Archive for August 3rd, 2017

The Third Deadly Event of the First Independence Day -Part II – continued from……..

Thursday, August 3rd, 2017

H. L. D. Mahindapala It  is by looking back that one  can detect how coming events had cast their shadows across the political landscape in Sri Lanka on the first Independence Day. In the previous article I showed how the two major events that was staged on the Galle Face end of the city on […]

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Political Baby Duminda displays his political ignorance

Thursday, August 3rd, 2017

By : A.A.M.NIZAM – MATARA Dilan Perera was quite correct when he said recently that Duminda Dissanayake is only a political baby and he has to learn a lot to become a matured politician. This ignoramus and asinine Duminda seem to be completely unaware of things that are known even to our primary school children. […]

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Why is India worried about China consolidating in Sri Lanka?

Thursday, August 3rd, 2017

Swaran Singh Author is Senior Fellow at Institute for National Security Studies Sri Lanka (Colombo) and professor of Diplomacy and Disarmament at Jawaharlal Nehru University (New Delhi). On Saturday, Sri Lanka finally signed a $ 1.1 billion deal selling China 70 percent stake in its strategic Hambantota port. The fact that the Chinese signatory, the […]

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The fault is in the (political) constellations and not the stars

Thursday, August 3rd, 2017

BY MALINDA SENEVIRATNE We must unlearn the constellations to see the stars…” —  Jack Gilbert Jack Gilbert (1925-2012), celebrated poet from the USA, in a poem titled ‘Tear it down’ was essentially calling for self-criticism, for the recognition and subsequent erasure of bias, and perhaps even reflection on the error (let’s say) of being fixated with […]

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Why Sri Lanka is struggling to trade

Thursday, August 3rd, 2017

By: Amitendu Palit Courtesy  Financial Express The Country is hobbled by the fear that trade agreements will mean much greater access for trade partners to its market than it will get to theirs in the bargain. The South Asian region’s struggle to reconcile benefits of a progressive trade policy with the arguably detrimental effects that such a […]

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Terrorism not eliminated completely from country and attempts made by LTTE to stage comeback should be defeated at any cost, says IGP Pujith Jayasundera

Thursday, August 3rd, 2017

satp.org The Inspector General of Police (IGP) Pujith Jayasundera during a discussion held with the religious leaders and civil society organizations at the Auditorium of the Jaffna Police Station in Jaffna District on August 1 said terrorism had not been eliminated completely from the country and the attempts made by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil […]

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Climate Change Could Bring Killer Humid Heatwaves to South Asia

Thursday, August 3rd, 2017

technologyreview.com A new study suggests that if greenhouse gas levels continue to rise, global warming could cause catastrophic heat waves across parts of India, Bangladesh and Pakistan. The analysis makes estimates of wet bulb” temperature—a measure of heat and humidity, which when above  35°C becomes potentially fatal for healthy humans exposed to it for longer […]

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Swift decision must be taken to protect Govt.’s integrity

Thursday, August 3rd, 2017

By Ayshwarya Yapa Courtesy Adaderana The Minister of Social Empowerment, Welfare and Kandyan Heritage, S. B. Dissanayake stated that the President and Prime Minister must make a swift decision regarding those who are revealed by the Bond Commission’s investigations to be involved in the Central Bank bond scandal. He stated this upon attending a media briefing today […]

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Yahapalanaya kaput!

Thursday, August 3rd, 2017

Editorial Courtesy The Island August 3, 2017, 9:36 pm Brain-dead yahapalanaya has been on life support for the last two and a half years or so and the government keeps postponing elections lest people should pull the plug thereon. That the Sirisena-Wickremesinghe administration has been practising anything but yahapalanaya (good governance) can be seen from, inter […]

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Refrain from deleting Apple account data or face criminal charges Bond commission warns Aloysius:

Thursday, August 3rd, 2017

By Shyam Nuwan Ganewatte and Sarath Dharmasena August 3, 2017, 10:53 pm The Presidential Commission probing the bond scam yesterday ordered Director of Perpetual Treasuries and son-in-law of former Central Bank Governor Arjuna Mahendran, Arjun Aloysius not to change or delete data stored in his Apple account. Additional Solicitor General Yasantha Kodagoda requested the Commission […]

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Speaker accepts no-faith motion against Ravi K

Thursday, August 3rd, 2017

By Shamindra Ferdinando Courtesy The Island The office of Speaker Karu Jayasuriya yesterday accepted a no-faith motion against Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake submitted by the Joint Opposition (JO) over his alleged involvement in Central Bank bond scams in Feb. 2015 and March 2016. At the time of the alleged scams, UNPer Karunanayake held finance portfolio. President […]

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A 2/3 majority needed to put off PC elections

Thursday, August 3rd, 2017

By Shamindra Ferdinando Courtesy The Island Proposed constitutional amendment to put off scheduled Provincial Council polls in the Eastern, Sabaragamuwa and North Central provinces required a two-thirds approval in Parliament, provincial councils and local government minister Faiszer Musthapha said yesterday. Minister Musthapha was responding to a query by The Island at an SLFP media briefing at the party […]

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SRI LANKA: Innocent man fired on by Police at Meegalewa

Thursday, August 3rd, 2017

ASIAN HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION – URGENT APPEALS PROGRAMME Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information about the extra-judicial attempt to kill Mr. Sarath Kumara Yapa, a resident of Meegalewa in the Anuradhapura District. On 24 July 2017, Sarath was waiting on the road, in front of the Lassanagama Buddhist Temple at […]

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ජනපති මෛත‍්‍රී ව්‍යවස්ථාව ගැන මෙලෝ දෙයක් දන්නෙ නෑ.. ජේ.ආර්.වත් මෙහෙවු කතා කියා නෑ..

Thursday, August 3rd, 2017

– Divaina පාර්ලිමේන්තුවේ ආසන 113 ක්‌ හදා ගත්තත් තම කැමැත්ත සහ ආශිර්වාදය නැතිව ආණ්‌ඩුවක්‌ පිහිටුවිය නොහැකි බවට ජනාධිපතිවරයා කර තිබෙන ප්‍රකාශය ආණ්‌ඩුක්‍රම ව්‍යවස්‌ථාව පිළිබඳව වැටහීමකින් තොරව කළ ප්‍රකාශයක්‌ පමණක්‌ නොව ජනාධිපතිවරයා රටට දී තිබෙන ප්‍රතිඥව පවා උල්ලංඝනය කිරීමක්‌ බව ශ්‍රී ලංකා පොදුජන පෙරමුණේ සභාපති මහාචාර්ය ජී.එල්. පීරිස්‌ මහතා පැවැසීය. මෙරට විධායක ජනාධිපතිධුරයේ නිර්මාතෘ ඡේ.ආර්. ජයවර්ධන […]

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Travel dates of Aloysius and Ravi to Singapore coincide: ASG

Thursday, August 3rd, 2017

Shehan Chamika Silva Courtesy The Daily Mirror Referring into the relationship between Arjun Aloysius and Minister Ravi Karunanayake, Additional Solicitor General Dappula de Livera yesterday submitted travel details pertaining to Aloysius and the Minister and said that there were 13 visits to Singapore by both with coinciding dates. The ASG produced the travel details relating to […]

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Undated letter was an “oversight”: Ravi

Thursday, August 3rd, 2017

Shehan Chamika Silva Courtesy The Daily Mirror Minister Ravi Karunanayake said that the undated letter, sent to the then Central Bank Governor Arjuna Mahendran was completely an oversight.” He said that he had not indicated the date and the reference due to an oversight. When Additional Solicitor General wanted to know the reason as to the […]

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Rohitha Abeygunawardena criticizes PM over sale of Hambantota port

Thursday, August 3rd, 2017

හම්බන්තොට වරාය විකිණූ යැයි රෝහිතගෙන් අගමැතිට චෝදනාවක්…

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The white elephant syndrome Hambantota Port

Thursday, August 3rd, 2017

Janaki Chandraratna Courtesy The Island August 2, 2017, 8:35 pm A possession where the maintenance outweighs its benefits and cannot be got of rid of in a hurry is often referred to as a “White Elephant’. It should be noted however; the application of this phrase is relative to the competence or the capability of the […]

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President diverts attention by talking about general election not due till 2020 – GL

Thursday, August 3rd, 2017

By Shamindra Ferdinando Courtesy The Island The Joint Opposition (JO) yesterday emphasized that the outfit hadn’t called for an early general election and was keen to contest long overdue local government polls. The government should test its popularity at local government polls without trying to divert attention of the electorate. The JO was responding to President […]

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1815 & 2015 a spine-chilling comparison: Betrayal by Sri Lanka’s Quislings

Thursday, August 3rd, 2017

Shenali D Waduge None of the 3 colonial powers invaded our island. But our island did fall because of the betrayal of our own people. It happened in 1815 and it is happening again exactly two hundred years later. In fact, the similarities and events as they are being rolled out are shocking. D’Oyly was […]

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Ref to my previous note in Lankaweb on 2.8.2017 –

Thursday, August 3rd, 2017

Sudath “Startling Revelations: 8600 Pages Of Data Recovered From Aloysius’ Phone: Several Text Messages Refer To ‘RK’ And ‘PM’ “- News Report “Mr President sack the Alibaba and forty thieves immediately and request someone who has the majority in Parliament to form a new Government as the first step, to rescue the country from the […]

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