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Economic Transformation Bill: Putting the Cart Before the Donkey
Dilrook Kannangara
The Economic Transformation Bill (ETB) was presented to the Sri Lankan parliament on May 22 by President and is one of the most backward and irrational bills ever presented to Sri Lanka parliament. Instead of creating economic conditions that achieves stated objectives, this bill puts the cart before the donkey. This will lead to politicians cooking the books of the Central Bank economic indicators report to suit them than achieve anything tangible. Not surprisingly, this bill was drafted without consulting the public, business, parliamentary, chambers of commerce or other groups of people. It is... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/06/24)

‘That legislation in its entirety is illegal and contrary to the unitary status –Gen Dias
By Shamindra Ferdinando Courtesy The Island
The full implementation of the 13th Amendment to the Constitution portends massive risks and, therefore, those political parties and alliance seeking to woo Tamil speaking voters should be wary of the threat to the country's unitary status, top constitutional lawyer Manohara de Silva said yesterday. The President's Counsel was commenting on Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB) and Opposition Leader Sajith Premadasa's recent declaration in Kilinochchi that the 13th Amendment would be implemented. President Ranil Wickremesinghe and Jathika Jana Balawegaya (JJB), too, have declared their intention to fully implement the 13th Amendment in line with their overall bid... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/06/24)

අනාගත ජනාධිපතිවරයාව තෝරා ගැනීමට ඡන්දය දෙන ජනතාව, ඡන්දය දීමට පෙර අනාගත ජනාධිපති ලේකම්වරයා කවුද යන්න දැන සිටිය යුතු නැද්ද?
නීතීඥ අරුණ ලක්සිරි උණවටුන B.Sc(Col), PGDC(Col) සමායෝජක, වෛද්‍ය තිලක පද්මා සුබසිංහ අනුස්මරණ නීති අධ්‍යාපන වැඩසටහන.
අනාගත ජනාධිපතිවරයා තෝරා ගන්නා ජනතාව අනාගත ජනාධිපති ලේකම්වරයා කවුද යන්නත් දැන සිටීම වැදගත් වන අතර, ජනාධිපතිවරයා කෙතරම් හොඳ වුවද ජනාධිපති ලේකම්වරයාව මෙහෙයවන්නේ සැඟවුණු හස්තයක් විසින්නම් ඒ ජනාධිපතිවරයාට ජනතාවගේ ජනාධිපතිවරයා ලෙස පැවතිය නොහැකිය.ගෝඨාභය රාජපක්ෂ මහතා ජනාධිපති ලෙස පත් වූ පසු පී.බී. ජයසුන්දර ජනාධිපති ලේකම් ලෙස පත් කරන බව ජනාධිපතිවරණයට පෙර සිටම කී දෙනෙකු දැන සිටියාද යන්න තවමත් නොවිසුදුනු ප්‍රශ්නයකි.ජනාධිපතිවරණයට දින 14කට පෙර  ජනාධිපති ලේකම් ලෙස පත්කරන්නේ කවුද යන්න සෑම ජනාධිපති අපේක්ෂකයෙකුම ප්‍රකාශ කළ යුතුය යන්න මෙයට ඇති ප්‍රායෝගික විසඳුමකි.මීට පෙර කිසිම ජනාධිපති අපේක්ෂකයෙක්... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/06/24)

Pakistan: Police to Detain Ahmadi Leaders to Prevent Religious Observances
by A. Abdul Aziz.Sri Lankan Correspondent Al Hakam, London.
On June 10, 2024, the Deputy Police Commissioner of Chakwal has issued orders to detain three Ahmadi Muslim leaders in order to prevent religious observances, which the officials claim are “unlawful activities” that threaten “public order.” They include President of Ahmadiyya Community District Chakwal Malik Naveed Ahmad, former President of Ahmadiyya Community District Chakwal Malik Riaz Ahmad and Secretary General Affairs Malik Tahir Ahmad. The orders follow a meeting in which they were forbidden to perform Qurbani, a Muslim rite. At that meeting, the Ahmadi... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/06/24)

විදේශ ණය ගෙවීමේදී සිදුකර ඇති මහා පරිමාණ මූල්‍ය අපරාධයක් එළියට... ඩොලර් 1ක් රුපියල් 524යි ශත 60ට අරන්
උපුටා ගැන්ම  ලංකා ලීඩර්
ශ්‍රී ලංකා රජය ලබා ගත් විදේශ ණය මුදලක් ගෙවීම සඳහා 2023 වසරේදී ඩොලර් එකක් ලබා ගෙන ඇත්තේ රුපියල් 524.6050ක විදේශ විනිමය අනුපාතකියකට බව විගණකාධිපතිවරයා හෙළිකර ඇති බව වාර්තා වේ.  මුදල් අමාත්‍යංශයේ 2023 වාර්ෂික වාර්තාවට ඇතුලත් කර තිබෙන විගණකාධිපති නිරීක්ෂණ වාර්තාවෙන් මේ බව හෙළිකර ඇත. එම විදේශ විනිමය අනුපාතිකය යටතේ ඇමරිකානු ඩොලර් 332,704ක් ලබා ගෙන ඇත. ඒ අනුව, එම ඩොලර් ප්‍රමාණය ලබා ගැනීම සඳහා ශ්‍රී ලංකා රුපියල් 174,536,518ක් වැය කර තිබේ.  නමුත් රුපියල වේගයෙන් කඩා වැටෙමින් තිබූ උපරිම අවස්ථාවේ ඩොලර් එකක් සඳහා ගෙවා තිබෙන්නේ රුපියල් 363.17කි. එම අනුපාතිකය යටතේ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/06/24)

අසීමිත බදු ගහන IMF ගිවිසුම වෙනස් කරන බවට සජිත්ගෙන් ප්‍රකාශයක් (වීඩියෝ)
උපුටා ගැන්ම  හිරු පුවත්
ජනතාව මත අසීමිත බරක් පැටවෙන ජාත්‍යන්තර මුල්‍ය අරමුදලේ ගිවිසුම සංශෝධනය කිරීමට පියවර ගන්නා බව විපක්ෂ නායක සජිත් ප්‍රේමදාස පවසනවා. විපක්ෂ නායකවරයා මේ අදහස් පළ කළේ, සක්වළ වැඩසටහනේ 240 වැනි අදියර යටතේ කුරුණෑගල එස්.ඩබ්ලිව්.ආර්.ඩී. බණ්ඩාරනායක විද්‍යාලයට සුහුරු පංති කාමරයක් ලබා දීමේ උත්සවයට අද (15) එක්වෙමින්. https://youtu.be/ta7EWQwuyMY... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/06/24)

The Indian invasion of this country has already begun? while the government of this country is in a dead sleep-Disgrace and curse be upon the sleepy, servile and unpatriotic politicians of this country?
By Desamanya Dr Sudath Gunasekara. Kandy.
Posted on December 18th, 2023 (A republication) Beside these 14,000 houses on the hills, India has already implemented a 60,000-housing scheme for Tamils in Sri Lanka as follows, for which the Sri Lankan government has already singed MOU with the Indian government the conditions of which are not known to the general public of this country. India builds 60,000 houses in Sri Lanka             In June 2010, Government of India announced that it would construct 50,000 houses in Sri Lanka at an outlay of 33 billon... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/06/24)

No Tamil genocide in Sri Lanka-Canada’s Federal Court reviewed Trudeau’s statement and rejects Tamil genocide
Ontario Centre for Policy Research 
An application was brought forward against Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, for judicial review, challenging his message on Tamil Genocide Remembrance Day, issued on May 18, 2023. The primary intention of this Application is to obtain a clear legal position regarding the Tamil genocide. Canada’s top court, the Federal Court, states as follows and rejected Tamil genocide.  “[Prime Minister Trudeau’s] Statement is not a decision or an order that gives rise to a binding obligation, nor is it conduct that affects legal rights, imposes legal obligations or causes prejudicial effects. At... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/06/24)

No Tamil genocide in Sri Lanka Canada’s Federal Court reviewed Trudeau’s statement and rejects Tamil genocide
Ontario Centre for Policy Research 
June 13, 2024Ottawa An application was brought forward against Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for judicial review, challenging his message on Tamil Genocide Remembrance Day, issued on May 18, 2023. The primary intention of this Application is to obtain a legal position regarding the alleged Tamil genocide, whether the prime minister declared or recognized it. Canada’s top court, the Federal Court, stated as follows and rejected Tamil genocide, saying no such declaration.  Paragraph 19 of the decision “[Prime Minister Trudeau’s] Statement is not a decision or an... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/06/24)

PAKISTAN: Bar Association Directs Police to Stop Ahmadi Muslims from Following Their Religious Beliefs
by A. Abdul Aziz. Sri Lankan Correspondent Al Hakam, London.
In the midst of a rash of lethal violence against Ahmadi Muslims in Pakistan, the Lahore High Court Bar Association directed regional police officials to take legal action against Ahmadi Muslims gathering, observing and praying during Muslim Eid celebrations. In directives on 6 June 2024, the lawyer’s association referred to laws that declare the Ahmadis to be Not-Muslims, used pejorative language (referring to Ahmadis as “Qadyanis”), and otherwise adopted positions that have been taken by numerous extremist Mullahs and Clerics that have incited violence in recent... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/06/24)

මම 13 ට එදත් විරුද්ධයි... අදත් විරුද්ධයි - අරුන් සිද්ධාර්ථන් කියයි (වීඩියෝ)
උපුටා ගැන්ම  ලංකා ලීඩර්
සජිත් ප්‍රේමදාස විපක්ෂ නායකවරයා 13 වන සංශෝධනය පූර්ණ වශයෙන් බලාත්මක කරන බවට කිලිනොච්චියේදි  කරනු ලැබු ප්‍රකාශයට එරෙහිව  ඊයේ (13) කොළඹ විපක්ෂ නායක කාර්යාලය ඉදිරිපිට දී ජාතික සංවිධාන විසින් දැක්වූ විරෝධය බොහෝ සෙයින් අගය කරන බව යාපනය සිවිල් සංවිධාන කේන්ද්‍රයේ අරුන් සිද්ධාර්ථන් මහතා පවසයි. තමන් උතුරට පොලිස්, ඉඩම් බලතල ලබා දෙන 13 වැනි සංශෝධනයට එදත් අදත් දැඩි සේ විරුද්ධ බවත්, 13 යනු මෙරට ගැටුම් නිර්මාණය කිරීමට හැදූ කුමන්ත්‍රණයක් බවත් ඔහු පවසයි. වීඩියෝව නරඹන්න...  https://www.facebook.com/plugins/video.php?height=476&href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Farunsiddharthnew%2Fvideos%2F969942827942006%2F&show_text=false&width=267&t=0 2024-06-14... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/06/24)

13 සම්පූර්ණයෙන් බලාත්මක වීමෙන් රට බෙදුම්වාදයේ ගොදුරක් වීමේ අනතුර පෙන්වා දෙමින් ජාතික සංවිධානවලින් විපක්ෂ නායක සජිත්ට ලිපියක්
උපුටා ගැන්ම  ලංකා ලීඩර්
13 වැනි ආණ්ඩුක්‍රම ව්‍යවස්ථා සංශෝධනය සම්පූර්ණයෙන් බලාත්මක කරන බවට විපක්ෂ නායක සජිත් ප්‍රේමදාස මහතා කිලිනොච්චියේ දී සිදුකළ ප්‍රකාශය මගින් රට බෙදුම්වාදයේ ගොදුරක් බවට පත්වීමේ අනතුරක් ඇති බව පෙන්වා දෙමින් ජාතික සංවිධාන විසින් සජිත් ප්‍රේමදාස මහතාට ලිපියක් යොමුකර තිබේ. සජිත් ප්‍රේමදාස මහතාගේ පියා වූ හිටපු ජනාධිපති රණසිංහ ප්‍රේමදාස මහතා හෝ 13 සම්පූර්ණයෙන් බලාත්මක කරන බවට කිසිඳු ප්‍රකාශයක් කිසිදා සිදු නොකළ බවත්, 13 වැනි සංශෝධනය පූර්ණ වශයෙන් බලාත්මක කිරීම වැළැක්වී  ඇත්තේ යම් ව්‍යවස්ථා බාධක ප්‍රමාණයක් එයට යෙදූ නිසා බවත් එම ලිපියේ සඳහන් කර ඇත. 13 සංශෝධනයේ අවසන් ප්‍රතිඵලය අවබෝධකර ගත යුතුතේ ඉන්දු... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/06/24)

13 සම්පූර්ණයෙන් බලාත්මක කිරීම ගැන සජිත්ගේ ප්‍රකාශය හෙළා දකිනවා....13 ගැන ප්‍රසිද්ධ විවාදයකට එන්න - බලංගොඩ කස්සප හිමියන්ගෙන් සජිත්ට අභියෝගයක්
උපුටා ගැන්ම  ලංකා ලීඩර්
පසුගිය දිනෙක විපක්ෂ නායක සජිත් ප්‍රේමදාස මහතා විසින් කිලිනොච්චි ප්‍රදේශයේදී  13 බලාත්මක කරන බවට කල ප්‍රකාශයට එරෙහිව අද දින ජාතික සංවිධාන වීසින් විපක්ෂ නායක කාර්යාලය අසල විරෝධතාවයක් දක්වමින් ඔහුට එහි බරපතළකම පෙන්වා දෙමින් ලිපියක්  බාරදෙනු ලැබීය.  මෙහිදී අදහස් දැක්වූ පූජ්‍ය බලංගොඩ කස්සප හිමියන් ප්‍රකාශ කලේ රටේ ස්වෛරීත්වය හා භෞමික අඛණ්ඩතාවය ආරක්ෂා කිරීමට බැදී සිටින සජිත් ප්‍රේමදාස මහතාගේ ප්‍රකාශය හෙළා දකින බවයි.  රනිල් වික්‍රමසිංහ විදේශගතව සිටින අවදියක අනුර හා සජිත් දෙදෙනාම එකතුව මේ ක්‍රියාත්මක කරන්නේ ඔහුගේ ඕනෑ එපාකම් බවද උන්වහන්සේ මෙහිදී ප්‍රකාශ කළහ. එමෙන්ම සුමන්තිරම් ආදී දමිළ දේශපාලකයන්ගේ ඔවුන්ගේ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/06/24)

Presidential election on October 05?
Courtesy The Daily Mirror
Minister Harin Fernando today (14) revealed that an election is scheduled to take place on October 05 this year.  He made this announcement during a press interaction in Galle. Expressing confidence in the outcome, Minister Fernando asserted that President Ranil Wickremesinghe would emerge triumphant in the forthcoming election. https://youtu.be/-kE5z7Qt4Q8... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/06/24)

I have not deviated from the Principles of the Democratic Socialist System - President
Courtesy Hiru News
State Minister for Home Affairs, Mr. Ashoka Priyantha, announced that the Grama Niladhari Service Constitution has been approved by the Public Service Commission following the approval of the Cabinet Ministers. He also mentioned that the new constitution allows for necessary amendments. >State Minister Ashoka Priyantha disclosed these details today (13) during a press briefing titled “Collective Path to a Stable Country” at the Presidential Media Centre. Addressing the media personnel, the state minister further stated that, The government has recently undertaken several significant projects, such as "Urumaya"... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/06/24)

Sri Lanka’s Parliament toying with biological Male-Female sex to allow foreign-funded LGBTQIA+++ agenda to ruin Sri Lanka’s society
Shenali D Waduge
WATCH OUT FOR THESE LGBTQIA Sri Lanka was declared economically bankrupt in 2022. Its 2024 and we are fast on our way to becoming socially & culturally bankrupt as well. This situation is sadly brought about as a result of foreign funding & diplomatic pressures that are promoting an agenda that even the parents in the Western world are now condemning & demanding reversal of legislations passed. The failed experiment in the West, no doubt has little meaning for those promoting the ideology in Sri Lanka, primarily because these programs... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/06/24)

Taxation should be an investment that people are making for their current and future well being
By Raj Gonsalkorale
Taxation needs to be looked at from a different perspective and models of taxation needs to be examined. Taxation should be looked at as part of a social contract between a government and the people who pay tax. It is part of a partnership between the government and the public and it must give a sense of ownership to the public that their money is being used judiciously for their benefit. Besides this, they must have a belief that their taxes are investments, not just expenses, and that they will have a return on their... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/06/24)

Whither Horticulture in Sri Lanka
Sugath Kulatunga
I have recently had a disappointing experience with my former department of Agriculture. Being aware of the acute protein malnutrition among our children and having read about the use of dried and powdered murunga leaves (which is around 25 % protein) as a protein supplement in the food of children in India. Murunga is said to provide 7 times more vitamin C than oranges, 10 times more vitamin A than carrots, 17 times more calcium than milk, 9 times more protein than yoghurt, 15 times more potassium than bananas, and 25 times more iron than spinach.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/06/24)

කිරි දිදී හිටපු අම්මට කෙටුවා! ඔලුව පලලා මොළේ ටීපෝව උඩ!
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https://youtu.be/fSzkWIcycC8... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/06/24)

ඡන්ද විමසීමේදී දියුණු විද්‍යුත් තාක්ෂණයෙන් කිරීමට මැතිවරණ කොමිසම උනන්දු නෑ..ජ්‍යේෂඨ නීතීඥ රණගල මහතා
Aruna Unawatuna
https://youtu.be/u3siREKoNeY මාර්ගගත ක්‍රමය /විද්‍යුත් / ඉලෙක්ට්‍රොනික සමාජයේ දියුණුවට හෙතු වී ඇත. වර්තමානයේ වාණිජ, අධ්‍යාපන, වෛද්‍ය කටයුතු සඳහා මාර්ගගත ක්‍රම සාර්ථකව යොදා ගනී. මාර්ගගත ක්‍රම සම්බන්ධයෙන් මේ වන විට නීති ගණනාවක් පැනවී ඇත. ඡන්දය ප්‍රජාතන්ත්‍රවාදී සමාජයක පැවැත්මයි. ඡන්දය විද්‍යුත් ක්‍රමයෙන් / මාර්ගගතව / ඉලෙක්ට්‍රොනිකව පැවැත්වීම සහ එමගින් ලබා ගත හැකි ප්‍රයෝජන සම්බන්ධයෙන් සමාජයේ විවිධ කොටස් සාකච්ඡා කරමින් තිබියදී වෛද්‍ය තිලක පද්මා සුබසිංහ අනුස්මරණ නීති අධ්‍යාපන වැඩසටහනේ සමායෝජක නීතීඥ අරුණ ලක්සිරි උණවටුන විසින් නීතීඥවරුන් සමග සිදුකරන සංවාදයේදී ජ්‍යේෂට නීතීඥ රණගල මහතා විසින් දක්වන ලද අදහස් මෙහි දැක්වේ. නීතීඥ අරුණ ලක්සිරි උණවටුන B.Sc (Col), PGDC(Col),... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/06/24)

Statement by SPUR on Rajesh Kurup’s article on Adani’s Wind Power Proposal to Sri Lanka
MEDIA RELEASE RANJITH SOYSA spokesperson /SPUR - Australia 
Our attention has been drawn to an article written by one Rajesh Kurup, courtesy the FinancialExpress, pertaining to the Wind Power Project proposal that has been made to Sri Lanka by AdaniGroup of India. We wish to make the following clarifications, for better understanding of the facts bythe readers, as the said article appears to be containing incorrect and distorted information.First and foremost, it must be said that the quoted and compared tariffs from renewable andtraditional energy sources are misleading. The compared cost from traditional sources appearsattributable to diesel power... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/06/24)

Rethinking the Pay Structure for Sri Lankan Cricketers: A Call for Reform
Sasanka De Silva Pannipitiya.
The recent performance of the Sri Lankan cricket team at the T20 World Cup in the USA has sparked widespread disappointment and debate among fans and critics alike. Many argue that the players have become complacent and corrupted by the high salaries they receive, despite their lacklustre performances. This raises an important question: Should the remuneration of Sri Lankan cricketers be aligned more closely with the economic conditions of the country? The Current Scenario Sri Lankan cricketers enjoy considerable financial benefits, including high salaries, allowances, and... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/06/24)

Round Table Discussion on “Sri Lanka's economic security in 2024 - evaluating the outlook and risks”
Ministry of Defence  - Media Centre
The Institute of National Security Studies (INSS) organized a closed-door Round Table Discussion (RTD) on “Sri Lanka’s Economic Security in 2024 - Evaluating the Outlook and Risks” on Thursday, the 06th June 2024, from 1600 to 1800 at the Nandimithra Auditorium, Ministry of Defence. Defence Secretary General Kamal Gunaratne graced the event as the Chief Guest. Overlooking Director General and Acting Director (Research) of the INSS, Colonel Nalin Herath warmly received the Chief Guest to the discussion. INSS, the premier think tank on national security established and functioning... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/06/24)

The curious case of pro-ISIS movements between India and Sri Lanka
AUTHOR : KABIR TANEJA  Originally Published India Today Courtesy Observer Research Foundatation
ISIS, as an ideology and group, has also attracted many crossovers: ideologically radicalised, predominantly youth, leaving behind more regional and hyper-local entities to join ISIS’s brand of pan-globalist jihad is a trend that continues even today. The past half a decade has been tumultuous. A continuing global recovery from the pandemic. Geopolitical flashpoints such as wars in Ukraine and Gaza. The US left Afghanistan in 2021 as part of an “exit” deal with the Taliban and maintaining minimum... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/06/24)

Can we do without them?
By Gunnar Rundgren, Courtesy  resilience.org  
FOOD & WATER FEATURED June 13, 2024 In this last in my series of nitrogen articles, I turn to the question if we can do without synthetic nitrogen fertilizers. The Sri Lanka case – not an organic case You have probably heard the story about how Sri Lanka “turned organic” and that it ended in a disaster (if not, you can read here or here). This is taken as a proof of that organic farming, or any other farming system that rejects the use of... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/06/24)

Ex-police chief sounds warning over possible violent political uprising
Courtesy Adaderana
Former Inspector General of Police (IGP), Chandra Fernando says that it cannot be expected that the political groups who have engaged in violent political activities in the past will not resume such activities in the future.   He stated this while speaking during a press conference held today (13), with the participation of other retired high-ranking police officers including former IGPs and DIGs.  Fernando further stated that although the government carried out rehabilitation programmes to a large extent after the 1971 insurrection and though everyone believed that the insurrection would end with that,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/06/24)

President appoints Committee of Inquiry to investigate 2019 bomb attacks
Courtesy Hiru News
President Ranil Wickremesinghe has appointed a Committee of Inquiry to investigate the actions taken by the State Intelligence Service (SIS), Chief of National Intelligence (CNI), and other relevant authorities concerning prior intelligence received about the bomb attacks on April 21, 2019. This decision follows the findings of the Final Report of the Commission of Inquiry, dated January 31, 2021, which highlighted that Indian Intelligence agencies and other sources had provided advance warnings about the impending attacks. The Committee of Inquiry will be chaired by Ms. A.N.J. De Alwis, Retired Judge of the High... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/06/24)

IMF approves 2nd review of Sri Lanka’s programme
Courtesy The Daily Mirror
Colombo, June 12 (Daily Mirror) - The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has approved the second review of the country's programme, Minister Ali Sabry said. "The IMF's approved the 2nd review of Sri Lanka’s programme. This achievement is a testament to our dedication to driving forward economic reforms and securing a prosperous future for all Sri Lankans. Onward and upward," Ali Sabry said. The IMF Board met today to discuss the second review for the Extended Fund Facility (EFF) marking a significant milestone for the country’s economic recovery process.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/06/24)

The enshrining ceremony of sacred treasures at ‘Deegawapiya Stupa’ will be held on July 14.
Ministry of Defence  - Media Centre
General Kamal Gunaratne, the Defence Secretary as the Author of the Deegawapiya Aruna Trust and First Trustee, presided over a press briefing at Sri Sambodhi Viharaya, Colombo yesterday (June 11), on the enshrining ceremony of the Sacred Relics and Treasures in the hemispherical dome of the 'Deegawapiya Stupa' as well as the opening of the newly constructed Shrine Hall, Pilgrims Rest and Alms Hall on July 14. The restoration work of the Deegawapiya Stupa, which is considered one of the sixteen sacred sites, commenced in view of revisiting the former... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/06/24)

NATO escalates dangerously
Courtesy defenddemocracy.press
Ukraine Says Some of Its F-16 Fighter Jets Will Be Stored Abroad Putin has previously warned that Russia could target bases in NATO countries if they’re hosting warplanes that are being used in Ukraine June 10, 2024 A senior Ukrainian Air Force official said Monday that Ukraine plans to keep some of the Western-provided US-made F-16 fighter jets that it will receive at foreign military bases to protect them from Russian strikes, an arrangement that risks provoking Russian attacks on NATO territory. “There are a certain number of... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/06/24)

වෙළෙඳ, ආර්ථික, විද්‍යාත්මක සහ තාක්ෂණික සහයෝගීතාව පිළිබඳ  රුසියානු-ශ්‍රී ලංකා අන්තර් සම්බන්ධතා ශක්තිමත් කෙරේ..
අග්‍රාමාත්‍ය මාධ්‍ය අංශය
රුසියානු ජාතික දිනය වෙනුවෙන් අග්‍රාමාත්‍යවරයාගේ සුබ පැතුම්...අග්‍රාමාත්‍ය දිනේෂ් ගුණවර්ධන මහතා සහ රුසියානු තානාපති ලෙවන් එස්. ෂගාරියන් (Levan S. Dzhagaryan) මහතා අතර හමුවක් අද (2024.06.12) කොළඹ, අරලියගහ මන්දිරයේ දී පැවැත්විණි.අග්‍රාමාත්‍යවරයා මෙහිදී රුසියානු ජාතික දිනය වෙනුවෙන් රුසියානු තානාපතිවරයා වෙත සුබ පැතුම් එක් කළ අතර රුසියාව මෙරටේ සුවිශේෂ මිතුරෙකු බව සඳහන් කළේය.  ඒ වෙනුවෙන් තානාපතිවරයා අග්‍රාමාත්‍යවරයාට ස්තූතිය පළ කළ අතර සබඳතා සහ සහයෝගීතාව තවදුරටත් පුළුල් කිරීමට තම රට සම්පූර්ණයෙන්ම කැප වී සිටින බව පැවසී ය.2020 වසරේ තමන් විදේශ කටයුතු අමාත්‍යවරයාව සිටිය දී ශ්‍රී ලංකාවේ සංචාරය කළ රුසියානු විදේශ අමාත්‍ය සර්ජි ලැව්රොව් (Sergey Lavrov) සමඟ තමන් සිදුකළ සාකච්ඡා පිළිබඳව... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/06/24)

Environmentalists, Mannar Bishop file FR petition against Wind Power Project
 LAKMAL SOORIYAGODA Courtesy The Daily Mirror
Colombo, June 12 (Daily Mirrro) - Three eminent environmentalists together with the Bishop of Mannar Rev. Fr. Bastian have filed a fundamental rights petition before the Supreme Court against the procurement and construction of the proposed 250 MW Mannar Wind Power Project in Mannar that is reported to have been awarded to Adani Green Energy Pte. Ltd.  The petitioners Rohan Pethiyagoda, Prof. Nimal Gunatilleke, Prof. Sarath Kotagama and Bishop of Mannar Rev. Fr. Bastian filed this petition as a public interest litigation naming 67 parties including the Cabinet of Ministers, the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/06/24)

Sri Lanka to kick off relevant negotiations for FTA with Malaysia
Courtesy The Daily Mirror
Sri Lanka will be able to further strengthen its ties with Malaysia, with the Cabinet of Ministers this week giving the nod to commence the negotiations for a free trade agreement (FTA) between the two countries.  The proposal for the FTA was presented to the Cabinet by President Ranil Wickremesinghe.   The approval was granted with the Cabinet recognising the importance of export-oriented foreign direct investments, diversification of exports and expansion of market access for goods and services, to regain economic stability in the country.  Malaysia is the 34th... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/06/24)

Sri Lanka is now well on the way to harnessing nuclear energy
By P.K.Balachandran/Daily Mirror Courtesy NewsIn.Asia
Colombo, June 11: Having taken a firm decision to include nuclear energy in its mix of energy sources, Sri Lanka is now well on the way to harnessing it. Literature on the subject shows that the benefits of going for nuclear energy outweigh the drawbacks, and external finance will not be a problem. The Sri Lanka Atomic Energy Board (SLAEB) Chairman Prof. Rexy Denzil Rosa has said that Sri Lanka has identified nuclear energy as a clean and green energy source to fulfil future electricity demand. In March 2024, the Sri... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/06/24)

PAKISTAN:  FATAL SHOOTING OF TWO AHMADIS IN OPEN DAYLIGHT
by A. Abdul Aziz.
Two Ahmadis were fatally shot on 8th June 2024 at Saad Ullah Pur, District Mandi Bahauddin. The victims were Ghulam Sarwar, Son of  Bashir Ahmed of 62 years of age and Mr. Rahat Ahmad Bajwa, Son of   Mushtaq Ahmad Bajwa of 30 years of age have been fatally shot around noon in two separate attacks. One killer arrested is a student at a local Madrassah, who allegedly has confessed to killing two Ahmadis for reasons of faith. The Anti-Ahmadiyya hate campaign in Pakistan is at an all-time high. As per the law, those who... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/06/24)

Unveiling Deception: Condemning Terrorism’s Grip on Sports
By Palitha Ariyarathna
Image by Defence.lk Let’s delve into a discussion based on the quote provided. “Throughout time, these barbaric invaders have thought, within the bellies of mothers residing in the border villages of Sri Lanka, unborn children awaited birth like a football. They were snatched up amidst the dawn, while the sword’s edge was raised against the milk-fed infants. As they step into a world devoid of empathy, they continue to deceive nations while brandishing the Eelam flag. They stand disciplined, showing a facade of civility, steadfast to the Eelam anthem. However,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/06/24)

Ministry of Labour and Foreign Employment, Sri Lanka Minister Manusha Nanayakkara Meets with the ILO Director General in Geneva
Manusha Media
June 10, 2024 – Minister of Labour and Foreign Employment Manusha Nanayakkara, currently in Geneva to attend the Annual International Labour Conference (ILC) of the International Labour Organization (ILO), held a significant meeting this morning with the Director-General of the ILO, Mr. Gilbert F. Houngbo, at the United Nations Headquarters. Minister Nanayakkara was accompanied by Sri Lanka's Permanent Resident Representative to the UN, the Additional Secretary of the Ministry of Labour and Foreign Employment, Mr. Balasubramaniam Vasanthan, the Commissioner General of Labour, Mr. Jayasundara, and Advisor cum Private Secretary to the Minister, Mr. Shan... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/06/24)

ADMISSION OF CIVILIAN STUDENTS TO BACHELOR OF MEDICINE AND BACHELOR OF SURGERY (MBBS) DEGREE PROGRAMME OF KDU-General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University
MOD  Media Centre
General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University (KDU) which is functioning under the purview of the Ministry of Defence clarifies regarding the admission of civilian students to the MBBS Degree Programme of KDU. MBBS Degree Programme conducted by the Faculty of Medicine of KDU was commenced in the year 2009 mainly to cater to the need of lack of Medical Doctors in the Armed Forces of Sri Lanka. However, with the gradual fulfillment of the requirements of the Armed Forces, KDU started admitting civilian students to the MBBS Degree Programme who are children... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/06/24)

FURTHER CLARIFICATION FOR THE PRESS RELEASE ON ADMISSION OF CIVILIAN STUDENTS TO BACHELOR OF MEDICINE AND BACHELOR OF SURGERY (MBBS) DEGREE PROGRAMME OF GENERAL SIR JOHN KOTELAWALA DEFENCE UNIVERSITY ON JUNE 07, 2024
PRESS RELEASE
As approved by the Board of Management of KDU, the interview Panel for selecting civilian candidates for MBBS degree program at General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University is comprised of internal Staff Members and representatives from University Grant Commission and Sri Lanka Medical Council as observers. However, representatives of the Sri Lanka Medical Council didn’t take part in the interview process. ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/06/24)

දසුන්ශානක
BY M D P DISSANAYAKE
ශ් රී ලංකා කණ්ඩායම 2021 ලෝක කුසලාන තරගාවලියේදී ලබාගත් ප් රතිඵල අනුව 2024 වසරේ සෘජු 'ඩී' කාණ්ඩය සඳහා සුදුසුකම් ලබා ඇත. ඒ වන විට ශ් රී ලංකා කණ්ඩායම සහායක මට්ටමට පහත වැටී සුදුසුකම් ලැබීමේ වටයට සුදුසුකම් ලැබීය. එම තත්ත්වය තුළ දසුන් ශානකගේ නායකත්වය යටතේ ශ් රී ලංකා කණ්ඩායම ජවයෙන්, දක්ෂතාවයෙන් සහ විශිෂ්ට නායකත්වයකින් යුතුව තරග වැදුණි.   නේපාලය, ස්කොට්ලන්තය, නැමීබියාව, එක්සත් අරාබි එමීර් රාජ් යය, ඕමානය, අයර්ලන්තය, බටහිර ඉන්දීය කොදෙව්, සිම්බාබ්වේ, කෙන්යාව, හොංකොං සමග තරග වැදීමට සිදුවිය. ශ් රී ලංකාව සුදුසුකම් ලැබීමේ අදියර අවසන් කර ලෝක කුසලාන කණ්ඩායමට පිවිසි යේ සහකාර කාණ්ඩයේ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/06/24)

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