Do not eat croton

February 1st, 2017

Dr. Channa Jayasumana, Courtesy The Island


People shouldn’t eat any part of the croton plant.All parts of the croton plant contains oil with violently purgative (substances that loosen stools and increase bowel movements) and irritating qualities, which is also suspected of being a co-carcinogen. Even dried plant materials retain their poisonous properties. Although certain South East Asian and South American tribes have the knowledge to detoxify croton leaves, it is a complex procedure. In Chinese medicine croton is used to induce loose motions.

There were few reports over the last couple of days that some people experimented to eat croton leaves, and resulted in abdominal symptoms; however those were not serious cases. It is a surprise why the director general of agriculture pointed out croton as an edible plant, while we have hundreds of eatable plants in the country.

 

Astrologers’ woes

February 1st, 2017

Editorial The Island


Fortunetellers’ fortunes are tied to those of their political masters and not to stars. This has been the case throughout human history. Haruspices, who pretended to be able to predict future for Roman emperors by looking at the insides of sacrificed animals and oracles who specialised in communicating with gods in glossolalia or some unknown language in ancient Greece attained the status of demigods. None of those seers survived the fall of their political masters. The same holds true for the modern era of human civilisation.

Humans are not free from atavistic fears in spite of their evolution which has reached a very advanced stage. Their rulers are in a far worse predicament; with their minds weakened by a gnawing sense of insecurity which causes them to see around them more devils than vast hell can hold, they seek solace in witchcraft and the occult, especially in the developing world. There have been apocryphal stories of some Sri Lankan leaders who had themselves bathed in milk at the crack of dawn and got into sacks of gingerly in the buff at the behest of their palace astrologers to ward off the malefic effects of some planetary combinations.

Superstition is said to be the religion of the feeble mind. Voltaire it is who has rightly said: “Superstition is to religion what astrology is to astronomy––the mad daughter of a wise mother. These daughters have too long dominated the earth.” Astrologers get close to rulers and go places thanks to the insecurities which weigh down on the heads that wear crowns and make them slaves to the aforesaid two mad daughters—superstition and astrology.

This country has had its share of feeble minds at the levers of power and that may explain why some astrologers have become so wealthy and influential. Most political leaders’ wrists bear testimony to their superstitious beliefs; with many charmed threads of different hues wound around them, they look as ugly as the telephone posts disfigured by layers of old ropes once used to hang banners. Besides, they take pride in sporting extra-large gold rings studded with various gems on several fingers in a bid to neutralise the perceived adverse planetary effects. Some of them even carry with them astrologically determined, small gold objects embellished with precious stones, seeking divine protection.

Star gazers are usually circumspect and care to hedge their bets by making several vague predictions at a time, but there have been instances where some of them threw caution to the winds and got into hot water as a result. Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s palace seer is now in the wilderness as his bold predictions went wrong and his boss lost power. Other astrologers who threw in their lot with Rajapaksa have also got into trouble.

An astrologer who made some malicious predictions about incumbent President Maithripala Sirisena and circulated them via the Internet has been arrested and remanded. It is a pity that he could not foresee trouble! We thought much publicised predictions that went wrong were good enough punishment for any astrologer and there was no need for any other punitive action. But, the champions of ‘compassionate governance’—whatever that means—are convinced otherwise.

It is baffling why President Srisena, who pardoned a terrorist who conspired to kill him, has not shown any mercy to the astrologer in trouble. Is it that he considers a false prediction that he will lose power or some harm will befall him is a more serious offence than an assassination plot? Never mind astrologers! Even those who caused massive losses to the state coffers, amounting to billions of rupees, through bond scams and were held responsible by Parliament for that criminal offence have not been arrested for interrogation. They are seen in the exalted company of their political masters. Is making false predictions a far more serious crime than abusing public funds?

Some crooks seem to have all the luck! Did we hear someone say they were beneficiaries of their masters’ raja yoga?

The Joint Opposition reports Minister Harrison to the Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption

February 1st, 2017

By Dasun Edirisinghe Courtesy The Island

The Joint Opposition (JO) yesterday complained to the Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption (CIABOC) against Minister of Rural Economy P. Harison and Chairman of the Paddy Marketing Board for causing a loss of Rs. 10 billion to the government by selling paddy stocks to a private company as animal food.

Addressing the media at Dr. N. M. Perera Centre in Borella, Kalutara District MP Jayantha Samaraweera said a stock of 200,000 MT of paddy was sold to a company and they used it for animal feed.

The paddy bought by PMB from farmers at Rs. 28 – 45 a kilo was sold at Rs. 24, he said adding that it was condemned as not suitable for human consumption without appointing a technical committee to evaluate it.

Samaraweera said another fraud took place when releasing paddy from PMB stores to private rice millers.

He said there was a rice shortage in the market at present and the government insiders themselves blamed it on unscrupulous releasing of paddy stocks to favourites.

“During President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s period, the PMB had 200,000 MT paddy as a buffer stock, but this government did not maintain such a reserve,” Samaraweera said.

The Kalutara District MP said they asked CIABOC to start an investigation into their complaint as it had kept silent on their previous six complaints against government ministers.

Kandy District MP Mahindananda Aluthgamage said the government was manipulated by four persons—Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, Minister Malik Samarawickrema, Charitha Ratwatte and R. Paskaralingam.

They decided everything of the government and they did not listen even to President Maithripala Sirisena, he said.

Aluthgamage said the JO lodged the first complaint against a government minister four months ago and seven complaints had been made so far, but CIABOC was still silent on them.

Attempt on lawmaker’s life Norway mum

February 1st, 2017

By Shamindra Ferdinando Courtesy The Island

The Norwegian embassy refrained from responding to serious accusations that a Norwegian or Norwegians of Sri Lankan origin had been involved in an alleged assassination attempt on Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Parliamentarian M. A. Sumanthiran in January, this year.

Megapolis and Western Development Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka has alleged that Norway based Tamil diaspora elements conspired to have attorney-at-law Sumanthiran assassinated during a recent visit to the Jaffna peninsula.

The Island efforts to obtain a response from the Norwegian embassy on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday were in vain. The diplomatic mission refrained from responding to our emails and those who had been authorized to address media issues weren’t available. The embassy refrained from contacting The Island though the hand phone number of the News Editor was made available.

Norway made an abortive bid to end the conflict here through negotiations in 2002-2006 period before the previous administration eradicated the LTTE in May 2009.

Authoritative police sources told The Island that five former members of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) who had been arrested by the Terrorist Investigation Division (TID) in connection with Sumanthiran assassination probe would be produced in Kilinochchi Magistrate court on February 13. Sources said that all suspects had undergone rehabilitation at military run facilities in the Northern Province in the wake of the successful conclusion of the war in May 2009.

Law enforcement authorities produced the five suspects before Kilinochchi Magistrate and District judge A.A. Anandarajah on January 20. Anandarajah remanded them till Feb 13 pending investigations.

Police swooped down on suspects in the Northern Province and in the eastern Trincomalee district soon after an ex-LTTE cadre who had been allegedly offered money to get involved in the operation, informed authorities about the plot. Acting on information provided by the ex-LTTEer, the police have recovered two claymore mines from the possession of suspects. The police also recovered stock of Kerala ganja.

Targeted MP Sumanthiran told The Island that the alleged attempt on him shouldn’t be considered as an ongoing effort to revive the LTTE under any circumstances.

The US embassy spokesperson told The Island that they didn’t have anything else to be added to recent reports regarding the alleged assassination attempt.

The Australian High Commission declined to comment on the assassination bid on the basis the mission didn’t comment on legal matters.

Foreign Ministry spokesperson Mahishini Colonne told The Island that the ministry was ready to get in touch with foreign governments to facilitate ongoing investigations.

Many an eyebrow has been raised over the government prosecuting the five suspects on charge of possessing explosives and narcotics instead of the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA). Sources told The Island that the recent arrests had taken place at a time the government was engaged with a section of European Union countries to abolish the PTA and other far reaching changes to the Public Security Ordinance.

GL wants to know why terrorists not charged under PTA EU won’t comment on Sumanthiran assassination bid

February 1st, 2017

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Alleging that five former LTTE cadres arrested in connection with an alleged attempt to assassinate TNA lawmaker M.A. Sumanthiran had been produced before the Kilinochchi Magistrate and District judge and remanded till Feb 13 on a charge of possessing explosives and narcotics instead of under the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA), former External Affairs Minister Prof. G.L. Peiris said the government should explain its position vis-a-vis key anti-terrorism legislation.

A government that had been preaching to the public of the importance of the Right to Information shouldn’t keep the people in the dark regarding vital matters, he said.

Prof, Peiris told The Island last night that the Joint Opposition would like to know whether the government had suspended the PTA consequent to talks with the EU as well as various other parties regarding far reaching changes to counter terrorism legislation and amendment to the Code of Criminal Procedure Act.

Had they already suspended the PTA pending the introduction of a new Counter Terrorism Law, Prof. Peiris asked and added that the JO would closely monitor investigations into alleged political assassination attempt. The former Law Professor said that the EU shouldn’t be allowed to influence the decision making process in respect of security matters.

The EU delegation declined to comment on the alleged attempt on TNA MP Sumanthiran’s life.

Prof. Peiris yesterday warned of dire consequences due to dismantling of what the former eminent law professor called a tight security apparatus maintained by the previous government.

In accordance with their overall security strategy, the Ministries of Defence and External Affairs had maintained constant dialogue with countries where diaspora had been strong and active. As a result, there had been several successful prosecutions of members of the terrorist LTTE in Switzerland, France, Germany and Italy, he noted.

Prof. Peiris was addressing a group of trade union representatives at former President’s office at Nelum Mawatha, Battaramulla.

The former Vice Chancellor of the Colombo University recalled the operations undertaken by the previous government to meet the threat posed by diaspora elements. There had been a constant flow of information from various sources due to the previous government’s initiatives. Unfortunately, Prof. Peiris said the Sirisena-Wickremesinghe administration had dismantled vital security apparatus thereby paving the way for those disruptive elements to advance their agenda inimical to the country.

Although the LTTE had been militarily defeated in May 2009, the country couldn’t have afforded to do away with the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA), Prof. Peiris said. “We realized the requirement to maintain a robust security system to ensure a peaceful environment. But, the yahapalana rulers are engaged in a project to abolish the PTA and to amend some major provisions in the Public Security Ordinance.”

Prof. Peiris pointed out that a top level discussion chaired by Prime Minister and the UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe on Dec 16, 2016 at Temple Trees revealed extremely dangerous path the present leadership was taking at the expense of national security. Alleging that yahapalana rulers had absolutely no concerns regarding national security matters, prof. Peiris recalled how the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) summoned him following a statement he made regarding the recovery of explosives, including one suicide jacket and claymore mines at Chavakachcheri, Jaffna early last year.

Having mollycoddled terrorists and those who had been based abroad and pushing for a country divided on ethnic lines, the recent alleged attempt on the life of TNA lawmaker M.A. Sumanthiran must have come as a total shock to them, Prof. Peiris said. Having jeopardized national security for narrow political gains, the Sirisena-Wickremesinghe administration was struggling in the face of new threat, he said.

Sri Lanka arrest astrologer who predicted President Sirisena’s death

February 1st, 2017

Courtesy South China Morning Post

 Astrologer is a former navy sailor convicted of attempting to assassinate India’s then-Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi in 1987

An astrologer who made several predictions that Sri Lanka’s President Maithripala Sirisena would die has been arrested, police said Wednesday.

Most Sri Lankans follow astrologers’ advice, and the suspect, Vijitha Rohana Wijemuni, is a former navy sailor convicted of attempting to assassinate India’s then-Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi in 1987.

The Police Media Division said Wijemuni was arrested Tuesday evening on the charges of making false predictions and comments that could mislead the public.

Wijemuni posted several videos on Facebook predicting Sirisena would die of illness or accident before January 27. His predictions raised concerns of top government officials, and Media Ministry Secretary Nimal Bopage asked police in December to investigate.

Watch: the moment Wijemuni attacks Rajiv Gandhi with rifle butt

In a letter sent to the police chief, Bopage said he suspected a possible coup and assassination attempt were behind Wijemuni’s sustained campaign on the internet during the last few months. He is the only person who has been investigated, though the government did not say if he was thought to have acted alone.

Wijemuni served two and a half years in prison for attacking Gandhi with his rifle as the Indian premier inspected a naval guard of honour in Colombo. After being released from jail, Wijemuni turned to politics and contested for parliamentary elections in 2000, before becoming an astrologer.

Most Sri Lankans follow astrology to identify auspicious times for occasions such as marriage, building houses and signing important documents.

Rajapaksa accuses Sirisena govt of dropping guard on LTTE

February 1st, 2017

Courtesy The Hindu

Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa has accused the Sri Lankan government of dropping its guard on the LTTE by scaling down intelligence operations in the island’s Tamil-majority north and east.

Commenting on the recent arrest of four ex-LTTE members, for allegedly plotting to assassinate Tamil legislator M.A. Sumanthiran, the two-time President said: They [Maithripala Sirisena government] removed military camps and reduced the level of intelligence operations. Now they are seeing the results of that irrational action,” according to a PTI report on Wednesday.

In January, Sri Lanka’s Terrorism Investigation Division (TID) arrested five men, four of whom were formerly with the LTTE. They reportedly plotted to kill Mr. Sumanthiran, a Tamil National Alliance MP who has been a key negotiator, along with Leader of Opposition and TNA leader R. Sampanthan, engaging the government on Tamils’ expectations.

Mr. Rajapaksa – who spoke to newspersons in Anuradhapura in Sri Lanka’s North Central Province – said while in power he had rehabilitated around 12,000 LTTE members. However, his government often pointed to a possible revival of the LTTE and justified the heavy surveillance and military presence prevalent in the north and east.

After unseating Sri Lanka’s former strongman in the January 2015 presidential elections, President Maithripala Sirisena promised to address concerns over militarisation. His government has since returned some land formerly held by the army in the north and east. While the degree of obvious surveillance appears to have lessened in the last two years, apprehensions over militarisation linger.

The recent arrest of the former LTTE cadre, which prompted Mr. Rajapaksa’s remarks, has evoked strong reactions from other politicians in the south as well.

Days after news about the alleged plot broke, Cabinet Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka, a prominent politician in the Sinhala-nationalist Jathika Hela Urumaya (National Heritage Party), led largely by Buddhist monks, has said that the 12,000 former LTTE members who were rehabilitated should be arrested in the interest of the island’s security”.

Cautioning against such “hurried conclusions”, Northern Provincial Council member M. K. Sivajilingam told the media that the government must undertake a thorough investigation to probe the alleged assassination plot targeting Mr. Sumanthiran. It was important to find sound evidence, rather than hurriedly blaming the LTTE, he said.

A Tamil leader being targeted, reportedly with explosives, was a matter of serious concern” in Sri Lanka’s post-war context, he said, adding that such developments could be a major setback to ongoing efforts [towards a political solution]. President Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe should soon inform the parliament about the actual situation to prevent speculation and fear-mongering,” he told The Hindu.

පුස්කොළ පොත් විකුණා ජාතියේ දත් ගැලවීම

January 31st, 2017

මතුගම සෙනෙවිරුවන්

             සිංහල ජාතිය වසර දෙදහස්පන්සීයක් පුරාවට එක්රැස් කල සංස්කෘතිය ලේඛන ගතව පවතින අවස්ථා දෙකක් ඇත. එකක් නම් ශිලාලිපි සහ මුද්‍රා වන්ය. අනෙක් වැදගත්ම සමුච්චය පුස්කොළ ලේඛනීය සම්ප්‍රදායයි. රටේ ව්‍යවස්ථා පුද පූජා සහ ආඥාවන් මෙන්ම වෙළෙඳ සබඳතාද ප්‍රකට කරවන ශිලාලිපි මෙන්ම සීගිරි කැටපත් පවුරු ගීයෙන් කියැවෙන්නේ ද ජාතියේ සාහිත්‍ය ලෙන්ගතු කමයි.මේ කිසිවක් මිළ කළ නොහැකිය. ක්‍රි.පූ. දෙවන සියවසේ වලගම්බා සමයේ බැමිණිතියාසාය නොහොත් නියන්සායක් පැමිණි කල්හි සිංහල භික්ෂූන් වහන්සේලා කරකොළ වළඳමින් සිය බණ දහම් වන පොත් කලේ ඉතා ඉක්මනින් එය ග්‍රන්ථාරූඩ කරලීම පිණිසය. මාතලේ අලු විහාරය එයට සුදුසු තැනැක් යැයි කල්පනා කරන්නට ඇත. සිංහල භික්ෂු පරම්පරාව මිහිඳු මහ රහතන් වහන්සේ ගෙන් ඇරඹුණි යැයි කීවද බුදුන් වහන්සේ ලංකාවට වැඩම කළ අවස්ථාවේදී මහණව බණ දහම් රැක ගත් යක්ෂ ගෝත්‍රික ස්වාමීන් වහන්සේලා සිටි බව අප්‍රකට ඉතිහාස පුවත් දක්වයි. දඹදිවින් පැමිණි මහාවිහාරීය භික්ෂූන්ට වඩා මේ සිංහල භික්ෂූන් වන්සේලා ජාතිය සතු මහඟු නිධාන පණ මෙන් රැක ගත්හ. එයින් එකක් නම් පුස්කොළ ලේඛනීය සම්ප්‍රදායයි.

             මෙම සම්ප්‍රදාය මගින් බිහිවූ ග්‍රන්ථ අංශ කීපයකට බෙදා දැක්විය හැකිය. එහි ප්‍රධානතම අංශය වන්නේ ත්‍රිපිටකයයි. දෙවැන්න නම් බණ කතා සාහිත්‍යයි.අනතුරුව වංශකතා දැක්විය හැකිය.වංශකතා අතර පරම්පරාගත විස්තර ඇතුලත් විත්ති ලේඛන සම්ප්‍රදායක්ද දක්නට ලැබේ.වලගම්බා යුගයේ රටේ ප්‍රධාන මූලස්ථානය වූයේ අභයගිරියයි. සිවුසැට කලාවන් ගෙන් සමන්විත රටේ ආර්ථික සම්ප්‍රදායේ මූලස්ථානය එය විය. අනුරාධපුර යුයේ අටමහතැන් යයි සඳහන් වන අෂ්ඨ මූලායතන ඇරණු කොට අභයගිරි සම්ප්‍රදාය විසින් ජාතියේ හෘදස්පන්දනය වන දැනුම ලේඛන ගත කරන ලදී. පෙර යක්ෂ රාක්ෂ ජනතාව විසින් පණ මෙන් රැක ගත් මේ දැනුම් සම්ප්‍රදායට දඹදිව චීන මෙන්ම වෙනත් සම්ප්‍රදායන්ගෙන් දැනුම උකහා ගැනීමට හැකි විය.ශ්‍රී මහා බෝධි ශාඛාව වැඩමවා ගෙන පැමිණි අවස්ථාවේදී මෙරටට පත් ශිල්ප ශ්‍රේණි හැට හතරක් විය. ඔවුන් සතු දැනුමද දේශීය කෝවේ දමා මකවා ගෙන වැඩට ගැන්ම සිදු විය. ලංකාවේ ශිල්ප ශාස්ත්‍ර ග්‍රන්ථ බිහිවූයේ ඒ ආකාරයටයි. වෛජයන්තය රූපාවලිය බිම්බ  මානය මංජු ශ්‍රී භාෂිත වාස්තු විද්‍යා ග්‍රන්ථය වාස්තු රත්නාවලිය ඉතා ජනප්‍රිය ශිල්ප ශාස්ත්‍ර ග්‍රන්ථ වෙයි.මීට අමතරව සිංහල වෙදකම අරභයා ලියැවුණු වෛද්‍ය ග්‍රන්ථ සහ වට්ටෝරු පොත් ද මන්ත්‍ර පොත්ද රාශියක් දිවයින පුරා දක්නට ඇත.

           සෞඛ්‍ය සහ දේශීය වෛද්‍ය අමාත්‍ය රාජිත සේනාරත්න මහතා ප්‍රකාශ කරන පරිදි මේවා විකල්ප වෛද්‍ය ක්‍රමයක් ස්ථාපිත කිරීම පිණිස ඇමරිකාවේ විශ්ව විද්‍යාලයකට යැවිය යුතු වෙයි. එයට තමා ඉදිරියේදී පියවර ගන්නා බවද වැඩිදුරටත් පවසා තිබේ. පළමුවෙන්ම කිව යුතුව තිබෙන්නේ විකල්ප යනුවෙන් වෛද්‍ය ක්‍රමයක් පැවතීමට නොහැකි බවයි. වර්තමාන ඇලොපති වෛද්‍ය ක්‍රමය ලොව පුරා ප්‍රචලිතව තිබෙන අතර එයට විකල්පයක් ලෙසින් සිංහල වෙදකම සහ ආයුර්වේද ක්‍රමය භාවිතා කිරීම යනු එම ශාස්ත්‍රයන්ටත් කරන නිගාවකි. ඔහු පටලවා ගෙන ඇත්තේ මෙතනිනි. බටහිර වෙදකම හැදෑරූ  අමාත්‍යවරයාට සිංහල වෙදකම පෙනෙන්නේ විකල්ප වෛද්‍යක්‍රමයක් විලසිනි.ඒ දේශීය වෛද්‍ය දර්ශනය ගැන අවබෝධයක් ඔහුට නොතිබෙන බැවිනි . පසුගිය කාලයේදී ආයුර්වේද සංස්ථාව තුළ නව ශාකශාර නිෂ්පාදන ප්‍රචලිත කරන්නට ඔහු මුල් තැන දුන්නේ ඒ නිසා  විය හැකිය.

       සිංහල වෙදකම ඇලොපතියට සාපේක්ෂ විකල්පයක් නොවේ. එය මේ රටේ ජනතාවගේ හද ගැස්ම හඳුනන රටේ ගහකොළ පරිසරය අනුව වර්ධනය වූ දේශීය ශාස්ත්‍රයකි. එය මේ රටේ ජනතාවගේ වෛද්‍ය ක්‍රමයයි.කලක් තිස්සේ සිද්ධ ආයුර්වේද වෛද්‍ය ක්‍රම මගින් එය පෝෂණය වුවද එයට ආවේණික වූ ප්‍රතිකාර විධියක් තිබේ.ඒවා සිංහල වෛද්‍යවරුන් අතර අත්දුටුවයි ප්‍රත්‍යක්ෂයි විය. සිංහල සර්ප වෙද මහත්වරුන් පාෂාණම් මිශ්‍ර විසගලක් සාදති. එම රෝගියාගේ ද්ෂඨ මුඛයට තැබූ විට එයට විෂ ඇදෙන අතර පසුව දෙහි ඇඹුලෙන් සෝදා හැර සුරැකිව තබා ගනී. මෙම ගල නිෂ්පාදනය කොට එහි ප්‍රත්‍යක්ෂ බව දැන ගැනීමට වෛද්‍යවරුන් අනුගමනය කරන ක්‍රම දෙකක් ඇත. එකක් නම් කූඩැල්ලෙකුට ස්පර්ශ කිරීමයි. එහිදී වෙනත් පර්යේෂණ විධියක් ඔහුට නැත. එය ඔහුට අත්දුටුවයි ප්‍රත්‍යක්ෂයි විය.

      සෞඛ්‍ය අමාත්‍යයවරයා යෝජනා කරන්නේ දේශීය වෛද්‍ය පරම්පරා මගින් නාවින්න ආයුර්වේද පර්යේෂණායතනයට පරිත්‍යාග කරන දේශීය වට්ටෝරු පොත් ගැන විය යුතුය. ඒවා වරක් හිටපු දේශීය වෛද්‍ය අමාත්‍ය වි.ජ.මු. ලොකු බණ්ඩාර මහතා විසින් තල්පතේ පිළියම් ලෙසින් මුද්‍රණයෙන්ද ප්‍රකාශයට පත් කරන ලද්දේ ජනතාව වෙත එම දැනුම ගලා යනු පිණිසය. එය දැනුම සංරක්ෂණයේ මහඟු අවස්ථාවක් විය. වසර දහස් ගණනක් තිස්සේ පාරම්පරිකව භාවිතා කළ ඇතැම් වෛද්‍ය පුරුදු අභාවයට ගොසින් ඇත. නාවින්න පර්යේෂනායතනය විසින් පර්යේෂණයට ලක් කළ යුත්තේ එලෙස අභාවයට ගොස් ඇති අත්දුටු ප්‍රත්‍යක්ෂ ක්‍රම වේදයන් ගැනය. එහෙත්  එවැනි ක්‍රියාදාමයකට එහි ඉඩක් ඇති බව නොපෙනේ. ඔවුහුද නවීන පර්යේෂණ ක්‍රම මගින් වට්ටෝරු වල හෝ ඖෂධ වල රසායනික සංඝටක වෙන් කිරීමට උත්සාහ කරති. එය ආයුර්වේද දර්ශනයට හෝ සිංහල වෛද්‍ය දර්ශනයට එකඟ වන්නේ නැත.වත්මන් සෞඛ්‍ය අමාත්‍යවරයා මේ සැරසෙන්නේ එවැනි අනුවණ ක්‍රියාවකට මුල පිරීමයි.

       ලංකාවේ පවතින දේශීය දැනුමට මෙතෙක් ආරක්ෂණයක් දක්වා නොමැති අවස්ථාවක රටේ දේශීය දැනුම අඩංගු ග්‍රන්ථ විදේශිකයන්ට නිරාවරණය කිරීම අපරාධයකි. එක්සත් ජාතීන් ගේ ප්‍රඥප්ති කීපයක් මගින් දේශීය දැනුම ආරක්ෂා කළ යුතු බවට ප්‍රකශ වී ඇති නමුදු එය තවමත් නිල මට්ටමින්  සිදුව නොමැත. විශේෂයෙන්ම දේශීය දැනුමේ ආරක්ෂාව පතා බුද්ධිමය දේපළ නීතිය පවා හරිහැටි සකස් වී නොමැත. එවැනි තත්ත්වයක් යටතේ පුස්කොළ පොත් ඇමරිකාවේ විශ්ව විද්‍යාලයකට භාරදීම නරින්ට කුකුළන් බාර දුන්නා හා සමානය. ඔවුහු එම වට්ටෝරු විහ්ලේෂණය කර ලෝකයට දෙන්නේ අයුර්වේදයටත් නැති දේශිය වෙදකමටත් නැති සංකර බෙහෙත් කැප්සියුලයකි.  දේශීය වෙදකමේ දර්ශනය අනුව ප්‍රතිකාරයකින් පසුව රෝගියා නිරෝගී පුද්ගලයෙකු බවට පත් වෙයි. නමුත් ඇලොපති ක්‍රමය අනුව පුද්ගලයා නිරෝගී නොවේ. ඔහු බෙහෙත් ගනිමින් රෝගය පාලනය කරමින් ජීවත් වෙයි.දියවැඩියා රෝගීන් උදාහරණයකට ගත හැකිය.මෙවැනි විකෘති වෙදකමකට දේශීය ඖෂධ සහ වට්ටෝරු යොදාගැනීමට කිසිවෙක් උක්සාහ දරන්නේ නම් එහි යට පවතිනු ඇත්තේ වානිජ පරමාර්ථයකි.අද ලෝකයේ හරිත රත්තරන් යයි කියන්නේ මෙවැනි වූ ජාන සම්පතකටයි.පුස්කොළ පොත් නොමිලේ දීම නොහොත් අව භාවිතය තුළ  දැවැන්ත අලෙවි සැලැස්මත් තිබෙන බව අප පෙන්නා දෙන්නේ එහෙයිනි.

මතුගම සෙනෙවිරුවන්

Who is  ( NOT) helping business tycoon Nandana Lokuwithana?

January 31st, 2017

Dr Sarath Obeysekera

Sometimes back I was invited by Nandana Lokuwithana to discuss the possibility of setting up a ship breaking yard, using Turkish technology to minimize  environment pollution. With some political backing he flew over Trinco to select an area within the harbour ,where we were discussing how to  place a floating dock on to which old ships can be hauled in and broken up.I even suggested that we should install a floating LNG plant and use the gasified LNG to run generator to supply power to CEB and use part of LNG to melt the steel .His plan was to transport steel  billets to Oruwala by train.This was an ideal project and he was willing to find investments.

People say that he is from Rural Pollonaruwa and went to Dubai to do a small job, and later acquired some means to buy off the Steel Mill owned by Koreans who were not running it well.Whether it is his own money or he was acting as proxy,his ideas were brilliant and sustainable .Some people stash the money in many other countries like Switzerland or Panama ,but the money is coming back to our country ,Hence the claim that he was using someone else’s money  is Sri Lanka is better than buying Yachts in Monaco and buy properties in US or South of France.

It is such a stupidity to stop the tyre industry in Horana where rubber is availabe,which he intends to start with his own investment and putting a fork to his drive wheel  by shortsighted politicians who may be wanting a small cut from the investment .

The claim that land was given at 100 Rs per acre may be only way he could justify the investment. If you try to get state valuation for a land which is abandoned , for a use which can derive tangible and intangible benefits ,why not ?

Even Lee Kwan Yew, father of modern Singapore did the same thing .Land was almost given free, so that he could entice them to invest.

Sri Lanka can never grow with such attitudes, We have to be more forward looking if we need to develop.

Dr Sarath Obeysekera

 

Astrologer Vijitha Rohana Wijemuni arrested for allegedly misleading the public by making false predictions

January 31st, 2017

Courtesy adaderana

The Criminal Investigations Department (CID) has arrested Astrologer Vijitha Rohana Wijemuni.

He has been arrested for allegedly misleading the public by making false predictions and is expected to be produced before court today (31), police said.

The former Sri Lankan sailor, who had attacked visiting Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi with a rifle butt in 1987, was accused of making an astrological prediction about President Maithripala Sirisena. – See more at:

http://www.adaderana.lk/news/38891/astrologer-vijitha-rohana-arrested-by-cid#sthash.1LaB1otS.dpuf

 

වෛද්‍ය සිසු සිසුවියන් අනවශ්‍ය ලෙස ආතතියට හා ක්ලමථයට පත් කිරීම

January 31st, 2017

වෛද් රුවන් එම් ජයතුංග 

ලෝකයේ බොහෝ වෛද්‍ය පීඨ වල වෛද්‍ය සිසුන් හෙවත් අනාගත දොස්තරලා අනවශ්‍ය ලෙස ආතතියට හා ක්ලමථයට පත් කිරීම මෙන්ම ඔවුන් ගේ අභිමානය බිඳ දමමින් ක්‍රියා කිරීම දකින්නට තිබෙන කරුණකි. බොහෝ වෛද්‍යවරු තම තමන් ගේ පීඨ වල මහාචාර්‍යවරු අතින් මානසික ආතති වලට ලක්වී තිබේ. මෙය වෛද්‍ය ලෝකයේ දක්නට ලැබෙන සුලබ තත්වයකි. 

අපගේ විනිට්සා වෛද්‍ය පීඨයේ සමහර සෝවියට් මහාචාර්‍යවරු​  සිසුන්ට ගරුත්වයකින් තොරව සැලකුවේය​. අපගේ ක්‍ෂුද්‍ර ජීව විද්‍යාව පිළිබඳ මහාචාර්‍ය පලී මාන්නක්කාර පුද්ගලයෙකු වූ අතර ඔහු සිසුන්ට පමණක් නොව කණිෂ්ඨ කථිකාචාර්‍යවරුන්ටද සැලකුවේ අත පල්ලෙන් වැටුණු ගානටය​. වරක් මම ඔහුගේ කාර්‍යාලයේ සිටියදී මහාචාර්‍ය පලී උප පීඨාධිපතිවරයෙකුට කර්කශ ලෙස   බැන වැදුනේය​. සිසු සිසුවියෝ ඔහුට බිය වූහ​. යම් ලෙසකින් පලීට නෝට් වූයේ නම් විභාග වලදී ඇන්නීම සුලබ වූයේය​. මහාචාර්‍ය පලී හැරුණු කොට තව  මහාචාර්‍යවරු කිහිප දෙනෙක් වෛද්‍ය සිසු සිසුවියන්ට අවමන් කරමින් සැලකූ බව මතකය​. එහෙත් 2009 වසරේදී වෛද්‍ය පීඨයේ මගේ ට්‍රාන්ස්ක්‍රිප්ට්ස්  යෝක් විශ්ව විද්‍යාලයට එවන ලෙස මා කල ඉල්ලීම  මහාචාර්‍ය පලී වහා ඉටු කල අතර ඔහු මට සුභ පැතුවේය​. මා මේ සටහන තබන්නේ මහාචාර්‍ය පලී සතුව යම් ගුණාංගද තිබූ බව කියන්නටය​. 

උතුරු කොලඹ ශික්‍ෂණ රෝහලේ සහ ජාතික රෝහලේ සේවය කරන ලද කාලයේදී ලංකාවේ වෛද්‍ය සිසු සිසුවියන් සහ ඔවුන් ගේ ආචාර්‍යවරු අතර සම්බන්ධතාවන් මම නිරීක්‍ෂණය කලෙමි. සමහර මහාචාර්‍යවරු වෛද්‍ය සිසු සිසුවියන්ට සැලකුවේ සැඩොලුන්ට මෙනි. බැනීමට අපහාස කිරීමට අමතරව සත්තු වත්තේ සතුන් ගේ නම් වලින් කතා කිරීමද සවනට වැටුනේය​. එසේම රෝගීන් ඉදිරියේ සිසුන්ව​ අවමානයට පත් කිරීම මොවුන් නිතරම කළහ​. 

මේ ඇදුරන් අතර වෛද්‍ය සිසු සිසුවියන්ට ආදරයෙන් සහ ගරුත්වයකින් සැලකූ ශල්‍ය වෛද්‍ය මහාචාර්‍ය රනිල් ප්‍රනාන්දු මගේ ගෞරවයට පාත්‍ර වූ විශේෂඥ වෛද්‍යවරයෙකු  බව මෙහිදී කියමි. මේ හැර ජාතික රෝහලේ මනෝ වෛද්‍ය අංශයේ මහාචාර්‍ය දියනාත් සමරසිංහ  වෛද්‍ය සිසු සිසුවියන්ට ආතති ගැන්වීමකින් තොරව හාසය යොදා ගනිමින් උගන්වනවා මම දුටුවෙමි.   

වෛද්‍ය සිසු සිසුවියන්ව වෛද්‍ය අධ්‍යාපනයේ නාමයෙන් මානසික හිංසනයට ලක් කිරීම ගැටළු සහගත තත්වයකි. ඉන්දියාවේ සහ චීනයේ සමහර වෛද්‍ය පීඨ වල සිසුන්ට ගුරුවරු විසින් කම්මුල් පහරවල් පවා දෙන බවට වාර්තා වී තිබේ. 

මේ රටවල් හැරුණු කොට මානව ගරුත්වය ගැන විශේෂ අවධානයක් දක්වන කාර්මීකරණයෙන් සංවර්ධිත පළවන ලෝකයේ වෛද්‍ය පීඨ වල මේ තත්වය තිබේද​? මම ඇමරිකාවේ , කැනඩාවේ, බ්‍රිතාන්‍යයේ , ඕස්ට්‍රේලියාවේ වෛද්‍ය පීඨ වල ඉගෙනුම ලැබූ වෛද්‍යවරුන් ගෙන් ඔබලා වෛද්‍ය සිසුන් වූ කාලයේදී  තම තමන් ගේ වෛද්‍ය විද්‍යාල වල ඇදුරන් විසින් අනවශ්‍ය ලෙස ආතතියට හා ක්ලමථයට පත් කිරීම තිබුනේද කියා ඇසුවෙමි.   ඔවුන් බොහෝ දෙනෙකු  වෛද්‍ය පීඨ වල සමහර ඇදුරන්  ඔවුන්ව  අනවශ්‍ය ලෙස ආතතියට හා ක්ලමථයට පත් කල බව කීහ​. 

වරක් මම කැනඩාවේ සනි බෘක් රෝහලේ Frederick W. Thompson Anxiety Disorders Centre මධ්‍යස්ථානයට ගියේ මා හඳුනන වෛද්‍යවරයෙකු හමු වීමටය​. එහිදී මම සනි බෘක් ශික්‍ෂණ  රෝහලට ඉගෙන ගැනීමට එන ටොරොන්ටෝ විශ්ව විද්‍යාලයේ වෛද්‍ය පීඨයේ වෛද්‍ය සිසු සිසුවියන් දුටුවෙමි. සමහර ගුරුවරු ඉදිරියේ මේ සිසු සිසුවියන් ගේ මුහුණු ඇදවී තිබුනහ​. තම ඇදුරන් ඉදිරියේ ඔවුන් ගේ මුහුණු වල තිබූ ක්ලමථය මම නිරීක්‍ෂණය කලෙමි. එසේම මේ රෝහලේ වෛද්‍ය ආතර් සාල්ට්ස් වැනි ගුරුවරු වෛද්‍ය සිසු සිසුවියන්ට ඉතා මානුෂිකව සලකනවාද මම දුටිමි. 

මෙලෙස වෛද්‍ය සිසු සිසුවියන් ආතතියට හා ක්ලමථයට පත් කිරීමෙන් ඔවුන් වඩා හොඳ දොස්තරවරු වන බව මේ ඇදුරන් විශ්වාස කලා විය හැකිය​. එසේම ඔවුන් ගේ මහාචාර්‍යවරු ඔවුන්ට සැලකූ ආකාරයට ඔවුන් තමන් ගේ වෛද්‍ය සිසු සිසුවියන්ට  සලකනවා විය හැකිය​. 

මෙලෙස වෛද්‍ය සිසු සිසුවියන්  අනවශ්‍ය ලෙස ආතතියට හා ක්ලමථයට පත් කිරීමේ දුර්විපාක මොනවාද​? 

චිකාගෝ විශ්ව විද්‍යාලයේ මහාචාර්‍ය ඒ.එෆ් කුක් වෛද්‍ය පීඨ වලදී වෛද්‍ය සිසු සිසුවියන් ආතතියට හා ක්ලමථයට පත් කිරීමේ දුර්විපාක  ගැන අධ්‍යනයක් කලාය​. මහාචාර්‍ය  කුක් පවසන අන්දමට  මේ හේතුවන් පසුකාලීනව මේ අනාගත වෛද්‍යවරු තුල හීනවූ සහකම්පනීය අවබෝධය , කායිකව හෝ මානසිකව විඩාවට පත් වීම , වෘත්තීය දැවී යාම් මෙන්ම පෞරුෂයේ සෘණාත්මක වෙනස්වීම්ද ඇතිවීමේ ඉඩකඩක් තිබේ. 

මහාචාර්‍ය  කුක් ගේ අධ්‍යනය අපව නව මානයකට ගෙන යයි. රෝගියෙකු ලෙස ඔබ වෛද්‍යවරයෙකු වෙත ගිය විට ඔහු හෝ ඇය ඔබට ගරුත්වයකින් තොරව සලකයි නම් , ඔබට සවන් නොදෙයි නම් ,ඔබගේ මුහුණ දෙසවත් නොබලමින් බෙහෙත් තුංඩුව ලියයි නම්,  රෝගයට අදාල ප්‍රශ්නයක් ඇසූ විට කෝපවී ඔබගේ ඇඟට කඩා පනියි නම් එම වෛද්‍යවරයා හෝ වෛද්‍යවරිය කෙරෙහි අමනාප නොවන්න​. මේ සඳහා බොහෝ සෙයින් වග කිව යුත්තේ එම වෛද්‍යවරයාට හෝ වෛද්‍යවරියට ගරුත්වයකින් තොරව ආතතිය ක්ලමථය අධි වර්ධනය වන ලෙසින් වෛද්‍ය පීඨයේදී සලකන ලද  ඇදුරන් වෙති. 

A welcome Contribution to Stimulating Public Dialogue on Constitutional change process

January 31st, 2017

A Review of the Sinhala Language Book on ‘Separatist Strategies and Constitutional Amendments’ by Manohara R De Silva

by M.L.Wickramasinghe Courtesy The Island

President’s Counsel Manohara R de Silva’s book of the above theme written in Sinhala is a timely publication that would stimulate public dialogue on the ongoing constitutional drafting process and contents. The original Sinhala title is ‘Bedumvadinge Upayamarga Ha Vyavastha Sanshodana’. Persons who normally use English for their communication, but in addition possess even a moderate knowledge of Sinhala, would certainly profit by reading this book as it contains invaluable information on Constitutional concepts as well as an analysis of key recommendations proffered by the six sub-committees of the current Constituent Assembly.

The launch ceremony was held a few days ago, and was attended by many Nayaka Theros, clergy, and laity. The SLFI Auditorium where the ceremony was held was overflowing. Many were standing at the back as well as outside in the lobby indicating the topicality of the publication and the value placed by discriminating public on initiatives aimed at educating the public on issues of national importance. Such unprecedented (large) audience present for an event such as a book launch at SLFI was not only due to topicality of the subject. It was also a deep and silent acknowledgment of the professional reputation and the integrity of the writer and his scholarly knowledge on Constitutional Law. It would also have been a tribute to his enduring legal struggle to preserve the integrity of the State of Sri Lanka, while protecting the fundamental rights of all segments of citizens of Sri Lanka.

The book identifies two strategies used by groups with separatist tendencies. (i) armed conflict and (ii) attempts at manipulating and choreographing drafting of constitutions and laws. The book focuses on the second strategy.

It covers such conceptual areas as people’s sovereignty, unitary system of governance, federal system of governance, national security, land powers, law and order (police) powers, financial powers etc. The author uses his deep legal knowledge about these concepts in writing the book. But the beauty of the book lies in author’s ability and willingness to explain these concepts in non-technical (non-jargon) simple language and easy to read (non-convoluted) style of writing. Therefore, the reader need not be a person with a legal background or an expert in Sinhala to read and understand the content of this book. What is required of the reader to benefit from the book is common sense and a general understanding of contemporary issues of national significance.

The book has 14 chapters. Although the author has not divided the book into distinct parts, for analytical purposes, the book can be divided into three parts. The first two chapters could be grouped as Part 1. Chapter one presents a summary of historical development of separatist ideas linked to post Independence constitutional development in Sri Lanka. Chapter two discusses principles and concepts such as sovereignty, unitary system and federal system.

Chapters three to 11 can be considered as Part 2. Chapters three, five, and six analyze the impact of the 13th Amendment, as well as the 17th and the 19th Amendments with regard to introduction of federal features into the Constitution(13A) and the weakening of executive powers of the President /Central Government (17A & 19A). Chapter four includes a brilliant analysis on the federalization objectives underpinning the aborted 2000 draft Constitution. Chapters seven to 11 are devoted to a discussion on the significance of concepts of national security, police, land and financial powers in different types of Constitutional arrangements and the potential impact that some of these arrangements would have on the integrity of the State of Sri Lanka.

Chapters 12 to 14 which can be considered as the last, but the most important part of the book, discusses the ongoing processes currently adopted to change the Constitution, the suggested recommendations of the six sub-committees of the present Constitutional Assembly, and their potential impact on the future course and stability of the country. Lastly, Chapter 14 identifies those constitutional principles and provisions with potentially negative consequences for the stability of the State of Sri Lanka, and analyses in detail the reason for their negativity and unsuitability for Sri Lanka. Through this chapter the author invites people to focus on the said inappropriate provisions, review and understand the negative impact of these on the country.

Some of the inappropriate issues, tactics, and provisions identified by President’s Counsel Manohara de Silva in his book (with a request that people should scrutinize these issues deeply) are presented below in summary form.

These are: The prospect of drafting a federal styled constitution under a unitary name (label); abolishing the Concurrent List and transferring those subjects to the Provincial List; removing the executive powers of the Provincial Governor; removing the right of the Central Government to decide on national policy in all subjects; giving police powers to provinces; establishing a constitutional court outside of the formal judicial structure; specifying that a designated ratio of central government revenue should be disbursed to the provincial councils; bringing the district and divisional administrations of the Central Government under respective provincial councils; giving land powers to the provincial councils etc.(For a complete List of issues and comprehensive analysis of each issue, the reader may refer to the above-mentioned book published by Visidunu Publishers).

(The writer is an ex-journalist, communication researcher, and a retired Officer of the International Civil Service.)

මුදල් ගැන පමණක් හිතන  පාලකයන් නිසා සේවක ජීවිත අනතුරේ

January 31st, 2017

 

වසන්ත සමරසිංහ අන්තර් සමාගම් සේවක සංගමය වෙනුවෙන්,

පසුගිය ජනවාරි 28 වන දින බෝගල මිනිරන් පතල තුළදී සිදු වූ ජීවිත හානිය පිළිබඳව දැඩි කණගාටුව පලකරන අන්තර් සමාගම් සේවක සංගමය, පාලනාධිකාරිය විසින් සේවකයන් බිල්ලට දී තම ලාභය පමණක් අරමුනු කොට ගෙන සකස් කරන ලද වැඩ පිළිවෙලවල් තුලින් මෙම අවාසනාවන්ත මරණය සිදුවූ බවට ද ප‍්‍රකාශ කර සිටිමු. මියගිය ප‍්‍රදීප් මහතා අන්තර් සමාගම් සේවක සංගමයේ සාමාජිකයෙකුව සිටි සහෝදර සේවකයෙකි. 

ඔහු ඇතුලූ පිරිස පතල තුළ මිනිරන් කැණීමේදී ආයතනය විසින් දැඩිව බලපෑම් එල්ල කරනුයේ ගොඩට ගෙන එන මිනිරන් ප‍්‍රමාණය වැඩිකර ගැනීම පිණිස මිස සේවක ආරක්‍ෂාව පිළිබඳව නොවන බව මෙම අවාසනාවන්ත මරණයෙන් ඔප්පු වේ.

සේවකයන්ට මුදල් පෙන්වා තරඟකාරී මානසිකත්වයකට ඇදදමා කරගෙන යන නිෂ්පාදන උපක‍්‍රම පිළිබඳව අප සංගමය මීට ඉහත ද දැඩි විරෝධය පලකර සිටි අතර එකී ක‍්‍රමවේද අනුගමනය කිරීමට අකැමැති වූ සේවකයන් සේවයෙන් නෙරපීමට පවා පාලනාධිකාරිය කටයුතු කළ අවස්ථා තිබුණි.

මෙම සියලූ තත්වයන් තුල මානසික බලපෑමට හසුවන සේවකයන්ට අවසන් වශයෙන් ජීවිතයෙන් වන්දි ගෙවීමට සිදුව ඇති අතර රුපියල් ශතවලින් එකී ජීවිත වෙනුවෙන් සාධාරණය ඉෂ්ඨ කළ නොහැකි බව ද අවධාරණය කර සිටිමු.

කෙසේ වෙතත් රටේ පවතින නීතිය තුල ප‍්‍රදීප් මහතාට සාධාරණය ඉටු කිරීමට පාලනාධිකාරිය කටයුතු කළ යුතු බවට අප සංගමය ප‍්‍රකාශ කොට සිටී.

එමෙන්ම සෙසු සේවකයන්ගේ ආරක්‍ෂාව වෙනුවෙන් ගතයුතු පියවර වහාම ගන්නා ලෙස හා සේවක අයිතීන් ආරක්‍ෂා කරන ලෙසත් අන්තර් සමාගම් සේවක සංගමය අදාල බලධාරින් වෙත දන්වා තිබේ.

ස්තුතියි.

මෙයට, අන්තර් සමාගම් සේවක සංගමය වෙනුවෙන්,

වසන්ත සමරසිංහ

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Divulapitiya alleged sand mining racket: engineer transferred

January 31st, 2017

Adaderana

January 31, 2017  10:45 pm

The Excavation Engineer of the Gampaha district has been transferred with immediate effect until probe in contact to alleged sand mining racket in Divulapitiya is concluded, Chairman of the Geological Survey and Mines Bureau Dr. Kithsiri Dissanayake said.

The officials attached to the Geological Survey and Mines Bureau have also visited the site in Divulapitiya on Tuesday, it was reported.

Dissanayake said that further steps with respect of the case will be taken following the findings of the site inspection report.

The state employees of the Gampaha district also resorted to a strike earlier in protest against remarks made by Deputy Minister Ranjan Ramanayake on the District Secretariat of Divulapitiya over the issue.

The Deputy Minister has also charged that UPFA MP Indika Anuruddha and his family members are allegedly involved in illegal sand mining. I repeatedly challenge Anuruddha to sue me. I have enough evidence against him,” he said.

– See more at: http://www.adaderana.lk/news/38892/divulapitiya-alleged-sand-mining-racket-engineer-transferred#sthash.yNl7xyVN.dpuf

ප‍්‍රාදේශීය ලේකම්ට හොම්බට අනින්න කතා කරන රන්ජන් බැදුම්කර අර්ජුන්ට කතා කරන හැටි මෙන්න..

January 31st, 2017

ලංකා සී නිවුස්

පස් කැපීමක් සම්බන්ධයෙන් සෘජුව චෝදනා එල්ල කල නොහැකිව තිබියදීත් දිවුලපිටිය ප‍්‍රාදේශීය ලේකම්වරියගේ මොම්බ තල බව කියා හෙන ඉල්ලූ නියෝජ්‍ය ඇමති රන්ජන් රාමනායක මහ බැංකුවේ බැදුම්කර මගඩිය සම්බන්ධයෙන් සාක්‍ෂි සහිතව කෝප් වාර්තාවෙන් සෘජුවම චෝදනා එල්ල වී ඇති හිටපු මහ බැංකු අධිපතිට අමතන්නේ ‘අනේ සර් මට මේ පොඞ්ඩක් එක්ස්ප්ලේන් කරගන්න  ඕන…’ ආදී ලෙසයි.

ස්වර්ණවාහිනියේ ‘මහජන සේවය පිණිසයි’ වැඩසටහනේදී සිදුවූ මේ දෙබස කිසිවකු විසින් ෆේස්බුක් ජාලය වෙත එක් කර තිබින.

අදාල වීඩියෝව මෙතනින්

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SAITM medical degree is lawful – Appellate Court

January 31st, 2017

Courtesy Adaderana

The South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine (SAITM) is legally eligible to issue medical degrees to the students, the Court of Appeal has ruled on Tuesday.

The Appellate Court has also directed the Sri Lanka Medical Council (SLMC) to give provisional registration to medical students passing out from SAITM, Ada Derana reporter said.

The verdict was announced when the Writ Petition filed seeking an order questioning the decision of the SLMC on the SAITM, was taken up for hearing before a bench headed by Justice Vijith Malalgoda.

The petition had been filed by an MBBS undergraduate as the SLMC refused to register a batch of medical students who had passed out from the SAITM last year.

The Ministry of Health had earlier also given an undertaking to the Supreme Court to provide clinical training to the students of the private medical college at the Avissawella Base Hospital and the Kaduwela MOH.

– See more at: http://www.adaderana.lk/news/38879/saitm-medical-degree-is-lawful-appellate-court#sthash.P3Lu2rXG.dpuf

Court directs SLMC to register SAITM’s MBBS graduates

January 31st, 2017

S.S. Selvanayagam Courtesy The Daily Mirror

 The Malambe Private Medical College better known as SAITM, hailed the Appeal Court ruling which allows the provisional registration of SAITM’s MBBS graduates.

Chief Executive Officer Dr. Sameera Senaratne said in a statement that according to the laws of Sri Lanka, the Sri Lanka Medical Council (SLMC) was always obliged to register students with a degree in Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery from a degree-awarding institute, as per section 29(1)(b)(i) of the Medical Ordinance, amended in 1988, in the same manner as a student with a degree from a State medical faculty.

“The refusal by the SLMC to grant due provisional registration to SAITM’s MBBS graduates was subsequently successfully challenged in the Appeal Court vide Case No.: CA/WRIT/187/2016,” he said.

Today’s decision also reaffirms the legal basis of SAITM as per Gazette Extraordinary No.1721/19 dated 30/11/2011 and subsequently No.1829/36 dated 26/09/2013 in terms of Section 25A of the Universities Act of 1978, and tabled in Parliament, to award the degrees of Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS).” SAITM has always confidently asserted that its MBBS degree programme is on par with or even better than similar programmes offered by some state/foreign medical faculties”.

Dr. Senaratne said the historic ruling by the Appeal Court was a victory for SAITM’s MBBS students who can now take their rightful place as fully-fledged doctors in this country.

“They have endured many hardships from opposing parties and now we are happy that justice has finally been served. We will continue to uphold the standards of the medical education in Sri Lanka in collaboration with all relevant authorities to produce doctors of highest standards,” he said.

Dr. Senaratne said the ruling is a just recognition of the rights of all institutions such as SAITM and the people of this country, who have steadfastly fought for the freedom of education in Sri Lanka. (S.S. Selvanayagam)

– See more at: http://www.dailymirror.lk/article/Court-directs-SLMC-to-register-SAITM-s-MBBS-graduates-123042.html#sthash.obE9ehXk.dpuf

The way to Good Governance and the path to peace, justice and prosperity in this country?

January 31st, 2017

Dr Sudath Gunasekara

30.Jan 2017.

(Please note that this is a revised version of the first article I wrote to Lankaweb on 16.Jan 2017 under ‘Twelve Prerequisites for Good governance’ etc. I decided to write this piece in view of valuable comments made by my readers of the first. I thank them for their valuable comments, new ideas offered and prompting me to improve my horizons. I also REQUEST YOU TOO, T0 READ THEIR COMMENTS under the original article)

What has to be done immediately to stop the division of the motherland and save, that was the home of the Sinhala Buddhist nation for 2500 years for posterity?

I am fully aware that this is a very big challenge and a very difficult puzzle too to solve. But it has to be sorted out as soon as possible at any cost in the name of posterity.

Therefore I put down the following recipe in good faith, with malice towards none, but with love and affection to our heritage as a patriotic Sinhala Buddhist who loves his country,its people and the heritage more than anything else. I give it in 5 Steps.

Step1. What has to be done immediately to get out this Augean mess in Governance

Step 11. What the Interim Government must do.

Step 111 The need for a national movement to prepare a National Policy Framework

Step1V. What the new Government after the election must do.

Step v. Guidelines for the National policy framework under the new Constitution

Step 1

What has to be done immediately to get out of this Augean mess

1 First and foremost, this externally manipulated ( the so-called International Community led by US, UK and Norway, India and LTTE agents called the Tamil  Diaspora- remnants of LTTE, all sworn enemies of the Sinhala Buddhists Sri Lanka), unconstitutional, treacherous and UNPatriotic rogue elephants Government yielding to Western dictates and catering to foreign interests must be sent home as soon as possible before it completely destroy this country and the Sinhala nation, and instead the people of this country must immediately replace it with a Strong central Government, headed by a patriotic Sinhala Buddhist leader as the Executive President, elected directly by all the people in the country as the incumbent President has miserably failed to protect the Sinhala Buddhist identity and heritage of this Island nation and allowed and empowered the Tamil politicians and Muslims like Richard Badurdeen (Wilpattu destruction) and Rauf Hakeem and Faizer Mustapa and undesirable  anti national Sinhala elements to destroy this country and its 2500  year old Sinhala Buddhist heritage

Firstly, by openly declaring in public that he is obliged and duty bound to serve the interests of the Tamils and Muslims as 90 % of them has voted him at the last Presidential election, completely ignoring and betraying nearly 5 lahks of Sinhala (UNP, JVP, new votes and elements those within  SLFP disgusted or angry with M R )  voters who have voted him by keeping mum and blind against all anti Sinhala and anti Buddhist activities done by the minority political leaders.

Secondly by allowing an utterly unsuitable person Rnil as the Prime minister, an avowed kalu Suddha, agent of the west and the Catholic church, together with his happy and gay bunch of ‘Asinhala’ Ministers like Mangala Samaraweera, Ravi Karunanayaka, Rajita, Kiriella (betrayer of the Kandyans) and rugby player Malik, absolutely unsuitable to hold such responsible public positions in this land of Sinhala Buddhists  country and messy Chandrika and NGOO and others who are all known as sworn and proven enemies of the Sinhala nation, to ruin this country, the nation and it priceless Buddhist heritage.

But since there is a Constitutional problem to dissolve the Parliament to go for fresh elections and the ramifications in changing the President as well, the only sort cut to get over this impasse for the time being is for the President to ask the PM to resign, while keeping his position also safe. If Ranil refuses, most probably he would, to resign honorably in spite of the humiliating political situation before the volley of political onslaughts the general public and the President himself has already fired at him and the Finance Minister and the major disagreements with Ranils pet constitution making, already conveyed to the ABC through his trusted SLFP Cabinet Ministers and the CB bond scam, the President could sack him and should appoint a new Cabinet headed by a new Prime Minister in order to clear his name and save the Presidency. With the latest developments seen at the weekend meeting of the SLFP CEC, their position expressed at the  Sri Lanka Buddhist council against  Ranils proposed Constitution, the open tug of war going on between the UNP and SLFP group within the government, presidents decision to revert the selling price of Lottery tickets to Rs 20/=, suspension of the coal tender and the Homagama Tyre Project, and above Ranil’sall well known  involvement in the Central Bank Bond scam and the ever rising public criticisms of his government, I don’t think Ranil has any other alternative than honorably submitting his resignation papers before he is sacked and humili Ambekkarated. The President also has fully understood now the predicament he is facing as the man who made Yahapalanaya his main slogan.  Why he decided to send his lapdog Chief Ministers to plead MR’S support at the forthcoming local government elections without which the Sirisena SLFP factor will get completely wiped out.

If the President does not take any action against this illegally appointed PM the people of this country led by Mahasangha (The guardians of the country and the nation) should in one voice compel the incumbent President to ask Ranil to resign and make immediate arrangements for an interim government to be formed under a new PM, who can protect this country against both internal and external threats until new elections are held.

Here the President has no choice but to submit to public opinion and appoint the person who commands the majority in the House, as the Prime Minister. He cannot take cover under the evasive constitutional provision ‘in his opinion’ and appoint any one he wants as the PM, like what he did last time. That is unconstitutional and illegal. I am sure if he tries to do that this time also, people will revolt. Anyone can even go to courts and get it annulled if he resorts to such gimmick even though the JO has failed to do it last time. Because the ‘sovereignty is in the people and is inalienable’ and not with the President and the Speaker as he thinks and what he said last week that no one could be the PM without his consent and that of the Speaker. It is not his consent that matters in a democracy but the consent of the people at last. Because sovereignty lies with hem The President has only to carry out that constitutional obligation and the Speaker has only to announce it.

The President should appoint an interim Government

The interim Government could last till the next general election is held. Since this interim government is not formed after an election where an election manifesto is not involved, it can formulate its own interim policy framework to stabilize the country and bring back normalcy looking forward at the next election. Looking at the present jumbo Cabinet (the biggest in the world for a small country like ours), the names of the Ministries and the confusion and disorder it displays, with jocular and funny names of some Ministries, one cannot understand whether it is a Cabinet or an asylum.

The new cabinet should be limited to a council of 15 Ministers only scientifically named and functionally arranged. This should provide the new Government to prove its honesty, integrity, commitment and sincerity to service to people as well. None of the present Ministers should be included in the new Cabinet. The President and the new PM has to ensure that they select suitable persons who can command the respect of the public and abstain from appointing rogues, thug, bar owners, crooks and controversial persons as Ministers for mere political expediency. If they cannot find 15 such people from among those who are in Parliament, then they should get that number by getting suitable and competent new people from outside appointed through the national list easily by sacking those defeated candidates who are in Parliament at present. The Government could use this opportunity to show the country the type of Ministers it is going to appoint in the future. (national list must be abolished in the new Constitution)

Step11. What the Interim Government must do.

1 Immediately stop all activities relating to the ongoing new Constitution making and disband all subcommittees and their reports

2 Hold local government elections as soon as possible

3Then abolish the Provincial Council system to put an end the divisive, wasteful, disastrous and baneful Provincial Councils which have completely destabilized district administration and proliferated political and administrative institutions providing sanctuaries  for political rejects and breading grounds for separatist elements and  disabled political dropouts and thugs eating in to the national coffers imposed on us by India to ruin this country together with the JR-Rajiv Accord of 1987 & then abolish the 9 Provinces carved out by the British, first, to divide and create dissention among the natives as a part of their colonial strategy to make it easy for them to rule and exploit the colony and second to ruin this country and its culture and the ‘Sinahla Buddhist’ nation. That will also put an end to the cry for devolution and federalism mania by the separatist elements as well and once again bring back sanity and permanent peace to this country.

4 Assign an MP for every electorate as we had under the old system to bring back meaning to representative democracy once again in this country and the people to have people’s representatives in place of the present system of their being representatives of the Party Leader only responsible and answerable to the Leader of the Party at whose will their survival depends

5 Next in order to achieve the expected targets and bring back normalcy in the country’s Administration (completely in disarray now) re-classify and streamline the Ministries, and activate Departments and District administration, including  the Divisions as well as the Village level, the nerve centres of efficient and good governance in this country by appointing the most suitable, senior and competent Janahitawadi public servants with proven ability who could deliver the goods like what they did in 1970s under Dudly Senanayaka Government so that we will have a country run by a group of non-political, independent, professional and patriotic public servants under the direction, control and supervision of the central Government, without leaving everything in the hands of uneducated, dishonest, self centred and corrupt politicians, and allowing them the monopoly of ruining this country as they have done for the past 68 years since 1948. The District Administration must be empowered with suitable changes and once again made the linchpin of peripheral governance with a District Secretary responsible to the center playing the main role.

Finally completely reorganize and revamp the village level by reducing the number of Gramaseva Units to about 5000 as it was there before 1990s (There were only 4000 GS Divisions then which Premadasa increased to 14,000 and also appointed all waga niladharis as Gramasevakas, thereby making it an utter mess by destroying both the village administration and food production in this country.

Grama Sweva Centers from where all village level officers of different departments should be set up at the Grama Seva Division levels.Completely revamp Grama Sevaya with wide changes in education qualifications, recruitment procedure, salary structure, responsibilities and status etc as the Grama Seva Office should be converted to be the most important unit of governance and development at the village level in this country in future. Grama Seva Niladhari should be the head of that office.  This is the type of innovative Administrative reforms our governments should think of instead of wasting billions on imported systems like the Provincial Councils packed with rogue politicians.

Make residence within the Districts and Divisions compulsory for all the District Secretaries, Divisional Secretaries and Grama Sevaka Divisions (to be administered by Grama Seva offices and Janasabhas). Services at each level should be made available at one central office or at least one central place as far as possible for better and efficient delivery of services. I also suggest that the former need for all public servants to reside within a 3 mile radius from the work place be readopted for all public servants so that they will be in offices in time in the morning and do not leave offices early either.

This will, I believe mark a turning point, in the history of this country’s public administration and good governance towards a stable, prosperous, peaceful and independent State.

6.Proscribe all communal political parties named after ethnicity, language or religion like TNA, ITAK, TC and SLMS immediately. Only national parties that have a national coverage like SLFP. JVP should be allowed to function and engage in politics and contest elections thereafter. Even the UNP (an invention and imposition by the British in1947) should be banned as a political party unsuitable for this country as it has accepted that there are more than one nation in this country, a peculiar and disastrous political concept no other country in the world has.

7 Also ban communal segregation and design all future settlements as mixed ethnic settlements with special emphasis on the hill country plantations to avoid the Malayanadu dream of Tamil politicians.

8 Reform the present electoral system and reintroduce the earlier electorate system and abolish the District MP that has made representative democracy a big joke so that each electorate will have its own representative. Until a complete reorganization is done, assign the present MPP to each electorate within the District

9 Immediately take action to stop religious vandalism such as the destruction of all Sinhala Buddhist historical places, cutting down Bo trees etc in the North and East and restore what had been already vandalized and take action against those responsible. (The story of 7 Buddha statues recovered from the deep sea near Konesvara in Trincommallee is a glaring point in rthis type of communal vandalism)

10 Resettle all displaced Sinhala and Muslim people in the North and East during the LTTE terror period immediately at least now.

11 Take immediate action against Richard Badurdeen and restore Wilpattu national park

12Immediately restore the Kandyan Peasantry Development Authority abolished in 2014 and take immediate steps to rehabilitateKAndyan Peasants in terms of the KPC Commission Report of 1951 by restoring all their lost rights including land and privileges and

13 Institute legal actions against the British Government for the vandalism they have committed against the Kandyan peasants and claim compensation for all loses have undergone.

14 Immediately scrap the Ministry of Upcountry Tamil Villages and Infrastructure Development  ad stop alienation of estate land now being carried out by the present Government under the direction of traitors like Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasingha and Minister Luxman Kiriella  as an election bait and bribe.

15 Instead immediately set up a Powerful Ministry under the President or the Prime Minister called the Kandyan Peasantry Rehabilitation and Kandyan Areas Development Ministry

16 Scrap all political citizenships given to Indian Estate Tamils and restart awarding Citizenship to them only under the Nehru-Kotalawala Agreement of 1954 and all those who are either disqualified or refuse to accede to that should be repatriated to India or Britain  as they were the people who brought these people to Sri Lanka and they were British citizen at the time of Independence in 1948.

17 Commence a mixed settlement programme for those who agree to that formula and all landless Kandyan peasants on marginal and uneconomic tea estates below 5000 ft MS taking in to consideration of the fact that Tea estates will get naturally reverted to forest I near future as the author of Paradise on the hills hascorrectly predicted.

18 Declare all lands above 5000 ft as strictly reserved forests and forbidden watersheds (Thahanchi kele as they were known in the days of the Sinhala Kings) to arrest land degradation in the central watersheds to improve the river flow to increase irrigation and hydro electricity potential of the Island.

19 Take strict legal actions against all who violate the 6th Amendment

20 Ban all communal and racial propaganda

21 Make prior approval of Parliament compulsory for all Ministry advisers, top Govt posts like the Governor CB, Ministry Secretaries, Diplomatic appointments etc so that we can avoid appointing unsuitable persons with controversial records like Arjun Mahendrana and R Paskaralingam to such high positions

22 Immediately withdraw the decision to pay Rs 2500 per sitting for MPP and the payment of RS 100 000 pm as rent for an office and ask them to operate from their homes in their electorates Ask those who refuse to abide b it to go home as they are no longer suitable to represent their voters in Parliament

23 Stop the leasing of 58 vehicles to be given to MPs by Ranil Wockramasinha

24 Stop appointing Chairmen for non existing Pradesiya Sanvardhana Sabhas and stop setting up of such additional and overlapping political institutions as we already have a plethora of such useless institutions like the Provincial Councils that have become a big burden to the govt coffers for no service done to the country.

25 Also remove all adheekshana MP and withdraw lavish facilities given to all politicians forthwith

26 Remove all political advisers appointed to Ministries

27 Recall all political appointees for diplomatic positions and replace them with career public servants

28 Stop all extravagant tamashas and politically motivated function like awarding certificates, and appointments etc All govt appointment could be sent by post with very little cost

29 Ban inviting more than one or the most two politicians or Government officials for any function and stop lining them up on the stage like film stars and getting all of them to show off when one can do the job and thus save enormous waste on transport, travelling, subsistence, fuel and ware and rare, overtime and wastage of time otherwise could have been used for public service

30 Scrap the Upcountry Tamil village and Infra structure Development Ministry immediately dissolve the 9 Provincial councils before next April and the UNDP funded special Authority to be set up for the same purpose immediately.

31 Restore all crown lands back to reserved forest encroached by Minister Badurdeen in Wilpattu and Muslim encroachers in the eastern Province and  sack the Minister and take legal action against him for violating Fauna and Flora Acts and connected other offences committed by him

32 Restore all Buddhist historical places vandalized by Tigers and Muslims in the North and East

33 Remove Arjun Mahendran and Paskaralingam as Advisors to PM and Take legal action per Cope Report against Mahendran and also Ranil

37 Also take action against Navy Commander for assaulting a Rivira Media man

38 Abolish the Pension scheme given to politicians under Act NO 1 0f 1987 and thereafter.

39 Stop issuing duty free vehicle permits to all politicians and selected state officers forthwith Give them loans by vehicles as it was done in the past so that wt he govt can cut down enormous public expenditure on drivers ,maintenance, salaries , repairs, subsistence and overtime etc.

40 Stop giving allocations to MPP and Ministers and channel all Government expenditure through Ministries, Departments and Public Officials who should be made solely responsible and accountable to the Public Accounts Committee for their proper disbursement

41 Replace all political Governors of PCC and replace them with retired Professional Public servants until the PCC are abolished

42 After abolishing the Provinces and Provincial Councils restore and re strengthen and completely reorganize the District Administration

43 Restore capital punishment immediately, to all those found guilty of crimes prescribed by law an all Drug offences, rape, Child abuse and theft and misuse of State property and those who vandalize ancient Buddhist sites in the North and Eastern Provinces.

44 All politicians starting from President downward should reduce attending public functions and various extravagant tamasas and should devote their time more for serious thinking, planning and expeditious action on public welfare without displaying their vanity and pride

45 Stop blaming the last government and at least now get down to positive action

46 Ban import and telecasting of all Indian soap opera programs that destroy our culture

48 Close down India Consulates in Kandy, Hambantota and Jaffna and send back the Indian Oil Co and bring its functions under CPC to save our assets draining to India.

49 Scrap the IOC and vest it in the  CPC also stop the Trinco Oil tanks deal with India

50 Relieve the Judiciary and the Public Service from political interference and make them

fully  independent so that the public will get an efficient and impartial service

 

Step 111

The need for a national movement to prepare a National Policy Framework

1 Meanwhile we must immediately form a national movement headed by a National Council of all patriotic forces of this country like the historic Eksath Bhikshu Peramuna of 1956 led by eminent and respected Bhikkus and supported by few outstanding national level intellectuals drawn from different fields like Statecraft, Law. Civil service, Finance, Banking, Economics, History, Culture, Business, Engineering, Agriculture, Industry and Fishing etc  to prepare a detailed national policy framework to be submitted to the political parties at the next election.

At the same time this movement must get all Sinhala people to renounce their blind party alliances and political colour (such as Green, Blue and Red attachments forthwith and get together under one national flag-that is the Lion flag the British lowered on 2nd March 1815 as one Nation to save our country and the nation with a view to evolve a system of government without political parties in future to unite the whole nation under one Government to restore political stability and protect the country from the minorities and from all foreign threats including India and the West at work.

The Bhikkus must take the leadership in this movement. They all should give up their politically Green, Blue and red robes and be armed with the Yellow robe as they have done throughout history whenever the nation was in danger. This should not be construed as narrow Sinhala Jativadaya. It is only an attempt to assert the lost rights and privileges of the Sinhala Nation, the real Bhoomiputras of this Land, over the years after 1815 and to restore the heritage of a Great Nation they have lost as all Governments since 1948 have miserably failed and criminally faulted to do it.

In reality the people involved in agitations for Independence should have planned for it years before and should have been ready with the Constitution of the new Republic by 1948 without waiting to meekly submit to a Constitution prepared by the Colonial masters to perpetuate their control for their own benefit. This is what neighbor India did in 1935 when it appointed a Committee under the chairmanship of Ambedcar to prepare the Independent Republican Constitution of India. They  made India an Independent Republic immediately after Independence At least our people should have learned a lesson from it. Instead they embraced the Jenning constitutions even without restoring the name of the country SINHALE which was there in 1815. Since the word Ceylon in English was the direct translation of the Sinhale which they have used throughout the Kandyan convention I cannot understand as to why they accepted the word Lanka which was changed as Sri Lanka in 1972, though it too had been in use before. It was a name coined by India to denote that it is the country situated at the center of the world or beautiful land. But even ancient Indians have called us Sinhalas when they said ‘tat depa vasin Sihalam.  Was this acceptance their ignorance or a joint conspiracy?

The foregoing process of preparing the comprehensive report should begin immediately as it has to be presented to the political parties before the election

 The National policy framework so prepared should be offered to party leaders at a public meeting and the party who accepts to implement it should swear before the Mahanaayaka Theras of the three Nikayas in front of the Sri Dalada Wahanse as it was the tradition followed in the ancient days

And the group who accept it must be supported at the Election

 

Step 1V

What the new Government after the General election should do

1 Following the General election first enact a new and Constitution as promised within six months

2 The new Constitution must be based on the history, traditions, religion customs and manners of the Bhumiputras of this country. This should be done by local experts in Law, Administration, History, Politics and traditions etc and not by imported conspirators according to the dictates of Western nations and India.

3 Declare this Country once again as A Sinhala Buddhist Republic (as it had been the unbroken tradition of this country from its inception for the past 2500 years (that no other country in the world can claim).  Also declare it as a Unitary State that will last as long as the sun and Moon will exist. The Republic of Sinhale will have only 25 Districts as administrative regions subdivided in to Divisions, Korales and Village Councils areas with maximum decentralization of Administrative power.

4 Begin to implement the election manifesto

5 All minority groups should accept this position as non-negotiable and inalienable constitutional provisions. All of them will have to learn the language of the land within 10 years and integrate with the native Sinhala nation while enjoying the freedom to practice their own religion and culture. Those who cannot do so must go back to countries of their love and choice or to countries from where they were brought by Suddhas or migrated) All minorities have to fall in line with this reality. There is no other alternative either for reconciliation or co-existence with the Sinhalese. None of them should dream to be independent nations in someone else’s country as they do now.

6 Restore independence in Judiciary and Administration

7 Declare all lands above 5000 ft mean sea level as strictly protected national watersheds that should never be touched for development or settlements and confine all settlements to land below that elevation

 

V Guidelines for the National policy framework under the new Constitution

This country should have only one government for the whole Island and its territorial waters as the Republic (A unitary State In modern terms) of Sinhale (one Eksesath Rajya or Janarajaya) as it had been one Kingdom for the past 2500 years. It should be based on the Dharmasokian concept of the State and it should be guided by Dasaraja Dharma and Satara Sangraka vastu with the ultimate objective of achieving the goal of the ‘Righteous Rajya” for the good of the many and the happiness of the many inclusive of all Countrymen or citizens (as they are popularly called now) belonging to all ethnic groups.

The fundamental features that should be embodied in the Constitution of the Republic of Sinhale

1 Objective: To convert our Motherland once again to an Independent Sovereign, prosperous and righteous State, guaranteeing territorial integrity, sovereignty and unitary status of the country.

2 Name : The Democratic Socialist Republic of  Sinhale (Kingdom before 1815) Actually it continued to be called Sinhale up to 1972 as it was known as Ceylon in English till then that was only the anglicized version of Sinhale.

3.Nationality: Sinhala

4 State Language Sinhala

5 State Religion Buddhism

6 Law of the land: Sinhala Law. Thesavalamei and Muslim Law operating at preset in respect of Tamils and Muslims shall be abolished under this as there were never such laws prior to 1815

(As it had been for 2500 years from 543 BC up to 1815 AD. In fact there is nothing to declare so, as it had been the historical legacy of this nation)

.7 State administration. The country will be run by a people friendly, Homemade Administrative system replacing the present alien, destructive and divisive political Party system.

8 Machinery of Governance:  An elected Executive President by the people as the Head of the Government, A Jatika Rajya Sabha with 15 Ministers, Administered under 25 Districts, Divisions and Villages administered by Janasabhas as given under step 11 : item 3 above

9 There can never be any reconciliation in this Land of the Sinhalese outside these non-negotiable and inalienable conditions. No political party or leader should aspire or dream to be the Head of this country as this was the historical fact that was strictly adhered to by all the Kings in this country up to 1815 march 2. Even the British accepted this position when they signed the Kandyan Convention, though they violated it later.

10 Under the New Constitution

There shall be a ‘Jatika Rajya Mantarana Sabbhava’ of not more than 150 qualified statesmen in all, elected on an electoral basis, (so that every electorate will have their representative, a people’s representative in the Jatika Rajya Mantarana Sabhava and not a rep of a party leader as it has come to stay at present, with clear recalling powers vested with the people by the Constitution.’

11 Uttara Mantrana Sabhava

In addition to this an Uttara Mntrana Sabhava of about 30 Senators, 25 representing the 25 districts and 5 nominated could also be set up if the Constitution makers so desire.

(Please see my Siyapanatha published in the Lankaweb for more details or ‘Samakami Samurdimath Dharmika Desayak Sandaha’, a booklet by the Mahanuwara Sinhala Bauddha Jesta Puravesiyange Sanvidhanaya (2015) Published by Maduka Printers Ganemulla,  Gampaha WP Sri Lanka. P 24-51. Or Contact  me  on 081 2232744 or by e-mail gunasekarasudath@gmail.com)

12 Set up a non-political National Advisory Council and a National Planning Council  to decide the national policies of the country

Everybody within this country and outside including the so-called minorities must accept this as the Sinhala Buddhist country and the inalienable and non–negotiable rights of the Sinhala people to make above claims. Those who cannot do so must go back to their dream motherlands immediately without trying to carve out or day dream for separate mini-homelands on someone else’s country.. whose legacy it was for millennia.

(I invite those who wants to know more about how this country could be brought to normalcy and once again makes it a peaceful, prosperous and righteous country, to read my article on  Siya Panatha (100) in Lankaweb under Sudath Guanekara)

Appeal to the President

Mr President this is the only way for you to prove your honesty, integrity, patriotism and your leadership to the people and the world. Hope good counsel will prevail upon you to make this a golden opportunity to absolve all black marks you have collected since you became the President, without been trapped in the illusion of your expressed obligation, responsibility and duty you are talking about, to solve the problems of Tamils and Muslims on the ground that 90 % of them have voted you at the election as you have publicly declared many a time. They may have voted you as a block. Please remember that Tamils and Muslims voted you not because they like you or trust you but because that is the only way they could have ousted Mahinda and put UNP Ranil at the steering, on whom they had the full trust to get their political agenda implemented.  Once they get their jobs done they will discard not only you but Ranil or any other Leader and put to the dust bin in no time.

Also please don’t forget that this country had been the Land of the Sinhalese for 2500 years. Neither you nor anyone else has the right to betray it. I wish wisdom will dawn upon you to mark your niche in Mahawansa. Whether you decide to go down as traitor or hero in the annals of history in this country of the Sinhalese is entirely your choice. Also please note that I have made all these observations in good faith, purely in the interest of the my country and the people, with malice towards none

.Finally, I would like to remind the President and the entire coterie of those who are trying to enact  a new Constitution against the wishes of the Sinhala majority that they must remember nearly 5.9 million of Sinhala people have voted against them at the last elections. The weeping and wallowing ghosts of these people and the descendents of the nearly 4 million UNP misled and blind folded voters who will later realize their folly, together constituting the entire dispersed, displaced and destroyed Sinhala people will follow and haunt you as long as you trek through this endless Sansara if you betray them. You will never be pardoned for this Great Sin and their eternal curse will be upon you forever.

We would remind that the main objectives of any Government in this country should be

1 Security of the country.

2 Protecting the territorial integrity, Freedom from both internal and external threats and Sovereignty of the people

3 Working for the good and welfare of the people and maintaining law and order in the country and  ensuring good governance

4 Protection of the Sambuddha Sasana and protection of the culture, traditions and customs

In all these areas the present Government has failed miserably. Any person man or woman who is not prepared to accept this reality is never suitable to be the leader of this Island nation.

I don’t claim this package to be a complete prescription for all our ills. I am only trying to open a wider public debate through this note on a very important national issue so that all people will get together to save our country,  the nation and its cherished heritage,

Biswal, Power, Malinowski replaced, a slap in Govt’s face: JO

January 31st, 2017

Courtesy The Daily Mirror

 The replacement of key US State Department officials such as Samantha Power, Nisha Biswal, Tom Malinowski and Susan Rice who were ‘interested’ in the internal affairs of Sri Lanka, is a slap aimed at the Sri Lankan Government, the joint opposition said today.

National organiser and MP Dullas Alahapperuma said this move shows that new US President Donald Trump had no intention of interfering in the internal affairs of other countries.

Biswal and Malinowski were frequent visitors to Sri Lanka. Samantha Power was behind the US resolution on Sri Lanka on war crimes charges. The resolution was co-sponsored by Sri Lanka and approved at the UN Human Rights Council. These envoys spent more time here instead of attending to State Department work,” he told a news conference.

Samantha Power served as the US Ambassador to the UN from 2013 to 2017. She was replaced by former South Carolina Governor Nimrata “Nikki” Haley.

Nisha Desai Biswal was the Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs.

Tomasz P. Malinowski served as Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labour. He was replaced by Virginia L. Bennett.

Susan Elizabeth Rice, the 24th US National Security Advisor was replaced by Michael T. Flynn who is a retired Army Lieutenant General.

The MP said US Ambassador Atul Keshap should pay close attention to new developments arising from President Trump’s decisions in the wake of assuming office.

We urge the Ambassador to respect our sovereignty and understand the change. President Trump has clearly stated that he has no interest in the internal affairs of other countries,” he said.(Lahiru Pothmulla)

– See more at: http://www.dailymirror.lk/article/Biswal-Power-Malinowski-replaced-a-slap-in-Govt-s-face-JO-123047.html#sthash.2nKwXFPB.dpuf

Trudeau says Canada will take refugees banned by U.S.

January 31st, 2017

Source: PBS hour Courtesy The Muslim Times

TORONTO –€” Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has a message for refugees rejected by U.S. President Donald Trump: Canada will take you.

Trudeau reacted to Trump’s ban of Muslims from certain countries by tweeting Saturday: To those fleeing persecution, terror & war, Canadians will welcome you, regardless of your faith. Diversity is our strength #WelcomeToCanada.”He also intends to talk to Trump about the success of Canada’s refugee policy.

Trudeau also posted a picture of him greeting a Syrian child at Toronto’s airport in late 2015. Trudeau oversaw the arrival of more than 39,000 Syrian refugees soon after he was elected.

A spokeswoman for Trudeau said Trudeau has a message for Trump.

The Prime Minister is looking forward to discussing the successes of Canada’s immigration and refugee policy with the President when they next speak,” Trudeau spokeswoman Kate Purchase told The Associated Press.

Trudeau is expected to the visit the White House soon.

The prime minister has refrained from criticizing Trump to avoid offending the new president. More than 75 percent of Canada’s exports go to the U.S.

Toronto Mayor John Tory also weighed in, noting that the city is the most diverse in the world.

We understand that as Canadians we are almost all immigrants, and that no one should be excluded on the basis of their ethnicity or nationality,” Tory said in a statement.

Trump signed a sweeping executive order Friday that he billed as a necessary step to stop radical Islamic terrorists” from coming to the U.S. Included is a 90-day ban on travel to the U.S. by citizens of Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia or Yemen and a 120-day suspension of the U.S. refugee program.

Trump’s order singled out Syrians for the most aggressive ban, ordering that anyone from that country, including those fleeing civil war, are indefinitely blocked from coming to the United States.

The Syrian refugee crisis became a major issue in Canada’s election in late 2015 because of the haunting image of a drowned 3-year-old Syrian boy washed up on a Turkish beach. The boy had relatives in Canada.

Trudeau’s tweet quickly received more than 150,000 likes. Welcome to Canada” trended in Canada.

Trudeau says Canada will take refugees banned by U.S.

Muslim preacher with 130 WIVES dies aged 93 in Nigeria… leaving behind his 203 CHILDREN (and some of his partners are still pregnant)

January 31st, 2017

By FIONN HARGREAVES FOR MAILONLINE Courtesy Daily Mail 

  • Mohammed Bello Abubakar, from Central Niger State, died on Saturday
  • It is unknown what illness Mr Abubakar died from
  • He faced criticism from other clerics who said he could only have four wives
  • His personal assistant said he had a premonition of death before he passed  

A Muslim cleric, 93, who wed 130 wives died on Saturday, leaving behind more than 200 children.

Mohammed Bello Abubakar died from an unknown illness in Niger State and large crowds turned out for his funeral on Sunday.

It is believed that some of his wives are pregnant.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4171764/Muslim-preacher-130-WIVES-93-leaving-203-kids.html#ixzz4XM58LXXW
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Nigerian advises against 86 wives

By Andrew Walker
BBC News, Bida, Nigeria

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/africa/7547148.stm

Baba Mohammed Bello Abubakar

Mr Bello Abubakar says he does not go and find women, they come to him

Nigerian Mohammed Bello Abubakar, 84, has advised other men not to follow his example and marry 86 women.

The former teacher and Muslim preacher, who lives in Niger State with his wives and at least 170 children, says he is able to cope only with the help of God.

“A man with 10 wives would collapse and die, but my own power is given by Allah. That is why I have been able to control 86 of them,” he told the BBC.

විදේශීය විනිසුරුවන් හා ශ‍්‍රී ලංකාව තුළ අධිකරණ කටයුතු මෙහෙයවීමට බලය ලත් අය පත් කිරීමට උපදේශන කාර්ය සාධක බලකාය විසින් යෝජනා කරන ලද ක‍්‍රියාමාර්ගයන් ගෝලීය ශ‍්‍රී ලංකා සංසදය (GSLF) විසින් තරයේ ප‍්‍රතික්ෂේප කරයි.

January 31st, 2017

ගෝලීය ශ‍්‍රී ලංකා සංසදය (GSLF)  මාධ්‍ය ප‍්‍රකාශය

2017 ජනවාරි 23

විදේශීය විනිසුරුවන් හා ශ‍්‍රී ලංකාව තුළ අධිකරණ කටයුතු මෙහෙයවීමට බලය ලත් අය පත් කිරීමට උපදේශන කාර්ය සාධක බලකාය විසින් යෝජනා කරන ලද ක‍්‍රියාමාර්ගයන් ගෝලීය ශ‍්‍රී ලංකා සංසදය (GSLF) විසින් තරයේ ප‍්‍රතික්ෂේප කරයි.

එක්සත් ජාතීන්ගේ මානව හිමිකම් කවුන්සිලයේ (UNHRC) ශ‍්‍රී ලංකාව පිළිබඳ යෝජනා හරහා විදේශීය විනිසුරුවන් හා ශ‍්‍රී ලංකාව තුළ අධිකරණ කටයුතු මෙහෙයවීමට බලය ලත් අය පත් කිරීමට උපදේශන කාර්ය සාධක බලකාය (CTF) විසින් සංහිදියාව පිළිබඳ යෝජනා කරන ලද නිර්දේශයන් හා නීතිමය ක‍්‍රියාමාර්ගයන් ගැනීම සඳහා පරීක්ෂකවරුන් පත් කිරීම ගෝලීය ශ‍්‍රී ලංකා සංසදය(GSLF) විසින් තරයේ ප‍්‍රතික්ෂේප කරයි.

උපදේශන කාර්ය සාධක බලකාය විසින් දැඩි ලෙස උපක‍්‍රමශීලීව සහ ඉතා අසමබර මෙන්ම අසාධාරණ ලෙස ඉදිරිපත් කර ඇති නිර්දේශයන් ඉතා දැඩි ලෙස මෙන්ම තරයේ සියලූ ජාති හිතෛෂී ශ‍්‍රී ලාංකික ජනතාව විසින් ප‍්‍රතික්ෂේප කර යුතුව ඇත. එම නිසා අප මව්බිමේ වත්මන් ප‍්‍රධානියා වන ගෞරවණීය මෛත‍්‍රීපාල සිරිසේන මහතා සහ අප රටේ සියලූ නිකායන්හි, ප‍්‍රධාන පූජණීය සංඝ නායක වහන්සේලා මෙන්ම අනිකුත් සියලූම භික්ෂූන් වහන්සේලා සහ අන්‍ය ආගම් වල සියලූම ආගමික නායකයින් ද, විශේෂයෙන්ම කතෝලික සභාවේ පුජ්‍ය මැල්්කම් රංජිත් කාදිනල්තුමා ද, සියලූම පක්ෂ වලට අයත් නොසැලෙන හදවත් ඇති දේශ හිතෛෂී පාර්ලිමේන්තු මැති ඇමතිවරුන් හා සියලූම ප‍්‍රඥා ගෝචර ශ‍්‍රී ලාංකිකයින් මෙම ඉතාමත්ම අසාධාරණ යෝජනා ඉතා ප‍්‍රඥාවෙන් යුක්තව කිරා මැන බලා දේශපාලන පක්ෂපාතිත්වයන් පසෙක තබා ඒකීය ශ‍්‍රී ලංකාවක් වෙනුවෙන් දැඩි ලෙස හෙළා දැකිය යුතු බව ශ‍්‍රී ලංකා ගෝලීය සංසදය නිර්භයව ප‍්‍රකාශ කරයි.

තවත් ඉතා වැදගත් කරුණක් වන්නේ, මෙම උපදේශන කාර්ය සාධක බලකාය යැයි කියා ගන්නා සභාවේ, ශ‍්‍රී ලංකාවේ ජීවත් වන සියලූ පුරවැසි කොට්ඨාශයන් සමබර ලෙස නියෝජනය නොවන බව සක්සුදක් සේ පැහැදිලිය. මෙසේ ප‍්‍රකාශ කිරීමට සිදු වී ඇත්තේ මෙම බලකායේ සමහර සාමාජිකයින් බොහෝ කලක් සිට විදේශීය අරමුදල් වලින් යැපෙන රාජ්‍ය නොවන සංවිධාන සමඟ කිට්ටු සබදතා පවත්වා ඇති අතර, මොවුන් කිසිම විලි ලැජ්ජාවකින් තොරව අප රටේ අති ගෞරවණීය ආරක්ෂක හමුදාවන්ට මෙන්ම ජාතික අභිවෘධියට එරෙහිව ප‍්‍රසිද්ධියේ ඉතා අසාධාරණ ලෙස විවේචනය කළ අයවලූන්ය. මෙම උපදේශන කාර්ය සාධක බලකායට කිසි දිනෙක සියලූ ජන කොටස් වල කැමැත්තෙන් හා සුහදතාවයෙන් ආදර්ශමත් සංහිදියාවක් ඇති කර ගත නොහැක. මක්නිසාද යත්, ශ‍්‍රී ලංකාවේ 70% කට වඩා නියෝජනය වන සිංහල ජාතියට මෙම බහුභූත කාර්ය බලකායේ ප‍්‍රමාණවත් නියෝජනයක් ලැබී නැති අතර, ඒ නිසාම මෙම සංවිධානය හරහා බෙහෙවින් විකෘති කරන ලද තොරතුරු හා ආත්ම ගෞරවයකින් යුත් ජාතියකට කිසිසේත් පිළිගත නොහැකි ඉතා පහත් මෙන්ම නින්දිත නිර්දේශයන් ඉදිරිපත් කිරීමය.

තව දුරටත් සොයා බලන විට මෙම නිර්ලජ්ජිත කාර්ය සාධක බලකාය ස්වාධීන ප‍්‍රජාතන්ත‍්‍රවාදී ජනරජයක් වන ශ‍්‍රී ලංකාවේ පවතින ව්‍යවස්ථාදායක රාමුව තුළ කටයුතු නොකිරීම මෙන්ම අප රටේ සියවස් ගණනාවක් තුළ පවතින අධිකරණ පද්ධතිය ද අවතක්සේරු කර ඇත. එක්සත් ජාතීන්ගේ මණ්ඩලයේ හිටපු මහලේකම් විසින් සම්පාදනය කරන ලද, විශේෂඥ කමිටු වාර්තාව (POE) මත පදනම් වූ එක්සත් ජාතීන්ගේ මානව හිමිකම් කවුන්සිලයේ (UNHRC)  ශ‍්‍රී ලංකාව පිළිබඳ ගෙන ඇති සාවද්‍ය ප‍්‍රවේශයට ඔවුන්ගේ සම්පූර්ණ සහයෝගය දී ඇතුවා මෙන්ම, ශ‍්‍රී ලංකා ආරක්ෂක හමුදා විසින් කෙරුවා යැයි කියන තහවුරු කර නොගත් අපරාධයන් ගැන වාර්තා ද ඔවුන්ගේ වාසියට අමතක කර ඇත. එක්සත් ජාතීන්ගේ මණ්ඩලයේ A./HRC/30/L. අංක දරන මානව හිමිකම් කමිටු යෝජනාවට අනුකූල, අවශ්‍යතාවයක් වන උපදේශන කාර්ය සාධක බලකාය විසින් ඉදිරිපත් කර යුතුව තිබූ ශ‍්‍රී ලංකා ගැටුම සම්බන්ධව නීත්‍යනුකූලව සොයා බැලීමක් හරහා ඔප්පු කළ යුතුව තිබුණු කරුණු සම්පාදනය නොකිරීම ගැන උපදේශන කාර්ය සාධක බලකායේ විශ්වසනීයත්වය හා නිපුණත්වය තව දුරටත් දුර්වල වී ඇති බව පැහැදිලිය. මෙයින් ඉතා පැහැදිලිව කැපී පෙනෙන ලක්ෂණයක් වනුයේ, ඉහත සඳහන් කාර්ය සාධක බලකාය ශ‍්‍රී ලංකා භුමියේ පැවති තත්වය සූක්ෂම ලෙස සොයා බැලීමක් නොකොට, ජාතික ප‍්‍රමුඛතා හෝ ජාතික සහජීවනය ගැන ගැටුමට අදාලව පැවති නීතීන් ආදිය ගැනද තියුණු පරීක්ෂාවකින් තොරව එක්සත් ජාතීන්ගේ මානව හිමිකම් කවුන්සිලයේ (UNHRC)   උවමනාවන් පමණක් ඉටු කර දී ඇති බවය. එකසත් ජාතීන්ගේ මහ ලේකම්ගේ, විශේෂඥ කමිටු වාර්තාව(POE) ප‍්‍රකාශ කර තිබූ පරිදි ජාත්‍යන්තර මානුෂීය නීතිය, ශ‍්‍රී ලංකාවේ ප‍්‍රශ්නයට අදාළ බව ප‍්‍රකාශ කර ඇත්තේ අප රටේ පැවති එදිරිවාදිකම් පැහැදිලිවම අභ්‍යන්තර ගැටුමක ස්වරුපය පෙනෙන්නට තිබු නිසාය. ඉහත වැකියෙන් කියවෙන පරිදි ජාත්‍යන්තර මානුෂීය නීතියෙන් ද මෙය සනාථ වන බැවින්, එය ගෝලීය ශ‍්‍රී ලංකා සංසදයේ සාමාජිකයින් වන අපේද මතයයි. නමුත් කරුණු මෙසේ තිබියදී එක්සත්් ජාතීන්ගේ මානව හිමිකම් කවුන්සිලය (UNHRC) ඉතාමත්ම සාවද්‍ය පියවරක් ගෙන මෙම විභාගය මානව හිමිකම් උල්ලංඝනය කිරීම හා ජාත්‍යන්තර මානුෂීය නීතීන් උල්ලංඝනය කිරීම දෙසට හැරවීය. නමුත් පුදුම උපදවන කරුණක් වන්නේ, ශ‍්‍රී ලංකාවේ එකම පළාතක එකම අවස්ථාවකදී සිදු වන ක‍්‍රියාකලාපයන් වලදී, ඉහත සඳහන් නීති දෙක වන මානව හිමිකම් උල්ලංඝනය කිරීම හා ජාත්‍යන්තර මානුෂීය නීතීන් උල්ලංඝනය කිරීම එකම අවස්ථාවකදී බලාත්මක විය නොහැකි බව උපදේශන කාර්ය සාධක බලකාය නොදැන සිටීමය.

අවසන් වශයෙන්, විදේශීය විනිසුරුවන් ඇතුළත් කිරීම වෙනුවෙන් ඔවුන්ගේ නිර්දේශ වලින් ප‍්‍රශ්න කෙරෙන්නේ, ශ‍්‍රී ලාංකීය විනිසුරුවන්ගේ විනිවිද භාවය හා අපක්ෂපාති බව මෙන්ම පොදුවේ අප රටේ අධිකරණ පද්ධතියේ ශක්‍යතාව ගැනය. තවදුරටත් ගෝලීය ශ‍්‍රී ලංකා සංසදයේ අප විසින් පැහැදිලිව ප‍්‍රකාශ කළ යුතු කරුණක් වන්නේ, අප රටේ පවතින නීති පද්ධතියට අනුව කිසියම්ම විදේශීය හෝ ජාත්‍යන්තර විනිසුරු වරයෙකුට ශ‍්‍රී ලාංකීය අධිකරණයක නඩු විභාග කිරීමේ කිසිම අයිතියක් නැති බව පැහැදිලිවම සනාථ කර තිබීමය. එම නිසා විදේශීය විනිසුරුවන් ශ‍්‍රී ලංකාව තුළ නඩු විභාග කිරීමට ගැනෙන්නේ නම්, ඊට පෙර පවතින ශ‍්‍රී ලාංකීය ව්‍යවස්ථාවට නව සංශෝධනයක් ඇතුළත් කළ යුතු වන අතර, එසේ කිරීමට පෙර අප රටේ පාර්ලිමේන්තුවේ 2/3 ක වැඩි ඡුන්දයකින් සම්මත කළ යුතු අතර ඊට අමතරව සියලූ ශ‍්‍රී ලාංකීය පුරවැසියන්ගේ ඡුන්දය ජනමත විචාරයක් තුළින් ලබා ගත යුතුව ඇත. ප‍්‍රජාතන්ත‍්‍රවාදී ජනරජයක් වන අප ශ‍්‍රී ලංකාවේ ලියවී ඇති ව්‍යවස්ථාපිත නීතියක් වන මෙම ඉහත සඳහන් නීතිය ගැන නොදැන වහසි බස් දොඩන, විශේෂයෙන්ම රාජ්‍ය නොවන සංවිධාන (NGO)   වලට හා ඒවායේ ගැත්තන්ට ගෝලීය ශ‍්‍රී ලංකා සංසදය (GSLF) වන අපගේ මෙම ප‍්‍රකාශනය වැදගත් වනු ඇතැයි අපි විශ්වාස කරමු.

විදේශීය විනිසුරුවන්, නඩු පවරන්නන් හා විමර්ශකයින්ව ශ‍්‍රී ලංකාවට ගෙන්වා ගැනීමට නිර්දේශ කරන ලද උපදේශන කාර්ය සාධක බලකාය විසින් කටයුතු කිරීමේදී, ඔවුන් කිසියම්ම ආකාරයකින් මෙයින් පැන නැගෙන ජාතික අවශ්‍යතාවයන් මෙන්ම නීතිමය ගැටළු ගැන සැලකිලිමත් නොවී ඇති බව පැහැදිලිය. අපක්ෂපාති ඕනෑම කෙනෙකුට සිත් නැගෙන ගැටළු කිහිපයක් ලෙස මෙම විදේශීය විනිසුරුවන්, නඩු පවරන්නන් හා විමර්ශකයින්ගේ අනන්‍යතාවය පිළිබඳ ප‍්‍රශ්නය වනුයේ,
x ඔවුන් මොන දීපංකරේ සිට පැමිණියාද කියා නොදන්නා බව.
x විශේෂයෙන්ම, නීතිමය ක‍්‍රියාමාර්ග ගැන ඇති නිපුණතාවය ගැන අවබෝධයක් නැතිකම.
x අපක්ෂපාතිත්වය හා සම්බන්ධව ඇති සැකය.
යන කරුණුය.

දේශපාලන යෝග්‍යතාවයක් ලෙස සැලකීමේදී, මෙම උපදේශන කාර්ය සාධක බලකායේ නිර්දේශය ඉතාමත්ම අ¥රදර්ශී එකක් සේ සලකා අනිවාර්යයෙන්ම ඉවත දැමිය යුතුය. මෙම අ¥රදර්ශී යෝජනාවෙන් ශ‍්‍රී ලාංකිකයින් වන අප විසින් තේරුම් ගත යුතුව ඇති ප‍්‍රධාන කරුණ වන්නේ, මෙය ශ‍්‍රී ලංකාවට එරෙහිව කටයුතු කරන යම් යම් රාජ්‍යයන් හෝ රාජ්‍ය නොවන සංවිධාන වල ඇති ප‍්‍රධාන උවමනාවන් වන, ප‍්‍රධාන වශයෙන් ජයග‍්‍රාහී රණවිරුවන්ගේ හා අප ශ්‍රේෂ්ඨ හමුදාවේ ස්ථාපිත වී ඇති දැඩි ආත්ම ශක්තිය දුර්වල කිරීමටත්, නැවත වරක් අප මව් භූමියේ කුරිරු ජාතිවාදී අරගලයක් ඇති කිරීමට උවමනා පසුබිම සකස් කිරීමටත්, වෙර දරන අදෘශ්‍යමාන බලවේගයන් වල ප‍්‍රධාන වශයෙන්, කොටි හිතවාදී බෙදුම්වාදීන්ගේ මුල්‍යමය ශක්තීන් ඉදිරියේ ආපස්සට නැමී ඔවුන්ගේ විසකුරු සැලසුම් වලට උපදේශන කාර්ය සාධක බලකාය ආවඩනවාදැයි සිතීමට බොහෝ ඉඩකඩ ඇත. මෙම කෲර සංවිධාන වල සැලසුමට අනුව තවත් වැදගත් කරුණක් වන්නේ, අපේ විරෝධාර සිංහල හමුදාව දැඩි ලෙස අවතක්සේරුවට ලක් කිරීම හා රට වෙනුවෙන් තම වටිනා ජිවිත පි¥ 27,000 ක් පමණ වන සෙබළුන්ද, අද වන තුරුත් අබාධිත තත්වයට පත් වී සිටින වීර සෙබළුන් 14,000 කගේද ජීවිත සුළු කොට සැලකීමට හා නැවතත් අවතක්සේරුවට පත් කිරීමය. උපදේශන කාර්ය සාධක බලකාය අමතක කිරීමට උත්සාහ කරන තවත් වැදගත් කරුණු ලෙස, කොටි ත‍්‍රස්තවාදීන්ගේ කුරිරු බෙදුම්වාදී යුද්ධය ජයග‍්‍රාහී සිංහල හමුදාව විසින් අවසානයට පත් කරගෙන අවසන් දින කිහිපය තුළදී 250,000 ක් පමණ වූ සිවිල් ද්‍රවිඩ ජනතාව කොටි ග‍්‍රහණයෙන් මුදවා ගැනීම හා දහස් ගණනක් වූ අහිංසක ද්‍රවිඩ ළමා සොල්දාදුවන් ද කොටි ග‍්‍රහණයෙන් මුදවා ගෙන නියම නිදහසේ ප‍්‍රීතිය ඔවුන්ට බුක්ති විදීමට සැලසීම යන කාර්යයන් හැදින්විය හැක.

අවුරුදු 30 ක පමණ කාලයක් මුළුල්ලේ ශ‍්‍රී ලංකාවේ ජීවත් වූ මිලියන 22 ක් පමණ වූ සියලූම ශ‍්‍රී ලාංකිකයින් පසුපස හමා ආ මහා දුර්ගන්ධයක් ලෙස සැලකිය හැකි වර්ගවාදී ගැටුම විනාශ කර දැමුවා වූ, ශ‍්‍රී ලාංකික මානව ඉතිහාසයේ ඉහළතම මානව අයිතිවාසිකමෙහි තෑග්ගක් ලෙස සැලකිය හැකි හදිසි මරණ වලට ඇති බියෙන් තොරව ජිවත් වීමේ අයිතිය අපට ලබා දුන්නා වූ සියලූම ත‍්‍රිවිධ හමුදාවේ විරෝධාර සෙබළුන්ට වැරදි විනිශ්චයන් හා තීන්දු ලබා දීම ඉහළතම කුහකකමක් මෙන්ම මහා පාවාදීමකි!

උපදේශන කාර්ය සාධක බලකාය හෝ වෙනත් සංවිධාන (NGO) විසින් අපේ වීරෝධාර හමුදාවන්ට සුළුවෙන් හෝ අවමන් කිරීමේ ක‍්‍රියාමාර්ග ගැනීම, දශක තුනක් පමණ දිගු කාලයක ලංකාව පුරා මාරාවේශ වී සැමතැන රුධිරය වගුරුවන ලද ප‍්‍රභාකරන්ගේ ද්‍රවිඩ කොටි ව්‍යාපාරයට ප‍්‍රසාද ගීතිකා ගයමින් දේව පූජා පැවැත්වීමක් වැනි යැයි ගෝලීය ශ‍්‍රී ලංකා සංසදය වටා එක් රොක් වී සිටින අපට හැෙඟ්.

මාධ්‍ය ප‍්‍රකාශක,
රංජිත් සොයිසා.

SURRENDER OF FERRARI COMMANDERS IN BALOCHISTAN

January 30th, 2017

ALI SUKHANVER

According to media reports, Lal Din Bugti along with six associates surrendered on 28th January in Quetta and pledged to fight for defence of the country till the last moment of his life. According to security sources, the separatist commander and his colleagues laid down arms in front of Mir Attaullah Kalpor Bugti and FC officer Col Awais. The government sources told media that these Ferrari commanders were involved in anti-state activities including blowing up gas pipelines and other heinous crimes. Now at the call of their conscience, they are back to the lap of their motherland Pakistan. I think a sinner seeking for forgiveness must always be welcomed and honoured. The days are not in far future when all Ferrari commanders who have been playing in the hands of the Indian agencies since long would realize that their motherland is waiting for them with tearful eyes.

For the last many years Indian agents are trying their best to misguide the people of Balochistan that the government of Pakistan is exploiting the natural resources of Balochistan and nothing is being done for the betterment of the people of Balochistan. This blame game is the very foundation of all so-called separatist movements in Balochistan patronized by the Indian agencies. India will have to search for some other blame or allegation to malign Pakistan after the completion of CPEC as this project would not only reduce unemployment and poverty but also become a source of economic stability in Balochistan. With the help of propaganda tools our friends in India are trying to sow the seed of hatred in the hearts of the people of Balochistan but they should keep in mind that truth is truth though most of the time it is bitter. No war could be won on the basis of propaganda. Instead of spreading hatred against CPEC, India must come forward with open eyes and open arms and take some advantage from the CPEC by supporting it. With the help of propaganda and disinformation, the marvelous CPEC project cannot be maligned anymore. There is always a very clear difference between truth and propaganda. The people of Balochistan are very well aware of this difference.

Most of the impartial analysts are of the opinion that the CPEC project is going to be a game-changer not only for Pakistan but for the whole of region. Unfortunately some so-called analysts, who certainly feel pride in working as mouth-piece of others, are trying to misguide people. A few weeks back, a much esteemed newspaper of India ‘the Indian Express’ published an article with the same misguiding contents. The title of the article was ‘Corridor of Uncertainty’. The author of this article tried all his best to present that picture of Pakistan, of the Security Forces of Pakistan, of the people of Pakistan and of the CPEC which is certainly not corresponding to the reality. He says, The only big thing going for an isolated Pakistan is the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). Unable to tackle with its internal security problems — for which it now wrongly blames India — it prefers focusing on the good times the world thinks the Chinese investment of $46 billion will bring.” In short the CPEC project has become a pain in the neck for the ‘well-wishers’ of Pakistan.

In another article ‘CPEC is not a holy Cow’ the author says, ‘Pakistan faces many serious problems; and among them is the status and invulnerability of holy cows, and people who are above the Pakistani laws. Bitter fact is growth in number of holy cows, accumulation of wealth and power they possess.’ He further says, ‘I am a citizen of State of Jammu and Kashmir and my loyalty is with State and its people. I don’t have to be loyal to neighbours of Jammu and Kashmir or to those who occupy us. The CPEC runs without permission through our land, Gilgit Biltistan which is part of the former Princely State of Jammu and Kashmir. My fear is despite much hype and attraction, CPEC will prove to be a white elephant for Pakistan; and it could be Pakistan’s Waterloo.’ This article is a mixture of confusions and misunderstandings. Though the writer has very passionately rather emotionally tried to plead the ‘stuffed’ point of view but in his heat and haste, he contradicted his own narrated arguments. He admits that ‘Gilgit Biltistan is part of the former Princely State of Jammu and Kashmir’. It means he has accepted the fact that the present day Gilgit Biltistan has nothing to do with Jammu and Kashmir as it once used to be a part of Jammu Kashmir. Secondly on one hand he says, ‘my loyalty is with State and its people, I don’t have to be loyal to neighbours of Jammu and Kashmir’ but at the same time he expresses his worries about Pakistan that ‘CPEC will prove to be a white elephant for Pakistan.’ It seems that the writer is not very much clear about the point of view he has planned to express. Usually one has to face this situation of confusion when one is presenting some other’s point of view. Speaking for others could be good at times but becoming the mouth-piece of someone already with bad repute is never wise.

 

රාජ්‍ය නිලධාරීන්ට එරෙහිව ඇතැම් දේශපාලනඥයින් සිදුකරන මැර තර්ජන, ගර්ජන, බලපෑම්

January 30th, 2017

සමස්ත රාජ්‍ය සේවයේ උපාධිධාරීන්

ගරු ජනාධිපති,
 මෛතී‍්‍රපාල සිරිසේන මැතිතුමා,
ජනාධිපති ලේකම් කාර්යාලය,
කොළඹ 01.

2017.01.30.

ගරු ජනාධිපතිතුමනි,

රාජ්‍ය නිලධාරීන්ට එරෙහිව ඇතැම් දේශපාලනඥයින් සිදුකරන මැර තර්ජන, ගර්ජන, බලපෑම් වැළැක්වීමට නිසිපියවරක් ගන්න.

            පසුගිය සතියේ දිනක වත්මන් යහපාලන රජයේ ගම්පහ දිස්ති‍්‍රක්කය නියෝ්ජනය කරන නියෝජ්‍ය අමාත්‍යවරයෙකු ජනතාවද සම්බන්ධ කරගනිමින් මාධ්‍යද පිරිවරා ප‍්‍රසිද්ධියේ දිවුලපිටිය ප‍්‍රාදේශීය ලේකම්වරියට සිදුකරන ලද තර්ජන, ගර්ජන, බලපෑම් සමස්ත රාජ්‍ය සේවයේ උපාධිධාරීන් ලෙස අපි දැඩි පිළිකුලෙන් යුතුව හෙලාදකිමු. එමෙන්ම සමස්ත රාජ්‍ය නිලධාරීන්ටම නිදහසේ ස්වාධීනව සිය රාජකාරිය හෘද සාක්‍ෂියට එකඟව සිදුකරගෙන යාමට අවශ්‍ය නිදහස් හා සාමකාමී පරිසරයක් නිර්මාණය කිරීමට ද කඩිනමින් පියවර ගන්නා මෙන්ද අප සංගමය ඔබතුමාගෙන් වගකීමෙන් ඉල්ලා සිටිමු. 

            පසුගිය රජය යටතේත්, වත්මන් රජය යටතේත් බලයට පත්වන හා පත්වුනු ඇතැම් දේශපාලනඥයින්ගෙන් රාජ්‍ය නිලධාරීන්ට එල්ල වන තර්ජන, ගර්ජන, බලපෑම් වල අඩුවක් හා වෙනසක් නැතැයි අපි ඔබතුමාගේ අවධානයට යොමුකරවමු. 

            දිවුලපිටිය ප‍්‍රාදේශීය ලේකම්වරියට ප‍්‍රසිද්ධියේ සිය රාජකාරිවලට බාධා කරමින් සිදුකරනු ලැබූ බලපෑම ශිෂ්ඨ සම්පන්න සමාජයක සම්මත ක‍්‍රමවේදය නොවන අතර නැවත සමාජය ම්ලේච්ඡත්වයට ගමන් කරනවාද යන්න මතුවන ගැටළුවකි.

            2015 වර්ෂයේදී සමස්ත රාජ්‍ය සේවයෙන් සාතිශය බහුතරයක් පැවති පාලනය තුළ විඳින ලද පීඩාවන්ට හා නිදහසේ රාජකාරි කිරීමට අදාළව එල්ලවී තිබූ බලපෑම්වලට එරෙහිව එම රජය වෙනස් කිරිමට පියවර ගත්තද වත්මන් රජයද එම නොහික්මුණුකම් ඉතා කෙටිකාලයකින්ම අවස්ථා කිහිපයකදීම ප‍්‍රදර්ශනය කිරීමට කටයුතු කර ඇත. 

            පැවති රජය යටතේත් කුරුණෑගල දිස්ති‍්‍රක්කය නියෝජනය කළ අමාත්‍යවරයෙකු නිකවැරටිය ප‍්‍රාදේශීය ලේකම්වරයාට එරෙහිව ඉතාම දැඩි බලපෑමක් හා තර්ජනය කිරීමක් කරමින් සිය දේශපාලන ගජමිතුරන්ට අවශ්‍ය වන පරිදි වැඩකටයුතු කිරීමට පරිසරයක් ගොඩනගා ගැනීමට දැරූ උත්සාහයත්, එම දිස්ති‍්‍රක්කයේම මන්තී‍්‍රවරයෙකු, ග‍්‍රාමනිලධාරීවරයෙකුගේ රාජකාරියට බාධා කරමින් පහරදීම් පවා සිදුකළ අවස්ථා එම රජය යටතේත් දක්නට ලැබුණි.

            රාජ්‍ය සේවයේ සංවර්ධන නිලධාරීන්ට ද එවැනිම අත්දැකීම් රාශියකට මුහුණ දීමට සිදුවූ අවස්ථා ඇත. එවකට රුවන්වැල්ල ප‍්‍රාදේශීය සභා සභාපති සංවර්ධන නිලධාරියෙකුට රාජකාරියේ යෙදී සිටියදීම පහරදීම එමෙන්ම වත්මන් රජය නියෝජනය කරන මතුගම ආසනයේ එක්සත් ජාතික පක්‍ෂයට අයත් පළාත් සභා මන්ති‍්‍රවරයෙකු සංවර්ධන ව්‍යාපෘතියක රාජකාරිවල නියැලෙමින් සිටි ගර්භනී අවස්ථාවේ පසුවූ නිලධාරිනියකට බැණ තර්ජනය කරමින් රාජකාරියට බාධාකළ අවස්ථා ඇතුළු සිදුවීම් විශාල ප‍්‍රමාණයකට සංවර්ධන නිලධාරීන්ට ද මුහුණ දීමට සිදුවී ඇත.

            මේ කිසිදු සිදුවීමකදී අදාළ මන්තී‍්‍රවරයාට හෝ අමාත්‍යවරයාට එරෙහිව ඔවුන්ට අදාළ පක්‍ෂ වලින් කිසිදු විනය කි‍්‍රයාමාර්ගයකදු නොගෙන එම මැරකම්, නොහික්මුණුකම්, චන්ඩිකම් බවට පත්විමට ඉඩහැර සමාජගතවීමට කටයුතු කර ඇත. එවැනි අමන කි‍්‍රයාකාරකම්, වීරකි‍්‍රයා බවට පත්වීමට ඉඩහැර ඇත. 

ගරු ජනාධිපතිතුමනි,

            දිවුලපිටිය ප‍්‍රාදේශීය ලේකම්වරියගේ රාජකාරිවලට බාධා කරමින් කාන්තාවන්ගේ අයිතිවාසිකම් ගැන පවා කතා කරන රජයේ නියෝජ්‍ය අමාත්‍යවරයෙකුගේ මෙම නොහික්මුනු කි‍්‍රයාමාර්ගයට එරෙහිව පියවරක් ගන්නා මෙන් සමස්ත රාජ්‍ය සේවා උපාධිධාරීන් වෙනුවෙන් අපි ඉල්ලා සිටිමු. එමෙන්ම තවදුරටත් මෙවැනි පහත් කි‍්‍රයා අනුමත් නොකරන, මෙවැනි කි‍්‍රයා වළක්වමින් රාජ්‍ය සේවකයින්ගේ සිය රාජකාරි පරිසරය ආරාක්‍ෂා වන ආකාරයට මෙන්ම එවැනි සිදුවීම් වලදී ඔවුන්ට ද රැුකවරණයක් ලැබෙන පරිදි විධිමත් වැඩපිළිවෙලක් දියත් කරන මෙන් අප සංගමය නැවතත් ඔබතුමාගෙන් ඉල්ලා සිටිමු. 

ස්තූතියි.

මෙයට,
චන්දන සූරියආරච්චි
ප‍්‍රධාන ලේකකම්,

පිටපත් :-      

  1. ගරු අග‍්‍රාමාත්‍ය – රනිල් වික‍්‍රමසිංහ මැතිතුමා. (අ.ක.ස/දැ.ගැ.පි.)
  2. ගරු  ස්වදේශ කටයුතු අමාත්‍යතුමා (අ.ක.ස/දැ.ගැ.පි.)
  3.         ගරු රාජ්‍ය පරිපාලන අමාත්‍යතුමා. (අ.ක.ස/දැ.ගැ.පි.)
  4. ගරු කබීර් හෂීම් අමාත්‍යතුමා – ලේකම් එක්සත් ජාතික පක්‍ෂය. (අ.ක.ස/දැ.ගැ.පි.)
  5. ගරු ජනාධිපති ලේකම්තුමා. (අ.ක.ස/දැ.ගැ.පි.)
  6. ලේකම් – ස්වදේශ කටයුතු අමාත්‍යාංශය. (අ.ක.ස/දැ.ගැ.පි.)
  7. ලේකම් – රාජ්‍ය පරිපාලන අමාත්‍යාංශය. (අ.ක.ස/දැ.ගැ.පි.)
  8. සියලූ දිස්ති‍්‍රක් හා ප‍්‍රාදේශීය ලේකම්වරුන්. (දැ.ගැ.පි.)

Mass exodus of professionals…….. Right to reply.

January 30th, 2017

Dr Sarath Obeysekera

I read the opinion today written by a retired professional about mass exodus of professionals from Sri Lanka…

I received free school education from a leading school, and proceeded to Soviet Union on a scholarship to obtain a degree in Petroleum Engineering, expecting to come back and contribute to the country. During third year in the State University ,teaching Petroleum Exploration Techniques ,I made a visit to Sri Lanka and visited CPC to get access to the Mannar Oil Exploration Project executed under Russian Aid ,in order  to get an insight of the exploration work .I went on my own by bus to Mannar after getting permission from CPC and visited  the camp where Russians were doing the drilling .They were very happy to see a local student who studies in Russia in the same field  treated me well ( including Vodka!)

During the conversation they mentioned about a Minister of Industries at that time influenced someone to pour some oil into the drilled well ,and gave a wide publicity that Sri Lanka found Oil ! That was a failed election stunt by them PM and Russians were not very happy about it.

Even lately I heard another short sighted politician calming that every family can get a barrel of oil as dowry to give their daughters away. These are the type of politicians we have today who are supposed to guide the professionals to serve the country.

I went back, and finished the degree and met another Minister in the Embassy who implied that I will not get a job in Sri Lanka and that I should try to find greener pastures elsewhere.

So I bolted to the West ,where they embraced me to their industry and  served in Norway and UK for many years .I do not regret that I ran away and  I was not feeling guilty because I had my education thanks to Lenin!!

I learnt engineering, management, planning and how to take responsibilities in the area of my field and, I was ready to take any job afterwards.

I returned to Sri Lanka and ran after ministers, big bosses and asked for a job in the Petroleum Industry and I was ignored Finally due to my sheer luck the President at that time looking for someone without any political affiliation to run a corporation with nothing to do with Petroleum, put me in charge I have leant how to deliver in the corporation and subsequent job in Sri Lanka, I did even better and today I am serving in this country to develop Marine Industry.

What I am trying to emphasize is let the raw graduate go learn how to manage and return back with better knowledge to serve the country.

First of all Politicians should be examples of good citizens, to make the professional feel same way so that they give everything what they can.Imposing rules to retain them will not work ,leaders should cut waste and stop self-serving the national wealth which makes professional disgusted .

Like in India we have to foster the sense of being the true owners if the country .Then they will at least return back and serve.

Give them better salaries and create conditions, recognize them who drive the engine of growth, then they will give something to the country.

Dr Sarath Obeysekera

”කොරාන්  ”   යය්  කියා පොතේ තිබුනත් මේවා නම් ”නො – කොරාන් ”’ මිනිසුනේ .

January 30th, 2017

ධර්මසිරි සෙනෙවිරත්න 

   ”’ අන්‍ය ලබ්ධිකයන් අපේ ආගමට බලෙන් හරි හරවනු . බැරි නම් මරාදමනු .එසේ ආගම වෙනුවෙන් මිනී මරන්නෝ මියගිය විගසම සුරලොව ඉපදෙ දෙවගණන් 72ක් සමග කම්සපවින්දිමින් කල්ගේවන්නට ඔවුන්ට  වාසනාව පෑ දේ.    –ඔබේ ගැහැණු ඔබේ දෙපලය් කැමති පරිදි පරිහරණය කරන්න සුරා .2. 223 —..-සැමියාට අවශ්‍ය විට කාම සේවනයට මැලිකම් දක්වන බිරිඳට දඩුවම් කිරීමේ අයිතිය සැමියාට දී ඇති දිව්‍යමය අයිතියකි ,,,,සුරා 4..34 ..

                                                              ඉස්ලාම් ආගමේ නිර්මාතෘ සොල්දාදුවෙක් මිස දාර්ශනිකයෙක් නොවේ .නගර ගම්  නියම්  ගම්  රටවල් ආක්‍රමණය කරමින් මිනිසුන් ලක්ෂ ගණන් මරාදමමින් දේපල කොල්ල කමින්  සිය ආධි පත්‍යය පතුරවා ලන්නට හා තහවුරු ගන්නට සැකසු නීති පද්ධතියක් හා එහා සමග බඳුන සිරිත් විරිත් පද්ධතියක් ඔහු යොදා ගත්තේ  මංකොල්ල කාරී හේවායන් ගේ සතුට සඳහාය .මේ නීති පද්ධතිය එම හේවායෝ බලහත් කාරයෙන් යටත් වුවන් පිට පට වන ලදී ..යටත් වුවන්ට තෝරාගැනීමට තිබුනේ මරණය හෝ ඉස්ලාමය අතරින් එකකි ..  .මේ ආගමික කර්තෘ වරයා  සිය හදාගත් දරුවාගේ බිරිඳත්  සිය බිරියන්ගෙන් එකියක් බවට පත් කළේය .මිනිසුන් රැවටීම සඳහා දෙවියන් වහන්සේ එසේ කරන ලෙස තමන්ට කියූ බව .ඔහු පැවසුවේය .. වයස 9 ක් වූ කෙල්ලක් බිරිඳ කර ගත ඔහු    අනු ගමනය කල අතවැසි ආගමිකයෝ සියලු ගැහැණු  නිවාස අඩස්සියේ තබමින්  ඔවුන්ගේ සියලු මානුෂික අයිවාසිකම් නැති කල   . ලොව  අ නේ කුත් රටවල කාන්තාවන් භුක්ති විඳින වරප්‍රසාද හා නිදහස  දකින විට ඉස්ලාමික කාන්තාවන් ඔවුන්ගේ ආගමික සිරගෙවල් ප්‍රතික්ෂේප කරතිය් බියෙන් දැන් මේ ආගමේ පුජකයෝ  පාසල් යන ගැහැණු දරුවන් වෙඩි තබා මරති .. සියලු මානුෂික අයිතීන් උල්ලංඝනය කරමින්   අතපය කැපීම ගල්ගසා මැරීම වැනි අමානුෂික නීති මගින්  මුළු ලෝකයම ගඳ ගස්වති  භය බිරාන්ත කරති . කිතුනු ආගමේ ය මුලදී  ආගම ප්‍රචාරය සඳහා  නොයෙක් කෘර ක්‍රියා සිදු කර ඇතත්  පසුව  එසියල්ලනවතා  දමා දැන් සෑහෙන කාලයකි .එහෙත් ඉස්ලාමිකයෝ දිනෙන් දින තම සැහැසිකම් මගින් මුළු ලෝකයම  අසහනයට පත් කරමින් සිටිති .ඉස්ලාම් පුජකයෝ  සාමාන්‍ය මිනිසුන් රවටා ගෙන අදහම දහමක්  ලෙස පෙන් වමින්  මෙසේ වියරු වැටුනවුන් ලෙස ක්‍රියාකරන්නේ තමන්ගේ සුඛ විහරණය සඳහා ඇති  මේ ආගම  මිනිසුන්ට එපාවුවහොත් තමන්ට යන එන මන්  නැතිවන නිසාය .දැන් දැන්  ඉස්ලාමීය ගැහැනුද  මේ පුජකයන්ට එරෙහිව නගීසිටිමින් ඇත .මුස්ලිම් ලේඛකයෝ  ඉස්ලාමයේ දුෂණ වංචා  හා භීෂණ  හෙළිකරති . .ඉස්ලාමය වෙනුවට  සමහර ඉස්ලාමිකයෝ  අලුත්  ආගමක් ද බිහිකර ඇති බවක් වාර්තා විය

                                                                මේ ඉස්ලාමික රටවල් වලට  මෙතෙක් නොයෙක් අයුරින් ආධාර දුන් බටහිර රටවල් අතරින්  ඇමරිකාව  දැන්  කරුණු තේරුම් ගෙන සිටීම සැනසිල්ලට කරුණකි  . . මේ ඉස්ලාමීය භීෂණය  ලොව විනාශ කරන්නට පෙර සෙසු සාමකාමී ලෝකයයා කිසියම් පියවරක් ගත යුතුව ඇත .ඇමරිකාව මේ සඳහා මුලිකවී සිටීම  සතුටට කරුණකි . නිදහස් කාමී  ලජ්ජා බිය ඇති  මුස්ලිම් ප්‍රජාව  මේ අමානුෂික ඉස්ලාමික පුජකයන්ගේ  ප්රෝඩා වලට හසු නොවී   සෙසු ලෝකයාගේ  අවඥාවෙන්  බේරී ජීවත් වන්නට හිතන්නේ නම්   තමන් යටකරගෙන  මර්දනය කරගෙන ඇති  මේ පුජක ප්‍රලාප  වලට එරෙහිව විවිධ අයුරින් සටන් කර උන්ගේ ග්‍රහණයෙන් මිදිය යුතුය . වර්තමාන යෙදී ඉස්ලාමිකයෙක්  යය කියුවිට බොහෝ අ ය ඔවුන්ගන හිතන්නේ අන්ධ භක්තියෙන් මුසපත්වූ  නවීන ලෝකයට නොහොබිනා අර්ධ වනචාරී  මිනිසුන් කොටසක් ලෙසය ..

                             එනිසා පුජකයෝ ””කොරාන් ” යය කීවත් හිතන්න පුළුවන් මිනිසුනේ ඒවා  ”’නො – කොරාන් ”’ 

Corruption continues: President must reverse the trend

January 30th, 2017

Courtesy the Sunday Times

  • Bellanwila prelate bluntly tells Sirisena the people feel let down because of continuing fraud and other misdeeds
  • Sirisena responds strongly, assures that all bond issues will be probed and those found guilty punished
  • Cabinet reshuffle likely soon; four UNP ministers may face change of portfolios
  • Rajapaksa rejects plea by CMs to support SLFP at polls, says Nugegoda rally proof of where the people are

By Our Political Editor
The many challenges for President Maithripala Sirisena, now in the early days of his third year in office, seem unprecedented if not too burdensome.

Since assuming the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) leadership in 2015, his highest priority has been to reunify the party. That turned out to be a futile exercise. Thus, he urged SLFP Ministers who were summoned on January 3 to be told of his plans for 2017 to publicly expose” the misdeeds” of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa and members of his family. He began to offer plum jobs to incompetent Rajapaksa loyalists saying they should be separated from the former President before dealing a hard blow at him.” He offered diplomatic postings to those who were close to Rajapaksa. The reality that every such appointment angered hundreds of his own supporters, and his countrymen, to say the least, was lost on him.

Just 18 days after that meeting, it did not deter Sirisena from making another vain attempt for peace with the Rajapaksas. It came in the form of giving the green light to seven Provincial Chief Ministers to meet Rajapaksa last Sunday. Their main objective was to forge a united alliance of the two SLFP factions, one backing Sirisena and the other Rajapaksa, to contest the Provincial Council (PC) elections as one. Polls for the Eastern, Wayamba (North Central) and Sabaragamuwa Provincial Councils are due this year.

Local Council polls not yet
Interesting enough, those at the highest levels of the Government want to hold these elections first. As for the long overdue local council elections, they opine that there are more time-consuming procedural issues to overcome. In reality it was not so. Senior SLFPers backing Sirisena confess privately that such polls would end in certain defeat. If an alliance was forged, that would have paved the way for victory, said one of them. Another reason, they point out, is a decision first on the system of voting at the local council polls. As for the PCs, the existing proportional representation system is to be followed. Some Chief Ministers have been complaining to President Sirisena that the majorities in their respective councils were fragile. Those close to Sirisena felt that an accord of some sort with Rajapaksa would not only unify the party but would pave the way even for a future SLFP Government. For them, this patching up operation was a necessity, particularly in the light of irreconcilable issues that have cropped up with their United National Party (UNP) partner in the National Unity Government.

SLFP policies have been sold”
It was an odd combination that paved the way for the Chief Minister’s dialogue. Sabaragamuwa Chief Minister Maheepala Herath’s son Kanaka Herath, an SLFP parliamentarian who supports Rajapaksa, was the conduit. The former President, who agreed to the meeting, ensured some of his strongmen who were not in the best of terms with the Chief Ministers were present. Former Western Province Chief Minister Prasanna Ranatunga is opposed to his successor Isuru Devapriya. Former Minister Johnston Fernando is opposed to Maheepala Herath (CM Sabaragamuwa). Other CMs present were Sarath Ekanayake (Central Province), Shan Wijayalal de Silva (Southern Province), Dharmasiri Dassanayake (North Western) and Chamara Sampath Dassanayake (Uva). Other Rajapaksa invitees were Gamini Lokuge, Mahinda Yapa Abeywardene and Bandula Gunawardena. Dullas Allahapperuma who was due to attend was indisposed.

The Chief Ministers declared that they came at the request of President Sirisena to appeal to Rajapaksa not to break the SLFP. Rajapaksa first let his own invitees to speak but joined in later.

You can meet me anytime. However, you all have joined our party’s enemy, the United National Party (UNP). As long as this arrangement continues, I cannot discuss anything,” declared Rajapaksa. He disclosed for the first time that he had been receiving offers that investigations against him and members of his family would be dropped if he chose to retire from politics. He said he was willing to discuss the demands of the Chief Ministers only if President Sirisena removes the UNP from his Government. He charged that the SLFP policies had been sold” outright to the UNP. How we can work with you all under these circumstances?” he asked.

Rajapaksa said he had retired on January 9, 2015. They attacked me and my family. I thought it would be for two or six months. I can understand that, for it happens in politics. Even after two years they are doing it. They are chasing behind political opponents. They took into custody Wimal Weerawansa,” he pointed out. Weerawansa’s party convention was a greater success since he was kept in prison.” Rajapaksa said adding; They want my support to win the elections. Once they win, who knows, they may ask me to retire.”

Once the meeting ended, Rajapaksa invited those present for breakfast. When one of them saw hoppers on the table, he remarked that there would now be media reports that they had come to eat hoppers. Kamak Nehe. Aappa kaala giya ekkana ekka ney ogollo inney, or it does not matter, you are with the one who left after eating hoppers,” replied Rajapaksa alluding to the widely publicised instance when Sirisena partook of hoppers for dinner with the former President the night before he quit his government to contest him.

Although the Chief Ministers and Rajapaksa meeting ended on a sour note, there was still a ‘silver lining.’ That was certainly comforting news for Sirisena. There was heavy pressure on Rajapaksa this week to support Sirisena and his SLFP faction. That is even if they did not wish to forge unity for the time being. Last Tuesday, three of Weerawansa’s staunch backers — Ven. Elle Gunawansa Thera, Gunadasa Amerasekera and Nalin de Silva — met Rajapaksa. They urged him to support Sirisena particularly with regard to constitutional matters and electoral reforms. However, Rajapaksa holds the view that the Executive Presidency should be abolished.

Nugegoda rally: No speaker hit out at Sirisena
The mood of the SLFP was reflected in the crowded ‘Joint Opposition’ rally in Nugegoda on Friday. Although crowds chanted derogatory anti-Sirisena slogans calling him an Aappa Hora” (hopper thief), speakers directed their venomous criticism only against Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and the UNP. There was no pointed criticism on Sirisena or any personal attacks on him from the platform speakers. Mahinda Rajapaksa was to only repeat what he told Chief Ministers at last Sunday’s meeting – that Sirisena had driven him back to politics though he had chosen to retire. He also criticised the Central Bank bond scam. It is now becoming clear that the strategy of the pro-Rajapaksa SLFP group is to drive a wedge between the UNP and the Sirisena faction of the SLFP. The Central Bank bond scam and the controversial conduct of some UNP ministers, who are facing serious allegations of bribery and corruption, have come as grist to the mill for them.

President Sirisena having a friendly discussion with the Ven. Muruthhetuwe Ananda Thera during an Abhayarama Temple ceremony on Wednesday. At this ceremony, the President and Ven. Bellanwila Wimalaratne Thera exchanged strong views regarding corruption allegations.

Cabinet reshuffle discussed
Sirisena had another formidable task on hand — conveying to Prime Minister – Wickremesinghe some important decisions he had made during the latter’s absence. Hardly a few hours after the Prime Minister’s return from Davos (Switzerland) where he attended the World Economic Forum, the duo met last Sunday night. Also present was Malik Samarawickrema, Minister of Development Strategies and International Trade.

Sirisena declared that he would appoint a Commission of Inquiry to probe the Central Bank bond scam. He also said that he proposed to effect a re-shuffle of his Cabinet of Ministers. Sources close to the Presidency said Wickremesinghe, who had earlier resisted moves for a reshuffle, wanted a month’s time. However, Sirisena is learnt to have noted that a month’s time would be too long. The same sources said that Sirisena proposed to change the portfolios of at least four UNP ministers who have become the objects of severe criticism. However, new faces to fill such positions would also have to come from the UNP. Allegations against the ministers’ range from corruption, secret deals with Opposition personalities to fixing projects for financial considerations.

Commission of inquiry
On Friday evening, Sirisena signed a proclamation appointing the Presidential Commission of Inquiry. It is headed by serving Supreme Court Justice K.T. Chitrasiri and includes Justice Prasanna Jayawardena and retired Deputy Auditor General Kandasamy Velupillai. The terms of reference, still being formulated, are to be gazetted next week. On January 22, Sirisena tweeted that he would appoint a Special Presidential Commission of Inquiry. However, he had changed his mind after legal advisors told him it would have to be a Commission of Inquiry.

The Joint Opposition” leader Dinesh Gunawardena welcomed the appointment f a Commission of Inquiry to probe the Central Bank bond scam. Hel told the Sunday Times The very fact that such a probe is being conducted is an acknowledgement that there have been serious irregularities and a colossal amount of public funds have been defrauded.”
The fact that Sirisena has chosen a Commission of Inquiry as against also a proposal before the Cabinet of Ministers to appoint Criminal Justice Commissions (CJCs) is significant. In doing so, he has also, in fact, accepted the recommendations made by a ten-member SLFP Committee headed by Transport Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva. The reports’ contents were revealed exclusively in the Sunday Times of December 11 last year.

The SLFP Committee recommended that a Presidential Commission of Inquiry comprising a sitting Justice of the Supreme Court, an expert in the field of finance and a professional expert in the field of audit should be set up. The Committee said that they do not believe” that forwarding the report of the parliamentary Committee on Public Enterprises (COPE), after it is debated and approved in Parliament, is the only process through which the situation could be corrected.

The Committee noted that considering the COPE report, on the face of it, there are large financial irregularities and as a result the Government suffered a large financial loss.” It added; Perpetual Treasuries gained a large profit in a short period and it is unusual in normal commercial transactions. Particularly the close relationship between the (former) Central Bank Governor and Arjun Aloysius of Perpetual Treasuries creates serious doubts. The actions of the former Governor of the Central Bank and officials of the Bank of Ceylon also creates serious suspicion.”

The CBSL bond issue was the subject of a nine-hour debate in Parliament last Tuesday. Extracts of comments made by key speakers appear elsewhere in this newspaper. The next day, President Sirisena was at a ceremony where a 54-foot replica of the Avukhana Buddha was unveiled at the Abhayaramaya Temple in Narahenpita.

A strong speech made by Ven. Bellanwila Wimalaratana Thera was to prompt Sirisena to make an equally strong response. Here are edited highlights of Ven. Wimalaratna Thera’s speech. The prelate is the Anu Nayaka of the Kotte Sri Kalyani Dharmasri Maha Sangha Sabhawa and Chanceller of the Sri Jayawardenapura University.

At a religious event I do not wish to speak politics. However, I thought of saying something since the President also is here. The people in this country, ushered in a major political change two years ago. The people, therefore, expected a justifiable change in the level of governance. It is true that there has been some development activity, but people expected a change on issues like corruption and frauds. It is sad to say we have to question whether the expected change has taken place. I will come out with one example.

I am a monk who has no political links or bias. I am not a person who takes sides or praises one side and criticises the other. I don’t need to do that, because I do not want any favours from the Government. I do not have the need to topple the Government. I am speaking about a colossal fraud in the country. Everyone is aware of. Even a small child will tell you this. This is a robbery, this is a fraud. Why is a Commission being appointed? Is it to cover up? It is being debated in Parliament and then there is also a case being filed — these are all jokes. The people are being taken for a ride. Don’t the politicians have some shame to allow some persons favoured by them to carry out this fraud? We know that you (President) are an honest person and you are trying to do something for the country. As Ananda Thera mentioned, use your powers. The people voted for you so that corruption and frauds are brought to an end.

It is a difficult task. In history the two main parties have not got together to rule the country. This is like walking a tight rope. It is not easy. Sri Lanka is a blessed country. Instead of depending on foreigners coming to develop the country, the locals should be empowered to develop it, irrespective of the foreign contribution. The President’s thinking is pure and clear. I feel that the President is caught in between. The country does not need a new Constitution. If there are any shortcomings they should be corrected. The Presidential powers could be adjusted and we can proceed.

There is nothing to be discussed about the position for Buddhism. Already Buddhism has been given priority. There are various proposals coming. One of them was to give legitimacy to homosexuality. It is a joke, because some things in foreign countries cannot be applied to us. The GSP Plus or whatever should be given to us should come in a manner that we can preserve our identity. Our culture need not be betrayed.

I spoke on these because the President is here. I want to covey the pain we go through. We should give the strength to the President, who comes from a Buddhist, farming, rural family to understand the powers he enjoys and resolve these issues.”

President’s response
President Sirisena responded. Here are edited excerpts of his speech. The full speech can be heard on our website www.sundaytimes.lk.

Yesterday, there was a Parliamentary debate on the Bond issue. Both sides hurled accusations at each other. Those on the Government side spoke about what those no longer in Government did while they were in power. Those in Opposition spoke about what those in the Government were now doing. In village terms, I would say ‘degollama naawa’. (Meaning both ‘bathed’ and subjected the other to disrepute). That is how I see it. When someone accuses another of being a thief, the correct response is not to speak about a theft that came before it. Theft is wrong, whoever does it. What is wrong is wrong. Everyone should understand how to carry out one’s duties. This is consistent with one’s integrity.

Ven. Bellanvila Thera, you said that Commissions were a lie (or a cover up). You must forgive me for replying to this charge. I appointed this Commission after consulting some of the senior-most legal experts in the country. An investigation outside a Commission may take two to three years.

That’s the reality. The usual procedure is for the COPE report to be forwarded to the Attorney General. The Speaker spoke to me today. He told me that Parliament’s decision would be conveyed to the AG in the next few days. Once the report reaches the AG, there are two options available to him. As lawyers have informed me, one of these is to forward the report to the IGP to conduct an inquiry by the CID based on information contained in the COPE report, and to file charges against the accused.

According to advice given to me, this is a very lengthy process. It will take years. It has also come to my attention that the report has been forwarded to the AG’s Department and then to the IGP for observation before the report was approved by Parliament. I inquired into this. According to investigations already conducted, they have ruled that the probe should be conducted not as a criminal case but as a civil one. I disagree with that. I want this to be done right. I have to emphasise this to the country.

There are two types of Commissions in this country. One is the Special Presidential Commission and the other is the Commission of Inquiry. The best one to probe this incident is a Commission of Inquiry. We are also planning to impose a time frame on this Commission through a gazette notification. I am of the view that it should be three months. While that time may change according to the views of the justices who will be appointed to the Commission, I will not agree to this dragging for a very long time. I appointed the Commission of Inquiry as this probe must be genuine and if there is any wrongdoing, then charges must be filed and the law allowed to take its course.

Some politicians say that the Commission was appointed to suppress the issue. I have no reason to suppress the issue. I withdrew from a Government which was plagued with frauds and corruption. I did not get out from such a Government to carry out a similar rule. I am clear on that. If they are rouges they are rouges. It does not matter who they are. I am doing my job in a proper manner. It does not matter whether they were former persons (former regime) or the current persons (present regime).

When I continue to do a proper job, the people will rely on me. To all those in Parliament, whether they are in the Opposition or the Government it does not matter, I appeal to them to support me to take action against those who are at fault.
The Bond issue came up only in the past two years, but it is clear that the issue has been going on for seven or eight years. After the investigations are completed on the issues in the past two years, I wish to say that we will appoint another Commission to investigate as to what had happened during the past seven or eight years.

I want to make this country a better place for the future generation. I accept your advice with deep respect. I am not prepared to run the country according to the wishes of other countries. I have mentioned this earlier.

There was mention about the proposal of legalising homosexuality. When the issue was brought up at the Cabinet it was I who rejected it. There was even a proposal to legalise prostitution. It was I who rejected it. I could go on listing out many other things adverse to the country and rejected by me.

It was I who removed Arjuna Mahendran. It was I who appointed Dr. Indrajit Coomaraswamy who is accepted worldwide. The country accepts that the current Auditor General is an efficient officer. The entire country accepts that the current Central Bank Governor is an efficient and clever officer. I appointed him. I am doing my job properly. I am prepared to correct the shortcomings. But if anyone is doing any misdeed, whether they are in the Government or the opposition, I will not protect them. I will take whatever decision is needed for that purpose.

We need to think of the country. We need to think of the composition in Parliament. We need to see how we need to run the country with this composition. According to the Constitution, Parliament cannot be dissolved for four and half years. We need to run the country with the present composition in a manner that the governance is not affected. I believe that the collective governance carried out by the two main political parties gives us a very optimistic situation.

Usually, under whatever government and whatever economic plans, if there is good rain the economic growth rate is more than four per cent. I am willing to accept criticism and I accept advice from the Maha Sangha. I do what is required by the people. I will not bow down to anybody’s wishes, but will work in accordance with the wishes of the people. I will only bow down to the peoples’ wishes.

The issues we face today are not those which have cropped up during the past two years. The former President called for elections, with two more years to go due to these problems. That is the true story. He went for another election due to the adverse economic situation and the (resolution before the) UN Human Rights Council. We took over the government and we faced these problems. I was able to get over the issue of the international war crimes tribunal and the issue about appointing foreign judges. I am not prepared to accept foreign judges.

We now have the international support. We are building up as a nation. With the economic issues it is the responsibility of politicians, officials and others to perform their duties for the country without corruption, fraud and waste. Therefore, I am not prepared to protect those who do misdeeds, but I will punish such persons for their offences. I will take action against any person who commits offences.”

People veering away from Yahapalana Govt.
At the Nugegoda rally on Friday, some speakers also spoke of misdeeds in the present Government. Former President Rajapaksa was to note that the corruption index on Sri Lanka by Transparency International was now much higher than what it was during his administration.

That apart, the large turnout in Nugegoda laid bare an important political reality. The people, most of whom voted for a Yahapalanaya Government, were veering away from it. Though some in the Government may claim crowds were paid for and bussed, a charge from which they are not altogether free, the fact remains that the Government has forced most people to veer away from it.

President Sirisena, has in his Abhayarama Temple speech conceded that the country is plagued with frauds and corruption.” Both at the presidential and parliamentary elections, pledges were made to bring to book those who are corrupt and were responsible for other serious misdeeds. Two years after those pledges were made, the fact that no tangible action has been taken against any person is one thing. It is another when the people complain that such activity is higher now than during the Rajapaksa administration is another. It is still not too late to reverse this deteriorating trend.

Bondgate the political roller coaster

January 30th, 2017

By Ruwan Laknath Jayakody Courtesy The Nation

The Joint Opposition said that the next course of action they were considering taking with regard to the Central Bank Treasury bonds issue was to file a writ of mandamus in the Court of Appeal.

The issue reportedly involves former Governor of the Central Bank, Arjuna Mahendran and his son-in-law Arjun Aloysius who is involved with primary dealer Perpetual Treasuries.

Member of Parliament Vasudeva Nanayakkara reiterated that he had filed complaints with the Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption, the Inspector General of Police and the relevant crime detection departments while anticipating that investigations would unfold in the course of time.

tableHe added that as long as Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, remained in his current position nothing would take place in this regard.

The issue with filing a writ seeking to get a particular directive with regard to urging investigations to be forge ahead, is that respondents to the case (the Commission and the Police) would inform the Court that investigations were ongoing and that they required time in which case the Court might be prompted to ask those who filed the writ to bide the time for a while.

Therefore, in order to obtain an order making it mandatory for the Commission and the Police to act would require concrete information regarding how the investigations were being conducted.

Perpetual Treasuries has not been struck off the list of primary dealers despite having engaged in insider dealing. They are currently trading. The money they make does not stay stuck in one place as the amounts get larger and larger. The financial capital moves (even overseas) and therefore becomes impossible to trace.

Thus, action taken in this regard is already late. The Central Bank can take certain limited action without waiting for a Court pronouncement by halting trade of, Perpetual Treasuries.

Chairman of the Committee on Public Enterprises (COPE) MP Sunil Handunnetti earlier said that they probed the Central Bank Bond transactions for the years 2015 and 2016, and in the process it was evident that Mahendran, had an influence with regard to the Treasury Bond issue of February 27, 2015 which was rigged to benefit Perpetual Treasuries.

This was expressed by him on October 28, 2015 when the report was tabled in Parliament. He went on to say that the committee had recommended that the officials accountable for these transactions should be brought before the law and punished. He also said that COPE recommended for the establishment of a proper mechanism that would ensure credibility and transparency in transactions of this nature.  In this regard, COPE recommended amendments to the existing laws dealing with the said matter.

Minister of Public Enterprise Development, Eran Wickremaratne, last week following the parliamentary debate on the bond scam said that the matter has been directed to the Attorney General.

However, President Maithripala Sirisena claimed that the report was sent to the AG’s Department without seeking Parliamentary approval.

Subsequently the Prime Minister’s Office had said, the AG had recommended that legal action could be instituted against Mahendran and Perpetual Treasuries as criminal as well as civil cases related to the CB Bond scam.

Meanwhile, on Thursday it was reported that the Central Bank had placed controls on distributing assets of Perpetual Treasuries. It was also reported that the government was prepared to enact new laws enabling the confiscation of any ill-gotten gains if the court finds Perpetual Treasuries guilty for any allegations levelled against them.

Meanwhile, Central Bank had decided to restrict transactions made from bank accounts belonging to Perpetual Treasuries Limited.

In addition, the President had instructed the TRC to disallow the transfer of ownership of radio and television channels without him being notified.

This comes in light of media reports that monetary gains from the Bond issue may be invested in certain media organization.

Despite government assurances to the contrary, the civil society anti corruption organizations provided documentary evidence attesting to Mahendran’s continued involvement as an advisor to the Ministry of Finance.

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AG should expose truth behind bond scam: SLPP

January 30th, 2017

 Courtesy The Daily Mirror

The Attorney General (AG) should expose the individuals responsible for the Central Bank bond scam, the lawyers’ body affiliated to the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) said today.

The AG has a legal obligation to expose those responsible and take steps to punish those found guilty,” SLPP General Secretary Sagara Kariyawasam told a news conference.

On June 1, 2015 Crime Investigation Division (CID) Director B.R.S.R. Nagahamulla informed the Attorney General’s Department of a possible financial fraud that had taken place involving a company called Perpetual Treasuries (pvt) Ltd. and the Central Bank (CB). Thereafter the AG’s Department was said to have opened a file to investigate the matter,” he said.

He said the report had been sent to the Criminal and Civil Deputy Solicitor Generals by the AG, who in turn recommended that immediate action be taken against the parties involved.

Both Deputy Solicitor Generals were of the opinion that the bond issue should be investigated further. However, their recommendations were ignored and no investigation followed. The AG should not stay silent any longer and should order a thorough investigation into the matter,” Kariyawasam said.

Meanwhile, he said that the people of the country need to know the truth about the bond issue and under the Right To Information (RTI) Act the AG is duty bound to reveal to the people what really took place.(Thilanka Kanakarathna)

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