Archive for December, 2017

THE “PARANAGAMA REPORT” Part 2

Sunday, December 31st, 2017

KAMALIKA PIERIS The Commission examined the many allegations made against the Sri Lanka army (SLA) during its final Eelam campaign. Some of these allegations have been of executions and deliberate or indiscriminate shellfire, acts which are totally inconsistent with what is expected of a responsible army discharging its duties in accordance with the laws and […]

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LG Elections 2018

Sunday, December 31st, 2017

By : A.A.M.NIZAM – MATARA First of all, my Best Wishes for all Lankaweb readers for a Happy, Prosperous, Healthy and Peaceful New Year.  May this country become a peaceful and enjoyable land once again with the beginning of this New Year! This is the first of a series of articles aimed at enlightening the […]

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Fair prices for essentials?

Sunday, December 31st, 2017

Upali Cooray Former General Manager of SATHOSA Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe has said government has taken measures to introduce fair price shops in collaboration with private sector and Sathosa to ensure fair prices for essential commodities in the open market. This statement of the prime minister is something like dousing fires without preventing fires. Considering the fact that the oncoming crucialelections scheduled for […]

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Truth telling and distorting the truth – a response to British High Commissioner

Sunday, December 31st, 2017

by Rajeewa Jayaweera Courtesy The Island The British High Commissioner (HC), in an exclusive interview with the Sunday Island published on December 17, referring to Sri Lanka’s war stated; “Getting distracted by arguments about the numbers during or in the immediate aftermath of the end of a near three-decade war between the Sri Lankan security forces […]

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Been there, seen that

Sunday, December 31st, 2017

Editorial Courtesy The Island Monday 1st January, 2018 December 31, 2017, 9:36 pm The much-delayed bond probe commission report has been handed over to President Maithripala Sirisena. The Treasury bond scams might enter the Guinness Book of World Records as the ‘most probed’ racket in the world. It is hoped that at least now some […]

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‘Sinhala Only’ was the right policy

Sunday, December 31st, 2017

HUGH KARUNANAYAKE Melbourne, Australia Courtesy The Island December 31, 2017, 9:40 pm I read with much interest HL Seneviratne’s piece on the impact of Sinhala Only, and Mr. Samaraweera’s response. I believe that the Sinhala Only reforms of 1956 heralded a new phase in the social and economic development of the country. Up until that time, […]

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Jerusalem, Sinhala far right foreign policy and Gota factor

Sunday, December 31st, 2017

By Dr. DAYAN JAYATILLEKA Courtesy The Island December 31, 2017, 12:00 pm There were strange reactions to Sri Lanka’s political responses to and UN vote on the issue of Jerusalem. There are those spokespersons of the Sinhala Far Right who criticized the Sri Lankan stand and the cross-party political consensus as instances of double standards. The […]

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ශ්‍රී ලංකාවේ තේ රැකගන්න දැඩි නීති රීති අවශ්‍යයි – ඇමැති සුසිල් ප්‍රේමජයන්ත

Sunday, December 31st, 2017

අරුණ බෝගහවත්ත උපුටා ගැන්ම දිවයින ශ්‍රී ලංකාවේ තේ කර්මාන්තය ආරක්‍ෂා කිරීම සඳහා දැඩි නීති රීති පැනවිය යුතු යෑයි විද්‍යා හා තාක්‍ෂණ ඇමැති සුසිල් ප්‍රේමජයන්ත මහතා පැවසීය.    පසුගියදා තේ අපනයනය කිරීමේදී එහි කෘමියකු සිටීම නිසා රුසියාව තේ මිලදී ගැනීම නතර කෙරුවේ ද නිසි ක්‍රමවේදයක්‌ තුළ එම අපනයන කටයුතු සිදු නොවූ නිසා බවද ඇමැතිවරයා කීවේය.    ලංකාවේ […]

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Russian Ambassador says: Chrysotile asbestos not harmful

Sunday, December 31st, 2017

Courtesy Ceylon Today Russian made Chrysotile asbestos is not harmful to humans, Ambassador of the Russian Federation to Sri Lanka and Maldives, Yury B. Materiy told Ceylon Today last afternoon….that it was in retaliation to Sri Lanka banning the import of Chrysotile asbestos from that country. Materiy pointed out that not only Russian scientists, but […]

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Sri Lanka’s Peril: Attempting to go beyond a Federal constitution as a solution to an unknown problem

Sunday, December 31st, 2017

Shenali D Waduge We seem to love to go round the mulberry bush and in circles. Why do we need a new constitution? Who is asking for a new constitution? What in the present constitution needs to change, why and who wants it changed and are all these changes aligned to what the common & […]

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Why do Tamils hate Sinhala ? Part II

Sunday, December 31st, 2017

By Charles.S.Perera The Sinhala even before the Independence had a very cordial relationship with the Tamils. Even in the small towns in the South, the barbers, the small boutique keepers selling cigars, and Saaivar Restaurants were run by Tamils, mostly Jaffna Tamils. These Jaffna Tamil traders were so well accepted by the Sinhala they were […]

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President asserts authority after warning Ranil

Sunday, December 31st, 2017

Courtesy The Island ECONOMYNEXT – President Maithripala Sirisena appointed newly sworn-in legislator Piyasena Gamage as state minister for law and order in a move that sought to reduce the authority of a very close ally of the prime minister. Sirisena, who is at loggerheads with Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe’s United National Party (UNP) gave the […]

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වාර්තාව ජනපතිට ඉතිරි වැඩ කඩුවට

Saturday, December 30th, 2017

 ශ්‍යාම් නුවන් ගනේවත්ත උපුටා ගැන්ම දිවයින   මැතිවරණ උණුසුමත් සමග බැඳුම්කර ජනාධිපති කොමිසමේ වාර්තාව ගැන ඉදිරි දිනවල පුළුල් ලෙස සමාජ කතිකාවකට බඳුන් වනු ඇතැයි සිතිය හැකිය. දැනටමත් සෑම දේශපාලන වැඩසටහනකදීම මෙය කතාබහට ලක්‌ වෙයි. මේ ගැන එක්‌සත් ජාතික පක්‍ෂයට එල්ල වන චෝදනාවලට පිළිතුරු දෙමින් එජාප නියෝජිතයන් කරන ඇතැම් ප්‍රකාශ අනුව නම් අපට හැගෙන්නේ ඔවුන් බැඳුම්කර කොමිසමේ වාර්තාව […]

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ජාත්‍යන්තරයට හමුදාව පාවා දුන් ලෝකයේ එකම රට ශ්‍රී ලංකාවයි

Saturday, December 30th, 2017

ප්‍රවීණ දේශපාලන විචාරක මොහාන් සමරනායක කෘමියකු සිටි බව පවසමින් ශ්‍රී ලංකාවේ තේ තහනම් කළ රුසියාව එම තහනම ඉවත් කළේ 2018 වසරේ සිට ශ්‍රී ලංකාව ඔවුන්ගේ ඇස්‌බැස්‌ටස්‌වලට පැනවීමට සූදානම් වූ තහනම ඉවත් කරන බවට ප්‍රතිඥා දුන් පසුවය. ජාත්‍යන්තරය දැන් අපේ මිතුරන් යෑයි මේ ආණ්‌ඩුව පැවසුවද ඇතැමුන් පවසන්නේ ඒ මිතුරු දම කුඩා කෘමියකුට වුවද බිඳහෙළිය හැකි දුර්වල […]

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MR dares SLFP Central Committee Sack me if you can

Saturday, December 30th, 2017

BY RAVI LADDUWAHETTY Courtesy Ceylon Today Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, in an exclusive interview with Ceylon Today last afternoon, dared the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) Central Committee to terminate his membership from the Party in which he has been a member for the last 50 years since 1968 and a Member of Parliament for the […]

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UN officials in Sri Lanka: “We see only LTTE terrorists”

Saturday, December 30th, 2017

Shenali D Waduge Manjari Dissanayake is the daughter of Former Sri Lanka Navy Spokesperson Commodore D.K.P Dassanayake. Thinking the UN to be righteous, unbiased, transparent she arrived to hand over a complaint on behalf of her father and others to the UN officials who came to investigate those arbitrarily detained. She was in for a […]

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What Stopped India and USA in May 2009 From Saving Tamil Terrorists

Saturday, December 30th, 2017

Dilrook Kannangara Over 20 Tamil terrorist groups were raised by Hindustan (India) in 1970s and 1980s to advance its interests. When Sri Lanka amassed its forces and was about to exterminate their terrorist leaders in Jaffna peninsular, Hindustan invaded the island saving their mostly Hindu terrorists. India planned to do same in May 2009 to […]

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Should Sri Lanka continue to use Asbestos ?

Saturday, December 30th, 2017

Buddhi Meegasdeniya  M.Sc . ( Moscow) –  Civil Engineer, Toronto, Canada. What is asbestos? Asbestos is a group of naturally occurring fibrous minerals. These are useful because of their excellent tensile strength, poor heat conduction and resistance to chemical attack. Asbestos materials have been used for insulation in buildings and in various products such as […]

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Fair prices for essentials?

Saturday, December 30th, 2017

Upali Cooray Former General Manager of SATHOSA Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe has said government has taken measures to introduce fair price shops in collaboration with private sector and Sathosa to ensure fair prices for essential commodities in the open market. This statement of the prime minister is something like dousing fires without preventing fires. Considering the fact that the oncoming crucialelections scheduled for […]

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Adios 2017

Saturday, December 30th, 2017

By Dr. Tilak S. Fernando Twelve months have faded away like the stars, and it feels like yesterday. Here again, we are on the eve of another new year with full of hopes. Everyone, in Sri Lanka, expected so many changes, year on year, particularly from the dawn of January 2015, with full of optimism […]

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Eastern Governor’s wife interferes in temple issue- Is it reconciliation ( Sanhindiyawa   සංහිඳියාව ) 

Saturday, December 30th, 2017

Dr Sarath Obeysekera   We all know that most of the wives of discarded politicians visit Kali Amma Kovil in Modera –Colombom15 . These wives visit the Kovil to curse on the opposition members begging divine help to bring the husbands to power .I wonder whether the VIP visited the Kovil to seek divine help […]

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The Human Brain and Human Mind

Friday, December 29th, 2017

Dr Ruwan M Jayatunge  The Human Brain The human brain is a very complex organ. The human brain is largely interconnected. Brain controls all   mental   and physical functions. The human brain is primarily composed of neurons, glial cells, neural stem cells, and blood vessels. An average human brain contains about 100 billion neurons.  There are […]

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Fertilizer shortage: Govt. should compensate farmers – Wimal

Friday, December 29th, 2017

Dr Sarath Obeysekera  The government should provide compensation to the farmers, who were affected due to the prevailing shortage of fertilizer, leader of National Freedom Front (NFF), Wimal Weerawansa said today I keep wondering why cabinet ministers .deputy ministers, State Ministers, provincial Ministers .Ministry Secretaries ,  Directors ,Area agricuktural officers did not notice the imminent  […]

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පලාත් පාලන මැතිවරණය හා ඡන්දදායකයාගේ භූමිකාව

Friday, December 29th, 2017

ආචාර්ය චන්දන ජයලත් ළඟ එන පලාත් පාලන මැතිවරණය හමුවේ ඡන්දදායකයින් තම ඡන්දය පාවිච්චි කිරීමේදී සලකා බැලිය යුතු සාධක නැතහොත් පාදක කොට ගත යුතු නිර්ණායක කවරේද යන්න පිළිබ`ද වූ කතිකාව ඉතා ප්‍රාථමික මට්ටමක පවතී. සුපුරුදු ලෙස ජාතික තලයේ ප්‍රධාන දේශපාලන චරිත තුන හතරක් වටා ගෙතුනු මාතෘකා ඔස්සේ පලාත් පාලන මැතිවරණය ද දියාරු වෙමින් පවතී. එකිනෙකාට මඩ […]

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Affidavit of former Senior Superintendent of Police Douglas Peiris in August 2010 revealing Mr. Ranil Wickramasighe’s involvement in The Affidavit Sworn Translation

Friday, December 29th, 2017

Affidavit of former Senior Superintendent of Police Douglas Peiris in August 2010 revealing Mr. Ranil Wickramasighe’s involvement in The Affidavit Sworn Translation https://www.scribd.com/document/274464279/Ranil-Batalanda-SSP-Douglas-Peiris I, Panawala Vidanelage Joseph Douglas Peiris, a permanent resident of Manning Town Flats, Nawala, now in remand custody on an Order made by the Magistrate of Gampaha, being a Roman Catholic, do […]

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Demons of Batalanda: Who was behind them?

Friday, December 29th, 2017

 By Dharman Wickremaratne  It was the time when terror enveloped the whole of Sri Lanka. The JVP’s second insurgency was raging. Many were the sacrifices made to appease the demons in human form. They were celebrating and enjoying life while murder squads under their direction were roaming the country looking for prey. Torture chambers were […]

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වෙබ් අඩවියකින් උපටාගත් Lorenzo නම් දමිළ කතෝලිකයෙකුගේ අපූරු කොමෙන්ටුවකි මේ..

Friday, December 29th, 2017

මේ ඔහු ලියා තිබු දෙයයි… “දමිල කතෝලිකයෙකු වශයෙන් ශ්‍රී ලංකාව යනු සිංහල බෞද්ධ රටක් බව මම විශ්වාස කරනවා. අපි පුංචි සෙල්ලමක් කරමු. දමිල හින්දු රටක් තිබේ නම් පෙන්වා දෙන්න.. —- තමිල්නාඩුව… හොදයි 2. ඇන්ග්ලිකන් ඉංග්‍රිසි රටක් තිබේ නම් පෙන්වා දෙන්න. — එංගලන්තය– හොදයි 3. හින්දි හින්දු රටක් තිබේ නම් පෙන්වා දෙන්න — ඉන්දියාව — හොදයි […]

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Striking the corrupt with a sword of the crooked

Friday, December 29th, 2017

By Lucien Rajakarunanayake Courtesy The Island Do you think this election pledge will turn out to be a political pledge for the future? What pledge are you talking about? What else,  but the President Sirisena’s pledge to use the sword against relatives, friends or party supporters,  to create a clean, unstained and people friendly political culture. […]

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Catch 22

Friday, December 29th, 2017

Editorial Courtesy The Island December 30, 2017, 1:27 am Blood is said to be thicker than water. That may be so, but there are some exceptions. Blood doesn’t seem so thick where Sri Lankan politics is concerned. We have had some political families whose feuds even led to legal wrangles. This should come as no surprise […]

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Growing outcry against engineering of crossovers with incentives

Friday, December 29th, 2017

by Shamindra Ferdinando Courtesy The Island December 30, 2017, 1:41 am There is an increasing chorus against the engineering of defections in the run up to the local government polls as it is to the disadvantage of those unable to provide incentives for such crossovers. UNP Colombo District MP Mujibur Rahman yesterday said that ongoing wave […]

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