Journeying to help the needy

November 24th, 2017

By Dr. Tilak S Fernando Courtesy Ceylon Today

We arrived at the Angunna Badulla Junior School in Matara, where 139 students from poor village families get an education. The school Principal M.A Jayasiri, introduced us to three deserving students in need of medical attention.

Among the three was a six-year-old boy, Dilshan, whom we were especially interested in, after seeing him on a TV programme and the way he did his homework, on the floor under a kerosene lamp. Then there was seven year old Deduni and nine-year-old Sajini, who has suffered a sudden stroke and has been confined to a wheel chair.

The school Principal has taken upon himself to ensure that these poor youngsters get their school uniforms supplied to them, with the kind generosity of his staff members and with voluntary philanthropic assistance to the “Angunna Badulla Junior School Development Fund” He has already arranged a full supply of books for all of the 139 children, covering the academic year 2018.

Deduni lives with her parents in a house built on crown land in Wellatota, Paalatuwa. Her parents find it difficult to pay for her medical expenses out of her father’s income as a labourer. Up to May 2016, she had been attending school as a normal healthy girl, but after a sudden illness, she had been rushed to the Karapitiya Hospital for treatment. After the initial treatment in Galle, she had been taken to Lady Ridgeway Children’s Hospital in Colombo, with the financial assistance from school Principal and his staff and, including the small kind donations from Deduni’s schoolmates. Deduni was treated at the Lady Ridgeway Children’s Hospital for five continuous months during which period her mother had to be with her 24/7, attending to her personal care, while the medical care was provided by the hospital staff.

Deduni’s medical history shows that she was seen by Neurosurgeon Professor Geethangi Wanigasinghe at the Lady Ridgeway Hospital and on 8 November 2016, Dr. Mrs. S.H. Monika de Silva, Consultant Rheumatologist, at the Lady Ridgeway Hospital, has confirmed Deduni as ‘a child with development regression, seizures disorder and visual impairment, following an acute episode of encephalitis’. She was due to visit the hospital again for “follow up procedures on Rehabilitation in the DDR clinic”, however, it was not clear whether her parents managed to take the child as requested, due to high transport costs, from her village in Matara to the Lady Ridgeway Children’s Hospital in Colombo.At the time of the writer’s visit to the village school, a letter of appeal, dated 10 October 2016, by Deduni’s father, was on display for the benefit of all enthusiastic volunteer donors. It specifically mentioned how the Principal of Angunna Badulla Junior School and how staff members and a few of Deduni’s school mates had assisted the family during the initial treatment; also highlighted the parents inability to cope financially with their daughter’s medical expenses and welfare, due to their poor income. Deduni’s eyesight was getting affected gradually, and the need for her to attend the eye hospital in Colombo for treatment appeared to be vital. The letter was validated with signatures of Sarathchandra Witharana, Divineguma Development Officer (312 Wellatota), Grama Niladhari (349B Division, Meegoda), Matara, and Principal M.A. Jayasiri.

The poor family lives in a house built on State land in Wellatota, up on an elevation with winding pathways full of pot holes and ‘hairpin’ bends. In an emergency, a vehicle or ambulance has no easy access to the house.The vehicle has to be parked a few metres below the house, and she has to be carried to the vehicle, along the craggy path, with her wheel chair, that is not at all easy even for the fittest.

Sajini

Nine-year-old Sajini was the third student deserving assistance.She had been born with birth deformities of an imperfect mouth, hip, leg, and an eye. She lives with her single mother. According to the Principal, her mother, being illiterate and immature, is incompetent on how to seek medical assistance! The catch twenty-two question is, whether society will turn a blind eye to her pathetic condition and allow her to grow up in that manner, and even if she were to come out with flying colours at the end of her education, will she be exposed to social stigma and be discriminated? There are so many charitable and benevolent Sri Lankans and also expatriate associations who specifically concentrate on medical work to qualify for tax entitlements for any type of donations. Australia-Sri Lanka Medical Aid Team (AuSLMAT) and Sri Lanka Medical Association North America SLMANA are two such groups, who are involved in helping the deserving and the ignored in Sri Lanka.

AuSLMAT has been helping Sri Lankans ever since the tsunami disaster. Usually a team of doctors arrives in Sri Lanka annually, and visits various district hospitals holding medical camps et al. They are due to arrive again, in July 2018. In response to the writer’s Saturday Column (18 November) highlighting a family ‘living in latrine conditions’, a member of the SLMANA is expected to arrive in Sri Lanka shortly, and a tour of Matara District has been arranged, especially to visit this family in distress and need.
A big ‘thank you’, is therefore, due to the SLMANA for already finding ‘4 donors from LA, who are willing to help build a house for the family, living in a makeshift home in a latrine’. The writer will accompany the visiting SLMANA representative, on 1 December to facilitate the expatriate to see for himself, firsthand, the atrocious living conditions of this destitute family.

tilakfernando@gmail.com

Conflict of Perpetual Interest

November 24th, 2017

By Lucien Rajakarunanayake Courtesy The Island

Ranil Wickremesinghe did get a good score by being the first Prime Minister to present himself before a commission of inquiry, with a huge retinue of ministers of all ranks, and other UNP politicians; the cheerleaders who had no place to cheer. He also had the deference of the Attorney General himself present to lead his evidence, with considerable calm and regard, unlike when others were questioned, deservedly.

But, the Prime Minister, in fact, had little cause for joy. The issue of conflict of interest, which has been at the very core of the Treasury Bond scandal, was staring him right in the face, which he had admitted in his affidavits, too. There was little he could say, other than an unverified claim that there had been a general consensus within the Government that Arjuna Mahendran should be appointed to the post of Governor of the Central Bank.

How was the consensus built? Did it have the support of President Sirisena, the leader of the Government, and all Cabinet Ministers? The Attorney General saw no need to pursue this line, respectful as he was.

Even if there had been such a consensus, at the initial stage, why did he have to keep insisting on Arjuna Mahendran remaining the Central Bank Governor, even after the second major bond scam in 2016? What of the clear confrontation with the President over the need to replace him, and the President had to prevail, by appointing Dr. Coomaraswamy?

The Prime Minister admitted to the reality of a conflict of interest, with Arjun Aloysius, son-in-law of the Governor Mahendran, being so closely involved with the Treasury bond dealer, Perpetual Treasuries. Let’s give due credit to the PM for informing Governor Mahendran of this conflict of interest. But, what was the cause for the absence of any action when it was clear the Central Bank father-in-law had reneged on any assurance to sever links with the Perpetual son-in-law, involving Treasury bonds? This is a conflict of interest of major proportions that remains.

What was and is the need to have such a person who did not live up to his “assurance” to deal with the “in-law” conflict of interest, within the administrative structure of the government, and within the Prime Minister’s domain?

The media buzz today is all about the UNP members of COPE who had telephonic contact/dealings with Perpetual Aloysius, while the COPE inquiry was on. We do remember all the concerns they raised by wanting to place footnotes to the COPE report, giving the impression that COPE was going on a course that was in conflict with the UNP thinking on related matters. COPE Chairman, Sunil Handunnetti, even told of the necessity to resign. All that was also a major example of conflict of interest, which did not seem to bother Prime Minister Wickremesinghe.

Is there much doubt that those planned footnotes were an attempt to show that the father-in-law Arjuna was not responsible for any wrong or suspicious and wholly incorrect acts of the son-in-law Perpetual?

The phone links that UNP COPE members had with Perpetual do not seem much different to the contacts that Prime Minister, too, had with this stuff of the conflict of interest. These were not on the phone, but at parties – where the PM was told by Aloysius that his interests were moving towards Mendis Distilleries. There does not seem to be a need to say ‘cheers” – because the conflict of interest remained!

The Prime Minister had his hour of political glory that his party is making a big boast of, including posters covering the walls all over about a fearless PM; but such glory has limitations when the causes of the conflict – of interest and of corruption, still remain. What is the need to have the Central Bank of Sri Lanka under the Prime Minister, when all these years it was under the Ministry of Finance.? It could be that there were concerns about the former Very Forgetful Minister of Finance … Has the situation not changed?

Moving on to another conflict of interest, what action has been taken about Ravi Karunanayake, as Minister of Finance, asking State Bank chairmen to bid low at the Treasury Bond auctions.

If the UNP is so committed to fighting corruption, as we are often told, why is Ravi Karunanayake so crookedly forgetful, still in the leading ranks of the party?

The conflict of interest on in-law connections that have clearly broken the norms and laws of decency will continue to taint the UNP and its leadership. What is even worse is the uncleared Conflict of Corruption that prevails. The Conflict of Perpetual Interest!

LG polls gazette: AG to file motion for early hearing of petition

November 24th, 2017

by Saman Indrajith Courtesy The Island

Attorney General Jayantha Jayasuriya has agreed to submit a motion calling for the early hearing of the petition filed before the Court of Appeal against the gazette related to local government polls.

The AG’s agreement was announced at the special party leaders’ meeting yesterday evening at the Parliament complex.  He would call for the hearing of the case on Nov 30, party sources said.

The AG told the party leaders that he would submit his motion on Monday (27).

The party leaders’ meeting was held with Speaker Karu Jayasuriya presiding at his office. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, came directly from the airport after returning from India, to attend the meeting. Chairman of the Elections Commission Mahinda Deshapriya also attended the meeting.

The party leaders submitted various proposals, according to sources.

There were two main proposals––one for expediting the judicial process and the other for submitting to Parliament a substantive motion to pass a law to rectify the delay caused by the error in the gazette.

The Chairman of the Elections Commission stated that elections should be held to 133 local government bodies which had not been affected by the gazette. He said would discuss the matter at the next meeting of the Elections Commission, according to sources.

මෛත්‍රී බුදුහාමුදුරුවො හැටියට ඊළඟට ‍ලෝකෙට පහළ වෙන්න ඉන්නෙ බැංකු කළමණාකරුවෙක්ද?

November 24th, 2017

තිලක් සේනාසිංහ උපුටා ගැන්ම ලක්බිම

ඔහු මධ්‍යම පළාතේ වාණිජ බැංකුවක කළමණාකරුවෙකි.  ඔහුගේ වයස අවුරුදු 45 ක් පමණ වේ. ක්‍රිස්තියානි පියෙකුට දාව බෞද්ධ මවකගේ කුසින් උපන් ඔහු අධ්‍යාපනය ලබා ඇත්තේ කන්ද උඩරට සුප්‍රකට කිතුණු පාසලකය. මව අනුව යමින් බෞද්ධ වත් පිළිවෙත් කෙරෙහි මහත් ඇල්මක් දැක්වූ ඔහු ඉන් පසුව බුදු දහම පිළිබඳ පොත පත කියවීමට ද යොමු වී ඇත. මේ වන විට විවාහක දෙදරු පියෙකු වන ඔහු ඉතා යහපත් සමාජ ආර්ථික පසුබිමකින් යුත් අයෙකි. ඔහුගේ බිරිඳද රජයේ උසස් තනතුරක් හොබවන්නියකි. සාමාන්‍ය ජීවිතයේ දී ඉතා ප්‍රසන්න ඇවතුම් පැවතුම් සහිත ඔහු තම බැංකුවට ගණුදෙනු කරුවන් ළංකර ගැනීමට රුසියෙකි.

එසේ තමන් හමුවට එන ධනවත් ව්‍යාපාරිකයන්ට ජීවිතය, සමාජය, ලෝකය ගැන විවිධ පාඩම් කියා දෙන මෙම බැංකු කළමණාකරු ඉන්පසුව ජීවිතයේ අනිත්‍ය බව, සංසාරය ආදිය පිළිබඳවද ඔවුනට  නොයෙකුත් ධර්ම කරුණු කියා දෙයි. ඔහුගේ මෙම කරුණු පහදාදීමේ හැකියාව කොතෙක්ද යත් කිසිදු ස්වාමීන් වහන්සේ  නමකටවත් ඔහු තරම් හොඳින් දම් දෙසිය නොහැකි බව පවසන්නෝද හිඟ නොවෙති. මෙසේ තමන් ලත් බුදු දහම පිළිබඳ දැනුමෙන් ජීවිතයේ අනිත්‍ය බව, සංසාරය සහ නිර්වාණය පිළිබඳව දහම් කරුණු ඉදිරිපත් කරන ඔහු තමන්ට අතිශය සමීප වූවන්ට මෙබඳු දහමක් දෙසයි.

“දැනට අපි බුදු දහම කියලා හඳුන්වන දේ පිරිසිදු බුදු දහම නොවේ. පිරිසිදු බුදු දහම පොත පතින් වත්, කවුරුන් කියන දේකින් වත් ඉගෙන ගන්න බැහැ. ඒක ඉබේටම ප්‍රඥාවට නතුවෙන්න ඕන දෙයක්. මීළඟට බුදු වෙන මෛත්‍රී බුදුහාමුදුරුවො ගැන බණ පොත් වල තිබෙන කාරණා පට්ටපල් බොරු. නමුත් මුළු බෞද්ධ සමාජයම ඒවයින් මුලා වෙලා තියෙන්නේ. වැඩි දෙනෙකුට නොකියනව නම් මම ඒ ගැන වැදගත් රහසක් කියන්නම්.”

බැංකු කළමණාකරු තම ගණුදෙනු කරුවන් අතරින් තමන්ට වඩාත් සමීපතම වූවන්ට එසේ කියා මෙලෙස ද කියයි.

 “මම තමයි මෛත්‍රී බුදුහාමුදුරුවො හැටියට ඊළඟට ‍ලෝකෙට පහළ වෙන්න ඉන්නෙ. නමුත් මේ කථාවට වැඩි ප්‍රසිද්ධියක් දෙන්න එපා. කවුරුවත් ඒක විශ්වාස කරන එකක් නැහැ.”

 කෙසේ හෝ තමන් හමුවට පැමිණි ධනවත් ව්‍යාපාරිකයක් කිහිප දෙනෙකුට ඔහු හෙළි කළ මෙම විස්මිත රහස එම ව්‍යාපාරිකයන් අතරේ මුනුමුනුවක් සේ ශීඝ්‍රයෙන් පැතිරෙන්නට විය. අවසානයේ එම බැංකු කළමණාකරු ලවාම ඒ සම්බන්ධයෙන් වැඩි විස්තර දැන ගැනීමට එම ව්‍යාපාරික කිහිපදෙනෙකුට අවශ්‍ය විය. එනිසා තම හිතමිතුරු පවුල් වල පිරිසක් එක්ව මහනුවරට නොදුරු මහවැලි ගඟ ආසන්නයේ තිබූ සංචාරක නිකේතනයක ඔවුහු මෙම ‘මතු බුදුවන බෝසතාණන්’ ගේ දෙසුමක් සංවිධානය කළහ.

 එවිට ඊට එක්වූ ඔහු කියා සිටියේ මෙම දෙසුම සංවිධානය කරන ලද්දේ සාංසාරික වශයෙන් මෛත්‍රී බුදුන් වන තමන් හමුවේ මතු නිවන් දැකීමට පෙරුම්පුරා සිටින මහා භාග්‍යවන්තයින් පිරිසක් බවය. ඒ අනුව එම දෙසුම අවසානයේ ඔහු විසින් ඔවුනට ‘නිල තල’ ප්‍රදානයක් ද සිදුකරන ලදී.

 ඒ අතර සැරියුත් හිමියන් වශයෙන් එක් පුද්ගලයෙකු නම් කරන ලද අතර මුගලන් හිමියන් වශයෙන් තව පුද්ගලයෙකු නම් කරන ලදී. ඉන් පසුව සුදවුන් රජු, මහාමායා දේවිය, අනේ පිඬු සිටු තුමා, කොසොල් රජතුමා ආදී නිළ තල ද ඔහු විසින් පත් කරන ලද අතර ඊට අමතරව විශාකාව, සුජාතාව, මල්ලිකාව, ආදී වශයෙන් තවත් තනතුරු කිහිපයක් ඔහු විසින්ම ප්‍රදානය කරන ලදී.

ඉන්පසුව ඊළඟ මාසයේත් එම හෝටලයේම පෙරවරුවක මෙම දහම් හමුව පැවැත්වීමටත්; එය අවසානයේ එම දහම් හමුවට එක්වන පිරිස සඳහා නිර්මාංශ ආහාර වේලක් ලබා දීමටත්; එසේ ඔහු වෙතින් නව තනතුරු ලත් ව්‍යාපාරිකයන් කිහිප දෙනෙක් ඉදිරිපත් වූහ. ඒ අනුව දෙවන දහම් හමුවේ දී ඊට තවත් ව්‍යාපාරිකයන් කිහිපදෙනෙකු එක් වූ අතර ඔවුහු මෙම දහම් හමුව දැඩිව විවේචනය කරන්නට වූහ. ඒ මෙය මුළුමනින් බෞද්ධ විරෝධී ක්‍රියාවක් බව පවසමිනි.  එවිට එසේ ‘මතු බුදු වන බෝසතාණන්’ එසේ විවේචනය කළ පිරිස දේවදත්ත, චිංචිමානවිකාව, සච්චක බමුණා ලෙස නම් කරමින් ඔවුන් ඒ දහම් හමුවෙන් පිටමං කරන ලද්දේ තම අනුගාමිකයන්ගේ සාධුකාර හඬ මධ්‍යයේය.

කෙසේ හෝ ඉන්පසු සෑම මාසයකම පෙරවරුවේ මෙම දහම් හමුව පැවැති අතර ඒ සඳහා මූල්‍ය අනුග්‍රහය ලබා දීමට ඔහුගේ මීළඟ බුදු සසුනේ තනතුරු ලත් ව්‍යාපාරිකයින් කිහිප දෙනෙක් ඉදිරිපත් වූහ.

මෙම බැංකු කළමණාකරුගේ අනුගාමිකයන් අතරින් ප්‍රමුඛතම සාමාජිකයෙකුගේ නැන්දනිය මිය යන ලද්දේ ඔය අතරය. ඉන් පසු එහි හත් දවසේ මතක බණ සඳහා මෙම පිරිස සමඟ එම ‘මතු බුදු වන බෝසතාණන්’ ද සහභාගී විය. එදින එම දම් දෙසුම පැවැත් වූ හිමි නම මෛත්‍රී බුදුන් ගේ පහළ වීම පිළිබඳව යමක් කීමට සූදානම් වූවා පමණි; බණ අසන පිරිසේ සිටි ‘බෝසතානෝ’ හනික අසුනෙන් නැගී සිටියහ.

“අනේ හාමුදුරුවනේ; පින් සින්ද වෙයි ඔය පට්ට පල් බොරු නවත්ත ගන්න; මෙතන ඉන්න කිසිම කෙනෙක් ඒවා විශ්වාස කරන්නේ නැහැ.”

ඔහු කෑ ගසන්නට විය.

නමුත් ‍එම මිය ගිය කාන්තාවගේ පවුලේ ඥාතීන් සහ සෙසු ඥාති මිත්‍රාදීන් මෙම ‘බෝසතාණන්’ පිළිබඳ නොදැන සිටීම නිසා ඔහු එම පිරිසෙන් ගුටි නොකා බේරුණේ අනූ නමයෙනි.

එසේම මෙම කලහය අතරට පැමිණි ‘බෝසතාණන්ගේ’ බිරිඳ මෙසේ කීවාය.

“මගේ මහත්තයා හැම අතින්ම හොඳ කෙනෙක්; නමුත් මෙයා හිතාගෙන ඉන්නේ එයා මතු බුදු වන මෛත්‍රී බෝධි සත්වයෝ කියලා. මෙයා ඉන්න හැටියට ඒක අහන සමහරු ඒක පිළිගන්නවා. නමුත් අපිට නම් තේරෙනවා මෙයාගේ මොකක් හරි මානසික විකෘතියක් කියලා. කොහොමත් අපි වුණත් එයාගේ මතයට විරුද්ධ වෙච්ච හැටිය එයා පුදුම විදිහට කේන්ති ගන්නවා.”

බිරිඳගේ එම ප්‍රකාශය හමුවේ ඔහු කියා සිටියේ තම බිරිඳ සාංසාරික වශයෙන් තමන්ට සතුරුව ක්‍රියා කරන්නියක බවත් තමන් බුද්ධත්වයට පත්වූ පසුද ඇය තමන්ට සතුරුකම් කරන බවත්ය.

ඒ කෙසේ හෝ මේ පුද්ගලයාට වැළඳී ඇත්තේ ‘අභිමාන මෝහය’ (Grandiose Delusion) නම් මානසික රෝගය බවත් එම රෝගය වැළඳුණු අය හට සාමාන්‍ය ජීවිතයේ සෙසු කටයුතු වල දී ‍එය බල නොපාන බවත් එහි පැමිණ සිටි ඒ පිළිබඳව තතු දත් අයෙකු පහදා දුන් අතර ඔහු වැඩිදුටත් කියා සිටියේ මෙම පුද්ගලයන් මෙසේ  තමන් එල්බ ගත් වැරදි විශ්වාසය පදනම් කර ගත් කරුණේ දී පමණක් අතිශය සංවේදී වන බවත් කෝප වන බවත් ය. ඒ කෙසේ හෝ මනෝ වෛද්‍යවරයෙකු හමුවී කලක් ප්‍රතිකාර ගතහොත් ඔහුගේ මෙම මානසික විකෘති තාවය දුරු වෙතැයි ඇතැමුන් පැවසුවද ඒ සඳහා ඔහුගේ අනුගාමිකයන් මේ දක්වා ඔහුට කිසිදු අවසරයක් දී නැත. ඊට හේතුව ඔහුගේ එම මානසික රෝගය සුව වුවහොත් ඔහු පවසන ඊළඟ බුදු සසුනේ තමන්ට හිමි තනතුරු අහිමි වන නිසාද විය හැක.

තිලක් සේනාසිංහ

බැඳුම්කර වාර්තාව ලැබුණු ගමන් නඩු දානවා

November 24th, 2017

සිදත් මෙන්ඩිස් උපුටාගැණීම  මව්බිම

බැඳුම්කර වංචාව පිළිබඳ අඛණ්ඩව පරීක්‍ෂණ පවත්වාගෙන යා යුතු බවටත්, කොමිසමේ වාර්තාව ජනවාරි මස 08 වැනිදා ජනාධිපතිවරයා වෙත ලැබුණු පසු අධිකරණ ක්‍රියාමාර්ගවලට යොමුවිය යුතු බවටත් ශ්‍රී ලංකා නිදහස් පක්‍ෂ මධ්‍යම කාරක සභාවේදී තීරණය කළ බව එක්සත් ජනතා නිදහස් සන්ධානයේ මහ ලේකම් අමාත්‍ය මහින්ද අමරවීර මහතා පැවැසීය.

ශ්‍රී ලංකා නිදහස් පක්‍ෂ මූලස්ථානයේ ඊයේ (23දා) පැවැති මාධ්‍ය හමුවකදී අමාත්‍යවරයා කියා සිටියේ පෙරේදා (22දා) රැස්වූ නිදහස් පක්‍ෂ මධ්‍යම කාරක සභාවේදී මෙම එකඟතාවට පැමිණි බවයි.

බැඳුම්කර කොමිසම පත්කිරීම පිළිබඳ ආණ්ඩුවේ සිටින ඇතැම් ඇමැතිවරුන් පවා ජනාධිපතිවරයාට චෝදනා එල්ල කරන බවත් හොරුන් ආරක්‍ෂා කිරීමට විවිධ චෝදනා එල්ල කිරීම බරපතළ වරදක් බවත් අමරවීර මහතා එහිදී පෙන්වා දුන්නේය.

පිරිසුදු ආණ්ඩුව තුළ අපිරිසුදු දේවල් සිදුවූ බවත් එවැනි අපිරිසුදු තැන් පිරිසුදු කිරීමට ජනාධිපති මෛත්‍රිපාල සිරිසේන මහතා නොබියව කටයුතු කරන බවත් හතෙම සඳහන් කෙළේය.

Former Colonial Powers have no moral right to speak on Accountability without atoning for their colonial crimes

November 23rd, 2017

Shenali D Waduge

Today, proudly promoting themselves as the international community, the Western nations who have become first world nations as a result of the plunder & murder of the third world are preaching accountability. No country with soiled hands has a right to speak without atoning for their crimes & apologizing for them first. What moral right do they have when none of their crimes have been allowed to be taken to any court (locally or globally)? When none of the present day crimes nears the level of crimes committed by all European Christian/Catholic countries as a policy, none of these nations has any moral right to be pointing fingers accusing other nations of crimes they committed without any qualms. The West suffers collective amnesia or convenient amnesia for their crimes.

Today, the West is promoting multiculturalism, multi-faith and many other liberal nomenclatures all of which have a bigger insidious motive and revolves round their overall aim to dislodge the history, heritage of non-Christian religions except Islam, making it easier for them to use the puppet UN & its associate bodies to introduce systems that are all planned to create a neocolonial system where these nations will become serfs of Western domination. The mentality of criminality originating from colonial rule prevailed even after 2 major world wars & the supposed formation of the UN. Post 1945 it is now clear that most of the conflicts that took place globally were all a result of problems created during colonial rule or using the local traitors they had nurtured to plant further troubles for which the West funded & armed both sides to ensure these conflicts continued unabated allowing them to re-enter as peace champions. Shrouding their ulterior motives using humanitarian charities, peace builders & conflict resolutionists, the West is doing what it knows best – create & thrive on people’s misery and destroy people, property & environment.

The West has no right to speak on GENOCIDE

European colonial invaders ordered by the Church used Doctrine of Discovery, Tera Nullius (Nobody’s Land) giving them right to take over any land/territory that was not-Christian. It gave these European rulers the right to dispossess Natives of their land & commit gruesome murders and acts of genocide, depopulation destruction of historical heritage sites, religious worship & en masse convert natives to their faiths or murder those that refused.

The aborigines lived in Australia over 50,000 years before Europeans arrived in 1788 but Terra Nullius confiscated their lands & set out to ‘civilize the uncivilized inhabitants’ which later became infamously known as the ‘white man’s burden’. Court cases in 1977, 1979 & 1982 challenged Terra Nullius but naturally the cases were rejected. Using the same term Norway occupied & claimed parts of Eastern Greenland in 1931.

Not only was land confiscated but native production was replaced with crops grown to be sent overseas to feed the white races. Artificial borders were created using just a pen and every nation in Africa all came about from these artificial demarcations. Many of the present day border disputes are as a result of these artificial borders.

King Leopald II of Belgium is said to have killed 10million Africans in the Congo & the West is silent about accountability!

According to Ward Churchill 2.5 million indigenous peoples who had lived in the region which now comprises Brazil, less than 10 per cent survived to the 1600s. Over eighty indigenous tribes were destroyed between 1900 and 1957 by the Portuguese in Brazil. Even World Bank has come under flak for relocating indigenous people & causing environmental destruction/deforestation.

The ancient empires of Incas, Mayas & Aztecs have all been virtually eliminated from history because of these European countries & their greed & thirst for blood.

How many even know the extent of the murders committed by the Church during the Inquisitions & most of these murderers have been declared Saints!

Given that the new UN Secretary General is from Portugal the onus is on him to do right by the victims of the Portuguese. The Portuguese were the first to establish a colony in Africa in 1415 and was the last to leave Africa too.

The Dutch must have forgotten the 4,000 Indonesians killed over Christmas in 1946 with the direct knowledge of the Hague (in all 150,000 Indonesians were killed) – but the Hague is going after Serbia & African leaders only – WHY?!

Uva-Wellassa massacre in 1818 resulted in Governor Brownrigg ordering the murder of 10,000 Sinhalese including babies & burning the entire area.

The West has no right to speak on Cultural Genocide

The doctrine of discovery was used to confiscate land of indigenous people, murder them, depopulate them, infect them with diseases, ruin their crops & livelihoods in what was known as the Scorched Earth Policy.

The West is brandishing and boasting about cultural genocide with Treaties & what not but cultural genocide began by them & specifically targeting the elimination of non-Christian cultures. We cannot forget these crimes.

Civilization meant setting up missionary schools introducing textbooks that would promote western values and make natives look down on their history & heroes and replace with western ones. The quest continues still.

West is speaking about multiculturalism today but they indulged in forced assimilation whereby natives had no other choice but to give up their culture, traditions and customs & adopt western values & become ‘civilized’. Children were plucked from parents put for adoption and all records erased and these countries are preaching child rights today! The Europeans not only infected the Native people with physical and psychological diseases, but also forced them to accept intellectual, cultural and religious inferiority (Czerny, Swift and Clarke, 1994).

Canada loves to issue diplomatic demarches on human rights but little gets said about Canada denying rights to indigenous Canadians even upto 1960! The real land owners of Canada were not allowed to run businesses, borrow money, own property while aboriginal children were ceased from parents, put into state custody and subjected to forced labor in the residential ‘schools’ which closed only in 1996 after over 150,000 children were subject of much torture even brain experiments!

Today, the West has state and NGOs lobbying activists with plenty of slogans and placards, shedding crocodile tears on human rights but none of them want to champion the cause of demanding apology & reparation from their own nations for the crimes committed simply saying ‘oh that happened centuries ago’! Is there any point in using the UN as an instrument to peddle western hegemony and drafting all types of fancy Conventions & Treaties, defining what genocide and war crimes are when these very nations have not accounted for the terms they insist other countries ratify?

Many non-Christian sacred sites have been purposely destroyed and on top of them Churches & Cathedrals have been built. In Sri Lanka there is no Buddhist place of worship along the coastal areas because colonials ensured all these magnificent structures were destroyed erasing whatever traces of the national heritage and history the natives were fighting to protect.

The Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara is just one of the thousands of Buddhist sites that the 3 colonial rulers destroyed with cruel intent in Sri Lanka. None of these countries have any moral right to speak on religious freedom as even presently after just one incident half of all mosques in the UK were attacked!

The West has no right to speak on Human Rights

It was the West that divided & discriminated people. They declared indigenous people as non-human simply because they were non-Christians.

When Christopher Columbus arrived in 1492 the Americas had a 100m indigenous people. How many were killed no one has bothered to count! Present day western authors are counting on the dead of those that are strategically important to them and framing bogus figures to advance their agenda. Sri Lanka’s LTTE is an excellent case in point.

The West speaks of rights & freedoms but were they not responsible for subordinating natives, creating harsh social conditions, introducing poverty & elitism, dividing people as black, whites, browns & yellow, creating ethnic & racial profiling of people, Let’s not forget the manner colonial British treated the Boers in South Africa where the world’s first concentration camps emerged, the apartheid periods & the horrific discrimination against Blacks in America, UK and Europe. Blacks had to stand in different queues, drink water from different taps, sit on one side of the bus and the white race was not shy about putting posters that openly & proudly displayed their racism and all this continues still yet these countries are championing efforts against racism and that is hilarious.

In 1884 following the Berlin Conference the White Nations took a pen & divided Africa among themselves to plunder. Riches of Africa were stolen by these nations making Africans poor & handing power to local greedy stooges who would be willing to allow them to fleece Africa even after independence.

Britain’s response to quelling a rebellion in Kenya was to round up 1.5 million people and place them in concentration camps.

Speaking as if they are saints the British write about internment camps!

On April 13, 1919, thousands of peaceful protesters defied a government order and demonstrated against British rule in Amritsar, India. These unarmed civilians were shot dead.

What else is said when Colonial British rule for railways in 1843 was “Dogs and Indians are not allowed.”!

Britain’s hero Churchill is said to be responsible for the Bengal Famine in 1943 refusing to send supplies & claimed 4m lives (not that long ago)

Human rights boasting Britain is said to have killed 150million people during their colonial rule!

Even the UN has done nothing beyond denouncing the Discovery Doctrine as ‘shameful’ & root of all discrimination & marginalization faced by indigenous people today.

The West has no right to speak on Truth & Reconciliation

Let it be said that every land the European invaders took over, dominated, administered & plundered and thereafter gave ‘independence’ to is morally questionable. All laws they made was after declaring Terra Nullius – a term non-existent until it was coined by the very invaders.

These illegal European occupiers created laws that natives were forced to adhere to. Illegal invaders mean illegal laws & every system created since their occupation has to be legally questioned. Moreso because every international law existent today has been drafted by them not incorporating any of the laws & systems that the civilizations before the Europeans came into the scene were following and had a history far greater, longer and prouder than what the Europeans had.

Therefore, where is the Truth about these ground realities? If at all a Truth Commission must take stock of all the illegalities committed by these European invaders upon the indigenous people of the Americas, Africa, Asia & Australasia.

How can these countries who have not come clean on their crimes covering over 500 years of illegalities, murder & plunder be allowed to preach like virgin Marys?

Shenali D Waduge

A government must not encourage its citizens to consume alcohol  

November 23rd, 2017

Chanaka Bandarage

Dr NM Perera balanced his budgets largely by increasing alcohol and cigarette prices.

Worldwide, governments use alcohol to increase its revenue base.  Very seldom would a government lower the price of alcohol.

In the recently delivered budget, Sri Lanka went against this trend and reduced the price of beer. This is very strange.

Sri Lanka is embroiled in a gigantic debt trap, it is looking for every possible avenue to enhance its coffers. Thus, the right thing that the government should have done was  either to increase the price of alcohol or keep them the same.  The government surprised everyone by reducing the price of beer and gave strange reasons for same.

The government states that based on a private research done by an university academic 49% of Sri Lanka’s alcohol consumption is ‘kassippu’ or similar illicit brews, and to contain this, it wants to reduce the price of beer.

This research finding has not been authenticated by anyone, including the Colombo University where  the academic in question is teaching. The remarkable thing is that the academic’s finding was published in ‘Lankadeepa’ on 8 November 2017, the budget was handed down on 9 November 2019. Is the government stating that it decided  to reduce the price of beer within 24 hours of reading the newspaper article?

Also, it is ludicrous to expect kassippu drinkers to switch to beer drinking.   Surely, the government ought to know better.

This is a clear case of the government ‘mixing apples and oranges’.

Empirical research shows that the country’s kassippu production and consumption  has markedly come down. Unlike in  the old days, due to deforestation, there are not many jungle type land available to produce kassippu. Furthermore, there are so many varieties of distilled alcoholic beverages at competitive prices readily available in so many pubs and bars in the country.  Put simply, people do not dwell on kassippu now like the Dr NM Perera days.  The Sri Lankan Police would have advised the government  – the country’s kassippu consumption is not a big problem now as the production is very low.

The government seems to believe that promoting beer among the populace, a non spirited alcohol, is the right thing to do at the moment. This is showing lack of common sense and that it is out of touch with the average Sri Lankan.  It may have had other sinister motives to decrease the beer price such as  listening to the powerful beer manufacturing companies; we are unable to comment about this.

Dilrook Kannangara in para 2 of his article published in Lankaweb on 12 November 2017 titled  ‘Taxing Sinhalese to Pay Tamils’ states Considering the fact that almost all beer manufacturers in the island are Tamil owned businesses, the budget proposes to reduce the price of beer while increasing the price of soft drinks!”. If this is true, this is a serious situation that warrants investigation.

Is it lobbying by these elements that led the government to make its decision?

Does the government knowingly encourage beer manufacturing companies to promote beer consumption in the country?

We have an oversupply of bars, taverns and other alcohol consumption places in the country. Today, most of the bar licences in Sri Lanka are owned by politicians.  For example, of the 33 new bar permits issued in the Uva province during the previous government, almost all have been issued  to politicians.

A glimpse of a  bar located in a city or a town in the country on any working day late afternoon/evening would reveal that they are jam packed and the majority of the patrons are Sinhalese. They largely consist of lower and middle level  government servants. There are others like mercantile sector employees, merchants and labourers.  On a proportionate basis, one could see less of the other two ethnic groups – Tamils and Muslims.  The minorities, being intelligent and sensible,  spend the evening with their spouses and children in their own homes.

Most patrons would not stop from a single glass of beer as our Finance Minister would expect them to be. Lots of people drink heavily until late in the evening.  Of those who drink beer, on  average, one would consume two bottles. They would leave the bar in a drunken state; it is their wives and children at home who would take the brunt of their excessive drinking (in western countries it is an offence on the part of the bar licence owner to sell liquor to an already drunken customer).

Today there is a wrong perception that it is the local brews that are bad, drinking imported spirits and beer are alright. Women who traditionally do not drink in our society, are more and more encouraged to drink beer and wine.

It has come to a situation that in order to be sociable or fashionable, one needs to  drink imported spirits wine or beer moderately.

By dropping the beer price and making statements such as ‘rather than drinking a sweetened drink it is better to drink a glass of beer’,  does the government try to say that moderate drinking of alcohol is alright (have they forgotten that we are not a western society?).

Is this the message that the government wants to give to future generations?

Does the government acknowledge that it has a moral and a legal responsibility to promote a healthier lifestyle among its citizens?

Does the government acknowledge that if consumed in excess, alcohol can cause diseases like diabetes, cancer, heart problems, and chronic respiratory problems, which are responsible for more than half of the country’s deaths?

The writer acknowledges that in the growing middle class of today alcohol drinking has increasingly become a socially acceptable phenomenon. The writer believes this is a sad development (thankfully smoking is much reduced now).  Many public events such as exhibitions and carnivals (including in schools), cricket/rugby matches have beer stalls established  among other stalls. In Premadasa Stadium due to noise by the drunken crowds, it is difficult for anyone to concentrate and seriously watch a limited over cricket match. Rather than watching the match, the drunken spectators who continuously keep standing, engage in constant  singing and dancing.  It is a sad sight to see school age like young people freely  buying beer from the abundance of beer stalls set out throughout the cricket stadium. Most probably  their parents are in the dark about their children’s behaviour.

Anagarika Dharmapala fought most of his adult life preaching people to refrain from drinking alcohol, introduced to us by our colonial rulers. His temperance movement, launched in 1895, was seen by the British rulers as a direct attack on their regime which received large scale revenue from taverns.  At that time of the launch, there were 2,038 taverns; after the agitations, there was a drastic drop to 190. In the 21st century prominent people who fought vehemently against alcohol drinking include Walisinghe Harischandra, FR Senanayake, DB Jayatilleka, DS Senanayake, Piyadasa Sirisena, John de Silva, Arthur V Dias, R Premadasa, Prins Gunasekera, Ven Kalu Kondayave Pannasekera, Ven Madihe Pannaseeha and Ven Madhuluwawe Sobitha.

The governments ought to consider drinking alcohol as a major social problem. Police will testify that most road accident are caused by drunk drivers. In western countries there is a zero tolerance on drink driving. Such drivers are subjected to automatic disqualification from driving.  Having represented hundreds of drunk drivers in the Australian Courts system, the writer has a very good knowledge about drink driving and the very stringent drink driving laws operate in that country.  In Australia, a first time offender who has driven with a 0.15 blood alcohol level can receive a jail sentence up to 9 months, a licence disqualification up to 3 years and a fine exceeding $3,000. This shows how seriously they take drink driving. In Sri Lanka we still follow rudimentary ways of catching drunk drivers. Some Police Constables, without having breathalysers, try to detect them by  smelling alcohol in their breath.

Take Stern action against sheep clothed terrorists who deride and disrespect the National Flag

November 23rd, 2017

by ; A.A.M.NIZAM – MATARA

Despite successfully relinquishing the 30 years of terrorist war launched by tiger terrorists and their minions under the leadership of megalomaniac Prabhakaran and establishing a peaceful country on 18th May, 2009 by our gallant war heroes under the unwavering leadership and guidance of former President Mr. Mahinda Rajapaksa and thereby creating the atmosphere for all communities in the country to live in peace and harmony with hopes of a day tomorrow which had been snatched away by the ruthless terrorists, the peace and harmony thus established seems to be in great peril as a consequence of what is happening in the North and on the basis of statements being made by sheep clothed camouflaged tiger terrorist appearing as politicians,

The National Flag of a country symbolizes the brevity and history of that country.  Following the recent refusal of the Northern Province Education Minister Kandiah Sarveswaran’s to unfurl the National Flag at a school function held in Vavuniya, and saying that he has not rrspected the Sri Lankan National Flag for the last 37 years the sheep clothed terrorists Vigneswaran, Sumanthirann, Dharmalingam Sidharthan, Mavai Senadirajah and some other TNA parliamentarians who remained hitherto silent on this subject have got oxygenated and made their comments against the National Flag as a consequence of this inept governments impotence and reluctance to take action against Saraveswaran.

Disrespecting the National Flag, as per many political analysts is equivalent to disrespecting or violating the constitution of the country and these three vicious individuals and Saraaveswaran are under oath to uphold the constitution.  In other countries people who violate the constitution of those countries implicitly or explicitly are subjected to jail sentences and if they are members of parliament or state councils such memberships are also annulled.  Sri Lanka too has an example of this procedure in which the Parliament memberships of the TULF MPs including the then Leader of the Opposition Amirthalingam got annulled following their refusal to take oaths to uphold the 6th amendment to the constitution when it was introduced.

The Sirisena-Ranil junta which was installed in power by the pro-Tamil anti Sri Lankan western imperialists, Indian hegemonists and the Tamil diaspora and servile to the Tamils has remained completely aloof and unconcerned about what is happening in the North and anti-constitutional and anti Sri Lankan statements being made by sheep clothed terrorists appearing in the garb of politicians.

The chauvinist Chief Minister of the Northern Province making a lengthy comment in defence of Saraveswaran’s stance has said that even though the National flag of a country cannot be disrespected, every citizen is entitled to their own individual opinion and Sinhalese politicians cannot impose their will on the Tamil populace as the Tamil people of Sri Lanka are yet to fully enjoy the benefits of democracy and freedom.

He has said that he respects the feelings of the Education Minister Saraaveswaran but he regrets that his resentment has taken a form which is derisive of the people, and Saraaveswaran could have shown his disappointment to Sinhala hegemony in some other way. He has not explained what he meant by this ‘some other way’..

Deliberately distorting the history of this country this chauvinist says that without giving adequate recognition to the original inhabitants of this Island and their religion, the National flag gives undue importance to the Sinhalese and to Buddhists, and he says this was the reason for the resentment of the Education Minister.

He states that the Tamils are the majority community in the North and East and they existed from pre Buddhistic times.

Delving into his own history he states that he himself has undergone the same political reservations or resentment as Saraveswaraan due to the hegemonic attitude of successive Sri Lankan Governments an states that since he participated as a Senior Cadet at the Royal College in late 1950s at the Independence Day’Parade at Galle Face he did not thereafter attend any Independence Day Celebrations up to date though invited every year while he was a Judge he did not participate.

He says his resentment centered around the fact that though the Country received its Independence from the British in 1948 the Tamils have not received freedom from Sinhala hegemony which was set up post – Independence after the Britishers left. He points out that in 2015 when Sambandan preferred to show his good will to the Sinhalese by attending that year’s Independence Day celebrations which he excused himself Mano Ganesan (another sheep clothed terrorist who reportedly used to share Prabhakaran’s swimming pool with that megalomaniac) rightly asked what benefits has Sambandan achieved due to his goodwill and said he has thus shown his resentment to Sinhala hegemony in his own way.

Sumanthiran, the co-author of the unwanted constitution, addressing a meeting in Batticaloa has said that he too does not like the National Flag of Sri Lanka and it needs to be changed, preferably very soon.

TNA MP Dharmalingam Siddhartahan commenting on the stance taken by Saraneswaran at Vavuniya Sinhala School has also emphasized the need to change the present National Flag.

Mavai Senathirajah has said that they never accepted the current National Flag as the legitimate flag of this country and it should modified in a manner acceptable to the Tamils when the new federal and secular constitution is introduced.

The ignorant and boorish Vigneswaran Saraneswaran, Sumantgiran, Siddhartan, Mavai Senadiraajah et al should understand the historical significance of the present National Flag and its evolution.

Authentic historical accounts claim that when Vijaya, the first King of Sri Lanka, arrived ifrom India in 486 BC, he brought with him a flag with a symbol of a lion on it. Since then the Lion symbol played a significant role in the history of Sri Lanka. It was used extensively by North Indian prince who followed King Vijaya and it became a symbol of freedom and hope.

In 162 BC, when King Dutugemunu embarked on the campaign in which he defeated the South Indian invader Elara, who had ruled the northern part of the island, he carried with him a banner which portrayed a lion carrying a sword on his right forepaw along with two other symbols, the Sun and the Moon.

This banner was in use until 1815, when the reign of the last King of the Kandyan KingdomKing Sri Vikrama Rajasinha, was brought to an end with the signing of the Kandy convention on 2 March proclaiming KingGeorge III as King of Ceylon and replacing the Lion flag with the Union Flag as the national flag of Ceylon. The government of British Ceylon used its own flag. The Lion Flag was taken to England and kept at the Royal Hospital Chelsea.

When the independence movement in Sri Lanka gained strength in the early 20th century, E. W. Perera, a prominent figure of the independence movement with the help of D. R. Wijewardene, the press baron, discovered the original Lion flag in  Chelsea. A picture of it was subsequently published in a special edition of the Dinamina newspaper and then the Lion flag became a centrepiece of attraction to the public, who for the first time since the fall of the Kandyan Kingdom were now aware of its actual design.

In 1948 the flag was adapted as the national flag of the Dominion of Ceylon, however the flag underwent several changes in 1953 and again in 1972. During the same year four leaves of the Bo tree were added to the four corners of the Fag under the direction of Nissanka Wijeyeratne, who was the Permanent Secretary to the Ministry of Cultural Affairs and Chairman of the National Emblem and Flag Design Committee. Prior to 1972, the corners of the flag were occupied by symbols depicting spearheads. The four Bo Leaves added by Nissanka Wijeyeratne reflect the core principles of Mettha (loving kindness), Karuna (compassion), Upeksha (equanimity) & Muditha (happiness).

The present National Flag symbolizes the following:

  • The Lion represents the bravery of Sri Lankaans,
  • The Bo Leaves represents the four Buddhist virtues – kindness, compassion, sympathetic jou and equanimity
  • The sword of t Lion represents the sovereignty of the nation and the bravery of its peple
  • The curlu hair on the lion’s hed – religious observahnce, wisdom, and meditation
  • The eight hairs of the Lion’s tail – the noble eightfold path
  • The beard of the lion – purity of words
  • The handle of the sword – the elements of wter, fire, air and the earth the country is made of
  • The nose o the lion – Intelligence
  • The two front paws of the lion – the purity in handling wealth
  • The vertical orange stripe – the Tamil ethnicity
  • The vertical green stripr – the Muslim faith and Moor ethnicity
  • The Gold border round the Flag – unity of Sri Lankans
  • The maroon background – represents the Sinhalese ethnicity

In addition to the National Flag, Sri Lanka also has provincial flags for each Province and pictures of which are appended below.  And what else these sheep clothed terrorists require and do they want their Puli Kodi (Tiger flag) symbol also embedded in the National Flag of the country.  This inept government is allowing unwanted space to these sheep clothed terrorists and if stern action against them is not taken at the earliest the government will get their own grave dug by these sheep clothed terrorists.

Current provincial flag

Flag of Central Province[2]
(1987–present)


Flag of Eastern Province
(22 May 2007–present)

 


Flag of North Central Province
(1987–present)

Flag of Northern Province
(22 May 2007–present)

 


Flag of North Western Province
(1987–present)

Flag of Sabaragamuwa Province
(1987–present)

 


Flag of Southern Province
(1987–present)

Flag of Uva Province
(1987–present)

 


Flag of Western Province
(1987–present)

 

Historic provincial flags


Flag of North Eastern Province
(1988–2007)

 

Dr. Nath Amerakone, Skilled Professional Engineer, Visionary Politician, Businessman and Indefatigable Patriot, Passes Away.

November 23rd, 2017

Dr AMARAKONE MUDIYANSELAGE NATH AMARAKONE, Skilled Professional Engineer, Visionary Politician, Businessman and Indefatigable Sinhala Buddhist Patriot, expired at 4.15PM on Wednesday, 22nd November, 2017, aged 81 years.

He was a former Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Housing, former Chairman of the State Engineering Corporation, Founder President of the Organization of Professional Associations (OPA) of Sri Lanka, General Secretary of the Eksath Sinhala Maha Sabhawa,  Head of the Sanathana Foundation, Nawinna, and a committed Philanthropist.

He was the beloved husband of Dr. Indrani Wijesinghe Amarakone, Dental Surgeon,

the beloved  brother of late Alawatugoda Saddananda Thero,  late Mr A.M.W Amarakone and late Mrs Iranganie Amarakone, Mr. A.M. Jayasinghe and Mrs Kumari Amarakone, late Mrs Balamenike Sumathipala and late Mr K.H. M. Sumathipala, Mr Sam and Mrs Srimathi Amarakone, late Mr Susil and Mrs Chandra Amarakone,  late Mrs Heenmenike Hennayaka and Mr P.B. Hennayake, Mr Saman and Mrs Samudrika Amarakone, and Mrs Chandra and Mr. Tissa Wellappilli,

the beloved brother-in-law of Dr Mahendra and Mrs Ellen Wijesinghe, USA, Mr Don Kularatne and Mrs Nimal Subasinghe of Horana, Mr Tissa and Dr Lakshmi Wijesinghe of Mt. Lavinia, Dr Ananda and Dr Mrs Ifiyenia Wijesinghe, USA, Mr Thusitha and Dr Mrs Chintha Wijesinghe, USA, and late Mr Indrasena and Mrs Lalitha Wijesinghe of Mt. Lavinia, and all of the nieces and nephews of the deceased.

His remains can be viewed after 8.00 AM at the Mahinda Funeral Parlour at 591 Galle Road, Mt. Lavinia on Friday 24th and Saturday 25th, November 2017. Pansacula  ceremony at the Mahinda Funeral Parlour will be held at 8.00AM on Saturday 25th, November 2017 and Cremation at the Mt. Lavinia Crematorium at 10.00 AM on Saturday, 25th November 2017.

While we, his family, his friends and his co-workers mourn our inestimable loss, we invite all to celebrate the remarkable life and achievements of this patriotic Son of Lanka who has given his all to protect and foster his Motherland and his People.

May he attain Nibbana!

SHOULD JOINT OPPOSITION WORK TOGETHER AT THE ELECTIONS WITH SLFP? – PREZ. MAHINDA RAJAPAKSE MUST NOT SOFT PEDDLE!

November 23rd, 2017

By M D P DISSANAYAKE

Having learnt bitter lessons at the hands of Prez Maithreepala Sirisena at the last elections , the overwhelming majority voters rallied behind Prez Mahinda Rajapakse, with a clear understanding that the newly formed PoduJana Peramuna  will build a new force away from corrupt SLFP, UNP , JVP old guards.

Mr Basil Rajapakse had stated that there was a popular view that Mahinda lost the election because of Basil.”  Then to fill vacuum, Basil said, I will work hard to correct it and bring Mahinda back to power”. Such was a sincere and courageous commitment by a great leader and the best political organiser in the country as at present.  He has also been the best Minister of Economic Development Minister, we ever had.

Mr Basil Rajapakse had worked extremely hard in the past year or so with his own newly recruited new boys and girls, to perform a Hercules task of bringing SLPP as the most leading political force in the country.  It is built around the new faces at the grass root level, we understand high quality men and women who contributed to the Community with commitment are enthusiastically waiting for their chance to win the nomination and serve the country under the banner of SLPP.

This will be similar to 1956 victory for Mahajana Eksath Peramua, with SWRD, Philip Gunawardene, William de Silva, Ven Bambarende Siri Seewali, Jayaweera Kuruppu, TB Illangaratne, Maithreepala and R G Senanayake,  Kalugalle and A P Jayasuriya.

The JVP is also making contacts with SLPP, but Dr Wijedasa Rajapakse, clearly mentioned advancing Rs25 lakhs by the UNP to the leadership of the JVP during last elections. The JVP cannot be trusted, if MPs  such as Sunil Hadunhetti  prefer to come forward as a break-away group, that might be favourably considered.  But we should never ever have Anura Kumara Dissanayake on SLPP stage.

It is not just a case of winning the Election at any cost, but winning it with  non-corrupt, educated candidates with a sound standing in the region who will be our new faces as well as future leaders.  The discarded, recycled politicians are no longer respected by the average voter.  The hundreds of Mahinda supporters who came to his Carlton House, pleading Mahinda to come back to politics, instead of retiring, must be in the MIX of the Candidates.  They were true believers of Mahinda as they travelled long distances to meet a defeated candidate.  These were the NEW FACES who valued the contribution made by their Leader.

The SLFP  is making all moves to contest the Election with SLPP.  SLFP will be trounced with a landslide victory for SLPP. 

If SLPP fight the Election on its own, in line with Basil Rajapakse’s  strategies, with the participation of Wimal, Udaya, Sarath Weerasekera, Dinesh (probably Wijedasa Rajapakse) and Maha Sanga, the SLPP victory in the first Election it contest, will bring massive boost or  inducement for other future Elections at Provisional Council, General Election and Presidential Elections.  In the event SLFP is placed THIRD, that will be end of the road for SLFP.  The SLFP is now trying to do everything to avoid this embarrassment.

With the political landscape changing in this manner, it will ignite an early General Election, at the end of 4 years of current legislature. 

Therefore, there is a strong case for SLPP to fight it alone and prove its credentials as its Brand Name well positioned to take the leadership status at the National Elections.

Without any further delay,  we appeal President Mahinda Rajapakse to provide the leadership, instead of adopting a consultative approach of leaving his stand for the majority views of SLPP, Pivithuru Urumaya, Jathika Nidahas Peramuna, NLSSP, LSSP, CP  etc.

We need Mahinda Rajapakse to be the driving force.  The days of former Prime Minister D M Jayaratne, John  Seneviratne, Susil, Anura Yapa should not be encouraged by providing  any hope of reunion.   

Frankly, the current situation of lack of firm direction from the Top, is unsettling the progress of the SLPP.  Lack of firm stand by the BOSS is continuing to make die-hard SLPP aspirants nervous and the momentum created with such hardwork could be lost within few days.   Please do not provide this opportunity to SLFP and the UNP. 

If this is not possible for any technical reasons unknown to the general public, then give a free hand to Dr Gotabaya Rajapakse and recruit him to lead the first election of the SLPP.   He will take the mantle forward in an exceptional manner, with no soft pedalling.

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November 23rd, 2017

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(ලැජ්ජ) බය නැති අගමැති

November 23rd, 2017

සෝමපාල සෙනරත්

අපේ රටේ සිංහල සංස්කෘතයේ මුදුන්මුල ලැජ්ජ බය කියන මහාත්ම ගුණාංග දෙකයි. පාලි භාෂාවෙන් මේ ගුණාංග දෙකට කියන්නේ ‘හිරි’ සහ  ‘ඔත්තප්ප’ කියාය. මේවා සද්ධා, සති වැනි හොඳ ගනයේ චෛතසිකයෝය. ඉංග්‍රීසියෙන් moral fear and moral shame  ලෙස අරුත් දක්වා ඇත. පාපයට ලජ්ජා වන ස්වභාවය ‘හිරි’ නම් වේ, එසේම පාපයට බියවීම ‘ඔත්තප්ප’ නම් වේ. සත් පුරුෂයෝ හිරි ඔතප් දෙක නිසා පවින් වැළකී මනාකොට හැසිරේ.බුදු දහමින් මැනවින් පෝෂනය වී ඇති සිංහල භාෂාවේ ‘හිරිකිතයි’ කියා වචනයක් ද ඇත. අපේ අම්මලා ‘ලැජ්ජ බය ඇතිව හැදෙන්න කියා අපට කුඩා කල සිටම කීවේ බුදුදහම තම ජීවිතය හැඩ ගැස්වීමට හොඳටම ප්‍රමාණවත් බව මොනවට පැදිලි කරමිනි.

එහෙත් නිවට කමට බුදුදහමේ තැනක් නොමැත. රහතන් වහන්සේ  ‘භය’ සම්පූර්ණයෙන්ම නැතිවූ උත්තමයෙකි. එය ‘ඛේමං’ කියා හඳුන්වා ඇත. ලොව නිර්භය පුද්ගලයෝ රහතන් වහන්සේලා පමණකි. මේ ගෞරවය පවා මොහුපවා හොරාගත්.

අගමැති දෙසට දැන් අපි හැරෙමු. මොහු මිනී මරුවෙකු බව බොහෝ දෙනෙකු කියති. බටලන්දේ වෘකයා කියා ඒ දිනවල හැඳින්වූයේ රන්ල් වික්‍රමසිංහ මිස වෙන කිසිවකු නොවේ. මේවා නිකම්ම පහල වෙන මඩ ගැසීම් නොවේ.  ඒකාලයේ දැන් වගේ මඩ ගැසීම් තිබුනේ නැත.

අර්ජුන මහේන්ද්‍රන් නමැති පල් හොරා (මේ වචනයින් මොහුව හැඳින්වීමට නීතියෙන් වැරදි කරුවෙකු වීම අවශ්‍ය නැත.) මහ බැංකුවේ අධිපති ලෙස  දේසපාලන පත්කිරීම කලේ මොහුය​. පාර්ලිමේන්තුවේ සියලුම දෙනා විරුද්ධවෙද්දී “මම මෙහි සම්පූර්ණ වගකීම ගන්නවා” කියා නිර්භයව පැවසූ (වික්‍රම​)සිංහයා ඔහුය​. එහෙත් දැන් ඒ  වගකීම මග හැරීමට මොහු බය නැත​. ලැජ්ජා ද නැත​. ලිච්ඡවි පාලනය කියමින්  හොරු සමග සමගිව රැස් වීමට,  හොරකමට උපදෙස් දීමට හා හොරු සමග සමගිව විසිරයෑමට මොහු බය නැත​. ලැජ්ජා ද නැත​. මෙවැනි අතිවිශාල මංකොල්ලකිරීම යහපාලනයද ? අපි “යහපාලනය දිගටම ගෙනියනවා” යයි පට්ටපල් බොරු ප්‍රසිද්ධියේම කීමට මොහු බය නැත​. ලැජ්ජා ද නැත​.

එසේනම මොහු මිනීමැරීමට ද ලැජ්ජා නැති විය යුතුය. බය නැති විය යුතුය. බටලන්දේ වෘකයා හොඳින් ගැලපෙන නමකි.

ලැජ්ජ බය තිබේ නම් මොහු තිරුපති වන් දනාවේ යන්නේත් නැත. නත්ථිමේ සරණං අඤ්ඤං බුද්ධෝ මේ සරණං වරං කියා බුද්ධවන්දනා කොට තිරුපති සිව ලිංගය වඳින්නා බුදුරජුන්ට පවා බොරු කියා රවටා ඇත. මෙසේ බුදුන්ට පවා මුසාවාද කීමට අපේ අගමැති බය නැත. ලැජ්ජා ද නැත.

මෙවැනි අගමැති කෙනෙක් පත් කළ ජනපති ද බය නැත,​ ලැජ්ජා ද නැත. ඔහුද  තිරුපති වන්දනාවේ යන්නෙක් බැවිනි. සිවලිංගය අත ගාන්නට බිරියද සහභාගි කර ගනිමින් බුදුන්ට බොරු කියා බොරු පොරොන් දු දී උඩුකය හෙලුවෙන් කල පව් සෝදා ගන්නට යන මිත්‍යා දුශ්ථිකයෙකි.

ඒ නිසා ‘බය නැති අගමැති ලැජ්ජ නැති ජනපති’ කියා පෝස්ට​ර් ගැසුවානම් වඩාත් ගැලපේ.

Story of Adele Balasingham

November 23rd, 2017

Boston Lanka

This is the story of Adele Ann Balasingam. A story of a woman, who began her career as a nurse and later became a women military leader of a terrorist organization. A story of a woman’s journey from Hospital to battlefield, from being a healing nurse to a killer Nurse.

Royal Asiatic Society of Sri Lanka – Monthly Public Lecture

November 23rd, 2017

Royal Asiatic Society of Sri Lanka (RASSL)

Monthly Public Lecture

 An interpretation of a section of Anuradhapura in the 7th century C.E.”

by Archt. Ashley de Vos President, RASSL

 on Monday, November 27th at 5.00 p.m.

at the

Gamini Dissanayake Auditorium

No. 96, Ananda Coomaraswamy Mawatha, Colombo 07

ALL ARE WELCOME

විල්පත්තුවෙන් ඔබ්බට ජාතිවාදී සීමා නිර්ණය

November 23rd, 2017

මතුගම සෙනෙවිරුවන්

විල්පත්තු ජාතික වනොද්‍යානයේ උතුරු සීමාව ලෙසට ගණන් ගැනෙන්නේ උප්පු ආරුවයි. උප්පු ආරුවට උතුරින් මන්නාරම් දිස්ත්‍රික්කය ආරම්භ වේ. මන්නාරම් දිස්ත්‍රික්කය මුසලි මාන්තායි නැගෙනහිර මාන්තායි බටහිර මාන්නාරම සහ නාන්තාන් යන ප්‍රා දේශීය ලේකම් කෙට්ඨාශයන් මගින් පරිපාලනය වේ. එලෙසම මුසලි මාන්තායි නැගෙනහිර මාන්තායි බටහිර  මන්නාරම සහ නාන්තාන් යන ප්‍රා දේශීය සභා මගින්ද පාලනය වේ. මෙහි අඩුම ජනගහනය ඇත්තේ මුසලි බල ප්‍ර දේශයේය. එයට හේතුව විල්පත්තුවෙන් ඔබ්බට කොක්කුපඩයාන්  දක්වා දෙපස වන ගහනයෙන් යුක්ත වීමයි. නමුත් උප්පුආරුවට ආසන්නයේ ගම්මාන කීපයක් ඇත. පල්ලේකුළි මරිච්චකට්ටි මුල්ලිකුලම් කරඩිකුලි යන මේ ගම්මානයන්හි වැව් පෝෂණය කරලීමට උප්පු ආරුව හරස් කර තැනූ පැරණි වාරිමාර්ගයක්ද ඇත. 1981 සංගණනය අනුව පල්ලෙකුළි වල සාමාන්‍ය ජනගහනය 1320  නොඉක්මවයි.

         2009 වර්ෂයට පෙරාතුව මෙම කලාපය යුද්ධයට මැදිවූ අන්තරාදායක අඩවියක් විය. මෙහි සිටි ජනතාව වරින් වර අවතැන් විය. 1971 න් පසු මුසලිහි ජීවත් වූ මුවර් ජනයා මුස්ලිම් ලෙස හඳුන්වන්නට පටන් ගෙන ඇති අතර ඔවුහුද අවතැන් වූහ. නමුත් ඓතිහාසිකව මෙහි ජීවත් වූ සිංහල ජනතාවට උන්සිටි තැන් පවා නැති විය. ඔවුන් ගේ සංඛ්‍යාව දහසකට ආසන්න විය. යුද්ධයෙන් පසුව විල්පත්තුව හරහා වැටී තිබූ මන්නාරම් මාර්ගය පුළුල්ව සැකසෙන්නට විය. හමුදාමය අවශ්‍යතා සඳහා එසේ වූ නමුත් මරිච්චකට්ටි පල්ලේකුළි ආදී ගම්මාන වල කලින් ජීවත් වූ මුස්ලිම් ජනයා මරිච්චකට්ටුවෙන් ඔබ්බට සිය ජනාවාස පිහිටුවා ගන්නට උත්සාහ දරනු පෙනුණි. මෙම ක්‍රියාවට සහාය පළ කරසිටියේ එවකට රජයේ කර්මාන්ත ඇමතිව සිටි රිෂාඩ් බද්යුදීන් මහතාය.

          1981 ජන සංගණන වාර්තාව අනුව මන්නාරම් දිස්ත්‍රික්කයේ මුවර් ජනයා 27717 ක් පමණ විය. එයිනුත් මුසලි ප්‍රා දේශීය උප දිසාපති කොට්ඨාශයෙහි 8616 ක ප්‍රමාණයක්  විය.නමුත් සමස්ත මන්නාරම් දිස්ත්‍රික්කය තුළම සිටි මුස්ලිම් ජනගහනයෙන් අවතැන් වූ ගණන 11281 ක් පමණය. මුසලි බල පෙදෙසේ සිංහල ජනගහනය දක්වතොත් එය දහසකට ආසන්නවේ.මුසලිහි  බෞද්ධ ජනගහනය 842 කි. යුද්ධ කාලයේදී මෙම මුසලි පළාතේ සිටි බොහෝ දෙනෙක් අවතැන් වූහ. මුස්ලිම් පිරිස පුත්තලම් පැත්තට සංක්‍රමණය වූ අතර සිංහලයන් අනුරාධපුරයටත් වෙනත් පළාත් වලටත් සංක්‍රමණය වූහ. 2009 යුද්ධය අවසාන වීමෙන් පසුව මුස්ලිම් ජනතාව නැවත පදිංචියට පැමිණ සිටි අතර ඔවුන් ගේ පැරණි ජනාවාස වන මුල්ලිකුලම් කරඩිකුලි පල්ලෙකුළි ආදී තැන් වල පදිංචි වූහ.1960 දශකයේ දී මෙහි ග්‍රාම වසම් හතක් විය. 1980 දශකය වන විට මෙම මුසලි පළාතේ ග්‍රාම වසම් 08 දක්වා වර්ධනය විය. ඒවා නම් මෙතැන්වැලි අරිප්පු සිලාවතුර අකාතිමුරුප්පු මරිච්චකට්ටි කොක්කුපඩයාන් මුල්ලිකුලම් වෙප්පල් සහ කරඩිකුලි වශයෙන් විය. මරිච්චකටුට්වෙන් ඔබ්බට ජනාවාසකරණය ආරම්භ කරන ලද්දේ 2010 වසරේදී පමණය. ඒ සඳහා ඉඩම් ඉල්ලා වන සංරක්ෂණ අධ්‍යක්ෂ වරයා වෙත යැවූ ලියුම් වලට අනුව ඉඩම් නිදහස් කළ බව පැවසේ. නමුත් ඔවුහු මෙලෙස ඉඩම් ඉල්ලා සිටින ලද්දේ මරිචිකට්ටුවෙන් හෝ කරඩිකුලි ගම්මානයෙන් නොව ඉන් ඔබ්බට යන මන්නාරම් මාර්ගයේ කල්ලාරු වනාන්තරයෙන්ය.

     2013 වසරේ දී මන්නාරම දිස්ත්‍රික්  ලේකම් වරයාට ලිපියක් යවන වන සංරක්ෂණ ජනරාල් කේ.පී. ආරියදාස මහතා මුස්ලිම් අවතැන් වූවන් ගැන සඳහන්කරයි. කුලන් කුලම් සම්බදාමුසලිකාඩු පණ්ඩාර වෙල්ලි පුතුවේල්ලි  මුසලි  පුන්නච්චි කුලම් සහ මරිච්චිකට්ටි යන තැන් වල සිට අවතැන් වූවන් සඳහා  මරිච්චකට්ටු සිලාවතුර මර්ගයේ කි.මී. 23-29 අතර මග දෙපසේ මීටර් 250 ක පළල බිම් තීරුවක් නිදහස් කළ යුතු බව එහිදී සඳහන් කර ඇත.එසේම  අකාති මුරුප්පු පිච්චායි වන්නියා කුලම් වෙප්පන් කුලම් යන ස්ථාන වලින් අවතැන් වූවන් සඳහාද පිච්චායි වනන්නියාකුලම් නම් ස්ථානයෙන්ද විඩතලතිව් හි අනාථ වූවන් සඳහා එම ස්ථානයට යාබද මඩු රක්ෂිතයෙන්ද ඉඩම් ලබා දෙන මෙන් මෙහිදී ඉල්වා ඇත. ඒ අනුව මන්නාරම් දිස්ත්‍රික්කයේ මුසලි කොට්ඨාශයට අයත් අක්කර 1080 ක් නිදහස් කිරීමට වන සංරක්ෂණ දෙපාර්තමේන්තුව කටයුතු කර තිබේ.

      මේ කාලයේ මේ වනාන්තරය රජයේ සෙසු කැලෑ ලෙස තිබුණි. පසුව 2003 වසර වන විට ඒවා වන සංරක්ෂණ අංශ වලට පවරන ලදී.  වන සංරක්ෂණ බලධාරීන් ජනතාව අවතැන් වූ නියම ස්ථාන ගැන සොයා බැලීමක් නොකොට  ඉඩම් නිදහස් කරලීමට අවසර ලබා දී තිබේ. ඒ අනුව 2011 දී ආරම්භ කරන්නට යෙදුණු නව ගම්මාන ඉඳි කරලීම දිගින් දිගටම සිදු විය මෙයට කටාර් රජයේ පූර්ණ අනුග්‍රහය රැගෙන දෙන ලද්දේ රිෂාඩ් බද්යුදීන් අමාත්‍යවරයා විසිනි. එවකට තිබූ රජයේ සහායද එයට ලැබුණු බව පෙනේ.නමුත් අවතැන් වූ සිංහලයන් සඳහා කිසිම ඉඩමක් අමත්‍යරුන් විසින් ඉල්ලා නොසිටි අතර ඉඩම්ද නිදහස් නොකෙරුණි.

         මේ කාලයේ මෙම වන එළි පෙහෙළි කිරීම ගැන බොදු බල සේනා සංවිධනය විසින් විශාල හඬක් නගන ලද අතර ඒ නිසාම රජයේ ඉහළ තැන් වලින් එම සංවිධානයට දේෂාරෝපණ එල්ල විය. එහෙත් නව ගම්මාන ඉඳි කිරිම දිගින් දිගටම සිදු වී තිබේ. ගිය රජයෙන් මෙම කටයුත්තට උදව් උපකාර ලබා ගත් රිෂාඩ් ඇමතිවරයා යහපාලනය පිහිටුවීමටද සිය දායකත්වය ලබා දී මහින්ද රාජපක්ෂ මහතා පරාජයට පත් කරලීමට කටයුතු කළහ. එම රජයේ උදව්වෙන් වනාන්තර හෙළි පෙහෙළි කිරීම කළද එම රජයටම විරුද්ධව කටයුතු කිරීම නිසා එම ප්‍ර දේශ යේ මුස්ලිම් ජන පදනමෙන් චන්දය නොලැබුණි.එය බොදු බල සේනා නිසා නොලැබුණු බව පැවසීම මුසාවකි.

        දැන් ඉදිරි පළාත් පාලන මැතිවරණය සඳහා සභිකයන් තීරණය කරලීමට 2043/56 2017 නොවැම්බර් 02  ගැසට්ටුව පළාත්සභා සහ පළාත් පාලන අමාත්‍යවරයා විසින් නිකුත් කර තිබේ. ඉහතකී කලාපය අයත් වන්නේ මුසලි ප්‍රා දේශීය සභාවටයි. මුසලි පළාත් පාලන ආයතනය 2011  චන්ද විමසීමේ දී පත් වූ මන්ත්‍රී සංඛ්‍යාව  නවයකි. එහි වැඩි බලය එක්සත් මහජන නිදහස් සන්ධානය දිනාගෙන තිබුණි. මුස්ලිම් නියෝජනය එහිදී වැඩිතරමකි. දැන් මෙම ගැසට් පත්‍රය අනුව ග්‍රාම සේවා වසම් විස්සකට මන්ත්‍රී කොට්ඨාශ දහයක  සංඛ්‍යාවක් ඇතුලත් කර තිබේ. පුදුමයට කරුණ නම් 2011 න් පසු හෙළි පෙහෙළි කරන ලද කල්ලාරු වනාන්තර කොටසටත්  මන්ත්‍රී කොට්ඨාසයක් නම් කිරීමයි. එය නම් කර තිබෙන්නේ  පල්ලේකුළි යනුවෙනි. නමුත් පල්ලේකුළි ගම්මානය පිහිටා තිබෙන්නේ මරිච්චකට්ටු ගම්මානයට ආසන්නව එයට යාබදවය. පැරණි මන්නාරම් මාර්ගයට නැගෙනහිර දෙසින් එවැනි ගම්මානයක් නැත. සොයා බැලීමේදී දැන ගන්නට ඇත්තේ 2011 වසරේ දී පමණ සිට මෙම නමින් ග්‍රාම නිළධාරි කොට්ඨාශයක් බිහි කර තිබෙන බවයි. සීමා නිර්ණය කිරීමේ දී එහි ප්‍රා දේශීය සීමාව පුළුල් කොට සියළුම වනාන්තර ඇතුලත් වන පරිදි විශාල පෙදෙසකට පැතිරෙන ලෙසට  එනම් අනුරාධපුර දිස්ත්‍රික් මායිම තෙක් ඇතුලත් කර තිබේ.එසේම කොන්ඩච්චිය අවට වනාන්තරයත් අකාතිමුරුප්පු අවට වනාන්තරයත් මරුතමඩු වනාන්තරයත් යන ප්‍ර දේශ සියල්ල එක් වන සේ මන්ත්‍රී කොට්ඨාශ තීරණය කර ඇත. අනාගතයේදී එම වනාන්තරයන්ද කපා සම්පූර්ණ මුස්ලිම් ජනාවාසයන් බිහිකිරීමට සැලසුම් සකස් කර තිබේ.මෙය පැහැදිලිව පළාත්සභා ඇමතිවරයා  ගේ උපදෙස් පිට ගන්නා ලද තීරණයකි. කෙසේ වෙතත් නව ගැසට් පත්‍රය මගින් මෙම බලය බෙදීම තවදුරටත් තහවුරු කර ඇති බව පෙනී යයි.

      රිෂාඩ් බද්යුදීන් අමාත්‍ය වරයා විල්පත්තුව කපා නැත. ඔහු පැවති රජයේ අනුග්‍රහය ලබා ප්‍රා දේශීය ලේකම් කාර්යාලයේ භාරව තිබූ සෙසු වනාන්තරයක් කපා නව ජනපද සාදා ඇත. රජයේ අනුමැතිය ඇතිව එය කළද නව ජනපද සාදා ගැනීමට ඔහුට නීතියෙන් නම් ඉඩක් නැත. පරිසර විනාශයක් පැහැදිලිව සිදු වුවද අවතැන් වූවන් පදිංචි කිරීමේ මුවාවෙන් පුත්තලමෙන් මිනිසුන් ගෙනවුත් මරිච්චකට්ටුවෙන් ඔබ්බට පදිංචි කරවීම නීති විරෝධී වෙයි. මේ පිළිබඳව  පරිසර සංවිධානයන් විසින් නීති මාර්ගයට ගොස් ඇති නමුදු ජාතිවාදී කොට්ඨාශ නිර්ණය ගැන ප්‍රශ්ණ කිරීමක් කරප්‍රශ්ණ නැත. ජාතිවාදී හංවඩුව ගැසේ යයි බියෙන් ඔවුහු අවධානය යොමු කරන ලද්දේ සිදුව ඇති වන විනාශය ගැන පමණකි. 2011 වසරේ සිට ක්‍රමානුකූලව ජාතිවාදී ලෙසට මෙම කලාපයේ ඉඩම් මංකොල්ලයක් සිදු කර ඒවා සීමා නිර්ණය මගින් නීත්‍යානුකූල කර ඇත.2009 සිට ලබා ගන්නා ලද ගූගල් සිතියම් අධ්‍යනය කරන කල්හි මෙම ජනපදකරණය පැතිරී ගිය ආකාරය පෙන්වා දිය හැකිය.මෙම ගැටළුවට හිටපු රජයේ ඇමතිවරු වන නිළධාරීන් දිසාපතිවරුන් ආදී සියල්ල වගකිව යුතුය.එසේම අවතැන් ව සිටින සිංහල ජනතාව නැවත මෙම මුසලි කොටසේ පදිංචි නොකිරීම පිළිබඳව නැවත පදිංචි කරවීමේ අධිකාරියද වග කිව යුතුය.

        2007 වසරේ අවසන් කොට ඇති ජාතික භෞතික සැලසුම් ප්‍රතිපත්තිය අනුව මරිච්චකට්ටි සිට මාන්තොට දක්වා ප්‍රදේශය සංචාරක ප්‍රවර්ධන කලාපයක් ලෙසට නම් කර තිබේ. වත්මන් ජනාධිපතිවරයා විසින් මරිච්චකට්ටි කල්ලාරු වනාන්තර කොටසක් පමණක් රක්ෂිත වනාන්තර බවට පත් කොට 2017 මාර්තු මස ගැසට්ටුවක් නිකුත් කර තිබෙන්නේ මේ සංචාරක ප්‍රවර්ධන ප්‍රදේශය නිදහස් කරලීමටයි. පරිසර වේදීන් ගේ ඉල්ලීම වූයේ මේ වනාන්තර පෙදෙස විල්පත්තු ජාතික වනොද්‍යානයට එක් කළ යුතු බවයි. නමුත් එය සිදු නොවූයේ  සංචාරක කලාප සඳහා මේ ප්‍රදේශ විදේශිකයන්ට බදු දීම පිණිස යොදා ගැනීමට ඉලක්කයක් .තිබෙන බැවිනි. එවිට ඉන් සම්පූර්ණ ප්‍රතිලාභය අත් කරගන්නේ බද්යුදීන් ඇමතිවරයා විසින් පදිංචි කරන ලද මුස්ලිම් ජනතාවයි.දැන් නැවතත් මුස්ලිම් දේශපාලකයන්ගේ විරෝධය නිසා ගැසට්ටුව හකුළා ගැනීමට යන බව දැනගන්නට තිබේ. රජයට පරිසරයෙන් වැඩක් නැත.මුහුදට සමීප මෙවැනි ඉඩම් විදේශිකයන්ට පැවරීමෙන් අතයට ගන්නා ලාභය උපරිම කරගත හැකිය.අනෙක් අතට සිංහල චන්ද වලට වඩා මුස්ලිම් චන්ද සිතියම දිග හැර ගැනීම වඩා වාසිදායකය. අවතැන් වූ  7000 ක් පමණ වූ සිංහලයන් නැවත පදිංචි කරලීමට වන සංරක්ෂණයට හෝ රජයේ සිංහල ඇමතිවරුන්ට රුදාවක් නැත්තේ එබැවිනි.

. ප්‍රශ්ණය වන්නේ අන්තවාදී පිරිස වලට ඉතා පහසුවෙන් මෙම ප්‍ර දේශය හරහා රටට ඇතුළු වීමට ඉඩකඩ සැලසීමයි.

 මතුගම සෙනෙවිරුවන්

Smile of gratitude. Happy Thanksgiving.

November 23rd, 2017

Ven. Bhante Y. Wimala

This morning as I woke up and opened my eyes I felt the rays of rising sun touching my face. I got up and looked through the window. Sky was painted with shades of red, pink and yellow. As the colors in the sky slowly changed, the trees, branches and bushes were perfectly still. No cars or people around to be seen. Deep silence and soothing quietness enriched the experience of beautiful sunrise.

Today is the Thanksgiving Day here in the USA. Nobody seems to be awake yet to appreciate the magic of this magnificent sunrise. Yet, whether you see it or not the sun will rise every morning, often bursting with breath taking beauty. Humans and animals, plants and insects, all living beings and all living things are blessed and nurtured by the mysterious energy of the sun every day.

I sat on my bed and crossed my legs. It is time for morning meditation. I closed my eyes and relaxed the body. The clear picture of the colorful sunrise so alive in my mind. The colors of the sky and the warm rays of the sun, peace and the stillness all have touched my heart deeply. I feel awake to the moment.

Positive, peaceful feelings fill my mind. A smile flows from my heart. A smile of gratitude, a smile of thankfulness, a smile of appreciation, a smile for all the people who have crossed the path of my life.  As we celebrate this special Thanksgiving Day I share with you this smile of gratitude, the smile of thankfulness and the smile of appreciation.

I wish that everyday the magic and the beauty of the sunrise will nurture and brighten up your day as you awaken to experience a new day. I wish that you would go to bed everyday with feelings of gratitude and thankfulness for life and experience calm, restful and peaceful sleep.  Happy Thanksgiving.

May you be well, happy and peaceful.

Ven. Bhante Y. Wimala

චන්ද්‍රිකා යුද්ද කරපු හැටි රෙද්ද පල්ලෙන් බේරීම

November 23rd, 2017

සිංහල දීපය

චන්ද්‍රිකාගේ කටේ නරිවාදම රෙද්ද පල්ලෙන් බේරීම

Joint Opposition to sue police officers who pursue unlawful orders

November 23rd, 2017

By Manushi Silva Courtesy Adaderana

The Joint Opposition will initiate legal action, seeking personal compensation, against police officers who pursue unlawful orders, said former parliamentarian Professor G.L. Peiris.

Addressing a media briefing held at Colombo today (23), the former foreign minister alleged that there are attempts to arrest former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa.

The main reason for Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s arrest is him revealing about the constitution to the public through the  formation of an organization named Eliya” (light), alleged Peiris.

This government is following a mechanism of imprisoning their opposition through intimidation by the use of FCID. In such a situation, the police officers are neglecting their duties,” he said.

Hello Aloysius!

November 23rd, 2017

By Hemantha Warnakulasuriya Courtesy The Island

What Yasantha Kodagoda, PC, did a few days ago, at the Commission was more far reaching than the great bank robbery itself. What he did opened a mythical Pandora’s Box. It contained all the evils of the world and exposed the charlatans and showed what they possessed beneath their veneer of sainthood, which hit them so badly that they had to hold press conferences at Sirikotha, which could be akin to a plea to exculpate their guilt. Suddenly hitherto unknown, Hector Appuhamy came to be known as one of those Members of the COPE Committee who had received telephone calls from the man who is better known than Ranil Wickremasinghe in this country, Arjuna Aloysius. The UNP was cornered.

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Then, I heard Sujeewa Senasinghe’s outburst. He asked a very pertinent question from the Prince which was tantamount to a challenge of his law degree. “If you call yourself a lawyer can you state two sections from the Civil Procedure Code?” This left the Prince speechless. What was worse, when I repeated the question to my juniors, one of the more adventurous ones asked me whether I could by memory repeat any section of the Civil Procedure Code or for that matter a section from the Criminal Procedure Code? My mouth became parched because I never thought of memorizing the Civil Procedure Code or the Criminal Procedure Code. Then, I thought of the famous saying “little learning is a dangerous thing”. Only a half-baked person would memorize any section of the Civil Law or the Criminal Procedure Code. Having realized my folly, I went on to relate a story about my first meeting with the greatest criminal lawyer of all times, Dr. Colvin R. de Silva. My good friend Morris Rajapaksha, who later became the Chief Minister of the Western Province, told me to accompany him to meet the great Colvin R. de Silva. He had sought an opinion from Colvin about a case that was pending in the Magistrate’s Court. Morris knew Colvin through his political connections. They were all Leftists, who subsequently joined Mrs. Bandaranaike. As we entered the residence in Kollupitiya, he was seated on the steps, wearing a sarong and banyan. As he saw Morris he smiled, got up and took us to his chambers. Having been to other chambers of great legal luminaries I was shocked beyond my belief to see a few cupboards with old books strewn here and there and it was so ill arranged like Colvin’s hair. He questioned Morris in his famous baritone voice. “What is the section of the Criminal Procedure Code you are worried about?” Then he looked here and there and he could not find his own volume of the Criminal Procedure Code. Morris Rajapaksha took off his bundle of books and gave his copy of the Criminal Procedure Code. Then he read the charge sheet from the case record file and after some search found his own Penal Code. Then, I regained my courage and asked him: “Sir, you don’t seem to have all the New Law Reports on your shelf, it must be in some other room”. Then he looked at me hard and said, “I have up to volume 50 of New Law Reports. It’s not necessary to have the newer volumes. Most of the volumes contain cases argued by me either for the petitioners or for the respondents”. Then he looked at Morris Rajapaksha and said, “Morris, I may have read these sections more than a thousand times. But every time I get a new case, I read the section again and again, and I always see something quite new and what I did not see the last time I read the section”. Then I like a fool asked him, Sir, you must have learnt the sections by heart, at least the important ones. He looked at me again and he brought his spectacles down and with his fingers rolled his hair back. “Hemantha, only fools learn sections in any code by heart and they never become successful lawyers. A successful lawyer will read, digest and give a different interpretation that he himself would not have been able to muster on the last time he read the section”.

So, the Prince could always take a clue from the greatest Criminal Lawyer this country has ever produced and say, “Only fools like his Parliamentary colleague would want anyone to by heart the Civil Procedure or the Criminal Procedure Code”. Then, he asked about the Prince’s law examinations whether he had sat them in the Principal’s air-conditioned office or not and whether his answers were written by the Principle himself, but that was not what mattered most. When the Prince took oaths the then Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranayake, who was impeached by the Rajapaksa’s and subsequently reinstated under the present dispensation, was present with the other two judges of the Supreme Court to wish the Prince and even posed for a photograph in memory of this great occasion. That was disgusting to say the least. Though there was a petition sent to the Chief Justice as the Chairperson of the Council of Legal Education, and the manner in which the Prince got through his law exam and the manner in which the Principal conducted the same, Bandaranayake being the head of the Council’s Legal Education, threw the petition to the dustbin. So Mr. Senasinghe, no point crying foul about what happened. By reinstating the impeached Chief Justice to her position, you have tacitly condoned and accepted that the Council of Legal Education, headed by her, had found nothing wrong in the manner in which the exam was conducted and the marks the Prince got.

The question now before us is why you and Arjuna Aloysius talked to each other 62 times when you are an important member of the COPE Committee, appointed by Parliament, inquiring into reports among other things, inter alia, the greatest Bank Robbery in the country.

Why this Masochicsm?

November 23rd, 2017

By Gunadasa Amarasekera Courtesy The Island

The Shorter Oxford Dictionary describes masochism as ‘a form of sexual perversion in which one finds pleasure in abuse and cruelty from his or her associates’’. Since the term is named after a novelist, I thought I could take liberties with it!

I believe this term could be well used to describe our present political arena wherein we derive a perverted pleasure in abuse and cruelty from our associates-US UK etc. Of course, while in the sexual field masochistic pleasure is an end itself in the political field it is a means to an end, to achieve an ulterior motive.

How else can one decipher, understand the phraseology used by Mangala Samaraweera-“takes note with deep appreciation ‘, when he co-sponsored the 30/10 2015 which was the cruelest abuse committed on us.

For a long time I had believed that this government was a hapless victim of the Western powers who are hell bent on dividing this country to further their geo-political ambitions. (Only an idiot will believe that they are motivated by high moral scruples and righteousness).I believed that this regime had no option but be an unwilling partner in the process. I was so convinced  as to extend my sympathy to them while directing my antipathy to ex-president Rajapaksa for not doing the right thing at the right time- namely abolishing the 13th Amendment and appointing useless Commissions as the LLRC to placate his enemies which only displayed utter servility and dependence emboldening our enemies to carry on their agenda with confidence.

Since of late I have been compelled to revise this view of mine.

Having cosponsored with ‘appreciation’ the Foreign Minister saw to it that those reports by world renown experts as Sir Desmond Silva, Holmes etc are not presented at the UNHCR or to the UNO. At no session were those fabricated war crime charges of Darusman and Sooka, the INGOs and NGOs challenged. The presentation made by Lord Naseby in the House of Lords presented a golden opportunity for us to clear ourselves of those fabricated charges. When this was brought up by Dinesh Gunawardana in the parliament the response was lukewarm.

Wasantha Senanayake’s half-hearted ‘thanks-giving’ was an insult to Lord Naseby. The letter supposed to have been written by President Sirisena to Lord Naseby I understand has never reached him. It may have been for our local consumption. When Harsha de Silva was asked to present it to the UPR working group, he dismissed it as irrelevant. His statement, ‘I wish to reaffirm our firm commitment to ensuring the implementation of 30/1 and 34/1 was the height of servility one could imagine. Can one explain this behavior in any other terms other than political masochism! It’s a masochism indulged in with an ulterior motive!

The Sirisena-Wickremesinghe regime knows too well what is in store for them with the reaffirmation of their commitment to implement these resolutions. How the implementation of the Transitional Justice would bring in foreign participation in judicial mechanisms, how there would be hybrid courts, how International investigations, forensic reports, defense lawyers would vouch for the truthfulness of those fabricated charges cannot be lost on them. In the mean time Darusmaan estimate of 40,000 civilian deaths would get inflated to Sooka’s 70.000 and to Frances Harrison’s 150,000!!

What does the Sirisena-Wickremesinghe regime expect out of this self inflicted masochistic exercise?

Many a percipient observer seems to be concerned and worried about it. Dr. Upul Wijayawardhana writing to The Island (11/21) speaks of a hidden agenda on the part of the government. “With so many inexplicable things happening there is little doubt that there is a hidden agenda, but the question that will continue to haunt us is what this hidden agenda is.”

To answer that question one will have to cut through the hypocrisies surrounding this issue.

In the case of hidden agendas the usual strategy is to have the main intention out of focus, shrouded in secrecy. It will come out only as an innocuous by product at the end. As to what happens in this case one will have to visualize the drama that would be enacted in the hybrid courts-the establishment of which has been reconfirmed. (All of this may not happen as I have often repeated, if the Constitutional division of the country takes place before the next sessions of the UNCHR ).

One can be almost certain that with the evidence provided by Darusman and Sooka even the most partial judge will desist from pinning any war crimes on our army personnel. (The Prosecutors as well as the Sirisena-Wickremesinghe regime knows this too well. This exercise is intended to create the climate to endorse the final result-the division of this country).

But the way in which these crimes are paraded, the ensuing arguments, the wrangling, the cross talks, the abuse hurled at those concerned-the sound and the fury will reverberate not only here but across the world. It will provide headlines for the world press. The aura of credibility and authenticity manufactured by the foreign investigators and experts will not only create confusion and alarm in the minds of the world community, but will touch their moral sensitivities and prick their conscience. They will pressure the provocateurs to punish the culprits and if that is not possible to take measures to prevent the recurrence of a mayhem – a tragedy of this sort ever again. The measures they would suggest would be the granting of the demand of the Tamil minority-granting Federalism that will restore their dignity and identity. This no doubt is the ultimate result envisaged by the World powers as well as the Sirisena –Wickremesinghe regime.

The enormity of the crimes paraded and the sound and fury will also have its effect on the Sinhala community –especially the middle class. In their naiveté they will not be able to see through the aura of ‘credibility’ manufactured by the prosecutors. The result would be a deep sense of guilt. And that guilt would drive them to do penance and do justice to the Tamil Community against whom such crimes have been committed! They will endorse these measures engineered by the Western Powers, Elamists, INGOs, NGOS, UNRCH and accept the federal structure offered by the Sirisena-Wickremesinghe regime. (It was this same middle class that supported devolution and the division of the country as a solution to Prabhakaran’s terror.)

This the hidden agenda-the ulterior motive of the Masochism practised by the present regime.

Joint Opposition demands sacking of Minister Musthapha

November 23rd, 2017

By Maheesha Mudugamuwa Courtesy The Island

The Joint Opposition (JO) yesterday demanded that President Maithripala Sirisena immediately remove Provincial Councils and Local Government Minister Faiszer Musthapaha from his ministerial portfolio as he had failed to perform his duties.

Addressing the JO’s weekly media briefing at the Dr. N. M Perera Centre in Borella, Podu Jana Peramuna (SLPJP) Chairman Prof. G.L Peiris said Minister Musthapha should take the full responsibility for postponing the LG polls for two and a half years and violating people’s franchise.Minister Musthapha was not a UNPer, he was a member of President’s party and, therefore, immediate steps should be taken against him, Prof. Peris said.

The Court of Appeal, on Wednesday, issued notice on Minister Musthapha and the Secretary to the Ministry. The Court suspended till Dec. 4, the operation of the gazette dated, Feb. 17, 2017, pertaining to the holding of elections to the local authorities, depending on the delimitation of wards and the specification of the number of members as recommended by a committee appointed by the Minister.

Former External Affairs Minister Prof. Peiris alleged that the country had been without elections for the last two and half years and Musthapha had to be blamed for the situation.

Meanwhile, the JO has tabled a no-confidence motion against Minister Musthapha yesterday in Parliament.

Prof. Peiris said the Financial Crimes Investigation Division (FCID) was illegal and the government used it to conduct a political witch hunt.

“So far more than 10 MPs have been remanded and none of their charges has been proved by any court in the country. We also have got information through reliable sources that the government is planning to arrest former Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa because of his Eliya programme which educates the professionals on constitutional reform process.” He said the JO had decided to file individual court cases against police officers involved in arresting JO members.

සිංහයාට වෛර කිරීම

November 23rd, 2017

කතු වැකිය උපුටා ගැන්ම දිවයින

නව ව්‍යවස්‌ථාව වෙනුවෙන් නිරන්තරව පෙනී සිටින ඒබ්‍රහම් සුමන්තිරන් මන්ත්‍රීවරයා පසුගිය දිනක සිදුකළ ප්‍රකාශයක්‌ පිළිබඳව අපේ අවධානය යොමුවිය. ඒ කවරක්‌ද? “මේ ජාතික කොඩියට මමත් කැමැති නැහැ” යන්නයි. ඒ අනුව සුමන්තිරන් මන්ත්‍රීවරයාද උතුරේ අධ්‍යාපන ඇමැතිවරයාගේ ක්‍රියාකලාපය අනුමත කරනු පෙනේ. මේ රටේ ජාතික කොඩිය නිර්මාණය විය යුත්තේ දෙමළ සන්ධානයට අවශ්‍ය ලෙසද? සියලු ජනයාගේ ගරුබුහුමනට ලක්‌ව ඇති ජාතික කොඩිය වෙනස්‌ කිරීමට කවර බලවේගයක්‌ උත්සාහ දරයිද? එම ජාතිවාදී බලවේගවලට අවශ්‍ය පරිදි ජාතික කොඩිය වෙනස්‌ කළ නොහැකිය. ජාතික කොඩියටත් සංහිඳියාවේ ප්‍රහාර එල්ලවී තිබේද යන්න ගැටලුවයි.

නව ව්‍යවස්‌ථාව වෙනුවෙන් පෙනී සිටින සුමන්තිරන් මන්ත්‍රීවරයා ජාතික කොඩිය ගැන සිය අකැමැත්ත ප්‍රකාශ කර ඇත්තේ මඩකලපුවේ පැවැති හමුවකදීය. උතුරු මහ ඇමැති විග්නේෂ්වරන් මහතා පවා පළාත් ඇමැතිවරයා විසින් ජාතික කොඩිය එසවීම ප්‍රතික්‍ෂේප කිරීම හෙළා දකිද්දී අනෙක්‌ පසින් සුමන්තිරන් මන්ත්‍රීවරයා ජාතික කොඩියට ගරහයි.

කිසිම දේශපාලනඥයකුට ජාතික කොඩියට නිග්‍රහ කිරීමට ඉඩදිය යුතු නැත. මොවුන්ට අවශ්‍ය සිංහ කොඩිය පාගා දමා ඊළාම් කොඩියට ප්‍රේම කිරීමද? බ්‍රිතාන්‍යයේ වෙසෙන එල්. ටී. ටී. ඊ. හිතවාදීන්ට එරට ජාතික ධජය නිසා හිත් අමාරුකම් ඇතිව තිබේද? ඒ හිත් අමාරුකම් ගැන ප්‍රකාශ සිදුකර ඇත්ද? ඉන්දියාවේ හින්දු නොවන දේශපාලනඥයකු එරට ජාතික කොඩිය හෙළා දැක්‌කානම් සිදුවන්නේ කවරක්‌ද? එය බරපතළ ගැටුමක්‌ පවා වර්ධනයට හේතුවක්‌ වේ. නමුත් අපේ රටේ මේ ඊනියා මන්ත්‍රීවරුන්ට පළාත් ඇමැතිවරුන්ට කැමති කැමති හැටියට ජාතික කොඩියට නිග්‍රහ කිරීමට අවස්‌ථාව ලැබී ඇත. මොවුන්ට අවශ්‍ය වී ඇත්තේ උතුරු පළාත වෙනුවෙන් වෙනම කොඩියක්‌ හා ජාතික ගීයක්‌ සකස්‌ කර ගැනීම විය යුතුය.

ඊනියා සුළු ජන දේශපාලකයන්ගේ හිතේ අමාරු සුව කිරීමට ජාතික කොඩියට ගැරහීමට ඉඩ නොදිය යුතුය. සංහිඳියාවේ නාමයෙන් මේ සිදුවන්නේ රටේ අනන්‍යතාව විනාශ කරදැමීමකි. සිංහ කොඩියට වෛර කිරීම තුළින් හෙළි කෙරෙන්නේ කවරක්‌ද? දෙමළ සන්ධානය තුළ ඇති සිංහල බෞද්ධ විරෝධය නොවේද? සුළුතරයක්‌ සැනසීම වෙනුවෙන් බහුතරයේ වටිනාකම පාවාදිය යුතු නැත. වසර දෙදහස්‌ පන්සියයක ඉතිහාස කතාවද සංහිඳියාව ගැන සිතා අමතක කළ යුතුද? සුමන්තිරන් මහතා මන්ත්‍රීකම් දරමින්ම සිංහ කොඩිය නිග්‍රහයට ලක්‌කරයි. මොහු ආණ්‌ඩුක්‍රම ව්‍යවස්‌ථාව රැකීමට බැඳී නැද්ද? දෙමළ සන්ධානය නව ව්‍යවස්‌ථාව ගැන වඩාත් උනන්දු වන්නේ සිංහ කොඩියටත් විනකැටීම සඳහාද? ඒ සඳහාද නව වගන්ති සකස්‌ කර ඇත්දැයි සැකයකි. මොවුන්ට අවශ්‍ය ජාතික කොඩියේ සිංහයා ඉවත්කර කොටියා ආදේශ කිරීමටද? නමුත් මේ බලවේග සිංහ කඩුපතින්ම පරාජය කර දැමිය යුතුය. සංහිඳියාවේ නාමයෙන් බහුතර ජනයාගේ ආත්මගරුත්වය සහ රටේ ප්‍රෙෘඪත්වය පාවා නොදිය යුතුය. සුමන්තිරන්ගේ ජාතික කොඩි අකැමැත්ත මගින් පෙන්නුම් කරන්නේ සිංහයාට ඇති වෛරය නොවන්නේද? එය වව්නියාව පැරකුම් විද්‍යාලයේදී උතුරු අධ්‍යාපන ඇමැති ප්‍රකට කළේය. ඒ අධ්‍යාපන ඇමැතිවරයා අනිවාර්යයෙන් ධුරයෙන් පහකළ යුතු සේම සුමන්තිරන්ගේ ජාතික කොඩි විරෝධයටද නිසි පිළිතුරු දිය යුතුය. තමන් මධ්‍යස්‌ථ දෙමළ දේශපාලකයෙක්‌ යෑයි ලෝකය හමුවේ නිරන්තරව ප්‍රකාශ කරන සුමන්තිරන්ගේ සිංහල විරෝධය මේ ජාතික කොඩි විරෝධය හරහා මැනවින් ප්‍රකට වේ. එනිසා මේ ඊනියා මධ්‍යස්‌ථ මතධාරීන්ගේ වෙස්‌ මුහුණ ගලවා දැමිය යුතුය.

Let bond racketeers be dealt with in the same way as Lalith – Senior retired banker

November 23rd, 2017

By Shamindra Ferdinando Courtesy The Island

Senior retired banker Rusiripala Tennakoon has suggested that those involved in the treasury bond scams be dealt with in the same way former presidential secretary Lalith Weeratunga, was found guilty of causing Rs 600 mn loss to the Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (TRC).

Tennakoon said so in response to Faraz Shauketally on news line, the day after Prime Minister appeared before the Presidential Commission of Inquiry on Nov 20.

Pointing out that Premier Wickremesinghe had denied taking policy decision to instruct the state-owned banks to bid low interest rates at the treasury bond auctions, Tennakoon stressed the need to take punitive action against those who carried out the treasury bond scams.

Asked whether the Joint Opposition (JO) accepted that the treasury bond scam case, too, could be dealt with on the lines sil redi case involving Weeratunga, who had been TRC Chairman, as well as its Director General Anusha Palpita, JO economic affairs spokesman MP Bandula Gunawardena asserted that the cases couldn’t be compared.

MP Gunawardena said that Weeratunga couldn’t be faulted for carrying out a presidential directive. The JO member said so when The Island raised the issue at Tuesday’s media briefing at Punchi Borella.

Gunawardena stressed that there couldn’t be any issue if the President, who enjoyed immunity issued such a directive. The MP was flanked by former External Affairs Minister Prof. G.L. Peiris.

On the instructions of wartime president Ranasinghe Premadasa, then Secretary to the Treasury R. Paskaralingam had provided funds to the LTTE during 1989 -1990 period.

The JO didn’t respond to The Island assertion that a wrong decision couldn’t be acceptable depending on the person issuing instructions.

Prof. Peiris said that President Maithripala Sirisena couldn’t absolve himself of the responsibility for the treasury bond scam on the basis he wasn’t the leader of the UNP. Prof. Peiris said as head of the government, President Sirisena should deal with those responsible for irreparable losses that had been caused to the national economy.

The former minister also urged President Sirisena to reveal his stand on clandestine nexus between some COPE (Committee on Public Enterprises) members and Perpetual Treasuries Arjuna Aloysius.

A smiling Prof. Peiris asked whether bond scams that had been perpetrated twice in Feb 2015 and March 2016 were compatible with much touted yahapalana policies endorsed by some foreign powers.

Instead of dealing with bond racketeers, firmly, the Sirisena-Wickremesinghe government was not contemplating taking wartime Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa into custody on some false charge. The former minister alleged that those under heavy flak over bond scams could resort to despicable tactics to divert the attention of the irate public elsewhere.

Prof. Peiris said the incumbent administration was in an unprecedented turmoil with members pulling in different directions.

The former law Professor said that there had never been a government here or in any part of the world that robbed its own Central Bank.

Our fearless Prime Minister (Baya nathi Agamathi) ran into a Kovil in India soon after giving evidence on Bond Scam

November 23rd, 2017

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe seen leaving after offering prayers at Sri Mookambika Temple at Kollur in Udupi district in Karnataka, India on Tuesday.(The Hindu)

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and his wife Maithree offered prayers at the famous Kollur Sri Mookambika temple, Karnataka, India on Tuesday, India’s Deccan Chronicle reported.
The couple and their entourage arrived in Mangaluru, took a helicopter ride from the airport and landed at Areshiroor helipad near Kollur around 10.15 am.
The security was beefed up for Mr Wickremesinghe’s visit, and as soon as he arrived at the temple, he was given a grand welcome by the temple authorities.


Archak Narasimha Adiga told reporters that Mr Wickremesinghe participated in the Poornahuthi of the ‘Shatha Chandi Yaga,’ which was offered on his behalf at the temple.
The ritual started two days ago and Tuesday was the third and final day. Ganapathi Homa, Gayathri Homa and other rituals were also held on the first two days. On the third day –
Tuesday – the Poornahuthi for the Shathachandika Yaga was held in the presence of Mr Wickremesinghe.
Ranil and his wife arrived at the temple at 11 am and left at 12.45 pm after Poornahuthi. They also had light food at the temple.
Temple sources said that they were not aware of the reason for the yaga at the temple. They, however, said that the Shathachandika Yaga is held for Loka Kalyana (welfare of the world) and Ishtartha Siddi (fulfillment of prayers).
Mr Wickremesinghe and his wife offered prayers to all the deities at the temple. The family was scheduled to come to Kollur in August, but had to cancel the visit due to bad weather.

Utility of Ranil to the UNP is His Ability to Bring Money to the Party

November 22nd, 2017

Dilrook Kannangara

Ranil is not just facing a threat to premiership but also to his party leadership. He was made the party leader and kept in this post for close to 25 years is only because of his ability to bring in money for the party (mostly by foul means). He has absolutely no leadership skills and under his leadership, the UNP mostly languished in the Opposition.

He was made the de facto party leader in 1993 only because of his ability to bring money to the party from various businessmen. His uncle JR Jayawardene introduced open economy in 1977 which benefitted local businessmen. Among them were strong UNP supporters. They were willing to finance the UNP. 1994 parliamentary election was a tough one for the UNP as certain defeat starred on their face. Ranil approached his business tycoon friends, terrorized them of another closed economy if PA won the election and skimmed money from them for the election. Although the PA won, no such thing happened and open economic policies remained.

Having lost most LG, all PC, presidential and parliamentary elections, UNP was in dire straits by 2001. UNP was struggling to pay electricity bills of its offices. But its luck changed suddenly and party coffers were awash with cash. Ranil came to a deal with mostly tax evading businesses to collect money from them (as they kept postponing tax repayment) and give them a selective tax amnesty after winning power. All went to plan. UNP collected a few billions from these fraudulent businessmen, financed an exuberant election campaign and won in 2001. However, the regime took some time to effectuate the tax amnesty as the economy was in a bad shape and the regime needed money to appease the LTTE. By late 2003 UNP came up with their tax amnesty law which was challenged in the Supreme Court and was found to be illegal. Foolish tax fraudsters who financed the UNP lost their money and tax amnesty.

After another cycle of losing any and all elections the UNP contested, it managed to claim power again using SLFP General Secretary Sirisena in 2015. UNP spent most money for the election campaign. UNP leaders were also aware of the impending parliamentary election which was a very expensive affair. They needed money. In February 2015 the central bank bond fraud was done. It was primarily done to finance the UNP by a number of Tamils. UNP won the 2015 parliamentary election but the bond fraud was caught. Once again UNP financing businessmen landed in loss. However, this time Tamil fraudsters hedged their risk by borrowing most of the money they invested in Central bank bonds from Bank of Ceylon. UNP leaders helped them secure the loan.

Now UNP rank and file is convinced that Ranil can no longer bring home the bacon. All his frauds get caught although by then the UNP had earned its money. The fear is for future elections. Any fraud now becomes apparent to all. With this in mind, UNPers want Ranil out. They want a bigger crook to lead the party who can rob the public without leaving a trace. A renowned treasure thief is a prime candidate for party leadership. An ousted crook is also eyeing the UNP top post. Other dubious characters are also lining up to take the reins of the party.

Ranil’s removal has caused panic in the Rajapaksa clan as well. If UNP can offer fresh blood to voters, that will be a huge advantage over the clan dominated SLPP. Voters are fed up of the same old clans they have been seeing for the past 15 years. They want a change of clans, policy and priorities. Youth voters are utterly disgruntled with politicians in their 70s. SLPP or any challenger to the UNP will have to field a brand-new clan to win the 2019 presidential election if Ranil is replaced.

UNP and the JO will try to impeach the president or try to change the constitution to abolish executive presidency as promised by Sirisena. However, they cannot find the 150 MPs required as Sirisena has won commendation from various quarters for his tough action against corruption by his own regime. This has never happened before. Sirisena may balance his action against the UNP by punishing a few from the past regime. Whatever the next steps are, the UNP social media mafia has already started attacking Sirisena. The president has to take the correct decision. Otherwise, he will be seen as part of the fraud and confirm the notion that he is just an effigy. To his credit, he has already caused the removal of two most powerful ministers (justice and finance) without collapsing the government. No past president managed to do so. Now he must remove his allegedly corrupt prime minister. People’s court has given the verdict. In people’s court Ranil has been found guilty. Ranil must go.

බයනැති අගමැතිගේ තිරුපති ගමන සහ කාලයේ ගමන් කරන සුජීව !!

November 22nd, 2017

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November 22nd, 2017

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PM’s testimony raises new questions – Bandula (English)

November 22nd, 2017

Ada Derana

Sri Lanka Ahmadiyya Elders’ Association Annual Gathering (Ijtima)

November 22nd, 2017

By A. Abdul Aziz.

 Tireless efforts being made by Ahmadiyya Khalifa for lasting peace by spreading the true teachings of Islam, applauded by non-Muslim participants.

Sri Lanka Ahmadiyya elders’ Association (Majlis Ansarullah) held its Ijtima (Annual Gathering) on Sunday the 19th of November 2017 at Darul Aman, Pasyala – Sri Lanka. The event started at 9 a.m. with flag hoisting by the National President A.H. Nasir Ahmad, followed by silence prayers. Holy Qur’an recitation by Moulavi K.M. Munir Ahmad followed by translations in all three languages namely Urdu, Sinhala and Tamil. Pledge of the Association was put forward by K.A. Shafiullah, President of the Association.

Mr. A.H. Nasir Ahmad, National President, in his address emphasized the importance of preaching and advised Ahmadiyya Elders should leave this world with a right guidance for the generation to come.

Main feature of the event was, number of non-Muslims including Buddhist Clergies participated in the gathering. Many of them had already read out the Sinhala Translation of the book: World Crisis and the Pathway To Peace and expressed their views in the Ijtima (gathering). They commended the efforts of Ahmadiyya Khalifa for establishing real peace by put forward the real teachings of Islam.

Sri Mangala Ramaya Viharathipathi Ven. Palawella Naratha Swami Vansa Thero said: ‘I have read certain potion of the book ‘World Crisis and the Pathway To Peace, and pleased to know the efforts of your Supreme Head for lasting peace. This is the need of the hour. I am also very much pleased to see Ahmadiyya Muslim Community holding such gathering in which the members of other faiths taking part. Really it will pave the way

for religious harmony, Thero added.

Ven. Sri Dhammaloka Thero from Mirigama, in his speech said: I am very much pleased to have invitation for such an event that lays the foundation of religious harmony. He left a note in which he wrote: ‘This is a very useful event that is taking place in Pasyala. Inviting people from other faiths pave the way to understand about Islam. These events lay the foundation of unity among people. the note added.

Mr. Y.P. Sugath Pathirana – an English Diploma holder from Baudha Pali Vishya Vidyalaya, Colombo, in his address said: ‘For the last four years, I have been in contact with the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at. I read the book: World Crisis and the Pathway To Peace. This is the one – need of the hour. The book highlights the ways and means to avert the World War III. I am pleased for the wonderful task, the Ahmadiyya Community doing for peace. Their Khalifa is really a Champion of Peace, he added.

Mr. M. Thaufeek, in his introductory speech for the non-Muslim guests put forward about the introduction of Ahmadiyya Jama’at and explained true meaning of Jihad.  

Moulavi A.B. Musthaq Ahmad – Chief Missionary, S. Nizam Khan and M.M. Faris addressed the gathering.

22 non-Muslims including two Buddhist clergies participated in this Ijtima that ended with silent prayers.

Construction Corruption; at the Threshold of Human Misery

November 22nd, 2017

Dr. Chandana Jayalath

An e-book will soon be on the internet; titled Construction Corruption; at the Threshold of Human Misery. It is a self-publication since no publisher came forward to take the challenge of getting it to the public eye. Contents are rough simply because truth is bitter. We all know, and indeed experience, that the construction industry continues to receive notoriety for corruption. Undeniably, the public works have been identified as the most corrupt in the world. Law enforcement has been blotchy and not effective at all.  As a result, corruption has long been pervaded the entire construction industry.

As I see in Sri Lanka, the topicality of corruption accentuated by two main facts; a number of large scale projects were reported to have been procured in unsolicited manner and almost every project ended up with high costs than envisaged at the time of tender. Also, it is very much pathetic to see that ‘non-technical’ politicians ‘murmuring’ about construction costs overrun as well as fraud and corruption wildly in media with no scientific reasoning. Cost overrun is inter-alia because of corruption. This is bitter truth. People do abuse and misuse public funds and resources. Our story has a history of almost four decades. Therefore, this book is a discourse in a great length why corruption matters for development, conditions that facilitate corruption, means of combating corruption and the role of whistle blowing, all with regard to public funded construction projects.

Corruption results in projects that are built to unsafe designs or that use dangerous construction methods, equipment, or materials. Quite simply, corruption kills. Corruption kills not only because money intended for the poor ends up in the pockets of corrupt officials. It kills because the bribes set in motion a chain of harmful events—the selection of unqualified contractors; the gross inflation of costs; the failure to complete work; the delivery of substandard goods, or too often, of nothing at all—that hamper development and add to unproductive debt. In fact, corruption and its progeny of fraud, waste, abuse, neglect, errors and omissions are now widely acknowledged to be the single greatest impediment to the development process. This is why Frank Vogl, Author, Waging War on Corruption: Inside the Movement Fighting the Abuse of Power, says that Corruption needs to be seen in terms of the full scale of the human misery that it creates.

Particularly the public clients are desperate to see the end facility leaving no adequate breathing space for planning and appraisal. This ‘political impatience’ leads to substantial changes in the scope of work. These changes inter-alia result from new requirements that the owners introduce and fix for functions that don’t work as specified. If the additional or varied work were so dissimilar from what any person reckoned to such an extent that it is not contemplated by the contract, it would constitute a separate contract, which means cost and time overrun. The ‘authority’ of fixing rates for new works is pivotal for some less scrupulous officials to engage in corruption. In fixing rates for varied works, public sector clients and their representatives tend to take upper hand, apply economic duress, discretion and coercion. It is a form of blackmail in some instances and a source of corruption too. When a large number of changes are instructed though they individually fall within the ambit of the variation clause, they can collectively have the effect of completely changing the scope of the works. Technically speaking, project changes are the biggest contributor to projects going over budget, next to corruption.

While legal reforms may be one way to address corruption, such an endeavor has proven time-consuming and costly. Therefore, we should look to more practical solutions to remedying corruption. E-procurement technologies may provide just such a solution as they facilitate a more transparent and uniform acquisition process. Integrity of actors in the procurement process can significantly reduce corruption risks. Integrity refers to upholding ethical standards and moral values of honesty, professionalism and righteousness. It is a cornerstone for ensuring fairness, non-discrimination and compliance in the public procurement process. Therefore, safeguarding integrity is at the basis of any effort to curb corruption in the public procurement.

A sadly neglected skill is the proper tender and contract documentation that millions of money being blindly wasted. The trend is that claims specialists are reported mobilize on international contracts even before construction commences, locate loopholes in the documentation and look for lapses in the process of contract administration that will altogether facilitate ‘spicy’ claims. Many claims within this context end up as a horse deal but the consultants have no authority to horse trade. While corruption is very difficult to trace mainly because the parties only deal with hard cash, it becomes a ‘technical’ cancer not easily detectable when it is connected with the supply and demand side of the construction as an un-detachable segment of the economy. There is also political patronage to cover up inefficiencies and corruption. Unwillingness to disclose facts and lack of interim reviews make the final post review difficult if not impossible. And moreover, the fast track procurement basis of many construction projects cause rapid shift of project gangs from one project to another whose concern is time rather than scrutiny.

Overstating a claim with the idea that it will settle for less is a false claim actionable under civil lawsuit, however, parties indulge in coffee shop deals and red carpet negotiations with the blessings of dirty politics of the country.  It should be noted in the meantime that an act of whistle blowing helps fostering a corrupt free working environment, to a greater extent. Believing in the concept of informed society where people, the general masses, know how and when to stand by their own rights and obligations, this may be effective very much. In the meantime, professionals owe a moral duty to support and contribute this grim way towards an informed society where corruption is minimal. Cost overrun essentially warrants some kind of whistle-blowing by disclosing correct information to the appropriate regulators, police or the media about malpractices. Whistle-blowing is a selfless act any citizen can subscribe in good faith.

Corruption is so pervasive in the construction sector, and in particular, the volume of funds flowing through these projects makes it easier to inflate prices. For example, the construction of a port can cost upwards of billions of dollars and thus it becomes easier to add extra money to the total funds, for bribes and kick-backs, without it being immediately obvious. Furthermore, it is often difficult to accurately assess the quality of the final project until long after the contract has been paid out. This is especially visible in the road sector, where sub-standard construction can lead to the appearance of potholes and other damages only after the road has been completed.

A further reason for the presence of corruption in this sector may be the result of the bureaucracy involved almost in all the stages of a project. Due to the volume of investment required for infrastructure projects, it is usually the public sector which contracts out jobs to the private sector. In this respect, governments play the role of both clients and regulators. In some instances, both the engineer and contractor come from the same organization. While regulation of the sector is indispensable, it is often quite a nebulous, poorly enforced process we come across owing to politicization.

Indeed, corruption occurs where politicians choose a project primarily for their own illicit profit or benefit. This may occur, for example, where a road project is selected because it will pass by the first citizen of the country. Another example is where an airport project is commissioned, which is far in excess of the country’s requirements and ability to fund, because the government minister responsible for approving the project has been bribed by the intended contractor. Also, a power project is approved which will impose tariffs far in excess of the population’s ability to pay because the government minister responsible for approving the project and those responsible for operating the finished power station will gain individual benefit from the arrangement.

Corruption is global concern that single-source bidding is spiraling in both developed and developing nations, heightening the risk of corruption in an already clouded procurement industry. Conscientious governments have introduced legislation to handle all aspects of procurement, including unsolicited proposals. In a couple of press conferences the newly elected government emphasized the fact that they do not entertain unsolicited proposals any longer. During the last few years it was observed that the approval of unsolicited project proposals by the Cabinet of Ministers have increased and it has been subject to criticism.

In nutshell, there is no financial discipline in this event, apart from utilizing the funds for the lavish expenditure. Tendency is to loosely deal with it. In a corrupted society, personal enrichment takes prominence over the establishment of rights for the common good. This is where politicos and officials tend to take biased decisions. Corruption is negatively correlated with prosperity not because corruption deters prosperity but because potential prosperity makes corruption too costly to ignore. Cost of corruption is not just money pilfered via illegal means. There is opportunity cost latent and unascertainable in exact monetary terms. The opportunity cost of anything is the highest valued alternative that must be forgone when a choice is made. It is actually a cost, like a loss. The ‘loss’ here means the loss of benefits derivable from the alternative missing or not chosen. Today, highways are being planned as if there is no alternative. Possible alternatives or economic viability is not studied. The award of contracts without competitive bids is nothing less than a calculated theft of public funds, a mortgaging of the country’s future.

Corruption takes many forms with differing effects. Zero tolerance is only a popular myth. Its relentless force comes from its symbiotic relationship with the government and public officials; the amount of funds involved; the complexity of the projects; the lack of controls; and a culture that is ingrained in the way the people get misled and accustomed to. Transparency International (TI) believes that corruption on construction projects can only be eliminated if all project participants co-operate in the implementation of effective anti-corruption actions which address both the supply and demand sides of the corruption. These participants include governments, funders, project owners, contractors, consultants, and suppliers, and without forgetting, the professional bodies.

Considering the number of project participants, it is important that broad reform approaches are taken to reduce the extent and impact of corruption. These include transparency, participation, and competition, reduced discretionary powers, improved financial management, post project review and external auditing. Governments need greater tools to audit and monitor public spending and better manage public resources connected with the construction supply chain. In my own experience and estimation, the context rather the culture as against the process is more forceful in galvanizing the concept of whistleblowing across the board. Yet, the function of technical auditing remains primeval.

Lack of proper interim review is what has been mattered in almost every unsuccessful project. Some do pre preview but no post review. A post project review helps determine whether the project delivered the desired benefits met the customer requirements and remained within scope and budget. It also helps gauge the user’s comments about performance, reliability, suitability and ease of use. It is important to have a practice of post project review so that a mistake may not be repeated in the next project. A project retrospective is more than just having a big group-hug. A reflection is also about examining the numbers, i.e. the facts and figures, and using that information to feed future projects.

Court backlogs too encourage corruption. Delays which go on for years aggravate this factor. Within modern development projects, the possibilities of corruption are extraordinarily large and if the matters of dispute go through court processes, such corruption would be exposed. At the same time it needs to be stressed it is possible to create justification for corruption when quick results are possible as against the possibilities of justice accompanied only with extraordinary delays. Justice delayed is justice denied. Law should not only be seen but meticulously seen to be done. On the other hand, it is tempting, however, to concede also that, beyond a few high-profile cases where professionals have stepped out of line to warn of impending issues. The professional institutions too have taken conveniently a passive role in relation to the public interests duty owed by their members. To do more, without a clear and pressing need, it will entail further bureaucracy and public expense.

Corruption often goes unchallenged when people do not speak out about it. Witness accounts offer invaluable insight into corruption, and are powerful tools in the fight against it. From exposing multi-million dollar financial scams to dangerous medical practices, whistleblowers play a crucial role in saving resources and even lives. This is equally important in public projects where supply, installation and maintenance are fundamental. Public education is also essential to de-stigmatize whistleblowing, so that citizens understand how disclosing wrongdoing benefits the public good. When witnesses of corruption are confident about their ability to report it, corrupt individuals cannot hide behind the wall of silence. Undeniably, the prospect of civil liability might deter people from carrying out this social service. Hence, a perfect legislative coverage is of timely importance.

Controls on information, libel and defamation laws, and inadequate investigation of whistleblowers’ claims can all deter people from speaking out. And in some settings, whistleblowing carries connotations of betrayal rather than being seen as a benefit to the public. Ultimately, societies, institutions and citizens lose out when there is no one willing to cry foul in the face of corruption.  Social audits play a crucial role on taming corruption, not only gauging the pulse of the masses, but also monitoring the devolution of the public service deliveries.

Corruption presents unique challenges to accountability institutions. As such, functional overlap may be the best mechanism to ensure that corruption, whether entrenched or opportunistic, is ultimately exposed and sanctioned. Institutional multiplicity could reduce the risk of failures in each step of the corruption accountability process, increase the resources available and enhance institutional performance.


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