Excellent speech by Major Ajith Prasanna..

December 29th, 2015

ඉදිරියේදී ගෙන ඒමට නියමිත යුධ අධිකරණ පනතට සන්දානයේ බත් බැලයන්ගේ අත් නොඉස්සේවිද?

“මුලු රටම එරෙහිවුන, හැම මට්ටමකම මිනිස්සු පාරට බැහැපු අය-වැයකට අත උස්සපු නිමල් සිරිපාල, සුසිල් ප්‍රේමජයන්ත, අනුර ප්‍රියදර්ශන යාපා, චන්දිම වීරක්කොඩිල, නිශාන්ත මුතුහෙට්ටිගමල වගේ මේ ආණ්ඩුවේ ඉන්න බත්ගොට්ටෝ නැත්තන් බත් බැලයෝ මේ ගේන්න යන යුධ අධිකරණ පනතට අත උස්සන්නෙ නැතුව ඉඳීද්”

“එතකොට අපේ රටේ ස්වෛරීබාවය කියල එකක් තවත් තියනවද, පිටරට සුද්දො ඇවිත් අපේ රටේ නඩු අහනකොට, සාක්ෂි කාරයො සජීවීව එන්නෙ නැතුව එයාලගෙ දිවුරුම් පෙත්සම් එන්නෙ. එහෙම නඩු අහලද අපේ රට බේරගත්ත රණවිරුවන්ව දඬුවම් කරන්නෙ, දැන් මේ මෛත්‍රීපාල මහත්තය කියන්නෙ එයා මේ ගැන දන්නෙ නෑ කියලද. එහෙම නායකයෙක් අපේ රටේ, තමන්ගෙ පක්ෂයේ නායකයා කියනවනම් මම කියන්නෙ ඒ කියන අයටත් පිට කොඳු නෑ කියල”

– නීතිඥ මේජර් අජිත් ප්‍රසන්න –

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මේ තරම් අපගේ රට අගාදයකට ඇද දැමු කාල වකවානුවක් මීට පෙර තිබිණිද? මේ කාල පරිච්චේදය පහුවී යම් දවසක එක්සත් ජනතා නිදහස් සන්දානයේ නායකයො හිතන්නේනම් තම රජයක් පිහිටු වීමට, එදාට රජයක් මගින් පාලනය කිරීමට හෝ අපට ජිවත්වීමට රටක් ඉතිරිවී තිබෙයිද?

වන්නි සටනේ මහ සෙන්පතියෙක් අද සමුගනී… සේවා දිගුව වැළැක්වූයේ ඇමරිකාවද?

December 29th, 2015

මම රටට ආදරේ කළේ මගේ අම්මට වගේ. මම යුතුකම ඉටු කළා. මම අද ආව මගේ අම්මා බලන්න. හෙටින් පස්සේ මම හමුදාවෙන් විශ්රාම යනවා. මම නිසා රටට දෙයක් ලැබුණනානම් මට තියෙන සතුට එච්චරයි. හැබැයි ගැමුණු කුමාරයා කිව්වා වගේ වකුටු වෙලා මට නිදා ගන්න බැහැ“.- මේජර් ජෙනරාල් ජගත් ඩයස්

(පුදුකුඩුඉරිප්පු අවසන් බිම් කඩ මුදාගන්නා විටත්, කොටි නායක ප්රභාකරන්ගේ මරා දමන විටත් අවසන් සටනේ ඒකාබද්ධ හමුදා අණ දෙන නිලධාරියකු ලෙස මේජර් ජෙනරාල් ජගත් ඩයස් කටයුතු කළේය.

යුද්ධය අවසන් වුවත් ජගත් ඩයස් සමග ඇති කොටි ඩයස්පොරාවේ වෛරය කෙළවර නොවීමට එය හේතුවක් විය. කලක් ජර්මනියේ ශ්රි ලංකා නියෝජ් තානාපති ලෙස කටයුතු කළ ජගත් ඩයස් බටහිර රටක සිට වුවද ක්රියාත්මක කළේ කොටි විරෝධී වැඩපිළිවෙලකි. ඔහුට රට ගැන තිබූ කැක්කුම අසීමාන්විත වූ නිසාය).

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This monk is on a mission to help those in need

December 29th, 2015

BY MAJORIE CHIEW Courtesy The Malaysian Star daily,

News of free wheelchairs spread like wildfire and drew a crowd.

“Some disabled people crawled for miles to the distribution site. It was heartbreaking to see them crawling away empty-handed,” related Sri Lankan Buddhist monk Bhante Yatirawana Wimala. He was in several remote regions in Kenya to give away 50 wheelchairs in 2002.

“Some mothers had to carry their disabled children home without the wheelchairs. But they did not even complain. They just hoped for better luck the next time round,” noted Wimala, 57, who described his humanitarian work in East Africa as “most gratifying”.

This monk is on a mission to help those in need

Wimala hopes to make a difference in the lives of others through his humanitarian work. Photo: The Star/Faihan Ghani

Wimala organised eye screenings for the poor rural communities in East Africa. Hundreds often turned up for the free eye check-ups. Some trekked for miles across arid land. Wimala found sponsors for those who needed cataract operations. However, it was impossible to meet every need, and many had to be turned away.

Among the many lives that Wimala touched was that of a weaving mill worker from Kandy in Sri Lanka. The woman and her adopted handicapped daughter were left in dire straits when a relative cheated the former of her money. They were so poor they did not even have electricity in the house. Wimala visited the family, and made arrangements for electricity to be supplied to her house. He even paid for their electricity bills.

On his next visit, Wimala was overwhelmed by the gratitude shown by the two women.

“They could sleep through the night without any fears or worries. On rainy days, they could heat water and cook without having to gather firewood,” shared Wimala.

A church destroyed by Typhoon Yolanda in Tacloban, the Philippines. A new church has since been rebuilt, thanks to efforts by Wimala.

A church destroyed by Typhoon Yolanda in Tacloban, the Philippines. A new church has since been rebuilt, thanks to efforts by Wimala. Photo: Y. Wimala

The political unrest in Sri Lanka did not deter Wimala from reaching out to the needy in the country.

“Armed soldiers accompanied me when I went for relief work in the hostile jungles,” he said.

Wimala was in Nepal to help victims of the April earthquake when a second earthquake hit on May 12.

“The mountain shook. I feared it would crumble under my feet. People were screaming and running. Mothers hugged their children. The mud houses tumbled, raising clouds of dust.”

While touring typhoon-ravaged Tacloban in central Philippines in 2013, Wimala’s feet were infected from walking on the dirty and muddy ground. He blamed it on poor sanitation in the area. He also came across a ship that was washed ashore.

In December 2013, Wimala visited the Visayas, a group of islands in the Philippines that was devastated by Typhoon Yolanda. Over 6,000 people were killed and 28,000 injured.

“Tacloban was the hardest hit city. Millions were displaced in the aftermath of Typhoon Yolanda. We distributed mosquito nets because there were lots of mosquitoes and flies. There were no basic amenities such as toilets.”

A few months ago, Wimala was back in Tacloban to hand over a health centre and two daycare centres he helped to rebuild after the typhoon.

Wimala visiting schools in Kalika, Nepal, which were destroyed in the earthquake. Photo: Y. Wimala

Wimala visiting schools in Kalika, Nepal, which were destroyed in the earthquake. Photo: Y. Wimala

“I listen to people’s plight. I try to fulfil their needs and ease their suffering,” said Wimala.

Born in Kandy, Sri Lanka, Wimala has been the head monk of the Theravada Buddhist Centre in Nairobi, Kenya, since 1999. At the centre, he coordinates humanitarian work in East Africa.

He is the founder and spiritual director of the Triple Gem Society in Princeton, New Jersey, the United States. This is his home base where he organises and gets funding for his humanitarian projects.

He also supervises the Prison Sangha Ministeries which serve inmates in several institutions in the United States. In Europe, he founded the Lotus Buddhist Centre in Prague, Czech Republic.

Wimala has received numerous awards in recognition of his charity work. In 2007, he was awarded the Global Peace Award by the Centre for Peace and the Metropolitan Christian Council of Philadelphia. That same year, the Members of Parliament in Kenya honoured him for his humanitarian work and medical aid in Kenya.

Wimala talking to victims of Typhoon Yolanda to find out their needs and concerns. — Photos: Y. Wimala

Wimala talking to victims of Typhoon Yolanda to find out their needs and concerns. Photo: Y. Wimala

In 2009, the Universal Peace Federation presented Wimala with the award of Ambassador for Peace. In 2014, the City Council of Tacloban in Philipines honoured him for his humanitarian efforts in assisting the victims of Typhoon Yolanda.

Wimala helped rebuild six Hindu temples in Sri Lanka in 2009. Devotees honoured Wimala in the highest manner during ceremonies to hand over the completion of their temples which were ravaged by war. They draped a gold shawl over him and bowed to pay their respects to him. Humbled by their show of gratitude, Wimala felt accepted as part of their community.

Wimala has a road named after him in Sri Lanka, evidence of his impact on whole communities.

“Many donors have been supporting me for a long time. They’re familiar with the way I work and trust me,” he said, adding that he directly handles most projects. He also has a small team of people in the United States who are helping him.

“We’ve a humanitarian fund that is used for the benefit of people in need. During disasters, I will send out e-mails and make calls to people,” he said.

Hindu devotees draped a gold shawl over Wimala to thank him for rebuilding their temple.

Hindu devotees draped a gold shawl over Wimala to thank him for rebuilding their temple. Photo: Y. Wimala

For his relief work on the typhoon-hit areas in the Philippines, Wimala rang up Rev Sri Saranankara of the Sri Lanka Buddhist Temple in Sentul, Kuala Lumpur, and received sponsorship for the daycare centres.

The Buddist Maha Vihara in Brickfields, Kuala Lumpur, chipped in by donating oxygen concentrators, wheelchairs and crutches, and sponsored eye cataract operations for Wimala’s projects in Africa.

After the 2004 tsunami, the temple sent Wimala relief and medical aid for distribution in Sri Lanka and also helped to fund the rebuilding of two Hindu temples destroyed by the tsunami.

Over the years, Wimala has travelled to many parts of the world and helped people in all sorts of situations to pick up the pieces of their lives and start over.

Wimala does not discriminate when he gives assistance. His compassion goes beyond borders, race and creed when it comes to easing the suffering of others.

“I want to help people overcome their suffering and heal their hearts and minds,” Wimala added.

TIME UP FOR JEROME JAYARATNE-BRING BACK  CHANDIKA HATHURASINHA

December 29th, 2015

By M D P DISSANAYAKE

Jerome Jayaratne was appointed as new Interim Coach of Sri Lankan Cricket, to replace Marvan Atapattu.  Jerome Jayaratne’s credentials cannot be  compared favourably with Marvan Atapattu.  To his credit, it is a well known fact that Marvan did not command the full support and respect of some of the seniors, who have since retired.   These seniors, made Marvan’s job more difficult.

If the Sri Lanka Cricket needed time to recruit a suitable  candidate, they should have continued with Marvan instead of placing Jerome in a difficult and a cumbersome role.  Jerome is no match to Marvan or to any of the previous Coaches of Sri Lanka Cricket.

When a Sri Lankan product of Chandika Hathurasinha was available, Sri Lanka Cricket did not not avail an opportunity for him.  Similarly, when Dave Whatmore was available,  he too was not considered by the Sri Lanka Cricket.

Cricket is not played anymore in Sri Lanka and India in the spirit of the game, instead it is a money spinner.   Now, Sumathimapala, Arjuna, Dharmadasa and several famous and not so famous personalities are clamouring for the capture of Sri Lanka Cricket management.

None of these personalities truely love the game.   They are businessmen and fortune hunters.   When Arjuna was in the opposition, he was fighting to remove his own brother Nishanatha from the Sri Lanka Cricket Secretary’s role.   Now, Arjuna is in a great partnership with Nishantha.

T20 World Cup is not very far.   We will be looking at the bottom of the ladder unless steps are taken immediately to rectify.   Bangladesh Tiger’s are now in a commanding position and could pose serious threat to some of the high ranking teams, including Australia and India. Australian team was secretly happy that the recent tournament with Bangladesh was cancelled due to ” alleged security reasons”.  Drubbing by Bangladesh Tigers on  Sri Lankan Lions is also a distinct possibility, judging by the current trends.

We have to pursuade either Dave Whatmore or Chandika Hathurasinghe to team up with Sri Lanka on a long term basis.

What is the National Problem in Sri Lanka?

December 28th, 2015

Missaka A

From Ranil, to Sirisena, from CBK to Samantha Power, from Pakiasothy to Cameron and the invasive Indians we are being told to solve the national problem. Ask Sambanthan he will give some wishy washy reasons, ask Wigneswaran he will give another set of confusing answers, ask LTTE agent Father Emmanuel living on foreign shores and he too will come up with a new list, same too with all other tiger agents all holding foreign passports. Blake, the Soros funded NGO racketeers will have templates of reasons prepared from so many other regime change success stories. Similarly, greedy politicians will have their own lists little realizing the damage they are doing…. thus we have been performing a circus all these years without simply asking what the National Problem is and thereafter look for the solutions. What is happening now is people are putting forward solutions without even putting on the table what the National Problem is.

  • Did we have an Ethnic Problem or a Terrorist Problem.
  • If anyone says we had an ethnic problem can they explain why more Tamils died by LTTE gun than from road accidents!
  • If anyone says we have an ethnic problem can they also explain why there are more Tamils living among Sinhalese than ever before….and can the census produce statistics of Tamil migration from North to South throughout LTTE defacto rule.
  • If anyone says we have an ethnic problem can they also explain how Tamils can survive and thrive businesswise because unless Sinhalese buy from Tamil shops Tamils or Muslims will not be able to sell their products or services.
  • If the federal camouflaged division of Sri Lanka is being attempted by traitors Ranil, CBK and now Sirisena what is going to be their solution to asking all Tamils living in the South to return to the North where ONLY Tamils are supposed to rule. We cannot expect a Tamil Only nation while majority of Tamils are living in the South… this is nonsense and the most stupidest thing the Sinhala dumb politicos can agree to.
  • Why should Tamils have a Tamil Only nation – they cannot prove their indigenous status. As Tamils they are descendants from Tamil Nadu who came via invasions and to escape from harsh weather and economic conditions to Sri Lanka and settled with the Sinhela people who are indigenous to Sri Lanka… the only indigenous race/ethnicity are the Hela people as there are no Sinhela people elsewhere in the world. Their language the Sinhalese, customs and culture are all indigenous to Sri Lanka alone whereas everything that the Tamils follow find their roots back to Tamil Nadu…so there is no concrete evidence that Tamils (however much they scream and shout) can produce to showcase their argument.

For the Sinhalese it is time they wake up to realize that it is their race that is being endangered.

Sinhalese are just 14m against 76m Tamils and over 3billion Muslims.

Shouldn’t this scare the Sinhalese???

 

 

Missaka A

සංගීතය, නර්තනය, අමුඩය හා තනපටය

December 28th, 2015

චන්ද්‍රසේන පණ්ඩිතගේ විසිනි

මේ රටේ ජනතාව පවතින යථාර්තයෙන්, ඉවත්කොට තබා ගැනීම සදහා ජනාධිපති මෙෙත්රීපාල සිරිසේන මහතාගේ යහපාලන ආණ්ඩුව විසින් විවිධ මාතෘකා ජනතාව අතරට අතහැරීම පුරුද්දක්වශයෙන් සිදුකරගෙන යන කාර්යයකි. ජනාධිපතිතුමා මෙවර ජනතාව අතරට අතහරින ලද මාතෘකාව වූයේ, ගායකයා වෙත විසිකරන ලද තරුණ යුවතියකගේ තණපටයි. ජනාධිපති වරයාගේ කථාවට අනුව, මේ යුවතියගේ‌ තණපට ගලවා ගායකයා වෙත විසිකිරීමට  තරම් බලයක් තරුණිය තුල උත්පාදනය කර ඇත්තේ, මධුවිත, සංගීතය, ගායනය හා රංගනයයි.

තනපට ගලවා විසිකිරීම රංගනයේම අංගයක් බැවින්ද, රංගනය සිදුකරන්නට සිදුවන්නේ, වාදනයට අනුවය.  මේ අනුව වාදනයේ හා සංගීතයේ ප්රභලත්වය කවරේදැයි සියල්ලන්ටම වටහා ගත හැක.මේ වාදකයා එම තරුණියගේ තනපටය ගලවා විසිකෙරුවා පමණක් නොව, ඊට එරෙහිව කථා කරවීමට මෙරට පලමුවන පුරවැසියාවන ජනාධිපතිවරයාවද උද්දීපනය කරවන ලදී. අද තනපටේ කථාව, රටෙහි කථා කරන ප්රධාන මාතෘකාවක් බවට පරිවර්තනයව ඇත. අතිගරු ජනාධිපති මෙෙත්රීපාල සිරිසේන මහතා , පසුගිය සතියේ කෝට්ටේ පැවති රැස්වීමකදී, ඉතා රසවත් කරමින් ගායනාවක් කරන ලදී. ගායනාවහි රවකයා තොටගමුවේ රාහුල ස්වාමීන් වහන්සේ වන අතර, ජනාධිපතිතුමා ගායනා කරන ලද පදවැල වූයේ;

සිසි වන වුවන ඉග සුග ගත හැකි          මිටින

නිසි පුළු’ලුකුළ රිය සක යුරු           තිසර තන

දිසි රන ලියෙ’ව් රූ සිරි යුත්           මෙ පුරගන

ඇසි පිය හෙළන පමණින් නොවෙති දෙව’ගන

අතිගරු ජනාධිපතිතුමා මේ ගායනය කරන විට,  සභාවේ සිටින සියලු මිනිසුන් මනසින් තනපට නැති කාන්තාවන් දකින අතර, තුලින් මහා වින්දනයක් ලබයි. රැස්ව සිටි සභාවට මේ වින්දනය ලබා දෙන්නේ කවුද? මෙරට අතිගරු ජනාධිපති මෙෙත්රීපාල සිරිසේන මහතාය. වින්දනය ලබාදීම සදහා එකිනෙකාගේ මනස තුල සිටින සෑම ගැහැණියකගේම තනපට ගලවා දමන්නා බවට පත්වන්නේද අතිගරු ජනාධිපතිතුමාය. එතුමා මේ රැස්වීමේදී සිදුකලේ, කෝට්ටේ යුගයේ, තොටගමුවේ රාහුල ස්වාමීන් වහන්සේ, රචනය කර ගැයූවකි. තොටගමුවේ ස්වාමීන්වහන්සේ, කාන්තාවන්ගේ පියයුරු වර්ණනා කිරීම හා එය නිරාවරය කර රසවිදින්නාට අපූරුවට ගෙනහැර දැක්වූ හිමි නමක් වන අතර, සැළලිහිි සංදේසයේම මීට අදාල පදවැල් තිබේ. මේ කාර්යය කරන්නේ මේ රටේ සිංහල සංෂ්කෘතියේ මුදුන් මල් කඩක් බදු තවමත් අපතුල ජීවත්වෙන ගෞරවණීය ස්වාමීන් වහන්සේ නමකි.

මේ ගායනය කරමින් තමනුත් මහා වින්දනයක් ලබමින් පැමිණ සිටි සෑම ජනතාවගේ මනස තුල සිටි කාන්තාවගේ තනපටය ගලවා විවර කොට පෙන්වා, එය තමන්ගේ  දේශපාලන ලාංජනය වූ හංසයන්ට සමාන බව ගෙනහැර දක්වපු ජනාධිපතිතුමාම, ඊට සතියකට පසු පවත්වන ලද සංගීත සංදර්ශණයකදී කාන්තාවක් තම තනපටය ගලවා දැමීම සම්බන්ධව, දඩුවම් දිය යුතු පුද්ගලයන් කවරේදැයි සොයයි.

මේ තරුණියම යම් හෙයකින් පෙර සතියේදී ජනාධිපතිතුමාගේ ගායන අවස්ථාවේදී රැස්වීමේ සිටියා නම් සිදුවිය හැකිව තිබූ දේ සම්බන්ධව අප කිසිත් නොදනිමු. නමුත් වැදගත්ම සිද්ධාන්තය වන්නේ භෞතික තලයේදී, මේ තරුණිය තන පට ගලවා විසිකල අවස්ථාවේදී, රැස්ව සිටි කිසිවෙක් ඇයගේ තිසර තන නොදුටු අතර, ජනාධිපතිතුමා පෙර සතියේදී වර්ණනාත්මකව ගයන අවස්ථාවේදී රැස්ව සිටි සියල්ලන්ගේම මනෝ තලයේ සිටි කාන්නාවන්ගේ තිසර තන මනාව එලි දැක්වීමයි.

අතිගරු ජනාධිපතිතුමා එදා කල කාර්යයේ කිසිදු වරදක් නැතිවා සේම, පසුගියදා රංනයේදී  සංස්කෘතික වටපිටාවට උචිතව තනපටක් විසි කිරීම මේ රාජ්ත්රාන්තික පදනමකින් කථා කලයුතු කාර්යයක් නොවේ. ගුත්තිල කාව්යේ එව්නි සිදුවීම්ගනනාවක්ම පෙන්නුම් කරයි මේ එක් සිදුවීමකි. මෙසේ විස්තර කර ඇත.

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පැතිරෙන වෙන නද බැදුන සිතැත්තෝ

අති නවි ගිලිහෙන බව නොම දත්තෝ

සැබෑ සංගීතයට ඕනෑ‌අයෙක් නැටවිය හැකි බැවින්, එසේ නටන මිනිසුන් විසින් වෙනත් මිනිසුන්ට දඩුවම් කිරීමට ඉදිරිපත්වීම නොකල යුතුය.

චන්ද්‍රසේන පණ්ඩිතගේ විසිනි

That is called brassiere; she is called daughter of Air force commander; I know not how to lash my son and son in law

December 28th, 2015

Courtesy lankaenews.com

(Lanka-e-News -28.Dec.2015, 3.40PM) It was none other than the daughter of the Sri Lanka Air force commander who darted from the rear stage at the concert in Colombo to kiss and hug Latin Amercian pop singer Enrique Iglatius most passionately and publicly while  he was performing . Believe it or not ,this youngster, Ayendra Bulathsinghala  is not only the daughter of Gagan Bulathsinghala the present Air Force commander whom president Maithripala appointed even  ignoring the monumental opposition mounted by the whole country against that appointment, but is also the prospective daughter in law of a wheeler dealer Wegapitiya the money launderer for the family of Sirisena .

Lanka e news always first with the news and best with the views had the misfortune to expose this disgraceful ugly episode for the first time on the 22nd – the itch at the wrong place  of Sri Lanka’s latest breed of shameless young women  of the so called high society , as well as their uncontrollable sexual lust and inordinate desire to expose  their busts .

 

The president taking over a week  to make this announcement is perturbing and perplexing, and several issues have sprung up in this regard among the people.. The president is bound to  make an announcement in connection with the following issues..

1. The young woman who kissed , hugged and clung on to Enrique shamelessly and most passionately , and who disgraced the Sinhala culture is not from Amparai . She is the daughter of no less a person than the Air Force Commander . Hence it is the Air Force Commander who should be summoned and warned to teach his  daughter to behave better. Instead going to remote Amaparai and making this announcement before  the innocent people of Amparai serves no purpose.

2. It is the prospective daughter in law of Wegapitiya the money launderer for the president Maithripala’s family , that is, the girl who is betrothed to the son of Wegapitiya , who kissed , hugged and clung on to Enrique in a fit of delirious sex starvation . Hence , why go to Amparai and make sermons  as though the innocent people of Amparai are responsible, instead of summoning  Wegapitiya and advising him to teach his daughter in law  good moral values?

3. If the president says , tickets are priced from Rs.5000.00 to Rs. 50,000.00 , doesn’t the president know his own son Daham Sirisena also went to  this concert with six defender jeeps full of presidential  security personnel ? Doesn’t he know his son in law too went to see the show along with the presidential security personnel? (photographs depict) . What are the prices of tickets purchased  by them ? Or did they see the show free exploiting presidential powers ? Is the president going to lash  Daham Sirisena and Thilina Suranjith with the Ray’s tail  tonight for their actions ?

4. The statement made by Executive President Maithripala that those who organized the show should be whipped can be reckoned as an absolute threat and fear inspiring. Doesn’t he know that this show was organized by Light events private Co. belonging to Kumara Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardena ? That means the president is today going to tan the hide of Kumara Sangakkara to whom the post of SL High commissioner to UK was offered almost by force by the president after dashing to the playground like a school boy ? and Mahela Jayawardena ? Is he trying to lash Sangakkara and Mahela because he cannot lash Daham and Thilina?

5. Since when was the requirement  introduced in ths country that the Executive president’s recommendation is necessary for holding musical shows ?

6. Shouldn’t the snake charmer understand he can only make the snakes he has taken  under his attire dance to his tune and not the snakes  that are in the country ?

7. Instead of making characteristic foolish bombastic utterances like lashing others with the Ray’s tail , won’t it be enough to give a sane and sensible warning to the youngsters that when enjoying their freedom and  engaging in pleasurable activities they should exercise restraint ?

Full Report

http://www.lankaenews.com/news/1020/en

‘Sex And Love’ Show; Cultural Police Sirisena’s Family Was There, But He Attacks Organisers

December 28th, 2015

Courtesy ColomboTelegraph

Knowing very well that his family members have also participated in Enrique’s ‘Sex And Love’ show, President Maithripala Sirisena yesterday condemned the organisers of the concert which was held in Colombo on the 20th of December.

Thilina Suranjith

Photo vis Thilina Suranjith’s Facebook

“The President knew that his family members were there” a source close to the Presidential Security Division told Colombo Telegraph.

Acting like the head of Sri Lanka’s “Cultural Police”, addressing a public event in Ampara last morning the President said; the show is “indecent” and “uncivilised”

“The musical show lasted only for an hour. Prices of its tickets ranged from Rs. 5000 to 50,000. they were served Beer, Arrack, Brandy and Gin. This is the power of liquor. This is how they are trying to protect our culture, Some people may criticise me talking about these issues. But I am a Sinhala-Buddhist. It’s my duty to talk about these matters,” he said.

For Full Report

https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/sex-and-love-show-cultural-police-sirisenas-family-was-there-but-he-attacks-organisers/

 

එරිකේට කෙලවන්න ගිහින් සිරාගේ මුඛ මුට්ටු වේ

December 28th, 2015

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 රටේ සභ්‍යත්වය, හැදියාව විනාශ කරන විදේශීය ගායකයන් ගෙන්වා අසංවර සංගීත සංදර්ශන තියන සංවිධායකයන්ට මඩු වලිගයෙන් තැලිය යුතු බවට තමන් කෑ ගසා ප්‍රසිද්ධියේ බැන වැදුනේ එරිකේ ඉග්ලීෂියස් නම් ස්පාඤ්ඤ ගායකයා මෙරටට ගෙන්විමට කටයුතු කළේ ශ්‍රී ලංකාවේ හිටපු ක්‍රිකට් නායකයන් වන මහේල ජයවර්ධන සහ කුමාර් සංගක්කාර බව තමන් නොදන්නා නිසා බව ජනාධිපති මෛත්‍රීපාල සිරිසේන තමන්ගේ බෑණනුවන් හට පවසා තිබේ.

ලතින් අමෙරිකානු පොප් ගායක එන්රික් ඉග්ලේසියස් ගේ කොළඹ පැවැති ප්‍රසංගය නැරඹීම සඳහා ජනාධිපති මෛත්‍රීපාල සිරිසේන මහතාගේ බෑණා තිලින සුරන්ජිත්ද  සහ ඔහුගේ පුත්‍රයා වන දහම් සිරිසේන සිය මිතුරන් 50ක් සමග පැමිණ සිටි අතර රු 50,000ක වටිනාකමින් යුතු ටිකට් පත් 50ක් ඒ වෙනුවෙන් මිළදි ගෙන තිබේ.(50,000*50 කලු සල්ලි කාගේද?)

කට වාචාල 8 පාස් බෙදුම්වාදීන්ගේ පිහිටෙන් රටේ අවාසනාවට පහල වු සිරිසේන තමන්ගේ කට වාචාල කමට අයවැයෙන් කෙලවු අම්පාරේ ජනතාවගේ සැබෑ ප්‍රශ්ණ අමතක කිරිම සදහා කටට එන දේ කියා තිබේ.

මේ අතර ඊයේ අම්පාරේ කල ප්‍රකාශය සමගම මෛත්‍රීපාල සිරිසේනට පවුලෙන්ම දැඩි අප්‍රසාදය පලවි ඇති බව තිළින සුරංජිත් සිය මිතුරන්ට පවසා තිබේ.මිට අමතරව දහම් සිරිසේන මෛත්‍රී විවේචනය කරමින් පවසා ඇත්තේ තමන්ගේ මිතුරන් “ඔබේ තාත්තා ගොඩයෙක්ද?”යනුවෙන් විමසු බවද ඔහු සදහන් කර තිබේ.

ඒ නිසා සල්ලි වියදම් කර තමන්ගේ කැමත්ත අනුව බ්‍රා නොවේ ඇදගෙන ඉන්න ජංගිය ගලවා විසි කරන එවුන්ට මඩු වලිගෙන් තලන්නට පෙර 50,000 ටිකට් 50ක් අරගෙන තමන්ගේ ටොයියන් එක්ක  ගිය දුවගේ මිනිහාට හා රටේ ජනතාවගේ සල්ලී කාබාසිනියා කරමින් එංගලන්තයේ ඉගෙන ගන්නා බව පවසමින  තමන්ගේ දහම් පුතාට මඩු වල්ගෙන් තලා ආවානම් හොද බව කිව යුතුමය.

“පසුගිය සතියේ කොළඹ තිබුනා සංගීත සංදර්ශනයක්. විදේශීය ගායකයෙක් ආවේ. ඒ ගායකයා වේදිකාවේ සිටි කාලය පැයයි. මේ පැයේ කාලයට මේ ගායකයාගේ රස වින්දනය ලබන්න සංවිධායකවරු ටිකට් විකුණලා තිබුනා. අපේ මහා නායක හාමුදුරුවනේ, එක ටිකට් එකක් රුපියල් 5000, ඉඳලා රුපියල් 50,000 යි. ඒ ටිකට් එක අරගෙන ඇතුල් වුනාම මුදලේ හැටියට බොන්න දේවල් තිබුනා.. මෙතන ඉන්න තරුණ දරුවො ඉස්සරහා මට මේවා කියලත් බෑ නොකියත් බෑ හාමුදුරුවනේ. බියර් වල ඉඳල අරක්කු ජින් විස්කි ඔක්කොම බීලා, නටන ගමන් මේ පැයට කොච්චර උන්මාදයට ලක්වුනාද කියලා ඔබ මාධ්‍ය තුල දකින්නට ඇති. තරුණ කාන්තාවන්ගේ උඩු කය වසා ගන්නා යට ඇඳුම, සාමාන්‍යයෙන් කවුරුත් දන්නවා ඒකට කියන්නේ බ්‍රෙසියර් එක කියලා හිටන්. මේ ගැහැණු ලමයි මේ බ්‍රෙසියර් එක ගලවලා විසිකරලා දුන්නා මේ ගායකයාට. මේ අපේ කම් රකින හැටි. ඊළඟට තරුණ ගෑණු ලමයි වේදිකාවට නැගලා මේ ගායකයාව බලෙන් සිප ගත්තා. ඉන්න බැරුව. මේ බ්‍රැන්ඩි විස්කි ටිකට් වල තියෙන හයිය. සාමාන්‍යයෙන් ගමේ බාසාවක් තියෙනවා. කවුරුහරි වැරදි කළහම කියනවා, ‘ඕකට මඩු වල්ගෙන් ගහන්න ඕනැ‘යි කියලා හිටන්. මම මේ කියන්නේ වේදිකාවට ගිහිල්ලා බ්‍රෙසියර් ගලවල විසි කරපු අයටවත්, වේදිකාවට නැගල හිටන් අර අසංවරව විදේශීය ගායකයාව බදා ගත්ත සිප ගත්ත ගැහැණු ලමයින්ටවත් නොවෙයි. මෙවැනි වැඩ සටහන් සංදර්ශන සංවිධානය කළ අයට මඩු වල්ගෙන් ගහන්න ඕනෙයි කියලයි මං නම් කියන්නේ මහ නායක හාමුදුරුවනේ..“

රු 50,000ක ටිකට් එකක් අරන් අතිනුත් තවත් ලක්ෂයක් විතර වියදම් කරගෙන උන්මාදයෙන් එම ප්‍රසංග නරබන්නට යන්නේ ඔහුන් එම ආශ්වාදජනක සිද්ධින් වලට මුහුණ දිමට කැමැත්තෙන්මය.අනික් අතට අවජාතක “අලුත් පරපුර” නමින් හදුන්වාගන්නා ටෙලි පඩංගුවක දෙකක මූණත් තහඩුව ඔබාගෙන මහලොකු නළු බට්බටන්, නළු බට්ටියන් කියා ගන්නා රුපියල් 5000ට විකිණෙන සමලිංගික, දුරාචාරී ගංජා හැතිකරය තරම් නින්දිත නීච තුප්පහි හැතිකර ගැහැනුන් යොදවාගෙන පසුගිය ජනාධිපතිවරණය සමයේ රණවිරුවන් මීණිමරුවන් යැයි කියමින් රට පාවාදුන් උන් රෙද්ද අස්සේ දමාගනිමින් අලුත් පරපුරු නමින් හදාගනිමින් ඡන්දය හිඟාකන්ඩ මෛත්‍රීට වරදක් නැත.

මෛත්‍රීපාල සිරිසේන වැනි xxxxගේ සැබෑ තත්ත්වය මේ හරහා රටේ ජනතාව තෙරුම්ගත් යුතු කරුණක් තිබේ. ඒ වෙන කිසිවක් නොවේ හැමදාම ජනතාව රැවටිමට දක්ෂ කපටියෙකු බවය. මන්ද දවසක මේ රට දෙකඩ කරන ගිවිසුමට අත්සන් තබන සිරිසේන ජනතාව හමුවට විත් පවසනුයේ….”හිටං…මම දන්නේ නෑ නේ එකේ රට බෙදන්න කියලා තිබුනා කියල්ල හිටං…..”යනුවෙනි…

තනපට විසිකිරීම මෛත්‍රී කඳවුරේ තාර්කික අවසානයයි

December 28th, 2015

ජේෂ්ඨ කතිකාචාර්‍ය මහින්ද පතිරණ යුතුකම සංවාද කවය

 තමන්ට ඡන්දය දුන්නේ එන්රික් වැනි ගායකයින්ට පමණක් නොව, කැබරේ ඩාන්ස් සුනිල් පෙරේරා වැන්නන්ට පවා වශීවී බ්‍රෙසියරය මතු නොව සෙසු යට ඇඳුම් වුව උනාලීමට තරම් පරල වෙනසුළු දුබල පෞරුෂැති පිරිසක් විසින් බව ජනපති මෛත්‍රීපාල අමතක කොට ඇති සෙයකි. මේ ඔහු වැපිරූ ඵල නෙලන කාලයයි. වයස පහළොව දාසයේ කෙල්ලන්ට ටියුෂන් පන්තිවල කුණුහරුප කියන අතරතුර මෙරට තිස් වසරක් තිස්සේ විනාශයට ඇද දැමූ ප්‍රභාකරන්ගේ ශුක්‍රාණු සොයමින් නන්දිකඩාල් පීනූ සන්නස්ගල, ලෝක පූජිත ජය ශ්‍රී මහා බෝධිය අසල අඩියක් ගැසීමට සිහින දකිමින් සිටින ඩබ්ලිව්. ජයසිරි හා එම මානසිකත්වයෙන් ම කල්ගෙවන රස්තියාදුකාර අලුත් පරපුර හා පුරවැසි බලය මතු නොව, මෙරට බෞද්ධ සංස්කෘතික පදනම නැතිකළ යුතු බව ප්‍රසිද්ධියේ කිවූ රෝසි සේනානායක වැන්නන්ගේ විනාශකාරී අදහස් ය ජනපති මෛත්‍රීපාලගේ මැතිවරණ වේදිකාව දෙසින් මුළු රටට ම මීට වසරකට පෙර ඇසුණේ හා තාමත් ඇසෙන්නේ. ජනපති ධුරයට පත්වීමෙන් ද සන්නස්ගලගේ පොත් එළිදැක්වීමකට සහභාගී වෙමින් මෛත්‍රීපාල විසින් කිය වූ ඔහුට ලියාදුන් පු# වැනි වචන ජනපතිවරයෙකු තබා සාමාන්‍ය පුරවැසියෙකු විසින් වුව ප්‍රසිද්ධියේ නොකියනසුළු ඒවා ය. ඒවාහි එක ම අරමුණ නම් මෙරට පුරවැසියාගේ අතින් සදාචාර මාලිමාව ඉවත දැම්මවීම ය. අපි දැන් මග නොමග නොදැන සදාචාර වංකගිරියක වසන්නෙමු.

ජනපතිවරයා හා ඔහුගේ අනුගාමිකයින් සැම විට ම කතාවෙන් හා ක්‍රියාවෙන් රටට පෙන්වා දුන්නේ තමන් මෙරට වටිනාකම් පද්ධතිය තඹ දොයිතුවකට මායිම් නොකරන බව ය. ජනපති මෛත්‍රීපාල විසින් කිවූ මහින්ද විසින් එන්ගලන්තයෙන් ගෙනා රත්තරන් අශ්වයින් හා හෙලිකොප්ටර් වැනි නීලකාස කෙබර මෙරට ජනයාගේ බොරුකීම පිළිබඳ යම් විළිබියක් තිබුණේ නම් එය ද නැතිකර දැම්මේ ය. මේ අතර, දේශපාලන එදිරිවාදිකම වෙනුවෙන් සිය මිතුරා හා නායකයාට එරෙහිව කුමන්ත්‍රණය කිරීම හා පසුව පාවාදීම තුළින් ඒවාට සුජාතබවක් දීම මෙන් ම කළගුණ සැලකීම වැනි මහාර්ඝ ගුණාංග පිළිබඳ ජනතා විස්වාසය අවුල් කිරීම ද මෛත්‍රීපාල කඳවුර විසින් ගත් ස්වයංවිනාශකාරි.පියවරයන් ය.ඉදින්, එවැනි දෘෂ්ටිවාදයක් දේශපාලනික ඔළුගෙඩි ප්‍රමාණයෙන් ජයග්‍රහණය කොට තිබෙන අවස්ථාවක දුබල කෙල්ලක උම්මත්ක ව සිය යට ඇඳුම් ඉණිම කැලණි පාලමෙන් ගලා ගිය පොල් ලෙල්ලක් වැනි ය.

ඇත්ත වශයෙන් ම මේ තරුණිය විසින් සිය බ්‍රෙසියර ගලවා විසි කළේ එන්රික් වෙත නොව ජනපති මෛත්‍රීපාල වෙත ය. ඒ හරහා මෙම තරුණිය විසින් සංකේතාත්මක ව පෙන්වා දුන්නේ යහපාලය යටතේ අප ජයග්‍රහණය කළේ මේ කාමවාදය බව ය. එනම් රනිල්-මෛත්‍රී දේශපාලන භාවිතයේ තාර්කික අවසානය මෙය බව තරුණිය මොනවට පෙන්වා දුන්නේ ය. එය ස්වභාවික ය. අපට තේරුම්ගත නොහැක්කේ මේ පිළිබඳ ජනපතිවරයාගේ උදහස් වීම ය.

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December 28th, 2015

නලින් ද සිල්වා

2016 වසර සඳහා වූ අයවැය තුනෙන් දෙකක ඡන්දයෙන් සම්මත වූ බව අපට පෙනෙන්නට ඇති කරුණ ය. එහෙත් එසේ සම්මත වූයේ මුදල් ඇමති රවි කරුණානායක ඉදිරිපත් කළ අයවැය නො වේ. ඒ අයවැය යෝජනා දියවන්නාවට විසි කෙරිණි. සම්මත වූයේ ඒකාබද්ධ විපක්‍ෂයේ විරුද්ධත්වය හේතුවෙන් රනිල් වික්‍රමසිංහ විසින් සංශෝධනය කෙරී ඉදිරිපත් කෙරුණු අයවැයකි. මුල් අයවැය මුළුමනින් ම මෙන් සංශෝධනය කිරීමට සිදුවීම රනිල් මෛත්‍රිපාල අවුල් ආණ්ඩුව ලත් පරාජයකි. අවුල් ආණ්ඩුවට මුල් අයවැය අකුළා ගැනීමට සිදුවිය. ආණ්ඩුව අයවැය පරාජය වූ බව පිළිගෙන ඉල්ලා අස්විය යුතුව තිබිණි. ඒකාබද්ධ විපක්‍ෂය ද ආණ්ඩුවට ඉල්ලා අස්වන ලෙස බලකර යුතුව තිබිණි. එහෙත් තවමත් මුූදල් ඇමති සංශෝධිත අයවැය නිසි පරිදි පාර්ලිමේන්තුවට ඉදිරිපත් කර නැත. ඒකාබද්ධ විපක්‍ෂය ඒ ඉදිරිපත් කරවීමට උද්ඝෝෂණය කළ යුතු ය.

 අයවැය විවාදයේ දී අගමැති රනිල් වික්‍රමසිංහ සාඩම්බර ප්‍රකාශයක් කෙළේ ය. ඔහු කියා සිටියේ ආණ්ඩුව බලයේ රැඳී සිටීම සඳහා ජනප්‍රිය ප්‍රතිපත්ති අනුගමනය නොකරන බව ය. එය ඔහුගේ හා 1948 සිට එ ජා පක්‍ෂයේ ප්‍රතිපත්තිවලට එකඟ ය. 1953 රනිල් වික්‍රමසිංහගේ මාමා වූ ජේ ආර් ජයවර්ධනගේ අයවැය යෝජනා පවත්වාගෙන යෑම සඳහා එයට විරුද්ධව කෙරුණු හර්තාලයට කන්නොදී  නවදෙනකු මරා මැඩපැවැත්වූයේ මහා ප්‍රජාතන්ත්‍රවාාදියකු යැයි කියන ඩඩ්ලි සේනානායකගේ ආණ්ඩුව මගිනි. එහෙත් රනිල් වික්‍රමසිංහ මෙවර කෙළේ කුමක් ද? ඔහු පැහැදිලිව ම බලයේ රැඳී සිටීම සඳහා මර්දනයකට නොගොස් අයවැය යෝජනා දිගට හරහට සංශෝධනය කෙළේ ය. අද ආණ්ඩුවට පාර්ලිමේන්තුවේ තුනෙන් දෙකක බලයක් තිබුණ ද පාර්ලිමේන්තුවෙන් පිටත බලයක් නැත. අද ඔවුන්ට හැත්තෑහතට පෙර මෙන් මර්දනයට ද යෑම අපහසු ය. ඔවුන්ගේ ඊනියා සම්මුතිවාදය ජනබලයට යටවීමකි. මේ ආණ්ඩුව පවත්වාගෙන යෑමට ඉන්දියාවට හා එංගලන්තයට අවශ්‍ය දෙමළ ජාතිවාදයට යම් යම් වරප්‍රසාද ලබාදීම සඳහා ය. මෙවර අයවැය විවාදයේ දී වැඩියෙන් ම කතාකළ මන්ත්‍රීවරයා රනිල් වික්‍රමසිංහ විය හැකි ය. ඔහු අද පාර්ලිමේන්තුවේ අගමැති පමණක් නො වේ. ඔහු තත්වාකාරක (de facto) කතානායක ය. ඔහු විටෙක අනෙක් මන්ත්‍රීවරුන්ට වාඩිවෙන්නට කියයි. තවත් විටෙක යන්නට කියයි. ඔහු හැසිරෙන්නේ අගමැතිවරයකුට සුදුසු ආකාරයකට නො වේ. තත්වාකාරක කතානායක වීම මදිවාට ඔහු තත්වාකාරක මුදල් ඇමති ද වෙයි. එපමණක් නො වේ. ඔහු තත්වාකාරක ව වෙනත් ඇමතිවරුන් ලෙස ද ක්‍රියාකරයි. ඔහු තත්වාකාරක ජනාධිපති ලෙස ද ක්‍රියාකරන අවස්ථා එමට ය.
නීති ප්‍රකාර (de jure) මුදල් ඇමති රවි කරුණානායක අයවැය ඉදිරිපත් කිරීමට පෙර තත්වාකාරක මුදල් ඇමති රනිල් වික්‍රමසිංහ මුදල් ප්‍රතිපතතියක් පාර්ලිමේන්තුවට ඉදිරිපත් කෙළේ ය. අයවැය විවාදයේ දී අනෙක් අමාත්‍යංශවල අයවැය සම්බන්ධයෙන් ද අදාළ නීති ප්‍රකාර ඇමතිවරයාට වඩා තත්වාකාරක ඇමති රනිල් වික්‍රමසිංහ විවාදයට මැදිහත් විය. ආණ්ඩුව නම් රනිල් ය, රනිල් නම් ආණ්ඩුව ය යන අදහස ජනතාවට ඇතිවිණි නම් ඒ ගැන පුදුම විය යුතු නො වේ. සම්මත වූයේ රනිල්ගේ සංශෝධිත අයවැය ය. එයට ජනාධිපති මෛත්‍රිපාල සිරිසේන බීර බද්ද වැඩිකිරීමට යෝජනා කෙළේ ය. ආප්ප සෝඩාවල බද්ද වෙනස් කිරීමට කිසිවකු යෝජනා කෙළේ නැත.
 
රනිල් වික්‍රමසිංහ කෙතරම් ප්‍රජාතන්ත්‍රවාදය ගැන කතාකළත් ඔහු ක්‍රියා කරන්නේ හොඳින් හෝ නරකින් හෝ බලයේ රැඳී සිටීමට ය. බලයේ රැඳී සිටීම සඳහා ජනප්‍රිය ප්‍රතිපත්ති අනුගමනය නොකරන බවට කී පුරසාරමට සිදු වූයේ කුමක් ද? ඔහු මුල් අයවැය අකුළා ගත්තේ ඇයි? ඔහුට අද අධ්‍යාපන ධවල පත්‍රිකාව සම්බන්ධයෙන් කළ මර්දනයට යෑම අපහසු ය. ඔහු බලයේ රැඳී සිටිම සඳහා ජනප්‍රිය වේ යැයි සිතූ ක්‍රියා මාර්ග කිහිපයක් ගත්තේ ය. එහෙත් ඔහුගේ ක්‍රියාමාර්ගවලින් රැවටීමට හැකිවූයේ ඔහුගේ පක්‍ෂයට හිතවත් වෘත්තීය සමිති නායකයන් පමණ ය. ඒ වෘත්තීය සමිති නායකයෝ වැඩවර්ජන කරන බවට බොරු ගෝරනාඩුවක් කළහ. ඔවුන්ට එසේ නොකර සිටීමට නොහැකි වූයේ වෙනත් වෘත්තීය සමිති නායකයන් හා ඒකාබද්ධ විපක්‍ෂය අයවැයට විරුද්ධ ව නැගී සිටි බැවිනි, එකී බොරු ගෝරනාඩු කාරයෝ අයවැය සංශෝධනයෙන් පසු තම ඊනියා සටන අත්හැරියෝ ය. මොවුන්ට අවශ්‍ය වූයේ ආණ්ඩු විරෝධය ද හැකිනම් තමන් අත ම තබා ගැනීමට ය. එහෙත් එය අසාර්ථක විය. ගෝරනාඩුකාරයෝ හෙළිදරවු වූහ.
 
වෘත්තීයවේදීන්ගේ වෘත්තීය සමිති වූ බැංකු සේවක සංගමය, රජයේ වෛද්‍ය නිලධාරීන්ගේ සංගමය ආදිය ගෝරනාඩුකාරයන්ගේ ගැටයට හසු නො වීය. මේ ආණ්ඩුවට අප කලින් ලිපියක  සඳහන් කළාක් මෙන් ප්‍රාග්ධනය නැත. විශාල ප්‍රාග් ධනයක් නොමැති ලංකාවේ හිඟන ධනපති පංතියට රට සංවර්ධනය කිරීමට ද නො හැකි ය. විදේශීක ආයෝජකයෝ ද මෙරටට නො පැමිණෙති. ආණ්ඩුව චීනය දෙසට හැරුණොත් ඒ වැළැක්වීමට බටහිර රටවල් සොච්චමක් දීමට ඉඩ ඇත. බටහිර රටවල් වඩා උනන්දුවන්නේ හමුදාව හා පොලිසිය ඊනියා ප්‍රතිසංවිධානයකට ලක්කර ඔවුන්ගේ ධෛර්යය හා දේශප්‍රේමීත්වය බිඳ දැමීමට ය. බටහිරයෝ තමන්ට අවශ්‍ය ආකාරයට රට මෙහෙයවා ඊනියා යහපාලනය හා ප්‍රජාතන්ත්‍රවාදය ඇති කළ ආදර්ශී රටක් ලෙස ලංකාව හඳුන්වාදීමට උත්සාහ කරති. බිස්වාල් නිතර නිතර ලංකාවට පැමිණෙන්නේ මේ ව්‍යාපෘතිය “සාර්ථක” කරගැනීමට ය. ඇය ද ලංකාව චීනය පැත්තට හැරේවිය යන බියට සොච්චම් මුදලක් දීමට ඉඩ ඇත. එහෙත් ඒ සොච්චම් රට බටහිර ක්‍රමයට සංවර්ධනය කිරීමට කිසිසේත් ප්‍රමාණවත් නො වේ.
 
ආණ්ඩුවට විශාල ප්‍රාග්ධනයක් තබා වියදම් පියවීමටවත් මුදල් නැත. ඔවුහු තවමත් දහනවවැනි සියවසේ මුල ජීවත්වෙති. ඔවුහු තවමත් පෞද්ගලික (කුඩා) ධනපතියන් කෙරෙහි විශ්වාසය තබති. ඔවුහු රාජ්‍ය ධනවාදය දෙසට නො හැරෙති. (මෙයින් අදහස් වන්නේ මා රාජ්‍ය ධනවාදය අගයන බව නො වේ. අපට අපේ ම වූ සංවර්ධන ආකෘතියක් තිබිය යුතු ය.) කෙසේ වුවත් ආණ්ඩුව වෘත්තීය වේදීන්ට එරෙහිව ක්‍රියාකරයි. සීපා ගිවිසුම නැතත් වෙනත් නමකින් ඒ ගිවිසුම ක්‍රියාත්මක කිරීමට ආණ්ඩුව ඉන්දියාව සමග සාකච්ඡා පවත්වයි. ඒ ගිවිසුමෙන් ප්‍රධාන වශයෙන් ම පහර වදින්නේ මෙරට වෘත්තීයකයන්ට ය. වෘත්තීයකයන් මුළුමනින් ම යහපත් පිරිසක් යැයි මම නො කියමි. එහෙත් ආණ්ඩුව ඉන්දියාවෙන් වෘත්තීයකයන් ආනයනය කිරීමට උත්සාහ නොකර මෙරටින් පිටට සිදුවන බුද්ධි ගලනය නැවැත්වීමට කටයුතු කළ යුතු ය. බුද්ධි ගලනය නැවැත්වීමට අද ඇති එකම විසඳුම (ස්වෙච්ඡාවෙන් රටෙහි නතරවන වෘත්තීයකයන් ගැන ප්‍රශ්නයක් නැත. එහෙත් එවැන්නෝ විරල වෙති) වෘත්ීීයකයන්ගේ වැටුප්, වේතන, දීමනා හා වෙනත් වරප්‍රසාද වැඩි කිරීම ය. එය යහපත් නොවූවත් අද සමාජයෙහි වෙනත් කළහැකි දෙයක් නැත. එහෙත් ආණ්ඩුව කරන්නේ එහි අනෙක් පැත්ත ය. වෘත්තීයකයන්ගේ වරප්‍රසාද නැතිකිරීමට ආණ්ඩුව ක්‍රියාකරයි.
 
මා රජයේ වෛද්‍ය නිලධාරීන්ගේ සංගමයේ ඇතැම් ක්‍රියා හා ප්‍රතිපත්ති අනුමත නොකළත් ඔවුන්ගේ ඇතැම් ඉල්ලීම් බුද්ධිගලනය පැත්තෙන් බැලූ විට සාධාරණ යැයි සිතමි. අසූවේ දශකයේ සිට 1993 දක්වා ( අද ඒකාබද්ධ විපක්‍ෂය සමග සිටින ගාමිණී ලක්‍ෂමන් පිරිස්, විමලසේන ඈපාසිංහ ආදීන් එකතු වී මා කොළඹ විශ්වවිද්‍යාලයෙන් අස්කරන තෙක්) විශ්වවිද්‍යාලයීය වෘත්තීය සමිති සම්මේලනයේ ලේකම් හෝ සභාපති ව හෝ සිටි මට බුද්ධිගලනය (මෙය යටත්විජිතවාදී අධ්‍යාපනය හා බටහිර දැනුම් හා ආර්ථික ආධිපත්‍ය නිසා සිදුවන්නකි. එය නැවැත්විය හැක්කේ අධ්‍යාපනය වෙනස් කිරීමට දැඩි දේශපාලන තීන්දුවක් ගැනීමෙනි. එහෙත් ආණ්ඩුවේ හෝ විපක්‍ෂයේ හෝ වත්මන් දේශපාලනඥයන් එයට සූදානම් යැයි මම නො සිතමි) අවම කිරීමට ගත් පියවර පිළිබඳ අත්දැකීමක් ඇත. අද ද විශ්වවිද්‍යාල ක්‍ෂෙත්‍රයෙහි ක්‍රියාත්මක වන වැටුප් කේත 1993 දී ඇතිකළ ඒවා බව ද අද ගෙවන දීමනා බොහොමයක මුල එකල වෘත්තීය සමිති අරගලවල ප්‍රතිඵල බව ද බොහෝ ඇදුරන්ට අමතක ය. එහෙත් එදා ජී එල් පිරිස් විශ්වවිද්‍යාලයීය වෘත්තීය සමිති සම්මේලනයට රැස්වීමට කොළඹ විශ්වවිද්‍යාලයීය පරිශ්‍රය ලබාදීම ප්‍රතික්‍ෂෙප කළ බව මට අමතක නො වේ. විශ්වවවිද්‍යාලයීය සේවයෙන් අස්කරනු ලැබූ මට වැඩිකළ වැටුප් හා ලබාදුන් දීමනා අහිමිවිය!
 
රජයේ වෛද්‍යවරුන් වාහන බලපත්‍ර ඉල්ලන්නේත් රාජ්‍ය වැටුප් පිළිබඳ 1ඃ4 අනුපාතය ක්‍රියාත්මක කරන ලෙස ඉල්ලන්නේත් බුද්ධි ගලනය පැත්තෙන් බලා යැයි මම සිතමි. ඔවුහු රුපියල් 2500ක් රජයේ සේවකයන්ගේ වැටුපට එකතු කිරීමට විරුද්ධ නො වෙති. එහෙත් ඔවුන් කියන්නේ ඒ අනුව අමාත්‍යාංශ ලේකම්වරයකුගේ වැටුප රුපියල් දසදාහකින් වැඩිකළ යුතු බව ය, වෛද්‍ය විශේෂ’ඥයන්ගේ වැටුප් ද සුදුසු අනුපාතයකින් වැඩි කළ යුතු බව ය. එහි වරදක් ඇතැයි මම නො සිතමි. මෙරට බටහිර වෛද්‍යවරුන් දක්‍ෂයන් බව මම අත්දැකීමෙන් දනිමි. ඔවුන් තම වෙදකමේ ඊනියා විද්‍යාත්මක ක්‍රමය ගැන උදම් නොවී, සිංහල වෙදකම මිථ්‍යාවක් යැයි නොකියා, අපේ වෙදකමේ දියුුණුවට අත දෙන්නේ නම් මැනවි.
 
ආණ්ඩුවට ඔළුවිල් ඉංජිනේරු ශිෂ්‍යයන්ගේ ප්‍රශ්න ගැන ද අවබෝධයක් නැත. විශ්වවිද්‍යාලයීය අධ්‍යාපනයක් ලබා නොමැති ලක්‍ෂමන් කිරිඇල්ලට මේ ප්‍රශ්න නො තේරෙයි. ඔහු කියන්නේ ඉංජිනේරු පීඨයට අවශ්‍ය ආචාර්යවරුන් ලබා දී ඇති බව ය. ආචාර්යවරුන් සඳහා මුදල් වෙන් කිරීම එකකි. ආචාර්යවරුන් බඳවා ගැනීම තවත් එකකි. ඔළුවිල්හි ඉංජිනේරු පීඨයක් පිහිටුවනු ලැබුයේ ඒ පළාතේ ඇතැම් ජාතිවාදී දේශපාලනඥයන් සතුටු කිරීමට ය. ඒ රාජපක්‍ෂ ආණ්ඩුව කළ අනුවණ ක්‍රියාවකි. ඒ වෙනුවෙන් ඔවුන්ගේ ඡන්දවත් සංධානයට නො ලැබිණි. ඔළුවිල් පීඨයට ආචාර්යවරුන් බඳවා ගැනීම පහසු කටයුත්තක් නො වේ. බාහිර කථිකාචාර්යවරුන් ඔළුවිල්වලට කැඳවා ගැනීම ද අපහසු ය. අද කළ යුත්තේ මේ සිසුන් ජයවර්ධනපුර විශ්වවිද්‍යාලයෙහි පිහිටුවීමට යන ඉංජිනේරු පීඨයෙහි ආදළ වසරවලට අනුයුක්ත කිරීම ය. එසේත් නැත්නම් කැලණිය විශ්වවිද්‍යාලයෙහි ඉංජිනේරු පීඨයක් ඉක්මණින් ඇතිකර සිසුන් එයට අනුයුක්ත කිරීම ය. අද විවිධ ක්‍ෂෙත්‍රවල ආණ්ඩුවට ඇත්තේ පරාජයක් පමණකි. ආණ්ඩුව අද ඉංදියාවට හා බටහිරට ගැති වී නව ව්‍යවස්ථාවක් ඇතිකර දෙමළ ජාතිවාදයට හා ඉන්දියාවට රට පාවාදීමට කටයුතු කරයි. තව තවත් රට අවුල් නොකර අවුල් ආණ්ඩුව ඉල්ලා අස්විය යුතු ය.
 
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December 28th, 2015

මහා සංඝරත්නය සමග 29 උදේ 9.00 කොටිටාව නගරයේ බෝධීන් වහන්සේ ඉදිරිපිට ආශීර්වාද පිරිත් දේශනයක් හා සත්යග්රහයක්

30 දා නඩුව හෝමාගම මහෙස්ත්රාත් අධිකරණයේ දී කැඳවන අතර එහිදී රණවිරුවන්

ඇප ලබාදෙන ලෙසට ආණ්ඩුව බලකිරීම හා බුද්ධි අංශ රණවිරුවන් ආශීර්වාද කිරීම

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President halts Ravi’s Rs 300 M bonanza to Nihal Sri

December 28th, 2015

By Gagani Weerakoon Courtesy Ceylon Today

A Cabinet Paper forwarded by Minister of Finance, Ravi Karunanayake, seeking Cabinet approval to compensate an individual, paying Rs 300 million from government coffers was put on hold by President Maithripala Sirisena during the Cabinet meeting on Wednesday (23).

This Cabinet Paper which sought paying Rs 300 million to Professional Consultant Nihal Sri Ameresekere seeking an amicable settlement over the long-drawn Hotel Developers Lanka Ltd. case, popularly referred to as the Colombo Hilton case, not only raised many eyebrows of Karunanayake’s Cabinet colleagues but utterly provoked Minister Kabir Hashim.

Karunanayake seemed to have attempted another mischief by presenting this Cabinet Paper keeping Hashim in complete darkness as the latter, under whom the subject falls, had no idea until President Sirisena put the matter on the table.
The Cabinet of Ministers also raised concerns on the matter as the Cabinet Paper was presented at a time when complaints were lodged against Ameresekere at the Financial Crimes Investigation Division (FCID) and with the Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption for obtaining an overdraft of Rs 100 million from the Bank of Ceylon (BoC) just one month before the 8 January 2015 Presidential Election.

Ameresekere in fact, had convinced the BoC management that he was in position to recover Rs 100 million within a month, with monies the Treasury owed him, but has not been settled thus far even after one year.
Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) Western Provincial Councillor, Asoka Ranwala, turned the spotlight on this questionable request for a Rs 100 million overdraft facility from the Bank of Ceylon.

Ameresekere had said that the overdraft facility “will be regularized before a period of one month with the release of certain monies being paid to me by the Treasury, which is now in the final processing stage.”
The JVP Provincial Councillor had questioned the timing of the payment and facility by BOC, the backing by the Treasury for a loan by an individual, the modus operandi, lack of transparency on the part of the Treasury, HDL as well as Ameresekera.
He had also asked the authorities to probe whether there were any political reasons for the payment.

Cabinet Memorandum
Claims regarding Hotel Developers Lanka Ltd. (HDL)
1. Introduction
Mr. Nihal Sri Ameresekere, a Professional Consultant, had been a main Promoter, Director and Subscriber of Hotel Developers (Lanka) PLC (HDL), which had promoted and developed the Hilton Hotel, immediately after the ethnic riots of July 1983.
1(a) Upon having discovered a fraud in the construction of the Hilton Hotel, Mr. Ameresekere, as a shareholder of HDLL, had filed in 1990 a derivative action in law, in the right and on behalf of HDLL, D.C. Colombo Case No. 3155/Spl, preventing any payments being made to the Japanese Consortium, Mitsui and Taisei, who constructed and developed the Hilton Hotel, as and by way of Loans to HDLL, which had been guaranteed by the Government.

2. Subsequently, in the context of Japan at that time having been the major aid provider to Sri Lanka, the Secretary to the Treasury and the Hon. Attorney General had intervened with Mr. Ameresekere urging that his Cases be amicably settled.
3. Accordingly, draft Settlement Agreements had been formulated by the Hon. Attorney General, in concurrence with the Treasury, and which had been forwarded to Mr. Ameresekere in June 1993. These Settlement Agreements, on the insistence of Mr. Ameresekere had provided for defaulted interest for 9 years on these Japanese Loans and 30% of Loan Capital to the written-off, with the balance unwritten -off Loans to be re-scheduled over period of 13 years at 6% p.a.

4. For such benefit gained by the Government, as the Guarantor of the Loans, the Government had agreed to adequately compensate Mr. Ameresekere for his professional time and efforts, and to afford him representation on the Board of Directors of HDL, as per the Clauses in the draft Settlement Agreements.

5. The Settlement which had been initiated during the tenure of President R. Premadasa had been endeavoured to be concluded in 1994 by President D.B. Wijetunga, together with Hon. Attorney General and Mr. Ameresekere. However, with the Japanese Consortium having insisted upon Promissory Notes from the Government, in addition to the Government Guarantees, Mr. Ameresekere had declined to conclude the Settlement.

6. Thereafter, in June 1995, the Settlement Agreements on the lines of the above drafts, had been executed, with the Hon. Attorney General having approved the same, after having adduced and obtained approval therefore from the Special Presidential Commission inquiring into this fraud, and with Cabinet approval.

7. On the insistence of Mr. Ameresekere, the Japanese Consortium had agreed to write-off 10 years’ defaulted interest and 30% of Loan Capital, and to reschedule the balance unwritten-off loans over a period of 16 years, at a reduced rate of interest, and had agreed to receive Promissory Notes from HDL, and not from the Government, which conditions were further improvements on those in June 1993.

Thus by the settlement entered into in June 1995, the Japanese Consortium wrote-off Jap. Yen 17,586 million, i.e. then US$ 207 million,/SL Rs 10,200 million, on the Government Guarantees, and re-scheduled the unwritten-off balance over a further period of 16 years up to 2010 (originally fully payable by 1999) at a reduced rate of interest of 5.25% p.a. (originally of 6.00% p.a.), with a grace period of one year, to further financially re-structure HDL.

8. In view of the immense benefit gained by the Government, as had been contained in the Draft Settlement Agreements of June 1993, the Government had agreed to compensate Mr. Ameresekere for his professional time and efforts, and to afford him representation on the Board of Directors of HDL, as per the Clauses in the signed settlement agreements of June 1995.
9. The compensation to be paid by the Government for Mr. Ameresekere’s professional time and efforts for the write-offs, reductions and re-scheduling of the Government Guaranteed Loans had been agreed to determine by an independent financial/merchant banking institution, in terms of a schedule to the signed settlement agreements. Apart from the financial claims Mr. Ameresekere has requested three board members to be nominated by him to the HDL Board. To settle that matter amicably he has agreed to one seat to be nominated by him in the HDL Board.

10. As noted in several communications sent by Mr. Nihal Sri Ameresekere, he has contributed towards resolution of HDL related issues. Attention is drawn to the report dated 19.07.2006 titled – Report on the amount payable to Mr. Nihal Sri Ameresekere for the service rendered by him re – Hotel Developers (Lanka) Ltd.” (HDL) – Examination of the MBSL Report and updating therefore for discussions with the Government by Jayaweera & Co., Chartered Accountants.

11. After several endeavours towards reaching a settlement, Mr. Ameresekere by his letter dated 12.12.2014, addressed to
Mr. Lalith Weeratunga, Secretary to President Mahinda Rajapaksa and copied to Dr. P.B. Jayasundera, Secretary to the Treasury and General Manager – Bank of Ceylon has confirmed that he is agreeable to a full and final settlement of Rupees Three Hundred Million (Rs 300 million) against his claims with Rs 100 million thereof being immediately advanced as an overdraft facility through the Bank of Ceylon.

12. In this background, the Treasury by a letter dated 15.12.2014, has communicated to the General Manager Bank of Ceylon with a copy to Secretary to the President and the Competent Authority that the Treasury has no objection to granting an advance of
Rs 100 million to Mr. Ameresekere in view of the proposed final settlement in lieu of all the claims with respect to HDL, which may be finalized in consultation with the Competent Authority appointed under the Revival of Underperforming Enterprises or Underutilized Assets Act No. 43 of 2011 and that the final claim amount will be remitted to him upon the finalization of the claims. This, without hesitation, would certainly have had the concurrent approval of the then President, Finance Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa.

13. As this is a matter that is pending with regard to HDL which is an enterprise that has vested with the Government in terms of Revival of Underperforming Enterprises or Underutilized Assets Act No. 43 of 2011. In this backdrop and considering the fact that Mr. Ameresekere’s claims are on account of services rendered with regard to Hilton Hotel, this matter was deliberated by me and the Secretary to the Treasury with officials.
14. Until a final decision was made to honour the undertaking given to Mr. Ameresekere, Rs 100 million overdraft facility was augmented by further Rs 125 million in June 2015.

15. Having deliberated on the merits of Mr. Ameresekere’s total claim it appears that reaching a finalization on this long-drawn matter, on the basis of a Full and Final Settlement would be beneficial, since HDL could then proceed with its activities as a business enterprise, free from this long- drawn compensation payment committed by Mr. Lalith Weeratunga, Secretary to the President Mahinda Rajapaksa. The value of the write-off and rescheduling of the balance by Mr. Ameresekere amounts to
Rs 86,750 million.

16. Approval
As such, approval of the Cabinet of Ministers is sought;
i. To proceed with a settlement noted above as confirmed by Mr. Ameresekere, having paid a total of Rs 300 million plus the interest up to date of the Cabinet decision of the overdraft facility granted (Rs 225 million) to Mr. Ameresekere, on the basis that it will be the full and final settlement while also undertaking that Mr. Ameresekere would not seek any further redress in any Court or forum in this regard.

ii. To direct the Director General National Budget Department to provide necessary allocations for the above (i) payments.
Ravi Karunanayake, MP, Minister of Finance In question
Karunanayake insisted Ameresekere, a Professional Consultant, had been a main Promoter, Director and Subscriber of Hotel Developers (Lanka) PLC (HDL), which had promoted and developed the Hilton Hotel, is in rightful position for claims.
On the other hand, business tycoon Cornel Perera, who is known as the owner of the Hilton Colombo as the major shareholder (56%) had in fact run two-page paid advertisements in Sinhala, English and Tamil newspapers even after the 11 September, in 2012, 2013 and 2014 consecutively for the Colombo Hilton anniversary, even after the government acquired it under Expropriation Act 2011. No party has thus far disputed the content of these paid advertisements.

When Ceylon Today contacted Perera, he re-confirming what was published in newspapers said: “I am the owner of the Colombo Hilton, the main shareholder and promoter. I was the only one who put money to it and no one else paid a cent in addition to the loans from the Japanese Government.”
Perera, despite facing two terrorist wars, the LTTE and the JVP insurrection, had delivered the hotel to President J.R. Jayewardene in 1987 as promised.
“For Japan, President JR waslike God. For them Sri Lanka was JR. In 1987 two Japanese Ministers came down to invite President Jayewardene for the inaugural ceremony of Colombo Hilton. They had chosen the day as 17 September to coincide with JR’s birthday.”

Yet President JR’s response had caught them off-guard.
“He said, ‘thank you for considering my birthday and inviting me for this. But I want the date to be 11 September.’ And, that was my birthday. He said, if not for Cornel and his family taking the risk, my dream of having a Hilton in Colombo will be nothing but a dream. Therefore, I want the opening ceremony to be on his birthday and not mine,” Perera recalled.
Many attempts by two Japanese Ministers to convince the late President had gone in vain as he was adamant, thus the Colombo Hilton was finally opened on the birthday of Cornel Perera.

Meanwhile, on 4 December 2013
Dr. Harsha de Silva who was in the Opposition then went on record saying that the main shareholder of Hilton Colombo, Cornel Perera, wanted a compensation of
Rs 3.5 billion in March 2012. But his letter was not responded to until July 2013.
Why the rush
The first Cabinet Paper in this regard had been forwarded by Karunanayake weeks after the formation of 100-day yahapalana government, but the President had declined it asking Karunanayke to put forward a fresh memorandum as the previous one lacked details.

President Sirisena had in fact told Karunanayake to be specific on dates and time periods as it would imply the matter had entirely taken place during previous regime.
The Cabinet of Ministers have, meanwhile, questioned the rush Karunanayake is showing in settling this
Rs 300 million to Ameresekere, when the case in fact has not been settled yet.

We, in an earlier column on 13 December 2015 revealed that some are speculating that it was based on Ameresekere’s advice that Karunanayake was adamant on keeping those whom he appointed to key institutions, that earlier came under the Finance Ministry, to remain in their positions.
This decision meanwhile, created a rift between Minister Karunanayake and Minister Kabir Hashim under whom the institutions in question are now falling.

In an email response that had also been copied to Ministers Karunanayake and Hashim, Ameresekera had said: “I refer to the penultimate paragraph of column two and the highlighted statement that – ‘unconfirmed sources suggested that it is Nihal Sri Ameresekere who is behind this legal advice’. I was overseas at the relevant time. Also, I am not a Lawyer, and hence not competent to give legal advice. Nor did the Hon. Minister of Finance seek any advice on the matter. I am sure he has Lawyers to seek legal advice.”

Karunanayke’s colleagues have in fact brought it to the notice of the President that the Treasury had taken steps to augment the overdraft facility by another RS 125 million in June 2015 despite the previous Rs 100 million not being settled.
They also questioned as to what motivated Deputy Secretary to the Treasury S.R. Attygalle to send a letter dated 15 December 2014. The Finance Ministry and the Treasury have had no objections to BOC granting, the Rs 100 million facility to Ameresekere.
According to Deputy Secretary to the Treasury Attygalle, this was in view of the proposed final settlement in lieu of all claims with respect to Hotel Developers Ltd. (HDL), which was acquired by the Treasury under the Expropriation Act of 2011. He had informed BoC that the final claim amount will be remitted to the Bank upon finalization of the claims.

Karunanayake also has mentioned: “….. In this background, the Treasury by a letter dated 15.12.2014, has communicated to the General Manager, Bank of Ceylon with a copy to Secretary to the President and the Competent Authority that the Treasury has no objection in granting an advance of Rs 100 million to Mr. Ameresekere in view of the proposed final settlement in lieu of all claims with respect to HDL, which may be finalized in consultation with the Competent Authority appointed under the Revival of Underperforming Enterprises or Underutilized Assets Act No. 43 of 2011 and that the final claim amount will be remitted to him upon the finalization of the claims. This without hesitation would certainly have had the concurrent approval of then President, Finance Minister, Mahinda Rajapaksa.”
However, the Competent Authority of HDL, Senaka Walgampaya PC had raised concerns about Treasury’s ‘no objection’ letter to BoC.

Walgampaya, in fact, wrote to the Treasury after receiving the letter addressed to the BoC General Manager and copied to him stating that there was absolutely ‘nothing’ due to Ameresekere.
He had made these observations based on the report by Merchant Bank of Sri Lanka on HDL commissioned in March 2006 and having consultations with then Director General of Public Enterprises, V. Kanagasabapathy.

Several ministers had voiced their concerns and had reportedly asked whether Karunanayke’s rush in compensating Ameresekere arises as tribute to the latter for backing him in legal cases on Shirani Bandaranayake and Raj Rajaratnam.
President Sirisena on the other hand put the matter on hold and said he will take a decision on the memorandum after having consultation with Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe once he returned to the country. Both Wickremesinghe and Karunanayake were out of the country.

Kabir should intervene
Meanwhile, interested parties have opined that the government should not rush in paying any individual until the pending cases are settled at once.
Minister Kabir Hashim under whom the matter falls should form a committee where representations are made by lawyers representing Cornel Perera, Nihal Sri Ameresekere and all foreign shareholders who have initiated legal cases.
Compensating any party should be sought only after settling these cases at once and by selling shares in the open market, they said.

However, any payments should not be made without reporting to the Cabinet and if there are other commitments to any other parties those too shall be settled only after a final settlement and with the consent of all shareholders, including foreigners.

Maithri warns ministers
Following last week’s Cabinet meeting President Sirisena once again asked ministers to remain in the premises for a while, as he wanted to discuss an extremely important matter with them.
He had said that he had received some alarming intelligence reports that there will be an attempt to topple the government with the dawn of New Year.

The reports indicated that while there is a political leadership in this attempt it will come as a trade union move.
“I have been informed about who the political leader who is behind this move and the trade union action will be spearheaded by the doctors attached to the GMOA. They will first start it as a work-to-rule campaign but the matter could go out of control if ministers do not pay attention,” he had informed the ministers.

The President also said as he was aware about the political involvement he will take necessary steps at the right time to bring those under control.

“But everything else lie in your hands. Work closely with officials in your respective ministries and departments. Do not ignore issues that could lead to trade union action. If you work closely and listen to your subordinates we can face this successfully,” he advised Ministers.

Ranil watches Sirisena’s goose-stepping

December 28th, 2015

WINSTON DE VALLIERE Political analyst Courtesy Ceylon Today

Postponement of the March/April 2016 Local Government Elections by President Maithripala Sirisena was no surprise to any observer who has come to understand that the President is a man who appears to never miss a step in matters of State.

His handling of issues in the budgetary proposals which Premier Ranil Wickremesinghe and Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake placed before Parliament underscored the proverbial ‘iron fist inside a velvet glove’ approach to issues which demanded assertion that he is [irrespective of all the hoopla and hype about abolishing the Executive Presidency.
It could be rankling as far as Wickremesinghe and Karunanayake and others, even Chandrika Kumaratunga, are concerned. Perhaps this fact has percolated into the depths of Wickremesinghe’s mind causing him to voice doubts about any long-term feasibility of a unity government.

National government
He has gone on record as saying that the ‘national government’ is not a long-term possibility. Perhaps saner counsel within the UNP has prevailed in private discussions. That this is perhaps crystallizing in the minds of the UNP Leadership was borne out by the fact that Wickremesinghe and Kumaratunga flew to London within days of each other for a tete-a-tete on the immediate and long term political future and the UNP’s role in that future.
That Sirisena is under immense pressure from the SLFP’s pro-Mahinda Rajapaksa faction and the anti-Sirisena UPFA faction to end this idea of a national government cannot become plainer. To them, and to all Sri Lankans with an iota of sense, it’s an idea that’s the epitome of a bum steer! It would have been workable had there been honest, far-sighted men in the SLFP/UPFA combine who could have indeed put country before Party or self. But then one realizes that Utopia is hardly likely to ever emerge from the environs of Darley Road or Medamulana.

Has the dream, the ideal ended? The bubble burst? From my vantage point the answer would be that it was never destined to succeed. That’s real politik in Sri Lanka’s cesspit of political perfidy, graft, murder and deceit.
Against such a backdrop, what of the LG elections which have been once again postponed by another six months by the President? That the postponement has, paradoxically, no connection to the deliberations of the Delimitation Committee is obvious to the close observer of trends in thought manifest in Sirisena’s actions.

True to his admission some time ago, he is a man who thinks far and long before a finite decision is made. So also is it with the LG election. It’s called ‘buying time’ and the more time he buys the closer it will be to the next UNHRC sessions when the US-Lanka sponsored war crimes resolution comes up for review. Sirisens has been ultra careful in doing nothing at all, effectively, about implementing anything recommended by that resolution that can weaken his support in the overall electorate. But here’s the catch!
Goose-stepping
Wickremesinghe has also been studying Sirisena’s goose-stepping and apparently adroit handling of this sensitive issue which MR and crowd can exploit like hell to muster inner-SLFP support to chuck Sirisena out from the SLFP and solve all of MR’s problems.
If ever I’ve seen a political leader sitting on not one but many time bombs at the same time it’s Maithripala Sirisena. He knows that the slightest mishandling will push Wickremesinghe into talks with his handlers in the West, a fact that already seems to have happened judging from his London tete-a-tete with Kumaratunga.
Sirisena might well get the shivers wondering what’s going to be the outcome of those talks. Will Wickremesinghe opt out at the next general election should the UNP prove to have made deeper inroads into the electorate? By thwarting a rational budgetary exercise in favour of a populist approach to curry favour with the electorate, Sirisena has rubbed Ranil up the wrong way one time too many.
Where will that leave him when the general election is upon him and the SLFP? He then has no option but to begin building again a broad support base within the UNP. But even that will not get him the Tamil and Muslim vote should he play out time until the Prime Ministerial stakes are opened up or until the next Presidential Election is upon him. To have to be contending with an irate Wickremesinghe on one side and a grasping MR on the other is not a prospect he will relish….and yet, that seems to be the score. Between the devil and the deep blue ‘western seas’ keeps Wickremesinghe afloat.

The battle lines have suddenly been washed over by a new wave of thought in the UNP. What role will Kumaratunga play if Wickremesinghe decides to also ditch the national government idea at the next general elections? A victory at the LG polls will certainly push him into that line of thought. He is not one to put up with the unprincipled and long drawn out harangues coming his way from within the SLFP about which Sirisena can do nothing lest he wants risking support within the SLFP and giving MR the upper hand and ammunition to oust him and regain power…an easy prospect if this reasoning works out.

New scenario
All of this suddenly sees a new scenario of uncertainty and great worry emerging for President Sirisena. That Wickremesinghe’s western handlers will have realized these developments and have hence been sending officials here to re-assess these trends is obvious. Obviously they have a lot to do with Wickremesinghe’s meeting with Kumaratunga in London .
What comes out of that meeting will be significant for Sirisena.

Ravi’s fate hangs in the balance

December 28th, 2015

BY Gagani Weerakoon Courtesy Ceylon Today

The internal clashes in Maithri-Ranil Yahapalana Government has reached a point where it has put the fate of Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake hangs in the balance with several senior Cabinet colleagues openly criticizing him. In addition, it proved that every effort taken by Karunanayake to pacify his party colleagues have backfired adding salt to the wounded relationship between him and Premier Wickremesinghe.
This column last week reported the clash between Ministers Kabir Hashim and Ravi Karunanayake leading to a Cabinet reshuffle.
This political saga started unfolding after the new government was elected following the 17 August general election.

Clash deepens

Following elections, a committee led by Wickremesinghe was appointed to decide on the boards of directors and heads of institutions. Thus Wickremesinghe issued a directive to all directors and chairmen to resign from their respective posts paving the way for nominees of the committee to be appointed.

However, there were no changes suggested for institutions headed by reputed people like Hemaka Amarasuriya, but suggested new members to the board of directors in each institution.
Even though others took this order seriously, it seemed those who were appointed by Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake were deaf and blind to the order despite several reminders from the top. These institutions included the People’s Bank, Litro Gas Company, Hotel Hilton, Sri Lanka Insurance Corporation and Hotel Taprobane.

As the chairmen and board of directors in these institutions which were under the Finance Ministry during 100-Day Programme remained in their positions firmly without any hesitance, everyone began to pay attention to the matter. These constant underground investigations by government hierarchies and interested parties were able to finally find a clue.
It seems that these officials had received strong legal advice telling them there is no reason to be afraid as the law is such that any change of positions should come bearing the signature of the Treasury Secretary.
Despite mounting pressure for those holding office to resign, Treasury Secretary Dr. R. H. S. Samaratunga remained silent as he was pressurized by Minister Karunanayake not to take any action.

As this tug-o-war continued, Prime Minister Wickremesinghe, who had reached the limits of patience submitted a Cabinet paper proposing powers of appointing chairpersons and the boards of directors to the Minister and the Secretary of the Ministry of Public Enterprise Development.
President Sirisena, referred the Cabinet paper to the Attorney General as there are legal provisions that the matter should be placed before Parliament before making any changes.

Secretary to the Ministry of Public Enterprise Development, Ravindra Hewavitarana, met the Treasury Secretary to discuss how they could settle the matter at their level by appointing the new members.
The Treasury Secretary had in return informed Hewavitarana to send the list of nominees and that he would give his decision after studying the list. After seeing these reports, it was learnt, that Minister Karunanayake had approached his Secretary to verify facts. Upon learning of having such a meeting taking place, Karunanayake once again gave strict instructions not to change any position holder.

However, by the 16 December Cabinet meeting, Attorney General had sent his observations. He had informed the Prime Minister that according to the law it was the Prime Minister that was entrusted with powers to issue the Gazette notification approving the list of boards of directors and chairpersons to public institutions since the first Cabinet of D.S. Senanayake in 1948.
This practice had changed since 1978, with the induction of the Executive President as the Head of State. It is the President who has powers to issue a Gazette notification with the recommendations of the line minister.

Prime Minister Wickremesinghe had proposed to bring in new laws by amending the current Act. His proposal to introduce a new clause where each minister and his secretary will be allowed to decide on nominating people to top seats in the respective ministries was approved by all Cabinet Ministers. However, the Gazette notification will be issued after both the President and the Prime Minister had signed. This move was taken keeping in mind that the government would abolish the Executive Presidency.
With Cabinet giving green light to this proposal, everyone is watching as to what will happen to those appointed by Minister Ravi Karunanayake.

Ranil puts Ravi in place

On the other hand, it seems Karunanayake is magnetic to problems these days as he once again came under the anger of his leader Wickremesinghe during a Cabinet meeting.
Karunanayake had convened a meeting of UNP MPs at his residence and promised a handsome package to compensate for the cancellation of duty free vehicle permit.

However, several MPs were concerned about the practicality of this plan and it was Mass Media and Parliamentary Affairs Minister, Gayantha Karunatileka, who voiced his concerns to the Cabinet.

When Gayantha asked as to what the progress on giving car permits to MPs was Karunanayake said the decision to stop the permits remain intact, but the Finance Ministry has come up with a plan to compensate MPs.

“We have decided to give a Rs 25 million car loan for each MP. We will also arrange a package where MPs will get a monthly allowance of Rs 150,000 and another allowance to their office staff that amounts to about Rs 400,000 in total,” Ravi explained.
This explanation not only surprised the Premier, but completely angered him as he was completely kept in the dark about this financial plan.

“How are you going to give all these things? It is with great difficulty that I stopped recent general strike. We must build the economy first. If MPs were given vehicle permits people will storm Parliament. We must first address the burning issues of the public,” as Wickremesinghe continued to reprimand Karunanayake saying so, the latter explained that he arrived at the decision after discussing it with party leaders.

Karunanayake’s explanation only made things worse as Wickremesinghe retorted “I say I am the Leader of this party and the government. You better do what I say and not the other way around.”
President Sirisena who realized things were getting out of control quickly decided to end the Cabinet meeting. After that, even though Karunanayake was seen trying to explain matters to Wickremesinghe the latter left the premise giving a cold shoulder to Karunanayake.

Ranil’s retirement plans

The UNP Working Committee which used to make headlines in the past met last Thursday (17) at the party headquarters, Sirikotha. As it was a day of budget debate several WC members had not attended the meeting.
An unusual statement made by Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe on his retirement plans had taken everyone by surprise.
He had pointed out the need of having second and third generation leaders in the party, while declaring that he has no desire to be the leader eternally as he is old now.

“I am old now. We must build a strong second and third layer leadership in the party. On the other hand, it is difficult for me to concentrate on party affairs in full while running the government. We must also start planning for our 70th Party Convention in February 2016,” he said.
He also appointed a committee comprising Prof. Ashu Marasinghe and Kavinda Jayawardena to attend to public matters from Sirikotha.

It is also expected that the UNP Leader will name four persons who will take the party ahead.
However, the attention of many of those who were at the meeting was diverted from Wickremesinghe to someone else. As the outburst of Wickremesinghe has already reached all corners in the political arena, everyone was expecting a counter attack from Karunanayake at the Working Committee.

Karunanayake on the other hand was blind to all those inquisitive eyes and remained glued to his mobile phone from the beginning to the end of the meeting.

Namal shut out by president

President Maithripala Sirisena met several ministers who came to Parliament though the SLFP National List, prior to his visit to the Vatican and the core topic was reforms to be introduced to the party. The President initiating the discussion said, he will be presenting the motion to abolish Executive Presidency in Parliament on 9 January 2016.

“I came into power promising the people that I will take measures to abolish the Executive Presidency. I will keep my word and will move the motion to abolish this curse by the name of Executive Presidency on 9 January,” he said.
While he was talking about abolishing the Executive Presidency, another minister asked him as to how they should go ahead with first year anniversary celebration on his induction to the office of the President.

They were of the opinion that these celebrations should be held in an elegant and fitting manner. Accordingly a committee headed by Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva was appointed to look into the preparations.
According to a suggestion by another minister it was agreed to appoint two or three members of the Rajapaksa allies to the committee as well.

While one suggested the name of MP Bandula Gunawardena, Minister Dilan Perera suggested that MP Namal Rajapksa also be included in the committee.
President Sirisena who remained composed quickly moved to shoot down this suggestion.
“Do not put Namal for any committee at this time,” he said.

Mahinda-Dilan clash

SLFP ministers made sure not to mention about young Rajapaksa after that and instead spoke about reforms.
Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe while noting that the party still lacks preparations for the upcoming Local Government polls suggested that they should start party reforms from the electoral base as well as grass root level.
While nodding in agreement with Samarasinghe President Sirisena also promised that he will come to each electorate to address the people.

Meanwhile, Minister Dilan Perera raising another issue said,the police FCID only displays President Sirisena’s portrait at the entrance, but does not have a one of Prime Minister Wickremesinghe.
As everyone seemed to be bemused by his remark Perera explained that it could be a conspiracy to tarnish the image of the President.

“This could be a conspiracy to project that FCID as the work of you and the Prime Minister. After all, it is mostly our party members that are summoned to the FCID for questioning. They must be thinking it was you who’s behind these,” he said.
However, this was quashed by Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe who termed it as a completely absurd idea.
“When I assumed duties at the Ministry of Vocational Training we also tried to put a portrait of the Prime Minister along with the President’s. But the office of Prime Minister informed us not to, as the Premier does not like it,” he said.
Following this, a heated argument erupted between Mahinda and Dilan.

Civil movement disappointed

President Sirisena’s declaration about abolishing the Executive Presidency came in the wake of another meeting he and Prime Minister Wickremesinghe had with Prof. Sarath Wijesuriya, who has now replaced the late Ven. Maduluwawe Sobhitha Thera, as the convener of the National Movement for a Just Society.

While, the meeting was mainly to discuss on celebrating induction of President Siirsena on 9 January and the third month death commemoration and alms giving of Ven. Sobhitha Thera, Prof. Wijesuriya had not forgotten to voice the displeasure of the civil society movement about the way government was functioning.

Though it was not held as an official meeting, Prof. Wijesuriya had expressed strong opposition to Prime Miniser Wickremesinghe for not taking action against those who were corrupt and deviating from establishing good governance.

JVP to counter yahapalanaya

While the government is planning to celebrate the dawning of the so-called change on 8 January, one of the main political parties who were responsible for bringing President Sirisena to power Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna is planning a massive agitation campaign.

Accordingly, they will launch a massive public protest demonstration and a street march on 8 January 2016, which marks the first year of the Sirisena-Wickremesinghe Government.
JVP Leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake will spearhead mobilizing all its trade unions throughout the country alongside many other civil society organizations for this protest demonstration.

“The people are rallying in large numbers against this government and we are confident that our protest and the march will be a success. It is through such exercises that we will be able to pressure this government into toeing the line of the masses and not otherwise,” he said.

He also pointed out that the so-called national government had assumed power having robbed the peoples’ votes through bogus promises. He cited workers in the state, private, plantation and many other sectors being deceived, as examples.
Dissanayake said that the people were feeling the pinch very badly due to the government’s economic policies leading to escalating prices of essentials, politicization of the process of providing jobs for the youth and the imposition of unjust taxes on the wage earner.

Major revelation by AKD

Last Monday, while participating in the political talk show ‘Salakuna’ of Hiru TV, Justice Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe was seen attacking JVP Leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake single handedly.
He even went to the extent of revealing matters discussed at the National Executive Committee which was in effect during the 100-day yahapalana government and revealed certain remarks allegedly made by Dissanayake.

Wijeyadasa who did not have anyone to counter his lambast was behaving like a bull in china shop but many predict, will be in hot water once Anura opens his mouth tomorrow.
The JVP Leader who phoned the TV channel was promised same airtime to defend himself. The programme is to be telecast tomorrow (21) and Dissanayake is all set not only to defend himself but to reveal earthshattering secrets about what happened at the National Executive Committee that also concern President Sirisena and Prime Minister Wickremesinghe.

Maithri’s horoscope doing rounds

Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa was in the midst of a small gathering at Abhayarama Temple, Narahenpita, where he talked about ongoing investigations about him and his family members.
This did not take much time to reach the ears of President Maithripala Sirisena. He was discussing what he got to know with SLFP Ministers when they met before he left for Rome.

“Mahinda had said that he can negotiate anything with Ranil but it is because of ‘Siriya’ that he cannot get anything done. He was not talking about anyone else. I am the Siriya he was referring to,” he explained to those who were confused as to who this ‘Siriya’ is.

President also said that some people are going to various astrologers with his horoscope to see what lies in the future.
“Mahinda has said that according to my horoscope I will be in power for two more years only and after that they could gain power. What they are indirectly saying is that I will die in two years. They are going round the country saying that I will last only for two more years,” he said.

When the President said that, another minister revealed that the news about his horoscope first came in a website run by MP Wimal Weerawansa.
“That appeared in a news website run by Wimal Weerawansa quoting that blind astrologer,” he said making President Sirisena to divulge another secret.

“I know about that. Ever since that rumour started circulating, Indika Thotawatte is calling me every day asking for an appointment with me. He keeps on insisting that he never said such a thing and in fact it is wrong. He was even willing to come on any TV or Radio channel to deny what was being circulated. I told him I will meet him after returning from Italy,” President Sirisena said, while also adding that he cannot believe how much some people have become slaves of astrology.

Remembering Dr. E. W. Adikaram 30 years after his death

December 28th, 2015

By Mahinda Palihawadana Courtesy Island

Born at Wellampitiya on March 29, 1905, the early life of Edward Winifred Adikaram was marked by devotion to the practices of Theravada Buddhism and willingness to live strictly by its principles. At age 14 a talk at the Dhamma School aroused his naturally compassionate disposition and caused him to give up meat-eating. He became a vegetarian not in order to acquire religious merit, he later explained. It had one and only one meaning: it is because flesh invariably came from the killing of animals. Kindness to animals assumed legendary proportions in his life. Anecdotes about this, as about other traits of his character, are abundant. Some of these stories border on the incredible and some are actually fictitious; but they all show how non-conformist he could be in acting according to his convictions.

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As a young man, he entered Colombo University College and offered science and mathematics at the first examination, but later switched to the study of Pali and Sanskrit. After graduation, he went to England on a government scholarship and entered the London School of Oriental Studies and obtained an M.A. degree in 1931 and in 1933 a Ph.D., based on the thesis “Early History of Buddhism in Ceylon”, hailed by the likes of I B Horner and A K Warder as “a model of careful research”.

Returning to Lanka, he reverted to his position as assistant teacher at Ananda Sastralaya, Kotte. Though armed with a PhD from London University, he preferred this modest job in a grant-aided school to service under the British government in a more remunerative capacity. Documents at the British Museum Library had convinced him of the grave injustices perpetrated by the colonial administration of Ceylon. He was therefore keen to join forces with others who worked for the overthrow of the imperial yoke. A personal friend of leading leftists like N.M. Perera, Colvin R. de Silva and Leslie Gunawardana, he would have joined them in the LSSP, but for the fact that he could not agree totally on some aspects of its policy. But in the early days of the LSSP, he seems to have been excited about its prospects, as one can judge from articles in Mage Sangarava, a ‘magazine’ he edited for a short time in the 1930s. He did not believe that a peaceful society could be built through the use of force. He preferred a nonviolent approach to political and economic independence, and for a time collaborated with Mr. Jayawardhana (Jayaramdas) of Wellampitiya, who led a Gandhian movement, advocating the use of home-spun cloth and consumption of local foods.

In 1934 the Colombo Buddhist Theosophical Society, elevated Dr Adikaram to the Principalship of Ananda Sastralaya, one of the oldest schools under its management. Dr A lost no time to create in his school what he regarded as essential features of a Buddhist atmosphere. He made the hostel vegetarian and strictly prohibited tobacco and alcohol in the school premises. Many people complained that he was an ‘extremist’; nevertheless Dr A became a very successful Principal, earning the A Grade College status for his school within a few years, according to the official grading prevailing at the time. He championed the cause of Buddhist education at national level and campaigned against Christian missionary activity, although Jesus Christ was a person he profoundly respected. Within a short time he became widely known as a powerful Buddhist worker. His school was a unique institution brimming with high enthusiasm for the principles he espoused. Those who passed through its portals imbibed at least a little of the Adikaram spirit. Many considered it a privilege to be part of his team.

In 1942, at the height of the Second World War, the British military authorities commandeered the premises of Ananda Sastralaya. Dr A was compelled to operate his school from ‘branches’ at Battaramulla, Udahamulla, Matugama, Ruwanwella and Hathagoda. After the war, Ananda Sastralaya, Matugama, became an independent assisted school and the other four branches became leading government schools in their respective areas. Around this period Dr A also the founded Vidyakara Vidyalaya, Maharagama (1937) and Anula Vidyalaya, Nugegoda (1941). The latter, starting under the distinguished Principalship of Mrs. P.B. Fernando, and soon became the premier Buddhist girls’ school in the Nugegoda area.

Dr Adikaram did all this in pursuit of the principle of “Buddhist education”. If he was ‘extremist’ in going all the way with his principles, he was no less uncompromising when he suspected the validity of the very same principles. He began to be uneasy about many of his own assumptions after reading the works of J. Krishnamurti, the famous Indian religious philosopher, who invited people to question every belief, every pre-conceived notion and every habit of thought. At this time Krishnamurti had broken away from the Theosophical Movement (which first nurtured him and hailed him as the future “World Teacher”) and was proclaiming a message of inward liberation by observation of the ways of one’s mind, rejecting the rituals and other paraphernalia of organised religion. He also rejected nationalism as a fatally divisive force in the world. To Dr A all this seemed to be very much in tune with the teachings of the Buddha seen in some of the oldest Buddhist texts. He began to lose interest in the trappings of organised religion.

With misgivings about the religious establishment, he naturally began to ask himself if it was proper for him to remain as Principal of a Buddhist school. In 1945, in a move that took friends and admirers by surprise, he took leave from the Principalship of Ananda Sastralaya and proceeded on a “spiritual pilgrimage” to India. The International Theosophical Society hosted him at its sprawling headquarters by the beach at Adyar, then a suburb of the city of Madras (Chennai). He in turn helped the Society by producing a Catalogue of Pali and Sinhala Manuscripts in its library, a well-known centre for Indological research. After this he undertook an extended tour of India, visiting famed religious gurus like Ramana Maharshi and yogis at Rishikesh in the foothills of the Himalayas. Returning to Lanka after these experiences, he resigned from his post at Ananda Sastralaya – at age 41, and at the height of his popularity as a dynamic leader and a man of unimpeachable moral stature.

Leaving Ananda Sastralaya, Dr A effectively parted company with the social/religious establishment. (However, rather uncharacteristically, arguably also inconsistently, he returned to it later for a few short forays.) A decisive event was his first personal meeting with Krishnamurti in 1947, soon after the latter returned to India after the Second World War, having spent the war years in quietude at his adopted home-town of Ojai, California. From then on until 1982 he met Krishnamurti regularly during his annual visits to India. He also organized three Krishnamurti lecture tours to Sri Lanka in 1949, 1957 and 1980.

For most of this time, Dr A was mainly engaged in a process of self-examination – which by its very nature is simultaneously an examination of how prevailing religious and social forces condition the psyche of any human being. From around 1950, he began to hold public discussions about this self-exploration and its significance. He was a skilful communicator whose style of speaking was simple and logical and completely devoid of sentimentality and rhetoric. That he drew audiences shows the attractiveness of the unadorned truth.

The few exceptions to this major pre-occupation must be mentioned. The first was the single-minded support he gave to the Free Education movement of Mr C W W Kannangara. In the company of a few similarly inclined activists. Dr A addressed meeting after meeting in various parts of the country, advocating the adoption of the Kannangara reforms. The public opinion this campaign generated was the driving force that made the then State Council to accept the Kannangara plan for free education in Sri Lanka from the kindergarten to the university.

Again, in 1954, on a disagreement with the Buddhist Theosophical Society over a matter connected with Ananda Sastralaya, Dr A entered the fury of BTS politics and offered himself for the post of General Manager of Schools in that organization. In a keenly contested election, he defeated Mr P de S. Kularatna, the powerful incumbent Manager. Typically, his two-year tenure as GM/ BTS was also marked by controversy. He tried to ban cadetting in BTS schools, saying that military training was incompatible with the tenets of Buddhism. This move provoked furious opposition, and was abandoned by his successors in the BTS who did not share his pacifist ambitions.

Yet again, in 1966, when Mr I M R A Iriyagolla, a close friend, became Minister of Education in the Dudley Senanayaka government, Dr A accepted nomination to the National Council of Higher Education, precursor to the present University Grants Commission. He remained in it as long as Mr Iriyagolle was Minister of Education. Later, in the early 1970s, he also held for three years the largely ceremonial Chancellorship of Sri Jayawardanapura University.

These interventions in educational management remind us of another role that Dr A played. After his early training at Colombo University College, he remained a keen follower of developments in the world of science. He was also an ardent observer of the dynamics of nature in its varied aspects, sometimes spending the better part of a morning watching the blossoming of a flower, or the growth of a tendril on a creeper, or the activities of a family of birds or a colony of insects. All this and his eminent training in languages made him an effective writer on scientific and environmental subjects. He produced a series of textbooks in General Science and edited a news magazine on science for a considerable period of time. In this way he became a pioneer in developing a scientific vocabulary in Sinhala.

(To be continued)

Energy can be easily saved mainly on Asian type of cooking

December 28th, 2015

Dr Hector Perera          London

I admire many different types of cooking done in many British TV shows. They just don’t cook Asian type food only but so many varieties of dishes from around the world. There are so many types of chefs appear in TV shows to cook food from African, America, Caribbean, Chinese, East European, French, Greek, Indian, Irish, Italian, Japanese, Mexican, Portuguese, South American, and Spanish then British. Only when you see these chefs working then you would realise the chefs do not show there are no technique in those shows how to cook and save energy used in those kinds of cooking. I am not a chef but a science teacher and I apply the knowledge of science in scientific energy saving cooking. I mentioned before as well, only some people have witnessed my type of cooking in many TV shows in Sri Lanka, including the recent one in Sirasa TV. If my work is good enough to Sri Lanka sure it should be good enough to help the general public save some yes some energy wasted in cooking. Energy means money so why waste energy or burn money when some can be saved. I would have easily demonstrated if I had a chance in a TV show in England. We assume that they are the ways to cook those kinds of cooking. Any country cooking can come under the following types but in how many types can save energy?

The basic methods of cooking include (1) baking, (2) roasting, (3) broiling and grilling, (4) frying, (5) boiling, (6) simmering, and (7) steaming. Salt, pepper, and other seasonings may be added to improve flavour. Let me briefly go through some of these cooking as follows.

Baking.

Food is baked by cooking it in an oven.  In most cases, the oven temperature ranges from 300 to 450 °F (149 to 232 °C). The word baking usually refers to the cooking of foods made from a batter or dough. Such foods include breads, cakes, cookies, and pastries.  However, casseroles, a few vegetables and fruits, and some cuts of meats can also be baked.  Anyone who baked any food have not shown any kind of energy saving and I have no idea of saving energy in baking.

Roasting is a type of cooking food uncovered in hot air. The term usually refers to the cooking of meat. For example, a turkey or a leg of lamb is roasted. This time of the year, that is in Christmas, Boxing day and in the coming New Year people would certainly eat roasted turkey, chicken, lamb, pork, beef and some fish. In roasting, the meat is usually placed on a rack in a shallow pan and cooked uncovered in an oven. The temperature usually ranges from 300 to 350 °F (149 to 177 °C).  Here again no energy can be saved.

Broiling and grilling are cooking by the application of direct heat. In broiling, the food lies directly under a continuous heat source. Meat can be broiled by placing it on a rack in a shallow broiler pan. The surface of the meat lies 3 to 5 inches (8 to 13 centimetres) under the flames in a gas range broiler or below the broiler heating unit in an electric oven. In pan-broiling, the meat cooks in a skillet over a burner. The fat that melts from the meat is poured out of the pan as it accumulates.

Leave the door open slightly when broiling in an electric oven to prevent the air in the oven from becoming too hot. In grilling, the food lies directly over the heat source. Cooks sometimes grill sandwiches in a skillet on the stove.

In barbecuing, highly seasoned meat is grilled over hot coals. This is quite common in England in the summer time then friends and relative are invited for a reunion.

Frying is the cooking of food in fat, such as butter or vegetable oil. Frying adds fat and calories to food because the food absorbs some of the fat in the pan.

There are three main methods of frying: (1) Deep-frying, (2) pan frying, and (3) stir-frying.  In deep-frying, a large amount of fat is heated to about 350 °F (177 °C)      in a heavy saucepan or an electric appliance called a deep-fryer. The hot fat completely covers the food. Deep-frying is a popular way of cooking chicken,   French fried potatoes, and shrimps.

In pan frying, also called saunteing, the food cooks in a small amount of fat, usually in a skillet. Chicken, eggs, fish, and red meat are often pan fried. Here the food is tossed up and down then far too much oily vapours are given out. In these cases the people who do that type of cooking, inhale those vapours all the time. Believe me most of these famous British TV chefs do this kind of actions nearly every week, no energy saving and no smell saving in that type of cooking. The people who do this type of cooking naturally have to inhale those oil vapours while frying. I am sure one can reduce the amount of oily vapours given out. Higher the temperature, faster the rate of vapours given out but if one uses a moderate temperature then it can be controlled but the British TV chefs love to show loads of vapours given out while frying.

In stir-frying, meat or vegetables cook in a skillet or in a wok, a large, thin metal pan with a round bottom. The food is cut into small pieces and cooked in an extremely small amount of fat. The cook fries the food at a high temperature

for only a few minutes and stirs it constantly with a tossing motion. Again oily vapours given out while tossing. Who would say that kind of cooking is healthy? Those vapours are unhealthy to inhale, they can lead to long term respiratory and cardiac problems. Again if the temperature is controlled, it can cut down.

 

Boiling is cooking food in boiling water, which has a temperature of about 212 °F (100 °C). In boiling, air bubbles rise to the surface of the water and break.

Potatoes and other vegetables are often boiled in a saucepan over a burner. Rice is mainly cooked this way in Asian countries such as in India and Sri Lanka. I am sure other counties as well eat these kinds of food.

This is the most common method of cooking and is also the simplest. With this method of cooking, enough water is added to food and it is then cooked over the fire. The action of the heated water makes the food to get cooked. The liquid is usually thrown away after the food is cooked. In the case of cooking rice, all the water is absorbed by the rice grains to make it get cooked. During the heating process, the nutrients can get lost or destroyed and the flavour can be reduced with this method of cooking. If you over cooked cabbage, all the nutrients can get lost. Rice can be easily cooked at a low temperature and save energy wastage.

Simmering is cooking food in water that is just below the boiling point.  Such foods as eggs and meats should be simmered rather than boiled.  Cooks often use covered saucepans to simmer foods.  Slow cookers are electric appliances that simmer foods at low temperatures for 4 to 12 hours.  A cook puts the food and some water in a slow cooker and sets the temperature.  Health experts recommend caution when using a slow cooker for meat and other foods prone to bacterial growth at warm temperatures.  Use sanitary methods in preparing the food and keep it refrigerated until just before cooking.

Steaming is cooking food in steam. It is used mostly to cook vegetables.

To steam vegetables, place them on a rack or perforated pan in a saucepan and add water to the saucepan. The water collects below the rack or perforated pan and the vegetables remain above and out of the liquid. Cover the saucepan and heat it on a burner until the water boils and forms steam, which surrounds and cooks the vegetables. Steaming takes longer than boiling.  However, steamed vegetables retain better colour and flavour than boiled vegetables do. They also have more nutrients because certain vitamins, including vitamin C, dissolve easily in water and may be removed by boiling.

In Sri Lanka they prepare string hoppers and pittu by steaming. One might not understand what these are but any Asian from Sri Lanka would understand what I mean. Many people prefer these kinds of food for the breakfast and for supper. Try string hoppers with coconut sambol, kiri hodi and chicken curry. Then only you would believe my word. That kind of food are more nutritive than fried bacon and sausages for the breakfast.

Other methods.

Some foods that require a long time to cook such as stews and dried beans, may be prepared more quickly in a pressure saucepan.  This utensil cooks foods at high temperatures by means of steam under pressure. Pressure saucepans are also called pressure cookers. By the way not many people can afford these pressure cookers.

Another fast method of cooking uses microwaves (short radio waves). Microwave ovens heat small amounts of foods much faster than gas or electric ovens or cooktops do.  Microwave ovens are especially useful for thawing frozen foods and heating soups, vegetables, and leftovers. Your comments are welcomed perera6@hotmail.co.uk

Lest We Forget – A Tribute to the Heroes of Gemunu Watch

December 28th, 2015

By Brigadier Hiran N. Halangode [Retd] [Gemunu Watch] Courtesy Island

A personal account by the CO 1 GW of events in Batticaloa during the siege in 1990 and the courageous performance of duties by troops under his command, amidst unprecedented odds faced by them is recounted here for posterity.

I dedicate this article to all those valiant officers and men of the First Battalion the Gemunu Watch (1 GW) who served under my command from December 1, 1988 to January 31, 1991. They served with me loyally, with dedication and commitment in Hambantota, Moneragala, Ampara and Batticaloa [BCO] districts against all odds.

They all without exception strove hard: some made the supreme sacrifice and together even suffered humiliation at times to protect the territorial integrity of Sri Lanka. This tribute is written without fear or favour, with malice to none and magnanimity to all, although the bitter truth might ruffle a few feathers.

With the departure of the IPKF at the end of March 1990, the LTTE gradually took control of the North-East, which had been vacated under the terms of the Indo SL Agreement 1987 or occupied these lands illegally. They positioned their cadres in vital areas that enabled them to exert pressure on the Police who maintained law and order and on the Army who were very thinly deployed in the Northeast to counter them. In the Eastern province just one Infantry Battalion each was deployed in each of the districts of Ampara, Batticaloa and Trincomalee.

In Batticaloa district, five Army detachments were established at Wellawadi, Kiran, Kalawanchikudy, Kalmunai and Kallady. Of these detachments, Kalmunai [in the Ampara district] and Kalawanchikudy detachments belonged to 6th Battalion Sri Lanka Light Infantry (6 SLLI), which was raised in late May 1990.

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Major General D. L. Kobbekaduwa and Troops celebrate the fall of Thoppigala

The Infantry Battalions were handicapped as they had to transfer one Rifle Company and composite platoons to the newly raised Infantry Battalions in late May 1990. The troops had to re-orientate themselves from a limited engagement environment in the South to an all out COIN [Counter Insurgency] Operations environment in the North and East.

However, 1 GW had already prepared themselves professionally and psychologically during their tenure of 10 months at Ampara. They saw the LTTE annihilate the TNA (Tamil National Army – ex-members of EPRLF/ENDLF) with the withdrawal of the IPKF. They had given refuge to about 20-30 TNA cadres who fled the LTTE attacks, into Ampara.

They were armed by the IPKF who wanted them to be their proxy, although not included in the infamous Indo – Lanka peace agreement. This is for the kind attention of the numerous Indian military experts and the more radical TNA politicians who speak about genocide.

1 GW was re-deployed in Batticaloa district on May 18, 1990. By then the situation was very tense in the Batticaloa district. The LTTE obstructed the movement of the security forces, provoked the Army and interfered with the Police in maintaining law and order. There were around 30-40 outposts with bunkers manned by 150-300 LTTE cadres in the BCO town and vicinity.

A large bunker covered the approach into the Batticaloa town under the clock tower across the lagoon facing the Police station. LTTE permission was required to visit most areas in town, where a concentration of more than 30 LTTE outposts had come up. They reserved the use of certain garages and service stations exclusively for themselves.

This situation was brought to the notice of the military higher command and the civilian bureaucracy negotiating peace with the LTTE at that time. But the Security Forces were explicitly told to co-operate with the LTTE to bring about a peaceful settlement to the conflict as the country couldn’t afford another battle with the LTTE.

The President and the civilian bureaucracy did not know the ground situation despite negotiating for peace with the LTTE, whilst the military higher command did not put across the difficulties faced by the security forces on the ground to the powers that be prior to the outbreak of hostilities, in order to continue in office.

On June 11, 1990, hostilities started in Batticaloa with the LTTE taking the Security Forces by complete surprise. The previous night a Sinhalese woman was caught by her husband when she was with a Muslim youth (an LTTE supporter) who was a tailor. The two males engaged in fisticuffs and both were brought to the BCO Police Station. The LTTE, who were looking for an opportunity to restart their campaign of violence, surrounded the Batticaloa Police Station and demanded the release of the Muslim youth.

When the Police informed them that the youth was admitted to the Batticaloa hospital, the LTTE insisted that the youth was not in the hospital and pressed their demand for his release. Later, the LTTE abducted this youth from the hospital. They then disarmed the policemen on guard, took over the Police Station with its armoury, communications, gold and money which had been kept for safe custody.

I was the Commanding Officer of 1 GW and the Coordinating Officer of the Batticaloa district, located at the Kallady Camp (approximately 2 kms away from the Batticaloa Police Station). I had been in Ampara immediately before taking up duties in Batticaloa. The Police did not inform me about the developing situation. The owner of “L H Bakery”, one of my school friends informed me by telephone at 0620 hrs, on June 11, 1990, that all the Sinhalese in the town were ordered by the LTTE to vacate within five minutes.

Since I was unaware of the prevailing situation prior to this message, I had already dispatched two of my platoons (two officers and sixty soldiers) to Ampara for their AWTC (Annual Weapon Training Classification) firing at 4.00 am that day.

At around 7.30 am, I was told a vehicle sent out from Kalawanchikudy Army camp (6 SLLI troops) had been ambushed at Kalmunai and all ten soldiers in the vehicle had been killed. Kalawanchikudy Army Camp, (to whom these soldiers belonged), had only 48 troops excluding the three officers. There was no way of moving out to Kalmunai to recover the dead of the patrol as the main road was blocked by the LTTE.

The LTTE had taken up a position by then around the Kalawanchikudy Camp and the Police Station opposite it. Having surrounded the camp and the Police Station they demanded their surrender, and also announced that they will not be harmed and will be handed over to the Sri Lankan Government at the Batticaloa airfield. Ten Sinhalese policemen escaped the deadly fate of the other policemen by jumping into to the adjoining Army Camp with their weapons and ammunition.

Captain Sarath Embowa of the 6 SLLI was the Officer Commanding the Kalawanchikudy Camp. He decided to fight the terrorists.

The LTTE who were in touch with the SLAF Batticaloa (Air Force) base informed them that if the Police surrendered without resistance, they would hand them over to the Government. The Police, who were not prepared mentally and physically, and had no confidence to fight a ruthless guerrilla organization without military (air and artillery) support, agreed to surrender to the LTTE. By this time the LTTE had surrounded most of the 13 Police Stations in Batticaloa and Ampara Districts and had captured the Policemen who surrendered with their weapons without a fight.

All of them were taken to selected locations close by, asked to dig their own graves and brutally murdered in cold blood. The tragic fate of 677 Sinhalese and Muslim policemen who surrendered should be a constant and unforgettable reminder to all concerned of the LTTE atrocities committed in this conflict. Why don’t the many local and international Human Rights activists care to investigate this cold blooded tragedy?

At 3.30 pm on June 11, Army Commander Lt. Gen. H. Wanasinghe, the Inspector General of Police, a senior officer from the Air Force and Director Operations of the Army, Brig. Vijaya Wimalaratne (late GW) arrived at Batticaloa Air Force base by air. The Senior Superintendent of Police, an ASP (living within Kallady camp) and I were heli-lifted from Kallady camp to join them for an urgent conference.

When I reached the SLAF base the policemen, their families and the Sinhala civilians had all gathered at the airport premises and were awaiting evacuation to Colombo. Getting through this crowd of emotionally devastated, highly charged, tensed and angry personnel was a trying task because the Tamil SSP was their target. He followed immediately behind me. Fortunately no untoward incident took place.

We had our meeting and returned to Kallady camp. The possibilities of reinforcing the Police stations were discussed. At that moment there was no way of reinforcing the police stations as the Army too were very thin on ground. The army camps too were in great danger due to them being under strength and, deployed far apart lacking mutual support. No artillery was available in Batticaloa district and the only available Bell 212 helicopter was not fitted with guns. (To fit the guns it would have taken between one to two hours).

An extremely dangerous situation existed. Our lack of preparation and abject appeasement of the LTTE could have led to the total loss of the East. On returning to camp from the Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF) base at Batticaloa around 6.00 pm on June 11, 1990, the LTTE contacted me at Kallady and told me to inform Kiran (Kumburumulla) camp to surrender in five minutes and if it was disregarded, they were going to launch an all out attack on the camp. The LTTE had started their attack on Kiran and Wellawadi at 4.30 pm. In order to buy more time and avoid being found fault with for starting the war, I said that I would inform them of instructions after contacting the President.

I then contacted my Brigade Commander in Ampara, who responded evasively. I then contacted the 2 Division Commander Major General J. R. S. De Silva at Anuradhapura. He insisted that the Army should fight to the last man and the last round and that the entire country was depending on our performance in Batticaloa. I requested him for immediate assistance to evacuate the camps at Wellawadi and Kalmunai since they had only depleted platoons in each of them.

Meanwhile, all the four camps in the Batticaloa district and Kalmunai Camp in the Ampara district were under prolonged and severe attack. Wellawadi camp was established to provide protection to the Sinhala fishing community (about 200 fishermen, women and children) who had been living there for generations. 2/Lt RMCC Ranaweera GW (who left the Army the next year in 1991) and 22 men fought for more than 36 hours supported by two 81mm Mortars (from Kiran detachment) against more than 300-400 LTTE cadres throughout the night with 90 rounds of ammunition (first line scale).

The troops were able to protect the fisher families and evacuate them by sea with the assistance of the Sri Lanka Navy, in a gunboat commanded by Cdr Thisara Samarasinghe [Admiral and ex Navy Commander] on June 12, 1990. It must be mentioned that there was not a single civilian conflict related casualty in the entire evacuation at Wellawadi except for a mother and a child who drowned while boarding the naval craft.

The troops were provided ammunition from Kallady, which was delivered by helicopter, before they withdrew in a Navy gunboat. This took them to Trincomalee and safety. They suffered only one minor injury to a soldier due to LTTE fire, during the entire 36 hour crisis.

The situation at Kalmunai too was similar; the platoon under 2/Lt KASH Karunatillake SLLI was under tremendous pressure as intense fire was brought down on them by the LTTE. However on June 13, 1990 the Navy under the command of Cdr. Daya Dharmapriya [retired Rear Admiral] in his gunboat and support vessels, evacuated them after an agonizing battle whilst being supported by artillery fire from the Malwatte Army camp. However, the SLLI suffered several casualties as the evacuation was done whilst in contact with the LTTE.

The LTTE unleashed salvos of mortar, small arms and 84 mm rocket launcher fire at the Kiran Camp. The Officer Commanding the camp, Captain Sumith Perera GW and his second in command Lieutenant Chinthaka Munasinghe GW (both officers were killed in action in subsequent operations conducted against the LTTE in Jaffna in 1995 and Mannar in 1991, respectively) with their men valiantly held the camp against all odds. The only surviving officer was 2/Lt Suminda Jayasundera GW (now a retired Lt. Col. domiciled in Australia) who was a Young Officer (YO) with less than one year’s service with the Battalion at the time.

The LTTE even used chlorine gas against the troops in Kiran on June 13, 1990. It must also be mentioned that Pte Dharmasiri K.A., the radio operator of ‘A’ Company 1 GW maintained communication with Battalion Headquarters (HQ) at Kallady and rear HQ at Diyatalawa throughout the entire period during day and night.

When the antenna was damaged due to intense mortar fire, he fixed it at night by climbing a Palmyra tree. On the night of June 11, the Air Force helicopter fitted with machine guns became airborne to provide close air support. It should be noted here that the services provided by Flying Officer Thilana Kaluarachchi. (This officer was later killed when a missile hit the MI 24 he was flying in over Kokilai Lagoon in 1997).

He relentlessly and gallantly flew the entire night and continued every night until the detachment was relieved. He gave much needed air support, which kept the LTTE at bay and was a tremendous morale booster to the besieged troops. The ground to air communications was closely coordinated through Cpl. Gamini GW of 1 GW stationed at the SLAF base at BCO, during this period.

On June 16, 1990, during the battle, a cease-fire was requested by the LTTE through the Bishop of Batticaloa for both sides could attend to their respective casualties. However, the LTTE leaders refused to disarm and stay put in the SLAF base in Batticaloa, but wanted to accompany the Bishop to Kiran with me or my representative. I refused to their terms which were clearly to take us hostage and over-power the detachment by holding us at gunpoint.

The LTTE stooped to such cunning low levels and proved their perfidy, deceit and treachery throughout the conflict. They continued to bombard the troops psychologically by making announcements through a loud hailer asking the troops repeatedly to give up and surrender without fighting a losing battle. Troops returned fire and fought steadfastly and resolutely, to deny the LTTE any opportunity to break into the camp.

Troops in all camps lived on liquids, raw papaws, Palmyra fruits and the odd animal that strayed during the siege. They were collected during the night or when there was a lull in the fighting. Since the well, which supplied fresh water to the Kiran camp was exposed to LTTE fire, troops tunneled into it at night to get drinking water for their survival. Troops in Kiran survived for seven nights in trenches, clad only in one uniform throughout the regular attacks by the LTTE.

The alertness of the sentry at night enabled him to wipe out an entire group of nine LTTE guerrillas crawling into the camp by cutting the perimeter wire fence. Only one soldier was killed in action throughout the eight days of fighting. However, one officer and 60 soldiers of the 3×79 personnel in the camp suffered injuries and evacuated when reinforcements arrived.

The BBC correspondent refused to believe our casualties, as the surrounding area of the camp was littered with dead and decomposed LTTE bodies (over 100) due to the continuous fighting of almost seven days.

A rescue operation was finally launched under the command of GOC 1 Division Major General Denzil L. Kobbekaduwa. Before the rescue, he spoke to me over the radio on June 15, 1990. The voice of the GOC was a great morale-booster to me as we were all desperate about our survival. Until then the response from the military higher command was negative at best and very little encouragement was given to continue fighting.

The reinforcement operations were launched from the North of Batticaloa to relieve the Kiran Camp. 3 Brigade Group was commanded by Brigadier A. M. U. Seneviratne [retired Major General and Chief of Staff]. Fourth Battalion the Gemunu Watch and the Fifth Battalion the Vijayabahu Infantry Regiment had to fight their way and reached Batticaloa by June 19. Similarly, 1 Brigade Group commanded by Brigadier A. K. Jayawardhana [retired Major General and a one time Secretary of Defence] with First Sinha Regiment and First Special Forces Regiment fought their way from Ampara across country through Wellaveli to relieve Kalwanchikudy detachment in the South of Batticaloa. Both Brigade groups reached their objectives on June 18 despite heavy resistance from the LTTE.

The success of the 1 GW troops in the defence of their camps in the Batticaloa district was due to their courage, regimental espirit de corps, comradeship, belief in their leadership and their steely determination to survive amidst the death and wounding of their colleagues, along with the ensuing confusion and chaos of battle.

The effort taken to send the remains (cremated at night with the help of Palmyra branches amidst LTTE small arms fire) of the dead soldier [Sergeant Karunadasa E.A.D.] at Kiran to his next-of-kin was appreciated by his parents and was a great morale booster to the rest of the troops.

It must be reminded that soldiers fight for their survival first, then for their comrades, Regiment, the Army and the country, in that order of priority. Let the courageous stand taken by all those valiant and gallant men of Gemunu in BCO in June 1990 in general, and especially Kiran in particular, be a defining and bold moment and tradition for all those who have served, continue to serve and are to serve in the Gemunu Watch to follow. This tradition must be upheld with pride.

The Sri Lankan Armed Forces defeated the ruthless LTTE terrorists on May 19, 2009 and restored Sri Lanka’s territorial integrity and sovereignty after more than 27 years of bitter fighting. May we continue to maintain the hard won peace and democracy whilst remembering all those who sacrificed their today for our tomorrow.

POST SCRIPT

It is 25 years since the series of unfortunate events took place. As I pen these few lines as a tribute to all those gallant warriors of our country, I also pay my humble respects to all those fallen heroes in this terrible conflict.

However if we are to benefit from the experience, it is important that the lessons learnt are not forgotten or swept under the carpet. I request the President that action be initiated and a study made of our past, before embarking on the future national security policy which should be based on these and similar experiences.

Firstly, ensure we have a granite stone marker as a grim reminder, at the locations in Kiran, Wellawadi, Kallady, Kalwanchikudy and Kalmunai to honor those who sacrificed their lives for our motherland and for future generations so that their efforts would not be in vain.

We must make similar markers at all such locations so that history will not be erased by unpatriotic elements for their own convenience and hidden agendas.

When you analyze the reasons for this brutal conflict to take 30 years or more, we must note that a few individuals by lack of knowledge or arrogance of power or both, made serious mistakes that have gone unpunished. The late President Premadasa gave arms, ammunition, equipment and money to the LTTE in the name of peace and to counter the IPKF arming the TNA, and as a result, had to sacrifice his own life.

However, the more serious impact was on us and he is not here anymore to take the blame. He was not advised by his two top most military advisors, the Secretary Defence and the GOC Joint Operations Command who happened to be both 4 star Generals.

We also had similar Service Commanders who said we could never defeat the LTTE but who now spend their retirement as 4 star Generals. There were others who made big money from this conflict. Then there were those who sat in Colombo and earned promotions for their political affiliations. A few more who betrayed our forces by providing vital information to the LTTE for money and other lucrative perks continue to enjoy the freedom we and many other warriors fought for, by placing our lives on the line.

There were the two political Generals, one who professed that terror should be met with terror, resulting in a few officers and men who followed those illegal orders being put behind bars for their illegal deeds in Embilipitiya. Those who stood up to him were sent on compulsory retirement without their pensions. The other used soldiers for his personal security at the election campaign in Udathalawinna.

Unfortunately those soldiers who provided protection are still in prison for carrying out illegal orders without being visited by anybody other than their next-of-kin. We now have local and international human rights activists who talk about the Geneva Convention, the Law of War, Rules of Engagement, and Rules for Behaviour in Action.

The 677 policemen asked to surrender by the then government must be turning in their graves since it had taken 25 years now without an inquiry, not even a marker at their shallow graves they were forced to dig, before being killed in cold blood. Don’t they have human rights?

The casualty state is horrendous. From 1981 to the end of the conflict in May 2009, the Army lost 23,403 Killed in Action [KIA] and Missing in Action [MIA] which is 85% of the total 27,613 KIA/MIA in the conflict. The Navy lost 1,163 or 4.2% of the total KIA/MIA, the Air Force lost 426 which is 1.5% of the total KIA/MIA, and the Police lost 2,621 personnel which is 9.5% of the total KIA/MIA.

The Police lost 677 alone in BCO in 1990 after surrendering to the ruthless LTTE terrorists which is almost 26% of their total KIA/MIA. The Infantry comprising the Sri Lanka Light Infantry, Sinha Regiment, Gemunu Watch, Gajaba Regiment and the Vijayabahu Infantry Regiment had lost a total number of 18,461 KIA or MIA which is 79% of the total Army fatalities. When the total KIA/MIA of the Commandos, Special Forces and Sri Lanka National Guard is included, it rises by 10% to 89% of total Army KIA/MIA. This is the reality of the conflict and of those gallant troops who have suffered the most in this brutal conflict.

It is similar with the permanently disabled, the Wounded In Action [WIA], the many silent warriors suffering with PTSD [Post Trauma Stress Disorder], the many war widows, children without their fathers and mothers who were KIA and the pain of mind of the parents, family members and loved ones. The list is endless.

Therefore, it is important that we remember the gallant war heroes who sacrificed their lives for our tomorrow and respect with gratitude all those who have served, are serving and are to serve in the Armed Forces of our country. This is my humble tribute to all these honourable countrymen and women, for your silent but patriotic endeavours in the defence of our beloved motherland.

May you be blessed and protected by the gods and the devas to eternity. Words cannot replace or express your greatest sacrifice of protecting our motherland from the scourge of terrorism

I firstly pay tribute to the late General Denzil Kobbekaduwa, the most charismatic battle-field commander we had because he always understood the heartbeat of the soldier and put his life on the line to safeguard their interests before his own comfort at all times. The late Maj. Gen. Vijay Wimalaratne, my guru as an officer cadet and OC [Officer Commanding] Bravo company as a subaltern, who in my opinion was the most brilliant field commander we had because he knew the terrain we fought on, his adversary’s modus operandi, and above all knew and understood his men, always leading from the front.

His creation, the Gajaba Regiment will always bear testimony to his great qualities of inspired leadership and dedicated service to the Corps, Army and Country. We must also remember with eternal gratitude all those numerous war heroes who sacrificed their lives in the defence of our motherland during the past 67 years of our independence.

මෛත්‍රී-රනිල් දෙදෙනාටම ඕන වුණේ මාව පරදවන්න ඒත් දෙදෙනාට එකට රට කරන්න බැහැ – මහින්ද අකුරැස්‌සේ දී කියයි

December 28th, 2015

සමන් උපුල් පිනිදිය උපුටා ගැන්ම දිවයින

මෛත්‍රීපාල සිරිසේන රනිල් වික්‍රමසිංහ යන නායකයන් දෙදෙනාගේ අදහස්‌ හා සිතුම් පැතුම් පරස්‌පර බවත් ඔවුන් දෙදෙනාටම අවශ්‍ය වී තිබුණේ තමාව පරාජය කිරීමට බවත් හිටපු ජනාධිපති කුරුණෑගල දිස්‌ත්‍රික්‌ එක්‌සත් ජනතා නිදහස්‌ සන්ධාන පාර්ලිsමේන්තු මන්ත්‍රී මහින්ද රාජපක්‌ෂ මහතා පැවැසීය.

පසුගිය 27 වැනිදා අකුරැස්‌ස ප්‍රදේශයේ ඇඟලුම් කම්හලක්‌ විවෘත කිරීමේ

උත්සවයකදී මේ බව සඳහන් කළ රාජපක්‌ෂ මහතා තවදුරටත් මෙසේද කීය.

ශ්‍රී ලංකා නිදහස්‌ පක්‌ෂය කියන්නේ අපේ පක්‌ෂයක්‌. ඒක කාටවත් දෙන්න බෑ. මම හැමදාම කියනව වගේ නායකයන් දෙන්නෙකුට රට කරන්න බෑ. එක්‌කෝ මෛත්‍රීපාල සිරිසේන මහත්තයා රට කරන්න ඕනෑ. එක්‌කෝ රනිල් වික්‍රමසිංහ මහත්තයා රට කරන්න ඕනෑ.

දෙන්නෙක්‌ දෙපැත්තට අදින කොට ආණ්‌ඩුවක්‌ කරන්න රටක්‌ පාලනය කරන්න අමාරුයි. දෙන්නගෙ සිතුම් පැතුම් වෙනස්‌. මතවාද වෙනස්‌. එක මතයකට එන්න අමාරුයි. ඔවුන්ට ඕන වුණේ මාව පරාජය කරන්න විතරයි. අනිත් හැම එකම වෙනස්‌. මාව පරාජය කිරීම තමයි ඒ අය එකම සාධකය කරගෙන ඉන්නේ. මේ විදියට රටක්‌ කරන්න බැහැ.

නව දේශපාලන බලවේගයක් බිහිවෙනවා.. එය කිසිවෙකුට වළක්වන්න බෑ.. – මහින්ද

December 28th, 2015

BBC

එවැනි කණ්ඩායම් එකතු වී ශක්තිමත් විපක්ෂයක් බිහි කිරීම හැම දෙනාගේම වගකීමක් වී ඇති බව හිටපු ජනාධිපතිවරයා කියා සිටියි.

‘මේ යන රටාව අනුව අපට කියන්න බෑ අලුත් දේශපාලන පක්ෂ බිහි නොවේවි කියලා. පක්ෂවලින් මිනිස්සු එලෙව්වොත් ඒ මිනිස්සුන්ට යන්න තැනක් තියෙන්න ඕන. ශක්තිමත් විපක්ෂයක් හැදීමේ වගකීම හැමෝටම තියනවා’ මහින්ද රාජපක්ෂ හිටපු ජනාධිපතිවරයා අවධාරණය කරයි.

ඌරුබොක්ක, හොරගස්මණ්ඩිය ප්‍රදේශයෙහි ශ්‍රී ලංකා නිදහස් පක්ෂ කාර්යාලයක් විවෘත කිරීමෙන් පසු මාධ්‍යවේදීන් ඇසූ පැනයකට පිළිතුරු දෙමින් හිටපු ජනාධිපතිවරයා ඉහත කී ප්‍රකාශය කළේය.

පාර්ලිමේන්තුවේ විපක්ෂ මන්ත්‍රීවරු පිරිසක් ආණ්ඩුවට එකතු වී ඇමතිකම් ගැනීමට ඇති සුදානමක් ගැන තමන් නොදන්නා බව කී හිටපු ජනාධිපතිවරයා දෙමළ සංධානය රජයට සහාය දෙනවාදැයි විමසිය යුතු බව සඳහන් කළේය.

ශ්‍රී ලංකා නිදහස් පක්ෂය පාවා දුන් අය අද දේශපාලනයේ සිටියත් පක්ෂය පාවා නොදුන් එකම තැනැත්තා තමන් බව මහින්ද රාජපක්ෂ හිටපු ජනාධිපතිවරයා පවසයි.

‘‘ශ්‍රී ලංකා නිදහස් පක්ෂය මගේ පක්ෂය. මම විතරයි ශ්‍රී ලංකා නිදහස් පක්ෂය දාලා ගියේ නැත්තේ. පක්ෂය එක්සත් ජාතික පක්ෂයට පාවා දුන්නේ නැත්තේ මම විතරයි. දැන් දේශපාලනේ ඉන්න බොහෝ දෙනා පක්ෂය පාවා දුන්නා. මම පාවා දුන්නෙත් නෑ. පාවා දෙන්නෙත් නෑ’ හිටපු ජනාධිපතිවරයා කියා සිටියි.

දැන් විපක්ෂයත් එක්ක ආණ්ඩුව ගෙන යන බව කී හිටපු ජනාධිපතිවරයා ශක්තිමත් විපක්ෂයක් නැති වූ විට ආණ්ඩු අයාලේ යන බව පවසයි.

‘මේ ආණ්ඩුවට හරි මග පෙන්වන්න ශක්තිමත් විපක්ෂයක් තියෙන්න ඕනෑ. ශක්තිමත් විපක්ෂයක් නැතුව රජයක් ගෙන ගියොත් ඒ රජය අයාලේ යනවා. ඒක තමයි මේ අයවැයෙන් පෙන්නුම් කෙරුණේ’ එබැවින් ශක්තිමත් විපක්ෂයක් හැදීමේ වගකීම හැමෝටම ඇති බව හිටපු ජනාධිපති වත්මන් කුරුණෑගල දිස්ත්‍රික් පාර්ලිමේන්තු මන්ත්‍රීවරයා අවධාරණයෙන් කියා සිටියේය.

පක්ෂ වලින් මන්ත්‍රීවරුන් පන්නා දැමුව හොත් ඔවුන් එකතු වී නව දේශපාලන පක්ෂයක් බිහි කිරීම කිසිවෙකුටත් වළක්වනු නොහැකි වනු ඇතැයි හිටපු ජනාධිපති මහින්ද රාජපක්ෂ පවසයි.

Poor Sirisena is only a gullible sucker caught by perpetrators of con tricks Ranil and Chandrika.

December 28th, 2015

By Charles.S.Perera

Ranil, Chandrika and the West  played a confidence trick on Sirisena.  Chandrtika knew Sirisena as  an easy bait  who could be made to dance to her tune.  She  gave him few lessons on back stabbing and Sirisena fell to the proposed plan like a gullible sucker. Ranil, Chndrika, Rajitha, Mangala knew that Sirisena was the ideal man who will swallow their bait to present himself as the President of Sri Lanka, when he was hardly able to speak up, as he said, for his rights under  the President Mahinda Rajapakse.

In addition the tricksters  were planning to remove the executive power of the president, and knew by doing that  they could relegate Maithripala to a corner while Ranil  and Chandrika with their Western masters would be able to do as they want without having to bother about a nominal President a  gullible sucker who will be happy smiling, shaking hands and making speeches.

Ranil is already experienced in that type of work, having been the Prime Miister under Chandrika. He did not care two hoots for President Chandrika, and Ranil the Prime Minister  took over Presidential powers, signing  the CFA with Prabhakaran dooming Sri Lanka to almost never ending terrorism, and going to the Whitehouse to meet George Bush.

Since he became the President Sirisena- the sucker  has done next to nothing other than assisting Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe to take revenge on the former President Rajapakse to  fulfil Ranil’s desire to keep the field free from Rajapakse’s to assure his Presidential ambition in 2020.

What has this sucker President Sirsena done  so far.  He cannot do any thing on his own as he is strictly under the control of Ranil and Chandrika.  To begin with he appointed his guarding angel Ranil, the Prime Minister. Sirisena helped Ra     nil to  dismiss the Chief Justice  Mohan Pieris, re appoint Shirani Bandaranaike as the Chief Justice, and  make her resign from the Office, to appoint K.Sripavan a Tamil for the purpose of reconciliation with the LTTE Tamil diaspora, but not with the Tamils in Sri Lanka.

The realisation of USA and Western Agenda in Sri Lanka depends  on to the extent they please the Tamil Diaspora  Therefore, Ranil and Chandrika made Sirisena take all those actions completely in breach of the Constitution of Sri Lanka to please the USA and the West.  As much as Ranil and Chandrika are grateful to USA and the West in giving them a hand for the regime change in Sri Lana, the sucker Sirisena is grateful to Ranil and Chandrika for making a President out of him.

Ranil Wickramasinghe is a law unto himself and knows that the USA and the West is with him and treats Sirisena as a dumbo.  Sirisena  makes speeches and promises things and Ranil and his UNP cabinet turns their backs to him and do what they think is right.  What part did Sirisena play in the recent Budget of Ravi Karunanayake ?  Sirisena had no say in it ? Even if he had Ranil would not have listened to him.  Sirisena if he has any plan , he would like to implement, he has he has no one in the Parliament to give him a hand.

But it was Ranil who kept changing the Budget Presented by Ravi Karunanayake until it became unrecognisable even by the Finance Minister himself. Now Ranil and Chandrika are trying to find ways out to fix the balance of payment,  even if it were to  sell out  Sri Lanka to USA and the West.

By the way what was the mid term plan of Ranil Wickramasinghe ?

Sirisena had no hand in its preparation, and the report was one Ranil had prepared in 2002.  There is nothing new or innovative in it, other than make Sri Lanka dependent  to USA and the West.

After the Bond Scam Sirisena asked Ranil Wickramasinghe to remove the governor of the Bank- Arjuna Mahendran , and Ranil turned him a deaf ear and the Governor of the Central bank remains the same swindler that he was.  He- the Governor of the Central Bank now invites Saudi Arabia to set up an oil refinery, hope it is not another stunt of his to swindle additional bakshis from Saudi Arabia..

Sri Lanka has been turned topsy-turvy by Ranil and his UNP goons in Parliament.  Sirisena himself had no hand in it, as Ranil and Chandrika would not share their political secrets with Sirisena, because they too do not have confidence in Sirisena. The sucker he is, Sirisena, cannot imagine what has happened to him.

He is always packed out of the country to attend world conferences abroad, where he has not contributed any thing for the world to take notice.  He was not anywhere near the Western leaders at the Conferences who make their own group whether at the CHOGM in Malta or at the World Climate change Conference in France.  In the group photographs taken Sirisena is seen with the African leaders far away from the USA and Western leaders who take the Centre stage.

The representatives of USA and  the West just shake hands and make a passing word of flattery which keeps Sirisena happy and satisfied.  He comes backs to Sri Lanka after the conferences to find that Ravi Karunanayake  with the support of Ranil Wickramasinghe has taken steps to sell the country to the foreign investors.

UN Personnel and USA  Agents make themselves quite at home examining the Naval Camps and preparing the handing over of the North and East  for a Tamil administration.   Sirisena has already become a dummy. He is happy  because ignorance is bliss when he does not know what exactly is going on behind his back.

Latest information that Sirisena is perhaps unaware,  is what was discussed at a recent meeting Ranil is said to have had with Chandrika some where in London.  They are said to have discussed Sirisena the President without executive powers and what the devolution packet to the Tamils in the north is going to be.

President Sirisena when he left SLFP having back stabbed his leader, to make his  “midnight flight “ to the bossom of Chandrika and Ranil to be their common Presidential Candidate,  to make his escape reasonable in the eyes of the public came out with the story that if he were to loose  the Presidential election he and his family would be six feet underground in a secret cemetery.  With  that he made the people understand the  criminal tendency of the Rajapakse regime. Some of the people may have believed , as Maithripala was for 47 years in the SLFP along with Mahinda Rajapakse

However a majority of the people would  not have believed that as Mahinda Rajapakse had no criminal  disposition.  On the other hand he stopped terrorism and underworld Criminality at least to a certain extent. There were no scandals and commission like those of Batalanda torture camps against Rajapakses’  The White Van culture was a hoax of the UNP to discredit the Armed Forces and the Defence Secretary of Sri Lanka.  If there was one it was not sponsored by the Rajapakse Regime but it was and is still being used by the UNP and anti Mahibda Rajapakse elements to project an Image of Rajapakse Government to please the west.  JVP who are well known for their Stalinist criminal beginning,  white wash themselves with such stories against the government of Mahinda Rajapakse. The people would not believe JVP as they were with Mahind Rajapakse at the beginning, and left thinking that they had gained enough popularity to get peoples’ votes to form a government of their own.

Sirisena is often packed off to make his speeches at international forums.  His first speech at the UNO was a very sad drill of trying to give the world an insight into Buddhist teachings as a means to achieve peace in a world in the throes of  human conflict. It had certainly  been written by a Christian.  It does not even speak of the  teachings of the Buddha, but about  Buddhist ethos:

“As we learn from the Buddhist ethos prevalent in Sri Lanka, I recognize there are three kinds of human conflicts.The first is the conflict between the human being and nature. We are constantly engaged in this conflict in order to enjoy material comforts in life.  As a result, modern human beings seek to exploit natural resources extensively in the name of development. The second is the conflict between ‘human’ and ‘human’. Such conflicts occur among individuals, among communities and among nations. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights affirms that such conflicts occur when human rights are not protected by rule of law.

The third is the conflict within the human being The two kinds of conflict I mentioned earlier occur when we lose the battle within us as human beings. Therefore, this is the root cause of all conflicts ”

Sirisena may not have  listened to Dhamma as he should have, because he had a mind   scheming and planning for his own egoist political ambition of cutting the throat of  his  leader to take his place.  He once said that, “ when he is at home he is distressed  he does not know  what to do,  and stay thinking lying in his bed for hours .  His wife and children came to him and said, papa do not  worry what ever you do we will stand by you.”

However, his Christmas greetings sound hollow, “Christmas symbolizes the birth of Jesus Christ who assumed a powerful voice, teaching us lessons of kindness and charity that have lasted for more than 2000 years. The Christian message of humanity, love to all beings and humility is seen in the birth of Christ taking place in a stable shared by animals and his first worshipers being humble shepherds.”

For Sirisena , “The philosophy of the Prophet Muhammad is an example not only for the Islamic devotees, but also for the entire nation.”  How much of it does Sirisena really know ?  Apparently  from what he had done to completely upset a smoothly working development process in Sri Lanka , he seems to have not grasped the fundamentals of Buddhist philosophy

He makes speeches  and says what he wants to do but, it is not he who decides  it is Ranil and Chandrika who finally take decisions.  Sirisena said nothing directly on the very controversial budget presented by Ranil and Ravi Karunanayake.  But he grunted in places that, “.. he would not allow foreign companies to enter into Gem Mining industry in Sri Lanka.”  Sirisena proposes but Ranil and Chandrika dispose.

President Sirisena, who helps Ranil and Chandrika to sell Sri Lanka to foreign interests has said ,  “ … without abusing the freedom of expression provided to talk in Parliament and through media today, they should use it to promote peace, harmony and reconciliation by shunning petty party politics. They should rally around to work towards progress and eradication of poverty and to ensure that there would not be another war in this country.”

Sirisena has probably not heard what the opposition to UNP and Yahapalanaya is  speaking out using at least the freedom to talk freely in parliament.

Sirisena speaking to the Scouts had said, “…how discipline learned as a scout during his school days has helped him to carry out the responsibilities as Sri Lanka’s President.”

One can now understand how his discipline has still not risen above what it was when he was a scout. First when he joined the enemies of his political party,  and then acting in  breach of  the Constitution on Several occasions after he became the President, he broke the first duty of a scout, duty to God and country.  In  writing a  letter to Mahinda Rajapaksa to say that even if he were to win the election he would not be made the Prime Minister, he broke the second duty of a Scout – the duty to other people. Duty to self the third duty of a Scout is for him not to do what he professed others not to do, which Sirisena broke openly in taking his son to UN, allowing his daughter to represent him at state functions, and promoting nepotism.

Sirisena who played all tricks he could think of to  keep Mahinda Rajapakse away from politics, behaving in a very distasteful manner a President should not have behaved, now says in an interview to Sunday Lanka Deepa, “ I will not retire from politics. Politicians cannot retire from their social engagements. It is true that the Executive Presidency will be abolished. We will make strong and comprehensive measures in that direction. But that does not mean that I will retire from politics after abolition of Executive Presidency .”

This is probably some thing prompted to him by Ranil-Chandrika duo.  By doing that they can keep Mahinda Rajapakse from being a probable Prime Minister, or it may be Sirisena’s fear that he will be put six feet under ground in an unknown place.

What a hypocrite is Maithripala Sirisena ?  People should not give him even a vote at any future election.

Another one of his proposals is to stop concerts where Sri Lankan culture and morals are destroyed by foreign artistes..  In the mean time Maithripala Sirisena has managed to stop the Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake of money laundering fame, from making another scandalous deal, “A Cabinet Paper forwarded by Minister of Finance, Ravi Karunanayake, seeking Cabinet approval to compensate an individual, paying Rs 300 million from government coffers was put on hold by President Maithripala Sirisena during the Cabinet meeting on Wednesday (23), December, 2015.”

In the mean  time the Tamils  racist politicians in the North praise President Maithripala Sirisena, “ …. Recently, the Chairman of the Northern Provincial Council praised President Maithripala Sirisena and expressed his gratitude on behalf of the Northern Provincial Council, for lashing out at the racist views from the South and expressing his desire towards expediting the resettlement process in the Northern Province.”  He has switched the racial views, allowing the Tamil politicians of the North call the Sinhala south the racists.

Ranil and Chandrika have squeezed away from Maithripala Sirisena all the powers of  a real President, and soon he will be reduced to a decoration pushed into a corner, with Ranil  his UNP goons and Chandrika taking the centre stage. The slithery eel Nimal Sirispala de Silva is now making noises to attract the attention of Ranil and Chandrika.

It is the story of the Fox and the Crow: A fox was walking through the forest when he saw a crow sitting on a tree branch with a fine piece of cheese in her beak. The fox wanted the cheese and……..

Beat Cost of living during the Festive Season

December 28th, 2015

Sarath Wijesinghe- former Chairman Consumer Affairs Authority, former Ambassador to UAE and Israel-

Consumer

Festive season has emerged and the citizen is testing the buying power in purchasing the consumer items for festive season. Consumer is any actual or potential user of any goods or services made available for a consideration by any trader or manufacturer. (s75 of the consumer affairs Authority Act) This shows that every citizen is a consumer and need protection from the state to protect the consumer against unfair trade, hazardous to life and property of consumers, adequate access to gods, and seek redress against unfair trade practices. (s 7 of the Act no of 2003)

Is Consumer the King – and Powerful

In theory yes. But in practice it may not be so, especially in Sri Lanka where the consumer is not organized as in other parts of the world. Consumer day falls on 15th March and the world Consumer Federation has started the agitation throughout the world claiming the legitimate share for the consumer as Kennedy’s statement in 1983 that – the consumer includes us all – “the largest economic group affecting and affected by almost all public and private economic decision yet they are the only important group whose views are often not heard”. In other parts of the world consumer is restricted from becoming unfair by the government as well as strong lobbing of the powerful organizations in maintaining the quality, standards, price and consumer rights of return goods, and maintain standards by the trade, manufacturer and the trader. Sri Lanka is full of adulterated and poisonous food and other consumer goods, unhealthy food chains and goods adulterated and downgraded with no restrictive conditions. Unhealthy food chains are thriving and there is no proper control of the quality and price of the consumer items expected to be monitored by the main regulate Consumer Affairs Authority.

Powers of the Consumer Affairs Authority as the Main Regulator

It is established in place of Fair Trading Consumer Act no 1 of 1987 and price control act 1 of 1987 for promotion of effective competition and protection of the consumer with a blend of UK, Australian and West modelled concepts creating a main regulator to regulate trade under s 9 of the act, which has power to undertake studies, issue directions, restrict selling above market price, determining standards, inquire complaints, enter into agreements, deal with offences such as refusal to sell, hoarding goods, investigations publication, prevent misleading , deceptive conduct and many more powers and expectations. Due to the abolition of the price control under the price control act, the new concept of price making was introduces where every trade is expected to exhibit the price mark and maintain standards of the items. (S29) It is left to the consumer to judge the effectiveness of the enforcement mechanism in maintaining the price and the standards of the consumer items. Is the CAA competent to beat the cost of living or it is teeth less organization is a matter the citizen will be deciding based on the performances of the organization.

Beat Cost of Living

Cost of living is a relative term depends on the conditions, environments, and jurisdictions. Rarely the prices of consumer articles are receded, but the salary and income increases from time to time. Price of rice or bread is not static, but consumer is ready to adopt the price fluctuations. In the west a major portion of the salary or income is utilized for accommodation when the food items are generally affordable, which is not the case in Sri Lanka. In the UK one could have a comfortable living with the minimum wages and in addition government subsidiary where necessary. In Sri Lanka though salary and income is less for many – traditional food items such as Jak, leaves, and village grown items (available in “Polas” – street markets in towns too) assist consumer to make ends meet comfortably. If the consumer is sharp and careful it is easy to beat cost of living provided the cost of mobile phone, tuition and extravagance is restricted. In short one should know (a) when to buy (b) where to buy, (c) how to buy and (c) what to buy. In England the apple at Selfridges- the most expensive food chain could be purchased at the street market near the store for a lesser price. In Sri Lanka street markets are plenty and food can be carefully purchased and s stored to be used later. Consumers make the biggest blunder by eating out in food chains with unhealthy oily food and Colas inviting long term diseases. Consumer should be trained for healthy food at identified outlets. It is an exercise one should practice.

Complains to public bodies and to be organized is your civic duty

Ideally CAA is expected to entertain complaints on the phone, via net and all over the country. This extends to all consumer items and to services as well. In other parts of the world the consumer is so well organized that the Trader is under pressure and control of the consumer. Media plays a vital role in this matter. In the UK when Cola company used the water from Thames river it is the media that came forward as in the Bopal case in India to teach unfair trade practices of multinational companies. In Sri Lanka CAA is expected to organize a consumer federation to assist the consumer. it is the duty of the NGOs to take the mantel forward without wasting time for Human rights situations in Sri Lanka which maintains highest stander ands. It is time for the citizen to organize themselves to beat the cost of living and to organize the life leading a careful systemic planned organized life with other fellow citizens.

Careful during the festive season

It is illegal to perform bogus Sales and overprice the consumer items especially during festive season. Consumer have no right to demand price reductions. but they have the right to purchase quality and healthy goods. Citizen may complaint to 1919 service, CAA and the board of Standers for quality and price of consumer items. A joint exercise should be launched by the CAA organizing the trader, manufacturer, industrialist and the citizen to work together is a competitive but a friendly environment to beat the cost of living and for quality and health consumer items at a reasonable price.

Way Forward

 

It is the right of the citizen and duty of the state to ensure the consumer should be able purchase quality items at a reasonable price, and it is his/her duty to look for healthy food in the interest of the citizen. United Nations too have recognized the right to satisfaction and ensure on basic needs, safety, information, chance to be heard, redress, consumer education and healthy environment as a right and a requirement to be facilitated for the consumer/citizen by the state. It is the duty and a statutory requirement of the main regulator CAA to organize consumer organizations and to work on a joint project with the consumer, state, trader, manufacturer and the citizen for a fair and reasonable system of trade and business for a better life for the consumer. Consumer should be vigilant and smart, the trader should be fair and reasonable and the state should be efficient for a better day for the consumer/citizen.

Vida articles by Sarath Wijesinghe –(1) Sri Lanka Guardian on world consumer day on 19/01.2014, (2) Sunday Business times- Lead a simple life to beat cost of living 25/03/2012- (3) Rice price and cost of living on 20/04/2008 -Observer- (4) measure to bring does cost of living observer 15th July 2007

Sarath7@hotmail.co.uk

PROF.LAKSHMAN S. PERERA

December 28th, 2015

By Dr. Tilak S. Fernando

On 19 December2015, Professor Lakshman S. Perera’s second daughter, Kanthi Rupasinhge conveyed to me in an email with unfathomable emotions the sad news about the passing away of her father in London on 17th December. She simply wrote: “ As you had written about him in so much depth and warmth, I thought will convey this to you before the Death Notice is out. I learnt much about my father from you”.

Prof. Lakshman S. Perera

A few years ago I came to know Prof. Lakshman S. Perera in London. Subsequently, we remained close friends over the years. Prof. Perera took an immense interest in Sinhala culture and the language from the time he was an undergraduate at Peradeniya University. He identified the Sinhala language as being influenced by the original language of the pre-Aryan population of Ceylon (Veddas).

The teaching of Sinhala language in London dated back to the beginning of the 20th Century at SOAS (School of Oriental and African Studies) of the London University. When in 1986 university grants cut backs began to have an effect on teaching of Sinhala at the SOAS, Prof. Lakshman Perera, as a consultant, spearheaded a campaign against such a programme; set up an ad hoc committee and made representations to the Sri Lanka Government, through the University Grants Commission. That helped to convince the late President R. Premadasa to continue with the teaching of Sinhala by retaining a lecturer out of the Sri Lankan Government funds. This helped to continue with the teaching of Sinhala at the SOAS.

Lakshman S. Perera always had a dream from the time he obtained his honours degree (London External) in history, especially after he won the Hilda Obeysekera Fellowship to do research on Institutions of Ancient Ceylon from inscriptions.

Initially it proved to be hard when he had to learn the Brahmi script, in order to read inscriptions written in ancient Sinhala and Pali languages during the Colonial rule. When he became enthusiastic to arrange all published and unpublished inscriptions in chronological order to publish them in volumes, the response he received was negative. All profit-orientated publishers in Sri Lanka simply turned it down!

More and more refutation he faced, greater and greater he became tenacious to get his dream fulfilled. With each passing day his thesis was gathering dust at the Peradeniya University, while a generation of historians used it as reference material until many pages were reduced to shreds. Subsequently, it took him six years to get his thesis published, which ran into over a 1,000 pages.

During his retirement in London, Professor Perera approached the International Centre for Ethnic Studies in Kandy. Its Executive Director, Prof. K.M. de Silva and Prof. Srima Kiribamune, Senior Research Fellow, identified it as a first degree study on vitally important aspects of the history of Sri Lanka and took a decision to publish his works into volumes.

The laborious task of updating the references used in the text, after 50 years, and typing of 1,500 crumbling and discoloured pages, that could not be scanned, were successfully completed and Volume 1: The Institutions of Ancient Ceylon from Inscriptions, containing 322 pages from 3rd Century BC to 830 AD bound in hard cover, published by the International Centre for Ethnic Studies, Kandy, was released to the public in July 2001 at the Jayewardene Centre, Colombo.

It authenticated even in minute detail stories of the Mahavamsa, which had been condemned by some as myth and legend. Inscriptions identified outstanding rulers like Devanampiyatissa, Vattagamini and Dutthagami along with the latter warriors such as Senapati Nandimitta accurately.

One of the major controversial issues that popped up in recent the history of Ceylon was the Vallipuram Gold Plate in the Vadamarachchi Division of Jaffna Peninsula, beneath the foundation of an ancient structure on land that belonged to the Vishnu Temple, discovered in 1936.

Prof. Perera managed to exhibit the gradual process of centralisation of majestic power with the Maharaja at Anuradhapura, and the Rajas in the periphery, superseded by provincial administrators. The inscription recorded that in the region of Maharaja Vasaba (67-111 AD), Ameti Isigiriya was Governor of Nakadiva of Nagadipa, as Jaffna was then known. Prof. Perera concluded that sovereign power had extended to the Jaffna Peninsula, which made it a province under the Maharaja of Anuradhapura.

Volume II-Part I, described political institutions from 831 to 1016, that too was published by the International Centre for Ethnic Studies, Kandy in 2003 and, Volume II-Part II, Economic and Religious Institutions came out in 2005.

During his academic career, Prof. Lakshman S. Perera became the Administrative Head of four sub-departments in the Second Faculty of Arts in Colombo. In 1952,when the Faculty of Arts was shifted to the new campus in Peradeniya, he became the Professor of History of the Colombo Campus and later was elected to the office of the Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences where he served as a member of the Editorial Board of the Revised University History of Ceylon and the Ceylon Journal of Historical and Social Studies.

In 1973, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs recommended him to the Department of Education at the Commonwealth Secretariat in London as a Senior Consultant on Universities and Higher Education where he continued in this position until 1983. Even after his retirement from the University, he has been serving as a member of the Executive Committee of the Council for Education in the Commonwealth. On 15 August 1998, Professor Lakshman Susantha Perera was decorated at the convocation held at the Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall in Colombo,

Born with Bodhi Sathva qualities, Prof. Lakshman S. Perera’s yearning was always to help others, which meant that the problem of others became part of his own glitches. He always helped anyone who sought his advice seeking no rewards or publicity; neither did he pursue appreciation or praise and appeared always as a simple and an unassuming individual who always treated the other person as a human being.

May he attain the Supreme Bliss of Nibbana!

tilakfernando@gmail.com

ps: The funeral will take place on the 7th of January 2016 in London .It will be a cremation and the Ashes will  be later interred at the family grave at a later date. TSF

Enrique Iglesias: Sri Lanka’s president says gig organisers ‘should be whipped’

December 27th, 2015

Courtesy Independent (UK)

President Maithripala Sirisena said women running on stage to kiss the singer and throwing their underwear at him was ‘most uncivilised’

Sri Lanka’s president says the organisers of an Enrique Iglesias gig should be whipped, as punishment over the behaviour of some female fans.

President Maithripala Sirisena said local women running on stage to kiss the singer and throwing their underwear at him during a concert in Colombo on 20 December was “most uncivilised”.

“This is most uncivilised behaviour that goes against our culture,” President Sirisena told a public meeting.

“I don’t advocate that these uncivilised women who removed their brassieres should be beaten with toxic stingray tails, but those who organised such an event should be.”

Whipping with “toxic stingray tails” refers to an ancient punishment reserved for hardened criminals in medieval Sri Lanka.

Public displays of affection are frowned upon in conservative Sri Lankan society.

Police are known to have arrested couples for kissing in public parks.

The concert was part of the Latin pop star’s Love and Sex world tour.

Sri Lankan president: Organisers of Enrique Iglesias gig ‘should be whipped’

December 27th, 2015

By  Courtesy Telegraph

Women throwing their underwear at the Hero singer is “most uncivilised” behaviour, Maithripala Sirisena says

The Sri Lankan president has called for the organisers of an Enrique Iglesias concert to be whipped after the “most uncivilised” behaviour from female fans.

Maithripala Sirisena said the organisers should be punished after women threw their underwear at the singer in Colombo and he claimed some ran towards the stage to kiss the Hero singer.

The singer was performing at a rugby stadium in the capital on December 20 during his ‘Love and Sex’ world tour.

The president described how the punishment should be being “whipped with toxic stingray tails”, an ancient punishment, the BBC reported. The punishment apparently was used for criminals in medieval Sri Lanka.

“This is most uncivilised behaviour that goes against our culture,” Mr Sirisena said at a public meeting.

“I don’t advocate that these uncivilised women who removed their brassieres should be beaten with toxic stingray tails, but those who organised such an event should be.”

In conservative Sri Lankan society, public displays of affection are not culturally acceptable, even for those couples who are married.

As well as the behaviour of women at the concert, the president criticised the price of the tickets, believed to have been between 5,000 rupees (£23) and 50,000 rupees.

The gig’s organisers have yet to comment on the president’s remarks.

Rajapaksa Camp To Launch ‘Our Sri Lanka Freedom Front’ Ahead Of LG Elections

December 27th, 2015

Courtesy Asian Mirror

The ‘Joint Opposition’ which supports former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, has planned to launch a new political front to contest the upcoming Local Government Elections, political sources said.

Accordingly, the ‘Joint Opposition’ has planned to launch a front named “Ape Sri Lanka Peramuna” or Our Sri Lanka Front, to contest the election.

Several political parties including the National Freedom Front, Mahajana Eksath Peramuna, Pivithuru Hela Urumaya and Left Democratic Front are expected to join in forming this new alliance along with the Sri Lanka Freedom Party Rajapaksa camp.

The Rajapaksa camp had been in discussions on the possibility of launching a new front to contest the local elections. Udaya Gammanpila and Vasudva Nanayakkara were among those who had been publicly declaring the possibility of contesting separately from the UPFA.

Meanwhile, President Maithripala Sirisena decided to postpone the LG Elections by six months. Sources said that the President had taken this decision as the SLFP was yet to find a solution to its internal power struggle. Meanwhile, according to some SLFP Ministers in government, the ‘Joint Opposition is on the verge of a split. Minister S.B. Dissanayake recently claimed that 15 MPs were ready to join the government.

Is Hirunika following her father’s footsteps?”

December 27th, 2015

Courtesy The Daily Mirror

Nava Sama Samaja Party Leader Vickramabahu Karunaratne yesterday raised doubts whether MP Hirunika Premachandra followed the footsteps of her father who he identified as a hoodlum in Kolonnawa, as she attempted to resolve disputes among mobs.

He mentioned that late Bharatha Lakshman Premachandra was a reputed hoodlum who settled disputes among people in Kolonnawa.

“It looks like the daughter has taken up the same task of solving people’s issues,” he said.

Commenting on the recent incident where a man was allegedly abducted by six supporters of Ms. Premachandra, he said no one could take the law into their own hands.

Prof. Karunaratne, a key activist of President Maithripala Sirisena’s election campaign, pointed out that it was solely the police who had the authority to take action against illegal activities. “We wonder if this government is too practicing the previous government’s habit of abducting people. We have a police department to deal with crimes, and today the department is more independent than what it was in the past,” he told a news conference. – See more at: http://www.dailymirror.lk/100721/is-hirunika-following-her-father-s-footsteps#sthash.dycPNsuO.dpuf

කක්කුස්සිකාරයෝ

December 27th, 2015

වෛද්‍ය රුවන් එම් ජයතුංග

 කක්කුස්සිකාරයෝ හෙවත් අන්ටචබල්ස්ලාද මිනිසුන්‍ ය​. ලංකාවේ රෝහල් වල මා දුටු දෙයක් නම් කක්කුස්සිකාරයෝ හෙවත් වැසිකිලි සුද්ධ කරන්නවුන් සහ දොස්තරලා අතර මහා පරතරයක් තිබෙන බවයි. සමහර දොස්තරලා වැසිකිලි සුද්ධ කරන්නවුන් වාට්ටු හරහා ගියද ඔවුන්ව නොදකිති. හෙදියන් සහ ඇටෙන්ඩන්වරුන් නිතරම ඔවුනට බැණ වදිති. ඔවුන්ද හිස් පහත් කරගෙන වැසිකිලි ශුද්ද කොට නිහඞව යති. 
 කළුබෝවිල රෝහලේ වාට්ටු වැසිකිළි ශුද්ද කිරීම සඳහා කෙට්ටු පුද්ගලයෙක් විය​. ඔහු ගිණි වතුර කෑන් එකක් රැගෙන එයි. ඉන්පසු ඉදළකින් වැසිකිළි ශුද්ද කර දමයි. ඔහු  වැසිකිළි ශුද්ද කර ගිය මොහොතේ පටන් යළිත් රෝගිහු වැසිකිළි ජරා කරති. 
මාතලේ රෝහලේ මේ කහළ වැඩය කලේ පළනී නම් දෙමල මිනිසෙකි. ඔහු රෝහලේ ලේ සැරව ගෑවුනු රෙදි හෝදා  අමතර ආදායමක්ද ලැබුවේය​. ඔහු මේ රෙදි හේදුවේ ලොකු යකඩ බැරල් එකකය​. මෙම යකඩ බැරල් එකට දර හිස් සේලයින් බෝතල දමා  හවසට ගිණි ගහයි. එවිට පරිසරය දුමින් පිරී යයි. අපගේ වෛද්‍ය නේවාසිකාගාරය තිබුනේ  පළනීගේ වෙල්ලහැළිය ආසන්නයේය​.  පළනීගේ දුමේ ප්ලාස්ටික් විශ කාරකයන් තිබුනද ඉන් මදුරුවන් පළා ගිය හෙයින් කිසිවෙකු  පළනීගේ වෙල්ලහැළිය ගැන පැමිණිලි කලේ නැත​. 
වරක්  පළනී අසනීප වූ නිසාදෝ වැසිකිලි පවිත්‍ර කිරීමේ කාර්‍යය ඇණ හිටුනේය​. වාට්ටු නරකාදි මෙන් දිස් වූයේය​මේ හේතුවෙන්  පළනීගේ රැකියාවේ වැදගත්කම කාටත් අවබෝධ විය​.එම නිසා සෞඛ්‍ය අධ්‍යාපන පංතියකදී වරක් රෝහලේ වැගත්ම පුද්ගලයා කවරෙක්ද කියා විශේසඥ ප්‍රජා වෛද්‍යවරියක් මගෙන් ඇසුවාය​. ඇය මගෙන් අපේක්‍ෂා කලේ රෝහලේ වැගත්ම පුද්ගලයා රෝගියා යන පිළිතුරයි. නමුත් මම කීවේ රෝහලේ වැගත්ම පුද්ගලයා කක්කුස්සි හෝදන්නා බවයි. එයට හේතුවද මම කීවෙමි. වෛද්‍ය අධ්‍යක්‍ෂක නොමැති විට විශේසඥ වෛද්‍යවරයෙකුට අධ්‍යක්‍ෂක ගේ වැඩ ආවරණය කළ හැකිය​. විශේසඥ වෛද්‍යවරයා නොමැති විට ජ්‍යෙෂ්ඨ වෛද්‍ය නිලධාරීට වැඩ ආවරණය කළ හැකිය . වෛද්‍යවරයා නොමැති විට හෙදියට වාට්ටුව බලා ගත හැක​. නමුත් කක්කුස්සිකරු නොමැති විට ඔහුගේ වැඩ ආවරණය කිරීමට කෙනෙකු නැත​. එම නිසා රෝහල කඩා වැටෙයි. 
කොලොන්ගොඩ ග්‍රාමීය රෝහලේ වැසිකිලි පවිත්‍ර කලේ විජේකෝන් බණ්ඩා නම් පුද්ගලයෙකි. ඔහුගේ ගම අඹගහපැලැස්ස වූවද අඹගහපැලැස්ස රෝහලට හූවක දුරක ඔහුගේ නිවස තිබුනද ඔහු සැතපුම් හතලිහකටත් වඩා දුරින් පිහිටි කොලොන්ගොඩ ග්‍රාමීය රෝහලේ සේවය සඳහා පැමිණියේ ගමේ රෝහලේ වැඩ කිරීම නිසා පාසලේදී තමන් ගේ දරුවන් නින්දාවට ලක් වෙන නිසා කියමිනි. රෝහලේ සුද්ධ පවිත්‍ර කිරීම් කරන ඔහු රාත්‍රියට මදුරුවන් පිරි බාහිර රෝගී අංශයේ බංකුවක් මත නිදයි. 
ඒ කාලයේ මම කොලොන්ගොඩ ග්‍රාමීය රෝහලේ ස්ථාන  භාර වෛද්‍යවරයා විය​. දිනකට පැය හතරකට සීමාවූ අතිකාල දීමනා සහිතව මගේ වැටුව රුපියල් 20,000 ආසන්න විය​. නමුත් විජේකෝන් බණ්ඩාගේ වැටුප රුපියල් 1800 කි. මේ නිසා මට යම් වරදකාරී හැඟීමක් ද ඇති විය​. නව වාරයක් පටන් ගන්නා විට මම විජේකෝන් බණ්ඩාගේ දරුවන්ට පොත් පත් රැගෙන දුනිමි. නමුත් පසු කාලයක මට පෙනී ගියේ විජේකෝන් බණ්ඩාට ලොකු අහේනියක් නොමැති බවයි. අඹගහපැලැස්සේ ඔහුට තමන් ගේ ඉඩමක නිවසක් තිබුණි. එම ඉඩමේ පොල් එළවළු වගා කොට තිබුණි. කුඹුරෙන් හාල් ලැබුනේය​. රැකියාව ඔහුට අතිරේක ආදායම් මාර්ගයක් මෙන්ම විශ්‍රාම වැටුප මහළු කාලයේ ආරක්‍ෂණයක් විය​. 
මීගමුව රෝහලේ වාට්ටු වැසිකිළි ශුද්ද කිරීම සඳහා  කිහිප දෙනෙකු සිටි අතර ඔවුන් ප්‍රදේශයේ දේශපාලකයාගේ හෙන්චයියන් වූ හෙයින් ඔවුන් බීඩි බිබී රෝහලේ මුල්ලක වාඩිවී  වල්පල් කතා කරමින් සිටියහ​. මේ නිසා වැසිකිළි ශුද්ද කරන ලද්දේ අනියම් කම්කරුවන් දෙතුන් දෙනෙකි. මතු දින රැකියාව ස්ථිර කරනු ඇතැයි සිතාගෙන ඔවුන් වෙහෙසී වැසිකිලි ශුද්ද කලද රෝගීන් කොරිඩෝ‍රවලද ජරා කල නිසා ඔවුන් ගේ වෑයම සඑල වූයේ නැත​. 
යුද හමුදා රෝහලේදී  රාත්‍රී වැඩමුරය  කල දිනයක  මම අපගේ වාට්ටුවට පැමිනෙන කොල්ලෙකු අතට මුදල් දී යුද හමුදා කැන්ටිමෙන් මාළු පාන් හෝ රෝල්ස් දෙක තුනක් ගෙන එන ලෙස කීවෙමි. එහෙත් වාට්ටුවේ සිටි සාජන් මේජර් කොල්ලාගේ අතින් මුදල් ගෙන ඔහු කැන්ටිමට ගොස් මගේ උදෑසන ආහාරය ගෙන ආවේය​. පසුව  සාජන් මේජර්  මට පැවසුවේ කොල්ලා වාට්ටුවේ කක්කුස්සි සුද්ධ කරන්නා බවයි. එය ඇසූ පසු මගේ මුවට සිනහවක් ආවේය​. එහෙත් වාට්ටුවේ කක්කුස්සි සුද්ධ කරන කොල්ලාට සිනහවකින් සංග්‍රහ කිරීමට මම අමතක නොකලෙමි. 
 කැනඩාවේ යෝක් විශ්ව විද්‍යාලයේ වැසිකිලි ශුද්ද කරන්නා ශ්‍රී ලංකාවේ ද්‍රවිඩයෙකි. ඔහු මා දුටු මුල් දිනයේදී මම සිංහලයෙකු ලෙස හැඳිනගෙන මා දෙස නොබලාම ගියේය​.   වරක් ඔහු වැසිකිලිය ශුද්ද කිරීමෙන් පසු මම වැසිකිලියට ගියෙමි. ඒ යන අතරතුර වැසිකිලිය ශුද්ද කිරීම ගැන මම ඔහුට ස්තූති කලෙමි.  ඔහු හිස් සැලීමෙන් ඒ ස්තූතිය පිළිගත්තේය​. 
කක්කුස්සිකාරයෝත්  මිනිසුන්‍ ය​. ඔවුනටද බඩගින්න සංතාපය වේදනාව දැනේ. 
වෛද්‍ය රුවන් එම් ජයතුංග

Bipanchika, Anubhawar Shabdajyoti released at press club

December 27th, 2015

Nava Thakuria

Bipanchika, Anubhawar Shabdajyoti released at press club By Our Correspondent
Guwahati: The third annual issue of Bipanchika, published by Karmabir Nabin Chandra Bardoloi Puthibharal Paduoi Samaj, was released at Guwahati Press Club on Sunday. The same meeting also witnessed the release of Anubhawar Shabdajyoti, a collection of Assamese poems penned by Lambit Barua and published by Kohima Sahitya Sabha from Nagaland.
Inaugurating the annual magazine Bipanchika, director of Assam Library Services, Uttam Sharma appreciated the effort of the readers attached to Karmabir Nabin Chandra Bardoloi Puthibharal for their continuous effort to bring out an annual publication comprising articles from different sections of the society.

Uttam Sarma (4th R), Director of library service  and Naba Thakuria (2nd R), Secretary Guwahati Press Club releasing two books titled “Bipanchika” an annual magazine of Karmabir Nabin Chandra Bordoloi Puthibharal Padhuri Samaj and “Anubhawar Sabdajyoti” collection of a few Assamese poems written by Lambit Baruah respectively during a function organized by Karmabir Nabin Chandra Bordoloi Puthibharal Padhuri Samaj, at Guwahati Press Club on Sunday.

Uttam Sarma (4th R), Director of library service and Naba Thakuria (2nd R), Secretary Guwahati Press Club releasing two books titled “Bipanchika” an annual magazine of Karmabir Nabin Chandra Bordoloi Puthibharal Padhuri Samaj and “Anubhawar Sabdajyoti” collection of a few Assamese poems written by Lambit Baruah respectively during a function organized by Karmabir Nabin Chandra Bordoloi Puthibharal Padhuri Samaj, at Guwahati Press Club on Sunday.

On the other hand releasing Anubhawar Shabdajyoti, journalist Nava Thakuria expressed hope that the initiative of Kohima Sahitya Sabha will enrich the Assamese literary world in a different way.  He also pointed out that Assamese writers based in northeast India should also initiate to publicize their creations through digital medium as well.
Various speakers including senior librarian Rabindranath Pathak, Kohima Sahitya Sabha president Prahlad Sonowal, poet Lambit Barua, artist Debananda Ulup, Atul Bharali, Rabin Baruah, Hiramoni Pathak, Sewali Kalita, Nabajyoti Sikder, Runumi Bhattacharya, Runu Goswami, Meghali Das, Chandan Das, Radhika Sonowal, Amiya Sonowal, Jayanta Sarkar, Baishali Sharma etc also highlighted the need of regular interactions among various sections in Assamese society.

 

Massacre of the innocents: Isil are today’s King Herods say Archbishops

December 27th, 2015

By , Religious Affairs Editor Courtesy The Telegraph

Jihadists driven by vision of ‘apocalypse’ warns Welby in stark Christmas message

Britain’s two most senior clerics have drawn on the darker side of the nativity story in hard-hitting Christmas sermons warning of the possible “elimination” of Christianity from the region of its birth.

The Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Rev Justin Welby, and Cardinal Vincent Nichols, the leader of the Roman Catholic Church in England and Wales, both draw comparisons between the Biblical account of the mass murder of children around Bethlehem on the orders of King Herod and the 21st Century Jihadist threat.

In his Christmas morning sermon at Canterbury Cathedral, Archbishop Welby is expected to warn that that the so-called Islamic State group – also known as Isil, Isis or Daesh – wants to bring “apocalypse” to the Middle East and beyond, driven by an obsessive belief that they are living in the “last days”.

Meanwhile Cardinal Nichols, the Archbishop of Westminster, also used his Christmas address to speak of the surge in murder driven by faith, something he condemned as “abhorrent”.

Islamic State fighter on the march in Raqqa

In a homily during Christmas midnight mass at Westminster Cathedral he also alluded to Herod’s massacre of the innocents and described Christians being murdered by Islamist extremists as martyrs.

“Today’s Herods, Isis and the like around the world in so many faiths, propose false apocalypses.”
Archbishop Justin Welby

He described the idea of “violence in the name of God” as a “corruption of true faith”.

The two impassioned messages come at the end of a year marked by slaughter and mass-displacement of religious minorities including Shia Muslims, Yazidis or Christians across Syria, Iraq, Libya and elsewhere in the Middle East.

Both clerics have publicly urged the Government to open the UK to significantly more refugees fleeing the region – pointedly likening the experience of those crossing the Mediterranean to Mary, Joseph and the Baby Jesus escaping into Egypt to avoid the wrath of Herod.

• Egyptian Christians wait for news of loved ones kidnapped by Isil

Speaking last week at an event hosted by Cardinal Nichols, the Prince of Wales also warned of the risk of Christianity being effectively wiped out in Iraq – once a centre of Christian scholarship – within five years.

Coptic Christian men whose relatives were abducted in Libya hold their photos in front of the foreign ministry in Cairo, Egypt  Photo: Hassan Ammar/AP

In his sermon Archbishop Welby is expected to describe Isil as “a Herod of today”.

Using the word “apocalypse” in the original Greek meaning – as an unveiling or revelation – he contrasts the message of hope summed up by the angels announcing the birth of Jesus with the deadly vision put forward by Jihadists and other religious extremists.

“Today, across the Middle East, close to the area in which the angels announced God’s apocalypse, Isis and others claim that this is the time of an apocalypse – an unveiling created of their own terrible ideas, one which is igniting a trail of fear, violence, hatred and determined oppression.

“Confident that these are the last days, using force and indescribable cruelty, they seem to welcome all opposition, certain that the warfare unleashed confirms that these are indeed the end times.

“They hate difference, whether it is Muslims who think differently, Yazidis or Christians, and because of them the Christians face elimination in the very region in which Christian faith began.

“This apocalypse is defined by themselves and heralded only by the angel of death.”

Isil video showing the aftermath of the murder of Coptic Christians  Photo: Universal News and Sport

Drawing a comparison with the Biblical account of the nativity, he continues: “Herod too gets this apocalypse.

“He senses that this tiny, helpless, vulnerable, utterly normal child is the ultimate threat to his power and authority.”

He will add: “Force meets love, and love has to flee into Egypt and returns to ordinary life and eventually to a cross and an empty tomb, conquering the world.

“At Christmas we are confronted with God’s form of power, which judges all our forms of power.

“To all who have been or are being dehumanised by the tyranny and cruelty of a Herod or an Isis, a Herod of today, God’s judgement comes as good news, because it promises justice.”

“Violence in the name of God is abhorrent – it is always a corruption of true faith.”
Cardinal Vincent Nichols

Contrasting how, in the gospel accounts, the shepherds set out to worship the baby Jesus but Herod wanted to kill him, the Archbishop will add: “Today’s Herods, Isis and the like around the world in so many faiths, propose false apocalypses.

“But you and I are called to respond in worship and transforming, world-changing obedience, both as individuals, and together, to this revelation of the baby that defines God, for it is our response to Jesus that defines us.”

Speaking at midnight mass, Cardinal Nichols said the image of a baby was the antithesis of the violent message preached by religious extremists.

“As this child is God in our flesh, then violence has no place at all in his presence,” he said.

“Even more emphatically, it means that any claim to justify such violence in the name of God is abhorrent – it is always a corruption of true faith.”

Urging Catholics to pray for victims of religiously-motivated violence, he said: “We pray especially for our Christian brothers and sisters who suffer grievously for their faith in Jesus as their Lord, losing life and belongings, suffering torture and unspeakable cruelty for his sake.

“As we pray for their courage, we remember that Boxing Day is the Feast of St Stephen – the first Martyr – and that on 28th December we celebrate the Feast of the Holy Innocents, the children slaughtered out of hatred and fear of Jesus.”


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