Archive for October, 2020

Sri Lanka’s “NEUTRAL” Foreign Policy & conflict with Indo-US Pacific Strategy & ACSA

Saturday, October 31st, 2020

  Sri Lanka to remain neutral in our foreign relations and  stay out of any conflicts amongst the world powers.” We request all foreign nations to respect the sovereignty and the unity of our nation” In using the term neutrality, none of the QUAD states or any other partnering the Indo-US Pacific strategy with intent […]

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56th Anniversary: Srima-Shashtri Pact 30 October 1964

Saturday, October 31st, 2020

30 October 1964 marks a landmark agreement by Prime Minister of then Ceylon, Sirimavo Bandaranaike & Indian Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri. It was formerly known as the Sirima-Shashtri Pact and was signed to solve the issue of citizenship of Indian workers living in then Ceylon. Sirima Shastri Pact Is a bilateral agreement deciding the […]

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Presidential Election 2020 – Voting decision for Sri Lankan Americans in the USA.

Saturday, October 31st, 2020

Anjalika Silva With a Sri Lankan American population in the United States now lingering between the third and fourth generation, the time has come to face one of the most decisive elections experienced by native and naturalized citizens with voting rights in the USA.  The choices are easy and plain to those who follow the […]

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THE POHOTTUWA GOVERNMENT OF SRI LANKA Part 2 B2

Saturday, October 31st, 2020

KAMALIKA PIERIS China kept mum during the time of the general election of 2020. But soon after, China moved quickly to re-affirm friendly relations. The first high-powered Chinese business delegation to Sri Lanka to arrive was a  15-member business delegation  from Mianyang,   to sign agreements with Sri Lanka’s Confederation of Micro, Small and Medium Industries […]

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The undeliverable ‘Tamil aspirations’

Saturday, October 31st, 2020

By Shivanthi Ranasinghe Courtesy Daily FT PM Modi was wrong to reiterate his call for the 13th Amendment’s implementation – especially when President Gotabaya Rajapaksa had already articulated his position on the matter. In the past, this has been a bait for the Tamils in the north and east to turn antagonistic to their own […]

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THE POHOTTUWA GOVERNMENT OF SRI LANKA Part 2 B1

Saturday, October 31st, 2020

KAMALIKA PIERIS After a long march, a great leap, a cultural revolution and ‘Tiananmen Square’, China is today emerging as the most powerful country in the world. China is the world’s first Communist state with a capitalist economy. China has managed to stay Communist while engaging in free market enterprise. This is considered unique and […]

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කොව්ඩ්-19 වසංගතය හමුවේ රටට සෙත් පතා සියලුම විහාරස්ථානවල රතන සූත්‍රය සඡ්ඡායනා කරන්නැයි අග්‍රාමාත්‍යතුමා මහා සංඝරත්නයෙන් ඉල්ලා සිටියි

Saturday, October 31st, 2020

අග්‍රාමාත්‍ය මාධ්‍ය අංශය කොවිඩ්-19 වසංගත තත්ත්වය හමුවේ රටට හා රටවැසියාට සෙත්පතා දිවයිනේ සෑම විහාරස්ථානයකම රතන සූත්‍රය සඡ්ඡායනා කරන ලෙස ගරු අග්‍රාමාත්‍ය මහින්ද රාජපක්ෂ මැතිතුමන් මහා සංඝරත්නයෙන් ගෞරවයෙන් ඉල්ලා සිටියි. කොවිඩ් – 19 වසංගතය හේතුවෙන් මේ වන විට ශ්‍රී ලංකාව පමණක් නොව මුළු මහත් ලෝකයම දැඩි අර්බුදකාරී අවස්ථාවකට මුහුණ දී තිබේ. එවන් පසුබිමක් තුළ කොරෝනා වෛරසයෙන් […]

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Statement by Head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in light of Recent Developments in France

Saturday, October 31st, 2020

By A. Abdul Aziz, Press Secretary. In France, the recent attack in Nice and following on from the murder of Samuel Paty on 16 October, the World Head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, His Holiness, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad has condemned all forms of terrorism and extremism and called for mutual understanding and dialogue between all peoples and […]

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England PM announces four-week lockdown

Saturday, October 31st, 2020

Courtesy BBC Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced a second national lockdown for England to prevent a “medical and moral disaster” for the NHS. He said Christmas may be “very different” but he hoped taking action now would mean families can gather. Non-essential shops and hospitality will have to close for four weeks on Thursday, […]

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Interesting facts about Sri Lankan names

Saturday, October 31st, 2020

By Asiff Hussein/Roar.lk Courtesy NewsIn.Asia Names reflect beliefs and attitudes and give an insight into the manifold influences a people have been subjected to in the past, says Asiff Hussein, in his article in Roar.lk. Little do we realise that names are the foundation of all knowledge. Naming people and things makes it easier for […]

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239 coronavirus cases identified today, reduced from 633 reported yesterday

Saturday, October 31st, 2020

Courtesy Adaderana More COVID-19 positive cases have been identified raising the total number of cases reported from the Minuwangoda and Peliyagoda clusters to 7,185. As per Army Commander Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva, 102 more cases have been detected. Reportedly, 21 among the latest cases are identified from the quarantine centers. The remaining 81 are close […]

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State Minister Cabraal dispels undue fears on Sri Lanka’s debt service capacity

Saturday, October 31st, 2020

Courtesy Adaderana Following is a statement issued by the State Minister of Money & Capital Markets and State Enterprise Reforms Ajith Nivard Cabraal on 30th October 2020 With the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, all countries including Sri Lanka, observed a contraction in economic activity, reduction in foreign exchange earnings, decrease in revenue collection, and increase […]

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454 persons who left Western Province before curfew traced

Saturday, October 31st, 2020

Courtesy Adaderana The police have traced 454 individuals in total who had left the Western Province on the 29th of October, before quarantine curfew came into effect. They have been placed under self-isolation at the establishments they are currently staying at, the Police Spokesperson DIG Ajith Rohana said. Addressing a special media briefing held this […]

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Homagama: Special needs child commits suicide after his mother was taken to hospital due to coronavirus (Video)

Saturday, October 31st, 2020

Courtesy  Hiru News The unfortunate news of a young special needs boy committing suicide after his mother was admitted to the hospital by public health inspectors due to symptoms related to the coronavirus was reported from the Dolahena, Homagama. The infected woman had bought fish from a fish market in Maharagama and was admitted to […]

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Report on the new corona virus strains to the Minister of Health (Video)

Saturday, October 31st, 2020

Courtesy Hiru News Health Minster Pavithra Wanniarachchi, states that her Ministry has received the research report on the new coronavirus strain. A special statement was made at the Ministry of Health today (31) regarding the relevant research report. The Minister of Health stated that the research conducted by the team led by Professor Neelika Malavige, […]

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THE VISIT OF MIKE POMPEO, THE SECRETARY OF STATE AND MISCONCEPTIONS ON INVESTMENT IN SRI LANKA

Saturday, October 31st, 2020

BY EDWARD THEOPHILUS When it talks about investment nobody can ignore the views of Schumpeter, who is regarded as a classical economist that investment is built upon on the level of returns that an investor gains and expected, which is based on the cost of investment plus the risk that could be tolerated by an […]

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හාමුදුරුවරු දෙනමක් හා ජනාධිපතිලා දෙන්නෙක්

Saturday, October 31st, 2020

චන්ද්‍රසිරි විජයවික්‍රම, LL.B., Ph.D. රාජ්‍ය සේවා එක්සත් හෙද සංගමයේ සභාපති මුරුත්තෙට්ටුවේ ආනන්‌ද හාමුදුරුවන් සමඟ ඔක්තෝබර් 30 දින, ට්‍ර‌ැත් විත් චමුදිත විසින් කල සාකච්චාව බැලූ පසු මෙම ලිපිය ලිවීමට සිතුනි. ඊට හේතුව ඒ නිසා මට මා විසින් මාදුළුවාවේ සෝභිත හිමියන්ට යැවූ <අවවාදාත්‌මක> සංදේශයක් මතක් වීම නිසාය. මගේ බිරිඳගේ සහෝදරයා සෝභිත හිමියන්ගේ කිට්ටුම හිතවතෙකු විය. මේ නිසා […]

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Mahinda Sri Lanka’s Saviour from the Indo-Pacific trap.

Saturday, October 31st, 2020

Sri Lanka Study Circle”  ‘We are not now that strength which in old days Moved earth and heaven, that which we are, we are; One equal temper of heroic hearts, Made weak by time and fate, but strong in will To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield And Mahinda we call to lead the field’ -With apologies to […]

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The Sanctity of Life

Friday, October 30th, 2020

Senaka Weeraratna The underlying basic premise of the Animal Rights movement is the regard for the sanctity of life. Sanctity of life of all living beings. This is highly regarded in Buddhism. Buddhism and Jainism (both Dharmic religions) see kinship with animals in the Sansaric journey.  One American Buddhist writer ( Norman Phelps) in his […]

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PM was never scheduled to meet Pompeo; PM office

Friday, October 30th, 2020

Courtesy The Daily Mirror Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa was never scheduled to meet US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo during the latter’s visit to Sri Lanka, officials said on Friday. There has been much speculation about PM @PresRajapaksa not meeting @SecPompeo.To set the record straight: #SriLanka PM was never scheduled to meet Mr. Pompeo. Given […]

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Multiple scenarios emerge in hunt for patient zero

Friday, October 30th, 2020

Courtesy The Daily Mirror Multiple scenarios have emerged in the hunt for patient zero linked to the Minuwangoda and Peliyagoda coronavirus clusters. Head of the National Operations Centre for the Prevention of COVID-19 (NOCPC), Chief of Defence Staff and Commander of the Army Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva said that 80 percent of the investigations to […]

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Legal action against wedding in Colombo for violating quarantine regulations

Friday, October 30th, 2020

Courtesy Adaderana Sri Lanka Police today (30) received information regarding a wedding ceremony organized at a star-hotel in Kollupitiya police division, Police Spokesperson DIG Ajith Rohana says. The police officers who visited the reception hall have observed that the ceremony was taking place in violation of quarantine regulations. Nearly 35 guests had attended the wedding […]

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Police operation to trace those who left Western Province before curfew

Friday, October 30th, 2020

Courtesy Adaderana Sri Lanka Police have mounted a special operation to trace those who had stepped out of the Western Province yesterday disregarding the request made by the authorities. Legal action will be taken against such persons under the Quarantine and Prevention of Diseases Ordinance, Police Spokesperson DIG Ajith Rohana warned. He added that reports […]

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A Boquet to President Gotabhaya and his team

Thursday, October 29th, 2020

By Garvin Karunaratne, former G.A. Matara It was a great sight to see Paper roll out of Valachenai once again. Thanks to our President and his team, including Minister Weerawamsa, officials of he Paper Mill and the Armed Forces that contributed  to Mother Lanka to bring back Valachenai to life. Two years ago I had […]

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Speaker signs 20th Amendment to the Constitution

Thursday, October 29th, 2020

Courtesy Adaderana Speaker of Parliament Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena has assented the draft bill of the 20th Amendment to the Constitution today (29). Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardane has put his signature validating the 20th Amendment to the Constitution which was passed in Parliament with 2/3 majority on October 22nd, the Parliament’s Department of Communication said.  The […]

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President emphasizes need for random PCR tests across country

Thursday, October 29th, 2020

Courtesy Adaderana The Western Province Health Services Office has introduced a new application designed for the benefit of those who are in the medical sector and combatting COVID–19, the President’s Media Division said. The new app will be instrumental in providing a wealth of vital data, including information on COVID infected, their close associates, quarantine, […]

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AG instructs to transfer Brandix probe from CCD to another team

Thursday, October 29th, 2020

Courtesy Adaderana Attorney General Dappula de Livera has given instructions to transfer the probes into the Brandix apparel factory from the Colombo Crimes Division (CCD) and to a special investigating team from other units. Acting Inspector General of Police (IGP) C.D. Wickramaratne was directed to take the relevant measures in this regard. The coordinating officer […]

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Police on lookout for persons crossing Western Province boundaries

Thursday, October 29th, 2020

Courtesy Adaderana There are reports that some who had organized excursions and pilgrimages were planning to leave the Western Province before the curfew is imposed tonight (29), stated Police Media Spokesperson DIG Ajith Rohana. Speaking to media, he said that only a limited number of individuals will be allowed to enter or exit the boundaries […]

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Why don’t the Quad (US-India-Japan & Australia) just break trade ties with China?

Thursday, October 29th, 2020

We have a team of 4 led by US who are going around Asia trying to build alliances against China and signing defense pacts with each other, conducting naval exercises and even chiding China for being undemocratic, calling China a predator and a violator of human rights & the list of insults goes on. If […]

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Wither India’s Sovereignty: signed, sealed & owned by US?

Thursday, October 29th, 2020

How much is China more of a threat to India than US, will be a question India must continue to ask, as it rushes to sign agreements with US. Whether India will become ornamental allies like Montenegro & North Macedonia is yet to be seen. Who would have thought that India leaning Soviet Union and […]

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