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News Archive for Dec 2019

Mindfulness Interventions in Bipolar Affective Disorder
Ruwan M Jayatunge M.D.
  Bipolar Affective Disorder (BPAD) is a chronic and disabling psychiatric disorder characterized by recurrent episodes of mania/hypomania and depression (Van Dijk et al., 2013).  In BPAD psychosocial functioning and quality of life often remain impaired between mood episodes (Ball et al., 2006; Becerra et al., 2013).  Bipolar Disorder presents in 1-4% of the world's population, carrying significant financial and functional consequences (Stump & Eng, 2018). The long-term outcomes of bipolar disorder range from lasting remission to chronic course or frequent recurrences requiring admissions (Uher et al., 2018).  Bipolar disorder is the sixth leading cause of disability worldwide (Murray et al.,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 31/12/19)

Did Janani rob Sajith’s Campaign Funds?
By : A.A.M.,NIZAM – MATARA.
May the New Year 2020 be peaceful, harmonious, happy and prosperous to all Lankaweb readers throughout the year.! It is a tradition and customary for any decent politician to even after suffering a defeat to thank the voters for supporting him/her in the election and wish them good luck. We have seen it happening in foreign countries as well as in Sri Sri Lanka after all the previous elections.  Surprisingly, this tradition was violated after the recent presidential election by both Tamils supported UNP candidate Sajith Premadasa... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 31/12/19)

මව් භාෂා දිනය වෙනුවෙන් පවත්වන රචනා සහ නිබන්ධන තරගයට සහාභාගී වී ත්‍යාග දිනා ගැනීමට අවස්ථාව..... ...
නීතිඥ අරුණ ලක්සිරි උණවටුන සමායෝජක
2020 පෙබරවාරි 21 මව් භාෂා දිනය අභිමානයෙන් සමරමු...!මව් භාෂා දිනය වෙනුවෙන් පවත්වන රචනා සහ නිබන්ධන තරගයට සහාභාගී වී ත්‍යාග දිනා ගැනීමට අවස්ථාව.....  ... ජාතික ගීය සිංහලයෙන් ගයන අපිහෙළයන් කියා උඩ පැන පැන නටන අපිසිංහල කමට පෙම් බැදලා ඉන්න අපිඋසාවියෙදි සිංහල අත හරින අපි සිංහලයන්ට නැහැ රටවල් හතර අතේසුද්දට ඉන්න ඇත රටවල් හතර අතේසිංහලයන් නිදයි මේ රට හතර අතේනොරටුන් ඇවිත් අල්ලයි රට හතර අතේ ජාතියක් නැත ගීතයක් ඇත මේ රටේනිදහසක් නැත අයිතියක් ඇත මේ රටේයුක්තියක් නැත නීතියක් ඇත මේ රටේධර්මයක් නැත ආගමක් ඇත මේ රටේ වාහනයේ අංකයෙනුත්... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 31/12/19)

ඊයේ පෙරේදා එළියට ආවේ පොඩි පොඩි සිද්ධි පමණයි. පාඨලී චම්පික, රාජිත සේනාරත්න සහ තවත් හිටපු ඇමැතිවරුන්ට චෝදනා විශාල ප්‍රමාණයක් තිබෙනවා.
මාධ්‍ය ඒකකය නාගරික සංවර්ධන, ජල සම්පාදන සහ නිවාස පහසුකම් අමාත්‍යාංශය
පසුගිය ආණ්ඩුව මෙන් වත්මන් ආණ්ඩුව කිසිවිටක ජනතාව අතරට යාමට බිය නොවන බවත්, එළඹෙන 03 වැනිදා පාර්ලිමේන්තුව රැස්වීමේදී මහ මැතිවරණයක් පැවැත්වීමට යෝජනාවක් ගෙනවිත් තුනෙන් දෙකක සම්මතයෙන් පාර්ලිමේන්තුව විසුරුවන්නට කටයුතු කරන ලෙස සියලුම මන්ත්‍රීවරුන්ගෙන් තමන් ඉල්ලා සිටින බවත්, නිවාස පහසුකම් රාජ්‍ය අමාත්‍ය ඉන්දික අනුරුද්ධ මහතා පැවසීය.     අන්තවාදී කණ්ඩායම් සම්බන්ධ කර නොගෙන, රටට අහිතකර ගිවිසුම්වලට එළඹෙන්නේ නැතිව, පූර්ණ විනිවිද භාවයෙන් යුතුව වත්මන් ආණ්ඩුව කටයුතු කරන බවත්, ආණ්ඩුව කෙරෙහි ජනතාව තැබූ විශ්වාසය අතිගරු ජනාධිපතිතුමා සහ ගරු අගමැතිතුමා ප්‍රමුඛ රජය එම අයුරින්ම සුරකින බවත් රාජ්‍ය අමාත්‍යවරයා ප්‍රකාශ කළේය.    ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 31/12/19)

Sumanthiran at Sirikotha briefing, Rajitha, Swiss Embassy employee Garnier remain in media focus
By Shamindra Ferdinando  Courtesy The Island
December 31, 2019, 7:05 pm Lawmaker Dr. Rajitha Senaratne’s wife, Dr. Sujatha leaving the Colombo Magistrate court after her husband was granted bail, on Monday, Dec 30, pending further investigations. (Right) Swiss Embassy employee accompanying Garnier Banister Francis (face covered) in the wake of she, too, being given bail, also on the same day (pics by Kamal Bogoda) The UNP, struggling to cope up with a simmering crisis caused by the then Minister, Dr. Rajitha Senaratne’s, declaration, at a pre-presidential poll press conference, that... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 31/12/19)

Air Ambulance to ferry into Diaspora warmth New people smuggling technologies:
by Jolly Somasundram Courtesy The Island
December 31, 2019, 7:08 pm "Oh! what a tangle we weave when we first practice to deceive!"- Sir Walter Scott That was the week that was! Built on an abduction, an exfiltration out of the country by air was planned through voluntary rendition. This sophisticated people smuggling effort was worthy of the Le Carre thriller, "The spy who came in from the cold." The effort metastasized, though not by the smuggling face launching a thousand gun-boats but by frenzied diplomatic sound bites getting... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 31/12/19)

Switzerland regrets Sri Lanka’s commitment to due process being questioned
Courtesy The Daily Mirror
Switzerland yesterday said that it never intended to tarnish the image of the Sri Lankan Government and regretted that recent developments had led to the questioning of Sri Lanka’s commitment to due process. “At no point during this time did Switzerland have the intention of tarnishing the image of the government of Sri Lanka. The Embassy regrets that these developments have led to the Sri Lankan authorities commitment to due process being called into question and reaffirms that Switzerland, like Sri Lanka, is committed to upholding good governance and the rule of law,” the Embassy said... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 31/12/19)

Opposition should extend its support for a progressive budget: Sajith
Yohan Perera Courtesy The Daily Mirror
Opposition should support a progressive budget that would fulfill the pledges made by the ruling party during the presidential election, UNF led alliance’s Presidential Candidate Sajith Premadasa said today. Speaking at a public meeting in Negombo, Mr Premadasa suggested that time and agenda for a budget should be set when Parliament meets on January 3rd, 2020. “We will act as a progressive opposition and support all progressive steps government takes to provide the concessions it promised to the people during the presidential election” Mr Premadasa said. ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 31/12/19)

Former SPC Chairman remanded
Courtesy Ada Derana
Former Chairman of the State Pharmaceutical Corporation (SPC) Rumy Mohamed, who was arrested in connection with the “white van” press conference, has been remanded until January 06. He was produced before the Colombo Magistrate’s Court earlier today by the police while the court ordered that he be placed in remand custody. Rumy Mohamed was arrested this morning (31) when he surrendered to the Criminal Investigation Department (CID). It is reported that Mohamed was absconding the police over the controversial “white van” press conference held last month. The... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 31/12/19)

Rajitha still receiving treatment at hospital
Courtesy Ada Derana
Former Health Minister Dr. Rajitha Senaratne, who was remanded over the controversial “white van” press conference and granted bail yesterday (30), continues to receive medical treatment at the Lanka Hospitals in Narahenpita. Colombo Chief Magistrate Lanka Jayaratne delivered the order to release the parliamentarian on bail. Ada Derana reporter said a group of politicians and several other individuals arrived at the Lanka Hospitals to visit Senaratne. In the meantime, former Chairman of State Pharmaceuticals Corporation (SPC) Rumy Mohamed had surrendered to the CID this morning (31) over the “white... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 31/12/19)

It’ll take longer for UNP to select a good leader - Johnston
Courtesy Ada Derana
In the recent history of the United National Party (UNP), it has never had a politician who is as unperceptive as Sajith Premadasa, says Minister Johnston Fernando. Speaking to media at Kurunegala, he said the UNP will suffer a massive defeat in the upcoming general election regardless of whoever becomes its leader. According to Minister Fernando, the defeated presidential candidate must not be demanding the UNP’s leadership at a time like this and should let Ranil Wickremesinghe continue to hold the post. It will take longer for the UNP... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 31/12/19)

Not sure if Rajitha would return if he leaves country - Gammanpila
Courtesy Ada Derana
There will be an issue of repatriation if MP Rajitha Senaratne leaves the country, says Pivithuru Hela Urumaya (PHU) leader MP Udaya Gammanpila. He expressed these views by joining the 360° political program on TV Derana last night (30). “Considering how MP Senaratne hid away after the arrest warrant was issued and how enthusiastic he was about the anticipatory bails, it is doubtful whether he would return back to the country if he leaves to Singapore”, said Gammanpila. He further said: “Six weeks ago, he was the Health Minister... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 31/12/19)

Will discuss about “Hathe Ape Potha” with Education Min. – Dr. Anil Jasinghe
Courtesy Ada Derana
Steps will be taken to look into and discuss the issue on the controversial “Hathe Ape Potha”, a textbook on sexual and reproductive health for school children, stated Director-General of Health Services Dr. Anil Jasinghe. Speaking at a press conference held in Colombo, he said that any future action on the matter will be taken following a discussion with the Ministries of Health and Education. On December 24, Medagoda Abhayatissa Thero at a press conference claimed that the previous government had issued a textbook that would distort the minds of children,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 31/12/19)

බුද්ධි අංශ සහ රහස් පොලීසිය රාජ්‍ය ආයතනවල අක්‍රමිකතා සොයයි
උපුටා ගැන්ම හිරු නිව්ස්
අකාර්යක්ෂම රාජ්‍ය සේවයට තම ධුර කාලයේදී තිත තබන බව ජනාධිපති ගෝඨාභය රාජපක්ෂ අවධාරණය කළා. ඒ අද පෙරවරුවේ මගී ප්‍රවාහන අමාත්‍යාංශයේ ජ්‍යෙෂ්ඨ නිලධාරින් සමග ජනාධිපති කාර්යාලයේ පැවති සාකච්ඡාවකට එක්වෙමින්. රාජ්‍ය සේවයේ කාර්යක්ෂමතාවය සහතික කිරීමට නම්, අනවශ්‍ය අනපණත් සහ රෙගුලාසි කඩිනමින් සංශෝධනය විය යුතු බවයි ජනාධිපතිවරයා එහිදී පෙන්වා දී ඇත්තේ. රාජ්‍ය සේවයේ ඉහළ තනතුරු සදහා හැකියාවක් සහ වෘත්තීය නිපුණතාවක් ඇති පිරිස් බදවා ගැනීමට විද්වත් කමිටුවක් පත් කළේ ද රාජ්‍ය සේවය රටේ කොදු නාරටිය නිසාවෙන් බවයි ජනාධිපතිවරයා එහිදී සදහන් කර ඇත්තේ. දෛනික ජන ජීවිතයට වැදගත් වන... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 31/12/19)

රාජිත ගැන අදත් විවිධ අදහස්
උපුටා ගැන්ම හිරු නිව්ස්
ඇප හිමිවූ පාර්ලිමේන්තු මන්ත්‍රී රාජිත සේනාරත්න මහතා සම්බන්ධයෙන් විවිධ පාර්ශ්වයන් අදත් මෙලෙස අදහස් පළ කළා. https://youtu.be/awoRMmDDWeA... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 31/12/19)

නීතියේ පවතින දුර්වලතා ගැන භික්ෂු සංවිධාන පවසයි
උපුටා ගැන්ම හිරු නිව්ස්
නීතියේ පවතින දුර්වලතා හේතුවෙන් වංචා දූෂණවලට සම්බන්ධ පුද්ගලයින්ට නිසි ලෙස දඬුවම් ලබාදීමට නොහැකි තත්ත්වයක් උදාවී ඇතැයි භික්ෂු සංවිධාන පවසනවා. උන්වහන්සේ මේ අදහස් පළකළේ අද කැඳවා තිබූ ප්‍රවෘත්ති සාකච්ඡා කිහිපයකදී https://youtu.be/NEF_u7tm630... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 31/12/19)

Former Chairman of State Pharmaceutical Corporation Rumi Mohamed remanded
Courtesy Hiru News
Former Chairman of State Pharmaceutical Corporation Rumi Mohamed has been remanded until January 06 He was arrested for allegedly paying a sum of Rs. two million for the two people who appeared in the white van media conference with MP Rajitha Senaratne . https://youtu.be/KT6nSEW5N8w... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 31/12/19)

The intelligence unit and CID to monitor irregularities in Public service
Courtesy Hiru News
President Gotabaya Rajapaksa stated today that he would bring an end to the inefficient public service during his tenure. He was addressing a group of senior officials of the Passenger Transport Ministry at the Presidential Secretariat this morning. President Rajapaksa has pointed out that certain Acts and Regulations that are blocking the efficiency of the public service should be amended as soon as possible. He further said a committee was appointed to recruit competent persons to run public institutions as it is... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 31/12/19)

His Eminence the Cardinal calls for clean energy instead of corrosive coal and fossil fuels.
Prof. Chandre Dharmawardana
A floating solar array system installed recently in France. According to an Islan d news report (http://www.island.lk/index.php?page_cat=article-details&page=article-details&code_title=216282), His Eminence Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith says no to coal, and environment-friendly power projects which utilize renewable energy sources such as wind and solar power must be prioritized.The Cardinal is said to have made this remark when Minister of Transport Service Management and Minister of Power & Energy Mahinda Amaraweera called on him on 23rd December.  So, while there is an increasing understanding of the imminent threat of global warming, as well... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 31/12/19)

ERASING THE EELAM VICTORY Part 10D
KAMALIKA PIERIS
Rehabilitation and resettlement would help to ‘erase’ the Eelam victory. Keerawella observed in 2013 that despite the practical constraints the government was able to send most of the IDPs back to their villages within a period of one and a half years.   In 2013 the media reported that 1299 families in Valikaman North had been resettled and that     12,000 were counseled and reintegrated into society, some have entered universities. We have even started resettling second generation of IDPs the government said in 2013.Sri Lanka Army said in 2014 that 98% of the IDP displaced due to... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 31/12/19)

මේ සිදුවෙමින් පවතින්නේ කුමක්ද?
චන්දුසේන පණ්ඩිතගේ විසිනි
දේශපාලනය ඉතා ගැඹුරු විෂයකි. මෙහි බැරෑරුම්ම කටයුත්ත වනුයේ, රටේ ජනමනස නිසි ලෙස අවබෝධකරගෙන, එය කළමනාකරණය කිරීමයි. ගෝඨාභය රාජපක්ෂ මහතා ජනාධිපති බවට පත්වී මේ වන විට දින 40ක කාලයක් ගතවී ඇත. එතුමාව බලයට පත් කිරීමට චන්දය දුන් ලක්ෂ 69ක්වූ ජනතාව තුල ඇත්තේ, අපේක්ෂාවන් 69 ලක්ෂයකි. මේ අපේක්ෂාවන් 69 ලක්ෂය අතර ඒ ඒ පුද්ගලයාට ප්‍රධාන වූ හා අප්‍රධානාවූ අපේක්ෂාවන් ඒ ඒ මනස තුල පෙළ ගැසී ඇත. මේ 69 ලක්ෂයක්වූ ජනතාවගෙන් වෙන වෙනම ප්‍රශ්න කළහොත් ඒ ඒ අයට ඇති ප්‍රධානම ප්‍රශ්නය කුමක්දැයි කියා, 69 ලක්ෂයක් වූ කරුණු ඉදිරිපත් කරනු ඇත. මේ කරුණු 69 ලක්ෂය තුල ඇත්තේ සැබෑ ලෙසම... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 31/12/19)

Masterly Plan for SRI LANKA
By, Professor Nishan Wijesinha
With the P-TOMS (Post Tsunami Relief Operations), and Prof. G. L. Peiris’s Proposed Constitutional Reforms which was to supersede the 13th Amendment, with an unique network of politicizing within the concept of one Sri Lanka; drew vast attention and the highest applaud and favor by the International community and the expatriates as the move which was to end all ethnic imbalances and bring in economic restoration which was the immediate and logical calling by the first woman president of Sri Lanka Her Excellency Chandrika Bandaranayake Kumaratunga during her term of office as the Executive... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 31/12/19)

ශ්‍රී ලංකා උසස් තාක්ෂණ අධ්‍යාපන ආයතන සඳහා වාර්ෂිකව බදවා ගන්නා සිසුන් සංඛ්‍යාව ඉදිරියේදී තිස් දහසක් දක්වා වැඩි කිරීමට පියවර ගන්නවා
ප්‍රවෘත්ති නිවේදනය -රාජ්‍ය අමාත්‍ය තිලංග සුමතිපාල-
ශ්‍රී ලංකා උසස් තාක්ෂණ අධ්‍යාපන ආයතන සඳහා වාර්ෂිකව බඳවාගන්නා සිසුන් සංඛ්‍යාව ඉදිරියේදී තිස් දහසක් දක්වා වැඩි කිරීමට පියවර ගන්නා බව රාජ්‍ය අමාත්‍ය තිලංග සුමතිපාල මහතා පැවසීය. අමාත්‍යවරයා මේ බව ප්‍රකාශ කළේ අමාත්‍යාංශය යටතේ ක්‍රියාත්මක වන ශ්‍රී ලංකා උසස් තාක්ෂණ අධ්‍යාපන ආයතනයේ යාපනය උසස් තාක්ෂණ ආයතනයේ නිරීක්ෂණ චාරිකාවකට පසුගියදා එක්වෙමිනි. එහිදී වැඩිදුරටත් අදහස් දැක්වූ අමාත්‍යවරයා මෙසේද පැවසීය. ‘‘ ශ්‍රී ලංකාව පුරා ස්ථාපිත කර ඇති උසස් තාක්ෂණ ආයතන 19 සඳහා දැනට බදවා ගනු ලබන්නේ සිසුන් දස දහසක් පමණයි එය ක්‍රමානුකූලව තිස් දහසක් දක්වා වැඩි කිරීමට රජය මේ වන විට අවධානය යොමු කර... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 31/12/19)

Patali’s arrest was legal - Acting IGP
Courtesy Ada Derana
Acting Inspector General of Police C. D. Wickremaratne has informed the National Police Commission that the arrest of former Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka is legal. Secretary of the NPC Nishantha Weerasinghe stated that the Acting IGP orally informed this to the Commission when it convened on December 27. On December 20, a letter by Deputy Speaker of Parliament Ananda Kumarasiri alleged that the police have not complied with the traditions that should be followed when taking a Member of Parliament into custody. Accordingly, the NPC decided to call for... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 31/12/19)

Dilshan to contest at General Election
Courtesy Ada Derana
Former Sri Lanka Cricket Captain Tilakaratne Dilshan has decided to contest at the forthcoming general election. Speaking to the media in Kalutara, Dilshan stated that he will enter under Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP). He said: “Both President and Prime Minister gave me their blessings to contest at the election. I’m preparing these days to contest under SLPP and be another young strength for President. I have received the news that I will be contesting from Galle. Cannot enter politics without a plan. In the future, a... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 31/12/19)

Six arrested near RMV while accepting bribes
Courtesy Ada Derana
The Police have arrested six middlemen near the Werahera branch of the Department of Motor Traffic (RMV) today (30). Reportedly, the suspects had been arrested while accepting bribes. The arrests have been made based on a tip-off received by intelligence personnel. https://youtu.be/go0wOMVKCW4... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 31/12/19)

Swiss Embassy staffer granted bail
Courtesy Ada Derana
Garnia Bannister Francis, the local employee of the Swiss Embassy in Colombo who was allegedly involved in an abduction case, has been granted bail by the Colombo Magistrate’s Court. Francis was produced before Colombo Chief Magistrate Lanka Jayaratne by prison offers this morning (30). The embassy staffer was granted bail on two personal bail bonds of Rs 500,000 each. The magistrate also ordered for Grama Niladhari certified addresses of the two co-signers of bail and the permanent address of the defendant. https://youtu.be/9-uASi6C8OU The... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 31/12/19)

ඇප හිමිවූ පාර්ලිමේන්තු මන්ත්‍රී රාජිත සේනාරත්න ගැන විවිධ අදහස්
උපුටා ගැන්ම හිරු නිව්ස්
ඇප හිමිවූ පාර්ලිමේන්තු මන්ත්‍රී රාජිත සේනාරත්න මහතා සම්බන්ධයෙන් විවිධ පාර්ශ්වයන් මෙලෙස අදහස් පළ කළා. https://youtu.be/TjEvByfnzvg... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 31/12/19)

රාජිතගේ වෛද්‍යවරයා ගැන හොයන්න සෞඛ්‍ය ඇමැතිනියට පැමිණිල්ලක්
උපුටා ගැන්ම හිරු නිව්ස්
පාර්ලිමේන්තු මන්ත්‍රී රාජිත සේනාරත්න මහතාට ප්‍රතිකාර කරනු ලබන වෛද්‍යවරයා, වෛද්‍ය ආචාර ධර්ම කඩකර ඇද්ද යන්න සොයා බලන ලෙස ඉල්ලා පූජ්‍ය ජඹුරේවෙල චන්ද්‍රරතන හිමියන් අද සෞඛ්‍ය අමාත්‍ය පවිත්‍රා වන්නිආරච්චි මහත්මියට පැමිණිල්ලක් ඉදිරිපත් කළා. https://youtu.be/XyC1t1vHiHw... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 31/12/19)

ජනතාවගේ ජීවිතවලට කළ හානියට රාජිත නීතිය ඉදිරියේ චූදිතයෙකු විය යුතුයි
උපුටා ගැන්ම හිරු නිව්ස්
පසුගිය ආණ්ඩු සමයේ සෞඛ්‍ය අමාත්‍ය ධූරය දරමින් රටේ ජනතාවගේ ජීවිතවලට කළ හානිය සම්බන්ධයෙන් පාර්ලිමේන්තු මන්ත්‍රී රාජිත සේනාරත්න නීතිය ඉදිරියේ චූදිතයෙකු විය යුතු බවට රජයේ වෛද්‍ය නිලධාරීන්ගේ සංගමය චෝදනා කරනවා ප්‍රකාශයක් ලබාදීම සඳහා අල්ලස් කොමිසමට අද පැමිණි අවස්ථාවේ එහි ලේකම් වෛද්‍ය හරිත අලුත්ගේ මේ බව සඳහන් කළා. https://youtu.be/tFaB_WNqezI... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 31/12/19)

CID RECORDS A 3-HOUR STATEMENT FROM FORMER MINISTER RISHARD OVER EASTER SUNDAY ATTACKS
Courtesy Hiru News
Former minister Rishard Bathiudeen has made a statement today at the Criminal Investigation Department regarding the Easter attack . The former minister arrived at the CID at around 10.00 am this morning according to an order given by court. Former Minister Rishad Bathiudeen, who has given a statement to the CID for about 3 hours and 20 minutes, has left at around 1.20 pm. https://youtu.be/j2bxF9boQOQ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 30/12/19)

THE HOSPITALIZATION DRAMA OF RAJITHA REVEALED IN THE COURT; A COMPLAINT AGAINST THE DOCTOR OF THE PRIVATE HOSPITAL
Courtesy Hiru News
MP Rajitha Senarathna who is currently undergoing treatment at Lanka Hospital in Narahenpita was granted bail today. Colombo Chief Magistrate Lanka Jayarathna released the MP on two surety bails of 500 thousand rupees each . Senarathna was arrested in connection with the so-called White Van media conference. Meanwhile, the Attorney General objected granting bail to the suspect but the Magistrate concluded that the three charges against the suspect were not non-bailable offences. https://youtu.be/aFQcta7jUMw At the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 30/12/19)

Six middlemen around RMV Werahera branch, arrested by Police while they were accepting bribes
Courtesy Hiru News
Six middlemen around RMV Werahera branch, arrested by Police while they were accepting bribes, upto Rs.10000... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 30/12/19)

Tamil politics sinking in a history of Tamil lies – Part I --- Reply to C. V. Wigneswaran
H. L. D. Mahindapala
Faced with the monumental achievements of the Sinhala-Buddhist civilisation the Tamils have been struggling constantly to pose as if they were the Gullivers who were the founding architects of the nation, from “the dawn of  history”,  and the rest were all second-class Lilliputians. However, in the twentieth century, as decolonisation unleashed the suppressed grass root forces, the Tamils of Sri Lanka were in for a rude shock. They were unnerved and shaken by the consciousness of their scanty history. Their arrogant response was to make a mountain out of their mole hill in the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 30/12/19)

මේ රටේ සැබෑ නිදහස් දිනය පැවැත්විය යුත්තේ මැයි මස 22 දා මිස පෙබරවාරි 4 දා නොවේ යයි කියන ආචාර්ය සුදත් ගුණසේකරට පිළිතුරක්
(ඕ-ලෙවලුත් පේල් වෙච්ච) R. වික්‍රමසිංහ
කොඩි ගහ යට මම උපන්නේ නමගිය තැනකි රටේ කොළඹය කියලයි කියන්නේ මුළු ලෝකෙම හතරවටේ…. අමන වැඩට හරි සූරයෝ අපිත් කොළඹ කොල්ලෝකසඩ වැඩට හරි සූරයෝ අපිත් කොළඹ කොල්ලෝ පහුගිය දෙසම්බෙර් 25 වැනිදා අර කියල තියෙන මාතෘකාවෙන් ලිපියක් ලියල Dr. සුදත් ගුණසේකර කියල මහත්තයෙක් කියල තිබුන  "මේරටේ සැබෑ නිදහස්දිනය පැවැත්විය යුත්තේ මැයි මස 22 දා මිස පෙබරවාරි 4 දා නොවේ" කියල. මේ මනුස්සයට මොලේ කචල්ද කොහෙද. මහත්තයෝ, මම එකක් කියන්නං… තමුන්නාන්සෙල වගේ අය නිසා තමයි අද ලංකාවට මෙහෙම වෙලා තියෙන්නේ. සුද්ද හොඳට ලංකාව දියුණු කරගෙන ආව. එතකොට 1948 දී,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 30/12/19)

ඩෙංගු මර්ධන කිරීමට දෙවියන්ගෙන් උපදෙස්
චන්දුසේන පණ්ඩිතගේ විසිනි
නගරය පුරාම ඩෙංගු. දෙවියන්ට මේකට පිලියමක් කරන්න හිතුනා. මිනිස් වෙස්ගත් දෙවියන් ගෙයින් ගෙට ගියා. මිනිසුන්ට වෙන වෙනම උපදෙසක් දුන්නා මේ නගරයෙන් මේ රෝගය තුරන් කරන්න ඔබලාට පුළුවන්. හැබැයි ඔබ හැම, මම කියන විදියට මේ පූංචි කෙම කරන්න, සුදානම් වෙන්න. දෙවියන් කීවා ලබන සතියේ මම ඔබලා මුණ ගැසෙන්න එනවා. ඒ වෙනකොට, ඔබලා පෝච්චියක හිටවිය හැකි ප්‍රමාණයේ මිරිස් පැල හතරක්, ඒවා සිටවිමට තරමක් ලොකු පෝච්චි හතරක්, තරමක කලුපාට බේසම් හතරක් සුදානම් කරන්න යයි සෑම නිවසකටම උපදෙස්දී පිටව ගියහ. දෙවියන් කිවූ ආකාරයටම යලි නගරයේ නිවෙස් වෙත පැමිණ, එකිනෙක නිවැසියන් හමුවී උපදෙස්දීම ආරම්භ කළා.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 30/12/19)

“MOCK MOCK”
Asoka Weerasinghe
Kings Grove Crescent . Gloucester . Ontario . K1J 6G1 . Canada 29 December 2019 Ambassador Hanspeter MockAmbassador for Switzerland in Sri Lanka63 Gregory’s RoadColombo 7Sri Lanka Sir: “MOCK MOCK” (Asoka Weerasinghe-AW) “Who is there?” (Hanspeter Mock -HPM) “It’s Hanspeter” (AW)  “Hanspeter who…?” (HPM) “It’s Hanspeter..the diplomat ... from the Alps” (AW) “Ah..No… Are you the Swiss Diplomat, who loved putting his finger into Swiss chocolate fondue, and lick it...and being nosey tried a foreign country’s fondue,and... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 30/12/19)

ජාතික ගීය වෙනස් කරන්න කියලා ප්‍රභාකරන්වත් කිව්වේ නෑ - මුරුත්තෙට්ටුවේ ආනන්ද හිමි
Ada Derana
https://youtu.be/xhh1fbig6Zc... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 30/12/19)

Ocean University of Sri Lanka and Potential Contributions to National Development
By Dr. Ivan Amarasinghe BSc (Hons), PhD, MIBiol, CBiol Ex-Chairman of NIFNE and former Ambassador to Viet Nam
Introduction Post-independent Sri Lanka inherited an archaic system of limited vision and productivity within the fisheries and national aquatic resources exploitation policies of Sri Lanka. While there were support agencies such as the Fisheries Department, the National Aquaculture Resources (R&D) Agency [NARA] and a few Colleges of Fisheries around the island teaching basic applied technology for fishermen and fishing boat navigation, opportunities for ocean resources identification, planning and exploitation were limited. A new vision was... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 30/12/19)

ERASING THE EELAM VICTORY Part 10C
KAMALIKA PIERIS
Revised 15.1.20 One way of erasing the Eelam victory was for the state to take the blame for the all the destruction caused, and promise to rebuild. After winning the Eelam War IV President Mahinda Rajapaksa went to Kilinochchi, spoke in Tamil and told the people there that his government will rebuild all that was destroyed, and will strive to provide everything they need.   The media reported in 2013 that the government had set aside the colossal sum of USD 1350 million for infrastructure development in Northern Province, railways and electricity,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 30/12/19)

මිනී කන කිඹුල්ලූ... මිනිස්සු උස්සන සුදු වෑන්... හතර අතේ ඇප ඉල්ලන දොස්තර රාජිතගේ වැඩ මෙන්න...
හේමන්ත රන්දුණු උපුටා ගැන්ම ඉරිදා දිවයින
රාජිත සේනාරත්න දත් දොස්තර මහතකු බව අප අතීතයේ සිටම දැන සිටියෙමු. මේ දත් දොස්තර මහතා රටට දැයට මහා සේවයක් කළ තඹ දොයිතුවක මහජන මුදලක් සොරකම් නොකළ බාල බෙහෙත් රෝගීන්ට ලබා නොදුන් වචනයේ පරිසමාප්ත අර්ථයෙන්ම ජනහිතකාමී දේශපාලනඥයකු බව ද රටේ ජනතාව හොඳින් දැන් සිටියහ.මේ දත් දොස්තර මහතා රටේ සෞඛ්‍ය ක්‍ෂේත‍්‍රයට කළ අනර්ඝ සේවය වෙනුවෙන් ඔහු පසුගිය රජය සමයේ සුවපති නමැති නම්බු නාමයෙන් ද පිදුම් ලැබුවේය. දත් දොස්තරකම මෙන්ම දේශපාලනයට හසල දැනුමක් ඇති රාජිත සේනාරත්න දක්ෂ ටෙලිනාටක අධ්‍යක්ෂවරයකු බව රටේ ජනතාව දැන ගත්තේ මෑතකදීය.පසුගිය අපේ‍්‍රල් 21 පාස්කු ප‍්‍රහාර සිද්ධියෙන් මුළු රටම... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 30/12/19)

හිටපු ඇමති රාජිත ගැන විවිධ අදහස්
උපුටා ගැන්ම හිරු නිව්ස්
අත්අඩංගුවට පත්ව සිටින පාර්ලිමේන්තු මන්ත්‍රී රාජිත සේනාරත්න සම්බන්ධයෙන් භික්ෂුන් වහන්සේ ඇතුළු විවිධ පාර්ශවයන් අදත් අදහස් පළ කළා. https://youtu.be/PtlBhRQ2SEI... -Full Story-
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සුදුවෑන් මාධ්‍ය හමුව ගැන එජාප නායකයන් දැන සිටි බවත් හෙළිවේ
උපුටා ගැන්ම හිරු නිව්ස්
රාජිත සේනාරත්න මන්ත්‍රීවරයා සුදුවෑන් මාධ්‍ය හමුව පැවැත්වූයේ පක්ෂ නායකයින් දැනුවත් කිරීමෙන් අනතුරුව බව එක්සත් ජාතික පක්ෂයේ පාර්ලිමේන්තු මන්ත්‍රී මුජිබර් රහුමාන් පවසනවා. සිරිකොත පක්ෂ මූලස්ථානයේ අද පැවති මාධ්‍ය හමුවකට එක්වෙමිනුයි ඔහු මේ බව සඳහන් කළේ. https://youtu.be/UxCUmqCghh0... -Full Story-
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රාජිත බන්ධනාගාර රෝහලට රැගෙන යාමට පැමිණි ගිලන් රථය පැය 04ක් ලංකා පෞද්ගලික රෝහලේ සිට පිටව යයි
උපුටා ගැන්ම හිරු නිව්ස්
නාරාහේන්පිට ලංකා පෞද්ගලික රෝහලේ ප්‍රතිකාර ලබමින් සිටින පාර්ලිමේන්තු මන්ත්‍රී රාජිත සේනාරත්න රැගෙන යාම සදහා අද (29) පස්වරුවේ රෝහල වෙත පැමිණි බන්ධනාගාර ගිලන් රථය මන්ත්‍රීවරයා රැගෙන යාමකින් තොරව, ඉන් පිටව ගියා. ඒ අනුව හෙට (30) දක්වා රක්ෂිත බන්ධනාගාර ගත කෙරුණු පාර්ලිමේන්තු මන්ත්‍රී රාජිත සේනාරත්න තවදුරටත් නාරාහේන්පිට ලංකා පෞද්ගලික රෝහලේ ප්‍රතිකාර ලබනවා. සුදු වෑන් මාධ්‍ය හමුව සම්බන්ධයෙන් වරෙන්තු ලැබ සිටි පාර්ලිමේන්තු මන්ත්‍රී රාජිත සේනාරත්න පසුගිය බ්‍රහස්පතින්දා නාරාහේන්පිට ලංකා පෞද්ගලික රෝහලේ හෘද දැඩි සත්කාර ඒකකයට ඇතුළත් කෙරුණා. එහිදි අපරාධ පරීක්ෂණ දෙපාර්තමේන්තුව ඔහු අත්අඩංගුවට ගත් අතර කොළඹ අතිරේක මහේස්ත්‍රාත්... -Full Story-
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මහ රැ ගෙදරටම ඇවිදින් චම්පිකට මාංචු දැම්මේ ඇයි?... රියැදුරා චූදිතයා කළ පොලිසිය ‘ආලවක’ වූ උපාසක දේශපාලනය...
සමන් ගමගේ උපුටා ගැන්ම ඉරිදා දිවයින
සීසීටීවී දර්ශන මැකුනේ කොහොමද? ශී‍්‍ර ලංකාවේ දේශපාලනය තුළ, ඉකුත් 2001 වසරේ පැවති මහ මැතිවරණයේදී නොසිතූ විරූ දේශපාලන අනාථභාවයකට පත් වූ සිහල උරුමය නම් වූ දේශපාලන කණ්ඩායමට යළි ශක්තියක් එක්වන්නේ මහා සංඝරත්නයේ මූලිකත්වයෙන් 2004 වසරේ පෙබරවාරි මාසයේදී ජාතික හෙළ උරුමය පක්‍ෂය බිහිවීමත් සමගය.මේ කාල වකවානුව වන විට සිය ධර්මදේශනාමය චතුරත්වය තුළින් මෙරට තුළ නව බෞද්ධ ප‍්‍රබෝධයක් ඇති කිරීමට අති පූජ්‍ය ගංගොඩවිල සෝම හිමියෝ සමත්ව සිටියහ. එසේ තිබියදී 2003 වසරේ දෙසැම්බර් මස දොළොස් වැනිදා සිදුවූ උන්වහන්සේගේ හදිසි අපවත් වීම මහා සංඝරත්නයේ මූලිකත්වයෙන් ජාතික හෙළ උරුමය බිහිවීමේ ප‍්‍රබල සාධකය ද... -Full Story-
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ඉලක්කය - ගෝඨාභය අදියර තුනකින් දියත්වූ ස්විස් රහස් මෙහෙයුම... තානාපති කාර්යාල සේවිකාව පැහැරගත් බව කියන සිද්ධියේ වරදකරු ශ‍්‍රී ලංකාවේ මාධ්‍ය බව ස්විස් රජය චෝදනා කරයි
කීර්ති වර්ණකුලසූරිය උපුටා ගැන්ම ඉරිදා දිවයින
⋆ ගෝඨාභය රාජපක්‍ෂ ගැන නිශාන්ත සිල්වා පරීක්‍ෂණ පවත්වන බව ස්විස් ප‍්‍රවෘත්ති ප‍්‍රධානියා දන්නේ කෙසේද?⋆ ස්විස් තානාපති මොක් මහින්ද රාජපක්‍ෂ අගමැති කිරීම ගැනද එරෙහිවූවෙක්⋆ රහස් පොලිස් පරීක්‍ෂණ හොඳ නැතිලූ⋆ ස්විස් විදේශ ඇමැති ගානියාගේ ප‍්‍රබන්ධයට යළි මැදිහත් වෙයි⋆ රටින් පැනගිය බස්තියන්  මේ වසරේ මාර්තු මස ජිනීවාහි පැවැති මානව හිමිකම් සැසියේදී කොමසාරිස් මිචෙලි බැචලට් සිය විමර්ශන වාර්තාවෙන් රහස් පොලිසියේ නිලධාරියෙක් නීතිය කැපකිරීමට මුල්වූ විරුවකු ලෙස ඇගයීමට ලක්කළේය. ඒ රහස් පොලිසියේ පරීක්‍ෂක නිශාන්ත සිල්වායි.  ඇගේ එම විමර්ශන වාර්තාවේ මෙලෙස සඳහන් කර තිබුණි.  ‘‘ලසන්ත වික‍්‍රමතුංග ඝාතනය - ප‍්‍රගීත් ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 30/12/19)

සේනක බිබිලේටත් කොකා පෙන්වූ රූමිගේ ඖෂධ මාෆියාව...
කුෂාන් සුබසිංහ උපුටා ගැන්ම ඉරිදා දිවයින
එම ඖෂධය අනුමත නොකරන වෛද්‍යවරුන්ට එරෙහිව විනය පරීක්‍ෂණ ශ‍්‍රී ලංකා රාජ්‍ය ඖෂධ නීතිගත සංස්ථාව යනු වචනයේ පරිසමාප්ත අර්ථයෙන්ම රාජ්‍ය ආයතනයකි. වෙනත් රාජ්‍ය ආයතනවල කාර්ය භාරයද ඉක්මවා රටේ හදවත බඳු ජනතාවගේ සෞඛ්‍යයට බද්ධව පවතින ආයතනයකි. එවැනි ආයතනයක් වංචාවක්, දූෂණයක් සිදුකරන්නේ නම්, බෙහෙත් පෙත්තෙන්ද ගසා කන්නේ නම් එය රටේම අභාග්‍යයකි. මුළුමහත් රටේ ජනතාවගේ නිරෝගි බව උකසට තබා තමාගේ කූට අරමුණු ඉටුකර ගැනීම සඳහා රාජ්‍ය ඖෂධ නීතිගත සංස්ථාවේ හිටපු සභාපතිවරයා දැරූ නීච ප‍්‍රයත්නය අද මුළු රට ඉදිරියේම අනාවරණය වී තිබේ. ඉන් ප‍්‍රධාන තැනක් ගන්නේ තත්ත්වයෙන් බාල... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 30/12/19)

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තමනට තවදුරටත් නාරාහේන්පිට ලංකා පෞද්ගලික රෝහලේ නැවතී සිටීමට පහසුකම් සලසා දෙන්නැයි රක්ෂිත බන්ධනාගාර ගත කර සිටින හිටපු ඇමැති රාජිත සේනාරත්න ඉල්ලීමක් කර තිබේ. මෙම ඉල්ලීම කර ඇත්තේ අද පස්වරුවේ ඔහු බැලීමට එම රෝහලට ගිය නාරාහෙන්පිට අභයාරාමාධිපති පූජ්‍ය මුරුත්තෙට්ටුවේ ආනන්ද හිමියන් සමගිනි. ඉතා හැඟුම්බර හිමියන්ගේ මෙම ඉල්ලීම කර ඇති හිටපු ඇමැතිවරයා පවසා ඇත්තේ පසුගිය රජය යටතේ ද බොහෝ පුද්ගලයන් බන්ධනාගාර ගතකළ පසු රෝහල් ගතව සිටීමට අවස්ථාව හිමි වූ බවයි. එම අවස්ථාව තමනටද කෙසේ හෝ සලසා දෙන්නැයි ද ඔහු ඉල්ලා ඇත. හිටපු ඇමැතිවරයා ඒ වනවිට අතිශය... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 29/12/19)

Rajitha held white van press briefing with party leaders’ blessing – UNP MP
Courtesy Island
UNP Colombo District MP Mujibur Rahuman, yesterday, said former health minister Dr Rajitha Senaratne, MP had conducted the controversial ‘white van’ press briefing in November, with the blessing of the UNP leaders. Addressing the media at Sirikotha MP Rahuman said the government had, instead of probing the allegations of white van abductions, arrested those who made them. "They raised serious issues while exposing white van abductions. The government should have investigated those issues. Instead, the government took those who made the revelations and filed charges against them. That is political witch-hunting." Asked... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 29/12/19)

Rajitha admitted to ICU
Courtesy Ada Derana
Parliamentarian Rajitha Senaratne, who was set to be transferred to the Prison Hospital on a recommendation by a prison medical officer, was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of the Lanka Hospital this afternoon (29). Accordingly, the prison ambulance which had arrived to escort MP Senaratne who is currently under remand custody left without the parliamentarian. A prison medical officer examined the former Health Minister who has been remanded until December 30 over the controversial “white van” media briefing he had called in November. She recommended that the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 29/12/19)

Revelation that UNP leaders were aware of the white van media briefing
Courtesy Hiru News
UNP parliamentarian Mujibar Rahuman says that parliamentarian Rajitha Senarathna carried out the white van media briefing with the awareness of the UNP leadership. He expressed this view at a media briefing held at the party headquarters Sirikotha today https://youtu.be/UxCUmqCghh0... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 29/12/19)

THE ROLE OF RELIGIONS AND RELIGIOUS RECONCILIATION IN SRI LANKA
BY EDWARD THEOPHILUS
Why religions emerged to this world and when religions emerged are hard questions to answer because nobody can give specific and clear answers to these questions. People can recollect that when they born, religions were existing and some historians attempted to interpret that the beginning of religions was to get a relief for the fear of human minds and the practical results of the operation of religions in this world showed that religions made a tremendous contribution to the human civilization, which supported to change the culture (rules and regulations) as well as opened to... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 29/12/19)

EELAM WAR SERIES 5. WINNING THE EELAM WAR
KAMALIKA PIERIS
The first three Presidents of Sri Lanka made no effort to win the war, though victory was possible.  J.R. Jayewardene halted the Vadamarachchi operation (1987) which would have permanently ended the LTTE offensive. .Premadasa handed over arms, ammunition, cement and cash to the LTTE. The LTTE used the ammunition and arms to kill 600 policemen in 1990. In Kumaratunga’s time, the army was almost wiped out at Mullaitivu (1996). A weeping soldier said the men had nothing to resist the LTTE with except a pistol and few grenades.   Four years later, soldiers   died of dehydration at... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 29/12/19)

How UNP governments destroyed our Sugar Industry
By : A.A.M.NIZAM – MATARA
Cultivation of sugar cane is the major sucrose extracting crop used in sugar industry in Sri Lanka. Sugar is considered as one of the main food items consumed in the country and hence sugar production and price directly affects day-to-day life of people in the country. The annual per capita consumption of sugar in Sri Lanka is approximately around 30 kg and the total annual requirement of sugar in the country is around 550,000 tons. In 2012 the country only produced 42,940 tons and imported 593,870 tons, with only approximately 7% of the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 29/12/19)

Sixth week of the GR Presidency
by C.A.Chandraprema Courtesy The Island
*  No whinging and complaining*  No daily rants about the previous government *  Business of governing back on track We are now past the fifth week of the Gotabhaya Rajapaksa presidency which officially began on November 18, but have not yet completed six weeks. The six weeks will be completed only on January 2. That we are now rid of the raving lunacy of the yahapalana regime seems almost too good to be true. But it is true, the yahapalanites are no longer in charge! We no... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 28/12/19)

A Report to the prison’s commissioner on Rajitha’s health
Courtesy Hiru News
https://youtu.be/cPySXPy5JUQ It has been observed today as to whether parliamentarian Rajitha Senaratne who is currently receiving treatment at the Lanka private hospital in Narahenpita subsequent to his arrest, could be transferred to the prison hospital. The prison’s department said that this observation was made by a prison’s doctor this morning. A report in this regard is scheduled to be given to the prison’s commissioner. Parliamentarian Rajitha Senaratne is currently receiving treatment at the Lanka private hospital amidst security of prison officials. Meanwhile several UNP Mps arrived at the hospital today as... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 28/12/19)

We want to know the BRAINS behind the Easter Sunday suicide attacks in Sri Lanka
Multiple venues were targeted on 21 April 2019 Easter Sunday causing death & mayhem across the island. What is tragic is that Sri Lanka’s Govt were given not just 1 warning but over 90 warnings over a period of 2 years. What is more baffling is that on the month of the attack and hours before the attack names of the suicide bombers, their phone numbers and even venues were given. Why were these venues not informed, why were police not dispatched are not as important as knowing who planned this attack and why? We know who... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 28/12/19)

මහ බැංකු මංකොල්ලය හෙළිවේ | Central Bank robbery revealed
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පාර්ලිමේන්තුව විසින් මහ බැංකු පිලිබදව සෙවීමේ කාර්යය කෝප් කමිටුවට භාර දී ඇති අතර එහි සභාපතිවරයා ලෙස කටයුතු කරන්නේ පා.ම. ගරු සුනිල් හදුන්නෙත්ති මහතා විසිනි. එහිදී එම කමිටුවට හෙළි වූ බැඳුම්කර වංචාව පිලිබඳව සාකච්ඡා කිරීමට සිව්හෙළ ටීවී අප එතුමාව සම්බන්ධ කර ගත්තෙමු... මහ දවල් සිදු වූ මහ බැංකු මංකොල්ලය සුල මුල මෙන්න https://youtu.be/XvLaETXv0oU... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 27/12/19)

GOTABAYA RAJAPAKSE-A PRACTISING BUDDHIST-NEED TO PUT AN END TO "WHITE-VAN" SCARECROW!
By M D P DISSANAYAKE
As Buddhists we do not believe in deities or spiritual powers. Qualities to be possessed by Leaders are contained in the Noble Eightford Path, viz. 1.  Right understanding (Samma ditthi) 2.  Right thought (Samma sankappa) 3.  Right speech (Samma vaca)  4.  Right action (Samma kammanta) 5.  Right livelihood (Samma ajiva)  6.  Right effort (Samma vayama) 7.  Right mindfulness (Samma sati) 8.  Right concentration (Samma samadhi) President Gotabaya is a proud owner of a trained mind, for several years, in line with above eight... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 27/12/19)

EELAM WAR SERIES 4. DEDICATION IN EELAM WAR IV.
KAMALIKA  PIERIS
Eelam War IV was won due to the dedication of those who participated in it. The commanders of the armed forces were confident of victory and, for the first time, the forces experienced a firm political commitment to win. Their morale went up  and they fought with great dedication.  Unlike in previous years, there were no large scale desertions and disobeying of orders. Gotabhaya Rajapakse said, the soldiers realised their responsibility to the nation and fought without complaint. They fought day and night, under continuous fire.  They did not ask for anything extra... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 27/12/19)

Gotabaya Rajapaksa government’s twin objectives
By P.K.Balachandran/Daily Express Courtesy NewsIn.Asia
Gotabaya Rajapaksa, who won the Sri Lankan Presidential election on November 16 emphatically, and formed a government with his brother and former President Mahinda Rajapaksa as Prime Minister, appears to have two objectives at this point of time. One is to put together a top-level team which will carry out his political and governance agendas, and the other is to secure two thirds majority or near two thirds majority in the April 2020 parliamentary elections in order to carry out the constitutional changes he has up his sleeve.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 27/12/19)

Chinese piano maestro Lu Yao adds a new dimension to Sino-Lankan ties
by Shiran Illanperuma Courtesy Xinhua
COLOMBO, Dec. 25 (Xinhua) — Sri Lankans today know China mostly for its economic assistance, but concertmaster and president of the Chamber Music Society of Colombo (CMSC) Lakshman De Saram hopes that a recent recital by a piano virtuoso will help showcase China’s wealth of culture and musical talent. When Lu Yao, an award-winning graduate of the Beijing-based Central Conservatory of Music, walked on to the stage of the Lionel Wendt Theatre at the city center of capital Colombo, “Some audiences were taken aback by his boyish appearance,” De Saram said.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 27/12/19)

During Portuguese rule, Jaffna peninsula was entirely “Catholic”
By P.K.Balachandran/Daily Express
Today, the Tamil-speaking Jaffna peninsula is a bastion of orthodox Saivism – a Hindu sect based on the worship of Lord Siva. But according to Prof. Tikiri Abeysinghe, in the 16th and the 17th centuries, under Portuguese sway, the peninsula was entirely Catholic, though only nominally so. In “Jaffna under the Portuguese”, which was first published in 1986, Abeysinghe (who taught history in Colombo University) says: “ Portuguese documents reporting conversions in Jaffna do so invariably in multiples of thousands. Even allowing for exaggeration, natural to this type of document, the success achieved... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 27/12/19)

රාජිත සේනාරත්න ගැන විවිධ අදහස්
උපුටා ගැන්ම හිරු නිව්ස්
පාර්ලිමේන්තු මන්ත්‍රී රාජිත සේනාරත්න හදිසියේ රෝහල් ගතවීම සහ අත්අඩංගුවට පත්වීම සම්බන්ධයෙන් විවිධ පාර්ශ්ව අද අදහස් පළ කළා. https://youtu.be/m4Rwiocdk84... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 27/12/19)

Prison officers arrive at Lanka Hospitals to take charge of MP Rajitha Senaratne
Courtesy Hiru News
Prison officers arrive at Lanka Hospitals to take charge of MP Rajitha Senaratne who has been remanded till 30 December... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 27/12/19)

The 2 white van drivers seek court permission to make a special revelation.
Courtesy Hiru News
The two suspects remanded in connection with the white van media conference organized by MP Rajitha Senarathna were further remanded until January 6th. They were arrested by the CID from a restaurant in Mahara on December 13th. Meanwhile, responding to MP Senarathna’s lawyer, Navarathna Bandara, deputy solicitor general Dilipa Peries told the court that MP Rajitha Senarathna has been named as the 3rd suspect of the white van media conference. https://youtu.be/YdhbLUO1tps He said the action was taken on... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 27/12/19)

Central bank clarifies bond scam investigations
Courtesy Hiru News
Central Bank Deputy Governor, Dr Nandalal Weerasinghe says necessary legal actions are being taken with regard to the bond scam according to the forensic audit report that has been given to the Attorney General. Dr Weerasinghe was addressing a media conference held at the Bank premise today.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 27/12/19)

Prime Minister reveals a scheme to weaken national, religious and social harmony
Courtesy Hiru News
Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa says that a swift investigation will be done on the opinions which had planned to change the students’ mindset through school textbooks. He was addressing a ceremony held at the Perakum Maha Vidyalaya at Iratta Periyakulam in Vavuniya. https://youtu.be/xBJI7fUSfxg... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 27/12/19)

Rajitha Senaratne remanded until December 30
Courtesy Hiru News
Parliamentarian Rajitha Senaratne who was arrested by the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) has been remanded until the 30th. The order was made after an additional magistrate visited the private hospital where the MP is receiving treatment. https://youtu.be/HcMxhaB5iDQ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 27/12/19)

In Colombo, a nativity play becomes a symbol of inter-ethnic and inter-faith unity
by Melani Manel Perera Courtesy AsiaNews.it
The annual Christmas carols at Holy Family Convent (HFC) School highlight unity. The traditional nativity scene has been given further meaning by the addition of four characters representing Sri Lanka’s four main communities. Colombo (Asia News) – Christmas carols are sung every year on the last day of class in all Sri Lankan schools. The Holy Family Convent (HFC) School in Colombo too holds its annual Christmas carol service before Christmas, but after school is closed. ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 27/12/19)

Massive cocaine bust, LTTE arrests and cross-border smuggling among Malaysia’s top crime cases of 2019
Courtesy Malay Mail
Inspector General of Police Tan Sri Abdul Hamid Bador and other officers examine the 12-tonnes of cocaine seized from three containers at Bayan Baru Police Station September 20, 2019. — Picture by Sayuti Zainudin KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 27 — The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), the continuing drug problems and smuggling at the country’s borders were among the crime issues of focus in 2019. Apart from that, also receiving attention this year was the appointment of Tan Sri Abdul Hamid Bador as the inspection-general of police on May 4. ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 27/12/19)

Ideas being introduced into the minds of children to be scrutinised
MEDIA RELEASE Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapksa 
(Translation of the speech made by Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapksa at the National Dhamma School Convention and Awards Ceremony held at Irattaperiyakulam in Vavuniya on 27 December 2019.) Most Venerable Mahanayaka Theras, Anunayaka Theras and members of the Maha Sangha, Hon. Ministers, Parliamentarians, Secretary to the Ministry of Buddha Sasana, Cultural and Religious Affairs, Dhamma School Teachers, and students of Dhamma Schools, Students enrolled in the Dhamma Schools today will be the generation that carries forward the Sinhala Buddhist national identity. Over the past several years, we saw... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 27/12/19)

ළමුන්ගේ හිත් තුළට දාන මතවාද ගැන විමර්ශනයක්
මාධ්‍ය නිවේදනය අග්‍රාමාත්‍ය මහින්ද රාජපක්‍ෂ මැතිතුමා
(2019 දෙසැම්බර් 27 වවුනියාවේ ඉරට්ටපෙරියකුලමේදී සමස්ථ ලංකා දහම් පාසල් සිසු ජාතික මහෝත්සවය අමතමින් අග්‍රාමාත්‍ය මහින්ද රාජපක්‍ෂ මැතිතුමා කළ කතාවේ පිටපත) වැඩමවා වදාල මහානායක ස්වාමීන්වහන්සේලා, අනුනායක ස්වාමීන්වහන්සේලා ප්‍රමුඛ අතිපූජනීය මහා සංඝරත්නයෙන් අවසරයි, ගරු ඇමතිවරුනි, මන්ත්‍රීවරුනි, බුද්ධ ශාසන, සංස්කෘතික හා ආගමික කටයුතු අමාත්‍යංශයේ ලේකම්තුමනි, දහම් පාසල් ගුරුවරුනි, දෙමවිපියනි, දහම්පාසල් ශිෂ්‍යයනි; අද මේ රටේ දහම් පාසල්වල ඉගෙනගන්නේ, සිංහල බෞද්ධ ජාතික අනන්න්‍යතාවය ඉදිරියට ගෙනයන්න ඉන්න පරම්පරාවයි. අපි පහුගිය අවුරුදු කිහිපය තුළ දැක්ක, බෞද්ධ ගිහියන්ගෙන් සැලකිය යුතු පිරිසක් පන්සලෙන් ඈත්වීම නිසා, ධර්මයෙන් ඈත්වීම නිසා, මහා සංඝරත්නයෙන් ඈතිවීම නිසා, මේ රටට සිද්ධ වුනු... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 27/12/19)

Rajitha Senaratne arrested
Courtesy Ada Derana
Former Health Minister Rajitha Senaratne has been arrested by the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) a short while ago. On 24th December, the Colombo Additional Magistrate issued a warrant to arrest the former Health Minister Rajitha Senaratne over the controversial “white van” media briefing he had called last month. However, officials of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) were not able to arrest the former Health Minister despite arriving at both his residences in Colombo and Beruwala yesterday (26). It was then reported that Senaratne was admitted to the cardiovascular intensive care unit... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 27/12/19)

Magistrate orders to execute arrest warrant on Rajitha
Yoshitha Perera Courtesy The Daily Mirror
Colombo Chief Magistrate Lanka Jayaratne today ordered the police to execute the arrest warrant issued on former minister Rajitha Senaratne over the ‘white van’ press conference. The Magistrate made the order dismissing a request made by the counsel of the MP to withdraw the arrest warrant.She also said the charges against the MP should be filed separately.  https://youtu.be/vBD5T3iYQ2c... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 27/12/19)

Who masterminded Swiss local recruit ‘abduction’ story whether it happened or not
Sri Lanka’s sleuths must conclude the investigation before Geneva sessions. Firstly, Sri Lanka must answer whether the abduction happened or not. Secondly, the Sri Lankan police must show if it didn’t happen the evidence to showcase this. Thirdly, if it did happen, Sri Lanka must arrest all those linked to & masterminds behind it. Fourthly, Sri Lankan police must also unearth the masterminds behind the fake abduction story and expose all involved and why. If Garnier Barrister Francis/Sriyalatha Perera WAS ABDUCTED ……..we want to know When she was abducted (date) (corresponding to date embassy claimed)What... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 27/12/19)

EELAM WAR SERIES 3: SRI LANKA’S ADMIRED INNOVATIONS IN WAR
KAMALIKA PIERIS
The world watched with interest as Sri Lanka defeated the LTTE in the final Eelam War. Wall Street Journal announced ‘for all those who argue there no military solution for terrorism, we have two words: Sri Lanka’.  Washington Times editorial of 25.4.2009 said ‘Sri Lankans are winning; we should let them finish the job. Obama administration should mind its own business.’ Sri Lanka’s achievement was immediately recognized. Sri Lanka was unanimously granted Dialogue Partner status in the Shanghai Cooperation Organization in June 2009 .This is an important regional group, which pays special attention to... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 27/12/19)

The Failure of Industries in Sri Lanka is the cause of its unemployment and poverty
By Dr Garvin Karunaratne, formerly of the SLAS
http://www.lankaweb.com/news/items/2011/02/12/the-failure-of-industries-in-sri-lanka-is-the-cause-of-its-unemployment-and-poverty/... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 27/12/19)

Beautification of Sri Lanka
By : A.A.M.NIZAM - MATARA
With the advent of GR government to power the jubilant youth of this country, heeding to the election campaign of Mr. Gotabhaya Rajapaka saying that ”you fulfil your responsibility and I will fulfil my responsibility” launched campaign of beautifying the old walls and towers covered with moss, dilapidated walls and betel chew spit walls with colourful, historically and culturally significant pictures.  This new wave I understand was started from Weeraketiya spread like a storm to all parts of the country and people belonging to all walks of life, all ages... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 27/12/19)

Role of diplomatic missions and the Swiss Saga
JANAKI CHANDRARATNA Courtesy The Island
The international treaty known as the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations of 1961 defines the code of practice for Diplomatic Missions. This treaty was based on principles of the UN Charter pertaining to the sovereignty of states, maintenance of peace and security and the promotion of friendly relations among nations. Article 3 of the treaty explains the functions of diplomatic missions and they include to: ‘ a) Represent the sending State in the receiving State; b) Protect the interests of the sending State and its citizens... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 27/12/19)

Colombo Law Faculty’s 1969 batch celebrates golden jubilee
Senaka Weeraratna
The Batch that entered the Faculty of Law, University of Ceylon, Colombo Campus, in 1969 commemorated 50 years of friendship and solidarity with light - hearted speeches, singing and musical interludes at the Marino Beach Hotel, Colombo 3, on December 14, 2019. They came from various parts of the world for the function. Former teachers mingled with former students in a spirit of camaraderie and fellowship. Many took the opportunity to walk down memory lane and recall the days gone by with nostalgia. Dr. Anil Vitarana, in his welcoming speech... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 27/12/19)

Kollupititya
Some of this information was obtained from a book titled Colonial Kollupitiya and its environs by H.M.M. Herath.
There was a time when Kollupitiya was known as Baradeniya. It was a beautiful rustic village with coconut  gardens and cinnamon trees that grew wild and narrow cart-tracks which connected the few villas and homes here with the rest of the country.    For the purpose of postal services 'Colombo 03' consists of Kollupitiya.    How Baradeniya became Kollupitiya  The year was 1664 and the king was Rajasinghe... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 27/12/19)

The Northeastern NE India remains safe for scribes
by NJ Thakuria
As the year 2019 is approaching the finish line, India appears to improve its journo-murder index with only two casualties and the northeastern region (NE) with none this year. The world witnesses murders of nearly 50 scribes for journalistic works and India’s share has also gone lower considerably from six to two. On the other hand, NE has evaded any incident of journalist’s killing for the second consecutive year. Amazingly, all the neighbouring nations to the region (except Bangladesh) avoided scribe’s murder during the year. Often described as a disturbed zone because of relentless violence... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 27/12/19)

PEPE ESCOBAR: You Say You Want a (Russian) Revolution?
Consortiumnews
https://consortiumnews.com/2019/12/21/pepe-escobar-you-say-you-want-a-russian-revolution/... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 27/12/19)

Rajitha’s magic
Editorial Courtesy Island
Friday 27th December, 2019 UNF MP Dr. Rajitha Senaratne played a vanishing trick the other day. He had given the CID spooks the slip, our lead news item said yesterday. We thought the CID, which specialises in arresting suspects and interrogating them for hours on end, would be able to take Senaratne into custody in next to no time, after it had obtained a court order, but it was groping in the dark. Rajitha outfoxed it in style and had himself admitted to hospital, yesterday evening. The CID was much more... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 27/12/19)

Russian foreign minister to visit Sri Lanka, India on January 14-15
Courtesy TASS
On January 14, Sergei Lavrov will meet with Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, also planning to hold talks with Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Dinesh Gunawardena MOSCOW, December 26. /TASS/. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov will visit Sri Lanka and India on January 14-15, Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova stated during Thursday’s briefing. "On January 14-15, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov will come to Sri Lanka and India on a working visit," she noted. According to her, on January 14, Lavrov will meet... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 27/12/19)

CID records statement from Rajitha
Courtesy Ada Derana
UPDATE (10:58 pm): Officials of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) are yet to record a statement from MP Rajitha Senaratne as the parliamentarian has been taken for a medical check-up. Officials of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) are currently recording a statement from Parliamentarian Rajitha Senaratne who was hospitalized earlier today (26). MP Rajitha Senaratne was admitted to the Lanka Hospitals in Narahenpita earlier this evening. On 24th December, the Colombo Additional Magistrate issued a warrant to arrest the former Health Minister Rajitha Senaratne over the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 27/12/19)

A CID Team arrived at the Lanka Hospitals
Courtesy Hiru News
A CID Team arrived at the Lanka Hospitals,Narahenpita where MP Rajitha Senarathna is Admitted at the CICU. https://youtu.be/dJRmc0N7qmA... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 27/12/19)

MP Rajitha Senaratne admitted to CICU at Lanka Hospital
Courtesy Hiru News
MP Rajitha Senaratne admitted to CICU at Lanka Hospitals, Narahenpita https://youtu.be/rWSeQsQA3dw... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 27/12/19)

Is Sri Lanka’s Parliament Protecting Sri Lanka’s Land Sovereignty
With regard to LAND there are critical factors Sri Lanka cannot afford to ignore any longer. We are into 72 years of ‘independence’ but still following colonial statutes and it is nothing we can be too proud about. It is essential to realize that these colonial statutes were drawn up by colonial invaders to suit their administration under which our natives were subservient. True, we gained adult suffrage and education but that too had ulterior motives in developing brown sahibs to continue colonial rule in new colonial form. Nonetheless, for a country to proudly stand up for sovereignty and territorial... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 26/12/19)

EELAM WAR SERIES 2: WHO PLANNED THE EELAM WAR?
KAMALIKA PIERIS
After World War II ended in 1949, several countries got together to debate the issue of war. This gave them the opportunity to outlaw war and create agencies to settle future conflicts peacefully through negotiation. Instead of doing this, they ‘legalized’ warfare through the ‘Geneva conventions.’ Armies could shoot and kill each other These countries then enlarged the scope of lawful war to include wars within states (civil wars). They announced that ‘national-liberation-movements-fighting-against-alien-occupation-and-racist-regimes-in-the-exercise-of-their-right-of-self-determination’ were entitled to take arms and use force. This gave the green light to both genuine and bogus liberation movements. The... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/12/19)

Dear Mr. President, paddy farmers must be honored and given the highest recognition in the society
Kudaligamage Geethanjana
Rajapakses, Geopolitics, ‘Eurocentric Developmentalism,’ and the western hegemony (Part 23) “ගරු ජනාධිපති තුමනි, අනාගතයේ යම් දිනෙක, මඩ සෝදාගත් අපගේ ගොවි තරුණයෙකුට  ඩෙනිමකින් සැරසී, කුඹුරේ සිට කෙලින්ම ක්‍රිකට් පිටියට ගොස්, අප ජාතික ක්‍රිකට් කණ්ඩායමේ සාමාජිකයෙකු ලෙස එංගලන්තයට එරෙහිව ටෙස්ට් තරඟයක් ක්‍රීඩා කිරීමට තරම්වූ පිළිගැනීමක් මෙරට ජන සමාජය තුල කුඹුරු ගොවිතැනට හිමිවූදා, අප සාර්ථක කෘෂිකාර්මික ප්‍රතිපත්තියක් ඇති කිරීම සඳහා අවශ්‍ය සමාජ-සංස්කෘතික  පසුබිමක් බිහි කර ඇතැයි සතුටු විය හැක.” “Dear Mr. President, the day when our young paddy farmer who cleaned himself off of mud and dressed in a denim jeans, and go directly... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/12/19)

Did this country get any Independence from Britain in 1948? Some new thoughts on Independent Sri Lanka?
Dr. Sudath Gunasekara 31.1. 2019.
Did this country get any Independence in 1948?   Are we an Independent country at all, at least after 70 years of so-called Independence?  Independence in respect of any given country means the power for self-governing without control or authority of another country or an outside party.  As history records we are supposed to have got independence from British rule in 1948. Now that the much hyped Independence Day celebrations (Jatika Day as the present Government calls it) is again around the corner for the 71st time, I posit... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/12/19)

මේරටේ සැබෑ නිදහස්දිනයපැවැත්වියයුත්තේමැයිමස 22 දාමිසපෙබරවාරි 4 දානොවේ.
ආචාර්ය සුදත් ගුණසේකර
25.12.2019. මන්ද පලමුව 48 පෙබරවාරි 4 දා අපගේ මව්බිමට හා සින්හල ජාතියට පූර්ණ නිදහස නොලැබුනු නිසාය. දෙවනුව අර්ධවශයෙන් හෝ  මේ රටට කිසියම් දේශපාලන නිදහසක් ලැබුනේ 1972 මැයිමස ජනරජයක් වශයෙන් ප්රකාශකළ දා බැවිනි.1972 සිට 1977 දක්වාපුරාපස්වසරක්මරටේනිදහස්දිනසැමරුම්උත්සවයපැවැත්වූයේදමැයිමස 22 වනදිනය. eya hAdinvuuyeida janaraja dinaya vaSayen misa nidahas dinaya vaSayen novimada wAdagatya. 1972 dii janarajayak bavaTa patvuvada tawamat mei raTa pawatinneda  eseima ei tula kriyaatmaka vanneda brataanya yatat vijitayak men bAvin ei artakatanayada vadaat artaanvita yaida mama sitami.එබැවින් මේ රටේ නිදහස් දිනය venuvaTa apa sAmariya yuttei janaraja dinayayi mama sitami. eya kaLayutteida.මැයි මස 22 දා මිස ජෙන්නින්ගේ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/12/19)

Swiss Hoax exposed – Part II
By : A.A.M.NIZAM – MATARA
The Sunday Island in its editorial said that it is now abundantly clear that neither Switzerland nor Sri Lanka want to escalate what followed the alleged abduction of a local employee of the Swiss Embassy in Colombo. President Gotabaya Rajapaksa went on public record saying that Switzerland did its duty by standing up for its employee while Sri Lanka did its duty by thoroughly investigating the complaint. But he was clear that there was no abduction according to the physical and technical evidence examined. In effect he was saying that the alleged victim’s... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/12/19)

Sexual Perverts Are the New American Privileged Class
PaulCraigRoberts.org
This site offers factual information and viewpoints that might be useful in arriving at an understanding of the events of our time. We believe that the information comes from reliable sources, but cannot guarantee the information to be free of mistakes and incorrect interpretations. https://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2019/12/21/sexual-perverts-are-the-new-american-privileged-class/... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/12/19)

එක නීතියක් හැම දේශපාලන පක්ෂයකටම ඕනා නිසා මේ යෝජනාව පාර්ලිමේන්තු 2/3 සම්මත වෙනු ඇත.
Dr Thsitha Wijemanne
ෂරියා විවාහ තහනම් කරන යෝජනාව පාර්ලිමේන්තුවට ඉදිරිපත් වේ. ඉස්ලාම් ෂරියා නීතියට අනුව සිදු කරනා බාලවයස් විවාහ තහනම් කිරීම සඳහා වූ යෝජනාවක්  පාර්ලිමේන්තුවට ඉදිරිපත් කර තිබේ.පුද්ගලික මන්ත්‍රී යෝජනාවක් ලෙස මෙම යෝජනාව ඉදිරිපත් කර ඇත්තේ  පාර්ලිමේන්තු මන්ත්‍රිනී තුසිතා විජේමාන්න මහත්මිය විසිනි.Dr Thsitha Wijemanne... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/12/19)

WHERE IS THE BAD MOUTHED RAJITHA SENARATHNA?
Stanley Perera Melbourne Australia.
 I remember my childhood days playing the game of HORA POLICE when to-day CID is looking for Rajitha Senarathna after the court issued an arrest warrant.  This dutt dostharaya with his loud mouth (kimbul kata) conniving with the rouge ambassador Mr. Mock and Siriyalatha published in the TV news media of an unbelievable story of crocodiles fed with people who were disappeared like a hero.  Immediately thereafter that Nidahan Hora the son of the president appeared and condemned the President Gotabhaya.  In that scenario the people were wise enough to put two... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/12/19)

චම්පිකගේ අනතුර ගැන පොලිස් ලොක්කන් 7ක ගෙන් ප්‍රශ්න කරයි
උපුටා ගැන්ම  මව්බිම
හිටපු අමාත්‍ය පාඨලී චම්පික රණවක විසින් 2016 වසරේදී රාජගිරියේදී අනතුරක් සිදුකොට පලා යෑම, සාක්ෂි වසන්  කිරීම යනාදී චෝදනා මත සිදුකෙරෙන විමර්ශනවලට අදාළව පොලිස් අධිකාරිවරයකුගෙන් සහ හිටපු පොලිස් ස්ථානාධිපතිවරුන් තිදෙනකු ඇතුළු පොලිස් නිලධාරීන් හත් දෙනකුගෙන් කොළඹ අපරාධ කොට්ඨාසය ප්‍රශ්න කර තිබේ.  මෙලෙස ප්‍රශ්න කර ඇත්තේ එවක වැලිකඩ පොලිසිය භාරව කටයුතු කළ සහකාර පොලිස් අධිකාරිවරයකු වූ වර්තමාන පොලිස් අධිකාරි ධුරය හොබවන හේරත් ප්‍රියදර්ශන, එවක වැලිකඩ පොලිසියේ ස්ථානාධිපති වූ වර්තමාන සහකාර පොලිස් අධිකාරිවරයකු ලෙස කටයුතු කළ සුදත් අස්මඩල, එවක බොරැල්ල පොලිසියේ ස්ථානාධිපතිවරයා වූ වර්තමාන සහකාර පොලිස් අධිකාරිවරයකු වන ප්‍රගති ලක්මිණ අබේසිංහ, පාදුක්ක පොලිසියේ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/12/19)

Renowned Hindi author Ganga Prasad Vimal dies in road accident in Sri Lanka
Courtesy PTI
The 80-year-old author was travelling along with his family in a van, which crashed into a container truck. COLOMBO:  Renowned Hindi author Ganga Prasad Vimal and his two family members were killed in a road accident in southern Sri Lanka, police said on Wednesday. The 80-year-old author was travelling along with his family in a van, which crashed into a container truck from behind on the Southern Expressway in Kurundugahahathapma area on Monday night, they said. Vimal and two of his family members were... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/12/19)

අනතුරක් සිදුකර පලායාම සම්බන්ධයෙන් යුද හමුදා සෙබළෙකු අත්අඩංගුවට
මව්බිම දැන්
යතුරුපැදියක් පදවාගෙන ගොස් අනතුරක් සිදුකර පලායාම සම්බන්ධයෙන් යුද හමදා සෙබළෙකු අද (25) සවස සැකපිට අත්අඩංගුවට ගත්බව මින්නේරිය පොලීසිය කියයි. හෙතෙම මින්නේරිය කාලතුවක්කු යුද හමුදා කඳවුරේ සේවය කරන අයෙකු බව අනාවරණයවී ඇත. ඉකුත් 22වෙනි දින මින්නේරිය නගරයට නුදුරුවදී මාර්ගයේ පයින් ගමන් කරමින් සිටි පුද්ගලයෙකු යතුර පැදියක ගැටී ඉන්පසුව අසල තිබූ වාරිමාර්ග ඇලකට වැටී මිය ගොස් තිබුණි. සිද්ධියෙන් මිය ගොස් ඇත්තේ වත්තේගෙදර  පේ‍්‍රමරත්න නැමැති 46 හැවිරිදි අයෙකු බව පොලීසිය පවසයි.ඒ සම්බන්ධයෙන් විමර්ශන සිදුකර අනතුර සිදුකල බව කියන සෙබළා සැකපිට අත් අඩංගුවට ගෙන තිබේ.  පොලොන්නරුව අනුරාධ විශ්වනාත්... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/12/19)

Govt. to propose amendments at the UNHRC sessions
Sandun A Jayasekera Courtesy Daily Mirror
We will propose amendments to the UNHRC resolution 30/1 of October 1, 2015, co-sponsored by the US and Sri Lanka allegedly without the knowledge or the consent of the then president and the government, International Relations State Minister Susil Premajayantha said yesterday. The next UNHRC sessions will be in March 2020. He said the new government led by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has already begun the diplomatic process to face the challenge expected when the 43rd UNHRC sessions are held next year. The minster told a media... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/12/19)

CID officers visit Rajitha’s houses in Colombo and Kalutara
Courtesy Ada Derana
Officers of the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) have reportedly inspected UNP Parliamentarian Dr. Rajitha Senaratne’s residences in Colombo and Kalutara, in order to execute a warrant for the former minister’s arrest. Over 24 hours have passed since the Colombo Magistrate’s Court issued a warrant for the arrest of Rajitha Senaratne in connection with the now infamous ‘white van’ press briefing, however the police are yet to place the MP under arrest. Based on the instructions of the Attorney General, the CID had obtained an arrest warrant from the court, which had... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/12/19)

පොලිසිය වරෙන්තු ලැබූ රාජිත සොයයි
උපුටා ගැන්ම හිරු නිව්ස්
අත්අඩංගුවට ගෙන අධිකරණයට ඉදිරිපත් කරන ලෙස වරෙන්තු නිකුත් කර පැය 24 කට වැඩි කාලයක් ගතව ඇතත්, පාර්ලිමේන්තු මන්ත්‍රී රාජිත සේනාරත්න මෙතෙක් අත්අඩංගුවට ගැනීමට හැකි වී නැහැ. කෙසේ වෙතත්, මන්ත්‍රීවරයා සිටින ස්ථානයක් පිළිබඳ මෙතෙක් නිශ්චිත තොරතුරක් නොමැති බව වාර්තා වනවා. ආන්දෝලනාත්මක සුදු වෑන් මාධ්‍ය හමුව සම්බන්ධයෙන් පාර්ලිමේන්තු මන්ත්‍රී රාජිත සේනාරත්න අත්අඩංගුවට ගෙන අධිකරණයට ඉදිරිපත් කරන්නැයි කොළඹ අතිරේක මහේස්ත්‍රාත් බණ්ඩාර නෙළුම්දෙනිය ඊයේ පස්වරුවේ වරෙන්තු නිකුත් කළා. ඒ, දණ්ඩ නීති සංග්‍රහයේ ප්‍රතිපාදන සහ ජනාධිපතිවරයා තෝරාපත් කර ගැනීමේ පනත යටතේ වරදක් සිදුකර ඇති බැවින් ඔහු අත්අඩංගුවට ගැනීමට වරෙන්තු නිකුත් කරන... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/12/19)

විග්නේෂ්වරන් යළිත් ෆෙඩරල් ඉල්ලයි
උපුටා ගැන්ම හිරු නිව්ස්
උතුර හා නැගෙනහිර ඒකාබද්ධ කර ව්‍යවස්ථාවට ෆෙඩරල් ක්‍රමය ඇතුළත් කර උතුර හා නැගෙනහිර දෙමළ භාෂාව කතා කරන මුස්ලිම් ජනයා වෙනුවෙන් වෙනම ඒකකයක් පිහිටුවීම මඟින් සිංහල, දෙමළ, මුස්ලිම් සියළු දෙනාට අත්වැල් බැඳගෙන ඉදිරියට යා හැකි බව උතුරු පළාත් හිටපු ප්‍රධාන අමාත්‍ය සී.වී. විග්නේෂ්වරන් පවසනවා. ඔහු මේ බව කියා සිටියේ යාපනයේදී අද මාධ්‍ය වෙත අදහස් පළ කරමින්. එමෙන්ම, මහා වංශය ලියවෙන 05 වන ශත වර්ෂයේදී සිංහලයින් නොසිටි බවත්, හයවන සහ හත්වන ශතවර්ෂවලදී සිංහලයින් පැමිණි බවත් ඔහු පවසනවා. https://youtu.be/TKvqEJHodqQ එසේම මෑතකාලීන ඞී.එන්.ඒ. පරීක්ෂාවලින්... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/12/19)

EELAM WAR SERIES: 1 BUNGLING THE EELAM WAR
KAMALIKA PIERIS
The public wanted to know why the government took so long to defeat the LTTE.  Why had they not won the war when the LTTE was much weaker? If the LTTE had been defeated earlier, then many lives could have been saved. The armed forces knew the strategies needed to defeat them. They wanted an eastern strategy. The east was the real centre of Eelam and the war must be fought there, they said. ‘LTTE would have collapsed long ago if the north- eastern waters had been patrolled.  LTTE ‘successes’ were due to our ‘failures’ and... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/12/19)

Let’s welcome Jörg Frieden, the Damage-Controller
Malinda Seneviratne
A senior Swiss diplomat and former Ambassador to Sri Lanka, Jörg Frieden is on his way to help clarify to Swiss authorities what Switzerland describes as a ‘current crisis’.  The Swiss are perturbed, we are told. ‘Confused’ would be a better descriptive though. They call it a ‘security incident’. The knowledge of the Swiss on ‘security’ is amply demonstrated by the fact that they see nothing wrong in their citizens collecting money to fund terrorism.   The Swiss has issued a statement. Apparently Federal Councillor Ignazio Cassis, who is the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/12/19)

Swiss Hoax exposed – Part I
By : A.A.M.NIZAM - MATARA
It has become very clear now that the Swiss drama was a deliberate hoax enacted by neo-liberal western powers, the UNP and the LTTE terrorists to discredit and malign the new Sri Lanka government headed by President Gotabhaya Rajapaksa. just one week after it came to power to    Political columns of both “the Island” abd “Sunhday Times” have posted details relating to Swiss threats made to the new government to force to acquiesce to its dictates and make it collapse before it started its programmes.  The Island columnist C.A.Chandraprema (CAC)... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/12/19)

Ninety four percent voted for ‘One Country, One Law,’ so there!
Malinda Seneviratne
The recently held presidential election, like all major elections, was a hard fought affair. In terms of who supported whom, historical antipathy, who wanted to remain in power and who wanted to assume power, there were differences. Well, the candidates themselves, outside of their political homes, were also different in the way they conducted themselves and of course their track records. Apart from all these rather trivial differences actually, Sajith Premadasa and Gotabaya Rajapaka had more things in common than has been acknowledged by either or their supporters, especially when it comes... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/12/19)

Warrant issued for Rajitha’s arrest
Courtesy Ada Derana
A warrant has been issued by the Colombo Additional Magistrate to arrest former Health Minister Rajitha Senaratne. The Attorney General Dappula De Livera has instructed the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) to obtain an arrest warrant from court and arrest former minister Dr. Rajitha Senaratne following investigations regarding the ‘white van’ press conference.  The UNP MP had filed a fresh affidavit yesterday with regard to his second anticipatory bail application seeking to prevent his arrest by the CID. On November 10  this year, Senaratne had called the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/12/19)

Patali Champika granted bail
Courtesy Hiru News
MP Patalie Champika Ranawaka who was in remand in connection with a motor accident that injured a youth at Rajagiriya in 2016 has been released on bail this morning. When MP Ranawaka was produced before the court, Colombo Additional Magistrate Kanchana Neranjani Silva ordered to release the MP on a 25 thousand cash bail and two surety bails of 500 thousand rupees each. The Magistrate also ordered the MP not to influence the witnesses. https://youtu.be/nZspe9UyR8c... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/12/19)

රාජගිරියේ අනතුරින් පසු චම්පිකගේ වාහනයේ රියදුරු මාරු කල පුද්ගලයා සාක්‍ෂි දෙයි.. චම්පික බිත්තයට හිරවෙයි..
– අරවින්ද අතුකෝරල උපුටා ගැන්ම ලංකාසීනිවුස්
පිවිතුරු හෙල උරුමයේ නායක පාර්ලිමේන්තු මන්ත‍්‍රී උදය ගම්මන්පිල මහතා එම පක්‍ෂ මූලස්ථානයේදී පැවති මාධ්‍ය හමුවකදී මෙම අදහස් පල කලේය. නීතිය පිලිබඳ මහචාර්ය අජිත් පෙරේරා මැතිතුමාත් ජනාධිපති නීතිඥ නලින් බණ්ඩාර මැතිතුමාත් පුංචි දඩයක් ගහන්න ඕනෑ මාර්ග නීති වරදකට පාච රණවක මන්ත්‍රිතුමා බන්ධනාගාර ගත කර ඇති බවට ප්‍රකාශ කරනවා අපි දැක්කා. ඔය අජිත් පෙරේරා නීති විශාරදයා තමයි කිව්වේ ගීතා මන්ත්‍රිතුමිය ද්විත්ව පුරවැසියෙක් බව ඔප්පු වුණොත් ගාලු දිස්ත්‍රික්කයේ සංධානයෙන් පත් වුණු සියළුම මන්ත්‍රිවරුන්ගේ මන්ත්‍රි ධූර අහෝසි වෙනවා කියලා. උසාවියට වාර්තා කළ කරුණු අනුව පාටලි මන්ත්‍රිතුමා අත්අඩංගුවට අරගෙන තිබෙන්නේ මාර්ග නීති කඩ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/12/19)

පාඨලී මානසික රෝගියෙක් ඔබව පාලනයට මොවුන් ගැලපෙනවද?? ||VLOG69||
SL VLOG
https://youtu.be/iM5MA6JNUDI... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/12/19)

හිර ගෙට ගෙනගිය චම්පික රණවක ගැන යළි මතක් කිරීමක්.
SL VLOG
පාඨලී චම්පික තමන්ගෙ රහස් රකින්නට 6 වතාවක් හිසට විදුලිය අල්ලලා ||VLOG 58|| https://youtu.be/RLC7YGJb1Oo... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/12/19)

Patali champika ranawaka /සියල්ල හෙළිවෙයි /Ajith Prasanna
SL 360 TV
https://youtu.be/GC45VG8DPUs... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/12/19)

එදා රෑ හොඳයි නම් දැනුත් රෑ හොඳයි... සුසිල්
Ada Derana
https://youtu.be/DNflRnNnSSY... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/12/19)

අනතුර සිදු වුණේ පාඨලිගේ වරදින් විතරයි - ගම්මන්පිල
Ada Derana
https://youtu.be/WWPMTxZ0PZw... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/12/19)

ධීවර ඇමති කාලේ රාජිත නැව් පිටින් ගිල්ලේ... පියල් නිශාන්ත
Ada Derana
https://youtu.be/y-bA4uSf45Y... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/12/19)

Ex-Army commander Gen. Daya Ratnayake appointed Sri Lanka Ports Authority Chairman
Courtesy NewsIn,Asia
Colombo, December 24 (News 1st): General Daya Ratnayake has been appointed as the Chairperson of the Sri Lanka Port Authority (SLPA). The Ministry of Ports and Shipping stated that the appointment letter has already been given to Gen. General Daya Ratnayake was the 20th Sri Lanka Army Commander. The appointment of a former army man as the SLPA chairman indicates President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s concern for national security. He won the November 16, Lankan Presidential election ensuring scurity in the aftermath of the April 21, 2019 Easter Sunday blasts set... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/12/19)

Outlook positive as Hambantota Port grows with opportunities for Sri Lankans
By Tang Lu, Shiran Illanperuma and Chen Jian Courtesy NewsIn.Asia
Colombo, December 24 (Xinhua): It was early in the morning as 25-year-old Harshana Tennekoon zipped across southern Sri Lanka’s Hambantota International Port (HIP) in his hatchback to welcome the first roll-on/roll-off (RORO) ship of the day. The massive vessel, carrying automobiles manufactured in India and destined for markets as far off as South Africa and Cuba, dwarfed Tennekoon. Armed with a walkie talkie, hardhat and reflective vest, the young duty manager-in-training must oversee a team of around 90, who would spend... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/12/19)

‘Made in Sri Lanka’ electric luxury supercar is a 900 bhp powerhouse
Courtesy NewsIn.Asia
Vega is powered by a 300 kw battery pack which gives it a range of 240 kilometers Colombo, December 23 (HTAuto) – Beautiful beaches, mild weather and rich cultural legacy are what are synonymous with Sri Lanka. Having its very own supercar then, is quite the contrasting picture that a company called CodeGen is trying to paint. CodeGen is a Sri Lankan company that is in the final stages of preparing its very own electric luxury supercar called Vega that promises to put not just the island nation but south Asia firmly... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/12/19)

අත්අඩංගුවට ගන්න පෙර රාජිත රෝහල් ගතවේ…? එතැනින් සිංගප්පූරු පනින්න හිලක් හදාගනී..??
උපුටා ගැන්ම ලංකාසීනිවුස්
හිටපු ඇමැති රාජිත සේනාරත්න මහතා මේ වන විට කොළඹ පෞද්ගලික රෝහලකට ඇතුළත් වන්නැයි නීති උපදෙස් ලැබී ඇතැයි වාර්තා වෙයි. වහා අත්අඩංගුවට ගන්නා ලෙස වරෙන්තු නිකුත්කර තිබියදී සේනාරත්න මහතාට මෙසේ පුද්ගලික රෝහලට ඇතුළත් වන්නැයි උපදෙස් ලැබී ඇත්තේ සිය හෘද රෝගී තත්වය මූලික කරගෙන ය. රාජිත සේනාරත්න මහතා පත් පසුගිය කාලයේදී සිංගප්පූරුවේ දී හෘද සැත්කමකට භාජනය වූ අතර දීර්ඝ කාලීන ඖෂධ භාවිතා කරන්නෙක්ද වෙයි. සාමාන්‍යයෙන් හෘද සැත්කමකින් පසු ඒ සම්බන්ධයෙන් වන වෛද්‍ය පරීක්ෂණ හා ප්‍රතිකාර සඳහාද පෙර වෛද්‍යවරයා වෙත යොමුවීම සාමාන්‍ය ලෙස සිදුවන්නකි. ඒ අනුව නැවතත් රාජිත සේනාරත්න මහතා... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/12/19)

Foreign relations Swiss fiasco highlights need to revisit Geneva resolution
By Shamindra Ferdinando Courtesy The Island
December 24, 2019, 8:45 pm Leader of the Mahajana Eksath Peramuna (MEP) and UPFA parliamentarian Dinesh Gunawardena receiving his letter of appointment as the minister of foreign relations from President Gotabaya Rajapaksa (Pic courtesy President’s media) One-time Sri Lankan Ambassador in Qatar, A.S.P. Liyanage, was among those who contested the 2019 presidential election. Of the 35 contestants, Liyanage polled 6,447 votes (0.05 per cent). The Sri Lanka Labour Party leader secured the 20th position and was among 33 out of 35 contestants who failed... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/12/19)

New rural development initiative in place of Gamperaliya
by Shamindra Ferdinando Courtesy Island
Having terminated Enterprise Sri Lanka loan scheme and Gamperaliya launched by the previous UNP-led coalition to spur economic growth at electorate level, the new government announced a new initiative to develop villages. In accordance with the latest development initiate, the Gotabaya Rajapaksa government will allocate Rs. 2 mn each to 14,021 villages next year, whereas in terms of the Gamperaliya project, the previous government provided Rs 300 mn apiece to electorates. The UNP launched Enterprise Sri Lanka and Gamparaliya in August and September 2018, respectively, in the wake of the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/12/19)

It wasn’t a mere traffic offence: Gammanpila
Lahiru Pothmulla Courtesy Daily Mirror
Pivithuru Hela Urumaya (PHU) leader Udaya Gammanpila said today former minister Patali Champika Ranawaka was not arrested in connection with a mere traffic offence as claimed by UNP MPs but over several allegations. He told a news briefing that UNP MPs Ajith P Perera and Nalin Bandara had said Mr. Ranawaka was remanded over a minor traffic offence which could have ended up in a fine. https://youtu.be/K_f72-lVHZs "According to what transpired in Court, Mr. Ranawaka was arrested for reckless driving and other serious allegations levelled... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/12/19)

TNA says reports about its support to UNP are false
Courtesy Hiru News
TNA media spokesman parliamentarian M.A. Sumanthiran said that the reports stating that the TNA will be supporting the UNP to form a UNP government at the next general election are completely false He stated that his party has not taken such a decision so far. The media had reported stating that the MP made a statement in this regard after a meeting held at the TNA office in Kayts last Sunday. However, he said that he was not in the Northern Province... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/12/19)

Champika Ranawaka's supporters should be arrested - MP Gammampila
Courtesy Hiru News
The Pivithuru Hela Urumaya states that MP Patali Champika Ranawaka's supporters should be arrested for making false complaints to intimidate the youth that was seriously injured in the Rajagiriya accident that took place in 2016, and his friends The Leader of the party MP Udaya Gammanpila made this statement participating at a media briefing held in Colombo today. https://youtu.be/RfxgDcuO6HY... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/12/19)

පාඨලීගේ රියදුරුගෙන් ප්‍රකාශ ලබාගැනීමටත් රහස් පොලීසියට අවසර
උපුටා ගැන්ම හිරු නිව්ස්
රක්ෂිත බන්ධනාගාරගත කර සිටි පාර්ලිමේන්තු මන්ත්‍රී පාඨලී චම්පික රණවක ඇප මත මුදාහැරීමට කොළඹ අතිරේක මහේස්ත්‍රාත් කාංචනා නෙරංජනී සිල්වා අද නියම කළා. ඔහුට සෑම මසකම අවසන් ඉරු දින කොළඹ අපරාධ කොට්ඨාශය හමුවේ පෙනී සිටින ලෙසටයි මහේස්ත්‍රාත්වරිය නියෝග කළේ 2016 වසරේ රාජගිරිය ප්‍රදේශයේදී රිය අනතුරක් සිදුකර පළා යෑම සහ ඒ පිළිබඳව සාක්ෂි වසන් කිරීම යන චෝදනා යටතේ පාර්ලිමේන්තු මන්ත්‍රී පාඨලී චම්පික රණවක කොළඹ අපරාධ කොට්ඨාශය පසුගිය 18 වැනිදා අත්අඩංගුවට ගනු ලැබුවා. https://youtu.be/86ML6PIUmek එදිනම රාත්‍රියේ මන්ත්‍රීවරයා කොළඹ මහේස්ත්‍රාත්වරයා හමුවට ඉදිරිපත් කළ අතර, එහිදී අධිකරණය නියෝග කළේ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/12/19)

ජනපතිට රට ගොඩනැගීමට කාලයක් ලබාදිය යුතු බව ඇල්ලේ හිමියන් කියයි
උපුටා ගැන්ම හිරු නිව්ස්
වත්මන් ජනාධිපතිවරයාට, රට ගොඩගැනීමට කාලයක් ලබාදිය යුතු බව පූජ්‍ය ඇල්ලේ ගුණවංශ හිමියන් ප්‍රකාශ කළා. උන්වහන්සේ මේ බව කියා සිටියේ හෙටට යෙදෙන නත්තල් දිනයට සමගාමීව පාස්කු ප්‍රහාරයෙන් විපතට පත් දරු දැරියන් පිරිසකට ත්‍යාග පිරිනැමීමේ අවස්ථාවකට කොළඹ අගරදගුරු නිල නිවසේදී අද (24) එක්වෙමින්. https://youtu.be/WtPOxw3P6Og... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/12/19)

ජීවන වියදම් කැබිනට් අනු කමිටුව ජනපති ප්‍රධානත්වයෙන්
උපුටා ගැන්ම හිරු නිව්ස්
ඉදිරි උත්සව සමයේදී හිඟයකින් තොරව සහ සහන මිලට ජනතාවට ආහාර ද්‍රව්‍ය ලබාදීම පිළිබඳව ජනාධිපති ගෝඨාභය රාජපක්ෂ මහතා අද පැවති ජීවන වියදම් කැබිනට් අනු කමිටුවේදී උපදෙස් දී තිබෙනවා. ජනාධිපතිවරයාගේ ප්‍රධානත්වයෙන් අදාළ අනු කමිටුව අද පස්වරුවේ රැස්වුණේ ප්‍රථමවරයි. ජීවන වියදම් කැබිනට් අනු කමිටුව ප්‍රථමවරට ජනාධිපති ගෝඨාභය රාජපක්ෂ මහතාගෙන් ජනාධිපති කාර්යාලයේදී රැස් වුණා. ඊට අග්‍රාමාත්‍ය මහින්ද රාජපක්ෂ මහතා,  ඇමතිවරුන් කිහිප දෙනෙකු සහ නිලධාරීන් කිහිප දෙනෙකු එක්ව සිටියා. https://youtu.be/U0qPxDsLMss ඉදිරි උත්සව සමයේදී හිඟයකින් තොරව සහ සහන මිලට ජනතාවට ආහාර ද්‍රව්‍ය ලබාදීම... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/12/19)

Warrant issued to arrest Rajitha
Courtesy Hiru News
Colombo Additional Magistrate Bandara Nelumdeniya issued an arrest warrant for the arrest of MP Rajitha Senaratne, today. The Attorney General's Coordinator, State Counsel Nisara Jayaratne stated that the order was issued by court after considering the submissions made by the Criminal Investigation Department and the Attorney General's Department. The Attorney General had instructed the Director of the Criminal Investigations Department to obtain a warrant pertaining to the White Van media conference investigations and to arrest the Member of Parliament https://youtu.be/p4J9PY3vC6g Attorney General... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/12/19)

How to make Swiss cheese (a low-grade cheese full of holes) and the fake legend of William Tell.
Rudra de Zoysa.
The Swiss have contributed only 2 things to human civilisation – cuckoo clocks and secret bank accounts. The abduction of Garnia Bannister Francis is a total fabrication similar to the story of William Tell. Tell was a farmer who lived about 700 years ago and was supposed to be good at shooting his cross -bow. He shot an apple off his young son`s head and became a national hero. The fake legend of Tell extols his marksmanship and fight against Albrecht Gessler a dictator, but hardly any mention is made of his son’s bravery... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/12/19)

Swiss & NGOs
Wimal Senanayake
There are now good evidence about the complicity of the swiss embassy in the alleged abduction of its employee. While they are being investigated one other factor that has been reported is the political advisor to the swiss embassy is a son of the infamous Nimalka Fernando, the so called right woman activitist & the NGO supporter. Nimalka is the one who took a campaign against Sri Lanka supporting Geneva resolutions. In an interview given to CH4 she describes about death threats by the previous Rajapaksha government and Jesus Christ being her only strength.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/12/19)

ERASING THE EELAM VICTORY Part 10B
KAMALIKA PIERIS
On May 17, 2009, the LTTE accepted defeat and formally surrendered to the army. These LTTE cadres had engaged in high treason. They had taken arms against a sovereign state. They had conducted a protracted civil war, lasting over 30 years. Such treason would lead to severe punishment in any country. In Sri Lanka too, the LTTE cadres were scrutinized and the hard core separated from the rest. The cadres were divided into categories, such as leaders, staunch combatants, fetchers and carriers and so on. It was found that about 15-20% were considered hardline... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/12/19)

නීති කඩකර ස්විස් තානාපති කාර්යාලය හිටපු කොටි 200 කට වීසා දීලා
කීර්ති වර්ණකුලසූරිය
මෙරට නීතිය උල්ලංඝනය කරමින් කොළඹ ස්විස් තානාපති කාර්යාලය හිටපු කොටි 200 කට ස්විස්ටර්ලන්තයට යෑමට සංක‍්‍රමණික වීසා ලබාදී ඇත.  ඇව්රෝ ගුවන් යානාව පිපිරවූ කුලම්ගේ සිට ත‍්‍රිකුණාමල කොටි හමුදා නායක දයා මෝහන් සහ වත්මන් කොටි නායක ජෙයපාලන් චෙල්ලයියාටත් ස්විස්ටර්ලන්තයට යෑමට ස්විස් තානාපති කාර්යාලය සහාය වුණා යැයි ඉහළ පෙළේ ආරංචිමාර්ග පැවසීය.  මෙලෙස සංක‍්‍රමණික වීසා ලත් හිටපු කොටි කවුරුන්දැයි ස්විස් රජය එරට නීතිය හමුවේ අනාවරණය කර නැත. මේ පිරිස ස්විස් යෑමට පෙර තානාපති කාර්යාලය ශ‍්‍රී ලංකා රජයට දන්වා නැත.  වන්නි මෙහෙයුමින් පසු යළි මෙරට කොටි සංවිධානය න`ගාසිටුවීමට පැමිණ හමුදා ප‍්‍රහාරයකින් මියගිය ස්විස් කොටි ක‍්‍රියාකාරී ගෝපිගේ බිරිය වූ ෂර්මිලාටද ස්විස් තානාපති කාර්යාලය වීසා ලබාදී... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/12/19)

SMIDEX 2019 ජාතික සම්මාන උළෙලේදී විශිෂ්ඨතම කර්මාන්තය කොළඹ දිස්ත්‍රික්කයෙන්.
ලංකා කාර්මික සංවර්ධන මණ්ඩලය
ලංකා කාර්මික සංවර්ධන මණ්ඩලයට වසර 50 ක් පිරීම නිමිත්තෙන් ලංකාවේ සුළු හා මධ්‍ය පරිමාණ කර්මාන්ත ඇගැයීම හා දිරි ගැන්වීම සඳහා දිවයිනේ සියළුම පළාත් ආවරණය කරමින් ක්ෂේත්‍ර 14 ක සුළු හා මධ්‍ය පරිමාණ කර්මාන්ත ඇගයීමට ලක්කර, සම්මාන ප්‍රදානය කිරීම 2019.12.20 වැනි දින ප.ව. 2:00 ට බණ්ඩාරනායක ජාත්‍යන්තර සම්මන්ත්‍රණ ශාලාවේ දී කර්මාන්ත හා සැපයුම් කළමනාකරණ ගරු අමාත්‍ය විමල් වීරවංශ මැතිතුමාගේ ප්‍රදානත්වයෙන් පැවැත්විය. මෙහිදී පළාත් හා ජාතික මට්ටමින් විශිෂ්ඨ ව්‍යාවසායකයාන් සඳහා සම්මාන ප්‍රදාන කිරීම සිදුවිය. මෙම සම්මාන උළෙලේ දී කොළඹ දිස්ත්‍රික්කය සඳහා වැඩි වටිනාකමින් යුත් ජාතික සම්මාන හා පලාත් සම්මාන වැඩි ප්‍රමාණයක් ලබා ගැනීමට... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/12/19)

රාජ්‍ය සේවයේ ‘‘විශේෂ දීමනාව’’ ආශ‍්‍රිත සේවා උපාධිධාරීන් ඇතුළු ද්විතීය හා තෘතීය මට්ටමේ රාජ්‍ය සේවකයින් සඳහා ද ලබා දෙන මෙන් ඉල්ලා සිටිමු.
චන්දන සූරියආරච්චි සංවර්ධන නිලධාරී සේවා සංගමය.
ගරු ජනාධිපති, ගෝඨාභය රාජපක්ෂ මැතිතුමා,ජනාධිපති ලේකම් කාර්යාලය,කොළඹ 01ගරු ජනාධිපති තුමනි,රාජ්‍ය සේවයේ ‘‘විශේෂ දීමනාව’’ ආශ‍්‍රිත සේවා උපාධිධාරීන් ඇතුළු ද්විතීය හා තෘතීය මට්ටමේ රාජ්‍ය සේවකයින් සඳහා ද ලබා දෙන මෙන් ඉල්ලා සිටිමු. රාජ්‍ය සේවයේ විධායක සේවා ගණයේ නිලධරයන්ට රු. 15 000/- ක දීමනාවක් 2020 ජනවාරී 01 දින සිට ගෙවීමට පියවර ගන්නා ලෙස නියෝග කරමින් 18/2015 (iii) අංක සහිත චක‍්‍රලේඛය 2019.12.07 දින රාජ්‍ය පරිපාලන අමාත්‍යාංශ ලේකම් එස්.හෙට්ටිආරච්චි මහතාගේ අත්සනින් යුතුව නිකුත් කර ඇත. පසුගිය රජය ද රු.15 000/- ක දීමනාවක් විධායක සේවා ගණයේ නිලධාරීන්ට පමණක් ලබාදීම සඳහා කටයුතු සිදුකිරීමට... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/12/19)

Meat free or vegan christmas – appropriate way to celebrate birth anniversary of a founder of a world religion
By Senaka Weeraratna
Christmas is a religion-based festival that promotes peace and kindness. Love thy neighbor is a key utterance of Jesus Christ. But can these values be sustained if we fail to extend them to all living beings. Are animals also not our neighbours? Morally entitled to our love and affection? This moral issue arises every time Christmas dawns for celebration. Innocent animals in their millions are put to death to celebrate the birth anniversary of one man, renowned as the ‘Prince of Peace’. Can this be morally justified? Some say that... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/12/19)

නාකොටික් රංගජිව රාජිතට ලියයි
උපුටා ගැන්ම   මුහුනු පොත
හිතවත් රාජිත මංත්‍රිතුමනි.., 2015 දි ඔබ කුඩුකාරයන්ගෙන් හොදට හම්බු කළ ජේලර් කෙනෙක් ,කොලොඹ පාසල් ලමුන්ට බෝම්බ ගැසු සිංහල කොටියෙකු හා මරණ දඩුවමෙන් බේරා ගන්නා බවට පොරොන්දු දි කුඩු කාරයන් කිහිපදෙනෙක් එකතු කරගෙන නියම ප්‍රකාශ සගවා අලුත් ප්‍රකාශ එකතු කර දඩයම් තලාවක් නිර්මාණය කරවිය .කුඩු කාරයන් අල්ලන්න ගිහින් වෙඩි උන්ඩ නවයක් වැදිලා පපුවේ උන්ඩ තුනක් සහිතව හිස ද තුවාල වී මම නිවසේ සිටින විට අත් අඩංගුවට ගැනිමට ඔබේ දඩයම් බල්ලා වන රවිට උපදෙස් දුන්නා මතකද? ඔබ අද වගේ මමත් එදා නිතිපතිට කරුණු දැක්විම කලා එත් ඔබ ඒක වැලැක්වුවා මතකද ?අද ඔබ උසාවියෙන් සාදාරණයක් ඉල්ලනවා... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/12/19)

සංදීප් අනතුරට ලක් කළ පාඨලීම රජයෙන් ලක්ෂ දහයක රක්ෂණයක් අරන් – විමර්ෂණයෙන් හෙළිවේ.!
උපුටා ගැන්ම   KUBIYO NEWS
අනතුරක් සිදු කර සිය බලය භාවිතා කර සාක්ෂී මකා දැමීමේ චෝදනාවට අත්අඩංගුවට ගෙන සිටිනා පාර්ලිමේන්තු මන්තී‍්‍ර පාඨලී චම්පික රණවකට රජයේ මුදල් අවභාවිතා කිරීමේ චෝදනාව පිළිබඳවද කරුණු හෙළිවී ඇත. ඒ, රාජගිරියේ සිදුවූ ආන්දෝලනාත්මක රියඅනතුරට සම්බන්ධව මේ වනවිට සිදුකෙරෙන වැඩිදුර විමර්ශනවලදීය. රිය අනතුරෙන් පසුව පාඨලී චම්පික රණවක මන්තී‍්‍රවරයා මහා නගර සහ බස්නාහිර සංවර්ධන අමාත්‍යවරයා ලෙසයි පත්ව ඇත්තේ. මෙම අනතුරට පත්ව ඇත්තේ ඔහු විදුලිබල හා බලශක්ති අමාත්‍යවරයා ලෙස කටයුතු කළ සමයේ භාවිත කළ ජීප්රථයක්. විදුලි බල හා බලශක්ති අමාත්‍යංශය විසින් අදාළ වාහනය සිය අමාත්‍යංශයට භාරදෙන ලෙස ඉල්ලීමක් කර ඇතත්, පාඨලී... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/12/19)

Crack down on godowns
Editorial Courtesy The Island
The prices of rice and vegetables have gone into the stratosphere, nay mesosphere, and sent both Citizen Perera and the newly formed caretaker government reeling. Inclement weather, which has wreaked havoc on farming areas and caused disruptions to the transport network have also led to sharp increases in the prices of the locally produced food items. Such price hikes are also seasonal. But they are mostly due to deplorable market manipulations and the absence of storage facilities and an efficient distribution network. This situation, which has come about due to lack of government interventions,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/12/19)

Court fixes date of inquiry for Rajitha’s anticipatory bail
Courtesy Ada Derana
The Colombo Chief Magistrate’s Court has fixed the 30th December as the date of inquiry for former Minister Rajitha Senaratne’s anticipatory bail application preventing his arrest. Senaratne’s second anticipatory bail application was taken up for consideration before the Colombo Chief Magistrate today (23). Meanwhile, the former Minister filed a newly amended affidavit with regard to anticipatory bail application along with new documents related to the relevant incident. https://youtu.be/vvp5qroYuOs Senaratne on Thursday (19) lodged his first anticipatory bail application, stating that the Criminal Investigation Department (CID)... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/12/19)

CCD allowed to record statement from Pujith on Champika’s case
Courtesy Ada Derana
Colombo Crimes Division (CCD) has been granted permission by the court to record a statement from Inspector General of Police (IGP) Pujith Jayasundara regarding the road accident involving former Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka. IGP Pujith Jayasundara is currently under remand custody over a case on the Easter Sunday attacks. https://youtu.be/pHEebQX6qho This order has been issued by the Colombo Magistrate’s Court considering a request made to the court by the CCD. The request by the CCD stated that the name of IGP Jayasundara was revealed during... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/12/19)

Maximum security during Christmas season - Army Chief
Courtesy Ada Derana
The security forces including the Army are working on providing maximum security for the Christmas season, says Commander of the Army Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva. Speaking to the media following an event held in Colombo, the Army Chief said President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, as the Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces, has given instructions to the Police and the Tri-forces in this regard. He commented that security measures have been implemented to ensure the safety of the general public during the festive season. https://youtu.be/Wp5qAg0E1NQ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/12/19)

President inspects rice prices at Thambuttegama
Courtesy Ada Derana
President Gotabaya Rajapaksa made an inspection tour of the Thambuttegama Economic Center today (23). Looking into the prices of rice at the Economic Center President Rajapaksa also inquired from traders about the current price of rice. The President also engaged with a friendly conversation with the traders. https://youtu.be/qoGheT51DWw... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/12/19)

Overseas travel ban issued on Rajitha
Courtesy Ada Derana
The Colombo Magistrate’s Court has issued an overseas travel ban on the former Minister Rajitha Senaratne, stated Ada Derana reporter. Considering a request made by the Criminal Investigation Department (CID), the Colombo Additional Magistrate Priyantha Liyanage issued the order to the Controller of Immigration and Emigration, today (23). The CID informed the court that investigations have revealed that the relevant media briefing under investigation has been conducted under the full patronage of former Health Minister Rajitha Senaratne. Accordingly, the CID requested the court to issue an order preventing the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/12/19)

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2016 වසරේදී රාජගිරිය ප්‍රදේශයේදී පාර්ලිමේන්තු මන්ත්‍රී පාඨලී චම්පික රණවකගේ රථයේ ගැටී තරුණයෙකු අනතුරට ලක්වීමේ සිද්ධිය සම්බන්ධයෙන් අනිවාර්ය නිවාඩු යවා සිටින පොලිස්පති පූජිත් ජයසුන්දරගෙන් ප්‍රකාශයක් ලබා ගැනීමට අවශ්‍ය පහසුකම් සලසන ලෙස කොළඹ මහේස්ත්‍රාත් අධිකරණය, වැලිකඩ බන්ධනාගාර අධිකාරීවරයාට අද නියෝග කළා. ඒ, කොළඹ අපරාධ කොට්ඨාශය මගින් වාර්තාවක් ඉදිරිපත් කරමින් සිදුකළ කරුණු දැක්වීමකට අනුවයි. https://youtu.be/4kYMRNwZF0Y එම වාර්තාවෙන් දක්වා තිබුණේ එම රිය අනතුර සම්බන්ධයෙන් සිදුකෙරෙන විමර්ශන වලදී දැනට අනිවාර්ය නිවාඩු යවා සිටින පොලිස්පති පූජිත් ජයසුන්දරගේ නම ද සදහන් වූ බැවින් ඔහුගෙන් ප්‍රකාශ ලබා ගැනීමට අවශ්‍ය බවයි. ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/12/19)

පාර්ලිමේන්තු මන්ත්‍රී රාජිත සේනාරත්නට, විදෙස් ගමන් තහනමක්
උපුටා ගැන්ම හිරු නිව්ස්
පාර්ලිමේන්තු මන්ත්‍රී රාජිත සේනාරත්නට අධිකරණය විසින් විදෙස් ගමන් තහනමක් පනවා තිබෙනවා. ඒ, අපරාධ පරීක්ෂණ දෙපාර්තමේන්තුව කොළඹ අතිරේක මහේස්ත්‍රාත් ප්‍රියන්ත ලියනගේගෙන් සිදුකළ ඉල්ලීමකට අනුවයි. සුදු වෑන් මාධ්‍ය හමුව හිටපු අමාත්‍ය රාජිත සේනාරත්නගේ පූර්ණ දායකත්වය යටතේ සිදුව ඇති හෙයින් ඊට අදාළ විමර්ශන කටයුතු අඛණ්ඩව සිදුකරගෙන යාම සඳහා ඔහුට විදෙස් ගමන් තහනමක් පනවන ලෙසටයි අපරාධ පරීක්ෂණ දෙපාර්තමේන්තුව අධිකරණයෙන් ඉල්ලා සිටියේ. https://youtu.be/Qq7t6MsHlSo මේ අතර, සුදු වෑන් මාධ්‍ය සාකච්ඡාව සම්බන්ධයෙන් තමන් අත්අඩංගුවට ගැනීම වැළැක්වීමේ නියෝගයක් නිකුත් කරන ලෙස ඉල්ලා හිටපු අමාත්‍ය රාජිත සේනාරත්න ඉදිරිපත් කළ සංශෝධිත අපේක්ෂිත... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/12/19)

නත්තලට උපරිම ආරක්ෂාව හමුදාපති සහතික වෙයි
උපුටා ගැන්ම හිරු නිව්ස්
නත්තල් උත්සවය දා උපරිම ආරක්ෂාවක් ලබාදීමට කටයුතු කරන බව යුද හමුදාපති ලූතිනන් ජෙනරාල් ශවේන්ද්‍ර සිල්වා පවසනවා. ඔහු මේ බව සඳහන් කළේ බත්තරමුල්ලේ පිහිටි මධ්‍යම පරිසර අධිකාරී මං සන්ධියේ සිට නව යුද හමුදා මූලස්ථානය දක්වා දිවෙන මාර්ගය දෙපල අරලියපැල රෝපණය කිරීමේ තුරු මිතුරු නව රටක් ව්‍යාපෘතිය ආරම්භ කිරීමේ අවස්ථාවට අද එක්වෙමින්.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/12/19)

අපරාධකරුවන් ආරක්ෂා නොකරන්න - සිංහල රාවය සංවිධානයෙන් කථානායකවරයා වෙත ඉල්ලීමක්
උපුටා ගැන්ම හිරු නිව්ස්
පාර්ලිමේන්තුවේ සිටින අපරාධකරුවන් වරප්‍රසාද මුවාවෙන් ආරක්ෂා නොකරන්නැයි සිංහල රාවය සංවිධානයේ මහ ලේකම් පූජ්‍ය මාගල්කන්දේ සුදත්ත හිමියන්, කතානායක කරූ ජයසූරියගෙන් ඉල්ලීමක් කරනවා. උන්වහන්ස් මේ බව කියා සිටියේ නාරාහේන්පිට - අභයාරාමයේ අද පෙරවරුවේ කැඳවා තිබූ මාධ්‍ය හමුවකට එක්වෙමින්. https://youtu.be/IDXuy1V-AEE... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/12/19)

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උපුටා ගැන්ම හිරු නිව්ස්
අපරාධ පරීක්ෂණ දෙපාර්තමේන්තුවේ හිටපු අධ්‍යක්ෂ ශානි අබේසේකරගේ මූලිකත්වයෙන් සිදුකෙරුණු නඩු යළි විමර්ශනය කළ යුතු බව මව්බිම වෙනුවෙන් රණවිරුවෝ සංවිධානය පවසනවා. එහි කැදවුම්කරු නීතිඥ විශ්‍රාමික මේජර් අජිත් ප්‍රසන්න කොළඹ අද කැදවා තිබූ  මාධ්‍ය හමුවකට එක්වෙමින් මේ බව කියා සිටියා. https://youtu.be/JKrp8HuOUZ0... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/12/19)

රිෂාඩ් බදියුදීන් සහ රවුෆ් හකීම්ගෙන් ප්‍රකාශ සටහන් කර ගැනීමට සූදානම්
උපුටා ගැන්ම හිරු නිව්ස්
පාස්කු ඉරුදින ත්‍රස්ත ප්‍රහාර මාලාව සම්බන්ධයෙන් සිදුකෙරෙන විමර්ශනවලට අදාළව හිටපු අමාත්‍යවරුන් වන රිෂාඩ් බදියුදීන් සහ රවුෆ් හකීම් යන මහත්වරුන්ගෙන් ප්‍රකාශ සටහන් කර ගැනීමට අපරාධ පරීක්ෂණ දෙපාර්තමේන්තුව සූදානම් බව නීතිපති දෙපාර්තමේන්තුව අද අධිකරණයට දැනුම් දුන්නා. ඒ, මෙම සිද්ධියට අදාළ නඩුව කොළඹ අතිරේක මහේස්ත්‍රාත් ප්‍රියන්ත ලියනගේ මහතා හමුවේ අද කැඳවූ අවස්ථාවේදී. https://youtu.be/BoJmQB8AVdY පාස්කු ඉරුදින ත්‍රස්ත ප්‍රහාර මාලාව වළක්වා ගැනීමට ක්‍රියා නොකිරීම මගින් රාජකාරිය පැහැර හැර සාපරාධී මිනීමැරීමේ සිද්ධිය  සම්බන්ධයෙන්  චෝදනා ලැබ සිටින අනිවාර්ය නිවාඩු යැවූ පොලිස්පති පූජිත් ජයසුන්දර සහ හිටපු ආරක්ෂක ලේකම් හේමසිරි ප්‍රනාන්දු ද... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/12/19)

ජනපති කොමිසම හමුවට පොලිස් අධිකාරී සංජීව බණ්ඩාර සාක්ෂි දෙයි
උපුටා ගැන්ම හිරු නිව්ස්
පාස්කු ඉරු දින ප්‍රහාරය සම්බන්ධයෙන් සොයා බැලෙන ජනාධිපති කොමිසම  හමුවේ පසුගිය දිනවල නම කියවුණු පොලිස් අධිකාරී සංජීව බණ්ඩාර අද සාක්ෂි ලබාදුන්නා. එහිදී අනාවරණ වුණේ ඔහු පොලිස් විමර්ශන ඒකකයට සහ ජනාධිපති කොමිසමට ලබාදුන් සාක්ෂි අතර පරස්පරතා පවතින බවයි. දිවුරුම් පිට සාක්ෂි ලබාදෙමින් අසත්‍ය කරුණු පවසන්නේ නම් අධිකරණයට අපහාස කිරීමේ චෝදනාව යටතේ ඔහුට නීතිමය පියවර ගත හැකි බව මෙහිදී ජනාධිපති කොමිසම පොලිස් අධිකාරී සංජීව බණ්ඩාරට අවවාද කළා. https://youtu.be/NsSEDI9YN0s පාස්කු ප්‍රහාරය සිදුවූ දින නියෝජ්‍ය පොලිස්පති ලලිත් පතිනායක ආරක්ෂාව වැඩි කරන ලෙස තමාට ලබාදුන් පණිවුඩය... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/12/19)

ERASING THE EELAM VICTORY Part 10A
KAMALIKA PIERIS
As Eelam war IV came to an end, the armed forces moved onto Rescue, Rehabilitation and Resettlement. This essay is about the Rescue.  From mid 2008 civilians from LTTE controlled territory, were entering government controlled territory. They came in small groups, as well as large numbers, wherever and whenever possible. They escaped in the daylight and at night. Sri Lanka army had provided night moves to help them get across at night. The biggest escape came on 21 and 22 April 2009   when the LTTE embankments were opened up and the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 22/12/19)

The etymology of Sinhala language related to paddy cultivation in Sri Lanka is vital anthropological and archaeological evidence of the history
Kudaligamage Geethanjana
Rajapakses, Geopolitics, ‘Eurocentric Developmentalism,’ and the western hegemony  (Part 22) The etymology of Sinhala language related to paddy cultivation in Sri Lanka proves the ethnicity of the people who lived in this island since time immemorial and who built this splendid civilization. Paddy cultivation is the Jewel in the Sri Lankan cultural crown; therefore, paddy farmers must be appreciated and crowned with due cultural recognition. Protecting and conserving paddy cultivation in the island is equivalent to not only defending the nation’s heritage but also upholding the ownership of the people who inhabited the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 22/12/19)

වහාම ක්‍රියාත්මක වන පරිදි ෆොන්සේකා ශිෂ්ඨාචාර ගත විය යුතුය
තුෂාරා නිල්මිනි වන්නිආරච්චි 
2009 වන විට චීන ව්‍යාපෘති ලංකාවේ ආරම්භ කොට තිබුනේ නැත. භාරත ලක්ෂ්මන් මිය ගොස් සිටියේ නැත. අගවිනිසුරු ශිරානි බලයෙන් පහ කොට තිබුනේ නැත. තජුඩීන් මිය ගොස් සිටියේ නැත. අළුත්ගම ගිණිගෙන තිබුනේ නැත. ආන්ඩුවට එරෙහිව තිබුනේ ලසන්ත , එක්නැලිගොඩ වැනි කේස් කිහිපයකි. ෆොන්සේකාද එකී චෝදනාවල සම අයිතිකරුවෙකි. නමුත් 2009 වසරේ මහින්දට එරෙහිව ෆොන්සේකා ජනපති සටනට ආවේය. මහින්ද සිය කැම්පේන් එකට අභියෝගාත්මක තේමා පාඨයක් ගෙන ආවේය . ඒ ”කෘතඥතාවය ” පිලිබද පාඨයකි. මිනිසුන් සරත් ෆොන්සේකා අකෘතඥ පුද්ගලයෙකු ලෙස ප්‍රතික්ෂේප කොට ඉදිරි නායකයා ලෙස මහින්ද ‍තෝරා ගත්තේය. 5 වසර ශිෂ්‍යත්ව විභාගයට දියනිය ‍රැගෙන යමින් සිටි... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 22/12/19)

NO ROOM FOR THE JUNK IN INDIA
ALI SUKHANVER
India is no more a secular country; it is a country meant only for the Hindus; and the minorities there, including the Sikhs, the Buddhists, the Christians, could live a second grade life full of compulsions and restrictions if they wish to be a part of the Indian society; this is the message Mr. Modi has successfully conveyed to the minorities in India. Though apparently this message is only for the Indian Muslims but inwardly it is a message for all the minorities. Today Mr. Modi has given direction to all the Muslims they all must... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 22/12/19)

IMF ready to engage with new government
Courtesy News.lk
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) stands ready to engage with President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s administration and to continue its constructive cooperation with Sri Lanka, an IMF official said. The Fund is in contact with the Ministry of Finance to obtain further information to assess the recently announced tax measures, IMF Mission Chief for Sri Lanka, Manuela Goretti said on the status of the program and the recently announced measures. Gorretti said the IMF will continue under the Extended Fund Facility (EFF) arrangement the development of a comprehensive policy agenda which supports economic growth for the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 22/12/19)

Complaint filed against Patali's alleged hit-and-run victim
Courtesy Ada Derana
https://youtu.be/AwOCWw6QX5E... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 22/12/19)

Law must be enforced equally - PM
Courtesy Ada Derana
Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa says the law must be enforced on everyone equally. He expressed these views addressing an event at Wadduwa today (22).  A cordial meeting of the social media activists of Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) was held this morning under the patronage of the Premier. The law is being strictly enforced today, the Prime Minister said adding that “it does not matter whether it is Champika, Rajitha, Ranil or Mahinda.” The Premier also stressed that political lawsuits and personal lawsuits are different matters. PM... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 22/12/19)

No one can oust Ranil forcibly – Ashu Marasinghe
Courtesy Dadaderana
UNP Parliamentarian Ashu Marasinghe says no one can forcibly oust party leader Ranil Wickremesinghe. Joining “Mokada Une” (What Happened?) programme of Ada Derana 24, the parliamentarian also said Wickremesinghe is not a leader who should leave behind his posts. Speaking further he said, there is no division of any sort within the United National Party (UNP). The parliamentarian commented that the main reason for the UNP’s presidential election defeat was the failure to attract the Singhalese Buddhist vote base.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 22/12/19)

එක්නැලිගොඩ අතුරුදන් වීම ගැන පාඨලීට, එරෙහිව පොලිස් මූලස්ථානයට පැමිණිල්ලක්
උපුටා ගැන්ම හිරු නිව්ස්
මාධ්‍යවේදී ප්‍රගීත් එක්නැගිලිගොඩ අතුරුදන් වීමේ සිද්ධියේ ප්‍රධාන සැකකරු හිටපු අමාත්‍ය පාඨලී චම්පික රණවක බවට චෝදනා කරමින් මව්බිම වෙනුවෙන් රණවිරුවෝ සංවිධානය පොලිස් මූලස්ථානයට පැමිණිල්ලක් ඉදිරිපත් කළා.  එමගින් එම සිද්ධියට අදාළ විමර්ශන නැවත ආරම්භ කරන ලෙසට වැඩබලන පොලිස්පතිවරයාගෙන් ඉල්ලා සිටි බවයි එම සංවිධානයේ කැදවුම්කරු විශ්‍රාමික මේජර් අජිත් ප්‍රසන්න කියා සිටියේ. https://youtu.be/isQPQWvGZH0... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 22/12/19)

පසුගිය රජය තමන් වහන්සේ සිරගත කිරීමට උත්සාහ කළ බව බෙංගමුවේ නාලක හිමියන් කියයි
උපුටා ගැන්ම හිරු නිව්ස්
පසුගිය රජය සමයේ හිටපු අග්‍රාමාත්‍ය රනිල් වික්‍රමසිංහ තමන් සිරගත කිරීමට උත්සාහ කළ බව අමරපුර සිරි සද්ධම්මවංශ මහ නිකායේ අනුනායක පූජ්‍ය බෙංගමුවේ නාලක හිමියන් පවසනවා. උන්වහන්සේ මේ බව කියා සිටියේ අදට යෙදී ඇති සිය 71 වන ඡන්ම දිනය වෙනුවෙන් කැළණිය ශ්‍රී පඤ්ඤානන්ද ධර්මායතනයේ පැවැත්වු විශේෂ වැඩසටහනකට එක්වෙමින්. https://youtu.be/7PKJ3VsqKO0... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 22/12/19)

අර්බුදය විසදීමට එජාප මන්ත්‍රීවරුන්, නායකත්ව මණ්ඩලයක් යෝජනා කරයි
උපුටා ගැන්ම හිරු නිව්ස්
>එක්සත් ජාතික පක්ෂයේ අර්බුද විසදීම සඳහා නායකත්ව මණ්ඩලයක් පිහිටුවීම සම්බන්ධයෙන් යෝජනාවක් ඉදිරිපත්ව ඇතැයි පාර්ලිමේන්තු මන්ත්‍රී ආශූ මාරසිංහ පවසනවා. ඔහු මේ  බව කියා සිටියේ සිරිකොත පක්ෂ මූලස්ථානයේ අද පැවති මාධ්‍ය හමුවකට එක්වෙමින්. https://youtu.be/cwz4jzcMJPU... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 22/12/19)

වැරදි පුද්ගලයන්ට දේශපාලන වාසි තකා වන්දනාවේ නොයන්නැයි රාවණාබලයෙන් ඉල්ලීමක්
උපුටා ගැන්ම හිරු නිව්ස්
හිටපු අමාත්‍ය පාඨලී චම්පික රණවකට එල්ල වී ඇති චෝදනා සම්බන්ධයෙන් දැනටමත් වරදකරු බව පෙනී යද්දී, දේශපාලන වාසි තකා පුද්ගල වන්දනාවේ නිරත නොවන ලෙසට රාවණාබලය සංවිධානයේ මහලේකම් පූජ්‍ය ඉත්තෑකන්දේ සද්ධාතිස්ස හිමියන් ඉල්ලීමක් කරනවා. උන්වහන්සේ මෙම ඉල්ලීම කරනු ලැබුවේ කොළඹ අද පැවති මාධ්‍ය හමුවකට එක්වෙමින්. https://youtu.be/KauB4bBRM1E... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 22/12/19)

චම්පික අත්අඩංගුවට ගැනීම සම්බන්ධයෙන් අදත් විවිධ දහස්
උපුටා ගැන්ම හිරු නිව්ස්
රක්ෂිත බන්ධනාගාර ගතව සිටින පාර්ලිමේන්තු මන්ත්‍රී පාඨලි චම්පික රණවක අත්අඩංගුවට ගැනීම සම්බන්ධයෙන් අදත් විවිධ පාර්ශ්ව අදහස් පළ කළා. https://youtu.be/CGk1p2fohNA... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 22/12/19)

Import Substitution is the way to rejuvenate our economy
By Garvin Karunaratne
It is heartening to note that our new Government is taking action to stop the import of items that we can easily make. This has commenced with kites, wesak lanterns, jos sticks and palm oil. This Import Substitution is to my thinking the only certain method of rejuvenating our economy. If we make our own items then by stopping imports we can definitely gain by saving  the foreign exchange that we use for imports and also be certain of finding employment for our own people. This means income- poverty alleviation. ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/12/19)

යුද හමුදාවේ නවක නිලධාරීන්ට අගමැතිතුමා දුන් පණිවුඩය
මාධ්‍ය නිවේදනය
(2019 දෙසැම්බර් මස 21 වෙනි දින අග්‍රාමාත්‍ය මහින්ද රාජපක්‍ෂ මැතිතුමා දියතලාව යුද හමුදා අධ්‍යන පීඨයේ කැඩෙට් නිලධාරීන් හැටියට පුහුණුව ලබා යුද හමුදා සේවයට එක්වෙන තරුණ නිලධාරීන් හා ඔවුන්ගේ දෙමාපියන් අමතා කළ කතාවේ පිටපත.) අතිපූජනීය මහා සංඝරත්නයෙන් අවසරයි, සියලු ආගම්වල පූජකතුමනි, ආරක්‍ෂක රාජ්‍ය අමාත්‍ය චමල් රාජපක්‍ෂ මැතිතුමනි, ආරක්‍ෂක ලේකම්තුමනි, ආරක්‍ෂක මාංඩලික ප්‍රධානීතුමනි, ශ්‍රී ලංකා යුද හමුදාපතිතුමනි, යුද හමුදාවේ නිලධාරීන් හා සාමාජිකයිනි, දියතලාව යුද හමුදා අධ්‍යන පීඨයේ කැඩෙට් නිලධාරියනි, දෙමාපියනි, සම්භාවනීය අමුත්තනි, අද යුද හමුදා නිලධාරීන්  හැටියට පත්වෙන මේ කැඩෙට් නිලධාරීන් බොහොම වාසනාවන්ත තරුණ පිරිසක්. ඔබට මේ ආයතනයෙන් ලැබිලා තියෙන්නෙ ජීවිතේ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/12/19)

POLICY INITIATIVE OF MR. GOTABAYA RAJAPAKSA IS THE RIGHT WAY TO ACHIEVE EXPECTATIONS OF SRI LANKANS
BY EDWARD THEOPHILUS
During the short period after the presidential election as the elected president of Sri Lanka, Mr. Gotabaya Rajapaksa has successfully initiated an excellent policymaking and policy implementation process.  The vital aspect of the policy process to the country is the vision and dedicated thrust to work for the achievement of economic advancement, which cannot be gained overnight, but need tremendous work to perform.  To achieve economic advancement, Sri Lanka needs good governance, incentives, and motivation for people to participate in economic activities. Mr.Rajapasa has shown to the world what is yahapalanaya or good governance despite... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/12/19)

Affaire Swiss
Editorial Courtesy The Island
It is now abundantly clear that neither Switzerland nor Sri Lanka want to escalate what followed the alleged abduction of a local employee of the Swiss Embassy in Colombo. President Gotabaya Rajapaksa went on public record saying that Switzerland did its duty by standing up for its employee while Sri Lanka did its duty by thoroughly investigating the complaint. But he was clear that there was no abduction according to the physical and technical evidence examined. In effect he was saying that the alleged victim’s story is untrue. She has been arrested and remanded... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/12/19)

Swiss quagmire & Sri Lankan govt.’s options
by C.A.Chandraprema Courtesy The Island
* LTTE recognized as freedom fighters in Switzerland* Collecting funds for terrorist attacks on SL de-criminalised* Terrorist attacks to gain independence justified The drama surrounding the Swiss embassy employee is now in its fourth week with the Swiss government still holding that their employee is right and the Sri Lankan government is wrong despite all the evidence to the contrary that has come to light. It should be understood that Sri Lanka can never expect fair play from Switzerland. The Swiss government is more pro-LTTE than most other... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/12/19)

Sri Lanka; a beleaguered Republic?
by Rajeewa Jayaweera Courtesy The Island
December 21, 2019, 5:16 pm Article 2(4) of the UN Charter reads as follows. ‘All members shall refrain in their international relations from the threat or use of force against the territorial integrity or political independence of any state, or in any other manner inconsistent with the purposes of the United Nations (UN). The accepted exceptions to this article are when the UN Security Council authorizes military action or when it is in self-defense under Article 51 of the charter.’ Nevertheless, the reality is different.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/12/19)

Some countries angry with SL armed forces at political level - PM
Courtesy Ada Derana
Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa says that Sri Lanka’s sovereignty as well as its very existence was protected and nurtured by the country’s armed forces in the face of several threats for division of the country. He made these comments while gracing the Passing Out Parade of 321 Cadet Officers of the Sri Lanka Military Academy (SLMA) at Diyatalawa at the invitation of the Ministry of Defence and Commander of the Army, Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva, on Saturday (21). Rajapaksa also said that Sri Lankan troops showing their professionalism have worked in an... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/12/19)

ජනපතිගේ වැඩපිළිවෙල ගැන මහා සංඝරත්නය විශ්වාසයෙන් - කොටපිටියේ රාහුල අනුනාහිමියන්
උපුටා ගැන්ම හිරු නිව්ස්
දේශීයත්වයට වැඩි වටිනාකමක් ලබාදෙමින් අභිමානවත් රටක් ගොඩනැගීමට ජනාධිපති ගෝඨාභය රාජපක්ෂ ගෙන යන වැඩපිළිවෙල පිළිබඳව මහා සංඝරත්නය ප්‍රමුඛ ජනතාව දැඩි විශ්වාසයක් තබා ඇති බව කෝට්ටේ ශ්‍රී කල්‍යානි සාමග්‍රී ධර්ම මහා සංඝ සභාවේ ප්‍රධාන ලේඛකාධිකාරි පූජ්‍ය මහාචාර්ය කොටපිටියේ රාහුල අනුනාහිමියන් පවසනවා. උන්වහන්සේ මේ බව කියා සිටියේ ජනාධිපතිවරයා ඊයේ පස්වරුවේ වාද්දුව - තල්පිටිය - බෝධිරාජ මහා විහාරය වෙත පැමිණි අවස්ථාවේදීයි. https://youtu.be/7ct0K8RJx4k එහිදී ප්‍රදේශයේ මහා සංඝරත්නය මෙන්ම, එම අවස්ථාවට වැඩම කර සිටි භික්ෂුන් වහන්සේ සෙත්පිරිත් සජ්ජායනා කර ජනාධිපතිවරයාට ආශීර්වාද පළ කළා. එහිදී අනුශාසනාවක් සිදුකරමින් කෝට්ටේ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/12/19)

චම්පික රණවක අත්අඩංගුවට ගැනීම දේශපාලන පළිගැනීමක් නොවේ - උඩුවේ ධම්මාලෝක හිමි
උපුටා ගැන්ම හිරු නිව්ස්
පාර්ලිමේන්තු මන්ත්‍රී පාඨලී චම්පික රණවක අත්අඩංගුවට ගැනීම දේශපාලන පළිගැනීමක් නොවන බවට තමන් වහන්සේ විශ්වාස කරන බව පුජ්‍ය උඩුවේ ධම්මාලෝක හිමියන් පවසනවා. උන්වහන්සේ මේ බව සඳහන් කළේ අද පැවැති ආගමික වැඩසටහනකින් අනතුරුව මාධ්‍යයට අදහස් දක්වමින්. ශ්‍රී ලංකාව, තායිලන්තය, බුරුමය, කාම්බෝජය, ලාඕසය යන රටවල් හි මිත්‍රත්වය සහසම්බන්ධතාවය වැඩි දියුණු කර ගැනීමේ අරමුණින් අපවත් https://youtu.be/xfhodQp7tC8 වී වදාළ තායිලන්තයේ බැංකොක් නුවර රාජකීය වත්ඉන්ද්‍ර විහාරාධිපති පූජ්‍ය උපසංඝරාජ හිමියන්ගේ භෂ්මාවශේෂ කල්‍යාණ නදියට මුදා හැරීම අද සිදුකෙරුණු අතර ඒ වෙනුවෙන් වූ දානමය පිංකමක් පිළියන්දල, ශ්‍රී විද්‍යා ශාන්ති මහ පිරිවෙනේ සිදු කෙරුණා. මීට ශ්‍රී ලංකා අමරපුර නිකායේ උත්තරීතර මහ නායක... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/12/19)

පාස්කු ප්‍රහාරය ගැන මෙතෙක් අනාවරණ නොවූ කරුණු ජනපති කොමිසමේදී හෙළිවෙයි
උපුටා ගැන්ම හිරු නිව්ස්
පොලිස් අධිකාරී සංජීව බණ්ඩාර මහතාගේ ඉල්ලීම පරිදි ඔහු ආරක්ෂා කර ගැනීම වෙනුවෙන් තමන් අපරාධ පරීක්ෂණ දෙපාර්තමේන්තුවට සහ පොලිස් විශේෂ විමර්ශන ඒකකයට පාස්කු ප්‍රහාරය පිළිබඳ අසත්‍ය සාක්ෂි ලබාදුන් බව පොලිස් පරීක්ෂක සුදත්සිරි උපේන්ද්‍ර මහතා අද පිළිගත්තා. ඒ පාස්කු ප්‍රහාරය පිළිබඳ සොයන ජනාධිපති විමර්ශන කොමිසම ඉදිරියේ සාක්ෂි දුන් අවස්ථාවේදී. මෙහිදී පාස්කු ප්‍රහාරය පිළිබඳ පෙර අනාවරණ නොවූ කරුණු රැසක්ද අනාවරණ වීම විශේෂත්වයක්. පාස්කු ඉරිදා ත්‍රස්ත ප්‍රහාරය පිළිබඳ පරීක්ෂණ සඳහා පත් කෙරුණු ජනාධිපති කොමිෂන් සභාව අද පෙරවරුවේත් යළි රැස්වුණා. පාස්කු ප්‍රහාරය සම්බන්ධ පූර්ව දැනුම් දීමේ ලිපිය පොලිස් ස්ථාන වෙත ප්‍රහාරයට පෙර... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/12/19)

Sajith ready to support the budget
Courtesy Hiru News
Parliamentarian Sajith Premadasa says that he will assist in obtaining not a 2/3<sup>rd</sup>&nbsp;majority but an absolute majority in order to allocate the funds to implement the manifesto approved by 6.9 million people. The parliamentarian expressed this view at a function in Kadawatha today. https://youtu.be/vJcyL_3aRAg... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/12/19)

Another revelation about Rajitha’s white van media conference
Courtesy Hiru News
Yet another revelation was made by the Sinhaley organization today regarding the white van media conference which was organized by former minister Rajitha Senaratne during the run up to the presidential election. The revelation was made when a group of its representatives arrived at the CID today to give a statement for the investigation. https://youtu.be/IVV5UCPLC14... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/12/19)

False complaint made by the Swiss embassy in Sri Lanka to tarnish the image of the government and the people of Sri Lanka.
Ranjith Soysa Spokesperson – SPUR , Victoria
We refer to a recent statement made by the Swiss Federal Department of  Foreign Affairs alleging that due process was not followed by the Sri  Lankan law enforcement authorities when investigating the alleged abduction of an employee of the Swiss embassy, Garnier Banister Francis aka Sriyalatha Perera. If the accusation is about not “following due process” let us remind the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs about what the Good Book says “ You hypocrite, first remove the beam out of your own eye, and then you can see clearly to remove the speck out of your brother's eye” What the Swiss government defines as... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/12/19)

Swiss special envoy meets foreign relation Minister
Courtesy Hiru News
Former Switzerland ambassador in Sri Lanka George Freedom, who is in the island to ascertain the Swiss Embassy staffer’s arrest, met Foreign Relations Minister Dinesh Gunawardana today. The Federal foreign affairs Department of Switzerland stated that the meeting between the former ambassador and the Sri Lanka foreign relation minister strengthened the bilateral ties between the two countries. A discussion between minister Gunawardana and his Swiss counterpart Ignacio Cacis was held with regard to the arrest of the Swiss embassy local staffer last Wednesday. https://youtu.be/Eq6zQ_5UUEc ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/12/19)

President and PM direct all banks to suspend the recovery of SME loans up to Rs.300 million
Courtesy Hiru News
President and Prime Minister direct all banks to suspend the recovery of SME loans up to Rs.300 million says Finance Ministry. https://youtu.be/WkTuw9Q1jBk... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/12/19)

No law violated in arresting Patali: Gammanpila
Sheain Fernandopullle Courtesy Daily Mirror
While saying there is no political motive behind the arrest of MP Patali Champika Ranwaka, Pivithuru Hela Urumaya (PHU) Leader Udaya Gammanpila today pointed out that there was no violation of the law in the process of arresting him. He told a news briefing that Mr. Ranwaka was very annoyed and perplexed at the time of his arrest with the MP claiming it was a forcible and illegal arrest. “The arrest of the relevant MP was carried on the orders of the Attorney General. However, Mr. Ranwaka alleged that... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/12/19)

Politics not involved in Champika’s arrest
Sandun A Jayasekera courtesy Daily Mirror
While saying that the law will take its course and there is no politics involved in the arrest and detention of former minister Patali Champika Ranawaka, State Minister Vasudeva Nanayakkara said Attorney General Dappula De Livera was an extremely strict public officer who does not listen even to the President. Responding to a Daily Mirror journalist at today’s news briefing, he flatly dismissed opposition claims that the legal action against Mr. Ranawaka was politically motivated. The dialogue between the Daily Mirror and the Minister is as follows: ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/12/19)

පච රණවකගේ පච වැලක් මාට්ටුයි.. බිත්තියටම හිරවෙයි.. අනතුරට මොහොතට පෙර ඒ ආසන්නයේ සිට චම්පිකගේ දුරකතනයෙන් රනිල් සමග දීර්ඝ සාකච්චාවක..
අරවින්ද අතුකෝරල ලංකාසීනිවුස්
පිවිතුරු හෙල උරුමයේ නායක පාර්ලිමේන්තු මන්ත‍්‍රී උදය ගම්මන්පිල මහතා එම පක්‍ෂ මූලස්ථානයේදී පැවති මාධ්‍ය හමුවකදී මෙම අදහස් පල කලේය. පචයට උපන් පාච රණවක මැතිතුමා තමන්ට එරෙහිව කරන පොලිස් විමර්ශන සම්බන්ධයෙන් රට ඉදිරියේ පච වපුරලා තිබෙනවා. අපි එකින් එක අරගෙන බලමු. පච අංක – 1 – අත්අඩංගුවට ගැනීමට පෙර කතානායකට දැනුම් දිය යුතුයි තමන් අත්අඩංගුවට ගැනීමට පැමිණි පොලිස් නිලධාරින් ඉදිරියේ කලහකාරිව හැසිරෙන පාච රණවක මන්ත්‍රිතුමා කතානායකට දැනුම් දී නොපැමිණි නිසා අත්අඩංගුවට ගැනීම නීති විරෝධියි යනුවෙන් මර හඬ තැලුවා. ඒ වගේම නීතිය නොදන්නා එජාප මන්ත්‍රිවරු එය මන්ත්‍රි වරප්‍රසාද උල්ලංඝණය කිරීමක් ලෙස... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/12/19)

President says he has informed Swiss Ambassador that his employee is lying
JAMILA HUSAIN Courtesy Daily Mirror
President Gotabaya Rajapaksa yesterday said the Swiss Ambassador in Colombo had been informed that his embassy employee had fabricated the entire abduction story and the Ambassador himself had taken into point the evidence of fabrication provided. Speaking to Colombo based foreign correspondents at the Presidential Secretariat, President Rajapaksa said that there was clear evidence to prove beyond doubt that the Swiss embassy employee had lied of the incident and suggested the Ambassador himself should distance himself from the local employee. The President said that despite her fabrication, she continued... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/12/19)

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa: Cannot entertain 2015 UNHRC resolution on war crime in its current form
Courtesy The Hindu
Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa said that the 2015 UN Human Rights Council resolution co-sponsored by the previous Sirisena government on alleged war crimes during the country’s three-decade long civil war with the LTTE cannot be entertained in its current form. Commenting on the Tamil demand for political autonomy, Mr. Rajapaksa on Thursday stressed that no devolution of power would be possible without the consent of the majority. “It is not possible to implement any form of power sharing political solution,” he said. Asked to comment on the UN... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/12/19)

වෛද්‍ය ඒලියන්ත වයිට් කියන්නේ කව්ද?
උපුටා ගැනීමකි.: උපුටා ගැනීම මුහුණු පොත හිමිකරු නොදනී. කතෘ අයිතිය මුල් අයිතිකරු සතුය
ෂාරුක්ට, සල්මාන්ට, මාලිංගට බෙහෙත් දෙන ඩොක්ටර් ඒලියන්ත වයිට් “කිසිවකුත් මං ගැන බලන්නේ නැති වෙලාවක මහින්ද රාජපක්ෂ ජනාධිපතිතුමා මැදිහත් වෙලා ඩොක්ටර් ඒලියන්ත වයිට් මහතා මුණගස්සලා මගේ පාදයේ ආබාධය සුව කරලා දුන්නා” යනුවෙන් යෝකර් රජු ලෙස හැඳින්වුණු සුපිරි වේග පන්දු යවන්නා වන ලසිත් මාලිංග තම සමුගැනීමේ තරගයේදී මුළු ලෝකයටම ප්‍රකාශ කරමින් කීවේය. වරක් ඉන්දියාවේ සුපිරි පිතිකරු සචින් තෙන්දුල්කාර් තරගයක් අවසානයේදී ජාත්‍යන්තර මාධ්‍ය අමතමින් වෛද්‍ය ඒලියන්ත වයිට් මහතා හැඳින්වූයේ ආශ්චර්යවත් වෛද්‍යවරයා වශයෙනි. මෙම ආශ්චර්යවත් වෛද්‍යවරයා සොයා ඔහුගේ නිවෙසටම ගියේය. ඔහු... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/12/19)

Sri Lanka president says he is 'victim' of Swiss kidnap claim
Courtesy Mail OnLine
Sri Lanka President Gotabaya Rajapaksa says he is the real victim of an alleged kidnap plot that has soured diplomatic relations with Switzerland Sri Lanka's President Gotabaya Rajapaksa said Thursday the alleged kidnapping of a Swiss embassy staffer which triggered a diplomatic spat between Colombo and Bern had been concocted to discredit his election victory. A Sri Lankan national working for the Swiss mission in Colombo was arrested Monday for allegedly falsely claiming she had been abducted and sexually assaulted by unidentified attackers on November 25. The... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/12/19)

Swiss diplomat to intervene in Sri Lanka embassy abduction row
Courtesy swissinfo.ch
The Swiss embassy worker, with pink shawl, being escorted to a court in Colombo.(Keystone / Chamila Karunarathne) Switzerland is sending an experienced diplomat to Sri Lanka in an effort to resolve the ongoing dispute about the treatment of an embassy worker in Colombo. Foreign Minister Ignazio Cassis has also protested the detention of the female staff member by Sri Lanka. The alleged abduction and intimidation of the Swiss embassy worker last month has resulted in a diplomatic spat between the two countries. It is alleged that the woman was threatened in order... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/12/19)

The new populism is to resist populism and populists
Malinda Seneviratne
A general election will be held soon. That much is certain. Indeed, if not for the term-related clause in the 19th Amendment Parliament would be dissolved by now. This Parliament feels old. Older than a little over four years. Those of the UNP (United National Party) and the SLFP (Sri Lanka Freedom Party) in Parliament have in fact lost their mandate, the former twice over. As for the SLFP, it was trounced at that election and any claims to a legit mandate obtains only on account of having supported Gotabaya Rajapaksa at the last minute.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 19/12/19)

පාන් පිටි මිල අඩු කිරීම දෙස බැලිය යුත්තේ කෙසේද?
චන්දුසේන පණ්ඩිතගේ විසිනි
මේ රටේ පාන්පිටි මිල අඩු කිරීම සම්බන්ධව විවිධ මත රාශියක් විවිධ පාර්ශවයන්ගෙන් රටට මුදා හැරෙමින් පවතී. සමස්තයක් වශයෙන් මේ රටට පාන් පිටි ගෙන්වීම සම්පුර්ණයෙන්ම නවතාලිය හැකි නම් ඉතා හොඳ කාර්යයකි. එය තීරණය කල යුත්තේ, මෙරට ජනතාවය. 1505දී  පාන් මේ රටට හඳුන්වාදීමත් සමග පාන්පිට් ව්‍යාප්තිය මේ රට පුරා විසිරි පැතිරී ගොස් එය ජනතාවගේ අත්‍යවශ්‍ය ද්‍රව්‍යක් බවට පත්ව ඇත. අපට මෙරටට පාන් පිටි ගෙන්වීම උදෙසා විශාල විදේශ විනිමයක් වැය කිරීමට සිදුව ඇති අතර එය නවතා ලීම තුලින් අති විශාල ධනයක් මෙරට තුල ඉතිරි කර ගත හැක. නමුත් අති විශාල ජනතාවක් සිය ආහාරය පිණිස පාන්පිටි වලට ඇබ්බැහි වී... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 19/12/19)

ජාතික විද්‍යා පදනම් සම්මාන උළෙලේ දී විශිෂ්ටපර්යේෂකයන් ඇගයීමට ලක්වේ..
ප්‍රවෘත්ති නිවේදනය තාක්ෂණ හා නවෝත්පාදන රාජ්‍ය අමාත්‍යාංශය.
උසස් අධ්‍යාපන, තාක්ෂණ හා නවෝත්පාදන අමාත්‍යාංශය යටතේ ක්‍රියාත්මක වන ජාතික විද්‍යා පදනම වාර්ෂිකව සංවිධානය කරන ජාතික විද්‍යා පදනම් සම්මාන උළෙල - 2018 පසුගිය දින (18) උසස් අධ්‍යාපන, තාක්ෂණ හා නවෝත්පාදන අමාත්‍ය බන්දුල ගුණවර්ධන මහතාගේ සහ තාක්ෂණ හා නවෝත්පාදන රාජ්‍ය අමාත්‍ය තිලංග සුමතිපාල මහතාගේ ප්‍රධානත්වයෙන් බණ්ඩාරනායක අනුස්මරණ සම්මන්ත්‍රණ ශාලාවේ දී පැවැත්විණි. ජාතික විද්‍යා පදනම විසින් ප්‍රදානය කරනු ලබන පර්යේෂණ අරමුදල් මත සිදුකරන ලද පර්යේෂණ අතරින් විද්‍යා ප්‍රගමනයට කැපීපෙනෙන දායකත්වයක් සැපයූ විශිෂ්ට පර්යේෂකයන් ඇගයීමත් සහ විද්‍යාත්මක පර්යේෂණයන්හි දී ඉහළ ප්‍රමිතීන් අඛණ්ඩව පවත්වා ගැනීමට තරගකාරීව පර්යේෂණ ප්‍රදානලාභීන් අභිප්‍රේරණය කිරීමත් අරමුණු කර ගනිමින් මෙම සම්මාන... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 19/12/19)

සමෘද්ධි පරිගණක සහයක පත්වීම්ලාභී 1530 ගේ රැකියා අහිමි කිරීමට ගෙන ඇති තීරණය අවලංගු කර ගැනීම හා පරිගණක පුහුණුලාභීන් හට සිදු වු අසාධාරණය සම්බන්දව.
සමෘද්ධි සංවර්ධන නිළධාරීන්ගේ සංගමය.
අතිගරු ජනාධිපති,ගෝඨාභය රාජපක්ෂ මැතිතුමා,ජනාධිපති මන්ධිරය,කොළඹ.සමෘද්ධි පරිගණක සහයක පත්වීම්ලාභී 1530 ගේ රැකියා අහිමි කිරීමට ගෙන ඇති තීරණය අවලංගු කර ගැනීම හා පරිගණක පුහුණුලාභීන් හට සිදු වු අසාධාරණය සම්බන්දව. සමෘද්ධි සංවර්ධන දෙපාර්තමේන්තුව වෙත 2019 වසරේදී බඳවා ගන්නා ලද පරිගණක සහයකයින් 1530 ක් වෙත වැටුප් හා දීමනා අත්හිටුවමින් රැකියා අහිමිකිරීමට සමෘද්ධි සංවර්ධන දෙපාර්තමේන්තුවේ අධ්‍යක්ෂ ජනරාල්ගේ 2019.12.11 දිනැති DSD/HO/05/MR/02/01 ලිපිය අත්හිටුවීමට පියවර ගන්නා ලෙස කාරුණිකව අප සංගමය මෙයින් ඉල්ලා සිටින්නෙමු. 01. 2019.08.28 දින 44 වන සමෘද්ධි ජාතික සභාව වෙත යොමු කර ඇති මාණ්ඩලික පත‍්‍රිකා 2019/44/06 ට අනුව සියළුම සමෘද්ධි බැංකු හා ප‍්‍රජාමූල බැංකු සමිති... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 19/12/19)

Our University System needa Urgent Reforms
By Professor R.P. Gunawardane Courtesy The Island There are many shortcomings in the Sri Lankan university system which needs immediate attention. First of all, a proper legal framework should be established in the Sri Lankan university system in order to implement progressive reforms, to avoid political interference and misuse of power and for the smooth functioning of the universities maintaining the highest standards and integrity. University education in Sri Lanka went through a process of rapid and unplanned expansion during the last four decades. It appears that the expansion has taken place in response... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 19/12/19)

Turning Back to China: Sri Lanka Halts American Million Dollar Projects
Courtesy Sputnik
New Delhi (Sputnik): The previous Ranil Wickremesinghe government in Sri Lanka had approved a $480 million development assistance grant from the United States, claiming that the program would benefit the island nation's 11 million people. The agreement, nevertheless, remained under intense scrutiny as opposition parties have been accusing the Wickremesinghe government of compromising the country's sovereignty. The new Gotabaya Rajapaksa government on Thursday ordered a review of the ambitious project through which America had planned to counter Chinese investment in the island nation. Sri Lankan minister Bandula Gunawardene, while briefing... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 19/12/19)

Sri Lanka, not India, will develop Mattala airport: Gotabaya Rajapaksa
Meera Srinivasan Courtesy The Hindu
Gotabaya says no discussion with India on the project, indicating it is off the table. Sri Lanka’s civil aviation authority will develop the southern airport in Mattala, near the strategically located Hambantota port, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa said on Thursday, ruling out earlier proposals of a joint venture with India. However, he invited Indian companies, especially in the IT sector, to invest in Sri Lanka. New Delhi — with known strategic interests in the airport adjoining the Chinese-run Hambantota port — has in the past discussed a possible joint development plan... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 19/12/19)

Man embroiled in Garnier controversy arrested for attacking photographer
Courtesy The Island
December 19, 2019, 9:54 pm The police yesterday arrested a person for assaulting a photographer outside the Fort Magistrate court as UNP MP Patali Champika Ranawaka was about to be brought out of the court. The man wearing a blue T-shirt went berserk alleging that the media caused problems to their minister. The police arrested him. Later he was identified as Manjula Perera, who recently introduced himself to the media outside the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) as a representative of Swiss Embassy employee Garnia Barister... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 19/12/19)

Prez says no Swiss involvement in abduction drama
by Zacki Jabbar Courtesy Island
President Gotabaya Rajapaksa yesterday ruled out the involvement of the Swiss Embassy in the allegation leveled by one of its employees Garnia Banister Francis, that she had been abducted by some persons in Colombo on November 25, harassed and forced to open her phone and reveal how IP Nishantha Silva had fled to Switzerland the day before. Asked by this correspondent, during an interaction with the Foreign Correspondents Association at the Presidential Secretariat, if he suspected involvement of the Swiss Embassy in the allegations leveled by Garnia, the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 19/12/19)

Gotabaya to re-negotiate security aspect of Hambantota port, not its commercial component
Courtesy NewsIn.Asia
Colombo, December 19 (newsin.asia): Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa said here on Thursday, that what worries him about the 2017 Sino-Lanka agreement on the Hambantota port, is its security aspect, and not its commercial component. He told the Foreign Correspondents’ Association that the Lankan authorities should know which ships are entering and leaving the harbor at all times. This is a matter of border control, a function which is a prerogative of the government of Sri Lanka. “Control of the port as such should be with us,” he stressed. ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 19/12/19)

President hints at date of parliament dissolution
Courtesy Adaderana
President Gotabaya Rajapaksa stated that the 19th Amendment to the Constitution was a grave mistake and that it is a major obstacle to the country’s progress. The President expressed these views at a meeting held with Colombo-based foreign correspondents of foreign media, today (19). https://youtu.be/AOa-dAB-tVg President Rajapaksa further said that Sri Lanka will go for a general election after dissolving the parliament on the 03rd of March, 2020. Secretary to the President P. B. Jayasundara, too, was present at the meeting.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 19/12/19)

Rajitha files anticipatory bail application, seeks prevention of his arrest
Courtesy Ada Derana
Former Health Minister Rajitha Senaratne has filed an anticipatory bail application before the Colombo Chief Magistrate’s Court seeking the prevention of his arrest over “white van” media briefing. The Director of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) and several other officials have been named as the respondents of this bail application. The parliamentarian claims that the CID is preparing to arrest him over the said media briefing. Hence, he requested the court to release him on anticipatory bail before he is taken into custody by the CID.  On the 10th... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 19/12/19)

Perverting the course of justice
Lankaweb News
MP Patalie Champika Ranawaka who was arrested by the Colombo Crime Division was further remanded today until December 24th. MP Ranawaka was arrested in connection with causing a motor accident on a youth at Rajagiriya in 2016 and producing a different person as the driver of the ill-fated vehicle. Many Defendants do not realize how serious their conduct is before things go wrong. A classic example of this is the offence of Perverting the Course of Justice. Defendants who are otherwise law abiding people get caught out telling stupid... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 19/12/19)

President Gotabaya Rajapakse : Ban LTTE with Logo/flag/tree/flower & all LTTE insignia
The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam is banned by Sri Lanka, US, India, UK, EU, and in total 32 countries. However, inspite of the ban it is shocking how LTTE emblems, flags and other insignia are being used. LTTE is banned for its terrorism and quest for Tamil Eelam. Therefore, the legal luminaries must clearly indicate that the ban includes Tamil Eelam to separate Sri Lanka. With legal loopholes legally addressed, the GoSL must advise all of its overseas missions to engage the foreign countries, their governments & police and ensure that LTTE Diaspora do not use any of the... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 19/12/19)

PATALIE FURTHER REMANDED UNTIL DECEMBER 24TH
Courtesy Hiru News
MP Patalie Champika Ranawaka who was arrested by the Colombo Crime Division was further remanded today until December 24th. Ranawaka was produced before the Hulftsdorp Magistrate Court No.4 this morning. Our correspondent stated that the court is currently considering the submissions made against him. https://youtu.be/k_xkorfuDpo Several UNP MPs were also present in the court premises this morning. MP Ranawaka was arrested in connection with causing a motor accident on a youth at Rajagiriya in 2016. Producing a different person as... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 19/12/19)

Patali Champika Ranawaka further remanded
Courtesy Ada Derana
Former Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka has been further remanded until December 24 by the Colombo Magistrate’s Court. The Parliamentarian was produced before the court this morning while Colombo Additional Magistrate Niranjana de Silva ordered that he be further remanded. Attorneys representing the MP had requested the court to grant bail to their client, however the court informed them that the decision on the bail application would be delivered later.  https://youtu.be/kJ40UfSbuDc The Additional Magistrate of Colombo stated that due to the fact that investigations are still... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 19/12/19)

Former President’s chief of staff & STC chairman sentenced to prison
Courtesy Ada Derana
The Permanent High Court-at-Bar has announced the prison sentences for Former Presidential Chief of Staff I.H.K. Mahanama and the former Chairman of the State Timber Corporation (STC) Piyadasa Dissanayake, who were found guilty on bribery charges this morning. The first defendant in the case Mr. Mahanama has been sentenced to 20 year rigorous imprisonment by the court and ordered to pay a fine of Rs 65,000. https://youtu.be/3VUZGVlLDtE The second defendant Mr. Dissanayake was sentenced to 12 years rigorous imprisonment by the Trial-at-Bar and ordered to pay a... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 19/12/19)

The people’s victory must be protected from the Jabberwocks, the Jubjub birds and the Bandersnatches
By Rohana R. Wasala
Beware the Jabberwock, my son!The jaws that bite, the claws that catch!Beware the Jubjub bird, and shunThe frumious Bandersnatch! The latest developments in the Sri Lankan political arena including diplomatic mockery in the form of a staged abduction episode by a minion of the global hegemon brought to my mind those lines from the short narrative poem ‘Jabberwocky’ (written in ballad style) included in the novel ‘Through the Looking Glass: And What Alice Found There’ by Lewis Carroll (1871). Many of the words used in the little ‘ballad’ are... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 19/12/19)

Swiss embassy and exercising the rule of law
S. Akurugoda
On 16th December 2019, soon after a face-to-face meeting of Swiss Ambassador Hanspeter Mock with Sri Lanka's President Gotabaya Rajapakse, Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) has issued a statement to the media criticizing lack of due process in the case against their local employee who is detained (after a court ruling) for falsely claiming that she had been abducted and threatened. The statement, as a whole, is trying to tell the world, indirectly, that the Sri Lanka authorities (including judiciary) for not following due procedures, not complying with national and international judicial... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 19/12/19)

Swiss Embassy local staffer abduction case: Lankan Prez to go strictly by independent CID probe and court decisions
By P.K.Balachandran/Daily Express Courtesy NewIn.Asia
Colombo, December 18: Sources close to Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa say that he has decided to go strictly by court rulings and the findings of the independent police probe into the alleged abduction of a local employee of the Swiss embassy here last month. “The President is keen that the case should not be politicized as politicization would prevent the truth from being found out. Politicization will also bring disrepute to the government and Sri Lanka in the international sphere,” one of the sources said. The alleged... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 19/12/19)

Swiss embassy local staffer “abduction” case: Lanka says it is complying with national and international laws
Courtesy NewsIn.Asia
Colombo, December 18 (newsin.asia): Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Dinesh Gunawardena has told the Swiss government that the Lankan authorities and its judiciary are going by national and international law in dealing with the alleged abduction of a Sri Lankan employee of the Swiss embassy here. A press release issued by the Lankan Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Wednesday said that Foreign Minister Gunawardena received a telephone call from the Foreign Minister of Switzerland Ignazio Cassis regarding the status of the Sri Lankan employee at the Swiss Embassy, Ms. Garnier Banister Francis. ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 19/12/19)

Champika Ranawaka remanded until tomorrow
Courtesy Ada Derana
Former Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka, who was arrested and produced before the Colombo Magistrate’s Court, has been remanded until tomorrow (19). The Attorney General’s Department is expected to present further submissions when the case is taken up once again tomorrow. The JHU General Secretary and UNF Parliamentarian, who served as a Cabinet Minister in the previous government, was arrested this evening by the Colombo Crimes Division (CCD) in connection with a road accident at Rajagiriya in 2016. https://youtu.be/XsPXHTPx5_Q The Attorney General had advised the Senior... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 19/12/19)

Former Minister Champika Ranawaka arrested allegedly for Perverting the course of justice
Sri Lanka News
Former Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka has been arrested by the Colombo Crimes Division (CCD) in connection with the road accident at Rajagiriya in 2016. The Attorney General had advised the Senior DIG of Colombo to arrest and produce the UNF Parliamentarian before court. https://youtu.be/XZCyJjE7dHU Accordingly MP Ranawaka was arrested by police acting on the AG’s advice.  He was arrested for allegedly causing grievous injury to a person by a rash and negligent act and for switching drivers in a road traffic accident.  Perverting... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 19/12/19)

Former Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka arrested
Courtesy Hiru News
Former Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka arrested over the Rajagiriya traffic accident in 2016, on AG's advice. https://youtu.be/I2HqdXdcAXY AG advises Police to arrest Champika Ranawaka AG advises Police SDIG Colombo to arrest and produce in court Former cabinet Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka over the traffic accident in 2016 https://youtu.be/XZCyJjE7dHU https://youtu.be/294w4gFhDwM... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 19/12/19)

හිටපු ඇමති පාඨලී අත්අඩංගුවට
උපුටා ගැන්ම හිරු නිව්ස්
රිය අනතුරක් සිදුකර පුද්ගලයෙකුට බරපතල තුවාල සිදුකිරීම සහ අනතුරින් පසු රියදුරා මාරු කර පලායාමේ චෝදනා මත හිටපු අමාත්‍ය පාඨලී චම්පික රණවක අත්අඩංගුවට ගෙන ඇති බව නීතිපතිවරයාගේ සම්බන්ධීකරණ නිලධාරිනි රජයේ අධිනීතීඥ නිශාරා ජයරත්න ප්‍රකාශ කළා. ඒ හිටපු කැබිනට් අමාත්‍ය පාඨලී චම්පික රණවක අත්අඩංගුවට ගෙන අධිකරණයට ඉදිරිපත් කරන ලෙස නීතිපති දප්පුල ද ලිවේරා, කොළඹ දිසාව භාර ජ්‍යෙෂ්ඨ නියෝජ්‍ය පොලිස්පතිවරයාට කළ නියෝගයකට අනුවයි. https://youtu.be/XZCyJjE7dHU https://youtu.be/I2HqdXdcAXY... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 19/12/19)

Death of D.D.M. Waidyasekera - former Commissioner of Inland Revenue and Social Historian
by Senaka Weeraratna
D.D.M. Waidyasekera, former Commissioner of Inland Revenue, and author of several books passed away on December 16, 2019. His remains were cremated on December 17, 2019 at the Galkissa (Mt. Lavinia) Cemetery. Waidyasekera was a Past President of the Sri Lanka Institute of Taxation and Editor/Consultant, Institute of Policy Studies of Sri Lanka. He was also President of the Theosophical Society of Sri Lanka. He is a graduate in Economics (Hons.) from the University of Peradeniya, and served as the Secretary of the 1990 Presidential Taxation Commission. He has written... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 19/12/19)

Demise of Mr. D.D.M. Waidyasekara
By; Mahinda Karunaratne
It is sad to inform that Mr. D.D.M. Waidyasekara former Commissioner of Inland Revenue and author of several books in history and fiscal taxation and an intellectual passed away on the 16th Dec. 2019 after brief illness at Apeksha Hospital, Maharagama. His remains were cremated on 17th Tuesday Dec. 2019, day following his pass away at his request in a very brief and simple performance at Mount Lavinia cemetery. It was a sad incident for me remembering the late Mr. Waidyasekara whom I called “Harry Uncle” when I... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 19/12/19)

හිටපු නිවාස අමාත්‍ය සජිත් ප්‍රේමදාස මහතා උදා ගම්මාන 2,500 කට වැඩි ප්‍රමාණයක් ආරම්භ කළ බව පැවසුවද, රට පුරා වැඩ අවසන් කර ඇති ගම්මාන සංඛ්‍යාව 367 ක් පමණයි
නාගරික සංවර්ධන, ජල සම්පාදන සහ නිවාස පහසුකම් අමාත්‍යාංශය
හිටපු නිවාස අමාත්‍ය සජිත් ප්‍රේමදාස මහතා පසුගිය රජය තුළ උදා ගම්මාන 2,500 කට වැඩි ප්‍රමාණයක් ආරම්භ කළ බව පැවසුවද, රට පුරා වැඩ අවසන් කර ඇති ගම්මාන සංඛ්‍යාව 367 ක් පමණ  බව, නිවාස පහසුකම් රාජ්‍ය අමාත්‍ය ඉන්දික අනුරුද්ධ මහතා පැවසීය. ජනතාවට නොමිලේ නිවාස ලබා දෙන බවට පසුගිය කාලයේදී රටට පෙන්නුවද එසේ සිදු වී නොමැති බවත්, අද ජනතාව ණයකාරයින් බවට පත්ව ඇති අතර පසුගිය කාලයේදී නිවාස අමාත්‍යංශය හරහා රජයට විශාල වැය බරක් සිදු කර ඇති බවද රාජ්‍ය අමාත්‍යවරයා ප්‍රකාශ කළේය. පසුගිය ජනාධිපතිවරණයට ආසන්න කාලයේදී දේශපාලන වාසි... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/12/19)

පාසල් ළමයින්ට නිල ඇදුම් පොළපොත් ටික දෙන්න වැඩපිළිවෙලක් නැහැ...අයිතීන් උදෙසා කාන්තාවෝ සංවිධානයේ ලේකම් හිටපු නාගරික මන්ත්‍රීනි සමන්මලී ගුණසිංහ
අයිතීන් උදෙසා කාන්තාවෝ මාධ්‍ය හමුව - 18.12.2016
මේ වනවිට නිල ඇඳුම්, පෙළපොත් ලබානොදීම නිසා දරුවන්ගේ අධ්‍යාපනයට විශාල ගැටලුවක් මතුවෙලා.  ප්‍රසිද්ධ කියමනක් තිබෙනවා ආර්ථික අපහසුතා නිසා අනෙක් කුමන වියදම් කපා හැරියත් අධ්‍යාපනය වෙනුවෙන් කරන වියදම් කපා දාන්න එපා කියලා. මොකද රටක අධ්‍යාපනය කියන්නේ අනාගතයට කරන අයෝජනයක්. ඒක රටේ අනාගත සංවර්ධනයට බලපානවා. රටක මානව සම්පත් කළමනාකරණය කියන්නේ රටේ සංවර්ධන උපායමාර්ගයේ ප්‍රධාන කොටසක්. නමුත් ලංකාවේ පහුගිය කාලයේ අධ්‍යාපනය වෙනුවෙන් කරන ආණ්ඩුවේ වියදම දෙමාපියන් දක්වා විතැන් වුනා. අධ්‍යාපනය වාණිජකරණයවීම නිසාම අධ්‍යාපනයේ ප්‍රමිතිය අඩුවුනා විතරක් නෙවෙයි අධ්‍යාපනය විකිණෙන භාණ්ඩයක් බවට පත්වුනා. එහි ප්‍රතිඵලයක් විදියට අධ්‍යාපනයේ සම්පූර්ණ බර දෙමාපියන් මත පැටවුණා. අධ්‍යාපනය වෙනුවෙන් දෙමාපියන්ට... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/12/19)

TWO PERSONS WHO MADE '' WHITE VAN CLAIME" REMANDED, THE BIG FISH ESCAPES SCOTT FREE
by S B Lokuge
It is sad to hear the president say the Swiss ambassador has done nothing wrong is the way he dealt with the alleged abduction claim of his employee. The two drivers who claimed they murdered on orders of the Rajapaksa regime are righty in custody, but the Swiss ambassador who promoted the same claim, white van abductions, which made international news, has done nothing wrong according to the president. President Rajapaksa received a clear mandate just a few days before this incident because people believed he is a strong leader as he promised not to... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/12/19)

Switzerland connection in LTTE fundraising activity
By D.B.S. Jeyaraj Courtesy Daily Mirror
Recent events have focused the media spotlight on the Federal Republic of Switzerland known officially as the Swiss Confederation. The landlocked European nation is respected highly on a global scale due to its policy of armed neutrality. Despite the impeccable credentials of Switzerland, the country is being viewed negatively by influential sections of the Sri Lankan people. There is suspicion that an orchestrated campaign is being pursued by certain elements to depict the country as an “enemy” of Sri  Lanka. Three recent happenings concerning Switzerland–Sri Lanka relations have contributed to this unfortunate... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/12/19)

Sri Lanka gets World Bank loan to boost public sector
Coutesy NewsIn.Asia
Colombo, Dec. 18 (newsin.asia) – The World Bank has approved a $25 million loan to the Government of Sri Lanka to improve the transparency and efficiency of core government and public financial management functions, a statement said. The Public Sector Efficiency Strengthening Project (PSEP) will help strengthen the institutional capacity of the Ministry of Finance to improve efficiency and deliver better services. The use of information technology and greater human resource capabilities will be the key drivers of this 5-year project. The European Union will be a partner in PSEP with a technical assistance grant of... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/12/19)

Swiss in diplomatic offensive to save face, says top lawyer ... govt. urged to set record straight
By Shamindra Ferdinando Courtesy Island
December 18, 2019, 9:26 pm President’s Counsel Manohara de Silva yesterday alleged that Switzerland was making a desperate attempt to shield its Ambassador in Colombo Hanspeter Mock in the wake of his abortive intervention on behalf of embassy staffer Garnia Bannister Francis. Fort Chief Magistrate Lanka Jayaratne on Monday (16) remanded Garnia till Dec 30 for falsely claiming that she had been abducted and molested by a group of persons who sought information regarding Inspector Nishantha Silva, who was given political asylum, at a lightning... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/12/19)

CID informs court: White van suspects acted on Rajitha’s instructions
Nimathi Ranasinghe Courtesy The Daily Mirror
The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) yesterday informed Colombo Chief Magistrate’s Court that the two persons, who were arrested by the CID over making controversial statements regarding ‘white vans’ during a press conference, have confessed to the CID that they had done so due to a request by former Health Minister Rajitha Senaratne. The CID also informed court that the suspects had also confessed that they had made false statements during the press conference regarding gold and foreign currency of LTTE leader Veluppillai Prabhakaran following a request by Rajitha Senaratne. ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/12/19)

Will the fate that befell SLFP befall the UNP?
Courtesy Daily Mirror
When Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa hurried home after his   defeat after the 2015 Presidential polls, his supporters crowded around his residence in Medamulana and urged him to make a comeback to politics. He listened to the call and abandoned plans of retirement from politics. After a couple of years, a new party called ‘Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP)’ was formed at his behest.  He was appointed as its leader. He virtually left the SLFP in this manner. His SLPP turned out to be a serious political force replacing the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/12/19)

Swiss, Sri Lankan foreign ministers hold phone call
Courtesy The Island
Sri Lanka’s Foreign Minister Dinesh Gunawardena this evening (18) received a telephone call from the Foreign Minister of Switzerland Ignazio Cassis regarding the status of the Sri Lankan employee at the Swiss Embassy in Colombo, who arrested and remanded. On 25 November 2019, the local employee of the Swiss Embassy reported that she had been abducted in Colombo to force her to disclose embassy-related information.  She was arrested and remanded on December 16 on the grounds that she allegedly made false statements. Ms. Garnier Banister Francis is presently in... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/12/19)

Swiss swipe
Editorial Courtesy Them Island
Thursday 19th December, 2019 Switzerland has expressed its displeasure at the way Sri Lanka is handling the case against its Sri Lankan employee, Garnier Banister Francis, who stands accused of having falsely claimed that she was abducted and threatened by an unidentified group to reveal Swiss Embassy-related information. It has made known its concerns in a strongly-worded media statement. The statement from Bern says, inter alia: "The FDFA [Federal Department of Foreign Affairs] has repeatedly called for due process to be followed. In particular, the FDFA has criticised the 30-hour... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/12/19)

What are the Swiss up to?
S. AKURUGODA Courtesy The Island
December 18, 2019, 7:04 pm On 16th December 2019, soon after a face-to-face meeting of Swiss Ambassador Hanspeter Mock with Sri Lanka's President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) has issued a statement to the media criticising the lack of due process in the case against their local employee, who is detained (after a court ruling) for falsely claiming that she had been abducted and threatened. The statement, as a whole, is trying to tell the world, indirectly, that the Sri... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/12/19)

Due process followed – SL to Swiss
Courtesy Daily Mirror
Foreign Minister Dinesh Gunawardena on Friday (18) told Swiss Foreign Minister Ignazio Cassis that due process has been adhered to at each step, in keeping with international norms respected by both countries regarding the investigations into the Sri Lankan employee of the Swiss Mission. Minister Minister Gunawardena informed this when he received a telephone call from the Foreign Minister of Switzerland Ignazio Cassis Friday evening regarding the status of the Sri Lankan employee at the Swiss Embassy Ms. Garnier Banister Francis.“Foreign Minister Gunawardena emphasized that Sri Lanka has fully complied with national law... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/12/19)

Truth behind ‘Swiss drama’ unravelled
Courtesy The Daily News
The controversy over the alleged abduction of a Sri Lankan employee of the Swiss embassy in Colombo continues to drag on with the two countries engaging in a war of words and the saga taking a dramatic turn this week with the arrest of the employee by local authorities. The incident began in late November when the employee, now identified as Garnier Banister Francis, alleged that she was abducted by unknown men in the vicinity of the Swiss embassy in Colombo and threatened. It... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/12/19)

නිවසටම ගොස් තොරතුරු විමසා සුදුස්සන් පමණක් බඳවා ගන්න - ලක්ෂයකට රැකියා දීම ගැන ජනපතිගෙන් උපදෙස්
උපුටා ගැන්ම හිරු නිව්ස්
ජනවාරි 15 වනදා ඇරඹෙන රැකියා ලක්ෂයක් සම්පාදනය කෙරෙන බහුකාර්ය සංවර්ධන කාර්ය සාධක බලකායේ වැඩකටයුතු යටතේ උපාධිධාරින් දස දහසකට ද රැකියා අවස්ථා විවෘත වන බව අද අනාවරණ වුණා. ඒ ඊට අදාළව ජනාධිපති ගෝඨාභය රාජපක්ෂගේ ප්‍රධානත්වයෙන් ජනාධිපති කාර්යාලයේ පැවති සාකච්ඡාවකදීයි. මෙම වැඩසටහන යටතේ කිසිදු අධ්‍යාපනයක් නොලද හෝ අඩු අධ්‍යාපනික මට්ටමක් සහිත නුපුහුණු පිරිස් තෝරා ගැනෙන අතර, ප්‍රථම අදියර යටතේ රැකියා අවස්ථා ලක්ෂයක් සම්පාදනය කෙරෙනවා. https://youtu.be/3INHl5lx-TI ඔවුන් මෙහෙයවීමේ හා කළමනාකරණ කාර්යයන් සඳහා ද තවත් රැකියා 30,000 ක් පමණ උත්පාදනය වන බවයි ජනාධිපති මාධ්‍ය අංශය සඳහන්... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/12/19)

Bogus abduction story: Switzerland did not follow due process, not Sri Lanka
The Swiss has issued a strange statement criticizing Sri Lanka for the lack of due process. The truth is quite the opposite. It took a magistrate’s order to finally get the Swiss embassy to produce its local staffer to make a formal complaint to the CID on Sunday 8th December 2019, exactly 13 days after the alleged incident and keeping the supposed victim inside embassy compound with her family. What is the Swiss reputation for keeping an alleged victim inside an embassy compound for almost 2 weeks without even offering medical attention inspite of them claiming she was suffering ‘deteriorating... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 18/12/19)

Gotabaya Rajapakse – 1 month as President of Sri Lanka
A non-politician is today Sri Lanka’s President. Within a month itself not only has he reconfirmed confidence of those who voted for him, he is tilting the confidence of those who didn’t in his favor. It is without doubt that the country is visibly inspired and rejuvenated judging by a wave of changes taking place across the country – artists and youth are painting walls in themes & colours, our youth are winning international sports awards, we have the Mrs. World, Mrs. Asia and Mr. Universe, youth starting farming trend, the roads looking cleaner and everyone being sent a message... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 18/12/19)

WHAT THE BLOODY HELL YOU ARE DOING IN MY COUNTRY?
By Stanley Perera, Melbourne, Australia.
My dear Hanspeter Mock, Patriotic Sri Lankans who love their country of birth want to know what the bloody hell you rouge undiplomatic ambassadore Hans Peter Mock doing in my country?  What a mockery Mr. Mock?  What a fiasco Mr. Mock?  What an indecent act you committed Mr. Mock?  Mr. Mock, your rouge country is instead of a written public appology saying they are concerned of the rouge local staffer.  Either you are a headless rooster or dumb dumb in your thick head.  Your rouge country is a safe heaven to protect... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/12/19)

ස්විස් නාට්‍ය සිරිකොතේ අධ්‍යක්ෂණයක් - ප්‍රදීප් සංජිව
AdadDerana
https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=157&v=YFy0YAw222g&feature=emb_logo... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/12/19)

The WHITE VAN & THE DISAPPEARANCE OF SIRIYALATHA PERERA!
Vajiragnana Warnakulasuriya
This is a re-enactment of the disappearance of Prageeth Eknaligoda the Media Journalist! This latest episode makes one believe The Swiss Embassy could be the silent provider to make VANISH much talked locals to discredit, embarrass Rajapaksas either in Power or not! This latest episode after worldwide publicity was given damaging the reputation of the new Presidents Government through, Al Jazeera, Times of America and the UK. Now that the case has been proved as purely a fabrication, the Swiss Embassy as a matter of courtesy on the Host Country should respectfully request the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/12/19)

Wigneswaran’s doctored history
By ; A.A.M.NIZAM – MATARA.
The universally accepted and acknowledged Encyclopaedia Britannica (EB) states that Sri Lanka had a continuous record of human settlement for more than two millennia and Sri Lanka developed a unique identity over the ages that ultimately set it apart from its neighbour mainland India. Cultural traits brought from India necessarily underwent independent growth and change in Sri Lanka, owing in part to the island’s physical separation from the subcontinent. Buddhism, for instance, virtually disappeared from India, but it continued to flourish in Sri Lanka, particularly among the Sinhalese. Moreover, the Sinhalese language, which grew... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/12/19)

Do not prosecute them
Viraj Kithsiri
The whole country is clamouring for immediate actions against the culprits of yahapalanaya. From bond scams to the outrageous press conferences there are so many issues to be dealt with and punished. Chief among the culprits are Mangala,Rajitha,Ravi, Champika,Rishad and Malik. However on the top of the list is Ranil too. However I do plead the government not to hurry up these cases until after the general elections. If we prosecute and bring charges against them they will not get nominations from the UNP. In fact this will be... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/12/19)

Brexit: long overdue!
Malinda Seneviratne
The most asked question on Google in the year 2019, according to reports, is ‘Where is Sri Lanka?’ I am not sure who is looking for Sri Lanka or why. Maybe it has something to do with Sri Lanka being picked as the No 1 island to visit. Again, I am not sure who concluded this or why.   Sri Lankans know where Sri Lanka is. Most Sri Lankans know what Sri Lanka is. Of course there are those who think Colombo is Sri Lanka and vice versa and who, consequently, don’t think that... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/12/19)

Conservative Victory – What next about Geneva Resolution?
S A K Courtesy Island
December 17, 2019, 9:30 pm Under normal circumstances, most Sri Lankans would have been happy if a Labour Government was elected in England, perhaps because we have a long tradition of being ruled by Left of Centre governments, and we have little faith in those representing the interests of big capital and land owning classes. However, under the present circumstances, all patriotic Sri Lankans should be extremely happy that at the British parliamentary elections the Conservative Party won a resounding victory. We should have celebrated the event... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/12/19)

More Swiss embassy workers involved in ‘fabricated’ abduction plot – CID
By Hemantha Randunu Courtesy The Island
The CID has uncovered that several other employees in the Swiss Embassy were involved in a plot hatched by Garnier Bannister Francis, a local staffer of the diplomatic mission in Colombo, arrested and remanded for falsely claiming that she had been abducted and threatened. These persons include several female employees. The CID has identified these individuals based on the mobile phone records of Francis and the statements she has given. The CID officials say that they have determined that Francis’ allegation that she was abducted and threatened is a total... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/12/19)

Law must be implemented against all involved in Swiss Embassy ‘drama’ - Dilan
Courtesy Ada Derana
The law should be implemented against all those who were involved in the alleged abduction case of the Swiss Embassy employee, says United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) MP Dilan Perera. Speaking at a press conference, the parliamentarian called the alleged incident a failed ‘drama’ created to sling mud at President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and the new government. https://youtu.be/YkbCpiTeP68 However, the ‘drama’ cannot be ended by just arresting the local staffer of the Swiss Embassy, he stated. He says that the ‘drama’ was produced by the United... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/12/19)

Pressure on Lankan government to drastically modify MCC Compact
By P.K.Balachandran/Daily Express Courtesy NewsIn.Asia
Colombo, December 13: Nationalist and left wing members of the Sri Lankan parliament are putting pressure on the Gotabaya Rajapaksa government to drastically modify the US-Lanka Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) Compact, which had been approved by the cabinet of the preceding Ranil Wickremesinghe government but had not obtained parliamentary approval. Foreign Minister Dinesh Gunawardena who belongs to the nationalist Mahajana Eksath Peramuna (MEP) has said that the MCC Compact, like other international agreements entered into by the Wickremesinghe government, will be reviewed. Another nationalist MP, Udaya... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/12/19)

Sri Lanka to ban foreign contractors from state projects
Courtesy NewsIn.Asia
Colombo, Dec. 16 – Sri Lanka will ban foreign contractors from competing for state project and give a slew of benefits for domestic construction companies, a government policy for for the next five years said. Sri Lanka will “all state construction work for the domestic construction firms” the policy document said, the EconomyNext reported. The reduced competition could push up profits of construction firms and raise the cost of state procurement costs overall, analysts say. Sri Lanka’s new administration had already halved income taxes for construction firms... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/12/19)

Sri Lanka experiments with a genetically altered mosquito to combat dengue
Courtesy NewsIn.Asia
Colombo, December 17 (Xinhua): Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has said the country will experiment with an imported genetically altered breed of mosquito designed to make female dengue mosquitos sterile in order to combat the rising dengue virus, local media reports said here Tuesday. Speaking to newspaper editors, President Rajapaksa said that a sample of the mosquito breed had been brought to Sri Lanka “on an experimental basis,” and the new experiment is currently underway. President Rajapaksa further instructed all governors and health department workers to take immediate measures... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/12/19)

Can’t accept candidacy for PM without party leadership - Sajith
Courtesy Hiru News
MP Sajith Premadasa says he will not take up the candidacy for Premiership, without being made the UNP Leader https://youtu.be/onJIUL1IPz0... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/12/19)

අගමැති අපේක්ෂකත්වය බාරගැනීමට නම් පක්ෂ නායකත්වය අවශ්‍යයි - සජිත්
Courtesy Hiru News
පක්ෂ නායකත්වය නොමැතිව කුමන ලෙසකින්වත් අගමැති අපේක්ෂකත්වය භාර නොගන්නා බව එක්සත් ජාතික පෙරමුණේ පාර්ලිමේන්තු මන්ත්‍රී සජිත් ප්‍රේමදාස මහතා පවසනවා ඔහු මේ බව ප්‍රකාශ කළේ කෝට්ටේ ප්‍රදේශයේ පැවති ජන හමුවකට එක්වෙමින්. ජනාධිපතිවරණයේදී සජිත් ප්‍රේමදාස මහතාට සහය පළ කළ ජනතාවට ස්තූතිය පල කිරීම සඳහා දිවයින පුරා පැවැත්වීමට නියමිත රැස්වීම් මාලාවේ පළමුවැන්න අද කොලොන්නාව ප්‍රදේශයෙන් ආරම්භ වුණා. එම අවස්ථාවට සජිත් ප්‍රේමදාස මහතාද එක්වූ අතර, ඔහු ජනාධිපතිවරණ පරාජයෙන් පසුව ප්‍රසිද්ධ වේදිකාවකට පැමිණි පළමු අවස්ථාවද මෙයයි. කෙසේවෙතත්, සජිත් ප්‍රේමදාස මහතාගේ පැමිණීමට විරෝධය පල කරමින් කොලොන්නාව ජනතා පවුර සංවිධානය අද කොලොන්නාව නගරයේදී... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/12/19)

සී.වී. විග්නේෂ්වරන්ගේ ප්‍රකාශය පිළිකුල් සහගතයි - පූජ්‍ය දිඹුල්කුඹුරේ ශ්‍රී විමලධම්ම හිමියන්
Courtesy Hiru News
උතුරු පළාත් හිටපු ප්‍රධාන අමාත්‍ය සී.වී. විග්නේෂ්වරන් මහතා පසුගියදා සිදුකළ ප්‍රකාශය පිළිකුල් සහගත බව මල්වතු පාර්ශ්වයේ අනුනායක පූජ්‍ය දිඹුල්කුඹුරේ ශ්‍රී විමලධම්ම හිමියන් පවසනවා. උන්වහන්සේ මේ අදහස් පළ කළේ අද පෙරවරුවේ මහනුවර පැවති ප්‍රවෘත්ති සාකච්ඡාවකට එක්වෙමින්. https://youtu.be/JjNTRPERfIc... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/12/19)

පාඨලී ගැන සිංහලයේ ජාතික සංවිධානයෙන් අනාවරණයක්
Courtesy Hiru News
පාඨලී චම්පික රණවක හිටපු අමාත්‍යවරයා සම්බන්ධයෙන් අද පැවැති සිංහලයේ ජාතික සංවිධානයේ ප්‍රවෘත්ති සාකච්ඡාවේදී ද තවත් අනාවරණයක් සිදුකළා. https://youtu.be/swz3SRKmBh0... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 17/12/19)

චම්පිකගේ රිය අනතුර ගැන පූජ්‍ය ඕමල්පේ සෝභිත හිමියන් කතා කරයි
Courtesy Hiru News
හිටපු අමාත්‍ය පාඨලී චම්පික රණවක මහතා සම්බන්ධ රිය අනතුර පිළිබදව සිදුවීමේ පරීක්ෂණ ජනාධිපති ගෝඨාභය රාජපක්ෂ මහතාගේ උපදෙස් මත සිදුවන්නක් බවට තමන් කිසිසේත් විශ්වාස නොකරන බව පූජ්‍ය ඕමල්පේ සෝභිත හිමියන් පවසනවා. කොළඹදී අද පැවති ප්‍රවෘත්ති සාකච්ඡාවකදී උන්වහන්සේ මෙම අදහස් පලකළා. https://youtu.be/5rMQBf4-MQU... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 17/12/19)

චම්පිකගේ රැස්වීමකදී පහර කෑ තරුණයා සාධාරණයක් ඉල්ලයි
Courtesy Hiru News
ජනාධිපතිවරණ සමයේ සජිත් ප්‍රේමදාස මහතාට සහය පළ කරමින් මාලඹේ ප්‍රදේශයේ  පැවැති මැතිවරණ රැස්වීමකදී පහරදීමකට ලක්වූ තරුණයාට පොලීසියෙන් සාධාරණයක් සිදුවී නොමැති බවට මව්බිම වෙනුවෙන් රණවිරුවෝ සංවිධානය චෝදනා කරනවා. ඒ, පහරකෑමට ලක්වූ අදාළ තරුණයා ද සමඟ ප්‍රවෘත්ති සාකච්ඡාවක් පවත්වමින්.  https://youtu.be/AW6pAX4A0Bk... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 17/12/19)

රාජිත ඇතුළු පිරිසට ද නීතිය ක්‍රියාත්මක කළ යුතුයි - මන්ත්‍රී ඩිලාන් පෙරේරා -
Courtesy Hiru News
ස්විස් තානාපති කාර්යාල නිලධාරිනිය පැහැර ගත් බවට අසත්‍ය පුවත් නිර්මාණය කළ පාර්ලිමේන්තු මන්ත්‍රී රාජිත සේනාරත්න මහතා ඇතුළු පිරිසට ද නීතිය ක්‍රියාත්මක කළ යුතු බව පාර්ලිමේන්තු මන්ත්‍රී ඩිලාන් පෙරේරා මහතා අද පැවැති ප්‍රවෘත්ති සාකච්ඡාවකදී සඳහන් කළා. මෙම සිද්ධිය සම්බන්ධයෙන් තවත් පාර්ශව රැසක් අද විවිධ ස්ථානවලදී අදහස් පළ කළා.   https://youtu.be/lglaZiqytrY... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 17/12/19)

සුදුවෑන් මාධ්‍ය හමුවට සම්බන්ධ වූ සියලූදෙනා නීතිය ක්‍රියාත්මක කළ යුතුයි - රාජ්‍ය ඇමති ලක්ෂ්මන් යාපා
Hiru News
හිටපු අමාත්‍ය රාජිත සේනාරත්න සංවිධාන කළ සුදු වෑන් මාධ්‍ය හමුවට සම්බන්ධ වූ  ඕනෑම පුද්ගලයෙකුට තරාතිරම නොබලා නීතිය ක්‍රියාත්මක කරන බව තොරතුරු හා සන්නිවේදන තාක්ෂණ රාජ්‍ය අමාත්‍ය ලක්ෂ්මන් යාපා අබේවර්ධන ප්‍රකාශ කළා. ඒ, කොළඹ අද පැවති මාධ්‍ය හමුවකදී මාධ්‍යවේදියෙකු නැගූ ප්‍රශ්නයකට පිළිතුරු ලබාදෙමින්.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 17/12/19)

ඩිලන්ත ආරක්ෂාව ඉල්ලයි
Hiru News
තමන් ඝාතනය කිරීමට තැත් කළ එක්සත් ජාතික පක්ෂයේ කැළණිය හිටපු සංවිධායක බෙවන් පෙරේරාට නීතිය ක්‍රියාත්මක කරන්නැයි මෝටර් රථ ධාවන ශූර ඩිලන්ත මාලගමුව අද රජයෙන්  ඉල්ලීමක් කළා. තමන්ට එල්ල වී ඇති මරණ තර්ජන සම්බන්ධයෙන් ඩිලන්ත මාලගමුව 2018 වසරේ ජුලි මස 7 වනදා පොලිස් මූලස්ථානයට පැමිණිලි කර තිබුණා. එ පාතාල කල්ලි සාමාජිකයෙකු තමන් ඝාතනය කිරීමට සැලසුම් කර ඇති බවට ලද තොරතුරකට අනුවයි. https://youtu.be/meQ3XUxMY6g නාවලපිටියේ පිහිටි තමන්ට අයත් ඉඩමක් සම්බන්ධයෙන් ඇතිවූ ගැටළුවක් මත එවකට එක්සත් ජාතික පක්ෂයේ කැළණිය හිටපු සංවිධායක, ජනතා වතු සංවර්ධන මණ්ඩලයේ ක්‍රියාකාරි අධ්‍යක්‍ෂවරයාව... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 17/12/19)

EDUCATION REFORMS ESSENTIAL TO SRI LANKA (PART 2)-VERTICAL AND HORIZONTAL MODELS OF DISTRIBUTION AND SOCIAL JUSTICE IN PROVIDING EDUCATION
BY EDWARD THEOPHILUS
Part one of this article focused on a basic requirement a Horizontal Model for Education Distribution in the country for education reforms.  The structure for the model for a million population irrespective of where the population has networked or distributed, whether in rural or urban area, the proposed model designed to apply in entire country. It is a horizontal distribution of education irrespectively whether population distributed in rural or urban areas or in wealthy suburbs or in poor people’s ghettos. Recent television programs in Sri Lanka disclosed that although the department of education has been... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 17/12/19)

YAHAPALANA VERSUS MAHA SANGHA Part 4
KAMALIKA PIERIS
The Maha Sangha   worked hard on behalf of Gotabaya Rajapaksa at the Presidential election of November 2019.  Ven. Elle Gunawansa said that the Sangha, 20,000 of them, “went village by village to canvass for him”. The Sangha were openly pleased when Gotabaya won. Elle Gunawansa said this is the first    election after 1948 where the voters were called on to think of the country.  ‘Rata gana, daruwo gana, Sambuddha Sasana gana hitana chande. Ven. Omalpe Sobitha said that this was a victory for citizens who underwent untold hardships during the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 17/12/19)

The flooring of ideologies and ideologues
Malinda Seneviratne
Labour gaining ground. One in ten still undecided. Jeremy Corbyn is much closer to becoming Prime Minister than voters think, according to a Conservative party memo. Hung parliament will see Boris Johnson removed from No 10 Downing Street. Labour minority government likely. Opinion polls tightening — Corbyn might just become Prime Minister. These were headlined claims in the run up to the British Parliamentary Elections. Change a few names and it is pretty much what did the rounds in Sri Lanka, especially among those who read, speak (and live?) ‘English’ a... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 17/12/19)

Hela Budhu Saviya pledges support and backing to the Government and people of Myanmar in their hour of crisis.
Ven. Budugala Jinawansa Thera President Hela Budhu Saviya
December 16, 2019 His Excellency U Win Myint The President of Myanmar Myanmar Your Excellency, We are deeply concerned with the allegations made against Myanmar at the International Court of Justice, and the denigration of Myanmar world - wide by the International Media working hand in glove with sinister NGO groups having a diabolical anti – Buddhist agenda. They are blatantly using the bogey of Human Rights and false and misleading accusations of Genocide to name and... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 17/12/19)

Training Program 2019 for Sri Lankan Medical Practitioners in Nephrology held in Beijing
Press Release of the Embassy of China
Ten Sri Lankan medical practitioners including three doctors and seven nurses from the Chronic Kidney Disease of Unknown Etiology (CKDu) affected areas finished a 2-month training program at Peking University First Hospital (PUFH) in Beijing. The commencement ceremony of the Training Program was held on Dec. 12, 2019. For two months, the trainees got full time training in the hemodialysis center, the nephrology ward and the peritoneal dialysis center of the PUFH, one of the best hospitals in China.  As a training program lasting for the third consecutive year,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 17/12/19)

Two persons who made “white van” claims remanded
Courtesy Ada Derana
The two individuals, who were arrested over controversial statements made at a media briefing conducted by former Health Minister Rajitha Senaratne on the purported incidents regarding “white vans”, have been remanded until the 27th of December. The Colombo Chief Magistrate issued the order when the two individuals were presented before the court today (16). The CID had commenced an investigation into a media briefing conducted by the former Health Minister in early November along with two other individuals, where they made controversial statements. https://youtu.be/_yUDliVxZ2o On... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 17/12/19)

THE PRESIDENT SAYS THE ALLEGED ABDUCTION INCIDENT TARGETED HIM
Courtesy Hiru News
President Gotabaya Rajapaksa said that the local staffer attached to the Swiss Embassy was not abducted and, it has now been revealed that the incident was solely a calculated target on him. Addressing the heads of media institutions this morning, he further said that CCTV footage, telephone conversations and other independent investigations have already revealed that such an incident had not taken place https://youtu.be/5zxLcXjnX6Y The president also said that the behavior of the allegedly abducted Embassy staffer was suspicious as she did... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 17/12/19)

The Swiss Embassy officer remanded until the 30th
Courtesy Hiru News
he Swiss Embassy officer Garnier Banister Francis who was arrested by the CID, has been remanded until the 30 This was after she was produced before Colombo Chief Magistrate Lanka Jayaratne. https://youtu.be/EXphYVfW5ww https://youtu.be/wjcW5fzz6cw https://youtu.be/4Qx5n8dctss... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 17/12/19)

චම්පිකගේ රිය අනතුරු සිද්ධියට දුරකථන වාර්තා කැදවයි
උපුටා ගැන්ම හිරු නිව්ස්
2016 වසරේ රාජගිරියේදී තරුණයෙකු රිය අනතුරට ලක් කළ බව කියන සිද්ධියට අදාළව හිටපු අමාත්‍ය පාඨලී චම්පික රණවක නීතීඥයෙකු මාර්ගයෙන් අද අධිකරණය හමුවේ පෙනී සිටියා. හිරු අධිකරණ වාර්තාකරු සඳහන් කළේ ඒ අනුව ඔහු කොළඹ අතිරේක මහේස්ත්‍රාත් කාංචනා නෙරංජනා ද සිල්වා හමුවේ පෙනී සිටි බවයි. https://youtu.be/ZiAs7ufcgOs එහිදී හිටපු අමාත්‍යවරයා වෙනුවෙන් පෙනී සිටි නීතීඥවරයා අධිකරණයට දැනුම්දී ඇත්තේ තම සේවාදායකයා සහ ඔහුගේ රියදුරාට අදාළව ලබාගෙන ඇති විදෙස් ගමන් තහනම ඒකපාර්ශවික කරුණු ඉදිරිපත් කිරීමක් මගින් ගත් තීන්දුවක් බවටයි. එමෙන්ම, කොළඹ අපරාධ කොට්ඨාශයේ නිලධාරින් හිටපු අමාත්‍යවරයාගේ රියදුරාගේ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 17/12/19)

Former Minister Patali Champika before the Colombo Magistrate's Court
Courtesy Hiru News
Former Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka appeared before the Colombo Additional Magistrate Kanchana Neranjana de Silva today in connection with an incident involving a youth in Rajagiriya in 2016. Former Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka and his driver were imposed an overseas travel ban in connection with the accident by the Colombo Additional Magistrate’s Court. https://youtu.be/ZiAs7ufcgOs... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 17/12/19)

United National Bhikku front states UNP should obtain tuition from Prime Minister Mahinda.තනතුරු කිසිවක් නොව, සජිත් ප්‍රේමදාසට අවශ්‍ය ණය ගෙවන්න -
Courtesy Hiru
United National Bhikkhu Front states that the UNP MPs should seek tuition on politics from Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa General Secretary of the organization, Thiniyawala Palitha Thera was addressing a media conference held at the UNP headquarters Sirikotha this morning. Meanwhile, a meeting between the UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe and the representatives of the Kurunegala District Local Governments was held at Sirikotha today. විපක්ෂ නායකධුරය, පක්ෂ නායක ධුරය ඇතුළු තනතුරු කිසිවක් නොව තමන්ට අවශ්‍යව ඇත්තේ මිලියන ගණනක ණය ගෙවා ගැනීමට පමණක් බව හිටපු... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 17/12/19)

Is the MCC Compact the only document that endangers the security of the Nation?
Published by the Land-Law Circle
Is the MCC Compact the only document that endangers the security of the Nation? Should we not analyse our past experiences too to fathom our vulnerability to adopt foreign land statutes and systems when enticed with foreign aid? It is unfortunate that several intellectuals and advisers expect us to read only the MCC document,  forgetting all the other agreements that had made costly mistakes with regard to our land rights. We are compelled to accept inroads to our land rights, simply to accommodate gifts and loans.   We had entered into... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/12/19)

The UNP can never come to power unless they change the whole structure
Dr Sudath Gunasekara 14,12.2019.
The UNP can never come to power unless they change their name UNP, present leadership, policies and their dependence on the west and the Tamil and Muslim minorities and get armed with a new policy that is more patriotic and inward looking and more appealing to the masses than what the Pohottuwa stands for. (Continued from December 6th, 2019 Lankaweb “The Birth and the Demise of the UNP (Un-patriotic non-National Party). The UNP can never come to power unless they change their name UNP, present leadership, policies and their dependence... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/12/19)

සබ්මැරීනයක ගුවන් විදුලි උපකරණ වලින් බිහි වූ ලංකා ගුවන් විදුලි සේවය
ජානක පෙරේරා විසිනි 
(මේ ලිපියේ අරමුණ ලංකා ගුවන් විදුලි සේවයේ වැඩි දෙනා නොදන්නා කරුනු හෙලි කිරීමය).    මෙම දෙසැම්බර් 16 වනදාට මෙරට මුල්වරට ගුවන් විදුලි සේවාවක් පටන්ගෙන වසර 94 ක් සපිරෙයි. ඊට මග පැදුනේ කිසිවකු නොසිතු අයුරින්ය. ඒ පළමුවැනි ලෝක යුද්ධය (1914-1918) ඇරඹීම නිසවෙනි. එම යුද්ධයෙන් බ්‍රිතාන්‍යය ජර්මනිය පරදා ජයගත් පසු එවකට බ්‍රිතාන්‍යය යටත් විජිතයක් වූ මෙරටට බ්‍රිතාන්‍යයන් විසින් ඔවුන් විසින් අල්ලගන්නා ලද ජර්මන් සබ්මැරීනයක ගුවන් විදුලි උපකරණ කොටස් ගෙනෙන ලදී. මෙරට විදුලි සංදේශ දෙපාර්තමේන්තු ඉංජිනේරුවෝ එම ජර්මන් නාවික උපකාර වල ආධාරයෙන් කුඩා ගුවන් විදුලි සම්ප්‍රේෂණ යන්ත්‍රයක් සාදා අත්හදා බැලීමක් වශයෙන් 1923 දී කොළඹ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/12/19)

Now exaggerated news by Sri Lankan TV channels
Sri Lankan News
Two Sri Lankan television channels "Hiru" and " Adaderana" carried an exaggerated news report quoting a video clip published by Tamil Guardian on the Election day (12 November 2019) as if Boris Johnson was thanking Tamil community for his landslide victory. See the published date of the video clip https://youtu.be/fv2GcKi39g4 https://youtu.be/fv2GcKi39g4 In this video clip the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Boris Johnson appealed to the British Tamils by thanking the Tamil community for their contribution to the United Kingdom. Apparently this... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/12/19)

Election 2019: Isaac Levido secured Tory triumph with skill and sharp slogan
Extract from Times (UK)  Report
Inside the Conservative Party’s headquarters, the chants began shortly after the exit poll was announced. With the Tories heading for a landslide, the assembled staffers erupted in a chorus of “oh, Isaac Levido” in tribute to the softly spoken Australian who had led them to victory. Nobody in the CCHQ sweepstake had predicted that the Tories were on course for a majority of nearly 80. The Tories’ slogan “get Brexit done”, combined with their relentless determination to stay on message, had paid dividends. Mr... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/12/19)

SRI LANKA MUSLIM VOTE BANK MUST HAVE THE COURAGE TO FACE THE TRUTH.
By Noor Nizam, Peace and Political Activist, Political Communication Researcher, SLPP Stalwart and Convener - The Muslim Voice,
SRI LANKA MUSLIM VOTE BANK MUST HAVE THE COURAGE TO FACE THE TRUTH. EACH MUSLIM VOTER SHOULD DECIDE TO VOTE FOR THE BENEFIT OF THE COUNTRY AT LARGE.They should let go clining to the SLMC, ACMC, NC & UNP/NDF. IT IS BETTER FOR THE SRI LANKA MUSLIMS TO SUPPORT THE GOVERNMENT OF HE. PRESIDENT GOTABAYA RAJAPAKSA AND PM. MAHINDA RAJAPAKSA FROM THE BEGINNING TO MAKE SURE THAT THE SLPP GETS A... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/12/19)

An unforgettable matriarch of the family - Muriel Weeraratna
Tudor Wijeratne
Muriel Weeraratna, my aunty, died on October 21 this year. As the eldest nephew among the living I would like to share these thoughts of a gracious lady. Aunty Muriel was the daughter of Don Elaris Weerasiri, only son of Don Theodoris Weerasiri, a leading jewellery and gem merchant at Chatham Street, Fort at the beginning of the last century. Don Elaris played for the Royal College 1st XI Cricket team when the S. Thomas’ College, Mount Lavinia cricket team was captained by D. S. Senanayake who later went... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/12/19)

THE WORLD BEHIND THE CLOUDS
ALI SUKHANVER
For secret- agents or for security personnel on mission, wine, women and money are considered the ever worst booby-traps. During their professional training, they are strictly forbidden to have any relationship with wine, woman and money particularly when they are on some very sensitive assignment. Unfortunately the spies and security personnel meet a very tragic ending when they ignore this very sensitive instruction intentionally or unintentionally. We find the situation at its worst when we cast a look at the record-files of the Indian secret-agents and security personnel who somehow or the other were fenced into... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/12/19)

The Swiss fiasco
by C.A.Chandraprema Courtesy Island
Sriyalatha Perera as Rohini Hathurusinghe
Hanspeter Mock as Tissa Dias Bandaranayake
Deja vu for Kamal Gunaratne
December 14, 2019, 12:00 pm The Swiss Embassy drama continues to dominate the news bulletins. With each passing day the drama surrounding the alleged abduction of a Swiss embassy local staffer is beginning to look more and more like the drama that we saw in the late 1990s in relation to the Commission to inquire into the deaths of Maj Gen Denzil Kobbekaduwa, Brigadier Vijaya Wimalaratne and others. For... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/12/19)

Sri Lanka to fight dengue virus with bacteria “Wolbachia”
Courtesy NewsIn.Asia
Colombo, December 13 (Xinhua): The Sri Lankan government is to begin trialling a special bacteria as part of a program to eradicate the dengue virus, local media reports, quoting Health Ministry officials said here Thursday. Deputy Director General of the Health Ministry Paba Palihawadana said that a type of bacteria called “Wolbachia” will be released in 25 local townships in Colombo starting February next year. Households will be provided with mosquito eggs and a food capsule which must be sealed in water for two weeks, after which the mature... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/12/19)

රාජිත සහ පාඨලී සිදුකළ අක්‍රමිකතා ගැන වහාම නීතිය ක්‍රියාත්මක කරන්න - අමාත්‍යවරුන්ගේ ලේකම් සංගමය
උපුටා ගැන්ම හිරු නිව්ස්
රාජිත සේනාරත්න සහ පාඨලී චම්පික රණවක යන හිටපු අමාත්‍යවරුන් පසුගිය සමයේ සිදුකළ අක්‍රමිකතා සම්බන්ධයෙන් වහාම නීතිය ක්‍රියාත්මක කළයුතු බව අමාත්‍යවරුන්ගේ ලේකම් සංගමය පවසනවා. ඒ අද කොළඹදී පැවති ප්‍රවෘත්ති සාකච්ඡාවකදී. https://youtu.be/Job0Op8ulJw... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/12/19)

චෝදනා එල්ලවන පාඨලී චම්පික හා රාජිත සේනාරත්න ගැන විවිධ අදහස්
උපුටා ගැන්ම හිරු නිව්ස්
සිද්ධීන් කිහිපයක් සම්බන්ධයෙන් චෝදනා එල්ලවන පාඨලී චම්පික රණවක හා රාජිත සේනාරත්න යන හිටපු අමාත්‍යවරුන් සම්බන්ධයෙන් දේශපාලනඥයින් හා සිවිල් සංවිධාන නියෝජිතයින් අදහස් පළ කළා. https://youtu.be/99_OKUv7J6k... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/12/19)

පාස්කු ප්‍රහාරයට සම්බන්ධ සියලු පාර්ශ්වයන්ට නීතිය ක්‍රියාත්මක කළ යුතුයි - මාගල්කන්දේ සුදත්ත හිමි
උපුටා ගැන්ම හිරු නිව්ස්
පාස්කු ඉරිදා සිද්ධිය සම්බන්ධයෙන් හිටපු ආරක්ෂක ලේකම් හා අනිවාර්ය නිවාඩු යැවූ පොලිස්පතිවරයාට පමණක් නොව ඊට සම්බන්ධ සියලු පාර්ශ්වයන්ට එරෙහිව නීතිය ක්‍රියාත්මක කළ යුතු බව නව සිංහල රාවය සංවිධානයේ මහලේකම් පූජ්‍ය මාගල්කන්දේ සුදත්ත හිමියන් පවසනවා. උන්වහන්සේ මේ බව සඳහන් කළේ කළුතර ප්‍රදේශයේ අද (15) පැවති ප්‍රවෘත්ති සාකච්ඡාවකට එක්වෙමින්. https://youtu.be/m6gCCo4huCw... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/12/19)

අසාද් සාලි පොලිසියට කළ බලපෑම් හෙළිවෙයි
උපුටා ගැන්ම හිරු නිව්ස්
අද හාඩ්ටෝක් විශේෂාංගය තුළින් සෘජුවම ප්‍රශ්න කෙරෙන්නේ කෑගල්ල දිසාව භාරව කටයුතු කළ හිටපු නියෝජ්‍ය පොලිස්පති පාලිත සිරිවර්ධන මහතාගෙන් https://youtu.be/c7xaRT_AJN4... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/12/19)

මහජන උපයෝගිතා කොමිසමෙන් විදුලිබල මණ්ඩලයට චෝදනාවක්
උපුටා ගැන්ම හිරු නිව්ස්
නොරොච්චෝලේ ලක්විජය ගල්අගුරු බලාගාරයේ දිගුවක් ලෙස මෙගාවොට් 300ක නව බලාගාරයක් තැනීම සදහා මහජන උපයෝගිතා කොමිසමේ අනුමැතියකින් තොරව විදුලිබල මණ්ඩලය කටයුතු කර ඇති බවට එම කොමිසම චෝදනා කරනවා. විදුලිබල අමාත්‍යාංශය පවසන්නේ එවැනි බලාගාරයක් ඉදිකිරීම සදහා සැලසුම් පැවතියද එහි වැඩකටයුතු මෙතෙක් ආරම්භ කර නොමැති බවයි. පසුගිය ජනාධිපතිවරණයට දින 10 කි තිබියදී නොරොච්චෝලේ ලක්විජය ගල් අගුරු බලාගාරයේ දිගුවක් ලෙස මෙගාවොට් 300 ක නව බලාගාරයක් තැනීම සදහා චීනයේ CMC සමාගම වෙත අභිප්‍රාය පලකිරීමේ ලිපියක් විදුලිබල මණ්ඩලය නිකුත් කර තිබෙනවා. මහජන උපයෝගිතා කොමිසම සදහන් කරන්නේ අදාළ බලාගාරය ඉදිකිරීම සම්බන්ධයෙන් තම කොමිසම දැනුවත්... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/12/19)

වැල්ලම්පිටිය තඹ කම්හල ගැන CIDය නිසි විමර්ශණයක් සිදු නොකළ බව ජනපති කොමිසමේදී හෙළිවෙයි
උපුටා ගැන්ම හිරු නිව්ස්
පාස්කු ප්‍රහාරය හා සම්බන්ධ වැල්ලම්පිටිය තඹ කර්මාන්ත ශාලාව සම්බන්ධයෙන් අපරාධ පරීක්ෂණ දෙපාර්තමේන්තුව නිසි විමර්ශනයක් නොකළ බව ජනාධිපති පරීක්ෂණ කොමිෂන් සභාව හමුවේ අද අනාවරණ වුණා. එහිදී තවදුරටත් අනාවරණ වුණේ තඹ කර්මාන්ත ශාලාවේ ආරක්ෂාව සඳහා අපරාධ පරීක්ෂණ දෙපාර්තමේන්තුව මගින් කර්මාන්ත ශාලාවේ හිමිකරුගේ නියෝජිතයින් දෙදෙනෙකු ද යොදවා සිටි බවයි. පාස්කු ඉරිදා ත්‍රස්ත ප්‍රහාරය පිළිබඳ පරීක්ෂණ සඳහා පත් කෙරුණු ජනාධිපති කොමිෂන් සභාව හමුවට කැඳවූ කොටහේන පොලිසියේ එවක  ස්ථානාධිපතිවරයාව සිටි ප්‍රධාන පොලිස් පරීක්ෂක මහින්ද කරුණාරත්න මහතාගෙන් නීතිපති දෙපාර්තමේන්තුව වෙනුවෙන් පෙනී සිටි රජයේ අධිනීතිඥ සංජීව ගුණවර්ධන මහතා තවදුරටත් ඊයේ ප්‍රශ්න කළා. ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/12/19)

IP Nishantha Silva - Govt. to talk to Swiss authorities on extraditing him
Courtesy Daily Mirror
The Foreign Ministry is to begin talks soon with the Swiss Embassy in Colombo, seeking the extradition of Inspector Nishantha Silva, who is believed to have flown to Switzerland without prior notice, a top government source told Daily Mirror yesterday. He is believed to have fled the country last month after the transfer of former CID Director Shani Abeysekara and is said to be taking refuge in Switzerland with his family. The government source said Sri Lanka firmly believed in maintaining its strong relations with Switzerland but would request the Swiss... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/12/19)

Swiss incident- No evidence of an abduction: CID
Courtesy Daily Mirror
The CID on Thursday informed Colombo Chief Magistrate Lanka Jayaratne that there was no evidence to show any connection to an alleged abduction of the Swiss Embassy employee Garnier Banister Francis. The CID in its report said it was revealed from the statement given by Ms Francis to the CID that there had not been an incident near St. Bridget's Convent even though she had told the embassy officials that the alleged incident happened there. It said Ms. Francis had informed the CID that on December 8 and 9 that the alleged... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/12/19)

Two persons who made “white van” claims at Rajitha’s media briefing arrested
Courtesy Ada Derana
The two individuals, who had made controversial statements at a media briefing conducted by former Health Minister Rajitha Senaratne on the purported incidents regarding “white vans”, have been arrested by the Criminal Investigation Department. They were taken into custody at Mahara area. The CID had commenced an investigation into a media briefing conducted by the former Health Minister in early November along with two other individuals, where they made controversial statements. On the 10th of November this year, Senaratne had called two persons named Anthony Douglas Fernando and Athula... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/12/19)

Patali's alleged motor accident: Parents of victim call for fair probes
Coutesy Ada Derana
https://youtu.be/3mje8Xb1xjE... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/12/19)

Sri Lanka Foreign Ministry seek explanation from EU regarding job role of its employee Yasmin Sooka
Part of Sri Lanka’s problem has been not to challenge some of the lies being propagated by the power of funding sources both legitimate and illegitimate. There are plenty of diplomatic avenues to take and plenty of polite jargon that can be used just as effectively. EU that enjoys holding the red card to all countries of the world must be questioned on how funding giving by EU to a worthy cause can end up being used by a proxy NGO to target Sri Lanka? Sri Lanka has every right to raise this question through its foreign ministry and EU... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 14/12/19)

Separatism brewing up also in the UK
UK News
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has won the big fight over Brexit – and that the constitutional battle over whether the UK leave is coming to an end. The Conservatives (Tories) now have the majority they need to take the UK out of the EU next month. British Conservatives won 365 seats out of 650 seats collecting 43.6% share of total votes while main opposition Labour party won only 203 seats collecting 32.1% share of votes giving overall majority of 45 seats for conservatives to form a stable government. Blue -Conservative... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/12/19)

Prime Minister’s message to the armed forces of Sri Lanka
MEDIA RELEASE Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa
(Text of the speech delivered by Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa as the Chief Guest at the graduation ceremony of the Defence Services Command and Staff College on 13 December 2019.) Venerable members of the Maha Sangha, clergymen of other faiths, Hon. Ministers and Members of Parliament, Secretary of Defence, Chief of Defence Staff, Commanders of the Army, Navy and Air force, officers and members of the armed forces of Sri Lanka, graduates of the Defence Services Command and Staff College, and distinguished guests, I was happy to accept... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/12/19)

ශ්‍රී ලංකා සන්නද්ධ හමුදාවන්ට අගමැතිතුමා දුන් පණිවුඩය
මාධ්‍ය නිවේදනය අග්‍රාමාත්‍ය මහින්ද රාජපක්‍ෂ මැතිතුමා
(අග්‍රාමාත්‍ය මහින්ද රාජපක්‍ෂ මැතිතුමා 2019 දෙසැම්බර් 13 වෙනිදා, ආරක්‍ෂක සේවා අණ සහ මාණ්ඩලික විද්‍යාලයේ උපාධි ප්‍රධානෝත්සවයේ ප්‍රධාන අමුත්තා හැටියට කළ කතාවේ පරිවර්වතනය) අතිපූජනීය මහා සංඝරත්නයෙන් අවසරයි, සෙසු සියලු ආගම්වල පූජකතුමනි, ගරු ඇමතිවරුනි, මන්ත්‍රීවරුනි, ආරක්‍ෂක ලේකම්තුමනි, ආරක්‍ෂක මාංඩලික ප්‍රධානීතුමනි, ශ්‍රී ලංකා යුද හමුදාවේත්, නාවුක හමුදාවේත්, ගුවන් හමුදාවේත් හමුදාපතිවරුනි, සන්නද්ධ හමුදාවල නිලධාරීන් හා සාමාජිකයිනි, ආරක්‍ෂක සේවා අණ සහ මාණ්ඩලික විද්‍යාලයේ උපාධිධරයිනි, සම්භාවනීය අමුත්තනි, ශ්‍රී ලංකා ආරක්‍ෂක සේවා අණ සහ මාණ්ඩලික විද්‍යාලයේ උපාධි ප්‍රදානෝත්සවයට ප්‍රධාන අමුත්තා හැටියට සහභාගී වන මෙන් මට ලැබුණු ආරාධනාව මම පිළිගත්තෙ බොහොම සතුටෙන්. නොවැම්බර් 16... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/12/19)

ඇමෙරිකානු සහශ‍්‍ර අභියෝගතා ප‍්‍රදානය සහ ලාංකීය සංවර්ධනයේ අවුල
කුසල් පෙරේරා
පෙළ ගැස්ම කුමක්ද මේ එම්.සී.සී ආයතනය?භූ-දේශපාලනයේ ඇමෙරිකානු මුද්‍රාවඑම්.සී.සීයේ ඩොලර මිලියන 480 කතාවඅපට අදාල එම්.සී.සී ප‍්‍රදානයකතාවේ සම්පිණ්ඩය ගත් කළ අසංවර්ධිත හා සංවර්ධනය වෙමින් පවතින්නාවූ රටවලට ආධාර ලබාදීමේ නව උපායක් පිළිබඳ අදහස ඇමෙරිකානු අන්තර් සංවර්ධන බැංකුවේ 2002 මාර්තු රැුස්වීමේදී ඇමෙරිකානු ජනාධිපති ජෝර්ජ් ඩබ්ලියු බූෂ් විසින් ඉදිරිපත් කෙරුවකි. එවැනි ඇමෙරිකානු විදේශ ආධාර වෙනුවෙන් ඔවුන්ගේ රාජ්‍ය ආධාර ආයතනය වන ජාත්‍යන්තර සංවර්ධනය සඳහාවන ඇමෙරිකානු ආයතනය ‘‘යූඑස්ඒඞ්’’ (ඹී්ෂෘ* නමින් අවුරුදු 40 ක් පමණ කාලයක් ඒ වනවිට කි‍්‍රයාත්මක වෙමින් තිබුණි. එය ඇතැම් අවස්ථාවල දේශපාලන බලපෑම් වලට හසු වන බවත් එය ඇතැම්විට ගැටළුකාරී බවත් ඔහුගේ අදහස විය. එනිසා නව... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/12/19)

Open Letter to President Gotabhaya countered with Comments (2)
By : A.A.M.NIZAM - MATARA
Your other doctrine.. Your other doctrine is that you cannot accept the UN Human Rights Council resolution – UN HRC that was worked out with the earlier government. This is the biggest joke of the century. First of all Resolution 40/L.1 of the UN HRC is a follow up to Resolution 19/2, adopted in 2012 during your brother MR’s period.(It is known to everyone that the so-called UNHRC illegal resolutions were facilitated by the biggest quisling Sri Lanka ever had Mangala Samaraweera without consent from the President and without the knowledge... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/12/19)

Book – Review: The book: ‘Life of Muhammad’ – Sinhala Translation.
By A. Abdul Aziz.
This is the Sinhala Translation of the book: Life of Muhammad’ – written in Urdu by Hazrat Mirza Bashiruddin Mahmood Ahmad (1889 – 1965) – the Second Caliph of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in Islam. A popular edition of an excellent and affectionate account of the life of the Prophet of Islam Muhammad, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, described as the most influential man in the history of the world. An orphan beckoned to the call - persecuted by neighbours - driven from his home with a prize tag... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/12/19)

PM pledges to take steps internationally to give due respect to armed forces (English)
Courtesy Ada Derana
https://youtu.be/Th0i4k0X29k... -Full Story-
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Overseas travel ban imposed on Patali Champika
Courtesy Ada Derana
Colombo Magistrate’s Court today (13) issued an overseas travel ban on Parliamentarian Patali Champika Ranawaka over ongoing probes on the case against the duo regarding a motor accident in 2016. An individual named Thusitha Kumara, who served as the parliamentarian’s driver at the time, was also imposed an overseas travel ban. The critically injured person has been identified as Sandeepa Sampath of Godagama and the other as a resident of Colombo 05. https://youtu.be/9TDTC_TBE94 Back in 2016, the vehicle in which the former Megapolis and Western... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/12/19)

Pressure on Lankan government to drastically modify MCC Compact
By P.K.Balachandran/Daily Express Courtesy NewsIn.Asia
Colombo, December 13: Nationalist and left wing members of the Sri Lankan parliament are putting pressure on the Gotabaya Rajapaksa government to drastically modify the US-Lanka Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) Compact, which had been approved by the cabinet of the preceding Ranil Wickremesinghe government but had not obtained parliamentary approval. Foreign Minister Dinesh Gunawardena who belongs to the nationalist Mahajana Eksath Peramuna (MEP) has said that the MCC Compact, like other international agreements entered into by the Wickremesinghe government, will be reviewed. Another nationalist MP, Udaya... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/12/19)

Lankan President accepts invitation to visit Japan in May 2020
Courtesy NewsIn.Asia
Colombo, December 13 (newsin.asia): Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa accepted an invitation from the Japanese Foreign Minister Motegi Toshimitsu to visit in Japan in May 2020. “We will be hosting an international conference titled ‘Friends of Asia’ which will be held in May next year. It would be an appropriate time for your visit to our country,” Motegi told President Rajapaksa when he met him with an eight-member high level delegation here on Friday. The Lankan President accepted the invitation.Congratulating President Rajapaksa on his recent election victory, the Japanese Minister called... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/12/19)

පසුගිය රජය සමයේ සන්නද්ධ හමුදා සාමාජිකයන්ට සිදුවූ අසාධාරණකම් වලට සාධාරණය ඉටුකරනවා - අගමැති -
උපුටා ගැන්ම හිරු නිව්ස්
පැවැති  යහපාලන රජය සමයේ සන්නද්ධ හමුදා සාමාජකයිට විදින්න සිදුවූ යුක්තිය, අසාධාරණය හා අවමානය නිවැරදි කොට අවශ්‍ය  තැන්වල වන්දි ලබාදීමට කටයුතු කරන බව අග්‍රමාත්‍ය මහින්ද රාජපක්ෂ මහතා පැවසුවා. ශ්‍රී ලංකා ආරක්‍ෂක සේවා අණ සහ මාණ්ඩලික විද්‍යාලයේ උපාධි ප්‍රදානෝත්සවයේ ප්‍රධාන ආරාධිතයා ලෙස  සහභාගී වෙමින් ඔහු අද (13) මෙම අදහස් පළකළා. ලෝකයේ කිසිම රටක ආණ්ඩුවක් මේ ආකාරයට තමන්ගේම සන්නද්ධ හමුදා අවමානයට ලක් කරල නැහැ. සන්නද්ධ හමුදා කියන්නෙ ජාතියක ආරක්‍ෂකයෝයි. 2015 ජනවාරියේ ආණ්ඩු පෙරලියෙන් පස්සෙ මේ රටේ ඇතිවුණේ විදේශීය හතුරු බලවේගයක් විසින් ලංකාව ආක්‍රමණය කරලා යටත් කරගත්ත වගේ තත්වයක් බව ද අග්‍රාමාත්‍යවරයා... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/12/19)

මිත්‍රත්වය පිළිගෙන ආධිපත්‍ය ප්‍රතික්ෂේප කරන බව ජනපති කියයි
උපුටා ගැන්ම හිරු නිව්ස්
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හිටපු ඇමති පාඨලීට සහ ඔහුගේ රියදුරුට විදෙස් ගමන් තහනමක්
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(LankaWeb - 13/12/19)

ස්විට්සර්ලන්ත තානාපති කාර්යාලයේ පිරිසක් CIDයට
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ස්විට්සර්ලන්ත තානාපති කාර්යාලයේ නිලධාරින් පිරිසක් විශේෂ සාකච්ඡාවක් සඳහා අද අපරාධ පරීක්ෂණ දෙපාර්තමේන්තුවට පැමිණි බව වාර්තා වනවා. කෙසේ වෙතත්, පැහැර ගැනීමට ලක්වූවායැයි පැවසූ ස්විට්සර්ලන්ත තානාපති කාර්යාල නිලධාරිනිය අද විශේෂඥ මනෝ වෛද්‍ය මණ්ඩලයක් හමුවට ඉදිරිපත් කරන බව ඊයේ අපරාධ පරීක්ෂණ දෙපාර්තමේන්තුව අධිකරණයට දැනුම් දුන්න ද, එය අද සිදු නොකෙරුණු බවයි වාර්තා වන්නේ. තානාපති කාර්යාලයකට අයත්, ජිප් රථයක් අද දහවල් 12.30 ට පමණ අපරාධ පරීක්ෂණ දෙපාර්තමේන්තුවට පැමිණියා. https://youtu.be/jj9x4eQHmuE ඒ සම්බන්ධයෙන් අප කළ සොයා බැලීමකදී වාර්තා වූයේ ස්විට්සර්ලන්ත තානාපති කාර්යාලයේ නිලධාරින් කිහිපදෙනෙකු සහ අපරාධ පරීක්ෂණ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/12/19)

රනිල් ජයවර්ධන යළි බ්‍රිතාන්‍ය පාර්ලිමේන්තුවට
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බ්‍රිතාන්‍ය මහ මැතිවරණයේ විශිෂ්ඨ ජයග්‍රහණයෙන් පසුව, අගමැති බොරිස් ජොන්සන් යුරෝපා සංගමයෙන් ඉවත් වීම සඳහා වන බ්‍රෙක්සිට් ගිවිසුම ජනවාරි 31 සිට අනිවාර්යයෙන්ම ක්‍රියාත්මක කරන බවට පොරොන්දුවක් ලබාදී තිබෙනවා. බ්‍රිතාන්‍ය පාර්ලිමේන්තුවේ ආසන 650 ක් සඳහා මන්ත්‍රීවරුන් තෝරා පත් කර ගැනීමට ඊයේ පැවති ඡන්ද විමසීමේදී ආසන 364ක් දිනාගත් කොන්සවේටිව් පක්ෂය බහුතර බලයක් හිමිකර ගත්තා. ප්‍රධාන විපක්ෂය වූ කම්කරු පක්ෂයට දිනා ගැනීමට හැකිවූයේ ආසන 203ක් පමණයි. නව ආණ්ඩුවක් පිහිටුවන බවට බ්‍රිතාන්‍යයේ මහරැජින වෙත සැළ කර සිටීමට අද පෙරවරුවේ බකිංහැම් මාලිගය වෙත ගිය අග්‍රාමාත්‍ය බොරිස් ජොන්සන්, ඩවුනින් වීථියේ පිහිටි... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/12/19)

පාස්කු ප්‍රහාරය ගැන පෙර දැනුවත් කිරීමේ ලිපි පොලිස් ස්ථානවලට නොලැබීමට හේතුව හෙළිවෙයි
උපුටා ගැන්ම හිරු නිව්ස්
පාස්කු ප්‍රහාරය සම්බන්ධයෙන් පෙර දැනුවත් කිරීමේ ලිපි පොලිස් ස්ථාන වෙත නොලැබුණේ කොළඹ උතුර භාර ජ්‍යෙෂ්ඨ පොලිස් අධිකාරීවරයාගේ පෞද්ගලික සහකාර නිලධාරී පොලිස් අධිකාරී උපේන්ද්‍ර නමැත්තාගේ අතපසුවීමකින් බව ජනාධිපති කොමිසම හමුවේ අද හෙළිවුණා. ඒ පොලිස් නිලධාරීන් කිහිප දෙනෙකු අදත් ජනාධිපති කොමිසම හමුවේ සාක්ෂි ලබාදුන් අවස්ථාවේදී. පාස්කු ප්‍රහාරය සම්බන්ධයෙන් මීට පෙර පත් කළ ජනාධිපති කොමිසමේදී හෝ පාර්ලිමේන්තු තේරීම් කාරක සභාවේදී හෙලි නොවූ කරුණු රැසක් මෙම ජනාධිපති කොමිසම හමුවේ අනාවරණ වීමද විශේෂත්වයක්. https://youtu.be/xsYGCpX8_No පාස්කු ඉරිදා එල්ලවූ ත්‍රස්ත ප්‍රහාරය සම්බන්ධයෙන් විමර්ශනය කිරීම සඳහා අභියාචනාධිකරණ විනිසුරු ජනක්... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/12/19)

ස්විස් තානාපති කාර්යාලය නිලධාරිනියගේ සිද්ධිය ගැන ජිනීවා හිටපු නිත්‍ය නියෝජිතවරිය කතා කරයි
උපුටා ගැන්ම හිරු නිව්ස්
පොලිස් පරීක්ෂක නිශාන්ත ද සිල්වා ස්විස්ටර්ලන්තයට පැන යාම පිළිබඳව අවධානය වෙනතකට යොමු කිරිම සඳහා තානාපති කාර්යාලයේ නිලධාරිනියගේ පැහැරගැනීම නිර්මාණය කර ඇති බවට තමන් විශ්වාස කරන බව එක්සත් ජාතීන්ගේ සංවිධානයේ ජිනීවාහී හිටපු නිත්‍ය නියෝජිත තමාරා කුනනායගම් මහත්මිය පවසනවා. හිරු ප්‍රවෘත්ති සමඟ විශේෂ සම්මුඛ සාකච්ඡාවක් එක්වෙමින් ඇය සඳහන් කළේ මෙම ක්‍රියාවලිය පිටුපස ඇමරිකාවද සිටිය හැකි බවයි. https://youtu.be/sfQX9CWWtv4... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/12/19)

සත්‍ය ගවේශකයෝ සංවිධානයෙන් CIDයට පැමිණිල්ලක්
උපුටා ගැන්ම හිරු නිව්ස්
පසුගිය රජය සමයේ ඇතැම් නඩු කටයුතු වලදී විනිශ්චයකාරවරුන්ට බලපෑම් සිදුකර ඇත්ද යන්න විමර්ශනය කල යුතු බව සත්‍ය ගවේශකයෝ සංවිධානය පවසනවා. එම සංවිධානයේ කැඳවුම්කරු ප්‍රේමනාත් සී දොලවත්ත මහතා මේ බව සදහන් කළේ වසීම් තාජුඩීන් සිද්ධිය සම්බන්ධයෙන් විමර්ශන සිදුකළ හිටපු පොලිස් පරික්ෂකවරයාට එල්ලවූ බලපෑම් සම්බන්ධයෙන් අපරාධ පරික්ෂණ දෙපාර්තමේන්තුවට අද පැමිණිල්ලක් සිදුකිරීමෙන් අනතුරුවයි. රගර් ක්‍රීඩක වසීම් තාජුඩීන්ගේ මරණය සම්බන්ධව පරික්ෂණ මෙහෙයවූ නාරහේන්පිට පොලිසියේ අපරාධ අංශයේ හිටපු ස්ථානාධිපති සුමිත් චම්මික පෙරේරා මහතා පසුගිය 28 වැනිදා සත්‍ය ගවේශකයෝ සංවිධානය සමග ප්‍රවෘත්ති සාකච්ඡාවක් පවත්වමින් අදාල පරික්ෂණය මෙහෙයවීමේදී තමන්ට එල්ල වූ බලපෑම් පිළිබඳ අනාවරණයක් සිදුකළා. ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/12/19)

The 'human rights' circus
Janaka Perera
Human Rights are a big industry today by which some dubious characters with questionable agendas make a living.  Some of Sri Lanka NGOs are proof.  They have been parroting allegations the so-called international community made against us since the days of LTTE terrorism.  It is these foreign powers which pontificate on how our country should be run, who should be elected, pass strictures on us and warn us on human rights issues and related matters.  Sometimes this ‘message’ is conveyed directly through diplomatic channels or indirectly through their media.  If human rights are universal they... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/12/19)

An Open Letter to President Gotabhaya countered with Comments
By : A.A.M.NIZAM - MATARA
The Terrorist Tamil diaspora, the Tyrant Western Nations (TWNs)the NGO vultures and the local reactionaries, the UNP, TNA, the two derspiable racist Muslim parties Mano Ganeshan’s Indian Original Tamil (IOTs) were bewildered by the massive and historical victory achieved by President Gotabhaya Rajapaksa in the presidential election with 6.9 Milliomn people voters exercising their franchise in support of him.   For more than one week these doomed fellows were blaming each other for their disaster and were battered quisling Mangala, pseudo Buddhist Champika, Abduction story teller Eajitha and the alleged male... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/12/19)

The Sinister Face of 'Neutrality' -The Role of Swiss Financial Institutions in the Plunder of European Jewry
Courtesy PBS.org
Switzerland's reputation as a neutral safe-haven during World War 11 has been badly tarnished by recent revelations about its wartime transactions with Germany. What began as an examination of the dormant bank accounts of Holocaust victims has gained momentum to include the whole gamut of Swiss financial dealings with the Nazis. In recent months a vast amount of incriminating documentation has been unearthed that reveals the sinister side of Swiss "neutrality". Switzerland served as a repository for Jewish capital smuggled out of Nazi Germany and the states threatened by it, and also for vast... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/12/19)

සාමූහිකත්ව මන්තරය
ආචාර්ය වරුණ චන්ද්‍රකීර්ති
මිනිසා ස්වභාවයෙන් ම දේශපාලනික සත්ත්වයෙක් කියලා ඇරිස්ටෝටල් කියලා තියෙනවා. අපි නිතර ම වගේ මේ කියමන පාවිච්චි කරනවා. ඉවරයක් නැති නීති රීති, සිරිත් විරිත්, ඇවතුම් පැවතුම් ගොඩක් මැද්දේ මිනිස්සුන්ට ජීවත්වෙන්න වෙලා තියෙන හින්දා තමයි ඒ කියමනට වටිනාකමක් ලැබිලා තියෙන්නේ. මට හිතෙන විදිහට මේ කතාව වෙන විදිහකට කියන්න පුළුවන්. ඒ, “මිනිසා ස්වභාවයෙන් ම සංස්කෘතික සත්ත්වයෙක්” කියලා. තමන්ට ඕන ඕන විදිහට ජීවත්වෙන්න පුළුවන්කමක් මිනිස්සුන්ට නෑ. අපි ජීවත්වෙන සමාජයේ සංස්කෘතිය විසින් අපේ හැසිරීම් පාලනය කරනවා. අපි අඳින පළඳින එක, කන බොන එක, කැමැති අකැමැති දේවල් තීරණය කරන එක වගේ හැම දෙයක් ම සංස්කෘතිය විසින් පාලනය කරනවා. මිනිස්සු... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/12/19)

අල්ලස හා දුෂණය තුරන් කිරීමේ අභියෝගය නව රජය සතුයි
කැෆේ සංවිධානයේ  අධ්‍යක්ෂිකා සුරංගි ආරියංවශ
අල්ලස හා දුෂණය සම්බන්ධයෙන් වන සෝදිසි මෙහෙයුම් විධිමත් කර සුපිළිපන් රාජ්‍ය සේවාවක් බිහිකර ගැනීමේ වගකීම නව ජනාධිපතිවරයා සහ රජය හමුවේ ඇති බව කැෆේ සංවිධානය කියයි. එහි අධ්‍යක්ෂිකා සුරංගි ආරියවංශ මහත්මිය ජාත්‍යන්තර අල්ලස් හා දූෂණ විරෝධී දිනය නිමිත්තෙන් රාජගිරි‍යේ පැවැති වැඩසටහනකට එක් වෙමින් මේ බව කියා සිටියාය. එහිදී ඇය පෙන්වා දුන්නේ නව ජනාධිපතිවරයා ලෙස පත්වූ ගෝඨාභය රාජපක්ෂ මහතාගේ ප්‍රතිපත්ති ප්‍රකාශයේ අල්ලස හා දුෂණය තුරන් කරන බව දක්වා ඇති බවයි. ඒ අනුව යමින් අල්ලස හා දුෂණය තුරන් කිරීමේ පුළුල් වැඩපිලිවෙළක් සකස් කිරීම නව රජය සතු වගකීමක් වන බව ඇය පෙන්වා දුන්නාය.  ශ්‍රී... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/12/19)

Pheobe Okowa-s Full Transcript in Myanmar-s defense at ICJ genocide trial
... -Full Story- (https:/elevenmyanmar.com/ - 13/12/19)

SRI LANKA MYANMAR FRIENDSHIP ASSOCIATION EXPRESS SOLIDARITY WITH PEOPLE OF MYANMAR
Kumara Semage President Sri Lanka Myanmar Friendship Association
In a Message addressed to His Excellency  U Han Thu, The Ambassador of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar,   Mr. Kumara Semage,the President Sri Lanka Myanmar Friendship Association has stated as follows: Your Excellency,  We are deeply concerned with the allegations made against Myanmar at the International Court of Justice. Our Association wishes to express concern, at these developments at this critical moment. The people of Sri Lanka and Myanmar have a long history of friendship and solidarity. We express our continued support and friendship... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/12/19)

Professor William Schabas's Full Transcript in Myanmar's defense in genocide trial
elevenmyanmar.com
Myanmar defended on December 11, 2019 at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) located at The Hague, Netherlands in the genocide trial initiated by The Gambia.| The following is the full transcription, as provided by the ICJ website's full verbatim record, of Lawyer Professor William Schabas. LACK OF A PLAUSIBLE CLAIM 1. Our hearing today does not concern the merits of the claim that The Gambia seeks to bring. It is confined to whether the Court should indicate provisional measures. It is established case law that certain... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/12/19)

Lawyer Christopher Staker's full transcript in Myanmar defense against genocide lawsuit
elevenmyanmar.com
The following is the full excerpt of Christopher Staker for the defense of Myanmar against The Gambia's accusations of genocide at The International Court of Justice, The Hague, Netherlands on December 11 2019. LACK OF PRIMA FACIE JURISDICTION OF THE COURT; LACK OF PRIMA FACIE STANDING OF THE GAMBIA; INAPPROPRIATENESS OF THE PROVISIONAL MEASURES REQUESTED https://elevenmyanmar.com/news/christopher-stakers-full-transcript-in-myanmar-defense-against-genocide-lawsuit... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/12/19)

Tokyo goes it alone in support of Myanmar and Cambodia
SAKI HAYASHI, Nikkei staff writer Courtesy Nikkei Asian Review
Japan offers economic aid with eye on crucial sea lanes in the region Buddhist monks carry the Cambodian and Japanese flags. Japan provided assistance to the Southeast Asian country after its leading opposition party was dissolved.   © Reuters TOKYO -- Japan is digging in deeper in support of Myanmar and Cambodia even as the U.S. and Europe ramp up criticism of human rights violations, choosing to preserve its influence in the region by playing an alternative to China's economic might. ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/12/19)

කොළඹ ගමට යයිද ?
පේරාදෙණිය විශ්වවිද්‍යාලයේ දර්ශන අංශයේ ජ්‍යෙෂ්ඨ කථිකාචාර්යආචාර්ය චරිත හේරත් උපුටා ගැන්ම ලංකාදීප
ජනාධිපති ගෝඨාභය රාජපක්ෂ මහතාගේ මූලිකත්වයෙන් පිහිටුවනු ලැබූ භාරකාර ආණ්ඩුවේ වැඩ කටයුතු ආරම්භ වී දැනට සති තුනක් පමණ ගෙවී ඇත. මේ වනවිට ආණ්ඩුවේ මූලික ආකෘතිය නිර්මාණය වී ඇති අතර ඒ ඒ ක්ෂේත්‍ර පිළිබඳව අදාළ විෂයභාර ඇමැතිවරුන්ගේ මැදිහත්වීම් ද මේ වනවිට සිදුවෙමින් පවතී. මෙම භාරකාර ආණ්ඩුව පවත්වාගෙන යා යුත්තේ යම් ආකාරයක සීමාසහිත ආණ්ඩුව ලෙසින් බව ගෝඨාභය රාජපක්ෂ ජනාධිපතිතුමාගේ අදහස බව මුල සිටම පැහැදිලිව පෙන්නුම් කර තිබූ බැවින් මේ ආණ්ඩුවේ ඇමැති මණ්ඩලය ද 15 දෙනකුට සීමා වූ බව හැමෝම දන්නා කාරණයක්ය. පසුගිය කැබිනට් සාකච්ඡා කීපයම... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/12/19)

Amend Constitution for a real Unitary Sri Lanka
DAYA MADAWITA Courtesy Island
This an Open Letter to the President, PM and all MPs to amend the Constitution to create ethnic and religious harmony in Sri Lanka. First, I wish to congratulate His Excellency Gotabaya Rajapaksa, for his resounding win at the recent Presidential election. I am writing this, as a patriotic Sri Lankan, with the hope the new President of Sri Lanka and the Members of Parliament including the PM will get the chance to read it and think seriously about implementing my proposals given below. If the President... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/12/19)

The Swiss fiasco !
Rohana Aryaratna Horana Courtesy Island
Are you interested in spending a luxurious holiday or seeking political asylum in the cool climes of Switzerland? You only have to present a made-up story to its embassy, alleging your abduction by unknown persons, who arrived in a white van (magically transitioning into, perhaps a Kurahan hued vehicle), and questioned or interrogated you about the inner workings of the embassy. You must state that you are in no condition to meet anyone due to the trauma you had to experience during the so-called interrogation episode. After that,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/12/19)

Govt to establish Multipurpose Development Task Force
Courtesy Ada Derana
The government has decided to establish a “Multipurpose Development Task Force” as a Government Department with the aim of providing employment opportunities for qualified low income youth. “The President has observed that there are numerous unskilled employment opportunities in Government and Government affiliated institutions and that recruitments are made on political and other favorites irrespective of low income groups,” the Cabinet spokesman said.  Accordingly the Cabinet of Ministers approved the proposal presented by the President to establish a Multipurpose Development Task Force as a Government Department enabling to provide 100,000 employment... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/12/19)

Harmony of man and nature, a historical feature of Lanka and India, says Indian envoy
Courtesy NewsIn.Asia
Colombo, December 12 (newsin.asia): The Indian High Commissioner in Sri Lanka, Taranjit Singh Sandhu, has said that India and Sri Lanka have a long tradition of harmonious coexistence between man and nature. “Both countries have values that cherish, nourish and protect environment,” Sandhu told the 2nd International Symposium on Social Sciences here on Thursday. “India and Sri Lanka going green is not a new motto and has always been part of our very existence. India and Sri Lanka are only building on to our legacy,” he added. ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/12/19)

රාජිතගේ සමීපතමයෙකු සිදුකරන කෝටි ගණනක වංචාවක් ගැන අපේක්ෂා රෝහලෙන් හෙළිදරව්වක්
උපුටා ගැන්ම හිරු නිව්ස්
හිටපු සෞඛ්‍ය අමාත්‍ය රාජිත සේනාරත්නගේ සමීපතමයෙකු මහරගම අපේක්ෂා රෝහලේ නම විකුණමින් රුපියල් කෝටි 100 ක මුදලක් එක්රැස් කිරීමේ ජාවාරමක නිරත වන බව එහි අධ්‍යක්ෂ විශේෂඥ වෛද්‍ය වසන්ත දිසානායක ප්‍රකාශ කළා. එම ජාවාරම සම්බන්ධයෙන් වහාම පරීක්ෂණයක් සිදුකරන ලෙස ජනාධිපතිවරයාගෙන් ඉල්ලා සිටින බවයි කොළඹ අද පැවති මාධ්‍ය හමුවකදී ඔහු කියා සිටියේ. https://youtu.be/ga8GGlB4H_c... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/12/19)

පාස්කු ප්‍රහාරය ගැන ජනපති කොමිසමේ දී තවත් කරුණු රැසක් හෙළිවේ
උපුටා ගැන්ම හිරු නිව්ස්
පාස්කු ප්‍රහාරයට පෙර ඒ සම්බන්ධයෙන් පොලිස්පතිවරයා විසින් පොලිස් ස්ථාන වෙත යොමුකළ බව කියන ලිපිය තමන් වෙත නොලැබුණු බව පොලිස් නිලධාරීන් කිහිප දෙනෙකුම ජනාධිපති කොමිසම හමුවේ සාක්ෂි ලබා දෙමින් අද සඳහන් කළා. මේ අතර උප පොලිස් පරීක්ෂක ලහිරු ප්‍රදීප් මහතා සාක්ෂි දෙමින් සඳහන් කළේ, අදාළ ලිපිය ප්‍රහාරයට පෙර ලැබුණු බවට සාක්ෂි දෙන මෙන් තමන්ට විවිධ බලපෑම් එල්ල වූ බවයි. https://youtu.be/dhA2kCSvbwE පාස්කු ඉරිදා එල්ලවූ ත්‍රස්ත ප්‍රහාරය සම්බන්ධයෙන් විමර්ශනය කිරීම සඳහා අභියාචනාධිකරණ විනිසුරු ජනක් ද සිල්වා මහතාගේ සභාපතීත්වයෙන් පත් කෙරුණු පංච පුද්ගල ජනාධිපති කොමිෂන් සභාව හමුවට පොලිස් නිලධාරීන්... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/12/19)

ස්විස් තානාපති කාර්යාල නිලධාරිනියට, විදෙස් ගත වීම තවදුරටත් තහනම් - විශේෂඥ මානසික වෛද්‍යවරුන් හමුවට ඉදිරිපත් කිරීමටත් අවසර
උපුටා ගැන්ම හිරු නිව්ස්
පැහැර ගැනීමට ලක්වූවා යැයි පැවසූ ස්විට්සර්ලන්ත තානාපති කාර්යාල නිලධාරීනි ගානියා බැනිස්ටර් ෆ්‍රැන්සිස් නැමැත්තියට අධිකරණයේ අවසරයකින් තොරව විදෙස් ගතවීම තහනම් කරමින් පනවා තිබූ නියෝගය ලබන 17 වැනිදා දක්වා යළි දීර්ඝ කිරීමට කොළඹ ප්‍රධාන මහේස්ත්‍රාත් අධිකරණය අද නියෝග කළා. ඒ, අදාළ සිදුවීම සම්බන්ධයෙන් සිදුකරන විමර්ශන වල ප්‍රගතිය පිළිබඳව අපරාධ පරීක්ෂණ දෙපාර්තමේන්තුව කොළඹ ප්‍රධාන මහේස්ත්‍රාත් අධිකරණයේ කරුණු දැක්වූ අවස්ථාවේදීයි. https://youtu.be/-uLf9U-B27c පැහැර ගැනුණු බවට පැවසූ ගානියා බැනිස්ටර් ෆ්‍රැන්සිස් වෙනුවෙන් නීතිඥ සුදර්ශන ගුණවර්ධන සමඟ නීතිඥ උපුල් කුමරප්පෙරුම පෙනී සිටි අතර, අපරාධ පරීක්ෂණ දෙපාර්තමේන්තුව වෙනුවෙන් කරුණු දැක්වූයේ සහකාර පොලිස් අධිකාරී... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/12/19)

Switzerland: EU’s money laundering and stolen asset centre
The Swiss profited from Nazism; banking gold stolen by occupied nations and holocaust victims. When Hitler began his reign of terror the first thing the Swiss did was to pass laws to guarantee anonymity to anyone transferring their savings to a Swiss bank. Was it a plan devised between Hitler and the Swiss, we may never know but Jews sent their wealth before many ended up ‘missing for ever’ in the torture chambers! The Jews that remained and wanted to regain their assets were refused entry by the Swiss. Their heirs who claimed the deposits in Swiss accounts were slapped... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 13/12/19)

වෛද්‍ය සාෆි ගැන විමර්ශන අලුත් කණ්ඩායමකට - නැවත සාක්ෂි ලබා ගැනීමටත් අවස්ථාවක්
උපුටා ගැන්ම හිරු නිව්ස්
කුරුණෑගල ශික්ෂණ රෝහලේ වෛද්‍ය මොහොමඞ් සාෆි ෂිහාබ්දීන්ට එරෙහි චෝදනා විමර්ශණය සදහා සහකාර පොලිස් අධිකාරිවරයෙක් යටතේ නව කණ්ඩායමක් පත් කර ඇතැයි අපරාධ පරීක්ෂණ දෙපාර්තමේන්තුව අද කුරුණෑගල මහේස්ත්‍රාත් අධිකරණයට දැනුම් දුන්නා. ඒ සිසේරියන් සැත්කම් අතරතුර මව්වරුන් වඳභාවයට පත් කිරිම සම්බන්ධයෙන් ඔහුට එරෙහිව ගොනුකර ඇති නඩුව අද කැඳවූ අවස්ථාවේදියි. අපරාධ පරීක්ෂණ දෙපාර්තමේන්තුවේ නව අධ්‍යක්ෂ ජ්‍යෙෂ්ඨ පොලිස් අධිකාරි ඩබ්ලිව්. තිලකරත්න පෞද්ගලිකවම අධිකරණය හමුවේ පෙනී සිටිමින් මේ සම්බන්ධයෙන් කරුණු වාර්තා කල බවයි හිරු අධිකරණ වාර්තාකරු කියා සිටියේ. https://youtu.be/yk3EGTxWgvg එහිදී ඔහු වැඩිදුර වාර්තාවක් ඉදිරිපත් කරමින් අධිකරණයට දැනුම්දී... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/12/19)

A new team to probe Dr Shaf - Permission to record statements again
Courtesy Hiru News
The CID informed the Kurunegala Magistrate Court today that a new investigative team under the supervision of an ASP has been appointed to probe the charges against Dr Shafi. The case against Dr Shafi for sterilizing mothers at the time of performing caesareans was taken before the court today. Our correspondent stated that the New Director CID, SSP W Thilakarathna personally appeared before the court to inform the future course of action by the CID. https://youtu.be/yk3EGTxWgvg He told the court that certain factions are... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/12/19)

Overseas Travel ban on Garnier Banister Francis extended until the 17
Hiru News
The overseas travel ban imposed on Garnier Banister Francis, the swiss embassy official who claimed to have been abducted has been extended until the 17th of this month. https://youtu.be/-uLf9U-B27c... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/12/19)

Z score will change
Courtesy Hiru News
The Cabinet of Ministers have decided to change the 'Z Score' system for university admissions. Minister of Education Dullas Alahapperuma stated that the government is also implementing a program to develop 1000 national school... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/12/19)

ERASING THE EELAM VICTORY Part 9
KAMALIKA PIERIS
The Tamil separatist movement was not prepared to take the Eelam war defeat lying down. The war ended in May 2009. The very next year, TNA called for a day of mourning in May 17.2010 the government objected but the commemoration took place. May 18 became a day of tension in the North, said the media. May 18 is for them a stark reminder of all they have lost. The government was celebrating its victory, in Colombo while prohibiting any public memorial services in the North.  After Yahapalana took power the Tamil Separatist... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/12/19)

කාදිනල්තුමා - පැණිවරකා ගහට හෙණ වැදීම
චන්ද්‍රසිරි විජයවික්‍රම, LL.B,. Ph.D.
God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,Courage to change the things I can,And wisdom to know the difference.         Serenity Prayer - Reinhold Niebuhr (1892–1971). ‭දෙවියනි, වෙනස් (චේන්ජ්) කල නොහැකි දේවල් එලෙස භාර ගැනීමට අවශ්‍ය උපශාන්ත භාවයත්, වෙනස්කල හැකිදේ වෙනස් කිරීමට අවශ්‍යධෛර්යයත්, ඒ දෙක අතර වෙනස (ඩිෆරන්ස්) දැනගැනීමට අවශ්‍ය ප්‍රඥාවත් මට ලබාදෙනු මැනව. කාදිනල්තුමා විසින් නොබෝදා රුහුණු සරසවියේ උපාධි ප්‍රදාන උත්සවයේදී කල දේශණයක් ගැන ඇසූ මගේ මතකයට ආවේ පැණිවරකා ගහට හෙණ වැදුනා වගේ යන කියමනය. ඊට හේතුව එතුමා කැළෑව වෙනුවට ගස් දැක්දැක්කාද  (මිස් ද ෆොරස්ට්... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/12/19)

නව රජයට හා සිංහල බෞද්ධයන්ට විරුද්ධව දේශපාලනික බලවේග හා රට විනාශ කරන්නෝ
සුර්ය වංශ රත්න විභූෂණ පාලිත ආරියරත්න
1. 2007 මදකට පසු බෑමට ලක්වූ ආගමික කල්ලි අද රජය පවා බිඳ වැට්ටීමට ක්‍රියාකොටගෙන යයි. 2. සිංහලයන්ව  නීතිවිරෝධී අන්‍යගමිකරණයට ලක්කොට නීතියට මුවාවී හැරවූ සිංහල බෞද්ධයන් අප රට හා සම්බුද්ධ සම්බුද්ධ ශාසනයේ  පැවැත්මට   විරුද්ධව අදද උසිගන්වමින් සිටි. 3. රටේ රාජ්‍ය නායකයන්ගේ අඹු දරුවන් හා බිරින්දෑ වරුන් විශාල ලෙස  අන්‍යගමිකරණයට ලක්වෙයි එය වහා වහා නැවත්විය යුතු කුමන්ත්‍රණයකි.   4. ස්විට්සර්ලන්ත තානාපති කාර්යාලයේ සේවයේ නියතු ගානියා බැරිස්ටර් ෆ්‍රැන්සිස් නැමැත්තිය සිංහල කාන්තාවක් බැව් හෙළිදරව් වී තිබේ. ඇයගේ මුල් නම ශ්‍රියාලතා පෙරේරා වූ  අතර ඇය ආගම වෙනස් කිරීමෙන්... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/12/19)

SWISS EMBASSY STAFFER TO BE SUMMONED AGAIN BEFORE THE CID
Hiru News
The Minister of Foreign Relations Dinesh Gunawardana says that the statements made by the allegedly abducted Swiss Embassy staffer are contradictory. Therefore, it is reported that the Embassy staffer Gania Banister Francis will be summoned to the CID again to make a fresh statement in the next few days. She has already given statements to the CID on 3 previous occasions. When the case was taken before the court on December 9, the lawyer appeared for the Embassy staffer Garnia Francis, Upul Kumarapperuma told the court that a local and a... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/12/19)

Swiss mystery underscores need to examine wider picture
by Shamindra Ferdinando Courtesy Island
December 10, 2019, 9:05 pm August 17, 2016: Ambassador Keshap, Chief Minister of the Northern Province C.V. Wigneswaran and Minister of National Coexistence, Dialogue and Official Languages Mano Ganesan, on their way to Palaly onboard US Air Force plane C130. Wigneswaran, in his conversation with Keshap, accused the government of poisoning detained LTTE combatants. Against the backdrop of a deepening crisis, caused by Switzerland providing political asylum to Inspector Nishantha Silva, his wife and three children, followed by accusations over alleged abduction of a local... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/12/19)

The Swiss Affair – ‘exfiltration’ of a top Intelligence Chief and a tale of ‘abduction’
By Tamara Kunanayakam,former Ambassador/ Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to the U.N. at Geneva
December 11, 2019, 6:06 pm "If you know the enemy and know yourself,you need not fear the result of a hundred battles." Sun Tzu, The Art War, 5th Century BC The recent dramatic events involving the Swiss Embassy came as a surprise to most Sri Lankans. Just as the large majority was looking ahead to a new era with a President they had just elected, a non politician with a simple lifestyle, yet determined, who they... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/12/19)

Lanka ponders future course of action CID officer on the run in Swiss care
By Shamindra Ferdinando Courtesy Island
December 11, 2019, 8:24 pm The government would soon decide on a future course of action in respect of controversial Inspector Nishantha Silva taking refuge in Switzerland. Authoritative sources told The Island that the alleged abduction of a local employee of the Swiss Embassy in Colombo close on the heels of Silva, his wife and three children leaving the country on Nov 24 had distracted the government. Silva was attached to the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) and entrusted with handling several high profile cases, including... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/12/19)

Changing Geo-politics and Geo-strategies Repositioning South Asia in the Indo-Pacific Region:
By Prof. Gamini Keerawella, Ph.D. Executive Director Regional Centre for Strategic Studies, Colombo- Courtesy Island
The rapid economic growth witnessed by China and India and the acquisition of near blue-water naval capabilities along with other power projection competence by these powers has ushered a new politico-strategic environment in the Indian Ocean. Consequent to the economic and politico-strategic resurgence of Asia along with other changes in international politics, the center of gravity in global politics in the new millennium is gradually moving towards Asia. It is now estimated that Asia will surpass North America... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/12/19)

Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s ICJ speech in full
Courtesy THE MYANMAR TIMES
Daw Aung San Suu Kyi during the second day before the International Court of Justice in, The Hague, The Netherlands, on December 11. Photo: EPA Thank you, Mr President and Members of the Court. It is an honour to appear as Agent of the Union of the Republic of Myanmar in these proceedings, in my capacity as Union Minister of Foreign Affairs. For materially less resourceful countries like Myanmar, the World Court is a vital refuge of international justice. We look to the Court to establish conditions conducive to respect... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/12/19)

ලධර්මවාදී කුමන්ත්‍රණයක් ගැන උඩුවේ හිමියන් හෙළි කරයි
Hiru News
රට විනාශ කිරීමට මූලධර්මවාදී බලවේග ක්‍රියාත්මක වෙමින් පවතින බව පූජ්‍ය උඩුවේ ධම්මාලෝක හිමියන් පවසනවා. උන්වහන්සේ මේ බව කියා සිටියේ නව රජය බලයට පත්වීමෙන් පසුව අග්‍රාමාත්‍ය මහින්ද රාජපක්ෂගේ ප්‍රධානත්වයෙන් අරලියගහ මන්දිරයේ අද පැවති අමාදම් සිසිලස ධර්ම දේශනාව සිදුකරමින්. https://youtu.be/HHLUBpom_Fk මේ අතර, සිරිපා වන්දනා සමය ද උඳුවප් පොහොය යෙදෙන අදින් ආරම්භ වුණා. ඒ, පැල්මඩුල්ල - ගල්පොත්තාවල ශ්‍රීපාද රජමහා විහාරස්ථානයේ තැන්පත් කර තිබූ සධාතුක කරඬුව, සුමන සමන් දේව ප්‍රතිමාවන් සහ දේවාභරණ රැගත් පෙරහර අද අලූයම ශ්‍රීපාද උඩ මළුවට වැඩම කරවීමෙන් අනතුරුවයි. එසේම,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/12/19)

පසුගිය සමයේ ජාතික ආරක්ෂාව සම්බන්ධ වගකීම් පැහැර හැරීමක් සිදුව ඇත්නම් ඊට වගකිව යුතු පාර්ශ්වවලට එරෙහිව ක්‍රියාමාර්ග ගත යුතුයි - මහාචාර්ය රොහාන් ගුණරත්න
Hiru News
පසුගිය සමයේ ජාතික ආරක්ෂාව සම්බන්ධ වගකීම් පැහැර හැරීමක් සිදුව ඇත්නම් ඊට වගකිව යුතු පාර්ශ්වවලට එරෙහිව ක්‍රියාමාර්ග ගත යුතු බව, ජාත්‍යන්තර ත්‍රස්තවාදය සම්බන්ධ විශේෂඥයෙකු වන මහාචාර්ය රොහාන් ගුණරත්න මහතා පවසනවා. පාස්කු ප්‍රහාරය පිළිබඳව සොයා බැලීමට පත් කළ ජනාධිපති කොමිසම හමුවේ සාක්ෂි දීමෙන් අනතුරුව පිටතට පැමිණි අවස්ථාවේදී ඔහු මේ අදහස් පළකළා. මහාචාර්ය රොහාන් ගුණරත්න මහතා පාස්කු ප්‍රහාරය පිළිබඳව සොයා බැලීමට පත් කළ ජනාධිපති කොමිසම හමුවේ පැය 9කට ආසන්න කාලයක් ප්‍රකාශ ලබාදුන්නා. https://youtu.be/MJsIConw-5M... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/12/19)

TNA’s chickens come home to roost
Editorial Courtesy Island
Thursday 12th December, 2019 The TNA has woken up to the fact that the people are undergoing difficulties owing to the breakdown of the provincial administration in the North. It says annual transfers of state officials, under the Northern Provincial Council (NPC), cannot be effected without gubernatorial approval and, therefore, the government should appoint a Governor without further delay. The TNA’s concerns should be appreciated, but here is a textbook example of irony. The TNA has a history of fighting running battles with Governors, whom it accused of usurping the devolved... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/12/19)

Why is Gambia & OIC states not taking US & NATO to ICJ for ‘genocide of Muslims’?
Gambia is a Muslim majority state and member of 57-OIC states. Gambia on behalf of OIC has taken Myanmar to the ICJ on charges of ‘genocide’. The more important question is why has Gambia or the OIC not take US or NATO to ICJ for all of the bombings and killings in Iraq, Afghanistan and scores of other Muslim-majority nations? Why are Muslim nations simply watching Muslims get killed by US-NATO while a surprising number of Muslim nations are even siding with US NATO making us ask why are Muslims helping to kill Muslims but championing the cause of Muslims!... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 11/12/19)

Swiss Embassy in bid to ‘White Van’ Sri Lanka?
Malinda Seneviratne
'Safe as houses,' eh?  No. No way. An embassy would never try that kind of lark now, would it? It’s incredulous. Unthinkable. Out of the questions.  Well, such sentiments are not out of order, really. Nations and embassies do indulge in all kinds of nefarious activities. They are careful about it. Even the most powerful nations don’t want to take the risk of looking like global idiots. The Swiss Embassy in Colombo, one must assume, is not an exception. And yet, the saga of the Sri Lankan employee... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/12/19)

Swiss embassy employee’s statement being verified, to be produced in court tomorrow
Courtesy The Island
The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) yesterday questioned Swiss Embassy employee Garnier Banister Francis aka Sriyalatha for the third day, Dec 10. Having been in the protective care of the Swiss Embassy, Colombo, Sriyalatha reported to the CID headquarters on Sunday, Dec 08. On behalf of Sriyalatha, Swiss Ambassador Hanspeter Mock on Nov 27 complained to Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa of the alleged abduction of the staffer on Nov 25. The police identified the embassy employee as the daughter-in-law of Bevan Perera, who contested the Gampaha District on the UNP... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/12/19)

SWISS EMBASSY STAFFER LEAVES THE CID AFTER GIVING STATEMENTS TWICE TODAY; A REVELATION OF HER CLOSE CONTACTS
Hiru News
The allegedly abducted locally recruited Swiss Embassy staffer Garnia Banister Francis was escorted to the CID again after she was produced for a medical examination today. She was produced before the Colombo Judicial Medical Office after the CID recorded a statement for four hours. Her statements were recorded today for the third day. Later, the embassy staffer left the CID after recording fresh statements this evening. Meanwhile, a close associate of the Embassy staffer, who introduced... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/12/19)

ස්විස් තානාපති කාර්යාල නිලධාරිනියගේ සිද්ධිය සම්පුර්ණ බොරුවක් - අමාත්‍ය මහින්ද අමරවීර
Hiru News 
ආණ්ඩු පක්ෂයේ පක්ෂ නායකයින්ගේ රැස්වීමක් අද පස්වරුවේ ජනාධිපති ගෝඨාභය රාජපක්ෂ සහ අග්‍රාමාත්‍ය මහින්ද රාජපක්ෂ යන මහත්වරුන්ගේ ප්‍රධානත්වයෙන් අරලියගහ මන්දිරයේදී පැවැත්වුණා. රැස්වීම අවසන් වීමෙන් පසුව ඊට සහභාගීවූ ඇමතිවරුන් මාධ්‍ය වෙත අදහස් පළ කළා. https://youtu.be/URoAc0qD5kU... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/12/19)

Why Asia must defend Myanmar
The International Court of Justice was set up in 1946 to settle international disputes. ICJ is taking up a complaint made by little known Muslim majority Gambia on behalf of the 57 OIC member states against Myanmar. Aung San Su Kii, Myanmar’s leader along with Government officials and scores of supporters arrived in Hague and faced the ICJ on 10th December 2019. ICJ cannot evade answering the legal status of Rohingyas in Myanmar vis a vis the colonial legacy that Myanmar carries. Is Rohingya issue an excuse for Western imperialists and its OIC partners to enter Asia with real intent... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 11/12/19)

RGHT TIME TO LEAVE
By Stanley Perera, Melbourne, Australia. My dear Ambassador Mock, It may be that you are so dumb not to understand the racist mentality of the world's number one liars the racist Sri Lankan Tamils, or you were involved in coocking up of a failed attempt to campaign against Rajapakse government.  You need 100 lies to cover a lie.  Tamil   local staffer put you in an embarrasing situation in the eyes of the civilised society.  You are caught up with your pants down.  Lies, lies and more lies is the motto of the bogus Tamil refugees scattered... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 10/12/19)

මාර පරාජය
Chandrasena Pandithage
මාරයා අපට හොඳට හුරුය පුරුදුය. එමෙන්ම මාරයාද අපව හොඳට හඳුනයි. අපි පළමුව මාරයාව හඳුනා ගන්නේ බුද්ධ චරිතය තුලිනි. සිදුහත් කුමරුන්ට කිසිදු කරදරයක් නොකර සිටි මාරයා පළමුව එකුමරු වෙත කඩා පනින්නේ ගිහිගෙයින් නික්ම යාම ඇරඹීමත් සමගය. විමුක්තියට එල්ල වෙන බාධකයන් මාරයාගේ නිර්මාණයන් වන අතර මාරයා සෑම පුද්ගලයෙකු සමගද, සෑම සමාජ ක්‍රමයක් සමගද ප්‍රබලව බැදී සිටි. මාරයා මහින්ද රාජපක්ෂ පාලනය සමග පොරබදා මහින්ද රාජපක්ෂයන්ව පරාජය කල අතර මෙරට ජනතාව මහා බලකඳවුරක් සේ එක්ව මාරයාව පරාජය කර, ඒ සතුට විදිමින්, කිරිබත් කමින්, පුරන් කුඹුරු අස්වද්දමින්, මුළු රටම පිරිසිඳු කරමින්, අපවිත්‍ර තාප්ප පවිත්‍ර කරමින් ඒ මත මහා බිතු සිතුවම්... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/12/19)

ජනාධිපති ගෝඨාභය මහතා විසින් අතේ දුරින් තබා ගනිමින් පරෙස්සම් විය යුතු, නව ලිබරල් වාදී පොලිටිකල් 'වල්'- පල් හෙවත් දේශපාලන පතරංග ජාතක - 2 වන කොටස
Kudaligamage Geethanjana
නව ලිබරල් වාදී දේශපාලන ප්‍රවාහය තුල බල පවත්නා LGBT බල පරාක්‍රමය ඇති මහත්ය. මෙම ප්‍රවනතාව විසින් සමාජ ගත කිරීමට උත්සාහ ගන්නා ඇතැම් අභූත මති භ්‍රාන්ති පිලිබඳ වැටහීමක් පහත සඳහන් ලිපිය කියවීමෙන් ඔබට ලභාගත හැක.  https://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2018/08/21/western-civilization-is-now-a-caricature-of-absurdity/ Western Civilization Is Now A Caricature of Absurdity - PaulCraigRoberts.org Western Civilization Is Now A Caricature of Absurdity. This Is Not A Joke. Dear Readers: If you have concluded that a small handful of crazed morons control the words we are permitted to use, you are correct. www.paulcraigroberts.org ඊයේ රාත්‍රියේදී... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/12/19)

30,000 monks attend mass alms-giving in Mandalay
Global New Light of Myanmar
Officials, donors and well-wishers led by Union Ministers Dr Myo Thein Gyi and Nai Thet Lwin attend the third mass alms-giving ceremony for 30,000 monks at the Chanmyathazi Airport in Mandalay yesterday. Photo: MNA Supervised by Mandalay Region Government, Myanmar well-wishers and Thailand’s Dhammakaya Foundation jointly organized third mass alms-giving for 30,000 monks at the Chanmyathazi Airport in Mandalay yesterday. Present at the event were Union Ministers Dr Myo Thein Gyi and Nai Thet Lwin, Deputy Minister U Kyi Min, Mandalay Region Minister for Electricity, Energy... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/12/19)

Aung San Suu Kyi’s defiance in rejecting allegations of Genocide at International Court of Justice, wins public support
By Senaka Weeraratna
Thousands of supporters in Myanmar have waved banners and colorful portraits of State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi, on Saturday, December 7, in a show of their loyalty on the eve of her departure for the U.N.'s top court i.e. International Court of Justice (ICJ), to face genocide charges over the Rohingya crisis. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dlN8NJ2fMZQ One supporter named Damien Chakma in a comment on the Internet has said: “ What Suu Kyi is doing is absolute right, protecting Myanmar’s interest in the face of OIC funded... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/12/19)

Ranil to lead the UNP in the forthcoming General election; says UNP General Secretary
Hiru News
UNP General Secretary Akila Viraj Kariyawasam says that former Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe will contest the forthcoming General Election in the capacity of the party leader. He was addressing a media conference held at UNP Headquarters Sirikotha this morning.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/12/19)

වෛද්‍ය සාෆි ෂිහාබ්දීන් ගැන හෙළිදරව් කිරීමේ සුදානමක්
Hiru News
වෛද්‍ය සාෆි ෂිහාබ්දීන් විසින් මව්වරුන් වඳභාවයට පත්කල ආකාරය පිළිබදව හෙළිදරව් කිරීමට තමන් ඇතුලු රෝහල් කාර්ය මණ්ඩලය සූදානම් බව කුරුණෑගල රෝහලේ අධ්‍යක්ෂ්‍ය වෛද්‍ය සරත් වීරබණ්ඩාර මහතා පවසනවා. https://youtu.be/zaCEYdXr-Ek කුරුණෑගලදී අද පැවති ප්‍රවෘත්ති සාකච්ඡාවකදී ඔහු මෙම අදහස් පලකළා.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/12/19)

අන්ත දුෂිත ස්වර්ණවාහිනී ගනුදෙනුව ගැන හෙළිදරව්වක්
Hiru News
එල්.ටී.ටී.ඊ. අරමුදල් මගින් මෙහෙයවන ලයිකා මොබයිල් නම් විදේශීය ආයතනය මෙරට මාධ්‍ය ආයතනයක් මිලදී ගැනීමේ ගනුදෙනුව පිටුපපස එවක අග්‍රාමාත්‍ය රනිල් වික්‍රමසිංහ මහතා සිටින බැවින් ඒ සම්බන්ධව මුදල් විශුද්ධිකරණ පනත යටතේ වහා විමර්ශන කළයුතු බව සිංහල රාවය සංවිධානයේ මහ ලේකම් පූජ්‍ය මාගල්කන්දේ සුදත්ත හිමියන් පවසනවා. උන්වහන්සේ මේ බව සඳහන් කළේ අද පැවැති ප්‍රවෘත්ති සාකච්ඡාවකට එක්වෙමින්. https://youtu.be/lWQqOXcPcAk... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/12/19)

පසුගිය රජයේ දූෂිත අමාත්‍යවරුන්ට දඬුවම් දීම ජනතාවගේද වගකීමක් - අමාත්‍ය රෝහිත අබේගුණවර්ධන
Hiru News
බලශක්ති රාජ්‍ය අමාත්‍ය රෝහිත අබේගුණවර්ධන මහතා අද පෙරවරුවේ සපුගස්කන්ද තෙල් පිරිපහදුවේ නිරීක්ෂණ චාරිකාවක නිරත වුණා. එම ආයතනයේ සේවකයින් අමතමින් ඔහු පැවසුවේ, පසුගිය රජයේ දූෂිත අමාත්‍යවරුන්ට දඬුවම් දීම ජනතාවගේද වගකීමක් වන බවයි. සපුගස්කන්ද තෙල් පිරිපහදුවට පැමිණි බලශක්ති රාජ්‍ය අමාත්‍ය රෝහිත අබේගුණවර්ධන මහතා එම ආයතනයේ ඇති අඩුපාඩු මෙන්ම, ඉදිරියේදී එහි නිෂ්පාදන ධාරිතාව තවදුරටත් ඉහළ නැංවීම ඇතුළු කරුණු රැසක් සම්බන්ධයෙන් අවධානය යොමු කළා https://youtu.be/7I6Rwb3HUP8 මෙහිදී රාජ්‍ය අමාත්‍යවරයා ඉන්ධන ගබඩාවක් නිරීක්ෂණය සඳහා එක්වූයේ මෙලෙසයි. මේ අතර, නාවලපිටිය දුම්රිය ස්ථානයේ නිරීක්ෂණ චාරිකාවක නිරත වූ දුම්රිය සේවා රාජ්‍ය... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/12/19)

පාස්කු ප්‍රහාරය වළක්වා ගැනීමට පැවති රජයට හැකියාව තිබූ බව මහාචාර්ය රොහාන් ගුණරත්න පවසයි
Hiru News
පාස්කු ප්‍රහාරයට පෙර ලැබුණු බුද්ධි තොරතුරු පැහැදිලි නොවන බවට ඇතැම් වගකිවයුත්තන් පැවසුවද එම තොරතුරු පැහැදිලි බුද්ධි තොරතුරු බවත් ඒ ඔස්සේ ප්‍රහාරය වළක්වා ගැනීමට පැවති රජයට හැකියාව තිබූ බවත් ජාත්‍යන්තර ත්‍රස්තවාදය සම්බන්ධ විශේෂඥයෙකු වන මහාචාර්ය රොහාන් ගුණරත්න මහතා පවසනවා. ඒ, පාස්කු ප්‍රහාරය පිළිබඳ සොයා බැලීමට පත්කළ කොමිසම හමුවේ සාක්ෂි ලබාදෙමින්. https://youtu.be/9lZK5LZMGbs පාස්කු ප්‍රහාරය පිළිබඳ සොයා බැලීමට පත්කළ ජනාධිපති කොමිසමේ විශේෂ ආරාධනයකට අනුව සාක්ෂි ලබාදීම සඳහා මහාචාර්ය රොහාන් ගුණරත්න මහතා අද එම කොමිසම හමුවේ පෙනී සිටියා. මෙරට ජාත්‍යන්තර ත්‍රස්තවාදී කණ්ඩායම්වල ක්‍රියාකාරකම් සිදුවෙමින් ඇති බවට රොහාන් ගුණරත්න... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/12/19)

NEW APPOINTMENT FOR BRIGADIER PRIYANKA FERNANDO AT ARMY HEADQUARTERS
Hiru News Former Defence Advisor attached to the Sri Lankan High Commission in Britain Brigadier Priyanka Fernando has been appointed to a new position at the Army Headquarters. The army media stated that he has been appointed as the Director of land, property and housing in the army. Earlier the Westminster Court found him guilty of making a threatening gesture during a protest held in front of the Sri Lankan High Commission in Britain by a group of LTTE sympathizers and, a fine for 2400 sterling pounds was imposed on him. Subsequent to the said incident,... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 10/12/19)

Why Gota’s new face is likeable
Ravi Nagahawatte Courtesy Daily Mirror
Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s Indian tour concluded on a positive note. This was despite Rajya Sabha MP Vaiko staging a protest opposing the Sri Lankan president’s visit to India.  What’s striking about the former military man turned lawmaker is his show of calmness in the face of opposition. There is much talk about Gotabaya being a vegetarian and a Buddhist and these factors could be attributed to his composure.  Gotabaya’s travels in and around India made him realise that there was an arm of hospitality... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/12/19)

MCC cannot erase the rights of Sri Lanka’s future generations
MCC cannot erase the rights of Sri Lanka’s future generations  When late Justice Amarasinghe delivered the landmark verdict in the Eppawela phosphate case in the 1990s which ironically was associated with a US & Japanese tie-up with a rail track from Anuradhapura to Trincomalee, he cited that a government was only custodians and the land and all of its resources could not be harmed and made unavailable to future generations. This judgment has set a precedence for the giving away of lands & resources and should be a solid foundation to any decision vis a vis MCC... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 10/12/19)

The future of the UNP
H. L. D. Mahindapala
Each time Ranil Wickremesinghe is faced with a threat to his leadership he comes up with a band aid solution which either postpones his day of reckoning, and / or worsens the situation for the Party, creating internal chaos and bringing it down in the eyes of the people. The latest attempt to solve the power struggle within the UNP is to divide the leadership into two compartments : 1 the Leader of the Opposition whose role is confined to the limited area of the Parliament and 2. the Leader of the Party with... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/12/19)

EDUCATION REFORMS ESSENTIAL TO SRI LANKA (PART 1a) A HORIZONTAL DISTRIBUTION MODEL
BY EDWARD THEOPHILUS
During the presidential election 2019, many candidates and people publicly talked about education reforms.  Except for Mr. Gotabaya Rajapaksa, other candidates and public have not expressed clear views on this subject and reluctant to talk about what kind of reforms need to Sri Lanka. Education is a broader subject area that involves in ocean of topics, views, and ideas. Although education is working as a right of people political platforms in presidential election presented an idea that education should be inserted to the constitution as a human right. There is no doubt that education has... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/12/19)

Swiss Embassy staffer leaves CID after giving a statement for 5 1/2 hours
Hiru News
Swiss Embassy staffer leaves CID after giving a statement for 5 1/2 hours. https://youtu.be/exod6bzTs9M... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/12/19)

SWISS EMBASSY STAFFER REPORTS TO CID TODAY AS WELL
Hiru News
The allegedly abducted locally recruited Swiss Embassy staffer Garnia Banister Francis reported to the CID for the second day today Earlier, she was produced before the Colombo Judicial Medical Officer for a medical test. The staffer was produced before the Colombo Chief magistrate Lanka Jayarathna today. Garnia Banister Francis reported to the CID yesterday, 14 days after the alleged incident following a court order issued on her to do so. It was seen that an individual... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/12/19)

ස්විට්සර්ලන්ත තානාපති කාර්යාල නිලධාරිනිය ගැන අදත් විවිධ අදහස්
Hiru News
ස්විට්සර්ලන්ත තානාපති කාර්යාල නිලධාරිනිය අපරාධ පරීක්ෂණ දෙපාර්තමේන්තුවට පැමිණ ප්‍රකාශයක් ලබා දීම සම්බන්ධයෙන් පක්ෂ විපක්ෂ දේශපාලනඥයන් සහ පූජ්‍ය පක්ෂය මෙලෙස අදහස් පල කළා https://youtu.be/rPaQvB2JUBs... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/12/19)

ස්විස් තානාපති කාර්යාලයේ නිලධාරිනිය පැය පහකට පසු පිටව යයි
Hiru News
පැහැරගෙන යාමේ චෝදනාවට ලක්වූ බව කියන ස්විට්සර්ලන්ත තානාපති කාර්යාලයේ ගානියා බැනිස්ටර් ෆ්‍රැන්සිස් පැය පහමාරක කාලයක් ප්‍රකාශයක් ලබා දීමෙන් පසු රහස් පොලිසියෙන් පිටව ගොස් තිබෙනවා https://youtu.be/exod6bzTs9M... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/12/19)

ස්විස් තානාපති නිලධාරිනිය, අදත් රහස් පොලීසියට
Hiru News
පැහැර ගැනීමට ලක්වූ බව කියන මෙරට ස්විස්ටර්ලන්ත තානාපති කාර්යාලයට දේශීය  නිලධාරිනියක වන ගානියා බැනිස්ටර් ෆ්‍රැන්සිස් අද දෙවන දිනටත් අපරාධ පරීක්ෂණ දෙපාර්තමේන්තුව හමුවේ පෙනී සිට ප්‍රකාශ ලබා දුන්නා. ඊට පෙර ඇය කොළඹ අධිකරණ වෛද්‍ය නිලධාරිවරයා හමුවට ද ඉදිරිපත් කළ බවයි හිරු වාර්තාකරු සඳහන් කළේ. https://youtu.be/rPaQvB2JUBs මේ අතර, ස්විස්ටර්ලන්ත තානාපති කාර්යාලයේ අදාළ නිලධාරිනිය අධිකරණයේ අවසරයකින් තොරව විදෙස් ගත වීම තහනම් කරමින් පනවා තිබූ නියෝගය ලබන බ්‍රහස්පතින්දා දක්වා දීර්ඝ කිරීමට කොළඹ ප්‍රධාන මහේස්ත්‍රාත් ලංකා ජයරත්න අද නියෝග කළා. ඒ, එම සිදුවීම සම්බන්ධයෙන් සිදුකෙරෙන විමර්ශන... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/12/19)

Reply to Mario Arulthas of Al Jazeera on Sri Lanka’s new leadership
Mario Arulthas writes to Al Jazeera on 8 Dec 2019 titled “Trouble brews in post-election Sri Lanka”. What are the concerns he raises: He refers to Gotabaya Rajapakse as a ‘hardliner’ exactly what does he imply by this? He claims ‘prospects for justice & reconciliation between the different communities on the island lie in tatters” – can he give examples of justice & reconciliation that were brought to success by previous government? He says ‘victory of Gota, sent shockwaves across the Tamil-dominated northeast’ – can he say how many are in shock and... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 10/12/19)

Sajith, rhetoric and oratory
ARIYAWANSA RANAWEERA Courtesy Island
December 9, 2019, 8:30 pm Oratory is based upon the noble art of rhetoric, introduced by ancient Greeks. In fact, Aristotle (384-322 B.C) wrote an entire thesis on rhetoric. In the first century A.D., rhetoric was divided in to three categories - high, middle, and low. High rhetoric should convey deep, strong, feelings using sublime language. Low rhetoric should use simple words without unnecessary frills, the middle rhetoric should not use high sounding words, but words pleasant to the ear, and should flow smoothly. None of these... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/12/19)

Nuclear Power Project in Katchchativu?
By : A.A.M.NIZAM - MATARA
Since Mr. Gotabhaya won the presidential election the anti Sri Lankan media outlets have unleashed a spate of reports and write-ups against Sri Lanka and President Gotabhaya Rajapaksa.  Lanka-E-News (LEN) the UNP website published from London, access to which was restricted from Sri Lanka by the former President following harsh personal attacks on him and his family, has published several news items especially focussing the readers in foreign countries with the objective of building antagonism and hostility against Sri Lanka. In one of these items it says that Gotabaya Rajapaksas visit... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/12/19)

The 13th Amendment and moral obligations
Malinda Seneviratne
Mano Ganesan, leader of the Tamil Progressive Alliance (TPA) believes that ‘India has the moral duty and political right towards the Tamils of the North and East since the 13th Amendment is the child of the Indo-Lanka Accord.’ Prime Minister Modi, when he met President Gotabaya Rajapaksa in Delhi, flagged the 13th Amendment. That ‘flagging’ (of a dead horse, should we add?) has excited Tamil politicians. M.A. Sumanthiran and S Sritharan of the Tamil National Alliance have spoken about ‘Indian pressure’ almost as a given, something wholesome and necessary. They, like... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/12/19)

New soil study confirms 1943 Bengal famine was caused by Winston Churchill’s policies, not drought
Colonial history Courtesy Scroll.IN
A group of Indian and American researches simulated soil moisture content during major Indian famines to come to the conclusion. The 1943 Bengali famine was caused by then-British Prime Minister Winston Churchill’s policies and not drought, a group of Indian and American researchers have found in a study published in the journal, Geophysical Research Letters. The researchers came to this conclusion by using weather data to simulate the amount of moisture present in the soil during six major Indian famines, those of 1873-’74, 1876, 1877, 1896-’97, 1899... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/12/19)

yanmar: Thousands Rally for Aung San Suu Kyi Ahead of Hague Court Hearing
VOA
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dlN8NJ2fMZQ Thousands of supporters waved banners and colorful portraits of Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi, Saturday, December 7, in an ostentatious show of their loyalty on the eve of her departure for the U.N.'s top court to face genocide charges over the Rohingya crisis. The Myanmar leader is set to testify at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) at The Hague starting Tuesday, where lawyers are pressing a case against Myanmar for alleged genocide against its Muslim Rohingya minority. Gambia, a tiny, mainly Muslim West African country, filed a lawsuit in November, accusing... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/12/19)

Climate Change – What is in Store for Sri Lanka?
by Dr Palitha Kohona Courtesy The Island
December 8, 2019, 9:18 pm The annual Conference of the Parties of the Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP 25) began in Madrid on 2 December, largely unnoticed in Sri Lanka which is just settling down after a bruising presidential election. But given the critical importance of climate change to this beautiful island with its miles of unspoilt beaches, populated low lands, breathtaking tea covered mountains, and weather dependent agriculture, it should have received more attention. Sri Lanka became party to the Paris Accord... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/12/19)

Naseby predicts disaster for Lanka if Labour wins
Courtesy Island
December 9, 2019, 10:13 pm Lord Naseby PC, President of the All Party British Sri Lanka Parliamentary Group in the UK Parliament, has stated, in a statement, that if Jeremy Corbyn of the Labour Party becomes UK Prime Minister it will be disastrous for Sri Lanka as Labour will threaten the country’s sovereignty as an independent nation. Lord Naseby makes it clear that the Conservatives offer the best opportunity to develop a balanced relationship with the UK and where all communities may unite to live together as one... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/12/19)

Travel ban on Swiss Embassy staffer extended till Dec. 12
Yoshitha Perera courtesy The Daily Mirror
The travel ban on the Swiss Embassy local staffer - Ganier Banister Francis, who claimed that she was abducted by unidentified men, was extended till December 12 by the Colombo Chief Magistrate today. When the case was taken before Colombo Chief Magistrate Lanka Jayarathne, Senior State Counsel Janaka Bandara said that the CID would record and complete her statement by Monday (09) evening. He said that the CID had recorded her statement for about nine hours, starting from Sunday (08) 5 p.m to Monday (09)... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/12/19)

Batti University should be absorbed to national university system: President
By Lahiru Pothmulla  Courtesy The Daily Mirror
Stresses immediate action to provide uni entrance to A/L Qualified students  The Batticaloa University should be absorbed to the national university system and utilized as a national asset without being abandoned, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa said.  President Rajapaksa said this at a meeting held with Education and Higher Education Ministers and officials of the education sector at the Presidential Secretariat last morning.   According to the President’s Media, the President has said the time has come to allow universities to craft diploma programmes based on latest requirements... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/12/19)

FORMER PRIME MINISTER RECEIVES RESEARCH THAT FINDS REASONS FOR NDF DEFEAT
Hiru News
Former Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says that the reason for the defeat of his party at the presidential election is losing the vote bases of the Buddhists, the middle class and the youth. Meanwhile, the Chairman of the Youth Front, MP Kavinda Jayawardnene, attended the event after a 30 minute delay, even though the former prime minister arrived at the scheduled time. https://youtu.be/TewIIBa0pcw... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/12/19)

THE REALITY OF TEN PRINCIPLES OF GOVERNMENT AND THE NATIONAL POLICY ON ECONOMIC TARGETS
BY EDWARD THEOPHILUS
Mr. Bandula Gunawardane, Minister for Information Technology, Higher Education, Technology and Innovation and Co-Cabinet Spokesman has made a public statement on ten principles of government and the national policy in relation to priorities.  This statement further included major economic targets, which seemed to be not unrealistic as the targets could be easily achieved by structural changes in economic management and successful monitoring and remedial management required during the next five years to get the economy to right track and boost production. The most impressive targets included 6.5% annual GDP growth, Unemployment below 4%, 5% inflation... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/12/19)

President Gotabaya Rajapakse – pl ask 225 MPs to present affidavits to confirm they are not DUAL CITIZENS
It was the yahapalana government that brought and passed the 19a in April 2015 with key clause that no MP should be a dual citizen. The onus is definitely on them to prove that none of them were dual citizens when inserting this clause which was primarily to prevent Gotabaya Rajapaks from harboring intent to contest elections. The manner their cohorts went to file cases to prevent nominations being accepted is a case in point. We now need to ask who in this good governance government inserted this 19a clause while hiding the fact that they were... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 09/12/19)

Swiss embassy employee makes statement to CID Alleged abduction:
By Shamindra FerdinandoCourtesy The Island
The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) was in the process of recording a statement from local female employee of Swiss embassy at the time this edition went to press yesterday. The embassy employee reported to the CID yesterday late afternoon, but declined to undergo a medical examination in the absence of a female doctor though two nurses were available. The CID began recording a detailed statement from her, and a medical examination is to be carried out later. Fort Chief Magistrate Lanka Jayaratne, last Tuesday, Dec 03, ordered that the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/12/19)

Tamil Diaspora behind Swiss Embassy incident, Defense Secretary charges
Courtesy Ada Derana
Defense Secretary Major General (Retd) Kamal Gunaratne says that the Embassy of Switzerland in Sri Lanka has acted on behalf of the needs of the Tamil Diaspora. Speaking in the alleged abduction case of the Swiss Embassy local staffer, Gunaratne expressed these views to the media, at Pannipitiya. Pointing out that the alleged victim is a Sri Lankan, the Defense Secretary stated that it is the responsibility of the security forces that work on the peace and order of the country to protect her. “When a Sri Lankan lodges... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/12/19)

OPEN LETTER TO HE THE PRESIDENT GOTABHAYA RAJAPAKSE
Stanley Perera Emeritus Medical Researcher 2/32 Chandler Road Noble Park Vic. 3174 Australia. AN APPEAL TO THE PRESIDENT Dear President Gotabhaya Rajapakse, Re-EXTORTION BY CABINET MINISTER GAMINI LOKUGE The writer is an expatriate Sri Lankan residing in Melbourne, Australia who earned a name of patriotic writer during the time of war in Sri Lanka and your time as the defence secretary.  The writer was a front runner in challenging the International Community who conducted a smear campaign  to tarnish the image of Mahinda Rajapakse Government'.  It was an uphill battle for the... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 09/12/19)

An open letter to British Prime minister on Conviction of Brigadier Priyanka Fernando
By Rajendra Alwis
I was deeply perturbed to note the judgment delivered by a UK court in absentia convicting Brigadier Priyanka Fernando (Case No.1801273043) in which he was fined £ 2400. Brigadier Fernando at the time of the incident was serving as the Defence Attaché in the Sri Lanka High Commission in London.  Since Brigadier Fernando was holding a diplomatic position in the Sri Lankan High Commission in London when this incident took place no doubt that he was protected by diplomatic immunity as per Article 31 of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations of 1961.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/12/19)

Clamp down western conspiracies
By : A.A.M.NIZAM – MATARA
Events surrounding the tyrant western nations arrogantly calling themselves as international community despite they being only 20 odd nations whereas there are nearly 200 nations in the world community behaving in respect of Sri Lanka following the people’s victory in the presidential election clearly elaborates their unhappiness over the choice of the 6.9 million voters amounting to 52% of voters of this country.  They  croak from every roof top available that they are the devout, ardent and dedicated guardians of what they call the ‘democracy’ in the world, a hollow slogan used by... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/12/19)

Election results can be skinned any which way you like
Malinda Seneviratne
A warm but flawed reading of the 2015 result, People from the same camp, in terms of who they voted for, can and do come up with different reasons for victory, or if that's the case, defeat.  For example, some who voted for Gotabaya Rajapaksa could put his victory down to one or more of the following: a) ineptitude of the Yahapalana regime and failure to deliver on promises, b) the need for a strong and tested leader in the face of new threats to national security, c) perceptions that... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/12/19)

White vans, white lies and the white man’s burden Swiss embassy fiasco:
By Lasanda Kurukulasuriya Courtesy Island
December 8, 2019, 9:24 pm In what must surely be one of the strangest games of diplomatic brinkmanship to be played out in this country, the Swiss embassy in Colombo demands an investigation into an alleged ‘abduction’ of one of its local employees. However, it appears there is not a shred of evidence to support its case – not even a statement from the so called ‘victim.’ The new government of Sri Lanka – barely 10 days into office - having immediately ordered a probe into... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/12/19)

Innovate or Perish: The future of the paddy farmer
Courtesy Island
December 8, 2019, 9:20 pm By D. C. P. Amarasekere In Sri Lanka, the paddy farmer who is central to the ‘nation’ has been cruelly displaced in national policy for decades. Most Sri Lankan political leaders remember the farmer in cycles, and it typically coincides with an election. Every election season the farmer makes a come-back, front and center, on election agendas. The candidates vie for the 2 million plus farmers’ votes almost like in an auction, each outbidding the other, by using bigger and better subsidies... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/12/19)

Gotabaya Rajapaksa Presidency some positives, negatives and challenges
by Rajeewa Jayaweera Courtesy The Island
December 7, 2019, 4:02 pm For all intent and purposes, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s (GR) recently concluded state visit to India, his first as Head of State is considered a success. A one on one meeting scheduled for 15 minutes had lasted one hour. During this time, both leaders have supposedly found common ground and established a personal rapport, so essential in relations between countries, especially between countries with a history of thorny periods. The newly elected Sri Lankan President, in his inaugural speech... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/12/19)

Remembering the Uva rebellion
Courtesy The Daily Mirror November 26 marks the day when Maha Adikaram Keppetipola and Maha Nilame of the Uva Madugalle were executed on the banks of Bogambara Wewa on the orders of the British Governor. It was left to Dr Henry Marshall, a friend of Maha Adikaram Keppetipola to take away the head of Keppetipola and send to the Edinburgh Phrenological Society to study the head. Later it was handed over to the museum of the medical faculty and it lay there until a relative of Keppetipola, Upali Keppetipola, petitioned the British Government... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 08/12/19)

On Hambantota port, Prez. Gotabaya Rajapaksa was “quoted out of context” says PM Mahinda Rajapaksa
by Shiran Illanperuma Courtesy NewsIn Asia
Colombo, December. 8 (Xinhua): Sri Lanka’s new Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa said Saturday that his government is looking forward to continuing to develop friendly relations with China. “The two countries enjoy a strong, long-standing friendship, which has laid the foundation for practical cooperation,” Rajapaksa, who assumed office on Nov. 21, told Xinhua in an interview during his visit to the Colombo Port City, a project jointly developed by the Sri Lankan government and China’s CHEC Port City Colombo Ltd. Rajapaksa visited the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/12/19)

Former Military Intelligence chief Brigadier Suresh Salley appointed as the head of State Intelligence Service (SIS)
Courtesy The Daily Mirror
Brig. Salley appointed SIS chief Former Military Intelligence chief Brigadier Suresh Salley has been appointed as the head of State Intelligence Service (SIS) by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, informed sources said. DIG Nilantha Jayaweera, who was the SIS director has been transferred to the Police headquarters.  Meanwhile, Brigadier Chandana Wickremesinghe has been appointed as the Army Spokesman.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/12/19)

ස්විස්ටර්ලන්ත තානාපති කාර්යාලයේ නිලධාරිනියක් පැහැර ගැනුනු බව කියන සිද්ධිය ගැන විවිධ අදහස්
Hiru News
ස්විස්ටර්ලන්ත තානාපති කාර්යාලයේ නිලධාරිනියක් පැහැර ගැනුනු බව කියන සිද්ධිය සම්බන්ධයෙන් අදත් පාර්ශව කිහිපයක් අදහස් පළ කළා. https://youtu.be/p2CQv8HqbvU... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/12/19)

හිටපු අමාත්‍ය සජිත්ගේ නිවාස ව්‍යාපෘතියක් නිසා ජනතාව දැඩි අසීරුතාවක
Hiru News
නිවාස සංවර්ධන හිටපු අමාත්‍ය සජිත් ප්‍රේමදාස මහතාගේ නිවාස ව්‍යාපෘතියක් හරහා තිස්සමහරාම, වීරහෙළ ග්‍රාම සේවා කොට්ඨාසයේ ජනතාව දැඩි අසීරුතාවකට පත්ව සිටිනවා. ඒ, නිවාස ඉදිකිරීම් සඳහා ලබාදුන් ආධාර මුදල් නිවාස සංවර්ධන අධිකාරියේම නිලධාරීන් පිරිසක් විසින් යටිමඩි ගැසීම හේතුවෙන්. නිවාස සංවර්ධන හිටපු අමාත්‍ය සජිත් ප්‍රේමදාස මහතාගේ මඟපෙන්වීම මත තිස්සමහාරාම, වීරහෙළ ග්‍රාම සේවා කොට්ඨාසයේ අඩු ආදායම් ලාභීන් උදෙසා මෙම නිවාස ව්‍යාපෘතිය ක්‍රියාත්මක වී තිබුණේ මීට වසර දෙකකට පෙරයි. https://youtu.be/DogAfQXF_ug  ‘‘සාම සිසිලගම“  නිවාස ව්‍යාපෘතිය ලෙස එය නම් කර තිබුණා. එම නිවාස ව්‍යාපෘතිය මගින්, එක් නිවසක්... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/12/19)

Dirty tricks: How Tories bid for Tamil votes with indy pledge
Courtesy The National-The Newspaper that supports an Independent Scotland
TWO-faced Tory candidates in the suburbs of London have been caught trying to win votes among the Tamil community, promising a “two-state” solution to the troubles in Sri Lanka. The so-called two-state solution refers to a separate Tamil state – Eelam – in the northern and eastern parts of the divided island. Whilst prominent Tories are out on the campaign trail, offering Tamil voters the promise of a homeland whilst implacably refusing to countenance a referendum on Scottish independence. The controversial manifesto pledge on international tensions... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/12/19)

Swiss Mission ‘Kidnapping’: Bid To Tarnish Gotabaya Image?
Parul Chandra Courtesy Strategic News International
NEW DELHI: Was a local employee of the embassy of Switzerland in Sri Lanka briefly abducted by some unidentified men as is being claimed by the Swiss mission? Or are the embassy’s claims untrue as is being claimed by the Sri Lankan government? Amidst the counter-narratives being offered by the two countries, the truth has been the obvious casualty. Even more interesting, the staffer remains in the embassy with the Swiss claiming she’s unwell. The spat began shortly after the swearing-in of Sri Lanka’s new President Gotabaya Rajapaksa last month. The... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/12/19)

ERASING THE EELAM VICTORY Part 8
KAMALIKA PIERIS
“Voices of Peace” edited by Sarah Kabir, (2018) consists of a set of interviews with   members of the LTTE and the Sri Lanka armed forces taken together.  The book “weaves together” the narratives of ten former LTTE cadres and ten SLM personnel who fought at the front line in the Eelam war.   The purpose of the book is to see how front line fighters on the two sides viewed the Eelam War. The book was funded by Swiss Federal Dept of Foreign affairs, Expolanka, ONUR and private donors. A Tamil translation appears to... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/12/19)

Insofar as India Remains a ‘Useful Idiot,’ the Security of Both India and Sri Lanka Will be in Jeopardy.
Kudaligamage Geethanjana
Rajapakses, Geopolitics, ‘Eurocentric Developmentalism,’ and the western hegemony  (Part 21) Indo Lanka Accord was an outcome of a brawl between old school politics of the cold-war mentality of Indira Gandhi and Junius Richard Jayawardene. This outdated agreement must be renegotiated or entirely repealed for the benefit of both nations. “Agey wayiraya” "ඇගේ  වෛරය" is a term not only related to the silver screen but also very much related to politics. There is a well-known piece of political advice shadowed through the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/12/19)

Sinhalaese must vote Labour
Chanaka Bandarage
The British Conservative Party election manifesto in page 53 states: “We will continue to support international initiatives to achieve reconciliation, stability and justice across the world, and in current or former conflict zones such as Cyprus, Sri Lanka and the Middle East, where we maintain our support for a two-state solution”. The text is very clear. It is in plain, easy to understand English. That is, if the Conservative Party is elected to power at the 12 December 2019 general election, it will support a two state solution for Sri... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/12/19)

“The Birth and the Demise of the UNP (Un-patriotic non-National Party)
(Addenda to the article on the above subject posted on December 6th, 2019 Lankaweb) Dr Sudath Gunasekara 7.12. 2019
Further to my previous essay on the above subject published on 6th Dec, I would like to add few more comments on the UNP that would be interesting to my readers.  JR had carefully selected two young brilliant politicians Gamini Disanayaka and Lalith Atulathmudali as potential future leaders to fill the vacuum of the party after him. In fact JR was grooming Gamini as his successor Gamini to be the next President. But Premadasa, (Just like what Sajit did... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/12/19)

Harim Pieris' Roadmap for the UNP with no mention of the Bond Scam
By Bodhi Dhanapala
A version of this article appeared in the Island Newspaper, 6th Dec) Harim Peries (HP), writing to The Island on Dec 5. about "The UNF loss and looking ahead", gives a road map for the UNP. It should make strange reading to most Sri Lankans except those who, by a Freudian slip, have pushed out of their minds some of the most important matters that led to the collapse of the UNP. In his essay, HP has not mentioned anywhere about the bond scams, the first of which was carefully planned by first... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/12/19)

The Guard Post: What Did Happen to Sajith?
By Udaya P. Gammanpila Courtesy Ceylon Today
"This is my last chance. My very first opportunity was sacrificed for Srima. The last two were sacrificed for Fonseka and Sirisena on the request of the party. I have been patiently waiting for this opportunity for the last 10 years; please don't grab it from me." This was the plea made by UNP Leader, Ranil Wickremesinghe, which however, received an unexpected response from his party colleagues. The vast majority said in unison that Sajith should be the Presidential Candidate instead of Ranil. To his surprise, even his childhood... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/12/19)

The Cardinal optimistic about the Presidential commission investigating Easter attacks
Hiru News
Archbishop his eminence Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith appeared before the Presidential Commission investigating Easter attacks for a second day today. https://youtu.be/z-SLKl_8Ikc The Cardinal who made a statement before the Commission for nearly 4 hours yesterday behind closed doors, arrived at the Commission at around 9.30 this morning. The Cardinal testified before the commission for over 3 hours today. Speaking to media after testifying the Cardinal said he believes that justice will be meted out through the current Presidential commission.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/12/19)

කාදිනල් හිමිපාණන්ටත් විශ්වාසයක්
Hiru News
පාස්කු ප්‍රහාරය පිළිබඳ සොයා බැලීමට පත්කර ඇති වත්මන් ජනාධිපති කොමිසම තුළින් පීඩාවට පත් ජනතාවට සාධාරණත්වයක් ඉටු වේ යැයි තමන්ට විශ්වාස බව අගරදගුරු අති උතුම් මැල්කම් කාදිනල් රංජිත් හිමිපාණන් පවසනවා. https://youtu.be/z-SLKl_8Ikc පාස්කු ප්‍රහාරය පිළිබඳව සොයා බැලීමට පත්කළ ජනාධිපති කොමිසම හමුවේ අද දෙවන දිනටත් පැය 03 කට ආසන්න කාලයක් සාක්ෂි ලබාදීමෙන් පසු මාධ්‍ය වෙත අදහස් දක්වමින් උන්වහන්සේ මේ බව සඳහන් කළා. ඊයේ පස්වරු දෙකේ සිට 3.45 දක්වා කාදිනල් හිමිපාණන් ජනාධිපති කොමිසම සහ මාධ්‍ය ඉදිරියේ ප්‍රසිද්ධියේ සාක්ෂි ලබාදුන් අතර, පසුව පස්වරු 4.15 ට සිට පස්වරු 06 දක්වා ජනාධිපති කොමිසම... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/12/19)

විදේශ අමාත්‍යංශයේ අනුදැනුමකින් තොරව එංගලන්තය මෙරට පවුම් මිලියන 10ක් ආයෝජනය කිරීම ගැන සොයා බැලිය යුතුයි - උදය ගම්මන්පිල
උපුටා ගැන්ම හිරු නිව්ස්
විදේශ අමාත්‍යාංශයේ දැනුවත් වීමකින් තොරව එංගලන්තය විසින් පවුම් මිලියන 10ක් මෙරට ආයෝජනය කර ඇත්තේ කුමන කරුණක් සඳහා ද යන්න වහා සොයා බැලිය යුතු බව පිවිතුරු හෙළ උරුමයේ නායක උදය ගම්මන්පිල මහතා පවසනවා. ඔහු මේ බව සඳහන් කළේ අද පෙරවරුවේ පැවති ප්‍රවෘත්ති සාකච්ඡාවකදී. https://youtu.be/WrRr2F8rw7Y... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/12/19)

Sri Lanka says Brig. Priyanka’s conviction in UK ‘politically motivated’
Courtesy Adaderana
Sri Lanka Government on Saturday defended the action of one of its army officer charged by a UK court for making offensive gesture to LTTE supporters in London, saying that he is entitled to diplomatic immunity. Brigadier Priyanka Fernando, who was posted as a defence advisor at the Sri Lankan embassy in London in 2018, on Friday in absentia was found guilty by the UK court for making a hand signal to slit throats of Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) supporters, who had gathered with the outfit’s flag to protest... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/12/19)

Colombo Port City officially declared part of Sri Lanka
Courtesy Ada  Derana
The 269 hectare of land of the Colombo Port City officially declared a part of Sri Lanka at an event graced by Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa this evening (07). Accordingly, the Colombo Port City is now officially open for investments. https://youtu.be/cPNTT26SYIQ The ceremony was followed by a massive fireworks display which lit-up the Colombo city skies, commemorating the landmark moment. A commemorative stamp and first day cove was also issued in the presence of the Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa and the Chinese Ambassador to Sri... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/12/19)

SWISS TIGERS Vs SRI LANKAN LIONS-Throw down the gauntlet.
Dr M D P DISSANAYAKE
The Game is on!   In less than a month since  Dr Gotabaya Rajapakse became the President of Sri Lanka, the notorious Switzerland has shown signs of aggression against the Government of Sri Lanka.   They are following a very outdated strategy.  That is: When there is a bad news about you, create a scenario to supersede the bad news, for a damage control.  The bad news against the Government of Switzerland was Nishantha De Silva Kandappa’s “ ostensible abduction” without complying  with Immigration rules of Sri Lanka.  Kandappa... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/12/19)

Who wants Tamil Eelam – Who are asking Political Solutions?
It was the Illanka Tamil Arasu Katchchi party that gave birth to the concept of a separate Tamil State in 1949 a year after Ceylon was given independence hardly valid grounds to claim ‘discrimination’ by Sinhalese since the island was under Western invader rule for 443 years since 1505. Since 1949 there have been various surrogates claiming to champion the Eelam cause and it has afforded political clout for those using Tamil Eelam as slogans while a set of others have found it also politically advantageous to plug themselves to this ‘separating Sri Lanka’ cause for their own geopolitical benefits.... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 07/12/19)

How to get VISA to seek asylum in a Western country
The Swiss Embassy affair has shown how easy it is for people to get entry to live in a Western country and even have these Western countries arrange travel, air ambulance, hotel stay, a job, a house and put you over their own citizens by giving numerous welfare benefits too. But there is a process to follow. Create a fake story – the more bizarre the better Attempted abductions are the best. Claim to be abducted in a white van will give added points Have a note written or... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 07/12/19)

ERASING THE EELAM VICTORY Part 7
KAMALIKA PIERIS
REVISED 4.1.2020 The Tamils living in the north were    admired as aggressors during the Eelam War.  After the war, they suddenly became ‘innocent victims’.  The Tamil population in the north is an innocent group   who have suffered during the war, said Tamil Separatist Movement.  The Tamils are an aggrieved people not aggressors, they added.  The Tamil people were the victims of the last phase of the war, said Jehan Perera. They lost their loved ones, lost their lands, their livelihoods. However, these so-called innocent people were not all that innocent, when... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/12/19)

සුද්දාට වැරදුන කොමාව හා සරදියෙල්ගේ තිත අතර වෙනස
චන්ද්‍රසිරි විජයවික්‍රම, ළ්ළ්.ඹ්.,Pහ්.ඬ්.
මිස්ටර් කෝබින්ලේබර් පක්‍ෂයේ නායක -දෙමළ ජනයා සමූල ඝාතනය කිරීමේලා ලංකාවේ රාජ්‍යය හා සිංහල ජනයා ක්‍රියාකරනවා යයි ඔබ හා ඔබේ උපනායකයා විසින් හිතාමතාම කරගෙනයන ව්‍යාජ, ජඩ, ක්‍රියාකලාපය නිසා එක්සත් රාජධානියේ සිටින සිංහල ජනයාගේ චන්දය ඔබලාට අහිමිවී ඇත. මා 1978 සිටම ඔබේ (ලේබර්) පක්‍ෂයේ චන්ද මධ්‍යස්ථාන නියෝජිතයෙකුව (පෝලින් ඒජන්ට්) සිටියා. දැන් ඉවසුවා ඇති. හුදෙක් බලයට ඒම සඳහාම අපේ අහිංසක මව්බිම ගැන බොරු බේගල් පතුරුවන ඔබලාට විරුද්ද්ධව චන්දය දීමට අපි තීරණය කලෙමු-. අයිවන්  අමරසිංහනොතැම්ටන් (ලන්ඩන්) ඉහතින් දැක්‌වෙන්නේ ලංකාවෙබ්, වෙබ් අඩවියේ 2019 නොවැම්බර් 30 දා පලවු පුවතකි. මෙය කොන්සර්වෙටිව් පක්‍ෂය නමැති බළලා... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/12/19)

Buddhist world must support Myanmar at the UN and International Court of Justice
By Senaka Weeraratna
Gambia, acting on behalf of the Organization of Islamic Co – operation (OIC), has filed a lawsuit against Myanmar at the International Court of Justice (ICJ), allegedly on the ground of committing the crime of Genocide. The Government of Myanmar has taken up the challenge to contest this case at the ICJ and the State Counsellor, Aung San Suu Kyi, in her capacity as the Minister for Foreign Affairs, will lead the legal team to defend her nation. Myanmar’s legal team is expected to argue that genocide did not occur,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/12/19)

Ministers urged to address ‘Geneva issue’ meaningfully State minister’s assertion disputed
By Shamindra Ferdinando Courtesy The Island
December 5, 2019, 10:04 pm  Global Sri Lankan Forum (GSLF) has requested Foreign Minister Dinesh Gunawardena and State Minister for Foreign Affairs attorney-at-law Susil Premajayantha to take tangible measures to neutralise the growing threat posed by accountability resolution adopted at the Geneva Human Rights Council in 2015. A senior spokesperson for the grouping said that the ministers were urged not to be lulled into a false sense of security. "With the next Geneva sessions scheduled for March 2020, the new administration should move fast," the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/12/19)

India’s calculated Machiavellian Political Choreography and its Predicted Failure
Kanthar Balanathan, Australia DipEE(UK), GradCert(Rel Eng-Monash),DipBus&Adm(Finance-Massey), CEng. MIEE.
Tamil Nadu (TN) changed its name from Madras state to Tamil Nadu when CN Annathurai (CNA) of DMK assumed power. The only non-Dravidian party that held power was Congress and the Chief Minister was the then Kamarajar. The first post-independence assembly power was held by Indian National Congress (INC) by C. Rajagopalachari and Kamarajar, and the INC held power until 1967 when CN Annathurai of Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam became the Chief Minister. Neither Congress or BJP is unable to capture power in the State of TN to-date. ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/12/19)

ගරු රංජිත් ද සොයියා මැතිතුමාගේ අභාවය පිළිබඳ ශෝක පණිවුඩය
මාධ්‍ය නිවේදනය මහින්ද රාජපක්‍ෂ අග්‍රාමාත්‍ය
වෛද්‍ය ප්‍රතිකාර ලබමින් සිටින අතරතුර රත්නපුර දිස්ත්‍රික් පාර්ලිමේන්තු මන්ත්‍රී රංජිත් ද සොයියා මැතිතුමාගේ අනපේක්‍ෂිත අභාවය පිළිබඳව ඇසීමෙන් මම මහත් ලෙස කම්පාවටත් සංවේගයටත් පත් වුණෙමි. රංජිත් ද සොයිසා යනු 2015 ජනවාරියෙන් පසු, ඒකාබද්ධ විපක්‍ෂයත්, පසුව ශ්‍රී ලංකා පොදුජන පෙරමුණත් නිර්මාණය කිරීමට එක් වූ විපාක්‍ෂික බලවේග වටා එක්වූ ජනතාව වීරයෙක් හැටියට පිළිගත් අයෙකි. අසාර්ථක හා මර්ධනකාරී ආණ්ඩුවකට එරෙහිව එඩිතරව නැගී සිටීමෙන් රංජිත් ද සොයිසා මැතිතුමා ජාතික තලයේ දේශපාලනඥයෙකු බවට පත්වි සිටියේය. කෘෂිකර්මාන්තය පිළිබද විශේෂඥයෙකු වූ සොයිසා මැතිතුමා, ගොවි ජනතාව සම්බන්ධ ගැටළු, විශේෂයෙන්ම සුළු අපනයන බෝග අංශය වෙනුවෙන් හඩ නැගූ දේශපාලනඥයෙකි. අපගේ ජයග්‍රාහී මොහොතේම ඔහුමේ ආකාරයෙන්... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/12/19)

Condolence Message on the Passing Away of Hon. Ranjith de Zoysa
MEDIA RELEASE Mahinda Rajapaksa Prime Minister
I was shocked and saddened to hear of the untimely passing away of Ratnapura District Parlimentarian Hon. Ranjith de Zoysa while receiving treatment at a hospital in Singapore. He was a hero to the political forces that came together to form the Joint Opposition and later the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna after January 2015. He rose to national prominence as one of the most outspoken and fearless opponents of an unsuccessful and repressive government. A qualified agriculturist himself, Hon. Ranjith de Zoysa was vocal on matters affecting the farming community particularly... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/12/19)

The birth and demise of UNP (Unpatriotic Non-national Party)
Dr. Sudath Gunasekara (SLAS)
The beginning The United National Party (UNP) was formed in 1946 by the merger of the Ceylon National Congress and the Sinhala Mahasabha to contest the first Parliamentary election of the Independent Ceylon under the Soulbury Constitution in 1948, to enable the Westminster system of Government to function smoothly (as they said) under a party system, as Political parties are considered essential to the working of representative government under a democratic system. It is said that it was Henry Monk Mason Moor, the then Governor (1944-1948) who suggested this... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/12/19)

Kandy Man with long name who fought the Brits.
By Gary Brecher
You see some pretty sick stuff when you do my job, but I just read something sicker than any Congo cannibal buffet.   It’s an article by a posh little Limey named Jeremy Brown condemning the Sri Lankan Government for being too messy in putting down the LTTE, and demanding that we stop buying the cheap textiles the poor Sinhalese make their living churning out. What’s sick about this is that the British establishment destroyed the Sinhalese people completely.   Completely and purposely, sadistically; stole their land, humiliated and massacred their government and made it... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/12/19)

New Challenge for Gota: International Eelam war?
BY DR UPUL WIJAYAWARDHANA Courtesy The Island
December 6, 2019, 9:42 pm Swiss cheese, called so because of distinctive holes, is known the world over. Though the holes in Emmental cheese originally were considered imperfections, these holes being created by the activity of bacteria in milk, cheeses with holes have become fashionable and it is said that more the holes, better the taste! These came to my mind when following the sequence of events of the alleged abduction of a Sri Lankan employee, working in the Swiss Embassy, as the holes in... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/12/19)

The Democracy of Purchase Politics
Courtesy The Island
December 6, 2019, 9:41 pm We are caught in a dual crisis. There is the unusual silence of Switzerland over the alleged complaint of its employee about a renewed white van situation. There is also the situation of leadership in the opposition. Government voices and the media has big focus on the Swiss silence, which is not unusual given the current political situation, of a new national leadership, and alleged attempts to raise old accusations. Just now it seems we will have to wait for the Swiss... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/12/19)

Cardinal calls for banning of religious political parties ... says Indians informed him they alerted SL authorities of impending attacks four times
by Ratindra Kuruvit Courtesy The Island
Archbishop of Colombo, Malcom Cardinal Ranjith leaving after giving evidence before the Presidential Commission of Inquiry (PCoI) probing the Easter Sunday attacks yesterday. Pic by Dharmasena Weliptiyaa Archbishop of Colombo, Malcom Cardinal Ranjith yesterday informed the Presidential Commission of Inquiry (PCoI) probing the Easter Sunday attacks that Indian High Commission officials had informed him that it had warned relevant authorities of an imminent terror attacks four times before April 21. The Security Council and other relevant institutions should have acted on this information without taking... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/12/19)

Security Council should not have taken serious matters as a joke: Cardinal
Yoshitha Pererav Courtesy The Daily Mirror
While condemning the series of coordinated bombings that occurred on Easter Sunday, Archbishop of Colombo, Cardinal Malcom Ranjith today informed the Presidential Commission of Inquiry (PCoI) probing the Easter Sunday attacks, the country’s Security Council and other relevant security institutions should have acted fast before the Easter Sunday Bombings since the information was available, without taking serious matters as a joke. Testifying before the Commission he said that after the attacks, the office of the Indian High Commission informed him four times that it had conveyed details about the possible... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/12/19)

EXTRACTS FROM ' TAMIL TIGERS' DEBT TO AMERICA' : Intense Pressure of a Different Kind
By Dr. Tilak S. Fernando Courtesy Ceylon Today
Daya Gamage worked at the American Embassy in Colombo, as the Sole Foreign Service National and a Political Specialist. He retired in 1994 and has been living in Las Vegas since retirement. After two years of concentration, he has been able to share his knowledge, understanding and his intimate professional association with the US Department of State in the form of a book - Tamil Tigers' Debt to America. Being aware of how America's foreign policy worked- sometimes in a strange manner, he has come out with an unbiased text... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/12/19)

Gazette issued banning re-export of spices & allied products
Courtesy Adaderana
A Gazette notification has been issued prohibiting the re-export of key spices and allies products from Sri Lanka, with immediate effect. The Ministry of Finance, issuing a release yesterday (05), said no approval will be granted under the Finance Act-Commercial Hub Regulations of Sri Lanka to engage in entrepot and provision of logistic services to any re-export business or transshipment related to key local spices and allied products. https://youtu.be/gFxUSSd0yrA Accordingly re-export of pepper, areca-nut, nutmeg/mace, tamarind, cinnamon, clove, ginger, turmeric and cardamom will be barred hereafter. ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/12/19)

Cardinal gives 4-hour long statement to commission probing Easter attacks
Courtesy Adaderana
Archbishop of Colombo Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith left the Presidential Commission of Inquiry investigating into Easter Sunday attacks, a short while ago, after giving a nearly 4-hour statement. Cardinal Ranjith had arrived at the commission’s office located at BMICH premises at around 2.00 p.m. today (6) for the evidence hearing. He left the premises after providing a nearly 4-hour long statement to the commission, Ada Derana reporter said. https://youtu.be/Xo7Y-LL7YL0 The commission, headed by Court of Appeal Judge Janak de Silva, comprises Court of Appeal Judge Nissanka Bandula... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/12/19)

Ajith Prasanna claims CID pressured navy officers to give false evidence
Courtesy Adaderana
The ‘War Heroes for Motherland’ Organisation today claimed that the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) had pressured several former navy officers and a former LTTE member to give false evidence in the case over the abduction of 11 youths in 2008. Convenor of the organization, Major (Retired) and Attorney-at-Law Ajith Prasanna, holding a press conference made these allegations which were corroborated by ex-navy officers and a former LTTE member who also addressed the media. They alleged that several former high-ranking officers of the CID had pressured them to give false testimonies against incumbent... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/12/19)

UK court finds Brigadier Priyanka Fernando guilty, imposes fine of GBP 2,400
Courtesy Adaderana
Westminster Magistrate’s Court in London today (06) imposed a fine of Sterling Pounds (GBP) 2,400 on former Defence Attaché at Sri Lanka High Commission in London Brigadier Priyanka Fernando who was charged for making a threatening gesture towards a group of L.T.T.E. supporters back in 2018. The hearing of the case was taken up before Senior District Judge (Chief Magistrate) Emma Arbuthnot, who found Brigadier Fernando guilty of violating Section 4(A) of the Public Order Act. The chief magistrate, delivering her ruling said: “I have no doubt he intended to cause at... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/12/19)

Switzerland is flat, ladies and gentlemen
Malinda Seneviratne
Holes in the Swiss narrative gave rise to such memes It is not advisable to believe one’s own propaganda. That’s a basic rule in political engagement. Blurs vision. Flaws calculation. Usually results in egg on the face. Now consider an article by Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu published last Sunday titled ‘And so it has already begun.’ Here’s the intro: ‘And so it has happened already. The first white van abduction. An official of the Swiss Embassy, on her way to work, taken in for two hours. She apparently was involved... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/12/19)

Mock, Mock
Asoka Weerasinghe Kings Grove Crescent . Gloucester . Ontario . K1J 6G1 . Canada 
4 December 2019 Ambassador  Hanspeter MockAmbassador for Switzerland  in Sri Lanka63 Gregory's Road Colombo 7Sri Lanka Dear Ambassador HansPeter Mock: While your beautiful country is getting ready with mulled wine, Christmas Music, twinkling lights decking almost every tree around the country, and letting the aroma of baking Swiss Christmas cookies waft out of the slightly opened windows, and there is nothing more special than anticipating the magical run up to Christmas.  But you, this Swiss-man in Colombo got... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/12/19)

Swiss Embassy Staffer to be Flown to Switzerland
I. de Silva London, Ontario Canada
Hon. HansPeter Mick Ambassador for Switzerland in Sri Lanka 63 Gregory's Road Colombo 7 Sri Lanka Dear Sir:                          Reference Your Action to Fly a Sri Lankan Citizen and Her Family to Switzerland News reports claim that you have intervened to request the Sri Lankan Government to assist you in flying a Sri Lankan citizen and her family to Switzerland. Apparently this individual was stopped on the road, outside the embassy.  You claim that this individual is a staff member of the Swiss Embassy... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/12/19)

ඉන්දු ලංකා සබඳතා පිළිබඳ සිරිමා මැතිණයගෙන් පාඩමක්
මතුගම සෙනෙවිරුවන්
            වර්තමාන ජනාධිපති ගෝඨාභය රාජපක්ෂ මහතා නරේන්ද්‍ර මෝඩි අගමැති තුමාගේ  ආරාධනයෙන් ඉන්දියාවට සැපත් වූ අවස්ථාව දෙරට අතර රාජ්‍ය තාන්ත්‍රික සබඳතා ශක්තිමත් කිරීමක් වෙයි. එහෙත් එම සංචාරයේ දී මෝඩි ජනාධිපතිවරයා කළ කතාවෙන් ගම්‍ය වනුයේ ඔවුන් තවදුරටත් අන්‍යාකාරයෙන් ශ්‍රී ලංකාවේ දේශපාලනයට ඇඟිලි ගසන ආකාරයයි. මෙය දීර්ඝ කාලීනව හිතකර තත්ත්වයක් නොවේ. වසර හතරහමාරක් තිස්සේ රට තුළ පැවති අස්ථාවර තත්වයත් ව්‍යවස්ථා අර්බුදයත් නිසා එළඹෙන මැතිවරණය තෙක් මේ රටේ ශක්තිමත් පාලනයක් ස්ථාපිත වීම පමා වීමට තියෙන ඉඩකඩ වැඩිය. එවැනි අවස්ථාවක ඉන්දීය සබඳතා නිවරදී කර ගැනීම අත්‍යවශ්‍ය කරුණකි. මෙහිදී අපට සිහිපත් වන්නේ හිටපු අගමැතිණියක වන සිරිමා බණ්ඩාරනායක මැතිණිය ගේ දේශපාලන ධූර කාල... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/12/19)

“Sri Lanka Study Circle”
Sri Lanka Study Circle
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(LankaWeb - 04/12/19)

WE CANNOT LIVE WITH YOUR LARRIKIN BEHAVIOUR
By Stanley Perera, Melbourne, Australia..
My dear Ambassador, Your recent larrikinish behaviour is looked upon down by the decent and civilized society.  In other words it is a shame on Swiss people.  To begin with, I must politely tell you to leave my country and go back to where you came from without creating disharmony amongst the Sri Lankan communities.  Your fabricated and larrririnish lies about the abduction and sexually abused staffer is seen as the lowest of the low which is also not up to a civilised ambassador.  Ambassador, please note that you are only an... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/12/19)

ස්විස් නාටකය.... පැහැරගත් බව කී කාන්තාව පැයදෙකක් මිතුරියකගේ නිවසේ... තානාපති හාන්ස් පීටර් නිරුත්තර වෙයි... නිලධාරිනියගේ කටට පිස්තෝලය එබූහැටි රාජිත දකියි...
කන්දප්පා පැනගිය පසු  කරළියට ගෙන ආ  ස්විස් නාටකය -උපුටාගැනීම දිවයින
පසුගිය කාලයේ බුද්ධි අංශවලට එරෙහි සීඅයිඞී විමර්ශනවලදී වධකයාගේ චරිතයට පණ දුන් ඒඩි‍්‍රයන් නිශාන්ත සිල්වා කන්දප්පා නව රජය බලයට ඒමත් සම`ග ඉකුත් 24 වැනිදා හොර රහසේම ස්විට්සර්ලනත්යට පලා ගියේ ය.  සිය දරු පවුලද සම`ග එසේ පලා ගිය නිශාන්ත සිල්වා කන්දප්පා පසුව එරට සිට විදේශ මාධ්‍යයකට ප‍්‍රකාශයක් කරමින් පවසා තිබුණේ තමන්ට මරණීය තර්ජන එල්ල වීම නිසා ස්විට්සර්ලන්තයට පලා ආ බවකි.  මෙකී මරණීය තර්ජන කතාව වෙනුවට රාජිත සේනාරත්න ප‍්‍රමුඛ නඩය පසුගිය කාලයේ නීතිය නවමින් සිදු කළ දඩයම හමුවේ තමන්ට වැලිකඩ බෝඩිමේ යකඩ කූරු සහ ජම්පර සිහිනෙන් පෙනුන නිසා ස්විට්සර්ලන්තයට... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/12/19)

Is Sri Lanka’s Government ready to face international challenges?
Sri Lanka has elected a new President. The victory is nothing that the international community are too gaga over as seen by the manner they have chosen not to even extend congratulations as common courtesy & diplomacy dictates. The surge in popularity of the new leader increasing among those who did not vote for him must be also a thorn to digest to these destabilizing elements. Do the new policy makers understand the threats that exist as well as the new threats likely to increase using every apparatus the international community have under their control? What are the weapons that... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 04/12/19)

We Need to Move Away from Neoliberalism
Nadin Brzezinski Courtesy Medium.com
We have told ourselves a nice story about the economy. As we adopted the Manchester School and made it into the 20th-century model, the market became central. We renamed it into the neoliberal model. We forgot that the economy is far more than just the work sphere, or the business cycle. I have written about this in the past because part of this is ideology. We ignored the centrality of home life to economic life. Why we have stopped investing in those things that keep home life going.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/12/19)

UK’s Conservative Party clarifies its stance on Sri Lanka
Courtesy The Daily Mirror
Clarifying the UK's Conservative Party’s stance with regard to its reference to Sri Lanka in its election manifesto, senior party officials said the reference is applicable only to the Middle East but not to Cyprus or Sri Lanka. The Foreign Ministry said in a statement that its attention had been drawn to remarks made by a member of parliament, Udaya Gammanpila, over media yesterday in connection with the reference to Sri Lanka in the election manifesto of the Conservative Party in the run-up to the general election in the United Kingdom scheduled... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/12/19)

GL claims Swiss embassy incident a conspiracy against govt
Courtesy Ada Derana
Sri Lanka’s former foreign minister Prof. G.L. Peiris claims that the incident involving a local staff member of the Swiss Embassy in Colombo is a conspiracy aimed at discrediting the incumbent government.  “It has been clearly proven that the complete story of the Swiss Embassy incident is a lie,” he said, speaking to reporters.  https://youtu.be/KQPdLuOadaY He stated that based on the CCTV footage and other technological evidence, the female embassy staffer in question had never been at the location where they claimed she had been at that... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/12/19)

Swiss govt. seeks permission to take embassy staffer to Switzerland
Courtesy Ada Derana
The Foreign Ministry of Switzerland and the Swiss Ambassador in Sri Lanka has requested permission to take the Swiss embassy staffer, who allegedly was involved in an abduction incident, to Switzerland, revealed Foreign Minister Dinesh Gunawardena. Speaking at a press conference today (04), Gunawardena stated that the Swiss government has requested permission to fly the alleged victim and her family to Switzerland on an ambulance aircraft, citing health issues. https://youtu.be/ycDMXvZ5ABs However, the Colombo Chief Magistrate’s Court has already issued an order preventing the said staffer from leaving... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/12/19)

සත්‍ය ගවේෂකයෝ සංවිධානයෙන් චෝදනාවක්
උපුටාගැනීම Hiru
පසුගිය රජය සමයේ දක්ෂිණ  අධිවේගී මාර්ගයේ වැඩකටයුතු අවසන් කර නොමැතිව අනාරක්ෂිතව විවෘත කිරීමට අනුබල දුන් පුද්ගලයන්ට දඞුවම් ලබාදිය යුතු බව සත්‍ය ගවේෂකයෝ සංවිධානය පවසනවා. https://youtu.be/zoEED5R9ww0... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/12/19)

Switzerland Embassy Colombo – just release the Sri Lankan National kept inside embassy since 25th Nov
All rational thinking people are stupefied as to why the Swiss embassy is keeping a Sri Lankan National inside the embassy compound but asking the GOSL to conclude the investigation into an alleged abduction which has not been officially made by the victim. This is a strange situation. We have been reading statements by everyone but the victim. What if the version of the victim is completely different! We can only know what her version is if the embassy simply allows her to leave the embassy. Why are they keeping her inside an office since 25th November? It is now... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 04/12/19)

Swiss Embassy Colombo: Release Sri Lankan Hostage held in Swiss Embassy compound
A Sri Lankan Citizen
Its 3rd December 2019 exactly 8 days since a Sri Lankan National is being kept inside your embassy compound and we want to know why. We do not buy your stories that she is refusing to make a statement which later was turned into she is too ill to make a statement. We are not buying any of the stories you claim she said either. We want her out of that embassy and shown to our doctors but most of all she must return to her family. Your embassy is denying her fundamental right of... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/12/19)

THE STATEMENT OF THE NATIONAL JOINT COMMITTEE ON ALLEGATIONS MADE BY THE SWISS EMBASSY
Lt Col. A.S. Amarasekera (Rtd,) H.M.G.B. Kotakadeniya (Senior D.I.G. Rtd,)Co-President Co-President  The National Joint Committee
The National Joint Committee condemn the action taken by the Embassy of Switzerland and their Government to facilitate the travel of a public official attached to the CID by the name of Nishantha out of Sri Lanka and the subsequent grant of asylum in Switzerland to the said Nishantha. Soon after it was revealed that the Government of Switzerland was behind this high handed and illegal act, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Switzerland issued a statement that an official of the Embassy... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/12/19)

Dr. Udagama says effective probe requires cooperation of all, including victim Alleged abduction of embassy employee:
By Shamindra Ferdinando Courtesy The Island
Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka (HRCSL) Chief Dr. Deepika Udagama yesterday (03) said investigators should be given to access to the local employee of Switzerland Embassy allegedly abducted close to the diplomatic mission situated on the R.G. Senanayake Mawatha (formerly Gregory’s Road), molested and threatened by a group of unidentified persons on the evening of Nov 25. Alleging that the assailants had sought information on Inspector Nishantha Silva of the Criminal Investigation Department, given political asylum in Switzerland, Swiss Ambassador Hanspeter Mock steadfastly refused either to hand over the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/12/19)

Swiss envoy has no right to detain SL worker: PHU
Lahiru Pothmulla Courtesy The Daily Mirror
The Swiss Ambassador in Sri Lanka has no right to keep a Sri Lankan employee inside the Embassy on the basis that local employees do not enjoy diplomatic privileges, the Pivithuru Hela Urumaya (PHU) said today. It leader MP Udaya Gammanpila said under the Clause 38 (2) of the Vienna Convention, locals employed at embassies do not enjoy diplomatic privileges. “The decision whether the employee should give a statement to the police or not should be decided by the Sri Lankan Government and not the Swiss Ambassador. There... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/12/19)

ALLEGEDLY ABDUCTED SWISS EMBASSY OFFICER ORDERED TO GIVE A STATEMENT TO CID, FOREIGN TRAVELS BANNED UNTIL DECEMBER 9
Courtesy Hiru News
The Colombo Chief Magistrate Court, today, ordered Gallia Barrister Francis, the Swiss embassy local official, who was allegedly abducted, to give a statement to the CID before December 9. Colombo Chief Magistrate Lanka Jayarathna also banned overseas travel on the Swiss Embassy female officer Gallia Barrister Francis until she gives a statement. Appearing for the CID, IP Ranjith Munasinghe told the court that the Swiss Embassy rejected to reveal the whereabouts of the relevant female officer attached to the Embassy, and also her husband and their... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/12/19)

Tamil Tigers acquitted in Switzerland-Swiss Federal Court ruled that the Tamil Tigers are not a criminal organisation
Courtesy Swissinfo
Lawyer Marcel Bosonet (in tie) surrounded by supporters of the accused at the Federal Criminal Court in June 2018 The Swiss Federal Court has ruled that the Tamil Tigers are not a criminal organisation and has acquitted 12 people of charges filed by the Office of the Attorney General (OAG). In its indictment, the OAG had accused the people of violating the Swiss Penal Code by raising funds for the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Elam (LTTE) between 1999 and 2009. After its nine-year investigation, the OAG suspected the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/12/19)

Is Sri Lanka’s Government ready to face international challenges?
Sri Lanka has elected a new President. The victory is nothing that the international community are too gaga over as seen by the manner they have chosen not to even extend congratulations as common courtesy & diplomacy dictates. The surge in popularity of the new leader increasing among those who did not vote for him must be also a thorn to digest to these destabilizing elements. Do the new policy makers understand the threats that exist as well as the new threats likely to increase using every apparatus the international community have under their control? What are the weapons that... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 04/12/19)

Is the Labor & Conservative Parties contesting elections in the UK or Sri Lanka?
We are somewhat puzzled. Do those that drafted the Labor & Conservative manifestos know where they are contesting elections and to whom their manifestos should addressed? Can both Labour & Conservative Parties explain why both wish to include in their manifestos assurance to divide Sri Lanka a sovereign & independent country into two if less than 100,000 Tamils votes for them – what about the interests of 56.1million British in UK & Wales? Instead of trying to please less than 100,000 Tamils living in UK how about offering something to the 48.2million White British too? UK elections are... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 04/12/19)

The Biggest Election Win in History by GR
Dilrook Kannangara
This is not supporting a politician but purely a prescriptive academic exercise in analysing election results which I do after every national election no matter who wins. Surprisingly this time there seems to be a dearth of post election analysts. Gotabaya's election victory (52.25%) is the highest in Lankan history.  To be rephrased, the highest for any oncoming party. The highest for any challenger. The historical significance of numbers did surprise me after comparing with past election results. In 1994 Chandrika won 62.5% and in 2010 Mahinda won... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/12/19)

Scientific Expertise will be made use of in transforming Sri Lanka into a Technology based developed nation. - Minister Thilanga Sumathipala.
Media Unit  State Ministry of Technology and Innovation.
State Minister of Technology and Innovation, Thilanga Sumathipala sated that Scientific expertise would be made use of, in Steering his Ministry towards transforming  Sri Lanka in to a technology based developed nation.  He expressed these ideas on the occasion of assumption of office at his Ministry yesterday (02) with the blessing of the Maha Sanga. The Minister further elaborated thus, “In order to attain economic development based on technology and innovation, we will have to invest in higher education and advanced technologies, in place of... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/12/19)

Human Rights puzzles on London terrorist killing
BODHI DHANAPALA
(This article was also submitted to the Island and published there as well on 2-12-2019) I wish to congratulate the Editor of the Island for his editorial of 2nd December, which articulated exactly what many of us were thinking of, but didn't quite know how to put in words.When I read those reports of the terrorist pinned down to the ground on the London bridge by several people, and of his being shot by London Police, I asked myself why he was not handcuffed and taken to jail for due process,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/12/19)

Sri Lanka’s Presidential Election 2019: A New President and the Politics of Balances
Asanga Abeyagoonasekera Courtesy ISAS,National University of Singapore
Summary The recent Sri Lankan election witnessed the Rajapaksa brothers – Gotabaya and Mahinda – coming to power. Gotabaya, former secretary of defence and a technocrat with little political experience, was elected president while Mahinda, former two-time president who ended the protracted civil war during his term 10 years ago, was sworn in as prime minister. The new president faces the twin internal challenges of balancing nationalist and liberal values and introducing a new political culture with emphasis on meritocracy and technocracy. On external relations, past Sri Lankan leaders... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/12/19)

Repeal of Sections 13 and 19 should be top priority
By Dr Kamal Wickremasinghe Courtesy The Island
Judging by the post-November 17 political discourse, Sri Lanka seems to be experiencing an ‘outbreak of common sense’. Many worthy proposals, emanating from the grassroots, appear to supplement the new President’s task of repairing the economic, national security and social damage caused by yahapalana incompetence and neglect. The shift of public attention on to ‘issues that matter’ has been helped by the salutary change in the President’s election campaign that desisted from making constitutional change a key promise. The new politic marked a fundamental change from the yahapalana deception founded... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/12/19)

China, Sri Lanka to accelerate implementation of cooperation on big economic projects
Courtesy China.org
China and Sri Lanka have agreed to speed up the implementation of cooperation on major economic projects, the Chinese Embassy in Sri Lanka said in a statement on Monday. During a visit by former Chinese Ambassador to Sri Lanka Wu Jianghao, who visited the island nation as the representative of Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi, China and Sri Lanka have agreed to further strengthen robust political trust between the two countries and upgrade their pragmatic cooperation, the embassy said. According to the embassy, the two countries will speed up... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/12/19)

ERASING THE EELAM VICTORY Part 6
KAMALIKA PIERIS
Soon after the defeat, in Eelam War IV, the separatist forces 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, using the farce of “Human rights”. A separatist war is a political and military matter. It is not a human rights matter. Therefore this approach is very weak. But it was the only avenue available. The Security Council would have rejected the matter outright. USA and the Tamil Separatist Movement had... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/12/19)

Adding insult to injury: A response to crooked advice
By Rohana R. Wasala Courtesy The Island
Latheef Farook, as usual, goes off on a tangent when writing about the alleged ‘plight’ of the Muslim minority vis-à-vis  the Sinhalese Buddhist majority (“Muslims expect positive overtures from President’’/The Island/November 27, 2019). The title of the piece implies that the Muslims are experiencing a sense of alienation from the newly elected president, for which he is somehow responsible and must make amends, according to the writer. But this is a baseless assumption. Has the new president said or done anything that causes Muslims to put themselves on their guard against... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/12/19)

Disposing garbage along a wall on Sri Lanka's sea coast – Please rethink
By Chandre Dharmawardana, Canada
Emeritus Professor Ariyasena de Silva of Moratuwa University, writing in The Island (1st Dec. 2019) suggests the following. "[making] blocks one metre long and 0.5 m across ... outside plastered with a thin layer of cement mortar … Compressing the garbage into a steel casing can also be done with a press made locally. If the blocks are sunk, at about 0.25 km away from the coast where the depth is roughly about three meters, a wall of one to two km in length can produce a land area of 0.25 sq... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/12/19)

National Joint Committee letter to President Gotabaya Rajapaksa
The National Joint Committee
20th September 2019. His Excellency, Gotabaya Rajapaksa, President of Sri Lanka,Presidential Secretariat,Colombo 1. Your Excellency, The National Joint Committee wish to congratulate you on being elected as the seventh Executive President of Sri Lanka. We also wish you every success during your term in office as President of Sri Lanka to implement the election manifesto that you presented to the people. You have proven to be an achiever who has always successfully implemented whatever task that you were entrusted without any fear or favor. We are... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/12/19)

THE CASE FOR REPARATIONS
JASON HICKEL
Yesterday I stood in the hall of the Durham Union to argue for the proposition: “This house believes Britain owes reparations to its former colonies”. The following is the text of my ten-minute speech, followed by five brief reflections on the opposition’s arguments. I still remember the first time I taught colonial history at the LSE. LSE students are among Britain’s finest: they graduate from top schools, perform brilliantly on their A-level exams. And yet when I gave a lecture about the Indian famines of the late 19th century to... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/12/19)

SUBMISSION OF TRUE AND ACTUAL INFORMATION TO CORRECT THE “EVER REPEATING FALSE INFORMATION IN THE SOCIAL MEDIA REGARDING THE NEW CHUDA MANIKKYA ( PINNACLE ) THAT WAS PLACED UPON THE SWARNAMALI MAHA SEYA
PRESS RELEASE TRANSLATION The brand new Chuda Manikkya (Pinnacle) of Swarnamali Maha Seya was caused to be specially designed, crafted and made and placed on the November 25th 2019 along with the unveiling of the newly Gold Plated Koth Wahanse (Dome) on the 26 the November, through the guidance and employing the full and sole financial donations of the founder of the Vishwa Parami Trust, Mr. Prabath Nanayakkara. He is the fourth generation grandson of the great philanthropist, Ransirinel Kumarasinghe of Averiwatte, who initiated the major restoration of this Maha Seya in the late 18th Century, through... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 02/12/19)

Britain and Post (sic) Colonial Skullduggery
Malinda Seneviratne
A few weeks ago, indigenous leaders from Australia visited the Manchester Museum. They went there to collect various sacred ceremonial artifacts which were said to have been ‘taken without permission’ by early 20th Century British colonialists. Danny Teece-Johnson, a journalist for Australia’s National Indigenous Television, had an interesting comment on the language of extraction. ‘You're saying borrowed, you're saying this and that. Nah, let's talk about the white elephant in the room: you stole it, you took it without permission, that's theft. If you did that these days, you'd get put in jail... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/12/19)

MCC Sri Lanka Land Compact: Avoid it being a ‘Grant Trap’
By Prof. Nimal Gunatilleke Courtesy The Island
December 1, 2019, 9:10 pm After the release of the ‘Executive Version’ of the Millennium Challenge Compact, between the United States of America (acting through the Millennium Challenge Corporation) and the Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka (acting through the Ministry of Finance), and its accompanying ‘Constraints Analysis’ document on the website of the Ministry of Finance of Sri Lanka, in early November, a number of reviews are beginning to appear, on public websites on its benefits (some organized by pro-US think tank, Advocata Institute) as... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/12/19)

China says Lanka has agreed to develop Hambantota port “on the existing consensus”, thereby opting out of renegotiation
Courtesy NewsIn.Asia
Colombo, December 2 (newsin.asia): China claims that Sri Lanka has agreed to develop the Hambantota port and other on-going China-assisted projects as per the “existing consensus,”, thus virtually opting out of a bid to renegotiate the controversial 2017 agreement on the Hambantota port which had leased it out to China for 99-years. A Chinese embassy statement, put out by Xinhua on Monday, said that during the visit to Colombo of Wu Jianghao, representative of the Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Sunday and Monday, China and Sri Lanka had agreed... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/12/19)

සිදුවෙමින් පවතින්නේ ජාත්‍යන්තරය ඉදිරියේ රට අපහසුතාවයට පත්කිරීමයි
උපුටා ගැන්ම හිරු නිව්ස්
ස්විට්සර්ලන්ත තානාපති කාර්යාලයේ සේවය කරන නිලධාරිණියක් පැහැර ගෙන තර්ජනය කල බව කියන සිද්ධිය සම්බන්ධයෙන් දේශපාලනඥයන් සහ පූජ්‍ය පක්ෂය මෙලෙස අදහස් පළ කළා. https://youtu.be/gKGL32h-QbI... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/12/19)

කටයුතු කරන්නේ දෙමළ ජනතාවගේ සැබෑ ප්‍රශ්නවලට විසඳුම් ලබාදීමටයි
උපුටා ගැන්ම හිරු නිව්ස්
දෙමළ ජනතාවගේ සැබෑ ප්‍රශ්නවලට විසඳුම් ලබාදීම සඳහා කටයුතු කරන බව, ජනාධිපති ගෝඨාභය රාජපක්ෂ මහතා පවසනවා. හින්දුස්ථාන් ටයිම්ස් පුවත්පත සමග සම්මුඛ සාකච්ඡාවකට එක්වෙමින් ජනාධිපතිවරයා මේ බව ප්‍රකශ කළා. https://youtu.be/-WgNnaI4umQ හින්දුස්ථාන් ටයිම්ස් මාධ්‍යවේදිනිය-අපිට ඇහුණා අග්‍රාමාත්‍ය නරේන්ද්‍ර මෝදි 13 වන ව්‍යවස්ථා සංශෝධනය ගැන පෙරදා කථා කළා. ඔබ හිතනවාද 13 වන ව්‍යවස්ථා සංශෝධනයේ විප්ලවකාරී වෙනස්කම් සිදුකළ යුතු බව..? ජනාධිපති ගෝඨාභය රාජපක්ෂ-13 වන සංශෝධනය දැනටමත් ව්‍යවස්ථාවේ තිබෙන දෙයක්, නමුත් එහි සඳහන් විදිහටම අපිට ක්‍රියාත්මක කළ නොහැකි අංග කිහිපයක් තිබෙනවා. අපිට යම් වෙනස්කම් අවශ්‍යයි. නමුත් මම හිතනවා මේ සියල්ලටම... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/12/19)

බිලියන 90ක එල්.එන්.ජී. ගනුදෙනුව ගැන අමරවීර වාර්තාවක් කැදවයි
උපුටා ගැන්ම හිරු නිව්ස්
රුපියල් බිලියන 90කට අධික මුදලක් රජයට අහිමි කර ඇති බව පැවසෙන එල්.එන්.ජී. ගනුදෙනුව සම්බන්ධව වහාම වාර්තාවක් ලබාදෙන්නැයි මගී ප්‍රවාහන කළමනාකරණ, විදුලිබල හා බලශක්ති අමාත්‍ය මහින්ද අමරවීර නිලධාරීන්ට උපදෙස් ලබාදී තිබෙනවා. පසුගිය රජය යටතේ විදුලිබල හා බලශක්ති අමාත්‍යාංශයෙන් ක්‍රියාත්මක කිරීමට යෝජිතව තිබූ එල්.එන්.ජී. හෙවත් ස්වභාවික ද්‍රව වායු ව්‍යාපෘතිය පිළිබදව සාකච්ඡාවක් අද ඛනිජ තෙල් අමාත්‍යාංශයේදී පැවති අතර, එහිදී මෙම උපදෙස් ලබාදී ඇති බව සඳහන්. එහිදී හෙළි වී ඇත්තේ සියයට 63ක රජයේ අයිතිය සහිත සමාගමකට එම කොන්ත්‍රාත්තුව භාර නොදී චීන සමාගමකට කොන්ත්‍රාත්තුව ලබාදී ඇති බවයි. එමගින් රජයට රුපියල් බිලියන 90ක... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/12/19)

රටේ වටිනා ඉඩම් රැසක් තම ගජ මිතුරන්ට ලබා දී ඇති බවට හිටපු ඇමති සජිත්ට චෝදනාවක්
උපුටා ගැන්ම හිරු නිව්ස්
හිටපු අමාත්‍ය සජිත් ප්‍රේමදාස මහතා විසින් නිලධාරීන්ට බලපෑම් කර රටේ වටිනා ඉඩම් රැසක් තම ගජ මිතුරන්ට ලබා දී ඇති බවට නිවාස පහසුකම් රාජ්‍ය අමාත්‍ය ඉන්දික අනුරුද්ධ මහතා චෝදනා කරනවා. ඔහු මේ චෝදනාව සිදු කළේ අද එම අමාත්‍යාංශයේ කැඳවා තිබූ ප්‍රවෘත්ති සාකච්ඡාවකදී. https://youtu.be/jckk16VhXOU මෙම ප්‍රවෘත්ති සාකච්ඡාවට එක්වූ  පාර්ලිමේන්තු මන්ත්‍රී නාමල් රාජපක්ෂ මහතා සඳහන් කළේ නව ගම්මාන ඉදිකිරීමේ මුවාවෙන් සජිත් ප්‍රේමදාස මහතා දිස්ත්‍රික්ක ගණනාවක විශාල පිරිසක් රවටා ඇති බවයි.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/12/19)

The strange case of Ms X
Editorial Courtesy The Island
Tuesday 3rd December, 2019 Sri Lanka and Switzerland have got embroiled in a diplomatic row of sorts over the alleged abduction and subsequent release of a Sri Lankan woman working at the Swiss Embassy in Colombo. Curiously, the alleged incident was not reported to the police immediately. The Swiss mission has declined to name ‘the victim’ for reasons of her safety. Let’s, therefore call her Ms X. Bern is reported to have summoned the Sri Lankan Ambassador to register its protest. Colombo is pressuring Swiss envoy Hanspeter Mock, to co-operate... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/12/19)

CID to probe Rajitha’s ‘white van’ remark
Yoshitha Perera Courtesy The Daily Mirror
The CID today fact-reported to the Colombo Chief Magistrate’s Court to launch a fresh investigation into the controversial statement made by former Minister Rajitha Senaratne on ‘white van drivers’ at a press conference held prior to the presidential election. Addressing a press conference held on November 10, the former minister said a new government of theirs would probe into the alleged murders and abductions took place during the Rajapaksa regime. In front of the media, he had presented two individuals whom he claimed were a ‘white van’ driver... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/12/19)

Minister demands report on controversial tender
Sandun A. Jayasekera Courtesy The Daily Mirror
Power and Energy Minister Mahinda Amaraweera today sought a report on the controversial tender given to a Chinese consortium to construct the Kerawalapitiya 300MWs LNG power plant. He instructed Ministry Secretary, Ms. Wasantha Perera, to submit a report on the issue in two weeks. A crucial meeting to take a final decision on the matter is scheduled to be held on Thursday. Chinese consortium GCL China WindForce and RenewGen got approval for the proposed power plant thus bypassing LTL whose bid was the lowest. Eight bidders out... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/12/19)

Sri Lanka Parliament prorogued
Courtesy Ada Derana
The current session of the Parliament of Sri Lanka has been prorogued with effect from midnight today (02). The relevant Gazette notification on prorogation has been issued a short while ago. Accordingly, the new parliament will reconvene on the 03rd of January, 2020.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/12/19)

Sri Lanka must call all Foreign Embassy Heads and Diplomats & brief them on the Swiss ‘temporary kidnapping’
Until such time the investigations officially conclude after the Swiss release a Sri Lankan National kept inside the embassy compound since 25th November 2019, it is only correct that the distortions and lies being spread is corrected officially by the Sri Lanka Foreign Ministry. Invite all diplomatic mission heads & key staff – explain the timeline – do a presentation and ask them to raise counter questions. Follow full transparency methods and show to the world how Sri Lanka is conducting the investigations and how embassy is withholding the victim from being questioned.    Overall objective was to... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 02/12/19)

Swiss embassy’s version of “abduction” of female staffer doesn’t match facts, says Lankan govt.
Swiss embassy caught on the wrong foot?
Colombo, December 1 (newsin.asia): The Sri Lankan Foreign Ministry said in a press release on Sunday that there is “clear evidence” that the sequence of events and the timeline of the alleged “abduction” of a Swiss embassy staffer, as formally presented by the Swiss Mission on behalf of the alleged victim to the police, did not in any way correspond with the actual movements of the alleged victim on that date. “That was borne out by witness interviews and technical evidence, including Uber records, CCTV footage, telephone records and... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/12/19)

Sri Lanka briefs Swiss Ambassador on progress of investigation
Courtesy Adaderana
The Ministry of Foreign Relations stated that the timeline of the alleged criminal incident against a local staff member of the Swiss Embassy, as presented by the Embassy, does not correspond with the actual movements of the alleged victim on the relevant date. The Ministry, issuing a statement, states that the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) launched an investigation on the matter despite not being able to interview the alleged victim through law enforcement officials. https://youtu.be/C4F302vfOyc The investigations have found that the sequence of events and timeline of the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/12/19)

ස්විට්සර්ලන්ත තානාපති නිලධාරිනියක් පැහැර ගත්තේ යැයි පැවසෙන සිද්ධිය නාට්‍යයක් - පූජ්‍ය මැදගොඩ අබේතිස්ස
උපුටා ගැන්ම හිරු නිව්ස්
ස්විට්සර්ලන්ත තානාපති කාර්යාල නිලධාරිනියක් පැහැර ගත්තේ යැයි පැවසෙන සිද්ධිය නව රජය හා රට, ජාත්‍යන්තරයේ අපකීර්තියට පත් කිරීම සඳහා සිතාමතා සකස් කළ නාට්‍යයක් බව ආචාර්ය පූජ්‍ය මැදගොඩ අබේතිස්ස හිමියන් පවසනවා. මේ අතර, මෙම සිද්ධිය සම්බන්ධයෙන් දේශපාලනඥයන් කිහිපදෙනෙක් ද අදහස් පළ කළා. https://youtu.be/UAmAcw4xTeA... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/12/19)

Can the Swiss Embassy Colombo keep a local recruit inside the embassy compound by force?
We sure hope the Swiss will not be caught doing a Rajitha on Sri Lanka’s new Govt? Doing a Rajitha is what we now call the fake white van story using a dressed up driver. Humour aside, the Swiss claims an injustice has happened to its local staffer, who is a Sri Lankan citizen so we are all naturally concerned because she is a Sri Lankan citizen. We are no investigators but we don’t like the negative and biased publicity against Sri Lanka by very unfair remarks made by Swiss authorities and their silence in correcting distortions... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 02/12/19)

International Reaction to election of Sri Lanka’s President show crass hypocrisy of West
In 2015 regime change took place and common candidate Maithripala Sirisena was elected as President. Democracy and elections were ‘virtues’ handed to former colonies by former colonial invaders. Diplomacy is part and parcel of international relations and enshrined in code of conduct via Vienna Convention/Protocols. When a candidate is voted victor in an election it is only polite that a congratulatory message is issued even to the most personally hated candidate. Isn’t that gentlemen’s behavior and part and parcel of the white man’s ‘civilizing’ burden? No Western leader can boast of getting a mandate from their voters as the one... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 02/12/19)

Why does the West & its media love to hate the Rajapakse’s?
Nothing they do is right. Everything right they do is wrong. What exactly is their problem? This is really puzzling to most patriots and nationalists who are grappling to pinpoint what the root cause of this hate ailment against Rajapakse’s by the West is in order to even remotely consider avenues for reconciliation. Native American Indians said the white man speaks with a forked tongue and we can see that in its diplomacy and tools. Are they angry that LTTE their pet tiger was defeated? Why should they be, LTTE was after all murdering innocent... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 02/12/19)

Muslims expect positive overtures from President – a response
Ratanapala
1 Dec 2019 Muslim overtures in a Buddhist land! “Mr Latheef Farook on the Island Newspaper – 26 Nov 2019, says, all what they expect from the new President Gotabaya Rajapaksa is to create an environment with new overtures where they could live in peace. What the Muslims need is for the new government to understand their plight, stop violence against them, and attend to their grievances.”  “It was the short-sighted racist politics of the two main national parties that forced Muslim to support when some ambitious... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/12/19)

Lakisuru Gothaabhaya Rajapaksha Metitumani! Abolish the white elephant Provincial Councils
Dr.Sudath Gunasekara 1.12. 2019.
Lakisuru Gothaabhaya Rajapaksha Metitumani ! Abolish the white elephant and the curse that is Provincial Councils and its root the JR/ Rajiv Accord of 29th July 1987 at least now, before this Indian born Rathaksiya gobbles up the Sinhala Buddhist Nation and this whole Island in its entirety. (Please note that this is a revised version of an article I wrote to Lankaweb on 7.6. 2018 on the same subject, updated to suit the present situation) While congratulating again for the historic and unprecedented victory... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/12/19)

What has happened to Paskaralingam?
C. Wijeyawickrema
When R Premadasa was killed Paskaralingam, his master, servant and agent and the Balasingham spy, left Sri Lanka the next day to join his tiger crowd in Australia. While everybody is talking about the CB robber Mahendran, Ranil got down Paskaralingam in 2015 and kept him as his advisor unknown to the country. If Sajith won Paskaran would have continued with double blessings of Ranil and Sajith. Does anybody know whereabouts of this genius Paskaralingam? Readers could understand what a dangerous man this P had been from a previous message appeared on... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/12/19)

JUSTICE DENIED: THE REALITY OF THE INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL COURT (ICC)
Dr David Hoile Courtesy: Africa Research Centre
shows how the ICC has ignored all European or Western human rights abuses in conflicts such as those in Afghanistan and Iraq or human rights abuses by Western client states. The Africa Research Centre published Justice Denied: The Reality of the International Criminal Court, a 610-page study of the International Criminal Court by Dr David Hoile in 2014. http://www.africaresearchcentre.... The study has 27 chapters: The International Criminal Court; A European Court; The Court and the Security Council; The United States and the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/12/19)

GOTABAYA RAJAPAKSA, SEVENTH PRESIDENT OF SRI LANKA Part 4
KAMALIKA PIERIS
Revised 2. 12.19 The Presidential election of 2019 was a landmark election. It was the first time that a Presidential candidate had won on a Sinhala vote alone. There hadn’t been a previous instance of a Sri Lankan leader declaring that his victory at national election was due to the votes of the Sinhala majority, said observers. “I knew that it was possible to emerge victorious with the sole backing of the Sinhala community,”  said President Gotabaya after the election. “I knew from the beginning that the majority Sinhala community would... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/12/19)

Is Gotabaya taking an unnecessary security risk?
By Shivanthi Ranasinghe Courtesy Ceylon Today
It has been two weeks since Gotabaya Rajapaksa was elected to Office. As hoped by those who voted for him, steps could be seen to be taken to change the prevailing political culture.  One of GR's first directives to State institutions was to replace the usual gallery of photos that consist of the Head of State and the subject Minister with only the State emblem.  Road signs are to include only the name of the road and not any names of the politicians. He went on to appoint... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/12/19)

Will drop 19A if we get 2/3 majority, President tells foreign media
Courtesy Adaderana
President Gotabaya Rajapaksa says he will revoke the 19th Amendment to the Constitution if he receives a two-thirds parliamentary majority on it. The President mentioned this in an interview done with the ‘The Hindu’ during his official tour of India, his first trip as the President. When asked if he planned to move to a more parliamentary system as envisaged by the 19th Amendment passed by his predecessor, the President said that while the transfer of powers was to be “discussed”, the 19th Amendment itself had proved to be a “failure”, and... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/12/19)

President returned to island after concluding India visit
 Hiru News
President Gotabaya Rajapaksa returned to the island last night after concluding his visit to India. https://youtu.be/EEcTE1ypcck... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/12/19)

Beyond rehabilitation: Terrorists get a second chance, while their victims get none
By Graham Dockery, RT
London Bridge attacker Usman Khan was a convicted terrorist and, in the eyes of the law, a “threat to the UK.” So why was he released from prison early and paraded as an example of successful rehabilitation? 28-year-old Usman Khan stabbed two people to death and injured three others on Friday, before he was wrestled to the ground by members of the public and shot dead at point-blank range by police on London Bridge. Khan was wearing a fake suicide vest, and the incident is being treated as... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/12/19)

Air ambulance to move embassy employee, govt insists on immigration formalities Swiss mystery takes a new turn;
by Shamindra Ferdinando Courtesy The Island
Having accused the government of interrogating a female local employee of the Swiss embassy in Colombo last Monday (Nov 25) in the wake of top CID detective, Chief Inspector Nishantha De Silva, his wife and three children taking refuge in Switzerland, the Swiss government has sought approval to move the embassy employee along with her family to Switzerland, authoritative sources told The Sunday Island. The CI and his family left the country last Sunday (Nov 24) having stayed at a luxury hotel on the previous day, sources said. ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/12/19)

ERASING THE EELAM VICTORY Part 5
KAMALIKA PIERIS
Tamil Separatist Movement complained that the land taken over by the armed forces in the Northern Province were not given back once the Eelam war IV ended in 2009. “When the war ended in 2009, altogether 82,555 acres of lands in the North and East were held by the military, of which 30,300 acres were private lands, reported the media. Only 5.2 % of the lands seized had been given back to their rightful owners since 2009, Tamil Separatist Movement complained. Once Yahapalana government came to power the Tamil separatists were able to... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/12/19)


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