Archive for August 31st, 2017

The Sad Plight of the Dry Zone Irrigation Tanks that were the life blood of our ancient civilization.

Thursday, August 31st, 2017

By Dr Garvin Karunaratne In my paper, ‘Dry Zone Drought and Empty tanks: A Blessing in disguise?’(Lanka Web 28/7/17), I had highlighted the plight of the small tanks in the Dry Zone, the bulwark our ancient forefathers had built up to enable the Dry Zone to become the Granary of the East. It has so […]

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YAHAPALANA ELECTIONS AND ‘REGIME CHANGE’ Part 4

Thursday, August 31st, 2017

KAMALIKA PIERIS The Yahapalana election is still in the minds of the Sri Lanka public. Analysts see a clear connection between the 2010 election which featured Sarath Fonseka and the 2015 election which ousted Rajapaksa. They say that there has been US interference in these two Sri Lankan elections. The US intervention, in 2010 was […]

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මැරයන් කඩා පනිද්දී කතරගම දෙවියන් සිටියේ කොහේද?

Thursday, August 31st, 2017

චන්ද්‍රසේන පණ්ඩිතගේ  මේ දිනවල සමහරකගේ ප්‍රධාන මාතෘකාව බවට පත්ව ඇත්තේ ඉහත සදහන් පැනයයි. මේ පැනය  විසින් සිදුකරන සමාජ සත්කාරය කුමක්ද යන්න අවබෝධ කරගැනීම මෙරට ජනතාවගේ ශුභ සිද්ධියට ඉවහල් වන කරුණක් බැවින් මේ සටහන ඉදිරිපත් කිරීමට සිතුනී. මුළු මහත් සමාජයම ඒකාකාරී මිනිසුන්ගෙන් සමන්විත නොවේ. විවිධත්වය මේ සමාජයට ආරෝපණය කරන්නේ සුන්දරත්වයකි. සිංහල, දෙමල, මුස්ලිම් මෙන්ම බෞද්ධ, හින්දු, […]

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Royal Asiatic Society of Sri Lanka (RASSL) A Special Public Lecture on Thursday Sept 7th at 5.00 p.m.

Thursday, August 31st, 2017

Royal Asiatic Society of Sri Lanka (RASSL) A Special Public Lecture    Combining Theory and Practice in Buddhist Meditation” by Keith Munnings PGCE MTH (Master of Theology), Buddhist Chaplain in UK on Thursday Sept 7th at 5.00 p.m. at the Gamini Dissanayake Auditorium No. 96, Ananda Coomaraswamy Mawatha, Colombo 07 ALL ARE WELCOME   Keith Munnings […]

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Since 1987 what we have in Sri Lanka is a federal system, what is now being proposed is  form of a confederal system

Thursday, August 31st, 2017

Chanaka Bandarage Reports by the Parliament’s six sub committees Undoubtedly the reports published in 2016 by the Parliament’s six sub committees on constitutional reform are most damaging and frightening. They threaten the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the nation. Among  the  proposals are giving land and police powers to the provinces.  This means the Chief […]

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Special appeal to the Tamil

Thursday, August 31st, 2017

V.Anandasangaree Secretary General – TULF The Tamil United Liberation Front having gone through all aspects of the present Political situation have decided, to take a positive decision as regards the ethnic problem, that is getting dragged on indefinitely. During the last 60 years in politics, I have seen our ethnic problem coming very close to […]

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A look at the insurgency behind Myanmar attacks

Thursday, August 31st, 2017

Courtesy Dhaka Trbune Analysts blame Myanmar’s government for the conditions that led to Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA)’s creation Armed with machetes and rifles, a ragtag band of insurgents comprised of members of Myanmar’s Muslim Rohingya minority launched unprecedented attacks last week, triggering fighting with security forces that has left more than 100 people dead […]

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Germany Ahmadiyya Convention Concludes with a faith inspiring address by Ahmadiyya Khalifa.

Thursday, August 31st, 2017

By A. Abdul Aziz More than 41,000 people attend three-day convention in Karlsruhe  According to our International Press Desk U.K., the World Head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, the Fifth Khalifa (Caliph), His Holiness, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad concluded the 42nd Annual Convention (Jalsa Salana) of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in Germany on 27 August 2017 with an inspirational and […]

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මාර්ග සංවර්ධන අධිකාරියේ අධිෙවිගී මාර්ග ක‍්‍රියාකාරීත්වය, නඩත්තු හා කළමනාකරණ අංශය පෞද්ගලීකරණය කිරීම. (EOM&M)

Thursday, August 31st, 2017

මාධ්‍ය නිවේදනය Road Development Employees Union  ගරු ලක්ෂ්මන් කිරිඇල්ල මැතිතුමා, උසස් අධ්‍යාපන හා මහාමාර්ග අමාත්‍ය, 9 වෙනි මහල මගනැගුම මහමැදුර, ඩෙන්සිල් කොබ්බෑකඩුව මාවත, කොස්වත්ත, බත්තරමුල්ල. ගරු ඇමතිතුමනි, මාර්ග සංවර්ධන අධිකාරියේ අධිෙවිගී මාර්ග ක‍්‍රියාකාරීත්වය, නඩත්තු හා කළමනාකරණ අංශය පෞද්ගලීකරණය කිරීම. (EOM&M) අධිවේගී මාර්ගය පුද්ගලීකරණය කිරීම හෝ ඒ සඳහා මග පාදන සියලූ ක‍්‍රියාවන් හෙලා දකින අතර ඒ සඳහා […]

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Is he getting old?

Thursday, August 31st, 2017

Sri Lanka News On a recent visit to the deceased Uva Provincial Council member, Senarathne Aththanayaka, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe met with former President Mahinda Rajapaksa. The two of them have been sitting together and chatting to each other. , Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe looks old and feeble even though he is  3 years younger, […]

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President’s dilemma

Thursday, August 31st, 2017

Editorial Courtesy The Island August 31, 2017, 12:00 pm President Maithripala Sirisena has told media heads and editors at a recent meeting in Colombo that he will complete his full term come hell or high water. He may be able to retain the presidency, but what guarantee is there that there won’t be any change in […]

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AG can’t act hastily -Thalatha Cases against wrongdoers of previous regime

Thursday, August 31st, 2017

By Shamindra Ferdinando Courtesy The Island Justice Minister Thalatha Atukorale yesterday stressed that her predecessor Dr. Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe, PC, had been removed solely due to him violating collective cabinet responsibility in respect of the leasing of Hambantota port to China. Sri Lanka and China finalized the agreement on a 99-year lease on July 29, 2017. Atukorale […]

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Sri Lanka releases 76 Tamil Nadu fishermen as Sushma Swaraj begins Colombo visit

Thursday, August 31st, 2017

Courtesy FirstPost Rameswaram: Seventy-six Tamil Nadu fishermen, arrested by the Sri Lankan Navy for allegedly fishing in the island nation’s territorial waters, were on Thursday ordered to be released by a Lankan court, police officials said in Rameswaram. Representational Image. Reuters The Oorkavalthurai court set free the fishermen, lodged in a Jaffna jail following their arrest in […]

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Sri Lankan Navy arrests eight Tamil Nadu fishermen

Thursday, August 31st, 2017

Courtesy  The New Indian Express RAMESWARAM: Eight fishermen from Tamil Nadu were arrested and their two boats seized by the Sri Lankan Navy in separate incidents today for allegedly fishing in the island nation’s territorial waters, fisheries department officials said. Four fishermen each from Rameswaram and nearby Mandapam were arrested when they were allegedly fishing […]

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Sri Lanka to cut 2017 spending to meet deficit goal – finance secretary

Thursday, August 31st, 2017

COLOMBO, Aug 31 (Reuters) – Sri Lanka will cut government expenditure to stick to its 2017 budget deficit target of 4.6 percent of gross domestic product (GDP) and compensate for a fall in revenue, the top bureaucrat in the finance ministry said on Thursday. We will re-arrange and cut some expenditure to meet the deficit […]

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Sri Lanka emerging as transit hub for cocaine smugglers: officials

Thursday, August 31st, 2017

Shihar Aneez and Ranga Sirilal Courtesy  Reuters COLOMBO (Reuters) – International cocaine smugglers are increasingly turning to Sri Lankan as a transit hub in Asia, authorities say, after they made a series of seizures of the drug, some smuggled in containers of sugar from Brazil. Sri Lankan customs have seized six shipments of high-purity South American cocaine in […]

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‘Mehema Epa’ Chandrika, ‘Mehema Epa’: MR

Thursday, August 31st, 2017

Courtesy The Daily Mirror Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa today said ‘hatred and jealousy’ are two qualities his predecessor Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga shouldn’t possess. Responding to a journalist following an event held at the BMICH, Mr. Rajapaksa said hatred was visible through former President Kumaratunga as she was aging. He said if there was an issue […]

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