Archive for February 21st, 2017

‘යුද ජයේ හිමිකරු මමයි’ කිය ෆොන්සේකාට කට උත්තර නැතිවෙන සුපිරි පිළිතුරක් කරුණා අම්මාන්ගෙන්..

Tuesday, February 21st, 2017

ලංකා සී නිවුස් කොටි සංවිධානය පරාජය කිරීමේ යුධ ජයග‍්‍රහණයේ මුල් ගෞරවය හිමිවුය යුත්තේ හිටපු ජනාධිපති මහින්ද රාජපක්‍ෂ මහතාට බව හිටපු නියෝජ්‍ය ඇමති විනයාගමූර්ති මුරලිදරන් (කරුණා අම්මාන්) පවසයි. දෙරණ රූපවාහිනියේ 360 වැඩසටහනට එක්වෙමින් ඔහු කියා මේ බව කියා සිටියේය. මහා යුද විරුවා තමන් යයි ඇමති සරත් ෆොන්සේකා යයි සිදු කරන ප‍්‍රකාශයන්ට ප‍්‍රතිචාර ලෙස ඔහු කියා සිටියේ […]

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HASHIM PUTS THE SCREWS on RAVI

Tuesday, February 21st, 2017

By Dhammika Ranaweera Courtesy  Ceylon Today A determined stand-off between Minister of Public Enterprises Development Kabir Hashim and the Finance Ministry at yesterday’s Cabinet meeting sent emotions…… roaring in connection with a clash of opinions on the amount of compensation to be paid for cancellation of an agreement signed by the previous regime to purchase aircraft. […]

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India will not press for merger of north, east Sri Lankan provinces: Jaishankar

Tuesday, February 21st, 2017

By P.K.Balachandran  |  Express News Service  |    COLOMBO: India will not be pressing Sri Lanka to merge the Northern and Eastern Provinces to form a single Tamil-majority, Tamil-speaking province as envisaged by the India-Sri Lanka Accord of 1987, the Indian Foreign Secretary S.Jaishankar told the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) here on Monday. He was reacting to a […]

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Sri Lanka: Pledge to End Police Abuse Not Met

Tuesday, February 21st, 2017

Human Rights Watch (New York) – The Sri Lankan government has not met its pledge to curtail police abuses prior to the March 2017 session of the United Nations Human Rights Council, Human Rights Watch said today. Security sector reform was one of 25 undertakings by Sri Lanka in the Human Rights Council resolution adopted […]

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SLFP won’t support Constitutional amendments which require referendum: S.B.Dissanayake

Tuesday, February 21st, 2017

Courtesy The Daily News The Sri Lanka Freedom Party(SLFP) decided not to support any amendments to the Constitution which could harm the country’s unitary character, territorial integrity and sovereignty, Social Empowerment & Welfare Minister S.B.Dissanayake said yesterday. He also noted that the President and the SLFP has decided not to support any amendments which require […]

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Activist guilty of screening unapproved war documentary

Tuesday, February 21st, 2017

BY M. MAGESWARI Courtesy The Star on line KUALA LUMPUR: Activist Lena Hendry was convicted by a magistrate’s court for screening a Sri Lankan civil war documentary that had not been approved by the Censorship Board. Hendry, 32, who stood expressionless in the dock upon hearing the verdict, later said she was disappointed with the judgment. […]

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ශ‍්‍රි ලංකා ආර්ථිකය අවදානමේ.. පියවර 19කින් පහලට.. ජාත්‍යන්තර දර්ශකයක් ලොව පුරා ආයෝජකයින්ට කියයි..

Tuesday, February 21st, 2017

ලංකා සී නිවුස් එක්සත් ජනපදයේ Heritage Foundation විසින් වාර්ෂිකව ප්‍රකාශයට පත්කරනු ලබන ආර්ථික ස්වාධීනත්ව දර්ශකයට (Index of Economic Freedom) අනුව ශ්‍රී ලංකාව ස්ථාන 19 කින් පහලට ගොස් තිබේ. මේ අනුව නොබෝදා එළිදක්වන ලද 2017 ආර්ථික ස්වාධීනත්ව දර්ශකයේ 112 වැනි ස්ථානයට ශ්‍රී ලංකාව පත්ව තිබෙන අතර 2016 වසරේ දී ශ්‍රී ලංකාව 93 වැනි ස්ථානයේ පසුවිය. මෙහිදී […]

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Maithri’s ire

Tuesday, February 21st, 2017

Editorial Courtesy The Island February 21, 2017, 7:58 pm Politicians are a peculiar lot. They think no end of themselves and never own up to their lapses. Of them, one may say, with apologies to Bernard Shaw, those who can, do, and those who can’t, bash the media. Politicians who are capable of living up to […]

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Congratulations Mister Prime Minister!

Tuesday, February 21st, 2017

BY MALINDA SENEVIRATNE Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe was conferred an honorary doctorate by Deakin University, Australia. He’s not the first premier thus honored and he probably will not be the last.  However, an honor it is and as such warranted media coverage.    What was newsy, though, was not the event but a statement he had […]

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30 year War in Sri Lanka and PTSD

Tuesday, February 21st, 2017

Dr Ruwan M Jayatunge Sri Lankan conflict was one of the longest armed conflicts of the 20th centaury. Sri Lankan society was shattered by hate and brutalization as a result of the internal war which caused over 95,000 lives and destruction of property worth over billions. This prolonged conflict generated massive numbers of PTSD victims. […]

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නූගත් භික්‍ෂූන් ගෙන් බණ අසන සිංහල බෞද්ධයා

Tuesday, February 21st, 2017

වෛද්‍ය රුවන් එම් ජයතුංග  මීට දශක කීපයකට පෙර සිංහල බෞද්ධයා බණ ඇසුවේ හේන්පිටගෙදර ඥානසීහ , නාරාවිල ධම්මරතන , පොල්වත්තේ බුද්ධදත්ත ,බඹරැන්දේ සිරි සීවලී ,රේරුකානේ චන්දවිමල, වල්පොළ රාහුල වැනි බහුශ්‍රත භික්‍ෂූන් ගෙනි. ධර්ම ඥාණය මෙන්ම බොහෝ ඇසූ පිරූ දැණුම තිබූ මේ යතිවරු  ධර්මය අසන්නා තුල බුද්ධි කළම්බනයක් ඇති කිරීමට සමත් වූහ​. එහෙත් අහේතුවකට මෙන් මේ ශික්‍ෂිත […]

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Tripura web media forum launched

Tuesday, February 21st, 2017

By Our Correspondent Agartala: Alternate media users among the practicing journalists of Tripura have taken a pioneering initiative to form an organization named Tripura Web Media Forum (TWMF) with an aim to pursue independent journalism from the alienated region of India. The launching of the web media forum was initiated with a delegate conference and […]

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Govt. turns down all JO proposals on new Constitution: Vidura

Tuesday, February 21st, 2017

Thilanka Kanakarathna Courtesy The Daily Mirror The Government had turned down all proposals made to the Subcommittee on Centre-Peripheral Relations by the Joint Opposition (JO), depriving the opportunity to establish the unitary nature of the State in the process of making the country’s new Constitution, the JO claimed today. Addressing a press briefing the JO’s subcommittee […]

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Kashmir and the myth of indivisible India

Tuesday, February 21st, 2017

by Farhan Mujahid Chak Farhan Mujahid Chak is an associate professor of international affairs at Qatar University. Saving the region from descending into a total chaos can only come through embracing a radical new thinking. This summer has been among the bloodiest over the past few years in Kashmir. There are no celebrations throughout this fabled valley, […]

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What’s really behind the idea of a new constitution? The crisis of constitution-making:

Tuesday, February 21st, 2017

By Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka Courtesy The Island February 20, 2017, 8:00 pm Sri Lanka needs constitutional change but not a change of Constitution. A little Political Economy and a touch of class (analysis) can help in comprehending what’s going on and why. Why a new Constitution/Referendum while an economic crisis looms? Because the economic crisis stems […]

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Each minister costs taxpayer an arm and a leg

Tuesday, February 21st, 2017

By Shamindra Ferdinando Courtesy The Island February 20, 2017, 10:40 pm Former Central Bank Governor Dr. W.A. Wijewardena said that tangible measures were urgently needed to restrict taxpayers’ money being spent on members of cabinet. Dr. Wijewardena said that the yahapalana administration experiencing severe difficulties on the economic front couldn’t afford to squander funds under […]

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Trump Stops the Surrogate Neoliberals in Their Tracks (Part 1)

Tuesday, February 21st, 2017

By Gandara John The 100 year tyranny of the Plutocrats in the US came to an abrupt halt when Trump stopped the money grubbing Neoliberals in their tracks. The US Presidential Election of 2016 is a watershed in global politics, with Trump decisively defeating ‘Uranium’ Clinton who had profited unconscionably through ‘ The Clinton Foundations’ making […]

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The IMF In Sri Lanka: ‘Bull In A China Shop’ Syndrome? Part I

Tuesday, February 21st, 2017

By C. R. de Silva. Ex-World Bank. October 6, 2016, 9:15 pm RECENT IMF REVIEW The IMF Review Mission in September for the $ 1.5 Billion EFF to Sri Lanka (in seven semi-annual instalments) started as a love fest on a familiar note under a well-known mission leader, and some ten days later, ended on […]

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THE IMF IN SRI LANKA – PART II -Sri Lanka: IMF-Directed, Slow Development Strategy

Tuesday, February 21st, 2017

by Chanaka R. De Silva,Ex-World Bank (The writer, a member of the former C.C.S. was later a senior professional at World Bank Headquarters in Washington D.C. for three decades). February 9, 2017, 9:16 pm (“The IMF in Sri Lanka – Part I” – Special Report – appeared above.) Sri Lanka: IMF’s Economic Philosophy The International Monetary Fund […]

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THE IMF IN SRI LANKA – PART III -The Development Strategy of The ‘Miracle’ Economies of East Asia

Tuesday, February 21st, 2017

by Chanaka R. de Silva Ex-World Bank Introduction – Resurgent Nationalism vs Globalization in Decline. Today, nationalism and its fellow travelers protectionism and populism, are sweeping across the Western world, ever since the global financial crisis of 2007-8, which started in the U.S., essentially on Wall Street, in a paroxysm of financial greed for quick […]

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THE IMF IN SRI LANKA – PART IV The Development Strategy of The ‘Miracle’ Economies of East Asia

Tuesday, February 21st, 2017

by Chanaka R. de Silva Ex-World Bank The Korean Development Example. Korea is an outstanding phenomenon of the economic policy strategy of the so-called “Development State”. To summarize the foregoing part, Korea, now an OECD (the rich countries’ club) member and an aid funding source through its own KOICA agency (with a bi-lateral development program […]

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The IMF in Sri Lanka – Part V Signs of internal differences on IMF policies

Tuesday, February 21st, 2017

by Chanaka R. de Silva. February 14, 2017, 8:43 am IMF’s Own Research Views Change Following the epochal research effort and conclusions arrived at by the World Bank in 1993 (set out in the previous section), motivated partly by the early ‘graduation’ or cut-off of Korea from World Bank’s lending in 1992 – having achieved […]

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The golden statue at Sanda Hiru Seya

Tuesday, February 21st, 2017

RANJITH SOYSA The former Defence Secretary had been summoned by the FCID who is obviously inquiring into the issue of obtaining confiscated gold in the possession of Sri Lanka Navy, to mould a Buddha statue for Sanda Hiru Seya , Anuradhapura. The Sanda Hiru Seya Chaitaya is a national monument constructed in memory of 29,000  […]

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COAL STORY ,WHAT A MESS ……….

Tuesday, February 21st, 2017

Dr Sarath Obeysekera We read many news items about Coal .CEB ,Ceylon Shipping Corporation (CSE) ,Lanka Coal Company are have contributed to this mess . When Norrocholai was built by Chinese ,CEB never obtained any proper advise from Marine Engineers to decide how to unload coal from bulk carries on to the conveyor belts on […]

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Gratitudinal Windows of 2016, II: Encountering Col. Olcott in New Jersey, USA

Tuesday, February 21st, 2017

by Prof. Suwanda H J Sugunasiri, writing from Canada February 18, 2017, 5:48 pm(This article is partly in commemoration of the death of Col. Henry Steele Olcott, in Adyar, Chennai, India, on Feb. 17, 1907, born August 2, 1832.) If my first gratitudinal window related to the personal realm, but ended up social, the second […]

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