water supply was cut off for our New Shipyard by the Kotehena water board office in the evening .Next day at 7 am over 100... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/12/17)

Solution must be acceptable to Tamils Separate State is not a reasonable request - Former Army Commander, General Gerry De Silva RWP, VSV, USP
BY Ruwan Laknath Jayakody Courtesy Ceylon Today
Much decorated soldier, one time Commander of the Sri Lanka Army, Diplomat and now author, General Gerry H. de Silva is a man of many parts. His memoir 'A Most Noble Profession - Memories That Linger' (2012) and more recently 'War Heroes Killed-In-Action' have been launched and is currently working on the biography of Lieutenant General Denis Perera titled 'The General of all Generals'. In a wide ranging interview he expressed his frank opinions on a variety of subjects. Here are excerpts of the interview: What were the main challenges the military faced... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/12/17)

Nalaka Godahewa accuses govt of bending the law
Nalaka Godahewa accuses govt of bending the law නීතිය නමන්න පටන් අරන්
https://youtu.be/Oli_r-uarco... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/12/17)

The real policies of SLFP are with us - former President (English)
  https://youtu.be/UejewPes6Ak... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 06/12/17)

දිනේෂ්ගේ වෙන්ව යන යෝජනාව සම්මතයි
දිනේෂ්ගේ වෙන්ව යන යෝජනාව සම්මතයි
https://youtu.be/FK4c47YOuZ4... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/12/17)

කොඳු ඇති සහ නැති නායකයෝ
BY MALINDA SENEVIRATNE
හිටපු ජනපති චන්ද්‍රිකා කුමාරතුංග පහුගිය දා වේයන්ගොඩ උත්සවයකට සහභාගී වෙමින් මේ රටට කොන්ද පණ ඇති නායකයින් අවශ්‍යයි යැයි පැවසුවා.   ඔව්.  අවශ්‍යයි.  හිතන දේ කියන, කියන දේ කරන, කරන දේ කියන, වංගු ගහන්නේ නැතුව, ඇල වෙන්නේ නැතුව, ඇඹරෙන්නේ නැතුව කෙලින් කතා කරන, කෙලින් වැඩ කරන අය අවශ්‍යයි. කොන්ද පණ ඇති නායකයෝ වගේ ම කොන්ද පණ ඇති වෘතිකයින්,  කොන්ද පණ ඇති රජයේ සේවකයින්, මාධ්‍යවේදීන්, ගුරුවරු, ආචාර්ය මහාචාර්යවරු අවශ්‍යයි.   ඒ වගේ ම කොන්ද පණ ඇති පුරවැසියෝ අවශ්‍යයි.   කොන්ද කෙලින් වුනාට මදි.   චන්ද්‍රිකා ට කොන්ද පණ ඇති නායකයෙක් අවශ්‍ය වෙන්නේ රට හදන්න වත් දූෂණය වංචාව ට තිත තියන්න වත් ප්‍රජාතන්ත්‍රවාදය ස්ථාපිත කරන්න... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/12/17)

State and govt. not interchangeable: Same goes for revenue and income hoax of free education and free health services
By Usvatte-aratchi Courtesy The Island
On 11 November in the evening news, President Maithripala Sirisena claimed that his state (mage rajaya) would not permit anyone who fought in the war against LTTE to be brought to court for his conduct in battle. Leave aside the legality and morality of that statement, no President can claim ownership of this state. Nor can Xi Jining claim that Chong Guo is his state. Sri Lanka is not the President’s state. A few years ago, there was a President who acted as if this state was his estate and paid dearly for his folly.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/12/17)

My cooking challenge is still open
Dr Hector Perera          London
There are far too many cooking programmes in British TV but the only thing is I didn’t figure out any technique of energy saving in cooking. The contestants or even the famous chef’s just cook without due care for any wastage of energy, may be because they do not have to meet the energy bill. Poisonous gases given out while cooking Researchers now understand that the process of cooking food and even simply operating stoves particularly gas appliances can emit a cocktail of potentially hazardous chemicals and compounds. Within our homes, these pollutants are less... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/12/17)

Naseby’s call doesn’t reflect UK’s stand - HC
by Shamindra Ferdinando
December 5, 2017, 10:34 pm The British High Commission has declared that Lord Naseby’s recent statement in the House of Lords pertaining to accountability issues in Sri Lanka doesn’t reflect UK’s stand. The British HC said so in response to The Island query whether the BHC had discussions with the Foreign Ministry here or the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) as regards Lord Naseby’s call for reviewing Geneva Resolution 30/1. The following is the text of the BHC statement: "Lord Naseby was not speaking for the British Government when speaking recently in a debate in the House... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/12/17)

Burning issues on GAS tenders
 By Nirmala Kannangara Courtesy The Daily Mirror
Questions have been raised as to why the Ministry of Public Enterprise Development is silent over Litro Gas Lanka’s alleged failure to follow government procurement guidelines in the Liquid Petroleum Gas (LPG) purchase.  The Technical Evaluation Committee [TEC] appointed by the Department of Public Finance and Treasury to evaluate the LPG purchase is now being questioned on how vital requirements seeking from the prospective bidders have been ignored in order to award the tender only to a selected bidder. Tenders were called from international bidders in May this year for the supply... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/12/17)

Whitewashing will boomerang on ‘Yahapalanaya’ & Country
Courtesy The Daily Mirror
Alleged Bond Scam: The alleged Treasury Bond scam is probably the largest financial scam to affect this country in its post-independence history. For sheer impunity and involvement of a wide spectrum of politicians in collusion with a section of the corporate sector and regulatory authorities it is hard to beat. The muted response of the opposition exemplifies the rot in the governance of this country. It is unforgivable it took place under a so-called ‘Yahapalanaya’ Government which was elected with much hope under trying circumstances to usher in ‘good governance’ after the traumatic Rajapaksa years.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/12/17)

THE POSSIBLE DEATH OF THE POLITICAL CENTRE
Dr.Dayan Jayatilleka Courtesy The Daily Mirror
If the talks between the official SLFP and the JO-SLPP conclusively fail, it will be because the SLFP (MS) is unwilling either to leverage the bond scam report and de-couple the PM from the governing coalition, or to vote against the “fast track liberalization and globalization” (i.e. free-market fundamentalist, neoliberal) Budget and rupture from/assert Presidential hegemony over the Government’s UNP driven policy agenda at this point in time.   The tragic consequence of the official SLFP’s failure of resolve either to press the re-set button at the strategic national level --not the opportunistic and... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/12/17)

Federalism and re-merger impossibilities
By Rathindra Kuruwita Courtesy Ceylon Today
Last few months have been turbulent ones for the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) who has seen one of its coalition partners, Eelam People's Revolutionary Liberation Front (EPRLF), leaving the coalition and threatening to gather anti TNA elements around it. This is a culmination of the attempts by a number of leaders of the Party, since 2016, to gain control of the Party and most of those who are attempting to give TNA Leader R. Sampanthan the boot seem to believe that the Tamil votes would be cast for the most militant elements. Therefore, there... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/12/17)

WHAT AN EMPTY SRI LANKAN AIRPORT SHOWS ABOUT THE INDIA-CHINA RIVALRY
 DAVID BREWSTER  Courtesy warontherocks.com 
Editor’s Note: A version of this article was originally published by The Interpreter, which is published by the Lowy Institute, an independent, nonpartisan think tank based in Sydney. War on the Rocks is proud to be publishing select articles from The Interpreter. Geopolitical rivalry between big powers sometimes yields odd results. The latest development in growing strategic competition across the Indian Ocean region is India’s purchase of what has become known as the “world’s emptiest international airport” in Sri Lanka, maybe just to keep it empty. Hambantota Dreaming The small fishing town of Hambantota, near the southern tip of Sri Lanka, has long been... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/12/17)

Sri Lanka: Mahinda Rajapaksa blames president for breakdown of party unity talks
Courtesy livemint.com
Ex-Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, who leads a rival faction of the ruling SLFP, has blamed his successor, Maithripala Sirisena, for the breakdown of unity talks between the sides Colombo: Former Sri Lankan leader Mahinda Rajapaksa, who leads a rival faction of the ruling Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP), has blamed his successor—President Maithripala Sirisena—for the breakdown of unity talks between the two sides. The two factions of the SLFP have held talks to try and unite to contest local council elections, now likely to be held in mid-February. “The efforts failed because they (the Sirisena faction) did... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/12/17)

Lankan Court Rejects Plea Seeking Arrest Of LTTE Leader Accused In Rajiv Gandhi Murder Case
Courtesy NDTV
A three-member bench of the Court of Appeal yesterday dismissed the petition filed by Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) Information Secretary and parliamentarian Vijith Herath, seeking the arrest of the LTTE leader, saying there was no basis to proceed with the application.Lankan Court Rejects Plea Seeking Arrest Of LTTE Leader Accused In Rajiv Gandhi Murder Case Kumaran Pathmanathan is wanted in India for his alleged involvement in Rajiv Gandhi's assassination COLOMBO: A Sri Lanka court has dismissed a plea by Marxist party JVP, seeking the arrest of top LTTE leader Kumaran Pathmanathan who is also wanted in India... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/12/17)

Sri Lanka Civilian Casualties – why is UNHRC refusing to accept 7721 figure?
Shenali D Waduge
Hot on the heels of Lord Naseby questioning the British Government & exposing the duplicity & bias of the UNHRC, it is time for the UN to come clean and explain why they have been selective in picking civilian casualty estimates. Why are they shy from releasing the UN Country Team report giving 7721 deaths? Anyone alleging war crimes must explain why the Sri Lankan Military would allegedly kill ’40,000’ but physically save 300,000 of which 12,000 were LTTE cadres surrendering in civilian clothing! All of the guestimates it must be pointed out come from third... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/12/17)

SLFP of SWRD died on 15 January,2015, when Party leadersip was handed over to Maithripala Sirisena.
By Charles.S.Perera.
SWRD  broke away from  the UNP  to form the  SLFP in terms of his political philosophy.  Chandrika Kumaratunga despite being the daughter of SWRD  did not follow her father’s political views and was never his political heir. Therefore,  after Mrs.Bandaranayake the heir of SWRD’s political party SLFP was Mahinda Rajapakse. Mahinda Rajapakse was faced with a problem of having to stop the SLFP breaking up after his defeat at the Presidential election,  in the wake of Maithripala Sirisena’s scandalous  abandoning  the SLFP in seek of greener pastures in the UNP. A few ambition Ministerial portfolio seekers were... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/12/17)

Richard Pieris chairman conferred an honorary doctorate by University of Kelaniya
Anjalika (Malalgoda) Silva USA
Dr. Sena Yaddehige was one of the Pioneer students of the Kelaniya University Science Faculty. http://www.island.lk/index.php?page_cat=article-details&page=article-details&code_title=176000 It is a great honor and privilege to see that finally due recognition has been bestowed on one of the alumni and our colleague from the first batch of the Science Faculty of the University of Kelaniya from decades past.  This was a long time coming and one that we, the colleagues of Dr. Sena Yaddehige hoped we would see in our lifetime. The country’s recognition took a long time to come. Going back to the times when we... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/12/17)

Declare  Sangamitta Day as the National Women’s Day in Sri Lanka
Dr.P.G.Punchihewa
This year, Unduwap full moon   falls on 3rd December, the day commemorating the arrival of Bhikkuni Sangamitta to bestow (pabbajja )ordination on Sri Lankan women and also  bringing  with her a sapling of the Great Bodhi tree at Buddhagaya. It was 2263 years ago that Thera Mahinda arrived in this island .According to Geiger that was in the year 246 B.C., on the full moon day of Poson . His arrival with the five disciples opened a new chapter in the history of the island. They not only introduced a new faith based on the sublime teachings of... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/12/17)

DE-BONDING FROM BOND ISSUE ……..
Dr Sarath Obeysekera
When one watches TV and read the papers where it may look obvious that few younger budding- politicians have been directly or indirectly involved in the bond scam or at least being implicated. Few older politicians may have known about the fact that one of their lead member has had some hand in it .Bond commission may not lead to drastic action as the people involved cannot be charged as per the mandate given to commission. As long the president stays in power AG may get a promotion and the politicians may go scot free in... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/12/17)

සීතාවක රාජසිංහ රජුට අවමන් කළ පරන්ගියකු විනාශකර රජුගෙන් බුහුමන් ලැබූ අමිතිරිගල එදිරිසිංහ මුදියන්සේ
නිමල් රාජකරුණා , මෙල්බර්න්, ඔස්ට්‍රේලියාව  
සීතාවක පළමුවන රාජසිංහ රජු ශ්‍රී ලංකාව (එවකට සිංහලේ) පරමාධිපත්‍යය උදෙසා ප්‍රතුගීසින්ට විරුද්ධව සටන් කළ රජවරුන් අතර ප්‍රධානතම තැනක් ගනී . ටිකිරි කුමාරයා ලෙස ඔහුගේ අංගම්පොර සටන්කරුවන් සමග මුල්ලේරියාවේදී ප්‍රතුගීසින් හා සටන් කර ඔවුන්ට විශාල පරාජයක් ලබාදුන් ඔහුගේ වීරත්වය සහ ජාතිමාමකත්වය විනාශ කිරීමට කටකථා පසුව ගොතා ඇත. වර්තමානයේද දේශයේ ඒකීයභාවය සඳහා සටන් මෙහෙයවා විජයග්‍රහණය ලබාදුන් නායකයන් මෙවන් කටකථා මගින් විනාශ කිරීමට දැරූ සහ දරණ උත්සාහයන් අපි අත් විඳිමින් සිටිමු. පලවන රාජසිංහ රජු තම පියා වන මායාදුන්නේ රජු මෙන්ම බෞද්ධ භික්ෂූන් වහන්සේලා ඝාතනය කළ බවට ඇති මතය අධිරාජ්‍යවාදීන්  සහ ඔවුන්ගෙන් වරප්‍රසාදලත් සිංහලයන් විසින් ගෙතූ ප්‍රලාප බව... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/12/17)

Ranil and Sirisena will soon end their union - Samantha
දැන් රනිල්, මෛත්‍රී හවුල දික්කසාද වෙන තැනට ඇවිල්ලා... සමන්ත
https://youtu.be/vNizhZV8pDo... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/12/17)

We are confident that we can win the election - Mahinda (English)
We are confident that we can win the election - Mahinda (English)
https://youtu.be/SMIrh-Gd_vU... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/12/17)

State as estate
Editorial Courtesy The Island
Dr. Usvatte-aratchi, in his article on this page today, demolishes some long-held myths and misconceptions about state revenue, taxes, free education and free healthcare among other things. Referring to a recent statement made by President Maithripala Sirisena, he points out that it is wrong for the head of state to use the term, mage rajaya (my state) as the President does not own the state. President Sirisena has recently gone on record as saying that ‘my state’ won’t allow anyone who fought the country’s war on terror to be tried for war crimes. Dr. Usvatte-aratchi deserves... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/12/17)

‘Me and My Bonds’ ‘The President and I’ ‘As I always say’
By Sarath De Alwis Courtesy The Island
The statement of the Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe in parliament about bonds made last week was a preemptive tactic to position himself and his beleaguered administration to deal with the report of the commission of inquiry due on 8th December. His use of the personal pronoun ‘I’ in one instance conveys a collective authority and responsibility with the President. In the latter, ‘As I always say, the ‘I’ is more explanatory and uncharacteristically less authoritative. The choice of pronouns in political statements and speeches indicates the speaker’s inclination to share the responsibility with... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/12/17)

The danger of democracy
By Suren Raghaven Courtesy Ceylon Today
Democracy is a dangerous game. Especially, if it is played by those with bloody minds and muddy hands. This is not because such attempts may not succeed – they may well be so as often is the case in Sri Lanka – but because what they pretend to construct will be abysmally empty and permanently tarnished like their polity. A Constitution will be the overarching canopy under which a progressive blueprint for a State and all nations within is desirable at any cost. It is for this reason that all modern democracies took painful... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/12/17)

Killing of Galgamuwa blind tusker Grama niladhari among those arrested
By Risidra Mendis Courtesy Ceylon Today
As the remains of the Galgamuwa blind tusker lay on the ground deep inside the forest of the Kahalla Pallekele Sanctuary, six suspects were taken into custody in connection with the killing of the elephant.The worst fears of environmentalists and animal welfare activists were confirmed when the carcass of the elephant found at the Kahalla Pallekele Sanctuary on 29 November was identified as that of the blind Galgamuwa tusker. The tusker was around 45 years old and nine and half feet tall at the time it was killed. Environmentalists and animal welfare activists have... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/12/17)

Retired Police Heads of Sri Lanka say “Do Not Devolve Police Powers to the Provinces”
Shenali D Waduge
If anyone is qualified to speak on law & order in Sri Lanka it is these former Chiefs of Police with years of service, experience and now able to deduce aspects of law & order and its consequences as a result of political decision making. Therefore, their opinion against the Interim Report of the Steering Committee recommending the complete devolution of Law & Order to the Provinces is not only timely & important but one that cannot be ignored. It is therefore the duty of the Government & Interim Committee to peruse the 14 point resolution... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/12/17)

SAITM, CRICKET AND YAHAPALANA
KAMALIKA PIERIS
The Yahapalana government   has gone out of its way to upset the public and send tempers high. The SAITM issue is one example. This issue which should have been solved internally was allowed to escalate, observed Dr. Susirith Mendis, who teaches in the Medical Faculty, Colombo. Business Times and Research Consultancy Bureau (BT-RCB) conducted a street poll in Colombo and Galle in October 2017. While commenting on other matters, respondents said that Yahapalana avoids issues like the rising cost of living and instead raises unnecessary issues, such as SAITM. SAITM started as the South Asian Institute of  ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/12/17)

Contradictions in approaches to nation building
By Neville Ladduwahetty Courtesy The Island
A statement issued by the Foreign Ministry reported in The Island of Oct 27, 2017 states: "What this means is that the new government of Sri Lanka pledged to reassert lost sovereignty by taking ownership of processes that were in the international domain by bringing them to the local domain, and that the government of Sri Lanka as a Sovereign state that is responsible for all its citizens, and responsible to uphold the rule of law, democracy, and justice, would take responsibility for credible investigations locally …. As promised to the people by the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/12/17)

LTTE Terrorism-Church Links – Can someone explain these photos?
Shenali D Waduge
The following photos are alarming and raises more questions than answers. Who can explain the connection? There were many Church-based NGOs operating in the North and East throughout the conflict. Many of them had their offices virtually next door to LTTE offices. Audit the monies sent to these organizations throughout 30 years and evaluate against what they had done against what their websites and reports claimed they did. What were they really upto in the North and East when LTTE was running a defacto state using LTTE police, LTTE judiciary, LTTE courts, LTTE schools, LTTE teachers, LTTE... -Full Story-
(lankaweb.com - 04/12/17)

Life after Bond-gate economically speaking with Chandra Jayaratne
Newsfirst.lk Sri Lanka's Number One News Provider.
https://youtu.be/IvJrP62W590... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/12/17)

Is politics doomed to be dirty in Sri Lanka forever?
Dr. Mareena Thaha Reffai, Dehiwela
Needless to say politics is a dirty game and it is said no one get to  be otherwise in today’s political world – specially in Srilanka. Every time we think it cannot get any worse, it seems to be  getting worse and worse. Yahapalanaya was brought in to clean the existing dirty politics of that time, but it has not only not cleaned up anything, and  if at all,  it had made it even worse by absorbing all the dirt into it’s own self with a false semblance of superficial cleanliness but corrupt through and... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/12/17)

Sri Lanka Economy
By Nalaka Godahewa
As you know , Sri Lanka gained independence in 1948. That was 69 years ago. Since independence except for two years;1954 and 1955,  Sri Lanka  has always had a budget deficit. These deficits were mostly bridged through local and foreign borrowings. When Mr Mahinda Rajapaksa became the 5th executive president of the country in 2005,  the total national debt stood at Rs  2,222 billion But when he left the presidency after 9 years the national debt had grown to  Rs 7,391 Rs 5,169 billion had been added to the national debt within those 9 years.  That... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/12/17)

ශ්‍රේෂ්ඨාධිකරණය මහජන උවමනාව සහ දේශපාලන උවමනාව පටලවා ගෙන ද?..... අදහස් දැක්වීමක්...!
ශ්‍රේෂ්ඨාධිකරණය මහජන උවමනාව සහ දේශපාලන උවමනාව පටලවා ගෙන ද? Full Story යන ලිපිය කියවන්නට ලැබුණි. කාලයකට පසු කියවන්නට ලැබුණ හර්යාත්මක වටිනාකමක් ඇති ලිපියක් බව පළමුව ඔබගේ අවධානයට යොමු කරමි. ඔබ විසින් මෙයට පෙර ලියන ලද Attorney General in the dock  ලිපියේ සැළකීමේදී මෙම ලිපිය සුවිශේෂී වෙයි.  ආණ්ඩුක්‍රම ව්‍යවස්ථාවේ 132* ව්‍යවස්ථාව ඔබ ගේ පාඨයට නිමිත්ත ය. එමෙන්ම 106 ව්‍යවස්ථාවේ ඇති නඩු කටයුතු ප්‍රසිද්ධියේ පැවැත්වීමට නියම කර තිබීමත් එලෙසම වැදගත් වේ. *[132. (1) අග්‍රවිනිශ්චයකාරවරයා අන්‍යාකාර විධාන කළහොත් මිස, ශ්‍රේෂ්ධිකරණයේ වෙන් වෙන් අධිකරණ බලය සාමාන්‍යයෙන් කොළඹ දී ක්‍රියාත්මක කළ යුත්තේ ය. (2) ශ්‍රේෂ්ඨාධිකරණයේ අධිකරණ බලය, වෙන් වෙන්ව නඩු විභාග කරන ඒ අධිකරණයේ විනිශ්චයකාරවරයන් කිහිපදෙනකු විසින් එකම අවස්ථාවේ දී... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 03/12/17)

Remarkable Sri Lankan Scientists The World Knows But We Don’t
Courtesy https://roar.media
Many of us are well aware of Newton, Einstein, Curie and Hawking, and their contributions to science. But how much do we know about the eminent scientists that Sri Lanka has produced? Most recently, a Sri Lankan scientist at Harvard University, Dr. Ranga Dias, and his colleague, Dr. Isaac Silvera, made headlines when they created metallic hydrogen, in what has been called a ‘breakthrough in physics’. A year ago, another Sri Lankan, Dr. Nipuni Palliyaguru, was part of the team that succeeded in detecting gravitational waves, confirming renowned physicist Albert Einstein’s century-old theory of General Relativity. Sri Lankans have, in fact,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/12/17)

ආබාධිත පොලිස්‌ රණවිරුවන් ලබාදුන් දුබලතා විශ්‍රාම වැටුප අහිමි කිරීම. මෙවැනි කුණු වැඩ  කරන රජයක් අපිට එපා. සල්ලි නැත්නම් රජය ඉල්ලා අස්වෙන්න.
Chaminda Pradeep Dissanayaka
ආබාධිත පොලිස්‌ රණවිරුවන් ඊයේ විශ්‍රාම වැටුප් දෙපාර්තමේන්තුව වටලයි යුද්ධය හේතුවෙන් ආබාධ තත්ත්වයට පත්වූ ආබාධිත පොලිස්‌ රණවිරුවන්ට ලබාදුන් දුබලතා විශ්‍රාම වැටුප අහිමි කිරීම ඇතුළු ඉල්ලීම් කිහිපයක්‌ ලබානොදීම හේතුවෙන් ආබාධිත පොලිස්‌ රණවිරුවන් ඊයේ (29 දා) විශ්‍රාම වැටුප් දෙපාර්තමේන්තුව වටලනු ලැබීය. පෙරවරු 11.00 ට පමණ විශ්‍රාම වැටුප් දෙපාර්තමේන්තුවට පැමිණි 300 ක පමණ ආබාධිත පොලිස්‌ රණවිරුවන් පිරිස විශ්‍රාම වැටුප් කොමසාරිස්‌ ජනරාල් ජගත් ඩයස්‌ මහතා රැඳී සිටින කාමරය අසල බිම හිඳගෙන කප්පාදු කළ රණවිරු අයිතීන් නැවත ලබාදෙන තෙක්‌ දෙපාර්තමේන්තුවෙන් පිට නොවන බව පවසමින් විරෝධතාවයක්‌ ආරම්භ කරනු ලැබීය. මෙම විරෝධතාවය පස්‌වරු 4.00 පසුවන තෙක්‌ පැවැති අතර නීතිය හා සාමය පිළිබඳ අමාත්‍යාංශ ලේකම්... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/12/17)

Libya: Ten Things About Gaddafi They Don’t Want You to Know
By Global Research News
This article was first published by Global Research in November 2014. Today Libya as a Nation State has been destroyed by US-NATO. What do you think of when you hear the name Colonel Gaddafi? Tyrant? Dictator? Terrorist? Well, a national citizen of Libya may disagree but we want you to decide. For 41 years until his demise in October 2011, Muammar Gaddafi did some truly amazing things for his country and repeatedly tried to unite and empower the whole of Africa. So despite what you’ve heard on the radio, seen in the media or on the TV, Gaddafi did some powerful... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/12/17)

කවදාවත් නැති විදිහට මහා වැසි, ගංවතුර, නායයාම්.. රජු ධාර්මික නොවුනාම ස්වභාව ධර්මය කැළඹෙනව.. මේකයි වෙලා තියෙන්නෙ..- ජනාධිපති මෛත‍්‍රිපාල සිරිසේන
‘මේ කාලයේ කවදාවත් නැති විදිහට මහා වැසි, ගංවතුර, නාය යාම්.. ඇයි ඒ..-ජනාධිපති මෛත‍්‍රිපාල සිරිසේන
දේවෝ වස්සතු කාලේන-සස්ස සම්පත්ති හෝතුච පීතෝ භවතු ලෝකෝච-රාජා භවතු ධම්මිකෝ රජු ධාර්මික නොවුනාම ස්න්‍භාව ධර්මය අපෝ-තේජෝ-වායෝ කැළඹෙනව. තුන් දොස් කිපෙනව. මේකයි සිද්ද වෙලා තිබෙන්නෙ. රජු දැහැමි නොවුන නිසා රජු අධර්මික පාලකයෙක් නිසා අද මුළු වායුගෝලයම කැළඹිලා. මුළු ස්වභාව ධර්මයම අද සම්පූර්ණයෙන්ම සුළු සමාජයම ලෝකමය විනාශ කරන තත්වයට ස්වභාව ධර්මයෙන් ගොඩනැගෙනව’ යයි ඔහු එම විඩියෝවේ සදහන් කරයි. https://youtu.be/IxYtbrSN0UU... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/12/17)

දළ පූට්‌ටුවා සහ සිරිකොතේ අලියා
කතු වැකිය උපුටා ගැන්ම දිවයින
දළ පූට්‌ටුවා අවසන් ගමන් ගියේ ශෝකජනක ලෙස ය. ගල්ගමුවේ වන ගහනයක්‌ මැද මෙයට දශක කිහිපයකට පෙර උපන් දළ පූට්‌ටුවාගේ දිරාගිය මළ සිරුර පසුගියදා පල්ලෙකැලේදී හමුවිය. ලංකාවේ වනගහනවල ඉතිරිව සිටි සද්දන්ත කුලයට අයත් ඇතුන් කිහිපදෙනාගෙන් එකකු වූ මේ සතා පසුගිය අවුරුදු කිහිපය පුරාත් ජීවිතයට වඩා මරණයේ සෙවනැල්ල යට කල්ගත කළේය. මෙහිදී සද්දන්ත කුලයේ ඇතා යනු කවරෙක්‌ දැයි පාඨකයාට හඳුන්වා දිය යුතුය. සිංහල සහ දෙමළ මිනිසුන්ගේ කුලය තීරණය වන්නේ ඔවුන් අතීතයේදී කළ රැකියාවට අනුව වන්නේ යම් සේ ද, අලියාගේ කුලය තීරණය වන්නේ උගේ කටේ ඇති දත් සංඛ්‍යාවට සමරූපව ය. මේ අනුව සද්දන්ත කුලයේ අලියකුගේ කටේ දත්... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/12/17)

දළපූට්‌ටුවාත් ඉවරයි...මහා අපරාධය පිටුපස ඉන්නේ කවුද..?යහපාලන ආණ්‌ඩුවේ ම බලවතෙකුද?
බුලිත ප්‍රදීප් කුමාර උපුටා ගැන්ම දිවයින ඡායාරූප - මහගල්කඩවල සේනක ඉලංගකොන්, නිෂාන් ජිනේන්ද්‍ර හා ශෂිකලන රත්වත්ත
ගල්ගමුව දළ පූට්‌ටුවාගේ අවාසනාවන්ත ඉරණම සම්බන්ධයෙන් පසුගිය දිනවල අපට තිබූ සියලු සැක සංකා මේ වන විට පහව ගොස්‌ අවසන්ය.   වලාන පොලිස්‌ දූෂණ මර්දන ඒකකය විසින් පොල්පිතිගම නිකවැව පන්සල තුළදී පසුගිය 23 වනදා කෙරුණු ගනුදෙනුවක්‌ මත අත්අඩංගුවට ගැනණු මිල කළ නොහැකි.. ගජමුතු හය හා ඇත් දළ යුවල මේ දළ පූට්‌ටුවා ගේම බව දැන් ඔප්පු වී හමාරය. එසේම ඒ දළ යුවල හා ගජමුතු කට්‌ටල 3 කැලේ ස්‌වභාවික ලෙස මැරී සිටි හස්‌තියකුගෙන් ලබා ගත්තක්‌ නොව, ඉතා සැලසුම් සහගතව වනයේ දී කොටු කර මරා බිම හෙලන ලද හස්‌තියෙකුගෙන් අමු... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/12/17)

In Sri Lanka today Rogues and Traitors are Heroes , and Patriots  who saved the country from disaster are  called rogues and traitors.
By Charles S.Perera
The ordinary people of Sri Lanka have gathered from evident facts  that there is sufficient circumstantial evidence to show that the Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe is directly or indirectly  involved in  the  planned Central Bank Bond robbery. And  it is being confirmed  from the way his UNP followers are trying to make  the Prime Minister a hero, because he appeared before the Bond Commission to answer questions on the part he had played in the Bank Robery. Then again the Prime Minister’s good friend the former Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake who was selected the Finance Minister... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/12/17)

The Central Hill Country: The ‘Hadabima’ (Heartland) of Sri Lanka A New Geographical Interpretation
 Sudath Gunasekara.  B.A. PhD.  (S.L. A. S).
12.12. 2017 Abstract The Central Hill Country of Sri Lanka is defined as the land above the 300 m (msl) contour that covers roughly about 20% of the total land area of the Island. It constitutes a heavily dissected terrain with spectacular scenic beauty providing the home for a unique biodiversity, both in flora and fauna, endemic and threatened. While serving as the main catalyst in rain making and a climatic regulator for the two Monsoon seasons it also serves as the major watershed that provides the source for almost all the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/12/17)

YAHAPALANA ELECTIONS AND ‘REGIME CHANGE’ PT 6
KAMALIKA PIERIS
(Revised) The   Yahapalana image is starting to crumble.  It is now known that both  Sarath Fonseka and Maithripala Sirisena had contested on the New Democratic Front  ticket, headed   by Shalila Moonasinghe, who  was arrested for receiving foreign currency stolen from Taiwan’s Far Eastern International Bank recently. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has come in for heavy criticism. ‘Ranil bashing’ is today a fashionable pastime among commentators, said Sarath de Alwis. MP Bandula Gunawardena said that Sri Lanka experienced its worst economic crisis during 2001-2004 period under Wickremesinghe’s premiership. Tissa Vitarana said in December 2016 that LSSP demands the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/12/17)

TOLERANCE IN OPPOSITE ORDER.
By Dr. Tilak S. Fernando.
Dilshani Palugaswewa highlighted in the Ceylon Today (Sunday Edition), the discourse made by Ajitha Wickremesinghe, the Financial Legal Equality Advisor and Director of iProbono, and the Founding Trustee of Think Equal, at a function held at  the Bandaranaike Centre for International Studies, on 21 November, to mark The International Day for Tolerance. Ajitha Wickremesinghe’s speech at the forum was significantly thought provoking. He has opened his discourse by asking whether ‘any one wishes to be just tolerated,’ which is very much on a par with the present situation in Sri Lanka, especially in political... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/12/17)

Man’s Inhumanity at its best in Kandy against a set of Unsuspecting Community Dogs
Champa Fernando Secretary,Kandy Association for Community Protection through Animal Welfare (KACPAW)
To complement the National Dog Sterilization Programme, Animal Welfare Organizations like KACPAW (Kandy Association for Community Protection through Animal Welfare), together with state institutions like the Municipal Councils carry out mass sterilization of dogs using their own money and get these animals mass vaccinated against rabies as well. As an example, KACPAW funded dog and cat sterilizations in the Kandy Municipal Council (KMC) areas from 2015 to 2017 in which 2,238 animals have been sterilized, paying Rs 2.238 million to the vets for the surgeries. So, Animal Welfare... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/12/17)

Psychology of Meditation
Dr. Ruwan M Jayatunge 
Meditation is a mental exercise and it enhances the state of awareness. Awareness is the ability to directly know and perceive, to feel, or to be cognizant of events (Wikipedia). The meditative awareness is often called blissful awareness which is a higher state of consciousness. Higher consciousness involves the ability to be conscious of being conscious. Meditative awareness is an awareness of perception; an intuitive awareness. It is a form of calm mental state that upgrades compassion, equanimity and wisdom.  It provides a sense of tranquility and peace. Meditative awareness connected with the attention in the present moment self-regulating... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/12/17)

After the storm
Editorial Courtesy The Island
December 2, 2017, 7:13 pm Bad weather, such as what Sri Lanka and the region have been experiencing recently, is undoubtedly a so-called "Act of God." There is very little that mankind can do about it other that be prepared for weather-related disasters. In his regular column this week, commentator Sanjana Hattotuwa has severely faulted the Meteorology Department and its head for being backward in its forecasting and being dismissive of foreign expertise on this subject. We do not want to repeat what Hattotuwa has said in this space as readers will be able to read... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/12/17)

Bad faith or bad weather?
Sanjana Hattotuwa Courtesy The Island
At the time of writing this column, 11 have died because of a storm that hit Sri Lanka. Five are missing. Over 61,000 people across the island are affected by the disaster. Images of the devastation are all over the news, including over updates on social media pushed out from the Sri Lanka Red Cross. In this context, worth recalling in some detail a news report published in the mainstream media in English quoting Met Department Director and "Forecaster" Anusha Warnasooriya. Warnasooriya dismissed the storm system as one that would merely travel over Sri Lanka... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/12/17)

How did Met Dept. miss Cyclone Ockhi?
SUNIL G WIJESINHA Colombo 5.Courtesy The Island
Heavy rains and strong winds Wednesday night and Thursday caused substantial damages to private and public property. Staff photographer Ranjith Wimalasiri captured this scene at Borella Most international weather sites warned of downpours in Sri Lanka and South India this week. Some said it may lead to flooding. "accuweather.com" gave the warning titled "downpours return" on 23 November 2017, saying rains will come to Sri Lanka and South India the following week. In fact "weather-forecast.com" showed the expected path, day by day, of a depression. It currently shows another smaller depression east... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/12/17)

UNP wins first round against Sirisena
C.A.Chandraprema Courtesy The Island
Options available for Sirisena as LG elections loom Elections Commission at last justifies its existence RW heading for another bond fiasco December 2, 2017, 7:57 pm With the Minister of Provincial Councils and Local Government Faizer Mustapha being forced to engineer the withdrawal of the six petitions against the delimitation gazette, the obstacle to holding elections to all the local government institutions vanished and now the long awaited election is to be held in early February. It was the Elections Commission that forced the hand of the government by declaring elections to 93 LG institutions where... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/12/17)

පොරොන්දුදේශයේ පොරොන්දුව
විශේෂ ලියුම්කරු කීර්ති රත්නායක
රතු මුහුද තරණය කරමින් පොරොන්දු දේශය කරා මෝසස් මෙහෙයවූ ක්‍රියාන්විතය අප කියවා ඇත. මෙම ක්‍රියාදාමය එදා මෙදා තුර ඉතිහාසය උඩු යටිකුරු කල කල බව නොරහසකි. එදා ඊස්ශ්‍රායෙලියන්ගේ රතු මුහුදු තරනයට හේතු වූයේ පාරාවුන්ගේ වහල් භාවයෙන් මිදී පලා යාමය. එයින් වසර 3000 ක් ගතවෙත්ම ඊශ්‍රායෙලියන් යලිත් වරක් රතුමුහුද තරණයට සැරසී ඇත. නමුත් මෙදා ඔවුන් රතුමුහුද තරණය කරනුයේ මුසොල්මානුවන්ගේ මුදුන්මල්කඩ ආක්රමනය සදහාය. සවුද්ගේ අරාබිය ආරාජික කොට පොරොන්දු දේශය පූරනය කිරීම සදහාය. ඉතිහාස කථාවට අනුව අවුරුදු ගණනාවක් ඊජිප්තුවේ ජීවත් වූ ඊස්ශ්රායෙලියන් බොහෝ ධන සම්පත් රැස් කරගත්හ. ඔවුන් දෙවියන් අමතක නොකල බවත් දෙවියන්ද ඔවුන් අමතක නොකල බව කියවෙයි .... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/12/17)

Maveerar day celebrations
P.A.Samaraweera
During the Presidents trip to Korea this week, he had paid respect to the Korean martyrs who made the supreme sacrifice during 3 wars with invading forces. At a ceremony, he had placed a wreath and put incense at the Altar. Back at home, our disabled war heroes are protesting on the streets about their pensions. The general feeling among the people is that war heroes here are sidelined by this govt. For instance, while other countries celebrate their war victories, Sri Lanka called off the military parade the year the 'Yahapalanaya'  came to power, to appease western countries... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/12/17)

Commemoration of dead LTTE cadre heralds the hollowness of current attempts at "reconciliation".
Bodhi Dhanapala, Quebec, Canada.
Just recently, construction workers doing a work site in Hamburg, Germany came across a buried giant Swastika from the Hitler era. Some “antiquarians” called for its reservation as an object of history. “No way”, said the the Mayor of Hamburg and other civic leaders concerned. This is a despicable sign that brings to memory the horrors committed by a regime of mass murderers. Immediately after the war, aided and abetted by the other Western Nations, Germany began a program of “deNazification”. In France, the leaders of the Vichy regime that worked closely with the Nazis... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/12/17)

ෆොන්සේකා නෙවෙයි තෝ පො***** – සරත් ෆොන්සේකා පාර්ලිමේන්තුවේදී ලොකුගේගෙන් කුණුහරුපෙන් අහගනී..
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ප‍්‍රාදේශීය සංවර්ධන ඇමති සරත් ෆොන්සේකා සහ ඒකාබද්ද විඵක්‍ෂය නියෝජනය කරන සන්ධාන පාර්ලිමේන්තු මන්ත‍්‍රී ගාමිණි ලොකුගේ අතර ඉතා උණුසුම් විවාදයක් පාර්ලිමේන්තුවේදී ඊයේ දිනයේ ඇති විය. මහා නගර හා බස්නාහිර සංවර්ධන අමාත්‍යංශයේ වැය ශීර්ෂය සම්බන්ධයෙන් පාර්ලිමේන්තුවේදී පැවති කාරක සභා අවස්ථා විවාදයේදී මෙම සංවාදවය ඇති විය. ඇමති සරත් ෆොන්සේකා විසින් දිගින් දිගටම ලොකුගේ මන්ත‍්‍රීවයරාගේ අදහස් දැක්වීමට බාධා කරද්දී ඔහු කෝපයට පත්ව ෆොන්සේකාට දිගට හරහට බැණ වැදිනි. මූලාසනය විසින් මන්ත‍්‍රීවරයාගේ කතාවේ එම වචන හැන්සාඩ් වාර්තාවෙන් ඉවත් කරනු ලැබීය. https://youtu.be/X5xpuSa1j2g... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/12/17)

THISARA PERERA – FAILURES ARE THE PILLARS OF SUCCESS!
By M D P DISSANAYAKE
When we were chatting about newly appointed ODI captain of Sri Lanka, there was a general consensus that Thisara had more failures than successes.  Then a colleague of mine said “failures are the Pillars of Success”.   Another friend promptly replied, “Yes, he had more Pillars, but not a single building”. Since the retirement of cricketing greats Mahela Jayawardene, Kumar Sangakkara and Dilshan Thilakaratne, the cricket captaincy was a game of musical chairs.  In different formats of the game, so far we had, Lasith Malinga, Angelo Mathews, Dinesh Chandimal, Upul Tharanga, Rangana Herath, Lahiru Thirimanne,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/12/17)

Privatization of medical education. We have not given up the battle-Dr. Padeniya
Dr Sarath Obeysekera
These doctors who have received free education would have  spent money to go for private tuition .Their parents could afford to pay for the tuition . If they want to pressurize the government to abolish private education they should also pressurize to  stop private tuition . All specialist doctors do private practice to earn money .We all know how all specialist doctors spend more time in private hospitals including this doctor charging exorbitant fees from poor people. If they want to abolish private medical education, they should expect the government to impose rules prohibiting... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/12/17)

HINDU VIOLENCE AGAINST BUDDHISTS AND WANTON DESTRUCTION OF BUDDHIST SITES IN INDIA
Dr. Daya Hewapathirane
In the name of revival of Hinduism in India, between 830 CE and 966 CE (or mid 9th to late 10th centuries) the ancestors of the present Hindus of India were ruthless against Buddhists and brutally killed Buddhist monks and followers of Buddhism and wantonly destroyed many thousands of Buddha statues, stupes and vihares. According to Professor M.S. Jayaprakash, there are both indigenous and foreign sources, both literary and archaeological, which speak volumes on the havoc done to Buddhism by the Hindus of India. Sankaracharyas were prominent Hindu leaders who were heads of Hindu monasteries of... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/12/17)

Nuts, grains & polls
Editorial Courtesy The Island
December 1, 2017, 10:13 pm The National Election Commission (NEC) has said it is confident of holding the much-delayed local government elections, at last, on a single day early next year. This announcement couldn't have come at a worse time for the government, which did its damnedest to postpone the mini polls further, but in vain. Public resentment is palpable due to economic woes. There is apparently no end in sight to the continuous rise in the general price level. Official inflation rates can be deceptive as is public knowledge; the prices of essential commodities have... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/12/17)

‘The Bondage of Crooked Politics’
By Lucien Rajakarunanayake Courtesy The Island
December 1, 2017, 10:14 pm * Bond...Bond...here we come. There is nothing as good as Bondage…which seems to be the new thinking of the UNP. The Prime Minister wants to have a special probe into the Treasury Bond sales from 2008 to 2014 – that involves many billions of rupees. Looks like the party that was not at all pleased with the Bond Commission that completed it hearings with the Prime Minister’s clarifications, is now in an elephantine mood to go on with bond probes as the stuff of new politics. Will every one... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/12/17)

Reach consensus on joint effort to counter Geneva project Global Sri Lanka Forum team meets Lord Naseby
by Shamindra Ferdinando Courtesy The Island
December 1, 2017, 11:07 pm The Global Sri Lanka Forum (GSLF) has been assured by Lord Naseby of his continued support for its efforts to counter unsubstantiated war crimes allegations against the armed forces as well as the previous political leadership. The assurance was given when a GSLF delegation met Lord Naseby at the British Parliament on Thursday evening (Nov 30) to appreciate his support rendered for Sri Lanka’s efforts over the years. The delegation comprised Prasanga Jayamanna, Co-president, GSLF UK, Jayaraj Palihawadana, Secretary, GSLF UK and Dr. Ivan Amarasinghe, Sri Lanka’s former Ambassador to Vietnam.UAE... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/12/17)

Sri Lanka under cavalcade of UN scrutiny
by Shamindra Ferdinando Courtesy The Island
Working Group on Arbitrary Detention due, followed by Special Rapporteur on the Promotion and Protection of the Right to Freedom of Opinion Close on the heels of UN expert on transitional justice Pablo de Greiff warning the government of dire consequences unless the administration addressed accountability issues in accordance with Geneva Resolution 30/1, another top level UN delegation is due to arrive in Colombo on Dec. 4. De Greiff delivered his warning at the UN compound in Colombo on Oct 23 with UN Resident Coordinator Una McCauley by his side. The Working Group on Arbitrary Detention (WGAD)... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/12/17)

ජනවාරි වසන්තයේ පලදීම
කොළඹ විශ්ව විද්‍යාලයේ දේශපාලන විද්‍යා සහ රාජ්‍ය ප‍්‍රතිපත්ති අධ්‍යයනාංශයේ - ධම්ම දිසානායක උපුටාගැණීම ලංකාදීප
‘ජනවාරි වසන්තය’ ලංකාවට අත්පත් කරදී ඇත්තේ ‘අරාබි වසන්තය’ විසින් ඊජිප්තුවට, ඉරාකයට, ලිබියාවට සහ සිරියාවට අත්කර දෙන ලද ඉරණම ම ය. ලේ වැකි ‘අරාබි වසන්තය’ නිසා අද ඒ රටවල රාජ්‍යයක් සතුව පැවතිය යුතු කිසිදු අංගයකට නිරුපද්‍රිත පැවැත්මක් නැත. භුමිය අනතුරේය. ජනතාව මාරාන්තික අනතුරකය. ඔවුන්ගේ පරම අභිප‍්‍රාය හුදු පණ නළ රැක ගැනීම පමණක්මය. රටේ පරමාධිපත්‍යය නොරට බලවතුන්ගේ ය. ආණ්ඩුවක් නැත. නමට පමණක් ආණ්ඩුවක් තිබුණද ඊට රට සහ ජනයා වෙනුවෙන් කළ හැකි දෙයක් නොමැත. නීතියක් නැත. පරිපාලනයක් නැත. කොටින්ම ඒ රටවල රාජ්‍යයක් නැත. ආර්ථිකය, දේශපාලනය, සමාජ පිළිවෙළ සහ ජන ජීවිතය යන... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/12/17)

YAHAPALANA AND THE ARMED FORCES
KAMALIKA PIERIS
This essay looks at the Yahapalana government‘s attitude to the armed forces of Sri Lanka.    It does not deal with the Geneva resolution on Eelam War IV. Perhaps no other country has ill treated its disabled service and police personnel in a more shameful and despicable manner than Sri Lanka, said an Island editorial in September               2016.  ‘We watched with shock and dismay  as the police used water cannon and tear gas to disperse a protest march of those disabled service men who were denied pensions because they had retired due to permanent injuries before completing the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/12/17)


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