Archive for October 2nd, 2020

20th AMENDMENT – IS IT A STORM IN A TEA CUP?

Friday, October 2nd, 2020

Janaki Chandraratna I like to thank Mr. C. A. Chandraperuma for his article ‘Closure Scrutiny of Criticisms Against 20A’, Sunday Island, 20th Sept. 2020, for clarifying some of the controversies relating to 20th Amendment. In fact much of the unwanted speculation and criticisms could have been avoided if the Govt., had informed at least the […]

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Sri Lanka: Did you know MCC $480m covers only 7 districts, 28% of land area & 10 land registries

Friday, October 2nd, 2020

There is much hype about a corporate development entity under the US Government known as MCC offering Sri Lanka a ‘GIFT’ of $480m. We are supposed to be on our knees in gratitude. While the land project allocation is just $67m, Sri Lanka has to not only agree to a set of preconditions that include […]

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An Important Chapter in SL’s History

Friday, October 2nd, 2020

A note from the history Sixty-one years ago on September 25, 1959 Solomon West Ridgeway Dias Bandaranaike (SWRDB) the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka known as Ceylon then was shot and seriously wounded by a Buddhist monk. Prime Minister SWRD Bandaranaike succumbed to his injuries and passed away the following day. Therefore September 26, 1959 […]

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Narendra Modi spikes the good neighbor drink

Friday, October 2nd, 2020

MALINDA SENEVIRATN​E Which country would not be happy if another country said ‘we have a you-first security policy?’ The cynical have the option of retorting ‘most countries would be terrified if, for example, the USA said something like that.’ The world is not flat. Not all countries are equal in terms of financial might and […]

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පෝලන්ත ජාතික බ්‍රිතාන්‍ය නවකතාකරු – ජෝශප් කොන්රාඩ්

Friday, October 2nd, 2020

වෛද්‍ය රුවන් එම් ජයතුංග  ජෝශප් කොන්රාඩ් පෝලන්ත ජාතික බ්‍රිතාන්‍ය නවකතාකරුවෙකි.  කොන්රාඩ්ගේ කෘති රොමැන්ටික  සංකේතවාදය සහ යථාර්ථවාදී හා නූතනවාදී අදහස් මත පදනම් වේ.  ඔහුගේ සාහිත්‍ය කෘති චාල්ස් ඩිකන්ස් වැනි ලේඛකයන්ගේ යථාර්ථවාදී සාහිත්‍ය සම්ප්‍රදාය හා නැගී එන නූතනවාදී පාසල් අතර පරතරය පියවයි.   බොහෝ විචාරකයින් ඔහුව නූතනවාදයේ පුරෝගාමියෙකු ලෙස හඳුන්වති. දොස්තයෙව්ස්කි මෙන් කොන්රාඩ් මිනිසාගේ සැඟවුණු ආත්මය ගැන උනන්දු විය.  ඔහුගේ […]

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දරුවන්ට නිදහසේ සතුටින් ඉගෙන ගත හැකි අධ්‍යාපන ප්‍රතිසංස්කරණයක් වහාම මේ රටට අවශ්‍යයි – ගරු අග්‍රාමාත්‍ය මහින්ද රාජපක්ෂ මැතිතුමා

Friday, October 2nd, 2020

අග්‍රාමාත්‍ය මාධ්‍ය අංශය දරුවන්ට නිදහසේ සතුටින් ඉගෙන ගත හැකි අධ්‍යාපන ප්‍රතිසංස්කරණයක් වහාම මේ රටට අවශ්‍ය බව ගරු අග්‍රාමාත්‍ය මහින්ද රාජපක්ෂ මැතිතුමා අද 2020.10.02 දින අපේ ගම පරිශ්‍රයේ පැවති ලෝක ළමා දින ජාතික සැමරුම් උත්සවයට එක්වෙමින් පැවසීය. අධ්‍යාපන ප්‍රතිසංස්කරණය ආණ්ඩුක්‍රම ප්‍රතිසංස්කරණයට වඩා මේ රටේ අනාගතයට බලපාන බව පැවසූ අග්‍රාමාත්‍යතුමා අපි අධ්‍යාපනයට ජාතික ආදායමෙන් කොයිතරම් කොටසක් වෙන් […]

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මොරිසන් ඹෟෂධ නිෂ්පාදන හා පර්යේෂණ මධ්‍යස්ථානය අග්‍රාමාත්‍යතුමා අතින් විවෘත වෙයි

Friday, October 2nd, 2020

අග්‍රාමාත්‍ය මාධ්‍ය අංශය හෝමාගම, පිටිපන ස්ලින්ටෙක් (SLINTEC) කලාපයේ ස්ථාපිත කළ මොරිසන් ඹෟෂධ නිෂ්පාදන හා පර්යේෂණ මධ්‍යස්ථානය විවෘත කිරීමේ අවස්ථාවට ගරු අග්‍රාමාත්‍ය මහින්ද රාජපක්ෂ මැතිතුමා අද 2020.10.02 දින එක්විය. වසර තුනකට පෙර ඉදි කිරීම් ආරම්භ කළ මෙම ආයතනයේ වැඩ අවසන් කිරීම සඳහා වැය කළ මුදල අමෙරිකන් ඩොලර් මිලියන 13.8 කි. ශ්‍රී ලංකාවට වාර්ෂිකව ඹෟෂධ පෙති බිලියන […]

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අග්‍රාමාත්‍යතුමා අභයාරාම විහාරාධිපති නාහිමියන්ගේ සුවදුක් විමසයි

Friday, October 2nd, 2020

අග්‍රාමාත්‍ය මාධ්‍ය අංශය නාරාහේන්පිට ශ්‍රී අභයාරාම පුරාණ විහාරස්ථානයේ විහාරාධිපති බස්නාහිර පළාත් ප්‍රධාන සංඝනායක, අති පූජ්‍ය මුරුත්තෙට්ටුවේ ආනන්ද නාහිමි බැහැ දැකීමට ඊයේ 2020.10.01 දින විහාරස්ථානයට ගිය  ගරු අග්‍රාමාත්‍ය මහින්ද රාජපක්ෂ මැතිතුමා උන්වහන්සේගේ සුව දුක් විමසා බැලුවේය. රටේ ආර්ථික, සමාජීය හා දේශපාලන ක්‍රියාදාමයන්ට අදාළ ධර්මානුකූල පිළිවෙත් ගැන පූජ්‍ය මුරුත්තෙට්ටුවේ ආනන්ද නාහිමි මෙහිදී අග්‍රාමාත්‍යතුමාට අනුශාසනා කළහ. විහාරස්ථානයට පැමිණි […]

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Herd of wild Sri Lankan elephants have begun eating plastic rubbish dumped near habitat

Friday, October 2nd, 2020

Verity Bowman Courtesy The Telegraph Dozens of elephants have begun foraging for food at a dump nestled in a Sri Lankan jungle after it encroached on their habitat. Photographs captured in the eastern Ampara district show the wild herd, which numbers almost 40, searching through mounds of plastic bags, which have since been discovered undigested in […]

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Airline Startup Of The Week: Sri Lanka’s Spark Air

Friday, October 2nd, 2020

Courtesy NewsIn.Asia The new upcoming airline was conceived by four former senior captains with SriLankan Airlines and other international airlines, citing a conducive environment to expand aviation in Sri Lanka. September 30 (Simple Flying) – Sri Lanka will be getting a new airline as of February 2021. The new startup, Spark Air, first plans to launch with […]

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Chinese and Sri Lankan governments set to discuss Colombo Port City project

Friday, October 2nd, 2020

Courtesy Ship Technology The Chinese and Sri Lankan governments are set to discuss the progress of Colombo Port City project, which is a planned offshore city in Sri Lanka. The Chinese and Sri Lankan governments are set to discuss the progress of Colombo Port City project, which is a planned offshore city in Sri Lanka. […]

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New UK Student Visa routes for Sri Lankans

Friday, October 2nd, 2020

Courtesy The Daily Mirror The UK’s new Student route and Child Student route will open on October 5, 2020 to the best and brightest international students from across the globe including from Sri Lanka, the British High Commission said today. British High Commissioner to Sri Lanka, Sarah Hulton, said, This is a great opportunity for students […]

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Sri Lanka’s largest pharmaceutical manufacturing and research facility declared open

Friday, October 2nd, 2020

Courtesy Adaderana Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa today declared open Sri Lanka’s largest pharmaceutical manufacturing and research facility at Pitipana, Homagama. Morison PLC, the largest oral solid dosage pharmaceutical manufacturer in Sri Lanka and a subsidiary of Hemas Holdings PLC, has invested a total of USD 18.5 million for the new Research and Manufacturing facility. Several […]

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MRCC permits ‘MT New Diamond’ to leave Sri Lankan waters

Friday, October 2nd, 2020

Courtesy Adaderana The Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre (MRCC) in Colombo has granted permission to the owners of the fire-stricken crude oil tanker ‘MT New Diamond’ to tow the vessel away from Sri Lankan maritime border. Permission has been given subject to the payment of compensation and cost incurred by the Government agencies. The Spokesperson of […]

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COVID-19 caseload hits 3,388 with new infections

Friday, October 2nd, 2020

Courtesy Adaderana Six more persons tested positive for COVID-19 this evening (02), taking the total number of confirmed cases to 3,388. The Department of Government Information said the latest positive cases include 03 arrivals from Oman, Kuwait and the United States. In the meantime, the COVID-19 recoveries tally reached 3,245 earlier today as 12 more […]

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CBSL successfully settles USD 1 billion maturing international sovereign bond

Friday, October 2nd, 2020

Courtesy Adaderana The Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL) today (02) successfully completed the settlement of the maturing International Sovereign Bond of USD 1 billion along with the due coupon payments, on behalf of the Government of Sri Lanka. In a statement, the CBSL said this settlement reconfirms the Government’s unwavering commitment to honour its […]

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There is collective responsibility over Easter attacks, Hemasiri tells PCoI

Friday, October 2nd, 2020

Courtesy Adaderana Former Defence Secretary Hemasiri Fernando told the Presidential Commission of Inquiry probing the Easter Sunday terror attacks that the value of national security was put on the back burner behind politics by the leaders of the country at the time. He alleged that the usual national security chain of command was left in […]

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Why is Modi pushing Rajapaksa on the Tamils?

Friday, October 2nd, 2020

By Ambassador M K BHADRAKUMAR Courtesy Rediff.com Mahinda Rajapaksa is a democratically elected leader who received a massive mandate of 71% of votes, and he owes nothing to Delhi or Washington for staging his political comeback, observes Ambassador M K Bhadrakumar. IMAGE: Prime Minister Narendra Damodardas Modi holds a discussion with his Sri Lankan counterpart Mahinda […]

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Ethnic Problem and Constitution Reforms

Friday, October 2nd, 2020

N.A. de S. Amaratunga A new constitution is being planned and a committee comprised of leading intellectuals has been appointed to draft it. One of the difficult issues the committee would have to grapple with would be the ethnic issue. Several aspects of the ethnic issue may have to be taken into consideration when tackling […]

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Modi Can Better Defend India by Shedding Tamil Interests and Engaging with Sri Lanka at the National Interest Level

Friday, October 2nd, 2020

Dilrook Kannangara Unfortunately for India, PM Modi follows the outdated approach of using Tamil problems as a negotiation tool with Sri Lanka. It never worked and does not work today. Tamil interests are neither in Sri Lanka’s nor India’s favour. Rajiv Gandhi did manage to gain some temporary leverage in 1985 and 1987 at a […]

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A Constitution for the country or a few individuals?

Friday, October 2nd, 2020

By Raj Gonsalkorale Sri Lanka’s debt to GDP ratio is expected to be more than 90% this year, and Moody’s have downgraded Sri Lanka’s sovereign credit rating by two notches, saying the South Asian nation would be hard-pressed to secure funding to service its huge foreign debt. Sri Lanka was pushed down from “B2” (high […]

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Multi – culturalism breeds conflict, sometimes leading to terrorism

Friday, October 2nd, 2020

Senaka Weeraratna The fundamental duty of all people living in Sri Lanka is to live in harmony with each other and particularly in harmony with the pre- dominant religious culture and beliefs and not hurt the moral sensitivities of the majority, which has made the biggest contribution throughout history to the building of the country […]

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